May 1943 Obituaries

Mrs. Marjorie Gladys (POWELL) BRETZIEUS

        The following is from a Pasadena, California newspaper: Mrs. Marjorie Gladys (POWELL) BRETZIEUS, 882 North Menton Avenue, passed away March 26, 1943.

        A native of Ravenswood, West Virginia, she had been a resident of Pasadena for 15 years.

        She is survived by her husband, William Franklin BRETZIEUS; two sons, William Franklin BRETZIEUS, III, and Roger Earl BRETZIEUS, and a daughter, Ruth Ann BRETZIEUS, all of Pasadena; one sister, Mrs. Roy BRETZIEUS of Pasadena, and three brothers, Russell M. POWELL, of Ravenswood, Hoy L. POWELL, of Youngstown, Ohio, and Carl B. POWELL, of Akron, Ohio.

        Funeral services will be held at two p.m. at the chapel of Turner & Stevens Company, Manrengo Avenue at Holly Street, Dr. James LEISHMAN officiating. Interment, Mountain View cemetery. (Jackson Herald, Fri., April 30, 1943)

Mrs. Martha E. KNAPP

        Mrs. Martha E. KNAPP, wife of E. H. KNAPP, died in a Parkersburg hospital Sunday night. The funeral services were held Tuesday and burial was in the Pine Hill cemetery at Ripley.

        Surviving are her husband and five children: Mrs. Hazel OLDHAM, of Parkersburg; Mrs. Ruth HONAKER, of Charleston; Donald KNAPP, of Charleston; Corporal Eugene KNAPP of the U.S. Army infantry, stationed in Panama, and First Lt. Roy D. KNAPP with the armed forces in England; her father, A. L. SMITH, of Ripley, one brother, A. L. KNAPP, Jr., of Ripley, and two sisters, Mrs. J. J. SMITH, of Evans, and Mrs. E. A. STEWART, of New Salem, Ohio, and a half-sister, Mrs. Mary BORCHETT, of Portsmouth, Ohio. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 7 May 1943)

Margaret A. (SMITH) BARNES

        Margaret A. (SMITH) BARNES, 98, was born in Noble county, Ohio, August 6, 1844. She was the daughter of the late Joseph L. & Henrietta (STIGNER) SMITH. She was united in marriage to Vachel BARNES, July 13, 1865. (not married in Jackson county, WV.) To this union seven children were born. Her husband died in 1887. One son, James F., and two daughters, Anna M. and Harrietta Luvenia BARNES, preceded her in death. Those left to mourn their loss are Joseph H. BARNES, of Parkersburg; Mrs. W. P. WAGGONER, of Marietta, Ohio; Mrs. A. E. MATHEWS, of Beverly, Ohio; Mrs. A. F. BALL, of Sandyville, and 17 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.

        This couple started out life in the state of Ohio, later moving to West Virginia to a farm in Wirt County, and lived happily and Christ-like till one morning in March 1887, God came to call him home. Mrs. BARNES, with the help of her neighbors, still remained on the farm with the seven children until they had homes of their own. Thirty-five years ago she went to Marietta, Ohio, to make her home with her daughter, Mrs. W. P. WAGGONER, and remained there until her death. She was a member of the Providence church, Providence, WV. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 7 May 1943)

Daniel D. PARK

        Funeral services for Daniel D. PARK, aged 91 years, were held from the Methodist church in Cottageville Thursday afternoon and burial was in the church cemetery. Mr. PARK died on Tuesday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Josie SAYRE of Millwood. Mr. PARK was born in the state of Pennsylvania, and early in life he came to Evans where he made his home until three years ago.

        He married Rosetta Harpold, who died in 1901. He is survived by the following children: Mrs. Fremont HUNTER, Rockcastle; Mrs. Josie SAYRE, Millwood; Mrs. Charley SHINN, Mt. Alto; and one son, W. A. PARK, Pittsburgh. He is also survived by 24 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. The Vail Mortuary had charge of the arrangements. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 14 May 1943)

Daniel David PARK

        Daniel David PARK, son of Albert Galiton & Phebe Ann PARK, was born April 12, 1852, and departed this life May 4, 1943, aged 91 years and 22 days. He was united in marriage to Rosetta HARPOLD, who preceded him in death 42 years ago. He is survived by the following children: Mrs. Bertie SHINN, Mt. Alto; William PARK, Pittsburgh; Mrs. Maude HUNTER, Rockcastle; Mrs. Josie SAYRE, Millwood, with whom he made his home. One daughter, Mary Olive, preceded him in death. He is survived by 23 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. The funeral was conducted by J. F. CALTRIDER and the body was laid to rest in the Cottageville cemetery. Joe VAIL was the undertaker. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 21 May 1943)


        Joseph W. FLOWERS (son of Augustus & Mary E. (DUNLAP) FLOWERS) died Tuesday noon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Dana DURST at Sand Hill, in Mason county. He suffered a stroke two years ago and had been in declining health since that time. He was born near Cottageville, March 4, 1875. He went to Mason county in 1917 and entered into the grocery businiss on North Main street, later moving to High Lawn, where he operated a filling station and grocery.

        He was married to Iva Ellen WHEELER (daughter of Joseph & Malinda C. (CAMPBELL) WHEELER, his second wife) on August 22, 1897. To this union four children were born; Joseph Augusta and Ruby Ellen, now deceased; Mrs. Charles DURST and Mrs. Dana DURST. In addition to the widow and two daughters, he is survived by one sister, Mrs. A. T. PARSONS, of Ripley; two brothers, A. B. FLOWERS, of Mt. Alto, and Harley FLOWERS, of Cottageville; eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Funeral services will be conducted at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Dana DURST, Thursday at two p.m., by Rev. F. H. CAPEHART, pastor of the United Brethren church. Interment in the Lone Oak cemetery. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 14 May 1943)

Samuel F. LYONS

        Funeral services for Samuel F. LYONS, 74 years old resident of Mt. Alto, were held from the Mt. Hebron church Tuesday and burial was in the church cemetery. Mr. LYONS died at his home there on Sunday. He is survived by his widow, four sons and one daughter. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 14 May 1943)

Charles Vernon SNYDER

        Funeral services for Charles Vernon SNYDER, 58, were held from the Mill Creek Baptist church at Frozen Camp on Thursday morning at eleven o'clock and the body was taken to the Pine Grove cemetery for burial. Rev. J. F. CALTRIDER and Rev. Garnet BOGGS had charge of the service. Mr. SNYDER died at a Spencer hospital on Tuesday after an illness of some length and death had been expected. He was a well known farmer of the Liverpool community and was also well known in Methodist circles in Jackson and adjoining counties.

        Surviving are his wife, Mrs. May CASTO SNYDER; four sons, Russell and Scott SNYDER, of Akron, Ohio; Ernest, of Atwater, Ohio, and Charles SNYDER, of Liverpool; three daughters, Mrs. Emma WESTFALL, of Liverpool; Mrs. Ida WINDON, of Ripley, and Mrs. Sybil BATTON, of Spencer; two brothers, Bill and John SNYDER, of Sandyville, and two sisters, Mrs. Keene CASTO and Mrs. Ruth BOWMAN, of Ripley. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 21 May 1943)


        Funeral services for A. C. CARNEY, 85 year old farmer of Given, were held from the Fairview church on Sunday afternoon and burial was in the church cemetery. Mr. CARNEY died at his home on Thursday morning following a long illness. His condition had been serious for some time and death had been expected. He was a well known and highly esteemed resident of the county and was a progressive farmer and owned and operated one of the many fine farms in the Parchment Valley.

        The Vail undertaking company of Ripley had charge of the funeral arrangements. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mary WINTER CARNEY, of Given, and the following children: Mrs. Willie BOSWELL, of Leon, Mason county; Thurman CARNEY, of Leon; Howard CARNEY, of Detroit, Mich.; Miss Flora and Miss Fannie CARNEY, both of Detroit, Mich; Mrs. John CASTO, of Ripley, and Miss Belle CARNEY, at home. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 21 May 1943)

Alexander C. CARNEY

        Alexander C. CARNEY, Given, WV., born March 20, 1860, lived his life in the local community. Taught school in early life. Afterward took up farming as a life occupation.

        Entered into holy matrimony of marriage with Mary Frances WINTER, 3 p.m., March 26, 1885. This union continued until he was called from this life eternal May 13, 1943, age 83 years, 1 month and 23 days. To this union eight children were born; five girls and three boys. One boy, an infant, preceded him in death. Left to mourn their loss are his wife, Mrs. Mary Frances CARNEY, (children) Mrs. Rose E. BOSWELL, A. F. CARNEY, of Leon; H. R. CARNEY, of Dearborn, Michigan; Mrs. Audra J. CASTO, of Ripley; Flora H. CARNEY , of Detroit, Michigan; Mary Belle CARNEY, of Given, and Fanny Zee CARNEY, of Detroit, Michigan. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 28 May 1943)

Charles PARSONS and Denver PARSONS

        Two men, Charles PARSONS, 76 years old, and his nephew, Denver PARSONS, 21, both of White Oak, are dead as a result of a gun duel last Thursday morning in which each of the men are believed to have killed the other, according to a verdict returned by the coroner's jury late in the afternoon. The elder man died about nine o'clock that night in a Charleston hospital, and the young man was killed on the scene.

        The duel took place at the home of the elder man's brother, James PARSONS, and only a part of the affair was witnessed by other members of the families. According to information gathered by the officials, the trouble started over statements made by the elder man about his nephew going into the army. Denver PARSONS was one of the seventy young men scheduled to leave Jackson county last Friday morning for the army and the uncle is reported to have said something to the effect that "you are no account here, and the army is the place for you." That statement was resented by the youth, and according to Clara PARSONS, a 16-year-old-girl, Denver came through the kitchen and without saying anything, shot a .32 caliber bullet into the body of Charles PARSONS, the charge striking him about an inch below the heart. The youth walked out into the yard and the uncle got his shotgun and fired a shot which struck the youth in the hip and he fell to the ground and dropped his pistol which he had still carried in his hand.

        At this point the young lady fled from the scene and could tell officers nothing about what happened further during the affair. A fourteen-year-old-boy, however, said that as he was leaving the scene, Denver had crawled back into the road and asked him to get his revolver which he had dropped. He did not do so, but left the scene immediately. What happened after that was not witnessed by anyone, but when others arrived on the scene, they found the body of Denver PARSONS back in the house with the portion of his skull just back of the right ear blown off from a shotgun charge and by that time the uncle was out in the yard.

        Due to bad roads, the uncle had to be carried eight miles on a stretcher to Fletcher from where he was taken to a Charleston hospital in an ambulance and died there shortly after nine o'clock on Thursday night. The youth's body was brought out later Thursday evening by a Mays and PARSONS ambulance. Justice of the Peace A. A. SHINN, of Ripley, reached the scene of the shooting early in the afternoon and held an inquest with W. M. JORDAN, Jasper F. ALDERMAN, William JONES, Howard COX and Sherman BRADLEY as members of the jury, and after carefully surveying the scene, hearing the evidence of the two young people, and surveying the situation generally, returned the following verdict: "We, the jury, find that Denver PARSONS came to his death at the hands of someone other than himself. Signed, W. M. JORDAN, Foreman."

        Charles PARSONS lived with his brother, James (PARSONS), officials said they were informed, and the nephew had been dreading the day for going to the army and from what they gathered, the duel must have been the outgrowth of the remarks which neighbors and others said caused the ill feelings. Denver PARSONS was the 21-year-old son of Asbury PARSONS of the White Oak community. First reports to reach Ripley were to the effect that the aged man had been shot twice, but officials said that was not the case, and that the one charge which struck him just below the heart was the only wound on his body. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 21 May 1943)

John Baxter HINZMAN

        John Baxter HINZMAN, aged 74, was found dead on Low Gap Run, near Meadowdale, about nine o'clock Saturday night by a neighbor who happened to be passing the home. He had lived in the home by himself for some time. The discovery was made by Henry UTT, who noticed that the doors to the home were opened and looked inside and saw Mr. HINZMAN sitting on the floor against the wall. He called to him and got no answer, and Mr. UTT investigated and found that he was dead. He had been seen last alive last Thurdsday when he worked for Albert DAVIS, and Undertaker Lawrence FORD, who was called to take charge of the body, estimated that the man had been dead for 24 to 48 hours.

        Surviving are the following children: Willie, of Point Pleasant; Howard, of Charleston; Arthur, of Liverpool; Mrs. Charlie SNYDER, of Ohio; Mrs. Oda EDES, of Spring HILL, WV.; Mrs. Lucy DAVIS, of Sandyville; Mrs. Amanda ROBINSON and Lawrence HINZMAN, of Kenna. Also surviving are seven grandchildren. He was a member of the Church of God of Mount Hope. The funeral services were held at the Mount Hope church on Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock and burial was in the cemetery there. Lawrence M. FORD, Crow Summit funeral director, had charge of the funeral arrangements. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 21 May 1943)

John Baxter HINZMAN

        John Baxter HINZMAN, son of Samuel B. and Leucretia HINZMAN, was born May 20, 1866, departed this life May 14, 1943, aged 76 years, 11 months and 24 days. He was united in marriage to Catherine Melcena THOMAS, who preceded him in death. To this union the following children were born: William, of Huntington, WV.; Howard, of Rand, WV.; Alma SNYDER, of Minersville, Ohio; Lucy DAVIS, of Sandyville, WV.; Otie EADS, of Spring HILL, WV.; Lawrence, of Ripley, Arthur, of Liverpool; Amanda ROBINSON, of Sandyville. Leonard, Roy, Clifford, Della and the mother have all gone on before him. He leaves to mourn his loss, his eight children, 33 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and the following brothers and sisters: Isaac, of Sandyville; Everett, of Dunbar; Benton, of Liverpool; Mrs. Elvira THOMAS, of Kenna; Mrs. Edna FABER, of Kenna, and a host of friends. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 28 May 1943)

Doy Junior SKEEN

        Doy Junior SKEEN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Doy B. SKEEN, was born November 11, 1936, and departed this life on May 12, 1943, aged 6 years, 6 months and 1 day.

        He leaves to mourn their loss, his father, mother and one brother, Willard Kenna SKEEN; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. CHAPMAN and Mrs. Clara SKEEN HUTTON; a step-father, Rev. C. Edward HUTTON, and the following uncles and aunts: Mr. and Mrs. Oral SKEEN, Ripley; Mr. and Mrs. L. Clifton SKEEN, Charleston; Mr. and Mrs. Willie PARSONS, Delaware; Mr. and Mrs. William HICKMAN, Reedy; Mr. and Mrs. Gay CRINER, Kyger; Okey CHAPMAN, California; and Elmer CHAPMAN, Charleston. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 21 May 1943)

Doy Junior SKEEN

        Doy Junior SKEEN, six year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Doy B. SKEEN, of Fletcher, WV., died in a Charleston hospital Wednesday of Scarlet fever. The parents and a brother, survive. Private funeral services were held from the home on Friday afternoon at two-thirty o'clock and burial was in the SKEEN cemetery, (near Fletcher, WV.) (Jackson Herald, Fri., 21 May 1943)

Wilbur Franklin FISHER

        Funeral services for Wilbur Franklin FISHER, aged 83, were held at the Emma Chapel church on Sunday and burial was in the church cemetery. Mr. FISHER, a retired farmer of Given, died in Charleston last February 17, (1943) and his body was kept there until last Sunday. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 28 May 1943)

James Franklin WOOD

        James Franklin WOOD was born in Buffington Island, Ohio, January 10, 1856. He departed this life on Sunday morning, May 16, 1943, at the age of 87 years, 4 months and 6 days. On May 6, 1903,

        He was united in marriage to Ortie THOMAS of Jackson county. To this union were born eight children: Mrs. Alan JOHNSON, of Radnor, Ohio; Jack, of Columbus, Ohio; Mrs. Cecil HILL, of Marion, Ohio; Lonnie, of Glasgow, WV.; Mrs. Vincent WINE, of Columbus, Ohio; James O. and Leonard at home, and Sgt. Virgil, attached to the Army Air Force in Fresno, California, and Mrs. Effie MARTIN by a former marriage to Alice LOW. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by father, mother, one brother, one sister, two infant daughters, and two grandchildren.

        The funeral was conducted by Rev. J. F CALTRIDER of Cottageville. The body was laid to rest in the Creston cemetery. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 28 May 1943)

Mrs. Harriett MOORE

        In memory of our grandmother, Mrs. Harriett MOORE, who passed away four years ago, May 20, 1939. Written by her grandchildren, Pauline and Phillip MOORE. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 28 May 1943)

Transcribed from microfilm by Betty Kessel McIntyre

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