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CHESTER CECIL GROOMS, JR.

Chester Cecil Grooms, Jr., 82, of Washington Court House, Ohio  died Saturday, February 13, 2016, at his home.

Mr. Grooms was born December 11, 1933, in Xenia, Ohio and lived most of his life in Xenia, Jamestown and Washington Court House.

Before his retirement in 1989, he had been a Greene County Deputy Sheriff for 22 years.

He was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.

Mr. Grooms was preceded in death by two wives, Betty Scott Grooms and Charlotte Couch Grooms.

He is survived by a daughter, Tracy Bradley of Washington Court House and two grandchildren, Nathaniel Stroud and Kirsti Bradley and two great grandchildren, Saphira Stroud and Kylan Bradley.  He also had eleven siblings.

In keeping with his wishes, cremation took place.

A graveside service will be held at a later date in Washington Cemetery under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.

There will be no calling hours.

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SHARON LYNN MAVIS

Sharon Lynne Mavis, 63, of Bloomingburg, Ohio passed away Friday, February 12, 2016, at 9:55 a.m. at her home while surrounded by her loving family.  She endured two years of intensive therapy for breast cancer.  Despite the difficulties of her cancer treatment, she remained a source of humor, strength and love for her family.

Sharon was born April 17, 1952, in Atlanta, Georgia to Charles Ray and Ernestine King Rawlins.  She was a graduate of the American International School in New Delhi, India and received a bachelor’s degree in English from King’s College of Pennsylvania.  She moved to Fayette County in 1985 from Virginia.

She had been a mediator for the Fayette County Juvenile Court; a children’s librarian at the local Carnegie Public Library and a substitute teacher.

Sharon was a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church where she served on the vestry and was a lector and acolyte.  She was a master gardener; was a volunteer at The Well and the Fayette County Food Pantry and had served an as EMT with the Fayette County Life Squad.  She had numerous hobbies, including bee-keeping, gardening, cooking and biking.

She was preceded in death by her father in 2004 and a sister, Marie Rawlins.

Sharon is survived by her husband, Geoffrey S. Mavis, whom she married August 10, 1985; a daughter and son-in-law, Rachael (Mavis) and Dale Shane Smith of Columbus; a son and daughter-in-law, James and Nicole (Fatica) Mavis of Bloomingburg; three grandchildren, Ian Mavis, Dale Marie Smith and Isaac Mavis; her mother, Ernestine Rawlins of Washington Court House; a brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Jill Rawlins of Nederland, CO and her mother-in-law, Doris Mavis of Granville, Ohio.

A memorial service will be Tuesday, February 23, 2016, at 10 a.m. at the St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church with the Rev. Gayle Hansen Browne, vicar at the church, officiating.  Burial of the cremains will be at a later date in Washington Cemetery

Friends may call at the church Monday, February 22, 2016, from 4-8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Fayette County, Inc. 222 West Oakland Avenue, Washington Court House, Ohio  43160 or the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, 460 West Tenth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio  43210.

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KAREN SUE WOLFE

Karen Sue Wolfe, 74, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Thursday, February 11, 2016, at 9:17 a.m. at Mount Carmel East in Columbus where she had been a patient one day.

Mrs. Wolfe was born January 16, 1942, in Atlanta, Ohio to Edward Harold and Ethel Marie Stevenson Gerhardt.  She lived most of her life in Fayette County.

Before her retirement in 2006, she had been an assembler and worked in quality control at Calmar for over 20 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three sons, David, Danny and Donald Huffman; two brothers, Glenn and David Gerhardt; two sisters, Virginia VanEtten and Opal Hidy; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Earl and Edith Wolfe; a sister-in-law, Marita Gerhardt and three brothers-in-law, Robert VanEtten, Leonard Gibson and Thomas Skeens.

Mrs. Wolfe is survived by her husband, Donald Earl Wolfe, whom she married August 16, 1993; a daughter, Joyce Huffman of Washington Court House; a son, Dale Huffman of Sabina, a step daughter, Kristi Wolfe of Stoutsville; a grandson Darren Huffman; two great grandchildren, Jayden Knuckles and Rylan Huffman; eight siblings, Charles (Anna Belle) Gerhardt of Springfield, Harold Gerhardt of Xenia, Gerald (Carolyn) Gerhardt and Richard (Karen) Gerhardt all of New Holland,  Doris (Ronald) Hidy of Madison, FL, Marilyn (John) Roberts, of New Holland, Janet Gibson of New Richmond, Ohio and Gloria (Alan) Gabriel of Circleville; brothers-in-law, James E. Hidy of Grove City, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Gene and Roberta Wolfe of Bainbridge; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Lora and Don Snyder of Bergholtz, OH; sister-in-law, Betty Skeens of Chillicothe and numerous nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be Monday, February 15, 2016, at 1 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House, with Mell Wickensimer, director of visitation at the Grace United Methodist Church, officiating.  Burial will follow in Highlawn Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Monday from 11 a.m. until time of the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674.0

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JOHNNIE GRACE WOOD

Just 7 weeks of being in this world, Johnnie Grace Wood went to be with the Lord.  She went peacefully in her sleep in her home while her loved ones were sleeping.  During her weeks with us, sheJOHNNIE GRACEE WOOD touched the lives of everyone that had the honor of meeting her. She was loved deeply by all of her family.

Johnnie, named after her daddy, is a beautiful gift from God, from her dark brown hair, like her daddy, and a breath-taking smile like her mommy.  She loved to wiggle her arms and legs and smile at everyone who held her.

Johnnie Grace Wood had the honor of joining John’s father, Howard, in heaven, along with her sister, who never had the chance to come to this Earth.

Johnnie Grace is the daughter of John and Tiffany Wood. She has three beautiful sisters, Hayley, Ava, and Annabella, as well as four loving brothers, Shayne, Aaron, Nick, and Noah.   Also surviving are her maternal grandparents, Brenda Carroll and Tim Landman, and her paternal grandparents, Bobby and Jo Ann Gillenwater.  Michael (Mary Ann) Wood and Zach (Mandy) Landman are her aunts and uncles.  She is loved and cherished by each member of her family members along with anyone blessed to meet her.

There will be a Celebration of Life and memorial service for Johnnie Grace.  It will be take place at the Gregg Street Church on Friday, February 12, 2016, from 4-6 p.m.  Everyone is welcome to come and celebrate this beautiful baby girl.

Flowers and condolences may be sent to 12986 State Route 72, Leesburg, OH 45135.

Services and cremation are under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.

Are there rocking chairs in Heaven where little babies go?

Do the angels hold you closely and rock you to and fro?

Do they talk silly baby talk to get a smile or two,

and sing the sleepy lullabies I used to sing to you?

My heart is aching for you, my angel child so dear.

You brought so much joy into my life, the short time you were here.

I know you’re in a happy place, and in God’s loving care.

I dream each night I’m rocking you in Heaven’s rocking chair.

 

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OPAL LEE ANDERSON

Opal Lee Anderson, 86, of Washington Court House, Ohio, passed away Monday, February 8, 2016, at 3:57 a.m. at her home with her loving family at her side.  She had been in failing health.

She was born January 20, 1930, in Washington Court House, Ohio to Clarence E. and Zelma Mae Donahue Conaway and was a lifelong resident of this community.

Before her retirement in 1995, she had been a receptionist and customer service representative at Mac Tools, Inc.

She was a faithful member and servant of Crossroads Christian Church.  She blessed and touched everyone she knew and she will be greatly missed.

She was preceded in death by a son, Todd Alan Anderson in 1992; her parents, four brothers, Orville, Alfred, Clarence and Bill Conaway and three sisters, Ruby Kingery, Jean Mendenhall and Franke Souther.

Opal is survived by her husband, Billy L. Anderson whom she married October 22, 1955; a son, Kevin Anderson of Washington Court House; a daughter, Kami Olsson and  her husband, Mattias, of Washington Court House; seven grandchildren, Erin Hart and her husband, Damien, Adam Anderson, Brittany Clark and her husband, Patrick, Katie Coppins and her husband, Elonzo, Ethan Ruth and his wife, Lindsey, Elijah Ruth and Kassidy Olsson; seven great grandchildren; two brothers, Robert Conaway and Stan Conaway and his wife, Peggy and a sister, Wanda Taylor, all of Washington Court House and numerous loving nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be Friday, February 12, 2016, at 1 p.m. at the Crossroads Christian Church with Todd Maurer and Jon R. Creamer, ministers at the church, officiating.  Burial will follow in Highlawn Cemetery.

Friends may call at the church Thursday from 4-8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pelotonia Cancer Research at mypelotonia.org; Crossroads Christian Church, 175 Halliday Way, Washington Court House, Ohio  43160 or Heartland Hospice, 6500 Busch Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio  43229.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.

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THOMAS LEROY RILEY

Thomas Leroy Riley, 89, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Friday, February 5, 2016, at 8:05 p.m. at the home of his son, Shawn Riley, where Tom had been residing since October.

Tom was born April 30, 1926, in Fayette County, Ohio to Harry Leroy and Lovey May Merritt Riley.  He was a 1944 graduate of Madison Mills High School and lived most of his life in this community.

Before his retirement, he had worked more than 30 years at GM/Delco Air in Dayton.

Tom was a member of the South Side Church of Christ where he had served as an elder.  He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II; was a member and past commander of the Fayette County Honor Guard; was a member of Paul H. Hughey Post #25 of the American Legion; the 40 and 8; and O.E. Hardway Post #3762 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara L. Greenwalt Riley on July 26, 1997; his parents; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Pauline and Dwight Foy and Eleanor and Joe Henry; a brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Mary Williamson and a nephew, Terry Stillings.

He is survived by four children, Tom Riley and his wife, Brenda, of Greenfield, Shane Riley, Shawn Riley and Kimberly Taylor and her husband, Tony, of Washington Court House; six grandchildren, Jessie, Deven and Tyler Riley, Courtney Knisley and her husband, Matt, Lindsey Taylor and Jordan Riley; a great grandson, Benjamin Knisley; a sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Herman Unser of Cincinnati and special friend, Wanda Taylor of Washington Court House.

The funeral will be Wednesday, February 10, 2016, at 1 p.m. at the South Side Church of Christ with Danny Dodds officiating.  Burial will follow in the Highlawn Cemetery.

Friends may call at the church Wednesday from 11 a.m. until time of the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Fayette County, Inc., 222 West Oakland Avenue or the Fayette County Honor Guard, 825 Sycamore Street, Washington Court House, Ohio  43160.

The Riley family wishes to thank Hospice of Fayette County, Inc., for their loving, dedicated care provided to Tom

Arrangements are under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.

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BESSIE MARIE HISER

Bessie Marie Hiser, 92, of Milledgeville, Ohio died Thursday, February 4, 2016, at 6:25 p.m. at Heartland of Hillsboro where she had been residing since March 24, 2013.Bessie M. Hiser

Mrs. Hiser was born March 8, 1923, in Nashville, TN to George Madden and Carmene Darrow Eberhart.  She was a graduate of East Nashville High School and moved to the Milledgeville community in 1948 from Columbus.

She was a member of the Spring Grove United Methodist Church; the Fayette County Farm Bureau; had served on the Milledgeville village council; was a strong supporter of 4-H and had served on the 4-H committee.  She had also been involved with the Boy Scouts.

Mrs. Hiser was preceded in death by her husband, Charles T. Hiser on June 4, 1991 and a sister, Betty Jane Vaught in 2010.

She is survived by five children, Curtis T. Hiser, of Dublin, OH, Deborah Rhude of Hillsboro, John H. Hiser and his wife, Pam, of Jamestown, Ohio,  Mark S. Hiser and his wife, Linda, of Milledgeville, David G. Hiser and his wife, Kimberly, of Marysville; nine grandchildren, Lindsey Rhude, Ashley Rhude and his wife, Jordan, Daniel, Ryan, Charles, Hallie, Matthew, Cole and Katie Hiser; a great granddaughter, Brooklynn Williams and two sisters, Laura Lovell and Georgia Belle Goode, both of Nashville, TN.

The funeral will be Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at 11 a.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington C.H. with the Rev. Tom Payton, pastor at the Spring Grove United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will follow in the Milledgeville-Plymouth Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Monday from 4-8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Spring Grove United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 12, Milledgeville, OH 43142; Fayette County 4-H, 1415 U.S. Route 22-SW, Suite 100, Washington C.H., OH 43160; Vitas Hospice, 1132 West Kemper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45240 or Heartland Hospice, P.O. Box 400, Lucasville, OH 45648.

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KAREN SUE VINCENT SEVER

 

Karen Sue Vincent Sever, 71, of Galloway, Ohio died Wednesday, January 27, 2016, at 9:40 p.m. at Mount Carmel East Hospital in Columbus where she had been a patient the past week.

Karen was born August 18, 1944, in Columbus, Ohio to L. Earl and Mary Lou Palmer Vincent.  She was a 1962 graduate of New Holland High School and lived most of her life in Columbus.

Before her retirement, she had been an accounting manager for Cummins Diesel in Columbus.

Karen was an active volunteer with the Darbydale P.T.A.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Vincent A. Sever in 1979, and a daughter, Jan E. Sever in 1984.

Karen is survived by her husband, Richard Allen Sever whom she married July 22, 1967; a son, Jeffrey S. Sever of Washington Court House; a granddaughter, McKenna Sever and daughter-in-law, Tina Kirk, both of Grove City and special family friend, Nancy Speakman of New Holland.

The funeral will be Sunday, January 31, 2016, at 4 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in New Holland with the Rev. Clarence Hurst officiating.  Cremation will follow the service and burial of the cremains will be at a later date in the New Holland Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home in New Holland from 1 p.m. Sunday until time of the service.

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ROBERT EARL POLLARD

Robert Earl Pollard, 88, formerly of Washington Court House, Ohio, died Thursday, January 28, 2016, at 4:04 a.m. at the Monterey Care Center in Grove City where he had been a resident since December 2010.

Mr. Pollard was born December 17, 1927, in Fayette County, Ohio to Clark Estes and Nora Irene Woodruff Pollard.  He lived most of his life in Washington Court House and Fayette County where he was a retired automobile mechanic.

He served in the Ohio National Guard and was a life member of the Dragon Angels Car Club.

Mr. Pollard was preceded in death by two brothers, Lawrence and William Pollard and three sisters, Irene Grubb, Wanda Bennett and Betty Haines.

Mr. Pollard is survived by numerous nieces and nephews and a special friend, Jim Moore of Washington Court House.

In keeping with his request, cremation took place.

A graveside service will be held Monday, March 7, 2016, at 11 a.m. in the Washington Cemetery with  Dennis Barnhart, chaplain for Kindred At Home Hospice, officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Kindred At Home Hospice, 540 Officenter Place, Gahanna, Ohio  43230.

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MAXINE ELIZABETH HOLLIS

Maxine Hollis, 97, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Wednesday, January 27, 2016, at 2 p.m. at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center where she had been a patient since January 21.

Mrs. Hollis was born November 23, 1918, in Fayette County, Ohio to J. Wayne and M. Hazel Patterson Elliott.  She was a graduate of Sabina High School and lived most of her life in Washington Court House.

She was a payroll clerk at National Cash Register in Washington Court House for over 20 years before becoming a payroll clerk for the Miami Trace School District.  She retired in 1980.

Mrs. Hollis was a member of the South Side Church of Christ and the Fayette County Commission on Aging.

On December 31, 1945, she married Glen Hollis.  He preceded her in death on July 17, 1995.  She was also preceded in death by a brother, Maynard Elliott and her best friend, Claribel Wood.

Mrs. Hollis is survived by a daughter, Rebecca Banner of Washington Court House; three grandsons, Todd (Mindy) Fox of Houston, TX, Brent (Jennifer) Wing of Chillicothe, Christopher (Beth) Wing of Bellefontaine; four great grandchildren, Lea Wing of Port St. Lucie, FL, Heather Wing of Washington Court House, Paige Wing of Grove City and Dylan Wing of Bellefontaine; a great great grandson, Demetri Wing of Port St. Lucie, FL; two step-daughters, Mary Hollis of Washington Court House and Beverly Smith of Springfield; a step son, Lowell (Joyce) Hollis, of Washington Court House; three step grandchildren, Mark (Rhonda) Hollis of South Salem, Scott (Laura) Hollis of Lebanon, Ohio Jamie (Ron) Zimmerman of Washington Court House; seven step great grandchildren; four step great great grandchildren; two nieces, Melinda (Mark) Kitsmiller of Lancaster and Lisa (Patrick) Ryan of Red Rock, AZ and a nephew, Patrick (Melinda) Elliott of Lancaster.

The funeral, which is open to the public, will be Monday, February 1, 2016, at 11 a.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House with Danny Dodds and Steve Henderson officiating.  Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery.

Following the service and burial, a time of food and fellowship will be held at the South Side Church of Christ.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Midwest Affiliate of the American Heart Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674.

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