Published 9:52 am Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Richard Stamper

Aug. 19, 1952 — April 18, 2016

Richard Eugene Stamper, 63, of Ironton, passed away Monday, April 18, 2016, at his residence. The Ironton native was born Aug. 19, 1952, a son of the late John and Margaret Heading Stamper. He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Debra Koster Stamper, whom he married Feb. 1, 1974.

Mr. Stamper was a 1971 graduate of Rock Hill High School and a former employee of CSX Railroad. He attended the Kelley’s Bridge Independent Baptist Church and enjoyed hunting, camping and playing with his grandchildren.

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In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Isom Stamper, Charles Stamper, Homer Stamper, Johnny Stamper, and Ken Stamper; and two sisters, Mandy Pierce and Doris Stamper.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Rick (Chasity) Stamper and Jimmy (Tiffany) Stamper, all of Ironton; four grandchildren, Madison Stamper, Nicklaus Stamper, Alexis Arnett and Lexi McCoy, all of Ironton; two brothers, Carroll Stamper and Jim Stamper; and four sisters, Jennie Kerns, Mary Pugh, Joanne Richardson, and Evelyn Bruce.

There will be a private memorial service at the convenience of the family. Phillips Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. Donations may be made to Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Ave. Ashland, KY 41101 or the Shriners Hospital for Children, 1900 Richmond Road, Lexington, KY 40502. To offer condolences to the family, please visit


Ray Mart

Ray Dean Mart, 66, of Waterloo, passed away from life unto death on April 16, 2016. God allowed his courageous battle with cancer to come to an end, with loved ones around his bedside as he made his journey to Heaven.

He was predeceased by his loving parents, Charles and Lillian Hieronimus Mart, a brother, John Mart and two nephews, Larry Bishop and Barry Bishop.

He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Irene Daniels Mart; two son, David (Robyn) Mart of Waterloo and Greg (Amy) Mart of Willow Wood; four grandchildren, Autum, Cory, Savannah and Isaiah; three sisters, Francis, Connie and Avanell; a dear sister-in-law, Pam (Marvin) Booher; a very special niece, Lori (Rick) Carpenter; a loving nephew, Michael Booher; and several other family members.

He was a 1968 graduate of Rock Hill High School and a former steel worker for Amcast/Ironton Iron. He was an avid horseman who loved God’s creatures both large and small and spent his time making others laugh. He loved his church family at Forest Ridge Community Church, where he shared a special friendship with his pastor, Jesse Sizemore, and countless laughs with his pastor’s wife, Carolyn Sizemore. He was a soldier in the Army of the Lord, who witnessed to everyone he saw and will be greatly missed by those who loved him and shared in his life.

Final arrangements are being made by Phillips Funeral Home as Ray did not wish to have a visitation or funeral service. To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.phillipsfuneral


Paul Butler

Sept. 28, 1947 — April 18, 2016

Paul David Butler, 68, of Kitts Hill, passed away Monday, April 18, 2016, at his residence. Mr. Butler was born Sept. 28, 1947, in Lawrence County, a son to the late Martin F. and Juanita (Martin) Butler.

Mr. Butler attended Rock Hill Schools and was retired from Blair Construction of Wheelersburg and a former truck drive for Schwarman’s. He was a member of the Moose and attended Kelly’s Bridge Church of God.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Butler was preceded in death by daughter,Leann Marie Butler; two sisters, Phyllis McFann and Marta Howard; and two brothers, Wayne Butler and Fred Butler.

He is survived by daughter, Melinda (James) Walls, of Ironton; two sons, Paul David Butler, Jr., of South Point and Travis Butler Dillon, of Camden; stepdaughter, Jamie Dillon, of Camden; two sisters, Evelyn Hall, of Marion and Jackie Massie, of Ironton; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be noon Saturday at the Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home, Ironton, with Brother Dave Schug and the Rev. Jessie Sizemore officiating. Burial will follow in Puckett Cemetery. Friends and family may call from 6-9 p.m.. Friday at the funeral home. To offer the family online condolences, please visit:


Kimberly Dumaine

Kimberly Ann Caskey Dumaine, 39, of South Point, died Friday, April 15, 2016, at her residence. Graveside services only will be noon Friday at Rose Hill Burial Park in Ashland with pastor Jeff Canfield officiating. Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Phillips Funeral Home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit


Timothy Maris

Timothy Michael Maris, 37, of Huntington, died Saturday, April 16, 2016, at Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington. Arrangements are pending at Hall Funeral Home.


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. The son of the late Herbert and Ruth Joseph Riffe. 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, Tennesse, 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 VFW Post 8850 will perform military graveside services.


Georgia Bailey

July 24, 1938 — April 19, 2016

Georgia Lee Bailey, 77, of South Point, passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington. The West Virginia native was born July 24, 1938, the daughter of the late Alex and Ida Sizemore Burks. She was also preceded in death by her husband, William Howard Bailey.

Mrs. Bailey was a pre-school teacher for the Lawrence County Head Start and the Early Childhood Development Center for over 34 years. She was also a member of Storms Creek Missionary Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents and husband, Georgia was preceded in death by a son, Jayson Bailey; two brothers, Billy and Jack Burks; several half brothers and sisters, Willard Burks, Spencer Burks, Council Burks, Roby Burks, Bailey Burks, Boyd Burks, Silas Burks (Butch), Gertrude Burks Mullins, Rachel Burls Milam, Mary Burks, and Lillie Belle Burks Brown.

She is survived by a daughter, Linda (Robert) Brammer of South Point; three grandchildren, Tina Tanner, Carlee (Chris) Griffith, Mark (Andrea) Brammer; three great-grandchildren, Reid Griffith, Parker Griffith and Braxton Tanner; two sisters, Lois Burks Poff of Willis, Virginia, and Mary “Maggie” (Gene) Moody of Brenton, West Virginia; and one brother, King (Judy) Burks of Kimball, West Virginia.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at the Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home with pastor Kenny Hurst officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Gardens, South Point. Friends and family may call from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit


Susan Sharp

April 13, 1951 — April 18, 2016

Susan J. Sharp, 65, of Pedro, passed away Monday, April 18, 2016, at her sister’s residence. The Lawrence County native was born April 13, 1951, a daughter of the late Curtis Eugene and Laura Glenda Markel McFann. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Danny Ray Sharp, whom she married in October of 1976.

Susan was a 1969 graduate of Rock Hill High School. She was a member of the Decatur Missionary Baptist Church and also attended the Etna Missionary Baptist Church in Pedro. She was a former fiscal officer for the Lawrence County Health Department, retiring in 2014 after 30 years of service. She was also a former employee for Goldcamp’s, the Rock Hill Elementary School and Wilson’s Sporting Goods in Ironton. She loved reading, watching old movies, going to church and most of all spending time with her family and her four beautiful granddaughters. The family would like to extend a special thanks to her co-workers and second family at the Lawrence County Health Department.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Eric Sharp; a sister, Kelli McFann; a brother, Anthony McFann; a sister-in-law, Betsy McFann; and two brothers-in-law, Charles Gore and Ken Jones.

She is survived by her son, Daniel (Chassidy) Sharp of Bottineau, North Dakota; four granddaughters: Madison Sharp, Kennedy Sharp, Payton Sharp, and Avery Sharp all of Bottineau; a sister, Maida (Fred) Blagg of Pedro; five brothers, Roger (Shirley Greene) McFann of Benbrook, Texas, Rick (Penny Warrens) McFann of Jackson, William (Jeanette) McFann, Kim McFann, and Joey (Karen) McFann, all of Pedro; three sisters-in-law, Peggy Jones of South Point, Patricia Gore of Kitts Hill and Debbie (Terry) Barker of Pedro,; three aunts, Judy Wilson of Ironton, Marjorie Markel and Vera Markel both of Pedro; an uncle, Ford Delawder of Oak Hill; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Etna Missionary Baptist Church with pastor Greg Frasure officiating. Burial will follow in Vernon Furnace Cemetery. Friends and family may call from 6-9 p.m. Friday at Phillips Funeral Home and from noon until the time of the service Saturday at the church. To offer condolences to the family, please visit

Donations can be made to the Ohio State Transplant Research Fund C/O The Ohio State University Foundation, 1480 West Lane Ave., Columbus, OH 43221 or the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, 14 Penn Plaza, Suite 1710, New York, N.Y. 10122.


Charles Willis

Charles Willis, 75, of London, formerly of Ironton, passed away April 15, 2016.

Preceding him in death are his parents, LeRoy and Doris; a sister, Rita Amburgey; and a grandson, Jacob Willis. Surviving are his wife, Mary; daughter Susan Lelland; son, Charles Jr.; grandson, Joshua Lelland; and sister, Pat Carter of Ashland.

There will be no services or visitation.