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Andrea Williams

Jan. 16, 1953 — Oct. 5, 2015

Andrea Lee Williams, 62, of Ironton, passed away Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, at her residence. The Lawrence County native was born Jan. 16, 1953, the daughter of the late Drexell Pancake Ralph and Robert Paul Ralph. She is survived by her husband, Michael Williams, whom she married June 29, 1974.

Mrs. Williams was a 1971 graduate of Rock Hill High School, received her bachelor’s degree in education from Morehead State University and received her master’s degree in education from Ohio University. She was a special education teacher for more than five years for the Rock Hill School District and retiring after more than 25 years as a special education teacher for the Ashland City School System. She was a member of Central Christian Church in Ironton, a volunteer with the Ohio University Horse Park, a member of the National Camper and Hiker’s Association and loved to read.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Ryan (Stephanie) Williams, ,of Hecla; a daughter and son-in-law, Tinessa (Troy Gillespie) Williams, of Hecla; two brothers, Gregory (Brenda) Ralph, of Pedro and Christopher (Mary) Ralph, of Georgetown, Kentucky; and four grandchildren, Andrew Williams, Abby Williams, Alyssa Williams and Trenton Williams.

There will be a memorial service at a later date at the convenience of the family with the Rev. Randy Tate officiating. Phillips Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.phillipsfuneralhome.net.


Doris Thompson

Doris L. Webb Thompson, 89, passed away Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, at the Crown Point Care Center in Columbus. She was the daughter of the late Wade Webb and Elizabeth McFadden Webb Warren. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ralph G. Thompson, whom she married June 15, 1945 and passed away on July 5, 1987.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by: her stepfather, Zack Warren; a stepson, Gene Thompson; her sisters and brothers-in-law, Frances and Lowell Justice and Marge and Curt Gollihugh; and a sister-in-law, Kathleen (Gene) Warren of Lexington, Kentucky.

She graduated from Ironton High School in 1943 and was the former personnel manager at Wayne Pump Company in Ironton. She retired as manager of Manpower, Inc. in Ashland, Kentucky. She was a member of Circle 8 Square Dance Club, El Hasa Oriental Band Auxiliary and Ironton Women’s Club. She was a lifelong member of the Immanuel Methodist Church and was active in several bridge clubs in the Tri-State area.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Beverly and Jim Heflinger, of Columbus; a sister and brother-in-law, Faye and Dave Blankenship, of Ironton; a brother, Eugene Warren, of Lexington, Kentucky; grandchildren, Ryan Hess and Chris (Mary) Hess; great-grandchildren, Kendall Jaymes and Christian Robert Hess; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Phillips Funeral Home with the Rev. Mike Musser officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Gardens and visitation will be Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Joey, Jeffrey and Trae Crabtree, Mark Ball and Matthew Ball, Frank Arthurs, Ryan Hess and Chris Hess. Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Heflinger, Dave Blankenship, Eugene Warren, Dr. Burton Payne, Cecil Fannin and Gary Hess. Memorial donations may be made to the Tridia Hospice, 2215 Citygate Drive Ste C, Columbus, OH 43219. To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.phillipsfuneralhome.net.


 Della Elkins

Della Irene Maynard Elkins, of Chesapeake, died on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, at home. 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 www.timeformemory.com/hall.


Brian Hysell

June 16, 1967—Oct. 3, 2015

Brian “Scott” Hysell, 48, of Proctorville, passed away Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, West Virginia. He was born June 16, 1967, in Huntington. He was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Delmar and Helen Hysell and maternal grandparents, Bill and Judy Stevens.

He was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Chesapeake. He is survived by his wife Theresa Bennett Hysell; his parents, Jimmie Hysell, of Chesapeake, and Della Starkey, of North Carolina; one son, Scott A. Hysell; one daughter, Emily Hysell; one sister, Kimberly Hysell (David Glazier) of Kentucky; niece, Samantha (Clinton) Copley; and a host of many other family members and friends.

Funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville by pastor Tom Ross. Burial will follow in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Proctorville. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.timeformemory.com/hall.



Bernice Melvin

Jan. 24, 1925 — Oct. 2, 2015

Bernice Melvin, 90, of Ironton, passed away Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, at Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland, Kentucky. Bernice was born Jan. 24, 1925, in Hazard, Kentucky, to the parents of James K. and Tressie Colvin who preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death are a sister, Juanita Colvin, two brothers, Donald L. Colvin and James Jr. Colvin, her husband, Charles O. Melvin and a son, Charles Edward Melvin.

Bernice was a graduate of Hanging Rock High School. She was employed by Ohio Bell Phone Company in Ironton, GTE Phone Company in Ashland, Kentucky, Verizon Phone Company in Lexington, Kentucky and Joe Freeman Quality Care Nursing Service in South Point.

Bernice is survived by a grandson, Timothy Edward Melvin, of Portsmouth, four sisters, Louise Nickell, of Charleston, South Carolina, Helen Lowenguth, of Akron, Dorothy Terry and Doris Robinson, both of Ironton; a sister-in-law, Ruth Colvin, of Franklin Furnace; and several nieces and nephews.

Bernice was a member of New Hope Church of God in Rush, Kentucky. She loved God and the beauty of His creation. She loved to take drives and watch the sunset. She enjoyed being with her friends and family. If anyone would ask her how she was doing she would reply “I am truly blessed.” Bernice was a friend to everyone that knew her. She loved to study her Bible. Anyone who wanted or needed a friend could depend on her to be there for them. Bernice will be missed by all that knew her. A special thank you, to Joe Freeman of Quality Care, for all the years of your love and support to Bernice.

There will be no visitation. Graveside services will be in Melvin Cemetery, Coal Grove at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Pastor Ed Richardson will be officiating at the service. Pallbearers will be Dave Powell, James Malone, Joe Sark, Mike Ferris, Ryan Brislin, and Tim Kochenderfer. Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Freeman, Bill Johnson, Timothy Melvin and Timothy Kochenderfer. Phillips Funeral Home will be in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to New Hope Church of God, building fund, 7927 E.US Highway 60, Rush, KY 41168 To offer condolences to the family please visit www.phillipsfunerlhome.net.



Lew Sharp

Lew Warwick Sharp, 89, of South Point, died on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. Visitation with the family will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Schneider-Griffin Funeral Home in Chesapeake, with funeral services at 11 a.m. Friday. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Gardens, South Point. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.schneidergriffin.com.


Lena Mallar

Aug. 27, 1975—Oct. 5, 2015

Lena Marie Mallar, 40, of Ironton, went to be with the Lord and her momma Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, at Community Hospice Care Center, Ashland, after an extended illness. She was born Aug. 27, 1975, the daughter of the late Alberta McGarvey Long Mallar and Norman L. Mallar. Lena is a 1993 graduate of Ironton High School and a 1999 graduate of Ohio University where she completed her bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Lena taught for 11 years in the Rock Hill School district and was a former employee at Wal-mart Superstore in Ashland and Tipton’s Brothers Bakery. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Gilbert and Esther McGarvey, paternal grandmother Goldie Mallar and maternal aunt and uncle, Betty “Loudie” and Bob Moore. Lena is survived by her brother, Ralph (Rose) Long, of Kitts Hill; sisters Joanie (John) Nelson and Janie Carmon, of Ironton and Janet Long Wagner (Greg), of Spencer, West Virginia; half brother Norman J. Mallar, of Florence, South Carolina; nieces Marie (Phil) Martin, of Hawaii, Amanda Nelson, of Kitts Hill, Tina Webb, of Ironton, Lindsay (Jonathan) McClure of Quainton, England and Aley Carmon, of Ironton; aunt and uncle James “Bill” and Faith McGarvey, of Granger, Indiana. She is also survived by great nieces and nephews Caleb Long, Gabriel Maynard, Devan Erle, Tyler Martin, Miles Webb and Haddon and Sadie McClure. She also leaves behind special cousins and a host of dear friends that all loved her dearly especially Tara and John Hammonds and her family of girls at Mended Reeds. There will be no visitation. A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at Woodland Cemetery, Ironton, with burial to follow beside her momma. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made to Community Hospice of Ashland or Mended Reeds, Inc. of Ironton. Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville is in charge of arrangements at Lena’s request. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.timeformemory.com/hall.



Larry Asberry

Larry R. Asberry, 68, of Ironton, died Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, at his home in Ironton. Arrangements are pending at Brown Funeral Chapel.



Mellicenia Breeden

Mellicenia “Faye” Breeden, 76, of South Point, died on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, at her residence. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Slack and Wallace, South Point. Visitation one hour prior to the service. Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow, West Virginia.



Edna Steed

Edna “Louise” Steed, 90, of Ironton, died on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. Arrangements are pending at O’Keefe-Baker Funeral Home.