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RALPH LESTER KEATON, JR.

Ralph Lester Keaton, Jr., 69, of Mt. Sterling, Ohio died Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at 4:41 p.m. at Fayette County Memorial Hospital where he had been a patient since Saturday.

Mr. Keaton was born October 24, 1944, in Circleville, Ohio to Ralph Lester and Betty Lou Crider Keaton, Sr.  He was a 1964 graduate of Williamsport High School and had perfect attendance through all twelve years of school.

He had been an aide at the Orient State Institute and retired as a maintenance worker from Rickenbacker Air Force Base.  He formerly assisted the George Weidinger family with their farming and dairy operations and had showed dairy cattle in 4-H.

Mr. Keaton loved gardening and the outdoors and was a master gardener.  He was a volunteer at the Mound City Group National Monument in Chillicothe where he was named top volunteer in 2005.

He was preceded in death by his father in 1983 and two brothers, Jody Shawn Keaton in 1991 and Jeffrey Lynn Keaton in 2006.

Mr. Keaton is survived by a son, Dana Randolph “Randy” Keaton of Tacoma, WA; a daughter, Debra Schroeder of Manila, AR; several grandchildren and great grandchildren, his mother, Betty L. Keaton of New Holland; a sister and brother-in-law, Connie and Larry Priest of Powell, Ohio; a niece, Christy Lochbaum, South Bloomfield and special friends, Gary and Traci Woodrow of Mt. Sterling.

A graveside service will be held Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the New Holland Cemetery with Richard A. Matthews, minister at the New Holland Church of Christ,  officiating.  Burial will be under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in New Holland.

The family requests no flowers or food.  Memorial contributions may be made to Fayette County Humane Society, 153 S. Main St., Washington Court House, Ohio  43160.

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HARRIS PURSELL

Harris Pursell, 83, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Thursday, May 15, 2014, at 11:55 a.m. at his home following a lengthy illness.

Mr. Pursell was born June 8, 1930, in Washington Court House, Ohio to James Hurst and Verna Backenstoe Pursell.  He was a lifelong resident of this community.

He was a truck driver for different companies before retiring from the transport department of Pennington Bread.

Mr. Pursell attended the New Holland United Methodist Church and was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Purcell and a sister, Jean Hoppes.

Mr. Pursell is survived by his wife, Ivanelle Sollars Pursell whom he married August 15, 1953; a daughter, Teresa Pursell of Columbus; a son and daughter-in-law, Tony and Rhonda Pursell of Washington Court House; three grandchildren, Troy, Trevor and Anita Pursell; special family friend, Deb Nelson of Columbus; a sister, Marjorie Batson of Washington Court House and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be Saturday, May 17, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House with Tony Tompkins of the Hardins Creek Friends Church, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Good Hope Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Fayette Co., Inc., 222 North Oakland Avenue, Washington Court House, Ohio  43160.

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LEAH BURRIS MARTINDALE

Leah Burris Martindale, 89, of Washington Court House, died Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at 5:45 a.m. at Signature HealthCARE of Fayette County where she had been residing since 2007.

Mrs. Martindale was born July 20, 1924, in Clinton County, Ohio to Walter and Tillie Groves Burris and lived most of her life in this community.

She attended the Heritage Memorial Church of Christ in Christian Union and had been a member of the Fayette County Commission on Aging.

Mrs. Martindale was preceded in death by two husbands, Homer Souther and John Henry Martindale; by two brothers, Donald and James Burris and three sisters, Amanda Trehune, Helen Phillips and Betty DeWeese.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Norman and Sondra Day of Washington Court House; a grandson, Tim Day and his wife, Amanda, and a step great grandson, Alex, all of Springboro and a sister, Kathleen Peters of Englewood, Ohio.

A graveside service will be held Friday, May 16, 2014, at 11 a.m. in the Washington Cemetery with the Rev. DeVon Davis, chaplain for Signature HealthCARE of Fayette County, officiating.  Burial will be under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.

There will be no calling hours.

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MARTHA ELLEN JOBE

Martha Ellen Jobe, 90, of Washington Court House, Ohio  died Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 4:20 p.m. at St. Catherine’s Manor of Washington Court House where she had been a resident since March.

Mrs. Jobe was born September 25, 1923, at New Holland in Pickaway Co. to Clarence Edgar and Emma Mae Kimmey Brown. She lived most of her life in New Holland where she was a 1941 graduate of New Holland High School. She moved to Washington Court House in 1994.

She had formerly worked at the Jackson Glove Factory in Washington Court House and later at the General Electric Lamp Plant in Circleville.

Mrs. Jobe was preceded in death by her husband, Jay Jobe, on February 11, 2009; by three brothers, James A., Harold E. and Clarence E. Brown, Jr. and a sister, Mary Elizabeth Dinkler.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Shirley Ann and Jack Moats; a grandson, J.G. Moats and his wife, Brooke; three great grandchildren, Drew, Mia and Allie Moats, all of Washington Court House; two sisters-in-law, Ann Brown of Washington Court House and Lucille Jobe of Chillicothe, and dear friends, Mary Ellen Horney of Washington Court House and Dorothy Weidinger, of Dayton.

The funeral will be Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in New Holland with Richard A. Matthews, minister at the New Holland Church of Christ, officiating. Burial will follow in the New Holland Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in New Holland from 11 a.m. Wednesday until time of the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Fayette Co., Inc., 222 North Oakland Avenue, Washington C.H., Ohio  43160.

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MONA LOUISE MERSHON

Mona Louise Mershon, 91, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. at her home.MONA L. MERSHON

She was born June 29, 1922, in Greenfield, Ohio to Leslie and Mary Hockenburger Post.  She was a graduate of Edward Lee McClain High School in Greenfield and attended Columbus Business School.

Mona formerly was an administrative assistant at the Hartman Theater in Columbus and, for many years, was office manager for her husband at Fayette Auto Parts.

She was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church; was a charter member and past president of Altrusa International of Washington Court House and was a member and regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Mona was preceded in death by three sisters, Maxine Pollard, Vivian Scott and Wynona Wickensimer and a son-in-law, Larry Lehman.

She is survived by her husband, Gail W. Mershon whom she married October 17, 1942; a daughter, Karen Lehman of Canal Winchester; a son, Barry Mershon of Maxton, NC; two grandchildren, Laura Lehman of Columbus and Scott Lehman of Fort Myers, FL and a great grandson, Leo Jenkins of Columbus.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, May 15, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington C.H. with Mell Wickensimer, director of visitation at the Grace United Methodist Church, officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Fayette Co., Inc., 222 North Oakland Avenue, Washington Court House, Ohio  43160.

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PAUL LEWIS COTTRILL

Paul Lewis Cottrill, 87, of Washington C.H. died Monday, May 5, 2014, at 10:45 p.m. at Fayette County Memorial Hospital where he had been a patient since Saturday.

Mr. Cottrill was born March 7, 1927, to Roy Fulton and Clara Mae French Cottrill in the home where he currently resided.  He was a 1945 graduate of Washington High School and a lifelong resident of this community.

He was a retired farmer and worked for the Ohio Department of Transportation for 31 years, four years of which he was County Superintendent.  He retired January 1, 1988.

Mr. Cottrill was a member of the Jeffersonville Church of Christ where he had been a Sunday school teacher, deacon and chairman of the board of directors.  He was also a member of the Jeffersonville Lodge #428, F. & A.M.

He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Dorothy June Hurtt; a daughter-in-law, Mary Cottrill and a brother, Kenneth Cottrill, all in 2007, and a sister, Janice Jones in 1993.

Mr. Cottrill is survived by three children, James Cottrill of Alliance, OH, Larry Cottrill and his wife, Rosalind, of Washington Court House and Kathy Hollingsworth and her husband, Joe, of Jamestown; four grandchildren, Valerie Braden of Washington Court House, Thomas Cottrill and his wife, Myra, of Alliance, Ethan and Patrick Hollingsworth of Jamestown; four great grandchildren, Austin, Addie and Samuel Braden and James F. Cottrill and a brother, Ralph Cottrill of Sunbury.

The funeral will be Friday, May 9, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington C.H.   Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery in Jeffersonville.

Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday from 5-8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Jeffersonville Church of Christ, 83 N. Main St., Jeffersonville, OH 43128.

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DR. ROBERT P. HARRIS

Dr. Robert Paul Harris, 91, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Friday, May 2, 2014, at 1:50 p.m. at the Westminster-Thurber Robert HarrisCommunity in Columbus where he had been residing the past year.

Dr. Harris was born December 26, 1922, in Bloomington, IN to Russell Allen and Maybelle Botkin Harris.  He was a graduate of Bloomington High School and received a degree in business from Indiana University.  He received a Doctor of Optometry from The Ohio State University where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.  He moved to Washington Court House in 1955 to establish his optometry practice from which he retired in 1993.

Dr. Harris was a long standing  member of the Grace United Methodist Church; a 66-year member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks #129 of  Washington Court House.   He also belonged to  the Order of the Symposiarchs and was a  member of the Kiwanis Club of Washington Court House.

Dr. Harris was a longtime member of the Washington County Club,  was an Eagle Scout, and  a Lt. Col. in the United States Army serving in Normandy during World War II.  He was a member of the Paul H. Hughey Post #25 of the American Legion and was active in community affairs.  He loved to travel and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Dr. Harris met his future wife, the former Elaine McKenzie, while at The Ohio State University.  They were married on September 4, 1954.  She preceded him in death on March 17, 2002.

He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Robert McKenzie (Rob) and Patty Harris of Upper Arlington; a daughter and son-in-law, Beth and Michael Stanforth of Gastonia, NC; six grandchildren, Robert Joshua Harris and Jessica Elizabeth Harris, both of Columbus, Jeremy Patrick Harris of Rootstown, Ohio Erin Elizabeth Stanforth of Richmond, VA, Trent McKenzie Stanforth of Raleigh, NC and Laura Abigail Stanforth of Charlottesville, VA.

The funeral will be Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at 10 a.m. at the Grace United Methodist Church in Washington Court House with Mell Wickensimer, director of visitation at the church, officiating.  Burial will follow in Grandview Cemetery in Chillicothe.

Friends may call at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House Tuesday from 4-7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Grace United Methodist Church, 301 East Market Street, Washington Court House, Ohio  43160.

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CHERI LYNN HEWITT WOODRICK

securedownload[1]Cheri Lynn Hewitt Woodrick, 65, of Columbus died Saturday, April 26, 2014, at her home.  Her death was sudden and unexpected.

Cheri was born July 24, 1948, in Fayette Co., Ohio to William Harold “Tillie” and Elva Terease Fink Hewitt. She was a 1966 graduate of Miami Trace High School and then the Grant Hospital School of Nursing.  She lived most of her life in Fayette County and Columbus.

She was a retired registered nurse.

Cheri was a loving mother, grandmother and aunt and thoroughly enjoyed  spending time wither her grandkids and her dog Sassy.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Edward Woodrick in 1995; by her parents; a sister, Nancy Lee Sagar; a brother, William H. Hewitt, Jr. and a great niece, Samantha Lane.

Cheri is survived by two sons, Jonathan Edward Woodrick and his wife, Priscilla, of Columbus, Brock Woodrick of Columbus; four grandchildren, Jacey, Jaden, Deja and Angello Woodrick; nieces and nephews, Janice and Gary Mossbarger and Jacci and Russ Ramsden, all of Sabina, Jeff and Rhonda Sagar of Washington C.H., Jon and Diane Sagar of Gahanna and several cousins including Robert, Lee and Jay Gordon.

A visitation will be held Wednesday, April 30, 2014, from 6-8 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.  The Rev. Terry A. Martindill will offer prayers and comments at the conclusion of the visitation.

Burial will be at a later date in Birmingham, Alabama.

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EVELYN JEAN COTTRILL

Evelyn Jean Cottrill, 85, of New Holland, Ohio died Saturday, April 26, 2014, at 11:15 p.m. at the Madison County Hospital in London, Ohio where she had been a patient since April 21.

Jean was born June 8, 1928, in Washington Court House, Ohio to William and Marie Anderson Souther.  She was a graduate of Washington High School and was a lifelong resident of Fayette County.

She formerly had been a teller at the New Holland First National Bank and the Clarksburg Commercial Bank.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Glen Cottrill on April 22, 2014; by a son, Rick Cottrill in 2002; her parents and a brother, William Souther.

Jean is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Brooks McCoy of Williamsport; a daughter-in-law, Faith Cottrill of New Holland; four grandchildren, Heather Anderson and her husband, Matt, Lori McCoy, Aimee Lindsey and her husband, Shawn, and Chris Cottrill and his wife, Jill, seven great grandchildren, Audra and Graham Anderson, Natalie and Nicholas Lindsey, Caitlin, Casey and Cade Cottrill; a sister-in-law, Janey Cottrill; several nieces and nephews and special caregivers, Jessica Rutherford and Maggie Overstake.

The funeral will be Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in New Holland with Pastor Jim Ferrell, chaplain for Berger Hospice, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Good Hope Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home in New Holland Tuesday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service.

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NORMA LEE NULL

Norma Lee Null, 82, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Saturday, April 26, 2014, at 6:10 p.m. at her residence.  She had been in failing health.

She was born January 18, 1932, in Sabina, Ohio to William and Etta Williamson Williamson.  She lived most of her life in this community.

Mrs. Null was preceded in death by her first husband, William Frederick in 1955; by her second Husband, Harold Null in 2009, and a sister Mary Frances Pettit.

She is survived by three children and their spouses, Bill and Jo Frederick of Washington Court House, Kathy and Brady Knapp of Greenfield and Debra and Benny Barton of Washington Court House; 12 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren; 18 great great grandchildren; three brothers, Calvin Williamson of Monroe, Ohio, Donald Williamson and his wife, Donna Jean, of Washington Court House and Ronald Williamson and his wife, Eva, of Sabina; a sister, Gloria (Deanie) Morris and her husband, Charles, of Good Hope and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.  Burial will follow in the Milledgeville-Plymouth Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 12 p.m. noon until the time of the service.

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