Aug. 13, 1929—Oct. 22, 2015
Eva Kate Boykin, 86, of Ironton died Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, at Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland. Born in Wurtland, Kentucky on Aug. 13, 1929, the daughter of the late William Kelly and Irene Rollins Chillison, she was the widow of William Boykin Sr. She was a member of St. Lawrence O’Toole Catholic Church, C.W.C., Homemaker’s Club, Southside Homemakers of Lawrence County, and Women’s Progressive Club for 65 years. She retired from Lawrence County General Hospital. She was preceded by seven brothers and two sisters. Survivors include Sandra Garnett of Columbus; Bill Boykin of Ironton; Bernice Michele Kenley of Columbus; Therese Boykin of Ironton; and David (D.J.) Boykin of Ironton; six grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; one special great-grandchild, China Winkfield; and a special nephew, Michael Rollins Funeral will be at St. Lawrence O’Toole Catholic Church at 1 p.m. Monday with Father David Huffman officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Monday at O’Keefe-Baker Funeral Home. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations are requested to American Cancer Society.
Gary Lee Whaley
May 20, 1935 – Oct. 20, 2015
He worked in the Apollo Space Program to put a man on the moon, and would go on to become the vice president at one of San Diego’s largest defense contractors.
Gary Lee Whaley was born on May 20, 1935, in Depression era Ironton. His family’s home and humble possessions washed down the Ohio River in the Great Flood of 1937. Seeking a better life, he moved to San Diego as a teenager with his mother and his aunt Helen and Uncle Lucky. He attended San Diego High School while working at Bimbos furniture, where he first learned his negotiation skills. He put himself through San Diego State University while working as an engineering intern at Convair Astronautics.
At Convair, he would meet his future wife Kathryn, a typist in the Product Support Department. They married in 1958 in Pacific Beach. At age 30, with four young children at home, Gary went back to night school at City College to study contracts administration and would become involved in the burgeoning Apollo Space Program at Convair. As a result, the family relocated to Coco Beach, Florida, for the Apollo-Saturn launch vehicle testing, and then on to Rochester, New York, before returning to San Diego in 1971. They purchased a lovely home in Bay Park with one of the most spectacular bay, downtown, and ocean views in the city, where they raised all five of their children. He would eventually be recruited by Walter Zable at Cubic Corporation where he worked as contracts director for the Western Data Division, which specialized in fare collection systems. He would climb to become vice president in Cubic’s Defense Division where he earned a reputation as a problem solver of the impossible — adroitly extinguishing complex contract disputes as the only non-attorney in a room of amazed attorney peers.
A lifelong baseball fan, he was nurtured by his Grandma Hopstetter’s streetcar rides to the knothole section at Cincinnati’s Crosley Field. He was a lifelong Reds fan and a diehard Padres Fan. He coached his sons’ ball teams, and led the local Balboa Little League and Senior League to post season and All Star regional championships. He loved teaching his adept knowledge of the game and the underlying strategy, of which he was a master.
An expert negotiator, he made hundred-million dollar business deals with the Saudi, Singapore, and Hong Kong governments for Cubic Corporation. He also used those master negotiating skills to buy and sell antiques, his lifelong hobby. Together with his wife, their passion turned into a hobby business known as Sign of the Whale Antiques, a fixture in Bay Park Village for nearly 20 years. Specializing in Arts and Crafts period American furniture and pottery, they cultivated one of the finest collections in the country. He also had an extensive collection of scale-model Mercedes toy automobiles. A world traveler, his favorite city was London and its theater district.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Marie Cornwell of El Cajon, and his in-laws, William and Virgina Eddings of Pacific Beach. He is survived by his beloved wife, Kathryn of 55 years of Pacific Beach; his son Michael C. Whaley of San Diego; son Gary S. Whaley of San Diego; son Kevin M. Whaley of Santee; daughter Cindy K. Whaley Shelton and husband Carl Chris Shelton of San Diego; daughter Sarah Marie Whaley McClean and husband Nathan McClean of Murrieta; and his grandchildren, Julliane Kathryn Shelton, Marie Grace Shelton, Christopher Aaron Shelton, Autumn Virginia Whaley, Avalon Jane Whaley, Samuel Lee McClean, and Emma Marie McClean; and his favorite cat, Mitt Thomas.
Viewing is at Pacific Beach Mortuary, Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. with Rosary at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass is at St. Brigid Church, Pacific Beach, Wednesday at 9 a.m. Burial to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery at 11 a.m.
Bobby Smith, 76, of Charles Town, West Virginia, died Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Russell, Kentucky.
Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. today at Phillips Funeral Home with the Rev. Jesse Sizemore officiating. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until time of the service at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.phillipsfuneralhome.net.
Aug. 23, 1928—Oct. 22, 2015
Hazel Dolores Lowe Legg, 87, of Ironton, died Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, at Jo Lin Health Care in Ironton.
Hazel was born Aug. 23, 1928, to the late Jasper Lowe and Bertha Ann Stanley.
Hazel was previously employeed with General Telephone Company as a chief operator and retired from Verizon in Portsmouth.
In addition to her parents Hazel was preceded in death by her first husband and the father of her children, Paul E. Legg, and her second husband, David E. Sarven, a sister, Barbara Hollingsworth and an infant brother, James Eugene Lowe.
Hazel leaves behind two precious children, her son, Jim Legg (Jenny) of Lexington, Kentucky, and her daughter, Cheryl McKay (Joe) of Hurricane, West Virginia; two sisters, Josephine Brammer and Margie Molter (Gene), both of Ironton; two grandchildren, Jamie (Art) Lima of Nutley, New Jersey and Allison McKay of Hurricane; and a host of extended family and friends.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday by Dr. John Smith and pastor Steve Harvey at Caniff Funeral Home in Westwood, Kentucky. Burial will follow in Bellefonte Memorial Gardens. Family and friends may call after 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home until service time.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.canifffuneralhome.com.
Danny K. Slone, 67, of Huntington, West Virginia, died Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice, Huntington.
He is survived by his wife Patricia Slone.
Arrangements are pending at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville.
Larry Allen Lyons, 73, of Huntington, West Virginia, died Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, at home.
Funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. Monday at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville. Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.timeformemory.com/hall.
Gladys Marie Callicoat, 70, of Huntington, West Virginia, died Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, at Madison Park, Huntington.
Private family graveside service will be held.
Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville is in charge of arrangements.