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Obituaries — 2/15/14

Ashley Mays — Jan. 14, 1990 — Feb. 11, 2015

Elijah Parker — Nov. 20, 2009 — Feb. 11, 2015

Preston Walker — Feb. 26, 2014 — Feb. 11, 2015

Anthony Walker — Feb. 26, 2014 — Feb. 11, 2015

Ashley Mays was born Jan. 14, 1990, a daughter of Theo (Carl) Cazad and Charles (Rose) Mays. She attended South Point High School, loved dolphins, music and walking through the neighborhood, but most of all, she loved her children. Elijah Parker was born Nov. 20, 2009, known to all as “Bub” and always had a big smile on his face. Preston Walker and Anthony Walker, the twins, were born on Nov. 26, 2014 and were known as the Chunky Monkeys. They will all be sadly missed.

The children were preceded in death by their paternal grandparents, Fred and Lois Mays.

In addition to her parents, they are survived by a son and brother, Hunter Walker; the father of the children, Jacob Parker; Ashley’s five sisters and aunts, Breanna (Taray) Brown, Danielle Casey (Brad) Howard, Elisha Lucas, Danielle Jones and Angela Jones; six brothers and uncles, Daniel Cazad, Phillip Cazad, Logan Cazad, Melvin Jones, Danny Jones and Billy Jones; maternal grandparents and loving great-grandparents, Donna and Dolford Petty; five aunts and great-aunts, Tammy (Larry) Short, Carrie (Ed Dorman) Mays, Helen (James Ratliff) Barker, Rhonda (George) Anderson and Judith (Robert) Poe; two uncles and great-uncles, David Fetty and Jerome (Mary Judd) Bronson; her girlfriend, Dorothy Walker; two nephews and cousins, Christopher and Conner Cazad; and a host of family and friends.

Graveside funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Wednesday in the Green Lawn Cemetery in Burlington with Pastor Leon Dalton officiating.

Friends may call from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday, where a service will begin at 8 p.m. at the Brown Funeral Chapel. The family asks that memorial donations be made to help with financial expenses. Friends and family may share memories or express the condolences on the Facebook page for Brown Funeral Chapel. Family has entrusted their care to Brown Funeral Chapel.


Thomas Kimmle

Thomas Michael (Mike) Kimmle, of Coal Grove, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, at the Ohio State University Hospital at age 66. He was the son of the late William and Kathleen Bryant Kimmle and was an Army veteran, a welder by trade, a member of Symmes Valley Memorial VFW Post 2761 and attended St. Lawrence O’Toole Catholic Church. He was preceded in death by one brother, James Francis Kimmle. Survivors include William Jason Kimmle; Jamie M. Kimmle; Beth Griffith; Jason C. Elkins; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and his companion, Gloria Pemberton.

Visitation will be at noon Monday at O’Keefe Baker Funeral Home. Graveside services will follow at 1 p.m. at Calvary Cemetary in Coal Grove. Darrell Ford will be officiating and military graveside services will be performed by Symmes Valley Memorial Post 2761. O’Keefe Baker Funeral Home is in charge of services.


Ruth Lyons

Ruth “Marion” Bowyer Lyons, 90, of Lamarque, Texas, formerly of Ironton, passed away Wednesday, February 11, 2015, at the Bayou Pines Health Center. The Ironton native was born June 19, 1924, a daughter of the late Samuel A. and Sophia Boyer Bowyer. Mrs. Lyons was a 1942 graduate of Ironton High School and a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ironton.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Paul William “Bill” Lyons; and her son-in-law, Jim Gannon.

She is survived by five daughters, Patty Jenkins, of West Portsmouth, Pam Lyons, of Dublin, Janet (Ken) Inkrott, of Richmond, Texas, Cindy Gannon, of Wheelersburg, and Sandy (Bobby) Falcon, of Dickinson, Texas; 11 grandchildren, Scott Jenkins, Michelle Russell, Amy Parsons, Hilary Afram, Aaron Inkrott, Kristina Bradford, Heather Gannon, Kandace Gannon, Becky Norton, Tyler Ross and Alyssa Meeks; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father David Huffman officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery and visitation will be from 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Monday at Phillips Funeral Home. Donations may be made to the St. Joseph Catholic Church, 905 S. Fifth St., Ironton, OH 45638 and Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Ave, Ashland, KY 41101. To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.phillipsfuneralhome.net.


Lacey Thompson

Lacey M. (Becker) Thompson, 66, of Rush, Kentucky, formerly of Ironton, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at the Ashland Community Hospice Care Center from complications of a long battle with cancer. Born in Miami, Florida, on March 21, 1948, she grew up in Florida and resided in Ohio and Kentucky. She earned several master’s degrees and attended various universities throughout the country.

She also earned one doctoral degree from Ohio University in interdisciplinary arts. She was a tenured professor and educator at the Ohio University Southern campus in Ironton for more than 20 years. She most recently taught English at the University of Phoenix. She was a well-respected and liked professor and had an impact on many students throughout her career. Lacey was also a talented writer and artist. In addition to her academic life, she enjoyed vacationing and relaxing in the sun.

Lacey is survived by her husband, Stephen Andrew “Andy” Thompson. She is the mother of three children, Bridget (Steve) O’Farrell Frantz, of Wooster, Casey (Scott) Fingerson, of North Port, Florida, and Nathan (Holly) Litteral, of Kenova.

In addition to her husband and children, she is survived by eight grandchildren, Luke, Olivia and Collen Frantz, Sydney and Carrie Teagarden and Zoe, Rhyan and Adam Fingerson. She is also survived by five stepchildren, four step-grandchildren, one brother and two sisters.

The family appreciates all of the loving care from the staff at Wurtland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and the Ashland Community Hospice Care staff. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Lacey’s memory to Ashland Community Hospice. A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 at Central United Methodist Church located at 1043 Jefferson Ave. in Huntington.


Lula Lester

Lula Lester, 66, of Huntington, died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, at her residence. Hall Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, which are incomplete.


Etheleen Workman

Etheleen Workman, 90, of Maryland, formerly of Huntington, died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, in Maryland. Hall Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, which are incomplete.


Gabriel Adkins

Gabriel Isaiah “Zay” Adkins, 11, of Ashland, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, after a long battle with Niemann-Pick Disease. Zay was born Jan. 24, 2004, in Ashland to Chris and Angela (Dollarhide) Tackett.

Zay was a fourth grade student at Poage Elementary School. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Russell. Zay loved church, school, food, Power Rangers, dancing, singing and stuffed animals. Zay enjoyed cuddling and spending time with his family. He loved coloring with his little brother Caleb and his big sister Jenna always made him laugh. His mom took great care of him and his dad was his protector. Zay loved his mom, dad, brother and sister.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Jenna Elkins and Marissa Tackett, of Ashland; two brothers, Caleb Adkins, of Ashland, and Josh Tolson, of Lexington; a close family friend, Vanessa Akers, of Ashland; a large family and a host of friends who loved and will miss him dearly.

A celebration of his life will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Russell with Pastors Ken Gowin, Tony Daniels and John Frye officiating. A balloon release service will immediately follow in the church parking lot. Friends and family may call from 2:30 p.m. until the time of the service on Saturday.

Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. The family request in lieu of flowers, donations be made to www.gofundme.com/lqd9ws. To offer the family online condolences, please visit www.tracybrammerfh.com.


Kenneth Hysell

Kenneth Ray Hysell, 62, of Huntington, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. Private family services will be held. Hall Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.timeformemory.com/hall.