Marshall County Obituaries

Moundsville Daily Echo, Wednesday, March 3, 2004


Charlotte Palmer, 73, of Shadyside Care Center, formerly of Moundsville, died Wednesday, March 3, 2994 in Reynolds Memorial Hospital, Glen Dale.

Arrangements are pending at Anderson Funeral Home, 1109 Second Street, Moundsville.

Moundsville Daily Echo, Thursday, March 4, 2004


Charlotte Maxine Dobbs Palmer, 73, of Shadyside Care Center, formerly of Mulberry Avenue, Moundsville, died Wednesday, March 3, 2004 in Reynolds Memorial Hospital, Glen Dale.

She was born January 8, 1931 in Marshall County, the daughter of the late George and Dessie Blake Hubbs.

She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints?Mormons, Sherrard.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband; Marvin Blake; her second husband, Earnest Palmer; and one grandson, Christopher Eric Wise.

Surviving are two daughters, Joyce (Rudy) Parsons of Moundsville, Beverly Ledbetter of Wheeling; one son, Jerry Marvin (Linda) Blake of Moundsville; six sisters, Mary (John) Garrison, Janice Kuhn, Patricia Smithson, Betty Dobbs Noble, Sharon (Charles) peters, all of Moundsville, Barbara (Roger) Gorby of Aiken, SC; five brothers, Lawrence (Mary) Dobbs, Beryl (Eileen) Dobbs, Carlton Dobbs, Sherrill (Ella) Dobbs, all of Moundsville, Byron (Doris) Dobbs of Louisville, OH; six grandchildren; six great?grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received 2?4 and 6?8 p.m. Friday at Anderson Funeral Home, 1109?2nd Street, Moundsville where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday with Elder Charles Wylie officiating. Interment in Valley Brook Cemetery, Moundsville.

Submitted by Eric Anderson.


Mrs. Emma (Briggs) Parks, 92, widow of J. Russell Parks, died Friday (March 18, 1955) at 8:30 p.m. at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Oren Rulong on Fork Ridge, Marshall County, (West Virginia).

Mrs. Parks was born July 26, 1862, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. David Briggs. She was united in marriage to Mr. Parks on December 29, 1887. She was a member of Fork Ridge Christian Church.

Her husband and eldest daughter preceded her in death four years ago.

Surviving are two sons, Arch Parks of Moundsville, WV and Carl Parks of St. Clairsville, Ohio; one daughter, Mrs. Rulong; three sisters, Mrs. Everett Lilley of Moundsville, WV, Mrs. Allie Lydick of Captina and Mrs E. L. Staniford of Glen Easton (Marshall County, WV); two brothers, E. M. Briggs of Moundsville and Glenn Briggs of Cameron (Marshall County, WV).

Friends are being received at Grisell Funeral Home, Moundsville, WV, where services are to be held at 1:30 pm. The Rev. A. J. McCloy of Clarksville, PA, will officiate and burial will be in Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery (Marshall County, WV).

SPECIAL NOTE: Her husband's name was spelled "Rossell," probably a misprint.

Source: Obituary in "Wheeling News Register," Wheeling, WV, Sunday, 20 March 1955 page 20 part 1. Appropriate correction by James Edward Dague.

Submitted by James Edward Dague.

"Moundsville Daily Echo," Friday, 18 AUG 1972


Gertrude L Parks, 79, of 119 Ash avenue, Moundsville, and a former resident of St Clairsville, Ohio, died Friday morning at 12:01 am at Steubenville, Ohio. She was born Aug 21, 1892 at Big Run, WV the daughter of the late J N and Clarabelle Griffith Dowler and was a member of the First Christian church of Moundsville.

Surviving are her husband, Carl W of Moundsville; one son, Dale of Moundsville; one daughter, Mrs C H (Kathleen) Trimby, Steubenville; one sister, Mrs John Bardall of Freeport, Ohio; six grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Harley H and Edward S Dowler.

Friends will be received at the Grisell Funeral Home, Friday from 7 to 9 pm and Saturday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm.

Arrangements are incomplete.

Submitted by T. Vernon Anderson.

New York Times - Feb 7, 1957


Official of Sunray Co. Dead -- Active in Industry in East and Southwest 56 Years

TULSA, Okla., Feb. 6.--Foster B. Parriott, chairman of the executive committee of the Sunray Mid-Continent Oil Company, died last night after an abdominal hemorrhage in his hotel apartment. He had been in poor health since suffering a heart attack in 1951. He was 78 years old.

Mr. Parriott started work in an oil field at the age of 22 and worked his way up. He moved to Pittsburgh in 1906 and later held various executive positions in the oil industry in the United States and abroad.

In 1918 he joined the trek of many Pennsylvania oil men to Southwest and organized and headed the Transcontinental Oil Company a year later. Transcontinental, in cooperation with the Ohio Oil Company, opened many oil pools in Texas and Oklahoma during the next ten years. In 1930 he sold Transcontinental to Ohio Oil.

Mr. Parriott formed the Leader Oil Company a few years later, which extensive production in Kansas. He sold it to the Carter Oil Company in 1942.

He was elected a director of Sunray Oil in 1937, chairman of the board in 1943 and chairman of the executive committee in 1952.

He is survived by his widow, Kathleen, and three sons, Van Caldwell Parriott of St. Louis; Jackson Clark Parriott of Kansas City, and Robert Benedum Parriott of Wichita, Kan.

Submitted by Linda Fluharty.

The obituary of COL. JOHN PARRIOTT.

"Moundsville Daily Echo," Monday, 21 FEB 1949


Lee Roy Parriott, 56, native of Graysville, Marshall county, and a veteran B & O railroad engineer, was stricken suddenly near Fairmont Saturday morning suffering a heart attack.

Mr Parriott was a son of Charles and Bertie Gatts Parriott, born September 5, 1892. He was a resident of Moundsville for several years, belonged to Graysville Methodist church, and was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Division No 477.

The body was brought to Grisells, 805 Fifth street, and was removed late today to the home of a sister, Mrs Carrie Wingrove at Cresaps Bottom. Brief funeral services will be held at the Wingrove home at 10:30 am Wednesday, followed by additional services at 11 am in Graysville church. Interment will be in the churchyard. Rev W R Eskew of Calvary Methodist church will officiate.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs Tillie Parriott of Keyser; four sons, Donald, Kyle and Ivan J all of Moundsville, and Ogle of Patakala, O; a daughter, Miss Ornetta Parriott of Moundsville; a brother, Tom Parriott, of Florida; two sisters, Mrs Wingrove and Mrs Mary Gatts of Florida. A son, Willard, died January 19, 1948, at Weirton.

Submitted by T. Vernon Anderson.


WILLARD P. PARRIOTT, 24, former resident of Captina, was found dead Wednesday night in his room in Weirton, and death was said to have occurred Monday as a result of asphyxiation from gas fumes during his sleep.

He was born February 20, 1924, in Holloway, O., a son of Leroy and E. Marie Parriott, and spent most of his life in Captina.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the European Theatre as a private first class with the Medical Corps.

He was employed at the Weirton Steel Company.

Surviving are his father, Graysville; his mother, of Moundsville; one sister, Ornetta Parriott, of Moundsville; four brothers, Donald, Gene, Ogie and Ivan Jay, all of Moundsville, and Kyle Parriott in the European occupation zone.

The body was removed to the Grisell funeral home at Moundsville.

Services will be conducted from Grisell's tomorrow at 1:30 p.m., with additional rites at the Graysville Methodist Church at 2:30 o'clock. The Rev. W.V. Thompson, pastor of the Nazarene church of Moundsville, will officiate, and burial will be made in the church cemetery.

Mound post No. 437, Veterans of Foreign Wars, will hold military rites at the grave.

Source unknown - 1948

Submitted by Susie Koehrsen.


Carl W. Parsons, age 90, a Moon Township resident for 52 years, formerly of Moundsville, West Virginia, passed away on Sunday April 15, 2007 at Sewickley Valley Hospital. He was born in Moundsville, WV on 02 November 1916, a son of the late Winfield W. and Rosa Belle (Goddard) Parsons.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Wilma (Plum) Parsons.

Mr. Parson retired in 1980 from the Airport Mail Facility where he had been working for 44 years.

He was a member of the NARFE, MOON AND MOON AARP.

He was a member of the Church of Christ in Georgetown. He graduated from Moundsville, WV High School in 1935.

He is survived by his beloved wife Rita (Underwood) Parsons and three children; Donald Parson of Robinson Township, Gerald and wife Cheryl Parsons of Rockford, Ill, and Connie Parsons and her husband Jim Beverlin, of Aliquippa, Pa. Also 7 grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and first wife he was preceded in death by his sister Violet (Parsons) Crow, And brothers, Clell, Arlow, Clyde, Kaird and Russell.

Visitation Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 pm at Copeland Funeral Home, Moon Township, Pa. 981 Brodhead Road.

Services will be conducted Friday at 11am with Minister Paul Blake. Burial at Mill Creek Cemetery.


Source: Moundsville Daily Echo, Moundsville, W. Va.
June 1916

The death of Francis Parsons, a highly respected citizen of Proctor District, Wetzel County, W. Va., occurred at his home after several months’ illness. Mr. Parsons lived in Proctor District almost all his life and was a man who commanded respect of the entire community. He was well known to hundreds of persons in the county and the news of his death, though not unexpected, was received with much sorrow and regret. He had for some time been aware that his case was hopeless and it was only a matter of time until the end, but notwithstanding this fact, he took the matter philosophically and the bravery he exhibited under such circumstances was remarkable.

Note: Francis M. Parsons died June 6, 1916.

Submitted by Linda Goddard Stout

News-Register - Wheeling, W.Va. Friday, December 19, 2003

PARSONS, Freda P., 88, of Grant Avenue, Moundsville, W.Va., died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003 in the Life Care Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa.

She was born August 9, 1915 in Proctor, W.Va., the daughter of the late Edgar and Bessie Luthy Yoho. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Moundsville.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Gerald and Herbert Yoho; and a sister, Virginia Straugh.

Survivors include her husband, Kermit Parsons; and several nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends from 2-4 Friday at the Grisell Funeral Home, 400 Jefferson Avenue, Moundsville where funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Interment in Riverview Cemetery, Moundsville.

Submitted by Peggy Simmons.

"Moundsville Daily Echo," 14 MAR 1980


George C Parsons, 95, of Kingwood Road, Kingwood, WV, formerly of Moundsville and Proctor, died Thursday at Hopemont Hospital, Terra Alta.

He was born Nov 12, 1884, at Proctor, son of Jason and Sarah Conley Parsons.

He was a member of the First Christian Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife Gladys Baumberger Parsons in 1964.

Surviving are three sons, Kermit and Paul, both of Moundsville, and Maurice of Wheeling; two daughters, Mrs Clyde (Eleanor)Snyder of Kingwood and Mrs Glenn (Maxine) Yoho of Calif; nine grandchildren; nine great grandchildren.

Friends will be received at the Grisell Funeral Home, 400 Jefferson avenue, Moundsville Friday from 7-9 pm and Saturday 2-4 and 7-9 pm.

Services will be held there Sunday at 1 pm in charge of Rev B J Hannon, pastor of the Christian Church here.

Interment will be in Riverview cemetery.

Submitted by T. Vernon Anderson.

March 3, 1999


Hilda J. Greer Parsons, a former singer with several major operatic organizations, died Monday, March 1, 1999, at Mound View Health Care Center, Moundsville. She was 83.

Formerly of Tomlinson Avenue, GlenDale, she was born on July 12, 1915, on Boggs Run, the daughter of the late Harvey and Emilie Steinmann Greer.

She was a former singer with the Pittsburgh Light Opera, the Henry Mazer Chicago Symphony, and the Metropolitan Chorus, which toured nationally with the USO. She was also a retired district road agent with the former West Virginia State Road Commission, a retired employee of the former Fostoria Glass Co., Moundsville, and the former Stone and Thomas Department Store. She was a founding member of the Messiah Lutheran Church, Moundsville.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Parsons; a brother, Elwood Greer; a sister, Martha Kaiser. Surviving are a sister, Evelyn Clark of South Port, N.C.; numerous stepchildren, nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 10 am Thursday until time of services at noon at the Grisell Funeral Home, 400 Jefferson Ave. Moundsville. Interment in Limestone Cemetery, Moundsville. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer disease patient care program, Family Service of the Upper Ohio Valley, 51 11th St. Wheeling, W.Va. 26003.

Submitted by Phyllis Dye Slater.


Source: Newspaper clipping; no newspaper name; no date.

Israel Parsons of Franklin District, Marshall County, W. Va., died at his home near Pioneer on September 28, 1916, at the age of 77. He lived within two miles of where he died all of his life. His parents came to this vicinity when there was not a clearing in site of their home and raised seven children. One brother, Jason Parsons of Glen Dale; and two sisters, Mrs. Anabel Monroe and Mrs. Retta Smith, survive. He leaves four children: Mrs. Stella McHenry; Mrs. Retta McKimmie; Joseph Parsons and Mrs. Ida Henry; also his widow, Mrs. Mary A. Parsons. Services were conducted at his home.

Submitted by Linda Goddard Stout


Source: Wetzel Democrat, New Martinsville, W. Va.
Thursday, June 1, 1932

Rhoda Parsons, age 62, of Nauvoo Ridge, near Cameron, W. Va. died at her home on Saturday evening. She was the wife of N. M. Parsons, a prominent farmer. Born in Wetzel County, W. Va., a daughter of the late William and Susanna McBride Allen, on November 23, 1869, Mrs. Parsons had been a resident of the Cameron rural section for many years. In addition to her husband, she is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Elma Chambers of Cameron RFD; and one son, William Lester Parsons, also of Cameron. One sister, Mrs. Sara Coffield of Proctor, W. Va., and two brothers, J. N. Allen of Silver Hill, W. Va., and T. S. Allen of Cameron, also survive. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon in the First Christian Church of Cameron with Rev. W. E. Pierce, pastor of that church, officiating. Burial was made in Highland Cemetery at Cameron.

Submitted by Linda Goddard Stout.

"Moundsville Daily Echo," Monday, 13 NOV 1950


Mrs Rosa Belle Parsons, 72, a native of Wetzel county, died at the home of a son near Cameron at 10 am today, following a lingering illness. She was a daughter of the late Robert and Cassie Yoho Goddard.

The body was removed to the Lutes mortuary, 1109 Second street. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Mrs Parsons is survived by six sons, Clell of Elm Grove, Arlo of Hebron, O, Clyde of Cincinnati, Caird of Cameron, RD 4, Russell of Venice, Calif, and Carl of Charleston, WV; a daughter Mrs Walt L Crow of Glen Easton; three sisters, Mrs Violet Bland of Mannington, Mrs Bessie Kime of Newark, O, and Mrs Eva McCraken of Warren, O.

She was a meber of the Church of Christ, 210 Cedar avenue, Moundsville.

Submitted by T. Vernon Anderson.


Newspaper clipping, no name, no date.

Virginia Cline Parsons, of Rd. 1, Moundsville, W.Va., died July 3, 1990 in Peterson Hospital, Wheeling, W.Va. Surviving are two sons, Dale Cline at home and Clyde Dowler of Tifton, Ga.; a daughter-in-law, Helen of Georgia; and several grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Limestone Presbyterian Church.

Submitted by Linda Goddard Stout

David Ronald "RONNIE" Pastorius

Kill Devil Hills-David Ronald (Ronnie) Pastorius, 75, of Kill Devil Hills, NC died Saturday August 16, 2014. He was born September 13, 1938. He was the loving son of the late Morgan and Thelma Pastorius of McMechen WVA.

David was a member of the First Church of God in McMechen and was a United States Coast Guard Veteran. He received his Real Estate license and worked in sales for many years. David loved spending time with his family and doing magic tricks. He was also an animal lover.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his loving wife Clarine Pastorius, his brother in law Larry Frey and his niece, Lori Frey Padlow.

David Pastorius is survived by three daughters, Julianna Pastorius and Samantha Pastorius both of Kill Devil Hills, NC, and Carol Pastorius of Elizabeth City, NC and Lorra Sawyer of Elizabeth City whom he always considered a fourth daughter. He also leaves four grandchildren; Brittany Pastorius, Caleb Jones, Lori Jones and Aaron Leitl; his loving sister, Lois Jean Frey of Moundsville, WVA; a sister in law, Lorene(George) Walters; his God son, Kory Sanderlin and his mother Michelle Robbins; nephews, Michael Frey and Patrick (Caroline) Frey; his niece, Lisa (Jay) William; five great-nephews, Bryan and Jacob Berger, Alex and Patrick Frey and Jesse Padlow; three great-nieces, Carly Frey and Morgan and Addie Padlow and his long time friend, Ted Landers of Utah.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday August 20, 2014 at 6:30 pm with a viewing one hour prior at Gallop Funeral Services chapel. The Rev. Kelly Lacy will officiate. Interment with military honors will be held at Halcyon Hills Cemetery in Sherrard, WVA in the near future.

Condolences to the family may be expressed via the on-line register at Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements

Pastorius, Robert

Grisell Funeral Home Obit - August 26, 2006

Pastorius, Robert L., age 73 of Moundsville, died Saturday, August 26, 2006 at his sister’s residence.

He was born September 10, 1932 in McMechen, the son of the late Nile R. and Helen I. Criswell Pastorius.

He was retired from Fostoria Glass and Ames Department Store. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Norma J. Pastorius, a brother and sister-in-law Charles and Freda Pastorius, a sister and brother- in-law Helen Louise and Gene Francis, a stepmother Catherine Pastorius, two brothers-in-law Theodore Meyer and Joe Bella.

Survivors include two sisters Ramona (Bill) Lemley of Portsmith, Ohio, Betty Meyer of Moundsville, a step-brother Brock (Wilda) Griffith of Martins Ferry, Ohio, a step-sister Del Rhea Bella of Bellaire, two step-sons Dan (Mary Kay) French and Tom (Pam) French all of Moundsville, three step-grandchildren Danny (Denise) French of Moundsville, Chandra (James) Carrington of Wheeling, Kelly (Willie) Bradley of Richmond, Virginia, seven step-great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Mondy from 6-9pm and Tuesday from 11:00am until the time of service at 1:00pm at Grisell Funeral Home & Crematory, 400 Jefferson Ave., Moundsville with James Bickerton officiating. Interment in Beelers Station Cemetery, Cameron, WV.

Submitted by Cheryl McCombs.

"Moundsville Daily Echo"
January 18, 1999

Emma Patricia Rose Patterson, 68, of South Frazier Ave., Mozart, died Saturday, January 16, 1999, at Peterson Rehabilitation Hospital and Geriatric Center, Wheeling. She was a member of the Saint Paul United Church of Christ, Wheeling. She was preceded in death by parents, John Edward and Emma Bertha Kirschke Rose; four brothers, Elmer, Henry, Frederick and John Rose Jr.; two sisters, Pauline Lambert, Lillian Zdunczyk.

Surviving are her husband, John Henry Patterson; two sons, James L. McAbee of Wheeling, Donald “Boo” McAbee at home; three stepsons, Mark H. and John K. Patterson, both of Bellaire, Daniel J. Denoon of Illinois; five daughters, Sandra Reed of Springfield, Va., Mrs. Frank (Tina) Gebrosky of Wheeling, Mrs. Walter (Pamela) Young of Moundsville, Judith and Patricia Ann McAbee, both of Wheeling; three stepdaughters, Mrs. Russell (Loretta) Garloch of Bellaire, Mrs. Nancy Ruth Baumann of Shadyside, Mrs. Esther Mae Zabran of Illinois; two sisters, Mrs. Ethel Edwards and Mrs. John (Joann) Dangel, both of Wheeling; 29 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

There will be no visitation. Services and interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by Kepner Funeral Home, 36th and Jacob Streets, Wheeling.

Submitted by Alice Walton Mason.


Wheeling News-Register, Tuesday, Aug 8, 1950

William A. Pearl, 74, resident of 445 Main Street, Benwood, city assessor for over 16 years, retired chief loader at the Benwood works of the Wheeling Steel Corp., died last night at 9:10 o;clock in Wheeling hospital, where he had been a patient the past month.

A son of the late John and Sarah Marrese (Maris), he was born in Perry County, O., October 16, 1876, but had spent most of his life in Benwood. He was for many years chairman of the Republican executive committee of Benwood. He was a member of St. John's Catholic church of Benwood and the Holy Name society of the church.

He was united in Benwood to Miss Alice Higgins (Mary Alice), who survives. Also surviving are four sons, Charles, Martins Ferry, O.; Francis, James and William Pearl, Jr., all of McMechen; three daughters, Mrs. Anna Healy, Benwood; Mrs. Mary Cunningham, RD2, Wheeling; and Mrs. Alice Beatty, Glen Dale. A son, Walter Pearl, preceded him in death in February, 1945. Also surviving are 22 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Friends are being received at the Altmeyer funeral home, 1400 Eoff street. Services will be held in the chapel Friday at 8:15 am followed by a High Mass of Requiem in St. John's Catholic church, Benwood, at 9am. Interment will be in Mt. Calvary cemetery.

The Holy Name society of St. John's church will meet in the funeral home Thursday evening at 7:30 o'clock to recite the Rosary. Court Carroll No. 299 Catholic Daughters of America will meet in funeral home Thursday evening at 7:30 o'clock to recite the Rosary

Submitted by Linda Fluharty.


Source: Wetzel Democrat, New Martinsville, W.Va., July 1951

George W. Pegg, retired prominent farmer, died at his home on Limestone Ridge on Tuesday evening at 6:40 p.m. following a lengthy illness. He was born Jan. 23, 1871 at Fairview in Marshall County, W.Va., son of Thomas and Abbie Jane (Clark) Pegg. He was married to Annie Jane Adams on Jan. 1, 1895. Mr. Pegg was a packer in the New Martinsville Glass Company for a number of years and for the past 40 years has been engaged in farming near New Martinsville. He is survived by his wife and one son, Arzey, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Two sons, Chauncey and Clark, preceded him in death. Mr. Pegg was a member of the Palestine Christian Church in Proctor District, Wetzel County, W.Va. Funeral services were held Thursday, July 5, 1951 at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of the Iams Funeral Home. Brother C. D. Beagle of the Church of Christ officiated and interment was made in the Northview Cemetery in New Martinsville, W.Va.

Submitted by Linda Goddard Stout

John J. Perkovic

PERKOVIC, John J. "Perk," 88, died Sunday, March 12, 2006 in Peterson Hospital, Wheeling, W.Va.

He was the son of the late Mike and Marija Ovcaric Perkovic.

John graduated from Union High School, Benwood, Class of 1936, where he was in the school band. He played the slide trombone and the violin. As a youngster, John played in a tamburitza group founded by his father, and instructed by George Bartolovich. The group consisted of John, his brother, Joseph, his sister, Olga, and neighbors, Walter Shalayka and Emil and John Jelacic. In the 1930’s, the group toured all over the area and state, and was featured every Sunday at Noon on WWVA Radio. John loved music, and over the years, taught others to play the tamburitza. He also loved the Croatian Cultural Club, which he managed, and which was founded by his father in 1956. John also managed the family grocery store on Boggs Run for 60 years.

John was a combat cargo pilot in World War II, serving in New Guinea, the Western Pacific, the Southern Philippines and Luzon.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his younger brother, Joseph.

Surviving are his sister, Ogla Perkovic Russ; five nieces; and one nephew.

Friends will be received from 1-6 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, 2006 at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 214 Marshall Street, McMechen, W.Va.

Interment in Greenwood Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Orlando-Sentinel, May 2004


Joseph Perkovic Enriched Communities Through Music

May 16, 2004|By Christine Cole, Special to the Sentinel

LEESBURG -- When musician Joseph "Joe" Perkovic was not performing, he was conducting orchestras or teaching people, especially young people, to play stringed instruments.

He founded the string program at Leesburg's First Academy that eventually led to the formation of the Central Florida Youth Symphony.

"He was a musical missionary," said his daughter Evelyn Hughes of Lawrenceville, Ga. "He thought the enriching experience of classical music was important to the well-being of the community."

"Joe" Perkovic died Tuesday of a heart attack. He was 85.

Music was a way of life to his Croatian parents in Galloway, W.Va. His family had their own radio show on WWVA, his daughter said. From an early age, he was able to play almost any instrument and perform many types of folk dances.

"He could do that squat-and-kick thing like the Russians," his daughter said.

Duquesne University in Pittsburgh gave him a performing scholarship. After serving in the Army Air Forces during World War II, he earned a master's degree from Columbia University in St. Louis. He met his first wife, Anice May Lyons, at a state competition when he was a high school band director and she was a choral director at another school. They married in 1952.

The Mid-Ohio Valley Symphony was the first orchestra he founded while continuing to teach in high schools in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Both his daughters, Hughes and Tanya Baer of Matthews, N. C., followed in their parents' musical footsteps. Hughes is an assistant professor of music at Georgia Perimeter College in Atlanta and Baer sings with the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte (N.C.). "Growing up, there was always music all the time," Hughes said. "Christmas was a zoo at our house. We would all have concerts at our different schools at the same time, but we are all musicians and we thrive on that."

In 1990, Perkovic retired to Leesburg from Sharon, Pa. After the death of his wife, he found himself seated next to Juanita Adkinson in the string section of the orchestra of the First Baptist Church of Leesburg.

They married in 1993 and began performing together. The next year, they were asked to start the string program at the private Leesburg school. The program grew, becoming the upstairs occupant in the fledgling Leesburg Center for the Arts.

"That is how the center first got started," said executive director, Kathy Cook. "I went to the city to find a place for that orchestra."

In his career, Perkovic also played with or conducted the Sloga Tamburitzans in Farrell, Pa., the Ocala Symphony, the Hawthorne Chamber Orchestra and the Wheeling (W.Va.) Symphony.

He was a member of the Silver Lake Community Church in Leesburg.

"He was a man of deep faith," Hughes said. "As with the music, he liked to spread the word."

Perkovic is also survived by brother John Perkovic of Benwood, W.Va.; sisters Olga Russ of Benwood, W.Va., and Josephine Cook of Denver, Colo.; and one grandchild.

Beyers Funeral Home in Leesburg handled the arrangements.

Daily Commercial, The (Leesburg, FL) - May 13, 2004

JOSEPH PERKOVIC, 85, of Leesburg, died Tuesday, May 11, 2004. Mr. Perkovic was born in Galloway, W.Va., and moved to Leesburg from Sharon, Pa., in 1990. He was a member of Silver Lake Community Church in Leesburg. He was the Founding Conductor of the Mid-Ohio Valley Symphony Orchestra and taught Music (strings) for over 40 years in High Schools in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Mr. Perkovic was the Founder of the string programs in Leesburg that led to the Central Florida Youth Symphony, was a Conductor of the Sloga Tamburitzans in Farrell, Pa., and was Senior Choir Director of the Covenant United Presbyterian Church in Sharon, Pa. He was a veteran of the Army Air Corps serving in WWII and played in the USO Band. He also played with the Ocala Symphony, Hawthorne Chamber Orchestra, the Wheeling Symphony of Wheeling, W.Va., and performed at many area churches and nursing homes. Survivors include his daughters: Evelyn Hughes of Lawrenceville, Ga.; Tanya Baer of Matthews, N.C.; brother, John Perkovic of Benwood, W.Va., sisters: Olga Russ of Benwood W.Va., Josephine Cook of Denver, Colo.; and granddaughter, Julia Sponaugle of Atlanta, Ga. Memorial Services will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday May 15, 2004 at Silver Lake Community Church, with Reverend Bruce Hamilton officiating. Family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday, May 14, 2004 from 6 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his name to the: Central Florida Youth Orchestra, 1408 South 9th Street, Leesburg, FL 34748. Beyers Funeral Home, Leesburg.

Margaret V. Peters

PETERS, Margaret Virginia Hall, 84, of Benwood, W.Va., died Tuesday, March 28, 2006 in the Ohio Valley Medical Center, Wheeling.

She was born January 29, 1922 in Wheeling, W.Va., the daughter of the late John Hall and Rose Yocke Hall.

Mrs. Peters was the former co-owner of the former Boggs Run Road Print Shop. She attended St. Matthews Lutheran Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Peters in 2005; a daughter, Linda Lucas in 2006; and four brothers, Charles, John, Edward and Robert Hall.

Surviving are one grandson, Keith E. Lucas of Benwood; three sisters, Rosella Myles and her husband, Thomas, of Wheeling, Shirley Martin of Cleveland, Ohio and Rose Meadows and her husband, Donald, of Beech Bottom, W.Va.

Friends will be received on Wednesday, March 29, 2006 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Kepner Funeral Home, 36th and Jacob Street, South Wheeling, W.Va., where funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 30, 2006 at 10:30 a.m. with the Reverend Mary Prather officiating.

Entombment in Park Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Matthews Lutheran Church, 620 Boggs Run Road, Benwood, WV 26031.

Wheeling Intelligencer & News-Register

March 2, 2011

PETRONE, Carmella W. (Fallova), 94, of Benwood, W.Va., died Monday, February 28, 2011, at Ohio Valley Medical Center.

She was born February 1, 1917, in Benwood, a daughter to the late Vincenzo and Virginia Caporiccio Fallova. She was a member of St. John Catholic Church in Benwood, and a member of the Rosary Altar Society. She was also a member of the Italian American Mother's Club of Benwood and was an employed by Marshall County Schools as a cook.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Frank A. Petrone in 1995, six sisters, Theresa Canestraro, Jenny McAdam, Magdalen Cannarella, Margaret Gongola, Lena Malolepszy, and Mary Parravani, and four brothers, Louis Fallova, Frank Fallova, Patsy Fallova, and Vincent Fallova Jr.

She is survived by one son, Frank J. Petrone of Wheeling; one daughter, Gerry Kuca and her husband Ed of Benwood; one beloved granddaughter, Jennifer Hopper and her husband Eric of Buford, Ga.; one brother, Mike Fallova and his wife Margaret of Benwood; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received on Thursday, March 3, 2011 from noon to 8 p.m. at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Benwood-McMechen Chapel, 214 Marshall St., McMechen, W.Va. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at St. John Catholic Church in Benwood with Father Bekheh as celebrant. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Moundsville Daily Echo, Wednesday, December 15, 1943


Mrs. Almira Pettit died at her home on lower Wolf Run, Tuesday evening at 5 o'clock following a short illness. She was a daughter of the late Jacob and Mary Earlywine Whipkey and was born in Pennsylvania on February 10, 1866, being in her 17th year. She was a member of the Wolf Run Baptist church. Her husband preceded her in death thirty?three years ago.

Surviving are two sons, Walter Pettit of Moundsville, and Roy Pettit of Cameron, RD 3; two daughters, Mrs. Goldie DeGarmo of Cameron, RD 3, and Mrs. Bessie Yoho, of Cameron RD 4; three brothers, William Whipkey of West Finley, Pa., Mart Whipkey and Abe Whipkey of Grantsville, W. Va., six sisters, Mrs. Sara Barnes of Belpre, Ohio, Miss Lottie McCartney of Parkersburg, Mrs. Ollie Bigler of Morgantown, Mrs. Queen White of Star City, W. Va., Mrs. Nina Stump of Smithfield, W. Va. and Mrs. Barbara Roberts of Grantsville.

The body was removed to the Grisell funeral home and will be taken to the late home Thursday morning. Funeral services will be held at the Wolf Run Baptist church Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock with Rev. Park T. Rushford of the Baptist church of Moundsville officiating. Burial will be in Wolf Run cemetery.

Submitted by Eric Anderson.

Moundsville Daily Echo, Wednesday, August 23, 1950


Charles William Pettit, Marshall county farmer, died yesterday at 6:30 p.m. at his home on Wolf Run, near Cameron, following a lengthy illness. He was 59.

He was born on March 15, 1891, a son of James M. and Rebecca Ann Whipkey Pettit and was a member of the Baptist church.

Surviving are: his mother and two sisters, Mrs. Alta Cunningham of Rock Lick and Mrs. William Mickey of Wolf Run; five brothers, Russell of Elm Grove, Jesse at home, Albert of Brownsville, and Floyd and Harry B., both of Cameron.

The body was removed to the Antill funeral home. Services will be conducted Thursday at 2:30 o'clock in the Wolf Run Baptist church with Rev. L. E. Bailey in charge. Interment will be in Wolf Run cemetery.

Submitted by Eric Anderson.

"Moundsville Daily Echo"
March 16, 1999

Lucy J. Pettit, 89, of Alliance, OH, died March 10, 1999. She had been a resident of the area since 1939. She was born November 4, 1909, in Dean, W.Va. to Joseph C. and Myrtle M. (Morris) Horner. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert J. Pettit on March 9, 1972; three sons, Robert J. Jr, on March 24, 1962, Ronald L. on November 27, 1980, and Roger L. on January 2, 1996; two sisters, Lena Poole and Mary Harris; a brother, Ernie Horner; two grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. A member of Union Avenue Church of Christ, Mrs. Pettit was a retired clerk at Sugar and Spice Bakery.

Survivors include two daughters, Helen I. Arkwright, of North Knogstown, RI, and Leah A. Riebold of Alliance; a sister, Edith Yoho of Moundsville; a brother, Woodrow Horner of Protcor; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Submitted by Alice Walton Mason.

Wheeling Intelligencer & News-Register, August 21, 2008

PETTIT, James E., 87, of Pine Lane, Bethlehem, W.Va., formerly of Benwood Hill, died Wednesday, August 20, 2008, in Wheeling Hospital Medical Park.

He was born November 12, 1920 in Moundsville, W.Va., the son of the late, William Jennings and Florence Gorby Pettit.

He was a WWII Army Veteran; a retired employee from Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel, Benwood; and a member of Church of God, McMechen.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Mabel Luckett Richmond; second wife, Grace Coulter Pettit; two sisters, Opal Mae Bowman and Charlotte South; two infant sisters; a brother, David Pettit; a grandson, James E. Pettit, II, (honorable pallbearer); a great-grandson, Sgt. Ricky A. Williams, (honorable pallbearer); son-in-law, Allan W. Williams; and grandson-in-law, Eddie Maloney.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Marsh Pettit; three sons, Herbert (Barbara) Pettit of South Carolina, Stephen (Beth) Pettit of Wheeling and Robbie (Patty) Beever of Glen Dale; eight daughters, Joyce S. Williams of Moundsville, Pat (Steve) Galloway of Virginia, Cindy (Dave) Carroll of Kentucky, Pam (Don) Foster of Moundsville, Robin (Ronnie) Penberton of Kentucky, B.J. (Walter) Parker of Moundsville and Tammie (Scott) Jackson of Proctor; 30 grandchildren; 37 great grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a half-brother, Paul (Hazel) Williams.

Family will receive friends on Friday from 2-9 p.m. at Grisell Funeral Home and Crematory, 400 Jefferson Avenue, Moundsville, where funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Interment in McMechen Cemetery, McMechen, where the Moundsville Honor Guard will conduct military graveside services.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Valley Hospice, 132 Peters Run Road, Wheeling, WV 26003.

Mabel V. Petit

PETTIT, Mabel V., 93, of R.D. 4, Cameron, W.Va., died Thursday, March 22, 2007, in Cameron Nursing and Rehab Center, Cameron.

She was born December 25, 1913, in Marshall County, a daughter of the late Ernest and Sarah Jean Taylor Miner.

Mabel was a member of the Pleasant Valley Methodist Church and also attended the Wolf Run Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harry H. Pettit in 1990; two brothers, Herman and Raymond; three sisters, Ethel Reed and Esther Sherick, and Bertha Sherick; and one grandson, David Wayne Pettit.

Surviving are one son, James E. (Cheerful) Pettit of Cameron; two daughters, Ruby (Ronald) Hoffman of Glen Easton, W.Va., and Alice L. (Carrol) Fox of West Finley, Pa.; one sister, Edith Smith of Senaca S.C.; one sister-in-law, Wilma Miner of Moundsville; six grandchildren; one stepgrandson; three great-grand children one great-great-grand daughter; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Memorial contributions to Wolf Run Baptist Church.

Arrangements are pending at the Anderson Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 1109 Second Street, Moundsville.

Moundsville Daily Echo, Monday, September 28, 1942


Funeral services for Mrs. Alice Lowe Phillippi, 59, a life resident of Marshall county who died Saturday at her home in Cameron, will be held Tuesday afternoon at Cameron Christian church. Rev. I. J. Kerrick will officiate and burial will be in Rock Lick cemetery.

Deceased was born February 27, 1883, on Fork Ridge, a daughter of Albert and Mary Jane Lowe. She was a member of the Christian church.

Surviving are her husband, Henry Phillippi, two daughters, Mrs. Mary Earnest, Trinidad, West Indies, and Miss Helen Phillippi at home; one son, Wendell of Clouston and two grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Desie Kearns, McMechen, Mrs. Mary Hubbs, Moundsville, and two brothers, Alec Lowe, California and Charles Lowe of Ohio.

Submitted by Eric Anderson.

GEORGE BYRON PHILIPPI - (May 30, 1925 - September 19, 2009).

Rockford, Illinois - George Byron Phillippi, 84 of Rockford, Illinois, died Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, after a long illness.

Born May 30,1925 in Rock Lick, West Virginia to George Benton Phillippi and Goldie Claire Kuhn. Married Mary Jane, in Waynesburg, Greene County, Pennsylvania.

Upon his retirement from the roofing business, he moved to Rockford, Illinois. He was in the U.S. Navy in WWII serving in India during the years of 1940-1944. He was a member of the Rockford VFW and American Legion and loved spending time with his family.

Survivors include Step Daughter, Peggy of Kentucky, Nieces Jan Phillippi Irey of Jacksonville, Florida, Linda Curry Huston of Akron, Ohio; Nephews Lloyd Curry of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, Jerry Phillippi of Conover, North Carolina, and Dean Allen Phillippi (Sr.) of Jacksonville, Florida, Second Cousins, Janet Izard of Baton Rouge, LA, Karen Capone of Wheeling, West Virginia, Christie Rogers of Wheeling, West Virginia and numerous nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by his Father, George Benton Phillippi; his mother, Goldie Claire Kuhn; his wife, Mary Jane; his Sister, Louise Phillippi Curry: his Brother Robert Malcolm Phillippi and Step Daughter, Sharon.

Memorial Visitation will be Monday September 28, 2009 in Honquest Family Funeral Home with Crematory, Rockford Chapel, 4311 North Mulford Rd. Because he was a member of the greatest generation, In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family. For online condolences, visit

Submitted by Dean Philippi.

Moundsville Daily Echo, Monday, August 22, 1949


J. W. Phillippi, 64, farmer and livestock dealer of Cameron, died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Margaret Woodstuff, of Green Valley Road in Cameron, Sunday afternoon at 5 o'clock.

Deceased was born in Cameron, April 8, 1885, the son of the late Joseph and Helen Bungard Phillippi and was a member of the Clouston Methodist church.

Surviving are: one son, Allen Phillippi of Cameron; two daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Conley and Mrs. Margaret Woodstuff, both of Cameron; two brothers, George B. Phillippi of Wind Ridge, Pa., and Henry F. of Cameron; one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Phillippi and six grandchildren.

The body was removed to the Antill funeral home where it will remain until Tuesday and then removed to the home of a son, Allan, Cameron, RD, for services Wednesday at 2 p.m. Interment will be in Highland cemetery.

Submitted by Eric Anderson.

Joseph Allen Phillippi

Source: Wheeling News Register, Friday, September 3, 2004

PHILLIPPI, Joseph Allen, 89, of Cameron, W. Va., beloved husband of Evelyn Anderson Phillippi, died Wednesday, September 1, 2004 in Reynolds Memorial Hospital, Glen Dale, W.Va.

Allen was born March 18, 1915, the son of Joseph William and Hattie Grimes Phillippi of Cameron.

He was a member of the Cameron First Presbyterian Church and was active as a Sunday School teacher, elder and Clerk of the Session. After graduating from West Liberty State College in 1936, Allen began his teaching career at Moundsville Junior High School in Marshall County. In 1939 he married Ruth Eleanor Atkinson of West Liberty, W.Va. They had three daughters. In 1977 he married Evelyn Evans Anderson. He retired from teaching as a science and math teacher at Cameron High School in 1977 after 41 years as an educator in the county. As many of his former students will remember, his belief in allowing students to develop group and individual projects motivated many to continue in the areas of math and science as their chosen field. His love of teaching was clear to all those who knew him. Dedication to farming and care of the farm that had been his home from early childhood inspired him as well to teach his knowledge in animal husbandry and care of the land through active leadership. He was very instrumental, in such things as 4-H, specifically the Dairy Genetics Project and the State Dairy Show at Jackson's Mill, W.Va. He was also very active with the Marshall County Farm Bureau.

In addition to his parents, his first wife, Ruth Eleanor Atkinson; and two sisters, Dorothy Conely (Thomas) and Margaret Woodstuff (Ed), preceded him in death.

Surviving are his wife, Evelyn; three daughters, Janet Izard (Ralph) presently of Baton Rouge, La., Karen Cappone (Raymond) of Wheeling and Christy Rogers (James) of Cameron; grandchildren, Mark and Beth Cappone, Martha Izard and Hattie Rogers; and two great-grandchildren.

Allen's life has been a blessing to the community in which he was reared. His love of the land, of teaching, and of family enriched the lives of those who knew him.

Family and friends will be received at Anderson's Funeral Home in Cameron from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Friday, September 3, 2004. Services to be held Saturday, September 4, 2004 at 11 a.m. with burial to follow in Highland Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the J. Allen Phillippi Foundation to benefit Cameron High School.

Submitted by Cheryl McCombs.

Moundsville Daily Echo, Thursday, April 8, 1930


Mrs. Arabell Phillips passed away 1:05 a.m. Wednesday at the home of her daughter Mrs. Ida Antill at Deep Valley, Pa. Mrs. Phillips was born September 10, 1854, being 82 years and 6 months old. She was the daughter of Perry and Adaline Tarr Rush, and is survived by one daughter Mrs. Ida Antill, one sister Mrs. Lewis Antill of this city, and three brothers C. J. Polen of Andover, Ohio, Charles Rush of Oklahoma, and James Rush Cameron, R. D. Services will be held from the Antill funeral home on Friday at one o'clock by Rev. V. K. Betts. Interment in Slonaker cemetery.

Submitted by Eric Anderson.

"Moundsville Daily Echo," Monday, 18 MAY 1953


Henry C Phillips, 81, of Cameron community, died in the Ohio Valley General hospital Sunday at 7 am after an illness developing the first of May. He was born January 12, 1872, in Greene County, Pennsylvania, the son of W D and Sara Cole Phillips. He has been a farmer and resident of near Cameron all his life. He was a member of the Clouston Methodist church, superintendent of the Sunday school for 13 years and a trustee of the church ofr many years; member of Cameron Lodge No 36 IOOF, and the Farmers for Better Living. Mr Phillips married Emma L Conklin September 28, 1901. She survives along with three daughters, Mrs Floyd Rine of Woodlands, Mrs W H Cumpston and Mrs Russell Bane of RD 4 Cameron, WV; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Two brothers Scott and Peter both of Cameron, three sisters, Mrs Charles Wilhelm of West Alexander, PA, Mrs Estella Bartlett, Fairmont, and Mrs O F Clark of Cameron.

The body was removed to the Antill funeral home and was returned to the late residence at Clouston at 11 am today, where friends are being received.

Short funeral services will be held at the home Wednesday, May 20 at 1:30, followed by further services at 2 pm at the church. Rev John Helms will be in charge assisted by Rev F W Sigler. Interment will be in Highland cemetery, Cameron.

Submitted by T. Vernon Anderson.

Wheeling Intelligencer & News-Register, Feb 23, 2008

PHILLIPS, Susan Jane, 90, formerly of Crawford Avenue, Cameron, W.Va., died Friday, February 22, 2008, in Cameron Continuous Care Center.

She was born October 26, 1917 in Cameron, the daughter of the late Edward Stiger and Cora Roberta Hall Hicks.

She was a retired employee from State Food Store/Greg’s Market; a member of Cameron Methodist Church; Cameron Senior Citizens; and she loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Vern B. Phillips; three sisters, Mary Elkins, Virginia Davis and Leona Hicks; two brothers, George Edward and Phillip Hicks; and a grandson, Terry Allen Phillips.

Survivors include a son, Edward (Pat) Phillips of Cameron; a daughter, Carolyn Fortney of Cameron; two grandsons, Jim (Lisa) Fortney of Morgantown, W.Va. and Tom Sampson of Romulus, Mich.; a granddaughter, Tricia (Tim) Grove of Lebanon, Pa.; a granddaughter-in-law, Judie Phillips; three great grandsons; a great-granddaughter; two sisters, Thelma Lennox of Wheeling and Ruth DeLyne of Baton Rouge, La.; a brother, Paul (Reba) Hicks of Baton Rouge; and several nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends on Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Grisell Funeral Home and Crematory, 400 Jefferson Avenue, Moundsville, where funeral services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. with Pastor Beth Mencer officiating.

Interment in Cameron Cemetery, Cameron.

KENNETH PICKETT, "Mr. Glendale," Died Sunday.

For a quarter of a century, he did what it now takes about eight people to do...Kenny Pickett was the one-man police force, fire chief and water department manage for the town of Glendale, till he was forced by illness to retire twenty years ago and move to Florida. Sunday, Kenneth Pickett died at age 82 at his retirement home in Belleview, Florida, near the Ocala home of his daughter Kathy.

He had been a prison guard, before he came to take the Glendale jobs, about 1938, After that he "ran a tight ship" in law enforcement, never took a vacation in the 26 years, saw the development of water and fire service, and was especially concerned about protection of the children.

He established the school youth patrols, even bought the leading patrols jackets out of his own pocket, led their first trip to Washington which was later taken over by teachers and parents. In addition to all that, he was a member of Glendale Methodist church, of the local Masonic lodge, and of the Fraternal Order of Police.

He was about three times named by some group's "Policeman of the Year."

And Glendale itself held two "Kenny Pickett Days," one in the midst of his career, and when a stroke in 1964 forced his retirement. "My Dad loved that town and the people in it," said his daughter Kathy to the Echo today. She announced she is starting a Kenny Pickett Memorial Fund, with a probable target of an award each November 4th, to some school puple who wins some contest; or some other benefit to children in Glendale. She plans to come up this way in the near future, and discuss with Glendale officials how such a project should be carried out. Meanwhile, contributions for it may be sent to Mrs. Kathy Sumner, PO Box 1262, Ocala FL 32678.

Surviving are his wife Mildren Rogerson Pickett; daughter Kathy Sumner of Ocala, step-son Robert Zimmerman of Merritt Island, FL.; sons; Kenneth Eugene Pickett of Moundsville, William Pickett of Benwood, and daughter Patty Tribett of McMechen.

He was born May 2, 1902, the son of Eugene and Lelia Tomlinson Pickett.

Dated Nov. 4, 1984, "Moundsville Echo".

Submitted by Phyllis Dye Slater.

PICKETT, WILLIAM E., 57 of Maywood Apt., Benwood, died Tuesday in Reynolds Memorial Hospital, Glendale. He was a retired employee of J. L. Hudson Co. Detroit, and a member of Metropolitan Methodist Church, Detroit. Surviving are a brother, Kenneth E. of Moundsville, a sister Patricia Tribett of McMechen; two half sisters, Clarice of Tucson, Ariz., Kathy of Ocala Fla., several nieces and nephews. There will be no visitation. Private memorial services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. Arrangements by Grisell Funeral Home, 400 Jefferson Ave. Moundsville.

William Pickett was the son of Kenneth Pickett.

Dated Apr. 23, 1986.

Submitted by Phyllis Dye Slater.


Source: Moundsville Echo, Moundsville, W.Va.

November 20, 1891

The death of Mr. Philo R. Platt, which occurred on the 13th was a shock to his many friends in Moundsville and elsewhere. He was formerly a resident of Fayette County, but came here to do guard duty at the prison while Mr. Peck was Superintendent, and remained faithful to his post until last July at which time his connection with the prison was severed. The closing scenes of his life were rendered more sad from the fact that in his death his friends have lost one whose life promised future usefulness and who was just entering the prime of life. His death took place at the residence of his father-in-law, Captain J. C. Israel, and during his brief illness he received every attention that the medical profession could render, as well as his living friends. That he made many friends while here was attested by the large concourse of people who followed his mortal remains to their last resting place, and who were also in waiting at the cemetery on last Sunday.

Submitted by Linda Goddard Stout

Robert "Bob" Caylor Polen

POLEN, Robert "Bob" Caylor, 70, formerly of Charleston, W.Va. and Moundsville, W.Va. died November 4, 2005 at The Heritage, Bridgeport, W.Va., from complications of lymphoma.

A native West Virginian, born on July 15, 1935 in Moundsville to the late Lloyd and Iva "Mamie" Caylor Polen.

Mr. Polen graduated from Moundsville High School in 1953 and attended West Virginia University. He was employed by PPG at Natrium for 27 years as a research chemist. He also spent 33 years working with the West Virginia Legislature in various capacities.

He was elected eight times to serve the people of Marshall County in the State Legislature as a member of the WV House of Delegates. He was executive director of the Railroad Association, State Government Affairs Representative for the Railroad Corporations in West Virginia and retired from the State of West Virginia as assistant legislative liaison for the Governor's Office.

He was honored with the "Distinguished West Virginian" Award by Governor Cecil H. Underwood in 2000 for his "Outstanding Achievements and Meritorious Service"; it is the highest award bestowed upon a state citizen.

Mr. Polen was a member of the Masonic Marshall Union Lodge 8 AF and AM, WV Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Carrell Polen and a brother-in-law, William "Bill" McNinch.

He is survived by his fiancee, Emma Lee Hite of Bridgeport; children, Mark (Debbie) Polen of Cross Lanes, W.Va., John Polen, Cynthia "Cindy" Polen, both of Moundsville; a granddaughter, Mackenzie Polen of Cross Lanes; two step-grandsons, Nicholas Young, MD of Charleston, Patrick Young of Cross Lanes; a sister, Kathleen "Kate" McNinch of Moundsville; a sister-in-law, Iris Polen of Moundsville; three nieces, Carol Ann (Richard) Williams of Columbus, Ohio, Jane McNinch of Moundsville and Janet McNinch of Parker, Colo.; two nephews, Dan (Margie) Polen of New Port Richey, Fla, Terry (Lisa) Polen of Hurricane, W.Va. and several great-nieces and nephews and a great-great-nephew.

Family will receive friends on Monday from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. at Grisell Funeral Home and Crematory, 400 Jefferson Avenue, Moundsville where funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 1 p.m. with Rev. Tim Wilt officiating. Interment in Fairview Cemetery, Moundsville.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Robert C. Polen may be made to the WVU Foundation-4-H, PO Box 1650, Morgantown, WV 26507 or Fund A, John Marshall Scholarship-Community Foundation of the Ohio Valley, c/o John Marshall High School, 1300 Wheeling Avenue, Glen Dale, WV 26038; the fund is administrated by WesBanco and provides scholarships for seniors at John Marshall to further their education beyond high school.

Wheeling Intelligencer & News-Register, July 29, 2013

POLSINELLI, Ina E. (Strober), 87, of McMechen, W.Va., passed away Saturday, July 27, 2013, in Wheeling Hospital.

She was born February 17, 1926, a daughter of the late Erit and Alma (Blake) Strober.

Ina was member of the First Church of God, McMechen, where over the years she served as Sunday school superintendent and Bible school teacher.

Ina was a member of Blake Brothers Unit 46 American Legion Auxiliary, where she held many chairmanships and offices including historian, treasurer, 2nd vice president, 1st vice president and president. She was the past First District president and department chairman of foreign relations, education and leadership. She also held the office of historian, 2nd vice president and 1st vice president on department level, and president for the 1999-2000 term. She has been on the Department of WV Auxiliary National Executive Committee and served as the Central Division Auxiliary Emergency Fund chairwoman.

Ina has been in various other facets of community, county and state efforts, including working with a group to start a youth center in the city that became very popular with the children and teens. She worked with Union and John Marshall band parent organizations, served four years as regional director of the State Parent-Teacher Association, was regional Spelling Bee chairwoman and past Marshall County Council PTA president, and was president of the Center McMechen Elementary School PTA. She holds an honorary life membership in the Marshall County PTA, Ohio County PTA, West Virginia PTA and National PTA.

Ina held many chairmanships and offices in the Women's Club of McMechen and has served three terms as president, and was currently serving her third term as vice president. She has also served as president of GFWCWV Northern District, and has served on the state board or council for the past 10 years. She was conservation, community improvement and beautification chairwoman on the State level. While working with the Women's Club, she was been instrumental in achieving many things for the city of McMechen. Some projects are street signs; trash containers; Tree City USA; the West Virginia State Flower Bed on State Route 2, which she and her husband personally took care of; crossing lights in the school zone; Christmas lights and flags for the city; and many other beautification and community improvement projects. She was the GFWCWV Woman of the Year for the State of West Virginia in 2009. She also served on the membership team and the scholarship board on the state level, and was a member of the Red Hat Society.

In addition to her parents, Ina was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruth Rodriguez and Ashel Marchani.

Ina is survived by her loving husband of 68 years, Joseph S. Polsinelli. They were married in Pensacola, Florida, on September 5, 1944.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her four children: Beth (Gary) Wolfe, Joseph A. (Georgiann) Polsinelli, Alma Cunningham and Lisa (Tony) Velas; 11 grandchildren: Gregg (Kelli) Wolfe, Wendy (Mike) Younger, Todd (Jeanne) Wolfe, Brad Wolfe (Tonya Coppa), Betsy (Gordon) Nasseri, Joseph (Chrissy) Polsinelli, Justin Polsinelli, Alex (Venusia) Yutzey, Preston Yutzey, Adam Velas and Ali Velas; 15 great-grandchildren: Dayna Wolfe, Kim Wolfe, Baylee Jack, Taylor Jack, Victoria Younger, Rebecca Younger, Danielle Wolfe, Nicholas Wolfe, Beth Wolfe, Kaydie Coppa, Kyle Coppa, Xavier Nasseri, Zoey Nasseri, Alexander Nasseri and Riley Polsinelli; a great-great-grandson, Isaac Gregory; and a sister-in-law, Rosalie Conti.

Friends will be received from 1-4 and 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Benwood- McMechen Chapel, 214 Marshall St., McMechen, where an American Legion Auxiliary service will be held at 7 p.m.

Friends will then be received from 10 a.m. until time of funeral services at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at the First Church of God, McMechen, with the Rev. Cate Johnston officiating. Interment will be in McMechen Cemetery.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the First Church of God, 1003 Logan St., McMechen, WV 26040.

Online condolences may be offered to the family at


Wheeling News Register, Tuesday, January 11, 2000

Benwood Police Officer M. J. Polus Dies

Matthew J. Polus, an original member of the Darby's Rangers of World War II, died Monday in Aspinwall Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was 82.

A resident of Benwood, he was born Aug. 15, 1917, in Glencoe, the son of the late Nicholas and Katherine Vuckovich Polus.

He was a former Benwood Police Officer, an employee of the former Sylvania Electric Company, Wheeling, and a member of the St. John Catholic Church, Benwood. He was an original member of the Darby's Rangers of World War II, where he was awarded the European-African-Middle Eastern Campain Medals, a Purple Heart, a Combat Infantryman Badge, a Good Conduct Medal and American Campaign Medal, and three Oversea Bars. He was also in the First Ranger Battalion Association. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, a past commander of the American Legion Blake Brothers Post 46, Benwood, a member of the VFW Post 3655, McMechen.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Daniel, Michael, John and Joseph Polus; three sisters, Helen Polus, Josephine Forbush and Helen Polus; a grandson, Mark Zearott. Surviving are his wife, Mary A. Hornak Polus; two daughters, Rosemarie Zearott and her husband, Jack, Barbara Flading and her husband, John, both of Benwood; two sisters, Mary Conti of Plant City, Fla., Eva Butts and her husband, Robert of Benwood; three grandchildren, Amy, Angela and Mallory Zearott, all of Benwood; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends recieved 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 214 Marshall St., McMechen. Funeral liturgy with Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. John Catholic Church, Benwood, with Rev. Gervase Cain, T.O.R. as celebrant. Entombment in Parkview Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Wheeling. American Legion Blake Brothers Post 46 services at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday. Vigil service at 8:30 p.m. today.

Memorial contributions may be made to the SS. James and John School or Bishop Donahue High School.

Submitted by Cheryl McCombs.

Obituary, Death Notice, Information on VICTOR E. POND, JR.

Pond, Victor E., Jr., 77, of Cypress Avenue, Moundsville, (Marshall County, West Virginia,) died Monday, November 10, 1997, at Reynolds Memorial Hospital, Glen Dale, WV. He was born March 9, 1920, at Marietta, Ohio. Mr. Pond was a retired employee of LCP Co., Moundsville, a member of the Moundsville Baptist Church, a Marine veteran of World War II, a member of the Moundsville VFW Post 437, and the Earl Francis Post No. 3, American Legion. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Kelly Ann Pond Dacey; his parents, Victor E. Pond, Sr. and Sarae Simms Pond; a great grandson, Michael Paul Sloan. Surviving are a son, Gregory L. of Moundsville, WV; three daughters, Mrs. Michael (Mollie K.) Smith of Sykesville, Maryland; Mrs. Lester (Vickie D.) Best of Moundsville; Linda L. Pond of Mount Olive, WV; his friend, Ila D. Pond of Moundsville; 18 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; a great great grandson. Friends received 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Grisell Funeral Home, 400 Jefferson Avenue, Moundsville, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday with the Rev. Raymond Yoho officiating. Interment at Riverview Cemetery, Moundsville. Military graveside services will be held by the Moundsville Honor Guard.

Source: Obituary, Death Notice in "The Intelligencer," Wheeling, WV, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 1997 page 6. Appropriate correction by James Edward Dague.

Submitted by James Edward Dague.

Wheeling News-Register Thursday, July 1, 2004

POORMAN, Mary G., 94, of Kill Devil Hills, N.C., formerly of Cameron, W.Va., died Wednesday, June 30, 2004 in Outer Banks Hospital, Nagshead, N.C.

She was born September 11, 1909 in Cameron, W.Va., daughter of the late Joseph L. and Edith Poorman.

She was a member of the First Methodist Church, Cameron, Past Matron of Loraine Chapter #9, Order of Eastern Star, Cameron in which she served as Secretary for 26 years. She was retired as President from the First National Bank, now BB&T Bank of Cameron, where she worked for 26 years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Opal Harris and her husband Ray.

She is survived by a niece, Judith Ann (Ronald Sr.) Norberg of Kill Devil Hills, with whom she made her home; two grand-nephews, Ronald “Chip” Norberg, Jr. of Cameron, Ray Eric (Lisa) Norberg of Kill Devil Hills; and three great-grandnieces, Noelle, Caitlyn and Brittany.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday, July 2, 2004 at the Anderson Funeral Home, Cameron, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday with Pastor Larry Holtz officiating. Interment in Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens.

Submitted by Peggy Simmons.


Source: Newspaper clipping; no newspaper name; no date.

Aaron A. Porter, age 76, retired businessman, twice mayor of Cameron, W.Va., died at his home in Pittsburgh, Pa. He was born in Eighty-four, Pa, on Dec. 26, 1870, a son of Andrew and Anna Porter. He married Miss Etta P. McDougal of Littleton, Wetzel County, W.Va., on Nov. 27, 1894. They resided in Wheeling, W.Va. after their marriage. At that time, Mr. Porter was a station master on the B&O Railroad. From Wheeling, they moved to Cameron, W.Va., and opened a bakery. They also operated the Cameron Hotel and pool room. Later, Mr. Porter established the Smile Bottling Works, the first and only beverage concern in Cameron. In 1934, Mr. Porter opened the historic Stone House tavern on Rt. 40 at Roney’s Point, W.Va. He operated this business until 1940, when he retired. Since that time, he has resided in Pittsburgh. Surviving are his wife, Etta Porter; one son, Arnold R. Porter, at home; three daughters, Mrs. Neysa P. O’Neill of Wheeling; Mrs. Clementine Moore of Hickory, Pa.; and Mrs. Naomi Lang of Washington, Pa.; and one sister, Mrs. Anna Whipkey of Cameron; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services held in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Submitted by Linda Goddard Stout


Porter, Belle H., 86 of Hillcrest Ave. Cameron, died Wednesday, May 24, 2000, at home. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willis Herman Porter, Sr.: two sons, William Howard and Franklin Delino Porter; a daughter, Betty Lee Greathouse; her parents, Jack and Rosa Hawkins Blake, a brother, Ted Blake; two sisters, Maggie Blake and Fannie Woods; and a great-grandson Justin Anderson. Surviving are four sons, Jack Wayne Porter and his wife, Kay, of Starke, Fla., Charles Edward and his wife, Judy, and Willis Herman Porter, Jr., all of Cameron, and Rodney Paul and his wife, Tracy, of Chanute, Kan; two daughters, Juanita Maxine Simonis and her husband, Lloyd, of Rigby, Idaho and Willmetta Oliver and her husband, Sherman, of Cameron, a sister, Orie Yoho of Moundsville; 26 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren. Friends received 7-9 pm. Thursday and from 9 am until services at 1pm, Friday at Anderson Funeral Home, Cameron. Interment in Big Run Christian Church Cemetery, Cameron. Memorial contributions may be made to Valley Hospice, 380 Summit Ave., Steubenville, Oh., 43952. American Legion Auxiliary memorial service at 7pm. Thursday.

Submitted by Phyllis Dye Slater.


Funeral services for Robert Woods Porter, 73, well known retired farmer of Elm Grove, who died Tuesday at the family home, 415 Jones Street, Elm Grove, will be conducted Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Elm Grove M. E. Church. Rev. Anderson will officiate, and burial will follow in Stone Church cemetery. The body is reposing at the Springer Funeral Home, and will be removed to the family home this morning.

Mr. Porter was born in Sand Hill where he spent his entire life until seventeen years ago, when he moved to Elm Grove.

Mr. Porter is survived by his widow formerly Miss Ida Winters, and the following children: Mrs. W. G. Hannah, of Elm Grove; Mrs. R. A. Henderson, of Washington, Pa.; Mrs. W. C. Briggs, of Washington, Pa.; W. A. Porter of Wheeling; Harry R. Porter, at home, and Stanley R. Porter, Wheeling. The following sisters and brothers also survive: Alex and Joseph Porter both of Sand Hill; Charles Porter of Elm Grove; Miss Ann Porter of Sand Hill and Mrs. Minnie Steel of Moundsville.

"The Moundsville Echo," 1929

Submitted by Joe Jacobs.


Source: Wetzel Democrat, New Martinsville, W.Va. , May 8, 1947

Ellen Postlethwait, widow of George Postlethwait, and a former resident of New Martinsville, W.Va., died at her home in Morgantown, W.Va., on May 4, 1947. A daughter of Asbury and Ellen Beth Marshall, she was born in Marshall County on April 17, 1867. She lived in New Martinsville for several years, moving to Morgantown three years ago. She was the last surviving Gold Star Mother of Marne Unit, Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion of WWI. She is survived by five children: Mrs. J. P. Jackson of Gilbert, Ark.; Mrs. Bessie E. Hawkins of Corpus Christi, Tex.; G. L. Postlethwait of Marion, Mich.; Clarence Postlethwait of New Martinsville; and Mrs. George King of Charleston, W.Va.; one brother, Frederick Marshall of Moundsville; a sister, Mrs. Atha Jackson of Morgantown; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Church of God. Interment was in the Greenlawn Memorial Park in New Martinsville.

Submitted by Linda Goddard Stout


Source: Moundsville Echo, Moundsville, W. Va.
March 2, 1906

Cyrus Price died at his home at Wayman’s Ridge, Marshall County, West Virginia, on March 2, 1906. He was 81 years old. He leaves one brother and two sisters. Funeral will be held on March 5, 1906. Interment will be in Wayman’s Ridge Cemetery.

Submitted by Linda Goddard Stout.

Bonnie L. Powell

POWELL, Bonnie L., 63, of Grandview Road, Glen Dale, W.Va., died Thursday, December 14, 2006, in Wheeling Hospital Medical Park, Wheeling, W.Va.

She was born June 6, 1943 in Glen Dale, the daughter of the late Earl H. and Mary Frances Grover Craig.

She was a retired LPN from Reynolds Memorial Hospital and Anwar Eye Center; a homemaker; a member of Glen Dale United Methodist Church; and she enjoyed camping, lounging in her pool and painting; where she was a member of the Golden Triangle Decorative Painters Club of Pittsburgh, Pa., and the Mountaineer Decorative Artists of Fairmont, W.Va.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved niece, Karen Cochran.

Survivors include her husband of 42 years, H. Leon Powell; a son, Randy (Glena) Powell of Glen Dale; a daughter, Melissa (Carl) Carpenter of Wheeling; three grandchildren, Brandi Powell and Tiffany and Andrew Carpenter; and a great-grand daughter, Jenna Rae Carpenter.

There will be no visitation. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wheeling Hospital Heart Association, 1 Medical Park, Wheeling, WV 26003.

Arrangements are entrusted to Grisell Funeral Home & Crematory, Moundsville.


Source: Moundsville Echo, Moundsville, W. Va.
January 22, 1892

Mrs. Isabella Price, wife of Gen. Bushrod W. Price, died at her home in the Eastern portion of the city Sunday at 9 o’clock, aged 77 years. Her funeral was solemnized from the residence of her husband Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock, with Rev. G. W. Grimes officiating. Mrs. Price was a woman well known in this community, and was a devot4ed and loving wife and mother, and highly respected by her many acquaintances. The service at the house and funeral cortege as it moved from her home to her last resting place, present a solemn and impressive scene.

Submitted by Linda Goddard Stout

"Moundsville Daily Echo"
December 28, 1998

Vesta Virginia Price, 82, of Glenmore Drive SE, Olympia Washington, formerly of Moundsville, died Saturday, December 26, 1998 at home. Born on September 10, 1916, in Kodel, WV, Vesta was the daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin and Jenny Pearl Bellard Price. She was a retired employee of the former State Food Store, a member of the Olympia Christian Church, Washington, and a former member of the First Christian Church, Moundsville. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by five brothers and four sisters.

Surviving are her husband of 63 years, Clem; a son, Thomas of Seabrook, TX; a daughter, Linda Price Hasslen of Olympia, WA; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Services will be announced at a later date. Arrangements by Grisell Funeral Home.

Submitted by Alice Walton Mason.


Charlotta Rachael "Lottie" Prichard, 98, of 12058 State Route 45, Lisbon, Ohio, died Friday, June 11, 1999. She was born May 1, 1901 in Marshall County,the daughter of Daniel Alltop and Julie Etta Yost, and lived all her life in this area.

She was a finisher for Sterling China of Wellsville, Ohio. Her husband, James L. Prichard, whom she married Dec. 20, 1919, died Oct. 26, 1964. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Carl (Orpha I.) Densmore of Foley, Ala.; two sons, Arthur W. of Lisbon and P. Edward of Pasadena, Md. 24 grandchildren, 26 great grand children and 31 great-great grandchildren.

She was proceeded in death by a daughter, Charlotte M. Turnbull, two sons, James E. and Dale Pritchard, a brother and four sisters. Burial will be in Bethel Church Cemetery.

Taken from the "Morning Journal," June 13, 1999

Submitted by Karen Hucko.

Rachel N. Pritchett

PRITCHETT, Rachel Nadine Burley, 78, of Homewood, passed away on Saturday, March 17, 2007.

She was born in 1929 in Cameron, W.Va.; and attended Cameron Elementary and High School, class of 1948.

Mrs. Pritchett graduated from Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio, in 1952 and received a Bachelors Degree in Music. She taught music in Ohio and Texas schools before moving to Alabama. She married L. D. Pritchett, Hamilton, Ala. in 1964.

Mrs. Pritchett was a life-time member of the Living Church of God, formerly the Worldwide Church of God.

Mr. and Mrs. Pritchett lived in Hamilton, and she taught music at Belgreen School, as well as, private piano lessons to students from Hamilton, Haleyville, and Phil Campbell. In Hamilton and after moving to Homewood, she and her husband owned and operated Pritchett’s Piano Sales and Service for 30 years, while she continued teaching private music lessons. She sang with the Birmingham Concert Chorale for several years; and took private voice lessons from Evelyn Beasley Errolle, director of Errolle Studio of Voice and Opera.

Mrs. Pritchett was preceded in death by her husband of 34 years, L. D. Pritchett; her father, John Earl Burley; and mother, Bertha Bell Simmons of Cameron.

She is survived by nieces by marriage, Patricia F. Ryan (David) of Birmingham and Judy P. Danford (Bob) of Castle Rock, Colo.; sisters-in-law, Grace Pritchett Farr of Hamilton, Luna Hudson of Jasper, and Flara V. Webb of Gardendale; brothers-in-law, J.C. Pritchett (Willa Dean,) Eugene Pritchett (Jean,) Sterling Pritchett (Frankie,) all of Forestdale, and R.C. Pritchett of Cahaba Heights; and a host of nieces and nephews by marriage.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, March 20, 2007, from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Currie-Jefferson Funeral Home in Hoover.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 21, 2007, at 1 p.m. in the funeral home chapel, with Carl Ponder officiating.

Interment will follow in Jefferson Memorial Gardens, South.

Submitted by Donna Hesse.

"The Moundsville Echo" - August 28, 1905


Sudden Attack of Asthma Early Monday Ended His Life.

Louis B. Purdy died at his home on Purdy avenue at 3:05 o'clock this morning.

Mr. Purdy had been in poor health for sometime, suffering from asthma. Last night he became very bad and before medical aid could reach him he had passed away. From the time he was taken so much worse last night till life had left him was not more than ten minutes. It was only a few days since he returned from Webster Springs where he had been for the benefit of his health and was in better health than he had been in many months.

The deceased was sixty-four years old, having been born in 1841. He was a son of Simeon Purdy, one of the early residents of Moundsville. The deceased engaged in milling business many years. At one time he conducted a keg factory, manufacturing nail kegs. He enlisted at the beginning of the civil war in the Third West Virginia volunteers. He was mustered in as lieutenant of Company "I" and served throughout the war and while in active service he was promoted to captain.

He served as mayor of this city five terms and served one term in the legislature of this state and was elected in 1900 a member of the county court and at the time of his death he was president of the court. He was a member of the Presbyterian church; also a member of the I. O. O. F., Knights of Pythias, B. P. O. Elks and Jr. O. U. A. M.

He was a public spirited man and has done much in the interest of this city and also has been a hard worker in the interest of Marshall county.

The deceased leaves a wife and four children living, all of whom are residents of this city.

Submitted by Pat Norlander & Laurie Dean.

SIMEON BRADY PURDY (Died 7 May 1902)

"The Moundsville Daily Echo" - May 16, 1902

Brady Purdy passed away at the family home on Purdy avenue at 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon. Aged 32 years. Funeral on Thursday at 2 o'clock p.m. Interment in the family lot at Mt. Rose cemetery.

Submitted by Pat Norlander & Laurie Dean.

Denison, Texas Herald - April 25, 1940


George W. Pyles, 76 years old, retired Katy employee and a resident of Denison for 38 years, died Wednesday night at 9:30 p.m. at his home, 526 East Sears Street, on his fifty-first wedding anniversary.

Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at Short-Murray chapel with Rev. W. B. McPhail, pastor of the Free Will Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

Mr. Pyles was born in Marshall County, West Virginia on Dec. 7, 1863 and received his schooling in his native state. After attending a teachers' training school he was a primary grade teacher for a few years. His parents were Bernard Alexander Pyles and Mary Ann Reed.

After reaching his majority in 1884, Mr. Pyles came to Texas and first settled at San Marcos where he engaged in farming and carpenter work. He went to Cleburne in the fall of 1887 and followed the same line of work.

Mr. Pyles married Miss Alcester Higgins of Cleburne on April 24, 1889, and his death followed a year to the day after their golden wedding celebration.

Moving to Colbert, Okla., in 1893, Mr. Pyles resided there until 1902 when he brought his family to Denison. Here he turned exclusively to carpenter work and was active in the organization of trade unions.

Late in 1905 Mr. Pyles became a Katy railroad bridge and building employee and served in that capacity until October of 1937, when he retired.

Surviving are his widow, Alcester Pyles, three sons, Theodore Lincoln, William McKinley, and Marion Pyles of Denison; four daughters, Edna Gibson of Sherman, Aline Spears and Jessie Lane of Denison, Mary Lucretia Marlowe of Muscogee, Oklahoma, Josie Sanders of Bonham, and 32 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Frances Bruce.

"Moundsville Daily Echo," 19 JAN 1977

IVA B PYLES Died Tuesday

Iva Beatrice Pyles 87, of 2015 Second Street, died at Reynolds Memorial Hospital Tuesday evening.

She was born in Marshall County November 3, 1889, the daughter of S(imeon) T(headore) and Ella (Resseger)Yoho.

She was a member of the Cedar Avenue Church of Christ.

Preceding her in death was her husband, James N Pyles in 1965.

Surviving are three sons, Raymond of Ontario, Ohio, Harold and James, both of Portsmouth, VA; a daughter, Mrs Eugene (Gaynell) Ford of Moundsville; a sister, Mrs Cecil (Flossie) Stewart of Fairmont, WV; seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Friends will be received at the Lutes Funeral Home Wednesday from 7-9 pm and Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm where services will be conducted Friday at 10:30 am by Evangelist John Futrell.

Interment will be in Limestone cemetery.

Submitted by T. Vernon Anderson.


Source: Moundsville Echo, Moundsville, W. Va.
March 22, 1923

Louisa A. Covalt Pyles was born May 8, 1846, a daughter of Robert Covalt and died March 13, 1923, aged 76 years, 10 months and five days. She was married to J. A. Pyles in November 1867 and to them were born eleven children, five boys and six girls. All lived until they were grown up. Frank, Willie, Ella, and her husband, Mr. Pyles, preceded her in death. The children living are: V. B. Pyles; J. N. Pyles and E. C. Pyles, living on or near the home farm; Mrs. Emma Cain of Silver Hill; Mrs. Dessie Teagarden of Claysville, Pennsylvania; Mrs. Daisy Huggins of Littleton; Mrs. Olive Yeater of Littleton; and Mrs. Virginia Yeater of Huntington, West Virginia. She also raised two grandchildren, Austin and Leslie, children of Frank Pyles. She was united with the Church of Christ at the age of eighteen. Funeral services were conducted at the home of J. M. Rine. She was laid to rest in the Jolliffe Cemetery near Silver Hill.

Submitted by Linda Goddard Stout.


Source: Newspaper clipping; no newspaper name; clipping dated November 18, 1947.

Perry Pyles has died at his home on Adaline Avenue in Cameron, W. Va. He was born in Wetzel County, W. Va., December 9, 1892, a son of Calvin and Flora Pyles. He was a salesman for the J. R. Watkins Company. He married Clara Sellers on March 20, 1917. He was a member of the Green Valley Church of Christ. Surviving are his wife and the following children: Paul of Mt. Pleasant, Mich.; Brenton of Ypsilanti, Mich.; and Nellie and Ethel of Beaver Falls, Pa.; three sisters, Mrs. Rusha Johnson of Silver Hill; Mrs. Sallie Lemasters of Follansbee, W. Va.; and Mrs. Tina Carall of Cameron; and one half-brother, Bud Wise, also of Cameron. The body has been removed to the Antill Funeral Home.

Submitted by Linda Goddard Stout

VINCENT PYLES Found Dead In Rural Home

Vincent Bruce Pyles, 74, aged bachelor living alone, was found dead in his home on Pyles ridge, near the Wetzel county line, off the Amos Hollow road, this morning. A neighbor concerned about not having seen him for a week or so, went to the home and found that he had apparently been dead several days. Sheriff Roy Jolliffe and James A Hooton as acting coroner, went out and gave a verdict of sudden death due to a heart attack.

He was born March 16, 1876, son of John and Louise A Covalt Pyles. He was a retired farmer and carpenter.

Several brothers and sisters survive, J N Pyles of Moundsville, Everett Pyles of Silver Hill, Mrs Mary E Cain of Moundsville, Mrs Olive Yeater and Mrs Daisy W Higgins of Littleton, Mrs Virginia Yeater of Huntington.

The body is at the Antill funeral home in Cameron.

"Moundsville Daily Echo," 24 MAR 1950

Submitted by T. Vernon Anderson.