Obituaries for Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Published 1:14 pm Thursday, December 18, 2014

Malissa Brown

Aug. 18, 1925 — Dec. 13, 2014


Malissa Brown, 89, of Ironton, passed away Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House in Huntington. She was born Aug.18, 1925, in Ironton and the daughter of the late Robert and Rosalee Boykin.

Mrs. Brown was a graduate of Ironton High School. She was a retired nurse’s aide for the Lawrence County General Hospital. She was a member of Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, where she was the mother of the church and a member of the choir. Mrs. Brown was very active in the Providence Association, Ohio Baptist General Convention (OBGC) and her community.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Brown; her two sisters, Roberta Boykin and Cora Hubbard; and two brothers, John B. and Leroy Boykin.

She is survived by two daughters, Alicia (Larry) Gaines and Shelia Gail Brown-Johnson; one son, Michael Brown; six grandchildren, Chaka (Mike) Hubert, Tervan (Rita) Coleman, Leah (Norman) Branch, Brandon Brown, Michael Johnson and Hannah Lutz; and 17 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Damion Sneed officiating. Interment will follow in Woodland Cemetery. Visitation will be 9-11 a.m. Saturday at the church. The family expresses heartfelt gratitude for the loving care provided to Malissa by the Emogene Dolin Jones staff. Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. To offer on line condolences, please visit



Roger Loevenguth

March 4, 1930 — Dec. 16, 2014


Roger Alan “Pappy” Loevenguth, 84, of Rock Camp, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at Cabell-Huntington Hospital in Huntington. The Otway native was born March 4, 1930, a son of the late Jacob and Bessie Free Loevenguth. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Shirley Colleen Dingus Loevenguth.

Mr. Loevenguth was a 1947 graduate of Otway High School and a U.S. Army veteran. He was a former correctional officer for the Summit Federal Prison for 24 years and was a member of the United Methodist Church at Rock Camp, where he was the Sunday school superintendent for 30 years. He enjoyed hunting, collecting old cars and watching the Cincinnati Reds.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five sisters, Ada Hampton, Nola Dotson, Mary White, Wilma Rice and Jean Kegley; and five brothers, Oscar Loevenguth, John Loevenguth, Marion Loevenguth, Jake Loevenguth and Phillip Loevenguth.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Kimberly Hensley, of Wheelersburg; three sons, Roger (Shelia) Loevenguth, of Columbus, Mississippi, Daniel (Rhonda) Loevenguth, of Lexington, Kentucky, and Scott (Carolynn) Loevenguth, of Rock Camp; 13 grandchildren, Michael Hensley, Matthew Hensley, both, of Wheelersburg, Danielle Allen, of Willow Wood, Jacob Loevenguth, of Ashland, Jake Brown, Jimmy Brown, both of Rock Camp, Jorden Brown, of Newport, Kentucky, Thomas Rankin and Jeff Rankin, both of Florida, John Reed and Tammy Sanderson, both of Columbus, Mississippi, Donna O’Bryant, of Pheba, Mississippi, and Christi Larmour, of Columbus, Mississippi; 21 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and church family

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church in Rock Camp with pastor Brad Jenkins officiating. Burial will follow in Bazell Cemetery and visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday at the church and one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Donations may be made to the Rock Camp United Methodist Church, Box 83, Rock Camp, OH 45645. To offer condolences to the family, please visit



Nancy Burcham

Dec. 26, 1932 — Dec. 16, 2014


Nancy E. Burcham, 81, of Willow Wood, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in Heartland of Riverview.

Nancy was born Dec. 26, 1932, a daughter of the late Charles and Nora Arrowwood Stephens. She was a homemaker.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard F. Burcham; one daughter, Diana Gail Burcham; two sisters; and one brother. Nancy is survived by three sons, William Anthony “Tony” Burcham, and his girlfriend, Paula Watson, Randall Lee Burcham and Bernard Justin “Gus” Burcham and his wife, Brenda; one grandson, Gus Anthony Burcham; two great-grandchildren, Ian and Ethan Burcham; four sisters; and one brother.

Funeral service will be 2:30 p.m. Friday at Schneider-Griffin Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Locust Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be 1:30-2:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Heartland of Riverview for the care they provided Nancy. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Betty Reffitt

Dec. 20, 1932 — Dec. 10, 2014


Betty Reffitt, 81, of Ironton, died Wednesday Dec. 10, 2014, at Batavia Nursing Home and Convalescent Center in Batavia. She was born Dec. 20, 1932, in Ashland, to the late Thomas and Nora Hortance Dunlapp Russell. She was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Gene C. and Eric Donta Reffitt, and lifelong companion, Newt Yancy. She is survived by her sons, Paul, Mike, David and Dewayne Reffitt; and daughters, Vickie Reffitt and Lola Louise Gumbert; 22 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Stepchildren include Dave, Jim, Barb and Annette Yancy, and many step grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Friday at O’Keefe-Baker Funeral Home. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.



Russell Keeton

Russell Edward Keeton, 77, of Ashland, died on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Russell. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Pentecostal Holiness Tabernacle in Flatwoods with pastor Lloyd L. Bailey and the Rev. J.E. Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Ashland Cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at Bailey Funeral Home in Flatwoods. Online condolences may be sent to



Tyler Owens

Tyler James Owens, 19, of Coal Grove, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Ironton Campus. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Myrtle Ridge Cemetery in Kitts Hill with Dale Knipp officiating. Slack and Wallace Funeral Home in South Point is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at