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ALBERT ‘Al’ KEETON

 Albert “Al” Keeton, 76, of Beaufort, S.C., retired United States Marine Corp 1st Sergeant, died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017.

 

He was born in Tarif, the son of the late Broncis Lee Keeton and Rilma Chandler.

 

He made the Marine Corps his life, enlisting at age 17, and serving 20 years active and 10 years inactive. He and his wife settled in Beaufort after retirement, where he became a speaker at the graduations of new Marine recruits on Paris Island. After retirement, he became a real estate agent.

 

Surviving are his wife Donna Sue Westfall Keeton of Beaufort; one daughter, Darlene Keeton Andrews and husband Roger of Longwood, Fla.; one son, Steve Keeton of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; one brother, Charles Keeton and wife Loretta; one sister, Teresa Harper and husband Rodney; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

 

Services will be held Tuesday, Nov. 21, 1 p.m. at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Ivan Westfall officiating. Burial will be in Minnora Cemetery, with military honors. Visitation will be held Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

DENA DEEM

Dena R. Deem, 47, died Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017.

 

She was the daughter of Stephen and Diane Arthur Deem of Pataskala, Ohio.

 

Surviving in addition to her parents are two sons, James Deem and John Deem; one sister, Tina Deem Gerhardt and husband Brandon; nephew and niece, Wesley and Morgan Gerhardt; uncles and aunts, Dale Deem, Mike Deem, Jeanne Arthur Francis and Sharon Arthur Villers; paternal grandmother, Dora Griffin Deem; and several cousins, great-aunts and great-uncles.

 

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Thomas E. Deem; maternal grandparents, John and Gaye Bosie Arthur; one aunt, Peggy Davis Wix; and two uncles, Gilbert Arthur and Larry Arthur.

 

Celebration of Dena’s Life will be held at New Zion United Methodist Church, 10991 Snyder Church Road, Baltimore, Ohio, on Saturday, Dec. 2, at noon. Visitation will be held Saturday, 10:45 to 11:45 a.m., at the church. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be given in memory of Dena to New Zion U.M. Church for the care and support of her surviving sons.  Food will be served after the service. 

 

BETTY FERN HOLPP WEAVER

Betty Fern Holpp Weaver, 91, of Grantsville, died Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, at Roane General Hospital.

 

She was the daughter of the late Frank and Etta Holpp.

 

She grew up on Yellow Creek. In the late 1940s and through the 1950s, she and her husband operated grocery stores in Arnoldsburg and Ravenswood. She retired from the United States Postal Service after serving as postmaster at Mt Zion for 25 years. She was a 4-H leader, UMYF leader, Sunday School teacher, and the oldest living member of Mt Zion United Methodist Church. She counted the congregations of Mt Zion, Albert’s Chapel, Beech and Orma United Methodist churches as family.

 

 Surviving are three daughters, Linda and Mark Shock, Lora and Larry Sturm, and Martha and Hays Haymaker; one son, David and Sandy Weaver; one daughter-in-law, Takayo Weaver; one sister-in-law, Orless Holpp; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Brent and Sarah Sturm and Simon, Shelley and Kevin Harris and Jaxon and Avery, Jamie and Cary Child and Cole, Kelley and Gino Degregori and Sofia, Max and Noah, Lisa and David Weaver, Jenny and Zachary Chancey and Khloe, Kara and Brendon Osborne and Abryanna and Elias, Heather and Phillip Perkins and Lily and Alie, Barbara and Whitney Kistler, Josh Haymaker, Caitlin Weaver, and Alex Weaver; special double first cousin, Melvin “Tiny” Anderson; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Lauren Weaver; one son, James Franklin Weaver; one grandson, Eric Nathaniel Haymaker; one great-granddaughter, Ella Nicole Perkins; two sisters, Vonda Gunn and an infant Dorothy; and one brother, Lewis Holpp.

 

Services will be held Saturday, Nov. 18, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Pastor Rick Metheney officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Mt Zion. Fellowship dinner for family and friends will follow at Mt Zion United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held Friday, Nov. 17, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Mt Zion and/or Albert’s Chapel United Methodist churches. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

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