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Obituaries

Philip E. Purtee

Philip E. Purtee, 73, of Franklin Furnace, died Sunday, September 19, 2021, at his residence.  Born on May 14, 1948 in Scioto County, he was a son of the late Dallas Purtee, Sr. and Ruth Wiley Purtee and was a retired central office equipment installer for both GTE and Verizon. Phil was a proud U.…

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Laykin Rae Colley

Laykin Rae Colley, 4 months, of Wheelersburg, passed away Thursday, September 16, 2021 at her home. Laykin was born May 11, 2021 in Portsmouth to Cody James Colley and Angela Chelsea Goode. She was preceded in death by grandparents, William Colley and David Ramey and a cousin, Ray Ray Caldwell, Jr. In addition to her…

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William Edward White

William Edward White, 74, of Franklin Furnace passed away Thursday, September 16, 2021 at SOMC in Portsmouth. William was born March 1, 1947 in New Boston, Ohio to the late William Elbert White and Edora PearlDean Storey White. He was a graduate of New Boston High School and Indian River Junior College. William was a…

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Johnny Farmer

Johnny Farmer, 93, of Portsmouth, passed away Monday, September 20, 2021 at his home. He was born May 25, 1928 in Canton, OH, a son of the Late George and Dammie Mae Owens Duncan. Johnny was a Korean War veteran, a former member of James Dickey Post 23, retired from CAO, a former liaison officer…

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Karen Sue Spriggs

Karen Sue Spriggs, 57, of South Shore, Kentucky passed away Sept. 19, 2021 at her residence surrounded by family and friends. Karen was born in Portsmouth, Ohio, Nov. 6, 1963, a daughter of the late Leroy and Pat Middleton Spriggs. Surviving are three children, Samantha Spriggs, Michael (Sara) Spriggs and Leighann (Daniel) Whitt all of…

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Tommie R. Wise

Tommie R. Wise, 73, of West Portsmouth, died September 14, 2021 at Southern Ohio Medical Center. He was born November 15, 1947, to the late George and June Hodge Wise. Along with his parents he proceeded in death by; 2 brothers, John Wise and George Wise Jr.; 2 sisters, Helen Sparks, Bonnie Wise and Alma Wise.…

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Robert William “Bob” Howerton

Robert William “Bob” Howerton, 71 of West Portsmouth, died Monday September 20, 2021 at his home. He was born September 15, 1950 in Painesville, Ohio to the late Ernest and Marie Jarvis Howerton. Bob was a United States Army Veteran of the Vietnam War. He was the owner and operator of Bob’s Appliance Service. He…

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Rose Mary Wise

Rose Mary Wise, 71 of West Portsmouth, died Sunday September 19, 2021 at SOMC Hospice. She was born October 27, 1949 in Baltimore, Maryland to the late Joseph and Josephine Krausfer Ludwig. Along with her parents she is preceded in death by her husband Tommie Wise whom she married June 10, 2017, and her brother…

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Mary Kathleen “Kathy” Leonard

Mary Kathleen “Kathy” Leonard, 77, of New Boston, died Monday, September 20, 2021 at SOMC.  She was born July 20, 1944 in Portsmouth to the late Angeline Yerardi. Kathy had worked as a nurse’s aid at Mercy Hospital and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. In addition to her mother, she was preceded…

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Anthony David Gilliland

Anthony David Gilliland, 52 of Portsmouth passed away Monday, September 20, 2021. He was born November 4, 1968 in Portsmouth, Ohio, a son of Judy Gearheart Gilliland and the late Glenn Thomas Gilliland, Jr. He was a 1987 Valley High School and SCJVS graduate and worked in construction. In addition to his mother, he is…

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