Obituaries — 7/13/14

Published 11:17 am Sunday, July 13, 2014

Carl Davidson


Carl Richard Davidson, 71, of Ironton, passed away Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at his residence. The Lawrence County native was born July 25, 1942, the son of John Bayless and Doris Katherine Stewart Davidson. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Laureen Stafford Davidson, whom he married Aug. 20, 1966.

Carl was a faithful servant of our Lord, being a Sunday school teacher for more than 50 years and also a current member of Hanging Rock Church of the Nazarene.

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Carl attended Ironton City Schools and received an associate of arts and social science degree from Ohio University. He has won multiple awards for his artwork and was a past president of the Ironton Artists Association. Carl had been a barber since 1960, and was awarded a key to the City of Ashland by Mayor Thomas Kelley on Feb. 5, 2011, celebrating his 52-year barbering service to the City of Ashland. Carl owned and operated his own shop Modern Hair Design since 1962.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Melissa Dawn and Troy Sampson, of Huntington, W.Va.; a granddaughter, Alana Nicole Martin, of Ironton; a brother, John Michael Davidson, of Ironton; and two nephews, Timothy Lee Davidson, of Ashland, and John Michael Davidson II, of Cincinnati.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Hanging Rock Church of the Nazarene with Pastors Frank Stidham and William Kouns officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon until the time of service Monday at the church. To offer condolences to the family, please visit



John Thomas


John White Thomas, 83, of Ironton, passed away Friday, July 11, 2014, at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Russell, Ky. The Lawrence County native was born Aug. 30, 1930, the son of the late Paul Lewis and Geraldine White Thomas Lewis.

John was a 1949 graduate of Ironton High School and a member of Central Christian Church. He was a United States Army veteran and was awarded the Korean Service Medal with six Bronze Service Stars, Merit Unit Emblem and the Purple Heart. John retired in 1991 as a machinist after 42 years with the Dayton Malleable Iron Company. He was a member of the Ironton Elks 177 and VFW Post 8850.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by son, Robert J. Thomas; brother, Danny Thomas; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Charles and Lennie Henthorne.

He is survived by his wife, Charlene Henthorne Thomas, whom he married April 16, 1954; son and daughter-in-law, John Jeffrey and Janet Thomas, of Cincinnati; son and daughter-in-law, Craig and Jami Thomas, of Ironton; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and brother, Galen “Jerry” Thomas of St. Petersburg, Fla.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home with Minister Phil Lemaster officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery with military honors by VFW Post 8850. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of the service Tuesday at the funeral home. Pallbearers for the service will be Austin Thomas, Kaci Thomas, David Washburn, Brian Washburn, Brad Washburn and Terry Lee Mowery.



Mary Donehoo

Mary Donehoo, 90, of Flatwoods, Ky., died Friday, July 11, 2014, at Woodland Oaks Health Care Facility. Carman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, which are pending. Online condolences may be left at


Brenda Hackworth


Brenda Kay Hackworth, 63, of Ironton, passed away Thursday, July 10, 2014, at the St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington, W.Va. The Ironton native was born Oct. 23, 1950, the daughter of the late Fred C. and Mona Sturgill Knipp. She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Johnny Lee Hackworth, whom she married Feb. 14, 1982.

Brenda was a 1968 graduate of Rock Hill High School and was the owner/operator of Brenda’s Styling for 16 years but a beautician for 39 years. She was a member of the Lawrence Furnace Church in Pedro, former past president of the Women’s Auxiliary for the Eagles Club, enjoyed quilting and was a Mary Kay consultant.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Lee; and two nephews, Jason Levi Knipp and Timothy John Knipp.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Cindy (Jeff) Boone, of Hoquiam, Wash.; two sons, Shane (Jami) Hackworth and Adam Hackworth, both of Ironton; three step-sons, Dean (Mitzi) Hackworth, of Cincinnati, Darren (JoAnn) Hackworth of, Alexandria, Ky., and John Hackworth, of Ironton; a step-daughter, Roberta (David) Hackworth-Mimms, of Lakeland, Fla.; six sisters; nine brothers; 23 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Phillips Funeral Home with Pastor Tim Maddy officiating. Burial will follow in Mamre Cemetery and visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4338 13th St., Ashland, KY 41101. To offer condolences to the family, please visit


Edna Smith


Edna Earlene Kearns Smith, 91, of South Point, passed away Wednesday, June 9, 2014, at Sanctuary of the Ohio Valley in Ironton. Ms. Smith was born March 10, 1923, in Huntington, W.Va., a daughter of the late Roscoe and Alice (Wells) Kearns.

Ms. Smith attended South Point Schools and was a laborer for the Dayton Malleable. She was of the Protestant faith.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Roscoe Kearns, Jr., Glenn Kearns, Fred Kearns and Clint Kearns.

She is survived by a daughter, Connie (Ed) Bailey, of South Point; a son, Richard (Jane) Smith, of Jackson; a step-daughter, Barbara “Nicki” Artis, of Ironton; a step-son, Jerry Lee Smith, of Greenup, Ky.; four grandchildren, Deanna (Kenny) Triplett, of Stedman, N.C., Ed Bailey, II, of South Point, Allyson (Dave) Wessells, of Upper Arlington, and Thad Smith, of Chillicothe; four step-grandchildren, Jerry Lee (Misty) Smith II, of Beckley, W.Va., Gretchen Smith, of Illinois, Lee Ann Pate, of Worthington, Ky., and Tom Artis, of Ironton; six great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; two brothers, Ralph Kearns and Wendell (Helen) Kearns, both of South Point; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday at the Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home with the Rev. James Kearns officiating. Entombment will follow in Highland Memorial Gardens. Friends may call from noon until time of the service Monday at the funeral home. To offer the family condolences, please visit