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Virgil Spriggs

Oct. 14, 1971 –– Oct. 7, 2015

Virgil Eugene Spriggs, 43, of New Boston, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, at the SOMC Hospice House in Portsmouth. The Scioto County native was born Oct. 14, 1971, a son of William E. and Loretta M. Jarvis Spriggs, of Ironton.

Virgil attended New Boston Schools and was an employee for the Local Union #316 in Detroit, Michigan.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Virgil and Bennie Spriggs; his maternal grandparents, Carl and Edna Jarvis; a nephew, Dustin Bryant; a niece, Crystal Bryant; and a special childhood friend, Brian Webb.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his companion of more than 23 years, Rebekah McIntire, of New Boston; a daughter, Hailey Jeanine Spriggs, of New Boston; two sisters, Gail (Kevin) Jenkins and Pamela Bryant, both of Ironton; and two brothers, Carl Eugene Spriggs, of Ironton, and William Joseph (Regina Webb) Spriggs, of New Boston.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Monday at Phillips Funeral Home, Ironton, with Josh Bryant and William E. Spriggs officiating. Burial will follow in Hanging Rock Cemetery and visitation will be Monday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. The family would like to extend our gratitude and appreciation to the nursing staff of SOMC ICU and SOMC Hospice for the excellent care and attention given to Virgil and the family during his stay at both facilities. Donations may be made in Virgil’s honor to Phillips Funeral Home, PO Box 122, Ironton, OH 45638. To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.phillipsfuneralhome.net.


 Edna Steed

Aug. 17, 1924 — Oct. 6, 2015

Edna “Louise” Brammer Steed, 91, of Ironton, went to Heaven on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. She was born in Lawrence County on Aug. 17, 1924, the daughter of the late William D. and Clarice Rosebrough Jenkins. She was a graduate of Kitts Hill High School. She was a member of Zoar Baptist Church. She worked at J.C. Penney’s, Ohio Bell, Swains Florist and as King’s Daughters home kitchen coordinator. She was a former member of Ensee Homemakers and Deering Grange.

She was the widow of her first husband, Richard Brammer, and husband, Clyde Steed. She was preceded in death by sisters, Shelbia Jean Jenkins and Cleo Harmon; brothers, Glendon Jenkins and Billy Grey Jenkins. Survivors include two daughters, Joyce (David) Hilgenberg, of South Point, and Jamie (Tim) Willis, of Ironton; one son, Larry (Sandee) Brammer, of Coal Grove; grandchildren include, Aron (Angie) Brammer, Leah (Eric) Horton, Heidi (Michael) Claus, Morgan Willis, Shae Willis; great-grandchildren include Coen Brammer, Joshua Brammer, Kaylee Blankenship and Lindsey Horton; sisters, Kathleen Harmon, Clarabelle Frische and Judy (Don) Harmon; brother, Wendall (Nancy) Jenkins; and sister-in-law, Bonnie Jenkins. In lieu of flowers donations are requested to go to the Leatherwood Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery Fund 48 Private Drive 6842 South Point, OH 45680. Funeral will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at Zoar Baptist Church with Brad Jenkins officiating. Visitation will be from noon until time of service. Burial will be in Leatherwood Cemetery. O’Keefe-Baker Funeral Home is in handling services.


 Bernice Melvin

Bernice Melvin, 90, of Ironton, died Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, at Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland, Kentucky. 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. Phillips Funeral Home, Ironton, is in charge of the arrangements. To offer condolences to the family please visit www.phillipsfuneralhome.net.


 Ernie Bentley

Ernie Bentley, 52, of North Carolina, formerly of Chesapeake, died Saturday, Oct. 3. 2015, in Charlotte, North Carolina. There will be a graveside service at 2 p.m. Saturday in Miller Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are by Hall Funeral Home in Proctorville. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.timeformemory.com/hall.