November 1941 Obituaries

Judge Reese BLIZZARD

       Judge Reese BLIZZARD of Parkersburg, the man who sentenced John MORGAN to be hanged, died at his home in South Parkersburg Monday morning at 7:40 o'clock after a short illness. He was in his 79th year.

       Judge BLIZZARD was elected judge of the Sixth judicial district in 1896. He was appointed United States district attorney in 1900 by President MCKINLEY, and was later appointed United States district attorney for the northern West Virginia district by President Theodore ROOSEVELT. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the home. Burial was in the Odd Fellows cemetery at Parkersburg, (WV). (14 Nov 1941)

Mary E. BOSO

       Funeral services for Mary E. BOSO, 71 years old, were held at the Flinn cemetery near Belleville Tuesday. She died in Parkersburg hospital on Sunday morning where she had been a patient for the past week. (21 Nov 1941)

Sharon CASTO

       Funeral services for Sharon CASTO, infant daughter of Noel D. and Ruth PURSLEY CASTO, were held at their home in Ripley on Saturday, November ... Rev. J. J. LOUDIN officiated. Funeral arrangements were in charge of the Vail mortuary. (Friday, 5 December 1941)

William Larry CHANCEY

       William Larry CHANCEY, son of William Ray and Josephine ICE CHANCEY, died Wednesday afternoon at 1:35 at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. CHANCEY of Liverpool. The croup was the cause of his death. William Larry was born December 23, 1940, at Liverpool. (died 5 November 1941).

       He is survived by his parents. He was 10 months and 12 days of age. Funeral services were held at the Baptist church at Reedy Friday at 10 a.m. with Rev. WARREN officiating. Funeral arrangements were in charge of Hardman and Conrad Funeral Home. Burial was made in the Board cemetery. (the child had an uncle named Filbert CHANCEY) (Friday, 14 November 1941)

Charles Ulysses CONGER

       Following a week's illness of pneumonia, Charles Ulysses CONGER, aged 71, died Monday morning at 11 o'clock at his home at Sandyville. Mr. CONGER was born 31 October 1870, at Sandyville, a son of the late Elias and Janey CONGER, and was a lifelong resident of this county.

       On 28 March 1895, he was married to Mariella V. PRICE, who survives. He was a member of the United Brethren church. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Drift Run church, with Rev. CALTRIDER officiating. Burial was in the cemetery there with Lawrence M. FORD the funeral director in charge.

       Besides the wife, the deceased is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Booth SMITH of Sandyville; Mrs. Marie WISE of Parkersburg; Mrs. Martha CURREY of Parkersburg, and Mrs. Fay VANNOY of Sandyville, and three sons, Clyde CONGER of Washington, W.Va.; Lawrence CONGER of Sandyville, and Teddy CONGER of Washington, W.Va. One daughter preceded him in death. Surviving also are a brother, Ed CONGER of Parkersburg, and a sister, Martha ANGUS of Raven Rock, W.Va. (Friday, 28 Nov 1941)

Charles Ulysses CONGER

       Charles Ulysses CONGER, son of Elias Edward and Margaret Jane CONGER, was born in Jackson County, WV., October 31, 1869. He passed to the Great Beyond on November 24, 1941, aged 72 years and 23 days. Mr. CONGER was united in marriage to Marilla V. PRICE, March 28, 1895.

       In addition to his faithful and devoted companion he is survived by the following children. Mrs. Bertha SMITH, Sandyville; Clyde CONGER, Washington, WV.; Mrs. Marie WISE, Vienna, WV.; Lawrence CONGER, Sandyville, WV.; Mrs. Samantha CURREY, Parkersburg, WV.; Theodore CONGER, Washington, WV.; Mrs. Artice Faye VANNOY, Sandyville, WV.; one daughter, Ivy Lavina, preceded him in death. One brother, E. M. CONGER, of Parkersburg, WV., and one sister, Mrs. Martha ANGUS of Raven Rock, also survive. Six brothers and three sisters preceded him in death. Nineteen grandchildren and one great grandchild also survive. (19 Dec 1941)

Hugh Parker DONLEY


       Funeral services for Hugh Parker DONLEY, native of Jackson County, who for the past 34 years had been an employee of the Charleston Transit company, died suddenly Saturday afternoon following a heart attack while being taken to a hospital, were held Monday afternoon at the Fairview cemetery.

       Mr. DONLEY, who had been claim agent for the company for a number of years, went to his office as usual Saturday morning but shortly after noon complained of feeling ill, and while Bailey HUPP, general manager for the company, was taking him to the hospital in a taxicab, the fatal attack occurred.

       Born at Fairplain on August 16, 1873, he went to Charleston in 1907 where he entered the employment of the transit company as conductor. He was promoted to dispatcher in 1916 and in 1927 was made claim agent. In 1892 Mr. DONLEY married Miss Rosa PARSONS. Six children were born to this union. Mrs. DONLEY died in December 1935. In 1940 Mr. DONLEY married Mrs. Grace LATHAM, who survives.

       Also surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Roy JONES and Mrs. Arthur GILLIAM of Charleston, and Miss Myrl DONLEY of Phoenix, Airzona; three sons, Rev. Shirley DONLEY, a pastor of the Baptist church at Oak Hill and now an army chaplain in Mississippi; Dr. Thomas C. DONLEY, a member of the faculty of the University of New Mexico, Howard DONLEY, of Charleston, and a brother, John DONLEY, of Akron, Ohio. (Friday, 21 November 1941)

Dennis Daris GANDEE

       His body a mass of broken bones and flesh caused by a blast from a charge of dynamite set off when his pick struck the cap while working on a pipe line near Limestone Hill Monday afternoon, Dennis Daris GANDEE, 54, of Harmony, Roane County, died at the Camden-Clark Memorial hospital in Parkersburg about six hours later.

       GANDEE, an employee of the Ligon and Ligon contracting company who was building the 12-inch line from the local field to Waverly for the Hope Gas Company, was standing directly over the dynamite charge when it happened. He was digging a ditch in a bottom near Limestone Hill through a rock formation that had been blasted several times earlier in the day. A string of shots had been set off simultaneously, and it was believed that one of the charges had remained intact. (more on the accident).

       Surviving are his wife, Laura GANDEE; twelve children, Romie GANDEE, of Walton (Roane County, WV); Mrs. Mildred FIELDS, of Deleware, Ohio; Mrs. Effie PHILLIPS, of Walton; Mrs. Bonnie CARVER, of Sandyville; Raymond, of Gay; Martha, 19; Tressie, 17; Ruth, 16; Bessie, 15; Jaunita, 11, and Richard, 5, at home; one brother, J. K. GANDEE of Charleston; and five sisters, Mrs. Mary SMITH, of Gallipolis, Ohio; Mrs. Virginia FERRELL, of Charleston; Mrs. O. C. MOORE, of Walton; Mrs. Annie RHODES, of Harmony; and Mrs. Gay STARCHER, of Akron, Ohio. His father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. GANDEE, are deceased. (Friday, 21 November 1941)


       Funeral services for Alonzo GILPIN, former deputy sheriff and jailer of Jackson County, who died at his home at Cottageville last Wednesday were held Saturday at the Cottageville United Brethren church with Rev. Roy DAVIS, pastor of the church officiating. Burial was in the Blaine Memorial cemetery at Cottageville with the Vail Mortuary in charge.

       Mr. GILPIN was born February 16, 1868, and was 73 years, 8 months and 26 days old at the time of his death. He had been in ill health for some time. He served as deputy sheriff and jailer under Ex-Sheriff Clarence F. MYERS, and thirty-five years of his life was spent as a carpenter for the Baltimore and Ohio railroad.

       He was united in marriage in April 1895 to Charlotte PRICE, whom survives. To this union were born six children. A son, Price, died at the age of 12. Others surviving are three daughters, Gula HILL of Cottageville; Ada CONRAD of Charleston, and Freeda MARCH of Columbus, Ohio; a sister, Mrs. Matilda WHEELER of Marietta, Ohio, five grandchildren and one great grandchild and a host of other relatives and friends. (Friday, 21 November 1941)

Charles Lee HARRIS

       Funeral services for Charles Lee HARRIS, 53 year old World War veteran, were held at the Antioch church Sunday afternoon and burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. Roy DAVIS had charge of the service and Ralph BUSH, Mt. Alto mortician, had charge of arrangements for the funeral and burial.

       Mr. HARRIS died in the Veterans Hospital at Huntington on Saturday morning, a nurse finding him .... ..... when she went to his room making her early morning rounds to visit the patients. He had been a patient in the hospital for some time and was thought to be improving but physicians were of the opinion that he had suffered a fatal heart attack during his sleep. He enlisted in the World War on 4 March 1918 and served until June 1919 when he was mustered out of the service. During much of the time he was attached to the Base Hospital on Long Island, New York.

       He leaves to mourn their loss his mother and five sisters, namely; Minnie HARRIS and Iva SPAULDING, at home; May FRYE, of Cottageville, WV.; Florence ECKER, of Flat Rock, WV.; Mattie MCCLURE, of Leon, WV.; Andrew MCCLURE and six other nieces, and three nephews.(?) Those preceding him in death are his father and one sister, Lizzie. (28 Nov 1941)


       Funeral services for Cyrus L. HINZMAN, 78 year old resident of Gay, who died Wednesday at the Spencer City Hospital following a short illness, were held Friday at the Gay church, with Rev. L. R. MAHONEY officiating. Interment was made in the church cemetery with the Mays mortuary in charge. (Friday, 28 November 1941)

Vanlinden Dick HOSCHAR

       Funeral services for Vanlinden Dick HOSCHAR, native of Jackson County, who died at his home in Paintsville, Kentucky, on Saturday, 15 November (1941), were held in the First Methodist church at Paintsville on Monday, 17 November. The body was brought to Huntington where burial was made in the Ridgelawn cemetery. Mr. HOSCHAR, father of Mrs. Arthur SALLAZ of this place, had been ill for about a year. His death occured on his eighty-fourth birthday.

       A son of the late Andrew KRINER and Suzanne UTT HOSCHAR, he was born in Jackson County on 15 November 1857. He was united in marriage 10 March 1876, to Martha E. BLAZER, who preceded him in death. Three children were born to this union, Mrs. Arthur SALLAZ of Ripley, and Della and George HOSCHAR who preceded him in death. His second marriage was to Lecena MARTIN, now deceased, at Racine, Ohio, on 13 June 1894. To this union were born a son, Charles E. HOSCHAR, and a daughter, Amanda M. HOSCHAR, both of Paintsville, Kentucky.

       He is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Thad BOWMAN, of Silverton, (WV); a sister-in-law, Miss Amanda MARTIN, who resides in the HOSCHAR home, 14 grandchildren and a large number of other relatives and friends. (Friday, 28 November 1941)


       Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon for Mrs. Noah (Laura PRICE) HUNT, who passed away November 13, 1941. Mr. and Mrs. HUNT had a few months ago moved from Pleasant View to Linville, Ohio. She had not been well for some time, and had been in the hospital at Gallipolis but medical aid could not save her. Rev. W.E. FIBER held the services at their new country home near Linville, Ohio, and the Rev. BALL at the Letart church with interment in the cemetery nearby with undertaker YOUNG, of Rutherford, Ohio.

       The following obituary was read at her funeral by Mrs. W. I. FIBER:

       Mrs. Laura HUNT was born October 19, 1873 at Cicerone, W.Va., daughter of James Harvey and Mary PRICE, married to Noah HUNT at Woodyard, W.Va., Jan. 23, 1896. To this union were born nine sons and four daughters. One son, William HUNT, preceded her in death; also four brothers and two sisters and one grandchild.

       Those still living are her husband, Noah HUNT, of Linsville, eight sons, George, at home; Dayton, Point Marion, Pa.; Orville, Fort Clinton, Ohio; Bert, at Letart Falls; Elmer, Roy, Ben and Horton, all of Charleston. The four daughters are Mrs. Rachel MCMURRAY, Ravenswood; Mrs. Myrtle WOLFE, of Millwood; Mrs. Goldie WYANT, Portland, Ohio and Mrs. Matilda ROWLEY, Fort Clinton, Ohio; one sister, Mrs. (Phillip) Lucretia BERRY, of Boyd, 32 grandchildren, many other relatives and a host of friends. At the time of her death she was and had been for several years a loyal member of the Pleasant View Methodist Church near Ravenswood, W.Va. (Friday 21 Nov 1941)

Rush P. LANE

       Rush P. LANE, retired railway clerk and veteran of the Spanish-American War, died Friday at his home at Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at the age of 69. Mr. LANE was born at Racine, Ohio, and spent his early life at Wilding, Jackson County, WV. He resided in Wood county for thirty-five years prior to going to Florida.

       Surviving are his wife, Cora; one brother, Jonah LANE of Wilding; a half-brother, H. L. CUSTER of Marietta, Ohio, and three sisters,Mrs. Emma DUFFEY of San Francisco, Calif. Mrs. Lydia JEFFERS of Salem, Ohio, and Mrs. Belle CHEUVRONT, of Cleveland, Ohio. (Friday, 05 December 1941)


       In memory of a dear husband and father, Arthur MILHOAN, who passed away 28 November 1940. Written by his daughter, Mrs. Bertha LANE, of Sherman, WV. (Friday, 28 Nov 1941)


       Funeral services for Mrs. Viola MILLER, 79, were held at Madison, Boone County, Saturday. She died in Las Angeles on Monday of last week and the body was brought back for burial. Her son, Wallace MILLER, of Millwood, and Mrs. MILLER and their daughter, Mrs. Clive FISHER and husband, of New Martinsville, were in Madison for the service. (Friday, 14 Nov 1941)

Theodore Luther RAWLINGS

       Theodore Luther RAWLINGS, aged 60, died at his home in Parkersburg, Tuesday evening, 18 November 1941. Mr. RAWLINGS was born at Ripley, WV., and had resided at his present address for the past twenty-one years.

       Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Bessie M. RAWLINGS; two daughters, Mrs. Lena GORE and Mrs. Archie ROBERTS and three sons, Paul, Robert and Sam RAWLINGS, all of Parkersburg. He also leaves one sister, Mrs. J. T. CHANCEY of Ripley, WV.; two brothers, K. O. RAWLINGS, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and O. L. RAWLINGS, of Ripley, and several grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Thursday, 20 November, at 2 p.m. in the Mt. Moriah church, with the Rev. Howard WEST in charge. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery. (Friday, 05 Dec 1941)

Donald Samuel VANKIRK

       Donald Samuel VANKIRK, 16 months old son of Mr. and Mrs. C. L. VANKIRK, of Silverton, died Friday and the funeral services were held there Sunday afternoon with the Rev. C. E. RUBLE in charge. Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. L. VANKIRK and the following brothers and sisters, Elsie, Edith, Charles, Dorothy, Naomi, Robert, Jean, Eddie, Freddy and Betty VANKIRK, all at home. (14 Nov 1941)

Donald Samuel VANKIRK

       In memory of Donald Samuel VANKIRK, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. L. VANKIRK, was born June 30, 1940, and departed this life November 7, 1941, aged 16 months and 8 days. He leaves to mourn their loss, the parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. L. VANKIRK, and the following brothers and sisters, Elsie, Edith, Charles, Dorothy, Naomi, Robert, Jean, Eddie, Freddie, and Betty. Funeral services were conducted from the Silverton United Brethren church, November 9, at 2 p.m. with Rev. C. E. RUBLE officiating. CHAMBERS and KYGER, undertakers in charge. Burial was made in the cemetery at Silverton. (Friday, 14 Nov 1941)


       In loving memory of our dear sister, Mrs. Blanche RAY WHITTAKER, who passed away 12 November 1933. Her sister, Mrs. Deby PARSONS, of Dover, Ohio. (Friday, 12 November 1941)

Transcribed from microfilm by Betty Kessel McIntyre

Return to Obits Index

USGenWeb logo

Return to Jackson County WVGenWeb homepage

Les Shockey and Betty Briggs, Co-Coordinators of the Jackson County WVGenWeb page.
Contact us

      WVGenWeb logo