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Floyd Leo "F.L." Jenkins, Jr.

August 27, 1949 - December 7, 2016

Floyd Leo "F.L." Jenkins, Jr., age 67, of Wellston, passed away Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at the V.A. Medical Center in Chillicothe, Ohio. He was born August 27, 1949 in Gallipolis, Ohio to the late Floyd Leo Jenkins, Sr. and Helen Irene Cartwright Jenkins. F.L. was a proud veteran of the United States Army who served during the Vietnam War. He was a former self-employed handyman, as well as...
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Earl Jay Downard, Sr

June 24, 1953 - December 4, 2016

Earl Jay Downard, Sr., age 63, of Hamden, passed away Sunday, December 4, 2016 at his home. He was born June 24, 1953 in Wellston, Ohio to the late Ernest Robert Downard and Marjorie Jane Williams Downard. Earl was a veteran of the United States Army, having served during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged from the military following 10 years of active duty and 1 year of active...
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James Ray "Jimmy" Perry

July 29, 1963 - November 30, 2016

James Ray "Jimmy" Perry, age 53, of Wellston, passed away Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at the Four Winds Community in Jackson, Ohio following a long battle with leukemia. He was born July 29, 1963 in Oak Hill, Ohio to Delbert Eugene Perry, Sr. and Helen Mae Scarrett Perry. Jimmy attended Wellston High School and Buckeye Hills Career Center. He was a former self-employed construction worker who...
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Karen L. Angles

July 21, 1940 - November 24, 2016

Karen L. Angles, age 76, of Wellston, passed away Thursday, November 24, 2016 at Jenkins Care Community in Wellston. She was born July 21, 1940 in Vinton County, Ohio, the daughter of the late Elza and Julia Salmons Camp. Karen was a 1958 graduate of Wellston High School and was a former supervisor at Austin Powder. She is survived by her children, P.D. Angles of Wellston, Tami Downard (Scott)...
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Dean W. Swingle

August 7, 1934 - November 24, 2016

Dean W. Swingle, age 82, of Wellston, passed away Thursday, November 24, 2016 at the Adena Regional Medical Center in Chillicothe, Ohio. He was born August 7, 1934 in Akron, Ohio to the late James Wilbur Swingle and Georgia Howe Swingle. Dean was a 1953 graduate of Jackson High School and a veteran of the United State Army and the Air Force Reserves. Dean, an Engineering Technician, retired...
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Wilbur E. Ward, Jr.

June 11, 1924 - November 18, 2016

Wilbur E. Ward, Jr., age 92, of Wellston, passed away Friday morning, November 18, 2016 at his home. He was born June 11, 1924 in Cheshire, Ohio to the late Wilbur E. Ward, Sr. and Ada Ward. Wilbur was a Sergeant in the United States Army, who served during WWII as a Pharmacy Technician. He was a graduate of The Ohio State University School of Pharmacy and was the owner and operator of the...
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Nina R. Glass

January 26, 1929 - November 17, 2016

Nina R. Glass, age 87, of Wellston, was called home to the Lord on Thursday, November 17, 2016, from the Holzer Medical Center in Gallipolis, Ohio. She was born January 26, 1929 in Glenroy, Ohio to the late Rev. Edward Stevens and Lulabelle Gilliland Stevens. Nina attended Berlin School and Wellston High School. She was a loving housewife who also formerly worked as a nurse's aide at Jenkins...
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Lois Arlene Allen

July 30, 1934 - November 15, 2016

Lois Arlene Allen, age 82, of McArthur, passed away peacefully at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday, November 15, 2016. She was born July 30, 1934 in Logan, Ohio to the late Ellsworth Barnhart and Eva Pearl Conner Barnhart (Strawsburg). Lois was a loving homemaker who enjoyed reading, watching Westerns on T.V. and spending time with her family. She is survived by her 3...
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Helen Heiser

June 19, 1925 - November 15, 2016

Helen Heiser, age 91, of Wellston, passed away Tuesday morning, November 15, 2016, at the Holzer Assisted Living in Jackson. She is survived by her sons, Larry, Jeff and Bruce, and was preceded in death by her husband, Harold in 1997. Services will be Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 1 P.M. at the Epstein Memorial Chapel, 3232 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio.
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Mary Katherine Parker

September 30, 1962 - November 14, 2016

Mary Katherine Parker, age 54, of Wellston, passed away Monday, November 14, 2016 at the Holzer Medical Center in Gallipolis, Ohio. She was born September 30, 1962 in Oak Hill, Ohio to Robert Leslie Thompson and Caroline Genevieve Wilt Thompson. Mary attended Jackson High School and was a former employee of General Mills until her health started to decline. She enjoyed horseback and trail...
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Brian Keith Johnston

November 13, 1966 - November 6, 2016

Brian Keith Johnston, age 49, of Allensville, passed away Sunday, November 6, 2016, at his home. He was born November 13, 1966 in Chillicothe, Ohio to Ray E. Johnston and Linda S. Moore Jordan. Brian was a 1985 graduate of Vinton County High School and was a former employee of Goodyear Tire and Rubber in Jackson for 10 years. He loved the outdoors, where he enjoyed riding his four-wheeler,...
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Rebecca Kim Ziegler

December 24, 1959 - November 6, 2016

Rebecca Kim Ziegler, age 56, of Cincinnati, and a former resident of Wellston, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loved ones, on Sunday, November 6, 2016, at Hospice of Cincinnati. She was born December 24, 1959 in Oak Hill, Ohio to Howard Kent Ziegler and Josephine A. Horton Ziegler. Kim was a 1978 graduate of Oak Hill High School and Buckeye Hills Career Center. She was a loving...
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Judith I. "Judy" Grimm

December 5, 1942 - November 2, 2016

Judith I. "Judy" Grimm, age 73, of Wellston, passed away Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at the Four Winds Nursing Facility in Jackson, Ohio. She was born December 5, 1942 in Fayette County, Pennsylvania to the late Harry W. Cole and Willa M. Umble Cole. Judy was a homemaker who enjoyed playing bingo in her spare time. She was a member of the Wellston Jr. Study Club and the V.F.W. Post #93 in...
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Freda M. Frederick

October 28, 1928 - November 1, 2016

Freda M. Frederick, age 88, of Jackson, passed away Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at Edgewood Manor of Wellston. She was born October 28, 1928 in Wilmot, Ohio to the late Frederick William Frederick and Iva May Sampsel Frederick. Freda was a homemaker who enjoyed making crafts. She attended the Roads Missionary Church. Freda is survived by her sisters, Audrey Jean Frederick of Wilmot, Ohio and...
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Catherine L. "Cathy" Swift

March 8, 1947 - October 31, 2016

Catherine L. "Cathy" Swift, age 69, of Wellston, passed away Monday, October 31, 2016, at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. She was born March 8, 1947 in Mason County, West Virginia, the daughter of the late Jack Bowling and Betty Bishop Shipman. Cathy was employed at General Mills in Wellston, where she had worked for over 25 years. She attended The Vessel...
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Michael E. "Mike" Brown

December 13, 1960 - October 25, 2016

Michael E. "Mike" Brown, age 55, of Jackson, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 25, 2016. Mike was being treated at Ohio State University's Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, for heart complications when he suddenly passed. He was born December 13, 1960 to Walter H. Brown and Emma Barbara Brown, who preceded him in death. Mike, a lumberjack by trade, was a 1979...
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Alice M. Tatman

November 4, 1932 - October 15, 2016

Alice M. Tatman, age 83, of McArthur, passed away Saturday, October 15, 2016, at her home. She was born November 4, 1932 in Pickaway, Ohio to the late Albert Jordan Knece and Nellie G. Mills Knece. Alice was a former employee of Goodyear Tire and Rubber in Logan for 16 years. She is survived by son, Curtis D. Tatman (Sherry) of Jackson; daughter, Judy E. Himelrick (David) of McArthur;...
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Tracy J. Bevard McLain

February 11, 1971 - October 9, 2016

Tracy J. Bevard McLain, age 45, of Wellston, passed away Sunday, October 9, 2016 at the Holzer Medical Center in Jackson, Ohio. She was born February 11, 1971 in Gallipolis, Ohio. Tracy was a home health care worker who enjoyed baking, traveling, shopping and going to amusement parks. She is survived by her mother and step-father, Ruth Ann Jarvis Leach and Frank Leach of Wellston; fiancé,...
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Francis E. "Buddy" Kille

March 15, 1950 - October 9, 2016

Francis E. "Buddy" Kille, age 66, of Wellston, passed away Sunday, October 9, 2016, at his home. He was born March 15, 1950 in Radcliff, Ohio to the late Francis P. Kille and Virginia E. Sizemore Faulk Kille. Buddy was a truck driver who was a former employee of Davis Trucking, McArthur Trucking and Huntley Trucking. He was of the Mormon faith and was baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ of...
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Margaret "Maggie" Dunn Cheek

March 1, 1961 - October 5, 2016

Margaret "Maggie" Dunn Cheek, age 55, of Wellston, departed this life, surrounded by loved ones, on Wednesday evening, October 5, 2016 at Edgewood Manor of Wellston. She was born March 1, 1961 in Detroit, Michigan to Audrey Bentley Dunn and Dan Dunn. Maggie was a 1979 graduate of Oak Hill High School and also a graduate of Clark Community College in 2006. Maggie had a love of collecting...
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Thelma F. Zinn

September 14, 1925 - October 4, 2016

Thelma F. Zinn, age 91, of Hamden, passed away Tuesday, October 4, 2016, at Hamden Nursing and Rehabilitation. She was born September 14, 1925 in Oreton, Ohio to the late Oscar Louis Woodruff and Lola Camp Woodruff. Thelma was a 1943 graduate of Vinton High School. She was a loving homemaker who enjoyed playing bingo, crocheting and reading, but most of all, Thelma loved spending time with her...
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Earl Williams

July 9, 1955 - September 30, 2016

Earl Williams, age 61, of Wellston, passed away Friday, September 30, 2016, at the SOMC Hospice Center in Portsmouth, Ohio. He was born July 9, 1955 in Wellston, Ohio to the late Roy Williams and Anna Mae Nichols Williams. Earl was a 1973 graduate of Wellston High School. He was a former construction worker who had been an employee of Fannin Construction in Jackson for 20 years prior to his...
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Alice M. Frisby

October 3, 1932 - September 27, 2016

Alice M. Frisby, age 83, of Wellston, passed away Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at her home. She was born October 3, 1932 in Dayton, Ohio to the late George Edward Shotts and Winnie Bell Mitchem Shotts. Alice was a loving homemaker and mother who enjoyed playing bingo, cooking and spending time with her family. She is survived by her children, Harold Richard Frisby, Jr. (Kathy) of Hamden, Eva...
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Eunice Anthony Richards

January 16, 1922 - September 23, 2016

Eunice Anthony Richards, age 94, a former resident of Wellston, passed away Friday, September 23, 2016 at the Masonic Home in Springfield, Ohio. She was born January 16, 1922 in Harrisburg, Illinois, daughter of the late late Harry Jacob Anthony and Stella Haynes Anthony Baker. Eunice was a 1939 graduate of Coalton High School. She was the former assistant to the director of human services at...
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Arthur Franklin "Frank" Watters

April 1, 1952 - September 22, 2016

Arthur Franklin "Frank" Watters, age 64, of Wellston, passed away Thursday, September 22, 2016 at his home. He was born April 1, 1952 in Hamden, Ohio to David J. Watters, Sr. and Barbara Ann Watters (Walton). Frank was a veteran of the Unites States Marine Corps who served during the Vietnam War. He was the former bookkeeper for the V.F.W. Post 9092 in Wellston for 17 years. Frank was a...
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Juanita J. Dutcher

July 12, 1929 - September 21, 2016

Juanita Jean( Angel) Dutcher, 87, of McArthur, Ohio passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 21 at Pickering Hospice House in Lancaster, Ohio. She was born July 12, 1929 in Logan, Ohio to the late Rev. Claude and Ruth Stephenson Angel. Juanita was retired from the Star Washington school system in Union Furnace, Ohio, where she worked as a cook for several years. She was a life-long...
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Leo C. Cox

August 5, 1944 - September 19, 2016

Leo C. Cox, age 72, of Orville, passed away Monday, September 19, 2016 at the Life Care Hospice Facility in Wooster, Ohio. He was born August 5, 1944 in Craigsville, West Virginia to the late Arnold L. Cox and Della Arlene Sparks Cox. Leo was a 40 year member of the United Mine Workers of America. He was of the Baptist faith and he enjoyed hunting turkey, deer and squirrel, along with being an...
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Rebecca Ann Funk King

November 12, 1944 - September 18, 2016

Rebecca Ann Funk King, age 71, of Byer, passed away Sunday, September 18, 2016 at the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. She was born November 12, 1944 at Petrea Hollow in Jackson County, Ohio, daughter of the late Eugene Blair and Faye Freeman Williams and Lloyd Williams. Becky was a loving mother and homemaker who enjoyed going to yard sales, reading her Bible and raising her...
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Ruth A. Horton

September 27, 1923 - September 12, 2016

Ruth A. Horton, age 92, of Wellston, passed away Monday, September 12, 2016, at the Holzer Medical Center in Jackson, Ohio. She was Born September 27, 1923 in Coal Township, Jackson County, Ohio, to the late Lewis W. Click and Jessie Giffin Click. Ruth was a 1941 graduate of Coalton High School and a graduate of Portsmouth Business College. She was a loving wife and mother and was also a...
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Jerry W. Denney, Sr.

January 1, 1935 - September 4, 2016

Jerry W. Denney, Sr., age 81, of Jackson, passed away Sunday, September 4, 2016 at Jenkins Care Community in Wellston. He was born January 1, 1935 in Jackson County, Ohio to the late George W. Denney and Addie Caton Denney. Jerry, a retired coal miner, was a former employee of Meigs Mine #3. He was a veteran of the United States Army who served during the Korean Conflict. Jerry was a member...
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Kathleen J. Chaffin

May 23, 1936 - August 29, 2016

Kathleen J. Chaffin, age 80, of Wellston, passed away Monday, August 29, 2016, at Mt. Carmel West Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. She was born May 23, 1936 in Clarksburg, W.Va. to the late Dominique Payne and Sylvia M. Hickman Payne. Kathleen was a former bank teller and a former employee of OVAL in Wellston. She enjoyed reading, working crossword puzzles and watching football on T.V. Kathleen is...
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Carmel W. Littlejohn

May 9, 1924 - August 28, 2016

Carmel W. Littlejohn, age 92, of Wellston, passed away Sunday, August 28, 2016, at the Edgewood Manor of Wellston. He was born May 9, 1924 in Wellston, Ohio to the late George N. and Bessie Green Littlejohn. Carmel was retired from the United States Marine Corps with 20 years of active service. He was also the former owner of Littlejohn's Shell Station in Wellston for 17 years. Carmel was a...
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Sarah E. "Betty" Collins

April 4, 1929 - August 28, 2016

Sarah E. "Betty" Collins, age 87, of Wellston, passed away Sunday, August 28, 2016 at Heartland of Jackson. She was born April 4, 1929 in Greenup, Kentucky to the late Charles and Agnes (Ingels) Moore. Betty was a loving mother and homemaker. In the past, she enjoyed cooking for the Shiloh Shrine Club in Wellston and she was a member of the Baptist faith. Betty is survived by her sons, Henry...
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Brenda Denney Whiting

November 17, 1963 - August 27, 2016

Brenda Denney Whiting, age 52, of Wellston, passed away Saturday, August 27, 2016, at the Holzer Medical Center in Gallipolis, Ohio. She was born November 17, 1963 in Chillicothe, Ohio to Jerry W. Denney and Judy D. Daily Denney. Brenda was a 1982 graduate of Wellston High School and a former home health aide for Family Senior Care. Brenda had a big heart and was always willing to give to and...
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Lia Nicole Hart

June 15, 1999 - August 21, 2016

Lia Nicole Hart, age 17, of Wellston, passed away Sunday, August 21, 2016 from injuries received in an automobile accident. She was born June 15, 1999 in Danville, Kentucky to John K. Hart and Esther Dawn Reed Hart. Lia had just started her Junior year at Wellston High School where she was a member and officer of Student Council, the pep club and she ran track. Lia was employed at Michael's...
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Michael J. Pratt

January 1, 1949 - August 18, 2016

Michael J. Pratt, age 67, of Wellston, passed away Thursday, August 18, 2016 at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. He was born January 1, 1949 in Gallipolis, Ohio to the late Jack Pratt and Barbara Jane Peoples Pratt. Mike, a 1967 graduate of Wellston High School, was a veteran of the United States Army who served during the Vietnam War. He was a construction...
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Mandy Hill Ewing

June 23, 1978 - August 14, 2016

Mandy Hill Ewing, age 38, of Wellston, passed away Sunday, August 14, 2016 at her home. She was born June 23, 1978 in Gallipolis, Ohio. Mandy, a 1996 graduate of Wellston High School, received an Occupational Therapist Assistant's Degree from Shawnee State University and was employed as an OTA at several area nursing and rehab facilities. Mandy was a woman of great faith who enjoyed life to...
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Raymond G. Frisby

May 16, 1951 - August 12, 2016

Raymond G. Frisby, age 65, of McArthur, passed away unexpectedly Friday morning, August 12, 2016, at the Holzer Medical Center in Jackson. He was born May 16, 1951 in Athens, Ohio to the late Owen Frisby and Betty Lenegar Frisby. Raymond was a 1970 graduate of Wellston High School and a former employee of the Pants Factory and General Mills. He enjoyed working in his garden, spending time in...
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Rebecca Sue "Becky" Perry

April 21, 1959 - August 4, 2016

Rebecca Sue "Becky" Oiler Perry, age 57, of Wellston, passed away Thursday morning, August 4, 2016, at her home. She was born April 21, 1959 in Chillicothe, Ohio to Jack E. Oiler and Cledith Prater Oiler. Becky, a 1977 graduate of Vinton County High School, was a homemaker who enjoyed spending time with her daughter and grandchildren. She is survived by her parents, Jack and Cledith Oiler of...
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Mary Ruth Leedy

June 3, 1926 - August 2, 2016

Mary Ruth Leedy, age 90, of Wellston, passed away Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at Four Winds Community in Jackson, Ohio. She was born June 3, 1926 in Johnson City, Tennessee to the late Robert Spencer Stansberry and Lenos Alberta Gwinn Stansberry. Ruth retired from Jackson Corporation, where she was employed for several years. She was a former member of the Winchester United Methodist Church and...
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Roger Wilbur

July 11, 1957 - August 1, 2016

Roger Wilbur, age 59, of Hamden, passed away Monday, August 1, 2016 at the Holzer Medical Center in Gallipolis, Ohio. He was born July 11, 1957 in Jackson, Ohio to the late John D. Wilbur and Shirley A. Leach Wilbur. Roger was a 1976 graduate of Vinton County High School and a graduate of Ft. Campbell in Kentucky. He was a veteran of the United States Army and he retired from the Village of...
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Roger Keith Saltsman

December 19, 1952 - July 22, 2016

Roger Keith Saltsman, age 63, of Wellston, passed away Friday, July 22, 2016 at his home. He was born December 19, 1952 in Gallipolis, Ohio to Joseph R. Saltsman and Betty J. Cook Saltsman. Roger was a 1971 graduate of Wellston High School, where he played receiver for the Wellston Golden Rockets football team, and still today, holds the receiving yardage record. Roger was a veteran of the...
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Bob Petersen

July 4, 1948 - July 14, 2016

Robert "Bob" Petersen, age 68, of Wellston, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, July 14, 2016 at the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He was born July 4, 1948 in Newark, New Jersey. Bob, a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps, served his country during the Vietnam War. He was employed by the City of Wellston, where he started working in 2002 as a communications officer...
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Anna May West

August 19, 1931 - July 5, 2016

Anna May West, age 84, of Wellston, passed away Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at the Four Winds Community in Jackson, Ohio. She was born August 19, 1931 in Barboursville, West Virginia to the late Clifford Conger and Mary Lucas Conger. Ann was a former cook for several area businesses and schools, and she enjoyed being with her grandchildren and watching T.V. She is survived by her children, Rick...
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Eugene Arthur Sells, Jr

March 11, 1957 - July 4, 2016

Eugene A. Sells, Jr., age 59, of Wellston, passed away Monday, July 4, 2016 at his home. He was born March 11, 1957 in Honolulu, Hawaii, to the late Eugene Arthur Sells, Sr. and Martina Abarques Pao Sells. Eugene was a wonderful chef and his passion in life was cooking. He was of the Mormon faith. Eugene is survived by his sons, Joseph Sells, Jude Sells, Jonathan Sells and John Paul Sells,...
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Ona Mae Whetstone

November 21, 1931 - July 4, 2016

Ona Mae Whetstone, age 84 of Wellston, passed away Monday, July 4, 2016 at the Holzer Medical Center in Jackson. She was born November 21, 1931 in Richmond Dale, Ohio to the late Milton Oscar Detty and Leona Mae Turvey Detty. Ona Mae was a loving homemaker and a former employee of Banquet Foods. She was a hard worker all of her life, and she enjoyed spending time with her family and being...
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Michelle Finn Williams

March 28, 1956 - June 28, 2016

Michelle Finn Williams, age 60, of Wellston, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, June 28, 2016. She was born March 28, 1956 in Gallipolis, Ohio to the late William W. Finn and Arlene L. Emmert Finn. Michelle, a 1974 graduate of Wellston High School, was a former employee of Pillsbury. She enjoyed the outdoors and taking care of her dogs. Michelle is survived by her husband of 33 years, Roy...
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Roy Melvin Barnett, Sr.

December 28, 1937 - June 24, 2016

Roy M. Barnett, Sr. age 78, of Hamden, passed away Friday, June 24, 1016 at the Edgewood Manor Nursing Facility in Wellston. He was born December 28, 1937 in Richland Township, Vinton County, Ohio to the late Russell Barnett and Bernice Brown Barnett. Roy was a former employee of Crownover Lumber in McArthur for over 30 years. He is survived by his daughter, Pamela Haynes (Chet) of McArthur;...
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William L."Billy" Gilliland

August 8, 1971 - June 23, 2016

William L. "Billy" Gilliland, age 44 of Arizona, and a former resident of Wellston, passed away June 23, 2016 in Arizona. He was born August 8, 1971 in Gallipolis, Ohio. Billy, a cherished son, brother and friend, graduated from Wellston High School with the class of 1989. Following graduation, he joined the Army and rose to the rank of Sergeant, working as a maintenance chief for Apache...
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Betty Lou Gibbs

January 19, 1946 - June 19, 2016

Betty Lou Gibbs, age 70, of Hamden, passed away Sunday, June 19, 2016 at O'Bleness Memorial Hospital in Athens, Ohio. She was born January 19, 1946 in Wellston, Ohio. Betty is survived by her mother, Ruth Ann Hansgen Gotschall of Hebron; sons, John Downard of Hamden and Steve Downard of Radcliff; sisters, Nancy Turner of Hebron and Lori Harpole of Hendersonville, Tennessee; brothers, Danny...
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Aleigha Marie Hayes

January 25, 2011 - June 17, 2016

Aleigha Marie Hayes, age 5, of Wellston, passed away Friday, June 17, 2016 at the Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. She was born January 25, 2011 in Chillicothe, Ohio. Aleigha enjoyed reading and loved playing with her My Little Pony toys and her brother and sister. She is survived by her mother, Meagan Davis of Wellston; father, Joshua Hayes of Londonderry; brother, Josten;...
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Harold R. "Dick" Jordan

August 31, 1928 - June 17, 2016

Harold Richard "Dick" Jordan, age 87, of Albany, passed away Friday, June 17, 2016 at the Holzer Medical Center in Gallipolis, Ohio. He was born August 31, 1928 in Albany, Ohio to the late Arnold "Bid" Jordan and Ethel Marie Bail Jordan. Dick was a graduate of Vinton High School. He was a veteran of the United States Army, who served during the Korean War. He was awarded a Purple Heart for...
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Wilma Jean Peoples

September 14, 1935 - June 12, 2016

Wilma Jean Peoples, age 80, of Wellston, passed away Sunday, June 12, 2016, at her home. She was born September 14, 1935 in Wellston, Ohio to the late Ernest Paul Merrill and Virginia Eleanor Reed Merrill. Wilma was a 1953 graduate of Wellston High School where she was a majorette for the Wellston Marching Rockets. She was a former bookkeeper and cashier at Frazee's Supermarket in Wellston and...
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Ralph S. Angles

January 28, 1937 - June 10, 2016

Ralph S. Angles, age 79, of Berlin, passed away Friday, June 10, 2016 at his home. He was born January 28, 1937 in Berlin, Ohio to the late Stanley E. Angles and Nancy J. Genicks Angles. Ralph was a 1954 graduate of Wellston High School and was a member of the Carpenters Local Union #200. He is survived by his wife, Connie S. Nichols Angles; son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Kim Angles of...
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Mona Jane Reynolds

May 31, 1934 - June 9, 2016

Mona Jane Reynolds, age 82, of Jackson, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, June 9, 2016 at the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. She was born May 31, 1934 in Portsmouth, Ohio to the late Melvin E. Phillips and Blanche Viola Finn Phillips. Mona was a 1952 graduate of Wellston High School and a graduate of the Portsmouth Beauty College. She was the former owner and operator of Mona...
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Margaret L. "Maggie" Dickerson

February 24, 1932 - June 3, 2016

Margaret L. "Maggie" Dickerson, age 84, of Wellston, passed away unexpectedly Friday, June 3, 2016 at the Holzer Medical Center ER in Jackson, Ohio. She was born February 24, 1932 in Vinton County, Ohio, daughter of the late Herbert McKinniss and Pauline Rachael Winston Thew. Maggie, a 1950 graduate of Wilkesville High School, was a loving homemaker whose favorite pastimes included bowling,...
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Grace A. Woodard

August 26, 1923 - June 2, 2016

Grace A. Woodard, age 92, of Hamden, passed away Thursday, June 2, 2016, at the Huston Nursing Home in Hamden. She was born August 26, 1923 in South Bloomingsville, Ohio to the late Albert J. Woodard and Jennie B. Denton Woodard. Grace was a member of the Pleasant Valley Church in Vinton County. She is survived by brother, John Woodard (Lois) of Lancaster; sisters, Martha J. Leming (Bud) of...
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Garry C Napper

February 2, 1942 - May 25, 2016

Garry C. Napper, age 74, of Washington, C.H., passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at his home. He was born February 2, 1942 in Vinton County, Ohio to the late Carroll "Casey" Napper and Mildred Shifflet Napper. Gary, a former employee with the railroad, started with the B&O Railroad and then retired from CSX Transportation. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, having served during...
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James Elba "Jim" Brown

December 19, 1961 - May 25, 2016

James Elba "Jim" Brown, age 54, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 from his earthly home. He was born December 19, 1961 in Chillicothe, Ohio to the late James E. Brown and Freda Watson Brown. Jim was a 1980 graduate of Jackson High School and a 1984 graduate of Rio Grande College, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, with an emphasis on...
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Rose Marie Taylor

November 3, 1951 - May 24, 2016

Rose Marie Taylor, age 64, of Vinton, passed away Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at her home. She was born November 3, 1951 in Gallipolis, Ohio to the late Charles Loren Lowe and Mary Marie McClaskey Lowe. Rose was a 1969 graduate of Vinton County High School and was an employee of Bellisio Foods in Jackson, where she has worked for over 12 years. She enjoyed playing cards and spending time with her...
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Irene D. Brown

September 20, 1932 - May 22, 2016

Irene D. Brown, age 83, of Wellston, went to be with her Lord on Sunday, May 22, 2016. She was born September 20, 1932 in Ray, Ohio, the daughter of the late Fred Knox and Hazel Seymour Knox. Irene retired from Goodyear Tire and Rubber in Jackson where she was employed for 15 years. She was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church in Coalton. She is survived by her children, Diane (Gene ) Glover...
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Yvonne Ann Carson

April 25, 1952 - May 20, 2016

Yvonne Ann Carson, age 64, of Wellston, Ohio passed away on Friday, May 20, 2016. She was born April 25, 1952. She is survived by her daughter, Jessica Carson of Gary, Indiana; 2 sons Billy Gant and Khary Cooper; grandchildren, Shandon, Danita, Dai Von, Tory Smith, Shannette Smith, Keisha, La Nia, great-grandchildren Shamera, Kantrell, Ivry. Yvonne was preceded in death by her daughter, Almenia...
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Edward C. McClelland

November 4, 1936 - May 14, 2016

Rev. Edward C. McClelland, age 79, of Marysville, and a former resident of Wellston, passed away Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Grady Memorial Hospital in Delaware, Ohio. He was born November 4, 1936 in Ewington, Ohio to the late Timothy and Anna Elizabeth Brown McClelland. Ed, an ordained minister with the Church of Christ in Christian Union denomination, was a minister in the surrounding area for...
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Pearl Marie Ousley

March 1, 1932 - May 14, 2016

Pearl Marie Ousley, age 84, of Hamden, passed away Saturday, May 14, 2016, at Edgewood Manor in Wellston. She was born March 1, 1932 in Vinton County, Ohio to the late El K. Ousley and Martha Frances Prater Ousley. Pearl was a loving homemaker who enjoyed crocheting, collecting dolls, going to yard sales, shopping at Peebles and most of all, spending time with her grandchildren. When her...
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Connie Sue Exline Thorne

September 28, 1958 - May 13, 2016

Connie Sue (Exline) Thorne, age 57, of Jackson, went home to be with her Lord on Friday, May 13, 2016 from her earthly residence. She was born September 28, 1958 in Jackson County, Ohio to the late Daniel Jefferson Exline and Helen Wollum Exline. Connie was a homemaker who enjoyed listening to country music, watching soap operas and working crossword puzzles. She is survived by her longtime...
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Hannah Elaine Exline

May 26, 1968 - April 29, 2016

Hannah E. "Elaine" Exline, age 47, a former resident of Wellston, passed away Friday, April 29, 2016 at the Regency Hospital East in Warrensville, Ohio. She was born May 26, 1968 in Oak Hill, Ohio to the late William Henry Exline and Verginia Lee Thompson Exline. Elaine was a 1987 graduate of Wellston High School and Buckeye Hills Career Center. She was a member of the Church of God of...
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Herbert Eugene Ward

June 25, 1935 - April 24, 2016

Herbert Eugene Ward, age 80, of Greenville, SC, and a former resident of Wellston, passed away Sunday, April 24, 2016 at his home. Born June 25, 1935 in Dundas, Ohio, he was the son of the late Oscar and Ora Martin Ward. He graduated from McArthur High School in 1953 and was a veteran of the United States Army. Herb, a mechanical engineer, was retired from Flour Daniel. He married Iris Ann...
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Marilyn Ann Clary

February 2, 1944 - April 7, 2016

Marilyn Ann Clary, age 72, of Londonderry, passed away Thursday, April 7, 2016 at her home. She was born February 2, 1944 in Richmond Dale, Ohio to the late Floyd Eugene Pettit and Eva Marie Detty Pettit. Ann retired from Herr's Food, where she was employed for 25 years. She enjoyed crocheting and drawing. Ann is survived by her children, Joe Clary (Karen) of Ray, Doug Clary (Karen) of...
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Charlotte Louise Bates

February 23, 1937 - April 6, 2016

Charlotte Louise Bates, age 79, of Jackson, passed away Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at the Holzer Medical Center in Gallipolis, Ohio. She was born February 23, 1937 in Wellston, Ohio and is preceded in death by her parents, Robert J. and Eva Davis O'Connor and Harry E. Bates. Charlotte was a 1955 graduate of Wellston High School. She was a former employee of E.E. Chambers Co. and Kinsels in...
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Harold W. Vickers

June 8, 1935 - April 4, 2016

Harold W. Vickers, age 80, of Hamden, passed away Monday, April 4, 2016 at home. He was born June 8, 1935 in Wellston, Ohio, the son of the late Dellos Boyed and Bessie Irene Cooper Vickers. Harold was a 1955 graduate of Wellston High School, where he was very active in Wellston Rocket football, as well as all other high school sports. Harold, a veteran of the United States Army, was a retired...
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Martha Campbell Dunn

January 31, 1962 - April 4, 2016

Martha Campbell Dunn, age 54, of The Plains, passed away Monday, April 4, 2016, at her residence. She was born January 31, 1962 in Atlanta, Georgia to the late Harold Melvin Dunn and Helyn Maxine Campbell Dunn. Martha had resided with Buckeye Community Services in foster care for over 25 years. She enjoyed music, especially gospel music, and she loved traveling and eating out with her foster...
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Joseph Reese Saltsman

October 23, 1929 - April 4, 2016

Joseph Reese Saltsman, age 86, of Wellston, passed away Monday morning, April 4, 2016 at Four Winds Community in Jackson. He was born October 23, 1929 in Wellston, Ohio, the son of the late Fred "Jack" Saltsman and Thelma Pauline Partlow Saltsman. Joe, a 1949 graduate of Wellston High School, was the former owner and operator of Joe's Barber Shop in Wellston for over 50 years. He was a member...
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Roger Randolph "Randy" Steele

August 4, 1951 - March 30, 2016

Roger Randolph "Randy" Steele, age 64, of Wellston, passed away Wednesday evening, March 30, 2016, at his home. He was born August 4, 1951 in McArthur, Ohio to the late Leo C. Steele and Sadie Ousley Steele. Randy, a former employee of the United Mine Iron Workers, was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing and hunting arrowheads. In his spare time, he also enjoyed woodworking. When...
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Sue Ann Carper Sorrell

September 19, 1952 - March 29, 2016

Sue Ann Carper Sorrell, age 63, of Ray, passed away Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at the St. Ann's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. She was born September 19, 1952 in Byer, Ohio to the late Lloyd Carper and Ellen Johnson Carper. Sue, a 1970 graduate of Wellston High School, was a homemaker. She loved reading and enjoyed genealogy researching. She is survived by her children, James Dye (Jennifer) of...
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Betty J Ghearing

December 30, 1922 - March 26, 2016

Betty J. Townsend Ghearing, age 93, of Wellston, passed away Saturday, March 26, 2016, at the home of her daughter in Summersville, W.Va. She was born December 30, 1922 in Columbus, Ohio to the late Glenn P. Matthews and Charlene Thompson Matthews. Betty, a 1940 graduate of Wellston High School and a loving homemaker, was a member of the First Baptist Church in Wellston. She is survived by...
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Julie Ann Caldwell

June 10, 1966 - March 25, 2016

Julie Ann (Willis) Caldwell, age 49, Oak Hill, passed away Friday, March 25, 2016 at the Cleveland Clinic, following a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis. She was born June 10, 1966 in Columbus, Ohio to the late Robert Owen Willis and Shirley Ann Hall Willis. Julie was a 1984 graduate of Southern High School in Racine and then later completed college courses at Rio Grande college. She worked...
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Jacquelene S. "Jackie" Molihan

November 17, 1954 - March 23, 2016

Jacquelene Sue "Jackie" Molihan, age 61, of Wellston, passed away Wednesday morning, March 23, 2016, at her home. She was born November 17, 1954 in Vinton County, Ohio to the late Leo C. Steele and Sadie Ousley Steele. A loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister, Jackie's passion in life was her family. She was a former employee of Saltsman Insurance Agency and she attended World Outreach...
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Mike Massie

September 16, 1935 - March 20, 2016

Charles Michael "Mike" Massie, age 80, of Wellston, departed this life on Sunday, March 20, 2016, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born September 16, 1935 in Wellston, Ohio to the late Homer DeWitt Massie and Clara Campbell Massie. A devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Mike was a 1954 graduate of Wellston High School and attended the University of...
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Brooke Marie Bertschi

August 14, 1980 - March 16, 2016

Brooke Marie Bertschi, age 35, of Jackson, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at the Kettering Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio. She was born August 14, 1980 in Columbus, Ohio to Terry E. Grant and Story Ann Hayes Grant. Brooke was a 1998 graduate of West High School in Columbus. Her passion in life was her family, which was very evident, as she was a very loving wife and mother...
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Ernest J. Pariseau

August 23, 1968 - March 16, 2016

Ernest J. Pariseau, age 47, of Columbus, passed away Wednesday morning, March 16, 2016, at the Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus. He was born August 23, 1968 in Erie, Pennsylvania, the son of the late Dennis F. Pariseau and Donna G. Freed Pariseau. Ernest was a 1987 graduate of Wellston High School, where he excelled as an all-star in football and track. While in high school, he...
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Michael Lee "Mike" Yelton, Sr.

February 16, 1976 - March 11, 2016

Michael Lee "Mike" Yelton, Sr., age 40, of Jackson, died Friday, March 11, 2016, at the Holzer Medical Center in Jackson, Ohio. He was born February 16, 1976 in Bellefontaine, Ohio to Robert Alan Yelton and Vickie Jean Morris Yelton. Mike was employed as a tree trimmer for the City of Jackson. He enjoyed working, kayaking and riding his motorcycle. Mike is survived by his mother, Vickie...
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Stephen B. Claar

May 17, 1924 - March 7, 2016

Stephen B. Claar, age 91, of Wellston, passed away Monday, March 7, 2016, at his home. He was born May 17, 1924 in Columbus, Ohio, the son of the late James Berkley "Bert" Claar and Ollie Davis Claar. Steve was a 1942 graduate of Wellston High School and a veteran of the United States Army, having served during WWII. He retired from the Columbia Gas Company following 35 years of employment. ...
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Garald F. Ousley

March 8, 1939 - March 6, 2016

Garald F. Ousley, age 76, of Hamden, Ohio, passed away Sunday, March 6, 2016, at the Holzer Medical Center in Jackson. He was born March 8, 1939 in Oreton, Ohio, the son of the late Clarence and Alma Lightfoot Ousley. Garald was a former truck driver and employee for Industrial Timber and Land in McArthur and he was a member of the Church of Christ Bethel Congregation. Garald is survived by...
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Henry Alfred Zinn

November 4, 1923 - March 4, 2016

Henry Alfred Zinn, age 92, of Hamden, passed away Friday, March 4, 2016, in the long term care facility at the VA Medical Center in Chillicothe, Ohio. He was born November 4, 1923 in Radcliff, Ohio to the late Charles and Elizabeth Pierce Zinn. Henry was a 1941 graduate of Wilton Local School. He was a proud veteran of the United States Army, and was one of four surviving WWII veterans in...
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Ruth M. Faught

December 25, 1935 - March 3, 2016

Ruth M. Faught, age 80, of Wellston, passed away peacefully Thursday morning, March 3, 2016, at the home of her daughter. She was born December 25, 1935 in Fostoria, Ohio, the daughter of the late Robert W. and Mildred L. Carman Ponn. Ruth was a homemaker, a member of the Grace Baptist Church, and a former member of the Civilian Emergency Response Team. Ruth spent the majority of her life...
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Gloria Jean Smith

September 5, 1948 - February 29, 2016

Gloria Jean Smith, age 67, of Vinton, passed away peacefully Monday, February 29, 2016, at her home. She was born September 5, 1948 in New Kensington, Pa., the daughter of the late Gilbert H. Nacher and Mildred P. Davenport Nacher. Gloria was a loving homemaker, who enjoyed crocheting and sewing. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Edwin W. Smith, whom she married on December 21, 1968;...
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Nona Joye Saltsman

January 4, 1930 - February 27, 2016

Nona Joye Saltsman, age 86, of Wellston, passed away Saturday, February 27, 2016, at the Huston's Nursing Home in Hamden. She was born January 4, 1930 in Columbus, Ohio, daughter of the late Harry Clyde Womeldorf and Garnet Reed Womeldorf. Joye was a 1947 graduate of Wellston High School. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker, and she was a member of the Zion #3 Church in...
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Mary Ann Jarvis

May 22, 1949 - February 22, 2016

Mary Ann Jarvis, age 66, of McArthur, passed away peacefully Monday, February 22, 2016 at the Adena Regional Medical Center in Chillicothe, Ohio. She was born May 22, 1949 in McArthur, Ohio to the late Leo R. Gregory and Margaret A. Risner Gregory. Mary Ann was a 1967 graduate of Vinton County High School. She was a former dedicated employee for the City of Wellston for 28 years. In 2002,...
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Brenda Lynn McManus

March 29, 1953 - February 20, 2016

Brenda Lynn McManus, age 62, of Hamden, passed away Saturday morning, February 20, 2016, at the Jenkins Care Community in Wellston. She was born March 29, 1953 in Gallipolis, Ohio to the late James P. McManus, Sr. and Eula M. Bayes McManus. Brenda was a 1971 graduate of Vinton County High School. She was an avid Cincinnati Red's fan, until they were losing! Brenda loved playing bingo, cooking...
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Hannah Nicole Michael

March 17, 2001 - February 11, 2016

Hannah Nicole Michael, age 14, of Dundas, passed away peacefully, Thursday morning, February 11, 2016 at her home. She was born March 17, 2001 at The Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio to Brad D. Michael and Joanna L. Ward Michael. Hannah was a very creative young lady, whose talents included fashion design, drawing, and creating and building fashion studios for dolls. ...
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Dowlene Border Morgan

December 27, 1940 - February 6, 2016

Dowlene M. Border Morgan, age 75, of Wellston, passed away peacefully Saturday, February 6, 2016, at the Edgewood Manor of Wellston. She was born December 27, 1940 in Wellston, Ohio to the late Dow H. Border and Lottie H. Clark Border. Dowlene was a 1958 graduate of Wellston High School and was a former employee of the Hercules Trouser Company in Wellston for 26 years. She formerly attended...
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Ralph B. Radcliff

March 31, 1924 - January 30, 2016

Ralph B. Radcliff, age 91, of Logan, and a former resident of Radcliff, passed away Saturday, January 30, 2016, at the OSU Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. He was born March 31, 1924 in Wilkesville Township, Vinton County, Ohio to the late Earl and Marie Pierce Radcliff. Ralph was a 1942 graduate of Wilkesville High School and a veteran of the United States Navy, having served during WWII. He...
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Pearl M Smith

March 16, 1917 - January 25, 2016

Pearl M. Smith, age 98, of Wellston, passed away Sunday, January 25, 2016, at Four Winds Nursing Facility in Jackson. She was born March 16, 1917 in Pikeville, Kentucky, daughter of the late Daniel Bowling and Dolly Gibson Bowling. Pearl was a loving housewife and homemaker. She is survived by her son, John Locke of Oklahoma and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. ...
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Joseph E. Keating, Sr.

December 28, 1935 - January 22, 2016

Joseph E. Keating, Sr., age 80, of Wellston, passed away peacefully Friday morning, January 22, 2016 at his home. He was born December 28, 1935 at the same home in which he passed away. Joe was a 1953 graduate of Wellston High School. He was a former employee for approximately 25 years at McNally Pittsburg Manufacturing in Wellston, where he was a sheet metal layout man. Joe was an avid...
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Alice "Shug" Hagerty

February 22, 1932 - January 15, 2016

Alice "Shug" Hagerty, age 83, of Radcliff, passed away unexpectedly Friday, January 15, 2016, at the Holzer Medical Center ER in Jackson. She was born February 22, 1932 in Jackson County, Ohio to the late John C. Spearry and Lucy E. Argabright Spearry. Alice was a loving housewife and homemaker who enjoyed her animals, especially the birds and her dogs. She was a member of St. Sylvester...
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John Thomas "Tom" Staten

January 13, 1931 - January 13, 2016

John Thomas "Tom" Staten, age 85, of Wellston, passed away Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at the Adena Regional Medical Center in Chillicothe, Ohio. He was born January 13, 1931 in Jackson, Ohio to the late John Albert "Jake" Staten and Chloie Bea Shover Staten. Tom was a 1949 graduate of Jackson High School and a veteran of the United States Air Force, who was stationed in England during the...
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Fred E. Whitington

October 25, 1956 - January 13, 2016

Fred E. Whitington, age 59, of Stoutsville, passed away Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at the Fair Hope Hospice Facility in Lancaster. He was born October 25, 1956 in Columbus, Ohio, the son of Rita A. Moshier Ousley and Hermal Ousley. Fred graduated from Vinton County High School in 1975 and was a former employee of Anchor Hocking for 17 years. He was a member of United Steel Workers Union #578...
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Cheryl Ann Doles

August 17, 1957 - January 13, 2016

Cheryl Ann Doles, age 58 of Wellston, passed away peacefully, Wednesday morning, January 13, 2016 at her home. She was born August 17, 1957 in Circleville, Ohio to Gerald Easter and Mary K. Krimmel Easter. Cheryl was a 1975 graduate of Circleville High School. She was a loving homemaker, who was also a former employee of Lisa's Ladybug Flowers and Mike's BP Station. Cheryl's passion in life...
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Wayne E. Orender

December 14, 1948 - January 12, 2016

Wayne E. Orender, age 67, of Wellston, passed away Tuesday morning, January 12, 2016, at the Holzer Medical Center in Gallipolis, Ohio. He was born December 14, 1948 in Bandy, Virginia, the son of the late Rufus Glenn Orender and Gladys Irene Hartless Fitzgerald. Wayne was a veteran of the United States Army. A member of the United Mine Workers of America, he built underground tunnels in...
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Troy Lee "Buck" Bledsoe

March 20, 1933 - January 8, 2016

Troy Lee "Buck" Bledsoe, age 82, of Ray, passed away Friday, January 8, 2016 at the Maple Hills Nursing Facility in McArthur. He was born March 20, 1933 in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, the son of the late Claude M. Bledsoe and Mary L. Thompson Bledsoe. Troy was a 1952 graduate of Allensville High School, where he lettered in basketball and played in numerous championship games. He was a veteran of...
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