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IN MEMORY OF
Hallie Reid "Picky" Pickett

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Hallie Reid "Picky" Pickett, 2, years of age went to sleep Saturday February 28, 2015 in the arms of her mommy and woke up on March 1, 2015 in the arms of God. Hallie, or "Picky" as everyone called her was such a joy to everyone she came into contact with and she loved everyone she met. Everyone that met her fell in love instantly with her toothy little smile and big brown eyes and her extra long eyelashes. Words cannot express the love the she gave and received back from all. Picky was an avid gardener with her big sister Miyah and her daddy Zach and her papaw Harold. Learning to drop the tomato plants and seeds in the ground was the highlight of her short little life. She loved to watch Minnie Mouse on the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse tv show, and dance and sing. She especially like to dance  to the 80s' music with her daddy. Her passion was working and riding on old lawnmowers with him as well.  Picky loved her alone time with her mommy when her big sister Miyah started school this year. Her mommy referred to this as "Hallie's" time. Her favorite time was when mommy washed her favorite blanket and wrapped her up being clean and warm. In short Picky loved life and enjoyed it to the max.

Picky is survived by her parents Zachary "Zach" Pickett and Krystal Coe of Racine, a sister Miyah Coe, of the home, whom Picky adored and she was the joy of Miyahs' life, her maternal grandparents, Sherri (Jeff) McDonald, of Nelsonville, Oh., and Ritch (Jamie Metcalf) Coe, of Racine, her paternal grandparents, Louis and Judy Pickett, of Letart, Oh., and Harold Wine, of Letart, her maternal great-grandmothers, Linda Ewing, of Jacksonville, Oh., Madge Coe, of Albany, Oh., and Anita McDonald, of Nelsonville, Oh., her paternal great-grandfather, Charles Michaels, Sr., of Letart, and a maternal great-great grandmother, Mary Josephine Evener, of The Plains, Oh. Picky is also survived by  aunts and uncles to numerous to mention and in Picky's own words they were "So Precious." Numerous cousins that adored her also survive.

Picky was preceded to Heaven by her maternal great-grandpas, Elmer Ewing, Clyde Coe, and Max Pickett, great-grandmothers, Patricia Michaels and Thelma Pickett, and cousins, Brady and Nathan.

Funeral services held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2015, in the Cremeens Funeral Home, of Racine. Pastor Justin McBride will officiate. Interment will follow in the Letart Falls Cemetery. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

We will all miss you baby girl, rest in the arms of God until our journey is over and we will see you again. Love you a whole world full. 

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IN MEMORY OF
Melvin Lee Craft

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Melvin Lee Craft, 78, Gallipolis, passed away at 10:05 P.M. Tuesday, February 24, 2015, at his Clay Township home. Born March 5, 1936 in Clay Township he was the son of the late Hobart M. and Clara A. Helmintoller Craft. Melvin retired as a casting foremen from the Kaiser Aluminum Corporation Ravenswood's works after 26 years of service. After retirement he was an over-the-road trucker driver for a few years. Melvin was a 1954 graduate of the Gallia Academy High School and greatly enjoyed being a member of the Class of '54 Alumni Committee. Melvin was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a member of both the Morning Dawn Lodge #7 and Patriot Lodge #469 of Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio. He was a 54 year member of Morning Dawn Lodge and just recently received his 50 year pin from the Patriot lodge. Melvin served as Worshipful Master of Morning Dawn Lodge in 1969, 2002 and 2003 and he was the only Master to have served Morning Dawn for three tenures since 1883. Melvin was also a member of the Lafayette Shrine No. 44 of The Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem, Aladdin Temple Shrine where he was a member of the Past Masters Unit, Gallipolis Shrine Club, Chairman of the Gallipolis Shrine Club Roadrunner's Unit and District Captain of the Shriner's Roadrunner Unit, providing transportation of children to the Shriner Hospitals in Cincinnati, Ohio, Lexington, Kentucky and Erie, Pennsylvania, he was a 32 degree Master Mason of the Ancient Accept Scottish Rite of the Valley of Columbus and a charter member of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of the Valley of Gallipolis, a member of Hillbilly Clan #7 and Horse Traders, Gallipolis Chapter #79 of The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, The Rose Commandry #43 of the Knights Templar, Moriah Council #32 of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masons of Ohio. Melvin was the recipient of the 12th Masonic District's Meritorious Service Award and had also received the Mandarin Degree from the Toronto, Canada Shrine Club. He was also a Kentucky Colonel, a member of Ohio Eastern Star, Gallipolis Chapter #283, Sons of the Confederacy and the Gallia Academy Alumni Association.

Melvin is survived by his wife,  Donna M. Peters Craft, whom he married October 15, 1969 in Huntington, West Virginia, children, J.D. (Roni) Craft, Lancaster, Ohio. Chris (Angie) Craft, Gallipolis and Katrina (Dennis) Hill, Gallipolis, grandchildren, Dallas Craft, Kelle Craft, Dustin Hill, Brady Craft, Austin Hill and Garrett Hill.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, Allan Craft, Paul Craft, James H. Craft and Robert H. Craft.

Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. Saturday, February 28, 2015, in the Cremeens Funeral Chapel.

Officiating will be Pastor Joseph Godwin. Interment will be in the Masonic Gardens at the Ohio Valley Memory Gardens. Friends may call from 5 - 8:30 P.M. Friday at the funeral home. Masonic funeral services will be conducted at 8:30 P.M. Friday in the chapel by both Morning Dawn Lodge #7 F & AM and Patriot Lodge # 469 F & AM. Military graveside services will be conducted by the Gallia County Funeral Detail Team. Melvin's grandsons will serve as Casketbearers. The 1954 Class of Gallia Academy will sit together at the funeral service in their honor of Melvin. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Melvin's memory to the Shriner Crippled Children's Hospitals, C/O Gallipolis Shrine Club, P.O. Box 82, Gallipolis, OH  45631. Envelopes will be provided at the funeral home. 

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IN MEMORY OF
Patricia A. Shain

Patricia A. Shain, 94, of Racine, passed away at 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 in the Overbrook Rehabilitation Center, in Middleport. Born December 25, 1920 in Antiquity, she was the daughter of the late Charles F. and the late Mabel Sayre Shain. She retired after 39 years of service as a bookkeeper for the Pomeroy Cement Block Company and was a lifetime member of the Antiquity Baptist Church.

She is survived numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews, and great-great nieces and great-great nephews.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by a brother, Ralph Shain, sisters, Mary M. Reinshell, Shelia Roush, and Judy Ringeisen.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel in Letart Falls Cemetery with Pastor Tom Curtis officiating. In keeping with Patricia's wishes there will be no calling hours. 

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IN MEMORY OF
Bob Eugene Long

Bob Eugene Long, 72, Beverly, Ohio, formerly of Point Pleasant, passed away at 10:29 A.M. Friday, February 20, 2015, in the Grant Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio.

Born April 24, 1942 in Point Pleasant, he was the son of the late Cody and Catherine Pearson Long. He was a retired drywall contractor. a member of the Beverly Eagles Club and a U.S. Army veteran of Vietnam, earning three bronze service stars to his Vietnam Service Medal. Surviving is his daughter, Bunny Vara, Columbus, Ohio, sons, Bobby (Nicole) Long, Columbus, Aaron (Leah) Long, Grove City, Ohio, Mark Long, Waverly, Ohio and Chris Long, Waverly, Ohio, Eight grandchildren and ten great grandchildren, two sisters, Grace Winnings, Middleport, Ohio and Betty Hupp, West Columbia, WV and two brothers, Johnny (Emma) Long, Point Pleasant and Forest (Nancy) Long, Point Pleasant.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, William Long, a sister, Phyllis J. Long Butler, a nephew, John Long and a great-nephew, David Long.

Bob enjoyed hunting, fishing, spending time with his grand kids and great-grand kids and sitting on his front porch.

Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, February 25, 2015, in the Cremeens Funeral Chapel, Gallipolis. Pastor Steve Smith will officiate. Interment, with military honors, will be in the Henderson Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 - 8 P.M. Tuesday at the funeral home.

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IN MEMORY OF
Beulah Nevolene "Nevie" Cremeens North

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Beulah Nevolene ”Nevie” Cremeens North, 86, slipped peacefully away from her earthly home to her Father’s Heavenly Home at 7:10 a.m. on Sunday, February 8, 2015, in the Holzer Senior Care Center. Born February 7, 1929 in Gallipolis, she was the daughter of the late Rev. Earl and Lula Saunders Cremeens. She graduated with the 1945 class of Gallia Academy High School.

Nevie was an active member of the First Baptist Church, of Gallipolis. She served as a Sunday School Teacher of adults and youth. She was a member of Betty Stam Class, Maranatha, and Ladies Fellowship and served on the F.B. C. missions board. She had a passion for missions. Another passion was to read and study God’s Word. She compiled notes and notes for researching and teaching. She especially loved to study the Book of Revelation. Nevie was an avid reader.  She was a librarian at Washington Elementary, First Baptist Church, and Ohio Valley Christian School.

Nevie was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She married the late J. D. North, JR., on January 1, 1948 in Gallipolis and he preceded her in death on December 3, 1997. She is survived by her daughter, Debbie North, of Gallipolis, a son and daughter-in-law, John D. III and Sheila North, of Gallipolis, two grandsons, Justin D. North, of Gallipolis, and Jason and his wife Ashley North, of Gallipolis, a step great-granddaughter, Madisyn Caldwell, of Gallipolis, and her granddog, Lucy. She is also survived by three nieces and families, Judy and Jim Baird, Carolene and Kevin Blain, Becky and Jim Slone, one nephew, Thomas and Donna Cremeens. Nevie is also survived by her neighbors, friends and her church family who she loved very much.

In addition to her parents, and husband, John, Nevie was also preceded in death by three brothers and sisters-in-law, Otha and Bonnie Cremeens, Stanford and Charlotte Cremeens, and Erman and Virginia Cremeens, her father-in-law and mother-in-law, J.D. and Mary North, a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Carter and Helen Brumfield.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the First Baptist Church of Gallipolis with Chaplain Fred Williams officiating. Interment will follow in the Ohio Valley Memory Gardens. Active casketbearers will be Justin North, Jason North, Tom Moore, Evan Moore, and Greg Baird, and a honorary casketbearer, Ethan Moore. Friends may call Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Cremeens Funeral Chapel and on Wednesday one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers memorials contributions may be made in Nevie’s memory to the First Baptist Church Ladies Missionary Fellowship or Holzer Hospice or the Ohio Valley Christian School Library Fund.

The Family would like to thank Dr. Vallee, Dr. Simpson, Dr. Pat Fisco, and the staff at Holzer Senior Care, Chaplain Fred Williams, and Holzer Hospice for your love, support, and care given to Nevie. To our Church family, neighbors, friends, we thank you for your love and prayers during this difficult time.
 
Mom, we already miss you but know you are with our Lord, Dad and your precious loved ones. One day we will see you again. We love you Mom.

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IN MEMORY OF
Carolyn V. "Lynn" Partain

Carolyn V. "Lynn" Partain, 71, Bulaville Pike, Gallipolis, passed away at 3:10 P.M. Thursday, February 5, 2015 in the Holzer Medical Center. Born January 4, 1944 in Charleston, West Virginia she was the daughter of the late Onnie and Judy Motto Wheeler. She was a homemaker.

Surviving are three daughters, Lisa (William) Henry, Gallipolis, Michele (Tom) Halfhill, Cheshire and Kara (Chris) Gwozdz, Addison, grandchildren, Hannah Gwozdz, Jason Henry, Nicole Hager, Kelli Henry, Steven Henry, Ryan Hentry, Aron Henry, Jessica Henry and Katelynn Henry, two special great-grandchildren raised in the home, Cassiday Henry and Caleb Henry, and several other great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are two sisters, Jeanette Hickman, St. Albans, West Virwginia and Rosemarie Carroll, Grayson, Kentucky and a brother, Onnie (Sharon) Wheeler Jr., Winfield, West Virginia.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a daughter, Nina Kay Hager, a son, Michael Hager, a grandson, William Eric Henry and a sister, Delores Skeini.

A Celebration of Life service will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, February 10, 2015, in the Cremeens Funeral Chapel. There are no calling hours.

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IN MEMORY OF
Joanne Marie Crisler

Joanne Marie Crisler, 59, Gallipolis, passedd away at 8:22 A.M. Monday, February 2, 2015 at her home. Born  April 19, 1955 in Streator, Illinois she was the daughter of the late Charles Lee and Maureen Alice O'Brien Crisler.

She is survived her brothers, Charles William Crisler, Denver, Colorado, Robert L. Crisler, Claridge, Pennsylvania and Thomas Crisler, New Orleans, Louisiana.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Alice Crisler and a brother, Calvin Crisler and several nieces and nephews.

In keeping with Joanne's wishes, there are no calling hours or funeral service.

Inurnment will be in the Centenary Cemetery. Cremation services are entrusted to the Cremeens Funeral Chapel.

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IN MEMORY OF
Virginia Cook Webb Gibson

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Virginia Cook Webb Gibson, 91, Gallipolis, passed away peacefully in her sleep early Sunday, February 1, 2015, in her Clay Township home. Born July 16, 1923 in Huntington, West Virginia she was the third child of the late John and Mamie Walker Cook. She lived the majority of her life in Mason County, WV and Gallia County, OH .She was homemaker and was a member of the Chesapeake church (lower case "c") of Christ.

Surviving is her husband of 66 years, Roy E. Gibson, whom she married June 12, 1948 in Ashland, Kentucky,  one daughter, Cathy (Bob) McCulty, Gallipolis, three sons, Charles Webb and David (Tracy) Gibson, both of Gallipolis, Steven Gibson, Columbus, OH, brothers, Cecil Cook, Gallipolis and Larry Cook, Gallipolis Ferry, WV, sisters, Mary Belle Pasquale and Doris Henry, both of Gallipolis, Ruth Northup, Gallipolis Ferry, Margaret Faye  Pierce, Elida, Ohio and Lucy (Mike) Mitchell, Belleville, Indiana,  sisters-in-law, Viola Adkins, Ona, WV and Lareda Tennison, Orland Park, Illinois, brothers-in-law, Alvin Gibson, Ona, WV and Ezra Gibson, Killeen, Texas, four grandchildren, Sergeant First Class Scott (Millie) Gibson, of Fort Riley, Kansas and currently serving in Kuwait, Chief Warrant Officer Michael (Brandi) Gibson, Wiesbaden, Germany. Elizabeth (D.R.) Keeton, Vinton and Andrea (Jake) Gannaway, Bidwell, five great-grandchildren, Jesse and Emmalee Gibson, Robbie and Dalton Keeton and Ethan Gannaway and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, Emmitt Webb, who died in May of 1944 during WWII in Italy, brothers, Charles Cook, Dale Cook, Walter Cook and John Cook Jr., and sisters, Eleanor Cook and Donna Sheline.

Virginia loved her family and friends and enjoyed working in the garden, canning, cooking and baking and going to the flea market but most of all she loved being a Christian.

Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Friday, February 6, 2015, in the Cremeens Funeral Chapel. Officiating will be Evangelist Mike Mitchell. Interment will be in the Mound Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 - 8 P.M. Thursday at the funeral home. 

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IN MEMORY OF
Edna G. Parsons Heeter

Edna G. Parsons Heeter, 78, Antiquity community, passed away at 12:40 A.M. Wednesday, January 28, 2015 in the Rocksprings Rehabilitation Center, Pomeroy. Born September 26, 1936 in Columbus, Ohio she was the daughter of the late William Edward and Georgia Bailey Catron. She was a homemaker and attended the Racine Baptist Church. Surviving is her husband, William Heeter Jr., whom she married September 25, 2013, in Pomeroy, son, Mark Allen Parsons, London, Ohio, grandson, Mark Allen Parsons Jr., Lancaster, Ohio, sister, Cora Livingston, Ashley, Ohio, step-daughters, Detearie Heeter and Tawnee Marie Phaze, both of Coral Springs, Florida, step-son, Kyle Heeter, Atlanta, Georgia, three step-grandchildren, Chaos Phaze, Ricky Phaze and Tyler Phaze, a step-great-grandchild, Spring Melody Ann Phaze and a sister-in-law, Mary C. Hiltz, Unionville, PA.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by sisters, Violet Jean Allen, Gracie Catron, Marie Elizabeth Catron and brothers, William Catron Jr. and Ed Catron.

Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. Monday, February 2, 2015, in the Cemeens Funeral Home, Racine. Officiating will be Rev. Ryan Eaton. Burial will be in the Letart Falls Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 - 8 P.M. Sunday at the funeral home. 

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IN MEMORY OF
Mark William Smedley

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Mark William Smedley, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother, died unexpectedly on Thursday, Jan. 22, at Holzer Meigs Emergency Department in Pomeroy, Ohio. He was 59.

He was born on May 10, 1955, to Donald William and Stella Lowe Smedley.

Mark is survived by his wife, Judith Francis Smedley; five children, Tania Maria (Robert) Rosario of Seattle, Wash.; Augustine (Konul) Rosario III of Victoria B.C., Judy (David) Farmer of Jacksonville, Ohio; William Smedley of Ramallah, Palestine; and Arian Celeste (Sid) Smedley of Athens, Ohio; brother, Kevin (Anne) Smedley of Portsmouth, Ohio; seven grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Jeanne Smedley of Portland, Tenn.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Steve Smedley, of Portland, Tenn.

A service will be held on Friday, Jan. 30th, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Athens, Ohio, 10 a.m., followed by a gathering at his home in Portland, Ohio. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Mark’s life. 

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IN MEMORY OF
Sherian Kay French

Sherian Kay French, 68, Gallipolis, passed away at 2:52 P.M. Saturday, January 24, 2015, in the Holzer Senior Care Center. Born November 3, 1946 in Gallia County, Ohio she was the daughter of Edna L. Stewart French, of Gallipolis, and the late Robert Eugene French. In addition to her mother she is survived by two aunts, Sara Lou Plants. Point Pleasant, West Virginia and Barbara Thomas, Columbus, Ohio as well as many cousins.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her sister, Charlotte Ann French, on November 13, 2011, her maternal grandparents, Raymond and Belva Belle Shaver Stewart and her paternal grandparents, Oscar Eugene "O.E." and Nellie Smith French.

A Celebration of Life Service will be conducted at 1:00 P.M. Friday, January 30, 2015, in the Cremeens Funeral Chapel. Rev. Alfred Holley will officiate. Private interment will be in the Gravel Hill Cemetery at Cheshire. There are no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Sherian's memory to the Holzer Senior Care Center, Activity Fund, 380 Colonial Drive, Bidwell, OH  45614.

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IN MEMORY OF
Martha C. Stutler

Martha C. Stutler, 74, Marietta, died Saturday, January 24, 2015, at her residence. Born August 14, 1940 in Parkersburg, West Virginia she was the daughter of the late Richard C. and Mary Wilson Meredith. She was a graduate of the Mountain State Business College and was a secretary for several years. She was a member of the Cutler United Methodist Church.
 
Surviving is her husband, Rev. Dewayne Stutler, two daughters, Debra (Eric) Hyde, Stowe, Ohio and Mary (Robert) Allen-Chambers, Coppers Cove, Texas, four grandchildren. Christina Allen, Mark Allen, Alysha Thomas and McKenzie Stutler, a great-grandson, Luke Allen, sister, Judith (Russ) Anderson,  Washington, WV, brother, Ron (Faith) Meredith, Waverly, WV, step-son, Jarrod (Courtney) Stutler, Concord, NC and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Wendell and Madeline Stutler, Vienna, WV.
 
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a step-son, Christopher Stutler.

Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, January 27, 2015, in the Cremeens Funeral Home, Racine. Officiating will be Rev. Arland King and Rev. Earl James. Friends may call after 11:00 A.M. Tuesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Martha's memory to the Living Faith United Methodist Church, 4771 State Route 339, Vincent, OH. 45784

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IN MEMORY OF
Lillian K. "Jody" Gilson

Lillian K. "Jody" Gilson, 45, of Green Township, passed away at 3:30 P.M. Sunday, January 18, 2015, in the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Born April 29, 1969 in Cuyahoga County, Ohio she was the daughter of Thomas R. and Brenda Stamper Goodwin, who survive in Bidwell. She was a custodian at the University of Rio Grande. Surviving is her son, Dustin Gilson, Bidwell, parents, Thomas and Brenda Goodwin, Bidwell, grandson, Thomas Goodwin,sisters, Cassie Goodwin, Bidwell and Tammy Gregory, Somerset, Ohio, nephew, Larry Winston and nieces, Cari Winston, Lindsey Winston, Hannah Estep and Katie Layton and a great-niece, Jordan Shey Layton.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Karen Dischert.

There are no calling hours or funeral services.

Cremation services are by the Cremeens Funeral Homes, Inc.

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IN MEMORY OF
Bob J. Baker

Bob J. Baker, 85, Leon, West Virginia, passed away at 2:45 A.M. Friday, January 16, 2015 in the Ravenswood Village Care Center in Ravenswood, West Virginia. Born October 15, 1929 in Seattle, Washington he was the son of the late Vaughan and Gladys Peterson Baker. He was retired from the maintenance department at the Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, West Virginia

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara Baker, in 1965 and his second wife, Patricia Blackerby Baker in 2010. Bob is survived by his daughter, Jill Loriaux, Bilthoven, Neatherlands and his step-son, John Robert "Bob" Lersch, Tucson, Arizona.

In keeping with Bob's wishes, there are no calling hours or funeral services.

Cremation services are entrusted to the Cremeens Funeral Chapel, Gallipolis.

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IN MEMORY OF
William Reynolds Nelson
December 13, 1928 - January 7, 2015

Bill Nelson, age 86, was born in Gallipolis, Ohio, a town on the banks of the Ohio River just across from West Virginia. His mother, Maude Reynolds Nelson, was a schoolteacher, and his father, Lafayette Henry Nelson, was a locomotive engineer. Home was a farm in nearby Addison that had neither running water nor electricity during much of Bill's youth. His early memories include waving at his father as he drove the train on tracks that ran by the farm, and attending first grade in the one-room schoolhouse where his mother had taught earlier.

The Nelsons moved from the Addison farm into Gallipolis when Bill was starting high school. After graduating from Gallia Academy High School at the age of 16, Bill attended Ohio State University, where he earned a BS in education in September 1948 and a degree from the College of Law in 1951.

The love of Bill's life was his wife, Rachel Ann Masters Nelson, the daughter of Ruth Masters, his high school history teacher, who famously awarded Bill only an A- instead of an A in her course, allegedly because he let his then-girlfriend see his paper. Bill and Ann married in the First Presbyterian Church in Gallipolis in 1950, one week after Ann turned 18 years old (Bill was 21) since her parents would not give consent until she was of age.

Bill graduated from law school in 1951, passed the Ohio bar exam in July, and started work at his lifelong employer, Gates, McDonald & Company, an insurance company later acquired by Nationwide. In October he was drafted into the US Marines. After boot camp at Parris Island he served first at the Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry Point and then at the Marine Corps Air Station just outside Miami, Florida, working in the personnel and legal offices.  According to Bill, he and his fellow Marines who worked stateside on office duty referred jokingly to themselves as "Remington Raiders", named after the manual typewriters they pounded in service to their country. His wife Ann joined him at these postings and their first son was born in 1953 in Miami Beach.  

Discharged in 1953, Bill returned to Gates, McDonald, working first in the main Columbus office, then in the Canton office, then back in Columbus; he ultimately transferred to the Los Angeles office in 1960 to manage West Coast operations. The Nelson family lived in the San Fernando Valley in several homes; their longest residence was on Carard Street in Woodland Hills, California, where they raised their four children, Bruce, Mark, Ann C, and Dean.

Bill retired from Gates, McDonald in 1994. After Ann retired from her job as office manager of a medical practice, Bill and Ann left Woodland Hills, spent a couple of months living with their son Mark in Pasadena, then moved back to Ann's childhood home in Gallipolis. They made a life there and also looked after their daughter Ann C, who died in 2003 of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease).  After her death, the Nelsons moved to Columbus, where they lived happily for ten years before relocating to San Marcos, near San Diego, to be near family, as all three sons live in California.

Their daughter, Ann Cherrington Nelson, predeceased Bill and Ann in 2003. Bill is survived by his wife of 64 years, Rachel Ann Nelson; their sons Bruce Reynolds Nelson, Mark William Libby Nelson, Dean Masters Nelson; two daughters-in-law, Virginia (Gini) Henkels Nelson and Louisa Libby Nelson; future daughter-in-law, Dean's fiancee, Victoria (Tory) Paul; and three granddaughters (daughters of Mark and Louisa), Caroline Lockwood Nelson, Emily Reynolds Nelson, and Margaret Dunn Nelson; and Caroline's husband, Sean Howell. The Nelsons dearly loved their lifelong friends in Gallipolis, Columbus and California.  Bill is also remembered with love by Louisa's family, the Libbys of Maine, where he and Ann spent many summers joining in vacations with the extended family.  

The family anticipates a celebration of life in early April in Ohio.

Donations in Bill's honor may be made to The ALS Association, Central and Southern Ohio Chapter, 1170 Old Henderson Rd, Suite 221, Columbus, Ohio 43220.

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