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Parkersburg News March 21, 2004

Rev. Virgil Sallee

PARKERSBURG — The Rev. Virgil C. Sallee, 87, of Parkersburg and St. Marys, went home to be with his Lord, March 19, 2004. He was born Aug. 17, 1916, Wood County, a son of the late Richard and Margaret Iota Macdonald Sallee.

Virgil retired from Mullen Motors of Parkersburg with '33 years of service and was ordained into the ministry in 1963. He was a member of the Sunrise Baptist Church and served as pastor at several churches in Jackson County, also New England Baptist Church, Willow Island Baptist Church, Murphytown Baptist Church, Oak Grove Baptist Church near Grafton, W.Va., three churches on the Auburn, W.Va., Baptist Parrish, the Cairo and North Fork Churches in Ritchie County and the Good Hope and Zoar churches in Pleasants County. He enjoyed flowers and raising a garden.

Survivors include his wife, Dortha G. Templeton Sallee; five sons, Clayton Sallee and his wife, Sarah, of Maddison Heights, Mich., Richard Sallee and his wife, Doris, of Lubeck, the Rev. Marvin Sallee and his wife; Ethel, of Vinton, Ohio, the Rev: Robert Sallee and wife, Fawn, of Largo, Fla., and Paul Sallee and his wife, Crystal, of Washington, W.Va.; one daughter, Melinda Sallee of Gallipolis; a son-in-law, Joe Palmer of Parkersburg; one stepson, Charles Templeton of Richland, N.C.; a stepdaughter, Kelley Templeton Hill of Veto; Ohio; 15 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; several stepgreatgrandchildren; two sisters, Virginia Sallee Puddicombe, a resident of Eagle Pointe in Parkersburg, and Bernice Sallee Kimes Robinson of Parkersburg and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Grace Powers Sallee; a daughter, Marlene Palmer; a grandson, Jeff Sallee; a sister, Flora McKinney; an infant son; an infant daughter; an infant brother an infant sister; and two stepsons, Raymond Dale and Carl Dexter Templeton.

The funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Sunrise Baptist Church with the Revs. Gene Waybright and Arthur Cox officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call at the Kimes Funeral Home, 521 Fifth St., Parkersburg, 4 and 8 p.m Monday and prior to the services at the church Tuesday.

Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers will be Glen Sallee, David Sallee, Mark Sallee, Brian Sallee, Keith Eleam, Milton Sallee, Kevin Sallee, Kurt Palmer, Steve Blouir, Chester Hess and Eric Thornton.

Memorial contributions can made to the Mid-Ohio Valley Alzheimer's Association, 508-A Columbia Avenue, Williamstown, WV 26187.

(Gerald Bills)


Portsmouth Times, Portsmouth, Ohio, Wednesday, June 12, 1963

Mrs. John Salsberry

MANCHESTER, Ohio - Mrs Edna Salsberry, 72, formerly of Manchester, died at 5:30 a.m Tuesday at a hospital at Troy.

Born March 26, 1891, at St. Marys, W. Va., she was a daughter of the late George and Sarah Hobbs Locke.

Mrs. Salsberry left Manchester in 1942. She was a member of Manchester Nazarene Church.

Surviving are her husband, John Salsberry; three daughters, Mrs. Carl Duffey of Troy, Mrs. Paul Judge of Steubenville and Mrs. Ray Young of Dayton; three sons, Ernest Salsberry of Troy a n d George and James Salsberry, both of Wellsville; two brothers, Harry Locke of St. Mary's and James Locke of Oklahoma City, Okla.; two sisters, Mrs. Frank Steele of Steubenville and Mrs. John Freeland of Toronto, and seven grandchildren.

Funeral services are to be conducted 2 p.m. Friday at Wilson Funeral Home in Manchester.

Interment is to be in Manchester Cemetery. Friends may call after 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

(John W. Salsberry born 15 July 1889 Jefferson Dist, Pleasants, WV died 5 October 1979 East Liverpool, Columbiana, OH married 29 Nov 1914 [St. Marys, Pleasants, WV] Edna Christina LOCKE born 26 November 1891 St. Marys, Pleasants, WV d. 11 June 1963 Troy Miami, OH)

(Terris Howard)


Parkersburg News November 25, 2006

Shirley Samples

Shirley M. Samples, 71, of Lynn Camp Road, Pullman, W.Va., died Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2006, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born Aug. 29, 1935, on Lynn Camp, near Pennsboro, the daughter of the late Ralph and Minnie Wilson Taylor.

Mrs. Samples is survived by her husband of 52 years, Clifton A. Samples Sr.; daughters and sons-in-law, Joan “Jody” and Steve Slone of Wakeman, Ohio, Joy and Dean Griggs of Wellington, Ohio, and Nancy and Phillip Sigler of St. Marys; son and daughter-in-law, Clifton and Crystal Samples Jr. of Cairo; one sister, Mary Cottrill of Lynn Camp; 11 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by daughter, Judy Wilfong; brother, Billy Taylor; and sister, Juanita Lamm.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday at McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, with Pastor Darrell Mayfield officiating. Interment will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Berea. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Sunday and after 9 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News December 13, 2005

Virginia Sams

Virginia Wells Sams, 90, of Parkersburg died Dec. 11, 2005, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Parkersburg, the daughter of the late C.W. "Dick" and Mattie Sheets Wells. She had at one time been employed by the Parkersburg News and Sentinel. She was a 50-year member of the White Shrine and the Ladies Oriental Shrine Hathor Court 3. She was an avid bowler at Emerson Lanes and was a member of the Seventh Street United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Anne Sams of Parkersburg; and a very special brother and sister-in-law, Harry and Martha Sams of St. Marys.

She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Martha Anne Sams; and one brother, Cecil Wells.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Leavitt Funeral Home in Parkersburg with the Rev. Joe Heilman officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News February 15, 2008

Kenneth B. Sampson

Kenneth B. Sampson, 57, of Arnoldsburg, W.Va., passed away Feb. 13, 2008, at The Arbors of Marietta following an extended illness.

Born in Calhoun County, he was a son of the late Oral G. and Ruby Dillon Sampson. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and was a member of the Victory Baptist Church at Grantsville. He was a member of the Big Foot Tribe of the 4-H and had taught classes for the Lights on Program. He was a funeral director’s assistant at the Stump Funeral Home for several years. An avid outdoorsman, he was an accomplished bow hunter and loved to hunt and fish.

Surviving are a daughter, Anna Marie Sampson of Millstone; two brothers, Willard Sampson of St. Marys and Otis Sampson of Clayton, N.C.; and two sisters, Ellen Coe of Barberton, Ohio, and Mary L. West of Arnoldsburg.

Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg with the Rev. Mike Worf officiating. Interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery at Grantsville. A visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle January 2, 1975

MRS. MAYMIE SANDY

Mrs. Maymie Shields Sandy,74, of Rt. 1, Cairo, was dead on arrival Wednesday evening at the Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Pleasants County, daughter of the late Hayes and Martha Dotson Hall.

She is survived by her husband, Harley M. Sandy, a son Charles David Shields of Parkersburg, a foster son, Ralph Speece. at home; a daughter, Esta Mae Charlton of Monterey, Va.; nine step-children: four brothers, William Hall of Gladwin, Mich., Clyde Hall of Hookstown, Pa., Arthur of Pennsboro, and Crandall of Williamstown; four sisters, Edna Noland of Waverly, Nina Anthony, Lulu Snyder and Lola Hall of St. Marys; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Leander Shields.

(Gerald Bills)


Marietta Times June 8, 2007

Nicholas L. Sardonis

NEWPORT, Ohio — Nicholas L. Sardonis, 43, of State Route 7, Newport, died at 7 p.m. Wednesday (June 6, 2007) at Selby General Hospital.

He was born March 24, 1964, in Providence, R.I., to Barnum L. Sardonis and Marlene Gillespie Sardonis. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose in St. Marys, W.Va.

In addition to his mother, Marlene Eddy, he is survived by two brothers, David Richard Pritchard of Newport, and Phillip Sardonis and his friend, Pricilla Hansen; and four children, Nichlette, Chelsea, Dessaray and Dakota Sardonis.

He was preceded in death by his father, Barnum, and his stepfather, Clarence Eddy Jr.; his grandmother, Mabel Gillespie; and his uncle, Carl Dave Gillespie.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday (June 11) at McClure-Schafer-Lankford Funeral Home with Chester Henthorn and Danny Lemasters officiating. Burial will be in Newport Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 4 p.m. on Saturday.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News July 11, 2008

Dale M. Satterfield

Dale Monroe Satterfield, 75, of Newport, Ohio, died July 9, 2008.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, W.Va., with military graveside rites. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today and from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

(Posted by Ingram Funeral Home)

Dale Monroe Satterfield, 75, of Newport, OH, died July 9, 2008 at 7:25 P. M. at the Marietta Memorial Hospital, Marietta, OH. He was born February 14, 1933, in Glendale, Ritchie County, WV, a son of the late Marshall “Slick” and Ida May Brooks Satterfield. He had worked as an auto mechanic his entire life and had spent 27 years in the military, having served two years on active duty and 25 years in active Army Reserve. He is survived by his wife, Mary Arlene Williams Satterfield, whom he married on September 3, 1955, four sons, Marshall “Craig” Satterfield and his wife, Janine of Vincent, OH, Dale Jay Satterfield, Alan Lee Satterfield, and Kurt Monroe Satterfield and his wife, Amanda of Newport, OH, one daughter, Mary Katheryn Tustin and her husband, Rick of Newport, OH, six grandchildren, Alissa Satterfield of Roanoke, VA, James Perrine of Newport, OH, Nathan Satterfield of Vincent, OH, Alana Condon of Cincinnati, OH, Lake Satterfield of Reno, OH, Karter Satterfield of Newport, OH, one sister, Addlean “Sis” Wells and her husband, Billo, two sisters-in-law, Lucille Satterfield and Betty Satterfield of St. Marys, WV, and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Glen, Addison, Kenneth, and Roy Satterfield, and one sister, Matilda Maston. Services will be held Saturday, July 12, 2008, at 11 A. M. at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV with Eugene Satterfield and Edgar Satterfield officiating. Interment will be in the Newport Cemetery, Newport, OH with military graveside rites. Friends may call from 4 to 8 P. M. Friday and from 10 to 11 A. M. Saturday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News December 12, 2006

Doris R. Satterfield

Doris Ruth Satterfield, 78, of St. Marys, W.Va., Nine Mile Community, died Dec. 11, 2006, at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

She was born May 29, 1928, at Glendale, Ritchie County, W.Va., a daughter of the late George Coleman and Gertrude Mae Douglas Cox. She was retired from Marietta Memorial Hospital and was a member of the Nine Mile United Methodist Church. She liked to sew.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Sterling Satterfield; a daughter and son-in-law, Carletta and Wayne Holder of Placitas, N.M.; four grandchildren, Tammy Kirkwood of Las Vegas, Nev., Todd Holder of Albuquerque, N.M., Laura Holder of Bernalillo, N.M., and Clint Holder of Rio Rancho, N.M.; 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Louanna Parks and Mary Pratt, both of Pennsboro, W.Va.; a brother, Harold "Joe" Cox of St. Marys; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Robert Cox, Charles Cox and Henry Cox.

Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Dr. Steve Gedon officiating. Interment will be in the Evergreen North Cemetery, Parkersburg. Calling hours are from 5-8 p.m. today and from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News September 5, 2009

Emma Jean Satterfield

Emma Jean Satterfield, 82, of Route 1, Cairo, W.Va., Glendale Community, departed this life on Friday, Sept. 4, 2009, at Parkersburg.

Mrs. Satterfield was born on Oct. 18, 1926, near Smithville, W.Va., a daughter of the late Ralph J. and Ida M. Haught Gibson. She was a graduate of Harrisville High School with the class of 1944. During World War II, she worked for the Social Security Administration in Baltimore, Md., and after her marriage, she and her husband, Everett, owned and operated the Green & White Truck Stop near Glendale in Ritchie County for 38 years. She also held employment for several years in the garment industry at the former Economy Industries of Harrisville, W.Va. After the death of her husband, she sold Christmas trees at the site of the former truck stop.

She is survived by a daughter, Mary E. Bills of Cow Creek near St. Marys, W.Va.; granddaughter, Angie Bills of St. Marys; two nieces; and two nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Satterfield was preceded in death by her husband, Everett S. Satterfield in 1991; a brother, Ralph Gibson; and sisters, Junita Coram and infant, Evalyn Gibson.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday with Pastor Darrell Mayfield officiating. Interment will be in the Masonic Cemetery at Ellenboro, W.Va.

The McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, W.Va., is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle October 18, 2006

Gary L Satterfield

Gary Lee Satterfield, 68, of Indianapolis, IN, died July 20, 2006, at Community East Hospital in Indianapolis.

He was born Jan. 30, 1938 in St. Marys. He was employed with General Motors as a supervisor for 34 years, retiring in 2000. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra Lee (Oviatt) Satterfield; a son, Daniel (Dawn) Satterteld; and two grandchildren.

Services were July 24 at Hendryx Mortuaries. Cumberland Chapel. Burial was Washington Park East.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News - January 20, 2004

Mae Satterfield

BELMONT - Mae Hogue Satterfield, 92, of Belmont, formerly of Glendale, Ritchie County, departed this life on Jan. 18, 2004, at Parkersburg.

Mrs. Satterfield was born on Dec. 25, 1911, at Cairo, to the late Charles P. and Delphia Helmick Gatrell. She had been employed in the garment industry in Pennsboro and Harrisville for many years and spent her final years in the care of her granddaughter and her husband, Pam and Doug Fox of Mahone, W.Va., and their children, Wendy, Cindy and Nickie.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Jean and Keith Cronin of Harrisville; son and daughter-in-law, John and Shirley Hogue of Lillington, N.C.; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Satterfield was preceded in death by her first husband, E. Craig Hogue; second husband, Burl Satterfield; and a son, Edwin Hogue.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, with the Rev. Terry Lough officiating. Interment will be in the Masonic Cemetery at Ellenboro. Friends may call from 4:30-8 p.m. today and after 9 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Bernard Fred Sauers

Bernard Fred Sauers, 83, of St. Marys, died August 5, 2001, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital in Parkersburg.

He was born November 26, 1917, in Benwood, WV, to the late Fredrick Bernard and Mariah Myrtle Sauers. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II earning the American Theater Ribbon, EAME Theater Ribbons, a Bronze Star, the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal and the Victory Medal.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, June Cox Sauers; two sons, Alfred Sauers of Vienna and Danny Sauers of St. Marys; four grandchildren, Michelle Ferar of Parkersburg, Kevin Sauers of Ellenboro, Todd Sauers of Morgantown and Neal Sauers of Columbus; three great-grandchildren, Loran and Megan Ferar of Parkersburg and Logan Douglas Sauers of Columbus; two sisters, Elanor Ralston of St. Marys and Edith Stewart of Belmont; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by one son, Woodrow Sauers.

Services were held Wednesday, August 8, at 11 a.m. at Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home in St. Marys with the Revs. Arthur Cox, Roy Cox and Tom Cox officiating. Burial was in Maple Lane Masonic Cemetery at Hebron.

(Michael Anderson)


Parkersburg News December 12, 2003

June E. Sauers

ST. MARYS - June Elizabeth Sauers, 79, of St. Marys died Dec. 11, 2003, at the The Arbors of Marietta, Marietta. She was born June 12, 1924, in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Jefferson C. and Elizabeth Caroline Wilson Cox.

She is survived by her two sons, Alfred of Vienna and Danny of St. Marys; four grandchildren, Michelle of Parkersburg, Kevin of Ellenboro, Todd of Virginia and Neal of Columbus, Ohio; four great-grandchildren, Loran and Megan, Logan Douglas and Maggie Rowen; two step grandchildren, Greg and Jane Ann; two step great-grandchildren, Glenn and Amanda; two sisters, Eleanor Ralston of St. Marys and Edith Stewart of Belmont; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bernard Fred Sauers; and one son, Woodrow.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Ingram Funeral Home St. Marys, with the Rev. Tom Cox and the Rev. Arthur Cox officiating. Interment will follow in the Maple Lane Masonic Cemetery. Calling hours are from 5-9 p.m. today and from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News June 11, 2007

Edward L. Sayger Sr.

Edward Lafayette Sayger Sr., 72, of Parkersburg passed away June 10, 2007, at the Arbors of Marietta.

He was born on April 19, 1935, in St. Marys, W.Va., a son of the late George and Fannie Lamp Sayger. Edward was an U.S. Army veteran, was retired after 30 years of service from Elkem Metals, Marietta, and was a member of the 14th Avenue Gospel Mission Church.

Surviving is his wife, Donna Vincent Sayger, whom he married on Dec. 25, 1992; two sons, David (Theresa) Sayger and Edward (Margaret) Sayger Jr., all of Marietta; three daughters, Sharon (Mike) Lewis of Belpre, Deborah (Larry) Harris and Regina (Mike) Jeffers, all of Marietta; two stepchildren, Stephanie Burchard and Greg Vincent; two brothers, Jim Sayger of Vienna and Lewis Sayger of Marietta; two sisters, Bonnie Stevens of Fly, Ohio, and Glenna Seevers of Marietta; several nieces and nephews; and Edward was a beloved grandfather to 17 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one grandson; and several sisters and brothers.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Pike St., south Parkersburg, with Don Seevers, Roger Benson and Sterling Ball officiating. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader - October 11, 1901

Mrs. Sayre Dead

Mrs. M. G. Sayre died at her home on Main Street Monday at 2:15 a. m. after a very long illness of typhoid fever. She had been ill since last spring and was thought to be entirely out of danger. She suffered a relapse Friday and sank very rapidly, death relieving her at the hour mentioned. The funeral services were conducted in the M. E. Church South Wednesday morning by Rev. T. S. Wade, D. D. of Clarksburg, and her remains were taken, the same day, to Zanesville, O., for interment. The funeral was a very large one, being attended by many of her relatives and friends from Sistersville and other points up the river. The deceased was about 40 years of age. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Ankrom, deceased, of Tyler county, and was reared at Paden's Valley about five miles north of Sistersville. She was a prominent and zealous worker in the M. E. Church South, and was prominent in the order of the Tribe of Ben Hur.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News April 24, 2005

Daniel Paul Scadden

Daniel Paul Scadden, 88, of Kings Ridge Road, St. Marys, W.Va., departed this life at Care Haven in Belmont, W.Va., on April 23, 2009.

He was born Sept. 11, 1920, in Pleasants County, W.Va., a son of the late Joseph A. and Sarah Florence Boley Scadden. He served in the U.S. Air Force in the European Theater during World War II and also served in the U. S. Army during the occupation of Germany. He worked in construction and was a member of the Laborers Local Union 1085. In his spare time, he enjoyed gardening.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Esther Moore Scadden; one son, Clyde Scadden and his wife, Virginia; two daughters, Carol Wolfe and her husband, Ron, and Margaret Spears, all of St. Marys; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Sarah Louise Davis; two brothers, James and Joseph; and seven sisters, Nellie, Hettie, Emma, Pearl, Glady, Gladys and Minnie.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at the Willow Island Cemetery, Willow Island, with Pastor Gerri Greene officiating. Calling hours are from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News July 23, 2004

Guy C. Scadden

Guy C. Scadden, 72, of Orange Park, Fla., formerly of Newell, W.Va., departed this life Friday, July 16, 2004, at Orange Park.

Mr. Scadden was born on July 25, 1931, at Pike, W.Va., the son of the late George C. and Sarah Fox Scadden. He was a retired Master Sergeant specializing as a computer analyst in the U.S. Air Force with 23 years of service. His last duty station was Langley Air Force Base, Langley, Va., and was a veteran of the Korean War. He was a graduate of Pennsboro High School with the Class of 1950 and was a member of the Virginia Avenue Church of Christ at Chester, W.Va.

He is survived by his wife, Annalee Swisher Scadden; a daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Skip Root of Jacksonville, Fla.; a son, Steve G. Scadden of Kutztown, Pa.; a brother, Alva Scadden of Newell, W.Va.; sisters, Ellen O. Scadden of Crofton, Md., Mae Robinson of Marietta, Dorothy Clark of Mansfield, Ohio, and Carolyn Carlile of Akron, Ohio; and grandsons, Brandon Root, Austin Root and Evan C. Scadden.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Scadden was preceded in death by a sister, Zelda Mercer.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, with Evangelist Terry Jones officiating. Interment will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery near Glendale in Ritchie County, W.Va., with military honors. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday and after 9 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News November 26, 2006

Joseph D. Scadden

Joseph D. Scadden, 83, of St. Marys died Nov. 25, 2006.

Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys. Calling hours are 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

(Posted by Ingram Funeral Home)

Joseph D. Scadden, 83, of St. Marys, WV, died, November 25, 2006, at the St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkersburg, WV. He was born, April 11, 1923, at French Creek, Pleasants County, WV. He had worked for the WV State Road, farmed and loved to fish. He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Claude and Kathryn Scadden of St. Marys, WV, two sisters, Glady Bailey of St. Marys, and Gladys Paynter of Belmont, WV, one brother, Paul Scadden and his wife, Esther of St. Marys, WV, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Gaynelle Morris Scadden, infant son, Sherman Dale Scadden, and seven brothers and sisters. Service will be held Tuesdy, November 28, 2006, at 2 P. M. at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV with Pastor Chuck Rogers officiating. Interment will be in the St. Marys IOOF Cemetery. Calling hours from 6 to 8 P. M. Monday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader May 15, 2010

Regis Schaad

Regis Schaad, 82, of Edge lawn Street Parkersburg, died May 11, 2010 at The Arbors of Marietta.

He was born Jan. 7, 1928, in Lowell, OH, to the late Andrew and Mary Lang Schaad. He was a welding teacher at Washington County Career Center and had been a welder, boilermaker and carpenter all his life. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, enjoyed square dancing with his friends and-he served as a Muskingum Township trustee in the I970s and '80s.

He is survived by his wife, Freda Mae Smith Schaad of Parkersburg; whom he married in 1999; and two daughters, Beth Schaad-McVeight and her husband, Walter, of Knoxville, TN, Lisa Merrow and her husband, Robert, of Marietta; one son, Mark Schaad of Bloomington, IN;,and one wry special grandson, Eric Merrow of Marietta; one brother, Robert Schaad and his wife, Garnet, of Marietta; two sisters, Ruth Stabler of Lowell, and Eunice Taylor of Michigan; one stepdaughter,' Karen Burner and her husband, Steve, of St. Marys; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and first wife, Bessie Jayne Bradley Schaad, on May 29, 1997, (they were married in April 20, 1948); and one brother, Howard Schaad.

Funeral services 'were at Hadley Funeral Home Reno Chapel Friday at II am. with,Msgr. Michael Campbell officiating. Burial followed in Putnam Cemetery.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader - January 17, 1902

Geo. Schaffer Dead

Geo. Henry Schaffer died at his home in Billsville early Monday morning of consumption, in his 41st year. A Wife and three small daughters survive him to mourn their irreparable loss. He was a native of Woodsfield, O., but moved here several years ago. For the past year or two he has been unable to perform any manual labor, and keep gradually sinking toward the grave. The funeral occurred Tuesday from the M. P. Church, conducted by Revs. Kelly and Helmick.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News November 10, 2004

Betty L. Scarberry

Betty L. (Dennis) Scarberry, 66, of Parkersburg passed away Nov. 8, 2004, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born on July 2, 1938, in Belpre, a daughter of the late George N. and Chloe W. (Kulb) Dennis. Betty was a homemaker and a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by four children, Brenda (Kay) Williams and Beatrice Dennis, both of Parkersburg, Karen Buchanan of Washington, W.Va., and William McMillan of Parkersburg; one brother, Charles Dennis of St. Marys; one sister, Grace Duff of Cairo, W.Va.; 11 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, LeRoy F. Scarberry, in 1993; one son, David L. Scarberry, in 1995; and four sisters, Nadeen Dennis, Mildred Tice, Mary Marty and Sabra (Jenny) Johnson.

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with the Rev. Jack Brown officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Baptist Cemetery. Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. today and until service time Thursday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle - April 14, 1899

Mr. C. C. Schauwecker Died at the Advance Age of 84 Years

Mr. John Schauwecker, of this city received a letter Tuesday from Germany announcing the death of his father which occurred March 25. Mr. Schauwecker was in his 84th year and death was probably due to old age. His sons here, John and Christopher are well known, and have the sympathy of the community.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News February 19, 2009

William J. Schlarb

William J. Schlarb, 99, of St. Marys, W.Va., formerly of West Middlesex, N.J., and Florida, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009, at St. Joseph's Hospital.

He was born in Parkersburg, Aug. 6, 1909, a son of the late John Schlarb and Christina Keltzer Schlarb.

William was a member of the Elks Lodge and was a Roman Catholic by faith.. He retired from Union Carbide in West Middlesex, N.J.

He is survived by a son, Jon Karl Schlarb and wife, Margaret, of Riverside, Calif.; three granddaughters, Judy White of Canada, Valerie Jones of Hawaii and Stephanie James of San Antonio, Texas; six great-grandchildren; three nephews, David Schlarb of Vienna, Edwin Schlarb of St. Marys and Robert Gruber of Williamstown; a niece, Cindy Schlarb of Parkersburg; and several great-nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia (Pat) Schlarb; a daughter, Jo Ann Schlarb; and 11 brothers and sisters. William was the last of his immediate family.

A memorial Mass will be held 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church with Monsignor Sam Sacus officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Carehaven of Pleasants, 506 Riverview Drive, Belmont, WV 26134.

The Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home of Parkersburg is assisting the Schlarb family

(Gerald Bills)


Marietta Times June 13, 2008

Anna E. Schmidt

Anna Edna Schmidt, 94, of Harmar Place, formerly of 1001 Colonial Drive, went to be with the Lord at 6:31 p.m. Wednesday (June 11, 2008).

She was born Nov. 3, 1913, to Cora Alice Smith Miller and James A. Miller at Pleasants County, W.Va. She attended Williamstown schools, and played guitar, violin, mandolin and banjo and sang in a prison ministry with her mother. She was married to George Howard Schmidt on July 20, 1935, at St. Marys, W.Va., and they resided at Fifteen Mile Creek (Dart) for several years. She played organ and piano in several local churches. She was a homemaker, member of Souls Harbor Baptist Church, and was active in the Souls Harbor Senior Saints.

She is survived by one daughter, Hilda Mae VanNoy of Dexter City Route; one son, Floyd F. (Wanda) Schmidt of Marietta; seven grandchildren, Mark Binegar and Lawrence Marty Binegar of Marietta, Suzanne (David) Dickerson of Marietta, Judith (John) Topping of Vienna, Va., Cynthia Welch and Sherri Smith of Fort Worth, Texas, and Jennifer (Cecil) Lawson of Marietta; three stepgrandchildren, Tracy (Colleen) Payne of Belpre, Michelle (Terry) Antill of Bellefontaine, Ohio, and B.J. (Jenny) Payne of Columbus, Ohio; several great-grandchildren, stepgreat-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son, Herman Howard Schmidt; one daughter, Thelma Lea Schmidt; two grandchildren, Rita and James Schmidt; three brothers, Edward, Martin and William Miller; and stepfather, George Ferrell.

McClure-Schafer-Lankford Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements where visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. today (June 13). The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday (June 14, 2008) at Souls Harbor Baptist Church, Ohio 26 and Caywood Road, with Dr. Robert Hughes officiating. Interment will be at the Newport Cemetery.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle - Jan 3, 1952

CARL FRED SCHMIDT

Carl Fred Schmidt, 66, was found dead in bed by his wife, Monday morning, Dec. 31. Death was attributed to a heart attack. He was born in Germany, a son of Fred and Malwina Souerbryne Schmidt. Mr. Schmidt was manager of the local State Liquir Store.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Effie Cunningham Schmidt, one daughter, Mrs. Malwina Schmidt and two grandchildren, all of St. Marys; and one sister, Mrs. Arthur Hess of Huntington Beach, Calif.

Funeral services were held at 3:00 pm Wednesday at the Ruttencutter Funeral Home with Rev. W. C. Shepherd of St. Paul's Church officiating. Interment was made in the IOOF Cemetery.

(Linda Fluharty)


Alva M. Schneider

Alva M. Schneider, 100, of 302 Greene St., Newport, died August 8, 2001, at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

She was born May 20, 1901 at Archers Fork, OH, to the late Emmett and Maud Edwards Cady. She had lived in eastern Washington County all her life. She was a homemaker and had taught school at the Knob one-room school. She was a member of St. Marys Catholic Church in Marietta and had attended Little Valley school at Archers Fork and Ohio University Normal School. She was a member of New Matamoras Senior Citizens and the Gold Star Mothers. She loved gardening, reading and poetry and was fascinated by fossils.

She is survived by one daughter, Marceline Schneider of Newport; two daughters-in-law, Ruth Schneider of New Matamoras and Sally Schneider of Newport; 14 grandchildren, Cecil, William, Peter, Daniel, Christopher and John Kenneth and Dennis Nester, Nancy Csongi, Kimberly Tice, John Schneider, Stephanie Miller and Bret Johnson; several great- and great-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Nina Cady of Lowell, OH; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry C. Schneider on December 4, 1940. They had been married on September 4, 1920. She was also preceded in death by four sons, Willard, Cecil, James and John Schneider; one daughter, Mary Lou Nester; one granddaughter, Sharyn Britton; three brothers; and two sisters.

A funeral liturgy with Mass was held at 10 a.m., Saturday, August 11, at St. Marys Catholic Church with the Rev. Msgr. Edward Kakascik as celebrant, Burial was in St. Patrick's Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Newport Volunteer Fire Dept., PO Box 188, Newport, OH 45768.

(Michael Anderson)


Richard D. ‘Dick’ Schofield

Richard D. ‘Dick’ Schofield, 67, of Route 1, St. Marys, Whiskey Run Community, died Aug. 20, 2001, at his residence.

He was born May 10, 1934, on Whiskey Run in Ritchie County. Mr. Schofield was retired having spent most of his working life in construction trade and was a member of the Operating Engineers, Local 132 of Charleston. Dick, as he was known to his many friends, was instrumental in the construction of the Ritchie County High School Athletic Complex and was the father of Chuck Schofield for whom the RCHS football stadium was named. He was a member of Harmony Lodge 59, A.F. & A.M. of Pennsboro, and was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason of Parkersburg. He was a member of the Bonds Creek Freewill Baptist Church of Ellenboro.

Mr. Schofield is survived by his wife of 47 years, Nancy Jo Nagy Schofield; son, Richard C. ‘Rick’ Schofield of Whiskey Run Community; daughters, Brenda Sue Pyles of Route 1, Cairo, Glendale Community, and Donna G. Ingram of Harrisville, Indian Run; brother, Dale E. Schofield of Ellenboro, Finch Community; sisters, Patty Sue Poling and Connie D. Northcraft both of Pennsboro, and Billie Lee Britton of Washington, W.Va.; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Conard C. and Eunice A. Hendrickson Schofield; and his son, Charles D. ‘Chuck’ Schofield.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the Bonds Creek Freewill Baptist Church near Ellenboro, with the Pastor Martin L. Corbin officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery at Finch in Ritchie County. Friends may call from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home of Pennsboro, and from noon-1 p.m. Thursday at the Bonds Creek Freewill Baptist Church near Ellenboro. Graveside rites will be conducted by Harmony Lodge 59, A.F. & A.M. of Pennsboro.

Memorial donations are preferred for the maintenance of Schofield Stadium in the name of Dick Schofield and may be send to the Ritchie County High School Athletic Boosters Club, 7 Keith Lane, Harrisville, WV 26362.

(Michael Anderson)


Parkersburg News June 14, 2007

Freda B. Schoolcraft

Freda Belle Schoolcraft of Parkersburg went to be with the Lord on June 13, 2007, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born one of nine children of the late Myrtle Roberts Chadock and Lester (Red) Chadock on Feb. 3, 1932, in Dutchman, W.Va. She was employed several years and retired from both Walker of Parkersburg and Johns Manville of Vienna. She was a member of the Crossroads United Methodist Church of Waverly, W.Va.

Survivors include her loving husband of seven years, Robert Lee Schoolcraft; six daughters, Linda (Gary) Layfield of Harrisville, Sandy (Tim) Shackelford of Las Vegas, Nev., Robin (Tony) Montgomery of St. Marys, W.Va., Debbie (Rick) Proctor of Fleming, Ohio, Cathy (Adrian) Anderson of Little Hocking, Ohio, and Tina (Will) Hyde of Harrisville; one stepson, Rodney (Sally) Schoolcraft of Waverly; and blessed with 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two stepgrandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with the Rev. John Frum officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday and prior to the service Saturday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader March 17, 2007

Randal Lee Schwendeman

Randal Lee Schwendeman, 47, of Third Street, Lowell, died Tuesday (March 13, 2007) at his residence.

He was born May 22, 1959, in Marietta to Nelson Paul and Melba Louise Hughey Schwendeman. Randy was a 1977 graduate of Fort Frye High School. He was a member of the Sons of the Legion, Lowell Post 750 and the Lowell Moose Lodge. He was a fan of NASCAR.

He is survived by two sisters, Janet Grose and her husband Gary of Marietta and formerly of St. Marys and Barbara Schwendeman Casto of Marietta; two brothers, Dana Schwendeman and his wife Loretta, of Lowell and Jeff (Leigh) Schwendeman and hiss wife Leigh of Pomeroy, OH; a stepson, Matt McLeish and his wife Sarah , of Lowell; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his twin brother, Rusty; and a sister, Donna Smith.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Lowell Chapel of Cawley & Peoples Funeral Home, with the Rev. Tim Huffman officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Donations may be made to L-A Fire & Rescue, P.O. Box 406, Lowell, Ohio 45744.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader - September 26, 1902

Miss Blanche Scott Dead

Miss Blanche Scott, aged 25, died at her home at Twiggs last Sunday of a complications of ailments. The funeral occurred Monday evening and was very largely attended. The deceased was the daughter of Wesley Scott one of the old and respected citizens of the county. The bereaved family have the sympathy of their large circle of friends.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News June 2, 2008

Allie M. Seckman

Allie Mae Seckman, 27, of Roseville, Ohio, formerly of New Matamoras, Ohio, died May 30, 2008, at her residence.

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

(Posted by Ingram Funeral Home)

Allie Mae Seckman, 27, of Roseville, OH, formerly of New Matamoras, OH, died May 30, 2008 at her residence. She was born January 24, 1981 in Marietta, OH, a daughter of Franklin and Tonya Hendershot Slonaker of New Matamoras, OH. She was a member of the Church of God of New Matamoras, OH, where she had taught Sunday School. She was a 1999 graduate of Frontier High School, was a member of the Matamoras Fire Department Auxiliary, and was active with the Roseville Youth League. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Michael V. Seckman, three children, LaTisha Seckman, Chelsie Seckman, and Hayley Seckman at home, three brothers, Jason Slonaker of Carrollton, OH, Michael Slonaker and Charlie Slonaker both of New Matamoras, OH, a sister, Linda Leasure of New Matamoras, OH, two half brothers, Jessie Newlen and Jeremy Newlen both of Barnesville, OH, and nine nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Willard and Allie Slonaker. She was expecting her four child, who died with her, Michael Nathan James Seckman. Services will be held Wednesday, June 4, 2008, at 2 P. M. at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV with Pastor Gary Combs officiating. Interment will be in the Grandview Cemetery, Grandview Township, OH. Friends may call from 10 to 2 P. M. Wednesday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


BENJAMIN FRANKLIN SECKMAN

"Friend after friend departs; who has not lost a friend?" Honorable Benjamin Franklin Seckman, the subject of this sketch, was born in Green County, Pa, November 17, 1834. He departed this life March 4, 1904, age sixty-nine years, three months and seventeen days. He united with the Baptist Church some fifty years ago, and was baptized by Rev. Alves. He was chosen as one of the Deacons of the Zoar Church, of which he was a worthy and faithful member until a short while ago, when he moved to Pleasants County, West Virginia, changing his membership to Willow Island Church. Here he retained it until he was called home. He bore his intense suffering with fortitude, and was conscious until the end. His funeral was conducted on March 6th by Rev. H. Cofer, after which he was interred in the Willow Island Cemetery in the presence of a large concourse of heart broken and sympathetic friends.

In his demise we lose the influence of a conscientious Christian. He was a man of settled Bible convictions and was a Baptist from principle, being guided by "Thus saith the Lord."

He had been elected to a position of trust, having served for six years as a member of the County Court. The saloon element could not use him as a handkerchief with which to wipe out their sins. He leaves to mourn his absence, his wife, the companion of his life, and six children.

He declared himself sensible of the fact that he must go, and that he was reconciled to God's will and ready to go hence. With the bereaved family, his neighbors and friends in general expressed their grief and sorrow at his departure. He will be missed by all, but by his devoted wife more than others, for she is now alone, as the children are all in homes of their own. But she is not forsaken or forgotten by them. May God help them to aid their mother in her grief.

We are sure that His Eye will be over each, and His Ears open to the widow's cries. O' may the God of the father be the Gof of the children. May all remember that he awaits their coming in the "Home of the Soul."

I will further say that he was everybody's devoted friend, a valuable friend to the sick and afflicted, the poor and needy, the widows and orphans; ever ready and willing to donate liberally toward building churches and keeping up the good cause. He manifested an interest in all denominations and was not prejudiced toward his own church, but he believed in doing good for evil.

The writer is not personally acquainted with the family, but one daughter, Mrs. Gorrel (Josephine..Josie) lives on the old home place, another daughter, Mrs. Clovis lives at Pennsboro, and one daughter, Mrs. Mary Florence Jones lives at Cowen, Webster County, WV. The later is keeping hotel at Cowen and doing a thriving business. She is a hustler in all business faculties and has friends by the score who manifest an endless interest in her future welfare and happiness, and by their patronage and aid I trust she will make her mark in the world.

The writer desires to tender his heartfelt sympathy to wife, children and friends in their sad bereavement, and I hope they may all meet in heaven, where parting will be no more.

A precious one from us is gone, A voice we loved is still; A place is vacant in our home, Which never can be filled.

The wife, children and friends desire to express their heartfelt thanks to the good people who so kindly assisted them in the sickness and death of their beloved husband and father, and if they are not amply rewarded on earth, we trust they will be in heaven.

Submitted by Lenore Radcliffe Yeager, Gr-Gr-Granddaughter.


Pleasants County Leader - January 3, 1902

Infant SECKMAN Dead

Laura E., the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs J. B. Seckman died, last Friday morning at the home of Mrs. Kelly on Middle Island creek, aged 8 months and 6 days. The funeral was held Saturday afternoon conducted by Rev. Kelly, of the M. E. Church.

(Gerald Bills)


Edith M. Sedwick

Edith M. Sedwick, 92, of Newport, OH, died, January 5, 2002, at the Marietta Memorial Hospital, Marietta, OH. She was born, June 25, 1909, at Marietta, OH, a daughter of the late Leroy and Clara Belle Wellspring Morgan. She was a member of the Newport Baptist Church.

She is survived by a stepdaughter, Gretta McGlone of Athens, OH, one sister-in-law, Virginia Morgan of Marietta, OH, one niece, four nephews, several great nieces and great nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl D. Sedwick, three sisters, Lena May Newland, Mildred Offenberger, and Betty Dye, and two brothers, Robert R. Morgan and Clarence C. Morgan.

Services will be held Tuesday, January 8, 2002, at 2 P. M. at the Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV with Pastor Scott Morehead officiating. Burial will be in the Valley Cemetery, Reno, OH. Calling hours from 6 to 9 P. M. Monday at the funeral home.

(Michael Anderson)


Parkersburg News April 1, 2005

Lillie V. Seese

Lillie V. Seese, 83, of Ellenboro, W.Va., departed this life Thursday, March 31, 2005, at Parkersburg.

Mrs. Seese was born Jan. 4, 1922, at Glendale Community in Ritchie County, to the late Charles M. and Katherine Bowie. She was a homemaker, devoted wife and loving mother. She was a graduate of Pennsboro High School and was a lifelong member of the Church of God at Pike and later at Glendale. She had been the clerk of the Pike Church of God and the Women's Ministry president for 44 years at Pike and Glendale.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Hayward A. Seese; sons, Francis Seese Sr., Benjamin Seese and William Seese Sr., all of Ellenboro; daughters, Nancy Jo Tichnell, Douglas Run, St. Marys, Twila J. Cokeley, St. Marys, and Dorothy Tice, Salem, Ohio; a sister, Christine Baker, Pennsboro; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Seese was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Deana Bowie; brothers, Brackie, Eli and Charlie Bowie; and sisters, Garnet Nichols, Mary Duty, Nancy Robison, Priscilla Gregg and an infant, Ruth Bowie.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, with the Rev. Byron Mayberry and the Rev. Scott Tichnell officiating. Interment will be in the Fairmont Ridge Cemetery at Ellenboro. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today and after 9 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News December 11, 2007

Frances L. Seevers

Frances L. Seevers, 74, of Highland Ave., Williamstown, passed away at 5:50 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007, at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

She was born Aug. 21, 1933, to Harlan and Pauline Keller Matheny in Waverly, W.Va.

Surviving are her children, Donna Snyder Kelley of Waverly, Randy (Conda) Snyder of Amesville and her twins, Danny (Melissa) Carpenter and Tammy Carpenter Smith, both of Parkersburg. Also surviving are nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren. Her brother, Jim (Julie) Matheny; sister, Jean (Lawrence) Whitecotten; a former husband, Donald Carpenter; and stepson, Donald Carpenter Jr., also survive.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Waverly United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Willow Island Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 p.m. today until 10 a.m. Wednesday at McClure-Schafer-Lankford Funeral Home, Marietta. The family will greet friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home

(Gerald Bills)


HANNAH SEEVERS

St. Marys Oracle - April 29, 1899

Hanna Seevers, wife of David Seevers, was born July 16, 1813, and died January 31, 1899. She joined the M. E. Church at Clay Point in the year 1844, later she united with the United Brethren at Sylvan Mills, that being her home at the time of her death.

She was the mother of ten children, of which eight are left to mourn. She was a good mother. She suffered much during her illness. She had three strokes of paralysis, after the last stroke she suffered more than pen and tongue can tell. She bore it all with patience until the Lord seen fit to call her home. On the third of February her remains were taken to the Kelly farm, there placed beside her husband and daughter in the family grave yard.

Dearest mother thou hast left us, gone to that house so bright and fair, gone to join the friends and love ones that have gone on before, the are waiting and watching for the dear mother and companion over on that happy golden shore, yes mother thou hast gone to that fair home on high, where sickness and pain never come. Whilest we are yet here dear mother, we are only waiting for the Master's own good time to call us home.

(Gerald Bills)


Marietta Times March 6, 2006

Harold F. ‘Pete’ Seevers

Harold F. “Pete” Seevers, 78, of Sand Hill Road, Marietta, died at 8:30 p.m. Friday (March 3, 2006) in Ohio State University Medical Center.

He was born Nov. 15, 1927, in Wade, Ohio, a son of the late William J. and Elizabeth Chapman Seevers. He had been employed for 30 years by Union Carbide, later Gulf Oil Chemicals and by Chevron Chemicals, until his retirement in 1992. He had served with the U.S. Army in Japan.

He was a member of the Independence Baptist Church; Washington County MRDD Board; Washington County Post 5108, Veterans of Foreign Wars; Washington County Chapter ARC; Harmar Lodge No. 390, F&AM; American Union Chapter No. 1, RAM; Marietta Council No. 78, Royal and Select Masons; Marietta Commandery No. 50, Knights Templar; and Marietta Chapter No. 59, Order of Eastern Star.

On Oct. 10, 1948, he married Eiko Nakamura, who survives with four sons, Richard Seevers (Norma) of Titusville, Fla., Bill Seevers of Centerville, Ohio, Tom Seevers of the home, and Jeff Seevers (Jacqueline) of Minifee, Calif.; and one grandson, Cole Seevers of Minifee, Calif. He is also survived by one brother, James Seevers of Marietta; and two sisters, Virginia Hooper of Madison, Ohio, and Florence M. Newland of St. Marys, W.Va.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Homer; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law of Japan. He is also survived by two brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law in Japan.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at McClure-Schafer-Lankford Funeral Home with interment in East Lawn Memorial Park with the Rev. Gale Lauderman officiating, followed by full military rites. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 p.m. today until the hour of the services. Masonic services will be conducted at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News April 4, 2007

Martha R. Seevers

Martha R. Seevers, 73, of Vienna passed away Sunday, April 1, 2007, in Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born in St. Marys, W.Va., a daughter of the late Ralph John and Ruth Katherine Phillips Higgins.

Mrs. Seevers is survived by her husband, Larry O. Seevers; and her special companion, her Doxie dog "Honey."

She retired from Elkem Metals and was a member of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Parkersburg.

Memorial Eucharist will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church with The Rev. Arthur L. Bennett officiating. Services will conclude with burial in the Evergreen North Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services at the church.

Memorials are requested to the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church Memorial Fund, 903 Charles Street, Parkersburg, WV 26101.

Vaughan Funeral Home, Parkersburg, is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle February 9, 1956

MRS. BLANCHE S. SELLERS

Mrs Blanche Smith Sellers, 76, widow of Frank K. Sellers, died Feb. 8 at the Marshall Convalescing Home in Vienna. She was a daughter of the late John Ed and Mary Ann Riggs Smith, born Sept. 24, 1879 in Pleasants County.

Survivors include two sons, Kramer of St. Marys and Frank, Jr., of Dayton, Ohio, three sisters, Mrs. K. C. Russsell, city; Mrs. Phil D. Phillips, Spencer and Mrs. Harry McClafferty, Louisville, Ky.; one brother, Charles E. Smith of Eureka; and four grandchildren.

She was a member of Trinity Church.

The Ruttencutter Mortuary is in charge of funeral arrangements which are as yet incomplete

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle March 16, 1944

FRANK K. SELLERS

Frank K. Sellers, 73, died at his home on upper Second street yesterday afternoon, March 14, after an extended illness.

He is survived by his wife, the former Miss Blanche Smith, two sons, Kramer Sellers of this city and Frank, Jr. in the U. S. Army in England, and by two grandchildren; also by two brothers, J. E. and T. J. Sellers of Middlebourne, Tyler county.

Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the residence conducted by Rev. W. D. Winters of Trinity Methodist Church of which the deceased was a member. Interment will be made in the IOOF cemetery.

Mr. Sellers was born in Middlebourne, but has resided in this city about 40 years, coming here with his brother, the late Dr. E. M. Sellers, and became associated in the Dinsmoor oil producing company, later turning to farming and cattle raising.

Mr. Sellers was vice president of both Dinsmoor & Company and the Bailey Gas Company, which operates in West Virginia, also a director in the Dinsmoor Oil Co, an Illnois corporation.

He was an esteemed citizen, highly respected and his passing is sincerely lamented by all who knew him.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News April 1, 2004

R. Bruce Sellers

R. Bruce Sellers, 86, of Harrisville, formerly of Pennsboro, departed this life Tuesday, March 30, 2004, at Salem, W.Va.

Mr. Sellers was born Jan. 13, 1918, on Sugar Run near Pennsboro. Early in his working career, he had been employed by Weirton Steel. For several years, he was a truck driver, working for Michels Oil Co. of Pennsboro and was also employed by Lewis Rogers at the Rogers Funeral Home and Rogers Furniture. He operated auctions in Ritchie, Tyler and Doddridge counties and was a dealer in antiques.

He is survived by daughters, Brenda Hardbarger of Harrisville and Thelma Jett of Pullman, W.Va.; sons, Kenneth Sellers and James Sellers, both of Pennsboro, Mark Sellers of Parkersburg and Mitch Sellers of Smithburg, W.Va.; a brother, Earnest "Bud" Sellers of Louisville, Ohio; a sister, Madge McDougle of Weirton, W.Va.; 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Mr. Sellers was preceded in death by his parents, Kenner and Dessie Fluharty Sellers; his wife, Leona Sprouse Sellers; sons, Robert Sellers and David Sellers; a daughter, Linda Cornell; brothers, Harry, Lawrence, Kenneth, Joseph, Victor, Willard and Walter Sellers; and sisters, Edna Bailey, Sarah Hensler, Mable Lamp and Faye Dotson.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Friday at McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, with interment in the Gnats Run Cemetery near Pennsboro. Friends may call from 4:30-9 p.m. today and after 9 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


NEW MATAMORAS - Robert L. Selmon, 69, of New Matamoras, Ohio, passed away Monday (Nov. 2, 2009) at the Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.

He was born Jan. 2, 1940, in New Matamoras, Ohio, a son of Helen Barker Selmon of Woodsfield, Ohio, and the late Jess Selmon. He was a member of the Church of Christ, was retired from the Ormet Corporation after 30 plus years service, retiring in 1996. He was an auctioneer and a Realtor. He was a member of the National Auctioneer Association and the National Association of Realtors. He was a member of the American Union Lodge 1 Free and Accepted Masons of Marietta, a 32 degree mason, Valley of Cambridge, and a member of the Washington County Scottish Rite Club. He loved to read and enjoyed beagle dogs.

In addition to his mother, he is survived b his wife of 50 years, Sherry Laird Selmon; daughter, Roberta Ann "Bobbi Sayre, and her husband, Steven, of Dexter City, Ohio; grandson, David A. Fitzgerald II and his wife, Kelley, of Cincinnati, Ohio; and a great-granddaughter, Paige Elizabeth Fitzgerald; brothers and sisters, Ruby Ring (his twin), and her husband, Duane, and Grace King, all of Graysville, Ohio, George Selmon and his wife, Judy, of Chester, W.Va., Wilma Selmon and Walter Selmon, both of East Liverpool, Ohio; his very special beagle, "Suzi"; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, George and Grace Barker, who helped raised him.

A celebration of Bob's life will be held Friday (Nov. 6, 2009) at 8 p.m. at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, W.Va., with Brent Gallaher officiating. It was Bob's wishes to be cremated. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Urnment will be at a later date at the convenience of the family. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the donor's choice.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader May 5, 1905

CONDUCTOR SHAFFER MEETS HORRIBLE DEATH

John Shaffer, a B.& O. freight conductor, met a horrible death at Raven Rock on Monday morning of this week at 9:45 o'clock. He was in charge of the pick-up which passes up from Parkersburg in the morning.

At the time of the accident he was engaged in "poling in" a car on the siding. The first shove had not set the car clear, and the engine was backed probably eight feet to make the car clear. It was in this performance that the genial conductor lost his life. When the force of the engine was reversed the pole slipped which precipitated the victim between the engine and the car crushing his life out instantly. His chest was crushed, and he was cut about the face.

He was a favorite of everyone connected with the railroad, and his untimely death is deeply lamented. The local force was particularly sad over the accident.

The remains were taken to Parkersburg on train 701 the same day which passes here at 10:02 a. m.

The deceased who was about forty years old was a man of rather large stature and has been employed on the road for several years. He is survived by a wife and two children. The family have been residing for quite a while at 1020 Nineteenth Street, Parkersburg.

The deceased was a member in good standing in the Order of Railway Conductors, in which order he carried two thousand dollar of life insurance. He was also a member of the order of Odd Fellows.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News April 14, 2004

Timothy W. Shanks

Timothy W. Shanks, 47, of St. Marys died Monday, April 12, 2004, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was born June 18, 1956, in Parkersburg, a son of the late Howard and Eldred Sinnett Shanks. He was a security guard for Cytec, a Navy veteran, an EMT and a member of the Blennerhassett Fire Department.

He is survived by a son, Rusty of Parkersburg; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Sandy and Gordon Sarver of Coolville and Susie and John Reichardt of Marietta; three nephews, Gordon Sarver Jr., Steve Sarver and Adam Reichardt; and one niece, Sarah Reichardt Harmon.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at White-Schwarzel Funeral Home, Coolville, with Lloyd Hamblin officiating. Burial will be in the Torch Cemetery, Torch, Ohio. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle, Feb. 7, 1974

GEORGE S. SHARP

Funeral services for George S. Sharp were held Saturday, Feb. 2, 1974 at Comers Funeral Home in Sidney, Oh.

Mr. Sharp, 89, passed away Jan. 30, 1974, he was born near Belmont, W.Va., and was a resident there for many years until he moved to Ohio 35 years ago.

He is survived by three sons, Donald, Carl and George L. Sharp, all of Sidney, Oh.; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillie Dye Sharp; two brothers, Robert A. Sharp and John E. Sharp; one sister, Mrs. Emma Sharp Hammett; and one granddaughter.

(Daniel Smith Jr.)


Parkersburg News October 23, 2004

Vannie R. Shearon

Vannie Ruth Shearon, 94, of Marietta, formerly of St. Marys, died Oct. 22, 2004, at the Marietta Memorial Hospital after a short illness.

She was born Nov. 11, 1909, at Hebron, W.Va., a daughter of the late Christopher and Minerva Barker Hanlin. She was a member of the Ladies Oriental Shrine, Hathor Court No. 3. She worked for Glen L. Martin Aircraft Works in Baltimore, Md., during World War II and the Shoe Factory in Parkersburg. Vannie was the owner/operator of the Green Lantern in Willow Island, W.Va., for many years.

She is survived by her son, John Shearon and his wife, Carole, of Marietta; grandchildren, Jimmy and Lori Bever of Pennsboro, Glen and Lynn Alleman of Walker and John Shearon II and Stacy of Marietta; and great-grandchildren, Cassie, Zach, Eric, Chelsie, Tyler, Kirsten, Jenna and Hailey.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John E. Shearon, seven sisters and two brothers.

Services will be 3 p.m. Sunday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with the Rev. John Strimer officiating. Burial will be in the Mount Olivet Cemetery, Parkersburg. Calling hours will be from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today and from 2-3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader September 11, 1914

Civil War Veteran Meets Tragic Death

Eli Sheets was instantly killed on last Saturday morning near his home at Calcutta when a sled loaded with hay on which he was riding upset throwing him some distance down the hill. The team was being driven by Lon Lawson who hurried to the aide of Mr. Sheets, but he was beyond all aid. Mr Lawson summoned help and the body was carried to his late home.

The deceased was born in Doddridge county Jan. 13, 1837, the son of Jacob and Mary Sheets. At the time of his death he was 67 years, 7 months and 22 days. He was a veteran of the civil war, belonging to Co. A, 17th W. Va. Inft. In 1882 he was united in marriage to Miss Hattie Yates of Taylor county. To this union one son was born, Marion Sheets who survives him. In 1903 his wife died. In 1905 he purchased the Lewis Virgin farm at Calcutta and resided there until his death.

In 1906 he married again to Mrs. Jennie Reed of Ellenboro. He later purchased the Frank Bills land on French Creek. He was a member of the U. B. Church. He is survived by his wife, son, four brothers and one sister to mourn his untimely end. The funeral was held on Monday afternoon by Rev. Alkire. His remains were laid to rest in the Bills graveyard near his home.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader - April 16, 1920

MRS. CYNTHIA SHEETS

Mrs. Cynthia Sheets, age 79, died at her home at Salama on Thursday, April 8th. The deceased had been an invalid for several years. The funeral was held at the home on the 11th. Interment in the Willow Island cemetery. Re. J. A. young conducted the service.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle October 16, 1952

Mrs. William Sheets

Mrs. Ida Alice Sheets, 83, widow of William Sheets, passed away at her home in St. Marys, Oct.10 after a long illness. She was a daughter of the late David and Margaret Seckman Dillon.

Survivors are one brother, D. W. Dillon and one sister, Miss Edna Dillon, both of St. Marys.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at George Street Church of Christ in charge of Evang. C. O. Dotson, pastor. Interment was made in the Willow Island Cemetery.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News August 31, 2007

Daniel M. Shepherd Jr.

Daniel M. “Hobie” Shepherd Jr., 37, of Belmont departed this life on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007, at his residence.

Daniel was born Sept. 21, 1969, at Parkersburg, a son of Daniel and Brenda Napier Shepherd of Haddox Run, near Pennsboro. He had previously been employed by Simonton Windows in the Ellenboro and Pennsboro plants for 18 years. He was a graduate of Tyler County High School with the class of 1989 and a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints of Central Station, W.Va.

In addition to his parents, Daniel is survived by his wife, Melissa Price Shepherd; children, Andrew and Danielle Shepherd of Harrisville and Hallie Shepherd of Belmont; stepchildren, Brandon and Hannah Snyder of Belmont; two brothers, Jason (Margie) Shepherd and Jarret (Kelly) Shepherd of Haddox Run near Pennsboro; grandmother, Cora Napier; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Daniel was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Beatrice Cromer Shepherd; and grandfathers, Arley Clifford Shepherd Sr. and Foster Deane Napier.

Funeral services for Daniel will be 11 a.m. today at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, with interment in the McKim Cemetery, McKim, W.Va. Friends may call after 9 a.m. today at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News May 28, 2010

Doris G. Shepherd

Doris G. Shepherd 82, of Hillcrerst Drive, Marietta, passed away Wednesday afternoon May 26, 2010, at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Salem, W.Va., on Friday Dec. 23, 1927, a daughter of the late Ahva James and Chloe Alberta Hooper Robey.

She is survived by two daughters, Linda A. McCullough and husband Ted of St. Marys, and Kathryn D. Morgenstern and husband Robert of Taylorsville, Ky. There are four granddaughters; Carrie Stout (David) of Parkersburg, Kristi M. Clark (Michael) of Marietta, Stacey D. Morgenstern and Jamie McKinney (Keith) of Louisville, Ky.; three great-grand-children Lauren and Ethan Clark and Foster McKinney; sisters-in-law, Margaret Hughes of Akron, Mary Shepherd of Parkersburg, and Irma Robey of Bridgeport, W.Va., and serveral nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, James Patrick Shepherd, on Jan. 3, 1997; one granddaughter, Elizabeth Ann McCullough; and five brothers, Paul, Robert, Ernest, Carl and Hayward Robey; two sisters, Ruth Cheuvront and Elma Roush and her niece Joanna Windon, who was like a sister.

Doris had several jobs throughout her lifetime, but the one she cherished the most was that of wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Doris was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Private family services will be held Saturday at Hadley Funeral Home Reno Chapel by Msgr. Michael Campbell for the immediate family with burial to follow in East Lawn Memorial Park.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 1950 Arlingate Lane Columbus, OH 43228.

Online condolences may be made at hadleyfh.com

(Gerald Bills)


Charles D. Shepherdson

Charles Denton "Shep" Shepherdson, 87, of Route 1, St. Marys, died April 11, 2002, at St. Joseph's Hospital.

He was born, April 1, 1915, in Pleasants County, WV, a son of the late Clarence and Shellie Gardner Shepherdson.

He was a member of the Nine Mile United Methodist Church, and retired from the American Cyanamid after over 30 years of service.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II and a member of the American Legion Post 79 of St. Marys, WV. He is survived by one sister, Mary Ingram of Wauconda, IL, formerly of St. Marys, WV, one sister-in-law, Sylvia Wiley of St. Marys, WV, three step children, Delmas Cunningham of Ellenboro, WV, Ray Cunningham of Harrisville, WV, and Sara Yvonne Gunnoe of Ripley, WV, and several nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Hazel Wiley Shepherdson, his second wife, Edna Cunningham Shepherdson, and one sister, Eleanor S. Camp.

Services will be held Sunday, April 14, 2002, at 1:30 P. M. at the Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV with Pastor Steve Gedon officiating. Burial will be in the St. Marys IOOF Cemetery. Calling hours will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

(Michael Anderson)


Parkersburg News September 27, 2007

Catherine M. Shepler

Catherine Marie Shepler, 89, of Belmont, W.Va., passed away Sept. 25, 2007, at Carehaven of Pleasants in Belmont.

Catherine was born Sept. 26, 1917, in Hempfield Township, Pa., a daughter of the late Albert and Martha Harrold Myers.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles M. Shepler in 1990; her sisters, Henrietta Hoffer, Alice L. Goughneour and Margaret M. Knesh, and three brothers, Albert Myers, James Myers and Morris Myers, all from Pennsylvania.

She is survived by her son, Donald M. Shepler and his wife, Carol, of Belmont; three grandchildren, Sherri L. Rutherford and her husband, Christopher, of Vienna, Donni Shepler and his wife, Cindy, of Belmont and Stacy Shepler of Belmont; three great-grandchildren, Ethan Rutherford, Katherine Rutherford and Christian Rutherford, all of Vienna; a brother, Robert Myers; a sister-in-law, Jennie Myers; and several nieces and nephews.

Catherine was formerly employed by Southwest Bank of Greensburg, Pa., and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Greensburg, Pa.

Funeral Services will be 1 p.m. Friday at the Barnhart Funeral Home in Greensburg, Pa. Interment will be in the Westmorland Memorial Park in Greensburg. Viewing hours will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Charles D. Shields

Charles David Shields, 84, of Parkersburg went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007, at his residence.

He was born Feb. 2, 1923, in Cairo, W.Va., one of two children of the late Leander and Maymie Hall Shields.

Charles was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having served with the 17th Airborne Division and was a recipient of the Good Conduct Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Battle Star and Purple Heart for wounds received in the Battle of the Bulge, the European African Middle Eastern Theater.

Charles retired in 1986 from Diamond Bathurst Glass after 45 years of employment. He had served as recording secretary for 28 years with the Glass Workers Union Local 36.

He was an active member of the Seventh Street United Methodist Church and the Crusaders Sunday School Class.

He had been a member of the Disabled Veterans of America, American Legion Post 15, Stardusters Square Dancers and the Woodpecker Camping Club. He enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing.

Charles is survived by his wife of 63 years, Elodine Maze Shields, and their two daughters, Donna DeBrular and husband, John, of Washington, W.Va., and Sue Hoselton and husband, Doug, of Cary, N.C.; four grandchildren, Kristen Full and husband, Grant, Scott DeBrular, Kelly Hoselton and D. J. Hoselton; one great-granddaughter, Annie Hoselton; foster brother, Ralph Speece of Pawnee, Okla.; foster sister, Ada Ribbet of Parkersburg; a niece, Elizabeth Norton and husband, Mike, of Greenwood, Del.; and a nephew, Ralph Charlton and wife, Lisa, of Alexandria, Va.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Esta Mae Charlton; and a grandson, Sean Michael Hoselton.

Charles had never met anyone he didn?t like. He will be missed by all who loved and knew him.

The services for Mr. Shields will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastors Sharon West and Norman Butler officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memory Gardens with full military rites by American Legion Post 15. Visitation will be from 2-9 p.m. Friday and prior to the service Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, Muscular Dystrophy or the Autism Society of America Foundation.

(Bessie Gumm)


St. Marys Oracle November 16, 2005

Loretta J. Shields

Loretta J. Shields, 71, of 117 South First Avenue, Paden City, passed from this life Thursday, Nov. 10, 2005 at her home. She was born Oct. 31, 1934 in Pleasants County, a daughter of the late George W. and Viola Malone Taylor.

Loretta vas a homemaker and a Baptist.

She was preceded in death in addition to her parents by her first husband James Barnhart, March 16, 2005. A son David L. Barnhart. A daughter Sandra Kay Barnhart, three brothers.

She is survived by her companion Donald Wells. Two sons; Roger L. Barnhart and his wife Deborah and Delbert R. Barnhart and his wife Brenda, all of Friendly. A daughter Sylvia Mays and her husband Jeff, Beaver, WV. Four brothers; Jimmy, Harold, Ralph and Norman Taylor. Five sisters; Angeline Gorby, Mildred Dailey, Pauline Marino, Sharon Lackach and Delores Lease. Four grandchildren, several step grandchildren. Four great grandchildren and several step great grandchildren.

Friends were received at the Furbee Funeral Home, Middlebourne, Saturday, Nov. 12 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. where services were Sunday, Nov. 13, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Steve Delay officiating. Interment Middlebourne Cemetery, Middleboume.

(Gerald Bills)


Eloise Ruckman Shilt

Eloise Ruckman Shilt, 79, of Dayton, OH, died August 2, 2001, in Dayton.

She was born August 10, 1921, in St. Marys to the late Clarence and Edna Ruckman. She was a 1940 graduate of St. Marys High School and had retired from J.C. Penney in Dayton.

She is survived by her husban, Eugene Shilt of Dayton; two daughters, Lois Jones of Cincinnati and Linda Clay of Ludlow Falls, OH; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Ruckman.

Services were Monday, August 6 at Newcomer-Barkley Funeral Home with interment in Dayton Memorial Park Cemetary.

(Michael Anderson)


A. Ray Shingleton

A. Ray Shingleton, 94, of St. Marys, died Nov. 7, 2001, at St. Joseph’s Hospital of Parkersburg.

He was born March 24, 1907, in Calcutta, W.Va., son of the late George and Mary Fitzwater Shingleton and husband to the late Ina Davis Shingleton. He was a member of the Dewey Avenue Church of Christ.

He was the Pleasants County Road Supervisor for the former W.Va. State Road, now the W.Va. Department of Highways.

He was a farmer for many years and a five-time Strawberry King of West Virginia. He had won first place several times. He raised and sold Christmas trees and was Christmas tree champion in the Elkins Forest Festival.

He is survived by six children, Paul Shingleton and his wife, Betty and Mary Jean Shingleton all of St. Marys, Carroll Shingleton and his wife, Glenna of Lubeck, W.Va., Stanley Shingleton and his wife, Mary of Valley Mills, Larry Shingleton and his wife, Vonda and Shirley Poling and her husband, John all of St. Marys; eight grandchildren, Randy Shingleton, Tim Shingleton, Renee Simons, Scott Shingleton, Teresa Gann, Eric Shingleton, Leon Poling and Matt Poling; two foster grandchildren, Barbara Lankton and Brenda Persinger; 12 great-grandchildren; four foster great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife; one sister, Hattie Eddy; one brother, Gale Shingleton; and one foster son, Jim Persinger.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at the Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home of St. Marys, with the Rev. Roy Cox officiating. Burial will be in the Shawnee Cemetery, Rt. 39, Pleasants County.

(Michael Anderson)


Parkersburg News April 5, 2008

Alberta H. Shingleton

Alberta H. Shingleton, 85, of Newport, Ohio, passed away April 3, 2008.

Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys. Calling hours will be from 5-9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

(Posted by Ingram Funeral Home)

Alberta H. Shingleton, 85, of Newport, OH, passed away, April 3, 2008, at Grant Medical Center, Columbus, OH. She was born, March 28, 1923, in Newport, a daughter of the late Thomas W. and Etta Bayles Eddy. She was a 1941 graduate of Newport High School and a member of the Newport Church of Christ. She is survived by her husband, Larry R. Shingleton, three daughters, Kathryn Eddy and her husband, Lowell, Suzanne Snyder and her husband, Dave, Janet King and her husband, Casey, all of Newport, OH, seven grandchildren, Beth Palmer of Marietta, OH, Jody Buegel of New Matamoras, OH, Thomas Eddy of Marietta, OH, Justin Snyder of Newport, Adam Snyder of Newport, OH, Jessica Ann Napier of Ellenboro, WV, Jennifer Russell of Marietta, OH, and twelve great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Ruth Hoff. Services will be held Monday, April 7, 2008, at 1 P. M. at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV with Evangelist Lloyd Westbrook officiating. Interment will be in the Newport Cemetery. Calling hours will be from 5 to 9 P. M. Sunday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News November 1, 2009

Beulah A. Shingleton

Beulah A. Shingleton of Pike Road, St. Marys, W.Va., departed this life on Friday, Oct. 30, 2009, in Belpre, at the residence of a daughter and son-in-law.

Beulah was born at Kincheloe in Lewis County, W.Va., a daughter of the late Lloyd and Anna Nicholson Burnside. She had been employed for more than 30 years in the garment industry at the former Myles Manufacturing of Pennsboro, W.Va. She enjoyed helping her daughter, Carolyn Moellendick, manufacture candles at the former Waterford Candles at Waterford, Ohio.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn "Kay" Moellendick (Randy) of Belpre and Sandra Fleming (Rick) of Parkersburg; stepdaughters, Pam McFarland and Penny Mahaney; brother, Lloyd Burnside Jr. of Phoenix, Ariz.; sister-in-law, Hazel Burnside of Elyria, Ohio; grandchildren, Tim Duty, Shawna Winans and Tricia Sanders; and great-grandchildren, Tori and Nicholas Sanders and Mason Winans.

In addition to her parents, Beulah was preceded in death by the father of her children and first husband, Stanley Nicholson; second husband, Delbert C. "Chiz" Shingleton; son, Darwin Nicholson; brothers, Robert and Warner Burnside; and sister, Macel Burnside.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009, at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, W.Va., with the Rev. Martin L. "Bud" Corbin and Pastor Tim Nichols officiating. Interment will be in the Pleasants Memorial Estates at Belmont, W.Va. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2, and after 9 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader August 21, 2004

Charles V. Shingleton

Charles V "Bill" Shingleton, 81, of Clearwater, Fla., died Friday, Aug. 13, 2004 at Manor Care Dunedin nursing home.

He was born in St. Marys and came here in 1958 from El Dorado, Ark., where he owned and operated Shingleton Service and Supply. He was a Navy veteran of World War Il and served aboard the battleship USS Indiana. He was Baptist.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Bobbie R.; a son, Charles R., and a daughter, Penny Mehr, both of Clearwater; three grandsons, James Mehr, Jr. of Clearwater, and Scott Mehr and Charles W. Mehr, both of Tallahassee; eight greatgrandchildren; two sisters, Marylou Tarkenton and Maxine Deams of Portsmith, Va.; and a brother, Larry Shingleton of Newport.

Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home of Clearwater was in charge of arrangements.

(Gerald Bills)


Delbert C. "Chiz" Shingleton

Delbert C. ‘Chiz’ Shingleton, 82, of St. Marys, Nine Mile Community, died July 6, 2001 at his residence.

He was born on July 30, 1918, at Nine Mile in Pleasants County. Mr. Shingleton was retired from the U.S. Postal Service with 35 years of service working from the St. Marys Post Office and early in his working career was the co-owner of the S. & S. Service Station in St. Marys. He was a graduate of St. Marys High School; was a veteran of World War II with service in the Pacific Theater; and was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars both of St. Marys.

Mr. Shingleton is survived by his wife of 32 years, Beulah A. Burnside Nicholson Shingleton; daughters, Pam Mcfarland and husband Jim of Belmont, and Penny S. Mahaney and her late husband Clifford, of Ellenboro; stepdaughters, Carolyn Moellendick and husband Randy of Belpre, and Sandy Fleming and husband Rick of Parkersburg; grandchildren, Holly Smith of Columbus, Alicia Folger of Cocoa Beach, Fla., Matthew Wolfe of St. Marys, and Jessica Woodby of Ellenboro; great-granddaughter, Mackenzie Folger of Zanesville; stepgrandchildren, Tim Duty of Parkersburg and Shawna Winans and Tricia Sanders, both of Washington; stepgreat- grandchildren, Torie and Nicholas Sanders and Mason Winans, all of Washington.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Lillie Mercer Shingleton; brother, Harry Shingleton; stepson, Darwin Nicholson; and his beloved pet dog, Missy.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro. Burial will follow in the Pleasants Memorial Estates at Eureka in Pleasants County. Friends may call from 5-9 p.m. today and after 9 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

(Michael Anderson)


“Coshocton Tribune” Coshocton, OH – Page 1, Wednesday, May 31, 1944

Headline: Isaac W. Shingleton, Spanish American War Veteran, Dies Tuesday

Isaac W. Shingleton, a Spanish-American War veteran, who served three years in the Philippine Islands, died Tuesday at 9 a.m. at his home, 1434 East Adams st., after a three year illness.

Mr. Shingleton was born Jan. 8, 1858, in Pleasants County, West Virginia, and was the oldest son of Rev. J. R. and Mary Shingleton. He was twice married, first in 1878 to Jessie Finley, who died in 1890, and then to Ella May Call in 1902. She died in 1913. A son, John R. Shingleton, is also deceased.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Liva Wible and Mrs. Etta Whiteside, both of East Liverpool (OH), Mrs. Letha McCullough of Roscoe (Coshocton County, OH) , Mrs. Esther Hill of Coshocton; one son leslie, of the home; one sister, Miss Myrtle Shingleton of St Marys, W. Va.; 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Friends may call at the Dawson Funeral Home after 6 p.m. Thursday. The body will be taken Friday morning to East Liverpool where services will be held at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Riverview cemetery, East Liverpool.

(Copied by Jim Bailey from a digital copy of the original newspaper.)

(Jim Bailey)


Parkersburg News November 22, 2009

Larry Ray Shingleton

Larry Ray Shingleton, 88, of Newport, Ohio, died Nov. 20, 2009.

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

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

(Posted by Ingram Funeral Home)

Larry Ray Shingleton, 88, of Newport, OH, died, November 20, 2009, at the Marietta Memorial Hospital, Marietta, OH. He was born, October 22, 1921, in St. Marys, WV, a son of the late Ray and Verta Lucille Gainer Shingleton. He was a member of the Newport Church of Christ, was a 1939 graduate of St. Marys High School, was a decorated U. S. Army Veteran of World War II, and was a 1949 graduate of Marietta College, with a degree in chemistry. He was retired from the American Cyanamid at Willow Island, WV, after 33 years.

He is survived by his three daughters, Kay Eddy (Lowell), Suzi Snyder (Dave), and Janet King (Casey) all of Newport, OH, seven grandchildren, Beth Palmer (Larry) of Marietta, OH, Jody Buegel (John) of New Matamoras, OH, Thomas Eddy (Traci) of Marietta, OH, Justin Snyder and Adam Snyder (Anna) all of Newport, OH, Jessica Ann Napier (Dave) of Ellenboro, WV, and Jennifer Russell (Austin) of Lisle, NY, thirteen great grandchildren, Tyler Palmer, Miriah and Garrett Bueguel, Colton and Coen Eddy, Lane and Lilli Snyder, Jocee Ankrom, Alyssa and Ethan Snyder, Gretchen Napier, Peyton Russell, and Zarek Napier, two sisters, Mary Lou Tarkenton and Maxine Deans both of Portsmouth, VA, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Alberta H. Shingleton, and one brother, Charles William Shingleton.

Services will be held Tuesday, November 24, 2009, at 1 P. M. at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV with Evangelist Lloyd Westbrook officiating. Interment will be in the Newport Cemetery, Newport, OH. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P. M. Monday and from 12 noon to 1 P. M. Tuesday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News - January 5, 2004

Lora Shingleton

PARKERSBURG - Lora E. Shingleton, 83, formerly of St. Marys, surrounded by her family, went home to be with her Lord on Jan. 3, 2004, from the Willows Center in Parkersburg.

She was born Jan. 22, 1920, at Raven Rock, W.Va., a daughter of the late Oakey and Ora Belle Barnhart Miller. She was a member of the Zoar Baptist Church, St. Marys, and upon moving to Lubeck attended Pleasant View Baptist Church, Parkersburg. She was a home health caregiver and was always willing to help whomever she could. She was a grandmother at the former Colin Anderson Center and retired from the Pleasants County Senior Citizens Center. She was also a member of several organizations and clubs in Pleasants County.

She married Earl C. Shingleton, April 15, 1939, and after 40 years of marriage he preceded her in death on July 4, 1979.

She is survived by one son and his wife, Coleman Delno and Sara Lou Shingleton of St. Marys; three daughters and their husbands, Carolyn and Eddie Byers of Washington, W.Va., Trudy and Terry Johnson of St. Indigoes, Md., and Marcella and Chris Waldron of Belleville; 10 grandchildren, Rick, Randy and Rusty Shingleton, all of St. Marys, Matt Byers and Jill Byers, Tracey Peters and Travis Peters, all of Parkersburg, Valerie Wilson of Lubeck, Terry Lee Johnson of Laurens, S.C., and Aimee Moore of Harrington, Del.; 19 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lucille Hall and her husband, Kenneth, of St. Marys and Mary Ann VanWey of Newport, Ohio; and several nieces, nephews, and friends who will all miss her.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Willard, Avery, and Ralph Miller; one sister, Violet Kernen; and one great-granddaughter Kathleen Byers.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Pastor Dave Compston officiating. Burial will be in the St. Marys IOOF Cemetery. Calling hours are from 2-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader September 17, 1920

WILLIAM H. SHINGLETON

William H. Shingleton, aged 73, of this county, died Saturday evening, at about 8:30, at Marietta Hospital, where he underwent an operation shortly before death, made an effort to save his life.

He is survived by his wife and six children. Mrs. Chas. Huggins and Mrs. Ebb. Higgins, both of this city, Mrs. Julia Fish, of Sisterville; Oliver, Andrew and Clark of Shawnee.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday and interment was made in the family cemetery near Shawnee. (Shingleton Cemetery-GEB)

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News May 28, 2008

Patricia I. “Pat” Shockey

Patricia I. “Pat” Shockey, 71, of Parkersburg, passed away May 25, 2008 at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

She was born in Parkersburg, a daughter of Evagine (Conaway) Flinn of Belpre and the late Robert Earl Flinn.

She is survived by her son, Lawrence Shockey (Porky) of Four Oaks, N.C.; two daughters, Darlene (Seevers) Motley and husband, Philip, of Parkersburg and Sally Danielson and husband, Denny, of St. Marys; two brothers, Robert Flinn and wife, Deloris, of Belpre and Earl Flinn of Pennsboro; two sisters, Doris Parsons of Parkersburg and Sallie Jones and husband, Denzel, of St. Marys; and four grandchildren, Lawrence, Crystal and Michael Watson and Alec Shockey.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Steve Flinn officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of Patsy Williams, 321 Hill St., Parkersburg WV 26104.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News January 17, 2006

Fredis R. Showalter

Fredis Ruth Showalter, 85, of Parkersburg passed away Jan. 15, 2006, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born in St. Marys, W.Va., a daughter of the late Fredimon J. and Lura B. Scott Campbell. She had worked for the Wood County Schools, retiring from McKinley Elementary after working for 25 years as an elementary teacher, specializing in music education. She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association, the AAUW and of the First Presbyterian Church, where she used her musical abilities by serving as a solo vocalist, singing in the Sanctuary Choir and playing the piano for special events and groups. At First Presbyterian Church, she taught Sunday School, led a children's choir and served as an elder and a deacon. In addition to her love for music, she enjoyed history, was an avid bridge player and a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Fredis is survived by her daughter, Sara Lynne Rodgers and her husband, Mickey, of Nokesville, Va.; her son, Robert L. Showalter and his wife, Anette, of Houston, Texas; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Fredis was preceded in death by her husband, Robert M. Showalter; four sisters; and one brother.

A visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg. A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Friday at the First Presbyterian Church on Juliana Street, Parkersburg. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. The family will greet friends from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service Friday at the church.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News January 19, 2006

Wanda V. Shreve

Wanda Virginia Morgan O'Neil Shreve, 79, of River Park Manor, New Matamoras, Ohio, formerly of New Martinsville, W.Va., died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2006, in Wetzel County Hospital, New Martinsville.

She was born Feb. 21, 1926, in Paden City, W.Va., the daughter of the late Russell E. Morgan and Bertha (Bertie) Barkes Morgan.

She was a member of the New Matamoras Chapter 261 Order of the Eastern Star, the American Legion Auxiliary in New Matamoras, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and a homemaker.

In addition to her parents and an infant brother, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Roy O'Neil; her second husband, Jack Shreve; two brothers, Wayne E. Morgan and Norman Lee Morgan; and a sister, Betty Jean Morgan Powell.

Survivors include two daughters, Carolyn Rae (Franklin) O'Neil Powell of St. Marys and Nancy L. (John) O'Neil Lasure of New Martinsville; a son, Roger Keith O'Neil of Benwood, W.Va.; nine grandchildren, Franklin C. Powell II of Charleston, W.Va., Benjamin Morgan Powell of Marietta, Ga., Terry O'Neil Williams of Columbus, Ohio, Amy O'Neil Wallace of Mississippi, Roger Junior O'Neil of New Martinsville, Lori Dulaney of Smithfield, W.Va., and Jeffrey, Natasha and Zachary O'Neil, all of Benwood; nine great-grandchildren, Adam M. and Gwynne M. Powell, Grant Williams, Tasha Dulaney, Roger Junior, Whitney, James, Lisa and Tracy O'Neil; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Grisell Funeral Home & Crematory, 751 Third Street, New Martinsville, with Brian Green officiating. Interment will be in Emma Grove Cemetery, Hannibal, Ohio. Family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Eastern Star Services will be 7 p.m. Friday.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle September 19, 2007

Hope Shreves

Hope Shreves, 78, of Wood Avenue, Sistersville, died Sept. 13, 2007, at Wheeling Hospital.

She was born in June 19, 1929, in Pleasants County, a daughter of the late Larnie C. and Helen Florence Miller Buchanan. She was a former employee of Paden City Pottery and Magnolia Manor Nursing Home. She was a member of Oxford Street Church of Christ in Sistersville.

She is survived by a son, Rick Shreves and his wife, Myra, of New Martinsville; daughters, Terry Shreves and Mary Shreves, both of Sistersville; grandchildren, Stephanie Lynch and Samantha and Bailey Shreves; brother, Jack Buchanan of Sistersville; and sisters. Sally Taylor of Sistersville and Ruth Am' Cochran of New Matamoras.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Layman Shreves in 2001; brothers, John, James and Charles Buchanan; and sister, Mamie Fiest.

Funeral services were Sunday at Myers Funeral Home, Sistersville, with Evangelist Jerry Toothman officiating. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery, Sistersville.

Memorials may be made to Oxford Street Church of Christ, 206 Oxford St., Sistersville, WV 26175.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News August 26, 2008

Carl L. Shultz

Carl Lee Shultz, 69, of St. Marys, W.Va. passed away on Aug. 24, 2008.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys. Calling hours from 4-8 p.m. today and 1-2 p.m. Wednesday.

(Posted by Ingram Funeral Home)

Carl Lee Shultz, 69, of St. Marys, WV, passed away on August 24, 2008 at the St. Joseph Hospital in Parkersburg, WV. He was born September 18, 1938 in St. Marys, WV, a son of the late Okey Lee and Artie Marie Davis Shultz. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of St. Marys. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Sonia Lorene Keister Shultz, three sons, Carl Shultz, Jr. and his wife, Petite, of Harrisville, WV, William Ray Shultz of Greensboro, NC, Daniel Shultz of Brown Summit, NC, one daughter, Sylvia Farson and her husband, Robert, of St. Marys, WV. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by one son, Alan Shultz and two sisters, Alice Cameron and Gladys Hashman. Services will be held Wednesday, August 27, 2008, at 2 P. M. at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV with Pastor John Strimer officiating. Interment will be in the Harmony Grove Cemetery, Pleasants Co., WV. Calling hours from 4 to 8 P. M. Tuesday, and from 1 to 2 P. M. Wednesday.

(Gerald Bills)


Madeline V. Shultz

Madeline V. Shultz, 84, of St. Marys died May 7, 2001, at Carehaven of Pleasants, Belmont, W.Va.

Survivors include a few cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Alva Shultz; two brothers, Blaine Edward Meanor and George Franklin “Red” Meanor; and one sister, Mildred Margaret Meanor.

Services will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday at Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys. Burial in Willow Island Cemetery. Visitation from 6-9 p.m. today.

(Michael Anderson)


Parkersburg News September 9, 2008

Dorothy N. Shuman

Dorothy Nell Shuman, 81, of Waverly, W.Va., passed away Sunday morning, Sept. 7, 2008, at Arcadia Nursing Center in Coolville, Ohio.

She was born April 28, 1927, at Waverly, daughter of the late Charles Homer and Grace Virginia Meeks McAtee. Dorothy was a longtime member of the Waverly Church of Christ, was a licensed beautician for 35 years working out of her own shop at home and was a homemaker. Surviving is her son, Benny Michael Shuman and his wife, Cheryl, of Waverly; two grandchildren, Susan R. Shuman of Marysville, Ohio, and Joseph M. Shuman of Marietta; and two great-grandsons, Caleb and Colin Spires. She also has a large extended family of the Meeks' and McAtee's.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett Russell Shuman.

The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Kimes Funeral Home, 521 Fifth St., Parkersburg, with Evangelist Bob Long officiating. The visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Willow Island Cemetery; however, there will be no procession to the cemetery.

(Gerald Bills)


Ella Marie Triplett Shutts

Ella Marie Triplett Shutts, 91, of Marietta died April 6, 2002, at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

She was born April 30, 1910, in Washington County, OH, a daughter of the late James and Martha Ellen Goodwin Roberts. She was a member of the Gilman United Methodist Church, Marietta and the Esther Circle of the church. She attended St. Marys High School, had worked at Ames (Shovel Plant) during World War II, had been a glass inspector for the former Paramount Glass Company and had worked at Kroger and the St. Marys Food Giant. Marie had many and varied interests. She was an avid reader, especially mysteries, and she liked the challenge of crossword puzzles. She was really at home in her flower garden, where she experienced God's beauty and love. She also liked to sew, crochet and quilt. Her great love was her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great great-grandchildren. They felt she baked the World's greatest pumpkin pies.

She is survived by one son, John E. Triplett Sr. and his wife Rhoda of Marietta; two daughters, Martha Lou Kelley of Rayland, Ohio, and Sara Jane Pashia and her husband James of Collinsville, IL.; one stepdaughter, Rosemary Page Tudor of Dayton, Ohio; one sister, Ruth Polston of Atlanta, Ga.; nine grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Peyton Earl Triplett; four sisters, Gertrude Cumblidge, Glenna Allen, Bertha Grimm and Virginia Simms; and three brother, John "Bus" Roberts, Robert "Bob" Roberts and Harold Roberts.

Services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Gene Adkins officiating. Burial in St. Marys IOOF Cemetery. Visitation is from 6-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

(Michael Anderson)


Parkersburg News May 4, 2005

Elsie M. Siers

Elsie Maxwell Siers, 98, of St. Marys died May 2, 2005, at St. Joseph's Hospital.

She was born May 17, 1906, a daughter of the late Provey Maidens Sinclair and William Maidens. In 1929, she married Clarence H. Maxwell, who preceded her in death on May 10, 1970. In 1975, Elsie married L. B. Siers who died in 1992.

She is survived by two daughters, Barbara Martin (Glen) of Clendenin, W.Va., and Becky Brennan (Thomas) of Glenview, Ill.; one foster daughter, Norma Lemon of Parkersburg; five grandchildren, Kim and Jay Martin, Tim, Chris and Alisa Brennan; and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at St. Marys United Methodist Church, St. Marys, with the Rev. Jim Kelly officiating. Friends may call 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys and 10-11 Friday a.m. at the church.

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

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News August 7, 2007

Forest R. Siers

Forest Rector Siers, 63, of Belpre went to be with the Lord Aug. 5, 2007.

He was born Sept. 12, 1943, in Calhoun County, a son of the late Leon and Freda DeWeese Siers.

Forest was retired from IVS Hydro and attended the Landmark Baptist Church. He loved to fish and was an avid Mountaineer and Atlanta Braves fan. Forest will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Surviving is his loving wife and caregiver of 22 years, Sharon Kay Siers of Belpre; his son, Scott Siers and wife, Trina, of Indore, W.Va.; two daughters, Judy Taylor and husband, Joe, of Bickmore, W.Va., and Melanie Nottingham and fiance, Oscar, of Lizemore, W.Va.; three stepchildren, Richard Arpin and wife, Michelle, of Belpre, Heather Ray and husband, Jay, of Belpre and April Ahner and husband, Russell, of St. Marys, W.Va.; 14 grandchildren, Amber and Breanna Siers of Indore, B.J., Allison and Devon Taylor of Bickmore, Josh Nottingham and Jake and Jason Sizemore of Lizemore, Kimberly Marshall and husband, Ray, of Parkersburg, Chris Arpin of Belpre, Sierra and Cheyenne Barker and Kyanna Ray, all of Belpre, and Skyla Ahner of St. Marys; six sisters, Mavis Hoover of Parkersburg, Gladys Moss of Olin, N.C., Annalee Walker of Statesville, N.C., Betty Junk of Osteen, Fla., Penny McCune of Orville, Ohio, and Ruth Cottrell of Orville; and two brothers, Donald Siers of Statesville, N.C., and Perry Siers of Ripley.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Mae Grimm; and one brother, Kenneth Siers.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Landmark Baptist Church with Pastor Michael Lamb officiating. Interment will follow at the K of P Cemetery, Elizabeth. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today at the Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Pike St., south Parkersburg, and one hour prior to the services Wednesday at the church.

Memorials may be made to the Landmark Baptist Church, 310 Eighth Ave., Parkersburg, WV 26101, in memory of Forest.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News January 9, 2008

Charlotte Ann Fairbanks Sigler

Charlotte Ann Fairbanks Sigler, 64, of Schultz, Pleasants County, W.Va., departed from this earth on Jan. 7, 2008, after an eight-year battle with cancer.

She was born Aug. 6, 1943, in Vincent, Ohio, a daughter of Virginia Reynolds Boso and the late Harry R. Fairbanks. Charlotte was a member of the Good Hope Baptist Church of Schultz. She was a loving wife and mother and had worked at the Travel Lodge Motel in Parkersburg.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 47 years, Leo Cooper “Coop” Sigler; one daughter, Jessie (Ed) Watson of Ellenboro, W.Va.; granddaughter, Shiann Watson of Ellenboro; grandson, Dale Everett of St. Marys, W.Va.; stepdaughter, Nikki Watson of St. Marys; stepgrandson, Paul Watson of Ellenboro; two sisters, Christine (Larry) Coe of Vincent, Ohio, and Barbara (Larry) Allen of Belpre; three brothers, Larry (Shirley) Fairbanks of Vincent, Kenny (Sharon) Fairbanks of Belpre and Doug (Sharon) Fairbanks of Vincent; stepfather, Floyd Boso of Little Hocking, Ohio; mother and father-in-law, Phyllis and Leo Sigler of Schultz; brothers-in-law, Jim (Shirley) Sigler of Schultz, John (Fonda) Sigler of Schultz, Bill (Jean) Sigler of Belmont, W.Va., Wade (Pam) Sigler of Schultz and Richard (Bridget) Sigler of Mean, Ark.; sisters-in-law, Louwannah (Bill) Jemison of St. Marys and Ginger (Paul) Marks of Schultz; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a niece, Colleen Jemison Cummins.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Pastor and Mrs. Mayfield, the nurses and doctors at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital who cared for Charlotte and Fonda Sigler for the significant amount of care giving she provided. Charlotte was an inspiration to all who knew her and she cherished her family and friends.

Services will be 1 p.m. Friday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Pastor Darrell Mayfield officiating. Burial will follow at Willow Island Cemetery, Willow Island, W.Va. Calling hours are from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday and from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News April 1, 2009

Barbara S. Simmons

Barbara Sue Stewart Simmons, 65, of Sistersville, W.Va., died March 31, 2009, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born July 1, 1943, in Sistersville, a daughter of the late Virgil Franklin and Georgia E. Jacobs Stewart. She was the owner of Family Pizza for 27 years and attended the Celebration Center of St. Marys.

She is survived by a daughter, Brenda M. Norris of St. Marys; grandchildren, Luke Campbell of Sistersville, Lincoln Campbell of Proctor, Ted Miller, Mason Miller, Jessica Norris, Joseph Norris and Anthony Norris, all of St.. Marys; three great-grandchildren; brothers, Ralph Stewart of Cincinnati, Ohio, Calvin Stewart of Sistersville, Virgil Stewart of New Martinsville, Jerry Stewart of Sistersville, Gary Stewart of Sistersville and Harley Stewart of Middlebourne; and a sister, Pam Powell of Sardis, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Edwin Simmons; infant brother, Rodney Stewart; brother, Randy Stewart; and a sister, Eva Stackpole.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Myers Funeral Home, Sistersville, with Pastor Gary Saler officiating. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News June 3, 2005

William R. Simmons

William R. Simmons, 58, of Harrisville died June 2, 2005, at Pine View Continuous Care, Harrisville.

He was born Dec. 10, 1946, in Harrisville, the son of the late Roy and Ida May Hinzman Simmons. He graduated from Harrisville High School in 1966 and was a member of King Knob United Methodist Church.

William is survived by three brothers, Larry Simmons, whom he lived with for the last 15 years in Harrisville, Paul Simmons of St. Marys and Danny Simmons of Meadville, Pa.; and 13 nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded by one nephew, Jordan Norman.

Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with the Rev. Mark E. McCutcheon officiating. Burial will follow in the King Knob Cemetery, King Knob. Friends may call 4:30-8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Emma B. Simon

Mrs. Emma B. (Arnett) Simon, 76, of St. Marys died Friday, Dec. 3, 2004, at CareHaven of Pleasants in Belmont.

She was born March 25, 1928, in Pike, W.Va., a daughter of the late Delbert "Pete" and Edna Everett Arnett. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, St. Marys Chapter 31, and Nine Mile United Methodist Church.

Emma is survived by her husband, Louis M. Simon; son, Louis M. Simon Jr. of St. Marys; daughter, Linda Simon of Vienna; five grandchildren, Chris and his wife, Deanna, Erik, Brad, Steven and Justin Simon; and sisters, Carol Cunningham of East Liverpool, Ohio, Mary Martin of Cairo and Jean Nazelrod and Donna Harding, both of St. Marys.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Gail Arnett.

Cremation services were provided by Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg.

Memorial contributions may be made in Emma's memory to the Nine Mile United Methodist Church.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News August 7, 2008

Rev. Franklin W. Simons

The Rev. Franklin W. Simons, 69, of Pennsboro, W.Va., went home to be with our Lord and Savior at his residence on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008, following a short illness.

The Rev. Simons was born on March 21, 1939, at Berea in Ritchie County, W.Va., a son of the late Harry and Geneva Bird Simons. He had been employed by the former C.H.&C. Drilling Co. of Harrisville, where he worked in the oil and gas fields as well as being a well tender and dozer operator. He helped to found the Pennsboro Apostolic Church and was the minister for 27 years, retiring in January 2006 after 27 years of leadership. He continued a home and institutional visitation ministry, as well as being Pastor Emeritus of the Pennsboro Apostolic Church. During his ministry, this kind and caring man touched many lives. He was a member of and served the West Virginia District of the United Pentecostal Church International in various offices and capacities.

He is survived by his beloved wife who has walked lovingly and faithfully by his side for 41 years, Ercel Miller Simons; sons, the Rev. David W. Simons of Pennsboro, Ronald L. Simons of Hebron, W.Va., and Randy C. Simons of Dardanelle, Ark.; brothers, Noah Simons of Brewster, Ohio, Harry Ray Simons of Cairo, W.Va., and Dewey Merdeath of Sunbury, Ohio; sisters, Betty Hardbarger of Berea and Margaret Kuta of Baltimore, Md.; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Rev. Simons was preceded in death by brothers, Andrew, Ancil, James and Joe Simons; and sisters, Lorraine Higginbotham and Maggie Simons.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Pennsboro Apostolic Church with the Rev. Daniel Garlitz officiating. Interment will be in the Masonic Cemetery, Ellenboro. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today and after 10 a.m. Friday at the church.

Memorials in the name of Rev. Franklin Simons are preferred to the Pennsboro Apostolic Church, Route 1 Box 135B, Pennsboro, WV 26415.

The McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, is assisting the Simons family with arrangements

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News May 25, 2010

Catharine P. Simonton

Catharine P. Simonton, 92, of Belmont, W,Va., died May 23, 2010, at Carehaven of Pleasants.

She was born, March 11, 1918, at Schultz, Pleasants County, W.Va., a daughter of the late Okey Monroe and Marguerite Moore Powell.

She was a member of Belmont United Methodist Church, was a member of the United Methodist Women, she taught Bible Class, and was the first teacher to combined adult classes. She was a 1936 graduate of St. Marys High School, a 1956 graduate of Glenville State College and taught school in Pleasants County for 35 years, teaching at five different schools, Rush Run, Schultz, Belmont Elementary, St. Marys High School and Park School. She retired in 1974.

She was a member of the Business and Professional Women, was a member of the former Pemberton Garden Club and the ParMar Garden Club, was a Past-President for the former Grant Jefferson Lions Club and was a member and board member of the Pleasants County Senior Nutrition since 1974. She was a former member of the Woman's Club, was a 50-year member of the St. Marys Chapter 31 Order of the Eastern Star, and helped start the local chapter of the AARP. Her hobbies included jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, TV, gardening, collector of all things, miniature clocks and trinkets.

She is survived by a son, John E. Simonton and his wife, Barbara, of Oxford, N.C.; daughter, Roberta K. Colvin of Belmont, W.Va.; raised, David Wilson and his wife, Lynn, of Leasure City, Fla.; adopted daughter, Candace Dotson and her husband, James, of St. Marys, W.Va.; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; brother, George Powell of Cutler, Ohio; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Edgar Simonton; son, Kent Simonton; and two sisters, Leota James Ingram and Georgia Powell Reese.

Services will be held Thursday, May 27, 2010, at 11 a.m. at Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Pastor Shauna Hyde officiating. Interment will be in St. Marys IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Carehaven of Pleasants Activity Department, P. O. Box 625, Belmont, WV 26134. An online guest register is available at www.ingramfh.com

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News April 25, 2006

Franklin D. Simonton

Franklin D. Simonton, 73, of Hebron, Pleasants County, W.Va., departed this life on Sunday, April 23, 2006, at the Louis A. Johnson V.A. Medical Center, Clarksburg, W.Va.

Franklin was born April 10, 1933, near Hebron on Brush Run in Tyler County, W.Va. He had been employed in the oil and gas industry as a tool dresser and worked at a sawmill near Pennsboro as a debarker. He retired after 14 years of service from the Pleasants County Park in St. Marys, W.Va. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a member of the Beech Run Freewill Baptist Church near Arvilla in Pleasants County, W.Va.

He is survived by his wife, Mary J. Ambrose Simonton; a daughter, Susie Myers of Vienna; and a granddaughter, Sarah Myers of Vienna.

Franklin was preceded in death by his parents, William O. and Minnie A. Rush Simonton; and brothers, Edward and Hayward Simonton.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, with Pastor George Burns officiating. Interment will be in the Brush Run Cemetery in Tyler County, W.Va. Friends may call from 4:30-8 p.m. today and after 9 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News April 14, 2005

M. L. Simonton

M. L. "Skeet" Simonton, 85, of Vienna died Wednesday, April 13, 2005, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

He was born in St. Marys, a son of the late Homer and Cora Clovis Simonton.

He graduated from St. Marys High School and West Virginia University School of Pharmacy in 1947. He was a member of Wayside United Methodist Church. He was a United States Navy veteran, having served from 1941-1946. He was the owner of Vienna Pharmacy and retired in 1987. He was a member of the Lions Club, St. Marys Elks Club No. 1701, a 50 year member of the Vienna Masonic Lodge No. 172, Scottish Rite and Royal Order of Jesters. He was the president of the Vienna Public Library and was an avid West Virginia University sports fan and golfer.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Margaret Powell Simonton; two daughters, Nancy Thompson of Vienna and Martha Riggs and her husband, Robert, of Marietta, Ga.; two grandchildren and their spouses, Thomas and Emily Thompson of Fairmont and Tiffany and Stephen McGinnis of Westerville, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law, Evelyn and Robert Burk; a son-in-law, Fred Thompson; and a nephew, Robert Burk Jr.

Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Wayside United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Joseph Kenaston officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, with Masonic services by Vienna Lodge 172. Visitation will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Vienna Public Library or Wayside United Methodist Church.

An online register may be signed at www.LeavittFuneralHome.com.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News October 12, 2009

Mary A. Simonton

Mary A. Simonton, 88, of St. Marys, formerly of Pennsboro, W.Va., departed this life on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009, at the residence of her son, where she had been making her home for the past four years.

Mary was born on Oct. 23, 1920, at Pennsboro, a daughter of the late Emmett and Chloe Collins Hoskins. She worked in the garment industry for 55 years at Myles Manufacturing in both Pennsboro and Harrisville, W.Va. She was a member of the Pennsboro United Methodist Church, formerly known as the First United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the Builders Sunday School Class and along with her husband, served as the church janitor for many years.

She is survived by her daughter, Shirley Northcraft of Parkersburg; son, Blaine (Sue) Simonton of St. Marys; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Simonton; infant son, James Simonton; brother, Junior Hoskins; and son-in-law, Robert Northcraft.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro. Interment will be in the E.U.B. Cemetery, Pennsboro. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today and after 9 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be expressed to the Simonton family at mcculloughrogersfuneralhome.com

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News March 10, 2004

Geraldine Sims

WASHINGTON, W.Va. - Geraldine "Jerry" Sims, 76, of Washington died March 9, 2004, at her residence.

She was born in Parkersburg, a daughter of the late Floyd E. and Blanche E. Doolittle Starling. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by her husband, Herbert Lee Sims; son, Herbert G. Sims and his wife, Sandra K., of Belmont; three daughters, Sharon L. Morrison of Parkersburg, Clara V. Thornton and her husband, Charles A., of Parkersburg and Mary C. Terrell and her husband, Kenneth, of Vienna; six grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with the Rev. Jerry Caplinger officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 5-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle April 22, 1954

MRS. PROVEY SINCLAIR

Mrs. Provey Sinclair, 87, widow of James Sinclair, passed away April 16, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. H. Maxwell, St. Marys, Rt. 2. She was a daughter of the late John and Elizabeth Corbin Lauderman.

Survivors are her daughter, Mrs. Maxwell and three grandchildren, Barbara and Rebecca Maxwell, at home; and Paul McHenry of Chester.

Funeral services were held at the Ruttencutter Funeral Home, Sunday at 2:30 p. m. with Rev. L. L. Casto officiating. Interment was made in the Willow Island Cemetery.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News June 11, 2007

Karen Wilson Six

Karen Wilson Six, 49, of Jackson, Ohio, died May 25, 2007, in Jackson.

A private family memorial service will be June 16, 2007.

Information was submitted by the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, W.Va.

(Posted by Ingram Funeral Home)

Karen Wilson Six, 49, of Jackson, OH, died May 25, 2007 in Jackson, OH. She was born, June 4, 1958, in Parkersburg, WV, a daughter of the late Clyde and Maxine Wilson. She had been a LPN at the former Colin Anderson Center in St. Marys, WV, and worked a various nursing facilities in the area. She is survived by a son and a daughter, two sisters, Rita Wilson of Harrisville, WV, Shelia Varner and her husband, Bob of Richmond, VA, six brothers, Duane Adams and his wife, Delores of Mineral Wells, Bob Adams and his wife, Vicki of St. Marys, WV, Kevin Wilson and his wife, Tammy of Waynesburg, PA, Jay Wilson of Harrisville, WV, Joe Wilson and his wife, Jeannie of Schultz, WV, and Mickey Wilson and his wife, Phyllis of Ashland, VA, several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Lee Wilson. A private family memorial service will be held on June 16, 2007. Information submitted by the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV where an online guest register is available at www.ingramfh.com.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader - February 15, 1901

"Mrs. Clara Skaggs"

"Mrs. Clara Skaggs died Tuesday morning at the home of her son, W. L. Skaggs. in Billsville, at a ripe old age.

She was born April 15th, 1817. The funeral was held Thursday afternoon in the M. E. church, conducted by Rev. Kelly. Interment was made in the St. Marys cemetery."

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle March 16, 1939

Mrs. Ann Smith

Mrs. Ann Mason Smith, widow of the late Amos Smith, aged 92, died about ten o'clock Wednesday morning at her residence on Second street, this city. Her health had been failing for several months.

Funeral services will be held at the M E Church at 130 Friday afternoon, conducted by The Rev. J. W. Dawson, and interment will be made in the Odd Fellow Cemetery.

She is survived by one son E. R. Smith of Salama and five daughters, Mrs. M. H. Hanes of Newark, Ohio; Mrs. Charles Gear of Millwood, W. Va.; Mrs. Pearl Howard of Wheeling; Mrs. H. Gay Hills of Bartlasville, Oklahoma, and Mrs. J. E. Heilman of this city .

(Gerald Bills)


CRONIN - SMITH - TEMPLETON TRAGEDY

The following dates are from the Ruttencutter Funeral Home Records:
Billy Dale Smith 3/28/1944 - 8/4/1973
Tonda Smith 11/25/1963 - 8/4/1973
Sondra Smith 11/25/1963 - 8/4/1973
Brenda Sue Smith 2/12/1965 - 8/4/1973
James E. Cronin 10/23/1966 - 8/4/1973
James W. Cronin 8/11/1944 - 8/4/1973
Larry Ralph Templeton 7/18/1929 - 8/4/1973

St. Marys Oracle - August 9, 1973

Seven Drown In Car Overturned in Creek

Seven county residents - four of them children - drowned Saturday night when their car sliced off the narrow road and over an embankment into Middle Island Creek.

The eighth passenger of the 1965 Mustang, 14 year old Joseph Francis, escaped from the submerged car and swam and ran to the nearby Delno Truex home for help.

The victims:
James Cronin, 28, Rt. 2, St. Marys, James Edward Cronin, 9 his son; Billy Dale Smith, 29, Rt. 1, St. Marys; his nine year old twin daughters, Sonda Irene and Tonda Ann and their sister, Brenda Sue, 8; and Larry (Bud) Templeton, 44, Rt. 1, Friendly.

The mishap occurred just after 10:00 p. m., Saturday, after the car ran off W. Va. 3-13, the unpaved route above Middle Island, just beyond the Truex home.

The youth, who had learned to swim only last month while working at the park, pounded at the Truex door, then returned to the road with a flashlight to halt any passerby, while Mrs. Truex telephoned for help. First to arrive was Trooper Bill Vira, followed by Pleasants County Emergency Squad and the Davis Motor Co. wrecker.

The young survivor told police he did not know how he extracted himself from the car, but that he swam towards the other side of the stream before noticing the car taillights, reversing himself, reaching the upper bank and dashing to the nearest home. Francis was quoted as saying that Cronin, driver of the car, had been nodding his head and that he had tried to awaken him by shaking just as the vehicle veered off the road. "He sort of went to sleep," the youth told investigating Trooper Vira.

The car just slipped off the side of the road and went down a very steep embankment, dropping about 15 feet into the water, according to Trooper Vira. There was no evidence of speeding or any slide marks on the dry roadway, he added.

"There was the car turned over in the creek, with just the back wheels and the bumper sticking out of the water," the trooper described the scene after Francis flagged him down with the flashlight and turned around and headed up the hollow where the youth said the car was.

"The wrecker pulled the car from the water," the trooper reported, "and all seven bodies were removed after the car was brought to shore. That boy was lucky to get out alive. He told us he had a rough time out therein the water. It was dark and he couldn't see much of anything. He somehow managed to make it to shore and go for help, It was just too late to do anything for the others when help arrived , " he remarked.

OBITUARIES

James W. Cronin was born in Pleasants county a son of Nancy Smith Cronin and the late James I. Cronin. He was an employee of the W. Va. Dept. of Highways.

Surviving are his widow, Violet Bennett Cronin; three daughters, Valery, Nancy and Shirley, all at home; three brothers, Howard Cronin of Williamstown, Danny Cronin, Newport, O., and Robert Cronin of Waverly; three sisters, Mrs. Luella Dornon, Williamstown, Mrs. Pearl Winland, St. Marys, and Mrs. Virginia Hendershot of New Matamoras, O.

James Edward Cronin was born in Parkersburg, and is survived by his mother and three sisters.

Funeral services for Mr. Cronin and his son were held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Clay Point United Methodist Church near here with the Rev. Frank Lambert officiating. Burial was in the Lamp Cemetery near the church.

Billy Dale Smith was born in Pleasants County, a son of the late Aaron and Verna Bailey Smith.

Surviving are his widow, Joan Westbrook Smith; three sons, Billy, Scottie, and Keith Smith, all at home; four sisters, Mrs. Helen Cochran, New Matamoras, O., Mrs. Dottie Dornon, Northfield, O., Mrs. Marilyn Christopher, Tennessee, and Mrs. Rosemary Westbrook of St. Marys.

The twins, Tonda Ann and Sonda Irene Smith were born in Wood County.

Brenda Sue Smith was born in Marietta. The children are survived by their mother and three brothers.

Joint funeral services for the Smiths were Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Willow Island Baptist Church with the Rev. Virgil Sallee officiating. Burial was in Willow Island Cemetery.

Larry (Bud) Templeton was born in Pleasants county, a son of the late Pearl and Amanda Huff Templeton, and has been employed by the Pleasants County Park Commission.

Surviving are three daughters, Carolyn Templeton, Gayla Stormie Templeton and Loretta Templeton, all of St. Marys; and a son, Larry Ralph Templeton of St. Marys; six brothers, Harold Templeton, Doylestown, O., Raymond and Guy Templeton, both of St. Marys; Pearl Templeton of Hampton, S. C.; William Templeton of Barbourton, O., and Charles Templeton, Friendly; and two sisters, Mrs. Ruth Elliott, Belmont; and Mrs Burtha Toth of Barbourton, O..

Three brothers preceded Mr. Templeton in death.

Funeral services for Mr. Templeton were held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Ruttencutter Funeral Home with the Rev. Frank Lambert officiating. Burial was in the Ingraham Ridge Cemetery.

(Gerald Bills)


Barbara H. Smith

Barbara H. Smith, 86, of Route 2, St. Marys, died Feb. 20, 2002, at the Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital of Parkersburg.

She was born June 30, 1915, in Muncie, IN, a daughter of the late Cleveland and Ada Barkwill Hayes. She was a member of the Bens Run Church of Christ.

She is survived by one daughter, Lucy Templeton of St. Marys; two sons, John Roy Smith of Hebron, WV and Oliver K. Smith of St. Marys; 14 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; one brother, Bill Hayes of Meadville, Tyler County, one sister, Kathleen Fetty of St. Marys; and several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Roy A. Smith; one daughter, Margaret Stewart; one son, Valley Joe Smith; one daughter-in-law, Jeanette Smith; and one son-in-law, Roger Templeton.

Services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday at Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home of St. Marys. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery of Mt. Carmel Ridge, Pleasants County. Calling hours are from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

(Michael Anderson)


Pleasants County Leader - December 9, 1910

CHARLES SMITH

Charles Smith departed this life December 2, 1910. He was a member of Co. W. 25th Ohio Inft. Vol. in the Civil War. He leaves a wife and five children to mourn their loss. He was laid to rest in the Cloverdale Cemetery to await the Resurrection Morn.

(Note: This obit was embedded in the local news section of the paper entitled Parrish)

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader March 28, 1930

CYNTHIA A. SMITH

Cynthia A. Smith, whose maiden name was Gregg, and who was born in Greene County, Pa., died at her home in this city Tuesday night, March 25th, in her 79th year. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock, and burial will be made in the Mt. Carmel cemetery.

(Gerald Bills)


D. H. SMITH
D. H. Smith, 1867-1936

Unknown publication

DANIEL H. SMITH

Daniel Horace Smith, 68, New Milford, Oh. farmer, died at his home at 8:40 a.m. today, July 27, 1936, after an illness of five months.

Mr. Smith was born in Clarion County, Pa., Sept. 4, 1867, a son of the late John and Nancy Mitchell Smith. He married Grace Hull on March 13, 1892 at Lima, Oh.; He was a member of the M.E. Church of St. Marys, W.Va., St. Marys Masonic Lodge, and a 32nd degree Mason., he had lived in New Milford 10 years.

He worked in the oil business all his life , employed by Vesporteem and Octo Oil Co., also and independent operator. He has been engaged in farming the last ten years. Mr. Smith had formerly lived in St. Marys, W.Va.

He is survived by his wife, Grace (Hull) Smith; one son, Ralph A. Smith, of Flushing, Oh.; one daughter, Nellie M. Smith, of New Milford, Oh.; one grandson, Daniel W. Smith, of Flushing, Oh.; two brothers, John of Pa.; Thomas of Calif., and five sisters, Mrs. William Gall, Mrs. Loretta Arndt, Mrs. Joe McPherson, Mrs. Laura Kingsley and Mrs. Arch Vasbinder, all of Pennsylvania.

Funeral services will be held at the home at 2 p.m. Wednesday, the Rev. O.W. Williams and Rev. H.W. Robinson officiating. Burial will be made in the Homeland Cemetery, Rootstown, Oh., by Wood. Friends may call at the home at any time.

(Daniel Smith Jr.)


D. SMITH
D. W. Smith, 1923-1976

The Times-Leader, Dec. 9, 1976

DANIEL W. SMITH

Daniel William Smith, 53, Flushing, died Monday, Dec. 6, 1976, in Wheeling Hospital after suffering a heart attack at his home on Dec. 4. Born Jan. 4, 1923, at Flushing, he was a son of Mrs. Georgia (McTaggart) Smith and the late Ralph A. Smith.

He was a member of the Flushing United Methodist Church, a veteran of World War II, a member of Flushing American Legion Post and had been employed at the Consolidated Coal Co..

He was a member of the board of directors of People Savings and Loan at Flushing, was active in Masonic organizations being a member and past master of Flushing Masonic Lodge, a member of Flushing Eastern Star Lodge, was a past sovereign prince of the Valley of Cambridge Scottish Rite, was made a 33rd degree Mason in Boston, Mass., in 1966 and was a member of the Aladdin Temple of the Shrine of Columbus.

Surviving in addition to his mother of Flushing, are his widow, Jean (Miller) Smith; two sons, Daniel W. Smith, Jr., David A. Smith, and two daughters, Mrs. Rodney (Janie) Hildreth and Mrs. Dale (Nancy) Bowers, all of Flushing, and four grandchildren.

Friends will be received at the Warren Funeral Home, Flushing, today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Paul Greenwood officiating. Burial in Rock Hill Cemetery, Flushing.

Masonic services tonight at 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

(Daniel Smith Jr.)


Parkersburg News August 18, 2004

Darrell B. Smith

Darrell B. Smith, 60, of Parkersburg, formerly of Arvilla, W.Va., died Aug. 16, 2004, at Cedar Grove Personal Care Home, Parkersburg.

He was born Nov. 1, 1943, in Arvilla, W.Va., a son of the late Oran Clifton and Beulah J. Colvin Smith. Darrell attended the Point Lookout United Methodist Church.

He is survived by one sister, Jeannette (Philip) Luman of Belpre; nieces, Kristi Neidenthal of North Carolina and Lisa Gollinger of Columbus, Ohio; one uncle; and several aunts and cousins.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday at Myers Funeral Home, Sistersville, with Mark Mayfield officiating. Burial will be in Beech Run Cemetery, near Arvilla, W.Va. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News August 18, 2004

Deborah J. Smith

Deborah Jean Smith, 50, of St. Marys, Schultz Community died Aug. 16, 2004, at the UMPC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa.

She was born April 4, 1954, in Morgantown, W.Va., a daughter of the late Ernest Burton and Eva Mae Miracle Damron. Her hobbies included crocheting, crafts, flowers and sewing.

She is survived by her husband, James R. Smith; one son, Matthew Bennett at home; two daughters, Rebecca Ankrom and her husband, Mark, and Amanda Keys and her husband, Rickey, all of Sistersville; one stepdaughter, Susan Smith and her fiance, Ronnie Mcfarland, of St. Marys; six grandchildren, Madelynn Bennett of St. Marys, Hannah Ankrom, Brandon Keys, and Trey Keys, all of Sistersville and Ryan Mcfarland and Bethany Mcfarland, both of St. Marys; two sisters, Penny Bird and her husband, Bill, of Friendly, W.Va., and Deanna Childers of St. Marys; one brother, Ernest "Butch" Damron of St. Marys; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys. Burial will be in the Pleasants Memorial Estates, Eureka, W.Va. Calling hours will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday and 9-11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News July 1, 2005

Doran M. Smith

Doran Marie Nichols Smith, 86, of St. Marys died June 29, 2005, at the Sistersville Center, Sistersville.

She was born Jan. 31, 1919, in Tyler County, W.Va., a daughter of the late Ivan and Ivy Spencer Nichols.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Pastor Chuck Rogers officiating. Burial will be in the Beechwood Cemetery, Alma, W.Va. Calling hours will be 6-9 p.m. Friday and 9-10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

(Posted by Ingram Funeral Home)

Doran Marie Nichols Smith, 86, of St. Marys, WV, died, June 29, 2005, at the Sistersville Center, Sistersville, WV. She was born January 31, 1919, in Tyler Co., WV, a daughter of the late Ivan and Ivy Spencer Nichols. She served as the manager of the Elk’s Club and was a member of the Eagle’s of Paden City, WV. She was a devoted wife to her late husband William F. “Bill” Smith who died on August 5, 2001. She is survived by two sons, John Nichols, and his wife Janice, of New Martinsville, WV, Gary Nichols, of Alma, WV, nine grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, a sister-in-law Thelma Nichols, of St. Marys, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Carl Nichols, and Emmett Nichols. Services will be held Saturday, July 2, 2005, at 10 A. M. at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV with Pastor Chuck Rogers officiating. Burial will be in the Beechwood Cemetery, Alma, WV. Calling hours will be from 6 to 9 P.M. Friday and from 9 to 10 A.M. Saturday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News July 20, 2007

Edith B. Smith

Edith B. Smith, 87, of St. Marys, W.Va., went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, July 18, 2007, at the Arbors of Marietta, after a brief illness.

She was born April 1, 1920, at Calcutta, Pleasants County, W.Va., a daughter of the late Jacob Spencer and Josephine Yergin Hendrickson. She was a founding member of the Calvary Bible Church, which later became Calvary Baptist Church. She had worked at the former Leader Restaurant, had been a foster grandparent at Colin Anderson Center and a grandparent at the Jack and Jill Day Care Center. She retired from the former Colin Anderson Center and her hobbies included writing poetry and she was a gifted musician.

She is survived by her children, Earl Glenn Settle and his wife, Laura, of Orlando, Fla., Connie (Settle) Sillaman of Marietta, Barbara J. (Trunk) Haught and her husband, Walter Minney, of Parkersburg, John W. Trunk and his wife, Jenifer, of St. Marys and Joyce (Eddy) Faller and her husband, Joe, of Belmont, W.Va.; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mable Conaway and her husband, Tom, of St. Marys and Glenice Taylor of Ravenna, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Francis Earl Trunk; her second husband, Bruce C. Cameron; her third husband, Archie D. Smith; and eight brothers and sisters.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Pastor Mike Reynolds officiating. Interment will be in the St. Marys IOOF Cemetery. Calling hours will be from 3-9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Calvary Baptist Church, 800 Dewey Avenue, St. Marys, WV 26170.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News December 12, 2003

Edward Smith

AIKEN, S.C. - Edward L. Smith, 68, of Aiken, S.C., formerly of Parkersburg, beloved husband of Sharon Simmons Smith, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003, in Augusta, Ga.

A native of Ritchie County, W.Va., Mr. Smith was a son of the late Harvey and Georgia Bailey Smith. He retired from Willow Island Power Station in Belmont and was also a part-time minister in West Virginia. He and his wife moved to Aiken five years ago from Parkersburg. He was a member of Millbrook Baptist Church.

Survivors in addition to his wife, include three sons, Jeff Smith of Alpheretta, Ga., Randy Smith of Parkersburg and David W. Smith of St. Marys; a stepson, David G. Smith of Cincinnati; a stepdaughter, Michelle Smith of Aiken; and two grandchildren, Zachary and Collin Smith of Alpharetta, Ga.

A memorial service will be 4 p.m. Saturday in Millbrook Baptist Church, with the Rev. Dr. Eddie Leopard officiating. The family will receive friends following the memorial service in the church atrium. Shellhouse-Rivers Funeral Home, 715 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, S.C., is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2711 Middleburg Drive, Aiken, SC 29204.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News April 1, 2004

Elnora Pearl Smith

Elnora Pearl Smith, 87, of Parkersburg died March 30, 2004, at The Willows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born in Nara Visa, N.M., a daughter of the late Perley T. Smith and Susan Elnora Smith. Pearl was retired from Corning Glass with several years of service. She was a member of the Seventh Street United Methodist Church, where she served for more than 50 years. At this church, she belonged to the Friendship Class, the United Methodist Women and the Wednesday Morning Prayer Group and had an extensive card ministry.

Survivors include two sisters, Elizabeth Gorrell of Wick, W.Va., and Vernice L. Rinard of Marietta; nine nieces and nephews, Paula Renker and husband, Ken, Hazel Marteney and husband, Bill, Dianne Schlicher and husband, Bob, John Smith, Rebecca Gorrell, Richard Gorrell and wife, Vickie, Bruce Smith and wife, Cindy, Jack Smith and wife, Brenda, and Nina Jo McKnight and husband, Lynn; several great-nieces and nephews; and one great-great-niece.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Paul and Phillip Smith.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Seventh Street United Methodist Church, Parkersburg, with Pastor Joe Heilman and L. Norman Butler officiating. Interment will follow at 2:30 p.m. in the IOOF Cemetery in St. Marys. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News August 29, 2005

Frances Westbrook Smith

Frances Westbrook Smith, 79, of Waverly, W.Va., died Aug. 27, 2005, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born Feb. 6, 1926, in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Homer and Thelma Bash Westbrook. She was a member of the Waverly Church of Christ and a 50-year member of the St. Marys Chapter 31 Order of the Eastern Star.

She is survived by her husband of 59 plus years, Roy R. Smith; a son, Ron Smith and his wife, Chris, of Waverly; a grandson, J. D. Smith of Athens, Ohio; two brothers, Lawrence Westbrook of St. Marys and Don Westbrook of Waverly; one sister, Wilma White of Williamstown; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Doris Malone and Norma Jean Bibbee; and one brother, Glen Westbrook.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Evangelist Bob Long and Evangelist J. D. Smith, her grandson, officiating. Burial will be in the Willow Island Cemetery, Willow Island, W.Va. Calling hours are from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday and 1-2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. An Eastern Star Memorial Service will be 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


G. SMITH
Georgia (McTaggart) Smith, 1897-1986

The Times-Leader, June 20, 1986

GEORGIA (McTAGGART) SMITH

Georgia H. (McTaggart) Smith, 88, of Flushing, died Thursday, June 19, 1986, at her home. She was born on November 7, 1897 in Pleasants Co. W.Va., a daughter of the late William and Ida Rymer McTaggart.

She was a member of the Flushing United Methodist Church, and St. Marys, W.Va., Order of Eastern Star.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph A. Smith, in 1959; a son, Daniel William Smith, in 1976; five sisters and two brothers.

Surviving are four grandchildren, Jane Hildreth and David Smith, both of Flushing, Nancy Bowers of Brunswick, Maine, Daniel W. Smith Jr. of Zanesville, Oh.; and eight great-grandchildren.

Friends received at Warren Funeral Home, Flushing, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, where services will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery, Flushing.

(Daniel Smith Jr.)


Marietta Times April 26, 2004

Georgia F. Stoops Smith

Georgia F. Stoops Smith, 88, a former resident of McTaggart Avenue, Belpre, died at 11:06 a.m. Sunday (April 25, 2004) at Harmar Place in Marietta.

She was born Dec. 31, 1915, in Pinch, W.Va., to Joseph E. and Hattie Pearl Johnson Stoops. She was a member of Mullen Memorial Baptist Church in Belpre and for many years worked with her husband, Denzil Smith, at Denzil's Beauty Salon in Marietta. She was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star and the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Denzil Smith; her parents; and two brothers.

She is survived by one son, Larry D. Smith and his wife, Carolyn Schultheis Smith, of Bolivia, N.C.; three grandsons, Daniel E. Smith and his family of Alpharetta, Ga., Stephen P. Smith and his family of St. Marys, W.Va. and David A. Smith of Marietta; one granddaughter, Julia S. Smith of Cincinnati; three great-granddaughters, Elizabeth, Hanna and Rebecca Smith, all of Georgia; one great-grandson, Zachary Smith of Georgia; one sister, Leona Russell of Marietta; one brother, Clifton J. Stoops of Columbus; and her special friend, Elizabeth Potora of Marietta.

Services are at 1 p.m. Tuesday at McClure-Schafer-Lankford Funeral Home in Marietta with the Rev. Mark McClung officiating. Burial is in Riverview Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 p.m. today until the hour of the services at the funeral home. The family will be present to meet friends from 7 to 9 p.m. today.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Friendship Class of Mullen Memorial Baptist Church, 1520 Putnam Howe Drive, Belpre, Ohio 45714.

(Daniel Smith Jr.)


Parkersburg News May 31, 2004

Goldie I. Smith

Goldie I. Smith, 96, of Newport, Ohio, died May 29, 2004, at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

She was born March 5, 1908, in Pleasants County, a daughter of the late Samuel and Cora Williamson Cameron. She was a member of the Newport Church of Christ, Newport.

She is survived by her children, H. Donley Smith and his wife, Marilou, and Robert E. Smith, all of Marietta, Barney Sam Smith and his wife, Betty, and Marcia Lou Smith Summers and her husband, Bobby, all of Newport; six grandchildren, Sheri Fleegle of St. Marys, Kevin Smith of Martin, Tenn., Greg Smith of Gahanna, Ohio, Sheila Giffin of Marietta, Mark Smith of Parkersburg and Debbie Hartleroad of Newport; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Brady D. Smith; one son, Jennings T. Smith; two sisters, Mamie Griffith and Elsie Taylor; and five brothers, Earl, Glen, Roy, James and Delbert Cameron.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Chris Mullins officiating. Burial will be in the Newport Cemetery, Newport. Calling hours will be 2-9 p.m. Tuesday and 9-11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News October 10, 2008

Hal E. Smith

Hal E. Smith, 81, of Waverly, W.Va., Oak Grove Community, died Oct. 9, 2008, at his residence.

He was born Oct. 12, 1926, in Jackson County, W.Va. He was a 1945 graduate of St. Marys High School, was a 60-year member of the Waverly United Methodist Church and was a retired chemist from American Cyanamid with 42 years service. He was U. S. Navy veteran of World War II and a member of the American Legion Post 64 of Marietta. He was a 50-year member of IOOF Lodge 22 and the Encampment 26. His hobbies included hunting and he was a loyal Mountaineer fan.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Joann Sweeney Smith; three children, Pam (Dave) Hamilton and Penny (Sherrill) Sharp, all of Waverly, and Harry (Pippa) Smith of St. Marys, W.Va.; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Nellie McPherson Smith; his father, Morris Eugene Smith; and his stepmother, Vickie Metz Smith.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Pastor Randy Mitchell officiating. Interment will be in the Riverview Cemetery, Williamstown, with military graveside rites. Friends may call from 4-9 p.m. Saturday and from 1-2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Waverly United Methodist Church, 7390 Old St. Marys Pike, Waverly, WV 26184.

(Gerald Bills)


Wheeling Intelligencer and News-Register, July 11, 2008

SMITH, Harold Gene, of Moyock, N.C., was called home on July 9, 2008, in Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, due to complications from an automobile accident in Moyock on June 29, 2008.

He was born September 25, 1935 in St. Marys, West Virginia, the second of four sons.

He moved to California in 1955. He owned a bicycle/lawnmower shop but most of his life he worked for Goodyear as a manager at several locations in California. He recently moved to Moyock in August 2007.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Chester and Becky Smith; brother, Darrel Smith; sister-in-law, Joyce Smith; and nephew, Daniel Smith.

Survivors include loving brother, Chester "Sonny" L. Smith, Jr. his wife, Karen, of Elm Grove, West Virginia; loving brother, Timothy Smith his wife, Millie "Dee"; and nephew, Dennis, all of Quartzsite, Arizona; uncle, Bob Smith, Charleston, W.Va.; cousin, Sandy "Sis", Ripley, W.Va.; uncle, Denzel Smith, his wife, Kathy, of W.Va.; various nieces and nephews; and loving lifelong companion and best friend, Sandra J. Smith of Moyock.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.twifordfh.com.


SMITH
Ralph A. Smith, 1893-1959

Pleasants County Leader - September 22, 1905

Mrs. Harris Smith Died

Mrs. Harris Smith died at her home in Akron, O., on Sunday morning of this week. The remains were brought to Newport where they were laid to rest Tuesday. Mrs. Smith was formerly of this county, her maiden name being Dowell.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle January 6, 1944

MRS. ISA SMITH

Funeral services for Mrs. Isa Smith, widow of John Emery Smith, were held in the Mt. Welcome Church on Thursday afternoon with Rev. Hart of Parkersburg officiating. Interment was made in the church cemetery. She was 83 years of age.

The following children survive; James Smith of St. Marys Star Rte. 39; Homer Smith of Paden City; Pearley Smith of Bens Run RFD; Carl Smith of Highland; Willard Smith and Miss Nellie Smith at Home, and Mrs. Harvey Wagner of Bens Run RFD. and several grandchildren.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News March 2, 2004

James Smith

ZELLWOOD, Fla. - James Richard Smith, 81, of Zellwood, formerly of St. Marys, died Feb. 23, 2004, at the Florida Hospital Waterman Tavares, Fla.

He was born in West Virginia and moved to Florida after retiring from American Cyanamid. Jim graduated from Davis-Elkins College as a research chemist. He was a member of the St. Marys Presbyterian Church, where he served as an Elder and taught Sunday School for many years. He was a veteran of World War II, having served as a Naval Officer. He was a member of the American Chemical Society, a member of the St. Marys Masonic Lodge 41 A.F. & A.M., a member of the Scottish Rite and he was a Nemesis Shriner.

Jim also belonged to the St. Marys Elks B.P.O.E. 1701. An avid golfer, he and his late wife, Virginia, were club champions many times and he was a member of the United States Golf Association.

His beloved wife, Virginia Snyder Smith, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his half-brother, Budd Sturm; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be 11 a.m. March 27, 2004, at the Presbyterian Church, St. Marys.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pleasants County Educational Trust Fund, P.O. Box 420, St. Marys, WV 26170 or the St. Marys Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 389 St. Marys, WV 26170.

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

(Gerald Bills)


JANETTE BEMONT SMITH

December 22, 1982 - Winn Parish Enterprise News-American

Services for Janette (Bemont) Smith, 40, of Winnfield [LA] were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of Southern with the Revs. J. P. Miles and Charles Haley officiating. Burial was in Pine Ridge Cemetery.

Mrs. Smith died at 6:30 a.m. Friday, December 17, 1982 in the Louisiana State University Medical Center, Shreveport [LA]. She was a lifelong resident of Winnfield [LA] and a member of Laurel Heights Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Valley Joe Smith, of Winnfield; one son, John Randal Smith of Winnfield; two daughters, Cindy Luther and Teresa Smith, both of Winnfield; her mother, Lillie Bemont of Winnfield; one brother, George D. Bemont of Winnfield, and two sisters, Elizabeth Bemont of Winnfield and Shelia Baldeas of Fort Worth, Texas.

Note: Janette Bemont was the wife of Valley Joe Smith that died on January 2, 2002 in St. Marys.

(Terris 'Terry' C. Howard)


Jeanette Paynter Smith

Jeanette Paynter Smith, 57, of Route 2, St. Marys, died Jan. 18, 2001, at the Marietta Memorial Hospital.

She was born Feb. 24, 1943, in St. Marys, a daughter of Katherine Oldfield Paynter of St. Marys and the late George Richard Paynter. She was a member of the Bens Run Church and a 1961 graduate of St. Marys High School.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 36 years, Oliver ‘‘Butch’’ Smith; three daughters, Kelly Barnhart and her husband, Brian of Marietta, Stacy Stout and her husband, Kevin and Barbara Snively and her husband, Jeff, all of St. Marys; one son, Oliver Keith Smith and his wife, Nettie of St. Marys; six sisters, Betty Pryor, Sandra Miller, Connie Fetty and Dianne Bayless, all of St. Marys, Barbara Sayger of Vienna, and Mary Ann Wolfe of Newport; 11 grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by one sister, Nancy Dearth.

Services will be held 3 p.m. Saturday at the George Street Church of Christ, St. Marys, Evangelist David Heater officiating. Burial in the Bethel Cemetery, Mount Carmel Ridge, Pleasants County. Calling hours from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. today at the Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home of St. Marys and from 2-3 p.m. Saturday at the church.

(Michael Anderson)


Parkersburg News March 22, 2005

Jerry L. Smith

Jerry Lee Smith, 64, of St. Marys died March 21, 2005, at Sistersville Genesis Elderly Care.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys. Calling hours will be from 7-9 p.m. today and 1-2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

St. Marys Oracle March 24, 2005

Jerry Lee Smith

Jerry Lee Smith, 64, of St. Marys, WV, died March 21, 2005, at Sistersville Genesis Elderly Care. He was born January 10, 1941, in Henry Camp, Pleasants County, a son of the late Brady and Vinnie Hashman Smith. He is survived by his daughter, Jenny Colvin, of St. Marys, one grandson Ronald Ray White, Jr. of St. Marys, three sisters, Martha Warfield of Ironton, OH, Nellie Carter of Boisie, ID, Lara Smith of Parkersburg, several nieces, and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, John Smith, Richard Smith and an infant brother. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2004 at the Ingram Funeral Home, with the Rev. Arthur Cox officiating. Burial will be in the Willow Island Cemetery, Willow Island, WV. Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader April 6, 1928

JOHN EMERY SMITH

John Emery Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs James Smith, died March 27th, 1928, age 67 years. He was united in marriage with Isdore McKnight. To this union nine children were born, Mrs Harvey Wagner of Arville; Jim Smith of Hebron; Pearley Smith of Arville; Nellie at home; Homer Smith of Texas; Willard Smith at home; Carl Smith of Ellenboro; Bly and Florence who preceded him to the great beyond. Besides his wife and children he leaves a number of children and friends to mourn their loss. He was a kind and loving father; a good neighbor to everyone and will be greatly missed in the home and in the community in which he lived. Funeral services were held at Mt. Welcome church March 29th at 11 A. M. conducted by Rev. Roy Alkire. Burial was made in the cemetery at the church.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News March 24, 2009

John Patrick "Pat" Smith

Sgt. Maj. (retired) John Patrick "Pat" Smith, 68, of Martinsburg, W.Va., passed away March 20, 2009, at City Hospital in Martinsburg after a valiant battle against prostate cancer.

John was born July 30, 1940, in Parkersburg, the son of John Hubert Smith.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Janet Whipkey Smith; three daughters, Melissa Karahalios, Jennifer Dundus and husband, Daniel, and Mary Elizabeth Smith of Martinsburg; eight grandchildren, David Almansor, Katlynn Almansor, Rebecca Fraley, Samantha Nelms, Kara Nelms, John Langenstein, Sophia Taylor and Damiris Taylor; and one great-grandsons. He is also survived by two sisters, Elizabeth Cantwell and Marilyn Fugate; and one brother, Michael Smith.

He was preceded in death by his father, John Hubert; his son, John Patrick Smith II; and a granddaughter, Athena Dundus.

He graduated from South Hills High School in Pittsburgh, Pa., and received his degree from El Paso Community College, El Paso, Texas.

He was a Vietnam veteran and retired after 30 years of service in the U.S. Army. He worked as a correctional officer at the St. Marys Correctional Center, retiring in 2006. He then went on to work at Berkeley County Judicial Center as a security guard until his illness forced him to resign.

At John's request, he was cremated and his memorial service will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of the Panhandle Inc., 122 Waverly Court, Martinsburg, WV 25403.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News July 4, 2006

John R. Smith

John Roy Smith, 70, of Ellenboro, W.Va., died July 2, 2006.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys. Calling hours are from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today and from 1-2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

(As Posted By Ingram Funeral Home)

John Roy Smith, 70, of Ellenboro, WV, died, July 2, 2006, at the Camden Clark Memorial Hospital. He was born, December 9, 1935, in Pleasants County, WV a son of the late Roy A. and Barbara Hayes Smith. He was a U. S. Navy Veteran and a member of the VFW Post 222 of St. Marys, WV. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Alice Wilson Smith, three daughters, Vickie Grose and her husband, Van, Diane Higgins and her friend, Ronnie Metz, and Lisa Collins and her husband, Larry all of St. Marys, WV, grandchildren, Joshua Higgins and his friend, Brittney Taylor, J. R. Grose, Daniel Higgins and his friend, Diana Farson, Rebecca Higgins and her friend, Darrick Felter, Justin Grose, and Cayla Collins all of St. Marys, WV, great grandchild, Hunter Higgins of St. Marys, WV, brother, Oliver K. Smith and his wife, Madonna of St. Marys, WV, sisters, Lucy Templeton of Illinois, uncle, Bill Hayes of Meadeville, WV, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brother, Valley Joe Smith, sister, Margaret Stewart, brother-in-law, Roger Templeton, and sister-in-law, Jeanette Smith. Services will be held Wednesday, July 5, 2006 at 2 P. M at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV with Pastor Harlan Hodge officiating. Burial will be in the Maple Lane Masonic Cemetery, Hebron, WV with military graveside rites conducted by American Legion Post 79, VFW Post 222, and AMVETS Post 40. Calling hours from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 P. M. Tuesday, and from 1 to 2 P. M. Wednesday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader - February 2, 1923

Mrs. John R. Smith

Mrs. John R. Smith died at her home at Sugar Valley on Wednesday, Jan. 31st. The particulars of her death and funeral arrangements were not learned.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader April 3, 1919

LAURA SMITH

Laura, daughter of A. C. Smith of Hebron, employed as a nurse in Cleveland, died of pneumonia March 26 and was brought home for interment in the Hebron cemetery on Saturday, March 29.

(Buried Smith (May) Cemetery: SMITH, Laura P. - 2-16-1894 - 3-26-1919 - GEB)

(Gerald Bills)


Lula C. Smith

Lula C. Smith, 82, of Woodsfield, OH, and formerly of New Matamoras, died July 11, 2001, in Cleveland Clinic.

She was born July 5, 1919, in Brownsville, OH, to the late James and Martha Dye Stacey. She attended the Nazarene Church.

She is survived by three sons, Russell Smith and his wife, Linda, of New Matamoras, William D. Smith of Marietta and Stephen Smith and his wife, Jill, of New Matamoras; one daughter, Cherly Smith of Paden City; one sister, Dorothy French of Las Vegas, NV; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Smith; one daughter, Marilyn Sue Smith; seven sisters; and two brothers.

Services were Friday at Rush-Grisell Funeral Home in Sardis, OH, with the Rev. Jerry Boron officiating. Burial was in New Matamoras Cemetery.

(Michael Anderson)


Pleasants County Leader June 27, 2009

Mary A. Smith

Mary A. Smith, 89, of Weirton, WV, died June 25, 2009, at her home.

She was born Feb. 23,1920, in St. Marys to the late Arminitha Robinson and John Willis Little. She was a member of Colliers Way Church of Christ and the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 2716.

She is survived by two daughters, Winnie Kemp and her husband, Lawrence of Colliers, WV, and Jennie Boynes and her husband, Williams of Weirton; two sons, James Everett Smith and his wife, Virginia, of Waynesville, OH, and Danny Lee Smith of Weirton; one brother, Floyd Little of Bloomington, CA, one sister, Virginia Bills and her husband, Larry, of Milford, OH; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lames L. Smith, in 1984; a daughter, Barbara Jane Roy; a son, Thomas Smith; and five brothers, Harry, Everett, Guy, Thurman and Stanton Little.

Services will be Monday at 10 a.m. at Steel and Wolfe Funeral Home in Weirton with evangelists Aaron Arthaud and Paul Moors Sr. officiating. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery at St. Marys.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News December 29, 2007

Mary E. Smith

Mary E. Smith, 87, of Pennsboro, W.Va., departed this life on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2007, at Parkersburg.

Mary was born on Nov. 10, 1920, at Bear Fork in Doddridge County, W.Va., a daughter of the late Porter M. and Bertha G. Price Smith. She was a homemaker, a member of the Mountain Grange and a member of the First United Methodist Church, now known as the Pennsboro United Methodist of Pennsboro.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Floyd and Sheila Smith of St. Marys, W.Va.; daughters and sons-in-law, Frankie and Stanley Stewart of Moundsville, W.Va., and Debbie and Kendall Cutright of Pennsboro; daughter, Dottie Smith of Pennsboro; grandchildren, Sheri McDonald and David and Jason Smith; great-grandchildren, Brooke Amos and Preston and Addison Smith; great-great-grandchildren, Hayden and Mia Amos; and good friend, Donna Summers of Newport, Ohio.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Floyd M. “Mac” Smith, who passed from this life on Nov. 29, 1999; brothers, Porter Smith Jr. and Mike Smith; sisters, Zelma Gay Allender, Lena Mae Hinton and Gladys E. Hinton; and an infant sister, Mildred Smith.

Funeral services will be noon Monday, Dec. 31, 2007, at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, with the Rev. Randy Stewart and Pastor Sam Crites officiating. Interment will be in the Beech Grove Cemetery on Highland-Hebron Road near Pennsboro. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Sunday and after 9 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News January 1, 2007

Michael W. Smith

Michael W. Smith, 63, of Belpre died Dec. 29, 2006, at Selby General Hospital in Marietta.

He was born March 13, 1943, a son of the late Harry W. and Azelline (Patterson) Smith.

Mike retired from A.B. Chance and was a U.S. Army veteran of Vietnam where he served two tours. He enjoyed antique car shows and NASCAR.

Surviving is his dear companion Bertha M. Bonar of Belpre; daughter, Melissa Allman and husband, Greg, of Williamstown; three sons, Timothy Smith and his wife, Sheila, of St. Marys, Kenneth Smith and his partner, Eric, of Columbus and Michael Smith Jr. and his wife, Julie, of Belmont; sister, Rebecca Thompson of Parkersburg; brother, Harry Smith of Walker; seven grandchildren, Bridgett, Andrea, Shila, McKenzie, Timmy, Kody and Cole; niece, Kimberly Thompson; nephew, Ryan Smith; great-niece, Brooklyn Page; aunt, Ann Boso of Portland, Ohio; and best friend, Buster.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, David Smith.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Jerry Caplinger officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen South Cemetery, with military rites by American Legion Post 15. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. today.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle August 22, 2007

Norman Dean Smith

Norman Dean Smith, 81, passed away Aug. 12, 2007 in Las Vegas, NV.

He was born Oct. 22,1925 in St. Marys, to Gladys Wilson Smith and Arthur M. Smith. He was a member of the Dewey Avenue Church of Christ in St. Marys. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Norman is survived by his wife of 60 years. Verna Prager Smith, son Melvin E. Smith of Las Vegas, NV, daughter Francine Smith of Ventura. CA. and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his. parents, brother Alton M. Smith, sister Lauanna Smith Yoho, and son Robert Alton Smith.

Norman's family will be honoring his life at a later date at Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens in Morgantown.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News September 19, 2006

Olandus C. Smith

Olandus Coleman Smith, 91, of Macfarlan, W.Va., died Sept. 16, 2006, at Riverside Hospital, Columbus, Ohio.

He was born Sept. 8, 1915, in Hartley, W.Va., the son of the late Oren Oako and Jessie Craft Smith.

Mr. Smith was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of Labor Union 1085, Parkersburg, last working for Evans Construction Co., Mineral Wells, and was the former owner and operator of Smitty’s Service and Sporting Goods, Macfarlan. He was a member of Cairo Lodge 114 AF&AM, Nemesis Shriners of Parkersburg and Scottish Rite of Free Masonry, Parkersburg.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Nannie McCoy Smith; one daughter, Diana M. and Bud Jackson of St. Marys; one son, Richard C. and Sue Lewis of Davisville; son-in-law, Jim Knotts of Mineral Wells; daughter-in-law, Phyllis Smith of Mineral Wells; seven grandchildren, Robbie Evans, Cindy Lemon, Kimberly McClead, Aleacia Peer, Jimmy Smith, Saebra Pauley and Straude Lewis; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three children, Olandus “Buddy” Smith, Robert E. Smith and Linda K. Knotts; four brothers, H. Blaine Smith, Raymond Smith, Oren Smith Jr. and William F. Smith; two half-brothers; two half-sisters; and son-in-law, Dallas Evans.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with Pastor Myron Guiler officiating. Burial will follow in the Bethel Baptist Cemetery, Lubeck. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


The Times-Leader - Feb. 10, 1959

RALPH A. SMITH

Ralph A. Smith, 65, owner and operator of the Smith Grocery store at Flushing, died unexpectedly this morning at 4:30 at his home.

He was born at St. Marys, Ohio, May 17, 1893, a son of Daniel and Grace Hull Smith, and before operating his own store he was manager of the M&K Store at Flushing for many years. He had resided at Flushing for 39 years.

Mr. Smith was a member and trustee of the Flushing Methodist Church; secretary of the Sunday School for 36 years. He was a director at the People Savings & Loan Co. at Flushing; Charter member of the Rotary club; member of the Flushing Lodge F. & A.M. No 296, serving as treasurer of that lodge, a member of the Chapter and Council at St. Clairsville; Scottish Rite at Cambridge.

He was united in marriage on Nov. 18, 1918, at Eureka, W.Va., to Georgia McTaggart, who survives with a son, Daniel Smith of Flushing; three grandchildren; a sister, Miss Nellie M. Smith of Ravenna.

The body is at the Romich-Warren Funeral Home, Flushing. Final arrangements are incomplete.

(Daniel Smith Jr.)


Parkersburg News March 1, 2009

Roy R. Smith

Roy R. Smith, 87, of Waverly, W.Va., Oak Grove Community, died Feb. 27, 2009, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital in Parkersburg.

He was born Nov. 21, 1921, in Jackson County, W.Va., a son of the late Rev. Isaac Newton and Esta May Keffer Smith. He was a graduate of St. Marys High School, a member of the Waverly Church of Christ and he was retired from American Cyanamid in 1985, with 35 years service. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II, a 50-year Mason and a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason.. His hobbies included farming and gardening.

He is survived by a son, Ron Smith and his wife, Chris, of Waverly, W.Va..; a grandson, J. D. Smith of New Straitsville, Ohio; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Westbrook Smith; six brothers, Glen, Carl, J.B., Paul, Virgil and Morris Smith; and two sisters, Irene Criswell and Nell Westbrook.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, W..Va. Interment will be in the Willow Island Cemetery, Willow Island, W.Va. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday and from 1-2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader March 19, 2005

Robert G. Smith

Robert Gregor Smith, 74, of Parkersburg went home to be with the Lord, Wednesday, March 16, 2005, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Belleville, Ohio, Feb. 9, 1931, a son of the late Robert D. and Blanche Edna Scott Smith.

He served in the U.S. Army and was a Korean War Navy veteran. He served on the USS Jeneau as a first class petty officer and a gunner. He was a member of the American Legion Post 15. He worked for Kaiser Aluminum of Ravenswood for 30 years. He was a member of South Parkersburg Baptist Church for more than 40 years and served on the Deacon Board.

Robert is survived by his wife of 53 years, Anna Fay Wolfe Smith; one son, Robert Wayne Smith and his wife, Cindy Bargeloh Smith, of St. Marys; one sister, Patricia Rose Smith Scites and her husband, Mike, of Burning Springs, W.Va.; one brother, John D. Smith of Barlow, Ohio; one niece, Mika Amanda Scites Fought and her husband, Mike, of Elizabeth; one aunt, Georgia Scott of Burning Springs; and best pals, Matthew Edward and Thomas Lee Board and families of Parkersburg.

Services will be 1 p.m. Friday at South Parkersburg Baptist Church, with the Rev. Ed Rogers and the Rev. Joe Bush officiating. Burial will be at Shiloh Cemetery with full military rites by American Post 15. Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, and from noon until service time 1 p.m. Friday at the church.

The family requests memorials be made in Roberts memory to the South Parkersburg Baptist Church Deacon Fund, 1655 Blizzard Drive, Parkersburg, WV 26101.

An online register is available at leavittfuneralhome.com.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader - March 2, 1906

Samuel T. Smith, one of our most highly respected citizens died at his home near Belmont, Friday afternoon, at three o'clock, aged seventy-two years.

The funeral services were conducted at the house by Rev. Watson Dana, of Newport, Ohio, the interment being at the latter place. The G. A. R., of which he was a member, took charge of the body, when the boat which hac been chartered for the mourners reached the Ohio shore, and Mr. Smith was laid to rest with all the honors accorded an old soldier. We extend deep sympathy to the bereaved family.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News - January 2, 2004

Tamela S. Smith

BELMONT - Tamela Sue Smith, 44, of Belmont passed away Dec. 31, 2003, at St. Joseph's Hospital.

She was born June 2, 1959, in Parkersburg, the daughter of the late Howard and Kathleen Reed Smith.

She was a delivery driver for Fox's Florist. She also was an avid collector of Native American pieces, Civil War mementos and coins. Her most recent collection was of baseball cards. She was most content in the outdoors on her farm in Belmont. She enjoyed her family and the outdoors.

She is survived by Roberta Law and their animal children; one sister, Pamela Lowe of Belpre; two brothers, William Smith of Albany, Ohio, and Michael Smith of Reedsville, Ohio; and many friends.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Joe Smith.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at White-Schwarzel Funeral Home in Coolville, with Pastor Steve Reed officiating. Burial will follow in Eden Cemetery, Reedsville, Ohio. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Donations may be made to the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News December 27, 2007

Tommy W. "Tom" Smith, Sr.

Tommy W. “Tom” Smith, Sr., 61, of Rutland, OH, formerly of St. Marys, WV, passed away, December 24, 2007, at his residence.

He was born, June 6, 1946, in St. Marys, WV, a son of the late John and Edna Winland Smith. He had retired from the former Colin Anderson Center after 34 years of service. He had also worked for 5 years at the Gallipolis Developmental Center, in Gallipolis, OH. Tom loved cats, traveling, and being outdoors.

He is survived by his wife Naomi Swiger Smith, children, Tommy Smith, Jr., Brenda Lee Hart, Karen Anne Howell, Morgan Pail Thompson, 5 step-children, several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and one sister, Shirley Ross.

In addition to his parents he was preceded by his first wife, Betty Smith, one brother, Robert Smith, and one sister, Linda Belle Smith.

Services will be held Saturday, December 29, 2007, at 1 P. M. at the Ingram Funeral Home, St Marys, WV with Rev. Timothy R. Hyde officiating. Interment will be in the St. Marys I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Calling hours will be from 5 to 8 P. M. on Friday and from Noon to 1 P. M. on Saturday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Valley Joe Smith

Valley Joe Smith, 61, of Rt. 2, St. Marys, WV, died, January 2, 2002, at his residence. He was born, April 28, 1940, in Pleasants County, WV, a son of Barbara Hayes Smith of St. Marys, WV and the late Roy A. Smith. He was a painter and played the guitar. He was a 1957 graduate of St. Marys High School.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by two daughters, Cyndy Luther and Teresa Peralez both of Arlington, TX, one son, John Smith of Alvarado, TX, four grandchildren, Kristopher Luther and Ryan Luther both of Arlington, TX, and Audrey Smith and Ashley Smith both of Alvarado, TX, one sister, Lucy Templeton of St. Marys, WV, two brothers, John Smith of Hebron, WV, and Oliver K. Smith of St. Marys, WV, a close friend, Ray Ammons of St. Marys, WV, and several nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, his wife, Jeanette Bemont Smith, one sister, Margaret Stewart, sister-in-law, Jeanette Paynter Smith, and brother-in-law, Roger Templeton.

Services will be held Saturday, January 5, 2002, at 11 A. M. at the Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV. Burial will be in the Bethel Cemetery, Mt. Carmel Ridge, Pleasants County, WV. Calling hours from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 P. M. Friday, and from 9 to 11 A. M. Saturday at the funeral home.

(Michael Anderson)


St. Marys Oracle June 2, 1966

WILLARD CHARLES SMITH

Willard Charles Smith, 68, died Saturday at St. Joseph's Hosp[tal following a weeks illness. He was born Nov. 21, 1898 at Meadville, son of the late Emory and Icie McKnight Smith.

He is survived by one brother, Carl of Hebron.

He lived in St. Marys area for many years and was a member of the George Street Church of Christ.

Services were held at 2:00 p.m. Monday in the Union Chapel. Evangelist William Butterfield officiated. Interment was in the Union Chapel Cemetery.

(Gerald Bills)


William F. "Bill" Smith

William F. "Bill" Smith, 91, of St. Marys, died August 5, 2001, at Wetzel County Hospital in New Martinsville.

He was born August 6, 1909, in Washington County, OH, to the late Barney D. and Ida M. Burgy Smith. He was a carpenter and a member of Carpenters Union Local 899. He was a U. S. Navy veteran of World War II, a member of American Legion Post 79 and a life member of the Elks where he had held various offices.

He is survived by his wife, Doran M. Nichols Smith; two step-sons, John Nichols of Middlebourne and Gary Nichols of Alma; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary McSweeney Smith; four sisters; and five brothers.

Services were Wednesday, August 8, at 2:30 p.m. at Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home in St. Marys with pastor Chuck Rogers officiating. Burial was in St. Marys IOOF Cemetery with military graveside services conducted by American Legion Post 79, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 222 and AmVets Post 40.

(Michael Anderson)


Parkersburg News April 22, 2005

William H. Smith

William H. Smith, 74, of Cincinnati, Ohio, died April 20, 2005, in Cincinnati

He was born, Aug. 12, 1930, in Parkersburg, a son of the late Hobart and Mary McClain Smith. He was U. S. Navy Veteran of the Korean War. He was a 1948 graduate of St. Marys High School. He was a member of the St. Marys Lodge # 41 A. F. & A. M., a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, and a member of the Syrian Shrine Temple of Cincinnati.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mary Louise Henthorn Smith; one daughter, Elaynea Koenig and her husband, Adam of Erlanger, Ky., one sister, Sandra Shirley Marshall; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Elizabeth Smith, one son, David Smith, two brothers, R. Burl Smith and Michael Smith.

Graveside services will be held Sunday, 2 p.m. at the St. Marys IOOF Cemetery with Pastor John Strimer officiating. Military graveside services will be conducted by American Legion Post 79, VFW Post 222, and AMVETS Post 40. Calling hours are from 6- 8 p.m. Saturday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, W.Va.

Remembrances may be sent to Leukemia Association, 105 West 4th Street, Suite #900, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News March 30, 2005

William P. Snider

Dr. William P. Snider, 70, of Parkersburg was called home by his Lord on Easter Sunday, March 27, 2005, at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Bill was born Sept. 2, 1934, in Freed, W.Va., a son of Rex John Snider and Nelle Pearl Maze Snider.

He was a true product of Appalachian culture, having been educated at Calhoun County High School and Glenville State College. Accepting the Lord's call to full-time ministry, he entered Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary and was awarded a M. Div. in pastoral care and homiletics.

Bill served churches and interims for 51 years in West Virginia, Ohio and New Jersey.

He has served as chairman of the West Virginia Baptist Conventions Long Range Planning Committee, the Board of Camps and Conferences, the Budget Committee, the Local Church Commission and as a trustee of Alderson-Broaddus College. While working on the state staff of the West Virginia Baptist Convention, he initiated a successful continuing education program for Baptist ministers in West Virginia that served as a national model for bi-vocational entrance training programs throughout the ABC/USA. He was a member of the Executive Board and Executive Committee. In addition, he served on SCODS, president of the Wood County Ministerial Alliance and director and founder of Mid-High Youth Camp at Cowan.

Bill was a master Mason and member of St. Marys Lodge 41.

He was a speaker and workshop leader in great demand, leading marital enrichment workshops, career assessment seminars and seminars on aging, stress management and grieving. He was a chaplain at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital and directed a seminar that helped patients cope with cancer.

As a result of these many contributions, in May 1995 Bill was awarded an honorary degree, doctor of divinity from Alderson-Broaddus College.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Alice A. Fox Snider of Parkersburg; two daughters, Crystal A. Whaley and Renae A. Neal and husband, Troy; three grandchildren, Lauren Whaley, Rebecca Whaley and Trenton Neal; one brother, D. Michael Snider and wife, Gloria; five sisters-in-law, Jean Underwood and husband, Lloyd, Leona Mills, Shirley Cooper and husband, Dennis, Pat Baker and husband, Edward, and Karen Mathers and husband, David; and several nephews and nieces.

A celebration of his life and ministry will be 11 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church, 813 Market St., Parkersburg, with the Rev. Rich McClure officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Family will receive friends 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, and one hour before the service at the First Baptist Church Chapel.

The family requests that donations be made to RMMO (Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering), c/o First Baptist Church, 813 Market St., Parkersburg, WV 26101.

(Gerald Bills)


Gary D. Snively

Gary D. Snively, 60, of St. Marys, died Jan. 31, 2002.

Survivors include one daughter, T.A. Johnson; two sons, David Snively and Jeff Snively; four grandchildren; and one sister, Lela S. Boley. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Riggs Snively in 1996.

Services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home of St. Marys. Burial will be in the Snively Family Farm. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. today.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Cow Creek United Methodist Church.

(Michael Anderson)


Pleasants County Leader - December 19, 1902

Stella Snively, Dead

Little Stella Snively, the two year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Snively, died Saturday evening at her home near Raven Rock.

The funeral was held Sunday, interment at Mt. Carmel cemetery.

(Gerald Bills)


Marietta Times February 2, 2005

Rina Dunn Snodgrass

Rina Dunn Snodgrass, 95, formerly of 215 Oakwood Ave., Marietta, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2005, at Briarwood Place in Mansfield, Ohio.

She was born Sept. 7, 1909, at Willow Island, W.Va., to James Franklin Dunn Sr. and Myrtle E. Wells Dunn, the seventh of their 14 children: seven girls and seven boys.

She grew up in the family home on Highland Avenue in Williamstown and graduated from Williamstown High School in 1929. She worked at S.S. Kresge's, Remington Rand, and as a school secretary for the Marietta City Schools at Norwood, Phillips, and Marion elementaries.

She was an active member of Norwood United Methodist Church for over 50 years, where she participated in the Norwood United Methodist Women, the Sayre Bible Class, the Homebuilders Class, and was on the administrative council. She also taught in the junior Sunday school program. Rina was known for her beautiful flowers that she grew and arranged for the Norwood church altar for many years. She participated in the Women's Fellowship Bowling League at North Hills Lanes until the age of 87.

She was an avid bridge player who taught her children and all of her grandchildren to play. She also loved to play Skipbo with her grandchildren. Rina enjoyed making dinner in her home for family and friends where she specialized in baking desserts and homemade pies and cakes. After retirement she traveled to Hawaii, Holland, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and England with her husband, Clarence. In her 80s, she made several trips to Europe and to the beach with her children and grandchildren.

Rina is survived by one son and one daughter, Charles Snodgrass and his wife, Catharina, of London, England, and Shirley Snodgrass Nasipak and her husband, Joe, of Lexington, Ohio; six grandchildren, Eric, Jay, and Christina Snodgrass and Nicole, Ryan, and Curt Nasipak; one sister, Glendine Smith of Amherst, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death in 1983 by her best friend and loving husband of 47 years, Clarence E. Snodgrass. Seven brothers and five sisters also preceded her in death: Georgia F. McKenna, Twila H. Williamson, Ida Mae Dunn, Clara McKenna, Sarah Eleanor Devore, Hiram S. Dunn, L. Edward Dunn, A. Leonard Dunn, Franklin J. Dunn, George G. Dunn, Everett L. Dunn and L. Leon Dunn.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 5) at the Norwood United Methodist Church with the Rev. David Woodyard officiating. Burial will be in Waterford Cemetery.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at McClure-Schafer-Lankford Funeral Home.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to Norwood United Methodist Church, 23 Colegate Drive, Marietta.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle July 7, 2004

Lt. Col. Agnes P. Snyder (ret)

On June 28, 2004, Lt. Col. Agnes P. Snyder (ret) passed away of natural causes at her in the Knollwood Army Distaff Foundation retirement home in Washington, D.C. She was 97 and will be greatly missed by her surviving family and friends.

She was a daughter of the late Andrew and Vashti Patterson Snyder. She was born in St. Marys the daughter of the late Andrew and Vashti Patterson Snyder. Col. Snyder was a pioneer in all aspects of her life. After graduating from St. Marys High School in 1924, she obtained a teaching certificate and struck out on her own to teach in rural, southern W. Va.

She attended Marshall University in Huntington from 1928 to 1932 and graduated from the Physical Education department. Shortly thereafter, she enlisted in the Army and was enrolled in the Army's physical therapy program at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D C. After graduation from the Army's physical therapy program, Col. Snyder embarked on a distinguished career, pioneering advances in physical therapy, which remained the focal point of her life through retirement and beyond.

Col. Snyder held several distinguished positions throughout her career. She served in the Philippines from 1938 - 1940 and as the European Coordinator of Physical Therapy in post war Germany from 1945 - 1947. She served in the Office of the Surgeon General from 1947 - 1948; directed the Army School of Physical Therapy at Fort Sam Houston, TeX. from 1949 - 1953 and again from 1958 - 1954. After retiring from the Army in 1960, Col. Snyder continued her love of Physical Therapy as an educator, serving as Director of Physical Therapy at Albany Medical College in New York from 1962 - 1963 and Director of Physical Therapy at Russell-Sage College also in New York from 1963 - 1972 when she permanently retired.

An oral history by Col. Snyder resides in the archives of the American Physical Therapy Association.

In 1963, Col. Snyder returned to Washington, D C. where her career in Physical Therapy began, and took residence in the Knollwood Army Distaff Foundation retirement home in Washington D.C. where she enjoyed being returned with many military comrades, students and other friends of many years.

Her two sisters, Julia C. Allerdice of Milton, Fla. and Virginia E. Tumor of Milford, N.H., survive Col. Snyder. Her four brothers, Hallah Snyder, Floyd Snyder, Carl Snyder and Robert Snyder, preceded her in' parting. Friends and family are invited to the interment service with full military honors at' Arlington National Cemetery at 3 p.m. on Monday, August 23. Viewing and a memorial service will proceed the internment from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Joseph Gawler's Sons funeral in Chevy Chase, Md.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader - March 11, 1932

CARL SNYDER

"Carl, 16, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Snyder, died suddenly in the Conley hospital at Hopemont, W. Va., Wednesday morning. Funeral services will be held Sunday in the M. P. Church with Rev. C. H. Johnson officiating."

(Gerald Bills)


Harry E. Snyder

Harry E. Snyder, 91, of St. Marys, died Jan. 15, 2001, at the Marietta Center for Health and Rehabilitation.

He was born Aug. 23, 1909, in Eureka, W.Va., a son of the late William E. and Bessie Wagner Snyder. He was a charter member of the St. Marys Elks Lodge 1701 BPOE, a 50-year member of the St. Marys Lodge 41 A. F. & A. M., a member of St. Marys Chapter 31 Order of the Eastern Star. He was a 1927 graduate of St. Marys High School. He served on the Pleasants County Board of Education and the Pleasants County Commission from 1954-1966. He operated Snyder’s Service Station for 58 years, one of the longest serving dealers for Quaker State. He was a member of the St. Marys Volunteer Fire Department, and was a member of the Dewey Avenue Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Lula Hall Snyder; three sons, James E. Snyder and his wife, Mary Sue of Cocoa, Fla., Terry E. Snyder and his wife, Janet of St. Marys and David Snyder and his wife, Suzi of Newport; six grandchildren, Tom Snyder and his wife, Tamara and Jamie Ray and her husband, Buddy, all of Atlanta, Ga., and Troy Snyder of Toledo, Ohio, Traci Brammer and her husband, B.J. of St. Marys, Justin Snyder and his wife, Cindy and Adam Snyder, all of Newport; six great-grandchildren, Mary Jo and Allison Ray of Atlanta, Ga., Sidney and James Snyder of Atlanta, Gwen Brammer of St. Marys, and Jocee Ankrom of Newport; two brothers-in-law, Jim Smith of Zellwood, Fla., and Julian Israel of St. Marys; one sister-in-law, Nina Snyder of Belmont; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Eva Israel and Virginia S. Smith; and one brother, Roy E. Snyder.

Services will be held 11 a.m. Friday at the Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, Evangelist Chris Mullins officiating. Burial in the St. Marys IOOF Cemetery, St. Marys. Visitation is from 7-9 p.m. today and from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

(Michael Anderson)


Parkersburg News October 8, 2008

Lula B. (Hall) Snyder

Lula B. Snyder, 96, of St. Marys, W.Va., died Oct. 7, 2008, at the Heritage, St. Marys, W.Va.

She was born Dec. 15, 1911, in Pleasants County, W.Va., a daughter of the late Hayes H. and Martha Ellen Dotson Hall. She was a 1930 graduate of St. Marys High School. She helped her husband operate the former Snyder Service Station, was a retired cook at the St. Marys High School and was a member of the Pleasants County School Retired Service Personnel. She was a 50 year member of the St. Marys Chapter # 31 Order of the Eastern Star and was Grand Representative for WV in Manitoba, Canada. She was a member of the White Shrine of Jerusalem. She was an avid St. Marys and WVU sports fan and she loved to cook.

She is survived by her three sons, James E. Snyder and his wife, Mary Sue of Cocoa, Fla., Terry E. Snyder and his wife, Janet of St. Marys, W.Va. and David Snyder and his wife, Suzi of Newport, Ohio; six grandchildren, Tom Snyder and his wife, Tamara, and Jamie Ray and her husband, Buddy all of Atlanta, Ga., Troy Snyder of Morgantown, W.Va., Traci Brammer and her husband, B. J. of St. Marys, W.Va., Justin Snyder and Adam Snyder and his wife Anna all of Newport, Ohio; eleven great grandchildren, Mary Jo and Allison Ray, and Sydney and James Snyder all of Atlanta, GA, Gwen and Maddie Brammer both of St. Marys, W.Va., and Jocee Ankrom, Lane Snyder, Lilli Snyder, Alyssa Snyder and Ethan Snyder all of Newport, Ohio; an adopted sister, Bari Brake of St. Marys, W.Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Harry E. Snyder; four brothers; and six sisters. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, W.Va. with Lloyd Westbrook officiating. Interment will be in the St. Marys IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday and from 1-2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions maybe made to Housecalls Hospice, 1601 Garfield Avenue, Parkersburg, WV 26101.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle February 11, 2009

Max Leland Snyder

Max Leland Snyder, 78 of Coshocton, OH, passed away peacefully Feb. 6, 2009, at the home of his son.

He was born Dec. 12, ,1930, to Hallah and Letha Hupp Snyder in St. Marys. He graduated in 1948 from St. Marys High School served in the U. S. Navy from 1948-52 where he was a Third Class Petty Officer. Upon his discharge from the Navy, he went to West Virginia University where he met his future wife Marianne. He graduated with a degree in electrical engineering. At one time he worked for Hughes Aircraft. He and Marianne eventually settled in Coshocton and he worked for Clows and then Sancast where he retired. Never one to remain idle he returned to work at the Longaberger Co.. in guest relations and retired again in August 2008. Max and Marianne had a lifelong love of learning and traveled extensively across the United States and various foreign countries.

He is survived by his son Mark Snyder and his wife, Donna, of West Lafayette, OH; daughter Melanie Snyder of Coshocton; granddaughter Jonie Binni of Powhatan Point, OH; four great-granddaughters Bailey, Olivia, Isabella and Brianna also of Powhatan point; brother Bill Snyder and his wife, Lucy, of St. Marys; sister Martha Valentine of South Haven, MS; and special friends Sophie, Sheba and Petey, who brought laughter and comfort in his final weeks.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, who died Oct. 21, 2007.

Services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Given-Dawson Funeral Home, Coshocton, with the Rev. David Kraft officiating. Cremation will take place after funeral services.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army or Hospice Services of Coshocton.

(Gerald Bills)


Harryette Benner Soliday

Harryette Benner Soliday, 78, of Columbia, S.C., and formerly of Willow Island and Charlotte, N.C., died May 17, 2002.

She was born in Sistersville to the late Harry Willard and Mamie Kendrick Benner. About three years ago she moved to Columbia with her husband to be near their children.

She is survived by two daughters, Annie Riddle and her husband, Ernie, of Pomaria, S.C., and Jennifer Carter and her husband, Tommy, of Columbia; three granddaughters, Erica Thomas of New York City, Angela Thomas of Pomaria and Emily Urban and her husband, Bobby, of Spartanburg, S.C.; one grandson, Will Thrift and his wife, Ginger of Atlanta; one step-granddaughter, Lorri-Ann Phillips and her husband, Phil of Columbia; two great-grandsons, Zachary and Eddie Urban of Spartanburg; one step-grandson, Trey Phillips of Columbia; one sister, Betty Railing of Sistersville, and nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Arnold J. Soliday, whom she married Nov. 1, 1941, in Sistersville; two brothers, Raymond and Joseph Benner; and two sisters, Alice Stout and Mary Henthorn.

Private services were conducted May 19.

(Michael Anderson)


Parkersburg News April 1, 2008

Roy W. Somerville

Roy William Somerville of Scott Depot, W.Va., passed away on March 29, 2008, at the age of 84.

He was retired from Union Carbide and a veteran of World War II as he served in the Navy. He liked to hunt and fish, garden and putter in his garage. He enjoyed visiting with the neighbors and watching the squirrels and birds in his yard. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who will be sadly missed by all.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy; his parents, Edith and Civy Somerville; his sisters, Emma Lea Burdette, Freda Morehead and Wanda Mae Hartley; and two infant children, Kristy and Scotty.

He is survived by his sons and their spouses, Steve and Hilda Somerville of Buffalo and Keith and Dee Somerville of Hamlin; his daughter and spouse, Lee Ann and J.B. Browning of Dunbar; sisters, Mary Helen Townsend of Elizabeth and Lenore Coartney of St. Marys; and brothers, Paul and Donald (Jim) Somerville of Elizabeth. He is also survived by his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and special nieces and nephews.

The family would also like to thank his at-home caregivers of the last few years, Mary Bennett and Marsha Black, for their attentive and loving care.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today at Chapman Funeral Home, 3941 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane, W.Va. A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Southern Baptist Fellowship Church, Route 14, Elizabeth, with the Rev. Robert Watkins officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church. A private burial will be in Watkins Family Cemetery, Elizabeth.

The family suggests donations to a charity of your choice.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News August 20, 2009

Michael Charles Sovich

Michael Charles Sovich, 49, formerly of Sistersville, W.Va., passed away Aug. 19, 2009.

He was born Oct. 30, 1959, a son of Barbara Mason Sovich and the late Charles Anthony Sovich.

Michael worked in construction and was a member of the National Guard and was Catholic by faith.

He is survived by his daughter, Marissa Sovich of Wheeling, W.Va.; sisters, Diane (Gene) Rice of Sistersville, Linda (Carl Boley) Sovich Felton of Belmont, W.Va., and Carol (Bryan) Snider of Friendly, W.Va.; nieces and nephews, Courtney and Kevin White of Belmont, Blaise Rice of Sistersville and Dustin, Marley and Lindsey Snider of Friendly; and also special uncle, Bill Wagner of West Liberty, W.Va. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his brother, Michael Anthony Sovich.

Contributions may be made to Journey Hospice, 314 S. Wells Street, Sistersville, WV 26175.

There will be no public visitation. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday in Greenwood Cemetery with the Rev. Gary Boyd officiating.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader May 30, 2009

Mabel Dearth Sparkes

Mabel Dearth Sparkes, 89, of St. Albans, WV, died April 20, 2009, at Valley Center in South Charleston, WV.

She was born March 23, 1920, in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Henry and Nona Droddy Dearth. She was a 1938 graduate of St. Marys High School. She was a retired secretary with Union Carbide Corp. and a member of Highlawn Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Patty Cook of Williamsburg, VA, and Deborah Miller and her husband, William D. Jr., of Charleston; two grandchildren, Heather Cook Skelton and Catherine Cook Jesse; and twin great-grandchildren, Brendan and Firm Skelton.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, William Grant Sparkes.

Services were held April 22 at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home in St. Albans with the Rev. Paul Romine officiating. Entombment was in Cunningham Memorial Park in St. Albans.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News December 6, 2009

Bernice Louise Sparks

Bernice Louise Sparks, 81, of Waverly passed away Dec. 4, 2009, at St. Joseph's Hospital.

She was born June 16, 1928, in Pleasants County, a daughter of the late Grover Cleveland and Flossie Adaline Cronin Sparks. Bernice had previously worked for Yonkers Manufacturing and retired from Hills Department Store. She was a member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church; a member of the Pleasant Hill CEOS; and enjoyed reading and quilting.

She is survived by her daughter, Karen Patterson and husband, Victor, of Waverly; two grandchildren, Tony Patterson of Parkersburg and Vicki Patterson of Waverly; three great-grandchildren, Gabriel and Heaven Clay and Hunter Greathouse; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Angela Patterson Greathouse; three brothers, Clifford, Cecil and Clayton Sparks; and one sister, Katherine Underwood.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, at the Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Green Street, Parkersburg, with the Rev. Tom McQuain, the Rev. Doug Guinn and the Rev. Lisa Taylor officiating. Interment will follow at the German Lutheran Cemetery, Deerwalk. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News September 19, 2005

Ina B. Sparks

Ina B. Sparks, 84, of St. Marys died Sept. 17, 2005, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born July 11, 1921, in Pleasants County, W.Va., a daughter of the late Hobert and Grace Matthews Pethtel. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, St. Marys, and had worked as a custodian at the St. Marys Elementary School. She had also worked at the Hi-Way Grille in Belmont, W.Va. She was a former member of the Silver Needles of the church and enjoyed gardening.

She is survived by one daughter, Fay Bailey and her husband, Gerald, of Friendly, W.Va.; two sons, Harold Sparks and his wife, Rosemary, and Phillip Sparks and his wife, Norma, all of St. Marys; six grandchildren, Staff Sgt. Doug Sparks of Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Anthony Sparks and his wife, Olivia, of Newport, Ohio, Jason Sparks of Stoutsville, Ohio, Misty Sparks of Belmont, Lucy Mace and her husband, Denver, of New Matamoras, Ohio, and Melissa Lauer of Salem, W.Va.; seven great-grandchildren, Jessie, Lacey and Brian Templeton, Kendra and Konna Mace and Billy and Leann Lauer; one sister, Honnie Wince of St. Marys; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, William Howard Sparks; two sons, Randy and Flay Edward Sparks; four sisters, Faynelle Pethtel, Nadline Bohner, Lorraine Guy and Hilda Moore; and two brothers, Garrett Pethtel and Dale Pethtel.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Pastor John Strimer officiating. Burial will be in the St. Marys IOOF Cemetery. Calling hours are from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday and 1-2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle August 13, 2008

Wanda E. Sparks

Wanda E. Sparks, 88, of Glendale Road, Marietta, died Thursday evening (Aug. 7, 2008) at Harmar Place.

She was born on Aug. 1, 1920, in St. Marys, W.Va., a daughter of Walter and Armelda Boley. Wanda was a member of Sixth and Washington Street Church of Christ and had been employed as a nursing assistant at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

She married John Sparks who preceded her in death in 1971.

Wanda is survived by her daughter-in-law, Joann Sparks of Marietta; three grandchildren, Shayne A. (Peggy) Sparks, of Mechanicsburg, Ohio, William R. (Tanya) Sparks of Westminster, S.C., and John J. Sparks of Caldwell; great-grandchildren, Mallory, Wyatt, Josey, Kaylee, and Cody; and stepson, Roy (Wanda) Sparks of Frazeyburg, Ohio. Also surviving are one brother and three sisters, Downer (Carolyn) Boley of St. Marys, W.Va., Georgia (Art) Lisk of Reno, Ohio, Violet Davis of Belmont, W.Va., and Viola (George) Pethel of California.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; her son, William J. Sparks; two brothers and two sisters, Mary Hanlon, Betty Price, Fred Boley, and Bud Boley.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at McClure-Schafer-Lankford Funeral Home with Roger Rush officiating. Burial will be in East Lawn Memorial Park.

(Gerald Bills)


Marietta Times February 11, 2005

William 'Jene' Sparks

William "Jene" Sparks, 63, of 790 Glendale Road, Marietta, died at 4:40 a.m. Thursday (Feb. 10, 2005) at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

He was born Feb. 20, 1941, in St. Marys, W.Va., to John J. Sparks and Wanda E. Boley Sparks. He graduated from Marietta High School in 1959 and served in the United States Air Force from Dec. 10, 1959, until Oct. 1, 1963. After his discharge from the Air Force, he worked for 24 years for the United States Post Office, retiring in 1991.

He is survived by his wife, Joann Kosut Sparks of Marietta; three sons, Shayne Sparks and his wife, Peggy, of Columbus, William R. Sparks and his wife, Tanya, of Westminster, S.C., and John J. Sparks of Caldwell, Ohio; three grandchildren; his mother, Wanda Boley Sparks of Marietta; and one stepbrother, Roy G. Sparks and his wife, Wanda, of Frazeysburg, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his father, John J. Sparks.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 12) at Hadley Funeral Home, Reno Chapel, 1021 Pike St., with Pastor Wayne Bennett officiating. Burial will be in Valley Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News July 18, 2005

Robert E. Squires

Robert E. "Sam" Squires, 71, of Mineral Wells died July 17, 2005, at his residence.

He was born in Flatwoods, W.Va., the son of the late Waddie Lee and Goldie Bleigh Squires. He had worked for over 30 years for the Chrysler Motor Co. in Akron, Ohio. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and was a member of the Parkersburg V.F.W.

He is survived by a niece, Ruth Horner of Mineral Wells; a nephew, James F. Squires Jr. of Belpre; one great-nephew, Jeremy Squires of St. Marys; and one great-niece, Catie Squires of St. Marys.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers and one sister.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Leavitt Funeral Home in Parkersburg. Burial will be in the Evergreen South Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys-Oracle, March, 1975

MISS CHRISTINE STAGE

Graveside services for Miss Christine Stage, 74, Martinsburg, were held Wednesday in Willow Island Cemetery, Pleasants County. Funeral services were in Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg, W.Va.

Miss Stage, who died Saturday, March 22, 1975, in Martinsburg City Hospital, was born in Eureka, W.Va., a daughter of the late Thomas and Zerie Moore Stage. She was a graduate of Marietta College, with a master's degree in English from Ohio State University. She had taught school 35 years, beginning in Lowell. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Martinsburg, and a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Order of Eastern Star and the DAR.

Survivors include one niece, Marian (McTaggart) Dillion, with whom Miss Stage made her home in Martinsburg.

(Daniel Smith Jr. )


St. Marys Oracle June 3, 2009

James R. Stamm

James R. "Jim" Stamm, 51, of St. Marys, died May 30, 2009, near Marietta in a car accident.

He was the son of Geraldine Chapman Stamm and the late Elton H. Stamm. He was a former 22-year employee of the Chrysler plant in Twinsburg, OH.

He is survived by his wife Sharon L. Haffner Stamm; daughters, Ashlee A. L. Haffner and Carlee F. Haffner; sister Marjorie Leonard Burton; and brother Joe Stamm and his wife, Leslie.

A memorial gathering for family and friends will be held Thursday, June 4, at Johnson-Romito Funeral Home, Northfield Center, OH with a memorial service at 9 p.m.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News December 9, 2009

Margaret Eleanor Adkins Stanley

Margaret Eleanor Adkins Stanley of Grape Island, WV, went home to be with the Lord on Nov. 17, 2009.

She was the daughter of the late Elgin and Minnie Dorothea Adkins and was born at Grape Island on Sept. 28, 1910.

Margaret was the great-granddaughter of Thomas Browse, who came from Devonshire to this country in 1830 and bought a tract of land in what was then Virginia. In 1851, Browse and other citizens were instrumental in the formation of Pleasants County from parts of Wood, Ritchie, and Tyler Counties.

Margaret graduated from St. Hilda's Hall, an Episcopal girls' school in Charles Town, Jefferson County, WV, and from Hollins College (now University) near Roanoke, VA, in 1933. She was an English major.

She was a lifelong member of Grace Episcopal Church, St. Marys, and served for a time as director of the Altar Guild. She was also a member of Forward in Faith and the Society for the Preservation of the Book of Common Prayer.

She was interested in animal welfare and was active in the founding of the Pleasants County Humane Society. She and her friend Rae Core were instrumental in getting a series of book reviews started at the Pleasants County Library. At one time, she was a member of the American Association of University Women. In 2008, Margaret was inducted into the West Virginia Voter Hall of Fame, the first resident of Pleasants County to be so honored.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, by her husband Julian Stanley (1903-1996), by her half-brother John B. Adkins (1943-1990), and by her brother Robert Adkins (1914-1999).

She is survived by a daughter, Janet L. Stanley of Washington, DC, by a son, Robert Stanley of Chattanooga, TN, and by a sister-in-law, Gaynell Adkins of Marietta, OH.

Memorial gifts may be made to Grace Episcopal Church, 317 Riverside Drive, St. Marys, WV 26170 or to the Pleasants County Humane Society, P.O. Box 110, St. Marys, WV 26170.

Margaret's funeral will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009, at Grace Episcopal Church. By her own wish, her remains will be buried beside those of her mother in the Browse Cemetery at Grape Island.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.leavittfuneralhome.com

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News 7, 2006

Ora M. Starcher

Ora Mae (Nan) Starcher, 82, of Parkersburg passed away May 5, 2007, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital surrounded by her family.

She was born Dec. 2, 1924, at Madam’s Creek, W.Va., a daughter of the late Wayne and Maime Epperly Ballangee. She was a graduate of Rupert High School and attended Mountain State Business College.

Mrs. Starcher had been employed with Parkersburg Wholesale Grocery and the Parkersburg Water Department. She was a longtime member of North Parkersburg Baptist Church, where she served with the Leota Campbell Circle and the Wedding Circle. For 20 years, she was superintendent of the 2-3 year old Sunday school classes and was in the Come Double Sunday School Class. She later became a charter member of the New Hope Baptist Church. She was a volunteer at St. Joseph’s Hospital for 30 years and was a member of TOPS for many years.

She was a homemaker and loving mother of children, Ricky Dean Starcher and wife, Ula, of Washington, W.Va., Harley Wayne (Hank) Starcher and wife, Linda, of Parkersburg, Sandra Kay Sims and husband, Herbie, of Belmont, Sharon Sue (Susie) Starcher of Parkersburg and Lois Jean Smith of Lansing, Ill.; grandchildren, James Robert Smith of Lansing, Ronald Dean Smith and wife, Sandy, of Dyer, Ind, Jason Brett Smith and wife, Jenny, of Dyer, Nickoletta Lynn (Nicki) Starcher of Parkersburg, Jessica Whitney Starcher of Washington, W.Va., Matthew Dean Starcher of Washington, W.Va., Seth Lee Sims of Belmont, and Tyler Glen Sims of Belmont; great-grandchildren, Nicholas Dean, Lauren Michelle, Madelyn Emily and Morgan Elizabeth Smith, all of Dyer; a brother, Emory Ballangee of Rupert, W.Va.; sisters, Dorothy Killen of Blountsville, Ala., Mary Erdely of Rupert, W.Va., and Glenda Killen of Rupert; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, former Parkersburg Police Chief Jess W. Starcher on Feb. 12, 1991; and a sister, Marie Ellison.

The funeral service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Kimes Funeral Home, 521 Fifth St., Parkersburg, with Pastor David Easter officiating. Burial will follow at Parkersburg Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. until service time at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle - November 11, 1899

George Starkweather, a Prominent Contractor, Meets His Death

George Starkweather was killed by falling off of the French Creek trestle near Belmont, on Friday night, Nov. 3rd. The deceased was more familiarly known as "Salt Sand" George, and has been a familiar character in several oil fields. He was probably fifty years of age. He leaves a wife and several children, some of whom are grown up.

The manner of his death was very sad. He was in the habit of drinking to excess. He was recognized as an excellent driller, where ever he had been employed, but his habits prevented him from retaining the job any length of time. He had been in St. Marys on Friday, and was drinking heavily. He left for his home at Belmont about 11 o'clock in the evening, walking down the railroad track. John Hutchinson, night watchman in the Narrows below town, seeing his condition when he reached that place, assisted him across Green's Run trestle, and advised him not to attempt to cross the French Creek trestle, but to go around it. This was the last seen of him alive. The next morning he was found lying on the ground beneath the trestle, lifeless. An examination revealed the fact that his neck was broken. There was also a bruise on the back of his head, and an abrasion of the skin, just below the knee. His hat was found lying on top of the trestle, on the guard rail. There was a space where a tie was missing, but it is not known whether he fell through the opening or over the side of the structure.

Justice T. N. Boss viewed the remains, and Dr. J. B. Watson, of this place, conducted examination. The funeral occurred Saturday at the Baptist Cemetery at Willow.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News May 20, 2009

Frances J. Starr

Frances J. Starr, 92, of Frankenmuth, Mich., formerly of St. Marys, W.Va., died Sunday, May 17, 2009, at the Covenant Medical Center, Saginaw, Mich.

She was born Sept. 13, 1916, in New Martinsville, W.Va., the daughter of the late Nimrod Todd and Esta Buchanan Jennings.

She married Theodore Starr on Sept. 26, 1960, and was a member of the Willow Island Baptist Church.

Frances was employed by the Department of Agriculture as an administrative assistant for 37 years until her retirement.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore, on June 2, 1979.

Survivors include a nephew, Stephen (Karen) Jennings of Frankenmuth, Mich.; two nieces, Cathey (Robert) Klug of New Martinsville and Sheila Jennings of Huntington, W.Va.; two great-nieces; and three great-nephews.

Family will receive friends from 9 a.m. until time of funeral service at 11 a.m. Friday at Grisell Funeral Home and Crematory, 751 Third Street, New Martinsville, with the Rev. Gale Lauderman officiating. Interment will be in Craigs Chapel Cemetery, New Martinsville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Craigs Chapel Cemetery Association, c/o Nelson Jennings, RR 2, Box 31, New Martinsville, WV 26155.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News July 3, 2006

David L. Statler Sr.

David Lee Statler Sr., 59, of St. Marys died July 2, 2006, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va., after an extended illness.

He was born April 10, 1947, in Pleasants County, W.Va., a son of the late Earl E. and Mildred Haught Statler. He was a 1966 graduate of St. Marys High School and was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was retired from the former Colin Anderson Center and was a member of the Raven Rock United Methodist Church, where he sang bass in the church choir. His hobbies include HO trains, ’57 Chevy, farming, hunting, fishing and walking. He was an organ recipient and now is an organ donor.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Carol Bennett Statler; a son, David Lee Statler Jr. and his fiance, Tammy Shaffer, of Morgantown; a daughter, Tennille Lee Smith and her husband, Harold (Bucky) Smith Jr. of St. Marys; his mother-in-law, Mable Bennett of St. Marys; a lifelong friend (sister), Karen Carpenter of St. Marys; two sister-in-laws; two brother-in-laws; and nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles, including a special uncle, Ray Statler.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Dixie Hubbard, and a brother, John Earl Statler.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Pastor Mark Mayfield officiating. Burial will be in the St. Marys IOOF Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by American Legion Post 79, VFW 222 and AMVETS Post 40. Calling hours will be 2-4 and 7-8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Ida C. Statler

Ida C. Statler, 94, of Belmont, WV, died Feb. 7, 2002.

She was born Nov. 21, 1907, in Monongahela County, a daughter of the late John F. and Leona Belle Tennant. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Shinnston, W and the Eastern Star.

Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, J. Donald and Janet A. Statler; four grandchildren, Darlene K. Hammett, Sue A. Statler, Andrew J. Statler and Bradford A. Statler; eight great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Mildred Williams; and one brother, Roy Tennant.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Jackson Statler; one sister, Bonnie T. Hall; and one brother, Paul D. Tennant.

Graveside services will be held Saturday at the convenience of the family at the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements

(Michael Anderson)


Parkersburg News July 29, 2005

J. Donald Statler

J. Donald Statler, 75, of Belmont died Wednesday, July 27, 2005, at his home following an extended illness.

He was born May 12, 1930, in Harrison County, W.Va., the only son of the late Andrew J. and Ida C. (Tennant) Statler. He was a 1947 graduate of Shinnston High School, Shinnston, W.Va. He was retired from Union Carbide Corp. and the U.S. Postal Service. He previously worked as a conservation officer in Wood County. He enjoyed his family, his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, hunting and working on his farm. He was an avid NASCAR fan.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Janet Leeson Statler; two daughters, Darlene Hammett of Belmont and Sue Statler of Tucson, Ariz.; two sons, Andy Statler and his fiancee, Martha McCale, of Williamstown and Brad Statler and his wife, Joyce, of Belmont; eight grandchildren, Lynne Ballard of Belmont, Laura Rauch of Columbus, Ohio, Amy Dicochea of Tucson, Megan Statler of Oakton, Va., Matt and Aaron Statler of St. Marys, Sam Statler of Oak Harbor, Wash., and Kari Statler of Belmont; five great-grandchildren, Annie Rauch, Lici and R. J. Dicochea and Joel and Will Ballard; one uncle, Roy Tennant and his wife, Virginia, of St. Marys; his best friend and brother-in-law, Junior Saunders of Vienna; former daughter-in-law, Kim Statler of St. Marys; and son-in-law, George Hammett of Williamstown.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Willow Island Cemetery, Willow Island, with the Rev. Kenneth Calebaugh officiating. Calling hours will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News December 30, 2002

Kenneth M. Steele

Kenneth M. Steele, 65, Davisville, died Dec. 29, 2002, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

He was born Feb. 3, 1937, in Waverly, a son of the late Bernard L. and Pauline Pitman Steele. He has worked at Fenton Art Glass for several years and for Ranny Water Systems, Columbus, for a few years until a work-related accident. He attended Waverly United Methodist Church.

He. is survived by his wife of 41 years, Linda L. Umstot Steele; one sister, Nixie Stanton of Albright, W.Va.; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, aunts and uncles.

In addition to his parents; he was preceded in death by one brother, Harry L. Steele.

Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Green Street, Parkersburg. Burial will be in Willow Island Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today.

(Gerald Bills)


Mollie Steele

Mollie Steele, 77, of St Marys died Nov. 18, 2001, at her residence.

She was born Aug. 31, 1924, at Henry Camp, Pleasants County, a daughter of the late Burl and Virginia Hoff Blouir. She was a member of the Cow Creek United Methodist Church, was a quilter and a good mother and grandmother.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Lee Steele; four daughters, Janet Collins and her husband Jim, Karon Malone and her husband Steve, Rita VanMoy, and Robin Lipps and her husband Randy, all of St Marys; one son, Bob Steele and his wife Georgia of Schultz; four sisters, Ruby Perry of Parkersburg, Barbara Lauer of St. Marys, Zara Ingram of Anderson, Ind., and Eileen Sheets of Freemont, Ohio; two brothers, Jack Blouir of St. Marys and Sharkie Blouir of Schultz; 25 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins; and special friends, Margie Mayfield and Louwannah Jemison.

She was preceded in death by her parents; five sons, Gale Steele, Ronnie Steele, Earnest Steele, Miles Steele and Leonard Steele; one son-in-law, Jay VanNoy; two sisters, Ermaleen Perry and Bonnie Nixon; and two brothers, Bob Blouir and Jim Bloiur.

Services will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday at Willow Island Baptist Church, Willow Island. Pastor Michael C. Hickman officiating. Burial in Willow Island Cemetery. Visitation is from 1-9 p.m. today at Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys and from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

(Michael Anderson)


Parkersburg News April 28, 2004

Madeline Stephan

Madeline Esther Stephan, 90, of Route 1, Williamstown, died at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 25, 2004.

She was born Sept. 4, 1913, in Willow Island, Pleasants County, W.Va., to Noah and Gladys Mills Westbrook. She graduated from Williamstown High School with the class of 1931. In 1934, she graduated from Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital School of Nursing as a registered nurse. Her career included private duty nursing in Parkersburg and she was the county nurse of Pleasants County. She was also a general duty nurse at Marietta Memorial Hospital. She was a member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Marietta.

On March 16, 1936, she married Floyd H. Stephan in Elizabeth. He died April 3, 1987.

She was a devoted and loving mother of five children. She is survived by three sons, Dan Stephan Sr. and his wife Rita, Louis G. Stephan and his wife, Rita, and David F. Stephan and his wife, Patricia, all of Williamstown; two daughters, Suzanne Adkins and her husband, Stephen, of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Sharon Reagan and her husband, Charles, of Manhattan, Kan.; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Marie Pugh Cooper of Vienna.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Lorna Hall, who died on March 19, 2004; and four brothers, Carl, Howard, Rolla and Gordon Westbrook.

Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at Hadley Funeral Homes Reno Chapel, 1021 Pike St., with Charles Pugh III and Pastor Steven Mahaffey officiating. Burial is in East Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley, P.O. Box 5, Marietta, OH 45750.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News November 29, 1938

Mrs. Dora Stephens Is Taken by Death

Mrs. Dora May Stephens, 56, died at 9 p. m. Sunday at her home, 518 Thirty-second street, after an illness of three months. Born in Pleasants county, she lived in Wood county for 13 years. She was a member of the Mt. Zion U. B. church of Pleasants county for a number of years.

She leaves five daughters, Mrs. Gladys Lemley, Mrs. Georgia Lemley, Mrs. Wilma Leach, and Mrs. Garnet Rhodes, all of this city, and Miss Opal Stephens at home; two half brothers, Grover Sparks, Borland Springs and William Sparks, Clarksburg; four half sisters, Mrs. Nora Bush, Mrs. Martha Johnson, Mrs. Cora Foughty and Mrs. Ella Kelley, all of Clarksburg; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

The body was removed to the Leavitt funeral home, and will be taken home at 11 a. m. today. Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. Tuesday from the Phelps Memorial church with the Rev. L. B. Turley in charge. Burial will be in the Mount Olivet cemetery.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News September 4, 2007

Garnet J. Stephen

Garnet J. Stephen, 81, of Ellenboro was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, died, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2007, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, with her family at her side.

Services will be held Wednesday at the Weirton Heights Church of Christ in Weirton, W.Va. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, and from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the church in Weirton. A full obituary can be viewed at www.ingramfh.com, where there is an online guest register

(Posted by Ingram Funeral Home)

Garnet J. Stephen, 81, of Ellenboro, WV, was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, died, Sunday, September 2, 2007, at the Camden Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg, WV, with her family at her side. She was born, September 28, 1925, in Belmont County, OH, a daughter of the late, Francis B. and Annie Adams Garloch. She was formerly a member of the Weirton Heights Church of Christ and was a member of the Pine Grove Church of Christ at Hebron, WV. She was a long time Avon salesperson. Her hobbies included gardening, loved to sing, and her children and grandchildren. She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Omel I. Stephen, four children, Robert Willison and his wife, Linda of Columbus, OH, Penny Bricker and her husband, Kenneth of Weirton, WV, Janice Childers and her husband, Tim of Meadville, WV, and Gary Stephen and his wife, Eileen of Abilene, TX, loving grandmother to, fourteen grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren, one sister, Doris Bigler of Bellaire, OH, and one niece. She was preceded in death by her parents. Services will be held Wednesday, September 5, 2007, at the Weirton Heights Church of Christ in Weirton, WV with Frank Higginbotham officiating. Interment will be in the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Weirton, WV. Friends may call from 5 to 8 P. M. Tuesday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV, and from 11:30 A. M. to 1 P. M. Wednesday at the church in Weirton, WV.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News October 9, 2005

George L. Stephens

George L. Stephens, 65, of 38th Street, Parkersburg, died Oct. 7, 2005, at his residence.

He was born in Parkersburg, a son of the late Denzel Stephens and Helen D. Griffith Wolfe of Parkersburg.

George was a newspaper carrier for The Parkersburg News and Sentinel and mowed lawns for many people in the North End area. He was a member of the Cypress Baptist Church and a former member of Red Hill United Methodist Church. He was a member of AARP. George never forgot a face and had a big heart. He loved and remembered everyone and everyone loved him.

Surviving, in addition to his mother, are four sisters, Edith Cordell of Parkersburg, Janet Kautz and her husband, Bob, of Belpre, Cheryl Simmons and her husband, Randy, of St. Marys and Shirley Trippett of Marietta; two brothers, Carl Stephens and his wife, Tonya, of Clarksburg and Bob Stephens and his wife, Kay, of Lake Hills, Texas; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews whom George dearly loved.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastors David Easter and Sue Jones officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News July 12, 2005

Wanda J. Stephens

Wanda Jean Matheny Stephens, 60, of Boaz passed away July 10, 2005, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital following a courageous battle with breast cancer.

She was born May 2, 1945, in Parkersburg, a daughter of the late Delbert Guy and Fannie Mae Fetty Matheny. She graduated from Ohio Valley Beauty College and worked as a beautician until she became a licensed practical nurse. She retired as a LPN from the Colin Anderson Center in St. Marys and was a Methodist by faith.

Wanda is survived by her husband of 35 years, Danny Lee Stephens of Boaz; one son, Gregory Charles Stephens of Vienna; one daughter, Danelle Leigh Segers and her husband, Kevin, of Monroe, N.C.; one sister, Ida Mae Blair of Vienna; four brothers, Robert Matheny and his wife, Pam, and Richard Matheny and his wife, Janet, all of Vienna, Gary Matheny and his wife, Anne, of Moreno Valley, Calif., and Samual Matheny and his wife, Barbara, of Vienna; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Barbara Ann Matheny; and one brother, William Gault.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 3005 Grand Central Ave., with the Rev. Chad Mugrage officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen North Cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to services Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Visit the online guestbook at http://www.lamberttatman.com/.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News March 21, 2007

Wilma E. Stetson

Wilma Edith McHenry Stetson, 91, of Forest, Va., formerly of Alexandria, Va., died Monday, March 19, 2007, in Virginia Baptist Hospital, Lynchburg, Va.

Born June 16, 1915, in Tyler County, W.Va., she was a daughter of the late Theodore McHenry and Orpha Wiley McHenry.

Following high school graduation, Wilma attended the Baptist Missionary Training School in Chicago. While living in Northern Virginia, she was employed as a librarian with the City of Alexandria. She was also dedicated to the First Baptist Church of Alexandria for over 30 years where she was deaconess and taught Sunday school. Since moving to Bedford County, Wilma has been a member of Bedford Presbyterian Church.

In addition to her parents, Wilma was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Thomas Wade Stetson; one brother, Glenn McHenry; and two sisters, Garnet Williams and Nina Fye. She is survived by two sons, Marcus R. Stetson and his wife, Nancy, of Alpharetta, Ga., and David T. Stetson and his wife, Lori, of Bedford; a sister, Geneva Gallabrese of Follansbee, Va.; three grandchildren, James W. Stetson of Montrose, Colo., Katherine L. Stetson of Roanoke and Nicolas T. Stetson of Bedford; and one great-grandson, Caleb A. Stetson of Bedford.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bedford Presbyterian Church, 105 W. Main St., Bedford, VA 24523.

A celebration of Wilma’s life will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Bedford Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Francis B. Avery. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in West Virginia at a later date. The family will receive friends at the reception in the church fellowship hall immediately following the service.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News November 13, 2009

Dave Stevens

William David Stevens, 54, went to be with the Lord and to the loving arms of some special angels waiting for him on Nov. 11, 2009, at Holzer Medical Center in Gallipolis, Ohio.

Dave was a lifelong resident of St. Marys and enjoyed sitting in his yard and watching all the wildlife, fishing, telling stories and watching movies.

He is survived by his siblings, Ray Stevens and wife Margaret of Chillicothe, Gail Martin and husband Arthur of Waverly, Doris Stevens of Waverly, Debra Shafer and Dale Drain of Parkersburg, Ellen Perdue and husband Rick of Waverly, eight nieces and nephews, along with their children who loved him and will miss him dearly.

He will be missed by all that knew and loved him.

In addition to his parents, Dave was preceded in death by several aunts and uncles.

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

Condolences may be sent by visiting LeavittFuneralHome.com or contributions may be made to assisting the family with final expenses.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News January 17, 2010

Donald R. Stevens

Donald Ray "Duck" Stevens, 77, of Grantsville, passed away on Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, at the VA Medical Center in Clarksburg, W.Va.

Duck was born April 16, 1932, in Grantsville, the son of the late Francis K. and Lula Starcher Stevens. He served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War and retired from the Eureka Pipeline Company in 1993 after 34 years of service.

Duck is survived by his wife, Gloria Jean Basnett Stevens; they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 6, 2009. Duck and Gloria have four children, Lydia (Dale) Freeman of Flemington, W.Va., Natasha (Greg) Tichnell of Newark, W.Va., Mark (Danielle) Stevens of Grantsville, W.Va., and Leigh (Rick) Kinder of Glenville, W.Va.; four grandchildren, Brittney and Nick Stevens of Grantsville and Noah and Cam Kinder of Glenville; four step-granddaughters, Cassie Lemont of Grantsville, Tracy (Jared) Galloway of Fort Walton, Fla., Kelly (Denton) Bell of Newark, and Katie Jo Tichnell of Elizabeth, W.Va.; and two step-great-grandchildren, Kaylen and Eyan Galloway.

Duck was preceded in death by his brothers, Festus, Sheldon, Cleo and Samuel Stevens.

He is survived by one brother, James of Ravenna, Ohio; and three sisters, Retta Johnson of Grantsville, Rachel Smith of St. Marys and Geneva Wilson of Grantsville.

Duck was a member and an ordained deacon of Brooksville Baptist Church of Big Bend, a member of the Grantsville Volunteer Fire Department, a member of Eureka Lodge 40 A.F & A.M. of Grantsville, Scottish Rite Bodies and Nemesis Shrine Temple of Parkersburg, Builders for Christ, the Calhoun County Historical Society and Thomas Hollow Hunting Camp.

Funeral services will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Brooksville Baptist Church in Big Bend, the Rev. C.W. McDonald will officiate. Interment will be in the Betts Cemetery. Friends may call at the church from 4-8 p.m. Monday.

Donations in Duck's memory can be made to the Son Valley Camp or Gideon's International, c/o Brooksville Baptist Church, P.O. Box 8, Big Bend, WV 25136.

Stump Funeral Home of Grantsville is in charge of the arrangements.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader September 22, 1905

Mrs. Fay Smith Stevens

Fay Smith, daughter of Sen. And Mrs Anthony Smith, was born June 18th, 1876. She was united in marriage to Mr. W. C. Stevens May 3rd, 1899, to which union were born three children, father an one child preceding the mother home. After about a year of lingering illness, death claimed her Sept. 14th, 1905, aged 29 years, 2 months, and 26 days.

Sister Stevens leaves two sweet little children, besides father and mother to mourn her loss. She was converted near the age of fifteen, united with the Wick M. P. Church. She remained a consistent Christian and died in the triumphs of the faith of the Gospel of Jesus her Lord.

The funeral service was held from the M. P. Church Harrisville, and were conducted by Rev. D. H. Davis, assisted by the writer, before a large concourse of people. The bereaved have the tender sympathy of all their many friends in this sad hour, and pray Heaven's benediction to rest upon them in their mourning. S. C. Jones

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News June 19, 2009

Samuel G. Stevens

Samuel G. Stevens went to be with Jesus on June 18, 2009, following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Sam was a member of the Strait Creek Baptist Church, where he loved to play and sing gospel music.

He was born in Grantsville, W.Va., on July 23, 1937, a son of the late Francis K. and Lulu Starcher Stevens. He was retired from Johns Manville after 34 years.

He is survived by his wife, Mable Stevens; a son, Alvin and Joni Stevens of Lubeck, W.Va.; a stepson, Tim and Lisa Bunner of Elizabeth; grandchildren, Chris Stevens of New Martinsville, W.Va., Robert and Tina Stevens of Morgantown, W.Va., Jennifer Bianco of Morgantown and Matthew and Kelly Bunner of Elizabeth; great-grandchildren, Robert Stevens Jr., Ethan Stevens, Shane Bianco, Sierra Bianco and Ray Bianco; two brothers, James Stevens of Ohio and Donald "Duck" Stevens of Grantsville; and three sisters, Retta Johnson and Geneva Wilson, both of Grantsville, and Rachel Smith of St. Marys, W.Va.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Phyllis; and three brothers, Festus Stevens, Cleo Stevens and Sheldon Stevens.

Services will be 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville, with the Rev. Dobbie Thrash officiating. Burial will be in Wright Cemetery at Cremo, W.Va. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Sam's wish was that memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 3901 Briscoe Run Road, Parkersburg, WV 26104.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News February 22, 2005

Abe H. Stewart

Abe H. Stewart, 81, of St. Marys, died Feb. 20, 2005, at Carehaven of Pleasants.

He was born Aug. 28, 1923, in Raven Rock, Pleasants County, W.Va., a son of the late Abraham and Goldie Adams Stewart. He was a member of the Dewey Avenue Church of Christ. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He retired from the former American Cyanamid after 33 years as the shift supervisor.

He is survived by two daughters, Tina Johnson and her husband, Jamie, of Huntington, W.Va., and Lisa Taylor and her husband, Dale, of St. Marys; one brother, Robert Stewart; four sisters, Ruth Keith of Newport and Edith Williams, Irene Frum and Stella Boley, all of St. Marys; seven grandchildren, Jamie Brookover of Huntington, Megan Taylor of Jacksonville, Fla., and Nick Brookover, T. J. Foland, Travis Taylor, Chad Taylor and Joshua Taylor, all of St. Marys; six great-grandchildren, Justice, Dandric, Akasha and Alainee, all of Huntington, Sada of Williamstown and Kierstyn of St. Marys; a special friend, Madaline McFadden of St. Marys; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Joan Green Stewart; an infant daughter; a grandson, Christopher Allen Taylor; and two brothers, Arland Ray Stewart and James Allen Stewart.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Thursday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, officiated by Evangelist Dan Kessinger and Evangelist John Keith. Burial will be in the IOOF Cemetery, St. Marys, with military rites conducted by American Legion Post 79, VFW Post 222 and Amvets Post 40. Calling hours will be from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today and 2-3 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News March 31, 2006

Edith N. Stewart

Edith Naomi Stewart, 82, of St. Marys died March 30, 2006, at Carehaven of Pleasants, Belmont, W.Va.

She was born Sept. 21, 1923, in Pleasants County, W.Va., a daughter of the late Fred and Myrtle Lamp Sauers. She was a member of the George Street Church of Christ and retired from the former Colin Anderson Center, St. Marys after 16 years. She was a member of the Raven Rock Homemakers Club, liked to work in the yard and was an avid seamstress and quilter. She enjoyed her family and grandchildren, and loved to make hot rolls.

She is survived by three children, Janet Sue Westbrook and her husband, Steve, James Michael Stewart and his wife, Norma, all of St. Marys, and Gary Lee Stewart and his wife, Donna, of New Martinsville, W.Va.; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Eleanor Rolston of St. Marys; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis W. Stewart in 1990; three sisters, Ernestine Sauers, Juanita Pruitt and Bernice Ingram; and three brothers, Charles Sauers, Sherman Sauers and Bernard Sauers.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with the Evangelist Arnold Huyghebaert officiating. Interment will be in the St. Marys IOOF Cemetery. Calling hours from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Saturday and from 1-2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News December 23, 2007

Garry Lee Stewart

Garry Lee Stewart, 66, of State Route 7, Marietta, died at his home 12:17 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, 2007, following a short illness with cancer.

He was born May 28, 1941, in Marietta, to the late Merrill O. and Rachel Wilson Stewart.

Garry graduated from Marietta High School class of 1959 and was a carpenter with Pioneer Pipe and retired in 1994. He was a member of Marietta Moose Lodge 1823 and Aurelius Lodge 308 F.&A.M. Macksburg, Ohio, and Marietta Local 356 Carpenters Union.

He married Donna L. Cox of St. Marys on July 16, 1960, and she survives with a daughter, Regina Stewart (John “Higgy” Higginbotham) of Marietta; one brother, Melvin Stewart (Carolyn) of Ashville, Ohio; and one sister, Velva Jean Bauerbach (Donald) of Marietta.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Hadley Funeral Home, Reno Chapel, with Roger A. Rush officiating. Burial will follow in East Lawn Memorial Park. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until the time of services Monday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News January 24, 2009

Geraldine C. Stewart

Geraldine Cossette Stewart, 92, of St. Marys, W.Va., died Jan. 23, 2009.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Sunday and from noon-2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

(Posted by Ingram Funeral Home)

Geraldine Cossette Stewart, 92, of St. Marys, WV, died, January 23, 2009, at the St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkersburg, WV. She was born, April 1, 1916, in Ritchie County, WV, a daughter of the late John Edward and Leona Keller Barlow. She was a member of the George Street Church of Christ. She is survived by one daughter, Carol Stewart, two brothers, Randy Stewart and George Stewart all of St. Marys, WV, eight grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, seven great great grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George W. “Soap” Stewart, one son, Earl Christian “Chris” Stewart, one daughter, Judith Ann Stewart, a great grandson, Shane Gaspers, and twelve brothers and sisters. Services will be held Monday, January 26, 2009, at 2 P. M. at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV with the Rev. Darrel Gooden officiating. Interment will be in the St. Marys IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 P. M. Sunday and from 12 to 2 P. M. Monday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News August 11, 2006

H. Dean Stewart

H. Dean Stewart, 84, of Vienna passed away Aug. 9, 2006, at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

He was born June 2, 1922, in Marietta, Ohio, the son of the late Elmer and Elizabeth Pinkerton Stewart. Dean served in the U.S. Army during World War II, was in the Normandy Invasion and Battle of the Bulge, was a graduate of the Pittsburgh Art Institute, was retired as a pictorial artist and sign painter and was a member of the Independent Baptist Church in Vienna. Dean enjoyed gardening, flowers, the outdoors and painting.

Dean is survived by his wife, Dorothy Stewart; one son, Dean Clark and his wife, Sharon, of St. Marys, W.Va.; four grandchildren and their spouses; nine great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Vincent Fox and his wife, Jane, of Florida; sister-in-law, Margie Hanger and her husband, Grover, of Newark, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister; and one brother.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Independent Baptist Church, 406 27th St., Vienna, with the Rev. Robert P. May officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen North Cemetery with military graveside rites by American Legion Post 15, Parkersburg. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at the Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 3005 Grand Central Ave., Vienna.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader - ly 10, 1903

Hezekiah Stewart of Raven Rock died very suddenly at his home there Saturday evening about 6 o'clock. Opinion is divided as to the cause of his death, some claiming convulsion while others give it cramps.

He was well apparently in the morning and came down town where it is said he supplied himself with a quantity of liquor, and going back home to spend the day, which was the Fourth.

His neighbors aver that he did not drink to excess, but used only a small amount during the afternoon.

During the afternoon he was seized with cramps or convulsions, and only lived a short time. He was about 35 years of age and leaves a wife and three children.

At the request of his neighbors, an inquest was held Sunday morning by Coroner O. C. Ogdin, but nothing new was revealed.

(Gerald Bills)


Judith A. Stewart

Judith Ann Stewart, 56, of St. Marys passed away May 9, 2007.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys. Calling hours will be 6-8 p.m. Saturday and 1-2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

(Posted by Ingram Funeral Home)

Judith Ann Stewart, 56, of St. Marys, WV, passed away, May 9, 2007, at the Sistersville Nursing Center, Sistersville, WV. She was born, February 28, 1951, in Pleasants Co., WV, a daughter of the late George Stewart and Geraldine Barlow Stewart of St. Marys, WV. She enjoyed her family, puppies, and stuffed animals. Judy had a beautiful smile that let you know she was enjoying her day. In addition to her mother, she is survived by one sister, Carol Stewart, two brothers, George Stewart, Randy Stewart, all of St. Marys, WV, several nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by one brother, Chris Stewart. Services will be held Sunday, May 13, 2007, at 2 P. M. at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV with Pastor Jim Kelly officiating. Interment will be in the St. Marys IOOF Cemetery. Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 P. M. Saturday and from 1 to 2 P. M. Sunday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Kathryn M. Stewart

Kathryn W. Stewart 86, of St. Marys, WV, died Tuesday, August 14, 2001 at her residence. She was born, July 23, 1915, in Friendly, WV, a daughter of the late Theodore Porter and Rosa Alma Hays. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of St. Marys, worked for Goodyear tires in Akron, and Colin Anderson as a nurses aide.

She is survived one brother, Adrin "Bill" Hays of New Martinsville, WV several nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis Stewart, five brothers; Marion Laymand Hays, Truman O. Hays, Porter E. Hays, Charles Robert Hays, and Glenn Oscar Hays, three sisters; Margaret G. Clough, Grace Irene Richmond, and Mildred Naomi Umpleby.

Services will be held Saturday, August 18, 2001, at 11 A. M. at the Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV with Rev. Larry Parker officiating. The burial will be in Friendly Cemetery, Friendly, WV. Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 P. M Friday and up until service time Saturday.

(Michael Anderson)


St. Marys Oracle March 26, 2007

Robert E. Stewart

Robert E. Stewart, 59, passed away unexpectedly March 20, 2007, in Canton, OH.

Born in Pleasants County, he had been a Canton resident since 1970. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he served in the U, S. Coast Guard for four years. He was a member of Maplebrook Church of God in East Canton, OH.

He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Melissa and Jim Dorosky and Thonda and James Lanham III, all of Canton; two sons. Shawn Stewart and Robert Stewart, of the home; his mother, Mary Phillips; brothers, Fred (Pearl) Stewart, Don , (Sonya) Stewart, Steve (Sherry) Stewart, Chuck (Connie) Tippens, and Dave Stewart;, sister, Dorene (Bruce) Lauer all of Canton; brother-in-law and his wife, Danny and Debbie Price of Harrisville; and five grandsons, Christopher Stewart, Ryan Stewart, Tyler Lanham, Garrett Stewart, and Cody McCauley all of Canton. He is also survived by his extended family including nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Shirley Stewart, on March 24. 1999, and a granddaughter, Brooke Stewart.

Services were Friday in the with Maplebrook Church of of God with Rev. Michael Tyree officiating. Burial was in Sunset Hills Burial Park.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News April 28, 2009

Ronald M. Stewart

Ronald M. Stewart, 70, of St. Marys, W.Va., passed away April 26, 2009, at his residence following a short illness with Lou Gehrig's disease.

He was born Aug. 23, 1938, in Pleasants County, W.Va., a son of the late Homer and Rona Martin Stewart. He worked for the cable companies for 35 years, retiring with Suddenlink Communications. He loved to hunt and go to the cabin with all his friends.

He is survived by his wife, Dolores (Coplin) Stewart; one son, Ronnie Stewart and wife, Julie; two daughters, Karen and Cathy Stewart, all of St. Marys, W.Va.; three stepchildren, Eric Coplin of St. Marys, Diana Matlack and husband, Dave, of Parkersburg and Tammy Sole and husband, Dennis, of the Oak Grove Community; grandchildren, Eli and Jordan Stewart, Daniel and Jeff Sole and Logan Coplin; two sisters, Opal Locke and Claris Powell and husband, Charles, all of St. Marys, and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Mildred Grimes, Hazel Boyd and Loretta Bills; and two brothers, Stanley Stewart and Clarence Stewart. Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Pastor Kelly Snyder officiating. Interment will be in the St. Marys IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today and from 1-2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News March 25, 2005

Mary E. Stewart

Mary Elizabeth Stewart, 90, of Newport, Ohio, died March 23, 2005, at the Arbors of Marietta.

She was born Aug. 15, 1914, at Leith Run, Ohio, a daughter of the late Barney and Mamie J. Doty Dearth. She was a member of the Newport Church of Christ.

A graveside service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Newport Cemetery, Newport, with Evangelist Chris Mullins officiating. Calling hours will be 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys.

(Posted by Ingram Funeral Home)

Mary Elizabeth Stewart, 90, of Newport, OH, died, March 23, 2005, at the Arbors of Marietta. She was born, August 15, 1914, at Leith Run, OH, a daughter of the late Barney and Mamie J. Doty Dearth. She was a member of the Newport Church of Christ. She is survived by one daughter, Barbara Clovis and her husband Ted of St. Marys, WV one son Roger Stewart, of Williamstown, WV, several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren, one brother Fred Dearth and his wife Jean, of Seville, OH, several nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Stewart, one son, Gerald Stewart, five brothers, and six sisters. A graveside service will be held Saturday, March 26, 2005, at 2 P. M. at the Newport Cemetery, Newport, OH with Evangelist Chris Mullins officiating. Calling hours will be from 10 A.M. to 12 P.M. Saturday at Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News - December 10, 2003

Pauline P. Stewart

ST. MARYS - Pauline P. Stewart, 88, of Route 39, St. Marys died Dec. 9, 2003, at her residence.

She was born June 22, 1915, in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Walter W. and Bertie Dearth Houser. She was a member of the Grace Episcopal Church and was a homemaker.

She is survived by one son, Gerald Stewart of St. Marys; a son-in-law, Robert Graber of Iowa; three grandchildren, Gretchen Graber of Eagle, Colo., Susie Hobbs of San Diego, Calif., and Troy Stewart of St. Marys; seven great-grandchildren; and her caregiver, Mary Higgins of St. Marys.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Walter W. Stewart; one daughter, Shirley Ann Graber; and one sister, Helen Miller.

Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys. Burial will be in the St. Marys IOOF Cemetery. Calling hours will be from 6-9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader - February 9, 1906

Sudden Death

Peter Stewart, of Pittsburg, who was visiting his niece, Mrs. R. N. Corbitt, of Waverly, died suddenly at that place on Sunday evening.

Mr. Stewart was seventy-four years of age, and had been blind since he was sixteen years old. On Sunday evening he accompanied Mr. Corbitt to the Presbyterian Church, and after the services was standing in the aisle talking to friends, when he reeled and fell backward into the pew. He was carried outside, but expired in a few minutes.

Pleasants County Leader February 16, 1906

The funeral services for Peter Stewart were conducted by Rev. A. E. Brooks at the Presbyterian Church on Tuesday morning after which the remains, accompanied by C. G. Corbitt, were taken to Pennsylvania for interment. Mr. Stewart's death came as a sudden shock to everyone, he having attended the service at the church Sunday evening with Mr. Corbitt, and was stricken after the congregation was dismissed and died in a few minutes. Mr. Stewart was seventy-six years of age, and although he had been blind since he was sixteen years of age, he ever bore his affliction with patient, christian fortitude and to know him was to love and respect him. One of the most beautiful expressions presented by the minister in the funeral sermon was that he had bounded but a step from the House of God on earth to the Mansion above.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle October 22, 2008

William James Stewart

William James “Willie” Stewart, 85, passed away October 17, 2008, at Lakin Hospital Nursing Facility, West Columbia, WV.

He was born June 3, 1923 in Pleasants County, WV, a son the late Otha and Sarah Ann Farnsworth Stewart. He was one of 12 children.

He is survived by one sister, Goldie Mae Lamp of St. Marys, WV and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Bishop, Charles, George, Lewis “Pete”, Eugene “Smokey” Stewart, and five sisters, Clara Geer, Mary Boucott, Nell Bolen, Elizabeth Weekly and Della Chips.

Services were Monday, at Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News March 3, 2004

Leo Stillwell

VIENNA - Leo Stillwell, 86, of Vienna, died March 2, 2004, at his residence.

He was born Feb. 3, 1918, at New Egypt, N.J., a son of the late Ellis and Alice Hance Stillwell. He was a veteran of World War II, a retired truck driver for Sterling Oil Division, and he was a loving husband and father. He enjoyed his family, grandchildren, and gardening.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Virginia Stillwell; three sons, John Meyer and his wife, Ronda of St. Marys, Gary Meyer and his wife, Kim of Belpre, and Chuck Meyer of St. Marys; two daughters, Georgia Steele and her husband, Bob Gwen Grose and her husband, Scott both of St.Marys; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lila Davis and her husband, Stan of Florida and Dotte Harris and her husband, Walt of Massachusetts and his faithful puppy, Amber.

A graveside service will be held 10 a.m. Thursday at the Willow Island Cemetery, Willow Island, W.Va., with Pastor Mike Hickman officiating. Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys.

Memorial Contributions may be made to: Relay for Life, Rt.1 Box 95A, St. Marys, W.V. 26170 and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 2 Gateway Center, 13 North, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle December 21, 2005

Jerry Stiverson

Jerry L. Stiverson, 62, of Lancaster, passed away Thursday, Dec. 8, 2005, at Fairfield Medical Center.

He was born May 6, 1942, in Rockbridge to Hobert and Becky Mathias Stiverson. Jerry worked as an operator for Ricketts Excavating for 35 years. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp and attended Union Church.

Jerry is survived by his loving wife, Delores Steele Stiverson of Lancaster; daughter, Rhonda (Kevin) Carpenter of Rockbridge; stepson, John (Dianne) Bayless of St. Marys; mother, Becky Stiverson of Rockbridge; sister, Bonnie (Bob) Springer of Rockbridge; brother, Buddy (Marilyn) Stiverson of Lancaster; grandchildren, Brittany Hopkins, Johanna (Randy) Whitehair and Scott (Heather) Bayless; four great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and aunt and uncle, Sue (Harvey) Tigner of Lancaster.

His father, Hobert Stiverson, preceded him in death.

Services were at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, 2005, at Sheridan Funeral Home, Lancaster, with Pastor Thomas Rogers officiating. Interment was in Greenfield Township Cemetery.

Visitation was from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, 2005 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

The family would like to give a thank you to the staff at Fairfield Medical Center for the excellent care given to Jerry.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News July 6, 2009

Edward Jason (Jay) Stout

Edward Jason (Jay) Stout, 32, was born July 21, 1976, in Parkersburg. Jay lost his battle with cancer on July 4, 2009.

Jay was a loving husband, a caring father and a loyal friend. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Jay graduated from Ritchie County High School. He was employed by Simex in St. Marys, W.Va. Jay will truly be missed. Jay is survived by his wife, Jessica (Stan); and his daughter, Olivia, of Newport, Ohio. He is also survived by his parents, Larry and Belle Stout of Ellenboro, W.Va.; his brother, Wayne Stout of Ellenboro; his sister and brother-in-law, Lisa and Mitchell Howell of Harrisville, W.Va.; two nieces, Cassidy and Emma Howell; one nephew, Lyndon Moore; his paternal grandmother, Willadeen Stout; his maternal grandmother, Mary Barnes; as well as his three uncles, aunts, cousins and many friends.

Jay was preceded in death by his grandfathers.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Pastors Harlan Hodge and Samuel Lambert officiating. Interment will be in the Newport Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News October 6, 2007

Betty E. Stout

Betty E. Stout, 85, of Parkersburg passed away Oct. 5, 2007, at the Eagle Pointe Nursing Facility.

She was born Nov. 30, 1921, in Sunbury, Ohio, a daughter of the late William and Grace Plunket Strosnider. Betty was a graduate of Sunbury High School, Delaware, Ohio and was retired after many years of service from Colin Anderson Center, Pleasants County, where she was a teacher. She was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church, Parkersburg, a member of the Silverhair Legislature, W.Va. Poetry Society, the Boys Club and was a foster grandmother.

Betty is survived by one son and his wife, David and Rhonda Stout of Parkersburg; two grandchildren, Chrys Stout-Yonkins of St. Marys and David Stout and his wife, Carrie, of Parkersburg; and two great-grandchildren, Caitlin and Randy Yonkins, both of Palestine.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George Stout; one son, Gerald "Gerry" Stout; three brothers, Stanley, Gerard and Dutch Strosnider; and two sisters, Helen Donaldson and Virginia Strosnider.

Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2007, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, Parkersburg. A gathering of friends and family will celebrate her life from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Green St., Parkersburg.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader - November 30, 1906

Mrs. Strader Dead

Rev. C. A Isner writes from Elkins, W. Va. that his wife's sister, Mrs. J. C. Strader, wife of Rev. Strader of the W. Va. Conference, died suddenly at their home at Ronceverte, Nov. 23, and was buried at Bellington on the 25th, and he and his wife have been attending the funeral services

(Gerald Bills)


Charles C. Straight

Charles C. Straight, 94, of Belmont, passed away Nov. 7, 2001, at Carehaven of Pleasants.

He was born Jan. 12, 1907, in Spencer, son of the late James and Ida Straight. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp. during World War II. He had worked for Colin Anderson Center for many years, which he had retired from.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Dorothy Straight; three daughters, Charlotte Boor and her husband, Jim, Pam Bills and her husband, Vic and Renee Houser and her husband, Lewis; three sons, Mike Straight and his wife, Lisa, Gary Blouir and his wife, Janie and Popeye Straight and his wife, Dorothy; 11 grandchildren, Sheila, Annie, Darren, Deanna, Mindy, Lewis, Christopher, Joyel, Eric, Ashley and Adam; 13 great-grandchildren, Jimmy, Shawn, Rebecca, Ashley, Tiffany, Gary, Kasi, Haley, Matthew, Gavin, Mikey, Dalton and Tenton; one sister, Corey Zinn of Toledo, Ohio; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by five brothers, Henry, Doyle, Clarence, Sidney and French Straight; and two sisters, Rosy Wise and Sally Hawthorn.

Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home, with Pastor Chuck Rogers officiating. Burial will be in the IOOF Cemetery of St. Marys, with military graveside services by American Legion Post 79, VFW Post 222 and AMVETS Post 40. Calling hours are from 4-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

(Michael Anderson)


Parkersburg News - September 22, 2007

Dorothy M. Straight

Dorothy Melinda Straight, 86, of Belmont, W.Va., died Sept. 21, 2007, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Parkersburg.

She was born Aug. 19, 1921, at Schultz, Pleasants County, W.Va., a daughter of the late John and Sara Johnson Blouir. She had attended Good Hope Baptist Church at Schultz and was an avid bingo player and sports spectator.

She is survived by three daughters, Charlotte Boor and her husband, Jim, of Belmont, Pam Bills and her husband, Vic, of St. Marys, W.Va., and Renee Houser and her husband, Lewis, of Belmont; three sons, Mike Straight and his wife, Lisa, of St. Marys, Gary Blouir and his wife, Janie, of Belmont, and Popeye Straight and his wife, Dorothy, of St. Marys; 11 grandchildren, Sheila, Annie, Darren, Deanna, Mindy, Lewis, Christopher, Joyel, Eric, Ashley and Adam; 16 great-grandchildren, Jimmy, Shawn, Rebecca, Ashley, Tiffany, Gary, Kasi, Haley, Matthew, Gavin, Mikey, Dalton, Trenton, Trinty, Levi and Damien; two great-great-grandsons, Ethyn and James; one sister, Dorsey Efaw of Sistersville, W.Va.; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles C. Straight; two grandsons, Willie and Jimmy; two granddaughters, Kayla and Erica; one great-granddaughter, Anna Marie; two brothers, Dick Blouir and Bud Blouir; and one sister, Violet “Peachy” Straight.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys. Interment will be in the St. Marys IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. today and from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle April 28, 2004

Ralph H. Straight

Ralph Herman Streight, 70, of North Vernon, Ind., died April 20, 2004 at his residence.

He was born Aug. 25, 1933 in St. Marys to the late Harry Streight and Emma Ash Streight. He was employed at U.S. Steel in Gary, Indiana, for 29 years, retiring In 1984 as a scarfer. He then worked ten years at Delcalb Medical Center in Decatur, Georgia. He was a member of Bible Baptist Church in North Vernon, and a former member of Portage Avenue Baptist Church in Portage, Ind., He was a Little League Baseball coach for ten years in Portage. Mr. Streight enjoyed building construction and being a handyman.

On Sept. 6, 1952, Ralph married Phyllis Skinner in St. Marys who survives him. He is also survived by two sons, Richard T. Streight of North Vernon, and Ray Streight of Portage, Ind.; one daughter, Kay Rushing of North Vernon; seven grandsons, Michael Arnold of North Vernon, Steven Arnold of Seymour, Ind., Cecil Arnold, of Lawrenceburg, Ind., Mark Streight of Lake Station, Ind., Kevin Streight of Chesterton, Ind., Richard Streight and Shane Streight both of Venice, Fla.; four granddaughters, Sara Streight of Baxter, Minn., Rachel Streight of North Vernon, Melissa Graden of Portage, Ind: and Tina Streight of Venice, Fla.; one brother, Glen Streight of Stockport, Ohio; two sisters, Doris Tuttle of Coolville Ohio and Deloris Streight of Marietta; and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Donald Streight; one grandson, David Streight; three brothers, Jack Streight, Jim Streight and Donald Streight.

Funeral services were Thursday, April 22 at the Bible Baptist Church with Rev. Steve Burrell officiating. Interment followed in the McCool Cemetery in Portage, Ind.

Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to Bible Baptist Church building fund at 420 South State Street, North Vernon, Ind. 47265.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News October 29, 2007

Hershall O. “HO” Street

Hershall O. “HO” Street, 78, of Belpre, Ohio, loving father and grandfather, died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007, at Worthington Manor in Parkersburg.

He was born in Liverpool, W.Va., Aug. 10, 1929, and was the son of the late Coral O. and Minnie Phillips Street. He was retired from the U.S. Air Force following 20 years of service. He then retired from the American Cyanamid Corporation in St. Marys, W.Va. He had been a very active member at the Porterfield Baptist Church where he had been a member of the Christian Clown Club, the Deacon board and Evangelism Exploration Team. He had been on Hopi, Ariz., Mission Trips and actively visited shut-ins from the church.

Survivors include his two sons, Michael Street and his wife, Katrin, of Virginia Beach, Va., and Jeffery Street and his wife, Sonja, of Ravenswood; his two daughters, Patti Lynn Preston and her husband, Jim, of Belpre and Cheri Epperly and her husband, John, of Belpre; a brother, William Street and his wife, Nancy, of Charleston, W.Va.; a sister, Kitty Carson and her husband, Jim, of Buckhannon, W.Va.; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife of 39 years, Lucretia Jo Street in 1991; three brothers, Gerald, Ronald and John Paul (Jay) Street; and three sisters, Lois Hinzman, Charlotte Epling and Evelyn Horton.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Belpre, with Pastor Mark Eaton officiating. Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery, Belpre. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home and up to the time of service Tuesday. Military graveside rites will be conducted by Post 15 of the American Legion, Parkersburg.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader - May 2, 1902

Riley Osborne Streitenberger

Riley Osborne Streitenberger, infant son of Jno. E. and Clarissa Streitenberger, was born October 17, 1901, and died April 24. 1902, aged six months and seven days. Tender hands laid all of him that was mortal to rest in the St. Marys cemetery April 26.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader - July 3, 1901

"Mrs Stroebel Dead"

"Mrs. Jacob Stroebel, aged 81, died at her home in this city Sunday night of paralysis. The funeral occurred this (Wednesday) afternoon. The deceased was one of the oldest inhabitants of the county."

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader - December 5, 1902

Obituary

Rosy Caroline Sturdivant, daughter of J. H. and Adeline Sturdivant was born Nov. 30. 1899 at Hewitt, Sioux Co., Nebraska and died Nov. 21st, 1902 at the home of her grand-parents near Raven Rock, W. Va., and her mortal remains were laid to rest in the Mt. Carmel cemetery Nov. 22nd.

She was 2 years, 11 months, 21 days of age. In excellent health she came with her mother and little brother from Hewitt to West Virginia on a visit. Pneumonia with its blighting, deception nature seized her frail form and before friends were aware of death's near approach she quietly passed from terrestrial conditions to the bliss of the celestial where she witchingly waits for the coming of dear ones.

(Gerald Bills)


Marietta Times January 5, 2008

Sue Ellen Stull

NEW MATAMORAS — Sue Ellen Stull, 57, of Archers Fork Road, New Matamoras, died Thursday (Jan. 3, 2008) at her residence.

She was born Feb. 17, 1950, in Marietta, to the late Ray and Nellie McGee Boley.

She was a nurses aide at Carehaven of Pleasants County, W.Va.

She is survived by her husband, Gary Stull; sons, Tim Stull (Charolette) of Marietta, and Gary Stull of Newport; daughter, Stacey Stull and fiancee, Tim Mounts, of Marietta; grandson, Austin Stull of Marietta; four brothers; and eight sisters.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a half brother, Morris McGee; and a grandson, Timothy Stull.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Hadley Funeral Home, 1021 Pike St., where the service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday with David Beaver officiating. Burial will follow at Matamoras Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the funeral home to help with expenses.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News December 4, 2003

Elder Sullivan

ST. MARYS - Elder Warren E. Sullivan, 82, of Route 4, St. Marys, died Dec. 2, 2003, at St. Joseph's Hospital.

He was born Nov. 23, 1921, at King Knob, Ritchie County, W.Va., a son of the late of the late Walter and Laura Boston Sullivan. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving in both the European and Pacific Theatres. He served as chief of police and city manager of Cairo, W.Va., from 1947 to 1953. He retired from Quaker State Oil Refinery Corp. after 25 years of service. He was the pastor of the Light of the Light Apostolic Church for eight years and was a member of the American Legion Post 79 of St. Marys.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Maude James Sullivan; three children, Sandra Kay Carder of Vienna, Ray Edward Sullivan of Dayton, Ohio, and Walter Franklin Sullivan of City; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one niece; and two nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one nephews.

Service will be 10 a.m. Friday at Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Elder David Adams officiating. Burial will be in the IOOF Cemetery, Harrisville, W.Va., with a military service conducted by American Legion Post 79, VFW Post 222 and AMVETS Post 40. Calling hours will be from 5-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News April 22, 2006

Marian Flowers-Sullivan

Marian Esther Flowers-Sullivan, 78, of Parkersburg went to Heaven to be with the Lord Friday, April 21, 2006.

She was born Oct. 14, 1927, in Lockport, N.Y., the daughter of the late John and Lina Sullivan Bruce. She was a member of the Pine Grove Baptist Church and Christian Women’s Club of Parkersburg; she was former president of the Democratic Women’s Organization of Pleasants County; former Pleasants County assessor; and she volunteered for Operation Christmas Child in North Carolina, Women’s Care Center of Parkersburg and Jackson Junior High School’s Career Fair.

She is survived by seven children, John Tansey of Galveston, Texas, Cynthia Clawson of Atlanta, Gloria Busch of Parkersburg, Kathy Tucker of Parkersburg, Kay Mason of Waverly, Ray Flowers of Parkersburg and April Wood of Waverly; six stepchildren, Richard Sullivan, Bill Shore, Peggy White, Dee Stone, Debbie Schofield and Janet Suffell; 14 grandchildren; 16 stepgrandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; one brother, Charles Bruce; and four sisters, Jane Mikulec, Nancy Duty, Ruth Wilson and Mattie Arnold.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husbands, John Bruce, who died in 1950, Raymond Flowers, who died in 1988, and James Sullivan, who died in 1994; and two brothers, William Bruce and John Bruce.

A celebration of the life of Marian Flowers-Sullivan will be 2 p.m. Monday at the Pine Grove Baptist Church, with Pastor Chuck Ferrell officiating. Burial will be in the Willow Island Cemetery. Calling hours will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, and 1-2 p.m. Monday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pine Grove Baptist Church Elevator Fund at 12717 Emerson Ave., Parkersburg, WV 26104.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News May 25, 2005

Billy D. Summers

Billy Dean Summers, 74, of Arvilla, W.Va., died May 23, 2005, at Slicker Falls, W.Va.

He was born Jan. 18, 1931, at Point Lookout Ridge in Pleasants County, W.Va., to the late Orie N. "Buck" and Mabel G. Glover Summers. He was a Union carpenter, a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and an avid hunter and fisherman.

He is survived by two sons, Jerry Summers of Ona, W.Va., and Jay Summers of St. Marys; two daughters, Jill Stewart of Ona and Julie Williamson of Arvilla; a brother, Bob Summers of Newport, Ohio; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley G. Smith Summers in 1996.

Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Myers Funeral Home, Sistersville, with Evangelist Bill Reed officiating. Burial will be in Friendly Cemetery, Friendly, W.Va. Calling hours are from 5-9 p.m. today at the funeral home. www.MyersFuneralHomeWV.com

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle May 11, 2005

Charles C. Summers

Charles C. Summers of Clarksburg, died Saturday, May 8, 2005 in the home he shared with his surviving wife, Lois Esther Masten Summers, whom he married on March 23, 1938.

Mr. Summers was born August 0, 1917 in Pleasants County, the son of the late Joseph N. and Florence P. Naught Summers.

He was a decorated W W 11 veteran, having served as a sharpshooter with the U.S. Army and having received a Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster.

After the war, Mr. Summers entered the glass business, apprenticing as a glass cutter, in Oklmulgee, Oklahoma.

Later returning to his home state of West Virginia in 1956, he worked for Fourco Glass in Clarksburg and then retired' from the Jerry Run Plant. Summers was a member of the Central Church of Christ of Chestnut Street of Clarksburg.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Orie and Bill Summers; four sisters, Zelma Christian, Violet Cline and June Potts

Surviving are three sisters, Zelma Grove and Betty Campbell of Friendly and Twila Hanlin of St. Marys; four children, Joseph and Louella (Edwards) Summers of Isaac Creek Road, parents of granddaughter Sherri (David) Craddock, great-granddaughter Hannah Scott of Lumberport; grandson Timothy Joseph (Janet) Summers, great-grandson Jeromy Sparks great-granddaughter, Jamie Starling; great-grandson, Caleb Starling, all of Akron, Ohio. Dennis and Patricia McCormick of Martinsburg, granddaughter Rebecca Jo (Steve) Treadway, great-grandchildren, Madison, Steven and Kendall Treadway; grandson Clark (Kristi)McCormick and great-grandsons Mason and Wyatt, all of Beckley; Doreen and Caird E. Rexroad, Jr., of Grambrills, Maryland and grandson Caird E. Rexroad, III of Inwood, WV and granddaughter, Leah (Adam) Harrell of Crofton, Maryland. Florence and David Lough of Clarksburg, grandson Charles D. Lough of Beckley, grandson Joesph A. (Melissa) Lough and Ashley, Julia, John, Christopher, Nicholas and Heather.

Funeral services were May 11 at the Davis Funeral Home in Clarksburg with Evangelist Perry Henegar and Darrell Henderson officiating.

Interment was in the WV National Cemetery, where military graveside rites were conducted by VFW Post 308, American Legion Post 12 and D.A.V. Chapter 24 all of Grafton.

(Gerald Bills)


St. Marys Oracle November 8, 1979

MRS. ALTA SUNDERMAN

Mrs. Alta Sunderman. 84, of 310 Riverside Drive, St. Marys, died at St. Joseph Hospital in Parkersburg last Wednesday.

She was born in P1easants County, daughter of the late William and Bertha Severn. She was a member of the St. Marys United Methodist Church and the Mount Pleasant (Michigan) Chapter No. 55. Order of the Eastern Star.

She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Veronica Ford of Casselberry, Fla.; a brother, Carl Severn. in Florida; a granddaughter and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Sunderman.

The funeral was held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday at the Ruttencutter Funeral Home in St. Marys, with the Rev. I. S. Middaugh officiating. Burial was in the St.. Marys IOOF Cemetery.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News October 20, 2005

Avis A. Sunderman

Avis A. Sunderman, 92, of St. Marys died Oct. 19, 2005.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys. Calling hours will be 5-9 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

(Posted by Ingram Funeral Home)

Avis A. Sunderman, 92, of St. Marys, WV, died, October 19, 2005, at Harmar Place in Marietta, OH. She was born, March 14, 1913, in Grandview Township, Washington County, OH, a daughter of the late Daniel and Julia Dillon Beaver. She is survived by seven daughters, Mrs. Richard (Phyllis) Waggoner and Mrs. Donald (Leona) Pritchett of Waverly, WV, Mary Reed of St. Marys, WV, Mrs Vergil (Christine) Pritchett of Salem, OH, Mrs. Richard (Virginia) Pritchett of Stockport, OH, Mrs. Tony (Dorothy) Starcher and Mrs. Alfred (Iona) Pritchett of Marietta, OH, three sons, James Sunderman of Waterford, OH, James Sunderman of Newport, OH, and Marvin Sunderman and his friend, Pauline Smith of St. Marys, WV, one sister, Mrs. Robert (Neva) Owens of Wellsville, OH, one brother, Robert Beaver of Belmont, WV, thirty-one grandchildren, fifty-two great grandchildren, and fifteen great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Sunderman, who she married, September 15, 1930, he died, October 1, 1977, one son, Franklin, one daughter, Julia, , three sisters, four brothers, and five step-sisters. Services will be held Saturday, October 22, 2005, at 1 P. M. at Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV with Pastor Chuck Rogers officiating. Burial will be in the St. Marys IOOF Cemetery. Calling hours from 5 to 9 P. M. Friday, and from 9 A. M. to 1 P. M. Saturday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Marietta Times December 23, 2004

Franklin Delano Sunderman

NEWPORT - Franklin Delano Sunderman, 71, of Newport died at 8:40 a.m. Wednesday (Dec. 22, 2004) in Marietta Memorial Hospital.

He was born March 26, 1933, the son of Avis Sunderman of St. Marys, W.Va., and the late Raymond Sunderman. He enjoyed fishing and story-telling and was a veteran of the Korean conflict. He was a member of the Marietta Christian Church. He had been employed at Pennington Bakery and later was employed at Broughton's Dairy until his retirement in 1997.

On Sept. 15, 1954, he married Edith Virginia Lee, who survives with three sons, Dexter Sunderman and his wife, Laura, of Alabama, and Victor Sunderman and his wife, Niki, and Bryon Sunderman and his wife, Tammie, all of Newport; two daughters, Vivian Lewis and her husband, Earl, of Williamstown, and Regenia Ward and her husband, Michael, of Marietta; six grandchildren, Kevin, Nichole, Brian P. and Bryon J. Sunderman, Shawn Ward and Jason Ward; and three great-grandchildren, Trevor, Colt and Remy Sunderman. He is also survived by three brothers, Clarence Sunderman of Marietta, James Sunderman of Newport and Marvin Sunderman of St. Marys; seven sisters, Phyllis Wagner and Leora Pritchett of Waverly, W.Va., Mary Reed and Evelyn (Ionna) Pritchett of St. Marys, Kristina Pritchett of Lower Salem, Virginia Pritchett of Stockport and Dorothy Starcher of Marietta; and his mother of St. Marys. He was preceded in death by his father and one sister, Julia Sunderman.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the McClure-Schafer-Lankford Funeral Home with Pastor Joe Matthewson officiating. Interment will be in Newport Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 p.m. today until the hour of the service.

(Gerald Bills)


Marietta Times December 25, 2008

Nikki S. Sunderman

NEWPORT - Nikki S. Sunderman, 62, of Harris Street, Newport, Ohio, died at 6:15 a.m. Tuesday (Dec. 23, 2008) at James Cancer Center in Columbus, Ohio.

She was born Aug. 5, 1946, in Washington County to the late Bernard D. and Violet Johnson McIntosh. Nikki graduated from Marietta High School in 1964. She married Victor Sunderman on Aug. 9, 2000.

Survivors include her husband; son, Patrick Kegley (Heather); daughter, Jami Thrasher (Brett); stepson, Kevin Sunderman (Vicki); five grandchildren, Grant, Kegley, Travis, Bradly, and Tanner and Emyli Thrasher; six stepgrandchildren, Joshua Thrasher, Cole Rizer, Trevor, Colton, and Remy and Miracle Sunderman; one sister, Toni Christopher (Rick) of St. Marys, W.Va., and children, Kelli, Justin and Rikki; two sisters-in-law, Vivian Lewis (Earl) of Williamstown and Regina Ward (Mike) and children, Shaun and Jason of Newport; two brothers-in-law, Bryon (Tammie) Sunderman and children, Curtis, B.J. and Nichols of Newport, and Dexter (Laura) and their son, Brian, of Ala.; and one very special aunt, Bettie Rummer of Marietta.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a stepfather, Raymond Griffith; half sister, Kandi Zimmerman; half brother, Raymond Griffith III; father-in-law, Frank Sunderman; and special uncle, Homer Rummer.

Along with several other jobs, she especially enjoyed the Fenton Art Gift Shop and Marietta Wal-Mart. She had made many friends over the years. Her hobbies included crocheting blankets for her associates' newborns, reading and crossword puzzles, but by far, her love for family always came first.

Service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Hadley Funeral Home Reno Chapel with Pastor Byron Bufkin officiating. Burial to follow in Newport Cemetery. Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the funeral home in her name.

(Gerald Bills)


Pleasants County Leader December 1, 2007

Francis Stanley Super

Francis Stanley "Frank" Super, 89, formerly of Elkins, WV, died No 19. 2007, at Tucson, AZ. He had been in declining health.

He was born Sept. 16, 1918. at Oneonta, NY, a son of the late Joseph and Katherine Superynowicz.

On April 4, 1941, he married the former Isabella M. Weller. who preceded him in death Oct. 23, 2002. Ile graduated in 1939 from Oneonta Normal School (now Oneonta State College) with a degree in social studies education. le was the first player at Oneonta to he named to the Ail-Star Basketball Team and scored 400 points in three seasons in the time when there was jump ball after every basket. He earned a master's degree in physical education from Cortland State Teachers College. In 1943 he began his teaching and coachin career at Gifford Central School. From 1944-75 he taught physical education and coached at West Winfield Central School in West Winfield, NY. He coached all sports through his career and led teams to numerous undefeated seasons and league championships in football, basketball, baseball and track. A member of the New York State Coaches Association for 32 years, he received the certificate of merit several times from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. In 2000, he was inducted into the College of Oneonta Athletic Hall of Fame, and in 2003. he received the Distinguished Service Award from Mount Markham High School. An avid golfer who won numerous golf awards, he was a member of the Cedar Lake Club where he worked in the pro shop after retiring from coaching.

He is survived by one son, Joseph Super of St. Marys and his wife, Deborah; three daughters, Catherine S. Harding; of Somerset, CO. and Isabella Super and Barbara Super-Smith. both or Tucson, AZ; 11 grandchildren. Joseph `"Josh" Super of Elkins. Pamela Adams. Patrick Harding. Pia Benson. David lamele. Dexa lamele. Joseph Wojcik. Darcy Wojcik Soi and Danielle Smith 18 great-grandchildren: four great-greatgrandchildren: and several nieces and nephews.

At the request of the deceased, the remains will be cremated. A memorial mass sill be conducted at a later date at St. Marys Catholic Church followed by interment at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Oneonta, NY. -

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News March 1, 2006

Rosemary J. Sunderman

Rosemary Powell Hall Sunderman, 86, of Cincinnati, Ohio, died Feb. 26, 2006, at the Twin Towers Nursing Home, Cincinnati, Ohio.

She was born April 27, 1919, in Morgantown, W.Va., a daughter of the late Jonathan C. and Lillian Gray Hackney Powell. She was a graduate of St. Marys High School and the St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing. She served as a U. S. Army nurse during World War II in the Europe Campaign and had served as a private duty nurse in the Parkersburg area until 1978. She was a member of the Stout Memorial United Methodist Church in Parkersburg and had attended the St. Marys United Methodist Church in St. Marys. She was a member of the W.Va. Association of Registered Nurses.

She is survived by her second husband, Cofer Sunderman; one daughter, Margaret L. Ingram of Huntley, Ill.; two stepsons, Alan Sunderman of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Mark Sunderman in China; three grandchildren, Michael C. Ingram of Huntley, Marie Don Ingram and Matthew Norman Ingram, both of Wauconda, Ill.; one stepgrandson, Eric Sunderman of Cincinnati; one sister, Margaret G. Simonton of Vienna; one brother, James M. Powell and his wife, Sally, of Parkersburg; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Soloman D. Powell; and a brother-in-law, Skeete Simonton.

Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with the Rev. Jim Kelly officiating. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery North, Parkersburg. Calling hours are from 2-9 p.m. Thursday and 10-11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News August 11, 2009

Don Sutphin

Don Sutphin, 37, of Newport, Ohio, died Aug. 9, 2009.

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Marietta. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, and from 10-11 a.m. Thursday at the church.

(Posted by Ingram Funeral Home)

Don Sutphin, 37, of Newport OH, died August 9, 2009. He was born, January 19, 1972, in Fairmont, MN, a son of Charles L. and Charlene A. Spencer Sutphin. He had served with the U. S. Marine Corp, was a mechanic with Marietta Mack, and had attended St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Marietta, OH. He enjoyed his work and loved his family.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Amanda Graham Sutphin, two daughters, Kelsey and Makenna Sutphin at home, sister, Terra Gurley, half-brother, Matthew Sutphin, maternal grandparents, Bernard and Blossom Spencer, aunts, Kathy Mosloski, Christine Koch, Lisa Brown, and Jackie Spencer, mother-in-law and father-in-law, Vickie and Jerry Graham, a niece, a nephew, and several cousins.

Services will be held Thursday, August 13, 2009, at 11 A. M. at the St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 401 Scammel Street, Marietta, OH, with Pastor Steven Mahaffey officiating. A luncheon will be provided immediately following the service at the church. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P. M. Wednesday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV and from 10 to 11 A. M. Thursday at the church. Memorial contributions maybe made to the Don Sutphin Motorcycle Safety Memorial Fund, c/o People Savings Bank, P. O. Box 336, Newport, OH 45768.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News December 15, 2005

Mary R. Sutton

Mary Regina "Gene" Mehl Sutton, 92, Sistersville, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2005, at The Heritage, St. Marys.

She and the late William Howard Sutton were married for 52 years until his death December 1986. They made their home in Sistersville, where she lived until February 2003.

Born Sept. 18, 1913, in Parkersburg, she was the youngest child of Mary Helena Brown Mehl and Charles Franklin Mehl.

She graduated at age 16 from Parkersburg High School (1930) and entered the St. Thomas School of Nursing in Akron, Ohio. After graduation she practiced nursing at Sistersville General Hospital. Later she became a charter member of the hospital's Chinaberry Twig. She and others were honored for their service when the group disbanded in 1998.

She worshiped at Holy Rosary Church, Sistersville, where she was a long-time member of the Altar Society.

She devoted her life to homemaking and excelled in sewing/tailoring, refinishing furniture and decorating.

She was an avid reader, preferring historical novels and biographies, and as a loyal Republican The Weekley Standard.

Her love of sports began before her days as a high school field hockey player and continued until her last day, when she was planning to watch her Steelers beat the Bears in the afternoon.

That competitive edge carried over to the card table, where she enjoyed a good game of any kind. Duplicate bridge, however, commanded her attention, and she held winning cards until well into her 80s.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by their first born son on Dec. 26, 1936, and by her siblings, John Norman Mehl, Emma Mercedes Mehl and Helena Frances Mehl McCoy.

She is survived by her four children, Louise Anne Porter and husband, John, of Severna Park, Md., William Michael "Bill" Sutton and wife, Susan, of Huntersville, N.C., Becky Jean Sutton of Chicago, Ill., and Anthony Howard "Tony" Sutton and wife, Angelina, of Orange Park, Fla. Also surviving are eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and seven nieces and nephews and their families.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Friday at Myers Funeral Home, Sistersville. The Rev. Joseph Ezharath, pastor of Holy Rosary Church, Sistersville, will conduct a wake service at 7:30 p.m.

A funeral Mass will be offered 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Holy Rosary Church. The Rev. James Roache of Chicago will deliver the eulogy. Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery.

(Gerald Bills)


Steubenville Herald-Star January 06, 2005

Elizabeth 'Betty' Sweat

WEIRTON, W.Va. - Eliza- beth "Betty" Sweat, 73, of Weirton, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2005. She was born June 24, 1931, in St. Mary's, W.Va., the daughter of the late Carl and Lillian Yost Harding. She retired from Townhouse Motel, with the housekeeping dept. and formerly worked with T S & T Pottery.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Tony Ward; and a sister, Gladys Harding. She is survived by her husband, Harold Sweat, at home; a son, Thomas Sweat and wife, Tammy, of New Cumberland; three daughters, Donna Garces and husband, Arthur, of Texas, Francis Frierson, of Maryland, and Debbie Verelst and her husband, Bill, of Weirton; two brothers, Carl Harding, of St. Marys, and Donald Harding, of Chester; five sisters, Opal Howell, of Chester, Thelma Miller, of West Virginia, Sharon Banner, of Ohio, Beula Gallagher, of New Cumberland, and Norma Betts, of West Virginia; four grandchildren, Tracy, Sabrina, Zachery, Kim Ward (granddaughter-in-law); and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2005, at 2 p.m., with Minister Craig Greathouse officiating. Inter- ment will follow at New Cumberland Cemetery. Calling hours will be held on Friday from 6-8 p.m., and Saturday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the New Cumberland Chapel of the Nixon Funeral Home.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News March 20, 2008

Howard C. Swain

Howard C. Swain, 87, passed away Feb. 18, 2008, in Houston, Texas.

He was born April 29, 1920, in Parkersburg, to Archie C. Swain and Iris Boso Swain.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Pauline Leach Swain, also of Parkersburg; and his sisters, Imogene Swain Fagert of Paden City, W.Va., and Anita Swain Neal of Fletcher, N.C.

He is survived by five children, their spouses and grandchildren, all in Texas. He is also survived by his brother, James C. Swain and wife, Milli Bobak Swain, of Columbus, Ohio.

Howard graduated in the January 1938 class of Parkersburg High School. He attended Ohio University, where he studied business. He was a buyer with the Ames Baldwin-Wyoming shovel plant in Parkersburg and then with the Calco Chemical plant in St. Marys, W.Va. He then worked for the U.S. Steel supply division in Pittsburgh and became a regional manager. He managed operations at various times in New Jersey, Chicago, Dallas and in Houston, where his children were raised. He lived off and on in Houston throughout his later years.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News May 9, 2004

Harry W. Sweeney

Harry William "Bill" Sweeney, 76, of Waverly died May 7, 2004, at Harmar Place, Marietta.

He was born May 19, 1927, in Akron, Ohio, a son of the late Harry Hardman and Cora Belle Janes Sweeney. He was a member of the Waverly United Methodist Church, had worked for Calco, American Cyanamid and Cytec Industries, retiring with over 40 years service as an accountant. He was a member of the St. Marys Lodge 22 IOOF and a board member of the Union William Public Service District. He was a U. S. Navy veteran of World War II and an avid fisherman, hunter, sports fan and four-wheeler. He was a member of the Oldies Four-Wheeler Club.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Betty Hooper Sweeney; children, Judy Sweeney Gilpin and her husband, Kay, of Martinsburg, W.Va., Anita Sweeney Barnhart and her husband, Mike, of Bens Run, W.Va., John Sweeney and his wife, Donna, of Williamstown; grandchildren, Darin L. Gilpin and his wife, Wendy, Brian D. Gilpin and his wife, Laura Jeane, and Julie R. Gilpin and her fiance, Bryan, all of Martinsburg, Leslie Severe and her husband, Erik, of Oakley, Calif., Jami Barnhart of Parkersburg, Sean Barnhart and his wife, Michelle, of Friendly, Mary Beth Sweeney of Parkersburg and Lacey Sweeney of Williamstown; and great-grandchildren, Anna Gilpin, Julia Gilpin and Tyler Gilpin, all of Martinsburg, Jordan Barnhart of Friendly, McKenzie Severe of Oakley, Emma Gardner and Eli Gardner of Marietta; two sisters, JoAnn Smith and her husband, Hal, of Waverly and Pat Fetty and her husband, Don, of St. Marys; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John Richard Sweeney

Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with the Rev. John Frum officiating. Burial will be in the Riverview Cemetery, Williamstown, with military graveside services. Calling hours are 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. today and until service time Monday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rosenbaum Family House, Ruby Memorial Hospital, Stadium Drive, Morgantown, WV 26506.

(Gerald Bills)


Parkersburg News October 4, 2004

Dr. Larry E. Sweeney

Dr. Larry E. Sweeney, 70, of Muncie, Ind., died Sunday, Oct. 3, 2004, at Ball Memorial Hospital.

He was born in St. Marys, the son of E. Myron and Ruth Engle Sweeney. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Marietta College in 1958, he received an M.B.A. degree in finance, a master's degree in economics and a Ph.D. in finance from West Virginia University.

Before coming to Ball State University in 1984, he was employed at West Virginia University, Shepherd College, Ball State University, North East Missouri University and The University of Alabama in Huntsville. Dr. Sweeney was employed at Ball State University for 14 years until his retirement in 1998. Dr. Sweeney had a number of publications in the fields of chemistry and business. He was a member of St. Marys United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Mary Ann Atwood Sweeney; daughter, Sarah Stapp and husband, Vincent, of Parkersburg; son, Dr. John Sweeney and wife, Carla, of Winston-Salem, N.C.; daughter-in-law, Carol Sweeney of St. Petersburg, Fla.; three grandchildren, Allison McCauslin of Marietta, Ga., and Victoria and Molly Sweeney of St. Petersburg; sisters, Myra Core and husband, Robert, of Brunswick, N.J., and Alice Rolston and husband, Claude, of St. Marys; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Matthew Sweeney.

There will be no services or visitation. The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Muncie, Ind., is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Ball Memorial Hospital I.C.U., 2401 W. University Ave., Muncie, IN 47303.

Online condolences to the family may be sent to meeksmortuary@sbcglobal.net.

(Gerald Bills)


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