March 1, 1973 — Dec. 7, 2018
William “Bill” Earl Pratt, 45, of Chesapeake, passed away Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, at Cabell-Huntington Hospital, Huntington, West Virginia. He was born March 1, 1973, in Huntington, West Virginia, a son of John and Susie Miller Pratt.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Stephanie Watts Pratt; three daughters, Rachel, Allison and Natalie Pratt; one son, Eli Pratt; three brothers, Carl David (Crissy) Pratt, Edward Allen (Trena) Pratt and Paul Franklin Pratt; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Charles “Monk” and Connie Watts; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Angie and David Adams and Matt and Mindy Watts; and several nieces and nephews.
Bill was a dairy farmer on his family farm of nearly 100 years. He was valedictorian of Chesapeake High School, graduating class of 1991. Bill was an Ohio State University graduate.
He was president of the Lawrence County Board of Commissioners, serving as Lawrence County Commissioner since 2011. He was a former member of the Chesapeake School Board and the Ironton Housing Authority.
As commissioner, Bill also served on the Tri-State Airport Authority, the Lawrence County Community Action Organization, the Lawrence County Economic Development Corporation and many other boards as well.
Funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville. Private family burial will be on the Pratt Family Farm, South Point. Visitation will be 4-9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.ehallfuneralhome.com.
Aug. 6, 1935 — Dec. 8, 2018
Karon Ann Coulter Conurn, of Ironton, passed away peacefully at St. Mary’s Medical Center early Saturday morning after a brief illness. She was born in Beatrice, Nebraska to Lucylle and Orville Coulter on Aug. 6, 1935, but spent most of her childhood in the Washington D.C. area.
While working at the Pentagon in 1954 for the Secretary of the Air Force, she met the love of her life, James Coburn, a member of the U.S. Air Force Air Police, stationed in the Pentagon. They married in 1956 and moved to Jim’s hometown to start a family.
Karon was a longtime resident of Ironton, and attended Beech Street Christian Church in Ashland, Kentucky.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her devoted husband of 62 years, James Coburn. She is also survived by her loving children, Kelli (Joe) Lutz, of Ironton, and Michael (Judy) Coburn, of Woodstock, Georgia.
Her family was truly the light of her life, and Karon was the proud grandmother of Angela Massie (Amol) Khotpal, of Mariatta, Georgia, Tom Lutz, of Edwardsville, Illinois, and AJ (Sheena) Lutz, of Webb City, Missouri. Being a great-grandmother was an extra special gift to Karon.
Her spirit lives on in her three great-granddaughters, Avi and Adya Khotpal, and Penny Lutz. She was excited to learn she was going to have her first great-grandson soon, and she was very proud of the great-grandchildren she gained in Missouri, Corey, Mayson and Arielle Gouge.
Visitation will be 9:30 a.m. today at Phillips Funeral Home, Ironton. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m., followed by burial at Woodland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that friends make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave. seventh floor, New York, NY 10001, or the charity of their choice in Karon’s memory. www.phillipsfuneralhome.net.
Oct. 7, 1946 — Dec. 8, 2018
Charles Benjamin Jenkins, 72, of Ironton, passed away Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Ironton. The Lawrence County native was born Oct. 7, 1946, the son of the late Thomas Raymond and Ruth Pierce Jenkins. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Joyce Ann Jenkins, who passed away April 20, 2012. He is survived by his second wife, Betty Goins Jenkins, whom he married June 30, 2014.
Charles attended Coal Grove schools and was a self-employed trucker. He was a member of the Lorain Street Gospel Mission Church, where he was the lead musician. He loved to play his guitar and sing gospel music.
In addition to his parents and his first wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, William Raymond Jenkins and Mike Mitchell Jenkins; and a sister, Alice Maxine Massie-Smith.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Donald Earl Wright, of Ironton, and William Jenkins, of Fayetteville; four grandchildren, Emilea Wright, Dustin Wright, Rachel Jones and Sheyenne Jenkins; five great-grandchildren, Anthony Jones, Dylan Person, Helen Urbine, Hayden Urbine and Ruth Urbine; a brother, Homer Eugene Jenkins, of Kitts Hill; three sisters, Betty Walls, of Kitts Hill, Beverly Wohlers, of Sun Valley, Nevada, and Janet Robinson, of Granite Falls, South Carolina.
Friends and family may call from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday at Phillips Funeral Home, Ironton. Burial will follow in Mamre Cemetery. To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.phillipsfuneralhome.net.
Wilma V. Curtis Slone, 89, of Huntington, West Virginia, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. Arrangements are pending at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville. www.ehallfuneralhome.com.
Earl Lavender Jr.
Earl Lavender Jr., 83, of Ashland, Kentucky, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. Arrangements are pending at Lazear Funeral Home, Ashland, Kentucky. www.lazearfuneralhome.com.