Velma Carol Wilkins passed away at Mount Carmel Grove City on February 21st, 2021, on her 76th birthday. She was born on February 21st, 1945 in Louisa, KY to James and Delila Certain. Velma lived in Darbyville, Ohio from immediately after the time she was born, until the day she died.
  Velma was described as a strong-willed, stubborn, but truly kind woman. She was known for taking in all the stray animals, taking care of those she loved, and her country-style homemade meals.
  She is survived by her son, Loyd (Beth) Wood, and grandchildren Jonathan (Jessi) Wilson, Brooke (Harley) Johnson, Angela (John) Laratts, and Courtney Potter. She was overly proud of her three great-grandchildren, Oakley, Xander, and Jeremiah.
  Preceded in death by her two daughters, Melissa Wilson and Melinda Fifer, her husband John Wilkins, as well as her parents and brothers and sisters.
  The arrangements for Velma are as follows: PORTER-TIDD FUNERAL HOME, 331 W. Main Street, Mount Sterling, Ohio, 43143. The viewing is Thursday, February 25th 5 pm-7 pm and the funeral is Friday, February 26th at 11 am with burial service to follow at Muhlenburg Cemetery in Darbyville, Ohio. The service will be officiated by a life-long friend and Pastor Denver Peters, of the Darbyville Community Church.
  The family would like to express thanks to Mount Carmel Grove City for their personalized and kind care through her final hours.​

Patricia Sue Braskett, 76, of Mechanicsburg, died Monday, February 15, 2021 in Laurels of West Columbus.
  Born June 30, 1944 in London; she was the only child of Mary Marjorie (Smouse) and John Franklin Emmons.
  Patty had belonged to the First United Methodist Church of London and was the financial coordinator for South West Family Dentistry.
  An amazing mother and grandmother, she leaves her daughter Mindy Yearout; grandsons Seth Conley (Hilary), Gavin Yearout and Ethan Yearout; great granddaughters Madeleine and Evelynn; many cousins and friends.
  She was preceded in death by her mother and father and son in law Todd Yearout.
  A service to celebrate Patty’s life will be held in the Springtime.
  The family is being served by the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 103 N. Main Street, London, where online condolences for the family may be sent to​

​Grayson King is the son of Alexis Eckelberry & Justin King of West Jefferson, Ohio. Although here for only a short time he lit his parent's hearts with a love that will never depart.

   Grayson is preceded in death by Great Grandmother Mamie Jenkins, Great Grandfather Adrian "Bud" Elkins, Great Grandmother Judy Eckelberry, Great Grandpa Mac, Great Grandfather Jack Eckelberry, Uncle Jimmy King, Aunt Kimberly Jenkins, Uncle Billy Hall, Uncle Shawn Russell, and Uncle Bobby Bradfield who all welcomed him with hugs and lots of love.
  He leaves behind his family, who will carry his memory with them forever, Sister Gabrielle Amanda King, Grandmother Teresa King & Kenny Hunter, Grandparents Charles & Susan King, Grandparents Tony & Christina Eckelberry, Great Grandmother Nellie Elkins, Great Grandparents Charles & Sandy King, Great Grandparents Eddie & Shirley Russell, Uncle Seth & Daisy King, Uncle Shawn Eckelberry (Colton) Aunt Sara & BJ Fulton (MJ, Kamrie) Aunt Jennifer Tussey (Ashlee, Jazlyn, Khloe) Uncle Denton, Aunt Haley, Aunt Angie & Mike Carpenter, Aunt K.C. & Colin DeSpain (Leighton) Uncle Steve & Chris Elkins, Uncle Jimmy & Jennie Davis (Adrian "Ace") Aunt Missey Pritchard, Uncles Austin, Tanner, and Gage Pritchard,  Aunt Debbie Allen, Uncle Ricky Allen (Devyn, Kali), Uncle Zack Allen, Uncle Skylar Allen (Declan), Uncle Willie, Uncle Charlie & Judy Hall, Aunt Susan Hall, Uncle Jimmy Hall (Jessica), Aunt Vicky Garza (Shannon) Aunt Tina & Constance King, Uncle Brent & Renae King (Robert) Uncle Roger Eckelberry (Audrey) Aunt Theresa & Duane Powell, Aunt Lauren & Patrick Wheeler (Isabelle, Carson) Uncle Conor Powell, Aunt Carlie Powell, Uncle Logan & Holli Stepp, Uncle Eddie & Mary Russell, Aunt Erica & Jason Russell, Aunt Amber Russell, Aunt Brittney & Jason Duffey (Hayden, Levi) Godmothers Ashley Jones & Kimberly Stout. Justin and Alexis, welcome friends Saturday, February 20, 2021, from 10 AM-12 NOON, at the Faith Assembly Worship Center, 2600 US 40, London, OH, 43140. Funeral Service will immediately follow visitation at 12 NOON. RADER-McDONALD-TIDD FUNERAL HOME, 1355 W. Main Street, West Jefferson, OH, 43162, assisted the family. ​

William R. Everetts, 78, of London died on Feb. 15, 2021, in London Health and Rehabilitation. Born on March 31, 1942, in Mount Sterling, he was a son of Leslie and Ruth (Schaffer) Everetts. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War and a carpenter by trade. He could fix and build anything.

   Survivors include: his wife of 56 years, Barbara (Akers); his son, Billy Everetts; and daughter, Beth (Adrian) Miller; grandchildren, Saej Everetts, Trey Hunter and Harper Miller; great granddaughter, Roen Everetts; daughter-in-law, Robin Everetts; and several nieces and nephews. He joins his son, Scott Everetts, who passed in April 2019. Bill was an amazing husband, father, uncle and papa. He was everyone’s safe place.

   The family would like to thank: his nieces, Amber and Joey, for their calming, loving advice and guidance; Michele for being his wife’s support system; and finally, his sister-in-law, Chris, for keeping him on his toes and for taking over his protective duties for his wife. A memorial service will be scheduled for this summer. 

   The family is being served by the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 103 N. High Street, London, where online condolences for the family may be sent to​

Clayton L. Henry, 29, of London died Friday, February 19, 2021 in Galloway.
   Born September 18, 1991 in Marysville, he was the son of Ramona and Jerry Henry.
   Clay had worked at MRC Sales and building fences for various companies including Lowes. He loved music, playing basketball, fishing, drawing and was very mechanically inclined.
  Survivors include his father Jerry Henry, mother Ramona Valance; sister Hannah Marie Henry, half brother Brandon Kennedy; aunts and uncles Tom (Shari) Henry, special uncle Bill Henry, Mary Lou (Buck) Daily and special aunt Jenny (Brad) Hunter; many cousins including special cousin Justin Henry.
   He was preceded in death by his grandparents Lealon and Jewell Henry, uncles Dick and John Henry, aunt Joy Henry, cousin Zak Henry and close friends Jake Matson and Nick Stephenson.
   Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Saturday, February 27, 2021 in the Newport Church of Christ in Christian Union. Interment will follow in Kirkwood Cemetery, London. Friends may call at the church from 11 a.m. until time of services Saturday.
  The family is being served by the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 103 N. Main Street, London, where online condolences for the family may be sent to

David A. Sommer, preceded in death by his father Louis Frederick Sommer and mother, Anna Marie Kopp Sommer Will and brothers Fred, John & Gerald Sommer.

   A farmer and United States Air Force veteran with forty years of service, David was a loving husband and father who is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary Ann Morrison Sommer, sons Matthew (Karin) and Eric Sommer, and daughters Alicia and Angela Sommer, grandson Bradley David Sommer, brother Mark Sommer, sister Mary Ann Davis and many nieces and nephews.

   A longtime member of St. Patrick’s parish in London, Ohio, David will be missed by all who knew him. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, London, where online condolences for the family may be sent to


James “Jim” Lee Adelsberger, 93, of West Jefferson, passed away Tuesday, February 16, 2021, at Madison Health Hospital.

   Jim was a farmer in Madison County all of his life. He grew up raising Angus beef cattle, hogs, chickens as well as grain. He loved to travel to hunt turkey and deer. He graduated from Monroe High School in Plumwood in 1946. Jim was a member and served on the Board of Directors for Madison County Farm Bureau and Landmark. He was a volunteer firefighter and helped start the Newport Central Township Fire Department. Jim was a lifetime supporter of Madison County 4-H and FFA.

   Jim exceeded the definition of a farmer, neighbor, friend, and role model. He always took time to ask about others and put those he cared about above himself. His heart was so big and kind while having a grin and laugh that was contagious to all. One of his biggest accomplishments was his marriage to his loving wife Elizabeth Anne Reed Adelsberger. The couple got married on January 3, 1948, and were married for 73 years. Together they have four children, Bob (Shirley) Adelsberger, Tom (Christina) Adelsberger, Richard (Cheryl) Adelsberger, and Annette (Dave) Rinesmith.

    Jim proceeded in death by parents Ralph and Nellie Adelsberger, special in-laws Ernest and Florence Reed, brothers Ralph Jr. and John Adelsberger, sisters-in-law Marie and Joan Adelsberger, brother-in-law Bob Sullivan and nephews Paul Adelsberger, Jim Sullivan, and John Sullivan. Jim left behind his loving wife, sister-in-law, 4 children, 14 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great-grandchildren as well as nieces, nephews, and many special friends.

   Calling hours will be on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at Lynch Family Funeral Home from 11 am-1 pm. The Funeral will begin at 1 pm and interment following at Plumwood Cemetery.​

Russell J. Evans, 1938-2021, age 82, of Choctaw Lake, London, Ohio, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 22, 2021. He is preceded in death by his wife Evelyn (Wood) Evans; parents William R. and Catherine Evans; sisters Dorothy, Joan, Margaret, and Janice.

   He is survived by children Mark (Lori) Evans, Chris Wetzels, and Shira (Dave) Elder; grandchildren Matthew (Jordyn), Michael, Alyssa, Carlin, Macey, and Justin; great-granddaughter Hudson; many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

  Russ grew up in Obetz, Ohio. He retired from Columbia Gas of Ohio after 30 years of service in payroll accounting. He loved golf, camping, and later taking the kids/grandkids out on his boat on Choctaw Lake. Russ enjoyed spending time with friends at the London Eagles, having a good laugh.

   Visitation hours will be held on Sunday, February 28 from 1-3 pm at the Lynch Family Funeral Home, 124 E. High Street, London, OH. There will be a short memorial service at 3 where tales of his ornery self and antics are hoped for. Social distancing and masks will be required. Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.​

Susan L. Crabbe, 68, of London died Friday, February 19, 2021 in her residence.
  Born April 2, 1952 in Columbus, Ohio, she was a daughter of Harold and Nancy (Ashton) VanVorhis.
   Susan had worked for various warehouses, but most enjoyed working with flowers, having worked at Kroger and London Florist.
   Survivors include her sons Mike Sadler (Michele), Jason Crabbe, Steven Derifield and Trevor Derifield (Michaela); grandchildren Kyle, Ian and Rilynne Sadler, Zoey Marshall, Josh, Justin and Nova Crabbe, Rebecca Myers, Tristen, Trenton, Bailey, Jersey and Brantlee Derifield. mother of the Derifield grandchildren Lea Figueroa; great grandchildren Garrett, Izzy and Miriam; sister Sally Bevilacqua, brother Steven (Kathy) VanVorhis; several nieces and nephews and her favorite four-legged children Mia and Rudy.
   She was preceded in death by her mother and father and two nephews Seamus and Sean.
   Friends may call at the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CRMATORY, 103 N. Main Street, London from 4-7 PM Tuesday, February 23, 2021.
   The family suggests memorials in Susan’s name be sent to the Madison County Humane Society or the American Diabetes Association.
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​Linda Ward born 3-18-1947 to the late Loman and Wilma Carroll in Columbus Ohio.
  Linda had retired from London Correctional Institution as the food service coordinator.
   She was preceded in death by her late Husband Kenneth Ward and siblings Angie and Sharron.
    Survived by her siblings Debbie Garman, Gail Lohn, Loman Carroll; children Jeff (Melissa) Blackwell, John Blackwell, Jennifer (Benton) Smith. Karen (David) Pierce, Kathy (Tim) Sawyer, Kenny Ward. 14 grandchildren, Great grandchildren, 11 nieces and nephews, lots of friends.
  A memorial gathering celebrating Linda’s life will be held from 5-7 PM Friday in the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 103 N. Main Street, London, Ohio 43140.
    In lieu of flower family would like donations to the funeral home to cover funeral costs. 
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​Allan E. Bausch, age 87, of West Jefferson, OH, passed away on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. He was a proud U.S. Army Veteran, and an avid Ohio State, Cincinnati Reds, and Bengals Fan. He enjoyed gardening, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family.

  Allan is preceded in death by his parents Harold and Verna (Kunz) Bausch, his loving wife Kaye, son Roger, and brothers Paul, Donald, and Steve.

  He is survived by his daughter Vicki (Mike) Eaton, and son Richard Bausch, sister Carol (Walt) Shier, 5 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren

   Following Allan’s wishes, there will be no visitation at this time. The family will have a Graveside Service at the Galloway Cemetery, Galloway, OH, at a later date. ​

Eric P. Abbott, 59, of Springfield, died Sunday, February 14, 2021 in his residence.
    Born July 22, 1961 in Fort Wayne, IN; he was a son of Harry and Patsy (Graham) Richhart.
  Eric had owned and operated Abbott Technical Services.
    Survivors include Rhonda Abbott and their children Jeremy Abbott (fiancée Tiffany Rudd), April (Joshua) Hammond and Alison Abbott; grandchildren Alton, Emiko, Haley, Crosby and Brody; brother Scott Abbott; numerous nieces and nephews and uncle Dan Abbott.
   He was preceded in death by his father Harry, mother Patsy, stepfather George Richhart and brothers Jeff and Brian Abbott.
   Funeral services will be held at 1 PM Monday, February 22, 2021 in the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 103 N. Main Street, London, Ohio with Reverend Jim Blankenship officiating. Interment will follow in Paint Memorial Cemetery, London. Friends may call at the funeral home from 11 AM until time of services Monday.
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Beverly Sue (Baker) Gilbert, 70, of London died Friday, February 12, 2021 in Madison Health.
     Born in Ohio on June 30, 1950, she was a daughter of John Wesley and Norma Jean (Rutherford) Baker, Jr.
  For 48 years, Beverly had worked for Motorists Mutual Insurance Company in Columbus.
    Survivors include her siblings Marvin Baker, Brenda (Greg) Michaels and Donald Baker (Celia Cave); nieces Michelle and Tamara Michaels; grandson Marvin Gage Miller; many cousins and aunt Ellen Rutherford.
    She was preceded in death by her parents Jack and Norma Jean, infant sister Sue Ellen Baker, aunts and uncles Susie Taylor, Virginia (Ken) Minnick, Nancy (Wayne) Henry, Anacarolyn (Bob) Henkle, Sonny Justice, Mary Catherine (Oren) Bennett, Homer “Red” Rutherford and Tom (Jessie) Rutherford.
    Per Beverly’s wishes, visitation and funeral services will not be observed. She will be cremated and join her parents at Kirkwood Cemetery.
    The family is being served by the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 103 N. Main Street, London, where online condolences for the family may be sent to

​Devoted husband and loving father, Robert L. Taylor, 72, of London, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, February 15, 2021 at Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus.
 Born March 31, 1948 in New Bedford, Massachusetts; he was the son of Paul and Mary Ann (Falter) Taylor.  Bob grew up in Marysville, Ohio. He was a graduate of Marysville High School and Bowling Green University.
   His passion for music and playing his guitar, led to the formation of his high school band, "The No Names". You could find them playing across the state at dances, fairs and festivals. The band evolved to "The Original Cast" that played countrywide and landed them in the spotlight on national television in 1969.
   Bob married Mary on May 16, 1980 where they made a beautiful life together for 40 years. Their shared love of the water led them to Choctaw Lake where they made their home for the last 28 years. He enjoyed the outdoors; you could find him boating, swimming, fishing and camping. He was also a car (especially Jeep) enthusiast, so much so, he made that his profession, selling cars. He was most recently employed by German Autowerks.
   Bob loved the summertime, especially the month of July. Most evenings after work, you would find him relaxing on his back deck listening to the Beach Boys or strumming his guitar with his wife by his side and beloved dogs, Sammy and Sugar. Every year, he worked diligently in his backyard, planting and tending to his garden, trees and flowers to create the perfect escape for him and his family.
   Bob had a heart of gold and stood strong as rock. He always took time to ask about others and put those he cared about above himself. He was a person who never met a stranger. He was the ultimate protector of his family. His love ran deep for his family, friends and pets. He leaves behind a legacy and memories that will carry on forever.
   Survivors include his wife of 40 years Mary (Curran) Taylor, children Heather (Ed Simson) Taylor, Randall (Katie Clary) Taylor, Staci (Chad) Taylor Hostetler and Matthew (Krista Kelsey) Taylor; grandchildren Brigette Grider and Andrew Hostetler; sisters Kathy (Alan) Taylor McCormick and Karen (Frank) Taylor Rehm; several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents Paul and Mary Taylor.
   A private memorial will be held on February 27, 2021, followed by a public Celebration of Life to be scheduled for early July. Additional details will be shared once closer to the date. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Humane Society of Madison County, 2020 OH-142 NE, West Jefferson, OH 43162, in Bob's name as a tribute to him and his love for animals.​

Lora Lee Hardin, 61, of London passed away peacefully Friday, February 19, 2021 in The Ohio State University Hospital, Columbus.
  Born November 8, 1959 in Louisa, Kentucky; she was a daughter of Billy Ray Johnson and Lorann Gertrude (Borgardts) Allen.
   Lora was employed with Matco Industries as a crew leader and belonged to Madison Memorial Post #105, American Legion Auxiliary, VFW Post #1031, Auxiliary, FOE Aerie #950, Auxiliary and FOE Aerie #397 Auxiliary.
   Survivors include her children Stephanie Mucu and Jason Mucu; grandson Jacob Mucu; stepchildren Rewa Hardin Schetter and Tessa Hardin Cooper, several step grandchildren; siblings Sherry Ricketts, Billy Ray Johnson, Jr. and Tamatha Sue Slatzer; several nieces and nephews and many friends.
   She was preceded in death by her father Billy Ray Johnson, mother Lorann Allen and husband Paul Hardin.
   Funeral services will be held at 6:30 PM Thursday, February 25, 2021 in the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 103 N. Main Street. London with the Women’s Auxiliary of the American Legion officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4-6:30 PM Thursday.
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​Reba Gaye (Humphreys) Norris of Lafayette passed away February 19, 2021.  She was born on August 2, 1940 in Union, West Virginia to Ruth Compton Humphreys and Robert Humphreys.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Norris and special companion, Harry Milford. Also preceding her death were her siblings: Jack Humphreys, Mary Scott, Carl Humphreys, Margaret Whittemore, and Henry Humphreys.

   She is survived by sisters: Helen Himes of Elkins, West Virginia and Eva (William) Vass of Pickaway, West Virginia.  Also, surviving are children: Judy (Jim) Rheinscheld of Mount Sterling, Richard (Cece) Jenkins of Tipp City, Michael (Christa) Jenkins of London and Trudy (Ron) Perigo of London.

  She has six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Reba was a dedicated and compassionate nurse touching many lives throughout the years. Over the years, she was active in the Lafayette Methodist Church and Relay for Life. She enjoyed her family including her four stepchildren, growing flowers, crochet, going to Las Vegas, and the Cincinnati Reds.

    A Celebration of Life gathering is planned for later this year.  Graveside services are being held for immediate family with Reverend Larry Stuntz officiating, interment Deer Creek Township Cemetery. 

   Donations in Reba’s memory can be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 42040 Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or Lafayette United Methodist Church, 1615 Cumberland Street, London, Ohio 43140.

 Online condolences may be sent to Mrs. Humphrey’s funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Lynch Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 124 E. High St, London.​

Kenneth E. Knox, age 85, of West Jefferson, Ohio, passed away Friday, February 12, 2021 at Doctor’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.  Born in Madison County, Ohio, Ken was a farmer all of his life.  He also worked for Joe Yoder and The Ohio State University at the Farm Science Review for many years. Later, Ken worked for Deer Creek Township and took care of the Deer Creek-Lafayette Township Cemetery before he retired. 

   He was preceded in death by his two sons Phil Knox and Jamie Knox.  Ken is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Madge Knox, his daughters Debbie (Ron) Poplin and Penny (Brian) Dempsey, his grandchildren: Ryan and Justin Poplin, Sarah Knox, Keith (Kate) Urbanik, Erica, Aaron and Natalie Know; his great-grandchildren: Dominik, Caylyn, Matthew, Amara, Cierra, Danielle, Raylee and Quinton, his brother Donnie Knox, brother-in-law James (Joann) Puckett, sister-in-law Delores Van Dyke, and their families, and many nieces, nephews and friends. 

 Family will welcome friends from 11:00a.m.- 12:00p.m. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2021 at the RADER-MCDONALD-TIDD FUNERAL HOME, 1355 West Main Street, West Jefferson, OH 43162 where his Funeral Service will follow the visitation and begin at 12:00p.m. THURSDAY.  Burial will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, West Jefferson, OH.  Please note: Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, Social Distancing will be observed and Facial Coverings are required at the Funeral Home. 

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Danny Edward Sword, 65, of London died peacefully at home with his beloved best friend Sparky on Wednesday, February 10, 2021.
   Born September 16, 1955 in Columbus; he was the son of Lawrence and Laudra (Gayhart) Sword.
    Danny had a love of cars and motorcycles and had worked at Ames Department Stores for 25 years and then Staples in London for the past 20 years, from which he recently retired.
    He was preceded in death by his father Lawrence Sword, mother Laudra LeMaster and stepdad Tennison LeMaster.
    Survivors include his wife (Robin) Burch) Sword; sons Joseph Sword, Lawrence Sword and Bryan Sword; stepchildren Brenda Redinger and Kevin Redinger; sisters Peg Brown (Larry), Venita Sword (Peter), Brenda Coulter (Jeff), Linda Sword and Barb Robertson (Frank); many nieces and nephews.
   Visitation and funeral services will not be observed.
   Memorials in Danny’s name may be made to the Madison County Humane Society a

The family is being served by the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 103 N. Main Street, London, where online condolences for the family may be sent to