Obituaries — 3/26/15

Published 11:06 am Thursday, March 26, 2015

Carus Steorts

Carus James “Jim” Steorts, 84, of Ironton went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at King’s Daughters Medical Center, Ashland. The Hebron native was born April 7, 1930, a son to the late Carus A. and Adda (Rue) Steorts. Jim is survived by his wife of 44 years, Marilyn (Killin) Steorts.

Jim was a 1948 graduate of Wellston High School. He went on to serve three years and was active duty during the Korean War in the United States Navy. Jim worked as a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service where he retired after 24 years of service. He was also a member of the First Tabernacle Church, Ironton.

In addition to his wife, Jim is survived by two sons, Nick (Diane) Volgares, of Westerville, and Jack Volgares, of Chillicothe; a daughter, Terri (Larry) Brammer, of Ironton; a sister, Barbara (Luther) Albert, of Wellston; seven grandchildren, Alex Volgares, of Westerville, Chris (Bobbie Jo) Brammer, of Pedro, Shawn (Lisa) Brammer, of Ashland, Jennifer Brammer and Rob Lucas, of Ashland, Vivian Gamble, of Indiana; Tesla Volgares, of Franklin Furnace; and Jerry Volgares, of Westerville; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

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In addition to his parents, Jim is preceded in death by three sisters, Betty Albrecht, JoAnn Steorts and Mary Steorts.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home with pastor Scott Jenkins officiating. Visitation will be Saturday from noon until the time of service at the funeral home.

Condolences may be made online at



Richard Taylor

Richard “Ricky” Leon Taylor Sr., 56, of Coal Grove, passed away, Sunday, March 22, 2015, in King’s Daughters Medical Center, Ashland. Mr. Taylor was born March 28, 1958, a son to the late Charles and Eloise (Jenkins) Taylor. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Betty Kingery Taylor, whom he married Dec. 10, 1979.

Mr. Taylor was a former glasscutter for Washington Glass.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Randy Taylor and David Taylor; and great-granddaughter, Kylee Griffing.

He is survived by three sons, Richard Taylor, Jr., Jacob Taylor and Mark Kingery; two daughters, Angela Taylor and Sarah Kingery; seven grandchildren, Rickey Taylor, Erin Taylor, Jacob Taylor,Jr., Stacy Blevins, Cody Stapleton, Kayla Stapleton and Mark Kingery, Jr.; and brother, Charles Taylor.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Friday at the Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home with the Rev. Paul Bartum officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery. To offer the family online condolences, please visit



Rebecca Stevens

Rebecca “Beckie” Ann Pennington Stevens, 71, of South Point, passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House, Huntington, West Virginia.

She was born Sept. 11, 1943, in Lawrence County, a daughter of the late Berkley and Thelma Lyons Pennington. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Peggy Pennington Southworth; and a brother Berkley Pennington, Jr. She was a retired LPN who also loved to crochet and play with her puppy, Baby Bear.

Beckie is survived by her husband, Carl O. Stevens Sr.; a daughter, Rita Stevens Dalton and husband, Leroy Dalton, of Harts, West Virginia; a son, Carl O. Stevens II and Michele, of Ironton; a brother, Ray and Gloria Pennington; grandchildren, Brad Morrison and his wife, Lori, of Big Creek, West Virginia, Daniel Morrison and his wife, Christa Raechelle, of Chapmanville, West Virginia, Casey Dalton and Carlee Dalton, of Harts, West Virginia, Brianna Richardson, Bridget and Skylar Stevens, all of Ironton; and a great-granddaughter, Pyper Annabelle Morrison.

Private graveside services will be at the family cemetery. Pallbearers will be Brad Morrison, Daniel Morrison, Casey Dalton, J.B. Pennington, Scott Schwamberger, Cliff Rowe, Ronnie Rowe and Gary Meadows. Condolences to the family may be expressed at