Published 12:01 am Sunday, January 22, 2017

Diane Sunseri

Nov. 16, 1952 — Jan. 16, 2017

Diane L. Sunseri, 64, of Ironton, passed away Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Ironton Campus. Diane was born Nov. 27, 1952, in Ironton, a daughter of Ethel M. Jackson, of Ironton, and the late Pat Brown.
Diane was a graduate of Ironton High School.  She was of the Baptist faith and a member of Sharon Baptist Church. Diane was a homemaker and a retired a cook for several local businesses.
In addition to her father, she preceded in death by daughter, Christie Brown Richardson; and two brothers, Richard Brown and Mike Brown.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by two sons, Chris Brown, of Ironton, and John Smith, of Flatwoods, Kentucky; two sisters, Jennifer Wilson, of St. Petersburg, Florida, and Julie Brown, of Ironton; brother, Eugene (Alice) Brown, of Ironton; stepbrother, Jimmy Jackson, of Galion, two sisters-in-law,  Sue Brown, of Ironton, and Patti Brown McMasters, of Ironton; six grandchildren, Jacob Brown (who resided with her), Corey, Kaden, Sammi, Paige and Cameron; a great-granddaughter; special friend,  Jerry Sunseri, of Florida.; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends who will mourn her passing.
Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Monday at Sharon Baptist Church, Ironton, with the Rev. Steve Harvey officiating.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Diane’s name to Sharon Baptist Building Fund, 2010 South 5th Street, Ironton, Ohio 45638. Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral is assisting the Brown family with arrangements.

Orlan Harper

Aug. 29, 1946 — Jan. 19, 2017

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Orlan E. Harper, 70, of Ironton, passed away Jan. 19, 2017, at King’s Daughters Medical Center, Ashland, Kentucky. Mr. Harper was born Aug. 29, 1946, in Ironton, a son to Gloria Justice Harper of Ironton, and the late Wilson Harper.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Gloria Smith Harper, whom he married Aug. 24, 1986.
Mr. Harper was a 1964 graduate of Rock Hill High School and was the owner and operator of Harper Excavating and Logging Company. He was of the Baptist faith and a member of Sheridan Missionary Baptist Church.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by brother, Earl (Butch) Harper.
In addition to his mother and wife, he is survived by daughter, Lani Carey, of Ironton; three sons, Jeff (Wendy) Harper, of Piketon, Brad (Carol) Harper, of Ironton, and J.R. (Brittany Workman) Harper, of Ironton; two stepchildren, Garri (John) Carey, of South Point, and Kevin Ackerson, of Ironton; four brothers, Jerry (Kay) Harper, of Port Clinton, Wally (Judy) Harper, of Ironton, Manuel (Jane) Harper, of South Webster, and David (Pam Pennington) Harper, of Ironton; three sisters, Sheila Morris, of Ironton, and Linda Vallance and Beverly Barnhart, both of Kitts Hill; nine grandchildren; four step grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Monday at Phillips Funeral Home, Ironton, with the Rev. Billy Markins officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Gardens. Friends may call 11 a.m. until time of the service Monday at the funeral home. To offer the family online condolences, please visit:

William Ackison

July 22, 1940 — Jan. 10, 2017

William W. Ackison, 76, of Ironton, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, at St. Mary’s Medical Center-Ironton Campus. The Ironton native was born July 22, 1940, a son of the late Hercules and Ira Wilson Ackison.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Donna Lee Lucero Ackison, whom he married Nov. 1, 1962.
Mr. Ackison was a graduate of Pedro High School and a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran.
He was a former police officer for the City of Ironton, retiring in 1991 after 30 years of service. He was also a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ironton, enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating and taking care of his granddaughter. He always hoped he was doing the best for his family.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Danny Ackison and John Ackison.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Angela C. (Dave) Bryant, of Alabama; a son, Michael B. Ackison, of Ironton; a granddaughter, Lindsay M. (Anthony) Green, of Sacramento, California; and a sister, Evelyn Howell, of Columbus.
There will be a memorial service at a later date at the convenience of the family. Phillips Funeral Home, Ironton, is assisting the family with the arrangements. To offer condolences to the family, please visit

Gary Chaney

June 13, 1936 — Jan. 20, 2017

Gary Lee Chaney, 80, of Ironton, passed away Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, West Virginia. The Lawrence County native was born June 13, 1936, a son to the late, Geoffrey and Gladys (Mayo) Chaney.
Gary is survived by his wife, Una Faye (Buskirk) Chaney, whom he married June 21, 1959.
Gary was a 1956 graduate of Rock Hill High School and served his county for 11 years in the Ohio National Guard. He retired in 1993 as a Crane Follower after 34 and a half years of service for AK Steel in Ashland, Kentucky. He was also a 56-year member of Woodland Chapel Freewill Baptist Church in Ironton where he was a former trustee, Sunday School teacher and sang in the choir.
In addition to his wife, Una Faye, Gary is survived by a son, Chris Brian (Diana) Chaney, of Kitts Hill; a daughter, Kelli Sue (Roger) Chaney Cordle, of South Point; two grandchildren, Joseph Michael (Ashley) Sharp, of South Point, and Amanda Lynn (Drew) Chaney Hill, of Ironton; three great-grandchildren, Avarie Lynn Hill, Noah Cristopher Sharp and James Matthew Riffe; a brother, George Clifton Chaney, of Ironton; two sisters, Elwanda Wills, of Ironton, and Wilma Barbour, of Wheelersburg; and several nieces and nephews; great-nieces and nephews; and a wonderful church family.
In addition to his parents, Gary is preceded in death by an infant daughter, Lee Faye Chaney; and a brother, Geoffrey Chaney.
Funeral services will be noon Monday at the Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home, Ironton, with pastor Dave Schug, assistant pastor Jimmy Kimble, and Bro. Chad Pemberton officiating. Interment will follow in Woodland Cemetery.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
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