Miscellaneous Obituaries from the
Clarksburg Telegram
Some 1963, 1986, and 1987

Transcribed by Wendy Andrus
 

SURNAMES

Corathers 
Wiley 
Morgan 
Yerkey 
Antonie
Papajohn 
Hall
Gentilozzi
Coata
Quermann
McClung
Welch
Buchannon
Hanley
Bosanec
Sowers
Holt
McElfresh
Davis
Losh

 
CLARKSBURG TELEGRAM, SATURDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 23, 1963 

MRS. WINIFRED CORATHERS
Mrs. Winifred Joann Corathers, 38, of 126 Lynn Ave., died at 11:45 a.m. Friday following a sudden illness. She was born April 10, 1925, in Akron, Ohio, a daughter of Robert M. and Sue Melton Mills of 414 Dunkin Ave., Bridgeport.  Also surviving are her husband, Leland W. Corathers, an employee of the Continental Can Co.; three sons, Philli Lee, Donald Allen, and Michael Mills Corathers, all at home; two brothers, Robert M. Mills Jr. of Tiaz Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and James P. Mills of Hyattsville, Md.
One son, John Robert Corathers preceded her in death on June 30, 1963.  Mrs. Corathers was a member of the Clarksburg Baptist Church and the U. S. Army Mothers club.
 

CLARKSBURG SUNDAY EXPONENT-TELEGRAM, SUNDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 24, 1963

ROBERT WILEY
Robert Wiley, 26, of Despard, died Friday at 4:30 p.m., in a Weston Hospital, of complications after a one-week’s illness. He was born on June 20, 1937, in McIntyre, son of the late John Wiley and Mrs. Elizabeth Wiley of 805 East Pike Street.
Surviving are his mother; one sister, Mrs. Ellsworth (Lola) Jones, of 304½ Water St.; three nieces and nephews.

BESSIE MORGAN
SHINNSTON – Bessie Morgan, 63, a resident of Hubbard, Ohio, died at 8 p.m. Friday at her home following an extended illness. She was born March 16, 1890, in Doddridge County, a daughter of Thomas and Marian Lipscomb Holt. Her husband, Clark Morgan, preceded her in death in 1930.
Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Henry (Lydia) Whitecotton of Ferrell, Pa., Mrs. William ( Iona) Hamilton of Fairmont, and Miss Bertha Morgan of Hubbard, Ohio; four sons, Oy Morgan of Youngstown, Ohio, Oudie Morgan of Wallace, Warner Morgan of Phoenix, Ariz., and Dewey Morgan of Hubbard, Ohio; four sisters, Mrs. Sarah Edgell and Mrs. Essie Hurst both of Wallace, Mrs. Gertrude Hutson of Wolf Summit and Mrs. Addie Haney of Akron, Ohio; two brothers, Meredith Holt of Folsom, and William Holt of Canton, Ohio; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
 Mrs. Morgan was a member of the McIntyre Fork Baptist Church.
 

MARION O. YERKEY
WESTON – Marion O. Yerkey, 83, of Rt. 3, Weston, died Saturday at 2 a.m. in the Stonewall Jackson Hospital following a three month illness.
He was born in Harrison County, Dec. 14, 1879, a son of Darif E. and Mary E. Richards Yerkey. He was twice married. First to Gertie J. Lemons, whom he married Sept. 24, 1909, and who preceded him in death Nov. 5, 1959. On May 6, 1960 he was married to Ethyl V. Kemper, who survives.
Also surviving are one daughter; Mrs. Madrill Blake of Weston; one son, Clarence J. Yerkey of Bolt; two brothers, W. T. Yerkey of Chicago, Ill., and A. E. Yerkey of Altadena, Calif.; five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Yerkey was a member of the Memorial Methodist Church at Weston; Weston Lodge No. 10 AF and AM; Clarksburg Lodge of Perfection, Knights Rose Croix; a 32nd degree Mason; member of Wheeling Consistory, Methodist Temple Shrine, Parkersburg; member of IOOF Lodge No. 90, and the Fern Leaf Rebekah Lodge No. 101 of Weston. He was a retired Hope Natural Gas Company employee having retried in 1944 after 28 years of service.

MEDA ANTONIE
Meda Antonie, 83, of 372 Wilson Street, died in a local hospital Saturday at 4:30 p.m. following a brief illness.
She was born in Greenfield, Ind., Jan. 12, 1880, a daughter of James and Eliza Jane Carwell. Her husband, Fred Antonie, preceded her in death in 1955.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. William (Beatrice ) Bates of 174 Hickman Street, and Mrs. Evan (Gladys) Griffiths of 111 Temple Terrace; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Antonie was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church and Queen Esther Chapter No. 11, Order of Eastern Star.  Friends may call at the Davis Funeral Home, 443 W. Pike Street, after 7 p.m. today.

BLANCHE I. PAPAJOHN
SHINNSTON – Blanche Ida Papajohn, 70, a resident of Shinnston, died in a local hospital at 10:15 a.m. Saturday.
She was born May 11, 1893, at Grafton, a daughter of Thomas and Susan Ida Law Johnson.
Surviving are her husband, Harry Papajohn; one son Harry Papajohn Jr. of Woodbridge, Va; one daughter Helen Buchner of Washington, D. C.; one sister, Mrs. Charles Creel of Washington, D. C.
Mrs. Papajohn was a member of the First Baptist Church at Shinnston.

CLARKSBURG TELEGRAM, MONDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 25, 1963 

SOLDIER DIES IN N. J. MISHAP; COUNTY NATIVE – FRONT PAGE
WAYNE HALL
SHINNSTON – Sp-5 Wayne Hall, 25, a member of the U. S. Army, of Lake Hurst, N. J., died at 4 p.m. Saturday at Lake Wood, N. J., of injuries received in an auto accident Saturday afternoon.
He was born July 8, 1938, at Meadowbrook, a son of Layman M. and Beulah Snyder Hall.
Surviving are his father, Layman M. Hall and his stepmother, Marjorie Lipscomb, of Meadowbrook; one sister Mrs. Fonda Palmer of New Vienna, Ohio; four brothers, Ralph T. of Bridgeport, James Olen, a member of the U. S. Air Force stationed in Spain, Larry M., a member of the U. S. Army stationed at Fort Knox, Ky., and Okey, at home; the paternal grandmother, Mrs. Rosie Hall of Clarksburg; and the maternal grandfather Thomas Snyder of Clarksburg.
Mr. Hall attended Shinnston High School and has been a member of the U. S. Army for six years. He graduated from the U. S. Army Signals School and the Bendix Electronics School of Baltimore, Md.
 
VICTOR GENTILOZZI
Victor S. Gentilozzi, 68, a retired employee of the Rolland Glass Company, of 317 N. 7th St., died at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the University Drive Veterans Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa., of complications after a long illness.  He was born Aug. 3, 1895, in Rome, Italy, a son of the late Joseph and Avi Gentilozzi.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Costa Lover Gentilozzi; three sons, Albert Gentilozzi of Lansing, Mich., Frank Gentilozzi, at home, and Second Lieutenant Victor Gentilozzi Jr., with the U. S. Army in Okinawa; two daughters, Mrs. Ralph ( Virginia) Angiulli of Orlando, Fla., and Mrs. Ray ( Mary) Carafelli of Santa Monica, Calif.; one brother, Novello Gentilozzi of Rome, Italy; one sister, Mrs. Lucy Ficcardi of Boston, Mass.; and 10 grandchildren.
Mr. Gentilozzi, a veteran of World War I, was a member of American Legion Post 13; Sons of Italy, Marconi Lodge; and the St. John’s Catholic Church.

PATSY COSTA
Patsy Costa, 83, a retired miner, of 1202 N. 19th St., died at 2 p.m. Sunday in a local hospital after a short illness.
He was born April 15, 1880, in Reggio Calabria, Italy, a son of the late Angelo and Maria Rose Costa. He was preceded in death by his wife Catherine Stumpo Costa, in 1959.
Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Benny (Rose) Ferrise of Steubenville, Ohio, Mrs. William (Angeline) Granett of 2227 Pride Ave., Mrs. John (Rose) Meatris of Steubenville, Mrs. Pete (Mary) Jack of Pasadena, Calif., and Mrs. Henry ( Lucy) Alvarez of 1202 N. 19th St.; three sons, Carmen Stumpo of 2312 West Virginia Avenue, John Stumpo of Weirton, and Angelo Costa of Philadelphia Pa., 18 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Costa was a member of the United Mine Workers of America and St. James Catholic Church.

ELMER J. QUERMANN
Elmer J. Quermann, 68, of 125 Marshall St., died at 6 p.m. Sunday at his residence following a sudden heart attack.  He was born May 14, 1895, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of Herman and Mary Louise Schwendker Quermann.  Surviving are his wife, Louise Nirgenau Quermann; two sons, John Kenneth Quermann of Dallas Tex., and Thomas Richard Quermann of St. Louis; and two grandchildren, Thomas Richard Jr. and Walter Allen Quermann.
He had 42 years service with the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company and at his retirement two years ago was a wareroom superintendent. He was a member of the Church of New Jerusalem (Swendenborgian) of St. Louis, and a member of the Shekinah Lodge 256, A. F. and A. M., of Festus, Mo., and the Lodge of Perfection and Knights of Rose Croix of St. Louis.
 

CLARKSBURG TELEGRAM, TUESDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 26, 1963 


CHESTER G. MC CLUNG
Word has been received here of the death of Chester G. McClung, 56, of Cleveland, Ohio, formerly of Clarksburg. Surviving are his widow, Juanita (Jerry) McClung; two daughters, Deborah McClung, at home, and Mrs. William (Marsha) Washer of Medina, Ohio; one son, Chester G. McClung Jr. of Detroit, Mich.; one brother, Cecil J. McClung of Warren, Ohio; two sisters, Mrs. Wade (Cleora) Davisson and Mrs. James (Louise) Carder, both of Clarksburg.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday in Cleveland, Ohio.

MRS. ELLA N. WELCH
BRIDGEPORT – Mrs. Ella N. Welch, 85, a resident of Anmoore, died Monday in a local hospital following an extended illness.  She was born Feb. 20, 1878, in Harrison County, a daughter of the late Joseph Johnson Lang and Mary Donlin Lang. Her husband, L. V. Welch, preceded her in death in 1920.
Surviving are four sons, C. Robert Welch of Fostoria, Ohio, Edward M. Welch of Bridgeport, Frank L. Welch of Bridgeport, Rt. 1, Homer J. Welch of Dunbar; three brothers, John J. Lang, and Frank Lang, both of Rt. 1 Bridgeport, and Charles E. Lang of Detroit, Mich.; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
One son, Denzil R. Welch, and two brothers, James E. Lang and Thomas S. Lang, preceded her in death. Mrs. Welch was a retired school teacher having taught in Harrison County for more than 30 years. She was a member of St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church at Anmoore.

CLARKSBURG TELEGRAM, WEDNESDAY EVENING, JUNE 18, 1986

MRS. HAROLD BUCHANNON 
Mary A. Buchannon, 67, of Lost Creek, Route 1, died at 9:40 p.m. Monday, June 16, in United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness.
She was born in Lewis County, Jan. 14, 1919, a daughter of the late Michael Earl and Biddie Dolan Shepherd.
Surviving are her husband, Harold Buchannon, whom she married March 30, 1937; one daughter, Mrs. Richard (Janet) Elliott, two grandchildren, Brian and Kim Elliott, all of West Milford; three brothers, Bernard and Paul Shepherd, both of West Milford, and Joe Shepherd, Hanover, Pa.
Also preceding her in death were one brother and one sister.
Mrs. Buchannon was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.

CLARKSBURG TELEGRAM, TUESDAY EVENING, JUNE 24, 1986

MRS. F. C.  HANLEY
Mary A. Hanley, 73, of 123 S. Florence St., Clarksburg, died at 4 a.m. Tuesday, June 23, in a local nursing home, following an extended illness.
She was born May 24, 1913, in Alum Bridge, a daughter of the late Michael J. and Julia Whalen Will.
Her husband, F. C. Hanley, preceded her in death April 12, 1977.
Surviving are three sons, James M. Hanley, at home, John F. Hanley, Pittsburgh, Pa., and David L. Hanley, Columbus, Ohio; five grandchildren, and one stepsister, Mrs. Theresa Shears, Baltimore, Md.
Mrs. Hanley was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and Chapter 409, Woman of the Moose, Clarksburg

MRS. JOE BOSANEC
Mrs. Mary Margaret Bosanec, 72, of 216 Meigs Ave., Clarksburg, died at 4 a.m. Monday, June 23, at her residence, following an eight-month illness.
She was born in Clarksburg, March 6, 1914, a daughter of the late Julian and Sarah Barbino.
Her husband, Joe P. Bosanec, preceded her in death Aug. 14, 1969.
Surviving are three daughters, Shirley Ann Bosanec, at home, Sarah Louise “Weezie” Rymasz and Mrs. Thomas (Sharon Sue) Rokisky, and one brother, Tony Barbino, all of Clarksburg; one sister, Mrs. Laura Elocqua, Utica, N.Y.; five grandchildren, Stephanie Jo, Steven Mitchell and Joseph Anthony Rymasz, and Christa Renee and Joseph Frank “Jody” Rokisky.
Also preceding her in death were one granddaughter, Tonya Renee Rokisky, three sisters and one brother.
Mrs. Bosanec was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

GEORGE SOWERS
SHINNSTON – George “Carbide” Sowers, 81, of Bingamon Junction, died at 10:48 a.m. Monday, June 23, in West Virginia University Medical Center, Morgantown.
He was born March 17, 1905, in Grant County, a son of the late George W. and Missouri B. Jefferies Sowers.
His wife, Hazel Mullennex Sowers, whom he married Dec. 28, 1930, survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Ronald (Janet) Rinehart, Mannington; one son, Jerry Sowers, Hagerstown, Md.; one brother, Otto Sowers, Thomas; three grandchildren.
Four sisters and three brothers are deceased.
Mr. Sowers was a member of the Bingamon Junction United Methodist Church, the IOOF Lodge in Enterprise, and the UMWA. He retired in 1969 from the Consolidation Coal Company mine at Four States.

RICHARD W. HOLT
Richard W. Holt, 70, of 792 Kent Circle, Columbus, Ohio, died Friday, June 20, in Mt. Carmel Hospital, Columbus, following a lengthy illness.
He was born in Wetzel County, May 5, 1916, a son of the late Meredith and Hattie Edgell Holt.
His wife, the former Freda Heldreth, survives in Lumberport. Also surviving are three sons, Richard Holt Jr. and Jack Holt, both of Columbus, and Larry Holt, Avon Lake, Ohio; four daughters, Freda Piphe, Niles, Mich., Sue Graves, Dayton, Ohio, Sandy Ridgely, Baltimore, Mr., and Debra Chafin, Columbus; four sisters, Edra Dennison and Elsie Cottrill, both of Clarksburg, Garnett Barker, Columbus and Edith Haught, Folsom; one brother, Marion J. Holt, Mount Calm, Texas; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mr. Holt was a graduate of Lumberport High School.
Services and burial will be held Tuesday in Ohio.

HUGH RAY MCELFRESH
BRIDGEPORT – Hugh Ray McElfresh, 76, of 794 Salt Springs Road, Warren, Ohio, formerly of Bridgeport, died Monday morning, June 23, in Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio.
He was born June 3, 1910, in Taylor County, a son of the late Abram L. and Viola Lee Maxwell McElfresh.
Surviving are his wife, Edna Davisson McElfresh, whom he married Oct. 18, 1932; and one brother, A. Lee McElfresh, Mineral Ridge, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, James E. and Paul E. McElfresh and two sisters, Mrs. Beatrice Opal Fowler and Mrs. Ethel Jane Currey.
Mr. McElfresh was retired in 1974 from the Asmbler-Packard Electric Company. He was Methodist, a 7th degree member of the Eden Grange in Lordstown, Ohio, a member of the Automobile Worker’s Union 717 and a veteran of World War II.
The body will be returned to Bridgeport for services and interment.

CLARKSBURG TELEGRAM, WEDNESDAY EVENING, JANUARY 21, 1987

MRS. TEDDY DAVIS
Martha Jean Bias Davis, 54, of 500 Upland Ave., Clarksburg, died at 10:20 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20 in United Hospital Center following an extended illness.
She was born in Georgetown, Sept. 9, 1932, a daughter of Cara Gae Hickman Simms, who survives in Clarksburg, and the late Norman Bias.
Her husband, Teddy F. Davis, whom she married June 25, 1949, survives.
Also surviving are four daughters, Mrs. James (Sheila) Green, Mrs. Anthony (Doris) Allevato and Mrs. Howard (Lavonne) Sparks, all of Clarksburg, and Teddie Coffman, at home; two sisters, Mrs. Vernita Wright and Mrs. Johnnie (Linda) Lantz, both of Clarksburg; six grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Davis was methodist.

MRS. ORVEL LOSH
Mrs. Lula B. Losh, 84, of Bridgeport, Route 1, died at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, in Salem Health Care Center following an extended illness.
She was born in Braxton County, Nov. 29, 1902, a daughter of the late Samuel Henry and Susan Ann Friend Detamore. Her husband, Orvel Walter Losh, preceded her in death in November 1980.
 Surviving are one son, O. W. Losh. Jr., Nutter Fort; one brother, Henry Detamore, Rockport; two grandchildren, Richard A. Losh, with whom she made her home in Bridgeport, and Sue Ann Carter, Covington, Ga.; eight great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were one son, Robert Lee Losh; one daughter, Pauline Kelley; one grandson, David Lee Losh; three brothers and two sisters.  Mrs. Losh was a member of the Summit Park Baptist Church and a former member of the Summit Park Lions Club.