Miscellaneous Hocking County, Ohio Obituaries - 1996

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November 11 - 16, 1996

ROSE M. SMITH 
Rose Marie Fowler Smith, 27, Logan, died Friday, Nov. 8 at Hocking Valley Community Hospital as a result of an automobile accident. 
Born Oct. 6, 1969, Columbus, daughter of Merida Earl and Helen Coons Fowler of Logan, she was married to Michael Thomas Smith, who survives. 
She was employed at Crestview Manor Nursing Home in Lancaster. 
Also surviving are two sons, Shawn Michael Smith and Jefferey Matthew Smith, both of the home; three brothers, Patrick Fowler of Rushville, Leonard Frank Byers of Columbus and Joseph Michael (Barbara) Fowler of Logan; and two sisters, Mrs. Russell (Theresa) Toops of Logan and Gladys Curry of Lexington, Ky. 
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Cardaras Funeral Home, Logan, with the Rev. Gary Wheeler officiating. 
Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. 
Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 today at the funeral home. 

MELVIN R. CONWAY 
Melvin R. "Deke" Conway, 74, Route 3, SR 555, Malta, died Sunday, Nov. 10 at his residence. 
Born April 3, 1922, Athens County, son of the late Eldon P. and Etta Slay Conway, he was the widower of Juanita Searles Conway, who died in 1985. 
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Cardaras Funeral Home, Glouster. 
Burial will be in Hollister Cemetery. 
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. 

VERNON D. ROBINSON 
Vernon Dale Robinson, 64, The Plains, died Monday, Nov. 11 at O'Bleness Hospital, Athens. 
Born March 4, 1932, Hardy, Ark., son of the late Herbert and Rhoda Martin Robinson, he was married to Grace Ann Crabtree Robinson, who survives. 
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Warren-Brown Funeral Home, Nelsonville. 
Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Nelsonville. 
Friends may call from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 today at the funeral home. 

WILMA J. WICKS 
Wilma Joanne Wicks, 62, Stockport, formerly of Nelsonville, died Monday, Nov. 11 at her residence. 
Born June 24, 1934, Logan, daughter of the late Bort Smith and Thelma McGlaughlin Smith Mason, she was the widow of Lester Wicks, who died Dec. 24, 1993. 
Graveside funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Greenlawn Cemetery, Nelsonville. 
Friends may call after 2 p.m. Wednesday at Souers Funeral Home, Nelsonville. 
The family suggests contributions be made to Central Ohio Diabetes Association, 1580 King Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43212-2000. 

RAY H. POLING 
Funeral services were held Wednesday in Elyria for Ray H. Poling, 80, Elyria, formerly of Perry County. 
Burial was in Brookdale Cemetery, Elyria. 
Son of the late Frank S. and Mary E. Crooks Poling, he was married to Kathleen Palmer Poling, who survives. 
He retired from Bendix-Westinghouse in Elyria. He attended First Methodist Church of Elyria and was a member of Frank S. Harmen 663 in Elyria and Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite in Lorain County and Cleveland. 
Also surviving are three sons, Robert, Dean and Gene Poling, all of Elyria; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Wilma Bainter of Logan, Frieda Stiverson of Sugar Grove and Evelyn Rodgers of Elyria; and two brothers, Warren and Ralph Poling, both of Elyria. 
He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Burl and Roland Poling; and an infant daughter. 

GROVER STOTTS 
Grover "Junior" Stotts, 63, The Plains, died Wednesday, Nov. 13 at O'Bleness Memorial Hospital, Athens. 
Born March 29, 1933, Sharpsburg, son of the late Grover Cleveland and Blanche Rupe Stotts, he was married to Deloris Katzenbach Stotts, who survives. 
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Souers Funeral 
Home, Nelsonville. 
Burial will be at Mt. Herman Cemetery, Sharpsburg. 
Friends may call after 2 p.m. today at the funeral home with the family in attendance from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9. 

HELEN E. MORRISON 
Helen Elizabeth Morrison, 65, Trimble, died Thursday, Nov. 14 at her residence. 
Born July 27, 1931, Glouster, she was the daughter of the late Pete and Mildred Whaley Miller. 
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Cardaras Funeral Home, Glouster. 
Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery, Glouster. 
Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

November 18 - 23, 1996

HARRY L. CONRAD 
Harry L. Conrad, 66, Logan, died Saturday, Nov. 16 at his residence. 
Born April 16, 1930, Hocking County, son of the late Ralph and Della Helber Conrad, he was married for 48 years to Nina Evans Conrad, who survives. 
He and his wife formerly operated Texaco Truck Stop in Chillicothe. He was also a former heavy equipment operator. He was a lifetime member of NRA and a 35-year member of the Farm Bureau. He was also a member of Mingo Masonic Lodge 171 F&AM in Logan, Logan Chapter 75 RAM, Hock-Hocking Council 39 R&SM, Logan Commandry 78 KT Scottish Rite Valley of Columbus Aladdin Temple Shrine. 
Also surviving are two sons, Harry W. (Vickie) Conrad and Raymond Conrad, both of Logan; three brothers, Harold (Christine) Conrad of Logan, Clarence (Joan) Conrad of Chillicothe and David Conrad of Columbus; a sister, Dorothy Wells of Londonderry; two grandsons, Jeremy and Wayne Conrad, both of Logan; and two granddaughters, Sarah and Jessica Conrad, both of Logan. 
He was also preceded in death by a brother, Robert Conrad; and a sister, Gladys Beougher. 
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Heinlein-Brown Funeral Home with Winfred Wayne Holliday officiating. 
Burial will be in New Fairview Cemetery, Rockbridge. 
Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 today at the funeral home. 
Masonic memorial services will be held 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

MANZEL F. HOLBROOK 
Manzel F. Holbrook, 82, Logan, died today at Doctors Hospital North, Columbus. 
Born March 8, 1914, Kentucky, son of the late Tom and Mary Bently Holbrook, he was the widower of Anise Holbrook, who died June 23, 1995. 
Surviving are two sons, Larry D. (Iona) Holbrook of Lancaster and Micheal G. (Deborah) Holbrook of Logan; two daughters, Mary Ellen McKinney of New Albany and Mrs. Dave (Patty) Nicholls of Stryker; a sister, Hazel Young of Lancaster; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 
He was also preceded in death by five brothers; and three sisters. 
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Heinlein-Brown Funeral Home with the Rev. Bob Sanders officiating. 
Burial will be in Knollwood Cemetery. 
Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 Tuesday at the funeral home. 

GLENNA F. NIXON 
Glenna F. Nixon, 89, Tallmadge, formerly of Murray City, died Sunday, Nov. 17 at St. Thomas Hospital, Akron. 
Born May 24, 1907, near Murray City, daughter of the late Walter and Alta Trimmer Hoskins, she was the widow of Ernest Nixon, who died Dec. 5, 1985. 
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Brown Funeral Home, Murray City. 
Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Nelsonville. 
Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. 
Memorial services will be conducted by American Legion Auxiliary 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. 

ROBERT L. ELICK JR. 
Robert L. Elick Jr., 55, Goose Creek Road, South Bloomingville, died Sunday, Nov. 17 as a result of a pedestrian-truck accident in Eagle Township, Vinton County. 
Born Sept. 22, 1941, Lancaster, son of Robert L. and Lura Tatman Elick Sr. of South Bloomingville, he was married to Joyce L. Smith Elick, who survives. 
He was a logger and timber cutter and attended Lebanon Church. 
Also surviving are two sisters, Louanna Woodside of Lancaster and Mrs. Jerry (Betty) Perry of McArthur; and a brother, Carl (Sue) Elick of Adelphi. 
He was also preceded in death by a sister, Katie Elick. 
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Pleasant Hill Community Church with David Tipton officiating. 
Burial will be in Green Summit Cemetery, Adelphi. 
Friends may call from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 today at Garrett Funeral Home, McArthur, and one hour prior to services Wednesday at the church. 

HOWARD L. HUNTER 
Howard L. Hunter, 59, Laurelville, died today. 
Born Aug. 8, 1937, Hocking County, son of the late Guy and Elsie Wynkoop Hunter, he was married to Karen Hunter, who survives. 
He was a U.S. Navy veteran. 
Also surviving are a son, Howard (Renee) Hunter Jr.; two daughters, RoseMarie Brokaw and Jeanette Hunter, both of Laurelville; two grandchildren, Randy Rutter Jr. and Guy Logan; four brothers, John (Faye) Hunter of Florida, Glen (Pat) Hunter of Centerburg, Guy (Shirley) Hunter of Kingston and George (Betty) Hunter of Laurelville; and five sisters, Mrs. Carl (Dorothy) Sharp of Amanda, Mrs. John (Susie) Pickrell of Florida, Joan Corne of Lancaster and Mrs. Don (Nancy) Jackson and Mrs. Ed (Donna) Huston, both of Laurelville. 
He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Fred and Marvin Hunter. 
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Wellman Funeral Home, Laurelville. 
Burial will be in Laurel Cemetery. 
Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. 
The family suggests contributions be made to Hospice of Fairfield County. 

ESTHER STARNER 
Esther Deeds Starner, Lancaster, died Monday, Nov. 18 at Fairfield Medical Center, Lancaster. 
Daughter of the late Webster and Clara Deeds, she was the widow of Clifford B. Starner, who died in 1982. 
She retired in 1974 from the Berne Union School system in Sugar Grove. She was a member of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Lancaster. 
Surviving are a son, James (Bette) Starner of Marietta; two grandchildren, Jeffrey (Liane) Starner and Mrs. James (Jill) Harry, both of Marietta; two great-granddaughters, Rilla Mae Harry and Raeann Harry; a step great-granddaughter, Amie Harry; two sisters, Rose Ruff and Mildred Cochenour, both of Lancaster; and several nieces and nephews. 
She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Frank, Elmer and Paul Deeds; and a sister, Helen Darling. 
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Frank E. Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Lancaster, with Pastor Mark R. Raddatz of Emanuel Lutheran Church officiating. 
Burial will be in Stukey Cemetery. 
Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 Thursday at the funeral home. 
The family suggests contributions be made to Fairfield County American Heart Association or Emanuel Lutheran Church in Esther's memory. 

DONALD W. TAYLOR SR. 
Donald W. Taylor Sr., 78, Logan, died Wednesday, Nov. 20 at his residence. 
Born April 4, 1918, Perry County, son of the late Clyde and Rilla M. Wolfe Taylor, he was married for 55 years to Dorothy Wilson Taylor, who survives. 
A World War II Navy veteran, he retired from Sears Roebuck Co. and was formerly employed at Elberfeld's. He was the first executive director for the Hocking County Tourism Association, a post he held from 1988-93. 
He was a member of Immanual United Methodist Church, where he was formerly a lay leader, Sunday school teacher and a member of the choir. 
He was a past master of Mingo Lodge 171 F&AM, past District Deputy Grand Master of the 13th Masonic District Grand Lodge of Ohio, past presiding officer of Logan York Rite Masonic Bodies Logan Chapter 75 RAM. Hock-Hocking Council 39 and Logan Commandry 78. 
He was also a member of Ohio Priory 18 Knights York Cross of Honor, Galilean Tabernacle 23 Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests, Scottish Rite Valley of Columbus, Aladdin Temple Shrine in Columbus, Aladdin Past Masters Unit of Aladdin Temple Shrine, Hocking Hills Shrine Club, Past Worthy Patron of Venus Chapter 76 OES and Allied Masonic Services Degrees. 
He was on the Board of Directors of the Hocking Metropolitan Housing Authority, a former trustee for Hocking College and a former scoutmaster for Troop 99 Hocking District BSA. 
Also surviving are a son, Donald W. (Katie) Taylor Jr. of Lancaster; a daughter, Mrs. John (Roseann) Warden of Napoleon; and three grandchildren, Donald W. Taylor III of Des Moines, Iowa, Amy Warden of Bowling Green and John Taylor Warden of Napoleon. 
He was also preceded in death by a son, Larry Edward Taylor. 
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Immanuel United Methodist Church with the Rev. Gary Wheeler officiating. 
Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. 
Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 today at Cardaras Funeral Home, Logan, and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church. 
Masonic services will be conducted 7:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. 
Graveside services will be conducted by Hocking County Combined Color Guard Unit. 
The family suggests contributions be made to Immanual United Methodist Church, 66 E. Hunter St., Logan, Ohio 43138. 

SHIRLEY R. FORTNER 
Shirley R. Fortner, 75, Laurelville, died Thursday, Nov. 21 at her residence. 
Born April 10, 1921, Vinton County, daughter of the late Roy and Nellie Rose Stevens, she was married to John Fortner, who survives. 
She was retired from Veterans Hospital. 
Also surviving are two sons, John (Judy) Fortner of Thornville, James (Regina) Fortner of Laurelville; four daughters, Mrs. Roger (Naomi) Schmitt of Cincinnati, Mrs. Ralph (Sharon) Nungester of Tarlton, Mrs. Michael (Rebecca) Poling of Laurelville and Rachel Brown of Worthington; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a brother, Harlan Stevens of Laurelville; and a sister, Ruth Hampshire of South Bloomingville. 
She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Marilyn; a son, Richard; one grandson; a brother, Leroy Stevens; and a sister, Ethel Poling. 
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at First Church of God Community Worship Center, 25822 SR 159, Tarlton, where she was a member. Pastor Lynn Summers and Jack Townsend will officiate. 
Burial will be in Green Summit Cemetery, Adelphi. 
Friends may call from 2 to 9 p.m. today at the Wellman Funeral Home, Circleville. 
The family suggests contributions be made to Hospice of Pickaway County. 

CHARLES R. MALCOLM 
Funeral services were held 2 p.m. today at Brown Funeral Home, Murray City, for Charles R. Malcolm, 46, Glouster, who died Thursday, Nov. 21 at his residence. 
Burial was in Beech Grove Cemetery, Perry County. 
Born Jan. 29, 1950, Bellaire, son of the late Okey and Wanda Slater Malcolm, he was married to Rose M. Mesoras Malcolm, who survives. 

PAUL R. RODGERS 
Paul R. Rodgers, 64, Glouster, died Wednesday, Nov. 20 at his residence. 
Born Sept. 25, 1932, Chauncey, son of the late Clement and Flossie Barnett Rodgers, he was married to Patricia S. Sisson Rodgers, who survives. 
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Sunday at Taylor Ridge Christian Church, near Glouster. 
Burial will be in Hilltop Cemetery, Millfield. 
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 Saturday at the funeral home, and one hour prior to services Sunday at the church. 

LUCY M. BAKER 
Lucy M. Baker, 60, Logan, died Friday, Nov. 22 at her daughter's residence in Columbus. 
Born March 24, 1936, Hazard, Ky., daughter of the late James and Mary Couch Estep, she was the widow of Lee T. Baker, who died in 1985. 
Surviving are a son, Gary L. (Donna J.) Baker of Logan; four daughters, Mrs. Tim (Susie) Weilbacher of Columbus, Mrs. Russ (Bonnie) Patton of Hillsboro, Mrs. Sun (Penney) Leeper of Galloway and Tracey L. Baker of Logan; 11 grandchildren; three brothers, Marion, Harmie and Seldon Estep, all of Chavies, Ky.; and two sisters, Rosie Barrett and Nellie Mae Howard, both of Chavies, Ky. 
She was also preceded in death by two sons, James and Donald Baker; and two brothers, Jack Estep and Elmer Morris. 
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Cardaras Funeral Home, Logan, with the Rev. Vernon Barrell officiating. 
Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. 
Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 Sunday at the funeral home. 
The family suggests contributions be made to Hospice of Riverside, 3535 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio 43214. 

EMILY ANN REED 
Emily Ann Reed, infant daughter of William Roberts and Beth Ann Kessler Reed of Logan, died at birth Friday, Nov. 22 at Fairfield Medical Center, Lancaster. 
Surviving are a brother, Evan William Reed of the home; grandparents, Jean Spang of Logan, Louis and Cheryl Kessler of Lancaster and James and Ruby Reed of New Plymouth; great-grandparents, Don Spang and Betty Yates, both of Logan; and several aunts and uncles. 
Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Sunday at New Fairview Memorial Gardens, Rockbridge, with the Rev. Dixie Bauman officiating. 
No calling hours will be observed. 
Arrangements are by Cardaras Funeral Home, Logan. 

BOBBY LEE SMITH 
Bobby Lee Smith, 37, Chauncey, died Thursday, Nov. 21 in Athens County. 
Born Oct. 5, 1959, Athens County, he was the son of Charles Smith of Columbus and Erma Canter Smith Byers of Chauncey. 
Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. today at Heinlein-Brown Funeral Home. 
Burial will be in New Fairview Cemetery, near Rockbridge. 

November 25 - 30, 1996

CAROL L. BIGGINS 
Carol L. Phillips Biggins, 58, Nelsonville, died Saturday, Nov. 23 at Doctors Hospital, Nelsonville. 
Born Jan. 3, 1938, Athens County, she was the daughter of the late James W. and Violet D. Woodrum Phillips. 
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Warren-Brown Funeral Home, Nelsonville. 
Burial will be in Connett Cemetery. 
Friends may call from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

EVON HANSLEY 
Evon Black Hansley, 87, Lancaster, died Sunday, Nov. 24 at Rockmill Rehabilitation Center, Lancaster. 
She was the widow of Lawrence Hansley. 
She was retired after 26-years of service at Anchor Hocking Glass Corp. She was a member of VFW Post 1380. 
Surviving are three sons, Robert E. (Shirley) Black and Richard L. (Joan) Black, both of Lancaster, and Carl E. (Marge) Black of Titusville, Fla.; six stepdaughters, Betty Crawford, Elizabeth Shaw, Martha Crawford, Patricia McDowell, Jean Helber and Rita Goss, all of Logan; a stepson, James Hansley of Logan; 24 grandchildren; 54 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Inez Smith of Lancaster and Frances Jordan of Cincinnati; two sister-in-laws, Eleanor White and Gladys White, both of Lancaster; a brother-in-law, Franklin Ayers of Baltimore; and several nieces and nephews. 
She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Chester M. Black; a son, Charles "Bud" Black; four sisters; and two brothers. 
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Frank E. Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Lancaster, with Dr. Brooks Heck of First United Methodist Church officiating. 
Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery. 
Friends may call from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

PAUL E. HAWK 
Paul Edward Hawk, 70, Reynoldsburg, died Friday, Nov. 22 at Mt. Carmel East, Columbus. 
Born Nov. 16, 1926, Nelsonville, son of the late Amos and Elsie Powers Hawk, he was married to Margaret J. Bruce Hawk, who survives. 
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Souers Funeral Home, Nelsonville. 
Burial will be in Greenlawn Memory Gardens, Nelsonville. 
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

MARGARET M. ROSE 
Margaret M. Rose, 87, Lancaster, formerly of Logan, died Friday, Nov. 22 at Fairfield Medical Center, Lancaster. 
Born Sept. 18, 1909, New Plymouth, daughter of the late Jacob and Mary Marcum Milsted, she was the widow of George T. Rose. 
Surviving are a son, James V. Rose of Lancaster; a daughter, Mrs. Ralph (Mary) Crist of Lancaster; three grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and three sisters, Hazel Richie of Neff, Ethel Hammond of Logan and Helen Nichols of Pleasantville. 
She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Howard Bobo; a brother, William Milsted; and a sister, Nellie Boals. 
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Cardaras Funeral Home, Logan, with the Rev. Jame Mathias officiating. 
Interment will be in Shaw Cemetery. 
Friends may call from 9 a.m. until time of services Tuesday at the funeral home. 

MAILEN McWILLIAMS 
Mailen McWilliams, 84, Seneca, S.C., died Saturday, Nov. 23 at St. Francis Hospital, Greenville, S.C. after a brief illness. 
Born Oct. 13, 1912, Luhrig, Athens County, son of the late Lee and Rachel Evans McWilliams, he was the widower of Virginia Hutchison McWilliams, who died in 1994. 
A World War II Army veteran, he served in the Rainbow Division in Europe and Germany. He attended Athens High School and was a retired printer at McBees in Athens. He was a member of Athens Elks Club. 
He had lived in Seneca, S.C. since 1993 and had been a resident of the Athens area all his life. 
Surviving are a daughter and grandson with whom he made his home, Mailene McWilliams and Todd McWilliams of Seneca, S.C.; two daughters, Mrs. David (Linda) McAllister of Logan and Mrs. Jim (Nita) Mace of Seneca, S.C.; three granddaughters and husbands, Mike (Shammie) Young, Chris (Heidi) Cushman and Scott (Polly) Galbreath, all of Seneca, S.C.; five grandchildren, Jamie, Andy and Leslie Mace, all of Seneca, S.C., Davy McAllister of Chicago, Ill. and Jenny McAllister of Logan; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Hazel Sherman of Columbus. 
He was also preceded in death by a sister, Gladys Moody; and a brother, Lewis McWilliams. 
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Jagers and Sons Funeral Home, Athens, with the Rev. Phillip Ridenour officiating. 
Burial will be in Athens County Memory Gardens. 
Military services will be conducted at the cemetery. 
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. 
Memorial services will be conducted by Athens Elk Lodge 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

PAUL D. KECK 
Paul D. Keck, 72, Bremen, formerly of the Thornville area, died Monday. Nov. 25 at his residence. 
Born Dec. 1, 1923, Logan, son of Nora Beery Keck of Logan and the late Forest Keck, he was married to Mary Kay Blume Hillyard Keck, who survives. 
A World War II Army veteran, he was retired from Eastland Vocational School in Columbus. 
He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Lancaster, a past member of Logan American Legion, VFW and DAV. He was also a member of a 32nd Degree Mason Logan Lodge, Knights Templer, Scottish Rites, the Logan FOE and Logan Trade Club. 
Also surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Steven (Yvette M.) Manaway of Galloway, Mrs. Scott (Paula K.) Bender of Thornville and Lynn D. Lacy of Lancaster; three sisters, Josephine Rutter of Lancaster, Ruth Hansley of Logan and Ann Poling of Union Furnace; six stepchildren; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 
He was also preceded in death by his first wife of 48 years, Yvonne L. Kennard Keck, who died in 1990. 
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Boring-Sheridan Funeral Home, Thornville Chapel, with the Revs. Dana Hakes and Rich Remmers officiating. 
Burial will be in Lutheran Reformed Cemetery, Thornville. 
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 Thursday at the funeral home. 
Masonic services will be conducted today and military graveside services will be conducted Friday. 
The family suggests contributions be made to Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Research Institute, 300 W. 10th Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43214 or Hospice of Fairfield County, 1111 E. Main St., Lancaster, Ohio 43130. 

JOHN M. FINK 
John M. Fink, 98, Nelsonville, died Wednesday, Nov. 27 at Logan Health Care Center. 
Born July 4, 1898, Jackson County, son of the late Jacob and Anna May Fink, he was the widower of Nellie Ann Cheadle Fink, who died Jan. 26, 1987. 
He was a retired coal miner and a retired carpenter for Fink's Construction. He was a member of Nelsonville Wesleyan Church and UMWA. 
Surviving are a son, Don (Shirley) Fink of Nelsonville; two daughters, Hazel Hunley of Canal Winchester and Violet Carroll of Coshocton; six grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; three great-great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Violet Shields of Columbus. 
He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Marie Vania; a son, John Fink; four sisters, Jennie Bell, Freda Linscott, Beulah Fink and Lucille Fink; and five brothers, Alfred, Floyd, Jay, David and Clifford Fink. 
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Souers Funeral Home, Nelsonville, with the Rev. Mike Thomas officiating. 
Interment will be in The Plains Cemetery. 
Friends may call after 2 p.m. today at the funeral home with the family in attendance from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8. 

BRIAN O. LEAR 
Brian O. Lear, 35, Logan, died Thursday, Nov. 28 at Mount Carmel East, Columbus. 
Born Feb. 27, 1961, Mason County, W.Va., he was the son of Otis and Cleo Whitt Lear of Laurelville. 
He was a manager for Lawsons. 
Also surviving are his fiance, Sue Reynolds of Logan; a brother, Donald Lear of Laurelville; and two sisters, Anita Adams and Sandra Roberts, both of Laurelville. 
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Wellman Funeral Home, Laurelville. 
Burial will be in Green Summit Cemetery. 
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

WAUNITA SHAMHART 
Waunita Shamhart, 86, Caldwell, died Thursday, Nov. 28 at Summit Acres Nursing Home, Caldwell. 
Born Aug. 14, 1910, Guernsey County, daughter of the late Jacob A. and Hazel Rogers Knight, she was married June 18, 1929 to John K. Shamhart, who survives. 
A homemaker, she was employed in the cafeteria at Caldwell Elementary School for 17 years. She was a member of Caldwell United Methodist Church. 
Also surviving are three daughters, Dr. John (Norma) Rauch of Logan, Mrs. Thomas (Wilda) Hale of Lawrenceville, Ga. and Mrs. Phil (June) Fleeman of Livingston, N.J.; a sister, Luretta Reynolds of New Philadelphia; three grandsons, Alan (Melissa) Seffens of Columbus, Matthew (Carla) Hale of Atlanta, Ga. and Mark Hale of New York City. 
She was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Rachel Fleeman; and two brothers, Don and Byron Knight. 
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at McVay-Perkins Funeral Home, Caldwell, with the Rev. Erwin Urschitz officiating. 
Burial will be in Olive Cemetery, Caldwell. 
Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 today at the funeral home. 

RUTH A. VERMILLION 
Ruth A. Vermillion, 80, Union Furnace, died Wednesday, Nov. 27 at Hocking Valley Community Hospital. 
Born Sept. 13, 1916, Haydenville, daughter of the late Jonas and Katherine Chandler Patton, she was the widow of Willmut A. Vermilion, who died Feb. 17, 1983. 
Also surviving are four daughters, Vivian Michel and Mrs. Ed (June) Gessells and Mrs. Robert (Shirley) Horton, all of Union Furnace, and Mrs. Calvin (Kathy) Chaffin of Logan; eight sons, Vic (Nancy) Vermillion, Lloyd (Jeannie) Vermillion, Don (Karen) Vermillion and Larry (Rita) Vermillion, all of Union Furnace; Chet (Sandy) Vermillion of Rockbridge, Floyd (Nancy) Vermillion of Logan, Rev. Wendell (Faye) Vermillion of Jackson and Gary (Debbie) Vermillion of The Plains; 36 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. 
She was also preceded in death by twin sisters, Ava and Eva Patton; two half brothers, Joe McGatha and Wesley McGatha; two brothers, Ora and Felix Patton; and one great-grandchild. 
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Heinlein-Brown Funeral Home with the Rev. James Lambert officiating. 
Burial will be in New Fairview Cemetery, Rockbridge. 
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 Saturday at the funeral home. 

GERALD H. ATWELL JR. 
Gerald H. "Uncle Jr." Atwell Jr., 66, Lakeland, Fla., died Thursday, Nov. 28 at Lakeland, Fla. 
Born Aug. 26, 1930, Bradshaw, W.Va., he was the son of the late Gerald H. and Laura Williams Atwell Sr. 
Graveside funeral services will 2 p.m. Tuesday at Greenlawn Cemetery, Nelsonville. 
No calling hours will be observed. 
Arrangements are by Warren-Brown Funeral Home, Nelsonville. 

VIRGINIA REID 
Virginia Reid, South Bloomingville, died Thursday, Nov. 28 at Berger Hospital, Chillicothe. 
Born Oct. 31, 1920, Meigs County, she was the widow of Walter C. Reid, who died in 1988. 
She was a member of Otterbein Chapel Church. 
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Ronald (Martha) Smith of Laurelville; six sons, Cecil (Sylvia) Reid of McArthur, Carl (Helen Louise) Reid and Charles (Betty) Reid, both of South Bloomingville; Donald (Linda) Reid of Chillicothe; Harry Reid of South Bloomingville; and Larry Reid of McArthur; four brothers; and three sisters. 
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at Garrett Funeral Home, McArthur, with the Rev. Lynn Summers officiating. 
Burial will be in Chestnut Grove Cemetery. 
Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 today at the funeral home.


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