September 1942 Obituaries

Delmer Elsworth KESSEL

       Funeral services for Delmer Elsworth KESSEL, 75 years old, will be held at the Pleasant Hill church on Parchment, the church where for more than 30 years during his lifetime (he) served as the superintendent of Sunday school this (Thursday) morning at 10:30 o'clock and burial will follow in the church cemetery. Mr. KESSEL died at his home in Ripley Tuesday morning. He had been in failing health for several years and during the past week prior to his death, his condition had been described as critical and death had been expected.

       Mr. KESSEL was a native of the Parchment section of the county where he was born December 7, 1866. He was the son of James Mason and Mazilla HARPOLD KESSEL, who were pioneer residents of that section of the county. He spent his life in that community until about three years (ago) when he moved to Ripley where he has since made his home. He was a successful farmer and early in life was a teacher in the public schools. He was a director of the First National Bank of Ripley until failing health made it necessary for him to retire from active business. He had been a member of the Pleasant Hill Methodist church since he was about 15 years of age and had always been an active supporter of the church and Sunday school in his community.

       On March 23, 1890, he married Miss Laura Elizabeth CORBIN, who with the following children survive: Mrs. (Lois) Alberta HUTCHINSON, of Ripley; Harry Herbert KESSEL, of Charleston, WV.; Mrs. Lora DUNN, of Wheeling, WV.; Dr. Hamil Clark KESSEL, of Beckley, WV.; Delmer Wade KESSEL and James Corbin KESSEL, both of Ripley, WV.; and the following brothers and sisters, Mrs. Dora PINNELL, of Parchment, WV., C. R. KESSEL, Mrs. S. B. SAYRE, and Mrs. O. P. DAVIS, of Ripley; Mrs. J. M. BIBBEE, of Charleston, Mrs. J. J. FREY, of Logan, Mrs. H. E. LEWIS, of Red House, Dr. J. E. KESSEL, of Des Moines, Iowa, Mrs. Laura FRENCH, of Given, and E. D. KESSEL, also of Given, and two grandchildren, Naomi DUNN and Linda KESSEL. (Velma KESSEL died in 1932, age 35, and Mary Jane KESSEL died 1910, age 10) (Jackson Herald, Fri.., 11 Sept 1942)

Taylor Wheeler THOMAS

       Funeral services for Taylor Wheeler THOMAS, World War I veteran, who died at his home near Evans last Thursday, was held at the Otterbein United Brethren church Saturday afternoon with Rev. Roy DAVIS in charge and burial was in the church cemetery. The Vail mortuary had charge of funeral arrangements.

       Mr. THOMAS had been ill for some time with a heart ailment and an attack a few days prior to his death left him in critical condition and death had been expected. Rev. DAVIS read the following obituary at the funeral Saturday afternoon:

       Taylor Wheeler THOMAS, son of Wheeler J. and Pearl (FLESHER) THOMAS was born at Bluefield, West Virginia, October 12, 1897. Departed this life September 3, 1942, aged 44 years, 10 months and 21 days. His parents moved to Evans when he was a small boy and in that community he was reared. He rendered service to his country in WW I by enlisting in the Navy and was honorably discharged shortly after the Armistice.

       He was united in marriage to Elizabeth RARDIN July 30, 1916. To this union seven children were born, viz: Mrs. Josephine FERGUSON of Ripley; Eugene, with the U. S. Navy at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Wheeler J., deceased; Benjamin Neal, Charleston; John Sheldon, Nancy Elizabeth, and Daniel Dean, all at home. He is also survived by the father and mother, one brother, Paul THOMAS, of Point Pleasant, and three sisters, Mrs. Malinda HILL, of Miami, Florida; Mrs. Myrian HERSCHMAN of Sandyville, and Miss Virginia THOMAS at home.

       He was converted about 26 years ago at Otterbein and united with this church during the pastorate of Rev. RAMSEY. On account of his ill health the past few years he has not been privileged to attend church as usual. He bore his affliction bravely, cheerful and courageously. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 11 Sept 1942)


       Funeral services for Oscar SAYRE, 86 years old, were held at the Otterbein United Brethren church on Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock with Rev. Roy DAVIS in charge and burial was in the church cemetery. Mr. SAYRE, who had been in failing health for some time, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ruth SAYRE, in Cottageville last Saturday.

       Mr. SAYRE was a native of Jackson County and spent many years of his life in the Angerona community but during the past few years and (after) the death of his wife, he had lived with his daughter in Cottageville. He is survived by the following children: A. W. SAYRE, of Akron, Ohio; S. V. SAYRE, of Cheshire, Ohio; E. F. SAYRE, of Point Pleasant, WV; Mrs. Ruth E. SAYRE and Mrs. T. E. SAYRE, of Cottageville, WV; Mrs. W. J. WILSON and Mrs. C. J. KEENAN, both of Parkersburg, WV, and 26 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren, also one brother, David SAYRE, of Smithburg, and a sister, Mrs. Minerva DUNLAP, of Inglewood, California. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 11 Sept 1942)


       Oscar SAYRE, son of David and Marthena HILL SAYRE, was born in Jackson County, May 5, 1856, and died September 5, 1942, aged 86 years, 4 months. On January 23, 1879, he was married to Eliza Jane KING and to this union were born ten children, two of which died in infancy. Surviving him are: A. W. SAYRE, of Akron, Ohio; S. V. SAYRE, of Cheshire, Ohio; E. F. SAYRE, of Point Pleasant, WV.; Mrs. Everett MCINTYRE, of Fairplain; Mrs. Ruth E. SAYRE, and Mrs. T. E. SAYRE, both of Cottageville; Mrs. W. J. WILSON and Mrs. J. C. KEENAN, of Parkersburg, WV. One brother, David SAYRE, of Smithburg, WV., and one sister, Mrs. Minerva DUNLAP, of Inglewood, California.

       With the failure of his health and after the death of his wife, he has been ready to leave this world and even prayed to do so. His desire to die was so great that he purchased his tombstone with the date 1941 already carved as the date of his death. During the past few months his suffering was so acute that death came as a blessing. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 18 Sept 1942)

Columbia A. (CASTO) FISHER

       Funeral services for Mrs. Columbia A. (CASTO) FISHER, 87 years old, were held from the Pleasant View church on Fisher Ridge near Kentuck Saturday morning at eleven o'clock and burial followed in the family cemetery. Mrs. FISHER died at the home Thursday morning after an illness of some length due to complications which resulted from her advanced age.

       She was the widow of the late County Commissioner Pleasant S. FISHER and was a widely known woman in her section of the county where she had spent the greater portion of her life. Rev. J. Wesley GARRISON, a long time friend of the FISHER family, had charge of the funeral rites and the Mays-Parsons mortuary had charge of the arrangements.

       Mrs. FISHER is survived by the following children: Romeo FISHER, of Walton; F. R. FISHER, of Kenna; M. B. FISHER, of Glenville; Mrs. C. L. STAATS, of Fairplain; Mrs. L. A. HIGGINBOTHAM, of Dunbar, and Mrs. E. B. KEE, of Charleston. Also four brothers and one sister, I. C. CASTO and H. L. CASTO, of Fairplain; H. J. CASTO, of Ripley; Dr. Homer CASTO, of Weaverville, North Carolina, and Mrs. H. M. RANSON, of Buffalo. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 18 Sept 1942)

Mrs. A. L. STONE

       Funeral services for Mrs. A. L. STONE, of Liberty, were held at the Walker Chapel church Monday at eleven o'clock and burial followed in the church cemetery. Mrs. STONE, 84 years old, died Saturday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. D. V. BONNETT, of Liberty. Surviving are two other daughters, Mrs. Lizzie CASSEL, of Dunbar and Mrs. Anna WARNER, of Robertsburg, G. A. STONE, O. R. STONE, and O. E. STONE, all of Liberty. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 18 Sept 1942)


       Funeral services for Mrs. Hannah KING MAHAN, who died last Wednesday at the home of her sister, Mrs. D. M. GIBBS, at Belmont. She had been ill several years. The Rev. F. B. KING conducted the service which was arranged by the Vail Funeral directors. She is survived by the sister at whose home she died and by a brother, Hollis H. KING, of Ripley. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 18 Sept 1942)

Martha J. REDMAN

       Funeral services were held at the Hickory Grove church near Kenna Monday afternoon for Mrs. Martha J. REDMAN, 90 year old widow of the late Jacob REDMAN, and burial was in the Lanham cemetery. She died Sunday at the home of her son, Okey REDMAN, at Rummell, West Virginia.

       Surviving in addition to the son at whose home she died are another son, Willie REDMAN, of Ripley; four daughters, Mrs. Maggie ROLLINS, of Charleston; Mrs. Ona BOGGESS and Mrs. W. J. DEWEESE of Kenna, and Mrs. Hazel GRAHAM, of Hartford, Conn., and one sister, Mrs. Kazar FIELDS, of New Haven, Conn. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 18 Sept 1942)

Cynthia Ann ARCHER

       Cynthia Ann ARCHER, daughter of Martin and Celia Ann ARCHER, born October 8, 1857 near Cardwell in Noble County, Ohio. She departed this life Saturday at three o'clock September 8, 1942, aged 84 years, 11 months and 14 days.

       She moved to Jackson County at the age of 22, where she lived the remaining 62 years of her life. She was united in marriage to Albert ARCHER, who died 50 years ago. To this union were born four children: Stella OTT, of Parkersburg; Ollie GRITH (CRITE ?) and Pearl VAN FOSSIN, of Sandyville; and Elsie, who died in infancy. Of her three sisters and seven brothers the following are still living: Morris ARCHER, of near Columbus, Ohio; Michael ARCHER, of Sandyville, and Robert ARCHER, of Parkersburg.

       She has the following grandchildren: Velma LOCKHART, now dead; Delbert KELBAUGH, of Lime Stone; Cecil KELBAUGH, of Parkersburg; Eleanor GRIFFITH, of Sandyville; Edmund KELBAUGH, of Parkersburg; Lloyd KELBAUGH, a soldier in Georgia; Dale VAN FOSSIN, a soldier in Australia and Glen VAN FOSSIN, a soldier in South America. She joined the Lockhart church many years ago and spent her life helping others. The funeral was conducted by Rev. J. F. CALTRIDER of Sandyville. The remains were laid to rest in the Pleasant Ridge cemetery. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 18 Sept 1942)

Cynthia Ann ARCHER

       Mrs. Cynthia Ann ARCHER, aged 84, died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Joe VAN FOSSEN on Pleasant Ridge, near Lockhart, WV., Saturday afternoon at three o'clock, following an illness of several years. Mrs. ARCHER was born October 8, 1857, in Noble County, Ohio, daughter of Martin and Celia ARCHER. She was married to Albert ARCHER, who died 50 years ago.

       Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Stella HAUGHT, of Vienna, Mrs. Olive GRIFFITH, and Mrs. Pearl VAN FOSSEN, of Sandyville and seven grandchildren. Services were held at the Pleasant Ridge church Sunday afternoon at three o'clock and interment was in the adjoining cemetery by the side of her late husband. Lawrence M. FORD of Crow Summit was the funeral director. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 18 Sept 1942)


       Mrs. Bessie Anne (HARRISON) FISHER, 35 year old wife of Warren FISHER, a clerk for the state liquor control commission, died Monday morning at the residence in Charleston after a long illness. Funeral services were held Wednesday with Rev. J. W. GARRISON, Rev. Hobson FISHER, and Rev. Corbett FISHER in charge and burial was in the HARRISON cemetery near Kenna.

       Mrs. FISHER is survived by her husband, two daughters, Juanita and Billie Dove FISHER, at home; her father, Hagar HARRISON, of Charleston; and three brothers, Gay and Cepher HARRISON, of Charleston, and Kermit, in the U.S. Army. Also a sister, Mrs. Hazel OWENS, of Charleston. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 18 Sept 1942)


       In loving memory of my cousin, Mrs. Sylvia SNYDER. Written by, Mrs. Ressie ANGUS. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 18 Sept 1942)


       West Union, Sept. 15. (1942) - Mrs. Jennie GATRELL, 85, of West Union, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. P. SUMMERS of Marie Street, Tuesday afternoon at 4 (o'clock) after a long illness of complications due to her age. Her husband, John W. GATRELL, died in 1911. Mrs. GATRELL was the last of her family.

       She is survived by three daughters and one son: Mrs. Wanda ROY of Morgantown; Mrs. Emma HAWKINS of Grafton; Mrs. SUMMERS at whose home she died; and Boyd GATRELL, of West Union. Her parents were Joseph and Ruth DAVIS GATRELL of this section. She was the only living sister of A. H. DAVIS, now deceased, of Cottageville. Among the nieces attending the funeral was Mrs. L. O. ANKRUM, of Cottageville, and Rev. Clarence EDMONDS, of Dayton, Ohio. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 9 Oct 1942)

Albert Manler CRANE

       Funeral services for Albert Manler CRANE, 60 years old, were held Monday afternoon at three o'clock at Fairplain with Rev. J. W. GARRISON in charge and burial was in the CRANE cemetery at Fairplain. Mr. CRANE died at his home at Fairplain on Sunday morning. He was born April 24, 1882, and reared at Fairplain, the son of the late George N. and Elizabeth CRANE. He spent his entire life at Fairplain and was engaged in farming.

       He leaves his wife, Tennie E. CRANE; four children, Doris Ellen JOHNSON, of Charleston; Addie Rowena PIERSON, of Fairplain; Ethel Mae WHITE, of Fairplain, and George CRANE, also of Fairplain. He also is survived by the following brothers and sisters; Hubert CRANE and Ebb CRANE, both of Fairplain; Joe CRANE, of Parkersburg; Mrs. Plushie STAATS, of Fairplain, and Mrs. Jake WETHERHOLT, of near Sissonville, and four grandchildren. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 25 Sept 1942)

Charles Clinton HUDKINS

       Funeral services for Charles Clinton HUDKINS, 56 years old, were held from the Ravenswood Baptist church Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock with Rev. E. S. HIGGINBOTHAM in charge and burial was in the Ravenswood cemetery. Mr. HUDKINS died at his home on Wednesday afternoon after a long illness.

       He had lived in Ravenswood for many years and was formerly engaged in the grocery business. Until ill health forced him to retire some time ago, he had, for a number of years, been associated with the A. P. FISHER grocery. He was the son of Sebastian and Ruhana BURNSIDE HUDKINS, and was born in Lewis County, May 19, 1886. Both parents are now deceased, and he was also preceded in death by one daughter, who died in infancy.

       Surviving are his wife, Lea Alice FLETCHER HUDKINS, and one son, James HUDKINS, the latter a government lock employee at Belleville; three sisters, Mrs. Charles WATSON, of Ravenswood, Mrs. Charles WILSON and Mrs. O. H. DONALDSON, both of Spencer; and three brothers, A. G. HUDKINS, of Canton, Ohio; Lott HUDKINS, of Killery, Maine, and Ai (?) HUDKINS, of Spencer. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 25 Sept 1942)


       The Herald has been mailed the following clipping for publication but the informant gave us no further facts except that the deceased formerly lived at Sandyville, WV. Funeral services for Mrs. Ruth DUER, 83, of Prospect Street, were conducted Thursday afternoon at four o'clock from the home with Rev. G. G. BENTLEY officiating. Mrs. DUER is survived by one son, H. E. DUER, of Ridgeley, WV.; two daughters, Misses Ermina and Mary DUER, of Covington, and five grandchildren; Corporal Edgar DUER with the armed forces in the Pacific; Private Richard DUER, of the Canal Zone; and Ruth DUER, of San Diego, Calif.; and Ermina and Mariam of Ridgeley, WV. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 25 Sept 1942)

Valentine COOPER

       In memory of my dear father, Valentine COOPER, who left us two years ago, September 11, 1940. Signs, his daughter, Lydia M. ARCHER. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 25 Sept 1942)

James W. BOSO

       James W. BOSO, 79 years old, died suddenly at his home at Murraysville Friday evening about six o'clock. He leaves his wife and two sisters, Mrs. Katie CARPENTER, of Parkersburg, and Mrs. Luella PICKERING, of Murraysville. Services were held Sunday at the Mt. Zion church at 2 o'clock in the afternoon with Rev. J. D. CUMBERLEDGE in charge and burial was in the church cemetery. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 25 Sept. 1942)

James BOSO

       James BOSO died suddenly on September 18 (1942) at his home. He was born on January 1, 1863, and had lived all his life in the home in which he died. He was 79 years, 8 months and 18 days old. Mr. BOSO was married to Mary WATKINS on December 2, 1885. To this union one son was born who died in infancy. Mary preceded him in death over eighteen years (ago). Later he married Lucy GREENLEE in 1925. He was converted late in life and joined the M. P. church. He was a prosperous farmer and a truthful, honest neighbor.

       Besides his wife, he leaves two sisters, Mrs. Angeline K. CARPENTER, of Parkersburg, WV., and Luella PICKERING, of Murraysville. He was buried in the Mt. Zion cemetery at 2 p.m. Sunday. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 2 Oct 1942)

Gale Emerson GODBEY

       Gale Emerson GODBEY, the infant son of Clarence E. and Marie GODBEY, of Akron, Ohio, was born May 27, 1942, and departed this life in the Children's hospital of that city on September 19, 1942, aged 3 months and 27 days.

       He leaves to mourn his departure, besides his parents, a little brother, William Edward GODBEY. The paternal grandparents, E. J. and Lillie GODBEY, of Cottageville, WV. The maternal grandparents, E. H. and Bertha LIEVING, of Angerona, WV. Funeral services were conducted Monday at 2 p.m. at the Otterbein U. B. church by the pastor, Rev. Roy DAVIS, and interment was in that church cemetery by the J. B. Vail mortuary of Ripley, WV. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 25 Sept 1942)


       Mrs. Allie BARR STONE, daughter of G. W. and Prudence BARR, was born September 24, 1868, died September 12, 1942, aged 83 years, 11 months and 18 days. She was united in marriage to A. L. STONE on August 4, 1877, and to this union nine children were born. Her husband and two children, Mrs. Mary SMITH, of Liberty, WV., and a child in infancy, preceded her in death. Also five sisters, Mrs. Laban SAYRE, of Evans; Mrs. W. A. MORRISON, Rockcastle; Mrs. Abe KAY, Charleston; Mrs. G. W. RHODES, Rockcastle; and Charity BARR, who died in youth.

       She leaves to mourn their loss, one sister, Mrs. Rosa CASTO, of Dunbar, and seven children; Mrs. Lizzie KESSEL, Dunbar; Mrs. V. D. BENNETT, Liberty; Mrs. R. D. WARNER and J. B. STONE, Liberty. 29 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren. Her last days were spent in the home of her daughter, Mrs. D. V. BENNETT, where she was lovingly cared for by children and friends. The funeral services were conducted at the Walker Chapel, by Rev. J. E. JOHNSON, of Leon, and her body was tenderly laid to rest by loving hands at the side of her husband in Walker's cemetery. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 25 Sept 1942)

Ardith E. CRITES

       Word was received last night (Wednesday) that Lieut. Ardith E. CRITES, 24 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry CRITES, formerly of Fairplain, and a nephew of Oscar CRITES, of Ripley, had been killed in a plane crash at Elgin Field, Florida on Monday. The announcement was made by the war department and it was stated that the body would arrive in Charleston Friday. Funeral plans will not be made until later in the week.

       Young CRITES had graduated some time ago from the Columbus, Mississippi flying school and was assigned to the 48th Bomber Squadron. Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry CRITES, who are living in Charleston; a brother, Rex, who is awaiting assignment to an air force post; another brother, David, and a sister, Iris CRITES, at home. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 2 Oct 1942)

George C. LEWIS

       Mr. George C. LEWIS, 79 years old, of Bingamon Creek, a retired farmer, died September 23 (1942), at his home following a long illness of heart trouble. He was born in Putnam County, and was a son of John D. LEWIS and Tibitha BUCKALEW LEWIS. In 1888 he was married to Sara E. PRICE and to this union was born three sons.

       Mrs. LEWIS and two of these sons preceded their father and husband in death, and one son, George A. LEWIS, is now living in Skeelytown, Texas, and one granddaughter, Rita Joe LEWIS, and one niece, Ocie CUNNINGHAM and Mrs. Florence MONDAY, one brother, James G. LEWIS, also survive. Mr. LEWIS was a member of the United Brethren church at Margaret for many years, and leaves a host of warm friends to mourn their loss. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 2 Oct 1942)


       Funeral services were conducted at the Clarence church near Gay last Thursday afternoon for Charles W. RADCLIFFE, 74 year old retired farmer of that section, who died at his home on Tuesday after an illness of more that eight months. Rev. Elijah WARREN had charge of the service. Burial was in the Board cemetery.

       Mr. RADCLIFFE was a son of the late William and Mary LAWSON RADCLIFFE, and was a member of the Baptist faith. He leaves his wife, Drusy MCCOY RADCLIFFE; one son, I. E. RADCLIFFE, of Gay; and five daughters, Mrs. Nettie HARTLEY, of Liverpool; Mrs. Stella VENEAR, of Akron, Ohio; Mrs. Myrtle HEWITT, of Walker; Mrs. Janie TRAVIS, of Parkersburg, and Mrs. Goldie DAUGHERTY, of Mineral Wells, WV. Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Gilroy DELANEY, of Duke Station, and Mrs. Sarah RUBLE, of Akron, Ohio. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 2 Oct 1942)

Chris C. FABER

       Chris C. FABER, 73 year old farmer of near Goldtown, died on Saturday after an illness of some length. According to reports his condition had been critical and death had been expected. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Alice FABER; three sons, Jesse and Alva, of Kenna; Marshall C. FABER, of Fort Lawson, Washington; five daughters, Mrs. Viola HUTCHIN, of Charleston; Miss Annolene and Miss Youdris FABER, both at home; Mrs. Rosa Lee MILLER, of Kentuck (wife of Warren MILLER), and Mrs. Gustav ASHLEY, of Kenna; one brother, James FABER, of Kenna; three sisters, Mrs. Emma MILLER, of Kenna; Mrs. Moonie GARNES and Mrs. Minnie KENNEDY, both of Charleston. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 2 Oct 1942)

Christopher Columbus FABER

       Christopher Columbus FABER died September 26th (1942) at the age of 72 years. He leaves his widow, Cora FABER and the following children: Jessie, Alva, Annleen, Youdors, Rosalie MILLER (Mrs. Warren MILLER), Gustava ASHLEY, all of the Kenna section; Bill HUTCHISON, of Charleston; Marshall, of the U. S. Army, now stationed at Seattle, Wash. One brother, James FABER, of Kenna, and three sisters, Emma MILLER, Minnie KENNEDY, and Mamie MADDOX, all of Charleston. (Jackson Herald, Fri., 16 Oct 1942)

Transcribed from microfilm by Betty Kessel McIntyre

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