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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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IN MEMORY OF
Arbana Gleim

Arbana Gleim, 71, Gallipolis, passed away Monday evening, June 30, 2014, at her residence. There are no calling hours or funeral service.

Cremation services entrusted to the Cremeens Funeral Chapel.

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IN MEMORY OF
Terry Lee "Bandit" Brewer

Terry Lee "Bandit" Brewer, 68, Portland, passed away Monday, June 23, 2014, at his Lebanon Township home. In keeping with his wishes there are no calling hours or funeral service. A private family service will be conducted at the convenience of the family is the Stiversville Cemetery.. Cremation services entrusted to the Cremeens Funeral Home, Racine.

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IN MEMORY OF
Shirley Wallar

Shirley Wallar, 75, of Wellston, passed away Thursday, June 26, 2014, at the Jenkins Care Community. The daughter of the late Walter and Cleo Long Simmerman, she was born near Jackson on April 15, 1939. Shirley was a homemaker and always enjoyed attending the Calvary United Methodist Church at Jackson.

Shirley is survived by her children, Robert (Veronica) Bethel of California, Tim Bethel of Coalton, Brenda (Patrick) Ayers of McArthur and Cathy (Mark) Skidmore of Wellston; grandchildren, John Barlow, Clayton, Jared, Eddie and Nick Bethel, Shirley Harris and Dylan and Chloe Skidmore; and six great-grandchildren. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins as well as her good friend, Imogene Etter are also left to mourn.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Larry Wallar; her son, George Edward Bethel; her brother, Walter; and sister, Vera Harrel.

A memorial service will take place Saturday, July 5th , 10:00 AM at the Calvary United Methodist Church of Jackson. Arrangements for Shirley have been entrusted to the Huntley & Cremeens Funeral Home.

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IN MEMORY OF
Helen Louise Pratt

Helen Louise Pratt, 92, Gallipolis, passed away at 2:59 A.M. Thursday, June 19, 2014, in the Edgewood Manor of Wellston. Born December 18, 1921 in Mason County, West Virginia she was the daughter of the late Pearl and Stella Harmon Hayman. She was a homemaker and was a very kind and gentle soul. She had a loving and generous heart and was always giving to others.

Helen is survived by her two daughters, Stella (Dan) Kiesling, Gallipolis and Sharon (Randy) Patterson, Bidwell, sons, Michael (Patty) Pratt, Chillicothe, OH and Garry (Sheila) Pratt, Bidwell, a brother, Paul Hayman, Point Pleasant, WV and sisters, Esther Hayman, Pt. Pleasant and Sherry Cogar, Pt. Pleasant. Helen was a grandmother of ten, great-grandmother of fourteen and great-great grandmother of five.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two sons, Terry Pratt and Jonny Pratt, brothers, James Hayman and Steven Hayman and sisters, Mae Atkinson and Eleanor Long. In keeping with Helen's wishes, no funeral services will be held.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.  The Cremeens Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the Pratt family.

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IN MEMORY OF
Ralph A. Barcus

Ralph A. Barcus, 73, Gallipolis, passed away at 5:01 A.M. Saturday, June 14, 2014, in the Cabell-Huntington Hospital, Huntington, West Virginia. Born May 6, 1941 in Gallipolis, he was the son of the late Clarence C. and Florilla Mae Plymale Barcus.

Ralph was a retired union carpenter from Carpenter's  Local # 14614, Charleston, W. Va. He was a member of the Addison Freewill Baptist Church.

Surviving is his wife, Cathy I Stephens Barcus, sons, Allen (Crystal) Barcus, Jacksonville, Florida, Randall (Gina) Poland, Wellston, OH, Robert (Christina) Poland, Kingman, Arizona and a daughter, Lisa (Kenny) Oliver, Greensburg, Indiana, Eight grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren, sisters, Lola Richards, Springfield, Virginia, Kathryn Costen, Gallipolis, Rebecca Unroe, Gallipolis, Ernestine Mooney, Gallipolis, Addie (William) Jewell, Columbus, OH, Ina Belle Sibley, Gallipolis, brother, Ray Barcus, Bidwell, brothers-in-law, Willard L. Keesee, Patriot, Daryl (Sandy) Stephens, Gallia, OH, Thomas Stephens, Gallia, Russell (Mary) Stephens, South Webster, OH and Craig (Susan) Stephens, Covington, Kentucky. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews and special friends, David and Rachel Phillips, Gallipolis, Gerald and Nettie Ann Warren, Gallipolis and Wayne and Sally Caully, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter, Renauta Michelle Barcus, and two sisters, Opal L. Halfhill and Donna Faye Keesee.

Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. Friday, June 20, 2014, at the Addison Freewill Baptist Church. Officiating will be Rev. Rick Barcus and Rev. Jack Parsons. Interment will be in the Mina Cemetery in Green Township. Friends may call from 5 - 8 P.M. Thursday at the church. Nephews will serve as active casket bearers. Funeral services are entrusted to the Cremeens Funeral Chapel.

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IN MEMORY OF
Minter J. Schartiger

Minter J. Schartiger, 73, Middleport, passed away at 4:03 A.M. Friday, June 6, 2014, in the Cabell-Huntington Hospital, Huntington, West Virginia. Born May 30, 1941 in Hartford, West Virginia he was the son of the late Elbert and Freda Lou Vada Kyer Schartiger. He was a retired coal miner from Southern Ohio Coal Co.
 
Surviving is his wife, Caroll Jenkins Schartiger, who he married January 22, 1966, in Fairchance, PA., daughter, Rebecca (Ryan) Myers, Rutland, sons, Mickey Schartiger, Pomeroy and Donald (Karen) Schartiger, Middleport. grandchildren, Keith Ferguson, James Schartiger. Mickey J. Schartiger, Jr., Teresa Schartiger, Brandi Nicole Reeves, Crystal Reeves, Bodie Priddy, Morgan Myers, Gracie Myers and Rayden Myers, great-grandchildren, Ashlyn Cremeans, Samuel Durst, and Hayden Hein. Brothers, Eugene (Kate) Schartiger and Tommy (Loretta) Schartiger, both of Middleport, sisters, Donny Duvall, Bidwell and Thelma Mays, Orville, OH and numerous nieces and nephews.
 
In addition to his parents he was preceded in a death by a daughter, Carla J. Reeves, Brothers, Elbert Schartiger Jr., Willie Schartiger, Okey Schartiger, Johnny Schartiger and a sister, Geraldine Ratcliff.

Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, June 10, 2014, in the Cremeens-King Funeral Home, Middleport-Pomeroy Chapel. Officiating will be Pastor Wayne Searles. Interment will be in the Gravel Hill Cemetery, Cheshire. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. 

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IN MEMORY OF
Glenna R. Rothgeb

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, Glenna Rothgeb, on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 2:10 P.M. in the Holzer Senior Care Center. She was a very strong person that everyone loved when they met her. She is now with all the people that passed before her with no more pain and suffering, no more heartbreak and she is now under God's protection to whom she loved dearly. Enjoy seeing Dad, Dale Jr., Gerry and countless others whose lives you brightened.

Glenna Ruth Shaver Rothgeb was born August 10, 1917 in Addison Township the daughter of the late Abraham C. and Francis Catherine (Fannie Elliott) Shaver. She was a homemaker, a member of the old Campaign Baptist Church and a life-long resident of Addison Township.

Surviving are her sons, Bob Rothgeb, Gallipolis, Ken (Donna) Rothgeb, North Augusta, South Carolina, Dave Rothgeb, Gallipolis, Mick (Teresa) Rothgeb, Chillicothe, Ohio, daughter-in-law, Patty Rothgeb, Cincinnati, grandchildren, Jim (Joyce) Rothgeb, Gallipolis, Amy (Jeremy) Browand, Columbus, OH, Scott Rothgeb, Salisbury, N.C., Tiffany (Kyle) Ringwald, Mooresville, NC, Julia (Keanon) Montgomery, Chillicothe and great-grandchildren, , Evan and Tyler Browand, Otto Ringwald, Lily Montgomery and  Erika Fox.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her step-father, Dallas J. (Jack) Rife, her husband, Dale D. Rothgeb, whom she married May 4, 1939 in Jackson, Ohio and preceded her in death on March 24, 1976, a son, Dale Rothgeb Jr., her brothers  and sisters-in-law, Francis L. (Roy) and Pauline Shaver and John S. and Pearl Shaver and a daughter-in-law, Gerry Rothgeb.

Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. Monday, June 9, 2014, in the Cremeens-King Funeral Home, Middleport-Pomeroy Chapel. Rev. Alfred Holley will officiate. Interment will be in the Campaign Cemetery in Addison Township. Friends may call one hour prior to the funeral service at the funeral home.

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IN MEMORY OF
David William McKenzie

David William McKenzie, 79, Gallipolis, passed away at 2:45 P.M. Tuesday, May 27, 2014, in the Holzer Medical Center. Born January 2, 1935 in Racine, Ohio he was the son of the late James W. and Laura E. Shain McKenzie. He was retired after 30 years of service as executive director of the Gallia County Agriculture, Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS). David was a former teacher at the Southwestern High School and served several years as a Gallipolis Township Trustee. He also was a former member of the Gallia County Veterans Service Commission. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, a member of the Racine First Baptist Church and attended the Fairhaven United Methodist Church.

Surviving is his wife, Charlene Leedy McKenzie, whom he married October 14, 1956 in Jackson, Ohio, his daughter, Jozie (Rick) Roberts, Gallipolis, two sons, Jeffrey David (Donna) McKenzie, Chapel Hill, North Carolina and James Phillip (Kim) McKenzie, Rural Retreat, Virginia, four grandchildren, Christopher Roberts, David Ian McKenzie, Katherine Shea McKenzie and Trevor Jackson McKenzie.

Private family funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, May 31, 2014, in the Cremeens Funeral Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. Jamie Mosley. Interment will be in the Mound Hill Cemetery. There are no calling hours. Military graveside services will be conducted by the Gallia County Veterans Funeral Detail Team.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in David's memory to the Fairhaven United Methodist Church, C/O Mrs. Margaret Finnicum, Treasurer, 851 State Route 7 North, Gallipolis, OH 45631.

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