Obituaries for Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014

Published 10:40 am Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Michael Rogers

June 11, 1972 — Dec. 14, 2014


Michael Ray Rogers, 42, of Ironton, passed away Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland. The Ashland native was born June 11, 1972, the son of Rick R. Rogers, of Ironton, and Verna Mae Delawder, of Burlington. He is also survived by his wife, Mariann Fraley Rogers, whom he married Feb. 23, 2001.

Michael was a 1990 graduate of Dawson-Bryant High School and a former laborer for Union Local 1445. He enjoyed dirt track racing and collecting and reconditioning cars. But most of all, he loved his girls and being with his family.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, John and Maxine Delawder; and his paternal grandfather, Curt Rogers.

In addition to his parents and wife, he is survived by two daughters, Julie Rogers, of Ironton, and Elizabeth Rogers, of Wurtland; a sister, Michelle (Mike) Carrico, of South Point; an uncle, John (Sharon) Delawder, of Ashland; two sisters-in-law, Cathy (Bill) Jackson and Jodi (Jim) Dyer, both of Ironton; paternal grandmother, Loretta Evans Rogers, of Ironton; two nieces; and four nephews.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Phillips Funeral Home with Father David Huffman officiating. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery and visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Frank Delawder, Jim Dyer, Bill Jackson, Scott Delawder, Joe Keating, Andy Mullins, Mike Carrico and John Delawder. To offer condolences to the family, please visit



Rev. Clarence Ray Baker

April 11, 1927 — Dec. 5, 2014


The Rev. Clarence Ray Baker, 87, of Ashland, loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, at the home of his daughter, Tyna McCown, surrounded by his loving family.

A retired Baptist minister, Rev. Baker was born in Glo, Kentucky, on April 11, 1927, the son of the late Davey and Ruthey Boyd Baker. He attended high school at Wayland before going into the U.S. Army in 1944 during Word War II, honorably discharged on Jan. 19, 1947. He married Betty J. Taylor on Dec. 25, 1947. Rev. Baker retired from Allied Chemical in South Point after 16 years of service. Rev. Baker was ordained into the ministry on Feb. 6, 1966, culminating 58-plus years of Christian service in missions and ministry in Ohio, Kentucky, Georgia and Tennessee. Rev. Baker resided on the family farm a number of years before moving to Ironton. In declining health, he relocated to Oak Ridge, Tennessee, with daughter CeCelia before returning in March this year to Ashland.

In addition to his parents and his beloved wife of 54 years in 2001, Rev. Baker was preceded in death by a son, Jefferson Ray Baker; five brothers, Rev. Chalmer Baker, Dee Baker, Jim Baker, Ralph Baker and Larry Baker; and three sisters, Virginia Love, Thelma Aeh and Elsie Maynard.

Rev. Baker is survived by his four children, Rev. Clarence E. (Bernadine) Baker and Tyna L. McCown, both of Ashland, Cecelia Jane (Leslie) Black, of Oak Ridge, and Ruthann Delong, of Kitts Hill; six grandchildren, Lorna Rae Williams, of Ironton, Rev. Clarence Paul (Pete) (Hope) Baker, of Ashland, Katyna (Joe) Thompson, of Ironton, Georgetta (Ed Ferrell) Dilley, of Ironton, James E. (Belinda) Carter, of Portsmouth, and George McCown, of Ashland; seven great-grandchildren, Erica Ferguson, of Chesapeake, Calysta Dilley, of Ironton, Kyle Williams and Judge Williams, both of Ironton, Nash Baker, of Ashland, James M. Carter, of Ironton, Abigail Rose Baker, of Ashland; and one brother, Rev. William (Sally) Baker of Dover, Florida.

Services were Sunday, Dec. 7, at Preston Family Funeral Home in Ashland with Chaplain Jim Smedley officiated. Internment was on Monday, Dec. 8, at Woodland Cemetery with full military rites.

Rev. Baker was in the care of Community Hospice in Ashland from July through December. The family appreciates and acknowledges our Hospice Care Team and Hospice Crisis Care Team for their outstanding staff, nurses, home health aides, spiritual and emotional support. Special thanks goes to Kelley, Tracey, Linda, Wanda, Jessica and our Crisis Care Team Kathy and Gail.

The family requests remembrance donations to be sent to Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Ave., Ashland, KY 41101.

Janet Thacker

Janet Leah Thacker, 44, of Scottown, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. A graveside service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Good Hope Cemetery in Scottown by pastor J.D. Stevens with burial to follow. Visitation will be 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory in Proctorville. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Gloria Jeffers

Gloria J. Jeffers, 53, of Proctorville, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at Cabell Huntington Hospital. Arrangements are pending at Hall Funeral Home.

Curtis Short

Curtis E. Short, 63, of Crown City, died Monday, Dec. 5, 2014, at Hospice House of Huntington. Arrangements are pending at Hall Funeral Home.


Frances Burcham

Frances E. Kipp Burcham, 71, of Chesapeake, died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. Funeral service will be 3 p.m. Wednesday at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory in Proctorville with minister Larry Burcham officiating. Burial will be in Miller Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 2-3 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Tyler Owens

Tyler James Owens, 19, of Coal Grove, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Ironton. Arrangements are pending at Slack and Wallace Funeral Home in South Point.