Florence Riley Knapp Obituary

This obituary was submitted by Julia Sterrett.


Parkersburg Sentinel September 1944

Former Resident, Mrs. Knapp Taken
Mrs. Florence Riley Knapp, former Parkersburg resident and widow of J. H. Knapp, died Tuesday at her home in Washington, D. C. She had been in ill health for several months, but death was unexpected. She was a well known and respected citizen and took an active part in church, civic and club affairs until the death of her husband, at which time she went to Washington to make her home with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Noel Workman. Mrs. Knapp was a member of the First Baptist church and of the Helping Hand society of the church; former regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution and was also affiliated with the Daughters of the Confederacy. She took a leading part in the activ Last rites will be held from the Baptist church in Philippi, W. Va., Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Interment will be made in the family plot in the Philippi cemetery.

The Washington Post or Evening Star September 27, 1944

Mrs. Florence R. Knapp
Former Teacher, Dies

Mrs. Florence R. Knapp, 72, a District resident for the last five years, died at her home, 3553 Brandywine Street, N.W. She had been in ill health for several months. Mrs. Knapp was born in Philippi, W. Va. She attended Beaver College, Jenkintown, Pa., and taught in the public schools of West Virginia before her marriage to the late Jacob Henry Knapp. She spent her married life in Parkersburg, W. Va., where she was active in the DAR and other women's organizations. Since coming here she had attended the Chevy Chase Baptist Church. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Marjorie K. Workman, Washington; a son, J. Henry Knapp; one brother, Roscoe H. Riley, Wellington, Kans., one sister, Mrs. Edna Humphreys, Philippi, and three grandchildren. Funeral services and burial will be held tomorrow in Philippi.

The Barbour Democrat

Mrs. J. H. Knapp
Funeral services were held in the Philippi Baptist Church Thursday afternoon, September 28, for Mrs. J.H. Knapp of Washington, D. C., formerly of Parkersburg, who died Tuesday morning of a heart attack. She had been ill for sometime. Rev. Asa Harris, of Alderson-Broaddus College, had charge of the services and interment was made in the Masonic cemetery in this city. Mrs. Knapp was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. M. D. Riley, of Philippi, and was reared in Barbour County. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Noel Workman, of Washington, D. C. with whom she made her home; a brother, Roscoe Riley, of Wellington, Kansas; one sister, Mrs. Edna Humphreys, of Philippi and a niece, Mrs. Karl Myers of this city.

The Barbour Democrat:

Mrs. J. H. Knapp
Mrs. J. H. Knapp, whose death occurred at her home in Washington, D. C., September 26, and whose funeral services were held in the Philippi Baptist Church, September 28, 1944, was born in Elk District, this county, near the Ebenezer Baptist Church, of which she was a member during her girlhood days. She was before her marriage, Miss Florrie Riley. As a girl she was a pupil in the Ebenezer public school and later attended Beaver College, Pennsylvania. She was a teacher for a few years in the public schools of Elk District. The writer of this little sketch knew Florrie from her little-girl days as playmate, schoolmate, neighbor and friend. He saw her develop through girlhood, through wifehood, through motherhood; and her whole career was marked by the beauty of living in the service of her Christ. She gave herself unreservedly to her loved ones, to her church, and to her God. Her life was characterized by industry, kindliness, friendliness and self-effacing sacrifice to further the interests of all she loved. She lived abundantly up to the last moment and then,

She stepped across
The narrow mark
To find
That clogging clay
Was left behind.

The pilgrim of the night
Had come to morning hour;
And love, and peace, and light
Had come to perfect flower.

She is missed because her place is empty, but we rejoice that her going is one not for tears, but for gladness because of the happy release and for her eternal life.
FLOYD T. HOLDEN


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