Obituaries – 10/9/14

Published 8:36 am Thursday, October 9, 2014

Ellen Kesterson

April 3, 1922-Oct. 6, 2014


Ellen C. Kesterson, 92, of Ironton, passed away Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, at the Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland. The Lawrence County, native was born April 3, 1922, a daughter of the late Earl “Keck” C. and Mona Lea Wineka Kesterson.

Miss Kesterson was a graduate of Ironton High School and a retired bookkeeper for the Selective Service Administration. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, where she was a longtime deacon. She was also an avid reader and animal advocate.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Clifford Kesterson and Walter Kesterson; a sister, Ruth Markin; and a niece, Carolyn Moloney.

She is survived by seven nieces and nephews, Margaret Wiseman, Jenny Webb, Ellen Alderson, Bill Markin, Abbe Kesterson, Neil Kesterson, and Dow Dunfee; 14 great nieces and nephews, Adam Wiseman, Jenny Alfrey, Anne Webb, John Webb, Mimi Webb, Jason Lawrence, Rebecca Maniago, Nikki Lawrence, Jessica Markin, Ruth Cook, Joe Markin, Mara Kesterson, Donald Mackie and Tracey Gabrielson; 14 great great nieces and nephews; a sister-in-law, Libby Kesterson; a cousin, Mona Brammer; and

close faithful friends, John, Maria and Laura Oakes.

Graveside services will be 12:30 p.m. Saturday in Woodland Cemetery with the Rev. Jan Williams officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at Phillips Funeral Home. Donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church General Fund, 201 N. Fifth St., Ironton, OH 45638. To offer condolences to the family, please visit



Orville Lavender

July 15, 1926-Oct. 6, 2014


Orville Edward (Erza) Lavender, 88, who resided with his daughter in Morehead, Kentucky, died Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, at Saint Joseph Hospital in Mount Sterling. He was born July 15, 1926, in Franklin Furnace, to the late Oscar Lavender and Mary Wright Lavender.

He is survied by his wife of 62 years, Virginia Alice Hale Lavender whom he married June 14, 1952 in Wheelersburg. Also surviving are a daughter, Tamara Lavender (James) Brandenburg; three grandsons, Charles Fredrick Keller, Jr., Nathan Brandenburg and Kyle Brandenburg; and two sisters, Beatrice Marie (Roy) Walters and Hazel Louise (Jessie) Otworth.

He was a Korean War veteran and a member of the Army 17th Corp or Engineers.

He worked at the Empire Detroit Steel plant for 42 years, all while volunteering at the Green Township Fire Department. In 1966 Erza committed his life to the Lord Jesus Christ at the Plymouth Heights Nazarene Church in Franklin Furnace. He always said “Put your little hand in His great Big Hand.” He loved and served the Lord all his days.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Charles Fredrick Keller, three brothers, Willie (Bud) Lavender, Albert Lavender and Charles Lavender and a sister, Genevia Lavender McGraw.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday at the Harrison Pyles Funeral Home in Wheelersburg with Pastor Chad Benner and Pastor Ronald Blevins officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. today and one hour prior to the service on Friday.



Maxine Goldizen

Maxine Lucille Pingley Goldizen, 82, of Huntington, died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House, Huntington. Funeral service will be conducted 1 p.m. Sunday at Randolph Funeral Home in Valley Bend, West Virginia.

Burial will follow in Brick Church Cemetery, Huttonsville, West Virginia.

Visitation will be held 5-8 p.m. Saturday at Randolph Funeral Home, Valley Bend.

Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville is in charge of local arrangements.




David Livingstone

David Craig Livingstone, 33, of Milton, W.Va., died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington. There will be no services.

Arrangements are by Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville.



Terry Case

Terry Lee Case, 65, of Barboursville, West Virginia, died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, at VA Medical Center, Huntington. American Legion Post # 177 will conduct military graveside rites at White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Barboursville, West Virginia. In lieu of flowers please bring red, white, blue and maroon balloons to release.

Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville is assisting the family with arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at


Paul Gregory Hunt

Nov. 1, 1957 — Sept. 26, 2014

Paul Gregory Hunt, 56, of Proctorville, went to be with Jesus on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, at CAMC in Charleston, West Virginia, after a short illness. He was born Nov. 1, 1957, in Huntington, to Paul Hunt, of Proctorville, and Donna Sowards Hunt-McClure, of Chesapeake.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by one son, Gregory Scott Hunt, of Proctorville; one daughter, Nicole (Mark) Franklin of Goose Creek, South Carolina; three granddaughters, Cassie, Lainey and Emalee Franklin; two brothers, Randy (Pam) Hunt, of Barboursville, West Virginia, and Justin (Tabitha) Hunt, of Proctorville; three sisters, Pam Hunt (Leon) Bowman, of Scottown, Sheila Hunt (Jeff) Wikoff, of Chesapeake, and Lynn Hunt Adkins, of Huntington; and several nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends who loved Greg very much.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Mandy and Teresa, who he will meet in heaven.

Greg will be missed very much, with his corny jokes, but most of all his love for everyone. Visitation was Sept. 29, 2014, at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory in Proctorville, with the funeral service following by pastor Phil Wilson. A private family burial took place at Miller Memorial Gardens. Condolences can still be expressed to the family at



Marcia Mansfield

Marcia Lynn Ward Mansfield, 60, of Huntington, died Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House of Huntington.  Funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. Friday at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville.  Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at