Published 8:56 am Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Raymond Butler III

Feb. 12, 1946 — Aug. 18, 2017

Raymond T. Butler III (AKA Skip), age 71, of Sylvania, passed away Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, at St. Anne Mercy Hospital. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee on Feb. 12, 1946, to the late Raymond T. Butler Jr. and Elizabeth A. Butler.
Skip is survived by his wife of 36 years, Pamela; son, Raymond T. IV (AKA Buddy); daughter-in-law, Allison Butler; and his three grandsons, Aiden, 9, Wyatt, 6, and Lincoln, 4.
He was a father who always involved himself in every detail of his son’s life and supported, respected and loved his wife unconditionally and with his whole heart. He could fix anything or do anything that he wanted. He was the type of person who could make friends in a crowd and talk to just about anybody. He charmed everyone with his jokes and stories, even when he barely had the strength to talk. He never hesitated to help out where he could, even when it became difficult for him to do so.
He left behind five brothers and sisters, Pat, James (Etta), Mary (Edward), Joseph (Linda), and Sharon (Robert). He also leaves behind his mother-in-law, Betty Shelton; and a sister-in-law, Cheryl Cleary (Robert). He leaves behind many lovjng nieces, nephews, cousins and extended families on both sides.
He was also known to have adopted many dear friends as part of his family, including Kathy Silverstri, Dr. George and Betty Woods, Alice Davis and Ken Cairns, just to name a few. Throughout his life, Skip was always a loving husband and a wonderful father, brother, son, grandfather and friend.
He enjoyed and was dedicated to his work and retired in 2011. Throughout his time in the Navy and career after, he met and touched many people’s lives. His travels took him to every country but Antarctica and Australia/New Zealand. Family and friends were always a passion and delight for Skip. He leaves behind numerous relatives and friends who will miss his many jokes and his stories, as they were legendary. All arrangements were provided by Rich Kirby from American Cremation Events. The family wishes to thank all of those who cared for him during his illness. To honor his memory, memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation at Skip’s military service will take place at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan.

Paul Sharp Jr.

April 23, 1958 — Sept. 11, 2017

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Paul Keith Sharp Jr., 59, of Pedro, passed away on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Ironton. The Ironton native was born April 23, 1958, a son to the late Paul Keith Sharp Sr. and Loretta Jane McFann Sharp.
Paul was a 1976 graduate of Rock Hill High School. He was employed by Chevrolet Garage, Higgins Chevrolet, and owned an auto detailing business “K&T Detailing,” named after his two daughters. Paul was a member of the Moose Lodge and enjoyed playing cards, shooting pool and going to the dog tracks.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Justin Dale Sharp.
Paul is survived by his two daughters, Kelli (Joey) Barber and Tara (Jason) Mays, all of Ironton; one granddaughter, Tabbi Miller, of Ironton; two sisters, Gina (Dale) DePriest, of South Webster, and Ann (Tony) Dillon, of Pedro; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins who loved him dearly.
Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Thursday at Phillips Funeral Home, Ironton, with pastor Jesse Sizemore officiating. Burial will follow in Puckett Cemetery and visitation 1:30-3 p.m. Thursday with the funeral immediately following at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit


Charles Payne Sr.

Feb. 27, 1940 — Sept. 11, 2017

Charles Frederick “Butch” Payne Sr., 77, of Ironton, passed away Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, at his residence. The Ironton native was born Feb. 27, 1940, a son of the late George Washington Payne and Bertha Ann Leach Payne. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Clara Jean Shore Payne, whom he married Sept. 18, 1966.
Butch attended Ironton High School and was a former chef for the Sir Georges Buffet. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, loved to watch sports, enjoyed bowling, fishing and spending time with his kids going on vacation. He attended the Centenary United Methodist Church in Coal Grove.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Ellis Payne, Robert Payne and George Payne; and four sisters, Wanda Overturf, Ethen Robinson, Norma Sierer and Lucille Payne.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Maria Jeanette Alley, of Long Beach, California, and Christina Sue Payne, of Ironton; a son, Charles Frederick Payne Jr., of Las Vegas, Nevada; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and one on the way; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Phillips Funeral Home, Ironton, with Chaplain Dan Spreacker officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery, Ironton, and visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit

Helen Wise

Helen J. Wise (nee McMackin), 93, passed away Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph J. Wise.
She was the loving mother of Luann (Doug) Wise-Metz; devoted granny to Brady (Stephanie) Metz, Brittany (Erick) Conrad and Joseph (Danielle) Metz; and great-granny to Sebastian, Nora, Jo, Enzo and Landen, who all survive.
Helen was a resident of Ironton for the first 48 years of her life, where she loved to spend time with her family, especially her many nieces and nephews. She spent her remaining years in Cincinnati, where she worked as an administrative assistant in various departments of the City of Cincinnati, including the Cincinnati Fire Department, from where she retired to take care of her twin grandchildren in 1986.
She spent the next 31 years caring for and enjoying her three loving grandchildren in addition to all of their neighborhood and school friends and exchange students, who became a permanent part of her family.
The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until the time of the service at 7 p.m. Friday at Neidhard Minges Funeral Home, Cincinnati. Graveside service will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Woodland Cemetery, Ironton. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 4555 Lake Forest Drive, Suite 396, Cincinnati OH 45242.

Barbara Noel

Barbara A. Noel, 69, of South Point, died Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, West Virginia. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home, Ironton, with Minister Lou Ashworth officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Gardens, South Point. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit