February 1943 Obituaries

Theodore W. SILMAN

       The War department notified relatives yesterday that Private Theodore W. SILMAN, 22 years old, of Liberty, had been drowned in North Africa while in the performance of his duty with the American troops. The young man was the son of Mrs. Laura A. SILMAN and was serving in the Engineer Corps of the Army, having entered the service June 15, 1940. Surviving, in addition to the mother are two sisters, Mrs. H. E. MEDDINGS, of Charleston, and Miss TRILLIS at home, and four brothers, Crede C., and Albert, both in the army, and John and Clarence, both at home. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 5 Feb 1943)


       Wilbur MATTHEWS, 35 years old, was killed almost instantly near Kenna Tuesday morning when a tractor on which he was riding, passed over his body after he had fallen from the machine. He was a welder for the West Virginia Gas Corporation and was on his way to one of the company's operations when the accident occurred.

       The accident occurred only a short distance from Divide Hill, at the home of G. S. SPROUSE on State Route 34. MATTHEWS was riding on the tractor, but was not driving it, and the driver said that when the man started to fall, he tried to grab him and failing, stopped the tractor, but it was then too late and the man's chest was crushed. Employees of the Company rushed to the Shinn Service Station and notified their company officers of what had happened and at the request of company officials, who arrived at the scene in a short time, the body was taken to a Charleston mortuary in one of the Vail ambulances where it was prepared for burial and was then taken to the Matthews home at Hamlin, Lincoln County, WV. Fellow workers said that a widow and child survived. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 5 Feb 1943)

Lloyd Everett PARSONS

       Death came to Lloyd Everett PARSONS, about 58 years old, at his home in Kenna, (WV) about six-thirty o'clock on Monday evening after a long illness from diabetes and complications. His condition had been serious for several days prior to his death. The funeral services were held at Fairplain on Wednesday morning at ten o'clock and burial was in the cemetery there. (wife was Estella SKEEN, the daughter of Richard F. and Nancy Duff SKEEN).

       Surviving are the widow and the following children: Otho PARSONS, of St. Albans; George Clair PARSONS, of Charleston; Carl Wilson PARSONS, of Kenna; and Mrs. Georgia Gaye JIVIDEN, of Dunbar. Two brothers, David O. PARSONS, of Kentuck, and Peter PARSONS, of Crown City, Ohio; and three sisters, Mrs. David J. (Icy Dora) DEWEESE, of Rand; Mrs. Mattie LEE (Ora D. PARSONS) RHODES and Mrs. John C. (Audra PARSONS) HATCHER, both of Belgrove. (He was a son of George Wilson PARSONS and second wife, Elizabeth Susan REED. Lloyd Everett PARSONS born 2 April 1884) (Jackson Herald, Fri., Feb 1943)


       I. C. PRICKETT, 60 years old, better known to his friends as "Pete", died at the home of his sister, Miss Ada PRICKETT, in Ripley, Tuesday night of an acute attack of asthma and heart trouble. He had been ill for several days but his death had not been expected and was a shock to the family and friends. He had long been associated with the O. J. Morrison group of stores.

       Mr. PRICKETT is survived by the widow and two children, Virginia PRICKETT, of Charleston, and Camden PRICKETT, of Point Pleasant; one brother, Charles PRICKETT, of Akron, Ohio, and two sisters, Miss Ada PRICKETT, of Ripley, and Mrs. J. W. WOODDELL, of Pennsboro. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 5 Feb 1943)


       A card of thanks during the illness and death of our father and grandfather. Signed, E. J. SKEEN and family. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 5 Feb 1943)

Arthur YOUNG

       Funeral services were held on Wednesday for Arthur YOUNG, 68 year old farmer of Southall Ridge, at the home with the Rev. Irvin FISHER in charge and burial was in the nearby cemetery. The Vail undertaking company had charge of the funeral arrangements. Mr. YOUNG died at his home on Monday after an illness of several years. His condition had been critical for some time and death had been expected.

       Mr. YOUNG married Ida STAATS on April 22, 1897. She died about twenty years ago. There were no children. On March 24, 1927 he married Miss Ozella REDMAN and seven children were born to this union, one dying in infancy. He is survived by the widow and the following children: Junior, Raymond, DeWite, Delford, Delano and Regina YOUNG and two step-sons, Talford and Opha CAMPBELL. Also a sister, Mrs. A. J. PAYNE. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 5 Feb 1943)


       Funeral services for Emma MORGAN, 65 years old, were held on Sunday afternoon at the Martin Chapel with Rev. Roy DAVIS in charge and burial was in the church cemetery. Death came to the aged (woman) last Friday.

       At the funeral service, Rev. DAVIS read the following obituary, giving an account of the life of the deceased: Emma MORGAN, daughter of D. S. and Martha A. MORGAN, was born September 17, 1877. Departed this life February 5, 1943, aged 65 years, 4 months and 18 days. In her early life she gave her life to the service of God and united with the Martin Chapel United Brethren church, of which she was a member at the time of her death.

       Those left to mourn the kindly presence are one brother, M. B. MORGAN, of Rendville, Ohio; four sisters, Mrs. Cecil KALDT, of Newark, Ohio; Mrs. Cordia DICKERSON, of Ripley; Mrs. Allen DINGESS, of Logan, and Mrs. G. B. GRANT, of Akron, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her father, mother, two sisters and one brother. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 12 Feb 1943)


       The sad news was contained in a message from the War Department Tuesday to the parents telling them that their son, Lieut. James WILLIAMSON, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. WILLIAMSON, of Murraysville, had died in the Hawaiian Islands. No details were given in the death message. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 12 Feb 1943)

R. L. "Bob" FISHER

       Funeral services for R. L. "Bob" FISHER, 74 years old, were held from the residence at Kenna at one-thirty o'clock Monday afternoon and burial was in the family cemetery. Mr. FISHER, who was a well known farmer and livestock dealer, died Friday evening in a Charleston hospital. His condition had been critical for several days and death had been expected.

       Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Lessie ELLIOTT, of Ripley; Mrs. Phoebe GOODE, of Sissonville; and Mrs. Nancy CHANCEY, of Kenna; three sons, W. O. and James FISHER, of Kenna, Ahaz FISHER, in the Navy at the present time; two brothers, Leonard FISHER, of Ripley, and W. E. FISHER, of Dunbar; five sisters, Mrs. Dora CORBIN, of Kenna; Mrs. Icy HAMMACK, of Ripley; Mrs. Clara HAMMACK and Mrs. Cora BURDETTE, of Sissonville, and Mrs. Nellie SLATER, of Kenna.

       Mr. FISHER was a native of the county and spent his life in the pursuit of farming and dealing in livestock. He had been in ill health for several months and some time ago was taken to a Charleston hospital, but it was reported that a weakened heart aggravated his condition and last week friends and relatives gave up hope for his recovery. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 12 Feb 1943)


       Ralph POLSLEY, 64, well known merchant, of Letart, died suddenly of a heart attack last Friday afternoon, while he and his wife were motoring from their Letart home toward Point Pleasant. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Letart Methodist church, the Rev. Mr. STEARNS officiating. Interment was in the Letart cemetery by the Foglesong Funeral Home, of Mason City. Services at the cemetery were conducted by the A.P.& A.M., No. 54, of Cottageville, the Masonic Lodge of which Mr. POLSLEY had been a member for more than twenty years. Both he and his wife were members of the Cottageville chapter of the Eastern Star.

       Pall-bearers were the following brother Masons: W. L. PINNELL, W. L. MCKINNEY, D. O. MCDERMOTT, Dan SAYRE, Harry SAYRE, and C. Otis CASTO. Early Friday afternoon as the Polsleys were nearing the northern end of the West Virginia Ordnance plant on Route 62, Mr. POLSLEY complained of a severe pain in his chest, remarked to his wife that it was very hot inside the car. He then reached for the ignition key, turned it off and slumped sideways toward his wife. The car swerved off the highway into an embankment, missing a power line pole by inches.

       A nearby plant workman hurriedly brought medical officers to the aid of Mrs. POLSLEY, while Mr. POLSLEY was removed to the Reservation hospital. Resuscitation efforts, however, failed to revive him. The body was later taken to the Mason City Funeral Home. Mr. POLSLEY, a son of the late Edgar A. and Augusta SAYRE POLSLEY, was born at Letart on July 12, 1878. He took over the management of his father's Letart general store in 1925. Adding together the time of store management of both father and son, the Letart section enjoyed more than a half century of service by them.

       On September 10, 1925, Mr. POLSLEY married Oma Estelle WILES, of Letart. There were no children. Survivors include his widow, Oma Estelle POLSLEY, and a sister, Mrs. Mary BLESSING, of Point Pleasant. His only brother, Victor POLSLEY, of Cleveland, Ohio, preceded him in death in 1933. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 12 Feb 1943)


       In loving memory of my father, L. W. DAVIS, who departed this life on February 20, 1941. Written by Gertrude DAVIS. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 12 Feb 1943)


       In loving memory of my dear sister, Pearl MOORE, who passed away February 8, 1942, a year ago, written by Vesta DONAHEW, of Akron, Ohio. (poem) Mrs. MOORE will be remembered as Miss Pearl B. SAYRE, daughter of Mrs. Maggie and the late J. O. SAYRE, of Evans, Rt. 1. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 12 Feb 1943)

Elizabeth HINZMAN

       Funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock at the Mount Hope church for Mrs. Elizabeth HINZMAN, 72 year old widow of the late G. L. HINZMAN, and burial was in the church cemetery, with Lawrence M. FORD, Crow Summit funeral director in charge of arrangements. She died Monday afternoon at four o'clock at the home of her son, Lee HINZMAN, at Meadowdale, after an illness of several weeks and death had been expected. She was 72 years old.

       Mrs. HINZMAN was born in Jackson County, daughter of the late George and Cecelia Ann CALMER. She was a member of the Church of Christ at Odaville. She was the mother of ten children, seven of whom survive. They are: Lee, Milford and Clifford HINZMAN, all of Meadowdale; Mrs. Alice WILSON, of Pennsylvania; Mrs. Albert CARMICHAEL, of Sherman; Mrs. Myrtle HURD and Mrs. Elsie RIGGS, of Sandyville. She also leaves several grandchildren, among them James HINZMAN, in the U. S. Army at Fort Knox, Kentucky, four sisters and four brothers. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 19 Feb 1943)


       John M. STAATS, 55, of Marietta, Ohio, died Saturday morning after a two weeks illness caused by a leg infection. He was a native of Jackson County and was born September 26, 1887. Among the survivors are two brothers, James A. STAATS, of Belleville, and Thomas L. STAATS, of Murraysville, WV. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 19 Feb 1943)


       Mrs. Eva ( RHODES) GREATHOUSE, step-mother of Mrs. Ray ARCHER, of Ripley, died in a hospital in Akron, Ohio last Saturday night. The body is being returned to Spencer for burial and Mrs. ARHCER will attend the funeral services there. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 19 Feb 1943)


       Funeral services for Mrs. Eva RHODES GREATHOUSE, 66 years old, who died Saturday in the Saint Francis hospital in Columbus, Ohio, were conducted Thursday at the Vandale Funeral Home. The Rev. W. S. OVERSTREET officiated and burial was in the Spencer cemetery (Roane County, WV.)

       The only daughter of the late John and Mary Allen RHODES, Mrs. GREATHOUSE was born October 16, 1876, at Gay, (Jackson County). In 1917 she married W. G. GREATHOUSE and moved to Akron, Ohio. She had been suffering for the past five years from pernicious anemia. Last Thursday she became ill of pneumonia and died two days later. Her only near survivors are three brothers, Dennis, Dayton and Fred RHODES, all of Spencer, (Roane County, WV.) Another brother, Emmett RHODES, was killed while fighting with the AEF in France in 1918. Mrs. GREATHOUSE was the step-mother of Mrs. Ray ARCHER, of Ripley. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 26 Feb 1943)


       In sad memory of my cousin, Viva PHILLIPS, who passed away just two years ago today, February 6, (1943). Written by her cousin, Miss Helen GARNES. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 19 Feb 1943)


       Lafe CASTO, well known farmer of Staats Mills, died at his home there last Wednesday on his fifty-ninth birthday after an illness of some length caused by complications of the disease. The funeral services were held at the Sinaiville church Friday morning with Rev. Vairl WINTER in charge and burial was in the church cemetery. The Vail mortuary of Ripley, WV., had charge of funeral arrangements.

       Mr. CASTO, a son of Earl and Margaret CASTO, was born near Staats Mills, Jackson County, on February 17, 1884; died February 17, 1943, aged 59 years. He was united in marriage to Stella SKEEN on October 21, 1910, and to this union were born eight children, all of whom survive. They are: Mrs. Howard HATCHER, of Akron, Ohio; Cpl. Delmer D. CASTO, of Biloxi, Miss.; Mrs. Criss WINTER, of Fairplain; Darrell, Glenva, Edra, Dexter and Imogene, all at home. He is also survived by three grandchildren and three brothers, Elzie E., of Ripley; Early, of Staats Mills, and Rader CASTO, of Gay. One brother and two sisters preceded him in death. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 26 Feb 1943)

Dr. Jacob E. BARROWS

       Dr. Jacob E. BARROWS, for many years a practicing physician at Ravenswood, died Thursday at his home in Parkersburg, bringing to an end a career of more than half a century as a physician. He had lived in Parkersburg since 1926, when he moved from Ravenswood to the Wood County city.

       He was a native of Athens County, Ohio, and started his practice in Meigs County, Ohio, following his graduation from Sterling Medical College in Columbus, Ohio. He took post graduate work at Illinois Medical College in Chicago. Between 1899 and 1926 he practiced in Ravenswood, WV, and during the First World War he served as mayor of that town. He was active at the time in Red Cross work and took a prominent part in civic and church affairs during his residence in Ravenswood.

       Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mirian CALDWELL BARROWS; two sons, Jacob, Jr., of Parkersburg and Hamilton B. BARROWS, of the U. S. Army, stationed at Fort Ord, California. He leaves three brothers, P. M. BARROWS, of Washington, D. C., and A. F. and H. G. BARROWS, both of Washington, Pa., and two grandchildren. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 26 Feb 1943)


       Roy POST, 48, of Wellsville, Ohio, died at work Saturday morning, February 13, at 1:30. He was united in marriage to Tacie HOSCHAR, of Ripley, and of this union there survived the wife, three daughters, Hazel TALBOTT, of Irondale, Ohio; Mrs. Audry THOMPSON, of Wellsville, Ohio, and Bertha Mae, at home; five sons, Howard, of Adena, Ohio; Wayne, Wayne (?), Blaine and Darrell, at home; also a brother, Boyd POST, formerly of Ripley; a deceased sister, Mrs. Edna HARPOLD. Mr. POST died of a heart attack. He was laid to rest in the Pine Grove cemetery at Wellsville, Ohio. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 26 Feb 1943)


       Funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock at the Independence church at Sandyville for George LOCKHART, 53 years old, and burial was in the church cemetery. Mr. LOCKHART died at his home in Parkersburg Sunday evening after an illness of more than two years. He was a native of the Sandyville community but had lived in Parkersburg for a number of years. He was born at Reedy but came with his parents to Sandyville when only a small lad and lived there until he moved to Parkersburg.

       Mr. LOCKHART is survived by his widow, Mrs. Lucy LOCKHART; two daughters, Kathleen and Iinna LOCKHART, both at home, and two sons, George, who is with the U.S. troops in Africa, and Hugh, at home. Also his father, G.N. LOCKHART, of Sandyville, two brothers, Carl B. LOCKHART, of Ripley, and Ned E. LOCKHART, of War, and two sisters, Mrs. Elmer HARDESTY, of Sandyville, and Mrs. Curtis MITCHELL, of St. Marys. (Jackson Herald, Fri., March 5, 1943)


       The details surrounding the loss of Ensign James MADDOX, son of Mr. & Mrs. O.B. MADDOX, at the time of the African landing last November, is reported by relatives to have been received from survivors who say that the young man was afloat on a life raft for seventy-six days before he died.

       According to the story which relatives have received, when the ship on which young MADDOX was serving was torpedoed and sunk, three life boats were set adrift in the Atlantic and that MADDOX was aboard one of them. That was early in November and the raft was found early in February after being afloat for 82 days and three of the men were still alive and were rescued. They said that MADDOX died on the seventy-sixth day, and was buried at sea.

       This was in line with earlier information from fellow crew members who personally knew the young naval officer who said that they saw MADDOX boarding a raft as the ship was abandoned but they were not on the same raft and did not know what ever became of that particular life boat. The latest information, however, confirms the fact that the young man who was first listed as missing is dead. (Jackson Herald, Fri., March 12, 1943)


       Minerva J. SAYRE DUNLAP (married 17 May 1877, JCMR.) d/o David and Minerva (STONE) SAYRE, married William C. DUNLAP, who was born in Barbour County, WV., in 1852. Word was received here recently by relatives of the death of "Aunt Nerva DUNLAP" of Inglewood, California.

       Aunt Nerva, 84 years old, had been in failing health for some time, all that loving hands and professional care could do was done for her, yet at 1:30 a.m.; February 16, she passed on to join her companion and other loved ones. She was the daughter of David SAYRE, and was born and raised on Cow Run, Jackson County. She married W. C. DUNLAP and spent their younger days in this county, Mr. DUNLAP at one time being in the mercantile business at Cottageville. They moved west several years ago and settled in California. "Uncle Crate" passed away a few years ago.

       Surviving are the four daughters: Iva, Theresa, Willia and Edna, and one son, Dan. One brother, "Uncle Dave", is the only member of the David SAYRE family left. A brother, Oscar, aged 86, died on last September 5, at Cottageville. (Written by a niece, Ruth SAYRE KING). (Jackson Herald, Fri., March 12, 1943)


       Mrs. Mary Jane (DOOLITTLE) OKEY, aged 87, died Monday morning at her home at Wilding, this county. She was the widow of Woodman OKEY, whom she married on June 27, 1875. To this union two daughters were born, Kathryn Mollie and Ida Mae. She was a member of the Methodist church at Wilding for a number of years.

       She leaves one daughter, Mrs. Kathryn FORSHEY, of Wilding; a grandson, John FORSHEY; one brother, Arthur DOOLITTLE, of Ravenswood, and one sister, Mrs. J. M. PATTERSON, of Ripley. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon at one o'clock in the Wilding church by the Rev. A. F. BALL, former pastor, assisted by Rev. George CALTRIDER, present pastor. Burial followed in the church cemetery. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 26 Feb 1943)

Mary Jane OKEY

       Mrs. Mary Jane OKEY was the daughter of Ephraim and Sarah Anna DOOLITTLE. She departed this life Monday, February 22, at her home near Wilding. She was laid to rest February 24 at the cemetery there. The service was in the church at Wilding, where the deceased had been a member for 23 years. (Crow Summit column, Jackson Herald, Fri., March 5, 1943)


       In sad, but loving remembrance of our dear daughter and sister, Lola KESSEL ELDERS, who passed away February 22, 1939. Her mother, Laura KESSEL, and brother, Dallas KESSEL, Given, W.Va. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 26 Feb 1943)

Eliza Dove (Rhodes) STANLEY

       Funeral services were held at the Mount Olive church near Ripley on Thursday for Mrs. Eliza Dove (RHODES) STANLEY, 75 year old widow of the late Jonathan E. STANLEY, who died at her home at South Charleston, Ohio (?), on Tuesday from a heart attack. She had been in ill health or some time but death was not expected by the family and friends. Rev. Boyd Scott of the Gay United Brethren church, had charge of the service and Vail Undertaking Company was in charge of the funeral plans and arrangements. Surviving are the following children: Mrs. W. H. WAYBRIGHT, of Ripley; G. W. STANLEY and Moat STANLEY, both of Ripley; Mrs. Willia ENNIS and Mrs. Fay MILCHI, both of South Charleston, Arthur STANLEY of Springfield, Ohio and Floyd STANLEY, of Ravenswood. Thirty-five grandchildren also survive. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 26 Feb 1943)

       Eliza Dove STANLEY was born on May 6, 1868, died February 16, 1943, age 74 years, 9 months and 10 days. She was the daughter of Will and Rebecca Rhodes. She was united in marriage to Jonathan E. STANLEY on April 12, 1884 and to this union eight children were born. Her husband and one son preceded her in death. (Jackson Herald, Fri., March 5, 1943)

Wilbur Franklin FISHER

       Funeral services for Wilbur Franklin FISHER, aged 83, were held at the Emma Chapel church on Sunday and burial was in the church cemetery. Mr. Fisher, a retired farmer of Given, died in Charleston last February 17, (1943) and his body was kept there until last Sunday. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 28 May 1943)

Transcribed from microfilm by Betty Kessel McIntyre

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