April 1942 Obituaries

Robert Glen VANKIRK

       Robert Glen VANKIRK, 15 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. VANKIRK, of Silverton, died in the Priddy hospital late Sunday afternoon from the effects of a bullet wound accidentally received while target practicing with some friends near his home about two o'clock that same afternoon. He died soon after an emergency operation had been performed in a last effort to save his life.

       According to the state troopers who investigated the accident they said that all concerned were satisfied that the affair was accidental. They said they learned that young VANKIRK, Eugene HAYNES and Inez SALSER were target practicing with a .22 caliber rifle on the William CROW farm on Beatty's Run. According to their information the SALSER girl, thinking that the magazine of the gun was empty, handed it to VANKIRK and it was accidentally discharged and the bullet penetrated the lower intestines in four places and lodged near the spine.

       The injured lad was rushed into Ravenswood where he was taken to the Priddy hospital and a preliminary examination revealed that he was seriously wounded and with the bullet passing through the intestines in four places, an emergency operation was the only chance to save his life. The operation was performed late in the afternoon but was in vain. He was the son of Charles L. VANKIRK, an employee of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company. (Jackson Herald, Friday, 10 April 1942)


       Funeral services for Mrs. B. D. CASTO, of Cottageville, were held from the United Brethren church there Monday afternoon with Rev. Roy DAVIS in charge and burial was in the Blaine Memorial cemetery. Mrs. CASTO died at her home Sunday after several weeks' illness caused by a heart ailment. She was a native of Ripley and was 76 years old at the time of her death. The husband, B. D. CASTO, survives. The Vail mortuary had charge of funeral arrangements.

       Margaret Alice SLAUGHTER was born near Ripley, WV., April 26, 1865. Departed this life April 5, 1942, aged 76 years, 11 months and 9 days. In the early part of her life she made her home with her grandparents, who were commonly known as "Uncle Jimmie and Aunt Rachel" SLAUGHTER. These old people spent their years on Cow Run, Jackson county, near where the Silver Valley schoolhouse now stands. By Alice, these kind people were always referred to as "Daddy and Mother," and always with such an affectionate devotion as could have been born only in the heart of a child as she was, and then manifested appreciation all down thru life as the years went by.

       On March 13, 1898, Alice, as she was familiarly known, was united in marriage to B. D. CASTO, of Jackson County. During the forty-four years of their married lives they have lived in Union District, Jackson County. The last twenty years of that period were spent in their present home, in Cottageville. Mrs. CASTO was converted in early life and was a member of the Otterbein U. B. church. (Jackson Herald, Friday 10 April 1942)


       Okey BOGGESS, 22 years old, of Kenna, died in the Kessel hospital in Ripley about ten o'clock Sunday morning, seven hours after he had been seriously burned when his gasoline soaked clothing became ignited at the Shinn Service Station near Kenna. He was rushed to the hospital soon after the accident but never regained consciousness and hospital attaches realized at the time he was brought in that death was only a matter of a short time.

       The young man's mother was a patient at the hospital to which he was brought here she underwent a serious operation last week, but did not know that her son had died until she was told sometime after his death, although she mentioned the fact that the young man, before he had become quieted by sedatives, "sounded like her son."

       In explaining how the tragedy occurred, the father of the young man, Vaught BOGGESS, of Kenna, told a Herald representative that the young man had helped a neighbor boy haul a can of raw gasoline to the neighbor's farm and then the boys came on down to the filling station after they had unloaded the cans of gasoline. In unloading it, some splashed out on the front of the young man's sweater and ran down over his clothing. It was some time later when he started to light a cigarette that his clothing caught fire and almost instantly he was enveloped in flames. Attendants at the station and the neighbor boy fought the flames and tore his clothing from him but the fire had been so rapid that he was seriously burned and Dr. C. Royal KESSEL, head of the hospital, said that the serious burn covered the entire front portion of the young man's body.

       The funeral services were held at the Watts Chapel church at 10:30 Thursday morning with Rev. J. W. GARRISON in charge and burial was in the Owen BOGGESS cemetery. The survivors are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Vaught BOGGESS, of Kenna; three brothers, Troy, Webster, and Ronald, of Kenna, two sisters, Mrs. Opal STINES [STINE] and Mrs. Esther LEWIS, both of Kimberley, and a half-sister, Mrs. Mary SHEDORE [SODARO], of Mink Shoals. One sister, Opal [Ocie], preceded the brother in death.

       The mother, who was making satisfactory progress toward recovery following a major operation for goiter last week, was in a room on the first floor of the hospital and when it was learned that the tragedy had happened and that the ambulance was on the way to the hospital with the dying son, attaches, fearing that the shock might be more than Mrs. BOGGESS could stand, told her a young man had been seriously burned and they were going to bring him into the room in which she occupied and then moved her to a room on the second floor of the hospital. While she listened to the voice of the injured man on the first floor she remarked that the voice sounded very much like her son, Okey's voice. A short time later Mr. BOGGESS and other members of the family arrived at the hospital and surrounded by members of her family, she was told the sad news. (Jackson Herald, Friday, 17 April 1942)


       Okey BOGGESS was born October 17, 1919, and departed this life April 12, 1942, aged 22 years, 6 months and 10 days. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Vaught BOGGESS. He leaves to mourn their loss, other than the parents, three brothers, Troy, Ronald, and Webster, at home; two sisters, Mrs. Stanley LEWIS and Mrs. Opal STINE, of Montgomery; two half-sisters, Mrs. Golda GOOD, of Kenna, and Mrs. Mary SIDARA [SODARO], of Charleston, and his grandmother, Mrs. Albert FLETCHER, of Pocatalico. (Jackson Herald, Friday, 1 May 1942)


       In memory of George FIELDS, who was buried 21 years ago today, 10 April 1921. Written by a granddaughter, Lucy Jane LANDIS. (Jackson Herald, Friday, 10 April 1942)

Nola Belle WHITE

       Miss Hamie BIBBEE, of Charleston, and Mrs. George BALL, of Kenna, returned from Buffalo, New York, Monday afternoon where they went the latter part of last week upon receipt of a message that their sister, Mrs. Elmer WHITE, the former Nola BIBBEE, had died at her home in that city. Funeral services were held there on Sunday.

       The following obituary was read at the service: Nola Belle WHITE, nee BIBBEE, born December 28, 1898, at Kenna, West Virginia, passed away April 9, 1942, at the age of 43 years, 3 months, and 12 days. She was the daughter of the late Elmer E. BIBBEE and Susan M. BIBBEE, and is survived by her mother, and two sisters, Hamie L. BIBBEE, of Charleston, WV., and Mrs. Charles W. BALL, of Kenna, WV.; her husband, Elmer W. WHITE, and son David, 10 years old, of Buffalo, New York, and two step-children, Alla W. WHITE, of Washington, D. C., and Mrs. S. D. (Mildred) SAWYERS, of Springfield, West Virginia. She was united in marriage at Washington, D. C. January 24, 1931 by Rev. J. J. REEVES. She accepted Christ at the age of 12 years, and devoted her entire life to His work. (Jackson Herald, Friday, 17 April 1942)

Clyde David PARSONS

       Clyde David PARSONS, son of the late Eldridge William and Ella (BROWN) PARSONS, died April 3, 1942 at the city hospital in East Liverpool, Ohio, of coronary thrombosis. Surviving are his wife, Bessie (BEFANT) PARSONS and two daughters, Helen KNOWLES, of East Liverpool, Ohio, and Ellen, at home. Also six sisters, Mrs. Belva MCCARTER, Beaver, Pa.; Mrs. Bessie O. SCHMAN, Beaver Falls, Pa.; Mrs. Nell MCCUE, East Liverpool, Ohio; Mrs. Beatrice LEECH, Mrs. Phyllis DEVORE and Mrs. Mildred BACKCOCK, of Cleveland, Ohio. Three brothers, Otis W., of Columbus, Ohio; Paul, of Columbus, Ohio, and Rex PARSONS, of Australia. Services were conducted from the Dawson funeral home on Monday at 10 a.m. by the Rev. R. K. CAULK. Interment was made in the Toronto cemetery, Toronto, Ohio. (Jackson Herald, Friday, 17 April 1942)


       An illness of over four months' duration proved fatal last week to Homer PURSLEY, farmer of Leroy. His condition had been serious for some time and death had been expected. The funeral services were held at the Fairview church on Friday afternoon with the Rev. Mr. ICEMON in charge and Lawrence FORD, Crow Summit funeral director, had charge of funeral arrangements.

       He was 62 years old and was a native of Roane County. Surviving are his widow and the following children; Orville, Cecil, Ayeard, Roy, Rex, and Eupha PURSLEY, all at home; Glenn and Denzil PURSLEY, of Duncan; Mrs. Rosa TALLMAN, of Leroy, and Mrs. Edna WEEKLEY, of Windy. Two brothers, Maywood and Ray PURSLEY of Sandyville and Akron respectively, and a sister, Mrs. Effie GANDEE, of Walton. (Jackson Herald, Friday, 17 April 1942)

Thomas REED

       Thomas REED died Wednesday at his home near Sherman and funeral services were held there on Friday with burial in the Sherman cemetery. Besides the widow, he leaves two sons, W. W. REED in the United States Navy and Clinton REED at home and two daughters, Mrs. H. H. SHEARS and Miss Hazel REED, both of Parkersburg. (Jackson Herald, Friday, 17 April 1942)

Mrs. Jacob BROWN

       Funeral services for Mrs. Jacob BROWN, 72, who died last Friday morning at her home near Medina, were held at the Simpson Chapel on Sunday, with Rev. George CALTRIDER in charge and burial was in the church cemetery. She had been ill for a long time and death was expected. Only the husband survives. The funeral arrangements were planned by Lawrence M. FORD, Crow Summit funeral director. (Jackson Herald, Friday, 24 April 1942)

Iris Mae RAY

       Iris Mae RAY, born August 23, 1938, died April 16, 1942, aged 3 years, 7 months and 24 days. She was the daughter of Clemit and Ethel RAY, of Romance. Surviving are three sisters, Margaret, Katheryn and Faye, one brother, Paul, and grandparent, Jobe E. RAY. Services were held at the home on Friday, April 17, at 2 p.m. Interment was in the RAY cemetery at Romance. (Jackson Herald, Friday, 24 April 1942)


       George W. JACKSON, aged Ripley citizen, died at a hospital here on Tuesday night and preparations were being made Wednesday for the funeral services which are to be held on Thursday afternoon with burial in the Fairplain cemetery. Mr. JACKSON had been a resident of Ripley for many years. Mrs. JACKSON died several years ago. The aged man had been in very poor health for some time and for the past several days death had been expected. (Jackson Herald, Friday, 1 May 1942)


       Funeral services for Kathryn Ruth (SIMPSON) PENDERGAST, 30 years old, were held at the Cottageville Methodist church on Wednesday afternoon with Rev. W. A. HARPOLD in charge and burial was in the Cottageville cemetery. Mrs. PENDERGAST, a granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. SAYRE, died in a Columbus, (Ohio) hospital on Saturday evening of pneumonia. The Vail funeral establishment of Ripley had charge of the plans for the service and burial. (Jackson Herald, Friday, 1 May 1942)


       Kathryn Ruth PENDERGAST was born at ....., WV., on April 4, 1912. She departed this life April 25, 1942, after several years of severe, but patient suffering. Kathryn spent practically all her life in Columbus, Ohio. Almost a year ago, Kathryn was united in marriage to Mr. John R. PENDERGAST, now in the service of the U.S. Army.

       Mrs. PENDERGAST is survived by her husband, her mother, Mrs. Roger E. DAY, her step-father, Mr. Roger E. DAY, her own father, Mr. Mark H. SIMPSON, and her maternal grandparents. The funeral services were conducted at the Cottageville M. E. church by Dr. John L. LOUDIN of Ripley Epworth Methodist church. She was laid to rest in the Blaine Memorial cemetery at Cottageville. The funeral arrangements were planned by Vail and Mills. (Jackson Herald, Friday, 8 May 1942)

William Thomas MOORE

       William Thomas MOORE, son of the late William and Mary A. MOORE, was born November 20, 1877. Departed this life at the Kessel hospital at Ripley, on the morning of April 21, 1942, aged 64 years, 5 months and 1 day.

       He was united in marriage to Beatha M. SMITH on the 22nd day of May, 1898. To this union were born four children, namely; Mrs. Bedford MOORE and Mrs. Edna BOURGEOIS, of Thornville, Ohio. Two others preceded him in death, namely; Mrs. Mista MILLER and Verda MOORE.

       Death claimed his companion, and he again united in marriage, to Dora B. SMITH on December 11, 1904. To this union one son was born, Mr. Lee MOORE, of Gallipolis, Ohio. This companion was also taken from him by death and he again united in marriage, to Ida M. SMITH January 12, 1910. To this union four children were born, namely; Mrs. Willa B. BOSLEY, Vero Beach, Florida; Mrs. Scott MOORE, of Idaho; Mrs. Mary A. FLUHARTY, of Fairmont, WV.; and Isa WANETTA, who preceded him in death. His third companion also preceded him in death.

       He is survived by six children, one brother, Mr. Scott MOORE, of Evans, WV.; two sisters, Mrs. Iva JONES, of Liberty, and Mrs. Esther STEPHENS, of Cleveland, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted at the Big Spruce schoolhouse on Thursday, April 23, at 2 p.m., by Roy DAVIS and interment was in the Spruce cemetery, by the J. B. Vail mortuary. (Jackson Herald, Friday, 1 May 1942)

Margaret Ellen (MERCER) RICE

       Mrs. Margaret Ellen (MERCER) RICE, aged 98, died at her home in East Liverpool, Ohio, suddenly on Monday at eight o'clock. She formerly lived at Ripley and is remembered here by numerous of the older residents.

       The East Liverpool newspaper carried the following account of her death: Mrs. Margaret Ellen RICE, one of the oldest residents of Columbiana county, died suddenly Monday at 8 p.m. at her home in LaCroft, she was 98. Mrs. RICE was born Margaret MERCER in Lebanon township, in Meigs County, Ohio, August 26, 1843. She had resided in East Liverpool since 1904. A member of the United Brethren church, she was the widow of William J. RICE and the mother of William W. RICE, who now lives in East Liverpool. In addition to her son, William W. RICE, she is survived by another son, George RICE, of Cleveland, Ohio, 18 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, and 18 great great grandchildren. Services will be held in the Martin funeral home Thursday at 2 p.m. by Rev. Alva E. BEERS, pastor of the Wellsville Methodist church. Burial will be in the Spring Grove cemetery. (Jackson Herald, Friday, 1 May 1942)

Charles W. WEDGE

       Funeral services for Charles W. WEDGE, widely known retired farmer of Mt. Alto, were conducted at the Hopewell Baptist church there Thursday afternoon with Rev. Roy DAVIS, of Cottageville, in charge and burial was in the church cemetery. Mr. WEDGE had been ill for a long time, and death, which came to him on Tuesday night, had been expected.

       Charley WEDGE, the son of Irrey and Kathren WEDGE, was born in Jackson County on December 5, 1859, and departed this life April 28, 1942, aged 82 years, 4 months and 2 days. He was united in marriage to Sarah Elizabeth ROLLINS on July 11, 1880. To this union three children were born. One son, Earley, died in infancy.

       Those surviving are: Mrs. Matty BUSH, of Middleport, Ohio; and Denzil WEDGE, of the Mt. Alto home, the place of his and his father's birth. Others that survive are five grandchildren, and six great grandchildren, also an aged sister, Mrs. Rosa CARNEY, of Ripley.

       Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Roy DAVIS, on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at the Hopewell Baptist church at Mt. Alto. Interment was made in that cemetery under undertaker Ralph BUSH, of Mt. Alto. (Jackson Herald, Friday, 8 May 1942)

Transcribed from microfilm by Betty Kessel McIntyre

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