"K" Obituaries   
 


St. Marys Oracle July 20, 2005

Dorothy Mae Bills Kasun

Dorothy Mae Bills Kasun, 89, of Appletree Homes in Beverly, 0., formerly of Moundsville, went to be with the Lord Friday, July 15, 2005, in Muskingum Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation.

She was born Nov. 15, 1915 in Pleasants County, the daughter of the late Augustus William and Laura Morrell Bills.

She was a former member of Moundsville Baptist Church, a former teacher in Pleasants County, former Sunday school teacher at Willow Island Baptist Church and an avid Pittsburgh Pirate Fan.

She was a humble and giving person who always thought of others before herself.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert E. Kasun; a brother, Francis `Jack' Bills; and two sisters, Donna Bills and Mary Strickling.

Survivors include: four sons, Herb (Sherry) Kasun of Beverly, Ron (Virginia) Kasun of Sistersville, Matt (Linda) Kasun of Moundsville, and David (Teresa) Kasun of Keyser; ten grandchildren, Josh and Jarrod Kasun, Rhonda Yeager, Dorothy and Elliott Kasun, Peggy Gee, Wendy and Elizabeth Kasun, and Cierra and Corey Kasun, six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were July 17 at Grisell Funeral Home in Moundsville with Rev. Burl Jernigan officiating.

Interment was in Halcyon Hills Memorial Park in Sherrard.

Memorial contributions made to Willow Island Church, State Route 2 Willow Island, W V 26134.

(Gerald Bills)


“Canton Repository” Canton, Stark County, OH (Louisville is in Stark County)

EDRIA EDITH KEANE, age 97 of Canton, passed away Wednesday, January 4, 2006 in Altercare of Louisville. Born in St. Marys, WV, she was the daughter of Earl and Alice (Templeton) Bailey. She lived in the Canton area most of her life. She was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church and a founding member of St. Paul’s Rosary Society, St. Paul’s Mothers Club and St. Paul’s Senior Citizens. Preceded in death by her husband, Peter Martin “Marty” Keane in 1970; three sons, Paul Michael, Peter Martin “Marty” and John “Jack” Keane. She is survived by her son, James Patrick Keane; daughters and sons-in-law, Teresa and Joe Kopache of Canton, Margaret and Steve Richards of Alliance; daughters-in-law, Joanne Keane and Pamela Keane both of Canton; 35 grandchildren; many great- grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. in St. Paul’s Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Joseph Gleixner, M.S.C. as celebrant. Burial in St. John’s Cemetery. Friends may call Friday 6-9 p.m. or one hour to services in the Earl B. Jack Funeral Home.(Earl B. Jack Funeral Home, 330-452-1702)

Note: Edria was a granddaughter of Asbury & Lucinda (Oldfield) Bailey and John M. & Margaret A. (Matheny) Templeton in Pleasants County.

(Jim Bailey)


Parkersburg News May 26, 2009

Arlon W. "Bud" Keith

Arlon W. "Bud" Keith, 78, of Newport, Ohio, passed away May 24, 2009, at Riverside Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

He was born May 26, 1930, at Harrisville, W.Va., to Malcolm and Zula Wilcox Keith. He was a retired millwright out of Millwright Local 1755 in Parkersburg. Prior to that, he was an auto mechanic and part-owner of Keith Brothers in Harrisville. Additionally, he served in the United States Air Force from 1950 to 1954, where he was an aircraft mechanic. He was a member of the Church of Christ and attended at Dewey Avenue in St. Marys, W.Va.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter, Deborah; and sister, Donna Lee McMillion.

He is survived by his grateful wife of 41 years, Ruth Ann Stewart Keith of Newport, Ohio; daughters, Joy L. Bowen and her husband, Dave, of Marietta and Karen K. Fisher and her husband, Rick, of Vienna; one son, John A. Keith and his wife, Tina, of Newport; and five grandchildren, Mindy Bowen Ingram, Traci Bowen Spencer, Karyn Michelle Fisher, Eric Keith Fisher and Ashley Dawn Keith.

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Dan Kessinger officiating. Interment will be in the Newport Cemetery, Newport, with military graveside rites. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Wednesday and from 1-2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News August 1, 2006

Michael B. Keith

Michael B. “Mike” Keith, 50, of Mineral Wells, W.Va., departed this life on Sunday, July 30, 2006, at his residence following a long illness.

Mike was born on Sept. 1, 1955, at Clarksburg, W.Va., to Lewis Sherwood and Laura Mae “Mazie” Lamb Keith of Bristol in Harrison County, W.Va. He was a 1973 graduate of Harrisville High School, was a volunteer dispatcher for several years at the former Harrisville Emergency Squad and had been employed as a health care worker by the former Colin-Anderson Center in St. Marys, W.Va. He had previously resided in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., where he drove cab and owned a window tinting business.

In addition to his parents, Mike is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Gary L. and Lisa Keith of Clarksburg; sister and brother-in-law, Debbie and Robert Hall of Washington, W.Va.; uncles, Cameron Keith and Robert Keith and wife, Emma Jean, all of Harrisville; aunt, Edna McClain of Shelbyville, Ark.; nephews, Gary Keith and wife, Amanda, Josh and Adam Hall and Shane Swiger; nieces, Tiffany Hall and Maria Swiger; great-niece, Gwen Keith; an individual that was like Mike’s son, Jimmy Kresge and his son, Michael Kresge, both of Ft. Lauderdale; and a very good friend, Martin Marshall of Parkersburg.

Mike was preceded in death by a brother, Stephen Keith in 2003.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with the Rev. Shawn Hall officiating. Interment will be in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery at Harrisville. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. today and after 9 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


“Canton Repository” Canton, Stark County, OH (Louisville is in Stark County)

PAUL MICHAEL KEANE, age 62, of Canton, passed away Tuesday, August 16, 2005, in Mercy Medical Center. He lived in the Canton area all of his life and graduated from Timken High School in 1960. He was an independent bricklayer by trade. He was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church and Bricklayers Union #6. Preceded in death by his father, Peter; brothers, Peter, Martin and John Jack Keane. He is survived by his wife, Pamela, to whom he was married 41 years; daughter, Teresa Keane of Columbus; mother, Edria Keane of Louisville; brother, James Patrick of Canton; two sisters, Teresa Kopache of Canton and Margaret Richards of Alliance; mother-in-law, Alice Williamson; brother-in-law, Jack Williamson; several nieces and nephews. Mike was a kind and generous man who was enthusiastic about life. He was a charismatic individual who was blessed with a multitude of friends and family. He was always willing to share a laugh and a good story. He was taken very unexpectedly and will be missed by many. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. in St. Paul’s Catholic Church of Canton with Rev. Fr. Joseph Gleixinar, M.S.C. as celebrant. Friends may call Friday 6-9 p.m. in the Earl B. Jack Funeral Home or one hour prior to services. His favorite charity was St. Paul’s Catholic Church. (Earl B. Jack Funeral Home, 330-452-1702)

(Jim Bailey)


Parkersburg News December 6, 2005

Elodene Kellar

Elodene Crawford Kellar, 72, of Brohard, W.Va., died Dec. 5, 2005, at St. Joseph's Hospital.

She was born at Grantsville, W.Va., a daughter of the late Earnest and Pearl Harden Crawford.

Survivors include three daughters, Nadene Ruble of Parkersburg, Irene McVay of Belmont, W.Va., and Sherry Kellar of Lancaster, Ohio; a brother, Charles Crawford of Grantsville; seven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald P. Kellar in 1997; two sisters; and two great-grandsons.

Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, south Parkersburg, with Pastor Ray Seabaugh officiating. Burial will be in the Evergreen South Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News July 12, 2007

Bernice M. Keller

Bernice M. Keller, 71, of Sistersville, W.Va., died July 10, 2007, at Reynolds Memorial Hospital in Glen Dale, W.Va.

She was born Dec. 31, 1935, in Sistersville, a daughter of the late Verna and Irene Shreves Mikes. She retired from Sistersville General Hospital after 26 years of service and was a member of the Sistersville Church of the Nazarene.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Charles W. Keller; stepson, Ross Keller of Conyers, Ga.; granddaughters, Lynn Billiter of Athens, Ala., and Debbie Parks of Toney, Ala.; four great-grandchildren; and sisters, Betty Stephen of Toronto, Ohio, Erma Beagle of Middlebourne, Emma VanCamp of Middlebourne, Donna Kemp of Fly, Ohio, and Phyllis Barnhart of Raven Rock, W.Va.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Carol Sue Hammond; a brother, Raymond Mikes; and sisters, Mary Wright and Evelyn Ludolph.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Myers Funeral Home, Sistersville, with the Rev. Dennis Shirer officiating. Burial will be in Northview Cemetery, New Martinsville. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Arnold Kelley

Arnold Kelley, 77, of Belmont died Jan. 8, 2001, at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Survivors include two brothers, Everette Kelley of St. Marys and Ernest Kelley of New Martinsville; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by three brothers; and two sisters.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys. Burial in St. Marys IOOF Cemetery. Visitation from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today.

(Michael Anderson)


Parkersburg News August 5, 2005

C. Dean Kelley

C. Dean Kelley, 81, of Parkersburg died Sunday, July 31, 2005, at Arbors of Marietta.

He was born Sept. 23, 1923, in Belmont, Pleasants County, W.Va., a son of the late Charles Curtis and Cassie Ruckman Kelley.

A graduate of St. Mary's High School and Iowa State College, he was a 55 year member of the IBEW Electrical Workers Union Local 968. Mr. Kelley was retired after 30 years of service at Du Pont Construction.

He was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran, serving on the submarine Hammerhead. He was a charter member and past master of Vienna Masonic Lodge 172 AF & AM and 32nd degree Scottish Rite.

He served 21 years as president of the Parkersburg Chapter, Full Gospel Businessmen's Fellowship, and served as field representative in West Virginia and Ohio. He attended the 19th Street Church of God.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Emogene Boso Hull Kelley of Parkersburg; one son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Linda Hull of Moundsville; two grandsons and their wives, Richard and Christen Hull II of Ripley and William and Lindsey Hull of Parkersburg; one step-granddaughter and her husband, Jonna and Joe Kuskey of Moundsville; five great-grandchildren, Haley, Trey and Blake Hull and Christopher and Alec Kuskey; three nieces, Susan Lagard and Jacqueline Singleton, both of Virginia, and Patricia Simmons of Tennessee.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, William and Eugene, and one sister Pearle Samples, of Roanoke, Va.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with the Rev. Wayne J. Terry and the Rev. Robert Holland officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, with Masonic graveside rites by Vienna Masonic Lodge 172 AF & AM and Military graveside rites by American Legion Post 15 of Parkersburg. Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg.

The family has requested memorial donations be made in memory of Mr. Kelley to the 19th Street Church of God Building Fund, 505 19th St., Parkersburg, WV 26101

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News June 22, 2004

Ernest Kelley

Ernest Kelley, 76, of New Martinsville died June 4, 2004.

Graveside services will be 5 p.m. Thursday at the IOOF Cemetery, St. Marys.

Arrangements by the Myers Funeral Home, Sistersville.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News November 20, 2008

Jeanette "Carol" Kelley

Jeanette "Carol" Kelley, 65, of St. Marys, W.Va., died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008, at her residence.

She was born in Akron, Ohio, a daughter of the late James and Stella (Dean) Bocook.

She was a homemaker and traveled with her husband during his military service. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, where she served as a teacher's aide. She loved cooking and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Les Kelley; two sons, Les Kelley Jr. and his wife, Valerie, of Weirs Cove, Va., and John Kelley of St. Marys; two daughters and sons-in-law, Rebecca and Cecil Berry and Mary and Johnny Efaw, all of St. Marys; 11 grandchildren, including Jennifer LeAnn Gregg, who was one of her caretakers; four great-grandchildren; a niece, Tammy Collins, who was also one of her caretakers; a brother, Ray Bocook; three sisters Ruth, Sharon and Carmen; and her caretaker, Sandy Kelley.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Grace Scaggs; a brother, Robert Bocook; and two infant brothers.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with the Revs. Rick Black and Mike Reynolds officiating. Burial will be at Bethel Presbyterian Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader - May 18, 1906

[RHODA KELLEY] Shot Herself

The Sistersville Review of Monday says:

"Last evening, at her home three miles east of the city, Mrs. Rhoda Kelley, aged twenty-seven, and wife of John Kelley, suicided with a rifle. The bullet passed through the temple and was productive of instant death. Corner Campbell, of Middlebourne, conducted the inqueswt and rendered a verdict of sucide, after which undertaker Hysong, of the Sistersville Burial Association, took charge of the remainsto prepare them for burial".

The deceased was well known in this city and the cause of the rash act is said to have been long illness and the despondency that Mrs. Kelley suffered almost constantly.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader - October 11, 1901

Death of William Kelley

Wm. Kelley was born in Ritchie county, Va., now W. Va., December 21, 1838. He died October 4, 1901, at his home near St. Marys. He enlisted July 4, 1861 as a private in Co. K, 1st Ohio Light Artillery (11th army corps) being then 21 years of age.

He took part in the battles of McDowel, Cross Keys, Keller's Ford, Slaughter Mountain, Missionary Ridge, Second Bull Run, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Lookout Mountain, Mt. Jackson and in several skirmishes and minor engagements. At Bull Run he was severely ruptured and was treated in the camp for injury. He was discharged Feb. 7, 1864, at Bridgeport, Ala., and reenlisted the same day as a veteran in the same battery, receiving 30 day furlough, and rejoining his command on expiration of furlough at Stevenson, Alabama. His final discharge was at Camp Denison, Columbus, O., in July, 1865, having been four years in the army. He was a charter member of Hazen Post No. 66 G. A. R. in which he held several offices. He married Mary Ruttencutter November 10, 1869. They have had a family of eight children, seven of whom are living.

He was converted many years ago and joined the Methodist Protestant church and afterwards transferred his membership to the Methodist Episcopal church but for a number of years has not claimed his membership.

His health was for a long time so poor he seldom went to church and but little from home on any occasion.

He was a good citizen, very peaceable and a great home-keeper, very rarely going further from home than the village less than two miles away.

The funeral services were held over the remains of Mr. Kelley Sunday morning in the M. E. church of this city conducted by Rev. J. H. Doan. He was laid to rest in the St. Marys cemetery.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News February 20, 2005

Nicholas E. Kelley

Nicholas E. "Nick" Kelley, 26, of Marietta died Feb. 18, 2005, at the Marietta Memorial Hospital of injuries sustained in an auto accident on Feb. 4, 2005.

He was born March 5, 1978, in Parkersburg, a son of Eugene E. "Duke" and Cheryl Carter Kelley of Marietta. He was a 1996 graduate of Marietta High School and was serving with the Army National Guard 1092nd. He liked motorcycles, hunting and fishing.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Holly and Michael Armstrong of Little Hocking, Ohio; his brother and sister-in-law, Mancil and Missy Kelley of Marietta; two nieces, Meradeth Patterson of Little Hocking and Megan Kelley of Marietta; his paternal grandmother, Lois Kelley of Parkersburg; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Herbert and Elizabeth Carter; and his paternal grandfather, Truman Kelley.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Chaplain Col. Randall A. Kocherperger and Sgt. Anthony Morris officiating. Burial will be in the Willow Island Cemetery, Willow Island, W.Va., with military graveside rites conducted by the Army National Guard 1092nd. Calling hours will be from 2-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


WILLIAM KELLEY

(Note: The following obit is for William Kelley who died 7/28/1934 and was buried in the Ruckman Cemetery as William C. Kelley 1919-1934)

Pleasants County Leader August 3, 1934

TWO KILLED AND ONE INJURED WHEN AUTO HITS MOTORCYCLE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Gerald Bills)


(Note: The following obit is for Edgar Eugene Kelley who died 9/11/1933 and was buried in the Ruckman Cemetery as E. Eugene Kelley 1921-1933)

Pleasants County Leader September 15, 1933

ACCIDENT FATAL TO EUGENE KELLY

Eugene Kelly, 12, years old son of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis C. Kelly, of Belmont, died in Memorial hospital, Marietta Monday morning of fatal injuries received in an auto accident Sunday evening in front of his home. The youth was struck by a car driven by Martin Bayles of Eureka, who was driving on State Route 2.

The Kelly boy in company with three other boys were watching a passing train and on returning stepped into the side of the Bayless car. The handle of the door struck the boy in the waist cutting him several inches.

In addition to his parents, the boy leaves two brothers William and Dean and sister Pearl all at home. He attended the Belmont Public School.

Funeral service was conducted at the Belmont church by Rev. T. J. Hickle assisted by Rev. Wilmoth, Wednesday afternoon. Burial was in the Ruckman Cemetery at Styron.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News March 14, 2005

Evelyn V. Kelly

Evelyn V. Kelly, 100, of Erie, Pa., formerly of Pleasants County, W.Va., died March 12, 2005, at the Mount Creek Hospital in Erie.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys. Calling hours will be from 4-9 p.m. today at the funeral home

(Posted by Ingram Funeral Home)

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News April 21, 2007

Robert F. Kelly Sr.

Robert F. Kelly, Sr., 79, of Belmont, W.Va., formerly of Wheeling, W.Va., died, April 19, 2007.

Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. today, 2-5 p.m. Sunday and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. A Rosary Service will be 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

(Posted by the Ingram Funeral Home)

Robert F. Kelly, Sr., 79, of Belmont, WV, formerly of Wheeling, WV, died, April 19, 2007, at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center, Clarksburg, WV. He was born, August 30, 1927, in Wheeling, WV, a son of the late Thomas E. and Flora (Perry) Kelly. He was retired from Kardex in 1991, he was a former printer for the Wheeling paper, Boyd Press in Wheeling, WV. He was a former teacher at the Mckinley Vocational High School in Wheeling, Belmont County JVS in St. Clairsville, OH, and Belmont Technical College in St. Clairsville. He was an U. S. Air Force Veteran of the Korean War, serving as staff Sergeant. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Christine (Patterson) Kelly, five children, three daughters, Mary Ellen Meadows (Jim) of Columbus, OH, Kathy Ashton of Martins Ferry, OH, and Patricia McComb of Columbus, OH, two sons, Joe Kelly (Peggy) of Wheeling, WV, and Robbie Kelly (Jenni) of Columbus, OH, three step children, Carl Boley, and Patricia Evans of St. Marys, WV, Norman Boley (Tiffany) of Caldwell, OH, grandchildren, Todd Kelly (Stephanie), Travis Kelly, Chris Ashton, Keenan and Kelsey Meadows, Zachary Kelly, Francine McComb, Alexander and Julianna Kelly, step grandchildren, Lacie and, A. J. Dawson, Britney Clark, and Hannah Boley, great grandchildren, Todd Avery Kelly and Faith, and his sister, Gloria Kerns of Wheeling, WV. He was preceded in death by his first wife, June (Porter) Kelly, and granddaughter, Melissa Ann Ashton. Services will be held Monday, April 23, 2007, at 1 P. M. at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV with Father Mark Gallipeau officiating. Interment will follow in Pleasants Memorial Estates, Eureka, WV with military graveside services. Friends may call from 6 to 8 P. M. Saturday, 2 to 5 P. M. Sunday, and from 11A. M. to 1 P. M. Monday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle December 1, 1915

HON. GEORGE KELSALL

Venerable Citizen of St. Marys Died Last Night

After an illness which confined him to the house for nearly two years George Kelsall died at 11:15 Wednesday night. His remains will be interred in the St. Marys Cemetery Friday afternoon, at 2:30, under direction of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, after services at the Episcopal Church by Rev. James H. Clark.

The deceased was a son of George Kelsall and Elizabeth Rundle of England, and was born in Baltimore August 27, 1828. With his parents he went to Wheeling in 1835, and after they went west he came to St. Marys in 1851, where he engaged in the cabinet making trade and afterwards as a merchant.

On October 9. 1855 he married Sarah Elizabeth Carroll, daughter of William and Catharine Carroll of this place. No children were born to them. After nearly fifty years of companionship she died February 1, 1905.

Mr. Kelsall served as mayor of St. Marys, was nominated on the Democratic ticket in 1882 for the State Senate but was defeated by Anthony Smith of Tyler county; in 1896 he was elected member of the House of Delegates.

He was a member of the Episcopal Church, serving many years on the vestry and took an active part in Sunday School work.

With the exception of Senator Henry G. Davis he was the oldest Odd Fellow in the State, having joined the Kate Barclay Lodge No. 1 in Harrisville in 1854. He was a charter member of St. Marys Lodge No. 22, also of Pleasants Encampment and of the Knights of Pythias.

No man has been more universally esteemed than he. His life was that of an upright man, and he was of such tender conscience that he wronged himself rather than to live under a doubt that he might have been harsh with others. His generosity and honesty have become proverbial.

He leaves two nieces as his nearest relatives, Mrs. Julia Pollock of Wheeling and Mrs. A. Mitchell of Riverside, Illinois.

He is also survived by Miss Rachael Rymer, who has been his housekeeper for more than ten years.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader February 3, 1905

THE HAD OF THE GRIM REAPER FALLS HEAVILY

Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Kelsall

Sarah Elizabeth Kelsall died at her home in this city Wednesday morning, Feb. 1st. She was strucken with paralysis Aug. 18th last, her left side being completely paralized. She partially rallied from this, but subsequently complications set in which terminated in her death. For more than five months she lingered, yet bore her suffering patiently. At times hope prevailed only to be blighted by subsequent developments of the disease. She was the daughter of William and Catharine Carroll, and was born Dec. 25th,1837.

She was married to George Kelsall in October 1855, and all her life was spent in this vicinity. Although her death had been daily expected for some time, yet as all such events are, was a shock to her friends. She was devotedly attached to her husband with whom she had lived for nearly half a century, and on him the blow falls heavily indeed. She had a wide circle of acquaintances, and those who knew her best loved her most. Perhaps no death in this community for many years has made a deeper impression or was heard with more profound regret than the death of Mrs. Kelsall. She was an ardent friend, a genial companion and a true woman.

She will be missed by many, for she was always active in all good work, and was ever ready and willing to lend a helping hand to the needy. If each recipient of her kindness could drop a blossom on her grave she would sleep tonight amid a multitude of flowers. For many years she had been a consistent member of the Methodist Protestant Church, and was an earnest and zealous worker in that church, not only contributing liberally from her means, but devoted much time and labor in the various branches of church work. She was recognized as a consistent and conscientious christian in her life and her death was an exemplifertion of the beauties of a true christian character. Besides her husband she leaves three brothers and two sisters; William C., Thomas J. and James A. Carroll, and Mrs. Mary Watson and Mrs. Anne Galaher. The funeral services will be conducted from the family residence at 2:00 p. m. Friday. Rev. Paca Kennedy of the Episcopal church of which her husband is a member, and Rev. G. W. Morris, her pastor, will conduct the services. The internment will take place in the St. Marys cemetery.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News July 26, 2008

Archie Gene Kemp

Archie Gene Kemp, 78, of Vincent, Ohio, died July 24, 2008, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

He was born July 9, 1930, in Pennsboro, W.Va., a son of the late Archie B. and Anna Feeney Kemp. He retired as an office supervisor, after serving over 39 years with Hope Natural Gas, currently Dominion Gas. He was a graduate of Parkersburg High School class of 1949 and also from Mountain State College in 1951. He was a member of the Belpre Church of Christ, where he enjoyed planting and taking care of the flowers. He supported various missionaries, was known as an avid prayer warrior who operated a 24-hour prayer line. He was also a host for the Young at Heart Senior group for the past 11 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, genealogy and decorating his home for special occasions like Christmas and Halloween. Spending time with his two cats, Punky and Simba and spending time with his family and friends, brought him the most enjoyment in life.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Dolores Rea Kemp; two children, Keith Quentin Kemp and Lori Ann Kemp, both of Fairmont; one sister, Betty Courtney of Norfolk, Va.; and nephew, Carl Courtney Jr. of Norfolk, Va.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Quentin Kemp; two sisters, Ava and Ruth Kemp; and one brother-in-law, Carl Courtney Sr.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at the Belpre Church of Christ with Evangelist Ron Laughery officiating. Burial will follow at Willow Island Cemetery, Belmont, W.Va. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Belpre, and one hour prior to the service Monday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Belpre Church of Christ, c/o Missions, 2932 Washington Blvd., Belpre, OH 45714.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News April 28, 2005

Ava N. Kemp

Ava N. Kemp, 87, of Love & Care, Parkersburg, formerly of Dayton, Ohio, passed away April 27, 2005, at Heartland in Marietta.

She was born March 25, 1918, in Pleasants County, W.Va., a daughter of the late Archie B. and Anna Feeney Kemp. She graduated from Pennsboro High School Class of 1936 and was a graduate of Mountain State College in Parkersburg. She was retired from Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton after 40 years of service. She was a member of the Belpre Church of Christ.

She is survived by one brother, A. Gene Kemp and his wife, Dolores, of Vincent, Ohio; one sister, Betty Kemp Courtney of Norfolk, Virginia; two nephews, Keith Q. Kemp of Fairmont, W.Va., and Carl Courtney Jr. of Norfolk, Va.; and one niece, Lori A. Kemp of Fairmont.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Quentin Kemp, and a sister, Ruth Ann Kemp.

Private funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Belpre, with Ron Laughery officiating assisted by Jack Newberry. Burial will follow in the Willow Island Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Love & Care, PO Box 1512, Parkersburg, WV 26102 and cards to 225 James Lane, Vincent, OH 45784. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

(Gerald Bills)


Marietta Times August 20, 2005

Glennen Alvadore Kemp

NEW MATAMORAS — Glennen Alvadore Kemp, 80, of 33618 state Route 800, New Matamoras, died at 7:15 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 18, 2005) at Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus.

He was born June 1, 1925, at Bens Run, W.Va., a son of Dory and Anna Beagle Kemp.

He was an HVAC Technician with Kemps Heating and Cooling. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict and was a member of the VFW Post in Duffy, Ohio.

He is survived by his wife, Donna Jo Kemp of New Matamoras; one daughter, Sheri Fahy of Ravenna, Ohio; one stepson, Rick Koher of Marietta; one stepdaughter, Darlene Lumbatis and her husband, Steve, of Lewisville; one granddaughter; five stepgrandchildren; one stepgreat-grandchild; three sisters, Vollean Baker and her husband, Chalmer, of Vienna, Betty Kneier of Cleveland, and Gladys Frohling and her husband, James, of Vienna; and three brothers, hersel Kemp and his wife, Neva, of New Martinsville, W.Va., Conrad Kemp and his wife, Betty, of Mantua, Ohio, and Gary Kemp and his wife, Sharon of St. Marys, W.Va.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Bethel Turner; and two brothers, Charles and Alphy Kemp.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Hadley Funeral Home, New Matamoras Chapel. Burial will be in Paden Memorial Gardens, Paden City, W.Va. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News December 30, 2009

KENNETH O. KEMP

Kenneth Oneal "Kenny" Kemp, 88, of Bens Run, W.Va., passed away Dec. 28, 2009.

A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, is assisting the family.

(Posted by Ingram Funeral Home)

August 5, 1921 - December 28, 2009

Kenneth Oneal “Kenny” Kemp, 88, of Bens Run, WV, passed away December 28, 2009 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkersburg, WV. He was born August 5, 1921, in Tyler County, WV a son of the late Truman and Livesta A. Hooper Kemp. He attended Sistersville High School and he was protestant by faith. He was a U. S. Army Veteran of WWII where he earned a Bronze Star. He enjoyed trap shooting and hunting. .

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Harriett Ford Kemp, two daughters, Mary Louise Kemp White of Hawaii, Kathleen Lynne Kemp of California, one son, Mark Oneal Kemp of Pennsylvania, four grandchildren, two sisters, Yvonne Starkey of Friendly, WV, Linda Snodgrass of Sistersville, WV, and one brother, Robert “Bob” Kemp of Friendly, WV. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, Orville B. Kemp, and two sisters, Juanita Fagert and Wilma J. Holmes.

In keeping with Kenny’s wishes he will be cremated and a private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News September 9, 2009

Deborah "Debbie" Kent

Deborah "Debbie" Kent, 54, of St. Marys, W.Va., died Sept. 8, 2009.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday and from 1-2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

(Posted by Ingram Funeral Home)

Deborah “Debbie” Kent, 54, of St. Marys, WV, died September 8, 2009, at her residence. She was born, May 11, 1955, in Fostoria, OH, a daughter of Mildred Isabel Boley Calvert of St. Marys, WV, and the late James Truman Green. She enjoyed writing poetry, and to love and spoil her grandchildren,

She is survived by her children, Stacey Fairbanks and her husband, Heath of Belpre, OH, Bobby Kent and his wife, Joy of Waverly, WV, Michelle Niemczyk and her husband, Mike of Belmont, WV, Michael Kent, and Chris Kent and his wife, Tara Kaye all of St. Marys, WV, eight grandchildren, Kaytlynn, Bobby, Cole, Ian, Landon, Ryan, Tyler, and Jackson, sister, Sheila Seidl and her husband, Doug of Sylvania, OH, brothers, Jerry Green and his wife, Sandy of Wellsville, OH, John Green and his wife, Pam of Buckhannon, WV, Jeff Green and his wife, Carla and Bill Green all of St. Marys, WV, and Woody Green and his wife, Pat of Fox Island, WA, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Services will be held Friday, September 11, 2009, at 2 P. M. at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV with Pastor Mark Eaton officiating. Interment will be in the Cloverdale Cemetery, Rt. 16, Pleasants County, WV. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P. M. Thursday, and from 1 to 2 P. M. Friday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle September 17, 2003

Wilmont F. Kernen

Wilmont F. Kernen, 86, of Weirton, died Sept. 10, 2003, at the Weirton Geriatric Center.

He was born Aug. 7, 1917, in Raven Rock, a son of the late Ralph Arnold Kernen and Freda Maude Barker Kernen. He retired after 37 years of service from Weirton Steel where he worked as millwright in the Blooming Mill. He served his country is the Army during World War II and was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene and the Weirton Steel 25 Year Club.

He is survived by three sons, Randy L. Kernen Sr. of New Cumberland, Franklin E. Kernen of Weirton and William W. K of New Cumberland; one brother, Ralph Kernen of St. Albans; one sister, Freda Kernen of Raven Rock; and eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Sunday at Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home; Weirton, with Rev. Marvin Taylor.

Entombment followed at Highland Hills Memorial Gardens, Follansbee, with military services be performed by the American Legion Past 10, Veterans of Foreign Wars 2716 and Tri-State-Marine Corps.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News October 28, 2005

Emmet E. Kerns

Emmet E. Kerns, 66, of Newport, Ohio, died Oct. 26, 2005, at the Marietta Nursing and Rehab Center, Marietta.

He was born July 14, 1939, in Cairo, W.Va., a son of Cleo Richards Kerns of Hughes, Texas, and the late Joseph Kerns. He was a member of the Pennsboro United Methodist Church and attended the Newport Baptist Church until his illness. He was retired from Ormet Corporation after 31 years, where he was a welder. He was a 1959 graduate of Cairo High School and an avid bass fisherman.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 45 years, Muriel Rutherford Kerns; two sons, Michael Kerns and his wife, Melissa, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Brian Kerns and his wife, Jeanne, of Wingett Run, Ohio; one granddaughter, Amanda Kerns of St. Marys; two sisters, Lorraine Martin and her husband, Larry, of Daingerfield, Texas, and Bonnie Kerns of Henderson, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Ingram Funeral Home, with Pastor Joe Law officiating. Burial will be in the Cairo IOOF Cemetery, Cairo, W.Va. Calling hours will be 5-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader July 26, 2008

Max Kerns

Max Kerns, 79, of Harrisville, died July 22, 2008, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was born May 10, 1929, at Lambs Run, Ritchie County, the son of the late Homer J. and Alice A. Current Kerns. He graduated from Harrisville High School in 1948 and worked for Pipe Fitters Union Local 189 in Columbus for more than 40 years. He was a member of Southside Baptist Church, Harrisville.

He is survived by his wife, Loretta E. "Donna" Bunner Kerns; four sons and daughters-in-law, David Max and Carol Kerns of Columbus, Rocky Lane and Juli Kerns of Parkersburg, and Rodney Brian and Trudi Kerns and Brett Max and Donna Kerns, all of Harrisville; one daughter, Debbie Kerns of Columbus; one brother, Jack Kerns of Ellenboro; three sisters, Gae Greene of Minerva, OH, June Lambert of St. Marys, and Maxine Lewis of Shinnston; thirteen grandchildren, including Abby, Kelly, Max, Jocy, Blake, Eric, Madelon, Brian, Cory, Jonathan and Brett; and two great-grandchildren, including Riley Grace.

He was preceded in death by five brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville. Burial will follow in Harrisville IOOF Cemetery.

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

Memorials are preferred to: American Cancer Society, c/o Katy Keith, 420 McKinley Ave., Harrisville, WV 26362.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News January 24, 2006

Henry O. Kerr

Henry O. Kerr, 93, of Rockport, W.Va., went home to be with his Lord and Savior and to meet his gone before loved ones. He passed from this life into eternity from Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital on Jan. 23, 2006.

Henry was born June 9, 1912, in Wood County, a son of the late Andrew D. and Edna M. Freeland Kerr. He was a member of the South Parkersburg Baptist Church and former 50-year member of Pond Creek Baptist Church. He was retired from Sears & Roebuck with 23 years of service. At one time, he owned and operated the General Store at Jerry’s Run. He was a voting poll worker for many years and enjoyed farming.

Surviving are two sons, Larry Kerr and his wife, Darlene, of Charleston and Roger Kerr and his wife, Janet, of Rockport; five grandchildren, Heather Kerr Stewart and husband, Mark, of Gaithersburg, Md., Sara Kerr Archer and husband, Joey, of Birmingham, Ala., Scott Kerr of Moontownship, Pa., Amanda Kerr of Rockport and Jessica Kerr of Morgantown, W.Va.; two great-grandchildren, Lilly Stewart and Ava Jane Stewart; one brother, Robert Kerr of Parkersburg; one sister, Susie Lowther of St. Marys; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Freda Anderson Kerr on Nov. 5, 1996; three infant children; two brothers, Bruce Kerr and Wendell Kerr; and two sisters, Roberta Anderson and Annie Kimes.

There will be a celebration of Henry’s life at 1 p.m. Thursday at the South Parkersburg Baptist Church on Blizzard Drive. Pastors Ed Rogers, Joe Busch and Bill Brown will officiate. Burial will follow at Pond Creek Baptist Church Cemetery at Rockport. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Kimes Funeral Home, 521 Fifth Street, Parkersburg, and one hour prior to the service Thursday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the South Parkersburg Baptist Church Building Fund.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News June 1, 2008

Deloris Kerstetter

Deloris Kerstetter, 76, of St. Marys, passed away Friday, May 30, 2008, at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

She was born Feb. 10, 1932, in Parkersburg, a daughter of the late Edward and Minnie Lorena Hoselton Wright. Deloris had worked at the St. Marys Shop N Save for many years and was well known in the community.

She is survived by her son, Robert (Janet) Hunter of Royalhaven, Ohio; daughter-in-law, Diana Hunter of Texas; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Bill Hunter; one grandson; brothers, Don and Gene Wright; and sister, Betty Stephens.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting LeavittFuneralHome.com

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News October 20, 2008

Fay I. Kester

Fay Imogene Kester, 75, of Schultz Community, Pleasants County, W.Va., passed away Oct. 18, 2008, at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

She was born June 24, 1933, a daughter of the late Sherman Roosevelt Morrell and Goldie Alice Mahaney Morrell Kester. Fay was a 1952 graduate of St. Marys High School and she was a member of Good Hope Baptist Church and Ladies Mission Society.

Fay is survived by two daughters, Brenda Poling and her husband, Jerry, and Debbie Kester Cunningham and her husband, Bill, both of St. Marys, W.Va.; grandson, Stephen Kester, also of St. Marys; three brothers, Ray Morrell of Schultz, W.Va., and Don Morrell and Frank Lee Morrell, both of St. Marys; and four sisters, Berry Astle of Twinsburg, Ohio, Cassie Marshall of Parkersburg, Juanita Veon of Pataskala, Ohio, and Reva Riser of Parkersburg.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carlton H. "Buck" Kester, whom she married on Sept. 28, 1951; stepfather, Carlton R. "Dick" Kester; one son, Carlton Russell "Rusty" Kester; two brothers, James L. "Buddy" Morrell and Dale Morrell; an infant brother and sister; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Pastor Darrell Mayfield and the Rev. Bud Corbin officiating. Interment will be in the Willow Island Cemetery, Willow Island, W.Va. Calling hours will be 2-9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions are requested to the Good Hope Baptist Church, c/o Tauna Meyer, 135 Road Run Road, St. Marys, WV 26170.

(Gerald Bills)


Marietta Times January 22, 2007

Granville Kester Jr.

BEAVER, Pa. — Granville Kester Jr., of Beaver, passed away Wednesday afternoon (Jan. 17, 2007) at his home surrounded by his family.

Born April 15, 1923, in Schultz, W.Va., he was the son of the late Granville and Edna Louise Hart Kester. He was baptized into Christ in St. Marys, W.Va., in 1942, and was currently a member of the Oak Grove Church of Christ, Ohioville. He had served in the Amphibious Forces of the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater, participating in the invasion of several Japanese-held areas.

Mr. Kester was married to Nelle Heldman in 1948, following his graduation from West Virginia University, College of Engineering, in 1949; they lived in Beaver County where he was employed as a civil engineer. He was president of the Northern Division of Michael Baker Jr. Inc. Consulting Engineers at the time of his retirement in 1982, following which he and his wife moved to Marietta, returning to Beaver in 2004. He was a registered professional engineer in 25 states and the District of Columbia, was a member of the Society of American Military Engineers, including past chairman of the Pittsburgh post, was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers. He also was a member of the F&AM No. 457, St. James Lodge, Beaver, and the New Castle Consistory. He formerly served as a charter member and first chairman of the Civil Engineering Advisory Committee at West Virginia University and had served as a member of the visiting committee to the College of Engineering at West Virginia University in 1982.

Preceding him in death was his wife of nearly 58 years, Nelle Heldman Kester, on May 4, 2006.

Surviving are his devoted daughter and son-in-law, Constance Ann and David A. Ward, Beaver; a granddaughter and her husband, Elizabeth Ann Ward Liebig and John Liebig, Moon Township, Pa.; a grandson and his wife, Scott David and Tracy Ward, Beaver; four great-grandchildren, Jason and Megan Liebig, and Preston and Carly Ward; a brother, John W. Kester, Huntington Beach, Calif.; and two nieces and their husbands, Anita and Earnest James, and their daughter, Sarah, all of Florida, and Barbara and Ray Robinson, of Huntington Beach, Calif..

A service will be conducted at 11 a.m. today at Noll Funeral Home Inc., 333 Third St., Beaver, with his pastor, Glenn Bias, officiating.

Interment with full military rites by the Beaver County Special Unit will follow at the Beaver Cemetery. Members of the Special Unit are asked to gather at the Beaver Cemetery chapel at 11:45 a.m.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle August 18, 2009

John Warren Kester

John Warren Kester, 88, of Huntington Beach, CA, died at his residence facility Aug. 4.2009. He was diagnosed with Lewy Bodies Dementia.

He was born Oct. 22, 1920 in Schultz to Granville and Edna Hart Keter. In his last years, he spoke often of his happy childhood and fondly remembered his many neighbors, friends and family members who helped to make it so happy. He is a 1938 graduate of St. Marys High School.

He served in the Navy from 1942-45. He flew in PBY reconnaissance planes in the Pacific Theater of World War II.

He married Lorna Elaine (Wilson) Kester on Feb. 25, 1945. He was employed first by Pure Oil, then Monarch Oil and later by Esso, retiring in 1982 at the age of 62. Through his employment, he was once named "U. S. Oilman of the Year." He was active in many organizations including the First Christian Church, the Lions Club and the Masonic Temple.

In 1983, he retired to the Tucson area of Arizona where he met and married Nadine (Beverage) Kester in June of 1985. In retirement, he enjoyed golf. walking, photography, jewelry making and traveling. He proudly saved the newspaper clipping of his hole-in-one.

After the death of his second wife in 2003, he moved to Huntington Beach. From there, he drove twice a week to volunteer at the Long Beach Veterans Hospital. He loved his volunteer work and also frequently volunteered to drive his neighbors in the senior apartment complex where he lived to doctor appointments or to the store.

He is survived by his two daughters, Anita Louise (Ernest) James of Leesburg, FL, and Barbara Ann 1 (Raymond) Robinson of Huntington Beach, CA; and one granddaughter, Sarah Katherine James of Ottumwa, IA.

In addition to his parents and his wives, he is preceded in death by one brother, Granville Kester Jr.

Before his death, Kester arranged to have his remains cremated and his ashes spread over the Pacific Ocean. There were no services.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News July 19, 2007

Reva N. Kibble

Reva Nadine Bradley Kibble, 79, of Parkersburg, died July 9, 2007, at her residence.

She was born in Ripley, W.Va., on April 10, 1928, and was the daughter of the late Manford and Ida Bryon Thornton Bradley. She was a 1946 Gilmore High School graduate. She was a member of the North End Church of Christ, where she was active in making bears for those that were in hospitals. She had been an avid bowler at the Emerson Bowling Lanes.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Harry J. (Bud) Kibble; her son, Bill Kibble and his wife, Karen Jean, of Parkersburg; three daughters, Sharon K. James, Karen Rae Kibble and Judith L. Kibble, all of Parkersburg; grandchildren, Kevin M. Kibble of Milton, W.Va., Kelly and Craig Griffith of Charleston, Angela D. James of Parkersburg, Chad and April Kibble of Arvilla, W.Va., Timothy L. James of Parkersburg, Ryan S. Kibble of Belmont, and Autumn and Bryan Callahan of South Carolina; two great-grandchildren, Hunter Riley Kibble and Julia Layton Griffith; her sister, Eva Jones of Elizabeth; and brother, Joe Bradley of New Haven, W.Va.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Robert E. Kibble; a grandson, John A. Kibble; her sisters, Virginia and Eileen Bradley; a brother, Carl Bradley; and her twin brother, Clyde Bradley.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Eddie Cooper officiating. Burial will follow in the Independence Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Harry N. Kidder

Harry N. Kidder, 86, of Route 39, St. Marys, died July 25, 2000 at St. Joseph's Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was born Nov. 30, 1913 in Pleasants County, a son of the late John and Pearl Bailey Kidder. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, a member of VFW Post 222 of St. Marys, a member of the former Clay Point United Brethren Church and was a retired auto mechanic for the former Clovis Motor Company, St. Marys, with more than 20 years of service. Survivors include three sisters, Cora "Betty" Shepherd of Chincoteague, Va., Grace Smith and Della Moellendick, both of Parkersburg; one brother, Coleman Kidder of Parkersburg; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by four sisters, Mae Alley, Lena Moody, Mary Rader and Viola Kidder; and one brother, John W. "Bill" Kidder, Sr.

Services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Clyde Brammer officiating. Burial in Pleasants Memorial Estates, Eureka, with military graveside rites by American Legion Post 79, VFW Post 222 and AmVets Post 40. Visitation is from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday and from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

(newspaper of St. Marys)

(Dave Rader)


Joseph C. Kidder

Joseph C. Kidder, 90, of Eagle Pointe Nursing Home died Feb. 9, 2002.

He was born Dec. 11, 1911, in Bens Run, WV, a son of the late John and Pearl Bailey Kidder. He was a brick mason.

He is survived by three sisters, Grace Smith and Della Moellendick, both of Parkersburg, and Betty Shepherd of Chincoteague, VA; and one sister-in-law, Lucille Kidder of St. Marys. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Harry, and John Kidder; and four sisters, Lena Moody, Mae Alley, Viola Kidder and Mary Rader.

There will be no visitation and private family services will be held 2 p.m. today at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg. Burial will follow in Sunset Memory Gardens.

(Michael Anderson)


Pleasants County Leader January 28, 2006

June L. Kidder

June L. Kidder, 79, of Maybee, MI, died Jan. 16, 2006 at her daughter's home in Maybee, MI.

She was born June 1927 in East Palestine, 0.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Donald Kidder and one son, John Kidder.

She is survived by two sons, Fred of Friendly and David (Theresa) of Maybee, MI; a stepson, Donald of NC; four daughters, Carole (John) Williams of Maybee, MI, Elaine (Ron) James of Newport, MI, Candy (Randy) LaBell of St. Marys and Jan (Archie) Riggs of Carleton, MI; 19 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and one great-great grandson.

Services were Thursday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m., at Rupp Funeral Home, Inc. in Monroe, MI with the Rev. Lawrence Detruf officiating.

Burial was Saturday, Jan. 21 at the New Bethel Cemetery in St. Marys.

(Gerald Bills)


Lucille Goodrich Kidder

Lucille Goodrich Kidder, 84, of Route 39, St. Marys, died Feb. 25, 2002, at her residence.

She was born Oct. 30, 1917, at Georges Run, Jefferson County, OH, a daughter of the late Charles R. and Cornie Leach Goodrich. She formerly was city recorder for the city of St. Marys. She was a member of the St. Marys Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by four daughters, Irene Boop and her husband, Terry of Coolville, Eleanor Poling of St. Marys, Carole McDonald and her husband, Roger of Belmont and Luella Raper and her husband, Jeff of St. Marys; one son, John W. Kidder Jr. and his wife, Jean of St. Marys; 15 grandchildren, Terri Boop McGoye, Cindy Boop Eddy and Susan Boop Knotts, all of Little Hocking, Max Kidder of Berea, KY, Harry D. Kidder of Purcellville, VA, Marsha Kidder Withrow of Milton, WV, James Michael Poling of Clarksburg, Maria Poling Marlow of Little Hocking, Traci Poling Doehring of St. Marys, Lee McDonald of Morgantown, Jenny McDonald of Parkersburg, Eric Raper and Daniel Raper, both of Charleston and Adam and Sara Raper, both of St. Marys; 17 great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Betty Sheppard of Chincoteague, VA and Della Mollendick and Grace Smith, both of Parkersburg; one brother-in-law, John Jackson of Jewett, Ohio; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was the last surviving member of her family. She was preceded in death by her husband, John W. ''Bill'' Kidder Sr.; one grandson, Kenneth William Boop; two sisters, Audra Briese and Wanda Jackson; and two brothers, John and Leo Goodrich.

Services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home of St. Marys. Rev. Jeff Wade will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasants Memorial Estates of Eureka, WV. Calling hours are from 2-9 p.m. today and 9-11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

(Michael Anderson)


Lelia Sue Miller Kimball

Lelia Sue Miller Kimball, 32, of St. Marys, formerly of Core, W.Va., died tragically Nov. 10, 2001, in St. Marys.

She was born Aug. 11, 1969, in Morgantown, daughter of Larry Neal and Lavonnia Suzette Roupe Miller of Core. She was a 1987 graduate of Clay-Battelle High School and a 1998 graduate of Harrison County Beauty School She was employed as part of the management team at Wendy’s of St. Marys.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Andrew Scott Kimball of St. Marys; one son, Kyle Reese Foy of St. Marys; two stepdaughters, Julie Kimball of St. Marys, and Jessica Kimball of Bruceton Mills, W.Va.; one sister and brother-in-law, Lana Kay Miller and Harry ‘Bud’ Beckman of Toledo, Ohio; her paternal grandmother, Eva Bell Miller of Core; her maternal grandparents, George and Ivy Roupe of Mineral Wells; three uncles and two spouses, Leland Dwight and Karen Miller and Lyle and Myrtle Miller all of Core, and Larry Roupe of Texas; two aunts, Linda Rogers of Amity, Pa., and Nina Wood of Texas; and several cousins and great-cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Oliver Miller; her maternal great-grandparents, Terry D. and Lilia Rose Eddy; one uncle, Albert Rogers; and one great-cousin, Dakota Todd Lee Miller. Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Owen-Neely Funeral Home of Blacksville, W.Va., the Rev. Valinda Custer will officiate. Burial will follow in Olive Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today.

(Michael Anderson)


Parkersburg News December 14, 2006

Myrtle L. Kimball

Myrtle L.Kimball, 90, of Rt. 1, Middlebourne, W.Va., died Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2006, at her residence.

She was born in Pleasants County, W.Va., a daughter of the late George and Roberta Tippens Barnhart.

She is survived by two daughters, Opal Wright and Eva Stallings; one son, Stanley Gale Kimball; 17 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Thurman Barnhart and George Barnhart; two sisters, Margaret Rogers and Hazel Dalrymple; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Archie Kimball; one son, Russel Blaine Kimball of New Cumberband, W.Va.; two sisters; and five brothers.

Services will be 1 p.m. Friday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Pastor Louise Baker officiating. Interment will be in the Mt. Nebo Cemetery, Pleasants County. Calling hours are from 5-8 p.m. today and noon to 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News July 26, 2005

Annie M. Kimes

Annie Mae Kimes, 82, of Millwood, W.Va., died July 25, 2005, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital in Parkersburg.

She was born Oct. 18, 1922, in Wood County, a daughter of the late Andrew and Edna Freeland Kerr. She was a homemaker and a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Belleville. Annie was a loving and devoted wife and mother to her family.

She is survived by six sons, Edgar Kimes and wife, Thelma, of Lubeck, Tim Kimes of Millwood, Bryan "Neal" Kimes of Millwood, Gary Kimes and wife, Julie, of Belleville, Doug Kimes of Sherman, W.Va., and Tom Kimes and wife, Melissa, of Parkersburg; 12 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; two brothers, Henry Kerr of Rockport and Robert Kerr of Parkersburg; one sister, Susie Lowther of St. Marys; and two sisters-in-law, Edith Kerr of Waverly and Betty Kerr of Parkersburg, all of whom miss her very much.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar "Pete" Kimes; one daughter, Carolyn Kimes Barnes; one sister, Roberta Anderson; and three brothers, William, Bruce and Wendall Kerr, all of Parkersburg.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood. Burial will be in Ravenswood Cemetery. Friends may visit from 6-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader January 7, 1916

DELILAH R. HAUGHT KING

Mrs. Samuel R. King, widow of the late S. R. King, expired at her home near Calcutta, on Wednesday night, Jan. 5th, of paralysis, in her 70th year. The funeral will be held on Saturday, Jan. 8th at 2 o’clock, at Nine Mile church, and will be conducted by Rev. Johnson of the M. P. Church.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News November 2, 2009

Lowell F. King Sr.

Lowell F. King Sr., 81, of New Matamoras, Ohio, went home to be with the Lord Nov. 1, 2009.

He was born Nov. 26, 1927, in Shea, Washington County, Ohio, a son of the late Floyd Herbert and Vergie Laurel Rutherford King. He was a charter member and had been a deacon for 49 years of the Faith Gospel Church. He had also been Sunday School superintendent and teacher. He was retired from the American Cyanamid and now Cytec after 38 years as a carpenter. He served on the Frontier Local School Board of Education for 23 years and was a former president. He served on the Board of the Willow Island Federal Credit Union and served on the board of the Washington County Joint Vocational School. He was a member of the International Chemical Workers Union and was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. He enjoyed watching his family play sports.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, who he married March 18, 1952, Sylvia McConnell King; four children, Lowell "Fred" King Jr. and his wife, Debbie, of Paden City, W.Va., Casey King and his wife, Janet, of Newport, Ohio, Bonny Winter and her husband, Scott, of Roanoke, Va., and Diana Kroll and her husband, Rick, of Bloomfield, Ohio; nine grandchildren, Rebecca Smitley and her husband, Gary, and Ricky Kroll and his wife, Jeni, all of New Matamoras, Ohio, Michael King and his fiancee, Jenna Pratte, of Morgantown, W.Va., Jessica Napier and her husband, Dave, of Ellenboro, W.Va., Rory Kroll and his wife, Sara, of New Matamoras, Amanda Winter of Manhattan, N.Y., Jennifer Russell and her husband, Austin, of Lisle, N.Y., Nora Winter of Roanoke, Va., and Brittany King of Paden City; six great-grandchildren, Wyatt Smitley, Zerek Napier, Wade Smitley, Gretchen Napier, Peyton Russell and Willow Smitley; three sisters, Maxine Stoddard and her husband, Jerry, of Marietta, and Marlene Rouse and Barbara King, both of Reno, Ohio; two brothers, Rodney King and his wife, Julie, of Newport, Ohio, and Jerry King and his wife, Sheila, of Williamstown; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert E. King; a brother-in-law, Larry Rouse; and a niece, Pamela King.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009, at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, W.Va., with Pastor William Salomon officiating. Interment will be in the Rake Cemetery, Washington County, Ohio, with military graveside service. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today and from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News March 19, 2004

Margaret E. King

NEWPORT - Margaret E. King, 100, of Newport died March 17, 2004, at Harmar Place Rehab and Extended Care Facility.

She was born Jan. 19, 1904, in Shirley, Tyler County, W.Va., a daughter of the late George and Victoria Orr Kester. She was retired from the former Colin Anderson Center in Pleasants County and was a member of the Amity Rebekah Lodge 83.

She is survived by one son, Carroll Whaley of St. Marys, and three grandchildren and their families.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Alva Whaley; her second husband, Odford King; an infant son, Elmer Martin Whaley; four brothers; and three sisters.

A funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Ingram Funeral Home, with Pastor Chuck Rogers officiating. Calling hours will be from 7-9 p.m. today and from noon-1 p.m. Saturday. Interment will be in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, St. Marys.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Newport Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 188, Newport, OH 45768 .

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News February 2, 2005

Betty J. Kirby

Betty Jean Kirby, 72, of Riverview, Fla., passed into the Lord's loving arms on Jan. 30, 2005, at her residence.

She was born April 3, 1932, in Parkersburg, a daughter of the late Okey and Ollie Belknap Blosser.

Betty was a full-time employee of Brooker Elementary School in Brandon, Fla., and was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Robert Kirby; eight children, Cathy Metz of St. Marys, Donna Sands of Brandon, Fla., Sandra Gwynn of Parkersburg, Robert J. Kirby of Pensacola, Fla., Susan Holland of Orlando, Fla., Bruce Kirby of Richmond, Va., and Tina Williams and Lisa Straight, both of St. Marys; two brothers, Clifton Blosser of New Matamoras, Ohio, and Ralph "Sonny" Blosser of Parkersburg; 19 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Carol McIntire.

A Celebration of her life will be 1 p.m. Friday at the Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Pike Street, south Parkersburg, with the Rev. Gene Hutton officiating. Interment will follow at the Sunset Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader - July 6, 1906

Cora Kirens

Little Cora Kirens, aged 4, daughter of Mrs. Jennie Kirens, died at her home on Sugar Creek on Saturday morning of typhoid fever.

The funeral was held Sunday afternoon. Burial at Pt. Lookout cemetery.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News - January 7, 2004

Charles E. Kirk

DAVISVILLE - Charles Edward Kirk, 71, of Route 2, Davisville died Jan. 6, 2004, at his residence.

He was born in Parkersburg, a son of the late Harry and Helen Matheny Kirk. He owned and operated Kirk's IGA for more than 25 years. He was a member of Mount Olivet Lodge 3 AF&AM.

Survivors include his wife of more than 38 years, Jo Ann Lott Kirk; four sons, Bill Kirk of Middlebourne, Joe Kirk of Parkersburg, Mike Longwell of Davisville and Roger Longwell of Walker; three daughters, Jenny Kirk of St. Marys, Wanda Fought of Walker and Susie Goodwin of Davisville; a sister, Glenna Riley of Bradenton, Fla.; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, south Parkersburg, with the Rev. William Combs officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery with Masonic graveside services. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader - July 6, 1906

Aaron Knight

Early Friday morning at his home, above Middle Island creek, Mr. Aaron Knight an aged and highly respected citizen was called to his reward at the ripe age of 87 years.

The immediate cause of death was cancer, bur complications incident to old age were manifest.

The funeral was held Saturday afternoon at the late home conducted by Rev. D. H. Davis after which the remains were taken to Bethesda cemetery where they were laid to rest.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader April 8, 2006

Anita Louise Knight

The granddaughter of Margie L. Boley dies in auto accident of internal injuries. Anita Louise Knight of Lake City, Tenn, (lied March 26, 2006 at 6:55 a.m. Sundav morning at the University of Tennessee Hospital, Knoxville, Tenn.

Anita was the daughter of Pamela Kaye Boley of Lake City, Tenn., and Glenn Bunch of Clinton, Tenn.

Anita was born July 2, 1971. She was 34 years old.

She is preceded in death by her grandfather, Rosamond L. Boley of St. Marys; grandmother, Lola Bunch of Lake City, Tenn.; and sister, Jennifer Lea Bunch.

She is survived by her husband, Greg Knight (Jon); son, Tyler Gregory Knight; step-daughter, Jennifer Hatmaker; sisters, Jenny Smith. Danielle Bunch and Kayle Louise Smith Boley; foster brother, Craig Bunch; foster sister, Amanda Ruth Seiber; nieces and nephews, James Michael Smith, Uriah Faith Smith, Judah Lee Hays and Alyssa Abigail Bowling, all of Lake City, Tenn.; special friend, Derek Bowling; grandmother, Mamie Boley of St. Marys and a host of family and friends.

Funeral arrangements were Tuesday, March 28, 2006.

Family and friends visited from 6-8 p.m. Services were following the viewing.

Burial was at Grave Hill Cemetery, New River Area of Briceville, Tenn., Wednesday, March 29 at 2 p.m. with Reverend John Hunley officiating.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader January 29, 2005

Beryl J. Knight

Beryl J. Knight, 88, a resident of Greendale, Ind., formerly of Cloves, O., and a native of St. Marys, died at his residence on Jan. 26, 2005.

He was a graduate of St. Marys High School, class of 1936, worked as a stillman at the Gulf Refinery, Hooven, O.; had worked as a bus driver for the 3 Rivers School District (Cleves, O.), and was a member of the North 'Bend, 0., United Methodist Church and the Chevron Retirees.

He is survived by his children, Jo Ann Bradford (Walter Fischer), John R. Knight (Aireen) and Douglas R. Knight (Janice); siblings, Ruth Ingram, Bruce and Ellis Knight; sister-in-law, Betty Brown; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie Smith Knight; his parents, John Walter Knight and Eloise Buchman Haddox Knight; and his siblings, Guy, George, and Dencil Knight and Ruby Cantwell.

Visitation is Saturday, Jan. 29, from noon-2 p.m. followed by the funeral service at 2 p.m. at the Dennis George Funeral Home, 44 S. Miami, Cleves, O. Interment will follow in Verona, Ky.

Memorials, if so desired, to the Cincinnati Association for the Blind, 2045 Gilbert, Cincinnati, OH 45202 or the charity of the donor's choice.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News May 13, 2010

Bruce Walter Knight

Bruce Walter Knight, 95, of St. Marys, W.Va., passed away May 12, 2010, at Marietta Memorial Hospital, Marietta, Ohio.

He was born Jan. 7, 1915 in Calcutta, W.Va., a son of the late John Walter and Eloise Haddox Knight. He was a 1935 graduate of St. Marys High School. He was retired from the former Quaker State Oil Refinery after approximately 40 years of service. He was also employed at Clovis Motors and the oil fields. His passion was farming and cattle.

He is survived by his children, Beverly A. Meadows, Carol L. (Carroll) Brookover, Nancy S. Main, Sarah L. Britton, Rachel (Michael) Wills, Marsha L. (George) Scamihorn, Charles W. (Ronda) Knight, Terry (Darla) Knight, all of St. Marys, Teresa R. (Gary) Mizell of Gainesville, Fla.; grandchildren, Donald G. Britton of Great Falls, Va., John B. Knight, Roberta J. Knight, Michael C. Knight, all of Colorado Springs, Colo., Jason A. Mizell, Allison R. (Jimmy) Morgan, both of Gainesville, Fla., Joshua T. (Jennifer) Knight of Loxahatchee, Fla., Nicole M. Knight, Beverly D. Knight, both of St. Marys, Zachary G. (Katie) Knight of Fort Drumm, N.Y., and Mariana J. Knight of New London, Conn.; several great-grandchildren; one sister, Ruth M. Ingram and one brother, Ellis W. Knight.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Frances Rea Knight; son, Bruce Edward Knight; one sister, Ruby M. Cantwell; and four brothers, Beryl, Guy, George, and Denzil Knight.

Services will be held Saturday, 11 a.m. at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Pastors John Strimer and Jimmy Taylor officiating. Interment will be in the Calcutta Cemetery. Calling hours will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday and from 10 until 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. An online guestbook is available at www.ingramfh.com.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News July 4, 2007

Rodney A. Knight

Rodney Anthony Knight, 51, of Parkersburg went home to be with his Lord on June 30, 2007.

He was born in Marietta, a son of the late Jack Harold and Helen Louise Myers Knight. He was a member of Labors Local 1085 of Parkersburg for 15 years and was self-employed for the past 20 years.

Survivors include five brothers, Jack H. Knight Jr. of Tampa, Fla., David Lee Knight of St. Marys, Rex Franklin Knight and Kim Franklin Knight, both of Parkersburg, and Randy Lee Knight of Atlanta, Ga.; a half-sister, Corra Mae Shupp of East Liverpool, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Donzil Blaine Knight and Danny Knight.

Rodney will be sadly missed by family and friends, especially Miss Katty, Jim and Bruce.

Memorial services will be 3 p.m. Friday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Jim Lynch officiating. Friends may call from 1-3 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News June 15, 2004

Betty E. Knowlton

Betty E. Knowlton, 78, of Friendly, W.Va., died June 14, 2004, at home.

She was born Nov. 25, 1925, in Elk Fork, W.Va., a daughter of the late Clarence and Hazel Haught Gorrell. She was a former house parent at Colin Anderson Center and a former cook in Tyler County schools. She was a member of the Friendly Church of Christ, the National Democrat Committee and the Womans Club.

She is survived by her son, John M. (Dawn) Knowlton of Sistersville; grandchildren, Arica Knowlton and Paul, Timothy and Joanna Rennix; step grandchildren, Lelah, Susie and Becky; brothers, Phillip Gorrell of Cyclone, Pa., and James Gorrell of Friendly; and sisters, June Howard of Paden City, W.Va., Dorothy Leach of Parkersburg, Mary Dennis of Weirton, W.Va., Nell Wilson of Belmont and Jo Gorrell of Friendly.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Marshall E. Knowlton, in 1999; her daughter, Teresa Rennix, in 1997; and brothers, Ellis, Thomas, Edward, Louis and William Gorrell.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Friendly Church of Christ with Evangelists Bill Reed and Jerry Toothman officiating. Burial will be in Paden Memorial Gardens, Paden City. Calling hours are from 6-9 p.m. today at the Myers Funeral Home, Sistersville, and 10 a.m. until time of service Wednesday at the church.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News January 17, 2009

Mildred Irene Knowlton

Mildred Irene Knowlton, 97, of Belmont, W.Va., died Jan. 16, 2009.

Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, W.Va. Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

(Posted by Ingram Funeral Home)

Mildred Irene Knowlton, 97, of Belmont, WV, formerly of Friendly and St. Marys, died January 16, 2009, at Carehaven of Pleasants in Belmont, WV. She was born, December 22, 1911, in Friendly, WV, a daughter of the late Elmer and Mary Allie Tallman Michaels. She was a member of the St. Marys United Methodist Church and the Kindness Circle. She had worked for the former Michaels Cleaners. She is survived by a daughter, Martha Gatrell and her husband, Jack of Northville, MI, one son, James Knowlton and his wife, Wanda of Daytona Beach, FL, several grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren, two sisters, Wilma Fiest of Sistersville, WV, and Marjorie Racer of Paden City, WV, one brother, Virgil Michaels of Parkersburg, WV, and several nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sons, Harry Lewis Knowlton, and John Richard Knowlton, two grandsons, Daniel Knowlton, and Kenneth Knowlton, a sister, Edna Michaels, and a brother, Harry Michaels. Services will be Monday, January 19, 2009, at 1 P. M. at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV, with Pastor Pam Shuman officiating. Interment will be in the Friendly Cemetery, Friendly, WV. Friends may call from 11 A. M. to 1 P. M. Monday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News November 1, 2009

William E. Knowlton Jr.,

William E. Knowlton Jr., 82, of New Matamoras, Ohio, passed away Oct. 31, 2009, at his residence.

He was born June 29, 1927, in New Matamoras, Ohio, a son of the late William Sr. and Luna Adams Knowlton. He was a 1945 graduate of New Matamoras High School and was the longest living member of the First Baptist Church of New Matamoras. He was a member of Laborers Union 639 of Marietta, served as a little league coach for several years and enjoyed camping, fishing and watching sports.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann White Knowlton; three sons, Keith Knowlton and his wife, Robin, of New Matamoras, Ronnie Knowlton and his wife, Missy, of Marietta and Gregory Knowlton and his wife, Jeanette, of New Matamoras; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, George, Ed, Guy, Kenny and Floyd Knowlton; and one sister, Gladys Farmer.

Services will be 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, at the First Baptist Church, 400 Broadway St., New Matamoras, with Pastor Rick Smith officiating. Interment will be in the Matamoras Cemetery, New Matamoras. Calling hours will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, W.Va., and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the church.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader October 6, 2007

Pamela Kay Flanagan Knuckles

Pamela Kay Flanagan Knuckles, 49, of Montcalm, went to be with the Lord Tuesday evening, Oct. 2, 2007, at Princeton Community Hospital, after a long illness.

Born March 9, 1958 in Parkersburg, she was the daughter of the late Creed Flanagan and Marie Carter Flanagan. She attended school in Ritchie County, was affiliated with the Church of God Faith, was a homemaker and had resided in Montcalm for the past 10 years.

Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Harry and Hazel Flanagan; and maternal grandparents, Richard and Ruth Carter.

Left to cherish her memories are her husband, Mark Knuckles, of the home; three sons, Michael Knuckles and wife Nicole of Princeton, Jason Knuckles of Bluewell and David Knuckles of Bluewell; step-mother, Carol Flanagan of St. Marys; one sister, Tammy Poling and husband Steve of St. Marys; three brothers, Rick Flanagan and wife Sandy of Davisville, Gary Flanagan and wife Jill of Williamstown and Roger Flanagan of Harrisville; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Friday, Oct. 5, at 1 p.m., at the Widener Funeral Home Chapel, Northfork, with the Rev. Ronald Miller officiating. Burial was at the Woodlawn Memorial Park in Bluewell.

Pallbearers were family and friends. Arrangements were made by the Widener Funeral Home in Northfork

(Gerald Bills)


Wheeling Intelligencer & News-Register, Jan 26, 2010

CHARLES A. KOCHER

KOCHER, Charles A. "Charlie," 67, of St. Marys, W.Va., passed away on Saturday, January 23, 2010, at Camden Clark Hospital in Parkersburg.

Friends will be received Tuesday from 5-9 p.m. at Palmer Funeral Home, Pine Grove, W.Va., where services will be held on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, at 1 p.m. Interment in Pleasants Memorial Estate Cemetery, Belmont, W.Va.


Parkersburg News - October 21, 2003

Jacqueline Kramer

PARKERSBURG - Jackie Hayes Kramer, 68, of Parkersburg died Oct. 19, 2003, at her residence. She was born in Marietta, a daughter of the late Frank Haddow Hayes, G. W. "Buss" VanValey and Mary Evelyn Riggs Hayes.

Jackie retired in 1997 from the Boy Scouts of America after 25 years of service and was a homemaker.

She was a 1953 graduate of Pennsboro High School and attended Marietta College and Mountain State College. Mrs. Kramer was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Parkersburg and was a member of the River City Runner's Club. She was very active in the Boy Scouts of America and earned the Silver Fawn Award for her voluntary work and commitment. Surviving are her husband of 44 years, C. Thomas Kramer; three sons, Kris Kramer and his wife, Dawn, of Hurricane, Jay Kramer of Ruxton, Md., and Scott Kramer and his wife, Belinda, of Parkersburg; a sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Edmond Wilson of South Charleston, W.Va., and Port St. Lucie, Fla.; five grandchildren, Nichole, Joey, Hayes, Hayden and Allie Kramer; and a daughter-in-law, Maureen Kramer of Baltimore, Md.

Memorial service will be 3 p.m. Wednesday at the First Lutheran Church, Parkersburg. Pastor Jim Kinsler will officiate.

A visitation of friends will be from 1-3 p.m. at the church, prior to services.

Inurnment of cremated remains will follow in the church columbarium. Memorial contributions may be made to the Boy Scouts of America Allohak Council, 1340 Juliana St., Parkersburg, WV 26101, or the Parkersburg Community Foundation, PO Box 1762, Parkersburg, WV 26102-1762. Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg is in charge of arrangements.

(Gerald Bills)


"The Daily Standard", Celina, OH - Tuesday, May 18, 2004

DONALD KRAUSS

Donald E. Krauss, 82, 875 Hillcrest Drive, St. Marys, died at 2:22 p.m. May 16, 2004, at Valley Nursing Home, St. Marys. He was born July 18, 1921, in St. Marys, to Elmer and Louetta Schroer Krauss. On March 20, 1943, he married Marian Hespe who survives. Also surviving are a son, Dennis (Christine) of San Antonio, Texas; a brother, Kenneth of St. Marys; and two grandchildren. A sister, Martha Kendall, is deceased. He retired as a truck driver at Beatrice Foods, New Bremen, and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. A graduate of Memorial High School, he was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, American Legion Post 323 and Veterans of Foreign Wars 9289, all of St. Marys. Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Miller-Long & Folk Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Patricia Minnick officiating. Burial will be at German Protestant Cemetery, New Bremen. Calling is 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Contributions can be made to the Valley Nursing Home ActivitiesFund.

(Jim Bailey)


Parkersburg News June 16, 2008

Denny D. Kukich Jr.

Denny Drago Kukich Jr., 35, passed away June 13, 2008.

He was born March 7, 1973, in Barberton, Ohio, a son of Denny D. Kukich Sr. of Woodale, Ill., and Wilma Williams Erb of St. Marys, W.Va. He was employed by Marietta Silo as a silo builder. He was the president of the Southern Ohio Chapter of the Villains Motorcycle Club. He also enjoyed riding his Harley-Davidson, fishing with his children and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Lindsay Pratt Kukich; two sons, Nikola “Nick” Kukich and Randall “Randy” Kukich of Newport; his step-mother, Milena Kukich of Woodale, Ill.; his step-father, Reuben Erb of St. Marys; five brothers, Tim Erb of New Matamoras, Tony Erb of Wooster, Earl Hefner and his wife, Tammy, of St. Marys, Joe Hefner of St. Marys and Dale Hefner of Cambridge; five sisters, Suzie and Shelly Kukich, both of Woodale, Ill., Vickie Binegar and her husband, Jeff, of Newport, Sharon Childers and her husband, Terry, of St. Marys, and Teresa Williamson and her husband, Dale, of St. Marys; 21 nieces and nephews; and seven great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Shelby Raylinn Kukich; two brothers, Troy and Terry Erb; two nieces, Christina Erb and Nicole Williamson; paternal grandparents, Nikola and Kata Kukich; step-maternal grandparents, Zivka and Rade Jovanovic; maternal grandfather, Wollo C. Williams; and step-grandmother, Lettie Erb.

Services will be noon Wednesday at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg. Burial will follow in Sunset Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle May 2, 2007

David William Kuntz

David William Kuntz, 51, went to his Heavenly Home Monday morning, April 23, 2007, in Alabaster, Al. He was born in Rittman, O. June 21, 1955, son of the late Harold and Phyllis (Reynolds) Kuntz.

He was a member of St. John's Catholic Church, where he served as an altar boy. He was a 1973 graduate of St. Marys High School and member of the Blue Devil basketball team. His expertise in athletics earned him a scholarship to Cleveland State University in Cleveland, O., graduating in 1977 with a B.S. degree. He spent his .entire working career in food service management starting with Burger King and resided in several locations in the United States and a brief period in Portugal before settling down in Alabaster.

Married in 1998, he is survived by his wife Regina (Gina) and son Tray. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death . by his grandparents, Ernest and Dorothy (Hooper) Reynolds and Adolph and Reubenia Kuntz and one uncle, Bill Reynolds. Survivors include a sister, Karen (Gary) Aiken -of Potomac Falls, Va.; one brother, . Mark (Teresa) Kuntz of Bridgeport; and five aunts, Mrs. Betty (Grandon) Snyder of St. Marys, Mrs. Eva (Ted) Cummings of Glen Allen, Va., Mrs. Carolyn (Paul) Webb of Viera, Fl., Mrs. Sheila Reynolds of Cleveland, O. and Mrs. Mary (Dolph) Cosper of St. Marys.

Charter Funeral Home was in charge of services, which were held at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church Thursday, April 26, at 10 a.m.

(Gerald Bills)


Harold G. Kuntz

Harold G. Kuntz, 77, of St. Marys died June 23, 2002, at his residence in Parkersburg.

He was born Oct. 4, 1924, in Pleasants County, WV, a son of the late Adolf V. Kuntz and Mildred R. Fox. He was retired from Union Carbide after 30 years, where he was a lab consultant. He served the U. S. Navy in World War II. He was a member of St. John's Catholic Church and enjoyed music and woodworking.

He is survived by his second wife, Erma West Scadden Kuntz; three children, Karen Aiken and her husband Gary of Reston, VA, Mark V. Kuntz and his wife Teresa of Bridgeport and David N. Kuntz and his wife Gina of Birmingham, AL; five grandchildren, Christina Aiken, Daniel Kuntz and his wife Amy, and Jason, Jaclyn and Tray Kuntz; one great-grandchild, Sydney Kuntz; one sister, Mary Kuntz Cosper and her husband Dolph of St. Marys; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Phyllis Reynolds Kuntz; and one brother, Victor Kuntz.

Services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 25, 2002, at St. John's Catholic Church, St. Marys, the Rev. Thomas Kirachira officiating. Burial will be in the IOOF Cemetery, St. Marys. Calling hours are from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

(Michael Anderson)


The Youngstown, Vindicator , August 19, 1969

BETHEL PEARL (BOLEY) KUSSART

Mrs. Bethel Pearl Kussart, 73 of 2873 Stacey Ave., formerly of Morgantown, W. Va., died of a heart ailment at 12:10 p.m. Monday, August 18, 1969 in St. Elizabeth Hospital after a two year illness.

Mrs. Kussart was born May 21, 1895, in St. Marys, W.Va. A daughter of George H. and Emma Jane Miller, Boley. She was a Member of Riverside Apostolic Church, Westover, W.VA.

Her husband, Guy, to whom she was married in 1919, died in 1965. She had no children. She leaves a brother, Harvey J. Boley of Youngstown, with whom she made her home since 1965.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, August 19, at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home, Hubbard, Ohio and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, August 20 at the Hastings Funeral Home, Morgantown, W. VA. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 21, in the Riverside Apostolic Church, Westover, W. VA.

(Mary Lou (Boley) Snyder)


Parkersburg News March 19, 2009

Linda Lou Kyer

Linda Lou Kyer, 58, of Parkersburg died March 17, 2009, at her residence..

She was born May 30, 1950, in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Ross Wherry and Ruth and Herman Myers.

She is survived by one daughter, Lori Barker and her boyfriend, Charles Braden Jr.; one son, Charles Kyer and wife, Amber, of Parkersburg; boyfriend, Charles Hickman of Parkersburg; three granddaughters; five grandsons; four great-grandsons; two great-granddaughters; three brothers, Leroy Yost, Eddie Wherry and Bob Wherry, all of Parkersburg; and two sisters, Leota Mallory and Glenda Lambert, both of Parkersburg.

In addition to her parents and stepfather, she was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Ruby Barker; one great-grandson, Kenny Barker III; one brother; and one sister.

Private services will be held at the family's convenience.

Memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News February 14, 2009

Marjorie Sue Kyle

Marjorie Sue Kyle, 90, of St. Marys, W.Va., passed away Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born along with her twin sister, Marguarite Lou, on March 8, 1918, in St. Marys, to the late Clarence and Delphia Robinson Pettitt. She was a 1938 graduate of St. Marys High School and a faithful member of the Dewey Avenue Church of Christ until illness prevented her from attending. She had been a resident of Carehaven of Pleasants in Belmont, W.Va., for the last two years, where she was fondly referred to as "Queenie" by many of the staff.

She is survived by two sons, John K. Kyle and his wife, Vicki, of Belmont and Robert W. Kyle and his wife, Joanne, of LaBelle, Fla.; and two granddaughters, Susan Meeks (Chuck) of Belmont and Ashley Bass (Tony) of Tampa, Fla. She is also survived by great-grandchildren, Brooke Kyle of Marietta and Jonathan, Logan and Kelsey Jarvis of Belmont; a stepgranddaughter, Autumn Meeks of St. Marys; two sisters, Anna Lee Pettitt of St. Marys and Fay Broemsen of Wheeling, W.Va.; and numerous nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces.

She was married to John S. Kyle on Nov. 24, 1938, who preceded her in death on July 11, 1989.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Marguarite Hammett and Ruth Bradfield; and a brother, Junior Pettitt.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Evangelists Dan Kessinger and Arnold Huyghebaert officiating. Interment will be in the St. Marys I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Calling hours will be from 6-9 p.m. Monday and from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Tuesday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


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