John Slone

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WEST MANCHESTER, Ohio — Joseph K. Slone, 56, of West Manchester, passed away suddenly on Thursday, March 27, 2014, at his residence.

He was born April 18, 1957, in Gallipolis. Joe was a 1975 graduate of Hannan Trace High School in Mercerville. He graduated with a bachelor's degree from Morehead State University and received his master's degree from the University of Dayton. He taught two years at Wellston High School and, since 1983, taught agriculture education and was FFA advisor at National Trail High School.

He was preceded in death by his father James M. Slone.

He is survived by his mother Viola E. Slone, of Crown City; daughter Jessica W. (Collin) Helsinger, of West Manchester; son Justin G. Slone, of Bridgeport, Texas; granddaughter Emma Helsinger, of West Manchester; brother James (Rebecca) Slone, of Oak Hill; sister Cathy (Dean) Martin, of Crown City; nephews Tim and Kevin; niece Mary Beth; great-nephew Hunter; and great-niece Samantha.

Visitation will be 3-7 p.m. Sunday, March 30, 2014, at Eaton Church of the Brethren, 813 Camden Road, in Eaton. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, March 31, 2014, at the church.

Visitation will also be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at Willis Funeral Home in Gallipolis, with a graveside services to follow at 1:30 pm at Ridgelawn Cemetery in Mercerville.

Girton Schmidt & Boucher Gard Funeral Home in Eaton is assisting the family with local arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Joseph Slone Memorial Fund, c/o LCNB National Bank, 201 S. Washington St., New Paris, OH 45347.

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Published in Gallipolis Daily Tribune from Mar. 28 to Mar. 29, 2014