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JUANITA HUGHES

Juanita Hughes, 88, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at 4:05 a.m. at Court House Manor where she had been residing since April.

Juanita was born August 1, 1932, at West Union in Adams County, Ohio to Lester C. and Marie Spears Porter.  She was a graduate of West Union High School and attended the College of Music in Cincinnati for two years before receiving her bachelor’s degree from Ohio University.

She taught several years in southern Ohio before becoming a music teacher with the Washington City Schools in 1967.  She retired in 1996, after a career of 32 years.

Juanita was organist at the Grace United Methodist Church from 1967 until 1993, at which time she became the organist at St. Colman Catholic Church, a position she held for ten years.  She also gave private music lessons.

She was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church; the United Methodist Women; the American Association of University Women and the Fayette County Retired Teachers Association.

Juanita is survived by her husband, Gene P. Hughes, whom she married on October 17, 1952; a daughter, Alisa Hughes Dorn and her husband, Phil, of Washington Court House; a son, Michael G. Hughes and his wife, Christine Black-Hughes, of Eagles Lake, MN; two grandchildren, Kyle Galecki and his wife, Kristi, and Camille Galecki Kewer and her husband, Kevin; four great grandchildren, Cora and Ethan Galecki and Kiley and Caleb Kewer; three step grandsons, Jesse, Douglas and Matthew (Katie) Breitigan and a step great granddaughter, Luci Breitigan.

The funeral will be Saturday, June 5, 2021, at 2 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House with Mell Wickensimer, director of visitation at the Grace United Methodist Church, officiating.

Friends may call at the funeral home Saturday from 1 p.m. until time of the service.

A private family graveside service will be held Sunday at 11 a.m. at the West Union Cemetery in Adams County.

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

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ANNA JULENE KIGER

Anna Julene Kiger peacefully passed away on June 1, 2021, at home at the age of 88, surrounded by her family. Ann was a lifetime resident of Wayne Township in Fayette County, Ohio where she lived for over 50 years. She was born on September 16, 1932 in Lawrence County, Kentucky. She met her loving husband, James A. Kiger, on September 5, 1950, at Morehead College where they started their journey of over 70 years. One of love, devotion, and happiness.

From their union, two sons were born. James A. Kiger, Jr. (Denise) and David V. Kiger (Lisa). She was blessed with four grandchildren. Garret D. Kiger (Kristen), Aubrey L. Kiger-Dickison (Dustin), Janna E. Kiger, and Nathaniel E. Kiger. All of whom survive her along with her husband, James A. Kiger. She is also survived by one sister, Delores Arrington-Sutliff and many nieces and nephews.

Ann was an astute businesswoman who played a key role in the founding and running Kiger & Kiger Lawyers here in Washington Court House for over 59 years. She was an avid home maker and a devote Christian in the First Baptist Church. She enjoyed maintaining her farms and loved the outdoors, especially when she found herself on the lake while out-fishing with her husband, James. Those that had the pleasure of knowing Ann personally remember her as a kind and beautiful soul.

A private service with a few close family friends will be held on Friday, June 4, 2021, at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Washington Court House with the Rev. Edward Gault officiating. A graveside service will follow at the Good Hope Cemetery near her family farms all of which is under the direction of Kirkpatrick Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to Heartland Hospice in Ann’s memory.

Ann will be greatly missed by her family and many friends, but she will never be forgotten by those that loved her.

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MARY JO HYER TRAPP

Mary Jo (Hyer) Trapp, 94, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, died Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at 7:49 a.m. at the Robert A. Barnes Center in Reynoldsburg.  She had resided at the Wesley Ridge Retirement Community (Bishop Place) in Reynoldsburg from January 18, 2017, until moving to the Barnes Center on May 16, 2020.

She was born May 2, 1927, at Frankfort in Ross County, Ohio to Delno and Madge Godden Hyer.    Following her father’s death on December 20, 1931, she was reared in Clarksburg by her mother and stepfather, Madge and Warner Southard.

Mary Jo was a 1945 graduate of Clarksburg High School where she was valedictorian of her class. She taught school while attending Wilmington College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in August 1961.  She continued her teaching at Beechwood Elementary School within the Whitehall School District and taught there until her retirement in May, 1992, for total of 40 years of teaching.

On April 3, 1950, she married Norman Atlee Trapp.  They moved to Reynoldsburg in 1954 where they resided until 2016.  He preceded her in death on August 12, 2016, following 66 years of marriage.  She was also preceded by her parents; a brother, Don Hyer in 1983; first cousins, Barbara Hyer on May 27, 2012, and Mary Ellen Schwart on December 28, 2019.

She is survived by a niece, Cheryl (Jim) Molley; a nephew, Dennis Trapp and cousins, Mike (Peggy) Hiser, Janet (Larry) Dowler, Joy (Ross) Morgan, Robert Lindemuth, Carol (Bill) Daulton and Jim (Suzanne) Hiser.

The funeral will be Monday, June 7, 2021, at 1 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in New Holland with Mell Wickensimer, director of visitation at the Grace United Methodist Church in Washington Court House, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Brown’s Chapel Cemetery near Clarksburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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HAROLD LLOYD FIELDS

Harold Lloyd Fields, 93, of Washington Court House, Ohio passed away Monday, May 31, 2021, at 1:44 p.m. at Court House Manor Assisted Living where he had been residing since November 16, 2018.

He was born September 8, 1927, in Portsmouth, Ohio, to Granville Northrup and Iva Jewell Bailey Fields.  He was a 1945 graduate of Portsmouth High School where he was a member of the marching band and the National Honor Society.

Mr. Fields owned a small grocery in Portsmouth before moving to Washington Court House in 1968, to work at the local Kroger store, where he worked in the dairy and produce departments until his retirement in 1992.

He had been a member of the former First Christian Church and later attended the South Side Church of Christ.  He was a World War II veteran of the U. S. Army Air Force and had been a member of Paul H. Hughey Post #25 of the American Legion.

Mr. Fields loved music and singing and had been the music leader at the church he attended in Portsmouth.  He was an avid rose gardener and loved to play golf.

On May 22, 1984, he married the former Mary A. Collins.  She preceded him in death on May 1, 2012.  He was also preceded by three children, Harold L. Fields, Jr. on July 22, 2013, Thomas Lee Fields on December 27, 1962, and Julie Ann Fields on January 14, 1965.

He is survived by a son, Gregory L. Fields; a daughter, Cynthia L. Reynolds, both of Washington Court House; three grandchildren, James Douglas Reynolds of Ypsilanti Township, MI, Matthew Gregory Reynolds, Bailey Jo Johnson and her husband, Robert, and three great grandchildren, Rylan Gregory Fields and Rori and Ruby Johnson, all of Washington Court House; a sister, Ramona Jean Banta of Ormond Beach, FL; the mother of his children,  Joyce Helfrich-Huntington of Washington Court House and two nieces and a nephew.

Cremation took place.   A graveside service, with complete military honors, will be held Friday, June 4, 2021, at 10 a.m. in the Washington Cemetery with Mell Wickensimer, director of visitation at the Grace United Methodist church, officiating.  Burial will be  under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice, 116 Morris Road, Unit B., Circleville, Ohio  43113.

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MARCELLA GRACE GRIFFITH

Marcella Grace Griffith, 93, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at 3:20 p.m. at Court House Manor where she had been residing since May 22, 2021.

Mrs. Griffith was born May 29, 1927, in Jasper Township in Fayette County, Ohio, to William and Effie Wilburn Finley.  She was a graduate of Wayne High School in Good Hope and lived most of her live in Greenfield before returning to this community, from Greenfield, in 1998.

She was a former longtime employee of the U.S. Shoe Corporation in Greenfield and then worked for Greenfield Research.

On May 7, 1947, she married Howard Wesley Kelley Griffith.  He preceded her in death on August 19, 2008.  She was also preceded in death by a grandson, Scott Renner; a son-in-law, James Renner; step-son, Victor Burke; two brothers, Wayne and Harold Finley and two sisters, Margaret Garringer and Imogene Finley.

Mrs. Griffith is survived by five children, Diana Jean Renner of Franklin, Ohio, Penelope (Penny) Everhart of Greenfield, Debbie Garcia and her husband, Jose, of Springboro; Lanny Griffith and his wife, Sue, of Candia, New Hampshire and Tim Griffith and his wife, Liz, of Hillsborough, New Jersey; nine grandchildren, Jamie Renner, Carl Renner, Stephanie (Aaron) Saunders, Hollie (Wes) Johnson, John Griffith, Carol Estep, Emily Griffith, Jonathan Griffith and Amanda Griffith; several great grandchildren and two sisters, Patricia West of Washington Court House and Aileen Kirchner of Centerville.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, May 29, 2021, at 1 p.m. at the Good Hope Cemetery with Jamie Renner, Mrs. Griffith’s grandson, officiating. Burial will be under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.

At her request, there will be no calling hours.

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DANNY KITCHEN

(William) Danny Kitchen, 76, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at 9:57 a.m. at the Mount Carmel Grove City Medical Center where he had been a patient since Saturday.

Danny was born January 18, 1945, at Staunton in Fayette County, Ohio to Bob and Jean Kimmey Kitchen.  He was a 1963 graduate of Miami Trace High School and was a life-long resident of this community.

He formerly was a supervisor at Visador and Dyna Corporation before his retirement for Ferno in Wilmington.

Danny had been a member of the Dragin Angels Car Club.  He loved music and playing the guitar and formed and played in the band, Blast Offs.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, Jerry Ely.

Danny is survived by his wife, the former Ann Louise Womeldorf, two children, Lee Hawkins and Deshna Stinson and a granddaughter, Lillee Joseph, whom he loved dearly; three siblings and their spouses, Judy and Joe Gentry, Nancy Ely and Terry and Pam Kitchen, all of Washington Court House and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be Saturday, June 5, 2021, at 11 a.m. at the Staunton United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Mark Armstrong, pastor at the church, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Staunton Cemetery.

Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service on Saturday, June 5, 2021.

A time of food and fellowship, in the church’s fellowship hall, will immediately follow the graveside service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Staunton United Methodist Church, c/o Kathy Smith, 2206 Staunton-Sugar Grove Road-SW, Washington Court House, Ohio  43160.

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

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MARY ALICE SMITH

Mary Alice Smith, 86, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Sunday, May 23, 2021. at 9:49 a.m. at Court House Manor where she had been residing since September 2020.

Mrs. Smith was born June 3, 1934, in Fayette County, Ohio to Frank and Martha Coulter Seyfang and was a lifelong resident of this community.

She had formerly worked at Visador and later at Wendy’s.

Mrs. Smith was a member of the Heritage Memorial Church of Christ in Christian Union.

On June 2, 1951, she married Harold E. Smith.  He preceded her in death on March 9, 2007.  She was also preceded by a son and daughter-in-law, Rodger E. and Rebecca Smith; three brothers, Walter, Archie Wayne and Frank Leroy Seyfang and two sisters-in-law, Ann Seyfang and Sally Seyfang.

Mrs. Smith is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Randall E. and Mary Smith of Washington Court House; four grandchildren, Cheryl Hagler and her husband, Shane, of Washington Court House, Daryl Smith of Washington Court House, Angela and Danny Barrett of Chillicothe, Bradley Smith and his wife, Bridgette, of Bloomingburg; five great grandchildren; a great great grandson; three brothers, Floyd J. Seyfang of Concord, California, Thurman (Joe) Seyfang and his wife, Frances (Susie), of Washington Court House and William B. Seyfang and his wife, Juanita, of New Martinsburg and a sister-in-law, Linda Seyfang of Morehead, KY.

The funeral will be Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 1 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House with the Rev. Joe Duvall, former pastor at the Heritage Memorial Church of Christ in Christian Union, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Sugar Creek Methodist Cemetery on the Palmer Road.

Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday, June 2, 2021, from 11 a.m. until time of the service.

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

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HELEN MARIE MOORE

Helen Marie Moore, 93, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Saturday, May 15, 2021, at 10:15 a.m. at St. Catherine’s Manor of Washington Court House where she had been residing since December 2014.

Mrs. Moore was born March 14, 1928, at Portsmouth in Scioto County, Ohio to William Henry and Amanda Parker Harris.  She lived most of her life in Fayette County and the Staunton community.

She formerly was an operator for the Ohio Bell Telephone Company and had been a beautician.  She also worked in retail sales at the outlet mall and Walmart.

Mrs. Moore was a member of Royal Chapter #29 of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Garden Club.  She was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Earl Moore on March 11, 1986; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary Frances and Elmer Smith and Nona and Cliff Hill and an uncle and aunt, Alonzo (Buddy) and Faye Harris

Mrs. Moore is survived by two sons, Ronald Edward Moore and his wife, Joni, of Jeffersonville and Robert Earl Moore, Jr. and his wife, Kathy, of Hillsboro and four grandchildren, Andrew, Rhonnie, Christopher and Stephanie Moore.

A graveside service will be held Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. at the Washington Cemetery with the Rev. DeVon Davis, chaplain with Heartland Hospice, officiating.  Burial will be under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fayette County Dog Pound, 1550 Robinson Road-SE, Washington Court House, Ohio  43160.

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WILLIAM HOWARD BERRY, JR.

William Howard Berry, Jr., 78, of Washington Court House, Ohio passed away Friday, May 7,  2021, at his home.

He was born September 11, 1942, in Dayton, Ohio to William Howard and Mary Louise Tumer Berry.  He was a graduate of Dayton Chaminade High School and the Wright State University.  He lived most of his life in Dayton and Cincinnati before moving to Washington Court House two years ago.

Before his retirement, he was a supervisor at GMC in Dayton.  Following his retirement, he was a substitute teacher and had been teaching the past two years at the Warren County Career Center.

He was an active participant with the Springdale Citizen’s Police Academy.

William was preceded in death by his parents and a son.

He is survived by his wife, the former Jane Ann Curry; two sons; two daughters; two step-daughters and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In keeping with his wishes, cremation will take place.  Burial of the cremains will be at a later date in the Bloomingburg Cemetery.

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

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HAROLD WESLEY SIZEMORE

Harold Wesley Sizemore, 74, of Atlanta, Ohio died Friday, May 7, 2021 at 4:26 a.m. at his home.  He had been ill the past year.

Harold was born June 9, 1946, in Ironton, Ohio to Orville and Mallissa Mosley Sizemore.  He lived most of his life in the Atlanta community.

Before his retirement in 2012, he had worked 18 years at the Robertson Fence Company in Mount Sterling.

He was preceded in death by his parents and four siblings, Bonnie Burchett, Dolly Wolfe, Denny Sizemore and Bob Sizemore.

Harold is survived by his wife, the former Mary Nancy Kingery whom he married May 21, 1977, eight siblings, Calvin Sizemore and his wife, Linda, Paul Sizemore, Phillip Sizemore, Peggy Hamilton and her husband, Donnie, and Phyllis Spielman and her husband, Ronnie, all of Ironton, Ernie Sizemore and his wife, Tammy, of Kitts Hill, OH, Sandy Sizemore of Wheelersburg, OH and Cindy Stevens and her husband, Keith, of Russell, KY.  Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews, including a special niece, Shawna Kingery and her son, Leeland, and special nephew Wesley David Kingery, all of Clarksburg.

The funeral will be Monday, May 10, 2021, at 1 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in New Holland with burial to follow in the New Holland Cemetery.

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

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