Obituaries


​Leland F. (Lee) Forrest, formerly of St. Clairsville, Ohio passed away on July 2 at 7:45 PM. He lived in London, Ohio for 14 years, the last six years in The Blue Bird Retirement Community. He was born on Dec. 12, 1914 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of George C. Forrest and Agnes (Fischer) Forrest. He was preceded in death by his parents, his two brothers, and his first wife, Esther. Also, his dearly beloved second wife Alecia of St. Clairsville, Ohio, in 2004.
  He is survived by a loving family of step-children: C. Gay (Mel) Drumm of Thornville, Ohio, Steven W. (Sylvia) Gaston, of Grove City, Ohio, William (Terri) Connelly of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Ellen Connelly (Ralph) Hamilton of Belmont, Ohio. Grand Children: Amy Browning, James Browning, Rachel Gaston, Eve Gaston Smith, Ben and Annelise Connelly, plus seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
  Lee was a member of Calvary Presbyterian Church, second American Legion Post 159, both of St. Clairsville, Ohio.  He was a Navy veteran of WWII having served in the South Pacific Islands aboard the USS Topeka, CL67.
  Lee’s entire working career was in or on behalf of newspaper. Starting his career in Chicago he went to New York, and then Cleveland.  He worked on the advertising staff and as a manager of a marketing firm, promoting national advertising.  Lee retired as Cleveland Office Manager in 1982 and moved to St. Clairsville, Ohio.
  Lee was an avid amateur photographer and former member and officer of camera clubs in the area where he lived. Over the years he won many awards for his artistic photography.
  A celebration of life will be held on July 8th, from 4 to 7 pm at the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 103 North Main St., London, Ohio 43140. There will be a family grave side service in St. Clairsville, Ohio Thursday, July 9th at 11:30am.                                                                             
  In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in the memory of Lee Forrest to the Organ Fund, Calvary Presbyterian Church, 100 South Marietta, St. Clairsville, Ohio 43950.
  Online condolences for the family may be sent to www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com

Larry Leo Stires 77, of Mount Sterling, went home to be with Lord June 27, 2020 in his home surrounded by his family after a short but difficult battle with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig disease. Born April 23, 1943, the son of Gerald P.E. and Lila (Barker) Stires. 

  Larry is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Patricia, whom he married July 29, 1966. Daughters: Cindy Keiser; Judy Gallimore of London; Lisa Stires of Plain City; Robin (Aaron) Ridenour of Williamsport, Ohio; Karen (Rod) Buster of Valdosta, Georgia; son: David (Leslee) Cutlip of South Solon; brothers: Sam Stires of London; Fred Stires of Jeffersonville; sister: Susan (Tony) Arnold of Hampstead, Maryland; grandchildren: Sara (Chris) Riley; Kevin Stoll; Cody (Brittanie) Steele; Cole Steele; Brittany Thomas; Amber Hornbeck; Nick (Brandi) Cutlip; Peyton (Erin) Cutlip; Austin Ridenour; Kate (Catherine) Whaley; Cristy (Brandon) Kelley; Jeremy Buster; Amber (Dustin) Arnold; 18 great-grandchildren who owned his heart; 21 nephews and nieces that he loved dearly. Larry is predeceased by his parents; sister: Barbara Knisley; daughter: Christine Steele; Stephanie Stires; great-granddaughter: Skylar Thomas.

  Family always came first for Larry. You knew if you had a need he would be the first there and the last to leave. If he became aware of a need he could help with he would have always done his best to take care of it and in a way that no one would have known it was him that had done it. Larry worked in construction his whole life from the age of 16 to retiring as construction superintendent from Baker-Henning Productions, Columbus in 2003. He also supervised the Sedalia Group Home with his wife Patricia through Madison County Children’s Services for many years, fostering over 130 children to whom each he gave love, care, and a piece of himself. He considered himself blessed and honored that many of these children became a permanent part of his family.

  Larry loved to travel and was blessed to have seen many parts of the United States and Canada. He never had any desire to travel further and as much as he enjoyed each trip, he always came away saying Pigeon Forge, Tennessee was his favorite. He felt disappointed when he could no longer make his several trips a year to Tennessee. Larry had a deep abiding faith and loved his Lord with all his heart and served him to the best of his ability. From the time he accepted Jesus as his Savior he spent time telling people about his Savior and how much Jesus loved us each and every one. He had a testimony that would light up a room and he loved to share it praying it would bless those he shared it with. From the time he was diagnosed with ALS he set his goal to live every day he was blessed with and prepare to go home to be with his Lord. He was affiliated with the Church Of Christ In Christian Union in several locations throughout his life. He was the best man I have ever known and I was blessed to share his life for 54 years. He was loving, giving, and loyal to a fault. Heaven is brighter with his presence. He will be missed deeply.

   The family invites friends to call at the Rader-Lynch & Dodds Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 124 E. High St., London, Wednesday, from 4-7 PM., where a funeral service will be celebrated Thursday, 11:00 AM., with the Reverend John Colburn officiating. Interment will follow in the Bethel Cemetery.

   Please note that the family has asked that those who plan on attending either of the services to please wear a mask. Masks will be available at the funeral home. Social distance standards should also be observed. Memorial contributions may be made in Larry’s memory to Loving Care Hospice, 56 S. Oak St., London. Online condolences may be sent to www.rldfh.com

Cody Ryan Samson, 29, of Mt. Sterling, died Monday, July 6, 2020 in his residence.
  Born December 21, 1990 in Columbus; he was a son of Randy and Tracy (Cornwell) Samson.
   Cody is survived by his mother Tracy (Dan) Minshall of New Holland, father Randy Samson of Grove City; brother Anthony Samson, step-brothers Daniel and Jordan Minshall; paternal grandmother Kathy Samson; his girlfriend Kathy Roe; aunts and uncles Jackie Cornwell, Carol Dalton, James (Xiu Chen) Cornwell, Terry Finney and Mark Samson, several cousins.
  He was preceded in death by his infant brother Brandon James Samson; maternal grandparents James and Virginia Cornwell and paternal grandfather Gene Samson.
   A funeral service will be held at 4 PM Saturday, July 11, 2020 in the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 103 N. Main Street, London with Larry Watson-Youth Leader presiding. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 PM until time of services.
  Online condolences for the family may be sent to www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com

Diane Bower, 63, formerly of London, of Tennessee; died Thursday, July 2, 2020 in Knoxville.
    Born May 18, 1957 in Columbus; she was a daughter of Leo and Althea (Pitts) Whited.
  Diane had served on Mt. Sterling Village Council from 1998-2005, where she was very active on the Good Old Days Festival Committee. She started her career working for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, then went to work for Nichols, Stonecipher & Flax Law Firm in London, before moving to TN, where she worked for Justice, Noel and Burks Law Firm.
    Survivors include her husband Ed Bower; children Charles “Chuck” Bower (Tonya DeBold), Benita Yocum (Frank Rhoades), Cortney (Lance) Darling and Brittney Southard; grandchildren Chaz Bower, Lyandin Bower, Craig Haynes, Trace, Andrew and Bradley Yocum, Jaxon Darling and Diana Ullery; brothers and sisters Karen Hammons, Randy (Jane) Crace, Cathy (John) Hall, Toni (Tom) Daniels and Jeff Whited; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other family members including Jillian Bower, Samantha Southard, Toni Southard and Tara Russell.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Mike Whited, sister Amanda Whited, brother in law Kenny Hammons and her favorite four-legged friend Chewbacca.
    Funeral services will be held at 1 PM Wednesday in the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 103 N. Main Street, London with Pastor Gaye Gossard officiating. Interment will follow in Somerford Township Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6-9 PM Tuesday.
    The family suggests memorials in Diane’s name be sent to either the American Cancer Society or the Madison County Humane Society.
  Online condolences for the family may be sent to www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com

 Phyllis J. Fisher, 86, of London passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2020 in the Kobacker House in Columbus, Ohio.
  Born in Fayette County, October 2, 1933 to Russell H and Mae (Butcher) Johnson.
  Survived by her children Mark Fisher, Charles Jr. (Tina) Fisher, Patrick (Debbie) Fisher, Diana (Tony) Frey and Susan (Steve) Hunkins; grandchildren Sarah, Lindsay, Dalton, Lauren, Cameron, Eddie and Michael; great-grandchildren Noah and Aretreya; sisters Judy Wiseman and Jerrian Adkins, brothers Bob (Jan) Johnson, Hugh Johnson, Roger (Carolyn) Johnson, Mike (Loretta) Johnson and Larry (Mary) Johnson; sisters in law Debbie, Diane and Charlotte, brother in law Richard and numerous nieces and nephews.
  She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Thelma Severt and Janet Thornton, brothers Richard, Charles “Sonny”, Johnny, Russ, Dale and Gary, sister in law Debbie and brothers in law Bill and Bob.
 Phyllis was a 60-year member of the First Presbyterian Church of London and was a well-known babysitter in London during the 1980’s and 1990’s.
  The family wishes to extend their profound thanks to Phyllis’ caregivers Diane and Kathy.
  A Celebration of Phyllis’ Life will be held at a later date.
  The family suggests memorials in Phyllis’ name be sent to the Kobacker House, 800 McConnell Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43214.
  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

www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.

Robert L. Bradfield Jr., age 54, of West Jefferson, OH passed away on Friday July 3, 2020. He was born on April 1, 1966. For full obituary information and to leave any online condolences to his family please visit  www.radermcdonaldtiddfuneralhome.com


Dwayne Allen Crace, 54 of Galloway, Ohio died Monday June 22, 2020 in his home. He was born in Madison County, Ohio on December 21, 1965 to Carroll Crace and Sandra Kaye Bobo.
  Survived by mother Sandra Kaye (Roy) Duncan of London; wife Teri Crace of Galloway; daughters Megan Crace of Springfield, Tyarra Crace of Galloway; son Dale Pertuset of London; grandchildren Luke, Bella and Wyatt; brother Jason (Terry) Crace of London and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Dwayne is preceded in death by his father; brother Kevin Crace and his grandparents.
  There will be no services. The family has entrusted RADER-LYNCH & DODDS FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICE, 124 E. High St. London, OH. Condolences to www.rldfh.com

Sandra Kay Middleton (King) passed away on July 5, 2020 at home.
  She was born on July 3, 1948 in Birch River, WV. to Harley and Bernice King.
  She loved bird watching, gardening and spending her time outdoors watching her grandchildren play.
  She was preceded in death by her loving husband David Middleton, sons Charles and Steve Middleton, Brother Howard King, Sister Norma Gregory and sister in laws Judy Chapman and Patty Sprouse.
 She is survived by her children Deborah (Mark) McClain, Kevin McCarty, Veronica Perry, Elizabeth Seagle, and Donna Patterson. Her grandchildren Cassie, Brittany, Jessica, George, Kyle, Weston, Nathaniel, Beth, Heather, Eric, David, Tim, Casey, Scott, Angel, Erica, Kelsey, Haley, Bradin, and Addison. As well as many great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Her brothers Butch, Tom, Johnny and Scott King and sister in law Barb King. As well as her lifelong friend Anna Lightner.
  To everyone she was Nana and a safe place to call home.
  Per her wishes there will be no showing or funeral. If you would like to send flowers or a donation please send it in her name to Loving Care Hospice at 56 S. Oak Street, London, OH 43140.
  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 www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.


​Shirley F. Watters, 59, of London, died Thursday, July 2, 2020, at the Mount Carmel Grove City Hospital. Shirley was born June 7, 1961, in Columbus, Ohio, the daughter of Reverend Harold G. and Violet (Land) Cline. She had been employed at the Bob Evans Restaurant in London for 14 years.

   She is survived by her loving husband of 16 years: Rolland J. Watters; sons: Billy Kreamer and Beau Haynes; sisters: Lois (Matt) Finley and Dinah (Patrick) Bailey; grandchildren: Kayden Haynes, Kaitlain, Elizabeth, and Lylia Kreamer. Many other family and friends.

  She was loved and known as ‘Squirrel’ by her co-workers at Bob Evans.

  Shirley was preceded in death by her parents. A graveside funeral service will be celebrated Tuesday, July 7, 2020, 11:00 AM at the Franklin Hills Memory Garden, Canal Winchester, with the Reverend Okie Evans officiating.

  The funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Rader-Lynch & Dodds Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 124 E. High London. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for memorial contributions to be made to the Cancer Research Institute, 839 Science Road, 236 Sprague Hall, Irvine, CA. 92697-3905. Online condolences may be sent to www.rldfh.com.  ​

Rita A. (Chafffins) Davis, age 71, of Plain City, OH, went to the Lord while at home on Friday, July 3, 2020.  Born in Little White Oak, KY to the late Orpha and Isaac Chaffins, Rita was also preceded in death by her sister Kathy Corwin.

  She is survived by her brother Gaylord (Deborah) Chaffins of West Jefferson, OH, daughter Michelle (David) Jenness of London, OH, son Kevin (fiancé, Amanda) Davis of London, her beloved grandchildren: Korbyn, Kaileagh and Brogan Davis, her former spouse Larry Davis of London, her nephews: Chris Chaffins, Chad Chaffins, Nathaniel Corwin and Joshua Corwin, and her many friends. 

   Rita was a long-time member of Community Freewill Baptist Church in West Jefferson.

   She was a proud member of the United Auto Workers union and retired from Core Materials Corporation after 27 years of service.

  Family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00p.m. TUESDAY at the RADER-MCDONALD-TIDD FUNERAL HOME, 1355 West Main Street, West Jefferson, OH 43162 where her Funeral Service will be held 10:00 a.m. WEDNESDAY, JULY 8, 2020 with Pastor Jerry Newman, officiating.  Burial will follow at Hampton Cemetery, West Jefferson.  In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to consider a memorial donation be made to the funeral home to assist the family with funeral expenses.  Please visit www.radermcdonaldtiddfuneralhome.com  to share your favorite memory of Rita or to send your condolences to her family.  ​​

                              Roy Lee Green, 85, of West

                                   Jefferson, Ohio went to be with the

                                   Lord on June 11, 2020. Roy was born to

                                   Ray and Phoebe Green on May 18, 

                                   1935, Jackson, Ohio.
     Preceded in death by wife Roseanna 
Dell Green,  parents Ray and Phoebe Green, and brother Paul (Helen) Green. 
  Survived by daughter Christine (Bill), grandchildren Jackie Greer, Bill Snashall, great-grandchildren  Levi and Layla Greer, brother Jesse (Shirley) Green, sisters Linda Mast and Freda (Jay) Carter, several nieces and nephews.
 Graduated from West Jefferson High School as president of his class in 1954, played football for the  Roughriders and was still a loyal fan.!!
Retired from Westinghouse Corp, after 30 years of service.
  Member of the First Baptist Church of West Jefferson.
   Served 8 years in The Ohio National Guard.
 Founded Green's Western Shop with wife Dell in 1975. 
  Family received visitors on Friday June 19, 2 to 4 p.m. , and 5 to 7 pm, and Saturday June 20, 10am. Service was held at 11 am, at Raders-McDonald -Tidd, 1355 W. Main St., West Jefferson, Ohio.
  Graveside burial will follow the service at Hampton Cemetary, West Jefferson, Ohio.​

​Victoree L. Payer, age 75, of West Jefferson, Ohio, passed away peacefully, Monday, June 29, 2020, after a lengthy illness with her family by her side. She is retired from Stanley Electric, and she loved golfing, bowling, and going on vacations with her friends.

   Victoree is preceded in death by her parents: Harry and Roberta Merritt, her loving husband: Alfred J. Payer, sibling: Audrey Beckett, daughter: Roberta Swogger, and grandbaby: Carrie Mansfield.

  She is survived by her children: Ronald II (Rosanna) Mansfield, and Sean (Lisa) Mansfield, siblings: Joy (Jim) Morris, grandchildren: Brandi (Lee) Kociela, Brittany Mansfield, Ronald III (Molly) Mansfield, Stephanie Swogger, Andy Swogger, Rachel Swogger, Kourtney Mansfield, and Tonni (Coty) Soullier, 16 great-grandchildren, and 1 on the way, numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of many good friends, all who will miss her greatly.

   The family would like to Thank the nurses, aides, and the staff from Mount Carmel Hospice for the love and care given to mom. The family will hold a Celebration of Life at a later date.

   In Lieu of flowers the family asks friends to consider making a donation to one of her favorite charities: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105, or at stjude.org, in Victoree’s name.

 Arrangements are being handled by RADER-McDONALD-TIDD FUNERAL HOME, 1355 W. Main Street, West Jefferson, Ohio, 43162. ​