March 1943 Obituaries


       J. W. COOK, of Ravenswood, a well known surveyor, died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. L. B. STANLEY, in Akron, Ohio, Monday morning. The funeral services were held at Ravenswood Wednesday afternoon with burial in the cemetery at Ravenswood. Mr. COOK is survived by five sons and four daughters. They are Dewey COOK and Rollie COOK, Akron, Ohio; Russell COOK, Cleveland, Ohio; Louis COOK, East Liverpool, Ohio; Otha COOK, Chester, W.Va.; Mrs. Beulah HARVEY, Uniontown, Pa.; Mrs. Velma YARIAM, Akron; Mrs. L. D. STANLEY, Akron, Ohio, and Mrs. G. L. TOUST, Bedford, Ohio. (Jackson Herald, Fri., March 5, 1943)


       Death came suddenly and without warning to Mrs. Elizabeth (CORBIN) KESSEL, widow of the late D. E. KESSEL, at her Ripley home Tuesday night. She was preparing to retire for the night when she was stricken. She had been in failing health for several years but recently her condition had been much improved and her death was a severe shock to the members of her family, relatives, neighbors and her many friends.

       She is survived by six children, Mrs. Alberta HUTCHINSON, of Ripley; Harry H. KESSEL, of Charleston; Mrs. J.M. DUNN, of Wheeling; Dr. Clark KESSEL, of Beckley; Wade KESSEL, in the U.S. Army and stationed at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, and James C. KESSEL, serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, and stationed at San Francisco. Also two brothers, J.D. CORBIN, of Kenna, and C.M. CORBIN, of Dunbar, and two sisters, Mrs. E.D. KESSEL, of Ripley, and Mrs. J.H.G. WINTER, of Fairplain.

       Funeral services were held from the Epworth Methodist Church in Ripley with the Rev. John J. LOUDIN in charge and the body was taken to the Pleasant Hill cemetery on Parchment for burial. The Vail Mortuary had charge of funeral arrangements. (Jackson Herald, Fri., March 5, 1943)

Georgia C. (CROW) BEARD

       Funeral services for Mrs. Georgia C. (CROW) BEARD, 81 years old, were held from the Limestone Hill church Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock and burial was in the church cemetery. She died early Monday morning after an illness of about one week's duration. She was a daughter of Michael and Emily CROW, and was born at Crow Summit on March 17, 1862. She married Thomas P. BEARD and for many years they were residents of the Rockport community.

       Surviving are one son, Harry BEARD, at home; two grandchildren, Juanita DENT and Robert DENT, the latter being in the US Army at the present time; three sisters, Mrs. Tennie C. CASTO, of Parkersburg; Mrs. Agnes WASKEY, of Sandyville and Mrs. P.C. GREENE, of Kenna, and one brother, W.D. CROW, of Ravenswood. (Jackson Herald, Fri., March 12, 1943)


       Mrs. Eva (RARDIN) BEVER, aged 76, died after a long illness at the home of her sister, Mrs. Amy RARDIN, of Sherman, on Thursday of last week. Surviving are two sons, Porter E. and Ralph S. BEVER, of Parkersburg, and the following brothers and sisters: John RARDIN, of Sherman, O. W. RARDIN, of Akron, Ohio, Porter W. RARDIN, of Beckley, Mrs. Ella HOWARD and Mrs. George SLAVEN, of Sherman. (Jackson Herald, Fri,, March 12, 1943)


       Mrs. Mary EASTER ARGABRITE, aged 52, and the wife of William ARGABRITE, died Sunday evening at her home in Parkersburg. She was a native of Jackson County. (Jackson Herald, Fri., March 12, 1943)


       Funeral services for Mrs. Miriam (RHODES) WENDELL, 91 years old, were held from the Ripley United Brethren church on Monday afternoon at two o'clock with the Rev. Harry MILLER in charge and burial was in the Fairplain cemetery. Mrs. WENDELL died Saturday morning at the home of her son, Deputy Sheriff Walter F. WENDELL, after an illness of several weeks.

       Mrs. WENDELL was a daughter of Benjamin and Hannah RHODES, and was born on a farm in Roane County on October 5, 1851, and came to Jackson County with her parents when she was only four years old and spent the remaining eighty-seven years of her life in this county. She died March 13, 1943 at the home of her son, Walter F. WENDELL, with whom she made her home.

       She is survived by two children, Walter, and Mrs. Elsie O. RHODES, both of Ripley. Another child, Dr. O.V. WENDELL, of Sayre, Oklahoma, preceded her in death by about one year. Other survivors include 10 grandchildren, 26 step-grandchildren, and H.B. WENDELL, a step-grandson, whom she reared from infancy, and 5 great-grandchildren. She became a Christian in early life and became a member of the United Brethren church at Oak Hill and after her marriage to Robert H. WENDELL on May 16, 1878, she became a member of the Methodist Protestant church at Staats Mills. (Jackson Herald, Fri., March 19, 1943)

Edna Gene KNOPP

       Edna Gene KNOPP, the three month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Okey KNOPP, died at the home on March 11. She leaves to mourn their loss the parents, one sister and a brother, four grandparents and a host of relative and friends. A sister preceded her in death. (Jackson Herald, Fri., March 19, 1943)

Stephen Edward HARTLEY

       Funeral services for Stephen Edward HARTLEY, six month old son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward HARTLEY, were held at the Antioch church on Sunday with Rev. John J. LOUDIN in charge and burial was in the church cemetery. The child died at El Paso, Texas, last week where Mrs. HARTLEY, who is the former Audra Lillian SAYRE, and the little son had gone for a visit with the father, who is serving in the Army and stationed there. (Jackson Herald, Fri., March 26, 1943)

David LeRoy DILLON

       David LeRoy DILLON, son of Elem and Velma DILLON, died suddenly at his home near Sandyville on March 2, 1943, aged 5 years, 2 weeks and 6 days. He was born at Sandyville, Jackson County, on February 10, 1938. Surviving are his father and mother, Elem and Velma DILLON, and the following sisters and brothers: Mary, Lalia, Carroll, Barbara Ann and Edwin. An infant sister preceded him in death only five months before he was called. Funeral services were held at the home of an aunt, Mrs. Gertrude PARSONS, and burial followed in the Robinson cemetery. (Jackson Herald, Fri., March 26, 1943)

Jeptha KING

       Jeptha KING was the son of William KING and the late Diana KING. He was born in January 1877 and departed this life on March 15, 1943, aged 66 years. He was united in marriage to Clara M. BAKER. To this union was born three children, Willie L., of Arbuckle; Charles J., of Leon, and Minnie STEWART, of Leon. He leaves to mourn their loss, the wife, three children, seven grandchildren, one brother, Maranda KING, of Plymouth, W.Va., and a host of relatives and friends. (Jackson Herald, Fri., March 26, 1943)

Thomas Walter WINDON

       Thomas Walter WINDON, son of Thomas and Patsy Hogg WINDON, was born January 3, 1870, and died on March 3, 1943, age 73 years, 2 months. He was born and reared in Jackson County, and lived with his parents until their death. One brother, a sister, father and mother preceded him in death. At the time of his death he resided in the home of his son, Ray WINDON, who is now serving with the armed forces in Texas. He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. J. J. WOLFE, of Fairplain, and Mrs. Charlie WILLIAMS, of Athens, Ohio, four nieces and one nephew. (Jackson Herald, Fri., March 26, 1943)

Mrs. John SWAIN

       Funeral services for Mrs. John SWAIN were held Tuesday afternoon at the Mt. Zion Methodist Church with Rev. John D. CUMBERLEDGE in charge and burial was in the cemetery nearby. Mrs. SWAIN was 82 years old and was the widow of John SWAIN, who died three years ago, died at her home in Murraysville Sunday evening at ten o'clock. She was a native of Murraysville, and had spent her entire life there.

       She is survived by seven children: Mrs. R. R. MOREHOUSE, of Sherman; Mrs. Macom MILLS, of Belleville; Mrs. J. H. JORDAN, of Akron, Ohio; Mrs. Fred SMITH, of Washington, W.Va.; H. E. SWAIN, of Parkersburg, B. O. SWAIN, at home; Richard SWAIN, of Belleville, and one brother, Jackson MILHOAN, of Murraysville. (Jackson Herald, Fri., March 26, 1943)

Connie Lou JONES

       Connie Lou JONES, the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Francis JONES, of Sherman, was born August 13, 1942 and departed this life March 10, 1943, aged 6 months and 27 days. She leaves to mourn their loss a broken hearted mother and father, two sisters, Alice Faye and Charlote Lourie, and a host of relatives and friends. We feel that our loss is Heaven's gain. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the United Brethren church, conducted by the Rev. RUBLE, and burial was in the Ravenswood cemetery. (Jackson Herald, Fri., March 26, 1943)

Ronald LeRoy RHODES

       Ronald LeRoy RHODES, infant son of J. J. and Ethel MCDONAH RHODES, was born January 8, 1943 and died at his home on March 15, 1943, aged 2 months and 7 days. He leaves behind his father and mother, three brothers and two sisters. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J.F. CALTRIDER, and the remains were laid to rest in the Mount Hebron cemetery to await the coming of the Lord. (Jackson Herald, Fri., March 26, 1943).

William D. BROWN

       Funeral services were held at the Simpson church on Sunday for William D. BROWN, prominent farmer of Medina, who passed away at his home there on Thursday as the result of an attack of pneumonia. He had also been suffering from a heart ailment. The services were under the direction of Rev. L.C. THOMPSON and burial was in the church cemetery. The Lawrence Ford Undertaking Company had charge of the funeral arrangements.

       Mr. BROWN was born on June 6, 1884 in Jackson County and on November 11, 1917, he married Miss Leatha SKINNER, who survives. He was a member of the Beech Grove Church. The survivors, in addition to the widow, are a daughter, Mrs. Edith SMITH, of Medina and a grandson, Jimmy SMITH. One son preceded him in death. (Jackson Herald, Fri., April 2, 1943)

Mrs. Watson RHODES

       Funeral services for Mrs. Watson RHODES, who died at her home near Charleston, were held from the Vail Funeral Home in Ripley, Sunday morning with the Rev. Harry MILLER in charge, and the body was taken to the family cemetery at Kentuck for burial. Among the survivors are a son, Robert SKEEN, of Kenna, and a daughter, Mrs. O. O. CLEEK, of Portland, Ohio. (Jackson Herald, Fri., April 2, 1943)

Ernest W. RECTOR

       Ernest W. RECTOR, age 57, died Friday at his home in Parkersburg. He was born June 2, 1886, a son of Mr. and Mrs. W. L. RECTOR, of Sherman, Jackson County. He lived in Ravenswood until he went to Parkersburg about thirty-five years ago where he made his home for the remainder of his life.

       Mr. RECTOR was in the lumber business for a number of years, and was employed as a salesman for the Johns-Mansville Co., before his retirement several years ago, due to ill health. He was a lifelong member of the Methodist church and a member of the St. Paul's church of this city. He was a well known and esteemed citizen.

       Surviving are his wife; one daughter, Mrs. Randall CONNOLLY, the former Eleanore RECTOR, in Parkersburg; a granddaughter, Maureen Ann CONNOLLY; four sisters, Mrs. J. W. FLINN and Mrs. Abner PRICE of Parkersburg; Mrs. Frank FLEMING, of Ravenswood, and Mrs. Agnes POLK, of Long Bottom, Ohio. Two sisters preceded him in death. (Friday, April 2, 1943)

Gearald David BARNETT

       Gearald David BARNETT, small son of Mr. and Mrs. O. P. BARNETT, born Nov 16, 1940, departed this life March 18, 1943, aged 2 years, 4 months and 2 days. He is survived by both parents and one brother, Danny. An infant brother preceded him in death. Grandparents: Mrs. Bertha LANHAM of Cottageville, WV., and Mr. and Mrs. C. C. BARNETT, of Rockcastle, WV. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. ASHWORTH and interment was made in the Pine Hill cemetery at Ripley. (Jackson Herald, Fri., April 2, 1943)


       Funeral services for John W. WOLFE, 69 years old, were held from the home at Glenville on Tuesday of last week with Rev. T. N. BENNETT in charge and burial was in the Glenville cemetery. Mr. WOLFE died on the previous Saturday at his home there after a short illness. He was a prominent farmer and stockman. His first wife was Miss Olive BRANNON, and two children of that union survive, Frank and Robert WOLFE.

       He was again married, his second wife being Miss Mae LANHAM, of Kenna, who survives him, together with two children, Orville WOLFE, who is stationed with the U.S. Navy in San Diego, Calif., and Mrs. Beryl LANGFORD, of Wayne, WV. Other relatives include two sisters-in-law, Mrs. George SKEEN, of Kenna, and Mrs. V. Clair (Bessie LANHAM) GARRETT, of Fletcher, both of whom attended the service. (Jackson Herald, Fri., April 9, 1943)


       John Edward ALEXANDER, the only child of James and Elmarih ALEXANDER, was born on February 20, 1852, departed this life March 24, 1943, age 91 years, 1 month and 4 days. He was united in marriage to Sarah Elizabeth ROLLINS on July 16, 1873. To this union, nine children were born: James ALEXANDER, of Pliny; Edward ALEXANDER, of Leon; Virgil ALEXANDER, of Zanesville, Ohio; William ALEXANDER, of Kenna; Perry ALEXANDER, of Zanesville, Ohio; Ida KINNEY, of Canton, Ohio; Martha EVANS, of Zanesville, Ohio, and Lucy PARKER, of Carrollton.

       Besides rearing his own family, Mr. ALEXANDER reared three grandchildren, Ivy CASTO and Pearl and Edward ALEXANDER, Jr. He also leaves 39 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren. His wife and youngest child preceded him in death. Since the death of his wife seven years ago, he has spent the most of his time with his son, Willie H. ALEXANDER, of Kenna. Rev. Irvin FISHER conducted the burial services at Bethel Church, near Leon, and the remains were laid to rest in the Michael cemetery nearby. (Jackson Herald, Fri., April 9, 1943)

Transcribed from microfilm by Betty Kessel McIntyre

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