Published 10:04 am Thursday, April 14, 2016

Elza Green

Dec. 13, 1938 — April 13, 2016

Elza L. Green Sr. departed this life on April 13, 2016, at the Concord Health and Rehabilitation Center in Wheelersburg after failing health the past few years. Elza was born on Dec. 13, 1938, in Oak Hill, the youngest son born to Kelly and Lucy Robinson Green.

He spent his teen years on a farm near South Webster and after his father’s death the family moved near Ironton where he graduated from Rock Hill High School in 1957. He was a proud member of the Ohio National Guard for two years. He married Sandra Rogers Green on Sept. 28, 1957, and they were blessed with six children. Elza worked for Kroger Company for 11 years and moved to Oak Hill in 1968 where he founded the Oak Hill Gateway Supermarket. He owned and operated the supermarket until 1994.

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He was a former member of Decatur Missionary Baptist Church and First Baptist Church of Oak Hill. He helped established Liberty Baptist Church in Oak Hill in 1981 where he served as pastor until January when he became Pastor Emeritus. His only desire was to serve the Lord in any capacity. He was a loving husband and father who kept an active interest in the lives of his family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one infant son, Bruce Green; and his beloved father-in-law, Ralph V. Rogers.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra Rogers Green; three sons, Elza L. Green Jr., of Austin, Texas, Craig (Cindy)Green, of Jackson, Zachary (Cary) Green, of Leland, North Carolina; two daughters, Mary (Ken) Massie, of Wheelersburg, Lora Green, of Leland, North Carolina; 13 grandchildren, Miranda Green, of Austin, Texas, Chelsea (Ely) Rodriguez, of Austin, Texas, Kendra (Brandon) Coleman, of Wheelersburg, Derek (Caitlyn) Massie, of Wheelersburg, Elza L. Green III, of Austin, Texas, Meghan Gaines, of Carolina Beach, North Carolina, Clay Massie, of Wheelersburg, Nick Gaines, of Leland, North Carolina, Rachel Green, of Jackson, Rebekah Green, of Jackson, Brittany Green, of Waverly, Matthew Gaines, of Leland, North Carolina, Lane Green, of Leland, North Carolina; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Dewayne (Katie) Green, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Alva Green, of Columbus; and his beloved mother-in-law, Mary Lou Rogers, of Wheelersburg.

Visitation will be from 5-9 p.m. Saturday at Lewis-Gillum Funeral Home in Oak Hill. A celebration of his life will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Liberty Baptist Church, Oak Hill. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the parking lot fund of Liberty Baptist Church, P.O. Box 257, Oak Hill, Ohio, 45656. Online condolences may be sent to


James Blair

Oct. 29, 1947 — April 12, 2016

James Emerson Blair, Jr., 68, of Wheelersburg, passed away on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at the SOMC Hospice Center in Portsmouth. He was born on Oct. 29, 1947, in Ironton, the son of James E. Blair Sr., who survives, and Donna Jean Ainsworth Blair who preceded him in death last year. James had served as a member of the United States Air Force.

James is survived by one son, James E. (Beth) Blair, III, of Wurtland, Kentucky; two sisters, Jane (Rod) Ferro and Lisa Pritchard; and four grandchildren, Ashley, J.R., Jacob and Josiah Blair.

The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday at the Swick-Bussa-Chamberlin Funeral Home in Wheelersburg. Private graveside services will be at the convenience of the family. Condolences may be sent to the family at Swick–Bussa–Chamberlin Funeral Home in Wheelersburg.


Joyce Wagner

Joyce Ann Murphy Wagner, 64, of Taylors, South Carolina, formerly of Proctorville, died Sunday, April 10, 2016. She is survived by her husband, Urcil Dewaine Wagner. Funeral service will be conducted 1 p.m. Friday at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville. Burial will follow in Rome Cemetery, Proctorville. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at


Elvin Estep

Elvin Estep, 86, of Ashland, died Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at his residence. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Monday at Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods, Kentucky, with pastor Ben Collier and pastor Steve Fraley officiating. Burial will follow at Bellefonte Memorial Gardens in Flatwoods. The visitation will be from 3-6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at