Published 1:27 pm Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Billie Smith

July 21, 1945 — Sept. 19, 2016

Billie Joy Schneider Borland Smith, born July 21, 1945, went home to be with her Lord on Sept. 19, 2016, with her husband by her side reading the fourth chapter of Philippians. Billie was the daughter of the late J. William Schneider and Katherine Stevens Schneider Greene and the stepdaughter of the late Edward H. Greene.
Billie was born in Huntington and graduated from Chesapeake High School in 1963. While at Chesapeake, she was a majorette and was loved by her classmates. She graduated from The Ohio State University in 1967 with a B.S. in dental hygiene and was a member of Alpha Phi sorority. While at Ohio State, she met her first husband, Ronald Allan Borland, whom she married in 1968, and they lived in Atlanta, Georgia, for 30 years. After his death in 1999, she continued to live in Atlanta and served wholeheartedly in the Mount Vernon Baptist Church.
Her sisters prayed that God would send her a godly husband in His time, and He did! On Feb. 15, 2003, she married Robert K. Smith, moved back to her roots and lived in Proctorville, until her death. For the past 13 years, Billie has been active in the New Baptist Church where she organized the Women’s Ministry and Bible studies. She loved God’s Word and was not bashful about sharing it with others. She was also a member of the Berean Sunday school class, a member of the Sanctuary Choir and co-leader of the church decorating committee. She loved everyone and everyone loved her.
She was the driving force behind Operation TLC in eastern Lawrence County, a group dedicated to beautifying the area and keeping it free from litter. Billie and her husband loved to travel, and especially enjoyed their trips to the Holy Land and a Footsteps of the Apostle Paul journey.
She is survived by her husband, Robert “Bob” Keith Smith; her three children, Anne Katherine “Kit” Borland Friend (Chris), Ronda Borland Biven (Russell) and John Mount Borland (Melissa); her step-children, David Scott Smith (Megen) and Sherri Catherine Smith (David Hatfield); her grandchildren, Conner Friend, Allan, Will and Kate Biven, Claire, Samuel and Luke Borland, Morgan Joyner (Bryce) and Nicholas Smith; her sisters, Carolyn Schneider Norris (Dale) and Kathie Ann Schneider Gue (Rick); her sisters-in-law Lois Merritt and Helen Robbins; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 3-6 p.m., Thursday at New Baptist Church, 610 28th St., Huntington. The service will follow at the church at 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers please make your remembrances to the Women’s Bible Study Ministry at New Baptist Church.
The graveside service will be 11 a.m., Saturday at Arlington Memorial Park, 201 Mount Vernon Hwy, Sandy Springs, Georgia.
The family would like to thank Schneider-Griffin Funeral Home, Chesapeake, for their assistance.
The online guest book can be accessed at
Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden is in charge of arrangements.

Francis McKee

Oct. 2, 1930 — Sept. 18, 2016

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Francis Arthur McKee, 85, of Ironton, passed away Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, at the Cornerstone Hospital, a division of St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington, after an extended illness.
He was born Oct. 2, 1930, a son of the late William Arthur McKee and the late Betty Riffe McKee. He was a laborer for the former Ironton Malleable and attended the West Ironton Church of the Nazarene and was a loving father, brother and grandfather.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Erma McKee; brothers, Gene, George, Calvin, Earl McKee, Ralph and Gilbert Wagoner; four sisters, Darline Rapp and Lacey Green, Rosalee Tordiff, Pauline Henderson; and four half brothers and three half sisters.
He is survived by his five children, Thomas A McKee, Richard Stanley (Peggy) McKee, Kathy (John) Minard, Brian (Michelle) McKee, Micheal (Mariko) McKee; two brothers, Edward McKee, Richard (Sharon) McKee; two sisters, Harriet Williamson, Esther (Bob) Austin; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and a host of family and friends.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday in the chapel of the Brown Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Ryan McKee officiating. He will be laid to rest next to his wife in the Woodland Cemetery in Ironton.
Friends may call from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral chapel.
The family has entrusted his care to Brown Funeral Chapel – Eugene Taylor-Brown Owner and Lic. Funeral Director.

John Hall, Jr.

John Hall, Jr., 76, of Proctorville, died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, at home. He is survived by his wife, Gail Hall. Funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. Friday at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville. Burial will follow in Rome Cemetery, Proctorville. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at