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ALODITH. John Alodith, about
60, an unemployed miner of Bethlehem, died at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in
a Clarksburg hospital. He had been in the hospital since Monday for treatment for a heart
ailment. There are no known relatives.
COOPER. Pvt. Earl Cooper,
Jr., 20, only child of Earl and Orpha McElfresh Cooper of McGee,
Taylor county, was killed in an accident at Camp Bowie, Texas, in a motor shell explosion
Wednesday, according to word received by his parents, Thursday night. He was a member of an
armored infantry batallion. Young Cooper was born in Shinnston, May 8, 1923. He entered service
in November, 1942. He was a former student of Grafton High school. Funeral services were held
in the Harmony Grove church at two o'clock Monday afternoon with the Rev. Henry 0. Loving
officiating. Burial in the Harmony Grove cemetery.
SIMS. Mrs. Mary Matilda Sims..
86, of Riverdale, died at 2:30 Thursday afternoon at a Clarksburg
hospital where she had been a patient since Feb. 15. Mrs. Sims suffered a broken hip in 1939 and
had been bedfast since that time.. On Feb. 15 she slipped from the side of her bed fracturing an
arm, and, later the same day was removed to the hospital. She was born Oct. 4, 1857, in Taylor
county, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Shackelford. Her husband, Thomas Newton Sims, died
Oct. 16, 1936. Survivors include four sons, James Sims of Fairmont, Lee Sims of Clarksburg,
Charles Sims of Sand Fork, Thomas and Clifford Sims, both of Shinnston; one daughter, Mrs. Helen
Murray of Rifle, Colo.; one brother, Ashford Shackelford of Millersville; 27 grandchildren and 15
SPRINGSTON. Samuel Edgar Springston,
80, a retired coal miner, died at 7:05 p.m. Sunday at his
home at Haywood. He suffered a stroke earlier in the day. He was born January 21, 1864, in
Troy, a son of Josiah and Elizabeth Ferine Springston. He is survived by his widow, Ella Nora
Patton Springston; three sons, Harley, of Newark, Ohio; Chas. of Baltimore, Md.; and Silias [sic]
of Brooklyn, Md. ; two daughters, Mrs. Clay Malone of Shinnston, and Mrs. Arda Burnett,
Clarksburg, and one sister, Miss Laura Springston. There are thirty grandchildren and thirteen
great grandchildren. He was a member of the Cairo Methodist church.
VINCENT. Clarence M. Vincent,
49, died at a Clarksburg hospital Sunday night as a result of
injuries received when he was struck by a car at Bethlehem Saturday night. Woodrow W. Rutter,
25, of Roberts Mine, said to be the driver of the car, was arrested on a charge of manslaughter.
Rutter had pleaded guilty before Magistrate George Dorsey to a hit and run charge and was fined
$100 and costs. However, after Vincent's death the manslaughter charge was preferred. Mr,
Vincent had been a motorman for the Bethlehem Fairmont Coal company the past 25 years. Only
recently his leg had been shattered in a mine accident. He was born August 26, 1894, a son of
the late Rev. E.G. Vincent and Mrs. Julia Danley Vincent who now resides at Cumberland. He is
survived by his widow, Bessie Hardesty Vincent; two sons, Edward, in the army and in Australia,
and William, a sophomore in Shinnston high school; one daughter, Betty, a student in Shinnston
junior high school; three brothers, Raymond, of Shinnston; Paul of St. Clairsville, Ohio; and
Ralph, of Baltimore, Md., and two sisters, Mrs. Paul Thomas of Point Pleasant, and Mrs. Henry
Savage of Baltimer [sic]. There are two grandchildren.
WATTS. Funeral services for
Mrs. Martha Eliza Watts, 86, who died at her home on Station street
March 21, were held at the residence Thursday afternoon, conducted by Rev. E.G. Zinn and Rev. H.U.
Thompson. The body was removed to the Davidson funeral home in Morgantown, where further services
were held Friday at 2 o'clock. Interment took place at the Morgantown cemetery. Mrs. Watts had
resided at the home of her son in law and daughter,'Br. and Mrs. Arch Tetrick for a number of years.
WILLIAMS. Funeral services
for Ernest M. Williams, 68, who died at 11 o'clock Wednesday morning at
his home on the Clarksburg, road, were held at the residence Friday afternoon at 4 o'clock, with Rev.
Foster Jones, pastor of Christ Church, Methodist, officiating. Interment took place as Masonic
cemetery. Many friends gathered for the services and the floral tribute was large and beautiful.
Mr. Williams, one of the leading farmers and stockmen of the community, had been in declining health
for several months but had been bedfast only a few weeks. He had been a resident of the neighborhood
for about 36 years, having come here as a construction foreman when the road was being pave between
Shinnston and the cemetery. He was a man of the highest character and standing. Ernest McNoun
Williams was born December 21, 1875, in Monroe county, a son of George R. and Mary Ballantyne Beamer
Williams. In his youth he attended Raphine Academy in Rockbridge county, Virginia and graduated from
Dunamore Business College Staunton, Va. He was married to Josephine Madden of Shinnston, July 21,
1909. He is survived by his wife, who was public assistance director of Harrison county for eight
years, and one daughter, Miss Ernestine Williams, a teacher in Clay district schools. Also two
brothers, Homer Williams of Greenbrier county and Dr. Edwin Williams of Fort Meade, Florida, and two
sisters, Mrs. Virginia Stewart and Miss Elizabeth Williams of Greenwood, S.C. He was a member of
the Presbyterian church in Monroe county.
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HELDRETH. Funeral services
for Jasper R. Heldreth, 52, who died early Sunday morning at a
Clarksburg hospital, will be held at the United Brethren Church in West Shinnston Friday at 2
o'clock and will be conducted by Rev. Slaughter and Rev. C.V. Tate. Burial will follow at
Masonic cemetery. Mr. Heldreth who was serving his sixth term as councilman from the third ward,
was stricken Thursday evening while attending church services. He was removed to the hospital
and died without regaining consciousness. He was born August 14, 1891, on Little Bingamon, a son
of Elias and Martha Bice Heldreth. He married Daisy Ashcraft, who survives, in 1912, and came to
Shinnston in 1913. For twenty-five years, Mrs. Heldreth has been shipping clerk for the
Consolidation Coal Company at its Gypsy warehouse. In addition to his widow, he is survived by
one son, Dennis, in the navy at San Diego, Calif.; one daughter, Deloris, at home; one brother,
Arthur, of Shinnston, and four sisters, Mrs. Lillie Sturm of Teverbaugh; Mrs. Ella Parrish of
Fairmont; Mrs. Minnie Holbert, of Little Bingamon and Mrs. Phoebe Jett of Pine Bluff.
O'DELL. Edward Charles O'Dell,
31, died last Tuesday at his home at Viropa following a lingering
illness. He was a former employe[e] of a coal stripping company. Funeral services were held at
the residence Friday afternoon with the Rev. E.C. Zinn officiating. Burial was made in the
Knights of Pythias cemetery. Enterprise. Mr. O'Dell was born November 8, 1912, at Shinnston, a
son of Luther and Deborah Martin O'Dell who survive. He never married. Other survivors include
one brother, Robert, in the army at Fort Knos, Ky., and three sisters, Mary Louise and Emma Jean,
both at home, and Mrs. Esther Isner of Shinnston.
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RICE. The funeral of John
H. Rice, 67, who died early Monday, was held at the home of his
daughter, Mrs. Harry Everson at Hepzibah Wednesday afternoon, followed by interment at Shinnston
Masonic cemetery. Mr. Rice was a former resident of Shinnston, but had resided in Clarksburg the
past several years. He was a native of Pennsylvania and was an oil and gas contractor. He is
survived by his widow, Mrs. Susan Rice and six children. Carl Rice, Akron, Ohio; Frederick Rice,
Enterprise; Scott Rice, in the Army in England; Layton Rice, in the Marines, in California; Mrs.
Harry Everson, Hep2ibah, and Mrs. Charles Tarleton, Fairmont. He also leaves four brothers and
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MONROE. James A. Monroe, 80,
ex-sheriff of Hampshire county, died at his home at Capon Bridge,
Sunday morning of a lingering illness. His wife, Virginia Monroe, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs.
John Walker Monroe of Shinnston, preceded him in death several years ago. He is survived by one son,
James Walker Monroe of this city. Funeral servic%s were held at the Harmer funeral Home Wednesday
afternoon at 2 o'clock with burial in the Shinnston Masonic cemetery.
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BELCASTRO. Mrs. Sophie Peller
Belcastro, 24, died Saturday, in a Detroit, Mich., hospital, where
she had been a patient the past two weeks, following a year and a half illness of tuberculosis.
Mrs. Belcastro had been a patient in the Hopemont sanitarium until last November when she was
removed to the home of her mother in Detroit. Funeral services and interment were held Wednesday
morning in Detroit. She was born in February, 1920, at Shinnston, the daughter of the late Tony
Peller and Mrs. Josephine Spadafore. Mrs. Belcastro is survived by her husband Sam Belcastro;
one daughter, Rose Marie Belcastro, 6 years old; one son, Joseph Belcastro, 4 years; three
sisters, Mrs. Mary DelVero, Mrs. Rose Chiccarello, and Miss Lillie Peller all of Dearborn; one
brother, Patsy Peller, stationed in the army at Texas; her mother, Mrs. Josephine Spadafore, of
Hamtramck, Mich., and her grandmother, Mrs. Rose Peller of this city.
MILLER. John A. Miller, 83,
died April 15 at his home in Mt. Washington, Ohio following a year's
illness. He was a former Shinnston resident and was a carpenter until his retirement 10 years
ago when he moved to Ohio to make his home with a daughter, Mrs. Ward Miller. Interment took
place at Mt. Maria cemetery, at Withamsville, Ohio. He leaves his widow, Mrs. Rachel Miller, one
daughter, Mrs. Ward Miller; two sons, Arol Miller, Roundup, Montana; Bert Miller, Dallas, Texas,
13 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. One sister also survives, Mrs. Vinie [sic] sons
[sic], Archie and William are deceased.
REESE. John Walter Reese,
26 months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Reese, was drowned at 5:30
Saturday afternoon in the Shinnston Storage dam on Mannington road. Funeral services were held
at the Mt. Washington United Brethren Church near Buckhannon Tuesday afternoon. The boy was born
at Ivy, Feb. 11, 1942. The family fcjame here seven months ago from Fairmont.
TAYLOR. William G. Taylor,
74, a merchant, died Sunday morning at his home following a long
illness of a heart condition. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon with burial in the
Brown run cemetery. He was born July lf 1869, near Valley Chapel, a son of John and Amanda West
Taylor. He married Laura Davisson, who died in 1935. Mr. Taylor is survived by two sons, Rufus
D. , of Shinnston, and Harley G. , of Holliday's Cove [sic]; two daughters, Mrs. Grace Baliard of
Jane Lew and Miss Opal Taylor at home; two sisters and six grandchildren.
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CARVELLA. [Note: Within this
obituary the surname is inconsistent.] A slate fall at the
Fairmont-Bethlehem coal mine at Bethlehem at 2:30 Tuesday took the life of James Cavella, 55, a
timberman. George Wright, 50, of Bethlehem, a shot [sic] foreman, who was assisting Carvella in
a timbering job, sustained a broken leg and was removed to the hospital. Cavella was born in
Italy in 18S8. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Zelma Cavella; one son,. Joseph Cavella, in the
Army, exact station unknown; one daughter, Mrs. Julia Vargo of Shinnston: one brother, Pasco
Cavella of Shinnston, and two sisters, Mrs, Kick Demeo and Mrs. Frank Puecio, both of
MANNING. Helen Madeline Manning,
14, of Haywood, died in a hospital at Wheeling Thursday night.
Miss Manning was burned during February of 1943. Her legs were drawn by the Injuries and she was
taken to the hospital in Wheeling three weeks ago for corrective treatment and skin grafting.
She was the daughter of Charles E. and Lecinda Zane Manning of Haywood. She leaves four sisters.
RANDOLPH. Sandford F. Randolph
II died Friday at his home in Clarksburg after an illness of one
week. He was the son of Sandford F. and Virginia Thompson Randolph and was born Dec. 27, 1941.
Funeral services were held at the home Sunday afternoon with burial in the Bridgeport cemetery.
Surviving besides the parents are the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John L. Thompson of Shinnston
and Mrs. H.E. Whisner of Clarksburg.
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HAYMOND. Marcus Hough Haymond,
63, a former superintendent of the Bethlehem Fairmont Coal Company
mine here, passed away Wednesday night of last week at a hospital in Montgomery. He had been ill
for several months. The deceased was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Raymond of Shinnston,
and is survived by his widow, the former Clara Ziispan of Fairmont; a son, Tom Haymond of Fairmont,
and a daughter, Mrs. Elba Totman of Charleston. Funeral services were held at the home of Mr. and
Mrs. Arch Martin in West Shinnston Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. E. C. Zinn, pastor of the
First Methodist Church, and interment took place at Masonic cemetery.
MARTIN. Mrs. Mary M. Martin,
85, widow of Charles T. Martin, died Friday at her home in Worthington.
She was born near Enterprise June 3, 1858, a daughter of the late Presley and Margaret Moore
McDaniel. Survivors include a son, Charles Martin of Worthington, a daughter, Mrs. Edna Jenkins of
Mansfield, Ohio, and three brothers, Aaron McDaniel, Worthington, Harry C. McDaniel, Fairmont, and
William McDaniei, Urbana, Ohio. Services were held at the Worthington Christian church Sunday
afternoon, with interment at the Enterprise IOOF cemetery.
RINEHART. David Lee Rinehart,
6, son of Orville and Sarah McCoy Rinehart of Midway, died May 9,
He was born March 5, 1938 at Owings. Surviving besides the parents are two brothers, Orville, Jr.,
of Maxwell Field, Alabama, and John with the Marines overseas. Funeral services were held Friday
afternoon at the home, followed by burial at Masonic cemetery.
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FINK. When the home of Mr.
and Mrs. Frank Gould was destroyed by fire Wednesday morning of last
week, their grandson, John Francis Fink, aged 4, perished in the flames. The child was in a
bedroom of the home and is believed to have started the fire by playing with matches. When the
mother and grandmother heard its frantic cries, they were unable to enter the room because of the
flames. The child was born June 16, 1940, a son of Lewis and Nettie Gould Fink. The father died
two months before his son[']s birth as a result of injuries received at the Owings mine.
McCLUNG. Sergt. Paul McClung,
46, a popular member of the Shinnston detachment of the West
Virginia state police, died Friday night at a Clarksburg hospital, two hours after he had been
stricken with a heart attack. Sergt. McClung was on his way to the high school where his
daughter was attending the junior-senior prom when he became ill. Soon thereafter he was removed
to the hospital. He had been a member of the state police since shortly after it was
established. He served with the Army overseas during the first World War. McClung was a son of
the late Robert McClung, a justice of the peace for Clark district, and Mrs. Delia Davis McClung.
Kis mother resides in Clarksburg. Surviving is the widow, Mrs. Lucy Davis McClung, and the
following children: Betty, Peggy, Buddy, Carolyn, Jerry and Gary McClung. The latter two are
twins. The family resides in the W.J. Brown house on the Haywood road. The funeral was held
Monday afternoon at Clarksburg, and interment was at Masonic cemetery.
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BARNES. Aubrey L. Barnes,
who died at Star City, Monongalia county, was buried at Masonic
cemetery Thursday afternoon, following funeral services held at his late home. He was a son of
the late T.L. and Hanna Lawson Barnes and was born near Shinnston. For a number of years he was
employed by the government in Alaska, and later was a merchant and real estate dealer at Star
City. He was a member of St. Johns Lodge, Ko. 24, A.F. and A.M. Surviving besides the widow,
the former Daisy Moffett, is a stepson, H. Gerald Corder of Star City; three sisters, Dr. Sylvia
Grant, of Clarksburg, Mrs. F.A. Bennett, of Bridgeport, and Mrs. O.R. Shreve of Charleston.
MOORE. Mrs. Nellie Virginia
Moore, 34, of Fairmont, wife of George Dale Moore, now in the Havy,
died at 3:30 Monday afternoon in a Fairmont hospital. She was the daughter of Henry and Elvina
[Elzina] O'Dell Martin of near Wyatt. Surviving besides the husband and parents is a daughter,
Deloris Jean, a brother Kenneth Martin, and four sisters, Mrs. Lillian Kerns of Fairmont; Mrs.
Gladys Sharp of Wyatt; Miss Elizabeth Martin and Miss Roxie Pearl Martin, both of Fairmont.
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BLANKENSHIP. Mrs. Elsie Blankenship,
64, died Sunday evening after a sudden heart attack suffered
at her home on Hornor's run. She was the wife of William Blankenship and they formerly resided on
Shinns run, near Shinnston. She was born August I, 1879, on Hornor's run, a daughter of Michael and
Arzan Martin Seese. She is survived by her husband,'one son, Robert, and one brother, John E. Seese
of Everson. Funeral services were held at the Shinnston Baptist church Wednesday afternoon with
burial in Harmony Grove cemetery.
SMITH. William J. Smith, 70,
died May 30 at his home at Vienna, Wood county. He was born near West
Union May 9, 1374, a son of the late Frank E. and Hannah Kuber Smith, who were residents of Shinnston
for many years. Ke is survived by his widow, Mrs. Bertha McCullough Smith; a son, Charles E. Smith
of Clarksburg; a daughter, Madeline, at home; a sister, Miss Icie Smith and a brother, Charles E.
Smith, both of Shinnston.
SNYDER. Mrs. Lula May Snyder,
47, of Haywood Junction, died at 7:30 p.m. May 31, a few minutes after
she had entered a Clarksburg hospital. She was the wife of Floyd Snyder, an employe[e3 of the
Stoetzer Coal company. Mrs. Snyder was born May 5, 1897, in Wirt county, a daughter- of John and Ora
Owens Leeson. Surviving is the husband, her mother, now a resident of Shinnston, a son Russell and
a daughter, Mrs. Mabel Droddy of Haywood Junction; three brothers and two sisters, Clarence Leeson
of Shinnston, Clyde and Harry, both of Parkersburg, Mrs. Violet Curfman of Parkersburg and Mrs. Julia
Martin of Cairo.
WHEELOCK. Reginald V. Wheelock,
42, commercial artist and sign painter, died Saturday following
several months illness. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon and burial was made in the
Greenlawn cemetery. Mr. Wheelock was born in Freedonia, K.Y. , Oct. 11, 1902, the son of Mrs. Emily
Foster Wheelock, who lives in Clarksburg. He leaves his widow, Mrs. Bessie Bowman Wheelock and two
brothers, Willard F. and Donald M.
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HAWKER. Miss Nellie Robinson
has received word of the death of Henry Hawker of Edmond, Oklahoma.
Mr. Hawker died in his sleep early June 6th. Ke had been feeling better than usual all spring,
and had been working. He married Miss Cora Cunningham of the Grangeville community and they
moved to Oklahoma about forty years ago. A son, Gail Hawker, was killed in action in the first
World War and Mrs. Hawker was one of the Gold Star Mothers who visited the graves of their sons
in France several years ago. Surviving besides the widow are two children, John Hawker who lives
in Colorado, and Mrs. Lucille Neely of Edmond, whose husband is in the service. Miss Robinson
visited the family in the summer of 1940 and again in 1941 on her return from a trip to
SOUTHERN. Samuel D. Southern,
35, died at 3:30 o'clock Friday at a Clarksburg hospital from
injuries received the same day while operating a compressor on a stripping job for the Johnson
Construction company near Bridgeport. He had only recently returned from Arizona inhere he had
spent a year for the benefit of his health, and this was his first day of work for the Johnson
company. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Baptist church at Aciamsviile and
interment took place at Masonic cemetery. He was born May 6, 1909, at Adamsville, a son of Dr.
Fred D. Southern and Margaret Virginia Harmon Southern. He was a member of the Adamsville
Baptist, church. Survivors include Ms widow, Mrs. Texie Wright Southren [sic], to whom he was
tsarrisd July 10, 1933; a daughter, Kancy Jane, 2; his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Southern of
Adamsville; five sisters, Mrs. Geo. Miller of Barraekvilie; Mrs. James M. Morgan of Mannington,
Mrs. Kenneth Murphy and Mrs. James R. Fletcher, both of Fairmont, Miss Thelma Southern of
Adamsville; and two brothers, Moah Souther-ft of Bridgeport and Paul Southern of Mannington.
STARCHER. Mrs. Kenneth S.
Starcher of Weston, received a telegram June 6, from the War
Department, telling her of the death of her husband, Lt. Kenneth S. Stareher, 29, when his plane
crashed over China on May 28. Lieutenant Starcher was reported missing in that theater of
operations in January, but later was found in the jungle, suffering from injuries sustained when
he parachuted to earth and his chute became tangled in a tree.
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RICHARDS. Lightning claimed
the life of Ralph Ray Richards, 33.. well known citizen of Owings, Monday
afternoon during a severe electric storm that swept the community. Mr. Richards, who was operating
a bulldozer when the storm came up, had left the machine and was standing under a slate ramp when
he was struck by a bolt of lightning and knocked to* the ground. He is believed to have died almost
instantly. His mother was standing on the porch of her home nearby and saw him fall. She summoned
his brothers, all of whom lived close by. Shinnston doctors, the Clarksburg emergency car and the
Shinnston fire truck all hurried to the scene and efforts were made to revive the victim but without
success. Richards was a son of Goff Richards and Mrs. Ora Goodwin Richards. He was associated with
his father and brothers in the hauling and construction business. He was born in Upshur county April
29, 1911. Surviving besides his parents and widow, Mrs. Virginia Morgan Richards, are two daughters,
Mary Sue, 13, and Louise, 3. The brothers are Lydia, French, Freeman, Paul, Elmer, William Robert
and Don. The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at the residence in Owings, conducted by Rev.
K.U. Thompson. Burial will be at Masonic cemetery.
ROBINSON. Hugh E. Robinson,
a native of the Oakdale community, died recently at Detroit, where he
had resided for many years. He is survived by his widow and a son, Earl, also a brother, L.G.
Robinson of Clarksburg, and a sister, Mrs. Fred Conner of Marietta, Ohio. The deceased was a son
of the late Mr. and Mrs. Abner Robinson.
THORNTON. Mrs. Chloe Thornton,
47, widow of Charles Thornton, died at a Weston hospital June 11.
She was born in Kanawha county, a daughter of the late Simeon Livingston and Mrs. Amos Crawl. She
is survived by her mother, who resides in Shinnston, three sons and one daughter.
TOWNSEND. Lee C. Townsend,
44, died June 14 when struck by a street car at Perry Mine. The funeral
was held Sunday afternoon with interment at Greenlawn cemetery. He is survived by his widow, Mrs.
Pearl Feather Townsend, and three children, Charles Townsend, Mrs. Virginia Prince and Mrs. Millie
Bramer, all of Perry Mine. He was a brother of C.H. Townsend of Shinnston.
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BEAN. Mrs. Beulah Bean, 47,
and her two daughters, Rose Margaret, 21, and Hallie Loraine, 22, of
Peora Hill, were killed in the tornado. Mrs. Bean is survived by her husband and parents,
William and Margaret Sturm Barnett of Worthington, and a daughter, Mrs. Lillian Hayes of Owings.
CARLIN. Joint funeral services
were held for Charles William Carlin and family of Peora Hill who
died in the tornado. They are, Mr. Carlin, his wife Kathryn Cooker Carlin, 48, their daughter,
Mrs. Beatrice HANLIN, 25, and two sons, Robert Lee, 11, and Kenneth Meredith, 16. The only
survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Edna Sisler and a son, Charles Jr. Mr. Carlin was born Oct. 31,
1892 at Grafton and his wife was born in Jackson, Ohio.
COX. Mrs. Norma Lenora Cox,
26, wife of Paul Cox of Shinn's Run, and her two children, Allen
Burl, aged 3 1/2 years and Paul Raymond, 15 months old, were killed in the tornado. Mrs. Cox is
survived by her husband, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Norman Shanks and a sister, Alice Shanks.
CRAIG. Mrs. Myrtle Craig,
49, wife of Jason Craig, is another victim. She was born April 15,
1894, at Elk Lick, a daughter of the late Martha Asher Ferrebee and Wesley Ferrebee of West
Union. Survivors include her father, her husband, and four children, Jason, Jr. , stationed in
New Zealand; Okey, of here; Mrs. Mary White of New Brighton, Pa. and Andrew Craig.
ECKHART. Cornelius Eckhart,
61, tornado victim, died at 11 p.m. Sunday in a Clarksburg hospital.
He leaves his widow, Gay Eckhart; two daughters, Ida May and Carol Louise; a son, Raymond; two
brothers, Lloyd Eckhart, of Grafton, and Shannon Eckhart of Ohio, and a sister, Mrs. Minnie
GARRETT. The funeral of Jack
Garrett, 85, who died following the tornado when his home was
destroyed, was held at the home of Charles Harvey at Oakdale Tuesday afternoon. Burial was at
Oakdale cemetery. Surviving besides his widow, who was critically injured at the time, are three
children, Mrs. Inez Robinson, Nonnie Garrett and Buster Garrett.
GRIFFIN. Funeral services
for Mr. and Mrs. Carson Griffin who died in the wreckage of their home,
at Oakdale during the tornado, were held Tuesday afternoon at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Merle
Zirkle of Haywood. Burial at Masonic cemetery. Another daughter, Mrs. Maxine Shaffer survives.
KING. Mrs. Lois King, 62,
died Sunday night in a hospital of her injuries. She was born March 11,
1892, at Little Bingamon, Marion county, the daughter of L.D. and Katherine Hess Smith. She is
survived by her daughters, Mrs. Marie Brown, Kansas City, Kan.; Mrs. Hazel Bradley, Little Bingamon;
Mrs. Virginia Mello, Baltimore, Md., and a sister, Mrs. Lyda Pearl Conley, of Morgantown.
LINDSEY. Jerry Robert Lindsey,
6, killed in the tornado, was born March 24, 1938 at Prospect Valley.
He is a son of Geneva Carol Lindsey who is reported missing and Charles Lindsey of Baltimore.
LINDSEY. Mary Florence Lindsey,
40, wife of Amos Lindsey, was killed in the tornado, and her
daughter, Carol lolene, 19, and her son, Charles Warren, 7, died later from injuries received in the
disaster. Mrs. Lindsey is survived by her husband and four children, Mrs. Ruby Clevenger, Miss
Pauline Lindsey, Lawrence Lindsey, in the Navy and Darrell. She also leaves four sisters and three
brothers. She was born at St. Marys, Pa. April 11, 1904, a daughter of William and Nettie McMinn
Wertz, who also survive.
LUNDELL. Margaret Lundell,
39, wife of Harvey J. Lundell, was killed in the tornado. She was born
August 31, 1905, a daughter of Thomas and Elvina Linsey Ashcraft of Lunsberport. Surviving besides
the husband are the following children, Mrs. William Fletcher, Mrs. Mary Shreves, Phyllis Lundell,
Harvey Jr., Marjorie Lee, Clark Edward, Paul Jackson, Donald Lee, Robert Allen, Sandra Sue, all at
home, and Betty, about 12, missing.
MAHANA. Mrs. Jessie Marie
Mahana, 25, wife of Ralph J. Mahana, and her infant daughter, Anna Lee,
ten months old, were killed in the tornado. Another daughter, Mary Virginia, 6, is in a Clarksburg
hospital. She was born December 24, 1918, & daughter of Mrs. Mary Endres and the late Joseph Endres.
Surviving besides her husband and mother are her daughter Mary Virginia, one son, Ralph, Jr.; two
sisters, Katherine and Martha Endres and two brothers, Joseph, in the Army overseas and Billie.
MARRA. Louie Marra, 66, died
as result of the tornado. He was an employe[e] of the coal company
at Owings. He was born in Italy, a son of John and Angeline Parriot Marra. He is survived by three
sons, John, Pfc. Wm. Marra with the Arrny overseas; and Louie, a brother, William, of Clarksburg, and
two sisters, Mrs. Frank Secret of Meadowbrook and Mrs. James Aragona, Shinnston.
MOORE. Roberta Edna Moore,
7, daughter of Herbert C. and Dessie Coontz Moore of Oakdale, was killed
in the tornado. She was born October 12, 1936. The parents and one brother, Charles Ross Moore
O'CONNOR. Among the bodies
recovered Sunday afternoon was that of Mrs. Ora Lorraine O'Connor, 53,
who was taken from the river. She was the widow of Philip O'Connor who was killed March 28, 1940,
at the Bethlehem Fairmont mines. She was born in Pleasants county November 24, 1890, a daughter of
George and Emma Fouiton Martin. Survivors are 7 children, George, a patient in a Clarksburg hospital
following the tornado; Harold with the Army in North Africa; Thomas, with the Army in Florida; Mrs.
Georgia Ashcraft, Psora; Madeline O'Connor and Betty O'Connor of Peora. There are two brothers and
one sister, Howard Martin, Ohio, William Martin, Pigott's Run and Mrs. Rose Bowers, Enterprise.
OLIVERIO. Tony Oliverio, 54.,
his wife, Mary Oliverio and his daughter, Rose, aged 22, all died in
the tornado. Mr. Oliverio was an employe[e] of the Bethlehem Fairmont Coal Co. He and Mrs. Oliverio
were born in Italy. They are survived by four children, William, in the Army; Frank, Annie, and
Antionette [sic]. Mr. Oliverio also leaves two brothers, Sam and Joe Oliverio.
RIGHTER. The funeral of Mrs,
Rose E. Righter, wife of Edgar E. Righter, who died Friday night when
the tornado demolished their home at Saltwell, were [sic] held Monday afternoon at the First Baptist
Church followed by interment at Masonic cemetery. Mrs. Righter, one of the most beloved residents
of the community, was born in Boyd, Ky. , the daughter of Henry and Margaret Deen [sic] Lowther. She
is survived by her husband, and three children, Charles L. Righter, principal of Lumberport high
school; George E. Righter at home, and Mrs. N.R. Craig of Huntington. Also a sister, Mrs. John N.
King, Madisonville, O.
ROTUNDO. Frank Rotundo, 38,
died Monday night in the Fairmont General hospital. His son, Santo,
6, was an early victim of the catastrophe.
ROTUNDO. A seven year old
child, Santo Rotundo, Jr., son of Frank and Frances Allowatt Rotundo, died
a victim of the tornado. He is survived by his parents, a sister Mary and a brother, Frank Jr.
RUTTER. Mrs. Annie Rutter,
57, killed in the tornado, was the widow of John William Rutter. She
was born in Greenbrier county, Nov. 17, 1897, a daughter of Henry and R.K. Walker Watson. She has
one brother, Frank Watson of Shinnston; and two sisters, Mrs. Caroline Ellen Rutter of Shinnston,
and Mrs. Rhoda McCutcheon of Clarksburg. Also surviving are a son, Charles McCutcheon of Wyatt, and
a stepson, Roy Rutter, Shinnston.
SHARP. Mrs. Pearl Carder Sharp,
45, widow of William Sharp, was killed in the tornado late Sunday
afternoon, the body of her only child, Loretta, 10, was recovered from the river near Worthington.
Mrs. Sharp was born May 5, 1899 at Saltwell, a daughter of Joseph and Ingaby Martin Carder. She is
survived by her mother, six brothers and a sister, namely, Guy, Elaine, Russell, Robert, Howard and
Thomas Carder and Miss Martha Rosalie Carder. Mrs. Sharp's niece, Delores Jean CARDER. 11, daughter
of Elaine and Helen Bolivar Carder, also was killed in the tornado. Her brother, Elaine, Jr., was
also a victim and his body was taken from the river Monday. A sister in law Mrs. Vada CARDER. 30,
wife of Robert Carder, also was a victim. She was born at Weston Jan. 10, 1914, the daughter of Mrs.
Icie West, now of Shinnston. Surviving besides her mother and husband is a brother, Everett West.
SHINN. Mary Alice Shinn,.
46, a daughter of the late A.A. Shinn and Savilla Koon Shinn, was found
dead at her home on Shinn's Run Saturday morning. She is believed to have succumbed to shock
following the tornado. Her house was not damaged by the storm. She was a teacher in the Wyatt
schools. Miss Shinn was born December 10, 1897. She is survived by a brother. Harry Shinn and two
sisters, Mrs. J.R. (Susan) Wilkinson and Mrs. Tessie Martin.
STARK. William Ray Stark,
5 year old son of Earl and Anna May Wabble Stark, of Plgott's Run, died
of injuries received in the tornado.
VERDIGONE. Mrs. Frank Verdigone
died of injuries received in the tornado. She is survived by her
husband; a son Samuel, a daughter Virginia, and a sister, Mrs. Albert Iconis of Clarksburg.
WEST. Thomas West, 62, of
Lucas Mill, a victim of the tornado, was born April 7, 1882, at Jackson,
Ohio. His wife was also killed and her body is missing. The survivors include William and Cashus
West, a daughter, Sylvia West, and four brothers and five sisters.
YOST. The bodies of Mrs. Emma
Yost, 58, wife of Calvin Yost, and her daughter, Mrs. Loretta METZ,
37, wife of Edward Met2, were found Monday afternoon lying close together on the bank of the river
at Viropa. There were four deaths in the family, the husband and a son Kenneth Lee, 12, having been
killed in the storm.
REPORTED IN THE SAME ISSUE - OTHERS
said to have died from tornado-related injuries [Does not
include those mentioned in other issues.]
BARNETTE. Baby of Roy Barnette, 6 days of age and unnamed
BARRETT. John Barrett, 59, Pine Grove
CAPILLO. Josephine Capillo,
19, of Ehler, near Big Elm north of Shinnston [recovered Tuesday
from the West Fork river]
CARDER. . . . Elaine Carder,
Jr., 14, of the Shinnston area [was] found by searchers in the
West Fork river.
CAVALIER. John Cavalier, 18-months
old son of Joseph Cavalier was found on the river bank
CAVALIER. Margaret Cavalier, 3, of Ehlen . . . was found near Watson.
ECKARD. Neil Eckard, 65 ... died at at Clarksburg hospital Monday.
LINDSAY [sic]. Amos Lindsay
[sic], of Ehlen, found near the Country Club stop, near
METZ, Mildred Yost
MILBOURN. Earl Milbourn, 60,
a typewriter repairman from Winchester, Va. , injured at
MILLER. Mrs. Okey (Bernice) [and] Catherine Miller, 17, daughter of Mrs. Okey Miller
0'CONNOR. Mrs. George O'Connor, 50, died in Clarksburg hospital.
ROBERTS, Fred and Mrs. Roberts
[and] Sonora Roberts, 19, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred
SHARP. Loretta Sharp, 10 ...
of Lucas Mill, and Elaine CARDER. Jr., 14, of the Shinnston
area were found by searchers in the West Fork river.
STARK. William Ray
TEMPLE. John Thomas
WEST. Mrs. Thomas West, of Lucas Mill . . . was found near the new bridge.
ZARBAUGH. Barbara Lee Zarbaugh, 5 months old
JULY 6. 1944 ISSUE
ARNOLD. Funeral services for
Deloris Lee Arnold, 15, a tornado victim, were held June 17 at the
home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Wright on Hood avenue. Burial was made in the
Masonic cemetery. She was born March 24th, 1929, the daughter of the late Thomas Arnold and Mrs.
Edna Sturm. She is survived by her mother, her step father, John Carl Sturm and the following
half sisters, Billie Jean, Charlotte Ann and Sally Irene.
BASFORD. Robert Dale Basford,
8, whose body was found in the river near Hutchinson bridge, a
victim of the tornado, was buried Thursday, June 29. He was the son of Douglas and Marie
Stevenson Basford who survive, also four brothers and sisters.
CUNNINGHAM. Robert Herman
Cunningham, 83, a farmer died Sunday at his home at Wyatt. A native
of the Sardis section, he was born Oct. 12, 1860, a son of John and Rebecca Swiger Cunningham.
He is survived by his widow, Caroline Wadsworth Cunningham; two sons, Chester of Cunningham's run
and Clyde, of Akron, Ohio; two brothers, James of Gregory's run, and Amos, of Oak Point, and two
sisters, Miss Ina Cunningham of Wyatt and Mrs. Minerva McGinnis of Newburg. Funeral services
were held at his late residence Wednesday afternoon and burial was made in the Wyatt Odd Fellows
LINDSEY. With the definite
identification by friends Friday afternoon of a body found floating
on the Monongahela river at Masontown, Pa., as Mrs. Geneva Carol Lindsey, 22, of Shinnston, state
police were able to check off the last known missing victims of the June 23 tornado. A high
school class ring was important in establishing the identity of Mrs. Lindsey, whose body was
recovered Thursday after floating approximately fifty miles in the six days since the tornado.
Mrs. Lindsey was the wife of Charles Lindsey, a street car operator in Baltimore, Md. She was
born Sept. 6, 1921, at Wyatt, the daughter of Frank and Lola Smith King. She leaves her father
and husband and a son, James Edward 2. Her mother, Mrs. Lola King, perished in the tornado.
Three sisters also survive, Mrs. Marie Brown of Kansas City, Kansas, Mrs. Virginia Mellon of
Baltimore, and Mrs. Hazel Bradley of Mannington. [Additional entry, same date:] Mrs. Geneva
Carol Lindsey, 22, wife of Charles Lindsey, Jr., was found last Thursday in the Monongahela river
near Masontown. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the Masonic cemetery.
LUNDELL. Betty Lee Lundell,
11, daughter of Harvey Lundell, was found Tuesday in the West Fork
river. Funeral services were held Thursday morning at the St. Ann's Catholic Church. Her mother,
Mrs. Margaret Lundell, also was a tornado victim. She is survived by her father and the following
brothers and sisters: Mrs. Wm. Fletcher, Mrs. Mary Shreve, Phyllis, Marjorie Lee, Sandra Sue,
Harvey, Jr., Clark Edward, Paul Jackson, Donald Lee and Bobby Allen.
MALONE. Mrs. Sarah Malone,
75, of the Pleasant Hill addition, died Wednesday afternoon, June 28,
in a Fairmont hospital as a victim of the tornado. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon
at the home of Clarence Shaver of Fairmont. Burial was made in the Shinnston Masonic cemetery.
A daughter, Miss Lillian Malone, and a son, Lawrence Malone, survive. Mrs. Malone's home was
completely destroyed in the tornado.
MERONI. Mrs. Angelina Meroni,
wife of John Meroni, of the Ehlen addition, died Wednesday June
29, in a Clarksburg hospital. Funeral services were held Saturday at St. Ann[']s Catholic
PRYOR. Mrs. Anna Shingleton
Pryor, 81, died Sunday at her home at Walker. She is survived by
her husband. Otto Pryor, three daughters and five sons. Mrs. Waltre [sic] Miller of Enterprise
is a daughter, and Sanford Shingleton of Fairmont, is a brother. She was born in Harrison county
but spent the greater part of her life in Wood county. Funeral services were held Wednesday,
followed by burial at Walker.
ROLLINS. Pvt. Denzel C. Rollins,
19, was killed in action in France June 8, according to a message
received by his mother, Mrs. Ermal Williams of Koon's Run. Pvt. Rollins enlisted in the paratroopers
Nov. 3, 1942, and had been overseas since last December. A half brother, Richard Williams, is in
the Navy. Pvt. Rollins was a member of the Koon's Run Baptist church and had attended Shinnston high
school. He made his home with Mrs. Mae Seese of Shinn's Run for several years and was a fine young
man. In his letters to her, he always spoke longingly of the day when he could return to the farm.
SEDLOCK. Pvt. Paul Sedlock,
22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Sedlock, of the Mudlick community, was
killed in action in France June 15, according to a message received Monday by his parents. Sedlock
was A member of a gun crew. He had been in the service since the spring of 1943. He was a former
employe[e] of the Blackburn Coal company. A brother, Pvt. John Sedlock is serving overseas, and
another brother, Pvt. Steve Sedlock, Jr., stationed at Springfield, Mo., is on his way home for a
STURM. Alva D. Sturm, 77,
well known farmer of near Wyatt, died Friday night. Funeral services were
held at the Methodist church on Bingamon Monday afternoon. Burial was made in the I.O.O.F. cemetery
at Wyatt. The deceased was the son of the late Harrison and Salva Martin Sturm and was born on the
Sturm homestead on September 2, 1867. He never married and had lived on the home farm throughout
his life. He is survived by his sister, Mrs. Dora Sandy of Mannington, Route 4.