September 1941 Obituaries

Sarah Martha ARCHER

       Funeral services for Mrs. Sarah Martha ARCHER, 77, were held at the Limestone church Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock and burial was in the church cemetery. Mrs. ARCHER died Sunday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Theodore SHEPPARD at Mineral Wells after a three month illness.

       She was a member of the Providence church in which community she lived for many years. She leaves three daughters, Mrs. Belle MCPHERSON of Windy, Mrs. Ora SKINNER of Ben's Run and Mrs. SHEPPARD at whose home she died; one son, Charles ARCHER, of Garden City, Michigan; seventeen grandchildren and twenty-seven great grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers, Jacob and William SHEETS, of Windy, and one sister, Mrs. Mary ARCHER, of Sandyville.

       Mrs. ARCHER was widely known in the Sandyville, Lockhart, Medina and Wiseburg communities and a large crowd was present at the funeral rites yesterday afternoon. Relatives said that she had been ill for several weeks and death had been expected. (Friday, 26 September 1941)

Rev. Samuel BARTON

       Rev. Samuel BARTON, formerly the pastor of several Methodist Protestant churches in this county, died at his home in East Liverpool, Ohio a few days ago and funeral and burial services were held there, according to news brought here this week by T. A. CARVER, who had been visiting in East Liverpool at the time of his death. (Friday, 19 Sept 1941)


       Mollie (CHURCH) BUSH, 80 years old, died September 30, (1941) at the home of her daughter, Mrs. E. E. PARSONS, 218 West Second Street, Huntington, (WV) after a several weeks illness.

       Mrs. BUSH was born at Lewisburg, Greenbrier County. Her maiden name was CHURCH. When a child she came to make her home with a prominent family by the name of ROSEBERRY at Point Pleasant. There she met James R. BUSH of Cottageville whom she married. To this union were born nine children, five girls and four boys. Her husband and one daughter preceded her in death.

       Surviving are four sons and four daughters, eleven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She spent the most of her life in Cottageville, coming to Huntington several years ago where she lived until her death. Funeral services were held at Cottageville on October 3, with Rev. Harry MILLER of the United Brethren church officiating, assisted by Rev. DAVIS. (Friday, 07 November 1941)

Valentine COOPER

       In loving rememberance of my dear grandfather, Valentine COOPER, who passed away one year ago today, September 12. (Granddaughter, Mrs. Vivian ARCHER and daughter, Lydia M. ARCHER) (Friday, 12 September 1941)


       George CUMPSTON, a brother of John CUMPSTON, of Ripley, and T. H. CUMPSTON, of Ravenswood, died at a hospital in Youngstown, Ohio last week and burial services were held there Friday. The deceased visited his brothers here only a few weeks ago while on his way home from Hot Springs, where he had spent several weeks in an effort to regain his health. One other brother, Ellsworth CUMPSTON, of Rochester, Pa., also survives. (Friday, 12 Sept 1941)

James Michael "Mick" EASTER

       Funeral services for James Michael "Mick" EASTER were held at the Salt Hill church Sunday afternoon with Rev. L. R. MAHONEY of the Ripley United Brethren church and the Rev. W. R. EASTER of Boone county in charge and burial followed in the church cemetery. The Vail mortuary had charge of the funeral arrangements.

       Mr. EASTER, who was better known to his friends and acquaintances as "Mick", died at his home near Ripley Friday after a long illness. His condition had been serious for some time and death was expected.

       The following obituary was read at the funeral:

       James Michael EASTER, son of Joseph and Frances EASTER, who preceded him in death, was born July 25, 1883, and was called from us 12 September 1941, age 58 years, 1 month and 17 days. Early in life he was married to Laura WALKER. To this union was born four children, three of them preceded their father in death. He was later married to Jesse Blanche BOSWORTH and to this union was born eight children.

       He is survived by his widow, Mrs. J. M. EASTER and the following children: Lester, Harold, Freeman, Edith, Charles, Ralph, Joe, Frances, and Robert, and by the following sisters and brothers; Mrs. W. E. WORKMAN, Mrs. L. C. WALKER, Mrs. V. L. SOUTHALL, Mrs. J. J. RHODES, Mrs. J. C. ESTEP, Mrs. J. L. MILLER, Mrs. Alfred HANSEN, Mr. D. E. EASTER, and Mr. J. H. EASTER, and five grandchildren.

       He was converted and baptized December 1, 1940 by his uncle, the Rev. W. R. EASTER. Pallbearers were Joe EASTER, Hubert EASTER, Roy EASTER, Dennie EASTER, Delmer WORKMAN and Earl WORKMAN. (19 Sept 1941)

John Henry HARE

       John Henry HARE, son of Lonnie and Ollie HARE, born October 01, 1911 and departed this life September 24, 1941, age 29 years, 11 months and 24 days. He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife and three sons, namely, John Russell, Raymond Dwight and Charles William. One infant preceded him in death. He also leaves to mourn his loss one brother, and father, Linnie HART, both of Eskdale. Two sisters, Mrs. W. C. DUNAWAY of Whittaker and Mrs. Emma JONES of Winchester, Kentucky. His mother preceded him in death. (17 October 1941)


       Glen HILL, 47-year-old World War veteran of Cottageville died suddenly at his home about ten o'clock Wednesday morning. Death was believed to have been brought on by injuries received during his service in France. He participated in the engagements of Verdun, Chateau-Thiery and other famous battles of the war. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Gula GILPIN HILL, a son, Glen HILL, Jr., and a daughter, Betty HILL, all at home, and a sister, Mrs. Paul STARCHER of Cottageville. The Vail mortuary of Ripley has charge of funeral arrangements which had not been completed. (Friday, 12 Sept 1941)

Glen Edgar HILL

       Sergeant Glen Edgar HILL, of Co. A, 4th Machine Gun Battalion of the First World War, was born as the son of William Morgan HILL and Elizabeth GRAGG HILL, August 26, 1895 near Green Banks, Pocahontas county, West Virginia. Departed this life September 11, 1941, at his home at Cottageville, aged 46 years, 14 days.

       He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife, Gula HILL, one son, Glen Junior and one daughter, Betty Ann HILL; also one sister, Mrs. W. P. STARCHER, all of Cottageville. War takes its toll not only on the battlefield but in the health of the soldier in after years. Glen's father and mother died when he was but five years old. His one and only brother, Elmer HILL, died in Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, D. C., 15 years ago. Glen's Commander-in-Chief, John J. PERSHING, celebrated his 81st birthday in the same hospital yesterday, September 23.

       Glen enlisted in the U. S. Army March 22, 1915 and was honorably discharged January 30, 1919. He was with Pershing's Expedition in Mexico, and soon after he sailed with the first expeditionary force to France in active service in the First World War. He took his stand in the battle on the Verdun Front of Chateau Thierry and Soisson.

       He was wounded in the battle of Beallieu Woods and was brought back to the United States and was confined to Walter Reed Hospital for many months. He also spent fifteen months in the government hospital in Chicago. Also several months at Hines and the Veterans Hospital at Huntington. But all the skill of modern physicians could not bring back the robust health Glen had before the First World War. He realized his condition, but a brave soldier went forward with his physical handicap, toiling for those he dearly loved.

       The writer of this obituary has known Glen from the time he was a young school boy. He had a heart of pure Gold in the sense that it reached out to help those he came in contact with. Glen, you are gone, but you will never be forgotten by all who knew and loved you. Arranged and written by W. P. STARCHER, a brother-in-law. (Friday, 26 September 1941)


       Lena Jane (MINTER) JONES, the daughter of Isaac and Jane (ROSEBERRY) MINTER, was born October 8, 1865, departed this life September 30, 1941, age 73 years, 11 months and 22 days. She was united in marriage to John Paul JONES November 24, 1910. Mr. JONES preceded her in death several years ago, and no children were born to this union.

       Three sisters preceded her in death. One sister, Mrs. Frances SAYRE, with whom she made her home since the death of her husband, survives. Guy MINTER and four other nephews survive, also three neices. May the great and good comforters of our spirits comfort Aunt Frances who is left only a little while to mourn her loss.

       Funeral services were conducted at the Cottageville home by the writer, October 1, at 2:30 p.m. Interment was in the ROSEBERRY cemetery on Route 5 in Mason County, Ralph BUSH, undertaker in charge. Written by Ray DAVIS, pastor. (Friday, 10 October 1941)


       A charge of second degree murder has been placed against Guy Holcomb, 36, of Columbus, Ohio, in the fatal shooting Saturday of his 36 year old wife, the former Hazel LANDFRIED, of Kenna, Columbus, Ohio police reported yesterday.

       In the statement, police said Holcomb, an auditor for the Ohio Fuel Gas company, admitted holding the pistol when it discharged, fatally wounding his wife with whom he had been scuffling. Holcomb maintained throughout the questioning that the shooting was accidental. He had told police that his wife was wounded when he seized the pistol she had obtained in an upstairs room. That they had been quarreling previously about "his drinking." She was shot through the elbow and the bullet continued on through her side.

       The Holcombs were married six years ago and had no children. She was a receptionist in an office in the Ohio city. Funeral services were held in Columbus Tuesday and burial was in a cemetery in that city.

       In addition to the husband the dead woman is survived by one sister, Mrs. Robert KNOTTS, of Baltimore, Ohio and the following brothers, Oscar LANDFRIED, of Akron; Guy LANDFRIED and Russell LANDFRIED, of K..........; George LANDFRIED, of Ripley; Clyde LANDFRIED, of Kenna; Dan LANDFRIED, of Kenna, and Clay LANDFRIED, of Akron. (Friday, 19 Sept1941)


       Ralph L. MARSHALL, 56, of Reed, (a Reed Grocer) Kanawha county died in a Charleston hospital Monday morning, death being due to a heart ailment. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Dove MARSHALL, formerly Dove MADDOX, of Kenna; two daughters, Mrs. Naomi FRANCIS, of South Charleston, and Jean MARSHALL at home; a son, Harry MARSHALL at home, and two grandchildren. (5 Sept 1941)


       Mrs. Lovena MERRELL, Wheeling, sister of the deceased Fannie DOUGLAS, passed away Tuesday morning after an illness of several months. Brief funeral services will be held at the family cemetery at Ripley Landing Thursday. (Friday, 3 Oct 1941)


       In rememberance of my dear brother, Howard PICKENS, who passed away 15 years ago August 10, 1926. Written by his sister, Mrs. Romie H. BURGESS. (Friday, 12 September 1941)


       A prince once said of a king struck down: "Taller he seems in death; And his world holds good, for now, as then, It is after death that we measure men." "Thirty," that traditional symbol of newspapermen which marks the end of a story, was written to the life of John M. PRICKETT at his home in Ripley at one o'clock Friday afternoon. Stricken only thirty-six hours before with a stroke, he had slowly slipped into death surrounded by the wife, his only daughter, Mrs. O. J. Hockenberry, and his two grandchildren, John and Katherine Hockenberry, the folks who meant so much to him during life.

       For more than fifty years, Mr. PRICKETT had been associated with The Herald and the welfare of the newspaper was always one of his first considerations. At sixty-six he decided to retire and the retirement became effective on September 1 when he expected to begin "taking it easily" which was only five days before his death. He had thousand of friends.

       His name was synonymous with The Herald. Businessmen and customers alike said he was the best printer they ever had to do their work and many times they made the special request that he himself do it. Nothing pleased him more than to do a job well and for the customer to appreciate it. They said that he always met them with a smile and was the same John PRICKETT day after day and that was why they loved him.

       Funeral services, just plain and simple, like he would have had it could he have planned it himself, were held from the home Sunday afternoon with the Rev. Fred G. WEBER reading the Episcopal service assisted by Bishop R. E. L. STRIDER, and his body was taken to the family plot in the Pine Hill cemetery for burial and the life and labors of John PRICKETT were at an end, a life during which he had secured his greatest enjoyment from scattering flowers in the pathway of others.

       During his life he planted many a rose for mankind. He, who had that inestimable gift of a never failing sense of humor and a genuine and natural love for his fellow human beings. He was married to Miss Hallie KIDD, of Ripley, and they were the parents of one daughter, Mrs. Okey J. HOCKENBERRY, also of Ripley. Surviving also are two sisters, Miss Ada PRICKETT, of Ripley and Mrs. J. W. WOODDELL, of Black Mountain, North Carolina, and two brothers, Charles F. PRICKETT, of Akron (Ohio), and I. C. PRICKETT, of Charleston (WV). (Friday, 12 September 1941)


       Cecil Dale ROSEBERRY, 28, is killed in automobile crash near Grundy, Virginia on Monday. (Friday, 19 Sept 1941)


       Cecil Dale ROSEBERRY was born at Evans on April 9, 1913, a son of Mr. and Mrs. H. L. ROSEBERRY. He was in the 28th year at the time of his death.

       Surviving: wife, Jean SECURO ROSEBERRY, one son, Robert Verlin ROSEBERRY, just a year old; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. L. ROSEBERRY, three brothers, William, of Ripley; Leon ROSEBERRY, of Pittsburgh and Lovell ROSEBERRY of Beckley, and three sisters, Mrs. Everett FOX, of Evans, and Mamie and Bernice ROSEBERRY at home. Another sister, Mrs. Joseph BURNS died two years ago at Point Pleasant. (Fri., 19 Sept 1941)


       Dale ROSEBERRY, of Ripley, widely known radio entertainer, was killed in an automobile crash at Grundy, Virginia last week. Death was instantenous, according to report. (Friday, 26 Sept 1941)


       Mrs. Luella ARNOLD WADE, aged 67, wife of David L. WADE, died Saturday in the City hospital at Akron, Ohio. Mrs. WADE was born at Leroy, WV and had resided in Akron for the past four years.

       She leaves her husband; and by a former marriage two sons, Roy F. and Karl ARNOLD; two daughters, Miss Pearl ARNOLD and Mrs. Pauline DYKE, and three grandchildren. Also surviving are one brother, Jeff OREM, and five sisters, Mrs. Corda MILLS, Mrs. Laura PICKERING, Mrs. Fannie JACKSON, Mrs. Clara SANDS and Mrs. Dora MURRAY.

       The body was brought to the Rockenstein funeral home in Parkersburg Tuesday morning, where last rites were held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Interment was in the Odd Fellows cemetery. (Friday, 12 September 1941)

Transcribed from microfilm by Betty Kessel McIntyre

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