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Obituaries-02/09/18

Raymond Shears

July 17, 1943 — Feb. 5, 2018

Raymond “Bob” Shears, 74, of Kitts Hill, passed away Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, at the Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland, Kentucky. The Lawrence County native was born July 17, 1943, a son of the late Ramey and Mabel Roberts Shears.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Christy “Susie” Johnson Shears, whom he married Sept. 14, 1981.
Bob was a 1961 graduate of Rock Hill High School and a self-employed contractor for 45 years, retiring in 2012. He was a huge supporter of the Democratic Party and St. Jude. His biggest hobby was spending time with his four youngest grandchildren, Gabby, Kaydance, Landon and Damian; and his beloved dog, Carburetor. He was of the Pentecostal faith.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, Raymond “Bobby” Shears and Stephen Shears; and his mother-in-law, Phyllis “Flip” Johnson.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, John Shears, of Texas, and Justin (Melissa) Shears, of Kitts Hill; a daughter, Andera (David) Haskins, of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania; a sister, Janice (Jack) Dickess, of Kitts Hill; his father-in-law, Billy Johnson; a special niece, Tara Elkins; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Memorial service will be at a later date at the convenience of the family. Phillips Funeral Home, Ironton, is assisting the family with the arrangements. To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.phillipsfuneralhome.net.

Edith Bailey

July 5, 1924 — Feb. 6, 2018

Edith White Bailey, 93, of Franklin Furnace, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. She was born July 5, 1924, in Kentucky, a daughter of the late Donald White and Laura Bowles White.
Edith attended Ohio Furnace Grade School and Green Township High School, but later achieved her diploma in her sixties. She was employed by Wilson’s Sporting Goods for 40-plus years. She attended Ohio Furnace Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening, reading and word search. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother and all who knew her loved her.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Willard “David” Bailey; grandson, Pete Schwab; brothers, Don, Steve, Ralph, Bob and Jerry White; and three sisters, Laura White, Opal Murnahan and Elsie Kimbler.
Those left to cherish her memory include son, Donald (Sheila) Howard, of Franklin Furnace; daughter, Sharon (Jeff) Logan, of Decatur, Illinois; sisters, Violet Stewart, of Ironton, Alice Pinkerton, of Franklin Furnace, and Vera Keating, of Cleveland; brother, Lewis White, of Houston, Texas; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Phillips Funeral Home, Ironton, and 1 p.m. Sunday, followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Haverhill Cemetery. To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.phillipsfuneralhome.net.

Joan Combs

Joan Lillian (Taft) Combs, 89, of South Point, died Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, West Virginia.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Slack and Wallace Funeral Home, South Point, with pastor Jamie Gump officiating. Friends may call from noon-2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Highland Memorial Gardens, South Point. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.slackandwallace.com.

Michelle Conley

Michelle Nicole Conley, 33, of Franklin Furnace, died Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, at Southern Ohio Medical Center, Portsmouth.
The family is planning a celebration of life memorial service at Franklin Furnace Independent Baptist Church. Please contact the family for details. The family has entrusted her care to Brown Funeral Chapel, Ironton. www.brownfuneralchapel.org.

Austin Hester

Austin Gregory Hester, 21, of Catlettsburg, Kentucky, died Friday, Feb. 2, 2018.
Memorial service will be Saturday at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Huntington, West Virginia. Slack and Wallace Funeral Home, South Point, is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.slackandwallace.com.
William Morrison Jr.
William Jennings Morrison Jr., of Proctorville, died Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, at home. He is survived by his wife, Judith Conley Morrison.
Family and friends are invited to join a celebration of Bill’s life at 6 p.m. Saturday at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.ehallfuneralhome.com.

Eloise Cox

Eloise (Hall) Cox, 92, of Ironton, died Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m. today at Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home, Ironton. Visitation will be 11 a.m. until the time of the service today at the funeral home. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery, Louisa, Kentucky. To offer the Cox family online condolences, please visit www.tracybrammerfh.com.

Jacqueline Sharp

Jacqueline “Elmer” Sharp, 61, of Pedro, died Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, in Pedro.
Funeral services will be noon Saturday at Phillips Funeral Home, Ironton. Burial will follow in Hecla Cemetery, and visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.phillipsfuneralhome.net.

Robert Ford

Robert “Bob” Ford, 71, of Ironton, died Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, Ashland, Kentucky. He is survived by his wife, Linda (Adkins) Ford.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home, Ironton, with the Rev. Steve Harvey officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery, Ironton, and visitation for friends and family will be 11 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday at the funeral home. To offer the Ford family online condolences, please visit www.tracybrammerfh.com.