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Mary Ann Ater

July 29, 1931 — Dec. 31, 2017

Mary Ann Ater, 86, of Chesapeake, passed away Saturday, Dec. 31, 2017, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Huntington, West Virginia. She was born on July 29, 1931, in Somerset, the daughter of the late Phillip and Florence Allen.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 53 years, Judge Kenneth B. Ater; brothers, John, Jack and Gerald Allen; and a sister, Evelyn Hampshire.
Surviving members of her family include two brothers, Russell (Tosie) and Neil (Mary Kaye) Allen; a sister, Gracie Bartoe (Sterling); sister-in-law, Fairy Allen; two sons, Kenny B. (Angela) Ater and Jon E. Ater, both of Chesapeake; three daughters, Karen E. Musser, of Proctorville, Cynthia K. (Harry), of Lexington, South Carolina, and Amy (Marc) Jonescu, of Peoria, Arizona. Grandchildren include Steven (Jenny) and Matthew Ater, Jonathan, Annie and James (Taylor) Ater, Jan (Heath) Smith, Lindsey (Laura), and Kylie Anne Stiltner, Olivia (Dean) Smith, Beth Anne (Jake) Hankins, Carrie Henson, Aaron (Amy) and Erica Dillon. Great-grandchildren include Hanna and Emily Smith, Casen and Reece Ater, Brandon Ater and Aiden Dillon.
She had a special fondness for her nephews, Rick and Kenny Breidenbaugh; nieces, Missy Stewart, Phyllis Doyle and Beth Cooperrider; the Dowdy children; and longtime family friend, Bill Bias.
Mary Ann graduated from Ohio University with a B.S. in Elementary Education. She was a retired teacher from Symmes Valley Local School District, a member of the Lawrence County Homemakers Association and Eastern Star Theresa Chapter #257,OES in Proctorville, and a member of the Chesapeake United Methodist Church. She was considered her husband’s greatest asset for his successful law career. Her interests included reading, gardening, music and birds.
A private family graveside service will be conducted on Saturday in Clarksburg. Slack and Wallace Funeral Home, South Point, is in handling the funeral arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to their charity of choice. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.slackandwallace.com.

Mary Dickess

March 1, 1955 — Dec. 30, 2017

Mary Evelyn Dickess, 62, of Ironton, passed away Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, at King’s Daughters Medical Center, Ashland, Kentucky. The Ironton native was born March 1, 1955, a daughter of the late John and Pearly Marie (Boggs) Jenkins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph “Tom” Dickess, who passed away April 7, 2015.
Mrs. Dickess attended Ironton schools and was a homemaker. Mary’s hobbies included yard sales, fishing, shopping and bingo. She loved her dog and enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, and was of the Apostolic faith.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Norma Ison and Lacy Rhodes; and five brothers, Bill Jenkins, Everett Riley, Junior Riley, Jim Bruce and Lester Bruce.
She is survived by a daughter, Carrie and Dale Turner, of Ironton; two sons, Charlie (Willie) Dickess and Sammy Dickess, both of Ironton; six grandchildren, Dustin (Casey) Dickess, Jessica (Josh) Craft, Trent Turner, Addy Dickess, Chelsea Dickess and Dylan Turner; brother, Ray (Karen) Jenkins; sister, Faith Rucker; nephew, Raymond (Shelby) Jenkins; niece, Robin (Crystal) Ackison; special friends, Cheryl and Alan Combs; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be 3 p.m. Friday at Phillips Funeral Home, Ironton, with Brother Chad Pemberton officiating and visitation will be 1 p.m. until the time of the service Friday at the funeral home. At the family’s request donations can be made to Phillips Funeral Home, P.O. Box 122, Ironton, OH 45638. To offer condolences to the family please visit www.phillipsfuneralhome.net.

Opal Zornes

Opal Marie Church Zornes, 73, of Russell, Kentucky, formerly of Lusby, Maryland, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, at Community Hospice Care Center, Ashland, Kentucky. She is survived by her husband, Roy Zornes.
Funeral service will be Friday at Bailey Family Funeral Home, Flatwoods, Kentucky, with pastor Chester Keathley and the Rev. Charles Langdon officiating. Burial will follow at Bellefonte Memorial Gardens, Flatwoods, Kentucky. Visitation will be 11 a.m. until the time of the service Friday at the funeral home. Condolences can be expressed at www.baileyfamilyfuneralhome.com.


Grover Bradley

Grover Wayne Bradley, 65, of Proctorville, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, West Virginia. He is survived by his wife, Deborah Bradley.
Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville. Entombment will follow at Rome Cemetery, Proctorville. Visitation will be 1-2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.timeformemory.com/hall or www.ehallfuneralhome.com.

Reagan Sweetser

Reagan Winslow Sweetser, 34, of Huntington, West Virginia, died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2017, at Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington, West Virginia. Arrangements are pending at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville.