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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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IN MEMORY OF
Jerry Leon Massie

Jerry Leon Massie, 70, of Gallipolis, passed away at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at his Second Ave. residence. Born November 1, 1943 in Thevenir Community of Gallia County, he was the son of the late Robert H. “Jack” and Hazel Louella  Randolph Massie.  Jerry was a member of the Central Christian Church and a graduate of the Holzer School of Nursing. He was an ordained minister for over 40 years during that time he pastored the Valley Freewill Baptist Church, Addison Freewill Baptist, Kings Chapel Church and Also Elizabeth Chapel Church and various other Churches when called upon.  He and his wife Marilyn were also the co-owners and publishers of the Tidbits Publications for Gallia, Jackson Vinton, and Meigs Counties in Ohio and Mason County in West Virginia which will continue in his memory.  Jerry was a retired Pharmacy Technician from the Holzer Medical Center.

Jerry is survived by his wife Marilyn Maxwell Massie, whom he married on August 14, 1995 in the Smokey Mountains, of Tennessee. His children, Phillip (Celeste Harrington) Massie, of Gallipolis, David L. (Diana Harless) Blacklick, Ohio, and Elizabeth Ann. Massie, of Patriot, step-children, Jeremy Skidmore, and Lori Skidmore, both of Gallipolis, sixteen grandchildren survive with one more on the way, four great-grandchildren, two sisters,  Emogene Kingery, and Rachel Saunders, both of Gallipolis.  Five brothers-in-law and one sister-in-law and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends also survive.

In addition to his parents Jerry is preceded in death by a sister Clara Belle Beaver.

A Celebration of Jerry’s Life will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 4, 2014 in the Central Christian Church, 109 Garfield Avenue in Gallipolis, Ohio. Officiating will be Pastorr Derek Stump . In keeping with Jerry's request there are no calling hours. The Cremeens Funeral Chapel  is entrusted with Jerry’s finial arrangements. 
 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Jerry's memory to the Central Christian Church, Memorial Fund, 109 Garfield Avenue, Gallipolis, Ohio  45631.

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IN MEMORY OF
George “Buddy” Fremont Carter

George “Buddy” Fremont Carter, 54, of Cheshire, passed away, at his Roush Lane residence at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Born February 4, 1969 in Zanesville, Ohio, he was the son of the late Robert William and Thelma M. Lucas Carter. He was a wildfire firefighter and a member of the Gallia Cornerstone Church.

He is survived by his wife Roberta Gilbert Payne, whom he married on August 3, 2012 in Ashland, Kentucky. He is also survived by five sisters.

In addition to his parents Buddy is preceded in death by a brother.

Graveside services will be conducted on Monday, August 22, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the Gravel Hill Cemetery. Chaplain Fred Williams will officiate. The Cremeens-King Funeral Home of Pomeroy, has been entrusted with Buddy’s arrangements. 

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IN MEMORY OF
Paul Fredrick VanCooney

Paul Fredrick VanCooney, 60, of Long Bottom, passed away at his Hayman Rd. residence, at 9.22 a.m. on Thursday, September 18, 2014. Born March 11, 1954 in Elyria, Ohio he was the son of the late Albert Franklin and Marie Ethel Gilkey VanCooney. He worked as an Excavator and truck driver for many companies around Meigs County. He loved to go antiquing, riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, and antique cars especially his 1931 Ford Coupe named “Miss Daisy.”

Paul is survived by his wife Diane Chamber VanCooney, his children, Sara (David) Brown, of Long Bottom, Yolanda (Benjamin) Dickson, of Albany, Oh., and Paul T. (Dawn) VanCooney, of Nelsonville, step-children, Joseph Lemaster, of Racine, and Carlie Lemaster, of Rutland. His grandchildren, Erica Erwin, and Bradley Dickson, brothers Albert (Loretta) VanCooney, Jr., of Elyria, Chuck (Janet) VanCooney, of Pomeroy, Ted VanCooney, of Pomeroy, and Don (Paula) VanCooney, of Jacksonville, Fl., as well as numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

In addition to his parents Paul is preceded in death by a brother.

In keeping with Paul’s wishes there will be no calling hours or funeral services. Cremation services have been entrusted to the Cremeens Funeral Home, of Racine. 

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IN MEMORY OF
Dorothy J. "Dot" Nibert

Dorothy J. "Dot" Nibert, 89, Centenary Community, passed away at 8:39 A.M. Wednesday, September 17, 2014 in the Ross Heart Hospital at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Born February 19, 1925 in Charleston, West Virginia she was the daughter of the late George and N. Margaret Saunders Ehman. She was a 1946 graduate of the Holzer School of Nursing and was a retired registered nurse at the Gallipolis Developmental Center. She was a member of the Centenary United Methodist Church.

Surviving is her daughter, Barbara Ann (Kevin) Hubler,  Warren, Ohio and her son, James G. (Ann) Nibert, Columbus, Ohio, three grandchildren, Jeff (Brook) Nibert, Kari Hubler and Erika Hubler, nieces and nephews, Charles Ehman, John Ehman, Jim Ehman, Jenny Fraley, Nancy Ehman, Bill Gene Johnson, Kathy McCalla, Margie Lou Wheeler, Mike Skidmore and Donna Tipton.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sister, Mary E. Johnson, brothers, Albert Ehman and James Theodore Ehman, nephews, Steve Ehman and George Ehman, sisters-in-law, Margaret Ehman and Virginia Avonelle Ehman and brother-in-law, Clarence E. "John" Johnson.

Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. Sunday, September 21, 2014, in the Cremeens Funeral Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. Harold Benson. Interment will be in the Centenary Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 - 8 P.M. Saturday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Dot's memory to the  American Heart Association, I.N.E. Fund at the Gallipolis Developmental Center, Ross Heart Hospital at O.S.U., Holzer Medical Center or to a charity of one's choice. 

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IN MEMORY OF
Homer F. Ward

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Homer F. Ward, 85, Bidwell (Porter community) went home to be with his Lord at 4:30 A.M. Monday, September 15, 2014 surrounded by his loving family at his State Route 160 home. Homer was born November 11, 1928 in Martha, Kentucky son of the late Conrad and Anna Skaggs Ward. He was a union pipe fitter of Plumber Fitters Local #521, Huntington, West Virginia. He served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, was a member of American Legion Post #888 at Delaware, Ohio, was a Kentucky Colonel and was a lifetime member of the NRA.

Surviving is his faithful and loving wife, Mary O. Barr Ward, whom he married July 5, 1979 in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, four daughters, Barbara (Dan) Vroman, Grandledge, Michigan, Cathy (Curt) Matheny, Vinton, Robin (Don) Maretin, Bidwell and Renee (Gary) Holliday, Bidwell, a son, Matt (Lisa) Queen, McArthur, Ohio, two sisters, Georgie Weiderman and Jesse Kellough, both of Chillicothe, Ohio, five grandchildren, Shawn, Brad, Wendy, Amber and David and ten great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his two brothers, Don Ward and Harold Ward and his dear loving granddaughter, Ashley Holliday.

Friends may call from 2 – 3 P.M. Friday, September 19, 2014 at the Cremeens Funeral Chapel, Gallipolis. A graveside service will be conducted following visitation in the Vinton Memorial Park with Rev. Calvin Minnis officiating. Military graveside services will be conducted by the Vinton American Legion Post # 161. 

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IN MEMORY OF
Shawn Michael Johnson

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Shawn Michael Johnson, 34, Gallipolis, passed away unexpectedly Monday, September 8, 2014 at his residence. Born March 31, 1980 in Gallipolis he was the son of Donna Faye Casto Johnson, of Gallipolis and Gary Gene Johnson, of Cincinnati.

He was a 1998 graduate of River Valley High School and a 2005 graduate of the University of Rio Grande. He was the M.L.T. and L.I.S. Coordinator of the laboratories at the Pleasant Valley Hospital in Point Pleasant, WV.

In addition to his parents he is survived by his wife, Sabrina A. Mooney Johnson, step-son and “Little Man”, Jarod Johnson, step-mother, Barbara Johnson, also of Cincinnati, paternal grandmother, Dorothy Johnson, Cincinnati, step-sisters, Jessica Wilson, Melissa Wilson and Tamara Purcell, aunts, Sheila Martin, Cincinnati and Teresa Johnson, Queens, New York and numerous cousins. Shawn is also survived by his co-workers and family of friends at the Pleasant Valley Hospital and his special friends and buddies. He loved the outdoors, hunting, golfing and mud running in his jeep and loafing with his many friends and buddies.

Shawn was preceded in death by his brother, Jay Lee Johnson, on January 30, 2000, maternal grandparents, James and Alma Faye Casto, paternal grandfather, Othello Johnson and a cousin, J. R. Martin.

Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Monday, September 15, 2014, in the Cremeens Funeral Chapel. Officiating will be Pastor Alfred Holley. Interment will be in the Pine Street Cemetery. Friends may call 2 – 8 P.M. Sunday at the funeral home.

Active casketbearers are Conan Saber, Mike Soles, Joey Higgs, Kevin Lambert, Justin Halley and Mitch Smith. Honorary casketbearers are J.C. Ohlinger, John Greene and John Browning. 

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