Published 11:45 am Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Russell Burriss

Oct. 2, 1974 — April 15, 2017

On Saturday, April 15, 2017, Russell David Burriss, 42, of Kitts Hill, passed into the arms of the Lord. He was born Oct. 2, 1974, in Huntington, West Virginia. He was the son of Averil “Butch” Burriss and Patricia (Kyle) Phipps, who survive him.
In addition to his parents, he is also survived by his wife, Kenessa Charlton Burriss; daughter, McKayla Burriss; stepdaughter, Donyele Edwards; four brothers and their spouses, Averil “Butchie” (Tracey), James (Anne), Michael (Kristie), and Patrick (Michaela); and many nieces and nephews, Shelsea, Payne (Brandon), Tyler (Karena), Jameson, Connor, Wesley and Vivian which he loved dearly.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Averil Burris, Jr. and Merle Burriss; maternal grandparents, Russell and Anna Conaway; paternal great-grandmother, Dora Conn; and maternal great-grandparents, Ernest and Mindy Stumbo.
He was employed by AEP as a Transmissions Forester. He graduated from Fairland High School in 1993 and received a Recreational and Wildlife in Forestry Degree from Hocking College. Russell was loved by all who met him and leaves behind many close friends who will miss him very much.
Funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery, Ironton. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The McKayla Burriss Educational Fund c/o Citizens Deposit Bank 7604 County Road 107 A Proctorville, Ohio 45669 for the educational future of his daughter, McKayla. Condolences may be expressed to the family at or

Russell Coburn

July 14, 1931 — April 17, 2017

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Russell Coburn, 85, of South Point, went to be with the Lord Monday, April 17, 2017, at his residence. He was born July 14, 1931, a son of the late Charles and Shirley Wright Coburn.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Della Claris Offill Coburn; and four brothers, Joe Coburn, Carl Coburn, Ralph Coburn and Bill Coburn. He was a charter member and deacon with First Southern Baptist Church and was retired from American Electric Power. His 27-year career with AEP started in 1966 as a chemist trainee in the Huntington office. He went on to found AEP’s General Office Environmental Department. Prior to his career with AEP, Russ taught chemistry, biology and physics for six years in the Symmes Valley School District. Russ is survived by his children, Catherine Annette Coburn, of South Point, Diana (Brian “Woody”) Woodyard, of Chesapeake, and David Russell (Paula) Coburn, of Franklin Furnace; four sisters, Dorothy Meredith, of California, Shirley Haines, of Russellville, Kentucky, Anna Lou Robinson, of Deering, and Jennifer (Jerry) Vaughn, of Ironton; three grandchildren, Michael (Miranda), Gerrica and Shayna; and two great-grandchildren, Landon Michael and Aaliyah Claire.
Funeral services will be noon Friday at First Southern Baptist Church, South Point with the Rev. Randy Tait and pastor Paul Michael Booth officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Gardens, South Point. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church. Russ had a passion for missions to help spread the Word of God throughout his life. The family would like to give special thanks to caregivers Cheryl and Teresa and to Community Hospice, Ashland. Condolences to the family may be expressed at

Alan Webb

Oct. 9, 1952 — April 13, 2017

Alan Keith Webb, 64, of Wheelersburg, passed away Thursday, April 13, 2017, at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, Russell, Kentucky. Alan was born Oct. 9, 1952, the son of the late Thomas and Mary Rice Webb. Alan was a graduate of South Point High School and was retired from St. Mary’s Hospital in Huntington, West Virginia.
Alan was a longtime member of McWharter Memorial Bible Methodist Church, where he was the congregational song leader for many years.
He was preceded in death by his devoted wife, Betty Jean McWharter Webb, with whom he was married 30 years. He was also preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Robert, Thomas, Larry and Kermit; and one sister, Zelda.
He is survived by one brother, Kenneth Webb, of South Point; and two sisters, Mrs. Steve (Hattie) Cochran, and a twin sister, Kay Webb, both of Marion. Alan will be well remembered for his special singing in church, his love of gardening and his Arial interest in weather forecasting.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today at Harrison-Pyles Funeral Home, Wheelersburg, with pastor Pat Mayle officiating and interment to follow in Clapboard Cemetery. The family will receive friends from noon-1 p.m. today at the funeral home. Online condolences to the family may be made to


Gary Fugett

May 23, 1941 — April 16, 2017

Gary G. Fugett, 75, of South Point, passed away Sunday, April 16, 2017, at his residence. Mr. Fugett was in born Lawrence County on May 23, 1941, a son to the late Homer and Vera (Messenger) Fugett.
Mr. Fugett was a graduate of Ironton High School. He was a retired Housing Standards Officer for CAO. Mr. Fugett was of the Baptist faith, and he loved his Lord and savior, Jesus Christ.
Mr. Fugett is survived by daughter, Hollie Wilson; two sons, Brent Fugett and Brian Fugett; stepdaughter, Lisa Massie; and six grandchildren, Dylan Carpenter, Harley Carpenter, Emily Fugett, Erin Fugett, Marlie Wilson and Lucas Massie.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home, Ironton, with the Rev. Randy Patrick officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland cemetery and visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. To offer the Fugett family online condolences, please visit

Betty Brown

Jan. 13, 1922 — April 16, 2017

Betty Jean Griffith Brown, 95, of Carroll, formerly of Ironton, passed away on Sunday, April 16, 2017, at the Fairfield Medical Center in Lancaster. The Arabia, Ohio native was born Jan. 13, 1922, the daughter of the late Guy Griffith and Pauline Lunsford Griffith, of Ironton.
Mrs. Brown was a 1940 graduate of Ironton High School. She was a homemaker and a former secretary for Ashland Oil Inc. and the First Baptist Church in Ironton. She was a member and former deaconess of the Ironton First Baptist Church and was very active in many of the ladies clubs, groups, and church functions.
Betty loved her family and enjoyed spending time with her husband, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She loved to bake her famous brownies and make orange salad for her grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Harold Fulton Brown, who passed away on Nov. 17, 2016; her eldest son, Dr. Timothy H. Brown; her brother, Samuel David Griffith; and her sister, Carol Griffith Wilson.
She is survived by her son, Richard D. (Suzanne) Brown, of Canal Winchester; daughter-in-law, Vivian Brown, of Hamilton; seven grandchildren, Stephanie (John) Stelzer, Christopher (Kelli) Brown, Jessica Brown, Jason (Tayla) Brown, Samuel (Allie) Breckenridge, Sarah (Brad) Kernan, and Garrett Griffith Brown; six great-grandchildren; two nieces; and a nephew.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Phillips Funeral Home, Ironton, with pastor Eric Barnes officiating.
Friends may call from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday at the funeral home, and burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery.

Vera Riedel

May 9, 1926 — April 17, 2017

Vera Jane Griswold Riedel, 90, of Ironton, passed away Monday, April 17, 2017, at the Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland, Kentucky. The Ironton native was born May 9, 1926, a daughter of the late Walter and Fawn Cassidy Griswold. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Robert Calvin Riedel.
Mrs. Riedel was a graduate of Ironton High School and received her degree in nursing from Huntington Junior College. She was a registered nurse for the Lawrence County General Hospital in Ironton, retiring in 1997 after 40 years of service. She was a member of the Resurrection Hope Methodist Church, where she was a part of the Methodist Women’s Society. She was in the Nurses Association and enjoyed taking cruises.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Richard W. Griswold; and a sister, Elizabeth “Betty” Smith.
She is survived by a son, Robert Scott Riedel, of New York City, New York; a daughter, Susan Jane Waller, of Ironton; a niece, Kim Griswold, of South Point; and a cousin, Jan Richards, of Wisconsin.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Phillips Funeral Home, Ironton, with pastor Terry Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery and visitation will be noon until the time of the service Thursday at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit


William Eldridge

May 17, 1933 — April 16, 2017

William Elloitt Eldridge, 83, of Kingston, Michigan, died unexpectedly on Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Tuscola County Medical Care Facility, Caro, Michigan. He was born May 17, 1933, in Ironton, to Elliott and Sophia (Bundy) Eldridge. He married Betty Sasser on Dec. 11, 1954, in her aunt’s home in Alabama.
Bill was stationed in Fort Benning, Georgia, while serving in the U.S. Army. He worked for Big Bear Grocery in Ironton, bagging groceries, and later Pontiac Motors as an assembly line worker. In younger years, Bill was a great roller-skater and loved sneaking out of the house with his sisters to dance a Jitterbug. He was a good bowler and enjoyed hunting deer and rabbits. He was a proud member of Kingston AmVets Post #1072.
Bill is survived by his wife of 62 years, Betty; and their children, Barbara (James) Dudek, of Fairgrove, Michigan, Beverly Eldridge, of Kingston, Michigan, Bryan (Jill) Eldridge, of Kingston, Michigan, Belinda Eldridge, of Kingston, Michigan, and Bridgett Eldridge, of Warren Michigan; grandchildren, Stephanie (Art) Bernia, Jessica (Dan) Murphy, Amanda Dudek, Gabriel Denniston, Crystal Denniston, Brady (Andrea) Eldridge, and Andrea Eldridge; great-grandchildren, Sy Bernia, Kent Bernia, Emmaline Murphy, Ethan Murphy, Elliott Murphy, Chase Denniston, Hunter Denniston, Carter Denniston, and Connor Eldridge; sisters, Eileen Bishop, of Ironton, and Gwendolyn Deere, of Waverly; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Imogene King, Betty Beasley and Virginia Elridge; and nephew, James Maynard.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Kranz Funeral Home, Kingston, Michigan, with pastor Dave Wilczynski, of Anchor Cove Church of Caro, officiating. Military honors will be under the direction of Kingston AmVets #1072. Visitation will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Family Discretionary Fund or Alzheimer’s Assiciation. Family and friends may share memories, prayers and stories with the family at

William Dickerson, Jr.

William Moyer “Redd” Dickerson, Jr., 42., of Ironton, died Sunday, April 16, 2017.
Funeral service will be 6 p.m. today at the Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home, Ironton, with the Rev. Margaret Tyson officiating.
Visitation will be 4 p.m. until the time of the service today at the funeral home.  To offer the Dickerson family online condolences, please visit

Perry Alexander

Perry Thomas “Tommy” Alexander, 67, of South Point, died Monday, April 17, 2017, at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, West Virginia. He is survived by his wife, Cheryl Massie Alexander.
Funeral service will be 3 p.m. Saturday at Slack and Wallace Funeral Home, South Point. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Wilgus. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Michael Ellis

Michael Allen Ellis, 57, of Vanceburg, Kentucky, died Monday, April 17, 2017. Arrangements are pending at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville.