Published 10:08 am Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Gary Peters

Feb. 23, 1941 — April 2, 2016

Gary Dale Peters, 75, of Chesapeake, passed away Saturday, April 2, 2016, at home. He was born Feb. 23, 1941, in Wheeling, West Virginia to Glen B. Peters and Pearl L. Peters.

Gary attended Huntington East High School and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force from which he received an honorable discharge. Gary loved being outside and had a passion for fishing. Gary always said a bad day of fishing was better than a good day of anything else. Gary was a pipe fitter and belonged to the Pipe fitters Local 521 for over 50 years. He retired in 2005, from which he remains in good standing.

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He is preceded in death by his mother, Pearl Peters; and great-grandson, Spencer Fogle. Left to cherish his memory are his father, Glen B. Peters; brother, Steve Peters and wife Janice, of Michigan; daughters, Angel Lake and husband Bobby, Susan Peters and Evelyn Peters; son, Doug Peters; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren along with a host of nieces and nephews and his dear friend and caregiver, Debra Lear.

Funeral services will be conducted at noon on Wednesday at the Reger Funeral Chapel by the Rev. Tom Hysell. Burial will follow in Peters Family Cemetery, Ft. Gay, West Virginia. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until service time on Wednesday at the Reger Funeral Home. Condolences may be made to the family at


Billy Brown

Sept. 23, 1937 — April 2, 2016

Billy Lee Brown, 78, of Thornville, passed away, Saturday, April 2, 2016, at the Selma Markowitz Care Center of Hospice of Central Ohio, with his wife and children by his side. He was born on Sept. 23, 1937, in Ironton, to the late Alfred F. and Gladys Violet Sanders Brown.

Billy was a 1955 graduate of Rock Hill High School in Pedro. In addition, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from The Ohio State University and a Master of Science in Administration degree from Central Michigan University.

He retired in 1996, after 30 years of service, from the Autonetics Division of Rockwell International, where he served as a Logistics Engineer for the Peacekeeper, Hellfire and Minuteman missile programs. He also retired from Dawes Arboretum in 2011 and was a United States Air Force Veteran.

Billy was an avid lover of nature. He enjoyed fishing and was a volunteer and member of the Dawes Arboretum Bird Club. He dearly loved photographing birds and nature. He was a kind, gentle man who had many friends and made friends easily. He leaves behind many who dearly loved him: his wife of 55 years, Hildegard “Hilde” (Nachbar) Brown; his children, Christina (Robert) Mayes, of Pataskala and Katherine (Michael) Jurden, of Newark; his grandchildren, Abigail and Elizabeth Jurden and Daniel Mayes. Billy will be missed by his brother, Gary F. (Joyce) Brown, of Coolville; many cousins, nieces, nephew, friends and his very dear birding companions, Sonny Ponn and Jerry Winer. Billy’s strong moral character rubbed off on many in a beautiful, unforgettable way.

In addition to his parents, Billy is preceded in death by his brother, Charles R. Brown and sister-in-law, Janice (Gore) Brown, of Ironton.

A private service for friends and family will be at a later date.

Reed-Egan Funeral Home, 141 Green Wave Drive, Newark, is assisting the family with arrangements. To share your memory of Billy or leave a condolence for the family, please visit

The family requests any memorial donations be made in Billy’s name to: The Dawes Arboretum, 7770 Jacksontown Rd. S. E., Newark, Ohio 43056.


Billie Sands

April 16, 1937 — April 3, 2016

Billie Joe Sands, 78, of Sebastian, Florida, passed away Sunday, April 3, 2016, at his residence in Russell, Kentucky. The Ironton native was born April 16, 1937, a son of the late Calvin and Nora Coyle Sands. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Janice Childers Sands, whom he married Oct. 8, 1957.

Mr. Sands was a 1955 graduate of Ironton High School, a U.S. Navy Veteran and former commanding officer of the U.S. Navy Reserve in Sugar Grove, West Virginia. He retired in 1992 from Ashland Oil, Inc., where he was a shift supervisor and served on the Refinery Fire Department for 20 years. He was a member of the Ironton Masonic Lodge 198 F & AM. In 1992, Bill and Janice moved to Sebastian, Florida where he was a member of the Friendship Community Church, and the Elks, Eagles and American Legion. Bill enjoyed life to the fullest traveling to all the states in the U.S. as well as all the Caribbean islands. His hobbies included, woodworking, gardening, motorcycling, scuba diving, NASCAR, white water rafting and also working with stained glass.

In addition to his parents, Bill was greeted in heaven by his daughter, Shiloh Sands; brother, Calvin (Bub) Sands; and sisters, Joyce Mackin and Doris (Sissy) Estep. Lavern and Glen Deering also joined in the reunion.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Jeff (Rhonda) Sands, of Union, Kentucky; a daughter, Terri Sands Edwards, of Ironton; four granddaughters, Mandi Hieronimus, of Rush, Kentucky, Andrea Hieronimus, of Coal Grove, Makayla Edwards, of Ironton and Summer Sands, of Union, Kentucky; six great-grandchildren, Ashton, Bradley, Kohen, Amelia, Kaylee and Karli; and his beloved dogs, Bear and Sugar.

A Celebration of Bill’s life will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Phillips Funeral Home, Ironton, with a Masonic Service followed by Sam Heighton officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery with military honors provided by the U.S. Navy and the VFW 8850. Friends may call Wednesday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. The Sands family would like to thank the Hospice nurses and the Crisis Care nurses for all their love and support during this difficult time. Donations may be made to the Community Hospice Care Center, 1480 Carter Ave. Ashland, KY 41101. To offer condolences to the family, please visit


Linda Myers

Linda Kay Myers, 73, of Greenville, died Sunday, April 3, 2016, at Village Green in Greenville. She is survived by her husband, Donald Myers. A celebration of Life service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Oliver Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville with Caplin Candy Null officiating. Burial will follow at a later date. Family and friends may visit Saturday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice. Condolences may be left for the family at www.oliverfloydcom.