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CONSTANCE MAE (CONNIE) MERIWEATHER

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Constance Mae (Connie) Meriweather, 91, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Sunday, January 19, 2020, at 7:55 p.m. at her home.  She had been in failing health.

Connie was born April 16, 1928, in Ecorse, MI to Charles Clayton and Constance Gayle Keller Pyle.  She was a graduate of Washington High School and lived most of her life in this community.

She formerly was business owner of Meriweather Motor Company.

Connie was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir, played in the bell choir and was a member of the Altar Guild.  She had been an active member of the Fayette Garden Club and served several terms as president.  She was a past state secretary of the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs.  Connie loved flowers, flower arranging, birds and being outdoors.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert M. (Bud) Meriweather, on January 14, 1976.  She was also preceded by her parents and a brother, Jack Eugene Pyle.

Connie is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, John R. and Jennie Meriweather, a daughter, Susan G. Meriweather, all of Washington Court House; three grandchildren, Dr. Matthew (Dr. Pooja) Meriweather of Nashville, TN, Rob (Sara) Meriweather of Plain City and Amanda Meriweather of Washington Court House; three great grandchildren, Jaedan, Jackson and Austin Meriweather; two sisters, Dorothy (Dottie) Ervin and Shirley Stackhouse, both of Washington Court House and nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service will be held in the Washington Cemetery with the Revs. Joe and Tina Fox, ministers at the Grace United Methodist Church, and Mell Wickensimer, director of visitation at the church, officiating.  Burial will be under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.

There will be no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grace United Methodist Church, 301 East Market Street, Washington Court House, Ohio  43160.

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BARBARA JEAN GROOMS

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Barbara Jean Grooms, 76, of Mowrystown, Ohio died Friday, January 17, 2020, at 4:42 p.m. at the Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley Inpatient Center at the Adams County Regional Medical Center.

Barbara was born May 5, 1943, in Washington Court House, Ohio to Willis and Anna Lee Ott Anthony.  She was a graduate of Washington High School and had lived most of her life in Washington Court House before moving to Mowrystown eight years ago.

Before her retirement, she had worked ten years at ABX in Wilmington and also had worked at Fisher’s Big Wheel in Washington Court House.

She attended the Grace United Methodist Church and loved being with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Garry Anthony.

She is survived by her husband, Franklin Woodrow Grooms, Sr., whom she married February 20, 1965; two children, Melissa Ashbaugh and her husband, Brian, of Mowrystown and Franklin W. Grooms, II, and his girlfriend, Janet Sexton, of Washington Court House; three grandchildren, Spencer Grooms and Brandon and Bradley Ashbaugh; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard and Lynne Anthony and Larry and Eva Anthony and a sister, Carolyn Merritt, all of Washington Court House and several nieces and nephews.

In keeping with her wishes, cremation took place.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, January 23, 2020, at 11 a.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House with Danny Dodd’s, minister at the Greenfield Church of Christ, officiating.

Following the service, a reception will be held at the Eagles Lodge in Washington Court House.

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KATHRYN JOANN (KATHY) NICHOLS

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Kathryn Joann (Kathy) Nichols, 45, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Tuesday, January 14, 2020, at 1:58 p.m. at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center following a lengthy illness.

Kathy was born November 20, 1974, in Washington Court House, Ohio to Arthur Richard and Mary Beth O’Flynn Nichols.  She was a 1993 graduate of Miami Trace High School and was a lifelong resident of this community.

She formerly had worked several years at Showa in Mount Sterling.

Kathy was a member of St. Colman of Cloyne Catholic Church.

She was preceded in death by twin sons; her mother in 2002, and her father in 2008.

Kathy is survived by two children, Timothy (Timmy) Chaney and Kaitlyn Beth (Katie Beth) Chaney and a granddaughter, Rylee Bolton, all of Washington Court House; three brothers, Richard Nichols, Michael Nichols and his wife, Hannah, and Arthur (Artie) Nichols, all of Washington Court House; a sister, Angela (Angie) Nichols and her husband, Jeff Shepherd, of Milford, OH and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The funeral mass will be celebrated Monday, January 20, 2020, at 10 a.m. at the St. Colman of Cloyne Catholic Church by the Rev. Father Tim Lynch, parochial vicar at the church.  Burial will follow in the St. Colman Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House Sunday from 3-5 p.m. where a Rosary service will be held Sunday at 5 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family to help with funeral expenses.

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MELVIN B. PIERCE

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Melvin B. Pierce, 93, of Washington Court House, Ohio passed away Thursday, January 9, 2020, at 6:43 a.m. at Court House Manor where he had been a patient since September 13, 2018.

Mr. Pierce was born March 14, 1926, in Fayette County, Ohio to Reuben and Helen Scott Pierce.  He lived most of his life in Fayette and Madison Counties.

He was a self-employed plumbing and heating contractor.

Mr. Pierce was a member of the Church of Christ in Christian Union and was an Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict.

On November 10, 1984, he married the former Beatrice Hook.  She preceded in death on June 20, 2011.  He was also preceded by a brother, Glen Pierce in 1992, and a sister, Betty Blair in 2017.

He is survived by six children, Deborah Swearingen and her husband, Paul, of Washington Court House, Pete Pierce and his wife, Brenda, of Washington Court House, Mike Pierce and his wife, Doris, of Atlanta, Ohio, Janet and David Mason of Galliton, TN, Timothy Pierce and his wife, Teresa, of Leesburg, and Melvin Pierce, Jr.,  of Kentucky; 15 grandchildren; several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; a sister and brother-in-law, Hilda and Gerald Downs of Washington Court House, Ohio and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be Monday, January 13, 2020 at 1 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House with Joy Stanforth, associate pastor at the Heritage Memorial Church of Christ in Christian Union, officiating.  Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home two hours prior to the service on Monday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice, P.O. Box 10086, Toledo, Ohio  43699-0086.

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MARY ELLEN SCHWART (Updated)

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Mary Ellen (Asher) Schwart, 94, of New Holland, Ohio died Saturday, December 28, 2019, at 8:15 p.m. at Brookdale Pinnacle of Grove City where she had been residing since February 25, 2018.

Mary Ellen was born August 1, 1925, at the home of her maternal grandparents in Clarksburg, Ross County, Ohio to Don Frank and Ruth Jane Godden Asher.  Except for a brief period when she resided in Washington, D.C., Mary Ellen spent her entire life in the New Holland community where she was a well-respected member of the community. She was a 1943 graduate of New Holland High School where she was a noted vocalist and athlete.  She played on the New Holland High School girls’ basketball team and was a member of the only girls’ team that went on to an undefeated season.

She was a member of the New Holland United Methodist Church.

Following her graduation from high school, Mary Ellen began working at the then popular Craig’s Department Store in Washington Court House as a salesclerk.  In April 1946, she began working as a bookkeeper at the Dayton Power and Light Company in Washington Court House.  She continued working for Dayton Power and Light for 36 years, retiring from that company in 1982.  Later she worked part-time at the Jeffersonville Outlet Mall and served as clerk/fiscal officer of Perry Township in Pickaway County for a number of years.  Having impeccable taste and a flair for fashion, she did modeling work for various clothing stores in Washington Court House, including the Martha Washington Shop.

An animal lover all of her life, Mary Ellen had a fondness for horses and dogs especially.

On July 30, 1943, she was united in marriage to Byron R. Stinson.  To this union was born one son, Richard B. “Rick” Stinson.  On November 22, 1958, she married her second husband, Lincoln L. Schwart.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lincoln L. Schwart on May 1, 1980; her son, Richard B. Stinson on February 11, 2019; daughter-in-law, Cinda Kelly Stinson on May 26, 2008; two brothers, Richard B. “Dick” Asher on May 19, 2003, and Joe F. Asher on July 9, 2007, and her first cousin, Barbara J. Hyer on May 27, 2012.

Mary  Ellen is survived by a granddaughter, Ericka Gehres and her husband, Keith, a great granddaughter, Addison Gehres, all of West Lafayette, IN and a sister-in-law, Patricia Asher of Columbus.

The funeral will be Friday, January 10, 2020, at 11 a.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in New Holland with the Rev. Brian Dunham, pastor at the New Holland United Methodist Church, officiating.  Burial will follow in New Holland Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home in New Holland Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to a non-profit charity of the donor’s choice in remembrance of Mary Ellen.

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BARBARA SUE RHOADS

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Barbara Sue Rhoads, 73, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Tuesday, December 24, 2019, at 10:40 a.m. shortly after arrival at Fayette County Memorial Hospital.

Barbara was born November 27, 1946, in Fayette County, Ohio.  She was a 1967 graduate of Washington High School and a lifelong resident of this community.

Before her retirement, she had been laundry supervisor at various local nursing homes.

On July 14, 1967, she married James Russell Rhoads.  He preceded her in death on October 13, 2003.  She was also preceded by two brothers, Elmer Junior Peters and Lawrence (Butch) Peters and three sisters, Donna Peters, Ruth Peters and Genevieve Smith.

Barbara is survived by a son, Timothy Rhoads; a daughter, Kimberly J. Rhoads; a granddaughter, Ashley Nicole Rhoads; a brother and sister-in-law, John and Karen Peters; two sisters, Louise Cruse and Joan Bills, all of Washington Court House and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The funeral will be Friday, December 27, 2019, at 1 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.  Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery.

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

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ROBERT HARFORD ALEXANDER (Updated)

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Robert Harford Alexander, 86, of Cincinnati, Ohio died Tuesday, December 24, 2019, at his home.

He was born October 10, 1933, in Wilmington, Delaware to Leonard Harford and Arvilla Hinderer Alexander.  He was a graduate of the University of Delaware with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and was a retired mechanical engineer.

On September 7, 1963, he married the former Kay Ann Coffman.  She preceded him in death on January 3, 2017.  He was also preceded by a sister-in-law, Sue Miller, on January 10, 2014.

He is survived by three children, Philip Alexander and Craig Alexander and his wife, Kathleen, and Diane Alexander, all of Cincinnati; two grandchildren, Natalie and Maggie Alexander; a brother-in-law, Rodney D. Miller of Washington Court House; several nieces and nephews; great nephews and nieces and other relatives and friends.

Cremation was observed.

Memorial and visitation Saturday, January 18, from 10 a.m. to noon at 4286 Marival Way, Mason, OH 45040.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association Alzheimer’s Associationor Cincinnati Public Library

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JEFFREY L. POLLARD

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Jeffrey L. Pollard, 72, of Washington Court House, Ohio, died Saturday, December 21, 2019, at 10:59 a.m. at Court House Manor where he had been residing since November 4.

Jeff was born July 11, 1947, in Greenfield, Ohio to Ernest and Phyllis June Hedges Pollard.  He was a 1965 graduate of Edward Lee McClain High School in Greenfield; attended Eastern Kentucky University and lived most of his life in Greenfield and Washington Court House.

He was a newspaperman for 45 years.  He began his career at the Greenfield Daily Times as sports editor; was city editor for the Richmond (KY) Daily Register; returned to the Greenfield Daily Times as editor; then editor at the Madison Press in London, Ohio and concluded his newspaper career as publisher and editor of the Record-Herald in Washington Court House.  He then became a truck driver and drove for BST, Sewell and also as a self-employed car hauler.

Jeff was preceded in death by his parents and his step-father, Ralph Stewart.

He is survived by his wife, the former Pamela Kay McConnaughey whom he married February 26, 1967; two children, Jeffrey T.D. Pollard of Columbus and Carrie Herdman and her husband, Scott, of Washington Court House and was also dad to 10 exchange students from around the world. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Bailey and Madison Herdman, his step-mother, Evelyn Pollard of Columbus; siblings, Jon (Lisa) Stewart of Frankfort, Greg (Lisa) Stewart, Mark (Sandy) Stewart and Jolinda Stewart, all of Greenfield, Mahlon (Chon) Pollard of Westerville, Marlene (Dan) Sahr of Columbus, Marsha Pollard of Georgia, Marcella Pollard and Myron Pollard both of Columbus and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jeff chose to donate his body to The Ohio State University for medical research.

A celebration of life service will be held Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at 11 a.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House with Danny Dodds, minister at the Greenfield Church of Christ, officiating.  A time of food and fellowship at the Mahan Building on the Fayette County Fairgrounds will immediately the service.

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

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MARGARET ANN LLOYD

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Margaret Ann Lloyd, 87, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Monday, December 2, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. at Court House Manor Assisted Living where she had been residing the past year.

Mrs. Lloyd was born March 16, 1932, in Washington Court House, Ohio to Harry and Alma Hooks Lemons.  She was a 1951 graduate of Washington High School and was a lifelong resident of this community.

She formerly was a bookkeeper for Grove Davis.

On December 31, 1951, she married Richard Howard Lloyd.  He preceded her in death on July 31, 2019.  She was also preceded by her parents; a daughter and son-in-law, Tereasa Lynn and Carl Moore; a brother, Harry Lemons and a sister, Edna Marie Fannon.

She is survived by three children, Richard Joseph Lloyd and his wife, Sandra, of Radcliff, KY; Sheila Lloyd and her companion, Laura Halloran, of Washington Court House and Julie Cox of Jeffersonville; four grandchildren, Sheena (Christopher Lucas) Huseby, Felicia (Shean Bunch) Cox, Brittany (Keith Smith) Cox and Bethany (Joseph Self) Benson; 15 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

A graveside service will be held Friday, December 6, 2019, at 12 Noon at the Washington Cemetery with the Rev. Lynn Jackson, pastor at the Bible Baptist Temple, officiating.

Friends may call at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House Friday from 10 a.m. until 11:45 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice, 6500 Busch Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio  43229 or the Alzheimer’s Association of Central Ohio, 3380 Tremont Road, Columbus, Ohio  43221.

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WILMA J. DORN

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Wilma J. Dorn, 80, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Monday, December 2, 2019, at 12:46 p.m. at Fayette County Memorial Hospital where she had been admitted earlier in the day.

Wilma was born August 15, 1939, in Washington Court House, Ohio to Frank Melvin and Florence Mabel Yeoman Brown.  She was a 1957 graduate of Washington High School and, except for spending winters in Naples, FL since 1995, lived all her life in Washington Court House.

She worked in the purchasing department at Armco/Steelox over 35 years before her retirement in 1994.

Wilma was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where she had served as an elder and was a member of the Presbyterian Women’s Circle.  She was also a member of the Red Hat Society; was an avid OSU fan and loved to travel   She was a caregiver for her husband and had been for her mother and sister.  She loved her family and the many special times they spent together.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Larry Stephenson and a sister-in-law, Claudine Williams.

Wilma is survived by her husband, (Harold) Alvin Dorn whom she married February 26, 1961; a daughter, Jill Wight of Cleveland; son-in-law, Bryan Wight of Cleveland; three step-children, Cassandra Bailey, Matthew and Michael Wight; four step grandchildren, Zoe and Olivia Wight, Jackson and Maxwell Gratto; her beloved granddog, Margeaux, and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be  Saturday, December 7, 2019, at 12 Noon at the First Presbyterian Church in Washington Court House with the Rev. Gray Marshall, pastor at the church, officiating.  Private burial will follow in the Range Township Cemetery in Madison County.

Friends may call at the church from 9:30 a.m. Saturday until time of the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Central Ohio, 3380 Tremont Road, Columbus, Ohio  43221 or online at alz.org.

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

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