Views from social media: Heath remembered for integrity and personality

Published 12:00 am Friday, February 3, 2023

Tributes poured into our Facebook page for former Ironton Tribune reporter and freelance writer Benita Heath, who died Jan. 20 after a short illness.

Here are some of the comments we received:

“She was a wonderful lady and wonderful reporter! I hate to hear this!”

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— Juli Stephens, former field representative for U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio

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“Sad to hear! Always treated me with the most respect.”

— Freddie Hayes Jr., Lawrence County Senior Center coordinator and former Lawrence County Commission president

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“So sad. She was a great lady and treated everyone well.”

— Chris Kline, former Lawrence County deputy auditor

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“A fantastic journalist who always wanted to get it ‘right.’ I loved talking to her about the nuance of law: she didn’t want to just get it factually correct, but wanted the whole picture to be shown.”

— Mark K. McCown, Ironton attorney and Tribune community columnist

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“What a loss! My condolences to her family and friends.”

— Traci Tillis, former Ohio University Southern director of marketing

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“Benita was a great person and a wonderful reporter. I always loved working with her.”

— Jason Stephens, Ohio speaker of the House and state representative for the 90th Disctrict