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Virginia Eldridge

Virginia (Jenny, Ginny) Eldridge, beloved mother, and longtime resident of Ironton, passed away on May 1, 2016, at the age of 78.

Virginia was preceded in death by her son, James (Jim) Maynard; her father, Elliot Eldridge; her mother, Sophia (Bundy) Eldridge; and her sisters, Betty Beasley and Jean King.

Virginia is survived by her daughter, Dr. Deborah Taylor and her husband, Jonathan; and two grandsons, Graham Taylor and Raymond Taylor, all of Shawnee, Kansas. She is also survived by her sisters, Eileen Bishop, of Ironton, and Gwen Deer, of Waverly; and her brother, William Eldridge, of Flint, Michigan.

Virginia worked at The Ironton Tribune for many years and enjoyed working with the public. She was a 1956 graduate of Ironton High School and attended the Apostolic Gospel Church. She loved music and singing in the church choir. The family would like to thank the staff of the Sanctuary of the Ohio Valley for their love, support, and care these past few years.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today at the Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home with pastor Anthony Keaton officiating. Friends and family may visit from noon until the time of the service today at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.tracybrammerfh.com.


Helen Bruce

May 23, 1925 — May 1, 2016

Helen V. Bruce, 90, of Ironton, passed away Sunday, May 1, 2016, at a local health care center. The Lawrence County native was born May 23, 1925, a daughter of the late Curt and Luella Schafer. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Charles Bruce.

Helen attended Kitts Hill High School and graduated from Ironton High School with the class of 1943 and then received her bachelor’s degree from Marshall University. She was a homemaker and former teacher for the Ironton School District. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ironton where she was a former Sunday school teacher, sang in the choir and was active in the Ladies Circle One. She was also a member of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the Gideons Auxiliary.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one sister, Charlene Dunkelberger; and four brothers, Bill, Ken, Curtis, and Thomas Schafer.

She is survived by a daughter, Dr. Nancy (Jeff) Elkins, of Ironton; a son, Danny (Camie) Bruce, of Ashland; five grandchildren, Heather (Mark) Mains, of Ironton, Melanie (Mike) Asbury, of Ashland, Laura Bruce, of Ashland, Sarah Bruce, of Ashland, and Staci (Samuel) Brown, of El Paso, Texas; and four great-grandchildren, Tyler and Aubrey Mains and Theodore and Daniel Bruce. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Phillips Funeral Home with pastor Caleb LaFond officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery and visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of the service Wednesday at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.phillipsfuneralhome.net.


Charles Hesson

Charles Hesson, 81, of Crown City, died Friday, April 29, 2016, at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington. He is survived by his wife, Sally Hesson. Funeral service will be conducted 1 p.m. Wednesday at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville, by pastor Don Irby and pastor Randy Thompson. Burial will follow in Crown City Cemetery, Crown City. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.timeformemory.com/hall.