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IN MEMORY OF
Donald “Don” Ralph Waugh

Donald “Don” Ralph Waugh, 74, of Gallipolis went to be with the Lord at 11:55 p.m. on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 in the Holzer Medical Center. Born July 27, 1939, in Marietta, Ohio, he was the son of the late Heber Carr and Anna Roberta Cisler Waugh. Don worked for his family nursery and landscaping business, he was also member of the Cheshire Baptist Church. Don loved to spend time with his family, loved to sing and he was a tenor.   Don also served in the United States Army.

Don is survived by his brother, Robert “Bob” C. (Donna) Waugh, Sr., of Gallipolis, nephews, Robert “Rob” (Kelly) Waugh Jr., of Jackson, Steve (Lisa) Waugh, of Mason, Ohio, and Thom (Charity) Waugh, of New Philadelphia, Ohio, great-nieces and great-nephews, Andy, Abby, Annie Waugh, and Alex Davis, all of Jackson, Ohio, Jake and Dylan Waugh, of Mason, Josie, Carly, and Brad all of New Philadelphia.

Graveside services with full Military Honors provided by the Gallia County Veterans Funeral Service Detail Team will be held on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. in the Swan Creek Cemetery with Pastor Larry Fisher officiating. Rob Waugh, Steve Waugh, Thom Waugh, Andy Waugh, Jake Waugh, Dylan Waugh, and Brad Waugh will serve as casketbeares. Friends may call from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. at the Cremeens Funeral Chapel, Gallipolis on Saturday. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Don’s honor to Holzer Hospice, 90 Jackson Pike, Gallipolis, Ohio 45631.  

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IN MEMORY OF
Richard Lewis Cook

Richard Lewis Cook, 65, Gallipolis,  passed away at 2:05 P.M. Tuesday, August 19, 2014 in the Emergency Department at the Holzer Medical Center. Born November 27, 1948 in Gallipolis, he was the son of the Betty Louise Gore Cook Saunders, Gallipolis, and the late Edgar French Cook Jr. He was a graduate of Southwestern High School and was retired from the Gallipolis Developmental Center. In addition to his mother he is survived by two sisters, Catherine L. Spencer, Thurman, Ohio and Christi (Dwight) Rees, Thurman. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

In addition to his father he was preceded in death by his brother, Rodney Charles Cook, on December 12, 2013.

There are no calling hours. Funeral services will be conducted at the convenience of the family. Services are entrusted to the Cremeens Funeral Chapel.

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IN MEMORY OF
Joyce Marie Wynn McClaskey

Joyce Marie Wynn McClaskey was born at San Diego, California, June 24, 1947, and departed to be with her Heavenly family August 17, 2014, at Columbus, Ohio. Prior to residing in Wellston, she made her home in Bryan, Texas. Born to the late Marvin L. and Noma I. Shipton Wynn, Joyce was reared in Snyder, Oklahoma and Wichita Falls, Texas; having graduated from S. H. Rider High School in Wichita Falls. She met her husband, Tom while working at the local drive-in theatre and they married shortly afterwards. In their 44 years of marriage, they were blessed with three children - two daughters and a son. She prided herself in being a professional secretary for a number of years before retiring around 1999 in order to better care for her family. Her hobbies included sewing and crocheting/knitting, assisting with various ministries, and her family. She was a member of the Christ United Methodist Church in Jackson at the time of her passing.

Joyce's presence was a blessing to all who were fortunate to know her. We will remember her sense of humor (who could forget the "They'll just have to learn" saying from driving in Houston traffic?), her dedication and fierce love of her family, and her steadfast love and trust in Jesus since her childhood. She was an inspiration to all who knew her.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her son, Kevin L. McClaskey; and a niece, Rhonda L. Wynn.

Joyce is survived by her husband, Tom D. McClaskey of Wellston; two daughters Hellon D. Gonzales and Rebecca I. McClaskey both of Wellston; and a brother, Leon Wynn of Irving, Texas. Other survivors include her granddaughters, Gracie N. and Faith R. Gonzales of Wellston; a grandson Kevin T. Gonzales also of Wellston; and her three nieces, Melissa and husband Tim Lockard of Irving, Texas, Cheryl Cline and family of Ennis, Texas, and Amanda Henry and husband, Terry of Grand Prairie, Texas.

Friends and family will gather Thursday, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 at the Huntley & Cremeens Funeral Home of Wellston. A funeral service will be Friday at 1:00PM at the Christ United Methodist Church in Jackson. Pastor Dave Roach will officiate and burial will follow in the Hamden Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Huntley & Cremeens Funeral Home.

"I hereby recommend the transfer of letter to the Church of Heaven… All who agree, say 'aye'!"

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IN MEMORY OF
Fannie Lee Pickens Lee

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Fannie Lee Pickens Lee, of Racine, Ohio passed away at 11:13 A.M. Thursday, August 14, 2014 in the Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg, West Virginia. Lee is preceded in death by her loving husband,  John Richard "Dick" Lee on August 15, 1989, her parents, Louis Elmer Pickens and Nette Belle Pickens, a brother James DePrieste Pickens, sisters-in-law Claudia Doreen Pickens, Wilma Harrison, Rose Clarke, Vinas Lee, brothers-in-law, J.W. "Jake" Lee and Russell Lee.
 
Lee was originally from Mt. Gilead, Ohio and was a proud graduate of Wittenburg University with a degree in Music and English. Soon after, she moved to Racine and has been a vital part of the community ever since. Lee touched the lives of generations of students at Southern Local School District as a devoted music teacher and choir director.  She was also the organist and accompanist for Racine United Methodist Church for decades and remained active even after her retirement from the school district.  Lee was a President of the United Methodist Women's Association and an Honorary member of the West Ohio Conference of United Methodist Women.  Lee was a member of the American Association of University Women and a member of Alpha Delta Gamma sorority. She was also active in the Racine chapter of Eastern Star where she was the chapter's organist and participated in Helping Hands Ministry. Creative in many ways, Lee was also an avid crafter and enjoyed sharing her creations with others.
 
She is survived by her loving niece Lisa Picken (Jaime) Silva  of Gahanna, Ohio, niece, Eliza Tassian Gantt, Indian Hill, Ohio, niece, Kitsa Tassian Rhoad, Indian Hill, Ohio sisters-in-law Helen Lee of Mason, Ohio, Norma Lee Tassian of Cincinnati, Ohio and many nieces and nephews as well as her church and community friends and her former students.  The family wishes to thank Joyce Ann Ritchie and Mary Ann Scholtz for their loving care and friendship.
 
Lee requested a simple graveside service, officiated by the Rev. Roger Grace, which will be held on Sunday, August 24th at 1:00pm at Letart Falls Cemetery in Letart Township. All are welcome to attend the service and join the family immediately afterward for fellowship and refreshments at the Racine United Methodist Church in Racine.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Southern Local School District , 920 Elm St., Racine, OH 45771) in honor of her years of service and devotion to teaching music.
 
Funeral services are entrusted to the Cremeens Funeral Home, Racine. 

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IN MEMORY OF
Wade E. Miller Sr.

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Wade E. Miller Sr., 79, Waterloo community, passed away at 2:45 P.M. Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at his State Route 141 residence. Born November 23, 1934 in Glendale Springs, North Carolina he was the son of the late Mart and Belva Phillips Miller. He was a retired heavy equipment operator and was a former member of the Operating Engineers Union. Wade was a also a U.S. Army veteran. Surviving is his wife Jane Saunders Miller, daughter, Michelle Englehart, Ellabelle, Georgia and son, Wade (Che-hona) Miller Jr., Patriot, three grandchildren, Torrie Jade Miller, Natasha Marie Miller and Bryton Wade Miller, a great-grandson and "Pappy's Little Man", Landyn Wade Pearson, sisters, Edith Jarvis, South Point, Ohio, Aileen LeVitre, Patriot and Teresa (Phillip) Doughman, Wilmington, North Carolina, a special niece who was raised in the home as a sister, Carol Miller, Waterloo, very special friends, Tiffany and Kara McCormick, Gallipolis, two loving brothers-in-law, Wayne Saunders and Harvey Saunders, both of Patriot and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters, Darlene Grady and Dorothy Miller in infancy and by a brother, Harold Miller.

Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. Sunday, August 10, 2014, in the McDaniel Crossroads Pentecostal Church. Officiating will be Pastors Ron Henderson and David Hinson. Interment will be in the Flagsprings Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 - 9 P.M. Saturday at the Cremeens Funeral Chapel. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to the funeral service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Wade's memory to the Holzer Hospice, 100 Jackson Pike, Gallipolis, OH  45631. 

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IN MEMORY OF
Homer F. Browning

Homer F. Browning, 64, of Jackson, was called to his Heavenly home Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The son of the late Allen & Lucille Vititoe Browning, he was born May 14, 1950, at McArthur. Homer had been a long time employee of the Austin Powder Company and  he was a faithful member of the Community of Christ Church in Wellston.

Homer is survived by his wife, Mary Pixley Browning; two sons, Thomas Wayne Browning and Michael Phillip Browning both of McArthur; and seventeen grandchildren. Other survivors include his brother, Allen Jr. of Florida; and sisters, Rosie "Birdie" Lowe and Shirley Elkins both of Wellston. Lastly, Homer's dog Baby Lynn will miss him greatly.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Robert; and his sisters, Joann McNillis, Mary Fisher, Marcella Browning and Helen Arland.

Family and friends will gather Saturday from 11 to 1 at the Huntley & Cremeens Funeral Home. A service, officiated by Doug Wright, will take place at the conclusion of calling hours and burial will take place in the Radcliff Cemetery. Arrangements for Homer Browning have been entrusted to the Huntley & Cremeens Funeral Home.

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IN MEMORY OF
Jessica Nicole Sperry

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Jessica Nicole Sperry, 31, of Wellston, passed away Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The daughter of Jerry Carey and Debra Manering both of Wellston, she was born August 9, 1982, at Gallipolis. Jessica was a 2000 graduate of Wellston High School.

In addition to her parents, Jerry (Tracy) and Debra (Robert), Jessica is survived by her son Brock Ervin of Wellston; paternal grandparents, John Carey Sr. of Wellston and Sylvia Fannin of Jackson; and maternal grandparents, Charles and Bonnie Davis of Wellston. Other survivors include a special nephew, Carter as well as several other nieces, nephews and cousins; and her special friend, Aunt Mandy Davis. Jessica was preceded in death by her brother, Jeremy Manering.

Calling hours will be observed Sunday from 1 to 5 at the Huntley & Cremeens Funeral Home. A funeral service, officiated by Pastor Tim Jones, will be Monday, 1:00PM, also at the funeral home. Cremation arrangements are by the Huntley & Cremeens Funeral Home. 

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IN MEMORY OF
Edna L. Wolfe Knopp

Edna L. Wolfe Knopp, 96, of Racine, Ohio passed away on August 2, 2014 in the Cedar Grove Assisted Living, Parkersburg, West Virginia. Born September 23, 1917 she is the daughter of  the late Clarence "Harry" and Sadie Beegle Wolfe.  Edna retired from being a case worker for the Community Action Agency and she also worked on her dairy farm. She was a member of the Dorcus United Methodist Church where she was a charter member of the Son Shine Circle, and she was also a member of the Racine American Legion Post #602 Ladies Auxiliary for over fifty years.

Edna is survived by her son, Max L. (Nancy Circle) of Auburndale, Florida, and a daughter, Lois (Carl) Eaton, of Parkersburg, WV., her grandsons, Matthew (Patti) Sterrett, Michael (Clare) Sterrett, Max (Nancy) Sterett, Aaron (Dawn) Knopp, and Brian Knopp. Great-grandchildren, Dustin Sterrett, Benjamin Sterrett, Joshua Sterrett, Madalyn Kate (Daniel) Lynch, Sara Johnston, and Sadie Kathryn Sterrett, a sister, Edith Grim of Syracuse, Ohio and numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

In addition to her parents Edna, is preceded in death by her husband Otis F. Knopp, whom she married on September 24, 1940 in Wilmington, Ohio and he preceded her on January 11, 1998, a brother, Albert Wolfe, and a son-in-law, Dick Sterrett.

The family would like to send a special thank you to Karmen Spade and the staff at Cedar Grove Assisted Living for the loving care they provided to Edna.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 in the Cremeens Funeral Home, Racine. Pastor Dewayne Stutler will officiate. Interment will follow in the Letart Falls Cemetery. Grandsons Matthew, Michael, Max, Aaron and Brian, and great-grandson Benjamin will serve as casketbeares. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday and one hour prior to the funeral service on Wednesday, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Edna's honor to the Cedar Grove Assisted Living, 100 Nicolette Rd., Parkersburg West Virginia, 26104. 

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IN MEMORY OF
Rita Ann Johnson

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Rita Ann Johnson, 85, of Racine, passed away at 9:40 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at her residence. Born May 9, 1929 in Coolville, Ohio she was the daughter of the late Fred and Ethel Dixon Johnson. She was a graduate of Racine High School. After graduating Rita joined the Navy where she proudly served her country for thirty years as an electronic technician.

Rita is survived by her nieces and nephews, Teresa Johnson, Becky (Brandon) Holtz, Jay Johnson, Barb (Tim Patterson) Johnson, Gary (Lori Sellers) Johnson, Fred (Tammy) Sayre, Beverly (Greg) Johnson, Rhonda (Mike) Shaffer, Frank (Rhonda) Sayre, Eric Sayre, Caryl Johnson, Gloria (Biff) Lee, Jim (Jane) Johnson, Marsha (Robert) Derheimer, and Brian Johnson. Her great nieces and nephews, Ty (Sheri Cummins) Johnson, Jessica Covert, Nick Guinther, Jabob Guinther, Guy (Brandi) Guinther, Dawn (Jeremy Lyons) Johnson, Craig Johnson, Jamie (Jason) Pierce, Mike (Debbie) Sharp, Jeff (Becky) Sharp, Matthew Johnson, Samantha (Dustin) Brinager, Mike Johnson, Josh (Christina) Dowell, Mikey Sayre, Janelle (Jeff) Barnes, Allisa Johnson, Lillee Marton-Johnson, Kenny Miller, John Sayre, Melissa Sayre, Jamie (Keith) Cope, Carrie (Ross) Lindsey, Joe (Susanne) Brand, Steven Brand, Morgan Johnson, Nick Johnson, and several great-great nieces and nephews also survive.

The family would like to send a special thank you to Air Evac Lifeteam 82 who took time out of their day to take Aunt Rita for a ride in their helicopter. “They” full field a lifelong dream of hers and put a smile on her face at a time when she really needed on and we will always be thankful for that.

In addition to her parents Rita is preceded in death by her brothers, Robert “Hank” Johnson Sr., Daryl Johnson, Earl Johnson, her sisters, Verna Sayre and Clarys Johnson, and nephews, Robert “Bobby” Johnson Jr., Tommy Johnson, and Lenny Dowell.

In keeping with Rita’s wishes there will be no calling hours or funeral services. Interment will be in the Arlington National Cemetery, Washington D.C. with full military honors. The Cremeens funeral Home is entrusted with Rita’s final arrangements. 

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IN MEMORY OF
Melba Jane Long

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Melba Jane Long, 80, of Wellston, passed away at 7:32 PM, Saturday, July 19, 2014, at her home. Born July 4, 1934, in Jackson, she was the daughter of the late Frank Preston Davis and Mary Elizabeth Spearry Davis. Her family and friends called her Jane and she was a very kind and loving lady.

Jane is survived by her four children, Harold W. Long (Earlene Hobbs) of Gallipolis; Judy K. Long, Glendon E. Long and Michael A. Long all of Wellston; a granddaughter, Karen L. Long of Gallipolis; grandsons, David  A. Long (Jessica) of Jackson, Christopher M. Long (Daphne) and Anthony H. Long (Melissa) both of Gallipolis; and four great-grandsons and eight great-granddaughters. Also surviving are her three sisters, Hazel Sorrell, Marlene Haydon and Ida Ruth Nettles; a brother, Gary Davis (Catherine); her special friends, Shannon McCarter and her son Cannon; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Jane was preceded in death by her grandson, Michael E. Long, the son of Harold and Elsie Long; her sister, Mabel Graham; three husbands, Leonard Wayne Long, Elmer Rhodes and Harley Dutcher; three brothers-in-law; and her best friend, Mildred Hill.

Calling hours will be Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 at the Huntley & Cremeens Funeral Home in Wellston. A funeral service, officiated by Pastor Dave Fry, will be Friday at 2:00 PM and burial will follow in the Mount Carmel Cemetery. Arrangements for Jane Long have been entrusted to the Huntley & Cremeens Funeral Home.

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IN MEMORY OF
Jack Dempsey Barnett

Jack Dempsey Barnett, 82, of Dunbar, passed away, on Friday, July 11, 2014 in the Holzer Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16 at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar. Burial will follow at Grandview Memorial Park, Dunbar.

Friends may call one hour prior to service at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar. Local arrangements have been entrusted to the Cremeens Funeral Chapel of Gallipolis.

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IN MEMORY OF
Mary “Auntie” Elizabeth Dawson

Mary “Auntie” Elizabeth Dawson, 97, of Gallipolis, passed away at 4:15 a.m. on Saturday, July 12, 2014 in the Holzer Assisted Living. Born November 1, 1916 in Ashland, Kentucky, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin F. and Kittie Purvis Dawson. After 42 years of service she retired from being an administrative secretary for General Refractors in Grayson, Ky. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Gallipolis and her to her special friends she was known as “Auntie.”

She is survived by her special friends, Jane Ann and Ed Slagle and family, of Gallipolis, Jackie Davies and family, of Dublin, Oh., Lakshmi and B.S. Priyanath and Family, of Chicago, Il., Chris Slagle, Stacy Lawson, Jamie Riley, Morgan Asbury, Sahana Sanyal, Aparna Gupta.

In addition to her parents Mary is preceded in death by three brothers, Charles Elliott Dawson, Timothy Albert Dawson, Thurston Marion Dawson.

Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the Centenary Cemetery with Lay Pastor Ann Moody officiating and interment will follow. Friends may call one hour prior to the services on Tuesday at the Cremeens Funeral Chapel. 

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IN MEMORY OF
John Carol Thompson

John Carol Thompson, 83, Blazer Road, Gallipolis (Bulaville Community) passed away at 8:55 P.M. Wednesday, July 2, 2014 in the Holzer Senior Care Center. Born Faebruary 3, 1931 in Perry Township of Gallia County he was the son of the late Lawson and Ruby O. Prose Thompson. He was a retired fire truck painter from the Stuphen Fire Equipment Company in Columbus, Ohio.He and his wife, Shirley, had resided in the Columbus area for over thirty years.

Surviving is his wife of over 50 years, Shirley Gillenwater Thompson.

In keeping with John's wishes, there are no calling hours or funeral service. He wished to be cremated.
Cremation services are by the Cremeens Funeral Chapel.

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