Obituaries – 2/13/2020

Published 8:07 am Thursday, February 13, 2020

John Wolfe III

Feb. 24, 1939–Feb. 10, 2020

John H. Wolfe III, 80, of Ironton, passed away peacefully Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, at his residence.

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Mr. Wolfe was born Feb. 24, 1939, in Ironton, a son to the late John H. “Jack” and Dorothy (Worman) Wolfe. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Janice Ann “Jan” Jones Wolfe, whom he married April 5, 1962.

John, or “Wolfie,” was a 1957 graduate of Ironton High School, Ohio University in 1961 and later, The Ohio State University School of Law. John was a United States Navy Vietnam War veteran, serving as a lieutenant on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Hornet of the Pacific Naval Fleet.

He retired after 47 years as a lawyer, most recently with Wolfe & Bentley. Throughout his career, John was a zealous advocate for his clients and causes. He also served as part-time judge for the Ironton Municipal Courts. Early in his career, John also served as an assistant prosecutor. For a short time, he even managed Jack Wolfe Chevrolet.

John was extraordinarily active in his community and he left a lasting legacy, including 45 years of service with the Ironton Tiger Clan athletic boosters. He also served eight years on the Ironton City School Board. John sponsored many local adult and youth sports teams, including softball and Gus Macker 3-on-3 teams. He was also a member of Christ Episcopal Church, Ironton VFW Post #8850, American Legion, Bellefonte Country Club and a trustee of Ironton Elks #177. John organized Ohio Council for Local Judges, Tanks Memorial Stadium renovations and Peoples Law School at OUS. He served on the Boards of Citizen’s National Bank, Collins Career Center Advisory Board and Campfire Girls.

John also received an O.H.S.A.A. State Award in 2014 for his tireless Tiger Clan service and he was proudly inducted into to the IHS Athletic Hall Of Fame in 2016.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, John H. “Jay” Wolfe IV and wife, Kelly, of Galena, and Douglas V. Wolfe and wife, Sarah Posner, of Bethesda, Maryland; three grandchildren, Madison Wolfe, Carly Wolfe and Nathan Wolfe; and a sister, Mary Alice Wolfe Riley, of Louisville, Kentucky. All of them loved Wolfie very much.

The Wolfe family will receive friends on Friday from 5–7 p.m. at the Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home, 518 S. Sixth St., Ironton. A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Christ Episcopal Church, 501 Park Ave., Ironton, with Rev. Sallie Schisler officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the Wolfe family ask that donations be made to the John Wolfe Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Citizens Deposit Bank, P.O. Box 95, Ironton, OH 45638.

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Teresa McCollister

Aug. 6, 1951– Feb. 9, 2020

Teresa Ann McCollister went home Feb. 9, 2020.

She was born in Ironton, on Aug. 6, 1951, to Joseph Randall McCollister and Erma Katherine McGraw. Preceded in death by her mother; brother, Randy McCollister; nephew, Cory Ferguson; and niece, Harmony Ferguson.

She is survived by son, Michael Scott Dole; father; and sisters, Lori (James) Cannan, Brenda (Sidney) Stover and Amy McCollister; and nephews, Bryan and Brandon Ferguson and Chris Cannan.

Her ashes will be scattered in the Ohio River near her hometown of Ironton.

Should you wish to contribute in Terry’s honor, please send donations to SOS of Ohio, 3121 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43204, a non-profit clinic which provides discount veterinarian services. Contact them online at or at 614-396-8707.

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William Patterson

June 6, 1940–Feb. 12, 2020

William Robert Patterson, 79, of Coal Grove, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, at Kings Daughters Medical Center, Ashland, Kentucky.

Mr. Patterson was born June 6, 1940, in Lawrence County, a son of the late Stanley and Audrey (Clay) Patterson. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Willa D. Campbell Patterson, who passed away Nov. 29, 1968.

Mr. Patterson was a graduate of Coal Grove High School and was a retired laborer for Ironton Iron.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Clay, John and Frank Patterson; and three sisters, Doris “Dot” Wilson, Juanita Roberts and Nan Byers.

He is survived by daughter, Sherry (Steve) Nance, of Coal Grove; son, William Dale (Tammy) Patterson, of Williamson, West Virginia; grandchildren, Jonlee Boggs, of Huntington, West Virginia and Deanna M. Boggs, of California; great-grandchildren, Jonas Otta and Darrien Otta, of Coal Grove.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Phillips Funeral Home, 1004 S. Seventh St., Ironton, with Dr. Kevin Willis officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Gardens and visitation will be Saturday, 5–7 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Lloyd Shope

Lloyd Ray Shope, 85, of Ironton, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, at Harbor Health Care Center, Ironton.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Phillips Funeral Home, 1004 S. Seventh St., Ironton, with Pastor Matt Dillon officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery with military gravesite provided by the VFW Post #8850.Visitation will be Friday from 11:30 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home.

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Larry Marcum

Larry R. Marcum, 79, of South Point, formerly of Lincoln County, West Virginia, died on Feb. 10, 2020.

He is survived by his wife, Vivian Elkins Marcum.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at McGhee-Handley Funeral Home, West Hamlin, West Virginia, with Pastor Larry R. Sanders officiating. The burial will follow in the Sanders Cemetery, Branchland, West Virginia. A visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral.

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Joe Thompson

Joe W. Thompson, 91, of Hillsboro, formerly of Ironton, died, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, at Thomson-Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore, Kentucky.

He is survived by his wife, Faye Thompson.

A celebration of his life will be held 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Northview Baptist Church in Hillsboro. Visitation will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the church. Burial, with military honors presented by the Highland County Veterans Honor Guard, will follow at the convenience of the family in the Hillsboro Cemetery.

The Turner and Son Funeral Home is serving the family.

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