Published 9:23 am Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Grady Wood

July 15, 1954 — April 23, 2017

Grady Arnold Wood, 64, of Ironton, passed away Sunday, April 23, 2017, at his residence. The Lawrence County native was born July 15, 1952, a son of Barbara J. Friend Wood, of Ironton, and the late Grayson A. Wood.
Grady was a 1970 graduate of Dawson-Bryant High School and a U.S. Army veteran. He was a truck driver for Pepsi Bottling Company for over 30 years and also a former security guard at Hospice. He attended the City Mission Church in Ironton, was an avid flea marketer and loved yard sales. He was also well known for shooting pool.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a son, James Michael Wood; and a brother, William Wood.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his girlfriend, Cathy E. Reynolds, of Ironton; a son, Grady A. (Shannon) Wood, of Lima; a daughter, Jessica (Greg) Cochran, of Ironton; four grandchildren, Billy Wood, Anna Wood, Allen Wood and Autumn New; four sisters, Anita (David) Pennington, of Ironton, Connie (Wayne) Dickerson, of Linnville, Bonnie (Billy) Nance, of Chesapeake, and Angela (Joe) Justice, of Ashland, Kentucky; and several nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Phillips Funeral Home, Ironton, with the Rev. Jeff Cremeans officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery with military graveside rites by the V.F.W. Post 8850 and visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit

Rosemary Waller

May 8, 1952 — April 22, 2017

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Rosemary Armstrong Waller, 64, went to be with the Lord on April 22, 2017. Rosemary was born May 8, 1952, in Ashland, Kentucky, the daughter of the late Davis and Eloise Fisher Armstrong. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Dr. Paul Stephen Armstrong and Gerald Davis Armstrong.
Rosemary had the privilege of teaching English for over 30 years at Blue Grass Baptist School in Lexington and Greenup County High School in Greenup, Kentucky. She was a member of Storms Creek Baptist Church in Ironton.
She is survived by her beloved son, Jared Dean Waller, of Ashland; and several nieces, nephews and hundreds of cherished students.
Graveside funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens, Ashland, Kentucky. Pastor Kenny Hurst will lead the service. There will be no visitation.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Rosemary’s memory may be made to either Baptist Faith Missions, c/o Pastor George Sledd, Treasurer, P.O. Box 471280, Lake Monroe, Florida, 32747-1280; or, Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Avenue, Ashland, Kentucky, 41101, Phone: 606-329- 1890. Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to to

Letha Cox

March 17, 1920 — April 19, 2017

Letha W. Cox, of Ironton, passed into her heavenly home on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at a local health care facility, surrounded by her family. She was 97 years young, and of the Baptist faith.
The Elliott County, Kentucky native was born March 17, 1920, the daughter of Willis and Edna Kinster Whisman. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother, and worked tirelessly to better the lives of her family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilburn D. Cox in 1984; one sister, Leo Crooks; one brother, Willis Whisman Jr.; and two sons-in-law, Larry Ervin and Al Brown.
She is survived by her daughters, Thelma Ervin, of Ironton, and Leona Brown, of Somerset, Kentucky; grandchildren, John Brown of Flatwoods, Kentucky, Randy Brown, of Ironton, and Sandy Williams, of Somerset, Kentucky; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a special niece, Hester Wilson.
We wish to thank all who cared for our mother with such love and respect, and especially thank Dr. David Apgar for his kind words and care.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Phillips Funeral Home, Ironton, with Jimmy Tingler officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery. Visitation will be 11:30 a.m. until the time of the service Wedneday at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit

Virginia Stover

Virginia “Sis Brammer” Stover, 80, of South Point, died Monday, April 24, 2017, at King’s Daughters Medical Center, Ashland, Kentucky. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Slack and Wallace Funeral Home, South Point. Burial will be at Leatherwood Cemetery, Kitts Hill. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.


James Berkley

James William Berkley, 53, of South Point, died Saturday, April 22, 2017, at Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington, West Virginia. He is survived by his wife, Michelle Carnes Berkley. Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Wednesday at Slack and Wallace Funeral Home, South Point, with pastor Mike Dement officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Condolences to the family may be expressed at

Mary Smith

Mary M. Runyon Smith, 71, of Lavalette, West Virginia, died Friday April 21, 2017, at home. A gathering of family and friends will be 10-11 a.m. Wednesday at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Michael Callicoat

Michael David Callicoat, 65, of Willow Wood, died Friday, April 21, 2017, at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, West Virginia. There will be no services. Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville, is assisting the family with arrangements.