John P. Laurens
John P. Laurens, 49, of 6329 Todhunter Road, Middletown, died Saturday, May 3, 1997, at the Veterans' Administration Hospital in Dayton.
He was born Aug. 23, 1947, in Middletown. He was a 1965 graduate of Lemon Monroe High School and a 1969 graduate of Miami University. Mr. Laurens was employed as a technical writer for General Electric in Cincinnati, and was a U.S. Navy veteran.
Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Kay (Masters) Laurens, a former resident of West Alexandria; a son, Jesse Laurens of Middletown; a daughter, Kelley Laurens of Oxford; his parents, Paul and Joberta (Schultz) Laurens of Middletown; two sisters, Judy DeBoard of Lebanon and Paula Walters of Germantown.
Funeral services were Tuesday, May 6, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Robert French officiating. Burial was in Sugar Grove Cemetery, West Alexandria.
EmmaLeen "Emma" Dennis, 78, formerly of Camden, died Saturday, May 3, 1997, at Woodland Country Manor Nursing Home near Somerville.
Born April 15, 1919, in Richmond, Ky., she was the daughter of Please and Zelma Hufford (Ford) Dennis.
Survivors include two sons, Wallace Conner of Richmond, Ind., and John (Shirley) Conner of Camden; one daughter, Dorothy (Dale) Christian of Somerville; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one brother, Virgil Dennis of Irvin, Ky.; and one sister, Laurie Renfro of Richmond, Ky.
She was preceded in death by a son, Buford Conner, in 1966.
Funeral services were Tuesday, May 6, at R.C. Nein and Sons Funeral Home, Camden, with the Rev. Riley Parker and the Rev. Bob Hartman officiating. Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden.
Virgil L. Pritt
Virgil L. Pritt, 76, of 500 Floyd St., Lewisburg, died Sunday, May 4, 1997, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton after an extended illness.
Born Sept. 3, 1920, in Hugheston (Kanawha County), W. Va., he was the son of Wilson M. and Daisy (Proctor) Pritt. He had been a bus driver for Southwestern Bus Lines in Dayton and retired in 1984 from Miami Valley Frame and Wheel. He was a member and trustee of Faith Baptist Church of Lewisburg.
Survivors include his wife of 20 years; Frances (Stubblefield) Pritt; three stepsons and stepdaughters-in-law, Donnie L. and Pam Day, Larry W. and Valerie Day, all of Lewisburg, Rick K. and Beth Day of Kettering; nine step-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Sherman Pritt, in 1969.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 7, at Faith Baptist Church, 3878 U.S. 40, Lewisburg, with the Rev. Wesley Stiver officiating. Burial will be in Royal Oak Memorial Gardens, Brookville. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service on Wednesday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewisburg Emergency Unit.
Joseph M. Alcorn
Joseph Madison Alcorn, 85, of Camden, died Saturday, March 29, 1997, at a hospital in Mt. Juliet, Tenn.
He was born June 5, 1911, in Berea, Ky. He had worked a number of years at Parker-Hannifin in Eaton.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Mary S. Alcorn; two stepsons, Jack DePew of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., and Donald DePew of Celina; nieces and nephews in Kentucky.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers.
Burial was in the family cemetery in Kentucky.
Alta V. Raybourn
Alta V. Raybourn, 95, formerly of U.S. 35 East, West Alexandria, died Sunday, May 4, 1997, at Greenbriar Nursing Center in Eaton.
Born May 19, 1901, in Adams County, Ohio, she was the daughter of Manuel and Myrtle (Hilterbran) Shanks.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh Raybourn, in 1981.
Survivors include two daughters, Ione Mullins of Miamisburg and Gail Stanton of West Alexandria; two sisters, Edna Mullins of Xenia and June Hilterbran of Peebles; 28 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by four sons, William Raybourn, Don Raybourn, Rudy Raybourn and Berlin Raybourn.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, with the Rev. J. Herman Bassler officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 7.
Larry L. Unger
Larry L. Unger, 59, of Brookville, died unexpectedly Friday, May 2, 1997, in Knoxville, Tenn., following a stroke.
He was retired from Whirlpool Corporation and was on the Perry Township Zoning Board. He was a member of Pyrmont United Methodist Church, the National Association of Purchasing Management, AAII and the Fort St. Clair Gun Club.
Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Linda (Early) Unger; a son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Monica Unger of Cincinnati; a daughter and son-in-law, Sherri and Pat Davis of Cincinnati; grandchildren, Jessica and Jenna Davis and Erika Unger, all of Cincinnati.
Also surviving are his father, Emerson Unger of West Alexandria; brothers, Lane Unger of Wilmington and Jon Unger of Brookville; sisters, Lynette Denlinger of New Lebanon and Lisa Heltsley of Brookville; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Jane Unger.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 7, at Pyrmont United Methodist Church, with Pastors Dale Hatch and Al Slezak officiating. Burial will be in Sugar Grove Cemetery, West Alexandria. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to services on Wednesday. Gilbert-Fellers Funeral Home, Brookville, is in charge of arrangements.
The family requests donations to help establish a trust for the Pyrmont United Methodist Church in his memory.
Ralph L. Reece
Ralph L. Reece, 75, of Eaton, died Wednesday, May 7, 1997, at Berkley Square Health Care Facility in Hamilton.
Born Sept. 15, 1921, in Somerville, he was the son of James Newton and Nancy Louise (Wilson) Reece. He was employed at General Motors for four years and retired from NCR after 20 years of service. Mr. Reece was a member of the Somerville Pentecostal Church, Germantown Blue Lodge, and Boliver Lodge #82, F&AM.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Florence (Hanschell) Reece; four sons and daughters-in-law, Danny and Donna Reece of Hamilton, Ralph and Patty Reece of West Alexandria, Donnie and Diane Reece of Carbon Hill, Ala., John and Cathy Reece of Sonia, Ga.; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Joe Reece of Camden and Bill Reece of Dayton; and two sisters, Mary Richards of Melbourne, Fla., and Elizabeth Craig of Eaton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Ronald Lee Reece; a granddaughter, Lynn Reece; two sisters, Susan and Ellen; and two brothers, Ernest and Bob Reece.
Funeral services were Saturday, May 10, at R.C. Nein and Sons Funeral Home, Camden, with the Rev. Riley Parker officiating. Burial was in Hickory Flats Cemetery, Seven Mile.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Somerville Pentecostal Church or to the Camden Church of God.
Carolyn S. Ebersole
Carolyn S. Ebersole, 58, of Wikel Road, Eldorado, died unexpectedly Wednesday, May 7, 1997, at her home.
Born Oct. 28, 1938, in West Alexandria, she was the daughter of Claude Martin and Ruth Mae (Rurode) Paxson.
Survivors include her husband, David Ebersole, whom she married Oct. 16, 1959; sons and daughters-in-law, Allan and Denise Ebersole, Brian and Becky Ebersole, and Dean Ebersole, all of Eldorado; two brothers, Gordon Paxson of Trotwood and Larry Paxson of Eaton; two sisters, Phyllis Humphrey of Dayton and Anita Railsback of Fountain City, Ind.; a sister-in-law, Louise Paxson of Eaton; six grandchildren, Melinda Deeter, Justin Washington, Eric Washington, Ashley, Kami and Ryan Ebersole; and one great-grandson, Logan Deeter.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Dale E. Paxson, in 1993; and a granddaughter, Stacy Lynn Ebersole, in 1986.
Funeral services were Saturday, May 10, at Bussard-Barnes-Vaniman Funeral Home, Eldorado, with the Rev. Brian Dillahunt officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria.
Memorial contributions may be made to North Central Rescue or to the Eldorado Fire Department.
Denver K. Rice
Denver K. "Denny" Rice, 32, of Hamilton, died Wednesday, May 7, 1997.
Born Oct. 25, 1964, in Richmond, Ky., he was the son of Denver and Kay Rice. He was a 1984 graduate of Preble Shawnee High School and had been employed as a chemical operator at Nease Chemical in Harrison, Ohio, since 1988.
Survivors include his wife of seven years, Susan (Denney) Rice; children, Rachel Christine Rice and Austin Denver Rice, both at home; his parents, Denver and Kay Rice of Camden; three sisters, Chandra Peak and husband Wendell, Tawny Eby, Shawn Stringfield and husband Jeff, all of Camden.
Also surviving are his grandmothers, Ruby Rice and Goldie Cline, both of Camden; great-grandmother, Ruth Mahaffey of West Union; father-in-law and mother-in-law, James and Reva Denney of Ross; two brothers-in-law, James (Mary) Denney and Jeff (Dawn) Denney, all of Okeana; two aunts, Lois Evans of Camden and Pamela Hauck of Hillsboro; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Cecil Rice and Joe Cline.
Funeral services were Monday, May 12, at R.C. Nein and Sons Funeral Home, Camden, with the Rev. Bobby Hollon officiating. Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden.
Dr. William E. Upchurch
Dr. William E. Upchurch, 62, of 8097 Indiana 38, Greens Fork, Ind., died Thursday, May 8, 1997, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind., of an apparent heart attack.
Born June 9, 1934, in Stop, Ky., he was the son of Leslie and Essie Bell Upchurch. He moved to New Castle, Ind., in 1941. After receiving his degree from Kansas State's School of Veterinary Medicine in 1959, he established the Greens Fork Veterinary Hospital and had practiced there for 38 years. He also operated a veterinary clinic in Eaton several years ago.
Survivors include his wife Nancy Upchurch; three sons, David Upchurch of North Webster, Ind., Steven Upchurch of Dallas, Texas, and Jeffrey Upchurch of New Castle, Ind.; a daughter, Beth Schauss of Greens Fork, Ind.; five grandchildren; five sisters; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Saturday, May 10, at Hagerstown First United Methodist Church in Hagerstown, Ind., followed by burial in Brick Cemetery. Culberson Funeral Home, Hagerstown, Ind., was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Purdue Foundation School of Veterinary Medicine Development Fund, Dean's Office, West Lafayette, Ind. 47907; to Hagerstown First United Methodist Church; Centerville Christian Church; or to a favorite charity.