"B" Obituaries   
 


Parkersburg News November 15, 2009

Kandy Jo Bacon

Kandy Jo Bacorn, 34, of New Matamoras, Ohio, formerly of Parkersburg, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, at her residence.

She was born April 16, 1975, in Marietta, a daughter of Thomas Michael Brady of St. Marys, W.Va., and the late June Smith Brady.

Kandy was a homemaker who enjoyed writing poetry and attended Family Fellowship in New Matamoras.

She is survived by her husband, William Bacorn; one daughter, Cheyne Bacorn of the home; one sister, Aunnia Brady of Paden City; one brother, John "Bobby" Brady of Paden City; and a niece and nephew, Abigale and Isaiah Brady of Paden City. Also surviving are Melinda Yates and Tyler Chidester, both of Williamstown.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009, at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 400 Green St., Parkersburg, with Pastor Wesley Vernatter officiating. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Monday and until time of services Tuesday at the funeral home.

Those considering online condolences can send them to www.lamberttatman.com

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle August 31, 2005

Nadeline B. Bahner

Nadeline B. Bahner, 79, of Scio, O., died Wednesday, August 24, 2005 in Kindred Hospital, Oakdale, Pa., after a two-month illness.

Born January 30, 1926 in St. Marys, she was a daughter of the late Hobart and Grace (Mathew) Pethtel. She retired from Scio Pottery Co. in 1976 after 27 years of service.

She was a member of the Scio United Methodist Church and was always giving to others.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Bill Bahner, in September 1988, they were married April 13, 1976; sisters, Faint Pethtel, Lorena Guy, and Hilda Moore, and her husband Eugene; brother, Dale Pethtel; stillborn brother, Garrett Pethtel; and two brothers-in-law, Howard Sparks and Sherwood "Bud" Wince.

Surviving are two sisters Honnie Wince and Ina Sparks of St. Marys; a sister-in-law, Lillian Bahner of Cadiz; and several nieces, nephews and loving friends.

Service were Saturday in Koch Funeral Home, Scio, with Rev. Jim Ricketts and Rev. Glenn Brunstetter officiating. Burial was in Fairview Gardens Cemetery, Jewett.

(Gerald Bills)


ALBERT BAILEY

Albert Bailey, son of Austin and Mariah (Ellifritz) Bailey of Pleasants County. Albert was born March 3, 1845 in what is now Pleasants County at Hog Run. He died on December 18, 1918 on his farm at Clay Point. He was buried on December 21, 1918 and the following obituary appeared in the St. Marys newspaper:

"Albert Bailey, aged 72 years, one of the best known citizens of Delong, died December 18 of a complication of diseases, he having been ailing for several years. After funeral services at the residence this morning, conducted by Rev. J. E. Elliott, his remains were buried in the Bailey Cemetery."

A second Bailey obituary appeared in the same paper December 18, 1918:

"Iva, daughter of A. L. Bailey, aged 16 years, died of influenza December 12, and her remains were interred in the Bailey Cemetery December 13, Rev. W. I. Myers officiating."

(Jim Bailey)


Parkersburg News - December 16, 2003

Aubra Bailey

ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. - Aubra R. Bailey, 88, of Zephyrhills passed away Dec. 13, 2003.

He was born April 1, 1915, to Lawrence and Florence (Ray) Bailey.

He is survived by his daughters, Jean Stout of Zephyrhills, Donna Parker and her husband, Jan, of Tuppers Plains, Ohio, and Audra Bulin and her husband, Dennis, of Zephyrhills; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; one brother; three sisters; and a close cousin, Dick Bailey.He was preceded in death by his wife, Alta Ruth Bailey.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News August 2, 2004

Austin L. Bailey

Austin Lloyd Bailey, 75, of St. Marys died Aug. 1, 2004, at the Arbors of Marietta.

He was born Oct. 14, 1928, in Pleasants County, a son of the late Frank Lloyd and Ethel Mae McCain Bailey. He was a heavy equipment operator. He drove truck for M & E Trucking Co. for 17 years. He was a member of the National Rifle Association and Colliers Sports Club, Colliers, W.Va.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Ruth West Bailey; 11 children, Michael Bailey and his wife, Mary, of Colliers, Jennifer Davis and her husband, Okey, of New Manchester, W.Va., Larry Bailey and his wife, Charlotte, of Wellsburg, W.Va., Debra Vannoy Bailey of Newport, Ohio, Randy Bailey and his wife, Rosemary, of Belmont, Dave Bailey and his wife, Teresa, of Wellsburg, Kenneth L. Bailey of St. Marys, Cassie Mae Bailey of Belmont, Steven D. Bailey, Laura Barnhart and her husband, Dennis, both of St. Marys and Barbara Jean Bailey of Belmont; 25 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Claude Bailey of Elyria, Ohio, and Clinton Bailey of Colliers; one sister, Mildred Richardson of St. Marys; one aunt, Elizabeth Mercer; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one stepson, Robert Lee West; two sisters, Esther Pearl Stevens and Viola Betts; and one brother, Coleman Bailey.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Ingram Funeral Home, with the Rev. George Burns officiating. Calling hours will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday and noon-1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Family of Austin Bailey, c/o Ingram Funeral Home, P.O. Box 111, St. Marys, WV 26170.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News April 14, 2009

Brian Clark Bailey

Brian Clark Bailey, 18, of St. Marys, W.Va., passed away, April 12, 2009, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was born April 29, 1990, in Parkersburg, a son of Brian S. and Sonya J. Miller Bailey of St. Marys. Brian was a 2008 graduate of St. Marys High School, where he participated in basketball and baseball. He was a member of the National Honor Society in both high school and at college. He was a dean's list student at West Virginia University at Morgantown, where he was working toward a degree in nursing. Brian enjoyed fishing and spending time with his many friends.

In addition to his parents he is survived by one brother, Christopher Bailey of St. Marys; paternal grandmother, Wilma Bailey of St. Marys; maternal grandparents, Clark and Sandra Miller of Belmont, W.Va.; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Glen Bailey; and by his special friend, Victoria Nicole "Nikki" Bills-Oldfield.

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Pastor John Strimer officiating. Interment will be in the Willow Island Cemetery. Calling hours from 2-9 p.m. Wednesday and from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News - November 10, 2003

Dale Bailey

BELMONT - Dale W. Bailey, 64, of Belmont died Nov. 8, 2003, at Harmar Place in Marietta.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Charlotte Irene Boley Bailey; two daughters, Deanna Lynn Davis and Lora Ann Bailey; three grandchildren; three sisters; and a brother.

Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys. Burial will be in Willow Island Cemetery, Willow Island Calling hours are 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle November 8, 2006

Florence Lulu Bailey

Florence Lulu Bailey, 81, of Austintown, OH, died, November 5, 2006, at Briarfield at the Ridge Nursing Home, Mineral Ridge, OH.

She was born, March 17, 1925, in Follansbee, WV, a daughter of the late John J. and Sadie Frances Dillon Jackson. Florence was a volunteer for the American Red Cross.

She is survived by two sons, Arthur S. of West Union, WV, Richard A. of Champion, OH, two daughters, Sandra K. of Hubbard, OH, Anna L. of Mineral Ridge, OH, 12 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and 7 great-great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel A. Bailey in 1987, and one son, Robert W. Bailey.

Services will be held Tuesday, November 7, 2006, at 11 A. M. at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV with Pastor Chuck Rogers officiating. Interment will be in the Bailey-Lamp Cemetery, Pleasants County.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News November 9, 2008

Glady Evelyn Bailey

Glady Evelyn Bailey, 92, of St. Marys died Nov. 7, 2008, at Carehaven of Pleasants, Belmont.

She was born Oct. 1, 1916 in Pleasants County, a daughter of the late Joseph A. and Florence Boley Scadden. She was a homemaker and loving mother.

She is survived by six daughters, Patsy Kimball and her husband, Ed of Weirton, W.Va., Lucille Matheny of St. Marys, Sharon Metz and her husband, Mike of Monroe, N.C., Deloris Jackson and her husband, Bob of Harrisville. Dian Bailey and her husband, Steve of Belpre and Patricia Wright and her husband, David of New Matamoras; two sons, Gerald Bailey and his wife, Fay of St. Marys, and Jim Bailey and his wife, Darlene of Wintersville, Ohio; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Paul Scadden and his wife, Esther of St. Marys; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Bailey; one daughter, Carolyn Bauman; one great grandchild; five sisters; and two brothers.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys. with Pastors Mike Metz and Lawrence Kimball officiating. Interment will be in the Willow Island Cemetery, Willow Island. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday and 1-2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News September 2, 2004

Glen G. Bailey

Glen G. Bailey, 75, of St. Marys died Aug. 31, 2004, as a result of a farming accident.

He was born July 3, 1929, in Pleasants County, a son of the late Raymond Sr. and Lona Mae Bailey. He was a 1949 graduate of St. Marys High School; a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War; a member of the St. Marys United Methodist Church; and he was retired from the former American Cyanamid Plant after 35 years of service, where he was a member of the A.C.A.W. Union.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Wilma Haynes Bailey; three sons, Roger Bailey and his wife, Deborah, of Williamstown, Mark Bailey and his wife, Tammy, of Belmont and Brian Bailey and his wife, Sonya, of St. Marys; one daughter, Angela Scadden and her husband, Harry, of St. Marys; seven grandchildren, Mitchell and Nick Waggoner, Justin Scadden and Alex, Ben, Brian and Chris Bailey; one sister-in-law, Karen Bailey of Vienna; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Raymond Jr. and Harold Bailey, and one sister, Geneva Lamp.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4 at the Ingram Funeral Home, with the Rev. Jim Kelly officiating. Burial will be in the Willow Island Cemetery, Willow Island, W.Va., with military graveside rites performed by AMVETS Post 40, VFW Post 222 and American Legion Post 79. Calling hours will be 2-9 p.m. Friday and 1-2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News November 11, 2006

Gracia E. Bailey

Gracia E. Bailey, 72, of St. Marys, W.Va., died Nov. 10, 2006, at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

She was born May 29, 1934, in Pleasants County, W.Va., a daughter of the late Herman and Erymaline Cornell Boley. She loved to crochet.

She is survived by three children, Roger Lee Bailey and Carey Lynn Bailey, both of St. Marys, and Darlene Gibson and her husband, Bobby, of Harrisville, W.Va.; grandson, Christopher Paul Rollins and his wife, Brandy, of Newport, Ohio; three great-grandchildren, Blalund Cynclair Rollins, Christopher Paul Rollins Jr. and Grace Elizabeth Marie Rollins; one brother, Donald E. “Sonny” Boley of St. Marys; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Coleman Lee Bailey; and one sister, Olive Ruth Betts.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Pastor Richard Cale officiating. Burial will be in the Willow Island Cemetery, Willow Island, W.Va. Calling hours will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday and from noon to 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News May 12, 2004

Rev. Harley E. Bailey

The Rev. Harley E. Bailey, 88, of Hillcrest Street, Parkersburg passed away at his home Tuesday, May 11, 2004.

He was born July 16, 1915, at Cedarville, W.Va., in Gilmer County, a son of the late Ervie Ethel Stoneking Bailey and the late Herbert Jefferson Bailey.

He was a graduate of Parkersburg High School and a graduate of Ohio University with a degree in philosophy and a minor in English. He received his doctor of divinity in 1957 from Bible Baptist Seminar, Fort Worth, Texas.

The Rev. Bailey became an ordained minister in 1936. He started three new churches. He converted a Wood County dance hall into the Pine Grove Baptist Church in 1942; he started the First Baptist Church in Paden City in the 1950s; and he started the Jefferson Baptist Temple in 1956, where he has been preaching ever since.

He was a pastor at many other churches in the area, including Williamstown Baptist, Sistersville Baptist, Wayne Baptist, Huntington Open Door Baptist, Mount Moriah of Alma, Zoar Baptist of Hebron and Good Hope Baptist of Schultz. You could hear the Rev. Bailey preaching the gospel on the air from 1956-2002 every Sunday morning; his program was called "The Shepherds Call."

He had various jobs throughout his life. He worked at the O'Ames Co., Viscose Plant and the Department of Welfare. He was chief housing inspector for the city of Parkersburg and at the Assessor's office. He also worked as a newspaper reporter, deputy sheriff, bus driver, teacher and school principal.

The Rev. Bailey attended four Democratic national conventions as a delegate from West Virginia. He served for 18 years as chaplain of the Civil Air Patrol. He was past president of the Wood County Board of Education and he served 26 years as a member of this board. He was a member of the RESA Board. He formerly served on the Tyler County Board of Trade and was a longtime member of the Board of Directors for the local Red Cross chapter. He was an instrumental part of starting the Community Chest Program in Williamstown. He was also a past PTA officer. The Rev. Bailey was a member of Masonic Lodge 129 AF & AM at Williamstown, the Commandry and Jerusalem Chapter, Parkersburg, and a past patron of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter 140, Parkersburg.

He is survived by two daughters, Carolyn and her husband, Gary Roush, of Belmont and Lynn and her husband, Steve McCormick, of Parkersburg; his oldest granddaughter, Heather McCormick, who lived with her grandpa and was his care giver; a grandson, Dr. Jason Roush and his wife, Lesley, of Kenna, W.Va.; granddaughter, Jodie Pierotti and her husband, David, of Parkersburg; Steve McCormick of Huntington, W.Va., and Justin McCormick and wife, Melissa, of San Diego, Calif.; two great-granddaughters, Julia Grace and Lauren Elizabeth Roush of Kenna; one sister, the Rev. Reva Hupp of Parkersburg; one brother, Roy of Parkersburg; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Helen Catherine of 64 years; two brothers, Oscar and Charles; six sisters, Gay, Erma, Edna, Mildred, Jean and Helen.

Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Jefferson Baptist Temple Church, 1405 Erie St., south Parkersburg, with Pastor Brian Harrell and Gary Saler officiating. Burial will follow in the Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. today and noon-8 p.m. Thursday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Pike Street, south Parkersburg, and one hour prior to service at the church.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader April 8, 2006

Helen G. Bailey

Helen G. Bailey, 91, of Second Street, Marietta, died at 4 p.m. Tuesday (April 4, 2006) at Harmar Place in Marietta.

She was born in Pleasants County, W.Va., on Feb. 2, 1915, to Calvin and Nettie Davis Barnhart. She was a member of Twin Rivers Baptist Church and was a homemaker.

She is survived by her son, Robert L. Bailey of Marietta; daughter-in-law, Donna M. Bailey of Lowell; and sister, Grace Wilson of Weirton, W.Va. Also surviving are six grandchildren, Kristie Bailey, Kim (Mark) Finnegan, Kerry (Tom) Kottyan, Koni (Jim) LaBarre, Susan Schramm, and Brian (Peggy) Bailey; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

On March 31, 1934, she married Arthur T. Bailey, who preceded her in death on Feb. 21, 1995. She was also preceded in death by her parents; son, Tyndall “Jim” Bailey; two grandchildren, Jeffrey and Timothy Bailey; and nine brothers and sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Twin Rivers Baptist Church with Pastor James Rushing officiating. Burial will be in Salem Township Cemetery.

Friends may call for one hour before the service at the church.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News May 19, 2007

Ida A. Bailey

Ida Alice Bailey, 79, of Ellenboro, W.Va., departed this life on Friday, May 18, 2007, at Marietta following an extended illness.

Ida was born Aug. 12, 1927, at Shultz, W.Va., the daughter of the late Elza and Elsie May Dennis Adams. She is retired from Sheppard’s Nursing Home in Ellenboro after 16 years of service. She was a graduate of St. Marys High School with the class of 1945 and a member of the Hursher’s Run United Methodist Church.

She is survived by sons, David Bailey of Harrisville, Denzil Bailey of Pennsboro, Martin Bailey of Ellenboro and Adam Bailey Sr. of Ashtabula, Ohio; daughter, Rebecca Buchanan of Parkersburg; sisters, Freda Riser of Waverly, Mary Hart of Parkersburg and Sylvia Bennett of Beech Bottom, W.Va.; 14 grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Ida is preceded in death by her husband, Clyde M. Bailey Jr.; infant son, Michael Bailey; and brother, Ernest Adams.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, with the Rev. Martin L. Corbin officiating. Interment will follow in the Ellenboro Masonic Cemetery. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Sunday and after 9 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


IRVIN S. BAILEY

East Liverpool Review, East Liverpool, OH - about 29 SEP 1938

Irving Shelsby Bailey - Irving Shelsby Bailey, 68, died in his home in Glenmoor Tuesday (September 27, 1938) at 4:45 p.m. after an 18-month illness. A son of Mr and Mrs Albert Bailey, he was born in St Marys, W.Va. on June 10 1870. He came to East Liverpool with his parents 52 years ago. He was employed as a kiln-placer at the Edwin M. Knowles pottery in Newell (WV). He was a member of the National Brotherhood of Operative Potters and the Church of God. Mr. Bailey leaves his widow, Mrs. Anna Jones Bailey; eight daughters, Mrs. Ruth Allison of Niles, Mrs Virginia Leiss of Youngstown, Mrs. Lindora Moore, Mrs. Grace Garver, Mrs. Eva Pittinger, Mrs. Beatrice Wooden and Mrs. Bertha Duke of East Liverpool, and Miss Margaret Bailey at home; three sons, Enoch Bailey of Monessen, Pa., Mr. James Bailey of Canton, and Sanford Bailey at home;p two sisters, Mrs Elizabeth Curtis of St Marys, and Mrs. Margaret Sproul of Youngstown; four brothers, George and Joseph of East Liverpool, Cleveland Bailey of Charleston and Walter Bailey of St Marys and 23 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held in the Fisher funeral home in West Fifth st. Saturday (Oct 1st) at 2 p.m. in charge of Rev. James Seaman Jr., pastor of the Glenmoor United Presbyterian church. Burial will be in Spring Grove cemetery. Friends may call at the home in Glenmoor Friday night.

There are some problems with this obituary:

1. His name was "Irvin" not "Irving". See Pleasants County, WV 1880 census for the Albert Bailey family, the 1910 East Liverpool, OH census for Irvin Bailey and the original letter in his own hand writing asking for permission to marry Anna Jones ---all saying "Irvin". I have seen the original letter which belonged to Irvin's granddaughter, Amelia Leiss, of VA in 2002.

2. He was not born in St Marys. That was the nearest town. He was born on the family farm near Clay Point Church and School and a few hundred yards from the Bailey/Lamp cemetery in Pleasants County, WV. His father's obituary says the farm's location is "Delong".

3. He did not move from Pleasants County with his parents. They never moved from the family farm, where they are now buried. See photographs of their headstones on the Pleasants County, WV GenWeb site.

4. I dispute his middle name. Irvin told his son, James A. Bailey, that he only had a middle initial - no name. James A. Bailey is my father and told me this story many times. I have been told that his birth record is misfiled in the Pleasants Country Court House. It certainly appears to be lost, so the middle name can not be proved. I was told by family members that one of his daughters changed his name for the obituary, adding the "g" to Ervin and the fancy middle name to replace the initial "S" to make it sound more impressive. The name "Shelsby" has never been used in the Pleasants County Bailey family as far as I have been able to find.

Submitted by James D. Bailey


James E. Bailey

James E. Bailey, 67, of St. Marys, died Jan. 22, 2002, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Kelleysville, WV, a son of the late James Edward and Minnie Donothon Bailey. He retired from Burdetts Sunoco as a mechanic.

He is survived by one daughter, Suzan Harper of Parkersburg; three grandchildren, Amanda Jane Fauss, David Logan Fauss and Lacey Renee Bailey, all of Parkersburg; eight nieces and nephews, James Edward Fields, Billy Ray Fields and Frank Fields, all of North Carolina, Janet Lyn of Michigan and Lewis Clark Jr., David Clark, Lois Clark and Charles Love, all of Virginia; and two brothers-in-law, Carl Fields of Ohio and Lewis Clark Sr. of Virginia.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Sallie Bailey Fauss; and two sisters, Mildred Fields and May Clark.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Friday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home of Vienna. Robert Steven Flinn will officiate. Burial will be in Elder Cemetery of St. Marys. Friends may call from noon-8 p.m. Thursday.

(Michael Anderson)


Parkersburg News January 26, 2010

Kenneth L. Bailey

Kenneth L. Bailey, 49, of St. Marys, W.Va., died Jan. 24, 2010.

Services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, W.Va. It was the wishes of Kenneth to be cremated. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday and from 10-11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

(Posted by Ingram Funeral Home)

Kenneth L. Bailey, 49, of St. Marys, WV, died, January 24, 2010, at the Camden Clark Memorial Hospital in Parkersburg, WV. He was born, February 29, 1960, in Weirton, WV, a son of Ruth West Bailey of Marietta, OH and the late Austin Lloyd Bailey. He was a 1979 graduate of St. Marys High School, and was employed by Yoak Ford in St. Marys, WV.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by one son, Kenneth M. Bailey of St. Marys, two grandchildren, Felisha Bailey and Cayden Bailey both of St. Marys, WV, his companion, Donna Kelley of St. Marys, WV, ten brothers and sisters, Mike Bailey of Collier, WV, Jennifer Davis of New Cumberland, WV, Larry Bailey and David Bailey both of Wellsburg, WV, Debra Rutherford of Newport, OH, Randy Bailey of Belmont, WV, Cassie Bailey of New Cumberland, WV, Steve Bailey of St. Marys, WV, Laura Barnhart of St. Marys, WV, and Barbara Bailey of Belmont, WV, several nieces and nephews. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert West.

Services will be held Thursday, January 28, 2010, at 11 A. M. at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV with Pastor Chuck Rogers officiating. It was the wishes of Kenneth to be cremated. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P. M. Wednesday, and from 10 to 11 A. M. Thursday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


LAWRENCE A. BAILEY

Lawrence A. Bailey, 71, passed away at his home near St. Marys, Friday, Jan. 13, 1953. He was the son of the late Wesley and Sarah K. Lamp Bailey.

Survivors include one daughter, Evelyn Bailey at home, and one son, Raymond Bailey of St. Marys, RFD.; one brother, Otto Bailey, of So. Parkersburg; and one half-brother, Dale Bailey, of Marietta, Ohio; and one sister, Mrs. John Kidder of St. Marys.; and four grandchildren.

He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and the Maccabee Lodge.

Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 p.m., Feb. 4 at the Ruttencutter Funeral Home and interment was made in the I. O. O. F. cemetery. Rev. W.D. Winters of Wheeling, was the officiating minister.

(Charlina Adams)


Pleasants County Leader - November 16, 1906

Death - Bailey

Mrs. Mary Jane Bailey died at her home in this city Wednesday morning of consumption, aged 56 years. The funeral was held Thursday afternoon.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News February 23, 2008

Ruth M. Bailey (Gravestone says Madeline Ruth Bailey)

Ruth M. Bailey, 91, of Tyler, Texas, formerly of St. Marys, W.Va., died Feb. 21, 2008, at Hospice of East Texas, Home Place, in Tyler.

She was born March 20, 1916, in Hebron, W.Va., a daughter of the late Okey J. and Mary Clovis Smith. She was a member of the St. Marys United Methodist Church, where she was an honored member of the Faith Circle. She was active with the Pleasants County Senior Citizens, while living in St. Marys. She loved gardening and walking.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, June and Loyd Tabb of Tyler, Texas; six grandsons, Mark Bailey and Matthew Bailey, both of St. Marys, Brad Bailey of Nashville, Tenn., Michael Tabb of Palestine, Texas, Jeffrey Tabb of San Antonio, Texas, and Daniel Tabb of Midlothian, Texas; 10 great-grandchildren; one sister, Helen Cooke of Kingwood, Texas; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Alva Gail Bailey; one son, Joe E. Bailey; and four brothers, Raymond Smith, Boyd Smith, Marccus Smith and Robert Smith.

Services will be 3 p.m. Monday at the St. Marys United Methodist Church, St. Marys, with Pastors Pam Shuman and Darrel Gooden officiating. Interment will be in the Maple Lane Masonic Cemetery at Hebron. Friends may call from noon to 3 p.m. Monday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Marys United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 100, St. Marys, WV 26170.

Ingram Funeral Home in St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader November 19, 2005

Mary Margaret Bain

Mary Margaret Bain, 50, of Landers, CA, formerly of St. Marys, WV, died, November 13, 2005, at her residence.

She was born, September 16, 1955, in Canton, OH, a daughter of the late Marvin Robbins and Margaret Sweeney Robbins Freeland.

She is survived by her husband, Bryan Bain, five children, Michael Christopher Baker, California, Jennifer Marie Lamp and her husband, Matt, Kellina Elizabeth Marshall, and Brian Scott Pinar all of St. Marys, WV, and Joshua John Pinar of California, four grandchildren, Britney Lea Baker of California, Alec Hunter Marshall, Rebecca Mary Lamp, and Mattelyn Marie Lamp all of St. Marys, WV, one sister, Barbara Bennett of Blue, WV, and one brother, Charles Robbins of Denver, CO.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Services will be held Tueday, November 22, 2005, at 2 P. M. at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV. Burial will be in the St. Marys IOOF Cemetery.

Calling hours from 11 A. M. to 2 P. M. Tuesday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News May 31, 2008

Christine E. Baker

Christine E. Baker, 84, of Pennsboro, W.Va., departed this life on Thursday, May 29, 2008, at her residence.

Mrs. Baker was born on May 9, 1924, at Pike, W.Va., a daughter of the late Charles M. and Katherine J. Bowie. She had been employed by the former Colin-Anderson Center of St. Marys, W.Va., and was a graduate of the former Pennsboro High School with the class of 1944. She was a member of the Pike Church of God.

She is survived by a daughter, Betty Stone of Pennsboro; sons, Tom Moore and Barry “Buck” Moore, both of Pennsboro, and John Moore of Little Rock, Ark.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Baker was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert Moore; second husband, George Baker; son, Charles Moore; daughter, Mary Moore; grandson, “Bucky” Moore; brothers, Brackie, Eli and Charles Bowie; and sisters, Garnet Nichols, Priscilla Gregg, Mary Duty, Nancy Robison, Lillie Seese and Ruth Moore.

Funeral services will be 7:30 p.m. Monday at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, with interment in the Pike Church of Christ Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Juanita Baker

Juanita M. Baker, 85, of Belmont, WV, died Oct. 6, 2001, at the Country Meadows Nursing Center, Bridgeville, PA.

She was born Aug. 26, 1916, in Smithburg, WV, a daughter of the late Tolbert and Nora Stutler Sutton. She was a member of the Belmont United Methodist Church. She worked for the Internal Revenue Service, was the secretary at Union Carbide, served 18 years as a Pleasants County commissioner, and owned and operated Pleasants Realty for 20 years. She served on the West Virginia Board of Dental Examiners, was an associate chairman of the Pleasants County Democratic Executive Committee, and was one of the founding members of the St. Marys chapter of the Business and Professional Women. She was a member of the Lamba Chi Omega sorority and a former national president of the sorority from 1953-1955.

She is survived by her cousins, Nancy Polaski of Cannonsburg, PA, Alva J. Stutler of Raleigh, NC, and Jessie Moore of Smithburg, WV; and one nephew, David Lowther of Amisville, VA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and one sister, Irene Lowther.

Services will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday at Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV, Pastor Chuck Rogers officiating. Burial in Archbold Cemetery, Smithburg, WV. Visitation is from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

(Michael Anderson)


Parkersburg News March 19, 2004

Leland Lee Baker

WAVERLY - Leland Lee Baker, 61, of Waverly, formerly of Moundsville, W.Va., went home to be with the Lord March 17, 2004, at St. Joseph's Hospital.

He was born March 13, 2004, in Glendale, W.Va., a son of the late Harry W. and Lela Wellman Baker. He retired Dec. 31, 1998, after 15 years of service with Dow Chemical Co. in Midland, Mich., as a lab supervisor. He was a member of the Beechwood Heights Church of Christ, where he served as deacon. He was a member of the Sportsman Club of Parkersburg, the Pleasants County Humane Society and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1962-1966. While living in Wheelersburg, Ohio, he was a member of Central Church of Christ and served as deacon in Portsmouth, Ohio; worked with the youth at the church; was vice president of the Little League Association of Wheelersburg; was president of the PTO; and chairman of the school carnival for Wheelersburg Elementary. Lee loved hunting and the outdoors as well as water rafting and camping with his friends at Dow Chemical in Freeport, Texas.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Carolyn Sue Boggs Baker, whom he married May 11, 1963, at the Moundsville United Methodist Church; one son, Clint Baker of College Station, Texas; one daughter, Cynthia Hudson and her husband, Darrell, of Liberty, Mo.; two grandsons, Andrew Baker of College Station and Derek Hudson of Liberty, Mo.; and one brother, William Baker of Moundsville, W.Va.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, Frank Baker.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 400 Green St., Parkersburg, with Gary Wackler officiating. Burial will follow in the Clover Cemetery Roane County. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Beechwood Heights Church of Christ Haiti Missions or the Pleasants County Humane Society.

(Gerald Bills)


The St. Marys Oracle - May 7, 1936

MISS ROSALEA BALDWIN

Funeral services were conducted at 3 P. M. Sunday at West Virginia Training School, for Miss Rosalea Baldwin, who died of pneumonia at the Camden Clark hospital, Parkersburg on Friday morning. Rev. J. W. Dawson and Rev. E. G. Rockliff officiated and burial was made in a new cemetery plot on the farm.

She was 14 years of age, and had been an inmate at the Training School since October 8, 1932. This death was the first since the founding of the school.

(Note: This cemetery has been identified as Spring Run Cemetery and the State Farm Cemetery in the records of the Ruttencutter Funeral Home.-GEB)

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader - June 28, 1901

A YOUNG MAN KILLED

The North Bound Freight Killed Wm. Baldwens Just Above Belmont Wednesday Night.

Wm. Baldwens, aged 19, son of the well known teaming contractor, L. Baldwens, was run over by the southbound freight, due here about 11 o'clock. at a point about mid was between Vaucluse and Belmont Wednesday night, and died about six o'clock yesterday morning from the shock and injuries sustained. The accident occurred only about 100 yards from the young man's home, and this fact gives the occurrence a mysterious hue. The railroader who picked him up after the accident, and the attending physician aver that he was not intoxicated. He was here collecting some bills Wednesday, and left the city sometime after dark for his home. He followed the railroad track to the point where a path intersects which leads to his home, and it was here the accident happened. There is suspicion of foul play, but no tangible facts are at hand today to corroborate it. He might have sit down on the bank by the railroad to rest, and there fell asleep slipping over on the track. But to say the least it looks strange that he would stop in this position only a few steps from his home.

After the accident he was picked up and brought to this city by the train crew, and medical assistance summoned. Later he was removed to his home where he expired. Upon examination it was found that his right arm was crushed at the wrist, and about four inches below the socket joint at the shoulder. His body and lower limbs displayed numerous bruises but no bones ere broken. His skull was crushed on either side and a deep incision extended from the top of his forehead to the base of the skull. Also, his forehead was crushed just above the right eye.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News December 13, 2006

Ester Ball

Ester Ball, 89, passed away Dec. 12, 2006, at the Willows Center in Parkersburg.

She was born Sept. 21, 1917, in Pleasants County, W.Va., a daughter of the late Edward and Effie Flowers. She was a homemaker and a member of the Willow Island Baptist Church.

She is survived by one son, Virgil Ball and his wife, Barbara, of Rineyville, Ky.; one granddaughter, Christine L. Ball; two grandsons, Robert E. and Kenneth W. Ball; six great-great-grandsons; and three great-great-granddaughters.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer E. Ball; one sister, Adaia; and four brothers, John, Bernard, Earl and Charlie Flowers.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 400 Green St., Parkersburg. Burial will follow in Sunset Memory Gardens. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News February 5, 2004

Robert Ball

ST. MARYS - Robert Brooks Ball, 81, of St. Marys went home to be with his Lord on Feb. 4, 2004, after a lengthy illness.

He was born Aug. 1, 1922, in Palestine, Wirt County, to Nancy Williams and Obie Floyd Ball. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army in Europe in the 12th Armored Division. He attended Lee College in Cleveland, Tenn., and then worked for Prudential Insurance Co. for 23 years, where he became the first agent on the Fairmont District to produce a million dollars worth of sales.

Bob was an active member of the 19th Street Church of God for 57 years where he served as adult Sunday School teacher and started outreaches to several nursing homes. He served on many committees and boards of the church throughout the years. He was responsible for hundreds of people committing their lives to Jesus.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Bernie Richards Ball; son, Bob II and his wife, Judy, of Parkersburg; daughter, Caroline Burns and her husband, Yancey, of Charleston; four grandchildren, Jennifer Swanson of Mobridge, S.D., Laura Chamberlain of New Concord, Ohio, Rob Ball III of Parkersburg and Duane Swanson of Charleston; a sister, Maggie Stewart of Little Hocking; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Emmett; and four sisters, Opal Bedsaul, Claudia Whited, Mildred Valentine and Ruby Stover.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the 19th Street Church of God with Pastors Wayne Terry and Mike Cox officiating. The body will lie in state at the church for one hour prior to the service. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Vienna. Burial will follow at Rockland Cemetery in Belpre.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader May 12, 2007

Lorraine Victoria Balmain

Lorraine Victoria Balmain, 78, of St. Marys died April 14, 2007 at her home in Harmony Acres.

She was born to . Robert and Lillian Scholes May 24, 1928 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada She married William P. Balmain in 1946 and moved to St. Marys in 1956. She earned an associate degree. in Applied Science from Parkersburg Community College and was a member of the National Business Honor Society of Junior Colleges. She later earned a bachelor's degree from Glenville State College.

Over the years she was employed by the Pleasants County Library, Kelly Services, C.W. Riggs Inc., Parkersburg Comunity College, and the Mid-Ohio' Valley Regional Council.

She is survived by her daughter, Carrie Olson of Wimberly, Tex:; three sons, Robert Cameron Balmain of Tucson, Az., John Dennison Balmain of St. Marys, and Peter Andrew Balmain of Rockville, Md.; seven grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, sister and husband.

McClure-Shafer-Lankford Funeral Home in Marietta will make arrangements for cremation. A private memorial service will be held with her children.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader - August 14, 1903

Aaron Barker Dead

Aaron Barker, for many years a citizen of this county, died Wednesday morning, at 11 o'clock, of the effects of fever, at his home in Pt. Pleasant. The deceased was in his 73rd year, and leaves a host of friends and relatives in this city and county to mourn their loss.

The remains will be brought to this city today (Friday) at 1:30. and a funeral service will be held, in the M. P. Church, after which they will be laid to rest in the St. Marys cemetery.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News - January 28, 2004

Charles T. Barker

ST. MARYS - Charles T. Barker, 61, of Route 3, St. Marys, formely of Houston, Texas, died Jan. 25, 2004, at his residence.

He is survived by three children, Belinda Milburn, Brian Barker and Doug Wayne; two brothers, David Barker and James Barker; four sisters, Carolyn Payne, Joyce Payne, Charlotte Jones and Sherry Dearth.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys. Burial in Twin Oaks Cemetery, Ritchie County, with military graveside services. Calling hours from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader - May 22, 1903

BOY FINDS WATERY GRAVE
IN THE OHIO AT RAVEN ROCK

Cleo Barker, aged 14, son of W. J. Barker, of Raven Rock, was drowned in the Ohio river Wednesday afternoon a short distance above that place. His body was not recovered until late evening of the same day.

He with his brother, Coxie, James White and Wilbur Ray were gathering coal from the eight barges lost last winter at Petticoat riffle. They gathered the coal from the bottom of the river loading it on a flat boat in which manner they conveyed it to the shore. The placed a big load on the flat and the four climbed on to row it to the landing on the West Virginia side. When about midway of the river the overladen craft sprang a leak and sank. The other three boys could swim thus saving their lives.

His brother Coxie who is two years his junior refused to leave his brother and made heroic efforts to keep him from sinking until help arrived. Ray and white swam to the shore as rapidly as possible and procured a skiff and returned in the hope of rescuing their comrades but the eldest Barker boy went down for the last time just as the skiff arrived on the scene. The younger Barker boy was exhausted from his efforts in trying to save his brother, and the wonder is he escaped a watery grave. The victim of the tragedy was a sturdy, manly, industrious, lad and will be missed sadly from the family circle.

He was buried yesterday afternoon at New Bethel cemetery, Rev. S. C. Jones, of Belmont, conducting the funeral service.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News March 6, 2007

Harold K. “Ken” Barker

Harold Kenneth “Ken” Barker, 80, passed away in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Saturday, March 3, 2007, where he lived with his son and family.

Ken was born May 3, 1926, in Vienna, West “by God” Virginia, to Emery Marvin and Opal Trudeau Barker. He was the middle brother to Gart and Betty Barker. Ken spent his youth in Vienna, Parkersburg and Wick, W.Va. He graduated from Parkersburg High School and attended West Virginia University. Parkersburg High School won the state football championship while he was team fullback.

Ken served honorably in the Army. He was a World War II veteran serving in Korea. When he returned from the service in 1947, he began his employment with Corning Glass in Parkersburg and continued for a lifetime career working more than 35 years with Corning. He traveled to over 100 countries during his work as a project manager for Corning International. His career led him to travel the world and do what he did best, get a job completed, make friends, eat exotic foods and make his presence known wherever he was.

Ken never met a “stranger” and left a lasting impression. Ken will be remembered as Corning’s “Buddha.” Ken was a wonderful father and traveled extensively with his son to pursue his passion of motorcycling. He loved all motorcycling events and all the people attending. He enjoyed telling hundreds of stories about his travels around the globe. After his retirement with Corning, he lived in Painted Post, N.Y., for a few years and then he moved to Salt Lake City, Utah with his favorite traveling companion, his dog Belle, to be close to “his boy,” Joe. Ken helped Joe with his construction business and ran his crews in the same manner as he did with Corning. His style, humor and personality were truly “one of a kind.” Ken and Joe traveled collecting antique motorcycles. Ken always loved an adventure and in his normal fashion made a large group of friends in the motorcycle community. During his retirement years, he enjoyed collecting motorcycles and spoiling his grandchildren. Ken has two grandchildren that he absolutely adored and spoiled rotten. Colby and Mary loved their grandpa “pea head” and knew if dad or mom said no, they could count on grandpa saying yes, and coming through with whatever they wanted. Colby and Mary will always remember their grandpa’s funny sayings, his generosity and the pride and love he had for them.

He is survived by his son and wife (his favorite daughter-in-law, the only one), Joe and Sheril Barker; grandchildren, Colby and Mary Barker; nieces and nephews, Tom, Carol and Peggy Moore and families, Patty and Bill Releford and family, Larry and Terressa Barker and family, Lavina and Mitch Ellis and family, Butchie and Sue Evans and family; and countless friends from around the globe.

In addition to his parents, Ken was preceded in death by his brother, Gart; and sister, Betty Moore.

We love you Dad, we will miss you, but we will never forget you! Thank you for your guidance, love, generosity, and humor. You were “one of a kind!”

Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Evangelist Tom Butterfield officiating. Graveside services will be 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the McKim Cemetery, Tyler County, W.Va. Calling hours will be from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday and from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader - August 30, 1901

"Mary Barker Dead"

"Miss Mary Barker, age 20, daughter of C. P. Barker, died Wednesday morning at her home at Raven Rock. The funeral occurred yeaterday afternoon. Interment at Needmore Cemetery."

(Gerald Bills)


BROOKS K. BARKWILL

Brooks K. Barkwill, age 68, of New Martinsville, WV, died Thursday, April 14, 2016 at his home.

He was born September 21, 1947 in Pleasants Co., a son of the late Carol Jean Green Barkwill Howard and James Barkwill.

He was the owner and attorney at law of Brooks K. Barkwill LC., New Martinsville. He was a graduate of WVU and a U.S. Air Force Veteran. He was a member of several organizations, including the American Legion Post 28, New Martinsville.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, John and Jim Barkwill. Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Caryl Ward Barkwill and his dog, Pip.

A memorial service will be held at aa later date. Private graveside services will be held in IOOF Cemetery, St Marys, WV, at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements entrusted to Grisell Funeral Home & Crematory, New Martinsville.


December 14, 1900

THE GRIM REAPER
Visits the City and Demanded One of its Best Citizens.

JAMES W. BARKWILL IS DEAD

After a Month's Suffering with Typhoid Fever.--His Death Occured Last Sunday Morning at 4 o'clock.--Lamented by a Large /circle of Friends.--He was a Progressive Citizen, a Good Neighbor, and Withal a Kind Husband and Indulgent Father.

Last Sunday morning, December 9, the city was shocked by the announcement of the death of James W. Barkwill. His death occured at 4 a.m. Sunday. He had been ill of fever for a month, and while his life was despaired of by his friends, yet they were hopeful. Saturday his condition was satisfactory and even his physicians were gratified, but the icy hand of Death could not be longer stayed, and at the hour before mentioned he was called to the great mysterious beyond.

The deceased was in his 53rd year, and was born and raised in this city. He was the only surviving son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Barkwell, also of this city. He had endeared himself in many hearts for all time. He leaves to mourn their irreparable loss, a wife, daughter and five sons, together with a host of friends.

The funeral occured from the house at 3 p.m., Monday, conducted by Rev. Cofer, pastor of the Baptist church. The remains were laid at rest in the Private Barkwill cemetery on College Hill. {now IOOF?}

James Wellington Barkwill was born 1848, and died December 9, 1900, being a little more than 53 years of age.

At the time of his death, he was engaged in handling coal and ice, and was one of the busiest men in Pleasants county.

James Barkwill was born and raised in Pleasants county and well known to almost every old resident in the county. He was absolutely true to his friends and resentful to his enemies, but under any and all circumstances he would forgive a wrong and forget the wrong doer.

There was not the least possible bit of hypocracy about him, he was outspoken and plain, and was absolutely as honest as any man that ever lived, he would nor wrong any man out of a single cent, and of all that may be or can be said for and against him, all must admit that he was honest.

The deceased left a father and mother, a loving wife and six children. His family is in fairly good circumstances. His father, Samuel Barkwill, is one of the best known men along the Ohio river, and one of the wealthiest men in Pleasants county. The deceased was also a brother of Mrs. C. N. Matheny, on of the most influential and leading ladies of the county.

'Tis hard to part with a good, big, honest hearted friend, right in the prime of life, but such is the way of Providence, and we must all be resigned. M.

(Gordon Case)


Pleasants County Leader - July 26, 1901

An Old Citizen Dead

C. J. Barnhart, aged 70, died Friday at his home near Raven Rock. The funeral occurred the following day. Interment at Nebo.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader - July 18, 1902

Virgil Ezra Barnhart, of New Brighton , Pa., son of Ezra and Corintha Barnhart, died July 9th of pneumonia, aged 10 years, 3 months and 27 days. His funeral was conducted by Re. A. A. Kelly at Belmont Saturday the 12th. Interment took place in St. Marys cemetery. He leaves a father and mother, two brothers and two sisters.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News - December 17, 2003

Betty Barkley

WEIRTON - Betty Jane Barkley, 74, of Weirton died Dec. 16, 2003, at the Weirton Geriatric Center.

She was born July 9, 1929, in Hollidays Cove, W.Va., a daughter of the late Harold and Laura Smith Barnhart. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Church of the Nazarene.

In addition to her parents, Betty Jane was preceded in death by her husband, Franklin Deloyd Barkley on Feb. 16, 1993.Betty Jane is survived by two sons, Larry and his wife, Jane, of Weirton and Terry and his wife, Pam, of Lancaster, Ohio; two daughters, Laura Samples and her husband, Mark, of Parkersburg and Maura Williams of Portland, Tenn.; one sister, Ruth Fluharty and her husband, Robert, of Clinton, Md.; and seven grandchildren, Chad Barkley and his wife, Karla, Dustin and Merissa Barkley, Amy Barkley Shaffer and her husband, John, Amanda and Clayton Samples and Jennifer Spencer.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Church of the Nazarene, Weirton, with the Rev. Dana Snodgrass and the Rev. Vaughn Davis presiding. Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Weirton. Friends will be received from 7-9 p.m. Thursday and from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton. Additional visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of service at the church.

Memorial contributions can be sent to the First Church of the Nazarene, 475 Colliers Way, Weirton, WV 26062.

(Gerald Bills)


Published in the Orlando Sentinel on 7/2/2009.

PEGGY JEAN (RUCKMAN) BARKWILL

BARKWILL, PEGGY JEAN (RUCKMAN) was born to Margaret and Gene Ruckman on July 31, 1934 in St. Marys, West Virginia.

She passed away on June 30, 2009 at Florida Hospital East while recovering from earlier cancer surgery.

She was the wife of Lt. Col. John F. Barkwill for 54 years and raised two sons, Jon Scott of Williamsburg, Virginia and David Franklin of Dallas, Texas. She leaves behind two grandchildren Callie and Cooper Barkwill of Dallas, Texas, her sister Rebecca Boggs of Mt. Vernon, Indiana and her brother James Ruckman of Middlebourne, West Virginia. Other relatives are many and live nationwide.

Peggy graduated from St. Marys High School in 1952 where she was very active in school activities including the band. She attended Pennsylvania College for women and West Virginia University before joining her husband in the Air Force. She shared an Air Force career of 20 years with John serving our nation during which she served in various volunteer capacities. At Hunter AFB, Savannah, GA she was a base hospital volunteer, at Offutt AFB, Omaha, NB she was a base Red Cross Volunteer, at Barksdale AFB, Shreveport, LA she served as a Red Cross Volunteer and at Grand Forks AFB, ND she was the base Chairman of Red Cross Volunteers with over 50 members. After John retired from the Air Force in 1972 Peggy served in the market research field and the administrative field while John, Jon Scott and David were attending and graduating from college. She loved her local YMCA water classes as well as traveling nationwide including many cruises. She was a loving wife and mother and will be missed very much by all of those who knew her.

A memorial service for Peggy will be held on Saturday, July 4, 2009 at 11:00 am in the Howell Branch Chapel of Collison Family Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements entrusted to COLLISON FAMILY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY (HOWELL BRANCH CHAPEL) 3806 Howell Branch Road, Winter Park, FL 32792 (407) 678-4500

(Jim Ruckman)


Parkersburg News June 7, 2007

Dr. David A. Barley

Dr. David A. Barley, 64, passed away on May 28, 2007, after a long illness.

Dave was a longtime member of Wellspring United Methodist Church in Williamsburg, Va. Dave was born in Sutton, W.Va. He graduated from St. Marys High School in St. Marys, W.Va. He went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from The College of William and Mary and his master’s degree from West Virginia University. Dave then went on to earn his doctorate in veterinary medicine from The Ohio State University.

Dave returned to Williamsburg where he fulfilled his dream of owning his own veterinary practice, Agape Animal Care. He truly loved being a veterinarian. He was also involved in community outreach. He had a passion for reaching out to others and helping them to find their full potential.

Dave is survived by his wife of 44 years, Margaret Boley Barley of Williamsburg, Va., whom he met in third grade; a daughter and partner, Melissa and Ricki Barley of Charlotte, N.C., and their children, Andrew and Abby; a son and wife, Dr. David R. and Krista Barley of Williamsburg, Va., and their children, Katelyn, Kelley and Luke; a brother and wife, Fred and Pam Barley; a sister, Patsy; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by infant twin sons, Jeffrey and Richard Barley; his parents, Ralph and Rosalie Barley; and a brother, Bernard Barley.

The family will receive family and friends from 7-9 p.m. Friday June 15, 2007, at Wellspring United Methodist Church. A memorial service will be 6 p.m. Saturday, June 16, 2007, at the church. We will be sharing Dave’s life, so come and share your favorite story.

The family requests memorial donations be made to Hospice House of Williamsburg, 4445 Powhatan Parkway, Williamsburg, VA 23188, or to Wellspring United Methodist Church, 4871 Longhill Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188.

Nelsen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader July 22, 2006

John E. Barlow

John E. Barlow of Smyrna died June 6, 2006. in the University hospital of Pennsylvania. He was 68.

Mr. Barlow was born February 3, 1938 in St. Marys to the late Paul Barlow Sr. and Olive E. Adams Barlow.

He was a 1958 graduate of Moundsville High School. Mr. Barlow was a certified master electrician for Local 141, IBEW of West Virginia. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany from 1960 to 1963, and then the National Guard until 1967.

He has lived in Delaware since 1996. He attended Asbury United Methodist Church in Smyrna, where he served with the Methodist Men and on the Board of Trustees. Ale was also a member of the Temple Baptist Church in Moundsville, where he was a Deacon. He was a member of the Masonic Harmony Lodge 13, Smyrna.

His first wife, Kay Louise Howard Barlow, preceded him in death in 1992. In addition, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Franklin and Jim Barlow.

Mr. Barlow is survived by his wife of 10 years, Sarah Blair Barlow of Smyrna; two sons, Pastor Shawn Barlow and his wife Theresa of Zebulon, N.C. and Timothy A. Barlow of Moundsville; brother, Paul E. Barlow Jr. and his wife Sandy of Moundsville; sister, Karen K. Oldfield and her husband Don of Moundsville; two daughters, Lisa Stoner of Smyrna and Amy Thompson and her husband Mark of Dover; grandchildren, Arnie, Heather, Megan and Joshua Barlow, Jacob Stoner, Andrew Gilbert, Emily and Caitlin Thompson. Also surviving are brothers and sisters-in-law, C. Michael Blair and his wife Linda, Joe K. Blair, Mary Jane Willis and her husband Bill and Ruth Ann Crow and her husband Robert.

Funeral services were Wednesday, June 7, at 2 p.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church, 20-24 West Mt. Vernon Street, Smyrna, where friends called from noon-2 p.m. Services were at the Temple Baptist Church in ;Moundsville Friday, June 9, at 2 p.m. Burial was in the Riverview Cemetery in Moundsville, following the funeral.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Asbury United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 330, Smyrna, DE 19977.

Local arrangements by Torbert Funeral Chapels, Dover.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News - September 21, 2003

Christinnia Barnes

PARKERSBURG - Christinnia Wagner Barnes, 84, of Parkersburg, formerly of St. Marys, died Sept. 19, 2003, at Worthington Manor Care Center, Parkersburg.

She was born Dec. 17, 1918, in Pleasants County, a daughter of the late Marion Hamon and Carrie Bell Templeton Boley. She was a graduate of St. Marys High School and the Marietta Hospital School of Nursing. She was a retired licensed practical nurse at the former Colin Anderson Center, St. Marys, and a member of St. Marys United Methodist Church.

She is survived by one daughter, Rosalind Allman and her husband, James, of Mineral Wells; one son, David Wagner and his wife, Mary Ellen, of DeSoto, Mo.; five grandchildren, Beth Edwards and her husband, Gary, of Elizabeth, Robert Allman and his wife, Rachel, of Parkersburg, Katherine Hansen and her husband, Bjoern, of Weimar, Germany, Katrina Wright and her husband, Lou, of Reading, Pa., and Jessica Coleman and her husband, Shawn, of Milton, W.Va.; and five great-grandchildren.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Gale Wagner; her husband, Howard Barnes; one son, Marion "Butch" Wagner; two granddaughters, Kelly and Kristina Wagner; two brothers; and one sister.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Evangelist Arnold Huyghebaert officiating. Burial will be in St. Marys IOOF Cemetery. Calling hours will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg news July 10, 2005

Elsie E. Barnes

Elsie Elocile Bennett Barnes, 69, of Parkersburg went home to be with our Lord and Savior on Saturday, July 9, 2005.

She was born Oct. 20, 1935, in Wood County, W.Va., a daughter of the late Brady and Ann Reynolds Bennett. She was a member of the Sunrise Church of Christ in Parkersburg. She was an avid reader who loved to cook, sew and spend time with her family.

She is survived by her husband, Bob Barnes; her children, Ron Lynch and his wife, Carol, of Mineral Wells, Vickie Hudson and her husband, Don, of Bellefontaine, Ohio, Glenda Hormel and her husband, Randy, of Alexandria, Ohio, Ric Deere and his wife, Becky, of Parkersburg, John Deere and his wife, Cindy, of West Liberty, Ohio, Bobby Barnes and his wife, Lisa, of Flatwoods, Ky., and Wendell Barnes and his wife, Laverne, of Alvin, Texas; two stepchildren, Dwaine Barnes and his wife, Debbie, and Jolene Barnes, all of St. Marys; 22 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Jean Porter and Wilda Bennett, both of Parkersburg; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Rhonda Jane Collins; an infant brother, John Wayne Bennett; two brothers, Chester Bennett and Denzil Bennett; and two sisters, Sue Clifton and Anita Allen.

Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Evangelist Keith Kress and Pastor Arthur Cox officiating. Burial will be in the Willow Island Cemetery, Willow Island, W.Va. Calling hours are from 2-9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News May 5, 2008

Coleman Barnhart

Coleman Barnhart, 71, of St. Marys, died May 4, 2008.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to services Wednesday at the funeral home.

(Posted by Ingram Funeral Home)

Coleman Barnhart, 71, of St. Marys, WV, died May 4, 2008, at the St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkersburg, WV. He was born May 17, 1936, in Pleasants County, WV, a son of the late Herman H. and Lize Lucinda Elder Barnhart. He had been a self-employed mechanic, repairing small engines. During his early years, he had been a truck driver and had been a service station attendant. He had been a mechanic with Kern’s Brothers Trucking. He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Ethel Hickel Barnhart, two sons, Richard C. Barnhart and Herman C. Barnhart both of St. Marys, WV, four step daughters, Patty Wells of St. Marys, WV, Lisa Boyles of Parkersburg, WV, Mary Boley of Belmont, WV, and Carolyn Boley of Parkersburg, WV, nine grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Rosmand Boley and one brother, George Barnhart. Services will be held Wednesday, May 7, 2008, at 11 A. M. at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV with Edgar Satterfield officiating. Interment will be in the St. Marys IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 P. M. Tuesday and from 10 to 11 A. M Wednesday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News February 18, 2008

George N. Barnhart

George N. Barnhart, 74, of Parkersburg, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008, at Eagle Pointe. He was born in St. Marys, a son of the late Herman and Lucinda Elder Barnhart.

George worked at various car dealers in the area and was a true gambler who enjoyed going to flea markets.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Lillie M. Barnhart; five daughters; three sons; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and one brother, Coleman Barnhart.

Services will be 7 p.m. Tuesday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Michael Lamb officiating. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News August 30, 2006

Helen I. Barnhart

Helen Irene Lamp Shingleton Barnhart, 95, of Follansbee, W.Va., formerly of St. Marys, died Aug. 29, 2006.

Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys. Calling hours will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday and 10-11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

(Posted by Ingram Funeral Home)

Helen Irene Lamp Shingleton Barnhart, 95, of Follansbee, WV, formerly of St. Marys, WV, died, August 29, 2006, at the Brightwood Center Nursing Home, Follansbee. She was born, August 4, 1911, at St. Marys, a daughter of the late Arthur C. and Ethel Wilson Lamp. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of St. Marys. She is survived by one daughter, Janette McKinley of Copley, OH, one granddaughter, Melissa Wilson and her husband, Fred, of Dayton, OH, two great-grandchildren, Bailey and Jacob Wilson, several sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Lester Shingleton in 1972, second husband, Harold Barnhart in 1984, three sisters, Martha Shingleton, Audra Bennett, Virginia Shingleton, and five brothers, Bian, Tyndall, Maurice, Eugene, and Denzil Lamp. Services will be held Friday, September 1, 2006, at 11 A. M. at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV with Rev. Dr. D. Larry Hooper officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Pleasants Co., WV. Calling hours from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P. M. Thursday and from 10 to 11 A. M. Friday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader March 19, 2005

James R. Barnhart

James R. Barnhart also known as "Jim" or "Barney," 78, of West Union died March 16, 2005 at the Ohio Valley Medical, Center in Wheeling.

He was born July 26, 926 in Raven Rock, the son of George W. and Roberta Tippens Barnhart. He was retired from Ormet Corporation.

He is survived by his wife, Ida Virginia Dolan Barnhart; three sons, Roger Barnhart and Delbert Barnhart, both of Friendly, and, Jamey Barnhart of Morgantown; a daughter, Sylvia Mays of Beckley; an adopted son, Kevin Barnhart of Bens Run; 10 step-children; two brothers, George Barnhart of Paden City and Thurman Barnhart of Middlebourne; three sisters, Hazel Dalrymple of Bens Run, Myrtle Kimble of Middlebourne and Margaret Rodgers of Statesville, N.C.; two former wives, Loretta Shields of Paden City and Kathy Spencer of ` Sistersville; six grandchildren; and four greatgrandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, David Barnhart; a daughter, Sandra Kay Barnhart; four brothers Joe, Frank, Paul, Dean, and Oliver Barnhart; and two sisters, Edith and Hilda Dalrymple.

Funeral service will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Myers Funeral Home in Sistersville with Clinton Adams officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Nebo Cemetery near Bens Run.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News May 31, 2008

Josephine Barnhart

Josephine (Elder) Barnhart, 79, of Follansbee, W.Va., passed away Thursday, May 29, 2008, in Weirton Medical Center, Weirton, W.Va.

She was born Nov. 11, 1928, in Pennsboro, daughter of the late Evertt and Opal Mae Ummensetter Elder. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Glenn M. Barnhart on Oct. 29, 1997; a twin sister, Lou Jean Balfour; sisters, Genevieve Hickman and Bernice “Bunny” Layfield; and one brother, Wilbur “Bill” Elder. She was a member of the Colliers Way Church of Christ, a Lecturer, employed by Weight Watchers for 12 years, and a retired telephone operator, a member of the Follansbee Rebecca Lodge and the Follansbee Pythian Sisters. Survivors include three daughters, Teresa Miller and her husband, Larry, with whom she resided, of Steubenville, Ohio, Marsha Jo Bennett of Florence, Ky., and Sue LaRosa and her husband, Frank, of Union, Ky.; six grandchildren, Mike Miller and his wife, Carrie, Brian Miller and his wife, Missy, Jeremy Bennett and his wife, Katie, Chelsey Allstock and her husband, Frank, and Alyssa and Tre LaRosa; six great-grandchildren, Miranda Miller, Julie and Nathan Miller, Halleigh Allstock and Kallie and Isaiah Allstock; and one sister-in-law, Grace Wilson of Weirton, W.Va. Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today at the James Funeral Home, 1245 Main St., Follansbee, where services will be 1:30 p.m. Sunday with the Rev. Tommy Mills officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Follansbee. Condolences may be sent to www.chambersandjames.com .

(Note: St. Marys High School Class of 1947 -GEB)

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News - February 26, 2004

Mary Barnhart

SISTERSVILLE - Mary L. Barnhart, 39, of Sistersville died Feb. 25, 2004, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born Aug. 29, 1964, in New Cumberland, W.Va., a daughter of the late George McLaughlin and Charlene Harris Cottrill of Sistersville. She was an employee of Helping Hands in Pleasants County.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her stepfather, Robert Cottrill; her husband, James E. Barnhart; three sons, William and Terry Harris, both of Parkersburg, and Larry Harris of Sistersville; a daughter, Roberta Harris of Sistersville; stepsons, Jimmy Barnhart of Parkersburg and Randy Barnhart of Sistersville; stepdaughters, Tammy Williamson and Melissa Wright, both of Sistersville; a brother, Dennis McLaughlin of Wheeling; sisters, Cheryl Maston of St. Marys and Tonya Bordas and Tina Hicks, both of Waverly; 14 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and 23 nieces and nephews.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Roberta Cottrill and Helen McLaughlin.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Myers Funeral Home, Sistersville, with the Rev. Kenneth Manypenny. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery, Sistersville. Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News September 9, 2008

Nelia N. Barnhart

Nelia Norienne Barnhart, 81, of St. Marys, W.Va. died September 7, 2008, at Carehaven of Pleasants, Belmont, W.Va.

She was born June 23, 1927, in Pennsboro, W.Va., a daughter of the late Elias Palmer and Minnie May Cottrill Hickman. She was a member of the First Apostolic Church of Belpre, and formerly worked for the Pleasants County Assessor's Office. She taught Sunday school.

She is survived by her children, Patty Gorman and her husband, Darrell of St. Marys, Nelia McConahy and her husband, Bill of Vienna, and Steve Barnhart and his wife, Faye of Grantsville, W.Va.; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three brothers, James P. Powell and his wife, Mary, Pryse Powell and his wife, Nancy and Frank Powell and his wife, Carolyn, all of St. Marys; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William J. Barnhart; two brothers; and one sister.

Services will be 3 p.m. Wednesday at Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Pastor Terry Lough officiating. Interment will be in the Ellenboro Masonic Cemetery, Ellenboro, W.Va. Friends may call from 3-5 and 6-8 p.m. today and from 2-3 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News August 21, 2004

Walter A. Barnhart

Walter A. Barnhart, 87, of Bens Run, W.Va., died Aug. 20, 2004, at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center, Clarksburg, W.Va.

He was born Nov. 22, 1916, in St. Marys, a son of the late John D. and Nellie Maude Lundy Barnhart. He was a member of the Mount Nebo Church of Christ, was a U. S. Army Veteran of World War II and he was a farmer. He liked gardening and hunting.

He is survived by two sons, Henry Barnhart and Harold Barnhart, both of St. Marys; one daughter, Phyllis Harbert of Lewisburg, W.Va.; four grandchildren, John Harbert, Dave Harbert and Beth Ann Harbert, all of Lewisburg, and Lisa Barnhart of St. Marys; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ada Hartman of Summersville, S.C., and Sybil Barkus of Paden City, W.Va.; one brother, Ernest Barnhart of St. Marys; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Elizabeth Barnhart, and three sisters, Elizabeth Miller, Marie Barnhart and Mabel Powell.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys. Burial will be in the Mount Nebo Cemetery. Calling hours will be 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday and from 9-11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News January 12, 2007

Patricia K. Barnes

Patricia Kay (Forshey) Barnes went to be with her Lord Jan. 9, 2007, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

Patty was born Nov. 27, 1950, in Parkersburg, a daughter of the late Charles and Elsie (Green) Forshey.

Surviving is her husband of 26 years, Michael L. Barnes; one daughter, Melissa Smith; one granddaughter, Candance Gribbins, all of Parkersburg; five brothers, Dale (Gladys) Forshey, James (Helen) Forshey and Terry (Tina) Forshey, all of Waverly, John (Linda) Forshey of Parkersburg and Gary (Pam) Forshey of Walker; six sisters, Leatrice (Dave) Mason and Shirley Forshey, both of Waverly, Carolyn (Rex) Theobald of Caldwell, Sheilah (Kim) Wright and Sharon (Bob) Lutz, both of Parkersburg; a twin sister, Pamela Cross of St. Marys; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandparents; one brother, Robert T. Forshey; one sister, Beverly M. Forshey; two nieces; and two nephews.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Pike Street, south Parkersburg, with Pastor John Frum officiating. Interment will follow at the Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News February 6, 2007

William E. Barnhart

BARNHART, William E., 80, of Bens Run, W.Va., died February 3, 2007 at home.

He was born April 10, 1926 in Raven Rock, W.Va., the son of the late Richard C. and Ethel M. Huffman Barnhart. He was retired from Ormet Corp.; was a World War II Navy veteran. He was of the Church of Christ in belief. He was a member of the BPOE NO. 333 and American Legion Post No. 67, both of Sistersville.

He is survived by his wife, Carrie Ann Williams Barnhart; sons, William Larry Barnhart of Belmont and Dick Barnhart, Murphy of N.C.; a daughter, Sherry Frase of Wadsworth, Ohio; seven grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; and a brother, Richard Barnhart of Sistersville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Roy Barnhart; and one grandson

Service will be 2 p. m. Thursday at the Myers Funeral Home, Sistersville, with visitation from 2-4 and 7-9 p. m. Wednesday. Evangelist Arnold Huyghebaert will officiate. Burial in Friendly Cemetery, Friendly, W.Va.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader - July 21, 1905

Little Child Dead

The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. J. Barry died late Tuesday evening and was buried Wednesday afternoon in the St. Marys cemetery. The little one was about one year old and had been ill during most of its life.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News August 14, 2004

John F. Barron

John Frank Barron of St. Marys died Aug. 12, 2004, at the Arbors in Marietta.

He was the son of the late Catherine Wiggins Barron and Attorney Frank J. Barron.

He is survived by his spouse, Betty Wells Barron; sons, Frank J. Barron and his wife, Carmen, of Sistersville and Michael A. Barron and his wife, Tina, of St. Marys; a daughter, M. Lynn Phillips and her husband, James B. Phillips, of St. Marys; four grandsons, John Frank Barron of Williamstown, Kevin Quinn of Cresson, Pa., Drew Parker Phillips of St. Marys and Reid Clayton Phillips of St. Marys; three granddaughters, Casey Renae Barron and Jaclyn Marie Barron, both of St. Marys and Kaitlin Quinn of Cresson, Pa.; a sister, Colleen Wolfe of St. Albans, W.Va.; a brother, Terry Barron of Charleston, W.Va.; nieces, Kitty Aldridge of Bulverde, Texas, and Ann Gallaher Sylvester of Silver Dale, Wash.; a nephew, Andrew Barron of Charleston; and a cousin, Benjamin Coen of Marietta.

John was a graduate of St. Marys High School with the Class of 1947; was a four year veteran of the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict; and was a lifelong member of Grace Episcopal Church. He was a member of the St. Marys Elks Lodge B.P.O.E. 1701. He retired from American Cyanamid in 1991.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the St. Marys IOOF Cemetery, with the Rev. Hayward Perkey officiating. Calling hours will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 67, St. Marys, WV 26170.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader - January 12, 1906

Mrs. Barry Dead

Mrs. Elizabeth C. Barry died at the home of her son, John, in the city of Coraopalis, Pa., on Jan. 6, of spinal and brain trouble. The deceased was 63 years. She resided in this city for a number of years and the remains were brought to this city on Monday, and laid to rest in the St. Marys cemetery after a funeral service conducted by Rev. E. D. Fellers, pastor of the M. E. Church, of which the deceased was a faithful member. The remains were accompanied from Coraopalis by Mr. And Mrs. John Barry and Mary and Henry Todd.

The deceased is survived by four children: Mike Barry of this city, Mrs. Jones of Parkersburg, John Barry of Coraopalis, Pa., and C. J. Barry who is now working on the Panama Canal, but whose family resides here.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader - March 5, 1920

NEAL C. BARRY

Neal C. Barry was born in St. Marys, October 14, 1902 and died February 1920, aged 17 years, 4 months and 14 days. He is survived by mother, two brothers, and one sister. Father and a sister have preceded him to the better world. Funeral services were conducted at the residence on Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by G. Bleakly of the Methodist E. Church, assisted by the Rev. Ben Dunley. Interment in the St. Marys Cemetery.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News October 26, 2007

Nathaniel P. Bartlett

Nathaniel P. Bartlett, 21, of Pullman, W.Va., went to join our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, and his grandma, Carmel Reed, in Heaven on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2007, at Morgantown, W.Va.

He was born on May 19, 1986, at Parkersburg, the son of Edwin "Eddie" and Teresa Reed Bartlett of Pullman. Nathaniel graduated from Ritchie County High School with the class of 2005, was a member of the track team and played football. While in high school, he also attended the PRT Tech Center in Pleasants County and was named to the National Technical Honor Society. In 2007, he graduated from Washington State Community College at Marietta, with a degree in auto and diesel mechanics and was currently attending Washington State pursuing a degree in heating and air conditioning and furthering his education into auto mechanics. He was a member of the Morning Star 4-H Club at Pennsboro, W.Va., and had also earned a degree in biblical studies from the Grantsville Bible Institute at Grantsville, W.Va. He had been employed at Advance Auto Parts and was currently employed at Midas Muffler and Tire, both of Vienna. He enjoyed riding four-wheelers, the company of his friends and working on autos. He was an active member of the Southside Baptist Church of Harrisville, W.Va.

In addition to his parents, Nathaniel is survived by his sister, Victoria Faith Bartlett of the family residence in Pullman; maternal grandfather, Eddie Reed of Ellenboro; paternal grandparents, Gerald and Cletha Bartlett of Auburn, W.Va.; aunts and uncles, Crystal and Dave Corbin of Waverly, W.Va., and Mike and Ella Reed of Harrisville; cousins, Tommy and Jennifer Johnson and Kayla and Neil Reed; a special family that he considered to be his aunt, uncle and cousins, Roger and Sharon Mason and sons, Jonathan, Joshua and Jared of Burnt House, W.Va.; and a goddaughter, Leilani Navarro, daughter of Michael and Brittany Navarro.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Sunday at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with Pastor Mike Kirby officiating. Interment will be in the Spruce Creek Baptist Church Cemetery on Spruce Creek in Ritchie County, W.Va. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Saturday and after 11 a.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorials in the name of Nathaniel Bartlett are preferred to the Southside Baptist Church, Box 343, Harrisville, WV 26362.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News March 29, 2005

Robert P. Bauman

Robert Paul Bauman, 74, of Parkersburg passed away March 26, 2005, in New Martinsville, W.Va.

Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys. Calling hours will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

(Posted by Ingram Funeral Home)

Robert Paul Bauman, 74, of Parkersburg, passed away, March 26, 2005, in New Martinsville, WV. He was born, October 15, 1930, in Parkersburg, WV, a son of the late Joseph William and Mildred Marie Bean Bauman. He is survived by one son Robert P. Bauman of Reedsville, OH, four daughters, Marlene, Kathy, Debbie, and Lynn, his brother Gary Bauman of St. Marys, WV, a sister Joann Robinson, of Middleport, OH, nieces Anna Hinerman of Florida, Phyllis Wolf, Donna Stokes of GA, Lorraine Nichols of St. Marys, nephews, Brian Bauman of South Carolina, Jimmy Bauman of Ohio, Jimmy Eaton of Columbus, OH, Robert Deem of Georgia.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter Rosemary and one son Joey. Services will be held Wednesday, March 30, 2005 at 1 P. M. at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV, with the Pastor Bob Robinson officiating. Interment will be in the Willow Island Cemetery, Willow Island, WV. Calling hours will be from 10 to 1 P.M. Wednesday funeral home

(Gerald Bills)


Mary Louise Baxter

Mary Louise Baxter, 78, of St. Marys, died Jan. 18, 2001, at the Sun Bridge Care Rehabilitation of Parkersburg.

She was born June 3, 1922, in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Emery J. and Edna L. Drinko. She was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in St. Marys and a graduate of Magnolia High School. Mary worked at Paden City Glass for Harold Spencer at The City News and Thornes IGA.

She is survived by one son, William E. Baxter and wife, Cheryl of St. Marys; two grandsons, William E. Baxter II and, wife, Angela of St. Marys, and Todd J. Baxter and wife, Buffy of Myrtle Beach, SC; two great-grandsons, Brandon and Devin Baxter of St. Marys; one stepgrandson, Jared P. Evans and wife, Angelia of Washington; one stepgranddaughter, Carrie Smith and husband, Brent of Belpre; one brother, Deaver Drinko of Cleveland; one sister, Donna L. Drinko of Beverly Beach, FL; one sister-in-law, Jean Drinko of Virginia Beach, VA; six nephews; two nieces; and several great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William F. Baxter in 1947; three brothers, Robert, Jack and Jim; and one nephew, Daniel Drinko.

Services will be held 11 a.m. Monday at Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys. Burial will be in St. Marys IOOF Cemetery, St. Marys. Calling hours from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday.

(Michael Anderson)


St. Marys Oracle January 10, 2007

Jean Hilty Beasley

Jean Hilty Beasley, 76, of Clyde; Tex., died Monday, Dec. 4, 2006 at an Abilene, Tex. hospital.

Services were Dec. 7 at the Bailey Funeral Home Chapel in Clyde, Tex. She was buried in Clyde Cemetery.

Jean was born Jan. 24, 1930 in Pittsburgh, Penn. to Malcom and Virginia (Clovis) Hilty. She attended schools in St. Marys, graduating in the class of 1947 at; St. Marys High School and attended Abilene Christian College.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include: two daughters, Dianne Webb of Lewisville, Tex. and Melanie Brown and husband Rodger of Clyde; three sons, Greg Webb and wife Sharon of Bedford, Tex., Steve Webb and wife Lisa of McPherson, Kan. and Chet Webb of Waco, Tex.; thirteen grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother. her husband and and one brother, Malcom Hilty.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News July 25, 2008

Robert W. Beaver

Robert W. Beaver, 93, of Belmont, W.Va., formerly of St. Marys, W.Va., passed away July 22, 2008. Graveside services will be 5 p.m. today at Parr Hill Cemetery, Beavertown, Ohio.

Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, is assisting the family.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News April 21, 2004

Helen L. Beegle

Helen L. Beegle, 78, of North Canton, Ohio, formerly of Paden City, W.Va., died April 19, 2004, at the Aultman Hospital, Canton, Ohio.

She was born Aug. 25, 1925, in Pleasants County, W.Va., a daughter of the late Stella Bailey Price. She was a Baptist.

She is survived by one daughter, Pearl Stewart and her husband, Freddie, of Canton, Ohio; one son, Danny Price and his wife, Debbie, of Harrisville; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three sisters, Ruby Bennett of St. Marys, Frances Wilkinson of Sistersville and Phyllis Wilkinson of St. Marys; three brothers, Charles and Wayne Price of Sistersville and Ronnie Price of St. Marys; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George Beegle; two children, Jackie Price and Shirley Stewart; six brothers, Kenneth, Raymond, Donald, Delmas, Bud and Jimmy Price; and two sisters, Janice Scadden and Lucille Price.

Services will be 1 p.m. Friday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with the Rev. Ron Blevins officiating. Burial will be in the St. Marys IOOF Cemetery. Calling hours from 4-9 p.m. Thursday and from noon-1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader October 13, 2007

Mildred "Midge" Beers

Mildred "Midge" Beers, 80, of . Akron, OH, passed away , Oct. 7, 2007, after a long illness.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and. Theodosia Efaw of St. Marys. and her husband Bruce.

She is survived by daughters Ginger (Jan) Crumley, Vela Beers, Mary (Dan) Julian, Bonnie (Chris) Conover, Theda (Tim) Millhff, and Evie Beers; son Bruce Beers; grandchildren .Larry, Brandy, Don, Raymond, Michael, Randy Corey Andrew and Nicole; and four .great- ' grandchildren.

Services were Thursday at . Newcomer Funeral Home in Akron. Interment was in Hillside Memorial Park in Akron.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader August 31, 1917

Mrs. Emily Bell

Mrs. Emily Bell died on Sunday evening at her home at Willow Island at about 6 o'clock, after a comparitively brief illness, at the age of 60 years. She led an exemplory life, and was held in high esteem by all who knew her. She was devoted to her family. She is survived by four daughters; Mrs. A. D. Hannen, Belmont; Mrs Molly Houser, Missouri; Mrs Geo. Ingraham, Eureka; and Miss Lucy Bell at home. She is also survived by three sons: T. H. Bell. Willow; H. S. Smith, Kansas City; and Wm. Bell at home. Mr. Bell preceded her to the grave several years ago.

The funeral was conducted by an Episcopal clergman of Marietta on Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock. Interment in the Triplett cemetery. The large attendance at the funeral attested the high regard for her.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader December 1, 2007

Frances M. Bell

Frances M. Belt, age 95, of Hillsdale. Ml, passed away Monday, November 26, 2007, at the Hillsdale Community Health Center. She was born March 15. 1912 in St. Marys's to Martin and Arizona Stewart. She was married September 4, 1941 to Fred Bell and he preceded her in death August 21, 1989.

Frances was a former employee at J. C. Penny in Hillsdale. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Hillsdale, a member of the Emily Dewey Circle and the Questers Club. She was also a former Gray Lady for the Red Cross.

Surviving are two children, Donna Prather of Clare, MI and Richard (Kathy) Bell of Hillsdale: and three grandchildren, Jeanette (Ward) Elliott of Hillsdale, Doug Prather of Mesa, AZ and Emily (Rob) Kruger of Clare.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; four brothers. Lawrence, Frend, Hubert and Walter Stewart; and two sisters. Mabel Snively and Myrtle Marple.

Funeral services were Friday. Nov. 30, at the 'VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale with Pastor Curtis Jensen officiating. Interment was at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Hillsdale,

Those planning an expression on sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the First United Methodist Church or Hospice of Hillsdale.

(Gerald Bills)


LUCILLE FLEMING BELL

Lucille Bell, 89, of St. Marys, WV, passed away, November 18, 2014, at the Emeritus at Marietta, OH. She was born, January 14, 1925, at Nine Mile, Pleasants County, WV, a daughter of the late Larnie and Bertha Higgins Fleming. She was a member of the Nine Mile United Methodist Church, and been a school secretary with the Pleasants County Schools in her earlier years.

She is survived by two grandsons, a nephew, John R. (Gloria) Cox and a great nephew, Zachary R. Cox all of St. Marys, WV. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Robert Herman Bell, a daughter, Serita Ann, and a sister, Nellie Cox.

A Graveside service will be held Saturday, November 22, 2014, at 11 A. M. at the Nine Mile Cemetery, Nine Mile, Rt. 16, Pleasants County, WV, with Dr. Steve Gedon officiating. There will be no calling hours. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Nine Mile United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 313, St. Marys, WV 26170. - Parkersburg News August 1, 2004


Eleanor M. Belyk

Eleanor M. Belyk, 82, of Belmont, W.Va., formerly of Warnock, Ohio, died Thursday, July 29, 2004, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born at Warnock on Nov. 3, 1921, a daughter of the late Joseph and Pearl West Psait.

Eleanor was a clerk at Foster's Store in Warnock for many years and was a member of the Warnock Community Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Mike Belyk; a sister, Wanda Foster; and a brother, Ronald Psait.

Surviving are her son, Glenn Belyk of Belmont; a sister, Betty (Charles) Fulton of Warnock; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Warnock Cemetery with burial following.

The family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the Warnock Community Church, Warnock, OH 43967.

Toothman Funeral Home, St. Clairsville, Ohio, is in charge of arrangements.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle May 25, 2005

Clifford E. "Bud" Bennett

Clifford E. "Bud" Bennett, 61, of Langeloth, Pa., passed away May 10, 2005 at the Weirton Medical Center, Weirton.

He was born in St. Marys on July 2, 1943, son of Clifford D. Bennett and Twila (Smith) Bennett. He was a retired Weirton Steelworker. Bennett was survived by his wife Annette (Orison) Bennett; two sons Gerald Prevost and Clifford Bennett Jr., of Langeloth; two daughters to Linda (Louese) Bennett from his first marriage, Andrea Huggins and her fiance Edward Pethtel Jr.

Bridgett Weaver and her husband John; two grandchildren, Jenna and Kayla Weaver all of Follansbee; three sisters, Thelma Preston, Deborah Brown and Mary Rawson all of Burgettstown, Pa.; two brothers John Bennett of Friendly and Daniel Bennett of Alma; and many nieces and nephews will sadly miss him.

Bennett was preceded in death by his parents; . one son, Buddy Bennett; and one brother, Michael Bennett. Services were conducted May 12 at the Reasner Funeral Home at Wellsburg with Rev. Larry Parker officiating. Interment will be June 4 at the Bennett - Craig Cemetery.

(Gerald Bills)


MRS. ELIZA BENNETT

Funeral services for Mrs. Eliza Bennett, 76, of Rt. 2, St. Marys, who died Thursday at her home, will be conducted at 2 p.m. today at the Ruttencutter Funeral Home, St. Marys.

The Rev. George W. McCune will officiate with burial to be in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Pleasants County.

She was born in Pleasants county, a daughter of the late Asbury and Lucinda Oldfield Bailey and was a member of the United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Okey Bennett; four daughters, Mrs. Don (Nellie) Park, St. Marys, Mrs. Agnes Bailey, East Liverpool, O., Mrs. Gladys Lucas, Rt. 2, St. Marys, and Mrs. Audria Robertson, also of Rt. 2., St. Marys; five sons, Leslie Bennett, St. Marys, Larry L. Bennett, Paden City, Webster Bennett, Rt. 2, St. Marys, Alden J. Bennett, Baltimore, Md., and Roy Lee Bennett, Rt. 2. St. Marys; a brother, Theodore Bailey, East Liverpool; a sister, Mrs. Julia Locke, Cisco, Texas; 17 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son and several brothers and sisters.

(Charlina Adams)


Parkersburg News January 29, 2008

Ernie Bennett

Ernie Bennett, 67, of Killbuck, Ohio, died Jan. 27, 2008, at Altercare of Alliance, Ohio.

He was born March 11, 1940, at Wolfe Summitt, W.Va., a son of the late Hoy Otto and Mitty Belle Knight Bonnell. He had worked in the oil fields, working with the Hill Drilling and Mason Drilling Companies. He served with the Auxiliary Police in Killbuck, Ohio, and had lately worked with Yoder Lumber in Millersburg, Ohio.

He is survived by two daughters, Deborah Weisenburger and her husband, Kenneth, and Kimberly Rippeth and her husband, John, all of Alliance; one son, Doug Bennett and his wife, Debbie, of Cutler, Ohio; four grandchildren, Kenny Weisenburger and Trisha Persutti and her husband, Tony, all of Alliance, Cory Bennett of Cutler and Jennifer Davis of Belpre; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Sue Goff of Virginia; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah Jane Wilson Bennett in 2002.

Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, and from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Maple Lane Freewill Baptist Church at Hebron, W.Va., where services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday. Eddie Wilson will be officiating. Interment will be in the Maple Lane Masonic Cemetery.

(Gerald Bills)


HUBERT BENNETT

(Note: The following obit is for Hubert Bennett who died 7/29/1934 and was buried in the Willow Island Church Cemetery as Hubert Bennett 1899-1934)

Pleasants County Leader August 3, 1934

TWO KILLED AND ONE INJURED WHEN AUTO HITS MOTORCYCLE

Willian Kelly, 16, and Herbert Bennett, 35, both of Belmont, were killed when a motorcycle on which they were riding was struck late Saturday night on state route 2, near Willow by an automobile driven by Edward Baker of Parkersburg.

A third rider on the same motorcycle, Merle Russell, 20, also of Belmont, is in St. Joseph's hospital in Parkersburg with a broken leg and other cuts and abrasions. He is expected to recover.

Kelly died about two hours after the accident occurred and Bennett passed away at 4:30 A. M. Sunday morning in St. Joseph's hospital. Both had been taken to Parkersburg with Russell, and little hope was held for the recovery of Kelly and Bennett after they were admitted for treatment. Both sustained fractured skulls.

According to information received by investigating authorities the trio had been in Parkersburg Saturday evening where the victims had attended a motion picture show. The three were returning home in Belmont when the tragedy occurred.

The motorcycle was enroute north, meeting the automobile traveling south. It was said a door handle on the car struck Kelly, throwing him a number of feet.

The death of Kelly marked the second tragedy in the lives of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Kelly, who lost another son in an automobile accident almost a year ago.

The corner jury late Monday afternoon following an inquest held in the Ruttencutter funeral home rendered a verdict that William Kelly, 16, and Herbert Bennett, 35, both of Belmont, lost their lives when a motorcycle upon which they were riding collided with an automobile driven by Edward Baker of Parkersburg but were unable to fix responsibility for the accident.

Funeral services for the Kelly youth were held Wednesday afternoon from the Belmont church with Rev. Wilmoth in charge. Burial was made in the Ruckman cemetery. He is survived by a baby brother, a sister and his parents.

Funeral services for Herbert Bennett were held Wednesday afternoon from the Ruttencutter Funeral Home. Interment being made in the Willow Cemetery. Bennett is survived by his wife and a seven year old daughter.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News October 9, 2009

John W. Bennett, Sr

John W. Bennett, Sr., 64, of Friendly, W.Va., died Oct. 7, 2009.

Services will be held Sunday 2 p.m. at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, W.Va. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Saturday, and from 1-2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

(Posted by Ingram Funeral Home)

John W. Bennett, Sr., 64, of Friendly, WV, died, October 7, 2009, at his residence. He was born, January 30, 1945, at Holiday Cove, WV, a son of the late Clifford and Twila Smith Bennett. He was a 37 year member of the International Operating Engineers Local 132 in Charleston, WV, and he had worked for the James White Construction Company in Weirton, WV.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Rhonda Huff Bennett, son, John W. Bennett, Jr. and his wife, Connie of Colliers, WV, daughter, Samantha Faye Bennett of Rochester, PA, step-daughter, Stacey Cathers of Parkersburg, WV, seven grandchildren, Kelly, Daniela, Jade, John, III, John, Thad, and Mark, four great grandchildren, sisters, Thelma Preston, Mary Paglisotti, and Debbie Brown all of Burgettstown, PA, brother, Danny Bennett of Middlebourne, WV, his rottweiler, Mady and his black lab, Raven, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his rottweiler, Nikita, and brothers, Clifford Bennett and Mike Bennett.

Services will be held Sunday, October 11, 2009, at 2 P. M. at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV with Pastor Darrell Mayfield officiating. Interment will be in the Bennett Family Cemetery, Pleasants County, WV. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P. M. Saturday, and from 1 to 2 P. M. Sunday at the funeral home. The family requests that memorial contributions maybe made to any Humane Society in his memory.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News August 28, 2005

Lois E. Bennett

Lois E. Bennett, 70, of Belmont, W.Va., died Aug. 27, 2005, at the Marietta Memorial Hospital, Marietta.

She was born July 1, 1935, in Pleasants County, W.Va., a daughter of the late Alonzo and Vestine Elder Bailey. She was retired from the former Colin Anderson Center in St. Marys, W.Va., and she loved to play bingo and do crafts.

She is survived by three daughters, JoAnn Satterfield and Ellen Shingleton, both of St. Marys, and Doralee Boram of Waverly, W.Va.; three sons, David Bennett of Friendly, W.Va., and Charles Bennett and Timothy Bennett, both of St. Marys; 11 grandchildren, Chris Bennett, April Ramsey, Kay Lynn Bennett, Shane Bennett, Jeremy Bennett, Joey Satterfield, Leann Stover, Nathan Bennett, Beth Shingleton, Megan Shingleton and Dustin Boram; five great-grandchildren, Chelsey Bennett, Dalton Bennett, Cody Bennett, Noah Stover and Kenneth "Junior" Satterfield; two sisters, Judy Evans and Rosemary Sparks, both of St. Marys; one brother, Mark D. Bailey of St. Marys; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Lewis Bennett; one grandson, Tim Bennett; and two brothers, Bruce Bailey and Dale Bailey.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with the Rev. George Burns officiating. Burial will be in the Lamp Cemetery, Pleasants County, W.Va. Calling hours are from 5-9 p.m. today and 1-2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News December 21, 2009

Mabel Marie Bennett

Mabel Marie Bennett, 87, of Belmont, W.Va., formerly of St. Marys, W.Va., died, Dec. 20, 2009, at Carehaven of Pleasants in Belmont, W.Va.

She was born, Feb. 1, 1922, in Raven Rock, Pleasants County, W.Va., a daughter of the late Ottie and Catherine Kiggins Rea. She was a member of the Raven Rock United Methodist Church, a member of the Raven Rock Homemakers Club, and was very active in TOPS (Take off Pounds Sensibly). She loved to walk and was a caregiver.

She is survived by three daughters, Barbara Bailey, her husband, Bill, and Carol Statler, all of St. Marys, Vickie Chipps and her husband, Terry, of Friendly, W.Va.; six grandchildren, Terry Bailey and his wife, Debbie, of St. Marys, W.Va., Theresa Maston of Ripley, W.Va., David Statler Jr. of Charleston, W.Va., Tennille Smith of St. Marys, W.Va., Curtis Chipps of Friendly, W.Va., and Michael Chipps and his wife, Nikki, of St. Marys, W.Va.; three great-grandchildren, Jamie Bailey and Traci Bailey, both of St. Marys, W.Va., and Faythe Maston of Ripley, W.Va.; one sister, Nettie Barnhart of St. Marys, W.Va.; two brothers, Edward Rea in Florida or Pennsylvania, and Lyle Rea of Beaver Falls, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hobert A. Bennett; son-in-law, David Statler Sr.; grandson, Alex Neil Bailey; three brothers, Eugene Rea, Harlan Rea and Ottie Rea; and two sisters, Ruth Abraham and Margaret Hyatt.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, W.Va., with Pastor Mark Mayfield officiating. Interment will be in Long Reach Cemetery, Long Reach, Tyler County, W.Va. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today and from 1-2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Posted by Ingram Funeral Home posted 5/19/2007 (Unpublished)

Mark Cole Bennett

Mark Cole Bennett, 33, of Trafford, PA, died, May 15, 2007. He was born, December 3, 1973, in Weirton, WV, a son of Robin Bennett of North Little Rock, AR. He was an Heating and Air Conditioner repairman. In addition to his mother, he is survived by three children, a step-daughter, Brittany Ann Scuglia, his girl friend, Johnetta Scuglia, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. There will be no service, friends may call from 4 to 9 P. M. Saturday, May 19, 2007 at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle February 16, 2005

Michael Ray Bennett

Michael Ray Bennett, 54, of Follansbee passed away Feb. 9, 2005 at his home.

He was born Oct. 7, 1950 in Weirton. He was a heavy equipment operator for A& L - Salvage. He was an Army veteran of Vietnam.

Surviving are his wife, Lois Bennett; five children; Bobbie Jo Agin of Hopedale; Jerri Lynn Parks of Steuberville, O.; Joseph Parks of Steubenville; Deanna Clifton of Follansbee and Darcie Williams of Texas; a lifetime friend, considered to be his brother, David `Shorty' Thompson; three sisters, Thelma Preston, Deborah Brown and Mary Rawson, all of Burgettsiown; three brothers, Clifford E. Bennett of Langeloth, Pa., John W. Bennett of St. Marys and Daniel L. Bennett of Alma; eight grandchildren and many 'nieces and nephews, friends and loved ones.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Twila Irene and Clifford Dinsmore Bennett.

The funeral was Feb. 11 at the Reasner Funeral Home, Wellsburg with Rev. John Beard of the Winterville Baptist Temple officiating. Military services were held by the Ohio Valley Veterans. A private burial service was in the Bennett Cemetery, Arvilla.

(Gerald Bills)


INGRAM FUNERAL HOME - March 5, 2010

PAULA J. BENNETT

Paula J. Bennett, 58, of Belmont, WV, died, February 25, 2010, at UPMC in Pittsburgh, PA. She was born, March 21, 1951, in Parkersburg, WV, a daughter of the late Harry and Helen Shutts Kidder. She was a United Methodist, and had worked in the Laundry at both the former Colin Anderson Center and Carehaven of Pleasants in Belmont, WV. She worked in her earlier years at Foodland in Parkersburg in the Dairy Department. Her hobbies included sewing, bingo, quilting, cards, NASCAR, and most of all she enjoyed her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 40 years, James L. Bennett, son and daughter-in-law, Jamie and Whitney Bennett of Belmont, WV, grandchildren, Adam and Anna Bennett, one sister, Lela (Jack) Starcher of Arnoldsburg, WV, two brothers, Mike Kidder of Parkersburg, WV, and Ray (Shirley) Kidder of Belpre, OH, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Jack Kidder.

Services will be held Monday, March 1, 2010, at 2 P. M. at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV with Pastor Dave Ellenwood officiating. Interment will be in the Pleasants Memorial Estates at Eureka, WV. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P. M. Sunday, and from 1 to 2 P. M. Monday at the funeral home.


RICHARD LEE BENNETT

Parkersburg News September 4, 2004

Train strikes man on tracks

By DAVE PAYNE Sr.

ST. MARYS - A Pleasants County man is dead after being struck by a train Friday morning near St. Marys.

Richard Lee Bennett, 54, Route 2, St. Marys, was pronounced dead at the scene about a quarter mile north of St. Marys, said Mike St. Clair, Pleasants County interim coroner.

Bennett was laying between the rails of the railroad tracks when a CSX train struck him at about 4:30 a.m. today, St. Clair said.

Bennett, who was carried beneath the train for some distance, suffered multiple, traumatic injuries and is believed to have died instantly, St. Clair said.

However, investigators are unsure if the Bennett was alive when he was struck by the train, St. Clair said.

"The train was heading north and the engineer and conductor saw him laying in the tracks. They vigorously blew their whistle, but could not get the train stopped in time. They felt absolutely horrible about it, but you can't stop a train on a dime," St. Clair said.

The man did not move, which has officials wondering if the man was dead before the train hit him, or if he was incapacitated by alcohol, St. Clair said.

Once the train had stopped, the engineer and conductor found the body beneath the train, a Pleasants County Sheriff's Department press release said.

The sheriff's department is investigating. Bennett's body has been sent to the state Medical Examiners Office in South Charleston for an autopsy, where officials hope those questions will be answered within the next couple of weeks, St. Clair said.

Parkersburg News September 5, 2004

Richard L. Bennett

Richard Lee Bennett, 54, of St. Marys died Sept. 3, 2004, in St. Marys.

He was born March 16, 1950, in St. Marys, a son of Edra Wherry Bennett and the late Spencer Bennett. He attended the Pleasants County schools. He was a fork lift operator for Mid-Atlantic Glass Co. He also worked in the oil fields and enjoyed working as a mechanic and carpenter.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by two children, Matthew Lee Bennett of St. Marys and Rebecca Eileen Ankrom and her husband, Mark, of Sistersville; two grandchildren, Madelynn Bennett and Hannah Ankrom; one sister, Sarah Wilkinson of Sistersville; two nieces, Heather Keys and Amber Wilkinson; two nephews, Craige Bennett and Eric Eugene Bennett; and several great-nieces, and nephews.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his former wife, Debbie Damron Smith; and an infant sister, Margaret Bennett.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with the Rev. Larry Parker officiating. Burial will be in the IOOF Cemetery, St. Marys. Calling hours will be 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Monday and 9-11 a.m. Tuesday.

(Gerald Bills)


Timothy L. Bennett Jr.

Timothy L. Bennett Jr., 21, of Friendly, WV, died Jan. 2, 2002, near Pursley, WV, as a result of an automobile accident.

He was born Aug. 25, 1980, in Marietta, a son of Timothy L. Bennett Sr. of St. Marys and Diane Campbell Harris of Middlebourne. He was in the Army National Guard Bravo Co. 35th Engineering Division of Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. He was a Christian.

Survivors include his fiancée, Donna Smith; stepfather, Donald E. Harris of Middlebourne; stepmother, Chris Bennett of St. Marys; two brothers, Nathan Bennett of St. Marys and Joseph Harris of Middlebourne; maternal grandmother, Charlotte Campbell of St. Marys; paternal grandmother, Lois Bennett of Belmont, WV; maternal step-grandparents, Wilbert and Becky McDonald of Chester, WV.; paternal step-grandfather, Bud Harris of Middlebourne, WV; maternal step-grandmother, Alice Campbell of Mooresville, NC; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his stepsister, Joetta LeeAnn Harris; paternal grandfather, Lawrence Bennett; and maternal grandfather, Norman Campbell.

Services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Myers Funeral Home of Sistersville. Minister Chaplain Bruce Reed will officiate. Burial will be in Simpson Chapel Cemetery with military services conducted by the military burial honors team, 16th Cavalry Reg. Ft. Knox, KY. Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

(Michael Anderson)


Truman Bennett Sr.

Truman Bennett Sr., 91, of St. Marys, died Oct. 10, 2001.

He is survived by his wife, Ruby Tice Bennett; children, Wayne Bennett, Denzil Bennett, James Bennett, Truman Bennett Jr., Betty Daugherty, Eldora Francis, Norma Stewart, Patti Nichols and Debbie Barnhart; 32 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Edna Kimball.

Services 1 p.m. Saturday at Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home of St. Marys. Burial in St. Marys IOOF Cemetery. Viewing from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today and prior to services Saturday at the funeral home.

(Michael Anderson)


Parkersburg News October 31, 2005

James A. Berga

James A. Berga, 82, of Newport, Ohio, died Oct. 29, 2005, at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

He was born July 28, 1923, in Newport, a son of the late George and Ethel Bayless Berga. He was a 1942 graduate of Newport High School, a U. S. Army veteran of World War II, where he served as a Staff Sergeant in the South Pacific operating LCM's (Landing Craft). He was a member of the Newport Church of Christ, a past treasurer and taught a teenage bible study. He was retired from the American Cyanamid with over 30 years service. His hobbies included his love of fishing, gardening and the outdoors.

He is survived by his children, Mary Sue Holdren and her husband, Daniel, Tom Berga and his wife, Brenda, and Trudy Ruble and her husband, Bob, all of Newport; grandchildren, Daniel Holdren and his wife, Denise, of Newport, Melissa Tuttle and her husband, Dave, of Stockport, Ohio, Amy Collins and her husband, Todd, of Newport, Brad Berga of Newport, Tina Miller and her husband, Jared, of Streetsboro, Ohio, Todd Ruble and his wife, Niki, and Christy Metheney and her husband, Don, all of Newport, and Jill Morris and her husband, Keith, of Dennison, Ohio; 17 great-grandchildren; and several extended family members.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Mary E. "Betty" Bleakley Berga.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Newport Church of Christ with Evangelist Chris Mullins officiating. Burial will be in the Newport Cemetery with military graveside services conducted by American Legion Post 64 and VFW Post 5108, both of Marietta. Calling hours are from 2-9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, and from 1-2 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys "Oracle" - Feb. 9, 2000

MARY ELIZABETH BLEAKLEY BERGA

Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Bleakley Berga, 74, of Newport, died Feb. 2, 2000 at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.

She was born Dec. 13, 1925, at Newell's Run to the late John Clarence and Elizabeth Bogard Bleakley. She was a graduate of Newport High School and was a member of Newport Church of Christ. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by her husband, James Arthur Berga, whom she married March 18, 1944, Two daughters , Mary Sue Holdren and her husband, Daniel, and Trudy Ruble and her husband, Robert all from Newport; one son, James Thomas Berga and his wife, Brenda, of Newport; eight grandchildren; Danny Holden, Melissa Tuttle; Amy Holdren, Tod Ruble, Christy Ruble, Jill Ruble, Brad Berga, and Tina Berga; seven great-grandchildren, Daniel Holdren, Natasha Holdren, Brock Blavos, Jarod Tuttle, Joslynn Matheny, James Matheny and Justin Matheny; two step-great-grandchildren, Justin Tuttle and David Tuttle; four sisters, Joan Miller of St. Marys, Donna DeLong of Woodsfield, Oh., Lucelle Hearn of Indianapolis, Ind. , and Sandra Herian of Newport; two brothers, James "Tom" Bleakley of Newport and Patrick; (Pat) Bleakley of New Matamoras; and a number of nephews and nieces.

She was proceded in death by three brothers, Herald Bleakley, John Clarence Bleakley and Harvey Gale Bleakley; and one sister, Anna Berga. Services were Sunday at Newport Church of Christ wirh burial in Newport Cemetery.

(Mary Lou Boley Snyder)


Parkersburg News August 18, 2005

Robert R. Berga

Robert Ray Berga, 80, of Newport, Ohio, died Aug. 17, 2005, at the Marietta Memorial Hospital.

He was born Aug. 1, 1925, at Newport, Ohio, a son of the late Fred and Myrtle Mendenhall Berga. He was a member of the Newport Baptist Church, where he had been a former trustee and Sunday school superintendent. He was a retired carpenter and a member of the Carpenter's Local No. 356. He had been a member of the Lions Club and he was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, where he was a recipient of the Purple Heart.

He is survived by a son, Ron Berga and his wife, Joyce, of St. Marys; a daughter, Robyn Rice and her husband, Neil, of Newport, Ohio; a granddaughter, Celesta Berga of St. Marys; a grandson, Aaron Berga of Wisconsin; great- grandchildren, Jared, Laura and Rachel Berga; a brother, Dean Berga and his wife, Ruth, of Marietta; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dee Hooper Berga, and one sister, Jean Stewart.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Newport Baptist Church, Newport, Ohio, with Pastor Charles Warger officiating. Burial will be in the Newport Cemetery with military graveside services conducted by American Legion Post 64 and VFW Post 5108 of Marietta. Calling hours will be from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, and from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the church.

(Gerald Bills)


Washington Post - 28 Dec 1905

OTTO BERKHEIMER

FATALLY INJURED IN HUNTING ACCIDENT

Special to the Washington Post.

Cumberland, Md., Dec 27 - Otto Berkheimer, son of County Assessor Berkheimer of Pleasants County, W. Va., is thought to be fatally injured as the result of a hunting accident near his home in McKim District. In some manner his gun accidentally discharged, the load taking effect in his left side.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News - December 30, 2003

Patrick Berry

FRIENDLY, W.Va. - Patrick O. Berry, 45, of Friendly died Dec. 28, 2003, at his residence.

He was born July 9, 1958, in New Martinsville, a son of Ronald C. and Mary E. Richmond Berry of Sistersville. He was a former employee of OSI Specialties-GE Corp., Sistersville, as a draftsman designer.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Mary E. Carse Berry; a daughter, Lacy Berry of Gibsonia, Pa.; stepdaughter, Keisha Hayes of Friendly; sister, Holly Myers of New Martinsville; and stepgrandson, Skyler Hayes.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Robin Berry.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Myers Funeral Home, Sistersville, with the Rev. Brian Seders officiating. Burial at Greenwood Cemetery, Sistersville. Calling hours are from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News October 17, 2006

Steven M. Berryman

Steven Michael Berryman, 46, of Friendly, W.Va., died Oct. 16, 2006, as a result of injuries sustained in an auto accident on Route 20 in Wetzel County, W.Va.

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys. Calling hours will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday and from noon until the start of the service Thursday.

(Posted by Ingram Funeral Home)

Steven Michael Berryman, 46, of Friendly, WV, died October 16, 2006 as a result of injuries sustained in an auto accident on Route 20 in Wetzel Co., WV. He was born October 20, 1959 in New Martinsville, WV, a son of the late Margerette “Peggy” Higginbothem Cross. He was a 1978 graduate of Magnolia High School. He was a Union Steward for the Communication Workers of America, Local 2055 and he was employed as a Captain at the St. Marys Correctional Center. He is survived by his wife, Laura Stone, three sisters, Rita Adams of New Martinsville, WV, Marsha Hertenstein of Salem, OH, Gayla Cleversy of Mountville, OH, and aunt Pauline Higginbothem of Jacksonburg, WV. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Higginbothem of Folsum, WV. Services will be held Thursday, October 19, 2006 at 2:00 P. M. at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV, with Pastor Chuck Rogers officiating. Calling hours will be on Wednesday from 6 to 8 P. M. and Thursday from noon until the start of the service.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News February 27, 2006

Eva V. Berwinkle

Eva Virginia (Cochrane) Berwinkle, 81, of Clarksburg, W.Va., formerly of Raven Rock, W.Va., died Feb. 25, 2006, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, W.Va., following a short illness.

She was born Oct. 30, 1924, at Raven Rock, W.Va., a daughter of the late James Edward Sr. and Janet Mae Dunn Cochrane. She attended schools in Pleasants County, and graduated from St. Marys High School, St. Marys, in 1941. She also attended West Virginia Business College at Parkersburg. In 1945, she married Charles F. Berwinkle Sr. in Martins Ferry, Ohio. She assisted her husband in the operation of his diversified business interests which became Berwinkle Tower Service located in St. Marys and Clarksburg. She was a long-time member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was also a member of the Christian Business Woman’s Association and was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church at Raven Rock.

She is survived by two sons, Charles Jr. and wife, Molly, of West Lafayette, Ohio, William Thomas and wife, JoAnn, of Clarksburg; three granddaughters, Crystal Ann Spriggs and husband, Philip, of Coshocton, Ohio, Kelly Ann and Heidi Jo Berwinkle of Clarksburg, W.Va.; three great-grandchildren, Jessica Ashley, Daniel Kenton and Bethany Ann Spriggs, all of Coshocton, Ohio; sister-in-law, Margaret Cochrane of Belmont; two nephews, James Allen Cochrane and family of Parkersburg, Randy Cochrane and family of St. Marys, and a niece, Sue Ellen Loughrie and family of Stone, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her only sibling, James E. Cochrane Jr.; and her beloved grandmother, Alice M. Riggs Cochrane.

Family and friends may honor her memory at Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with visitation from 5-8 p.m. today. Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, with the Rev. Philip Spriggs officiating. Interment will follow at Newport Cemetery, Newport, Ohio.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle May 2, 2007

Harold Wade Bibbee

Harold Wade Bibbee, age 79, of Oak Ridge, passed away at his home April 18, 2007.

He was born July 15, 1927, in Parkersburg, W.Va. He was a graduate of Saint Mary’s High School in Saint Mary’s, W.Va. He attended Mountain State College in Parkersburg, W.Va. Mr. Bibbee worked for Rust Engineering Company for 40 years as a supervisor in construction at K-25 and Y-12. He retired in 1990. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. He was a faithful member of the Highland View Church of Christ for over 30 years. He served on the board of directors for the East Tennessee Children’s Home for seven years.

Harold is survived by his wife, Ruby Jean Bibbee of 54 years; three sons, Wade Bibbee and wife, Jinger of Allen, Texas, Mark Bibbee of Andersonville, Tenn., and Gary Bibbee of Knoxville, Tenn.; three daughters, Vickie Haynes and husband, Thomas of Clinton, Tenn., Raye Ann Simmons and husband, Keith of Cookeville, Tenn., and Melanie Palmer and husband, Grant of Philadelphia, Tenn.; three grandsons, Cole Bibbee, Daniel and Joseph Palmer; brother, Charles Bibbee and wife, Mary, of Parkersburg, W.Va.; sister, Maxine Allman of Vienna, W.Va.; brother, Donald Bibbee and wife, Carol of Vienna, W.Va.; sister, Wilma Ault and husband, Vernon, of Marietta, Ohio; brother, Bernard Bibbee and wife, Pat of Walker, W.Va.; sister, Wanda Darnold and husband, Daniel of Parkersburg, W.Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Dora Bibbee; brothers, Dale Bibbee and wife, Vera, and Russell Bibbee and wife, Murl; and a sister, Barbara Bibbee.

Funeral services were held Friday, April 20, 2007, at 8 p.m. at Highland View Church of Christ with Mr. Curtis McClane officiating. A graveside service was held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Oak Ridge Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to the Tennessee Children’s Home-East, PO Box 7347, Knoxville, TN 37921, or Knoxville Christian School, 11549 Snyder Drive, Knoxville, TN 37922.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News March 21, 2007

Howard D. Bibbee

Howard Dale Bibbee, 85, of Vienna passed away Monday, March 19, 2007, at Eagle Pointe Nursing Home.

He was born Oct. 8, 1921, in Glen Ferris, W.Va., a son of the late Carl D. and Dora Barnhouse Bibbee. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, retired with over 30 years of service from Johns Manville and was a member of the 36th Street Church of Christ in Vienna.

Dale is survived by his wife, Betty Conger Bibbee; one daughter, Sharon Nonamaker (Ronald) of Vienna; four brothers, Charles E. Bibbee (Mary) of Parkersburg, Harold W. Bibbee (Ruby) of Oak Ridge, Tenn., Donald C. Bibbee (Carol) of Vienna and Bernard L. Bibbee (Pat) of Walker, W.Va.; three sisters, Maxine Alleman of Vienna, Wilma Ault (Vernon) of Marietta and Wanda Darnold (Daniel) of Parkersburg; one stepdaughter, Carol Floyd of Maryville, Tenn.; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Vera Jackson Bibbee in 1998; one brother, James R. and sister-in-law, Murl Bibbee; and one infant sister.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 3005 Grand Central Ave., Vienna, with Tom Butterfield and Mark Mason officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery, Williamstown. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News November 3, 2006

Doris Bickerstaff

Doris Bickerstaff, 91, of Parkersburg died Nov. 1, 2006, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born March 27, 1915, at Shultz, W.Va., a daughter of the late William Henry Dennis and Ida Emma (Ross) Dennis.

Mrs. Bickerstaff retired from J. C. Penney after more than 20 years service.

Surviving is a son, Harley D. Bickerstaff of Parkersburg; his close friend, Polly Tanner of Parkersburg; two half-brothers, Billy Dennis of Shultz and Donald Dennis of Okay, Okla.; and stepbrother, Clifford Lowther of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Ira Bickerstaff on March 9, 2006; stepmother, Ethel May (Noland) Lowther Dennis; three brothers, Harold, Charles and Clyde Dennis; two sisters, Sophia Lowther and Grace Life; half-brother, Roy Dennis; stepsister, Helen Duty; and stepbrothers, Glen, Charles and Guy “Tom” Lowther.

Graveside funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Sunset Memory Gardens, Parkersburg, with Pastor Jim Yoak officiating. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg.

(Gerald Bills)


LINDA C. BICKNELL

ST. MARYS - Linda C. Bicknell, 45, of Route 4, St. Marys died Sept. 9, 2003, as a result of a four-wheeler accident near her home. She was born Feb. 2, 1958, in Baltimore, Md., a daughter of Donald P. Naff of St. Marys and the late Catherine Helmrick Naff. She was a U.S. Naval Reserve veteran of the Gulf War and had been employed for 14 years with the Naval Air Technical Center, Patuxent River, Md. She was an intelligence specialist.

In addition to her father, she is survived by her husband, Robert S. Bicknell; and three children, Teddy, Stephanie and Michael Bicknell, all at home. She was preceded in death by her stepmother, Mary Naff.

Services will be 7 p.m. today at the Valley Harvest Church, Reno, with Pastor Rodney Lord officiating. Burial will be in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., at a later date. Visitation from 6-7 p.m. today at the church. Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association, either in care of the Ingram Funeral Home, P.O. Box 111, St. Marys, WV or the Valley Harvest Church, Tennis Center Drive, Marietta, Ohio 45750.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News February 1, 2008

A. William Bills

A. William Bills, 71, of Belpre, died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008, at his residence.

He was born in St. Marys, W.Va., a son of the late Jack Bills and Eloise McAtee Bills. He owned Bill’s Oil Co. and the Holiday Tree Farm. He was a member of Scenic Hills Lions Club. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching football games.

He is survived by his wife, Edith Mae (Sams) Bills; stepchildren, Becky Goudy (Roger) of Coolville, Ohio, and Debbie Richardson (Jerry) of Little Hocking, Ohio; stepgrandson, Joe Dennis (Jill) of Vincent, Ohio; stepgreat-granddaughter, Cassie Dennis of Vincent, Ohio; sister, Caroline Nichols of Vincent; and several half-brothers and sisters, including his partner in the tree farm, Larry Bills.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Margaret Callihan; half-brother, Marvin Bills; and an infant sister.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Belpre, with the Rev. Wayne Vogelsong officiating. Burial will be at Barlow Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News October 28, 2005

Bryan D. Bills

Bryan D. "Brandy" Bills, 80, of St. Marys passed away Oct. 26, 2005, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

He was born July 23, 1925, at Calcutta, Pleasants County, W.Va., a son of the late Robert Lee and Golda Doak Bills. He was a member of Ironworkers Local No. 787. He served as a signalman in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theatre. His hobbies were Pleasants County genealogy, family historian, fishing and hunting.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jackquline Mathess Bills; sons, Victor (Pam) Bills, Robert (Madalan) Bills, all of St. Marys, and Patrick (Doris) Bills of Laredo, Texas; daughters, Denyse Cornell of Warsaw, Va., Resea Bills of St. Marys, Neetie Bills of Virginia Beach, Va., and Paige Strong of Parkersburg; foster daughter, Sally Wright of Williamstown; grandchildren, Keith (Kristy) Doak of Warsaw, Va., Bobby Bills of St. Marys, Brandy Bills of Shreveport, La., Keisha Doak of Schweinfurt, Germany, and Jeffrey Strong and Jared Strong of Parkersburg; great-grandchild, Tyler Bills of Belmont; a brother, Linden Bills of Belmont; sisters, Virginia Hall and Marise (Del) Stiffler, all of Columbus, Ohio, and Crystal Kramer of Flint, Mich.; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Bryan Lee Bills; two brothers, Leon Bills and George Bills; and one sister, Enid Good.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Pastor Gary Saler officiating. Burial will be in the Calcutta Cemetery, Calcutta, Pleasants County, W.Va., with military graveside service conducted by American Legion Post 79, VFW Post 222 and AMVETS Post 40. Calling hours will be 7-9 p.m. today, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Saturday, and from 1-2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Wheeling Intelligencer & News-Register, March 27, 2012

CHESTER AARON BILLS

BILLS, Chester Aaron, 85, St. Marys, husband of Betty Ruth Bills for almost 64 years, died Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Camden Clark Medical Center, St. Joseph Campus.

He was born on January 10, 1927, in St. Marys, W.Va., to the late Clarence and Mildred Haddox Bills. Chester was a 1944 Graduate of St. Marys High School, a WWII U.S. Navy Veteran and a retired Iron Workers Superintendent. He was a member of George Street Church of Christ and an avid Flywheel Engine enthusiast. He was co-owner of Chester and Betty's Antiques and Collectibles for 22 years.

Survivors other than his wife include three daughters, Patricia Bills, Jennifer (Chris) Casto and Eva (Dave) Williamson; eight grandchildren, Aaron (Emily) Casto, Betty Jo (Eric) Wherry, Chester Ericc Bills, William Joseph Bills, David B. (Jessie) Williamson, Angela (Bryan) Litton, Kenneth (Amelia) Bills and Katie Bills; 12 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Frank (Karen) Bills, Gerald Bills and Johnny Bob Bills; one sister, Marys Sue (Wendell) Ross; sister-in-law and caregiver, Barbara "Barb" Butler; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Terry Bills; two sisters, Helen Ann Hammett, and Anna Cunningham; and one brother, Larry Bills.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, March 29, 2012 at Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, W.Va., with Dave Williamson officiating. Internment will be in Maple Lane Cemetery, Hebron, W.Va., with Military Rites at the grave. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday and 1-2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.


Pleasants County Leader August 6, 1915

Daniel Bills, aged 23 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Bills, died Tuesday morning, August 3rd, at his home at Calcutta. The deceased had been in poor health for the past 18 months. He was sent to Terra Alta Sanitarium for relief, but his condition did not improve, and he returned home a couple months ago or more and grown gradually weaker until the end. He is survived by brothers and sisters. The funeral was held Aug. 5th. He was buried in the Bills' grave yard near his home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News - May 8, 2009

KATIE BILLS

Katharina Gessler Illar Bills, 74, of St. Marys, W.Va., was received into the loving arms of her Heavenly Father Friday, May 8, 2009, surrounded at home by her loving family.

She was born June 18, 1934, in Torokbalint, Hungary, a daughter of the late Anton and Maria Zinn Gessler. She and her family immigrated from Hungary to Germany, then from Germany to the U.S., at the end of World War II. She was a 50-year member of the St. Marys Presbyterian Church, where she was an elder, treasurer, custodian and sang in the church choir. Her passion was her family and grandchildren. Her hobbies were gardening, reading, music and especially playing the piano.

She is survived by her husband, Gerald Bills; was the treasured mother of Loretta Rizzuto of Melbourne, Fla., Eileen Cannon and her husband, Patrick, of Mequon, Wis., and Jennings Illar and his wife, Christy, of Grove City, Ohio; three stepsons, Gerald F. Bills and his wife, Eugena, of Granada, Spain, George F. Bills and his wife, Sheila, of Frankfort, Ky., and Paul Bills of Weston, W.Va.; 11 grandchildren, Derek, Tyler, Megan and Jack Cannon, Louie and Trevor Rizzuto, Evan, Justin, Eric and Brayden Illar and Denver Bills; one brother, Anton Gessler Jr. and his wife, Kathy, of Parkersburg; one sister, Maria Zoller of Parkersburg; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, William L. Illar; and a daughter, Teresa Grace Illar.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday, May 11, 2009, at the St. Marys Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Michael Anderson officiating. Interment will be in the Bills Cemetery at Calcutta, Pleasants County, W.Va. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, and from 1-2 p.m. Monday at the church.

An online guest register is available at www.ingramfh.com

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News January 9, 2007

Linden A. Bills

Linden A. Bills, 85, of St. Marys died Jan. 7, 2007.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with visitation 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. until service time Wednesday.

(Posted by Ingram Funeral Home)

Linden A. Bills, 85, of St. Marys, WV, passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2007, at CareHaven of Pleasants, Belmont, WV following an extended illness. He was born September 27, 1921 in Calcutta, Pleasants Co., WV, a son of the late Robert Lee and Golda Doak Bills. He was a 1940 graduate of St. Marys High School and a member of the Calcutta United Methodist Church. He served two tours of duty during WWII as a staff sergeant with the bomb squadrons of the Army Air Corps. He was a turrent gunner on the B-17 Flying Fortress. He was retired from Union Carbide after 30 years of service. He is survived by three sons, Michael Bills and his wife, Joyce, Roger Bills and his wife, Connie, and Stephen Bills and his wife, Barb, all of St. Marys, four daughters, Sally Wright and her husband, Ramon, of Williamstown, WV, Linda Fiore, of Vienna, WV, Cheryl Satterfield and her husband, Edgar, of St. Marys, Alisha Cottrill and her husband, Eric, of St. Marys, ex-wife, Mary Bills of St. Marys, sisters, Virginia Hall, Marise Stiffler and her husband, Del, all of Columbus, OH, Crystal Kramer of Flint, MI, sister-in-law, Jackie Bills of St. Marys, 17 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy Bills, one son, Max Bills, one step-son, Ted V. Adams, one grandson, Shane Bills, three brothers, George Bills, Bryan Bills, and Leon Bills, and one sister, Enid Good. Services will be held Wednesday, January 10, 2007, at 2 P. M. at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV with Pastor Steve Gedon officiating. Interment will be in the Bills Cemetery, Calcutta, Pleasants County, WV with military graveside services conducted by American Legion Post 79, VFW Post 222, and AMVETS Post 40. Calling hours from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 P. M. Tuesday, and from 10 A. M. until the time of the service on Wednesday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News October 30, 2007

Loretta J. Bills

Loretta J. Bills, 74, of St. Marys, W.Va., passed away at her home on Monday, Oct. 29, 2007, after an extended illness.

She was born Sept. 30, 1933, in Pleasants County, W.Va., a daughter of the late Homer and Rona Martin Stewart. She was a faithful member of the George Street Church of Christ. She dearly loved her family and was a big fan of the St. Marys Blue Devils.

She is survived by her husband, John R. Bills; three sons, Steve White and his wife, Louise, John Bills Jr. and his wife, Darla, and James "Buggy" Bills and his wife, Caree, all of St. Marys; 12 grandchildren, Laurie Meeks and her husband, David, Angel Eades, Casey White, Levi Bills, Harley Bills, Wesley Bills, James Bills, Bradlee Bills, Robbie Bills, Paul Bills, Sam Butler and Travis Butler; four great-grandchildren, Caitlin, Emily, Elijah and Alexis; two sisters, Opal Locke and Claris Powell and her husband, Charles, all of St. Marys; one brother, Ronald Stewart and his wife, Dolores; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Mildred Grimes and Hazel Boyd; two brothers, Stanley Stewart and Clarence Stewart; and two brothers-in-law, Denzil Locke and Fred Grimes.

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Arnold Huyghebaert officiating. Interment will be in the St. Marys IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday and from 1-2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral Home.

(Gerald Bills)


Marvin E. Bills

Marvin E. Bills, 40, of St. Marys died April 21, 2002.

He is survived by his mother; three children; seven sisters; and six brothers.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at St. Marys Elementary School, St. Marys. Visitation will be from 2-9 p.m. today at the Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home and from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday at the school.

(Michael Anderson)


St. Marys Oracle July 6, 1916

MARY MAUD BILLS

Mary Maud Bills, generally known to her friends as Mollie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Francis K. Bills, died at her home at Salama, this county, June 28, aged thirty years, after battling for years with tuberculosis.

Her remains were interred in the family burying plot on Friday afternoon, June 30, the service being conducted by Rev. J. E. Elliott of this city.

Besides her parents she is survived by one sister and three brothers.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News January 1, 2008

Renita (Neetie) Bills

Renita (Neetie) Bills, 48, of Virginia Beach, Va., died Dec. 28, 2007, in Virginia Beach.

She was born Feb. 17, 1959, in Parkersburg, a daughter of Jackquline Mathess Bills and the late Bryan Doak Bills. She was a member of the Rugged Cross Cowboy Church in Virginia Beach and an ordained minister of God’s word. She was a 1977 graduate of St. Marys High School, a graduate of Valley Beauty College of Parkersburg and a graduate of ECPI College of Technology in Virginia Beach. She was employed by Verizon Communications of Smithfield, Va., as an engineering facility administrator. She was creator and designer of NB Designs in Virginia Beach. Her interests included bowling, Tidewater U.S. Bowling Congress WBA director, music, computers, graphic design and many others.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by three brothers, Victor (Pam) Bills, Robert (Madalan Bills), all of St. Marys, W.Va., and Patrick (Doris) Bills of Laredo, Texas; three sisters, Denyse Cornell of Warsaw, Va., Resea Bills of St. Marys and Paige Strong of Parkersburg; one foster sister, Sally (Ramon) Wright of Williamstown; five nephews, Keith (Kristy) Doak of Warsaw, Va., Bobby Bills of Woodbridge, Va., Brandy Bills of Bosier City, La., Jeffrey Strong and Jared Strong of Parkersburg; one niece, Keisha Doak of Ft. Belvoir, Va.; one great-nephew, Tyler Bills of St. Marys; and three faithful companions, Max, Madison and Savannah.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a brother, Bryan Lee Bills.

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Pastor Jim Pugh officiating. Interment will be in the Bills Cemetery, Calcutta, Pleasants County, W.Va. Friends may call from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday and from 10-11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

The family requests that memorial contributions may be made to The Old Rugged Cowboy Church, 3600 Dam Neck Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23443.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News November 6, 2007

Virginia Bills

Mary Virginia Dye Bills, 93, of St. Marys died Nov. 4, 2007, at the St. Joseph's Hospital in Parkersburg.

She was born Oct. 20, 1914, in Pleasants County, a daughter of the late Leonard and Mary Yergin Dye. She had been a lifetime member of the Calcutta United Methodist Church, a member of the United Methodist Women, and Past President of the Calcutta Community Quilt Club. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed gardening, quilting and spending time with her family.

She is survived by three sons, Edgar Bills and his wife, Carole, Beryl Bills and his wife, Lorelei, and Lester Bills, all of Pleasants County, W.Va.; three daughters, Margaret Elder and Charlotte Lamp of Pleasants County, W.Va., and Lucille Anderson and her husband, David, of Bainbridge, Ohio; 16 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Ruth Heilman and her husband, James; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Charley Bills; one infant son and one infant daughter; five brothers; and two sisters.

Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Pastors Jerri Green and Steve Gedon officiating. Interment will be in the Bills/Calcutta Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:30-9 p.m. Tuesday and from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

The family requests that memorial contributions may be made to the Calcutta United Methodist Church, c/o Betty Bailey, 2199 Right French Creek Road, St. Marys, WV 26170-8872.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News March 9, 2006

Michael S. Bills

Michael Shane Bills, 33, of St. Marys died March 7, 2006.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys. Calling hours will be from 2-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

(As posted by Ingram Funeral Home)

Michael Shane Bills, 33, of St. Marys WV, died, March 7, 2006, due to an automobile accident on Rt. 16 near St. Marys. He was born, August 18, 1972, at Parkersburg, WV, a son of Mike and Joyce Ginter Bills of St. Marys. He was a 1990 graduate of St. Marys High School. In addition to his parents he is survived by two sons, Brandon Bills of Bens Run, WV, Jacob Bills of Parkersburg, two brothers Casey Bills of St. Marys, Derek Bills of Rittman, OH, grandparents James and Diane Ginter of Discovery Bay, CA, Julie Ginter of Belmont, WV, and Linden Bills of Belmont, aunts Sally Wright of Williamstown, Linda Fiore of Vienna, WV, Cheryl Satterfield of Bens Run, Alisha Cottrill of St. Marys, uncles Rick Ginter or Belmont, Roger Bills, Steve Bills, both of St. Marys, fiancé Jessica Murphy or Newport, OH, one niece, one nephew, and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Dorothy Bills and uncle, Max Bills. Services will be held Saturday, March 11, 2006 at 11:00 A. M. at Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys with Edgar Satterfield officiating. Calling hours will be from 2 to 9 Friday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Mildred V. Bills

Mildred V. Bills, 94, of St. Marys, died April 19, 2001, at her residence in St. Marys.

She was born July 8, 1906, at Long Run, Pleasants County, a daughter of the late Clifford and Helen Cameron Haddox. She was a member of the George Street Church of Christ, past Noble Grand of Rebekah Amity Lodge, and former director and founding member of the Pleasants County Senior Citizens.

She is survived by two daughters, Helen L. Hammett and Mary Sue Ross both of St. Marys; five sons, Larry C. Bills of Milford, OH, Frank D. Bills of Mount Vernon, OH, and Chester A. Bills, Gerald E. Bills and John R. Bills all of St. Marys; one sister, Sylvia Wiley of St. Marys; 25 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence E. Bills; one son, Russell Bills; one daughter, Anne Cunningham; five brothers; and two sisters.

Services will be held 1 p.m. Monday at the George Street Church of Christ of St. Marys, with the Evangelist Arnold Huyghebaert officiating. Burial will be in the St. Marys IOOF Cemetery. Calling hours are from 2-9 p.m. Sunday and 9-11 a.m. Monday at the Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home of St. Marys, and from noon-1 p.m. Monday at the church.

(Michael Anderson)


Parkersburg News August 2, 2009

Nicholas Todd "Nick" Bills

Nicholas Todd "Nick" Bills, 26, of St. Marys, W.Va., died July 30, 2009.

He was born March 7, 1983, in Marietta, a son of Harold E. and Vivian L. Sparks Bills.

He was a member of both Operating Engineers Local 132 of Wheeling and Charleston, W.Va., and Ironworkers Local 787 in Parkersburg.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a daughter, Addison Grace Bills of Williamstown; brother, Nathan Bills and his wife, Ashley, of St. Marys; sisters, Christie Fulmer and her husband, Eric, of Williamstown and Elizabeth Southern and her husband, Justin, of Charleston; nieces and nephews, Codey Bills, Kelsi Northrop, Trenton Bills, Adam Bills, Clair Fulmer, Dominick Southern and Jude Bills; maternal grandmother, Gladys Sparks; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Angela Bills; maternal grandfather, Donald Sparks; and paternal grandparents, Howard "Bart" and Bonnie Bills.

Nick had one hobby - people. He loved his family and the people in his community. Winding through the back roads listening to music, he was known to stop in for an impromptu dinner or just a good conversation. He will be missed by those who were his hobbies. We will miss the talks on the back porch, the outlandish stories and the sincere love that he shared with his people.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Pastor Mark Mayfield officiating. Interment will be in the Bills Cemetery, Calcutta, Pleasants County, W.Va. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader May 7, 2005

Richard L. Bills

Richard L. "Dick" Bills, 82 of Wintersville, O., died Friday, April 29, 2005 at Dixon Health Care Center.

He was born in St. Marys, a son of the late Daniel B. and Ruth A. Wince Bills.

He was a member of Wintersville United Methodist Church He was the owner of Coe's Drive-In.

Bills also worked for Spahn's Dairy and Indian Creek Schools.

Preceding Bills in death is a sister Bonnie Chilenski.

He is survived by his wife Barbara Scott Bills; daughter Marijo (Fred) Young of Steubenville, O.; two grandchildren, Richard Scott Young of Columbus, O. and Sarah Lee (Jim) Houser of Steubenville; great-granddaughter Madison Lee Houser of Steubenville, O.; and two sisters Mary Hall of Steubenville and Christine (Ross) Hart of St. Marys.

Funeral services were May 2 at the Dunlope-Shorac Funeral, Home in Wintersville with Rev. Clint Quillen officiating. Burial was at Fort Steuben.

(Gerald Bills)


Ruth L. Bills

Ruth L. Bills, 99, of Steubenville, OH, formerly of St. Marys and Parkersburg, died Jan. 11, 2002, at Carriage Inn of Steubenville.

She was born March 29, 1902, in Finch, WV. Ruth was a retired cook from the Parkersburg Elks Lodge.

Surviving are one son, Richard L. Bills and his wife, Barbara of Wintersville, OH; two daughters, Mary Hall of Steubenville and Christine Hart and her husband, Ross of St. Marys; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel B. Bills; and one daughter, Bonnie Chilenski.

Services will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday at Dunlope-Shorac Funeral Home of 215 Fernwood Road, Wintersville, (740) 264-0563. Burial will be in Fort Steuben Burial Estates. Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

(Michael Anderson)


Parkersburg News March 13, 2005

Barbara M. Binegar

Barbara Mary (Myers) Binegar, 79, of Lower Eureka Lane, St. Marys, went to be with her Heavenly Father on March 11, 2005. She passed away after a brief illness at the St. Joseph's Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born Jan. 18, 1926, in Marietta, a daughter of the late Elias and Edith O. Huggins Myers of St. Marys. She married Orvil Binegar on July 31, 1948.

She enjoyed writing articles for the St. Marys Oracle in her column, "The Wonderful World of Pets," with pets being a large part of her life. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was a member of the former St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Eureka, W.Va., a former member of the Grant Jefferson Lions Club and Lioness Club and was very active in her community.

She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Orvil; two daughters, Sandy Wince and her husband, Terry, of St. Marys and Teresa Haines and her husband, Larry, of Nine Mile, W.Va.; several grandchildren, Amanda Johnson and her boyfriend, Brett Grimes, Adam Johnson and Christie Renee Smith Dilling and her husband, Greg, all of St. Marys; step grandchildren, Terra Wince of St. Marys, Andrea Wince, Chad and Missy Wince, all of Parkersburg, Benjamin Haines and Amy Fisher, both of Columbus, Ohio; step great-grandchildren, Emma and Sammy Haines of Columbus; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her two brothers, Billy and Charles Myers; and one sister, Helen Stoneking.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with the Rev. Gene Adkins officiating. Burial will be in the Willow Island Cemetery, Willow Island, W.Va. Calling hours are from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today and 10-11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News March 30, 2004

James R. Binegar

James "Jim" Russell Binegar, 61, of Newport, Ohio, died March 27, 2004, at the Riverside Hospital, Columbus, Ohio.

Mr. Binegar was born March 16, 1943, in New Matamoras, Ohio, the son of late Kenneth Russell and Verna Mae McPeek Binegar. Mr. Binegar was a 1961 graduate of Lawrence High School. He moved to work at the Ford Plant in Lorain, Ohio. Mr. Binegar moved back to Newport in 1970. He owned and operated the Newport Quaker State Service Station. Mr. Binegar later owned and operated Jim's Used Cars in Newport. He was a member of the Faith Gospel Church, originally Dart Gospel Church, and was member of the Parkersburg Labor Union Local 1085.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Nancy Taylor Binegar; two daughters, Teresea McGregor and her husband, Andrew, of Harrah Okla., and Connie Martin and her husband, Jay, of Newport; five grandchildren, Devin Binegar, Jordan and Kelby Martin, all of Newport, and Michael and Kayla McGregor, both of Harrah; three brothers, Donald and his special friend, Sharon, David and his wife, Kathy, and Jerry Binegar and his wife, Karen, all of Newport; five sisters, Shirley Reisberger and her husband, Jeff, Marilyn Mason and her husband, Ronald Sr., Marla Binegar and her fiance, Bob Arthur, and Kyla Kidd and her husband, Jim, all of Marietta, and Cheryl Thomas and her husband, Cecil, of Newport; 18 nieces and nephews; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Mr. Binegar was preceded in death by his parents; paternal grandparents, Clarence and Carrie Binegar; and maternal grandparents, Gordon and Lula McPeek.

Services will be 1 p.m. Friday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Pastor Keith Kapple and the Rev. Steve Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Newport Cemetery, Newport. Calling hours will be from 2-9 p.m. Wednesday, 2-9 p.m. Thursday and up until service time Friday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Marietta Times September 13, 2005

Merle Otto Binegar

ANTIOCH — Merle Otto Binegar, 78, of State Route 800, Antioch, died Saturday (Sept. 10, 2005) at Broken Arrow, Okla.

He was born July 20, 1927, at Newport, Ohio, a son of the late Clarence Willard Binegar and Carrie Viola Herlin Binegar.

He was a retired employee of the Ohio Department of Transportation in Monroe County. He was an oil field owner/operator, fire chief of Antioch Fire Department, member of the Sportsmen Club in Antioch, Cub Scout leader, member of the Midway Senior Citizens Group, and a member of the United Baptist Church near Antioch.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Eva Jean Holpp Binegar, on June 27, 2001; two brothers, Kenneth and Furl Binegar; and four sisters, Delores Thomas, Gertrude Congletan, Mona Sue Bond, and Patricia Lamp.

He is survived by three sons, Brian Allen Binegar and his wife, Sue, of Sardis, Fred Otto Binegar and his wife, Jacie, of Antioch, and Bruce Lee Binegar and his wife, Kim, of Sardis; three daughters, Lora Jean Powell and her husband, Donald, of Malaga, Pamela Kay Winland and her husband, Mitchell, of Broken Arrow, Okla., and Nila Louise Heintzman and her husband, Joe, of Sistersville, W.Va.; two brothers, Orville Binegar of Eureka, W.Va., and Lyla Binegar and his wife, Sandra, of St. Marys, W.Va.; two sisters, Phyllis Bowersock and her husband, Lawrence, of Bloomfield, and June Anita Wigal and her husband, Carrol, of Florida; 14 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, 100 S. Paul St., Woodsfield, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Frank Conley officiating. Interment will be in the Unity Baptist Church Cemetery near Antioch.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News January 28, 2005

Merle H. Binegar

Merle Henry Binegar, 64, of Maplewood Drive, St. Marys departed this life Jan. 26, 2005, after a brief battle with colon cancer.

He was born April 16, 1940, at home in Ludlow Township, Washington County.

Mr. Binegar was a 1958 graduate of Lawrence High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1959-1963 in Plattsburg, N.Y.

Upon completion of his military service he returned home and began working for the Union Carbide Corporation in Sistersville. He retired April 1998 after 35 years of service as a laboratory technologist.

He moved to Pleasants County in 1968, where he resided until his death.

He was a member of the Belmont Volunteer Fire Department from 1970-1975. He was baptised in the Catholic faith in April 1988 at St. John's Catholic Church, St. Marys.

Survivors include his mother, Gladys (Hesson) Binegar of New Matamoras; his wife of 40 years, Carolyn (Burer) Binegar of St. Marys; one son, Michael of St. Marys; one daughter and son-in-law, Michele and Phillip Soto of Montclair, Va.; four grandchildren, Alexandria and Robert Binegar of Shultz and Isaac and Gabriel Soto of Montclair, Va.; one sister, Ruth Schneider of New Matamoras; three brothers, Donald and Sue Binegar Jr. of Sistersville, Lawrence and Charlotte Binegar of Marietta and John and Pam Binegar of Lowell; one sister-in-law, David and Barbara (Burer) McCarty of Lowell; one brother-in-law, Larry and Barbie Burer of Warner, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Donald H. Binegar of New Matamoras; father and mother-in-law, Charles M. and Martha (Ervin) Burer of Warner; brother-in-law, John Schneider of New Matamoras; and brother-in-law, Charles V. Burer Jr. of Marietta.

He enjoyed his family, especially his grandchildren, the outdoors, flower gardening and his little dog, Buster.

Family and friends will be received 6-8 p.m. Saturday and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Hadley Funeral Home Reno Chapel, 1021 Pike St., Marietta. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday at St. John's Catholic Church, St. Marys, with Father Thomas Karachira officiating. Burial will be in East Lawn Memorial Park, 27880 State Route 7, Marietta.

Memorials can be made on Merle's behalf to the American Cancer Society for colorectal cancer research at http://www.cancer.org/.

(Gerald Bills)


Eva Jean Binegar

Eva Jean Binegar, 68, of State Route 800 Antioch, OH, died June 27, 2001, at her home.

She was born Nov. 27, 1932, in Belmont, WV., daughter of the late Fred R. Holpp and Esta Davis Holpp. She was a member of the Unity Baptist Church; a charter member of the Antioch Fire Department; a member of the Ladies’ Auxiliary; and a member of the Midway Senior Citizens Group.

She is survived by her husband, Merle O. Binegar of Antioch; three sons, Brian Allen Binegar and his wife, Sue of Sardis, OH, Fred Otto Binegar and his wife, Jacie of Antioch, and Bruce Lee Binegar and his wife, Kimberly of Sardis; three daughters, Lora Jean Powell and her husband, Donald of Malaga, OH, Pamela Kay Winland and her husband, Mitchell of Broken Arrow, OK, and Nila Louise Heintzman and her husband, Joe of Sistersville; one brother, Gary Holpp of Tennessee; one sister, Betty Howell of St. Marys; 14 grandchildren, Christopher Binegar, Gwen Binegar, Heather Smith, Logan Binegar, Kevin Binegar, Brandi Binegar, Arin Winland, Carrie Winland, Tyler Winland, Junior Fenney, Curtis Heintzman, Jayme Heintzman, Cole Heintzman and Nathan Heintzman; and four great-grandchildren, Adara Wilson, Keanu Barkes, William Fenney and Joseph Fenney.

Services will be held 11 a.m. Friday at the Bauer-Turner Funeral Home of 100 South Paul St., Woodsfield, Ohio, with Pastor Danny Chandler officiating. Interment in the Unity Cemetery near Antioch, Ohio. Friends will be received from 2-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News June 25, 2004

Dannie E. Bircher

Dannie E. Bircher, 58, of Cairo departed this life on Thursday, June 24, 2004, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Bircher was born Feb. 24, 1946, in Cairo, a son of C. Earl and Lydia Mae Mahaney Bircher of Cairo.

Mr. Bircher was self-employed; he operated Bircher Oil and Gas. He was an avid power parachute flier and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a Protestant by faith.

In addition to his parents, Dannie Bircher is survived by his wife, Gloria Elliott Bircher; one daughter and son-in-law, Valerie and Douglas Sunderman of Cairo; one brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Brenda Bircher of Cairo; one sister and brother-in-law, Linda C. and Blaine Jackson of Marietta; and one grandson, Jamie Kimball of St. Marys.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Cairo, with the Rev. Danny McVey officiating. Interment will be at the Bircher Family Cemetery, Silver Run, Cairo. Friends may call from 3-9 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. until the hour of service Sunday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader - March 9, 1920

MRS. BIRKHIMER CALLED

Mrs Isaac Birkhimer died early this (Thursday) morning after years of illness and much suffering. The funeral arrangements had not been made at the time of going to press owing to absent relatives. The bereaved husband and motherless children have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community in their affliction. (IOOF Cemetery - Littie B. Birkhimer-GEB).

(Gerald Bills)


THOMAS BIRKHIMER

St. Marys Oracle - March 24, 1888

"Mr. Thomas Birkhimer, of this county meet with a violent and sudden death on last Friday, by the discharge of a pistol in his own hand. Mr. Birkhimer was at the home of his son, near Raven Rock, where he had been conversing with a friend and had just stepped down the road a short distance when the family heard the report of the revolver, and going in that direction found the old gentleman lying dead with the muzzle of the pistol in his mouth and a bullet in his brain. It is supposed to be a case of suicide, though from the apparent absence of any motive for self destruction, some think he may have been blowing into the pistol when it accidentally discharged. The deceased was a brother of John Berkheimer of this county."

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News October 9, 2005

Kathleen Birklein

Kathleen Birklein, 84, of Oxford Street, Sistersville, W.Va., departed this life Friday, Oct. 7, 2005, at her residence.

She was born Aug. 13, 1921, in Tyler County, the daughter of the late William Blaine and Laura Seckman Underwood.

Kathleen was a retired employee of Colin Anderson, St. Marys, and she worked in a defense plant in Baltimore, Md., during World War II as an inspector. She was a member of Ripley Chapel United Methodist Church, Alma.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George Birklein; and a brother, Robert L. Underwood.

Kathleen is survived by a son, George Birklein of Sistersville.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday at the Furbee Funeral Home, Middlebourne, with Pastor Judith Marlowe officiating. Interment will be in Beechwood Cemetery, Alma. Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Journey Hospice, 210 Charles Street, Sistersville, WV 26175, or American Cancer Society, 301 RHL Blvd., South Charleston, WV 25301.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News May 29, 2010

Ellas Earl Blevins

Ellas Earl Blevins, 75, of St. Marys, passed away May 26, 2010, at St. Joseph's Hospital.

He was born March 18, 1935, in Kentucky, a son of the late Linford Earl and Mary Kathryn Ward Blevins.

He was a truck driver with various trucking companies, the most recent being JB Trucking, and he had served in the United States Army.

Surviving is a son, Scott (Bobby Jo) Blevins of Mineral Wells; a granddaughter, Makenzie Paige Blevins; nephews, Tony Blevins, Lemmi Irick, Junior Irick and Johnny Irick; and nieces, Tammy Lanagen, Gigi Lanagen, Tina Lanagen, Teresa Irick and Beth Irick.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brother, Bill Irick; sisters, Lena Blevins Cox and Kathy Blevins Lanagen; and a nephew, Ed Lanagen.

There will be no service or visitation. Burial of his ashes will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Kimes Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Parkersburg is assisting the family

(Gerald Bills)


DELNO EUGENE BLOUIR

Charleston Daily Mail, Monday, February 26, 1973

WEEKEND ROUNDUP W. Va. Highway Accidents Kill 6

Six were fatally hurt in highway accidents in West Virginia over the weekend, state police said. The latest' deaths occurred yesterday when two Ritchie County men, Delno Eugene Blouir, 47, and Harry B. Flanagan, 65, both-of Cairo, died in an accident on U. S. 50 near Ellenboro, troopers said.

(Delno Eugene 'Bud' Blouir was born 15 September 1925 in Pleasants County and died 25 Feb 1973 was the son of John Hiram Blouir and Sara Elizabeth Johnson).

(Terris C. Howard)


Parkersburg News May 20, 2010

Jeanette Blouir

Jeanette Blouir, 84, of Pennsboro, W.Va. died Tuesday, May 18, 2010, at Belmont, W.Va.

She was born on May 2, 1926, at Glendale, W.Va., a daughter of the late Jonathan F. and Sylvia Dawson Gilmore.

Jeanette was retired from the Colin Anderson Center, St. Marys, W.Va. as a nurse's aide, and a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Ellenboro, W.Va.

She is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Richard "Dicky" and Linda Blouir of Pennsboro; daughter, Carolyn Sheets of Pennsboro; brother, Frank Gilmore of Langsville, Ohio; sisters, Betty Moneypenny of Ellenboro, Violet Quebedeaux of Opelousas, La., and Faye Utter of Moundsville; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by daughter, Sharon Blouir; son, David Blouir; brothers, Russ Gilmore and Rich Gilmore; and sisters, Helen Rhoushausen and Donna Hinton.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday at McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro with Pastor Dan Martin and Pastor Bud Corbin officiating. Burial will follow in the Ellenboro Masonic Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home today from 4-8 p.m. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcculloughrogersfuneralhome.com

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News October 24, 2005

Sharkie E. Blouir

Sharkie E. Blouir, 75, of St. Marys was called home to be with the Lord on Oct. 22, 2005.

He was born Dec. 1, 1929, in St. Marys, a son of the late Burl and Virginia Hoff Abraham. He was a member of the Ironworker Local 787, he was an avid fox hunter and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

He is survived by his children and their spouses, Kathy Lucas and her husband, Gary, Terry Whitehair and her husband, Rodney, Sharkie Wilson and her husband, Joe, William Blouir, David Blouir and Lori Kelley and her husband, Steve, all of St. Marys; close friends, Robert Steele and his wife, Georgia, of St. Marys; 15 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one brother, Jack Blouir and his wife, Betty, of St. Marys; three sisters, Ruby Perry of Parkersburg, Zara Ingram of Indiana and Barbie Ann of St. Marys; and several nieces, nephews and extended family members, including seven fox hounds.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Elma V. Blouir; one granddaughter; one great-granddaughter; two brothers; and five sisters.

Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with the Rev. Richard Heller officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasants Memorial Estates, Eureka, W.Va., with military graveside services conducted by the American Legion Post 79, VFW Post 222 and AMVETS Post 40. Calling hours will be from 6-9 p.m. today, 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday and noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Debbie Thompson, P.O. Box 246, Belmont, WV 26134, or the American Lung Association, ALAWV, P.O. Box 3980, Charleston, WV 25339-3980.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader January 28, 2006

Susan Kay Blouir, 42, of St. Marys, WV, died, January 24, 2006.

She was born, June 9, 1963, in Parkersburg, WV, a daughter of the late Harold Richard and Betty Jean Morgan Powell. Her hobbies included crafts and flowers.

She is survived by her husband, Ronald Blouir, life long friends, Patsy Bennett of Norwalk, OH, and Ramona C. Clauson of Connecticut, special friends, Howard and Donna Summers of Newport, OH, and other relatives and friends.

Services will be held Saturday at 2 P. M. at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV with the Rev. Gale Lauderman officiating. Calling hours from 5 to 8 P. M. Friday and from 12 noon to 2 P. M. Saturday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader February 21, 2009

Elsie Belle Bode

Elsie Belle Bode, 86, of Harrisville, passed peacefully with her family by her side Feb. 19, 2009, at her residence.

She was born May 17, 1922 at Belfont, WV, the daughter of the late Huston Lee and Sylvia Myrtle Boyce Rollyson. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She worked for more than 25 years as a receptionist at North Bend State Park Lodge. She was a member of the Auburn CEOS Club, Auburn 4-H and Auburn United Methodist Church. She was a Ritchie County Belle and inducted as a Ritchie County All-Star in the 4-H program. She was a treasurer for the Auburn Community Cemetery, Auburn Community Association and Auburn U. M. Church.

She is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Donna and Richard Kerns of Harrisville, Deloris and Ed Hendrickson of Belmont and Diana and Jinl.McAiltster of Ocean' View, DE; son and daughter-in-law, David and Alison Bode of Nanjemoy, MD; 14 grandchildren, Shawn Kerns, Shane Kerns, Eric Kerns, Heather Helmick, Brian Hendrickson, Matthew McAllister, Nathan McAllister, Cairna Bode, Elena Bode, Andrew Bode, Anya Bode, Steven Bode; Max Bode and Brynna Bode; and 11 great-grandchildren, Kristianna Bancroft, Julianna Kerns, Deniz Kilinc, Ayse Kilinc, Danielle Kerns, Jasen Kerns, Tyler McCrobie, Brandi Jo McCrobie, William Hendrickson, Maggie McAllister and Katie McAllister.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harley June Bode; four brothers, Ernie, Jack, Austin and Glen Rollyson; and three sisters, Opal Skidmore, Elva Skidmore and Orpha Stonestreet.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with Pastor John Frum officiating. Burial will follow in Auburn Community Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home and Saturday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News February 17, 2004

Calvin Boley

ST. MARYS - Calvin C. Boley, 80, of St. Marys died Feb. 16, 2004, at his residence.

He was born Oct. 19, 1923, in St. Marys, a son of the late Andrew and Margie Oliver Boley. He was raised in St. Marys before he went into the U.S. Army at 17. He served in the Army for two enlistments during World War II, he was wounded in action and received two purple hearts with clusters. The end of his term with the Army was spent guarding the prisoners at Camp Kilmer, N.J., where he met and married Norma Offredo. They were married until her death on Feb. 25, 1995.

Following his service time, he enrolled in Rutgers University for automobile mechanics and worked at General Motors in Linden, N.J., as an automobile mechanic for 30 years. He retired and returned back to his place of birth. He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 5479 Dunellen, N.J. He was a lifelong hunter and fisherman.

He is survived by three sons, Gerald Boley and his wife, Carole, of South Plainfield, N.J., Calvin R. Boley and his wife, Debra, of St. Marys and Brian K. Boley and his wife, Darlena of St. Marys; one daughter, Barbara Goonetilleke and her husband, Shawn, of Freehold, N.J.; 12 grandchildren, Victoria, Matthew, Jason, Melissa, and Travis Boley, David Brookins, Andrew and Natalia Goonetilleke, Patrick and Troy Whitaker, Nathan Andrew and Lorraine Boley; one great-grandson, Devin Andrew Boley; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and 14 brothers and sisters.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the St. Johns Catholic Church, St. Marys, with Father Thomas Karachira officiating.

Burial will be in the St. Marys IOOF Cemetery with military rites conducted by American Legion Post 79, VFW Post 222 and AMVETS Post 40. Calling hours will be from 6-9 p.m. today and from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, with a Rosary service at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, at Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys.

(Gerald Bills)


CAROLINE BOLEY

St. Marys Oracle
1889 July 20. Saturday.
p. 3. col. 4.

Caroline, wife of John Boley, died June 27, 1889, after a lingering illness of over one year. She took to her bed in June 1888, with dropsy affliction and lingered with a great deal of suffering until death relieved her at the above stated time. She was married to Mr. Boley Aug. 12th, 1837, and bore eight children, six of whom survived her, and two have crossed the river before her.

She was a woman of rare ability - - one of those who fought the battles of life for over three years alone, while her husband was fighting the battles of his country in the Union cause and while in the service he took sick with rheumatism and was sent to the hospital at Cumberland, Md. While there Mrs. Boley, without fear in those times of danger, made the continuous trip from St. Marys, W.Va., to Cumberland and brought her husband home and cared for him until he got well and returned to the service; and through her careful living and economy saved enough our if her husband's hard earnings to buy a small place or parcel of ground on the waters of Broad Run, where they lived until her death.

She was one of those who carefully attended to her own affairs and never spoke ill of any one of her neighbors. The last few years if her life she suffered greatly from scrofula afflication which caused her to be delerious, sic., but never would she forsake her family. Although Mrs. Boley was not a professor of religion, we believe her last hours were at peace with God; and we believe that she has gone to reap a reward in Heaven. - - G. W. M.

Note: Caroline (Decker) Boley, born Nov. 31, 1840, was John Nathan Boley's first wife.

(Mary Lou (Boley) Snyder)


St. Marys Oracle - Feb. 10, 1916

DAVID BOLEY

David Boley of Calcutta, one of our aged and respected citizens, died of grip on Tuesday, February 8, aged 76 years, 9 months, and 25 days. His remains will be interred today in the cemetery at Cloverdale. He is survived by several sons and daughters.

The following is from a local section in the St. Marys Oracle - August 1, 1884:
"D. B. Boley, an old citizen of this county died at his home recently. Mr. Boley was about to receive a pension from the government, but death cut short his application."

In the "Pleasants County History to 1980", a write up on "David Downer Boley, Sr." identifies this as his obituary and gives his death date as 19 July 1884 and that he is buried in the Boley Cemetery on Gobler Nob off Broad Run.

I could not locate an obit on Mary Oldfield Boley in the St. Marys Oracle. Our local library does not have the Pleasants County Leader covering her death date.

(Gerald Bills)


"Youngstown Vindicator"

David B. Boley, Blacksmith with One Arm, Dies September 30, 1966

David B. Boley, 73, of 2873 Stacey Ave, widely known as Mahoning County's one-armed blacksmith, died of a heart ailment at 4:30 p.m. Friday in Marietta General Hospital, where he had been a patient one day. He was visiting a niece in St. Mary's W. Va.

Mr. Boley was born Aug. 5, 1893, in Pleasant County, W. Va., a son of George G. and Emma Jane Miller Boley. He came to the Youngstown area in a1913 and had been employed as an oiler by the Republic Rubber Division of the Aeroquip Corp. for 37 years, retiring in 1959.

Mr. Boley, who lost his left arm as a result of an a work related accident, was known throughout the area as the "one-armed blacksmith." He had shod horses for more than 50 years.

Mr. Boley was a member of the Apostolic Church, St. Marys W.Va.

His wife, the former Melvina Bott, whom he married in 1913, died in 1960.

He leaves four daughters, Mrs. Maude Shurilla and Mrs. Harold Monroe Jr. both of Youngstown, Mrs. Harold Boughamer and Mrs. Victor Ranalli, both of Austintown, A son George of Austintown, a sister Mrs. Bethel Pearl Kussart of Youngstown, a brother, Harvey J. of youngstown, 24 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home in Hubbard, where friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday.

(Mary Lou (Boley) Snyder)


Parkersburg News February 3, 2007

Delbert R. Boley

Delbert Richard Boley, 59, of St. Marys died Feb. 1, 2007.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with visitation from 4-8 p.m. today and 1-2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

(Posted by Ingram Funeral Home)

Delbert Richard Boley, 59, of St. Marys WV, died, February 1, 2007, in St. Marys. He was born, July 29, 1947, in St. Marys, a son of the late Richard and Adlade Malone Boley. He is survived by two sons, Brian Boley, and his wife Jennifer, of St. Marys, Kevin Boley, and his girlfriend Valerie Hanlon, of Sabraton, WV, two grandchildren, Damian and Devan Boley, of St. Marys, 8 siblings, Louis Boley, of Belmont, WV, Sam Boley, of St. Marys, Larry Boley, Ashland, KY, Francis Taylor, of St. Marys, Wanda Wehmeyer, of St. Marys, Charlotte Bailey, of Wellsburg, WV, Teresa Bailey, of Wellsburg, WV, Kim McGee , of St. Marys, ex-wife, Betty Satterfield Boley, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Shirley Moore, and one brother, Gary Boley. Services will be held Sunday, February 4, 2007, at 2 P. M. at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV with Pastor Randy Stewart officiating. Interment will be in the Willow Island Cemetery, Willow Island, WV. Calling hours from 4 to 8 P. M. Saturday and from 1 to 2 P. M. Sunday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader - March 26, 1920

MRS. ELIZA BOLEY

Mrs. Eliza Boley died at her home on Long Run, last Tuesday, following an illness of influenza. She was 29 years, 4 months and 8 days old. She is survived by her husband, Foster Boley, three children, father, and several sisters. Funeral services were conducted at the residence Thursday, by Rev. G. Bleakly, of the First M. E. Church. Interment in the St. Marys Cemetery.

(Gerald Bills)


Newspaper Unknown. Date of Death: 4/1/1940

"MRS. EMMA BOLEY SUCCUMBS MONDAY"

"Mrs. Emma Boley, 79, widow of George Boley, died at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Bleakley, 228 Ingleside Avenue, on Monday at 6 a. m. following illness of one week.

Mrs Boley was born at Fifteen on September 13, 1850 and was a daughter of the late George and Maria Martin Miller. She was married to George Boley on January 1, 1879. Mr. and Mrs. Boley spent most of their married life in St. Marys, W. Va. and Mr. Boley died there in 1922. His widow came to Marietta 12 years ago to make her home with her daughter, Mrs. Bleakley. She was a member of the Baptist Church of St. Marys.

Surviving are the daughters and sons, Mrs. Harvey Bleakley of Marietta, Mrs. Lena Oliver of Clendenin, W. Va., Albert Boley of St. Marys, W. Va., Mrs. Minnie Burroughs of Parkersburg, W. Va., Bernard Boley of Youngstown, Mrs. Guy Kussart of Morgantown, W. Va., Harry Boley of Charleston, W. Va., and Harvey Boley of Youngstown. Two children, Florence and Rena, are deceased. There are a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at the Bleakley home on Ingleside Avenue on Wednesday at 1 p. m. Further services at the Christian Church at St. Marys at 2 p. m. Interment will be made in St. Marys Cemetery. W. W. McClure - - funeral director."

(Mary Lou (Boley) Snyder)


Pleasants County Leader - June 2, 1922

GEORGE BOLEY

George Boley very quietly amd peacefully departed this life at his home in this city Thursday evening, May 25th, following a brief illness of meningitis at the age of 63 years, 2 months and 20 days.

He is survived by his wife, nine children and twenty-eight grand children.

After funeral services held at the Church of Christ, Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. C. E. Fogle, of Marietta, O., assisted by Rev. T. Q. Martin, the body was tenderly laid to rest in the St. Marys Cemetery to await the resurrection."

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader - February 28, 1902

Godfrey Boley Dead

Godfrey Boley, son of Anthony and Mary E. Boley, of near St. Marys, died Feb. 21, of dropsy. The funeral was held Sabbath afternoon at the Boley residence, conducted by Rev. A. A. Kelly. The interment was in the Boley cemetery near the mouth of Broad Run.

(Gerald Bills)


"Youngstown Vindicator"- March 11, 1985

HARVEY JOHN BOLEY dies; was Aeroquip retiree.

Hubbard - Harvey John Boley, 80, of 1130 Waugh Drive, died March 10, 1985, of a heart attack Sunday evening in North Side Hospital shortly after being stricken at his home.

Mr Boley was born Dec. 21, 1904, in St. Marys, W. Va., the son of George and Emma Jane Miller Boley. He came to Youngstown 60 years ago and moved to Hubbard 6 years ago. He worked at the Republic Rubber Division of the Aeroquip Corp. for 42 years, retiring as plant oiler in 1967. Previously, he had worked in the plant's long hose department.

He leaves his wife, the former Maude Bott, whom he married Sept. 28, 1929; three daughters, Mrs. Jeannine Strong of Austintown, Mrs. Mary Lou Snyder of Hubbard and Mrs. Evelyn Moore of Burghill; 13 grandchildren, and 18 great - grandchildren.

Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Stewart - Kyle Funeral Home, where friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.Tuesday. The interment will be at the Belmont Cemetery, Youngstown, Ohio.

This is my father obit. I would like it to be added to the Pleasants obit as he was born there and we always went back for many visits. I know he would be proud to be among his family and friends that are listed. thank you Mary Lou Snyder.

(Mary Lou (Boley) Snyder)


Pleasants County Leader - February 6, 1920

[BOLEY] Infant Dead

The body of an infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Boley, who died on last Sunday evening at their home in Akron, O., was brought back here on Tuesday for interment in the Boley cemetery on Broad Run.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News July 30, 3007

Lewis E. Boley

Lewis E. Boley, 66, of Belmont, W.Va., died July 29, 2007.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, where visitation will be 4-9 p.m. today and 1-2 p.m. Tuesday.

(Posted by Ingram Funeral Home)

Lewis E. Boley, 66, of Belmont, WV, died, July 29, 2007, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Parkersburg, WV. He was born, November 2, 1940, in St. Marys, WV, a son of the late Richard S. and Elizabeth A. Malone Boley. He is survived by brothers, Sam W. Boley of St. Marys, WV, and Larry E. Boley of Ashland, KY, sisters, Frances Taylor and her husband, Norval, Wanda L. Wehmeyer and Kimberly McGee and her husband, Ted all of St. Marys, WV, Charlotte Bailey and her husband, Larry, and Teresa Bailey and her husband, David all of Wellsburg, WV, several nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews, and aunts. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Shirley Moore, and two brothers, Gary L. Boley and Delbert R. Boley. Services will be held Tuesday, July 31, 2007, at 2 P. M. at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV with Pastor Randy Stewart officiating. Interment will be in the Willow Island Cemetery, Willow Island, WV. Calling hours will be from 4 to 9 P. M. Monday and from 1 to 2 P. M. Tuesday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Nelson B. Boley

Nelson B. Boley, 75, of Newport, OH, died Aug. 16, 2001, at his residence.

Survivors include his wife, Betty; three sons, Gary, Randy and Ronnie Boley, all of Newport; one daughter, Sheri Williamson of Newport; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys. Burial in Newport Cemetery. Visitation is from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home

(Michael Anderson)


Parkersburg News December 18, 2006

Richard S. Boley

Richard S. Boley, 87, of Belmont, W.Va., died Dec. 17, 2006.

He is the youngest son of the late John E. and Laura Bailey Boley. He was retired from the Laborers Union Local 1085 of Parkersburg.

He is survived by four sons, Lewis E. Boley of Belmont, Sam W. Boley and Delbert R. Boley, both of St. Marys, and Larry E. Boley of Ashland, Ky.; five daughters, Frances Taylor, Wanda L. Wehmeyer and Kimberly McGee, all of St. Marys, and Charlotte Bailey and Teresa Bailey, both of Wellsburg, W.Va.; 25 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; one sister, Goldie Elder of Belmont, W.Va.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Adlade Malone Boley; one daughter, Shirley Moore; one son, Gary L. Boley; one grandson, Jason S. Wehmeyer; daughter-in-law, Sharon Boley; two sons-in-law, Max Moore and Thomas Wehmeyer; and eight brothers.

Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys. Calling hours will be 4-9 p.m. today and from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News January 5, 2010

Stella J. Boley

Stella J. Boley, 71, of St. Marys, W.Va., died, Jan. 3, 2010.

Services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, W.Va. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

(Posted by Ingram Funeral Home)

Stella J. Boley, 71, of St. Marys, WV, died, January 3, 2010, at Carehaven of Pleasants in Belmont, WV. She was born, March 24, 1938, in Pleasants County, WV, a daughter of the late Abraham “Abe, Sr. and Golda Adams Stewart. She was a member of the Cloverdale Church of Christ, and was active with the Pleasants County Senior Citizens. She enjoyed SMHS Sports especially football, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Carole Cudnik and her husband, Tracy of Niceville, FL, Buddy Cox and his wife, Becky and April Meeks and her husband, Howie all of St. Marys, WV, and Jimmy Cox and his wife, Jennifer of Charleston, WV, eleven grandchildren, Stephanie Cudnik, Shaina Marcheschi, Zachary Cudnik, Aspen Cox, Bailey Cox, Krista Meeks, Kari Meeks, Trey Meeks, Kelli Meeks, Tyler Cox, and Clair Cox, three sisters, Edith Williams-Goff and Irene Frum both of St. Marys, WV, and Ruth Ann Keith of Newport, OH, one brother, Robert L. Stewart of Newport, OH, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wilmer E. Boley, a grandson, Travis Ray Cox, three brothers, James Stewart, Arland Stewart, and “Abe”, Jr.

Services will be held Wednesday, January 6, 2010, at 11 A. M. at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV with Dave Williamson and John Keith officiating. Interment will be in the St. Marys IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 P. M. Tuesday, and from 9 to 11 A. M. Wednesday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News May 24, 2010

Walter K. "Gator" Boley

Walter K. "Gator" Boley, 56, of Parkersburg, died May 21, 2010, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was born Oct. 8, 1953, in Parkersburg, a son of the late Clifford and Agnes Sawone Boley.

He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War, was associated with various veterans groups in the area, and was a member of the Improved Order of Redman.

He is survived by sisters, Christine Barron, Donna Boley, Nora Boley and JoEllen Boley; brothers, Eugene Boley, Thomas Boley, John Boley and Cliff Boley; several nieces and nephews; and his life partner, Charlotte Freed.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Cathy Rowe and Mary Boley; and brother, Gale Boley.

Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Pastor Shauna Hyde. Interment will be in Boley Cemetery, Pleasants County, W.Va., with military graveside rites. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. today and from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

The family ask that donations be made to help with funeral expenses to P.O. Box 111, St. Marys, WV.

An online guest register is available at www.ingramfh.com

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News August 28, 2004

Willis A. Boley

Willis A. "Bill" Boley, 88, of Waverly died Aug. 26, 2004, at his daughter's residence in Waverly.

He was born in Pleasants County, a son of the late Owen and Wealthy Weekly Boley. Bill was a 50-year member of the Laborer's Union Local 1085 and retired after 32 yeas of service.

Surviving are two sons, Roy Boley of Waverly and Ronald Boley of St. Marys; seven daughters, Cindy Morrison of Vienna, Rita Anderson of Killeen, Texas, Lula Morgan of Williamstown, Connie Currence of Philippi, Diane Wayne of Waverly, Irene Bailey of Belmont and Maxine Spellman of Winter Haven, Fla.; 27 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Wilmer Boley; three granddaughters, Lisa and Linda Boley and Debbie Copeland; a great-granddaughter, Carrie Anderson; twin brother, Willard Boley; two sisters, Lucille Steward and Ruby Sparks; half-brother, Robert Houser; and half-sister, Emma Hendershot.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Wayne Terry officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Shelby Jean Boley

Shelby Jean Boley, 62, of Belmont, died June 24, 2001, in St. Joseph’s Hospital of Parkersburg.

She was born June 20, 1939, in Pleasants County, a daughter of the late Everett and Nellie Davis Bennett.

She is survived by her husband, William H. Boley of Belmont; four daughters, Teresa Jones and her husband, Okie, Shiela Barnhart, Camie L. Boley and her husband, Brian Smith and Kim D. Boley and her husband, Gary Smith all of St. Marys; three sons, Ricky E. Barnhart and his wife, Addie, William D. Boley and his girlfriend, Tam Smith and Scott and Kelly Boley all of St. Marys; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one sister, Estah McGee and her husband, Dean of Weirton; and one brother, Russell Bennett of Weirton.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one infant sister, Betsy Bennett; and one sister, Lora Cain.

Services will be held noon Wednesday at the Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home of St. Marys, with Pastors Chuck Rogers and Randy Dorn officiating. The burial will be in Willow Island Cemetery of Willow Island, WV. Calling hours will be from 2-9 p.m. today and until services time Wednesday.

(Michael Anderson)


Ira "Bus" V. Bonner

Ira V. Bonner, 95, of St. Marys, died Dec. 25, 2001, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Parkersburg.

He was born May 13, 1906, at Meadville in Tyler County to the late Elonzo and Elizabeth Garrison Bonner and was the husband of the late Edna Irene Bonner. He was a member of Wick United Methodist Church, served in the U. S. Army during World War Ii, worked in the oil fields for many years, worked for the West Virginia Department of Highways and was a bus driver for the Tyler County schools.

He is survived by several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, William I. Bonner and Erval “Boots” Bonner; and one sister, Inez Fletcher.

Services were Friday at Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home in St. Marys. Burial was in St. Marys IOOF Cemetery with military graveside services conducted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 222 and AmVets Post 40.

(Michael Anderson)


Parkersburg News March 16, 2004

Pamela Bonnett

BELMONT - Pamela Grace Bonnett, 52, of Belmont, formerly of Parkersburg, died March 14, 2004, at her residence.

She was born March 1, 1952, a daughter of the late Ray Jennings and Ival Shield Spiker.

She is survived by one daughter, Angie Drain of Parkersburg; one son, Brian Bonnett of San Diego, Calif.; two sisters, Judy Vandergrift of Parkersburg and Sandra Runnion of Mineral Wells; three grandchildren; and her fiance, Michael Williamson of Belmont.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a grandson, Jacob Bonnett.

Services will be 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with the Rev. Bill Angel officiating. Cremation will follow with inurnment at Mount Olivet Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be from 1-3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader September 7, 1906

Geo. W. Boss Dead

Geo. W. Boss, well known throughout the oil field and who resided at Belmont, this county, died suddenly sometime Tuesday night at a hotel in Vincinnes, Ind.

He was found dead in bed Wednesday morning and death is said to be the result of heart trouble, to which he was subject. No further information was received.

The remains are expected to arrive at Belmont this evening.

The funeral arrangements will be completed when Mrs. Boss gets home from Chautauqua, N. Y.

He left home for Robinson Ill., on the 19th of August, and it is supposed he was on his way home when overtaken by death

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader - January 16, 1903

Obituary

Mrs. Lenora M. Boss, nee Wagner, was born in Easton, Penna., Jan. 28, 1832, and departed this life Jan. 5, 1903. Aged 70 yrs, 11 mos. and 5 days. She was married to T. N. Boss in the city of New York on the 9th day of Dec. 1856, both being a residents of that city at that time. To this union was born five children - four sons and one daughter; of these George White, Daniel Wagner, and John C. are living, while Theodore N. Jr. and Mary W. preceded their mother to the great beyond.

Sister Boss was converted at the age of sixteen, and united with Dr. Philip's Presbyterian church of New York City. She remained a consistent christian until her death.

She was a noted Sunday School worker, being graciously endowed as a primary teacher. How she developed that endowment is plain to all who knew her. Hundreds are the little ones who learned their first lesson of Christ through her, in many homes today are parents who are repeating the same teaching to their children; thus ever building character.

What a harvest! What a victory! What is pain or sacrifice? The real purpose is seen, yea felt in such a life. You will not be able to comprehend the meaning for good until you hear the voice of God from His throne saying "Well done," and the angels rejoicing with the multitudes of redeemed souls one woman who was "faithful unto death."

To you who were taught by her; to you who recently heard her loving voice; to all who loved her I would say, cleave to the Savior who made her what she was to you all. "Love divine all love excelling."

I cannot give you in words a true picture of the home-life of this most noble mother. Oh, how lovely is true motherhood! She loved her children. How they will miss the love, the advice, the cheering words, the sympathy and the interest of mother who has gone home.

She to Bro. Boss was a true wife. For years did she night and day attend to the comforts of her afflicted husband. Always patient and kind, unselfish to a fault. Truly she was of Christ. May that God who took her to heaven comfort your hearts and heal the wounds. But why weep? She is not dead, but sleepeth. Just gone on home before. This is the last time we will see her face, but we hope to live so that we see her in the Father's house.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader - April 2, 1920

ALICE A. BOUGHNER

Alice A., wife of Martin Boughner, of Edmonds, died on Tuesday morning at her home after an extended illness, in the 53d year of her age. She is survived by her husband, two daughters and two sons, and other relatives. The funeral services were held at the home at 1 P.M. on Wednesday conducted by Rev. Fallen, of Friendly. Interment at the Mt. Carmel cemetery.

(Gerald Bills)


Goldie Pearl Boughner

Goldie Pearl Boughner, 75, of St. Marys died May 26, 2001, at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

Survivors include five children, Margaret McKenzie, Martha Felton, Donna Hardin, Larry Boughner and Debra Shingleton; 12 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Marie Wolfe; and one brother, Howard Sparks.

Services will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday at Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys. Burial in St. Marys IOOF Cemetery. Visitation is from 2-9 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday.

(Michael Anderson)


Parkersburg News November 18, 2006

Pauline H. Boyce

Pauline Helen Boyce, 80, formerly of State Route 60, Lowell, Ohio, died at 1:02 a.m. Friday, Nov. 17, 2006, at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

She was born May 29, 1926, in Marietta, to Ora R. and Marie E. Baumgard Buchanan. She was a graduate of Salem Liberty High School. She had been a cashier at A&P Grocery and Big Bear Grocery. Prior to that, she had worked at Airolite Co. She was a member of Sixth & Washington Street Church of Christ. She had been an active bowler in the area for many years. Pauline enjoyed sewing, quilting and was an avid bird watcher.

She is survived by two sons, James D. Boyce (Donna) of St. Marys, W.Va., and Larry L. Boyce (Debra) of Lowell; a daughter, Darlene Simpson (Michael) of Ashville; 15 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Wanda Crum of Caldwell, Evelyn Medbury (Vincent) of Buffalo, N.Y., and Lucille Sterns of Endicott, N.Y.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Neal S. Boyce on Feb. 9, 1998, they had been married on March 9, 1946; also by two brothers, Donald and Dale Buchanan; and a granddaughter.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Marietta Chapel of Cawley & Peoples Funeral Home, with Minister Bob Long officiating. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery in Lowell. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Donations may be made to the Devola Volunteer Fire Company, 1286 Masonic Park Road, Marietta.

Pauline’s family would like to give special thanks to Dr. David Montgomery and his staff for the care given their mother. Also, to the Marietta Memorial Hospital Wound Healing Center.

(Gerald Bills)


Belly I Boylen

St. Marys Oracle September 19, 2007

Betty J. Boylen, 70, of St. Marys, died Sept. 15, 200 at the Cleveland Clinic after a long ilness.

She was born March 27, 193 7, in Preston County, a daughter of the late Harry and Velva Gillum Shultz. She was a former home health aide with Marietta Memorial Hospital.

She is survived by her husband. d. Robert Lee Boylen Sr., whom she married Aug. 14, 1955; one son James Boylen and his wife, Chereece Boyles of Denver, CO; two daughters, Beverly "Sis" Wolfe and her husband, Cecil, of Tunnelton, WV, and Janice "Kay" Whaley and her husband, Doug, of St. Marys; one brother, James Shultz and his wife, Nancy Radabaugh, of Masontown, WV; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; many honorary grandchildren; and her dog of 10 years, Sassy.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Robert Lee Boylen Jr.; one brother, Lindsey L. Shultz; and one grandson, Matthew Boylen.

Services will be at I p.m. Thursday at McVay-Perkins Funeral Home in Caldwell, OH, Interment will be in Masterson Cemetery near Lebanon. OH

(Gerald Bills)


Marietta Times August 21, 2006

Matthew D. Boylen

LOWER SALEM — Matthew D. Boylen, 22, of Lower Salem died Wednesday (Aug. 16, 2006) at the Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio.

He was born May 22, 1984, in Marietta, a son of the late Robert Lee Boylen Jr., who died on Aug. 26, 2002, and Donna Wittenbrook Boylen of Lower Salem.

Matthew was an installer for Noble Satellite and A&L Muffler Shop. He was a volunteer fireman with the Bethel Volunteer Fire Department and enjoyed deer hunting. Matthew was an organ donor prior to his death.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by one daughter, Kelsey Raeanne Pearson of Byesville; his girlfriend, Maggie Pearson of Byesville; one brother, Robert L. Boylen III, and two sisters, Mindy (Randy) Callihan and Jamie (Stacey) Harriman, all of Lower Salem; maternal grandmother, Geneva Wittenbrook of Caldwell; paternal grandparents, Robert and Betty Boylen of St. Marys, W.Va.; and nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the McVay-Perkins Funeral Home in Caldwell, where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday with Pastor John Irvin officiating. Interment will be in Masterton Cemetery near Lebanon. Memorials may be made to the family.

(Gerald Bills)


Marietta Times January 8, 2009

Robert L. Boylen Sr.

TUNNELTON - Robert L. Boylen Sr., 72, of Route 2, Tunnelton, formerly of St. Marys, W.Va., died Tuesday (Jan. 6, 2009) at home with family by his side.

Services are at 7 p.m. today at Bolyard Funeral Home, 1 Morgantown St., Newburg, W.Va., with the Rev. Bob Sisler officiating. Burial will follow in Masterton Cemetery in Lower Salem. Visitation is from 1 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News May 4, 2004

Jane F. Boyles

Jane F. Boyles, 69, of Parkersburg passed away May 2, 2004, at St. Joseph's Hospital.

She was born July 2, 1934, a daughter of the late Milton and Pauline Guice Boyles. She was a 1952 Parkersburg High School graduate. After graduating from the St. Joseph's School of Nursing, she worked in the Pediatric Department at St. Joseph's, Colin Anderson in St. Marys, working with the mentally handicapped, a school nurse for the Mary Wheeler School for girls in Providence, R.I., and Woodberry Forest School for boys in Woodberry Forest, Va.

After returning to Parkersburg, she worked in the Medical Division of E. I. DuPont Washington Works, vacation nursing coverage for G.E. and Corning Glass and retired Feb. 5, 1996, from Public Debt. She was a member of the St. Joseph's Hospital Nurses Alumni Association and was a lifetime member of First Lutheran Church Parkersburg.

She is survived by one sister, Rosellen Freshwater and her husband, Bob, of Parkersburg; one nephew, Jim Brown and his wife, Loris, and their two sons, Jason and Joshua of Pooler, Ga.; one aunt, Enid Guice of Parkersburg; several cousins; and four special feline friends, Missy, Wally, Picklepuss and Winston.

Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Lutheran Church, 19th Street, Parkersburg, with the Revs. James Kinsler and Constantine Havir officiating. Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 400 Green St., Parkersburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Lutheran Church Kitchen Fund or the Parkersburg Humane Society.

(Gerald Bills)


Lillian D. Bradfield

Lillian D. Bradfield, 87, of St. Marys, died Dec. 19, 2001, at her residence.

She was born March 12, 1914, in Pleasants County, a daughter of the late Mack and Evelyne Phelps Myer. She was a homemaker and a member of the Dewey Avenue Church of Christ.

She is survived by one son, William E. Bradfield and his wife, Faye of St. Marys; one daughter, Jennifer Neelen of St. Marys; five grandchildren, Melissa Wilson of St. Marys, James Wolfe of Belpre, Anne McKnight of Morgantown and John Marc Bradfield and Alice Faye Bonanno, both of St. Marys; 11 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and special remembered friends including Margie Rankin, Opal Locke, Carolyn Heasley and Aunnia Brady.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Donald A. Bradfield; two daughters, Sandra Wolfe and Sue Laine Bradfield; four sisters; and five brothers.

Services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home of St. Marys. Evangelist Jerry Toothman will officiate. Burial will be in St. Marys IOOF Cemetery. Calling hours are from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. today and from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pleasants Community Foundation, P.O. Box 420, St. Marys, WV 26170.

(Michael Anderson)


Pleasants County Leader - March 19, 1920

RALPH BRADFIELD

Ralph Bradfield, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Bradfield, died Tuesday evening at 6 o'clock at the family home, at Grape Island, following a short illness of influenza. He was 3 years old. Funeral services were conducted at the residence Thursday morning, by Rev. G. Bleakly, of the First M. E. Church. Interment was made in the St. Marys cemetery.

(Gerald Bills)


Ruth M. Bradfield

Ruth M. Bradfield, 85, of East Sparta, Ohio, formerly of St. Marys, died Oct. 3, 2001, at the New Dawn Health Care and Retirement Center of Dover, OH.

She was born July 25, 1916, in St. Marys, daughter of the late Clarence and Delpha Robinson Pettitt. She was retired from the former Colin Anderson Center after 26 years and had attended the Church of Christ.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, James and Alice Sue Bradfield of East Sparta; five grandchildren, James Bradfield of Canton, OH, Tina Hockensmith of East Sparta, Brian Clark of Knoxville, TN, Brent Clark of St. Marys, and Sherry Bradfield of WV; seven great-grandchildren; one son-in-law, Carl Clark of St. Marys; four sisters, Marjorie Kyle, Marguerite Hammett and Anna Lee Pettitt all of St. Marys, and Faye Bronenson of Elm Grove, WV; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford H. Bradfield in 1968; one daughter, Martha Clark; one son, Ray Bradfield; one granddaughter, Judy Bradfield; and one brother, Clarence Pettitt.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home of St. Marys, with Evangelist Dan Kessinger officiating. Burial will be in St. Marys IOOF Cemetery. Visitation is from 6-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

(Michael Anderson)


Parkersburg News December 22, 2007

Donald P. Brake

Donald P. “Donnie” Brake, 58, of Chillicothe, Ohio, formerly of Pennsboro, W.Va., departed this life Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007, at Portsmouth, Ohio.

Donnie was born Aug. 5, 1949, at Parkersburg, the son of Margaret Ankrom Brake DeLancey of Harrisville, W.Va., and the late Wilbur E. Brake. He was a graduate of Pennsboro High School with the Class of 1968 and had been employed in janitorial services in Chillicothe, Ohio. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and had been a member of the Pennsboro Church of Christ.

In addition to his mother, Donnie is survived by sisters, Billie Lipscomb of West Union, W.Va., Janice Kelley of Darnestown, Md., and Marsha Collins of St. Marys; and brothers, Perry Collins of Pennsboro, W.Va., and Charles Collins of St. Albans, W.Va.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Marty Collins, and an infant sister, Linda L. Brake.

Memorial services will be announced at a later date. The McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, W.Va., is assisting the family with arrangements

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News January 14, 2005

Patrick G. Brake Jr.

Patrick "Pat" Gold Brake Jr., 58, of Parkersburg died Jan. 13, 2005, at his residence.

He was born Dec. 27, 1946, in Newport, Ohio, a son of the late Patrick Gold Sr. and Wanda Wenonah Curry Brake. He attended Newport local schools, graduating from Newport High School in 1946. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged in 1969. He was retired from Peoples Life Insurance Co., now known as Monumental Life Insurance Co., after 23 years of service. He was a member of LUTCF and was a Methodist by faith.

He is survived by his wife, Debra L. Whited Brake; one daughter, Rebecca N. Brake of the home; two sons, Mark Patrick Brake and his wife, Nicole, and Sean Christopher Brake and his wife, Melanie, all of Texas; one stepdaughter, Melissa Pyles of Boaz; one grandson, Elijah Bryson Brake; two step grandchildren, Gavin and Lilly Pyles; one sister, Phyllis E. Brake of Marietta; two half sisters, Betty Davidson of Marietta and Mildred Wilfong of Rock Cave, W.Va.; one half brother, Roy Ervin and his wife, Rosalee, of Rock Cave, W.Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one half brother, Richard Brake.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Green Street, Parkersburg, with the Rev. Arthur L. Bennett III officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens, with full military rites by American Legion Post 15. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader - March 30, 1956

MRS. CORDELIA BRAMMER

Mrs. Cordelia Brammer, aged 88 years, died Sasturday at the home of her son, Beryl Brammer of St. Marys. She was born January 23, 1868 and was a daughter of the late Moses and Susan Williamson Johnson. She was a member of the Mt. Welcome EUB Church.

She leaves two sons Beryl Brammer of St. Marys and Lawrence Brammer of Pittsburg, six grand children and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at the Mt. Welcome Church Monday afternoon with the Rev. C.C. O'Neill in charge. Interment was made in the Mt. Welcome Cemetery.

(Note: Date of Death - March 24, 1956. GEB)

(Gerald Bills)


The St. Marys Oracle - June 4, 1936

ELMER REDMOND BRAMMER

Elmer Redmond Brammer, son of Merida and Cora Brammer was born July 12, 1894, and departed this life May 28, 1936, age 41 years, 10 months and 16 days.

He was married to Carrie Campbell June 25, 1913. To this union three children were born, Eugene, Stanley, and Ivan, who preceded him in death 17 years ago. He leaves his father and mother and the following sisters and brothers, Mrs. Frank Fiess of New Martinsville; Mrs. David Corbin of Pennsboro; Mrs. Elmer Haught of Meadville; Mrs. Mancil Cumblidge, of Weirton; Mrs. Cecil Tice of Arvilla; Archie of Arvilla; Homer of Medina, O.; Forest, of St. Marys; and Brady, at home.

He was a member of the Church of Christ at Pine Grove, also a member of the Maccabee Lodge.

The funeral was attended by a very large crowd. E. G. Rockliff of the St. Marys Church of Christ officiated at the Pine Grove Church house. The Maccabees had charge at the grave side.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle - October 8, 1964

I. E. BRAMMER DEAD

Word was received last week of the death of I. E. Brammer, Wayne, W. Va., former well known resident of Pleasants County. Those from this area attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs Buryl Brammer, Mr. and Mrs. Delmar Stewart, Mr. and Mrs.Fred Nichols, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Wagner, Mr. and Mrs. D. H. Corbin, Mrs. Dick Tice, and Mr. and Mrs Lyle E. Brammer.

(Note: Ira Edgar Brammer b. Sept. 1, 1875, Lawrence Co., OH. d. Sept. 26, 1964 Wayne County, WV, Bu. Elmwood Cemetery, Wayne County, WV. s/o Jacob F. & Clara (Lake) Brammer-GEB)

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News August 3, 2008

Preston "Jim" Brammer

Preston "Jim" Brammer, 73, of Belmont, W.Va., died Aug. 2, 2008.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, W.Va. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and from 1-2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

(Posted by Ingram Funeral Home)

Preston “Jim” Brammer, 73, of Belmont, WV, died August 2, 2008, at the UMPC Hospital Shadyside, Pittsburgh, PA. He was born, June 12, 1935, in Weirton, WV, a son of the late Roy and Alice Gorrell Brammer. He was a retired truck driver and had been employed by Murphy’s Trucking Company in Marietta, OH, and he had been driving cars for Cottrill’s Cars. He was a Baptist. Hobbies included Fishing and NASCAR Racing. He is survived by his wife, Anna Bowen Brammer, two daughters, Missy Moore and her husband, Tom, and Liza Lough and her husband, Brad all of St. Marys, WV, one step daughter, Connie Mossor of St. Marys, WV, five grandchildren, two step grandsons, two step great grandsons, one brother, Roy Brammer of St. Marys, WV, several nieces and nephews, his daschound, “Red”, and beloved friends, Jerry Cottrill, Tim Gumm, and Greg Gumm. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Marilyn “Tootie” Brammer, and daughter, Trudy Caroline Brammer. Services will be held Wednesday, August 6, 2008, at 2 P. M. at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV with Pastor Kay Larsen officiating. Interment will be in the St. Marys IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 P. M. Tuesday, and from 1 to 2 P. M. Wednesday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News - December 13, 2003

Shirley Brammer

ST. MARYS - Shirley Ann Brammer, 67, of St. Marys died Friday, Dec. 12, 2003, at the Arbors of Marietta, Marietta. She was born May 29, 1936, in Rockport, W.Va., a daughter of the late Harry and Garnet Sheets Lathey. She was a member of the Dewey Avenue Church of Christ. She was a retired secretary from the former Colin Anderson Center.

She is survived by two sons, Mark Brammer and his wife, Kathy, of St. Marys and Jeff Brammer and his wife, Nancy, of Littleton, N.H.; six grandchildren; one sister, Sandra Cokeley and her husband, Gene, of Oak Grove, W.Va.; two brothers, Clyde Lathey of Parkersburg and Ron Lathey and his wife, Beth, of Williamstown; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Evangelist Dan Kessinger officiating. Burial will be in the Willow Island Cemetery, Willow Island, W.Va. Calling hours are from 4-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to The American Diabetes Association P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, OH 44720.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News May 26, 2004

IOLA MAE BRAMMER

Iola Mae Brammer, 73, went to be with her Lord May 24, 2004 at the St. Joseph's Hospital. She was born on Ben's Run, WV a daughter of the late Orie and Fanny G. Mott Adams. She attended First Assembly of God Church.

She is survived by his son Chester Brammer and wife Rosemary of Williamstown; three daughters Cheryll Sunberg and husband Kirk of Sumner, WA, Sean Williams and husband John of Vienna, Joye (correct spelling) Lockhart and husband Greg of Washington; seven grandchild Jill Kaple and husband Rick, Summer DeVol and husband Jeff, Holly Brammer, Amy Sunberg, Casey Burns and husband Glenn, Ian Williams, Kristen Lockhart; six great grandchildren Brooke and Wade Kapple, Jon, Jennifer, Jackson and Jamison DeVol; brother Joseph Adams and wife Adalene and two sisters Marilyn Brown of Eaton, OH, Eula Fern Carse of Friendly, WV.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Clyde J. Brammer and two brothers.

Services will be Thursday 11:00 AM at First Assembly of God with Reverend Tony Roffa, Reverend Marvin Dennis and Reverend Robert Holland.

Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery North.

Visitation will be Wednesday 2-4 & 6-9 pm at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Children's Youth Camp Fund, c/o First Assembly of God, PO Box 3364, Parkersburg, WV 26103

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle December 26, 1974

JOHN W. BRAUN

Funeral services for John Wesley Braun, 84, a resident of St. Marys who died Sunday morning in the Britton Nursing Home at West Union, will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Ruttencutter Funeral Home.

The Rev. Wayne Kershner will officiate with burial to follow in St. Marys IOOF Cemetery.

Born in Pleasants county, he was a son of the late John and Mary Giffen Braun.

Survivors include his wife, Dessie Butler Braun; four sons, Dallas Braun of Mingo Junction, O., Earl of Lamar, Colo., Ralph of Riverside, Calif., and Thomas of St. Marys, three daughters, Delsie Delong of Weirton, Vera Miller of Canton, O., and Velma Freeland of Wick; Two sisters, Stella Pryor of St. Marys and Sylvia Cantner of Belmont; one brother, Clarence Braun of West Union; 21 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Nellie Clutter Braun, two brothers and one sister.

(Gerald Bills)


Mary Ellen Smith Braun

Mary Ellen Smith Braun, 83, of St. Marys died Jan. 20, 2001, at her residence.

She was born Dec. 30, 1917, in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Okey Smith and Vina Samberson Smith Shingleton.

Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Thomas D. Braun; two sons and daughters-in-law, Larry G. and Betty Braun of Parkersburg, and Thomas W. and Diane Braun of St. Marys; one daughter and son-in-law, Barbara A. and Larry Horner of St. Marys; seven grandchildren, Jody Ritchie of Davisville, Steven Braun of Parkersburg, Teresa Braun of Vienna, Lynn Braun of Carbondale IL, David Braun of Columbus, John Horner of Morgantown and Heather Horner of St. Marys; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Betty Vaughn of De Bary, FL; one stepsister, Irene Wingrove of Vienna; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her stepfather, E. Port Shingleton; two brothers, Joe Smith and Earl Shingleton; two stepsisters, Marie Reed and Dorothy Bills.

Services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Jim Kelly officiating. Burial in St. Marys IOOF Cemetery. Visitation is from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. today.

(Michael Anderson)


St. Marys Oracle November 1918

Nellie Clutter Braun

Mrs. Nellie Clutter Braun was born August 1, 1891 and died November 1, 1918, aged 27 years and 3 months. - Death was due to influenza and pneumonia. She was united in marriage to John Braun in 1910. - To this union was born 5 children, Dallice 7, Earl 5, Ralph 4, Delea 2 and Vera 13 months. She is also survived by her husband, mother and father, 4 sisters and one brother. -She was laid to rest in the Harrisville cemetery.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News January 20, 2007

Thomas D. Braun

Thomas D. Braun, 86, of St. Marys, W.Va., passed away Jan. 17, 2007, at home.

He was born at Big Run in Pleasants County, son of the late John W. and Dessie (Butler) Braun. He was a veteran of World War II and retired from American Cyanamid.

He is survived by two sons, Larry G. and his wife, Betty, of Parkersburg and Thomas W. and his wife, Diane, of St. Marys; son-in-law, Larry Horner of St. Marys; grandchildren, Jody, Teresa, Steven, Lynn, David, John and Heather; and great-grandchildren, Katie, Nick, Taylor, Hannah, Bradyn and Mia.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Mary; and a daughter, Barbara.

A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at St. Marys United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jim Kelley officiating. Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, is assisting the family with cremation arrangements.

The family requests that memorial gifts be made to St. Marys United Methodist Church or St. Marys First Baptist Church.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News September 27, 2006

James E. Brenner

James Edward Brenner, 62, of Parkersburg died Sept. 22, 2006, at Carehaven of Pleasants County.

Memorial Eucharist will be 10 a.m. Friday at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Leavitt Funeral Home of Parkersburg.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle June 13, 2007

Edward Brewer

Edward J. Brewer, 83, of Chester, died Sunday, June 3, 2007, at the East Liverpool City Hospital.

Born July 6, 1923, in Chester, he was the son of the late Samuel and Maude Robison Brewer.

Mr. Brewer retired from former Globe Brick Maintenance Department and was a member of the Virginia Avenue Church of Christ. He served with the U.S.Marines Corns during WWI.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Williamson Brewer, at home; two sons, Kenneth Brewer of St. Marys and Edward Brewer of Lakel.and, Fla.; two sisters, Gladys Pethtçl of Chester and Ruby Walker of East Liverpool; eight grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren.

Evangelists Frank Higginbotham and Jeremy Maines of the church conducted services at 1 p.m., Wednesday, June 6, at the Arner Funeral Chapel in Chester followed by burial, in Locust Hill Cemetery. Full military honors were accorded by the Tri-State Veterans Burial Group.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle March 1, 2006

Helen V. Brewer

Helen V. Brewer, 83, of Friendly, WV, Arvilla Community, WV, died, February 27, 2006, at the St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkersburg, WV.

She was born, July 30, 1922, at Arvilla, Pleasants County, WV, a daughter of the late Ernest M. and Irene Mae McCoy Miller. She had attended Beech Run Methodist Church and her hobbies included gardening and quilting.

She is survived by two daughters, Kathy Fleming of Vienna, WV, and Lola Wilfong and her husband, Leonard of Murphytown, WV, two sons, Dave Brewer and his wife, Ginger of Keyser, WV, and Dan Brewer and his wife, Jan, of Bens Run, WV, seven grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, three brothers, Dale Miller of Follansbee, WV, Robert Miller of Arvilla, WV, and Thomas Miller of St. Marys, WV, and several nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, “Tomp” Brewer, one daughter, Linda K. Brewer, one son, Franklin A. Brewer, one sister, Alice Mason, one brother, Austin Miller.

Services will be held Wednesday, March 1, 2006, at 11 A. M. at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV with the Rev. Gene Adkins officiating. Burial will be in the Wasp Cemetery, Arvilla, WV.

Calling hours from 5 to 9 P. M. Tuesday, and from 10 to 11 A. M. Wednesday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


RICHARD BREWER

Parkersburg News - September 26, 2003

Farm accident kills local man

Richard Brewer, 37, of Williamstown died Wednesday from injuries suffered in a freak farming accident in Pleasants County, said the sheriff's department.

Brewer and his father, Don, were using a Toyota truck to remove brush from a field across from the Cabot Plant along West Virginia 2 in southern Pleasants County when a nylon rope being used to pull the brush broke, sending a metal clevis through the truck's windshield, said police.

The equipment struck Richard Brewer in the forehead.

He was driving the truck when the accident occurred at 2:50 p.m.

Deputies said the two had had been using the metal clevis to hold the. rope together. Brewer was transported to St. Joesph's Hospital where he died Wednesday evening. Don Brewer was not injured in the accident.

Parkersburg News September 26, 2003

Ric L. Brewer

WAVERLY - Richard L. "Ric" Brewer, 37, of Waverly died Sept. 24, 2003, at St. Joseph's Hospital following a farming accident. Ric was born in Parkersburg April 20, 1966, a son of Don E. and Barbara L. Hicks Brewer of Boaz. He was a 1984 graduate of Williamstown High School where he played football, basketball, ran track and was on the wrestling team. He received several awards for his art and woodworking while in high school. He was employed at Cytec for the past 15 years and was an avid outdoorsman enjoying hunting, fishing, camping and fourwheeling. In addition to his parents, Rick is survived by his wife, Melissa McCurry Brewer; four children, Amber Dawn Brewer, Richard "Ricci" Brewer Jr., Alyson Schau and Chad Schau; one brother, Kenneth Allan Brewer of Parkersburg; and a niece, April Dawn Brewer. Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Grand Central Avenue, Vienna, with Rev. Jeff Nolte officiating. Burial will be at Evergreen North Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Saturday and prior to the service Sunday. Ric's family chose to think of others in their time of loss and honor his wish to participate with the Life Line of Ohio Organ Donation program. By their loving gift, others will be saved.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News January 24, 2008

Alice L. Brightwell

Alice L. Brightwell, 68, of Pleasant Ridge Road, Sistersville, died Jan. 22, 2008, at Sistersville General Hospital.

She was born Feb. 13, 1939, in Big Flint, W.Va., a daughter of the late Lloyd James Owens and Cronie E. Lamp Summers of Sistersville. She retired from Colin Anderson Center, St. Marys, and was a member of the Indian Creek Southern Baptist Church.

She is survived by her sons, Ron (Sandra) Brightwell of Waverly, W.Va., and Chuck Brightwell of Sistersville; daughters, Rita (Dave) Pratt of St. Marys and Sandy Carroll of New Martinsville; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a brother, Junior (Linda) Owens of Sistersville; sisters, Nellie Riggs of Middlebourne, Edith Owens of Sistersville and Shirley (Ron) Wilkinson of Sistersville; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Lloyd James Owens; loving companion of 40 years, Paul Hubbard; daughter, Karen Sue Shuman; sister, Hazel Pearl Dawson; and a nephew, Rick Dawson.

Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. today at the Myers Funeral Home, Sistersville, where services will be 11 a.m. Friday with Pastor Bobby Thomas officiating. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery, Sistersville.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News October 2, 2005

Bryan A. Brigner

Bryan A. Brigner, 39, of Noel Lane, West Portsmouth, Ohio, died Sunday, Oct. 2, 2005, at his residence.

Born July 21, 1966, in Scioto County, a son of the late Ernest Edwin Brigner Sr. and Louella B. (Pyle) Brigner, he was a self-employed carpenter and attended Blue Run United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Sheila Kay (McCormick) Brigner, whom he married on Aug. 23, 2003; three sons, Tyler Mathew Brigner, Bryan Howard Brigner and Andrew Charles Brigner; one daughter, Sanyel Elease Brigner; three stepdaughters, Jamie Lynn Hatfield, April Dawn McCormick and Christy Marie Warren and husband, Ryan; one grandson, Levi Blake Warren; two granddaughters, Zoe McKenzie Ryanne Warren and Ariauna Skye Stuart; five brothers, Ernest Brigner Jr. and Ronald Brigner, both of Parkersburg, Michael Brigner of Fredricksburg,Va., Lowell Brigner of Clarktown and Keith Brigner of Sarasota, Fla.; seven sisters, Carolyn Jean Cole of Hixson, Tenn., Rheita McCune of Lucasville, Ohio, Shirley Thompson of Pikeville, Ky., Anna Millwood of Parkersburg, Donna Robinson of Friendly, Barbara Haynes of West Portsmouth and Sheila Graham of St. Marys; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford, Ohio, with James Brandenburg officiating. Burial will be in Owl Creek Cemetery. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. today and one hour prior to services Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial donations can be made to Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses. Family will meet at Glendale Community Center after the service.

(Gerald Bills)


Dr. John D. Brisbane

Dr. John D. Brisbane, 84, of Morgantown, died Jan. 2, 2001, at his home.

He was born Feb. 17, 1916, in New Stanton, PA, a son of the late William and Alice Brisbane. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Pacific Theater and was a member of the Glen Miller Air Force Band before going overseas. He was a graduate of Penn State University and received a master’s degree from the University of Denver and his doctorate from West Virginia University. He served as superintendent of schools in Pleasants County before being appointed dean of admissions for West Virginia University. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Morgantown, where he served as a deacon and a ruling elder. He was a member of the Morgantown Rotary Club, Touchdown Club, Pines Country Club and was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the Nemesis Shrine, Morgantown Shrine and Royal Order of Jesters.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Payne Brisbane; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Leah Hoy Brisbane.

Services are 1 p.m. Friday, First Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Dr. Richard W. Fiete officiating. Graveside services with burial will be 11:30 a.m. Monday, at the International Order of Oddfellows Cemetery, St. Marys. Friends may call from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. today at the Hastings Funeral Home, Morgantown and from noon until time of services Friday at the church.

Donations may be made to the Brisbane Scholarship Fund 35402, WVU Foundation, P.O. Box 4533, Morgantown, WV 26504.

(Michael Anderson)


St. Marys Oracle May 23, 2007

Orval G. Britton

Orval G. Britton, 78, Central State Community near West Union, died May 16, 2007, at Clarksburg following an extended illness.

He was born May 29, 1928, at Mole Hill, the some of the late William and 'Dottie Osborn Britton He was retired from the former Viking Glass Paden City and had attended Pennsboro Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Dorothy L. Burch Melott Britton; five sons, Robert Britton of Ellenboro, Ronnie Britton of Alma, Larry Britton of Friendly, Mike Britton of Paden City and Randy Britton of St. Marys; four daughters, Shirley Adams of St. Marys, Sharon Thomas of Alma, Kathy Bell of Pennsboro and Michelle Hatfield of Mountain; three stepsons, James Melott of West Union, David Melott of Ellenboro, Ronald Melott of Pennsboro; stepdaughter, Cathy Tyre of Brunswich, GA; sister, Dessie Law of London, OH; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a stepdaughter, Wanda Gretchey; three brothers, Bill, Carl and John Britton; and two sisters, Nettie Tharp and Nellie Monroe.

Services were Friday at McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home in Pennsboro with evangelist Terry. Jones officiating. Interment followed in the Wilbur Cemetery.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News July 28, 2005

Patricia A. Britton

Patricia Ann Britton, 69, of Arnolds Creek, West Union, passed away peacefully at her residence surrounded by family on Tuesday, July 26, 2005, after battling cancer for 20 years.

She was born Feb. 21, 1936, in Doddridge County, a daughter of the late Willard Blair "Bill" and Mamie Virginia Knight Shafer. On April 10, 1958, she married Allen Ray Britton, who survives.

Also surviving is her daughter, Angie Pratt and husband, Jeff, of Cascara Community, Salem; a son, Mike Britton and wife, Sue, of Arnolds Creek; six grandchildren; one sister, Betty Drane and husband, Ancil, of Belmont; two brothers, Tom Shafer and wife, Beverly, of Tuscon, Ariz., and Steven M. Shafer and wife, Vickie, of Clarksburg.

Mrs. Britton had been employed at Michels Pharmacy in West Union for approximately 30 years. She was a 1955 graduate of Doddridge County High School. Mrs. Britton enjoyed playing Bunco with her friends. She was a member of the Emmanuel United Methodist Church, West Union.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Spurgeon Funeral Home, 212 Front St., West Union, with Pastor Denver Burnside officiating. Interment will follow in the Masonic Memorial Park, Crystal Lake, West Union. Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. until service time Saturday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Peoples Hospice, PO Box 1680, Clarksburg, WV 26302.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News July 4, 2007

Nicholas M. Brookover

Nicholas M. “Nick” Brookover, 27, of St. Marys, W.Va., died, July 1, 2007.

Services will be 1 p.m. Friday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys. Calling hours will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.

The family requests donations be made to the funeral home to help with funeral expenses.

A full obituary can be viewed and an online guest register is available at www.ingramfh.com

(Posted by Ingram Funeral Home)

Nicholas M. “Nick” Brookover, 27, of St. Marys, WV, died, July 1, 2007, at the Charleston Area Medical Center, from injuries received in a accident in Smithville, WV. He was born, December 17, 1979, in Parkersburg, WV, a son of Richard “Digger” Brookover in Indiana and Tina Sue Stewart Johnson of Huntington, WV. He had worked for IVS Hydro in Waverly, WV. In addition to his parents, he is survived by two daughters, Sada Brookover and Kyerstin Brookover both of St. Marys, WV, one sister, Jamie David and her husband, Micah of Virginia Beach, VA, one brother, T. J. Foland of St. Marys, WV, Services will be held Friday, July 6, 2007, at 1 P. M. at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV with Dan Kessinger and John Keith officiating. Interment will be in the St. Marys IOOF Cemetery. Calling hours will be from 9 A. M. to 1 P. M. Friday at the funeral home. The family requests that donations be made to the funeral home to help with funeral expenses.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle January 4, 1917

CENTENARIAN DEAD

Mrs. Mary Brooks, said to be one hundred years old, died December 30, at her home near Poynette on French Creek. Her remains were interred in the Baptist Cemetery on French Creek January 1, 1917.

She is reported to have been quite active until recently, and had always made it a point to do her own cooking.

(Buried at Wiley Cemetery - GEB)

(Gerald Bills)


DANIEL BROTHERS

Daniel Brothers, Prominent Local Merchant, Dies [d April 25, 1959]

Daniel R. Brothers, 79, owner of Brothers Furniture Store, died this morning at his home at Lake Worth, Fla. following a short ilness. Mr. Brothers had spent most of his life in Marietta. He and Mrs. Brothers were co-owners of Brothers Furniture Store which they established about 53 yrs. ago on Front St.

Following extensive damage to the store during the 1913 flood, the furniture store was re-established at it's present location at 719 Greene St., where it has been in operation for approximately 33 years.

Mr. Brothers was a member of the First Church of Christ Scientist in Marietta and a charter member of the Marietta Civitan Club. He was also a member of the Marietta Chamber of Commerce and held a life membership in BPOE No. 477.

Born Aug. 14, 1879, at Sarahsville, he was a son of the late Benjamin and Margaret Westbrook Brothers. On Aug. 1, 1906, he married Elsie Meister who survives.

Survivors in addition to his widow include one daughter, Mrs Betty Strance, of Napa, Calif.; five grandchildren, and three greatgrandchildren. He was preceeded in death by one son, Robert Brothers; five brothers, John, Wesley, Joseph, William and Noah and two sisters Mrs. Ella Barnes and Mrs. Deborah Matheny.

Funeral services will be Wednesday at the Doudna & McClure Funeral Home with burial in Oak Grove Cemetery. The body will arrive in Marietta Monday evening.

(Ray Howell & Jeanice Strance Kalbach)


Parkersburg News August 5, 2005

James L. Brothers

James L. (Ted) Brothers, 58, of St. Marys died Aug. 4, 2005, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

He was born May 29, !947, in Schultz, Pleasants County, W.Va., a son of the late Josiah Theodore and Alicetine Maston Brothers. He graduated from St. Marys High School in 1965, was a member of Boilermakers' Local 667, and was retired. He enjoyed fishing and hunting.

He is survived by his wife, Fonda Higgins Brothers; two sons, Theodore Wesley Brothers and his wife, Sabrina, of Waverly and John Alan Brothers and his girl friend, Denise Gray, of St. Marys; one daughter, Terri Barnhart and her husband, Ronald, of St. Marys; four grandchildren, Josie Breanne Brothers of Waverly, Colton James and Jenna O'Neale Barnhart of St. Marys and Brooklynn S. Holdren of Newport, Ohio; and one brother, Lowell Douglas Brothers of St. Marys.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, James L. Brothers Jr.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Pastor Tim Nichols officiating. Burial will be in the Willow Island Cemetery, Willow Island, W.Va. Calling hours will be 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Saturday and 1-2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


JOHN BROTHERS [1866-1940]

John Brothers of Second Street Dies

John Brothers, 74, retired oil field worker who lived in Marietta during the last 12 years, died at his home, 405-1/2 Second Street on Friday at 4 P.M. following an extended illness.

Mr. Brothers was born in Nobel County on April 23, 1866. His parents were the late Benjamin and Margaret Westbrook Brothers. He married Miss Laura Flowers of Willow, W.Va., and she survives with six sons and daughters, Harry Brothers of St. Marys, W.Va., Mrs. Bessie Oliver of Marietta R.D.6, Everett Brothers of the family home, Mrs. Pearl Massey of Steubenville, Mrs. Olive Harris of Pampa, Tex., and Mrs. Hazel Wigal of Parkersburg, W.Va. Three sons and one daughter are deceased. They are Ernest, Robert, Earl, and Eva.

Five brothers survive. They are D. R. Brothers of Marietta, Wesley Brothers of Maumee, Joseph Brothers of Chester, W.Va., William Brothers of Williamstown, W.Va., and Noah Brothers of Wellsburg, W.Va. Two Sisters, Mrs. Deborah Matheny and Mrs. Ella Barnes, are desceased. There are eight grandchildren.

Mr. Brothers was a member of the Church of Christ in Marietta. [Buried at Willow Island Cemetery, Pleasants County]

(Ray Howell & Jeanice Strance Kalbach)


JOSIAH BROTHERS [Info from death record]

Josiah Brothers, dob 4-2-1870; dod 11-4-1951; widower, age 81yrs 6 mo 11 da
Father: Benjamin Brothers
Mother: Margaret Westbrook
Occupation: farmer
Cause of death:cerebral thrombosis - 48 hrs.
Place of death: rural area of Hancock Co.,WV
Date of burial: 11-7-1951
Place of burial: Church of Christ, Waverly, Pleasants Co.,WV
C. G. Corbitt - Funeral Director

(Ray Howell & Jeanice Strance Kalbach)


NOAH BROTHERS [Info from death record]

Noah Brothers, dob 4-12-1885, dod 3-30-1949, age 63yrs. 11 mon. and 18 days
Father: Benjamin Brothers
Mother: Margaret Westbrook
Occupation: retired coal miner
Place of death: Weir-Cove Hospital, Weirton, WV
Cause of death: Cerebral Hemmorhage & Hypertension
Date of burial: 4-2-1949
Place of burial: St. Johns Cemetery, Brooke Co.,WV
Norma D. Gardner - Funeral Director
Born: Willow Island , WV
Residence at death: Rt3 Wellsburg, Brooke Co., WV

(Ray Howell & Jeanice Strance Kalbach)


Pleasants County Leader - November 13, 1903

Brown

Alexander Brown was born in Noble county, Jan. 26, 1826. Died Nov. 6, 1903, at the home of daughter, Mrs. C. Dye, of Mt. Dewey where he had gone for a visit.

Mr. Brown while in Noble county, married Miss Daily. He was then a young man, and soon after his marriage moved to Pleasants county, and has lived in St. Marys and vicinity ever since.

Mr. Brown is well known especially by the older residents of St. Marys. When he first came he made his home at -----, which was then the town, St. Marys was a large corn field.

Mr. Brown was a carpenter by trade, and built a large proportion of the older residences of the city. One of the very first of the houses in St. Marys was built by him.

Ten children were born in their home. Eight are now living, five sons and three daughters. Mr. Wm. Brown, of Noble county, Frank, near St. Marys, A. C., and R. L., of Parkersburg, and G. W. of St. Marys.

The daughters are: Mrs. Jane Nellis, of Gibson, Mrs. Cindona Dye, of Mt. Dewey, and Mrs. Sarah Sanford.

The funeral was conducted at the home of Mrs. Cindona Dye, Saturday, Nov. 7, 12:30 p. m. . Interment was made in the St. Marys cemetery. Re. H. C. Downing, pastor of the Baptist church of St. Marys officiated.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News January 17, 2006

Blanche E. Brown

Blanche Estella Yost Brown, 87, of Main Street, New Matamoras, Ohio, died at her home on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006.

Blanche was born on Feb. 2, 1918, in St. Marys, the fourth daughter of Lewis Frederick and Edna Clara Walker Yost of Williamstown. She lived in Williamstown during her young life and graduated from Williamstown High School with the class of 1935. She graduated from Marietta College with the Class of 1939. She attended Columbia University in New York City in 1946 and 1947. She taught four years at Matamoras High School and 20 years at Pasadena High School in Pasadena, Texas.

Blanche was a member of the Matamoras United Methodist Church, where for many years she served on the Administrative Board and taught the Adult Sunday School Class. She was a member of the United Methodist Women. She was a member of the Texas A&M Mothers Club; the Wives Auxiliary of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers; Science Teachers Association of Texas; a life member of the Texas Retired Teachers Association; a member of the National Retired Teachers Association; Washington County Retired Teachers Association; a charter and life member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6387 of Matamoras; a member of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Marietta, Ohio, Chapter; American Association of University Women; charter and life member of the Matamoras Area Historical Society; Washington County Historical Society; Ohio Genealogical Society; and the First Families of Ohio. Blanche was selected for Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World and Who's Who in American Education for 2006-2007.

Survivors include her husband, Vincent Robert Brown, whom she married June 1, 1946, of New Matamoras, Ohio; two daughters, Roberta Ann Pugh of College Station, Texas, and Susan Elizabeth Brown of Lufkin, Texas; grandsons, Josiah Robert Pugh and Jameson Ramiah Pugh of College Station, Texas; and several nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces.

Blanche was preceded in death by her parents, Lewis Frederick Yost and Edna Clara Walker Yost; three brothers, Emyl Yost, Lewis Max Yost and John Walker Yost; and four sisters, Marceline Yost Stevens, Emma Yost Hizar, Helen Yost Busch-Spaulding and Marguerite Yost Cox-Johnson.

Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Matamoras United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Mike Webber officiating. Family will meet with friends following the services in the church fellowship hall. Interment will be in the New Matamoras Cemetery. Hadley Funeral Home of New Matamoras, Ohio, has charge of the arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Matamoras Historical Society, c/o Robert J. Riggs or Matamoras United Methodist Church.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News May 5, 2009

Carl Edward Brown

Carl Edward Brown, 91, of Newport, died on May 4, 2009.

Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Newport United Methodist Church. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. today and from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, W.Va., and from 10-11 a.m. Friday at the church.

(Posted by Ingram Funeral Home)

Carl Edward Brown (known as Ed) of Newport died on May 4, 2009 at the age of 91 in Marietta Memorial Hospital. He was born on November 28, 1917 to Arnold and Lennis Brown in St. Marys. He was a 1938 graduate of St. Marys High School and a proud tackle on his high school football team and an avid WV football fan. He was a World War II Veteran serving in the Navy as a Machinist Mate. He was a member of the Newport United Methodist Church where he was active as a Sunday school teacher, and was a member of the choir and men’s group and traveled with the pastor to visit members of the church. He was a member and past master of the Matamoras Lodge #374. He was a machinist at Ormet Corporation until his retirement. He was the owner of E. B. Machine Shop in Newport and worked there until he was 85 years old.

He was a loving Dad and Pappaw. He is survived by his son Ed Brown, Jr. of Newport, daughter Penny Drain and sons (in-law), Tom Drain of Ann Arbor, MI and John Hutchison of New Matamoras. Grandsons and granddaughters: Johnny and Angie Hutchison (Cody and Tyler) of St. Marys, Greg and Montell Hutchison (Holly and Hunter) of Marietta and Rick and Michelle Hutchison (Olivia and Averie) of Baltimore, OH. Sisters Mary Brammer and Jeannine Oldfield of St, Marys.; sister in laws, Betty Brown of St. Marys, Hazel Brown of Los Angeles, CA, Ethel (Dick) Goddard of Marietta and Jenny Riggs of Murphy CA; and many nieces and nephews. He was proceeded in death by his wife of 46 years, Lucy Elizabeth Hoff Brown, his daughter Sharon Hutchison and his granddaughter Kathy Sue Hutchison, brothers, Jimmy, Gene, Bud and Bob and sisters Charlene and Faustine.

Services will be Friday, May 8, 2009, at 11 A. M. at the Newport United Methodist Church, Newport, OH with the Rev. Byron Bufkin officiating. Burial will be in Newport Cemetery, with military graveside rites. Friends may call from 6 to 8 P. M. Wednesday, and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P. M. Thursday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV., and from 10 to 11 A. M. Friday at the church. There will be Masonic Rites Thursday at 8 P. M., at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News May 5, 2010

Clara "Betty" Brown

Clara "Betty" Brown, 85, of St. Marys, died June 4, 2010, at Carehaven of Pleasants in Belmont, W.Va.

She was born Jan. 7, 1925, in Marshall County, W.Va., a daughter of the late James Howard and Goldie Virginia Glover Roberts. She was a member of the Dewey Avenue Church of Christ, was a riveter in an Aircraft Plant during World War II, an avid lover of antiques, and beloved by her family as "Aunt Betty". She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by a sister, Evelyn Hall of St. Marys, and several nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert A. "Bob" Brown Jr., and two brothers, Charles Roberts and John Roberts.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Dan Kessinger officiating. Interment will be in the St. Marys IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


DAVID BROWN

St. Marys Oracle, June 29, 1882
SAD ACCIDENT
SAW MILL BOILER BURSTS, KILLING ONE MAN
AND INJURING THREE OTHERS A COMPLETE WRECK

Last Tuesday morning, the 27th , instant news reached this place of the explosion of the boiler of the Slyvan saw mill belonging to the Suck Bros. situated on Middle Island Creek three miles above this place. In company with Aaron Decker (? or Parker), S.M. Riggs, J. Schauwecker, and J.L. Richardson and A V L _ _ _ _ r, we started for the scene of the disaster. We found the mill a total wreck- - the debris scattered in all directions.

The boiler parted about the fire box, and one part weighting ____ at _ _ _ _ this was thrown more than _ _ yards while another piece still larger was thrown nearly 75 yards in another direction. The engine was carried some 45 yards striking next J.H. Ruttencutter's trouser. One piece of _ _ _ _ did strike the building. (?Boiler) pieces of iron and timber were scattered over several yards of territory. The frame building was _ _ _ _ _ with to_ _ _stoms. Theodore Suck, the fireman, had just left his job and was standing some twenty yards away with his back to the engine, when he felt water strike him, thinking that a pipe had burst, he turned _ _l just then sprayed a jet of hot water. He instantly sprang behind a lumber pile, then the explosion was heard. John Suck, one of the principal owners, said, "The boiler was filled with water and we had just raised steam. The gauge indicated 190 lbs. They were accustomed to carry from 110 to 120 pounds. At five minutes to (?8) o'clock the saw was started. They had just taken off the slab, and was turning the log over when the explosion too place. David Brown, and young Bennett, (?off-bearers) , were carrying the slab away, when Brown was struck by a flying missile and instantly killed. His head was badly cut, his neck broken, and he was scalded in a terrible manner. John Bennett was struck in the _ _ _ of the leg, but he left for home immediately, we do not know the extent of his injuries. Ches Stanley, truckman, was just starting with his load of lumber, when a ?flying missile struck him on the cheek and another on the head, painful, tho not fatal injuries. The mule he was driving was so badly mangled that mercy prompted the men to kill it to end its misery. Wm. Ruttencutter had just stepped into another truck when he was struck on the head with a piece of iron. His injury is not serious. Wm. Seever saw the flying debris and saved himself by leaping behind a pile of cross ties.

From the appearance of the wreck and position the men were standing in at the time of explosion the only wonder is that any one escaped.

Mr. Brown who was killed was about 33 years old. He was an industrious man and a responsible citizen, and his death is deeply deployed by many. He testes a wife and seven children to mourn his loss. When we asked Mr. Suck as to the loss he sustained, he exclaimed, "Oh, by _ _ _ if only Mr. Brown had been saved I would not care for the loss of the mill." The actual loss is about $2,000 to replace it ;new. The cause of the explosion is attributed to the _____ that the boiler was worn out. The bolts that held it together were so rusted that the threads gave way. Steam having just been raised, the fireman could not have been mistaken in the amount of water in the boiler, as it had been running several hours. The report was not loud is another evidence that the boiler was not dry.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader - June 5, 1908

"Elijah Brown Dead"
"Elijah Brown, an aged citizen of the county, died Thursday evening at his home near Calcutta, aged 80 years. The funeral was held on Saturday and the remains were laid to rest in the Bills graveyard near his home. Death was due to a complication of disease incident to old age."

Note: Per Death Register, DOD 5/27/1908. The 1890 Census Shows:
BROWN, Elijah, Private, Company "C", 14th West Virginia Infantry. Enlisted 2/20/1864; discharged 6/27/1865. Address: St. Marys, WV. Disability Incurred: Rupture in side.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader - February 24, 1906

COASTING ACCIDENT
RESULTS IN DEATH

Forest Brown sustained injuries in a coasting accident last Friday night which resulted in his death.at 10 o'clock a. M. The following day. He with a number of other young people were enjoying the sport on the hill at the lower end of town above the old house known as the Ark. They were using a very large sled which would accomodate almost a dozen people . He was on the front of it steering when he lost control of it and ran over an embankment throwing him against a post. He was crushed so badly his bladder was bursted. He suffered intensley untol relieved by death.

He was the son of G. W. Brown, was popular among the young people of the town and his friends were legion.

The funeral was held at the home on Front Street Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Thee service was brief and conducted by Rev. Geo. W. Morris. His remains were laid to rest in the St. Marys cemetery. The floral tributes from his young friends were profuse and beautiful.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News January 25, 2008

Matthew D. Brown

Matthew D. Brown, 35, of St. Marys, W.Va., passed away Jan. 23, 2008.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys. Calling hours will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

(Posted by Ingram Funeral Home)

Matthew D. Brown, 35, of St, Marys, WV, passed away, January 23, 2008, in Ellenboro, WV. He was born, October 2, 1972, in Parkersburg, WV, a son of Eugene and Eugenia Perry Brown. He was employed by Summitt Environmental Services. Matt enjoyed riding 4-wheelers, hunting, taking care of his four horses, and most importantly spending time with his loving wife and children. In addition to his parents he is survived by his wife, Kelly Brown, three daughters, Samantha Brown, Alexis Brown, both of St. Marys, Lindsey Shingleton of Belmont, WV, one brother, Hank Brown and his wife, Sandy, of Ritchie Co., WV, two sisters, Virginia Brown of St. Marys, Vickie Malone of Tyler Co., WV, several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded by his maternal grandparents, Lewis and Ermaleen Blouir Perry, and paternal grandparents, Robert “Bob,” Sr. and Doris Loraine Brown. Services will be held Sunday, January 27, 2008, at 2 P. M. at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV with Eddie Wilson officiating. Interment will be on Matt and Kelly Brown’s Farm. Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and from 6 to 8 P. M. Saturday and from 12 noon to 2 P. M. Sunday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader - April 6, 1906

Obituary

Mrs. Mary J. Brown, wife of Elijah Brown, died at her home near Calcutta, W. Va., March 29, 1906, aged 65 years, 5 months and 28 days, Death was due to complications of diseases incidental to old age. Funeral services were held at the residence, conducted by Rev. Geo. W. Varner, assisted by Wm. Dotson, after which her remains were laid to rest in the Bills cemetery at Calcutta to await the coming of the Lord. She had been a member of the M. E. Church for quite a number of years.

The deceased leaves a husband and 7 children to morn her loss in which they have the sympathy of the entire neighborhood in their sad bereavement.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle September 29, 1912

Mrs. Nancy J. Brown

Mrs. Nancy J. Brown died suddenly at her home in McKim district last Friday, and her remains were interred in the St. Marys cemetery on Monday.

She was the daughter of Joseph and Joanna Hubbs, and was born June 2, 1845. On Sept. 16, 1858 she was married to William Brown. Six sons and four daughters were born to them, of whom the follow survive: Western H., Thomas W., William G., and Clement P. Brown, and Mrs. Alice Allison. She is also survived by her husband and four sisters, Mrs. C. C. Schauwecker, Mrs. Barbara Smith, Mrs. C. W. Bills and Miss Virginia Hubbs.

She was a member of the M. E. Church, having joined in 1885.

(Note: Pleasants County Death Register shows date of death as September 23, 1912.-GEB)

(Gerald Bills)


Robert A. Brown, Jr.

Robert A. Brown Jr. of St. Marys died July 26, 2002, at the Mark Rest Center, McConnelsville, Ohio. He was born Feb. 15, 1920, in Pleasants County, WV, a son of the late Robert A. and Lennis Hutchinson Brown Sr. He was a 1939 graduate of St. Marys High School and a member of the local carpenters union in Parkersburg. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, was a member of the George Street Church of Christ and attended Dewey Avenue Church of Christ. He was a member of the Elks Lodge BPOE 1701 and was an avid West Virginia University sports fan.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty Roberts Brown; two sisters, Mary Brammer and Jeannine Oldfield, both of St. Marys; one brother, Edward Brown of Newport; and several nieces and nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Charlene Brown and Faustine Oldfield; and three brothers, Jim Brown, Eugene Brown and Bud Brown.

Services will be held 1 p.m. Monday at Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, Evangelist Cecil Dotson officiating. Burial will be in the St. Marys IOOF Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

(Michael Anderson)


Pleasants County Leader January 31, 1919

WILLIAM BROWN

One of the oldest citizens of the county passed away on Saturday afternoon, January 25th, at the Spencer hospital. He suffered a stroke of paralysis one week before his death, but lived to a good old age, being past his eighty-second birthday.

He was united in marriage with Nancy J. Hubbs about the year 1857 and to this union were born ten children, five of which survive; W. G. and T. W. Brown, Mrs. Alice Allison, of Calcutta, W. H. Brown of Leon, and C. P. Brown of Virginia.

Squire Brown as he was always called was well and favorably known in this city, having served as Squire here for sixteen years. He was always kind hearted and had a place in his home for the weary traveler that might pass him, but the long years of toil are over and he has gone to his eternal rest where there is no more sorrow or death.

Funeral services were conducted at the M. P. Church, by Rev. G. Bleakley, on Monday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock. Interment in the St. Marys Cemetery.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader December 1922

William G. Brown

William G. Brown was born near St. Marys, Sept. 30, 1865 and died at his home near Pleasants Dec. 14, 1922, aged 57 years. He was united in marriage with Mary A. Cronin, Nov. 26, 1894. Unto this union was born ten children, seven sons and three daughters, three children preceded him to the Great Beyond.

Those surviving are Alonzo Brown of Parkersburg; Frank Brown and Mrs. Jesse Radcliff of St. Marys; Jonathan, Billie. Archie and Brady Brown all at home. He is also survived by his wife, and one sister, Mrs. Alice Allison, of Calcutta; two brothers, Walker Brown of Maxwell and Clem Brown of Marlington.

Brother Brown was converted and joined the M. E. Church at Pleasant Valley in the year 192__ under the pastorate of the Rev. Young and when the summon came was ready to meet his maker. His last days being peaceful, saying he was ready to go.

Funeral services at the home conducted by Rev. A. V. Riddle his pastor, on Sunday, December 17th.

(Note: William G. Brown buried at Douglas Cemetery - GEB)

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News April 22, 2007

Zella W. Brown

Zella W. Brown, 90, of Vienna passed away Thursday, April 19, 2007, at Worthington Manor in Parkersburg.

She was born in Calhoun County, W.Va., a daughter of the late Charlie and Jessie Sears Weekley. Zella formerly worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital as a cook and was a homemaker. She was a United Methodist by faith.

She is survived by one daughter, Sharon Nesbitt of Vienna; two sons, Jim Brown and wife, Judy, of St. Marys, Ohio, and Gerald “Gabby” Brown and wife, Reba, of Batesburg, S.C.; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Edgar Weekley of Grantsville; and one sister, Ruth Stemple of Walker.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Sherman Brown; one daughter, Helen Tanner; a son-in-law, Eugene Nesbitt; and three brothers, Booney, Charles and Ronzel Weekley.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home of Vienna with the Rev. Charlene Spaur officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Parkersburg. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until time of services Sunday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News December 5, 2003

Charles Buchanan

SISTERSVILLE - Charles M. Buchanan, 68, of Sistersville died Dec. 3, 2003.

He is survived by daughters, Carla Jenkins of Middlebourne and Charla Patterson of Columbus, Ohio; grandchildren, Brock Buchanan, Blake Patterson, Sasha Metz and Chris Metz; a brother, Jack Buchanan; and sisters, Hope Shreves, Sally Taylor and Ruth Ann Cochran.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Myers Funeral Home, Sistersville. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial in Mt. Nebo Cemetery, Near Bens Run, W.Va.

(Gerald Bills)


Jacqueline Buchanan

Jacqueline Buchanan, 58, of Sistersville died May 23, 2001 at Sistersville General Hospital.

She was born March 11, 1943, a daughter of the late James B. and Ruby Beaver Weekley.

Survivors include two sons, Jeffrey W. and Dwight D. Buchanan, both of Sistersville; one daughter, Tammy L. Still of Sistersville; one brother, David Weekley of Sistersville; one sister, Debbie Cunningham of Sistersville; and seven grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John L. Buchanan in 1985; one son, John Wayne Buchanan; one daughter, Julie Buchanan; two brothers, James Edward and Bernard Weekley.

Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Myers Funeral Home, Sistersville, the Rev. Gary Boyd officiating. Burial in Mount Nebo Cemetery, Pleasants County. Visitation from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today.

(Michael Anderson)


From www.grissellfuneralhomes.com

Buchanan, Jean P. - December 22, 2008

Buchanan, Jean P., age 86, of Snellville, GA, formerly of Moundsville and St. Marys, WV, died Monday, December 22, 2008 in Embracing Hospice, Snellville.

She was born August 6, 1922 in St. Marys, the daughter of the late Lester Nolan and Mabel M. Pethel Proper.

She was a retired office worker from the Department of Highways in Moundsville, a member of the Hillview Church of Christ, and the Homemakers.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Charles Ray Buchanan.

Survivors include her son Charles Richard Buchanan and his wife, Brenda of GA; her daughter, Lesta Kay Seymour and her husband, Larry of FL; four grandchildren, Mike Seymour and his wife, Linda of FL, Scott Seymour and his wife, Mona of CO, Charles Brian Buchanan and his wife, Meghann of GA, and Sabrina Brautigan and her husband, Dave of GA; along with seven great grandchildren, Connie Seymour, Ashley Wheeler, Colin Seymour, Julie McDonough, Hunter Buchanan, Hayden Brautigan, and Brody Brautigan.

Family will receive friends on Saturday from 5-8pm at Grisell Funeral Home and Crematory, 400 Jefferson Ave., Moundsville, where funeral services will be held on Sunday at 1:30pm with Evangelist D. Gene West officiating.

Interment in IOOF Cemetery, St. Marys, West Virginia.

Memorial contributions may be made to Embracing Hospice, 2160 Fountain Dr., Snellville, GA

St. Marys Oracle February 25, 2009

Lucy Jean P. Buchanan

Lucy Jean P. Buchanan, 86, of Snellviile, GA, formerly of Moundsville, WV, and St. Marys, died Dec. 22, 2008, in Embracing Hospice, Snellville.

She was born Aug. 6, 1922, in St. Marys, the daughter of the late Lester Nolan and Mabel M. Pethel Proper. She was a retired office worker from the Department of Highways in Moundsville, a member of Hillview Church of Christ, and the Homemakers.

Survivors include her son Charles Richard Buchanan and his wife, Brenda, of Georgia and her daughter, Lesta Kay Seymour and her husband, Larry of Florida; four gandchildren, Mike Seymour and his wife, Linda, of Florida, Scott Seymour and his wife, Mona, of Colorado. Charles Brian Buchanan and his wife, Meghann, of Georgia, and Sabrina Brautigan and her husband, Dave, of Georgia; and seven great-grandchildren, Connie Seymour, Ashley Wheeler, Colin Seymour, Julie McDonough, hunter Buchanan, Hayden Brautigan and Brody Brautigan.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Charles Ray Buchanan.

Services were Dec. 28 at Grisell FuneraI Home and Crematory, 400 Jefferson Ave., Moundsville, with evangelist D. Gene West officiating. Interment was in St. Marys IOOF Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may he made to Embracing Hospice, 2160 Fountain Dr., Snellville, GA.

(Gerald Bills)


JoAn Smith Buchanan

JoAn Smith Buchanan, 58, of St. Marys, died May 9, 2001.

She was a daughter of the late Laco and Madeline Lawson Smith.

She is survived by her husband, Delbert; one daughter, Lee Ann; one son, Dennis; three grandchildren; four sisters, Mary Powell, Diana Maston, Joyce Ankrom and Linda Huggins; two brothers, Charles and Larry Smith; and several nieces and nephews.

Services 11 a.m. Saturday at the Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home of St. Marys. Visitation from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday.

(Michael Anderson)


Parkersburg News June 1, 2008

Cleo Buck

Cleo Buck, 62, of New Matamoras, died May 31, 2008, at the Arbors at Marietta.

He was born Feb. 22, 1946, in Ritchie County, a son of the late Ellsworth Sr. and Ella Arthur Buck. Cleo was a 1965 graduate of the former Skyview High School, Stafford, Ohio, and a U. S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He was an active member of the Mt. Hope Free Will Baptist Church in Marr, Ohio, and a life member of both the V.F.W. Post 5108 of Marietta and the Disabled American Veterans. He was retired from the former American Cyanamid plant in Marietta after 25 years of service.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Cox Buck; two sons, Brian Buck and his wife, Tracy, and Donald Buck and two granddaughters, Rebecca and Katelyn Buck, all of New Matamoras; one brother, Roger Buck and his wife, Emma, of Graysville, Ohio; sisters, Gladys Carpenter and her husband, Creole, of Marietta, Edith Kiggins of New Matamoras, Geneva Kiggans and her husband, Warren, of New Matamoras, Carol Ann Joy of St. Marys, and Joanne Myers and her husband, George, of Sitka, Ohio; and three close friends, Lonnie, Leota and Jody Beaver.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Maple Lane Free Will Baptist Church, Hebron, with Pastors Rex Cox and Tom Blake officiating. Interment will be in the Maple Lane Masonic Cemetery with military graveside rites. Calling hours will be from 4-9 p.m. Monday at Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, and one hour prior to services Tuesday at the church.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News September 21, 2007

Edna M. Buck

Edna May Buck, 76, of St. Marys, W.Va., died Sept. 26, 2007, at the Marietta Memorial Hospital in Marietta.

She was born May 9, 1931, in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Martin Luther and Alice Jane Hamilton Felter. She was a member of the St. Marys Nazarene Church and was retired from the former Colin Anderson Center. Her hobbies included gardening and crafts.

She is survived by her husband, Robert J. Buck Sr.; seven children, Shelva Loy and her husband, Paul, of St. Marys, Beverly Swartzmiller and her husband, Herb, of Sistersville, Rick West and Jackie of St. Marys, Marty West and his wife, Sherri, of Belmont, Jerry West and his wife, Gina, of St. Marys, Phil West and his wife, Cindy, of St. Marys and Tony West and his wife, Kristy, of Enterprise, Ala.; stepchildren, Jim Buck and his wife, Kay, of St. Marys and Diane Buck of Spain; 12 grandchildren, including Brad West, who Edna and Eugene raised; 10 great-grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; 11 stepgreat-grandchildren; one brother, Delbert Felter; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles Eugene West; a great-grandson, Jarrod Higgins; a stepgranddaughter, Beth Weber; four brothers, Lindsey, Elmer, Leonard and Edgar Felter; and three sisters, Glenna Morris and two infant sisters.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Pastor Chuck Rogers officiating. Interment will be in the St. Marys IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:30-9 p.m. Friday and from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News April 20, 2008

James L. Buck

James Lee Buck, 75, of the 55 Hickory Street Warner Community, went home to be with his savior Saturday, April 19, 2008, at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

He was born March 8, 1933, in Lumberport, W.Va., the son of the late Ellsworth and Ella Arthur Buck Sr. He was a Methodist and a self-employed truck driver. James served three years in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict in the 194th Engr. Co. C. He worked for Frontier Local Schools as a carpenter and was dearly loved by his wife and family. James was a believer in the word of God.

He is survived by his second wife, Edith Erb Buck, whom he married March 25, 1995; five sisters, Gladys (Creole) Carpenter of Marietta, Edith Kiggans and Geneva (Warren) Kiggins, both of New Matamoras, Carol Ann Joy of St. Marys and Joanne (George) Myers of Sitka, Ohio; and two brothers, Roger (Emma) Buck of Graysville, Ohio, and Cleo (Carolyn) Buck of New Matamoras.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Ona Leota Buck on April 16, 1993; three brothers, Ivan, Gerald and Ellsworth Buck Jr.; three sisters, Karen Danku, Freda Wolfe and Dorothy McElfresh; father-in-law, Philip Dewey Erb; mother-in-law, Lettie Marie Erb; brother-in-law, Jim; sister-in-law, Helen; and his beloved dog, Augie.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Hadley Funeral Home Reno Chapel with David Beaver officiating. Burial will follow in East Lawn Memorial Park with military rites by VFW Post 5108 and American Legion Post 64. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News March 27, 2004

Jane Preston Buck

ST. MARYS - Jane Preston Buck, of St. Marys died March 26, 2004, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Parkersburg, at the age of 82.

She was born Nov. 2, 1921, in Cattlesburg, Ky., the daughter of Charles and Ethel MacAllister Preston.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Buck; son, Jim; daughter, Diane; daughter-in-law, Kay; three grandchildren, Cathy Adams and husband, Dean, Bob Buck and wife, Tati, and Diana Perez-Buck de Volcker and husband, Sven; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Elizabeth Jane Weber; her brother, Clyde Preston; and her sister, Eleanor.

Jane was a business woman, teacher, auction professional and antique appraiser. She was an avid reader and traveler and a lover of animals. She was three times president of the St. Marys Chapter of the Business and Professional Women's Club, founder and first president of the Pleasants County Humane Society and taught from 1978 to 1984 at the PRT Vocational Technical Center, where she substituted for many years after retirement. She was a member of the Eastern Star, the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Grace Episcopal Church.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys. Burial will be in the Pleasants Memorial Estates, Eureka, W.Va. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Sunday and up until service time Monday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pleasants County Humane Society, P. O. Box 110, St. Marys, WV 26170.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News November 1, 2007

Marvin L. Buckley

Marvin Lee Buckley, 48, of St. Marys, W.Va., died Oct. 31, 2007, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Parkersburg.

He was born Jan. 19, 1959, in Parkersburg, a son of Alice Audrey Fox Buckley of Parkersburg and the late Dana Earl Buckley. He was a member of the Dewey Avenue Church of Christ, where he was a deacon. He was a pharmacist at the Rite Aid in St. Marys, a member of the Southeastern Ohio Academy of Pharmacy and an assistant scoutmaster with Boy Scout Troop 225. He was a 1977 graduate of Parkersburg High School and a 1982 graduate of the WVU School of Pharmacy. His hobbies included playing golf.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 27 years, Renee Kiester Buckley; son, Alexander J. Buckley at home; two sisters, Barbara Ann Cooper and her husband, Eddie, of South Charleston, W.Va., and Evelyn Dean and her husband, Danny, of Parkersburg; three nephews, Dr. Jason Cooper and his wife, Martha, of Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Scott Cooper and his wife, Leah, of Portland, Tenn., and Kane Kiester and family; two nieces, Rachelle Sadler and her husband, Cliff, of Parkersburg and Amber Daggett and her husband, Ryan, of Mineral Wells; three great-nephews; and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Colleen and Robert Kiester of St. Marys.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Bernard Earl Buckley; and a brother-in-law, Rodney K. Kiester.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Dewey Avenue Church of Christ with Dan Kessinger officiating. Interment will be in the St. Marys IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, and from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at the church.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle May 19, 2010

Robert J. (Bob) Buck

Robert J. “Bob” Buck, died at the age of 95, May 18, 2010, at his home in St. Marys. He was born, April 11, 1915, in Sistersville, WV, son of the late Onward B. and Nellie Christopher Buck. He graduated from Sistersville High School, attended Marshall College and New River State (WV Tech) and was employed by the U. S. Corps of Engineers in Huntington before enlisting in the U. S. Marine Corps, where he served in the South Pacific Theater during World War II. After returning, he was stationed in Washington, DC, where he completed a degree in diesel engineering and taught at the Marine Corps Institute until his discharge. Bob, a businessman and active member of the community had a wide variety of interests, loved music, and played several instruments. He was a member of St. Marys Lodge #41 A. F. & A. M., American Legion Post 79, and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Ripley. He was a former member of the Elks, Kiwanis Club, Grant Jefferson Lion Club, enjoyed being named to the Cherry River Navy and the University of Hard Knocks.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jane, his second wife, Edna, his granddaughter, Beth, his parents, two brothers, and one sister. He is survived by one son, R. James and his wife, Kay, his daughter, Diane, his brother, Clark, three grandchildren, and eleven great grandchildren.

Services will be held Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 1 P. M. at Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV. Interment will be in Pleasants Memorial Estates, Eureka, WV. Calling hours will be on Saturday from 11 A. M. until the time of the service at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader - September 8, 1905

Karl Bull Dead

Karl, the only son of Mr. And Mrs. John Bull of Eureka, died Tuesday evening of blood poisoning, age 13 years. The funeral was held today (Thursday) at Willow Island. The loss is a sad blow to the parents, and the sincere sympathy of all their friends go out to them.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News January 2, 2006

Hazel E. Bullard

Hazel Ellison Bullard, 86, of Belmont, formerly of Orma, died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2005, in Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born June 4, 1919, at Oka, Calhoun County, a daughter of the late Josiah and Esther Hunt Ellison.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Burl Bullard; three brothers, Chandis, Rastus and Otto Ellison; and one sister, Helen Ellison. She was the last surviving member of the "Si" Ellison family.

Hazel was a retired employee of the Spencer Hospital and a former post master of the Elana Post Office for more than 20 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Belmont and a 1940 graduate of Calhoun County High School.

Survivors include three daughters, Frances Tawney, Sandra Hackney and Vicki Deweese, all of Belmont; one son, John Bullard of Chloe; foster sister, Martha Tawney of Parkersburg; four grandsons, David and Jack L. Tawney II, Patrick and Justin Deweese; five great-grandchildren, Christopher, Nathan, Sarah Ruth and Matthew Tawney and Olivia Deweese; and one stepgreat-grandchild, Bradon Furst.

A funeral service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday in the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with the Rev. Garry L. Bowen and the Rev. Kelly Snyder officiating. Burial will be in the Zion Hill Cemetery, Elana. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5-8 p.m. today.

(Gerald Bills)


Alice E. Bullman

Alice E. Freeland Bullman, 100, of St. Marys died Jan. 19, 2002, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born Feb. 17, 1901, in Pleasants County, WV., a daughter of the late Thomas B. and Icie J. Williamson Freeland. She was a graduate of Pennsboro High School, and attended Salem College. She was a teacher in Pleasants County Schools for several years and was a homemaker. She was the oldest member of the St. Marys United Methodist Church and the Joy Circle.

She is survived by one daughter, Donna J. Johnson of Vienna; two sons, William B. Bullman and Max L. Bullman, both of St. Marys; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, Port F. Bullman, in 1997; one son, Port Nicholas ''Nick'' Bullman; and one brother, Gerald T. Freeland.

Services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys. Burial in St. Marys IOOF Cemetery. Visitation is from 7-9 p.m. today and from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Elevator Fund, St. Marys United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 100, St. Marys, W.Va. 26170.

(Michael Anderson)


Pleasants County Leader November 24, 2007

Estella Maxine Fleeman Bumgardner

Estella Maxine Fleeman Bumgardner, 98, of Plum Run Community, Mannington died Tuesday (Nov. 20, 2007) at her residence.

She was born April 9, 1909, at St. Marys in Pleasant County, a daughter of the late Demillion W. and Minnie J. Hammett.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, William Fleeman and wife Norma of Plum Run; two sisters, Mrs. Helen Roby of Belmont and Mrs. Christie Nettle of Florida; eight grandchildren, Phillip, Tim, Jeff and Jon Fleeman, Carla Fleeman Talkington, Bill and Kevin Rose, and Dana Rose Price; 13 great-grandchildren, Shannon, Justin, Brandon, Amy, Jon W., Elisha, Jeffrey and Evan Fleeman. Erica, Kyle and Darrell Rose, Jeffrey Fluharty, and Miranda TaIkington; and one great-greatgrandchild, Caitlyn Toothman.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, Floyd W. Fleeman, her second husband, Darrell Bumgardner; an only daughter, Ruby Mae Fleeman Rose; two sisters, Esther Hammett Scott and Minnie Hammett Fauss, three brothers, Hosea Waters Hammett and Homer T. and Henry S. Hammett.

Maxine attended elementary school in Belmont and high school in St. Marys. She enjoyed fishing with her brothers, sisters and family. She also worked in the community for the Plum Run Fair Association and Plum Run Homemakers Club.

Maxine was a member of the Plum Run United Methodist Church. Early in life she opened a small restaurant located between Eureka and Willow Island. Her homemade pies were the talk of the local workers. This pleased her to no end.

After moving to Marion County in late 1953, she was employed by the Marion County Board of Education as a cook at Farmington High School where her homemade rolls were also big hit. After her retirement she lived out a full life in Plum Run.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov. 24, at 10 a.m. at Masters Funeral Home in Mannington with Pastor David Jones officiating. Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the Willow Island Cemetery.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News October 4, 2005

Basil F. Bumgarner

Basil Fredrick "Freddy" Bumgarner, 68, of Palestine, W.Va., passed away Monday morning, Oct. 3, 2005, at his residence.

He was born in Wirt County, the son of the late Charles H. and Mary Cline Bumgarner. He was retired from Kaiser/Pechiney Co. with 35 years of service, was a lifetime member of NRA and the Camp Barbe Association. He was a helper in the food pantry with Wirt Ministerial Association. He attended the Pisgah United Methodist Church of Palestine.

Surviving is his wife of 45 years, Joann Full Bumgarner; son, Douglas and Rhonda Bumgarner of Palestine; daughter, Shelly and Larry Howkins of Parkersburg; three brothers, Mike and Phil Bumgarner of Elizabeth and Tom Bumgarner of Spencer; three sisters, Annette Strimer and Sharon Gainer of St. Marys and Mary Francis Park of Belmont; and three granddaughters, Megan and Brooke of Palestine and Aubrey of Parkersburg.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Pisgah United Methodist Church with the Revs. Robert Stanley and Delmas Stutler officiating. Burial will be in the Center Valley Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. until noon Wednesday at Matheny Pomroy Funeral Home, Elizabeth, and one hour prior to services Wednesday at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to the Camp Barbe Association, P.O. Box 700, Elizabeth, WV 26143.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News January 6, 2009

Clarence Bumgardner

Clarence Bumgardner, 87, of Glenville passed away Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009.

He was born Oct. 12, 1921, near Pike in Ritche County, W.Va., the son of the late Clara Piefer Bumgardner and Clarence Bumgardner of Hebron, W.Va.

Clarence was a graduate of Marietta College and served in the Coast Guard as a professional firefighter, sharp shooter and port security specialist. He was formerly employed in the business office at Glenville State College from 1952-1987. He also served as director of NDSL loans.

Clarence enjoyed many outdoor activities such as hunting, gardening and traveling. He also loved bowling and square dancing. He attended Trinity United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Nellajean Bess-Bumgardner; a daughter, Donna Bumgardner-Pugh and husband, Jere, of Charleston, S.C.; a son, Stephen Blair Bumgardner and wife, Jenny, of Sykesville, Md.; two grandchildren, Jared and Zachary Bumgardner; a sister, Beulah Scott of St. Marys; and a niece, Janet Wilkenson of St. Marys.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville, with the Rev. Al Billips officiating. Burial will follow in the Meadow Lane Cemetery, Glenville. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today at the mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc., Glenville, is assisting the family of Clarence Bumgardner with arrangements.

(Gerald Bills)


Marietta Times September 30, 2006

James D. ‘Jim’ Bumgardner

WASILLA, Alaska — Jim Bumgardner of Wasilla, Alaska, passed away peacefully Sunday (Sept. 24, 2006) at his beloved cabin by West Lake with his family by his side.

He was born Feb. 16, 1934, in St. Marys, W.Va., a son of the late Darrell and Alice Adkins Bumgardner. His family moved to Oil City, Pa., and then to Newport, Ohio, where he graduated from high school in 1952.

Jim joined the Navy following graduation and served abroad aboard the USS Corregidor for four years. He then returned to Ohio and attended the Mechanics Institute in Cincinnati where he graduated with honors.

He and a college buddy, Ray Hall, drove to Alaska in 1959, where he worked for Chugach Electric as an electrical engineer for 17 years. He then formed Sun Construction Co. and built 35 houses in the Anchorage area. He later worked for City Electric from which he retired in 1999.

In 1960, he married Esther Montgomery, who survives with three children, Vivian (Chris) Bowman, Monica (Jeff) Pereira of Anchorage, and a son, Eric (Lynn) of California; four grandchildren, Josh, Kimmie, and Mandy Bowman, and Dominic Pereira, all of Anchorage.

Also surviving are a sister, Suzie Adams of Marietta; an aunt, Evelyn Clovis of St. Marys, W.Va.; and several special nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Connie Whiting of Newport, Ohio; an infant sister, Nina; a brother-in-law, John Adams of Marietta; and a nephew, Donald Edgar.

A memorial service was held Sept. 27, in Anchorage, and there will be a memorial service held locally in the near future.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News August 18, 2009

Robert D. Bunner

Robert D. Bunner, 45, of Pennsboro, W.Va., departed this life on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, in Parkersburg.

Robert was born on Aug. 29, 1963, on Bunnell's Run near Pennsboro, W.Va., a son of the late Frank and Wilma Ramsey Bunner. He had been employed in the construction trade and had later worked for Jay-Bee Oil and Gas Co. of Cairo, W.Va. He was an avid hunter.

He is survived by daughters, Amanda and Evelyn Bunner, St. Marys, W.Va.; his fiancee, Cheryle Short, Parkersburg; sister, Pat Moneypenny, Ellenboro, W.Va.; brothers, Mike Bunner, St. Marys, Jim Bunner, Harrisville, W.Va., Glen and Amos Bunner, both of Pennsboro; and half-sister, Judy VanHoesen, Pennsboro.

In addition to his parents, Robert was preceded in death by his stepbrothers, Roger Jones and Gale Lambert.

Funeral services will be 8 p.m. Wednesday from the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, with interment in the Mt. Harmony Masonic Cemetery, Pennsboro. Friends may call from 5:30-8 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Ruby Mae Bunner

Ruby Mae Bunner, 77, of Rt. 1, St. Marys died, November 3, 2001, at the St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkersburg. She was born, March 26, 1924, in Pleasants County, a daughter of the late Herman and Ethel Hart Bunner. She was a member of the Cloverdale Church of Christ.

She is survived by one grandson, Jason Cuzzen of St. Marys, one brother, Charles F. Bunner and his wife, Hazel of St. Marys, and several nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, Mary Bunner Cuzzen, two grandchildren, Neil Cuzzen and Julie Cuzzen, two sisters, Zana Robinson Stewart and Miranda Bunner, and four brothers, Alva Bunner, George Bunner, Herbert Bunner, and Henry Bunner.

Services will be held Tuesday, November 6, 2001, at 2 P. M. at the Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Dave Williamson officiating. Burial will be in the St. Marys IOOF Cemetery. Calling hours from 6 to 9 P. M. Monday and up until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.

(Michael Anderson)


Parkersburg News February 26, 2007

Flora V. Burch

The Lord blessed the late Herman and Stella Hart on July 30, 1930, with their daughter, Flora Virginia. Flora Virginia Burch went to be with her Savior on Feb. 24, 2007, in East Ohio Regional Hospital, Martins Ferry, Ohio.

Her love and beauty resounded across all that she did. Flora’s beauty matched with the loving heart of Nick Burch. The two were almost inseparable even up until her last moments. Their love could be vastly seen as the type of love and marriage which Christ wants for us all, and will forever be remembered as being an everlasting, unconditional love for each other and for all whom they crossed paths with.

Flora’s all aspiring love and care for all those whom she did not know was equally matched for those whom she did during her 20 years at the Colin Anderson Center. We can all mourn for the loss of not only a beautiful woman, but so much more.

Flora, a member of Union Chapel Church of Christ, has now been eternally transformed into heavenly love and can rest well with her late sons, Nick Thomas and Joseph Oscar and her late daughter, Elaine Elizabeth.

Flora, better known to all who are close to her as Virginia, is survived by her husband, Nick Burch; daughters, Leona Nolan of Shirley, W.Va., Betty Beatty of St. Marys and Mary C. Stevey of Moundsville, W.Va.; a son, Simon Burch of Charleston, W.Va.; granddaughters, Heather McAbee, Brandy Greenwalt, Stephanie Nolan and Rebecca Allan; as well as three great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today at the Furbee Funeral Home, Middlebourne. Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Darrell Cramer officiating. Interment will be in Middlebourne Cemetery, Middlebourne.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News May 16, 2006

Ryan J. Burgess

Ryan Joseph Burgess, 24, of Parkersburg went to be with the Lord May 12, 2006, at home.

He was born Sept. 8, 1981, in Parkersburg, the son of Richard and Mary Livingston Burgess. He was a Protestant.

He is survived by his sister, Amy Allen and her husband, Wes, of Parkersburg; his brother, Jay Harrison and his wife, Kristina, of Washington; the love of his life, his nephews and nieces, Jake and Dylan Alexander of Parkersburg, Ashton Allen of Parkersburg and Taylor and Josie Harrison of Washington; his grandmother, Helen Burgess of Sistersville, W.Va.; his uncles and aunts, Steve and Lois Eddy of St. Marys, W.Va., Andy and Sheila Hickman of St. Marys, Tom and Karon Burgess of Phoenix City, Ala., Greg and Nancy Richmond of New Martinsville, W.Va., Stan and Ellen Stewart of North Augusta, S.C., and Kent and Linda Yoho of Sistersville; cousins, Jeff Eddy of Columbus, Ohio, Matt Hickman of St. Marys, Erica Perry of Augusta, Ga., Jesse Stewart of Columbia, S.C., Chip Stewart of North Augusta, S.C., Chris Burgess of Wheeling, W.Va., Aaron Burgess of New York, N.Y., and Nichole, Cameron and Sydney Yoho of Sistersville; great-aunts, Jane Neely of Sisterville, Imogene Partlow of Moon Township, Pa., and Hazel Oliver of Alma, W.Va.; great-uncles, Jim Stewart of New Martinsville and Truman Freeland of Pennsboro; his dogs, Molly and Jerry; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Bill and Frankie Livingston and Roy Burgess.

Services will be 2 p.m Wednesday at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with the Rev. Bill Reid officiating. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


BURKHAMMER, James, 68, of St. Marys Correctional Center, St. Marys, died Monday, May 7, 2001, in the center.

He was born April 23, 1933, in Harrison County.

He was a Protestant and a member of the United States Marine Corps.

There will ne no visitation. Interment in White Gate Cemetery, Marshall County.

Arrangements by Anderson Funeral Home, 109 Second St., Moundsville


Parkersburg News September 11, 2008

George J. Burns

The Rev. George Joseph Burns, 75, of St. Marys, W.Va., passed away Sept. 9, 2008, at his residence.

He was born Jan. 30, 1933, in Pleasants County, W.Va., a son of the late Charles Francis and Agnes Cecelia Nichols Burns. George was a 1951 graduate of St. Marys High School, a U. S. Navy veteran and had retired from the Pleasants County School System. He was a full-time minister at Beech Run Freewill Baptist Church.

He is survived by his children, Mary Virginia Cline and her husband, Donald J., of Graysville, Ohio, Charles E. Burns and his wife, Bernice K., of Parkersburg, Joseph M. Burns and his wife, Melinda D., of St. Marys, Esther A. Francis of St. Marys and Georgeanne Lamp and her husband, Clifford J., of St. Marys; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; four brothers, Charles Burns of the Philippine Islands, Gerald Burns of St. Marys, Richard Burns of Martinsburg, W.Va., and Larry K. Burns of Parkersburg; two sisters, Alice Hess of Ritchie County, W.Va., and Janet Cross of Virginia; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Joan Ward Burns; two daughters, Linda Faye Burns and Miriam Burns; four sisters, Margaret Day, Bessie Bailey, Barbara Burns and Nellie Rawson; and two brothers, Tom Burns and John Burns.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Maple Lane Freewill Baptist Church, Hebron, W.Va., with the Rev. Bud Corbin officiating. Interment will be in the Maple Lane Masonic Cemetery. Calling hours will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, and from 1-2 p.m. Friday at the church.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News January 21, 2007

John R. Burns

John R. Burns, 75, of Parkersburg passed away at his residence.

He was born Jan. 5, 1932, in Pleasants County, a son of the late Charles F. and Agnes Cecilia Nichols Burns.

John was retired from the U.S. Navy after 20 years of service, where he served in the Korean War and was retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 17 years of service. He enjoyed hunting and electronics, including working on computers.

He is survived by his five brothers, Charles Burns of the Philippines, George Burns of St. Marys, Richard (Elsa) Burns of Martinsburg, Larry Burns, and Gerald (Janice) Burns, all of St. Marys; two sisters, Alice (Larry) Hess of Petroleum and Janet (Edgar) Cross of Portsmouth, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas Burns; infant brother, Harold Dean Burns; four sisters, Margaret Day, Bessie Bailey, Barbara Burns and Nellie Rawson; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

There will be no visitation or services. Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to the Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Vienna.


Wheeling Intelligencer & News-Register, Oct 8, 2013

BURNS, Larry Keith, 69, of St. Marys, WV, departed this life on Sunday, October 6, 2013, at Parkersburg, WV.

He was born June 19, 1944, the son of the late Charles F. and Agnes C. Nichols Burns.

Larry had been employed as a supervisor for the former Quaker State refinery, St. Marys, WV, and Ormet, Ben's Run plant. He was a United States Army veteran, a former member of the St. Marys City Council, St. Marys Elks Club, Fire Department and EMS. He was instrumental in helping create the St. Marys Marina and was an avid hunter who loved to travel.

He is survived by brothers Richard Burns (Elsa) of Martinsburg, WV, and Gerald Burns (Janice) of St. Marys, WV; sisters Janet Cross (Clark) of Strasburg, VA, and Alice Hess (Larry) of Cairo, WV; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters Margaret Day, Bessie Bailey, Barbara Burns and Nellie Rawson; and brothers Thomas, Charles Jr., John, George and Harold Burns.

Funeral services will be held Friday, October 11, 2013, at the McCullough Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV, at 1 p.m. Burial to follow in the St. Marys I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday, October 10, 2013, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. and from 9 a.m. until the hour of service on Friday.


Parkersburg News - January 11, 2004

Phyllis Burton

ST. MARYS - Phyllis Mitchell Burton, 77, of St. Marys died Jan. 10, 2004, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born Aug. 27, 1926, in Ritchie County, a daughter of the late Curtis and Vesta Lockhart Mitchell. She was a member of the St. Marys United Methodist Church and the Joy Circle. She was a 1944 graduate of St. Marys High School and a 1947 graduate of the St. Joseph's School of Nursing. She was a member of the Point Pleasant Chapter 75 Order of the Eastern Star.

She is survived by one sister, Iris Miller and her husband, Glenn, of Devola; brother-in-law, Marvin Burton and his wife, Bula, of New Martinsville; sister-in-law, Patricia Mitchell of Vienna; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Glen A. "Burt" Burton, who died on June 2, 2003; their only son, Thomas Mitchell Burton, in 1996; and two brothers, Norman C. Mitchell and Ralph J. Mitchell.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with the Rev. Jim Kelly officiating. Burial will be in the St. Marys IOOF Cemetery. Calling hours are 6-8 p.m. today and 1-2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News January 17, 2005

Dianne Burwell

Dianne Burwell, 63, of Harrisville passed away Saturday, Jan. 15, 2005, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital surrounded by her loving family.

Dianne was born on Oct. 9, 1941, at Harrisville, to the late Howard Barnard and Maple Nutter Barnard. She was a graduate of Harrisville High School, class of 1959. She was employed for 19 years as office manager at the Harrisville Optometric Center. Dianne was a member of the Harrisville Baptist Church.

Dianne is survived by her husband of 42 years, John P. Burwell of Harrisville; son, Matthew W. Burwell of Harrisville; daughter, Janelle L. Dotson of Parkersburg; brother, Lewis E. Barnard of St. Marys; sisters, Barbara J. Simmons of Harrisville and Myrna C. Goff of Stevensville, Md.; and many loving nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Dianne was preceded in death by one brother, Donald Barnard; and one sister, Patricia Overfield.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Harrisville Baptist Church with Pastor Bobby Perine and the Rev. Mark McCutcheon officiating. Interment will follow in the Harrisville I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Ritchie County Middle School/High School Cross Country Track Team. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News March 3, 2008

Joseph N. Busch

Joseph N. Busch, 83, of Parkersburg, passed away March 1, 2008, at his residence.

He was born Feb. 2, 1925, in Parkersburg, a son of the late Eber N. and Freda Owens Busch. Joseph was a 1943 graduate of Parkersburg High School and was an U.S. Navy veteran having served from 1946 in the South Pacific during WW II with a Mobile Hospital Unit and aboard the USS Fergus and was recalled during the Korean War to serve at the hospital operations of the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., until 1952. He retired after 35 years of service with the Monongahela/Allegheny Power Co. where he worked in Parkersburg, St Marys and was supervisor of the Summersville District at his retirement. Joseph was a member of the South Parkersburg Baptist Church where he was a Sunday School teacher and a Deacon of the Church.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ruth VanWay Busch; five children, Anita Maxwell (Larry) of Parkersburg, Joseph N. Busch II (Gloria) of Parkersburg, Andrew Busch (Lillian) of Midwest City, Okla., Amy Busch (Barry McVey) of Parkersburg and Abby Dunbar (Jeff) of Morgantown; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Juanita Grow (Eugene) of Williamstown and Jule Gray of Cibolo, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, John A. and Graham Busch; and one sister, Elizabeth Busch.

The Busch family would like to thank Dr. Randal Heavner, Dr. Nik Shah and staff, the Infusion Center and staff and House Calls Hospice for their care and kindness.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the South Parkersburg Baptist Church with Pastor Ed Rogers officiating. Interment will follow at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 2333 Pike St., south Parkersburg, and one hour prior to services Wednesday at the church.

The family requests that donations be sent to the South Parkersburg Baptist Church Building Fund, 1655 Blizzard Dr., Parkersburg, WV, House Calls Hospice or to the charity of the donor’s choice

(Gerald Bills)


Marietta Times April 28, 2008

Norma J. Busch

NEW MATAMORAS — Norma Jean Busch, 72, formerly of New Matamoras died at 8:40 a.m. Sunday (April 27, 2008) at the home of her daughter in Marietta.

She was born Dec. 26, 1935, in New Matamoras, to Floyd Dale and Nellie Marie Flowers Slonaker.

On Aug. 30, 1952, she married James Lewis Busch and he preceded her in death on Nov. 11, 2003.

She is survived by two sons, James Dale Busch and his special friend, Linda Wolfe, of New Matamoras and Mike Busch (Tracy) of Sardis. She is also survived by four daughters, Tammy Beaver of Marietta, Nellie Dutcher (Roger) of Marietta, Sandy Dalrymple (Ronnie) of New Matamoras, and Bonnie Butler (Amos) of St. Marys, W.Va.; 11 grandchildren; and one brother Paul Slonaker (Donna).

She was preceded in death by her husband; one grandson; two brothers, Bill and Willard Slonaker; three sisters, June Felton, Dot Motz, and Wilma Allen; and one great-grandson.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Hadley Funeral Home, New Matamoras Chapel, with David Beaver officiating. Burial will be in the Grandview Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Hadley Funeral Home in New Matamoras.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader - May 19, 1905

LEADING FARMER SUICIDES
BY SHOOTING HIMSELF

Jacob H. Butcher committed suicide by shooting himself in the head with a shotgun at his home about ten miles east of this city at eight o'clock Sunday night. He had been making his home with his son, Ben, and the latter and his wife left him apparently in ordinary healthand spirits to go to church a distance of about one mile. Upon returning home they drove up to the barn shed, when the team they were driving shied and refused to go further. Mr. Butcher alighted toascertain the cause of the action of his team and upon investigation was horrified to find the lifeless body of his aged father lying across the entrance. He was still clasping the weapon with his left hand while his forefinger of his right entwined the trigger. It was evident that the plans to end his life were deliberatey laid and carefully executed.

The deceased was sixty-four years of age and was known as a man of jovial disposition. He had never been given to moodiness, and had never intimated or vaguely hinted of his self destruction. He was in good circumsttance financially and several hundred dollars were found on his person. He wrote a brief note saying to his son that he would find $50 in a certain place for which to pay his taxes. His neighbors and friends as well as the immediate relatives can assign no real reason for the rash end.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News August 6, 2006

Janice M. Butcher

Janice M. “Granny” Butcher, 67, of Finch in Ritchie County, W.Va., departed this life on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2006, at Parkersburg.

Janice was born on July 12, 1939, near Hebron in Pleasants County, the daughter of Thelma Stanley Dutton of Belmont, W.Va., and the late Marvin Dutton. She was a homemaker and had been a member of the former Ladies Auxiliary of the Ellenboro Fire Department. She was a former Ellenboro Glass Festival Belle in 1999 and was a member of the Wince Chapel United Methodist Church at Pike and the United Methodist Women.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Floyd T. “Bill” Butcher Jr.; sons and daughters-in-law, Tim and Diane Butcher of Pennsboro, Shane and Ellen Butcher of Pike, W.Va., and Stephen and Renee Butcher of Williamstown; a daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly and Kent Oblinger of Finch, W.Va.; brothers and wives, Lewis and Kay Dutton and Ronnie and Sharon Frey, all of Niles, Ohio, Stanley Dutton of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., Bill and Loraine Dutton of St. Marys, and Richard “Dick” Dutton of Parkersburg; a sister and husband, Vernice and Dick Neely of St. Marys; and grandchildren, Mandy and husband, Mark Fetty, Morgan, Haylie and Zack Oblinger, Dylan Beall and Billy and Zoe Butcher.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, with the Rev. Carl DeVaughn and the Rev. Ruford Abner officiating. Interment will be in the Wince Chapel Cemetery at Pike, W.Va. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Monday and after 9 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorials in the name of Janice Butcher are preferred to the Wince Chapel United Methodist Church, c/o Kim DeLancey, Box 141, Ellenboro, WV 26346.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle October 4, 2006

Katherine Butcher

Ebble Katherine Butcher, 86, of Henlawson, passed away Friday, Sept. 29, 2006, at her residence.

Born February 22, 1920, at Mill Creek, she was a daughter to the late Melvin F. and Lena Mae Perry White.

She became a Christian April 24, 1949 and was a dedicated member of Yuma Church of Christ for many years.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Bill Butcher, and 11 brothers and sisters, Survivors include her daughter, Armilda (Tildford) Blevins of Henlawson; four sons, Jerry (Peggy) White of St, Marys, Sidney (Mary) White of Pecks Mill, . Lonnie (Linda) White of Layland and Ray (Belle) White of Lexington, N.C,; one brother, Earl White; 18 grandchildren, including Sandy (Neal) Price of St, Marys and Ronnie White of St. Marys; 37 great grandchildren including Nicole (Erik) Umensetter of St. Marys, Jennifer (Jimmy) Shields of Belmont and Ronnie White Jr. of St. :Marys; and 14 great-great grandchildren, including Delaney Umensetter of St. Marys and Shelton Shields of Belmont.

Services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 1, at the James Funeral Home in Aracoma with Minister Denny Collins officiating. The burial followed at Forest Lawn Cemetery at Pecks Mill.

(Gerald Bills)


Robert S. Butcher

Robert S. Butcher of Arvilla, WV, died Jan. 4, 2001, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was born July 1, 1923, in Pleasants County, the son of the late James C. and Amy Bills Butcher. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, a member of St. Marys Lodge 41 AF&AM, was a 1942 graduate of St. Marys High School, retired as an iron worker and was a farmer.

Survivors include two sons, Robert V. Butcher of Friendly, and Timothy A. Butcher of Arvilla; two daughters, Betsy Collins of Mineral Wells, and Kitty Gorrell of Arvilla; eight grandsons, Robbie and Steve Gorrell, both of Parkersburg, Dave and Randy Gorrell, both of St. Marys, Andy and Craig Collins, both of Mineral Wells, and Donald and Benjamin Butcher, both of Belmont; two great-grandchildren, Alexandria and Brady Gorrel, both of St. Marys; and one half brother, J. C. ‘‘Mike’’ Butcher of Midland, MI.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Fay Bradfield Butcher.

Services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. William Williamson officiating. Burial in Wasp Cemetery, Arvilla, with military graveside services by American Legion Post 79, VFW Post 222, and AMVETS Post 40, St. Marys. Visitation is from 3-9 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

(Michael Anderson)


Parkersburg News October 6, 2004

Donald E. Butler

Donald E. Butler, 71, of St. Marys died Oct. 17, 2004.

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with visitation from 5-9 p.m. today and 9-11 a.m. Thursday.

St. Marys Oracle October 6, 2004

Donald E. Butler, 71, died Oct. 5, 2004, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was born May 17, 1933 in Pleasants County. He was a veteran of the Korean War.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Barbara "Bobbi" Butler; six children, Doyle Butler, Donald "Amos" Butler, Jack Butler, Regina Colvin, Garland "Sam" Butler and Barbara Heslop; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are pending. Contact Ingram Funeral Home, St. Mays, for further information.

Funeral arrangement per Ingram Funeral Home: Funeral service is Thursday, October 7, 2004, 11 A.M. at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV, Rev. Arthur Cox officiating. Interment will be in Maple Lane Cemetery, Hebron, WV.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News October 31, 2007

Edna G. Butler

Edna Grace Butler, 66, of Massillon, Ohio, died Oct. 28, 2007.

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, W.Va. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today and from 10-11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

(Posted by Ingram Funeral Home)

Edna Grace Butler, 66, of Massillon, OH, died, October 28, 2007, at Doctors Hospital in Massillon.

She was born, August 4, 1941, in Pleasants County, WV, a daughter of the late William and Beulah Virden Butler. She had worked for the former Colin Anderson Center in St. Marys, WV, and the former Apple Creek Developmental Center in Apple Creek, OH. Her hobbies included drawing, collecting pocket watches, and model trains.

She is survived by a sister, Betty Bills and her husband, Chester of St. Marys, WV, her companion and best friend, Carolyn Tingler of Massillon, OH, four children she helped raise, Amber Reaser of Massilon, OH, Allen Tingler of Parkersburg, WV, Kenneth and Katheryn Bills of Massillon, OH, a special girl she baby sat, Aicha Bouzad of Massillon, OH, several nieces, nephews, including one special niece, Tammy Ross, and three special great nieces, Michelle Myers, Jody Buntz, and Tina Smith, who loved her very much. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Katheryn Williams, Shirley Butler, and Billie Butler, and six brothers, Donald, Richard, Robert Butler, three infant, Junior, Dale, and Julian. Services will be held Thursday, November 1, 2007, at 11 A. M. at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV with Dave Williamson officiating. Interment will be in the Maple Lane Masonic Cemetery at Hebron, WV. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P. M. Wednesday and from 10 to 11 A. M. Thursday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle January 23, 1964

JAMES C. BUTLER

Funeral services for James Corwin Butler, 86 of Sistersville, who died Sunday evening in Camden-Clark hospital will be held Wednesday in the Campbell-Frame funeral home Sistersville.

Burial will be in the Greenwood cemetery Sistersville.

Mr. Butler was born Sept. 17, 1877 in Pleasants county the son of Henry and Tena Steinhoff Butler. He was a retired carpenter and was a member of the EUB Church.

Survivors include his widow, a son Kenneth Butler of Weirton, three daughters - Mrs Golda Merrick of Los Angles, Calif.; Mrs Daisy Martin of Pasadena, Calif.; and Mrs. Alberta Wagner of Sistersville.

Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Katherine Wright and Mrs Freda Hooper of St. Marys; two brothers, Ben Butler of Imperial, Pa. and George Butler of St. Marys; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Six brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader - June 1, 1906

Joseph Butler

Joseph Butler, an aged citizen of Shawnee, died at his home there Sunday morning aged 78 years. Death was due to infirmities incident to old age.

The funeral occurred Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock conducted by Rev. H. D. Barnhouse. Interment at Mt. Welcome cemetery.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News November 21, 2006

Martha J. Butler

Martha Jane Butler, 60, of St. Marys died Nov. 19, 2006, at the Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born Jan. 6, 1946, in Sistersville, W.Va., a daughter of Jean Fiest Keyes Dotson of St. Marys and the late William Thomas Keyes. She was a member of the Zoar Baptist Church; retired from the former Colin Anderson Center; served with the U.S. Marine Corps; was a member of the American Legion Post 79; and was a founding member of the AMVETS Post 40. She was a 1965 graduate of St. Marys High School, and a member of the VFW Auxiliary in Sistersville, W.Va. She was an avid reader.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 25 years, Robert H. Butler; three children, Tom Butler of Williamstown, Rob Butler of St. Marys and Stephaine Zahradnik of Washington, Pa.; one grandson, Colin Zahradnik of Washington, Pa.; eight sisters, Mary Barrett of Newark, Ohio, Pat Settle and Pam Keyes, both of St. Marys, "Nink" Arnold and "Clyde" Nutter, both of Newark, Ohio, Anita Carr of Friendly, W.Va., "Tudie" Perry of Parkersburg and Valarie Lane of Pembroke Pines, Fla.; one brother, Steven Dotson of Ashville, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her step-father, Harry Dotson; and one brother, George Thomas Keyes.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Pastor Danny Chandler officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasants Memorial Estates, Eureka, W.Va., with military graveside services conducted by American Legion Post 79, VFW Post 222, and AMVETS Post 40. Calling hours will be from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday and from 1-2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News February 13, 2007

Robert H. Butler Jr.

Robert H. "Bob" Butler Jr., 64, of St. Marys died Feb. 10, 2007, at the Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

He was born Aug. 26, 1942, in St. Marys, a son of the late Robert H. Sr. and Hazel Marie Cunningham Butler. He was a member of the Zoar Baptist Church. He was retired from the U.S. Army, retiring as Sergeant First Class. He served three tours of duty during the Vietnam War Era. After retiring, he served as a security guard in the area, and was a former dispatcher for the City of St. Marys. He was an avid ham radio operator, and loved to fish. He fished in various bass and catfish tournaments. He was in rifle shooting competitions, and was a member of the American Legion Post 79, VFW Post 222 and AMVETS Post 40. He collected guns and pocket watches.

He is survived by his children, Tom Butler of Williamstown, Rob Butler of St. Marys and Stephanie Zahradnik of Washington, Pa.; two grandsons, Colin Zahradnik of Washington and Tripp Thomas Butler of Williamstown; one brother, John M. Butler of St. Marys; five sisters, Connie McEldowney of St. Marys, Nancy Toncray of Vienna, Roberta Lyons of Parkersburg, Melanie Whited of Vienna and Mary P. Metz of Parkersburg; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Jane Keyes Butler on Nov. 19, 2006.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Pastor Arthur Cox officiating. Interment will be in the Pleasants Memorial Estates, Eureka, W.Va., with military graveside services. Calling hours will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday, and 1-2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News April 16, 2006

Richard D. Butler Sr.

Richard D. Butler Sr., 71, of St. Marys died April 15, 2006, at his residence.

He was born March 29, 1935, in Pleasants County, a son of the late William Arthur and Beulah Mae Virden Butler. He was a member of the Zoar Baptist Church and was a self-employed lumberman.

He is survived by his beloved companion, Dora Britton; children, Debra L. Rice and her husband, Brian, of Williamstown, Peggy S. Shingleton and her husband, Rick, Kathy Lynn Sabovik and her husband, Alan, and Richard D. Butler Jr., all of St. Marys, and David A. Butler of Vienna; stepchildren, Sherry Kimball, Charles Britton and Alan Britton, all of St. Marys; 15 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; two sisters, Betty Bills of St. Marys and Edna Grace Butler of Massillon, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Inez Williams, Billie Butler and Shirley Butler, and two brothers, Robert and Donald Butler.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Zoar Baptist Church, Pleasants County, with Pastor Arthur Cox officiating. Interment will be in the Maple Lane Masonic Cemetery at Hebron, W.Va. Calling hours will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, and 10-11 a.m. Tuesday at the church.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News October 14, 2006

Robert L. Butler

Robert Lee Butler, Bob, was called home to be with the Lord on Oct. 12, 2006, at his home with his family by his side, after a courageous fight with a long-term illness.

Bob was born at Sugar Creek, W.Va., on Dec. 22, 1928, to the late Samuel and Ida Wilson Butler. He was a member of the George Street Church of Christ. He retired from American Cyanamid in 1990 with 40 years of employment as a pipe fitter. He was a veteran of the United States Navy. Bob was a 50 plus year member of the St. Marys, Masonic Lodge. He was a 1948 St. Marys High School graduate. He was a life member of the National Rifle Association and VFW. An avid outdoorsman, he was an enthusiastic hunter of the native game of West Virginia. He also enjoyed fishing. On his last fishing trip to New York with his son, Sam, he caught a Musky. During the spring and summer months he could often be seen sitting on the banks of his Middle Island Creek camp, watching the numerous wildlife and fish. Throughout the fall and winter months he traveled throughout West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania attending various gun and sporting shows. He met and made many friends on those travels. Bob was an avid gardener and tended his crops with care. He delighted in growing pumpkins, cantaloupes, watermelons, tomatoes, and Williamson Corn Beans, which were his granddaughter’s favorite crops for him to grow.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one older sister, Bricia Butler Hart, and a younger brother, Charles, who died in infancy.

He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Charlene Pethtel Butler. He is also survived by his two children, Sam Butler and his wife, Brooke, and Diane Shingler and her husband, Dick. The joys of his life were his granddaughters, Christie, Sarah Beth, LeAnn, and DeLaney, and most recently his great-granddaughter, Bricia Diane. Four sisters survive him, Eloise Butler Curtis (Lee), Pauline Butler Higgins, Carrie Butler Miller, and Gayla Butler Stewart (Glen). He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Peggy and her husband, Dwight; two sisters-in-law, Carolina and Sarah (Bill); and two brothers-in-law, Bill (Hazel) and Rusty (Franki). Nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors will fondly remember him.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys. Interment will be in the St. Marys IOOF Cemetery with Masonic graveside services, and military graveside services. Calling hours will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday and from 9-11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Carlton A. Buttrey

Carlton A. Buttrey, 82, of St. Marys, WV, died, April 30, 2002, at his residence.

He was born, February 14, 1920, in Burns, TN, a son of the late Leslie A. and Mintie Harris Buttrey. He was founder of the Pleasants County Habitat for Humanity. He attended Marietta College and received an A. S. Degree from the ICS Correspondent School in Business Management. He had attended Dale Carnegie Associates. He retired from the American Cyanamid after 36 years, retiring as general supervisor. He was a U. S. Army Veteran of World War II, a member of the American Legion and the VFW Post 6327 of Sistersville, WV. He was a life member of the VFW and the Elks Club and was a member of the former local Kiwanis Club. He had served 12 years on the Pleasants County Board of Education and a member of the State School Board Association. He was a member of the St. Marys Presbyterian Church where he served as a elder. He had a long time association with the Boy Scouts of America. He was a member of the State Golf Course Association and for 15 years managed the St. Marys Golf Course.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Virginia Booker Buttrey, two sons, Reed Buttrey and his wife, Debbie of St. Marys, WV, and Bernard Buttrey and his wife, Robin of Williamstown, WV, five grandchildren, Leslie Davis of Belmont, WV, Jeffrey Buttrey and his wife, Jennifer of Parkersburg, WV, Jason Buttrey, Kayla Buttrey, and Travis Buttrey all of Williamstown, WV, one great grandson, Nick Bailes, one great granddaughter, Peyton Buttrey, one brother, Burton Buttrey of Chicago, IL, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Morris Buttrey, Delmer Buttrey, and Doyle Buttrey.

Services will be held Saturday, May 4, 2002, at 11 A. M. at the St. Marys Presbyterian Church, St. Marys, WV with the Rev. Michael Anderson and the Rev. Daniel Simmons officiating. Entombment will be in the East Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, Reno, OH with military rites. Calling hour from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 P. M Friday at the Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV and from 10 to 11 A. M. Saturday at the church. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Pleasants County Habitat for Humanity, P. O. Box 559, St. Marys, WV 26170.

(Michael Anderson)


Parkersburg News November 4, 2007

Jimmy N. Buzzard

Jimmy Noland Buzzard, 70, of Arvilla, Pleasants County, W.Va., passed away Friday, Nov. 2, 2007.

He was born in Murphytown, W.Va., and raised in Pennsboro, W.Va., a son of the late Donald and Madeline Buzzard. He graduated from Pennsboro High School and went on to play college football, with a scholarship, at the University of North Carolina. He was a member of Harmony Lodge No. 59 A. F. & A. M. of Pennsboro. After returning home from college, Jim went to work at the Union Carbide plant in Sistersville, W.Va. He retired in 1999, after 39 years of service. After retirement, Jim enjoyed life with his friends and family in Arvilla. He also enjoyed a weekly routine of working out with his friends at the St. Marys Physical Fitness Center.

Jim was an athlete all of his life, even playing pick-up basketball games until the age of 67. After returning from college he competed with many softball teams in the Ohio Valley and began working with youth teams. After he retired, he volunteered as a coach at St. Marys High School. It was only fitting that his life ended watching a game he loved so much and a team he helped coach.

Jim is survived by his wife of 45 years, Janice Boso Buzzard; three children, Lori Tabada and her fiance, John DeGratt of Indianapolis, Ind., Rita Buzzard of St. Marys, and Kevin Buzzard and his fiancee, Trish Ward, of Newport, Ohio; and four grandchildren, Derek and Devin Tabada, both of Indianapolis, Ind., and Brittnay and Kylee Buzzard, both of St. Marys.

Jim was a devout family man and he loved them all very much.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Pastor Kelly Snyder officiating. Interment will be in the St. Marys IOOF Cemetery. Calling hours will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday and from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

The family asks that donations be made in the name of Jim Buzzard to the St. Marys High School End-Zone Club to build a new sports facility for all athletes who attend St. Marys High School. This was an activity that Jim felt very strongly about. Donations can be made at Union Bank of St. Marys or by mailing them to: SMHS End-Zone Club, c/o Bob Williams, 121 Bryan Drive, St. Marys, WV 26170.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News March 17, 2006

William C. Buzzard

William C. “Bill” Buzzard, 79, of Harrisville, W.Va., died March 15, 2006, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was born Sept. 15, 1926, at Hazelgreen, Ritchie County, W.Va., a son of the late Lester G. and Clara Prunty Buzzard. He was a lifelong resident of Ritchie County. He was a U. S. Army veteran of the Korean War, where he received two bronze stars. He was a Methodist and was retired from E. I. Dupont Chemical Works.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jean Bragg Buzzard; four children, Roger Buzzard and his wife, Beth, of Harrisville, Linda Buzzard of Gainesville, Fla., Anita Owens and her husband, Ernie, of Pennsboro, W.Va., and John Buzzard of Alexandria, Va.; one grandson, Daniel Buzzard of Harrisville; daughter-in-law, Lisa Buzzard of Spencer; four sisters; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Billy Joe Buzzard; one brother; and one sister.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Pastor Bud Corbin officiating. Burial will be in the Buzzard Cemetery at Hazelgreen, Ritchie County. Calling hours are from 7-9 p.m. today and from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Franklin "Doil" Byers

Franklin "Doil" Byers, 69, of St. Marys went home to be with the Lord June 17, 2002.

He was born Aug. 14, 1932 in Hebron, WV. He was a son of the late Burl M. Byers and Sharlene Satterfield Byers May. He was a member of the Cornerstone Gospel Church, retired from Cyanamid where he worked for 35 years and was one of the first ambulance drivers for the Pleasants County Emergency Squad. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict and was a graduate of St. Marys High School with the class of 1950.

Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Betty Byers; two daughters, Stephanie Poling and her husband, John, and Bonnie Lamp and her husband, K. D., all of Belmont; one son, Scott Byers and his wife, Paige of Parkersburg; seven grandchildren, Justin and Bethanie Poling, Casey and Brittanie Lamp, all of Belmont, Zakary and Reed Byers and Mike Brum, all of Parkersburg: four brothers, Robert Byers and Todd Byers of St. Marys, Eddie Byers of Washington and Joe Byers of Canton, OH; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one infant sister.

Services will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, at Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with the Rev. Mark Wilding officiating. Burial will be in the Maple Lane Masonic Cemetery with military graveside rites by American Legion Post 79, VFW Post 222 and AMVETS Post 40. Visitation will be from 2-9 p.m. Wednesday and until service time Thursday at the funeral home.

(Michael Anderson)


The Independent, Massillon, Ohio, April 2, 2008

Joseph L. Byers

Joseph L. Byers, age 80, of Canton, passed away on Monday, March 31, 2008. He was born on November 27, 1927 to the late Burl and Charlene Byers. Joseph was a 1945 graduate of St. Mary's High School in West Virginia. He proudly served in the U.S. Army as a military policeman. He retired from The Timken Company, in 1987, after 43 years of service. Joseph enjoyed spending time with his family and will be greatly missed. In addition to his parents, Joseph is preceded in death by a brother, Franklin Byers and an infant sister, Connie Byers. He is survived by his former wife and loving friend, Louise (Davis) Byers of Uniontown; his daughters, Gwen (Gary) DePriest of Uniontown, OH and Sonya (Robert) Shilling Jr. of Canton; a granddaughter, Lesli DePriest of Uniontown, OH; step-grandchildren, Robert (Sonja) Shilling III, Joshua (Kattie) Shilling and Brittany Shilling, all of Canton; two great-grandsons, Luka and Ethan Shilling; three brothers, Robert Byers and Talbert Byers, both of St. Marys, WV, and Eddie Byers of Parkersburg, WV; numerous nieces and nephews, and many friends. Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, April 3, 2008 at 1pm in the Reed Funeral Home NORTH CANTON Chapel (801 Pittsburg Ave. N.W., North Canton, OH 44720) with Ed Knox officiating. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, April 2, 2008 from 5-8pm and one hour prior to the service on Thursday from 12-1pm in the funeral home. Entombment will be in Sunset Hills Memory Gardens.

(Note: Joseph L. Byers was in the St. Marys High School Class of 1947-GEB)

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News May 14, 2005

June Byers

June Byers, 77, of Belmont, W.Va., died May 12, 2005, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born Oct. 30, 1927, at Hebron, W.Va., a daughter of the late George and Edwinnie Jones Grove. She was a member of the Belmont United Methodist Church, a member of the United Methodist Women, a member of the St. Marys Chapter 31 Order of the Eastern Star and a member of the Carehaven Red Hat Society. She was a former member of the Nine Mile Homemakers. She enjoyed bowling and a variety of handiwork.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Robert M. Byers; three daughters, Connie Ferrell of New Martinsville, W.Va., Penny Britton and her husband, Edwin, of St. Marys and Trena Cox and her husband, Donald, of Harrisville; one son, Mark Byers and his wife, Drema, of St. Marys; nine grandchildren, Loree Hughart and her husband, Lester, Dan Ferrell and his wife, Tonya, Caree Bills and her husband, Buggy, Darcy Haught and her husband, Curtis, Mike Gray, Melanie Nesbitt and her husband, Johan, Katee Pennington and her husband, Joshua, Donnie Paul Cox Jr. and Samuel Cox; six great-grandchildren, Wesley Bills, Bradlee Bills, James Bills, Nicole Haught, Logan Haught and DiMaggio MacDonald; one brother, the Rev. Lester Grove and his wife, Dot, of St. Albans, W.Va.; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Larry Ferrell; grandson, Robbie Britton; two sisters, Fay Louise Grove and Gertrude Sandy; and four brothers, Aubrey Grove, Clifford Grove, Alden E. Grove and Stanley Grove.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with the Rev. Tim Nichols officiating. Burial will be in the Maple Lane Masonic Cemetery, Hebron, W.Va. Calling hours are from 2-4 and 5-8 p.m. today, with an Eastern Star memorial service at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News June 1, 2008

Robert M. “Bob” Byers

Robert M. “Bob” Byers, 82, of Belmont, formerly of the Nine Mile Community, died May 31, 2008, at Carehaven of Pleasants.

He was born July 4, 1925, in Hebron, a son of the late Burl M. and Sharlene Satterfield Byers. He was retired from the American Cyanamid Company, was an U. S. Army Veteran of World War II, serving in the European Theatre of Operations. He was a past president of the Rt. 16 Water Corporation, was a former member of the Pleasants County Board of Education and was a charter member of the Pleasants County Emergency Squad.

He is survived by three daughters, Connie Ferrell of New Martinsville, Penny Britton and her husband, Edwin, of St. Marys and Trena Cox and her husband, Donald, of Harrisville; one son, Mark Byers and his wife, Drema, of St. Marys; nine grandchildren, Loree Hughart and her husband, Lester, Dan Ferrell and his wife, Tonia, Caree Bills and her husband, “Buggy,” Darcy Haught and her husband, Curtis, Mike Gray, Melanie Nisbitt and her husband, Johan, Katee Pennington and her husband, Joshua, Donnie Paul Cox Jr. and Samuel Cox; eight great-grandchildren, Wesley Bills, Bradlee Bills, James Bills, Nicole Haught, Logan Haught, Dimaggio MacDonald, Morgan Haught and TreQuan Nisbitt; two brothers, Todd Byers of St. Marys and Eddie Byers and his wife, Carolyn, of Washington, W.Va.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, June Grove Byers; one grandson, Robbie Britton; one son-in-law, Larry J. Ferrell; one sister, Connie Sue Byers; two brothers, Frank Byers and Joe Byers; stepfather, Roy Dugan May; and a stepbrother, Dugan May.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Pastor Tim Nichols officiating. Interment will be in the Maple Lane Masonic Cemetery, Hebron, with military graveside services. Friends may call from 4-9 p.m. Monday and one hour prior to services Tuesday at the funeral home.

An online guest register is available at www.ingramfh.com .

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News June 23, 2008

Tod Byers

Tod Byers, 78, of St. Marys, W.Va., died June 21, 2008, at his residence.

He was born March 18, 1930, in Hebron, W.Va., a son of the late Burl M. and Sharlene Satterfield Byers. He was a graduate of St. Marys High School and a U. S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a retired school bus driver with the Pleasants County Schools and worked previously for the Pittsburgh Processing Machine Shop with Benny Abicht. He painted, roofed and worked in the oil fields. He drove a taxi, when St. Marys had taxi service, and worked on the Byers Farm. His hobbies included playing cards and spending time with his family and kiddies.

He is survived by his children, Cindy Byers Jones of Pennsboro, W.Va., Pam Byers Palmer and her husband, Darr, of Florida, Tim Byers and his wife, Stacey, of St. Marys, W.Va., and Crystal Byers Jeffers Shreve and her husband, Bernie, of Bradenton, Fla.; grandchildren, Heather Jones Kelley, Lori Jones, Jeremy Jones, Jared Byers, Jordan Byers, Tayler Shreve and Brendan Shreve; great-grandchildren, Jalen Arnott, Allyiah Arnott and Joseph Lowther; a brother, Eddie Byers and his wife, Carolyn, of Washington, W.Va.; his former wife and friend, Pat Byers Wagster; his loving companion, “Taco”; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Deborah Lynne Byers, and three brothers, Frank Byers, Joe Byers and Robert Byers.

Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Maple Lane Freewill Baptist Church in Hebron, W.Va. Interment will be in the Maple Lane Masonic Cemetery with military graveside service. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, and from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

(Gerald Bills)


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