April 1941 Obituaries

Mary Mercer (BEATTIE) SEE

       Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Mercer (BEATTIE) SEE, widow of the late George SEE, were held Monday morning at the Smith M. E. church in Mason county with Rev. Ira MENTZ officiating, assisted by Rev. Williams CASTO. Burial was in the cemetery there with the Vail Mortuary in charge.

       Mrs. SEE, a member of a pioneer family of Mason county, died on Saturday April 5, after a protracted illness. She was 75 years, 9 months and 2 days old at the time of her death.

       A daughter of Moses and Margaret BEATTIE, she was born at Pittsburgh, Pa. on July 3, 1865. She was united in marriage to George SEE on April 23, 1885. To this union nine children were born, five of whom, Emma, Lora, Alva, Carl, and Thomas N. SEE, preceded her in death. Her husband died on April 29, 1935. She is survived by four children, Mrs. Maggie SMITH, of Leon, Rt. 1; Mrs. Lizzie COMBS, of Dunbar; Mrs. Iva DURST, of Leon, Rt. 1, and Mrs. Icel MOORE, of Mason City; 14 grandchildren, 15 great-greatdchildren; one brother, Andrew BEATTIE; two half-brothers, James and Adam MCCLURE, and a host of relatives and friends. (Herald, 11 April 1941)

Ernest D. CASTO

       Ernest D. CASTO, 72 years old, and a former resident of Given, died in a Charleston hospital Sunday evening of a skull fracture suffered when he was struck by a truck at a street crossing in Charleston Saturday afternoon. A manslaughter charge was placed against David FOWLER, of that city, who was the driver of the truck.

       Funeral services were held at Dunbar Tuesday afternoon with Doctor Ray N. SHAFFER, assisted by Rev. K. J. SCOTT, officiating and burial was in the cemetery there.

       The deceased man formerly lived at Given but a few years ago moved to Ohio and later came back to Charleston where he has since made his home. Surviving are five sons, Howard of Dunbar, E. G. of Pittsburgh, Pa., C. Everett of Canton, Ohio, C. Lowhan of Massillon, Ohio, and W. Luther of South Charleston; seven daughters, Mrs. E. O. SIGMON of Akron, Ohio, Mrs. Dale NORRIS of Massillon, Ohio, Mrs. J. A. FERRELL and Mrs. Manona BOWLES of Charleston, Mrs. Forrest GIVEN and Mrs. Donald WILLIAMSON of Dunbar, and Mrs. W. O. RAINES of Canton, Ohio; his father, G. Riley CASTO of Parkersburg; five sisters, Mrs. Docia SCOTT, Mrs. Mae PARSONS and Miss Blanche CASTO, all of Parkersburg, Mrs. Allena STAATS of East Liverpool, Ohio, and Mrs. Tennie STARCHER of Ripley; two brothers, Edward A. CASTO of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Harry CASTO of Washington, Pa.; 28 grandchildren and two g-grandchildren. [Ernest D. CASTO, age 21, and M. E. WAUGH, age 20, were married 28 March 1887 JCMR) (11 April 1941)


       Squire STANLEY (1866-1941), lifelong resident of Sandyville, died Saturday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock, at the age of 74 years. (He was a son of William and Melinda STANLEY).

       The funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Independence church and burial was in the cemetery (McGhee Chapel) there with Lawrence FORD in charge of arrangements.

       Surviving are the following children: Mrs. Mary DILLON, Mrs. Elsie SHENEFIELD, Mrs. Essie GORRELL, Benton STANLEY and Carl STANLEY, all of Sandyville; Richard STANLEY of New Cumberland, WV.; Harry STANLEY of Parkersburg and Mrs. Ruth YATES of Ravenswood. (Herald, 11 April 1941)

Lillie Florence STAATS KING

       Mrs. Lillie Florence STAATS KING, age 54, wife of Wade Wilson KING, died at 1:15 o'clock Monday morning in the St. Mary's Hospital at DeKalb, Illinois, after a long illness. Death was caused by pneumonia. The body will arrive by train at Millwood at 3:30 o'clock Thursday afternoon at which time it will be taken in charge by the Vail Mortuary. Funeral was expected to be held at Evans Friday with interment at the STAATS cemetery. Complete arrangements have not been made.

       Mrs. KING was born Dec 23, 1887, a daughter of the late Elias E. and Rosalie STAATS, members of a pioneer family of Jackson county. She was united in marriage on May 5, 1912 with Wade Wilson KING, and for the past several years had resided at DeKalb. She was a member of the Methodist church. Besides her husband she is survived by one son, Charles Donald KING, who volunteered for service in the US Army and is stationed in a camp in Tennessee; three sisters, Mrs. Flora PETERS, of Grafton; Mrs. Gertrude HIBBARD, of Evans, and Mrs. T. CLAYTON (Mamie) PARSONS, of Ripley. (Herald, 11 April 1941)


       Funeral services for Mrs. Minnie (MCMURRAY) DEREY, wife of Clifford DEREY, of Ripley, were held from the Ripley United Brethren church Saturday afternoon with the Rev. L. R. MAHONEY in charge and the body was taken to the Otterbein cemetery for burial.

       Mrs. DEREY, who was well known as one of the outstanding school teachers and church workers of the county, died at her Ripley home on Wednesday morning after an illness of several months caused from cancer. She entered a hospital early in the year and at that time members of her family were told that there was little chance for a recovery.

       Mrs. DEREY is survived by her husband, one son, Emil; one brother, Elmer MCMURRAY of Silverton, and the following sisters, Gertrude MCMURRAY of Silverton, Mrs. Thelma BEYMER of Parkersburg, Mrs. Dessie BOURGEOIS of Ravenswood and Mrs. Lelia SALSER of Texas. (Herald, 11 April 1941)


       Mrs. Pearl (CARVER) BRADEN, wife of John W. BRADEN, of Parkersburg, died at a hospital there last week. She was 41 years old. The body was brought to the Independence cemetery for burial Friday afternoon.

       Surviving are her husband; three children, Virginia Frances, William Victor, and Lawrence Leo; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James CARVER, of Parkersburg; two sisters, Mrs. Ada PRICE, of Flemington, WV. and Mrs. Frances DAVIS of Grafton, WV., and a brother, Clarence CARVER, also of Grafton. (Herald, 11 April 1941)

John Wesley BOSWORTH

       Funeral services for John Wesley BOSWORTH, age 81, who died in a local hospital on Wednesday, April 2, were held Friday at Mt. Hope. Rev. Isaac HINZMAN was in charge of the services. Burial was in the Mt. Hope cemetery with J. B. VAIL in charge.

       One of the oldest residents of Trace Fork, Mr. BOSWORTH was born Jan 18, 1860. He was united in marriage to Margaret ROWLEY and to this union twelve children were born. His wife and six children preceded him in death. Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. O. H. WEEKLEY of Ravenswood, Mrs. Gertrude KUNSMAN, of Rochester, Pa., Mrs. Carol LANDIS of Rochester, Pa., Mrs. Mollie HOFFMYER of Courtland, Ohio, Mrs. Cora WOOLEY of Salem, Ohio, and a son, George BOSWORTH, of Rochester, Pa. (11 April 1941)

Alice Maybelle (BARNHART) BAYER

       Funeral services for Alice Maybelle (BARNHART) BAYER, 34, the wife of Wilmer R. BAYER, were held from the family residence in Parkersburg Friday afternoon and burial was in a cemetery in that city. Mrs. BAYER died on Wednesday after a long illness. A number of Ripley relatives, including Mr. and Mrs. Ezra HARMON, attended the rites. She was a daughter of the late William and Josephine BARNHART and was a member of the Drift Run Methodist church. (Herald, 11 April 1941)

Benjamin Tapley PARSONS

       Benjamin Tapley PARSONS, 76, died Sunday morning at his Belgrove home after a long illness. He leaves his widow, Mrs. Mary Ellen (HATCHER) PARSONS, three sons, T. R. (Theodore Roosevelt) and E. L. (Elmore Lawrence) PARSONS, of Charleston, and O. M. (Oscar Mathena) PARSONS, of Belgrove, and a daughter, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Pearl DURST, of Belgrove. He was preceded in death by two sons, John Clarence and Nester Albert PARSONS.

       Funeral services were held Tuesday and the Mays Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements. [Benjamin and Ellen were married 7 Aug 1887 (JCMR). Mary is the daughter of Calvin L. and Elizabeth (HAMON) HATCHER. Benjamin is the son of Allen R. and Mary E.. (RHODES) PARSONS] (Herald, 11 April 1941)


       George W. MCLAUGHLIN died at his home near Ravenswood at 11:45 a.m., April 2, 1941, at the age of 71 years, 8 months and 23 days. He had been in failing health for the past two years. He had been a member of the Church of God at Mt. Hope since early life.

       Surviving are his widow, two daughters, Mrs. Blanche MILLER and Mrs. Fanny MURRAY of Sandyville, two sons, Otis D. of Reedy, and Eli H. of Vienna, two sisters, Mrs. Bessie BUXTON, of Charleston and Mrs. Belle SHOCKEY-PYLE of Ravenswood, 20 grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Independence church April 4 with Rev. MATHENY officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. (18 April 1941)

Mrs. Minnie TALLMAN

       Mrs. Minnie TALLMAN, age 87, died Tuesday night at her home in Ravenswood. She was the widow of C. C. TALLMAN and formerly lived in Harrison County.

       Funeral services were held Sunday morning from the Ravenswood Methodist chruch and burial followed in the Ravenswood cemetery. Rev. James HUTCHISON of the Methodist church officiated. (18 April 1941)

Martha Ellen (SKEEN) SMITH

       Funeral services were held at Pleasant View (Fisher Ridge) at 10 o'clock Sunday morning for Mrs. Martha Ellen (SKEEN) SMITH, 81 year old resident of Kenna, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Brady MILLER, in Charleston Friday.

       The burial was in the Pleasant View cemetery. Mrs. SMITH had been in very poor health for some time, relatives here said, and death had been expected. In addition to the daughter at whose home she died, she is survived by four other daughters, Mrs. H. C. PAXTON, of Charleston; Mrs. E. C. HART, of Arkon, Ohio; Mrs. Clyde BAILEY, of Pocatalico, and Mrs. Ona FISHER, of Kenna; three sons, W. A. and Orville SMITH, of Charleston, and Wyatt SMITH, of Akron; a brother, William SKEEN of Kentuck, and a sister, Mrs. Everett Parker CASTO, of Ripley. [Martha Ellen daughter of Franklin Pierce and Phoebe (GARRETT) SKEEN, and widow of Gabrial C. SMITH] (Herald, 25 April 1941)

George W. PFOST

       Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at Fairplain for George W. PFOST, pioneer merchant of that place, who died at his home Satuarday evening at 5:45 o'clock after a short illness of heart disease.

       Mr. PFOST was 84 years old at the time of his death. Mr. PFOST was born Jan 8, 1857 on Grasslick, near Fairplain, a son of Francis Marion and Cloah PFOST. Growing to manhood on his father's farm, he entered the mercantile business at Fairplain in 1882 in which capacity he served his community for many years. For some time Mr. PFOST had been living in retirement at his home at Fairplain. He suffered a decline in health about two months ago but he had been bedfast only for the last two weeks.

       Early in life, he was united in marriage with Joannah FISHER. To this union seven children were born. The wife and a daughter, Mrs. Grover WINTER, preceded him in death. Later in life, Mr. PFOST married Emma REYNOLDS, who survives. The surviving children are, Mrs. R. M. BACHTEL, of Ravenswood; Mrs. B. F. STAATS of Akron, Ohio; Mrs. John H. GREENE of Williamson; Mrs. Roy SHAMBLEN of Ripley; Mrs. Sam PIERSON of Kenna, and F. P. M. PFOST of Ripley. One sister, Alice PFOST of Ripley, also survives.

       Funeral services were conducted at 1:30 o'clock Monday afternoon at Kenna with Rev. John J. LOUDIN, pastor of the Ripley Methodist chruch officiating, assisted by Rev. L. R. MAHONEY. Interment was at the Fairview cemetery. (Herald, 25 April 1941)


       Funeral services for Obediah B. HARRISON, 73 year old Given farmer and the father of Principal J. E. HARRISON of Ripley High School, will be held at the Given church today (Thursday) with Rev. J. C. SWAIN of the Ben's Run United Brethren church in charge, assisted by Rev. L. R. MAHONEY, and burial will be in the HARRISON family plot in the Fairplain cemetery. Death came suddenly to the aged farmer Tuesday. He worked as usual on Monday and in the afternoon attended the funeral services for George W. PFOST at Fairplain. He retired about 9 o'clock Monday night and about 1 o'clock Tuesday morning Mrs. HARRISON awakened and found him in a partial coma. Despite all efforts he gradually sank nearer and nearer to death throughout the morning and died shortly after the noon hour.

       He is survived by the widow, Dora PARSONS HARRISON, and the following children, Otho HARRISON, Russell HARRISON, and J. E. HARRISON, all of Ripley, Dallas HARRISON of Fairplain; Estel HARRISON of Ravenswood; Ray HARRISON of Parkersburg; Floyd HARRISON of Nitro; Mrs. Dixie WEEKLEY of Rt. 2.; Mrs. W. C. STALNAKER of Given, and Hattie WAUGH of Columbus, Ohio. One sister, Mrs. I. W. HILL of Given, and two brothers, Cornelius HARRISON of Charleston and John HARRISON of Liberty, also survive. (Herald, 25 April 1941)


       Obediah B. HARRISON, son of Bushrod and Louisa RANSOM HARRISON, was born at he old Harrison homestead near Emma Chapel church on Oct 11, 1867, being 73 years, 6 months and 11 days old at the time of his death. His father was one of the early pioneer citizens of that section and Mr. HARRISON had eight brothers and sisters of whom there yet living two brothers, Cornelius HARRISON and John HARRISON, of Charleston, and one sister, Mrs. Alwilda HILL of Given. After the death of his father, his mother married the late Elmore CASTO and the family came to Parchment to reside when Mr. HARRISON was about 12 years old.

       His first marriage was to Clara PARSONS, a daughter of Charles and Alice PARSONS, and two daughters were born to them, Mrs. Hattie WAUGH, of Columbus, Ohio, and Jessie HARRISON who died in infancy. His first wife lived but a few years. He was married to Dora M. PARSONS, a daughter of William Q. and Minerva Sayre PARSONS, on Aug 17, 1893, and to this union was born nine children: Otho HARRISON and Russell HARRISON, both of Ripley, Dallas HARRISON of Fairplain, Everett HARRISON of Ripley, Mrs. Ezra WEEKLEY of Ripley, Mrs. W. C. STALNAKER of Given, Estel HARRISON of Ravenswood, Ray HARRISON of Parkersburg, and Floyd HARRISON of Charleston. He is also survived by his widow, 13 grandchildren, two brothers, one sister, and a host of other relatives and friends. (Herald, 2 May 1941)

Cora Belle (BALCH) CASTO

       Funeral services were held at Foster Chapel at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon for Mrs. Cora Belle (BALCH) CASTO, 67 years old, who died at her home near Rockcastle very suddenly Monday from what was said to have been a heart attack. Rev. J. W. GARRISON had charge of the funeral services and burial was in the church cemetery. Surviving are the husband, E. L. CASTO, a foster daughter, Mrs. Cleo HICKMAN, of Charleston, three brothers, W. M. BALCH of Dunbar, Deb BALCH of Leon, and Q. A. BALCH of Columbus, Ohio. (Herald, 25 April 1941)

Albert Frederick HUSSELL

       Funeral services for Albert Frederick HUSSELL, 77 year old farmer of the Mt. Alto section, who died Thursday in the Kleigs Hospital at Mason City, were held Saturday April 19, at the Mt. Hebron United Brethren church with Rev. Roy DAVIS, the pastor, officiating. Interment was made at the cemetery there with the Vail Mortuary in charge.

       Albert Frederick HUSSELL, the son of John Jacob and Mary Eve HUSSELL, was born Feb 15, 1864. He departed this life April 17, 1941, age 77 years, 2 months and 2 days. He was christened when a child at the old log Lutheran Church that stood across the road from Mt. Hebron and was known as Jackson Chapel.

       He was united in marriage to Alice ZEARLEY, Jan 27, 1889. To this union nine children were born. One died at birth, and Ora Inis expired at the age of seven and one half years. Those that survive are John HUSSELL, of Huntington; Mrs. Catherine FRIESS, of Toledo, Ohio; Albert T. HUSSELL, of Wallace, WV.; Mary BOND, of Toledo, Ohio; Odis and Lewis HUSSELL, residing on the home farm in Jackson county, and Rose HUSSELL, of St. Albans. Mrs. HUSSELL, the mother of the above named children, departed this life Feb 6, 1906.

       Mr. HUSSELL was then again united in marriage to Jane SMITH, a sister of his former wife, Aug 22, 1906, who helped to care for the children until they were all grown. She departed this life Feb 14, 1931. No children were born to this union. Other relatives that survive is an aged sister, Amelia KIESLING, of Creston, Iowa, 22 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren, other distant relatives and a host of friends. (Herald, 25 April 1941)

John Clinton MCFEE

       A heart attack Sunday resulted in the death of John Clinton MCFEE, 72 year old resident of Windy. Funeral services were held at the Mt. Moriah church, with Rev. Kelsie BOARD officiating. Interment was made at the Mt. Moriah cemetery with the Ford Mortuary in charge of arrangements.

       Mr. MCFEE was born Nov 17, 1869, a son of William and Margaret SOMERVILLE MCFEE. He was married on Sept 20, 1896 to Susie PROVINCE, who survives. Besides his wife, he leaves a son, Harley MCFEE at home, and a daughter, Mrs. Belva GAULT, of Parkersburg. (25 April 1941)

Billy Edward MCCOY

       Billy Edward MCCOY, son of Hollie and Ella MCCOY, born Nov 28, 1940, departed this life April 14, 1941, age 4 months and 16 days. He leaves to mourn his loss his father and mother, three sisters, Rosa, Louise and Stella, four brothers, John, Clifford, Foster and Darrell, all at home, and one half-brother, Clarence, of South Charleston. He will be laid to rest in the CRANE cemetery today (Tuesday). (Herald, 25 April 1941)


       Friends in Ripley were notified Friday of the death of Mrs. Ida (WALTON) PORTER, 80 year old widow of Leroy PORTER, at her home in Parkersburg on Thursday. She had been in ill health for two years and death had been expected.

       The Porter family formerly lived where the A. W. FERGUSON home is now located, according to older residents of the town. Mrs. PORTER was born in Ripley but had lived in Wood county for the past 25 years. The husband died about 25 years ago. She leaves five daughters, Miss Flora PORTER, at home; Mrs. J. S. HARDMAN, Mrs. Roy BLIZZARD and Mrs. H. S. ROLLINS, all of Parkersburg; Mrs. William MARTIN, of Pettyville; W. D. PORTER of Parkersburg, and one brother, M. D. WALTON, of East Liverpool. Other survivors include 14 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

       Funeral services were held at the home Saturday afternoon and burial was in the Odd Fellows cemetery at Parkersburg. (Herald, 2 May 1941)

Jasper Vernon LEE

       Funeral services for Jasper Vernon LEE, 69, former resident of Jackson county, who died at 2 o'clock Monday morning at his home in Dunbar after a long illness, were held at Emma Chapel, Putnam county, at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon with Rev. Wesley GARRISON officiating. Interment was in the cemetery there.

       He was born Nov 22, 1871, departed this life April 28, 1941, age 69 years, 5 months and 6 days. He was born in Meigs county, Ohio, to Charles Henry LEE and Laura Ann BUCK, both of whom preceded him in death. He married to Luhamy RANSOM, of Putnam county, on July 30, 1895. Four children preceded him in death, Lucy CARNEY, Zelma LEE, Oma LEE and William Ray LEE. A native of Ohio, Mr. LEE was a retired carpenter and school teacher, having served in the latter capacity for 25 years. He formerly resided on 18 Mile Creek in this county. He was a member of the United Brethren church. Besides his wife, Mrs. Luhamy LEE, he is survived by seven daughters, Mrs. Clara SHEETS and Mrs. Irene ROOD of Gallipolis, Ohio, and Mrs. Merrill CAIN, Mrs. Ida DILLON, Mrs. Madeline GARRETT, Mrs. Sibyl WINDON and Mrs. Mary BELLER, all of Dunbar; two sons, Floyd of Kenna and Howard of Dunbar; two brothers, W. A. LEE of Gallipolis, Ohio, and R. G. LEE of Dunbar; 17 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. (Herald, 2 May 1941)

Archer M. STAATS

       Archer M. STAATS, 65, died at his home in Williamstown Thursday and funeral services were conducted there Friday with burial in a cemetery in that city.

       He had been engaged in the mercantile business there for a number of years. Mr. STAATS was born in Jackson County on Jan 29, 1876, and was a son of the late John and Mary Buckley STAATS. He married Miss Stella HANLIN many years ago and she died on Nov 2, 1936. Survivors are one son, Ernest STAATS of Williamstown, and one daughter, Mrs. Grace COX, who lives in the family home. There are four grandchildren. Five brothers (?) and one sister also survive, William STAATS of Marietta, Ohio, Coleman STAATS of Parkersburg, Thomas STAATS of Murraysville, and Miss Mabel ALLEN of Portland, Ohio. One brother, Robert STAATS, and two sisters, Mrs. Adaline JONES and Mrs. Missouri MCKINELY, are deceased. Mr. and Mrs. STAATS lived in Jackson county until 1919 when they moved to Williamstown and opened the Staats grocery establishment. (Herald, 2 May 1941)

Robert Edward Lee HAMON

       Funeral services were held at Dunbar Tuesday afternoon for Robert Edward Lee HAMON, age 73, formerly of Fletcher, who died at his home in Dunbar Sunday morning after an illness of several years. Rev. Ernest GOLD, assisted by Rev. Joseph MORGAN, conducted the services. Burial was in Dunbar Memorial Park. Surviving are three sons, O. C. and O. B. HAMON of Scott Depot and O. L. HAMON of Okmulgee, Oklahoma; two daughters, Mrs. E. G. KISER and Miss Ossie J. HAMON of Dunbar; a sister, Mrs. Lena SUTHERLAND of Charleston, 20 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. (Herald, 2 May 1941)

William Dale NOHE

       William Dale NOHE was born Aug 9, 1917 and departed this life April 16, 1941, after an illness of nine years, being 23 years, 8 months and 7 days of age. When his health permitted he attended the Willowdale Baptist church. He leaves to mourn his loss his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Marion NOHE, two brothers, Carl and Paul of Sherman, and one sister, Eileen at home. One sister preceded him in death in Aug 1931. (Herald, 9 May 1941)

Albert Robert COEN

       Albert Robert COEN, son of Alexander and Sopha COEN, was born Nov 15, 1873, in Monroe county, Ohio, departed this life April 26, 1941, at his home at Marengo, Ohio at the age of 67 years, 5 months and 11 days. He came to West Virginia when a small boy, with his parents, lived in Wood county for awhile, later moving to Trace Fork, Jackson county, where he grew to manhood.

       He married Florence ANGUS. To this union eight children were born. Three preceded him in death, two infant children, and one son, John, who died in camp during the World War. He leaves his wife, five children, Lee COEN and Mrs. Miles EPLIN, of Malden, WV., Bert COEN of Ashly, Ohio, Margaret NOBLE of Marengo, Ohio, and Blandis COEN, at home, two brothers, Roy COEN of Rockport and Frank COEN of Sandyville, one sister, Mollie CLARK of Tippecanoe, Ohio, and a host of other relatives. He was laid to rest in the LUDWIG cemetery, Monday April 28, after funeral services at the Pine Grove church at 2:30 by Rev. Vairl WINTER. (Herald, 9 May 1941)

Transcribed from microfilm by Betty Kessel McIntyre

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