June 1941 Obituaries

Maurice Hosmer FRENCH

       Funeral services for Maurice Hosmer FRENCH were held at the Pleasant Hill church on Parchment Sunday morning at 10:30 o'clock with the Rev. John J. LOUDIN in charge of the service and burial followed in the church cemetery.

       Mr. FRENCH died at the home of his son, Ferd FRENCH, at Cutler, Ohio Friday evening after a short illness. He was 69 years of age. He was a native of Meigs County, Ohio, but spent many years of his life in West Virginia. A few weeks ago he was a patient in a Ripley hospital but had partially recovered and had gone to the home of his son when his last illness overtook him.

       He leaves his widow, Mrs. Laura (KESSEL) FRENCH, of Ripley; six sons, Ferd of Cutler, Ohio, Leal, Hoyt, Quinno and Roy, all of Ripley; Delbert, who is stationed at Camp Shelby, Mississippi; and five daughters, Mrs. Fay BOWLES of Ripley, Mrs. Lola STONE of Pt. Pleasant, Mrs. Edith MOORE, of Akron, Ohio, and Mrs. Bernice MCGREW, and Mrs. Clara ADKINSON, of Charleston. Also one sister, Mrs. C. R. (Louise) KESSEL, of Ripley, and three half-sisters, Mrs. Ruth ALKIRE of Harrisonville, Ohio, Mrs. Ella PETTITT, of Albany, Ohio, and Mrs. Emma WILLIAMS, of Ripley. Maurice Hosmer FRENCH was born Feb 8, 1872 at Harrisonville, Ohio, and died June 6, 1941 at Cutler, Ohio. He was the son of Maurice and Esther HOWELL FRENCH. (Herald, 13 June 1941)

Marjorie Belle (PARSONS) SAYRE

       Mrs. Marjorie Belle (PARSONS) SAYRE, 72 year old resident of Sycamore Addition, died suddenly at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon after a short illness, said to have been caused by ptomaine poisoning.

       Mrs. SAYRE, widow of the late Joel Franklin SAYRE, who died last Sept 5, is survived by one son, Carl SAYRE of Wheeling, and five daughters, Mrs. Georgia Anna SNODGRASS, of Akron, Ohio, Mrs. May COTTRILL of Vinton, Ohio, Mrs. E. L. COTTRILL and Mrs. Bessie COTTRILL of Ewington, Ohio, and Mrs. Pleasie BOURGEOIS of Ripley.

       Funeral services were conducted at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at Mt. Moriah with Rev. L. R. MAHONEY officiating. Burial was at the cemetery there with the J. B. Vail Mortuary in charge. (Herald, 13 June 1941)

Albert D. DAVIS

       Albert D. DAVIS, 89 years old, and the father-in-law of Road Superintendent Carl BROTTON, died at his home at Garfield early Sunday morning where he had resided for over half a century. He had been ill only a short time before his death.

       The funeral services were held at the Vaughn Funeral Home in Parkersburg Tuesday morning and burial was in the Arlington cemetery in that city.

       Mr. DAVIS was born Dec 12, 1851 in Wirt county, near Burning Springs, son of the late Samuel CARTER and Martha DAVIS, a descendent of the CARTER family of Virginia. In 1874 he married Nancy Orr CAMPBELL, who survives.

       He also leaves ten children, Herbert O., L. C., and Doctor Robert E. DAVIS, and Mrs. Lucy A. FULL and Mrs. Fanny G. SIMMONS, all of Parkersburg; Mrs. A. E. LINCICOME of Marietta, Ohio; Mrs. Florence KING of Elizabeth; Mrs. Arthur SMITH of Cleveland, Tennessee, and Mrs. Carl G. BROTTON and Harry G. DAVIS, both of Leroy; 21 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. A daughter, Mrs. Margaret B. BALL, preceded him in death. (Herald, 13 June 1941)

Norma Blanche WILLIAMS

       Miss Norma Blanche WILLIAMS, of Parchment, one of the county's oldest school teachers, died Tuesday morning at 8 o'clock at a hospital in Gallipolis, Ohio, where she had been a patient for the past two weeks.

       Miss WILLIAMS who was born on Jan 17, 1881, departed this life June 10, 1941 at Clifton, WV. at the age of 60 years, 5 months and 23 days. She spent the greater part of her life in Parchment Valley, had taught school for 27 years. She had been in ill health for the last two years, but her condition became serious only a short time ago. She was a daughter of the late James A. and Rachel (CLARK) WILLIAMS, and was the youngest of a family of nine children, three boys and six girls. Her father, mother, all three brothers, and four sisters, preceded her in death.

       Surviving is one sister, Miss Bertha WILLIAMS, of Parchment. Funeral services were to be held at 10 o'clock Thursday morning at the Foster Chapel church with the Rev. W. I. FIBER officiating, with burial in the Foster Chapel cemetery. (13 June 1941)

Daniel D. RHODES

       Funeral services for Daniel D. RHODES, 83 years, were held at the Oak Hill church Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock with the Rev. L. R. MAHONEY in charge and burial was in the Oak Hill cemetery. The Vail Mortuary had charge of funeral arrangements.

       Mr. RHODES died suddenly at his Ripley home about 11 o'clock Thursday morning from what members of his family believed was a stroke. He was born and spent his life at the farm home where he died. Daniel D. RHODES, son of Dr. Daniel and Prudence RHODES, was born Jan 24, 1858 and died June 12, 1941, age 83 years, 4 months and 18 days.

       He was united in marriage to Sarah E. RICHARDSON on Aug 19, 1883. He is survived by the following children, Mrs. Walter WENDELL, Charles RHODES, Pete RHODES and John RHODES, all of Ripley; Holly RHODES of Akron, Ohio; Lillian LEONARD of Ripley, and Mary BOYD of Sandyville, and a step-daughter, Mrs. Anna LANDFRIED, also of Ripley. His wife and one son, William RHODES, preceded him in death. (Herald, 20 June 1941)


       Funeral services for Gratton PARSONS, 68 year old farmer of Parchment, were held at the Given church Sunday afternoon with Rev. Carl PAXTON in charge and burial was in the church cemetery. The Vail Mortuary had charge of funeral arrangements.

       Mr. PARSONS died at his Given home early Saturday morning after an illness of several months caused from cancer. His condition had been serious for some time and hope for his recovery had been abandoned.

       Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Clara BARNETT PARSONS; a son, Webster PARSONS, and a daughter, Mrs. Lucy BOSWELL, all of Given; two brothers, Levi PARSONS, of Columbus, Ohio, and Okey PARSONS, of Given; three sisters, Mrs. Minnie RHODES and Mrs. Rebecca HICKMAN, of Given, and Mrs. Ella WOLFE, of Dunbar. (Herald, 20 June 1941)

William Otmer WARNER

       Funeral services for William Otmer WARNER, 50 years old, who died at the Veteran hospital at Breckville, Ohio, on Saturday June 14, were held at the Sinaiville church. Burial was in the cemetery there with J. B. Vail the undertaker in charge. The deceased, a veteran of the World War, was formerly of Staats Mill, and was a brother of Luther WARNER of that place. (Herald, 20 June 1941)


       Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Stone Lick church for Mrs. Martha Ellen (WISEMAN) GANDEE, 67 year old wife of Charles M. GANDEE, and burial was in the chruch cemetery. The Rev. James ANDERSON had charge of the services.

       She died Saturday at her home after a long illness caused by asthma and complications. Martha Ellen GANDEE, was born July 12, 1874, departed this life June 14, 1941, age 67 years, 11 months and 2 days. The husband, eight children, 45 grandchildren and 5 great-grandcildren are among the survivors.

       She leaves to mourn her husband, Charles M. GANDEE and the following children: Uriah GANDEE and Laura SKEEN of Kentuck, Arthur GANDEE and Belle ANDERSON of Kenna, Otho GANDEE of Ripley, Myrtle PAYNE and Thelma JANNEY of Romney, WV., and Alma SAYRE of Wheeling, WV. Hester GANDEE, Bertha GANDEE RANDOLPH and one infant preceded her to the great beyond. One brother, James WISEMAN of Charleston, and one sister, Florence SKEEN of Belgrove, also survive. (Herald, 20 June 1941)

Willard A. HART

       Funeral services for Willard A. HART, 31 years old, were held from his home on Stone Ridge Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock with Rev. L. R. MAHONEY of the Ripley United Brethren church in charge and the body was taken to the Fairplain cemetery for burial.

       Mr. HART died in a Charleston hospital on Friday night from a heart ailment. He had been ill for several months and his condition for some time had been serious and death had been expected.

       He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Marie HART; two children, Billy and Max HART; his father, A. E. HART of Ripley; four sisters, Mrs. Lucy THAXTON, Mrs. Belva LOGAN, Mrs. Anna HARPOLD, and Mrs. Emma CARR and a brother, Ayward HART, all of Charleston. (Herald, 27 June 1941)

Otmer Fleet YOUNG

       Funeral services for Otmer Fleet YOUNG, 69 years old, were held from the Vail Funeral Home Saturday morning at 10:30 o'clock and burial followed in the Pine Hill cemetery.

       Mr. YOUNG died suddenly at noon Thursday from what was said to have been a heart attack. He had been in ill health for some time following an attack of pneumonia earlier in the year and while his condition was known not to be good, death was not expected and was a severe shock to his family and friends. He had entered the hospital on Wednesday and was believed to be doing satisfactorily. He was a well known Ripley citizen and was a carpenter and builder and was known for his high-type of workmanship.

       He is survived by the widow, Mrs. Neva YOUNG, one daughter, Mrs. W. Marion PFOST, a brother, George YOUNG, of Ripley, and a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth BOARD, of Charleston. (Herald, 27 June 1941)

Lloyd Herbert MADDOX

       Funeral services for Lloyd Herbert MADDOX, Parchment farmer who took his own life with a shotgun charge into his head late last Wednesday evening, were held at the Grasslick Baptist church at Kenna Friday afternoon with Rev. L. R. MAHONEY of Ripley in charge and burial was in the church cemetery. Vail Mortuary had charge of the funeral plans.

       Mr. MADDOX had attempted earlier in the year to take his life by poisoning. Ill health was believed to have been the cause but for some time members of the family had thought his health had improved and he had seemed more cheerful than usual.

       The deceased is survived by his widow, Mrs. O'Dell PARSONS MADDOX, his mother, Mrs. Delilah Belle (HILL) MADDOX, two sisters, Mrs. Russell (Pearlie M.) HARRISON of Ripley, and Mrs. W. W. (Ina Myrtle) WAUGH of Ostrander, Ohio. His father, Charles Green MADDOX (died 27 Nov 1935), and a brother, Roma Boyd MADDOX (died 28 Oct 1915), preceded him in death. (The notice of Herbert MADDOX's death was in the Herald, dated Fri., 20 June 1941) (27 June 1941)


       John W. FLINN, age 73, a farmer who was prominent in the Belleville vicinity, died at his home there Friday morning at 4 o'clock. He had been ill for several months. He spent his life in the Belleville community and died on the farm where he was born. He is survived by one son, Clyde, three brothers, E. A. and S. N. FLINN, of Belleville, R. E. FLINN of Parkersburg, and one sister, Mrs. A. L. BOSO, of Ravenswood. The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Pond Creek Baptist church and burial was in the church cemetery. (Herald, 27 June 1941)


       Mrs. Ella PETTIT, 79 years old, a sister of Mrs. C. R. KESSEL, died on Monday, June 23, at her home in Albany, Ohio. She is survived by a son, Racie PETTIT, of Albany, and a daughter, Mrs. Grace RUSS of Cincinnati, Ohio, and two sisters, Mrs. C. R. KESSEL of Ripley, and Mrs. Ruth ALKIRE of Harrisonville, Ohio. (Herald, 4 July 1941)

John Holden DONAHEW

       John Holden DONAHEW, son of Andrew and Martha ROLLINS DONAHEW, was born January 4, 1874, and departed this life June 23, 1941, at his home in Peebles, Ohio, age 67 years, 5 months and 19 days. He was united in marriage to Mary SAYRE on March 10, 1897 and to this union were born seven children.

       He leaves to mourn their loss his wife, Mrs. Mary DONAHEW, and the following children: Mrs. Chloe SAYRE, Anjean, WV.; Mrs. Nellye LEWIS, of Norwood, Ohio; Virgie, of Akron, Ohio; Walter, of Norwood, Ohio, and Carl, of Peebles, Ohio. Ten grandchildren and two children preceded him in death. Nine brothers and sisters survive: William and Charles DONAHEW, Mrs. Lora RHODES, of Evans, WV.; Oak DONAHEW, of Millwood, WV.; Fisher DONAHEW, of Leon, WV.; Frederick DONAHEW, of Letart, WV.; Mrs. Ida SAYRE, of Akron, Ohio, and Adda and Eva of Letart, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Harry DRAKE. (Friday, 15 August 1941)

Transcribed from microfilm by Betty Kessel McIntyre

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