Obituaries — 1/17/16
Michael F. Fizer, 72, of Coal Grove, went to be with the Lord Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. He was born April 17, 1943, in Ashland, Kentucky, to Vivian Louise and Shirley W. Fizer.
He was employed by AK Steel and retired in 1998 with 30 years of service. He was a member of 39th Street Baptist Church in Ashland, Kentucky. He married the love of his life, Virginia “Jenny” Damron, on Feb. 1, 1962. Additional survivors include a daughter, Kimberly Deeann Hughes and husband, Donnie of Fairlawn, Virginia; and a son, Michael Dale and wife, Roxanne of Kenova, West Virginia; grandchildren, Troy Hughes, Katelyn Hughes, Ethan Hughes, Brandon Fizer and Abby Masters; and great-grandchildren, Madison, Savannah and Delaney Fizer, Brooklyn and Gannon Masters, Addison Walls and Ashton Hughes.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Slack and Wallace Funeral Home, South Point, with Kenny Blankenship officiating. Burial will take place at Highland Memorial Gardens, South Point. Friends may call from noon until 2 p.m. before the service at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Mickey Fizer, Brandon Fizer, Troy Hughes, Nate Masters, Jeff Spurlock, Donnie Hughes, Donald Trimble and Greg Bocook. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.slackandwallace.com.
William Keith Fisher, 97, of Columbus, passed away Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. He was born Feb. 27, 1918, in Muncie, Indiana to the late Chester and Amelia Lucille Fisher.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Isabelle Laura Wills Fisher; daughter, Nancy Potenza; son, James Fisher; and his sister, Betty Fisher Drayer. Keith was a graduate of Eaton High School, Indiana and Ball State Teachers College. He was WWII veteran; served as Ironton H.S. band director and music supervisor for the Ironton City Schools, Ironton; and was later employed by Ashland Oil Inc.
He is survived by his children, Kirsten Jolly (Neal), William Fisher, Jr. (Edith), Susan Coppel (Lewis (Will), John Fisher, and Dianne Mincey (Don). He is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Friends may call at Newcomer Funeral Home, NE Chapel, 3047 E. Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus Thursday from 5-8 p.m. and on Friday from 11 a.m. until time of service at noon with Doug Nault officiating. Burial will follow at Union Cemetery, Columbus. Message of condolences may be shared at www.NewcomerColumbus.com.
Bill Lawless, 85, of Ironton, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, at his daughters residence in Kitts Hill. He was surrounded by his family after a battle with bone cancer. The Ironton native was born March 19, 1930, the son of Charles Gilbert and Hazel Mae Phillips Lawless. He was also preceded in death by the love of his life, Joyce Grounds Lawless, whom he married Sept. 7, 1950, and passed away Dec. 20, 2007.
He was a 1948 graduate of Ironton High School, where he graduated with honors and also was a graduate of University of Cincinnati. He served our country with the U.S. Air Force from 1948-1952 from where he was honorably discharged. After returning to Ironton, he partnered with Darwin “Bozo” Bond and established Bond and Lawless Garage out 650 in Ironton, where they serviced the area well, including all of Ironton’s City cabs. He retired after 32 years from Ironton High School as transportation director and as an auto mechanic instructor from 1963 to 1995. He was a member of Central Christian Church for more than 50 years, where he served as an elder, a deacon and a Sunday School teacher. He loved the Lord and dedicated his life helping to do the Lord’s work.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a son, Terry Lawless; a sister, Elizabeth Lawless; and two brothers, Charles Lawless, Jr. and John Lawless.
Bill is survived by his five loving children, Billie (Roger) Jarvis, of Ironton, Jacqueline (Roger) Castle, of Greenup, Kentucky, Karen (Brent) Nelson, of Rutledge, Tennessee, David (Susan) Lawless, of Ironton and Deborah (Lynn) Harper, of Kitts Hill; a sister, Ella Lou Lawless, of Ironton; a brother, Paul Handley, of Charleston, South Carolina; 15 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Monday at Phillips Funeral Home, Ironton, with Minister Willie Purdee officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery and visitation will be Monday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Pallbearers will be grandsons, William Lawless, Willie Nelson, Scott Hosey, Michael Lawless, Adam Harper, J.D. Vaughn, Sammy Nelson and honorary pallbearers will be great-grandsons, Brandon Wilburn, Tyler Hosey, Chase McFann and Gage Butler. Donations in Bill’s honor may be made to the bus ministry at Central Christian Church 1541 South Seventh Street, Ironton, Ohio 45638. To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.phillipsfuneralhome.net.
Rudy Elliot Withrow, 50, of South Point, died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, at Cabell Huntington Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Candy Ratcliff Withrow. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Slack and Wallace Funeral Home, South Point, with the Rev. Diane Clay officiating. Burial will follow in Burlington Greenlawn Cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Slack and Wallace Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.slackandwallace.com.
Wanda Lorene Saunders, 83, of Jamestown, Kentucky, died Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, at her home. Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesdsay at Perkins Ridge Cemetery, Scottown. H.E. Pruitt Memory Chapel Jamestown, Kentucky.
Kody John Armstrong, 23, of Chesapeake, died Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, at Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington, West Virginia. Funeral service will be conducted Monday at noon at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville. Visitation will be 11 a.m.-noon Monday at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.timeformemory.com/hall.
Mary Jo Hutchison
Mary Jo Hutchison, 77, of Proctorville, died Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, at Wyngate Senior Living Community, Barboursville, West Virginia. Funeral mass will be 10 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Huntington, West Virginia. Entombment will follow at Rome Cemetery, Proctorville. Visitation will be today from 3-5 p.m. at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.timeformemory.com/hall.
Nellie Maynard, 84, of Proctorville, died Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, at The Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House, Huntington, West Virginia. A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Monday at Windsor Independent Church followed by a dinner. Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.timeformemory.com/hall.