Published 8:59 am Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Richard Cielec

Richard Stephen Cielec, son of the late Stanley and Cecilia Gasior Cielec, went to be with the Lord Sunday, July 31, 2016, after a long and gallant fight with cancer.

He was also preceded in death by his sister, Ceslawa; and his brothers, Lawrence, Joseph, Bernard, Ralph and Emil. Richard is survived by his wife of 61 years, Fern; and children, Lauri Eckman (Charles), Stephen (Gina) Cielec and Jennifer Branchcomb; grandchildren, Dennis Wolan, Randy Wolan (Kristi), Christopher (Bobbie), Melissa Bacon, Amber Stephenson, Brianna Smoot (JD) and Clay Crum; great-grandfather of nine; his sisters, Phyllis, Doris (Wojton), Mildred (Zwolinski) and Patricia (Adamski); dear friend and running buddy of Frank Lumberg, HB Patel and Jerry Fisher.

Richard retired after 20 years from the Cleveland Police Department where he worked in the Accident Investigation Unit. He drove a truck for O’Brien & Nye Trucking Company for 25 years. In 1976, he opened the first McDonald’s restaurant in Chesapeake (Lawrence County) where he and his wife have resided for 40 years. Richard opened a second McDonald’s in Proctorville 10 years later in 1986.

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Richard was an avid runner who participated in many races and won many awards throughout the years. He was a member of the South Point School Board for eight years and the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, Ashland YMCA, and St. Ann Catholic Church. Richard was a lifelong member of St. Barbara Church in Cleveland. Richard supported the youth of Lawrence County throughout the years by sponsoring Little League Baseball teams and the 4H Club. He was a compassionate and caring friend and mentor to many; and will be missed by those whose lives he touched.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice (, in Huntington, West Virginia. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. today at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville, with rosary service at 8 p.m. A celebration of Richard’s life and memorial mass is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Ann Church in Chesapeake. Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at


Doris Murnahan

Nov. 8, 1930 — July 31, 2016

Doris Marie Murnahan, 85, of Ironton, passed away Sunday, July 31, 2016, at Community Hospice Care Center, Ashland, Kentucky. Mrs. Murnahan was born Nov. 8, 1930, in Ironton, a daughter to the late Homer and Audrey (Markins) Hankins, Sr. She is survived by her husband, Don Murnahan, whom she married Nov. 2, 1951.

Mrs. Murnahan was a 1950 graduate of Ironton High School. She was a former member of the Sydenstricker United Methodist Church and currently attended Resurrection Hope in Ironton. She was a homemaker, she enjoyed puzzles and was an avid volunteer helping organize school and family reunions. She loved to see people get together and enjoyed time spent with her family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Ralph (Marge) Hankins and Curtis (Doris) Hankins.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by daughter, Carolyn (Bill) Stapleton, of Ironton; son, Mike (Jackie) Murnahan, of Kitts Hill; five grandchildren, Gabe (Jennifer) Stapleton, Nick (Lisa) Stapleton, Andy Murnahan, Amy Murnahan (fiancé Steve Payne) and Amber (Will) Conway; five great-grandchildren, Wiley, Jack, MacKenzie and Cyrus Stapleton and Farrah Conway; brother, Homer (Jean) Hankins, Jr., of Gallipolis; and two sisters, Mary (Eddie) Koster and Judy Gullett, both of Ironton.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home, Ironton, with pastor Jim Kearns and Terry Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery and visitation will be 11 a.m. until time of the service Wednesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. To offer the family online condolences, please visit:


D. Scott Bowling

Feb. 3, 1966 — July 31, 2016

Judge D. Scott Bowling, 50, of Kitts Hill, passed away Sunday, July 31, 2016, at his residence. The Ironton native was born Feb. 3, 1966, a son of Charles C. and Carol Clark Bowling of Kitts Hill. He is survived by his wife, Donna Sue Sagraves Bowling.

Scott was a 1984 graduate of Symmes Valley High School. He earned an associate degree from Rio Grande University and a bachelor’s degree in business from Ohio University in 1988. He was a medical technologist the Lawrence County General Hospital before going on to Capital University School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctorate in 1997. Scott practiced law for 10 years before his appointment as common pleas judge in 2007. He was a member of the Oakland Chapel Church in Kitts Hill, enjoyed golfing and was a member of the Ironton Lion’s Club. He was the founder of Jeremiah 38 Ministries, (Leader of Medical Missions/Biblical Counseling around the world) and was a biblical speaker and teacher. He was also the organizer of “The Life of Christ” Drama and led many souls to Christ. He was the author of “Does God Want Me Dead?”

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Clifford and Ollie Bowling and Johnny and Lois Clark.

In addition to his parents and loving wife, he is survived by two sons, Brandon Scott Bowling and Jordan Andrew Bowling, both of Kitts Hill; a brother, Jeffrey and Becky Bowling, of Kitts Hill; two sisters, Crystal and Kevin Bloomfield and Natalie and Allen Burcham, all of Kitts Hill; a brother-in-law, Larry and Norna Sagraves, of Fort Gay, West Virginia; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Ray and Helen Sagraves, of Grayson, Kentucky; and nieces and nephews, Joshua (Ashley) Wilson, Cory (Kayla) Burcham, Eli (Noel) Bowling, Ashley (Matt) Owens, Alex (Amanda) Sagraves, Emily Bowling, Anna (Chase) Higgins, Jennie (Tyler) Smith, Jase Bowling, Carter and Isaac Burcham, Rafe Higgins, Grayson Owens and Braden Sagraves.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Oakland Chapel Church with pastor Lenny Campbell officiating. Burial will follow in Aid Cemetery. Friends may call from 6-9 p.m. Thursday evening at Phillips Funeral Home, Ironton, and 10 a.m. until the time of the service Friday at the church. In lieu of flowers, make donations to Jeremiah 38 Ministries, 5343 County Road 19, Kitts Hill, Ohio 45645. To offer condolences to the Bowling family, please visit


Gary Price

May 12, 1930 — July 29, 2016

Gary Eugene Price, 86, of Lucasville, passed away Friday, July 29, 2016, at Valley View Care Center. Born May 12, 1930, in Lawrence County, a son of the late James and Bessie Bostick Price, he was head of the SCJVS Adult Education, a member of Emanuel United Methodist Church in Lucasville and was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a member of Carpenters Union Local, Lucasville Masonic Lodge No. 465, El Hasa Shrine in West Portsmouth and was a 32° Scottish Rite.

He is survived by two sons, Gary R. Price and Michael (Jackie) Price, both of Lucasville; three grandchildren, Cheryl Marie Rosier, of Wheelersburg, Brooklyn Price, of Lucasville, Allison Price, of Lucasville; and two great-grandchildren, Gavin and Conner Rosier, of Wheelersburg. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ernestine Wilson Price; six brothers, Gordon, George, Charles, Jim, Jack and Archie Price; and four sisters, Dorlene Wonn, Lucille Savy, Leota Price and June Drummond.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Brett McGraw officiating. Graveside service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, at Highland Memorial Gardens in South Point. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. Online condolences may be sent to