July 1942 Obituaries


       Funeral services for Okey W. SEYMOUR, 57 years old, were held at Fairview Wednesday morning and burial followed in the church cemetery. Mr. SEYMOUR, a bus driver for the Charleston Transit Company, and one of the company's employees for the past 28 years, died unexpectedly at his home there early Monday morning. Mr. SEYMOUR had returned to work last week after recovering from an illness.

       He leaves his widow, Mrs. Bessie ALLEN SEYMOUR; three children by a former marriage, Mrs. Greek LUCAS and Mrs. Corene GRALEY, of Charleston, and George S. SEYMOUR of Dunbar; his mother, Mrs. Florence WOOMER, of Ravenswood; three brothers, Park and Gorda SEYMOUR of Ravenswood, and Otmer SEYMOUR of Ohio; a step-son, Troy ALLEN of Charleston, two step-daughters, Mrs. C. C. STEELE of Dunbar, and Mrs. Sigle MONDAY, of Liberty, and four grandchildren. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 24 July 1942)


       Funeral services for James E. MONDAY, 82 years old, were held at the Rock Spring church Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock and burial followed in the church cemetery. Mr. MONDAY died Sunday evening at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Grady BOGGESS, of Kenna, after a long illness. The body was brought to the Vail mortuary and prepared for burial.

       The deceased is survived by one son, W. H. MONDAY, of Kenna; and four daughters, Mrs. Grady BOGGESS, of Kenna; Mrs. Joe CARNEY, of Dunbar; Mrs. Verta HARRISON and Mrs. Steve BOGGESS, both of Charleston. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 24 July 1942)

Joseph Maywood DONOVAN

       Funeral services for Joseph Maywood DONOVAN, 78 years old, were held at his late home on Tug Fork on Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock and burial was in the Thomas cemetery. The Vail mortuary had charge of funeral plans. Rev. Vairl WINTER had charge of the service. Mr. DONOVAN died at his home Monday after an illness of some length and neighbors said that death had been expected.

       He was a native of Morgan County, Ohio, but had lived in the Tug Fork community for several years. His father was a native of Ireland and came to this country when a lad and spent the greater part of his remaining years in Ohio. Mr. DONOVAN married Miss Emma YOUNG, who preceded him in death several years ago. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 31 July 1942)

Julia Elizabeth WYATT KNOPP

       Julia Elizabeth WYATT KNOPP, born September 11, 1854, at Caines Run, near Reedy, daughter of Samuel and Louisa BUTCHER WYATT. She departed this life, July 15, 1942, at the Gordon Memorial hospital where she had been a patient for many months, at the age of 87 years, 10 months and 4 days.

       She united in marriage to John P. KNOPP, February 8, 1872, and to this union were born eight children, four daughters and four sons: Dora B. WADE, Liverpool; Daisy D. HICKMAN, Liverpool, Rt. 1; Iva M. GORDAN, Spencer; Bessie M. BURDETTE, Spencer; W. O. KNOPP, Hereford; E. E. KNOPP, Ripley; C. S. KNOPP, Parkersburg; and R. L. KNOPP, Liverpool, Rt. 1.

       She is survived by all her children, 27 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren. Her husband, John P. KNOPP, preceded her in death January 13, 1917. Since that time she has made her home with her son, Robert L. KNOPP, Liverpool, Rt. 1. Funeral services were conducted at the Mt. Zion church, July 17, (1942). Pallbearers were her grandsons, John, Walter and Waitman KNOPP, Charles HICKMAN, Alva BURDETTE and Glenn HALL. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 31 July 1942)


       Funeral services for Mrs. Dorma FERGUSON MCINTYRE, wife of Melvin MCINTYRE, of Cottageville, were held from the home Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock with Rev. H. E. TAYLOR of the First Christian Church of Parkersburg in charge and burial was in the New Interest cemetery (Martin Chapel). She died at a Parkersburg hospital on July 1 after an illness of some length and death had been expected.

       She was the daughter of James and Virginia FERGUSON and was born at Cottageville and at the time of her death she was 62 years, 5 months and 23 days of age. She married Melvin MCINTYRE, November 22, 1903, and was the mother of ten children, nine of whom are still living. One daughter, Opal Virginia, preceded the mother in death. She had been a member of the Christian church for the past 35 years, was a devoted mother, a loving wife, a considerate friend and neighbor whose death was a shock to the community in which she lived.

       She is survived by the husband and the following children, Mrs. Florence BURNSIDE, of Evans, WV.; Mrs. Ruth TOLLEY, Mrs. Madaline KARR and Mrs. Alice PUCKETT, of Ripley, WV.; Mrs. Eloise DAUGHERTY, of Columbus, Ohio; Jennings MCINTYRE, of Ravenswood, WV.; Paul MCINTYRE, of Evans, WV.; Enoch MCINTYRE, of Cottageville, WV.; Kenneth MCINTYRE in the United States Army, and the following brothers and sisters, Attorney H. C. FERGUSON of Charleston, WV.; Dr. J. H. FERGUSON, of Middlebourne, Colonel L. J. FERGUSON of the United States Army; Mrs. Rhoda KEITH, Mrs. Clara HOLCOMB and Mrs. Jessie KEITH, all of Fola, WV. She also leaves 14 grandchildren. Pallbearers at the funeral were five son-in-laws, Okey BURNSIDE, Russell TOLLEY, John KARR, Charles DOUGHERTY, Wade PUCKETT, and her nephew, Don FERGUSON. The grandchildren and nieces were the flower bearers. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 10 July 1942)


       A former resident of Kenna, WV., Mrs. Ida (BUSH) PFOST, 70, wife of W. B. PFOST, died Friday morning at her home in Louisa, Kentucky, after an illness of approximately five years. The funeral services were held from the home Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock and interment was in the Myrtle Chapel cemetery near the home.

       Born in Jackson County, West Virginia, Mrs. PFOST was a daughter of the late Emmett and Virginia SIMON BUSH, but had resided near Louisa the past 49 years. Surviving besides the husband are two daughters, Mrs. Oscar FERNQUIST, Louisa, Rt. 3, and Mrs. Charles ARRINGTON, Hardy, Kentucky; four sons, A. E. and J. E. PFOST, both of Louisa, Rt. 3; John G. PFOST, Shelbyville, Kentucky, and C. H. PFOST, Columbus, Ohio; two sisters, Mrs. Verna OLIVER, East Palestine, Ohio, and Mrs. Beatrice GARNES, of Buffalo, WV.; and four brothers, H. A. BUSH, Charleston, WV.; J. A. BUSH, Pittsburgh, Pa.; R. E. BUSH, Given, WV., and R. R. BUSH, Buffalo, WV (Jackson Herald, Fri., 10 July 1942)


       Mrs. Margaret MASON VAN VALEY, 41, wife of a Pennsboro merchant, died in a Marietta hospital Tuesday following an operation. She was born at Leroy and spent much of her life, before her marriage, at Ravenswood. She was a daughter of the late Charles MASON, well known Ravenswood business man during his lifetime. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 10 July 1942)

Robert Ivan MILLER

       Robert Ivan MILLER, 19 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Dempsey I. MILLER, of Kenna, died last Saturday as the result of a bullet wound in the heart which was self inflicted, according to Corporal W. M. BECKET of the state police. Corporal BECKET said the youth had been in ill health for some time, and Dr. C. Royal KESSEL, county coroner, returned the verdict as suicide. The funeral services were held at the Watts Chapel Methodist church Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. o'clock with Rev. Hobson D. FISHER in charge of the service, and interment was in the MILLER cemetery.

       Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dempsey I. MILLER; three sisters, Reba, Gladys and Josephine, and two brothers, Jimmy and Glendale, all at home. His grandmothers, Mrs. Emma MILLER, of Charleston and Mrs. James MORRIS, of Rogers, Ohio, survive. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 17 July 1942)

John Clinton JONES

       A soldier returning to camp after spending a furlough with his parents met instant death when his automobile crashed into a bridge on the Ripley-Charleston road early Thursday morning. He was Private John Clinton JONES, 21 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Luke JONES, of Sissonville, (WV).

       The young man had been inducted into the army on June 20 and had gone through his preliminary training and had returned home to finish up his business affairs and was scheduled to be back in camp Thursday. The car he was driving was traveling at a high rate of speed, officers said, and when it struck the bridge abutment was demolished. The accident occurred at the Happy Hollow bridge near Sissonville.

       The funeral services were held at the Mt. Carmel Baptist church in Poca Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. o'clock with Rev. Pat BERRY in charge and burial was in the church cemetery. In addition to his parents the young man is survived by four sisters, Mrs. Josie PAULEY, Mrs. Mabel BURDETTE and Mrs. Ellen PAINTER, all of Sissonville, and Miss Mabel JONES at home. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 17 July 1942)


       Joan Ruth PARSONS, 11 month-old infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Randall L. PARSONS, of 606 Lewis Avenue, Vienna, WV., died Wednesday night at the Camden- Clark Memorial hospital. Survivors are the parents, the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. D. S. PARSONS, of Racine, Ohio, and Mr. and Mrs. Peter M. DURST, of Newton Falls, Ohio; and two great grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. R. PARSONS, Great Bend, Ohio; Mr. and Mrs. Harry CLICK, of Mt. Alto, WV., Henry DURST, of Mt. Alto, WV., and Mr. and Mrs. W. H. NORMAN, of River Road, Vienna. Funeral services were held at Letart. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 17 July 1942)

Floyd Douglas MERREL

       Funeral services were held at Ripley Landing, Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock for Floyd Douglas MERREL, 37 years old, of Akron, Ohio, who died Monday, July 13, (1942) of a cerebral hemorrhage. Rev. L. R. MAHONEY, of Ripley, conducted the services and burial was in the DOUGLAS cemetery at Ripley Landing. Mr. Merrell was a nephew of the late Fannie DOUGLAS, of Millwood. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 17 July 1942)


       Adam Perry RANDOLPH, 30, of Kenna, died in a Charleston hospital Friday after an illness of several weeks. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Icy RANDOLPH; a daughter, Hazel, and two sons, Charles and Jerrell, his step-father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. C. N. CASTO; three half-sisters, Mrs. Irene JORDAN, Mrs. Hazel DILL and Miss Ida CASTO, and five half-brothers, Otho, Aubil, Rudolph, Adie and Olan CASTO, all of Charleston.

       Short services were held at the home Sunday morning at 10 o'clock and an additional service at the CASTO cemetery near Kenna at 2 o'clock. Rev. Warren ANDERSON officiated at the services held at the home and Rev. James ANDERSON at the cemetery. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 17 July 1942)

Clarence Lovell HARRIS

       Clarence Lovell HARRIS was born April 2, 1941, died July 5, 1942, age one year, three months and three days. He leaves to mourn their loss his father and mother, Joseph and Vada HARRIS, two brothers, Coral Lee and Charles Lea, one sister, Dortha Faye, his grandparents, Barness HARRIS, and Mr. and Mrs. W. S. HITE. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 17 July 1942)

Mary Josephine DIGMAN

       Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the Silverton United Brethren church for Mrs. Mary J. DIGMAN, aged 75, who died at her Silverton home Sunday afternoon after a long illness. She was the widow of the late C. L. DIGMAN and had been a faithful worker in the Silverton church for many years. Several months ago she was overtaken by illness and death had been expected, according to friends of the family who paid high respects to the life and work of the aged woman in the Silverton community.

       Surviving are an adopted daughter, Mrs. Naomi COX; three sisters, Mrs. James L. NUZUM, of Cambridge, Ohio, Mrs. T. S. CHIPPS, of Salem and Mrs. Bert SMITH of Cherry Hill, Arkansas; and two brothers, F. J. CAYTON of Silverton and L. C. CAYTON of Harrod, Ohio. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 24 July 1942)

Mary Josephine DIGMAN

       In memory of Mary Josephine DIGMAN, eldest daughter of John A. and Katherine CAYTON, was born at Arnold's Creek, Doddridge County, March 13, 1867, and departed this life July 19, 1942, aged 75 years, 4 months and 6 days. She was a member of a family of nine children. She was a school teacher and moved to Jackson County some 22 years ago. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 31 July 1942)

William C. BENSON

       Funeral services for William C. BENSON, 73 years old, were held at the Sidneyville church Sunday afternoon with Rev. L. R. MAHONEY in charge and burial was in the Morgan cemetery. Mr. BENSON died at the home of his son, Clarence BENSON, of Sidneyville, late Friday evening. The body was removed to the home from the Vail mortuary Saturday evening and remained there until the funeral. Mr. BENSON had been in poor health for some time due to complications, according to members of the family, but on last Friday afternoon he became suddenly worse and died within a few hours.

       He was a native of Wood County but spent the most of his life in Jackson County and many years of that time in the Pleasant Hill and Sidneyville sections. In 1895 he married Miss Allie GRADY who preceded him several years ago in death. He is survived by the following children, Clarence BENSON at whose home he died, Winnie MCGOWN, and Dorothy, both of Parkersburg; William BENSON and Peter BENSON, both of Slate, and Darrell BENSON, in the United States Army stationed in California and Paul BENSON, with the U.S. Army at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana. He is also survived by two brothers, Thomas and Irvin BENSON, both of Ravenswood; five sisters, Mrs. Maggie NELSON of Sandyville and Mrs. Richard GOLDEN, also of Sandyville; Mrs. Rosa KERNS and Mrs. Wade GOLDEN, both of Liverpool; and Mrs. Wallace RECTOR, of Ravenswood. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 24 July 1942)


       Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Jane STALNAKER, 72 year old wife of A. B. STALNAKER of Sandyville, (were held) at Independence Church Saturday with Rev. W. D. FOWLER in charge and burial was in the church cemetery. She died at her home Thursday after an illness of a few weeks.

       She is survived by the husband and following children: Mrs. Ira COTTRILL, Spencer, WV.; Romie STALNAKER, Sandyville, WV.; Mrs. Irvin CASTO, Sandyville, WV.; Mrs. B. J. MOLEY, Beech Bottom, and Harley STALNAKER, Parkersburg, Mrs. Hazel LETSETTER of New Brighton, and Mrs. George BELL of Seville, Ohio. One son, Lewis, and one daughter, Ruby, preceded the mother in death. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 24 July 1942)


       Services for Miss Georgia BUFFINGTON, 42, were held at the Ebeneezer church Thursday afternoon with Rev. J. M. FOX in charge and interment was in the church cemetery. Miss BUFFINGTON died on Tuesday at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. I. BUFFINGTON, of Murraysville, after a few days illness. In addition to the parents, she leaves one brother, Camden BUFFINGTON of Ravenswood and a sister, Mrs. Roy PIFER, of Steubenville, Ohio. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 24 July 1942)

Transcribed from microfilm by Betty Kessel McIntyre

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