Our Obituaries

Pearl Eugene "Red" Hutchinson

January 7, 1929 - November 26, 2017

Pearl Eugene "Red" Hutchinson, age 88, of Wellston, went to be with his Lord on Sunday morning, November 26, 2017 from his home, with his loving family beside him. He was born January 7, 1929 in Vinton County, Ohio, son of the late Arthur O. Hutchinson and Florence Donahue Hutchinson. Gene retired after 42 years from Napper Trucking and J-Mar Coal Trucking. All of his trucker friends called...
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William H. "Bill" (Miller) McGinnis, Sr.

May 25, 1941 - November 26, 2017

William H. "Bill" (Miller) McGinnis, Sr., age 76, of Wellston, passed away Sunday, November 26, 2017 at the Holzer Medical Center in Jackson, Ohio. He was born May 25, 1941 in New Boston, Ohio, son of the late James Raymond Kerns and Marcena Virginia McGinnis Denny. Bill was a veteran of the United States Navy who served his country during peace time. He was a former employee of Bellisio Foods...
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David Preston Leach, Jr.

May 24, 1959 - November 25, 2017

David Preston Leach Jr., 58, of Wellston, OH (formerly of Springfield), passed away on Saturday, November 25, 2017. He was born May 24, 1959, the son of David P. Leach, Sr. and Joann (Fremder) Leach. David loved the outdoors and he loved springtime. He called it the "season of rejuvenation". He was a 1977 graduate of Springfield SHS and worked as a roofer most of his life. He was preceded in...
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Martha Jane Gilliland

February 5, 1942 - November 22, 2017

Martha Jane Gilliland, age 75, of Wellston, passed away Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at the Holzer Medical Center in Jackson, Ohio. She was born February 5, 1942 in Wellston, Ohio to the late Luther L. Hartley and Marietta Margaret Morris Hartley. Martha was a 1960 graduate of Wellston High School. She retired from the Wellston City Schools, where she was employed as a school cook for 25 years...
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William E. "Bill" Hamon, Jr.

November 25, 1968 - November 17, 2017

William E. "Bill" Hamon, Jr., age 48 of McArthur, passed away Friday, November 17, 2017 at his home. He was born November 25, 1968 in Ripley, West Virginia to William E. Hamon, Sr. and Stella L. Myers Hamon. Bill was a 1986 graduate of Wellston High School. He enjoyed listening to music and spending time with his family and friends. Bill is survived by his mother, Stella Hamon (Doug Maddox);...
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Joanne R. Baribeau

November 17, 2017

Joanne R. Baribeau, age 78, of Wellston, passed away Friday, November 17, 2017 at Heartland of Jackson. She was born April 28, 1939 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, daughter of the late Burgess Baribeau and Marilyn Jackson Baribeau. Joanne was a homemaker and nanny who loved to socialize with her friends and family. She enjoyed reading and watching baseball games. Joanne was a member of the Sts....
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Delores "Dee" Fee

September 21, 1955 - November 13, 2017

Delores Wolford "Dee" Fee, age 62, of McArthur, passed away Monday, November 13, 2017 at the Holzer Medical Center in Jackson, Ohio. She was born September 21, 1955 in Pikeville, Kentucky to Jimmy Wolford and Christine Chaney Wolford. Dee was a former nursing assistant at Huston Nursing Home in Hamden. Her passion is life was her grandchildren, with whom she enjoyed spending as much time with...
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James Edward "Jim" Wilson

October 28, 1943 - November 13, 2017

James Edward "Jim" Wilson, age 74, of Wellston, passed away Monday, November 13, 2017 at the VA Medical Center in Chillicothe, Ohio. He was born October 28, 1943 in Berlin, Ohio to the late Rex A. Wilson and Lenora Lois McDaniel. Jim was a 1961 graduate of Wellston High School and a veteran of the United States Army, who served during the Vietnam era. He retired from the Wellston City Schools,...
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Kenyon Scott Stewart

February 16, 1969 - November 11, 2017

Kenyon Scott Stewart, age 48, of McArthur, passed away Saturday, November 11, 2017. He was born February 16, 1969 in Nelsonville, Ohio. Kenyon was the former owner and operator of Stewart's Garage, as well as being a truck driver, heavy equipment operator and construction worker. He was an avid music lover who enjoyed playing the guitar and drums and writing music. Kenyon, who was always...
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Francis Eugene "Gene" Thorne

October 10, 1936 - November 6, 2017

Francis Eugene "Gene" Thorne, age 81, a lifelong resident of Wellston, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, November 6, 2017 from the Holzer Medical Center in Gallipolis, Ohio. He was born October 10, 1936 in Wellston, Ohio to the late Andrew Francis Thorne and Helen L. Dempsey Thorne. Gene was a laborer who enjoyed music and playing the guitar. He loved animals, especially his cats. He...
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Grace D. "Pat" Puckett

April 4, 1944 - November 3, 2017

Grace D. "Pat" Molihan Puckett, age 73, of Hamden, passed away Friday, November 3, 2017 at her home. She was born April 4, 1944 in Dundas, Ohio, the daughter of the late James P. Molihan and Della May Boyer Molihan. Pat was a 1962 graduate of Hamden High School. She was a homemaker who enjoyed sewing, quilting and boating, but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family. Pat was a...
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Marilyn S. Ewing

October 15, 1934 - November 2, 2017

Marilyn S. Ewing, age 83, of Wellston, passed away Thursday morning, November 2, 2017 at Jenkins Care Community in Wellston. She was born October 15, 1934 in Rockbridge, Ohio, daughter of the late Ferdinand H. Gilland and Zella L. Taylor Gilland Myers. Marilyn was a loving mother and homemaker who loved spending time with her family. Although she could not read music, Marilyn was very...
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Ida K. Stevens

February 27, 1931 - November 1, 2017

Ida K. Stevens, age 86, of Wellston, passed away Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. She was born February 27, 1931 in Coal Township, Jackson County, Ohio, daughter of the late Albert Morgan Miller and Orpha Canter Miller. In her earlier years, Ida was an employee of Big Wheel in Jackson, as well as being a former certified E.M.T. for the E.M.S. for...
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Dorothy Ann Ray

February 5, 1928 - October 28, 2017

Dorothy Ann Ray, age 89, of Wellston, passed away Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. She was born February 5, 1928 in Jackson, Ohio to the late Raymond K. Brammer and Hazel B. Nye Brammer. Dorothy, 1946 graduate of Jackson High School, was a homemaker who enjoyed making crafts, needlework and reading. She was a member of the Hope United Methodist Church...
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Cindy L. Saltsman

November 27, 1958 - October 17, 2017

Cindy L. Saltsman, age 58, of Wellston, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, October 17, 2017. She passed on following complications from a successful heart transplant at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. Cindy and her family were, and always will be, grateful for the gift of her new heart and she always kept her donor's family in her prayers. ...
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Judy L Brady

January 24, 1943 - October 10, 2017

Judy E. Brady, age 74, of Wellston, was received into the loving embrace of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. She was born January 24, 1943 in Logan County, West Virginia. Judy, a loving homemaker, was a member of the New Covenant Worship Center and she enjoyed spending time with her family. She is survived by her children, Trudie Brown of Jackson, Robert Brady,...
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Mary L. Johnston

September 15, 1923 - October 8, 2017

Mary L. Johnston, age 94, of Wellston, passed away Sunday, October 8, 2017 at Four Winds Nursing Facility in Jackson. She was born September 15, 1923 in Lenawee County, Michigan to the late Charles Raymond "R.C." Johnston and Leila Mae Powell Johnston. Mary was a 1941 graduate of McArthur High School. She retired from Hercules Trouser Company in Wellston where she was a seamstress for over 40...
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Donald H. "Donnie" Bolen, Sr.

September 13, 1938 - October 5, 2017

Donald H. Bolen, Sr., age 79, of Jackson, passed away Thursday, October 5, 2017 at his home. He was born September 13, 1938 in Jackson, Ohio to the late Herbert Bolen and Juanita Landrum Bolen. Donnie was a 1957 graduate of Jackson High School and a veteran of the United States Army. Donnie, a very talented auto body repairman and detailer, was a former employee of Dallas Chevrolet and Randy...
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James L. "Jim" Bragg

June 2, 1941 - October 1, 2017

James L. "Jim" Bragg, age 76, of Coalton, passed away Sunday, October 1, 2017 at his home. He was born June 2, 1941 in Coalton, Ohio, son of the late Dwight Benjamin Bragg and Stella Catherine Gentil Bragg. Jim was a 1959 graduate of Coalton High School. He retired from Pillsbury, where he was employed for over 20 years as a maintenance worker. Jim enjoyed working with horses and working on...
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Eileen A. Walker

March 3, 1930 - September 30, 2017

Eileen A. Walker, age 87, of Wellston, passed away Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Four Winds Community in Jackson, Ohio. She was born March 3, 1930 in Wellston, Ohio to the late Truman E. Souders and Elizabeth Marie Ghearing Souders. Eileen was a 1948 graduate of Wellston High School. She was a loving wife, mother and homemaker who was a former secretary at Oths, Foley and Heiser in Wellston...
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Gary D. Brewer

May 9, 1948 - September 29, 2017

Gary D. Brewer, age 69, of Wellston, passed away Friday, September 29, 2017 at Edgewood Manor in Wellston. He was born May 9, 1948 in Gallipolis, Ohio to the late Archie Dewain Brewer and Lura Electa Hamrick Duffy. Gary was a welder at the former McNally Pittsburg Manufacturing in Wellston for several years, and he enjoyed fishing, hunting and visiting with his family. He is survived by 2 sons...
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Bruce Webb

August 20, 1945 - September 29, 2017

Bruce Webb, age 72, of Wellston, went home to be with his Lord on Friday, September 29, 2017. He was born August 20, 1945 in East Lynn, West Virginia to the late William Glen Webb and June Ferguson Webb. Bruce was a 1964 graduate of Jackson High School. He was a former maintenance electrician at Frick Gallagher Manufacturing in Wellston, where he was employed for 38 years. Following the...
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Jerry "Allen" Barnhill

January 19, 1990 - September 24, 2017

Jerry Allen Barnhill, age 27, of Wellston, passed away Sunday, September 24, 2017. He was born January 19, 1990 in Columbus, Ohio. Allen was a 2008 graduate of Wellston High School, where he was a member of the W.H.S. Wrestling Team and was honored for his wrestling abilities. Allen's idol was none other than WWE wrestler, Shawn Michaels. Along with wrestling, Allen enjoyed and was a fan of...
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Gary Keith "Dude" Davis

November 26, 1989 - September 21, 2017

Gary Keith "Dude" Davis, age 27, of Wellston, passed away Thursday, September 21, 2017 at his home. He was born November 26, 1989 in Chillicothe, Ohio to William E. Davis and Karen K. Cundiff Davis. Gary was a certified electrician who was formerly employed with Strike Construction. He enjoyed fishing, traveling, sky diving and scuba diving. Gary is survived by his parents, Bill and Karen...
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April Dawn Jeffries Arthur

April 21, 1976 - September 21, 2017

April Dawn Jeffries Arthur, age 41, of Thurman, passed away Thursday, September 21, 2017 at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. She was born April 21, 1976 in Gallipolis, Ohio to Michael D. Jeffries and Debra L. Edgington Jeffries. April was a 1994 graduate of Wellston High School and attended the University of Rio Grande. She was employed at A&A Truck Stop and was a former...
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Carl Richard "Rick" Browning

December 12, 1952 - September 21, 2017

Carl Richard "Rick" Browning, age 64, of Wellston, passed away Thursday, September 21, 2017 at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. He was born December 12, 1952 in Mingo County, West Virginia. Rick was a workaholic who enjoyed fishing and spending time with his grandchildren. He was a retired coal miner and a member of the Apostolic Deliverance Tabernacle in...
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Melvin Joseph "Joe" Mullins

October 9, 1968 - September 15, 2017

Melvin Joseph "Joe" Mullins, age 48, of New Plymouth, passed away Friday, September 15, 2017. He was born October 9, 1968 in Wayne County, West Virginia to the late Melvin Mullins and Mahalia Brewer Mullins. Joe was a 1987 graduate of Vinton County High School and he was employed with Precision Sitework Company. In his spare time Joe enjoyed hunting and fishing, but his passion was farming. ...
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Robert L. "Bob" Yates

September 25, 1929 - September 14, 2017

Robert Lee "Bob" Yates, age 87, of Wellston, passed away Thursday, September 14, 2017 at Jenkins Care Community in Wellston. He was born September 25, 1929 in Napoleon, Ohio to the late David S. Yates and Esther Dawson Yates. He retired from Columbia Gas where he was employed for 35 years and was a former member of the National Guard. Bob, a jokester, enjoyed fishing, coin collecting, old cars...
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Charles Michael "Mike" Zimmerman

September 19, 1949 - September 7, 2017

Charles Michael "Mike" Zimmerman, age 67, of Wellston, passed peacefully at his home on Thursday, September 7, 2017. He was born September 19, 1949 in Vinton County, Ohio to the late Charles R. Zimmerman and Dorothy I. Lee Zimmerman of Dundas. Mike was a 1967 graduate of Vinton County Consolidated High School and was a veteran of the United States Air Force who served during the Vietnam War. ...
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Ira Willam "Bill" Bryan

October 8, 1939 - September 3, 2017

Ira William "Bill" Bryan, age 77 of Byer, passed away Sunday, September 3, 2017 at the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He was born October 8, 1939 in Jackson County, Ohio to the late Walter W. Bryan and Loretta E. Leach Bryan. Bill was a 1957 graduate of Coalton High School. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War who retired from the military with 22 years of service to his...
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James L. "Jim" Wilbur

January 24, 1947 - September 3, 2017

James L. "Jim" Wilbur, age 70, of Wellston, passed away Sunday, September 3, 2017 at the Holzer Medical Center in Jackson, Ohio. He was born January 24, 1947 in Columbus, Ohio to the late Leroy Sullivan Wilbur and Frances Wylodean Brown Heading. Jim was a 1966 graduate of Wellston High School and a veteran of the United States Army. He was a former Corrections Officer at CCI for several years,...
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Leanna Sue Maxwell

September 18, 1997 - August 31, 2017

Leanna Sue Maxwell, age 19, of Wellston passed away Thursday, August 31, 2017 at the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Following her passing, Leanna gave the gift of life to someone else by being an organ donor. She was born September 18, 1997 in Gallipolis, Ohio. Leanna was a graduate of Wellston High School with the class of 2015. She enjoyed photography and taking selfies,...
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Dwight A. Pugh, Ph. D.

February 10, 1940 - August 29, 2017

Dr. Dwight A. Pugh, Ph. D., age 77, of Athens, passed away Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at his home. He was born February 10, 1940 in Glenroy, Ohio, son of the late Clifford and Stella Poole Pugh. Dwight was a 1958 graduate of Wellston High School and furthered his education by obtaining a Doctorate Degree in Psychology from the Ohio University. Dr. Pugh retired as a Professor of Finance at Ohio...
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Irene G. Clark

December 15, 1933 - August 25, 2017

Irene G. Clark, age 83, of Wellston, and a former resident of Middletown, passed away Friday, August 25, 2017 at Jenkins Care Community in Wellston. She was born in Baltimore, Maryland on December 15, 1933. Irene retired from the City of Middletown where she was employed for many years. She attended Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and enjoyed cheering on the Cincinnati Bengals and spending...
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Gladys Elizabeth "Nanny" Peoples

December 31, 1929 - August 22, 2017

Gladys Elizabeth "Nanny" Peoples, age 87, of Wellston, passed away Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at Jenkins Care Community in Wellston. She was born December 31, 1929 in Wellston, Ohio to the late James Lowell Dickerson and Charity Alice Griffis Dickerson. Gladys was a 1947 graduate of Wellston High School. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker. Years ago, Gladys was an employee...
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Eleanor L. Jolly

September 1, 1926 - August 20, 2017

Eleanor L. Jolly, age 90, of Wellston, passed away peacefully Sunday, August 20, 2017 at her home. She was born September 1, 1926 in Wellston, Ohio to the late Homer E. Jones and Edith M. Camink Jones. Eleanor was a 1944 graduate of Wellston High School and also a graduate of Springfield Business College. She was a secretary at the former McNally Pittsburg Manufacturing in Wellston, but most...
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Darrell W. Angles

April 28, 1955 - August 16, 2017

Darrell W. Angles, age 62, of Wellston, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at the Holzer Medical Center ER in Jackson, Ohio. He was born April 28, 1955 in Wellston, Ohio to the late Homer H. Angles, Jr. and Norma Jean Riffle Angles. Darrell was a 1973 graduate of Vinton County Consolidated High School. He was a former sales rep for both, Starr Electric and State Electric, for...
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Dale Allen McGill

March 30, 1935 - August 10, 2017

Dale Allen McGill, age 82, of Wellston, passed away Thursday, August 10, 2017 at his home. He was born March 30, 1935 in Washington County, Ohio to Leonard Dale McGill and Winnie Taylor McGill. Dale was a 1953 graduate of Rome-Canaan High School in Stewart, Ohio and was also a veteran of the United States Army who served during the Korean War. He retired from CSX Railroad where he was employed...
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Martin C. Mantz

December 27, 1952 - August 9, 2017

Martin C. Mantz, age 64, of Jackson, passed away Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at his home. He was born December 27, 1952 in Gallipolis, Ohio to the late Joseph Mantz, Sr. and Alice M. Cartwright Mantz. Martin was a graduate and valedictorian of Wellston High School class of 1971. He went on to graduate with honors from The Ohio State University School of Pharmacy. For many years Martin was...
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Juanita Marie Delaney

October 22, 1941 - August 9, 2017

Juanita Marie Delaney, age 75, formerly of Jackson, passed away Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at her home in Jamestown, Ohio. She was born October 22, 1941 in Jackson, Ohio, the daughter of the late Clifford Stephenson and Gladys Donaldson Stephenson. Juanita was a graduate of Bellefontaine High School and the Hocking Tech School of Nursing. She was a registered nurse who enjoyed knitting and...
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Robert D. "Bob" Pittenger

May 2, 1950 - August 6, 2017

Robert Daniel "Bob" Pittenger, age 67, of Wellston, passed away Sunday, August 6, 2017 at his home. He was born May 2, 1950 in Wellston, Ohio to the late Everett W. Pittenger and Wilma Burke Pittenger. Bob was a former security guard for G4S. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing and hunting, and was awesome at building model trains. Bob is survived by his daughter, Tammy Wadsworth (Kevin) of...
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Daniel "Allen" Griffith

April 16, 1932 - August 3, 2017

Daniel "Allen" Griffith, age 85, of Wellston, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 3, 2017 doing what he loved most, farming. He was born April 16, 1932 in Coalton, Ohio to the late Daniel Arthur Griffith and Oleta Clark Griffith. Allen was a Korean War Veteran serving in the U.S. Army. Allen was employed with McNally Pittsburg Manufacturing for 34 years and then later worked for...
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Frances L. "Fran" Alder

February 14, 1944 - August 2, 2017

Frances L. "Fran" Alder, age 73 of McArthur, passed away unexpectedly on August 2, 2017 at Grant Medical Center in Columbus. Born February 14, 1944, Fran was the daughter of Frank and Irene Heft. She is survived by her daughter Billilyn Davidson (Matt) of McArthur; son Frank Alder (Amanda) of McArthur; stepson Dan Alder (Jane) of Athens; grandchildren, Grace, Emma and Asa Davidson, Ella and Joey...
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Pamela L Perkins

July 27, 1955 - July 25, 2017

Pamela L. Perkins, age 61, of Wellston, passed away Tuesday morning, July 25, 2017 at her home. She was born July 27, 1955 in Wellston, Ohio to Dorcil G. Osborne and Dixie Lee Woodruff Osborne. Pam was a 1973 graduate of Wellston High School and a former employee of Speedway in Jackson, where she was employed for 17 years. She was a past member of the American Legion Post 371 Ladies Auxiliary...
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Carlton B Snedecor

March 13, 1921 - July 22, 2017

Carlton B. Snedecor, age 96, of Wellston, passed away peacefully Saturday morning, July 22, 2017 at Jenkins Care Community in Wellston, Ohio. He was born at home in Wellston on March 13, 1921 to the late Benjamin Franklin Snedecor and Leota M. Nichols Snedecor. Carlton was a 1939 graduate of Wellston High School and furthered his education by obtaining a Bachelors Degree in Business...
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John A. Carey, Sr.

July 11, 1936 - July 13, 2017

John A. Carey, Sr., age 81, of Jackson, passed away Thursday, July 13, 2017 at Edgewood Manor of Wellston. He was born July 11, 1936 in Wellston, Ohio to the late Joseph G. Carey and Virginia R. Schultz Carey. John was a 1954 graduate of Wellston High School. He was the owner and operator of Carey's Hauling for 50 years and a former employee of Frick-Gallagher Manufacturing in Wellston where...
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Terry Lee Pierce

March 19, 1957 - July 13, 2017

Terry Lee Pierce, age 60, of Jackson, passed away Thursday, July 13, 2017 at his home. He was born March 19, 1957 in Wellston, Ohio. Terry was a retired member of the International Brotherhood of Ohio Carpenters Local #356. He was an enthusiastic motorcyclist who enjoyed building, being outdoors and he loved his dogs. He was a member and past President of the Orphans Friend Lodge #275 F&AM in...
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Terry L. Ervin

October 29, 1956 - July 13, 2017

Terry L. Ervin, age 60, of Wellston, passed away Thursday, July 13, 2017 at his home. He was born October 29, 1956 in Wellston, Ohio to Orland Stanley Ervin, Sr. and Christine D. Trosple Ervin. Terry, a 1974 graduate of Wellston High School, retired in 1998 from the Ohio Department of Transportation where he was employed for over 20 years. Terry always enjoyed going hunting, 4-wheeling and...
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Randall "Randy" Bishop

January 9, 1957 - July 12, 2017

Randall L. "Randy" Bishop, age 60, of Wellston, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at the Holzer Medical Center in Jackson, Ohio. He was born January 9, 1957 in Columbus, Ohio to the late Carl Bishop and Verona VanBibber Bishop. Randy, a 1975 graduate of Wellston High School, was employed as a heavy equipment operator with Rumpke Waste, Inc. He was an avid gunsmith who enjoyed...
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Martha "Pat" Adams

August 20, 1932 - July 9, 2017

Martha A. "Pat" Adams, age 84, of Wellston, passed away Sunday, July 9, 2017 at her home. She was born August 20, 1932 in Wellston, Ohio to the late Luther D. Pittenger and Nellie Bartoe Pittenger. In addition to being a seamstress, Pat was a talented musician. She loved going around to area nursing homes and churches, singing and playing the organ and piano for the glory of God. Pat's life...
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Tiffany Faye Adkins

June 11, 1980 - July 6, 2017

Tiffany Faye Adkins, age 37, of Wellston, passed away Thursday, July 6, 2017 at the Holzer Medical Center in Jackson, Ohio. She was born June 11, 1980 in Orlando, Florida to Davey Delano Adkins and Pamela Rose Thompson. Tiffany enjoyed working outside in her flowers, but most of all, she loved her nieces and nephews and spending time with them and her family. She is survived by her father,...
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Maude Howard Logan

March 8, 1928 - July 6, 2017

Maude Howard Logan, age 89, of Wellston, passed away Thursday, July 6, 2017 at Jenkins Care Community in Wellston. She was born March 8, 1928 in Lawrence, Kentucky, daughter of the late Charles W. Blankenship and Jane Miller Blankenship. Maude, a loving wife, mother and homemaker, was also a former cook at area nursing facilities. She was a member of the Wellston Church of Christ. Maude is...
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Olive C. Gregory

October 13, 1932 - July 2, 2017

Olive C. Gregory, age 84, of Jackson, Ohio, passed away Sunday, July 2, 2017 at Edgewood Manor in Wellston, Ohio. She was born October 13, 1932 in Warrington, Cheshire, England, daughter of the late Stanley Cork and Harriett Evans Cork. Olive grew up in wartime (WWII) near Liverpool, England. She and her family survived bombings and food rations. She immigrated to the United States settling...
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Fern M. Gussler

May 9, 1940 - July 2, 2017

Fern Gussler, age 77 of Byer, passed away Sunday, July 2, 2017 at The Holzer Medical Center of Jackson. She was born May 9, 1940 in Jackson County, Ohio to the late Cecil and Sally McKenzie Rowland. Fern was a former dietician for Heartland of Jackson for more than 27 years. She was a faithful member of the Rt. 327 Holiness Church for 44 years. Fern enjoyed attending her church, spending time...
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Joyce Frame

May 9, 1933 - June 30, 2017

Joyce Frame, age 84 of Wellston, passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, June 30, 2017, following a short illness. Joyce is survived by her children, David Frame and Kimberly Frame, and her grandchildren; Honor Read, Cynthia Frame and David Frame; and her honorary grandchildren, Sierra, Katelyn and Savannah Wyatt. Additional family that survives include sister, Doris Null of Westerville,...
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Betty J. Coyle

March 28, 1929 - June 26, 2017

Betty J. Coyle, age 88, of Ray, passed away Monday, June 26, 2017 at Heartland of Chillicothe. She was born March 28, 1929 in Vinton County, Ohio to the late Charles Levi McFadden and Ethel Leona Rinehart McFadden. Betty, a 1947 graduate of Allensville High School, was a loving housewife and mother who enjoyed writing poetry and songs and spending time with her family. She was a member of the...
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James F. Tribby

February 15, 1937 - June 24, 2017

James F. Tribby, age 80, of Wellston, passed away Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Edgewood Manor in Wellston. He was born February 15, 1937 in Wellston, Ohio to the late Leonard Tribby and Delphia Marks Tribby. Jim was a 1956 graduate of Wellston High School. He was a proud veteran who served two tours of duty with the United States Navy during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Jim was a former employee...
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Norma Lee Holp

October 3, 1924 - June 23, 2017

Norma Lee Holp, age 92, of Jackson, passed away Friday, June 23, 2017 at Four Winds Community in Jackson. She was born October 3, 1924 in Dayton, Ohio to the late Orville D. Case and Helen Faye Kolp Case. Norma, a veteran of the United States Navy who served during WWII, was an avid supporter of veteran's associations including Paralyzed Veterans, Disabled American Veterans and the Veterans of...
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Ronald Allen Lindsey Jr.

December 11, 1974 - June 19, 2017

Ronald Allen Lindsey, Jr., age 42 of Wellston, passed away Monday, June 19, 2017 at his home. He was born December 11, 1974 in Columbus, Ohio. Ronnie was a former tow truck driver and construction worker. He was an avid Cleveland Browns fan who enjoyed working outdoors. Ronnie is survived by his mother, Gail Kennard Tipton of Dayton; wife, Amanda Shannon Lindsey of Wellston; children, Joshua...
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Betty Jean Barnett

September 30, 1936 - May 30, 2017

With a heavy heart, I will try to write the obituary of my dearly beloved mother. Betty Jean Mullins Barnett, age 80, of Hamden, was born September 30, 1936 in Jenkins, Kentucky. She left this earth on May 30, 2017 at the age of 80. She is preceded in death by her parents, John J. Mullins and Alberta "Bertie" Stewart Mullins; sister, Lenoris Baker, and grandson, Clinton. She was married to...
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Alma Davis Lavender

January 16, 1924 - May 21, 2017

Alma E. Lavender, age 93, of Cincinnati, and a former resident of Wellston, passed away Sunday, May 21, 2017 at Glendale Place in Cincinnati. She was born January 16, 1924 in Wellston, Ohio, the daughter of the late Carl S. Davis and Clara Maude Levering Davis. Alma was a 1941 graduate of Wellston High School. She was a loving wife and mother, as well as being a former employee of Perdue's...
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Jason Lee Steele, Sr.

August 5, 1973 - May 20, 2017

Jason Lee Steele, Sr., age 43 of West Blocton, Alabama, and a former resident of Wellston, passed away Saturday, May 20, 2017 at his home. He was born August 5, 1973 in Chillicothe, Ohio to Roger Randolph "Randy" Steele and Phyllis Robinson Steele. Jason worked for Southern Hauler in Calera, Alabama. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, hiking, rock hunting, derby cars, mushroom hunting and spending...
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Michelle Dutcher Miller

February 13, 1972 - May 20, 2017

Michelle Irene Dutcher Miller, age 45, of Hamden, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the Holzer Medical Center ER in Jackson, Ohio. She was born February 13, 1972 in Nelsonville, Ohio to William "Bub" Dutcher and Linda Jividen Dutcher Maerker. Michelle was a 1990 graduate of Vinton County High School. Michelle met the love of her life, Gary Miller, a Wellston guy, when she was...
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William Lee Howard

April 24, 1945 - May 19, 2017

William Lee "Billy" Howard, age 72, of Wellston, passed away Friday, May 19, 2017 at Edgewood Manor in Wellston where he had made his home for the past 37 years. He was born April 24, 1945 in Portsmouth, Ohio, son of the late Roy Howard and Laura Hazel Watts Howard. Billy Lee is survived by several cousins. He was preceded in death by his cousins, Ada Long, Earl Fout and Lou Christian. ...
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Joan Hollingshead Dunn

November 10, 1962 - May 18, 2017

Joan L. Hollingshead Dunn, age 54, of Wellston, passed away Thursday, May 18, 2017, at the home of her daughter. She was born November 10, 1962 in Marysville, Ohio to Richard D. Hollingshead, Sr. and Norma M. Weber Hollingshead. Joan was a 1981 graduate of Wellston High School and a 1996 graduate of Buckeye Hills School of Nursing. She was a Licensed Practical Nurse, a former substitute...
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Alan C. Arthur

April 9, 1955 - May 6, 2017

Alan C. Arthur, age 62, of Wellston, passed away Saturday, May 6, 2017 at his home. He was born April 9, 1955 in Columbus, Ohio to the late Cecil S. Arthur and Laura M. Coyle Arthur. Alan graduated from Wellston High School in the class of 1973 and then continued his education by attending Ohio University and Penn State School of Mining. Following in his parent' s footsteps, Alan was a former...
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Grace Spires

September 25, 1919 - April 27, 2017

Grace Spires, age 97, of Ewington, passed away Thursday, April 27, 2017 at the Holzer Senior Care Center in Bidwell, Ohio. She was born September 25, 1919 in Roane Co, West Virginia to the late Seldon B. Kincaid and Mary Herrald Kincaid. Grace, a former pastor's wife, was a loving homemaker, wife, mother and grandmother. She was an artist who enjoyed painting and writing poetry, as well as...
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Mildred Ann Hall

January 27, 1932 - April 26, 2017

Mildred Ann Hall, age 85, of Wellston, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. She was born January 27, 1932 in Pikeville, Kentucky to the late Andrew Jackson Hamilton and Octavia Keathley Hamilton. Mildred was a loving wife, mother and homemaker, who was a former certified preschool teacher with the Jackson County Head...
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Ernest L. Barney

October 17, 1928 - April 22, 2017

Ernest L. Barney, age 88, of McArthur, passed away Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. He was born October 17, 1928 in Allensville, Ohio to the late Elza Jacob Barney and Flossie Peck Barney. Ernie retired from Lake Hope State Park, where he was employed as a maintenance man for 15 years. He was a member of the Redman organization and he enjoyed rabbit...
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Louise Wilson

February 5, 1924 - April 19, 2017

Margaret Louise Wilson, age 93, of Wellston, passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at the Holzer Assisted Living in Jackson, Ohio. She was born February 5, 1924 in Wellston, Ohio, daughter of the late Clifford Converse Welch and Ada Marie Grady Welch. Louise was a 1942 graduate of Wellston High School. She was a former secretary and bookkeeper at Morrow Manufacturing Co., Buckeye Furnace...
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C.J. Nicholas

December 27, 1948 - April 12, 2017

Camille Joseph "C.J." Nicholas, age 68, of Wellston, passed away Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at his residence. He was born December 27, 1948 in Detroit, Michigan, son of the late Camille and Marie Joseph Nicholas. C.J. was a 1967 graduate of Wellston High School and attended Miami University. He was a local businessman, who most recently was the owner and operator of Hardwood Furniture and...
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Imogene Downard

February 16, 1928 - April 8, 2017

Irma Imogene Downard, age 89 of Seton Square, Wellston, passed away Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the Holzer Medical Center in Jackson, Ohio. She was born February 16, 1928 in Coalton, Ohio to the late Harry and Grace Dixon Lucas. Imogene was a 1946 graduate of Coalton High School. On August 10, 1946, she married George Edward Downard, to whom she was married for 40 years at the time of his death...
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Ila M. Compston

March 12, 1940 - April 8, 2017

Ila M. Compston, age 77, of Wellston, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio following a long, courageous battle with leukemia. She was born March 12, 1940 in Wellston, Ohio to the late Daniel Preston Ramsey and Mabel Marie Gray Ramsey. Ila retired in 2010 from Pillsbury, where she was employed for 17 years. She was a...
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William E. "Bill" Mulhern, Sr.

July 14, 1934 - April 5, 2017

William E. "Bill" Mulhern, Sr., age 82, of Wellston, passed away Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at the Cape Coral Hospital in Cape Coral, Florida. He was born July 14, 1934, in Wellston, Ohio, to the late James T. and Rose Young Mulhern. Bill was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps who served in the Korean War. For his sacrificial service to his country, Bill was the recipient of the...
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Wyladene Kay Cheatwood

October 21, 1938 - April 5, 2017

Wyladene Kay Cheatwood, age 78, of Wellston, passed away Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at her home. She was born October 21, 1938 in Wellston, Ohio to the late Lawrence Fitzgerald and Jenny Emmert Fitzgerald. Wyladene, a 1956 graduate of Wellston High School, retired from General Mills where she was employed for many, many years. She attended the former Trinity United Methodist Church in Wellston...
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Herbert E. Ponn

July 2, 1939 - April 3, 2017

Herbert E. Ponn, age 77, of Wellston, passed away Monday, April 3, 2017 at Four Winds Community in Jackson, Ohio. He was born July 2, 1939 in Ewington, Ohio to the late Francis L. Ponn and Gladyse Marie Reed Ponn. Herb was a 1957 graduate of Wilton High School and was a veteran of the United States Air Force. He retired from the State of Ohio Department of Transportation where he was employed...
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Evelyn M. Butt

September 22, 1932 - April 1, 2017

Evelyn M. Butt, age 84, of Ray, passed away Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Four Winds Community in Jackson, Ohio. She was born September 22, 1932 in Vinton County, Ohio to the late Charles Levi McFadden and Ethel Leona Rinehart McFadden. Evelyn attended Allensville Schools and was a loving homemaker, mother, grandmother and sister. She enjoyed reading and attending flea markets, and she loved...
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Ray A. "Rosie" Spearry

June 29, 1925 - March 31, 2017

Ray A. "Rosie" Spearry, Sr., age 91, of Wellston, passed away Friday, March 31, 2017 at his home. He was born June 29, 1925 in Wellston, Ohio, son of the late Burt Leroy Spearry and Mabel Claire Buffington Spearry. Rosie was a former coal miner for Walton Coal Company and was also a former employee of RJ Reynolds and Pillsbury. He was a member of the Community Chapel Church of Christ in...
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Lance Wilson

July 5, 1945 - March 30, 2017

Lance Wilson, age 71, of Wellston, passed away Thursday, March 30, 2017 at Edgewood Manor of Wellston. He was born July 5, 1945 in Portsmouth, Ohio to the late James William Wilson and Florence Ruth Howard Wilson. Lance was a 1963 graduate of Hamilton Township High School and a 1970 graduate of Rio Grande College, where he received his Bachelor's degree. Lance, an educator, was formerly...
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Allan D. Brown

February 16, 1946 - March 23, 2017

Allan D. Brown, age 71, of Wellston, passed away suddenly on Thursday evening, March 23, 2017, doing what he loved to do, farming. He was born February 16, 1946 in Wellston, Ohio, to the late Wayne B. Brown and Avonelle D. Leasure Brown. Allan, a 1964 graduate of Coalton High School, was a veteran of the United States Army Reserves. He was a project engineer for the former McNally Pittsburg...
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Beulah M. Little

May 12, 1924 - March 20, 2017

Beulah M. Little, age 92, of Wellston, passed away Monday, March 20, 2017 at the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. She was born May 12, 1924 in Wolf Pit, Kentucky to the late Lonza J. Ratliff and Tennessee Kinney Ratliff. Beulah was the former owner and operator, along with her husband, of Little's Grocery in Hamden. She was a high school graduate who was proud of the fact that...
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Erma I. Sandy

July 18, 1922 - March 14, 2017

Erma I. Sandy, age 94, of Hamden, passed away Tuesday morning, March 14, 2017, at Jenkins Care Community in Wellston, Ohio. She was born July 18, 1922 in McArthur, Ohio, daughter of the late Fred Downard and Faye Townsend Downard. Erma, a 1942 graduate of Hamden High School, was a former employee of Cuddy Farms in McArthur, and she retired in 1994 from Pillsbury in Wellston. In her earlier...
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Marlene R. Brenner

December 7, 1932 - March 7, 2017

Marlene R. Brenner, age 84, of Wellston, passed away Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at her home. She was born December 7, 1932 in Wellston, Ohio to the late Austin Gill, Sr. and Loma B. Harber Gill. Marlene was a 1950 graduate of Wellston High School. She was the former owner and operator, along with her husband, John, of Brenner's Grocery and Carry-Out in Wellston. Marlene was an avid bingo player...
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Wilma Ann Thacker

February 20, 1981 - March 6, 2017

Wilma Ann Thacker, age 36, of Wellston, passed away Monday, March 6, 2017 at the Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. She was born February 20, 1981 in Yokosuka, Japan. Wilma, a proud member of the United States Navy from 2006 through 2014, served her country during the Afghanistan War and the Global War on Terrorism. She served on the DDG72 USS Maham and ACU #4 in Littlecreek, Virginia,...
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Timothy A. Bailey

February 25, 1967 - March 5, 2017

Timothy A. Bailey, age 50, of Coalton, passed away Sunday, March 5, 2017 at the Kobacker House Hospice Facility in Columbus, Ohio following a brief illness. He was born February 25, 1967 in Oak Hill, West Virginia to the late Jack Dempsey Bailey and Betty Louise Atha Bailey. Tim was a hard working man who was employed by the Montgomery Trucking Company in Wellston. He is survived by his...
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April R. Higginbotham

August 14, 1981 - March 4, 2017

April R. Higginbotham, age 35, of Wellston, passed away Saturday, March 4, 2017. She was born August 14, 1981 in Charleston, West Virginia. April was a 1999 graduate of Wellston High School and held an Associate's Degree from Rio Grande University. She enjoyed bowling, taking part in her daughter's gymnastic activities and spending time with her family and friends. April is survived by her...
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Kimberly Elaine Gottfried

October 24, 1994 - February 27, 2017

Kimberly Elaine Gottfried, age 22, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, passed away Monday, February 27, 2017. She was born October 24, 1994 in Fairfax, Virginia, daughter of Bryan S. Gottfried and Laura Elaine Walker Benedetti. Kim was a former student at Vinton County High School, where she played girls basketball. She was the kindest person who loved everyone with an open heart and open mind. ...
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Harley W. Canode

August 20, 1937 - February 24, 2017

. Harley W. Canode, age 79 of Jackson, passed away Friday, February 24, 2017 at the Four Winds Nursing Facility. He was born August 20, 1937 in Dexter, Ohio to the late John W. Canode and Sylvia G. Wiseman Canode. Harley was a former self-employed carpenter and attended the Wellston Church of the Nazarene. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ann A. Wilbur Canode, whom he married on...
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Shelley Marie Ousley Rowe

April 14, 1978 - February 23, 2017

Shelley Marie Ousley Rowe, age 38, of Wellston, passed away Thursday, February 23, 2017 at the Ohio State University Medical Center East in Columbus, Ohio. She was born April 14, 1978 in Chillicothe, Ohio to Paul Douglas Ousley and Vicki Diane Sowers Ousley. Shelley was a 1996 graduate of Wellston High School. She was a registered nurse who received her Associates Degree in Nursing from...
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David Lee Matteson

December 11, 1942 - February 22, 2017

David Lee Matteson, age 74, of Wellston, passed away Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at his home. He was born December 11, 1942 in Columbus, Ohio, son of the late Leland James Matteson, Jr. and Marjorie Rebecca Harris Matteson Fields. David was a veteran of the United States Army. He was a former self-employed contractor and a former airplane pilot who enjoyed flying private planes as well as...
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Ronda Cheatwood Graves

January 30, 1965 - February 19, 2017

Ronda Leigh Cheatwood Graves, age 52, of McArthur, went home to be with her Lord on Sunday, February 19, 2017 from the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Both of Ronda's parents were with her as she passed away from a long illness and complications from major surgery. She was born January 30, 1965 in Columbus, Ohio to Ronald L. Cheatwood and Wanda A. Gould Cheatwood. Ronda was a...
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Randy Sizemore

September 18, 1949 - February 19, 2017

Randy Sizemore, age 67, of Waverly, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, February 19, 2017 from the Adena Regional Medical Center in Chillicothe, Ohio. He was born September 18, 1949 in Scioto County, Ohio to the late James Elmer Sizemore and Mary Marie Roof Sizemore. Randy, a 1967 graduate of Jackson High School , was a proud veteran of the United States Army. He was an electrician who...
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Clyde Smith

February 20, 1947 - February 17, 2017

Clyde Smith, age 69, of Wellston, passed away peacefully Friday, February 17, 2017 at the VA Medical Center in Chillicothe, Ohio. He was born February 20, 1947 in Knott County, Kentucky, son of the late Edgar Smith and Nancy Lee Triplett Smith. Clyde was drafted into the United States Army during the Vietnam era. Following his military service, Clyde went on to become an operating engineer with...
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Allen J. Lendway

March 17, 1945 - February 14, 2017

Allen J. Lendway, age 71, of Wellston, passed away Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He was born March 17, 1945 in Cleveland, Ohio to the late Joseph and Mary Andrews Lendway. Allen was a veteran of the United States Navy who served during the Vietnam War and was a former employee of Harley-Davidson. He is survived by son, Jason Lendway (Penny)...
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Vaughn M. Baker

November 20, 1917 - February 14, 2017

Vaughn M. Baker, age 99, of Wellston, passed away Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at the Jenkins Care Community in Wellston. She was born November 30, 1917 in Wellston, Ohio to the late Thomas Vaughn Stevens and Della Whetstone Stevens. Vaughn, a 1935 graduate of Wellston High School, was a loving homemaker who was a member of the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. She was also a member of the...
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Violet Jean Davis

December 7, 1942 - February 6, 2017

Violet Jean Davis, age74, of Lima, passed away Monday, February 6, 2017 at the Lima Memorial Hospital in Lima, Ohio. She was born December 7, 1942 in Wellston, Ohio, daughter of the late Charles Thomas McNeely and Sylvia Mae Vititoe McNeely. Violet attended Wellston High School. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister , aunt and homemaker, and she was a caregiver of many. She...
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Linda J. Merrill

October 2, 1947 - February 6, 2017

Linda J. Merrill, age 69, of Huber Heights, passed away Monday, February 6, 2017, at the home of her son in Jackson. She was born October 2, 1947 in Payne Gap, Kentucky to the late Dick L. Johnson and Valma E. Whitaker Johnson. Linda was a 1965 graduate of Wellston High School and she was a licensed insurance agent. Linda, an avid fan of the Kentucky Wildcats, the Ohio State Buckeyes and the...
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Jeremy Robert Griffith

April 27, 1976 - February 5, 2017

Jeremy Robert Griffith, age 40, of McArthur, passed away Sunday, February 5, 2017, at his home. He was born April 27, 1976 in Gallipolis, Ohio to Kenneth C. Griffith and Susan E. DePue Griffith. Jeremy was a 1996 graduate of Wellston High School. He was a lineman and former foreman for PLS Power Lines and MasTec. Jeremy enjoyed fishing, watching football on T.V., as well as the Wellston...
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Michael D. Sheeter, Sr.

February 21, 1947 - January 31, 2017

Michael Dee Sheeter, Sr., age 69 of Jackson, passed away Tuesday, January 31, 2017. He was born February 21, 1947 in Cincinnati, Ohio to the late Dwight S. Sheeter and Dorothy L. McFarland Sheeter Haines. Mike was a 1965 graduate of Lynchburg High School and was a member of the Army National Guard. He retired from GTE North, where he was employed for 29 1/2 years. Mike was a member of the...
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Jim Holtz

September 18, 1941 - January 30, 2017

James W. "Jim" Holtz, age 75, of Hamden, passed away Monday, January 30, 2017 at his home. He was born September 18, 1941 in Wellston, Ohio, son of the late James Christopher Holtz and Nadine Virginia Ogle Holtz. Jim was a 1959 graduate of Wellston High School and a Veteran of the United States Army who served in Turkey. He was retired from Ford Motor Company, where he was employed for 39...
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