Mount Hope Church of God Cemetery

As read by Bonnie Simons Hendershot; transcribed by B. Kay Melvin)

Directions to Mount Hope Cemetery: Drive Rt. 33 east from Ripley for 6 miles and turn left on CR-14 (Joe's Run); go 1/2 mile to the "Y" intersection; take right fork, CR 14-5, and go 3 miles to the end at top of hill; make a left onto CR 14-4 (no road sign) and go 2/10ths mile to Church on hill.

More information on this cemetery can be obtained by contacting:
Belva Alice (RICHARDS) SIMONS
RT. 1 BOX 337
RIPLEY, WV 25271-9754
PHONE 304-372-9955

The best time to call is Monday through Friday (when she doesn't have a house full of company). Belva is wife of Daniel Charles SIMONS (deceased). Her nickname Bee. Close relatives include RICHARDS, SIMONDS/SIMONS, ALLEN, PYATT/PIATT, ARGABRITE, GREATHOUSE, HARRIS, MOREHEAD, WRIGHT, ROWLEY and MYERS

Belva aka (Bee) also has very good first hand knowledge and marriage connections to SNYDER, GRADY, HINZMAN, DUSKY, PARSONS, HARTLEY, WINTER(S), HUDSON, CASTO, PICKENS and BEECH

The following reading started at the front gate and worked to the back of the cemetery:


  • HASCUE, Herby G. 1927-1958
  • RICHARDS, Bobby Gene May 6, 1938 - June 4, 1998
  • YOUNG, Lelah G. 1900-1970
  • HARTLEY
  • SNYDER, Aaron Junior Oct. 27, 1923 - April 17, 1989 (Tec 4 US Army - World War 2)
  • BALLARD, Josephine E. March 20, 1930 - May 22, 1992
  • A.S. (5"x14" block)
  • SNYDER, Jessie A. 1900 - 1986
  • SNYDER, George W. 1896 - 1979
  • PARSONS, Emma J. 1889 - 1981
  • PARSONS, Robert H. 1893 - 1971
  • WISEMAN, Joseph D. 1861 - 1931
  • WISEMAN, Dora B. 1889 - 1071
  • UNKNOWN (written on stone - Belva SIMONS told Bonnie this is grave of Dick HUDSON)
  • MYERS, Raymond J. 1959 - 2000
  • MYERS, Mary 1927 - 2000
  • MYERS, Denny Alva 1914 - 1987
  • MYERS, Oley Hoyt December 10, 1916 - November 17, 1982
  • MYERS 1954 - 1957
  • MYERS 1860 - 1954
  • BEACH, Olive P. December 1, 1927 - November 11, 1997
  • XXXXX (no stone or stone missing but has grave there)
  • RICHARDS, William 1958 - 1982
  • COOK, Billy 1965 - 1982
  • COOK, Robert 1959 - 1982
  • COOK, John 1958 - 1982
  • RICHARDS, Larry A. May 19, 1950 -
  • RICHARDS, Anna M. July 19, 1933 - November 21, 2000
  • RICHARDS, Violet E. Shockey January 12, 1920
  • 4" x 4" H-block (Hinzeman)
  • HINZMAN, Ilene February 20, 1935
  • KERNS, Betty Lou Parrish March 3, 1932 (Stillborn)
  • HINZMAN, Clella Jr. January 14, 1941
  • HINZMAN, Alma Leon February 3, 1914 - December 18, 1946
  • SNYDER, Brian D. 1966 - 1966
  • HASCUE, John A. 1893 - 1984
  • HASCUE, Susie E. 1894 - 1964
  • SIMONS, Clara A. August 12, 1941 - October 26, 1978
  • HINZMAN, Lois Street 1926 - 1972
  • HINZMAN, Robert Glenn March 9, 1915 - April 14, 1969 (West Virginia CPL, US Marines WWII)
  • RICHARDS, Hubert Paul Jr. February 13, 1986
  • Blank old, upright, tan sandstone
  • McDOUGAL, Harriette Leeota February 8, 1936 - May 7, 1998 (Mom)
  • EVANS, Sylvia 1918 - 2001
  • EVANS, Richard 1900 - 1977
  • PICKENS, Jennings B. 1896 - 1964
  • PICKENS, Eva C. 1902 - 1989
  • BEISE, Della Berry 1898 - 1974
  • NELSON, Lex 1925 - 1978
  • NELSON, Clarence 1890 - 1965
  • NELSON, Margarete 1932 - 1966
  • NELSON, Larry 1950 - 1961
  • RICHARD, Oscar 1895 - 1948
  • RICHARD, Gay 1894 - 19(?)
  • RICHARDS, Foster 1928 - 1990
  • MYERS, Oley Edmund (?)
  • MYERS, Jason Paul 1980 - 1980
  • MYERS, Tabitha Jean 1977 - 1977
  • HINZMAN, Cecil P. 1916 - 1978 (PFC US Army WWII)
  • RANDOLPH, Cecil Clair April 16, 1931 - November 17, 1995 (CPL US Army Korea)
  • RANDOLPH, Nole Allan October 3, 1958 - September 14, 1979
  • RANDOLPH, Theodore 1900 - 1979
  • RANDOLPH, Masel O. 1902 - 1977
  • RANDOLPH, Mabel Louise October 18, 1926 - December 30, 1926 Age 2 mo. 12 days "Our Darling Baby"
  • MYERS, Barney
  • MYERS, Martha (Both names appear on one small stone)
  • CUMMINGS, Rosalee 1924 -
  • CUMMINGS, Lee 1931 - 1998
  • WAYBRIGHT, Fred Lee February 15, 1894 - December 1, 1972 (PVT US Army WWI) Father
  • WAYBRIGHT, Edward I. 1865 - 1953
  • SHAMBLIN, Tommy Keith 1965 - 1996
  • CARTE, Stacy Jean 1972 - 1972
  • KERNS, Verna R. March 28, 1913 - May 30, 1948
  • KERNS, Ace J. May 10, 1906 - September 25, 1997
  • KERNS, Ada Ann 1910 - 1075
  • SMITH, Francis Lucille 1918 - 1988
  • SMITH, John Martin 1910 - 1975
  • PARSONS, Lorene M. July 2, 1927 - November 29, 1995
  • PARSONS, Cecil E. November 6, 1919 - June 9, 1988 (Married December 5, 1945)
  • HUDSON, William Keith July 31, 1948 - October 3, 1983 (SGT US Air Force Viet Nam)
  • MILLER, Herman R. November 9, 1914 - March 26, 1973 (CPL US Army WWII)
  • MILLER, Cassandra Rae December 17, 1989 (a baby)
  • MYERS, Charlie C. 1906 - 1994
  • KENT, Jason Neal March 21, 1989 - December 8, 1999
  • WAGGONER, Lenora M. November 20, 1929 -
  • WAGGONER, Eddie L. September 7, 1930 - July 17, 1998
  • WAGGONER, Wayne Eddie May 29, 1951 - September 30, 1979 (SP5 US Army)
  • KERNS, Pearl 1908 - 1915
  • KERNS, Rosa L. 1875 - 1944
  • KERNS, Forrest E. 1880 - 1946
  • BROWN, Gay Washington 19(?)
  • BROWN, Clair 19(?)
  • MYERS, Erna Jane 1935 -
  • MYERS, Robert Blaine 1931 - 1987 (US Army Korea) "I Thee Wed, October 30, 1954) (Perfect Pence)
  • SIMONS, Belva A. 1916 - (Bee mother)
  • SIMONS, Daniel C.
  • BURDETTE, Laurena Parsons July 14, 1927 - September 1, 1974
  • HUDSON, Onnie May 29, 1913 - December 10, 1914 (Baby)
  • HUDSON, Clarence L. 1902 - 1936
  • HUDSON, Ethel E. 1874 - 1940
  • HUDSON, Charles F. 1878 - 1976
  • HUDSON, Grace and Baby (??)
  • KEENAN, Delmar 1916*
  • KEENAN, Mildred 1918* *(Children of Otvil and Effie Keenan)
  • KEENAN, John 1860 - 1936
  • ROWLEY, Nola Irene 1916 - 1978
  • ROWLEY, Rhonda (?)
  • ROWLEY, Walter (?)
  • ROWLEY, Lucy (?)
  • LANHAM, Trinity Lea 1975 - 1975
  • HART, Lemah G. 1902 - 1995
  • HAYNES, Clella 1908 - 1993*
  • HAYNES, Goldie 1920 - 2000 (Married Aug. 26, 1949)
  • HAYNES - big stone
  • HINZMAN, Clarice D. August 13, 1918 - February 11, 1987
  • HINZMAN, Donald Park August 18, 1917 - March 1, 1989 (PFC US Army WWII)
  • SNYDER, Howard O. November 18, 1915 - February 6, 1997
  • SNYDER, Bernice E. March 24, 1922 - May 14, 1997
  • RIGGS, Juanita 1939 - 1995
  • CURRY, Homer J. July 3, 1922 - March 20, 1976 (Father) (PFC US Army WWII)
  • CURRY, Janet L. 1950 (Daughter)
  • PYATT, Emerson Harley April 30, 1938 - June 8, 1938
  • HINZMAN, Vena B. 1889 - 1966*
  • HINZMAN, Ezra R. 1887 - 1973* (Married January 17, 1915)
  • HINZMAN, Lois E. December 27, 1926 - April 15, 1972
  • HINZMAN, Robert Glen March 9, 1915 - April 14, 1969
  • HINZMAN, Goldie December 17, 1893 - November 15, 1978
  • HINZMAN, Holly July 4, 1891 - August 29, 1971 (Married May 25, 1912)
  • ROWLEY, Harold L. November 12, 1936 - November 24, 1964 (PFC Signal Corps USAR)
  • KERNS, Leona Snyder 1905 - 1945
  • CURRY, Betty L. 1930
  • ROWLEY, Glen Richard June 12, 1924 - October 17, 1969 (West Virginia PFC 43 Air Repair SQ AAF WWII)
  • WINTER, Ralph E. 1926 -
  • WINTER, Everett 1939 -
  • WINTER, Dottie Lou 1946 -
  • WINTER, Bradford F. 1899 - 1991
  • WINTER, Ocie L. 1904 - 1989
  • WINTER, Leonidas F. 1866 - 1961
  • WINTER, Sarah M. 1867 - 1931
  • CASTO, Martha 1942 - 1942 (Baby)
  • RICHARDS, Jashelle J. May 21, 1999 - May 23, 1999
  • RICHARDS, Anastasia F. May 21, 1999 - May 22, 1999
  • PARRISH, Joshua Fleming February 26, 1930 (West Virginia PFC 67 Inf. 9 Div.)
  • RICHARDS, Emma August 16, 1868 - June 6, 1931
  • Allen (illegible)
  • RICHARDS, Ira 1888 - 1976
  • RICHARDS, Maggie 1889 - 1958
  • RICHARDS, Bobby G. Sr. May 6, 1938 - June 4, 1998
  • RICHARDS, Mary E. February 7, 1937 -
  • RICHARDS, Randall P. June 8, 1971 (Baby Boy)
  • 4" x 5" CASTO block
  • CASTO, George W. 1890 - 1968
  • CASTO, Ellen 1900 - 1989
  • COLLINS, Clide August 22, 1893 - November 26, 1951
  • SIMONS, Melvin J. September 25, 1879 - October21, 1951
  • HARTLEY, Orville W. 1914 - 1998*
  • HARTLEY, Ruth E. 1918 - 1935* (Married August 16, 1935)
  • SIMONS, Robert Hugh 1915 - 1982
  • HASCUE - big stone
  • WHITE, Isaiah M. July 11, 2001*
  • WHITE, John W. Jr. - July 11, 2001* (Twins)
  • HINZMAN, H. Melford 1891 - 1978 (Father)
  • HINZMAN, Sarah E. 1871 - 1943
  • GRADY, Oma (no dates)
  • MURRAY, Margaret J. 1850 - 1940
  • MURRAY, Joseph 1849 - 1932
  • MILLER, Dorsey L. 1888 - 1931
  • MILLER, Iva D. 1892 - 1973 (Wife)
  • MILLER, Hazel E. 1922 - 1989
  • MILLER, Blanche B. 1895 - 1979\
  • MILLER, Charley D. 1882 - 1954
  • MILLER, Pheba E. March 7, 1849 - October 2, 1925 (Mother)
  • MILLER, Sylvester July 27, 1846 - December 6, 1923 (Father)
  • ROWLEY, Mary J. 1873 - 1951
  • ROWLEY, John R. 1868 - 1961
  • ROWLEY, Lora E. January 19, 1909 - June 10, 1947
  • ROWLEY, Edgar L. May 11, 1899 - January 27, 1919
  • ROWLEY, Lillie M. 1900 - 1998*
  • ROWLEY, Fred H. 1899 - 1980* *(Heart with September 28, 1919)
  • ROWLEY, Ferman G. May 2, 1901 - September 3, 1986
  • HINZMAN, Clarence S. August 15, 1922 - February 7, 1992 (PVT US Army WWII)
  • Two stones - left side blank, right side reads: C.S.H.
  • HUDSON, Thomas Rainey 1868 - 19(??) (Father)
  • HUDSON, Levina Ellen 1868 - 1922
  • PYATT, Harriet Amy June 20, 1879 - November 14, 1950
  • PYATT, Everett L. December 8, 1908 - April 12, 1909 (Note by Reader: 1st Grave)
  • PYATT, Francis Leon March 13, 1915 - September 19, 1983
  • SNYDER, William Levi December 23, 1973 - November 21, 1991 (Son)
  • PARSONS, Winter (no dates)
  • PARSONS, Douglas Cinton July 5, 1958 - January 12, 1988
  • STOVER, Wetzel Don January 6, 1961 - February 7, 1991
  • Stone with M.P.G. (No dates)
  • Myrtle (Daughter of E.G. & Ida PARRISH) Died October 13, 1912 Age 9 days
  • PARRISH, Lakie 1914 - 1938 (Daughter)
  • PYATT, Lucy E. 1901 - 1928
  • GRADY, Mildred P. 1914 - 1987
  • GRADY, Carl H. 1910 - 1995
  • PARRISH, Gilbert August 8, 1880 - August 5, 1977
  • PARRISH, Ida March 14, 1886 - June 13, 1944
  • HINZMAN, Alice M. 1923 - 1924
  • HINZMAN, Sarah E. 1891 - 1933 (Mother)
  • WHITE, Dola 1926 - (A Loving Mother)
  • WHITE, ?? 1922 - 1993 (A Devoted Father)
  • PATTERSON, Mary 1924 - 1949
  • PATTERSON, Lee Ann September 15, 1949 (Daughter)
  • HARTLEY, Forest E. 1878 - 1945
  • HARTLEY, Amy May 1881 - 1961
  • HARTLEY, Woodrow W. 1913 - 1931
  • HINZMAN, Oleta P. 1942 -
  • HINZMAN, Donald R. 1935 -
  • HINZMAN, Brian L. 1976 - 1995
  • BOSWORTH, J. Wesley 1860 - 1941
  • SNYDER, Florell R. January 10, 1929
  • SNYDER, Aaron J. October 27, 1923 - April 17, 1989
  • SNYDER, Larry Joe October 2, 1958
  • SNYDER, Julia March 7, 1916 - June 15, 1935
  • COOPER, Clara Bell January 3, 1891 - August 5, 1940
  • SNYDER, Verna E. 1914
  • SNYDER, John L. 1909 - 1965 (Married May 22, 1931)
  • SNYDER, Anna 1869 - 1958
  • SNYDER, George 1867 - 1931
  • HARMON, Hattie Snyder December 5, 1909 - December 5, 1941
  • YOUNG, Lelah G. 1900 - 1970
  • HINZMAN, Isaac 1861 - 1960
  • HINZMAN, Etta L. 1867 - 1928
  • HINZMAN, Sylvia November 20, 1896 - May 15, 1990
  • HINZMAN, Clellie Clifford (??) September 13, 1894 - July 22, 1952
  • HINZMAN, Sylvester J. November 16, 1926 - November 20, 1933
  • HINZMAN, Nevonda L. 1940 - 1997
  • HINZMAN, Devon L. 1936 - (Heart with June 1961)
  • P.E.M. (No dates)
  • ROWLEY, Lester C. August 7, 1914 - January 26, 1948 (West Virginia WT3c USNR WWII)
  • Samuel (no dates)
  • HINZMAN, Martha 1924 - 1924
  • Stone (unknown)
  • HINZMAN, John Baxter 1866 - 1943
  • ROWLEY, Paul E. "Buddy" Jr. September 18, 1950 - May 21, 1955
  • ROWLEY, Jacqueline S. September 19, 1953 - February 4, 1954
  • RIGGS< Juanita 1939 - 1995
  • CURRY, Homer J. 1922 - 1976 (Father)
  • CURRY, Janet L. 1950 -
  • PYATT, Emerson Harley April 3, 1938 - June 8, 1938
  • Two stones side-by-side with only initial "P" on them
  • DUSKY, Nona Z. 1901 - 1982
  • DUSKY, Ruth Gay 1895 - 1973
  • DUSKY, Fred 1887 - 1965
  • DUSKY, William 1851 - 1934
  • DUSKY, Floreed 1853 - 1941
  • SNYDER, Jessie A. 1900 - 1986
  • SNYDER, George W. 1896 - 1979
  • DUSKY, Scott H. 1880 - 1964
  • Stone (no name)
  • SNYDER, Patsy (no dates)
  • SNYDER, Clyde (no dates)
  • SNYDER, Minnie M. 1887 - 1955
  • SNYDER, William G. 1881 - 1962
  • GRADY, Guy (no dates)
  • GRADY, Jeretta H. 1864 - 1946
  • GRADY, Hamilton H. 1849 - 1925
  • HAWK, Analiza 1855 - 1925
  • HAWK, George W. 1853 - 1937
  • GRADY, Cecil (no dates)
  • GRADY, Myrtle (no dates)
  • HINZMAN, Bernice 1902 - 1975
  • Oral Information from BELVA ALICE RICHARDS: Lilonia DUSKY was buried at Mt. Hope Cem. About 1941 but does not have a marker.
  • The 2nd house before you get to the Tracefork, is the old Ira RICHARDS home, now belonging to Paul and Emma CASTO. Across from this house, there is a stillborn baby of John SMITH buried under a tree.




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