July 1941 Obituaries

Harry Addison MILLER

       Funeral services for Harry Addison MILLER, 14 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Pearl R. amd Mary Ellen (STEELE) MILLER, of Cottageville, were held at the Independence church Saturday afternoon with the Rev. W. I. FIBER in charge and burial was in the church cemetery.

       He was born at East Akron, Ohio on July 25, 1926, and died at the home near Cottageville on Tuesday of a heart attack. Members of the family said that he had been troubled by these attacks for a number of years but ordinarily rallied quickly when they struck him.

       He is survived by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Pearl R. MILLER and the following brothers and sisters, Mrs. R. Earnest. STANLEY, Audrey Ellen MILLER at home, Garold Pearl MILLER, Carl Russell MILLER, and Lawrence Claude MILLER, all at home. One half-brother, James A. MILLER, who died Jan 5, 1940. (Herald, 4 July 1941)

Charlotte Ann PERRY

       Funeral services for Charlotte Ann PERRY, 72 years old, were held at the Mud Run Church of Christ late Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock with Rev. Harry A. ANGUISH of Shawnee, Ohio in charge and burial was in the church cemetery. She died at her home on Mud Run the preceding Tuesday afternoon following a long illness. One brother, John PERRY, of Sandyville, survives.

       Charlotte Ann PERRY was born in Vinton county, Ohio, June 17, 1869, daughter of the late Samuel and Elizabeth PERRY. She died at her home near Sandyville, July 1, 1941, age 72 years and 14 days. She belonged to a family of thirteen children, all who have preceded her in death expect, one brother, John PERRY. (Herald, 11 July 1941)

John Alexander SHINN

       John Alexander SHINN, known to his thousands of friends as J. A., is dead and the curtain has rung down on one of the colorful careers in the history of Jackson County.

       Death came to the 78 year old member of the County Court at his Ripley home last Thursday evening about 9:30 o'clock and was a shock to the citizens of the county, many of whom had not learned that he had been for four days fighting valiantly but fighting a losing battle against a heart ailment which developed Sunday.

       He was Sheriff of the county from 1917 to 1921. Previously to that time he had been a deputy sheriff and after his term of sheriff had expired was named a member of the Board of Education of Ripley independent district and in 1934 was elected to membership on the county court and was elected for another 6 year term last fall.

       He was a son of George W. and Elizabeth (STONE) SHINN, was born at McDermott's Mill, Mason County, on Dec 11, 1862, died on July 10, 1941 Ripley, age 78 years, 6 months and 20 days. When only two years of age he moved to Fairplain with his parents who settled on the farm which he owned at the time of his death. On March 29, 1883 he married Miss Dora Catherine SKIDMORE, daughter of A. A. and Madaline SKIDMORE and to this union seven children were born. Three of the children died in infancy.

       He is survived by the widow and four children, Mrs. Georgia ELLISON of Ripley, Mrs. J. Howard SMITH of Ripley, Allen SHINN of Ripley, and Doctor John SHINN Jr., of Pt. Pleasant, one brother, J. O. SHINN, of Pt. Pleasant, and a sister, Mrs. A. A. REYNOLDS, of Evans.

       The funeral services were held at the Ripley United Brethren church Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock with Rev. L. R. MAHONEY in charge of the service and the body was taken to the SHINN cemetery at Fairplain for burial. (Herald, 18 July 1941)

Melvin Greely LANE

       Melvin Greely LANE, age 65, died at his home here near midnight Tuesday after a two week illness. Mr. LANE, who operated a shoe repair and harness shop on Main Street for many years, had been in poor health for some time, and while his condition the past few days had been serious, his death cames as a shock to his many relatives and friends.

       Mr. LANE was born near Ripley on April 20, 1876, a son of the late Daniel A. and Sarah Jane (PATTERSON, widow MCCRAKEN) LANE, died July 16, 1941. On April 15, 1906 he was united in marriage with Docia B. CASTO and for many years was engaged in farming in this county.

       Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, Lewis A. LANE of Hebron, Ohio, and Wilmer R. LANE of Sandyville; three daughters, Mrs. Mildred CARVER of East Liverpool, Ohio, and Sylvia and Frances LANE at home. Two children died in infancy. Two brothers, M. Lewis LANE and Samuel G. LANE, of Ripley, a sister, Mrs. B. A. (Esta) SNODGRASS of Charleston, and four grandchildren.

       Funeral services were to be held at the home at 3 o'clock Thursday afternoon, with Rev. L. R. MAHONEY officiating. Burial was to be at the KING cemetery. The Vail Mortuary was in charge of arrangements. (Herald, 18 July 1941)


       Everett E. STARCHER, son of Robert E. and Emma STARCHER, was born at Ripley on Nov 10, 1857 and departed this life on July 1, 1941, age 83 years, 7 months and 21 days.

       He was one of Jackson County's oldest school teachers, having taught in various schools of the county for 29 years. He was also a farmer and a very successful business man.

       He was united in marriage 59 years ago to Josephine UNRUE, who preceded him in death 27 years ago. To this union was born two sons, W. P. STARCHER of Cottageville, and S. C. STARCHER of Huntington. He also leaves 6 grandchildren and the following brothers, Franklin Floyd STARCHER of Huntington, William STARCHER of Colby, Kansas, C. W. STARCHER and S. G. STARCHER of Ripley, and J. H. STARCHER of Cheshire, Ohio. Also one sister, Sophia RHODES of Long Island, Kansas.

       Burial was made in the Pine Hill cemetery, Ripley, WV. (18 July 1941)


       Funeral services for J. M. WRIGHT, 86 years old, will be held this (Thursday) afternoon at 2 o'clock from the residence and burial will be in the WALKER Addition of the Ripley cemetery.

       Mr. WRIGHT, better known to many friends and acquaintances as "Uncle Mat" died at his home Tuesday morning at 5 o'clock. He had been ill for several days from complications due to his advanced age and on Sunday his condition became critical.

       He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. F. P. M. PFOST. His wife, the former Katherine WALKER, died about 26 years ago and his only son, Walker WRIGHT, died in the service of his country during the World War. He was born at Ripley and spent his entire life here and before his death held the distinction of having lived in the town a greater number of years than any other living person. (25 July 1941)

William Porter MCBEE

       William Porter MCBEE, 96 year old Civil War veteran, died at his home on Cottageville, Rt. 1, Monday night and with his death Mason County's last survivor of the war between the states had passed to his reward. Jackson County's last veteran, E. C. MCDONOUGH, of Ripley, died only a few months ago.

       Mr. MCBEE had been ill for the past ten days and death had been expected, relatives said. The cause of death was described as general complications due to advanced age. The funeral services were held at the home Wednesday afternoon with Rev. R. T. GETTYS, of Ravenswood, in charge and the body was taken to the Ravenswood cemetery for burial later in the afternoon.

       The aged Civil War vet, not so many months ago, told a graphic story of the Civil War engagements in which he took a part and this account was published in the Herald and was recalled when news of his death reached this section. He was with Sherman in the March to the Sea, fought in the battle of Lookout Mountain and in numerous other battles. (25 July 1941)

William Porter MCBEE

       William Porter MCBEE was born Oct 6, 1844, near Morgantown, a son of William Porter and Elizabeth MCBEE. On July 21, 1941, surrounded by his many sons and daughters, and by the kindly thought of countless friends, to whom he was somewhat of a legend, having lived an adventurous as well as a useful life, the last veteran answered the final roll call at the age of 96 years, 9 months and 15 days.

       He enlisted at the beginning of the Civil War, served through many campaigns, and was on hand to see Lee surrender to Grant. He was mustered out at Wheeling in April 1865 with an honorable discharge.

       He was twice married. First to Miss Aritha CORBIN. Six children born to this union survive, five sons, James, John, Thomas, and Joseph MCBEE, all of Columbus, Ohio, and Homer MCBEE, of Flint, Michigan, and a daughter, Mrs. Harry MCINISTON, also of Columbus. On May 10, 1883, he was again united in marriage to Alice Gay SWIGER.

       Surviving are his wife and the following children: Dewey MCBEE of Circleville, Ohio, Gerald MCBEE of Letart, Mrs. Wirt HURST of Clarksburg, Mrs. Clarence E. SAYRE of Mt. Alto, Mrs. Melvin POLING of Bellington, Mrs. Earl MCCARTY of Leon, Mrs. Homer SNYDER of Millwood, Mrs. August SCHWENCK of Des Moines, Iowa, Mrs. Forest GESSEL of Zanesville, Ohio, and Mrs. Flint CARMICHAEL of Belpre, Ohio.

       Three children preceded him in death, two daughters, Letitia CAMP and Freda MCBEE, and one son, Edwin Lee MCBEE. He is also survived by one brother, Leroy MCBEE, and one sister, Jane THOMPSON, of Philippi, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

       He was buried at the Ravenswood cemetery last Wednesday with highest military honors. The American Legion took part in the services and acted as pallbearers. (Herald, 1 Aug 1941)

Floyd and Voyd BONNETT

       Two of the triplet sons, Floyd and Voyd BONNETT, born to Mr. and Mrs. Oshel BONNETT, of Given, at the Starcher Hospital in Ripley last Thursday morning are dead and the other appears to be growing stronger each day, according to the hospital. The three boys were born about 11 o'clock last Thursday morning and two lived only a few hours. They had not been named at the time of their deaths.

       The burial services were held at the Emma Chapel Church Saturday with the Vail Mortuary in charge. Surviving are the father and mother, five brothers, Sattis Ray, Darrell Gay, Oshel Jr., George Bascom, and Boyd Edison, two sisters, Mary Ruth and Wilda Ann BONNETT. (Herald, 1 Aug 1941)


       Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Mt. Hebron church for rs. Nannie DURST CLICK, wife of Perry L. CLICK, with Rev. Roy DAVIS, of Cottageville, in charge and burial was in the church cemetery. Nannie DURST CLICK, the daughter of Henry and Alice ANKRUM DURST, was born Aug 27, 1895, departed this life July 26, 1941, age 45 years, 10 months and 29 days.

       She was united in marriage to Perry L. CLICK in Oct 1913. To this union four children were born. Two of this number died in infancy. Donald D. and John E. CLICK and their father and two grandchildren, Roy Lewis CLICK and Clarice Eileen CLICK survive.

       She leaves to mourn their loss her father and the following brothers, Earl DURST of Gaza, Iowa, Pete DURST of Apple Grove, Ohio, Dennis DURST of Cottageville and Cecil DURST of Weirton, WV; half-brothers, Henry and Click DURST of Newport News, Virginia, Roy DURST of Marmet, Lloyd and Udell DURST of Cottageville, and Bevin and Dale DURST at home. Also the following sisters survive her, Mrs. Emma HUNT of Cottageville, Mrs. Flossie DURST of Newport News, Virginia, and the following half-sisters, Mrs. Margaret STEVENSON of Cottageville, and Miss Laura DURST at home. Three sisters, Icie, Sarah and Ida, and the mother preceded her in death. (Herald, 1 Aug 1941)

Elijah SAYRE

       The first traffic fatality in Jackson County this year occurred at 6 o'clock Sunday evening at Evans when Elijah SAYRE, of that place, suffered fatal injuries when his machine left the road and plunged into an electric pole.

       According to Cpl. W. M. BECKETT and Trooper Paul EBBERT, Mr. SAYRE, who was 71 years old, accompanied by Ray Adam FOX, was returning to his home. He apparently lost control of his machine as he entered the village and struggled desperately to keep it from going over the fill. After plowing along the edge of the fill for some distance, his car cut back into the road, overturned and struck an electric pole in front of the home of Justice of the Peace A. A. SHINN.

       He was brought to the Kessel Hospital by Troy KAY where it was found he had sustained injuries to his shoulder and side. Death occurred about 11 o'clock Sunday night. According to a hospital report, death resulted from injuries received in the wreck, coupled with shock and advanced age.

       Born on John's Run, a son of Elijah and Mary Jane HUNT SAYRE, he lived his entire life in that section as a farmer until about 20 years ago when he moved to Evans. Since that time he had operated a store there.

       Mr. SAYRE is survived by his wife, Odalet SAYRE; two sons, Delbert and Walter SAYRE of Akron, Ohio; and five daughters, Delia FREY, Beulah PRITT, Letitia SAYRE HILL and Lola ROBERTSON, all of Akron, and Beatrice HUNT of Cottageville.

       Funeral services were held at Long View church with Rev. FIBER in charge. J. B. Vail was the undertaker in charge of burial in the Long View cemetery. (Herald, 1 Aug 1941)

Elijah SAYRE

       In the early pioneer days of our country, when the state of West Virginia was a part of the Commonwealth of Virginia, a land grant was made to Daniel SAYRE, of English descent, in what is now Jackson County. Said Daniel SAYRE was the forefather of a large number of the population of this community.

       One of his sons, Elijah SAYRE, married Mary Jane HUNT and the deceased was the youngest of a large family born to that union. Taking the given name of his father, Elijah SAYRE was born on Jan 1, 1870. On Feb 10, 1892 he was married to Alpina Margaret ANDERSON, and took up his residence on what is called John's Run. Mr. and Mrs. SAYRE were blessed with eleven children, three of whom, Creota, Wirt, and Lillian died in infancy, and Louise, the eldest daughter, dying in young womanhood.

       Twenty years ago, the family moved from their farm to Evans, where he has resided since. Mrs. SAYRE departed this life in June 1933. Mr. SAYRE remarried in Nov 1933, to Odalet BROOKS WOODARD, who survives as does also 20 grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. Mr. SAYRE died Sunday evening July 27, 1941, at the age of 71years, 6 months and 29 days. He was the last of his father's family to remain, his last two brothers, Daniel and Jasper, dying in recent years. (Herald, 8 Aug 1941)


       Martha (WILSON) MULLINEX, 71 year old resident of Cottageville, died at 3 o'clock Tuesday morning July 29, at her home after a six years illness. Mrs. MULLINEX was born in Mason County on Dec 30, 1869, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wancy WILSON.

       She was united in marriage on May 17, 1898 to C. E. MULLINEX, who survives. Besides her husband, she is survived by one daughter, May SAYRE, and a foster daughter, Delda POLSEY. Funeral services were held at Cottageville on Wednesday, July 30, with Rev. Roy DAVIS officiating. (Herald, 1 Aug 1941)


       Levisa B. (SMITH) ASBURY was born Sept 8, 1847, departed this life June 16, 1941, age 93 years, 10 months and 3 days.

       She was united in marriage to G. M. ASBURY in March 1880. To this union was born three sons, Opha ASBURY, deceased, W. F. ASBURY of Liberty, Putnam county, and H. L. ASBURY of Dunbar. Also surviving are several grandchildren.

       She was converted at the age of 16 and joined the Grass Lick Baptist church. Her birth place was at Lower Allen's Fork of Poca River, then a part of Virginia. Her parents moved to a farm at Liberty when she was 8 months old. She lived there her entire life, devoting her time sharing others burdens and joys. (Herald, 1 Aug 1941)


       John MCPHERSON, son of Jessee and Isabelle MCPHERSON, was born May 23, 1870, departed this life July 22, 1941, age 71 years, 2 months and 29 days. He was united in marriage to Miss Minnie MYER Dec 12, 1889 and to this union were born three children, one dying in infancy, and Mrs. Edna THOMAS of Windy, and Holly MCPHERSON of Ravnenswood.

       He leaves his beloved wife, two children and two grandchildren, one brother, one sister, and a host of friends and neighbors to mourn his death. (Herald, 1 Aug 1941)


       Funeral services for Mrs. Nora MOSS CARPENTER were held at Ravenswood Saturday afternoon and burial was in the cemetery there.

       Mrs. CARPENTER died at a Charleston hospital on Thursday morning from injuries received in an automobile accident near Sissonville on July 20, when the car in which she was a passanger and a truck from North Carolina collided. She received severe head injuries in the crash.

       She is survived by her husband, Carson CARPENTER, one daughter, Mrs. Raymond WEEKLEY of Charleston, and two sons, Robert and Hunter CARPENTER of Ravenswood. Two sisters, Mrs. Anna BOSO of Parkersburg, and Mrs. Charles STARKEY of Marietta, Ohio, also survive. (Herald, 8 Aug 1941)

Arthur Doyle CARNEY

       Arthur Doyle CARNEY, son of Arthur L. and Glenva HALL CARNEY, was born October 14, 1915, at Sattis, Kanawha County, and died at Camp Oglethorpe, Ga., July 21, 1941, age 25 years, 9 months and 7 days.

       He attended Jackson County schools, near Ripley, until his father moved to Zanesville, Ohio. He graduated at the Yorktown High school. After graduation he was employed by Osborne Grocery company. On March 22, 1941 he was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Alice DAVIDSON, of Zanesville.

       He was sent to Camp Lee, Virginia, March 26, 1941 and later on to Camp Oglethorpe, Ga. A few days before he died he was presented with first class private papers and his corporal papers were to be presented when he was able to return to duty. He was in the medical unit. He was only ill a few days. His body was sent to Zanesville where a military funeral was conducted and interment was made in Chandleville cemetery, near Zanesville.

       He leaves to mourn their loss his wife and his father and step-mother, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur L. CARNEY, two sisters, Mrs. Dehlia O'DONNELL of Parkersburg, Mrs. Audra HARLAN of Zanesville, one grandmother, Mrs. A. B. BALL, near Ravenswood, besides many other relatives and friends. His mother preceded him in death. (Friday, 15 August 1941)

Clarence Burton HUGHES, Jr.

       Clarence Burton HUGHES, Jr., infant son of Clarence Burton and Irene HAMON HUGHES, died Saturday morning, July 19, 1941, at nine o'clock at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ruff HAMON, Branchland, WV.

       He was born at Cottageville, WV. January 27, 1941. He was five months and 24 days old when Jesus took their darling home. Word came here at three o'clock Sunday morning of his death. The funeral party arrived at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. O. G. HUGHES, of Cottageville, Sunday evening. Undertaker Ralph BUSH had charge of the body.

       He leaves his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence B. HUGHES and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ruff HAMON of Branchland, WV. and Mr. and Mrs. O. G. HUGHES of Cottageville, WV., and several aunts and uncles and relatives to weep. The funeral was held by Rev. and Mrs. FIBER from the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. O. G. HUGHES. He was laid to rest in the BLAINE cemetery at Cottageville, Monday, July 21, 1941. (Friday, 15 August 1941)


       Samuel MARTIN, 72, of Lawrenceville, near Chester, (Hancock county) died July 26, 1941 at 6:15 a.m. in City hospital following a four-month illness. Mr. MARTIN leaves three daughters, Mrs. Joseph PIATT with whom he lived, Mrs. William BOSSEN and Mrs. Edward HAUGHT, both of Chester; three sons, Harvey MARTIN and Arthur MARTIN of Chester, and Lester MARTIN of Williamstown, WV., and two sisters, Mrs. Samuel WILLIAMSON and Mrs. Margaret BUCKHAMMER of Sistersville, WV.

       The body was taken to the Stewart funeral home in Hookstown and Sunday morning was moved to the home of Mrs. BOSSEN in the Mill addition of Chester where funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. by Rev. L. H. ROEBUCK, pastor of the Chester church of Nazarene. Burial was in the Locust Hill cemetery. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 9 Jan 1942)

Transcribed from microfilm by Betty Kessel McIntyre

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