December 1947 Obituaries


        Funeral services for Del K. HOOD, native of Ripley who died in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night of last week after a long illness, were held from the Epsworth Methodist Church in Ripley on Saturday with the Rev. W. W. HARVEY in charge and burial was in the Pine Hill Cemetery. Mr. HOOD is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Geraldine FIFE of Pittsburgh and numerous nieces and nephews in this vicinity. [1874-1947 son of Davis Kenney & Rebecca M. MCGREW HOOD. Wife was Anna CROW HOOD 1876-1938] (Jackson Herald, Fri., 5 Dec 1947)


        Funeral services were held for Rhonda Mae SOUTHALL, 7 day old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Otis SOUTHALL, at the Hickory Grove Church near Kenna on Saturday with the Rev. Ova HAMON in charge and burial was in the church cemetery. Survivors include the father and mother and the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Maranda PARSONS of Fletcher. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 5 Dec 1947)

Charles Wesley LEWIS

        Charles Wesley LEWIS, son of William and Susan SIRKS LEWIS, was born March 12, 1860 and departed this life November 21, 1947, aged 87 years, 8 months and 9 days. On Dec. 2, 1882 he was united in marriage to Eliza Eleanor PRINGLE, who preceded him in death March 4, 1946. To this union were born eight children: Mrs. Bessie HANNING, Mrs. Eva CASTO, Mrs. Rosa HANNING, and Mr. Fred LEWIS, all of Ripley Rt. 2.; Mr. H. E. LEWIS of Buffalo, Mrs. Ruby FRENCH of Given, and Mrs. Velma MCCLOUD of Dunbar. One child died in infancy.

        He leaves to mourn their loss, other than the children, 24 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. His vivid memory of the hardships encountered during the Civil War was a means of learning to those who knew him intimately. This was deeply implanted on his mind since the Civil War left him the soul survivor of his family. His father and mother were both tragedies of the Civil War period, and to his knowledge he had no living relatives. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 5 Dec 1947)

Jessie Lonard WOOD

        Jessie Lonard WOOD, son of James Franklin and Artie Thomas WOOD, was born May 15, 1920 near Ripley and departed this life on Nov. 24, 1947, at the age of 27 years, 6 months and 9 days. All his life he was physical weak and wore his suffering patiently. The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. I. J. MCCOLLUM of Cottageville, and the body was laid to rest at Creston Cemetery by Devore Funeral Home of Delaware and Galina, Ohio.

        He leaves to mourn his passing, his mother, Artie Thomas WOOD; four sisters, Mrs. May JOHNSON of Duffy, WV., Mrs. Lilly HILL of Delaware, Ohio, Mrs. Delta WINE of Columbus, and Mrs. Effie COGAN, by a former marriage of James WOOD to Alice Lou WOOD; four brothers, Jack of Delaware, Ohio, Lonnie of Logan, James of Powell, Ohio, and Virgil WOOD of Columbus. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 5 Dec 1947)

John Silas HAYNES

        John Silas HAYNES was born near Sissonville Dec. 10, 1875 and departed this life Nov. 12, 1947, at the age of 71 years, 11 months and 11 days. He was united in marriage to Orie BURGESS of Charleston in 1894. His companion preceded him in death on Nov. 23, 1919. To this union were born five sons, Albert HAYNES of Mt. Pleasant, ........, Clyde HAYNES of Sandyville, Howard of Liberty, Alvie of Saginaw, Michigan, and John of Charleston; two (half) brothers, William Elliott HAYNES of near Kenna and French Alias HAYNES of Kanawha Two mile and Letha THOMPSON of Walton and Miss Amanda HAYNES of Falling Rock, 36 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

        Funeral services were held with Hess Funeral Home of Harper in charge from the Advent Christian Church in Clendenin and the body was laid to rest in the KOONTZ Cemetery at Clendenin. Written by Maxine HAYNES. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 5 Dec 1947)

Alexander Rufus EAGLE

        Funeral services for Alexander Rufus EAGLE, 67 year old farmer of Liverpool, were held from the Little Creek Church Thursday morning with the Rev. D. C. GUTHRIE in charge and burial was in the Streets Cemetery. Mr. EAGLE died at his home on Tuesday after a long illness. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Julia EAGLE; one daugher, Mrs. Okla EAGLE of Harrisburg, Pa.; three sons, Hubert C., Gail and Vernard EAGLE, all of Liverpool; two brothers, Robert W. and J. Theodore EAGLE, both of Parkersburg; two sisters, Mrs. L. C. (OKEY) KNOPP of Parkersburg and Mrs. Roy (Eva) WILLIAMS of Liverpool, and 10 grandchildren. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 5 Dec 1947)

Alexander Rufus EAGLE

        Alexander Rufus EAGLE was born Dec. 31, 1879, departed this life Nov. 25, 1947, being 67 years, 11 months and 25 days old. He was the son of A. C. and Olive STRATS EAGLE, both of whom preceded him in death. He was united in marriage to Julia Nellie ADKINS on Dec. 7, 1902. To this union were born five children, three sons, Hubert, Gale and Bernard, all of Liverpool Rt. 1., one daughter, Ida EAGLE of Harrisburg, Pa. One child preceded him in death. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 12 Dec 1947)

Mrs. Adaline (SHINN) SAYRE

        Mrs. Adaline (SHINN) SAYRE, 84, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lena WANDLING at Arbuckle on Nov. 21, 1947 and the funeral and burial services were held there the following Sunday. She is survived by four sons, Mr. Charles SAYRE of Columbus, Arthur SAYRE of Charleston, Elmer SAYRE of Middleport, Ohio, and Rev. Bert SAYRE of St. Albans; four daughters, Mrs. Mary WILLIAMS, and Miss Anna SAYRE of Charleston, and Mrs. Lena WANDLING of Arbuckle; three sisters, Mrs. Della SAYRE of Parkersburg, Mrs. Mary COSSIN of Cottageville, and Mrs. Lilly SAYRE of Leon; two brothers, William SHINN of Aliquippa, Pa., and Jacob SHINN of Parkersburg; 37 grandchildren and 45 great- grandchildren. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 5 Dec 1947)

Patricia Ann SHAFER

        Funeral services for Patricia Ann SHAFER, 10 month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Burhl SHAFER, were held from the Chambers Funeral Home in Ravenswood Saturday afternoon with the Rev. W. D. WINTERS in charge and burial was in the Ravenswood Cemetery. The child died last Thursday morning. She leaves to mourn their loss her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Burhl SHAFER of Parkersburg; the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed SHAFER of Ravenswood, and the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Perry REDMAN of Sandyville. Patricia Ann SHAFER passed away on Dec. 4, 1947 at the St. Joseph's Hospital, Parkersburg. She was born January 14, 1947. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 12 Dec 1947)

James Woodrow MASON

        James Woodrow MASON, 30 years old of Dunbar, was killed instantly about 5:30 Friday afternoon when his automobile plunged down an embankment and overturned on 18 Mile Creek Road, several miles west of Kenna. The body was removed from the wreckage and was brought to the Parsons Funeral Home in Ripley where it was prepared for burial. The funeral services were held from the New Jersey School House in Putnam County on Sunday with Rev. Arthur LAYMAN of Ripley in charge and burial was in the WARNER Cemetery. The Ripley Post of the American Legion had charge of the military funeral which was held, MASON being a veteran of WW II.

        Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Violet THORNTON MASON; two daughters, Doris and Phyllis; his mother, Mrs. Isabelle LEGG of Dunbar; two brothers, Carl and Robert of Dunbar and two sisters, Mrs. Betty SIGMON of Red House and Mrs. Marie NULL, of Given. Friends of the family said that MASON had been employed at the Fletcher Enamel Plant in Dunbar and that he was visiting in the 18 Mile Creek community when the tragedy occurred.

        James Woodrow MASON son of James and Isabelle MASON was born April 25, 1917 in Kanawha County and departed this life on Dec. 5, 1947. He was united in marriage to Miss Violet THORNTON of Putnam County in Oct. 1943 and to this union were born three children, two of whom survive, Doris and Phyllis. The father and one brother preceded him in death. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 12 Dec 1947)

David Wallace JONES

        David Wallace JONES son of John Paul and Caroline JONES, was born Dec. 8, 1870, departed this life Nov. 27, 1947, at the age of 76 years, 11 months and 19 days. He was united in marriage to Mary NEWELL. She departed this life August 6, 1905. He was then united in marriage to Lizzie MORRIS and she departed this life in February 1943.

        He leaves to mourn their loss two brothers, Vernon JONES of Pt. Pleasant and Ernest JONES of Paradise; four sisters, Mrs. Arlie KING and Mrs. Pearl CHILDERS of Lake Park, Iowa, Mrs. Minnie HOGSETT of Ripley and Mrs. Sadie BARNETTE of Pt. Pleasant; one brother, Wren JONES and one sister, Lettie SAYRE, preceded him in death. Although not a father himself, Mr. JONES raised Mrs. Sallie KIRKERS from a small girl to young womanhood. Funeral services were conducted at the Creston EUB Church November 30, 1947 with the Rev. I. J. MCCOLLUM in charge. Interment was made in the Creston Cemetery. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 12 Dec 1947)

Mrs. Lucy RAWSON

        Funeral services were held at 11 o'clock Monday at the Pond Creek Baptist Church for Mrs. Lucy RAWSON, 71, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Dewey ANDERSON in Vienna. The body was at a Parkersburg funeral home until time for the service. The burial was in the church cemetery. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 12 Dec 1947)

Benjamin N. LITTON

        Funeral services for Benjamin N. LITTON, 67, of Gay, will be held there at 2 o'clock this (Wednesday) afternoon and the Gay IOOF Lodge will have charge. He died on Monday. Surviving are the widow, Ollie STAATS LITTON; five children, Delmer of Charleston, Grover and Cleve of Gay, Velma of Cleveland, Ohio, Mrs. Verta WHITED of Parkersburg; and three brothers, William LITTON of Gay, and Clint and Levi, both of Charlston; three sisters, Mrs. Leora COX of Evans, Mrs. Malinda PHILLIPS of Liverpool and Mrs. Josephine GREENLEAF of Charleston. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 12 Dec 1947)

Benjamin N. LITTON

        Benjamin N. LITTON, son of Abraham and Louisa V. (HARNER) LITTON was born Sept. 2, 1880 at Gay, departed this life Dec. 8, 1947. On June 28, 1908 (JCMR) he was unied in marriage to Ola STAATS daughter of Clay B. and Ellen B. (PRINGLE) STAATS, who survives. To this union were born seven children, namely; Delmer LITTON of Charleston, Mrs. Velma CLAWSON of Cleveland, Ohio, Mrs. Vesta WHITED of Parkersburg, and Grover and Clive LITTON, at home. Two children died in infancy. He is also survived by seven grandchildren. His father and mother, three brothers and three half-brothers and one sister preceded him in death. The funeral was held at the Gay Church and the burial was in the PARSONS Cemetery nearby. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 26 Dec 1947)

James G. CORNS

        Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the Lockhart Methodist Church for James G. CORNS, 72, widely known farmer of the county who died at his home there on Tuesday following a long illness. the Rev. G. T. CALTRIDER had charge of the service and burial was in the Independence Cemetery at Sandyville. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Ruth MILLER CORNS; six sons, Noel of Princeton, William of Canal Winchester, Ohio, Hugh of Windy, Richard at home, Delbert and Carl, both of Sandyville; four daughters, Mrs. Anna COOPER of Sandyville, Mrs. Ernestine JOHNSON of Sissonville, Mrs. Bessie HIGGINS of Vienna, and Mrs. Murl GRIFFITH of Belpre, Ohio; 29 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 19 Dec 1947)

Pvt. George Herbert DAVIS

        Pvt. George Herbert DAVIS, buried at Creston, killed at Metz, France on Aug. 3, 1944, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Blaine DAVIS of Evans. Soldier returned home for burial. (19 Dec 1947)

Pvt. Ernest C. BLAIR

        Pvt. Ernest C. BLAIR, buried at Mt. Olivet, Parkersburg, killed in action Dec. 21, 1944 Belgium, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. O. BLAIR of Parkersburg. Soldier returned home for burial. (19 Dec 1947)


        Grant BLAINE, 85 years old, died at his home in Cottageville Tuesday after an illness of some length. The funeral service was held at the Cottageville Methodist Church on Thursday with the Rev. J. F. CUNNINGHAM officiating and burial was in Blaine Memorial Cemetery. Mr. BLAINE, a native of Virginia, worked on the building of the Mill Creek Valley branch of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, became a member of the section crew and later was made the section foreman and served in that capacity for many years until his retirement.

        In 1884 he married Sophia SLEETH, who preceded him in death a number of years ago. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Agnes BARKER of Milton, three sons, Gene BLAINE of Cottageville, Elsworth BLAINE of Los Angeles, Calif., and Homer BLAINE of Butler, Pa., and a sister, Mrs. Mary V. BARKER of Washington, D. C. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 19 Dec 1947)

Mrs. Victoria (RHODES) WEST

        Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the Harmony Baptist Church for Mrs. Victoria (RHODES) WEST, 81, who died on Wednesday. Rev. PITZER officiated at the service and burial was in the FERRELL Cemetery. Mrs. WEST was born in Jackson County, the daughter of the late Isaiah and Manda RHODES. Her husband, Thomas Jefferson WEST, preceded her in death. Surviving are three sons, Arlie of SPENCER, Artemus of Vicars, and Artley of Dunbar; two sisters, Mrs. J. W. HARPER and Mrs. Will THOMAS, both of Harmony, and four brothers, M. T. RHODES of Clendenin, E. O. RHODES of Ryan, A. C. RHODES of Vicars and E. M. RHODES of Harmony. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 19 Dec 1947)


        Funeral services for Romie Dell HARRISON, 33, of Kenna, were held last Tuesday at the Wolf Pen Baptist Church with the Rev. Hobson D. FISHER in charge and the burial was in the HARRISON family cemetery. Mr. HARRISON died in a Charleston hospital the previous Sunday following a brief illness. Survivors include three sisters, Mrs. Lily THAXTON, Mrs. Bertha THAXTON, and Mrs. Mabel THAXTON, all of Wolf Pen and three brothers, Ervin and Jesse HARRISON, both of Wolf Pen, and George W. HARRISON, of Kenna. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 19 Dec 1947)

Rev. John Wesley THAXTON

        Friends throughout Jackson County and portions of Kanawha and Putnam Counties, paid tribute to the life and labors of Rev. John Wesley THAXTON last Tuesday afternoon at the funeral service held for the 70 year old retired minister at the Watts Chapel Church near Kenna. Rev. Hobson D. FISHER and Rev. Charles SCRAGG spoke the words of eulogy from the same pulpit from which Rev. THAXTON had preached many sermons. He served as an active minister for 50 years.

        The occasion of that 50th Anniversary a number of months ago will long be remembered by all present as it was on that occasion that he delivered his last sermon, from a wheel chair. He died on Saturday night at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Lloyd STOVER of Red House, with whom he had made his home for some time.

        Also surviving are three other daughters, Mrs. Talmadge HARRISON of Tyler Mountain and Macel and Gay THAXTON, both of Dunbar; two sisters, Mrs. Rebecca NEWELL of Prospect, Ohio, and Mrs. Roxie JIVIDEN of Buffalo, and three brothers, Thomas, Jacob and Mark, all of Buffalo. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 19 Dec 1947)


        Funeral rites for John N. NUZUM, 78 year old farmer of Leroy, were held from the Fairview Church Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock and burial was in the chruch cemetery. Mr. NUZUM died in a Parkersburg hospital on Tuesday following a brief illness. Born in Marion County, Mr. NUZUM moved to Leroy with his parents when he was a small child. He is suvived by his wife, Mrs. Amanda (DEPUE) NUZUM; five chidlren, Hollie NUZUM of Ravenswood, Olen NUZUM of Leroy, Mrs. Chloe CREW of Ohio, Mrs. Gladys MCQUEEN of Parkersburg and Mrs. Mildred BALDERSON of Portsmouth, Virginia; three brothers, the Rev. James NUZUM of Barnsville, Ohio, the Rev. Harry N. NUZUM of Cottageville, and Frank NUZUM of Bridgeport, WV. and two sisters, Mrs. Phoebe ANDERSON of Akron, Ohio and Mrs. Julia CAYTON of Silverton, also surviving are 25 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. One son, Herbert NUZUM, preceded him in death several months ago. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 19 Dec 1947)


        Funeral services for John L. CASTO, aged Belgrove resident, were held from the home there Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock with the Rev. James ANDERSON in charge and burial was in the family cemetery. Mr. CASTO, a native of the county, was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. David CASTO and had spent his life in the Belgrove community. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Levina CASTO; five sons, Kenna of Charleston, Loren of Ripley, Hoyt and Owen, both of Belgrove and Emmitt at home; four sisters, Mrs. Macel PARSONS of Charleston, Mrs. Elsie PARSONS of Ripley, Mrs. Ethel STAATS of Wilding and Mrs. Opal LITTON of Staats Mills; two half-brothers, Ike CASTO of Ripley, and Emmitt RIFFLE of Pt. Pleasant. Also surviving are 42 grandchildren and five great grand children. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 19 Dec 1947)

Claude Edgar "Tod" WARTH

        Funeral services for Claude Edgar "Tod" WARTH, 77 year old farmer of Millwood, were held from the home Monday afternoon at 1 o'clock and the body was taken to the Ravenswood Cemetery for burial. Mr. WARTH died suddenly at his home on Friday. He was born July 4, 1870 at Willow Grove and spent his entire life the community. His parents were George and Lydia THORN WARTH, prominent and pioneer residents in that section of Jackson County.

        Survivors include the widow; three daughters, Miss Irene WARTH and Mrs. Ona MCCOMAS, both of Millwood, and Mrs. Leota CARPENTER of Rittman, Ohio, and two sons, Dana D. WARTH and Raymond R. WARTH both of Millwood. The Vail Undertakers had charge of arrangements for the funeral and burial. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 26 Dec 1947)

Robert T. COMER

        Funeral services for Robert T. COMER were held from the Stone Lick Church Sunday with Rev. James ANDERSON and Rev. Silas PARSONS in charge and burial was in the Plain View Cemetery. Mr. COMER a former resident of Belgrove, died Thursday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. George Lightburn (Minnie) KESSEL of Flatwood. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 26 Dec 1947)


        Sgt. Ray BARNETT, son of Allen H. BARNETT, of Rockcastle, buried at Mt. Zion, Putnam Co. [26 Dec 1947)

Pfc. Robert Eugene FULL

        Pfc. Robert Eugene FULL, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest FULL, buried in the Fairview Church Cemetery, near Leroy. Killed in action in Germany on Nov. 28, 1944. (26 Dec 1947)

Robert Eugene EVANS

        One Ripley youth was killed instantly and another died about two hours later at the Starcher Hospital here Saturday night after the automobile in which they were riding plunged down an embankment near the home of B. R. BROTHERTON about three miles north of Ripley on Rt. 21. Robert Eugene EVANS, 17 year old son of Mrs. Audra EVANS of 7th Street, Ripley, was hurled 81 feet from the car onto the lawn at the BROTHERTON home and was killed instantly. James Dorsel COBB, 19 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Forrest COBB, also of 7th Street, Ripley, was found some distance from EVANS and nearer the wrecked car, but was still alive and was rushed to the hospital but died without ever regaining consciousness.

        Officers found that the two youths had borrowed the car from a guest at the EVANS home and had driven north on Rt. 21 and had apparently lost control of the car as it was being driven down the north side of Nigger Hill. The body of COBB was taken to the Parsons Funeral Home where it remained until Sunday when taken to the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas COBB at Wellford, Kanawha County. Funeral services were conducted there at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon with Rev. Early ABBOTT in charge and burial was in the BOARD Cemetery.

        Survivors include the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Forrest COBB of Ripley, and three sisters, Mrs. Eric EASTER of Charleston, and Phyllis and Siby Jane COBB, both of Ripley. Funeral services for EVANS will be held at the Walton Union Church Tuesday morning at 10:30 with Rev. Orland REYNOLDS in charge and burial will be in a cemetery there.

        The boy's father, Ralph EVANS, was killed some time ago when the tractor he was operating overturned and crushed him to death. The survivors of the EVANS youth include his mother, Mrs. Audra EVANS; four sisters, Ruby, Virginia, Rosalee and Frances, and two brothers, James Ralph Jr. and Roger Bruce EVANS, all of Ripley. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 26 Dec 1947)

Mrs. Eva Laura MORGAN

        Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Chambers Funeral Home in Ravenswood for Mrs. Eva Laura MORGAN, 77, widow of Elijah MORGAN, who died Tuesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. M. FISCHER at Sandyville. Surviving are one son, H. E. MORGAN and two daughters, Mrs. Daisy MALONE of Ravenswood and Mrs. FISCHER of Sandyville. The burial was in the Ravenswood Cemetery. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 26 Dec 1947)

Oma Hester (KAY) TAYLOR

        Oma Hester (KAY) TAYLOR, daughter of Warren and Hester HERDMAN KAY, died near Letart on Dec. 5, 1947 after quite a lingering sickness. She had three major operations in the past three years and quite a number of radium treatments in an effort to save her life. Mrs. TAYLOR had passed her 59th year and had married Henry TAYLOR when she was in her teens. To this union four children were born, Velma HUFFMAN, Mildred FLOWERS and John TAYLOR of Letart, and Henry Jr. of Mt. Alto. She leaves to mourn her loss her husband and the above named children, several grandchildren and 1 step-daughter, Mrs. Gladys MCGRAW of Mason City. Funeral services were held Dec. 7, 1947 at 2 p.m. at the Guiding Star Church by Rev. Ronald SCHOOLCRAFT of Charleston. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 26 Dec 1947)

Transcribed from microfilm by Betty Kessel McIntyre

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