Obituaries – 8/29/2019

Published 2:12 pm Thursday, August 29, 2019

Helen Melvin

Sept. 22, 1925 — Aug. 28, 2019

Helen Louise Melvin, 93, of Coal Grove, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, at a local health care facility.

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The Jackson County native was born Sept. 22, 1925 a daughter of the late Roy Wolfe and Josephine Gilland Wolfe. Mrs. Melvin is survived by her husband of 75 years, Robert Melvin, whom she married on July 27, 1944.

Helen was a 1943 graduate of Coal Grove High School and a homemaker.  She was a member of the Coal Grove Memorial Methodist Church and past worthy matron for The Order of the Eastern Star.

In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Mary and John Melvin; three brothers, Hayden Ray, Ralph and Lloyd Wolfe;
and a sister-in-law and her husband, Joan and Jack Dutey. 

Along with her husband Robert, Helen is survived by four nieces, Jane Hibner, Linda Wolfe, Rebecca Wolfe, Barbara Wolfe and Sue Ellen Dutey Wilson; two nephews, Gary Wolfe and Jim (Denise) Dutey; and two sisters-in-law, Pat Wolfe and Pearl Wolfe.

The Order of Eastern Star service and funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home, 518 S. 6th St., Ironton, with Pastor Brad Jenkins officiating. Visitation will be from noon until the time of the service at the funeral home.

At the conclusion of the service, a funeral procession will take Mrs. Melvin to Woodland Cemetery for a committal service and burial.

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William Winters

Oct. 27, 1929 — Aug. 27, 2019

William (Bill) Lester Winters, 89, of Deering, went to be with our Lord on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019 at St. Mary’s Trauma Center.

He was born Oct. 27, 1929 to the late Harold  and Mabel Baker Winters. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Mollie Jeanne Sperry Winters; two sisters, Pauline Williams and Phyllis Williams.

He is survived by one daughter, Deborah (Jerry) Webb, of South Point; and one son, Dale (Donna) Winters, of Deering; two grandchildren, Dr. Nic (Toni) Winters, of Evansville, Indiana, and Megan (David) Zane, of Kettering; four great grandchildren, Grace, Emma and Mia Winters, and Evie Zane; two sisters, Kathryn (Harvey) Lang, of West Winfield, New York, and Ann Douglas, of South Point; and several nieces and nephews.

The family extends a very special thanks to his caregiver, Brenda Perkey. Bill was a member of Ice Creek Baptist Church where he served as deacon, trustee and assistant treasurer. He graduated from Ironton High School and retired from Barrett’s Allied Chemical.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Friday at O’Keefe-Baker Funeral Home. Funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Highland Memorial Gardens in South Point, with Todd Warner and Harvey Lange officiating.

Barbara Wolford

July 3, 1944—Aug. 24, 2019

Barbara “Diann” Wolford, 75, originally from Clarksburg, West Virginia, passed away on Aug. 24, 2019 at her home in Maryville, Tennessee.

Diann was born in Clarksburg, West Virginia to Jack Richard Whitney and Barbara Lucille Whitney (Jarrett) on July 3, 1944. She graduated from Roosevelt-Wilson High School in Clarksburg and later earned her bachelor’s degree in education at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia.

Diann spent her teaching career at Rock Hill High School in Ironton. She spoke often of her teaching years at Rock Hill and the close relationships she had with fellow teachers, administrators and, of course, her beloved students — many of which she remained in close contact with up until her death.

Diann was an avid reader and loved to learn, but she also had a passion for European culture, having made several trips throughout Europe with her French and Spanish students at Rock Hill. Diann had a wonderful sense of humor and was a trusted friend to many. She was a member at East Clarksburg Baptist Church in Clarksburg, West Virginia and often attended a Bible study at First United Methodist Church of Maryville, where she developed a small group of dear friends.

Diann is preceded in death by her father, Jack Richard Whitney; mother, Barbara Lucille Whitney (Jarrett); and brother, Jack Richard “Dick” Whitney II.

She is survived by her son, Christopher Wolford; his wife, Lisa Wolford; and grandchildren, Cameron Wolford, Blair Wolford and Karly Wolford, all of Maryville, Tennessee. She will also be missed by her closest friends, Delma McComis, Karen Hensen, Dorothy Turner, Lou Jarboe and her dedicated caregiver, Debbie O’Neal.

Visitation will be held between 5-7 p.m. Friday in the Trinity Chapel at Smith’s Mortuary in Maryville. A memorial service will follow at 7 p.m. Friday, with Rev. Zad Tomberlin officiating.
Smith Funeral & Cremation Service, Maryville, 865-983-1000,