Obituaries – 7/21/2020

Published 10:38 am Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Millard Ratcliff

Millard Carlos Ratcliff, 92, of Proctorville, died Saturday, July 18, 2020, at Wyngate at RiversEdge, Proctorville.


He is survived by his wife, Ann Parsley Ratcliff.


Visitation will be held 6–8 p.m. Friday, July 24, 2020 at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville. Burial will be at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.


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Christopher Leffingwell

Christopher “Shaggy” Leffingwell, 37, of South Point, died on Monday, July 20, 2020 at his mother’s home.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville, with Pastor Ronnie Tyree officiating. Burial will follow the service at Miller Memorial Gardens, Miller. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.


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Spencer Jeffries

Spencer Lee Jeffries, 74, of Huntington, West Virginia, died April 12, 2020 at Sanctuary of Ohio Valley.


There will be a graveside service at noon on Thursday at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Northeast, 100 Memorial Drive, Grayson, Kentucky, with military honors presented by VFW Post 93 of Kenova and Brother Chad Pemberton officiating.


Phillips Funeral Home 1004 S. Seventh St., Ironton, is assisting with arrangements.


Beulah Shepherd

Beulah R. Shepherd, 89, of Gallipolis, died on Monday, July 20, 2020, at Holzer Medical Center.


A graveside service will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday at Flagsprings Cemetery. Friends may call prior to the graveside on Thursday from 11—11:45 a.m. at Willis Funeral Home.


Social distancing guidelines will be practiced, and face masks are recommended.


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Patricia Holtzapfel

Patricia Ann Layne Holtzapfel, 80, of Ironton, died Monday, July 20, 2020, at Community Hospice Care Center, Ashland, Kentucky.


She is survived by her husband, Lawrence “Larry” O. Holtzapfel.


A funeral mass will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 501 Chestnut St., Ironton, with Father David Huffman and Pastor Eric Barnes officiating. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Coal Grove.

Visitation will be Thursday, 10–10:45 a.m. at the funeral home.


Donations may be made in Patricia’s memory to St. Joseph Catholic Schools, 912 S. 6th Street, Ironton, 45638 or Community Hospice Care Center, 2330 Pollard Road, Ashland, KY 41101.
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Thomas Simmons

Thomas Lee Simmons, 39, of Arabia, died July 18, 2020, due to a motorcycle accident, at Saint Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington, West Virginia.


He is survived by his wife, Alicia (Clark) Simmons.


Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Phillips Funeral Home, 1004 S. Seventh St., Ironton, with Elder Kenny Waller officiating. Visitation will be 6–8 p.m. Thursday and Friday from noon until the time of the service at the funeral home.


Phillips Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements during this difficult time.


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