January 1942 Obituaries

Richard HYSELL

       Another victim of the sneak attack of the Japanese on Pearl Harbor was marked up last week when Richard HYSELL died at the Naval Base hospital at Mare Island, California from wounds received during the attack. He was the son of W. B. HYSELL, of Elyria, Ohio who had flown to the hospital to be with the mortally wounded son. Mrs. C. R. KESSEL, of Ripley, and Mrs. Will KESSEL, of Parchment, both relatives of the deceased, were notified of the death. (Jackson Herald, Friday, 9 Jan 1942)


       Relatives here were informed Saturday that Dr. Okey WENDELL died at his home at Sayre, Oklahoma, earlier that day and that the funeral and burial services would be held there early this week. Relatives said that he had been suffering from diabetes for some time and they presumed that disease caused his death. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 9 Jan 1942)

Robert Naaman HARRISON

       Funeral services for Robert Naaman HARRISON, 54 years old, were held Sunday morning at eleven o'clock at the Mountain Mission in Charleston and the body was brought to the HARRISON cemetery on Dog Fork for burial. Rev. Hobson FISHER and Rev. J. W. GARRISON officiated at the service. Mr. HARRISON, who had been employed by the Kelly Axe Plant in Charleston for a number of years, died at his home there last Thursday. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 9 Jan 1942)

Ella Thomas BASSING

       Mrs. Ella Thomas BASSING, formerly of Ripley, died at her home in East Liverpool, Ohio a few days ago, according to information received here by relatives. She was 72 years of age, formerly taught school in Ripley and left here about 35 years ago and has since made her home at East Liverpool. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 9 Jan 1942)


       In memory of my dear father, Ora DYE, who departed this life on March 17, 1934. Written by his daughter, Janet. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 9 Jan 1942)


       In loving memory of daughter and sister, Ruby STALNAKER, who passed away two years ago on December 24, 1939. Greatly missed by the parents, sisters and brothers. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 9 Jan 1942)

Barbara YATES

       Whooping cough developed into an attack of pneumonia Monday night and claimed the life of Barbara YATES, 4-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harlan YATES at their home near Sidneyville. Death occured at 8:50 o'clock Monday night after the pneumonia attack which developed Saturday night.

       Besides the parents, Harlan and Pearl MAHAN YATES, she is survived by four sisters, Dorothy, Betty, Virginia and Norma, all at home, and her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest MAHAN, and Mr. and Mrs. Charles YATES. Funeral arrangements had not been completed. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 9 Jan 1942)

Thomas A. CARVER

       Thomas A. CARVER, 83-year-old farmer of Ripley, died at a local hospital on Sunday, following an attack of pneumonia. Funeral services were held at 10 o'clock Tuesday morning from the Pleasant Hill church, with Rev. L. R. MAHONEY officiating. Burial was made in the Pleasant Hill cemetery with the Vail Mortuary in charge. A son of the late James Ervin and Minerva Jane CARVER, Mr. CARVER was born in Jackson County November 18, 1858, and at the time of his death was aged 83 years, 2 months and 16 days.

       He was united in marriage in 1886 to Lavada MAPLE, and to this union were born eight children, five of whom survive; Clarence CARVER, of East Liverpool, Ohio; Mrs. Gay OHSE, of Chicago, Ill.; Blair CARVER, of Ripley, WV.; Herbert CARVER, of Cleveland, Ohio; and John CARVER, of East Liverpool, Ohio, with whom he made his home. Three daughters, Kate STOWERS, Florida STOWERS, and Blanche HAGER preceded him in death, as did his wife. He is also survived by 16 grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 9 Jan 1942)


       Death, following a long illness Thursday, claimed one of Jackson County's oldest citizens, Adam BOARD, 95-year-old resident of Clay Lick. A youth of 15 at the outbreak of the Civil War, Mr. BOARD was born January 16, 1846, near Ripley, a son of the late Thomas and Sarah HARPOLD BOARD.

       Growing to manhood when much of this section was still in pioneer stage and timbering was the principal business besides farming, the aged man witnessed the transitions and developments that occurred here during a period of time that covered almost a century. Engaged in farming, Mr. BOARD spent his entire life in Jackson County.

       He was married three times, his third wife, Forest Rose KESSEL, surviving. Besides his wife, he is survived by several nephews and nieces and a host of other relatives and friends. Early in life he joined the Bachtel United Brethren church and throughout his life he remained a member of that church. He was 95 years, 11 months and 22 days old. Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the Vail funeral home with the Rev. L. R. MAHONEY, pastor of the Ripley United Brethren church officiating. Burial was made in the HARPOLD cemetery. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 16 Jan 1942)

Max Llewellyn BROWNELL

       Max Llewellyn BROWNELL, one of the oldest residents of the Ripley Landing section, died at his home, Sunday evening, January 11, (1942), at the age of 80 years, 2 months and 10 days. Death followed a 10-week's illness resulting from a heart attack.

       Mr. BROWNELL, oldest son of the late George W. and Susan HOYT BROWNELL, was born September 1, 1861, at Ripley Landing and spent his entire life there. In (14 July) 1896 he was united in marriage to Mary Elizabeth SOMMERS, and to this union two children were born, Harold and Phyllis BROWNELL, all three of whom survive and were at home during his illness and death.

       Mr. BROWNELL was a member of one of the oldest residential families of Jackson County, his ancestors having come here from New York in 1844. They purchased land where the BROWNELL home now stands, from Bushrod WASHINGTON, a relative of George WASHINGTON, who with his brother, had formerly surveyed it and the surrounding territory. The land was cleared and a log house was built on a beautiful site overlooking the Ohio river. The present home is located on the same spot and was greatly cherished by Mr. BROWNELL, who spent his entire 80 years in the old homestead.

       Besides his widow and two children, Mr. BROWNELL is survived by a granddaughter, Juanita BROWNELL; one brother, Lewis BROWNELL, of Kanauga, Ohio; two nephews, Walton BROWNELL of Kanauga, and Harry BROWNELL, of Racine, Ohio; a niece, Mrs. Ray CARRIER, of Detroit, Michigan; and a cousin, Charles Brownell STOUT, of Pittsburgh, Pa. Four sisters, Nellie, Myrtle and Elfa BROWNELL, and Mrs. Lora BRADFORD, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, preceded him in death.

       After a short service at the home early Tuesday afternoon, funeral services were held at the Ravenswood Methodist church at 2 p.m., with Rev. CUMBERLEDGE officiating. Interment was made in the Ravenswood cemetery with Vail mortuary in charge of arrangements. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 16 Jan 1942)

James Madison PICKENS

       In loving memory of my dear father, Mr. James Madison PICKENS, who passed away just 14 years ago this January 6, (1942). Written by a daughter, Mrs. Florence BURGESS. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 16 Jan 1942)

Evalena Anna BURGESS

       In loving memory of my dear sister, Evalena Anna BURGESS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie H. BURGESS, who passed away two years ago, December 2, 1939. Written by a sister, Margaret Pauline BURGESS. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 16 Jan 1942)


       Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at one o'clock at the home of Mrs. Myrtle GANDEE at Kentuck, for her father, James M. PARSONS, 75 years old, who died at his home in Charleston after a long illness. Burial was in the family (KERNS) cemetery at Kentuck.

       Mr. PARSONS lived many years at Kentuck before moving to Charleston where he served as city policeman for a time and was also engaged in the merchantile business. He was well known in Ripley and Jackson County and his many friends and acquaintances learned with regret of his death. Mr. PARSONS was born at Kentuck, February 11, 1866, to Allen R. and Mary E. RHODES PARSONS. He was a member of the Glen Elk lodge No. 95, IOOF.

       Besides his daughter, he is survived by his widow, Mrs. Bianca (Edwina KERNS) PARSONS; two other daughters, Mrs. Maude SKEENS, of Akron, Ohio; and Mrs. Dorothy MADDOX, of Kentuck; one son, Delmar PARSONS of Charleston; three sisters, Mrs. Harriet BAKER, of Caldwell, Ohio; Mrs. Rose WEST of Urbana, Ohio; and Mrs. Roxie RHODES, of Belgrove, and three brothers, Walter Monroe PARSONS, of Charleston; George PARSONS, of Spencer, and Bartley Frederick PARSONS, of Wellsville, Ohio. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 16 Jan 1942)


       Funeral services were held at Given Sunday afternoon for J. E. SKIDMORE, 35 years old, who died suddenly of a heart attack in Charleston Friday evening as he stepped out of his car after parking it in a Charleston street. Members of the family said that he was enroute to a garage to store his car for the night when he was stricken. Rev. Ray N. SHAFFER of the Weekley Memorial church in Charleston had charge of the funeral service.

       Surviving are his widow, Gertie; two sons, Donald Lee and Norman Douglas SKIDMORE; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. SKIDMORE, of Given; five sisters, Mrs. Golden HAGER, Mrs. Harry KELLY, Mrs. Marion DILLEY and Mrs. Charles STONE, of Charleston and Mrs. Morris KEATON of Boomer, and three brothers, V. F., of Charleston, Otis, of Given, and H. Warren SKIDMORE, of Millpoint. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 16 Jan 1942)

George W. JEWELL

       George W. JEWELL, aged 54, a former school teacher and a Ritchie County deputy sheriff, died Tuesday afternoon at four-thirty o'clock at his home at Jewell's Camp, three miles west of Pennsboro. Mr. JEWELL was born near Ripley in 1888, a son of John H. and Mary Agnes PARSONS JEWELL. He has lived in Ritchie County the greatest part of his life.

       He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Emma COX JEWELL and one son, George JEWELL, Jr., graduate of West Virginia University, and now a student at Baylor College in Texas. He also leaves one brother, J. D. JEWELL, of Los Angeles, and two sisters, Mrs. E. J. GOFF, of Spencer, and Mrs. Lucille ROSS, of Parkersburg. The body was removed to the A. G. Raiguel funeral home at Harrisville. According to news received by relatives here he was stricken with a heart attack and lived only about an hour. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 16 Jan 1942)

George W. JEWELL, Sr.

       Funeral services for George W. JEWELL, Sr., of Pennsboro, WV., were conducted at the family residence on January 16, 1942, by the Rev. Harry V. LAYHEW of the Harrisville Baptist church. Services were conducted at the grave in the IOOF cemetery at Harrisville by the Masonic Fraternal Order, with members acting as pallbearers, and the OES serving as flower carriers.

       Mr. JEWELL in his early youth was a resident of Jackson County, having been born at Ripley January 9, 1887, and departed this life January 13, 1942, aged 54 years & 4 days. He was a son of John H. and Miriam PARSONS JEWELL. In 1910 he was united in marriage to Miss Emma M. COX, of Pullman, WV., and to this union one child was born, George W. JEWELL, Jr., who still resides at home, but is a student at Baylor College at Dallas, Texas.

       He is survived by his wife, Emma COX JEWELL, son, George W. JEWELL, Jr.; two sisters, Mrs. Lenora GOFF, of Spencer; Mrs. Lucille ROSS, of Parkersburg, and one brother, J. Edward JEWELL, of San Francisco, Calif. His twin sister, "Jessie", passed away at the age of twelve when both were confined with typhoid fever. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 23 Jan 1942)


       Funeral services were held at the Hickory Grove church near Kenna Thursday for Albert Lee FLETCHER, 78 years old, who died on Monday at his home near Pocatalico. Burial was in the Lanham cemetery. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Dovie FLETCHER; three daughters, Mrs. W. V. BOGGESS, of Kenna; Mrs. H. L. PARSONS, of Charleston, and Mrs. E. A. RAINES, of Pocatalico, and one sister, Mrs. Rachel HUNT, of Charleston. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 16 Jan 1942)

James M. CROSS

       James M. CROSS died at his home at Portland, Ohio, Tuesday at the age of 71. He was born in Jackson County where he spent most of his life. He moved to Portland nine years ago. Last rites were held Thursday at the Chambers & Kyger funeral home in Ravenswood and burial was in the cemetery there. He is survived by two sons, Nelson, of Wood County, and Robert of Portland, at whose home he died. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 16 Jan 1942)


       Funeral services for Mrs. Minnie May (WOLFE) PARSONS, aged 74, were held from the Lowther Methodist church on Frozen Camp Sunday afternoon at three o'clock with the Rev. F. C. SOPER of Gay of the Methodist church in charge and burial was in the cemetery there.

       Mrs. PARSONS, the mother of Homer H. PARSONS, of Ripley, was ill only a few hours before her death Saturday morning at her home on Frozen Camp. Dr. C. Royal KESSEL, Ripley physician was called to the home but she was dead before he arrived. Mrs. PARSONS, who before her marriage was Miss Minnie May WOLFE, a daughter of Lewis and Eugenia WOLFE. On July 13, 1889, she was married to Vitalus S. PARSONS (died 1940), who preceded her in death several years ago.

       She is survived by four sons and three daughters, Fleet PARSONS, of East Liverpool, (Ohio); Homer H. PARSONS, of Ripley; (Owen) Clifford and Charles (Lewis) PARSONS, at home; Mrs. Jessie LINGER, of Chester; Mrs. Fanny GODBEY, of Parkersburg, and Mrs. Hazel JOHNS, of Buffalo, WV. Two brothers, Isaiah WOLFE, of Alabama, and Frank WOLFE, of Florida, and 21 grandchildren are among the suvivors. Mrs. PARSONS was widely and favorably known in her section of the county. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 23 Jan 1942)

Orpha Josephine CASTO

       In memory of my little sister, Orpha Josephine CASTO, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ola CASTO, who departed this life February 19, 1929, at the age of one year, one month and 16 days. Written by her sister, Miss Elva CASTO. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 23 Jan 1942)

Charles Arville BAKER

       Charles Arville BAKER, the eldest son of the late Rev. C. J. and Maggie Beattie BAKER, was born June 14, 1882, and departed this life January 12, 1942, aged 59 years, 6 months and 28 days. He was united in marriage to Katie E. SCHULTZE, May 4, 1904. To this union two daughters and one son were born; Gusta BAKER, Point Pleasant; Lloyd BAKER, Wellsville, Ohio;, and Leah BAKER, Point Pleasant, (WV).

       He is survived by his devoted companion and the above named children, two grandsons, Edwin and Martin. He is also survived by the following brothers and sisters: Clara KING, Leon; Moses M. BAKER, Columbus, Ohio; Minnie CASTO, Leon; Thomas N. BAKER, Leon; and Leona CASTO, Davis, WV., and a number of other relatives and friends who will mourn his departure. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 23 Jan 1942)

William Allen "Al" HARRISON

       Funeral services for William Allen "Al" HARRISON, 87 years old, retired carpenter, were held from the Ripley home Saturday afternoon at two o'clock and burial was in the Pine Hill cemetery. He died at six o'clock Thursday morning from the effects of a stroke of paralysis suffered one week earlier. He is survived by two brothers, Tom and Minor HARRISON, of Kenna, and two grandchildren, Ellen CROW and Buddie BUSH, both of Ripley. (Jackson Herald, Fri. 23 Jan 1942)

Mrs. J. A. "Susie" CARNEY

       Mrs. J. A. "Susie" CARNEY, of 7th Street, Lockport S. S., Parkersburg, died Sunday, January 11 at 8 p.m. at McKeesport, Pa., at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Harry M. KING, where she had gone a few weeks ago with her daughter to spend the winter. Death came suddenly from a heart attack after she had eaten supper and written a letter to her grandson in camp. Although Mrs. CARNEY had been in ill health for a year, for some time she had been able to go about the house.

       Mrs. CARNEY was born in Noble County, Ohio, 75 years ago, then coming to Jackson County, when very small. She was united in marriage to J. A. "Jeff" CARNEY of Lockhart and to this union six children were born: Mrs. Harry M. KING, with whom she made her home since the death of her husband several years ago: Mrs. Bessie PARKS, of Parkersburg; Elisha CARNEY, of Parkersburg, Rt. 4; Peter CARNEY, of Parkersburg, Rt. 24; and Ernest CARNEY, Washington, Rt. 1, and Freda, who died while small. She also leaves 15 grandchildren.

       She was converted in the Lockhart church several years ago while living on the farm where H. L. HARRISON now resides. Funeral services were conducted at Lockport M. E. church Wednesday at 2 p.m. The body lay in state one hour before the services were conducted by the pastor, Rev. I. E. STYER, and interment was in the Pleasantview cemetery, near Parkersburg. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 23 Jan 1942)


       Funeral services for Mrs. Thelma ANDERSON MCCRADY, aged 43, were held from the Fairview church Sunday afternoon at two o'clock with Rev. FIBER of the Rockport Methodist church in charge and burial was in the church cemetery. Mrs. MCCRADY died at her home at Rockport Friday morning after a long illness.

       Mrs. MCCRADY, daughter of Letcher and Anna ANDERSON, was a faithful member of the Sandyville Methodist church. She is survived by her husband; two sons, John Ernest and Leon Anderson MCCRADY, at home; one sister, Mrs. Lonie MCVEY of Leroy, and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 23 Jan 1942)

Joyce Ellene WALKER

       Burial service for Joyce Ellene WALKER, infant daughter of Clifford and Thelma PARSONS WALKER, who died Monday in a local hospital, were held Tuesday afternoon, January 20, at Harmony, where interment was made. The J. B. Vail undertaking establishment was in charge of the arrangements. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 23 Jan 1942)


       Mrs. Darlie M. MARSHALL, 59-year-old wife of W. A. MARSHALL of Duncan, took her own life at the home near Duncan last Friday afternoon and relatives said that ill health was attributed as the cause of her deed.

       The body was discovered in a room in the house by the husband when he returned from work Friday evening and neighbors were summoned and County Coroner C. Royal KESSEL and Corporal W. M. BECKETT of the state police were called to the home to investigate the death. It was a clear case of suicide, the coroner said, and no inquest was held. Mrs. MARSHALL used a twelve gauge shotgun and the charge entered her right breast and ranged downward.

       That she had planned to end her life was evidenced by two notes which she left to members of the family in which she advised the disposition of personal property and in it she said that she had no desire to live longer and that they would find her in the home although the blank space left for the exact place where her body would be found had never been filled in. She had prepared both notes, according to members of the family, who said that it was her handwriting.

       One of the notes had been left in the cabinet in the kitchen and the other one on the kitchen table. She had visited a neighbor shortly before noon Friday and that was the last time she was seen alive. It was the opinion of the coroner that she had been dead since early Friday afternoon. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 30 Jan 1942)

Charles Ernest EASTER

       Charles Ernest EASTER, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles EASTER, aged 9 months and 10 days, departed this life on January 22, 1942. Charles leaves to mourn their loss, the father and mother, and two grandmothers, Mrs. Blanche EASTER, and Mrs. Thelma HANES. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 30 Jan 1942)


       In memory of our dear son, Basil CASTO, who passed away two years ago, January 30, 1940. By Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd CASTO and children. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 30 Jan 1942)

Andrew J. KUHN

       Resulting from a stroke that occurred several weeks ago, Andrew J. KUHN, 71 year-old farmer of this place, died at his home on Friday. While cutting wood some time ago, Mr. KUHN suffered a stroke while in a tree. In falling, his clothes caught on a snag and he was held suspended in an unconscious condition for some time before he was found by the family. For several days he was under treatment at a local hospital and recovered somewhat, but the stroke and the effects of his accident were believed to have hastened his death.

       Funeral services were held at two o'clock Sunday afternoon at the Baptist church, with Rev. L. R. MAHONEY and Rev. T. O. POWERS conducting the service. Interment was made in the Mt. Calvary cemetery with the Mays mortuary in charge of arrangements.

       Mr. KUHN was born in Roane County on February 6, 1870. He was a member of the Baptist church at Harmony and had been a farmer all his life.

       Besides his wife, Mrs. Stella KUHN, he is survived by the following children: Smith KUHN, Howard KUHN, and Mrs. Mabel ANDERSON, all of Parkersburg; Opie and Wilbur KUHN of Ripley; Mrs. Elva FREEMAN of New Cumberland, WV.; three brothers, Lewis KUHN of Ripley; Alfonso and Hobart KUHN of Charleston, and three sisters, Mrs. O. J. RAY of Vicars, WV. (Roane County); Belzina KISER of Charleston and Mrs. Ella STEPHENS of Clay. One son, Flavie, preceded him in death. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 30 Jan 1942)


       Andy KUHN, 72-year-old farmer died at his home on Stone Ridge January 23, 1942. Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the Baptist church in Ripley, with Rev. L. R. MAHONEY and T. O. POWERS conducting the services. Interment was made in the Mt. Calvary cemetery with the Mays mortuary in charge of arangements.

       Mr. KUHN was born in Roane County (WV), January 26, 1870. He was a member of the Baptist church at Harmony and had been a farmer all his life. He was united in marriage to Melvina KELLY, and to this union seven children were born. His wife and two children, Juanita and Flava preceded him in death. In later years he united in marriage to Stella WILLIAMS PARRISH, and two children were born.

       He leaves to mourn their loss, the wife and seven children: Smith and Howard KUHN of Parkersburg; Mathew KUHN of Tug Fork; Mrs. Mabel ANDERSON, Parkersburg; Mrs. Elva FREEMAN, New Cumberland, WV; Opie KUHN, Sandyville; and Wilbur KUHN at home. One full brother, Lewis KUHN of Ripley and two half-brothers, Alfonso and Hobart KUHN of Charleston, and three sisters, Mrs. O. J. RAY of Vicars, WV; Mrs. Belzina KISER of Charleston, and Mrs. Ella STEVENS, of Clay, WV. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 20 Feb 1942)


       Mrs. Emil A. (Emma A.) JORDAN, 86, died at her home at Kenna Saturday after a long illness. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jackson GARNES, and was born at Kenna, May 15, 1854. Surviving are her three sons, Early C. and E. O. JORDAN, of Charleston, and C. T. JORDAN, of Dunbar; two daughters, Mrs. Ernie MORRISON of Huntington, and Mrs. Alberta WHITE of Kenna; a brother, Frank GARNES of Fairplain and 19 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 30 Jan 1942)

Transcribed from microfilm by Betty Kessel McIntyre

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