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Obituaries – 5/21/2020

David Vogelsong

Feb. 26, 1953–May 19, 2020


David Wayne Vogelsong, 67, of Ironton, passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at King’s Daughters Medical Center.


The Ironton native was born Feb. 26, 1953, the son of the late Wayne and Josephine Crown Vogelsong.


He is survived by his loving wife, Tammy Tipton Vogelsong, whom he married Sept. 19, 1987.


Dave was a 1971 graduate of Ironton High School and a United States Army veteran. He was a former operator for Dow Chemical, retiring in 2009 after 30 years of service. He then followed in his father’s footsteps and became a member of the Phillips Funeral Home family and was well known for driving the hearse on most funerals.


He was a lifelong fisherman, outdoorsman, hunter, Eagle Scout and a member of the Free and Accepted Mason’s Lodge #198 in Ironton. He was an avid Ironton Tigers and Ohio State Buckeyes fan. He was also a member and huge supporter of his church, First Baptist of Ironton.


In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a stepmother, Lucille Gibson Vogelsong;.


In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Whitney Vogelsong and Madison Vogelsong (Logan) Barcus, both of Ironton; a son, Tyler (Brittany) Whaley, of Ashland, Kentucky; parents-in-law, Tommy and Dotty Tipton, of Ironton; three sisters-in-law, Kim Tipton (Larry Day), Missy (Ron) Leonard, and Angie Tipton; grandchildren, Emme and Lyla Whaley; niece and nephew, Brett and Danielle Leonard; and special lifelong friends, Rick and Roxanne Robinson.


Funeral services will be noon Saturday at First Baptist Church in Ironton. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Military Rites will be provided by VFW Post #8850.


Donations may be made to First Baptist Church, Operation Christmas Child c/o First Baptist Church, 304 South 5th Street Ironton, Ohio 45638.


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



Betty Woodruff

Feb. 9, 1934–May 19, 2020


Betty Lou Woodruff, 86, of South Point, passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington, West Virginia.


Mrs. Woodruff was born Feb. 9, 1934 in South Point, a daughter to the late Haskell and Rena Melvina “Mellie” (Moore) Lynd.


She was also preceded in death by her husband, Phillip Woodruff, who passed away May 18, 1985.


Betty was a graduate of South Point High School and was a retired sales clerk for Wal-Mart in South Point. She was a long-standing member of Solida Baptist Church.


In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Garland Lynd and William Lynd; and three sisters, Freda Bowman, Evelyn Cochran, and Melba Cochran.


She is survived by two daughters, Lisa (Paul) Kuehne and Brenda (Monte) Carico; son, Larry Woodruff; granddaughter, Lacey (Allen) Catherwood; four grandsons, Zach (Danielle) Carico, Matthew (Teresa) Kuehne, Seth (Amanda) Kuehne and Drew Kuehne; two sisters, Garnet Woodruff and Alice Bennett; and ten great grandchildren.


There will be a private graveside service for the family.


Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home, 518 S. Sixth St., Ironton, will be assisting the family with the service.


To offer the Woodruff family condolences and to view Betty’s tribute video, please visit www.tracybrammerfh.com



Gretta Wilson

Dec. 31, 1923–May 20, 2020


Gretta Jeanne (Rice) Wilson, 96, of Ironton, passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at Close to Home III, where she had lived for the past five and half years.


The Point Pleasant, West Virginia native was born Dec. 31, 1923, to the late Virgil O. and Ora (Jones) Rice.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Elwood E. Wilson Sr., they were married 69 1/2 years.

Mrs. Wilson was a graduate of Point Pleasant High School Class of 1941 and a member of First Baptist Church in Ironton.


In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by five brothers, Harold, Sam, Ode, Jack and Dick Rice; and a sister, Ilah Barnett.


She is survived by her daughter, Jacque Lynn (Howard) Wilson; son, Elwood E. (Amber) Wilson Jr.; grandchildren, Adam H. Wilson, Amy (Les) Davisson, of Ironton; and Jessa (Guy) Parker, of Huntington, West Virginia; great-grandchildren, Luke Davisson and Madelyn Parker; step-grandchildren, Jennifer (Ben) Jitima and Aaron Callicoat; step-greatgrandsons, Jakob, Jackson and Jarrett Jitima and Braydon Scott; a sister, Lucy Cullen; and sister-in-law, Sadie Rice, of Point Pleasant


There will be a private family grave service at Woodland Cemetery on Friday with Pastor Eric Barnes officiating. Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home, 518 S. Sixth St., Ironton, is assisting the family with arrangements.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church Faith and Fitness Center, 304 S, Fifth Street, Ironton, Ohio 45638 and/or Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Ave., Ashland, Kentucky 41101.



Philip Norris

April 27, 1963– May 20, 2020


Philip Lee Norris, 57, of Coal Grove, passed away May 20, 2020, at Cabell Huntington Hospital, West Virginia.


Philip was born April 27, 1963 in Lawrence County, a son to Elmer R. and Virginia (Morgan) Norris.

Philip was a 1981 graduate of Coal Grove High School.


He was a self-employed lawn care specialist and former employee of Quality Spray Foam Insulation in Wheelersburg.


Philip enjoyed being outdoors and doing yard work.


He was a member of Sugar Creek Missionary Baptist Church.


He was preceded in death by a brother, Brian Norris; and special friend, Mary Ferguson.


In addition to his parents, he is survived by daughter, Samantha Norris, of Gatlinburg, Tennessee; two brothers, Timothy Norris and Mike Norris; and seven grandchildren.


Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Highland Memorial Garden Cemetery in South Point, with Pastor Mike Long officiating. There will be no public visitation.


Phillips Funeral Home, 1004 S. Seventh St., Ironton, is honored to assist the family with arrangements.


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



Gertrude Classing

May 19, 1925–May 20, 2020


Gertrude Noe Classing, 95, of Ironton, died May 20, 2020. She was a native of Ironton, Ohio; and was born May 19, 1925 a daughter to the late Lillian and J.R. Noe.


She was the wife of Emmett A. Classing. They were married April 12, 1952 and enjoyed 53 years together.


She was a retired telephone operator at Ashland Oil, Inc., with 39 years of service.


She was a charter member of the Arcoettes Club of Ashland Oil and a member of the Ashland Oil Retirees Club.


She was a member of Christ Episcopal Church of Ironton, where she was E.C.W. president and a member of the Altter Guild.


She graduated in 1943 from Ironton High School.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Emmett; and a brother, Roland E. Noe.


She is survived by a sister-in-law, Juantia Noe, of Gallipolis; three nephews and their wives; Michel and Linda Noe, of Gallipolis, James and Jane Noe, of Gallipolis and Bill and Mary Noe, of Pickerington; one great-niece, Amy Noe, of Gallipolis; and four great-nephews, Andy Noe, of Gallipolis, Jeremy and Jason Noe, of Pickerington, and Michael Noe II, of Gallipolis.


There will be no public visitation. A private graveside service will be held under the direction of Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home, 518 S. Sixth St., Ironton, with Rev. Sally Schisler officiating in Woodland Cemetery.


Memorial donations may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, 501 Park Ave., Ironton, Ohio 45638.


To offer the Classing family condolences, please visit: www.tracybrammerfh.com