Obituaries – 7/6/19

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 6, 2019

Peggy Cook
Oct. 8, 1933 — July 3, 2019

Peggy Delores Cook, 85, of Coal Grove, passed away on Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at Harbor Healthcare in Ironton.
The Ashland, Kentucky native was born on Oct. 8, 1933, a daughter of the late John Droutz and (Mary) Effie DeHart Bias.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, Gene B. Cook, who passed away in 1986.
Peggy was a 1951 graduate of Ashland High School in Ashland, Kentucky. She previously worked at the Ironton Employment office and was an Avon representative for over 35 years. She was a league bowler for many years at Blue Ribbon Lanes in Ashland.
She was of the Baptist faith and a member of Ice Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Deering.
Family was most important to her, as she loved spending time with her close friends, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her stepfather, Harry Bias; sisters, Virginia Layne and Lois Lockhart; infant sister, Betty Droutz; niece, Betsey Stringer; and her daughter-in-law, Cosie Cook.
She is survived by her daughter, Vickie Sherman (Steve Gaylor), of Plano, Texas; her son, Steve Cook, of Deering; a grandson, Brett Sherman; granddaughters, Kelli (Matt) Sloan and Kristen (Cody Osborne) Cook; great-grandchildren, Jacob, Benjamin, Nathaniel, and Mattilyn Sloan, Kaysen Osborne, all of Ironton; nephew, John (Sue) Layne; great nieces and nephew, Debbie Garred, Donna Hamilton, Becky Layne, Sandy VanMeter, and John Bradley Layne.
Visitation will be on 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Phillips Funeral Home, 1004 S. Seventh St. in Ironton. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Phillips Funeral Home, with her son, Dr. Steve Cook, and Rev. Jim Beals officiating. Graveside service and burial will follow at Highland Cemetery in Huntington, West Virginia.

Jeanne Frances Paull Wagner
Feb. 12, 1930 — July 5, 2019

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Jeanne Frances Paull Wagner died July 5, 2019 at the Hospice Care Center in Ashland, Kentucky.
Jeanne was born Feb. 12, 1930 in North Dighton, Massachusetts, the daughter of Francis Allyn Paull and Olive Ellen Lynds Jones.
She married James “Red” Wagner, a young sailor from Appalachia, on Nov. 1, 1952. Over their 53 years of marriage, they would have four children and eventually settle in the Ohio Valley, close to his family.
Jeanne was an accomplished concert pianist, studying at Boston Conservatory of Music, and later became a piano teacher. She was so happy when she would encounter former students.
Jeanne was most content and at peace when spending time with family and friends and practicing her faith with unwavering devotion. She was a member of St. Lawrence O’Toole Catholic Church in Ironton.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Red; and their first son, James; brothers, Francis and James Paull; and son-in-law, Alec Hirsch.
She is survived by her son, Paul James Wagner, and his wife, Uncha Kim, of Warwick, Rhode Island; daughters, Cathy Hirsch, and her husband, Ron Margetta, of Mooresville, North Carolina, and Mary James, and her husband Mike, of Ironton; grandchildren, Melissa Wagner, of Catlettsburg, Kentucky, Jennifer Plaziak, of Warwick, Rhode Island, Chelsea Short, of Mooresville, North Carolina, Andrew Hirsch, of Charlotte, North Carolina, Austin Hirsch, of Raleigh, North Carolina, Sarah Simmons, of Ironton, and MacLean James, of Cleveland; great-grandchildren, Shane Brown, Christopher Whittaker and Bethany Whittaker, of Ashland, Kentucky, Ava Short, Lila Short and Katie Hirsch, of Mooresville, North Carolina, Naomi and Alec Hirsch, of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Olive Simmons, of Ironton; great-great grandchildren, Kyla Charrette and Hope Paolantonio, of Warwick, Rhode Island, and Christopher Whittaker, of Catlettsburg, Kentucky; sisters-in-law, Glenna Price, of Ironton, Mary Wagner, of Coal Grove, Connie Paull of Taunton, Massachusetts, and Mary Ann Stewart, of Port Orange, Florida.
She will be laid to rest in Taunton, Massachusetts.
Family and friends are invited to the local celebration of Jeanne’s life to be held at the home of her daughter, Mary, from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, at 1908 S. Sixth St., Ironton.

Mavis Gould
Mavis Eileen Gould, 67, of Wilson, North Carolina, formerly of Huntington, West Virginia, passed away Thursday, July 4, 2019 at Vidant Medical Center, Greenville, North Carolina.
She is survived by her husband, Arnold Gould, Sr.
Funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. Monday at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville. Burial will follow. Visitation will be held noon to 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Laura Carey
Aug. 8, 1969— July 2, 2019

Laura Ann Carey, 49, of South Point, passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at Heartland of Riverview, South Point.
She was born August 8, 1969 in Hartford, Connecticut.
She was preceded in death by her father, Jim Hill; and her grandmother, Coleen Hill.
She is survived by her husband, Clinton Carey; her children, Brooklyn Carey and James Carey; one sister, Dawn (Darren) Blakeman; her mother, Linda Beavlier Hill; mother-in-law, Paula (Jack) Simmons; and father-in-law, Ray Carey.
She was a member of Burlington Baptist Church.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at Burlington Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorial donations be made to Hall Funeral Home. Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Polly Pernestti
Feb. 27, 1949 — July 4, 2019

Phyllis Pauline “Polly” Fry Pernestti, 70, of Willow Wood, passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side on Thursday, July 4, 2019 at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Russell, Kentucky.
The Wilgus native was born Feb. 27, 1949, the daughter of the late Jason Earl Fry and Gwendolyn Jewell Justice Fry. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Frederick “Fred” Pernestti, who passed away July 20, 2009.
Polly was a 1967 graduate of Symmes Valley High School and received her Bachelors Degree in Education from Ohio University Southern. She was a former employee of Wilson’s Sporting Goods and a retired Middle School Teacher (intervention specialist) at Rock Hill Schools. She was a proud member of the NWTF Women in the Outdoors and was also a member of Fairview Missionary Baptist Church in Wilgus.
She is survived by three sons, Larry (Lindsay) Pernestti, of Kitts Hill, Tony (Janice), of Delaware, and Jason (Carla) Pernestti, of Gallipolis; three brothers:, Earl “Buddy” (Mickee) Fry, of Willow Wood, Darrell Fry, of Willow Wood, and Rick (Cindy) Fry, of South Point; two sisters, Frances (Garland) Montgomery, of Crown City, and Susie (Bub) Roush, of Wheelersburg; four grandchildren, Lauren (A.J.) Beam, of Ironton, Katalina Pernestti, Armani Pernestti and Lorenzo Pernestti; a great grandchild, Dexter Beam; two step-grandchildren, Jacob Smith and Jacob Lively; special friend and companion, Larry Harper; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Wilgus Fairview Missionary Baptist Church, with Rev. Eddie Neel and Garland Montgomery officiating. Burial will follow in Wilgus Fairview Cemetery.
Visitation will be Sunday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home, 518 S. Sixth St. Ironton, Ohio 45638. To offer the family condolences, please visit

Douglas Combs

Douglas L. Combs, 93, of Kitts Hill, died Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at his residence.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Wednesday at Phillips Funeral Home 1004 S. Seventh St., Ironton, with pastors Lamar and Mike O’Bryant officiating.
Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery, 824 Lorain St., Ironton. V.F.W. Post 8850 will conduct military graveside honors. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of the service on Wednesday.
To offer condolences to the Combs family, please visit

James Monk
March 19, 1954 — July 1, 2019

James Thomas Monk, 65, of Ashland, Kentucky passed away on July 1, 2019 at Kings Daughters Medical Center.
The Durham, North Carolina native was born March 19, 1954, the son of the late Frances Hester Monk and Benjamin Monk Jr.
James was a graduate of Hill Side High School in North Carolina and attended Duke University. He was a former mechanic for Superior Chrysler, where he retired from in 2010 after 11 years of service. He was a member of Mamre Baptist Church in Kitts Hill.
He is survived by a brother, Clarence William Monk of Stem, North Carolina; grandchildren, Mya Reynolds, Ryan Estep and Carter Estep; ex-sisters-in-law, Debra Monk, of Raleigh, North Carolina, Abby Broadway and Jenny Hoffelt, both of Cary, North Carolina; a good friend, Lisa (Ron) Estep, of Flatwoods, Kentucky; and special friends, Mike Shannon and Frank Mullins.
Memorial Service will be noon Monday at Mamre Baptist Church, with Pastor Ryan McKee officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Phillips Funeral Home, 1004 S. Seventh St., Ironton, is assisting the family with arrangements. Visit

Grover Adkins
Grover Adkins, 67, of Chesapeake, died Thursday, July 4, 2019 at home.
No services will be held. Schneider-Hall Funeral Home, Chesapeake, is in charge of arrangements.

Harold Waugh

Harold Lee Waugh, 70, of Proctorville, died Thursday, July 4, 2019 at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, West Virgina.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra Waugh.
Funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. Sunday at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville, with visitation being held one hour prior to the service.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at