Obituaries

Dorothy L. Gilliam

Mrs. Dorothy L. Gilliam died peacefully on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 in Portsmouth, Ohio at the age of 88. Dorothy is survived by two sons, Jerry Michael Gilliam (Jo Ellen) of Port Clinton, Ohio and Jon Charles Gilliam (Tony Frisby) of Philadelphia, PA, as well as grandchildren Joshua Michael Gilliam (Jamie Lynn) and Nicholas Michael Gilliam…

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Joseph Eli Erwin

Joseph Eli Erwin, 27, of Piketon, Ohio passed away on Saturday, October 12, 2019 in Akron, Ohio.  He was born on December 25, 1991, son of the late Ernest Lee Erwin and Kimberly Ann Kiser Anderson and husband Charles Roger Anderson of Piketon, Ohio.  Also surviving are three sons, Zachary Elijah Wayne, Oliver Ray, and…

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Ann Beasley

Ann Beasley, 89, of Rosemount, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Monday, October 7, 2019 at SOMC Hospice.    She was born December 3, 1929 in Paintsville, Kentucky, a daughter of the late Jesse and Ruby Ramey Franklin.    Ann was a retired realtor being honored with a 1 million in 1 year sales award and…

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Eve Ann Vanderpool

Eve Ann Vanderpool, 66 of Lucasville, died Friday October 4, 2019 at SOMC Hospice. She was born October 19, 1952 in Portsmouth to the late Charles and Joyce Shepherd Stamper. Eve was an avid drag racing fan, loved to camp, and also loved Ohio State Football. She is survived by her husband Ted Vanderpool whom…

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Sandra Lou Sowards

Sandra Lou Sowards, 65 of Portsmouth died Friday, October 4, 2019 at Rosemount Pavilion.  She was born April 9, 1954 in Portsmouth to the late John and Pauline Cooper Sowards.  She retired from Shawnee State University (Sodexo). Sandra is survived by 2 daughters; Stacy (Jamie Lotts) Liptrap of Stuarts Draft, Virginia and Tracy (Michael Carter)…

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Charles Barber

Charles “Bud” Barber, 69, of Westwood, Kentucky passed away Oct. 7, 2019 in Kings Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, Kentucky. He was born in Boyd County, Feb. 21, 1950, a son of the late William Walter Barber and Marie Smith. Bud enjoyed fishing, looking for deals at Kroger and picking up Golf balls. Preceded in…

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Orville Ramon Ferguson, Jr.

Orville Ramon “Butch” Ferguson, Jr., 78, dedicated community servant, passed away Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at SOMC. He was born April 4, 1941 in Portsmouth to the late Orville R. and Cathalee Baggette Ferguson, Sr. Butch was a man of his community and applied his talents and intellect at making our city better. His passion…

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Robert George Smith

Robert George “Crazy Bob” Smith, 77, of Portsmouth, passed away Sunday, October 6, 2019 at this home. He was born November 2, 1941 in Miami, FL, the only child of the late George W. and Bernice Langlinhouse Smith. Bob was a graduate of a military academy in the Miami area and of the Baptist faith.…

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Joseph Edward Cole

Joseph “Joey” Edward Cole, 57, of South Portsmouth, KY passed away Monday, October 7, 2019 at his home. He was born November 19, 1961 in Portsmouth, a son of Ralph E. and Polly A. Burton Cole, who survive. Joey was a retired sanitation truck driver for Rumpke and a 1980 Portsmouth High School graduate. He…

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Christine (Kimbler) Pennywitt

Carried off in waves of love, Christine Pennywitt, 67, of Portsmouth, drifted into the river in the sky on Friday, October 4th, 2019 at the SOMC Hospice Center. She was born October 3, 1952 in Ironton to the late Arville and Gladys Pauline Blackburn Kimbler, Sr. Christine knew no stranger, danced without music and never sat…

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