Published 11:11 am Friday, July 21, 2017

Emma Lutz

Sept. 24, 1943 — July 19, 2017

Emma Ellen Smith Lutz, 73, a former Ironton resident, passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2017, in Naples, Florida, after a long illness. Emma Ellen Smith was born Sept. 24, 1943, on White Oak Mountain, Raleigh County, West Virginia, a daughter of Earl George Smith and Golda Vest Smith. She married Robert D. “Bob” Lutz on Sept. 3, 1965.
Ellen was a graduate of Shady Spring High School in Raleigh County, West Virginia, and a graduate of the School of Nursing at Marshall University. Mrs. Lutz was a registered nurse and worked for several different places, including St. Mary’s Medical Center, Lawrence County General Hospital, Southern Ohio Medical Center and the Fresenius Dialysis Center in Ashland, Kentucky.
Ellen was a self-taught cook whose meals were legendary. She was the center of her family, the matriarch and the caregiver. She successfully combined a career and motherhood at a time when that was a new concept. Ellen was a strong woman who was kind, but not afraid to tell the hard truths if necessary. Her passing is a great loss to family and friends who came to depend on the comfort of her steadfast love and her wise counsel.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her two brothers, who died in childhood, Bobby Earl Smith and Billy Lee Smith.
She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Angela Lutz Watson (Don Watson), of Ladera Ranch, California, and Jennifer Lutz Donahue (Kevin Donahue), of Naples, Florida; two sons, Robert B. Lutz, of Naples, Florida, and Gregory A. Lutz, of Coal Grove; seven grandchildren, Nicholas, Jonathan and Daniel Lutz, Emily and Ashley Donahue, and Kyle and Alexandria “Ally” Watson; and a sister, Eva Carroll (Jim Carroll), of Frankfort, Kentucky.
The Lutz family will receive friends from 11 a.m.-noon Monday at Phillips Funeral Home, Ironton. Graveside services will follow at Calvary Cemetery, with the Rev. Steve Harvey officiating. To offer condolences to the family, please visit

Gordon Collins

Dec. 16, 1940 — July 18, 2017

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Gordon Lee Collins, 76, of South Webster, passed away Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, Kentucky. The Ironton native was born Dec. 16, 1940, a son of the late Norvin and Hazel Siebert Collins. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Wanda Gayle DePriest Collins, who passed away Dec. 7, 2008.
Gordon was a graduate of Decatur-Washington High School at Blackfork and attended Rio Grande University for two years. He was a former clerk for AK Steel, retiring after 34 years of service, and was of the Baptist faith. He loved watching his grandkids play sports, fishing and camping.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, James Collins; two sisters, Patsy (Ralph) Middleton and Suze (Browning) Roger; and a brother-in-law, Butch DePriest.
He is survived by two sons, Gordy (Johnda) Collins, of South Webster, and Tommy Lee DePriest, of Belton, Texas; two daughters, Rhonda (Frank) van Arsdale, of Pickerington, and Jackie (Dale) LaRue, of Belton, Texas; six grandchildren, Josh (Marana) Guy, of Ironton, Jarred Collins, Austin Collins and his fiancée, Summer Wheatley, all of Decatur, Matthew (Danielle) van Arsdale, of Pickerington, and Jeffrey Pickett and Marcus (Mary) DePriest, all of Belton, Texas; six great-grandchildren, Mia Pickett and Tatum Pickett, both of Belton, Texas, Reece Collins, Holden Collins and Myiah Collins, all of Decatur, and Ariana Guy, of Ironton; two sisters-in-law, Nan (Doug) Dean, of Pedro, and Kay DePriest, of Sunbury; two brothers-in-law, Lowell (Noel) DePriest, of Pedro, and Robert (Wilma) DePriest, of Peebles.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Phillips Funeral Home, Ironton, with the Rev. Brian Phillips officiating. Burial will follow in Buckhorn Cemetery and visitation will be 11 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit

Lois Meade

Lois H. Meade, 80, of Buffalo Creek, West Virginia, died Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Dolen Cemetery, Huntington, West Virginia, by the Rev. Larry Mobley. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. today at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Richard Dailey

Richard Darrell Dailey, 51, of South Point, died Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington, West Virginia. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville. Burial will follow in McCormick Cemetery, Proctorville. Visitation will be 1-2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at


Thomas Wilson

Feb. 2, 1958 — July 18, 2017

Thomas D. “Tommy” Wilson, 59, of Coal Grove, passed away Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at Community Hospice Care Center, Ashland, Kentucky. Tom was born Feb. 2, 1958, in Wurtland, Kentucky, a son of the late Cecil “Woody” and Hazel (Bailey) Wilson.
He was a machinist for 30 years at Jennmar-McSweeney, a drummer for 32 years for local bands and a member of New Life Church, Huntington, West Virginia, where he worked in the audio department.
He is survived by his wife, Cindy (Aldridge) Wilson; stepson, Cameron Roach, of Coal Grove; a sister and brother-in- law, Diane and Phillip Barker, of Wurtland, Kentucky; a brother, Tim Wilson, of Kentucky; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Slack and Wallace Funeral Home, South Point, with pastor Ronald Joplin officiating.
Burial will follow at Woodland Cemetery, Ironton. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Condolences to the family may be expressed at

Bertha Johnson

Bertha J. Johnson, was born Feb. 28, 1929, in Raceland, Kentucky, to the union of the late Frank Taylor and the late Louise McCain Taylor.
Bertha retired from Alexander Blain Memorial Hospital’s Dietary Services department, after passionately servicing and nurturing the hospital’s staff, patients and their families for several decades.
Bertha attended Ironton High School, located in Ironton. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoyed spending time on her front porch watching over the neighborhood, as well as watching the Detroit Tigers and Tiger Woods.
Bertha was preceded in death by her husband, the late Carlton Johnson, Sr.; and daughters, Stephanie Johnson and Denise Sluter. Bertha was also preceded in death by her siblings, Marshall Taylor, James Taylor, Frank Taylor, Jr., David Taylor, Florene Thompson, Thelma Taylor, Allene Mayo and Carol Lee McKee.
Bertha is survived by her dear sibling, Jacob Taylor; daughters, DeShaurne Beatty and Melanie Neal; and son, Carlton Johnson, Jr. Bertha is also survived by her grandchildren, Shawn Jennings, Robert Beatty, Brian Jennings, Sonya Walton, Howard Beatty, Andre Johnson, Jeremy Neal and Larnie Neal. She also leaves to cherish her dear friend Willa Mae Curry; and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and relatives. Bertha will be greatly missed and never forgotten.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at The Way of the Lord is our Refuge Church, Detroit, Michigan, with pastor James Young officiating. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Chapel of the Chimes Funeral Home, Westland, Michigan.

Jerry White

Jerry L. White, 76, of Chesapeake, died Thursday, July 20, 2017, at his residence. He is survived by his wife, Betty L. White.  Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Locust Grove Cemetery by the Rev. Mark Roach. There will be no visitation. Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville, assisted the family with arrangements.