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Edith Isabel Napper

January 4, 1927 - April 25, 2018

Edith Isabel Napper, age 91, of Wellston, passed away Wednesday morning, April 25, 2018 at her home. She was born January 4, 1927 in Ross County, Ohio, daughter of the late Harley J. Hamner and Bertha G. Kerns Hamner. Isabel was retired from General Electric in Circleville, where she was employed for several years. She was a very giving person to everyone and she never met a stranger. Isabel...
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Donald Ray "Don" Sizemore

February 4, 1949 - April 23, 2018

Donald Ray "Don" Sizemore, age 69, of Wellston, passed away unexpectedly Monday, April 23, 2018, at the home of his son in Wellston. He was born February 4, 1949 in Radcliff, Ohio, son of the late William Sizemore and Alma Pendleton Vititoe. Don, a former employee of Southern Ohio Coal Company and member of UMWA, retired from coal mining in 2011 with 20 years of service in the coal mining...
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Charles Edward French

May 19, 1973 - April 17, 2018

Charles Edward French, age 44, passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018. He was born May 19, 1973 in Gallipolis, Ohio. Charlie, a 1991 graduate of Huntington High School, was an avid sports fan who enjoyed cheering on the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Cincinnati Reds. Charlie also enjoyed NASCAR and playing softball. He is survived by his mother and step-father, Linda L. Daniel Zimmerman and Jim...
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Robert L. Hartley

November 12, 1947 - April 14, 2018

Robert L. Hartley, age 70, of Wellston, passed away Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the VA Medical Center in Chillicothe, Ohio. He was born November 12, 1947 in Wellston, Ohio to the late Luther "Boots" Hartley and Margaret Morris Hartley. Robert was a Vietnam Veteran of the United States Army serving in the 1st Calvary division combat tracker team. He is survived by daughters Annette Holland and...
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Ernest Thomas Rollins II

March 30, 1973 - April 11, 2018

Ernest Thomas Rollins II, age 45, of Nelsonville, passed away Wednesday evening, April 11, 2018 at the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He was born March 30, 1973 in Tampa, Florida to Kathy Ann "Sue" Cozort and the late Ernest Thomas "Pete" Rollins I. Ernie "Hoss" truly loved being a coal miner for Buckingham Coal Company. He is survived by his wife, Yvonne Sheri Rollins;...
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Steven Lee Frisby

April 27, 1965 - April 4, 2018

Steven Lee Frisby, age 52, of Wellston, passed away Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at the Holzer Medical Center in Jackson, Ohio. He was born April 27, 1965 in Oak Hill, Ohio to the late Harold Richard Frisby and Alice May Shotts Frisby. Steve was a farmer who, in his spare time, enjoyed hunting and cheering on the Dallas Cowboys. He is survived by his brothers and sisters, Harold Frisby of Hamden,...
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Alene Gould

July 18, 1924 - April 2, 2018

Alene Gould, age 93, of Wellston, passed away Monday morning, April 2, 2018 at the Holzer Medical Center in Jackson, Ohio. She was born July 18, 1924 in Wellston, Ohio to the late Alfred Landford Bishop and Flossie Grace Kisor Bishop. Alene, along with her husband, was the former owner of Gould's Bakery in Wellston. She was a member of, and enjoyed attending, Zion #3 Church in Wellston. In...
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George B. Leach

July 7, 1924 - March 25, 2018

George B. Leach, an old solider laid to rest. George Barnett Leach, 93, of Coshocton, passed away Sunday, March 25, 2018 at Genesis Health Services in Zanesville. He was born the seventh son of a seventh son, on the seventh day of the seventh month in 1924 to Carl Lamar Leach and Clara Pauline (Sullivan) Leach in Wellston, Ohio. He was one of ten children and along with his parents he was...
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Charles William "Chuck" Keplar

May 3, 1955 - March 23, 2018

Charles William "Chuck" Keplar, age 62, of Coalton, passed away Friday morning, March 23, 2018, at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. He was born May 3, 1955 in Orville, Ohio to the late Charles M. Keplar and Jennie North Keplar. Chuck was a former construction worker who worked as a journeyman lineman for IBEW Local #71, as well as several other power companies...
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Joshua Lee Willis

September 24, 1981 - March 22, 2018

Joshua Lee Willis, age 36, of Wellston, passed away unexpectedly Thursday morning, March 22, 2018. He was born September 24, 1981 in Chillicothe, Ohio to Timothy Lee Willis and Deidra Sue Spearry Willis. Josh graduated from Wellston High School with the class of 2000. He enjoyed attending the Wellston Church of the Nazarene and fellowshipping with the congregation. Josh also enjoyed video...
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David E. Tolbert

August 1, 1953 - March 22, 2018

David E. Tolbert, age 64, of Hamden, passed away Thursday morning, March 22, 2018 at Hamden Nursing and Rehabilitation. He was born August 1, 1953 in Vinton County to the late Walter Tolbert and Ruby Morris Tolbert. David enjoyed sports, including watching wrestling and car racing. He is survived by his sister, Teresa Pittman; and his caregiver, Chris Napper of Hamden. Graveside service will...
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Alva L. "Pick" Waugh, Jr.

March 7, 1921 - March 14, 2018

Alva L. "Pick" Waugh, Jr., age 97, of Wellston, passed away Wednesday morning, March 14, 2018 at Jenkins Care Community Assisted Living in Wellston. He was born March 7, 1921 in Wellston, Ohio to the late Alva L. Waugh, Sr. and Eva M. Dye Waugh. Pick was a 1939 graduate of Wellston High School. He was a Veteran of the United States Army Air Corp, who served during WWII. Pick was proud of the...
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Harold "Patter" McKee

January 20, 1957 - March 10, 2018

Harold R. "Patter" McKee, age 61, of Hamden, passed away Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the Holzer Medical Center in Jackson, Ohio. He was born January 20, 1957 in Gallipolis, Ohio, son of the late Harold R. McKee and Mary F. White Immer. Pat was a heavy equipment operator, who was formerly employed by Waterloo Coal Company. He was also a former employee of Daybreak Transportation, where he...
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Vivian M. Pelletier

July 16, 1924 - March 8, 2018

Vivian M. Pelletier, age 93, of Wellston, passed away Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the Holzer Medical Center in Jackson, Ohio. She was born July 16, 1924 in Malta, Ohio to the late Russell M. McDaniel and Stella Carr McDaniel. Vivian was a homemaker and provider for her family, and was an excellent cook. In her own words, "the key to good cooking is to add a little bit of sugar to everything!"...
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Clarence William "Bill" Wireman

June 24, 1940 - March 7, 2018

Clarence William Wireman, also known as "Wild Bill" and "Dingo", age 77, of Wellston, passed away Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at his home. He was born June 24, 1940 in Pettus, West Virginia to the late Clarence Raymond Wireman and Margerette Louise Morris Wireman. Bill was a graduate of Wellston High School and a Vietnam Veteran of the United States Army. He was a former truck driver for various...
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Dixie Osborne

November 1, 1938 - March 5, 2018

Dixie Lee Osborne, age 79, of Wellston, passed away Monday, March 5, 2018. She was born November 1, 1938 in Wellston, Ohio to the late Walter Howard Woodruff and Evelyn Lucille Halterman Woodruff. Dixie was a homemaker and a full-time military wife for the majority of her life. She enjoyed playing bingo and watching TV, which was always on Food Network, HGTV or game show channels. Above all...
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Ronald Lee Ostrander,, Jr.

October 31, 1955 - March 2, 2018

Ronald Lee Ostrander, Jr., age 62, of Jackson, passed away Friday, March 2, 2018. He was born October 31, 1955 in Chicago, Illinois. Ronald was a former truck driver, who in the past was employed by Waterloo Coal Company and Davis Trucking. He enjoyed being outdoors, camping and fishing. Ronald is survived by his mother, Lavon Joyce Chapman Shields; children, Harry Ostrander, Ronald Lee "Chip...
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Betty J. Petit

June 19, 1932 - February 24, 2018

Betty J. Petit, age 85, of Wellston, passed away Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. She was born June 19, 1932 in Linton, Indiana to the late Theodore and Mary (Hicks) Passen. Betty, a loving homemaker, enjoyed staying at home watching her favorite T.V. shows and visiting with her family. She is survived by her daughter, Sharon Kay Costello of...
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Raymond Kenneth "Kenny" Matthews, Jr.

May 31, 1923 - February 16, 2018

Raymond Kenneth "Kenny" Matthews, Jr., age 94, of Wellston, passed away surrounded by family Friday, February 16, 2018 at Jenkins Care Community Assisted Living in Wellston. He was born at home in Wellston on May 31, 1923 to the late Raymond K. Matthews, Sr. and Luella Ruth Dempsey Matthews. Kenny was a 1941 graduate of Wellston High School. He went on to further his education at The Ohio...
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Leonard A. Holzapfel

February 13, 1923 - February 13, 2018

Leonard A. "Bumpy" Holzapfel, of Wellston, was born on Tuesday, February 13, 1923 in Wellston, Ohio and passed away on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, his 95th birthday, at the Holzer Medical Center in Gallipolis, Ohio. Leonard was the third of 4 children born to the late Leonard F. Holzapfel and Grace Elizabeth King Holzapfel. Leonard, a 1941graduate of Wellston High School, was one of the last...
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Albert D. Hall, Sr.

March 17, 1943 - February 10, 2018

Albert D. Hall, Sr., age 74, of McArthur, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, February 10, 2018 from his earthly home. He was born March 17, 1943 in Helechawa, Kentucky to the late Granville Andrew Hall and Linda Carrie Robinson Hall. Albert retired from Ford Motor Company in Wayne, Michigan, where he was employed for over 13 years. Albert loved to go fishing and he enjoyed...
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Brenda Kay Brewer Smith

October 1, 1952 - February 9, 2018

Brenda Kay Brewer Smith, age 65, of Jackson, passed away Friday February 9, 2018 at the OSU Specialty Hospital East in Columbus, Ohio. She was born October 1, 1952 in Logan, Ohio to the late Archie Dewain Brewer and Lura Electa Hamrick Duffy. Brenda was a 1970 graduate of Wellston High School and was employed at Bellisio Foods in Jackson for several years. She enjoyed reading and baking , but...
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Amy Ann Strausbaugh Downard

June 23, 1974 - February 1, 2018

Amy Ann Strausbaugh Downard, age 43, of Wellston, passed away Thursday, February 1, 2018 at Four Winds Community in Jackson, Ohio. She was born June 23, 1974 in Columbus, Ohio, the daughter of Patrick Lowell Strausbaugh and Shirley A. Conger McCain. Amy was a graduate of Whitehall High School and was a former school bus driver for Wellston City Schools. She loved waking up every morning to...
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James E. "Jim" Unger, Jr.

November 28, 1962 - February 1, 2018

James E. "Jim" Unger, Jr., age 55, of Wellston, passed away Thursday morning, February 1, 2018 at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. He was born November 28, 1962 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to James E. Unger, Sr. and Claire L. Griffin Unger. Jim was a former employee of General Mills in Wellston for 20 years. He was a fun- loving person who always enjoyed...
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Camilla "Kim" Perdue Wassilchenko

October 30, 1944 - January 30, 2018

Camilla "Kim" Perdue Wassilchenko, age 73, of Oklahoma, and a former resident of Wellston, passed away Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at Integris Hospice House in Oklahoma City. She was born October 30, 1944 in Kenova, West Virginia to the late Henry E. Perdue and Rita Smith Perdue. Kim was a 1962 graduate of Wellston High School, and then in later years received her Bachelor's Degree in nursing...
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Steve Kibbey

June 13, 1953 - January 30, 2018

Steve Kibbey, age 64, of Creola, passed away Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at Adena Regional Medical Center in Chillicothe, Ohio. He was born June 13, 1953 in Hamden, Ohio to the late Robert Louis Kibbey and Mary Jane Forman Kibbey. Steve was a 1971 graduate of Wellston High School. He was a proud truck driver who was formerly employed by C.W. Snyder Trucking in Jackson. Steve, one of the best...
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Gwendolyn S. "Gwen" Hulse

November 8, 1961 - January 30, 2018

Gwendolyn S. "Gwen" Walker Hulse, age 56, of Wellston, passed away Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at her home. She was born November 8, 1961 in Columbus, Ohio to Myron Eugene Walker and Ardith Colleen Dye Walker. Gwen was a homemaker who enjoyed crocheting and working in her flower garden. She is survived by her mother, Ardith Walker of Columbus; children, Amber King (Derek) of Wellston, Jeri Hulse...
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Larry J. Molihan

May 28, 1952 - January 25, 2018

Larry J. Molihan, age 65, of Wellston, passed away Thursday, January 25, 2018 at Adena Regional Medical Center in Chillicothe. He was born May 28, 1952 to the late James J. Molihan and Evelyn Perry Molihan. Larry is survived by his children, Terry Molihan (Jeanetta), Nathan Molihan (Amanda) and Jody Shotts (Dohn); special granddaughter, Alyssa Molihan (Dakotah Johnson); grandchildren, Cody...
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Richard E. McWhorter

November 4, 1934 - January 25, 2018

Richard E. McWhorter, age 83, of Hamden, passed away January 25, 2018 at Four Winds Nursing and Rehabilitation in Jackson. He was born in Wellston, Ohio on November 4, 1934 to Eura McWhorter and MaryJane "Janie" George McWhorter. Richard worked at McNally Pittsburg MFG for many years until its closing and he then went on to work at Circleville Metal Works. Most recently he worked for and retired...
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Donald F. Henry, Sr.

April 29, 1942 - January 18, 2018

Donald F. Henry, Sr., age 75, of Wellston, passed away Thursday, January 18, 2018 at his home. He was born April 29, 1942 in Wellston, Ohio to the late Charles Willard Henry and Florence Deal Henry. Donald was a graduate of Wellston High School and a veteran of the United States Navy, who served during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Following 30 years of service, Donald retired from CSX Railroad,...
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William H. "Bill" Blazer

January 30, 1934 - January 17, 2018

William H. "Bill" Blazer, age 83, of Cheshire, passed away Wednesday morning, January 17, 2018 at Edgewood Manor in Wellston. He was born January 30, 1934 in Gallia County, Ohio to the late Claude Arnold Blazer and Mary Louise Angell Blazer. Bill was a 1952 graduate of Cheshire High School and was a veteran of the United States Army, who served during the Korean Conflict. He retired from...
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Virginia P. Ward

February 16, 1932 - January 15, 2018

Virginia P. Ward, age 85, of Wellston, and a former resident of Dundas, received her heavenly reward on Monday, January 15, 2018. She was born February 16, 1932 in McArthur, Ohio to the late Forest Zinn and Hannah E. Pierce Zinn. Virginia was a 1950 graduate of McArthur High School. She was a former home health aide who was employed by the Vinton County Health Department. A spunky lady,...
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Wilma Bishop

October 31, 1921 - January 15, 2018

Wilma Bishop, age 96, of Wellston, passed away Monday morning, January 15, 2018 at Doctor's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. She was born October 31, 1921 in Jackson County, Ohio to the late Marion H. Perkins and Katie Flo Reed Perkins. Wilma was a 1939 graduate of Wellston High School. She was a telephone operator at the former General Telephone Company in Jackson and then later retired from...
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Utah Coleman

January 10, 1934 - January 12, 2018

Utah Coleman, age 84, of McArthur, passed away peacefully Friday morning, January 12, 2018 at Pickaway Manor in Circleville. He was born January 10, 1934 in Pike County, Kentucky to the late George L. and Victoria Coleman. Utah was a veteran of the United States Army. He attended Morehead University and later received a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Ohio University. Utah was a former...
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Kenneth Leroy Bapst

September 9, 1948 - January 7, 2018

Kenneth Leroy "Kenny" Bapst, age 69, of Beaver, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday morning, January 7, 2018 while enjoying what he loved to do, with the grandson that he loved. Kenny was born at his grandparents home, and the house that he now resided in, on September 9, 1948 in Stockdale, Ohio. He was the son of the late Raymond Lewis Bapst and Eileen Florence Pollard Bapst. Kenny was a 1966...
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Frances Gillett Tate

June 14, 1943 - January 5, 2018

Frances K. Gillett Tate, age 74, of The Plains, passed away Friday, January 5, 2018 at Camden Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg, West Virginia. She was born June 14, 1943 at home in Athens County, Ohio to the late Harold Lee Gillett and Mary Frances West Gillett. Frances was a 1961 graduate of Amesburn High School. She was a loving homemaker who always welcomed everyone into her home and...
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Hazel M. Skeen

October 23, 1917 - January 5, 2018

Hazel M. Skeen, age 100, of Wellston, passed away Friday, January 5, 2018 at Maples Hills Nursing Facility in McArthur, Ohio. She was born October 23, 1917 in Ramage, West Virginia, daughter of the late Kiley Doss and Lottie Michaels Doss. Hazel and her husband, Rudie, owned and operated Skeen's Market in Wellston for several years. Following her retirement, Hazel was not only a loving...
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Leola Pearl Dozer

March 1, 1927 - January 3, 2018

Leola Pearl Dozer, age 90, of Wellston, passed away Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at Jenkins Care Community in Wellston, Ohio. She was born March 1, 1927 in Jackson County, Ohio, the daughter of the late John Adam Dempsey and Helen Dorothy Cooper Dempsey. Leola, a 1945 graduate of Coalton High School, was a homemaker and Pastor's wife. She was an ordained Deaconess of the Wesleyan Church and was a...
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James C. "Jimmy" Emmert

September 26, 1974 - January 1, 2018

James C. "Jimmy" Emmert, age 43, of Wellston, passed away Monday, January 1, 2018. He was born September 26, 1974 in Gallipolis, Ohio to James P. Emmert and Diane M. Ward Emmert. Jimmy was a 1993 graduate of Vinton County Consolidated High School. He was a truck driver who was employed by AK Materials of Wellston. Jimmy loved spending time with his friends, going to the dirt track, boating on...
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Charles E. Dozer

August 22, 1925 - January 1, 2018

Charles Earl Dozer, age 92, of Wellston, passed away Monday morning, January 1, 2018 at Jenkins Care Community in Wellston. He was born August 22, 1925 at Richland Township in Vinton County, Ohio, the son of the late Harley Earl Dozer and Hazel Opal Waldron Dozer. Charles was an ordained minister, having been ordained in the Wesleyan Church, Eastern Ohio District, in 1965, and then later...
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Dwight E. Ratcliff

May 5, 1961 - December 30, 2017

Dwight E. Ratcliff, age 56, of McArthur, passed away Saturday evening, December 30, 2017 at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. He was born May 5, 1961 in Chillicothe, Ohio, son of the late Dwight Eugene Ratcliff and Vera Maxine Stuck Ratcliff. Dwight was a proud truck driver for Clary Trucking in Chillicothe, where he was employed for several years. He enjoyed...
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Norma Jean Garrett Harper

December 13, 1930 - December 27, 2017

Norma Jean Garrett Harper, age 87, of Ecorse, Michigan, and a former resident of Hamden, passed away Wednesday evening, December 27, 2017 at the Wyandotte Hospital in Wyandotte, Michigan. She was born December 13, 1930 in Hamden, Ohio to the late Edward Franklin Garrett and Resa Mae Ward Garrett. She is survived by her children, Herman Clark, Jr. (Linda) of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Brenda Clark...
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Virgilene S. Shook

February 14, 1942 - December 27, 2017

Virgilene S. Shook, age 75, of Coalton, passed away Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at the Holzer Medical Center ER in Jackson, Ohio. She was born February 14, 1942 in Wellston, Ohio, daughter of the late Dallas Gerald Leach, Sr. and Sarah Augusta Wills Leach. Virgilene graduated with the class of 1959 from Wellston High School and then continued her education by attending Columbus Business...
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Jean Moore

November 17, 1933 - December 25, 2017

Jean Moore, age 84, of Hamden, passed away Monday, December 25, 2017 at Hamden Nursing and Rehabilitation. She was born November 17, 1933 in Akron, Ohio, daughter of the late Ira Hugh Epling and Marie Louise Myers Epling. Jean graduated with the class of 1952 from Hamden High School. A loving homemaker, Jean was also known throughout the area for her thriving talent in cake decorating. She...
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Ralph "Denny" Fortner

November 10, 1954 - December 25, 2017

Ralph D. "Denny" Fortner, age 63, of Wellston, passed away Monday, December 25, 2017 at his home. He was born November 10, 1954 in Dayton, Ohio to Wendell Fortner and Martha Jane Perry Fortner. Denny was a 1973 graduate of Brookville High School. He retired from Verizon Telephone Company, where he was employed for 32 years. Denny was a member of the AmVets and he enjoyed hunting, fishing and...
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Willard F. Harvey

November 7, 1940 - December 24, 2017

Willard F. Harvey, age 77, of Wellston, passed away Sunday, December 24, 2017 at his home. He was born November 7, 1940 in Radcliff, Ohio to the late Hollis E. Harvey and Clara C. Mollihan Harvey. Willard was a graduate of Wilton South High School in Wilkesville. He retired from the Jackson County Highway Department and was a member of the Orphans Friend Masonic Lodge #275 F&AM in Wilkesville....
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Judy Kay Hollingshead Hughes

September 10, 1950 - December 24, 2017

Judy Kay Hollingshead Hughes, age 67, of Jackson, passed away Sunday, December 24, 2017 at her home. She was born September 10, 1950 in Columbus, Ohio to the late Clarence Lawson Hollingshead and Ella Mae Sprouse Hollingshead. Judy was a 1969 graduate of West High School in Columbus and also a graduate of Hocking Technical College, where she earned a degree in Criminal Justice. Judy was...
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Lloyd White

June 17, 1928 - December 24, 2017

Lloyd White, age 89, of Jackson, passed away Sunday evening, December 24, 2017 at Holzer Assisted Living in Jackson, Ohio. He was born June 17, 1928 in Jackson County, Ohio, the son of the late Harry Albert White and Grace Elizabeth Pickerel White. Lloyd was a 1947 graduate of Jackson High School and a veteran of the United States Army, where he served with the 101st Airborne and the 1st...
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Betty M. McManaway

July 18, 1941 - December 24, 2017

Betty M. McManaway, age 76, of Wellston, passed away Sunday, December 24, 2017 at the Adena Regional Medical Center in Chillicothe, Ohio. She was born July 18, 1941 in Boyd County, Kentucky, daughter of the late George Fannin and Lillian E. Minor Fannin. Betty, a 1960 graduate of Jackson High School, was the former Director of the Jackson County Human Services, where she was employed for over...
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Fredna Mae Swaney

October 29, 1919 - December 22, 2017

The Lord brought Fredna Mae (McKinniss) Swaney into the world on October 29, 1919 and took her home on December 22, 2017, at the age of 98, to be with Him eternally. She was born in Coal Township, Jackson County, Ohio to the late Harry C. McKinniss and Lizzie Childers McKinniss. Fredna graduated with the class of 1937 from Coalton High School. She was a loving homemaker, wife and mother, who...
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Herman Junior Collins

January 3, 1941 - December 20, 2017

Herman Junior Collins, age 76, of McArthur, passed away Wednesday evening, December 20, 2017 at the Maple Heights Nursing Facility in McArthur, Ohio. He was born January 3, 1941 in Pike County, Kentucky, son of the late King David Collins and Mercy Thacker Collins. Herman was a former employee of Austin Powder for 30 years He was a hardworking man who enjoyed spending time outdoors. He is...
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Charles Lawrence "Charlie" Pratt

February 9, 1939 - December 19, 2017

Charles Lawrence "Charlie" Pratt, age 78, of Jackson, passed away Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at St. Mary's Medical Center in Huntington, West Virginia. He was born February 9, 1939 in New Marshfield, Ohio to the late John Wesley Pratt, Sr. and Pearl Edith Ferguson Pratt. Charlie was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp. He was a Union Carpenter who retired from the Ohio Carpenters Local ...
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Frank Eberts

October 6, 1937 - December 18, 2017

Bernard Franklin "Frank" Eberts, age 80, of Hamden, passed away Monday morning, December 18, 2017 at his home. He was born October 6, 1937 in Orten, Ohio to the late Oscar Bernard Eberts and Thelma Mae Bays Eberts. Frank was a 1956 graduate of Hamden High School. He was the owner and operator of Frank Eberts and Sons Trucking for over 50 years. While working his trucking business, Frank was...
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William Kenneth "Billy" Lambert

October 20, 1980 - December 7, 2017

William Kenneth "Billy" Lambert, age 37, of Wellston, passed away December 7, 2017 in Puerto Rico. Billy, an employee of Wulzcat Fiber and Cable, Inc., was working in Puerto Rico helping re-build after the recent hurricane devastation. He was born October 20, 1980 in Gallipolis, Ohio. Billy loved to go hunting and fishing and he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He is...
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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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