July 1943 Obituaries

Benton Lee BAKER

       Benton Lee BAKER (son of Martin VanBuren and Mary E. (MCINTYRE) BAKER, born 1867, also his wife born 1867) Funeral services for Benton Lee BAKER, 76 year old Angerona farmer, were held from the home Monday morning at 10 o'clock and burial was in the Cottageville cemetery. The services were arranged by the Vail Undertaking company of Ripley. Mr. BAKER's death came suddenly and within a few hours after he suffered a stroke from which he never regained consciousness. Last Thursday night he suffered the stroke and from that time there was little hope for his recovery and during the day and night Friday he sank rapidly and death came about nine o'clock Saturday morning.

       He was a native of Tyler county but lived in the Angerona community for many years and was one of the county's well known and highly respected citizens. He had not been in good health for a couple of years but his sudden death was a shock to his family and to his many friends.

       More than fifty years ago he married Miss Hannah Jane PITTS, who with two children, Mrs. James LONG, of Vienna, and Boyd Commodore BAKER at home, survives. One son, Charles, preceded the father in death. Also surviving are three brothers, Jake BAKER of Angerona, John BAKER, of Alvy, Tyler County, and Russell BAKER, of Angerona; two sisters, Mrs. Angie ASH, of Ashley, WV., and Mrs. Victoria YEATER of Warrensburg, Missouri. Also seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Mr. BAKER had been a member of the Angerona Church of Christ for many years, was an outstanding citizen of the community and was generally known as a successful farmer and useful citizen to his community and state. (Jackson Herald, Friday, 2 July 1943)

Benton Lee BAKER

       Benton Lee BAKER, son of Martin V. and Mary E. BAKER, was born at Alvy, Tyler county, West Virginia on 5 March 1867, and died 26 June 1943, aged 76 years, 3 months and 21 days.

       He was married 10 August 1889 to Hannah Jane PITTS, and to this union were born three children: Charles R. BAKER, who died 21 March 1921; Atha (BAKER) LONG of Vienna, WV; and Boyd Commodore BAKER, at home. The deceased was the eldest of a family of seven and is survived by the following brothers and sisters: John D. BAKER, of Alvy, WV; Mrs. Angie ASH of Ashly, WV., and Mrs. Victoria YEATER of Warrensburg, Missouri., J. A. BAKER, of Cottageville, WV, and one sister, Dora, deceased. Also seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

       Forty-two years ago Mr. BAKER moved from Tyler County to Jackson County, having been a resident of Jackson County since that time. Over fifty years ago he joined the Church of Christ, giving to the Almighty his life and his heart for him to do with the things he was best. He is now gone, but often times in his later years and shortly before his death he remarked, "I am ready to go on to the other world." Funeral services were conducted Monday, June 28, (1943) at 10:30 a.m. at the home by Rev. Roy DAVIS and interment was in the Blaine Memorial Cemetery (Cottageville) by the J. B. Vail Mortuary. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 2 July 1943)

William Clayton JONES

       William Clayton JONES, a farmer of Advent, died at his home 22 June (1943). He was born 15 February 1893, age at death 51 years, 4 months and 7 days. He leaves to mourn their loss, his wife, Mrs. Ollie G. JONES, and seven children living: Aristotle B. JONES of Morgantown; Dessel Ray JONES of Sissonville; Mrs. Mildred SHAFFER of Charleston; Pvt. Clifford H. JONES of Camp Crowder, Missouri; Virginia Mae, William Clayton, J. R., and Markel Lee JONES at home; three brothers, Alpha JONES of Charleston; Allen JONES of Charleston; Dexter JONES of Akron, Ohio; three sisters, Mrs. Lillie BURDETTE of Sybial; Mrs. Josie THOMAS of St. Albans; Mrs. Bertha FITZELL of Charleston, also eight grandchildren, and father, S. J. JONES of Romance. Two daughters, Deloris and Rebecca Ann, preceded him in death. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 2 July 1943)

Virginia Janet (CROW) SHOCKEY

       Virginia Janet (CROW) SHOCKEY was born November 26, 1912 at Beattys Run, Jackson County, WV., and departed this life 12 June 1943 at St. Joseph's Hospital at Parkersburg, age 30 years, 6 months and 17 days. On December 31, 1930 she was united in marriage to Robert L. SHOCKEY and to this union four children, Ethel 11, Mary 9, Bobbie 7, and Steevie who preceded his mother in death March 26, 1938, were born. Besides these to mourn their loss, she leaves her father, W. D. CROW; mother, Mary V. (HUNTER) CROW, and the following sisters and brothers: Mrs. Agnes KIBBLE of Parkersburg; Georgia POOLE of Los Angeles; Ernestine TRIBBET of Mt. Airy, Maryland; William B. CROW of Los Angeles; Elmer CROW and Everett CROW, both of Ravenswood; one brother, Clair CROW preceded her in death on 8 February 1930. Early in life she was converted and united with the M. E. Church at Independence. (also a poem) (Jackson Herald, Fri., 2 July 1943)


       Virgil HARPER, who suffered a fractured skull in a fight in Ripley Saturday is reported to have died in a Charleston hospital this (Wednesday) morning. Early this morning it was stated that when the reported death of Virgil HARPER in a Charleston hospital this morning was verified and if it is proved to be true, "Chick" SMITH, gas company employee, would be arrested on a charge of being responsible for the death. Officials had not been officially notified of the death, however, but reports were that HARPER had died as a result of injuries received in an altercation in Ripley Saturday afternoon. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 2 July 1943)

Mrs. Virginia JONES

       Mrs. Virginia JONES, 22, wife of Ivan JONES of Advent, died in the Charleston General Hospital June 19, 1943. Funeral services were held Monday by Rev. Hobson FISHER at the HACKNEY cemetery where she was laid to rest. Besides her husband, she is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam JONES of Sissonville, three sisters, Martha, Lessie and Jacquline at home, two brothers, Lovell of Sissonville, and Henry of the U. S. Army. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 2 July 1943)

Mrs. Clayton HILL

       Mrs. Clayton HILL, wife of the postmaster of Leroy, died at her home there Saturday morning after an illness of more than six years. Her condition had been critical, neighbors reported, and death had been expected.

       The funeral and burial services were held on Monday with the Dye Funeral Home of Reedy in charge of the arrangements. Mrs. HILL had been a member of the Mt. Hermon church for a number of years. Surviving are four daughters; Mrs. Ruth SMITH of Charleston; Mrs. Nell SMITH of Belleville; Mrs. Beulah WATKINS of Liverpool, and Miss Dena HILL of Akron, Ohio; two sons in the army, Wilford and Roloy, and three sons at home, Clair, Dick and Buss. Also surviving are eight grandchildren. Acie PRICE of Reedy is a brother. One child died in infancy. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 9 July 1943)


       Clyde P. TUCKER was born June 8, 1885, near Evans, WV. He was the son of W. D. and Julia A. (MANSFIELD) TUCKER. He taught in public schools of Jackson county prior to going to Columbus, Ohio, where he lived for 37 years.

       In 1907 he united in marriage to Georgia I. STEWART, daughter of Nathan M. and Mary STEWART. His 37 years in Columbus, Ohio were in the employ of the Pennsylvania railroad as an electrician. He was a member of the Masonic lodge, Knights of Columbus and Order of Eagles.

       Pallbearers, all of whom worked with him in the railroad shops, drove to Otterbein cemetery, where funeral services were held June 4 (1943), services being conducted by Rev. Harry MILLER of the U. B. church. He died at Grant hospital, Columbus, Ohio, after a five week illness. Those remaining to mourn his loss are his widow and a daughter, Marie, at home, two brothers, W. E. TUCKER of Columbus, and W. C. TUCKER of Coolsville, Ohio. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 9 July 1943)


       Funeral services for John H. BOGGESS, 59, were held at the Independence Church at Sandyville Sunday afternoon and burial was in the church cemetery. Mr. BOGGESS died at his home at Meadowdale Friday morning. He had been seriously ill for some time as a result of a stroke of paralysis suffered nine weeks ago and his death had been expected. He was a well known citizen of the Sandy valley and had engaged in farming in the Meadowdale community for many years. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 9 July 1943)


       Barney I. ROLLINS, 75, of East Lansing, died Wednesay, June 2, 1943 of coronory thrombosis in the Conklin sanitarium in Ithica. Funeral services were held in Groton at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 5, at the home of Robert J. BOOTH. The Rev. G. Douglas MANSON officiated. Burial was made in the Pleasant Grove cemetery. Pallbearers were four sons: Harley, Hosie, Horton and Hilton ROLLINS, a grandson, James ROLLINS and Russell SEARLES. Mr. ROLLINS is survived by his wife, Minnie ROLLINS of East Lansing; six sons, Harry of Konona; Horton of Pittsburgh; Hosie of Darby, New York; Hobart of Groton, New York; Hilton and Harley ROLLINS of East Lansing, New York. Four daughters, Mrs. Elenor FRITCH of Akron, Ohio; Mrs. Nina SPEAKER, Mrs. Claire RIAN and Miss Florence ROLLINS, all of Cleveland, Ohio. Twenty-one grandchildren, one great grandchild, and several brothers and sisters. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 9 July 1943)

Mrs. Amanda Catherine LUPARDUS

       Mrs. Amanda Catherine LUPARDUS, 64, the wife of Ezra LUPARDUS, died at the family home at Belgrove Friday night. Services were held at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the home of a sister, Mrs. Ida BOGGESS, of near Charleston, and burial was in the family cemetery there. Rev. J. C. FISHER officiated at the service. In addition to her husband and sister, the survivors include three brothers, Albert JARRETT of Coal River, John JARRETT of Chesapeake, and Lynn JARRETT of Sissonville, WV. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 16 July 1943)


       Funeral services for William Elton DERENBURGER, a lifelong resident of the Sherman community and for many years a merchant, were held from the family home at Sherman Friday afternoon at 2:30 with the Rev. M. Homer CUMMINGS in charge and interment was in the Ravenswood Cemetery. Mr. DERENBURGER died at his home on Wednesday after an illness of several years during which he had failed gradually in his fight to regain his health.

       Mr. DERENBURGER was born in Jackson County, the son of Mr. and Mrs. William T. DERENBURGER and was 77 years of age. He was a member of a prominent pioneer family and had been successfully engaged in farming before retiring several years ago. He was a member of the Methodist church.

       He leaves his widow, the former Miss Alice DEBUSSEY, and two sons and four daughters, who are: Carroll F. DERENBURGER of Parkersburg; Denzil W. DERENBURGER of Detroit, Mich.; Mrs. Jess HOWELL of Sherman, and Mrs. Monroe CLICK, Mrs. Charles K. MERRILL and Mrs. I. T. COOPER, all of Ravenswood. H. R. DEBUSSEY and Mrs. B. F. NERN (BERN ?) of Parkersburg, are brother-in-law and sister-in-law. Also surviving are five grandchildren. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 23 July 1943)


       William Elton DERENBURGER, lifelong resident of Little Sandy, died July 14,(1943) at his home in Ravenswood after an extended illness. Mr. DERENBURGER, who was 77 years of age, the son of William T. and Phoebe Ann MILHOAN DERENBURGER, was the last surviving member of a prominent pioneer family.

       Surviving ar his wife, the former Miss Bessie DEBUSSEY, and two sons and four daughters, who are, Carroll F., of Parkersburg; Denzil W., of Detroit; Mrs. J. A. HOWELL, of Sherman; Mrs. I. T. COOPER, Mrs. M. J. CLICK and Mrs. C. K. MERRILL of Ravenswood, and five grandchildren.

       Funeral services were conducted at the home in Ravenswood on July 16, at 2:30 p.m., in charge of the Rev. M. Homer CUMMINGS of the Walton Methodist church, followed by interment in the Ravenswood cemetery. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 23 July 1943)


       Funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon at the Moss Chapel church for Mrs. Ada (RIFFEE) CASTO, 59, wife of J. T. CASTO, who died at her home in Dunbar Sunday after a long illness.

       Those surviving are: the husband, J. T. CASTO, three sons, Ashel CASTO of Given, and Carl and Junior CASTO at home; three daughters, Mrs. W. W. LOVEJOY of Tyler Mountain; Mrs. E. P. BURGESS and Mrs. Guy BARNETT of Dunbar; five brothers, F. H. and R. C. RIFFEE of Given; E. H. RIFFEE of Charleston; E. E. and O. C. RIFFEE of Dunbar; three sisters, Miss Allie RIFFEE and Mrs. Edgar FISHER of Liberty, and Mrs. M. W. MONDAY of Dunbar, WV. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 23 July 1943)


       Funeral services for James M. HINZMAN, 94, were held from the United Brethren church at Gay Friday morning at eleven o'clock and burial was in the Evans cemetery. He died at the home of his son, Arthur HINZMAN, Wednesday evening after being in failing health for some time.

       He was a well known and highly respected citizen of the community and was well known to his many friends as "Uncle Matt." He was a member of the Elk Fork Methodist Church and was the only living charter member of the Odd Fellows lodge at Gay. He had been a resident of the county for 60 years, having moved here from Harrison County. He leaves the son at whose home he died, a step-daughter, Mrs. Lizzie HINZMAN, of Gay. Four children preceded him in death. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 23 July 1943)

William Casper EULER

       William Casper EULER, son of John EULER and Madadelena WOLFE, was born June 14, 1867 at Cottageville, and died July 4, 1943 at Cottageville, age 76 years and 20 days.

       He was married April 22, 1900 to Florann D. KINZEL and to this union were born the following children: Mrs. Andrew CLICK of Gaza, Iowa; Mrs. Della HUGHES, of Logan, Ohio; Miss Zaida EULER and Bryon W. EULER, deceased, and John B. EULER at home. He is survived by his wife, two sisters, Mrs. G. H. CLICK of Cottageville and Mrs. Lena DURST of Portland, Ohio, and the following grandchildren: Eleanor BLAINE, Billie and John CLICK and Ernest and Eunice HUGHES. He was a Christian and a member of the church for 40 years. He was a very faithful and regular attendant at Sunday School and church.

       Funeral services were conducted at the Methodist church in Cottageville with Rev. Wilbur BAXTER officiating, and burial was in the Cottageville cemetery. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 23 July 1943)


       Funeral services for James BOGGESS, 75 years old, were held from the Meadowdale Church on Sunday afternoon at two o'clock and burial was in the church cemetery. Mr. BOGGESS died in a Parkersburg hospital on Thursday where he had been a patient for several days. He was born October 24, 1867, and in February 1889 married Miss Amanda CURREY.

       For many years he was a well known and highly respectd citizen of the Meadowdale community and his death, while expected, was nevertheless shocking news to his many friends. Surviving are six children: Mrs. Lucy WILSON of Aliquippa, Pa.; Rufus BOGGESS of Sandyville; James and Wesley and Mrs. Nina WHETSTONE of Chillicothe, Ohio. His wife and two children preceded him in death several years ago. He was a member of the Meadowdale Baptist Church for a number of years. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 30 July 1943)

Mrs. Maude Esther BARNETT

       Mrs. Maude Esther BARNETT, wife of Bob BARNETT, of Given, died at her home there on Saturday at the age of 58 years. She was a native of Mason county and a daughter of Gilbert and Rose (WILSON) HILL. Burial services were held Monday at Mt. Zion and the Vail mortuary was in charge. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 30 July 1943)

Transcribed from microfilm by Betty Kessel McIntyre

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