Obituaries – 10/10/14

Published 9:07 am Friday, October 10, 2014

Clell Elliott

July 27, 1922-Oct. 8, 2014

The Rev. Clell Burnett Elliott, of Franklin Furnace, the oldest member of our Elliott Clan at the age of 92, left us to go to be with the Lord, and join his family and loved ones who have gone before on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014

Clell was born on July 27, 1922, at Neal Howard Creek in Elliott County, Kentucky, the 10th of 12 children born to Adolphus Derse Elliott and Julia Clevenger Elliott.  In 1942 he joined the U.S. Navy serving in World War II.  He was a popular semi-retired pastor of the Nazarene Church for over 68 years.  He made news in 2012 at age 89 when he received his bachelor degree of science from Rio Grande University.  Among his many accomplishments, he became a very good cook. An invitation to his house for a meal was a special treat.  He was known for zipping around Ohio and Kentucky in his 1965 Mustang.  He was a teller of tales and a very witty man.  He loved his family and hunted down Elliotts wherever he went, drawing them into this wonderful family.  He was forever young at heart.

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He was widowed twice.  His first wife, Maggie Burnett, died in 2001 after 59 years of marriage and three children.  His second wife, Mina Hankins McComas, died in 2008 after only six years of marriage.

Clell is the last of his brothers and sisters to leave this earth.  They were  Prudia Elliott Crisp Wimp (1900-1901); Lonnie M Elliott (1901-1901); Ruth Helen Elliott Wells (1902-1987); Shirley Elliott (1904-1908); Jason Lee Elliott (1905-1965); Linvill Elliott (1908-1913); William Estell Elliott, former Grayson Police Chief (1912-1965) Ruby M Elliott (1913-1913); Mable Elliott Montgomery (1917-1999); Easter Mozell “Midge” Elliott Wallace (1924-2002); and Iva Mae Elliott (1926-1926).  Also predeceased by great-grandson Timothy Alan Branscom, Jr. (1990-2009).

Survivors include his three children, Sue Ann Elliott Uhrig of Chillicothe, Jerry L. Elliott (Angie) of Ironton, and Terry Gene Elliott (Rita) of Franklin Furnace; and two step children, Clyde (Patsy) McComas of Oroville, California and  Norma Jean McComas (Jerry) Browning of Ironton

Grandchildren are pastor Nicki Sue Uhrig (Mark) Pfeifer, Jodi Cheri’ Uhrig Branscom, Delaya Lynn Elliott (Dale) Short, Travis Weston Elliott, Tina Michelle Elliott (Lenny) Legg and Terry Gene (Amanda) Elliott.

Great-grandchildren are Andrew Christopher (Lyndsie) Pfeifer, Alexandra Nicole Pfeifer (Brice) Aldridge, Austin Michael Pfeifer, Tyler Michael Branscom, Cheyanne Nicole Jenkins, Karinna L, Anthony Dale, Maressa Lynn and MaKayla Lee Short, Walker James Elliott, Ivy Marie, Austin Lee and Gabriel Michael Legg, Caleb Michael, Carter Matthew and Cameron Myles Elliott.

Funeral service will be held at 5 p.m. Monday at Plymouth Heights Church of the Nazarene, 25 Arnett Drive, Franklin Furnace, with pastor Tim Throckmorton officiating.  Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Sunday at the Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home.

Entombment will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Rose Hill Burial Park, Ashland, Kentucky.

In lieu of flower contributions can be made to Community Hospice of Ashland. To offer the family condolences, please visit




John Miller

John Joseph Miller died at home in Saratoga Springs, New York.  He was 83 years old, born in Marion, the son of the late Alois F. and Anna Mae (Knight) Miller. He was a graduate of Saint Joseph Catholic High School of Ironton, and the University Cincinnati College of Electrical Engineering.  He  retired from General Electric in Saratoga Springs. He was preceded by one grandson, Scott Guberman and two step-grandchildren Fiona Doyle and Brian Doyle. Survivors include two daughters and one son-in-law, Suzan M. (Henry) Guberman and Bernadette Miller; four sons and daughters-in-law, John A. (Martha) Miller, Joseph M. (Marilyn) Miller, Francis I. Miller and Bernard (Ginnie) Miller. Grandchildren include James Guberman, John Guberman, Tadeus Miller, Evan Miller, Sophie Miller and Walter Miller; five sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary Ann Hobart, Elizabeth (Larry) Rist ,Carolyn M.(James) Hoessle, Elaine A. Miller and, Annette Miller; six brothers and sisters-in-law, Thomas A.(Pat) Miller, James L.(Patsy) Miller, William P. Miller, Joseph A. (Ginny) Miller, Francis A.(Marilyn) Miller and Daniel R. Miller. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St Joseph Catholic Church with Father David Huffman officiating. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. on Sunday, with Rosary at 8:30 p.m.  at O’Keefe Baker Funeral Home. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Coal Grove.

John was very proud of the work he did working for GE at Cape Kennedy, Florida  He was lead engineer on the hydrogen system that powered the 2nd and 3rd stages of the Saturn 5 rocket which launched the Apollo spacecraft to fulfill President Kennedy’s national goal of “landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth.”  Later, still working for General Electric at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory in Niskayuna, New York he worked on the development of naval propulsion systems and reactor cores. John was an outdoorsman who taught his children to ski, ice skate, scuba dive, to love boating and to recognize the plants, trees and animals of the world.  He also loved music, reading and the birds that flew to his feeder in his backyard. The time of year he loved the most was every Memorial Day weekend when the entire Miller family held its annual picnic.  His family was the most important treasure of his life.


Gates Callens

Gates Ellery Callens, 62, of Chesapeake, husband of Ida M. Bates Callens, died Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House, Huntington. Arrangements are pending at  Slack and Wallace Funeral Home, South Point.



Thelma Harding

Thelma Roberts Lambert Harding, 91, of South Point, died Wednesday Oct. 8, 2014, at the Jo-Lin Health Center, Ironton. Graveside funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at Docks Creek Cemetery, Kenova by minister Willie Purdee. Visitation is from 1-2 p.m. on Saturday at the Reger Funeral Home, Huntington. Online condolences may be made to the family at



Virginia Murdock

Virginia L. Smoot Murdock, 92, of Chesapeake, died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, at home.  Funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. Sunday at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville.   Burial will follow in Centenary Cemetery, Chesapeake.  Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at