Published 11:45 am Thursday, August 10, 2017

Wanda Swatman

July 12, 1941 — Aug. 1, 2017

Wanda Lee Schneider Swatman, 76, of Vandalia, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. She was born July 12, 1941, in Huntington, West Virginia, a daughter of the late Robert and Betty Nichols Schneider.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Ronnie and Edward Schneider. Wanda retired from General Motors as a punch press operator.
She is survived by two children, Lisa (Mike) Bright, of Grove City, and Robin Smith, of Vandalia; one sister, Connie Thompson, of South Point; one brother, Jerry Schneider, of South Point; three grandchildren, Kayla Gilbert, Karla Smith and Justin Bright; and one great-grandchild, Brody Gilbert.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Slack and Wallace Funeral Home, South Point, with pastor Tony Schneider officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Condolences to the family may be expressed at

Nancy Davis

Dec. 31, 1958 — Aug. 9, 2017

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After a long and courageous (years) battle with cancer, on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, our Heavenly Father summoned the earthly life of one of his Angels, Nancy Jane Cosby Davis, calling her from labor to reward. Nancy was born on Dec. 31, 1958, in Jackson, and was the youngest child of the late Coston L. and Joann Valentine Cosby. She was baptized and had accepted Christ at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Ironton.
Nancy graduated from Jackson High School, Class of 1976, and became the first African-American homecoming queen at Jackson High School. She was instrumental in helping to keep her classmates together long after graduation. Nancy retired in November 2008, after being diagnosed with cancer.
She was employed with the State of Ohio Department of Corrections, where she was a dedicated employee in the business office at Chillicothe Correctional Institute and as supervisor in the cashier’s office at the Ross Correctional Institute in Chillicothe.
Nancy enjoyed traveling and hanging out with her classmates of 1976, her many friends, family and most of all, her sisters, children and grandkids.
She leaves behind to cherish and treasure her memories, a daughter, Kendra Ann Davis, of Jackson; a son, Kyle Allen Davis, of Jackson and the father of her children, Greg Davis, of Richmondale; and her precious grandchildren, who she loved more than life, Keara Dawn Davis, Koston Allen Davis and Mattison Lynette Robbins.
She was preceded in death by one sister, Dorsine Ann Thomas; and she is survived by her sisters, Shelia Roach (Henry), of Ironton, Carol Tillar (Wendell), of South Chesterfield, Virginia; and one brother, Laurel (Bud) Cosby (Marla), of Beaver.
Also to cherish her memories her special nieces, Kelly Thomas (whom she lived with), Andrea Jo Davis, Kristen Martin and Laura Gray; special nephew, Keenen Tillar; and special great-nephews and great-nieces, Adam Swann, Micayla Morrison, Kiandra, and CJ and Khamil Martin; an uncle, Billy Cosby; and special cousins, Terri Elder, Rusty Cosby and Kenny Valentine.
There are too many friends to list, but without these special friends, the fight would have been much harder, Joyce Kight Barbee (since the first grade), Anna Zimmerman, Bonnie King, Linda Jones, Debbie Tinsley and Linda Wagoner. She is also survived by many more nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Mayhew-Brown Funeral Home, Jacksom. Interment will follow at Fairmount Cemetery in Jackson. The family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to

Dennis Lowe

Dennis D. Lowe, 55, of Scottown, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, at Sanctuary of the Ohio Valley, Ironton. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville. Burial will follow in Miller Memorial Gardens, Miller. Visitation will be 1-2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at or

Barbara Ash

Barbara Jean Ash, 60, died Monday, Aug. 7, 2017. Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Slack and Wallace Funeral Home, South Point, with pastor Todd Munsun officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery, Burlington. Friends may visit one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Condolences to the family may be expressed at


Betty Wiseman

Nov. 19, 1921 — Aug. 7, 2017

Betty L. Wiseman, 95, of Athens, formerly of Chillicothe, died Monday afternoon, Aug. 7, 2017, at The Lindley Inn.
Born Nov. 19, 1921, in Athens, she was the daughter of the late Clarence B. and Gertrude Carr Cash.
She was a graduate of Athens High School and received her Bachelor’s degree from Ohio University. She was employed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base during WWII, and was a retired secretary from the Chillicothe Schools. She is a member of The Plains United Methodist Church, a former member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Chillicothe and a member of the Chillicothe Lioness Club.
She is survived by three sons, Jeffrey (Jeanne) Wiseman, of Downingtown, Pennsylvania, Frank (Regina) Wiseman, of Lancaster, and Robert (Kathleen) Wiseman, of Athens; seven grandchildren, Wendy Roe, Chad Wiseman, Jaqueline Dunigan, David Wiseman, Justin Wiseman, Beth Wiseman and Alec Wiseman; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death in 1996 by her husband, Henry Stewart Wiseman; a brother, Clarence I. Cash; and a sister, Camille Stanson.
Services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Hughes-Moquin Funeral Home with the Rev. Dan Fuchs officiating. Burial will be in Athens Memory Gardens. Friends may call at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until the time of the service Friday. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to Ohio Health Hospice of Athens. You may sign the online guestbook or leave a private message of sympathy for the family at

Evelyn Van Meter

Nov. 6, 1935 — Aug. 8, 2017

Evelyn Josephine Van Meter, 81 of Kitts Hill, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, at her residence. The Lawrence County native was born Nov. 6, 1935, a daughter of the late Joseph and Teresa Hall Pennington.
She was also preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Van Meter, whom she married May 20, 1956, and who passed away Feb. 25, 2006.
Mrs. Van Meter attended school on Porter Gap and was a homemaker. She was a member of the Pine Grove Freewill Baptist Church and attended the Oakland Chapel Church.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by seven brothers, Lawrence Pennington, Walter Pennington, Billie Pennington, Art Pennington, John Pennington, Roy Hall and George Pennington; and seven sisters, Frances Hagerman, Charlotte Jenkins, Alberta Abrams, Gladys Avery, Dorothy Pennington, Helen Van Meter and Lillian Pennington.
She is survived by four sons, Joel (Cindy) Van Meter, of Sciotoville, and Craig Van Meter, Kevin Van Meter and Donald Van Meter, all of Kitts Hill; three daughters, Jenny (Mark) Sammons, of Kitts Hill, Tammy Van Meter, of Walton, Kentucky, and Tina Van Meter, of Kitts Hill; brother-in-law, Harley Van Meter, of Pedro; 13 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Oakland Chapel Church with the Revs. Mark Fields and Roger Lavender officiating. Burial will follow in Oakland Chapel Cemetery and visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Friday at Phillips Funeral Home, Ironton, and 10 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday at the church. To offer condolences to the family, please visit

Michael Thomas Sr.

The Rev. Michael Anthony Thomas Sr., of Ironton, formerly of New Orleans, Louisiana, died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, West Virginia. Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, Middleport. His family has entrusted his care to Brown Funeral Chapel, Ironton.