Obituaries — 8/13/13

Published 9:10 am Tuesday, August 13, 2013

James Skaggs

James Vinson Skaggs, 66, of Ironton passed away Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013,. at his residence. The Ashland, Ky., native was born Sept. 16, 1946, the son of the late Elmer E. and Gertrude B. Sparks Skaggs. He is survived by his longtime loving companion, Jean Todd.

Jim was a graduate of Ashland Paul Blazer High School and a U.S. Marine veteran, serving during the Vietnam Era. He was a retired supervisor with ExPro Specialized Services, where he was a mechanic. He enjoyed building racing engines, going to car shows, watching NHRA and NASCAR racing and was of the Baptist faith.

Friends may call Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m. at Phillips Funeral Home. The memorial service will begin at 6 p.m. with Rev. Aaron Fields officiating and military honors will be provided by VFW Post 8850. To offer condolences to the family, please visit

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Owen Ross

Owen Justin Ross, Sr. “OJ”, 70, of Crown City, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, WV.

He was born July 17, 1943, in Lawrence County, son of the late William and Janie Massie Ross. He was a self-employed contractor for many years. He attended Waterloo Schools. He was a member of the National Coon Hunters Association. He enjoyed playing softball, playing the guitar, listening to George Jones and watching the Kentucky Wildcats.

He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Janie Ross; seven brothers Earl Ross, Willie Ross, Fred Ross, Charles Ross, Harold Ross, Junior Ross and Gerald Ross; five sisters, Ann Sturgil, Mary Blevins, Alice Higgins, Hazel Hill and Rose Ross; a daughter, Mary Ann Ross; and wife, Elizabeth Ross.

Survivors include three daughters, Owenna Ross of California, Tammy (Scott) Reinbold of Three Rivers, Mich. and Beverly Myszkowski of Panama City, Fla.; two sons, Owen Ross Jr. (Vicky Perry) of Sturgis, Mich. and Paul Ross (Jennifer Warren and kids, Taylor, Rylan, Kalab and Jaylan Warren) of Gallipolis; three stepsons, David (Tina) Bustetter and Joseph Bustetter, both of Ironton and Dwight Woodyard of Gallipolis; a stepdaughter, Jackie Hupfer of Proctorville; 14 grandchildren, Jessica Valencourt, Andrea Ross, Brittany Kinsey, Justin Ross, Kyle Kinsey, Janston Perry, Jacob Ross, Maria Wilson, Erika Bauer, Alli Myszkowski, Chelsea Cochran, Michal Cochran, Davey Woodyard, Beth Fuller; four great grandchildren, Jaylan McGee, Ava Ross, Gabbriela Doster, and William Bauer; caregiver, Yolanda Beleigh; and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Willis Funeral Home with Pastor Alfred Holley officiating. Burial will follow in Crown City Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 6-8 p.m.

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Alfred Ellis

Alfred Ellis, 72, of Proctorville, died on Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, at The Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House, Huntington, W.Va. Funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Hall Funeral Home, Proctorville, Ohio by Dr. Kermit Taylor. Burial will follow in Rome Cemetery, Proctorville. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at Hall Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House, Huntington, W.Va. Condolences may be expressed to the family at



Thomas Ledford

Thomas Coyen Ledford, II, 82, of South Point, died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, W.Va. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the First Southern Baptist Church, South Point with Pastors Ric Frazier and Chuck Price officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Gardens, South Point. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the First Southern Baptist Church. Slack and Wallace Funeral Home, South Point is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at



Charles Pancake

Charles Robert “Bob” Pancake, 63, of Kitts Hill, died at Community Hospice Care Center, Ashland, Ky., on Aug. 10, 2013.

Services will be held at Slack and Wallace Funeral Home in South Point on Thursday at 2 p.m. with Brother Tom Lawson officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Ironton. Condolences may be expressed at



Betti Tolliver

Betti Jane (McCarty) Tolliver, 59, of Lancaster, died July 28, 2013. Will the husband please call Sheridan Funeral Home, Lancaster at 740-653-4633.