Published 6:23 am Tuesday, December 12, 2017

James Cox

July 6, 1945 — Dec. 9, 2017

James Ercil Cox, 72, of Pedro, passed away Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at his residence. The Elliott County, Kentucky native was born July 6, 1945, a son of the late Charles Estil and Sophie Fields Cox.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Joanne Kidd Cox, whom he married May 13, 1967.
Mr. Cox was a graduate of Blackfork High School and was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Vietnam Era. He was a former employee of the Dayton Malleable Iron Company and a member of the Forest Ridge Community Church in Waterloo. He was a loving father, grandfather, husband and friend to all who knew him and loved taking his grandchildren fishing. He loved music and expressing his love for the Lord.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Kenneth (KC) Corbin; a brother, Charles Eddie Cox; and nephew, Elihu David Cox.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Jamie Dawn (Kenny) Corbin, of Pedro; a son, James Ercil (Rebecca) Cox II, of Pedro; six grandchildren, Mary Catherine Howard, Kayla Beth Cox, Joanna Dawn (Larry) Callicoat, Shelby Lynn Chapman, Brittany Ann Cox and James “Jay” Ercil (Ariel) Cox III; one special great-granddaughter, Lilly Howard; seven great-grandsons, Landen Howard, Inman Cox, Casey Chapman, Gavin Walters, Julian Callicoat, Kenneth Joe Callicoat and Dakota James Cox; seven brothers, William (Joann) Cox, Lonnie Arvil (Patty) Cox, Johnny (Donna) Cox, Clinton (Sue) Cox, Donald (Terri) Cox, Phillip (Lawanna) Cox and Bobby (Bobbi) Cox; and three sisters, Mary Frances Harper, Adeline (Clay) Wagner and Linda (Tim) Qualls.
Funeral services will be noon Thursday at Phillips Funeral Home, Ironton, with pastors Ronnie Blagg and Steven Blagg officiating. Burial will follow in Vernon Furnace Cemetery with military graveside rites by the VFW Post 8850 and visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit

Edith Freeman

Aug. 5, 1916 — Dec. 8, 2017

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Edith M. Freeman, 101, a lifelong resident of South Point, passed away Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at her residence. She was born Aug. 5, 1916, in South Point, a daughter of the late Carl and Shirley Moore McClure.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Freeman; sisters, Mary Ruth McClure and Helen McClure; and brothers, Floyd, Julian and Lee McClure.
Edith was a lifelong member of South Point Baptist Church and was a loving sister and aunt.
Survivors include a brother, Marlin McClure, of South Point; nieces, JoAnn Sinclair, of Columbus, Karen McClure, of Charlotte, North Carolina; and a host of loving friends, including the Branham, Thomas and Craft families.
The family’s deepest appreciation goes to her devoted caregivers, whom allowed Edith to remain in her home, Kim Clayton, Lisa Fradd, Donna Johnson, Geri Roberts and Katie Shoub.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Steen Funeral Home, Ashland, Kentucky, with pastor Lou Ashworth officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery, Ironton. Visitation will be after 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Ave., Ashland, KY 41101, or to a favorite charity. Condolences may be sent to

Sandra Runyon

Sandra Kay Runyon, 63, of Chesapeake, died Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, West Virginia. She is survived by her husband, Stephen Runyon. Arrangements are pending at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville.

Alberta Keller

Alberta Gail Keller, 74, of Huntington, West Virginia, formerly of Proctorville, died Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, at Midland Meadows, Ona, West Virginia. Arrangements are pending at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville.