Obituaries for Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014

Published 10:22 am Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Thomas Laber

Nov. 6, 1953 — Dec. 21, 2014


Thomas “Tom” F. Laber, 61, of Ironton, passed away at his residence with his family by his side after a courageous battle with cancer on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. The Ironton native was born Nov. 6, 1953, a son of the late John and Mary Ann Armstrong Laber. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Vicki Dearfield Laber.

Tom was a graduate of Ironton High School and a U.S. Marine Corp veteran. He was also a member of the Army Special Forces Airborne Group and a former machinist and conductor for the CSX Railroad, retiring in 1997 after 20 years of service. He was a member of the St. Lawrence O’Toole Catholic Church, a member of the AmVets Post 5293, a special deputy for Scioto County and a member of the Iron City Car Club. Restoring antique cars was his favorite hobby.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Pam Laber Kirk; and a grandson, Ethan Layne Laber.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son:, Sean F. (Heather) Laber, of Ironton; a daughter, Kesha (David) Crites, of Rockwall, Texas; three brothers, John Patrick (Beth) Laber and Scott Laber, both of Ironton, and Mark (LoriLee) Laber, of Dublin; and two grandsons, Gage Lee Crites, of Rockwall, and Evan Matthew Laber, of Ironton

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Phillips Funeral Home with the Rev. Rock Dearfield and the Rev. Gary Arthurs officiating. Burial will follow in Buckeye Cemetery with military graveside rites by the VFW Post 8850.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. until the time of the service on Wednesday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be his brothers, Pat Laber, Mark Laber, Scott Laber, Rodney Armstrong, Nathan Dearfield and Bill Dearfield. To offer condolences to the family, please visit



Virgil Loop

Oct. 14, 1958 — Dec. 20, 2014


Virgil DeWayne Loop, 56, of Franklin Furnace, lost his battle with cancer after eight months on Dec. 20, 2014, at Southern Ohio Medical Center. He was born Oct. 14, 1958, in Portsmouth, to the late Virgil Loop and Flo Ella Hurley Loop, of South Webster. He was a self-employed carpenter and a member of Mt. Hope Freewill Baptist Church. DeWayne was a lifelong supporter and coach of all South Webster athletic programs.

He is survived by his wife, Robbin Lynn Scarberry Loop, whom he married Dec. 22, 1984, in Powellsville. Also surviving are his mother, Flo Ella Loop; two sons, Wesley DeWayne Loop and Austin Lee Loop; three sisters, Delores (Tim) Henry, Barbara Brown and Rhonda Loop; brother and sister-in-law, Rick and Trish Scarberry; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are under the direction of Harrison Pyles Funeral Home where friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Friday. Burial will be in Vernon Cemetery at 10 a.m. on Saturday.



Gary Hesson

Gary Donald Hesson, 74, of Chesapeake, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Sebring, Florida. Arrangements are pending at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory in Proctorville.

Franklin Wagner

Jan. 19, 1940 — Dec. 20, 2014


Franklin Leo (Johnny) Wagner, born Jan. 19, 1940, 74, of Wheelersburg, was called home to join the Lord on Dec. 20, 2014, at Southern Ohio Medical Center surrounded by his loved ones.

Johnny was preceded in death by his father, John Wagner, and his mother, Lois Wagner; and sisters, Claudia, Ena Mae, Mabel and Ruth.

Johnny is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Kay Wagner; sister, Libb; and brothers, Ron (Gail) Wagner and Keith (Shirley) Wagner; children, Thomas (Debi) Wagner, Bob (Amber) Wagner, Sherri (Robert) Horner, Debbie (David) Tipton, Eric Wagner, Michael Wagner and Tanya (Kevin) Baldridge. Johnny was blessed with 12 grandchildren, Cheri Ann, Ashley, Nicolle, Katlyn, Kayla, Matthew, Nate, Jordee, Jessi, Jacob, Abram, and Benjamin. He also had many nieces, nephews, and other family members. Johnny was a proud United States Marine and the retired owner of Wagner Logging. He will be missed by many friends.

Harrison-Pyles Funeral Home in Wheelersburg is in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Monday with funeral services at 1 p.m. on Tuesday. Friends and family may also call one hour prior to the services on Tuesday. The final resting place will be Vernon Cemetery in Wheelersburg.



Willie Newsome

Nov. 20, 1929 — Dec. 21, 2014


Willie Carmen Newsome, 85, of Willow Wood, departed this life Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, at Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland. He was born Nov. 20, 1929, eldest son of the late Lawrence and Georgia Dempsey Newsome.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by siblings James Newsome and Mary Ann Bryant. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Frances “Ooten” Newsome; children, Ronnie and Pam Newsome, Teresa and Bill Blankenship, and Kimberly and Larry Baisden; grandchildren, Joshua and Leann Blankenship, Jessica and Jack Vance, Derek Newsome, Phillip Blankenship, Issac Baisden and Ashley and Dave Knipp; great-grandchildren, Julian and Darian Vance, Jonathan Vance and Liann Newsome Lafferty; siblings, Zona Gail Scarberry, Swanee Mae Maynard, Lawrence “Poncy” and Linda Newsome, Johnny “Bull” and Fannie Newsome, Joyce (Samuel) Ferris, and Thomas and Dean Newsome; also, a very special nephew, Tommy, and Samantha Newsome.

During Carmen’s life he was a veteran, sawmill operator, carpenter, construction worker and retired from the Mingo County Board of Education. Carmen moved to Ohio later after retirement to enjoy farming the land and raising cattle. He not only left behind a lot of friends and family, but he made a lot of new friends. Carmen was no stranger to anyone and he enjoyed talking to people.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory by pastor Larry Casteel and pastor Chris Johnson. Burial will follow in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Scottown. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at