October 1947 Obituaries

Mrs. Ida HUFF

        Funeral services were held at Parsons, West Virginia on Saturday for Mrs. Ida HUFF, 68 year old resident of that city who died Wednesday at the Eastern Star Home at Millwood. The body was taken to Parsons by the Vail Undertakers. Born in Parsons, she was a daughter of Gottlieb and Elizabeth WATTLIE, and was a widow of Dr. HUFF. Surviving are one sister, Mrs. Ernest FITZ of Baltimore and a niece, Mrs. James W. PRICE of Morristown, N. J. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 3 Oct 1947)


John RARDIN

        Funeral services for John RARDIN, 75 year old farmer of Sherman, were held from the Chambers-Kyger Funeral Home in Ravenswood last Friday afternoon with the Rev. Paul SUTTON of the Methodist Church officiating and burial was in the Ravenswood Cemetery. Mr. RARDIN died at his home on Wednesday. He had been in failing health for a number of years. He was a brother of the late P. H. RARDIN who died only a few weeks ago. His wife, Mrs. Margaret (COOPER) RARDIN and a daughter, Mrs. Erma DURNBERGER, both preceded him in death. Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Ella HOWARD and Mrs. Mollie SLAVEN, both of Sherman. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 3 Oct 1947)


Wrendel RHODES

        Funeral services for Wrendel RHODES, 24, were held from the Sinaiville Church near Staats Mills last Saturday afternoon with the Rev. R. L. KELBAUGH of the South Parkersburg EUB Church in charge and burial was in the church cemetery. Mr. RHODES, who lived with his family in Ripley for a number of years before they moved to Parkersburg, was killed on Wednesday night when the car he was driving collided with a bus at the 5th Street bridge in Parkersburg.

        The victim leaves his wife, Mrs. Clara RHODES; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. C. RHODES of South Parkersburg; four brothers, Rawson RHODES of Parkersburg, William RHODES of Cedar Grove and Ratus and Latus RHODES of South Parkersburg, and two sisters, Mrs. Audra BLAIR and Miss Orine RHODES, both of South Parkersburg. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 3 Oct 1947)


Dorothy Elizabeth FOSTER

        Funeral services were held on Monday afternoon at the Fisher Ridge Church for Dorothy Elizabeth FOSTER, 10 years old, who died in a Charleston hospital on Saturday. The Rev. Jack SLATER officiated at the service. Survivors include the mother, Mrs. Alleen FOSTER of Kenna, and two grandmothers, Mrs. T. A. FOSTER of Kenna and Mrs. Bessie DIXON of Union. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 3 Oct 1947)


Samuel John CAYTON

        Samuel John CAYTON, son of the late John A. and Catherine LANHAM CAYTON, was born Dec. 5, 1877 in Doddridge County, departed this life Sept. 21, 1947, at the age of 69 years, 9 months and 16 days. He was united in marriage to Julia NUZUM on Spril 27, 1906. To this union were born the following children: Ernest CAYTON of Indianapolis, Indiana, Mrs. Orpha SULLIVAN, Mrs. Goldie RIGGS and Mrs. Wilma RIGGS, of Sandyville and Charles Walker CAYTON, of Miami, Florida. One son, Wallace Waldo CAYTON preceded him in death.

        In addition to the above named children he leaves to mourn their loss three sisters; Mrs. Hettie SMITH of Arkansas, Mrs. Irene NUZUM of Barnsville, Ohio, and Mrs. Ivy CHIPPS of Salem, WV.; one brother, Chapman CAYTON of Herrod, Ohio, and 13 grandchildren. Three sisters, Mrs. Susan RIFFEE, Mrs. Rebecca REYNOLDS and Mrs. Mary DIGMAN and one brother, Will CAYTON preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the Independence Church Tuesday afternoon and interment was in the Ravenswood Cemetery. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 10 Oct 1947)


Ollie Ann KENT

        Funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon from the Church of Christ at Odaville for Ollie Ann KENT, 48, who died in the Barns Hospital at St. Louis, Mo., at 11 o'clock last Wednesday night following an operation. Miss KENT, a former school teacher of this county, had been employed for several years in the Atomic Bomb City of Oak Ridge, Tenn. She was flown to the St. Louis hospital early last week and died soon after being admitted. She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Edward KENT; one sister, Lucy KENT and one brother, C. R. KENT, both of Sandyville; one brother, C. B. KENT, of Philadelphia and one sister, Mrs. Sarah ALLEN of Wheeling. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 17 Oct 1947)


Allen Thomas PULLINS

        Funeral rites for Allen Thomas PULLINS, 74, of Evans, were held from the Creston Chruch at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon with the Rev. I. J. MCCOLLUM in charge and burial was in the church cemetery. Mr. PULLINS died at his home on Wednesday after an illness which was reported to have been of considerable duration. He was a native of Mason County where he was born on Dec. 26, 1872, a son of Charles Henry and Almira (COSSIN) PULLINS. (Allen Thomas PULLINS died 7 Oct. 1947).

        Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Iantha (STONE) PULLINS (second wife); three sons, Elmer E. PULLINS of Evans, Robert E. PULLINS of Ravenswood and Wilber Wyvil PULLINS of Evans; five daughters, Corda Lettie SAYRE of Letart, Osa Ilva JACOBS of Hillboro, Ohio, Anna Mae HOSCHAR of Fostoria, Ohio, Mary Jane GRIMM of Letart, and Audrey Dee WILSON of Evans, and one brother George William PULLINS of Buffalo (Putnam County), and a sister, Frances Mariah FLOWERS of Leon. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 17 Oct 1947)

Allen Thomas PULLINS

        Allen Thomas PULLINS, son of Charles Henry and Almira (COSSIN) PULLINS, was born December 26, 1872 and departed this life October 7, 1947, age 74-9-11. On June 23, 1892 he was united in marriage to Emily J. STOVER. To this union was born one son, Elmer E. PULLINS. His beloved companion, Emily PULLINS, preceded him in death February 23, 1894. He was again united in marriage to Rachel SMITH April 23, 1896, and to this union ten children were born, three of whom preceded him in death. His second companion was called to her eternal home August 20, 1918. Then on January 10, 1935 he was united in marriage to Iantha (DUNHAM) STONE. His father, mother, one brother, Charley, one sister, Nancy GRAHAM, three children, Roy, Asa and Merla, one grandson, Elbert JACOBS and one great-grandson, Perry Dean HAGER, also preceded him in death.

        Those left to mourn his departure are: his loving companion Iantha PULLINS and eight children, Elmer Wyvil and Mrs. Howard WILSON, all of Evans, Emmett of Ravenswood, Mrs. Bert GRIMM of Pt. Pleasant, Mrs. Hobert SAYRE of Letart, Mrs. Milton HOSCHAR of Fostoria, Ohio, and Mrs. Golden JACOBS of Hillsboro, Ohio, 23 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Frances FLOWERS of Leon, one brother, George Will of Buffalo and host of other relatives and friends. Burial was in the Creston Cemetery. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 24 Oct 1947)


William Osborne MEREDITH

        Funeral services were held on Monday afternoon from the Methodist Church in Cottageville for William Osborne MEREDITH, 88, retired Tyler County farmer who died Saturday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. H. H. (Blanche) MCINTYRE of Cottageville. The Rev. I. J. MCCOLLUM had charge of the service and burial was in the Blaine Memorial Cemetery. Born in Tyler County, May 18, 1859, he was the son of the late John Wesley and Elizabeth (GLENN) MEREDITH, and married Rebecca M. TUTTLE on Sept. 13, 1887. She preceded him in death in July 1921.

        He is survived by three children, Mrs. Henry Henderson "Heck" MCINTYRE and Mrs. Iva MILLER of Cottageville, and Charles P. MEREDITH of Parkersburg; two brothers, J. H. MEREDITH of Sistersville, and Dr. A. A. MEREDITH of Middlebourne; four sisters, Mrs. Naomi HEINTZMAN of Sistersville, Mrs. Melvira FOX of New Martinsville, Mrs. Julia EVANS of Norwich, Ohio and Mrs. Nettie BUCK of Paden City, WV.; 16 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 17 Oct 1947)


Edith Sue (GARRETSON) BISH

        Edith Sue (GARRETSON) BISH, 32 year old wife of H. C. BISH, took her life at the family home in Ravenswood last Saturday afternoon and close friends of the family believed that ill health was the reason for the act. She had been in failing health for the past five years. She is survived by the husband and three children, Thomas William BISH, and twins, James Richard and Naomi Jean BISH, all at home; two sisters, Mrs. J. H. Noll Jr. and Eva Lurine GARRETSON of Ravenswood; two brothers, F. E. GARRETSON of Charleston and Earnest C. GARRETSON of Ravenswood, and the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETSON of Ravenswood. The funeral service was held at the Chambers Funeral Home in Ravenswood Tuesday morning with the Rev. H. E. KEENAN officiating and burial was in the Ravenswood Cemetery. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 17 Oct 1947)


Wilbert B. "Bert" STEWART

        Funeral services for Wilbert B. "Bert" STEWART, 73, will be held from the Ripley United Brethren Chruch tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon at 2 o'clock with the Rev. Arthur LAYMAN officiating and burial will follow in the Otterbein Cemetery at Evans. Mr. STEWART died at his Ripley home at 4 o'clock Tuesday morning following a long illness. His condition had been critical for several days.

        Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Flora E. STEWART; one son, Crayton STEWART of Kirkersville, Ohio, and four brothers, Mason STEWART of Leon, Eph STEWART of Ripley, Carter STEWART of Columbus, Ohio, and Holly STEWART of Dunbar; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Two sons, Thaw and Troy STEWART preceded the father in death. (Wilbert born 1874, died 1947. Flora born 1877, died 1961 - tombstones) (Jackson Herald, Fri., Oct 17, 1947)

Wilbert STEWART

        Wilbert STEWART, son of Elisha and Martha STEWART was born in Mason County on March 1, 1874. When but eight years old he moved with his parents to Fairplain, remaining in this county the remainder of his life. On the 10 day of November 1892 he was married to Flora CASTO, and to this union three sons were born, Thaw, Crayton and Troy, both Troy and Thaw preceded their father in death. (Jackson Herald, 24 Oct 1947)


John H. W. LLOYD

        Funeral services for John H. W. LLOYD, 73 year old retired farmer and life long resident of Jackson County, were held Monday afternoon at the Chambers Funeral Home in Ravenswood and burial was in the Ravenswood Cemetery. He is survived by two sisters, Misses Flora and Georgia LLOYD, both of Ravenswood. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 17 Oct 1947)


Mrs. Artimitia (PARSONS) LANDIS

        A heart attack proved fatal last Thursday morning to Mrs. Artimitia (PARSONS) LANDIS, 75, who lived with her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Virginia LANDIS at Ripley. She became ill on Wednesday. The funeral service was held at the Hickory Grove Church near Kenna on Saturday with Rev. W. W. HARVEY in charge and burial was in the cemetery there. The Vail Undertakers had charge of arrangements.

        Surviving are four sons, Edward and Perry of Kenna, Romie of Robertsburg, and Cleo of Dunbar; four daughters, Ora RAINES and Mary GREENE of Kenna, Pearl REDMAN of Dunbar and Ida SKEEN of Charleston; three brothers, Perry, Edward and Dan PARSONS, all of Ohio; three sisters, Eva PARSONS of Kentuck, Margaret PARSONS of Charleston, and Verna WILLIAMS of Kenna; 51 living grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 17 Oct 1947)


Mrs. Myrtle RHODES COON

        Funeral services for Mrs. Myrtle RHODES COON, wife of H. L. COON, were held Friday morning at Ovapa, Clay County, where she died on Tuesday night of last week at the home of her son following a long illness. She was 49 years of age. She was a daughter of the late James L. and Cora (MCKEMY) RHODES of Gay.

        Among relatives from this county who attended the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. V. T. MORRIS, Mr. and Mrs. Ray JOHNS, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond SKINNER, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore PAYNE, Mrs. Hershel TOLLEY and Miss Janet MORRIS, all of Gay; Mrs. Harold WHEELER, Mrs. J. F. RYMER, Mrs. Rudy RANDOLPH, and Miss Elanore MORRIS, all of Ripley. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 17 Oct 1947)


John Thomas CONANT

        Funeral services for John Thomas CONANT, 76, of Liverpool, who died in the Gordon Memorial Hospital at Spencer on Sunday were held Tuesday at the Mill Creek Baptist Church at Frozen Camp with the Rev. Garnet BOGGS officiating and burial was in the Frozen Camp Cemetery. The widow, three sons, Delbert of Liverpool, John Jr. of Parkersburg and Gilbert of Belle; two daughters, Edna Mae TURNER of Nitro, and Esther F. EAGLE of Liverpool; one brother, W.H. CONANT of Reedy; two sisters, Mrs. Maggie CALTRIDER of Reedy and Mrs. Hattie FRAME of Morgantown, and 18 grandchildren are among the survivors. (Jackson Heerald, Fri., 17 Oct 1947)


W. H. D. "Sonny" CASTO

        Funeral services for W. H. D. "Sonny" CASTO, 86, were held from the Vail Funeral Home on Friday afternoon and burial was in the Pine Hill Cemetery. Mr. CASTO died at his home here on Wednesday morning following a long illness. He was a life long resident of the county, a member of the Ripley Masonic Lodge and the Methodist Church. Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Orvilla CASTO; a brother, Elias CASTO of Ripley; three children, L. N. CASTO of Ripley, J. Olney CASTO of Charleston and Mrs. Goldie COE of Alexandria, Virginia, and 11 step-children. (there is no tombstone in Pine Hill Cemetery for Mr. W. H. D. CASTO or his wife) (Jackson Herald, Fri., 17 Oct 1947)


Mrs. Sarah Jean BECKNER

        Mrs. Sarah Jean BECKNER, 86, the mother of James BECKNER of Kenna, died at her home near Charleston on Wednesday and the funeral services were held at the Frog's Creek Church Thursday afternoon with burial in the church cemetery. Four sons, two daughters, 36 grandchildren and 52 great-grandchildren are among the survivors. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 17 Oct 1947)


Mrs. Malinda Ann (THOMAS) WHITE

        Funeral services for Mrs. Malinda Ann (THOMAS) WHITE, 52, were held from the Aplin Church near Gay at 2 o'clock on Thursday afternoon with the Rev. L. C. THOMPSON in charge and burial was in the church cemetery. Mrs. WHITE died at Sissonville on Tuesday evening. Surviving are the husband, Harden WHITE; 8 sons, (six listed) Oscar, Kenny, Ray, Cecil, Luther, and Clyde, and one daughter, Della WHITE, all at home; a brother, Owen THOMAS of Staats Mills and two grandchildren. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 17 Oct 1947)


Mrs. C. M. (STANLEY) MILLER

        Funeral services for Mrs. C. M. (STANLEY) MILLER were conducted from the Cottageville Methodist Church Monday afternoon and burial was in the cemetery there. Mrs. MILLER died at her home last Saturday night. Vail Mortuary was in charge of arrangements and Rev. A. C. RIFFE officiated. The deceased is survived by two sons, William F. MILLER, well known Parkersburg architect, and James E. MILLER of Cottageville; two daughters, Mrs. Anna DONOHUE of Lancaster, Ohio, and Mrs. Lulu CRUM of Cottageville; two sisters, Mrs. Hattie STANLEY of Cottageville and Mrs. Elizabeth GILPIN of Philadelphia, and two brothers, George W. STANLEY of Parkersburg and John W. STANLEY of Huntington; 11 grandchidlren and 4 great-grandchildren. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 24 Oct 1947)


Hoyt Denver CASTO

        Funeral services for Hoyt Denver CASTO, 47 year old son of Elza CASTO of Ripley, were held from the home on 7th Street Tuesday afternoon and the body was taken to the SOUTHALL Cemetery for burial. The Parsons Mortuary had charge of arrangements. Mr. CASTO died in a Charleston hospital Sunday after being rushed there in the Parsons ambulance early Sunday morning. He had been ill for some time. Surviving are the father, Elza CASTO of Ripley; one son, Harold .. CASTO of ........; sisters, Mrs. Flossie BALSER and Mrs. Wade SOUTHALL, both of Ripley, and five brothers, Howard, Park, Warren, Clair and Vaught CASTO, all of Ripley. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 24 Oct 1947)


Mrs. Tenna (REYNOLDS) WINTER

        Mrs. Tenna (REYNOLDS) WINTER, 68, wife of A. L. "Art" WINTER of Fairplain, died suddenly of a heart attack late Saturday evening and her death came as a distinct shock to the family and friends. She was a daughter of the late Silas and Loretta (CASTO) REYNOLDS and was a native of the Fairplain community. The funeral service was held at the Ephesus Baptist Church on Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 and burial was in the church cemetery.

        In addition to the husband she is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Anita STAATS of Ripley, Mrs. Lucille MILLER of Canton, Ohio, and Miss Eleanor WINTER at home; five sons, Leon WINTER of Charleston, Orville WINTER of Akron, Ohio, Frank WINTER of Spencer, Warren WINTER of Ripley, and Darr WINTER of Fairplain, and by 12 grandchildren. Two children preceded the mother in death. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 31 Oct 1947)


John Ernest BEVER

        Funeral services for John Ernest BEVER, 68, and the father of Mrs. H. G. SLAVEN of Ripley, were held from the family home at Medina last Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock with the Rev. W. S. STATES in charge and the body was taken to the Ravenswood Cemetery for burial. Mr. BEVER died of a heart attack at his home on Tuesday. A farmer by occupation and a member of the Methodist Church, news of his death was a shock to his family and friends.

        Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Lona BEVER; six sons, Ray BEVER of Parkersburg, Delbert and Naaman BEVER of Ravenswood, Kenneth BEVER of Weirton, James BEVER at home, and Harlan BEVER of Akron, Ohio; three daughters, Mrs. Bernice SLAVEN of Ripley, Mrs. Iseta KITTLE of Sandyville and Mrs. Mildred STALLINGS of Akron, Ohio. Also surviving are three brothers, Oliver BEVER of Eugene, Oregon, Melvin BEVER of Akron, Ohio, Charles BEVER of Belleville; one sister, Mrs. Belle MONTGOMERY of Parkersburg. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 31 Oct 1947)


Clyde Worthington ROBERTS

        Funeral services for Clyde Worthington ROBERTS, 54, were held from the Chambers Funeral Home in Ravenswood Saturday afternoon with Rev. W. D. WINTERS in charge and burial was in the Ravenswood Cemetery. Mr. ROBERTS, a veteran of World War I, died on Thursday in the Veterans Hospital in Huntington.

        Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Winnie ROBERTS, whom he married November 14, 1918; three children; Charles William ROBERTS and Mrs. Dallas STAATS, both of Ravenswood, and Mrs. Camden PARSONS of Morgantown; four brothers, Harper ROBERTS of Ripley, Holly ROBERTS of Wellington, Ohio, Haven ROBERTS of Arnoldsburg, and Gay ROBERTS of Reedy; and two sisters, Mrs. Letha LAKE of Charleston and Mrs. Hazel ADKINSON of Reedy. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 31 Oct 1947)


Mrs. Elizabeth Ann (RICHARDSON) CONLEY

        Funeral services will be conducted this (Wednesday) afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Vail Funeral Home for Mrs. Elizabeth Ann (RICHARDSON) CONLEY (1871-1947), 75, who died at her home near Ripley on Monday afternoon after a brief illness. The burial will be in the Pine Hill Cemetery. Mrs. CONLEY, the widow of the late Frank CONLEY, was a member of the Baptist Church and was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John RICHARDSON.

        Survivors include five sons, Frank, Daniel and Clyde, of Parkersburg, Howard of Belpre, and John Orland CONLEY of Florida; two brothers, John RICHARDSON of Newell and Frank RICHARDSON of East Liverpool, and two sisters, Mrs. Lewis LANDFRIED of Cleveland and Mrs. Edna NEVILLE of Beaver, Pa. Two sons and a daughter preceded the mother in death. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 31 Oct 1947)


Adam Christopher Columbus SKEEN

        Adam Christopher Columbus SKEEN, 72, a native of the Kentuck section of Jackson County, died at his home at Seth, Boone County, last Saturday and the funeral service was held at the Healing Stream Baptist Church near Seth on Sunday and burial was in the church cemetery. Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Luella SKEEN; three daughters, Hazel at home, Mrs. Denver STREETS of South Charleston and Mrs. Arien ESTEP of New Haven, Conn.; four sons, Oshel of Peytona, Robert of Seth, Oscar of Charleston and Roy of Ohio; a sister, Mrs. Anne SKEEN of Charleston; eight brothers, Archie, Wesley, William and Greeley, all of Charleston, Holly, Thomas and Harvey, all of Kentuck, and 26 grandchildren. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 31 Oct 1947)


Solomon Jackson BOYER

        Funeral services for Solomon Jackson BOYER, 75, who died at his home in Cottageville on the previous Monday after a long illness, were held from the Cottageville Methodist Church on Wednesday with burial in the Blaine Memorial Cemetery. Rev. J. F. CUNNINGHAM had charge of the service. He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Susie ROWAN and Mrs. Jenny ROWAN, both of Ohio, and Mrs. Lena CARROLL of Texas; and four sons, O. W. BOYER of Mason City, F. E. BOYER of Cottageville, Thomas J. BOYER of California and Benjamin H. BOYER of Ohio. Also surviving are 18 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. (Jackson Herald, Fri. 31 Oct 1947)


Solomon J. BOYER

        Solomon J. BOYER was born in Meigs County, Ohio, Dec. 22, 1862, departed from this life Oct. 20, 1947, aged 85-9-28. He came to West Virginia when five years old and spent the balance of his life in Mason and Jackson counties. Rev. I. J. MCCOLLUM had charge of the service and the Parsons Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Burial was in Blaine Memorial Cemetery.

        He was married early in life to Eliza E. DONOHUE and to this union the following children were born: O. W. BOYER of Mason City, F. E. BOYER of Cottageville, Mrs. Lena CARROLL of Franeitas, Texas, Thomas J. BOYER of Porwalk, California, Mrs. Dana ROWAN of Midvale, Ohio, and B. H. BOYER of New Philadelphia, Ohio. Julius W. and Early Ray preceded him in death. He also leaves 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 14 Nov 1947)


Mrs. Louisa THOMPSON

        Funeral services for Mrs. Louisa THOMPSON, 62, were held from the Gates Ridge Church last Wednesday afternoon with Rev. C. W. SCOTT and Rev. C. G. KNAPP in charge and the body was taken to the Evergreen Cemetery in Parkersburg for burial. Mrs. THOMPSON died at her home on Monday. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 31 Oct 1947)


Transcribed from microfilm by Betty Kessel McIntyre

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