Obituaries – 6/5/19

Published 8:58 am Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Ruth Bengtson

Sept. 8, 1942 – May 31, 2019

Ruth Elnor Bengtson, 76, beloved wife, mom, grandma, and friend, was called to her heavenly home on Friday, May 31, 2019.

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Ruth was born on Sept. 8, 1942, in Huntington, West Virginia, the daughter of Armour and Irene Simpson of Ironton.

Following graduation from Ironton High School in 1960, Ruth moved to Washington, D.C. to work as a stenographer for the FBI.

Later, she moved to Columbus, where she met the love of her life, David Bengtson. They had been married for 54 years.

Although she was involved and supported many worthwhile causes in her community, her full-time effort and love was always as homemaker, Mom and Grandma.

She was totally devoted to her family, always available to share a word of encouragement with her children and grandchildren. She was an example to her family and friends of the importance of building a personal relationship with Jesus and how to show His love to others.

She encouraged many with her hospitality, often sharing her homemade bread or pies along with her handwritten notes of inspiration. Mom was an adventurer — often flying with her husband in their small plane to different places.

She will be remembered most for her unwavering faith and love for her Savior Jesus Christ. She was a humble servant and prayer warrior for her Lord. Mom loved reading the Bible, quoting her favorite scriptures, and singing beloved hymns. She always looked for ways to encourage others in their faith and to share the story of God’s saving grace in her life.

Ruth is preceded in death by her mother, Irene; and father, Armour; brother, Dale; and sister, Patty.

She is survived by her husband David, daughter Julie Waters and husband, Brad; sons, Todd and wife, Stacy, Derek and wife, Sheri and Devon and wife, Kathryn; and 10 grandchildren.

“She opens her mouth with wisdom and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.” Proverbs 31:26.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ovarian Cancer Research or a charity of your choice.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, at the Van Alstyne Cemetery with Bro. Scott Jordan officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday, from 6-8 p.m. at Scoggins Funeral Home.
Services are under the direction of Scoggins Funeral Home and Crematory, located at 637 W. Van Alstyne, Pkwy., Van Alstyne, TX 75495.

You may sign the online register book at

Linda Martin

May 8, 1948 — June 4, 2019

Linda June Martin, 71, of Pedro, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, West Virginia.

Linda was born May 8, 1948 in Ironton, a daughter to the late Clay and Chloe (McClellan) Eaches.

Linda was a graduate of Rock Hill High School and was a homemaker. Linda loved taking care of kids, especially the ones who called her “Ninny”. Linda was happiest when she was surrounded by children, whether it was family or friends; she enjoyed life and loved her family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two nephews, Kevin Eaches and Gary Long.

She is survived by a son, Gregory (Angie) Martin, of Gallia County; grandchildren, Sara Martin and Clayton Martin; a brother, Tom (Sharon) Eaches; three sisters, Diane Long, Susan Massie and Rhonda (Rick) Brown; and a host of nieces and nephews who will miss their Ninny

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Phillips Funeral Home, 1004 S. Seventh St., Ironton, with Rev. Kenny Kelley and Rev. Ryan Massie officiating. Burial will follow in Lawrence Furnace Cemetery and visitation for family and friends will be 11 a.m. until time of the service at the funeral home on Friday.

Pallbearers will be Mike Long, Clayton Martin, Tom Eaches, Roger McClellan, Patrick Whitt, Mark McFann, and honorary pallbearers Isaac Massie and Jayson McFann.

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Eric Swift

Eric Dean Swift, 60, of Gandeeville, West Virginia, formerly of Columbus, died Sunday, June 2, 2019. Slack and Wallace Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.  Condolences can be made at