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Pleasants County Leader February 14, 1936

ABRAHAM DAILY

Abraham Daily was born October 11, 1852, departed this life Feb. 7, 1936, age 84 years, 3 months, and 27 days. Married to Martha Dennis who preceded him in death 32 years ago. To this union 12 children were born of which 4 preceded him. 8 living, 3 sons and 5 daughters; namely Levi Daily of Friendly; David and Flave of East Liverpool; Mrs. T. J. Stewart of Bens Run; Mrs. S. A. Clutter and Mrs. Henry Howell of East Liverpool; Ohio; Mrs. Lem Barnhart of Follansbee, Mrs. Alex Barnhart of Tiltonville, O.; 40 Grand children, 38 great grand children and 3 great great grand children.

He also was united in marriage to Miss Emily Barnhart Nov. 19th, 1904, who still survives him, also one brother Rev. David G. daily of East Liverpool; one sister Mrs. Nancy Seckman of Tyler City.

He united with the Baptist church in early life of which he remained a faithful member.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at Mt. Nebo, conducted by Rev. L. R. Stump of St. Marys and C. C. Beagle of New Cumberland, W. Va. Interment in the Mt. Nebo Cemetery with Charles Ruttencutter undertaker.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News September 21, 2009

Donald W. Dailey

Donald W. Dailey, 38, of Paden City, W.Va., passed away Sept. 19, 2009, at his residence.

Donald was born Oct. 11, 1970, and was employed by REM of Paden City, W.Va.

Donald was a graduate of Sistersville High School, a graduate of WVNCC with a bachelor's degree in psychology and also a graduate of Rockville University with a degree in pharmacology.

He is survived by his parents, Robert O. Dailey of Middlebourne, W.Va., and Viola M. (David) Streight of St. Marys, W.Va.; and sister, Wilma Malone of St. Marys.

In addition to his parents and sister, he also has two nephews, Michael Baker Jr. of Middlebourne and Joseph Baker of Wellsburg, W.Va.; niece, Emily Baker of St. Marys; one great-nephew, Connor Baker of Middlebourne; and several cousins. He is also survived by special friend, Derick Miller of Paden City.

He is also survived by two uncles and three aunts, Garry (Shirley) Felton of Middlebourne, Bernard (Melanie) Dailey of Smith Station, Ala., and Sandy Felton of East Liverpool, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Russell and Vesta Dailey; maternal grandparents, Bert and Leota Felton; and also several aunts and uncles.

Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Myers Funeral Home, Sistersville, W.Va., with the Rev. Adrian Cowgill officiating.

Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Interment will be at Friendly Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Journey Hospice, 314 S. Wells St., Sistersville, WV 26175.

Online condolences may be made to myersfuneralhomewv.com

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader - February 14, 1902

Sistersville Man Dead

Sistersville, W. Va., Feb. 11 - The many friends of Den Daily, one of the firm of Hennigen & Daily, were shocked yesterday when it was reported that he had died at Hot Springs, Ark., of stomach and heart troubles. Deceased had gone to this famous resort a few weeks ago to see if he could be relieved from his trouble, and no one had heard from him so his death came as a shock to his many business and social friends. He was a member of the B. P. O. E. (Elks) which order held a meeting last evening to take immediate action toward the funeral which will be held in Elmira, N. Y., his former home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News October 3, 2009

Richard D. (Doug) Dale

Richard D. (Doug) Dale, 77, of Canaan Valley, W.Va., passed away Sept. 30, 2009, at his home.

He was born in Avondale, W.Va., a son of the late William P. and Essie M. (Biggerstaff) Dale.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Peggie A. (Wilcoxen) Dale; sons, Richard of Canaan Valley and Gregory of Marietta; daughter, Connie Dale of Waverly, W.Va.; sister, Ruth Eller; brother, Thurman Dale; two grandsons; and a great-grandson.

Doug was a veteran of the Korean War. He was a St. Marys businessman for 30 years. In his retirement, he helped form the Volunteer Fire Department of Canaan Valley.

By his wishes, he will be cremated.

Memorial donations may be sent to Canaan Valley Fire Department, P.O. Box 545, Davis, WV 26260, or Hospice Care, 169 Diamond Street, Elkins, WV 26241.

Hinkle Funeral Home, Davis, W.Va., is in charge of arrangements

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News - February 8, 2004

Edith V. Dalrymple

ST. MARYS - Edith V. Barnhart Dalrymple, 79, of St. Marys passed away Feb. 7, 2004, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born June 18, 1924 at Raven Rock, W.Va., the daughter of the late George W. and Roberta L. Tippens Barnhart.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth E. Dalrymple; four sons, Dana G. Dalrymple, Jimmy L. Dalrymple, Benny E. Dalrymple and Richard D. Dalrymple, all of St. Marys; three brothers, Jim Barnhart and Thurman Barnhart, both of Middlebourne, and George Barnhart of Paden City; three sisters, Myrtle Kimble of Middlebourne, Margaret Rogers of Statesville, N.C., and Hazel Dalrymple of Bens Run, W.Va.; eight grandchildren, Dana G. Dalrymple II, Jason N., Melinda A. and Tamara L. Dalrymple, Tonya L. Hall, Christine Yonkins, Erica A. McCullough and Heather Weekley; ten great-grandchildren and two stepgreat-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Billy E. Dalrymple; five brothers, Joe, Paul, Frank, Hobert "Dean" and Oliver Barnhart; and one sister, Hilda Dalrymple.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Myers Funeral Home of Sistersville, with John Keith officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Nebo Cemetery near Bens Run. Visitation will be held 4-9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News March 12, 2007

Jack Dalrymple

Jack Dalrymple, 75, of St. Marys died March 10, 2007, at his residence.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys. Visitation will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

(Posted by Ingram Funeral Home)

Jack Dalrymple, 75, of St. Marys, WV, died, March 10, 2007, at his residence. He was born, October 13, 1931, at Long Reach, Tyler County, WV, a son of the late George Edward and Edith Marian Mitchell Dalrymple. He was a member of the Beech Run Freewell Baptist Church, a U. S. Army Veteran of the Korean War, and had worked for “Buck” Dotson when he had his heating and cooling business. He had been a surveyor for the WV Department of Highways (State Road), had worked construction in Kentucky and West Virginia, and had been a truck driver carrying coal. His hobbies included trout fishing, hunting, and was an avid CBer with the handle “Coffee Drinker”. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Myrtle Taylor Dalrymple, two sons, Paul Dalrymple and his wife, Lori of Newport, OH, and Daniel Dalrymple of Parkersburg, WV, two step grandsons, Nick and Ronny Eddy of Newport, OH, one brother, Roger Dalrymple of Newport, OH, a brother-in-law, George Barnhart of Paden City, WV, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Dalrymple, and six sisters, Belvie Vandine, Mildred Hubbard, Virginia Smith, Grace Adams, Hazel Pryor and Dortha Barnhart. Services will be held Tuesday, March 13, 2007, at 2 P. M. at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV with Pastor George Burns officiating. Burial will be in the Calcutta Cemetery, Calcutta, Pleasants County, WV with military graveside services conducted by American Legion Post 79, VFW Post 222, and AMVETS Post 40. Calling hours will be from 10 A. M. to 2 P. M. Tuesday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Kenneth E. Dalrymple

Kenneth E. "Pete" Dalrymple, 79, of Bens Run Community, St. Marys died Aug. 18, 2004, at his residence.

He was born Aug. 3, 1925, in Long Reach, W.Va., a son of the late George E. and Edith Morgan Dalrymple. He was retired from Quaker State Refinery of St. Marys and was a World War II Navy veteran.

He is survived by his sons, Dana G. Dalrymple, Jimmy L. Dalrymple, Richard D. Dalrymple and Benny E. Dalrymple, all of St. Marys; brothers, Jack Dalrymple of St. Marys and Roger Dalrymple of Newport, Ohio; grandchildren, Dana G. Dalrymple II, Jason N. Dalrymple, Melinda A. Dalrymple, Tamara L. Dalrymple, Tonya L. Hall, Christine Yonkins, Erica A. McCullough and Heather Weekley; 11 great-grandchildren; and two step great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Edith V. Barnhart Dalrymple; his son, Billy E. Dalrymple; and sisters, Belvie Vandine, Mildred Hubbard, Virginia Smith, Grace Adams, Hazel Pryor and Dortha Barnhart.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Myers Funeral Home, Sistersville, with John Keith officiating. Burial will be at Mount Nebo Cemetery, near Bens Run. Visitation will be from 4-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News November 10, 2007

Myrtle M. Dalrymple

Myrtle M. Dalrymple, 63, of St. Marys, W.Va., died Nov. 8, 2007.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.

(Posted by Ingram Funeral Home)

Myrtle M. Dalrymple, 63, of St. Marys, WV, died, November 8, 2007, at her residence. She was born, January 31, 1944, in Charleston, WV, a daughter of Juanita Templeton Taylor of St. Marys, WV and the late Chelsie Junior Taylor. She attended Faith Gospel Church and her hobbies included cooking and baking candy. In addition to her mother, she is survived by two sons, Paul Dalrymple and his wife, Lori of Newport, OH, and Daniel Dalrymple of Parkersburg, WV, a daughter that Myrtle never had, Starla Efaw of Mannington, WV, three step grandchildren, Nick, Ronny, and Eddy Salazar of Newport, OH, three brothers, Norval Taylor and his wife, Frances of St. Marys, WV, Denzil Taylor and his wife, Regina of Belmont, WV, and Marvin Taylor of St. Marys, WV, five sisters, Nancy Binegar of Newport, OH, Leota Beaver and her husband, Lonnie of New Matamoras, OH, Naomi Dottillis and her husband, Paul of Reynoldsville, WV, Loretta Patterson and her husband, James of Fairmont, WV, and Jessie Wilson and her husband Doug of St. Marys, WV, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carl “Jack” Dalrymple and a brother-in-law, Jim Binegar. Services will be held Saturday, November 10, 2007, at 2 P. M. at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV. Interment will be in the Bills/Calcutta Cemetery, Calcutta, Pleasants County, WV. Friends may call from 10 A. M. to 2 P. M. Saturday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News May 15, 2008

Gordon H. Dalton

Gordon H. Dalton, 88, of Parkersburg passed away May 14, 2008, at his residence with his loving wife, Nelle, daughter, Janine, and granddaughter, Tina, by his side.

He was born Feb. 2, 1920, in Spencer, W.Va., a son of the late Joseph H. and Ada H. Hunt Dalton.

Gordon retired after 10 years of service with Coal Research at Moundsville, W.Va. He was a U.S. Navy veteran having served in World War II, member of the Masonic Lodge 169 of Parkersburg and a member of South Parkersburg Baptist Church, where he belonged to the Believers Sunday School Class and the Retired Mens Association.

He is survived by his wife of over 67 years, Nelle E. Ellison Dalton; one son, William G. Dalton of New Martinsville, W.Va.; two daughters, Shauna (Robert) Kirby of Gulf Breeze, Fla., and Janine Farr of St. Marys, W.Va.; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

In addition his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother; four sisters; and a daughter-in-law, Starlene Dalton.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 2333 Pike Street, Parkersburg, with Pastor Joe Busch officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen South Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2-6 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to services Saturday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle October 17, 2007

Martha Heddleston Daniel

Martha Heddleston Daniel, 85, of Clovis, NM, died Sept. 30, 2007.

Martha was born May 30, 1922, to James and Grace Heddleston at Eureka. She was a graduate of the Class of 1940 of St. Marys High School, where she had participated in various clubs, plays, poetry contests and had written the 1940 class poem.

She married Robert E. Daniel Dec. 24, 1943 in Aberdeen, MD. She had made her home for the past 60-plus years in Ft. Sumner, NM; Modesto. CA and Amarillo, TX. She worked as a secretary and was an artist who loved painting, landscaping and floral arranging. She enjoyed writing and illustrating children's books, birthday cards and writing short stories. She received several awards for her poems and paintings. She was a member of Beta-Sigma Pi in the Texas and NM chapters.

Survivors include three sons, Robert E. Daniel III, James "Jim" Daniel; both of Amarillo, TX and Lee (Kathleen) Daniel of Austin, TX; three grandchildren, Arvin (Raeni) Daniel, Ingo Daniel and Gideon Daniel; one great grandchild, Carmen Daniel; two sisters, Carol Arnspiger of Durango; CO and Evelyn Neely of Belmont; and one brother, Thomas "Tom" Heddleston of Austin, TX.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert E. Daniel; sister, Virginia Vinson; and a brother, James "Bill" Heddleston.

Private services will be held at a later date.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle March 15, 2006

John Wylie Danielson, 86, passed away March 7 at Valley View Care Center in Akron.

Born near Waterford, Ohio, on July 18, 1919, John had been an area resident since 1945.

He was employed by the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. as a lift truck operator for over 35 years, retiring in 1979. Mr. Danielson was a World War II Army veteran in the 328th Engineers Battalion, where he was an ambulance driver on the battlefields of France and Germany with five battle campaign stars. He was a member of the Firestone Park Methodist Church, as well as VFW 3383.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin and Kathleen Danielson; wife, Mildred; sisters, Ruth Willgues, Mary Walker, Nancy Johnson, and Norma Gale; brothers, Kenneth, Glen, John, and Tom Danielson. He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Eileen and Dwight Tompkins of Reynoldsburg, Ohio; brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Vidella, Eugene and Kim Danielson, all of West Virginia; many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Kucko-Anthony-Kertesz Funeral Home, 95 W. Waterloo Rd., where the family received friends for one hour prior to the service. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park, where VFW 3383 conducted military honors.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News October 2, 2009

Leonard L. Daugherty

Leonard L. Daugherty, 80, of Harrisville, died Sept. 30, 2009 at Care Haven of Pleasants, Belmont, W.Va., after an extended illness.

He was born June 3, 1929 in Ritchie County, W.Va., the son of the late Rexie L. and Mary Singleton Daugherty.

Leonard graduated from Harrisville High School and was a 20-year Air Force Veteran, serving in Vietnam. He was retired from WV Dept. of Highways. Leonard was a member of the Sgts. Association of the Air Force, and Harris-Ritchie Post 3554, VFW, Harrisville. He was an avid bowler and loved to travel. He had traveled to all states except Alaska.

He is survived by his wife, M. Delma Pilon Lowther Daugherty; daughter, Penny Jo Pierce (Timothy) of Mineral Wells; step-children, Kathryn Stanley (Mark) of Hubert, N.C., Margaret Ann Props (Richard) of Harrisville, John Lee Lowther (Veronica) of Grantsville, and Donna R. Lowther of Parkersburg; sisters, Lucy Murray (Eric) of Arkansas, Betty Kinneman (Jim) of Waldorf, M.D., and Doris Swink (James) of Lexington, Va.; brother, Charles Daugherty of Baltimore, Md.; 10 grandchildren, Sarah Wilson, Robert Stanley, Danielle Props, Jenna Lowther, Bronson Clark, Tori Lowther, T'onna Mills, T.J. Mills, John Harrison Lowther, and Beth Lowther; and three great-grandchildren, Kylee and Caden Wilson and Mckenzie Addlesburger; several nieces, nephews and cousins; beloved cat Buddy; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Sharon L. Shrader Daugherty; a young daughter, Debra Lea Daugherty and special aunt, Flota Reeves.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with Pastor John Lowther officiating. Burial will follow in the Harrisville IOOF Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Saturday from 4-9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcculloughrogersfuneralhome.com.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News April 19, 2010

Royce E. Daugherty

Royce E. Daugherty, 73, of Mineral Wells, passed away April 18, 2010, at St. Joseph's Hospital.

He was born May 15, 1936, in Pad, W.Va., a son of Ethel M. (Wright) Daugherty and the late Ray M. Daugherty.

He was a graduate of Walton High School and a retired bridge inspector for the West Virginia Department of Highways.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Judy A. (Gragg) Daugherty; two sons, Royce E. Daugherty Jr. of Charleston and Michael R. Daugherty and wife, Kim, of Mineral Wells; three daughters, Cheryl Treadway and husband, Larry, of Mineral Wells, Pam Davis and husband, Mark, of St. Marys and Jodi Chaney and husband, John, of Murphytown, W.Va.; nine grandchildren, Breanna Shahan of Parkersburg, Mike Daugherty of Nelsonville, Ohio, Steve Daugherty and Nicole Daugherty both of Charleston, Stephanie Davis of St. Marys, Jimmy Chaney of Murphytown, Rachael Davis of St. Marys, Donovan Daugherty of Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and Jondra Chaney of Murphytown; and one great-grandchild, Tyler Jake Shahan of Parkersburg.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by one brother, Ralph Daugherty.

Services will be 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Lloyd Keith officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memory Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader - October 18, 1901

Deloyde Davis Dead

Deloyde Davis, son of Mr. and Mrs. O. J. Davis of Belmont, died last Friday afternoon, aged 6 years. His remains were taken to Morgantown Monday for interment.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News - November 03, 2003

Dorothea E. Davis

BELMONT - Dorothea E. Davis, 91, of Belmont died Nov. 1, 2003, at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

She was born Oct. 31, 1912, at Raven Rock, Pleasants County, a daughter of the late Wilbur M. and Sylvia May Snively Rea. She was a member of the Raven Rock United Methodist Church and was retired from the former Colin Anderson Center, St. Marys. She loved to cook, bake and sew.

She is survived by her children, Dora Jo Morrell and her husband, Don, of St. Marys, Gerald Millard Davis of Belmont, Charles Edward Davis and his wife, Inez, of St. Marys, William Glenn "Bill" Davis and his wife, Karen, of Canton, Ga., Fredrick Keith Davis and his wife, Nancy, of St. Marys, Michael Carlton Davis and his wife, Bernice, of Jackson, Alaska, Julie Leann Davis Ginter of Belmont and Wilta Caroline Davis Taylor and her husband, Harold, of St. Marys; 26 grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Glenn M. Davis; children, Max Allen Davis, Vicki Lynn Davis, Gisele Elane Davis and Glenda Mae Davis Dearth; daughter-in-law, Sarah Scadden Davis; two sisters, Audrey Myer and Mary Knight; and two brothers, Dallas Rea and William Rea.

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

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News May 30, 2007

Edwin N. Davis

Edwin Neal Davis, 57, of St. Marys, W.Va., died May 28, 2007, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va.

He was born Aug. 25, 1949, at St. Marys, a son of the late Francis William Davis and Frances Marie Williamson Davis of St. Marys. He was a 1968 graduate of St. Marys High School and was employed by J & J Equipment Co. of Belmont, W.Va.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Ruby Davis; two sons, Rick Davis and his wife, Naomi, of St. Marys and Chad Davis of St. Marys; granddaughter, Dezi Davis of St. Marys; two stepgrandchildren, April Kibble of St. Marys and Tommy Colvin of Missouri; stepgreat-grandson, Hunter Kibble of St. Marys; and three brothers, Sonny Davis, Mike Davis and Dennis Davis, all of St. Marys.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Angela L. Davis.

Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys. Burial will be in the Davis Family Cemetery, Federal Ridge, Pleasants County, W.Va. Calling hours will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today and from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Elah Rue Davis

Elah Rue Davis, 69, of Belmont died July 18, 2001, in Marietta Memorial Hospital.

She was born Nov. 18, 1931, in Roane County, a daughter of the late Ora and Chloe McGlothlin Helmic. She was a member of the Belmont United Methodist Church, charter member of the St. Marys Lioness Club, was a Pleasants County magistrate for approximately 20 years, member of the Belmont Homemakers Club, a 25-year member of the St. Marys Woman’s Club, a member of the Amity Rebekah Lodge, St. Marys, and attended the St. Marys Senior Citizen functions. She was a seamstress as well as being very artistic.

Survivors include three daughters, Stephanie Poole and her husband, Charles of Spencer, Angela Lafferre and her husband, Steve of Petersburg and Sharon Beck and her husband John of Belmont; four grandchildren, Renee and Tracey Beck of Belmont, JuliAnna Poole of Spencer and Bethany Lafferre of Petersburg; one sister-in-law, Wilma Davis of Parkersburg; one nephew, Lt. Cmdr. George Davis III of Washington, D.C.; and one niece, Cassandra Davis of the U.S. Air Force in England.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Hayward Purkey officiating. Burial in Pleasant Memorial Estates, Eureka. Calling hours are 4-9 p.m. today and until service time Saturday.

(Michael Anderson)


Pleasants County Leader - May 8, 1908

"Mrs. Ellen Davis Dead"

Mrs. Ellen Davis, wife of Lee Davis died at her home Tuesday May 4th. of pneumonia. She leaves a husband and nine children to mourn their loss. She was a member of the Christian church and the funeral occurred Wednesday and was conducted by Rev. Geo. Varner."

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News November 28, 2007

Enid V. Davis

Enid V. Davis, 96, of Harrisville, W.Va., formerly of Pennsboro, departed this life on Monday, Nov. 26, 2007, at Harrisville.

Mrs. Davis was born April 25, 1911, in Buckingham County, Va., a daughter of the late Archie R. and Lula M. Tallman Conaway. She had owned and operated the former Davis Variety Store of Pennsboro from 1953 until her retirement in 1976. She was a graduate of the former Pennsboro High School with the Class of 1930. Her interests in the community were evidenced by her participation in numerous community endeavors, her 50 plus year membership in the Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter 26, where she had served as Worthy Matron and membership in the Anne Royal Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution; however, her main and consuming interest was the welfare and well being of her beloved family. She was a member of the former Trinity United Methodist Church of Pennsboro, now known as the Pennsboro United Methodist Church where she entered into membership in 1925 and was a member of the United Methodist Women.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Stephen A. and Betty Davis of Williamstown; daughter and son-in-law, Sandra K. and Jim Starr of Harrisville; brother, Thomas C. Conaway of St. Marys; grandchildren, Brett Starr, Kimberly Stamolis, Dr. Byron Davis and Courtney Davis; and four great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Davis was preceded in death on Nov. 8, 1963, by her beloved husband, Allen Davis, a former teacher and coach at Pennsboro High School, with whom she was united for life in marriage on Aug. 28, 1934; brothers, Eugene and Edward Conaway; and sisters, Vivian Rinehart, Genevieve Curry and Lala Conaway.

A celebration of the life of Enid Davis will be 1 p.m. Friday at Pennsboro United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Steven Lightner and the Rev. Thomas Malcolm officiating. Interment will be in the Mt. Harmony Masonic Cemetery, Pennsboro. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, and from noon until 1 p.m. Friday at the Pennsboro United Methodist Church.

It is preferred and the family requests memorials in the name of Enid Davis be made to the Pennsboro United Methodist Church, 601 Main St., Pennsboro, WV 26415.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News October 15, 2008

Frances M. Davis

Frances M. Davis of Parkersburg passed away Oct. 13, 2008, at Cedar Grove Personal Care and Assisted Living.

She was born in Miami, Okla., on Feb. 12, 1915, a daughter of the late James W. and Carrie Esther Davis.

She was a graduate of Southwest Missouri State University and taught in the Polk County and Springfield, Mo., public school systems for several years. She earned a master's degree in education from Northwestern University and was on the Elementary Education Staff at the Teachers College of the University of Nebraska. She received a Specialist Diploma in supervision and curriculum from Columbia University. She worked for 10 years under the auspices of Ohio University in the U.S. AID Project in Nigeria, helping to establish the Nigerian government school curriculum and training teachers there. After returning from Nigeria, she taught at the Ohio University Belmont Campus and later in the Pleasants County, W.Va., school system, where she received the Pleasants County Teacher of the Year Award in 1981. Fran was a member of the Parkersburg Art Guild and served as a docent at the Parkersburg Art Center. She was an active member of the North Parkersburg Baptist Church, where she taught the King's Daughters Sunday School class for many years, served on the Advisory Board and the Board of Christian Education, and was instrumental in establishing the library at North Christian School.

Surviving are her twin brother and sister, James H. Davis and Jean M. Henry, both of Springfield, Mo.; her younger sister, Betty Davis Gateley and husband, the Rev. Ward Gateley, of Huntsville, Ala.; three nieces, Mary Ruth Benson and husband, Dr. Larry Benson, of Kansas City, Mo., Frances Ann Hargadon and husband, Paul Hargadon, of St. Louis, Mo., and Joan Louise Stevens of Tulsa, Okla.; one nephew, James H. Gateley and wife, Martha Gateley, of Huntsville, Ala.; one stepniece, Lillian Boyd of Carrithersville, Mo.; several grandnieces and grandnephews; and a host of friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, George Davis; a sister, Virginia Gray; and a nephew, John Henry.

A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at North Parkersburg Baptist Church with the Rev. Kent Boone and the Rev. Ryan Brooks officiating. A memorial service for the family will be held in Springfield, Mo.

Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, is assisting the family with cremation arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Frances M. Davis to The Sudan Interior Mission, P.O. Box 7900, Charlotte, NC 28241.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News March 24, 2009

Gerald M. Davis

Gerald M. Davis, 63, of Belmont, W.Va., passed away March 22, 2009, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was born April 22, 1945, in Pleasants County, W.Va., a son of the late Glenn M. and Dorothea Rea Davis. He was a 1965 graduate of St. Marys High School and was a U.S. Navy veteran. He was a member of the Laborers Union Local 1085 and in his spare time, he enjoyed fishing.

He is survived by his fiancee, JoZane Yeager of St. Marys, W.Va.; one son, Gerald Scott Davis of Marietta, Ga.; one daughter, Buffy Burkhammer and her husband, Andy, of St. Marys; one grandson, Cole Daniel Burkhammer; seven siblings, Dora Jo Morrell of St. Marys, Julie Ginter of Belmont, Charles E. Davis of St. Marys, Frederick Davis of Belmont, Wilta Taylor of St. Marys, William G. Davis of Canton, Ga., and Michael Davis of Arkansas; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah L. Davis; three sisters, Glenda Dearth, Giselle Davis and Vicki Lynn Davis; and two brothers, Johnny Davis and Max Allen Davis.

Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Pastor Kay Larsen officiating. Interment will be in the Willow Island Cemetery, Willow Island, W.Va. Calling hours will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today and from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Imogene ‘Imie’ Bayless Davis

Imogene ‘Imie’ Bayless Davis, 74, of St. Marys, died Aug. 20, 2001, at her residence. She was born May 27, 1927, in Newport, Ohio, daughter of the late Everett Alfred and Cloe Alberta Thomas McGee. She was a 1946 graduate of Newport High School and a former secretary for the school. She was a member of the Newport United Methodist Church, a member of the Ellenboro Chapter 20 Order of the Eastern Star and was a retired beautician. She had operated beauty shops in both Newport and St. Marys. She loved to sew and cook.

She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Ralph W. Davis; two sons, Bill Bayless and his wife, Susy of Ellenboro and Richard Davis and his wife, Brenda of St. Marys; grandchildren, Craig and Jenny Bayless of Parkersburg, Richard Lee and Marci Davis of Belmont, W.Va., and Barbara and John Burns of St. Marys; great-grandchildren, Wesley and Summer Bayless of Parkersburg and Caleb Burns of St. Marys; one brother, Gerald McGee of Milton, Fla.; one sister, Peggy Wright of Newport; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, David R. Bayless; and two brothers, George G. McGee and H. Alfred McGee.

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home of St. Marys, with the Rev. Hayward Perkey officiating. Burial will be in the Newport Cemetery of Ohio. Calling hours are from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with an Eastern Star Memorial Service at 7:30 p.m.

(Michael Anderson)


Parkersburg News - December 5, 2003

Jack D. Davis

ALMA, W.Va. - Jack D. Davis, 56, of Alma, Tyler City Community, died Dec. 3, 2003.

He is survived by his wife, Wanda Monroe Davis; daughters, Barbara Jones of Pennsboro, Pamela Davis of Alma and Bonnie Stillson of St. Marys; brothers, Kenneth, Charles, Larry and Joseph Williamson; a sister, Mary Phoenix; and three grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Furbee Funeral Home, with visitation from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today. Interment will be in Spring Hill Cemetery, Joseph's Mills.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader - November 16, 1906

Death - Davis

Mrs. Julia Davis died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. R. F. Hobbs in this city, Monday morning. She suffered a stroke of partial paralysis last summer from which she never recovered and which affection was finally responsible for her dissolution. At midnight she was sleeping peacefully and between that hour and dawn her spirit passed to the Great Beyond.

A brief funeral service was held at the late home on Wednesday afternoon by Rev. McDonald, pastor of the Presbyterian church, after which the remains were laid to rest in the St. Marys cemetery.

The deceased, whose maiden name was Briggs, was born at Orchard Park, N. Y., Feby. 27, 1822. She was married to Thos. Davis and removed to Pennsylvania where Mr. Davis died.

From there with her three children she came to West Virginia during the early 90's, removing to St. Marys with her daughter in 1895.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. R. F. and Mrs. R. C. Hobbs

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News June 4, 2004

Leah V. Davis

Leah V. Davis, 79, of Belmont, formerly of St. Marys, died May 31, 2004, at the St. Joseph's Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born Sept. 30, 1924, in Pleasants County, W.Va., a daughter of the late Harley O. and Ruby Irene Grimm Davis. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, St. Marys.

She is survived by one nephew, Noel Davis Jr.; one niece, Miriam Stephens; one great-nephew, Jonathan Stephens; and one great- niece, Rebekah Stephens, all in Florida.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Noel Davis and one sister, Lillian Davis.

Memorial service will be 2 p.m. June 12 at the First Baptist Church, St. Marys, with Pastors John Strimer and George Harris officiating. Burial will be in the Wasp [Gorrell] Cemetery, Pleasants County at the convenience of the family.

Her body was donated to the West Virginia University Human Gift Registry, Morgantown, W.Va. The will be no calling hours.

Ingram Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News August 22, 2004

Lisa M. Davis

Lisa M. Davis, 41, of Ellenboro departed this life on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2004, at Chesapeake, Ohio, after a battle with cancer.

Lisa was born on Oct. 9, 1962, at Marietta. She was a graduate of Pennsboro High School with the class of 1980 and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter 20, of Pennsboro. She had been employed as a secretary and was a member of the Cloverdale Church of Christ near St. Marys.

She is survived by her parents, Dennis and Carole Locke Davis of Ellenboro; sister, Julie Ann Davis of Chesapeake, Ohio; maternal grandmother, Opal Locke of St. Marys; paternal grandfather, Alex Davis of Clarksburg, W.Va.; paternal step-grandfather, Silas Francis of Ellenboro; fiance, Gregory Edwards and his son, Greggy, both of Ellenboro; and several aunts and uncles.

Lisa was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Denzil Locke; and her paternal grandmother, Hester Francis.

A funeral service for Lisa will be 11 a.m. Monday at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with Evangelist Dave Williamson officiating. Interment will be in the Ellenboro Masonic Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-6 p.m. today and after 9 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Margaret H. Davis

Margaret H. Davis, 94, of St. Marys died June 24, 2002.

She is survived by two children, Ottis D. "Danny" Davis, and Judy Mae Davis both of St. Marys; two grandchildren, Dwight Davis of Parkersburg, and Denise Davis Padden of Vienna; four great-grandchildren; and one brothers, Norvel F. Smith of Vienna.

She was preceded in death by her husband, O. D. Davis; one sister; one brother.

Services, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys. Calling hours from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday.

(Gerald Bills)


East Liverpool Review, June 15, 1950

Michael Warren Davis, 60, of near Hookstown died Wednesday at 5:48 p. m. in the East Liverpool Osteopathic Hospital, following a seven-week illness.

Mr. Davis was born in St. Marys, W. Va., and resided in this community 16 years. He was employed by the Jones & Laughlin Steel Co. at Aliquippa for the past six years. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge at Aliquippa and the C. I. O.

Mr. Davis leaves his widow, Mrs. Edna Pearl Davis; five sons, Clyde R. Davis of Steubenville, Santford Davis is Smiths Ferry, and Lawrence Davis of Ft. Meade, Md., and George Davis and James Davis at home; six daughters, Mrs. Pauline Jones of Smiths Ferry, Mrs. Doris Newman of Chester, Mrs. Florence Higgins of near New Cumberland, and Mary Rose Davis, Twila Davis and Edna Davis at home; three brothers, Lawrence Davis, Valley Davis and Santford Davis of East Liverpool; three half-brothers, William Davis of East Liverpool, Emmanuel Davis of Tulsa, and William Parks of Latrobe, and 10 grandchildren.

Rites will be held Saturday at 2 p. m. in the Martin Funeral Home by Rev. E. K. Hines of Canton. Burial will be in Longs Run Cemetery.

Friends may call Friday night at the funeral home.

(Christina Anthony)


Parkersburg News - August 31, 2003

RALPH W. DAVIS

ST. MARYS, W.Va. - Ralph W. Davis, 80, of St. Marys died Thursday (Aug. 28, 2003) at Marietta Memorial Hospital in Marietta.

He was born Nov. 28, 1922, in Williamstown to Charles A. and Helen Elizabeth Davis. He attended St. Marys High School and was a prominent businessman in St. Marys with Davis Motor Co.He was a member of the St. Marys Volunteer Fire Department for many years and had served as deputy sheriff in Pleasants County. He enjoyed hunting, camping and fishing.

He is survived by two sons, Richard Davis and his wife, Brenda, of St. Marys, and Bill Bayless and his wife, Susy, of Ellenboro, W.Va.; three grandchildren, Barbara Burns and her husband, John, of St. Marys, Richard Davis and his wife, Marci, of Belmont, W.Va., and Craig Bayless and his wife, Jenny, of Oak Grove, W.Va.; three great-grandchildren, Caleb Burns, and Wesley and Summer Bayless; one brother, Edwin A. Davis of St. Marys; one sister, Ruth Sweaney of Williamsburg, Va.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Luella Pearl Davis; his second wife, Imogene Bayless Davis; his parents; and two brothers, Harold and Robert E. Davis.

Services were to be 2 p.m. Sunday at Ingram Funeral Home in St. Marys with the Rev. Hayward Perkey and Evangelist Dan Kessinger officiating. Burial was in St. Marys IOOF Cemetery.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News May 29, 2007

Robert L. Davis Jr.

Robert L. Davis Jr., 43, of Parkersburg died May 27, 2007, at his home after an extended illness.

He was born in Parkersburg and is the son of Robert Davis Sr. and Betty Hendershot Davis. He was a member of the Murphytown Lions Club and he attended the Broadway Church of the Nazarene.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his three children, Joshua C. Knowles of Florida, Angel F. McDonald of St. Marys and Katelynn E. Davis of Spencer. He is also survived by two brothers and three sisters, Harold B. Davis of Parkersburg, Waitman G. Davis of New Matamoras, Ohio, Kathy M. Palmer of Parkersburg, Tammy K. Sampson of Spencer and Denise A. Davis of Parkersburg; and several nieces and nephews;

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Harold L. Davis and Naomi L. Davis Patterson of Parkersburg; and his maternal grandfather, Elsie W. (Spike) Hendershot of Parkersburg.

Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Robert Kinley officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memory Gardens. Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


OBITUARY of ROSETTA HART DAVIS

Rosetta (Hart) Davis, daughter of the late John F. Hart, was born Jan. 3, 1871, departed this life Feb 8, 1915, aged 44 years, one month and five days.

She was married May 5, 1897 to Thomas A. Davis, and to this union were born one boy and four girls. Having professed religion in February, 1906, in a series of meetings held at Cloverdale by Rev. C. E. Fogle of the Church of Christ, since then she has lived an active, consistent Christian life.

She was patient throughout her illness, while a complication of disease mastered her mortal body but grew in strength with Spiritual things.

She is survived by her husband and five children, besides three sisters and four brothers, Mary E., Sarah E. of Muses Bottom; Hester Ann of Newell, W.Va., Marion, W. D., J. W. and I. L. of Schultz, with a host of friends are sad and lonely because of her absence. They do not mourn as those who have no hope, for their irretrievable loss is her eternal gain.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Jasper Davis at Cloverdale Church of Christ, on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m. and the remains were laid to rest in the cemetery nearby to await the resurrection morn.

A Brother

Card of Thanks
We wish to extend our sincere thanks to our friends and neighbors who so nobly assisted, as during the late illness and death of our dear wife and mother.

(Victoria Adams)


Sarah Louise Davis

Sarah Louise Davis, 52, of Belmont, WV, died Jan. 10, 2002, at Marietta Memorial Hospital of OH.

She was born Dec. 25, 1949, in Belmont, a daughter of Daniel Paul and Esther Louise Moore Scadden of St. Marys. She was a member of the Willow Island Baptist Church of Willow Island, WV. She was a 1967 graduate of St. Marys High School. She had worked at the former Colin Anderson Center, Fenton Art Class, American Cyanamid, Lee Middleton Dolls and Public Debt. Her hobbies included crafts and shopping.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband of 31 years, Gerald M. Davis; three children, Angela Dawn Baxter of St. Marys, Gerald Scott Davis of Kennesaw, GA. and Buffy Ann Burkhamer of St. Marys; three grandchildren, Cole Burkhamer, Brandon Baxter and Devin Baxter, all of St. Marys; two sisters, Carol Wolfe and Margaret Spears, both of St. Marys; and one brother, Clyde Scadden of St. Marys.

Services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday at Willow Island Baptist Church. Pastor Dana Locke will officiate. Burial will be in the Willow Island Cemetery. Calling hours are from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. today at the Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home of St. Marys and from noon-1 p.m. Saturday at the church.

(Michael Anderson)


St. Marys Oracle August 20, 2008

Stella E. Davis

Stella E. Davis, 76, of Harrisville, died Aug. 17, 2008 at St. Joseph's Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born Feb. 14, 1932 in Pleasants County, the daughter of the late Charles W. and Lily May Sinnett Bunner. She had worked at Cairo Manufacturing as a machine operator and floor girl for many years. She was a member of Southside Baptist Church, Harrisville.

She is survived by a son, Roger A. Davis of St. Marys; three daughters, Brenda Sue Riddle, Parkersburg and Debra Bunner and Patricia Ankrom, both of Harrisville; brothers, Virgil Bunner of EIlenboro and Perry Bunner both of Cairo; sister, Loretta Kerns of Harrisville; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis A. "John" Davis; infant children, Pamela Lynn Davis, Rodney Davis and Francis A. Davis Jr.; granddaughter, Jennifer Ankrom; brother, Pearlie "Coot" Bunner; and sisters, Clara Jackson, Ruby Campbell, Pauline Varner, Leotta Varner and Juanita Varner.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with the Rev. Harlan Hodge officiating. Burial will follow in Harrisville IOOF Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

(Gerald Bills)


Steven L. Davis

Steven L. Davis, 48, of St. Marys died Feb. 15, 2001.

He is survived by his mother, Ruth Roden Davis; two sisters, Charlotte Morris and Carolyn Bunner of St. Marys; one niece, Sheri Lyn Morris of Parkersburg; and two nephews, Joe Morris of San Antonio, Texas and Brandy Bills of Shreveport, La.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Services will be held 2 p.m. Monday at Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys. Burial in Pleasants Memorial Estates, Eureka, W.Va. Visitation is from 5-9 p.m. today.

(Michael Anderson)


Parkersburg News October 5, 2006

Veda C. Davis

Veda C. Davis, 89, of Louise Avenue, West Union, departed this life on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2006.

She was born May 29, 1917, at Bristol, a daughter of the late Monroe and Vesta Pearl Dennison Hickman.

On March 27, 1937, she married Paul B. Davis, who preceded her in death on July 27, 2006. She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Judith Ann Davis Romine, and two brothers, Monroe Hickman Jr. and Carl Hickman.

She is survived by one son, John P. and wife, D. Frances Davis, of Crystal Lake, West Union area; one son-in-law, Roger Romine, of Sistersville; one sister, Frances Ann Davis, of Salem; two brothers, Elden R. Hickman, of Maryland, and Sidney Hickman, of Lake Floyd; seven grandchildren, Rhoda Fitzsimmons and husband, Mike, of Sistersville, Judith Lynn Romine, of New Martinsville, Tara Romine, of Charlotte, N.C., Kim Walker and husband, Toney, of Springville, Ala., Rocky Romine, of Sistersville, Jill Billeter and husband, Brad, of Belmont, and Chris Davis, of Ijamsville, Md.; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Davis was a 1934 graduate of Bristol High School; attended Salem College in 1934-1935; and graduated from West Virginia Business College in 1937. She was employed as deputy sheriff in Doddridge County for 28 years. She had been president of the West Union BPW, West Union Women’s Club and United Methodist Women; past worthy matron West Union Chapter 56 OES; secretary of the Doddridge County Library Board of Trustees; member of the Doddridge County Historical Society; member of Colonel William Luther Chapter DAR; past regent of Nathan Davis Chapter DAR; Board of Directors Senior Citizens and the Doddridge County Medical Center. Mrs. Davis was a 57-year member of the Emmanuel United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Davis was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Spurgeon Funeral Home, 212 Front St., West Union, with the Rev. David McCauley officiating. Interment will follow in the Masonic Memorial Park, Crystal Lake. Family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 311 Church St., West Union, WV 26456.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Davis family.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News October 12, 2009

Violet J. Davis

Violet J. Davis, 86, of Belmont died Oct. 10, 2009, at the Wetzel County Hospital in New Martinsville, W.Va.

She was born Sept. 23, 1923, in Pleasants County, a daughter of the late Walter C. and Armeda Pethtel Boley. She was a 1942 graduate of St. Marys High School, for 20 years operated a dairy farm with her husband and worked for 27 years for the state of West Virginia. She was a member of the Cloverdale Church of Christ and she loved gardening, flowers, quilting and the outdoors.

She is survived by her daughters, Margoral Read (Ron) of Clarkesville, Ga., Martha Ash (Dorman) of Sistersville, Charolette Meeks of Belmont and Sally Cornell (Jerry) of Vincent; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; brother, Downer Boley (Carrollyn) of St. Marys; sisters, Georgia Lisk (Arthur) of Marietta and Viola Pethtel (George) of Ventura, Calif.; brother-in-law, Gilbert Price of Parkersburg; sister-in-law, Bonnie Boley of Marietta; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest L. Davis; son, Larry Davis; granddaughter, Michelle Scott; brothers, Clarence "Bud" Boley, Fredrick Boley (Bonita) and Lafayette Boley; and sisters, Wanda Sparks (John), Mary Hanlon (Dean) and Betty Price.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009, at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Tom Butterfield officiating. Interment will be in the St. Marys IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News February 5, 2005

Violet M. Davis

Violet M. Davis, 91, of St. Marys died Feb. 3, 2005, at St. Joseph's Hospital.

She was born Aug. 16, 1913, in Salem, W.Va., a daughter of the late Jules and Alenia Bertaux Mayer. She was a member of the St. John's Catholic Church in St. Marys and the Altar Society. She was a 1931 graduate of Sistersville High School. She served as a teacher's aide in St. Marys public schools for many years.

She is survived by her daughter, Ghislaine Douglass of Belmont; three grandchildren, Julie Hoff and her husband, James, and James Douglass, all of St. Marys and Jenny Barlow and her husband, Atalo, of Portland, Ore.; three great-grandchildren, Brittany and her husband, Clint, of Fairmont and Michaela and Brieanna Barlow of Portland; two great-great-grandchildren, Sophia and Benjamin Winland of Fairmont; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Davis; one sister, Rose Alkire; and one brother, Frank Mayer.

Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. Monday at St. John's Catholic Church, with the Rev. Father Thomas Karachira officiating. Burial will be in the IOOF Cemetery, St. Marys. Calling hours will be 4-8 p.m. Sunday, with a Rosary service at 8 p.m. at Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle April 7, 2004

Virginia L. Davis

Virginia L. Davis, 77, of Fort Washington, Md., died March 27, 2004.

She was born in St. Marys to the late Romie and Lula Statler.

On Sept. 12, 1947 she married James S. Davis Sr. a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer. They were married for 57 years.

She is survived by her beloved husband; one son, James Stuart Davis, Jr.; two daughters, Jody Marie Marsh and Jennifer Sue Jones; one brother, Raymond Statler of San Antonio, Texas; two sisters, June S. McNutt of Monroe, Wa. and Ramona Hart of Titusville, Fla.; and five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Jeffery Wayne Davis.

Services were Thursday, April 1 at the George P. Kalas Funeral Home, Oxon Hill, Md. with long time family friend, Rev. Katherine Kline Chesson officiating. Interment. will follow in the Maryland State Veterans Cemetery, Cheltanham, Md.

Memorial contributions may be made to either The American Heart Fund or the American Cancer Society.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News February 26, 2006

Wilma K. Davis

Wilma Kathleen (Higgins) Davis, “Kat” to family and friends, went home Feb. 24, 2006, at the age of 81 after many years of service to her Lord, her family and her church.

She was the devoted wife of the late Paul D. Davis and loving daughter of James J. and Artie Lee “Jetty” (Locke) Higgins who preceded her in death. She remained faithful to her Lord and Savior through the loss of three brothers, James Ralph, Harold Woodrow in service to his country, Orran Blare; two sisters, Opal Irene Cumblidge-Mercer, Rosie Butler Davis; and others near and dear from an extensive, loving family — brothers, sisters and sons by marriage, nephews, nieces, cousins, aunts and uncles. She cherished each one and never forgot them.

Her heritage of faith and service began Nov. 29, 1924, in Shawnee, Pleasants County. She enjoyed her school years attending Jackson Hall and Morris School’s through the eighth grade.

At 17 she met and married her husband of 57 years. During that time she nurtured and trained their five children; worked on the farm harvesting hay, wheat and corn in season; cutting and logging mine bars to the road by horse; gardening, canning, butchering, and preserving God’s bounty for the welfare of her family and the needy poor.

As the children grew she felt free to work at public service: The Court Restaurant, the Elf Restaurant, St. Marys Cab Stand, the Hi-Way Grille, Morris Restaurant, and finally the Colin Anderson Center. After many years of public employment she retired to be a full-time homemaker and caregiver to her husband and family.

While a young woman, she attended Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church beginning a lifelong journey of service to her Lord. The journey would take her to Zoar Baptist, Pilgrim Holiness, and finally to St. Marys Church of the Nazarene. There she took membership and actively pursued various ministries within the church. The Lord opened a door of service as a member of the Board of Trustees, then as a Steward, Missionary treasurer, Sunday school treasurer, church treasurer and for a short while church secretary. At the same time she served on the Vacation Bible School Committee every year for 25 years. She was the recipient of many service awards culminating with the Distinguished Service Award. Through it all her constant cry was “I just have to praise my Lord, He’s my all in all.”

This remarkable woman served man and God in many other capacities too numerous to mention, but the legacy of her loving service and faithfulness will long be remembered by those whose lives she touched.

The Bible says children are the heritage of the Lord and “Kat” worked all her life to ensure God would receive his heritage from her.

She is survived by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, Leota C. “Cookie” (Davis) Locke, son George Wayne Locke II and his wife, Sheryl Ann (Stewart) Locke, and children Austin Mitchell and Chloe Louise; Delmas Murl Davis and wife, Karen Rae (Felton) Davis; son Anthony Duane Davis and wife, Becky (Winland) Davis, and children, Nikki Marie and Tyler Lee Davis; son Eric Scott Davis and his wife, Deborah (Boley) Davis, children Erika Danielle and Jonathan Davis; daughter, Sharie Kay (Davis) Noland, and her husband, Rick Noland, children Ricky, Bradley, and Kacey Noland; James C. Davis, son, Randy Ceale Davis, wife, Rani (Nichols) Davis, children, Justin Lee and J. Gay Nichols; daughter, Carla Virginia (Davis) Trickett, husband, Denny Trickett, children, Carly Samantha and Cassie Dawn Trickett; daughter, Letitia Dawn Davis and daughter, Isabella; son Andrew Bailey; daughter, Jamie Lynn Davis Karen Sue (Davis-Scadden) Hall, husband, Rocky L. Hall; daughter, Tammy Lynn (Scadden) Bailey, husband, Mark Bailey, children Alex and Ben Bailey; son, Jayson Richard Scadden, wife, Kimberly (McDonald) Scadden, children, Joshua McDonald, Jordan, Hannah, and Joel Scadden; daughter, Susan Victoria (Hall) Jones, husband, Troy Jones, children, Andrew, Jeremy, and Jessi Jones; Wilma P. (Davis) Colvin, husband, Tommy L. Colvin; daughter, Jodie Leann (Colvin) Bonnette, husband, Jim Bonnette, Jr.; daughter, Olivia Machelle Bonnette. Her extended family includes, Hazel Virginia (Demoss) Davis, Deanna (Bailey-Davis) Markey; sisters, Winnie Mae Shingleton and Lulu Belle Lewis; brother-in-law, the Rev. Vaughn R. Davis and wife, Mary (Tenant) Davis; and many nieces and nephews; special brothers and sisters in Christ, Pastor Chuck Rogers, wife, Rosie and family, Pastor Mike Byus, wife, Joni and family, Mrs. Ruth Hannah, wife of the late Pastor Harold Hannah; and many others who time and space will not permit us to list.

Wife, mother, sister, friend, but above all child of God, she journeys home to loved ones gone before, Beryl E. Scadden and Wayne Locke, sons by marriage, and one infant granddaughter, Olivia Brook Colvin.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Pastor Chuck Rogers officiating. Interment will be in the St. Marys I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Calling hours will be 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. today and from 10-11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News September 1, 2009

Liliana Rose Dawson

Liliana Rose Dawson, infant daughter of Victoria Jacobs of St. Marys, W.Va., and Jason Dawson of Friendly, W.Va., passed away Aug. 30, 2009.

Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Maple Lane Masonic Cemetery, Hebron, Pleasants County, W.Va. Calling hours will be from 6-8 p.m. today at Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News June 10, 2004

Martha E. Dawson

Martha Ellen Dawson, 65, of Friendly, W.Va., died June 8, 2004.

Calling hours are 2-9 p.m. today and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, with services 2 p.m. Friday at Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News November 1, 2006

Ricky Lee Dawson

Ricky Lee Dawson, 48, of St. Marys died Oct. 30, 2006.

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

(Posted by Ingram Funeral Home)

Ricky Lee Dawson, 48, of St. Marys, WV died October 30, 2006 at Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, OH. He was born at Weirton, WV on April 15, 1958, to the late Carl Raymond and Hazel Pearl Owens Dawson. Ricky enjoyed being outdoors and he loved spending time with his family. He is survived by his son, Brad Dawson and his wife, Rachael, of St. Marys, two grandsons, Bradley Michael Dawson and Brandon Lee Dawson, 12 brothers and sisters, Leonard Dawson and his wife, Diane, of Wood Co., WV, Jody Ernest and her husband, Allen, of Wood Co., WV, Doug Dawson and his wife, Vickie, of St. Marys, Debbie Smith and her husband, Jim, of Washington Co., OH, Michael Dawson and his wife, Betina, of New Matamoras, OH, Rodney Dawson of North Carolina, David Dawson and his wife Kathy, of North Carolina, Phillip Dawson and his wife, Kimberly and their son, Anthony of St. Marys, Jim Dawson, and his wife, Shannon and their daughter, Mallory of St. Marys, Sheila Smith and her husband, Scott, of Belmont, WV, Tonya Brown and her husband, Jim, of St. Marys, Sonya Stewart and her husband Jerry, of Tyler Co., WV, several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents. Services will be held Thursday, November 2, 2006, at 11 A. M. at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV with the Rev. George Burns officiating. Interment will be in the McKim Cemetery. Calling hours 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)


Parkersburg News May 11, 2007

Alice M. Dearth

Alice Marie Reed Dearth, 84, of Belmont passed away May 10, 2007, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born April 11, 1923, in Grafton, W.Va., a daughter of the late James and Lucy King Reed. She was a member of St John’s Catholic Church, St. Marys.

She is survived by her husband, Charles W. “Bill” Dearth; two daughters, Faye Halbritter Zuchowski of Tunnelton, W.Va., and Judy Halbritter Turner and her husband, Ron, of Kingwood, W.Va.; stepchildren, Keith “George” Dearth and his wife, Sherry, of St. Marys, Eddie Dearth of Jackson, Ohio, Clyde Moler of St. Marys, Mary Kidder and her husband, Ed, of St. Marys, Jan Higgins and her husband, Steve, of Parkersburg, Connie Gifford and her husband, Bud, of Belmont and Betty Dearth at home; and several grandchildren, step grandchildren, great-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one stepdaughter, Carol Dearth Farson; son-in-law, Tom Zuchowski; two sisters, Mary Hardin and Dorie Wise; and brother, Lawrence Reed.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John’s Catholic Church, St. Marys, with Father Shaju Abraham officiating. Interment will be in Pleasants Memorial Estates, Eureka, W.Va. Calling hours will be 6-8 p.m. Friday and 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News October 27, 2009

Charles W. Dearth

Charles W. Dearth, 83, of St. Marys, W.Va., passed away Sunday evening, Oct. 25, 2009.

He was born June 5, 1926, in Wood County, W.Va., a son of the late Howard Mitchell and Molly L. Johnson Dearth. He was retired from American Cyanamid (Cytec) with 34 years of service. He was a member of the National Rifle Association for the past several years. He enjoyed boating, hunting, farming and spending time with his family.

He is survived by three sons, Clyde Moler and Keith Dearth, and his wife, Sherry, all of St. Marys, and Eddie Dearth of Jackson, Ohio; four daughters, Betty Dearth and Connie Gifford and husband, Bud, all of St. Marys, Jan Higgins and her husband, Steve, of Parkersburg and Mary Kidder and her husband, Ed, of Reedsville, W.Va.; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Patsy Stadler and her husband, Ron, of St. Marys and Marie Graham of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; three brothers, Art Dearth and his wife, Betty, of St. Marys, Tom Dearth and his wife, Vivian, and Lane Dearth and his wife, Mary, all of Marietta; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Orpha Cameron Dearth; his second wife, Alice Marie Dearth; daughter, Carol J. Farson Helmick; two infant daughters, Sandra Faye Dearth and Judy Lynn Dearth; three sisters, Daisy Taylor, Georgia Taylor and JoAnn Simons; and one brother, Dean Dearth.

Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009, at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Pastor Randy Stewart officiating. Interment will be in the St. Marys IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday and from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News July 18, 2008

Ella Frances Dearth

Ella Frances Dearth, 91, died on July 15, 2008, in Port Orchard, Wash.

She was born in Marietta in 1917 to H. Ben & Sophia Gruber. She graduated from St. Marys High School and attended Marietta College. She married Paul Patterson Dearth in 1939 and they raised 3 children, Susan, Michael & Mark.

She is survived by her brother, Bob Gruber; sisters-in-law, Anne Gruber and Imogene Gruber; daughter, Susan; daughter-in-law, Mary Ellen Dearth; grandchildren, Julie, Jennifer and Matthew; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ella was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her brothers, H. Ben, Jr. and Jerry Gruber; and her sons, Michael and Mark.

A private service will be later at the convenience of the family.

Memorial gifts may be made to Hospice of Kitsap County, PO Box 3416, Silverdale, WA 98383 and the Alzheimer's Association at www.alz.org.

Arrangements under the direction of Linde Funeral Home of Bremerton, Wash.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News March 9, 2008

Hazel R. Dearth

Hazel Ruth Wagner Dearth, 95, of Barnesville, Ohio, formerly of Twiggs, Pleasants County, passed away March 6, 2008, at Barnesville Health Care Center, Barnesville, Ohio.

Hazel was born Feb. 23, 1910, in Washington County, a daughter of the late Waldo and Anna Laura Miller Wagner. She was a member of the Bens Run Church of Christ and enjoyed quilting, cooking and gardening.

She is survived by three children, Vera Ruth Dearth of Chipley, Fla., Dana Lewis Dearth and his wife, Sheila, of Sistersville, and Dwight Glenn Dearth and his wife, Suzanne, of Barnesville; eight grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; one brother, Abraham Wagner of Parkersburg; one sister, Grace Burchard of Parkersburg; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dana Dearth; six brothers and two sisters.

Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Evangelist Val Roxby officiating. Interment will be in the Newport Cemetery, Newport, Ohio. Calling hours will be from 6-8 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News January 20, 2008

Charles L. Deaton

Charles L. “Putt” Deaton, 82, of Friendly, W.Va., died Jan. 17, 2008, at Genesis Health and Rehab in McConnelsville, Ohio.

He was born Nov. 15, 1925, in New Matamoras, Ohio, the son of the late Rector and Wreatha Bayless Deaton. He was retired from American Cyanamid after 30 years. He was a World War II Navy Seaman First Class, having served on USS George Giff, USS Salmon O. Chase and the USS Beckham.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church and IOOF Lodge, Friendly, W.Va. He was active in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts while his sons were members. He enjoyed singing in the church choir, woodworking, camping and family events. His favorite things were walking, listening and helping others.

He was married to Patsy Jeanne Frum Deaton for 59 years. In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons, Chuck (Sharon) Deaton of Parkersburg and Steve (Kris) Deaton of Monterey, Calif.; a grandson, Darrin (Kathy) Deaton of Parkersburg; a great-granddaughter, Abigail; a brother, Roger (Janet) Deaton of Friendly, W.Va.; a sister, Florence (Harold) Neff of Belmont, W.Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Floyd Deaton; and a sister, Della Mae Mace.

Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Myers Funeral Home, Sistersville, and one hour prior to the service, which will be 1 p.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Gene Adkins will officiate. Burial will be in Friendly Cemetery, Friendly.

(Gerald Bills)


Joy Gail Decker

Joy Gail Decker, 65, of Route 3, St. Marys died Feb. 2, 2001, at Carehaven of Pleasants, Belmont, W.Va.

She was born Sept. 1, 1935, in Gray, Ky., a daughter of the late Jack and Vertie Miracle. She had been a cook and healthcare worker at the former Colin Anderson Center, St. Marys.

She is survived by four sons, William L. Decker, Jr., Kenneth Dale Decker, David Lloyd Decker and John Matthew Decker, all of St. Marys; two daughters, Gail Jean Decker of Middlebourne and Evelyn Ruth Fourquerean of Belmont; nine grandchildren; two brothers, Wayne Miracle and Curtis ‘‘Gene’’ Miracle, both of the greater Cleveland area; five sisters, Mae Robertson of St. Marys, and Jesse Kontur, June Martukovich, Ava Scherer and Jackie Mosansky, all of the greater Cleveland area; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William L. Decker, Sr.; and one brother, Ted Miracle.

Services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home,St. Marys, Pastor Chuck Rogers officiating. Burial in St. Marys IOOF Cemetery. Visitation is from 4-9 p.m. Monday and from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

(Michael Anderson)


Pleasants County Leader January 8, 2005

Hazel Pearl Dawson

Hazel Pearl Dawson, 69, of Care Haven of Pleasants, Belmont, WV, died, January 7, 2005. She was born, April 3, 1935, in Doddridge County, WV, a daughter of the late Lloyd Owens and Cronnie Lamp Summer. She was Baptist by faith. She enjoyed playing bingo, yodeling, and loved her family. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her children, Leonard Dawson and his wife Diane, of Murraysville, WV, Jody Earnest and her husband Allen, of Lubeck, WV, Ricky Dawson and his wife Linda, of St. Marys, WV, Douglas Dawson and his wife Vickie, of St. Marys, WV, Deborah Smith and her husband Jim, of Lewisville, OH, Michael Dawson and his wife Bettina, of New Matamoras, OH, Rodney Dawson and his wife Tammy , of St. Marys, WV, David Dawson and his wife Kathy, of Morganton, NC, Phillip Dawson and his wife Kimberly, of St. Marys, WV. Jim Dawson and his wife Shannon, of St. Marys, WV, Sheila Smith and her husband Scott, of Belmont, WV, Tonya Brown and her husband Jim, of St. Marys, WV, Sonya Stewart and her husband Jerry, of Sistersville, WV, nineteen grandchildren, five great grandchildren, four sisters, Edith Owens, Nellie Riggs, Alice Brightwell, Shirley Wilkinson, one brother, Junior Owens, several nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her former husband Carl Raymond Dawson, and one daughter Janice Eilleen Dawson. Services will be held at Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV, Sunday, January 9, 2005 at 2 P.M., with Pastor John Strimer and Pastor David Beaver officiating. Burial will be in the McKim Cemetery, Tyler County, WV. Calling hours will be from 4 – 9 P.M. Saturday and from 1 – 2 P.M. Sunday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader June 12, 2004

Martha Ellen D. Dawson

Martha Ellen Dawson, 63, of Friendly, died, June 8, 2004, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg. She was born, October 1, 1938, in Wood County, a daughter of the late Walter Deem and Ann Black Deem. She was a member of the Beech Run Freewill Baptist Church. Her hobbies included fishing, camping and cooking.

She is survived by her husband. Robert D. Dawson, Sr., three sons, Charles T. Dawson and Walter G. Dawson, both of Parkersburg and Kenneth D. Dawson of Davisville: one daughter, Lou Ann Smoot of Parkersburg; eight grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and one brother, Peter Deem of Belpre, O.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one son, Robert D. Dawson, Jr.

Services were held Friday, June 11, at 2 p.m., at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Rev. Roy Cox officiating. Burial was at Maple Lane Cemetery, Hebron

(Gerald Bills)


MARY
Mary (McTaggart) Day, 1894-1977

The Parkersburg Sentinel, Feb. 16, 1977

MRS. MARY (McTAGGART) DAY

Mrs. Mary (McTaggart) Day, 82, of Parkersburg, who formerly resided at 1104 28th. St., died at the Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital Tuesday evening, Feb. 15, 1977.

She was born in Eureka, Pleasants County, June 29, 1894, daughter of the late William and Ida Rymer McTaggart. She was a member of the North Parkersburg Baptist Church and formerly taught in Pleasants County schools. She had resided in Parkersburg since 1934.

She is survived by a son, Ivan Glen Day, of Garden Grove, Calif.; a sister, Mrs. Georgia Smith, of Flushing, Oh.; a granddaughter, Wanda Day Van Kolken, of Anaheim, Calif.; and a grandson, Franklin Day, of Garden Grove, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William F. Day, in 1930; two brothers and four sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Ogdin Funeral Home, with the Rev. Virgil Sallee officiating. Burial will be in the Willow Island Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 p.m. Thursday.

(Daniel Smith, Jr.)


W. F. DAY

Eaton Resident Is Found Dead

W. F. Day of Eaton, West Virginia, Is Found Dead Under Railroad Bridge

The body of W. F. Day of Eaton, W.Va., was found Sunday May 17, 1930, under a bridge near Cleverport, Ky., where he had apparently been either thrown by a passing train or had jumped, relatives of this vicinity learned Sunday night. The body was brought here yesterday from Cloverport and will placed in the Leavitt Funeral Home on arrival.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mary Day, one son, Glen Day and one sister, Mrs. Ethel Boston, all of Volcano, W.Va. Funeral arrangements were incomplete last night.

Unknown publication.

(Daniel Smith, Jr.)


St. Marys Oracle September 8, 2004

Dana Dearth

Dana Death, 91, of Twigs Road, Pleasants County, WV, died Sept. 3, 2004, at Sistersville Center in SistersviIle. He was born, Sept, 22, 1912, at Wade OH, a son of the late Barney and Mamie Doty Dearth. He was a member of Bens Run Church of Christ. He worked for the Pleasants County School System as a bus driver.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Hazel Ruth Wagner Dearth; three children, Vera Ruth Dearth, of Chipley, FL, Dana Lewis Dearth,. and his wife Sheila, of Sistersville, Dwight Glenn Dearth, and his wife Suzanne, of Bamesville, OH; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren, one sister, Mary Stewart, of Marietta; one brother, James Fredrick Dearth, of Seville, OR; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, be was preceded in death by 1 1 brothers and sisters.

Services were held Sunday at the Ingram Funeral Home in St. Marys. Burial was in Newport Cemetery.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News April 13, 2005

Thelma J. Dearth

Thelma June Turner Dearth Thelma June Turner Dearth, 76, of Bens Run, WV, died, April 11, 2005, at Genesis Elder Care in Sistersville, WV.

She was born June 18, 1928, in Arvilla, Pleasants County, WV, a daughter of the late Henry and Ada Northcraft Turner. She most recently attended the St. Marys United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Long Reach United Methodist Church, which she loved dearly, and it was her wish that the church would once again open. She was a graduate of St. Marys High School and attended Marietta College.

She is survived by her husband, Jim Dearth, of Bens Run, WV, children, Jan Brewer, and her husband Dan, of Bens Run, WV, one son Bill Dearth, and his wife Terri, of Bridgeport, WV, two grandchildren, Jenny Brewer, of Bens Run, and Matthew Dearth of Bridgeport, WV.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two brothers, Rolla Turner, and James Turner, four sisters, Edith Graham, Virginia Bennett, Betty Bennett, and Doris Adams, and an infant daughter, Jocelyn Dearth.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 14, 2005 at 1 P.M. at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV, officiated by Rev. Gene Adkins. Burial will be in the Paden City Memorial Gardens, Paden City, WV. Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 P.M and 7 to 9 P.M. Wednesday at the funeral home.

In honor of her memory, the family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, c/o West Virginia Chapter, Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Office, 508 Columbia Avenue, Williamstown, WV 26187.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader June 27, 2009

Roberta Maria Deel

Roberta Marie Martin Deel, 69, of Akron, OH, died June 18, 2009.

She was born Sept. 8, 1939, in St. Marys to the late Myrt and Bernice Martin. She graduated from St. Marys High School in 1958 and from 'Mountain State Business College. She had worked as an insurance agent for Walker Insurance Agency and East Akron Insurance Agency. She was a member of Chippewa Valley Archaeological Club and enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and hunting for Indian artifacts.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Leroy; daughter Stacey Weeks and her husband, Randy; sons, Erick, James and John and his wife, Lori; grandchildren, Sydney and Cody Weeks and Savannah, Josh and Alexis and McKenzie Deel, all of Akron; brother, Paul Martin and his wife, Nancy, of St. Marys; maternal aunt, Mary Stewart Phillips of Canton, OH; many cousins, nephews, nieces and friends; and a dear friend, Mrs. Williams.

Services were Tuesday at Newcomer Funeral Home in Akron with Father Ralph Coletta officiating. Interment was in Greenlawn Memorial Park in Akron.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News March 21, 2006

Avalene Deem

Avalene Reeves Deem, 83, of Harrisville, W.Va., passed away March 19, 2006, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born March 16, 1923, in Fairmont, W.Va., the daughter of the late W.T. and Ava Hedge Reeves and stepmother, Edna Carpenter Reeves.

Avalene graduated from Harrisville High School with the class of 1941. She had worked for nine years in the garment industry and was a homemaker. She loved to bake and supplied her many friends and family with baked goods. She was a member of the Harrisville Baptist Church. She was a member of Harrisville Chapter 29 OES.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, James E. Deem; one daughter, Kitty Ray and husband, Robbie; one grandson, Thomas Ray and wife, Becky, of Harrisville; two great-granddaughters, Micah Ray and Monica Ray of Harrisville; one stepgreat-granddaughter, Amanda Riggs of Pennsboro; one stepson, Gene Deem and wife, Barbara, of Pennsboro; two stepdaughters, Lila Hart and husband, Rick, of St. Marys and Spring Deem of Yuma, Ariz.; several stepgrandchildren; one sister, Doris Jo Childers of Harrisville; one niece, Jenifer Samples and husband, Ted, of Harrisville; and one nephew, Jeff Childers and wife, Leonor, of Durham, N.C.

Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at The Harrisville IOOF Cemetery with the Rev. Mark E. McCutcheon officiating.

Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, is in charge of arrangements. There will be no visitation.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News August 24, 2004

Jack K. Deem

Jack K. Deem, 80, of Harrisville died Aug. 22, 2004, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

He was born June 12, 1924, in Harrisville, the son of the late Hiram and Ernestine Kelley Deem.

Jack graduated from Harrisville High School in 1942. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II serving on the U.S.S Takanis Bay. He had been a welder and pipefitter on various construction jobs and was a 62-year member of Plumbers and Steamfitters Union, Local 565, Parkersburg. He was a member of Harris-Ritchie VFW Post 3554 and was an avid hunter and fisherman.He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Lenore Mossor Deem; one son and daughter-in-law, Kelley L. and Lizett Deem of Harpers Ferry, W.Va.; two brothers, Raymond Deem of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, and Marshall Deem of St. Marys; three sisters, Frances O'Dell of Waynesboro, Pa., Geraldine McIntyre of Belmont and Karen Pirrone of Columbus, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with Evangelist Okey Lamp officiating. Interment will follow in the Harrisville IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today and 9-11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to The Ritchie County Humane Society Inc., P.O. Box 194, Harrisville, WV 26362.

(Gerald Bills)


November 1, 2005

Lula F. Deem

Lula F. Deem, 78, of St. Marys died Oct. 30, 2005, at the Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born April 27, 1927, in Dunham Township, Washington County, Ohio, a daughter of the late Lawrence K. and Cora Cox Dawson. She retired from the former Colin Anderson Center. She was a member of the former Clay Point Methodist Church.

She is survived by her son, David R. Drake and his wife, Dorothy, of St. Marys; her daughter, Cora Sue Skinner of St. Marys; three grandsons; three granddaughters; five great-grandsons; five great-granddaughters; three full brothers; two full sisters; five half brothers; and three half sisters.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ernest L. Lamp; her second husband, Boyd E. Deem; her parents; stepmother, Hazel N. Dawson; one grandson; two sisters; one brother; one half sister; one half brother; and one foster sister.

Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with the Rev. Marvin "Bud" Corbin officiating. Burial will be in the Sunset Memory Gardens, Parkersburg. Calling hours will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News June 15, 2005

Mary E. Deem

Mary E. Deem, 84, of Beatrice Community, Smithville, W.Va., died Tuesday, June 14, 2005, at her residence.

She was born May 12, 1921, at Cairo, W.Va., a daughter of the late Abner J. Phillips and Edna Jenkins Phillips. Mrs. Deem was a homemaker and attended the former Deem Chapel Church of Beatrice, W.Va.

She is survived by four sons, Deward M. Deem Jr. and wife, Marie, of Russell, Kan., Philip R. Deem of Beatrice, Roger D. Deem and wife, Linda, of Beatrice and Allen M. Deem of Harrisville; two brothers, Calvin Phillips of Harrisville and Abner J. Phillips Jr. of Parkersburg; two sisters, Imogene Bookman of Scottsville, Ky., and Georgia Deem of Veto Lake, Ohio; five grandchildren, Kevin Deem of Wichita, Kan., Keith Deem of Russell, Roger D. Deem II of Parkersburg, Christopher J. Deem of Parkersburg and Amy J. Hefner of St. Marys; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Deem was preceded in death by her husband, Deward M. Deem; four brothers; two sisters; and one granddaughter, Elizabeth Ann Deem.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with the Rev. Harlan Hodge officiating. Burial will be in the Deem Cemetery, Beatrice. Friends may call 4-8 p.m. Thursday and after 9 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News August 22, 2009

Rose A. M. Deem

Rose A. Moneypenny Deem, 56, of Parkersburg, died Aug. 20, 2009, in Parkersburg.

She was born Feb. 6, 1953, in Parkersburg, the daughter of the late Russell Moneypenny and Audra A. McCown Moneypenny of Tallmadge, Ohio.

Rose had worked at Wal-Mart and as a home health aide.

She is survived by her husband, Gary W. Deem; sons, Lee D. Varner (Amanda) of Williamstown and Jeffery A. Varner of Cairo; sisters, Elizabeth Taylor of Gilmer, Texas, Regena Zetts of Tallmadge, Ohio, Jamie Hartness of Virginia Beach, Va., Sandra Clevenger of Harrisville and Michelle Smith of Mt. Victory, Ohio; brothers, Randall Moneypenny of Vandalia, Ohio, Russell Moneypenny of St. Marys, Michael Moneypenny of Frederick, Md., Steven Moneypenny of Gladewater, Texas, Gary Moneypenny of Overton, Texas, and Douglas Moneypenny of Gladewater, Texas; and two grandchildren, Catlin Rose Varner and Trenton Lee Varner.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Denna Kay Varner.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with the Rev. Steven States officiating. Burial will follow in the Harrisville IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Sunday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

The family would prefer donations to The Alzheimer's Association, 1218 Market St., Parkersburg, WV 26101.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcculloughrogersfuneralhome.com

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News September 6, 2009

Sharon V. Deem

Sharon Vanscoy Deem, 63, of Parkersburg died Sept. 4, 2009, at the Carehaven Nursing Home in Belmont, W.Va.

She was born in Parkersburg on Oct. 5, 1945, the daughter of the late Hugh Vanscoy and Florence Alt Dearth.

She graduated from Parkersburg High School in 1964 and Mountain State College with honors as a medical assistant. She had worked for Brockway Glass for 14 years. She had worked for Buckeye Home Health and Gentiva Home Health Care for several years. She had also worked independently in the Home Health Care Industry.

Survivors include her husband, Terry Deem; a son, Carl Barr of Florida; a stepdaughter, Dawn Gray of Florida; stepson, Allen Deem of Parkersburg; and her three brothers, Robert Vanscoy of Summit, W.Va., James Vanscoy of Wilmington, N.C., and Ronald Vanscoy of Ohio. Also surviving is her special friend, Melba Farris, and the family would like to thank her for her friendship, help and dedication.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg. Burial will follow in the Deem Cemetery at Beatrice, W.Va. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday and up to service time Tuesday at the funeral home.

Donations in her honor may be made to the Parkersburg Humane Society.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News - December 27, 2003

Eugene DeLancey

PENNSBORO - Eugene DeLancey, 78, of Pennsboro, departed this life on Dec. 25, 2003, at Clarksburg.

Mr. DeLancey was born on Jan. 29, 1925, near Ellenboro in Ritchie County, a son of the late Harley Andrew and Stella Hudkins DeLancey Rogers. He was retired from the Mid-Atlantic Glass of Ellenboro after 20 years of service. He was a veteran of World War II with the U.S. Navy and was a member of the Wilson Memorial United Methodist Church at Ellenboro.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Ankrom Brake Collins DeLancey; daughter, Linda Sue Mills of Lancaster, S.C.; stepchildren, Charles Collins of St. Albans, Perry Collins of Pennsboro, Janice Kelley of Darnstown, Md., Marsha Collins of St. Marys, Billie Lipscomb of Greenwood, W.Va., and Donald Brake of Chillicothe, Ohio; sister, Freda DeLancey of Ellenboro; two grandchildren; and several step-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a stepson and three sisters.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, with interment in the Fairmont Ridge Cemetery near Ellenboro. Friends may call from 5-7 p.m. Sunday and after 9 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Wheeling Intelligencer & News-Register, July 5, 2010

DELONG, Betty L., 79, of Colliers, W.Va., passed away on Saturday, July 3, 2010, at Valley Hospice in Steubenville, Ohio.

Betty was born on August 26, 1930, in St. Mary's, W.Va., a daughter of the late Andrew J. and Ximenia Radcliff Shingleton.

She was preceded in death by her son, James Michael Delong, and daughter-in-law, Sharon Delong, four sisters, Evelyn Hooper, Phyllis Cunningham, Ruth Griffin, and Naoma Miller.

She was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Colliers, W.Va., and she was a homemaker, devoted wife and mother and will be deeply missed by her family.

Surviving are: Two Daughters: Linda (Pete) DeSanto of Steubenville, Ohio, Cheryl (Bob) Robertson of California Four Sons: John Delong of Ellenton, FL, Terry "Steve" Delong of Weirton, W.Va., Paul "Joe" (Connie) Delong of Weirton, W.Va., Samuel (Beth) Delong of Follansbee, W.Va., Two Sisters: Wanda (Mike) Murphy of Cleveland, Ohio, Elizabeth Fetty of Weirton, W.Va., One Brother: Guy Shingleton of Steubenville, Ohio, Grandchildren: 13 Great Grandchildren: 5 Several Nieces and Nephews.

Friends will be received on Tuesday, July 6, 2010, from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at the James Funeral Home, 1245 Main St., Follansbee, W.Va., where services will be held on July 7, 2010, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Brad Reynolds and Brother Joseph "Joe" William Delong officiating. Interment will follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Weirton, W.Va. Condolences may be sent to: www.chambersandjames. com


Cora Edith Morrell Delong

Cora Edith Morrell Delong, 103, of Belmont died Feb. 7, 2001 at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

She was born Dec. 29, 1897, in Schultz, Pleasants County, a daughter of the late Anthony and Susie Thrasher Morrell. She was a member of the Waverly Church of Christ, and a member of the Wood County and West Virginia Farm Bureau. She had previously worked as a glassworker in Wheeling.

Survivors include two daughters and one son-in-law, Irene Delong and Edith and Bill Engle, all of Belmont; two grandchildren and one grandson-in-law, William Edward Engle of Belmont, and Edith Irene and Charles McAtee of Atlanta, Ga.; several nieces and nephews; great and great-great nieces and nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond E. “Billo” Delong, one grandson, John William Engle, four sisters, Cassie Sigler, Hattie Dotson, Mary Dennis, and India Morrell; and eight brothers, Lawrence, Herbert, Clide, Sherman, Ralph, Pit, and twin brothers, Dalison and Salison Morrell.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Waverly Church of Christ, with Evangelist Charles C. Pugh III officiating. Burial will be in Willow Island Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday at Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys and beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the church.

(Michael Anderson)


St. Marys Oracle June 16, 1921

LEVI DELONG

Levi Delong, aged about 75, was found dead in his bed at Bens Run on Tuesday morning, June 14. He had been in poor healthfor some time. The funeral was held yesterday afternoon. The deceased was the son of Aaron Delong, a celebrated school teacher of early days, and was a uncle of Dory Watson of this city.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle November 14, 2007

Nelson Junior DeLong

Nelson Junior DeLong, 79, of . Philadelphia, TN and formerly of Schultz, passed away Oct. 30, 2007, in Sweetwater, TN.

He was born, Feb. 17, 1928, in St. Marys, a son of the late Jonathan Nelson and Dora Cross DeLong. He was a U. S. Navy veteran of World War: II and the Korean Conflict. He had been a truck driver.

He is survived by two children, Dorie Muliennex of Fort Myers, FL, and Jonathan DeLong of Japan, four grandchildren, Sharon Louse Mullenneix of Knoxville, TN, Tara Marie Lytle of Cape Coral, Fl, Grace Frances Delong of Japan, and Emily DeLong of Guam; one great-grandson, Andrew. Michael Lytle of Cape Coral; two brothers, James DeLong of Woodsfield, OH and Larry DeLong of Akron, OH; two sisters, Lillian Kuhn of Tailmadge, OH, and Ilene Cronin of Ellenboro; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his two wives, Grace Backman DeLong and Marjorie Frances Sheets DeLong; three brothers, John DeLong, Robert DeLong, and "Sherd" DeLong; and one sister, Christine Infantino.

(Gerald Bills)


Memorial services will be held at a later date. Pleasants County Leader February 26, 2005

Harold Leon Dennis

Harold Leon Dennis, 91 of Franklin, Pa., died Feb. 23, 2005 at The Caring Place, Franklin, Pa.

He was born April 29, 1913, a son of William Dennis and Emma (Ross) Dennis.

He retired in 1978 from C.P.T. as a millwright after 14 years of service. Before working at C.P.T., he was employed for H.T. Osburn as a structural engineer. He also owned and operated Dennis' Welding for 60 years.

Dennis was a member of the B.P.O.E. #10, Franklin Eagles, the Franklin Moose Club and was a member of the` Rainbow Sportsman Club.

He was married on May 9, 1933 to his wife Leona Hoff.

Surviving him are his children, Robert Dennis and wife, Georgia, Luella Leona and husband Edward, and Kathleen S. Ralston and her husband Kenneth, all of Franklin, Pa.; grandchildren, Dayid Dennis and Kelly Welton both of Franklin, Michael Dennis of Lake Wales, Fla., Jay Amburger and his wife Letella of Eightyfour, Pa., and Dawn Ralston-Springer and husband Michael of Edensburg, Pa.; four great-grandchildren, Josh, Justin and Jared Welton; great great-grandchildren, Montana and Sierra Welton; two brothers, William Dennis of St. Marys and Donald Dennis of O'Kay, OK., and Doris Biekerstaff and husband Ira of Parkersburg, W.Va.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, who died in 1962; a daughter Donna Jean Harsh; one great- grandchild, Glen Welton; two brothers, Charles and Clyde Dennis; and two sisters, Sophia Lowther and Grace Life.

Funeral services will be Sunday Feb. 27 at the Robert W. Gardinier Funeral Home, Inc., Franklin, Pa. Rev. Kenneth Peters of Christ United Methodist Church will be officiating. Interment will be in Sunset Hill Memorial-Gardens.

Memorial contributions may sent to Northwest Association of the Christ United Methodist, 1135 Buffalo St., Franklin, Pa.

(Gerald Bills)


Helen Demoss

Helen Demoss, 70, of St. Marys died April 7, 2001, at Mount Carmel Health Systems West, Columbus, Ohio.

She was born Dec. 31, 1931, in Uniontown, Pa., a daughter of the late Peter and Johanna Illar Nagy. She was a 1949 graduate of St. Marys High School, and a member of the St. Marys Presbyterian Church. She had worked at the local Ben Franklin Store for 30 years, retiring as manager. She helped manage the family Center Theatre and Bowling Alley in her earlier years. She had been a member of the Women’s Bowling Leagues. Her family has lost a dear loved one, but everyone has lost a good friend.

Survivors include her husband of 34 years, Earl C. Demoss; one son, Danny Demoss of St. Marys; three stepchildren, Louise Frum and her husband Beanie of Bens Run, W.Va., Hazel Davis of Parkersburg, and Joe Demoss and his wife Alicia of St. Petersburg, Fla.; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Emma Thomas of Darlington, Md. and Mary Boyd of Arlington, Va.; one brother, Jim Nagy of Daisytown, Pa.; and one nephew, Gene Nagy of Michigan.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Irene Baggett; and one brother, Steve Nagy.

Services will be held 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Ruttencutter-Imgram Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. R. Daniel Simmons officiating. Burial in St. Marys IOOF Cemetery. Visitation is from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

(Michael Anderson)


Parkersburg News March 17, 2008

Della M. Dennis

Della M. Dennis, 91, of Ellenboro, formerly of Nutter Farm, Ritchie County, and Alvy, Tyler County, departed this life on Saturday, March 15, 2008, in Salem, W.Va.

Della was born May 18, 1916, in Pleasants County, a daughter of the late Pearl L. and Bertha Pickens Dennis.

She is survived by sisters, Opal Kiggins of Medina, Ohio, and Ruth (Myles) Lamm of Ellenboro; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Esther Hendrickson, and brother, Leon Dennis.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, with the Rev. Carl DeVaughn officiating. Interment will be in the Ingram Ridge Cemetery near Glendale in Ritchie County. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday and after 9 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader October 18, 2008

Sarah Lee Dennis

Sarah Lee Dennis entered eternal life on Sunday, October 12, 2008 in Eufaula, Oklahoma.

She was born on Saturday, March 13, 1948 in Parkersburg, West Virginia to James and Donna Maston. She grew up in West Virginia, graduating from St. Mary's High School in 1966. Sarah made a profession of faith as a young girl. Sarah later attended Beauty College in Parkersburg. She met, fell in love and married Bill Dennis on January 15, 1969 in Pennsylvania. They have 3 beautiful children. Sarah owned and operated Sara Lee's Beauty Shop before moving to Okay, Ok. where she worked in Okay Schools as an Indian Coordinator and also opened Sara Lee’s Beauty Shop in Okay, OK.

She later went to work for Oklahoma Rig & Supply where she worked in the office. In 1983 she and her husband moved to Choctaw, Ok. where she began working as the church secretary for the Sooner Baptist Church in Midwest City. She earned many outstanding awards for selling Mary Kay Cosmetics.

In 1987 she attended McCrone Institute graduating in Asbestos Identification. They moved to Checotah in 2002. They are members of the Lindsay Chapel Baptist Church of Checotah. Sarah loved to make cakes, crotchet and ceramics. She was crazy about her grandchildren, making all of them, baby blankets.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Donna Davis Maston and her grandparents.

Sarah is survived by her husband, Bill of the home; Daughters, Crystal Traylor and husband Lonnie Traylor Jr. of Checotah, Trena Watkins and husband Brian of Ok. City, Ok., and Son, Chad Dennis and wife Mary of Shawnee, Ok.; Grandchildren, Taylor, Shaquille, Dequan, Shaiquece, Amari , Destiny, Caleb, Sydney, Conner and Trey; Her Father, James W. Maston; A Sister, Sandra Noland and husband Richard of St. Marys; brothers Russell Maston and wife Susie all of St. Mary's and Ralph Maston and wife Linda of Florence, Kentucky, and many neices, nephews and other extended family and a host of friends.

Funeral Services were at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, October 16,at First Baptist Church of Checotah with Reverend Tim Turner, Reverend Steve Dennis & Reverend Eric Dennis officiating. Committal prayers and interment will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery with Don Gilleland, Brian Watkins, Chad Dennis, Lonnie Traylor Jr., Wesley Coats and Scott Dennis serving as casket bearers.

You may share online condolence's with Sarah's family @ www.garrettfamilyfuneralhome.com.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader - February 16, 1906

Dr. Devore Dead

Word this morning came from New Martinsville of the death there of Dr. Devore. He was one of the oldest practicing physicians of the valley and for over thiry year practiced medicine in Tyler county. He first located at North Bend I the upper end of the county, and afterwards went to Middlebourne. Later he removed to Raven Rock and for a time was across the river at Stringtown. Frm there he went to New Martinsville where he lived till his death this morning. He was survived by one son, Mr. Milton Devore, of Middlebourne. - Sistersville Review Monday.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader - December 5, 1902

Mrs. Mary Devore Dead

Mrs. Mary Devore, aged 64, died Monday morning at the home of her son-in-law, Frank Minium, on Broad Run, of Bright disease. She was formerly of Meadville, Pa., and her remains were taken there for burial on Tuesday.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle August 6, 1953

MISS EDNA S. DILLON

Miss Edna S. Dillon, 81, a former Pleasants county school teacher and for many years a social worker in Philadelphia, died July 31 at the Marshall Nursing Home in Vienna, where she had been a patient a short time.

She was born near Hebron, Pleasants County, daughter of the late David and Margaret Seckman Dillon.

Having taught two successful terms of school at Dry Knobs and Valley Mills, at the very low wages then prevailing, she decided to go to Philadelphia and take a course in professional nursing at more attractive pay and continued in this work several years, until invited into social service department of the City of Philadelphia, which she continued until retirement, returning to her home town of St. Marys about five years ago.

Surviving is a brother, D. W. Dillon of St. Marys, and a large number of nieces and nephews.

She was a member of the St. Marys Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held in the Ruttencutter Funeral Home, at 2:30 Sunday, with Evang. Cecil O. Dotson officiating. Burial was made in the I. O. O. F. cemetery.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News July 17, 2006

Hemann C. Dillon

Hemann Clinton Dillon, 65, of Parkersburg passed away Saturday, July 15, 2006, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Dillon was born June 17, 1941, in Huntington, W.Va., the son of the late Clinton and Virginia Dillon. He grew up in St. Marys, where he graduated high school in 1959. He went on to attend West Virginia University. After college, he enlisted in the United States Army, where he obtained the rank of sergeant and served as an artillery instructor. Hemann was a farmer, involved in the oil and gas business, and a bank director at the First National Bank in St. Marys. In 1966, he started his own insurance agency, Dillon Insurance Agency, which he operated up to the time of his death. Hemann was a past member of the Jaycees, Elks Club, Chamber of Commerce and numerous other organizations.

He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Tricia Dillon and their son, Michael Clinton Dillon; Wells H. Dillon, his son with his late wife, Mary Lou Dillon; and his two sisters, Joyce Marinace and her husband, Frank, of New Hampton, N.H., and Carol Shishido and her husband, Bob, of Los Angeles, Calif.

Funeral services will be 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys. Burial will be 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Pine Grove Cemetery, Hebron, W.Va. Calling hours will be 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News September 3, 2004

Virginia Dillon

Virginia Dillon, 87, of St. Marys died Oct. 1, 2004, at the Heritage Assisted Living in St. Marys.

She was born Aug. 5, 1917, in Ashland, Ky., a daughter of the late Edward B. and Jennie Moreland Hemann. She graduated from Wheeling High School in 1935 and from Elliott Business College in 1936, and worked for C & P Telephone Co. prior to her marriage in 1938 to Clinton Seckman Dillon. She established her home in St. Marys in 1944 and remained in the community for the rest of her life. She worked as a bookkeeper for the First National Bank of St. Marys from 1957 until 1970 and as a magistrate's assistant from 1967 until 1980. She was active in the St. Marys United Methodist Church, the St. Marys Woman's Club, and in later years, in the Senior Citizens.

She is survived by one sister, Jeanette Gold of Lakeworth, Fla.; one son, Hemann C. Dillon of Vienna; two daughters, Carol Shishido of Los Angeles, Calif., and Joyce Marinace of New Hampton, N.H.; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clinton S. Dillon, in 1995; and by her two brothers, Evan Hemann and James Hemann.

Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with the Rev. Jim Kelly officiating. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Hebron, W.Va. Calling hours are from 6-8 p.m. today 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home

(Gerald Bills)


Frances W. Dimit

Frances W. Dimit, 87, of Newport, OH, died June 4, 2002, at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

She was born March 8, 1915, in Bells Run, OH, a daughter of the late Louis and Georgeanne Bell. She was an active member in the Newport United Methodist Church for nearly 60 years.

She is survived by one daughter Sarah Holshu and her husband, Floyd of Williamstown, WV; one grandson, Kurtis Monroe; one granddaughter, Krista Cremeans and her husband, Gary; two great-grandchildren, Trey and Brad Cremeans of Lavalette, WV.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, Emmett Whaley in 1956; her second husband, Larry Dimit in 1994; four sisters, Lucille Gartley, Marguerite Conway, Edna Spears, Louella Pugmire; and three brothers, Carroll Bell, George Bell, and Bill Bell.

Services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, June 7, 2002, at the Newport United Methodist Church, Newport, with the Rev. Steve Smith officiating. Burial will be in the IOOF Cemetery, St. Marys. Calling hours from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys and from 10-11 a.m. Friday at the church.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Newport United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 357, Newport, OH, 45768

(Michael Anderson)


Parkersburg News November 29, 2007

William F. Dimmick

William F. Dimmick, 86, of Caldwell, Ohio, formerly of St. Marys, W.Va., died Nov. 27, 2007, at the Summitt Acres Nursing Home in Caldwell.

He was born July 7, 1921, in Smithville, Ritchie County, W.Va., a son of the late Hugh Noble and Ila Dee Flesher Dimmick. He was a 1939 graduate of St. Marys High School and a 1944 graduate of West Virginia University with a degree in electrical engineering. He is a U. S. Navy veteran of World War II, a WVU Alumni, a member of the WVU Marching Band, a member of the TKE Fraternity, member of the National Campers and Hikers Association and past president and treasurer of NCHA. He was a member of the Local IBEW 49. He was a member of the American Legion Post 79 and a member of the Masonic Lodge. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of St. Marys for over 60 years. He was a member of the former Kiwanis Club. He is retired from Sanderson and Porter Inc. with 21 years service and Dravo Constructors Inc. with 12 years of service.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Genevieve Hall Dimmick; two children, William Fred Dimmick II and his wife, Linda, of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Lorraine Sue Dimmick of Morgantown, W.Va.; six grandchildren, Diana Jane Niswonger and her husband, Steve, of Caldwell, Jerry Wayne Grose and Stephen Eric Grose and his wife, Amy, all of St. Marys, William Forrest Dimmick of Seattle, Wash., Katy Jones and her husband, Scott, of Mebane, N.C., and Britney Lynn Dimmick of Wilmington, N.C.; eight great-grandchildren, Dianelle Plechaty, Cassidy Niswonger, Anthony Grose, Kylie Grose, Lexi Grose, Hannah Grose, Payton Grose and Tyler Jones; two stepgreat-grandchildren, Stephanie Niswonger and Mackinze Niswonger; two nephews, Robert Flesher and Jack Flesher; and a special family friend, Vicki Heale.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Margaret Jane (Dimmick) Grose; and two brothers, Raymond Flesher and Donald G. Dimmick.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Pastor Shawn Hall officiating. Interment will be in the Willow Island Cemetery, Willow Island, W.Va., with military graveside services conducted by American Legion Post 79, VFW Post 222 and AMVETS Post 40. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Del Rio, Texas News-Herald February 15, 2004

Carlton Gallaher Dinsmoor (Dinny)

July 27, 1906 - February 13, 2004

Carlton Gallaher Dinsmoor, (Dinny) passed away Friday, Feb. 13, 2004 at a local hospital. He was born on July 27, 1906 in St. Mary's, W. Virginia. He was the oldest of five children born to James Denton and Nelle Gallaher Dinsmoor of St. Mary's and later of San Antonio, Texas.

Carlton attended Culver Military Academy and later graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Geology. It was here that he met and later married Mary Armstrong Reeser on January 1, 1930. They had two children, Jo Ann and James Frederick.

He moved to Texas in 1930 and was active in the oil business for several years. With his father and brother they formed Dinsmoor Oil & Gas.

In 1942 he was called into service. His last position was Commissioner Of Mines and Industry in Korea. He was discharged with the rank of Colonel, and he continued as a reserve officer for many years.

Dinny moved his family from San Antonio to Del Rio, Texas in 1946 where he and his brother, Gordon H. Dinsmoor, had purchased Butane Gas and Appliance Co. The name was later changed to Dinsmoor Bros. Inc. He was active in this business until he retired in 1960.

Dinny and his family were residents of Del Rio for more than 58 years. His wife of 56 years, Mary Dinsmoor, on Dec. 26, 1984; daughter, Jo Ann Rose and two brothers and one sister preceded Carlton in death.

On Nov. 8, 1986 Dinny married Mareta Furtney Kahlenberg of Two Rivers, Wisconsin and she passed away July 9, 2001.

For many years he was very active in the development of many popular fruit and pecan varieties with the Texas Agriculture Extension Service. He took his greatest pleasure in providing his family and friends with the results of his work. He was also an avid quail hunter and for years raised and distributed quail in an effort to increase the numbers and quality in South Texas.

Dinny is survived by his son, James F. Dinsmoor and his wife Dorothy of Edmond, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Connie Rose Hunter of Miami, Florida; Carolyn Rose-Midget of Salt Lake City, Utah; Sheila Rose Gillespie of Pompano Beach, Florida; John Carlton Dinsmoor of Las Vegas, Nevada; and Mary Dee Dinsmoor Gidney of Edmond, Oklahoma. Great-Grandchildren, Jason and Calvin Gidney, Ian, Tim, and Jamie Hunter, Hannah Rose Midget, Lauren and Carlton Gillespie. Sister, Mary Dinsmoor Sigafoos of Falls Church, Virginia. Five nieces and nephews also survive.

Graveside Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Del Rio Memorial Park Cemetery.

Donations may be made to the Charity of your choice.

Funeral Arrangements with G. W. Cox Memorial Funeral Home @ 114 Fletcher Drive. 775-2000.

(Published in St. Marys Oracle February 18, 2004)

(Gerald Bills)


Del Rio, Texas News and Herald January 18, 2004

Gordon Dinsmoor

August 22, 1911 - January 16, 2004

Gordon Dinsmoor, 92, of Pleasanton, Texas, passed away Friday, January 16, 2004, in Pleasanton, Texas. He was born August 22, 1911 in Saint Marys, W.V.

He is survived by his sister, Mary Louise Sigafoos of Falls Church, Va.; a brother, Carlton G. Dinsmoor of Del Rio, Texas; newphews William C. Triplett II, Brian Dinsmoor, James Dinsmoor and Robert Sigafoos; and nieces Jan Triplett and Ann Vogel.

A graveside service will be held at Mission Park South Cemetery at 2 p.m. Monday, January 19, 2004 with Todd Guidry officiating.

Arrangements are being handled by Hurley Funeral Home, 118 W. Oaklawn Road, Pleasanton, Texas.

St. Marys Oracle May 19, 2004

Gordon Holt Dinsmoor

Gordon Holt Dinsmoor of Pleasanton, TX, died Jan. 15, 2004.

He was born Aug. 22, 1912, in St. Marys to the late James and Nell Dinsmoor. He attended Culver Military Academy and graduated from Rice University with a degree in chemical engineering. He served in the U. S. Army during World War II in the Pacific. He earned the Bronze Star for maintaining the only ordnance ammunition area to operate continuously during the assault phase of the Okinawa operation.

After the war, he and his brother, Carlton Dinsmoor of Del Rio, TX, purchased Butane Gas and Appliance Co. of Del Rio. When they incorporated the company, they changed its name to Dinsmoor Brothers Inc. and expanded to Carrizo Springs, Uvalde and Eagle Pass, TX. The company provided fuel for many rural areas unable to get natural gas. Their butane was also indispensable to farmers during the drought of the 1950's when many used it to burn prickly pear which provided food and water to their herds.

He married the late Mamie Silver Carver in 1972. They shared almost 30 happy years together on their ranch in Atacosa County and traveled extensively abroad. She was the light of his life. They shared that love for their community in their annual Christmas lights display which drew many visitors from Pleasanton and beyond. He was a great steward of the land. He and Carlton began growing pecans as a hobby. Their more than 49 varieties of pecans, some of which they developed, won many awards and fans. In December 2004, one organically grown variety was chosen as grand champion of the Wintergarden Pecan Show in Hondo, TX. His love for the land, learned and love of poetry came together in a poem he often quoted. He felt is also explained why a more natural approach to land management works: Big bugs have little bugs upon their back to bite 'em. Little bugs have littler bugs and so ad infinitum.

He is survived by his sister, Mary Louise Sigafoos of Virginia; and nephews and nieces Brian Dinsmoor, Jim Dinsmoor, Rob Sigafoos, Bill Triplett, Jan Triplett and Anne Vogel; and many grand-nephews and nieces.

A memorial graveside service with military honors at Mission Park in San Antonio, TX.

He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Denton Dinsmoor and James Dinsmoor.

Memorials may be sent to: VistaCare Hospice, 59815 Callahan Rd, #102, San Antonio, TX 78228, Pleasanton Volunteer Fire Dept., Pleasanton, TX 78064 or Texas Pecan Growers, Attention Wayne Scholtz, TX Coop Extension, 1506 Ave. M, Hondo, TX 78861.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News May 18, 2009

Edythe M. Doak

Edythe M. Doak, 89, of Pennsboro, W.Va., departed this life on Saturday, May 16, 2009, at Belmont in Pleasants County, W.Va.

Edythe was born on March 30, 1920, at Mole Hill now known as Mountain, W.Va., a daughter of the late Samuel Weaver and Ida Alda Meredith McCullough. She was a graduate of Pennsboro High School with the class of 1939. She had been employed by Taylor's Market as a clerk and was a seamstress at Myles Manufacturing, both of Pennsboro.

She is survived by a daughter, Pamela K. Dotson (Charles) of Pennsboro; grandchildren, Marsha L. Dotson of Pennsboro and Ryan A. Dotson (Christa) of Proctorville, Ohio; and a great-granddaughter, Emma M. Dotson.

In addition to her parents, Edythe was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Marshall Doak; brothers, Howard D. McCullough, Carl H. McCullough and John C. McCullough; and sister, Virginia Maple.

Private family services will be observed. McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memorial remembrances in the name of Edythe Doak are requested to the Pennsboro Volunteer Fire Department, 208 Kimball St., Pennsboro, WV 26415, or the Ritchie County Ambulance Authority, Box 322, Harrisville, WV 26362.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle October 12, 2005

Lester B. Dobbins

Lester B. Dobbins, 80, Toronto, O., passed away Sept. 29, 2005 at the Merritt Manor of Toronto.

He was born June 21, 1925 in Braxton County to the late Van and Emma Siers Dobbins.

He was a veteran of World War II. He retired from the First Energy Co., Stratton, O.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty J. Williamson Dobbins, formerly of Pleasants County; son, Kenneth Dobbins; brother, Thurl Dobbins; and sister, Beatrice Dobbins.

He is survived by his son, Larry V. Dobbins of Toronto; sister, Bernice Kernohan of Ponteverde, Fla.; grandson , Larry V. Dobbins of Toronto (Knoxville); granddaughters, Penny Long and husband Terry of Richmond, O.; Serena S. Heiss and husband Michael of Bergholz, O.; Valerie M. Dobbins of Steubenville; Jennifer L. McCourt and husband Brad of Toronto; Leslie A. Dobbins of Lexington, K.Y.; Shauna M.. Dobbins of Steubenville; and four great-granddaughters.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Oct. 4 with full Military Graveside Honors by the Toronto American Legion.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News July 18, 2007

Robert "Bob" Dobbins

Robert "Bob" M. Dobbins, 81, passed away Friday morning, July 13, 2007, at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

He was born May 6, 1926, in Marietta, to the late Louis O. and Shirley M. Moore Dobbins.

Bob was a World War II veteran and a retired microbiologist for American Cyanamid Co. After retirement, he taught at Washington State Community College for nine years. He was a member of the choir and several committees at First United Methodist Church in Williamstown. Bob enjoyed Boy Scouts and Scouting for 50+ years and was awarded the Silver Beaver Award. He was in the Williamstown Dulcimer Group and a member of the Williamstown Masonic Lodge.

He is survived by his wife, Emma Jean Clem Dobbins of Williamstown; children, R. Craig Dobbins (Susan) of Sewickley, Pa., Karen J. Wilson (Ed) of Belmont, W.Va., and Mark C. Dobbins (Kelly) of Williamstown; grandchildren, Robert E. Wilson (Dana) of Lexington, Ky., Kristen J. Wilson (fiancee Julian) of Orlando, Fla., Jennifer A. Dobbins of Vienna, Tiffany M. Dobbins of Williamstown and Maggie V. Dobbins of Sewickley, Pa.; great-grandson, Carter D. Wilson of Lexington; and sisters, Phyllis M. Dye of Williamstown and Sarah D. Carver of the Washington County Home.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Geraldine McCammon; and brother, Donald Dobbins.

Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Hadley Funeral Home Reno Chapel, 1021 Pike St., Marietta. Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church, Williamstown, with Pastor Steve Gedon officiating. Burial to follow at East Lawn Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 304 W. Fifth St., Williamstown, WV 26187, Pastors Discretionary Fund or Music Fund.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader March 18, 1927

OBITUARY

Nathan C. Dobbs, a veteran of the Civil War was born in West Browns, Pa. in 1840, departed this life at the home of W. S. Marple his nephew on French Creek, March 3rd, 1927, age 87 years and five days. Death was due to complications of disease incident to old age. He was married to Margaret Harvey in 1865, in this union were borned one son and one daughter, Oliva Gay Dobbs, who resides in Detroit, Mich., their son, Geo. preceded them to the Great Beyond in early childhood,also his wife died at early life.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Archer and the remains were laid to rest in the Marple Cemetery, there to await the resurrection day.

He was held in high esteem by all who knew him.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News May 3, 2010

Mildred Irene Doll

Mildred Irene Doll, 97, of Greenwood, passed away May 2, 2010, at the Salem Care and Rehab Center.

She was born Sept. 5, 1912, in Wilbur, Tyler County, W.Va., a daughter of the late Charles Wesley Davis and Lesie (George) Davis.

She owned and operated the Greenwood Lunch Restaurant for many years and was a cook at the Greenwood Grade School. She retired from the Colin Anderson Center in St. Marys as a cook.

She was a member of the Greenwood Women's Club, a Ladies Aide and a Honorary Member of the Greenwood Volunteer Fire Department. She was a member of the Greenwood United Methodist Church.

Surviving are four children, Mary Belle Doll of Greenwood, Lora Elaine Barnette of Ellicott City, Md., Charles "Bud" Doll and his wife, Connie, of Pennsboro and Marshall Doll and his wife, Judy, of Greenwood; brother, Charles Davis of Apollo, Pa.; four grandchildren, Robin Doll (Rey Ting), Jeff Barnette, Angela Michaels (Mike) and Clinton Doll (Stephanie); seven great-grandchildren, C.J. Miracle (Lexie), Rey Ting Jr., Alania Ting, Derek Doll, Dustin Weekley, Ashley Weekley and Mikey Michaels; three great-great-grandchildren, Christopher, Keara and Thomas Miracle; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward George Doll in 1952; son-in-law, John Barnette; brother, Clayton Davis; and sister, Maxine Cottrill.

Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, with the Rev. Randy Stewart and Evangelist Luke Weekley officiating. Interment will follow at the Wilbur Cemetery, Tyler County. Visitation will be Tuesday 5-8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Greenwood United Methodist Church, c/o Betty Sheets, Route 1 Box 514 Greenwood, WV 26415.

Online guests may send condolences to the family by visiting www.mcculloughrogersfuneralhome.com

(Gerald Bills)


Kandy Kay Dolin

Kandy Kay Dolin, 55, of St. Marys and formerly of Newport, died July 30, 2001, at her residence.

She was born March 4, 1946, in Portsmouth, VA, to the late Raymond and Ruby Cosper Dolin. She was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church of St. Marys. She attended Ewing School and had worked for may years at WASCO, both in Marietta.

She is survived by several cousins, including her cousin and care giver, Patricia Cosper Breedlove, and many friends of First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents on both sides of the family and many aunts and uncles.

Services were Thursday, August 2nd at Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home in St. Marys with pastor Larry Parker officiating. Burial was in St Marys IOOF Cemetery.

(Michael Anderson)


Parkersburg News July 27, 2004

Evelyn L. Domain

Mrs. Evelyn L. Bailey Domain, 83, of Parkersburg died July 26, 2004, at her residence.

Mrs. Domain was born April 4, 1921, in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Lawrence A. and Corabelle Martin Bailey.

Mrs. Domain was a retired secretary at St. Joseph's Hospital's business office. She was a 1939 honors graduate of St. Marys High School, where she was a member of the National Honor Society and the Quill and Scroll. She attended Mountain State Business College and was a member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, the Women's Sanctuary Altar Society and the Matthew 25 and Circle of Joy.She is survived by a nephew, Glen Bailey of St. Marys, and a caretaker, Roger Pickens of Parkersburg.

Mrs. Domain was preceded in death in 1975 by her first husband, Joseph J. Domain; in 1991, by her second husband, Frank S. Domain; and by her brother, Raymond Bailey.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, with Father Joseph L. Peterson as Celebrant. Concluding services will follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. today and 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Vaughan Funeral Home, Parkersburg, where a Christian wake service will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

(Gerald Bills)


Wheeling Intelligencer & News Register, April 19, 2010

DOTSON, Carolyn Joanna, 77, of New Martinsville, W.Va., passed away April 8, 2010.

She was born February 19, 1933, in St. Marys, W.Va., where she resided most of her life. She also lived several years in Middlebourne, W.Va.

She was a daughter of the late Archie Glen and Elizabeth Joanna Brown.

Carolyn was a member of the St. Marys United Methodist Church, and past member of the Middlebourne United Methodist Church and Grace Episcopal Church, St. Marys.

She married the late Jack William Dotson, and they had two children, Jay (Mary) Dotson of Middlebourne, and Lee Ann (Quentin) Carpenter of St. Marys.

She is also survived by five grandchildren, Jessica, Samantha, Matt, Joey, and Robyn; six great- grandchildren, William, Kati, Ashley, Alyssa, Aden and Savannah; one sister, Betty (Robert) McFarland of St. Marys; and one brother, Paul (Pauline) Brown of Front Royal, Va.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jack William Dotson; a brother, Charles Butch Brown; a sister, Patty Oneal.

At Carolyn's request, there will be no visitation or service.

Memorial contributions in her honor may be made to the Adam's House Ministries, P. O. Box 93, Middlebourne, WV 26149, or the Neighbor Network, 411 Second Street, St. Marys, WV 26170.

Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV is assisting the family. An online guest register is available at www.ingramfh.com.


Parkersburg News September 21, 2006

Raymond H. Dotson

Raymond H. “Buck” Dotson, 83, of St. Marys died Sept. 20, 2006, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was born Sept. 14, 1923, in St. Marys, a son of the late Harry and Beulah Grant Dotson. He was a 1941 graduate of St. Marys High School and attended the University of Oklahoma. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Army’s Specialized Training Corps, which put him behind enemy lines during the D-Day invasion and the Battle of the Bulge and placed him in Germany and France. He received his bachelor’s degree from Marietta College. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in St. Marys. He was the West Virginia State’s Agency Manager for Modern Woodmen, a member of the Fraternal Insurance Counselors, a member of the former St. Marys Kiwanis Club and other various civic groups. He was very active in the American Legion Post 79 and VFW Post 222. He was the founder of the Pleasants County Educational Trust Fund, his pride and joy. He was a current board member of the Pleasants Community Foundation, which manages the fund. He was an avid reader of history pertaining to World War II, was able to fix most everything and liked woodworking.

He is survived by his wife, Joanne Shouldis Dotson; one daughter, Charmaine Dotson of Parkersburg; two stepdaughters, Paula Deacon of Charleston and Frances Whaley of Parkersburg; three grandsons, Dylan Whaley, Christopher Whaley and Joseph Deacon; granddogs, Clancy, Riley and Morgan; one brother; one sister; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Neil and Leona Eddy of St. Marys.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Donna Eddy Dotson; two brothers; and one sister.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Pastor John Strimer officiating. Interment will be in the St. Marys IOOF Cemetery with military graveside services conducted by American Legion Post 79, VFW Post 222 and AMVETS Post 40. Calling hours will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday and from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pleasants County Educational Trust, c/o Pleasants Community Foundation, P.O. Box 420, St. Marys, WV 26170.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle November 8, 2006

Umber E. Dotson

Umber E. Dotson, 94, of Parkersburg passed away Nov. 5, 2006, at Sunbridge Care and Rehabilitation of Parkersburg.

He was born March 1, 1912, in Pleasants County, W.Va., one of 10 children of the late William Edward and Launa Dotson.

He was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 132 for over 50 years and a member of Masonic Lodge 3 of Parkersburg and Grace Gospel Church of Pettyville, W.Va.

Umber is survived by his four children, Patty R. Brookover of Atwater, Ohio, Edward E. Dotson of Parkersburg, Ernest K. Dotson of Martinsburg, W.Va., and Robert L. Dotson of Purcellville, Va.; seven grandchildren; five great- grandchildren; and special brother-in-law and friend, Roy Butler of Parkersburg.

In addition to his parents, Umber was preceded in death by his wife, Audrey P. Butler Dotson; five brothers; four sisters; and granddaughter, Brenda Dotson.

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Mike Allen and Pastor Bill Angel officiating. Burial will be at Riverview Cemetery.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader May 14, 2005

Edgar M. Doty

Edgar M. Doty, 71, died April 24, 2005 at Allegheny Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was born in Bens Run Nov. 18, 1933, a son of Raymond Dot), and Rachel Martin Doty.

Doty was a retired mechanic of Cardinal Plant and also the Windsor Power Plant for a total of 42 years of service.

He was a member of the Warwood Christian Church.

Doty is survived by his wife Patricia Green Doty; one daughter Susan Adams and her husband Joseph of Wellsburg; one brother Thomas Doty and his wife Susie of Wellsburg; three grandchildren William Delaney. Zachary Adams and Jacob Adams all of Wellsburg.

Doty was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter Lori Doty who passed away March 18, 1996; and one brother George Doty.

Funeral services were April 29 at the Reasner Funeral Home in Wellsburg with Rev. James Agnew of Shiloh Temple officiating. Interment was in Franklin Cemetery.

The family suggest that memorial contributions be made to West Liberty State College, Lori A. Doty Memorial Scholarship Fund, Office of Development, P.O. Box 295, West Liberty, WV 260740295.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News March 2, 2004

Harold Dougherty

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Harold "Doc" Dougherty Jr., 59, of Alexandria died Jan. 26, 2004, at Mount Vernon Hospital following a prolonged illness.

He was an entertainer, magician, photographer, director, and playwright. He was born Dec. 14, 1944, in St. Marys. Doc attended Glenville State College, where he became a photographer and reporter for the school newspaper and was active in various theatrical productions. He then moved to Washington, D.C., where he was employed by Penn Camera. Leaving Penn Camera, Doc spent 26 years working in photographic services for the Smithsonian Institute, where he was instrumental in setting up and managing the department's facilities in the new museum support center at Silver Hill.

Doc was a member of both the International Brotherhood of Magicians and the Society of American Magicians. He served two consecutive terms as president of the I.B.M. National Capitol Ring 50 and a term as president of S.A.M. Assembly 23. He was an active member of other magic organizations including the Order of Merlin and the Psychic Entertainers Association.

Involved with the New Playwright's Theater Doc was the stage director for six Washington premieres. He was a technical consultant for magic at the Folger Theater and photographer for the Metro Stage theater in Alexandria. His photographs have appeared in Smithsonian publications and various newspapers, including the Washington Post.

Doc broke into show business at the age of three working with his father, a magician and ventriloquist, as part of the act billed as "Doc Dougherty's Dolls." Playing in theaters and schools, he had visited 32 states by the age of 10. Upon his father's death he assumed his father's stage name of "Doc" Dougherty and continued performing through high school and college with carnivals and circuses. He was the last magician to work the great river showboats of the Ohio Valley Watershed.

After he graduated St. Marys High School in 1963, he attended Glenville State College where he was elected president of the Alpha Osi Omega dramatics fraternity and named "Best Director" in a college play production. Doc never strayed far from the theater and magic . He was a regular fixture behind the counter at Al's Magic Shop in downtown Washington, D.C., every Saturday as well as performing magic at theaters, conventions, television and clubs in the area. Doc had top billing in a six-week vaudeville troupers convention on Capitol Hill in Washington performing his brand of comedic magic, mind reading and hypnotism. He originated and marked a number of magic effects and published in Linking Rings. He also appeared as a psychic entertainer for the National Park Service, was a lecturer for the Smithsonian and even appeared on televisions "That's Incredible."

Doc was a regular both on stage and back stage at most local and regional magic events. He was a featured performer at numerous events including the World Magic Summits. It was during his tenure as president of Ring 50 that the Ring hosted the International I.B.M. convention in 1977. An entertainer, magician, photographer, director, playwright, salesman, emcee and friend. He leaves behind a very large "family" of friends who will miss him.

Graveside services will be 5 p.m. Saturday at the IOOF Cemetery, St. Marys. Calling hours will be from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle November 5, 2008

James E. Douglas

James E. Douglas, 60, of Neff Ridge Road, Marietta, went home to be with his Lord and Savior at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday (Nov. 1, 2008) at Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center in Cambridge.

He was born in Akron, Ohio, on Dec. 14, 1947, a son of Carl E. and Mary Elizabeth Bostaph Douglas. He was employed by Cytec at Willow Island. Jim was a member of Newport Baptist Church where he had been a trustee and deacon and a youth leader and Sunday school teacher. He was a 1965 graduate of Lawrence High School. He enjoyed sports of all kinds and was an avid fan of Ohio State, Steelers, Jeff Gordon and horse riding, four wheelers, bicycling and the out of doors. He adored his two granddaughters.

On July 2, 1966, he married Carolyn Edgar, who survives with their son, Michael A. Douglas of Marietta; two granddaughters, Manda and Michaela; four brothers and five sisters, Carol (Karen) Douglas, John (Susan) Douglas, Gary (Kathy) Douglas, Raymond (Peggy) Douglas, Joan (Loren) Farley, Mary Antill, Peggy (Bob) Adams, Dorothy (Ted) Barth, and Betty ( Andy) Neader; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Ann and Tim Carrothers; mother-in-law, Dorothy Edgar; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Larry Douglas; brother-in-law, Richard Antill; and father-in-law, John Edgar.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday (Nov. 5) at McClure-Schafer-Lankford Funeral Home with the Rev. Marvin Sallee officiating. Burial will be in Newport Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from Tuesday at noon until the hour of the service.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle - December 29, 1960

MRS. R. W. DOUGLASS

Wanda A. Douglass, widow of Dr. Richard Wandless Douglass, died Dec. 24, in St. Joseph's Hospital, Parkersburg, at the age of 82 years. She was the daughter of H. C. and Henreietta Schultz Ranch.

She was born May 9, 1878 in Waterbury, Md. and came to St. Marys in 1900. Here she spent the remainder of her life. She was the oldest member of the St. Marys United Presbyterian Church, and a charter member of the St. Maarys Woman's Club.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Richard Hamilton, with whom she made her home; and Mrs. James F. Crutcher of Huntington; three grandchildren, Mrs. Frances Hamilton White of Bristol, Tenn.; Richard Hamilton, Jr. of Philadelphia, Pa.; and Mrs. Norman Daniels of Huntington; also four great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at 10:30 a. m. Tuesday, Dec. 27 in Ruttencutter Mortuary with Rev. A. C. Parr, pastor of the Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment was made in the I.O.O.F. cemetery.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News January 29, 2005

Clara E. Dowler

Clara E. Dowler, 81, of Parkersburg died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2005, at Eagle Pointe.

She was born in Wood County, a daughter of the late John E. and Georgia Reeder Houck. She was a homemaker and a member of the Amiable Homemakers Club in Parkersburg.

She is survived by her husband, Lester V. Dowler; three daughters, Dianne McClung of Mineral Wells, Patty Williams and her husband, Bob, of St. Marys and Rose Jackson and her husband, Paul, of Belleville; two sons, Paul Dowler and wife, Lee, of Williamstown and Ray Dowler and wife, Kathy, of Parkersburg; one sister, Beatrice Matteson of Everett, Wash.; two brothers, George and Reeder Houck, both of Parkersburg; nine grandchildren, Craig Williams, Brett Williams, Dixi Gathman, Angela Richardson, Leslie Dowler, David Dowler, James Dowler, Amanda Dowler and Ian Brown; and six great-grandchildren, Alana, Hannah and Reagan Williams, Eli Brown and Miah and Anna Gathman.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Flora Houck and Mary Newbanks; one brother, John Houck Jr.; one grandson, Jeremiah Jackson; and one son-in-law, Ed McClung.

Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Pike Street, south Parkersburg, with Pastor Randy Kochsperger officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen South Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today and until time of services Sunday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News August 12, 2005

Lester V. Dowler

Lester V. Dowler, 85, of Parkersburg passed away Aug. 10, 2005, at Eagle Pointe Personal Care Center.

He was born Sept. 17, 1919, in Wood County, a son of the late Arthur E. and Pearl Allen Dowler. Lester was a U.S. Army veteran; was retired from the Refiners Transport as a truck driver; and was a loyal caregiver for his wife for 20 years.

Lester is survived by three daughters, Dianne McClung of Mineral Wells, Patty and her husband, Bob Williams, of St. Marys, Rose and her husband, Paul Jackson, of Belleville; two sons, Paul and his wife, Lee Dowler, of Williamstown and Ray and his wife, Kathy Dowler, of Parkersburg; two brothers, Arthur and Richard Dowler; four sisters, Opal Deem, Roberta Kesterson, Betty Dowler and Vera Henry; nine grandchildren, Craig Williams, Brett Williams, Dixi Gathman, Angela Richardson, Leslie Dowler, David Dowler, James Dowler, Amanda Dowler and Ian Brown; six great-grandchildren, Alana, Hannah and Regan Williams, Eli Brown, Miah and Anna Gathman and Laura Richardson.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Clara Houck Dowler on Jan. 27, 2005; one son-in-law, Ed McClung; one grandson, Jeremiah Jackson; three brothers, Bernard, Harold and Clarence Dowler; and two sisters, Jean Acree and Ruth Deem.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 2333 Pike St., south Parkersburg, with Pastor Randy Kochersperger officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen South Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Military graveside rites will be by American Legion Post 15, Parkersburg.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News July 17, 2006

Angela M. Downing
Angela Maria (Angel) Downing, 29, of Belmont, W.Va., died Sunday, July 16, 2006.

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with visitation 9 a.m. until service time Thursday.

(Posted by Ingram Funeral Home)

Angela Maria (Angel) Downing, 29, of Belmont, WV, died, Sunday, July 16, 2006, at her residence in Belmont. She was born, June 24, 1977, in Houston, TX. a daughter of the late William and Daisy Spalding Leccese. She was a 1995 graduate of Tyler Consolidated High School. She is survived by her husband, Teddy Downing, Jr., son, Dakota Downing, daughter, Heaven Downing, step-son, Ryan Leek all of Belmont, brother, Bill Leccese, of Sistersville, WV and nephew, Christopher Leccese of Belmont. She was preceded in death by her parents. Services will be held Thursday, July 20, 2006, at 11 A. M. at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV with Pastor Chuck Rogers officiating. Calling hours will be on Thursday from 9 A.M. until the time of the service.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News May 9, 2006

Marla C. Drieling

Marla Christine Hayes Drieling, 37, died at her home in Garner, N.C., on May 6, 2006, from a liposarcoma.

Marla was born Dec. 11, 1968, in Parkersburg, a daughter of Mary Ann Hayes and the late Michael Jack Hayes. She was a 1987 graduate of St. Marys High School in St. Marys, W.Va., and attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for two years. She then transferred to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where she received a B.S. degree in marine biology in 1991. She was a member of the Church of Christ.

She is survived by her husband, Andrew Dean Drieling of Garner, N.C., whom she married March 20, 1996; a son, Andrew Dean II (Drew), age 9; a daughter, Michaela Rose, age 7; her mother, Mary Ann Hayes of Parkersburg; a brother, Michael Hayes, his wife, Kelly, and their children, Rebecca and Jonathan of New Freedom, Pa.; a sister, Maria Hayes Smith, her husband, Randy, and their children, Abigail and Zachary of Stokesdale, N.C.; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her father, Michael Hayes; her maternal grandparents, Nelson and Mary Hull, originally of Fairmont, W.Va.; and her paternal grandparents, Jack and Mary Jane Hayes of Hastings, W.Va.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Ford Funeral Home, Ford Chapel, 201 Columbia Street, Fairmont, with Evangelist Ronald D. Laughery officiating. Burial will follow in the Monumental Cemetery, Marion County, W.Va. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News May 4, 2009

Gail Mary Drinko

Gail Mary Drinko, 58, of St. Marys, W.Va., went to be with the Lord May 2, 2009, at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

She was born Aug. 14, 1950, in Sonoma, Calif., a daughter of the late Joan B. Tingley McGuiggan. She was a 25-year member of Grace Episcopal Church of St. Marys, where she had served as Sunday School teacher, former chairperson of Gabriel's Angels, Church Vestry, Episcopal Church Women, choir and Altar Guild. She attended Mountain State College and graduated from both Valley Beauty School in 1986 and West Virginia University, where she obtained a bachelor's degree in social service. She was employed as a social worker for 15 years at Westbrook Health Services. Gail loved animals, gardening and spending time with her family.

She is survived by three children, Yvette M. Drinko-Kiggans and her husband, Bill, and Joette M. Fetty and her husband, David, all of St. Marys, and Robert J. Drinko and his wife, Gara, of Harrisville, W.Va.; and six grandchildren, Adrean and Steven Barnhart, Sara and Lara Fetty and Brody and Kelsey Drinko.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Ayla Gail Fetty and Garon Lee Fetty.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Grace Episcopal Church, St. Marys, with the Rev. Richard Heller officiating. Calling hours will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys.

(Gerald Bills)


Cleveland Plain Dealer January 31, 2008

John Deaver Drinko dies; guided growth of Baker Hostetler law firm

He referred to himself as a poor boy from the hills of West Virginia, who as a youth during the Depression wrestled bears and sold women's hosiery door to door to earn money to support his mother and sister.

But most people knew John Deaver Drinko either as the brilliant lawyer who guided the growth of the Cleveland law firm Baker Hostetler for 16 years or as the man whose support helped build college, law school and medical facilities throughout the region.

Drinko, 86, died Wednesday night in a hospital in Palm Springs, Calif., where he and his wife, Elizabeth, spent winter months. A cause of death was not immediately reported, although a family spokeswoman said Drinko had been suffering from pneumonia.

From spring through fall, Drinko could be found at his downtown law office on the 33rd floor of the National City Center building. He often worked five days a week, dividing his time between his law practice and extensive charitable work.

He gave away millions of dollars of his own money to various institutions, particularly higher education.

Because of his philanthropy, Drinko's name appears on several college buildings, among them a $29 million library at Marshall College, now known as Marshall University, in Huntington, W.Va., where he received his bachelor's degree in 1942; the Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, where he received his law degree in 1944; and a recital hall at Cleveland State University.

He funded other educational endeavors, endowing a total of 15 faculty chairs at various schools. Two were at Ohio State, with others at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Case Western's nursing program, John Carroll University, Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Capital University Law School and the Dwyer Learning Center at Notre Dame College of Ohio, which in May 1997 awarded him an honorary degree -- his 10th.

Among the institutions benefiting from his generosity were Baldwin-Wallace, Capital, Hiram, Lake Erie, Mount Union and Ohio University.

He also spent years in education-related board work. He was a trustee of the Ohio State University Foundation, the Marshall University Foundation and the Sage Cleveland Foundation.

He credited education for his success

Drinko said that education helped him escape a hard-scrabble beginning and that without it, "I would still be back shooting squirrels in West Virginia.

"I was a poor boy, and someone had to build those dang places before I got there, so I always wanted to pay that back," he said.

"Education opens the world," he said. "It helps to improve you as a person. That's why reading is a great thing. Education became a great economic force in our society. The economic impact of all the Cleveland colleges is tremendous."

Drinko's board work extended beyond education. He was a trustee and president of the Mellen Foundation, created by former Cleveland investment banker Edward J. Mellen, who amassed a fortune by buying, selling and financing about 20 small industrial companies.

He was a trustee of the Hostetler Foundation, created by Joseph C. Hostetler, who together with Newton D. Baker, founded Baker & Hostetler. He also was a trustee of the Baker Hostetler Founders' Trust, the firm's charitable arm.

He was board chairman of the Cleveland Institute of Electronics Inc. and of Double D Ranch Inc., which he established in 1971 in Coshocton County. It started as a hobby farm and grew into a 1,700-acre crop-and-cattle enterprise.

Drinko also was a past director of Cloyes Gear and Products Inc. and the Standard Products Co. and was still on the boards of the Orvis Co. and Preformed Line Products Co. when he died.

He inspired those around him

Drinko's vast intellect -- his IQ in college was 185 -- inspired awe among the firm's young lawyers and others who dealt with him. The high school he attended in St. Marys, W.Va., hired a professor from Marietta College to tutor him in Greek and Latin after he completed all of his required high school courses.

Remembering information came so easily to him, he said, that even in law school he never took notes, instantly recalling anything he had read or heard. Even while running Baker & Hostetler, he rarely took notes. And though law school was tough, he completed it while working full-time as a rate scheduler for a trucking company.

"Intellect alone will not get you anywhere," he said. "Hard work is what leads to a good living." During his career, he said he routinely worked seven days a week, often late into the evening.

He had moved to Cleveland in 1945, accepting Joe Hostetler's offer of $125 a month -- a sum he would later earn in less than 30 minutes -- becoming the 23rd lawyer hired by the firm. He quickly rose through the ranks, serving as the law firm's managing partner from 1969 to 1975 and from 1978 to 1985.

During his leadership, the firm expanded from one office with about 70 attorneys to five offices with over 200 attorneys. Baker Hostetler now has operations in 10 cities and more than 600 attorneys.

Drinko practiced corporate and business law and as senior adviser to the firm's policy committee continued to provide counsel to a number of major clients.

"John really had the vision to see the firm as not just a local Cleveland firm but a firm that could become national," said R. Steven Kestner, Baker Hostetler's executive partner.

Kestner said he lunched monthly with Drinko and found him always willing to listen and help in any way he could.

"He was a mentor to all of us," Kestner said.

Memorial service planned

In addition to his wife of 61 years, Drinko is survived by sons John Randall, president of the family-owned Cleveland Institute of Electronics, and J. "Deaver," who operates the family's Double D. Ranch; two daughters, Dr. Diana Lynn Drinko, a pediatrician in Farmington, N.M., and Elizabeth Lee Sullivan, a museum docent in Tucson, Ariz; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Kestner said a memorial service for Drinko probably will be held in Cleveland, but plans were not finalized.

The family said that contributions in Drinko's memory could be made to Marshall University Foundation Inc., 1 John Marshall Drive, Huntington, WV 25755, or The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, 220 Drinko Hall, 55 West Twelfth Avenue, Columbus 43210.

Cleveland Plain Dealer February 1, 2008

Obituary (#2): John Deaver Drinko, led law firm Baker Hostetler; noted philanthropist

He referred to himself as a poor boy from the hills of West Virginia, who as a youth during the Depression wrestled bears and sold women's hosiery door to door to earn money to support his mother and sister.

But most people knew John Deaver Drinko either as the brilliant lawyer who guided the growth of the Cleveland law firm Baker Hostetler for much of two decades or as the man whose support helped build college, law school and medical facilities throughout the region.

Drinko, 86, died Wednesday night in a hospital in Palm Springs, Calif., where he and his wife, Elizabeth, spent winter months. A cause of death was not imme diately reported, al though a family spokes woman said Drinko had suffered from pneumonia.

From spring through fall, Drinko could be found at his downtown law office on the 33rd floor of the National City Center building. He often worked five days a week, dividing his time between his law practice and extensive charity work.

He gave away millions of dollars of his own money to various institutions, particularly higher education.

Because of his philanthropy, Drinko's name appears on several college buildings, among them a $29 million library at Marshall College, now known as Marshall University, in Huntington, W.Va.

Drinko earned his bachelor's degree at Marshall in 1942 and his law degree at the Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law in 1944.

He funded other educational endeavors, endowing a total of 15 faculty chairs at various schools.

Two were at OSU, with others at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Case's nursing program, John Carroll University, Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Capital University Law School and the Dwyer Learning Center at Notre Dame College of Ohio, which in May 1997 awarded him an honorary degree - his 10th.

He also spent years in education-related board work. He was a trustee of the Ohio State University Foundation, the Marshall University Foundation and the Sage Cleveland Foundation.

Drinko said that education helped him escape a hard-scrabble beginning and that without it, "I would still be back shooting squirrels in West Virginia.

"I was a poor boy, and someone had to build those dang places before I got there, so I always wanted to pay that back," he said.

"Education opens the world," he said. "It helps to improve you as a person. That's why reading is a great thing. Education became a great economic force in our society. The economic impact of all the Cleveland colleges is tremendous."

Drinko's board work extended beyond education. He was a trustee and president of the Mellen Foundation, created by former Cleveland investment banker Edward J. Mellen, who amassed a fortune by buying, selling and financing about 20 small industrial companies.

He was a trustee of the Hostetler Foundation, created by Joseph C. Hostetler, who together with Newton D. Baker founded Baker & Hostetler. He also was a trustee of the Baker Hostetler Founders' Trust, the firm's charitable arm.

He was board chairman of the Cleveland Institute of Electronics Inc. and of Double D Ranch Inc., which he established in 1971 in Coshocton County. It started as a hobby farm and grew into a 1,700-acre crop-and-cattle enterprise.

Drinko also was a past director of Cloyes Gear and Products Inc. and the Standard Products Co. and was still on the boards of the Orvis Co. and Preformed Line Products Co. when he died.

Drinko's vast intellect - his IQ in college was measured at 185 - inspired awe among the firm's young lawyers and others who dealt with him.

The high school he attended in St. Marys, W.Va., hired a professor from Marietta College to tutor him in Greek and Latin after he completed all of his required high school courses.

Remembering information came so easily to him, he said, that even in law school he never took notes, instantly recalling anything he had read or heard. Later, while running Baker & Hostetler, he also rarely took notes. And though law school was difficult, he completed it while working full time as a rate scheduler for a trucking company.

"Intellect alone will not get you anywhere," he said. "Hard work is what leads to a good living." During his career, he said he routinely worked seven days a week, often late into the evening.

He moved to Cleveland in 1945, accepting Joe Hostetler's offer of $125 a month - a sum he would later earn in less than 30 minutes - becoming the 23rd lawyer hired by the firm. He quickly rose through the ranks, serving as the law firm's managing partner from 1969 to 1975 and from 1978 to 1985.

During his leadership, the firm expanded from one office with about 70 attorneys to five offices with over 200 attorneys. Baker Hostetler now has operations in 10 cities and more than 600 attorneys.

"John really had the vision to see the firm as not just a local Cleveland firm but a firm that could become national," said R. Steven Kestner, Baker Hostetler's executive partner.

Kestner said he lunched monthly with Drinko and found him always willing to listen and help in any way he could.

"He was a mentor to all of us," Kestner said.

In addition to his wife of 61 years, Drinko is survived by sons John Randall, president of the family owned Cleveland Institute of Electronics, and J. "Deaver," who operates the family's Double D Ranch; two daughters, Dr. Diana Lynn Drinko, a pediatrician in Farmington, N.M., and Elizabeth Lee Sullivan, a museum docent in Tucson, Ariz; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Kestner said a memorial service for Drinko probably will be held in Cleveland, but plans were not finalized.

The family said contributions in Drinko's memory could be made to Marshall University Foundation Inc., 1 John Marshall Drive, Huntington, WV 25755, or to the Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, 220 Drinko Hall, 55 W. Twelfth Ave., Columbus, OH 43210.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader - June 22, 1906

FRED DUNN DIES SUDDENLY

The neighborhood comprising the lower portion of Grant District was shocked by the sudden death of Fred R. Dunn, last Friday afternoon. He was pllowing corn in his father's field when the summons came. He had just went through a row to the fence where he turned his horse into the next. After turning he hesitated a moment as if to lean against the fence when he was seen to pitch forward to the ground by the other hands who wereat work in the field. They ran to him but life was extinct before they reached him.

He was one of the twin sons of Mr. And Mrs. T. H. Dunn, and was an exempllary youn man. He was born August 30, 1882, and was therefore 24 years of age.

The funeral which was largely attended was conducte Monday afternoon in the Willow Island Baptist Church by Rev. Harvey Cofer assisted by Rev. J. R. Shingleton.

The grief stricken parents and family have the sympathy of all in this their sad hour.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle - Jan 3, 1952

MRS. MYRTLE E. DUNN

Mrs. Myrtle E. Dunn, 72, wife of James F. Dunn, died at her home at West Salem, Dec 30 at 7:45 pm.

She was born in Pleasants county on May 28, 1879, a daughter of the late Samuel and Sarah Jane Newlen Wells. She was married to James F. Dunn.

Her husband survives with several children.

Funeral services were held at 2:3o pm Wednesday at the Willow Island Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery.

(Linda Fluharty)


St. Marys Oracle June 16, 2004

William M. DuPree

William Morton DuPree, 83, Florida and Arizona Real Estate Developer, died May 28, 2004 at his home in Scottsdale, Az. DuPree was a well-known developer and owner of shopping centers in Arizona. He was born in New Orleans, La. and grew up in Miami, Fla.

He attended Miami schools, including to University of Miami. Graduation as a Naval Aviation Cadet at Jacksonville, Fla., in 1941. He transferred to the U. S. Marine Corps, where he served two tours of duty with the South Pacific Combat Air Transport (SCAT) flying gasoline, torpedoes and ammunition into small islands like Guadalcanal. He received many awards and commendations for his achievements against enemy forces in the Pacific. Upon discharge from the Marines in 1946 with the rank of captain, he returned to Miami and entered law school at the University of Miami and graduated in 1948. While attending the University he met and married Lois Triplett, from St. Marys, in 1947. After graduation, he moved to Phoenix, Arizona to build The Lane Title and Trust Company where he served as vice-president. In 1952 he was recalled to the Marine Corps and served two and half years in Washington, D.C., as legal advisor to the Commandant of the Marine Corps, writing legislation on behalf of the corps to be presented to congress. Upon discharge as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1955, he joined with his father a pioneer Miami, Fl., real estate developer in developing commercial and industrial sub-divisions. However, the love of Arizona drew him, with his family, back to Phoenix. He developed and owned shopping centers in Yuma; Cast Grange; Phoenix; and Prescott, and was instrumental in the development o shopping centers for the Del Webb Company in California, Arizona, and Texas. He was a member Of Phi Kappa Alpha Delta, legal fraternity; Arizona and Florida -Bar Association, The Mayflower Society, Military Officer's Association of America, Arizona Realtors Association and a life long Episcopalian, Mr. DuPree is survived by his wife of 56 years and three children, Melinda DuPree of Scottsdale; David (Nancy) DuPree of Prescott; Mildred (Richard) Wilikins of Raleigh, N and Scottsdale; three granddaughters, Amy (Josh) Hughes, Jennifer and Emily Scott , all of Scottsdale, and two great-granddaughters, Parker and Peyton Hughes ; a brother, Thomas (Sue) DuPree of Blairsville, Ga.; two sisters, Mrs. Ysobel (John) Litchfield of Washington, N.C., and Mrs. Jeanne (John)Patterson of Coral Gables, Fla.

Private services were held with interment at Green Acres in Scottsdale.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that and memorial contribution be made to Hospice of The Valley, 1510 East Flower Street, Phoenix, Az. 850I4.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle July 11, 2007

Lewis M. Dutton

Lewis M. Dutton, 70, of 621 Hughes St., Niles, O., died at 4:20 a.m., Wednesday, July 4, 2007, at Forum Health Trumbull Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Dutton was born Dec. 21, 1936, in St. Marys, the son of Francis Marvin and Thelma Elizabeth Stanley Dutton and moved to Ohio in 1965. He was a 1956 graduate of St. Marys High School.

He was a founding member of the Central Baptist Church. He served as a deacon, music leader and on the maintenance and ground crews. He was instrumental in the construction and religious foundation of the church.

He had been employed by the General Motors Corp. for nearly 31 years as an inspector, retiring in 1996. He enjoyed golfing and bowling and was a family man, always offering his friendship, assistance and a kind word to all who knew him.

Lew is survived by his wife, the former Loraine "Kay" Kenton, whom he married April 8, 1962; his mother of Belmont; two sons, Brad (Teri) Dutton of Girard and Larry (Darlene) Dutton of Niles; a daughter, Mrs. Leah (Gary) Peppard of Orville; four brothers, Stanley Dutton of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Billy Dutton of St. Marys, Dick Dutton of St. Marys and Ron Frey of Mineral Ridge; a sister, Vernice Neely of St. Marys; and six grandchildren, Stacy, Steven, Kyle, Brett, Justin and Sarah.

He was preceded in death by his father and a sister, Janice Butcher.

Services were Friday, July 6, at the Robert P. McDermott Memorial Home. The funeral was Saturday, July 7, at Central Baptist Church in Niles, with Pastor Barry Knaub officiating. Burial was in Niles City Cemetery.

The family requests that material tributes take the form of contributions to the church, 1301 North Road, Niles, OH 44446.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News April 6, 2007

Paul E. Dutton

Paul Eugene “Gene” Dutton, 79, of St. Marys, W.Va., died April 5, 2007, at his residence.

He was born Jan. 31, 1928, at Greendale, Ohio, a son of the late William Pearl Dutton and Carrie Vernice May Dutton Pethtel. He was a member of the George Street Church of Christ, had worked in the oil field for State Senator J. Frank Deem. He was an ironworker and a member of the Ironworkers Union 549 in Wheeling, W.Va. He served on the St. Marys City Council from 1983 to 2005, was Past Noble Grand of St. Marys Lodge 22 IOOF, was a member of the St. Marys Moose Lodge 2559 and the St. Marys Elks Lodge 1701 and a member of the American Legion Post 79. He was member of the Kanawha Artillery, Battery D Civil War Reenacters. He was very active with the West Virginia Bass Festival and was instrumental in getting the lighthouse at the St. Marys Marina. He was a U. S. Army Veteran of the Korean War. He was a Corporal with the Company C 48th Armored Medical Battalion.

He is survived by a daughter, Bridget Williamson and her husband, Lance, of St. Marys; a special grandson, Paul Andrew Dutton, a student a West Virginia University in Morgantown; son, John Dutton and family of St. Marys; a very special niece, Patricia Langsdorf of New Matamoras, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Betty Lee Moore Dutton; two sons, Donald Eugene Dutton and Michael Lee Dutton; two sisters, Ruth Virginia Lamp and Pearl Louise Phillips; and a brother, Floyd Marvin Dutton.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Evangelist Cecil Dotson officiating. Interment will be in the St. Marys IOOF Cemetery with military graveside services. Calling hours will be from 4-9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle - May 2, 1935

PEARL DUTTON

Pearl Dutton, aged 40, residing on the May farm near Hebron, committed suicide on Monday, April 29. Presumably despondent because of long illness, he shot himself in the temple with a 22 caliber rifle. He is survived by his wife and four children. Funeral services will be held Friday at Pine Grove Church, conducted by Evang. A. E. Harper.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News October 30, 2008

Thelma E. Dutton

Thelma E. Dutton, 92, of St. Marys, died Oct. 28, 2008, at Care Haven of Pleasants, Belmont, W.Va.

She was born Oct 3, 1916, in Harrisville, W.Va., the daughter of the late Jeffery D. and Anna Belle Grimes Stanley.

She worked as an aide at Colin Anderson Center, St. Marys, for over 20 years. Thelma was a member of The Dewey Avenue Church of Christ, St. Marys.

She is survived by a daughter, Vernice Neely of St. Marys; sons, Stanley Dutton of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., William Dutton of St. Marys, Richard Dutton of Vienna and Ronald Frey of Mineral Ridge, Ohio; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Dutton; daughter, Janice M. Butcher; son, Lewis Dutton; sisters, Elva Jaggers and Alma Progin; and brothers, Howard, Edward, Charles and Robert Stanley.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with Evangelist Arnold Huyghebaert officiating. Burial will follow in the Harrisville IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Friday and from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News September 6, 2008

Trenton M. Dutton

Trenton Michael Dutton, infant son of Joshua and Amanda (Boggs) Dutton of St. Marys, W.Va., passed away Sept. 3, 2008.

Private services will be at the convenience of the family. Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, is assisting the family.

(Posted by Ingram Funeral Home)

Trenton Michael Dutton, infant son of Joshua and Amanda (Boggs) Dutton of St. Marys, WV, passed away September 3, 2008 at Camden Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg. In addition to his parents he is survived by one brother, Trevor Paul Dutton. Trenton was a grandson of John and Kim Dutton of St. Marys, WV, Cheryl and David Westfall of Valley Mills, WV, and Michael Boggs of Spencer, WV, a great grandson of Donald Rogers of St. Marys, WV, Marsha Fields of Vienna, WV, Olan Metz of Shreve, OH, and Ethel Boggs of Spencer, WV. He was preceded in death by great-grandparents Wilma Rogers, Betty Dutton, Gene Dutton, and Steven Boggs. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News - January 4, 2004

Georgia Duty

PARKERSBURG - Georgia Opal Duty, 82, of Parkersburg died Jan. 3, 2004, at St. Joseph's Hospital.

She was born Feb. 19, 1921, in McKim, W.Va., a daughter of the late Samuel and Minnie Pyles McHenry.

She is survived by six children, Barbara Hayhurst and husband, Paul "Bud," of Parkersburg, Sondra "Sandy" Edge and husband, Randy, of Davisville, Palmer "Bud" Duty and wife, Rita, of Parkersburg, Robert Duty of Ashland, Ky., Bill Duty and wife, Kathy, of Little Hocking and Michael Duty of Indianapolis; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Cloyd L. Duty, in 1978; two brothers, Gene and Carl; and two sisters, Ruth and Pearl.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with the Rev. L. Norman Butler officiating. Burial will follow at the Wick Cemetery, Tyler County. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News October 5, 2007

Carol M. Cooke Dye

Carol Marian Cooke Dye, 98, of St. Marys, W.Va., passed away Oct. 3, 2007, at the Heritage of St. Marys Assisted Living Facility.

She was born May 20, 1909, in Pleasants County, W.Va., a daughter of the late Samuel B. Sr. and Anna E. Smith Glenn. She was a 1927 graduate of St. Marys High School and she graduated from college in Fairmont, W.Va. She taught at several one-room schoolhouses across Pleasants County. Carol also worked at both Zipf’s Hardware and Triplett’s Hardware and was a faithful member of the St. Marys United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her brother, Samuel B. Glenn Jr. and his wife, Juanita, of Gladwin, Mich.; special niece, Kay Hall and her husband, Dale, of Parkersburg; and several stepchildren, nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Karl S. Cooke in 1975; second husband, Clifford L. Dye in 1996; and three brothers, Claude, Ralph and Robert Glenn.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with the Rev. Pam Shuman officiating. Interment will be in the St. Marys I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Calling hours will be from 4-8 p.m. today and from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News February 4, 2005

Hazel E. Dye

Hazel E. Dye, 82, of Newport, Ohio, died Feb. 2, 2005, at Harmar Place in Marietta.

Services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at the East Lawn Memorial Park Chapel. Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys.

Ingram Funeral Home Posting

Hazel E. Dye, 82, of Newport, OH, died, February 2, 2005, at Harmar Place in Marietta, OH. She was born, August 27, 1922, in Pleasants County, WV, a daughter of the late Smith L. and Verna M. Shultz Poynter. She was a member of the Newport Baptist Church, was educated in Pleasants County Schools, and loved to read. She is survived by two brothers, Lyle Poynter and his wife, Doralee and Dale Poynter and his wife, Betty all of Newport, OH, and several nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 53 years, Bernard O. Dye, one sister, Gladys Dye, and three brothers, Ola Poynter, Lawrence Poynter, and Rolla Poynter. Services will be held Saturday, February 5, 2005, at 11 A. M. at the East Lawn Memorial Park Chapel with Tony Hitchcock officiating. Burial will follow in the Memorial Park. Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P. M. Friday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader - August 4, 1905

Child Dead

Ada, the infant daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Zade Dye, aged one year, died Wednesday morning at their home in Belmont of cholera infantum.

The funeral was conducted Thursday afternoon in the Belmont church. The remains were laid to rest in the Willow Island cemetery.

(Gerald Bills)


Marietta Times February 9, 2008

Mildred P. Dye

Mildred Pauline Barnhouse Dye, 91, went home to be with her Lord on Thursday (Feb. 7, 2008) at Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born on Middle Island, St. Marys, W.Va., to Virgil Barnhouse and Wynona Edwards Barnhouse.

Mildred was a 1935 graduate of Ludlow/Bloomfield High School. She was a wife, mother, grandmother, early telephone central, general store keeper, member of New Matamoras United Methodist Church, life member of Matamoras Historical Society.

She was married to Franklin S. Dye on April 2, 1937.

She is survived by husband, Franklin S. Dye of New Matamoras; children, Norma Jean (L. Dale) Antill, and Roger Franklin (Darlene) Dye; six grandchildren, Janice (Terry) Pringle, Tammy (Loren) Rinard, Vickie Turner, Brenda (Mark) Mendenhall, Valerie (Rob) McPeek, and Franklin Dale (Kim) Antill; 10 great-grandchildren, Jennifer (Ryan) Lauer, Lauren (Adam) Smith, Marcie Turner, Tiffany Pringle, Benjamin Turner, Amy Jean Rinard, Nicodemus Franklin Antill, Anna Aubrey Antill, Quinton McPeek, and Heidi McPeek; one great-great-grandchild, Leigha Anne Lauer; sisters-in-law, Hope Barnhouse, Christine Thomas, Lois Dye Graham, and Vivian Dye; brother-in-law, Willis Dye; aunts, Ellouise Barnhouse, and Leah Barnhouse; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Kenneth, Norman and Alfred Barnhouse; sister, Bettyann Barnhouse Hesson; granddaughter, Rhonda Dye.

Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Hadley Funeral Home New Matamoras Chapel with the Rev. Michael Webber and the Rev. Terry Pringle officiating. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Burial will be in Matamoras Cemetery.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader October 28, 1938

Miss Vera Dye

Miss Vera Dye, 22 years of age, died suddenly at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roland Dye Tuesday night. Miss Dye was a graduate of St. Marys high School, later received her nurses training in the St. Joseph Hospital in Parkersburg. For the past few months she had been doing graduate work at the University of Cincinnati and had come to her home Sunday for a short rest.

She had been in poor health since a serious illness last winter, but her death was unexpected and came as a complete shock to her many friends. Death was attributed to heart failure.

Besides her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lafayette Pethtel and Mrs. Dye, she is survived by her parents, one brother Paul Dye and one sister, Mrs Myra Dye Dimmick.

Funeral arrangements are yet incomplete.

(Note: Date of Birth: 7/24/1914; Date of Death: 10/26/1938; Place of Burial: St. Marys IOOF Cemetery. - GEB)

(Gerald Bills)


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