Obituaries — 9/5/13

Published 10:02 am Thursday, September 5, 2013

Virginia Wolfe

Virginia Helton Wolfe, of Proctorville, formerly of Ironton, beloved wife of Laurence H. Wolfe for 65 years, died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House in Huntington, W.Va. She was 85 and died from complications of Parkinson’s disease.

Survivors in addition to her husband include children Charles Wolfe (Susan), of Frankfort, Ky., Rena Wolfe Allen (Charles Michael), of Proctorville, and the Rev. William D. Wolfe (Carol), of Colorado Springs. She also is survived by seven grandchildren: Jennifer Allen Graham (Lines), and Chad Allen (Patricia), both of Proctorville; Kecia Wolfe Hodges (Kevin) and David C. Wolfe, of Colorado Springs; Elizabeth Wolfe, of Albuquerque, N.M.; Zachary H. Wolfe (Kara), of Owings Mills, Md., and Thomas L. Wolfe, of Frankfort, Ky. Also surviving are great-grandchildren, Grace, Chase and J.C. Allen, and Mallory Graham, all of Proctorville, and Jesse and Reagan Hodges, of Colorado Springs; a sister, Cynthia Lou Whitt, of Louisville, Ky., formerly of Paintsville, Ky., and a host of nieces and nephews.

Virginia was born Dec. 5, 1927, at Oil Springs in Johnson County, Ky., the fifth of six children of Dewey Helton Sr. and Sue Nettie Caudill Helton. She was preceded in death by her parents; and four siblings Irene Vance, Dewey Helton Jr., John C. Helton and George Helton. Virginia retired from J.C. Penney Co., having worked in the business offices of Penney stores in Marietta, Zanesville and Ironton. She and Laurence were longtime members of First Baptist Church, Ironton, but in recent years had been members of Beulah Baptist Church, in Proctorville.

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Funeral services are scheduled to begin at noon Friday at Hall Funeral Home in Proctorville with Dr. Kevin Bloomfield and the Rev. William Wolfe officiating. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday. Burial will take place at Highland Memorial Park in Johnson County, Ky. The family expresses its appreciation for the kindness of caregiver Ruth Nance, the nurses of Hospice of Huntington, and the staff of the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House, Huntington.

Contributions in Virginia’s memory may be made to Hospice of Huntington and to the Beulah Baptist Church building fund. Condolences may be expressed to the family at



Clyde Lockwood

Clyde “Vernon” Lockwood, 91, of Ironton, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at the Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, Ky. The Johnson County, Ky., native was born Aug. 6, 1922, the son of the late Ben and Bessie Turman Lockwood. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn McGirr Lockwood, who passed away Dec. 13, 1999.

Mr. Lockwood was a graduate of Paintsville High School and attended Morehead State University. He was a U.S. Army WWII veteran, and was a retired iron worker with Ashland Local #769. Vernon was a member of Central Christian Church and the VFW Post 8850 in Ironton.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Jack Lockwood, Charles R. Lockwood and Paul Lockwood; and two sisters, Helen Jean Lockwood and Doris Griffith.

He is survived by two stepsons, Doug and (Lysa) Henry of Lexington, Ky. and Jeff Henry of Flatwoods, Ky.; three grandchildren, Justin Henry of Marietta, Ga., Laura and (Ryan) DeLong, of Louisville, Ky. and Jennifer Henry of Stuttgart, Ark.; one great-grandchild, Taylor McCleskey, Louisville and many loving nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Phillips Funeral Home with Minister Phil Lemaster and Pastor Doug Henry officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery with military graveside rites by the VFW Post 8850. Friends may call Friday from 6 and until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit