June 1943 Obituaries

Mrs. Winona ARCHER

       Funeral services for Mrs. Winona ARCHER, wife of W. H. ARCHER of Trace Fork, were held from the Vail Funeral Home Wednesday and burial was in the family cemetery. Mrs. ARCHER died at her home Friday morning at six o'clock after an illness of several years. She was 63 years of age.

       She married W. H. ARCHER in 1897, and surviving are eight children: Mrs. Fay SOMERVILLE and Mrs. Grace KOEHLER, both of Mississippi; Mrs. Olive HOUGHTON, of Charleston; Homer, Hubert and Glenn ARCHER, all of Akron, Ohio; Joan ARCHER of Tuetown, WV; Benny ARCHER, of the U. S. Army, stationed in Calif.; one sister, Mary Jane RILEY, of Sandyville; two brothers, George BROWN, of Sandyville, and Homer BROWN, of Indiana, and 12 grandchildren. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 4 June 1943)


       Kenneth CARPENTER, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy CARPENTER, of Reedy, and a brother to Mrs. Stuart P. ARMSTRONG, has been killed in North Africa, according to a message received from the War Department. (Jackson Herald,Fri., 4 June 1943)


       While his parents were speeding to Chanute Field, Illinois last Friday after receiving a message that their son, Pfc. Claude MCPHERSON, 23, was critically ill of meningitis, the young man died in a hospital there before the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Holly MCPHERSON, of Medina, reached his bedside. The parents had been with him earlier in the week but had returned home when it was believed that the young man's condition was improving. MCPHERSON was the only grandson of County Commissioner and Mrs. N. F. MCBRIDE, and also his paternal grandmother, Mrs. J. O. MCPHERSON. He had been in the service for eight months at the time he was stricken.

       In addition to the grandparents and the parents, he is survived by one sister, Katherine, at home.

       The body was brought back Sunday and was taken to the Kyger Funeral Home. The services were held at the Warden Chapel church and burial was in the Ravenswood cemetery. Claude C. MC PHERSON, son of H. R. and Myrtle MCPHERSON, was born in Jackson county, WV., May 1, 1920, and departed this life 28 May 1943). (Jackson Herald, Fri., 4 June 1943)

Private Roy Clifford MORGAN

       Death came suddenly and without warning to Private Roy Clifford MORGAN of Cottageville, who was stationed at Camp Hood, Texas, last Friday night. His death was caused by an automobile accident but relatives have not learned all the details. The news of his death was receiced by the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse MORGAN, of Cottageville, early Saturday morning. MORGAN entered the service several months ago and had been stationed in Texas for some time, friends of the family said.

       The body arrived in Parkersburg by train Tuesday morning and was taken to the home at Cottageville. Funeral services were held there Wednesday and burial was in the Cottageville cemetery. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 4 June 1943)

       Sergeant Roy Clifford MORGAN was born September 13, 1918 at Sandyville, West Virginia and departed this life May 28, 1943, age 24 years, 8 months and 15 days. His parents, Jesse Thomas and Florence MORGAN, and the following brothers and sisters survive: Phares William, of New Haven; Lawrence Richard of Beaver, Pa.; Gladys Audell FOSTER, of Fort Worth, Texas; Sylvia Evelyn YOHO of Parkersburg; Enoch Clair of Camp Campbell, Kentucky, and Floyd Dale at home. He died fron the results of a car accident. Roy entered the service on April 3, 1942, and was stationed at North Camp Hood, Temple, Texas. He was employed at New Brighton, Pa., before his entrance into the service, and it was there that he became acquainted with Miss Elsie ROWE, who later became his bride on September 3, 1942. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 4 June 1943)

       Funeral services for Sergeant Roy MORGAN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse MORGAN of Cottageville, were held there last week and burial was in the Blaine Memorial cemetery there. The body arrived from Camp Hood, Texas, and was taken to the home where it lay in state until the time for the funeral. Sgt. MORGAN was killed at McGregor, Texas in an automobile accident. (also a letter to the mother from the commanding officer). (Jackson Herald, Fri., 11 June 1943)


       The Grand Army of the Republic ceased to exist in West Virginia Thursday when 97 year old A. T. MCMURRAY, its last surviving member, closed his eyes in death at the home of his son at Washington Bottom, near Belleville. When the G. A. R. held its 1942 convention in Parkersburg, it was MCMURRAY who stood alone to answer the call to colors and elect himself once more the president of the organization which once numbered thousands in West Virginia. At the time of his death, he was listed as the last surviving member of the G. A. R. in the state.

       Death came quietly to the aged soldier, who tried three times to enlist in the war between the states before he finally became a member of the Ninth Ohio volunteer cavalry. He died at the home of G. M. MCMURRAY, Washington Bottom, Postmaster. MCMURRAY was born at sea on the S. S. Christiana on May 7, 1846 while his family was enroute from Glasgow, Scotland. The family stopped in Canada for a brief time and then moved to Steubenville, Ohio. MCMURRAY's mother was a granddaughter of Sir William PITT, member of the British House of Lords.

       Shortly before the war between the states, the MCMURRAY family moved to Jackson County, Ohio. The 15 year-old first tried to enlist at Marietta, Ohio, and again at Parkersburg, but each time his family brought him home. He ran away a third time and enlisted at Cincinnati, Ohio. His family next heard of him in a hospital in Decatur, Alabama, after he was wounded at Athens, Ala. He later was wounded again when his horse was shot from under him in a battle near Nashville, Tenn. MCMURRAY's unit was mustered out at Lexington, N. C. on July 18, 1865. Returning from the war, he made his home at Washington Bottom and throughout his life was an active member of the Grand Army of the Republic. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 4 June 1943)

Fred Edward PALMER

       Fred Edward PALMER, the sixteen year old son of Mrs. Beatrice PALMER of Ripley RFD 1, was killed in an automobile crash on Route 33 at the Brooks BATTON home on the Ripley-Evans road late Sunday afternoon but five other occupants of the car in which the youth was riding escaped without serious injuries. The death of PALMER was the second road fatality in Jackson (county) this year and equalled the total number of fatalities for the county in the whole of last year. The PALMER youth died at the Kessel hospital within a few minutes after he had been rushed there from the scene of the accident by Matson KING, a neighbor of the PALMER family who happened by the scene of the accident soon after it occurred. A fractured skull was given as the cause of the death.

       Corporal Paul EBBERT of the state police said that the car, a 1937 model Chevrolet, was driven by Ernest PALMER, 20 year old brother of the youth, and that other occupants included Lowell SMITH, 20; John BOWMAN, 18; and Howard BROWN, 18, all of Ripley, and Donald GRANNIS of Neville Island, Pa. Corporal EBBERT said that the driver of the car said that he was temporarily blinded by the dust on the gravel road, that the car plunged into the bank at the curve, turned back into the road, tore down a small telephone pole and went some distance before it overturned. The members of the party said that after they had gotten out of the car they asked young Fred Edward if he was hurt and he said he was not but collapsed soon afterward and never regained consciousness.

       The funeral services were held at the Pleasant View Tuesday afternoon and burial was in the PALMER family plot in the cemetery there. The PALMER youth, in addition to his mother, is survived by the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Alice AGAR, of Charleston; Edra PALMER, of Huntington; Ernest, of Pittsburgh, Pa.; Mrs. Edith SHEETS, of Pittsburgh, Pa.; John, of Baltimore, Md.; and Eugene, Carl and Frances PALMER, at home. (Jackson Herald, Fri. 4 June 1943)


       Rev. H. K. RIFFLE, 76 years old, for a half century a prominent minister of the Methodist church, died at his home in Parkersburg on Tuesday and the funeral services will be held there this (Thursday) afternoon and the body will be brought to the Pine Hill cemetery at Ripley for burial. He entered the ministry at the age of 22 and was admitted to the Methodist conference and for 45 years was an active minister of that denomination and was present at 48 sessions of the conference. In all his 45 years of service his labors were confined to the Charleston and Parkersburg districts of the denomination.

       He was a native of Monroe county but when only a small boy the family moved to Calhoun county. For many years Rev. RIFFLE maintained his home at Ripley. He was chaplain of the state house of delegates for two sessions. He was educated in the Roane county schools and was converted in a revival meeting at the age of sixteen. When he was 21 (years old) he married Miss Mary S. GLAZE of Roane county. Two of their six children and his first wife have preceded him in death. February 20, 1934 he married Mrs. Lillie B. CHANDLER of Lauckport and since that time lived in that community. Surviving are his wife; three daughters, Mrs. M. O. POWERS, and Mrs. J. C. ROTHWELL, both of New York City, and a step-daughter, Mrs. S. E. WIGAL. He leaves three brothers, J. H. RIFFLE, of Hastings, Nebraska; A. C. RIFFLE, of Fairview, and B. C. RIFFLE, of Spencer; a sister, Mrs, G. N. DAY, of Spencer; eight grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 11 June 1943)

Dorthy Ellen MCGREW

       Dorthy Ellen MCGREW, fifteen month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry MCGREW of Sandyville, died Friday morning at seven o'clock. She had been ill for several days. Surviving are her parents and the following grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard MCGREW, and Mr. and Mrs. Charley RIGGS. She leaves several aunts and uncles. The funeral services were held at the Independence church at two o'clock Saturday afternoon with the Rev. W. N. Fowler in charge and burial was in the church cemetery. Lawrence M. FORD, Crow Summit funeral director, had charge of arrangements. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 11 June 1943)

Phillip CASTO

       Funeral services for Phillip CASTO, aged 23, were held from the Fairplain church Sunday afternoon with Rev. Harry MILLER in charge and interment was in the SHINN cemetery. The Vail undertaking establishment of Ripley had charge of the funeral arrangements. The young man died at the St. Francis hospital in Charleston on Friday after an illness of about a week. He became ill the previous Saturday and was treated here until Thursday when he was removed to the Charleston hospital. The survivors include his wife, Mrs. Marie Conley CASTO, of Ripley; his mother, Mrs. Flora CASTO, of Fairplain, and the following brothers and sisters: Boyd CASTO of Charleston; Mrs. Pearl PRINGLE of Sophia; Mrs. Don HARLOW of Ripley, and Warren CASTO of Fairplain. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 18 June 1943)

Acie Cramer ANDERSON

       Funeral services for Acie Cramer ANDERSON, 56 years old, were held from the Church of the Nazarene in Logan, Ohio, on Monday with Rev. P. E. CLENDENIN and Rev. C. B. WRIGHT in charge and burial was in the SHAW cemetery there. The Leonard Funeral service had charge of the arrangements. Mrs. Climmia WHEATON, of Ripley, is a sister to the deceased. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 18 June 1943)


       Funeral services for Mrs. L. V. WHEELER, 53, who died at her Mt. Alto home on Monday afternoon, will be held there at the Hopewell church this (Wednesday) afternoon and burial will be in the church cemetery. The Vail mortuary had charge of the funeral arrangements. Mrs. WHEELER died at her home after a serious illness of about a week. She had been in poor health for several years. Surviving are her husband and two daughters, Clarissa and Helen WHEELER, both at home, and three sisters, Mrs. F. B. SWARTZ of Ripley, Mrs. Topsy NEWMAN and Mrs. Emma WATSON, both of Pine Grove, West Virginia. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 18 June 1943)


       Another Jackson county boy was added to the Jackson county Roll of Honor for World War II when Mr. and Mrs. Joe VANFOSSIN of Sandyville, received a telegram from the War Department late yesterday (Tuesday) that their son, Private First Class Dale VANFOSSIN, had been killed in action in New Guinea. He was killed on June 14, 1943, according to the message. Dale was 24 years old. His brother, Glen VANFOSSIN, is also in service and is on foreign soil at the present time. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 25 June 1943)

Lester Hugh CORNS

       Lester Hugh CORNS, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh CORNS of Windy, died May 31, (1943) in the Camden Clark hospital at Parkersburg, WV. The baby leaves to mourn its loss the parents, one sister, and the following grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. MCPHERSON of Windy, Mr. and Mrs. J. G. CORNS of Sandyville. Two sisters preceded him in death. Burial was in the Independence cemetery. Mr. FORD of Sandyville was in charge of the burial. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 18 June 1943)

Miss Elsie MCKOWN

       Miss Elsie MCKOWN died at the Gallipolis hospital May 29, (1943). She was a daughter of R. D. MCKOWN and Laura McDonald MCKOWN. Only her parents survive her. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 18 June 1943)


       Funeral services for Wyatt F. LANHAM, 75, and one of the prominent citizens of Washington District, were held from the family residence at Romance last Thursday afternoon at two o'clock and burial was in the family cemetery. (Wyatt was the son John W. and Susan C. (GOOD) LANHAM, and was born on July 3, 1868. On September 9, 1890, married Lucy Jane MANGUS, the daughter of Chester & Sarah (Sally) (BOWE) MANGUS). Mr. LANHAM was a native of that section of the county, and was held in high esteem by thousands of Jackson County people who knew and admired the farmer and merchant down through the years. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Jane LANHAM; six sons, Elmer LANHAM of Sissonville; Ola LANHAM of Charleston; Roy, Clare and Russell LANHAM of Romance; Clement LANHAM who is serving in the army; two daughters, Mrs. Oma FISHER, of Kenna, and Mrs. Ruby RAY of Sissonville; and three brothers, Albert LANHAM and Lewis E. LANHAM of Romance, and Marion B. LANHAM of Millwood. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 25 June 1943)


       Mrs. Mary (KNAPP) SNIDER, wife of Edward L. SNIDER of Shultz Street, Parkersburg, WV., and the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. F. KNAPP of Sandyville, died suddenly of a heart attack Tuesday morning, June 15, 1943 at her home in Parkersburg. She was apparently in good health. She spent the week-end with her father and mother at Sandyville, returning to Parkersburg late Sunday evening where her husband is employed by the Ames B. Wyoming Company. Mrs. SNIDER lived most of her life in the Sandyville community, moving to Parkersburg after her marriage in 1940. She was an outstanding member of the Life Gospel Tabernacle in South Parkersburg.

       She is survived by her husband, Edward L. SNIDER, her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. M. F. KNAPP, four sisters, Mrs. Bruce SHEPPARD, of Liverpool; Mrs. Clinton BOGGESS and Mrs. Eugene FISCHER, both of Sandyville, and Mrs. Karl FINCH, of St. Marys, and two nieces, Naoma June SHEPPARD of Liverpool, and Patricia Ann FINCH of St. Marys. After her death her body was taken to the Franklin Funeral Home where it remained until 12 o'clock Friday afternoon, and then taken to the Life Gospel Tabernacle where it lay in state for one hour before the funeral service, which was conducted by Rev. Edmond LIFE and Rev. R. L. PHILLIPS. Additional services were held at 3 o'clock at the Independence church at Sandyville and burial was in the church cemetery. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 25 June 1943)

Mrs. Mary SNIDER

       Mrs. Mary SNIDER, 36, wife of Edward SNIDER, were held from the Life Gospel Tabernacle in South Parkersburg Friday afternoon with the Rev. Edmond LIFE in charge and the body was brought to the Independence cemetery at Sandyville for burial. Mrs. SNIDER was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenney KNAPP of Sandyville. Surviving are four sisters, Mrs. Glenna SHEPPARD of Liverpool; Mrs. Lillie BOGGESS and Mrs. Luverna FISCHER, both of Sandyville, and Mrs. Hazel FINCH of St. Marys. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 25 June 1943)


       Ida KENT MARSH, daughter of Delatus and Elizabeth KENT, was born April 6, 1869. Departed this life June 17, 1943 at the University hospital, Columbus, Ohio, age 74 years, 2 months & 11 days. Sister MARSH was industrious and energetic from childhood. The latter part of her unmarried life was spent at Middleport, Ohio, as a seamstress.

        Here she first met, courted and married Henry P. MARSH, a young railroader, during the year 1899. To this union one son was born, Hary Kent MARSH. She is survived by the son, named above, three grandsons, Gunner A. MARSH, who has joined the U. S. Army Air Corps, and is located at Biloxi, Miss.; Don G., and Michael K. MARSH at their father's home in Columbus, Ohio; two brothers, O. D. KENT, of Rockcastle, WV.; R. B. KENT, of Greensboro, N. C.; a sister, Mrs. Margaret JOHNSON of Cottageville, WV. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 25 June 1943)


       Funeral services for Neal SHARPE were held at the Fairplain church Friday afternoon at two o'clock with Rev. CADLE of Charleston in charge and burial was in the Fairplain cemetery. SHARPE died at a Charleston hospital on Wednesday where he had been a patient for several days. For a number of years he had been engaged in farming in the Tug Fork community and had been the manager of the Enoch STAATS farm there. (Jackson Herald, Friday, 25 June 1943)

Carolyn Joyce CORNS

       Carolyn Joyce CORNS, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert CORNS of Sandyville, died at the Starcher hospital, June 7, 1943. She leaves to mourn her loss, her mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert CORNS, two sisters, Eleanor and Harriett, two brothers, Jimmie and Eddie, grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. G. CORNS of Sandyville, and Emory DERENBERGER. She was laid to rest in the Independence cemetery with Mr. L. M. FORD in charge of burial. (Jackson Herald, Friday, 25 June 1943)

Gladys Bush WHEELER

       Gladys Bush WHEELER was born Sept. 2, 1891, and departed this life 14 June 1943, aged 51 years, 9 months and 12 days. She leaves to mourn their loss, her husband, Leroy WHEELER, two daughters, Clara and Helen WHEELER, at home. One daughter, Opal, preceded her in death. Three sisters, Mrs. Emma WATSON and Topsy NEWMAN, both of Pine Grove, and Daisy SCHWARZ of Ripley. She was a member of the Hopewell Baptist church since the age of 13. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 25 June 1943)

Daniel B. SAMS

       Daniel B. SAMS, aged 95, died at his home at Mineral Wells Sunday afternoon at one o'clock. He is survived by his wife, Hettie Reeder SAMS, aged 91. Besides his wife he leaves the following children: James and Luther, of Mineral Wells; Samuel SAMS, Lauckport; Clyde SAMS, of Parkersburg, Rt. 2; and Clayton SAMS, who lives at home.

       Funeral services were held Tuesday from the residence on Tygart and burial was in the Big Tygart cemetery. Rev. PROVINCE had charge of service. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 25 June 1943)

Transcribed from microfilm by Betty Kessel McIntyre

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