Published 7:40 am Thursday, March 22, 2018

Warren Stroth

July 24, 1933 — March 19, 2018

Warren Everett “Buzz” Stroth, beloved husband, father, brother and Marine, laid down his earthly burdens on March 19, 2018, at the age of 84, leaving grieving family members here, but joining cherished family who have gone on before.
Born the fourth of six siblings on July 24, 1933 to Walter Elmer Stroth and Ada Smith Cook Stroth at Blackfork, Buzz earned his nickname when his (slightly) older sisters had trouble pronouncing the word “brother.” He was a child during the Depression and World War II, and had many cherished stories from the time.
When he was a young boy, they were having a contest at the Blackfork store for 100 pounds of flour, which was very hard to get. To win, you had to guess the number of squares in a picture. He thought it looked like there were three, but the person who recorded the guess thought he was playing a trick on Buzz and wrote down 3000. Three thousand it was, and Buzz wheeled off the 100 pounds of flour with everybody asking for a little of it!
In 1953, Buzz proudly enlisted in the Marine Corps in Portsmouth and shipped off to step on the infamous yellow footprints of Parris Island. After graduating with Platoon 339, and becoming a communications technician, he joined the crew of USS Mount Olympus (AGC-8) and fondly remembered dark, starry nights on the flight deck, watching the ship’s mast sway back and forth and wishing they could go ashore and visit the lights he could see on the horizon.
In 1961, the tour of duty was complete and he returned to Blackfork and subsequently worked at brickplants in Oak Hill and Jackson, and for over 35 years, with Waterloo Coal.
He also met and, after a long courtship, married his lifelong love and companion, Sylvia (Lawson) Stroth, who misses him dearly. Together, they faced life’s challenges while enjoying yard saleing and going to flea markets.
He loved the thrill of the hunt, and finding a great bargain would never cease to bring a big smile to his face. He thoroughly enjoyed the company of daughters, Rita (Carl) Evans, of Franklin Furnace, and Lynn Stroth (Randy Wheeler), of the U.S. Navy in Mechanicsville Maryland, who also carry on his memory. Also left to remember are two grandchildren, Priscilla Evans Davis and Joshua Evans and five great grandchildren, Sean, Ryleigh and Liam Davis as well as Carson and Peyton Evans.
He is also survived by his little sister, Marian Frances “Francie” Stroth of Jackson, who will dearly miss his wise advice, especially concerning anything mechanical, and their discussions of the news of the day.
In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his brother, Clarence Cook, and his sisters, Wilma Jean Everman, Anna Lee Rutledge and Betty Lou Powell. Numerous nieces and nephews survive. Among these, in recent years, a special bond has been developed with Cyndee Everman, and Douglas and Kristen Everman.
Buzz thoroughly enjoyed anything to do with cars, especially those from the 1930s, 40s and 50s. He could identify any make and model from the picture and had a personal story about most of them, remembered in sharp detail. He enjoyed fixing and taking care of his vehicles, keeping them in pristine condition.
Buzz was faithful in rooting for Jackson Ironmen, Oak Hill Oaks and Ohio State football teams in the fall, and the Cincinnati Reds in the spring.
He was never far from his pets, and over the years, he loved many cats and dogs. His beloved pup, Star, also grieves the loss of his dad.
Calling hours will be 2-8 p.m. Friday at the Mayhew-Brown Funeral Home. A funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home with  the Rev. Herman Stewart and pastor Cline Rawlins officiating. Burial to follow at burial will be at Fairmount Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Mayhew-Brown Funeral Home in Jackson.
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Dorothy Richards

May 4, 1922 — March 19, 2018

Dorothy “Dot” Richards, of Ironton, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 19, 2018. Mrs. Richards was born May 4, 1922, in Wellston, a daughter to the late Hoyt and Marie (Fair) Aldridge.
She was also preceded in death by her husband, Denver Richards, who passed away May 6, 2001; and a daughter, Kathleen “Kay” LeMaster.
Dot was a 1940 graduate of Wellston High School.  Dot lived a long and happy life of 95 years, she was a homemaker and enjoyed several hobbies including being a HAM radio operator, license number WA8BLI, she was also an avid bowler until recent years and loved playing cards. Dot attended St. Paul Lutheran Church.
She is survived by son, Mike (Joni) Richards; two grandsons, Tony (Andrea) Emmanuel and Bobby (Hope) Crabtree; and four great-grandchildren, Loralei, Raegan, Greyson and Maya.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home, Ironton, with pastor Wayne Rollins officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery and visitation will be 10 a.m. until the time of the service Friday at the funeral home. To offer the Richards family online condolences, please visit


Hope Kitchen

Major Hope Bernice Casarez Kitchen, 88, passed away March 20, 2018.
A native of Huntington, West Virginia, daughter of the late Jose Trinidad Enrique Casarez and Leona May Rood Casarez, she was a retired Salvation Army officer.
Surviving are her husband, Major Raymond Whitman Kitchen, of the home; one son, David Howard Kitchen, of Alexandria, Virginia; one brother, John Henry Casarez, of Chesapeake; four grandchildren, Frank, Raymond, Karin and Ginger; and five great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by one son, Ray Allen Kitchen; one daughter, Margery Ann Duracher; one brother, Daniel Junior Casarez; a sister, Hazel Mildred Casarez; and one grandson, Henry David Kitchen.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at The Wood Mortuary, conducted by Major Pete Costas, Major Frank Duracher and Lt. Randull Tiller. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Friday at The Wood Mortuary. The family is at the home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Salvation Army, 417 Rutherford Road, Greenville, SC 29609.
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Steven Johnson

Steven Frederick “Freddie” Johnson, 59, of Huntington, West Virginia, died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. A memorial service will be 3:30 p.m. Saturday at First Church of the Nazarene, Huntington, West Virginia. A gathering of friends and family will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville, is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Alfreda Ann Haynes

Alfreda Ann Haynes, 85, of Proctorville, died Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at Heritage Center, Huntington, West Virginia. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville. Burial will follow in White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Barboursville, West Virginia. Visitation will be 1-2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

William Counts

William Counts, 87, of Proctorville died Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at home. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville. Burial will follow in Rome Cemetery, Proctorville. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at