"V" Obituaries   

Parkersburg News June 21, 2009

Clarence E. Vaine

Clarence E. Vaine, 36, of Vienna, passed away at his residence on June 19, 2009, under the loving care of his family and Hospice.

He was born in St. John's Bury, Vt., a son of Norma L. Olcott Townsend of St. Marys and the late Neile J. Vaine.

In addition to his mother, Clarence is survived by his wife, Kathleen M. Cofrancesco Vaine; stepdaughter, Stephanie Cofrancesco of Vienna; stepson, Anthony Cofrancesco of Randolph, Vt.; stepgranddaughter, Ciara Cofrancesco of Belpre; sister, Norma L. Goulding of Lunenburg, Vt.; brother, John Vaine of Bethel, Vt.; and niece, Amanda Litchfield of Belpre.

The funeral service will be 3 p.m. Monday at Leavitt Funeral Home of Parkersburg with Ronald Roberts officiating. Visitation will be from 2-3 p.m., prior to the service Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Housecalls Hospice.

(Gerald Bills)

Marietta Times October 24, 2007

Connie Frances Valentine

RENO — Connie Frances Valentine, 61, of Reno, Ohio, passed away Thursday, Oct. 18, 2007, after losing her battle with cancer.

She was born on June 15, 1946, in Pleasants County, W.Va., the daughter of Lawrence Gale Tice and the granddaughter of the late Clem and Millie “Vernie” Tice of Pleasants County, W.Va.

Connie was employed as an aid at the Marietta Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She enjoyed sewing and crocheting and made many gifts for her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband of 40 years, John H. Valentine Jr.; and her sons, Shawn Valentine of Reno, and Christopher Valentine of London, Ohio; two sisters, Bonnie (Bill) Hostutter of Friendly, W.Va., and Monnie Richmond of Belmont, W.Va.; a stepsister, Nila Brown of Friendly, W.Va.; one stepbrother, Ronnie McCullough of Pennsylvania; a friend she considered a brother, Ronald Richmond of New Martinsville, W.Va.; mother-in-law, Genevieve Valentine; brothers-in-law, Charley Valentine of Dover, Del., Tom (Lisa) Valentine, and Denny (Anne) Valentine, both of Marietta; and sisters-in-law, Irene (Jerry) Stevens of Marietta, and Linda (Jim) Barley of New Matamoras. She had many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Connie was cremated at her request and a memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Sand Hill United Methodist Church in Reno.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. McClure-Schafer-Lankford Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

(Gerald Bills)

Parkersburg News August 16, 2006

Grace Vance

Grace Crozier Vance, 93, of Hilliard, Ohio, died Aug. 14, 2006, at Ohio State University Hospital after a brief illness.

She had lived in Marietta from 1965, when her husband, Gerald Vance, accepted a position on the faculty of Marietta College, until 2002, when they moved to the Columbus area to be near their family.

She was born in Boston, Mass., on Oct. 7, 1912, to George Edmund and Grace Morgan Crozier. On June 30, 1942, she married Gerald W. Vance of Sidney, Ohio. She will be remembered by many as their first grade teacher, for she taught in several schools in Marietta and Washington County. She will be remembered by others for her music, for she served as organist or guest organist in several churches in Marietta, Parkersburg and St. Marys, W.Va. Shortly after coming to Marietta, she and her husband initiated activities which culminated in the formation of Mid-Ohio Valley Friends Meeting (Quakers).

Grace is survived by her husband; two sons, Gary and Marc; three grandchildren, Allison Cummons, Andrea Heiss and Scott Vance; two stepgrandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service, in the Quaker tradition, will be 2 p.m. Sept. 10 in the parlor at The Betsey Mills Club in Marietta. Interment of her ashes will be in the Vance family plot in East Cemetery, Cairo, Ohio, at a later time.

The family suggests anyone wishing to do so, make a donation, in Grace’s name, to Olney Friend’s School, 61830 Sandy Ridge Rd., Barnesville, OH 43713.

The Marietta Chapel of Cawley & Peoples Funeral Home has been entrusted with her arrangements.

(Gerald Bills)

Marietta Times, March 1, 2008

Cora Mae Vanwey

NEW MATAMORAS — Cora Mae Vanwey, 91, of Archer’s Fork Road, New Matamoras, passed away at 1:15 a.m. Friday (Feb. 29, 2008) at Marietta Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born on July 28, 1916, in Schley, Washington County, Ohio, a daughter of Emmett Binegar and Eliza Matheny Binegar. Cora was a homemaker. She enjoyed quilting and loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was married to Kenneth Vanwey who preceded her in death on Feb. 25, 1986.

Surviving are her daughter Shirley Eddy of New Matamoras; three grandchildren, Ronald Allen (Charlotte) Eddy of New Matamoras, Sharon (Greg) Taylor of St. Marys, and Karen (Donnie) Booth of New Matamoras; seven great-grandchildren, “Barney” Nathan and Donnie Booth, Brian, Kyle and Scott Taylor, Bryan and Brandon Eddy. Also surviving are her brother, Raymond (Mary) Binegar of Sycamore Valley; brother-in-law, Gerald Vanwey of Marietta; sisters-in-law, Edrie Binegar of New Matamoras and Kathleen Binegar of Marietta; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Gale Vanwey; and four brothers, Homer, Carl, Clark and Melvin Binegar.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday at McClure-Schafer-Lankford Funeral Home with burial in Newport Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p.m. Sunday until the hour of the service.

(Gerald Bills)

St. Marys Oracle June 21, 1921


George W. Varner, one of the oldest and best known residents of the county, died of old age yesterday morning June 15, aged 82 years. His remains will be interred in the Cloverdale Cemetery near his home on Friday at two in the afternoon.

The deceased was a man of quiet life but exercised a great deal of influence in the community. He is survived by two sons, Oliver W. Varner of Cloverdale and William T. Varner of this city, also by three daughters, Mrs. W. E. Clovis of this city, Mrs. J. H. Beard of Chicago, and Mrs. Charles Nellis of Roane county.

St. Marys Oracle July 14, 1921


In the death of George W. Varner, which occurred at the home of his son-in-law, W. E. Clovis, in this city, June 15th, 1921, the town and county lose another land mark.

He was born March 7th, 1839 and passed the eighty-second mile stone on the journey of life before he was called home. He was married on March 27, 1867 to Angela C. Daniel who was truly a help mate for him. She bore him seven children, of whom five survive him, namely W. T. of St. Marys, O. W. who lives on the old home place; Mrs. Mary Clovis of St. Marys, Mrs. Myrtle Nellis of Walnut Grove, W. Va. and Mrs. Carrie Beard of Owemsville, Indiana. Two daughters, Mrs. Nina Ward and Mrs. Letie Birkhimer, preceded their beloved father to the world beyond.

George W. Varner was a man of exceptional strength of intellect and of moral character. He was a profound student of the Book of books. Many a day would he toil all day in the rain at manual labor and at night as he sat by the fire drying his clothing he studied the Bible.

He did much preaching at his own charges. Often times he would plow all day then ride a distance of several miles to preach in a school house or private home then return for the labors of another day.

We write these lines in honor the memory of this self sacrificing man. He was a preacher of the hardy heroic type and much of his work was pioneer.

He was loved and honored by young and old. Over his coffin stalwart men wept as they had been children. May his life of humanity and self sacrifices be imitated by us who are left to mourn his loss.

(Gerald Bills.)

VARNER, JENNIE A. JEWELL was born August 19, 1878 and departed this life October 17, 1925, aged 47 years, 1 month and 29 days. She was united in marriage to Oliver W. Varner April 22, 1896. To this union six children were born, Georgia, who passed to the Great Beyond, Sept. 4, 1916; Garret W., J. Kenneth, Thelma Alden, Adam L. and Eunice May, all of which were with their mother when the end came. Jennie obeyed the Gospel at the age of 15 years, remained faithful through life and died in the triumphs of a living faith. She was always willing and ready to help those in need. A loving companion, a kind and indulgent mother, ever ready to make any sacrifice for her companion and children. Funeral services were conducted by Chas. E. Fogle, and the remains laid to rest in the Cloverdale Cemetry, there to await the resurrection day. That she was held in high esteem by her neighbors and friends was evidenced by the very large crowd present and by the floral offerings which were profuse and beautiful. (Source Unknown)

(Byran Bills - Typed by Susie Koehrsen.)

Parkersburg News September 21, 2009

Charles C. "Charlie" Vaughan

Charles C. "Charlie" Vaughan, 75, of Newport, Ohio, passed away Sept. 20, 2009. He was born Dec. 16, 1933, in Greenville, S.C. He was a longtime member of the Newport United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Patricia "Pat" Summers Vaughan; four sons, Chuck Vaughan (Kris) of Marietta, Courtenay Vaughan (Andrea) of Albuquerque, N.M., William Vaughan (Katharine) of Arvedo, Colo., and Tim Vaughan (Misty) of Little Hocking, Ohio; one sister, Patsy Barringer of Orlando, Fla.; one nephew, Wayne Peck of Mt. Airy, N.C.; and six grandchildren, Stephanie, Chuckie, Lucy, Sarah, Baylee and Aydan.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, W.Va., with the Rev. Byron Bufkin officiating. Interment will be in the Newport Cemetery, Newport, Ohio. Calling hours will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

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

(Gerald Bills.)

Pleasants County Leader December 3, 2005

Heidi Vaughn

Heidi Lynne King Vaughn; 32, of Lanesville, IN went into the arms of Jesus Saturday, Nov; 5 2005.

She was an administrative assistant to the Asst. Den of Speed School of Engineering for the University of Louisville, Louisville, KY. She attended Northside Christian Church in New Albany, IN. She was an avid scrap-booker and a great friend to many people.

She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Edward Dye and Charles King.

She is survived by a young son, Simon Chadwyck Vaughn; her parents, Marsha and Charles Ringle (Dye) of Lanesville, IN and Duayne King of Argilite, KY; sister, Julie Marie King Browning (Jim) of Ashland, KY; grandmothers, Betty Dye of St. Marys and Wilma King and Oneda Ringle; brothers, Sean and Nicholas Ringle of New Albany, IN; nieces, Beth, Sarah and Grace Browning; nephew, Craig Browning of Ashland, KY; fiance; Jeff Detwiler of Louisville, KY; and several aunts, uncles and: cousins.

Her funeral service was Tuesday, Nov. 8 with burial at St. Marys Cemetery, Lanesville, IN.

Expressions of sympathy maybe made to the Heidi King Vaughn Scholarship fund for students with reading disabilities; University of Louisville, Development 0ffice, Louisville, KY 40292 and cards to P.O. Box 1, Lanesville, IN.

(Gerald Bills.)

Parkersburg News May 8, 2005

Jeffrey P. Vaughan

Jeffrey "Jeff" Paul Vaughan, 46, of St. Marys died May 6, 2005, at the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, W.Va.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday at the Willow Island Baptist Church. Calling hours will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the church.

(Posted by Ingram Funeral Home May 8, 2005)

Jeffrey Paul Vaughn

Jeffrey Paul Vaughan 46, of St. Marys, WV, died, May 6, 2005, at the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, WV. He was born, June 11, 1958 in Parkersburg, WV, a son of the late James Edward Vaughan and Grace Elizabeth Richardson Vaughan. He was a member of the Belmont Baptist Church. He was a 1976 graduate of St. Marys High School and a truck driver for Lambert Trucking. In addition to his mother he is survived by his wife of 25 years, Peggy Campbell Vaughan, three children, Zackary Vaughan, of Parkersburg, Jamie Vaughan and Joseph Vaughan of St. Marys, one grandson, Trey Vaughan of St. Marys, one sister Barbara Reese and her husband Wayne of Lexington, KY, several nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by three brothers Eddie Vaughan, Terry Vaughan, and Gary Vaughan. Funeral services will be held Monday, May 9, 2005, at 1 P. M. at the Willow Island Baptist Church with Rev. Bud Corbin officiating. Burial will be in the Willow Island Cemetery, Willow Island, WV. Calling hours will be from 11 A.M. to 1 P. M at the church.

(Gerald Bills.)

Pleasants County Leader - February 6, 1920

A. C. Virden

A. C. Virden, a veteran of the civil war, and an excellent citizen, died at his home at Waverly on Thursday of last week. The remains were brought up to Raven Rock on last Saturday for burial.

(Mt. Carmel Cemetery/Co. E, 11 Va. Vol. Inf. - GEB)

(Gerald Bills.)

Pleasants County Leader - December 12, 1902


Rasman Milton Virden was born Aug. 25th, 1901, and died Dec. 4th, 1902. He was the only child of Robert L. and Katie Virden, and was a bright child and dearly loved by all who knew him, but the Lord loved him more and saw fit in his wisdom to take him unto himself. This budding flower on earth was plucked to bloom in heaven.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. I. N. McHenry, of the U. B. church, and his remains were laid to rest in the Clay Point cemetery to await the resurrection morn.

(Gerald Bills.)