Category Archives: Obituaries

Shirley Priest

Shirley Ann Swingle Priest, age 85, of Jackson passed away on Tuesday, June 8, at the Four Winds Nursing Facility. Born on September 24, 1935, to Otis and Pauline Minard Swingle, Shirley grew up in Jackson with her brothers Jim, Kenny, and Frank Swingle and graduated from Jackson High School in 1954. She married well-known… Read More »

Kent Kessler

Kent “Geek” Kessler, 55, of Oak Hill, Ohio passed away Monday, June 7, 2021, from cancer, in the home he helped his parents build in Oak Hill. Kent had a huge heart and loved his family dearly.  He found joy in nature, watching old westerns, his mom’s fried chicken and hanging out with his buddy,… Read More »

Patsy Choate

Patsy Ann Choate, age 65, of Wellston, passed away Thursday, June 3 at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus. She was born September 16, 1955, in Wellston, the daughter of the late Clifford Leach and Leona Capp Purnell. Patsy was a former employee of Pillsbury in Wellston for several years. In her spare time, Patsy always enjoyed… Read More »

Rita Miller

Rita Ousley Miller, age 84, of Wellston, passed away Saturday June 5, at her home.  She was born July 24, 1936, in Dundas, Ohio, daughter of the late Lawrence Ousley, Sr. and Anastasia Essman Ousley.  Rita was a loving mother and homemaker who loved the outdoors.  She always enjoyed working in the yard, mowing, and… Read More »

Carol Wilson

Carol Mardeana (Davis) Wilson, age 85, of Wellston, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 3 at SOMC Hospice in Portsmouth. She was born July 13, 1935, in Oak Hill to the late Hayden M. Davis and Luella G. (Baker) Davis. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her… Read More »

Janet Sprague

Janet E. Sprague, age 67, of Wellston, passed away Wednesday, June 2, at Adena Regional Medical Center in Chillicothe. She was born June 5, 1953, in Wellston, to the late Clifton Leo Cardwell, Sr. and Lillie Mae Camp Cardwell. Janet was a former aide at Good Shepherd Manor. She was an avid NASCAR fan who… Read More »

William Staten

William “Bill” David Staten, 50, of Wellston, passed away on June 1, 2021, at Adena Regional Medical Center in Chillicothe. He was born on June 1, 1971, in Chillicothe, Ohio, son of the late Harry Wayne Staten and Linda Barleon Staten, who survives.  Bill was a 1990 graduate of Wellston High School and Buckeye Hills… Read More »

James Marks

James A. Marks, age 57 of Wellston, passed away on Sunday, May 30 at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus. He was born in Wellston on February 16, 1964 to the late Harold and Ella (Wilks) Marks. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers: Elda and Gerald. He is survived by two… Read More »

Marcella Doles

Marcella M. Doles, age 95, of Ray, passed away Tuesday, June 1, at the home of her daughter, Crystal. She was born November 19, 1925 in Londonderry, Ohio, the daughter of the late Jessie H. Clary and Clara Jane Branscom Clary. Marcella was a former school bus driver for the Vinton County School District for over 15… Read More »

Ernestine Davis

Ernestine V. Davis, age 86, of Wellston passed away Friday, May 28, at the Holzer Medical Center in Jackson, Ohio. She was born November 7, 1934 in Wellston, Ohio to the late Ernest and Violet (Reed) Jayjohn. Ernestine graduated from Wellston High School with the class of 1952. She was a loving homemaker who enjoyed shopping, reading,… Read More »

Mark Schauer

Mark Lee Schauer, age 59, of Wellston passed away Monday, May 31, at the Holzer Medical Center in Jackson. He was born January 10, 1962 in Topeka, Kansas, to Edward Leroy Schauer and Barbara Harrison Duncan. Mark was a 1980 graduate of West Valley High School in Spokane, Washington. He was employed as a Senior… Read More »

George Mapes

George W. Mapes II, age 66, of Wellston, passed away Monday, May 31 at his home. He was born April 12,1955 in Gallipolis, Ohio, son of the late George W. Mapes and Betty Ruth French Mapes. George was a 1973 graduate of Wellston High School. He was a certified electrician, a hard worker all his… Read More »

Randall Trent

Randall Eugene Trent, age 59, of Jackson, Ohio passed away unexpectedly on May 24 at is residence. He was born March 7th, 1962 in Wellston, Ohio to Freda (Trent) Molihan and the late Jake Trent. He is survived by his two children, Jeremiah (Carissa) Scott of Wellston and Brandi Trent (Ryan Baisden) of Jackson; grandchildren:… Read More »

James Blankenship

James Leonard Blankenship, age 74, of Wellston, went to be with the love of his life on Saturday, May 22. He was born October 25, 1946 in Jackson County, Ohio to the late James Curtis Blankenship and Gladys Mae Felty Blankenship. Jim was a 1965 graduate of Wellston High School and a certified electrician. Following… Read More »

Velma Hatten

Velma Jean (Sparks) Hatten departed this life and entered Heaven on Friday, May 21. She was born in Strickland, Kentucky on January 8th, 1938 to the late John and Laura (Caver) Sparks. As a child the family moved from Kentucky to Ohio. She was raised on the farm and graduated from Jackson High School in… Read More »