Obituaries — 8/12/15

Published 12:43 pm Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Mabel Phipps

Mabel Mary Matney Phipps, 103, of Coal Grove, passed away Aug. 10, 2015, at Jo-Lin Nursing Home, Ironton. Mrs. Phipps was born Dec. 25, 1911, in Lawrence County, a daughter to the late John B. and Audrey (Melvin) Matney. She was preceded in death by her husband, Garnet W. Phipps.

Mrs. Phipps was a graduate of Coal Grove High School. She was a homemaker, loving mother and a parent with Ohio Sailor and Soldiers Orphans Home. She was a member of Memorial Methodist Church.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Golden Matney and Frank Matney.

She is survived by daughter, Doris Collins, of Coal Grove; three sons, Jimmie Phipps, of Washington and John Phipps and Bob Phipps, of California; 17 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and a host of friends and family that will miss her.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at the Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home with pastor Brad Jenkins officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery and visitation will be from 11 a.m. Friday until time of the service at the funeral home. To offer the family online condolences, please visit



Bonnie Clay

Bonnie Gay Clay, 50, of Ironton, passed away Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015, at her residence. The Columbus native was born May 15, 1965, a daughter of the late Gene Thomas Sr. and Patricia Ann Pancake Clay.

Bonnie was a graduate of Symmes Valley High School and a member of the LaGrange Freewill Baptist Church. She was a full-time student at Ohio University Southern in the fine arts with a countless number of art work entries accepted for the last four years. She won the President’s Award at Ohio University Athens for her printmaking, is a member and former president of the Ironton Moose Family Center Ladies Auxillary and a member of the Art Collaborative Club at Ohio University Southern.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a nephew, Scott Anthony Lemiesz.

She is survived by a daughter, Brandi Ann Clay, of Ironton; three sisters, Victoria Clay, of Ironton, Patty (David) Wilson, of Arabia, and Mari Lemiesz Mayes, of Iverness, Florida; two brothers, Gene (Kathleen) Thomas and James Edward Clay, all of Ironton; her best friend, Debbie Virgin, of Ironton; and a multitude of nieces and nephews.

A memorial gathering will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday at the Ohio University Southern Art Gallery in the Dingus Building with the memorial speaker beginning at 5:30 p.m. Phillips Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. Donations may be made to Phillips Funeral Home, PO Box 122, Ironton, OH 45638 to assist the family with the costs. To offer condolences to the family, please visit