Published 11:00 am Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Joseph Fletcher

Joseph Louis Fletcher Sr., 78, of Ironton, passed away Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Ironton. The Ironton native was born July 29, 1936, a son of the late W. Bradley and Elizabeth “Bessie” Jones Fletcher. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Betty Finley Fletcher.

Mr. Fletcher was a 1954 graduate of Ironton High School. He was a retired machine operator for Dayton Malleable. Mr. Fletcher was an Air Force veteran. Mr. Fletcher was a member of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Huntington, W.Va., where he served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher. He was a former member of Mount Olive Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, Sunday school superintendent and taught Sunday School. He was very active in Providence Association for many years and well as being active in his community.

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In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Earl Fletcher, William Fletcher, Stanley Fletcher and Henry Fletcher.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughter, Belinda Brown, of Ironton;

son, Joseph L. (Monica) Fletcher Jr., of Ironton; brother, Charles (Vivian) Fletcher, of Dayton; five grandchildren, Leah (Norman) Branch, of Ironton, Brandon Brown, of South Point, Michael (Charlene) Henry, of South Point, Cinnamon Fletcher, of Ironton, and Joseph Louis “Trey” Fletcher III, of Ironton; six great-grandchildren, Arianna Brown, of Ironton, Ciarra Henry, of South Point, Quinten Brown, of Ironton, Cassius Henry, of South Point, Zaiden Branch, of Ironton, and Ma’Laya Neloms, of Ironton; a special sister-in-law, Elaine Payne; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Mount Olive Baptist Church with the Rev. Franklin Murphy officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery. Visitation will be 11 a.m. until time of the service at the church. Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. To offer condolences to the family, please visit



Richard Carte

Richard Lee Carte, 59, of Deering, formerly of Ironton, passed away Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, at King’s Daughters Medical Center following a short illness. The Ironton native was born Sept. 10, 1954, the son of the late Delano “Lee” Carte and Betty Martin Carte. He was an employee of Ironton City Schools for 35 years and retired as maintenance supervisor in 2010. Mr. Carte is survived by his wife of 34 years, Robin Moulton Carte, whom he married March 20, 1980. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Tara Carte Short (Doug), of Ashland, Ky., and Amy Reynolds Jackson, of Ironton; three grandchildren, Miranda Devaney, Madison Jackson and Aaron Jackson; one great-grandchild, Laynee Crabtree; two brothers and three sisters-in-law, Charlie Carte (Therese), Rick Carte (Patty) and Jan Moulton; one sister, Brenda Carte Adkins (Mark); five nephews, Chris, Eric, Austin, Tanner and Kyle; two nieces, Natalie and Katlyn; and several special friends.

He was a loyal member of VFW Post 8850 in Ironton, Moose Lodge 701 in Ironton and the Knights of Columbus 1405 in Ironton.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Slack and Wallace Funeral Home in South Point. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with pastor Steve Harvey officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Richard Lee Carte Vocational Trades Scholarship, US Bank, 2301 S. Third St., Ironton, OH 45638 c/o Cathy McFann. Condolences may be expressed at



Earl Dennison

Earl Franklin Dennison, 75, of Clayton, N.C., formerly of Proctorville, died Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, at home. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Dennison. Arrangements are pending at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory in Proctorville.