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Charles Beard

Sept. 17, 1931 — Feb. 10, 2019

Charles C. Beard, 87, of Brandon, Florida, formerly of South Point, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in Melech Hospice House of Tampa, Florida. He was born Sept. 17, 1931, in Burlington, the son of the late Gilbert and Fern Whitehead Beard.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas Beard; a son-in-law, Mark Grindley; and two brothers-in-law, Jim Ferguson and Karl Tyree.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Betty Hall Beard; three children, Kathy (Roger) Potter, Charles Steven Beard and Cyndee Grindley; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; four sisters, Gilberta Ferguson, Jane Tyree, Sally (Bert) Lester and Judy (Jim) Gibson; a sister-in-law, Priscilla Beard; and 12 nieces and nephews.
He was an Air Force veteran, having served during the Korean Conflict. He retired from the Oakley Collins Career Center in Lawrence County. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Sunday at Beard Mortuary, Huntington, West Virginia, with the Rev. Dr. Scott Mann officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Gardens, South Point. The family will receive friends from noon until the time of the service Sunday.


Lulu Ervin

Jan. 2, 1922 — Feb. 14, 2019

Lulu Molly Boggs Ervin, daughter of the late Edward F. and Bertha E. Boggs, was born Jan. 2, 1922, in Pedro, and passed away Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, at the age of 97 in Community Hospice Care Center, Ashland, Kentucky.
Lulu retired from Lawrence County General Hospital and the Lawrence County Health Department. Lulu attended Cannon’s Creek E.U.B. Church her entire life, where she was a pianist for many years.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sons, Gary W. and Larry Jack Ervin; one daughter, Karen Lou Ervin; three brothers; and four sisters.
She is survived by three daughters, Patricia (Andrew) Vartanian, of New Hope, Pennsylvania, Peggie (Troy) Haayer, of Coal Grove, and Debbie (Jim) Chapman, of Ashland, Kentucky. Lulu had 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
Lulu will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Funeral services will be noon Monday at Cannon’s Creek E.U.B. Church, Pedro, with the Rev. Dale Knipp officiating. Burial will follow in Slab Fork Cemetery and visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Sunday at Phillips Funeral Home, Ironton, and from 11 a.m. until the time of the service Monday at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Community Hospice Care Center, 2330 Pollard Road, Ashland, KY 41101. To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.phillipsfuneralhome.net.


John Black

April 22, 1943 — Feb. 10, 2019

Mr. John Oliver Black, 75, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, at his residence in Clifton. He was affectionately known as “Farmer John” by the numerous friends and patrons who purchased his produce at his stand inside Ace Hardware.
John was born in Lexington, Kentucky on April 22, 1943, to the late Benjamin W. Black Jr. and the late Mary Katherine Webb Black. He was a 1961 graduate of Ironton High School. He was stationed in Germany during a portion of his four-year tour with the United States Air Force in the 1960s. John worked for the Ohio Power Company and was also a substitute teacher, in addition to other jobs he held.
He was an avid golfer for many years, playing predominantly at Reeves Golf Course and the Ironton Country Club. John was blessed with many grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with them, both in Ohio and during his visits to coastal South Carolina.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepmother, Alice Jane Hopkins Black.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Moriarty Gates Black, of Cincinnati; a brother, Thomas Black, of Ironton; a son, John P. (Kim) Black, of South Carolina; grandsons, Phillip and Andrew Black, of South Carolina; and stepsons, Jay R. Gates and family, and Kristopher Gates, of Cincinnati.
Memorial services are being planned for both Clifton and Ironton.


Rick Fuller

Rick A. Fuller, 60, of Huntington, West Virginia, died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, at Cabell-Huntington Hospital, Huntington, West Virginia. He is survived by his wife, Karen. Arrangements are pending at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville. www.ehallfuneralhome.com.


Annise Berry

Annise Marie Berry, 75, of Chesapeake, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, at King’s Daughters Medical Center, Ashland, Kentucky. Arrangements are pending at Schneider-Hall Funeral Home, Chesapeake. www.schneiderhallfuneralhome.com.