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IN MEMORY OF
John Thomas Houck

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‘….God placed his finger upon him, and he slept….’
 
Surrounded by family, John Thomas Houck, 73, of Proctorville, Ohio, passed away after a brief illness at Holzer Medical Center on December 12, 2014.  Tom was preceded in death by his parents, William Robert Houck (1989) and Ruby Dove Evans Houck (1998) and granddaughter, Emily Kathryen (2001).

Tom is survived by his wife, Judy Kathyren (Holley) and four (4) children:  Julie Houck (Mitch), of Odenton, Maryland; Jeffrey William, of Campbell, California; John Robert (Jennifer) of Nashville, Tennessee; and Joseph Aaron (Sara) Knoxville, Tennessee.  In addition, Tom is survived by nine grandchildren:  John and Katie; Jacob, Jordan, Joshua and Jessica; Jack; and Lane and Ledger.  In addition, Tom is survived by two (2) brothers:  William Robert Houck (Julie) of Marion, Ohio and James Howard Houck, of Carroll, Ohio; brothers-in-law, Joseph, Hersel (deceased), Marvin and David; sister-in law, Janice; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Tom is also survived by his daily companions Lettie and Bailey who made his life a little brighter.

Tom and his wife, Judy, owned and operated their own company, JH Systems, Inc., providing computer services.  Tom was an avid enthusiast of the Civil War era having traveled with his wife to Gettysburg and surrounding areas on various occasions.  Tom also possessed expertise in the operation of Steam Boats which navigated the Ohio River.  In addition, Tom focused on family ancestry tracing his Gallia County heritage to the Revolutionary War era.  Tom enjoyed working with wood which he acquired this trait from his father and mother who formerly owned the Wood Novelty Shop in Gallipolis.

Calling hours for Tom Houck will be at the Cremeens Funeral Home; 75 Grape Street; Gallipolis, Ohio, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on December 14, 2014.  Funeral services will immediately follow with Chaplain Fred Williams officiating. Private burial will be at Mound Hill Cemetery where Tom will be buried next to his parents. Pallbearers for Tom Houck will be his three (3) sons, Jeff, John and Joseph; his brother, James Howard; and his two (2) brothers-in-laws, Joseph and Marvin Holley. 

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IN MEMORY OF
Randolph “Randy” Thomas North

Randolph “Randy” Thomas North, 67, of Gallipolis, passed away at 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at his residence. Born October 8, 1947, he was the son of the late Robert North and the late Gladys Lucille Randolph Medas. He was a United State Army Veteran of the Vietnam Was and a member of the Point Pleasant American Legion Post # 23. He retired truck driver having driven for C.C. Caldwell and Foster Trucking Company.  He loved to hunt, fish, and spending time with grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Jeannie Ferguson Beaver-North, who he married on September 14, 2001 in Catlettsburg, Kentucky, children, Shawn (Crystal McKissack) Beaver, of Tennessee, Teresa Haner, of Gallipolis, Mary (Chuck) Casey, of Gallipolis, Christopher (Christy) Beaver, of Gallipolis,  fourteen grandchildren, Tiffany, Shauna, Shania, and Abby Beaver, Cody and Stacy Haner, Nick, Lauren, and Colin Casey, Joey Cox, Dakotah, Jakob, Austin, and Kori Beaver, three great-grandchildren, Hayden Morehouse, Cory Hunt, Pipper Hunt, and one on the way. Brothers, Jeff North, of Huntington, and Michael (Pam) Medas, of Hillard and numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

In addition to his mother and father Randy is preceded in death by a son-in-law, Dennis Haner.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, December 15, 2014 with Military Honors provided by Point Pleasant American Legion Post # 23. Pastor Alfred Holley will officiate. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Mt. Zion Cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to the service time. 

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IN MEMORY OF
Marvin F. Krider

Marvin F. Krider, 86, of Racine, passed away at 5:45 p.m. on Monday, December 8, 2014 in the Holzer Medical Center. Born January 17, 1928 in Racine, Ohio he was the son of the late Raymond and Freda Koeing Krider. He retired from Abbott Labatories in Columbus, Ohio. He attended the Bethany United Methodist Church of Dorcus and was a member of the Racine American Legion Post # 602.

Marvin is survived by his sisters, Alta Dill, of Middleport, Martha Bruch, of Mt. Vernon, Florida, and Minnie (Howard) Bloch, of The Villages, Fl., and numerous nieces and nephews. Step-children, Vernon (Avis) Harrison, Deloris (Elmer) Leihgeber, Nancy Scott, and Carol (Dwayne) Lang, numerous step-grandchildren, and numerous step-great-grandchildren also survive.

In addition to his parents Marvin is preceded in death by his wife Clara D. McDaniel Krider, whom he married on March 29, 1950 and passed away on September 21, 2005, brothers, Russell and John Krider.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 12, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. in the Cremeens Funeral Chapel, Racine. Pastor Arland King will officiate.  Interment will follow in the Gavel Hill Cemetery in Cheshire with full military honors conducted by the Racine American Legion Post #602. Friends may call two hours prior to the service time on Friday. 

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IN MEMORY OF
Lawrence Melton

Lawrence Melton, 95, Gallipolis, passed away at 9:05 P.M. Sunday, December 7, 2014, at his residence. Born January 25, 1919 in Quiltman, Georgia he was the son of the late Sam and Jessie Jackson Melton. He was preceded in death by his siblings,Uhla, Thomas, Woodrow, Eugene and Frances. There are no calling hours. A memorial service will be conducted at a later date. Cremation services are under the direction of the Cremeens Funeral Chapel.

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IN MEMORY OF
Phillip Carl Grotenrath

Phillip Carl Grotenrath, 70, Gallipolis, passed away at 6:10 A.M. Sunday, November 30, 2014 at his home. Born October 6, 1944 in East Cleveland, Ohio he was the son of the late Arthur and  Ethel Lucille Mehlbery Grotenrath.

Phillip is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Jean G. and Neil A. Sheeley, North Royalton, Ohio. There are no calling hours or funeral services. Interment will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio.

Services are under the direction of the Cremeens Funeral Chapel

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IN MEMORY OF
Herbert Grant

Herbert Grant, 85, of Wellston, passed away Friday, November 28, 2014, at The Four Winds Community. The son of the late Charles W. and Lucy Copas Grant, he was born March 8, 1929, at Wellston. Herb spent his entire life working on his farm.

He is survived by four sisters, Darlene Austin of Wellston, Mary Vance of Akron, Marie Murray of Wellston and Nellie Hensley of Jackson; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, Herb was preceded in death by his brothers, Charley, Thomas, T.A., and John; and one sister, Mildred Compston.

A graveside service will be conducted Wednesday at 10:00 AM in the Ridgewood Cemetery. Arrangements for Herbert F. Grant have been entrusted to the Huntley & Cremeens Funeral Home.

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IN MEMORY OF
Nancy L. Davis

Nancy L. Davis, 80, Bidwell, passed away at 7:35 A.M. Wednesday, November 26, 2014 in the Abbyshire Place Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. Born November 5, 1934 in Corning, Ohio she was the daughter of the late Jonathan and Helen Horne Justice. Nancy was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and she loved her Lord. She was a homemaker and attended the The Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints of Gallipolis.

She married Lester Davis on October 20, 1956 in Columbus, Ohio and he preceded her in death on October 5, 1990. Surviving are two daughters, Nancy (Bob) Miller, Columbus, Ohio and Marcella (Teddy) Pierce, Bidwell and two sons, Jonathan (Tammy) Davis, Columbus, Ohio and Paul Davis, Bidwell, Eleven grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death her son, Mark A. Davis and a grandson, Jason Davis.

Funeral services will be 4:00 P.M. Saturday, November 29, 2014, in the Cremeens Funeral Chapel. Officiating will be Bishop C. Alfred Sines and Pastor Truman Johnson. Private family interment will be on the family plot near Vinton. Friends may call after 2:00 P.M. Saturday at the funeral home. 

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IN MEMORY OF
Irene J. Harris

Irene J. Harris, 81, of Gallipolis, passed away, at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 20, 2014 in the Emergency Department at the Holzer Medical Center. Born April 30, 1933 she is the daughter of the late Frank and Janet Tucker Carpenter. She was a homemaker

Irene is survived by her daughter, Rhonda Smith, of Gallipolis, son, Ronald W. White Jr., of Gallipolis, fifteen grandchildren, two special grandchildren, Destiny Smith, Janigha Williams, a sister, Kathrine Patterson, of Springfield, Ohio, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Irene is preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow W. Harris, a daughter, Christina Bishop, a son Gary Allen White, a grandson, Shane Harris, and a granddaughter, Michelle Hayes.

In keeping with Irene’s wishes there will be no calling hours. A graveside service will be held in the Ohio Valley Memory Gardens at the convenience of the family. 

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IN MEMORY OF
Theresa Pappas

Theresa Pappas, 88, of Gallipolis, passed away at 5:56 a.m. on Thursday, October 30, 2014, at her residence. She was born August 31, 1926, in Cleveland, Ohio to the late Bert Cannon and Anna Morgan Pappas Watts. She was a resident of the Gallipolis Developmental Center.

She is survived by her friends at the Gallipolis Developmental Center.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by four siblings.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 3, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the Cremeens Funeral Chapel, Gallipolis. Father Thomas Hamm will officiate. Interment will follow in the St. Louis Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to the service.  

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IN MEMORY OF
Phoebe Lee Shoemaker

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Phoebe Lee Shoemaker, age 68, died Saturday, October 25, 2014, at her home surrounded by her family.

Phoebe was born in E. St. Louis, Ill the daughter of John Lynch and Julia Granger-Lynch, nee Mundy.

Throughout her life Phoebe was a caregiver in various health care facilities.

Besides her parents, Phoebe is preceded in death by her brothers Kenneth and Jerry Michael Lynch, a grandchild Michael Jr.; son-in-law, Roger Jouett; and  sister-in-law, Sue Berry Lynch

She is survived by her children Sherry Brown, of Fairview Heights, Ill. Michelle (Jim)Juelfs, of O’Fallon, Ill. Michael (Brenda) Servant, Belleville, Ill. Melissa (Aaron) Jarman, Belleville, Ill. and Mark Shoemaker 0f South Bridge, Mass.; brothers and sister Patrick (Barbara) Malone, Jack Lynch Tom (Monica) Lynch, Rick Lynch, Sandy (Roger) Hicks, Lana (Rich) Musil, and Randy (Sally Lynch all of Belleville, Ill and Judith (Virgil) Hensly of Fairview Heights, Ill.; grandchildren Eric, Teresa, Ashley, James, Kullen, Chasity, Ryan, Joshua and Jeremy; great-grandchildren Rayne, Aleaha, Alyse, Kaylianna, Kayden, Khloe, Ashton, and Alaya, who is on the way; nieces, nephews, and many friends.

Those wishing to leave memorials are asked to give them to the Family and my be left with the funeral home.

VISITATION: Friends may call from 4 to 7 PM on Thursday, October 30, 2014, at the Creaon Funeral Home, Millstadt, Ill.

FUNERAL: Funeral Services will be held at 7 PM on Thursday at the funeral home. All other services will be private.

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IN MEMORY OF
Charles Randal “Randy” Taylor

Charles Randal “Randy” Taylor, 53, of Cheshire, Ohio, the Addison Community, passed away at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at his residence. Born December 19, 1960 in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, he was the son of the late Charles W. “Bill” and the late Vivian Carol Cremeens Taylor. He worked for the Wackenhut Security Company at the Gavin and Kyger Creek power plants.  Randy was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He is survived by his sister, Brenda (Kelley) Fellure, Cheshire, a brother, Oliver L. (Terrie) Taylor, Norwalk, Ohio, a nephew, Joshua Fellure, a niece, Amber Hutton, a special aunt, Donna K. McKinney, a special cousin, Darlene (Ron) Parcell and family. Several great-nieces, several great-nephews, a several cousins also survive.
 
In addition to his parents Randy is preceded in death by a nephew, Korree Taylor.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 24, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.  in the Cremeens Funeral Chapel, Gallipolis with Pastor Lary Lemley officiating. Interment will follow in the Poplar Ridge Cemetery. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting Cremeens Funeral Home of Ohio 

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IN MEMORY OF
Betty Ann Hampton Stewart-Burchett

Betty Ann Hampton Stewart-Burchett, 83 of the Rio Grande Community, passed away at 4:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 11, 2014 in the Arbors of Gallipolis, nursing facility. Born November 12, 1930 in Kentucky she was the daughter of the late Boyd and Anna Maude Parsons Hampton. Betty was a nurse’s aide and retired from Holzer Home Health she was also a member of the Vinton Full Gospel Church.
 
She is survived by her daughter, Linda (Roland) Jackson, of Westland Michigan, grandchildren, Angela (Michael) Jackson-Irvine, Carla (Bryan) Pasquale, Steven (Autumn) Stewart, and Christy Amburn, and Brandy Perkins, great-grandchildren, Kayla (Walter) Arthur, Brandon Pasquale, Cera Pasquale, Nathaniel Irvine, Christiaan Irvine, MaKayla Stewart, Ethan Stewart, Zan Amburn, Blaise Amburn, and Luke Amburn. Two great-great grandchildren, Aidan Arthur, and Jensen Arthur, a brother Allen (Dorothy) Hampton, of Stockbridge, MI., two sisters, Janet (Tuck) Carter and Rebecca Straight, both of Gallipolis, a step-daughter, Connie (David) Palmer of Cheshire, and a step-grandson, Chris Palmer, also survive.
 
In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her first husband, Carl Edward Stewart whom she married on March 8, 1948 and preceded her in death on June 6, 1995, and her second husband, Ollie Burchett, her sons Kevin Bruce Stewart, in 1975 and Carl “Eddie” Stewart, Jr., in 2011, great-great grandson, Michael Doyle Pasquale, great-great granddaughter, Braelynn Mercer, a brother, Boyd Hampton, Jr., and a sister Alene Howard.
 
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. in the Cremeens Funeral Chapel, Gallipolis.  Rev. Calvin Minnis will officiate. Interment will follow in the Flag Springs Cemetery, near Waterloo. Michael Irvine, Nathaniel Irvine, Christiaan Irvine, Walter Arthur, Brandon Pasquale, Eric Straight will serve as casketbearers and Bryan Pasquale, and Steven Stewart will serve as honorary casketbearers.  Friends may call two hours prior to the service on Wednesday at the funeral home. 

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IN MEMORY OF
James W. “Jim” Saunders

James W. “Jim” Saunders, 84, of Gallipolis, passed away at 6:35 p.m. on Saturday, October 4, 2014, in the Elliott’s Medical Foster Home, in Guysville, Ohio. Born October 7, 1929 in Gallipolis, he was the son of the Late Walter Earl and Stella Smith Saunders.

In Jim’s early years he served his country in the United States Air Force, during the Korean Conflict. After his service time Jim did many things in his life, he was a patrolman with the Gallipolis Police Department, worked as an Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (A.T.F.) agent in Virginia and also in Kentucky, elected Gallia County Sheriff in 1972, served as an veteran service officer for Gallia County, served as a coal company pilot, was the manager of the Gallia-Meigs Regional Airport, and retired from the Gallipolis Volunteer Fire Department. Jim was a member of the Gallipolis American Legion Post #27, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post # 4464, and a member of the Disabled American Veterans, he also enjoyed serving on the Gallia County Veterans Services Funeral Detail Team.

He is survived by his children, Duston (Joanne) Saunders, of Highland Mills, NY., Penny (Bill) Burleson, of Gallipolis, Debby (Michael) Simmons, of Gallipolis, James W. “Jim” (Lynn) Saunders, II, of Browns Burg, Indiana, Colin (Tracy) Saunders, of Gallipolis, LuEllen Scouten, of Gallipolis, and Jamie (Danny) Mullane, of Louisville, Kentucky. Ten grandchildren, Esther (Tim) Staufer, Bethany Simmons, Joshua (Samantha) Simmons, Miranda (Matt) Townsend, Will (Kendra) Burleson, Hannah (Ryan) Burnett, Sarah Burleson, Jamie Lynn (Drew) Varvel, Andrew Scouten, and Kyle (Adrienne) Scouten, thirteen great-grandchildren, and one sister, Jean Pullins, of Gallipolis, and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends also survive.

In addition to his parents, Jim is preceded in death by a sister, Earlene Saunders.

A memorial service will be conducted Friday, October 10, 2014 at 11:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Gallipolis. With Pastor Bob Hood officiating. Full military honors will be conducted by the Gallia County Veterans Services Funeral Detail Team. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church. 

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IN MEMORY OF
Lawrence "Tubby" E. Rose

Lawrence "Tubby" E. Rose, 72, of Antiquity, passed away at his residence on Monday, September 29, 2014. Born November 2, 1941 in Antiquity, he was the son of the late Herbert E. and Mabel Synder Rose. He was a farm hand and a carpenter, he also enjoyed working in his wood-shop at his house.

He is survived by his children, Anna Jolly, of Columbus, Lawrence "Buster" Rose Jr., Andy (Betty Jo) Rose, of New Vienna, Ohio, and Herbert (Kimberly Roush) Rose, of Mason, West Virginia. Twelve Grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and one sister, Betty Webb, of Columbus, and numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a brother Harold E. Rose.

Graveside services will be held on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. in the Letart Falls Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. The Cremeens Funeral Home, of Racine has been entrusted with Lawrence's finial arrangements. 

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