Published 9:03 am Sunday, April 15, 2018

James “Heath” Deer

Jan. 14, 1982 — April 11, 2018

James “Heath” Garrett Deer, born Jan. 14, 1982, died very unexpectedly Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Columbus. Heath was the son to deceased parents, Gerald “Jerry” and Vicki Sturgill Deer.
Heath was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Clyde and Deloris Sturgill; paternal grandmother, Naomi Ruth Deer; paternal great-grandparents, Fred and Alberta Deer; brother, Eric Anthony Deer; and an aunt and uncle, Johnny and Vicki Lynn Deer Allen.
Heath is survived by paternal grandfather, Gerald Homer Deer; and brother, Jeremy Lee Deer, both in Ironton; and brother, Joshua David Deer, of Naples, Florida.
Heath has two very handsome and intelligent sons, Landon Vincent Anthony and Levi James Garrett Deer, both in Ironton; and cousins, Bethany Hope Reed and Allison Ruth Brooks, both of Columbus, as well as many other cousins.
Heath was a graduate of Rock Hill High School, class of 2000. He also attended Ohio University for two years, and was a veteran of the United States Navy as an aircraft handler/rank E-4 in San Diego, California. He took great pride in working on river barges for the companies, C&B Marine and McGinnis, as a deck hand.
Anyone who spent any time with Heath was immediately drawn in with his big beautiful smile, contagious laughter, and love for spontaneous life and more than anything, his family. Heath never knew a stranger, loved people, and was loved by many. Heath has made his mark on so many lives with his charismatic approach and his addicting humor. Heath will forever be loved and missed by many, especially his family.
Funeral arrangements are Monday at O’Keefe Baker Funeral Home in Ironton, with visitation from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and funeral service at 1p.m. Burial will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery.
Heath was a very loving brother, grandchild, nephew, son, cousin, father, veteran and friend. There are not many people in the world that you can honestly say, “everyone loves him,” Heath was that person. May you rest in peace, and may you find the peace you were searching for. We will always love and adore you, sweetheart.

Margery “Betty” Burcham

Margery “Betty” Burcham, 85, of Proctorville, passed from this earthly life on Thursday, April 12, 2018, peacefully surrounded by her family. She was the daughter of the late David F. and Sara Margery Childers Thomas.
Also preceding her in death was a sister, Rosemary Lynch.
Betty retired from the Office of the Lawrence County Clerk of Courts and was a homemaker. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her love also extended internationally, as she hosted five foreign exchange students. She loved the town of Proctorville as well as the Ohio River Valley, where she spent her entire life. She was a member of New Hope United Methodist Church, Captain James Lawrence Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a founding member of the Lawrence County Museum, Historical and Genealogy Society, Sons and Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen, a 68-year member of the Teresa Chapter O.E.S. #257 in Proctorville, and a noted local historian.
Betty was a member of the first graduating class of Fairland High School in 1950.
She is survived by her high school sweetheart and husband of 65 years, Dale Burcham; three sons, Stephen (Debbie), Scott (Cathy), and Shawn (Angie); one daughter, Margie; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; a brother, Paul (Janice); a sister, Estella (George); a special cousin, Fred Thomas; her caregiver, Roxanne Polkowski; and a special friend, Michael Nichols.
Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. today at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville, with Eastern Star services following the visitation. Funeral service will be 3 p.m. Sunday at New Hope United Methodist Church, Proctorville, by pastor Anthony Thomas. Visitation will also be one hour prior to the service Sunday at the church.
Private family burial will be at Highland Memorial Gardens, South Point. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations in her memory for Parkinson’s Research be made to: The Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5014 Hagerstown, MD 21741. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Wade Maddox Jr.

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Wade T. Maddox Jr., 86, of Proctorville, died Friday, April 13, 2018, at Heartland of Riverview, South Point. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Leffingwell Maddox.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville. Burial will follow in Rome Cemetery, Proctorville. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service Sunday at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at


James Campbell

James N. Campbell, 67, of South Point, died Friday, April 13, 2018, at Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington, West Virginia. A memorial service will be at a later date. Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Betty Cochran

Betty M. Cochran, 90, of Ironton, died Friday, April 13, 2018, at Kingsbrook Life Care Center, Ashland, Kentucky. Arrangements are pending at the Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home, Ironton.