PAUL EDWARD “EDDIE” MORRIS, JR. (Updated)

Paul Edward “Eddie” Morris, Jr., 58, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Monday afternoon, June 21, 2021, at his home.  He had been ill since November.

Eddie was born May 26, 1963, in Washington Court House to Paul Edward and Sandra Leigh Smith Morris.  He was a 1982 graduate of Westfall High School where he was active in the FFA.  He lived most of his life in Pickaway and Fayette Counties.

He had been a maintenance worker for Washington Apartments.

Eddie was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Teresa Lynn Bookwalter, who died June 12, 2021.

He is survived by his wife, the former Carol Lynn Gilpen whom he married July 17, 2017; two daughters, Devan Conrad and her husband, Dustin, of Circleville and Jordan Morris of Hilliard, Ohio; five grandsons, Eythan Conrad, Xander, Xavier, Gabriel and Gaige Eaken; a sister and brother-in-law, Marsha and Allen Lackey of Chillicothe; a brother, Chris Morris of Mount Sterling and a brother-in-law, Robert “Bookie” Bookwalter of Clarksburg.

In keeping with his wishes, cremation took place.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, June 27, 2021, at 2 p.m. at the New Beginnings Freewill Baptist Church in Ashville, with Eddie’s brother-in-law, Allen Lackey, officiating.

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

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TERESA LYNN BOOKWALTER

Teresa Lynn Bookwalter, 59, of Clarksburg, Ohio died Saturday, June 12, 2021, at 1:55 p.m. at her home.

Teresa was born June 30, 1961, in New Albany, Indiana, the daughter of Paul Morris and Sandra Morris, both deceased.

She was a 1979 graduate of Westfall High School and a driver for Ross County Transportation & Connect Transportation.

Teresa is survived by her husband, Robert H. Bookwalter whom she married May 29, 1999; four children, Sam Bookwalter of  Chillicothe, Courtney (Mahlon) Riddick of Circleville, Katie Bookwalter (Daniel Halcomb) of Frankfort, and Matt Bookwalter; seven grandchildren, Austen, Rylee, Ashlynn and Leah Bookwalter and Morgan, Madison and Mahlon Riddick and special grand dog, Kimber Sue; parents, Joe and Becky Hisle of Texas; siblings, Eddie (Carol) Morris, of Washington Court House, Chris Morris of Mount Sterling; Marsha (Allen) Lackey of Chillicothe, Steve (Shannan) Lindsey of Williamsport, Stefenie (Rich) Reisch, of Circleville, Joan (Andy) Sespi of Columbus, Sue (Roger) Crago of Chillicothe, Carolyn (Emmitt) Collins of Waverly, Allen (Jeri) Bookwalter of Clarksburg, Marsha (Todd) Metzger of Clarksburg, David (Justine) Steele, Yvonne Thompson, Kristy (Michael) Russell and Steve (Stephanie) Hisle, all of Texas and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by a daughter, Amy Wilhelm.

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

In remembrance of Teresa, friends may plant a tree.

Teresa wants you to know she loves you all more she wins.

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

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MARVIN RAY FREDERICK

Marvin Ray Frederick, 84, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at 12:41 a.m. at Edgewood Manor of Lucasville, where he had been residing since April 26, 2019.

Mr. Frederick was born March 3, 1937, in Fayette County, Ohio to Miles and Irene Forsha Frederick.

He had lived most of his life in this community where he owned and operated a wrecker and auto service.

On April 11, 1963, he married the former Nancy Jean Elliott.  She preceded him in death on April 3, 2018.  He also was preceded in death his by an infant daughter, Crystal Frederick in 1965; two sons, Marvin R. Frederick, Jr. in 1996, and Mike Ellars in 1999; three brothers, Billy, Earl and Charles Frederick and two sisters, Katherine Higman and Betty Taylor.

He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Mark and Tammy Wilson, and Jimmy David and Becky Frederick; a daughter, Raye J. Frederick; several grandchildren, and great grandchildren and two sisters, Doris Jackson and Cindy Bain.

A graveside service will be held Friday, June 11, 2021, at 2 p.m. at the Highlawn Cemetery.  Burial will be under the direction the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.

There will be no calling hours.

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KENT KESSLER

Kent “Geek” Kessler, 55, of Oak Hill, Ohio passed away Monday, June 7, 2021, from cancer, in the home he helped his parents build in Oak Hill.

Kent had a huge heart and loved his family dearly.  He found joy in nature, watching old westerns, his mom’s fried chicken and hanging out with his buddy, Robert.  He was an amazing sketch artist.  He could use a pencil like a magician.  He had an ability to bring a blank page to life, drawing anything from animals to sci-fi fantasy.  Kent loved listening to bluegrass music, often driving his mom and dad crazy, as he would shout at their “Alexa” to play his favorite bluegrass tunes.  There is no doubt Kent’s spirit will be dancing “buck necked” in the moonlight, listening to Merle Haggard sing, “No more darkness, no more night, now I’m so happy, no sorrow in sight.”

Kent was preceded in death by his loving mother, Linda Kay Maddux Kessler and his son, Zachary Michael Kessler.

Survivors include his father, Lauris Kessler; a brother, Kevin Kessler; a niece, Kristin Kessler Murray; nephew-in-law, Anthony Murray; great nieces, Madeline and Alaina and his dog, Pup.

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

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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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