Patricia J. “Patty Jo” (Wylie) Covey, beloved mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, formerly of Canton, passed away peacefully in her home after a brief illness on June 27, 2014. She is survived by her sister, Gwendolyn Neff, of Jackson; her three children, Roderic A. (Kathie) Covey, of Canton, Craig S. Covey, of Ferndale, Mich., and Lisa A. Covey, of Winslow, Maine; three grandchildren, Ashley Covey and Brandon Covey, of Canton, and Justin Burgher, of Winslow, Maine; former husband W. Roderic Covey, of North Canton; nieces and nephews; and beloved dog, Charley. She was preceded in death by her mother, Geraldine Wylie; her father, Ashford Wylie; and brother, Charles Wylie.
She was born Jan. 29, 1929, in Athalia and grew up on a farm, originally known as Wylie Orchards, where she developed a strong work ethic early in her life as she picked apples and strawberries with her brother and sister. She fondly referred to Athalia as “down home” all her life. She was an “A” student in high school, where she was a cheerleader and valedictorian of her graduating class. She was active in 4-H and won an Ohio State Fair blue ribbon for a dress she made. She was graduated with a bachelor’s in fine arts from Ohio State University and worked at Stern and Mann’s as a graphic designer after college prior to becoming a full-time homemaker. In later years she also applied her artistic skills at Jane Skinner Academy and Framer’s Workshop in Canton.
She lived most of her life in Canton where she raised her three children. In recent years she lived with her son Rod (Kathie) in Ohio, spent time with Craig in Michigan and summers in Maine with Lisa and Justin. In 2012, she made her home near Lisa and Justin in Winslow, Maine, where she enjoyed the pleasures of living independently.
She was a longtime member of the Methodist Church and attended Zion United Methodist Church in Perry Township prior to moving to Maine. In Maine, she became involved with Winslow Congregational Church.
She enjoyed playing bridge and was a member of several card clubs through the years. She had a green thumb, inside and out, excelled in arts and crafts and was a skilled artist with water colors, pastels, oils and acrylics. She enjoyed reading, playing games on the computer, knitting, doing puzzles, participating in Facebook, and summertime gardening of flowers and vegetables.
Friends and family appreciated her sweet spirit, sense of humor, acceptance of all people and easy-going attitude, as demonstrated by her marching with her son in the Columbus Gay Pride parade in 1991. All her children and grandchildren benefited from her kindness, wisdom, full support and unconditional love. Her spirit lives on in our hearts, and will live on in the kind actions we take towards one another. She will be loved, missed, remembered and honored forever.
Please join us in honoring Patty Jo at an outdoor memorial on July, 19, 2014, followed by a reception with food, live music, and sharing at 3 p.m. at her and Lisa’s homes on South Garand Street in Winslow; rain date Sunday, July 20, 2014. Six trees/bushes representing her children and grandchildren will be planted in her honor on the properties. In lieu of flowers the family and Patty Jo have requested that donations please be made in her memory to either Hospice of Waterville, P.O. Box 200, Waterville, ME 04903 or the Homeless Shelter of Waterville, 19 Colby St., Waterville, ME 04901. Arrangements are under the care of Direct Cremation of Maine, 182 Waldo Avenue in Belfast.
Goldie Jenkins-Damron, 41, of Ironton, passed away Saturday, June 28, 2014, at her residence. The Ironton native was born Oct. 20, 1972, the daughter of Carolyn Sexton Jenkins and the late Charles David Jenkins.
Ms. Jenkins attended Rock Hill Schools and was a homemaker. Goldie loved music and listened to Hank Williams Jr., George Jones and AC/DC. She also loved to walk when she was able, socializing with her friends and watching horror films was her favorite. She enjoyed spending time with her family and enjoying life to the fullest.
In addition to her father, she is preceded in death by an aunt, Thelma Webb; and three uncles, Edward Webb, Delmar Jenkins and Donald Jenkins.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by two sons, Nathan Scott Jenkins, of Ironton, and Tracy Damron Jr., of Guyandotte, W.Va.; a daughter, Laura Ann Damron, of Huntington, W.Va.; two sisters, Tasha Marie Jenkins and Tisha Sue Jenkins, both of Ironton; an aunt, Lena Jo Lawton, of Pedro; her boyfriend, Andrew Carter, of Ironton; a special granddaughter, Lila Dee Jenkins, of Ironton; an uncle, Charles Sexton, of Portsmouth; and four grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Phillips Funeral Home Ironton with the Rev. Jeff Cremeans officiating. Burial will follow in Hanging Rock Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.phillipsfuneralhome.net.
Ray Hennen Jr.
Ray A. Hennen Jr., 82, of Lecta, passed away on Monday, June 30, 2014, at Arbors of Gallipolis.
He was born May 15, 1932, in Huntington, W.Va., son of the late Ray A. and Mabel Phillips Hennen Sr. Ray was a mechanic for Ashland Oil and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Sargent Hennen, of Lecta; a daughter, Peggy (Rick) McKee, of Willow Wood; one granddaughter, Jennifer (Bobby) Johnson; two great-grandchildren, Austin T. Johnson and Jenna Lynn Johnson.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Teddie Lee Hennen; and a sister, Mabel V. Fudge.
Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the Willis Funeral Home with pastor Larry Casteel officiating. Burial will follow in Ohio Valley Memory Gardens. Friends may call at the funeral home from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday prior to the service. There will be a military flag presentation by veterans at the cemetery.
Please visit www.willisfuneralhome.com to send e-mail condolences.
Freda Mae Meenach, 85, of Proctorville, died Monday, June 30, 2014, at The Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House in Huntington, W.Va. She is survived by her husband, Jack G. Meenach. Hall Funeral Home and Crematory in Proctorville is in charge of arrangements, which are incomplete.