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Obituaries — 7/28/13

Forest Dalton

Forest “Lee” Dalton, 61, of Vandervoort, Ark., died Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at his home. He was born Nov. 16, 1951, to George Alvin and Della Dalton in Ironton. Lee, as he was known, graduated from Dawson-Bryant High School, Coal Grove, in 1969. Lee was a hard worker and owned his own business and worked more than 30 years as a pipefitter and boilermaker.

He enjoyed working in his yard, listening to music in his workshop, where he liked tinkering with his projects. He also enjoyed golfing and bowling. Lee was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend, and will be missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, David Dalton. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Rebecca Dalton of Vandervoort; two sons, Jason Duren of Little Rock, Ark., and Dustin Dalton of Lewisburg, Pa.; two daughters, Mackey Dalton of Horatio, Ark., and Traci Dalton of Orlando, Fla.; sister, Ruth Potter of West Liberty, Ky.; two brothers, Don Dalton of Elkhart, Ind., and Larry Dalton of Granger, Ind.; two aunts, Effie McKenzie of Coal Grove, and Faye Rodd of Marion.

He also leaves to grieve three grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Lee was of the Baptist faith. A memorial service will be held at a later date with arrangements entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral home of Mena, Ark. Online guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.



Wykle VanPelt

Wykle Stephens Whitley VanPelt, 88, of Crown City, passed away Friday, July 26, 2013, at home. She was born at Bradrick on Oct. 22, 1924, daughter of the late Owen Thomas Stephens and Inez Nance Stephens. She graduated from Chesapeake High School and attended Marshall College.

In 1947, she married Russell E. Whitley, who preceded her in death in February 1991. After her children were older, she returned to school and graduated from Marshall University at the age of 46. She taught first grade at Burlington Elementary in Lawrence County for 11 years and also taught first grade at Salem Center Elementary in Meigs County for 17 years.

In 1973 she was nominated for Elementary School Teacher of the Year. She retired in 1988 having taught for 28 years. She was a life member of the Ohio Retired Teachers Association and she attended Grace United Church in Gallipolis.

She was a member of the following organizations: Alpha Omicron Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America, Wilkesville Chapter 207 Order of the Eastern Star, in which she was past Matron Grand Representative of Nova Scotia 1981-1982, and District 24 Deputy Grand Matron in 1995. She was an Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, member of Gallipolis Emblem Club 199 and the Gallia County Senior Resource Center.

On May 29, 2004, she married Harold VanPelt at Bethel Church in Chesapeake. She is also survived by a stepson, Russell E. (Judy) Whitley of Chesapeake; two daughters, Dianne (Bucky) Gipson of Clinton, Tenn., and Linda Whitley of Gallipolis; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 15 nieces and nephews; and 25 great-nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and first husband, she was preceded in death by a young son in 1952, Michael Lynn; daughter in 2010, W. Janie Whitley; three brothers, Owen Jr. (Betty) Stephens, Jack Stephens and Dick Stephens; two infant sisters; and sisters, Opal (Harvey) Butcher, Oudia (Jack) Templeton, Imogene (Bill) Templeton and Nancy (Charles) South.

Pallbearers will be Danny Reynolds Sr., Danny Reynolds Jr., Chris Frogale, Bucky Gipson, B.J. Rocchi and Jason Weaver.

Funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday at Hall Funeral Home by Pastor Jeff Black. Burial will follow in Rome Cemetery Proctorville. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.timeformemory.com/hall.



Dale Fuller

Dale Freeman Fuller, 79, of Proctorville, died Thursday, July 25, 2013, at home. A graveside service will be 4 p.m. today at Miller Memorial Gardens, Miller. There will be no visitation. Arrangements are by Hall Funeral Home, Proctorville. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.timeformemory.com/hall.


Billie Barbour

Billie Jo Barbour, 64, of Willow Wood, passed away Friday, July 26, 2013, at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, W.Va. She was born Dec. 14, 1948, in Huntington, W.Va., to the late Jim and Opal McMahon Mayberry.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a nephew, Jimmie Mayberry III. Billie was a member of Christ Community Church and a member of Waterloo Teresa Chapter 447 O.E.S. She was a retired nurse.

Billie is survived by her husband, Rick Barbour; three stepchildren, Connie Barbour Courts of Lexington, Ky., Kelley Barbour Markxbury of Bowling Green, Ky., and Richard K. Barbour II of Willow Wood; 11 stepgrandchildren; brother, Jim (Sharon) Mayberry Jr. of Chesapeake; one nephew, John Owen Mayberry of Washington, D.C.; aunt, Mary McMahon Savage of Clearwater, Fla.; special friends, including June “Bugsy” Lester, Joy Brumfield and Becky Carr; and many other beloved friends.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Monday at Hall Funeral Home by Dr. Kermit Taylor. Burial will follow in Centenary Cemetery, Willow Wood.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.timeformemory.com/hall.



Mathew Simpson

Mathew “Matt” Eugene Simpson, 37, of Ironton, died Friday, July 26, 2013, at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Ironton. He was born Sept. 6, 1975. He was the son of the late Beverly Ann Fout Simpson.

He is survived by his father and stepmother, Wendell and Beverly J. Simpson; and stepsister, Angela Goodman of Ironton. He was a member of Linville Baptist Church and a Rock Hill Graduate. He worked at the former W.W. Mays Vault Company.

In keeping with Matt’s wishes, a memorial service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. O’Keefe Baker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Dorothy Harmon

Dorothy L. Harmon, born Nov. 12, 1924, in Chesapeake, widow of Robert G. Harmon, passed at home July 25, 2013. She was the daughter of the late Grace Keeney Heffner and Louis Heffner.

She was a retiree of Ohio Power and a member of Chesapeake United Methodist Church. Per Dorothy’s request, there will be no visitation or services. Final resting place will be Rome Cemetery, Proctorville.

Slack and Wallace Funeral Home, South Point, is in charge of arrangements. In Dorothy’s memory, contributions may be made to Chesapeake United Methodist Church. Condolences may be expressed at www.slackandwallace.com.



Johnie Walls

Johnie M. Walls, 75, of South Point, husband of Della Walls, died Friday, July 26, 2013, at King’s Daughters Medical Center, Ashland, Ky. Slack and Wallace Funeral Home, South Point, is in charge of arrangements, which are incomplete.