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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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Lendal S. Carrington

March 2, 1942 - December 31, 2015

Lendal S. Carrington, age 73, of Hamden, passed away Thursday evening, December 31, 2015 at the Edgewood Manor in Wellston. She was born March 2, 1942 in Sharon, Pennsylvania, the daughter of the late Zora Tackett and Elizabeth "Libby" Hutchinson Tackett. Lendal was a 1960 graduate of Mercerville High School. She was a loving homemaker, who enjoyed going fishing with her husband. Lendal was a...
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Michael "Mike" Waldron

November 27, 1951 - December 27, 2015

Michael "Mike" Waldron, age 64, of Cape Coral, Florida, and a former resident of Wellston, traded his earthly home for his Heavenly one, surrounded by his family on Sunday, December 27, 2015, after a long battle with a neuro/muscular disorder. He was born November 27, 1951 in Gallipolis, Ohio to the late Windy and Carrie Harvey Waldron. Mike was a 1969 graduate of Wellston High School and was...
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Deloris Ellen DePue

May 15, 1937 - December 19, 2015

Deloris E. DePue, age 78, of Wellston, passed away Saturday evening, December 19, 2015 at her home. She was born May 15, 1937 in McArthur, Ohio to the late John Rose and Mabel Reed Rose. Deloris was a loving homemaker who enjoyed reading, baking and sewing. She was a member of the Wellston Church of God, where she was actively involved with various church functions. Deloris is survived by...
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David E. Wheatley

July 10, 1947 - December 17, 2015

David E. Wheatley, age 68, of Wellston, passed away Thursday, December 17, 2015 at his home. He was born July 10, 1947 in Wise, Virginia to the late Jack J. Wheatley and Nellie Jane Kilgore Wheatley. David was a 1965 graduate of Wellston High School. He was a proud veteran of the United States Army, who received two Bronze Stars and 2 Army Commendations for his service of two tours in Vietnam....
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Audra Christine "Chris" Jividen

January 11, 1945 - December 14, 2015

Psalm 18:2 The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Audra Christine "Chris" Jividen, age 70, of Radcliff, departed this earth to be with Jesus, after valiantly fighting and losing her 2 year battle with Cancer, on Monday, December 14, 2015, from the V.A. Medical Center in Chillicothe,...
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Rita Ann Bishop

November 19, 1931 - December 8, 2015

Rita Ann Bishop, age 84, of Wellston, passed away Tuesday, December 8, 2015, at the Jenkins Care Community in Wellston. She was born November 19, 1931 in Washington Township, Jackson County, Ohio to the late Minor Leach and Julia Humphries Leach. Rita was a 1949 graduate of Washington Township School and was a former employee of Kuppenheimer Manufacturing and Penn's Warehouse. For several...
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Ferrell M. Rood

June 13, 1937 - December 4, 2015

Pastor Ferrell M. Rood, age 78 of Zaleski, passed away Friday, December 4, 2015, at the Adena Regional Medical Center in Chillicothe, Ohio. He was born June 13, 1937 in Huntington, W.Va. to the late Perry U. Rood and Lillie A. Shaver Rood. Ferrell was a 1955 graduate of Wellston High School. He was the Pastor of the Zaleski Free Will Baptist Church for 40years, as well as being a self-employed...
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Lisa M. Ewing Pemberton

October 6, 1963 - December 3, 2015

Lisa M. Ewing Pemberton, age 52 of Wellston, passed away Thursday morning, December 3, 2015, at the home of her daughter in Wellston. She was born October 6, 1963 in Durham, North Carolina, the daughter of the late Vance Teasley and Faye Maxine Woodruff. Lisa was a former employee of Nolan Amusements for 20 years. She enjoyed baking and being a caregiver to others, and her passion in life was...
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Marilyn Rita Gray

March 19, 1935 - December 2, 2015

Marilyn Rita Gray, age 80, of Wellston, passed away Wednesday, December 2, 2015, at the home of her daughter in Wellston. She was born March 19, 1935 in Wellston, Ohio to the late Luther Robert Sherwood and Opal Burton Sherwood. Rita was a 1952 graduate of Wellston High School and she was a loving homemaker. She is survived by her daughter, Vicki Gilliland of Wellston; 2 grandchildren, Chad...
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Daniel J. D.J. Cooper

October 4, 1980 - November 27, 2015

Daniel J. "D.J." Cooper, age 35, of Wellston, passed away Friday evening, November 27, 2015, surrounded by loved ones at his home. He was born October 4, 1980 in Chillicothe, Ohio. D.J. was a laborer who enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He is survived by his father, Danny L. Cooper; mother, Marianne Kallquest Rippeth; his wife of 3 years, Kimberly K. Rowland Cooper; children,...
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Carrie a. Ewing

June 20, 1935 - November 21, 2015

Carrie A. Ewing, age 80, of Wellston, passed away Saturday, November 21, 2015, at the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. She was born June 20, 1935 in Ashville, Ohio, the daughter of the late Chester Levi Stewart and Elsie Mae Stewart Delawder. Carrie was a loving homemaker and she enjoyed cooking and reading. She is survived by her children, Sandra Mallon, Clarence Ewing, Pamela...
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Edith M. Rupert

September 23, 1923 - November 20, 2015

Edith M. Rupert, age 92, of Wellston, passed away Friday morning, November 20, 2015 at the Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky, Ohio. She was born September 23, 1923 in Pettorano Sul Gizio, Italy to the late Ralph DeVictor and Assunta Lancia DeVictor. Edith graduated from Ohio University, with a degree in education and majoring in art. She was a former teacher for the Wellston City...
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Raymond H. Wiseman

August 20, 1919 - November 17, 2015

Raymond H. Wiseman, age 96, of Hamden, passed away Tuesday, November 17, 2015, at the Jenkins Care Community in Wellston. He was born August 20, 1919 in Orton, Ohio, the son of the late Pearl and Elizabeth Beebe Wiseman. Raymond was a veteran of the United States Army, having served as a Staff Sgt. during WWII. He was a former self-employed truck driver and was also a former car salesman for...
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Virgene Wolfe

September 26, 1932 - November 16, 2015

Margaret Virgene Wolfe, age 83, a lifelong resident of Wellston, passed away Monday, November 16, 2015 at the Edgewood Manor of Wellston. She was born September 26, 1932 in Vinton County, Ohio to the late Earl Francis Clark and Letha Thelma Salmans Clark. Virgene was a 1950 graduate of Wellston High School and was also a graduate of the Portsmouth Business College. She was retired from Frick...
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Jerry Dale Downard

January 4, 1955 - November 14, 2015

Jerry Dale Downard, age 60, of Wellston, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, November 14, 2015, at the Holzer Medical Center ER in Jackson, Ohio. He was born January 4, 1955 in Logan, Ohio to the late Dale P. and Virginia J. Collins Downard. Jerry Dale was employed as a truck driver for A&K Ready Mix and he enjoyed dirt bike racing and hunting. He is survived by his longtime companion, Lisa...
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Phyllis J. Jayjohn

August 11, 1938 - November 13, 2015

Phyllis J. Jayjohn, age 77, of Wellston, passed away Friday, November 13, 2015 at the Holzer Medical Center in Gallipolis, Ohio. She was born August 11, 1938 in Logan, W.Va., the daughter of the late Herbert Browning and Esta Bertha Fraley Finn and Robert Finn. Phyllis was a former tutor for GED students at the Wellston Public Library and she was a loving caregiver, wife, mother and grandmother...
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Jan Frisby

June 3, 1928 - October 28, 2015

Janice K. "Jan" Frisby, age 87, of Jackson, passed away Wednesday, October 28, 2015, at the Holzer Senior Care Center in Gallipolis, Ohio. She was born June 3, 1928 in Garfield, Ohio, daughter of the late Albert and Mildred Raynor Reed. Jan was a former employee of the Jolly Lanes Bowling Alley in Jackson, and was also a waitress at several area restaurants, having retired from Pizza Hut in...
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Marlene A. Bartlett

December 24, 1938 - October 28, 2015

Marlene A. Bartlett, age 77, of Byer, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, October 28, 2015, at the Holzer Medical Center ER in Jackson. She was born December 24, 1937 in Wellston, Ohio to the late Thomas and Doris Oiler Jenkins. Marlene was a loving homemaker and mother. Her fulfillment in life was spending time with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her cat, "Mou-Mo". ...
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Mark D Sherwood

June 21, 1960 - October 22, 2015

Mark D. Sherwood, age 55, of Wellston, passed away unexpectedly Thursday morning, October 22, 2015, at his home. He was born June 21, 1960 in Chillicothe, Ohio to the late Luther James Sherwood and Mildred Louise DeVol Sherwood. Mark was a 1978 graduate of Wellston High School. He was employed by Kroger for 37 years and was presently the head meat cutter at the Wellston Kroger store. Mark was...
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Richard W. "Dick" Woodruff

May 24, 1936 - October 20, 2015

Richard W. "Dick" Woodruff, age 79, of Wellston, passed away Tuesday morning, October 20, 2015, at the home of his daughter in Wellston. He was born May 24, 1936 in Wellston, Ohio to the late Walter Howard Woodruff and Evelyn Holderman Woodruff. Dick was retired from the United States Navy after 21 years of service to his country. He was a skilled maintenance man who was formerly employed at...
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Betty M Jarvis

September 20, 1926 - October 18, 2015

Betty M. Jarvis, age 89, of Wellston, passed away Sunday morning, October 18, 2015 at Four Winds Community in Jackson, Ohio. She was born September 20, 1926 in Jackson County, Ohio the daughter of the late Alfred and Grace Kisor Bishop. Betty was a 1944 graduate of Wellston High School. She was a loving homemaker and a faithful and devoted Christian. Betty was a member of the Zion #3 Church...
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James Edward Swonger

October 14, 1930 - October 17, 2015

James Edward Swonger, age 85, was welcomed into the loving embrace of his Lord and Savior on Saturday, October 17, 2015 after a lengthy struggle with failing health. A long-time resident of Jackson County for over 52 years, James (Jim) made his home, along with his loving family in the communities of Jackson, Wellston, and more recently the beautiful countryside along Horton Sisters Road, rural...
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James Edgar Evans, OD

October 16, 2015

Lieutenant Colonel, Naval Officer and Optometrist, Dr. James Edgar Evans, age 70 of Jackson, passed away Friday morning, October 16, 2015, at the Kobacker House in Columbus, Ohio. He was born January 11, 1945 in Columbus, Ohio to the late Addison Victor Evans and Mary Morgan Evans. Ed attended Wellston High School and was a 1962 graduate of Culver Military Academy. He was a graduate of Ohio...
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Eula M. McManus

January 21, 1927 - October 15, 2015

Eula M. McManus, age 88, of Hamden, passed away Thursday, October 15, 2015, at Jenkins Care Community in Wellston. She was born January 21, 1927 in Wellston, Ohio, the daughter of the late Warren Bayes and Maude Starkey Bayes. Eula was a 1944 graduate of Wellston High School. She was a former employee of the Vinton County School District, where she was head cook at Hamden Elementary for 17 years,...
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Benson J. "Benny" McPherson

May 14, 1951 - October 4, 2015

Benson J. "Benny" McPherson, age 64, of Wellston, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, October 4, 2015, while visiting friends in Hillsboro, Ohio. He was born May 14, 1951 in Athens, Ohio to the late Benson McPherson and Era Mae Tittle McPherson. Benny was a 1969 graduate of Federal Hocking High School and he was a retired employee of Ohio University in Athens. Benny enjoyed fishing, hunting and...
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Marsha Lynn Gearheart

September 21, 1962 - September 28, 2015

Marsha Lynn Gearheart, age 53 of McArthur, passed away Monday, September 28, 2015. She was born September 21, 1962 in Martin, Kentucky to Emmitt and Ellen Bailey Gearheart. Marsha was a 1981 graduate of Vinton County High School. She is survived by her mother, Ellen Gearheart of McArthur; sister, Melissa Mullins (Homer) of McArthur; niece, Leisha Mullins of McArthur; nephews, Andrew "A.J."...
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Olive F Dye

April 29, 1927 - September 26, 2015

Olive F. Dye, age 88, of Wellston, passed away Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the Holzer Medical Center in Jackson, Ohio. She was born April 29, 1927 in Wellston, Ohio to the late Samuel and Fatemay Ingalls Cooper. Olive was a 1945 graduate of Wellston High School and was a loving homemaker. She was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Wellston, where she sang in the church choir for...
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Nicky L. "Nick" Huff

October 16, 1944 - September 25, 2015

Nicky L. "Nick" Huff, age 70, of Wellston, passed away Friday, September 25, 2015, at the Ohio State University Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He was born October 16, 1944 in Chillicothe, Ohio the son of the late Raymond Huff and Carolyn Downs Whalen. Nick was a 1962 graduate of Wellston High School and was a veteran of the Ohio Army National Guard, with whom he served for 6 years. He was a...
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Regina Sue "Gina" Keller

September 29, 1960 - September 17, 2015

Regina Sue "Gina" Keller, age 54 of Wellston passed away Thursday, September 17, 2015 at the Holzer Medical Center of Jackson. She was born September 29, 1960 in Athens , Ohio to Lillian Lester Elkins and the late William Baxter Elkins. She was a member of the Emmanuel House of Refuge Church , enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and never knew a stranger. She is survived by her mother,...
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Thomas Henry Perdue

January 18, 1941 - September 16, 2015

Thomas Henry Perdue, age 74, of North Carolina, passed away Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at the Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC. He was born January 18, 1941 in Huntington, WV to the late Henry Edward Perdue and Rita Smith Perdue. Tom was raised in Huntington and graduated from Vinson High School in 1957. A gifted athlete, Tom played baseball and football at The Ohio State...
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Shirley J. Elkins

May 3, 1947 - September 15, 2015

Shirley J. Elkins, age 68, of Wellston, passed away Tuesday, September 15, 2015, at the Holzer Medical Center in Jackson. She was born May 3, 1947 in Los Angeles, California to the late Allen Roman Browning and Lucille Marcella Vititoe Browning. Shirley was a loving homemaker, who enjoyed working puzzle books and spending time with her family and friends. She was a member of the American...
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Leroy Mosier, Jr.

February 1, 1940 - September 13, 2015

Leroy Mosier, Jr., age 75, of Wellston, went home to be with his Lord on Sunday, September 13, 2015, while surrounded by his loving family at the Jenkins Care Community. He was born February 1, 1940 in Gallia County, Ohio, the son of the late Leroy Mosier and Darlene Grubbs Mosier Rapp. Leroy was a former employee of the Ice Plant in Jackson, where he worked for over 20 years. He attended the...
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Gregory W. "Fish" Bishop

February 16, 1959 - September 6, 2015

Gregory W. "Fish" Bishop, age 56, of Wellston, passed away Sunday, September 6, 2015 at the Holzer Medical Center in Jackson, Ohio. He was born February 16, 1959 in Chillicothe, Ohio to the late Carl Bishop and Verona VanBibber Stevens Bishop. Greg was a 1977 graduate of Wellston High School. He was a former carpenter who enjoyed fishing and the outdoors. Greg is survived by sons, Carl Bishop...
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Robert I. "Bob" Reed

September 6, 1931 - September 6, 2015

Robert I. "Bob" Reed, age 84, of Wellston, passed away Sunday, September 6, 2015 at the Holzer Medical Center in Gallipolis, Ohio. He was born September 6, 1931 in Vinton County, Ohio to the late Albert Isaac Reed and Mildred Grace Raynor Reed. Bob was a 1949 graduate of Coalton High School and was a veteran of the United States Army, having served during the Korean Conflict. He was the former...
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