Published 9:59 am Monday, September 1, 2014

Harold Thomas

Harold Vernon Thomas, 81, of Flatwoods, Ky., passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, W.Va.

He was born at Dwale, Ky., in Floyd County, to the late Miles and Alma June Callison-Thomas.

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He was a 38-year founding member of the South Point First Church of God where he served his God in many capacities including chairman of the board, treasurer and chairman of services.

Mr. Thomas retired from National Mines in the 1980s and then went to work for CSX where he was a machinist. He was a businessman having co-owned a candy store in Flatwoods called Jane’s Unique Creations. Harold also served his country honorably in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.

Besides his parents, Mr. Thomas was preceded in death by his first wife of 51 years, Janice Burchell-Thomas; his second wife of 9 and a half years, Inge Mcleod; one brother, Frieldan Thomas; and two sisters, Bonnie Lois McGuire and Emma Elizabeth Nelson.

He leaves behind a loving and devoted family including his wife, Anyce Fields-Thomas, of Flatwoods; two daughters, Terry Charlene Stevens and her husband, Perry, of Catlettsburg, and Deborah Ann Stevens, of Flatwoods; three precious granddaughters and one grandson that he dearly loved; eight great-grandchildren who put many smiles on his face; six stepdaughters; three stepsons; one brother, Lowell D. Thomas, of Dry Ridge, Ky.; and one sister, Linda Faye Rice, of Dwale, Ky.; as well as many friends and church family, all of whom will miss him dearly.

Funeral services will be at noon on Tuesday at Carman Funeral Home in Flatwoods. Entombment will follow at Rosehill Burial Park in Ashland, Ky. Visitation will be after 10 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

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Mary Dustin Ison

Mary Dustin “Dusty” Ison, 69, of Franklin Furnace, passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, Ky. Dusty was born Feb. 6, 1945, in Ironton, to the late Ducky Corn and Mary Frances (Simpson) Corn. Dusty was self-employed and ran Dusty’s Deli. She was of the Protestant faith.

She was the beloved wife of Paul W. Ison, whom she married Dec. 7, 1988, in Greenup, Ky., mother of Marybeth B. Alexander (Kevin) and Robert L. (Bobby) Bradley; stepmother of Bill Ison (Wendy) and Rhonda Maynard (Roland); six grandchildren, Jessica Maynard, Jonathon Maynard, Cassidy Ison, Ethan Ison, Sarabeth Bradley, Courtney Thornsberry and her special angel Bradleigh Bennington; one great-grandson, Draydon Smith; and son-in-law, Tate Bennington.

Dusty also leaves behind many friends and relatives (wife-in-law, Michael Ann, and husband, Jim; Phyllis Lynch, Judy Boehm, Connie Boggs, Ashley Evans, Laura Waddell and so many more), including pets Meshach, Macy and Felix.

Dusty was well known for her cooking and was a source of inspiration and compassion to everyone fortunate enough to know her.

Heaven is lucky to have her now and we are all blessed and fortunate to have been part of her life.

Our sincere apologies to anyone we forgot to mention. You were special to her and thank you for being in her life.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday with burial in Haverhill Cemetery. Harrison-Pyles Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Clevis Maynard

Clevis Maynard, 86, of Proctorville, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at St. Mary’s Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday at Hall Funeral Home in Proctorville with pastors Don Napier and Leo Maynard officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time. Burial will follow at Miller Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed to the family at



Ray Adams

Ray Adams, 86, of Ironton, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, at the Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland, Ky. Arrangements are pending at Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home.

Everett Easterling

July 25, 1944 — Aug. 30, 2014


Everett “Gene” Easterling Sr., 70, of Ironton passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at a local health care center. The Ironton native was born July 25, 1944, a son of the late William Everett and Myrtle Elizabeth Shope Easterling.

Everett was a former employee of the Lawrence County Community Action Organization and was of the Apostolic faith. He was an avid hunter and loved playing music.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Sharon Rodgers Easterling; four sisters, Mary Easterling, Virginia Easterling, Ruby Ashurst and Thelma Spurlock; and two brothers, William and Harry Junior Easterling.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Jean Dean Easterling; son, Everett Eugene “Gene” and Iva Easterling Jr., of Ironton; stepson, Bill and Donna Dickess, of Ironton;

Stepson, Dan Dickess, of Ironton; stepson, John and Jennifer Dickess, of South Point; stepdaughter, Tammy and Ron Adkins, of Ashland, Ky.; stepson, Alan Church, of Ashland, Ky.; four brothers, John and Debbie Easterling, Bobby Easterling, Terry and Marsha Minard, and Chuck and Casandra Sanders, all of Ironton; six sisters, Clara Mae Henry, Margie Stewart, Norma and Roger Dodson, Patty and Paul West, Kay and Ted VanHorn and Bev and Randy Taylor, all of Ironton; grandchildren, Tanner and Ashlee Easterling, Brandon, Derek and Daniel Dickess, Courtney Adkins, Megan Cox, Jessie Dickess and Bailey Dickess; great-grandchildren, Arianna Dickess, Emma Dickess, Aiden Clevenger and Rowan Cox; many nieces and nephews; and extended family members who loved him a lot.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Phillips Funeral Home in Ironton with his son, the Rev. Gene Easterling, officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery. Visitation will be 11 a.m. Tuesday until the time of the service at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Daniel Dickess, Brandon Dickess, Derek and Tanner Easterling, Rick Jenkins and Marcus Blake. To offer condolences to the family please visit




Richard Casey

May 26, 1958 — Aug. 30, 2014


Richard Lee Casey, 56, of Ironton passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at his residence. The Denver, Colo., native was born May 26, 1958, a son of the late Charles Henry and Dorothy Lee Casey.

Richard attended Ironton City Schools and was a roofer for Briden Roofing Company. He was of the Baptist faith and loved collecting.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Burton Casey; a sister, Sherry Casey; and a stepdaughter, Goldie Ann Jenkins.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn “Sue” Jenkins, of Ironton; daughter and son-in-law, Misty and Avery Bryant, of Coal Grove; daughter and son-in-law, Amy Casey and Gary Akers, of Kitts Hill; brother and sister-in-law, Charlie and Debbie Casey, of Braden, Fla.; brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Mary Casey, of Kings Mills; brother, Ben Casey, of Ironton; sister, Debbie Locander, of Rogers, Ark.; stepdaughter, Tasha Marie Jenkins, of Ironton; stepdaughter, Tisha Sue Jenkins, of Ironton; 11 grandchildren, Nathan, Kiersten, Caleb, Kyle, Devon, Cadance, Eli, Peyton, Andrew, Katie and Riley; and one great-grandchild, Lila.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesdayat Phillips Funeral Home in Ironton with pastor Shawn Rose officiating. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit