Published 8:33 am Thursday, March 7, 2019

Cynthia Brown

Oct. 19, 1955 — March 5, 2019

Cynthia Jane (Laber) Brown, 63, of Ironton, passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at Community Hospice in Ashland, Kentucky, after an extended illness. She was born in Ironton on Oct. 19, 1955, to loving parents, James F. and Mary K. (Heighton) Laber. She was the beloved wife of Charles David Brown, of Ironton, whom she married on Aug. 27, 1977.
Cindy graduated from St. Joseph Central Catholic High School in 1973, and then St. Mary’s School of Nursing. She later earned her BSN from Ohio University. She was proud to be a nurse for over 30 years. During her career, she worked at the Lawrence County Health Department and Pediatrics Incorporated. She was a school nurse at Ironton City Schools and Ironton Catholic Schools, and assistant director of clinical services at the Lawrence County Community Action Organization.
Cindy loved helping the children in our community, particularly those with special needs. She was fiercely committed to the establishment of the accessible playground at the Open Door School in Ironton. She is a member and past president of the Child Welfare Club.
Cindy’s life centered around a loving commitment to her family, particularly her grandchildren, who affectionately referred to her as “Grammy.” Her kindness, empathy and determination live through them. Her children will never forget her unwavering support and inspirational spirit. She truly loved helping others.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Frank and Myrta (Steele) Laber and Pete and Ruth (Runyon) Heighton.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her parents, James and Mary (Heighton) Laber, of Ironton; her brothers, Frank (MaryAnne) Laber, of Ironton, and Jim (Lupita) Laber, of Fort Thomas, Kentucky; her children, Erin Sergeant (Christopher), of Davidson, North Carolina, Andrew Brown (Mandy Carte), of Ironton, and Alex Brown, of Ashland, Kentucky; grandchildren, Oscar Sergeant, Henry Sergeant, George Sergeant, Corbin Carte, Felix Brown and Caroline Brown; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation with the family will be 5-7 p.m. Friday at Phillips Funeral Home, Ironton. Funeral Mass will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Saint Joseph Catholic Church, Ironton, by Father David H. Huffman. Burial will immediately follow thereafter at Calvary Cemetery. Cindy’s family extends their most sincere gratitude and admiration to the staff of Community Hospice in Ashland for their genuine, compassionate support through this difficult time.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Open Door School, 604 Carton Davidson Lane, Coal Grove, OH 45638, or to the Lawrence County CAO, 305 N. Fifth St., Ironton, OH 45638. To offer condolences to the family, please visit


Larry (Dink) Dalton

Dec. 22, 1946 — March 5, 2019

Larry (Dink) Dalton, 72, of South Point, died Monday, March 4, 2019, at Community Hospice, Ashland, Kentucky. He is survived by his wife, Missy Dalton.
He is also survived by his children, Larry, Brian, Andrea and Christy; four brothers, Bob, Donald, Ronald and Jerry Dalton; four sisters, Connie Davidson Compston, Mary Darlene Vance, Lilly Dalton and Bella Dalton; his father, Robert (Bob) Dalton; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Imogene Dalton.
Funeral services will be noon Friday at Preston Funeral Home, Ashland, Kentucky. Visitation will be at 11 a.m. prior to the service.


Albert Evans Jr.

Albert H. Evans Jr., 84, of Crown City, died Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House, Huntington, West Virginia. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Nina Jo Lyons Evans.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Gardens, South Point. Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at


Shirley Keith

Shirley Anne Keith, 80, of Chesapeake, died Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, West Virginia. She is survived by her husband, Edwin Dale Keith.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Schneider-Hall Funeral Home, Chesapeake. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Suncrest Cemetery, Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Condolences may be expressed to the family at