August 1941 Obituaries


       John Roy STEWART, 50, formerly of Evans, died suddenly at his home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Friday of a stroke, relatives were informed. The body was brought to Evans Monday and taken to the home of his brother, Boyd STEWART, and funeral services were held Tuesday.

       Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Marjory ONG STEWART, of Evans, three sons, Ray Richmond STEWART of Evans, Lincoln STEWART with the US Army in Hawaii, and Paul STEWART of Milwaukee; three daughters, Misses Catherine, Virginia and Della STEWART, all at home, and two brothers, Boyd STEWART of Evans and Walter STEWART of Pittsburgh, Pa. (Herald, 8 Aug 1941)

William Henry BAKER

       There is a lonely cabin up in Grant district. Blackened frying pans hang on the wall-nails, and the stove stands cold and desolate, waiting for patient hands to kindle a fire. A hungry cat sits in front of a cold hearth, waiting vainly for the dinner so strangely delayed. A well-worn hoe leans by the garden fence for gnarled hands to wield it and cut the weeds crowding thick among the rows of vegetables. There is a lonely cabin among the hills, and a laborer in a neighboring field stops his team to contemplate the quiet scene and ponder on the inevitable sequences of life. For Old Bill BAKER is dead.

       William Henry BAKER was born near Tuppers Plains, Ohio, on June 5, 1841, a son of Sylvanus and Martha BARNHART BAKER, and departed this life Aug 2, 1941, aged 100 years, 1 month and 27 days.

       He was united in marriage four times. First to Sally CRAMMLET. To this union was born two children, Wilson BAKER and Mrs. Martha WYRES, both of whom preceded him in death. He was then united in marriage to Mary Virginia POWERS, and to this union was born five children, Mrs. J. ATKINSON of Lore City, Ohio, S. Z. BAKER of Ravenswood, Mrs. Julia EARLY, Catherine BAKER and Ralph BAKER. This wife, and the three latter children preceded him in death. His third wife, Mrs. Josephine COLLINS, also preceded him in death. No children were born to this union. He was later married to Mrs. Eva BLOSSER of Portland, Ohio, who survives. He also leaves one brother, Ellis BAKER of Letart, Ohio, and one sister, Mrs. Frankie MOREHOUSE of Morgantown.

       Funeral services were conducted Sunday, Aug 3, at 10 a.m. from the Kyger & Chambers Funeral Home at Ravenswood, by Rev. E. C. RUBLE. Burial was in the Red Brush cemetery. (Herald, 8 Aug 1941)


       Rebecca CAYTON REYNOLDS, aged resident of Crooked Fork, died at her home at 1 o'clock Tuesday afternoon after a long illness. She is survived by a brother, S. J. CAYTON, with whom she made her home.

       Funeral services were conducted at Ravenswood at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon by Rev. RUBLE. Interment was in the Ravenswood cemetery. (Herald, 8 Aug 1941)


       Funeral services for Lee BROTHERTON, 79 year-old farmer and veterinarian, were held at the Fairview church near Fairplain Tuesday morning at eleven o'clock and burial was in the church cemetery. The Vail Funeral Home of Ripley had charge of the funeral arrangements.

       Mr. BROTHERTON died at his home Saturday after a long illness. His condition had been critical for several days and death had been expected. He was a lifelong resident of the section of the county in which he lived at the time of his death and was a member of the Methodist church and the Odd Fellows.

       He is survived by the widow and six sons, Holly BROTHERTON, of Sebring, Ohio; Charles and George BROTHERTON of Dunbar; Mottie BROTHERTON of Charleston; Clinton BROTHERTON of Given and Judy BROTHERTON of Rockcastle; a daughter, Mrs. Emory KAY of Dunbar; three brothers, Robert BROTHERTON of Dunbar, Frank and John BROTHERTON of Given, and a sister, Mrs. Lizzie WAUGH of Ostrander, Ohio. (29 August 1941)


       A heart attack brought sudden death to Mrs. Cora Lee CANADAY at the Eastern Star home at Ripley Landing Wednesday morning. Brief funeral services were held at the Vail Funeral Home Wednesday evening and the body was shipped to Roanoke, Virginia Thursday for burial. (Friday, 22 August 1941)


       In loving memory of Mrs. Cora Lee PAYNE CANADAY, who passed away, 19 August1941, at the Eastern Star home at Millwood, WV., where she had been a guest for four years. She was formerly of Roanoke, Virginia, where she was laid to rest. By friends, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. PUGH and Mr. and Mrs. O. E. DONAHEW, both of Millwood, WV. (Friday, 28 November 1941)

J. F. "Jeff" CARNEY

       Funeral services for J. F. "Jeff" CARNEY, 79 years old, better known to his hundreds of friends and acquaintances as "Jeff", were held from the home of his daughter, Mrs. T. E. BURKE in West Ripley at two o'clock Tuesday afternoon with the Rev. John J. LOUDIN of the Methodist church in charge and burial was in the Pine Hill cemetery. The Vail undertaking establishment had charge of the plans for the funeral rites.

       Mr. CARNEY died Sunday morning at seven o'clock following an illness of two weeks which followed a second stroke, the first being about a year ago from which he partially recovered. Death had been expected for several days.

       He was born near Ripley on July 26, 1862, a son of Enoch and Martha CARNEY. On June 14, 1883 he was married to Mary Louise LANDFRIED who preceded him in death about five years ago. He spent his entire life in Ripley and vicinity and was one of the most widely known citizens. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, South and for many years was engaged in the produce business and general store business in Ripley.

       He is survived by four children, Mrs. T. E. BURKE at whose home in Ripley he died; Mrs. Grover HAMMOND, of Parkersburg; Fred CARNEY; and Mrs. J. B. VAIL, both of Ripley. One brother, W. A. CARNEY of Ripley, also survives. (Friday, 22 Aug 1941)


       E. P. CASTO, for many years one of Jackson County's most prominent school teachers, died at a Spencer hospital at six o'clock this (Thursday) morning after an illness of several years. The body was brought to the Mays mortuary and funeral arrangements have not yet been made.

       Mr. CASTO was for many years the sectetary of the Ripley district of the Board of Education and each summer conducted the Fairplain Normal School for teachers, a school which became widely known throughtout the state as a school in which to prepare for teachers' examination. Several years ago his health failed him and he retired from the teaching profession.

       He is survived by the widow, Mrs. Allie CASTO, of Ripley, and the following children: Mrs. Marjorie MUNDAY, of Liberty; Hazel CASTO, of Charleston; Marie CASTO, of Ripley, and Jennings and Dewey CASTO, both of Akron, Ohio. (Everett Parker - 1866-1941 son of Nicholas L. & Margaret KOONTZ CASTO married Allie SKEEN (1867-1943) the daughter of Franklin & Phoebe GARRETT SKEEN, on 11 May 1888) (Friday, 22 August 1941)


       Funeral services for E. P. CASTO, widely known school teacher of Jackson county, were held at Fairplain at ten o'clock Saturday morning with Rev. L. R. MAHONEY, pastor of the Ripley United Brethren church in charge and burial was in the Fairplain cemetery. Mr. CASTO died at a Spencer hospital on Thursday after a long illness of several years. His condition had been critical for several days and death was expected.

       He was widely known in education circles and taught forty-nine terms of school in the elementary schools of the state, was secretary of the Ripley district board of education for many years, and for a number of years conducted summer terms of the Fairplain Normal school which was a training school for teachers who were planning to take the state teachers examination.

       He is survived by the widow, Mrs. Allie CASTO, of Ripley; and the following children, Mrs. Marjorie MUNDAY, of Liberty; Hazel CASTO, of Charleston; Marie CASTO, of Ripley; Jennings CASTO, Aubra CASTO and Dewey CASTO, of Akron (Ohio), and Bud CASTO, of Parkersburg. Two sisters, Mrs. Lester SKEEN, of Charleston, and Mrs. Mattie CASTO, of Kentuck, also survive. One daughter, Mrs. Connie WOOD, preceded him in death. (Friday, 29 August 1941)

Daniel Polsley CROW

       Funeral services for Daniel Polsley CROW, 67 years old, were held from the Vail Funeral Home in Ripley Sunday afternoon with Rev. William MEADE, rector of the St. John's Episcopal church in Charleston, and Rev. Fred WEBER of the St. John's Episcopal church in Ripley, in charge. Burial was in the WALKER plot of the (Early settlers cemetery in Ripley) Ripley cemetery.

       Mr. CROW died at his home in Point Pleasant early Thursday morning after an illness of considerable length. Although in ill health for several years he had continued to work on historical sketches of Mason county until recently.

       He is survived by his widow; (Sue Hayden WALKER), his father, George B. CROW, (mother; E. Margaret CROW, who died in 1917) of Ripley; two brothers, Sam CROW, of Charleston, and R. C. CROW, of Letart, and one sister, Mrs. H. S. ARMSTRONG, of Ripley.

       Mr. CROW was born at Ripley and spent many years of his life here. Later he moved to Point Pleasant, where for a number of years he was connected with the Mallable Iron Works in that city. (Friday, 22 August 1941)

Infant son of Harold and Garnet Vance EASTER

       Burial services for the infant son of Harold and Garnet Vance EASTER of Salt Hill who died last Thursday afternoon at one o'clock were held at the Salt Hill cemetery Friday with the J. B. Vail undertaking establishment in charge. (Friday, 29 Aug1941)

A. Everett FLINN

       A. Everett FLINN, ends life with pistol at Wood County home believed to have been despondent over the loss of his wife who died a year ago, A. Everett FLINN, a native of Jackson County, who had been residing in South Side Parkersburg the past fourteen years, ended his life at his home with a .32 calibre automatic revolver.

       According to stories of the suicide told to investigating state police, FLINN who was 64 years old and who had been a watchman for the American Viscose plant for several years had said Saturday that he hadn't been "feeling so good lately." The body was found by his son, Roy, lying in a pool of blood in a rear bedroom of his home, and it was believed that he had been dead about two hours. No farewell note was found, police said.

       Before the death of his wife, Florence BOSO FLINN, also a former resident of Jackson County, the couple lived several years at Scott and Ash Streets in Parkersburg. Surviving are three sons, Eddie, Roy and Ernest FLINN, all of South Parkersburg; two daughters, Mrs. Sarah RAMSEY, South Side Parkersburg, and Mrs. Elizabeth POWERS, Chester, Pa.; four brothers, David, Henry, and William FLINN, all of Jackson county, and Charles of South Parkersburg; and two sisters, Mrs. Edith ORNER, Porterfield, Ohio, and Mrs. Ova BATES, Sherman. (Friday, 15 Aug 1941)


       William A. HARRISON, a native of Jackson county who had resided in the West for many years, died at his home at Mullinville, Kansas, on Wednesday, August 13, (1941) after a long illness, according to word received by relatives here.

       Funeral services were held on Friday, August 15. Miss Maude HARRISON,who with Mrs. Minnie CRITES, were sisters of the deceased, had gone west to visit her brother who had suffered for several years from heart trouble. Death occured only a week after her arrival at his bed-side.

       Mr. HARRISON was born near Ripley on February 16, 1875, a son of Josiah and Angeline HARRISON. At the time of his death he was aged 66 years, 5 months and 27 days. After growing to manhood in this county, he went to Arkansas, where on May 4, 1909, he was united in marriage to Linnie HUCKABY. They later moved to Iowa where Mr. HARRISON served as postmaster at Rowley for five years before moving to Kansas in 1920. For the past 14 years he had been in the employe of the board of education at Mulliville. A member of the United Brethren church, Mr. HARRISON was also a member of the I.O.O.F. of Mulliville for the past 25 years and was well known and respected citizen of that place.

       Besides his wife he is survived by a son, Harley HARRISON, of Wichita, Kansas, three daughters, Mrs. Isalone RICKETTS, of Goddard and Dorothy HARRISON, at home, and seven grandchildren. Another son, Clinton Alfred died in infancy. He is also survived by three brothers, George HARRISON of Parkersburg; James HARRISON of Sissonville, WV.; and Fred HARRISON, of Lynchburg, (VA); and two sisters, Mrs. Minnie CRITES and Miss Maude HARRISON of Ripley, (WV) (Friday, 29 August 1941)


       Funeral services for Mrs. R. H. (Rebecca H. PARSONS) HICKMAN, 70 years, 1 month and 10 days of age, were held from the Given church Thursday afternoon at two o'clock and burial was in the church cemetery. The Vail mortuary had charge of the funeral arrangements.

       Mrs. HICKMAN died at her home in the Given community on Wednesday. She was well known in that section and was the widow of the late William HICKMAN.

       She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Minnie HUNTER, of Dunbar; Mrs. Ferd FRENCH, of Cutler, Ohio; Mrs. Gladys HANING, of Sebring, Ohio, and Mrs. Agee BUSH, of Given, and five sons, C. E. HICKMAN, of Given; H. C. HICKMAN, of Charleston; D. R. HICKMAN, of Charleston; and Howard and Clair HICKMAN, at home. (she was the daughter of Charles & Alice R. MOORE PARSONS, and married William T. HICKMAN on 18 Nov 1891 and he died in 1915) (Friday, 29 August 1941)

Rebecca Helen HICKMAN

       Rebecca Helen HICKMAN, the subject of this sketch, was born July 10, 1871, and departed this life August 20, 1941, age 70 years, 1 month and 10 days. She united in marriage with William Thomas HICKMAN on November 23, 1891. (the daughter of Charles and Alice R. MOORE PARSONS).

       To this union were born five sons, C. E., W. H., and Clair HICKMAN, of Given, and H. C. and D. R. HICKMAN of Charleston; and four daughters, Mrs. Minnie HUNTER of Dunbar, Mrs. Gladys HANNING of Sebring, Ohio, and Mrs. Agee BUSH, of Given. The husband and father preceded her to the Great Beyond on March 28, 1915, leaving her the care of nine children.

       In addition to the husband, she was preceded in death by one brother, Gratton PARSONS, and the following sisters, Mrs. Anna LANDFRIED, Clara HARRISON and Florence HANNING. Those surviving are Mrs. Robert RHODES, Mrs. L. V. WOLFE and two brothers, Okey and Levi PARSONS, and a host of relatives and friends. (Friday, 10 October 1941)


       C. A. "Cap" JIVIDEN, 70, and a well known dairyman of Mason City, died suddenly of a heart attack Monday as he was taking his automobile from the garage. He was well known in Ripley and Jackson County and had many friends who learned with regret of his sudden death. He had been the head of the Dairyman's association for some time. (Friday, 22 August 1941)

Robert Wilson KIDD

       Just forty-eight hours before the date set for the marriage to his childhood sweetheart, Robert Wilson KIDD, 32 year-old son of Mrs. Fannie KIDD, of St. Albans, was killed at the quarry on the ROBINSON farm at Ripley Friday morning when the truck he was driving collapsed under the load it carried.

       KIDD's body was jammed against the steering wheel as the cab was crushed when the weight of the load came against it and he died while fellow workers were trying to release him from the wreckage. A torch was finally used to burn off the steering wheel before the body could be removed.

       He was working for the O'Dell construction company and driving a truck on the Ripley road job and hauling rock from the quarry for a fill just at the town limits. The truck was loaded with what was claimed to be a huge rock weighing two tons. The truck apparently hit a rut after he had taken the heavy load from the shovel.

       The body was brought to the Vail mortuary and later in the day was taken to a mortuary in St. Albans. KIDD was to have been married Sunday to Miss Arnatha HAZELETT, of Hurricane, who was reported Friday afternoon to be near collapse after she had been told that the man who was to be her husband had met death. Surviving besides his mother are two brothers, William and Paul KIDD, both of St. Albans, and a sister, Mrs. Harold CONARY, also of St. Albans (WV). The funeral services were conducted from the residence Sunday afternoon at two-thirty o'clock and burial was in the Teays Hill cemetery. (Friday, 5 September 1941)

Wellington LEE

       Wellington LEE, son of the late Arthur LEE, of Fletcher, was accidentally killed in Baltimore last Friday afternoon while at work in one of the plants there. The body was brought to Letart Tuesday afternoon and burial was in the Letart Falls cemetery.

       He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Marjorie (KISER) HUNT, who before her marriage to the dead boy's father was Marjorie KISER, of Kentuck. (Arthur LEE born in Roane County about 1887, the son of Jay W. and Rebecca A. LEE. He married 19 November 1910 Margie KISER, the daughter of Henry & Margaret SKEEN KISER). (Friday, 29, August 1941)


       John NICHOLL, the son of Simpson and Mary NICHOLL, was born in Mason County near Leon, West Virginia January 23, 1861, departed this life 13 August 1941, age 80 years, 6 months and 20 days.

       He was united in marriage to Permelia STEWART September 14, 1888. To this union nine children were born. Of this number three preceded him into the Spirit Realm. Those that survive are Ivy WOOD, Beaver Falls, Pa.; Orpha WOODARD, McConnelsville, Ohio; Lillie SAYRE, Cottageville, and Dencil NICHOLL, Philadelphia, Pa. There also survive eight grandchildren, one great grandchild, other distant relatives and a host of friends.

       "Uncle John," as we all called him, did not embrace Christ and his salvation in youth, neither in the middle age of life but waited till old age. When this affliction came upon him he sought the Lord and from all indications he found Him. He told Jerry he was ready to die. The last time I visited him, he grasped my hand and held on and tried so hard to tell me something. But from the expression on his face I thought I could guess it and said is everything all right with you and the Lord? He nodded his head and continued to hold my hand. I want to remember Uncle John as he looked on that occasion for I believe he had the smile of salvation on his face and in his soul. --Montgomery (Friday, 22 August 1941)


       Guy NUTT, 44, of Harrisville, an employee of the Hope Natural Gas company, died instantly Tuesday morning about six o'clock of a shotgun wound which investigating officers reported was self inflicted. The charge of the gun entered his body directly below the heart and he was found lying on the back porch of his home near the high school building at Harrisville. No motive was given for the suicide.

       Mr. NUTT is survived by his wife, Pearl; four children, Carl, Ritchie County deputy sheriff; and Joseph, Weaver and Betty, all of Harrisville; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. David NUTT, of Washburn, WV; two brothers, Clovis, who resides in Ohio, and Troy, of Washburn, and two sisters, Mrs. Bennie SWADLEY, of Cokeley, WV. and Mrs. Golda LUDWIG, of Ripley, WV (Friday, 15 August 1941)

Charles Julius PULLINS

       Charles Julius PULLINS, son of Charles and Almira (COSSIN) PULLINS, was born July 14, 1877 and departed this life 22 August 1941, age 64 years, 1month and 8 days. He was united in marriage to Emma McKenney, November 18, 1903. To this union were born six children, one having died in infancy.

       He is survived by his wife and the following children: Mrs. Virdie BURKS of Middleport, Ohio; Clayton PULLINS of Point Pleasant, WV.; Eddie PULLINS, of Nitro, WV.; Rodney PULLINS, of Cincinnati, Ohio; and Paul PULLINS, at home. He also leaves two brothers and one sister, Thomas PULLINS, of Leon, WV.; George PULLINS, of Buffalo, WV.; and Mrs. M. W. FLOWERS, of Leon, WV., and five grandchildren. His father, mother and one sister, Mrs. ......... GRAHAM, preceded him in death.

       Charley was converted and joined the church when about 15 years of age and he was faithful until the Master called him home. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at Evergreen, Ohio. Burial was at Cheshire, Ohio. (Friday, 29 August 1941)

William James RAND

       Funeral services for William James RAND, aged 70, former resident of this county who died at the home of his sister, Mrs. E. C. SIMPSON, at Pikeville, Kentucky, on Wednesday, August 13, (1941) were conducted at the Cottageville Methodist church Friday by Rev. W. I. Fiber, pastor of the church. Burial was at Cottageville.

       Mr. RAND was born January 29, 1871, at Cottageville, a son of Kinsey and Lavina RAND. He was married to Martha JACOBS, and to this union was born one child, Helen Webster, now the wife of C. R. STANCLIFFE, of Los Angeles, California.

       A member of the Methodist church since his early youth, he was a Mason, and was a well known and highly respected resident of the Cottageville section. For the past six years he had been residing with his sister in Kentucky where death occured after a long illness.

       He is survived by his daughter, Mrs. C. B. STANCLIFFE, of Los Angeles, California; one brother, A. C. RAND of Cottageville; two sisters, Mrs. Delpha TENNANT of Ravenswood, and Mrs. Alice SIMPSON, of Pikeville, Kentucky. His wife, Martha RAND, died October 29, 1925. (Friday, 22 August 1941)

George W. RANKIN

       George W. RANKIN, aged resident of Stone Lick, died at his home at one o'clock Wednesday morning after a long illness. Mr. RANKIN had been in failing health since last January. He was 89 years old.

       Mr. RANKIN was born January 15, 1852, in Pocahontas county, a son of Thomas J. and Elizabeth RANKIN. The greater part of his life was spent in the Kenna section occupied in farming. Surviving are one son, O. B. RANKIN, of Kenna, and one daughter, Grace RANKIN with whom he made his home. Five grandchildren and one great grandchild also survive.

       Funeral services will be held this (Thursday) morning at 10:30 o'clock at Oak Hill. The services will be conducted by Rev. L. R. MAHONEY, pastor of the Ripley United Brethren church. Burial will be in the Riley cemetery with the Vail mortuary in charge. (Fri., 29 Aug 1941)


       Robert RATHBONE, seven year old son of Vivian RATHBONE, a veteran of the Ripley CCC Camp, and Mrs. RATHBONE was drowned in the creek back of the family home at Palestine Sunday evening.

       The child had gone out to play shortly before six o'clock, and when he did not return a short time later, his parents started a search and found one of his shoes hear the bank of the stream. Suspecting the child might have fallen into the creek, a search was started in the water and Edwin OTT, a neighbor, recovered the body at ten-thirty p.m. after diving several times in one of the deeper pools. The boy had told his mother he was going to a nearby store to get an ice cream cone, but the parents learned that he stopped at a playmate's house and the two had decided to go to the creek to play. The playmate returned home a short time later leaving the RATHBONE boy still playing by the side of the stream.

       Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Palestine Baptist church and burial was in the church cemetery. Suvivors in addition to the parents are two sisters, Betty Mae and Donna at home; two brothers, Wallace of Pittsburgh and Glenwood who is in the U.S. Navy. (Friday, 15 August 1941)


       Rebecca Ann CAYTON REYNOLDS was born April 5, 1880, and died August 5, 1941 at her home near Ravenswood following a lingering illness, age 61 years and 4 months. She was the daughter of John Archale CAYTON, a private in the Civil War, and Catherine Lanham CAYTON, and was one of a family of nine children. A brother, Will CAYTON, preceded her in death in 1920 and a sister, Susan, died in 1940.

       She was united in marriage on May 10, 1910 to William N. REYNOLDS of Parkersburg (WV). To this union one son was born, dying in infancy. For a number of years she resided in Parkersburg, moving in 1921 to Jackson County where she has since resided.

       Left to mourn their loss are the following: her husband, W. N. REYNOLDS, Parkersburg; two step-daughters, Mrs. Homer CALLAHAN and Mrs. Leonard CALLAHAN, Parkersburg; two brothers, Chap CAYTON, of Harrod, Ohio, and Sam CAYTON, Silverton; four sisters, Mrs. J. L. NUZUM, Old Washington, Ohio; Mrs. Thomas CHIPPS, Salem and Mrs. Bert SMITH, Cherry Hill, Arkansas. A host of other relatives and friends also survive. (Friday, 15 August 1941)


       John RHODES, former Ripley man, died in Yakima, Washington, Saturday morning of a heart attack, relatives here were informed. No particulars were learned other than the telegram from the brother, C. O. RHODES, telling the relatives of the death. (Friday, 29 August 1941)


       John S. RHODES, who died suddenly at his home in Yakima, Washington, last week of a heart attack, had been injured on the previous Monday when he was struck by a cable and the bones in one ankle were severed, according to details sent The Herald this week by his brother, C. O. RHODES, also of Yakima.

       The following is a news story published in the Yakima paper at the time of his death:

       James S. RHODES, 75, mill superintendent for the Cascade Lumber company, died of a sudden heart attack early this morning in his home at 206 North Seventh street. An accident at the mill Monday in which his ankle bone was broken had confined him to his bed since then. The shock from the accident is thought to have hastened his death.

       For 48 years Mr. RHODES had been connected with the lumber company. He was first associated with the company in Keokuk, Iowa, before coming to Yakima 37 years ago. He was sales manager for the Cascade until the death of A. H. HUEBNER several years ago, when he was made superintendent of the mill. Mr. RHODES was in apparent good health and active until the accident Monday. He was watching the unloading of logs at the pond when he was struck by a cable. The donkey operator was taking the slack out of the line and the cable slapped against Mr. RHODES' leg breaking an ankle bone. The leg was put in a cast but the injury was not considered serious.

       Members of the family are widow, Mrs. Nettie RHODES; seven children, Donald, Richard, Helen, Juanita RHODES and Mrs. Gretchen SULLIVAN, of Yakima, Mrs. Blanche BOURGET of Victoria, B.C., and Mrs. Dorothy POWERS of Seattle; three brothers, William, of Kansas; Ben, of Ripley, WV.; and Charles, of Yakima; two sisters, Mrs. Mary SHATTO, of Ripley and Mrs. Rachel FREEMAN, of Ohio; two grand-children, Donald SULLIVAN and Patricia RHODES, of Yakima.

       Mr. RHODES was a member of the Modern Woodmen lodge. He was born in West Virginia. Shaw and Sons had charge of funeral arrangements. (Friday, 5 September 1941)


       Mrs. Jennie (STARKEY) SLAVEN, 80 year-old resident of Ravenswood, died at her home there at 5 o'clock Tuesday evening after a week's illness. Mrs. SLAVEN was the wife of Frank L. SLAVEN, retired farmer of Ravenswood, now in his 79th year, and the mother of H. Glen SLAVEN, local merchant.

       The aged woman had enjoyed good health up until a few months ago when her health began to decline, but up until the first of last week was able to be up and around. Last week she fell and sustained an injury to her side, but was believed to have been on her road to recovery.

       Mrs. SLAVEN was born near Ravenswood on August 18, 1861, a daughter of Craig and Ruth STARKEY, pioneer residents of that section. Surviving are her husband, Frank L. SLAVEN of Ravenswood, and two sons, H. Glen SLAVEN of Ripley, and J. P. SLAVEN of Ravenswood, and six grandchildren. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, South.

       The Chambers and Kyger mortuary of Ravenswood was in charge of funeral arrangements which had not been completed. Burial will be in the Ravenswood cemetery. (Friday, 29 August 1941)

Benjamin F. "Benny" F. SMITH

       Benjamin F. "Benny" F. SMITH (1889-1941), local insurance salesman, died shortly after 10 o'clock Wednesday morning at the Staats hospital in Charleston after a brief illness.

       Mr. SMITH became critically ill Sunday and was taken to the hospital where an examination revealed that he was suffering from ulcers of the stomach. An operation was performed that evening, but he failed to rally and steadily became worse. While members of the family had feared that he would not survive his illness, his death came as a shock not only to them but to his many friends in this section. Although blind for a number of years Mr. SMITH, despite his handicap, entered the insurance business and conducted it with considerable success.

       Besides his wife, Mrs. Icy MCGRAW SMITH (1893-....), he is survived by two brothers, Elijah SMITH of Ripley and Arthur SMITH of Evans, and a half-sister, Mrs. Flossie LANE of Ripley. The body was brought to the Vail mortuary. Funeral arrangements had not been completed. (Friday, 22 August 1941)

Mrs. Albert (Sylvia G. MORRIS) SNYDER

       Mrs. Albert (Sylvia G. MORRIS) SNYDER, 37 years old, of Sandyville, died Wednesday night at nine o'clock in the St. Joseph's hospital at Parkersburg following complications resulting from an operation. She would have been 38 years old in September. The funeral services were held at the Independence church Saturday afternoon at two o'clock and burial was in the church cemetery.

       Surviving are the husband and six children, Emerson, Beulah, Carl Ray, Muriel, Juanita and Wanda LEE, all at home. She also leaves two sisters, Mrs. Earl SOMERVILLE, of Barberton, Ohio, and Mrs. Effie ARCHER, of Akron, Ohio, and two brothers, John MORRIS, of Pittsburgh and Lawrence MORRIS, of Minerva, West Virginia. (Friday, 29 August 1941)

Sylvia Gladys SNYDER

       Sylvia Gladys SNYDER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert MORRIS, was born 25 September 1903 and departed this life August 20, 1941, aged 37 years, 10 months and 25 days. She died in the St. Joseph's hospital at Parkersburg following complications resulting from an operation.

       She was united in marriage to Albert SNYDER August 12, 1922, and to this union were born two sons and four daughters. She is survived by her husband, Albert SNYDER and children, namely, Emerson, Carl Ray, Beulah, Muriel, Juanita and Wanda LEE. Besides her husband and children she also leaves to mourn their loss the following brothers and sisters: John MORRIS, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Rev. Lawrence MORRIS, Minnora, WV.; Effie Archer and Stella Somerville, Akron, Ohio. Many other relatives and friends will miss her gentle ways and pleasant actions. Her father, mother and two brothers preceded her in death. (29 August 1941)


       John Roy STEWART, the son of Christopher O. and Kathran STEWART, was born in Jackson County, West Virginia, on November 17, 1889. Departed this life in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, August 1, 1941, age 51 years, 8 months and 14 days. He was converted at about the age of eighteen and was active in church at Otterbein and Longview during his youthful years. He was also active in full time mission work as a minister for a number of years. Since 1935 he has been a dealer in old and rare coins and made his living at it.

       He was united in marriage to Margery ONG, February 15, 1912. To this union six children were born: Roy, Raynond, Kathran, Virginia, Lincoln, Della and Paul STEWART. He also leaves to mourn their loss the following brothers: C. B. STEWART of Evans, WV. and W. L. STEWART, Youngstown, Ohio. His father and mother and eldest brother, S. O. STEWART, who died in Pittsburgh about five years ago, and a sister, Stella, who died in infancy, have preceded him in death.

       The above obituary was prepared and read at the funeral at Otterbein U. B. church in Jackson County, WV., on August 5th, at 2 o'clock p.m. by the pastor, Roy DAVIS, of Cottageville, WV. Funeral director: J. B. Vail, of Ripley, WV. Interment at Otterbein U. B. cemetery. (Friday, 15 August, 1941)


       Funeral services for Mrs. Mary (WAYBRIGHT) WINTER, 89-year-old widow of the late David WINTER, were held from the Fairplain church Monday afternoon and burial was in the cemetery there. She died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. M. Casto, of Staats Mills, late Saturday night after an illness of some length due to complications resulting from her advanced age.

       The suvivors include five sons, Absalom WINTER, of Gay; Kenna WINTER, of Colfax, California; Harvey WINTER, of Norton, West Virginia; Floyd WINTER, of Kincaid, and Denna WINTER, of Charleston; another daughter, Mrs. John WOODRUM, of Kincaid, and one brother, Thomas WAYBRIGHT, of Gay. Mrs. WINTER was one of the well known women of the Staats Mills section of the county, highly esteemed and admired by relatives, friends and acquaintances who were grieved Sunday morning when they heard that "Aunt Mary" had passed quietly to her reward. (15 Aug 1941)

Transcribed from microfilm by Betty Kessel McIntyre

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