October 1942 Obituaries


       In loving memory of our mother, Osa Ray BEATTIE, who passed away October 1, 1940. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 2 Oct 1942)


       Funeral services for Isaac N. STARKEY, the father of Dr. P. C. STARKEY, of Ravenswood, were held at the Chambers-Kyger funeral home there Sunday, with the Rev. E. S. HIGGINBOTHAM, pastor of the Ravenswood Baptist church in charge, and burial was in the Ravenswood cemetery. Mr. STARKEY died at his Ravenswood home Friday, death resulting from an attack of pneumonia. He had been in ill health for several months. His death occurred on his sixty-first wedding anniversary. He was 88 years, 4 months and 10 days of age.

       He was a native of Virginia and was born at Berryville in 1854. On October 2, 1881, he married Miss Alice CATHER, who survives. He became a member of the Baptist church in 1882 and during the remainder of his life he was steadfast in his faith and faithful to his church. Six children came to bless the Starkey home, one of them being Dr. STARKEY, and another is Gladys, who remained at home to care for her aged parents. Mr. STARKEY was one of the outstanding men of the Ravenswood section and had been for many years prior to his death. He was a farmer by occupation. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 9 Oct 1942)

Oley Edgar PRINGLE

       Oley Edgar PRINGLE, son of the late John and Mazzila (RHODES) PRINGLE, was born Sept 13, 1885, and died Oct 21, 1942, aged 57 years, 1 month and 8 days. He was converted and joined the Oak Hill U. B. church when he was young in years. Through all his troubles and trials he always leaned on Jesus for his comfort and stay and today I feel the assurance that he is resting in the arms of Jesus.


       Funeral services for Oley PRINGLE, 57 years old, were held at Gay on Thursday with Rev. CUNNINGHAM in charge and burial was in the Halbert cemetery. Mr. PRINGLE died on Tuesday. Among the survivors are his widow, Euna KELLY PRINGLE. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 30 Oct 1942)

       He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Euna (KELLY) PRINGLE; two sons, Harold and Russell PRINGLE; one daughter, Onnalee PRINGLE, and one granddaughter, Patty PRINGLE. He is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Effa MCMASTERS and Miss Ethel PRINGLE, and one brother, Frederick PRINGLE. Those preceding him in death are; his father, mother, eight sisters and brothers. Funeral services were held at the Elk Fork church on Oct 22, 1942 at 2 o'clock, by Rev. J. E. CUNNINGHAM, and the remains were laid to rest in the Halbert cemetery. Vail's mortuary had charge of arrangements. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 20 Nov 1942)


       Miss Carrie M. BUTCHER, well-known retired registered nurse, died Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Camden-Clark Memorial hospital, Parkersburg, WV., at the age of 46 (years). She had been ill for several years. Born at Hereford, Jackson County, Miss BUTCHER spent most of her life in the Parkersburg vicinity. She was graduated from the Camden-Clark nurses' school in the class of '24 and thereafter was actively engaged in the nursing profession until failing health forced her to retire several years ago.

       Miss BUTCHER made her home with her mother, Mrs. W. B. BUTCHER, on Washington road. She was a member of the South Parkersburg Methodist church and the Camden-Clark Nurses Alumni association. Besides her mother, she leaves two sisters, Miss Glenna BUTCHER and Mrs. C. B. COOPER, both of this city; four brothers, Officer C. O. BUTCHER, of the Parkersburg police department; Okey E. and Clare J. BUTCHER, of Washington, WV.; and P. A. BUTCHER, of Akron, Ohio.

       Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 at the Leavitt funeral home by Rev. Mr. PHILLIPS. Burial was in the Evergreen Memorial cemetery. Miss BUTCHER was a niece of Mrs. Stella BEATTY of Sandyville, who attended the funeral. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 9 Oct 1942)

Harry Mason SMITH

       Funeral services were held at the Belleville Methodist church yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon for Harry Mason SMITH, 41 year old native of that community, who was killed in an automobile crash on the city streets of Parkersburg shortly before noon Sunday. He died within a few minutes after he had been taken to the Camden-Clark hospital suffering from a punctured lung, compound fracture of several ribs and other serious injuries. The funeral services were under the direction of Rev. John D. CUMBERLEDGE and burial was in the church cemetery.

       Mr. SMITH was fatally injured when the car in which he was riding, was struck by a car driven by Howard INGRAM, of St. Marys, at the Division street and Federal Route 21 crossing, just south of the First Street bridge in Parkersburg. Mr. SMITH was on his way to visit his mother, Mrs. Nola SMITH, of near Parkersburg, who had been ill for some time. SMITH was the only one of the eight persons, riding in the two cars, who was seriously injured.

       He was riding in the front seat beside his nephew, Paul Eugene ANDERSON, who was driving the car, and was on the side of the car which received the force of the impact between the two automobiles. His young son, Gene, was another passenger in the car. In the other machine was the driver, Howard INGRAM, his mother, Mrs. Zoe INGRAM, Winston INGRAM, Elaine INGRAM, and Lou ADAMS, all of St. Marys.

       SMITH was rushed immediately to the hospital where he died soon after he had been admitted. From the hospital, it was learned that in addition to the chest injury, he suffered a fractured nose, a lacerated hip in addition to the punctured lung and other injuries. He leaves his widow, Mrs. Audra SWAIN SMITH, and five children: Gladine, Irene, Gene, Billy and Bobby, also five brothers and three sisters. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 16 Oct 1942)


       Funeral services for Dallas WOOFTER, 56 year old Kanawha County school teacher, were held at his Charleston home on Sunday afternoon at two o'clock and burial followed in the Spring Hill cemetery. Mr. WOOFTER died suddenly last Thursday morning of a heart attack. He was a native of Ravenswood and was the son of the late Clark WOOFTER. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 16 Oct 1942)

Freedie Imogene CASTO

       Freedie Imogene CASTO, daughter of Roscoe and Freda CASTO, was born October 25, 1934, and departed this life October 8, 1942, aged 7 years, 11 months and 17 days. She leaves to mourn her departure, her father, her mother, three sisters, Ravena, Edna, and Eleanor; four brothers, Harold, Earl, Edward, and Roland, all at home. Her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John R. CASTO, and Mr. and Mrs. J. W. FABER. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. M. ANDERSON at Plainview church and her body was laid to rest in the CASTO cemetery nearby. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 16 Oct 1942)


       Funeral services were held on Saturday afternoon at two o'clock at the Sandyville Methodist church for Manford BRADLEY, 49 year old farmer of that community, and the body was taken to the Fairview cemetery near Fairplain for burial. Rev. W. N. FOWLER had charge of the services and Lawrence M. FORD, funeral director, of Crow Summit, was in charge of the arrangements. Mr. BRADLEY died at the Kessel hospital in Ripley about eight p.m. Thursday after an illness of only two days. He had been admitted to the hospital only a short time before his death, which was reported to have been caused by an obstruction of the bowels.

       Mr. BRADLEY was born at Kenna on January 13, 1893, a son of Della and Rosanna BRADLEY. He was a soldier of WW I and was a member of the Abels-Reyburn post of American Legion at Ravenswood. He leaves his widow, Mrs. Dryan BRADLEY and seven children: Virginia, Auline, Eva, Hayden, Reva, Carl, Clyde, and Joseph, and his father, two brothers and two sisters. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 23 Oct 1942)



       Death came to two aged sisters this week, only a few hours apart, and when relatives left the burial service they had for one on Tuesday afternoon, they immediately began plans for the last rites for the other, which were held in an adjoining neighborhood Wednesday afternoon.

       The sisters were Mrs. Sidney Ann (FOGLESONG) BROTHERTON, 83, who died at her home near Given on Monday morning after a two year illness, and the other was Mrs. Minerva (FOGLESONG) GREEN, 85, of Ripley, who died at Huntington Tuesday morning. Burial services for Mrs. BROTHERTON were held Tuesday afternoon and interment was in the BROTHERTON cemetery near Given, and the services for Mrs. GREENE were held on Wednesday afternoon at Fairview and burial was in the cemetery there.

       Surviving Mrs. BROTHERTON are her husband, John W. BROTHERTON, of Given; three daughters, Mrs. Laura KESSEL and Mrs. Corda BUCKALEW, of Dunbar, 11 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild. Surviving Mrs. GREENE are two sons, Senator John H. GREENE, of Albany, Ohio, and a daughter, Mrs. E. L. HOGSETT, of Huntington. The two sisters are survived also by a brother, T. E. FOGLESONG, of Given. His four sisters have died within the past few months. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 23 Oct 1942)


       Mrs. Sidney Ann (FOGLESONG) BROTHERTON, a daughter of William and Mary FOGLESONG, was born in Jackson County on November 30, 1858, and died at her home near Given on October 18, 1942, aged 83 years, 10 months and 18 days. She was united in marriage to John William BROTHERTON on May 31, 1877, who still survives. Eight children were born to this union, four of whom preceded her in death, namely; Marley, Homer, Boyd, and one who died in infancy.

       Surviving are four children: Mrs. Lura KESSEL and Mrs. Corda BARNETT, of Given, WV.; Mrs. Orpha BUCKALEW, of Dunbar, WV., and one son, Worthy BROTHERTON, at home; also one brother, T. E. FOGLESONG, of Given, WV, a sister, Mrs. Minerva GREENE, of Huntington, who died fourteen hours and twenty-nine minutes later. A sister, Mrs. Alice BROTHERTON preceded her in death only six weeks ago. Eleven grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, also survive. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 6 Nov 1942)

Jarold Hersel KEEFER

       Jarold Hersel KEEFER, infant son of Ernest and Wilma KEEFER, was born March 13, 1942, departed this life, after a short illness, at the home of his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Elza STOVER, October 6, 1942, aged 6 months and 23 days. He leaves to mourn their loss, the parents, four grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry KEEFER, and Mr. and Mrs. Kinsey DURST, one great grandparent, Robert KEEFER. The funeral was conducted by Rev. J. P. KEEFER at the Bethel church on Wednesday. Burial in the cemetery by the Vail mortuary in Ripley. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 23 Oct 1942)

Edward D. (Ted) WOODYARD

       Wytheville, Va. Oct 15 (1942) - Edward D. (Ted) WOODYARD, 45 years old, head of a chain of 22 weekly newspapers, published in West Virginia, and two other states, was found dead yesterday in a Wytheville hotel room. Police, notified by his associate, that he was missing on a trip from Spencer, W. Va., to New York, said WOODYARD apparently died Monday of natural causes.

       WOODYARD, past president of the West Virginia newspaper council, was chairman of the board of Woodyard Publications, Inc., operator of 17 weeklies in West Virginia; president of Woodyard Publications of Delaware; and a manager of the Camelot Publishing Company of Alexandria, Virginia. He is survived by two brothers,, Henry, president of Woodyard publications, and William, member of the board of directors. Both reside in Spencer (West Virginia). (Jackson Herald, Fri., 23 Oct 1942)


       Adam E. MALONE, 56, employee of the Virginia Oil and Gas company for the past 29 years, died Sunday morning at Spencer. He was a native of St. Marys and a son of Joseph MALONE and the late Ellen MALONE.

       Surviving are one daughter, Miss Margeret Ellen MALONE, of Ripley; his father, who resides at St. Marys; one sister, Mrs. L. C. GRAHAM, of Clendenin, and two brothers, Everett and Ernest MALONE, of Elk View. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at the Vandale funeral home in Spencer and the body was brought to Ravenswood for burial. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 23 Oct 1942)

Albert Jenkins LITTON

       Funeral services for Albert Jenkins LITTON, 83 years old, were held at Gay Sunday with Rev. Boyd SCOTT in charge and burial was in the LITTON cemetery. The Vail mortuary had charge of arrangements. Mr. LITTON, a farmer, was a native of the community, and had spent his life there. His wife, the former, Mary PRINGLE, preceded him in death. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 30 Oct 1942)


       Funeral services were held in Aliquippa, Pa., on Sunday afternoon at two o'clock for Roy Vail OLDHAM, 21 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy V. OLDHAM, formerly of Evans, but who have lived in the Pennsylvania city for several years. Until he became ill last August 14th, he was an electrical repairman for the Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation. He was a graduate of the Aliquippa high school.

       He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roy V. OLDHAM, two sisters, Mrs. Eugene CROSS, and Mrs. Anna RIDGELEY, and a brother, Charles, all of Aliquippa, and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. O. O. OLDHAM, of Evans, WV. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 30 Oct 1942)


       Alfred FIELDS, 53 years old, a farmer of the Staats Mills community, died at the Starcher hospital in Ripley Monday night after a brief illness. The funeral services were held at the home near Staats Mills on Wednesday with Rev. Boyd SCOTT in charge and burial was in the George Casto cemetery.

       He is survived by his wife, three brothers, Fred, Enoch and William FIELDS, all of Staats Mills, and three sisters, Mrs. Tillie FISHER, of Gay; Mrs. Leola MILLER, of Letart, and Mrs. Della THOMAS, of Staats Mills. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 30 Oct 1942)


       Mrs. Edna Marie BARBER HUPP, aged 35, wife of Ralph E. HUPP, of South Parkersburg, died Thursday evening at seven o'clock in the Camden-Clark hospital following an operation. She was a member of the Methodist church.

       She leaves her husband and a son, Charles, 14 (years old), at home; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert B. BARBER, of Sherman, WV.; two brothers, Olan BARBER of Parkersburg, and Merle of Sherman; and five sisters, Mrs. Delbert (Freda) RARDIN of Sherman; Mrs. H. P. THORN, Mrs. Halford CONNER, Mrs. Odbert PARSONS, and Mrs. Laxier JONES, all of Parkersburg. Funeral rites were conducted on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock in the North Ravenswood United Brethren church with interment in the Ravenswood cemetery. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 30 Oct 1942)


       C. B. BARLOW, aged 90, died on Thursday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Rilla LOCKHART, near Sandyville. Mr. BARLOW was born on February 13, 1852 in Guernsey County, Ohio, and married Margaret J. TALBERT in 1875. To this union were born five children; Mrs. Rilla LOCKHART, of Sandyville; Mrs. Essie LOCKHART, of Parkersburg; L. R. BARLOW, of Akron, (Ohio); A. M. BARLOW, of Webster Springs, and Mrs. Nora WILSON, now deceased. The funeral services were conducted Saturday morning in the Sheppard Chapel church and burial was in the Ravenswood cemetery. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 30 Oct 1942)

Manford Roscoe BRADLEY

       Manford Roscoe BRADLEY, born June 13, 1892, the son of J. D. and Rosa BRADLEY, and departed this life October 15, 1942, aged 49 years, 4 months and 2 days. At an early age he joined the U. B. church at Kenna. He was united in marriage January 7, 1918, to Bryan THORNTON. To this union were born seven children: Virginia Eileen, Carol, Eva, Reva, Clyde and Joe, all at home.

       He is also survived by his father, J. D. BRADLEY, two brothers, Lloyd BRADLEY, Malden, WV.; and Layton BRADLEY, Ripley, WV., and two sisters, Eva BRADLEY RHODES and Oma BRADLEY, both of Charleston. Funeral services were held at the Sandyville church Saturday afternoon, conducted by the pastor, W. N. FOWLER. The American Post of Ripley and Ravenswood had charge of burial in the cemetery at Fairplain. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 30 Oct 1942)

John Perry DAVIS

       Funeral services for John Perry DAVIS, 15 years old, were held at the White Oak church Tuesday with L. M. ASHLEY and Charles PAYNE in charge and burial was in the family cemetery. Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jasper DAVIS, one sister, Oma DAVIS, and a brother, Hamford DAVIS, both at home. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 30 Oct 1942)

Dianna Victoria (FLOWERS) MILLER

       Dianna Victoria (FLOWERS) MILLER, daughter of Thomas and Emily FLOWERS, was born on Cow Run, Jackson County, April 27, 1876, and spent most of her life in this county. Departed this life October 27, 1942, aged 66 years, six months. She was united in marriage to Joseph A. MILLER on December 10, 1897. To this union ten children were born. Three died in infancy. One daughter, Mrs. Effie WARD, of Portland, Ohio, departed this life over a year ago.

       Those who survive, with their father, to mourn their loss are one son, Wallace A. MILLER, in army service; Mrs. Ruth HICKS, Ripley, Rt. 1; Mrs. May HIVELY, Walton, Roane County, WV.; Mrs. Pearl THOMPSON, Ravenswood, Rt. 2; Mrs. Virginia LANDIS, Ripley; Mrs. Addie MERRILL, Chester, WV. Twenty-five grandchildren living and two deceased. Also surviving are one sister, Mrs. Martha CASTO, Angerona, WV.; and a brother, Oscar FLOWERS, also of Angerona, WV. Two sisters and a brother preceded her in death. Funeral services were conducted by her pastor, Roy DAVIS, at the Martin Chapel U. B. church on Monday, Oct. 30, at 2 p.m. Interment in that cemetery by the J. B. Vail mortuary. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 6 Nov 1942)

Transcribed from microfilm by Betty Kessel McIntyre

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