Obituaries — 7/15/14

Published 10:33 am Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Lorena Pyles

Lorena M. (Rene) Thompson Pyles, 88, went to her Heavenly Home Sunday, July 13, 2014, at Best Care Rehab after a two-year battle of Parkinson’s and cancer.  She was born Nov. 6, 1925, on Dogwood Ridge to Charles L. and Carrie E. Adams Thompson who preceded her in death.

Lorena was a member of Cornerstone Church of the Nazarene for over 63 years. She taught Sunday school, Bible school and was very active in the church.  She was a former owner of Reno’s Pizza on Dogwood Ridge and in South Shore, Ky.  She retired from Goodwill Industries as the personnel director.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Edward Pyles, on Feb. 23, 1976.  They were married Aug. 12, 1944, in Greenup, Ky.

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She is survived by four children, two sons, Raymond Edward (Brenda) Pyles and Rick Lee (Kerry) Pyles, and two daughters, Diana Ruth (Bill) Auxter and Linda Kay (Randy) Percell; eight grandchildren, Michael Edward (Rena) Pyles, Jason Ray (Tara) Percell, Rena Rae (Jeff) McClellan, Melissa Renee Salmon, Tori Nicole Pyles, Lindsey Rae Pyles, Raymond Dean (Angela) Rigsby and Kristen Dispenza; 11 great-grandchildren, Kelli and Kaden Pyles, Lana Brooke, Natalie Faith and Olivia Paige Percell, Mallory Rae and Maximus David McClellan, Marcus Lee, Hayden Nevada Salmon and Charlee Alexus Pyles; one great-great-grandchild, Quinn Brooke Meyer; one brother, Donald (Irma) Thompson; one sister-in-law, Betty Jenkins, one brother-in-law, Ted Shuff; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one grandson, Jered Lee Pyles; one great-grandson, Christian Keifer Pyles; one sister, Kathleen Blevins; and three brothers, Charles L. Thompson, Jr., Raymond A. Thompson and Richard E. Thompson.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday at the Cornerstone Nazarene Church with the Rev. Michael Steven Percell officiating.  Burial will be in Memorial Burial Park.  Friends may call at the Harrison-Pyles Funeral Home in Wheelersburg from 3-8 p.m. Thursday and one hour before the service on Friday at the church.



Carol Shoemaker

Carol Lee Leib Shoemaker, 69, of Proctorville, died Sunday, July  13, 2014. There will be a private memorial service for the family in Greenfield on Wednesday. Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville, is in charge of arrangements.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at



John J. Abbott

John J. Abbott, 83, of Indianapolis, Ind., passed away Saturday, July 12, 2014. He was a retired machine operator at Link-Belt after 18 years. He is survived by his children, Joyce (Danny) Baker and John R. “Randy” (Marie) Abbott; grandchildren, Jessica Baker, Joshua and Sara Abbott,;sister, Suzanne (Larry) Wells; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife, Nora, parents, John and Stella Abbott; brother, Robert Abbott; and sister, Carol Morgan. Services will be noon on Wednesday at Flanner and Buchanan-Decatur with visitation there from 11 a.m. Burial will be at 2 p.m. in Fairland Cemetery in Shelby Co., Ind. Share your stories or memories with the family



Agnes Kline

Agnes M. Kline, of Pine Grove, died on Sunday, July 13, 2014, at Jo-Lin Health Center. Born in Pine Grove on Oct. 3, 1918, she was the daughter of the late George Andy Boll and Emelia Louise Orthmeyer Boll and the widow of John Kline. She was a member of Pine Grove Catholic Church, Catholic Women’s Club and Senior Citizen Club of Wheelersburg. She was a homemaker and self-employed farmer. She is survived by four sons, Michael Kline, Jerome (Janet) Kline, David (Theresa) Kline and Patrick ( Karen) Kline; three sisters, Margaret Schwab, SR. Paulette Boll and Bernadette (Mike) Kinney; a sister-in-law, Ruby Boll; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded by her sisters, Clara Medinger, Mary Genevieve Boll, SR., Monica Boll and Martha Boll and her brothers, Herman Boll, Anthony Boll, Joseph Boll and George Boll. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pine Grove.

Visitation will be at O’Keefe-Baker Funeral Home Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. with rosary services at 8 p.m. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery. Donations are requested to the St. Mary’s Cemetery Fund.



Verda Gore

Verda Gore, 84, of Ashland, Ky., died on Sunday, July 13, 2014, at Kingsbrook Life Care Center. Arrangements are pending at Carman Funeral Home-Flatwoods, Ky. Online condolences may be left at


David Malone

David L. Malone II, 37, of Ironton, passed away Friday, July 11, 2014, at the St. Mary’s Medical Center-Ironton Campus. The Ironton native was born March 1, 1977, the son of the late David Lynn I and Linda Spears Malone. He is survived by his wife of two years, Heather Johnson Malone, whom he married April 21, 2012.

David was a 1995 graduate of Symmes Valley High School, He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force where he served as a Airman 1st Class. He was a maintenance mechanic for the Special Metals Corp., where he worked for 11 years, was a Christian and was a member of NRA. David enjoyed hunting, fishing, bow fishing, riding motorcycles, horses and ATVs. He was known to his family and friends as “The Grill Master.” He loved working on his grandmother’s farm in Waterloo, and loved to travel with his wife and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandfather, Orvil Malone;

his grandmother, Flo Justice; and his father-in-law, Kevin Johnson.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, David “Drew” Malone of Scottown; a daughter, Jenna Malone of Scottown; a brother, Marty Holston of Ironton;

two sisters, Latasha Thompson of Willow Wood and Kimberly Delawder of Pedro; his grandmother, Jewel Malone of Waterloo; his mother-in-law, Linda Johnson; two sisters-in-law, Megan Johnson of California and Ashlee Johnson Lee of Ashland; a brother-in-law, Jay Yesker of Pasadena, Md.; six nieces and five nephews;

a number of aunts and uncles; and a host of friends.

Funeral services will be noon Wednesday at Phillips Funeral Home with pastor John Paul Patterson officiating. Burial will follow in Macedonia Cemetery with military rites by VFW Post 8850.

Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Dean Malone, Buddy Malone, Tony Overbaugh, Drew Malone, Jared Redmond, Rick Carpenter, Dustin Seay, and Shawn Corn. To offer condolences to the family, please visit



Bettie Compston

Bettie Jean Snead Compston, 83, of Coal Grove, went to be with the Lord, Sunday, July 13, 2014, at the Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland, Ky. The Greenup County, Ky., native was born Nov. 29, 1930, the daughter of the late James Daniel and Helen Tordiff Snead. She was also preceded by her husband, Ralph “Pug” Compston, who passed away June 23, 1988.

Mrs. Compston was a graduate of Ironton High School and a former stenographer for the CSX Railroad for over 40 years, retiring in 1991. She was a lifetime member of the Central Christian Church and was a former Girl Scout leader for over 45 years. She was also a member of the Red Hat Society, a church camp counselor, enjoyed participating in all church activities and researching genealogy.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, James F. Snead; and two sisters, Barbara Snead Lawless and Mary G. Snead.

She is survived by two daughters, Barbara Compston Albert of Hanging Rock and Elizabeth Compston (Ronald) Darby of Ironton; two sons, Ralph M. Compston of Proctorville and Mark G. (Brenda) Compston of Ironton; two brothers, Ralph T. Snead of Ironton and Charles J. (Yvonne) Snead of Coal Grove; a sister, June Snead (Dan) Calhoun of Houston, Texas; two sisters-in-law, Leah Rae Snead of Ironton and Lois Snead of Brookings, Ore.; 11 grandchildren, Kymberly (James) Owens, Kathy Bolen, Kerry (Christina) Albert, David (Lori) Darby, Billy Joe Darby, Travis (Jesse) Darby, Charity (Greg) Odom, Chris (Amy) Compston, Casey (Kimmi) Compston, Katie Compston, and Shelby Scior; and 26 great grandchildren.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Thursday in Woodland Cemetery with minister Phil Lemaster officiating. Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. Thursday at Phillips Funeral Home. Donations may be made to the Central Christian Church Memorial Fund, 1541 S. Seventh St., Ironton, OH 45638. To offer condolences to the family, please visit



Wayne McClellan

Wayne Edward McClellan, 82, of Ironton, died Sunday, July 13, 2014, at King’s Daughters Medical Center. He was born April 2, 1932, to the late Edith McClellan. He was the husband of Charlene Stamper McClellan. He was retired from the City of Ironton. He is survived by his wife; daughter, Kim (Martin) Kaiser of Ironton; one son, Wayne McClellan Jr. of Houston, Texas; two grandchildren, Marlee and Zachary Kaiser of Ironton; one brother, Michael McClellan of Newark; and one sister, Roberta Noel of Newark. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today at O’Keefe-Baker Funeral Home. Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with Darrell Fowler officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery section P.