February 1941 Obituaries

James B. CASTO

       Funeral services for James B. CASTO, 84 year old farmer of Rockcastle, who died Saturday at his home, were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Mt. Olive church. Burial was in the church cemetery with the Mays Mortuary in charge. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Renna CASTO, a son, Oak CASTO of Dunbar, and three daughters, Mrs. Ella CASTO of Paradise, Mrs. Lona BARNETT of Rockcastle, and Mrs. Mossy SMITH of Huntington. (Herald, 7 Feb 1941)

James B. CASTO

       James B. CASTO, son of Mr. and Mrs. N. B. CASTO, was born July 14, 1856, departed this life Feb 1, 1941, age 84 years, 6 months and 27 days. He was united in marriage to Miss Mary M. GOODWIN, Oct 6, 1878. She preceded him to the great beyond March 26, 1929. On the 10 May 1932 he was united in marriage to Mrs. Lorania BAILES. He was affiliated with the Protestant Methodist church at Big Pine many years ago. (Herald, 14 Feb 1941)

Francis Roscoe "Frank" PARSONS

       Funeral services for Francis Roscoe "Frank" PARSONS, 74 years old, were held from the Mays Funeral Home in Ripley on Monday with Rev. John J. LOUDIN in charge and the body was taken to the Pleasant Hill cemetery on Parchement for burial. Another service was held at Pleasant Hill with Rev. J. R. WITHROW, a former pastor, in charge.

       Mr. PARSONS death resulted from pneumonia which followed an attack of influenza. He died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Flora HOULT, of Fairmont, on Saturday. After the death of his wife a few years ago he sold his farm on Parchment and since that time had lived with his children, spending a part of each year with them. Francis Roscoe PARSONS was born to John and Nancy PARSONS on Aug 6, 1864. There survive in his immediate family three daughters, May MOONEY of Baltimore, Elva CANTER of Letart, and Flora HOULT of Fairmont, and two sons, Boyd and Rolla, of Evans. There remain two brothers, T. T. PARSONS and A. T. PARSONS, of this community. He married Ida KESSEL Nov 9, 1884 and she lived to help celebrate their golden anniversary. Those deceased are his parents, brothers, William Henry and Burton PARSONS, and two sisters, Esther MORRISON and Louise STEWART, and a son, Roy. (Herald, 7 Feb 1941)

Jonathan Granville CASTO

       Jonathan Granville CASTO, 78, formerly of Rockcastle, and the father of O. H. CASTO, director of the Bank of Ripley, died at 7 o'clock Wednesday morning at his home in Charleston after a long illness.

       Mr. CASTO was a native of the Rockcastle community where he spent the greater part of his life as a farmer. He had resided in Charleston for the past 15 years. He is survived by the following children: Mrs. Corda FERGUSON, of Rockcastle, Mrs. Georgia PARSONS, of Red House, Mrs. Hattie CASTO of Given, Mrs. Leona STRUM of Hur, WV., O. H. CASTO of Rockcastle, P. T. CASTO of Circleville, Ohio, John CASTO and Camden CASTO of Akron, Ohio, Rev. William CASTO of Clarksburg, and Leo CASTO of Parkersburg. (Herald, 7 Feb 1941)

Lefrich William BOWLES

       Funeral services for Lefrich William BOWLES, 91 years old, were held at the Pleasant Hill church Sunday afternoon at 1 o'clock with Rev. John J. LAUDIN in charge and burial was in the church cemetery. Mr. BOWLES died at his home on Ripley, Rt. 2, late Friday evening after an illness of less than a week resulting from a fall the previous Sunday. Death had been expected.

       He served as a member of the Ripley district Board of Education for a period of 16 years, was chairman of the building committee which erected the Pleasant Hill church many years ago and remained a member of its board of trustees during the remainder of his life.

       He and his wife celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary last September and held the distinction of being Jackson county's longest wedded couple. Mr. BOWLES is survived by the widow, Mrs. Barbara PARSONS BOWLES, and three children, Mrs. Elta HUTCHISON, of Ripley, Mrs. J. D. CORBIN of Kenna, and F. H. BOWLES of Ripley, Rt. 21. Ten grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren also survive. The following obituary was read by Attorney Oliver D. KESSEL at the funeral: Lefrich William BOWLES was born June 2, 1849 and died Feb 7, 1941, aged 91 years, 8 months and 5 days. He was the last surviving member of a family of eleven children of Doctor Mason and Sarah Stout BOWLES.

       As a boy he learned very fast in school, but the Civil War came on when he was eleven years old, and closed the schools for five years. When the war was over he was 16 years of age and all thoughts of school were given up.

       He was united in marriage to Barbara Elizabeth PARSONS Sept 28, 1869. His wife still survives him as do three daughters named above. One child, Nancy Luverna died in infancy. (Herald, 14 Feb 1941)


       Funeral services for Mrs. Emily (SKIDMORE) HARKINS, 34 years old, were held at the Fairplain church Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock and burial was in the Shinn cemetery in the SKIDMORE family plot. Mrs. HARKINS died unexpectedly at her home in Charleston Monday afternoon, relatives said, and her death was a shock to members of her family and friends.

       She was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. C. L. SKIDMORE and had lived in Charleston since her marriage. She is survived by her husband, William HARKINS; one son, Winifred BIBBEE by a former marriage; four sisters, Mrs. Gladys BALLARD, of Charleston, Mrs. Hazel PULLEN of Diamond, Mrs. Juanita RHODES of Fairplain, and Elaine BUCKALEW of Dunbar; and three brothers, Ray SKIDMORE and Dwight SKIDMORE, of Charleston, and Rolla SKIDMORE of Ripley.

       Death has struck swiftly at this family during the past two years. First the mother was taken suddenly. Then a son was accidently killed at the farm a little more than a year ago and the father, C. L. SKIDMORE, one of the county's well known citizens, was the next to be called. Kanawha county coroner, Dr. C. F. SAYRE, after making an investigation into the sudden death of Mrs. HARKINS, reported Tuesday afternoon that death had resulted from taking poison. (Herald, 14 Feb 1941)

Benjamin Franklin RILEY

       Funeral services for Benjamin Franklin RILEY, 89 years old, were held Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Vandale funeral Home in Spencer and the body was taken to Akron, Ohio on Tuesday for interment in a mausoleum there late that afternoon. Mr. RILEY died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John M. BAKER, in Spencer on Friday night after an illness of more than three years. During the ten days prior to his death he had been critical ill, members of the family said.

       For many years Mr. RILEY was a well known citizen of Jackson county and was the county jailer at the time John MORGAN was confined in the county jail. He remained a resident of the town until a few years ago when because of failing health he went to Spencer to spend his last days with his daughter.

       Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. John M. BAKER, of Spencer, and Miss Georgia RILEY, of Indianapolis; one son, James F. RILEY of Detroit, Michigan, and a brother, Amos L. RILEY, of Ripley. His wife, Virginia TAYLOR RILEY, died 19 years ago. (Herald, 21 Feb 1941)

Cordelia (LASHER) "Cora" CARSON

       Funeral services for Mrs. Cordelia (LASHER) "Cora" CARSON, 80 years old, were held from the Carson home on North Street in Ripley Sunday afternoon with Rev. R. L. MAHONEY in charge, assisted by Rev. John J. LOUDIN. Burial was in the Pine Hill cemetery. Mrs. CARSON died in a Huntington hospital on Thursday of last week where she had been a patient for some time.

       She was the widow of the late A. M. CARSON and spent many years of her life in Ripley, coming here when a young woman with her late husband who launched what proved to be a highly successful career in the mercantile world. Cordelia (known as Cora) LASHER CARSON, daughter of M. V. and Laura LASHER, was born at Racine, Ohio, Oct 8, 1857. She departed this life Feb 13, 1941, age 83 years, 4 months and 5 days. On Sept 19, 1875 she was united in marriage with A. M. CARSON, who preceded her in death. To this union were born two children, Mrs. C. C. STAATS, of Ripley, and Doctor Waid E. CARSON, of Pittsburgh, Pa. In addition to her son and daughter, Mrs. CARSON is survived by three grandchildren, Theo Staats MADDOX, Enoch Dwight STAATS, and Wallace Waid STAATS, and two great-grandchildren, Max Edwin MADDOX and Robert Carson MADDOX. (21 Feb 1941)

Warren SHINN

       Warren SHINN, 39 years old, and a prominent farmer and dairy man, died at his home near Fairplain Tuesday night after a long illness. His condition had been critical for several days and death had been expected. Mr. SHINN's health failed him more than two years ago and since that time he had made a hard fight to regain his health, including spending the winter months in Florida.

       When a young man, he was employed by the State Road Commission, as an engineer, later resigning that position to enter the bridge contracting business. After several years in that work he then bought the Buick agency in Ripley which he operated for a time, later selling that business and entered the dairy business at the old home farm on Grass Lick and became eminently successful.

       He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Glenva SHINN; two children, Billy Warren and Charlene June; his aged mother, Mrs. R. P. SHINN, of Ripley; one brother, J. B. SHINN, of Fairplain, and a sister, Mrs. D. J. ROGERS, also of Fairplain. His father, the late Senator R. P. SHINN, and a sister, Mrs. Cora LIVELY, preceded him in death.

       Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Ripley United Brethren church and the body will then be taken to the SHINN cemetery at Fairplain for burial. (Herald, 21 Feb 1941)


       Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at the Cunningham Mortuary in Charleston for Yandel FISHER, 33, of Sissonville, who died Monday evening in a Charleston hospital of injuries received Saturday night when an automobile struck a horse he was riding on the highway near his home. The body was brought to the Emma Chapel cemetery for burial. Mr. FISHER was riding with Ophie FISHER, a brother, Adrian FISHER, a relative, and Gervice BOGGESS when the car struck the horses ridden by Yandel FISHER and Mr. BOGGESS. The other two riders were about 300 yards ahead. Mr. FISHER suffered a fractured skull. His horse was killed and the one ridden by Mr. BOGGESS was destroyed by a state trooper after the animal was found to have a broken leg.

       He is survived by the widow, Mrs. Osalee FISHER; a daughter, Loretta Fay; his mother, Mrs. Myrtle FISHER; seven brothers, Dewey of Buffalo, Putnam county, Ophie of Pocatalico, Phalford of Sissonville road, Albra and Oval of Charleston, Oral of Kanawha Two-Mile and John of Belle; and a sister, Mrs. Faye BURFORD of Charleston. (Herald, 21 Feb 1941)


       Funeral services for John F. MILLER, 78 year old farmer of Dog Fork, were held from the residence Thursday afternoon with Rev. Vaughn FISHER in charge and burial was in the Rock Spring cemetery.

       Mr. MILLER, who was one of the pioneer residents of that section of the county died at his home on Tuesday after a short illness. He was born Nov 11, 1862, a son of Elihu and Louisa (CARNEY) MILLER. He spent his life in that section and was a highly respected citizen.

       He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Phoebe MILLER; two daughters, Mrs. Suge STOCKTON, of Boomer, and Mrs. G. C. KEENEY, of Covel, WV.; a son, Roland MILLER, at home, and two brothers, Richard MILLER and Ervin MILLER both of Kenna. (Herald, 28 Feb 1941)


       Infant son of Mr. and Mrs. John TIGNOR Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon at Pleasant Grove church near Romance of the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. John TIGNOR, of Advent. The child had been ill for two weeks, friends of the family said. Burial was in the Crowder cemetery. (Herald, 28 Feb. 1941)

Transcribed from microfilm by Betty Kessel McIntyre

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