Obituaries 10-27-20


Beth Lowe

   Beth Ann Lowe, 49, of Westwood, passed away Saturday, October 17, 2020 at Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus.

   Beth was born September 10, 1971 in Ashland, a daughter of Gerald (Carolyn) Lowe of Ashland and Linda Hoffman Franz of Ashland. Beth was preceded in death by her stepfather William Franz.

   Beth was a 1989 graduate of Boyd County High School and earned her Associates degree from Ashland Community and Technical College. She worked for several years with Cintas in the public relations department.

   In addition to her parents, those left to cherish her memory include her brothers Matt Lowe of Quebec, Canada, Chris Franz and wife Vanessa of Tampa, FL, nephews Kyle and Derrek Lowe, her uncle Gene Hoffman, special friends Amanda Fannin, Lori Miller, Tina Arthur, Kelli Peters and Angie Delong. The family would also like to extend a special heartfelt thank you to the staff of OSU Medical Center and her nurse Katie Bishop for the exceptional care provided to Beth during her illness.

   Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at the Steen Funeral Home 13th Street Chapel by Dorothy Lehman and Laurell Zinn. Burial is in the Rose Hill Burial Park.

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Thomas E. Wellman

   Thomas Edwin Wellman, 78, of Ashland, KY returned to the arms of His Lord on October 22, 2020 while his family was by his side. Tom was born on December 30, 1941 in Ashland, KY to the late Paul and Venus Wellman. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by sister, Paula Nichols.

   Tom was saved by the grace of God in 1952 and was a member of First Baptist Church of Orlando, FL, graduated from Ashland Senior High School in 1959, attended Cameron University in Oklahoma and graduated in 1973 from Georgia State College. Tom entered the US Army in 1960 and retired in 1982 with rank of Chief Warrant Officer. During his service, Tom traveled around the world from the Far East (Korea) to the Middle East (Iran) with many stops in between. Tom was a war Veteran of Vietnam. His wife and children accompanied him on assignments to Europe (Germany) and Iran. After retiring from the military in Colorado Tom worked for the Orange County, FL government Sheriff’s department as Plans and Operation officer. Prior to fully retiring, Tom owned a landscaping company in Orlando, FL.

   Tom’s passions include being an avid baseball and fast pitch player and fan. He was a member of Ashland’s first Babe Ruth league established in 1956. He further played many years of fast pitch softball while in the military. Another passion included NASCAR, attending many races with his wife, children and friends. His favorite tracks were Bristol, TN and Dover, DE. Antique vehicles was another of Tom’s passions. Over the years he owned many cars and trucks such as a ’67 Nova, ’67 Chevy truck, ’72 Cadillac, ’67 MGB and ’64 Oldsmobile Jetstar 88.

   He is survived by his best friend, lover and wife of 59 years, Carole. His children are his proudest treasure. Sons Robert (Robin) Wellman and Matthew (Christina) Wellman of Florida, his beautiful daughter Julie (Tyson) Conrad of Ashland, grandchildren Summer Wellman of Colorado Springs, CO and Tristen and Robert Conrad of Ashland.

   Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Steen Funeral Home-Central Avenue Chapel. Burial will follow in Evergreen Memory Gardens, Lexington, KY with military rites. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m.

   Friends may make contributions in his memory to Community Hospice 1480 Carter Avenue, Ashland, KY or the Boyd County Animal Shelter, 1025 Bob McCullough Drive, Ashland, KY. 41102.

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Wanda Willis Hicks

   Wanda Willis Hicks left this earth Thursday October 15 at KDMC following a brief illness. Wanda was born November 9, 1943 to the late Herbert Willis and Deva Crowe Willis also deceased. Wanda  celebrated a second birthday in March every year and insisted on cake for both.

   Wanda was deep rooted in her Christian beliefs and was a member of Westwood Christian Baptist Church.

   Wanda is survived by three children. Paul E Howard of Newport News Va. Joseph (Joe) H Howard and wife Laurie. William (Butch) D Scarberry and wife Lory. And a special cousin Claude Brown and wife Debbie. She had 10 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

   Wanda would do anything for what she loved. Especially her grandchildren or a Pepsi.

   Steen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Due to COVID 19 a celebration of life will be planned at a later date.

   In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a meal to the hard working team on 2H at Kings Daughters Medical Center or a donation to Ashland Active Day where Wanda spent some of the best days of her life. Attn: Toby Francoeur/Sandy Crites, located at 6938 US 60 Ashland, Ky 41102.


Nancy Sue Roberts Kloha

   Nancy Sue Roberts Kloha fell asleep in Christ in the early morning hours of October 21, the day after her 67th birthday, having died of natural causes.

   She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Rev. Mark A. Kloha of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, as well as her daughters Rachel (Nathan) Hooker, Rebecca (Ryan) Strand, and Ruth (Lyman) Stone, and five grandchildren: Kaleb and Kiersten Hooker, Isla and Harriet Strand, and Suzannah Stone, with two more on the way.

   Nancy was an accomplished nurse and educator, with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Evansville, Master of Science in Nursing from Indiana University, and Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Kentucky, where she was faculty for over two decades. At various times, Nancy taught and practiced nursing in universities, hospitals, rural health clinics, and schools across several states, and was even a commissioned Coast Guard nurse.

   She was a member of the Alpha Phi sorority, the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, the church choir, and loved to help her family achieve their dreams. Throughout her life, Nancy never missed a summer at the cottage in Michigan, where she raised her children and grandchildren to love family, appreciate beauty, and walk with the Lord.

Visitation for the public was October 24 at the Steen Funeral Home on 13th St. and at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on October 25 with a funeral service officiated by Rev. Kevin Wilson following. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association would be greatly appreciated.

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Betty Cogan

   Betty Irene Childers Cogan, 99, of Ashland, passed away Wednesday, October 21, 2020, at Kingsbrook Lifecare Center.

   She was born December 16, 1920, in Ashland, a daughter of the late John W. Childers and Bessie Conley Childers. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas J. Cogan in 1999; two brothers, John W. Childers and Frank Richard Childers; and four sisters, Martha Hill, Mary Ellen Walsh, Margaret Childers and Peggy Heaberlin.

   Betty was a longtime member of Beech Street Christian Church and was a loving homemaker. She had formerly served as Leadership Trainer with the Girl Scouts. She was a former member of the Eastern Star where she served as Deputy Grand Worthy Matron and was a member of the Ashland White Shrine. Betty loved crafts and was a seamstress.

   Those left to cherish her memory include two daughters, Ann Cogan (Ralph) Young of Springfield, VA, and Billie Cogan of Ashland; two grandchildren, Serena Taylor and Robert Young; four great grandchildren; a great-great grandson; nieces and nephews and special friends Tom and Nora Felty. She was Granny Betty to Lance, Jennifer, Kyle and Zach McComis.

   A celebration of Betty’s life was held October 26, 2020, at Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel with Ministers Joey Kennedy and Rob O’Lynn officiating.

   In lieu of flowers, donations in Betty’s memory should be directed to Beech Street Christian Church, 1627 Beech St. Ashland, KY, 41102 or Old Orchard Christian Church, 3600 Blackburn Avenue, Ashland, KY, 41101.

   Betty’s family wishes to extend their deepest appreciation to Kingsbrook Lifecare Center for the excellent care she received during her stay. To share a remembrance of Betty or to express condolences to her family, please visit:


Doris Jean Reffitt

   Doris Jean Reffitt, 83, of Westwood, Kentucky, died Friday, October 23, 2020 at Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland. 

   She was born May 9, 1937 in Ashland, the daughter of the late Charles Edward and Margaret Holley Hall.  Doris was retired from the food service department of Ashland Community Technical College.

   She was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by her husband, Donald Eugene Reffitt in 2010, two sons: Mark Reffitt in 1992 and David Reffitt in 1964; brother Charles Hall; three sisters: Lucille Shelton, Gladys Fleming, and Erma Sparks; and a grandson, Chad Reffitt.

   Doris is survived by a son, Greg Reffitt, and wife Mary, of London, Kentucky; two daughters: Sherry Young and husband Steve of Westwood;  Angela Newman and husband Terry of Ashland; nine grandchildren: Scott Young, Chris Young, Dylan Reffitt, Devan Reffitt, Mark Grubb, Justin Newman, Jordan Newman, Colby Reffitt, and Jeremy Kindall; 12 great grandchildren: Jacob Young, Caleb Young, Madison Young, Cody Young, Callie Young, Camron Young, Christopher Young, Kylie Young, Brayden Young, Addison Kindall, Nevaeh Reffitt, Lillian Grace Reffitt; two great-great grandchildren: Gage Harper and Taisley Young. 

   A graveside service will be held Tuesday, October 27, at 12 noon at Dixon Cemetery in Westwood by Brother Jim Smedley.

   Services are under the direction of Preston Family Funeral Home.


Steven Davidson

   Steven Eric Davidson, 56, of Ashland passed away Friday, October 23, 2020 at his residence. Steven was born April 24, 1964 in Ironton, OH, a son of the late Jane Ann Lutz Davidson. He was a 1982 graduate of Rock Hill High School. He played high school basketball and coached little league sports. Steve loved his Ohio State Buckeyes and enjoyed fishing with his boys.

   Steven was a laborer with Dow Chemical in Franklin Furnace, OH. Prior to joining Dow, he was a truck driver with SuperAmerica and previously was co-owner of D&M Carwash in Coal Grove, OH.

   Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife Laura Grant Davidson of Ashland, his sons Eric Davidson and wife Shelby of Patriot, OH, Mark Davidson and wife Abbigail of South Point, OH, his brothers Mark Davidson and wife Carla of Belton, MO, Christopher Davidson and wife Jan of Draper, UT, a grandson Briggs Davidson, his aunt Martha Osborne of Flatwoods, KY. Steven is also survived by a niece, two nephews and many friends.

   Graveside services were Monday, October 26, 2020 at the Calvary Cemetery in Ironton. Chaplain Jimm Smedley officiated.

   Steen Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

   The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff and nurses of Community Hospice for all of the love, support and exceptional care provided for Steven during this difficult time.

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