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Obituaries – 5/13/15

Roger Short

April 5, 1957 — May 9, 2015

Roger Lee Short, 58, of Kitts Hill, passed away Saturday, May 9, 2015, at his residence. The Lawrence County native was born April 5, 1957, a son to the late Jack Short and Geneva Williamson Short Arms. He is survived by his wife Rosa Burns Short, whom he married Dec. 8, 2000.

Roger attended Dawson-Bryant Schools and was a welder for Powerline Automotive, retiring in 2005 after 20 years of service.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Burt Short and William Short; two sisters, Carolyn Cremeans and Bonnie Riggs; two grandsons, Ricky Short and James Garrison; great-granddaughter, SheaAna Mills; and mother-in-law, Anna Burns.

Roger is survived by two daughters, Amber (James) Garrison of Kitts Hill and Kathy (Mike Tackett) Short of Sabina; two sons, Roger Lee (Jackie) Short, II of Huntington, West Virginia and Rick (Jennifer) Short of Proctorville; brother, Michael Short of Kitts Hill; two sisters, Mary Lewis of Kitts Hill and Donna (Eric) Cooper of Coal Grove; stepson, Jason (Carrie) Rowsey of Kitts Hill; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren

Phillips Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements. To offer the family condolences, please visit www.phillipsfuneralhome.net.



Billy Ray Stephenson

Billy Ray Stephenson, 81, passed away from this earthly life into the arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ on May 11, 2015, at the Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland, Ky. Billy was born in Ironton to the late Charles and Caroline Ester Rowe Stephenson. He spent his entire life in Ironton and Chesapeake. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ruth M. Dickess Stephenson, whom he married June 3, 1961, and a beloved son, Charles D. Stephenson of Anaheim, California.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Ralph (Mary) Stephenson, James Stephenson, Carl Stephenson, and Roy Stephenson; three sisters, Mary (Howard) Willis, Anna (Chase) Freeman and Betty (Bill) Koukos; five brothers-in-law, Parshall Pickens, Herbert Delong, Paul Johnson, Jim Dickess, and Don Dickess.

In addition to his wife and son, he is survived by a sister, Joyce Pickens of San Antonio, Texas; a brother-in-law, Harley (Laura) Dickess of Dry Prong, Louisiana; five sisters-in-law, Marcella Delong and Nancy Johnson, both of Ironton, Eleanor Dickess of South Point, Rhoda Dickess of Kitts Hill, and Clara Stephenson of Ironton.

He is also survived by many relatives; several nieces and nephews whom he loved; a special friend, John Loper; and his precious companion, his Bischon puppy, Bella

Billy graduated from Ironton High School in 1952. He proudly served in the U.S. Army two years, stationed in Badhersfeld, Germany. He retired from the Ironton Coke, where he was a crane operator, and Hecla Water, Inc. as an electrician. Billy also worked for Bob Clyse Buick and Oldsmobile and Bowen Construction as an electrician. He inspired many young men he worked with. Billy met many people when he was a TV repairman. He could repair most anything that was broken. Billy was an active member of the Ironton First Nazarene Church where he served as usher for many years and also on the church board. Everyone knew Billy had a zest for life and a loving spirit. He loved people, he loved to travel and his favorite hobby was going to the mall and watching people. He loved attending the Ironton Memorial Day Parade. The family extends a heart felt THANK YOU to all employees at the Community Hospice Care Center and especially to his home health care nurse, Ronni Salee.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to the Community Hospice Care Center, 2330 Pollard Road, Ashland, Ky. 41101 or the Ironton First Nazarene Church, 2318 South 4th Street, Ironton, Ohio 45638.

To honor this extraordinary man, the family has planned a celebration of life at the Ironton First Nazarene Church, 2318 S. Fourth St., Ironton Friday at 11 a.m. with Pastor Rob Hale and Tyler Kirkpatrick officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery with military graveside rites by the VFW Post 8850. Visitation will be Thursday from 5-8 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.phillipsfuneralhome.net.



James Blackwell

James W. Blackwell, 55, of Franklin Furnace, died Sunday, April 19 at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, Ky. A Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday in the chapel of the Brown Funeral Chapel with Rev. Brandt officiating. His family has entrusted his care to the Brown Funeral Chapel at Ironton.


Kimberly Morris

Kimberly Jean Morris, 45, of Proctorville, died Sunday, May 10, 2015, at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, West Virginia. Funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville. Burial will follow in White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Barboursville, West Virginia. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.timeformemory.com/hall.


Jill Fuhr

Jill A. Fuhr, 60, of Ironton, died Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at Concord Health & Rehabilitation Center. Arrangements are pending at the Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home.


Francis Delawder

July 9, 1961 — May 9, 2015

Francis “Frankie” Delawder, 53, of Portsmouth, formerly of Ironton, died Saturday, May 9, 2015, at the Heartland of Portsmouth Nursing Home with his family at his side.

The Chicago native born on July 27, 1961, a son of the late Francis Delawder Sr. and the late Ernestive Ward Delawder. He was a United States Army veteran and Frankie worked as a mason for housing.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Sandra Delawder; and two nephews. He is survived by his brother, Lawrence Delawder; two sisters, Linda Delawder and Dianna Delawder; and a host of family and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. on Thursday in the chapel of the Brown Funeral Chapel with Rev. Stevens officiating. Keeping with the family’s wishes, he will be cremated. Memorial donations should be made to the chapel to help with funeral expenses. Friends may call two hours prior to the services at the funeral chapel. His services have been entrusted to the Brown Funeral Chapel at Ironton.



Michael Thompson

Michael (Mike) Eugene Thompson, 52, formerly of Coal Grove, died Wednesay, May 13, 2015, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Virginia. Arrangements are pending at O’Keefe Baker Funeral Home.