Obituaries for Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014

Published 11:09 am Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Elizabeth Kelley

Feb. 25, 1963 — Nov. 9, 2014


Elizabeth “Beth” Jane Kelley, 51, of Ironton, passed away Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, at the Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland. The Puerto Rico native was born Feb. 25, 1963, a daughter of Georgianna F. Aldridge Maddy Kidd, of Pine Grove, and the late William F. Maddy. She is survived by her husband of 29 years, Gene Kelley, whom she married in June 1985.

Mrs. Kelley was a 1981 graduate of Rock Hill High School where she was a former band member. She received her bachelor’s degree from Ohio University and her master’s degree from the University of Toledo. She was a developmental disabilities teacher with the Lawrence County Board of Developmental Disabilities for seven years and previously taught at Head Start. She was born in Puerto Rico but was raised in Biloxi, Mississippi, and Lawrence County.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a brother, Randall Jay Maddy; her paternal grandparents, Fred and Asenith Maddy; and her maternal grandparents, Frank and Margaret Aldridge.

In addition to her mother and husband, she is survived by two daughters, Kristina Clinton, of Orlando, Florida, and Amanda (Josh) Gearheart, of Flatwoods; a brother, Eric (Carla) Maddy, of Ironton; a sister, Mary Joseph, of Ironton; a grandson, Connor Gearheart, of Flatwoods; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Phillips Funeral Home with pastor Mike Long officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Eric Maddy, Derek Maddy, Josh Gearheart, Josh Joseph, Jonathan Joseph and Gary Carrico. Donations may be made to the Community Hospice Care Center, 2330 Pollard Road, Ashland, KY 41101. To offer condolences to the family, please visit



Betty Meyers

Mrs. Betty Lou Barnett Meyers, the 1948 May Queen of Ironton High School, passed away peacefully at home, Wednesday Oct. 22, 2014, under the care of THA Healthcare Group-Hospice. She was surrounded by her loving family and close friends.

She was born in Russell but moved to Ironton when she was young. She married Paul Edward Meyers in 1948 and in 1956, with two children in tow, Betty and Paul moved to Savannah, Georgia. She lived in Savannah for 58 years.

Betty was employed at St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System as a fixed asset accountant and had recently retired after 23 years of loyal service. Her life was very blessed with the experiences that she had with all her co-workers and friends at the health system. Prior to that, she was assistant vice president at Great Southern Federal Savings and Loan for 23 years. She was an exceptional and loyal employee, and her always smiling face will be greatly missed by many. Betty was known for her love of God, family and her husband (Paul Eddie) and we know that her death was a wonderful reunion for the man she truly loved.

Betty had three children, seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Edward Meyers, of Savannah; her oldest son, Gregory Paul Meyers, of Birmingham, Alabama; and her oldest grandson, Paul Edward Meyers II, of Jackson, Tennessee.

Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Lynda and George Long, of Savannah; son and daughter-in-law, Jeffrey and Zanna Meyers, of Knoxville, Tennessee; daughter-in-law, Gayle Davis Meyers, of Birmingham, Alabama; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

The memorial service celebrating her life will be 4 p.m. Saturday at White Bluff Methodist Church. The family suggests that any remembrances be made to the Paul Meyers Foundation, 1845 Cedarwood Road, Birmingham, AL 35216. This foundation supports education on hypertrophic cardiac myopathy, the disease that both her son and grandson suffered and died. Remembrances can also be made to The Humane Society of Coastal Georgia as Betty never met an animal that she did not love.

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Bobby Nichols

Bobby M. Nichols, 83, of Crown City, died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, at the Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland. He is survived by his wife, Mary Alice Nichols. Arrangements are pending at Hall Funeral Home.



Ernest Jones

Ernest Lee Jones, 56, of Proctorville, died Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, at the Emogene Dolin Hospice House of Huntington. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today at Hall Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Miller Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be noon-1 p.m. today at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at



Ruth Bruce

Ruth Marie Bruce, 77, of Willow Wood, died Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, at King’s Daughters Medical Center. Arrangements are pending at Hall Funeral Home.


James Everly

Aug. 21, 1921 — Nov. 7, 2014


James Burton Everly, 93, passed away at his home in Argent Court while in his sleep on Nov. 7, 2014. Born Aug. 21, 1921, to Virgie and Roy Everly in Ironton. He achieved fame in his beloved hometown on the banks of the Ohio River as the MVP of his high school football team in 1940.

Although his call to duty in the U.S. Army cut short his collegiate football career at Bowling Green, he never regretted his sacrifice to fight for his country. Serving in both the South Pacific and China, Burma and India campaigns, he carried the scars of losing 23 men under his command to enemy fire for 70 years.

Marrying Ruth Marie Lehner, whose letters from home throughout those torturous three years spent in the jungles helped make the malaria he contracted in Burma and the horrors of war somehow bearable. He moved with his wife and two children, Constance Elizabeth and Daniel Eugene, to Houston, Texas, in 1951. After 32 years in Houston, he and Ruth moved to Brenham. For the next 27 years he and his family lived on the beautiful bluebonnet covered hills along the banks of Woodard Creek.

At 89, James finally quit working and retired to Argent Court for a well deserved rest. His friends there got to know a man who represented the archetype of a generation that knew all too well that sacrifice and suffering are necessary ingredients to achieving the security we Americans enjoy.

James is survived by his daughter; son; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and one greatest niece.



Kimberly Turvey

May 25, 1960 — Nov. 5, 2014


Kimberly Sue (Watson) Turvey, 54, of Pedro, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. She was born May 25, 1960, the daughter of Connie Jean Rawlins Watson, of Ironton, and the late Arnold Floyd Watson.

She was a 1979 graduate of Oak Hill High School and was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to her father she was preceded in death by her husband, John William Turvey; and a dear friend, Trish Aldridge.

She is survived by three children, Ethan Shane (Kayla) Turvey, Adam Wade Turvey and Santana Danielle Turvey, all of Pedro; a special granddaughter, Aubrey Turvey; two stepsons, Johnny (Karen) Turvey, of South Webster, and Wade (Mary) Turvey of Kitts Hill; two stepdaughters, Marietta Merrick, of Chillicothe, and Renatta Kubit, of Wichita, Kansas; numerous grandchildren; sisters, Teresa Kimble, of Chillicothe, and Jean Watson, of Ironton; brothers, Tim Watson and Brian Watson, both of Ironton, Mike Watson, of New Boston, and Jeff Watson and Larry Watson, both of Dayton; and also her dear friend, Connie Robinson, of Pedro; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Phillips Funeral Home with pastor Joe Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Lawrence Furnace Cemetery and visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Donations may be made to Phillips Funeral Home 1004 S. Seventh St., Ironton, OH 45638 to help with funeral expenses.



James Tarr

James William Tarr, 85, of Lexington, Kentucky, formerly of Ashland, died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, at the Richmond Place in Lexington. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Carman Funeral Home in Flatwoods. Burial will follow at Mt. Zion Cemetery in South Shore with military honors presented by American Legion Post 276 of South Shore. Visitation will be 11 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left for the family at



Carolyn Fout

Carolyn Lou Berger-Fout, 78, of Lexington, Kentucky, died Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, at the Hospice Care Center in Lexington. She is survived by her husband, Carl Fout. There will be a graveside service at 1 p.m. Thursday at Bellefonte Memorial Gardens in Flatwoods with a brief visitation at Carman Funeral Home from 11 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Online condolences may be left for the family at