Obituaries — 11/13/13

Published 3:01 pm Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Michael Ashworth

Michael Jay Ashworth, 55, of Clearwater, Fla., formerly of Ironton, passed away Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. Michael was a son to the late Harvey Eugene and Edna Carol Webb Ashworth and a grandson of the late Curtis and Early Webb and William and Orpha Ashworth. He is survived by his wife, Lynn Ashworth, of Clearwater, Fla.

Mike is survived by a daughter, Misty and Dale Jackson, of Colorado; sister Carol Jean Ashworth, of Ironton; nephew Brandon Prichard, of Ironton; two grandchildren, Colson and Gracie Bacon, of Colorado; uncle Tom Webb, of Ironton; aunts Mary J. Dixon, of Tampa, Fla., and Karen Delaney, of Lexington; brother-in-law David Kidd, of Ironton; sister-in-law Alice Muzaurieta, of Ironton; and multiple nieces, nephews and cousins. He was loved by all and he will be sadly missed.

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Michael was a member of New Valley Baptist Church and was a graduate of Coal Grove High School. Mike was owner/operator of J&L Trailer Transporting.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Phillips Funeral Home in Ironton with Pastor Brian Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in Melvin Cemetery and visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of the service on Thursday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Brandon Prichard, Colson Bacon, Donald Ashworth, Ronald Ashworth, Todd Ashworth and T.J. Ashley. To offer condolences to the family, please visit


Marcella Fuller

Marcella Fuller, 83, of Portsmouth, passed away Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. She was born June 24, 1930, in Rome Township, Lawrence County, daughter of Rex and Mabel Murdock Fuller, who preceded her in death.

Marcella graduated from Dawson Bryant High School in 1947, valedictorian of her class. She worked as secretary in the high school principal’s office for two years following graduation before enrolling at Ashland Junior College in Kentucky. During that time she worked in the office at Lawrence County General Hospital in the summer. She continued her education at Ohio Northern University, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism. She later enrolled at Scarritt College, Peabody College and Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, Tenn., earning a master’s degree in library science.

She worked in the Lawrence County Courthouse as office deputy in the sheriff’s office for an interval, and was society editor of a local newspaper for a time before beginning her career as a college/university librarian at Taylor University in Indiana, Wood Jr. College in Mathiston, Miss., Lambuth College in Jackson, Tenn., then the major part of her career at Joint University Libraries and Vanderbilt University in Nashville. She enjoyed the college/university campus life and the lifelong friendships made there.

Upon retirement, Marcella moved to Hill View Retirement Center in Portsmouth, where she became volunteer librarian, and took an active interest in the life of that community. She has also been active in the United Methodist Churches of each community where her life journey has taken her, most recently Cornerstone UMC of Portsmouth. Marcella traveled to American Library Association conferences in San Francisco, New Orleans, and other locations across the United States during her career, and also enjoyed doing genealogical research.

She spent a month in New York City, and went to England on a John Wesley Tour with a group from West Ohio Conference, along with her parents and sister, Audrey.

She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Don (Jean) Butler and Mrs. James (Stella Jane) Willis, both of Ironton; two nieces, Sonja (Ron) Wheelis of Ocala, Fla., and Kim (Mike) Whitman of Haverhill;and four nephews: Don (Patty) Butler of Knoxville, Tenn., the Rev. Vic (Debra) Willis of Englewood, Fla., Jim R. (Nazym) Willis of Cornwall, N.Y., and Benjamin (Shawna) Willis of Round Rock, Texas.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Irvin Rex Fuller II; and her sister, Audrey M. Fuller

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Phillips Funeral Home, Ironton, with Pastor Brad Jenkins officiating. Burial will follow in Rome Cemetery and visitation will be Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Donations may be made to the Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 808 Offnere St., Portsmouth, Ohio 45662. To offer condolences to the family, please visit

Paul Powers

Paul Edward Powers, 67, of Proctorville, died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, at St Mary’s Medical Center. Arrangements are pending at Hall Funeral Home.

Carla Coyer

Carla Jean Coyer, 62, of Ironton, died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, at the Sanctuary of the Ohio Valley, Ironton. Private family services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by Hall Funeral Home, Proctorville.