Published 10:40 am Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Donald Tufts

July 7, 1944 — Oct. 30, 2016

Donald “Sonny” R. Tufts, 72, of Ironton, passed away Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, Kentucky.
Sonny was born July 7, 1944, in Ironton, the son of the late Pearl and Verna Nance Dalton. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Karen Kennedy Tufts, who passed away Jan. 18, 2016.
Sonny was a 1961 graduate of Rock Hill High School. He was a former employee of the Dayton Malleable Iron Company in Ironton and later retired from Ashland Oil as an operator. He attended Central Christian Church in Ironton.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a sister, Donna Clement.
He is survived by two sons, Scott (Tracy) Tufts and Kevin Tufts and fiancée, Stevie Montgomery, all of Ironton; three granddaughters, Noelle Tufts, Kierynn Tufts and Kamrynn Montgomery; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Jerry and Jo Kennedy Rowe, of Ironton, and Tim and Sharon Kennedy Harrison, of Waynesboro, Virginia; and nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Thursday in Woodland Cemetery with Minister Willie Purdee officiating. Friends may call from 1-1:45 p.m. Thursday at Phillips Funeral Home, Ironton. Pallbearers will be Jerry Rowe, Kevin Tufts, Scott Tufts, Larry Wilson, Bret Layne, and Keith Layne.
Donations may be made to Central Christian Church, 1541 South Seventh Street, Ironton, Ohio 45638. To offer condolences to the family, please visit

Dorothy Pyles

March 15, 1937 — Oct. 29, 2016

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Dorothy Ellen Pyles, 79, of Ironton, went to be with the Lord Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Russell, Kentucky after an extended hospital stay. The Ironton native was born March 15, 1937, a daughter of the late Willard “Bill” and Helen Huff Large.
She attended Hanging Rock School and was a member of the Sheridan Freewill Baptist Church in South Point.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by first husband, Roy Swinford; second husband, Vincent “Benny” Pyles; two brothers, Wayne Large and Willard Large; and one sister, Freda Rose Large.
She will be leaving behind her daughter and son-in-law, Teresa (Swinford) and David Boll, of Ironton; a grandson and granddaughter, Jeremy Boll and Amanda Boll, both of Ironton; two great-grandchildren, Samantha and her brother, Dawson, both of Ironton; two sisters, Evelyn “Billie” Sites and Rheta Hogan (Large), all of Ironton; a brother and sister-in-law, Raymond and Flora Jane Large, of Marion; and last, but not least, several loving nieces, nephews along with many loving friends
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home with Brother Randy Patrick officiating. Burial will follow in Hanging Rock Cemetery and visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
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Michael Zornes

Michael David Zornes, 63, of Ironton, passed away Sept. 2016, in Columbus.
He was a graduate of Ironton High School and one of the first paramedics in Lawrence County.
He served the community many years working with S.E.O.E.M.S. Mike retired from Marathon Refinery in Catlettsburg, Kentucky. He was a volunteer with the Hamilton Township Fire Department, an avid runner and loved riding his Harley.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Jess Willard and Norma Koster Zornes.
He is survived by two daughters, Amy Bay and Alma McCormick, both of Columbus; and one son, Jess Zornes, of San Antonio, Texas.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Phillips Funeral Home, Ironton, with the memorial service beginning at 8 p.m. and Minister Steve Allen officiating.
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James Norris

James Norris, 89, of Proctorville, died Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House, Huntington, West Virginia. He is survived by his wife, Pat Norris.
Arrangements are pending at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville.