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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, 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, Ohio, 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 and 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 thanks 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 on Saturday at 2 p.m. Pastor Ed Richardson will be officiating 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, 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.


Larry Asberry

July 22, 1947 — Oct. 5, 2015

Larry R. Asberry, 68, of Ironton, died Monday Oct. 5, 2015, at his home in Ironton.

Larry was born July 22, 1947, in Mount Sterling, Kentucky, a son of the late Versie Smathers and Richard Asberry.

Larry was well known for fishing and love for his van.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Lewis Asberry; and a brother, Stephen Asberry.

He is survived by a sister, Joyce Picado; a cousin, Michael Daughtery; a stepson, Dale-Spencer Lewis; several grand and great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and host of family and friends.

Home-going services will be at 1 p.m. on Friday in the chapel of the Brown Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Mary Keith officiating. Keeping with Larry’s wishes he will be cremated after services.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. until time of services at the funeral chapel.

His family has entrusted his care to Brown Funeral Chapel, Eugene Taylor-Brown, owner and licensed funeral director.


Billy Steele

Billy Steele, 54, of Ashland, Kentucky, died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, at home. There will be no services. Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville, is in charge of arrangements.


Betty Lou Hackworth

Betty Lou Hackworth, 78, of South Point, died Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, in St. Mary’s Medical Center. Arrangements are pending at Schneider-Griffin Funeral Home, Chesapeake. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.schneidergriffin.com.


Charles Thacker

Charles E. Thacker, 74, of Chesapeake, died Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, in Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House, Huntington, West Virginia. He is survived by his wife, Judy Thacker. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Schneider-Griffin Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. Saturday at Schneider-Griffin Funeral Home, Chesapeake. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.schneidergriffin.com.