August 1943 Obituaries

James D. LYONS

       Funeral services for James D. LYONS, 81 years old, were held from the Vail Funeral Home on Monday afternoon at two-thirty o'clock with the Rev. Frank SHAFFER in charge and burial was in the Pine Hill Cemetery. Mr. LYONS died at his home near Buffalo after an illness which began last March when he suffered a stroke. For several days prior to his death, the end had been expected, members of the family said. Mr. LYONS is survived by his wife and the following children: Homer LYONS, of Charleston; Ellsworth LYONS, of Godfrey, Ill.; Julia PARSONS, of Dunbar, WV.; Bertha PARSONS, of Ripley, WV, and Myrtle ASHLEY of Letart, WV. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 6 Aug 1943)


       Funeral services for John M. RADER, 92 year old resident of Ripley, were held from the Epworth Methodist Church Sunday afternoon at two o'clock and burial was in the Fairplain Cemetery. The Vail undertaking organization had charge of arrangements for the funeral and burial. Mr. RADER died at his Ripley home on Thursday afternoon about four o'clock. He had been critically ill for several days and death had been expected.

       He was a well known and highly respected citizen of the county and spent the greater part of his life on his farm on Route 33. Several years ago he moved to Ripley where he had since made his home. He was the son of William and Elizabeth RADER and is survived by his wife, Esther RADER, one son, Foster RADER, of Charleston; three daughters, Mrs. Flossie PARSONS, supervisor of the state hospital in Spencer; Mrs. Freda DOBBINS, at home; Mrs. Frankie GILLEM, of Beaver, Pa.; two brothers, Attorney B. F. RADER of Ripley, and W. L. RADER, of Bradshaw, WV. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 6 Aug 1943)

Joseph Barnes HARRIS

       Joseph Barnes HARRIS, one of the widely known citizens of Washington District, died at his home at Fletcher on Thursday after a long illness. He was a native of North Carolina but had lived in Washington district for many years where he had often been honored by his people and was held in high esteem by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. The funeral services were held at Kentuck on Friday and burial was in the HATCHER Cemetery. His wife, Matilda (HATCHER) HARRIS, preceded him in death. Mr. HARRIS was nearing his seventy-sixth birthday at the time of his death. (There were no children) (Jackson Herald, Fri., 6 Aug 1943)


       Thomas W. BARNHART, 60, of Mud Run, Jackson County, died on Thursday afternoon at his home after a long illness. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Edna (BRADEN) BARNHART, and three children; Hazel at home; Martha of Belpre, Ohio, and Clyde of Parkersburg. Also surviving are several sisters and one brother. The deceased was a member of the Methodist Church. Funeral services were held on Saturday afternoon at two-thirty o'clock at the Independence Church and burial was in the church cemetery. The Vail Mortuary had charge of the arrangements. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 6 Aug 1943)

Thomas Wilbur BARNHART

       Thomas Wilbur BARNHART was born March 19, 1879 and died on July 29, 1943, at his home on Mud Run, Sandyville, Rt. 3, WV., and was laid to rest in the Independence Cemetery on July 31, 1943. He was a son of George and Melissa BARNHART, both of whom preceded him in death nine years ago. He leaves to mourn their loss, his loving wife, Mrs. Edna Florence BARNHART.

       He was united in marriage on October 20, 1904 to Edna F. BRADEN. To this union were born three children: Mrs. Hazel FOLDEN, Mrs. Paul SMITH and Clyde BARNHART. He also leaves four sisters: Mrs. Pearl HUPP, and Mrs. Bertha BENNETT and Mrs. Elsa BARBER, and one brother, Shelt BARNHART, all of Parkersburg. Three sisters and one brother preceded him in death several years ago. He also leaves 11 grandchildren. One grandson died July 6, 1943. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 20 Aug 1943)

Mrs. Jessie THOMAS

       Funeral services for Mrs. Jessie THOMAS, 47, were held at the Elk Fork Church Saturday with Rev. Boyd SCOTT in charge and burial was in the Halbert Cemetery. Mrs. THOMAS died in Boston following an operation and the body was brought home for burial. The husband, Kenna THOMAS, one son and one daughter survive. The J. B. Vail establishment had charge of the funeral plans. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 6 Aug 1943)

Adelphia Ann (LLOYD) ANKRUM

       Adelphia Ann (LLOYD) ANKRUM, who was nearing her eighty-third birthday, was taken by death at her Mount Alto home on Wednesday of last week. Her condition had been serious for some time, friends of the family said, and death had been expected. The funeral services were held Friday at the Cottageville United Brethren Church with Rev. Roy DAVIS, the pastor, in charge, and burial followed in the Blaine Memorial Cemetery at Cottageville. She was the widow of the late Madison ANKRUM. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 6 August 1943)

Joshua Hamon PRESLEY

       Joshua Hamon PRESLEY was born on March 28, 1861, at the old PRESLEY homestead not far from the present site of Fletcher, and lived there all his life, dying there July 31, 1943. He was the son of Joseph and Rebecca Neely PRESLEY, who came here from Virginia one hundred years ago.

       His wife was Adaline LOWE to which union were born two daughters, Virgie Lee SHAMBLIN, who died in 1929, and Mary L. PRICE of Van Nuys, California. After her death he married Emma FIELDS, and to this union one son was born, Roy PRESLEY, of Charleston, WV. Also surviving one sister, Mrs. Mary RICHMOND, of Hinton, WV, eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Mr. PRESLEY was a member of the Wolf Valley Baptist Church.

       Rev. Ed HUTTON conducted the funeral services and interment was made in the PRESLEY Cemetery with the Mays-Parsons Mortuary in charge. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 6 Aug 1943)

John L. RYAN

       John L. RYAN, the 79 year old brother to Mrs. Ida STAATS, of Ripley, died at his home in Fayetteville on July 20, (1943) according to information received here. He was a native of Roane County and a son of Rev. and Mrs. Thomas RYAN. In 1885 he went to Fayetteville to practice his profession of a lawyer and remained a resident of the city for the remainder of his life. He served six terms as a Mayor of the city and for some time was a member of the Fayetteville board of education and for 20 years was a U. S. commissioner for the southern district of West Virginia. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 6 August 1943)

Mrs. Goldie Olive PARSONS

       Mrs. Goldie Olive PARSONS, aged 25, died Tuesday evening at her home near Kenna, after a long illness. She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cleaburn HARRISON, of near Kenna; a daughter, Ruth; a son, Carl; a sister, Mrs. Ada CARNEY, of Kenna; and two brothers, Herman and Opha, of Kenna. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 6 Aug 1943)


       Mrs. Anna (WHITLACH) KING, 43 years old and wife of H. S. KING, general manager of the South Penn Natural Gas Company, of Parkersburg, was fatally injured Friday afternoon about three o'clock when her automobile plunged over an embankment and into a creek at the foot of Limestone Hill, a few miles north of Lockhart on the Ripley-Parkersburg road. Mrs. KING and her nine year old son, who was a passenger in the car, were on their way to Parkersburg from Charleston where they had visited relatives, when the car, a Pontiac sedan, went over the embankment. The child escaped with only minor injuries and cuts on his forehead. The woman was dead when the ambulance in which she was rushed to a Parkersburg hospital reached that city a few minutes after the accident occurred.

       The car left the highway at a point near the Frank BURTON residence, but investigating officers say that they had not been able to determine the cause. The nine year old boy was crying for his mother and a small dog when he was taken to the hospital. The officers said that the dog was in the car at the time of the accident but disappeared and residents of the neighborhood have been on the lookout for the boy's dog.

       The parents of Mrs. KING are Mr. and Mrs. William WHITLACH, of Fairview, WV., who are now in Parkersburg. She is survived by five brothers, three of whom are in the military service, three sisters, Mrs. Verna BRADLEY, of Hundred; Mary WHITLACH with the FBI in Washington, D.C.; and another sister at home in Fairview. Mary WHITLACH trained at the Camden-Clark Memorial hospital in Parkersburg before joining the FBI, it was reported. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 13 Aug 1943)

Floyd NELSON and his four children

       A mass funeral was held on Sunday afternoon a the Pine Twist Baptist Church in Wirt County for Floyd NELSON, 52, and his four children, who were drowned Thursday night when a flash flood washed their home away. The five bodies were buried in the church cemetery. The father's body was the last to be recovered and was not found by searchers until Saturday afternoon. The bodies were found at widely separated points, the farthest from home was that of Virginia, 8, who was found 38 miles downstream from the home in the Ohio river near Belleville. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 13 Aug 1943)

Ralph KING

       Ralph KING, 16 year old son and only child of Mr. and Mrs. Ezra KING, drowned while swimming in the Guyan River, near his home at Henlawson, Logan County Thursday afternoon and the body was brought back to the Otterbein Church on Saturday afternoon, where funeral services were held at two-thirty o'clock and burial was in the church cemetery. The KING lad and several companions were swimming in the river when he sank. The companions sounded the alarm and the river was dragged and the body was recovered in about a half hour.

       The youth is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ezra KING, of Henlawson; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. O. KING, of Cottageville, and an uncle and several aunts, including, Arthur GILPIN, Mrs. G. F. WEBSTER of Cottageville, Mrs. Hazel GOFF of Spencer, Mrs. William MILLER of Parkersburg, Mrs. John SIMMS of Akron, Ohio, and Mrs. Delbert BATTRELL of Cottageville. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 13 Aug 1943)

Adelphia Ann (LLOYD) ANKRUM

       Adelphia Ann (LLOYD) ANKRUM was born August 27, 1860, and departed this life on July 28, 1943, aged 82 years, 11 months and one day. She was united in marriage on May 20, 1878, to William Madison ANKRUM, who died June 12, 1931. To this union eleven children were born, five boys, namely; Bert, Clyde and Roy ANKRUM of near Cottageville; Glen of Dunbar; and Harley of Alexandria, Indiana; six girls, Mrs. Stella DURST, Mrs. Edna SAYRE, Mrs. Ella DURST and Mrs. Hallie SHINN of near Cottageville, and Mrs. Ethel EDWARDS of Mathews, Indiana. One daughter died in infancy.

       She leaves one brother, Homer LLOYD of Canton, Ohio; one sister, Mrs. Jane GARLOCK of Kansas, 28 grandchildren and 38 great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at the Cottageville U. B. Church on Friday, July 30, at 2 p.m. by Rev. Roy DAVIS, pastor, assisted by by Rev. H. Eldon WALTZ, pastor of the Mt. Alto Church. Interment was in the Blaine Memorial Cemetery with J. B. Vail Mortuary in charge. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 13 Aug 1943

Mrs. Maude Esther (HILL) BARNETTE

       Mrs. Maude Esther (HILL) BARNETTE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. G. HILL, was born June 6, 1884, and departed this life July 24, 1943, aged 59 years, 1 month and 18 days. She was united in marriage to Allen A. BARNETTE, February 15, 1911, and to this union was born seven children. Rondus and one, which died in infancy, preceded her in death. Those living are: Lura AUBERTINE, of Columbus, Ohio; Norine KERSEY, of Charleston; Roy BARNETTE of the US Army, Camp McCoy, Wisconsin; Raymond BARNETTE, Great Lakes Naval Training Station, Ill.; and Grace at home.

       Besides her husband and children, she is survived by three brothers and one sister: Mrs. Lula COCHRAN, of Buffalo; Homer HILL of Liberty; J. C. HILL, of Nitro, and G. A. HILL of Buffalo, WV., also two grandchildren. The funeral services were held at the Mt. Zion Church at Rockcastle on Monday, July 26, 1943. Rev. Hartzel BODKIN, pastor of the church, preached the funeral. The body was laid to rest in the Mt. Zion Cemetery.. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 13 Aug 1943)

William Elijah MILLS

       William Elijah MILLS died Thursday afternoon at his home on Ravenswood RFD 2, following an illness of about two weeks. The funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon at two o'clock at the Mt. Zion Church with the Rev. L. R. COLLINS and Rev. C. L. SAYRE in charge and interment was made in the church cemetery. The deceased was born October 17, 1861, in Jackson County, the son of Peter and Deborah MILLS. On July 19, 1894, he married Mary Ellen BRANNON, who survives. Besides his wife he is survived by two daughters and five sons: Mrs. Mamie SWAIN of Sherman; Mrs. Blanche GORRELL of Ravenswood; A. H. and W. A. MILLS, of East Liverpool, Ohio; and E. C. MILLS of New Cumberland, WV. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 20 Aug 1943)

Sharon Lee WILSON

       Death angels called at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ira George WILSON, of Ravenswood, and took a little rosebud, Sharon Lee WILSON, out of the garden of love. Sharon Lee was born April 16, 1942 at Ripley, WV., and departed this life on August 13, 1943, aged 1 year, 3 months and 27 days. She is survived by her parents and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John L. CASTO and Mrs. Mary WILSON. Funeral services were held at the North Ravenswood U. B. Church at ten o'clock Sunday morning, Rev. R. L. COLLINS officiating. Burial was made in the Ravenswood Cemetery. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 20 Aug 1943)

Mary Jane SMITH

       Funeral services were held at two o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the Hickory Grove Church for Mary Jane SMITH, 66, who died at the home of a son at Sissonville on Sunday. She is survived by five daughters, Mrs. James MONK and Mrs. B. H. TIGNOR, of Elk View; Mrs. Virgil MYERS and Mrs. Roscoe PAYNE of Sissonville, and Mrs. C. D. YOUNG, of Charleston; two sons, Delbert SMITH of Sissonville and Toy SMITH of Kenna, WV. (Jackson Herald Fri., 20 Aug 1943)


       Injuries sustained on July 21, 1943, when struck by an automobile, resulted in the death of J. Edward HAMILTON, 85, retired B. & O. railroad clerk at a Cambridge, Ohio, hospital Wednesday evening. He was a brother to the late Mrs. W. H. BYMER and Mrs. Esther WILSON, of Sandyville. Mr. HAMILTON was knocked down by a taxicab as it was backing out of a garage across a sidewalk, according to the police report at the accident. The aged man suffered a fractured left shoulder, two broken ribs on the left side and a left hip injury.

       He had been a resident of Cambridge since 1913 and retired 12 years ago after fifty years of continuious service with the railroad company. He was a member of the Methodist Church. The deceased was married twice, first on September 3, 1888, to Miss Alice RICHEY, who died in 1922, and then in 1923 to Mrs. Rose BRILL, who survives. One daughter, Mrs. Stella PERRY and one brother, Joseph HAMILTON, also survive. One daughter and ten brothers and sisters preceded him in death. Funeral services were in Cambridge on Friday. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 20 Aug 1943)


       Three men were asphyxiated and three others were overcome Saturday in the sewerage disposal plant at the TNT plant near Point Pleasant, twenty miles west of Ripley. The dead are Charles MILLER, 35 of New Haven; E. W. OLDAKER, 23 of Leon and Dallas E. COLWELL, 29 of Waterloo, Ohio, who died while trying to save Mr. MILLER. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 20 Aug 1943)


       Another name has been added to the list of Jackson Countians, who have given their lives in WW II. He is Clinton ANDERSON, son of Mrs. Ora ANDERSON and the late Lloyd ANDERSON,of Kenna, WV. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 20 Aug 1943)


       Frank BEVER, aged 41, and a brother of Mrs. Glen SLAVEN, of Ripley, died at a Marietta Hospital on Friday morning. He was a well known barber of Williamstown and was stricken on Thursday and never rallied, members of the family said. The funeral services were held at Williamstown Sunday afternoon and burial was in the K. and P. Cemetery in that city. Mr. BEVER was born near Medina in Grant District on January 19, 1902, and moved to Williamstown about 18 years ago.

       He leaves his wife, the former Floe YOUNG; his father, Ernst BEVER of Ravenswood RFD; and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Wayne STALLINGS of Akron, Ohio; Mrs. Tracy KITTLE of Lockhart, WV.; Mrs. Glen SLAVEN, of Ripley; Naaman BEVER of Weirton, WV.; Delbert BEVER and Ray BEVER of Ravenswood, and Sgt. Harlan BEVER, with the U. S. Army in California. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 20 Aug 1943)

Richard Heilman HAMRICK

       Richard Heilman HAMRICK, aged 74, died suddenly of a heart attack Saturday morning at the home of his sister, Miss Vena HAMRICK, two miles from Ripley.

        Mr. HAMRICK spent his entire life in Jackson County. His two wives preceded him in death, his first wife being Alma WRIGHT HAMRICK, with one son surviving, Alva HAMRICK, of Sterling, Ohio. His second wife was Edith WYMER HAMRICK, with the following children: Mrs. Alice ARMENTROUT, of Grove City, Ohio; John HAMRICK, of Columbus, Ohio; and another daughter, Martha, who lives near Columbus, Ohio. He also leaves the following sisters; Mrs. Mary SAYRE, Mrs. Jennie PRINGLE, Mrs. Cora CRANE, and Miss Vena HAMRICK, all of Ripley, WV.

       Burial was made on Monday at Grove City, Ohio. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 20 Aug 1943)

Transcribed from microfilm by Betty Kessel McIntyre

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