Thelma L. Boston
MOUNT VERNON — Thelma L. Boston, 82, of Beech Street, Mount Vernon, passed away Monday, Feb. 13, 2006, at the Knox Community Hospital. The arrangements are under the care and direction of the Snyder funeral Home in Mount Vernon.
James A. Coffey
MOUNT VERNON — James A. Coffey, 69, of Dunham Road, Mount Vernon, passed away Sunday evening, Feb. 12, 2006, at his residence with his loving wife by his side.
James was born Dec. 10, 1936, in Columbus, son of the late Clarence Albert and Thelma Lucille (Walters) Coffey. He was employed as a courier for the First-Knox National Bank in Mount Vernon, was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4027 in Mount Vernon and also the Mohican Fly Fishing Club. James was a veteran serving in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1955-62.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara (Wallace) Coffey; a sister, Cheryl (Ronald) Gearhart of Millwood; and a brother, Thomas (Judy) Coffey of Columbus.
He was preceded in death by a nephew, Mark Allen Coffey.
There will be no calling hours. The family will observe a private graveside service at a later date. The arrangements are under the care and direction of the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050. The obituary can be viewed online and condolences left at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
MOUNT VERNON — Lloyd Frye, 81, of Vernonview Drive, Mount Vernon, passed away on Monday, Feb. 13, 2006, at Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon.
He was born July 27, 1924, in Knox County to the late Otto and Josephine (Skeen) Fry. Mr. Frye retired from Columbia Gas in Bangs. He served in the U.S. Marines during World War II.
He is survived by his loving wife, Virginia (Acebes) Frye; a son, Mike Frye of Oklahoma; three daughters, Diane (Paul) Cincolella of Columbus, Debbie (Ken) Antill of Cleveland and Darlene Jabobson of Cleveland; several grandchildren; and two sisters, Ruth Frye and Janice Thomas, both of Mount Vernon.
He was preceded in death by six brothers, Robert Fry, Paul Frye, Howard Fry, Clarence Frye, Harold Frye and Eldon Frye; and a sister, Edith Parks.
A graveside service with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens. These services are under the care and direction of the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon.
This obituary and guest registry are online at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Lawrence E. House
MOUNT VERNON — Lawrence E. House, 52, of Mount Vernon passed away Saturday morning, Feb. 11, 2006, at the Whispering Hills Care Center, Mount Vernon.
He was born Dec. 20, 1953, in Mount Vernon, a son of Earl Max and Mary Elizabeth (Kiehl) House Sr. Lawrence was a self-employed contractor in the Knox County area. He was a great pool player and loved socializing with friends.
Lawrence is survived by six stepdaughters, Mary Jo Ray of Fredericktown, Rebecca Downer of Altanta, Ga., Brenda Todd of Mount Vernon, Tina Cline of Utica, Peggy Diebel of Dover and Debbie Myers of Mount Vernon; three brothers, Earl M. House Jr. of Snyder, Texas, Raymond M. (Sharon) House of Mount Vernon and David House of Dunedin, Fla.; five sisters, Shirley Singleton of Cambridge, Sharon Gress of Byesville, Pam Ketter of Prospect, Sherri (Paul) Hanneman of New Caney, Texas, and Tracy Wright of Marysville; his grandfather, Jacob Kiehl of Clearwater, Fla.; several stepgrandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ross A. House.
The family will have a graveside service in Mound View Cemetery, Mount Vernon, at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050.
Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, Mount Vernon, is caring for the family with these arrangements. To view this obituary and leave an online condolence for the family, visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Beynon J. Lahr
WADSWORTH — Beynon J. “Jack” Lahr died Feb. 9, 2006. He was born in Wadsworth, Ohio, on July 10, 1929. He was preceded in death by his parents, LaVonne and Beynon Lahr; and a sister, Jill Reese. He is survived by a brother-in-law, Harold Reese; niece, Robin (Darryl) Asmus; nephew, Doug (Barb) Ammons; stepbrothers, Bob and Dick Kreider; and an uncle, Ross Trump.
Jack was a retiree of Cooper Industries; a longtime member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; a charter member and past president of the Mount Vernon Numismatic Society; a 50-year member of the American Numismatic Association; past president of the Mount Vernon Gem Society; a member of Kokosing Chapter of the Archeological Society of Ohio; past master of Mount Zion 9, F&AM; past high priest of Clinton Chapter 26, Royal Arch Masons; past illustrious master of Kinsman Council 76, Royal and Select Masons; past eminent commander of Clinton Commandery 5, Knights Templar; a member of Ohio Priory 18, Knight of the York Cross of Honor; member of Baldwin Shrine Club and Aladdin Shriners; and past monarch and treasurer of Kam Ram Grotto.
A Masonic and memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Interment will be in Wadsworth.
Betty Shuff LeMunvon
MOUNT VERNON — Betty M. Shuff LeMunvon, 67, of Beckley Road, Mount Vernon, passed away Monday, Feb. 13, 2006, at The Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus.
Friends may call Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, where a funeral will be Thursday at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Mound view Cemetery.
The full obituary may be seen in Wednesday’s edition of the Mount Vernon News.
James ‘Rick’ Martin
MARENGO — James E. “Rick” Martin, 43, of Marengo died unexpectedly Monday evening, Feb. 13, 2006, at his home. Arrangements will be announced by the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home in Sunbury.
Peggy Ratliff Smith
SUNBURY — Peggy J. (Mullins) Ratliff Smith, 70, of Sunbury died Feb. 12, 2006, at her home.
She was born Dec. 26, 1935, in Pikeville, Ky., to Carl and Georgie (Stacy) Mullins. She retired in 1991 from ITT, and worked at Sunbury Nursing Home following retirement.
She is survived by her second husband, James R. “J.R.” Smith; children, Barry Ratliff of Marion, Pam Hawk, Judy Richardson and Jerry Ratliff, all of Mount Gilead, Connie Gandee of Fulton, Deborah Smith of Hillard, James R. Smith Jr. of Marengo; 20 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brothers, Roger Mullins of Lansing, Mich., Danny Mullins of Elkhorn City, Ky., Ronnie Mullins of Laurel, Md.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by first husband, Raymond Ratliff; sons, Terry Ratliff and Ricky Smith; son-in-law, John Gandee; and brothers, Jimmy, Paul and Kenneth Mullins.
Friends may call today from 5 to 8 p.m. at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Ohio 3 at 61, Sunbury, where service will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. Her husband, Pastor J.R. Smith, will officiate. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Park near Lexington. Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.