Published 9:00 am Thursday, September 7, 2017

Elizabeth Berry

Nov. 14, 1936 — Sept. 3, 2017

Elizabeth Berry, 80, of South Point, passed away Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, at Heartland of Riverview, South Point. She was born Nov. 14, 1936, in Pickaway, West Virginia, a daughter of the late Brady and Margaret Pomphrey Kinder.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Berry; and two brothers, Carl and Jack Kinder.
She is survived by her son, Greg Berry, of Gallatin, Tennessee; a sister, Milly Chesser, of South Point; and two brothers, Bernard Kinder, of South Point, and Joe Kinder, of Leesburg, Florida.
Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at South Point Church of Christ with Mark Aites officiating. Slack and Wallace Funeral Home, South Point, is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences to the family may be expressed at

Charles Church

Dec. 2, 1929 — Sept. 2, 2017

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Mr. Charles Gene Church, 87, of South Point, passed away Saturday morning, Sept. 2, 2017, at the VA Hospital in Huntington, West Virginia. He was born Dec. 2, 1929, in Sheridan, a son of the late Charles William and Nellie Copen Church.
Mr. Church proudly served our country during the Korean War in the United States Army. He was a member of the Smith Creek Christian Church, an El Hasa Shriner in Ashland, Kentucky, a 32-Degree Mason, a past master of the South Point Lodge #497, and was a member of Scottish Rites.
Mr. Church enjoyed golfing, traveling and spending time with his family.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Donald Edward Church, Danny Ray Church, Glen Church, William Gilbert Church and Ralph Edwin Church; and six sisters, Louise Kimberlin, Mildred Tafoya, Ann Miller, Edda Mae Church, Helen Marie Church and Rose Mary Church.
Mr. Church is survived by his wife of 49 years, Cathy Bentley Church; two sons, Allen Kimberlin (Suzanne), of Charlotte, North Carolina, and John Church, of Ashland, Kentucky; four daughters, Lisa Artrip (John), of Ashland, Kentucky, Becky Strickland (Mark), of Franklin Furnace, Jeanie Arthur (Chris), of Ironton, and Connie Church, of South Point; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, David Church (Nancy) and Raymond Church (Christina), all of South Point; and two sisters, Dorothy Seagraves (Virgil) and Betty Church, all of South Point. He also leaves many other family members and friends who will sadly miss him.
Funeral services were 1 p.m. Wednesday at Globe Funeral Chapel, Olive Hill, Kentucky, with Brother Gary Jordan and Brother Ed Porter officiating.
Burial followed in the Bentley Cemetery, Olive Hill, Kentucky, with military honors presented by Olive Hill American Legion Post #138. Family and friends served as pallbearers. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Juanita Carrico

July 8, 1925 — Sept. 2, 2017

Juanita Carrico, 92, of Ironton, passed away Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, at Cabell-Huntington Hospital in Huntington, West Virginia.  The Ironton native was born July 8, 1925, a daughter of the late Arnold and Cora (Earles) Boyd.
Mrs. Carrico was also preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Elmer “Junior” Carrico Jr., who passed away in January 1997.
Mrs. Carrico was a graduate of Ironton High School and member of Community Baptist Church in Deering. Juanita was a former employee at Wilson’s Sporting Goods in Ironton and, while her husband Junior served as the superintendent, Juanita served as the clerk for Woodland Cemetery for many years.
Juanita is survived by a daughter, Cora Lee Sands, of Ironton; two sons, Timothy W. (Sherry) Carrico, of Milton, Florida, and Carl E. (Terri) Carrico, of Deering ; one sister, Wanda Bowman, of Deering; nine grandchildren, Tammy Carrico, Angie Carrico, Brian Carrico, Jesse Carrico, Lee Haddaway, Troy (Julie) Sands, Josh (Jody) Sands, Amanda Stephens and Tara (Erin) Schneider ; and nine great-grandchildren, Brock Midkiff-Sands, Demi Sands, T.A. Sands, Trevor Stephens, Jacob Stephens, Lily Schneider, Caly Schneider, Cassidy Blum and Nash Sands.
In addition to her parents and husband, Juanita was preceded in death by sisters, Eloise Martin and Helen Booher; and brother, Earl Boyd.
Funeral services were noon Wednesday at Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home, Ironton, with the Rev. Dave Saunders officiating.
Burial followed in Woodland Cemetery. Condolences may be made online by visiting


Michael Cavin

Oct. 6, 1965 — Sept. 2, 2017

Michael H. Cavin, 51, of Ironton, departed his earthly home on Sept. 2, 2017. He was reunited with his proud parents, the late Fredrick and Margaret Gayle Walbright.
Michael was more than just a loving father, brother, nephew and son. He was a best friend to everyone who knew him. His positivity and smile could inspire and light up an entire room.
Michael was born on Oct. 6, 1965, in Lawrence County, and was a 1985 graduate of Ironton High School, where he played football for the Fighting Tigers and proudly wore the #72.
He was preceded in death by his loving parents, Margaret Gayle and Fred J. Walbright; and his maternal grandparents, Grayden and Fern Lynd.
He is survived by the joy of his life, his son, Tyler Michael Curtis Cavin, of Ashland, Kentucky; his former wife of 29 years, and best friend, Cheryl Cavin; two loving sisters, Debi Walbright, of San Antonio, Texas, and Amy (James) Rowe, of Ironton; a brother, Greg (Beth) Walbright, of Ironton; nieces and nephews, Johnny Blevins, of Houston, Texas, Travis (Katie) Wagner, of Columbus, and Kaleb McCaffery, Marybeth Schwab and Cody and Hayley Rowe, all of Ironton; a great-nephew, Beau Wagner, of Columbus; and special aunts and uncles, Barbara Sue (Mike) Saunders, of Deland, Florida, Greg (Catalina) Lynd, of St. Augustine, Florida, and Della Lynd of Circleville.
Michael prided himself on leadership, leading a winning team at his job at McDonald’s for more than 20 years, encouraging everyone along the way. Mike was a current employee of AT&T in Huntington, West Virginia. In 2006, he became an ordained minister at the City Mission Church in Ironton, where he spread the gospel from jails to nursing home ministries. He was also a founding member of Freedom Baptist Church, where he served for many years on the missionary board, as a bible schoolteacher, youth leader, outreach minister and sang in the choir. He served as pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Westwood, Kentucky. Michael was of Baptist Faith.
Mike was involved with the community from coaching   little   league, to  helping   at  charitable   events, even riding in a pink Cadillac from time to time. He loved life and love bringing a smile and joy to others.
Michael’s greatest love was sports. He was an avid football fan and loved watching The Ohio State Buckeyes and Ironton football, and his favorite player was number 65, his nephew, Cody Rowe.
A celebration of Michael’s life will be 1 p.m. Friday at Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home, Ironton, with pastor Scott Jenkins and the Rev. Jeff Cremeans officiating, followed by a burial at Woodland cemetery.
Visitation for friends and family will be 11 a.m. until the time of the service Friday at the funeral home. To offer the Cavin family condolences, please visit Everyone is invited to wear their favorite sports team’s jersey to celebrate Michael and his love for the game.

James McClaskey

March 28, 1948 — Sept. 2, 2017

James Leslie McClaskey, 69, of South Point, passed away Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, at his residence. The Ironton native was born March 28, 1948, a son to the late James Leslie McClaskey, Sr. and Karla (Beard) McClaskey, of South Point.
Mr. McClaskey attended Coal Grove schools. James went on to serve in the United States Army. He later worked as a United States postal worker, where he worked for 38 years, retiring in 2011. James loved to hunt, fish, his guns, and was a member of the Northeastern Kentucky Fish and Game Association. He was also a member of the V.F.W. Post #8850 and the Moose Lodge.
In addition to his mother, James is survived by a sister, Janet Leblanc; two brothers, John and Jack McClaskey; a daughter, Kimberly Bowman-McClaskey, of Ironton; a son, Scott (Kathy) McClaskey, of Pedro; seven grandchildren, Samantha (Nathan) Boggs, of Ironton, Ryan Bowman, of Ironton, Brandon McClaskey, of Pedro, Amber and Misty McKinney, of Gastonia, North Carolina, Tyler Wilson, of Ironton, and Chris Wilson, also of Ironton; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his father, James was preceded in death by a brother, Jay McClaskey.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Phillips Funeral Home, Ironton, with pastor Randy Patrick officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery, Ironton, with military graveside rites conducted by V.F.W. Post #8850. Visitation will be 11 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Ryan Bowman, Brandon McClaskey, Troy Bostwick, Gill LeBlanc, Nathan Boggs and Tyler Wilson.
Condolences may be made online to the McClaskey family by visiting

Vearl Jessie

Vearl D. Jessie, 84, of Waverly, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, at the VA Medical Center, Chillicothe.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville. Visitation will be 1-2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at


Mary Lilly

Dec. 17, 1947 — Sept. 4, 2017

Mary M. Lilly, 69, of West Jefferson, formerly of South Point, passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William; her parents, Donald and Ola Mae; brothers, Glenn, Harold (Dody) and Donald Jr. (Bo); and sister, Carol.
She is survived by son, Phillip (Kelly) and children, Maddie and Ethan; son, Zack (Angela), and children, Jalynne and Sarah; sister, Retta; brothers, Graydon (Buddy), Robert (Bev) and David (Diane); and a special friend and neighbor, Pete Davis.
Mary was a 1965 graduate of South Point High School. She moved to Columbus soon after graduation for work, and lived most of her life in Lilly Chapel.
Private graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Dennison Chapel Cemetery. Rader-McDonald-Tidd Funeral Home, West Jefferson, is handling arrangements.