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Ronald Abbott

Nov. 8, 1938 — Feb. 16, 2018

Ronald C. Abbott, 79 of Sandusky, passed away Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, at Firelands Regional Medical Center, due to cardiac complications following surgery.
Ron was born Nov. 8, 1938, in Coal Grove, to the late Charles and Letta (Robinson) Abbott.
Ron graduated from Dawson-Bryant High School in 1956, and later earned a bachelor’s degree from Ashland University. He was the vice president of engineering at the former Chrysler plant and opened his own plant, Rabbott, Limited consulting. Ron served on the council and was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. He was the 1982 Commodore of the Sandusky Sailing Club. Ron was also a former member of the Sandusky Yacht Club, Sanduski Ski Club, Rockwell Springs Trout Club and the Sandusky Maritime Museum. In his spare time, Ron was very passionate about leisure and competitive sailing, playing guitar and singing with friends. He loved cooking, was an avid fan of Ohio State Football and enjoyed reading Robert Service to friends.
Ron is survived by his loving wife, Martha (Gardner) Abbott, of 44 years; son, Rick (Anna) Abbott, of Florida; three grandchildren, Ronald Abbott, Adam Kieszkowski and Stefan Kieszkowsk; and sister, Clarice Marcene Longpre.
In addition to his parents, Ron is preceded in death by his brother, Donald Abbott; four half-brothers; and six half-sisters.
Friends and family may visit Monday at Groff Funeral Homes and Crematory, Sandusky. Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday today at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Sandusky. Pastor Lance Franke will preside over the services. Burial will follow at Oakland Cemetery.
Those wishing to contribute to Ron’s memory may do so to the Boy Scout’s Camp Oyo, 168 Shawnee Road, Friendship, OH 45630.
Condolences may be shared online at www.grofffuneralhomes.com.

Loretta Francis Bailey Horner

Born in the beautiful month of October 78 years ago, God gave this world an angel. On Saturday, Feb. 17, we, her children, Homer Horner Jr., Chuck Horner, Sandy Burns and Cindy Horner (the baby), had to say goodbye. She went on to heaven to meet with her Lord; and her husband of 47 years, Homer E. Horner; her mother, Alma Marie Turvey; her father, Wallace Bailey; her stepmom, Opal Bailey; her brother, Mike Bailey; her sister and best friend, Phyllis Rose Humphrey; and two infant sisters, Sharon and Margaret.
Left on this earth, along with her children, she left behind two other daughters, Debbie Horner and Danielle Horner, whom she worshipped for loving her sons; a son, Gordy Burns, who could do no wrong in her eyes; her sister’s son, Lawrence Humphrey, whom she thought of as her own. She was blessed with brothers, Larry Bailey, of Ironton, Larry “Buggs” Bailey, of Muncie, Indiana, Eddie Mullins, of Catlettsburg, Kentucky, and Lawrence Humphrey, of Ironton. She was blessed with so many other children who loved her as their mother, we could not list them all, but they know who they are. She had the gift of many friends that loved her, and she always said “to have a friend, you must be one,” and she was right.
She was so proud of her grandchildren, she loved and prayed for them daily; adored grandsons, Aaron (Mandy) Horner, Matt Horner, JC Wurts (Kim Poole), Nick Hurn and Jerimiah Hudson; precious granddaughters, Courtney Marie Wurts and Loren AnnMarie Horner; beloved great grandchildren, Catlyn Wurts, Scarlett Horner, Benjamin Wurts, Ava Wurts and MaKayla and Hannah Moore; and her special companion, Comfy Cat.
Our sweet mother loved nature, wildlife, springtime, feeding and watching the birds, and most of all, flowers. On the hill where our mother lived, our father, with the help of Chuck and Danielle, planted a heart of Easter lilies, to remind her of her favorite things and a reminder of our dad’s love for her. Our first spring without her will be the hardest, but we know where to find her.
If you would like to share a memory, a picture, or just a card, it would be appreciated by the family as we continue to grieve for the rest of our lives. The address is 1990 County Rd 5, Kitts Hill OH 45645.
Special thanks to all the people who helped us care for her these last few years.  We will never forget it.
Please accept our sincere apology for being humanly selfish while spending our last moments with our precious mommy.
Mom always respected Tom Phillips and we have entrusted Phillips Funeral Home in assisting us in fulfilling our mother’s final wishes.  Private services for the family will be Feb. 21, 2018.

Charlotte Scarberry

Charlotte M. Scarberry, 89, of Proctorville, died Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, at home. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville, by John McSweeney and Rick Ellison. Burial will follow in Rome Cemetery, Proctorville. Visitation will be 1-2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.ehallfuneralhome.com.


Effie McKenzie

March 17, 1924 — Feb. 18, 2018

Effie Dalton McKenzie died Feb. 18, 2018, at her home in Coal Grove. She was 93.
Ms. McKenzie was born March 17, 1924, in Ironton, to the late Forrest and Lina Dalton. Effie was a lifetime member of Jeffersonville Missionary Baptist Church where her mother and father were charter members.
Ms. McKenzie was a 1942 graduate and valedictorian of Dawson-Bryant High School. After graduation, for several years, she enjoyed a successful career at the First National Bank in Ironton, but she longed for a college education, so she pursued her ambition, taking night classes at the Ohio University Branch in Ironton. In 1962, she received her Bachelor of Science in Education and began teaching English and government at Dawson-Bryant High School. In the summers she worked at the Citizens National Bank, and through night classes and summers, she completed her Master’s Degree in Education. Effie was active in the American University Women, National Education Association, the Ohio Education Association, the Coal Grove Betterment Club, the Ironton Historical Society, and AARP. She served as officer and/or treasurer of many of these associations, and she was crucial in setting up the Coal Grove Betterment Club’s scholarship, which donates college tuition money to help a deserving Coal Grove high school graduate.
She is survived by the love of her life, her daughter, Janet McKenzie, of Bethany Beach, Delaware; and a special cousin, Terry Wallace. She is also survived by nieces, Ruth Dalton Potter and Lynn Swaney; and nephews, Donald Dalton, Larry Dalton, Paul Dalton Zimmerman and Tony Adams.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, George Dalton and Forrest (Buddy) Dalton; sisters, Dorothy Zimmerman and Faye Dalton Adams; niece, Kathryn Zimmerman Johnson; and nephews, Lee and David Dalton.
No one on this earth will ever know the generosity that Effie expressed to so many people over the course of her lifetime. When someone had a need, she was always there to give, not out of her wealth, but out of her heart. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday with the funeral at 11 a.m. Thursday at O’Keefe-Baker Funeral Home, Ironton. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Ironton.
In lieu of flowers, donations to one of Effie’s charities, the Coal Grove Betterment Club, 221 Lane St. Coal Grove, OH 45638 or the Heartland Hospice Po. Box 400, Lucasville, OH 45648, which showed her so much kindness would be appreciated.

Brandon Walker

Brandon Lewis Walker, 42, of Ashland, Kentucky, died Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, at King’s Daughters Medical Center, Ashland, Kentucky. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Slack and Wallace Funeral Home, South Point. Burial will follow at Burlington 37 Cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the funeral home. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.slackandwallace.com.

Cheryl Ann Jackson

Cheryl Ann Jackson, 67, of Huntington, West Virginia, died Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, at Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington, West Virginia.
She is survived by her husband, Duvaughn Hale. There will be private family services. Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville, is in charge of arrangements.


Maggie Baker

Aug. 20, 1939 — Feb. 16, 2018

Maggie L. Baker, 78, of Grove City, passed away Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, at the Mt. Carmel East Hospital, Columbus.
Maggie was born on Aug. 20, 1939, in Lawrence County, daughter of the late Joe and Mettie Hopkins Shepherd. Maggie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She took care of many throughout her years. She dedicated many years to the New Rome Full Gospel Church as a Sunday School teacher and caretaker of the church. If you knew her, you know she always had a beautiful smile and a loving nature. She will be missed greatly by all who knew and loved her. Maggie retired from the Sears Roebuck billing department, and was a 1958 graduate of Waterloo High School.
She is survived by his husband, Gerald J. Baker, whom she married on Jan. 1, 1962, in Gallia County. She is also survived by a son, David E. Baker (Heidi), of Grove City; a daughter, Cindy L. (Lisa) Blanton, of Groveport; two godsons, Tyler Blanton (Bre Brown), of Reynoldsburg, and Kray Baker, of Grove City; one great-grandson, Ian Blanton, of Reynoldsburg; two sisters, Anna Myers, of Willow Wood, and Helen Mitchell, of Jeffersonville; along with several sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by one brother, Grover Shepherd; and three sisters, Ola Milton; Lizzy Dunn and Cecil Lakin.
Services will be 1 p.m. today at Willis Funeral Home with pastor Garland Montgomery officiating. Burial will follow in the Ohio Valley Memory Gardens. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of the services today at the funeral home. Please visit www.willisfuneralhome.com to send email condolences.


Doris Horan

Dec. 7, 1936 — Feb. 18, 2018

Doris Adarene Horan, 81, of South Point, passed away Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, at her residence. The Fort Gay, West Virginia native was born Dec. 7, 1936, the daughter of the late Milton J. and Vena Aliff Bartram. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Alfred Manning Horan, whom she married Oct. 16, 1954.
Doris was a 1953 graduate of Clinton High School in Clinton, Michigan. She was a former accounting clerk for Logan Corporation and retired in 1992.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Monica Horan; three brothers, William Carmi Blodgett, John Franklin Blodgett Jr. and Ray Hoover Bartram; four sisters, Anna Mae Blodgett Treat, Mary Elizabeth Blodgett Price, Lucy Marie Blodgett Jones and Alice Christina Bartram Dick; and a grandson, Michael Brandon Horan.
She is survived by two sons, Michael Horan, of South Point, and Timothy Horan, of Huntington, West Virginia; two brothers, Conrad Allen Bartram, of Clinton Michigan, and Milton J. Bartram, of Fort Gay, West Virginia; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be noon Friday at Phillips Funeral Home, Ironton, with the Rev. Terry Wagner officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery, Ironton, and visitation will be 11 a.m. until the time of the service Friday at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.phillipsfuneralhome.net.

Everette McKenzie

Sept. 8, 1946 — Feb. 16, 2018

Everette “Ray” McKenzie, 71, of Pedro, passed away Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, at his residence, surrounded by his family. The Lawrence County native was born Sept. 8, 1946, to the late Harry Martin and Loretta “Fraley” McKenzie. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Bonnie “Skaggs” McKenzie, whom he married Dec. 4, 1965.
Everette attended Rock Hill schools and was a Maintenance Supervisor for Rollysons and S&E Incorporated. He holds a United States Patent for inventing a device called a “Hinge Corner Key” and invented several machines still being used in manufacturing today.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, James Larry McKenzie; and one sister, Betty Sue Martin.
In addition to his wife, Bonnie, he is survived by two children, William Ray (Angela) McKenzie, of Pedro, and April (Tim) Sturgill, of Ironton; a sister, Delores Sanders, of Grayson, Kentucky; a brother, David (Tresa) McKenzie, of Ironton; five grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. today at Phillips Funeral Home, Ironton, with Bro. Kenny Ruggles officiating. Graveside services will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of the service today at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made to the McKenzie family by visiting www.phillipsfuneralhome.net.

Richard Cordle

July 19, 1951 — Feb. 17, 2018

Richard Phillip Cordle, 66, of Waterloo, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, Kentucky. Mr. Cordle was born July 19, 1951, in Ironton, to the late Richard A. and Iris Anne Bailey Cordle.
Mr. Cordle was a self-employed repairman and a U.S. Army veteran. He was of the Christian faith.
Mr. Cordle is survived by his loving wife of 22 years, Katherine Faye Cordle, of Waterloo; one son, Donald Ray (Christy) Massie, of Flatwoods, Kentucky; five daughters, Mildred (Charles) Bowen, of Pomeroy, Crystal (Bruce) Anderson, of Willow Wood, Tina (Mark) Bowen, of Gallapolis, and Patty (Donny) Ross and Tammy (Junior) Cade, both of Pedro; three brothers, David (Julie) Cordle, of Greenup, Kentucky, Tony (Beverly) Cordle, of Atlanta, Georgia, and Glen “Bud” (Irene) Bailey, of Beech Island, South Carolina; many grandchildren; and a host of extended family and friends.
Funeral service will be noon today at Bailey Family Funeral Home, Flatwoods, Kentucky, with the Rev. Lloyd L. Bailey officiating. Burial will follow at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery NE in Greenup, Kentucky. Visitation will be 10 a.m.-noon today at the funeral home. Condolences can be expressed at www.baileyfamilyfuneralhome.com.

Dexter Runyon

Dexter Runyon, 61, of South Point, died Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, at Heartland of Riverview. He is survived by his wife, Judy Ann Copley Runyon.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today at Slack and Wallace Funeral Home, South Point, with nephew Darin Runyon officiating. Burial will follow at Burlington Greenlawn Cemetery, Burlington. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.slackandwallace.com.

Brent Jackson

Brent Anthony Jackson, 31, of Columbus, died Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. Funeral service will be noon Wednesday at Full Gospel Assembly Church, Huntington, West Virginia, with Bishop Samuel Moore officiating. Visitation will be 11 a.m.-noon Wednesday at the church. Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville, is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.ehallfuneralhome.com.