May 1942 Obituaries

Mary Marguerite (WHITED) HICKMAN

       Mary Marguerite (WHITED) HICKMAN, 88, of Gay, WV., died at her home yesterday morning at 1:30 o'clock following an illness of one month. She was born in Roane County the daughter of John and Susan WHITED and was a lifelong member of the Gay M. E. church. (She was born in 1856, the widow of James O. HICKMAN, a Civil War veteran 1840-1911).

       Mrs. HICKMAN is survived by one son, John HICKMAN, of Gay; one sister, Mrs. W. L. KELLY, of Ripley; three brothers, J. B. WHITED, of Gay; Patton, of Charleston, and Thomas, of Wood County. The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the Lowther church with burial in the adjoining cemetery. (Jackson Herald, Friday, 8 May 1942)

Edward C. CASTO

       Funeral services for Edward C. CASTO were held Sunday, and burial was in the family cemetery at Ripley Landing. Mr. CASTO died at Pittsburgh on Thursday night of last week after an illness of considerable length. He is survived by his father, G. R. CASTO, and the following brother and sisters; ........... CASTO and Mrs. Theodocia SCOTT, of Parkersburg, Mrs. Mary PARSONS, of Vienna, and Mrs. Tennie STARCHER, of Ripley. Mrs. STARCHER has been with him for the past month, relatives said. (Jackson Herald, Friday, 8 May 1942)

Melvin Green MARTIN

       Funeral services for Melvin Green MARTIN, outstanding farmer and citizen of the Big Run community, were held at the Mt. Zion church Thursday afternoon with the Rev. Mr. EISMAN of the Liverpool Methodist church in charge and burial was in the church cemetery. Mr. MARTIN died at his home on Tuesday morning after a long illness. He was 76 years old and death had been expected.

       He was a native of Wetzel County and came to the Big Run section several years ago when that community was a wilderness and spent the remainder of his life there. He is survived by the widow and three sons, Dan D. MARTIN, of Liverpool; Ira MARTIN and James MARTIN, both of Parkersburg.

       The following obituary was read at the funeral: Melvin Green MARTIN was born in Preston County, WV., January 20, 1866 and departed this life May 5, 1942, aged 76 years, 3 months and 15 days. He was married August 9, 1887 to Nancy Jane KING. To this union three sons, Ira, of Parkersburg; Jim, of Parkersburg, and Dan, of Liverpool. One surviving brother, Preston, of Rosedale, and 15 grandchildren. A father, mother and one grandchild preceded him to the great beyond. He was converted in early life at Low Gap in Wetzel County. (Jackson Herald, Friday, 15 May 1942)

Cemeteries Moved

       An estimated 200 hundred graves, many of them covered with tall grasses, and forgotten, will be moved at government expense to make way for the $55,000,000 TNT plant being constructed north of Point Pleasant. The graves lie in seven old cemeteries scattered over the 8,000 acre tract for the plant which will be known as the West Virginia Ordnance works, situated in the Robinson district. All will be moved to a single new burial ground on Lock Lane road, off West Virginia State Route 62.

       The site includes the old BENNETT-KNOB cemetery, which is of historical interest by reason of the interment of Dr. Jesse BENNETT, a pioneer surgeon credited with performing the first cesarean operation in America.

       The cemeteries include:

       Eva RICE cemetery: A burial ground near the Oldtown-Dixie road. It holds three unmarked graves, and there may be others, as there is no known record of when it was established or when the last interment occurred.

       The STEWART cemetery: Established about 1800, it contains approximately 75 graves of which only 17 have headstones. This cemetery is located on Musgrave road.

       The SOMERVILLE cemetery: Located on the Oldtown road, on the Effie SOMERVILLE farm. Established in 1874, it holds 15 graves, 11 of them marked. The last interment occurred in 1913.

       The VANMETER cemetery: Also situated on the Dixie road. Established in 1850, it is estimated to hold 20 graves, of which only seven have headstones.

       The Cherry cemetery: Oldtown-Dixie road on the C. B. Thompson farm. This, apparently a family cemetery, was established in 1873 and contains only two graves, only one of them marked.

       The Nanny B. HOGG cemetery: Oldtown-Dixie and Musgrave roads. Established in 1837, it holds approximately 75 graves. Among the headstones, six are very old but in unusually good condition and probably will be moved to the new burial ground.

       The HAWKINS cemetery: On Morning Star road, on the E. J. and C. G. Somerville farm. Established about 1878, it contains 12 graves, 8 of which are marked, the last burial occurred in 1901.

       Besides these, there are several cemeteries on the TNT plant site, but will not be in the way of buildings and will not be moved. All these will be fenced. The land acquisition section of the War department, which has charge of moving the graves, has requested that descendants or relatives of those buried in the seven cemeteries get in touch with the office. (Jackson Herald, Friday, 15 May 1942)

Lillie B. STONE

       Funeral services were held in Charleston Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock for Mrs. Lillie B. STONE, 84 year old widow of John M. STONE, and the body was brought to Ripley for burial in the Pine Hill cemetery. The STONE family are natives of Ripley and lived here for many years. The aged woman died at her Charleston home Sunday after being in ill health for some time.

       Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. H. C. CHAMBERS, of Ethel; and Misses Norma and Ann Hazel STONE, of Charleston; three sons, R. B. STONE, of Sissonville; H. K. STONE, of Louisville, and H. P. STONE, of Charleston, and one brother, Del K. HOOD, of Mt. Lebanon, Pa. Other survivors include nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren. (Jackson Herald, Friday, 15 May 1942)

Homer Hugo STONE

       Funeral services for Homer Hugo STONE were held from the home near Cottageville Sunday afternoon with Rev. Roy DAVIS, of the Cottageville church, in charge and burial was in the DOUGLAS cemetery at Ripley Landing. The Vail mortuary had charge of the arrangements.

       Mr. STONE died in the Kessel hospital in Ripley on Wednesday, a few days after being admitted as a patient. In ill health for some time, he sold his farm only a short time ago and had gone to Ohio to visit relatives when he became more seriously ill and was brought back to the Ripley hospital for treatment.

       Rev. Roy DAVIS read the following obituary at the funeral service on Sunday afternoon: Homer Hugo STONE, the son of Otho Miner and Lela Florence (DOUGLAS) STONE, was born August 28, 1882. Departed this life at the Kessel hospital in Ripley at 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 13, 1942. Age, 59 years, 8 months and 15 days. He united in marriage to Claudine SMITH on September 21, 1932. No children were born to this union.

       Mr. STONE leaves to mourn his departure, his wife, a step son, Bernard SMITH; three sisters, Mrs. Bertha M. JOHNSON, Chester, WV.; Mrs. Sarah DODDS, Toledo, Ohio;, and Ona Van MATRE, Worthington, Ohio. A sister, Mrs. Ella RHODES, and a step daughter, Goldie Illeen SMITH, preceded him in death. Funeral services were conducted at his home near Cottageville, Sunday May 17, 1942, at 2:30 p.m. by his pastor, Rev. Roy DAVIS and interment was in the DOUGLAS cemetery by the J. B. Vail Undertaking Company. (Jackson Herald, Friday, 22 May 1942)


       Henry WEIGAND, 50-year-old merchant at Letart, and Oshel ANDERSON, 16-year old youth of the same neighborhood, were instantly killed when the truck in which they were riding was struck by the fast southbound Baltimore and Ohio passenger train at a crossing in Letart about four o'clock Thursday afternoon.

       Circuit Clerk C. A. HILL, who was passing the scene at the time, was among the first persons to arrive at the wreck and assist railroad men to remove the wreckage from the front of the train which came to a stop something like six hundred feet beyond the point of the crash. Mr. HILL said that both ANDERSON's and WEIGAND's bodies were strewn along the track, badly mangled some distance from the point of the crash. He said there were no witnesses to the mishap and that residents of the village heard the crash but none of them saw the accident. The fast train does not stop there and for that reason was traveling at considerable speed.

       It was believed, however, that WEIGAND, who had purchased the truck only a few days before from C. M. BENNETT, of Cottageville, was driving since he had been learning to operate the truck, and that he had either stalled the engine on the crossing or drove directly into the path of the fast passenger train. The ANDERSON youth was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis ANDERSON, formerly of Ripley, but living on a farm near Letart at the present time. (Jackson Herald, Friday, 22 May 1942)

Otho M. CROW

       Otho M. CROW, formerly of Ripley, but for several years the manager of a golf course at Nitro, died of a heart attack at his home there last Wednesday. He was 73 years of age. He was a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses and well known in the Kanawha Valley, where he had lived for a number of years.

       Survivors are his widow, Mrs. Maude J. CROW; a son, C. G. CROW, and a daughter, Mrs. Grover WARDROP, both of St. Albans; two brothers, Frank, of Missouri and Clyde of California, and three sisters, Mrs. Lockwood DANA and Mrs. Warren KEENAN of Parkersburg, and Mrs. H. G. STARCHER, of Ripley. (Jackson Herald, Friday, 22 May 1942)

Harriett MOORE

       In memory of my darling grandma, Mrs. Harriett MOORE, who died 3 years ago, May 20, 1939. Written by Pauline and Phillip MOORE. (Jackson Herald, Friday, 22 May 1942)


       Elyvira Ann CARMICHAEL. Funeral services for the day-old infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert CARMICHAEL, were held at the home at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon. Burial followed in the Drift Run cemetery. She leaves, besides her father and mother, a twin sister. Rev. C. E. RUBLE conducted the service. (Jackson Herald, Friday, 22 May 1942)


       Funeral services for Mrs. Arkie Ann (DULIN) SAYRE, wife of the former County Commissioner G. H. SAYRE, of Cottageville, were held from the Otterbein church Saturday afternoon with Rev. Roy DAVIS in charge and burial was in the Otterbein cemetery.

       Mrs. SAYRE, ill for several months, died at a Ripley hospital late Wednesday evening. Her condition had been critical for several days prior to her death and death had been expected. The Ralph Bush Undertaking establishment of Mt. Alto had charge of the funeral arrangements.

       At the funeral the following obituary was read: Arkie Anne DULIN, daughter of Kingsbury and Hulda V. DULIN, was born at Mt. Alto, WV., on February 26, 1873, and lived her entire life in Jackson County. She died in the Starcher hospital at Ripley, WV., May 20, 1942 at the age of 69 years. She is survived by her husband, one daughter, Mrs. C. T. MEREDITH, her son, Paul, eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. Ora SMITH, of Flat Rock, Illinois, and Mrs. Nettie MOOS, of Los Angeles, California. One daughter, Essie Opal, preceded her in death 13 years ago as well as her parents and two brothers. (Jackson Herald, Friday 29 May 1942)


       The church bell will ring at Simpson Chapel in Grant district again this Sunday morning, but persons in that community will be reminded that the man who rang that bell for more than half a century is no more, and that a new sexton and steward has taken his place, because they will tell you that "Uncle Jake," the man who held that position year in and year out for more than fifty years is dead.

       The bell tolled for "Uncle Jake" Tuesday afternoon just as he had for more than fifty years tolled it for other of his friends and neighbors as their bodies were being borne to the church for final rites. Death came to the 83-year-old sexton, Jacob BROWN, known far and wide as "Uncle Jake," last Sunday night. He had been ill for a long time and the final summons had been expected. Last winter he spent considerable time in a Ripley hospital. There was little hope because of his age and the malady from which he suffered that he would survive for long.

       At the same time, Mrs. BROWN was ill in a hospital and she died four weeks ago and "Uncle Jake" remarked that he would follow before long and he did. A large crowd of his friends and neighbors, because he had no relatives except those by marriage, gathered at Simpson Tuesday afternoon to hear Rev. George CALTRIDER, the pastor of the church, pay a final tribute to "Uncle Jake" and then his body was taken to the cemetery nearby for interment.

       He had come to this section of Jackson County from Noble County, Ohio, like many of his neighbors. He was a young man then and spent the remainder of his life there. His first wife, Betty STALLINGS BROWN, was a church worker also, and more than a decade ago while on her way to the Simpson church one Sunday evening where a program was to be given in which she was to have a part, she suffered a severe heart attack and died suddenly. That was a shock to the community. Something like five years ago, "Uncle Jake" married again and his second wife preceded him in death. No children survive either marriage. (Jackson Herald, Friday, 29 May 1942)


       Jacob BROWN, son of John and Mary BROWN, was born March 7, 1859 in Monroe County, Ohio. He departed this life May 25, 1942, aged 83 years, 2 months and 18 days. In March 1887, he united in marriage to Mary Ann STALLINGS who preceded him in death June 19, 1927. In later years, he was married to Jessie Irene WILLIS, who preceded him in death April 17, 1942. He was the father of (?) children, five sisters,(?) Barbara BLAIR, Catherine ROBBINS, Nancy Etta STALLINGS, Sarah Elizabeth WILLIAMS and Hester Ann BROWN, who have passed to the great beyond. He leaves four brother-in-laws. (Jackson Herald, Friday, 12 June 1942)


       Earl PROVINCE was found dead at his home at Limestone Hill last Saturday evening about seven-thirty o'clock by members of his family when they returned home after being away for the day. Death had resulted from a shotgun wound to the chest, apparently self inflicted.

       Mr. PROVINCE, aged 44 years, was believed to have been alone at the home all day, his family having gone to Parkersburg about eight o'clock Saturday morning. When they returned they found him dead on the stairway of the home. Relatives could assign no reason for the act except that he had been in ill health for several months. The weapon used was a twelve gauge shotgun.

       He leaves his widow, Mrs. Dora PROVINCE, and many relatives and friends. The funeral services was held at the Limestone church on Tuesday morning and burial was in the cemetery there. (Jackson Herald, Friday, 29 May 1942)

Edwin Darrell ARMSTRONG

       A card of thanks from Mr. and Mrs. Dale ARMSTRONG, after the death of their son, Edwin Darrell ARMSTRONG. (Jackson Herald, Friday 29 May 1942)


       Funeral services for Mrs. T. E. STEWART, 44 years old, were held at the Mt. Moriah church Sunday afternoon with Rev. L. R. MAHONEY in charge and burial was in the church cemetery. Mrs. STEWART, who had undergone an operation at a Ripley hospital several days ago, died suddenly Saturday morning of a heart attack.

       She was recovering satisfactorily from the operation but all along a heart condition had aggravated her case and while it was believed the latter part of last week that she would survive, the attack came suddenly and she died within a short time.

       At the funeral services, Rev. MAHONEY read the following obituary: Goldie (UNRUE) STEWART, daughter of Julius and Mollie UNRUE, was born at Evans, WV., April 7, 1898 and departed this life May 23, 1942, aged 44 years, one month and 16 days. She was married to Thomas E. STEWART, April 28, 1917, and to this union the following children were born: Cathlene FISHER, of Akron, Ohio; Howard, Jean, Talmage, Delbert, Dorotha, Dwight, Nancy, Roy, Herbert, Billy, and Patsy Carrol, all of whom survive, except Patsy Carrol, who died recently. She is also survived by her mother and the following sisters and brothers; Mrs. Edna RHODES; Mrs. Mayme FRENCH and Mrs. Blanche FRENCH, of Liberty, WV.; Mrs. Ruth WORKMAN, of Printer, WV.; Mrs. Nelle KNOX, of Marion, Indiana; Mrs. Mabel FISHER, of Charleston, WV.; Harry UNRUE, of Paradise, WV.; Walter UNRUE, of Charleston, WV; Everett and Cecil UNRUE of Dunbar, WV. (Jackson Herald, Friday, 29 May 1942)

Transcribed from microfilm by Betty Kessel McIntyre

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