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Lawrence Abrams

Feb. 17, 1947 — Feb. 2, 2016

Lawrence Keith “Portergap” Abrams, 68, of Rush, Kentucky, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, in King’s Daughters Medical Center, Ashland, Kentucky. Mr. Abrams was born Feb. 17, 1947, in Ironton, a son to the late William and Ruth (Abner) Abrams.

Mr. Abrams attended Rock Hill High School. He was a retired self-employed auto body mechanic. He enjoyed gardening and was of the Christian faith.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Regina Abrams; three sons, Lawrence “Keith” Abrams, Jr., Billy Jack Abrams and David (Joey) Abrams; four brothers, George, John, Junior and Charles Abrams; two sisters, Virginia Lee Cooper and Ethel Weisenberger.

He is survived by his wife, Bessie Bowman Abrams, of Rush, Kentucky; four daughters, Kathi (Kevin) Sprinker, of Greenville, South Carolina, Amanda (Shawn) McConaghy, of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, and Lucinda Abrams and Lilly Abrams, both of Rush, Kentucky; a son, Paul (Andrea) Abrams, of Grand Rapids, Michigan; two sisters, Mary Pierce, of Petersburg, Tennessee, and Emma (Patrick) Murphy, of Clarksville; and two brothers, Rod (Frances) Abrams, of Ironton and Don (Rose) Abrams, of Grove City.

A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home, Ironton, with Rod Abrams officiating and visitation will be Saturday from noon until time of the service at the funeral home. To offer the family online condolences, please visit, www.tracybrammerfh.com.


Charles Kerns

June 25, 1941 — Jan. 31, 2016

Charles Buck Kerns, 74, of Wheelersburg, passed away Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, at the Concord Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Wheelersburg. The Pedro native was born June 25, 1941, a son of the late William Griffith and Emma Betty Mosley Kerns.

Buck attended Pedro schools and was a member of the Eagles Club in New Boston and the Ironton Elks. He was of the Pentecostal faith.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Harry Kerns, Bill Kerns and Jerry Kerns; and three sisters, Linda Kerns, Emma Jean Kerns and Betty Sue Hankins.

He is survived by four sisters, Judy Dixon, Shirley (George) Steele and Brenda Carver, all of Wheelersburg, and Ruth (Larry) Stapleton, of Ironton; three brothers, Rex (Connie) Kerns, Tex Kerns and Griff (Kelly) Kerns, all of Wheelersburg; a step-son, Mark Harper, of Texas; a niece that was raised like a daughter, Megan Kerns, of Wheelersburg; two nephews that were raised like his brothers, Jake Dixon and Mike Dixon, both of Wheelersburg; two nieces that were raised like his sisters, Rita Harper, of Wheelersburg and Jeannie Timberman, of Franklin Furnace; a close niece, Judy Harper, of Wheelersburg; and a loved one left behind, Sharon Schelnick, of Texas.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Phillips Funeral Home, Ironton, with the Rev. Kelly Stapleton officiating. Burial will follow in Vernon Furnace Cemetery and visitation will be Monday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.phillipsfuneralhome.net.


Goble Caudill

Goble Caudill, 93, of South Point, died Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, West Virginia. A graveside service will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Highland Memorial Gardens, South Point. Burial will follow. Proctorville VFW Post 6878 will conduct military graveside rites. There will be no visitation. Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville, is in charge of arrangements.


Edward Johnson

Edward Lee Johnson, 92, of Greenup, Kentucky, died Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, at King’s Daughter Medical Center in Ashland, Kentucky. Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery. Friends may call from 10:30 a.m. Monday until the time of the service at the funeral home.