Obituaries – 8/9/15

Published 3:30 pm Saturday, August 8, 2015

James Harford

Sept. 28, 1925 — July 31, 2015

James “Jim” Edwin Harford of Sun City Center, Florida, passed away July 31, 2015, with his three children by his side. He was born Sept. 28, 1925, in West Virginia to Everett and Teresa Bryant Harford. He was preceded in death by his parents and his loving wife of 59 years, Onor Neil Harford.

He is survived by his children, Joe (Esther) Harford, Michael (Melodie) Harford and Terry (Bruce) Roese; grandchildren, Amy (Phil) Peters, Leah (Adam) Braun, Maggie (Andy) Haines, Emily Roese, Everett Harford, Harmony (Todd) Bailey and Trevor Post; great-grandchildren, Logan Duffy, Jordan Duffy, Michael Haines, Avery Peters, Calvin Braun and Rhys Bailey; niece and nephew, Carolyn (Joe) Burton and Jim (Desi) Keenan; sister-in-law, Beulah Brown; and special friends, Caroline Cole, Gene and Sandy Bolger, Ron and Kim Boyette, Bob Brooks, Helen Engel, Frank and Peg Hein, and Ron and Ola May Roop.

Jim graduated from Mark Twain High School in Stotesbury, West Virginia, where he was the drum major of the marching band. He attended the University of Concord after serving in the U.S. Navy. Jim was a proud navy man having served on the USS Thomas (DE 102) during World War II. He enjoyed traveling to and organizing his many navy reunions.

Jim was a salesman of Amana products for Birch Distributors of South Point/Ashland for many years. And what a salesman he was! He continued using his selling talents in Sun City Center working for Anne’s Estate Sales with his good buddy, Gil Bennett.

Jim was proud of his family, proud to be a Navy man, and definitely proud to be from West Virginia. He was a West Virginia Mountaineer through and through.

Jim never knew a stranger. He was always there to lend a helping hand to family and friends. His friends became his family. We will miss his wit, his humor, and his love of life. Jim was a blessing to those whose lives he touched. He will live on in our memories as a kind and loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend.

A memorial service will be conducted at a later date. Donations in Jim’s memory may be made to LifePath Hospice, 3723 Upper Creek Drive, Sun City Center, FL 33573.



Shawn Scherer

Feb. 11, 1955 — July 17, 2015

Shawn X. Scherer, 60 of Norcross, Georgia, died peacefully in his sleep on July 17, 2015. Shawn is the son of the late Franklin J Scherer and Dorothy Cloran Scherer of Ironton. Shawn was a 1973 graduate of St. Joseph High School in Ironton and was a proud team member of the St. Joe basketball team. Shawn loved and enjoyed life to the fullest and will never be forgotten by his many friends and family.

Shawn is survived by his beloved wife of 20 years, Ellen Conner Scherer; brother and sister-in-law, Tony and Cathy Scherer of Ironton; sisters and brothers-in-law, Stephanie and Woody Hall of Anderson, Indiana and Shala and Chris Black of Ironton; and sister, Sue Bates of Nashville, Tennessee.

Graveside services open to all friends and family will be at 11 a.m. Aug. 12 in Calvary Cemetery officiated by Father David Huffman. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to St. Joseph Catholic High School in Ironton.



Goldie Triplett

Goldie Keeton Payne Triplett, 76, of Catlettsburg, Kentucky, died on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, at her residence.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. on Tuesday at Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods, Kentucky. Burial will follow in Rude Cemetery in Flatwoods. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home. Online condolences are accepted on the families’ behalf at



Elizabeth Shaffer

Elizabeth Ann Shaffer, 84, of Chesapeake, died Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, at home. Graveside service will be conducted 1 p.m. Saturday at Miller Memorial Gardens, Miller. Hall Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.



Ronald Meeks

Ronald R. Meeks, 76, of Kitts Hill, died Thursday, August 6, 2015, at the Community Hospice Care Center.   Funeral services will be noon Thursday at Phillips Funeral Home with pastor Timothy Jenkins officiating.  Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery and visitation will be Thursday, 11a.m. until time of the service at the funeral home.  To offer the family online condolences, please visit


Mary Johnson

Mary A. Johnson, 57 years young, of Kitts Hill, went home to be with her Lord and Savior early Thursday Aug. 6, 2015 in the pre-dawn hours at her home with her family surrounding her after battling a long illness.  She is survived by her daughter, Jennifer L. Ellis and her husband, Lawrence R. (Rob) Ellis III of Liberty, West Virginia; her son, Benjamin T. Johnson and his wife, Jessica M. Johnson of Coal Grove; and her pride and joy grandchildren, Brianna McKalynn Faith Ellis and Ethan Neal Ellis.  She is also survived by her sister, Carolyn S. (Phillip) Barnette of South Point; her parents, Leonard and Carol Bryant of Kitts Hill; also her loving husband, Dennis M. Johnson of 33 years; two nieces, Jody Walker and Jessica McKee; and one great niece, Alexandra Walker.   She was preceded in death by her brother, Bob L. Bryant of Kitts Hill.  Mary previously worked for Ohio Department of Transportation for 14 years.  After that, Mary was a successful daycare operator who touched the lives of many children entrusted into her care.  Mary was many things: a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a caregiver, but mostly, a selfless friend to all.  Private family services will be held.  Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at



Donna Blair

Jan. 11, 1928 — Aug. 5, 2015

Donna Jean Blair 87 of Wheelersburg, died Thursday, Aug.6, 2015, at the SOMC Hospice Center in Portsmouth. She was born on Jan. 11, 1928, in Haverhill, the daughter of the late Norman and Mary Lee Kelly Ainsworth. Donna was also preceded in death by her four brothers, Frank, Norman, Alvis and Wilfred; and five sisters, Mildred, Pearl, Irma, Rosetta and Iva. She attended and was dearly loved by her Truth Tabernacle Church family.

Donna is survived by her husband and best friend of 70 years, James (Skeeter) Blair; one son, Jim Blair; two daughters, Jane (Rod) Ferro and Lisa Pritchard; seven grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. with services at 1 p.m.  Monday at the Truth Tabernacle Church in Wheelersburg, with pastor Robert Davis officiating. Interment will be at the Haverhill Cemetery. The family would like to thank the SOMC Hospice Center for their loving care. Condolences may be sent to the family at  Services are being provided by the Adkins Family Funeral Homes.



Mary Bryant

Feb. 19, 1946 — Aug. 7, 2015

Mary Ellen Johnson Bryant, 69, died on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, at St. Mary’s Medical Center Ironton. She was born Feb. 19, 1946, to the late Asa and Catherine Hurst Johnson. She was the widow of Fred Bryant. She worked for the Ohio Jobs and Family Services. She was a member of St. Lawrence O’Toole Catholic Church. She is survived by two sons, Greg and Lora Bryant of Ironton and, Jeff and Karrie Bryant of Ashland, Kentucky; grandchildren, Caleb Blackburn, Cody Blackburn, Chelsea Blackburn, Jacob Bryant ,Joshua Bryant, Jessica Sythes, Michael and Josie Sythes, Kaylee Bryant, Maddox Bryant, Colton Crisp, Gracie Crisp and Jessica Moore and great grandchildren, Karsym Ball, and Kynslie Moore; brothers, Paul Johnson of South Bloomfield and Al (Butch) Johnson of Haverhill; and sister, Sandy and Jack Wheaton of Jackson, Michigan; and her friend Penny Cheeks She was preceded in death by sister Anne Riley. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. on Monday at O’Keefe-Baker Funeral Home. Funeral will be at 11 a.m. at St. Lawrence O’Toole Church in Ironton, with Father David Huffman officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery Pine Grove.