Obituaries – Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015

Published 9:39 am Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Catherine Nance

Catherine L. Nance, 85, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015. She joined her husband, Rusty, who entered heaven on Aug. 23, 2014. They were married Dec. 6, 1947. Rusty and Catherine were married almost 67 years and especially enjoyed camping together with family for many of those years.

Catherine was a life-long resident of Coal Grove. She graduated from Dawson-Bryant High School in 1947. She was a dedicated member of Zoar Baptist Church, where she was active in the choir and served in several positions with Zoar’s music program through the years. She began singing with the Silvertones Quartet as a teenager and then the Zoar Quartet. Catherine was an employee of Newberry’s and J.C. Penney in Ironton, Forth’s Grocery in Coal Grove and retired from Staley’s Pharmacy on Third Street in Ironton after working there for 19 years.

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Catherine was preceded in death by her husband, Earl “Rusty” Nance; her parents, Robert and Ethel Tate; sisters, Maglean Tate and Evelyn Crabtree; and a brother, Dennis Tate.

Catherine is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Joyce and Jack Harmon, of Georgetown, Kentucky, and Melinda and Steve Mays, of Coal Grove. She also leaves behind a granddaughter, Kelly Harmon Helm (Brian), of Lexington, Kentucky; grandson, Steven Mays, of Coal Grove; great-granddaughters, Natalie and Brenna Helm, of Lexington; and sisters-in-law Linda Nance and Diana Nance, of Coal Grove.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home with the Rev. Jim Beals officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until time of the service Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Zoar Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund, c/o Wilma Kelly, 637 Twp. Road 111, Ironton, OH 45638. Pallbearers will be Steve Mays, Jack Harmon, Brian Helm, Steven Mays, Wes Holliday and Garrett Holliday. Condolences may be made to the Nance family by visiting



Stephen Ream

Oct. 13, 1966 – Jan. 16, 2015


Stephen Anthony “Tony” Ream, 48, of San Antonio, Texas, died on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, as a result of a senseless violent act by another. Tony was a loving son, brother and uncle and a friend to many.

He is survived by his mother, Retha Adkins Ream; sister, Lea Ann Ream and her husband, Marcas Smith; sister, Michelle Richardson; nieces and nephews, Taylor Ream, Devon Smith, Kassidy Richardson, Zachary Smith and Kayden Oliver; uncle, Ronald Meeks, cousins, David and Susan Meeks, other extended family and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Ream; his grandparents, Elsie Mae and Webster Ream; grandmother, Juanita Adkins Fain; and aunt, Linda Adkins Meeks.

Tony was born in Ashland but lived most of his life in San Antonio, Texas. He loved animals and enjoyed driving and working on both cars and motorcycles. He faced many personal trials and tribulations during his life and fought them with determination and the support of family and friends. He was and remains a beloved son, brother and uncle and a dedicated friend who will be missed by many.

A memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Porter Loring North Chapel at 2102 N. Loop 1604 East in San Antonio. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the San Antonio Humane Society at


Gleo Runyon

Oct. 16, 1952 — Jan. 17, 2015


Gleo “Cooch” “Hog Head” Runyon Jr. 62, of South Point, passed away after his battle with cancer Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, at his residence. The South Point native was born Oct. 16, 1952, a son of the late Gleo Runyon Sr. and Virginia Osborne Runyon. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Joyce Roman Runyon, whom he married July 12, 1969.

Gleo Runyon Jr. went to South Point High School and was employed at Kentucky Electric Steel, where he retired after 40 years as senior first helper of the melt shop. He was of the Baptist faith and loved fishing and hunting.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Leo “Tubby” Runyon and Grady Runyon; and a sister, Violet Frazier.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons and one daughter-in-law, Gleo and Susie Runyon, Jeremy Runyon, and Christopher Runyon and his fiancée, Christy Shockey; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Julia and David Walsh, Crystal and Travis Waulk, and Opal Runyon and fiancé, Larry Bryant; brothers, Terry Runyon, Lowell Runyon, and Shane Runyon; sisters, Midge Williams, Lou Carnes and Connie Fulk; and special sisters-in-law, Amanda Steel and Kathy Roman; special grandson, Brandon Scragg; and also survived by 16 beloved grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Phillips Funeral Home with the Rev. Pat Burnett officiating. Burial will follow in Runyon family cemetery and visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Travis Waulk, David Walsh, Larry Bryant, Nick Roman, Gary Meadows, Brandon Scragg and Anthony Crabtree. Donations may be made to help with the funeral expense to Phillips Funeral Home, PO Box 122, Ironton, OH 45638. To offer condolences to the family, please visit



Michael Russell

Michael Russell, 48, of Crown City, husband of Cheryl Bowman Russell, died Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, in Gallipolis. Arrangements are pending at Hall Funeral Home.



Harold Daniel

Harold L. Daniel, 79, of Coal Grove, husband of Margaret Blackburn Daniel, died Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, at his residence. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Slack and Wallace Funeral Home in South Point. Burial will follow at Woodland Cemetery in Ironton. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.



Sheila Adkins

Sheila Ann Adkins, 61, of Proctorville, wife of Hobert Adkins, died Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, at her residence. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hall Funeral Home. Burial will be in Rome Cemetery. Visitation is 1-2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.


Arnold Mounts

Arnold R. Mounts, 54, of Huntington, died Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, at Hospice House of Huntington. Arrangements are pending at Hall Funeral Home in Proctorville.



Frederick Johnson

Frederick T. Johnson, 67, of Proctorville, died Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, at Cabell Huntington Hospital. Arrangements are pending at Hall Funeral Home.