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BILLY JACK JUSTICE (Updated)

Billy Jack Justice, 85, of Apache Junction, AZ passed away Tuesday, June 16, 2020, at the Banner Baywood Medical Center  in Mesa, AZ where he had been a patient one week.

Billy was born February 3, 1935, in Grayson, KY to David Wilson and Audrey Mae Elliott Justice.  He had formerly lived in the Pancoastburg and Darbydale communities before moving to Michigan.  He had lived in Arizona since 1984 where he was a crane operator.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wives, Della, Rosalee and Marilyn Justice; two sons, Billy, Jr. and Dale Justice; three brothers, James Ronald, Gary Lee and Jimmy Justice and Carrie Ann and Edna Mary Justice.

He is survived by two grandchildren, Ronnie (Lisa) Justice of Zanesville, OH and Loraine Ford of Grove City; a great grandson and great granddaughter; great great grandsons and granddaughter; four sisters, Dorothy (Tom) Fullen of Washington Court House, Marie Grubaugh of Newark, OH, Sue (Jim Pinkerman) Caulley of Grove City and Lou Cohagen of Washington Court House; a brother, John David Justice of Mount Sterling, Ohio and several nieces and nephews.

Cremation took place in Arizona.

A graveside service will be held Tuesday, August 4, 2020, at 11 a.m. in New Holland Cemetery with the Rev. Larry Doss, pastor at the New Holland Church of Christ In Christian Union, officiating.  Burial of the cremains will be under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home.

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WILMA JANE COULTER

Wilma Jane Coulter, 73, of Washington Court House, Ohio went to be with her Lord and Savior Wednesday, June 24, 2020, at 9:36 p.m. at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus where she had been a patient June 16.

Wilma was born May 13, 1947, in Washington Court House, Ohio to Thurman and Charlotte Agnes Goldsberry Coulter.  She was a 1965 graduate of Washington Senior High School and lived all of her life in this community.

She was a banker and had worked for area banks including Merchant’s National Bank for 27 years before her retirement in 2016.

Wilma was a member of the Grace Community Church.  She served many years on the board of directors of Hospice of Fayette County, Inc. and was one of the founding members of Habitat for Humanity in Washington Court House.  Above all, Wilma was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Lorie and Bob Mustain; a son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Alicia Stritenberger; three grandchildren, Darion and Cam Stritenberger and Grant Mustain; a brother and sister-in-law, Mervin and Connie Coulter all of Washington Court House and a sister, Rosemary Anders, of Columbus.

Friends and family may call at the Grace Community Church on Monday, June 29, 2020, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at which time a private family service will take place with Pastor Jay Lucas, minister at the church, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Washington Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ohio’s Hospice of Fayette County, 222 North Oakland Avenue, the Grace Community Church, 525 Glenn Avenue, Washington Court House, Ohio  43160 or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

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LAWRENCE W. BURRIS, O.D. (Update)

A celebration of the life Lawrence Walker Burris, O.D., 96, of Washington Court House, will be held Saturday, June 27, 2020, at 4 p.m. at the Burris residence, 9870 Madison Road-NE.  Dr. Robert Burris will deliver the eulogy in memory of his brother.

Dr. Burris died Friday, April 3, 2020, at 9:10 a.m. at his residence.  He was born May 24, 1923, in Columbus, Ohio to William LeRoy and Florine Walker Burris.  He was a graduate of Washington High School and The Ohio State University College of Optometry.

Before his retirement, he was a long time optometrist in Washington Court House.

Dr. Burris was a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of World War II.  He was member of Paul H. Hughey Post #25 of the American Legion and the Koffee Klatch at the legion.  He was an avid stamp collector and a member of the Columbus Philatelic Club.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Carol, and by two brothers, Dr. Norman Burris and Frank Burris and his wife, Eleanor.

Dr. Burris is survived by his wife, the former Rosanne Dawson Anderson, whom he married December 18, 1987; four step children, Doug Anderson and his wife, Roxanna, of Pickaway County, Tony Anderson and his wife, Jo, of Fayette County, Lyn Brackens of Washington Court House and Jenny Wilson of Weatherford, TX; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Robert and Nancy Burris, of Defiance, Ohio and a sister-in-law, Lee Burris of Colorado.  Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, a private graveside service, with complete military honors, was held Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at 10 a.m. at the Washington Cemetery.  Burial was under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.

Memorial contributions may be made to Paul H. Hughey Post #25 of the American Legion, 1240 Clinton Avenue; Ohio’s Hospice of Fayette County, 222 North Oakland Avenue Washington C. H., Ohio 43160 or the Nationwide Children’s Hospital, 700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio  43205.

BEATRICE “BEA” LEMASTER SALYERS

Beatrice “Bea” Lemaster Salyers, 86, of Circleville, formerly of New Holland, Ohio went to be with her Lord on Monday, June 15, 2020, at 1:52 p.m. at her home.

Bea was born May 10, 1934, in Johnson County, KY to Becken and Erie McKenzie Lemaster.  She lived most of her life in New Holland before moving to Circleville in April 2006.

She was retired from Calmar in Washington Court House and had also worked many years for Dinklers in New Holland and Jeffersonville.

Bea was a member of the Alder Chapel United Baptist Church in West Jefferson.  She, along with her husband, enjoyed gardening, canning food, making crafts and spending time with her family.

On February 18, 1949, she married Esley Etchel “Shorty” Salyers.  He preceded her in death on August 1, 2006.  She was also preceded by two brothers, Shelby and Jr. Lemaster; a sister, Emma Jean Lemaster King and sons-in-law, Nick Stonerock and Mark Mills.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Ronnie and Rebecca Salyers of Walhonding Ohio; three daughters, Ruby Yates of Circleville, Kathy Brown and her husband, Jeff, of Greenfield and Bonnie Salyers of Circleville; three grandchildren, Jaime Heath and her husband, Lance, of Williamsport, Tasha Brown Smith of Grove City and Tyler Brown of Washington Court House; three great granddaughters, Ava and Ellie Heath and Vera Smith and a brother and sister-in-law, Bobby Jo and Nancy Lemaster of Lancaster.

The funeral will be Thursday, June 18, 2020, at 1 p.m. at the New Holland Church of Christ In Christian Union with Arvil Murray and Charles Smith officiating.  Burial will follow in the New Holland Cemetery.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alder Chapel United Baptist Church, 8320 Morgan Road, West Jefferson, Ohio  43162.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in New Holland.

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LARRY L. SPECK

Larry L. Speck, 72, of Washington Court House, Ohio passed away of liver cancer on May 17, 2020, at the Lakeland Regional Hospital in Lakeland, FL with his family by his side.  His death was sudden and unexpected.

Larry was born August 31, 1947, in Ironton, Ohio to Lawrence and Pearl Spencer Speck.  He was a 1965 graduate of Dawson Bryant High School in Coal Grove and attended Ohio University at the Ironton branch for two and one-half years.

He had worked as an apprentice machinist for the C & O Railroad in Russell, KY before moving to Washington Court House in 1972.  He then was a maintenance man at Johnson Controls in Greenfield and later was promoted to maintenance foreman.  He retired in March 2009.  He currently was employed as a part-time AAA driving instructor, a job he thoroughly enjoyed.

He was a member of the McNair Memorial Presbyterian Church; a member and past master of Jeffersonville Lodge F & AM #468; member and past worthy patron of Jefferson Chapter #300 of the Order of the Eastern Star in Jeffersonville and had also served as worthy patron at Royal Chapter and Chillicothe Chapter; was a  32nd Degree Mason, Valley of Columbus; a member of North Star Shrine and Fayette Mark Lodge #4.  Larry was active in the Boy Scouts of America and had attained the rank of Eagle Scout.  Had had been an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Washington Court House.  He was an avid bass fisherman and fished in many bass tournaments but enjoyed all kinds of fishing.  He was a member of the Anglers Club of Washington Court House.  Larry loved the outdoors and being a “snowbird” the past 11 years.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Susan L. Holt Speck; a son, Jamey L. Speck of Washington Court House; a brother, Dick (Debbie) Speck of Plant City, FL; a brother-in-law, Lawrence (Patti) Holt of Columbus, OH and several nieces and nephews.

In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place.

A Masonic service, followed by an Eastern Star service, will be held Thursday, June 18, 2020, at 7 p.m. at the Jeffersonville Masonic Lodge.  Larry’s friend and former pastor, the Rev. Steve Watters, will offer personal comments.

Friends may call at the Jeffersonville Masonic Lodge from 5 p.m. Thursday until time of the memorial service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Jeffersonville Masonic Lodge or Jefferson Chapter of OES, P.O. Box 1, Jeffersonville, Ohio  43128.

 

KAREN LYNN MITCHELL

Karen Lynn Mitchell, 66, of Dublin, Ohio, passed away Friday, June 5, 2020, at her home following a year-long battle with cancer.

Karen was born February 6, 1954, in Washington Court House, Ohio, the oldest child of Frelan and Jincie Louise VanMeter. She graduated from Washington High School in 1972, then moved to Columbus, where she became a registered nurse at OSU Hospital.

Karen met her husband, Timothy Mitchell, in March of 1986, and by October, they were married. Together they raised two children, Eric and Kristen Mitchell.

Karen was a Christian and devoted her life to service. She worked as an RN for more than 30 years before retiring in 2011, and was an active member of TWIG. Karen was quick to laugh and loved a celebration. Rarely on time but always present, she could be found behind a video camera at every family birthday party or school event within driving distance. Her zeal for life and a sale at Macy’s was unmatched.

Karen is survived by her husband, Tim Mitchell, and her children, Eric Mitchell, Kristen Mitchell, and Kristen’s fiancé Austin Drenski. She is survived by her mother Jincie Louise VanMeter; two sisters, Cinda Burks (Charles) and Beth Hendershot (Bob); brother-in-law, Gordon Mitchell; sister-in-law, Marcia Gano (Robert); many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and beloved friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Frelan VanMeter, grandparents on both sides and her brother-in-law Mike Dennis.

A funeral will be held Wednesday, June 10, 2020, at 3 p.m. at the Fayette Bible Church in Washington Court House with Pastor Tony Garren officiating.  Friends may call Wednesday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.

A private burial will be held Thursday at Union Cemetery in Columbus.

Memorial contributions may be made to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, 700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio  43205.

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

PLEASE NOTE:  Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, social distancing will be observed and please wear a mask.

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JAMES ALBERT “JAKE” MINSHALL

James Albert “Jake” Minshall, 83, of New Holland, Ohio died Thursday, June 4, 2020, at his home.

Jake was born July 26, 1936, in Fayette County, Ohio to James Carl and Dorothy Helen Mitchem Minshall.  He was a 1954 graduate of New Holland High School and was a lifelong resident of the New Holland community where he was a retired farmer.

He was preceded in death by a son, James A. Minshall.

He is survived by three sons, Ray A. Minshall and his wife, Kristil, Jason C. Minshall and Brandon Hull; two grandchildren, Savannah and Dalton Minshall; two brothers, Paul Minshall and his wife, Carol, and Carl Minshall, all of New Holland and a sister, Sarah Shortreed of Circleville.

In keeping with his wishes, cremation will take place and there will be no visitation or service.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in New Holland.

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ANNA LEE TRIMMER FERGUSON

Anna Lee Trimmer Ferguson, 82, of Wilmington, Ohio, formerly of Washington Court House, went to her heavenly home on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at 6:18 p.m. at Clinton Memorial Hospital following complications of a stroke.  She had been residing at Wilmington Nursing and Rehabilitation since November 2018.

She was born January 11, 1938, in Washington Court House, Ohio, the seventh of 17 children of Charles Glenn and Helen Speakman Trimmer.

“Annie” was a cook for the Wilmington City Schools from 1987 until her retirement in 1998.

She was a member of First Christian Church in Wilmington.

Annie married Paul Wayne Ferguson on December 23, 1953.  They were married for 53 years prior to his death on October 22, 2007.  She was also preceded in death by her parents;10 brothers and two sisters-in-law, Dean (Virginia) Trimmer, Newt Trimmer, Jim (Glenda) Trimmer, Paul Dale Trimmer, Clarence “Pedro” Trimmer, Dick Trimmer, John Trimmer, Eddie Trimmer, Bob Trimmer, stillborn infant brother; two brothers-in-law, Emerson Carter and Ed Pence and a very special aunt and uncle, Ed and Pauline Trimmer Richardson.

She is survived by a daughter, Paula (Bill) Ross, of Wilmington, and two sons, Ron (Carol) Ferguson, of Wilmington, and Mike (Karen) Ferguson of Cuba, OH.  “Granny” is also survived by eight grandchildren, Krista (Eric) Mahan of Nipomo, CA, Matt (Melanie) Ross of Williamsburg, OH, Emily (Frank) Noggle of Miamisburg, OH, Ethan Ferguson of Norwood, OH, Melanie Ferguson of Kettering, OH, Adam Ferguson of Cuba, OH, Justen Floyd of Wilmington, and Kristen (Brian) Jeffers of Bloomingburg; three step-grandchildren, Curtis Gilbert and Jami Roby of Wilmington, and Jodi Jeffers of West Chester OH; nine great-grandchildren, Xander and Ellie Mahan, Anna, Molly, Paul, and Leah Ross, Braden and Camden Noggle, and Adeline Jeffers; eight step-great-grandchildren, Jenna Dooley, Sidney Trasser, Darby Trasser, Sam and Max Roby and Reiden, Izaiah, and Thayer Jarvis; four sisters, Pat Carter and Lynn Pence of Washington CH, Elsie (Tom) Ingle of Columbia, SC, and Sherry (Ray) Perkins of Bloomingburg; two brothers, Wayne (Karen) Trimmer of Pennsylvania and Terry (Virginia) Trimmer of London, OH and five sisters-in-law, Hiromi Trimmer of Honolulu, Hawaii, Paola Trimmer of Gaeta, Italy, Judy Trimmer of Topeka KS, Marie Trimmer of Louisville, KY, and Brenda Trimmer of North Carolina

Services will be held Saturday, June 6, 2020, at 11:a.m. the First Christian Church, 120 Columbus Street, Wilmington, Ohio.  The family will receive visitors from 10 am until time of the service.  Interment will follow at the Washington Cemetery in Washington C.H.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Christian Church in Wilmington in Anna’s name.

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

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BETTY LOU KEATON

Betty Lou Keaton, 94, of New Holland, Ohio died Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at 3:30 a.m. at St. Catherine’s Manor of Washington Court House where she had been residing since 2018.

Mrs. Keaton was born August 31, 1925, in Greenup, Kentucky, to James R. and Elizabeth Florence Blevins Crider.  She lived most of her life in the New Holland community.

She had formerly been an aide at the Orient State Institute and also had worked at Sunshine Laundry and Dry Cleaning in Washington Court House.

Mrs. Keaton was affiliated with the Atlanta United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Lester Keaton on January 28, 1983; by three sons, Jody Shawn Keaton in 1991, Jeffrey Lynn Keaton in 2006, and Ralph Lester Keaton, Jr. in 2014, and a son-in-law, Larry Priest in 2017.

Mrs. Keaton is survived by a daughter, Connie Priest of Grove City, Ohio; three grandchildren, Christina Lochbaum of Grove City, Randy Keaton of Seattle, WA and Debra Keaton of Arkansas and a great grandson, Kyle Lochbaum and his wife, Kat, of San Jose, CA.

A graveside service will be held Monday, June 8, 2020, at 11 a.m. at the New Holland Cemetery with the Rev. Sam Harnish, pastor at the Atlanta United Methodist Church,  officiating.  Burial will be under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in New Holland.

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WILMA JEAN (HOWARD) SMITH

Wilma Jean (Howard) Smith passed away on May 29, 2020, at Carriage Court Memory Care in Washington Court House, Ohio.

Jean was born on September 19, 1930, in Portsmouth, Ohio to Brady and Anna Cornett Howard. She lived the vast majority of her life in Washington Court House and resided on South Main Street with her husband, Richard “Dick” Smith, until they both relocated to Carriage Court.  Richard died in 2016 and Jean had been lovingly assisted in Memory Care since that date.

Jean was known for her dedication to family and love for the changing of seasons.  Her spotless home was a place of true joy for her.  From her days as a high school cheerleader and homecoming queen to her last hours on Main Street, she always greatly enjoyed the company of others and the presence of friends and family.

Fond memories of her sisters, Margie Alkire, Kate Mustine, and Janet Davis were always with her.  Those same memories extended to her many nieces and nephews.

Jean is survived by her son, Dr. James Smith of Ypsilanti, Michigan and her daughter-in-law, Dr. Connie Ruhl-Smith, of Ypsilanti as well. While Jean never saw Eastern Michigan University, where Jim and Connie are the “first couple”, she loved to hear stories about the university and enjoyed knowing of the sports successes made by various university athletes and their specific teams.

A small private ceremony will be held with family only.  A larger gathering will be held at a later date as the pandemic passes.

The family requests no flowers but gifts of remembrance may be given to the First Baptist Church, 301 East East Street, Washington Court House, Ohio 43160; the Eastern Michigan University Foundation, 12 Welch Hall, 850 West Cross Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48199 or the charity of one’s choice.

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

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