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Obituaries – 4/16/2020

John Galloway

Aug. 28, 1940–April 9, 2020


John William Galloway was born in Bellaire, Aug. 28, 1940 and was the only child of William Donald and Helen Margaret McGraw Galloway. From that day forward, he was the pride and joy of their lives.

They lived in Bellaire until John was 14, then moved to Gallipolis, where in 1958, he graduated from Gallia Academy High School. Through these years, he nurtured his love for Corvettes, speed and street racing.

He then enrolled at Ohio University Athens and, in 1962, he graduated. Shortly thereafter, he married Mary Ann Prindle.

He initially worked for Marietta Manufacturing Co. in Point Pleasant. While there, he was a part of manufacturing two Oceanographic ships, which he accompanied to Mobile, Alabama for their sea trials.

In 1964, he found employment at the Ashland Works of Armco Steel Corp. There, he worked on many projects, including the building of the B0 Shop and the #3 coating line. In 1977 he developed and patented, under Armco’s name, Patent #4007750, the Continuous Sheet Pickling Apparatus. He retired from AK Steel in 1990.

He was an Eagle Scout, Order of the Arrow (Ordeal) and continued his interest in Scouting in his adult life as a merit badge counselor, assistant scout master for South Point Troop 115 and was committee chairperson for the troop. He also served on district committees. Whenever the opportunity presented itself to support Scouting, he was ready to help in any way he could.

He was a community supporter being involved in The Tri-State Fair and Regatta boat races and festivals. He supported local youth athletic programs, academic scholarships and soap box derby races. He especially enjoyed and supported the Lawrence County 4-H program.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church, serving in leadership in several local Ohio UM congregations. These leadership roles included ad council board member and chair, scout representative, usher, and building chair for the South Point UMC. He was a Christian.

In 1990, John and his two sons organized Big G, Inc., beginning business as Pickett Concrete. Along the way, the three of them grew the concrete business from one plant to three, multiple concrete trucks and over the road material haulers. They also began doing business as Concrete Poured Walls and Premier Precast Products, with 45 employees.

John was a past chairman and trustee for the Ohio Concrete Association, a member of the Greater Lawrence Area County Chamber of Commerce and was a member and trustee for the Lawrence Economic Development Corp. He also served on the Ohio University Southern board of directors.

John went home to His Lord April 9, 2020, at St. Mary’s Medical Center.

He was preceded in death by his parents; youngest son, Todd, his in-laws, Martha and Bill Prindle; and brother-in-law Jerry Kirk.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, MaryAnn Prindle Galloway; one son, James W. Galloway and wife, Beth; and his daughter-in-law, Jennifer Reed Galloway.

Also left to grieve are six grandchildren, the pride and joy of his life; E. Brooke, Joseph S., Andrea A., Anna G., J. Reed and John R. “Jack” Galloway; his sister-in-law, who was instrumental in the early success of Pickett Concrete, Judy Kirk, who lives in Dayton, along with her sons and their families, Robert (Mary) and Philip (Elizabeth) Kirk and their children, who also grieve for John; his first cousins, John C. Archer (Jean), Marlise Galloway Bunsold (William) and Mark Galloway.

Slack and Wallace Funeral Home, South Point is assisting the family with arrangements.

Due to the problems and concerns from the COVID-19 virus, there will be no services at this time. Notification of the date and time of a memorial service will be posted on the funeral home website.

In lieu of flowers, direct your blessings to Ohio University Southern, 1804 Liberty Ave, Ironton, OH 45638, New Hope United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 405, Proctorville, OH 45669, or the Ashland Area Emmaus Community, South Ashland United Methodist Church, 2203 29th Street, Ashland, KY 41101.

Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.slackandwallace.com.


Shirley Stapleton

Jan. 29, 1947–April 15, 2020


Shirley Ann Stapleton, 73, of Ironton, passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2020, at King’s Daughter’s Medical Center in Ashland, Kentucky.

The Ironton native was born Jan. 29, 1947, the daughter of the late James E. Porter and Gertrude Hall Bowling. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Stapleton Sr., who passed away in 2011.

Shirley attended Pedro Schools and was a homemaker. She loved fishing, picking blackberries, canning food, gardening, squirrel hunting and raising her children and grandchildren. She also loved attending her church, Pine Grove Free Will Baptist, where she was a member for close to 50 years.

In addition to her husband and parents, Shirley was preceded in death by a sister, Erma Jean Bowling; granddaughter, Ashley Lewis; son-in-law, James Monroe Sparks; and a niece, Leeann Bowling.

She is survived by two sisters, Geraldine Stark, of Kentucky and Marcella Porter, of Columbus; a brother, James Porter, of Ironton; seven sons, Charles Stapleton, Jr., Chris Stapleton, Estil (Bonita) Stapleton, Matthew (Jonda Null) Stapleton, Daniel Stapleton, Jimbo (Amanda) Stapleton and Micheal (Callie) Wilson; eight daughters, Daytona Sparks, Angie (Rick) Lewis, Stella (Jim) Yates, Victoria (Bud) Bates, Daisy Stapleton, Ella Stapleton, Avanella (Gary) Stapleton, and Loretta (Johnny Keaton, Jr.) Stapleton; 36 grandchildren; and 42 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 18, 2020, in the Stapleton Family Cemetery, 582 Twp. Rd. 343 Ironton, with Pastor Kelly Stapleton officiating.

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



Sheryl Stevens

Sheryl A. Stevens, 51, of Ironton, died Wednesday, April 15, 2020, at Kings Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, Kentucky.

She is survived by her husband of thirty-four years, William “Doug” Stevens.

Phillips Funeral Home is assisting the family, at this time there are no services scheduled.

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