Published 9:55 am Tuesday, April 19, 2016

August Keels

Aug. 14, 1939 — April 16, 2016

August Wayne Keels, 76, of Oak Hill, was called home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, April 16, 2016, at Mount Carmel East in Columbus. He was born in Gallipolis, on Aug. 14, 1939, to the late Gordon and Elizabeth (Lommax) Keels.

Wayne was member of the U.S. Army and served in Korea. Wayne loved staying busy, and this was shown during his time as a plant manager for AP Green as well as the time he spent driving through the hills of southern Ohio for FedEx. Wayne also really enjoyed spending time mowing his grass. More than anything, Wayne loved his family and spending time with them.

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He is survived by his daughters, Suzy (Randall) Long, of Gallipolis, and Missy (Steve) Miller, of Columbus; grandchildren, Stephanie (Christian) Scott, Vanessa (Derek) Wilson, Lexi Long, Eliana, and Braden and Lucas Miller; great-grandchildren, Jarrell, Linae, and Kierra Scott, and Lamiyah and Travon Wilson, special sister-in-law, Lee Keels, of Oak Hill; and special friends, Mike and Christi Walter; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.

He is also survived by his brother, Dwight and special sister-in-law, Donna Keels, who were devoted to his care and well being over the past several weeks while in Columbus. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife of almost 50 years, Patricia Ann (Roach) Keels. He was also preceded in death by brother, Lewis Keels, and an infant brother, William Joseph Keels.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Union Baptist Church in Blackfork with the Rev. Keith Fulton and minister Christian Scott officiating. Burial will follow in Union Baptist Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today at the Lewis & Gillum Funeral Home of Oak Hill. Online condolences may be sent to


James Riffe

Aug. 18, 1946 — April 17, 2016

James Herbert Riffe, 69, of Ironton, died on Sunday April 17, 2016, at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Ashland. He was the husband of Glenna Nelson Riffe. He was born Aug. 18, 1946, in Ironton.

He was an Air Force veteran and a member of Jeffersonville Missionary Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a brother, Douglas Riffe. He is survived by his wife and children, Lisa (John) Rogers, of Green Bay, Wisconsin, James H. (Cari) Riffe II, of Franklin, Tennessee; one brother, Mark (Gennie) Riffe, of Cibolo, Texas; grandchildren, Geoffrey Rogers, Jack Rogers, Bailey Rogers, Macy Rogers, Lily Rogers, Haleigh Riffe, Abby Riffe, Levi Riffe, Emma Riffe, Will Riffe; and one great-grandchild, Becca Riffe.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at O’Keefe-Baker Funeral Home. Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Jeffersonville Missionary Baptist Church in Coal Grove with Roger Pierce officiating. Burial will be in Sugar Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations are requested to Jeffersonville Missionary Baptist Church.


Lawrence Rose

Lawrence Paul Rose, 93, of Proctorville, died Sunday, April 17, 2016, at Sanctuary of the Ohio Valley. Funeral service will be conducted at noon Wednesday at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville, with pastor Jerry Galloway and pastor Jack Rankin officiating. Burial will follow in Crown City Cemetery, Crown City. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at


Paul Justice

Paul Edward Justice, 94, of Ironton, died Sunday, April 17, 2016, at Sanctuary of the Ohio Valley, Ironton.  He is survived by his wife Audrey Justice.  Private family services will be at a later date.  Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville, is in charge of arrangements.