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Obituaries – 1/25/2020

Frederick Compston

Frederick Gene Compston, 85, of Mechanicsville, Virginia, formerly of Ironton, went to be with the Lord, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Joyce Compston and is survived by three children, Melissa Startley (Tim), Scott Compston (Lisa), and Melinda Gragg (Jeff); 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Reva Ruthruff and Bernadine Compston; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Fred was a U.S. Air Force Korean War veteran and retired after 32 years of service with CSX Transportation.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020 at Fairmount Christian Church, 6502 Creighton Rd., Mechanicsville, Virginia. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to City Welfare Mission, 710 N. Fifth St., Ironton.


Deborah Barker

Deborah S. Barker, 63 of Pedro, died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 in the Ohio State Medical Center, Ross Heart Institute, Columbus.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Terry Barker, of Pedro.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at C3 Church, South Point. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at C3 Church. Burial will follow at the Lawrence Furnace Cemetery.

Henson & Kitchen Mortuary, Huntington, WV is caring for the family. Online condolences and memories may be shared with the family by visiting www.hensonandkitchen.com.

Patricia Kay Rowe

April 21, 1965 – Jan. 11, 2020

Patricia Kay Rowe, 54, of Kitts Hill, passed away at her residence on Jan. 11, 2020 under palliative/Hospice care.

She was preceded in death by her father, Jack Lee Bunker; mother, Loretta Kay (Ashurts) Bunker; and brother, Richard Lee Bunker.

Survivors include her husband of 37 years, Jerry E. Rowe; sister, Michelle Bunk Pancake; niece, Taylor Rae (Tony) Wilson; great-niece, Ava Wilson; niece, Tori Leigh Pancake; great-nephew, Carter Pancake; and an untold number of children’s lives she touched throughout her lifetime.

She was a 1984 graduate of Rock Hill High School. She was a double lunch transplant recipient on May 13, 2016 and, at the request of Ohio State University Lung Transplant Team, at her death, the lungs were returned for future science study.

She has donated her body to the Ohio State University College of Medicine and Anatomical Research and, because of this delay, there will be a spring celebration of her Life to be announced at a later date.

She was a florist and the blooming of springtime flowers was her most favorite time of year.

Carolyn McMackin

May 29, 1966 — Jan. 22, 2020

Carolyn “Cakie” Rose McMackin, 53, of Ironton, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 at Ohio State Wexler Medical Center, Columbus.

The Lawrence County, Ohio native was born May 29, 1966, a daughter of the late Harry “Fuzzy” and Mary Melissa (Shafer) McMackin.

Carolyn was a 1984 graduate of Ironton High School, and attended Rio Grande University. She was the 1984 recipient of the Dr. John Dole Award at Ironton High School for earning 12 varsity letters during her high school career in basketball, softball and volleyball. She was an employee for the Vertiv Corporation in Ironton and was of the Catholic faith. She was a member and former secretary of the Ironton Elks #177, was active in several Women’s Softball Leagues and enjoyed clogging.

She is survived by a brother and sister-in-law: Patrick Charles and LaDona (Evans) McMackin, of Ironton; two nieces and a nephew: Karlee McMackin of Lexington, Kentucky, Ashton McMackin, and Evan McMackin, both of Ironton; two aunts: Rita Blair and Carolyn Rose (Everett) Reeves, both of Ironton; uncle: Tom (Becky) Shafer, of Phoenix, Arizona; several cousins and many friends

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Monday and 10-11 a.m. Tuesday at Phillips Funeral Home, 1004 S. Seventh St., Ironton. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Phillips Funeral Home, with Pastor Steve Harvey officiating. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery.

To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.phillipsfuneralhome.net.

Oscar Gannon, Sr.

March 20, 1924 — Jan. 23, 2020

Oscar Gannon, Sr., 95, of Rock Holler, passed away Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, at Community Hospice Care Center, Ashland, Kentucky.

Mr. Gannon was born March 20, 1924, a son to the late James and Grace (Jones) Gannon. He was also preceded in death by his loving wife of 59-plus years, Mary Frances Gannon, whom he married Dec. 24, 1959.

Mr. Gannon was a honorary 2016 graduate from Rock Hill Schools and was a World War II U.S. Army Veteran. He worked with iron at the Dayton Malleable Company for many years and was a member of Ohio Furnace Church.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a grandson, James Matthew Triplett; five sisters, Edith (Orville) Zornes, Mildred Gannon, Helen (Donald) Denison, Leola (Henry) Hall and Betty Cron; and a brother, Siro “Viola” Gannon.

He is survived by a son, Oscar Gannon, Jr.; two daughters, Rebecca (Wilford) Blizzard and Lisa (Walter) Dial; two brothers, Frank (Henrietta) Gannon, of Ironton, and Gary (Patricia) Gannon, of Franklin Furnace; one sister, Wanda (Paul) Schwab, of Ironton; as well as 16 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and a host of extended family.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday at Phillips Funeral Home, 1004 S. Seventh St., Ironton, with grandson, Pastor Nelson Klaiber, officiating. Military rights will be provided by VFW Post 8850 from Ironton. Visitation will be 3-5 Sunday at the funeral home.

Family would like to make donations to Community Hospice Care Center, 2330 Pollard Rd, Ashland Kentucky, 41101. To offer the Gannon family condolences, please visit: www.phillipsfuneralhome.net.