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James Wooten

Sept. 3, 1942 — Jan. 10, 2016

James Harrison Wooten, 73, of Portsmouth, passed away Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, with his beloved family beside him, at Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth.

He was born in Ironton on Sept. 3, 1942, and was a son of the late James Edward and Helen Jenkins Wooten.

James was a veteran of the Marine Corps, and was a member of the painters local 555.

He was preceded in death by a brother, George Wooten; and two sons, Charles Alfred and Ottis Charles Wooten.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Ann Martin Wooten, whom he married Feb. 8, 1965; a brother, Roger and Karen Wooten, of Columbus; a sister, Mary Agnes Goody, of Pedro; one son, James Edward Wooten, of Portsmouth; four daughters, Michael and Cynthia Watson, of Portsmouth, Gerald Ray (deceased) and Anita Marie Riley, of Franklin Furnace, Michael (deceased) and Deborah Youkers, of Portsmouth, and Darwin and Cathy Lockwood, of Ironton; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

There will be a private family service and no visitation. Arrangements are under the direction of F. C. Daehler Mortuary Company of Portsmouth.


Wilma Kingery

Jan. 28, 1927 — Jan. 12, 2016

Wilma A. Kingery, 88, of Willow Wood, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday morning, Jan. 12, 2016, at the Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland, Kentucky in the presence of her youngest son, Fred Kingery Jr. The Lawrence County native was born in Waterloo on Jan. 28, 1927, to the late Reverend Abner and Corba Morgan Lester.

She was united in marriage in 1951 to Fred E. Kingery Sr. The couple lived their entire married life in Ironton. Mrs. Kingery graduated from Chesapeake High School and attended Ohio University. She worked for 45 years as an accountant- mostly in the steel fabricating business. She was a long time member of Central Christian Church and an avid member of the Ironton Garden Club.

Wilma was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Kingery Sr.; her children, Gary Kingery and Rebecca Redden; granddaughter, Lee Ann Boyd; great-grandson, Drew Boyd; and several brothers and sisters.

She is survived by her children, Stephen L. and Rayette Kingery, of Scott Depot, West Virginia, Penny S. and Scott Burleson, of Worthington, Mary G. and J. Patric Fannin, of Ironton and Fred E. and Tammie Kingery, of Willow Wood. She is also survived by daughter-in-law, Joyce Kingery, of Kitts Hill as well as 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Surviving brothers and sister are Betty Shockley, of Huntington, West Virginia, Dave Lester, of Easley, South Carolina and Fred Lester of Crown City.

Pallbearers will be grandsons John Redden, Jordan Fannin, Christian Fannin, Thomas Kingery, Michael Kingery, Jason, Brenan Burleson and Jim Hatfield.

Visitation will be Friday at noon and the service beginning at 1 p.m. at Central Christian Church in Ironton with ministers Willie Purdee and Eric Barnes officiating. Burial will follow in Wilgus Fairview Cemetery in Wilgus. Phillips Funeral Home, Ironton, is in charge of the arrangements. To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.phillipsfuneralhome.net.


Glenn Holmes

March 25, 1933 — Jan. 11, 2016

Glenn Robert (Bob) Holmes, 82, passed away at his home on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. He is survived by his wife, Freda Rose Waginger Holmes, whom he married on May 22, 1954, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ironton. He is also survived by a sister, Joann Cruseturner of Somerville, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his mother (Mom), Ada Belle Holmes; and four sisters, Lena, Thelma, Christine and Iris. He is the father of eight children, Barbara Rose Holmes, Cynthia Kay Holmes (deceased), Mary Ann (Hal) Newhouser, Glenn Robert Holmes, Jr. (deceased), John Michael (Connie) Holmes, James Andrew Holmes, Iris Kristina (Bill) Kimbley and Patrick Joseph (Missy) Holmes. He has 10 grandchildren, 11 living great-grandchildren and one deceased; and three great-great-grandchildren. He retired from South Point, Ironton Coke Plant, Ironton Tar Plant working for Allied Signal. He also retired as Captain from Ohio National Guard.

Visitation will be at O’Keefe-Baker Funeral Home from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Friday with the Rosary being said at noon. Following will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father David Huffman officiating. The burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.


Richard Reiter

Richard “Dickie” Harold Reiter, 70, of South Point, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, at Community Hospice Care Center, Ashland, Kentucky. He is survived by his wife, Shirley. Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Slack and Wallace Funeral Home, South Point. Burial will take place at Flag Springs Cemetery, Patriot, with military honors. Visitation is from noon-1:30 p.m. Saturday. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.slackandwallace.com.


Lee Ann O’Neill

May 18, 1923—Jan. 12, 2016

Lee Ann O’Neill, 92, of Ironton died on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital. Born May 18, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Newman and Bess K. Brothers Miller and widow of William (Bill) ONeill. She was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church and the C.W.C. and retired from Lawrence County General Hospital. She was preceded by one sister Lucille Mosser and one brother Paul Miller. Survivors include one daughter and son in law, Mary Ann (Jim) Monte; one son, Lawrence (Larry) O’Neill; one sister; Mary Lou Bentley; one grandson Chris Monte and Thuy Nguyen, all of Ironton; several nieces and nephews; and her friends of Close To Home Care Center. Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday at St Lawrence O’Toole Church with Father David Huffman Officiating. Visitation will be from 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday at O’Keefe Baker Funeral Home. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ironton Catholic Schools or St. Lawrence O’Toole Church.


Timothy Ratliff

Timothy Dane Ratliff, 55, of Pikeville, Tennessee passed away on Jan. 12, 2016. He was preceded in death by his mother, Jan Click Ratliff.

He is survived by his wife, Tammy Ware Ratliff; daughters, Brittany Nichole Ware, of Florida, and Amber Lee Ratliff, of Pikeville, Tennessee; son, Jeremy James Ratliff, of Pikeville; father, Thomas Ratliff; one grandson, Trent Timothy Conkel; sister, Lee Ann (John) Wurts; brothers, Greg (Carolyn) Ratliff and Mark (Marinda) Ratliff; Mark Ballard, a friend that Timothy loved like a brother; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be at noon on Saturday at Pikeville Funeral Home in Tennessee. Condolences can be made at www.pikevillefuneralhome.com


Iris Conaty

Iris B. Conaty, 87, of Huntington, West Virginia, died Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, at her residence. Arrangements are pending at Slack and Wallace Funeral Home, South Point.