April 1943 Obituaries

Robert Henry SMITH

       Funeral services were held at the Fairview church Monday afternoon at two o'clock for Robert Henry SMITH, 83 year old retired farmer of Ravenswood, Route 1, who died Saturday after a serious illness of several days caused by diseased heart. Rev. Elijah WARREN had charge of the services and Lawrence FORD, Crow Summit funeral director, had charge of the funeral arrangements.

       Mr. SMITH was a native of Noble County, Ohio, where he was born on July 15, 1859, a son of George W. & Rebecca SMITH. On September 24, 1879, he married Miss Mary A. MORAN, who survives in addition to the following children: Roscoe C. SMITH, of Ravenswood; George W. SMITH, of Lorain, Ohio, and Mrs. Florence TALLMAN, of Ravenswood. Two children, Sarah and Robert, preceded him in death.

       Also surviving are one brother, M. V. SMITH, of Sandyville, and one sister, Mrs. W. V. WILCOX, also of Sandyville, and eight grandchildren. Four grandsons are in the armed forces of the country at the present time. Mr. SMITH was a well known citizen of the county and for more than thirty years had been a member of the Fairview Methodist church. (Jackson Herald, Fri., April 16, 1943)

Robert Henry SMITH

       Robert Henry SMITH, son of George W. and Rebecca (MARTIN) SMITH, was born in Noble County, Ohio, July 15, 1859, departed this life April 10, 1943, aged 83 years, 8 months and 26 days. At the age of 16 years he and his parents moved to Jackson County (WV) where he has since resided.

       On September 24, 1879 he was united in marriage to Mary Ann MORAN. To this union five children were born, two of which, Sara and Robert, are deceased. Surviving are three children, Florence TALLMAN and Roscoe C. SMITH, both of Ravenswood, and George W. SMITH, of Lorain, Ohio, and his wife, also one brother, Martin, and one sister, Martha WILCOX, of Sandyville. Eight grandchildren, four of which are serving their county in the armed forces, with many nephews and nieces and friends who survive to mourn their loss.

       Uncle Henry was converted when but a small boy and joined the M. P. church at Fairview, about 30 years ago. As this writer has many times heard him say, he didn't always live right but never got so far away from God but what he always came back. He was surely a friend to all, and was ever ready to lend a helping hand and a kind word in time of trouble. (Written by a friend) (Jackson Herald, Fri., 7 May 1943)


       Dick WALKER, well known dairy farmer, of near Sissonville, took his life by hanging himself in the barn at his home Saturday afternoon. He was dead when members of the family found him. Mr. WALKER had been in ill health for more than five years and the fact that his condition continued to become gradually worse is believed by the relatives and friends to have been the cause of him ending his life.

       Residents of the community explained that he had gone to the barn and climbed to the top of a pile of baled straw and tied a piece of wire around a rafter of the barn and around his neck and then jumped from the pile of baled straw. Mr. WALKER had been engaged in dairying for a number of years and his dairy was in the Tuppers Creek community and he marketed milk, butter and cream daily on the Charleston market.

       His death was a shock to the family and friends who said that they had known he was very much discouraged about the condition of his health but they had not suspected that he had reached the point of despondency where he would want to end his life. Funeral and burial services were held Monday of this week at the church in his home community. His death was the third in this section resulting from suicide recently. (Jackson Herald, Fri., April 16, 1943)

Mrs. Huey MCCOY

       Mrs. Huey MCCOY died at her home near Pleasant View on Tuesday after a long illness. She is survived by her husband and one daughter, Mrs. Wayne HUGHES, of Ravenswood. Funeral arrangements are not yet completed. (Jackson Herald, Fri., April 16, 1943)


       Funeral services for Amos L. RILEY, well known Ripley citizen, will be held from the Vail funeral chapel this (Thursday) afternoon at two o'clock and burial will be in the King cemetery near Ripley. Rev. Harry MILLER, of the United Brethren church will have charge of the services and the Vail undertakers are making arrangements for the funeral.

       Mr. RILEY was 89 years old last December, was born in Wood County, and came to this county (Jackson) with his parents, Amos and Susan RILEY, when he was a lad of only ten years old and with his four brothers and three sisters became a family widely known and highly respected in this county. He was the last of the survivors of that family and his nearest relatives are three nieces in this immediate vicinity, Mrs. Madalen STRALEY, of Ripley; Mrs. John M. BAKER, of Spencer and Miss Georgia RILEY, of Detroit, but a frequent visitor in Ripley. (Jackson Herald, Fri., April 16, 1943)


       R. A. BRACKEN, 53, of Sandyville, was instantly killed about four o'clock Saturday afternoon when his automobile collided with a truck near the home of Delegate Harlan STAATS on the Ripley-Sandyville road. The collision of the car and truck was with such force that the car which BRACKEN was driving was almost completely demolished and the heavy truck, owned by George MOFFAT, of Walton, and driven by Otmer BOARD, also of Walton, was badly wrecked and was turned over by the impact.

       Board was only slightly injured and was brought to the Kessel Hospital in Ripley were his injuries were treated. Another man, riding with BOARD in the truck, was also slightly injured. The dead man was a native of New York state, but had been here for the past two years as a gas field worker and had been operating a restaurant at the junction of Ripley-Sandyville and Ravenswood roads. The death car was a 1942 Ford sedan. BRACKEN's body was brought to the Vail mortuary in Ripley and early this week was sent to Pittsburgh for cremation. (Jackson Herald, Fri., April 16, 1943)

Georgianna ANGUS

       Mrs. Georgianna ANGUS, 85, died at the home of her son, W. C. ANGUS, in Parkersburg, Sunday, following a three year illness. Among the survivors are a son, A. B. ANGUS, of Rockport, and two brothers, Albert MADDOX, of Vienna, and John MADDOX, of Sandyville, and a sister, Mrs. Nettie MADDOX, of Parkersburg. (Jackson Herald, Fri., April 16, 1943)

Henry E. HECK

       Funeral services for Henry E. HECK, of Spencer, (Roane County) were held on Tuesday afternoon and burial was in the Ravenswood cemetery. Mr. HECK died Monday morning at the age of 91 years. (Jackson Herald, Fri., April 16, 1943)


       C. W. LEE, 75 years old, and formerly head of the Ripley Normal School, died at Harriettsville, Ohio, last Saturday following a stroke, and funeral and burial services were held there on Monday. Mr. LEE left Ripley in 1915 to become principal of the Simms school in Huntington and held that position until he retired in 1940. Prior to that he had been connected with the Ripley schools for many years and with A. S. LEE, founded the Ripley Normal School for teachers. Among the survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Thelma STAATS, of Huntington. (Jackson Herald, Fri., April 16, 1943)

George Washington ROLLINS, Jr.

       George Washington ROLLINS, Jr., the son of George Washington ROLLINS, Sr., and Nancy (SIMPSON) ROLLINS was born April 6, 1862. Departed this life April 7, 1943. at two o'clock a.m., age 81 years. He was first united in marriage to Miss Helen CANTER about fifty years ago. To this union seven children were born, five boys and two girls. All preceded him in death except John ROLLINS of Big Spruce. He was again united in marriage to Bertha (SIMMONS) SMITH, October 19, 1920.

       Those that survive to mourn his departure besides the above named son and his wife who have tenderly cared for him in these declining years; a step-son, Harry SMITH, who assisted his mother; three half- brothers, Josias, Samuel and John MCDADE, seven grandchildren, namely; Charles Jasper, Elizabeth May, Robert Eugene, Glenmer Arnold, Raymond Ray, Kathalene Susan, and William Curtis ROLLINS, all of the home of their father, John ROLLINS.

       There also survives a cousin, Dudley ROLLINS, of Leon, WV; a niece, Nancy E. MCDADE, and two nephews, William MCDADE and Josiah MOLZE. Funeral services were conducted at the Creston U.B. church on Thursday April 8, 1943 at two o'clock p.m. by the pastor, Roy DAVIS. Interment in that church cemetery by the Vail Mortuary. (Jackson Herald, Fri., April 16, 1943)


       Junie F. BROTHERTON, born January 15, 1890, departed this life April 2, 1943, age 53 years, 2 months and 17 days. He was the son of L. W. and Alice BROTHERTON, who preceded him in death. He was united in marriage to Miss Lily EVANS, March 16, 1910. He is survived by the following brothers and sisters, Charles BROTHERTON, of Dunbar; Halley BROTHERTON, of Sebring, Ohio; Moty BROTHERTON, of Given; George BROTHERTON, of Rockcastle; Clinton BROTHERTON, of Given, and Mrs. Carrie KAY, of Dunbar. The funeral services were held at the Fairview church near Given Sunday, April 4, with Rev. Hartzel BODKIN of Rockcastle in charge. The body was laid to rest in the Fairview cemetery. (Jackson Herald, Fri., April 16, 1943)


       Funeral services for I. M. ANDERSON, 68 years old, were held from the home at Plum Orchard on Thursday afternoon, with Rev. Irvin C. FISHER in charge and burial was in the Raines cemetery. Mr. ANDERSON died at his home there Wednesday after an illness of considerable length. He was a well known resident of that section of the county and had spent his entire life in that vicinity.

       He was the son of Andrew and Melisia ANDERSON, was born on May 2, 1874, and departed this life April 14, 1943, aged 68 years, 11 months and 12 days. He was united in marriage to Martha RAINES on October 20, 1895, and to this union nine children were born, eight boys and one girl. Four of the children preceded him in death.

       The survivors are the widow and five children, Russell ANDERSON, of Leroy; Luster, Ova and Delbert ANDERSON, of Fairplain. (fifth child?) Several years ago the deceased professed faith in Christ and lived the remaining years of his life in a growing faith although illness prevented his regular attendance at church services. (Jackson Herald, Fri., April 23, 1943)


       Funeral services for Mrs. Indiana (KIRBY) EVANS, 87 year old mother of W. L. EVANS, of Ripley, were held from the U. B. church at Gay Saturday morning, with Rev. Boyd SCOTT in charge and burial was in the Gay cemetery. Mrs. EVANS died Thursday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ray HAHN, in Akron, Ohio, and the body was brought to her son's home in Ripley Friday and taken to Gay for the service on Saturday.

       Surviving are the following children, Mrs. Pearl HAHN, of Akron, Ohio; Mrs. Mae MATHEWS, of Akron, Ohio; Mrs. Flora PARSONS, of Parkersburg; D. W. EVANS, of Parkersburg, WV.; W. L. EVANS, of Ripley, and Hamey EVANS, of Gay. (Jackson Herald, Fri., April 23, 1943)


       Indiana (KIRBY) EVANS was born in Jackson County, November 24, 1855, where she spent her childhood. She was united in marriage with Jesse EVANS and to this union were born nine children. Her husband and three children preceded her in death. She departed this life April 15, 1943, leaving to mourn her passing, three sons, William, Homer and Daniel, all of West Virginia, and three daughters, Flora PARSONS, of WV., and May MATHEWS and Pearl HAHN, of Akron, Ohio, twenty-nine grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 30 April 1943)

James Paul HOGSETT

       Funeral services for James Paul HOGSETT, aged 60, who died at his home at Vienna Sunday morning at six o'clock, were held Tuesday afternoon at the Wesley Methodist church there and burial was in the Ravenswood cemetery.

       He was born on a farm near Ripley, January 22, 1883, the son of James Samuel HOGSETT and Alice (WHITE) HOGSETT, both deceased. On December 20, 1905, he married Prova RECTOR, who survives. To this union were born four children: Fay HOGSETT, who died in infancy; Marie SHOOK, of Morgantown, N. C., Myrtle HOGSETT, of Canton, Ohio, and Paul Franklin HOGSETT, of Parkersburg, WV.

       Surviving in addition to the members of the immediate family are four sisters and three brothers: Mrs. Pearl BURCH, Mrs. Willa HOSSLER, Mrs. Verna BENJAMIN and Miss Marie HOGSETT, and Theodore P. HOGSETT, of Akron, Ohio; Otie G. HOGSETT, of Pittsburgh, Pa., and E. L. HOGSETT of Huntington, WV., and many friends. (Jackson Herald, Fri., April 23, 1943)


       A. P. BAYER died at the St. Joseph hospital in Parkersburg on Sunday after a long illness. Pneumonia was the immediate cause of his death. The funeral services were held at the Vail Funeral Home on Tuesday afternoon and burial was in the Oak Hill cemetery. The widow and several children survive. (Jackson Herald, Fri., April 23, 1943)

Rev. James D. BELL

       Rev. James D. BELL, 62, retired Methodist minister and former pastor of the Walton Memorial church in Ravenswood, died at a Charleston hospital Monday. He served Methodist churches in the state for more than 31 years. (Jackson Herald, Fri., April 23, 1943)


       Funeral services for George M. SPELLMAN, 63 years old, were held at the Ripley United Brethren church on Sunday afternoon with the Rev. Harry MILLER in charge and burial was in the family cemetery in the Mud Run community. The Vail Mortuary had charge of funeral arrangements.

       George Martin SPELLMAN was born June 14, 1880 and died April 23, 1943. He was the son of William and Sarah (MCCAULEY) SPELLMAN, who preceded him in death, as have three brothers and two sisters. He was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Anna ANDERSON on July 13, 1910. To this union was born a son, Clarence Gilbert. She died on October 7, 1924, and Mr. SPELLMAN then married Georgia Pearl BOSWORTH on January 16, 1925. To this union were born two sons, Virgil Ray and Ralph Dwight.

       He leaves to mourn his passing the following: His widow, Pearl, his sons, Clarence, of Buckhannon; Ray and Ralph at home; two brothers, Edgar, of Diamond, Ohio, and Olin, of Clarksburg; two sisters, Mrs. C. C. LANHAM, of Triadelphia, WV., and Mrs. Henry WATKINS, of Leroy, WV. (Jackson Herald, Fri., April 30, 1943)

George William YOUNG

       George William YOUNG, aged 71, died Tuesday at his home at Gates Ridge after an extended illness. He was born April 21, 1872, a son of Ebenezer and Fannie YOUNG. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Carrie (BARNETT) YOUNG, and the following children: Mrs. Edna HOLLIDAY, Mrs. Cloa HARDIN, George YOUNG and Wilmer YOUNG, all of Rayland, Ohio; Edwin YOUNG, of Mineral Wells, WV; Mrs. Maggie HUPP, of Belleville; Mrs. Missouri THOMPSON, Mrs. Stella YOUNG, and Mrs. Sylvia HOLLIDAY, all of Rockport; Franklin YOUNG, of Brillianton, Ohio, and Mrs. Goldia GARRETT, of Toronto, Ohio. Also surviving are 45 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Services will be held Thursday afternoon at two o'clock at Gates Ridge church, with burial in the church cemetery. (Jackson Herald, Fri., April 30, 1943)


       Orpha Pearl SKEEN DEWEESE, of Kentuck, was born February 22, 1917 and departed this world at the age of 26. She was united in marriage to William Donald DEWEESE, of Kenna, on December 18, 1934. She leaves to mourn their loss, her husband, father and mother, Wesley and Rhoda SKEEN, of Charleston; four sisters, Amy DODSON and Linda SKEEN, of Charleston; Hazel TRIMBLE, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Vergie DEWEESE, of Kenna; two brothers, Howard SKEEN, of Charleston, and Hoyt SKEEN, of Elgin Field, Florida. (A poem followed). (Jackson Herald, Fri., April 30, 1943)

Mrs. Donald DEWEESE

       Mrs. Donald DEWEESE, 26, of Kenna, died at a Ripley hospital last Wednesday afternoon. She became ill the previous day and earlier on Wednesday had given birth to a still-born baby. She is survived by her husband and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. W. SKEEN, at Charleston, and the following brothers and sisters, Howard and Hoyt SKEEN, Charleston; Mrs. Virgie DEWEESE, Kentuck; Miss Linda SKEEN and Mrs. Annie DOTSON, Charleston; and Mrs. Hazel TRIMBLE of Cincinnati, Ohio. (Jackson Herald, Fri., April 30, 1943)


       Mrs. Marie HALBERT BROWN, 18 years old, a senior at the Ripley High School and a bride of only three weeks, died suddenly at the home of her mother near Gay Wednesday afternoon. A throat infection was reported to have been the contributing cause of her death. She was married three weeks ago to Private Dwight BROWN, of Ripley, and the husband then left immediately for the army and is stationed at Camp Wheeler, Georgia.

       Mrs. BROWN was a daughter of Mrs. Walter HALBERT, of Gay, and was to have been a member of the graduating class of the Ripley High School next month. In addition to her husband and her mother, she leaves two brothers, Ray HALBERT, of the U. S. Army, stationed in New Jersey, and Rufus HALBERT, at home; four sisters, Misses Ruby HALBERT, Canton, Ohio; and Ruth and Mary, at home; and Mrs. Emery HOPKINS, of Given. (Jackson Herald, Fri., April 30, 1943)


       Funeral services for L. V. WOLFE, 64 years old, were held Thursday afternoon at Dunbar with Rev. R. L. KELBAUGH and Rev. K. J. SCOTT in charge and burial was in the cemetery there. Mr. WOLFE died on Tuesday from a heart ailment. He was a native of Given but had lived at Dunbar for many years. Surviving are his widow and one daughter, Mrs. Joe HICKMAN, three grandchildren, three brothers, A. M., E. L., and Fred D. WOLFE, and two sisters, Mrs. L. A. PARSONS, of Wilkesville, Ohio, and Mrs. A. E. MOORE, of Macon, Georgia. (Jackson Herald, Fri., April 30, 1943)

James F. BLAKE

       Funeral services for James F. BLAKE, prominent resident of Sandyville, were held from the Independence church Sunday afternoon at two o'clock and burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. W. N. FOWLER had charge of the services which was arranged by L. M. FORD, Crow Summit funeral director. Mr. BLAKE died at his home on Friday morning. He had been in poor health for two years but a couple of days prior to his death his condition became critical.

       He was born December 21, 1865 and departed this life April 23, 1943, aged 77 years, 4 months and 2 days. He was united in marriage to Mollie A. WILCOX on the 6th day of September, 1893. To this union were born four sons, Everett, Lester and Glenn, of Sandyville, and Charles Edwin, infant, deceased. He was life-long member of the Methodist church of Independence. (Jackson Herald, Fri., April 30, 1943)


       Homer SMITH, age 46, of 317 State Street, Clairton, Pa., departed this life at the McKeesport hospital on Wednesday, April 21, (1943) after an illness of four days. He was born at Marietta, Ohio, on February 22, 1897, the son of the late James & Mary (STEVENS) SMITH. He had resided in Clairton for the past 20 years. He leaves to mourn their loss, his wife, Mrs. Nellie SMITH, four sisters, Margaret OWENS, Davia WREN, of Coraopolis, Pa.; Christine RIFFLE, of Cleveland, Ohio; Estelle SMITH, Parkersburg, WV, and one brother, George, also of West Virginia. (Jackson Herald, Fri., April 30, 1943)

William Kenna MILLER

       William Kenna MILLER, second son of P. G. & Ella MILLER, deceased, was born August 28, 1887 in Roane County, departed this life at Cottageville, April 6, 1943, aged 55 years, 7 months and 8 days. He was united in marriage to Iva Pearl MEREDITH on June 29, 1914, at Spencer, (Roane County, WV.) and to this union was born one child.

       He leaves to mourn their loss, his wife and one son, William Holly MILLER, and one grandson, Robert Leyton MILLER; five brothers, T. O., R. I., R. E., S. R., of Spencer, Route 1; D. C., of Mineral Wells; three sisters, Eva MCCOY and Dyvie LATTIMER, of Wellington, Ohio; Orva SHOWEN, of Spencer, Route 1, and one sister deceased. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, April 8 at two p.m. at the Cottageville Methodist church, with the Rev. John D. CUNNINGHAM officiating. Burial was in the Blaine Memorial cemetery near Cottageville under the direction of the Vail Funeral Home of Ripley. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 7 May 1943)


       Word has been received from the War Department that Orval Ray CARPENTER, nephew of Mrs. J. B. WAYBRIGHT, of Ripley, has been killed in North Africa. The message stated that the young man lost his life April 10, (1943). Mrs. WAYBRIGHT did not receive the notification of the death until the latter part of last week. CARPENTER was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman CARPENTER, who lived on Elk Fork, until some years ago when they moved to Cleveland. The mother is the former Miss Harriett MONROE, of Gay. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 14 May 1943)

Transcribed from microfilm by Betty Kessel McIntyre

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