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BELCHER, Harvey
Griffith Creek—Died last Friday evening at his home on Griffith creek, Harvey Belcher, from that dread disease tuberculosis. He had been a great sufferer for several months and bore his suffering without a murmur. Mr. Belcher was well known throughout the valley, being associated with the timber business since his young manhood. He was 42 years old and leaves a wife and 5 children. He was laid to rest in the Wallace graveyard Monday afternoon. Big Sandy News, Jan 25, 1918

BREWER, Alice
Mrs. Alice Brewer was born Nov 20, 1850, and was united in marriage to Isaac Brewer Feb 12, 1872. to this union 4 children were born, Floyd Brewer, who is a prosperous merchant and is postmaster at Warfield, KY is the only surviving child. Mrs. Brewer died Jan 11, 1918, aged 67 years. The funeral was conducted by the Rev. H. B. Hewlett in the Warfield Church, after which she was buried on the Brewer farm at the mouth of Marrowbone Creek, in Mingo County, WV. Big Sandy News, Jan 18, 1918

CALDWELL, Albert
St. Albans, WV, Jan 8—Albert Caldwell, on his way from Catlettsburg, KY to Charleston with an automobile load of liquor, was killed at St. Albans today. His neck was broken and 280 quarts of whiskey were dumped into the road. The Negro accompanying Caldwell was arrested. This is the danger zone and “whiskey buggies” go through at high speed. The icy road and the skidding of the machine caused the accident. Big Sandy News, Jan 11, 1918

CASTLE, Henderson
Uncle Henderson Castle an aged and good citizen of this county, died at his home at Davisville. Mr. Castle had been in bad health for a number of years and his death came as no surprise to his family. He was probably one of the best known men of the county and his friends were numbered by his acquaintance. He leaves to mourn his loss, a widow, 3 daughters and 2 sons and a host of friends. Big Sandy News, Jan 25, 1918

CASTNER, William
William Castner, 53 years old, a merchant, died at his home at Rush. He was at one time a member of the Legislature and was defeated later for Congress by J.. N. Kehoe, Democrat. He was a Mason, Odd Fellow, Knights of Pythias and in Elk. Burial in the Ashland Cemetery, Monday. Big Sandy News, Jan 4, 1918

COCHRAN, William French
Death has again visited the home of W.J. Cochran and claimed for its own his baby son, William French was born Feb 3, 1917 died Jan 5, 1918 age 11 months and 2 days. After the death of his mother on Nov 7,1917, his grandmother has taken care of him and has done all that loving hands could do to bring him back to health. . Big Sandy News, Jan 11, 1918

DOTSON, James
James Dotson, a former resident of this place who moved to Oklahoma several years ago, died Tuesday morning at Lawton, OK of tuberculosis. He had been confined to his bed for several months. He was a son of Lewis Dotson, formerly of this place. Big Sandy News, Jan 18, 1918

EDMOND, Arthur
Arthur Edmond was born in Boyd County, KY, Mar 23, 1881 and departed this life Dec 8, 1917 age 36 years 8 months and 15 days. He was the oldest son of James and Maggie
Edmond and grandson of Rev. D. K. Leslie. He was kind and good to all and had no enemies. He was converted 12 years prior to his death, but had backslidden and a short time before his last illness he was reclaimed. He was sick 6 months and during the time of his last hours on earth his dear mother was the only one with him and he said to her “Mother I am all right. My little brothers, Irvin and Wesley and the other departed members of our family are with me now.” No doubt they come to accompany him to the glory world and on the 8th day of December in company with redeemed loved ones and holy angels his spirit took its flight from this cold world to the haven of eternal rest and his body was consigned to cold mother earth there to sleep until the trumpet of god sound the retreat of worlds. Then he will come up in the first resurrection on which the second death has no power. He had faced the storms of this life for 36 long years, but on the top of the captured battlements of God’s love he can shout victory home at last, home at last. No more storms to face, no battles to fight, no mountains to climb, no river to cross. Thank God he can sit down with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and redeemed loved ones and sing of Moses and the Lamb for ever and ever. Weep not, dear mother, sister and brothers, Arthur is at rest, sweet res. Live good and some sweet by and by, you will meet him on the sunny banks of sweet deliverance, never to part again. Your sympathizing friend and brother. Adam Harman. Big Sandy News, Jan 25, 1918

FERGUSON, Dr. N. B.
Dr. N. B. Ferguson died at his home in Huntington, WV last Friday morning. His health had been failing several months, but up to a week previous to his death he was able to be out. Dr. Ferguson was born at Wayne, WV in 1853. His father, Jamison Ferguson is living at the age of 87 years. Dr. Ferguson received his degree to medicine in Cincinnati and practiced in Wayne, Ironton, OH and Huntington. He is survived by his wife and one daughter, Mrs. Myrtle George of Ironton, OH and 2 sons, Fred and Harry, one brother, F. M. Ferguson of Huntington and 3 sisters, Mrs. Frances Toney, Mrs. America Smith and Mrs. Lucinda Webb of Wayne county, WV. The funeral was held at the home Saturday morning and the body was brought to Fort Gay for burial. He was a member of the Masonic Order. Big Sandy News, Jan 11, 1918

FRAZIER
The 9 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Frazier died Wednesday night at their home on ‘Two Mile. He had been sick about 3 months, having suffered a stroke of paralysis in October. The burial will take place Friday. . Big Sandy News, Jan 11, 1918
James Frazier, son of J. B. and Julia Frazier, died Jan 9, 1918 age 8 years 2 months and 17 days. James’s suffering was severe at time, but he was patient and conscious that the end of life would soon come to him. He will be missed in the Sunday school which he loved to attend so well. His seat will be vacant, but it is God’s way and we will not complain. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. H. B. Hulette and Rev. M. A. Hay. Big Sandy News, Jan 18, 1918

GIBSON
Hellier, KY, Jan 9—The 4 year old daughter of Elec Gibson, Marions Branch, near here, was burned to death when her dress caught fire from an open grate. A 6 year old sister who was the only one in the house at the time of the accident, almost got her hands burned off in an attempt to extinguish the flames that had ignited her sister. Big Sandy News, Jan 11, 1918

HAMMOND, Martha
In loving remembrance of dear grandmother, Mrs. Martha Hammond who died Dec 11, 1917. She was 63  years 11 months and 28 days old. She was married to Marion Hammond 44 years ago. To this union was born 9 children, 7 are living and 2  dead. The survivors are, Willie, Morton, Oscar, Mary, Theodore, Hattie and Boston. All was done for her that kind and loving hands could do, but God took her to her great reward. She was converted a number of years ago and lived a consistent Christian life until death and safely anchored in the harbor of eternal repose to await the second coming of our Lord when there will be a general reunion of soul and body at the resurrection of the dead. She was conscious till her death, saying her trust was in God and heaven her home. She told her children not to weep for her, she would soon join a vonvoy of angels. Some sweet day by and by fi we are faithful we will see dear grandma again, not in pain and misery, be but wearing a white robe and waiting at the beautiful gate for us. She will be greatly missed in eer home. Her place can not be filled. A Granddaughter. Big Sandy News, Jan 4, 1918

HENSLEY, John Alexander
Gallup—John Alexander Hensley, aged citizen of Griffith Creek, died at the home of his son, Eugene Hensley Wednesday and was buried in the McClure graveyard at Gallup. Big Sandy News, Jan 4, 1918

HOOD, William
Ashland, KY, Jan 8—William Hood, 80 years old, while at the depot awaiting his train to go to his home at Siloam, Greenup County, suffered a paralytic stroke. Falling to the floor his dead struck heavily. He was removed to the home of his daughter in law. Mrs.  W. H. Hood, and died in a few hours. He has a son living at Welch, WV. Big Sandy News, Jan 11, 1918

HOWERTON, Judith D.
Prestonsburg—Mrs. Judith D.. Howerton of Dwale died at her residence Sunday nigh after a long illness. She was surrounded by her 3 children, Mrs. Martha Womack of West Liberty, Dr. A. J. Davidson of Louisville and Mrs. R.B. Fitzpatrick of Dwale. . Big Sandy News, Jan 11, 1918

KEYSER, Albert
Albert Keyser, aged about 73, a respected farmer, fell in the fire at his home on Dock’s Creek, about 2 miles south of this place, Wednesday of last week and received burns from which he died 4 hours later. Mr. Keyser, who has been an invalid for some time had been sitting in a chair before the hearth and at about the hour of ten p.m. attempted to get up in order to retire for the night. In doing so he pitched forward into the fire. He died the following morning. Big Sandy News, Jan 4, 1918

LOWE, Billie
Ulysses—Uncle Billie Lowe of Lowmansville, died Jan 18. He had been in poor health for several months and owing to his advanced age of 85 years his death was no surprise to his friends. He had been married 4 times, all of his wives preceded him to the grave several years ago. He is survived by several sons and daughters and grandchildren. He died at the home of his son, Jim Lowe, with whom he had made his home since the death of his last wife. He had been a member of the United Baptist church for a great many years. He was an honest and good citizen and liked by all who knew him. Big Sandy News, Jan 25, 1918

MAY, Lydia
Mrs. Lydia may, wife of Trimble May departed this life Dec 21 at the home of her son, S. W. May of Eubank, KY and at her request was brought back to Floyd County for burial. She was buried by the side of her husband in the Bonanza Cemetery. Mr. May departed this life some 30 years ago. She was 82 years old. Big Sandy News, Jan 18, 1918

MILLER
Prestonsburg—On last Friday night near the Forks of Beaver, the residence of Mose Miller was destroyed by fire. Three of his children were burned to death and his wife barely escaped with her life. Origin of the fire is unknown. Big Sandy News, Jan 4, 1918

PACK, Sumner
Sumner Pack, age 19, was fatally injured at Powelton, WV on Monday of last week by an explosion of powder. He died on Friday and the body was shipped to the home of his father at Charley, this county. Another man, whose name we did not get was killed in the same explosion. The affair occurred at a boarding house at night. Four miners were filling their powder cans for use in the mines the next day. One of them threw a few grains of powder into the open fire place and the flash of fire ignited the powder in the can, blowing a part of the house away and inflicting fatal injuries as above stated. Young Pack was a son of Squire Green Pack, a member of the Lawrence Fiscal Court. He went to Powelton as soon as the message was received about the accident and was with the boy when he died. Big Sandy News, Jan 11, 1918

PATRICK, Payne
Uncle Payne Patrick and aged and respected citizen of this county, died at this home at Riceville. Mr. Patrick is said to have been the oldest man in the county at the tiem of his death. He was 96 years old. Big Sandy News, Jan 25, 1918

PRINDIBLE, Jack F.
J. F. Prindible, well known civil engineer, died of pneumonia at Savannah, GA Saturday. He was for many years in the employ of John C. C. Mayo. Lately he has been in the coal business with C. M. Keyser near Pikeville. He is survived by a daughter, son and wife, the latter being a Paintsville woman. Big Sandy News, Jan 18, 1918

RAMEY, Jeff
Yatesville—Jeff Ramey, one of the best citizens of lower Cat and in fact one of our counties best citizens, died and was buried last week near his home. . Big Sandy News, Jan 11, 1918

RUNYON, Willard
The many friends of Willard Runyon were shocked and grieved to hear of his death, lat week at Camp Taylor from pneumonia. Mr. Runyon was a most promising young man and made friends wherever he went. He had been a student in Pikeville college for several terms. His home was on Pond Creek. Big Sandy News, Jan 4, 1918

VANHOOSE, Mrs. Hiram
The wife of Hiram Vanhoose, formerly of Charley, this county, but now of London, OH, was killed by an explosion of gasoline while starting a fire in the kitchen stove. The burial took place at Plain City. Thee family moved to Ohio ten years ago. The husband and 7 children survive. More particulars next week. Big Sandy News, Jan 25, 1918

WALLACE
In the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Wallace, at Ferguson, Wayne Co., WV, their 3 year old daughter was burned to death and 3 other little children severely burned. The little girl who lost her life had her skirts ignited while passing in front of an open fire. In her struggles she passed an infant in a high chair causing its clothing to be ignited. Two little boys of the household saved the baby’s life, but could not save the little girl whose clothing first caught. They were severely burned as a result of their heroic efforts, but it was stated that all three of the children who escaped death will recover. The parents of the children were at the barn doing the evening chores when the accident occurred. . Big Sandy News, Jan 18, 1918

WARD, L
L . Ward was shot and instantly killed last Saturday night by Jake Burgess of Red Jacket Jr. Burgess was arrested and turned over to Sheriff Blankenship at Matewan. He is now in jail. It is reported that Ward and his wife went to the home of Burgess Saturday night for a visit. The Ward woman, it is stated was drinking and Ward became angered at her and struck her with his fist. Burgess, It is stated, interfered to protect the woman and this so enraged Ward that he attempted to shoot Burgess, it is alleged. While this was going on Burgess seized a double-barreled shot gun and fired at Ward. Big Sandy News, Jan 4, 1918

WILEY, Mabel
The death angel has visited the home of Lonzo Wiley and claimed for its own his darling little daughter, Mabel. She was 6 years old. She was loved by all who knew her and she always met everyone with a loving smile. All was done for little Mabel that loving hands could do to restore her back to health but one who is stronger than we reached forth his hands and plucked the tender bud from their care and transplanted it in heaven to shine on as a bright star to beckon homeward father and mother and the two little sisters and friends that are left behind. While it seems hard to give little Mabel up remember that Christ said: “Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” We known he is too wise to err and to good to do wrong, so weep not but prepare to meet your darling little girl in heaven where she and the rest of God’s jewels are united to part no more and where there will be no more sickness and suffering. The remains were laid to rest in the Grove Hill Cemetery near Huntington, WV. Big Sandy News, Jan 25, 1918

YORK, John Y.
Mr. John Y. York died last Saturday about noon in Riverview hospital, this city, where he was brought a few days ago. He had been sick for quite a while and his death was caused by uraemic poisoning. Mr. York was a brother of Dr. L. H. York of this city. He was a prominent farmer, merchant and timber dealer and had been very successful in the various lines in which he was engaged. He is survived by his wife and the following sons and daughters, Joe M. York, Sidna York, and Dr. Jim York of Huntington, Dr. William York of Williamson, WV, Mrs. Kate Hardwick of Fort Gay, WV. His body was taken to his home at Glenhayes, WV Sunday where funeral services were conducted the following day. Big Sandy News, Jan 18, 1918

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FEBRUARY

ARMSTRONG, Meade
Prestonsburg—While in the woods on Bull Creek last Friday, Mr. Meade Armstong was struck by a falling pole that had lodged on the stump and was so seriously  hurt that he died in a few hours. He leaves a wife and 3 children. Mrs. Armstrong was a daughter of Andy Shepherd, who lives on Bull Creek. The entire community extends deepest sympathy to the bereaved family. Big Sandy News, Feb 22, 1918

BALL, Hubert
The body of Hubert Ball arrived here Wednesday evening from Ft. Terry, NY , where he died of measles on Wednesday of last week. It was taken to the home of his parents Thursday by Undertaker Snyder. He was 19 years old and had enlisted in the Coast Artillery, reporting for drill last fall. He felt the patriotic call very strongly and answered it promptly. He was a fine young man, with a good education and bright prospects. He attended school in Louisa last year and successfully passed an examination for a teachers certificate. Big Sandy News, Feb 8, 1918

Death called for its victim on Thursday, Jan 31, 1918, Hubert Ray Ball, the 19 year old son of John and Kitty Ball of Dry Ridge. Hubert was converted about 2 years ago and was a good Sunday school worker. He was loved by all who knew him. He was always smiling. About 2 months ago he enlisted in the U. S. Army. He was in training camps in Fort Gerry, NY when taken with measles which was followed by pneumonia and caused his death. His body was brought to his home on Dry Ridge Thursday, Feb 7, and on Friday funeral services were conducted at the church by Revs. Ball and Muncy. He leaves a father, mother, 3 brothers, 3 sisters and a host of friend to mourn their loss. Hubert was raised at Dry Ridge. Big Sandy  News, Feb 15, 1918

BELCHER, Harvey
Donithon—The funeral service of Harvey Belcher was conducted at the Wallace graveyard. Big Sandy News, Feb 8, 1918

BRANHAM, Mrs. Peck
East Point—The body of Mrs.  Peck Branham was brought home from Portsmouth and buried here Sunday. She leaves a husband and 5 small children. Big Sandy News, Feb 8, 1918

CHAPMAN, Beatrice
Ex-senator and Mrs. J. T. Prichard of Chaffee, received a telegram Friday announcing the death of their granddaughter Miss Beatrice Chapman at her home in Tupelo, Miss. Miss Chapman who has been in failing health the past 2 years had just recently visited relatives in this section, having left for her home 2 weeks ago. She contracted pneumonia on her way home which hastened the end. She was a beautiful girl, 21 years of age, an accomplished musician and the announcement of her death brings sorrow to her relatives and friends here. The body was interred at Tupelo, where the family located 5 years ago, her father, Dr. George W. Chapman, being the president of the Tupelo Military Institute—Ashland Independent. Big Sandy  News, Feb 15, 1918

CHAPMAN, Julia (Meek)
Mrs. Julia Meek Chapman, wife of Ed Chapman died Thursday of last week at her home at Normal after a few days illness of pneumonia. She is survived by her husband, 2 sons and one daughter, Mrs. Chapman was 61 years of age. Mr. and Mrs. Chapman and family lived near Louisa until a few years ago when they moved to Normal. The sons are Walter Crosby and Gene F. and the daughter is Mrs. Harve Patrick. Mrs. Chapman was an excellent woman and her death brings sorrow to a large number of friends and relatives. Big Sandy News, Feb 8, 1918

COLEMAN, Corbett Phillips
Master Corbett Phillips Coleman, 2 years old son of Mr. and Mrs. Tucker Coleman, died at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Phillips on Sunday after an illness of several days of pneumonia. His death came as a surprise to many friends who thought he was recovering nicely from his illness. The funeral services were held from the Christian Church on Tuesday morning, the sermon being preached by Rev. Mr. Stambaugh of Louisa. Interment took place in the family plot on Cemetery Hill. A wealth of beautiful flowers expressed in mute fragrance the sympathy of a host of friends for these bereaved parents. Big Sandy News, Feb 22, 1918

COPLEY, William Albert, Jr.
William Albert Copley, Jr., youngest son of W. A. and Corilda Branham Copley, died a the Chesapeake & Ohio hospital in Huntington in Dec 24, 1917, aged 18 years 5 months and 20 days. For several months he held a position with the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad at Barboursville, WV but he fell a victim of tuberculosis. All was done that loving hands, kind nurses and doctors care could do, but on Christmas eve the gate opened, a gentle voice said “come” and quietly he passed through the portals and entered the haven of rest. His father and sisters, Carrie and Virginia, were at his bedside when the end came. Junior was a sober and industrious dutiful and obedient son. The remains were taken to Ashland, KY and prepared for burial and on Christmas day were taken home to Potter station. On Wednesday the funeral services were conducted by Rev. L.M. Copley of Ashland, who took his text from the 4th chapter of James, 14th verse. He was laid to rest in the family burial ground beside his mother who died in his infancy. He is survived by his father and the following sisters and brothers: Mrs. Lindsey Baker, Kermit, WV, Mrs. Will Horn, Ashland, KY, Mrs. Garth Montague, Covington, KY, Mrs. Alden Bryan, Barboursville, Mrs. Carlos Lambert, Portsmouth, J. W Copley, Potter, KY. Big Sandy News, Feb 1, 1918

CRABTREE, Henry
Sergeant Henry Crabtree, aged 34 unmarried and a son of Mrs. Moses Copley of Ceredo, died at Camp Lee, near Richmond, VA, a few days ago after a brief illness of pneumonia. The remains were shipped to this city and were prepared for burial and taken to the stricken home at Ceredo. The funeral which is reported to have been a very large one, was held at the Ceredo Baptist church and was preached by Rev. B. S. Akers. This young soldier was highly respected and very popular at his home. Big Sandy News, Feb 1, 1918

CRANK, C. C.
C. C.  Crank, age about 70, died at his home near Yatesville Saturday. He was a good citizen and will be missed by the community. Big Sandy  News, Feb 15, 1918
Fallsburg—We are sorry to hear of the death of Columbus C. Crank. He was a citizen of Lawrence Co., loved, honored and respected by his many friends. Big Sandy News, Feb 22, 1918

CRUM, Frank
Frank Crum died Wednesday at Camp Taylor of pneumonia. His body passed through Louisa Thursday morning and was taken to the home of his mother, Mrs. Jane Crum, who lives near Inez. His father died after a long illness about a year ago. Frank and his younger brother were in the army call and they were told by the board that one of them could be exempted to remain at home and assist their mother. When they were trying to make the decision which should stay the mother suggested that they both go, saying she would look after the home place herself. They have been stationed at Camp Taylor. He was 28 years old and was in the medical department ammunition train. Big Sandy News, Feb 8, 1918

CURTIS Sarah
Paintsville—Sarah the eight year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Johnie Curtis of Manila was rocking before an open grate and fell into the fire, before any one could reach her. She was so baldy burned she died the next day. Big Sandy News, Feb 8, 1918

DAVIS
Prof. A. C. Davis, of Williamson, WV was called to Camp Taylor, Louisville, a few days ago by the death of his brother, a member of the Kentucky Guards. The young man died of measles. Big Sandy News, Feb 8, 1918

DELONG, H.G.
Pleasant Ridge—After long months of suffering, patiently borne, H. G. Delong passed into the great beyond Saturday morning. The funeral took place at 2 o’clock Monday and was largely attended. The floral offerings were lovely. The Odd Fellows of which the deceased was a member, attended in a large body. Big Sandy News, Feb 22, 1918

DELONG, Garfield
We were sorry to hear of the death of Garfield Delong which occurred on Saturday at his father’s home near Louisa. Garfield was a Martin County boy and one of whom we were proud as he succeeded in obtaining an education and became an able teacher. Our sympathy is extended to his wife and family in their great bereavement. Big Sandy News, Feb 22, 1918

EALY, Mathew
Paintsville—Mathew Ealy, yard brakeman at Russell, KY, was killed Tuesday, when a fast passenger train crashed into a yard engine on which he was braking. Mathew was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ealy, of this county. The body was brought here Wednesday for burial. Big Sandy News, Feb 1, 1918

GIBSON, D. B.
Paintsville—Mrs. John H. Preston was called to Beaver Creek on account of the death of her father, D. B. Gibson. Mr. Gibson was one of the oldest and most prominent citizens of Floyd County. Big Sandy News, Feb 22, 1918

GREEN, Preston
Preston Green, 12 years old, living at Ford, KY, died today after living 2 days with a broken neck. The lad was skating on the ice when he received a severe fall. He played about for 3 hours after the accident when he complained of pains in his head and neck. Later he became unconscious and died without regaining consciousness. Big Sandy  News, Feb 15, 1918

HUTCHISON, Bentley
Bentley Hutchison died at his home near Hulette a few days ago at the age of 62. He had been sick 2 years and he had been feeble for years previous. It is said he was not away from his home farm for 7 years previous to his death. He was the father of Rowland Hutchison, nominee for Assessor on the Democratic ticket last fall. He was one of the best citizens in the county, an honest, industrious, kindly man. He will be greatly missed in his neighborhood. Big Sandy News, Feb 8, 1918

JOHNSON, Charles
Paintsville—The little 4 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Johnson of Detroit, WV, was burned so badly last Thursday that he died Friday. Mrs. Johnson will be remembered as Miss May Price of Thealka. Mrs. Melisa Vanhoose went to Detroit, WV to attend the burial of her grandson, Charles Johnson. Big Sandy News, Feb 22, 1918 (Note: parents are James Jackson Johnson and Nora May Price)

KITCHEN
Noris—The death angel has again made its appearance in the home of Mrs. Lucy Kitchen and chose for its victim her loving mother. She was 84 years old and leaves 7 children, 3 boys and 4 girls, Mrs. Lucy Kitchen, Mrs. Dicie Estep, Mrs. Katie Estep and Mrs. Martha Edwards, Marion, Andy and William. Her children were all present but William and Katie. She has a good many grandchildren and a host of friends and relatives. She had been a member of the United Baptist Church for years. She will be missed by all who knew her. Big Sandy News, Feb 22, 1918

LARGE, Malissa
Mrs. Malissa Large died Monday at the home of her son on Daniel’s creek in Lawrence County at the age of 92. She had suffered most severely for 2 weeks as the result of a heavy cold. She was the widow of William Large and was a highly respected woman. There is probably no woman in he county older than she was. The burial took place Tuesday in the family burial grounds. Big Sandy  News, Feb 15, 1918

LAYNE, James Shannon
James Shannon Layne, one of the oldest and most highly respected citizens of Prestonsburg, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Green Calhoun in West Prestonsburg. His death came as a shock, although at his mature age his health was failing fast, yet his death was a shock to his family and friends. His death was due to heart failure. He was the son of William Henry and Sophia Graham Layne, who were pioneers from Virginia. To this union were born 5 children, Thomas, Kittie, the wife of James Hatcher, John W. Layne, Martha, Damron, Thomas and James S. and Kittie having preceded him 52 years. He is survived by his wife and 8 children Mrs. P. L. dingus, by a former marriage, John W., Ben, Boe, George, Mrs. Cynthia Crabtree  and Mrs. Green Calhoun and by 2 half brothers, J. M. and Will Nesbit and Rebecca Layne, half sister. He was 81 years and 6 months old, a member of the First Baptist Church of this city and was elected twice jailer of Floyd County. “Uncle Jim” as he was familiarly called was generous hearted and beloved by all who knew him. Big Sandy News, Feb 8, 1918

PERKINS, Pollyann
Orr, KY—We are sorry to hear of the death of aunt Pollyann Perkins. Big Sandy News, Feb 22, 1918

POLLICK, Jane
Glenwood—We are very sorry to note at this writing the death of Mrs. Jane Pollick daughter of W. E. and Malissa Cunningham who died Friday Jan 25 of that dreadful disease tuberculosis. The funeral took place at the home of W. E. Cunningham Sunday afternoon conducted by Rev. Harve Kelley after which the remains were laid in Holbrook graveyard to await the resurrection morn. Tom & Helen. Big Sandy News, Feb 1, 1918

PRINCE, Mack
The funeral of Mack Prince was held in Ceredo. Mr. Prince, a highly esteemed young married man, aged 32, having a wife and 2 children, was killed Wednesday while he was engaged in coupling cars at Kenova. Big Sandy News, Feb 1, 1918

SALYER, Emelyn
Mrs. Emelyn Salyer passed to her eternal reward in the better world. Mrs. Salyer and her kindhearted Christian husband were pioneer resident of Lawrence County. Her husband, Zachary Salyer, went to his eternal home about 5 years ago, so they are once more and forever together. Mrs. Salyer died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Small, in Johnson County from which place the body was removed to Richardson, KY. The funeral services were held in Richardson M. E. Church by the pastor. Interment in Hinkle Cemetery, Four daughters and a son survive. Big Sandy News, Feb 1, 1918

SCUTCHFIELD,
The sad news of the sudden death of Mrs. Frank Scutchfield came to her many friends Wednesday morning that she had passed away at Riverview hospital in Louisa, with pneumonia and yellow jaundice. She had been very sick for the past few weeks at her home on Town Branch. Hopes of her recovery were with her family and friends when she was taken to Louisa last Saturday, but it seemed that the fever had gotten the best of her vitality. She is a daughter of Mrs. Jennie Layne, whose husband passed away only last Thursday, this being 2 deaths in the family in less than a week. She is survived by her husband and a son only 6 or 7 years of age. Her remains will be brought home for burial in the Weddington Cemetery by her father, Mr. James Layne. Big Sandy News, Feb 8, 1918

SONGER, Helen Clara
Paintsville—Little Helen Clara, the 7 months old baby of Mr. and Mrs. Jess Songer died at its home in the east end Wednesday afternoon. The remains were laid to rest in the Preston Cemetery. The bereaved family have the sympathy of all their friends in such a sad trial. Big Sandy News, Feb 22, 1918

STALLARD, Chrissie
Whitesburg, KY, Feb 8—Aunt Chrissie Stallard, the oldest woman in the state, died at her quaint old home at Hilliard on the headwaters of Colly Creek, about 7 miles from here in Letcher County at the age of 109 years., according to the most authentic records obtainable. Hundreds of descendants survive her in Eastern Kentucky. For over 60 years—since the death of her husband,--aunt Chrissie has lived alone on a little mountain farm near Hilliard, eking out a comfortable living tending fields and gardens, raising stock, poultry, etc. She accomplished all this with her own hands. Big Sandy  News, Feb 15, 1918

STEWART, Aud
Webbville—The community was shocked by a telegram from West Virginia saying Aud Stewart, of this place, was killed by falling slate in a mine there. He leaves a wife and several children. Big Sandy News, Feb 8, 1918

VANHOOSE, Emma
The death of Emma Vanhoose, wife of Hiram Vanhoose, was caused by an explosion of gasoline when starting a fire in the cookstove on Wednesday, Jan 9. She lived about 7 hours after the burn. The can burst and threw the oil all over her and she was a mass of flames for some few minutes. The funeral was held at their home near Plain City, Jan 11. Mr. and Mrs. Vanhoose moved from the good old hand of Kentucky about 10 years ago to this country and had lived here ever since. The family is to be pitied. He is a poor man and industrious and has 7 children, 6 at home and one married and he is burned so badly on his hands trying to fight the flames from his burning companion that he will not be able to work for some time. Mrs. Vanhoose leaves a little baby about 9 months old. She was loved by all who knew her. Mr. and Mrs. Vanhoose lived near Charley, KY all their early life. She was about 32 years old.  Big Sandy News, Feb 1, 1918

WAGNER, John
Ironton, Jan 25—The funeral of John Wagner, age 96 years who died at his home in Greenup County was held at St. Joseph’s church with interment in Calvary cemetery. Mr. Wagner died Monday after an illness of 10 months. On account of the weather conditions his body was taken across the river on a sleigh. Big Sandy News, Feb 1, 1918

WEBB, Marion
Marion Webb, age 51, well known blacksmith, is dead at Hellier after a short siege of typhoid fever. Webb was a brother to former Police Judge U. G. Webb, and was identified with the Mason lodge. A wife, several children and a large number of relatives survive. Big Sandy  News, Feb 15, 1918

WEBB, Taylor
Paintsville—Uncle Taylor Webb an aged and respected citizen of Sitka, died this week after an illness of several months. Mr. Webb was one of the county’s best known citizens and loved and respected by all who knew him. Big Sandy  News, Feb 15, 1918

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BAILEY, Joshua
Joshua, 4 year odl son of Mr. and Mrs. Joshua B. Bailey, of Frost, Greenup County, KY died of lockjaw early Friday morning the result of a splinter of wood piercing the child’s cheek a week ago when he fell near his home. The small wound was not given must attention the splinter being easily extracted. The child did not seem to suffer but Thursday night developed lockjaw which caused death Friday morning. Big Sandy News, Mar 15, 1918

BELCHER, Sarah
Mrs. Sarah Belcher, a good woman aged 84, died at Hubbardstown, WV, Tuesday night. She was the widow of Jeff Belcher and is survived by 6 daughters and one son. Big Sandy News, Mar 22, 1918

Mrs. Sarah Belcher died at her home near Prichard, WV Mar 20, 1918 at the age of 84 years 1 month and 12 days. Her maiden name was Lakins and was united in matrimony to Jefferson Belcher on Feb 28, 1859. to this union were born 8 children, 6 girls all of whom survived their sainted mother. Two boys, one of them passed away in infancy. Jefferson Belcher departed this life May 5, 1897. He was converted at the age of 18 and his home was a home of the preachers it matted not the denomination and he was the pillar of the Perry Chapel. Mrs. Belcher was converted at the age of 18 and lived a consistent Christian life and her home was a home of the preachers and she was always kind to the poor and never did she turn any one away from her door who she thought was hungry. She had high aspirations and taught the same to her family. She told the writer many, many times that she was ready to go when the summons came and that there were no fears for  she had lived such a pure life and when death came there was not a twitching of a muscle and the passing was so sweet when her soul departed for the home land of the soul where there is no parting, no death, no tuberculosis, no pain and n crepe on the door knob seen but all is peach and happiness. No purer nor sweeter character ever lived than Mrs. Belcher. Her children were all present at her death and burial except her daughter, Mrs. Felty of Catlettsburg. Rev. L. D. Bryan of Ft. Gay, WV preached the funeral and I have heard many compliments passed on the sermon. Big Sandy News, Mar 29, 1918

BOGGS, Clarence Ephriam
The Red Jacket man killed in France recently, was a Kentuckian, related to many Lawrence County people. Clarence Ephriam Boggs was born Feb 22, 1893 in Carter County, KY, son of James M. and Mary Boggs. He was 26 years of age at the time of his death. The family came to Mingo County 11 years ago. Corp. Boggs was a single man; a miner by occupation and well liked by all who knew him. Apr 27, 1914, he enlisted in the 18th Infantry, company K, regular Army. He was with Pershing in the Mexican campaign and his name was the third to be drawn for overseas service when the call came for trooped to go to France. He had been in France since last May, having sailed with the first contingent of troops sent to the Western front. He has another brother, Everett, with the American forces in France.

Corp. Boggs is survived by a loving father and mother, 3 sisters and 3 brothers as follows: Everett in France, C B. Boggs somewhere in Ireland, when last heard from; Cayton Boggs, Paintsville, KY, Mrs. Lizzie Deskins, Mrs. Bodenheimer of Red Jacket and Mrs. Hattie Bodenheimer of Edgarton, WV. Deceased was a nephew of County Clerk, Elihu Boggs and also Ephriam Boggs of Matewan. The remains were buried in France a short distance back of the lines where he lost his life—Mingo Republican. Big Sandy News, Mar 15, 1918

BOYD, Harry
THOMPSON, Pearl
Pearl Thompson and Harry Boyd were killed near Beaver Creek junction when the train on which they were employed was wrecked. A tree was thrown across the track by a slide and the engine struck it, turning over and catching the two men under it. Four cars were derailed. The bodies were badly scalded and mangled. Several hours work was required to extricate the bodies. Pearl Thompson was a son of ex County Judge John H. Thompson of Potter. He was 25 years old and unmarried. Boyd was about the same age and lived at Bobbs, KY. He was fireman on the engine and Thompson was a brakeman. The accident occurred about 4 a.m. Monday, 2 miles up the Beaver Creek Branch of the C & O railroad in Floyd County. The train was an extra freight. The engineer was E. J. Vance of Russell and the conductor, M. Green of Ashland, both of whom escaped with slight injuries. Pearl Thompson was a fine young man, industrious sober  and honorable. His death is deeply mourned by many friends. The body was buried near the home of his parents. Big Sandy News, Mar 29, 1918

BOYD
Mrs. Boyd, aged 80 years, formerly of Graves Shoal, this county, died last Friday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lydia Williamson, at Dawkins Station near Paintsville. Her body was taken to the old home near Graves Shoal where funeral and burial services were conducted Sunday. Mrs. Boyd had been in failing health the past 3 years. Big Sandy News, Mar 29, 1918

BURGESS, John
John Burgess died at his home near Kise Station Sunday, after an illness of several months. He was 83 years old. His wife, who is in very feeble health, survives him; also 5 grown children. Mr. Burgess was one of the best citizens in Lawrence County, honest, industrious, highly respected by everybody. He was a brother of Mrs. Mary J. Conley of Louisa and an uncle of Mrs. A. O. Carter. Big Sandy News, Mar 1, 1918

BUTLER, Mrs. John T.
The widow of John T. Butler died at her home at Cherokee Monday and was buried Wednesday. She was a sister of Postmaster Robert Dixon, of Louisa, who attended the funeral. Mrs. Butler was 75 years old. She fell on the ice during the winter and broke a hip, and this, added to feeble health, caused her death. Five sons and one daughter survive. Her husband died 8 years ago. She was an excellent woman. Big Sandy News, Mar 22, 1918

BUTLER, Lydia
Mrs. Lydia Butler, who for a number of years lived in Louisa but for the past 11 years had made her home with her daughter, Mrs. B. F. Conway in Covington, suffered a stroke of paralysis on Feb 2 and never regained consciousness, passing away 3 days later. Her age was 86 years. She was a native of Johnson County and before marriage was Miss Lydia Milem, Mr. and Mrs. Butler and family were resident of Peach Orchard, this county, a number of years. Mrs. Butler is survived by 2 daughters and one son, Mrs. C. H. Borders of Milan, MO, Mrs. B. F. Conway of Covington, KY, and Mr. H. B. Butler of New York. Her husband, 2 sons and 2 daughters, Tom, J. C. and Mrs. L. B. Ferguson and Mrs. G. B. Gray, died several years ago. The burial of Mrs. Butler took place at Richardson, this county, and owing to weather conditions and delay of trains, the only immediate relatives from a distance present were Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Conway and Mrs. John McAllister of Covington, Mrs. Alex Williamson and son and Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Scott of Ashland and Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Frarley of Hitchens. A large number of old friends attended the funeral. Big Sandy News, Mar 1, 1918

CHADWICK, J. K.
J. K. Chadwick died Monday of heart trouble at his home near Cadmus. He was nearly 74 years old and is survived by  his wife, 2 sons and 2 daughters, T. H. and William Chadwick of Cadmus and Mrs. J. M. Webb of Overda and Mrs. M. V. Thompson of Dennis. The funeral services were held Wednesday at his home. Mr. Chadwick was in as good health as usual up to the time of his death. He had been out on the farm the same day and retired at the usual hour feeling quite well. About 11 o’clock at night he raised up in bed and told his wife that he had a pain in the region of his heart and immediately fell back and expired. Mr. Chadwick was a good citizen and a Veteran of the Civil War, having served in the Union Army. Big Sandy News, Mar 1, 1918

CHAPMAN, W. A.
At Patrick last Sunday W. A. Chapman died suddenly while talking to Dr. W. W. Wray, who had been called to see him. He was telling about swooning the day before and suddenly fell over dead. The body was taken to Gallup Tuesday, where the funeral service was held and interment made in a burial ground where his parents lie. Rev. A. Preston preached the funeral. Mr. Chapman  was 69 years old. The county did not have a better citizen. No word of discredit may truthfully be spoken of him. The death of such a man is always a loss to community. A wife survived him, but no children. He leaves one brother, N. B. Chapman of Louisa and one sister, Mrs. Julia Watterson. Big Sandy News, Mar 1, 1918

CLEVINGER
The body of Mrs. Clevinger, who died in Riverview hospital, this city, was taken Sunday evening to her home near Hellier for burial. Big Sandy News, Mar 22, 1918

CRUM, Sam J.
Sam J. Crum, clerk of Wayne Co., WV died suddenly last Friday afternoon at his farm near Crum, WV. He had been buying cattle and was returning home and his death occurred in a store building. His wife was with him at the time. It is said he had been told by physicians of the condition of his heart and that he could live only a few weeks. Since that time his wife had accompanied him constantly. The burial took place at Crum. Besides his wife he is survived by 5 children. His wife was Miss Myrtle Vinson, daughter of Dan Vinson of Lawrence County. Mr. Crum had served as Sheriff of Wayne County. His death creates a vacancy in the clerkship and it is though his brother Lat will be appointed. Big Sandy News, Mar 1, 1918

DANIEL, Ella
Miss Ella Daniel died at her home at Sip, KY after a lingering illness of several months suffering from tuberculosis. Big Sandy News, Mar 22, 1918

DELONG, H. Garfield
H. G. Delong, whose death was mentioned in the NEWS last week was a son of William P. Delong, who moved to Madge, this county a few years ago from Martin County. Garfield Delong was a prominent school teacher and taught for a number of years in the west where he went in the hope that the climate would prove beneficial to his health. He returned to Kentucky and for the past 3 years had been at the head of the Flemingsburg High School. Big Sandy News, Mar 1, 1918

DUVALL, Mrs. F. J.
Mrs. F. J. Duvall, one of the first settlers of Denton, which place bears her maiden name died Monday at the age of 79 years and her death caused much genuine sorrow for she was a woman of noble characteristics which endeared her to all who knew her. The deceased was born in Virginia May 8, 1839. The funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the church at Denton. Big Sandy News, Mar 22, 1918

EDWARDS, Joe
Ulysses--Uncle Joe Edwards died at the home of his son, Rev. John Edwards of  Louisa, and was brought back here and buried in the family burying ground beside his first wife who died several years ago. Uncle Joe was a preacher of the Freewill Baptist church and a Veteran of the Civil War. He is survived by his second wife and 3 children besides several grown children of his first marriage, one brother also survives, uncle John Edwards. Big Sandy News, Mar 22, 1918

FRAZIER, William
William Frazier died Thursday of last week at his home near Clifford, this county. He was 80 years old and is survived by one son and 4 daughters, W. D. Frazier, Mrs.  Roscoe  Maynard and Mrs. John Wallace of Catlettsburg. Funeral and burial took place Friday. Big Sandy News, Mar 22, 1918

HARRIS, George
Private George Harris, son of W. R. Harris of Brandy Keg, died Monday night at Camp Zachary Taylor. He had pneumonia in December and came home for Christmas with his parents. On his return to camp he had a relapse and was never out any more. His parents left Monday on the afternoon train for Louisville, but the boy passed away before they reached Ashland, His remains were brought home for burial on the evening train Wednesday. Big Sandy News, Mar 1, 1918

HATCHER, Elmo
Elma, the younger of 2 sons of Mr. and Mrs. James H. Hatcher died at their home at Amerstdale, WV last Thursday after an illness of several days of pneumonia. He was 17 months old and a bright and handsome child. The body was brought to this place, arriving early Friday morning and was taken to the home of the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank M. Vinson from which the funeral took place at 3 o’clock Friday afternoon. The funeral was conducted by Rev. H. B. Hewlett and was attended by a large number of relatives and friends. The burial was on a plot that will be used as the Vaughan and Hatcher burial ground near Fulkerson cemetery. This child has living in Louisa 4 grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Hatcher, and Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Vinson and 5 great grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. P.H. Vaughan, Mrs. Elizabeth Hatcher and Rev. and Mrs. S. F. Reynolds. Big Sandy News, Mar 15, 1918

HEWLETT, Belle
Miss Belle Hewlett passed away last Monday night at her home a few miles below Louisa. She was the oldest daughter of Mrs. Lizzie Hewlett and had been an invalid most of her life. Burial took place in the family graveyard near the home. Big Sandy News, Mar 15, 1918

MEFFORD, Ada
The funeral services over the remains of Mrs. Ada Mefford, who died at her home in Mahan, WV were held Friday morning at Willard, KY and were attended by a large number of friends and relatives of the deceased. Big Sandy News, Mar 8, 1918

MILLER, Bert
Bert Miller died last Saturday of typhoid fever at his home at Hampton City. He was 27 years old and is survived by his wife and 2 children. The body was taken to Kise statin for burial. Big Sandy News, Mar 15, 1918

MULLINS, Robert
John Mullins, whose name was included in the draft from this county was before Judge Riffe here last week and found to be insane. His father, Robert Mullins, committed suicide on Friday morning at his home near Gallup, 8 miles south of Louisa, because of worry over his son’s condition. The other members of the family were eating breakfast. Mr. Mullins was alone in a room. He placed a shotgun to his forehead and is thought to have discharged it by pushing the trigger with his cane. The entire top of his head was blown off. Mr. Mullins was bout 70 years old and was an industrious and peaceable citizen. His wife and several grown children survive. John Mullins’ mind is said to have become unbalanced by brooding over the fact that he was to be drafted into army service. Big Sandy News, Mar 1, 1918

MURRAY, R. H.
Mr. R. H. Murray of Henrietta, near the Lawrence-Johnson line died Friday at his home. He was about 70 years old, and was a substantial and popular citizen. Big Sandy News, Mar 1, 1918
Henrietta—We are so very sorry to announce the death of Uncle Rhode Murry, who died suddenly of heart failure last week. He was laid to rest on the old Murry graveyard. He left an aged wife and several children, all of whom are married. Our greatest heartfelt sympathy goes out to all. Big Sandy News, Mar 8, 1918

PINSON, Sam
The funeral of Sam Pinson, whose death occurred at Ferguson, WV, was held last Sunday. Paralysis caused his death. He was a brother of James Pinson of this city. Big Sandy News, Mar 22, 1918

PORTER, Floyd
B. N. Porter, of Boldman, was here enroute to Mann, WV where he is engaged on a contract. He had been called to his home in Floyd County by the death of his brother, Floyd, aged 21 who died of pneumonia and complications. He was a highly respected and popular young gentleman. Big Sandy News, Mar 8, 1918

POTTER
H. E. Potter’s child, age 5 months, died Thursday night at his home near Zelda, this county. Pneumonia was the cause of death. Big Sandy News, Mar 1, 1918

PRESTON, Fred
Paintsville—Fred Preston died Tuesday night at a Lexington hospital. Mr. Preston had been in bad health for some time and his death was no surprise to his family. Big Sandy News, Mar 15, 1918

QUEEN, Mahala
Death entered our community Jan 29 and took for its victim Mrs. Mahala Queen, wife of John E. Queen. Mrs. Queen had been in poor health for 2 years, and death came as the result of pneumonia. She bore her suffering patiently and told Dr. Hall shortly before the final summons came she was ready to die and had been preparing for death a long time. She was the mother of 10 children. All are living but one that was taken in infancy. Most all of the children were with her during her sickness and death. She was a kind, loving mother, a devoted companion, a home lover and loved by all who knew her. She always was kind and good and had gentle soothing words to say to any one she was with in trouble. Very few of her relatives were able to attend the burial as the weather would not permit. The remains were laid to rest on a beautiful knoll near the home, the place being chosen by her husband. Big Sandy News, Mar 8, 1918

ROSE, Levi
Mr. Levi Rose departed from this life Jan 22, 1918. He was 26 years 1 month and 22 days old. He was a victim of the white plague, tuberculosis. He leaves a wife, little daughter, and a host of friends and relatives to mourn his untimely death. He was one of Lawrence County’s best citizens and shall be missed greatly by all. But despair not mother and daughter. He is sleeping now with no pains of anguish. We must hope for the better, that we shall all meet him again. Big Sandy News, Mar 8, 1918

SELBEE, Bertha
The funeral of Miss Bertha Selbee was held in Ft. Gay, WV Sunday. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Selbee and her death occurred at their home in Huntington Thursday evening of last week, following a lingering illness of tuberculosis. She was 16 years of age. She was a devout member of the church and was an estimable young lady. Big Sandy News, Mar 1, 1918

SEXTON, Isaac
The aged citizen named above died suddenly Tuesday night at his home near Cherokee. Big Sandy News, Mar 22, 1918

SKAGGS, Green W.
Green W. Skaggs died at Portsmouth Thursday and the body will be brought to Louisa Friday afternoon on train 16 for burial. Since the death of his wife at this place a few years ago he had made his home with his son, Wils at Portsmouth He became blind before leaving Louisa and his health has been poor for quite awhile. He was bout 65 years old. Two sons and 2 daughters survive him. Mr.  Skaggs was county attorney of Lawrence a number of years ago and practiced law in Louisa for quite a long time. He had many friends throughout the county who will regret to hear of his passing away. Big Sandy News, Mar 8, 1918

The body of G. W. Skaggs was brought from Portsmouth, OH to Louisa last Friday and was taken direct to the cemetery where interment was made by the side of his wife, who died a few years ago, Burial services were conducted by Rev. H. B. Hewlett. The funeral was held in Portsmouth. Those of the family who accompanied the remains to Louisa were his son and daughter, Wils Skaggs, Mrs. Laura Heston and Mrs. T. Skaggs and the latter’s son, Willie Skaggs, who had taken care of his grandfather since he became blind several years ago. The other daughter, Mrs. Virgie Johnson, lives in Louisa. Big Sandy News, Mar 15, 1918

SPARKS, Hensley
Hensley Sparks, a fine looking specimen of manhood, was brought here from Whites Creek Saturday suffering of an abscess of the brain. He was met by Dr. Marcum with an automobile and the physician intended to accompany him to a Huntington hospital for an operation but the man expired just as they reached the West Virginia end of the Big Sandy bridge. The machine was turned and the dead man, still in a sitting posture, was brought to the undertaking establishment where the remains were prepared for burial and were taken to the bereaved home at Whites Creek Saturday night. Mr. Sparks was only 21 years old. Big Sandy News, Mar 29, 1918

Sunday, Mar 23, 1918, son of W. G. and Percy Sparks, departed this life after suffering with an abscess of the brain. He was ill only a few days. Hensley leaves a wife and 3 children, father and mother, 2 brothers, Alie and Joe Sparks of Whites Creek, WV, 2 sisters, Mrs. Elmer Stump of Centerville, WV and Mrs. Delia Lester of  Hellier, KY and a host of friends to mourn their loss. Dr. F. D. Marcum, who was treating him, came Saturday morning Mar 23 and thought it would be best to take him to the hospital to undergo an operation. He had Hensley in his automobile and was accompanied by Joe Sparks. The doctor was making speed, but Hensley died in Joe’s arms before they got to Kenova. Joe said he never struggled nor mourned and passed away as if to sleep. He bore his sufferings and pain with great patience. After he died Joe took him to Catlettsburg to the undertakers and brought his body back to his home on Whites Creek near Centerville. His funeral took place on Tuesday Mar 26, conducted by Elder L.T. Preston, of Catletts Creek and Harve Spence of Echo. Hensley said if he lived to get back from the hospital he was going to have his uncle, Joseph Smith to baptize him, but old Brother Smith was down with the pneumonia at that time, and there was just one week’s difference in their funerals. Big Sandy News, Apr 19, 1918

SPEER, Sam J.
Rev. and Mrs. Herbert O. Chambers of the M. E. Church South, are receiving the sympathy of their friends here on account of the death of a brother of Mrs. Chambers, which occurred Tuesday at Birmingham, Ala. Just before the telegram came announcing the sad occurrence a letter had been received stating that he had suffered a stroke of paralysis. His name was Sam J. Speer and his age 39. A wife survives him. He was manager of one of the large hotels in Birmingham. Mr. Speer was the son of a Methodist minister. The burial took place Thursday 140 miles south of Birmingham. Big Sandy News, Mar 8, 1918

STANT, R. E.
Mr. R. E. Stant died last Saturday afternoon at the home of  Prof. and Mrs. E. M. Kinnison. He came here Dec 5 from a Cincinnati hospital and was never afterward able to be out of the house. Brights disease caused his death. The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Kennison home on Franklin St. and were conducted by the Rev. H. O. Chambers, of the M. E. Church South. A choir composed of member of the 2 Methodist Churches furnished appropriate music. Many people attended the funeral services but most of them were prevented by a heavy rain from going to the cemetery. Richard Elijah Stant was born in Rush Co., IN and when only a few weeks old was adopted by his cousin Thomas P. Stant and Sarah Stant and reared as their oldest son. Baptized in infancy and nurtured  in the family of an old time class leader he grew up in the Methodist Episcopal Church and ever lived a consistent life patient, kindly and of high ideals, sincere and earnest. He did not fear or dread death and peacefully passed away at 1:30 p.m. Saturday Mar 23, 1918 in the 61st year of his age. He was never married and leaves only his foster sister and brother to miss his friendly face. Big Sandy News, Mar 29, 1918

STEPP, Squire John
Inez—Squire John Stepp died on Saturday p.m. after a lingering illness of tuberculosis. His funeral was held on Monday morning in the United Baptist Church. The public school attended n a body. Old time singing was done by Rev. Lowe. Service was conducted by Rev. Aaron Stepp, Rev. Hensley and Lowe preached. Interment was in the Stepp graveyard. Big Sandy News, Mar 15, 1918

THOMPSON, Mrs. Chris S.
The death of Mrs. Chris S. Thompson which occurred on Tuesday night at 9 o’clock brought sorrow to a large number of relatives and friends. A stroke of paralysis suffered on last Sunday was the cause of her death. She is survived by her husband and a baby daughter 2 weeks old also an adopted daughter about 6 years of age. Mrs. Thompson was Miss Gypsy Hays, daughter of Mrs. Mary Hays and sister of Dr. L. Scott Hays. She was a faithful member of the church and a woman of lovely Christian character and will be greatly missed in the community in which she had spent most of her life. She was 36 year sold. The funeral services were held from the home at one o’clock on Thursday afternoon conducted by the Rev. H. B. Hewlett. Mr. Thompson is a son of Mrs. Mary Thompson and a brother of Mrs. Hester Carter, Mrs. A. T. Burton and Mrs. A. L. Burton of Louisa. A number form this place attended the funeral and burial. Big Sandy News, Mar 15, 1918

THOMPSON, Pearl
Pearl Thompson and Harry Boyd were killed near Beaver Creek junction when the train on which they were employed was wrecked. A tree was thrown across the track by a slide and the engine struck it, turning over and catching the two men under it. Four cars were derailed. The bodies were badly scalded and mangled. Several hours work was required to extricate the bodies. Pearl Thompson was a son of ex County Judge John H. Thompson of Potter. He was 25 years old and unmarried. Boyd was about the same age and lived at Bobbs, KY. He was fireman on the engine and Thompson was a brakeman. The accident occurred about 4 a.m. Monday, 2 miles up the Beaver Creek Branch of the C & O railroad in Floyd County. The train was an extra freight. The engineer was E. J. Vance of Russell and the conductor, M. Green of Ashland, both of whom escaped with slight injuries. Pearl Thompson was a fine young man, industrious sober  and honorable. His death is deeply mourned by many friends. The body was buried near the home of his parents. Big Sandy News, Mar 29, 1918

WAKEFIELD. A. R.
Mr. A. R. Wakefield died of heart trouble at Paintsville, Remains were brought to Ashland. Mr. Wakefield was 73 years of age. The deceased was a brother of W. M. Wakefield, assistant secretary of the Ashland Y.M.C.A. Big Sandy News, Mar 8, 1918

Albert R. Wakefield, 72 years old died Friday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. B. Songer. The remains were taken to Greenup County for burial. Mr. Wakefield came here a few months ago from Greenup County to make his home with his daughter. He was a splendid man and his friends were numbered by his acquaintances. Big Sandy News, Mar 15, 1918

WELLS, John P.
Attorney John P. Wells died of Brights disease Thursday of last week at his home in Paintsville after a long illness. He was 70 years old and his widow, 4 sons and one daughter survive. The funeral and burial took place Sunday. Big Sandy News, Mar 22, 1918

WRIGHT, Elizabeth
Mrs. Elizabeth Wright, age 85, died of pneumonia Wednesday at Kavanaugh. Big Sandy News, Mar 8, 1918

Mrs. Elizabeth J. Wright, widow of the late Rev. Joseph Wright, passed away at her home at Kavanaugh. This pioneer lady was one of the best known and most loved women in this section. She was born Nov 8, 1833 and was therefore 84 years old. She was the oldest daughter of Burr and Nancy Powell, the youngest daughter of the afore mentioned was Mrs. William Smiley, whose death occurred 2 weeks ago. Mrs. Wright’s husband, a much loved Methodist minister of Kavanaugh, died more than 20 years ago. Mrs. Wright resided at the old homestead at Kavanaugh with her son Burr Wright and his wife, the latter of whom is critically ill. Big Sandy News, Mar 15, 1918

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ADAMS, George
Capt. George E. Adams, husband of Mrs. Carrie Snyder Adams, of Louisa was killed in France Mar 18th, while serving in the British Army. He enlisted in the Australian branch of that army more than 3 years ago. An Australian newspaper sent to his wife quite a while ago told of his being wounded and of the fact that he continued to fight throughout that day, regardless of his injury. For this he was awarded the military cross for  bravery. In September of last year he was again wounded severely and was in a hospital in England until some time in November. Then he returned to the front lines until his sudden death, described in the following letter from his superior officer. Capt. Adams’ mother lived in Roanoke, VA and the article below is from a newspaper of that city:
 Capt. Adams was born and reared in Roanoke, and was formerly connected with the Virginia Bridge and Iron Company. He was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church and was an active member of Dr. P. A. Dixon’s Sunday school class. He was widely known and had a large circle of friends in this city.

Capt. Adams left Roanoke about 4 years ago and became engaged in the coal business in Kentucky, Having become despondent over weighty business matters, he left Kentucky about 3 years ago and the next that was heard from him was to the effect that he had been appointed to a lieutenancy in the British Army. He was later wounded and transferred to the engineering corps. When the great German offensive began last March Lieutenant Adams was promoted to a captaincy and ordered to the British front line, near Messines. It was here that he was killed while in charge of his company, A brief account of his brilliant career and the high esteem in which he was held by his men and the officers who knew him, is given in following letter of condolence received this morning by Mrs. Fannie L. Adams, from Lieutenant-Colonel J. W. Clark, under whom Captain Adams was serving.

Dear Mrs. Adams
I regret very much to report to you the death of your son, Captain George E. Adams, of my battalion, who was killed instantly by shell fire on the morning of Mar 18th. He was at the time in command of his company, holding a portion of our front line near Messines. On the night of the 17th I was forward, talking with him in the tiny shelter he used for headquarters. We were joking about the fact that it would hardly keep a bullet out.

Next morning the Boche commenced to shell the vicinity. At that time Captain Adams and others were inside discussing the advisability of moving, when the place received a direct hit. Your son was struck in theh back of the head and instantly killed. Only one of the officers who were with him at the time escaped death. I need hardly tell you that your son’s sudden end came as a great shock to his many friends that he had made here by his bright, open and strong personality. On every occasion we have been in action or in a tight corner he showed the grit and coolness of a true soldier, so much so that he inspired all under him with absolute confidence and was extremely popular with all the officers and men.

As his commanding officer I feel his loss keenly, both as a personal friend and a reliable officer. It game me great pleasure when he was awarded the military cross for bravery in the field, especially as I knew that he had already won it several times. I feel sure that you, as his mother, will be proud to know how universally he was admired and respected. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you in your loss and the fact that such a promising career has been cut so short. Your son is buried in La Plus Donve cemetery, south of Messines. The officers of our brigade field company of engineers, with whom he was very friendly and associated with in work, have asked to be allowed to construct a cross for his grave. I shall be able to send you a photograph of his grave and I will be gland if you will call upon me for any details of his military career that you may wish to know. Very truly yours, J. W. Clark, Lieut. Col. Commanding General, 20th Brigade. A.I.F. Big Sandy News, Apr 26, 1918

BAILEY, George
Paintsville—Uncle George Bailey, who had been sick for several months, died Sunday at his home in West Paintsville, and was buried in the Turner Cemetery just above town. Big Sandy News, Apr 12, 1918

BOYD, Hansford
There was sorrow in many hearts and tears in many eyes when news reached here that Hansford Boyd (instead of Harry Boyd as reported) was killed in the wreck on Beaver Creek on Monday of week before last. “Hank” as his friends called him, was a clever specimen of manhood and liked by all who knew him. He left a dear good mother, a wife, 2 sisters, a brother, a half sister, and 4 half brothers and many, many friends to mourn the loss. He was about 22 years of age and had been married only a short time. No other hyoung man of our vicinity has more friends than Hank had, and our very deepest heartfelt sympathy goes out to one and all. The remains were brought to the Hinkle graveyard for burial. Big Sandy News, Apr 12, 1918

COOPER, Mattie Prater
Mrs. Mattie Prater Cooper, died Thursday at her home in Mt. Sterling. She was 69 years old and a sister of Capt. Jeff Prater of  Salyersville. Big Sandy News, Apr 5, 1918

COPLEY, Mrs. Melroy
Word was received here of the death of Mrs. Melroy Copley which occurred at her home near Portsmouth, OH Monday night. She formerly lived in Louisa and was well known here where she has many friends and relatives. Her sister, Mrs. C. Jeff Wilson and father Gabriel Endicott, left Tuesday to attend the burial which occurred on Wednesday near her home. Mrs. Copley was a consistent member of the Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband and several children. Big Sandy News, Apr 5, 1918

Laura Endicott Copley was born on Jan 9, 1876, and departed this life Apr 1, 1918, being 42 years 2 months and 22 days old. On Dec 21, 1892 she was married to G.M. Copley at Louisa, KY. To them were born 7 children—4 girls and 3 boys—all of whom survive her. About 30 years ago she became a Christian and all this time she spent in the development of a beautiful Christian character and her last words were a most suitable climax to such a life, for as she was passing over she said: “It is good in living, but far better in dying.” Thus closed her earthly career, surrounded by her husband and all their children, except one, Roy, who is serving in the United States Navy in this great war and could not be at her bedside with the others. Her chief regret was leaving 2 small girls, the youngest of the family, for whose sake she wished to remain longer that they might have the benefit of her motherly care until they arrive at more mature years.  But so far as she was personally concerned, death was most welcome, since it meant only the open door to bliss beyond as well as release from her sufferings, induced by pulmonary tuberculosis. The funeral services were conducted at her late home, after which her remains were deposited in beautiful Greenlawn Cemetery in Portsmouth, OH. Big Sandy News, Apr 12, 1918

CORDLE, David J.
Blaine—David J. Cordle, the 8 month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Cordle died Friday night of pneumonia and was buried a the Walter Ross Graveyard Sunday. Big Sandy News, Apr 12, 1918

HARRIS, James P.
Prestonsburg, Apr 5—James P. Harris, former Judge of Floyd County, and an aged and well to do citizen of East Prestonsburg, went across the river about 9 o’clock this morning, tied one end of a rope around his neck and the other end to the railroad bridge and fell 70 feet. He was killed instantly. Mr. Harris had recently suffered 2 light strokes of paralysis. Big Sandy News, Apr 12, 1918

Friday April 5, Judge James P. Harris of our city left home to go to Middle creek to see about a cow. On his way he stopped at H. H. Fitzpatrick’s store on Court Street and called on T. R. May, clerk of the store, for a rope, remarking jokingly that he wanted to get about 10 feet of rope and asked Mr. May if that would be enough to hang a man, Mr. May told him he thought he had better get 15 feet to allow a food fall. Of course it was believed the remarks were jokingly said. He went on his way to West Prestonsburg talking to several friends in a jovial manner on his way. He was seen later writing something which was found in his pocket telling of his intentions. He said he was tired of living, etc. He trudged slowly along until he came to the railroad bridge and tying the rope to the bridge one end around his neck he leaped off the bridge to death 70 feet below. The rope slipped loose from his neck and he fell on the soft mud and rolled in the creek. The body was taken up almost immediately by some men and boys who were attracted by the tragedy. He dies soon after they brought him up to the bridge. Judge Harris had been in bad health for 10 or 12 years, having had 2 strokes of paralysis. He was well known throughout the Sandy valley. He has been elected 3 times Judge of Floyd County, twice sheriff of this county and appointed to serve as jailer for a year. He was an upright, honorable and honest man and loved by all who knew him. He leaves a wife, 2 brothers and one sister and an adopted daughter and has many friends to mourn his loss. His funeral was preached at the home of his brother, R. W. Harris, in West Prestonsburg by Rev. H. K. Moore, Brothers, J. T. Pope, A. C. Harlowe and Brothers Alley assisting in the services. The remains were taken to the Harris family burying ground near the mouth of Katy Friend Branch on Middle Creek. Big Sandy News, Apr 12, 1918

HENDERSON, Mrs. Frank R.
Mrs. Frank R. Henderson, State registrar, Daughters of American Revolution, died suddenly at her home at Ironton, OH from heart complications. She was a daughter of the late Hugh Calvin Poage, and is survived by her other, 4 sisters, Mrs. J. H. Eba, Miss Annie Poage, and Miss Louise Poage, of Ashland and Mrs. E. H. Townsend of Townsend, OH and also 2 brothers, T. H. Poage and J. H. Poage of  Chicago, all of whom attended the funeral and burial at Ashland, she having been born and reared in Boyd County. Mrs. Henderson was a cousin of Mrs. J.  Q. Lackey and Mrs. G.R. Vinson of this city. . Big Sandy News, Apr 19, 1918

HEWLET, Rachel Bessie
Rachel Bessie Hewlett was born on Jun 7, 1898, being almost 20 years of age. She was an unusually bright and cheerful girl, always wearing a smile, and ready with a kingly greeting for every friend and neighbor. She was the picture of health, a strong, handsome young woman, who would have been selected as a fine prospect for long life. No more striking illustration of the uncertainty of life has been presented to this community. Before Miss Bessie reached the minimum aged fixed by law for school teacher, she had fitted herself for this work,. So satisfactory were the results that she had just been engaged to teach the same school the coming year, which would have been her third term at that place. The patrons had offered her free boa4rd as an extra inducement to return to that district. The funeral took place Thursday afternoon at the M. E. Church, South, of which Bessie had been a faithful member since childhood. Rev. H. O. Chambers conducted the services. The body was laid to rest on beautiful Pine Hill, followed by many friends. A sad feature was the fact that 2 young brothers, Linus and Richard, are in the army and too far away to get back for the funeral. Another brother, Horton, and 2 half sisters also survive. Big Sandy News, Apr 26, 1918

HINKLE, Jim, Sr.
Death came  suddenly and unexpectedly to Jim Hinkle, Sr., who lived in the upper end of this county. He had driven over from Inez and stopped at the home of a friend, Bill Fannin. Soon after reaching there he complained of being cold and it was only a short time until he died. He was a highly respected citizen of the county and has numerous relatives. He was about 87 years old and was never married. The funeral and burial took place last Friday near Graves Shoal. He was an uncle of J. G. Hinkle of this city. Big Sandy News, Apr 5, 1918

HUTCHINSON, Eliza
Mrs. Eliza Hutchinson passed away at 2 o’clock last Sunday morning at her home on Main Street in Louisa. She had been confined to her bed since last fall on account of a broken hip sustained by a fall when visiting at Busseyville. She was in the hospital several weeks and afterwards was tenderly cared for by relatives. Mrs. Hutchinson was Miss Eliza J. Bussey, of this city, and was born Nov 4, 1840. She was married in 1860 to Dr. Allen C. Hutchison who died 34 years ago. Their only son, Henry W. Hutchison, died 5 years later at the age of 28 years.  Since then Mrs. Hutchison has lived at the old Bussey home with her brothers, Sam and Dr. J.C. Bussey and family. Mrs. Hutchison was ne of the oldest members of the M. E. Church in this city and for years was a faithful and much loved teacher in the Sunday school. She was a regular attendant a the services until prevented by her failing health and was always interested in the work of the church. She was in her 78th year, the age at which her sister, Mrs. Celia McHenry, died 2 years ago. The surviving members of the family are 4 brothers, F. R. Bussey of Busseyville, Tom Bussey of Ohio, and Sam and Dr. Joe C. Bussey of Louisa. Fred Bussey died recently in Ohio. ON Monday morning appropriate services were held in the church conducted by Rev. A.C. Bostwick, The funeral was preached by a former pastor, the Rev. John Cheap, of Russell, Interment was made in beautiful Hutchison burying grounds a few miles from this place. Big Sandy News, Apr 26, 1918

JOHNS, Jack
Jack Johns, (colored), who has been ill for a number of years at his little cabin on Trimble Creek, was stricken for the third time with paralysis last Saturday and lived only 2 days. Death came on Monday at 1 o’clock for more than 3 years he had been partially blind and had been treated by specialists who could do nothing for him. He was about 60 years of age and respected by all his white friends. He was attended by Clark Barnes, who is the only colored person now living in Prestonsburg. His desire to be buried in a certain spot near his home was carried out and interment took place Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock. Big Sandy News, Apr 26, 1918

JONES, Mrs. L. D.
Mrs. L. D. Jones died at an early hour Sunday morning at her residence on Lock Avenue, this city. She had been suffering for a few weeks from a complication of diseases among them being double pneumonia, which caused her death. Her husband, Dr. L. D. Jones and 5 children, 2 girls and 3 boys, survive. The youngest is only 2 months old. Mrs. Jones had been a member of the Christian Church the past few years and the last time she was able to attend the services was 5 weeks previous to the day of her death. The funeral services were held from the church on Monday afternoon at one o’clock conducted by the pastor, Rev. J. H. Stambaugh. Appropriate music was furnished by the choir and a duet was sung by Miss Opal Spencer and Mr. Will Cain. A large number of friends attended the funeral. Burial followed in the family lot in Fulkerson Cemetery where the body of a little daughter was laid to rest several years ago. Big Sandy News, Apr 26, 1918

LEWIS, Harry
Harry Lewis died Sunday night of a lingering and painful illness of many months. Tuberculosis was the cause of his death. The funeral took place Tuesday morning at the Baptist Church. Rev. Bostwick of the M.E. Church preached the funeral and Rev. Gaugh assisted in the service. The funeral took place in Fulkerson Cemetery. Only the wife survives. She is the only daughter of Mr. W. H. Adams, the Louisa merchant. Mr. Lewis was a native of North Carolina but was living at Columbus, OH at the time of his marriage, about 3 years ago. His age was 28 years. He was a young man of good character and correct habits. His health had not been good for quite a while previous to his death. The relatives request us to extend their appreciation of the assistance extended by friends during the illness and funeral of Mr. Lewis. Big Sandy News, Apr 12, 1918

MARCUM, Edgar
Edgar Marcum, son of Fletch Marcum, and grandson of Capt. T. D. Marcum of Catlettsburg died at Kessler Hospital in Huntington, Tuesday night. He was recovering from a long siege of suffering and his death came unexpectedly. For 3 years he was a member of the coast artillery and later joined the U. S. Cavalry. When stationed in El Paso, TX, he was struck by a railway train and badly injured. Burial took place at Catlettsburg. His parents and a sister survive. . Big Sandy News, Apr 19, 1918

MCCORMICK, Harold
New Boston, OH—The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry McCormick and took from them their darling Harold, 13 months old boy. Big Sandy  News, Apr 19, 1918

MOORE, M. L.
Blaine—M. L. Moore, one of the oldest and most highly respected citizens of this county, died at his home near Blaine on last Wednesday morning. His death was due to kidney trouble. He is survived by his wife and 6 children, Mrs. J. B. Fraley, Mrs. Fobitha Sparks, Mrs. G. W. Kouns and E. M. Moore of this place and S. E. and C. L. Moore of Plain City, OH. He was 71 years 10 months and 3 days old, a member of the Christian church for 33 years and a member of the Jake Rice Lodge F & AM. He was buried at Elza Swetnam graveyard by the Masonic Lodge. “Uncle Mat” as he was familiarly called, was generous. Big Sandy News, Apr 5, 1918

O’DANIEL, Harmon
After a lingering illness of tuberculosis Harmon O’Daniel died at his home at Hulette, this county, at noon on Tuesday, Apr 22. For several years he taught in the Lawrence County schools and was a prominent and popular teacher. The past few years he spent as instructor in the Kentucky School of Reform near Lexington. Some time ago he became ill and went to a sanatorium in Louisville for treatment where he remained until a few months ago when he returned to the home of his father, D. A. O’Daniel. He was 30 years old and one of the county’s best young men. He is survived by his father, 3 sisters and 3 brothers, one of whom is Jay O’Daniel of Louisville, ex superintendent of schools in this county. Mr. O’Daniel was a member of the Masonic Lodge. The funeral was held on Thursday from the residence and burial took place in the Hulette burial ground. Big Sandy News, Apr 26, 1918

RICE, Mrs. Henry Martin
After an illness of several days Mrs. Henry Martin Rice died at her home on Barnetts Creek. She was one of our best women. Big Sandy News, Apr 5, 1918

RIDDLE, Wood
Wood Riddle, 55, was instantly killed in Ashland Wednesday evening about 9 o’clock
When he was struck by an automobile at 27th and Winchester Streets, Ashland. Police arrested Sam Porter, coal dealer, at Fifteenth Street, 12 blocks away and locked him in jail on a charge of manslaughter. It is charged that Porter did not stop after the car struck Riddle, but continued on until the police caught him. Riddle is said to have been crossing the street when the car struck him. He is a carpenter and lives in Ashland. Porter’s home is in Prestonsburg, KY but his business is in Ashland. . Big Sandy News, Apr 19, 1918

RITTENHOUSE, Mrs. J. S.
Mrs. J. S. Rittenhouse, who formerly lived in Johnson County, died in a hospital in Cincinnati, after an operation. Buried in Ohio. Big Sandy News, Apr 5, 1918

SHIPMAN, W. F.
Mr. W. F. Shipman died at his home in Ashland last Saturday morning, after an illness of several weeks. He was 58 years. A wife survives him. the funeral took place Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. C. A. Slaughter, of the M. E. Church, South. Interment was made in the Ashland Cemetery. Mr. Shipman was a genial popular man, a leading merchant, and a high Mason. He was buried with the honors of the order. The merchandising business established by Mr. Shipman will be continued under the management of G. A. Nash, brother in law, who has had charge of the shoe department of a large Louisville store. Big Sandy News, Apr 12, 1918

SMILEY, Capt. William
Catlettsburg--Capt. William Smiley died in a Cincinnati hospital. He was enroute home from Florida, accompanied by his son and while his heath had been failing rapidly since the death of his wife, Feb 14, he hoped to reach his home here. He came very ill Saturday and lingered only a few hours after reaching the hospital. Capt. Smiley was born in Pike County on Sep 14, 1854 and was the only child of Alex and Sallie Smiley. For a number of years he was a steamboat captain and when quite a young man married Miss Lida Powell, a member of one of the most prominent families of the lower Sandy Valley. He with his parents had located in this city when he was but a mere boy and he had lived here the remainder of his life except such time as he was in Florida within the past 2 or 3 years, but still retained is citizenship here. He was a fine man and excellent citizen. He was a member of the M. E. Church, South and was a Mason and an Odd Fellow. The funeral occurred Tuesday. Big Sandy News, Apr 19, 1918

SMITH, Joe
Rev. Joe Smith, whose illness from pneumonia was mentioned in the paper last week,  passed away last Sunday at his home at Williamson. He was a prominent citizen and was one of the leading Baptist ministers of that section. He was about 68 years old. His body was taken to Big Creek, Pike County, KY and the funeral and burial held on Tuesday. He is survived by  his wife and a number of children. Two of the daughters, Mrs. Elias Miller and Mrs. Eli Farley, reside in Louisa. Big Sandy News, Apr 5, 1918

On Sunday, Mar 31st, 1918, Elder Joseph Smith departed this life aged 68 years. He leaves a wife and 6 children and a host of friends to mourn their loss. He had been suffering with pneumonia for several days before he died. He bore his suffering and pain with great patience. Said it was just his blessed Savior suffering for him. Mr. Smith was a brother to Raleigh Smith who lived and died here on Whites Creek May 23, 1915 and is a brother to Mrs. Percy Sparks of this county. Mr. and Mrs. Sparks were called to his aid. They both went and stayed with him until he died. He was laid to rest in the burying ground on Big Creek, Pike County, KY. He was a minister in the regular Baptist Church for 40 years, always contending for the faith once delivered to the saints. He made his own selection of the ministers to preach his funeral. They were Elder John Weddington, Elder Estill Hopkins, Elder W. G. Sparks, Elder Mont Williamson and Elder John Bevins, all of whom took a part in the funeral services and preached to a large congregation of people. Big Sandy News, Apr 19, 1918

THOMPSON, Hermia
Donithon--About 2 weeks ago, Miss Hermia Thompson, formerly of this place, died at her home at Laurel and was brought here to the home of her grandparents. Mr. and Mrs. Houeston Chapman and buried near their home on Sprucy; also near her former home where she spent her childhood and grew up to about 16 years of age. A large crowd attended the funeral services. Her death brings sorrow to a large number of friends. Big Sandy News, Apr 5, 1918

THOMPSON, James W.
James W. Thompson died at his home on left fork of Little Blaine, this county, He was born Sep 4, 1860 and died Apr 10, 1918, age 57 years 7 months and 6 days. He leaves to mourn his death his wife and 7 children, all grown. The boys are George, Millard and Bert; girls, Virgie, Julia Ann, Carrie and Hattie; 2 brothers, Greenville and Granville and 4 sisters, Corilda, Eunice, Cynthia and Druzie, several grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends. He was converted nearly 4 years before his death and was a faithful member of the M. E. Church. He was sick about 4 years with Brights disease. He was very conscious that he would never get well. He talked to those that came to see him and told them that he was ready. On Wednesday evening about 10 o’clock he was called from his earthly house to his home in Heaven and on Friday his funeral was preached by his request by the Rev. A. H. Miller in the presence of a large congregation and then the Independent Order of Odd Fellows of Gallup lodge, of which he was a member, assisted by the several other members of lodges, carried his body to its last resting place on the point just overlooking his home and laid it to rest by those of his brother Odd Fellows to await the trump of God when all that were in their graves shall come forth from their sleeping dust. Big Sandy News, Apr 19, 1918

THOMPSON, Miniard H.
Miniard H. Thompson died at his home at Mattie, this county, last Saturday morning. Stomach trouble caused his death. He had been suffering from the trouble for some time and had returned only a few days before from the springs, passing through Louisa on Monday. The burial took place near the home. Rev. H. B. Hewlett preached the funeral. He was 58 years old and leaves a wife and 3 children. Mr. Thompson left considerable real estate and personal property. He was a good business man and prosperous farmer. Big Sandy News, Apr 5, 1918

THOMPSON, Aunt Tener
Norris—Aunt Tener Thompson was born on Sep 26, 1848 and died Apr 7, 1918.She leaves 3 brothers and one sister and a host of relatives and friends. But we feel that our loss is Heaven’s gain. Aunt Tener had been a member of the Free Will Baptist Church for 23 years and seemed to possess what she professed. She was never married and was at the home of her brothers when death came. Big Sandy News, Apr 19, 1918

VEGARD
A report from Pike County says Mrs. Hobart Vegard shot and instantly killed a neighbor woman named Vegard last Friday or Saturday. The woman who died the shooting is said to be the daughter of Ben Vanhorn, of Zelda, this county. She is 18 years old and was Miss Nola Vanhorn previous to her marriage. She was taken to Pikeville by officers, it is said. As the story comes to us, it was a case of self defense. There had been some disagreement over a partnership well, and on the occasion of the killed the woman went over to Mrs. Nola Vegard’s home, armed with a butcher knife and said, “My husband is away and yours is sick in bed, so this is a good time to settle our troubles.” Mrs. Vegard stepped into the house  and got a pistol and shot the woman. Three children and the husband survive. This occurred at Pond Creek, on the Tug side of Pike County. Big Sandy News, Apr 19, 1918

VENTERS, J. M.
J.M. Venters of Shelby, who was caught under the E. & B V passenger engine, Thursday of last week near Beaver Station, was so badly crushed from the hips down, that  he died shortly after the wreckage was removed from his body. The remains were sent to Pikeville for interment. Mr. Venters was 27 years of age and married. He was employed as engine watchman on the S and V. E. , which runs between Shelby and Jenkins and at the time of the accident was riding on the E. and B. V. engine which was derailed and turned over. C. W. Conley of Ashland, engineer, and J. G. Goodman, conductor of the train who formerly resided in Ashland escaped injury as also did the fireman. Mr. Venters seemed to realize that he had no chance for recovery, for he gave the address of his wife and requested that she be wired of the accident. The hot steam from the engine made the work of digging Mr. Venters out a very difficult task and one leg had to be severed before he was finally released. The accident occurred within half a mile of the one of that road on the preceding Monday in which 2 men were killed. Big Sandy News, Apr 5, 1918

WALLER, James
James Waller died at the county infirmary a few days ago at the age of 88 years. He had a number of relatives in the county. Big Sandy News, Apr 19, 1918

WEBB, Mrs. Owen
After a week’s illness of pneumonia Mrs. Owen Webb died Sunday at her home in Kenova. She was 60 years of age. The deceased leaves to mourn her departure 5 children, as follows; Mrs. Dewitt Crabtree of Portsmouth, Silas and Lindsey Webb of Kenova, Floyd Webb of Ft. Gay and Miss Fannie Webb of Kenova. Big Sandy News, Apr 26, 1918

WELLMAN, Elva
Elva Wellman died at Akron, OH from pneumonia and his body was brought to this place on Wednesday and taken to the home of his grandfather, Joshua Diamond. The burial took place Thursday in the Lick Creek burial ground. He was one of the twin sons of Mr. and Mrs. Lot Wellman, who moved from this place to Ironton, OH several years ago. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. H. O. Chambers, pastor of the M. E. Church, South. Big Sandy News, Apr 19, 1918

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ARNETT, Elliott
Salyersville,KY, May 25—Elliott Arnett was shot and almost instantly killed here. The ball was a 45 calibre and struck Arnett in the thigh, breaking the bones and cutting the main artery, causing him to bleed to death. Clarence Collinsworth and 2 other men were on their way to Riceville in a wagon drawn by 2 mules. Collinsworth was riding one of the mules. Just above Elliott Arnett’s house, Collinsworth fired a shot, it is stated, but they went on down a little below Asberry Arnett’s house and fired another. The Arnetts were in their respective fields at work, but upon hearing the shots, Asberry Arnett, it is stated, went into the house, got a gun and went out into the yard. In the mean time the travelers left their team and returned to the gate of Asberry Arnett halted Collinsworth, telling to go as he had nothing against him and did not want to hurt him. Elliott Arnett, it is said, appeared at this time from his house with a pistol but made no effort to shoot. He seemed in a good humor and while talking to Collinsworth they clinched. A pistol shot followed the grappling and Elliott Arnett fell mortally wounded. Collinsworth ran away Asberry Arnett, it is alleged, followed Collinsworth and shot him but not seriously. Big Sandy News, May 31, 1918

BARTRAM, Jay
The body of Jay Bartram was brought here from Ashland and taken to his home at Ft. Gay Wednesday evening. His death followed an operation for appendicitis at the Bartram hospital in Ashland. He was the son of L.D. Bartram and was married 2 weeks ago to Miss Ossian Chapman of Ft. Gay. He was 17 years old. He had been ill several days and was taken to the hospital on Monday. His parents, 3 sisters and 2 brothers survive. Burial and interment took place on Friday. Big Sandy News, May 10, 1918

BORDERS, Joe Sr
Henrietta—We are sorry to announce the death of Joe Borders, Sr. He was an excellent citizen and well liked by all who knew him. He leaves a wife, 8 children and a host of friends to mourn their loss. Big Sandy News, May 10, 1918

BROMLEY, John
News was received by relatives last Saturday of the death of John Bromley. He was a resident of Catlettsburg a number of years and a few years ago moved to St. Louis, MO. He was about 42 years old and unmarried and lived with his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Bromley. He was associated with his brother Samuel Bromley in the moving picture business. Another brother, Wayne Bromley, lived in Indianapolis and his sister, Mrs. Mary Lauder resides in St. Louis. He was accidentally killed and it was not stated how it occurred. Mr. Bromley was a cousin of Dr. A. W. and Sam Bromley of this city and Mrs. Rebecca Frazier of Ft. Gay. Relatives from this section who went to St. Louisa to attend the burial were Mrs. J. A. Hughes and Mrs. Donald Clark of Huntington. Big Sandy News, May 3, 1918

BRYANT, A. J.
The home of A. J. Bryant, who lived on a farm, near Rush, about 10 miles from Ashland, was destroyed by fire Tuesday. An hour later Mr. Bryant was sitting near the burning embers talking to a neighbor when he fell over dead. He was 59 years old and leaves a wife and children. He had been subject to heart trouble for some time. Big Sandy News, May 10, 1918

CARPENTER, Vint
SPARKS, Cleveland
HOWARD, John
Grayson, KY, May 25—Melvin Collins 23 years old, Olive Hill, today shot and killed Vint Carpenter, who was driving a team at the Hitchins fire brick plant, then entered the plant and shot and killed Cleveland Spark, who was sitting at rest and rushed into the brick machine department and shot and killed John Howard. The latter also was resting, awaiting his turn on machine work. Collins tried to find another man declaring he would kill him alos, but he failed to find the man. Collins fled to a nearby farm house and barricaded himself and defied the Sheriff and posse, who surrounded the house and prepared to burn it. Collins fired from the window and wounded Levi Shields in the hip. The sheriff’ officers fired as a man came from the house and wounded Tony Stephens in the side with shotguns. Stephens had entered the house to persuade Collins to surrender. He refused ad Stephens came out without giving notice to the Sheriff. Collins finally surrendered when the officers started to fire the house.

A great crowd gathered in Olive Hill demanding the officers turn Collins over to them. The officers, 7 of them, in cars with guns drawn, rushed through the crowd and reached Catlettsburg jail with their prisoner, who is charged with murder. The people threatened to follow. Circuit Court Judge Cisco ordered Sheriff Flannery and jailer McClave to remove Collins to another county jail tonight. Collins failed to register, declaring he was under draft age. He believed the men he killed had something to do with reporting him to the Government. A special grand jury has been called to meet next Monday at Catlettsburg. Big Sandy News, May 31, 1918

CARTMEL, Thomas
Thomas Cartmel died at his home at Buchanan Thursday of last week. He was a good citizen and a member of the I.O.O.F. He is survived by his wife and 4 children. He was about 55 years of age and a number of years ago lived in Louisa. Big Sandy News, May 31, 1918

CHAPMAN
Ernest Marcum, a young man who was to have gone with the drafted men who left here Tuesday is charged with having killed a 14 year old son of W. O. Chapman last Friday night near the Martin-Lawrence county line. Marcum has not been brought in as yet. It was thought he would appear with the others who left for the army service, but he did not show up. The trouble occurred at a Red Cross drive meeting. From the account we received it seems that a fight started between 2 small boys and in some way Marcum became involved. The Chapman boy was shot and died the next day. The Local Board has received instructions to not send Marcum to the army, but permit the local authorities to have him. We are informed that he is a son of Steve Marcum. Big Sandy News, May 31, 1918

Donithon—A horrible tragedy was enacted in life’s drama at Friendship last Friday night at 11 o’clock when little Fred Chapman met an untimely death. It is said the boy was an innocent character among a large group of boys who started a quarrel and he was not aware that he was to be the victim, shot down and killed by Everett Marcum in the presence of his mother, brother and sister on that fatal night, just because whiskey had more influence and held sway, where only peace and harmony should have prevailed. Fred Chapman’s home was on Rock Castle. His former home was here. He was brought here to the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Houston Chapman, last Sunday and the funeral services were conducted near their home. Big Sandy News, May 31, 1918

DIXON, Tabitha
Tabitha Dixon died at her home on Docks Creek aged 86 years. She had been failing for several months prior to her death, on account of her age. Her husband, James Dixon, died about 3 years ago. The deceased leaves 4 children as follows: Oliver Dixon, of Lewis County, KY, James Dixon of Portsmouth, OH, Mrs. William Johnson of Whites Creek and Mrs. Mary Hatten of Docks Creek. Big Sandy News, May 17, 1918

HATFIELD, Lewis W.
Ulysses—The death angel entered the home of Uncle Lewis W. Hatfield, Apr 16 and born him away tot the great beyond. He had a complication of diseases, pneumonia and Bright’s disease, according to the medical diagnosis. He was sick only 2 weeks. All was done for him that medical skill and loving hands could do. Several relatives from Ashland and Louisa attended his burial. His funeral was preached by Rv. Henry Griffith and Rev. G. H. Young. A large crowd of people attended his burial. His wife, who had been seriously ill since Jan 1, still grows weaker. Besides his wife he is survived by 4 sons, 4 daughters and 4 sisters. He was 69 years old at the time of his death and an honest and good citizen. Big Sandy News, May 10, 1918

HINKLE, Elzie
Mr. Elzie Hinkle was killed in the mines at Van Lear, KY, last week. He was about 58 years old and leaves a wife and one child, several relatives and many friends to mourn the loss. The remains were laid to rest in the Hinkle graveyard near Graves Shoal. Mr. Hinkle was a prominent citizen in the vicinity in which he lived and is sadly missed by all who knew him. Bro. Harrington attended the funeral services. Big Sandy News, May 24, 1918

HOWARD, John
SPARKS, Cleveland
CARPENTER, Vint
Grayson, KY, May 25—Melvin Collins 23 years old, Olive Hill, today shot and killed Vint Carpenter, who was driving a team at the Hitchins fire brick plant, then entered the plant and shot and killed Cleveland Spark, who was sitting at rest and rushed into the brick machine department and shot and killed John Howard. The latter also was resting, awaiting his turn on machine work. Collins tried to find another man declaring he would kill him alos, but he failed to find the man. Collins fled to a nearby farm house and barricaded himself and defied the Sheriff and posse, who surrounded the house and prepared to burn it. Collins fired from the window and wounded Levi Shields in the hip. The sheriff’ officers fired as a man came from the house and wounded Tony Stephens in the side with shotguns. Stephens had entered the house to persuade Collins to surrender. He refused ad Stephens came out without giving notice to the Sheriff. Collins finally surrendered when the officers started to fire the house.

A great crowd gathered in Olive Hill demanding the officers turn Collins over to them. The officers, 7 of them, in cars with guns drawn, rushed through the crowd and reached Catlettsburg jail with their prisoner, who is charged with murder. The people threatened to follow. Circuit Court Judge Cisco ordered Sheriff Flannery and jailer McClave to remove Collins to another county jail tonight. Collins failed to register, declaring he was under draft age. He believed the men he killed had something to do with reporting him to the Government. A special grand jury has been called to meet next Monday at Catlettsburg. Big Sandy News, May 31, 1918

KEGGS, Mrs. George W.
Mrs. George W. Keggs passed away Wednesday afternoon at her home in this city. For some time she had been steadily losing strength and her death was not unexpected. Dropsy and complications caused her death. She was in her 78th year. Mrs. Keggs is survived by her husband, a daughter, Mrs. Robert Keggs of Ashland. She was a member of the M. E. Church and the funeral took place at 1 p.m. Thursday from that church.  Rev. Bostwick preached the funeral Big Sandy News, May 24, 1918.

MCKENZIE, Martin
Paintsville—Martin McKenzie who has been sick at his home about 3 miles west of Paintsville, died last Sunday night. His death had been expected by  his family and friends for the past few months. The deceased was one of the best known men in the county and for years engaged in the merchandise business in Paintsville and at Staffordsville. He was a prominent Mason. Big Sandy News, May 3, 1918

MIDDAUGH, J. J.
Catlettsburg,--A telegram was received by Henry Middaugh of this city apprising him of the death of his brother, J. J. Middaugh at Tulsa, OK and was sent to Mrs. Helen Grantz-Middaugh, wife of the decedent and that the remains would arrive in Ashland Saturday. Mr. Middaugh was a popular C & O conductor and had been in ill health for some time and was taken to Oklahoma in the hope that the would be benefited. The news comes as quite a shock to his relatives and friends here. He was highly respected by all who knew him. Mr. Middaugh was born Jul 10, 1892. He is survived by his wife, father, J. L. Middaugh of Paintsville, one sister, Mrs. Jesse Burchett, Stambaugh, KY, 5 brothers, L. M. Middaugh, and Henry C. Middaugh of this city, A. J. Middaugh, Tulsa, OK, P.M. Middaugh of Staffordsville, KY A. B. Middaugh, Mt. Sterling, KY. Big Sandy News, May 31, 1918

PENIX, Edith
PENIX, Louise
Edith and Louise Penix, the 4 months old twin daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Penix died of whooping cough this week. Mrs. Penix continues very ill of the same disease. Burial took place at Shelbiana on Wednesday afternoon. Big Sandy News, May 17, 1918

PINSON, Louisa
Mrs. Louisa Pinson, widow of Thomas Pinson of Pike County, died at the home of her son, A.C. Pinson in Williamson, WV after a long illness. Her body passed through Louisa on Friday and taken to Pikeville for burial. Alonzo Pinson, a son and Mrs. Minnie Scott, a daughter accompanied the body from Williamson. Big Sandy News, May 24, 1918

RICE, Mrs. George B.
West Van Lear—The funeral of Mrs. George B. Rice, whose death occurred suddenly, was held at her home at Hager Hill and burial took place in the old Mayo cemetery near there. The members of the immediate family were all present, except a son, Dr. W. S. Rice, who is at present in war service in France . Big Sandy News, May 3, 1918

SPARKS, Cleveland
HOWARD, John
CARPENTER, Vint
Grayson, KY, May 25—Melvin Collins 23 years old, Olive Hill, today shot and killed Vint Carpenter, who was driving a team at the Hitchins fire brick plant, then entered the plant and shot and killed Cleveland Spark, who was sitting at rest and rushed into the brick machine department and shot and killed John Howard. The latter also was resting, awaiting his turn on machine work. Collins tried to find another man declaring he would kill him alos, but he failed to find the man. Collins fled to a nearby farm house and barricaded himself and defied the Sheriff and posse, who surrounded the house and prepared to burn it. Collins fired from the window and wounded Levi Shields in the hip. The sheriff’ officers fired as a man came from the house and wounded Tony Stephens in the side with shotguns. Stephens had entered the house to persuade Collins to surrender. He refused ad Stephens came out without giving notice to the Sheriff. Collins finally surrendered when the officers started to fire the house.

A great crowd gathered in Olive Hill demanding the officers turn Collins over to them. The officers, 7 of them, in cars with guns drawn, rushed through the crowd and reached Catlettsburg jail with their prisoner, who is charged with murder. The people threatened to follow. Circuit Court Judge Cisco ordered Sheriff Flannery and jailer McClave to remove Collins to another county jail tonight. Collins failed to register, declaring he was under draft age. He believed the men he killed had something to do with reporting him to the Government. A special grand jury has been called to meet next Monday at Catlettsburg. Big Sandy News, May 31, 1918

SPEARS, Mary
Mrs. Mary Spears died suddenly Sunday afternoon. She was the mother of Briton Spears, of this city. Returning from making a call on a neighbor she complained of being cold and ill and before a physician reached her she had passed away. She was the widow of John Spears and sister of Mrs. Susan Lavender of Paintsville.  Her body was taken to Paintsville on Monday evening for burial. Big Sandy News, May 17, 1918

STANLEY, Hubert
Prestonsburg—Little Hubert Stanley, the 4 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Stanley of Tram, was drowned in the Big Sandy on last Wednesday afternoon about 3 o’clock. A little friend of the Stanley children came by to visit them and at the suggestion of one of the boys that they all go out to the river to see if there were any fish on the line, they went, the little boy following. While standing on the bank of the river the dirt gave away and the child fell into the river. The little boys jumped in after him but were unable to rescue him. Two men who were standing near the scene ran some several yards to the barn for help but they were too late. When the little one was taken from the water there was no sign of life. He was unusually bright boy for his age and loved by all who had come in contact with him. His grief stricken parents have the sympathy of the entire community. The funeral was held Saturday near the home at Tram. A message was sent his brother, Joe Stanley, who is in the Naval Radio School at Harvard, in Cambridge, but he arrived too late for the funeral. Big Sandy News, May 3, 1918

THOMPSON, Purl B.
Purl B. Thompson was killed Mar 25, 1918, aged 27 years and one month. He had been employed as a brakeman for the C & O RR for almost 2 years. His death was caused by an engine turning over. The accident occurred on Beaver Creek. The funeral was held at the home of his parents, Ex-County Judge J. H. Thompson and wife. It was a very large and pretentious one, many relatives and friends from a distance being present. It was one of the saddest funeral services I ever attended, because it marked the fading of a loved and precious one. The funeral by his request was conducted by Rev. L. M.  Copley of Ashland. The services was concluded at the grave. The beautiful rites of the Odd Fellows burial service being set forth in the lat and obsequies. The remains were laid to rest near his home. Big Sandy News, May 3, 1918

WATTERSON, George
George Watterson, of Inez, KY, was instantly killed near Logan, WV Saturday when a car on an incline ran wild. He and 6 other men were on the car loaded with lumber. The rope supporting the car broke and the car dashed down the steep incline at terrific speed. Watterson did not jump off the car as soon as the other men did and his head struck a post braking his neck and causing instant death. The other men escaped without serious injuries. Young Watterson would have been 21 years old the 7th of June. He was a son of J. A. and Julia Chapman Watterson, formerly of Gallup, this county. He was a nephew of N. B. Chapman of Louisa, and was a  fine young fellow. Burial took place at Inez on Monday. Big Sandy News, May 31, 1918

Last week we had a brief account of this fatal accident but the following has been receives since from Inez.
The entire community was shocked last Saturday night when a message was received announcing the death of George Watterson. George had been working for the Madison Coal Co., in West Virginia, and with him six others was riding up on a car filled with lumber. Mr. Jim Bowen was in he car and seeing that the cable was breaking, gave the alarm and told all to jump. They all jumped to safety but George, who evidently became bewildered as he remained in the car until it had gone about 500 feet when he jumped, but the car was then going so swiftly that he was thrown with great violence and striking a pole was killed.

The body was brought home on Sunday morning by Mr. Bowen. Services were held at the M. E. Church, South just 24 hours after he was killed.

Appropriate sons were sung by the choir. The scripture was read and a short sermon preached by Rev. Samuels, pastor of the church. Prayers were offered by Dr. Fairchild and Mr. Donaldson of Pikeville, after which interment was made in the cemetery on the point. George was the oldest son of his widowed mother, Mrs. J. A. Watterson and was a favorite in the family community. His death leaves an aching void in the hearts of his many friends. Besides his mother he leaves 4 sisters. Mrs. L. A. Dempsey, Mrs. Grady Newberry and Misses Julia and Alice and one brother, Jimmy. George was the nephew of Mr. N. B. Chapman of Louisa, who, with his son, James, attended the funeral. Big Sandy News, Jun 7, 1918

WEBB, Peter
Pete Webb, who lived a few miles from Fort Gay, is dead as a result of a fall of  slate in a cola mine at Borderland, WV. He was badly crushed but lived 3 days after being rescued. He leaves a wife and 4 small children. Big Sandy News, May 3, 1918

WILLIAMS, J. P.
Paintsville—J. P. Williams died in Ashland after a short illness from apoplexy. He was a native of this county and moved to Naples, Boyd County. Big Sandy News, May 17, 1918

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JUNE

AKERS
BOYD, Melvin
A son of Wayne Akers, who lived near Fort Gay, WV was killed in a mine at Chattaroy Saturday and his body arrived at Fort Gay Sunday. He leaves a wife and one child. The same train brought the body of another man killed in a mine up the N & W. this man’s home was up Big Sandy and the body was shipped from here by C & O. Later—Melvin Boyd was the man referred to above. His body was shipped to Offut, his home. Big Sandy News, Jun 7, 1918

ALLEN, Mrs. Edward
The death of Mrs. Edward Allen occurred at her home on Lock Avenue, this city, last Monday night. While it was known that she was seriously ill, her condition had not been alarming and the news of her death came unexpectedly to her friends. Mrs. Allen and family moved to Kentucky from Jacksboro, TN about a year ago. They lived at Torchlight awhile and moved to this place. They had been here but a short time when Mrs. Allen became ill with typhoid fever. She was taken immediately to the hospital where she remained for weeks, and after recovering from fever was removed to her home. She was still a very sick woman suffering with Bright’s disease. A trained nurse was kept in attendance and Mrs. Allen’s condition seemed to improve. Mr. Allen returned a few days ago to his employment at Beaver. He was at home over Sunday. On Monday evening Mrs. Allen sank rapidly and passed away before her husband could be reached. Her death occurred 12 weeks from the day she was taken sick. Besides her husband she is survived by 2 sons and one daughter, the youngest a boy of 10 years. She also has one sister who lives at Hazard, KY, but could not reach here in time for the funeral. Mrs. Allen was a member of the M. E. Church, South, at her home in Tennessee. She was a devoted wife and mother and the sympathy of the entire community goes out to the family in their bereavement. The funeral was held on Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock by Rev. H.O. Chambers, pastor of the M. E. Church, South. Burial followed in the cemetery on Pine Hill. Big Sandy News, Jun 28, 1918

BUSKIRK, Robert W.
The death of Robert W.  Buskirk came very unexpectedly in a Huntington hospital Thursday night of last week. He had bone there for treatment for a carbuncle at the base of his brain, and was soon to undergo an operation. Before time for the operation he was seized with convulsions and expired in a short time. Mr. Buskirk was a resident of Matewan, WV. He was 55 years old and leaves a wife and 3 brothers. Burial took place in Huntington on Saturday. Big Sandy News, Jun 21, 1918

CALDWELL, Charles
Portsmouth, OH, Jun 1—Norfolk & Western passenger train No. 18 running between Columbus and Norfolk, was derailed at Franklin Furnace 16 miles east of here this afternoon at 1 o’clock the result of colliding with a heavy motor truck driven by Charles Caldwell of Catlettsburg, who was almost instantly killed.  Engineer E. Gardner and Fireman Bert Stratton, both from this city, were scalded by the escaping steam, and taken to Roosevelt Hospital, where it was found they were not seriously injured. The engine and 2 small mail cars were overturned and the five coaches and 2 Pullman cars were derailed, but none of the passengers were injured. Traffic was delayed 2 hours while the cars and engine were derailed. Caldwell, who was killed, was to have been inducted into army service soon, his notification from his draft board found on his body, establishing his identity. Big Sandy News, Jun 7, 1918

CONLEY, William
East Fork—Our neighborhood was the scene of an unusual tragedy recently. Mr. William Conley left his home on Lick Fork, Jennies Creek, and was missing 3 days. A search party hunted for him day and night and finally found his body hanging in a tree on top of the hill at the head of the Len Conley Branch. He had peeled bark from a nearby tree by which he hanged himself. Some trouble over the division of some land was the cause of his rash deed. He was 72 years of age and was a respected citizen. Big Sandy News, Jun 7, 1918

CURNUTTE, G. W.
G. W. Curnutte was born Mar 2 1857 and departed this life Jun 11, 1918 aged 61 years 3 months and 8 days, He leaves a wife, 6 children and a host of friends to mourn his loss. For some time he had been living a consecrated Christian life. He was a member of the Christian Church at Ashland, KY where he was living at the time of his death. All through his sickness he realized his stay here on earth could not be long. His body was brought to Fallsburg and the writer preached his funeral  in the Old Fellows Hall. He was laid to rest in the Fallsburg cemetery there to await the general resurrection when God will gather his children together. H. C. C. Big Sandy News, Jun 28, 1918

DEAN, Emery
Emery dean of Fort Gay WV, was killed in France last week. A telegram was received by  his family on last Friday morning and a later advice has been received confirming the sad fact. He was a son of William Dean and a brother of Mrs. A.V. Osborn of Ft. Gay. He was 34 years old and had enlisted in the army when the trouble with Mexico began. This was a little more than 2 year ago. He went to Mexico and remained about a year. In Jun 1917, he was sent to France and from reports received it is believed he had been in the thick of the fighting since the first of March. He was never married. Big Sandy News, Jun 28, 1918

ELSWICK, Mrs. Fred
Mrs. Fred Elswick, living on the Charles Fannin farm near Bear Creek, Boyd County, was found dead in bed last Sunday  morning. Her death was due to apoplexy. She was 22 years of age and is survived by her husband and 2 children. Big Sandy News, Jun 7, 1918

FRALEY, Rev. Kelly
Rev. Kelly Fraley died at his home on Little Blaine Wednesday after several months illness. He was the father of Mrs. Sterling Gussler of Louisa. His age was about 65 years.
Big Sandy News, Jun 7, 1918

Died on the 5th of June 1918. Rv. Kelly Fraley of Adams. His illness had been long, being confined to his bed since October 1917, and we feel sure death was welcomed by him. He was often heard to express his readiness to leave this world of pain and trouble for a bright home a house not made with hands. He leaves a wife and 6 children to mourn their loss.  Funeral services were conducted by the Revs. Burns Conley of Paintsville and W.M. Copley of Adams at Mr. Fraley’s home on Thursday. After services the body was taken to Ledocio to the family burying ground and there laid to sleep till the dead in Christ shall rise. Big Sandy News, Jun 14, 1918

GARRED, Luella
Luella, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lee A, Garred, living 8 miles south of Louisa, died last Saturday morning after a brief illness. The funeral took place on Monday and the body was laid away in the Garred burial grounds near the home. The funeral was preached by Rev. H. O. Chambers, pastor of the M. E. Church, South, of Louisa, and he was assisted in the services by Rev. Muncey. Relatives and friends were there from Louisa, Huntington and Charleston. Luella was only 7 years of age. About a week previous to her death she began to complain of a pin in her thigh. The trouble continued intermittently and after examination by the parents they decided the pain was due to rheumatism. By Wednesday the suffering became so acute that a physician was called. He found that nothing could be done for her, however, as the case proved to be a virulent and fatal form of erysipelas. She suffered greatly before death brought relief. She was a beautiful child. This was the first death in a family of 9 children, of which she was next to the youngest. Her sister, Miss Rebecca, who was at school at Richmond, KY, arrived soon after the end had come for the little one, and a brother, Lys, reached here from New York on Sunday afternoon. Big Sandy News, Jun 28, 1918

GLEN, Pleas
Garrett—Pleas Glen, a negro miner of near Dante, VA was electrocuted while at work in the mines at this place Wednesday night of last week. He was unfortunate in getting too close to the live wire charged with heavy voltage for the running of a machine while cutting coal. The shock was so sudden and severe that death was instantaneous. His body was embalmed by Undertaker Castle, of Paintsville, and given in charge of a committee and sent to the home of his mother in Old Virginia.  Big Sandy News, Jun 7, 1918

HAY, John
Mr. John Hay died at Mazie, this county, a few days ago at the advanced age of 85 years. Cancer was the cause of his death. Until recently he was active for a man of his years. He made his home with his son, W. A. Hay, and it was there he died. The body was laid to rest by the side of his wife who died a few years ago. Mr. Hay was one of the county’s best citizens, was a faithful member of the Baptist church. The funeral will be preached at a date yet to be fixed. All five sons and 3 daughters were present  when the father passed away. Two daughters who live in Portsmouth, were not present. M. A. Hay, ex-county clerk, is one of the sons. Big Sandy News, Jun 14, 1918

HOPKINS, Frank A.
Ex-Congressman Frank A. Hopkins died Wednesday at Prestonsburg of Bright’s disease. Our correspondent from that place tells of his serious illness but he died soon after the letter was mailed to the News. He was one of the most substantial citizens in Eastern Kentucky and his death is a real loss. He was about 65 years old and had served 3 terms in Congress. The funeral will take place Friday at one o’clock.. Big Sandy News, Jun 7, 1918

HOWELL, Connie
Garrett—Connie Howell, age one year, of Estill, died last Friday night of pneumonia. Everything was done that human skill could do to relieve the little sufferer but to no avail. The little soul took its flight into  the great beyond to await the judgment call when the hosts of earth will be martialed before the Great Judge of All. Big Sandy News, Jun 7, 1918

KINNER, Mrs. S. G.
The funeral of Mrs. S. G. Kinner widow of Judge Girard Kinner, was held Tuesday from her home in Catlettsburg and burial took place in the Ashland Cemetery. Mrs. Kinner was 71 years old and moved with her parents from Virginia to Catlettsburg when 3 years of age and has lived in the same home since that time. She is survived by 3 daughters, Mrs. Murray Alberts, of Indiana, Mrs. Charles P. wheeler of Ashland and Mrs. Lutie Dismukes of Catlettsburg. Big Sandy News, Jun 7, 1918

MCCLURE, Jefferson M.
Jefferson M. McClure died at his home in Bluefield, WV, Wednesday of tuberculosis. He had not been in robust health for several years, but continued to work until about a month ago. Less than 3 weeks before his death he was in Louisa, and at that time he told several friends about the seriousness of his condition The body was brought to Louisa on Thursday afternoon and the funeral took place at 2 o’clock at the M. E. Church. The services were conducted by the pastor, Rev.  A.C. Bostwick. The burial took place on the cemetery in Pine Hill. Mr. McClure was 52 years old and leaves a wife and 2 sons, one grown and the other a small boy. He was always a good man, honest, moral, religious, a consistent member of the Methodist Church. He was a son of William McClure, who lived near Gallup, this county. Three brothers survive, Prof. J. B. McClure, and Morris McClure and A. H. McClure. Big Sandy News, Jun 7, 1918

MITCHELL, Columbia
Catlettsburg—Mrs. Columbia Mitchell daughter of H. H. and Mahala Curnutte Kinner, passed away at her home , the old Kinner homestead Friday morning. She had been ill for a long time, but her death at this time was unexpected as she was partaking of her breakfast which had been brought her by her devoted daughter, Mrs. Emma Hartman, who had been with her for the greater part of the last 2 years looking after her every want. Ms. Mitchell was a splendid woman, was dearly beloved here, where she had spent all her life. She was a charter member of the M. E. Church, South, at Chaffee. Mrs. Mitchell who was a sister of the late Judge S. G. Kinner was the last survivor of the excellent and estimable family. She was the widow of Joseph Ed Mitchell, who died 16 years ago. She is survived by 3 children, Mrs. Emma Hartman of Lancaster, PA, Harry Mitchell of Detroit, MI, and Fred Mitchell of Birmingham, AL. Big Sandy News, Jun 7,1 918

PRICHARD, Lottie
Mrs. Lottie Prichard died Sunday in a hospital in Ashland where she had gone for treatment. She was the wife of D. L. Prichard of Burnaugh, and was brought to that place for burial. Big Sandy News, Jun 28, 1918

QUEEN, Lafayette
Lafayette Queen, a prominent citizen of Whites creek, WV, died last Thursday. He was 41 years old and leaves a wife and 10 children. He was a member of I.O.O.F. and the funeral was in charge of members of that order. Big Sandy News, Jun 21, 1918

QUILLEN, Mrs. Carl
Mrs. Carl Quillen died last Friday in a hospital in Newport News, VA on Monday she became very ill and was taken to a hospital and an operation was performed after which she did not rally. She was Miss Tennie Rigsby of Mavity, Boyd County, before marriage,  a daughter of Erastus Rigsby of Culbertson. The body was buried near the old home. Big Sandy News, Jun 21, 1918

RAMSEY, Belle Vinson
Donithon--Mrs. Belle Vinson Ramsey departed this life May 20. She was born in this vicinity Jul 10, 1886 and resided there till about 10 years ago. Some 2 or 3 year ago she went to Huntington, WV and entered training school for nurses in the Kessler Hospital and was there until Nov 9, 1917 on which date she was married to Joseph W. Ramsey of Logan, WV who we are told is a highly esteemed citizen. Her husband had prepared for her a beautiful and commodious home to which they at once repaired where the short period of their wedded life it is said was spent in unalloyed happiness.  But swiftly and unexpectedly she was seized with the strong hand of affliction and within a few hours of the first attack, she passed away.

The people of this place, where she spent her childhood and young womanhood, were grieved and shocked upon receiving the sad news, and many expressions of sorrow were heard among the people who knew and loved her. She was kind and genial in disposition and beloved by all who knew her. Several years ago she was converted under the Baptist ministry of Pastor Hamilton, of the Baptist Church of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Jun 14, 1918

WARD, Traber
Burdine—the death angel visited Burdine last Wednesday evening at 6 o’clock and took from our midst Traber Ward, 23 years old, leaving a wife and 3 children, He was formerly of Paintsville and was taken there for interment. The bereaved have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire neighborhood. The family thanks their friends who stood by during his sickness and for the kindness shown in the hour of need. Big Sandy News, Jun 7, 1918

WELLMAN, Purl
The body of Purl Wellman aged 4 years was brought to Fort Gay, WV for burial. He died last Sunday at the home of his mother in Ashland. Big Sandy News, Jun 28, 1918

WHITT, E. E.
E. E. Whitt, age 50 years, who formerly lived at Olive Hill, was killed at Covington, when a motor car on which he and another man were riding was struck by a train. The other man was also killed. Mr. Whitt is survived by his wife, who is a daughter of J S. Garvis of Carter County and one son, Milford, who lives in Oregon. Mr. and Mrs. Whitt for the past several years have made their home in Covington. Burial took place at Olive Hill. Big Sandy News, Jun 7, 1918

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JULY

BARTRAM, Samuel W.
This community was greatly surprised and pained by the death of Samuel W. Bartram who lived just across the river on the “Point”. About 2 weeks ago he was stricken with typhoid fever. On Tuesday about noon he suddenly expired, his heart having failed to meet the demands of his weakened system. The funeral took place Wednesday at the home. The body was laid to rest in the family burying grounds near the home. Rev. M.A. Hay preached the funeral. Mr. Bartram was one of our best citizens. He was an industrious and prosperous farmer and was engaged in the mercantile business, having a store in Fort Gay. He was a consistent member of the M. E. Church and enjoyed the confidence and respect of everybody. His age was 54 years. He leaves a wife and one child, a little daughter about 12 years of age. To them there is extended the deep sympathy which sun an irreparable bereavement should and does call forth from neighbors and friends. Big Sandy News, Jul 26, 1918

BRANHAM, Sarah
Mrs. Sarah Branham aged 83 years died last Saturday at the home of her daughter in Ashland, Mrs.. Eliza Lemon of this county, and James Lutz, of Denton daughter and son, survives. Big Sandy News, Jul 5, 1918

CHAPMAN, John
DIAMOND, Paul
GILLAM, Zach
LAMBERT, Harry
The worst catastrophe that ever has occurred on the Big Sandy division of the C & O railroad happened Monday morning at 6:34 just west of Buchanan. Three motor cars carrying section men collided at a high speed with an extra train. Four men were killed and about 25 more or less injured.

Dead
Paul Diamond, age 21, single, son of Charley Diamond of Louisa
John Chapman, age about 50, owner of the Savoy Hotel, Louisa, leaves wife and several small children.
Zach Gillam of Zelda age about 25, single
Harry Lambert, 25, Rove Creek, married

List of Wounded
Charley Stamps of Zelda, head and neck severely injured and many bruises. At Louisa Hospital
Dee Vanhorn of Buchanan, bad scalp wound, injured shoulder, many bruises and cuts. Louisa hospital
Virgil Fyffe, of Mazie, badly burned. Condition more critical than any of the men now alive. Huntington hospital
W. T. Belcher, Louisa, back and hips injured. Huntington hospital
John Reid, Louisa, (colored), dislocated hip. Huntington hospital
Elijah Hopson, Buchanan, ribs broken and legs hurt.
Harrison Moore, Buchanan, hip broken and other injuries
I.G. Tabor, leg broken. At home in Louisa
John Stewart and Ed Stewart, Buchanan, various painful injuries
Robert and John Vanhorn, Buchanan, severe cuts and bruises
Maywood Humble, Buchanan, legs and back hurt
John Copley, Alex Hopson, N. P. Helton, Keene Burchett, Paul Johnson, Andrew Thompson. Gus Scarberry, Hobert Scarberry, Ira Carter, John Nolan, Russell Sammons, Ben Thornhill, Sherman Baugh, all more or less injured, but none considered dangerously hurt. Some of these men were taken to their homes and others went to the hospital. Harry Lambert leaves a wife and one child. Zach Gillam had a wife and 4 small children.

The Buchanan crew consisted of 13 men. Their car was running ahead of the others. One man on that car was killed, two on the second and one on the third. It has been very difficult to get names and extent of injuries and the above list may not be complete. There was about 30 men on the cars and every survivor was more or less injured. The extra train consisted of an engine and caboose, running ahead of passenger train No. 36. Conductor Swet and Engineer Compton and Thompson, fireman, were in charge. They were given a clear track by Lockwood to Chapman. The three motor cars were running on train orders and were told there was nothing ahead of 36, which they expected to pass at Lockwood. The motor cars were loaded with section men going to Ashland to work on the new freight depot. Two cars were out of Louisa, under foreman William T. Belcher and Ira G. Tabor. The other joined them at Buchanan and was under Elijah Hopson. He had 17 men and put some of them on the other cars. After the stop at Buchanan they had just got under good headway when the collision took place on a curve near Sam Turman’s home. There was a dense fog at the time, which increased the danger. The motor cars were running only a short distance apart. The scene that followed the crash was sickening. The dead and dying and injured were scattered along both sides of the track. The gasoline on one car took fire and 2 men were badly burned. Paul Diamond’s body was cut to pieces.

As many as possible of the worst injured persons were put into the caboose and buried to Louisa. The others, with the bodies of the dead, were brought on 36 a short time afterward. Local physicians dressed the wounds Riverview hospital was already nearly full, but a few cases were taken care of there. The others were  taken to a hospital at Huntington. The parlor car of 36 was dropped here to be used in carrying them. Big Sandy News, Jul 19, 1918

The body of John Chapman who was killed Monday morning in the railroad wreck was brought to the Savoy Hotel in this city of which he had been proprietor about a year. On Tuesday it was taken to his former home at Chapman where funeral and burial services were conducted by Rev. Godby, pastor of the M. E. Church at Gallup, of which Mr. Chapman had long been a faithful member. Many relatives and friends were in attendance. Mr. Chapman’s death was the first in a family of 11 children. He was the son of W. S. Chapman. He is also survived by his wife and 6 small children who have the sympathy of the entire community. Big Sandy News, Jul 19, 1918

COX, Ernest
One of the most distressing accidents which ever occurred in Boyd County happened Friday afternoon at shortly after 3 o’clock in the orchard back of Stonehurst, the home of Sheriff and Mrs. Sam DeBord on the Central Avenue, Ashland, when their son, Walter, aged 14, shot and killed Ernest Cox, the 12 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cox, who lived a block below the DeBord home. Just how the accident occurred, a young DeBord or Davis Cox, the 14 year old brother of the dead boy are unable to tell, except they were shooting a .22 calibre Mauser rifle, which they thought was loaded with blank cartridges, when a bullet struck Ernest in the left hip, severing an artery which resulted in death in less than half an hour. The rifle at the time of the accident was in the hands of Walter DeBord. Ernest Cox had shot the rifle the round before he was hit by the bullet. The boys had been taking turns firing the gun, which Walter had received for a present last Christmas. Independent. Big Sandy News, Jul 12, 1918

DIAMOND, Paul (see story under John Chapman)
Funeral services for  Paul Diamond were held at the Baptist Church in this city on Tuesday morning. The burial following in the Fulkerson Cemetery. Rev. A. C. Bostwick, pastor of the M. E. Church, read scripture and Rev. H. O. Chambers, pastor of the M. E. Church, South, offered prayer. The sermon was preached by Rev. H. B. Hewlett. Paul was a member of the Baptist Sunday school. He was an industrious young man and had many friends. He was the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Charley Diamond. The services were attended by a large number of friends who deeply sympathize with the bereaved family. Big Sandy News, Jul 19, 1918

FITCH, Tom
Mr. Tom Fitch died recently at his home at Nellaville, Greenup County. He was a native of Lawrence County, and a brother of the late Ely Fitch. His wife was Miss Georgia Graham of Cherokee, this county, and she has returned to her old home. Mr. Fitch was an excellent citizen. Big Sandy  News, Jul 26, 1918

FULLER, Estes
Estes Fuller, a prominent young man killed at Kenova, WV Friday midnight, by being crushed between 2 cars of a Norfolk & Western train on which he was a brakeman, the remains were taken Saturday afternoon to Prichard, WV where a large Masonic funeral took place Sunday he having been a prominent member of that fraternity. He leaves a wife and several children, parents, brothers and sisters. He was held in the highest esteem for his many sterling qualities by all who knew him. Big Sandy News, Jul 5, 1918

FYFFE, Virgil
The fifth victim of the wreck that occurred near Buchanan on the 15th died at a Huntington hospital last Sunday  morning. This was Virgil Fyffe, of Mazie, this county. The body was brought to Louisa, Sunday evening and Undertaker Snyder sent it on to the home on Upper Blaine, where the burial took place Tuesday. Fyffe was horribly burned by gasoline when the wreck occurred. He realized that death was near and gave directions as to his funeral, which he desired preached on his 21st birthday, Sep 29th. A wife and baby survive. His wife is a daughter of Asa Hay of Mazie. He had been at work on the C & O only a few days previous to the accident. The following from the Huntington Herald is incorrect in some particulars but contains some facts of interest:
Virgil Fyffe, 20 year of age, who was injured in the wreck on the Big Sandy division of the C & O a week ago died at the C & O hospital in Huntington, Sunday morning. He had been terribly burned in the accident and had suffered great pain before death came to his relief. The young man, a son of a prominent farmer living near Sandy Hook, KY, had finished harvesting his crop and had gone to work for the railroad a few days before the accident. He was one of the wreck victims burned when the gasoline tank on a wrecked motor car exploded. Just before his death young Fyffe made an unusual request relating to his funeral, and plans have been made to carry out his last wishes. The body was sent to Lawrence County where interment was made. On Sep 29, the date of the young man’s 21st birthday, the funeral sermon will be preached by  Rev. William Skaggs, United Baptist minister of Sandy  Hook. This is in accordance with his dying wishes. Deceased is survived by a wife and one child, besides his father and mother. Big Sandy News, Jul 26, 1918

GILLAM, Zach (see story under John Chapman)

HARRIS, James Polk
Mr. James Polk Harris, who has been ill for several months passed away on last Thursday at his home on Riverview. Mr. Harris was one of Prestonsburg’s oldest citizens, having fought in the Civil War. His remains were taken to Woods, KY to be buried in the family cemetery. He will be greatly missed by his friends and neighbors who extend their deepest sympathy to the bereaved family of a widow and 7 children. Big Sandy News, Jul 5, 1918

HAYTON, Bazil
Near Prichard, WV, a few days ago a deplorable accident occurred causing the death of Bazil Hayton, age 10 years, son of Sheridan Hayton. Two neighbor boys named Fields when rabbit hunting and stopped at Hayton’s. The older Fields boy laid down the shot gun, No. 12 gauge, by the roadside and while the boys were talking the smaller Fields boy, Proctor, picked up the gun and broke it down and when he brought it back together it fired, the load of shot striking the Hayton boy who was on the opposite side of the road and looking into the muzzle of the gun. The shot took effect in the head, tearing away a large piece of the scalp, about half of the piece being entirely blown away. The boy lived between 40 and 45 hours. The mother of the Hayton boy collapsed from the shock and came near dying and it was necessary to give her first attention. Drs. L. B. Dean and D. B. Garrett were called and dressed the wound. The Fields boys are son of Milt Fields and the age of the one who did the shooting is 9 years. Neighbors showed much sympathy for the family and a large crowd attended the burial. When the Fields boy saw what he had done he tried to kill himself. Big Sandy News, Jul 12, 1918

HOLBROOK
Dennis—The infant of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Holbrook died on Sunday night, Jun 30th. The little body was laid to rest in the Crabtree graveyard. Big Sandy News, Jul 12, 1918

JOHNS, James C.
Our people were shocked last Saturday evening by the news of the death of James C. Johns, which occurred at his home 2 miles south of Louisa. He had been to a Red Cross meeting early in the afternoon and when he returned home no one was there His death occurred while he was alone in the yard. It is thought he pitched forward out of a rocking chair and fell face downward when the fatal attack came. He had been a sufferer from heart disease and this was the cause of his death. The funeral took place Saturday afternoon at the residence, conducted by Rev. H. B. Hewlett of the M. E. Church, south. The body was laid away just a short distance from the home, a spot selected by him not long ago Quite a number of persons from Louisa attended the funeral and many people from the surrounding country were present, making quite a large crowd. A widow and 6 grown sons survive. They are John, Henry, Wallace, Taylor, Hiram and Milt four of whom were whom were present at the funeral. Major Wallace Johns is in France and Henry is in the service on the Atlantic coast. James Cushing Johns was in his 69th year. He was descended from one of the oldest and most prominent families of the Big Sandy Valley. He spent most of his life on the farm where he died. He joined the church in early life and not long ago he declared himself ready to go. Big Sandy News, Jul 26, 1918

KESTNER, Merchant
Merchant Kestner, who resided on the Lick Fork of Jennies Creek, this county, departed this life on Jun 20, 1918, aged 72 years. He leaves a widow, who, before her marriage was Angeline Wheeler, daughter of Daniel Wheeler. The deceased was a good man, having joined the Methodist church when he was 13 years old and had lived a Christian life since. Big Sandy News, Jul 12, 1918

LAMBERT, Harry (see story under John Chapman)

MILLER, Telia
Mrs. Telia Miller, wife of Henry Miller died at Riverview Hospital on Saturday morning and her remains were brought to this place to the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Meade for burial. Her funeral was preached by her pastor, the Rev. John Collins, of Muddy Branch, assisted by Rev. A. H. Miller and G. V.  Pack, after which her body was borne to the family graveyard and laid beside one of her dear little daughters in the graveyard overlooking her old home. She leaves 7 children, the youngest being only 3 months old, besides her husband, father and mother, several brothers and sisters and many friends to mourn her loss. Big Sandy News, Jul 19, 1918

MORRISON
The 11 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Morrison died in Huntington Sunday after an illness of several weeks.. The body was taken to Bowen, Wayne County, WV for burial. Big Sandy News, Jul 12, 1918

OSBORN, Chilton
News of the death of Mr. H. Chilton Osborn has been received by friends here. He died at his home in LaGrange, IL, the cause of his death being a leaky heart. Mr. Osborn was a native of Blaine, this county, and was one of the leading citizens of that place until about 10 years ago when he moved away. With his family he located in Texas where the remained a few years, afterwards coming to Louisa and residing here a while. Mr. Osborn is survived by his wife and 2 sons and an adopted daughter. He was a gentle man and an excellent citizen and his death brought sorrow to all who knew him. Mr. Osborn was a member of the Methodist :Church and for some time has been especially interested in church work. The burial took place at LaGrange which is near Chicago, IL. Big Sandy News, Jul 5, 1918

DEATH OF HENRY CHILTON OSBORNE, LAGRANGE, ILLINOIS
(formerly of Lawrence County, KY) Editor of Big Sandy News:
I have just returned from La Grange, Illinois, where at 3:30 this afternoon in the beautiful cemetery of La Grange were laid to rest the mortal remains of Henry Chilton Osborn, formerly of Lawrence county, KY where 58 years of his life was spent in such quiet, earnest usefulness that no words of the author of this brief sketch of the last few years of his life and death here in Illinois will be needed to bring home to his many sorrowing relatives and friends in Kentucky the memory of his many sterling qualities, his useful devotion and loyalty to family, kindred and friends.

Mr. Osborn, accompanied by his wife and young daughter, came to  La Grange, a beautiful town just beyond the border line of Chicago, 4 years ago—their son, Charles, having preceded them the year previous; and although Mr. Osborn was then what might be termed in the declining years of his life, he, together with his good wife, entered into the new life in this wide-awake western city with the same zeal and enthusiasm as the younger members of the family.

A few months after coming to La Grange he confessed his savior and became a member of the First Methodist Church of La Grange. It is significant of his loyalty to either persons or principal to whom he became attached or in whom he believed that for more than three and a half years since his affiliation with the church he never missed a service either in the church or in Sunday school. The funeral services were conducted in the home at 2:30 p.m. by the Rev. Martin J. Meager, his regular pastor, and to whom Mr. Osborn was intensely devoted. It was never been my privilege to listen to a more glowing tribute to the memory of any man—his loyalty to family, friends, church and country—than was rendered in behalf of our deceased friend by the Rev. Mager.

Mr. W. H. Nordin, a noted soloist and director of the La Grange Church choir, sang the two following compositions which had always been favorites with Mr. Osborn: “Crossing the Bar” and :The Beautiful Isle of Somewhere.” Mr. Osborn had been connected with Masonry since 1877 and although he always retained his membership in the Blue Lodge at Blaine, KY, shortly after coming to La Grange he became a member of the Royal Arch Mason A. F. and A. M. No. 770. At the close of the church services his body was taken in charge by his Masonic brothers and escorted to the cemetery. Mr. Osborn was stricken with an infection of the heart, termed heart leakage on May 25th. He soon rallied however, but was urged to remain at  home and take a much needed rest. The family physician was called in ,but he gradually grew worse and a second physician was called. It was then deemed advisable to call a specialist from Chicago, which was done. A consultation was held and little hope held our to the sorrowing family for his recovery. Ten days ago, when his illness took on a serious form, his son, Hubert, who was then stationed at Camp Lewis, Wash., was notified and a furlough was asked for that Hubert might come home to see his father before going over seas; but owing to the fact that the company with which he was connected was to be moved immediately, this could not be granted.

Mr. Osborn passed away on Thursday, Jun 26, and every means within our power was used to locate the train which was carrying him east and deliver the sad message of  his father’s death, with the hope that as the train passed through Chicago, he might at least have a few hours stopover. His troop train was located on Saturday morning and the message delivered, but owing to the rapid moving conditions of armies at the present time, the captain of his company had to sorrowfully refuse this request. I have experienced many sad incidents during this war but none sadder to me than this young man passing through Chicago within a short distance of his home where his father lay dead and military necessities preventing his coming home for the coveted hour. His mother and family, the true soldiers that they are, realized that it was necessary to submit with brave spirit to the inevitable, The telegram from the son, however, brought them great consolation. There were at his bedside, besides his loving wife, son Charles, and daughter, Nola Mae, his niece, Miss Lora Ramey of Paintsville, KY and Mrs. Mary E. Gambill, widow of the late H. H. Gambill, of Blaine, KY, now of Port Arthur, TX. It was a source of the greatest satisfaction to Mr. Osborn and his family that this dear, good woman, in whose employe he had been for 27 years at Blaine and who had been as a second mother to him all those years, left her home at Port Arthur immediately upon receipt of the news of his serious illness and came to his bedside and together with his dear wife acted as faithful nurse to the end. Another dear friend of the family, Miss Gertrude Evans, of Blaine, arrived on the 29th and will remain with the family for a few weeks. Melva Garten Funk, Chicago, ILL. Jun 20, 1918

PARSONS, William H.
William H. Parsons, who lost his life in France, was born Dec 11, 1884, died Jun 9, 1918, aged 34 years 5 months and 29 days. He was reared at Sandy Hook, Elliott Co,, KY. He leaves an aged father, R. T. Parsons of Sandy Hook, KY, who is a veteran of the Civil War. Four brothers, F. C. Parsons of Sandy Hook, KY, J. T. Parsons of Ashland, KY, Charles Parsons, of Riverton, KY, and E. B. Parsons of Galveston, TX, who was a soldier of the Spanish American War, also survive. Also 2 sisters, Mrs. B. B. Fannin of Paintsville, KY and Mrs. S. D. Click of Ashland, KY and a host of relatives and friends. Big Sandy News, Jul 19, 1918

PRICHARD, Lotus Harris
Was born at Fort Gay, Wayne County, WV on Jul 1, 1899. She died at the King’s Daughters hospital, Ashland KY, Jun 23, 1918, age 18 years 11 months and 23 days. She was married to Delbert Prichard Oct 14, 1916 at her home at Kavanaugh, was converted and joined the M.E. Church South at Kavanaugh Jul 1916 and lived and died in this faith, with a smile and her face shining with the light of Heaven. She had many friends and seemed to remember all of them to the lat. She was a good wife and devoted to her husband. Her mother was with her during her illness day and night until she was taken home. Mrs. Prichard was the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Harris, who are now located at Saltpeter, WV, employed by the U. S. government attending the lock which is located at this place. She was loved by all who knew her. She leaves a husband, father, mother and brother to mourn her loss. Mr. Prichar5d, a fine young man, is mail carrier on the Buchanan rural route at this place. They were both happy and hopeful and there seemed to be a bright future for them, though our plans are not always God’s plans, therefore they are not always best and Lotus was willing for Him to have His way and we trust that this act of Providence may prove a benediction to all and that we all meet Lotus I Heaven as we promised. Big Sandy News, Jul 5, 1918

WELLMAN, Mrs. Van B.
Mrs. Van B. Wellman died at her home on Three Mile last Thursday, after an illness of 2 or 3 weeks. She leaves a husband and several grown sons and daughters. Her age was 69 years. She was a most excellent woman, oldest daughter of Mrs. Kizzie See, who died several years ago. Besides her family she is survived by brothers, Felix, W. D. and U. G. also 2 sisters, Mrs. B. J. Calloway and Mrs. Charles Grant are daughters of the deceased. Big Sandy  News, Jul 26, 1918

WRITTENBURY, Inez
Donithon—Inez, the 4 months old infant of Mr. and Mrs. B. Writtenbury, died near their home on Guyan in a hospital. The parents and their brother and sister, Mr. and Mrs. John McKenzie, brought the little form of their darling baby here and the funeral and burial took place near the home of George Hardwick. Mr. Writtenbury and family and Mr. McKenzie and family will remain here for a visit with relatives in and around our community. Big Sandy News, Jul 5, 1918

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AUGUST

BLAIR, Claudius
Claudius, the 10 months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Claud S. Blair of St. Albans, WV died at their home after a 2 weeks illness with cholera infantum. The body was taken to Mossy Bottom for burial. Big Sandy News, Aug 9, 1918

COLEMAN, Boone
A telegram received here from Fort Thomas Tuesday told of the drowning of a soldier, Boone, Coleman, in the Ohio River. The body was shipped to Louisa Wednesday and the burial took place on Thursday at Wiley Hall’s a few miles in the country. The man was a  son of Andrew Coleman who lived at Mr. Hall’s until his death. Boone joined the army 9 years ago and had been a sergeant for quite a long time. He has a brother, Zepahnia, and a sister living near Portsmouth, OH but no other near relatives. The Cincinnati Times-Star gives the following account of his death:
Two veteran sergeants at Fort Thomas were missing at roll call on Tuesday, Boone Coleman and Daniel Attick. Both men met death by drowning in the Ohio River at Brent, KY, late Monday. They were veterans of the regular army. The body of Coleman was recovered Tuesday morning but a detail of soldiers from the post continued to drag the river for the body of Attick. According to the report make to the commanding officer, the sergeants went to the river, it being the intention of Attick to teach Coleman to swim, an accomplishment necessary under the new army regulations. They went to a sand bar and Coleman took his lesson. In order to reach the shore they took a short cut through the water and stepped into a hole 25 feet in depth that had been dug by a sand boat. Neither rose to the surface. Coleman’s home was at Louisa, KY and Attick’s at Pahtang, PA. the had been at the post for a year and a half and were regarded by their superior officers as two off the best soldiers at the post. Their long experience in the army made their services valuable and both anticipated an early trip to France, where they would engage in actual fighting. It was in order to go across that Sergeant Coleman wanted to qualify as a swimmer. Big Sandy News, Aug 16, 1918

CYRUS, Mrs. Jesse
Mrs. Jesse Cyrus died at her home in Kenova. She was 65 years old. Interment took place at Cyrus, WV. Several children survive, one of whom is in France. Big Sandy news, Aug 23, 1918

DAVIS, Florence
Catalpa—The death angel has again visited our community and claimed for its victim Mrs. Florence Davis, wife of Charlie Davis. Her death was a great shock to the entire neighborhood, she being sick only a short time. She was a kind mother, a good neighbor and a faithful wife. She was loved by all who knew her. We feel that our loss is heaven’s gain as she was a faithful member of the M. E. Church. She was 36 years old and leaves behind to mourn her loss an aged father, husband and 7 children, the youngest being only  few hours old. Also 4 brothers and one sister survive. Three of her brothers being in the service for Uncle Sam, Joseph, Cleve and Warren Robinson, which prevented them from being at he burial which took place at Buchanan Chapel. Big Sandy News, Aug 2, 1918

DEBORD, Alie
Ulysses—Aunt Alie Debord, widow of William Debord, died Aug 5 of dropsy, after a long illness. She bore her suffering patiently until the white winged messenger came to waft her pure spirit from the shores of time to the blissful port of glory. She was 78 years and 4 months old. She had no living children, but since the death of her husband adopted one of his grandsons and made her home with him. Her maiden name was Alie Sagraves. Big Sandy  News, Aug 9,1 918

EDWARDS, Ulysses
The body of Ulysses Edwards was taken through Louisa Monday to Georges Creek for burial. Mr. Edwards was killed while working in a mine at Thacker, WV. His home was at Georges Creek this county. Big Sandy   News, Aug 2, 1918

GEARHART, Adam
Mr. Adam Gearhart, who was taken to Riverview Hospital, in Louisa on last Saturday, to be treated for dropsy, died there on Sunday night. He had been only been sick a few days and some hope of his recovery was felt by his friends until late Sunday. His remains were brought to his home at Middle Creek on Monday evening and laid to rest in the Gearhart Cemetery in Prestonsburg. Rev. Alley, of Middle Creek conducted the funeral services. Mr. Gearhart was getting along in years and that was against the disease which proved fatal. He is survived by a daughter who lived in Salt Lake City, UT, until recently when she came home to live with her father. Big Sandy News, Aug 9,1918

GREGG, W. H.
Garrett—The angel of death hovered over the home of W. H. Gregg Friday of last week and took away their little year and half old daughter, Robie. The little patient had been a sufferer for several months and the watchful parents and loving friends did all the human skill could do to relieve its suffering, but to no alm. The summons come and with a great army of angels it was transported into the Great Beyond to await the call of the trumpet which will announce that time shall be no more and the lord of Hosts is to be no more and the Lord of Hosts is ready to judge and the Lord of Hosts is ready to judge the quick and the dead. The funeral rites were conducted by Rev. Moore of the Baptist Church and on Saturday afternoon all that was mortal of sweet little Robbie was consigned to the tomb in the graveyard overlooking the quaint little village of Garrett. Big Sandy News, Aug 30, 1918

HAYNIE, Anthony
The realities of war are coming home to the people of this county. It is reported that Anthony Haynie of Dunleith, WV was killed in action in France last week. He was the son of John Haynie and only 22 years of age. He enlisted in the infantry at Huntington on the 2nd of last October. Ceredo Advance. Big Sandy news, Aug 9, 1918

HENSLEY, Jay
Orr—Death made its solemn call on our Creek Tuesday and took Jay, the 19 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin V. Hensley, away He died after about 3 months illness from typhoid fever. He is survived by his father, one brother and one sister, his mother having died 4 years ago. Hel leaves a host of friends and relatives to share the mourning of his absence. Jay had well educated himself and his departure has cast a gloom of sorrow over our school which he always attended. It was thought he would recover but the Lord had called him and he smiled and said he was going to his home in Heaven. Big Sandy News, Aug 16, 1918

HOFFMAN, Edna
Edna Hoffman, the 4 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles N. Hoffman of West Ironton, was drowned Sunday evening near Russell on the Kentucky side of the river and her body has been recovered. Mr. and Mrs. Hoffman and children of Ironton, went over to spend the afternoon with Mr. and Mrs. Ben Blake who are living on a family boat anchored just below Russell and while Mrs. Hoffman and little Edna were walking along turned and she fell into the river between the house boar and another boat and sank without rising again. The scene of the drowning is where Mr. and Mrs. George Miller and Miss Cook of Ironton lost their lives while wading just a year ago to the day. Ashland Independent. Big Sandy News, Aug 2, 1918

HUTCHISON, R. B.
Pleasant Ridge—Died, on the 16th, R. B. Hutchison. He leaves a wife and 2 children and a host of relatives and friend to mourn his loss. He was buried in Hutchison graveyard. Big Sandy News, Aug 23, 1918

KAZEE, Mrs. Frank
The body of Mrs. Frank Kazee was brought to this place on Wednesday from Portsmouth, OH and on Thursday was taken to the old home place near Blaine for burial. Mrs. Kazee died at Portsmouth with complications of diseased from which she had been suffering for some time. She was about 49 years old and her maiden name was Lester, The body was accompanied by her husband and a son who is in the navy. The also have one son in France and another who will be called to the colors in this month. Big Sandy News, Aug 2, 1918

MAYNARD, John R.
Monday night, John R. Maynard, chief of police of Williamson, WV, was shot to death by Jesse Huffman, a deputy sheriff of the same place. The shooting occurred in Williamson. Huffman was place in jail. Maynard is survived by his wife and 5 children. Big Sandy News, Aug 2, 1918

MCCARTY, James D.
James D. McCarty, of Laurel, was killed in action, Dock Wolford, of Edgarton, WV. Big Sandy News, Aug 30, 1918

MEEK, John W.
General Pershing’s casualty on Monday carried the name of J. W. Meek of Catlettsburg, as having died from wounds received in action. John W. Meek is the son of Mr. Davis Meek, and is a grandson of the late Dr. Zephaniah Meek, a famed divine. He is also a nephew of Ernest Meek, Catlettsburg banker, and a cousin of Mrs. S. P. Fetter of Ashland. Young Meek was 20 years old and enlisted with the 102 U. S. Engineers about 4 months ago at Niagara Falls. He has been in France about 6 weeks. According to a message received from Washington by the father of the brave boy who gave his life that liberty might live, he was killed in action Jul 31. The list also contains the name of F. Stapleton, Paintsville, as wounded, degree unknown. Big Sandy News, Aug 16, 1918

O’BRIEN, William
William O’Brien died last Sunday morning at his home near Louisa after a few weeks illness with pneumonia and dropsy. He was born in South Hampton, England, Apr 18, 1841 and died Jul 28, 1918 age 77 years 3 months and 18 days. He was married to Miss Emily Minerva See of Walbridge, Dec 21, 1874 who died Dec 7, 1905. To this union 5 children were born, 3 of whom survive, Goody O’Brien the son is in the army. The two daughters, Mrs. A. O. Scott of St. Albans, WV and Mrs. M.F. Kinsey of Kalamazoo, MI and their husbands were present during Mr. O’Brien’s last illness and death. Also his daughter in law, Mrs. Frederick O’Brien of Williamson, WV whose husband died a few years ago. Mr. O’Brien’s funeral took place Jul 29, 11 years from the date of his second marriage. His wife, who was Mrs. Julia Harris Weddington, survives. The funeral services were held at the See Cemetery and were conducted by Rev. L. M. Copley, of Ashland, who drew a beautiful word picture of Mr. O’Brien’s life. Members of his former class of the Walbridge Union Sunday school were pall bearers. He had a large class of young men and each was devoted to their teacher. Several are now in army service and some are in France. One of these recently wrote that he hoped Mr. O’Brien would be well when he returned and again be elected teacher. Mr. O’Brien was a member of the Presbyterian Church. He came to the United States when he was 18 years of age. He had traveled extensively in Europe and visited the Holy Land. He was well educated. Mr. O’Brien was for a number of years cashier of a bank in Williamson, WV afterwards moving to his farm and for awhile living in Portsmouth, OH. In his younger days he was a school teacher. Mr. Ben Williamson, Ashland hardware merchant, came up 2 or 3 times during his illness and stayed with him because of the kind attention given to him by Mr. O’Brien when he was a student in his school. Big Sandy News, Aug 2, 1918

QUEEN. Frederick
Frederick, Queen, 9 year old son of Frank Queen of Ashland, died Saturday night from injuries received about the head when he was struck by an automobile about 6 o’clock that evening. The child suddenly stepped out in front of the machine and the accident was unavoidable Frank Queen, father of the child, was sitting in front of his store which is a short distance from the cross roads and saw the accident which he was powerless to prevent. Mr. Queen is a cousin of William E. Queen of this city. Big Sandy News, Aug 2, 1918

RICE, Warren
Lieut. Warren Rice of Paintsville was killed in action. Big Sandy News, Aug 30, 1918

ROBINETTE, John E.
The body of John E. Robinette was taken to Bear Creek last Friday for interment in the Fannin graveyard. He was 22 years old and died of tuberculosis at his home at Pollard. Big Sandy News, Aug 2, 1918

TACKETT, Jeff
Jeff Tackett, one of the oldest miners employed at the Borderland Number 2 operation, was instantly killed Monday morning by a fall of slate in the mines of the company. Mr. Tackett was about 50 years of age and came to this section from Johnson County, KY. He is survived by a wife and 3 children. The funeral services and interment were held at Borderland—Williamson, WV News. Big Sandy News, Aug 23, 1918

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SEPTEMBER

ANDERSON, Bessie (Fugate)
Mrs. Bessie Fugate Anderson departed this life Sep 1, 1918, age 22 years. She was the oldest daughter of Mrs. Jonah Anderson. She had been a resident of the vicinity of Horseford for some years. She was happily married to  Mr. Frank Anderson on Jun 28, 1918, and resided for some time after her marriage at Weeksbury, KY but later she and her husband returned to her old home where the sad event occurred. She left a husband, mother and 3 brothers besides several relatives and a host of friends to mourn her departure. One brother, Joe, has been on the battlefields of France for several months and the 2 younger brothers are at home. She was happily converted and baptized some years ago, uniting with the Protestant Methodist church. She was laid to rest by the side of her father in the Harmon Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Sep 13, 1918

BOGGS, David
Judge David Boggs died at his home at Cherokee last week, age 60, He had been in poor health for several years He was county judge of Lawrence County from 1910 to 1914. He leaves a family. Judge Boggs was a man of integrity and had many friends. Big Sandy News, Sep 6, 1918

BORDERS
Garrett—A two year old child of Nathan Borders was scalded so badly last Friday by the overturning of a kettle of water, boiling, that it died Saturday morning. All was done to relieve its suffering that human skill could do but relief came only in death. Big Sandy News, Sep 13, 1918

BOWAN, Jesse
Jesse Bowan, aged 10 years, died of burns received Sunday while playing with powder. The remains accompanied by relatives were taken to Greasy for burial. Jesse was an unusually bright child for his age and will be greatly missed by his family and pupils of Pikeville graded school where he was a student. Big Sandy News, Sep 27, 1918

CRUTCHER, Laira
Miss Laira Crutcher’s death occurred Tuesday night at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Crutcher, in Huntington, WV. She had been in poor health for several years and for some time had been confined to her room. She spent the early part of her life in Louisa. By her cheerful disposition she made many friends wherever she  lived to whom the news of her death brings sorrow, When quite young she united with the Baptist church and was always a helpful and faithful member. Miss Crutcher was a niece of  C. B. and J.  B. Crutcher and granddaughter of Rev. and Mrs. S. F. Reynolds of this city. Her body will be brought to Louisa, arriving Friday morning. It will be taken immediately to the Baptist church where funeral services will be held. Burial will be on Pine Hill. Besides her parents she is survived by one sister and one brother, Miss Lucy and James. Her age was 26 years. Big Sandy News, Sep 13, 1918

ELSWICK
Fred Elswick’s baby, 11 months, was fatally injured a few days ago at the home of his father, John Elswick, at Estep, this county and died 2 days later. The child pulled a chair over on itself and its head struck the floor causing concussion of the brain. The burial took place. Judge Billie Riffe, an uncle, went from Louisa to attend the funeral. Fred’s wife died suddenly Jun 2nd. Big Sandy News, Sep 13, 1918

GRAVES, Anson
Anson Graves, age about 60, died at Fort Gay, last Friday after a long illness. He was a son of Mrs. S. F. Reynolds, of Louisa. Dr. J. F. Reynolds, of Mt. Sterling and Mrs. James Bromley of Huntington, came here to attend the funeral. Big Sandy News, Sep 13, 1918

GRIM, George
George Grim of Catlettsburg, died and was brought here to his former home and buried in the family burying ground beside his mother who died several years ago. He is survived by his father, Ben Grim and 2 sisters. He died of tuberculosis. Big Sandy News, Sep 13, 1918

HAYSLIP
A child of Charley Hayslip who lives at Saltpeter, WV, did Sunday from burns received Saturday by falling into a kettle of hot water. The child was about a year old. Big Sandy News, Sep 13, 1918

HITCHCOCK, Jess
Jess Hitchcock, aged 29 years, married and the father of 4 children, died at an Ashland hospital from peritonitis, following locked bowels. His remains were shipped to Paintsville for burial. Big Sandy News, Sep 20, 1918

HUTCHINSON, R. B.
R. B. Hutchinson departed this life on Aug 16, 1918, age 25 years 8 months and 13 days. He was the youngest son of the late Joseph Hutchinson and was born and raised at the old Hutchinson home. Had lived since his marriage to Miss Ethel Shannon on Jan 30, 1914 at Torchlight and lately Catlettsburg. He made many friends wherever he lived by his genial disposition and will be greatly missed by them. He left a wife, 2 sons, Roland and Joseph Shannon, 3 sisters, Mrs. Joe O’Neal of Rainier, OR, Mrs. Ella Burchett, Lucasville, OH and Miss Georgia Hutchinson and 3 brothers, Elwood, Asbury and Allen. About 2 or 3 months before his death, he was happily converted and was perfectly ready to pass on. He was laid to rest in the Hutchinson city of dead in plain view of the old home where he was always so contented to be. Big Sandy News, Sep 6, 1918

HUTCHINSON, Tennie (Vinson)
After an illness of more than 2 years, Mrs. Tennie Vinson Hutchinson died last Sunday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mitchell, in Cincinnati. Her body was taken to Huntington, WV where on Tuesday afternoon the funeral was held at the home of her son, Pharoah Hutchinson. She is survived by 3 daughters, Mrs. George Mitchell of Cincinnati, Mrs. Ed Cole, of Columbus, OH and Mrs. Nannie Taylor of Wayne, WV. Her husband, George W. Hutchinson died a few years ago. One sister, Mrs. Zara Johnson, and a brother, K. F. Vinson live in Louisa, KY. Mr. Vinson attended the funeral and burial. Mrs. Hutchinson was 74 years old and highly esteemed. Big Sandy News, Sep 6, 1918

JOHNSON, Frank
Frank Johnson, a miner from Pike County, who was badly burned by an explosion of powder, died at the hospital here a few days ago. Big Sandy News, Sep 13, 1918

LAWSON, David J.
David J. Lawson, of Ratcliff, has died from wounds received in battle in France. A telegram received by his relatives brings this sad news. Big Sandy News, Sep13, 1918

MCCALL, Lucretia (Vaughan)
Catklettsburg--This city was sadly shocked late Saturday afternoon by the death of Mrs. Lucretia McCall, pioneer lady, who was much beloved by all our people, she having spent the greater part of her life here. Mrs. McCall had been in her usual health. About one o’clock during Friday nigh she awakened her daughter, Miss Mary McCall and told her she was feeling ill, the attack being apparently one of biliousness. Miss McCall arose and administered to her mother and she appeared to be better Saturday morning, but complained much during the day and requested that Dr. Kincaid be called. Miss McCall told her she would prepare a treatment necessary at the time and would then send for the doctor and she went into the kitchen for this purpose and when she returned within a few moments her mother had expired, doubtless from heart failure, super induced by indigestion. The remains were removed to the home of Mr. and Mrs. John McCall. Mrs. McCall was Miss Lucretia Vaughan, only daughter of Daniel Vaughan. Her parents and 2 brothers died many years ago. She was a niece of Capt. Rector Vaughan of this city. She was married in 1863 to Robert McCall, a young captain in the Federal army. The marriage was a most happy one. They adopted a daughter in infancy who is a most charming woman, Miss Mary McCall, whom they reared and carefully educated and who was ever as their own. Two children were born to them, John McCall, prominent citizen of this city and Miss Minnie McCall who grew into loveliest womanhood and passed away at the age of 21 years only a few years ago. Mrs. McCall was a Christian member of the Southern Methodist church of this city and was prominent in all church work. Big Sandy News, Sep 13, 1918

MILLER, George Robert
News has been received here that George Robert Miller was killed in action in France Jul 21. He is the son of C. T. Miller, who lived at Vessie, this county, until about 3 years ago when he moved to Greenup County. Robert Miller enlisted in Ashland in June 1917 when 18 years old. He was anxious to go to France and accepted a vacancy in an old division after training at Ft. Benjamin Harrison. He was with the first American troops to go “over the top.” Two brothers are in the service, Thomas Earl Miller is in France and Tony is at Ft. Thomas. Big Sandy News, Sep 20, 1918

MILLER, Ida
Ironton, Sep 10—Relatives in Ironton have brought the body of Ida Miller, aged 22 years, daughter of ?Gar? Miller of Van Lear, KY, formerly of Sheridan, this county, to this city for burial. The body is now at the home of the girl’s sister, Mrs. Carl Hager, from where the funeral will be conducted. Ida Miller lived in Portsmouth and last Thursday night she disappeared, leaving no trace of her whereabouts. Saturday her body was found in the Ohio river and a note, apparently signed by the woman herself, telling that she had committed suicide was found on her clothing. The writing was not in the woman’s own hand and this has led relatives to believe that some person intimately connected with her has been guilty of murder. A young man who had been keeping company with her, was hers Saturday, asking if she were here. Informed that she was not be returned to Portsmouth at about the time her body was found. The police are investigating. Big Sandy News, Sep 13, 1918

PENNINGTON, Malta
The news of the death of Miss Malta Pennington of Griffith Creek, caused a surprise and shock to her many friends. To know Malta was to love her. She always had a kind word for all she met. She was just blooming into womanhood and had the promise of a long life. But we must again stop in a moment and think life is uncertain, and death is sure So we should all prepare to meet our loved ones in Canaan’s happy shore where all is happiness. Big Sandy News, Sep 13, 1918

PETERS
Mr. and Mrs.. W. H. Peters, of Ft. Gay lost their second twin boy about a week ago. The other died about a week prior. They were about a year old. Big Sandy News, Sep 6, 1918

PETERS, Cecil B.
Cecil B. Peters was killed by a train at Clyffeside, just above Ashland, on Tuesday afternoon. The body was brought here Wednesday and the burial took place in Fulkerson Cemetery Thursday. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Peters, who live 2 miles north of Louisa. M. H. Johns is his grandfather. He was 29 years old and leaves a wife and 3 children, the oldest being 8 and the youngest 3 years old. Mrs. Peters is a daughter of John Thompson. Mr. Peters was a switchman for the C & O Railroad and was killed while at work He was standing on the one track flagging a train on another, when fast passenger train No 2 struck him. The body was thrown several feet in the air and he was dead when picked up. Cecil was a  young man of integrity and excellent character and the sad accident was a great shock to all who knew him. His brothers, Bazil and Levi arrived here in time for the funeral. Another brother, Edgar, was in Ashland when the accident happened. Big Sandy News, Sep 13, 1918

PIGG, Daniel
Daniel Pigg died early Wednesday morning at the home of G.T. Hatcher in Louisa. He was in his 68th year and had been in poor health for several months. He was suffering from asthma, Bright’s disease and rheumatism. At the time of his death he was sitting in a large arm chair, being unable to lie down because of asthma. Mr. Hatcher had moved the chair at his request only a few minutes previous to his death and had talked with him, but noticed nothing to indicate that the end was so near. Soon afterwards he noticed that Mr. Pigg was not breathing and upon examination found he was dead. Mr.  Pigg was well known locally as a riverman. He had lived here all his life and was a quiet industrious man. His three sons, Harry, Tinker and McKinley, are in foreign countries fighting for their country. One daughter, Miss Ollie, is the only other surviving member of the family. The funeral was held at the Baptist Church on Thursday and the burial took place in Fulkerson Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Sep 27,1918

RADER, Claud C.
Claud C. Rader, of Prichard, WV, was killed in action in France. Big Sandy News, Sep 13, 1918

RATCLIFF, Harry
While enroute to his old home at Denton to bid his parents and relatives goodbye before entering the service of the United States as a soldier, Harry Ratcliff, of Racine, Boone County, WV, fell under a train sometime Saturday night and his body was ground to pieces and scattered for quite a distance along the track. His remains were not found until Sunday morning. On his body was found his registration card dated Aug 24. His suit case was found beside the track. The deceased was a son of Luke Ratcliff of Denton. The accident occurred with a few feet of the Ratcliff home. Big Sandy News, Sep 6, 1918

RIGGS, Wilburn
On last Sunday morning Arthur Lee (Fletch) Brumfield, who lives at Cyrus Station on the N & W called three of his men to go with him to Prichard, WV after Dr. Dean, Mrs. Brumfield being very ill. They started on a handcar and when within about a mile of Prichard, passenger train No 3 running 5 hours late, appeared in the fog only a few feet in front of the car. Mr. Brumfield jumped and called to the other men, two of whom jumped and before they reached the ground the train had hit the car killing Wilburn Riggs and bursting the car into splinters. The men had watched all the signal boards and had remarked as they passed that the boards were all white. The fog was heavy and the accident which occurred just after daylight seems to have been unavoidable. Mr. Rigs was 32 years old and leaves a wife and 2 children. He was a good citizen and a devout Christian. Big Sandy News, Sep 27, 1918

THOMPSON, Barton Ivo
Barton Ivo Thompson, infant son of Scott and Lillie Thompson, was born Nov 13, 1916 and departed this life Friday, Sep 6, 1918. This little boy’s suffering was long, but he bore it with so much patience and always had a smile for all he met. Why he was taken is too hard for us to understand, God knows best. His will must be done, not ours. Sometimes our troubles seem greater than we are able to bear, but if we only go to Him, the great burden bearer of the world, all is well. Father and mother of Barton Ivo still strive to live close to your god and some day sooner or later, you will see your darling baby again, not suffering the pangs of pain as you saw him here, but wearing a smile of happiness. Funeral services were conducted by his uncle Rev. A. L. Moore, who pictured to us Heaven and what it meant to be a Christian, after which the body of little Burton Ivo was taken to a spot overlooking the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Thompson, and there laid to sleep peaceful till the dead and Christ shall rise. Big Sandy News, Sep 13, 1918

TOIMBLIN, Taylor
The death angel again visited our friends, Mr. and Mrs. Tomblin of Queens Ridge, WV taking their little boy, Taylor. He was about 2 years old and was a sweet and loving child. He took sick Sep 8 and died Sep 12. All was done for little Taylor that loving hands could do, but Christ says “Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” God reached forth and plucked the tender bud from our midst and set it to shine in heaven as a bright, shining star with little brothers, Dennis and Everett, to beckon father, mother, brothers and sisters. Little Taylor bore his sufferings with much patience and always had a loving smile for all. Let us be ready to meet our loved ones. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. John H. Morris and the body was laid to rest in Mountain Home Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Sep 27, 1918

WILLIAMSON, Julia (Johns)
Mrs. Julia Johns Williamson died at her home at Dwale, this county, after a shot illness with inflammation of the bowels. She was the widow of Taylor Williamson and was 72 years of age. She was the daughter of Thomas P. and Elizabeth Graham Johns and is survived by 2 brothers, Henry, of Dwale and John G. Johnson of Winchester. The latter arrived too late for the funeral which was held on Tuesday, Rev. Bob Lafferty conducted the services. One son, Thomas Williamson, and 2 daughters Mrs. Ora Goodman and Mrs. Fannie Herald, survived. She was a devout Christian. Big Sandy News, Sep 6, 1918

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OCTOBER

ADAMS, Curtis
Curtis Adams died at Muncey, IN of appendicitis. His body was taken to the old home place at Dock’s Creek, WV for burial. It was accompanied by the parents who moved to Indiana several years ago. Big Sandy News, Oct 11, 1918

ARNETT, Nicholas
Nicholas Arnett, son of Elliott Arnett died in Philadelphia Monday and the body was brought to Louisa for burial. The interment was made in the McGuire burial grounds 2 miles below Louisa. The cause of death was pneumonia. He had been away from Louisa for a good many years. Big Sandy News, Oct 4, 1918

BARTLEY, J.A.
J. A. Bartley, an excellent old citizen of Madge, this county, died recently while visiting relatives in Pike County. He moved here from Pike County several years ago. Big Sandy News, Oct 11, 1918

BILLUPS, Edwin York (Ted)
This community was shocked and deeply grieved when a telegram came from Chicago announcing the death of Edwin York Billups, son of Mr. and Mrs. Taylor B. Billups, of Louisa. No particulars were given but it is thought he died of influenza. The first news of his illness was received Sunday morning through his employer, a coal man at Logan, WV. He had sent Ted to Chicago to get men to work in the mines. It is thought he became suddenly and violently sick and unable to communicate with his folks. His parents left on the first train for Chicago and arrived Monday. A telegram from them said he was critically ill and the next one brought the sad news of his death. The parents are expected to arrive with the body Thursday evening and the burial will take place Friday. “Ted” as he was familiarly known, was 21 years old, a vigorous, energetic young man. He was intelligent, well educated, honest and the future looked bright for him. He was a trusted employee of the Logan Light & Power Company, who sent him frequently to Chicago and elsewhere on important missions. He was the only son of his parents, and has one sister, Miss Jerrie. In the home Ted was idolized. He was given excellent schooling and made the best use of it ranking high in all his classes. His habits were clean and he was trustworthy in every way. Big Sandy News, Oct 25, 1918

BLODGETT, Willie
Willie Blodgett, of Fort Gay, WV, died at Ironton, OH last Friday of influenza. He had accompanied his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jay Blodgett, there a few days before, in response to a message announcing the illness of his brother, who was suffering with influenza the body was brought to Ft. Gay Saturday and the funeral and burial took place Sunday at 10 o’clock. He was 14 years old. Big Sandy News, Oct 25, 1918

BORDERS
A four year old child of William Borders died near Richardson Wednesday evening from influenza. Big Sandy News, Oct 25, 1918

BRANHAM, Henderson
Henderson Branham died at his home near Crum, WV last Saturday. He was 90 years old last September and his health had been good until a few weeks ago. Up to a week before his death he was able to be around and was as active as a person much younger. Mr. Branham was the oldest of six brothers, the youngest of whom is Mr. Thomas J. Branham of this city, who reached the bedside of his brother a short time before his death. The funeral and burial took place Monday. Four sisters survive. They are Mrs. Mary Shannon, Mrs. Nannie Wallace, Mrs. Jennie Wallace and Mrs. Columbia Endicott. Big Sandy  News, Oct 11, 1918

BURCHETT, Margaret
Mrs. Margaret Burchett of  Normal, KY, died at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Elbert Dotson at Emma, KY, Sep 16.She was 89 years of age and had come for a month’s visit to her old home. She was stricken with paralysis. She is survived by 3 children as follows: James Burchett and Mrs. Lizzie Robison of Emma and Mrs. Henry Setser of Normal. Her husband, Lewis Burchett died about 25 years ago. The burial took place at the family cemetery at Woods, KY. Big Sandy News, Oct 11, 1918

BURTON, Alonzo L.
At about 10 o’clock last Friday night, Oct 11, 1918, Mr. Alonzo L. Burton died at his home in Louisa. He was sick just one week. Pneumonia resulting from influenza was the cause of his demise. The community was somewhat prepared for the shock, as it was known to the public for 2 days that his condition was very critical. The funeral took place Sunday afternoon, After a son service at the residence the body was taken to Pine Hill Cemetery followed by a long procession of automobiles carrying sorrowing relatives and friends. Many others had gathered at cemetery before the arrival of the funeral party. Because of the danger of contracting influenza where many persons are assembled indoors it had been decided to have the funeral service at the cemetery. The weather was pleasant with the sun shining brightly, making an ideal October day.

Rev. H. O. Chambers, pastor of the M. E. Church, South, conducted the services, assisted by Rev. E. M. Kennison, teacher of the men’s Bible class of which Mr. Burton was secretary and one of the most faithful attendants. It was a beautiful service, with bright Christian assurance shining through the gloom of sorrow that attends the severing of happy human ties. The pure faithful life of the deceased made a beautiful funeral service easily possible. A wealth of flowers adorned the casket. The pallbearers were officials in the church, as follows: T. S. Thompson, J. H. Preston, A. M. Hughes,, A. O. Carter, W. E. Queen and M. F. Conley.

Mr. Burton was 41 years of age and he had scarcely known the experience of illness previous to the last week of his life. His robust form promised long life, but the call came to him with short notice, impressing us again with the uncertainty of life. He was one of Louisa’s leading merchants and had been for several years. He engaged in that line of business after he had served one term as jailer of Lawrence County. He was a  son of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Burton, of Ulysses, both of whom were with him during his last days. Also, he had one brother,  Roscoe C. of Thealka, KY who was called here by his illness, and one sister, Mrs. Borders Mead, of Indian Run, who was unable to be here owing to sickness in her family. He leaves a wife who was a daughter of Rev. A.J. Thompson, deceased. They had been married 20 years the 19th of September.

Mr. Burton was one of the best citizens in our town and county. He led a clean upright religious life and had no enemies. He enjoyed the respect and friendship of everybody. He was active in church work, having been for years a steward and trustee of the M.E. Church, south. In every movement for the good of the community, he could be counted upon for his influence and help. His death is a distinct loss and he will be very much missed in Louisa. Big Sandy News, Oct 18, 1918

CHADWICK, Estill
Estill Chadwick, little son of Willie Chadwick and wife, was born Jun 22, 1915 and departed this life Sep 26, 1918. Little Estill was a very bright boy. He attended Sunday school regularly and was a good attentive little fellow in his class. A few days ago he was taken sick with measles. Pneumonia developed and he soon died. He leaves father, mother, one brother and a host of friends and relatives to mourn their loss. Big Sandy News, Oct 11, 1918

CHAMBERS, Onolda (Wellman)
Mrs. Millard W. Chambers died Monday night at her home near Louisa after several days illness with pneumonia which followed an attack of influenza. Her husband, one son, Macon aged 12, and a daughter Jo Frances, 10, survive. She was Miss Onolda Wellman daughter of Van Wellman of Walbridge and was born May 23, 1881. She was married to M. W. chambers Feb 10, 1904. Mrs. Chambers was a sister of Mrs. B. J. Calloway of this city. She was a good woman and will be much missed in her home and the community in which she lived, She was converted many years ago and left a testimony with her nearest relatives that she was absolutely sure of the future. Funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the home, conducted by Rev. H. O. Chambers, pastor of the Louisa M. E. Church, South. Burial in Pine Hill Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Oct 25, 1918

COX, Robert
Robert Cox, formerly of Flat Gap, who recently sold his farm and moved to Ohio, died and his remains were brought to this place and were sent to his old home at Flat Gap for burial. Big Sandy News, Oct 25, 1918

CRABTREE, Mrs. W. M.
The wife of W. M. Crabtree died at Gladys, this county, of influenza Wednesday. Big Sandy News, Oct 18, 1918

CRISLIP, Mrs. Banfield
Paintsville—Mrs. Banfield Crislip died here from influenza. Her husband died last Thursday and was buried on Friday on Hoods Fork. The remains of Mrs. Crislip were buried Monday beside her husband. Other members of the family are sick with the same disease. Big Sandy News, Oct 25, 1918

CRUM, Lat J.
The news of the death of Lat J. Crum, county clerk of Wayne County, WV which occurred on Saturday night in Huntington came as quite a shock to relatives and friends. He had been ill only a short time with appendicitis. His body was taken to the home of relatives in Catlettsburg where funeral services were conducted on Monday by Rev. Howerton. Among those from this section attending the funeral were Mrs. Florence Vinson, Mr. and Mrs. Fluty and Mr. and Mrs. John Crum of Crum, WV. Mr. Crum is survived by his wife and one son who is a student in Blacksburg, VA. Big Sandy News, Oct 11, 1918

DAVIS, Jim B.
Paintsville—Jim B. Davis of Buffalo, this county, was killed in action in France. He was with Pershing’s men in the German drive. Big Sandy News, Oct 25, 1918

DEBORD, Lewis
Lewis DeBord, of Lowmansville, was taken to Ashland Saturday evening suffering with typhoid fever with which he was stricken while employed at Wayland. He was hurried to the Kings Daughters Hospital where he was found to be past medical aid and he died before Sunday morning. His body was taken to his home at Lowmansville for burial. Mr. DeBord was a cousin of Sheriff Sam DeBord and Dr. William DeBord of Ashland. Big Sandy News, Oct 18,1918

DIAMOND, Ella
Mrs. Frank (Ella) Diamond, aged 35, died on Wednesday at her home in Louisa. She is survived by 3 children. Her body was taken to her old home in Smokey Valley where burial took place on Thursday afternoon. Big Sandy News, Oct 18, 1918

EALEY Sam
Sam Ealey, a native of Johnson County, who has been working at Russell died last Sunday evening and his remains shipped here Monday for burial. Big Sandy News, Oct 25, 1918

EDWARDS, Willie
Ulysses—Willie, the little 5 year old girl of Mrs. Noldie Edwards, died of tonsillitis Sep 16 and was buried in the Hannah graveyard. Big Sandy News, Oct 4, 1918

GAMBILL, J. J.
The death of Dr. John J. Gambill, Sr., whose illness was mentioned in last week’s NEWS occurred Thursday. The funeral and burial took place on Friday 7 miles from Blaine. He had enlargement of the heart. His age was 76 years. His brother Lee was buried the day before. Big Sandy News, Oct 11, 1918

GAMBILL, Lee
Mr. L. C. Gambill, of Blaine, died at the hospital Wednesday morning following an operation. He was brought here Tuesday evening in a very critical condition from locked bowels. An operation promised only a slight chance of saving his life, but he and the family decided to take the chance He was about 70 years old, father of Drs. H. H. and J.J. Gambill, of Blaine. His only daughter is the wife of Dr. Proctor Sparks, who lived with him a few miles from Blaine. He was a good man and a well to do farmer and brother of the late Harry Gambill. His wife died about 2 years ago. Big Sandy News, Oct 4, 1918

GRIFFITH, Ivory
Ivory Griffith died Saturday at 2 o’clock at his brother’s home at this place. He was 7 years old and the son of  James Griffith. His death was caused  by tuberculosis. He was laid to rest in the Hensley graveyard 3 miles above Webbville by the side of his mother an sister who died several years ago. Ivory was prepared to leave this world. He will be greatly missed by all his friends and relatives. Big Sandy News, Oct 18, 1918

GRIZZLE, Mrs. Ralph
Mrs. Ralph Grizzle died at her home near Ashland Monday of pneumonia. She was 21 years old. Her husband and father survive, Mrs. Virgie Fraley, of Prestonsburg, is a sister. Big Sandy News, Oct 25, 1918

HATCHER, Harold
Harold Hatcher, of Harold, Pike County, died of influenza He was the youngest son of Mrs. Nannie Hatcher and was in Louisa a few months ago to attend the funeral of his uncle, James C. Johns. Big Sandy News, Oct 25, 1918

HICKS, Bennie
Bennie, the 16 year old son of Charles Hicks, of Zelda, died of pneumonia following influenza at Portsmouth, OH Saturday. The body was brought to Zelda Sunday and burial at Buchanan Chapel Monday. Big Sandy News, Oct 25, 1918

KINNER, Mrs. Dan
Mrs. Dan Kinner died of influenza at her home at Oakview, Boyd County, Monday. At almost the same hour the soul of her 3 year old baby daughter took its flight. She was before marriage Miss Maria Fletcher and was born and reared at Buchanan. Her remains were brought to Buchanan Chapel Wednesday morning and interred by the side of her mother. Big Sandy News, Oct 25, 1918

KISER, Eldridge
The burial of Eldridge Kiser took place Tuesday near Fallsburg. The cause of his death was inflammatory rheumatism. Big Sandy News. Oct 18, 1918

LANGLEY, Lyndon Earl
Lyndon Earl Langley, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. William Langley, died at Norfolk, VA Oct 1 of Spanish influenza. He had been from home just 3 weeks when he fell a victim of the dread disease. He was not quite 18  years old and recently enlisted in the Navy. Big Sandy  News, Oct 11, 1918

MARCUM, Hubert
A third victim of Spanish influenza in Louisa, was Hubert the 12 year old son of  Henry Marcum whose death occurred last Saturday night. The remains were taken to the old home in the country for burial. Big Sandy News, Oct 18, 1918

MARTIN, Birdie
A telegram was received here Wednesday evening from Mrs. Malissa Martin, in Tennessee, telling of the death of her daughter, Miss Birdie. The message stated that the body would be brought here and requested that arrangements be made to hold the funeral at the M. E. Church, South, of which they were formerly members. Mrs. Martin is a sister of Mr. M. E. Haywood and she and her daughter lived in Louisa a few years ago. Her husband died at this place. They came here from Floyd County and are good people. The body arrived Thursday morning and the funeral was conducted by Rev. H. O. Chambers. Interment on Pine Hill followed. Big Sandy News, Sep 27, 1918

MAY, Jennie Belle
Mrs. Jennie Belle May died Thursday night after a brief illness. She is survived by her husband and parents Mr. and Mrs. Jay Justice. She was 16 years old. Big Sandy News, Oct 18, 1918

MAY, Sol
Sol May, age 23, is at Riverview Hospital in a very critical condition from a gunshot wound in the abdomen. He was shot Tuesday night at Deephole, near Yatesville just after the adjournment of church services. His 17 year old brother was in a fight with Arlie Bradley and a Delong boy and when Sol interfered he was shot. It does not seem to be known just who fired the shot. The trouble between the boys was a renewal of a difficulty of the night before, which is aid to have started over a cigarette. The wounded man is a son of Thomas May and a son in law of Zeigler Adkins. He is known as a peaceful young man and a good citizen. His recovery is not expected. Big Sandy News, Oct 4, 1918

Sol May died on Thursday night of last week from the shot that pierced his abdomen. An account of this shooting, which occurred at Deep Hole church house just after services early last week, was published in the NEWS lat week. The tragedy was the result of a cigarette and a pistol, two deadly weapons that could well be spared from civil life. Joe Delong has been arrested on a charge of having fired the shot and is under $5000 bond for his appearance in Circuit Court. Lawrence County refuses to get along without a murder case on its docket. As long as the cigarettes and liquor and pistols hold out the criminal docket will continue to thrive. Big Sandy News, Oct 11, 1918

MILEM, Dock
Dock Milem died after a few days illness with influenza at his home at Nolan, WV and was brought to Ft. Gay and buried by the side of his wife who was a daughter of Rev. S.. F. Reynolds, of this place. The burial took place on Tuesday. Mr. Milem was a native of Johnson County and was a good citizen. Big Sandy News, Oct 18, 1918

MOORE, Mrs. J. O.
Dr. J. O. Moore’s wife died of pneumonia last Saturday at her home at Mattie, this county She was a most excellent woman, a thorough Christian and she will be greatly missed by the community. Her death is a great blow to  the family. She was a daughter of C.C. Hayes, of Wilbur, one of the county’s best citizens. Upon returning home from Mrs. Moore’s funeral he received a telegram announcing the death of his son, Jay, in the state of Washington. Jay’s wife had died only a few days before. Influenza was the cause of these three deaths. By the death of Jay and his wife three little children are made orphans. The oldest is 7 years. Big Sandy News, Oct 25, 1918

MOORE, Noah
Noah, little son of Mr. and Mrs. H. K. Moore died last Friday after an illness of several weeks with appendicitis. He was 9 years old. The body was taken to Mattie, this county, for burial. The family lives on the “point” near Louisa.

Noah Moore the little son of H. K. and Dellia Moore, of Louisa, died on the 11th of this month and was brought to this place on last Saturday for burial. He was laid to rest in Allen Hayes  Cemetery. He was 9 years  and 5 days old. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. A. L. Moore. Big Sandy News, Oct 18, 1918

PARKER, Roscoe
Roscoe Parker died at Camp Beauregarde, LA recently, of pneumonia. The body was returned here and buried at the home place on Lick Creek. He was a son of John Parker. Big Sandy News, Oct 25, 1918

PARRISH, Mrs. Edward
Mrs. Edward Parrish, aged 44 years, died at the home of her uncle, Ott Napier, Huntington. She was a member of well known Wayne County families and had many friends both in Wayne and Cabell. Her funeral was held Sunday in the Methodist Episcopal Church in Wayne. Big Sandy  News, Oct 4, 1918

PENNINGTON, Morton C.
Sergeant Morton C. Pennington, of Webbville, Lawrence County, died of pneumonia at Camp Beauregard, LA. Big Sandy News, Oct 25, 1918

PERRY, Fred, Jr.
Griffith Creek—The entire community was greatly shocked over the untimely death of Fred Perry, Jr. He was severely hurt Oct 6 at Sprigg, WV by a pump explosion which caused his death 3 days later. He was taken to the hospital at Welch, WV where he was operated on and a silver tube put in his wind pipe which was almost torn in two. Something hit him on the neck which caused the wind pipe injury. He had many bruises besides, but none serious. His father, A. H. Perry, went at once and was with him till the end. His brother, Mack, was also with him. He was a member of the Masonic order, the Red Men, and I.O.O.F. lodge at Richardson, KY. Revs. A. H. Miller and Sammons attended the funeral services. He was laid to rest in the Smyth graveyard near Chapman, KY. The Odd Fellows took charge of the remains. He was a much loved boy and had many friends. He was born Apr 6, 1894. He was 24 years 7 months and 3 days old. He leaves a wife, 2 little girls, Ethel, age 3 and Golda age 2, father, mother, 7 brothers and one sister and a host of friends and relatives to mourn their loss. He told his brother, Mack before he died he was trusting in his God. Big Sandy News, Oct 25, 1918

PERRY, H. C.
H.C. Perry, one of the old land marks in this part of the county, died Sunday morning and was buried Monday at Webbville beside his wife who died several  years ago. He was truly a good man and will be greatly missed by a wide circle of friends. His funeral was preached at Jattie by Rev. Roland Hutchison. Big Sandy News, Oct 4, 1918

PRICE
The death of Dr. Price of Chattaroy, WV is reported. He was mine physician there. He is survived by his wife and a child about 6 months old. Mrs. Price was Miss Lucy Millender of Cyrus, WV and a few years ago lived in Louisa. Big Sandy News, Oct 11, 1918

REYNOLDS, Dr. James H.
Dr. James H. Reynolds died on Wednesday evening at 6 o’clock at his home in this city. His death was caused by pneumonia. He was in Louisville the early part of last week and soon after his return home took sick. A few days later pneumonia developed. He was resting easier Wednesday morning and there seemed a slight chance for his recovery, keeping the family and friends hopeful to the last. His death came as a great shock to them. Besides his wife, who was Miss Lillian McHenry, and a little daughter, Louisa Milton, he is survived by his aged parents, Rev. and Mrs. S. F. Reynolds of  Louisa. He is second member of their large family to pass away. Four sisters and four brothers survive. They are Frank M. Vinson, Mrs. Charles Crutcher, Mrs.. E. KI. Langhorn, Mrs. James M. Bromley, Dr. J. F. Reynolds, Ed, Benton and Barney, all of whom are here except the last 2 who live in West Virginia and Oklahoma. Dr. Reynolds was a specialist in diseased of the eye, ear, nose and throat and was the owner and proprietor of the Louisa Drug Company’s store. He practiced his profession in Huntington, WV for quite a while before engaging in the drug business in Louisa. His age was 48 years. Funeral services will be held at the home at 10 o’clock Friday morning, interment in Pine Hill Cemetery. He had $10,000 life insurance. Big Sandy News, Oct 11, 1918

ROSE, James Laudie
James Laudie Rose was born in Irad, Lawrence County, KY, on Jun 19, 1898 and died at the Base Hospital, Ft. Riley, KS on Oct 17, 1918. The cause was pneumonia following an attack of influenza. At the time of his death he was 21 years 3 months and 23 days old. His mother died when he was but 5 years of age and a brother died in 1895. At the age of 10 years he moved with the family to Holsington, KS where they resided until 2 years ago when they moved to Grant Co., KS. Jim has always been interested in electricity an most of his time was spent in its study. For the last 3 years he had been in Wichita, KS working as an electrician and made a good success of the work he had chosen. He registered at Wichita on Aug 14, 1918 and left for camp on Sep 3. He was first sent to Fort Sill, OK then sent on to Camp Funston, KS where he remained but a few days before becoming ill with influenza. He was then removed to the Base Hospital at Ft. Riley. He became worse and his father was notified by telegram Wednesday evening, Oct 9 and left Thursday for Ft. Riley where he remained with his son until death came. He leaves to mourn his loss his father, step mother, one sister, Opal, and a half sister, Fern Marguerite, besides numerous relatives and friends. The body was laid to rest in the Satana Cemetery on Oct 17, 1918. Big Sandy News, Oct 25, 1918

ROSS, Irene
Irene, 14 year old daughter of C. B. Ross died just before the News went to press. Big Sandy News, Oct 18, 1918

In the passing away of Miss Irene Ross her family and friends are separated for a time from one who brought sunshine to all with whom she came in contact. Despite the fact that from the time she was 5 years of age her health had not been good she was always ready to greet her acquaintances with a smile and a word of cheer. At the age of 5 a spinal trouble developed for which no cure could be found, Physician at home and specialist in different parts of the country were consulted but no relief could be obtained. So when she fell victim of influenza followed by pneumonia, all were soon aware that her frail body could not withstand the attack. During her illness she retained the same sweet spirit and was a kind and patient sufferer. Her expressions regarding her faith in the future were wonderfully inspiring to those with whom she was glad to talk from time to time. When she knew she could not recover she was perfectly resigned and on Thursday Oct 17, passed peacefully away. She was the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Ross and was 17 years of age. After the family moved to Ashland she spent much of the time at the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. N.D. Waldeck in the city and was here when she became ill. She was talented in music and drawing and was fond of reading good literature. At the age of 11 years Irene was converted and baptized and united with the Louisa Baptist church. On last Friday at 2 o’clock funeral services were held, conducted by her pastor, Rev. J. T. Pope, assisted by Rev. H. B. Hewlett. Interment took place on Pine Hill. Big Sandy News, Oct 25, 1918

SCARBERRY, Drew
Ulysses—Drew Scarberry was accidentally killed by a steam shovel while working in West Virginia a short time ago. He was the son of the late Will Scarberry and wife. He was brought here and buried in the Kazee graveyard beside his father who died a few years ago. Big Sandy News, Oct 4, 1918

SPARKS, Charles
The body of Rev. Charles Sparks was brought to Louisa Wednesday morning and was taken to his old home on Blaine for burial. He died at Bowen, WV where he had moved recently from Auxier, KY and was serving as pastor of a church. Big Sandy News, Oct 18, 1918

SPENCER Mrs. Middleton
Mrs. Middleton Spencer of Fort Gay, WV, died at her home there Wednesday. She had been sick several days with influenza. Big Sandy News,, Oct 18, 1918

STEPHENSON, Mrs. Milt
We are sorry to hear of the death of Mrs. Milt Stephenson which occurred at her home in Kenova a short time ago. Big Sandy News, Oct 4, 1918

STUMP, Alex
Alex Stump died in a hospital in Ashland Tuesday evening. He submitted recently to an operation for bladder trouble, but did not get the results hoped for. He was 41 years old. A wife survives him. She is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sam See, of Walbridge. Mr. Stump was a son of John F. Stump, formerly of Buchanan, this county, but now of  Logan, WV. He was an industrious honest citizen, whose death brings deep sorrow to all who knew him. For many years he was on the carpenter force of the C & O railway company. The burial will take place Friday morning a the See burial grounds near Walbridge. Big Sandy news, Oct 18, 1918

WEBB, Jimmie
Webbville—After an illness of a few months, Mr. Jimmie Webb died last Thursday Sep 26, at his home on Caney Fork. The body was laid to rest in the Webb graveyard overlooking the saddened home where once so much joy prevailed, to await the martialing hosts in that great and awful day when all shall be judged by Him who doeth all things well. Uncle Jimmie was a good Christian and the deacon of the United Baptist Church known as the Sulphur Springs Church at this place. He will be greatly missed throughout our community. A large crowd of sorrowing relatives and friends paid the last tribute of respect by attending his funeral, which was ably conducted by  Rev. Martin Berry. Big Sandy News, Oct 4, 1918

WELLMAN, Lucy
An unexpected death was that of Miss Lucy Wellman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John S. Wellman, which occurred on Wednesday evening about 8 o’clock. She had been sick but 2 days with influenza and her condition was not considered critical. She was 12 years old and bright student in the Louisa school. She was a lovable girl and a favorite in the home. The funeral services were held on Friday at 10 o’clock in Fulkerson Cemetery. Rev. A. C. Bostwick, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church, conducted the services. She was a member of the Sunday school of that church. Big Sandy News, Oct 18, 1918

WELLS, Walter Scott
Walter Scott Wells, one of the best known of the coal operators in the Elkhorn and Big Sandy field, died on Monday night at his home in Prestonsburg following a  brief attack of Spanish influenza. Mr. Wells had recently returned from French Lick Springs, where he had gone for a brief rest following several months of strenuous labor, both in looking after his coal interests and in war work activities, in which branch of patriotic labor he had given considerable of his time for some months past. He was in good  health when he left French Lick, but contract of a heavy cold, presumably during his trip home, which rapidly developed into double pneumonia  with fatal results. A specialist and 2 trained nurses were in attendance.

The remains were taken to Paintsville Wednesday to the home of his mother, Mrs. Julia Wells where the funeral services were held Thursday at1 o’clock, after which interment was made in a new family burying ground. The deceased was married in 1911, shortly after locating in Prestonsburg to Miss Elizabeth Archer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George P. Archer. To this union were born 2 children, Emma Alice and Elizabeth Jane. He was devoted to his family and had just completed a lovely home in Prestonsburg. He was 30 years old. Big Sandy News, Oct 18,1918

WHITTAKER, Morgan C.
Morgan C. Whittaker, whose death occurred at his home at Whitehouse, was a veteran of the Civil War and a member of the Baptist church more than half a century. He moved from this place to Whitehouse 20 years ago. His wife survives. Also 2 daughter, Mrs. Henry  Howes of Paintsville and Mrs. Curtis Ford of Cincinnati and 4 sons, Henry, Lee, Vincent and Smith. The funeral was conducted by Rev. John Joseph of Ivyton, this county and Rev. C. C. Hyden of this place. Burial at Whitehouse. Big Sandy News, Oct 11, 1918

WILLIAMSON, Evart
Inez—The body of Evart Williamson was brought from West Virginia on Monday to the home of his parents Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Williamson, who live at Stidham, KY. Big Sandy News, Oct 11, 1918

WYATT, Carrie (Berry)
The body of Mrs. Charles Wyatt whose death occurred at her home at Omar, WV of influenza was taken to Ashland for burial. She is survived by her husband and a child aged 21 moths. She was Miss Carrie Berry, daughter of Andrew Berry who was an engineer of the Big Sandy division and was killed in a railroad wreck a few years ago. Big Sandy News, Oct 18 1918

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NOVEMBER

ADAMS, Mrs. Crooks
Mrs. M. L. C. Adams, living a few miles out in the country, died recently from the effects of influenza. She had recovered sufficiently to go about the house. Her husband came to Louisa and upon returning home he found her dead body on the floor. Heart failure was the cause, evidently. Big Sandy News, Nov 22, 1918

ADAMS, Mary
Miss Mary Adams, age 24 died at her father’s home at Overda last Saturday. She was a sister of Drew B. Adams, county court clerk, and was a school teacher. She was a highly respected young lady and her death is deeply deplored. Big Sandy News, Nov 8, 1918

On the evening of Nov the 2nd about 3:30 the pale horse and its rider visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Felix Adams, of Overda, KY and took from them their loving daughter Mary aged 24 years. She had taught 4 years in the public schools of Lawrence county in which her work was successful. Mary made many friends not only in school but with everyone she met for you always met her with a smile upon her face and a good word for everybody. Mary was only sick a few days. She had influenza followed by  pneumonia. Mary leaves a father, mother, one sister, 5 brothers and a host of relatives and friends. Some few hours before her departure she said she saw 6 angels. They were coming to bear her over the cold river of death and her last words were “ I am on the ship with Jesus.” Big Sandy News, Nov 15, 1918

ADKINS, Harry
A telegram was received Tuesday by William Adkins of Fort Gay, bringing the sad news of the death of his son, Harry, who was killed in action by the bloody Huns on the battlefield of France. He was 28 years old. He went to France early last summer. His death occurred Oct 16, but the department is about one month behind with the casualty lists. The fighting was very heavy in the American sectors in October and the dead and wounded are more numerous than in previous engagements. It is now said that the great work done by the American boys in last month is what broke up the German defense plans. Big Sandy News, Nov 22, 1918

ANDREWS, Octavia (Burgess)
On Sunday, Oct 27, 1918 the funeral services of Mrs. Octavia Andrews were held in her late residence followed by interment in Catlettsburg city of the dead. Mrs. Andrews was the eldest daughter of Hon. George R. Andrews and Martha Spurlock Burgess and was born on Jun 6, 1837 near Louisa, KY. On Jan 1, 1857, she was united in marriage to G. W. Andrews then and for many years thereafter, one of the leading merchants of Catlettsburg. Of her immediate descendants there remain to mourn her loss and cherish her memory W. L. Andrews, now of Charleston, WV; Mrs. A. Wolfe, Mrs. J. B. Leech and Mrs. Martha Andrews. More than 20 years ago after the most intense and agonizing suffering Mrs. Andrews lost her eyesight, and thus was deprived of one of her greatest pleasures as she had an unusually alert mind and had been an incessant reader. Endowed with a remarkable memory, much she had read in early life remained with her and many quotations from the Bible and other literature revealed the source of much that contributed to make her a remarkable woman. Big Sandy News, Nov 1, 1918

ANGLION
Mr. and Mrs. Henderson Wells have received word of the death of their son in law, Mr. Anglion, which occurred a few days ago at Camp Meade, MD. The cause of his death was influenza. His wife, who was Miss Carrie Wells, is very ill at her home in Baltimore at the same time. His remains were sent to the home of his parents in Oklahoma for burial. Big Sandy News, Nov 1, 1918

ATKINSON, Darius
Darius Atkinson, a prominent citizen of Salyersville, died last Saturday at his home. His wife and 5 children survive. He was a brother of Dr. Atkinson of Paintsville. They came to Kentucky from Gallipolis, OH many years ago. Big Sandy News, Nov 22, 1918

BAILEY, Mrs. A. J.
Catlettsburg—Mrs. A. J. Bailey, aged 60 years, died at his home at Pike’s Crossing yesterday of influenza and the remains were taken to Paintsville for interment. His daughter, a young lady of about 18 years, died only last week and her remains were also taken to Paintsville for interment. Big Sandy News, Nov 1, 1918 (Note: The Mrs. was how it was in the newspaper—but should have been Mr.)

BELLOMY, Mrs. J.
To the memory of Mrs. J. Bellomy, born Jan 27, 1832, departed this life Sep 29, 1918, making her 86 years 8 months and 2 days of age at her death. She was married to Thomas Bellomy, a Federal soldier of the Civil War, on Mar 27, 1870. they lived  happily together until the death of Mr. Bellomy a few years ago. Unto them were born 2 children, Zachary  Bellomy, who is now a merchant at Zelda, this county and Sallie, who married Mr. J. S. Turman, a prosperous farmer of Buchanan, KY. About 35 years ago she was converted and joined the M. E. Church, South. She remained faithful to her trust in God and died in the Christian faith. Big Sandy news, Nov 15, 1918

BEVINS, Artie
Artie, son of Merida Bevis, of Georges Creek, this county, was killed in action in France, early in October, according to advice received this week from the war department. His death occurred Oct 12. He entered the service with the men who left Louise early under the selective draft, and had been in France for quite a while. There are many anxious parents hoping for news that their sons are safe and this anxiety will continue until all casualty lists are complete.  Big Sandy News, Nov 22, 1918

BILLUPS, Mrs. Bert
Mrs. Bert Billups died last Friday of pneumonia at her home in Ft. Gay. The funeral and burial took place on Saturday. She was a daughter of William Ratcliff. Big Sandy News, Nov 15, 1918

BLANKENSHIP, Eliza
Lower Twin Branch—The death angel visited the home of Mrs. Tomie Adams and took her aged mother, Mrs. Eliza Blankenship. She was a good woman and was liked by all who knew her. Aunt Eliza was a kind mother and a good Christian woman and she lived faithful until the death angel called for her and she answered the call. Big Sandy News, Nov 29,1918

BOYD
Ulysses—A little daughter of James Boyd died Tuesday Nov 5. Big Sandy News, Nov 15, 1918

BROWN,  Miah
At Inez, KY on Nov 23, Friday at 4:30 the death angel visited the home of Mr. Miah Brown and took him from his dear wife and family. He was 66 years of age. He only suffered a short time. Influenza caused his death. He leaves a wife and 12 children and a host of friends and relatives to mourn his loss. Miah was a bright and industrious man. Big Sandy News, Nov 29, 1918

BROWN, Noah
Paintsville—Noah Brown of Toms Creek was accidentally killed Nov 13, by being struck with a piece of saw while working at Henry Hays’ saw mill at the mouth of Wiley Branch. We are informed that the saw bursted a piece striking Mr. Brown across the face cutting through the face and head to the skin on the back part of his head, killing him instantly. He was a young man about 26 years of page. Big Sandy News, Nov 29,1918

BURK, Ben
Ben  Burk, age 35, died at ?etter Wednesday of pneumonia. He leaves a wife and 3 children. Big Sandy News, Nov 22, 1918

BURTON, George W/
Dr. George W. Burton passed away at his home at Rush last Saturday. His health had not been good for a year and for 2 weeks he suffered with influenza. He was born in Carter County and was 53 years old. His daughter, Mrs. Ed Gray died a few days ago. Big Sandy News, Nov 29, 1918

CARTER, HI
On last Saturday the body of Hi Carter was brought from Weeksbury and was taken to the home of a relative Mrs. James A. Abbott. Interment was made on Sunday in the family burying ground at the old home near Yatesville. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. H. O. Chambers of this city. Hi Carter was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Carter, who moved from this county to Jenkins a few years ago. He was 14 years old. His death was caused by Spanish influenza. Among those from Louisa who attended the funeral were Judge T. S. Thompson, Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Queen and Burton Queen, Mrs. Hester Carter, Gus Snyder and Augustus Snyder. The parents and a brother accompanied the remains from Weeksbury. Big Sandy News, Nov 1, 1918

CARTER, Landon
Landon Carter, son of Millard Carter, deceased, and nephew of Judge J. B. Clayton, died at Stark, WV this week of pneumonia. Judge Clayton went there to see him just before his death. He was not permitted to bring the body home so the burial took place there. Mr. Carter was unmarried and was about 35 years of age. He had been at work at Stark for quite a while and was a trusted employee of a large company. Big Sandy News, Nov 8,1 918

CASTLE, Floyd
Ulysses—Floyd Castle of Lowmansville, died of influenza and was buried in the Eliza Borders graveyard Saturday Oct 20. Big Sandy News, Nov 1, 1918

CASTLE, Lindsey
Ulysses—Lindsey Castle, invalid from his childhood, died Oct 21 of influenza. He leaves a wife and 3 children, his mother, 3 brothers and 3 sisters. He was laid to rest in the Kazee graveyard beside his father, Albert Castle, who died several years ago. Big Sandy News, Nov 1, 1918

CHAFFIN, Ernest
A telegram received Thursday by Fred Chaffin, of Dry Ridge, this county, says his son Ernest was killed in France Oct 14th. He was with the engineer forces and went to France last year. The department is nearly a month behind in reporting cases from some sectors. Big Sandy News, Nov 15, 1918

CHANDLER, Glen
Ulysses—Glen Chandler of Ashland was brought back and placed in the family graveyard at his home Friday. Big Sandy News, Nov 15, 1918

CHANDLER Tom
Ulysses—Uncle Tom Chandler, who has been severely ill for some time of the infirmities due to his advanced age of 83 years, died at the home of his son in law, Marion Young, of this place, Oct 21. He is survived by his wife who is 80 years old and 3 sons and 3 daughters. He was laid to rest in the Sanford Chandler graveyard beside his son, George, who was accidentally  killed more than 30 years ago by a falling tree. Big Sandy news, Nov 1, 1918

CHATFIELD, Mary Frances
Mrs. Mary Frances Chatfield died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Chatfield. The funeral was held at the home on Saturday afternoon. Burial at Ironton, OH. She was about 14 years old and died of pneumonia following influenza, which she contracted while caring for other members of the family who were sick. Big Sandy News, Nov 8, 1918

CLARK, Mollie
Miss Mollie Clark the 20 year old daughter of Manuel Clark of Thealka, died Saturday of influenza and pneumonia. The death of Miss Clark and Mrs. O’Bryan happened in the same home and about the same time. Big Sandy News, Nov 8, 1918

COCHRAN, Sheridan J.
Sheridan J. Cochran, son of John Cochran was born Jul 24, 1907, departed this life Nov 1, 1908, aged 11 years 3 months and 7 days. Sheridan was a bright intelligent boy. He was a member of  our Sunday school at Fallsburg and was attentive in his class. He was anxious to learn about the blessed Christ. He leaves father, stepmother, one half brother, one half sister and a host of friends and relatives to mourn their loss He was laid to rest in Cochran graveyard near Fallsburg. Big Sandy News, Nov 29,1918

 COCHRAN, Wallace
Wallace Cochran, age 40, died near Fallsburg Wednesday night of pneumonia. He was an excellent citizen, two children and his father, Frank Cochran, survive him. His wife died some time ago. Big Sandy News, Nov 8, 1918

COCHRAN, W. J.
W. J. Cochran was born Mar 26, 1877 and departed this life Nov 6, 1918, age 41 years 7 months and 11 days. He was a citizen of Fallsburg, KY. His many friends as well as his relatives were greatly shocked by his death. It came so suddenly that it was a surprise to each of us. He was sick just a week and did not seem to be seriously ill until the evening of Nov 6, when he became worse and died a in a few hours. Wallis was a noble man. He was perfectly honest in his dealings with his fellowman. His good wife preceded him to heaven just one year ago. A darling little babe was taken a few months later. He told me just a short time before he died that he was going to strive to meet them in heaven. He was a member of the Masonic lodge at Louisa. He was a true Odd Fellow and understood the meaning of Oddfellowship and was always willing and ready to take any part of the work that he was called upon to do. He leaves 3 children, father, mother, 3 brothers and a host of friends to mourn their loss. His funeral was conducted by the writer. His body was laid to rest in the Harman graveyard. H. C. C. Big Sandy News, Nov 29, 1918

COLLIER, P. C.
Mr. P.C. Collier, superintendent of the Williamson Coal Co., died at his home here Saturday morning, Oct 19, of pneumonia following an attack of lagrippe. Mr. Collier went to Williamson about 4 months ago from Norton, VA to take charge of the Williamson Coal Co. plant. The body was taken to Norton. He is survived by his wife and 2 children. Big Sandy News, Nov 1, 1918

COLLINS, Tilden
Garrett—The business department of Joseph Collins was closed the last of last week on account of the death of his brother, Tilden Collins, of Prestonsburg. His remains were brought here last Friday and then taken to  the old family graveyard farther up Beaver  and laid to rest on Saturday last. His untimely death is deeply deplored, he having been elected to the office of  Superintendent of Public schools of this county and had begun to work them out in a most satisfactory  manner. He was an exemplary citizen, loved and respected by all who knew him, but death having no especial respect for the human family, called him. He answered the summons amid the anguish and grief of his many  friends. His death was a great shock to the entire community, but we all bow to Him who doeth all things well. Big Sandy News, Nov 1, 1918

COLVIN, William
Paintsville—William Colvin was killed Oct 8 by falling slate while working in a coal mine near his home at Manila. Uncle Will, as he was known by all, was 75 years old. He was a veteran of the Civil War. He leaves an aged widow, 2 daughters, Mrs. Isaiah Plummer of Thealka and Mary Colvin and one son, Harve Colvin, who is with the American Army in France. Big Sandy News, Nov 1, 1918

COMPTON, Mrs. Joe
Mrs. Joe Compton died at her home at Lock No. 2, Kavanaugh, Thursday morning. She had been sick more than a year. She submitted to an operation at Riverview hospital at Louisa last spring, where she remained for 2 months. This gave her only temporary relief. The remains were interred at the beautiful cemetery at Kavanaugh Chapel Buchanan Chapel Saturday morning. Mrs. Compton leaves besides her husband one daughter Mrs. Burns Finney and 2 sons, Raymond, 18 and Homer, 16 years old. Many relatives from a distance attended the funeral. Big Sandy News, Nov 15, 1918

Our community was greatly shocked Friday morning, Nov 8, when it became known that Mrs. Joe Compton had answered the final summons and gone to her reward. No death in this community has ever caused deeper sorrow among a wider circle of bereaved friends. The gentleness and sweetness of this lovely woman’s life will leave in the hearts of those who knew and loved her a feeling as of benediction. She was so truly the mother and home maker, in quiet, retiring life exemplifying the true woman whose love of husband and children leaves no room in her heart for worldly ambition. Mrs. Compton had been sick for more than a year having submitted to an operation at Riverview hospital last spring which gave only temporary relief. Mrs. Compton was born Sep 12, 1874 and was therefore just 44 years old. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Griff West, of Peach Orchard. Her father preceded her in death a few years ago. She is survived by  one daughter, Mrs. Burns Finney and by 2 sons, Raymond, 18, and Homer, 16, and the bereaved husband. Her funeral was conducted by Rev. W. M. Sammons at Buchanan Chapel Saturday morning. Big Sandy News, Nov 22, 1918

COPLEY, Eliza (Gross)
Buchanan—Mrs. Eliza Gross Copley “Aunt Liza” as she was familiarly known, died of double pneumonia following influenza Thursday. She and her husband were stricken at the same time and improved after a few days, but  she suffered a relapse and no help could be procured and she soon succumbed. Scarcely enough folks could be gotten to prepare the body for burial, a fact that is to be deplored, as this woman had always been faithful to her neighbors in sickness and death. The husband to whom she had been married only 3 months is inconsolable. She was 60 years of age. Big Sandy News, Nov 15, 1918

CORNETTE, John Lafe
John Lafe Cornette was born Sep 26, 191. He was the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. William G. Cornette . He was a faithful and obedient son to his father and mother At the time of his death he was working for the Red Jacket, Coal Company. All of his fellow workman loved him and bore testimony of his good fellowship. He died Monday afternoon Oct 21, just 3 days previous to the death of his mother. Both died with influenza and pneumonia. Before his death he was happily converted; he left this world with a glorious hope of a future resurrection in Christ Jesus. Big Sandy News, Nov 15, 1918

CORNETTE, Maggie Jane
Maggie Jane Cornette was born n Aug 17, 1880. At an early age she became the happy bride of William G. Cornette. Many were the happy years they spent together. Six children were born to them to bless their home. She was a good mother, full of compassion and goodness toward her children. Because of her sacrifice for her home and children her remembrance will be sweet incense to the bereaved family and friends, god called her home Thursday morning Oct 24, and she parted from her family with the beautiful hope that she would bee with Jesus around God’s throne waiting for the coming of her husband and friends. Big Sandy News, Nov 15, 1918

COYER, Jesse
Prestonsburg—Wesley Coyer of this city, has received notice of the death of his son, Jesse, who was killed in France Oct 4. He was about 20 years of age. He was a popular young man, He is the only soldier from our county reported killed in action. Two others, Lyndon Langley and ruby Clark, died in the camps. Big Sandy News, Nov 29, 1918

CRABTREE, Mrs. W. M.
On Oct 14, 1918, the death angel visited the home of W. M. Crabtree and took from his loving wife. She was a victim of pneumonia, following influenza. She was 32 years  1 month and 10 days old. She was a kind and cheerful mother, loved by all who knew her. She was married to W.M. Crabtree Aug 25, 1900, and to this union 6 children were born, all of whom are living save one who has preceded her to the great beyond. She leaves to mourn her loss a companion, 5 little children, a father, 2 sisters and 5 brothers She was converted several years ago and has lived a devoted Christian life ever since. The remains were laid to rest in the cemetery overlooking the home of her father, W. M. Weight. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Berry. Big Sandy News, Nov 1, 1918

CURNUTTE, Nora
Mrs. Nora Curnutte died on Thursday night of last week of influenza at her home in Louisa. She is survived by 4 children. She was taken to her old home at Cordell for burial. Big Sandy news, Nov 1, 1918

DAMRON, Mrs. Robert
Mrs. Robert Damron died at her home at Busseyville Wednesday night of flu. She was 27 years old and was the daughter of Byron Martin. She leaves a husband and small children. Big Sandy News, Nov 1, 1918

DILLS, Mr. and Mrs. George Dills
Paintsville--Mrs. George Dills died last Saturday afternoon from pneumonia after a few days illness. She first had influenza which later developed into pneumonia. The funeral and burial took place Sunday afternoon. Mr. Dills was sick when his wife died and on Monday night he died from the same disease and was buried Tuesday. Four little children are left including twins 4 months old. Big Sandy News, Nov 8, 1918

EVANS, Meridith
Merideth Evans died at his home on the Kentucky side of the river opposite Naugatuck last week from influenza and complications. He was about 36 years of age and a veteran of the Spanish-American war. Big Sandy News, Nov 1, 1918

FELTY, Mary Elizabeth
Catlettsburg—Just at midnight Sunday death entered the home of Mr. and Mrs. Thurman Felty of Ashland and took away their sweet baby daughter, Mary Elizabeth aged nearly 2 years. She had influenza followed by pneumonia. She is the second death in this home during the past 10 days. Mrs. Felty’s mother, Mrs. Mary Young preceded this child in death about 8 days and Mr. and Mrs. Felty are both very ill. Besides her parents Mary Elizabeth is survived by one brother, Thurman, aged 4 years. Big Sandy News, Nov 1 1918

FERGUSON, Mrs. Fred
The body of Mrs. Fred Ferguson was brought from Huntington, WV to Fort Gay, WV last Friday for burial. She died on Thursday from pneumonia following influenza. She was 30 years of age and was born in this county. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. D. Hampton of Ft. Gay. Six years ago she moved to Huntington. A husband, one daughter, Esther Louise and a son, Hampton, survive. Big Sandy News, Nov 1, 1918

FIELDS, Fannie (Wellman)
Donithon—On October 24th the death angle entered our community and took from Mr. and Mrs. David Wellman their daughter and from Eldon Fields his wife, Mrs. Fannie Wellman Fields. She had been sick for several months, though towards the last few days she grew gradually worse until death relieved her sufferings. She leaves her parents, sisters, her husband and one child, aged one year and six months. Big Sandy News, Nov 22,1918

FINLEY, James M.
James M. Finley died a few days ago at Ft. McArthur, TX where he had been serving in the U. S. Army. His death was due to pneumonia and occurred Oct 18. His body was sent to the home of his mother at South Manchester, Conn. for interment. He was a lawyer and was well known here. He practiced his profession in Inez, Martin County. Big Sandy News, Nov 1, 1918

FITCH, Mrs. James
Ulysses—Mrs. James Fitch died Friday Nov 8.  Big Sandy News, Nov 15, 1918
In memory of Mrs. Malissa Fitch, beloved wife of James Fitch, Jr. and daughter of James H. Chandler. She was born Nov 28, 1875 and died Nov 8, 1918, aged 42 years 11 months and 20 days. She was converted last January and attached herself to the Freewill Baptist Church and lived a consistent member of that denomination and a consecrated follower of the meek and lowly Jesus. She had long been afflicted with tuberculosis of the lungs and bore her suffering with Christian patience and fortitude. Malissa, as she was called, was a devoted wife, a loving mother and obedient daughter, a kind sister and a good neighbor who was loved and esteemed by all who knew her, She is survived by her husband, one daughter, 7 sons, her father, 2 brothers, one sister and many friends and relatives. Big Sandy News, Dec 13, 1918

FRAZIER, Minerva
Miss Minerva Frazier died at Fort Gay Wednesday and was buried Thursday. She was 70 years old and was a sister of Sam, W. J. and L. J. Frazier. Big Sandy News, Nov 22, 1918

FRAZIER, Pete
Pete, one of the twin sons of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Frazier, of Ft. Gay, WV died Thursday night of last week after an illness of a few days with influenza. It will be remembered that these were among the twins that were baptized last summer at the M.E. Church in Louisa by the Rev. F. F. Shannon of Brooklyn, NY. Big Sandy  News, Nov 1, 1918

FRIEND, Garland
FRIEND, Russell
Garland and Russell Friend, 2 sons of Mr. and Mrs. Charley Friend of Junction City, died of influenza. Big Sandy News, Nov 22, 1918

GAMBILL, Myrtle
The remains of Mrs. Myrtle Gambill who passed away of influenza at her home at Argo City were shipped to Paintsville for interment. Big Sandy News, Nov 8, 1918

GEORGE, James
James George died in Portsmouth, OH and the remains were brought here (Paintsville) for burial Wednesday in the Turner Cemetery. Mr. George was a brother of Green George, a former resident of out town, but who moved to Portsmouth several years ago. A number of relatives accompanied the remains here, including 2 sons, Mr. and Mrs. Green George, Mr. and Mrs. Bill George and Mr. and Mrs. Bert George.. Big Sandy news, Nov 8,1 918

GIBSON, Mrs. Sam
Upper Lick Creek—Death visited the home of Sam Gibson and took his wife last Friday. She leaves a husband and 5 little children besides a host of friends to mourn their loss. Big Sandy news, Nov 22, 1918

GRAY, Mrs. Ed
Mrs. Ed S. Gray died Friday in a Huntington hospital where she and her husband had been taken the day before, both critically ill with pneumonia. Mr. Gray is telegraph operator at Kilgore. He is the only son of George B. Gray who lived in Louisa several years. Ed Gray was operator at Chapman before going to Kilgore. His wife was the daughter of Dr. G. W. Burton, of Rush, who is very sick with influenza. Mrs. Gray was 25 years old and leaves 3 children ages 2 to 7 years. Big Sandy News, Nov 22, 1918

HALE, Ral
Ral Hale, colored, died last Friday night. After an attack of influenza he was out and had returned to work on Friday. Not feeling so well that evening he went down town and got some medicine.. His death occurred a few hours later. Big Sandy news, Nov 22, 1918

HARRIS, Josephine
Miss Josephine Harris daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Harris of Brandy Keg and one of Floyd’s good teachers died Tuesday of Spanish influenza. She was about 20 years of age and her brother died some time ago of pneumonia while in the U. S. service. Big Sandy News, Nov 22, 1918

HATFIELD, Mrs. N. J.
Prestonsburg—Mrs. N. J. Hatfield, wife of Judge B. Hatfield, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. D. Blair after a week’s suffering of Spanish influenza. The remains were shipped Saturday to Williamson, WV and were buried on Pond Creek Sunday. She had been in ill health for nearly 2 years, having suffered a stroke of paralysis about 2 years ago. She is survived by her husband, 4 sons, and 6 daughters, Mrs. George F. Hatfield of Chillicothe, OH, O. R. Hatfield, Russell, KY, W. L. Hatfield, Portsmouth, OH, Hayes Hatfield, New York; Mrs. R. G. Meredith, Roanoke, VA, Mrs. G. C. Smith, Zebulon, Mrs. J. K. Emmet, Middletown, OH, Mrs. Sam Nunnery, Mossy Bottom, KY, Mrs. T. N. Tuggle, New York, and Mrs. W. D. Blair of Prestonsburg. She was 77 years and 25 days of age. Big Sandy news, Nov 8, 1918

HITCHCOCK, Irvin
Irvin Hitchcock, son of Lige Hitchcock, of Oil Springs, was killed in action Sep 26. He volunteered at Portsmouth, OH in 1916. He was a popular young man and his family has the sympathy of the entire community. Big Sandy News, Nov 15, 1918

HOLLEY
Dennis—Death has again visited the home of Noah Holley and taken from him his little girl age 9 years. This is the second death that has been in his family in about 3 weeks. Big Sandy News, Nov 15, 1918

HURLEY, Mrs. John
Mrs. John Hurley died at her home near Fort Gay, WV a few days ago. Her sister, living a few miles away, died at about the same time. They were Thompsons before their marriage. Big Sandy News, Nov 22, 1918

JACKSON, Ottis
H. Jackson of near Wayne received a telegram last Sunday that his son, Ottis Jackson died of pneumonia in France Oct 2. Big Sandy News, Nov 15, 1918

KERNS, Carroll
Carroll Kerns, telegraph operator at Chapman, 8  miles east of Louisa, died Wednesday night of pneumonia following influenza. His body will be taken to Aden, Carter County, for burial. He was a fine young man. A brother died of the same disease a few days ago and 2 other brothers are sick with the disease. Mr. Kerns was married only about 6 months ago. Big Sandy News, Nov 1, 1918

LACKEY, Mrs. John G.
A telegram was received Tuesday by Mr. and Mrs. James Q. Lackey announcing the death of their daughter in law, Mrs. John G. Lackey of East Liverpool, OH. She was thought to be on her way to recovery from an attack of influenza when they heard from her a few days ago and it is supposed a relapse caused her death. Big Sandy News, Nov 15, 1918

LAMBERT, Harry
Harry Lambert, son in law of Allen Rigg, died at Hatfield, WV the 7th. Interment was made on the head of Patrick Creek, near the home of his mother, Mrs. Lillian Hatten. The deceased leaves a wife and 3 small children. Big Sandy News, Nov 15, 1918

LAWSON, Susie
Mattie—We were sorry to hear of the death of Mrs. Susie Lawson of Ellen. Big Sandy News, Nov 1, 1918

LAYNE, Edna Grace
Edna Grace Layne, the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Layne who had been ill for 2 weeks of Spanish influenza which developed into pneumonia died at their home Nov 12. Big Sandy News, Nov 22, 1918

LEEDY, Mrs. Dan
The death of Mrs. Dan Leedy comes as a shock to the people of this section. Mrs. Leedy was a victim of the Spanish influenza and pneumonia. She was a daughter of Mr.. and Mrs. Isom Daniel of White House and the body was taken to that place for burial Sunday. A husband and little son are left. Big Sandy News, Nov 8, 1918

LEMMING, Cecil
Webbville—We are sorry to hear of the death of Cecil Lemming. He is the son of Isaac and Eliza Lemming. He will be sadly missed by all his friends and relatives. Big Sandy News, Nov 22, 1918

LESTER, Clyde
Mrs. P. P. Lester received a message the 7th from the War Department that her son Clyde was killed in action on the 4th of October. P. P. has a position at Ethel, WV and the message was forwarded to him. Clyde wrote a letter to his father the 2nd of October in which he enclosed a part of a German newspaper and said the German officer had got in a hurry to leave and had left the paper behind, which goes to prove that he was on the firing line. Clyde was an upright young man in every respect, strictly moral and a member of Greenbrier Baptist Church, a graduate from Marshal College at Huntington; a Royal Arch, Mason and a young man loved by all who knew him. He leaves a father, mother, 4 brothers, 2 sisters and a host of relatives and friends. Big Sandy news, Nov 15, 1918

LEMASTER, Mat
The many friends and relatives of Mr. Mat Lemaster were shocked and grieved to hear of his death which occurred at Soldier Oct the 20th, 1918. He died of pneumonia following influenza. He will be greatly missed in all respects. He was an excellent man and was a leading Mason, also an Odd Fellow. Over 4 years ago he was married to Miss Bell Chapman who survives to mourn the loss of a devoted husband. He was always kind to everyone. It seems hard to think of him being taken in the prime of manhood, but God in his wisdom saw fit to take him, and we can only look to him “who doeth all things well”. Big Sandy News, Nov 15, 1918

LYONS, Mrs. Pheb
Ulysses—Mrs. Pheb Lyons died. Big Sandy News, Nov 15, 1918

LYONS, Mrs. Sam
Ulysses—Sam Lyon’s wife and little daughter died of influenza on Muddy Branch and were brought here to their home and buried in the family burying ground last week. Three members of the family have died since they were stricken with the epidemic and others in his family are still ill, but are thought to be somewhat improved. Big Sandy News, Nov 1, 1918

MARTIN, H. T.
Rev. H. T. Martin, formerly of Olive Hill, came back there from Jellico, TN, where he was stationed to render service during the influenza epidemic. He became ill and died of influenza. His wife and children survive. Big Sandy News, Nov 8, 1918

MCKEE, Anna Liza
Mrs. Anna Liza McKee, wife of William McKee, died of Spanish influenza. She was 60 years of age and is survived by her husband, 2 daughters and one son as follows: Mrs. Mary Jane Smith, Miss Maxie McKee and Leander Dale. Burial took place on Brandy Keg. Big Sandy News, Nov 22, 1918

MCKNIGHT, Ben
Ben McKnight of Buchanan, died of bronchial pneumonia in France on Oct 18. He is a son of Thomas McKnight and was in the field artillery. Big Sandy News, Nov 22, 1918

MEAD, John
Ulysses—the body of John Mead, of Muddy Branch, was brought her for burial Saturday morning. Big Sandy News, Nov 15 , 1918

MILLER
Ulysses—A small child of Mrs. Nora Miller was brought here from its home at Catlettsburg and buried in the family graveyard on Crisley Branch last Saturday. It died of  the flu. Big Sandy News, Nov 1, 1918

MONTGOMERY
A little daughter of G. W. Montgomery died at Saltpeter, WV from diphtheria. Big Sandy  News, Nov 1, 1918

MOORE, Telia
Mattie—Telia Moore, wife of J. B. Moore, died Oct 22. She was laid to rest in the W.H.C. Moore burying ground. She leaves a husband and 7 small children to mourn the loss of a kind mother and companion. Pneumonia resulting influenza was the cause of her death. Her infant baby died on the 19th inst. Just 3 days difference in their deaths. Big Sandy News, Nov 1, 1918

MOXLEY, Blanche (Milem)
The death of Mrs. Blanche Milem Moxley occurred at her home at Gary, WV last Thursday after a short illness. Only about 10 days before her death she had accompanied the body of her father, Dock Milem, to Ft. Gay for burial. She was his youngest child and was the granddaughter of Rev. and Mrs. S. F. Reynolds of this place. Big Sandy News, Nov 1, 1918

O’BRYAN, Eliza
Mattie--We were sorry to hear of the death of Mrs. Eliza O’Bryan of Noris. Big Sandy News, Nov 1, 1918

O’BRYAN, Ollie
Paintsville—Mrs. Ollie O’Bryan, of Lawrence County, daughter of Town Marshall James Melvin, died of pneumonia on Saturday. She was visiting at the home of Manuel Clark at Thealka and contracted Spanish influenza, which later developed into pneumonia. She leaves a little baby and a host of relatives. Big Sandy News, Nov 8, 1918

PAULEY
The 17 year old son of Lys Pauley died a few days ago, at the home near Saltpeter, WV four miles east of Fort Gay. Big Sandy News, Nov 22, 1918

PERRY
At the home of Thompson Perry, on Mill Creek near Glenhayes, Mr. Perry, his wife and son are very low with influenza. Only one boy is able to be around. Their son, Robert Perry and his 6 year old daughter, died. He leaves a wife and 2 children. The wife of another son, Jay Perry, died leaving 2 children. Rev. and Mrs. J. C. Cockran, of Parkersburg, WV and Mr. and Mrs. Roberts of Greenup, who came on to see the family are all seriously ill with influenza. Mrs. Cockran and Mrs. Roberts are remembered here as Misses Effie and Belle Perry. Mrs. Thompson Perry is a sister of Mrs. Thomas Branham and Mrs. James Pinson of this city. Big Sandy News, Nov 1, 1918

PERRY, Thompson
We mentioned a  few weeks ago the ??? that Thompson Perry and nearly all the members of his family were suffering with influenza. Mr. Perry died a few days ago, his death being the fourth among them. Their home is near Glenhayes, WV. Big Sandy News, Nov 22, 1918

PIGG, Mrs. Grant
Mrs. Grant Pigg, aged 31, died at her home at Algonquin, WV. She is survived by her husband and 3 children. She was a sister of J. W. Ratcliff at whose home brief services were held at 10 o’clock Tuesday conducted by Rev. A. H. Miller. Interment took place at Walbridge. Big Sandy News, Nov 1, 1918

PLUMMER, Tom
Tom Plummer of Thealka, died Monday after a brief illness of pneumonia following influenza. Mr. Plummer was a son of Squire Isaiah Plummer. He leaves to mourn his loss a wife, father, sister and a host of friends and relatives. He was taken to his old home at Wellston, OH for interment. Big Sandy News, Nov 22, 1918

PORTER, James
James Porter, of Tomahawk, Martin County, was killed in action. Big Sandy News, Nov 15, 1918

POWERS, Adeline
Mrs. Adeline Powers died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ann Cox, of Putnam, VA, Tuesday morning Nov 19. She had been the guest of her daughter several months and been in poor health for about a year. Mrs. Powers was well known here where she was reared and has lived for the most part for 71 years of her life. She is survived by 5 children, 2 sons, O. P. Powers of Ashland, W. H. Powers of Jacksonville, TX, Mrs. W. H. Richardson of Chicago, Miss Hattie Powers and Mrs. Ann Cox of Putnam, VA. She was a member of the Methodist Church and was buried in the May Cemetery  just below town. Big Sandy News, Nov 29, 1918

PRESTON, Mrs. Forest B. Preston
Mrs. Forest B. Preston died at her home in Paintsville Sunday night after a short illness from flue, later developing into pneumonia. The remains were taken to the old Preston burying grounds at Concord for burial Tuesday. Only a few of her relatives knew of her illness as it was not thought to be serious until a short time before her death. She was a daughter of Tom Leslie of Emma, Floyd County, a member of one of the best known and most popular families in the valley. She leaves her husband and 4 small children. Big Sandy News, Nov 8, 1918

RICHMOND, Garnett
A telegram received a few days ago brought the sad news that Garnett Richmond, brother of J. L. Richmond, of this place, was killed in battle in France on Oct 12th. His home was at Rural Retreat, VA. He enlisted before the United States entered the war, and he saw service in Mexico. He was 23 years old and was a young man of good habits and high character. His regiment was one of those that swam the river Meuse to get at the Huns and it was soon after that his death occurred. Big Sandy News, Nov 29, 1918

RICKMAN, Mrs. George
Richardson—On November the 13th God sent his death angel to visit the home of George Rickman and took his loving wife She was sick only a  short time with  influenza. She leaves a husband 6 small children and a host of friends to mourn her loss. She had lived a devoted Christian life. Since a young girl and a member of the Missionary Baptist Church from which she will be greatly missed. Big Sandy News, Nov 22, 1918

ROBERTS, Charles R.
Charles R. Roberts, son of John and Ellen Roberts, died at Camp Sherman, Chillicothe, OH recently. He was a brother of Mrs. W. A. Copley of Potters. He was 21 years old. Big Sandy News, Nov 22, 1918

ROBINSON, Mrs. Enoch
Mrs. Enoch Robinson died last Thursday after a few days illness of influenza which later developed into pneumonia. Big Sandy News, Nov 15, 1918

ROARK, Riley
Riley Roark, an employee of the Open Hearth steel plant passed away Wednesday at the emergency hospital in Ashland where he had been carried in a desperately ill state, suffering from pneumonia. Mr. Roark had been employed at the steel plant only a few days when he was seized with the attack of influenza. He was a nephew of Squire S. J. Blair of Ashland. Mr. Roark leaves a wife and 3 young children who are at their home in Magoffin County. On Friday M. Blair took his nephew’s body to his former home for burial. Big Sandy News, Nov 8,1 918

SKAGGS, Ernest
Private Ernest Skaggs of Greenup is among those who recently died of disease in France. Big Sandy News, Nov 15, 1918

SLONE, Carson
Richardson—In loving remembrance of Carson, the youngest son of Epp and Jennie Slone, who departed this life Oct 31 aged 17 years 8 months and ?? days. He leaves a father,  mother and a brother, Elwood and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn their loss . Carson was a bright and industrious young man and loved by all who knew him. He was sick only a few days with influenza later taking pneumonia. He told his father just before he fell asleep to come on and go to church with him that he heard them singing. Big Sandy news, Nov 15, 1918

SLONE, James
Corporal James H. Slone was killed in action in France  on Sep 29. He was a son of James H. Slone, of Davisville, and was serving in the infantry. Big Sandy News, Nov 22, 1918

SMITH, Burgess
Burgess Smith an N & W brakeman was instantly killed at Kenova Tuesday morning He was coupling cars and his foot caught between the rails and he was knocked down, run over and killed his head being horribly mashed. The deceased was the son of James Smith who moved to Kenova a short time ago from Gragston,. Big Sandy News, Nov 15, 1918

STANLEY, Clifford
Clifford, age one year, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Stanley died at Tram. His little brother, Hubert, was drowned a few months ago in the creek near their home. Big Sandy News, Nov 22, 1918

STANLEY, Elliott
Among the recent deaths from  influenza was that of Elliott Stanley of Chattaroy, WV, whose body was brought to Ft. Gay, WV for burial. He was 13 years old and his parents were former residents of Ft. Gay. Mrs. Stanley was Miss Julia Bartram, daughter of Jim Bartram, deceased. Big Sandy News, Nov 8, 1918

STAPLETON, Wade
Marion Stapleton was called to Dawson, Nebraska, last week on account of the serious illness of his son, Wade, who went there over 2 years ago with his uncle, Millard Auxier. He had already passed into the Great Beyond when his father reached there. The remains were brought to the old home at Volga Sunday. His brother, Worth, who was also in Nebraska accompanied his father home. Wade was 17 years old. Big Sandy News, Nov 15, 1918

STEPP, Alta
The death of Miss Alta Stepp occurred early Monday morning in Riverview Hospital after a few week’s illness with influenza. She had been assisting as nurse in the hospital for about 6 months and at the time she became ill was employed on the case of Mrs. R.A. Braid who was recently removed to the home of her father, Frank Pigg, in this city. Miss Stepp was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Stepp who live near Inez. They were both here with her during her illness. She was 23 years old. Her body was taken to her home for burial. Big Sandy News, Nov 1, 1918

THOMPSON, Mrs. Joe
Joe Thompson’s wife and baby died in Ashland a few days ago of influenza and were buried in the same grave. They moved from this county to Ashland a few years ago,. Mrs. Thompson was Miss Ida Adams, daughter of Labe Adams of Little Blaine and was an excellent woman. Big Sandy News, Nov 1, 1918

VINSON
A son of Joe Vinson, aged 17, died at his home near Webb, WV, a few days ago from the effects of influenza. Big Sandy News, Nov 8, 1918

WATSON, John
John Watson passed away at this home Thursday Oct 17, 1918, after an illness of only a few days. Pneumonia developed after influenza, cutting off in early manhood one of Ashland’s most substantial citizens. He was just 30 years of age and had been employed for some time as assistant engineer at the rod mill where he was highly regarded. Mr. Watson is survived by his wife, who was before marriage, Miss Thelma Curnutte, his father and mother Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Watson and the following sisters and brothers, Lon Watson, Bainbridge, OH, Mrs. David Thompson and Mrs. Hayden Mays, Columbus, OH, Mary Hermia Station and Morton at home. Millard and Denver are with the colors in France. The remains of Mr. Watson were taken to the home of his parents, W.M. Watson at Fullerton, and were laid to rest Sunday morning. Mrs. Watson has been in poor health for some time and her husband’s death came as a great shock to her. Big Sandy News, Nov 1 1918

WEBB, M. J. (Mun)
The death of M. J. Webb, which occurred at Greenup Tuesday, brings sorrow to many people in Lawrence County. He was a native of this county, having grown up at Webbville. He came to Louisa several years ago when his cousin, Dr. M. G. Watson, engaged in the wholesale grocery business. Afterwards Mr. Webb went to Greenup and established the Union Grocery Company, making quite a success of the business. He was an honest, upright business man, respected by everybody. A wife and 2 children, a boy and girl, survive. Big Sandy News, Nov 15, 1918

WELCH, Ulysses G. Jr.
On Nov 2, 1918, the death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. U. G. Welch of Whitehouse and took from them their son, Ulysses, Jr. aged 18 years 3 months and 4 days. For many days his father, mother, brothers, and sisters stood by his bedside doing everything in their power to stay the hand of death, but the grim monster was too strong. Friends and neighbors gathered around and ready to lend a helping hand, but they too were too week, for Jesus had called him and he had to go. For the past few months his condition had been critical and his death was not unexpected to his family and friends. During his illness he was a kind and patient sufferer. Lyss swill be missed by our Sunday  school, He was always a faithful member. He was converted while in the hospital in Ironton, OH, last summer. He was a bright young man. His death has brought the bitter cup of sorrow to the lips of friends and relatives. The funeral services were held on Monday afternoon at his home by the Rev. H. G. Sowards of Paintsville, and the burial took place at the family burying ground near the Welch home. Lyss is survived by a father, mother, 2 sisters, 3 brothers, all of whom feel the sting of a darkened home. Big Sandy News, Nov 15, 1918

WELLMAN, Mrs. Jane
Mrs. Wellman died Thursday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. N. K. Witten in this city. She had been sick several weeks following a stroke of paralysis. She came to Louisa a few years ago from Blaine. Big Sandy  news, Nov 22, 1918

The body of Mrs. Jane Wellman, widow of Felix Wellman, whose death occurred in Louisa Thursday of last week, was taken to Irish creek, her old home for burial. Funeral services were conducted on Friday. N. K. Witten and family and other relatives of this place attended the burial. Mrs. Wellman’s death was caused by blood poisoning which resulted from stepping on a tack a few days before. Big Sandy News, Nov 29, 1918

WELLMAN, Freelin
The funeral of Mr. Freelin Wellman was held at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Wellman and interment took place at the Williams Cemetery at Normal. Big Sandy News, Nov 8, 1918

WILSON, Mrs. Arbie
After an illness of many weeks Mrs. Arbie Wilson passed peacefully away at her home in this city about nine o’clock Thursday night Oct 24. On Saturday morning at 10 o’clock a brief service of prayer and song was held at the residence by Rev. J.T. Pope and interment followed in the Fulkerson Cemetery. The funeral is to be preached at a later date. Mrs. Wilson’s health began to fail more than a year ago. She underwent a surgical operation hoping to be restored, but for quite a while it has been known by her physicians and family that she was hopelessly ill. She also suffered a mild attack of influenza. Her death came as a sad blow to  her young husband and 3 little sons and also brings deep sorrow to her many relatives and friends. She was a home loving woman and was very devoted to  her family. She was a faithful member of the Baptist Church. Mrs. Wilson was a  daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Felix See, of Lick Creek, and has lived in Louisa since her marriage a few years ago, Big Sandy News, Nov 1, 1918

WRITTENBURY, Eunice
Donithon—Monday evening, Nov 18th, Eunice, the 3 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. Writtenbury was laid to rest beside the little sister whom her parent brought here for interment only a few short months ago. Little Eunice died of pneumonia following influenza, Nov 16 at her home in Logan County. Her parents brought the little one to the Hardwick burial grounds for interment. Big Sandy News, Nov 22, 1918

YORK
Walbridge—The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles York die and was buried in the See Cemetery Wednesday afternoon. Big Sandy News, Nov 22, 1918

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DECEMBER

BOGGS, Osha
Selma, OH—It was sad news for the friends and kindred of Osha Boggs and wife who died the same day within 5 hours of each other, and left 4 little children the oldest one 5 years old and the youngest 5 weeks. Osha was the youngest son of Elija Boggs, deceased and Artie Boggs, formerly of Martha, Lawrence County, but now of West Jefferson, OH. Big Sandy News, Dec 20, 1918

BOGGS, Wickliff
Selma, OH—The same sad news to the relatives and friends of Wickliff Boggs son in law and daughter, Carrie, one died and the other followed next day, the flu being the deadly cause and lots of others. Big Sandy News, Dec 20, 1918

CASSADY, Glen
Inez—the sad news reached us last wee of the death of Glen Cassady who was killed in action in France on Oct 17. While we sorrow over his death we realize that the did not die in vain, and we honor the memory of Glen who gave his life that others might live. Big Sandy News, Dec 6, 1918

CASTLE, Hebert
Hebert Castle, son of Lafe Castle, Lowmansville, died of lobar pneumonia Oct 4. Big Sandy News, Dec 13, 1918

CRAFT, Mrs. W. B.
Mrs. W. B. Craft died at Meta, this county, of influenza. Her husband died about 9 days before her death. Five children survive. Se was Miss Birdie Ford of John’s Creek and an estimable woman. Big Sandy News, Dec 6, 1918

CRUM, William M. Jr.
Sergeant William M. Crum, Jr., of Crum, Wayne County, was killed in action in France Oct 5. He was 25 years old and was born in Wayne County. He enlisted 4 years ago in the marines and served in the Hawaiian Islands. When his time had expired he reenlisted and was sent to Waco, TX for training. He sailed for France last June. The soldier is survived by his foster parents, Mr. and Mrs. William M. Crum of Crum; 2 foster brothers, John and Albert Crum, at home; 2 foster sisters, Mrs. Nina Preston of Quaker and Miss Maude Crum. Big Sandy News, Dec 6, 1918

FRIDDLE, Bessie (Tillman)
Mr. L. E. Tillman was called to Columbus on account of the death of his daughter, Mrs. Walter Friddle, formerly Miss Bessie Tillmann. She leaves a husband, father, mother and friends to mourn her death. Big Sandy News, Dec 6,1918

GEORGE, Tishie (Conley)
Ulysses—We are sorry to report the death of another flu victim, Mrs. M. George, about 34 years and the second wife of Elias George and daughter of Mr. Dan Conley of Johnson County. Tishie, as she was called was a good woman, a good wife, mother, step mother and neighbor, She will be sadly  missed in her home and in the locality where she lived. She has been a faithful member of the Regular Baptist Church since early girlhood and died in the triumph of a living faith. She is survived by her husband, 2 small children, several grown step children, her mother and 4 brothers, all of whom have our sympathy. Big Sandy News, Dec 13, 1918

HOLBROOK, Hige
One of upper Blaine’s good citizens, Mr. Hige Holbrook, died last Saturday after a long illness of stomach trouble. Big Sandy News, Dec 20, 1918

HUGHES
A daughter of Oscar Hughes of Lick Creek died yesterday of tuberculosis. She was about 18 years old. Big Sandy News, Dec 27, 1918

JOHNSON
The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. John Johnson, who was seriously burned several days ago died Friday morning. The remains were taken to Cherokee Saturday for interment. Big Sandy News, Dec 27, 1918

KITCHEN, Clarence
Blaine—Death visited the home of James Kitchen Saturday morning and took from them their  little son, Clarence. He was a bright boy and liked by all who knew him. Big Sandy News, Dec 6, 1918

KITCHEN, Levi
Webbville—Very sorry to hear of Uncle Levi Kitchen’s death. Big Sandy News, Dec 27,1918

LACKEY, Mrs. John G.
The following is from the Home Weekly, published at Xenia, OH. On Nov 12, 1918, Mrs. Helen Antonetti Schaeffer Lackey succumbed to an attack of pneumonia at her home at East Liverpool, OH. She was laid to rest in the Riverside cemetery at that place and was given a full military funeral service—the beautiful notes of taps were played and a volley fired as the casket was being lowered into the boom of the earth. American flags and a large number of floral designs, tokens of highest esteem in which she was held by her large circle of friends, covered the casket as it was lowered. Deceased was born Nov 7, 1880. She was admitted to the O.S. ? S.O. Home in 1885 and graduated with honors in 1896. In 1903 she was married to John G. Lackey, a Spanish American veteran who served 2 years in the Philippines, She leaves her husband, one sister and one brother. Her father, who served in the 1st Missouri Cavalry, 1861-1865 died a number of years ago. Mrs. Lackey was one of East Liverpool’s foremost influential women. A recognized leader in all patriotic movements, she was active in war community work in her home town up until a few days preceding her death, being identified with the veterans of foreign ward and the Red Cross. She was author of a beautiful class song the year of her graduation. Big Sandy News, Dec 13, 1918

LOAR, Mrs. Oliver
Mrs. Oliver Loar died a few days ago at her home near Hewlett, WV. Her health had been failing several years. Her last illness of 5 weeks was caused by influenza. She was about 70 years old. She was Miss Fannie Hager of Hager Hill, Johnson County. D. Mart Hager of Paintsville is a brother. Mrs. Loar was an excellent woman and will be much missed in the community in which she had lived for years. She is survived by her husband and one son, Edgar. Funeral services were held at the home and interment was made in the family burying ground. Big Sandy News, Dec 13, 1918

MARCUM, William
William Marcum, 25m of Carpenter OH was killed in a coal mine at Sesser, IL. He was crushed between 2 cars and instantly killed, He had returned recently from army  service and had been at work in the mine about 10 days. He lived in Louisa a few years ago. Big Sandy News, Dec 20, 1918

MCCLURE, Isabel
Little Isabel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl C. McClure died at Ft. Gay last Friday night of membranous croup, after an illness of 10 days. She was 18 months old. The funeral took place Sunday afternoon at the residence of Mr. James C. Adams in Louisa and the interment was made in Pine Hill Cemetery. Rev. A.C. Bostwick of the M. E. Church, conducted the services and preached the funeral. A prayer was offered by Rev. H.O. Chambers. The child was one of the bright and pretty twins of this family. The other has ben quite sick also.. Big Sandy News, Dec 13, 1918

MEAD
The death angel has and is calling many to eternity, and one among them my dear husband, who answered the call Nov 8, 1918, age 36, He died in living faith of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church at this place. Was buried in the Anderson Borders family graveyard. We hope to meet him in the land of never ending eternity Christians, pray for me and 3 orphan children that are left, that we all may meet in heaven.. Mrs. Collista Mead Big Sandy News, Dec 6, 1918

MESSER, Nancy
Mrs. Nancy Messer was born in Carle County, East Virginia, Nov 5, 1851 and departed this life on Nov 10, 1918, aged 67 years and 5 days. She left the home of her daughter, Mrs. Nancy Harman of Cadmus, KY in the month of August to visit her relatives in Wayne County, WV and her daughter, Mrs. Manda McGuire at Rose Siding, WV. While at Rose Siding she took the Spanish influenza and sent for her 2 daughters, Mrs. Harman and Mrs. Goins who went to her bedside at once. Her dear daughters and dear friends and noble hearted physician did all for her that they could do, but could not stay the fierce hand of death. She joined the church in the year 1908 and was converted the same year and lived a most consecrated life. She lived in four counties in East Virginia, 2 counties in West Virginia and 3 in Kentucky and had a large circle of friends that loved her. She was called by many of her friends as well as her children “Ma Messer: Big Sandy News, Dec 27, 1918

MOORE, Harvey
Harvey Moore died last Saturday morning at 10 o’clock at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Moore who live on Two Mile below Louisa.. He had been sick only a few days with influenza. On Sunday at 1 o’clock a short service was held at the residence conducted by  Rev. Luke Alley  and burial took place near the home. He was 23 years old and his death is the second in the family of 14 children. His parents and 5 other members of the family are suffering with influenza. Harvey Moore was among the young men called to Camp Taylor last summer but remained there only a short time being discharged on account of a physical disability. Big Sandy news, Dec 6, 1918

MOORE, John
The funeral and burial of John Moore, aged 72, a veteran of the confederacy, was held here. Mr. Moore who was a member of a prominent Virginia family, several members of whom moved to Wayne County after the close of the war, had resided in West Huntington some time prior to his death. He is survived by his widow, and a son and daughter. Big Sandy News, Dec 20, 1918

PENNINGTON, Dave
Dave Pennington of Ratcliff, killed in action in October. Big Sandy News, Dec 13, 1918

PINSON, Fred
Fred Pinson, a prominent and popular young man of Pikeville, died last Friday night at Camp Taylor of meningitis which followed an attack of influenza. The body reached Pikeville Sunday evening, accompanied by his wife, who was Miss Nannie Fannin of Paintsville and her mother Mrs. B.B. Fannin, a brother, James Pinson and uncle, Tom Scott of Winchester. He was a man of the highest type of character and his passing away in early manhood is much regretted. Funeral services were conducted on Monday and were attended by a large number of sorrowing relatives and friends. Big Sandy News, Dec 13, 1918

RATCLIFF, John Hobbs
The body of John Hobbs Ratcliff, aged 22, whose death occurred at Camp Wadsworth, SC from pneumonia, was taken to his home at Hellier Saturday and burial took place Monday. He went to Camp Taylor last February remaining there 6 weeks and was transferred to Wadsworth. He was sick several months and underwent 2 operations. He leaves a family, G. C. Ratcliff is a brother. Big Sandy News, Dec 6, 1918

RAY, Thomas
Thomas Ray, 32, while enroute to Huntington from his home at East Lynn, WV died on the train while it was at Wayne. He was stricken with influenza a few weeks ago. His wife and 2 children died a few days before. Four children survive. Big Sandy News. Dec 13, 1918

ROBINSON, Curtis
Curtis Robinson, 17, and Lee Dollarhide, 19 both of Van Lear, were struck by a freight train last Friday about a mile east of Van Lear Junction. Robinson was killed instantly and Dollarhide was injured. Both had been employed in the mines. They were asleep on the track when struck. The next day Dollarhide confessed to the authorities at Paintsville that they had robbed the East Point post office the night before. A number of robberies have been reported in that section within the past few months. Dollarhide will be turned over to the Federal authorities and taken to Catlettsburg for trial. Big Sandy News, Dec 20, 1918

ROBINSON, Joseph
Joseph Robinson died of double pneumonia Nov 13, brother of Richard Robinson of Zelda. Big Sandy News, Dec 13, 1918

SCARBERRY, Ellen
Mrs. Ellen Scarberry aged 69 years died at the home of her grandson, Garfield Scarberry, in Ashland. The body was taken to Kise Station Saturday for burial at the old home near there. Big Sandy News, Dec 6, 1918

STEPHENS, James
East Point—James Stephens died a short time ago. He was the victim of tuberculosis and had just returned from a trip to the southwest where he went in the hopes of recovering. He leaves a wife and 7 children, 2 sons being in France. His wife is a daughter of the late H. J. Auxier. Big Sandy News, Dec 20, 1918

SWETNAM
Hazel, a granddaughter of Dr. John W. Swetnam, formerly of Georges Creek, died of influenza in a hospital in Cincinnati. Her body was taken to Georges Creek and buried last Thursday. Her husband and 2 children, one an infant only a few days old survive. Big Sandy News, Dec 13, 1918

SWIMME, Lawrence
Lawrence Swimme, son of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Swimme, died in Catlettsburg. He was 12 years old. Pneumonia caused his death. The body was sent to Kise for burial. Big Sandy News, Dec 20, 1918

THOMPSON, Green
Green Thompson aged 72, died Wednesday at the county infirmary after a few days illness. Big Sandy News, Dec 13, 1918

VAUGHAN, Margaret Ann (Hutchinson)
Another death from influenza which brings genuine sorrow to many friends was that of Mrs. W. J. Vaughan, which occurred at her home near Louisa last Monday night. Pneumonia developed after a few days illness. The news of her death came as a shock, as but few knew she was ill. She was a woman devoted to her family and home and their loss is indeed a great one. In the home are 6 children, ages ranging from a baby a few months old to a grown man. To each of these and her husband and his mother, who had been blind several years and makes her home with them, the loss is irreparable. Mrs. Vaughan was Miss Margaret Ann Hutchison of Fallsburg, age 43, a daughter of Vint Hutchison deceased. She was a model young woman and an excellent teacher in the county schools before her marriage. From childhood she was a devout Christian and her life was an inspiration to all with whom she came in contact. She was a member of the M. E. Church South. Besides her immediate family she is survived by 2 brothers, L. N. Hutchison of Fallsburg and Fred Hutchison of Williamson, WV, 2 sisters, Mrs. G. W. Norris and Miss Eliza Hutchison of Fallsburg. The oldest son, Willie, was called home from school at Georgetown, KY by his mother’s illness and he was the only member of the family able to attend the funeral and burial. The bereaved husband is the well known Sunday school Field Worker, whose work for several years has taken him into almost every county in Kentucky. He is quite ill. Wednesday morning the funeral was held at the residence. Rev. H. B. Hewlett preached the funeral and Rev. J. T. Pope assisted with the services. Interment was made in the family burial ground. Big Sandy News, Dec 20, 1918

VINSON, Mabel Burton
Little Mabel Burton Vinson passed away last Saturday night at 9 o’clock at the home of her uncle, W. E. Queen, in this city. She had been sick a short time with membranous croup. Her death brings sorrow to many friends. She was an attractive child. She was nearly 6 years old and was a bright member and regular attendant of the Sunday school of the M. E. Church, South, where she was always ready to take part in the services when called upon. She was the only child of Wayne and Maude Burton Vinson. Funeral services were held at the residence on Monday morning, conducted by  Rev. H.O. Chambers. Interment took place in the Burton burying ground on Lick Creek. Big Sandy News, Dec 6, 1918

WALTERS, Mrs. Roscoe F.
Mrs. Roscoe F. Walters died in Washington city Wednesday of pneumonia, leaving a husband and 3 small children. The body will be brought to Catlettsburg where the burial will take place Friday at 2 o’clock. Mrs. Walters was a Miss Callahan of Louisiana. Mr. Walters met and married her in Catlettsburg. She was a most excellent woman and her death is deeply deplored. The husband is a son of M. M. Walter of Blaine, one of the very best citizens of our county. Also, he is a brother of Luther M. Walter and of Mrs. D. J. Thompson of Webbville. Big Sandy news, Dec 20, 1918

WELLMAN, Mrs. Dennis
Blaine—The death angel visited the home of Dennis Wellman last Sunday afternoon and took from him his loving wife. Big Sandy News, Dec 6, 1918

WILLIAMSON, John
A telegram was received at Louisa a few days ago from the War Department announcing the death of John Williamson in France. He was killed in battle on the 18th of October. The telegram was addressed to his brother, Sol Williamson, R.D. 2, Louisa. We have been unable to learn whose son he was, but it seems that his home was in the upper or Eastern part of the county near the Martin County line. The name of the brother was the one given to the army by the soldier as nearest kin, which indicates that his parents are dead. Big Sandy News, Dec 6,1918

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