June 24, 1937 — Feb. 2, 2019
Robert N. White, 81, of Bristol, Tennessee, passed away Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, at Bristol Regional Medical Center. He was born June 24, 1937, in Wheelwright, Kentucky to the late Homer and Nell white.
Bob grew up in Pedro and lived for many years in Ironton. He graduated from Greenbriar Military School in Lewisburg, West Virginia. After serving in active duty in the U.S. Army, he studied at Ohio University and graduated from Ashland Business College. He served as president of Ashland Business College and held different sales positions in the automotive and pharmaceuticals industries. He and his wife owned the retail store, Cornerstone Ink, for several years, located in downtown Bristol. He retired from King Pharmaceuticals in 2005.
Bob enjoyed playing baseball throughout his life and was a sports fan and an avid University of Kentucky basketball fan. He was a faithful Christian and enjoyed volunteering at his church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Richard L. White; and his first-born daughter, Robin White Ison.
Survivors include his wife, Glenda White; one brother, Russell D. White and wife, Brenda; son, Robert N. White Jr. and wife, Mary; daughters, Kristi White-Hall and husband, Dwayne, and Terry White Gregory and husband, Jeff; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be conducted at 7 p.m. Thursday at Community Church of Bristol with pastor Shawn Street officiating. The committal service and interment will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at Glenwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. at the church Thursday prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Community Church of Bristol, 6320 Old Jonesboro Road, Bristol, TN 37620. Condolences and memories may be left for the family at www.akardfuneralhome.com. Akard Funeral Home, Bristol, Tennessee, is serving the White family.
Feb. 12, 1938 — Feb. 4, 2019
Peggy Harper, 80, of Kitts Hill, passed away Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, at a local health care facility. The Kitts Hill native was born Feb. 12, 1938, a daughter of the late James Herbert and Inez Pemberton Allen. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Bill Harper.
Mrs. Harper attended Dawson-Bryant schools and was a homemaker. She also attended Johnstown Baptist Church as a child and over the years, she gave love, support and care to many friends, neighbors and relatives, asking nothing in return.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Pam Harper; her son, Billy Harper; one special brother-in-law, Theodore Moore, of South Point; two sisters, Betty Hall and Mary Jane Wilson; and four brothers, Bert, Wayne, Leonard and Don Allen.
She is survived by two grandsons, Jamie Lamberth and Justin Harper; and one sister, Linda Moore, of South Point.
There will be a service 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.
Jack E. Hamlin, 88, of Chesapeake, died Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, West Virginia. A private family graveside service will be held at Rome Cemetery, Proctorville. There will be no visitation. Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.ehallfuneralhome.com.
David Bryan Riddle, 41, of Proctorville, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, in Rochester, Pennsylvania. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville. Burial will follow in Miller Memorial Gardens, Miller. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.ehallfuneralhome.com.
Rick Cremeans, 59, of Huntington, West Virginia, died Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at home. There will be no services. Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville, is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.ehallfuneralhome.com.
Benjamin Murnahan Jr.
June 25, 1922 — Feb. 22, 2019
Benjamin Murnahan Jr., of Lucasville, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2019, at the age of 96. Ben was born June 25, 1922, the youngest son of Benjamin Leroy and Eliza Dickess Murnahan, of Ironton.
In addition to his parents, Ben was preceded in death by four brothers, Bill, Clarence, Ted and Charles Murnahan; and two sisters, Ruth Murnahan Birch and Katherine “Ellie” Murnahan Wineka; as well as two sisters who died as young children.
He was married to Ruth Hortel Murnahan from 1947, until her death in 2009. He was also preceded in death by his only son, Benny, in 2007.
Ben is survived by four daughters, Mary (Ken) Kuhner, Jan Murnahan and Ann (Barry) Nagle, all of Portsmouth, and Barb (Dave) Bente, of Cincinnati. He had nine grandchildren, Aaron, Adam and Seth Kuhner, Lindsey Bente, Alison and Laura Addington, Tracie Malone, Josh Malone and Cody Stephens; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Ben was particularly proud of being a graduate of Marshall University and loved to wear his Herd green. He was a World War II Navy veteran, had been a high school math teacher, and retired from the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in 1985, with 31 years of service.
He was an avid baseball fan and coached the Cincinnati Reds from his living room his whole life. He coached Little League teams in Portsmouth and still remembered all the kids who played for him. He coached high school basketball at St. Joe’s in Ironton for a while and spent some time officiating, as well. In his retirement, he found great joy in gardening and giving away his vegetables on a regular basis. He also loved eating out, especially big breakfasts, for many years at Bob Evans and then at IHOP in Ashland.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of O’Keefe-Baker Funeral Home, Ironton. As Ben wanted, there will be no visitation. A graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family, with interment at Woodland Cemetery in Ironton.
Jan. 7, 1933 — Feb. 1, 2019
Dorothy “Dottie” Walters Geswein, 86, of Germantown, formerly of Ironton, passed away Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at the Astoria Health and Rehab Center in Germantown. The Ironton native was born Jan. 7, 1933, the daughter of the late William Walters and Dorothy Flowers Walters.
Dottie was a 1951 graduate of Ironton High School and a homemaker. She was also a member of the First Baptist Church in Ironton.
In addition to her parents, Dottie was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas E. Geswein, who passed away Jan. 3, 2013; brother, Edward (Lena) Walters; and sister, Mary (Don) Hannon.
She is survived by daughter, Pam (Dan) Stakich, of Sun City, Arizona; son, Tim (Patty) Geswein, of Ironton; son, Thomas W. (Jill) Geswein, of Germantown; and three grandchildren, Emma, Ashton and Aaron Geswein, all of Germantown. She is also survived by Shirley Dalton, friend of the family, who cared for her after her husband’s passing.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at the Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home, Ironton, with pastor Steve Harvey officiating. A committal service and burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery. The Geswein family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until the time of the service Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dottie’s name to Hospice of Miami Valley, 46 North Detroit St., Suite B., Xenia, OH 45385 or visit www.hospiceofthemiamivalley.org. To offer condolences to the Geswein family, you may visit www.tracybrammerfh.com.
April 20, 1939 — Jan. 30, 2019
Margarett Ann Tinkham, 79, of South Point and Northern California, was ushered into Heaven on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, from The Village at Riverview in Barboursville, West Virginia. She was born April 20, 1939, in Pikeville, Kentucky, a daughter of the late John and Ella Buckley. She was a graduate of South Point High School, Class of 1957.
In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her brother, James Buckley, and his wife, Evelyn; and two brothers-in-law, Wayne Clinton and William Gibson.
She is survived by her husband, Lester “Les” Tinkham; one daughter, Cynthia Bjerklie, of Dorchester, New Hampshire; two sisters, Luthella Clinton, of Ironton, and Patty Gibson, of Wyandotte, Michigan; one granddaughter, Amanda Ford; and two great-grandchildren, Jonathan and Charlotte Ford.
Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Saturday at the Wallace Funeral Home and Chapel, Barboursville, West Virginia, by the Rev. Larry L. Barker Jr. and the Rev. Gavin Napier. Burial will be private in Highland Memorial Gardens, South Point. Visitation will be from noon-1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, any condolences go to your church or your favorite charity. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.timeformemory.com/wallace.
Diana S. Roe Dunfee, 72, of Proctorville, died Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, at home. Arrangements are pending at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville. www.ehallfuneralhome.com.