July 1947 Obituaries


        With his wife running towards him and screaming for help, a former Ripley man leaped to his death from the Parkersburg-Belpre bridge into the swollen waters of the Ohio River shortly before noon Friday. After seven hours of laborious dragnet work under a boiling late June afternoon sun, the body of Reuben R. ANDERSON, 25, who resided in Ripley until 1941 when he moved to Belpre, was removed from the swift waters of the Ohio after a noon-time suicide leap from the bridge while many looked on without being able to get close enough to stop the fatal leap.

        The victim was residing in Belpre with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert A. ANDERSON, who told investigating officers that their son had suffered a head injury while in the military service during World War II and occasionally had "spells" after his return home. The wife of the victim was also quoted by investigating authorities as saying ANDERSON threatened to go to the bridge and jump off while they were together in Parkersburg Friday morning.

        Born at Ripley, the son of Albert and Mollie E. ANDERSON, the victim who resided in Ripley until he moved to Belpre in 1941. He was employed by the Baltimore and Ohio Railraod as a baggage checker in Parkersburg. Surviving in addition to his wife, Sarah L. ANDERSON and his parents, are one son, Roscoe Arthur, five months old, three half-brothers, Charles H. ANDERSON of Ripley, Arthur B. ANDERSON of Charleston, and Floyd Owens BAILEY of Belpre, and two half-sisters, Hazel Marie WILSON of Little Hocking, Ohio and Anna ANDERSON of Akron, Ohio. Funeral and burial services were held in Belpre on Monday afternoon. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 4 July 1947)

Georgia BLACK

        Georgia BLACK died Thursday night at St. Joseph's Hospital in Parkersburg after being critically injured when struck by an automobile last Monday afternoon at Lockhart. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 4 July 1947)


        Two Sandyville youths, both veterans of World War II, were killed instantly Sunday afternoon at 5:30 when an Aeronica plane in which they were making a pleasure flight over the community crashed with terrific force into a rough hillside on the W. M. THORN farm on Drift Run, just a few miles north of Sandyville. The victims of the disaster were Olen SMITH, 23, Navy veteran and pilot of the plane, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas SMITH of .........; Robert CARMICHAEL, 27, also a Navy veteran and a farmer in the Lockhart community and a son of Mr. and Mrs. D. L. CARMICHAEL and a brother of Denver CARMICHAEL of Ripley and Mrs. Brady HICKLE Jr. of Kenna. Mr. THORN and his granddaughter, Wilda June THORN, were the first to reach the scene of the crash and they said that both men were dead when they arrived.

        Mr. THORN said that the plane had been circling low over the community and that it was headed down Drift Run when the motor sputtered a few times and went into a nose dive into the steep hillside. The same version was given by Dan THORN, who was on a hill not far from the scene of the crash. SMITH, who was piloting the plane, was reported to have received his flying license only a short time ago. Olen SMITH was the driver of the car which was hit by a B & O train at the New Era crossing last February in which Merill WEEKLEY lost his life and Grant WEEKLEY Jr. was injured.

        SMITH is survived by his parents, two brothers, Claude of Kenna and Oliver of Sandyville, and two sisters, Mrs. Freda LINCICOME of Wolford, Ohio and Mrs. Irene PATTERSON of Ripley. CARMICHAEL is survived by his widow, Mrs. Dorothy CARMICHAEL; a daughter, Shirley; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. David CARMICHAEL of Belpre; and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. C. L. SCHIEFER of Bucyrus, Ohio, David CARMICHAEL Jr. of Silverton, Denver CARMICHAEL of Ripley, Charles CARMICHAEL of Belpre, Ohio, Warren CARMICHAEL of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mrs. Brady HICKLE Jr.of Kenna, and Misses Mary and Joan CARMICHAEL of Belpre. Double funeral rites will be held at the Drift Run Church this (Wednesday) afternoon at 2:00 O'clock with Rev. J. M. CUNNINGHAM and Rev. Marvin FREED in charge. CARMICHAEL will be buried in the Drift Run Cemetery and SMITH will be buried in the Independence Cemetery. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 4 July 1947)

Otto Carl SKEEN

        Funeral services were held on Saturday afternoon in Roanoke, Virginia, for Otto Carl SKEEN, 43, a nephew of County Superintendent Reuben Perry KISER and William Dennis KISER of Ripley, who died in a hospital there last Thursday. SKEEN had been in the employ of the Appalachian Electric Power Co. for more than twenty years and received his 20 year pin at a ceremony on the Saturday night preceding his death.

        He was a son of the late Loren SKEEN and Nora KISER SKEEN, and was reared in the Fletcher community and had many relatives in the county. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Catherine SKEEN; two sons, Clyde E. of Fieldale and Raymond of Roanoke; two daughter, Betty and Mrs. Gene HARROLL, both of Fieldale; a half-brother, John HAYNES of War and a half-sister, Mrs. Elmer (MAZIE) LAWSON of Fieldale. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 4 July 1947)

John Donovan "Donnie" BEAVER

        John Donovan "Donnie" BEAVER, 29, veteran of World War II, was killed instantly early Tuesday morning when he was struck by a New York Central freight train on a bridge at Leon. The engineer of the locomotive reported that he did not know that the train had struck the man until he stopped his train at Ambrosia to take on water. It was then that he discovered pieces of clothing in the undercarriage of the engine. The operator at Arbuckle was notified and he came to Leon where a search party was formed and the search began for the body. Portions of the body were found at the end of the bridge after it had been carried from a ferry land bridge where he was reported having been seen last.

        The accident victim was a son of William EDISON and Katy Kathryn (SAYRE) BEAVER, and was born at Leon on August 8, 1917. The young man served over three years with the United States Army, spending most of this three years in Germany. He was discharged about a year ago. The young man was a catcher on the Leon baseball team and was widely known throughout this section of the state.

        Survivors include the parents, three brothers, Ernest and Lee of Boomer and Joe Ervin, at home; his paternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. (Almena MCCOY) Sherman BEAVER of Leon; and the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. (Susan Sophia BARR) Ezekiel "Zeke" SAYRE of Cottageville. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 4 July 1947)


        Fay Ruby (BARNETTE) FLETCHER, daughter of Camden and Birty (PICKENS) BARNETTE, was born August 28, 1913, departed this life June 10, 1947, aged 33 years, 9 months and 12 days. She was united in marriage to Kermit FLETCHER on March 20, 1937 and to this union five children were born. She leaves to mourn their loss her husband, four sons and one daughter, namely: Wayne, Curtis, Arthur, Roger and Judy; father and mother and four brothers and four sisters: Hoyt BARNETTE of Ripley, Ottie BARNETTE of Charleston, Alfred BARNETTE of Elmwood, Alva BARNETTE of Hurricane, Lydia BARNETTE of Copley, Ohio, Ina KAY of Ripley, Sally MEADOWS of Red House, Lorene STOVER of Fairplain. Several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives also survive. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 4 July 1947)


        Riley HARRISON ROBBINS, son of William and Rachel THOMPSON ROBBINS, was born June 7, 1888, and died on his 59th birthday, 1947. He lived all of his life in the Lockhart and Medina communities until a few weeks ago when he moved to his new home on the Spencer Road near Frozen Camp. He was married to Ruth SNYDER on September 7, 1940, who survives him, in addition to one brother, Homer, of Sandyville, and three sisters, Mrs. Emma MILLER, of Sandyville, Mrs. Stella MADDOX, of Barlow, Ohio, and Mrs. Minnie REED, of Vienna. Two nephews and one niece also are left. His mother preceded him in death about a year ago. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 4 July 1947)

Walter D. RHODES

        Funeral services for Walter D. RHODES, a retired farmer of near Ripley, were held from the Briscoe Church on Sunday afternoon with the Rev. Dutch GUTHRIE in charge and burial was in the LITTON Cemetery. Mr. RHODES, who was 66 years of age, died in a Spencer hospital on Friday where he had been a patient for some time. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Clemma SISSON of Charleston and Mrs. Alice KEEBAUGH of Ripley, and two brothers, V. W. RHODES of Charleston and Lee RHODES of Ripley. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 11 July 1947)

Mrs. Josephine REED

        Funeral services for Mrs. Josephine REED, 79, who died last Thursday afternoon, were held from the home of her son, Russell REED, in Parkersburg Sunday afternoon, and the body was brought to Ravenswood were a service was held in the Baptist Church with Rev. E. Wesley WOODRUFF officiating and burial was in the Ravenswood Cemetery. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 11 July 1947)

Mrs. Bianca Edwina (KERNS) PARSONS

        Funeral services were held at the homestead near Kentuck Wednesday for Mrs. Bianca Edwina (KERNS) PARSONS, who died at her home in Charleston on Sunday, and burial was in the Kentuck Cemetery, Rev. Hobson D. FISHER in charge of the service. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 11 July 1947)


        Funeral services for Walter E. STALNAKER were held on Friday at the Cunningham Funeral Home in Charleston with Rev. Edwin L. PARSONS in charge and the body was brought to the White Pine Cemetery near Belgrove for burial. Mr. STALNAKER died on Tuesday at his home in Charleston. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 11 July 1947)


        Exle Lona (CASTO) FISHER, daughter of the late Jacob and Martha CASTO, was born June 30, 1876, died June 18, 1947, aged 70 years, 11 months and 18 days. She was married to Abraham Franklin FISHER 52 years ago and to them were born eight children, six surviving, three sons and three daughters: Hobert, Okey and Oshel FISHER, Clara LEWIS, Mary FABER and Arva REDMAN. Her husband and two sons preceded her in death.

        Also surviving are 27 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. She leaves three brothers and two sisters to mourn their loss, Charles, Rector and Delford CASTO, ........ Morris and Nancy THOMPSON and a host of friends and relatives. Funeral services were conducted at Watts Chapel June 20, 1947 with Hobson FISHER officiating. Interment was made at the CASTO Cemetery at Fairplain. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 11 July 1947)

Mrs. Ruth ALKIRE

        Mrs. Ruth ALKIRE, a half-sister of Mrs. C. R. KESSEL of Ripley, died at the home of friends in Pomeroy, Ohio, and the funeral services were held there on Sunday of last week. She was a patient for a long period of time at Kessel Hospital in Ripley. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 18 July 1947)

Vondon Albert BOGGESS

        Vondon Albert BOGGESS, 71, was stricken with a heart attack as he sat on the porch of his Rocky Fork home last Saturday afternoon and he died within a few minutes. The funeral service was held at Bias Chapel on Monday afternoon and the burial was in the Center View Cemetery near Kenna. The Rev. HOLMES had charge of the service. Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Sarah BOGGESS of Sissonville Road; two sons, O. H. BOGGESS and D. L. BOGGESS; two daughters, Mrs. Vallie JONES of Ripley and Mallie BOGGESS of Sissonville; and four sisters, Mrs. Viola GIBSON, Mrs. Stella MOORE, Mrs. Frona WALKER and Mrs. Sallie WALKER, all of Sissonville Road. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 18 July 1947)

Mrs. Esther A. THOMAS

        Funeral services for Mrs. Esther A. THOMAS, 82, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. L. EVANS in Ripley last Wednesday night, were held from the Vail Funeral Home on Saturday with Rev. Arthur LAYMAN in charge and burial was in the Evans Cemetery at Gay. Mrs. THOMAS had been in failing health for some time and earlier last week was brought to the home from a Charleston hospital where she had been a patient. Surviving in addition to the daughter are a son, W. H. WAYBRIGHT, of Gay, 10 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. The grandsons were pallbearers at the funeral and the granddaughters were flower bearers. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 18 July 1947)

Rena Pearl MOORE

        Rena Pearl MOORE, 52, died in the Starcher Hospital here last Saturday evening and the body was taken by the Vail Funeral directors to Akron on Tuesday where the funeral and burial services were held. Mrs. MOORE, the wife of Early MOORE, was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank PARRISH and was a native of Frozen Camp. The family had lived in Akron for a number of years friends said. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 25 July 1947)

Donald Ray SKINNER

        Donald Ray SKINNER, the three day old son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry SKINNER, of Parkersburg, died in a hospital there on Sunday. Graveside services were held at the Pond Creek Baptist Church on Tuesday. Surviving are the parents, one brother, Robert Wayne, three sisters, Evelyn, Becca and Patricia all at home, and the paternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. H. C. SKINNER of Rockport. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 25 July 1947)

Mrs. Dorothy Marion (WOODARD) PARSONS

        The funeral services for Mrs. Dorothy Marion (WOODARD) PARSONS, 40, who died Monday at the residence in Evans, will be held at the Franklin Funeral Home in Parkersburg this afternoon (Wednesday) and burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Park in that city. Mrs. PARSONS was born January 28, 1907, a daughter of Elias and Lyda WOODARD. She is survived by her parents, three sisters, Mrs. Georgianna HUTCHINSON of Ripley, Mrs. Hazel WILSON of Parkersburg and Mrs. Bernice MORRISON of Evans; four brothers, Robert WOODARD of Vienna, Henry of Akron, Woodrow of Evans and Donald of Beckley. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 25 July 1947)

Porter Henry RARDIN

        Porter Henry RARDIN, who was the publisher of the Jackson Herald from 1916 until December 31, 1921, died in a Beckley hospital on Wednesday morning bringing to an end an illness of several years duration. He had been critically ill for several days and death had been expected. The funeral service was held at the Chambers-Kyger Funeral Home in Ravenswood Friday afternoon with the Rev. Paul SUTTON of the Walton Memorial Church in charge and burial was in the Ravenswood Cemetery.

        Mr. RARDIN, who was born near Sherman on May 30, 1880, was a widely known Jackson Countain and always maintained his legal address at Ripley after coming here just after the turn of the century. He taught several terms of school in the county and in 1910 he was elected county superintendent of schools and was re-elected in 1914. In 1916 he formed a company with the late R. P. SHINN, Congressman Harry C. WOODYARD, John M. BAKER and W. E. BAKER and they purchased the Jackson Herald. He was general manager of the business and editor until 1921 when he accepted appointment as Deputy Collector of Internal Revenue under fomer Governor A. B. WHITE. He served in that capacity until 1925 when he became an auditor for the State Tax Department and he served in that capacity until 1933 when he entered private business at Beckley. Ill health forced his retirement from business in 1944.

        He was 67 years of age at the time of his death, and is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Ella HOWARD and Mrs. Mollie SLAVEN, and a brother, John RARDIN, all of Sherman. His parents, Samuel and Malissa (BURCH) RARDIN, two sisters, Mrs. Eva BEVER and Mrs. Emma BURDETTE, and four brothers, Isaac, Walter, William and Dr. Clarence RARDIN, all preceded him in death. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 25 July 1947)


        Funeral services for Green B. SPENCER, 89 years, 5 months and 19 days of age, were held at the home of J. L. COLEMAN in Bidwell, Ohio, on Sunday July 6, and burial was in the cemetery at Vinton, Ohio. Mr. SPENCER died on the previous Thursday following a four month illness. He had made his home at the COLEMAN residence for the past five years. He was the father of Mrs. H. O. CASTO of Fairplain and in the past few years visited them often. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. H. O. CASTO of Fairplain, Mrs. Lula SMITH of Charleston and Mrs. J. W. GIBBS of Mt. Sterling, Ky.; one son, Albert SPENCER of Charleston and several grandchildren. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 25 July 1947)

John Henry SNYDER

        John Henry SNYDER was born July 22, 1866, departed this life May 17, 1947, aged 80 years, 9 months and 25 days. He was the son of William G. and Virginia (GRAY) SNYDER. He was united in marriage to Montoria Lucinda SIMS on April 18, 1886. To this union were born 12 children of which four preceded him in death. He leaves to mourn his loss his widow and eight children, five daughters, Mrs. Mary BUTCHER of Parkersburg; Mrs. Corda PHILLIPS of Leroy; Mrs. Bessie MONISTON of Akron; Mrs. Ruth ROBBINS of Liverpool; Mrs. Vergie GRADY of Elmwood. Also two sisters Mrs. Tennie CASTO and Mrs. Ruth BOWMAN, both of Ripley and one brother, William G. SNYDER of Liverpool. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 25 July 1947)


        The death angel has again visited our community and taken from our midst a dear wife and loving mother, Lizzie MILHOAN, who passed away June 30, 1947, aged 83 years. Sadly missed by the husband, George MILHOAN and the three girls, Margaret SMITH, Birdia WHITE and Mae STAATS. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 25 July 1947)


        Bytha COMER was born July 11, 1885, died July 4, 1947, aged 61 years, 11 months and 23 days. She is survived by three children, Mrs. Dennie BOICE of Kentuck, Mrs. Sigal SHAFFER of Sissonville and Mrs. Lon PAINTER of Frame, 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Also surviving one sister, Mrs. Charles E. (Jerusha "Rushie") SIDERS, of Kentuck, two brothers, Mr. Silas COMER of Kentuck and Henry COMER of Sissonville.

        Other relatives include Rhoda HARDESTY of Charleston, Mrs. Robert (Chloe, a niece) SKEEN of Kentuck, Mrs. Starling (Shiela, a niece) HAMON of Fredericktwon, Ohio, Mrs. Rextor (Dorothy, a niece) COUNTS of Sissonville, Mrs. Otis FERRELL of Sissonville, Mr. Corbin SIDERS (a nephew) of Sissonville, and Mrs. Adam SHAMBLIN of Queen Shoals.

        The Noble-Long directors had charge of the body and burial was in the MANGUS Cemetery on Middle Fork. (no tombstone. Bytha never married). (Jackson Herald, Fri., 25 July 1947)

Mrs. Myrtle Josephine HARRISON FISHER

        After a long illness in a Charleston hospital, Mrs. Myrtle Josephine HARRISON FISHER, 49, wife of the Superintendent of the Mountain Mission, died Sunday.

        In addition to her husband, Rev. Hobson FISHER, she is survived by her mother, Mrs. Anna CUNNINGHAM of Charleston; three daughters, Mary Ann and Charlotte Lynn, both at home and Mrs. Gay Dell GRAHAM of Charleston; two sons, Adrian of Charleston and H. D. FISHER Jr. at home; four sisters, Mrs. Guy MONK of Beckley, Mrs. Wilma BOGGS of Kenna, Mrs. Dillard FISHER and Mrs. Franklin BURDETTE, both of Charleston; three brothers, Shady HARRISON of Kenna, Shirley and Donald HARRISON, both of Charleston, and a grandson, Robert.

        The funeral service was held at the Mountain Mission at 2:00 O'clock Tuesday afternoon and the body was brought to the family cemetery at Kenna for burial. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 25 July 1947)

Jasper Von FLOWERS

        Jasper Von FLOWERS, son of David and Mary Diana FLOWERS, was born October 30, 1880 in Jackson County, departed this life July 8, 1947. He was united in marriage to Orpha ABSTEN on November 23, 1901. To this union seven children were born, named as follows: Mrs. Verda GOLDEN, Miss Bella FLOWERS, Mrs. Odessa MOORE, Mrs. Fayetta STOVER, Mrs. Jessie HARMON and Basil FLOWERS, all of Columbus, Ohio. One infant son preceded him in death.

        Mr. FLOWERS became ill about three months ago. The last three weeks of his life were spent in the White Cross Hospital at Columbus. He has been a member of the Creston Chruch of the E. U. B. Conference for a number of years. He also leaves nine grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted at the Creston Chruch July 11, at 2 o'clock p.m. with Rev. I. J. MCCOLLUM officiating and interment was made in the Creston Cemetery. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 25 July 1947)

Transcribed from microfilm by Betty Kessel McIntyre

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