March 1942 Obituaries

Louise Frances VANHORN KARR

       Young and old alike who admired, or who had been befriended during her long and useful life gathered at the Baptist Temple in Ripley Tuesday afternoon to pay their final respects to a Grand Old Lady who had passed on, but who before her passing had devoted her life to helping others and to make their pathway through life a little brighter.

       She was Mrs. D. D. KARR, who died at the home of her son, W. M. KARR, on Church street in Ripley, on Sunday morning after an illness of several weeks. The funeral service was under the direction of Rev. ROBERTS, the pastor of the Baptist Temple, and the Vail mortuary had charge of the arrangements. Burial was in the Pine Hill cemetery.

       Mrs. KARR, whose maiden name was Louise Frances VANHORN, was a native of Pond Creek, Grant District, where she was born August 14, 1851, a daughter of Brice and Sarah VANHORN. She was married to David D. KARR and they came to Ripley where she has since made her home. The husband died August 2, 1898 but the wife continued to carry on the business and was active in the management of her affairs until a few years ago when failing health and her advanced age made that impossible.

       Her husband and five children preceded Mrs. KARR in death, and the survivors are two sons, W. M. KARR of Ripley, and C. E. KARR of Ravenswood, and one daughter, Mrs. Marie BROKAW, also of Ravenswood. One brother, Charles M. VANHORN, of Vienna, also survives. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 6 March 1942)


       Funeral services for Mrs. Neva (HENDERSHOT) YOUNG, 63 year old widow of O. F. YOUNG, were held Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock from the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. M. PFOST, on North street, and burial was in the Pine Hill cemetery. Mrs. YOUNG died Monday morning at the Kessel hospital after a long illness. She had been a patient in the hospital for several days prior to her death which had been expected.

       Rev. John J. LOUDIN, pastor of the Episcopal Methodist church, of which Mrs. YOUNG was a member, and Rev. J. R. WITHROW, a former pastor, had charge of the funeral services, and the Vail mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.

       Mrs. YOUNG was a native of Ohio and a daughter of Brown and Sarah HENDERSHOT. For many years she and her husband, who died last June, made their home in Ripley. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. W. M. PFOST, with whom she made her home since the death of her husband, and one sister, Mrs. Ola CONLEY, of East Liverpool, Ohio. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 6 March 1942)


       Funeral services for E. N. MORGAN, 78 years old, who died last Friday at his home in Ravenswood, were held Sunday afternoon with interment in the Ravenswood cemetery.

       He was a native of New Martinsville and spent several years of his life in Calhoun County and in Roane County and for a number of years prior to his death had operated a filling station in Ravenswood. He spent many years of his life working in the oil fields of Calhoun and Roane counties and after his retirement he came to Ravenswood and operated a filling station just outside the city limits on the road to Ripley.

       In addition to his widow, Mrs. Eva FOWLER MORGAN, he leaves two daughters, Mrs. Anna FISHER of Clay County and Mrs. Daisy MALONE, at home; a son, Harold MORGAN, of Ravenswood, five grandchildren, including Miss Margaret Evelyn MALONE, a student nurse at St. Joseph's Hospital in Parkersburg; three sisters, Mrs. J. L. PURNELL of Sedalia, Mo., Mrs. H. I. GRIGGS of Elizabeth, (WV) and Mrs. H. M. BUCKLEY of Parkersburg; four brothers, E. K. MORGAN of Akron, Ohio; J. W. and Hugh MORGAN of Newark, Ohio, P.S. MORGAN of Arnoldsburg, and a foster brother, Homes KINGSBURG, of Akron, (Ohio). (Jackson Herald, Fri., 13 March 1942)

Rev. A. Frank PRINGLE

       The Rev. A. Frank PRINGLE, aged 84, retired minister of the Baptist denomination, died Tuesday morning about 6 'o'clock at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Albert A. ANDERSON, of Belpre, Ohio. Funeral services will be held on Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Pleasant Valley Baptist church, near Kenna, preceded by a brief service at 11 a.m. at the Anderson home.

       He was born at Fairplain, Jackson County, WV., son of the late Aaron and Mary Ellen PRINGLE. He spent most of his life in the Fairplain and Given communities, moving to his daughter's home six years ago. He leaves two daughters, Mrs. Albert A. ANDERSON, of Belpre, Ohio, and Mrs. Frank BOSWELL, of Given; nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eliza Jane, one son, three brothers and six sisters. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 13 March 1942)

Rev. A. Frank PRINGLE

       Rev. A. Frank PRINGLE was born May 15, 1857 at Fairplain, Jackson County, WV., and passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Albert A. ANDERSON at Belpre, Ohio, on March 10, 1942 at the age of 84 years, 7 months and 25 days.

       He was the son of Aaron and Mary Ellen PRINGLE and spent the most of his life in Jackson County, WV., and adjoining counties. He was united in marriage to Eliza Jane GREENE and to this union three children were born, one son and two daughters. Surviving are: Mrs. Albert A. ANDERSON, of Belpre, Ohio; Mrs. Frank BOSWELL, of Given, WV. Nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. His wife preceded him in death six years ago, one son, Floyd Owen, preceded him 38 years ago. He was the last of a family of 10 children. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 20 March 1942)


       Funeral services for Mrs. Audell PATTERSON HALL, who died at a Ripley hospital last Thursday, were held from the Vail Funeral Home on Friday afternoon and burial was in the Pine Hill cemetery. Mrs. HALL died after a long illness during which she had been a patient in a Parkersburg hospital before being brought to Ripley.

       She is survived by four sons, Edward, Otho, Guy and Willard, all of Ripley; her mother, Mrs. Elizabeth CONLEY, also of Ripley, and six brothers. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 13 March 1942)

Martha Louisa (MONDAY) FISHER

       Funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon at the Emma Chapel church for Mrs. Martha Louisa (MONDAY) FISHER, 75 years old, and burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. J. W. GARRISON had charge of the service.

       Mrs. FISHER, who was the widow of the late Sylvester FISHER, died at her home on Saturday after an extended illness. Death had been expected. The following obituary was read at the funeral:

       Martha Louisa MONDAY FISHER, born May 19, 1866, departed this life March 7, 1942 at the age of 75 years, 9 months and 16 days. She was united in marriage to Sylvester FISHER, who preceded her in death May 7, 1935.

       Born to this union were nine children: Eva C. FISHER, at home; William S., Edgar F., Howard H., and Mrs. John BONNETT, all of Liberty, WV.; Mrs. Easter O. CRAIGO, of Plymouth, WV.; Wesley F. and Sylvester E. FISHER, both of Dunbar; Effie E. FISHER, deceased. Twenty-five grandchildren and twenty great grandchildren. One sister, Mrs. John CASTO of Kenna, and five brothers, J. E. MONDAY of Charleston; C. W. MONDAY of Dunbar; W. W., F. M., and E. F. MONDAY, of Liberty. Two brothers deceased, J. W. and H. S. MONDAY. She was united with the Methodist church at an early age. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 13 March 1942)

Solomon MACE

       Tragedy struck in a Kenna home Monday morning, when Solomon MACE, 28 year old father of four small children, met his death in an accident that occurred while he was working alone on a cut-off saw rig on the Ed CUNNINGHAM farm near Divide Hill.

       While there was no eye witnesses to the accident, according to gas field workers, the worker had apparently suffered a broken neck when the belt from the motor operating the cut-off saw flew off and struck him on the side of the neck. The first inkling the workmen had of the tragedy, according to reports, was when they saw the saw mill operator stagger down the hillside from the mill and fall to the ground near the highway. Hastening to his side, they found that the man had died from the injury.

       The body was brought in a Mays ambulance to the Mays funeral home in Ripley where it was prepared for burial. Mr. MACE moved from Big Chimney in Kanawha County with his family to a house near Kenna last Friday. Neighbors said that his wife and a small child are seriously ill and there are three other small children in the home. The mill in which the tragedy occurred was owned by the victim's father-in-law, Dessie JOHNSON, it was said.

       The body was moved from the Mays funeral home Monday evening to the Myers Mortuary at Elk View in Kanawha County from where the funeral was to be held. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 20 March 1942)

James Harlan SKEEN

       Funeral services for James Harlan SKEEN, 90 years old (son of Joshua SKEEN), who died Saturday at his home near Kenna, were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock with Rev. J. C. FISHER in charge and burial was in the Kentuck cemetery.

       Surviving are nine sons: (Joseph) William, Greeley, Holly and (Charles) Wesley SKEEN, all of Charleston; (Archibald) Archie SKEEN, of Given, (Joshua Franklin) Frank and (Christopher Columbus) Lum SKEEN, of Coal River; Harry and Thomas, of Kenna; and two daughters, Mrs. Verna WISEMAN, of Charleston, and Mrs. Anna KERNS, of South Charleston. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 20 March 1942)

Robert J. MOORE

       Funeral services for Robert J. MOORE, 66, who died on Tuesday of last week at his home near Windy, were held from the Limestone Hill church Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock with Rev. Mr. STATES in charge and burial was in the Limestone cemetery. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 20 March 1942)


       Lowell W. HONAKER, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. W. HONAKER, was born January 29, 1898, departed this life March 5, 1942, aged 44 years, one month and 6 days. He was united in marriage to Laddie LUKEHART on November 17, 1918. To this union was born four children; Norma, Donald, Frank and Glen, all living. His wife having died in 1934, he was married a second time to Emma CUNNINGHAM on February 5, 1939.

       Those of his immediate relatives who survive besides his wife and children are his parents, and two brothers, Carl and Dayton. Early in life he accepted faith in Christ and united with the Methodist class at Wade Chapel, and was a member until his death. He was laid to rest in the church cemetery. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 20 March 1942)

Henry Clay FLEMING

       Henry Clay FLEMING, named for the Great Emancipator, and at the time of his death reported to be Jackson County's oldest citizen, died in his sleep at his home in Ravenswood early last Saturday morning. He would have been 97 years of age on June 1. (1942) He had been out in town on Friday for a short time but told friends that he had not been feeling well and soon returned home.

       Mr. FLEMING, who operated the first photography studio in Jackson County, was a native of Ravenswood. His parents, Bartholomew and Hannah FLEMING, settled in Ravenswood in 1820 and the father for many years operated a ferry across the Ohio River. His grandfather, George WARTH, a Revolutionary soldier, is said to have carried the first mail from Cincinnati to Pittsburgh in the 1700's.

       In his early manhood Mr. FLEMING carried mail by skiff between Ravenswood and Parkersburg until he opened his studio which he operated until his retirement a few years ago. He often boasted that he never tasted whiskey or tobacco. He had been an active member of the Methodist church for more than 70 years, and was a member of the Ravenswood Masonic lodge.

       He is survived by two sons, State Senator Dan FLEMING of St. Marys and James A. FLEMING of Ravenswood, and a daughter, Mrs. Jessie POLSENE, with whom he made his home. His wife, the former Lillian RHODES, died January 11, 1937. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 27 March 1942)

Adam Quincey BALCH

       Funeral services for Adam Quincey BALCH were held at the Ripley United Brethren church last Thursday afternoon and the body was taken to the King cemetery (near Ripley) for burial. Rev. L. R. MAHONEY had charge of the services. Mr. BALCH (born 1872) died at his home in Springfield, Ohio, on Tuesday from which relatives described as heart disease and complications.

       He was a former Jackson County resident and his wife, who died about ten years ago, was Mary LANE, sister of S. G. LANE of Ripley. Four children and two brothers, Deb BALCH, of Leon, WV, and William BALCH, of Dunbar, are among the survivors. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 27 March 1942)

Columbis Gill FISHER

       Funeral services were held at Emma Chapel Sunday afternoon at three o'clock for Columbis Gill FISHER, eight months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Loren FISHER, of Given, who died in a Ripley hospital Saturday. Rev. J. W. GARRISON had charge of the service and burial was in the church cemetery. The parents, four sisters, and five brothers survive. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 27 March 1942)

Columbia Jill FISHER

       An angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lorene FISHER and took away their little daughter, Columbia Jill FISHER, early Saturday morning, aged 7 months and 22 days. She was born July 27, 1941. She is survived by her father and mother, five brothers and four sisters. One brother, William Ray, deceased. Those surviving, namely; Regal, Rossie, Hobart, Angyle, Billy, Crystal, Joyce, Noca, and Johan. One grandfather, Wilbur FISHER. (Jackson Herald, Friday, 3 April 1942)


       George H. BENNETT, 73, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. I. R. DEVOL in Akron, Ohio, on Wednesday of last week. He formerly lived at Ravenswood and the body was brought back there for burial. He is survived by two daughters and two sons. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 27 March 1942)

Harrison STANLEY

       Harrison STANLEY, aged 78, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Oren STONE in Akron, Ohio last Thursday and the body was brought to Ravenswood Sunday for burial. Mr. STANLEY was a native of Jackson county but had lived with the daughter for the past fifteen years. He married Cora Bell PICKENS on August 16, 1890 and she preceded him in death almost 29 years ago. Surviving in addition to the daughter at whose home he died are two other daughters, Mrs. Robert HAMMOND and Mrs. Elmer WHITE of Steubenville, Ohio. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 27 March 1942)

Granville Harvey BONNETT

       Funeral services for Granville Harvey BONNETT, 85 years old, were held from the Fairview church near Fairplain at two o'clock on Wednesday afternoon and burial followed in the church cemetery. Mr. BONNETT, who was better known as "Professor Harvey" BONNETT, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lyle CLAY, in Barboursville early Monday morning after an illness of several months caused from cancer, according to friends of the family. Death had been expected.

       Professor BONNETT, who spent more than half a century of his life as a teacher in the public schools, retired several years ago and at the time of his retirement held the distinction of having taught a greater number of terms than any man in the state at that time. He lived for many years on his farm near Big Pine in Ripley district but sold the farm several years ago and since that time made his home with his daughter. He was active in the work of the church, the schools, and civic interest of his community and was a familiar figure at all educational and religious meetings and conventions. (Jackson Herald, Friday, April 3, 1942)

Granville Harvey BONNETT

       On March 30, 1942, one of the most interesting and most useful lives ever spent by a Jackson County citizen came to a close. Mr. Granville Harvey BONNETT died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lyle CLAY, of Barboursville, just a few weeks short of his eighty-fifth milestone. He was born on Parchment Creek in Jackson County on May 9, 1857, the youngest of ten children born to William and Levisa BONNETT. The BONNETTs lived near Ripley, and William BONNETT often told of plowing corn where the county court house now stands, and of shooting wildcats and other wild animals, in the territory now covered by the town.

       Granville Harvey BONNETT was married to Miss Addie HICKEL on November 22, 1883. Sometime after her death, he married Miss Anna STAATS on November 22, 1902. She, too, having died, he married Mrs. Minerva STONE MCDERMOTT, September 6, 1914. He always described his three wives as "three wonderful women." All three of Mr. BONNETT's wives were school teachers. His children are Paul R. BONNETT, of Ripley; Mrs. Belva KESSEL, of Ripley; Mrs. Charles CARNEY, of Buffalo, New York; Mrs. Lyle CLAY, of Barboursville, and Mrs. Stacie L. FISHER, who was killed by a truck at Dunbar several years ago.

       Funeral services for Mr. BONNETT were held at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lyle CLAY, at Barboursville, the night of March 31, with Revs. ENGLE, SPURLOCK and PALMER taking part. Further services were held at the Fairview church in his community on April 1. The Rev. J. W. GARRISON preaching the funeral, with talks made by Rev. Jack TRUMP, of Barboursville, and Dr. Royal KESSEL, of Ripley. Burial was in the Fairview cemetery. (Jackson Herald, Friday, 1 May 1942)

Edward Russell MCGUGAN

       In memory of Edward Russell MCGUGAN, son of Edward R. and Malisa MCGUGAN, born in Ravenswood, WV., November 4, 1890, and departed this life after a short illness at his home in Ripley, March 20, 1942, aged 51 years, 4 months and 16 days.

       He was married to Edna Lee KERWOOD on February 9, 1918 and to this union one child was born. He leaves to mourn their loss, his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Roger RYMER, one grandchild, Roger Crow RYMER II, three sisters, Mrs. George BROOKS and Mrs. Fred BURT, of Los Angeles, California, and Mrs. C. C. MCGLOTHLIN, of Ravenswood. (Jackson Herald, Fri., April 3, 1942)

John Nicholas PERRY

       Funeral services for John Nicholas PERRY, 86 year old resident of Sandyville, were held at ten o'clock Monday morning from the home of Mrs. Barbara PERRY of Sandyville with whom the aged man made his home. The services were conducted by Harry ANGUISH of Shawnee, Ohio. Interment was in the Baptist cemetery near Silverton.

       A son of Samuel and Elizabeth LYONS PERRY, he was born in Vinton County, Ohio September 25, 1855 and departed this life March 21, 1942, aged 86 years, 5 months and 24 days. He was united in marriage to Miss Sarah E. MCFADDEN on July 4, 1877. She preceded him in death on July 23, 1925. Baptized into the Church of Christ at Mud Run early in life by W. B. MCVEY, he remained faithful until his death, for a number of years the leader of the Mud Run Church of Christ.

       He was the last of a family of thirteen children, all of his brothers and sisters having preceding him in death. Surviving are a large number of nieces and nephews, and a host of friends. (Jackson Herald, Friday, April 3, 1942)


       The body of William H. WESTFALL, 90, was brought from Allen, Kentucky last week for funeral and burial services at the Harmony church near Gay, where the deceased formerly lived. He died at the home of his son, Ben WESTFALL. Pneumonia was reported to have been the cause of his death. Among the survivors in this section are a daughter, Mrs. Toy EAKINE, of Gay. (Jackson Herald, Friday, April 3, 1942)


       Elmyra CASTO BOWLES, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. F. CASTO, was born March 16, 1884, departed this life March 28, 1942, aged 58 years, and 12 days. She was united in marriage to Theodore M. BOWLES, August 30, 1902. To this union fifteen children were born. The husband, three daughters and two sons preceded her to the great beyond to await the coming of companion and mother.

       Those surviving and left to mourn their loss are: Mrs. Oma CASTO, of Given; Mr. Jennings BOWLES, of Rockcastle; Mrs. Mae BLANKENSHIP, of Mansfield, Ohio; Mrs. Wretha TURLEY, of South Charleston; Mrs. Belle GUILLOT, of Silver Springs, Maryland; Mrs. Hattie PATTON, of Nitro; Harmon, Erma, Velma and Marion, at home. Also her father, stepmother, three brothers, one sister, five half-brothers, and one half-sister, and a host of friends and relatives. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. GARRISON and Rev. FISHER. Her body was laid to rest in the Moss Chapel cemetery. (Jackson Herald, Friday, 10 April 1942)


       Funeral services for Mrs. Ella (CASTO) BOWLES, widow of Theodore BOWLES, were held at the Moss Chapel church on Sunday afternoon and burial was in the church cemetery. The J. B. Vail Mortuary had charge of the funeral arrangements. Mrs. BOWLES was born at Given on March 16, 1884, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. F. CASTO and spent her entire life of fifty-eight years in the community.

       She was widely known and was held in highest esteem by her friends and acquaintances. She had been ill for some time and succumbed at her home at Rockcastle last Sunday morning. Death had been expected members of the family said. (Jackson Herald, Friday, 3 April 1942)

Georgia Ola HOFF

       Mrs. Georgia Ola HOFF, 49, a sister of Corporal W. M. BECKETT, of Ripley, died in a Charleston hospital Saturday after a long illness. The funeral services were held in Charleston on Monday morning and the body was taken to the BECKETT cemetery on Davis Creek for burial. (Jackson Herald, Friday, 3 April 1942)

Transcribed from microfilm by Betty Kessel McIntyre

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