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Beatrice DeLuca

Dec. 12, 1942 — Dec. 11, 2015

Beatrice Ann Hamlin DeLuca, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,went home to be with the Lord on Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, one day before her 73rd birthday. Beatrice was born on Dec. 12, 1942, in Huntington, West Virginia and raised in Getaway as a young girl. She was the daughter of the late Charles Hamlin and the late Lois Mae Hamlin from South Point.

She was a graduate of Chesapeake High School, Marshall University and Morehead State University having earned a master of arts degree. She taught English and geography for five years in the Russell Kentucky School District. She was also employed on the staff of the Financial Daily Newspaper in Richmond, Virginia, and served 31 years in various positions with the federal government, completing her career as a contract specialist with the Defense Supply Center, Philadelphia, an operating logistics unit of the Department of Defense. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her nephew Michael Stewart Cox and brother-in-law Stewart Cox.

Beatrice is survived by her husband of 43 years, Major Joseph DeLuca, U.S. Army Retired; her sister, Verna Cox; niece, Jeanette (Kenneth) Holpp; three great nephews, Roane, Liam, and Callan Holpp, of Worthington; and numerous cousins. Funeral service will be conducted at 12 p.m. Thursday at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville, Ohio with pastor Randy Thompson and pastor Bill Flannery officiating.

Burial will follow in Rome Cemetery, Proctorville. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today and one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the funeral home. Our family expresses much appreciation to Beatrice’s friends and classmates of the Chesapeake High School class of 1960. She was delighted to attend their 55-year reunion in September of this year. Special thanks for the kindness extended by her close friends, Nancy West, Sue Powell and Nancy Wooten over the past 43 years.

The support and fellowship offered by her cousins Barbara Brammer and Virginia Stover, as well as other members of the Brammer family is immensely appreciated. She loved her family and her community. This is why she returned so frequently. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.timeformemory.com/hall.


Charles Arthur

Charles (Buddy) E. Arthur, 83, Franklin Furnace, died Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, at the Ohio State University Medical Center after an extended illness.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walker and Mary (Bailey) Arthur; his loving wife of 57 years Rosanne; sister Callie Redmond; and brother Douglas Arthur. Survived are sisters Bessie Liles and Georgia Craft, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Jewel and Bob Hughes and following nieces and nephews, Kimberly and Doug Miers, Lisa and Ralph Moore, Kay and Robert Baker, Brenda and John Hayhurst, Freda and John Downing, Donna and Garry Liles, Marsha and Ron Hinton, Sandra Dee and Mike Tracy, Shelley Redmond and Paul Murray. Also survived by many cousins, including special cousin, Tyke and many great-nieces and nephews.

Charlie proudly served in the U.S. Navy and was involved in the Korean conflict. He was a long time employee of General Motors in Mansfield before retiring and moving to Franklin Furnace. Charlie was an avid outdoorsman and loved fishing, hunting and camping, especially trips with Rosanne to the Cherokee, North Carolina, area.

Family will receive friends at the Harrison-Pyles Funeral Home in Wheelersburg from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. today for the viewing. Service is to follow immediately after with pastor Rock Dearfield, and Chaplain Robert Baker officiating. Interment will follow at Memorial Burial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Junior Furnace Missionary Baptist Church in memory of Charlie.


David Cooke

April 29, 1927—Dec. 13, 2015

David Clark Cooke died on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. He was born on April 29, 1927, the son of the late Henry Augustus Cooke and Margaret Clark Cooke. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Cooke Lee.

Mr. Cooke retired as president and CEO of Universal-Rundle Corporation after 38 years of service. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII.

David is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Audrey Ford Cooke, son, Samuel Ford Cooke and wife Karen of Mansfield, Pennsylvania; daughter, Joan Cooke Sneed and husband, Parker, of Forestport, New York, grandchildren Cody Taylor and Stuart Lee of Wilmington, North Carolina, and Samantha Taylor and her son, Evan, of Belchertown, Massachusetts; and stepgrandchildren, Adam York, Marty York, Kevin York, Sonya Mahoney and Aimee Gibney.

David was an alumnus of Ohio State University and was always a Buckeye supporter. He was a clarinetist and a student of history, particularly the Civil War and WWII. His favorite memories were travels with wife Audrey, visits with daughter Barbara and family, hunting trips with son Sam and football games with daughter Joan.

Funeral services will be private.

Memorials may be made to UNCW Department of Music or The Ohio State University Foundation.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.andrewsmortuary.com .


Roger Gustin

March 2, 1939 — Dec. 15, 2015

Roger Lee Gustin, 76, of Franklin Furnace, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, at the Hospice Care Center in Ashland, Kentucky. The Ironton native was born March 2, 1939, a son to the late Arthur (Nick) and Helen Holderby Gustin.

Roger was a 1957 graduate of Green High School and immediately upon his graduation, embarked on a successful drag racing career that spanned 50 years. He began his career on local drag strips – Riverside in Proctorville and Raven Rock in Portsmouth and continued to build his business and brand throughout the years.

In 1972, he became the first sanctioned jet car driver by the NHRA. He worked tirelessly as an advocate for the sport’s safety. He traveled the country piloting many well remembered jet cars such as the Time Machine, the Lava Machine and the Black and Decker Tools jet car. He set numerous speed records at drag strips throughout the country during his driving career.

He secured major sponsorships from Ford, Lincoln Mercury, J.C. Penney, Valvoline, Proctor and Gamble, Black and Decker Tools, Chevrolet and BF Goodrich among others.

He received many awards in recognition of his successful career, including being inducted into the NHRA Hall of Fame in 1980, the ProJet Association Hall of Fame in 1993 and the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame in 2002.

Upon his retirement from driving jet cars, he continued to work in the racing business. He was owner of AutoStar Productions, as well as Super Chevy Shows, which promoted motorsports circuits nationwide.

He was a member of Etna Methodist Church, and he attended Pine Creek Freewill Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Phil Gustin.

He is survived by his daughters, LeeAnn (Bruce) Crawley, of Bowling Green, Kentucky, Pamela (Lou) Mains, of Ironton and Valerie Gustin of Arlington, Texas; and his beloved granddaughters, Abigail Crawley, of Bowling Green, Kentucky and Rebekah Crawley, of Lexington, Kentucky.

He is also survived by his brother, Bill (Brenda) Gustin, of Ironton as well as numerous nieces, nephews and his very special friend, Laura Riepenhoff.

Nobody loved life more than our Dad. He lived it to the fullest, squeezing as much into his 76 years as he could, and loved every minute of it! We Love You, Dad!

Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Phillips Funeral Home, Ironton. A private family funeral will be held at the convenience of the family.

To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.phillipsfuneralhome.net

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his memory to the Ironton City Mission, 710 N. Fifth St., Ironton, OH 45638


Rosanne Arthur

Rosanne Hughes Arthur, 77, died Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, due to complications from extended illnesses.

Rosanne was the daughter of Lewis and Elizabeth “Bet” (Gallian) Hughes, of Franklin Furnace. She graduated from Green Township High School and married Charles Arthur in September 1958. The couple both worked at the Williams Shoe Factory in Portsmouth, before relocating to Mansfield, where they lived for many years. Charlie worked for General Motors and Rosanne worked retail at both J.C. Penney’s and Conley’s Department Stores.

Rosanne was a faithful long-time member of the Junior Furnace Missionary Baptist Church in Franklin Furnace and Lincoln Heights Baptist Church in Mansfield. Rosanne was known as a true prayer warrior and loved Jesus with all her heart. Some of her favorite memories were volunteering at the nursing home in Mansfield, teaching Sunday school, and camping in Cherokee, North Carolina with husband Charlie and their close friends. She loved spending time with her family.

Rosanne was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Leonard Hughes of New Johnsonville, Tennessee. Her husband Charlie died of complications from surgeries mere hours (Dec. 11) after Rosanne went home to the Lord. She is survived by her brother, Bob (Jewell) Hughes, of Mansfield; and nieces, Kim (Doug) Miers, Lisa (Ralph) Moore, Patty (Jeff) Curtis, and Greg Hughes. In addition she was survived by Charlie’s sisters, Bessie Liles and Georgia Craft, and nieces and nephews, Kay and Robert Baker, Brenda and John Hayhurst, Freda and John Downing, Donna and Garry Liles, Marsha and Ron Hinton, Sandra Dee and Mike Tracy, Shelley Redmond and Paul Murray. She was also survived by many cousins, including special cousin, Tyke and many great-nieces and nephews.

So many special friends shared Rosanne’s life like Peggy Bundy, Gladys Lewis, neighbor Sheila Walker, and so many more who cared for Charlie and Rosanne over the past few years.

Calling hours for both Rosanne and Charlie will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. today at Harrison-Pyles Funeral Home in Wheelersburg, followed by funeral at 1 p.m. Burial will follow at Memorial Burial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Rosanne and Charlie’s name to Junior Furnace Missionary Baptist Church through the funeral home.


Earl Peters

Earl Clayton Peters, 59, of Scottown, died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House, Huntington, West Virginia. There will be no services. Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville, is assisting the family with arrangements.


Curtis Ousley

Curtis Ousley, Jr. 79, of South Point, husband of Vivian J. Morris Ousley died Monday, Dec. 14, 2015.. Funeral services will be 11a.m. Saturday at Slack and Wallace Funeral Home, South Point. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery, Ironton. Visitation is from 2 – 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.


Lindal Coyle

Lindal Lee Coyle, 73, of Chesapeake, died on Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, at Hospice House of Huntington. He was 73. He was born August 21, 1942, in Huntington, West Virginia. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Thursday at Slack and Wallace Funeral Home of South Point. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral service. Burial will follow at Ridgelawn Memorial Park, Huntington, West Virginia. In lieu of flowers the family request contributions be made to the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House of Huntington. Condolences may be expressed at www.slackandwallace.com.


Fredrick Anson

Fredrick Glen Linkous Anson, 85, of Ironton, died on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, at Jo- Lin Health Center. Arrangements are pending O’Keefe Baker Funeral Home.