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AILIFF, Lewis T.
Lewis Thomas Ailiff, 60, section foreman for the Norfolk & Western railway at Fort Gay, died at his home in Fort Gay at noon Saturday after an illness of about a month. Mr. Ailiff had resided in Fort Gay the last 15 years, moving there from Sidney, WV. He had been employed by the Norfolk & Western railway as section foreman for 42 years. He had been a member of the Baptist Church for 40 years and a member of the Vinson Masonic Lodge of Fort Gay and the Knights of Pythias Lodge of Fort Gay. Funeral services were conducted Monday at 11 in the Fort Gay Baptist Church and interment was made in the Smith family cemetery near Dunlow, WV under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Members of the Vinson Masonic Lodge of Fort Gay conducted their ritual at the services. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Sadie Smith Ailiff; 4 daughters, Mrs. William Pauley and Mrs. Lafe Hall of Saltpetre, WV, Mrs. Talmadge Wells of Ona, WV and Miss Hazel Ailiff of Fort Gay, 4 sons, Troy and Walter Ailiff of Sidney, WV and Howard and Jay Ailiff of Fort Gay; 2 sisters, Mrs. W. J. Pierce and Miss Laura Ailiff of Kenova, WV and a brother, Henry Ailiff of Fort Gay. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 13, 1939

AUXIER, Sam Dock
Sam Dock Auxier, 23, of Louisa, route 1, died early Wednesday morning in a Louisa hospital. He had been in failing health for 3 years but became seriously ill only 3 weeks ago. He is a son of William R. Auxier, of Louisa, route 1 and the late Mrs. Bergie Miller Auxier. Mr. Auxier first became ill about 3 years ago while serving in a CCC camp at Basin, WY. For 4 months he was a patient in a hospital at Denver, CO. He was discharged from the CCC 2 years ago. Funeral was conducted from the home of Charley Allen in Louisa Thursday afternoon at 1 with the Rev. J. C. Hager and the Rev. C. F. Froderman officiating, and interment was made in the Miller Cemetery near Torchlight. He is survived by his father, William R. Auxier and one brother, Clarence R. Auxier of Van Sant, VA. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 6, 1939

BRYANT, Mary
Mrs. Mary Bryant, 82, wife of Andy Bryant, of Cordell, died Friday of last week. Funeral and interment was took place Sunday. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 6, 1939

CARTER, G. B.
1864-1938
Funeral rites for G. B. "Bert" Carter, 74, who died at his home here Thursday of last week were conducted Saturday afternoon in the M. E. Church South. A large crowd attended the service. Pastors of Louisa' four churches, Rev. S. W. Funk, Rev. Roud Shaw, Rev. Carl Froderman and Rev. J. C. Hager conducted the rites. Members of the Men's Bible Class of the M. E. Church, South, of which the deceased had been a faithful member, served as pall bearers. Active pall bearers were R. C. Burton, C. O. McDougle, W. F. Queen, Fred Springer, Dewey Isaac, and W. T. Woods. Honorary pall bearers were Dr. A. W. Bromley, C. P. Osborn, H. R. Muncy, John G. Burns, James B. Kinstler, H.L. Webb, J.L. Moore, C. T. Stewart, L. d. Harrison, R. B. Spencer and B. J. Calloway. Interment was made in Pine Hill Cemetery under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. He was a Mason and a member of the M. E. Church South. Mr. Carter retired 3 years ago after serving for 14 years as manager of the Glogora Coal Company's store at Glo, Floyd County, and moved here to reside. He had been in failing health for a long time but became ill only the evening before he died. Death was attributed to a heart attack. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ruby Holt Carter, a son, Clyde Carter, Maytown, KY, a daughter, Mrs. Carl Martin, Paintsville, KY, a brother, A. O. Carter, Louisa and his stepmother, Mrs. Hester Carter, also of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Jan 6, 1939

COLLIER, Hewey
Hewey Collier, 48, of Fallen Timer, Miller's Run, OH, died Monday at Portsmouth General hospital. Death was attributed to hemorrhages. Mr. Collier has been ill a week. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Landa Collier; 2 sons, Preston and Leslie at home; 2  brothers, Thurman of Sciotoville, route 2 and Dewey Collier of Indianapolis, and a sister, Mrs. Lilly Kelley of Keaton, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 6, 1939

CORDLE, Winfred
1855-1940
Winfred Cordle 83, prominent farmer of Cordell, died at his home there Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. Mr. Cordle was born near Blaine Jul 31, 1855, but had resided the past 40 years at Cordell where he operated a large farm. He had been a member of the United Baptist church for more than 30 years. Funeral rites were conducted from the home at Cordell Thursday afternoon at 2 and interment was made in the Cordle family cemetery. His wife, Mrs. Mary J. Adams Cordle, died in 1933. He is survived by 5 daughters, Miss Ella Cordle, Mrs. Charles Curnutte and Mrs. M. M. Baker all of Cordell; Mrs. J. H. Adams and Mrs. W. H. Cordle, of Ashland and 6 sons, Willie Cordle, of Blaine, Russell, Sam and Lock Cordle of Ashland, Maynard Cordle and Monroe Cordle of Davisville, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 13, 1939

DEBOARD, Golda Marie
Golda Marie DeBoard, small daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Borders DeBoard of Lowmansville, died Sunday at the home. Funeral was conducted Monday at the home with Rev. Howard H. George and Rev. Scott M. Griffith officiating and interment was made in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 27, 1939

FERGUSON, Sarah Elizabeth Jarrel)
1861-1939
Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Ferguson, died at her home in Genoa, WV Thursday morning of last week after an illness of double pneumonia. She was the widow of William Ferguson. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. W. T. Hardwick of Genoa and several half sisters. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 13, 1939

Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Ferguson was born Dec 2, 1861 and died Jan 5, 1939 at her home at Genoa, WV. She was the daughter of Samuel and Rhoda Jarrel and was married to William M. Ferguson May 18, 1880. Mr. Ferguson preceded her in death about 2 and 1/2 years ago. Two children were born to this union, Mrs. Bertha Lebold, who died 7 years ago and Mrs. Rhoda Hardwick of Genoa. In addition to the daughter, she is survived by a sister, Mrs. John W. Messinger of Sheridan, WV. Funeral services were conducted at the residence last Saturday with burial in a Genoa cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 20, 1939

FRANCE, Columbus
Columbus France, 42, farmer of the Meades Branch section, died in Louisa hospital early Thursday morning of a fractured skull and brain concussion sustained Tuesday when hit by a falling tree while cutting timber. The accident occurred o the Bill Burgess farm on the left fork of Little Blaine  where Mr. France was engaged in cutting timber for Bill Workman. The tree which Mr. France was falling split, kicked back and hit him on the head causing a fracture at the base of the skull. He was rushed to a hospital here, but succumbed about 2 Thursday morning. He was a son of the late Andrew and Hester Thompson France. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Virginia Austin France, 2 sisters, Mrs. Owen Steiner of Louisa, route 1, and Mrs. Dave Travis, of Beaver, OH and 3 brothers, Roosevelt France, Louisa, route 1, Tom France, Bridgeport, CT and Russell France, Seattle, WA. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 27, 1939

KIDD, Jackie Gordon
Jackie Gordon Kidd, 6 weeks old son of Mr. and Mrs. Hughie Kidd of Blaine, died last Sunday morning after a 2 day illness of pneumonia. Funeral was conducted Monday afternoon from the home and interment was made in the Gambill Cemetery at Blaine. Surviving are the parents, 4 sisters, 3 brothers, and a grandmother, Mrs. Jane McKinnon of Blaine. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 6, 1939

MAYNARD, David
David Maynard, 16, of the Rockcastle section, died in a Louisa hospital Sunday afternoon of injuries sustained 2 months ago while hauling logs on the farm of his father, Milton Maynard. The youth suffered a crushed leg when a log rolled over him. Funeral was conducted Monday afternoon at the Patrick cemetery where interment was made. He is survived by his parents, a brother and 4 sisters, all at home. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 6, 1939

MILLER, Mrs. Fred
Mrs. Fred Miller, 33, of Rawl, WV, died Jan 10 in a Williamson hospital after an illness of a year of a heart ailment. In addition to the husband, she is survived by her mother, Mrs. Lafe Herald of Crum, WV and the following children: Christine, Lillian, Irene, Lennie, Patsy, Loretta and Beulah Miller and several brothers and sisters. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 20, 1939

NEACE, Robert
Robert Neace, 86, of Louisa, route 1, died Saturday evening at his home on Shannon Branch, 11 miles south of Louisa after an illness of 2 weeks. He was born in this county, a son of Sam and Kate Fraley Neace. Funeral was conducted Monday at the home and interment made in the Neace family cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Della Neace, 2 daughters, Misses Betty and Gypsy Neace, at home; one son, Sam Neace of Logan, WV and 2 brothers, William and Blessing Neace, both of Coalton, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 20, 1939

NOLAN, Lige Eugene
Lige Eugene Nolan, 3 year old son of Hubert Carl and Louise Damron Nolan, died Monday morning at the Nolan home near Busseyville after an illness of 10 hours of pneumonia. Funeral was conducted Tuesday from the Dry Ridge church and interment was made in the Moore Cemetery. Surviving are the parents, 2 sisters and 2 brothers. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 6, 1939

REININGER, William
1872-1939
William Reininger, 67, well known citizen of Fallsburg, died at his home there Monday evening at 8:30. Mr. Reininger had been in failing health for the past few years and had been seriously ill for 3 months. Funeral rites were conducted Thursday morning from the home with the Rev. Dave Hewlett officiating and interment was made in the Moore-Webb Cemetery. Pall bearers were: Active: Curtis Cochran, Grover Bradley, Kelly Collins, Oscar Diamond, Guy Dilley and Ted Savage. Honorary: Hosa Cochran, Bill Prince, Luke Hutchinson, Fred Stewart, Purl Frasher, Bill Miller, Fred Perry, Bill Maddy, A. O. Carter, B. Dixon, W. S. Boggs, Jess Jordan, B. J. Calloway, Charley Carter, William Armburgy and Ben Cochran. Mr. Reininger was born in Pennsylvania Apr 17, 1872, a son of George and Mary Ake Reininger. He came to Lawrence County in 1913 and had resided at Fallsburg since except for a brief residence in Cleveland, OH. Form many years he served as field manager for the Ophir Oil Company in the Fallsburg field but retired a few years ago. A veteran of the Spanish-American War, he was a member of the Spanish-American War Veterans and also was a member of the Friends Church. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Nevada Moore Reininger, a sister, Miss Mary Reininger, Johnstown, PA and a brother, Frank Reininger, Buffalo, NY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 20, 1939

SCOTT, Earl
Sheriff Earl Scott, 44, of Pike County, was killed instantly last Saturday afternoon in a car wreck on the Huntington-Logan Road and his widow, Mrs. Susie Scott, 42, was sworn in the same day as sheriff to take his place. Scott died of a crushed skull and chest and broken neck. J. A. Runyon, county attorney of Pike County, who was, riding with the sheriff, suffered cuts and bruises. The accident occurred when the Pike officers were returning from Logan, WV with 2 prisoners. Scott and Runyon were driving behind a car in which West Virginia state police were taking the 2 prisoners, Bascom Boon and Guy Hartin, to Huntington for extradition to Kentucky. The accident was caused when a West Virginia state highway truck passed the sedan driven by the sheriff and hit the bumper, causing the sedan to swerve. The sheriff's car turned over several times and landed in a ditch at the side of the road. The sheriff was thrown clear of the sedan and the vehicle rolled on top of him. Guy Boles, of Milton, WV, driver of the truck, was arrested and charged with manslaughter. He later furnished bond. The two prisoners had been apprehended in Logan County, WV and identified as the armed bandits who robbed Louisa Azarck's beer parlor on the Kentucky side of Tug River opposite Williamson, WV New Year's Eve of $20. Scott was elected sheriff last fall and previously had served as county court clerk in Pike County. His widow will serve as sheriff until another is elected next November. She was appointed sheriff by County Judge Ester Hopkins soon after the fatal accident. Besides his wife, Scott is survived by a son, Thaddus Scott of Pikeville and a daughter of Olive Hill. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 13, 1939

SNYDER, Alva T. (Burgess)
1867-1939
Mrs. Augustus Snyder, 78, beloved member of a pioneer Lawrence County family died early Saturday morning in St. Mary's hospital in Huntington where she had been a patient for 15 days. She had been seriously ill for 5 weeks. Mrs. Snyder was born 10 miles south of Louisa, Jan 1, 1867, a daughter of the Cornelius H. and Julia McClure Burgess, pioneer citizens of the county. She removed to Louisa with her family early in life and had resided here since. She was married to Augustus Snyder Jan 15, 1885, and had she lived a day longer, they would have been married 54 years. During her long residence here she took an active part in the religious and cultural life of the town. She had been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, since 1883, and had been active in the Woman's Missionary Society of the church for 60 years. She served as teacher of the Woman's Bible Class of the church for more than 20 years, retiring about 2 years ago because of failing health. Impressive funeral rites were conducted from the home on Lady Washington Street here Monday afternoon. A large assemblage, including scores of out of town people, attended the service. Bishop U.V.W. Darlington, of Huntington delivered the funeral sermon. Rev. Sherwood W. Funk, pastor of the local church, gave the scripture reading, and Rev. Roud Shaw, pastor of the Louisa Christian Church, read the hymn. Interment was made in Pine Hill Cemetery here under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Pall bearers were active: C. O. McDougle, Dr. T. D. Burgess, L. A. Garred, S. J. Justice, George Gunnell and Robert Dixon, honorary, John G. Burns, Dr. L. S. Hayes, L. L McClure, George Garred, D. J. Burchett, Hiram Bloss, Frank H. Yates, R. A. Bickel, Rice McClure, H. G. Wellman, W. F. Queen, Dr. R. C. Moore, Dr. J. W. McNabb, George Calvin, John A. Waldeck, Dr. H. H. Sparks and F. R. McClure. She is survived by her husband, Augustus Snyder for many years a Louisa business man and former Mayor of Louisa; 3 daughters, Mrs. Jack L. Richmond, Huntington, WV, Mrs. H. P. T. Vanhoose, and Mrs. J. J. Jordan, both of Louisa, one son, A. H. Snyder of Louisa, 2 sisters Mrs. A. M. Hughes of Louisa and Mrs. M. F Conley of Plainfield, NJ, one brother, George R. Burgess of Louisa and 2 grandsons, George B. Richmond of  Huntington and Augustus Snyder, III of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 20, 1939

STITH, Virginia (Hatten)
Mrs. Virginia Hatten Sitth, 19, wife of Elbert Stith of Portsmouth and a native of Prichard, WV, died Sunday in a Portsmouth hospital after a 6 days illness of pneumonia. Mrs. Stith was born at Prichard, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hatten, who survive. Also surviving are her husband, and 2 children, Roger Gale, 3, and Alvetta Marie, 1; 3 sisters, Mrs. Regina Staley, Mrs. Sadie Lykins and Miss Letha Hatten, all of the Prichard section. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 20, 1939

WHEELER, John H.
1874-1939
John H. Wheeler, 64, native of the Blaine section, died at his home in Ashland on Thursday of last week of a cerebral hemorrhage. Mr. Wheeler was born at Blaine in this county, July 28, 1874, a son of Mr. and Mrs. William Wheeler. He has resided in Ashland the past 34 years and was a retired sheet mill worker. He was a member of the Junior Order of United American Mechanics. Funeral was conducted Saturday from the United Baptist Church in Ashland, with Rev. Alfred Chandler officiating, and interment was made in the Ashland Cemetery. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Amie Wheeler, 6 sons, Ray Wheeler of Charleston, WV, Arlie, Orol, James, Carl, and Marvin Wheeler, all of Ashland, 2 daughters, Mrs. Clyde Fields of Holden, WV, and Myra Wheeler of Ashland; 8 brothers, Andy Wheeler, of Oklahoma City, OK and Lindsey, Leo, and Chester all of Blaine, Otta Wheeler of Fullerton, KY, and Arbie, Roscoe and Charles, all of Ashland, one sister, Mrs. Ollie Daniels of Davisville, KY; his mother, Mrs. Rachel Wheeler, of Blaine, 3 grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 20, 1939

WHEELER, Willie (Cyrus)
In loving remembrance of Willie Wheeler, wife of C. C. Wheeler, of Blaine, KY, who departed this life Jan 12, 1939 at 10:25 a.m. Died at the age of 58 years 2 months and 8 days. She was the daughter of J. M. Cyrus of Louisa, KY and Tilda Taylor Cyrus deceased. She was a member of the Christian Church being a member for several years and lived a devoted Christian life. She endured her suffering with the patience and rejoicing in the Lord. She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband, 4 boys and 3 girls: C. W, Jim and Columbus, Junior of Blaine, KY and Joe Wheeler of Ashland, Hazel and Nola Mae Wheeler at home and Mrs. Walter Thompson of Ironton, OH, and 15 grandchildren. She is also survived by her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Cyrus of Louisa. Four brothers and 3 sisters, R. T. of Louisa, Shelby of Piketon, OH, John Milton, Prestonsburg, Jesse of Pikeville, Mrs. George Patrick of Pickerton, OH, Mrs. Homer Hefner and Mrs. Stafford Sowards of Pikeville; 2 uncles and 2 aunts also survive--Joe Cyrus of Louisa, Lee Cyrus of Columbus, OH, Mrs. Molly Cordle of Cordell, KY, Mrs. Dollie Salyer of Columbus, OH. She was preceded in death by 2 brothers, R. C. "Richard"  and Jim Cyrus and one sister, Georgia Cyrus. Two infant children also preceded her in death. She was laid to rest in the Wheeler Cemetery near Blaine. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 20, 1939

WILEY, Edward Seymore
Edward Seymore Wiley, 58, a native of Wayne County, WV, died on Wednesday of last week at his home in Catlettsburg. Funeral was conducted Saturday at the Baptist Church in Hampton City, with Rev. W. B. Curnutte of Louisa, officiating. He was a son of Moses and Sarah Riggs Wiley, of Wayne county, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 20, 1940

WILLIAMSON Wheeler
Wheeler Williamson, 27, of Wilsondale, Wayne County, WV died Sunday night in a Huntington Hospital, as a result of a fractured skull received in a fall over a 30 foot precipice. Young Williamson with his brother, Robert, was swinging on the limb of a sapling overhanging the cliff. The limb broke, plunging him to death. Dr. F. X. Schuller, Cabell County coroner, said that the death was accidental. Funeral was held at the home of a sister, Mrs. Ona Maynard, of Wilsondale, with the Rev. A. J. Perry, pastor of the United Baptist Church, officiating. Burial was in the Tom Maynard Cemetery near the home. Surviving are another brother, Henderson Williamson, of Dunlow, Wayne County and 2 other sisters, Mrs. Ella Tomlin of Dunlow and Mrs. Ottie Smith of Amonetta, VA. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 6, 1939

WRIGHT, Frank E.
Word was received here this week of the death last Sunday of Frank E. Wright, a former resident of Louisa. Mr. Wright died Sunday at his home in Reno, OH, after a heart attack. He was 69 years old. Mr. Wright resided in Louisa during the development of the Blaine oil field and worked for the Cumberland Pike Line Company. In 1922 he moved to Oil Springs and later to Ohio. Harry B. Wright, of Paintsville, is a son and Harry Wright of Coal Run, OH is a brother. The latter also formerly lived in Louisa. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 6, 1939

YOUNG, Mrs. Herman
Mrs. Herman Young, 20, of Ulysses died on Thursday of last week in a Paintsville hospital. Funeral rites were held Saturday at the home at Ulysses. Besides her husband, she is survived by 2 small children. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 13, 1939

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ABLE, Arminta (Dixon)
Mrs. Arminta Dixon Able, 72, former resident of this county and sister of Robert Dixon of Louisa died Feb 17 at her home, 341 E. Ravenwood Street, Youngstown, OH. She had suffered a stroke 5 days earlier. Funeral was conducted from the home Monday and interment made in the Youngstown cemetery. Mrs. Able was born in Paintsville, a daughter of the late Martin and Ruth Porter Dixon. Early in life she moved with her family to Charley, this county and resided there a number of years. She was married to John Able, of Cincinnati, who came to this county and taught school at Georges Creek for a few years. Later they moved to Catlettsburg and then to Youngstown where Mr. Able was a building contractor. Mr. Able survives. Mrs. Able was a member of the Christian Church. Because of illness, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dixon were unable to attend the funeral. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 24, 1939

ADAMS, Lula (Hall)
Mrs. R. D. Adams, of Lubbock, TX, who formerly was Miss Lula Hall, of near Louisa, died Jan 28 in a hospital in Lubbock, TX of pneumonia. She leaves a husband, R. D. Adams and a son, Garland Adams and a daughter, Mrs. Sam Roper, Mrs. Adams had relatives and friends here who will be sorry to hear of her death. She was 57 years old. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 24, 1939

BURTON, Flora (Davis)
1888-1939
Mrs. P. A. Burton of Chandlersville, died Jan 2, following an illness of several months. Besides her husband, she is survived by 2 children, Miss Clara Burton at home and Glenn D. Burton of Paintsville; her aged parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Davis of Chandlersville; 2 sisters, Miss Colista Jane Davis of Chandlersville and Mrs. Amanda Ellen Davis of East Paintsville, one brother, E. W. Davis of Erwin, OH and a host of other relatives and friends throughout the county. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 3, 1939

CRUM, Harvey
Williamson, WV--Harvey Crum, coal loader for the Leckie Collieries Company at Aflax, KY, was instantly killed last Thursday when caught under a slate fall.  He had been employed at the mine for 2 years. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 17, 1939

CRUM, L. B.
1873-1939
L. B. Crum, Sr., 65, merchant of Glenhayes, WV, died early last Friday in a Louisa hospital where he had been a patient for 28 days. He had been ill for 5 weeks of a heart ailment and complications. Mr. Crum was born at Saltpetre, WV, Aug 25, 1873, a son of Adam and Nancy Damron Crum, pioneer citizens of Wayne County. He had been at Saltpetre and Glenhayes all of his life except for 13 yeas residence in Oklahoma. He had been a ????? for 40 years and had conducted a general merchandise store at Glenhayes for the past 22 yeas. His wife, Mrs. Nannie Atkins Crum, who survives is postmaster at Glenhayes. Mr. Crum also owned and operated a large farm near Glenhayes. He was a member of the IOOF Lodge of Dunlow, WV, of the Vinson Masonic Lodge of Fort Gay, WV and was a 32nd degree Mason of Wheeling, WV. Funeral services were conduced at the Lynch Chapel at Saltpetre, WV Sunday afternoon with the Rev. J. C. Hager, pastor of the Louisa Baptist Church, officiating. The Vinson Masonic Lodge of Fort Gay, of which the deceased was a member conducted ritualistic services and interment was made in the Wellman Cemetery at Saltpetre. Besides his wife, he is survived by 2 sons, Dr. R. A. Crum of Mt. Vernon, IL and L. B. Crum, Jr. of Glenhayes, WV and 2 sister, Mrs. R. A. Wilson of Louisa, KY and Mrs. Nancy Belle Hart of Clay Courthouse, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 17, 1939

DAVIS, W. B.
1859-1939
W. B. Davis, 80, died last Friday afternoon at the home of a daughter. Mr. Davis was born Jan 27, 1859 and had spent most of his life in Lawrence County. He operated a general merchandise store until 10 years ago. He had been a Christian for many years. Funeral rites were conducted Sunday at the home with Rev. Howard H. George officiating and interment was made in the family cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. M. Davis, age 73, and the following children: L. T. Davis, Wakefield, OH, Mrs. Hattie Price, Richardson, KY, Mrs. Lon Castle, Ulysses, KY, Mrs. John Preston, Phoenix, AZ, C. Davis, Catlettsburg, KY, Burns Davis, Ulysses, KY, Mrs. Earl Jacoby, Dennis Davis, June Davis, Alden Davis, all of Columbus, OH, Mrs. Arthur Weikert, Phoenix, AZ, and Mrs. Charles Hatfield, Mt. Vernon, OH. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 10, 1939

GREEN, G. G.
G. G. Green, dairyman of Catlettsburg, died Thursday night of last week. He was a native of Johnson County, but had resided in Catlettsburg the past 20 years. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 3, 1939

GREEN, Orlando
1861-1939
Orlando Green, 77, for many years a resident of this county and later of Ashland, died Monday at the home of a son. Edgar Green, in Catlettsburg. Funeral was held Wednesday in Catlettsburg. Mr. Green was born in Scott Co., VA Oct 16, 1861, the son of Captain and Mrs. George Green. At an early age he moved to Lawrence County, KY and in 1906 became a resident of Ashland. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Effie Wheeler, Lawrence county, KY, 6 sons, George Jackson, Arthur, Norman and Paris Milton Green, all of Ashland and Edgar and Elzie Green of Catlettsburg and one brother, Andrew Green, Lawrence County; 2 sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Slone and Mrs. Thersia Bishop both of Ashland, 37 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 24, 1939

GREEN, Samuel Logan
Samuel Logan Green, 70, native of Elliott County, died Tuesday at the home of a daughter Mrs. Mona Pennington in Portsmouth, OH, where he had been at for several months. Born in Scott County, VA, Mr. Green came to Elliott County with his parents when very young and lived on a farm near Index which his father purchased in 1865. He was a member of the Baptist Church and of the Masonic and IOOF Lodges of Sandy Hook. Funeral was held Thursday at the Green residence in Elliott County and burial made in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 24, 1939

HAGER, Callie (Preston)
1878-1939
Mrs. Callie Hager, 60, prominent resident of Paintsville, died in a hospital there, Jan 20. She was formerly Miss Callie Preston and was the widow of the late Frank P. Hager, Sr., once a candidate for state auditor. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 3, 1939

HARRIS, Jessie
Mrs. Jessie Harris of Ashland, sister in law of Mrs. Loftus Borders of Fort Gay died Monday at the home of her daughter. Mrs. Harry Green in Ashland. Funeral was conducted Wednesday and interment made in the Williams Cemetery in Boyd County. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 10, 1939

LAMBERT, Carlos
Carlos Lambert, a native of the Buchanan section of this county, died Tuesday at his home in Portsmouth, OH. Death was caused by a complication of diseases.  The body was brought to this county and funeral was conducted Thursday morning from the Buchanan Chapel M. E. Church, South at Zelda and interment was made there. Mr. Lambert is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mabel Stewart Lambert and the following children: Cecil, Ervin, Virgil, Lucy and Betty Jean, at home. He also leaves 2 children by his first wife, Mrs. Gussie Copley who died 19 years ago. They are Albert and James Lambert. He also leaves his mother, Mrs. Julia Lambert and 2 brothers, and 2 sisters, French of Dogwood Ridge, OH, Henry of Buchanan, KY, Mrs. Pearl Pettry of Buchanan, and Mrs. Rose Belcher of Hubbardstown, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 17, 1939

MARSHALL, Samanthia (Johnson)
Mrs. Samanthia Marshall, 53, widow of the late William Marshall and a native of Elliott County died on Thursday of last week at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Eddie Craycraft, of near Portsmouth, OH. She was born in Elliott County, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Johnson. Mrs. Mollie Sexton of Willard is a sister. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 3, 1939

NEWBERRY, Elizabeth (Porter)
Mrs. Elizabeth Porter Newberry, 81, widow of the late Samuel W. Newberry, died on Wednesday of last week at the home in Inez. Her husband for many years was land agent for the United Fuel Gas Company. Funeral was conducted Friday at Inez with Rev. W. A. Gose of Kermit, officiating. Mrs. Newberry was a member of the M. E. Church south and took an active part in church work. The survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Josie Hale of Inez, one sister, Mrs. Sarah Deskins of Borderland, several half brothers, a step mother, Mrs. Lizzie Porter of Russell, KY; several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 24, 1939

RAINES, John B.
1900-1939
John B. Raines, widely known real estate and livestock dealer of Fort Gay, WV, died Monday in a Louisa hospital after an illness of more than 2 years. He had been a patient in the hospital for 11 months. Mr. Raines was born on a farm near Fort Gay Mar 26, 1900, a son of the late William P. and Anna Barnell Raines and had resided in Wayne County all his life. He was known to hundreds of people in this section, having over a wide territory in livestock and automobiles and more recently in real estate. He was a member of the Fort Gay M. E. Church, the Vinson Masonic Lodge of Fort Gay, the Knights of Pythias of Fort Gay and the Masonic chapter at Wayne. Funeral was conducted Wednesday afternoon at 2 from the Fort Gay M. E. church with the pastor, Rev. Sam Wellman, officiating. The Vinson Masonic Lodge of Fort Gay conducted its ritual at the interment. Mr. Raines is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Fulks Raines, one daughter, Ann Ruth and 2 sons, Guthrie and John William at home; by 5 sisters, Mrs. H. P. Wilson and Mrs. A. M. Vickers, both of Huntington, Mrs. George Dawson of Crum, WV, Mrs. Wayne Dawson and Mrs. Luther Spears, both of Fort Gay, 2 brothers, Frank and George Raines, both of Huntington. Pall bearers were W. C. Lovely, J. E. Carter, C. A. Lycan, Rev, Edd Frasher, L. L. Lycan and M. J. Robinett. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 17, 1939

RANSON, Thad
1877-1939
Thaddeus Ranson, 62, well known citizen, and substantial farmer of near Louisa, died at his home last Friday afternoon after a long illness. Mr. Ranson submitted to an operation in an Ashland hospital early last September and apparently had recovered but other complications developed and he had been seriously ill for several weeks. Death came at 5:30 Friday afternoon. Mr. Ranson was born in Putnam County, WV, May 9, 1877, a son of the late R. R. and Eliza Fisher Ranson. He came to this county about 40 years ago and had resided here since. He operated a farm near Louisa and was one of the county's most substantial farmers. Funeral rites were conducted Sunday from the Myrtle Chapel at Five Forks with the Rev. J.C. Hager and the Rev. L.S. Alley officiating. A large crowd attended the service. Surviving are the wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Pigg Ranson; 3 daughters, Mrs. D. D. Cooksey of Ashland and Miss Myrtle Sue Ranson and Miss Emma Elizabeth Ranson, both at home; 3 sons, Paul Ranson, Charleston, WV, Herbert Ranson, Ashland, and Robert Ranson, Muskogee, OK; one brother, E. C. Ranson, Liberty, WV and 3 sisters, Mrs. F. A. Smith, Alum Creek, WV and Mrs. Frank A. Wilson, and Mrs. Ernest B. Hanna, both of Charleston, WV. Big Sandy News, Feb 10, 1939

SKAGGS, Ford
1895-1939
Ford Skaggs, 43, prominent citizen of Martha, this county, met a tragic death shortly before 6 last Saturday evening when a new automobile which he was driving home from Cincinnati went over the 60 foot embankment at Dead Man's Curve on U. S. 23 about a half mile below Greenup. Skaggs had purchased a  new Ford automobile and had gone to Cincinnati with A. H. Snyder, Louisa Ford dealer to drive the car home. The accident occurred as they were returning home. Skaggs was driving the new car, trailing Snyder, who was driving an old machine. They were to meet in Greenup, but when Skaggs failed to arrive after Snyder had waited about 5 minutes in Greenup, Snyder drove back and found a crowd at the scene of the wreck, the car in flames. Snyder did not see the car go over the embankment and it is not known exactly how the accident occurred. Persons living nearby rushed to the scene of the accident and removed the body of Skaggs before the car started burning. Enroute to Cincinnati Saturday morning, Skaggs and Snyder had stopped in Greenup to see Dr. H. H. Holbrook, Greenup County coroner and a relative of Skaggs. As a queer quirk of fate the coroner late Saturday night viewed the body of Skaggs and conducted an inquest. This death was attributed to "an accident while engaged in the operation of an automobile." The body of Skaggs was brought to the Curtright Funeral Home here Saturday night and taken to the home at Martha Sunday afternoon. Funeral was conducted Tuesday morning at the home with the Rev. Hood Wallin officiating and interment was made in the family cemetery at Martha. One of the largest crowds ever to attend a funeral in that section was present for the final rites. The large floral offering bespoke the wide esteem in which he was held. Members of the Jake Rice Masonic Lodge of Blaine served as pall bearers and the lodge conducted its ritual at the grave. A son of the late Dr. W. M. and Sarah Hamilton Skaggs, he was a member of a prominent Lawrence county family and was born and reared at Martha and operated the farm where he was born. He also dealt extensively in cattle. He was a member of Jake Rice Masonic Lodge of Blaine and of the I.O.U.A.M. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Nola Williams Skaggs, 2 daughters, Misses Lucille and Freda, at home, a son, Howard, also at home, and 2 sisters, Mrs. C. B. Rice and Mrs. Harry Phillips, of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 3, 1939

SMITH, Isaac Bloss
Isaac Bloss Smith, 86, of Prichard, a lifelong resident of Wayne County, died Tuesday night at his home after a lingering illness. Funeral services were conducted Thursday afternoon at the Upper Gragston Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Allen Smith and Rev. U. S. Pinson officiating and interment was made in the family cemetery. Deceased was a son of the late Washington and Jane Garrett Smith, pioneer residents of Wayne County. Surviving are 7 sons, Herman C. of Calgone, ND, J. Lucian of Kenova, Frank ans Shelby of Huntington and Dr. B. L. Smith of Columbus, OH, and 2 daughters, Mrs. Fisher H. Booth of Huntington and Mrs. Max Booth of Akron, OH. Following Mrs. Smith's death a number of years ago. Mr. Smith married Mrs. Augusta Hatten, who also survives. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 10, 1939

STURGELL, Audrey Jewell
Miss Audrey Jewell Sturgell, 18, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marion L. Sturgell of Cherokee, died last Friday afternoon in a Louisa hospital after a week's illness. Funeral services were conducted from the home Sunday afternoon at 2 with the Rev. Arthur Morris, of Adams, officiating, and interment was made in the family cemetery on Cherokee. Besides the parents, she is survived by 4 sisters, Mrs. Wayne Wright, Keaton, KY, Miss Ruby Sturgell, Owingsville, KY, and Misses Alice and Laura, at home, and 3 brothers, Vincent Sturgell, South Webster, OH, Glen Sturgell, Detroit, MI and M. L. Sturgell, Jr., at home. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 10, 1939

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Marion Sturgell of Cherokee, was again darkened by the shadow of death. This time it was another of their daughters in the bloom of youth. Audrey was born Jan 15, 1923 and died Feb 3, 1939 at the age of 18 years 2 weeks and 4 days. She died at the hospital in Louisa. Her death was due to internal injuries not discovered until an appendectomy operation had been performed on Monday evening. A streptococcus peritonitis infection had developed from injuries received when she fell and hit her right side about a week before. Pneumonia developed after the operation. The doctors and nurses exerted all their power and strength to keep her but it seems this was God' calling when no man or medicine could cure her suffering. A few moments before she died she told the attending nurse "Jesus will help me." Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 17, 1939

VANHOOSE, Wallace B.
1861-1938
Wallace B. VanHoose, son of Sarah and John VanHoose, was born Mar 1, 1861, in the eastern part of Kentucky. He was one of 7 children, 4 of whom namely: Docia, Louisa, Mary and William have preceded him to a better world. He was united in marriage with Lutishia Castle, Apr 10, 1884. Mr. and Mrs. VanHoose moved from Kentucky to Ohio in 1923, and some 11 years ago, they came to Plain City, where they have since made their home. To this union, 5 children were born, one daughter, Stella, deceased. The 4 children, who with 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren and his devoted wife, survived him are: Mrs. Tella Castle, Charley, Mrs. Sarah Smith of Milford City, OH, E. b. VanHoose and A. J. VanHoose of Plain City, OH. Mr. VanHoose also leaves one full brother, Francis Spaulding, who with a host of neighbors and friend will mourn his loss. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 3, 1939

WALDON, Lula (Derifield)
Mrs. Lula Derifield Waldon, 38, of 2225 Bath Ave., Ashland, died Tuesday morning at the home after an extended illness. Mrs. Waldon was born in Lawrence County, the daughter of Labon Derifield and Mary Barnett Derifield. She was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church of Catlettsburg. Surviving are one daughter, Mary Waldon, at home, 3 brothers, Charles Derifield of Ashland, Henry Derifield of Bruston Mills, WV, and Carl Derifield of Route 1, Catlettsburg; 2 sisters, Mrs. William Newsome of Ashland and Mrs. Robert Keaton of Midland, PA. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the home of her brother, Charles Derifield, Ashland with Rev. Mrs. Martha Keeton of Olive Hill, KY, officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery on the Cannonsburg Pike. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 17, 1939

WARD, Steve
1847-1939
Steve Ward, 90, a resident of Offutt for the past 50 years, died last week after an illness of 5 months. Mr. Ward is survived by his widow, Mrs. Exer Stambaugh Ward; 6 sons, Fred Ward, Offutt, Dan Ward, Fredricksburg, VA, Jesse and Shade Ward of Rush, Boyd County, Hugh Ward and J. N. Ward, Offutt and Mrs. Leonard Crawford, Rush. He had been a member of the United Baptist Church for 65 yeas. Funeral and burial services were conducted at Offutt. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 17, 1939

WHEELER, C. M.
1847-1939
C. M. Wheeler, 92, widely known farmer of the Mill Creek section, died early Tuesday morning at the home of a son, Jay Wheeler, 6 miles from Fort Gay. He had been ill for 6 weeks. Death was attributed to complications incident to advanced age. Mr. Wheeler was born in Virginia Apr 12, 1847, a son of the late Thomas and Levina Clay Wheeler. He came to Wayne County with his parents at the age o 7 and had resided all of his life in the Mill Creek section, where he conducted a large farm. Funeral was conducted Wednesday morning at 10:30 from the home and interment was made in the Wellman cemetery near Saltpetre, WV. Mr. Wheeler had been a member of the Christian Church since early in life. He is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. Thomas Miller of Louisa, route 2 and Mrs. Adam Mitchell of Chattaroy, WV, and 5 sons, Jay and David Wheeler of Fort Gay, WV, route 2, James Wheeler of Saltpetre, WV, Frank Wheeler of West Huntington, WV and Charles Wheeler of Louisa, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 24, 1938

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ADAMS, Eliza (Horne)
1849-1939
Mrs. Eliza Adams, 92, widow of the late Arthur Adams, of Adams, this county, died Wednesday morning at the home of a son, James Adams, in Ashland after an illness of 4 days. She had been a resident of Ashland for 4 years. The body will be returned to this county Friday morning and the funeral will be conducted from the home of a daughter near Adams Friday afternoon with Rev. Garrett Caudill officiating. Surviving are 5 sons, Isaac, Jess, harry and James Adams, all of Ashland, and Lum Adams, route 3, Louisa, KY; 2 daughters, Mrs. Martha Morris and Mrs. Hugh Caudill, both of Adams, and 44 grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren and 12 great-great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 17, 1939

BAILEY, Martha (Brown)
Mrs. Martha Brown Bailey, 83, widow of the late Clayborn Bailey and former resident of this county, died recently at the home of a son, B. N. Bailey, in Paintsville. Earlier in life Mr. and Mrs. Bailey lived at what formerly was Ratcliffe post office in this county, where they were well known. For the past 10 years she had made her home with her children. The husband died a year ago. Mrs. Bailey had been a member of the Baptist Church for more than 60 years. Big Sandy news, Friday, Mar 24, 1939

BALL, Mrs. Green
1882-1939
Mrs. Green Ball, 56, native of Ellen and formerly a resident of Louisa, died at the Ball home in Ashland Monday night after an illness of several weeks. The body was returned to this county and taken to the former home at Mattie where funeral service was conducted Wednesday afternoon with the Rev. S. B. Ball of Louisa, officiating. A large crowd attended the rites. Interment was made in the family cemetery at Mattie. Mrs. Ball was born at Ellen, this county, Oct 28, 1882, a daughter of J. C. and Florence Curnutte Moore. After her marriage to Mr. Ball, they resided at Mattie for a number of years and later moved to Louisa where they conducted a restaurant. Later they moved to Ashland and had conducted the KY-O-VA Inn on Winchester Avenue for the past few years. Surviving are her husband, a daughter, Jewell Ball of Ashland, 4 sons, Everett, Denver and Vernon E. "Jack" Ball, all of Ashland and Otto C. Ball, Hamlin, WV; 3 sisters, Mrs. R. O. Judd, Ashland, Mrs. Mohola Ball of Aliquippa, PA, and Mrs. Everett Dalton, Morgantown, OH; a half sister, Mrs. Bessie Meadows, Portsmouth, OH; 3 brothers, Charles, John and Milton Moore, Ashland and 3 half brothers, Terry Moore, of Alquippa, Lester Moore of Portsmouth and Ray Moore, Detroit. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 10, 1939

BELLOMY, Lydia
Miss Lydia Bellomy, 27, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Bellomy of near Fort Gay, died Friday evening at the home of a sister, Mrs. Harry Baker in Westmoreland, WV. She had been ill for 3 months. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at 2 from the home of her parents 3 miles east of Fort Gay on the Wayne road with the Rev. Dave Hewlett officiating and interment made in the Billups Gap Cemetery. Besides her parents, she is survived by 2 sisters, Mrs. Harry Baker, Westmoreland, WV and Mrs. Claude Rowsey, Huntington, WV and 3 brothers, Nell Bellomy, Rittman, OH, Alonzo Bellomy, North Kenova, OH, and Zat Bellomy, at home. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 3, 1939

BLACKBURN, Octavia
Mrs. Octavia Blackburn, 67, wife of Tom Blackburn, sister of Mrs. Melvin L. Varney of Fort Gay, died Monday night at her home on Pond Creek, near Williamson. Burial was in the Coburn Cemetery on Pond Creek. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 3, 1939

BOYD, Cynthia
Mrs. Cynthia Boyd, 77, a native of Wayne County, WV, and mother of George Pack of this county, died at her home at Rice, KY, Sunday. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 3, 1939

BROWN, Amanda
Mrs. Amanda Brown, 58, native of Elliott County, died Wednesday of last week at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Opal Collins in Portsmouth, OH. She was the widow of the late John Brown  and had resided in Portsmouth for 10 years. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 3, 1939

CARPENTER, W. P.
Salyersville Independent
W. P. Carpenter, 56, cashier of the Salyersville National Bank for the past 15 years, died suddenly from heart attack last Friday afternoon. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church in Salyersville Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. B. F. Caudill of  Portsmouth, OH former pastor of the First Baptist Church of Salyersville, assisted by Rev. M. C. Denny, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Rev. Harrywood Gray, Pastor of the Christian Church and Rev. Al Smith, pastor of the Methodist Church. Interment followed in the Carpenter lot a the Blue Grass Cemetery. Before the funeral services, the body lay in state in the lobby of the Salyersville National Bank, where hundreds looked for the last time on their departed friend. "Will Press" as he was known to everyone in the county and widely throughout the state, was prominent in State, district and county politics, having served as a member of the Democratic State Central Committee from the Seventh District. His death came as a distinct shock to his friends, who were numbered by his acquaintances, and to his relatives. The funeral was probably the largest ever held in Salyersville, with people from all section of the state attending. Flowers filled the church to overflowing, and the seating capacity was far from sufficient to care for those wishing to pay their last respects. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 31, 1939

CHURCH, John F.
John F. Church, 78?, a native of this county and for many years a carpenter in Ashland, died Tuesday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Forrest Mutters in Ashland, Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Fannie Church of Ashland, one son, L?? Church of Catlettsburg, 4 daughters, Mrs. Ben Blanton and Mrs. Homer McGuire both of Ashland and Mrs. William Robins of Columbus, OH and Mrs. Mutters and one brother, Doc Church of Lawrence County. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 3, 1939

COBURN, Tom
Tom Coburn, 81, farmer of the Glenwood section, died last Saturday at his home there after a two weeks illness of heart troubles. He was born at Glenwood and had resided there all of his life. Funeral was conducted Sunday afternoon from the home and interment was made in the Coburn family cemetery. He is survived by his, Mrs. Lizzie Coburn, 3 daughters, Mrs. Worth Savage, Glenwood, KY and Misses Iona and Ella Coburn at home; one son, Ed Coburn, Glenwood, and one brother, L. C. Coburn, also of Glenwood. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 24, 1939

CORDLE, Mollie (Ross)
Mrs. Mollie Ross Cordle, 35, wife of Minyard Cordle, died at the Cordle home near Wilbur last Friday. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ross, of Davisville. She had been a member of the United Baptist Church at Old Hood for 25 years. Funeral was conducted at the home Saturday with Rev. G. V. Cordle officiating. She is survived by her parents, the husband, 6 children, 4 brothers and 7 sisters. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 31, 1939

CRABTREE, W. M.
Rev. W. M. Crabtree, 56, a minister in the Kentucky Conference Methodist Protestant Church for the past 25 years, died at 12:55 a.m. Tuesday morning at his home at Gladys. He had been in failing health for 7 months and had been seriously ill most of the time. He was born in this county, a son of the late Jesse and Stacie Crabtree. Funeral was conducted from the home at Gladys Wednesday afternoon at 1 with the Rev. James Harvey, of Fort Gay, WV, officiating and interment will be made in the family cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Phrona Diamond Crabtree; 5 daughters, Mrs. Willard Carter, Kingston, OH, Mrs. W. B. Webb, Columbus, OH, and Misses Mildred Ella and Reba Crabtree at home; 3 sons, E. R. Crabtree, Greenup, KY, Hubert Crabtree, and Willard Crabtree at home, 3 sisters, Mrs. Wilts Crabtree, Eskadale, WV, Mrs. Dave Miles, Ashland, KY, route 3, and Mrs. Chester Bishop, Webbville, KY; and 2 brothers, George Crabtree, Columbus, OH and George Crabtree, Webbville, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 24, 1939

CRUM, Polly (Perry)
1840-1939
Mrs. Polly Perry Crum, 99 years old, died at the home of her son, Charley Perry of Ferguson, Wayne County, WV, Mar 16. "Aunt Polly" as she was known by her many friends, who had been in good health, suffered a heart attack about 15 minutes before her death. She celebrated her 99th birthday Mar 12 of this year when several friends and relatives gathered at her home for dinner. A granddaughter from Ashland, KY brought her a cake with 99 candles and her name on it. Twelve years ago she went blind, but regained her eyesight about 5 years and at the time of her death was able to read her Bible without the aid of glasses. She was born in Wayne County and had lived most of her life in the county. She had been a member of the United Baptist Church for 72 years. In addition to the son, she is survived by another son, Ben Crum, of Logan, and a daughter, Mrs. Cynthia Crum, of Crum; several grandchildren, including Mrs. Roy L. Carter of Crum and 20 great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Aaron Stepp of Inez, KY with burial in a cemetery near Crum, at her request which she stated several years ago, when she buried her husband there. Her husband was a veteran of the Civil War. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 31, 1939

CYRUS, Jesse M.
Jesse M. Cyrus, 77, retired farmer and timberman, died at his home here Thursday morning at 4 of a heart attack. He had been in failing health for 4 years and suffered a sudden heart attack three hours before he died. Funeral will be conducted Saturday afternoon at 1:30 in the Louisa Christian Church with the pastor, Rev. Roud Shaw, officiating and interment will be made in the Fyffe Cemetery on Brushey. He had been a member of the Christian Church for 45 years. He was a son of Jack and Rena Newman Cyrus and had long been a resident of Lawrence County. He resided at Blaine a number of years. Surviving are his second wife, Mrs. Aminta Crager Cyrus, 3 daughters, Mrs. George Patrick, Canal Winchester, OH, Mrs. Homer Heffener, and Mrs. Stafford Sowards, Pikeville, KY; 4 sons, K. T. Cyrus, Louisa, Shelby, Pinkerington, OH, Milton, Prestonsburg and Jesse, Pikeville; 2 brothers, Joe Cyrus, Louisa and Lee Cyrus, Columbus, OH and 2 sisters, Mrs. Mollie Cordle, Cordell and Mrs. Willie Salyers, Columbus, OH. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 17, 1939

ELAM, T. J.
T. J. Elam, prominent Morgan county business man, died Mar 3 and interment was made at the family cemetery at Cottle. Mr. Elam was 71. He had been in the mercantile business for 52 years, was a director of the Bank of West Liberty, a stockholder ad director of the Bank of West Liberty Grocery Company, prominent in Masonic circles and a member of the Christian Church. He also was an extensive farmer and stock raiser. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 17, 1939

FERGUSON, Barbara Ann
Barbara Ann Ferguson, 7 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Ferguson of Neal, WV was fatally burned Tuesday afternoon when she tried to stamp out a trash fire started by her parents. She was rushed to a Huntington hospital and lived only 6 hours. The father sustained serious burns on the hand when he tore the child's dress off in attempting to extinguish the blaze. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 24, 1939

FERGUSON, Russell
The body of Russell Ferguson, 17, who died in a hospital at Cedar Hill, OH, Mar 11, of injuries sustained when hit by a car, was returned to Relief, Morgan County and interred Mar 12 in the Weaver Cemetery. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Ferguson, former residents of the head of Blaine section. He was found at night on the highway by the father and a brother and it is believed he had been hit by an automobile. He died 4 hours later in a hospital. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 24, 1939

FRALEY, Millie (Thompson)
Mrs. Mille Thompson Fraley, 65, wife of George W. Fraley of Louisa, route 2, died late Tuesday at the Fraley home near Patrick Gap. She had been ill one month. Deceased was a daughter of Michael and Nancy Spencer Thompson and was born and reared near Noris. Funeral will be conducted at Noris Thursday afternoon at 2 with the Rev. W. T. Fraley officiating and interment will be made in the Thompson family cemetery. Deceased had been a member of the Freewill Baptist Church for more than half a century. She is survived by the husband, 3 daughters, Mrs. Charles Spencer New Philadelphia, OH, Mrs. R. C. Boyd and Mrs. Lizzie O'Brian, both of Paintsville, KY; 6 sons, James, Tom and Milford Fraley, all of Paintsville, Dock Fraley, Weeksbury, KY, and Ephriam Fraley, Wayland, KY and one sister, Mrs. Alifair Laney, Peach Orchard, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 24, 1939

HORTON, Martha (Rose)
1867-1939
Mrs. Martha Rose Horton, 72, widow of the late Travis R. Horton and a native of Elliott County, KY, died Sunday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Ora Tamme, of Valley View, near Portsmouth, OH. She had been ill 6 months. Mrs. Horton was born Jan 9, 1867, in Elliott County, a daughter of Robert and Anna Rose. She was married 64 years ago to Mr. Horton, who preceded her in death Oct 24, 1929. Mrs. Horton had lived in the Portsmouth community for the last 30 years. She was a member of the Royal Neighbors of America and of the Baptist Church. She joined the Baptist Church when a child in Elliott County. Beside the daughter at whose home she died, Mrs. Horton is survived by these other children: C. C. Horton, Duck Run, merchant, James and Henry Horton of Portsmouth, Mrs. Rebecca Heaberlin of Hitchins, KY, Mrs. Lida Roberts of Milford, MI and Mrs. Roy Stewart of Newport. Mrs. Horton also is survived by a sister, Mrs. Louisa Walker of Portsmouth, OH; 3 brothers, Alfred and Elijah Rose of South Webster, OH and Jeff Rose of Elliott County. Funeral services were held at 2 Wednesday at Rushtown Baptist Church with burial in Rushtown Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 3, 1939

LAMBERT, Lucy Ellen (Derefield)
Mrs. Lucy Ellen Lambert, 76, wife of H. W. Lambert, of Louisa, route 2, died Sunday at the Lambert home on Donithan after a week's illness. Funeral was conducted Tuesday morning from the home of her son, Rev. Ed Lambert of Donithan with the Rev. Carmie Crabtree of Fort Gay, route 1, officiating and interment was made in the family cemetery. Mrs. Lambert was born in Wise County, VA, a daughter of the late Enoch and Mary Ingle Derefield. She had been a member of the Missionary Baptist Church for more than half a century. Surviving besides the husband are 3 daughters, Mrs. Lindsey Sammons, Ray, OH, Mrs. Earl Kazee, Wellston, OH, and Mrs. C. H. Meredith, Louisa, route 2; 2 sons, E. W. Lambert, Louisa, route 2 and Lindsey Lambert, Fort Thomas, KY; 3 sisters, Mrs. Wayne Coburn, Louisa, route 2 and Mrs. Frances Wisehart and Mrs. Prudence Williamson, both of Cedar Point, IA and 2 brothers, Charles Derefield of Pinson Fork, KY and Kelsie Derefield of Columbus, OH. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 31, 1939

LOVEJOY, Maggie (Yates)
1850-1939
Mrs. Maggie Yates Lovejoy, 89, widow of the late John Lovejoy, died early Wednesday morning at the home in Louisa of her sister in law, Mrs. Martha Yates. She had been seriously ill for 3 weeks of complications incident to advance age. Funeral will be conducted Friday morning at 10:30 from the Savage Memorial M. E. church, south at Fallsburg with Rev. Dave Hewlett, officiating, and interment will be made in the Yates family cemetery near Fallsburg. The body will remain at the Curtright Funeral Home here until shortly before time of the funeral. Mrs. Lovejoy was born in Buchanan County, VA, in 1850, a daughter of James and Pauline Shortridge Yates. Her husband died about 10 years ago and she had resided near Fallsburg until a few months ago, when she moved to Louisa with Mrs. Yates. She had been a member of the Baptist Church for more than 50 years. Surviving besides the sister in law, is one daughter, Mrs. M. B. Hutchinson of Louisa, route 4. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 10, 1939

LOVEJOY Virginia (Workman)
1865-1939
Mrs. Virginia Workman Lovejoy, 73, wife of David L. Lovejoy of Catlettsburg died Monday at the home after an illness of 2 weeks. A resident of Catlettsburg for the past 60 yeas. Mrs. Lovejoy was born in Lawrence County, KY Nov 15, 1865, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Workman. she was married to Mr. Lovejoy on May 19, 1886 in Catlettsburg. Funeral services were held Wednesday at the residence with Rev. W. C. Pierce officiating. Burial was in the Catlettsburg cemetery. Surviving in addition to the husband are one son, Charles Lovejoy of Kenova, WV, 2 sisters, Mrs. Belle Offutt of Dayton, OH and Mrs. Mae Curtis of Johnson City, TN; and one brother, Jesse Workman of Utah. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 17, 1939

MOORE, Carl
Carl Moore, 2 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Bascom Moore of Cardington, OH, natives of this county, died at the home there Saturday of meningitis. The body was brought to this county Sunday and taken to Cordell for interment in the Eli Moore family cemetery Monday. Rev. Esley Salyers conducted the rites. The father is a native of Cordell and the mother is the former Miss Julia Evans of the Brushy section. While enroute to Louisa in the funeral party, Mr. Moore's automobile was wrecked on the Mayo Trail between Ashland and Cannonsburg injuring another son, Lloyd age 6, and Mrs. Moore. They were taken to the King's Daughters' hospital in Ashland where Lloyd was treated for a broken nose and Mrs. Moore for cuts on the face. After receiving treatment they came on to the funeral in this county. Mr. Moore, who had lost much sleep during his son's illness, said, he went to sleep at the wheel. He is a brother of Tax Commissioner, W. H. Moore. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 10, 1939

MOORE, Earl G.
1902-1939
Earl G. Moore, 36, a native of this county and son of Farris Moore of Louisa, died at his home in Mobile, AL Tuesday evening, his father was advised Wednesday. Cause of his death is not known. Deceased was born at Wilbur, this county in 1902, a son of Farris Moore and the late Cora Sturgell Moore. He moved with his parents to Ridge Farm, IL and was graduated from the high school there in 1918. Later he graduated  from a mechanical school and served 7 years as a master mechanic in Texas. At the time of his death he was a master mechanic in the Chevrolet plant in Mobile, AL. Funeral will be conducted in Mobile Friday and interment made there. He is survived by his wife, and 2 children, his father, Farris Moore of Louisa. His mother, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Henry Sturgell of Wilbur, died a number of years ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 31, 1939

PEMBERTON, Claude O.
Claude O. Pemberton, 62, former fire chief of Catlettsburg, died Monday at his home on the Cannonsburg pike after suffering a stroke. Interment was made in the Catlettsburg Cemetery Thursday. A native of Lawrence County, KY, Mr. Pemberton had been a resident of Catlettsburg for many years. He acted as chief of the city fire department for ??? years and was a former member of the police department. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Frances Leibee Pemberton and one brother, a resident of Ironton, OH. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 24, 1939

PATRICK, C. S.
C. S. Patrick, 67, died last Friday at the home of a son, Clifford Patrick, in Kenova. The body was returned to Echo for interment in the Patrick family cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 17, 1939

PHILLIPS, Grover
1885-1939
Grover Phillips, 52, native of the Blaine section of this county, died Sunday noon at his home at Fullerton, KY, following an illness of 7 weeks of complications. He was born at Blaine Feb 14, 1885 and was a member of the Christian Church of Fullerton. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Rosie Phillips, 7 children, Henry of Portsmouth hotel, James of Fredonia, AZ, Woodrow of Campbellsburg, KY, and Howard, Hubert and Dorothy, all at home; 6 step children, Arthur Cammon of Wellsville, OH, Mrs. Elizabeth Howell of New Cumberland, WV; Clifford Gammon of South Portsmouth and Frederick, Joseph and Roy Gammon, all of Grove City, PA; 2 brothers, Monroe Phillips of Blaine, KY, and John Phillips of Sunshine, KY and 3 sisters, Mrs. Samantha Boggs of Flat Gap, KY, Mrs. Ona Timberlake of Walsh, KY and Mrs. Cynthia Bramlett, Milldale road, New Boston. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mary 31, 1939

RAMEY, Nancy Catheryne (Pack)
1863-1939
Mrs. James Ramey, died Sunday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ranzy Cordle at Rockhouse, near Wilbur. She had been ill for 14 years. Funeral and interment were Monday at Rockhouse. She is survived by her husband and several children. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 3, 1939

ROSS, Cere (Smith)
Mrs. Cere Ross, 64, died at the home of her sister, Mrs. S. P. Hager of Huntington, Mar 20, after an illness of 2 months. Mrs. Ross was the daughter of John N. and Helen Smith, formerly of Prichard, WV. She was the aunt of D. L. Hager, of Huntington, who married Lucretia McClure, of Wayne. In addition to the sister, she is survived by a son, William Stanard Ross, and her mother, Mrs. Helen Smith, all of Huntington. Funeral services were conducted at the residence by Rev. J. C. Buckley with burial in Spring Hill Cemetery, Huntington. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 31, 1939

SHANNON, Nancy (Christian)
Mrs. Nancy Christian Shannon, widow of the late James P. Shannon, died last Friday at 8:30 at her home in Gallup after an illness of 8 weeks. Mrs. Shannon was born in Virginia a daughter of the late Daniel and Lorraine Prewitt Christian. She moved with her parents to this county early in life and had resided in Gallup for 70 years. She was a member of the M. E. Church, South for more than 60 years and was a devout church worker. The funeral was conducted Sunday at 11 from the home and interment was made in the Shannon family cemetery at Gallup. Mrs. Shannon is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. H. B. Muncey of Louisa and Miss Patsy Shannon at home and 2 sons, A. M. Shannon, Louisa hardware dealer and A. T. Shannon of Louisa, member of the county board of education. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 3, 1939

SMITH, Ellen (Osborne)
Mrs. Ellen Osborne Smith, 62, daughter of James and Polly Hamilton Osborn of Elliott county and widow of the late John Smith, died Sunday at her home on Long Run, near Portsmouth, OH 2 weeks after suffering a stroke. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 17, 1939

STAMBAUGH, John H.
1868-1939
Rev. John H. Stambaugh, 70, former resident of Blaine and widely known minister in the Christian church, died of a heart attack early last Thursday morning at his home in Charleston, WV. Rev. Stambaugh became ill about 11 Wednesday night and expired early the next morning. As pastor of the Catlettsburg Christian Church, he had preached at both services there Sunday. The body was brought to this county Saturday and taken to Blaine for interment in the Gambill family cemetery. Funeral rites were conducted in the Blaine Christian Church Saturday afternoon with the Rev. H. H. Webb, pastor of the Christian Church, Paris, KY, officiating. The Jake Rice Masonic Lodge of Blaine conducted the Masonic ritual and interment was made under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. A large crowd, including people from Charleston, Ashland, Catlettsburg, Huntington, Grayson, Chicago and many other places, attended the funeral. Born on Toms Creek in Johnson County, Stambaugh came to Blaine when a young man to attend Prof. Elam's school. Later he taught a number of rural schools in the Blaine section and then went to Lexington to attend Transylvania College from which he was graduated. He was ordained a minister when yet a young man. At Blaine he married Miss Mollie Holbrook, now deceased. He had served as pastor of the Blaine Christian church and had held numerous other pastorates including Louisa, Grayson, Paintsville, Charleston and Catlettsburg. He was pastor at Catlettsburg at the time of his death. He had resided in Charleston for a number of years and served as Charleston city tax collector 2 terms. His son, Fred M. Stambaugh, is an attorney in Charleston. He was affiliated with the Masonic order, a member of the Charleston Lodge No. 26 A.F. & A.M. and the Charleston Chapter Order of the Eastern Star. Surviving besides his second wife and son is a granddaughter Thelma Jean Stambaugh of Charleston. Big Sandy News, Mar 10, 1939

STIDHAM, Lewis
Lewis Stidham, 96, veteran of the Southern army in the War Between the States and for many years a resident of Meade Station, Boyd County, died last Friday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Thomas Cranoe in Ashland. He was the step father of Mrs. Alice Atkins of Zelda, this county. He was born in North Carolina and served 4 years in the Confederate army. Funeral was conducted at Ashland, Sunday. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 24, 1939

SWETNAM, Sidney Ann
1857-1939
Mrs. Sidney Ann Swetnam was born the 19th day of March, 1857, in Carter County, KY. She was united in marriage to John J. Swetnam of Blaine, Lawrence County, KY, Dec 13, 1875, and to this union were born 9 children, 3 of whom are deceased, one son and 2 daughters. She resided in Kentucky until the death of her husband in 1917. And has since made her home with her 2 daughters. She united with the Methodist Church in the year 1902. She will be remembered as a person who filled her station in life as a good mother and grandmother. She is survived by 4 sons, E. L. Swetnam, Long Beach, CA, George W. Swetnam, Parts Crossing, IN, Morton L. Swetnam, Columbus, OH, Z. Swetnam, Trinidad, CO; 2 daughters, Ruby Moore, Worthington, OH, Opal Williams, Columbus, OH; 17 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends to mourn their loss. Big Sandy News, Friday Mar 31, 1939

WALLER, L. G.
L. G. Waller, 49, retired traveling salesman and widely known citizen, died at his home in Fort Gay at 7 Friday morning after suffering a heart attack a few minutes earlier. He had been in Louisa the day before to consult a physician but had walked home and apparently his condition was not serious. He was seized with a heart attack at about 7 Friday morning and expired a few minutes later. Born in the Rockcastle section, a son of the late Asbury and Catherine Maynard Waller, he was a native of Lawrence County. He resided in Louisa for a number of years and served for 15 years as traveling salesman for Crump & Field Company of Ashland. He moved to Fort Gay ten years ago and had resided there since. Funeral was conducted Sunday at the Louisa Baptist Church with the pastor, Rev. J. C. Hager, officiating, and interment was made in Pine Hill Cemetery here under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. A large crowd, including many people from other towns, attended the rites. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 3, 1939

WILEY, Celia (Lyons)

Celia Lyons Wiley, 70, of near Ulysses, died at her home Friday morning after an illness of several weeks. She had been a member of the Freewill Baptist Church for 40 years. Funeral was conducted Sunday at 10 with Rev. D. A. Hays and Rev. Brack Skaggs officiating. Interment was made in family cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 3, 1939

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BARTRAM, U. G.
U. G. Bartram, 73, highly respected citizen of Fort Gay, died at noon Wednesday in a Louisa hospital where he had been receiving treatment for the past 3 weeks. Mr. Bartram was born at Whitehouse, KY, a son of the late John and Mary Wellman Bartram. He moved with his parents to Fort Gay when a youth and had resided there since. He had been a member of the Fort Gay Methodist Church the past 20 years. Funeral will be conducted Saturday afternoon at 2:30 from the Fort Gay Methodist Episcopal Church with the pastor, Rev. Sam Wellman, officiating, and interment will be made in the Bartram Cemetery near Fort Gay under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. He is survived by a son, William G. Bartram of Fort Gay, 2 sisters, Mrs. Lewis Borders, Fort Gay and Mrs. Bascom Wilkerson, Hamlin, WV and a brother, John M. Bartram of Waverly, OH. His wife, Mrs. Jennie Copley Bartram died 17 years ago. Big Sandy News, Apr 21, 1939

BISHOP, Thursa (Green)
Mrs. Thursa E. Bishop, 62, wife of Charles Bishop, and a native of this county, died at her home in Ashland last Saturday following a stroke suffered the Wednesday before. Surviving are 5 daughters, Mrs. Alex Patton, Mrs. John Dixon, Miss Pearl Bishop, all of Ashland, Mrs. Isaac Lester, Blaine, KY and Mrs. Fred Hardy of Elizabeth, NY; 5 sons, Henry and Gus Bishop of Blaine and Conn, John and Clifford Dixon, all of Ashland, one sister, Elizabeth Slone, Ashland, one brother, Andrew Green, Cordell, KY and 37 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 21, 1939

BLAKE, Lucinda
Mrs. Lucinda Blake, 83 years old, died at her home on Prichard, WV, route 2, Apr 14, after a brief illness. She is survived by 5 sons, Benny, John, Walter, Oscar and Jink Blake, all of Prichard; 3 daughters, Mrs. Hattie Hatten of Hubbardstown, Mrs. Mary Adkins of Huntington and Mrs. Lou Blankenship of Ridgefield, CT; 31 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Henry Mullens last Sunday at the Gragston Baptist Church with burial in the Newman Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 28, 1939

BORDERS, Florida
Florida Borders, 29, died Wednesday morning of last week in a Williamson hospital from a skull fracture sustained last Saturday afternoon when a motor cycle which he was riding wrecked throwing him on a pavement. A son of the late Clarence Borders, deceased and Tela Castle, he was reared on a farm near Ulysses. Interment was made Friday at 2:30 at Ulean, WV. Surviving are the wife, mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. Ballard Castle, 2 sisters, Mrs. J. R. Hays of Zanesville, OH and Mrs. Hershel Castle of Thealka, 2 brothers, Collie Castel of Ulysses; and Freelan Borders of Portsmouth, OH; 3 stepsisters, Mrs. A. L. Borders of Ulysses and Mrs. Golda Borders and Clada Castle of Paintsville and a step brother, Junior Castle of East Fultonham, OH. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 21, 1939

BROWN, Cereldia (Wooten)
Mrs. Cereldia Brown, 68, native of this county, died Friday at her home in Vina Branch in Boyd County after a long illness. She moved to Boyd County in 1924. Burial was made in the Miller Cemetery in this county Sunday. Surviving are her husband, R. C. Brown, one son, George of Logan, WV and 2 daughters, Mrs. Hazel Ward of Vina Branch, Boyd County and Mrs. Opal Frazier of Wayne County, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 28, 1939

BURKE, William
William Burke, 70, farmer of near Fullers, died at his home there Sunday morning after an illness of 3 weeks of a heart ailment. Mr. Burke was a son of the late James and Polly Burke and was born and reared near Fuller and had resided all of his life on a farm there. Funeral was conducted  Tuesday afternoon from the home with the Rev. Henry Sturgell of Hewlett, WV, officiating and interment was made in the Burke family cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Julia Fitzpatrick Burke; 2 sons, J. H. Burke, Potter, KY and Ulysses Burke of Louisa, route 4, and one brother, Valentine Burke, Potter. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 21, 1939

CHAFFIN, Ardith C.
1907-1939
Mrs. Ardith C. Chaffin, died Apr 13. She is survived by the husband, Dennie Chaffin, 4 children, Rosie, Elmer, Troy and Pauline, her mother, Mrs. Mary Chapman of White ???, KY, 3 brothers, Andy, Floyd and Jessie of Charleston, 5 sisters, Mrs. Alice Elkins, Irene Chapman, Bessie Chaffins, Gladys Maynard, and Lizzie Chapman; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Judd. Mrs. Chaffin was born in Lawrence County, KY, Oct 13, 1907. She was an active member of the M. E. Church. funeral services were conducted by Revs. J. H. Judd and Ballard Copley with burial in a new cemetery on Camp Creek, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 28, 939

COLLINS, Morgan
Morgan Collins, 19, of Whitehouse was drowned in Levisa Fork of Big Sandy River early Monday morning when his boat sank while he was raising a trot line near his home. Neighbors, after dragging the river near the scene of the drowning for a half day, found the body at noon. A WPA worker, Collins had gone to the river before breakfast to raise a trot line he had baited the night before. It is believed the small boat he used leaked water and sank. He was unable to swim. When he did not return to breakfast, member of the family gave the alarm and neighbors joined in dragging the river. He was a son of the late Norman Collins of Whitehouse and was the third member of the family to meet a tragic death in the past 18 months, according to reports reaching here. Another brother was killed sometime ago in slate fall in the mines. It was not stated what caused another brother's death 18 months ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 28,1939

COPLEY, Lat
Lat Copley died at his home at Webb, WV, Apr 14. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Millie Marcum and a brother in Nebraska. He was the son of James Copley. Burial was in the Copley cemetery at Webb. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 28,1939

CORDLE, Royce Dan
Royce Dan Cordle, 4 months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Cordle of near Wilbur, died on Wednesday of last week after an illness of pneumonia. Interment was made Thursday in the family cemetery on Rockhouse. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 7, 1939

DAMRON, Thomas J.
Thomas J. Damron, 81, of Radnor, Wayne County, WV, died Tuesday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Fred Wysong at Yawkey, WV. He was a brother of Floyd Damron of Glenhayes. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 28, 1939

DOOLEY, Lou Annie (Thompson)
Mrs. Lou Annie Dooley, 55, a native of this county, died on Thursday of last week at her home in Ashland. Funeral was conducted from the home and interment made in the Rose Hill Burial park, Ashland. She was born in Lawrence County, a daughter of Reuben and Nancy Ann Thompson. Surviving are her husband, Thomas Dooley; 2 daughters, Mrs. John Callihan, Ashland and Mrs. Herbert Conley, Kenova, WV; one son, Walter Dooley, at home; 5 brothers, Asa Thompson, Lawrence County and John, Garfield, Loman and Allen Thompson all of Lincoln County, KY; 2 sisters, Mrs. Marion Larkins and Mrs. Emma Thompson, both of Lincoln County. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 7, 1939

DUNBAR, Richard
Richard M. Dunbar, 63, former resident of near Louisa, died on Thursday morning of last week at his home on Laurel Creek near Catlettsburg. Mr. Dunbar had been in failing health since January. An oil well driller, Mr. Dunbar moved, here from Pennsylvania a number of years ago. Until moving to Boyd County 3 years ago, he resided 2 miles north of Louisa on the Mayo Trail. He had been employed as a driller in Floyd County until becoming ill in January. Funeral was conducted Saturday morning at the residence with Rev. Bernard Kouns of Ashland officiating, and interment was made in the Williams Cemetery, Ashland. He is survived by his wife, a daughter, Mrs. Herbert Ranson, of Gartell Hill, Ashland, and 4 sons, John Dunbar, of Louisa, Fred and Richard, Jr. at home and Robert enlisted in the U. S. Navy and stationed on the west coast. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 14, 1939

FERGUSON, John
1869-1939
John Ferguson, 70 years old, of Fort Gay, died Apr 17. He was born Apr 16, 1869, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Ferguson. He had been a member of the Baptist Church for 30 years. Mr. Ferguson is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Ferguson, one son, Walter Lee Ferguson of Ironton, OH; 4 sisters, Mrs. R. D. Spencer of Ironton, OH, Mrs. Thomas Pelfrey of Reno, Mrs. Benton Crabtree of Fort Gay, and Mrs. J. H. Foster of Toledo. Burial was in the family cemetery near his home. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 28, 1939

FORD, Dellie (Merser)
Dellie Ford, 52, died last Friday morning at 1:30 at the Ford home at Lowmansville. She was a daughter of the late Aug and Polly Estep Merser of Pike County. Funeral was conducted Sunday morning at the Patrick Cemetery with Rev. William Burgess officiating. She is survived by her husband, Charles Ford, a son, Delters and 6 brothers. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 14, 1939

FRALEY, George W.
1851-1939
George W. Fraley, 87, was found dead in bed at his home between Torchlight and Chapman Wednesday morning, the victim of a heart attack. His wife, Mrs. Millie Thompson Fraley, died only 2 weeks ago. Funeral will be conducted Friday at 2 from the Spencer Church at Noris and interment will be made in the Fraley Cemetery on Little Blaine beside his wife. Mr. Fraley was born in Russell County, VA, in 1851. He had resided near Torchlight the past 26 years. He had been a member of the M. E. Church for 67 years. Surviving are 4 daughters, Mrs. J. F. O'Brian, Mrs. R. C. Boyd and Mrs. James Fraley of Paintsville, and Mrs. Charles Spencer of New Philadelphia, OH; 6 sons, Tom, Millard and Jim Fraley of Paintsville, Ephriam Fraley of Wayland, KY, Dock Fraley of Weeksbury, KY and Fred Fraley of Catlettsburg, KY and one brother, Tom Fraley of Charley, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 7, 1939

FUGGETT, Joseph H.
Joseph H. Fuggett, 61, native of this county, died at his home in Ashland Thursday of last week after an illness of 4 months. The body was returned to this county and interred Sunday in the Harmon Cemetery at Newcomb with Rev. David Sturgill officiating. Surviving are 2 sons, Granville Fuggett, Pikeville, KY, and James C. Fuggett, London, OH; 2 daughters, Mrs. Ruth Workman, Zelda, KY and Mrs. Ruth Adkins, Pikeville and 2 sisters, Mrs. Mollie Cantrell, Ashland and Lida Salyers, Huntington. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 14, 1939

GALLION, Elizabeth (Blankenship)
Mrs. Elizabeth Blankenship Gallion, 76, widow of the late John Gallion, died Thursday afternoon of last week at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Jack Presley, at Dennis. Funeral was conducted Saturday morning at 10:30 from the Presley home with the Rev. Fred Vanhorn officiating, and interment was made in the Watson Cemetery. Mrs. Gallion had been a member of the M. E. Church since childhood. Surviving are 2 daughters, Mrs. Jack Presley of Dennis, KY and Mrs. Maude Lester of Boomer, WV, 5 sons, Luther Gallion, Webbville, KY, Kay Gallion, Dennis, KY, Howard Gallion, Amhurstdale, WV, Al Gallion, Chesapeake, OH, and W. M. Gallion, Ashland, KY; one sister, Mrs. Martha Adams, Kingston, OH and 2 brothers, Martin Blankenship, Kingston, OH and Hiram Blankenship, Whitesville, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 28, 1939

GIBBS, Ruel
Ruel Gibbs, 35, died Thursday morning at the Paintsville hospital from an infection of the throat. He was the son of Rev. and Mrs. George Gibbs, of Chandlersville. Funeral services were held Saturday morning at 10 at Lowmansville and burial was made in the family cemetery near Lowmansville. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Ruel Gibbs and one daughter, also his father and mother, Rev. and Mrs. George Gibbs and a number of brothers. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 14, 1939

HARMON, V. D.
Rev. V. D. Harmon, 71, retired minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, died Monday afternoon at his home in Louisa after a 2 weeks illness of flu climaxed by pneumonia. Rev. Harmon was born near Fallsburg in 1868, a son of the late Daniel and Louisa Elk Harmon. A minister for 25 years, he had served pastorates at Webbville, Allen circuit, Wheelwright, Weeksburg and Wayland, all in the Ashland district. His last pastorate was at Wayland where he served for 7 years. He retired Feb 12, 1933 because of failing health and moved to Louisa where he had since resided. Funeral was conducted Wednesday afternoon in the Louisa M. E. Church, South, Dr. H. L. Clay, of Ashland, presiding elder of the Ashland district, who had been associated in the ministry with the deceased for many years, preached the funeral sermon. Rev. C. F. Froderman, pastor of the Louisa M. E. church, read the Old Testament scripture, Rev. R.P. Crumpler, present pastor at Wayland, offered the prayer and Rev. S. W. Funk, pastor of the Louisa church, read the New Testament scripture and gave a brief eulogy. Three hymns were rendered by the church choir. Interment was made in the Harmon Cemetery on Catt under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Rev. Harmon is survived by his wife, Mrs. Bertha Marcum Harmon; 3 daughters, Mrs. Dewey Isaac, Louisa, Mrs. Ed W. Kirk, Cadmus, KY and Mrs. J. B. Arnett, Everett, WA, 2 sons, Dan J. Harmon, Wayland, KY and Gladstone Harmon, Irad, KY, and 2 sisters, Mrs. Mary Green and Mrs. Maggy Stewart, both of Augusta, KY and 3 half brothers, Jay and Mark Shortridge of Ashland, KY and Bascom Shortridge of Cadmus, KY. The deceased was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Wayland, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 7, 1939

HARRISON, Thomas Greenville
Thomas Greenville Harrison, 77, father of J. Floyd Harrison of Wayne, died at the home in Wayne Tuesday after a long illness. Funeral was conducted Thursday in Wayne. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 28, 1939

HENSLEY, W. J.
W. J. Hensley, 56, furniture dealer of Millen, WV and a brother of C. E. Hensley of Crum, WV. died at Milton on Thursday of last week of a heart attack. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 28, 1939

HERN, Fannie
Mrs. Fannie Hern, 60, wife of Leonard Hern of Ashland, was fatally injured Sunday in an automobile accident near Grayson while a passenger in an automobile driven by her son in law, Howard Byron, of Buchanan. A collision of a truck traveling in front of the Byron car with another car threw the other car against the Byron automobile, completely demolishing it. Mrs. Hern was rushed to an Ashland hospital where she died Monday morning. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 28, 1939

HUFF, Theda Daine
Theda Daine Huff, 4 1/2 year old daughter of Clyde E. and Della Perry Huff of Fort Gay,  died Thursday afternoon of last week in a Louisa hospital of burns sustained the day before at the home of Mrs. M. L. Branham of Fort Gay. The little child had been entrusted to the care of Mrs. Branham, a friendly neighbor, while the mother was attending Marshall College, in Huntington and the father was a patient in the U. S. Veterans Hospital also in Huntington. While Mrs. Branham was washing the breakfast dished Wednesday morning, the little girl begged to also have an apron, and Mrs. Branham put one of her own aprons on the little girl, obligingly. Later Mrs. Branham stepped out of the house for a few minutes, heard screams, and rushed back. The apron on the child and her clothing underneath were in flames. Presumably, she had caught fire while placing a piece of paper in a gas fire. Mrs. Branham beat out the flames enveloping the child with her hands and pieces of clothing she snatched up. She received severe burns on her hands and arms and heart broken she collapsed later and is under the care of physicians. The child was rushed to a hospital in Louisa and physicians began a valiant battle against death. Little Theda died at 2:30 the next afternoon. A beautiful child, little Theda was the favorite of many people on Fort Gay. Mrs. Huff has been a teacher in Wayne County Schools the past few years and resigned as principal of the Coleman two-room school a few months ago in order to start work on an A. B. degree at Marshall College at the beginning of the second semester. Mr. Huff has been in poor health since returning from the World War nine days before the tragedy he had submitted to an operation in the Veterans hospital in Huntington, bur had sufficient recovered to be permitted by physicians to return home when the tragedy occurred. Funeral rites for the little girl were conducted from the home in Fort Gay Saturday morning with Rev. Henry Mullins of Wayne and Rev. Sam Wellman of Fort Gay, officiating. Interment was made in a cemetery near Fort Gay under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Surviving besides the parents is a grandmother, Mrs. Georgia Perry of Dunlow, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 28, 1939

KING, Addie (Walls)
1831-1939
A life spanning more than a century came to an end on Garrett's Creek, Wayne County, WV, Mar 21, with the death of Mrs. Addie King, Negro. All available information pieces Mrs. King's age at 108.  The public assistance department records show she was born in Alabama in 1831, when Abraham Lincoln was only 22 years old. She served as a slave in Alabama until freed by Lincoln following the bloody war between the states.

Before her marriage Mrs. King was Miss Addie Walls. Much of her personal history is lost in obscurity, but she retained until almost the day of her death a clear memory of her life in Alabama, about which she conversed with relatives and friends. At the time of her death she was making her home with her daughter and son in law, Mr. and Mrs. Will Tatom, who are tenants on the farm of Walker Booth and reside in a four room box house about one-fourth mile up the creek from the Booth home.

The Tatoms moved to Garretts' Creek on Nov 18, 1937. Mrs. King, then 106 years old, was able to walk the entire distance from the Booth residence, where the road ends, to her new home with the Tatoms. During the past year, however, she has been bedfast. the Tatoms formerly lived at Dunlow, Ceredo and Genoa and had been in West Virginia since 1928. Before coming to Wayne County, Mr. Tatom worked in the coal mines in Logan County, Mrs. King had lived with the Tatoms since the death of her husband in Alabama many years ago. She formerly lived in Pradville, Alabama.

The Tatoms are highly respected citizens and neighbors frequently visited their home to converse with Mrs. King since they moved to Garrett's Creek. Mrs. Tatom was 60 years old. Funeral services for Mrs. King were held last Thursday at the Wayne M. E. Church, with Rev. C. D. Harsh, pastor, officiating. Burial was in the Wayne Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 7, 1939

LAMBERT, John C.
John C. Lambert, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Jason Lambert who died at the Lambert home in Catlettsburg, was brought to this county and interred in the Lambert family cemetery on Newcomb last week. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 14, 1939

LEMASTER, Elmer Carl
1931-1939
Elmer Carl Lemaster, 8 year old son of Mrs. Lizzie Perry Lemaster died at the Lemaster home on Three Mile Monday morning after a 6 day illness of inflammatory rheumatism. Funeral rites were conducted Tuesday morning at 10 at the home on Three Mile and interment was made in the Maynard Cemetery on The Point Road. Surviving are the mother, 4 sisters and 3 brothers, and 3 grandparents, Henry Lemaster and Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Perry, all of Louisa, route 2. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 14, 1939

LITTLE, William M. "Bill"
William M. "Bill" Little, 59, widely known in Eastern Kentucky and Southern West Virginia as a horse trader and live stock dealer, was killed instantly at 6:55 Monday evening on U. S. 52 near Maher, below Kermit, WV when his truck turned over after striking the cribbing adjoining the N & W railway. Andrew Belcher, 28, driver of the Little truck, escaped injury, but a horse being transported in the truck was killed. Belcher later was arrested at the home of a sister in Nolan and will be charged with manslaughter and drunken driving, it was reported by the Williamson Dailey News today.  Little, a native of this county, owned farms on both sides of Tug Fork and lived on his Kentucky farm opposite and a little above Webb, WV, until a fire destroyed his Kentucky home a few months ago, after which he moved to his farm near Webb on the West Virginia side. Belcher was a neighbor and lived on a farm adjoining Little's Kentucky farm.

West Virginia State Trooper Elmer Cubin was quoted by the Williamson Dailey news as stating Belcher admitted being intoxicated and quoted him as saying "this never would have happened if I hadn't been drunk."  Little was rushed to a Williamson hospital by a passing motorist where physicians pronounced him death upon arrival. Injuries apparently were wholly internal. In the absence of marks of external injuries, a theory was advanced that Little may have died of a heart attack or a broken neck. The accident happened on a stretch of U. S. 52 that is straight for several hundred years. Tire marks on the paving, according to the Williamson paper, indicated the truck was out of control before it struck the cribbing. The cribbing is made of railroad ties and heavy timbers. Relatives were informed that Little and Belcher reached Nolan Sunday evening from Paintsville where on Saturday they had attended the Paintsville Livestock Company sales. They had traveled only a short distance toward their home when the accident occurred.

Little was a son of the late James Little and was born and reared in this county. Funeral rites were conducted at the Little home near Webb Wednesday with Rev. Ballard Copley officiating, with burial in the nearby Curry Cemetery. A large crowd attended the funeral. Surviving are the wife, the former Miss Chloe Curry and 3 children, Miss Nadine Little and Anna Little Harmon, both school teacher, and W. M. Little, Jr., postmaster at Webb, WV. Brothers and sister surviving are: Strother and Otto Little of Harland, KY, G. C. Little of Kenova, WV, C. K. Little of Cassie, WV, Mrs. Floyd Damron of Glenhayes, WV and Mrs. Boyd Damron of Ashland, KY.

Before the electrification of the coal mines of West Virginia and Kentucky, mules instead of motors were generally used and Little was a partner of the late Ira Webb and the late Bige Wells in the Williamson Horse & Mule Co. Little bought mules in St. Louis and shipped them to Williamson and other mining centers in carload lots. All three of the partners met death in automobile accidents. Webb was killed about 14 years ago when his car overturned near Kermit, WV and Wells met death when a freight train struck his car in Lexington, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 28,1939

MAYNARD, Dan J.
1860-1939
Dan J. Maynard, 78, retired farmer and prominent citizen of Fort Gay, dropped dead of a heart attack Monday morning about 9 in Fort Gay. Mr. Maynard was supervising the painting of a tenant house in Fort Gay when he was stricken and died suddenly. He was born at Clifford, KY, Sep 17, 1860, a son of the late Charles and Sally Fluty Maynard, but had resided in Fort Gay for 40 years. He had been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for 50 years. Funeral was conducted Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 from the Methodist Episcopal Church in Fort Gay with the pastor, Rev. Sam Wellman, officiating and interment was made in the Bearie Cemetery near Fort Gay. Mr. Maynard is survived by 4 daughters, Mrs. Charles Frasher of Fort Gay, Mrs. L. M. Wellman, Middle Point, OH, Mrs. S. Y. Dobbins, Huntington, WV, and Mrs. A. E. Kearns, of Toledo, OH and 2 sons P. H. Maynard of Fort Gay and J. B. Maynard of Van Wert, OH. His wife, Mrs. Josephine Beaire Maynard, died in 1935. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 14, 1939

MEREDITH, Alice (Wellman)
Mrs. Alice Wellman Meredith, 72, wife of W. D. Meredith of Fort Gay route 1, died Sunday at the Meredith home on Big Hurricane Creek a few miles from Fort Gay. She had been ill 6 years. Funeral was conducted Monday afternoon at the home with the Rev. J. T. Spencer, of Fort Gay, route 1, officiating and interment was made in the family cemetery. Mrs. Meredith was a daughter of the late Mitchell and Nancy Billups Wellman, pioneer residents of Wayne County. She had been a member of the Baptist Church for more than half a century. She and Mr. Meredith had been married 50 years and only recently observed their golden wedding anniversary. Besides the husband, she is survived by 4 daughters, Mrs. Goodwin Lycan, Mrs. Roy Crabtree and Mrs. James Skeens all of Fort Gay route 1, and Mrs. Albert Johnson, of Prichard, WV; 4 sons, Roy, Culley and Everett Meredith, all of Fort Gay, route 1 and Beverly Meredith of Logan, WV; 2 sisters, Mrs. Georgia Peters and Mrs. Bird Lycan, both of Fort Gay, route 1 and a brother, John Wellman of Fort Gay, route 1, Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 7, 1939

PACK, Mrs. Homer (McCoy)
Mrs. Homer McCoy Pack, 19, a daughter of the late Elliott McCoy of Martin County, died Sunday in a Williamson hospital after an illness of a year of tuberculosis. Funeral was held at the home at Chattaroy and interment was made on Wolf Creek in Martin County. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 28,1939

PATRICK, Ison Ray
Ison Ray Patrick, 7 day old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ison Hammond Patrick, died Tuesday morning at the Patrick home at Tuscola. Funeral was conducted Tuesday afternoon and interment was made in McDaniel Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 14, 1939

PAYNE, Alvin
Alvin Payne, 84, lifelong resident of Lawrence County, died Monday midnight at the home of a daughter, Mrs. James Fraley at Noris. He had been ill for 3 months. Mr. Payne professed conversion on Apr 1 during a revival meeting at Little Blaine and was baptized in Little Blaine near Spencer Church last Saturday. Funeral was conducted at the Fraley home on Little Blaine Tuesday afternoon with the Rev. W. T. Fraley and Rev. Bert Miller officiating, and interment was made in the Spencer cemetery. He is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. James Fraley, Noris and Mrs. Willie Adams, Ellen; 2 sons, Lewis Payne of Ohio and Peter Payne of Louisa, route 2, and one sister, Mrs. Rhoda Spencer of Noris. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 14, 1939

PELFREY, Thomas J.
Thomas J. Pelfrey, 74, died at his home on Patrick Creek in Wayne County, WV Wednesday morning. Funeral will be held Friday at the Echo Baptist Church. Mrs. Lizzie Thompson, of Prichard is a daughter and Eullin Pelfrey of Genoa is a son. Big Sandy news, Friday, Apr 7, 1939

PERKINS, Matilda
Mrs. Matilda Perkins, 86, died Friday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Susie Hensley in Huntington and the body was returned to this county for interment Sunday in the family cemetery near Webbville. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 7, 1939

PETERS, Missouri (Boggs)
Mrs. Missouri Boggs Peters, 52, former rural school teacher in Greenup County and a native of Elliott County, died Wednesday of last week at her home in Summer, IL. Her husband, J. N. Peters, died only 2 weeks before. The body was returned to the home of a brother, Brasque Boggs at Maloneton, Greenup County, for burial. She was a daughter of the late J. H. Boggs and was born in Elliott county. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 14, 1939

PRESTON, Mrs. S. C.
Mrs. S. C. Preston, of Georges Creek passed away at the age of 55 years, 7 months and 4 days. She had been sick three weeks but her illness never became serious until 2 days before she died. She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. She leaves beside her husband, 2 daughters, Mrs. Alvie Curnutte of Fallsburg, KY and Mrs. Hubert Maynard of Kaylong, WV, 4 sisters and 4 brothers, besides a host of friends. She was laid to rest in the Preston Cemetery at Georges Creek. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 21, 1939

RICKMAN, Robert "Bob"
Robert Rickman, 89, lifelong resident of Lawrence and Boyd counties, died Monday morning at the home of a son, Patton Rickman, in Huntington. Mr. Rickman was born in Russell County, VA, but moved to the Big Sandy section with his parents when a child, settling at Lockwood. He had been a farmer all his life and resided for many yeas at Zelda and Buchanan in this county. The body was returned to Zelda for interment Wednesday in the Buchanan Chapel M. E. church, South, Cemetery at Zelda. He is survived by 4 daughters, Mrs. Charles Woods, Zelda, KY, Mrs. James White, Dayton, OH, Mrs. Ada West?, Huntington, WV, and Miss Martha Rickman, Zelda, KY; 9 sons, Patton and Tom Rickman, both of Huntington, WV, William Rickman, Torchlight, KY, Taxwell Rickman, Catlettsburg, KY, Charles Rickman, Dayton, OH, Robert Rickman, Jr. Buchanan, KY and Frank Scott and Floyd Rickman of Zelda. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 7, 1939

RICKMAN, Tazwell G.
Rev. Tazwell G. Rickman, 79, of Garrett, died in the Stumbo hospital at Lackey Apr 1. He was a brother of Robert Rickman, of Zelda, who died Monday of last week at the home of a son, Patton Rickman in Huntington. Rev. Tazwell Rickman had spent most of his life as a Baptist minister and held a number of pastorates in Johnson County. Funeral was conducted at the Baptist Church at Denver, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 14, 1939

ROBERTS, Ella (Smith)
Mrs. Ella Smith Roberts, 52, wife of Eli Roberts, died last Friday midnight at the Smith home near Tuscola after a 2 weeks illness of pneumonia. Funeral was conducted Sunday afternoon from the Baker Church on Catt with the Rev. James Harvey officiating and interment was made in the Smith Cemetery. Deceased was a daughter of E. W. Smith and the late Pricie Kirk Smith and was born and reared in this county. She had been a member of the Pilgrim Holiness Church for 20 years. Surviving are the husband, father, E. W. Smith of Webbville, 4 daughters, Mrs. J. H. Lynch, Detroit, MI, Mrs. D. V. Cole, War, WV, Mrs. Leslie Gartin, Powhattan, WV, and Miss Fannie Leigh Roberts, at home; 2 sisters, Mrs. W. I. Webb, Ashland, KY and Mrs. W. O. Lay, Northfork, VA and 6 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 28, 1939

SCOTT, John E.
John E. Scott, 90, native of Martin County, died Friday midnight at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Millard Fannin near Fallsburg. He was a son of the late Barnie and Matilda Elswick Scott. He moved to this county from Martin county 39 yeas ago and had resided here since. He had been a member of the M. E. Church for 50 years. Funeral was conducted Sunday afternoon from the Fannin home with Rev. R. R. Cassidy officiating. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Hannie  Elswick Scott, 2 daughters, Mrs. Millard Fannin, Louisa, route 4 and Mrs. W. H. James, Ashland, KY; 2 brothers, Martin Scott and Columbus Scott, both of Pikeville and 4 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Big Sandy news, Friday, Apr 28, 1939

SEGRAVES, Farris
Farris Segraves, 51, a native of the head of Keaton near the Lawrence-Johnson county line, died Sunday at his home on the Powellsville road near Portsmouth. He had been employed at the Memorial Burial Park near Portsmouth for 11 years. He was a son of Jesse Segraves of the head of Keaton. Funeral was held Wednesday at the United Baptist Church at Garden City near Wheelersburg, OH. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Amanda Segraves, 3 children, Estill and Harold at home and Edward of Chillicothe, OH; a sister, Mrs. Eli Dials of Martha, KY and 2 brothers, Norman and Troy, addresses unknown. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 28, 1939

SKAGGS, D. V.
1845-1939
D. V. Skaggs, 93, a retired farmer and one of Lawrence County's oldest citizens, died at his home at Martha Tuesday evening at 6. Mr. Skaggs was born Oct 16, 1845 at Martha and had resided there all his life where he was a prominent farmer and landowner. His wife, Mrs. Louisa Dials Skaggs, died a number of years ago. He had been a member of the Baptist Church for 40 years. Funeral was conducted Thursday afternoon from the home and interment was made in the Skaggs family cemetery at Martha. He is survived by 2 sons, Dr. D. R. Skaggs of Royalton, KY and Cornelius Skaggs of Roscoe, KY and by several grandchildren and great grandchildren. A son, Oscar Skaggs, was killed some years ago in an accident at the Swiss pumping plant. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 7, 1939

SKAGGS, John D.
John D. "Dewey" Skaggs, 40, special agent for the C & O railway and a native of the Keaton section of Johnson County, shot and killed himself while seated in a car in front of his home in Catlettsburg early Wednesday morning of last week. One bullet from a .38 caliber revolver entered the roof of his mouth and emerged from the top of his head. Skaggs' body was found slumped over the steering wheel of his car by policeman summoned to the scene by Mrs. Skaggs who told the officers her husband drove up in front of the house, sounded the horn, and called for her to come out. A moment later, she told the officers, she heard the shot. When he failed to answer her repeated calls, she summoned the officer, she said. Member of the family could give no motive for the act, Dr. Hall said. He was a son of Jeremiah and Alice Williams Skaggs and was born in Johnson County. He moved to Catlettsburg 20 years ago and had been a special railway officer for the past 10 years. Burial was made in Catlettsburg. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Marie Segraves Skaggs, 2 daughters, Mildred and Wanda Lee, both at home; 4 sons, Edmond Skaggs with the United States Navy, stationed at Brementon, WA; J. D. Jr., Henry R. and James C. Skaggs, all at home; 3 sisters, Mrs. Mollie Mullins of Ironton, OH, Mrs. Mae Cukner?, and Mrs. Myrtle Hardin, both of Portsmouth, OH, 2 brothers, Herbert Skaggs of Prichard, WV and Dolpha Skaggs former Catlettsburg chief of police. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 14, 1939

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BARTRAM, Julia (See)
1863-1939
Mrs. Julia M. Bartram, 75, widow of the late George W. Bartram of Fort Gay, died shortly after noon Saturday after an illness of six months of complications incident to advanced age. Funeral was conducted Monday afternoon at 2 from the M. E. Church in Fort Gay with the pastor, Rev. Samuel Wellman, officiating. Mrs. Bartram was born Aug 11, 1863, on The Point road a mile south of Louisa, a daughter of the late John and Sarah Wellman See. Her father, it is reported, was the first male child born at the Forks of Sandy. Mrs. Bartram had been a member of the Three Mile Baptist Church for 59 years. She is survived by 5 daughters, Mrs. Bertha Bartram and Mrs. Minnie Spencer, both of Fort Gay, Mrs. Charles Reif Snyder, Akron, OH, Mrs. William Weddington, Roanoke, VA and Mrs. Malcolm Crutcher, Louisa; one son, Roy C. Bartram, Amanda, OH; 3 sisters, Mrs. Ida Raines and Mrs. Kizzie Robinson, both of Fort Gay, and Mrs. George Peck of Issaquash, WA, 2 brothers, Mont and James See, of Louisa. Her husband, George W. Bartram died 24 years ago. A large assemblage attended the funeral Monday. Pall bearers were Active: Arnold Wellman, George Wellman, Ernest Spencer, Jack Dye,  Bill Weddington and Bill Justice. Honorary: Mrs. A. C. Reynolds, Mrs. Beunia Rowe Brown, Mrs. Mack Bailey, Mrs. C. C. New, Mrs. Charles Justice, Mrs. Lyss Fluty, Mrs. Hiram Wellman, Mrs. Dan Boothe, Mrs. Taylor Billups, Mrs. Susie Thompson, Mrs. Virgil Burnette, Mrs. Reynolds Frasher and Miss Cora Caldwell. Big Sandy News, May 5, 1939

BOND, A. C.
Dr. A. C. Bond, 54, prominent Eastern Kentucky physician, died May 7 in the Veterans' Hospital in Huntington of a heart ailment from which he had long suffered. Funeral was conducted in the Christian Church, Catlettsburg, May 9, with the Rev. O. Sutherland, pastor of Vinson Memorial Church, Huntington in charge. The body was brought to Lawrence County and taken to Wilbur for interment near the home of his father in law, B. F. Burgess. Dr. Bond was a descendant of pioneer families of Virginia and Kentucky. He was the youngest of 4 brothers, all physicians and a great grandson of Dr. William Ellington Bond of Calvert County, VA. He was a member of the Christian Church and served as an elder. For several years he taught the Men's Bible Class in the Catlettsburg Christian Church. He was a member of the American Medical Association, the Boyd County Medical Society and Poage chapter of the Masonic Lodge. Dr. Albert Curtis Bond was born Aug 30, 1884, in Johnson County, the son of Stephen Perry and Anne Hawes Bond. He was married Feb 6, 1907 to Miss Terra Alta Burgess of Lawrence County. He received his M. D. degree from the University of Louisville in 1911, did post-graduate work in Chicago and the University of New York, specializing in surgery. Bond served during the World War as a volunteer member of the medical reserve with the rank of First Lieutenant, stationed at Fort Oglethorpe, GA. At the end of the war he resigned his commission to resume private practice in Ashland and Catlettsburg, where he was also affiliated with his brothers, Dr. Charles F. Bond and the late Dr. O. K. Bond. In 1920, Dr. Bond went to Pikeville, where he became one of the founders of whit is now known as the Methodist Hospital. A year later he returned to his  practice in Catlettsburg where he remained until ill health forced his retirement in 1933. Dr. Bond is survived by his widow, Mrs. Terra Burgess Bond, one son, Dr. A. Haskell Bond, and a daughter, Mrs. Neva Bond Sessmer, a granddaughter, Stephanie Jan Sessmer, all of Seco, KY; one brother, Dr. Charles F. Bond of Prestonsburg; 3 nephews, J. D. and Oscar P. Bond of Prestonsburg; Charles V. Bond, of Pikeville and the following nieces: Mrs. Flem Keller of Catlettsburg, Miss Clotile Bond, of Hazard, Miss Lucille Bond of Pikeville, Miss Dorothy Curtis Bond, Lexington and Miss Dixie Ann Bond, Louisville. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 12, 1939

BOWLING, J. M.
J. M. Bowling died at his home on Loss Creek near Glenhayes May 8, after a brief illness of pneumonia. He had lived for many years in Carter County. Funeral was conducted at the home with Rev. Kelley and Rev. Parson officiating. Pallbearers were grandsons of the deceased, Virgil, Clifford and Edgel Bowling, Garland Howell, Delmar Artis and Wilbur Jordan. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 12, 1939

BRANHAM, Charles F.
Mrs. Charles F. Branham, of Parkersburg, WV, died at her home Monday morning, relatives here have been informed. Mrs. Branham was a native of Parkersburg, but has visited in Louisa. She was a sister in law of Mrs. L. L. Kinder of Louisa. Funeral was conducted at Parkersburg Wednesday. She is survived by the husband and her mother, Mrs. Clara Belle Robinson, all of Parkersburg. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 5, 1939

CARTER, Hester (Thompson)
1853-1939
Mrs. Hester Thompson Carter, 85, beloved Louisa lady and widow of the late George Carter, of Yatesville, died at her home in Louisa last Thursday evening at 7:40 after a day's illness of a heart ailment. Mrs. Carter was born at Busseyville, Dec 8, 1853, a daughter of the late A. J. and Mary Spencer Thompson. After her marriage to Mr. Carter, they moved to Yatesville and resided there until his death in 1908, since when she had resided in Louisa. She was loved here by all who knew her. She had been a member of the M. E. Church, South for 71 years. Funeral was conducted from the Louisa M. E. Church, South, Saturday afternoon with the pastor, Rev. S. W. Funk, and Rev. C. F. Froderman, pastor of the First Methodist church, officiating. The body was taken to Yatesville in the Curtright Funeral car for interment in the Carter family cemetery. She is survived by a stepson, A. O. Carter, Mater Commissioner of Lawrence County, 2 foster children, Mrs. Estill Diamond of Lucasville, OH and James Grubb, of Oklahoma, 4 sisters, Mrs. A. T. Burton and Mrs. J. C. Plummer, both of Louisa, Mrs. Jerry Williams, of Bolt, WV, and Mrs. Minnie McCowan, of Ashland, KY and 2 brothers, W. K. Thompson of Louisa and John B. Thompson of Fort Gay, route 1. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 26, 1939

CARTER, John
John Carter, native of the Morgan Creek section of this county, died last Thursday in Huntington where he had resided for a number of years. The body was returned to this county and taken to Yatesville for interment in the Marcum cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 26, 1939

CASTLE, William
William Castle, 86, died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Henry Chandler, Saturday, May 13. He had been a member of the United Baptist Church for many years. His wife, died a few years ago. Funeral was conducted May 14 at the home of Mrs. Caldwell at Rockhouse and interment was made in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 26, 1939

CARTMELL, Mary (See)
1892-1939
Mrs. Mary See Cartmell, 47, native of the Lick Creek section ear Louisa, died Thursday, last week, in an Ashland hospital after an illness of 2 months. Mrs. Cartmell was born on Lick Creek, Apr 22, 1892, a daughter of the late John B. and Amanda Miller See. The body was returned to Louisa and funeral was conducted Saturday in the Baptist Church here with the pastor, Rev. J. C. Hager officiating and interment was made in the See Cemetery near Louisa. She is survived by her husband, John R. Cartmell, one son, James Bennett Cartmell at home, one daughter, Miss Danah Cartmell at home; 2 brothers, "Major" Mart See, State College, Mississippi and David G. See, Handley, WV and 2 sisters, Mrs. L. J. Cupp, Ironts, VA and Mrs. George Tier, of Ashland. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 12, 1939

CERTAIN, Amanda Elizabeth (Kelly)
Mrs. Amanda Elizabeth Certain, 57, wife of J. A. Certain, of near Blaine, died at the Certain home Sunday evening after an illness of 11 days. Deceased was a daughter of the late John and Elizabeth Seagraves Kelly and was born and reared near Red Bush, Johnson County. She had been a member of the New Regular Baptist Church for 38 years. Funeral was conducted from the home Tuesday afternoon with Rev. Lonzo Ferguson of Portsmouth, OH, officiating and interment was made in the family cemetery. Besides the husband, she is survived by 3 daughters, Mrs. Finland Whitley of Mechanicsburg, OH, Mrs. John Busch, of Huntington, WV, and Miss Stella Certain at home, 3 sisters, Mrs. Cecil Fyffe of Ayersville, KY, Mrs. Monroe Phillips and Mrs. W. I. Osborn of Blaine and a brother, S. O. Kelley of Red Bush, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 12, 1939

CRABTREE,  Leo J.
Leo J. Crabtree, 26, died at the home of his mother, Mrs. Ambrose Holbrook Crabtree at Gladys, Wednesday noon after an illness of 4 months of tuberculosis. Funeral will be conducted Friday afternoon at 2 at the Crabtree Cemetery on Twin Branch with the Rev. Fred Vanhorn of Dennis officiating. Besides his mother, he is survived by a sister, Mrs. Sarah Dowdy, of Rush, KY, and 3 brothers, Albert, Marion and Charles Crabtree of Gladys. His father, Ambrose H. Crabtree, died a number of years ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 5, 1939

DALE, Fox
Fox Dale, 72, a native of Auxier, KY, and brother of A. J. Dale of Richardson died Tuesday of last week at the home of a daughter, Mrs. W. M. Evans in Cincinnati. The body was returned to Auxier for funeral and interment. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 26, 1939

DAMRON, Thomas J.
Thomas J. Damron, 81 years old, of Radnor, WV, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Fred Wysong of Yawkey, Apr 25, after an illness of 2 weeks. Mr. Damron was a son of the late Mose and Betty Damron early residents of Wayne County. He is survived by the widow, Mrs. Georgie Damron, 3 other daughters, Mrs. D. E. Damron of Radnor, Mrs. Inez Jones and Miss Mary Jane Damron of Huntington; 3 sons, Fred and Clyde Damron of Branchland and William Damron at home; 3 brothers, Floyd Damron of Glenhayes, Ed Damron of Radnor and Vince Damron of Kentucky; one sister, Mrs. Thursie Dingess. Funeral services were conducted at the home Thursday morning by Rev. Glenn Arrowood and Rev. Calvin Stafford, with burial in Damron Cemetery near Radnor. Big Sandy News, Friday May 5, 1939

DANIEL, Rebecca (Stapleton)
1857-1939
Mrs. Rebecca Stapleton Daniel, 82, native of Flat Gap, died Sunday at the home of a son, A. M. Daniel in Ashland. She had been ill for several months. Mrs. Daniel lived at Kerz for many years, going to Ashland 11 years ago to make her home with her son. Mrs. J. M. Gambill, of Offutt is a daughter. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 26, 1939

ELAM, James M.
James M. Elam, 55, for many yeas a prominent business man of West Liberty, died Tuesday of last week. He had been in failing health for several years. Surviving are brothers, John Elam and Russell Elam, Wrigley, Bennie Elam, Morehead, Bert Elam, Middletown, OH, Bill Elam, Keegto Harbor, MI and a sister, Lizzie Lovelace, Middletown, OH. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 5, 1939

FRALEY, Thomas
Thomas  Fraley, 91, retired Lawrence County farmer, died Tuesday of last week at the home of a son, Rev. W. T. Fraley, at Norris, 4 weeks after suffering a stroke of paralysis. Funeral was conducted Thursday from the home of Rev. Fraley with the Rev. William W. Moore and Rev. Ray Roberts, of Louisa, officiating and interment was made in the family cemetery. Deceased was born in Virginia, a son of William and Rebecca Fraley. He moved from Virginia to this county 78 years ago and had resided here since. He remained active on his farm until failing health caused his retirement 3 years ago at the age of 88. He had been a member of the Freewill Baptist church for 60 years. Surviving are 2 daughters, Mrs. At. Ball of Mattie, KY, and Mrs. Jim York of Louisa, route 2, and 5 sons, Rev. W. T. Fraley and James L. Fraley both of Noris, Thomas L. Fraley of Circleville, OH, Milton Fraley, of Louisa and Ernest Fraley of Cincinnati, OH. His wife, Sarah Robinett Fraley died 22 years ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 26, 1939

GOFF, N. T.
Dr. N. T. Goff, descendant of the pioneer Goff family of Louisa, died Sunday morning at his home in Kenova. Funeral was conducted Tuesday at the Presbyterian Church in Kenova and burial was made in Woodmere Cemetery, Huntington. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 5, 1939

HALL, O. C.
1892-1939
Prestonsburg, KY, Apr 28--From the Floyd County Times)--O. C. Hall, Prestonsburg, Commonwealth' Attorney for the last 5 years of the 31st Judicial district, succumbed at 10:40 Saturday night at Flemingsburg, KY, to a heart ailment extending over the last 14 years. Forty-six years old, a native of the Left Beaver Creek section of the county, Mr. Hall was one of the most fearless prosecutors ever to appear in the courts of Floyd and Knott counties. Though his condition has been critical for weeks, his passing was received throughout the district as a distinct shock, and several hundreds of persons gathered at the courthouse here Monday as his body was expected to arrive to lie in state in the circuit courtroom, scene of many the legal battle in which he took part, from 11 a.m. till 1 p.m. Mr. Hall's death followed an illness of 14 weeks which had baffled agreed diagnosis of physicians. From his home here he was taken, when he first became ill, to the Stumbo Memorial hospital, Lackey. After receiving treatment there, he was removed to the Good Samaritan hospital, Lexington. Two weeks before he died, he was removed from the Lexington hospital to the home of his brother, Dr. J. F. Hall, prominent Flemingsburg man, where death occurred. A son of the late Ben F. and Mrs. Lucy Hopkins Hall, Oglevee Curtis Hall was born Jul 19, 1892 at McDowell. He attended school here and later at the Eastern Kentucky Norman, Louisa. After a short period during which he was a teacher in the Floyd County schools, he was admitted to the bar and for more than 29 years practices the legal profession in this county. Member of ofe of the sections's largest families, he often was required to prosecute murder cased in which kinsmen were defendants, but these tasks he faced without hesitancy. His utter disregard of threats of physical violence i the performance of his duties was common knowledge to all in the district. Likewise, his adherence to the Democratic party, winner or loser himself in political campaign, was proverbial. The body was brought to the Hall residence here Sunday afternoon, thence taken to the courthouse Monday morning, and from there to the home of his sister, Mrs. T. L. Turner, at McDowell. Funeral rites were conducted Tuesday morning at 11 from the Turner home, the Revs. Frank and Ellis Hopkins, of Pike County, and the Rev. G. Bennett Adams of Whitesburg, officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery beside Mr. Hall's parents. "I have never, during the five years we had worked together, questioned any order he had asked in behalf of the Commonwealth." Circuit Judge John W. Caudill said during the brief memorial service conducted Monday as the body of Commonwealth's Attorney Hall lay in state in the circuit courtroom. " I have never questioned these requests, because I felt that he was not only efficient but alos honest and that he took into consideration only the question of whether a matter was right or wrong. The Prestonsburg Bar Association assembled in a body during the services. Others who , during the service which was cut short because of limited time, eulogized Mr. Hall's life were J. D. Harkins, SR., president of the bar association, Edward L. Allen and B. M. James. W. M. Dingus, dean of the Prestonsburg bar, opened the service with prayer. Big Sandy News, May 5, 1939

HAZLETT, Richard Phillip
Richard Phillip Hazlett, 16 day old son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hazlett, died at the Hazlett home at Buchanan last Thursday. Funeral was conducted Friday from the Buchanan Chapel M. E. Church, South, with Rev. Ira Copley officiating. Surviving besides the parents are a brother, Harry, at home, and its grandmothers, Mrs. Leona Hazlett, Prichard, WV and Mrs. Ella Lambert, Buchanan, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 5, 1939

HUGHES, Doshie (Kitchen)
Mrs. Doshie Kitchen Hughes, 27, wife of Virgil Blaine Hughes, of Slagle, WV, died Monday morning in a Louisa hospital. An infant son, Paul H. Hughes, died the previous evening. Mrs. Hughes was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wert C. Kitchen of Dennis and was born and reared there. Funeral rites were conducted from the Kitchen home at Dennis Thursday morning at 10:30 with the Rev. Fred Vanhorn officiating and interment was made in the Browning Cemetery at Dennis. Mrs. Hughes is survived by her parents, husband, a son, Richard Edward Hughes, 2 sisters, Mrs. William Salters, Mahan, WV and Miss Pauline Kitchen of Dennis; 2 brothers, Walter Kitchen of Houckville, KY and Kenneth Kitchen of Dennis and by her father and mother in law, Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Hughes of Webbville. Big Sandy News, Friday May 5, 1939

LEMASTER, Will
1867-1939
Will Lemaster, a former resident of this county, died last Friday at Piketon, OH. The body was returned to this county and taken to Eloise where funeral was conducted Sunday by the Rev. Jarret Cordle. Interment was made in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 26, 1939

LEWIS, Liza (Rucker)
Mrs. Liza Lewis, 75, died last Thursday at the home of Chester Douglas in Ashland. She was born in Carter County, a daughter of Elza and Sarah Prince Rucker. Among the survivors is a sister, Mrs. Annabelle Sammons, of near Louisa, and 2 brothers, Richard Rucker of Fort Gay, WV and John Rucker, of Glenhayes, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 12, 1939

MOORE, Ernest
Ernest Moore, 34, of the Laurel section 3 miles from Blaine, died at LaGrange, KY, Wednesday and the body was returned to the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Monroe Moore on Laurel where funeral will be conducted at 10:30 Friday morning with the Rev. Herman Ross, of Blaine, officiating and interment will be made in the family cemetery. Besides his parents, Moore is survived by 4 sisters, Mrs. Dewey Ross and Mrs. Dorsey Ratcliffe, Mt. Sterling, KY, Mrs. Russell Boggs, Ashland, KY and Miss Ola Moore, at home and one brother, Ellis Moore at home. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 26, 1939

OSBORN, Dr. H. C.
1883-1939
Dr. H. C. Osborn, 56, a native of Blaine, and for many years a prominent physician and surgeon in Ashland, died last Saturday afternoon at his home in Ashland. Dr. Osborn on Apr 12, was performing an operation at the King's Daughters Hospital in Ashland when he was stricken by a paralytic stroke. He remained a patient at the hospital until a few days before his death at which time he was seemingly much improved and was removed to his home. On Wednesday of last week he suffered a second stroke and remained in an extremely critical condition until the time of his death. Dr. Osborn was born on Apr 26, 1883, at Blaine, Lawrence county, the son of Lawson and Nancy Gambill Osborn. He received his early education in the public schools of Lawrence county and later attended Blaine Normal school and Berea College. He was graduated from the University of Louisville with the class of 1910 with the highest honors and was recipient of a medal each years for having attained the highest standing in his class. On Apr 8, 1903, he was married to Miss Nora Alice Williams. Dr. Osborn served his internship in the Louisville City hospital and afterward entered the U. S. Army Medical School at Washington, D. C. Upon completing the course there he was commissioned a captain in the medical corps and resigned his commission. He then returned to Blaine where he started his practice of medicine. Soon after the United States entered the World War, Dr. Osborn volunteered his services and his commission as captain was restored. He served in this capacity during the duration of the war, spending the most of that time in France. Dr. Osborn was a member of the Ashland Rotary Club, Boyd County Medical Association, American Medical Association, Jake Rice Lodge No. 606 A. F. & A.M. of Blaine and the Clarence Fields post the American Legion of Ashland. Funeral was conducted Monday at the residence in Ashland with Rev. Garis T. Long, pastor of the First Ashland Baptist Church, officiating and interment was made in the Ashland cemetery. Surviving are his wife, 3 daughters, Mrs. Earl H. Berry of Huntington, WV, Mrs. J. A. Ekers of Ashland and Mrs. Howard N. Williams, of Ashland. One brother, Martin G. Osborn of Ashland and 2 grandchildren, Eleanor Earl Berry and Richard Henry Berry both of Huntington, also survive. Pallbearers were Dr. W. I. Gambill, Dr. M. D. Garred, Dr. J. C. Sparks, Dr. T. D. Goodman, John W. McKenzie and R. Campbell Van Sant. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Boyd County Medical Association: Dr. C. B. Rice, of Louisa and Dr. R. T. Morris and Dr. H. H. Holbrook, both of Greenup. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 12, 1939

RICE, Edith Lorraine
Miss Edith Lorraine Rice, 18, a junior in the Louisa high school and a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Rice, who reside on the Mayo Trail a mile north of Louisa, died  Saturday in a local hospital after submitting to an operation for appendicitis on Tuesday. Funeral was conducted Monday afternoon at 2:30 from the Myrtle Chapel on Five Forks with Rev. J. C. Hager, pastor of the Louisa Baptist Church, and Rev. L. S. alley officiating and interment was made in the Myrtle Chapel Cemetery under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. A large crowd, including many teachers in the Louisa high school and classmates of the deceased attended the rites The choir of the Louisa First Methodist Church sang three hymns. Active pallbearers were 6 students from the Louisa high school--R. T. Burns, Tom Stone, Jarrell Ball, Herbert Wilson, Tom Hayes, Jr. and Wall Skaggs. Classmates acted as honorary pall bearers. Miss Rice attended high school in Louisa and attended the Myrtle Chapel Sunday School. Besides  the parents, she is survived by 3 sisters, Billie Jean, Ella Louisa and Mary Catherine and 3 brothers, Thomas, Jr., Billy Joe and Bobbie, all at home. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 26, 1939

SEAGRAVES, Margaret Marie
Miss Margaret Marie Seagraves, 19, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard O. Seagraves of Louisa, route 1, died at the Seagraves home at Smokey Valley at 2 Saturday morning following a 2 weeks illness of pneumonia. Funeral was conducted from the Smokey Valley Church Sunday afternoon at 2 with the Rev. William W. Moore and Rev. Ray Roberts of Louisa, officiating and interment was made in the Hayes Cemetery at Smokey Valley. Deceased had been a member of the Enterprise Baptist Church for 2 years. She is survived by the parents, 3 sisters, Misses Mary, Carrie and Virginia, all at home and by her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Seagraves of Louisa, route 1, and Mr. and Mrs. John Kitchen of Orr, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 12, 1939

SKAGGS, Ida
1873-1939
Mrs. Ida Skaggs, 65, wife of Lewis Skaggs, died at 5 Wednesday morning at the Skaggs home at Skaggs, KY after an illness of 2 weeks. Funeral was conducted Thursday morning at 10 from the home with Rev. Hood Wallen and Rev. Willie Sparks officiating and interment was made in the family cemetery at Skaggs. Deceased had been a member of the Regular Baptist Church for a number of years. She was born near Skaggs, Apr 11, 1873, a daughter of the late Lafayette and Miriam Fyffe Skaggs. Surviving besides the husband are a daughter, Mrs. George McBrayer, Plain City, OH; a son, Rufus Skaggs, Skaggs, KY, 3 sisters, Mrs. Edya Hay, Grovesport, OH, Mrs. W. R. Evans, Russell, KY, Mrs. Rufus Skaggs, Garrison, KY and 3 brothers, Henry Skaggs, Louisa, route 4, John Skaggs, Garrison, KY and Lewis Skaggs, Ashland, KY, route 2. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 5, 1939

STEWART, Alice (Marshall)
Mrs. Alice Marshall Stewart, 65, of Denton, died Saturday. She was the wife of Alfred Stewart. Ben Marshall of Denton was a brother. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 5, 1939

VINSON, George R.
1869-1939
George R. Vinson, 69, president of the First National Bank of Louisa, and a leading citizen of Eastern Kentucky, died at his home in Louisa at 5:50 Sunday morning. He had suffered a paralytic stroke the preceding Tuesday night at his home. A native of Louisa, Mr. Vinson was born here in December 1869, a son of the late Richard F. and Georgia Randall Vinson. Mr. Vinson became associated with the Bank of Louisa, later the First National Bank, as bookkeeper Jan 6, 1892, the year after it was organized. Major D. J. Burchett, later of Mt. Sterling, was president of the institution and Tom J. Davis, now of Cincinnati, was cashier. Mr. Vinson was promoted to cashier September 30 of the same year, and served as cashier until May 6, 1937 when he was elected president. Mr. Vinson  had served with the bank for 47 years and during that time he became known as one of the outstanding bankers of the state. He attended the University of Kentucky and was the first Lawrence countian to be graduated from this institution.

During his long and active career, Mr. Vinson was associated with a number of private and public enterprises. With T. W. Hodge he organized the Louisa Light and Power Company and installed the first electric system here. During the World War he served as chairman of the Lawrence county draft board. In the massive Louisa Centennial Celebration of 1922 he served as treasurer. At the time of his death he was chairman of the board of trustees of the Pine Hill Cemetery Association and had contributed of his time and money to beautify the cemetery and to make it a perpetuating institution. He was a member of the Louisa Masonic lodge and of the Louisa of Orders of Eastern Star. A crowd which filled the M. E. Church, South, to overflowing attended the funeral, which was held Tuesday afternoon. People from all walks of life, many of them from distant places, gathered in Louisa that afternoon to pay their last tribute to the deceased.

The floral offering was magnificent. Not only the chancel but the whole of the front of the church was banked with the beautiful floral tributes. Rev. Olus Hamilton, pastor of the Baptist Church in Mt. Sterling, and Dr. Frederick F. Shannon, pastor of Central Church, Chicago, spoke the funeral tributes. Preaching from a sentence in the first chapter of Joshua, "Moses, my servant, is dead." Rev. Hamilton termed Mr. Vinson "a great servant of the community, " and eulogized his many "kindly ministrations." Rev. Hamilton served as pastor of the Baptist Church here in 1912 and for 3 succeeding years, during which time he and Mr. Vinson became closely attached, and knew each others labors in the community. Rev. Hamilton had visited Mr. Vinson a number of times since going to Mt. Sterling, their last visit being last December. " He was one of God's human treasure troves--a plain spoken man, but plain spoken in a manner that approached grandeur." Dr. Shannon said in his impressive and beautiful funeral oration: "When George was around we felt that a man was not far away." he remembered. Dr. Shannon's sermon was impressive beyond words. He had known Mr. Vinson since youth when he started to school in Louisa, walking from the Shannon home in the country to Louisa, and they had been close friends through the years.

Rev. J. C. Hager, pastor of the Louisa Baptist Church, offered prayer, and Rev. Roud Shaw, pastor of the Louisa Christian Church, read Tennyson's "Crossing the Bar". The body was laid to rest in a plot in Pine Hill Cemetery, overlooking Louisa, the cemetery to which he gave of his time and money to make more beautiful and to make permanent. The Curtright Funeral Home was in charge. Mr. Vinson is survived by his wife, Mrs. Emma Burchett Vinson, a daughter, Mrs. T. W. Hodge, Ashland and a sister, Mrs. Dora V. Greever, Wheelwright, KY.

Active pallbearers: Justice Fred M. Vinson, Washington, D. C., State Auditor Ernest E. Shannon, Louisa, James B. Kinstler, vice president of First National Bank, Louisa, L.M. Wellman, former assistant cashier, First National Bank, now of Van Wert, OH, H. H. Ramey, attorney of Salyersville, and Roy Wellman, assistant cashier First National Bank, Louisa.

Honorary pallbearers: Dr. F. A. Millard, John M. Moore, Carl Picklesimer, Dr. J. E. Carter, Kit C. Elswick, I.W. See, B. J. Chaffin, Dr. C. E. Skaggs, Dr. A. W. Bromley, Dr. J. W. McNabb, Dr. M. d. Garred, Paul C. Snyder, S. J. Picklesimer, Augustus Snyder, John Cummings, L. D. Harrison, R. C. Burton, J. M. Adams, Dr. H. H. Sparks, Robert Dixon, Raymond Frasher, Frank H. Yates, B. A. Wells, W. c. Lovely, C. a. Lycan, E. E. Adams, C. F. See, Jr., Fisher F. Skaggs, S. J. Justice, William Fulkerson, John G. burns, W. T. Cain, Jr., A. O. Carter, Ray Justice, E. E. Cunningham, C. L. Miller, J. L. Moore, Dr. C. B. Rice, L. W. Sargent, G. d. Maynard, J. T. Justice, R. Blankenship, L. L. Lycan, G. W. Howerton, Ranse Adams, C. R. Cooper, J. A. Keenon, Phillip Preece, Dr. R. C. Moore, Charles Wooten, Richard Bromley and Tom J. Davis. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 12, 1939

WATTS, Tennessee
Mrs. Tennessee Watts, 77 years old, died recently at the home of her daughters, Mrs. Calvin and Mrs. Floyd Adkins, of near Stiltner, WV. She had been ill for about 2 years and  is survived by 4 daughters, Mrs. Mary Adkins, Mrs. Vicy Adkins and Mrs. Millie Wattes, of near Stiltner and Mrs. Josie Napier of Glenhayes; one son, W. A. Watts of Huntington. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 5, 1939

WILSON, Marie (McClure)
1862-1939
Mrs. Marion McClure Wilson, 76, wife of Marion Wilson, died at the Wilson home on Lick Creek about 3 miles from Louisa Sunday evening at 9:30. She had been in failing health for 2 years. Funeral was conducted from the home Tuesday morning at 10 with the Rev. S. B. Ball officiating and interment was made in the Wilson family cemetery near the home. Mrs. Wilson was a daughter of the late George and Nannie Hardwick McClure and had spent practically all of her life in this county. She had been a devoted member of the Baptist Church for half a century. Surviving besides the husband are 4 daughters, Mrs. V. H. Artrip, Fort Gay, Mrs. Dora Burgess, Georges Creek, KY, Mrs. Mae W. Akers, Hellier, KY and Mrs. M. H. Burke, Louisa, KY; 3 sons, Charles Wilson, Columbus, OH, Morda Wilson, Louisa route 1 and T. W. Wilson, Louisa and one sister, Mrs. Dora Jarrells, Long Branch, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday May 12, 1939

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BARTRAM, Sarah Florence
1864-1939
Fort Gay, WV. Jun 6--Mrs. Sarah Florence Bartram, 75, died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Theron Copley on Paddle Creek about 6 miles from Fort Gay, early Thursday morning of last week. She was born at Clifford, KY in 1864, a daughter of the late Garred and Kate Maynard See. She moved to Wayne County at the age of 15 and had resided there since. She had been a member of the Baptist Church for 59 years. Funeral was conducted Friday morning at the Bartram Chapel on Mill Creek and interment was made in the Bartram family cemetery under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. A large crowd attended the rites. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Theron Copley, Fort Gay, WV, route 2, a son, Cecil Bartram, Fort Gay, WV, route 2, 3 sisters, Mrs. G. A. Chapman, Huntington, WV, Mrs.  William McWhorter, Memphis, TN and Mrs. Bee Saulsbury, Potter, KY; one brother, C. F. See, Sr., Louisa, KY, 2 half brothers, Dennie Waller, Potter, KY and Colonel Waller, Chandler, OK. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 9, 1939

BOLT, Elva (Blankenship)
Mrs. Elva Blankenship Bolt, 39, native of this county, died Sunday night at the Bolt home on the Jack's Fork of Garner in Boyd County. She was the widow of the late K. R. Bolt, who died in 1934. Funeral was conducted Wednesday at the Fallsburg Methodist Church with the Rev. Horton Davis officiating. She was a member of the Fallsburg Methodist Church. Surviving are 3 daughters, Mary Elizabeth, Doris Ann and Alice Fay, all at home, 5 sons, Leonard, Pickford, Joe P. and David at home, and K. R. Jr., of Cedar City, UT; 2 step daughters, Mrs. Allan Hazlett and Mrs. Bill Shepherd, both of Rush, KY, 3 stepsons, Gene Bolt of Rush, Anson of Logan, WV and Oscar of Ashland; her mother, Mrs. Laura Blankenship of Fallsburg; 2 sisters, Mrs. Clyde O'Bryan and Mrs. Joe Layne, both of Paintsville, and 5 brothers, Leonard Blankenship of Bluefield, WV, Stallard of San Francisco, CA, Jay and Delmer, both of Paintsville, Ted of Hemphill, KY and Burt of Weeksbury, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 16, 1939

BROWN, Henry
Henry Brown, 87, of Volga, Johnson County, and father of Mrs. Alonzo Kimbler, of Blaine, died Jun 18 at his home in Johnson County. Mr. Brown was widely known through Johnson County for his 2 favorite hobbies hunting and reading. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 30, 1939

CARTER, Alonzo
Alonzo Carter, 82, retired Lawrence County farmer, died last Friday afternoon at his home on Little Blaine and funeral rites were conducted Saturday afternoon at the Carter Church on Little Blaine and interment made in the family cemetery. the Rev. S. B. Ball and Rev. Billie Copley officiated at the rites and a large crowd attended. Mr. Carter was born and reared in this county. He had been a member of the M. E. Church since early in life. Surviving are 3 daughters, Mrs. Mart Robinett, Adams, KY, Mrs. John Terrell, Sinking Springs, OH and Miss Emma Carter at home and one son, Dock Carter, of Busseyville, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 23, 1939

CASTLE, Arvilla (Newcomb)
1862-1939
Mrs. Arvilla Castle, 77, widow of the late Scott Castle, died at 2 Thursday morning at the Castle home at Richardson after an illness of 2 weeks of complications. Funeral rites will be held at the home Saturday morning at 10:30 and interment will be made in the Vaughan Cemetery near Richardson. Mrs. Castle was born Feb 13, 1862 on Little Blaine, this county. She had been a member of the M. E. Church South for 50 years and was a highly respected Christian lady. Surviving are 3 daughters, Mrs. Cecil Ferguson and Miss Rose Castle, of Portsmouth, OH and Mrs. S. G. Crager, of Crockett, VA and 3 sons, Proctor of Belfry, KY, Corbett Castle of Russell, KY and Rev. Charles Castle of Portsmouth, OH; Mrs. J. B. Crutcher, of Louisa was a sister in law of the deceased. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 30, 1939

CASTNER, Charles
Charles Castner, 24, formerly of Louisa, was killed by a C & O train near his home in Pikeville early Friday morning. Castner, according to reports received here, was seated on the track and trainmen did not see him until too late to avoid hitting him. A skull fracture caused his death and the body was not mangled. Castner is a son of Mr. and Mrs. R. F. Castner who moved from Louisa to Pikeville about a year ago. He was reared here and was a graduate of the Louisa high school. His father is an official in reforestation work at Camp Nigh, near Pikeville. Funeral and interment was at Pikeville. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 9, 1939

CHILDERS, Cordelia (Castle)
1857-1939
Mrs. Cordelia Childers, 80, for many years a resident of Louisa, died at the home of a son, Russell Childers, in Ashland last Friday after an illness of 7 months. She went from Louisa to Ashland about a month ago. The body was returned to this county, and after funeral rites was interred in the Vaughan cemetery. Deceased was born in Johnson County, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Pat Castle, natives of Virginia. Surviving besides the son in Ashland are 2 daughters, Mrs. Rose McHenry, Louisa, route 2 and Mrs. Daisy Jacobs, Wurtland, KY; 2 stepsons, Haden Childers, Richardson, KY and Abe Childers, Georges Creek, KY and 2 stepdaughters, Mrs. Julia Allen, Catlettsburg, KY and Mrs. Price Davis, Hellier, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 23, 1939

COPLEY, Julia A.
Mrs. Julia A. Copley, 88, died at her home in Catlettsburg last Friday. She was the daughter of William and Melvina Curry and was a member of the United Baptist Church, Mont Curry, of Webb, WV is a brother. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 9, 1939

DAVIS, Lizzie (Fannin)
Mrs. Lizzie Fannin Davis, 75, a native of Lawrence County, died Sunday at her home at Ashland, She was the widow of the late Ben Davis and had resided in Boyd County since his death 12 years ago. Funeral was conducted Tuesday at the residence with Rev. O. P. Smith officiating and burial was made in the Ashland Cemetery. Surviving are 3 sisters, Mrs. John Shepherd, Catlettsburg, Mrs. B. C. Shortridge and Mrs. Mart Shortridge both of Ashland, 3 brothers, George H. Fannin, Ashland and John and Emmett Fannin, both of route 1, Ashland, and several nieces and nephews. Her husband, Ben Davis, died 12 years ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 2, 1939

DIALS, Martin
Martin Dials, 80, retired farmer, a native of the Blaine section of this county, died Thursday of last week at the home of Daulton Mowery on Powellsville road near Portsmouth, OH. Death was attributed to complications incident to advanced age. Mr. Dials was born in Kentucky and moved to Ohio in 1916. He was a member of the Christian Baptist Church of Blaine, KY. His wife died 5 years ago. Surviving are a son and daughter, James Dials of Chillicothe and Mrs. Florence Poulwell of Queen City. big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 9, 1939

DIAMOND, Jane
Mrs. Jane Diamond, 65, a native of this county, died Monday at her home on Straight Creek in Boyd County. She had been ill for 3 years. The body was brought back to this county and interred in the Will Holbrook cemetery on Big Catt Creek. Surviving are 7 daughters, Mrs. Maude Holbrook, and Mrs. Frank Crabtree, Lawrence County, KY, Mrs. Minnie Chafin, Kenova, WV, Mrs. Jeston Leadingham, Argillite, KY, Mrs. Lockie Sergent, Russell, KY, Mrs. Cora Walk, Rush, KY and Mrs. Rachel Crisp, Straight Creek; 7 sons, Lee and William Diamond both of Columbus, OH, Garnet Diamond, Pennsylvania, Roscoe and Ova Diamond both of Straight Creek and Miles and Oscar Diamond, both of Fallsburg, KY; 2 sisters, Mrs. Ella Johnson, Shultz, KY and Mrs. Laura Pelfrey, Wheelersburg, OH and 6 brothers, Alfred Hacker, Oklahoma, Hugh and Will Hacker, both of Wheelersburg, OH, James Hacker, Portsmouth, OH, Lee Hacker, South Portsmouth, KY and Frank Hacker, Greenup, KY and 50 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 9, 1939

DURHAM, Rebecca (Yates)
1838-1939
Mrs. Durham, Lawrence county's oldest resident, walked out of her one room house on Griffiths Creek to a chair to pose for this picture last September. Mrs. Rebecca Yates Durham, 101, and believed to be the oldest resident of Lawrence county, died late Monday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Charles Allen, on Griffiths Creek, 12 miles south of Louisa. Mrs. Durham, active and able to do her own housework until she became ill 3 months ago, died of infirmities incident to advanced age. Mrs. Durham, until she became ill, lived in a small one room house built for her by her son in law about 300 yards from his home. On the occasion of her 101st birthday last September 4, a newspaper man visited her at her home about half way between the two forks of Big Sandy River and 12 miles from the forks of Louisa, when he obtained her biography and pictures. At that time Mrs. Durham enjoyed comparatively good health, but she no longer went back on the hill from her home to gather stovewood, or walked to the neighborhood store 3 miles away, as she did two or three years before. She was content then to let her son in law and daughter do those tasks.

Married 4 times, Mrs. Durham outlived 4 husbands. The last one died 28 years ago. She was born on Little Mud Creek in Floyd County, KY, a daughter of Benjamin Franklin Yates and Abbie Akers Yates. Early in childhood she moved with her family to Everman's Creek near Grayson, Carter County. There she married Urithia Duncan. After his death she married John Back in Portsmouth, OH. Then following his death, she was married to James Garvin of Greenup, KY. Later he died and she married Alonzo Durham of Lewis County, who died in 1901. Following Mr. Durham's death at Outwood, OH, she went to Columbus, OH and was in the 1913 flood at Marion, OH. In 1921 she came back to this county to be with her daughter, but she preferred to care for herself and lived in the one room home not far from the home of Mr. and Mrs. Allen. Besides Mrs. Allen, another child, Robert Duncan, survives. He lived in Georgia. She has 21 living grandchildren and 35 living great grandchildren. Mrs. Durham at her last birthday told a newspaper man she had always enjoyed good health and in previous years she worked much of the time in the fields with the men. In Ohio she had cut corn all day, frequently besting the men in the amount of corn cut and shocked. Fifteen years ago, at the age of 86, she pulled a crosscut saw all day with her son in law in sawing wood on Griffiths Creek. Until 2 years ago she went on the hill and carried in her own stovewood and until 3 years ago, she walked from her home to the neighborhood store of M. C. Sammons, nearly 3 miles away. Until she became ill 3 months ago, Mrs. Durham cooked her own meals and did her own housework. Funeral was conducted Tuesday afternoon from the Millard Wallace Cemetery on the dead of Donithan Creek where interment was made. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 16, 1939

ESTEP, Rebecca (McKinster)
Mrs. Rebecca McKinster Estep, 66, wife of James Estep of Little Blaine, died May 25 after a long illness of cancer of the stomach. Deceased was born in the Little Blaine section, a daughter of John and Elizabeth Vanhoose McKinster, Surviving besides the husband are 3 sons and 4 daughters, Bill and Kay Estep of War Eagle, WV and Edgil at home, Mrs. Telia Thompson, Mrs. Isula Thompson, Mrs. Graydon Thompson and Mrs. Lee Robinett of Little Blaine and one sister, Mrs. H. B. Thompson of Beaver, OH and one brother, Albert McKinster of Noris, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 9, 1939

EVANS, Wade
Wade Evans, 40, of Hoods Creek, Boyd County, and a native of Bruin, died Saturday in the Veteran's Hospital in Huntington. He was employed as a painter and interior decorator and had been a resident of Boyd County only a few months. Surviving are the wife, Mrs. Bessie Evans, 2 daughters, Mrs. Paul Black and Miss Maxine Evans, both of Huntington, 3 stepsons, Roger, Paul and Ralph Mullins, all at home, 3 step daughters, Phyllis, Mavis and Wanda Mullins, all at home; 4 brothers, Robert Evans of Sandy Hook, John Evans of Columbus, Thomas Evans of South Portsmouth, West Evans of Bruin and 4 sisters, Mrs. Joe McFann of Ironton, Mrs. Lew Brownstead of Cincinnati, Mrs. Julia Maggard and Mrs. Sara Porter, both of Bruin. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 16, 1939

FAIRCHILD, Daniel Jackson
Daniel Jackson Fairchild, 72, native of Oil Springs, and brother of Charles Fairchild of Whitehouse, died Jun 21 at the home in Ashland. Mr. Fairchild moved from Oil Springs to Ashland 34 years ago. Funeral was conducted at Flatwoods and interment made there. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 30, 1939

FARLEY, Reynolds
Reynolds, Farley, 58, Negro custodian of the post office building in Catlettsburg for 11 years and a native of this county died at his home in Catlettsburg Saturday morning of a heart ailment. Funeral was conducted in Catlettsburg Monday by Rev. J. C. Griffith, pastor of the A.M.E. Church of which the deceased was a member. Farley moved from this county to Catlettsburg 35 years ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 30, 1939

FOX, Daniel
Rev. Daniel Fox, a minister of the Baptist Church for 25 years, died at 1:45 Tuesday morning at his home on Louisa route 2. He had been in failing health for a number of years and had suffered a stroke 5 days before his death. Funeral was conducted Wednesday morning at 11 at the Summit Cemetery with the Rev. Lambert officiating and interment was in the Summit Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Emma Salyer Fox. They had been married 63 years. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 2, 1939

FREEMAN, Emma (Damron)
1906-1939
Mrs. Emma Damron Freeman, 32, wife of Earl Freeman of Ironton, OHH, died Sunday in an Ironton hospital of carcinoma. She had been ill for several days. Mrs. Freeman was born in Louisa, Jul 5, 1906 and moved to Ironton with her family when a child. Besides the husband, She is survived by 3 sons, the father William Damron of Ironton and 4 sisters. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 30, 1939

FRENCH, Hannah (Stanley)
Mrs. Hannah Stanley French, ?39, wife of J. W. French and a native of East Fork section, died last Saturday at the home of a son, M. T. French, at Raceland. Funeral was conducted Tuesday at East Fork and interment made in the family cemetery. Surviving are her husband, and these children, J. F. and Lindsey French, Mrs. Lon riffle, of Catlettsburg, H.R. French of Ashland, J. W. Jr. , C. w. and M. O. French, and Mrs. Herbert Skiver of Fullerton, D. d. French of Flatwoods, M. T. French of Raceland, Mrs. Painter Davis of East Fork, 40 grandchildren and 39 great grandchildren. She also leaves a brother and 2 sisters, Mrs. J. S. Stanley of Van Lear, KY, Mrs. G. W. French of Estep, KY and Mrs. M. B. Clay of Bolts Fork, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 2, 1939

HALE, Fannie (Ball)
Mrs. Fannie Ball Hale, 41, wife of Charles Hale, of Ashland, died Tuesday afternoon following an illness of nearly 3 years. Funeral rites were conducted Thursday afternoon at 2:30 from the Tyree Chapel Methodist Church with Rev. H. L. Shumway officiating and interment was made in the Ogle Cemetery. Mrs. Hale had been a member of the Tyree Chapel Church for 2 months. Mrs. Hale was a daughter of the late John and Nancy Vanover Ball and was born and reared at Adeline in this county. Besides the husband, she is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. Ike Adams, of Adeline, and Miss Mary Louise Hale, at home; 5 sons, Warren, James, Teddy, Charles and Junior, at home; 5 sisters, Mrs. Arthur Smith, Rossmore, WV, Mrs. Clifford Gross, Sunberry, OH, Mrs. Thurman Milledge, Marysville, OH, Mrs. Earl White, Huntington, WV and Miss Margaret Ball, Milford Center, OH and one brother, Fred Ball, Rossmore, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 23, 1939

HENSLEY, W. H. "Henry"
1865-1939
W.H. "Henry" Hensley, 74, a native of this county, died Wednesday of last week at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Harry Combs, in Catlettsburg. Interment was made in the Catlettsburg cemetery Friday. Mr. Hensley was born at Whitehouse Feb 23, 1865, and moved to Boyd County when a youth. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 23, 1939

HORN, Mrs. James
Mrs. James Horn died last Friday in a Huntington hospital. She was the daughter of Mrs. Alice Brown Muncy of Inez, and a cousin of Mrs. Addie Burgess of Louisa. Mrs. Muncy was at Louisa, having been called here by the illness of her brother, George Brown when Mrs. Horn died in Huntington. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 30, 1939

HOY, Edith Mae
Miss Edith Mae Hoy, 43, of Fort Gay, died Thursday of last week in a Louisa hospital 3 days after submitting to an operation. She had been ill for about a year. Funeral was conducted Sunday from the First Methodist Church in Fort Gay with Rev. Harsh of Wayne and Rev. Wellman of Fort Gay, officiating. Deceased had been a member of the Methodist Church since early girlhood. Surviving are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Martin S. Hoy of Fort Gay; 4 sisters, Mrs. B. R. Ashty, E??, TN, Mrs. Clara H. Barnette, Covington, KY, Mrs. L. W. Wellman and Mrs. C. P. Lambert both of Fort Gay and a brother, James M. Hoy of Fort Knox, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 23, 1939

HUTCHINSON, James Harrison
James Harrison Hutchinson, 49, former Lawrence Countian, died last Friday at his home in Ashland after an illness of 6 weeks. Funeral was conducted Sunday at the Martin Chapel Christian Church in Ashland with Rev. Charles Webb and Rev. H. L. Tipton officiating and interment was made in Rose Hill Cemetery, Ashland. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Gypsie E. Hutchison; 2 sons, James H. Hutchison, Jr. at home and Murvel Clay, also at home; 2 daughters, Mrs. C. F. Thomas, Ashland and Miss Billie Burke Hutchison at home; one grandson, C. F. Thomas, Jr. at home and his mother, Mrs. S. P. Brickey, San Diego, CA. Big Sandy News, Friday Jun 2, 1939

JOHNSON, Earl
JOHNSON, Ernest
Sandy Hook, KY, June 20--The bodies of Earl Johnson, 20, and his brother, Ernest Johnson, 17, only children of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Johnson, who, had been missing since early Friday afternoon when they went squirrel hunting were found in the old swimming hole known as Twin Branches in Little Sandy River near here early Saturday morning. When the brothers did not return home from hunting Friday night, neighbors formed a searching party and hunted all night for the missing youths. At 4 the next morning searchers came upon their clothes and guns on the banks of the swimming hole. the hole was dragged by J. T. Parsons, Luther Parsons, and J. R. Dickerson, who succeeded in locating the bodies at 4:45. An inquest was conducted by Magistrate Luther Parsons. Double funeral rites were conducted Sunday morning. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 23, 1939

JOHNSON, Nancy (Conn)
Mrs. Nancy Conn Johnson, Manchester, OH, formerly of Elliott County, was killed recently when she was struck by a car as she alighted from a bus. Funeral was conducted at the home of a son, Elmer Johnson, at Gimlet, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 16, 1939

LESTER, N. T.
1872-1939
Fort Gay, WV, Jun 27--N. T. Lester, 66, well known farmer of Fort Gay, route 1, died early Tuesday morning in a Louisa hospital after an illness of 11 days. Mr. Lester was born in 1872 near where he resided at the time of his death, on the Fort Gay-Wayne road 6 miles east of Fort Gay. He was a son of the late Isaac and Peggy Christian Lester. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday afternoon at 1 in the Greenbrier Baptist Church, of which he was a member, and burial will be in the Christian cemetery nearby. Surviving are the widow Mrs. Mary Osborn Lester; one daughter, Mrs. I. J. Price of Branchland, WV; 3 sons, Edgar T. Lester, Fort Gay, WV, Garland Lester, Doylestown, OH, one brother, Paris P. Lester of Wayne, WV and 8 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 30, 1939

MCPEEK, Glenn
Glenn McPeek, 57, of Ashland, formerly of this county, died last Friday in the King's Daughters' Hospital in Ashland after an illness of several weeks. Born in this county, McPeek had resided in Ashland for 35 years and was a steel worker, being employed at Dam No. 29 for many years. Funeral was conducted Sunday and interment made in the Crum Cemetery in Boyd County. Surviving are 5 sons, Elijah McPeek, Ashland, J. C. McPeek, Toledo, OH, and Prest, John and Ray McPeek, at home; one daughter, Mrs. Oakley Ball, 5 brothers, Alonzo, Marion, and Dan McPeek all of Ashland, John McPeek, Cincinnati, and Charles McPeek, Huntington, and one sister, Mrs. Georiga Galligher, Cincinnati. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 16, 1939

MURRAY, Leo
Leo Murray, 59, widely known citizen of the Lowmansville section, died recently at his home following a 2 years illness. He was a son of S. R. Murray, who survived at the age of 90. Funeral was conducted at the home and interment made in the family cemetery. Surviving are his wife, Laura Grim Murray and the following children, Escom of Garrett, Arville of Paintsville, Mrs. Sibil Pack of Garrett and Mrs. Mollie Hicks of Wayland. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 16, 1939

OSBORN, Sarah Ann (Hinkle)
Sarah Ann Hinkle Osborn, 79, widow of the late Andrew J. Osborn of Whitehouse, died last Friday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. J. D. Lemaster, near Fallsburg. Mrs. Osborn suffered a stroke a few days before and passed at 7:45 p.m. Friday. Since the death of her husband in 1928 she had made her home with a son, Elmer Osborn at Carlisle, WV and was visiting her daughter at Fallsburg when she was stricken. Funeral was conducted from the M. E. Church at Whitehouse Sunday afternoon and interment made in the Osborn family cemetery there. She had been a member of the Holiness church for 35 years. She is survived by the daughter, Mrs. Lemaster at Fallsburg and the son at Carlisle, WV. Big Sandy news, Friday, Jun 9, 1939

PINKERTON, Charles
Charles Pinkerton, 30, of near Denton, died Jun 15 of typhoid fever. Mrs. Milton, of Webbville, is a sister and Ellis Pinkerton of Glenwood is a brother. Burial was made in the Stewart cemetery near Denton. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 30,1939

RICE, Elizabeth (Ferguson)
1853-1939
Mrs. Elizabeth Ferguson Rice, born in 1853, a daughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. John Everett Ferguson of Wayne, WV, died Monday at the home of a son, John Rice at Fullerton, KY. Surviving are her son at whose home she died and these daughters, Mrs. Ruben Vanhoose of Wayne, Mrs. John Bloss of Huntington, Mrs. M. K, Witten, Mrs. C. L. Gayhart, Mrs. Ivan H. Richards of Ashland, Mrs. Emma Butler of Cherokee, KY, Mrs. J. B. Isaacs of Columbus and Mrs. Estill Boggs of Portsmouth. She also leaves a brother and sister, Worth Ferguson of Cherokee, KY and Mrs. Ralph Holbrook of Albany, OR; 23 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 23, 1939

RICE, John Thomas
John Thomas Rice, 60, former deputy jailer of Ashland, died Sunday in a Lexington hospital after an illness of 7 years. The body was returned to Ashland where funeral was conducted Wednesday and interment was made in the Riffe Cemetery in this county. He is survived by a son, Dempsey Rice, Lexington, KY, one brother, Jake Rice, of Buchanan, KY and 2 sisters, Mrs. Mary Sipple, Moscow, OH and Mrs. Jennie Barbee, Catlettsburg. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 23, 1939

ROBERTSON, Madge (Fraley)
Mrs. Madge Fraley Robertson, 23, wife of John Robertson of Fort Gay, route 2, died at the Robertson home on Paddle Creek Sunday morning at 6 after an illness of 2 months. Deceased was a daughter of Stephen and May Thompson Fraley of near Wayne, WV. Funeral was conducted Monday afternoon at the Wilson Creek Church near Wayne with Rev. Bill Ross of East Lynn, officiating and interment was made in the Spurlock cemetery near Wayne. Surviving besides the husband are a son, Ronald, age 2, the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Fraley, 4 sisters, Mrs. Ed Frogdon, Dickson, WV, Mrs. James Ross, East Lynn, WV and Misses Louise and Barbara of Wayne route 2; and 3 brothers, Northland, Minish and Glenn E. Fraley of Wayne, route 2. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 9, 1939

RUCKER, James Lester
1907-1939
James Lester Rucker, of Charleston, WV, a native of this county and formerly a resident of Ashland, died Sunday in a Charleston hospital of complication which developed after an operation submitted to the previous Thursday. Mr. Rucker was born in Lawrence County, KY, Jun 12, 1907 and had lived in Ashland the greater part of his life. He was educated from Ashland high school. Three years ago he moved to Beckley, WV where he was connected with the Maytag Co. Two months ago he was made manager of the LHM Maytag Co. at Charleston. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Clark Rucker, 2 sons, James Boyd and Cecil Rucker, the parents, Mr. and Mrs.  J. W. Rucker of 618 Thirteenth Street, Ashland, 2 sisters, Mrs. H. G. Runyan, Beckley, and Miss Nancy Rucker, Charleston, 3 brothers, Watson Rucker of Columbus, OH, and Victor and Walter Rucker both of Ashland, and the maternal grandmother, Mrs. Amelia Lester of Ashland. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 23, 1939

SHORTRIDGE, Van Buren
1858-1939
Van Buren Shortridge, 80, for many years a prominent farmer and livestock dealer of Glenwood, this county, died last Saturday morning at his home in Ashland. The body was returned to this county and funeral was conducted Monday afternoon at the Trinity church on East Fork with the Rev. O. P. Smith, of Ashland, officiating. Mr. Shortridge was born in Pike County, Nov 28, 1858, the eldest son of George and Margaret Harmon Shortridge, early settlers from Virginia. He came to Lawrence County in 1879 and for many years operated the Glenwood Stock Farm at Glenwood. He moved to Jackson County, OH a few years ago, but returned to Ashland about a year ago. He married Samantha Webb who died several years ago. To them were born 5 children, Mrs. Nora Neal and Mrs. Mae Miller, both deceased, Mrs. Vanna Womack, Portsmouth, OH, Roscoe Shortridge, Glenwood, KY and Mrs. Ida Riffle, Cadmus, KY. He then married Georgia Coburn who died 3 years ago. To them were born 3 children, Russell Shortridge, Ashland, Mrs. Margarite Gallagher, Portsmouth and Miss Faye Shortridge at home. Other relatives surviving are one sister, Mrs. Janette Barrett, Ashland, 4 brothers, W. N. Shortridge, Catlettsburg, Bascom Shortridge, Yatesville, KY, and Mart and Jay Shortridge, Ashland, 19 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. His grandsons served as active and honorary pallbearers at the funeral. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 9, 1939

SKAGGS, Elizabeth (Fyffe)
Mrs. Elizabeth Fyffe Skaggs, 73, widow of the late P. H. Skaggs and for many years a resident of the Blaine section, died Thursday of last week at the home of her daughter, Mrs. G. F. Minnick in Powell County. The body was returned here and funeral was conducted Friday at the Smokey Valley Church a few miles west of Louisa and interment was made in the Ambrose Hay cemetery at Smokey Valley. Deceased was the stepmother of Lee and W. W. Skaggs of Louisa, C. C. Skaggs of Inez, and M. L. Skaggs of Barnrock. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 16, 1939

SMITH, O. G.
O. G. "Bunk" Smith, 72, widely known Eastern Kentucky construction worker, and father of Mrs. Tom Jones, of Louisa, died last Friday at the home of Tom Simpkins in Menifee County. The body was returned to Ashland where funeral was conducted by the Rev. W. K. Wood Sunday and interment was made in the Ashland Cemetery. Surviving besides, Mrs. Jones, is another daughter, Mrs. Harry Curry of Kermit, WV and a son, Clyde H. Smith of Ashland. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 2, 1939

TAYLOR, Robert B.
Robert B. Taylor, 72, retied saw mill operator, driller and machinist, and a native of Frankfort, died Tuesday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Boggs on Caines Creek, this county, where he had made his home the past six years. Born and reared on Frankfort, KY, Mr. Taylor was a son of the late Robert B. and Mary Corton Taylor. He came to this county as a youth and for many years operated saw mills in this section. During the development of the Blaine oil field he  served as a driller and was widely known. He was a member of the Episcopal church. The body was returned to Frankfort in the Curtright Funeral car and funeral was conducted at the Frankfort cemetery Thursday morning. Surviving are 2 sisters, Mrs. Lyda T. Watts, of Frankfort, KY and Mrs. Phillip M. Howe, of Rockville, CT; one brother, E. H. Taylor of Frankfort, KY and a son, Price Taylor of Fullerton, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 16, 1939

TRIPLETT, Lonnie
Lonnie Triplett, 19, of Edsel, Elliott County, died last Friday at the home of a brother, Ed Triplett of Ashland, route 2, where he had come 10 days before to consult Ashland physicians. He was a son of Jesse K. and Sarah Kitchen Triplett. Mrs. Mary Kelley of Blaine is a sister. Funeral was conducted at Edsel with Rev. J. C. Blevins officiating. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 30, 1930

WALTERS, W. M.
W. M. Walters, 73, for 19 years a merchant in Johnson County, died May 20. He was born at Offutt, a son of the late Shady and Elizabeth Walters. Interment was made in the Wheeler Cemetery near the old Walters home place. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 9, 1939

WATERS, Eileen
Eileen Waters, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Waters, formerly of this county, was killed by an automobile near the Waters home on U. S. 23 a mile south of Massieville, OH, May 11. Funeral was conducted from the C. J. Ware Funeral Home in Chillicothe and interment made in Ohio. The child's parents conduct a store on U. S. 23 a mile south of Massieville and reside in a home nearby. The child darted in front of a car driven by A. L. Farland and the mother witnessed the accident. The child was 8 years old. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 9, 1939

WELLMAN, John L.
John L. Wellman, 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. Theron Wellman, of the Mill Creek section a few miles from Fort Gay, died in a Louisa hospital Monday after an illness of 3 weeks. Funeral was conducted Tuesday afternoon from the Lynchburg church near Saltpetre, WV with the Rev. Hatty Craft, of Sciotoville, OH officiating. He is survived by his parents, Theron and Rhoda Dillon Wellman, 5 sisters, Mrs. William Sparks and Mrs. James B. Porter, both of Fort Gay, route 2 and Misses Eula, Fern and Betty Wellman at home; and 3 brothers, William, Walter and Alvis, all at home, and his grandparents, Elisha Wellman, of Fort Gay, route 2 and Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Dillon of Webb, WV, route 1. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 2, 1939

YOUNG, Hester (Fugitt)
1860-1939
Mrs. Hester Fugitt Young, 78, wife of J. A. Young, and mother of State Representative J. W. Young, died Tuesday noon at the Young home in Louisa. She had been ill for more than a year. Funeral rites were conducted Thursday morning at 10 at the United Baptist church on Brushey with Rev. J. C. Hager, pastor of the Louisa Baptist Church and Rev. Jesse Holbrook of Louisa, officiating, and interment was made in the Holbrook Cemetery on Brushey. Mrs. Young had been a member of the Baptist Church for 47 years. She was born near Irad, this county, Sep 20, 1860, a daughter of the late Berry E. and Jemima Sparks Fugitt. Her only brother, Dr. W. W. Fugitt, died about a year ago in St. Petersburg, FL. Mr. and Mrs. Young had been married 60 years and had resided in Louisa the past 12 years, moving here from their farm at Cherokee. Surviving are the husband, 2 daughters, Mrs. John Osborn, of Houckville, KY and Mrs. N. O. Segraves Tustin, CA and 6 sons, J. W. Young of Louisa, State Representative of the Lawrence and Elliott district, C. C. Young and Mayo Young of Louisa; Morton Young of Webbville, KY; George Young of West Jefferson, OH and Luther Young of Houckville, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 23, 1939

Hester Ann Young, wife of Jesse A. Young, passed away at her home in Louisa, KY, Jun 20, 1939 at the age of 78 years and 9 months. Mrs. Young was born in Lawrence County, Sep 20, 1860. Her parents were Berry and Jemima Sparks Fugitt. She was a sister of Dr. W. W. Fugitt who died in St. Petersburg, FL last year. She was married to Jesse Young on Oct 22, 1879. To this union was born 10 children 8 of whom survive: J. Walter, Louisa, Curtis C., Louisa, Morton, Webbville, George, West Jefferson, OH, Mayo, Louisa, Mrs. John Osborne, Houckville, Mrs. N. O. Segraves, Tustin, CA, Luther, Houckville, 2 children, Roscoe and Charlotte died while young. Mrs. Young had been in failing health for several years. She gave herself to the Lord when young and joined the United Baptist Church at Brushy in 1892. Since that time she had lived an exemplary life. Because of feeble health she was unable to attend church regularly. No worthier wife and mother, or Christian character ever wafted its way to the heavenly shores than this. She leaves many bereaved relatives and friends who deeply mourn the loss of this noble Christian life. the funeral services were conducted in a beautiful and touching manner by the Revs. J. C. Hager and Jesse Holbrook in the presence of a large congregation of sorrowing relatives and friends. The music by the choir of the Louisa Baptist Church was beautifully and splendidly rendered. Mrs. Young was laid to rest in the Holbrook Cemetery at Brushy. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 30, 1939

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JULY

ADKINS, Ervin
Wayne Co., WV Jul 1 (From Wayne County News)--Ervin Adkins, 45 year old farmer, was struck and killed by lightning while working on his farm on the right fork of Beech Fork Tuesday afternoon shortly after 5 p.m. Mr. Adkins, his daughter, Lonnie, 14,  and Virgil Walker, 18, son of a neighbor, George Walker, were hoeing corn in Mr. Adkins' filed at the time. The sky was clear except for one dark cloud and there was no indication of a storm. Suddenly the bolt of lightning struck with a loud crash, hitting Mr. Adkins and knocking him to the ground. The Walker youth, who was working within 5 feet of Mr. Adkins at the time, was stunned by the lightning and the hoe was knocked from his hand. The Adkins girl, however, was not affected by the bolt. She saw her father fall and rushed to his side to assist him. As she raised his head, she saw his lips quiver, she said, but she did not notice any other movement or sign of life about him. However, she had washed his face from a bucket of water before she realized her father was dead. The girl stayed with her father's body while young Walker, who had recovered from the effects of the lightning, went to notify the Adkins family. One side of the man's face and the bottom of his feet were split open by the bolt of lightning. Mr. Adkins had resided at Beech Fork all his life and is survived by the wife and 8 children. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 7, 1939

ALLEY, Paul
Paul Alley pioneer resident of the Buffalo section of Wayne county near the Mingo border, died in a Williamson hospital Monday after a lingering illness. An early settler of the Buffalo Creek section, Mr. Alley had spent all of his life farming in that section. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 28, 1939

ALLEY, Paul Z.
Paul Z. Alley, 82, prominent citizen of Cinderella, WV, passed away on Monday morning in a Williamson, WV hospital following an operation necessitated by a fall on Friday of last week. Mr. Alley was a brother of L. S. Alley and the late P. V. Alley of Louisa and is the third member in the immediate Alley family to be called by death in the course of a few months. Relatives from this city will attend the funeral which will be held at the home in Cinderella on Thursday morning at 11. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 28, 1939

BLANKENSHIP, John H.
John H. Blankenship, 32, native of this county and a son of Moses Blankenship of Louisa, died at his home in Catlettsburg Friday after a long illness. Funeral was conducted at Catlettsburg Monday by Rev. M. E. Sherman and burial was made in the Williams Cemetery, Ashland. Mr. Blankenship is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Barnett Blankenship, one son, Ronald, age 13 months, his mother, Mrs. Sarah Blankenship of Catlettsburg, his father, R. M. Blankenship of Louisa, KY; 3 sisters, Mrs. H. J. Hoff and Miss Carrie Blankenship, both of Catlettsburg and Mrs. J. C. Roberts of Huntington, WV; and 2 brothers, Charlie of Catlettsburg and Daniel of Huffordstown, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 14, 1939

BRYAN, Alden
Alden Bryan, 57, Barboursville, WV, blacksmith, foreman of the C & O's reclamation plant, and a native of the Buchanan section of this county, died Saturday noon in a Huntington, WV hospital following a brief illness. Funeral services were held Monday at the residence with the Rev. C. C. Lambert, pastor of the First Methodist Church of Barboursville, officiating, assisted by the Rev. I. N. Fannin. The body was brought Tuesday to Buchanan, KY, his birthplace, where additional services were held at the Buchanan Chapel, with burial in the chapel cemetery. Graveside rites were conducted by the Greenhill Masonic Lodge, Mr. Bryan was a member of the First Methodist Church of Barboursville and at Buchanan had been a member of the Masonic Lodge, A. F. & A.M. 521. He moved to Barboursville in 1916. He is survived by the widow, Mrs. Carrie Copley Bryan, 2 daughters, Mrs. Herman Rice and Miss Fay Bryan of Barboursville, 3 brothers, George Bryan of Ashland, Harve Bryan of Catlettsburg, and Sylvester Bryan of Buchanan, KY and 4 sisters, Mrs. Coster Fannin, Mrs. John Hoosier, Mrs. John Copley and Miss Cora Bryan, all of Buchanan, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 14, 1939

BRYAN, Jerry S.
Jerry S. Bryan of Ashland and a native of this county, died last Thursday while visiting at the home of his son, Ken Bryan at Adeline, this county. The body was removed to Catlettsburg and funeral was conducted from the Holiness Tabernacle in South Ashland, Saturday with the Rev. Earl ???, officiating. Interment was made at Ashland. Mr. Bryan was a native of the Bear Creek section of Lawrence County and had resided in Ashland for the past 18 years. Up until his health forced his retirement, he was one of Boyd County's most active and successful farmers. The death bereaves his widow, Mrs. Annie McGowan Bryan, 5 sons, Ken of Adeline, KY, Howard, Charley, Fred and Warren, all of Ashland and 3 daughters, Miss Della Bryan, Mrs. A. J. ??more and Mrs. H. W. Reynolds, all of Ashland. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 14, 1939

CARTER,
Noah G. Carter, a native of the Little Blaine section who has resided in Morehead the past 3 years, was one of the persons who lost loved ones in the "flash" flood which struck Morehead in the early morning hours of Jul 5, drowning 25 persons and sweeping away many homes. Noah's wife and her son, Junior, age 11, were swept away by a wall of water as the family was leaving their home in West Morehead to seek safety on higher ground. Noah and 4 other children escaped. Noah returned to Lawrence County last Friday and spent 3 days with his aged mother, Mrs. Lydia Carter at her home on Little Blaine. He stopped for a few hours in Louisa Monday enroute back to Morehead.

Mr. Carter recounting in broken statements the tragedy to his family, said they were awakened about 1 a.m. by the cries of their pet dog, drowning under the house. By the time we were all awake the water, he said, was already in the house, and "when we had waded 50 years the water was under my arm", he added. Four of the children, including Dora May, age 14, who was carrying the 2 year old baby, rushed on ahead of Mr. and Mrs. Carter and Mrs. Carter's son, Junior and had reached higher ground across the street. Mrs. Carter, stating she believed Dora May and the baby had fallen down, rushed ahead to aid them. Junior, holding to her arm, and were swept away by a huge wall of rushing water which came down the street just at that time, Noah said.

Noah, who walks by the aid of crutches, having been a cripple since birth, saved himself by climbing into the nearby home of Andy Alderman whose family had fled. Seeing he could not join the children across the street, he broke out a window with his crutches and climbed into the Alderman home. He said that by the time he climbed into the window the water was around his body and that he held on to the top of the window frame until the water reached his neck, and then tore away some loose boards on the ceiling and managed to lift himself into the attic. Meanwhile the flood washed the house from its foundation but luckily it lodged against two shade trees in the yard, saving him. He said the water continued to rise and that he held on to rafters of the house for about 2 hours...(Note: I failed to get all of story that was continued on another page) Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 21, 1939

DIAMOND, Lizzie Virginia
1932-1939
Lizzie Virginia Diamond 6 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Diamond of the Twin Branch section, died Monday. Funeral was conducted Tuesday from the home of James Diamond and interment was made in the family cemetery. Surviving besides the parents, are 2 sisters, Misses Georgia Marie and Shirley, at home. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 7, 1939

HALE, C. Landon
C. Landon Hale, 68, vice president and cashier of the Inez Deposit Bank, died Thursday night of last week at his home in Inez after a long illness. Mr. Hale had served for 15 years as an employee of the United Fuel Gas Company before becoming affiliated with the bank and had served as vice president of the bank since 1918. Funeral was conducted last Saturday and interment was made in the family cemetery near Inez. The Masonic lodge conducted its ritual at the funeral. Surviving are the widow Mrs. Josephine Hale, a daughter, Miss Mildred Hale, Washington, D. C., 2 sons, Richard Hale, Inez and Samuel Hale, Lexington and 3 brothers. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 7, 1939

HUFF, William Marshall
William Marshall Huff, 77, of Gragston Creek, Wayne County, WV, died Sunday night at the home. He was the father of Mrs. F. H. Wellman and Mrs. Cur?? Dean of Prichard. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 14, 1939

MARCUM, Elmer Eugene
Elmer Eugene Marcum, 15, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Marcum, of Missouri Branch, WV, died in a Louisa hospital Monday morning of blood poisoning developing a week earlier from a briar scratch on his hand. Funeral was conducted Wednesday near Dunlow. the youth was a member of the Missouri Branch Baptist Church. Besides his parents, he is survived by his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. T. D. Copley, of Missouri Branch; 2 sisters, Esta and Sylvia, at home; and a brother, Wayne Albert, at home. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 7, 1939

PECK, Claude
1903-1939
Claude Peck, 36, native of Fort Gay, was killed instantly early Saturday morning at Dabney, WV. Peck, a machinist for the "Hutchinson Coal Company at Dabney, died almost instantly after being run over by an electric mine locomotive at the Hutchinson Coal Company operations. He was born in Fort Gay in 1903, a son of Mrs. Loda Peck and the late James Peck, but had resided at Dabney for more than 12 years. The body was returned to Fort Gay for interment Monday in the Beemer Wellman Cemetery 2 mile east of Fort Gay. Besides his mother, he is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ethel France Peck; 3 children, Garnett, Margie and LeRoy, all at home; 2 sisters, Mrs. Wye Wellman, Fort Gay, and Mrs. Harry Mounts, Beckley, WV, and 4 brothers, Walter Peck, Welch, WV, Freelin Peck, Dabney, WV and Wallace and Blaine Peck, both of Fort Gay. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 28, 1939

PENNINGTON, Mrs. Ranza
Mrs. Ranza Pennington, 35, of near Fort Gay, WV, died last Friday at the Pennington home. Funeral was conducted Saturday at the Upper Hurricane Church and burial was made there. She is survived by her husband and six children. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 28, 1939

ROBINETTE, Arlene
Arlene Robinette, 9 months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mont Robinette, of near Gallup, died last Saturday. Besides parents, the child is survived by a twin sister and 2 brothers, Funeral was conducted Monday at the Gallup Church with the pastor Rev. Goodwin, officiating. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 28, 1939

SCHOLZE, Homer A.
The body of Homer A. Scholze, 66, vice president of the Union Sand and Gravel Company of Huntington and a former resident of Louisa, was returned to Louisa Saturday and interred in Pine Hill Cemetery. Mr. Scholze, died Thursday of last week in the Holzer Hospital at Gallipolis, OH, following a brief illness. He had resided in Huntington for a number of years. Mr. Scholze was a native of Pawtucket, RI. He came to Louisa during the construction of the lock and dam and resided here for a number of years while serving as a government engineer. He married Miss Hildagarde Roffe, daughter of the late William Roffe of Louisa, who survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Robert H. C. Kay of Charleston, WV and 2 sisters. Funeral was conducted at the home in Huntington Saturday by Rev. Dr. Taylor, pastor of Johnson Memorial Church. He was interred in the cemetery here with military honors by the James C. Russell Camp United Spanish-American War Veterans. Dr. Taylor offered prayer. Mr. Scholze was a member of the board of stewards of the Johnson Memorial Methodist Church. He was a member of the Huntington Shrine and the Huntington Engineers Club. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 28, 1939

SMITH, Catherine
Tubercular meningitis proved fatal to Catherine Smith, 4 years old Fort Gay child, at Portsmouth, Tuesday night while she was being taken to Cincinnati to a specialist. The child, a daughter of Mrs. Charles Smith, was found unconscious in bed Tuesday morning by her mother and at 3 that afternoon the mother started to Cincinnati with her. At Sciotoville they stopped to consult a physician who advised that the child remain in a Portsmouth hospital a few days before going to Cincinnati. Death came Tuesday night at 10 in Mercy Hospital, Portsmouth. Health officials at Portsmouth would not permit removal of the body to Fort Gay without a special type of casket, which could not be obtained in Portsmouth, and the child was buried at Wheelersburg, OH Wednesday. A brother in law of Mrs. Smith lives there. W. R. Frasher of Fort Gay took the 5 brothers to attend the funeral. The child was ill for a few days about 3 weeks ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 21, 1939

SMITH, Clara Belle (Wellman)
Mrs. Clara Belle Smith, 51, native Wayne countian, died Monday at the home near Wheelersburg, OH. She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Victoria Chaffin of Fort Gay, WV and 2 daughters, Mrs. Edith Bond, Steubenville, OH, and Mrs. Arleen Jarrell, Cincinnati, OH, and 2 brothers, Clarence Wellman, Fort Gay, WV and Charles Wellman, Sciotoville, OH. Funeral was Wednesday, at Wheelersburg. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 14, 1939

STEWART, James Allen
1859-1939
James Allen Stewart, 80, retired Lawrence County farmer, died Sunday afternoon at his home Sunday afternoon a this home on Meades Branch. He had been ill since January. Mr. Stewart was born in Tazewell County, VA in 1859, a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Stewart. Funeral was conducted Tuesday morning from the Judd cemetery at Noris where interment was made. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth McGranahan Stewart; 3 daughters, Miss Telia Stewart, at home; Mrs. Harlan Stepp, of Kermit, WV and Mrs. Frank Gose, of Georges Creek, KY, 3 sons, Fred Stewart, Ashland, KY, Bob Stewart, Williamson, WV and John Stewart, at home and 3 brothers, Sam Stewart, Beckley, WV, Silas Stewart and Tann Stewart both of Pikeville, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 28, 1939

TRAVIS, Serena
Mrs. Robert Travis, 75, of near Wilbur, died on Wednesday of last week. She had lived with a sister, Mrs. Delia Wheeler since the deaths of their husbands a number of years ago. Funeral was conducted Friday afternoon and interment was made beside her husband in the family cemetery. She is survived by her sister, 4 sons and a daughter. Mrs. Travis had been a member of the United Baptist Church for many years and was a devout Christian lady. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 28, 1939

VINSON, Ben F.
1902-1939
Ben F. Vinson, 37, auditor and assistant secretary in charge of accounting of the Ashland Oil & Refining Company, was killed instantly last Saturday morning when he fell from a platform on a gasoline tank of the refining company at its plant at Leach. Member of a family long prominent in this section, Mr. Vinson was a son of the late William Ratcliff Vinson and Mrs. Florence Crum Vinson. He was born on the Vinson farm on Vinson Branch, a few miles south of Louisa, Apr 28, 1902. Mr. Vinson met his death when he went to the plant to take the usual inventory of stock at the beginning of the month, a regular procedure, according to Paul G. Blazer, president of the company. With him on the tank tower were two gaugers, James O'Brien and Ora Miller. Vinson lost his balance and fell 25 feet, landing on his dead and died instantly. Dr. J. C. Hall, Boyd County coroner, following an investigation, said an inquest was unnecessary. He said that Mr. Vinson had suffered multiple skull fractures, a broken neck, broken jaw and a broken leg in the fall. After attending elementary school here, he later attended a business college in Huntington and for 3 years was connected with the Lomar Coal & Iron Company at Kymoor, WV.

In 1929, Mr. Vinson became associated with the Tri-State Refining Co., a Huntington firm, and then joined the staff of the Ashland Oil & Refining Co. in 1930 when the latter concern acquired the Kenova property. He had been with them continuously since that time and had made his home in Ashland where he was prominent in civic and business affairs. He was a cousin of Postmaster R. W. Vinson of Louisa and of Fred M. Vinson, former congressman and now Justice of the court of appeals of the District of Columbia. Funeral was conducted Monday in the First Christian Church, Ashland with Rev. J. S. Faulconer, pastor, officiating and interment was made in the Ashland Cemetery. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Opal Crouse Vinson; his mother, Mrs. Florence Vinson, Huntington, WV, 2 brothers, Oscar Vinson, manager of the Barry Paint and Varnish Company, Huntington and Sam Vinson, also of Huntington, and one sister, Mrs. Ulysses Fluty, Fort Gay, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday Jul 7, 1939

WILLIAMSON, George Washington
1887-1939
G. W. Williamson, 52, World War veteran of the Gnats Creek  section, died in a Louisa hospital Tuesday morning. Although in failing health for 3 years, he had been critically ill for only a week. Funeral rites were conducted Thursday afternoon at the Boyd Cemetery on Gnats Creek with Rev. German Walters, Rev. Ide Preston and Rev. Winfred Meek, officiating. The deceased had been a member of the United Baptist Church for 19 years. Born near Richardson, he was a son of the late James and Alma Boyd Williamson. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Susa Fannin Williamson, 6 daughters, Willa Mae, Naomi Fay, Lula Esteline, Vondene and Dione; 2 sisters, Mrs. Robert Stafford, St. Petersburg, FL and Mrs. S. D. Wolf, Edd, KY and 2 brothers, S. B. Williamson, Wittensville, KY and Julian Williamson, Belfrey, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 28, 1939

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AUGUST

ADAMS, Joel
Joel Adams, 78, a former resident of the Blaine section, died Thursday of last week at his house at Long Run near Portsmouth, OH. He had been ill for a week of complications. Mr. Adams moved from the Blaine section to Ohio about 25 years ago. He married Miss Alafair Evans, of Blaine in 1883 and she preceded him in death. Funeral was held Sunday  at the Long Run United Baptist Church and burial was made in the Long Run cemetery. Surviving are these children, Hubert Adams, Virgil Adams of Dayton, Mrs. Charles Blume of Long Run and Miss Dixie Adams at home. he also leaves a brother, J. B. Adams of New Boston. Six children, 2 brothers and 3 sisters preceded him in death. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 18,1 939

ADAMS, Labe
Labe Adams, 82, well known citizen of the Daniels Creek section, died on Thursday of last week at the home of his son in law, Ralph Holbrooks near the mouth of Daniels Creek. Funeral was conducted from the home Friday and interment made in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 4, 1939

BALL, R. C.
R. C. Ball, 72, well known farmer of the Long Branch section near Fallsburg, died at his home Saturday afternoon at 5:45 after an illness of nearly a year. Mr. Ball was a son of the late Elihue and Mary H???er Ball, and had resided in the Long Branch section for 35 years. His wife, Mrs. Ardelia Vanover Ball, died 11 years ago. He had been a member of the Methodist Church for 36 years. Funeral rites were conducted Sunday afternoon at the home with Rev. Fred Vanhorn and Rev. Lloyd Jordan officiating. Mr. Ball is survived by 6 daughters, Misses Lizzie Ball, Edith Ball, Ardelia Ball, Edna Esther Ball, and Mrs. Little Carter, all at hoe; and Mrs. Ella M. Moore of Waverly, OH, 3 sons, Charles M. Ball, and Chester A. Ball both of Ashland, and Leslie Ball of Ohio; 3 brothers, George and August Ball of Ashland and Hansford Ball of Fallsburg, KY. Two sons, Charles and Chester Ball and 6 nephews, Shirley Ball, Oakley Ball, Vilas Galler and Andrew Cluch, served as pallbearers at funeral rites held Sunday. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 18,1 939

BOGGS, Loranza
Loranza Boggs, 78, father of Mrs. Lillie Diamond of Louisa, died Monday at his home at Warnock, Greenup County. Funeral and interment was conducted Wednesday there. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 4, 1939

BUSSEY, Carl Cameron
Carl Cameron Bussey, 2 day old son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bussey, died at the Bussey home at Busseyville, Wednesday night. Funeral was conducted Thursday at the home by Rev. Vess Ball and interment made in the Carter Cemetery on Little Blaine. Surviving besides the parents, are 3 grandparents, Mrs. Corilda Bussey of Louisa, route 1, and Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Thompson of Louisa route 3. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 25, 1939

BUSSEY, George Samuel
1854-1939
George Samuel Bussey, 85, retired Louisa carpenter, died suddenly at the Bussey home here Friday afternoon of last week. Mr. Bussey was born in Louisa, Apr 13, 1854, a son of the late Henry Stanhope Bussey and Mrs. Christina Miller Bussey and had spent all of his life here. He was a brother of the late Dr. Joe C. Bussey of Louisa. Funeral rites were conducted Saturday afternoon at the Methodist Church at Busseyville, with Rev. C. F. Froderman, pastor of the Louisa First Methodist Church, officiating and interment was made in the family cemetery at Busseyville. Mr. Bussey was never married. He is survived by one brother, Fremont Randall Bussey, aged Busseyville citizen. Big Sandy news, Friday, Aug 25, 1939

CAUDILL, Rittie Mae (Lemaster)
1877-1939
Mrs. Rittie Mae Caudill, 62, wife of William Caudill, died at the Caudill home at Wilbur Sunday after an illness of more than 9 months of a heart ailment. Mrs. Caudill was a daughter of the late James and Sarah Scarberry Lemaster and had resided at Wilbur the past 40 years. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Funeral was conducted at the Mt. Olive Church Wednesday with the Rev. Dennis Caldwell officiating. Surviving besides the husband are 5 daughters, Mrs. Lee Jordan, Mechanicsburg, OH, Mrs. Willie Wheeler, Chandlersville, OH, Mrs. Eugene Stambaugh, Stambaugh, KY, Mrs. Ora Caudill, Lucasville, OH, and Miss Shirley Caudill, Rock Island, IL and 5 sons, James, Shelby and Oscar Caudill, all of Rock Island, IL, Chester Caudill of Fallsburg and Ralph Caudill of Wilbur. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 4, 1939

COPLEY, Felix A.
Felix A. Copley, of Fort Gay, 38 years old, died of tuberculosis Jul 19, after a lingering illness. He had been in poor health for the past 12 years. He had been a Christian since 1932, and is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas L. Copley; 4 sisters, Mrs. Roy Copley, Mrs. Ruby Ramey, Mrs. Mary Bartram, and Ruth Copley of Mill Creek; 4 brothers, Davis and Jack Copley of Genoa, Garland Copley of Effie, Clarence Copley of Trace Branch. Funeral services were conducted in the home by Rev. Samuel Wellman, with burial in the family cemetery overlooking the home. Pallbearers were his nephews and close friends. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 4, 1939

CORDLE, Mrs. William (Rita Mae Lemaster)
Mrs. William Cordle, of the Wilbur section, died Jul 30 after an illness of nine months. Funeral was conducted Wednesday of last week at the Mt. Olive Church and interment made in the family cemetery near the Cordle home. She had long been a member of the Baptist Church. Surviving are the husband and 5 sons and 5 daughters. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 11, 1939

FYFFE, Merdicia (Riggsby)
Mrs. Merdicia Riggsby Fyffe, 70, of Maysville, died last Friday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. James Thomas, near Moransburg, Mason County. Andrew M. Fyffe, of this county, is a son. Mrs. Fyffe was born in Johnson County, a daughter of John and Nance Johnson Riggsby and moved to Maysville in 1912. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 25, 1939

HATTEN, Allen Monroe
Allen Monroe Hatten, 73 years old, died at his home on Gragston Creek, near Prichard, WV, Aug 4. He is survived by 3 sons, Bert, Philip and Henry Hatten of Prichard, 5 daughters, Mrs. Minnie Smith of Bedford, VA, Mrs. Burpha Bentley of Dayton, OH, Mrs. Gladys Burris, and Mrs. Eltha Hoosier, of Prichard and Mrs. Lena Romans, of Wayne. Funeral services were conducted at the residence Sunday afternoon with Rev. Henry Mullens officiating. Burial was in the Hatten Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 18,1939

HOWARD, Will
Sandy Hook, KY, Aug 23--Will Howard, 62, one of Elliott county' finest citizens, died Sunday, Aug 20 of a heart attack at his home. Funeral was conducted Tuesday from the home with Rev. Charles W. Vansant of Freeburn, KY, officiating. Mr. Howard is survived by his wife, Mrs. Beulah Adkins Howard, and 3 children, William and Lee Howard and Lena Howard, all of Sandy Hook. Also surviving are 3 sisters, and 4 brothers. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 25, 1939

KITCHEN, Manuel
Manuel Kitchen, 13 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Kitchen, Jr. of the Dennis section, died Aug 7. Besides the parents he is survived by 2 brothers and 3 sisters. Funeral was conducted from the home Wednesday of last week with Rev. Fred Vanhorn officiating. Big Sandy News, Friday Aug 18, 1939

MCCLURE, J. P.
1852-1939
J. P. McClure, 87, well known Lawrence Countian and scion of a pioneer Big Sandy valley family, dropped dead Saturday afternoon at 4:30 at the home of a brother, John H. McClure at Gallup. Mr. McClure had been in failing health for several months. Death was attributed to a heart attack. A son of the late George C. and Jane Borders McClure, Mr. McClure was born at Gallup, Aug 4, 1852, and had resided in that community all his life. He had been a member of the Chapman Methodist Church for 75 years and took a leading part in church affairs of that section. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. D.P. Preston of Gallup with whom he made his home since the death of his wife, in 1921; 2 sons,  Dr. U. G. McClure, Charleston, WV, and E. T. McClure, Columbia, SC; one sister, Mrs. Julia Atkinson, Omaha, NB and 2 brothers, T. S. McClure, Ashland, KY and John H. McClure, Gallup, KY. His wife, Mrs. Geneva Muncy McClure died in 1921. A large crowd, including many from Louisa and surrounding towns, attended the funeral, which was conducted at the Chapman Methodist Church Tuesday afternoon with Dr. J. Ralph Wood, Ashland, district superintendent; Rev. C. D. Goodwin, pastor of the Lawrence County parish, and Rev. William Burgess, Louisa, officiating. Pallbearers were nephews of the deceased, John H. McClure, Jr., George C. McClure, Alex Garred, George Garred, Arch McClure, John Burgess and Vinson Garred. Interment was made in the McClure family cemetery at Gallup under direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 11, 1939

NUNLEY, Alexander H.
Alexander H. Nunley, 87 year old farmer of the Mt. Zion section near the Lawrence-Boyd county line, died Monday morning at his home. He had been ill for several weeks. A native of Virginia, Mr. Nunley had spent all his life in this county and was a well known farmer. Funeral was conducted Wednesday afternoon from the Mt. Zion Church with Rev. Sam Rayburn officiating. Surviving are his widow, one daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Luster of Buchanan, KY, one son, H. H. Nunley of Grayson, KY, a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Stewart of Greenup, KY, 17 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 4, 1939

PERRY, Alley
Alley Perry, 16, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eli Perry, who reside on Gragston Creek 2 miles east of Prichard, WV, was the victim of a tragic hunting accident, Tuesday morning at 7 when he was shot and fatally wounded while hunting in the woods near his home with a youthful companion, John Russell Bean. Perry died in a Huntington hospital Tuesday evening after Dr. A. K. Kessler had performed a major brain operation in an effort to save his life. Bean, it is said, mistook Perry's head for a squirrel and fired. Dr. Kessler  said that the operation disclosed five shot  from the shotgun charge penetrated the skull and entered the brain. The surgeon opened the skull in an attempt to stop the hemorrhaging that caused death. Wayne officials described the shooting as an accident and said that no inquest would be held. They said the victim's father declared his son and Bean were the best of friends and that they had played and had been brought up together. Funeral will be conducted Thursday afternoon at 2 from the Methodist Church at Prichard and interment will be made in the Lakin Cemetery at the forks of Big Hurricane. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 18, 1939

RIGSBY, Lewis C.
Lewis C. Rigsby, 75, who moved from Lawrence County early in life, died Jul 27 at his home at Lacy, Magoffin County. He was a son of Henry Rigsby, veteran of the Civil War and Nancy Skaggs Rigsby both of this county. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 18, 1939

STURGILL, Jesse
Jesse Sturgill, 30, native of Willard, died last Friday in King's Daughters' Hospital in Ashland after an illness of 10 days. Since the death of his wife 3 years ago he had been residing on Hoods Creek road, Ashland, with a sister, Mrs. Nancy Blevins. A son of Marton and Sarah Leadingham Sturgill, he was born at Willard. Funeral was held Sunday at Westwood and interment was made in the Dixon Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 11, 1939

THACKER, Lou (Bellomy)
Mrs. Lou Bellomy Thacker, 71, wife of Albert Thacker, died at the Thacker home in Fort Gay Saturday morning at 2:30. She had been seriously ill for 2 weeks. Funeral rites were conducted Sunday afternoon at 2:30 from the Baptist Church in Fort Gay with the pastor. Rev. J. C. Hager, officiating, and interment was made in the Lakin Cemetery on Big Hurricane Creek, 4 miles from Fort Gay. Mrs. Thacker was a daughter of the late Levi and Sophia Lakin Bellomy and was born near Hubbardstown, WV. She had been a lifelong member of the Methodist Church at Shilo, WV. Surviving are the husband and one son, Vilas Thacker of Fort Gay and 6 brothers, Roscoe Bellomy, Fort Gay, George Bellomy, Wayland, KY, Joe Bellomy, Russell, KY, and Oliver Harve and Will Bellomy. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 25, 1939

THOMPSON, Elizabeth (Lloyd)
Mrs. Elizabeth Lloyd Thompson, 75 years old, of the Mill Creek section, Fort Gay, dropped dead Jul 24, as she was walking along the road near her home. Mrs. Thompson was the daughter of the late Henry J. and Permelia Lloyd and was raised on Two Mile near Wayne. She was first married to Pharoah Justice. After his death she married John Sparks, and several years after his death she was married to Aley Thompson, who survives. She is also survived by a son of the second marriage, John Sparks, of Mill Creek; 2 sisters, Mrs. Martha (Mitt) Lester of Bath County, KY and Mrs. Prudence Mills of Two Mile, near Wayne. Several nieces and nephews survive, including William H. Moore of Wayne. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Tilden Parsons at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lambert Mills of Two Mile, Wednesday of last week, with burial in the Lloyd Cemetery near the Mill home. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 4, 1939

TRIMBLE, James
James Trimble, 76 native of Floyd County and long a prominent citizen of Catlettsburg, died Sunday night at his home in Washington, D. C. For many years he served as cashier of the Catlettsburg National Bank and then became associated with the Merchant Bank and Trust Company in Ashland as vice president. He left Catlettsburg 30 years ago and went to Washington where he was vice president of the National Bank of Washington, the oldest banking institution in the nation's capital. During the administration of Woodrow Wilson he was named a special bank examiner. Mrs. Gus Hampton and Senator George B. Martin are cousins of the deceased. His wife, Lizzie Hatcher, of Pikeville, preceded him in death. Funeral service was conducted in Washington Tuesday and interment made there. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 11, 1939

WELLMAN, Oliver
1873-1939
Oliver Wellman was born Dec 17, 1873 and died Aug 9, 1939, aged 65 years. He was the son of the late Oliver Wellman and was born and reared near Fort Gay and had resided in Wayne County all his life until a few years ago when he moved to Waterloo, OH. At the time of his death he was making his home with his youngest son, Merlin of Kitts Hill, OH. Mr. Wellman and the son had gone to the pasture to mow weeds, where he was stricken with a heart attack and died immediately. In addition to the son, he is survived by his wife, Mrs. Hattie Osburn Wellman of Huntington; one daughter, Mrs. Garvas Ferris of Huntington; 2 other sons, Elza Wellman of Buffalo Creek and Basil Wellman of Huntington; 5 grandchildren; one half brother, E. H. Wellman, of Prichard; 4 half sisters, Mrs. L. F. Frasher, Mrs. C. E. Romans and Miss Josephine Wellman of Fort Gay, and Mrs. Toney McCoy of Prichard. Funeral services were conducted at Reger Funeral Home, Huntington with Rev. Henry Mullens officiating. Burial was in the Ward Cemetery on Haynes Branch. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 25, 1939

WHEELER, Stella (Justice)
Mrs. Stella Justice Wheeler, 48, wife of Mont Wheeler, of Louisa, route 3, died at the Wheeler home in the Deephole section Wednesday night. She was found dead in her bed at 2:30 a.m. Thursday morning. She had been in failing health for several months. Funeral will be conducted from the home Saturday morning at 10 with Rev. Sylvester Ball officiating. A daughter of Mrs. Emma Comer, of Louisa and the late Dave Justice, Mrs. Wheeler was born and reared at Mattie. She had been a member of the Methodist church for 36 years. Besides the husband and mother, she is survived by 5 daughters, Mrs. Willie Austin, Fallsburg, KY, Mrs. John Dunbar, Louisa route 3, Mrs. Raymond Yates, Louisa route 3, and Misses Eliza and Billy Jean, at home; and 2 sisters, Mrs. Forest Johnson, Maysville, KY and Mrs. Clyde Carter, Mattie, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 11, 1939

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ARTRIP, Lindsey
Lindsey Artrip 77, wealthy Wayne County farmer and land owner, died Saturday night in Memorial Hospital, Huntington, where he had been a patient for 18 days. Mr. Artrip had been ill for 2 months and was removed to the hospital, Aug 8. A son of the late Eli and Ada Ferguson Artrip, Mr. Artrip was born and reared in Wayne County and operated a large farm on Mill Creek 3 miles from Fort Gay. Funeral rites were conducted Monday afternoon at 3:30 from the Spruce Lick Baptist Church, of which he had been a member for 18 years. The Rev. J. C. Hager, pastor of the Louisa and Fort Gay Baptist Churches, officiated at the service. Interment was made in the family cemetery under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home of Louisa. Mr. Artrip's wife, Mrs. Ada Jackson Artrip, died 6 years ago. He is survived by 7 daughters, Mrs. Walter Peterson and Mrs. H. F. Way, both of Toledo, OH, Mrs. U. S. Pinson, Prichard, WV, route 2, Mrs. Leroy Williamson, Williamson, WV, Mrs. W. L. Johnson, Toledo, OH, and Miss Marjorie Artrip at home; 6 sons, Jay Artrip, Toledo, OH, Boyd Artrip, Rittman, OH, Lindsey Artrip, Los Angeles, CA, Orville, Eugene and John Artrip, Fort Gay, WV route 2; and 5 brothers, V. H., C. C. and C. W. Artrip, Fort Gay, J. B. Artrip, Huntington, WV, and B. B. Artrip of Pittsburg, PA. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 1, 1939

CASTLE, Edward
Edward Castle, 55, a native of the Lick Creek section near Louisa, died of heart failure Monday in the mines of the Consolidated Coal Company at Van Lear where he was employed. A son of Winfield and Nancy Chapman Castle, Mr. Castle was born on Lick Creek in 1884 and was married to Miss Ida Wilson of that section in 1907. They had resided for the past 12 years at Van Lear. Mr. Castle served as policeman to Van Lear for 4 yeas and later had been employed by the Consolidated Coal Company. Funeral rites were conducted at Van Lear Wednesday with Rev. S. B. Ball and Rev. William Burgess of Louisa, officiating, and the body was brought to this county and laid to rest in the Wilson Cemetery on Lick Creek. Besides his wife, he is survived by 3 sisters, Mrs. Julia Bowe, of Busseyville, KY, Mrs. Vadia Cochran of Garats Creek, KY, and Mrs. Lou Abshire of Catlettsburg, KY and 2 brothers, Harry Castle of Louisa and Walker Castle of Drift, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 29,1939

CHANDLER, John Henry
1895-1939
John H. Chandler, county clerk of Johnson County for the past 6 years, was found shot to death on the back porch of his home in Paintsville Sunday morning, Aug 20. A bullet from a .45 pistol had entered his head just behind the right ear, passing entirely through the head. He was found early Sunday morning by his sister, Miss Mildred Chandler when she arose to prepare breakfast. Mrs. Chandler was at Olive Hill on a visit when the tragedy occurred. The Paintsville Herald says a number of theories have been advances as to how Mr. Chandler came to his death. His wife, who knew him best, is positive in her belief that her husband met with foul play. The pistol with which he was shot was lying 3 or 4 feet from his hands when the body was discovered. Certain circumstances point to the fact that Mr. Chandler might have been murdered with robbery as the motive.

The evening previous to the tragedy Mrs. Chandler had purchased a quantity of groceries. Mr. Chandler had given her a five dollar bill. When she returned to the house Mr. Chandler had gone out and she left the change, something over $3 lying on the kitchen table with the groceries. During the night the groceries and the change disappeared. Mrs. Chandler is of the opinion that Mr. Chandler was disturbed by someone prowling about the house, that he took his pistol and as he stepped on to the back porch he was grabbed by someone and shot with his own gun. He was clad only in his underwear when found. Mr. Chandler had been in failing health for a long time. While serving with the U. S. forces in France, he was seriously injured at the Meuse-Argonne battle and remained in a hospital for 6 months and never fully recovered from the wounds.

He was employed as bookkeeper for the Paintsville National Bank from 1923 to 1926 and later served as cashier of the bank at Wayland. He was elected county clerk in 1933 and was reelected 2 years ago. Mrs. Clifford Pack of Chandlersville, is a sister of the deceased. County Judge Claude Buckingham last week appointed Mrs. Chandler, his widow, as county clerk to fill the office until the next election. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 1, 1939

CRAIG, Eliza Ellen
Mrs. Eliza Ellen Craig, 81, who died Monday at the home of a son, Claude Craig, in Portsmouth was returned to East Fork Wednesday for burial there. She was the widow of the late William Craig. Surviving are another son, Alma B. Craig, Portsmouth and 3 daughters, Mrs. Isabel Sweet, Detroit, MI, Mrs. Daisy Warder, Decatur, IL, and Mrs. Julia Havens, Richmond, IN and a sister and brother, Mrs. Minnie Fetters and Taylor Stone of Trinity. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 1, 1939

FERRELL, Mahala Kansas (Parsley)
Mrs. Mahala Kansas Ferrell, 67, native of Wayne County, WV, died at her home near Ashland, Sunday. She was born in Wayne county, a daughter of John W. and Nancy Crum Parsley. Mrs. Rebecca Spaulding and Mrs. Polly Spaulding of Crum, WV are sisters. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 29,1939

FITZPATRICK, Otto M.
Otto M. Fitzpatrick, 69, native of Martin County and salesman for the Consolidated Grocery Company of Ashland, died Tuesday of last week at his home in Matewan, WV. Mr. Fitzpatrick formerly was land agent for the Appalachian Electric Power Company. Funeral was conducted at Matewan and the body was taken to Warfield, Martin County for interment. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 1, 1939

FRALEY, Ira
Ira Fraley, 19, of Savage Branch and a native of the Torchlight section of this county, was drowned near his home in Boyd County Sunday. He was born at Torchlight, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Fraley, who later moved to Boyd County when Ira was about 9 years old. He is survived by his parents, 4 sisters and 2 brothers and a grandmother. Big Sandy News, Sep 1, 1939

GAMBILL, John Craton
1885-1939
Dr. John Craton Gambill, 54, widely known Eastern Kentucky physician and a native of this county, died shortly after noon Saturday at his home in Ashland. Death was ascribed to a heart ailment from which he had been suffering for 3 years. A son of the late Dr. John J. and Mary Jane Boggs Gambill, he was born at Martha, this county, Mar 25, 1885 and received his early education in the public school of this county and later attended Prof. Elam's normal school at Blaine. He was graduated in 1905 from the Hospital College of Medicine in Louisville, with the highest honors in the class. Dr. Gambill was associated in practice in Ashland with his brother, Dr. W. L. Gambill and ill health forced his retirement 3 years ago. He specialized in eye, ear, nose and throat ailments during the 14 years of practice in Ashland. Previous to that he had practiced general medicine at Van Lear, Jenkins, Paintsville and Denver, KY. Dr. Gambill was widely known as a specialist in his line and his professional life was spent in a very sincere and earnest effort to relieve suffering humanity. By his kind and genial nature, he won and held the confidence of his patrons and by his strict interpretation of a doctor's ethics, he was held in high esteem by all members of his profession.

As a citizen he was ever willing to do his full duty in worth while civic projects. His passing will be regretted by countless numbers who were glad to know him as a wise counselor, a genial friend and a good neighbor. Funeral was conducted Monday afternoon at the home with Rev. Joseph S. Falconer, pastor of the First Christian Church in Ashland assisted by Rev. J. W. Hagin, of New Berne, NC, officiating and interment was made in the Ashland Cemetery. Active pallbearers were Dr. H. G. Stambaugh, Dr. Clyde Sparks, Dr. M. D. Garred, Dr. L. H. Winans, Dr. Oliver H. Fearing and Dr. C. C. Woods. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Boyd County Medical Society, who attended the services in a body. He is survived by his brother, Dr. W. L. Gambill, Ashland and 2 sisters, Mrs. F. M. Williams, of Ashland and Mrs. Belle Lester of Lakeland, FL. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 29, 1939

GILLIAM, Edgar
HALL, Lee
Edgar Gilliam, 31, and Lee Hall, 32, employees of the Glenalum Coal Company at Glenalum, Mingo County, WV, died of injuries sustained in an auto wreck Sunday morning near Maher while enroute to Lawrence county bringing an expectant mother to the home of relatives of Tuscola. The expectant mother, Mrs. Hattie Smith, 22, wife of Ed Smith also of Glenalum, was lying down on the rear seat of the automobile when the wreck occurred and escaped serious injury. She was able later in the day to continue her trip to Louisa by train, according to the Williamson Daily News. Hall and Gilliam were taken to a Williamson hospital both suffering from fractured skulls. Gilliam died Monday night and Hall died Tuesday afternoon. Gilliam was an uncle of Mrs. Smith. The party left Glenalum early Sunday morning to bring Mrs. Smith to Tuscola for the period of her confinement. Entering the village of Maher, Hall lost control of the car in rounding a curve and it struck a railroad embankment and turned over 5 times. Mrs. Smith is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Curt Lawson of Tuscola, and her husband is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dock Smith, also of Tuscola. Mrs. Smith, after receiving treatment in a Williamson hospital for a cut on the face and bruises on the chest and leg, came to Louisa by train Sunday evening and spent the night with Mr. and Mrs. Ed Scott, relatives and went on to her father's at Tuscola by bus Tuesday. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 15, 1939

KITCHEN, Fleming L.
Fleming, L. Kitchen, 84, well known resident of Willard died at his home there Thursday of last week. Funeral was conducted at the old Kitchen homestead at Willard with Rev. Leonard Bowling officiating. Surviving are 2 brothers, and one sister, James B. Kitchen of Williamson, John W. Kitchen of Grayson and Mrs. Belle K. Prichard of Greenup. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 29, 1939

LYON, James Franklin
1871-1939
James Franklin Lyon, 68, for 37 years clerk of the Laurel Hill Regular Primitive Baptist Church, died Sunday at his home at Blaine. Deceased was a son of the late Reason and Martha Lyon and was born Mar 22, 1871. He was converted and baptized in early life and had served as clerk of the church for 37 years. He was married to Mary C. Skaggs, in 1892. To this union were born 11 children, 8 of whom survive: Mrs. Ella Burchwell, Mazie, Mrs. Amy Ferguson, Beaver, OH, Guy Lyon, Keaton, KY, Mrs. Martha Wright, Blaine, KY, Fred Lyon, Portsmouth, OH, Mrs. Minnie Skaggs, Portsmouth, OH, Clyde Lyon, Portsmouth, OH, Mrs. Alice Osborn, Blaine, KY. Mr. Lyon was a highly respected citizen, a faithful church member and a loyal neighbor. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 22, 1939

MCGRANAHAN, Ulysses G.
Ulysses G. McGranahan, 65, well known farmer of the Little Blaine section, died Friday at 6:45. He had been in failing health for a number of years and had been seriously ill for 5 months. Funeral rites were conducted Sunday at 2 from the Spencer Church on Little Blaine and interment was in the Judd Cemetery nearby under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Mr. McGranahan had been a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and had lived most of the time on Little Blaine and for a few years in Louisa. He had been a member of the Baptist Church for 48 years. Surviving are the wife,  Mrs. Cora Thompson McGranahan, 2 daughters, Mrs. Vess Thompson of McAndrews, KY and Miss Gertrude McGranahan, at home; 2 sons, Graden McGranahan of Paducah, KY and Ray McGranahan of Ashland, KY; one sister, Mrs. J. A. Stewart of Norris, KY and one brother, Ned McGranahan of Moorefield, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 15, 1939

MILLER, James
James Miller, 80 years old, died at his home near Crum, WV Aug 27 after an illness of 2 weeks. He had been a member of the United Baptist Church for several years. Burial was in the Marcum Cemetery on Bull Creek. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 8, 1939

MOORE, Delila (Jordan)
Mrs. Delila Jordan Moore, 68, wife of H. K. Moore, died at the Moore home in Louisa Monday morning at 10:55 three weeks after suffering a paralytic stroke. A daughter of the late Jerry and Fannie Moore Jordan, Mrs. Moore was born and reared at Mattie, this county. She moved to Louisa with her family 21 years ago and had resided here since. She had been a member of the Freewill Baptist Church the past 15 years. Funeral rites were conducted Wednesday afternoon at 2 from the Cando Church near Mattie with Rev. Dave Al Hayes, Rev. W. T. Fraley and Rev. Arlie Blackburn officiating. Interment was made in the Al Hayes Cemetery near Mattie under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Besides the husband, Mrs. Moore is survived by 4 daughters, Mrs. Allie Edwards of Irwin, OH, Mrs. Charles Thornhill of Freeburn, KY Mrs. Millard Thornhill, of Woodstock, OH, and Mrs. W. R. Short, of Louisa, 5 sons, Charles Moore of North Matewan, WV, Willie Moore of Williamsport, OH, and Tom, Jay and Kay Moore, all of Louisa, one sister, Mrs. Mont Thompson, of Louisa and 2 brothers, Anderson Jordan of Catawba, OH, and Jim Jordan of Ironton, OH. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 22, 1939

MOORE, Lola Kathryn
Lola Kathryn Moore, 6 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Moore, died in a local hospital Thursday evening 3 days after undergoing an operation for appendicitis. Funeral rite were conducted Saturday afternoon from the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Alley of Two Mile with Rev. J. C. Hager, pastor of the Louisa Baptist Church officiating and interment was made in the family cemetery at Five Forks. Surviving besides the parents are a sister, Margaret, 5, and the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. H. K. Moore of Louisa and Mr. and Mrs. Link Moore of Waverly, OH. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 8, 1939

MOORE, William M. Jr.
Inez, KY--Apparently the victim of a blast from the shotgun he was carrying, William M. Moore, Jr., aged 16 years of Goodman, was found dead in the hills near Inez, Friday. The boy, who was visiting an uncle, Charles Fluty, at Inez, was reported to have gone into the hills to shoot crows Thursday night. When he did not return a searching party went out yesterday morning and found him lying dead alongside the shotgun he had taken with him. Big Sandy news, Friday, Sep 8, 1939

NELSON, Sambo
ADAMS, Fred
FANNIN, William
FANNIN, Hobart
Paintsville, KY, Sep 17, Four men were killed, one of them a Johnson county deputy sheriff and a man and a women were wounded in a gun battle Saturday night at Sambo's Place, beer parlor, on U. S. Highway 23 about 3 and 1/2 miles south of here. The dead are: Sambo Nelson, age 50, proprietor of the beer parlor, Fred Adams, age about 65, deputy sheriff, Willie Fannin, age 25, and his brother, Hobart Fannin, age  about 22. Mrs. Nelson, wife of the proprietor, received a painful wound in the arm, while her little girl had the tip end of her finger shot off by stray bullets. Her son was also shot through the hand.

Nelson and Adams were killed in the battle and the Fannin brothers, died in a Paintsville hospital. Johnson County ..... Daniels said the investigation established the following as about the most accurate account of events leading up to gunfire. Eddie Sammons, Van Lear, arrested William Fannin on a charge of rape while Sammons was serving as constable a few years ago. Fannin was convicted and recently had returned from serving the prison term to which he was sentenced. The Fannins and Sammons met at Sambo's Place for the first time since William's return. William Fannin hit Sammons on the head with a pistol, whereupon Deputy Sheriff Adams, a witness to the affair, intervened and attempted to arrest William Fannin. then the shooting started. Sheriff Daniels said his reports indicated about 45 shots were fired during the ..... gunfire being so heavy that traffic temporarily was blocked on U.S. 23 the Mayo Trail. Sammons was arrested Sunday by Sheriff Daniels and charged with the murder of Hobart Fannin. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 22, 1939

NOBLE, George M.
George M. Noble, 42, of Kermit, was killed last Thursday in a sawmill explosion on Morrowbone Creek. Noble was fireman at the sawmill. He was hurled about 100 feet by the boiler explosion and was severely scalded. His wife was a patient in a Williamson hospital at the time having recently submitted to an operation to remove a leg because of blood poisoning. Noble had no children of his own, but he and his wife, reared 3 adopted daughters, He is also survived by a stepson, Charles Noble of Naugatuck , one brother, Knute Noble, and one sister, Mrs. Hazel Henry both of Kentucky. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 15, 1939

PINSON, Harry
Harry Pinson, 55, tipple man at a Borderland coal operation, died of a heart attack Monday. He is survived by a brother, Henon Pinson, Kermit, WV, and 3 sisters, Mrs. Sallie Fannin, Milo, KY, Mrs. Rose Williams, Tomahawk, KY and Mrs. Mary Mills, Wheelwright, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 8, 1939

PRESTON, Florence May (Preston)
1876-1939
Mrs. Florence May Preston, 63, wife of Gus Preston died last Thursday at the Preston home in Ashland.  Born in Lawrence County, she was a daughter of Ashford and Elizabeth Price Preston and had resided in Ashland for 30 years.  Funeral was conducted Sunday in the Pollard Baptist church with Rev. W. K. Wood of Ashland and Rev. J. C. Hager of Louisa officiating and interment was made in Rose Hill Burial Park, Ashland.  Surviving in addition to the husband are three daughters, Mrs. James Chaney and Mrs. Jess Walter of Ashland, and Mrs. Thelma Lee Johnson at home; one son, Harry Preston, Ashland, one sister, Mrs. Bascom Price, Whitehouse, KY; one half –brother, Grover Boyd, Whitehouse, KY, and eleven grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 22, 1939

QUEEN, Evelyn (Lakin)
Mrs. Evelyn Lakin Queen, 78, widow of the late Hector Queen died Sunday at the home of a son, Green Queen, on Long Branch near Fallsburg. She had been in failing health for 2 years and seriously ill for 2 weeks. Funeral rites were conducted Monday afternoon at the home of Green Queen and interment was made in the family cemetery in the Long Branch section. Mrs. Queen had been a lifelong member of the M. E. Church. Surviving are one son, Green Queen, Fallsburg, KY; 3 sisters, Mrs. Nan Ross and Mrs. Tompie Price, both of Buchanan, KY and Miss Ida Lakin of Boyd County and a brother, James Lakin also of Boyd County. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 1, 1939

ROBERTS, Hattie (Holbrook)
Mrs. Hattie Holbrook Roberts, 50, wife of Mart Roberts, died at the Roberts home in Louisa last Thursday evening at 6:30 three hours after suffering a stroke. Mrs. Roberts was a daughter of the late Winifred and Nancy Young Holbrook and was born and reared in the Irish Creek section. She had resided in Louisa for a number of years. Funeral was conducted from the home Sunday afternoon with Rev. William W. Moore officiating and interment was made in the Pine Hill Cemetery here under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Surviving besides the husband are 2 daughters, Mrs. Bryan Preston, of Ashland and Miss Muriel Roberts, at home; and 2 sons, Willis and Hugh Roberts, both at home. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 22, 1939

SHANNON, Kate Permelia (Sullivan)
1852-1939
Mrs. Kate Permelia Shannon, 87, scion of a pioneer family and mother of State Auditor Ernest E. Shannon and Dr. Frederick F. Shannon, of Chicago, died suddenly at her home in Louisa last Friday morning. Mrs. Shannon had been in apparent good health recently and on Tuesday had visited neighbors. Friday morning about 4 she awakened relatives, complaining of a pain in her chest, but in a few minutes seemed better and fell asleep again. Two hours later at 6 members of the family found her dead in her bed. A daughter of the late Rev. Christian M. and Chattie Moore Sullivan, Mrs. Shannon was born Feb 3, 1852 in Wayne County, WV, a mile below Cassville, now Fort Gay. She was the oldest and last surviving member of a family of five. Brothers and sisters who have preceded her in death were William N. Sullivan, Frederick A. Sullivan, Mrs. Abie Songer and Henry C. Sullivan. Her father, Rev. Christian M. Sullivan, was an outstanding minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and pioneer preacher in the Ashland-Parkersburg districts of the Western Virginia Conference in which he served as presiding elder for a number of years. Her grandfather, Frederick Moore, was the pioneer who came to the forks of Sandy from Philadelphia, PA and settled across the river from what is now Louisa where he prospered as a trader and merchant. He was the one most active in laying out and establishing the city of Louisa. Afterwards he served in the Legislature.
Deceased was the widow of the late James W. Shannon. They were married Jan 15, 1873 in the Sullivan home in Louisa and 2 months later moved to Council Grove, Morris County, KS, where they resided 4 years. They moved back to a farm a mile from Louisa where they lived until Mr. Shannon's death in 1914. Since then Mrs. Shannon had lived in Louisa. Mrs. Shannon had been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South since 12 years of age. She was a charter member of the Woman's Missionary Society of that church. She is survived by 2 sons, State Auditor Ernest E. Shannon, of Louisa and Dr. Frederick F. Shannon, pastor of the Central Church, Chicago, IL; and three daughter, Misses Ruth and Elizabeth Shannon and Mrs. T. R. McClure all of Louisa. A crowd which filled the church attended the funeral rites conducted Sunday afternoon in the Louisa Methodist Church (formerly the M. E. Church, South), Rev. S. W. Funk, pastor of the church, Rev. C. F. Froderman, officiating. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 29, 1939

SKAGGS, Lewis
Lewis Skaggs, 70, well known farmer of Skaggs, died at his home there early last Friday morning. Funeral was conducted Saturday morning from the home with Rev. Hood Wallin, of Keaton, officiating and interment was made in the family cemetery. Mr. Skaggs was a son of the late James and Mary Holbrook Skaggs and was born and reared at Skaggs. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. George McBrayer of Plain City, OH; one son, Rufus Skaggs of Skaggs and 2 brothers, Andrew and James Skaggs of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 22, 1939

SOWARDS, Stafford
Relatives in Louisa received word last Thursday of the death of Stafford Sowards, 41, Pikeville hardware merchant, who died suddenly Thursday morning of a heart attack. He is a son in law of Mrs. J. M. Cyrus, of Louisa. Surviving are his wife, the former Miss Lucille Cyrus and 3 children. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 29, 1939

SPARKS, Dr. James A.
Dr. James A. Sparks, 63, well known physician of Ashland and a native of Martha, this county, died at his home in Ashland early Wednesday of a heart ailment. He had been ill only briefly and had continued his practice until a few weeks ago. A son of the late Nelson and Serilda Hoblrook Sparks, he was born and reared at Martha and attended the Kentucky School of Medicine in Louisville, graduating in 1900. After graduation, Dr. Sparks returned to Martha where he began the practice of medicine. Later he practiced at Whitehouse for a period, going to Ashland in 1906 where he had practiced since. The deceased was a member of Poage Lodge A. F. & A.M. and had been a Shriner for over 30 years. He was also a member of the Boyd County Medical Society. He was a quiet and unassuming man who was held in the highest esteem by the members of his profession and by the thousands of persons who knew him as a true friend, wise counselor and an able physician. Dr. Sparks was always willing to do his part in any civic movement and showed at all times a great deal of interest in all worthwhile projects.

Funeral services was conducted Thursday afternoon at the Lazear Funeral Home in Ashland with Rev. C. E. Vogle, pastor of the First Methodist Church, officiating and the body will be taken Friday morning to New Haven, Nelson County for interment there Friday afternoon. Active pallbearers were: Charles Lordies, Clyde Levi, Herbert Beatty, Kenneth Long, Fred Gross and B. O. Backer. Members of the Boyd County Medical Society served as honorary pallbearers. The widow, Mrs. Anna Wilkinson Sparks, a native of Louisville, is the only survivor. Deceased was a brother of the late M. B. Sparks, one time county judge of this county. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 29, 1939

STEWART, George
George Stewart, 41, died Sunday at his home on Catlettsburg, Boyd County. He was a brother of Mrs. Phil Fannin of Denton. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 29,1939

THOMPSON, Mont
Mont Thompson, 56, C & O section force laborer, was shot and instantly killed by his daughter, Emogene, 17, in the front yard at the Thompson home near the mouth of Lick Creek on the outskirts of Louisa Saturday evening about 7. Miss Thompson surrendered to Louisa night policeman, Charles D. Waldeck a few minutes after the killing and is being held in the county jail here to await action of the October grand jury. " He was beating up my mother and had threatened my life and I shot him because I though he would kill my mother", Waldeck said the girl told him when she came to the down town section and surrendered to him. A charge from a 16 gauge single barrel shotgun struck Thompson in the left side of his back, killing him instantly. ??? County Judge E.E. Adams, conducted an inquest at the Curtright Funeral Home Sunday where the body was prepared for burial. The jury returned a verdict that Thompson came to his death from a gunshot wound inflicted by his daughter, Emogene.

Miss Thompson waived examining ??? in juvenile court Monday and the case was ???? to circuit court for action by the October grand jury. Unable to provide $5,000 bond she is being held in the county jail. The coroner's investigation disclosed that Thompson was taken to his home from Louisa shortly before the ??????????? by George Franklin Adkins. Adkins said that Thompson was drinking and had asked him to take him home. As Thompson neared his home he saw his daughter, Emogene talking to a man and had Adkins to stop the truck. He is said to have reprimanded his daughter for talking to a married man and ordered her to go home and then to have told the man with whom his daughter had been talking that he (unreadable........). Upon arriving in front of the Thompson home, Thompson was met by his wife and some words and a few ??? were struck. Mrs. Thompson using a small club. Meanwhile, Emogene who had arrived home ahead of her father, came out of the house with the shotgun. She fired at her father at close range. Asked by County Attorney J. H. Ekers, if Thompson was hitting? his wife at the time the daughter shot him. Adkins replied, No. He said that Thompson ....unreadable.... Mrs. Thompson then stepped away to a smaller daughter nearby. After shooting her father, Miss Thompson asked Adkins to bring her to Louisa, which he did. Miss Thompson was permitted to attend the funeral of her father here Monday in the custody of Deputy Sheriff Troy Segraves. Funeral rites were conducted Monday at the Curtright Funeral Home with Rev. C. B. ??? and Rev. J.C. Hager officiating. Interment was made in the Preece Cemetery near Eloise.

Deceased is survived by his wife, Mrs. Fannie Jordan Thompson, 4 daughters, Mrs. Hal Belh?? and Miss Edith Thompson both of Columbus, OH and Misses Emogene and Caroline Thompson, at home; 4 sons, Claude Thompson, Louisa, route 4, Connie Thompson of Columbus, OH, Cecil Thompson of Potter, KY and Haden Thompson, at home; one sister, Mrs. Ike Houston of Portsmouth, OH and 2 brothers, Frank Thompson of Irad, KY and John Thompson of Owen, WS. Deceased was a son of the late John and Sarah Moore Thompson and was born and reared near Busseyville. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 22, 1939

TOMLIN, Margaret
Mrs. Margaret Tomlin, 89, of Rush, died last Friday. Surviving are 5 sons, John of Rush, KY, Francis of Circleville, OH, George of Cincinnati, OH and James of Buchanan, KY and 2 daughters, Mrs. Jerry Dowdy of Rush and Mrs. Lee Johnson of Buchanan; 2 brothers, Harvey Conn of R.F.D. Catlettsburg, and Sam Conn of Starrett, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 8, 1939

WALDECK, George N.
Dr. George N. Waldeck, native Louisan, died last Sunday at his home in Huntington. He was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Waldeck and was born and reared in Louisa. He was a nephew of John Waldeck, of Louisa. Funeral was conducted at the Reger Funeral Home in Huntington Tuesday and interment was made in Woodmere Cemetery there. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 29, 1939

WEDDINGTON, Anna Mae (Stump)
Mrs. Anna Mae Weddington, 31, died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Stump of Kenova, Sep 11 after a lingering illness. In addition to her parents she is survived by her husband, Dewey Weddington, 3 sisters, Mrs. Lena Weddington, Mrs. Thelma Loar and Geneva Stump, all of Kenova and 3 brothers, George Stump, Jr. of Fort Gay, Cecil Stump of Chanute Field, IL and Everett Stump at home. Funeral services were conducted at the Kenova First Baptist Church Wednesday afternoon by Rev. John Roy Wolfe with burial in the Davis cemetery at Prichard. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 22, 1939

WHEELER, Hazel E.
Miss Hazel E. Wheeler, native of Elliott County, died Friday at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.P. Wheeler in Portsmouth. Mrs. Rufus Mullins of Stephens and Mrs. G. W. Wheeler, Catlettsburg are her grandmothers. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 1, 1939

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ARTHUR, Susan (Boyd)
Mrs. Susan Boyd Arthur, 58, wife of William Arthur and a native of this county, died Wednesday at her home in Catlettsburg. Mrs. Arthur moved to Catlettsburg with her parents when 11 years old. Big Sandy news, Friday, Oct 6, 1939

ARTRIP, John B.
John B. Artrip, 69, retired teacher and a native of near Fort Gay, died last Saturday at his home in Huntington. A prominent educator, Mr. Artrip had retired last October after teaching 47 years in West Virginia schools. He was principal of the Fort Gay grade school for a number of years. Later he went to Huntington and was principal of a school there when he retired. He was a brother of the late Lindsey Artrip of near Fort Gay. Funeral was conducted in Huntington. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Ruth Artrip, 2 daughters, Mrs. Kelton Smith and Mrs. John Farr, both of Huntington; 4 brothers, Chris, Wayne and Volney Artrip of Fort Gay, WV and Beverly Artrip of Pittsburgh. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 13, 1939

BERRY, William
William Berry, 80, retired Lawrence County farmer, died Friday evening at 10 at this home near Busseyville after an illness of 2 months. Funeral rites were conducted at the home Sunday morning at 10 and interment was made Sunday afternoon in the family cemetery. Mr. Berry is survived by his wife, Alafair Spillman Berry; 3 daughters, Mrs. James Adams and Mrs. Frank Newsome, both of Louisa, route 3, and Mrs. Smith Adams of Louisa, route 4 and 3 sons, John Berry of Ferguson, WV, O. H. Berry of Goody, KY and Millard Berry, at home. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 6, 1939

BOGGS, John Sherman
John Sherman Boggs, 25, of the Caines Creek section, died at his home Tuesday after a brief illness. Mr. Boggs had been working in Ohio and came home Monday very ill. Funeral rites were conducted Wednesday from the home. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Boggs of Caines Creek. Surviving besides the parents, are his wife and 3 children and one sister, Miss Sarah Boggs of Ashland. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 20, 1939

BOWLING, Edwin Erin
Edwin Erin Bowling, 69, farmer of Hoods creek, Boyd County, died Thursday last week and the body was returned to Bruin, Elliott county for interment in the Bowling family cemetery. He had resided in Boyd County for 16 years. Mrs. Rosa Hammond of Willard is a daughter of the deceased. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 27, 1939

BRADLEY, Martha (Adams)
1865-1939
Mrs. Martha Adams Bradley, 74, widow of the late Terrell Bradley died Monday noon at her home near Busseyville. Funeral rites were conducted this afternoon at the Smokey Valley Baptist Church with Rev. Paula Diamond and Rev. Lindsey Cyrus  both of Ashland, officiating. A daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Adams, Mrs. Bradley was born and reared in this county. She had been a member of the Baptist Church for 25 years. Surviving are 5 daughters, Mrs. Walter Davis, Mrs. Clifford Clarkson, and Mrs. Thomas Carter, all of Louisa, route 1, Mrs. William Vanhoose of Goody, KY and Mrs. Ebert Clarkson of Busseyville; 2 sisters, Mrs. William Rice of Indiana and Mrs. George Callahan, of Greenup, KY and 2 brothers, William Adams of Ashland and Thomas Adams of Indiana. her husband died 7 years ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 27, 1939

BRITTON, William
William Britton, 65, a dairy farmer of near Hamilton, OH, and brother of C. T. Britton, president of the Louisa Coca-Cola Bottling Company, was killed by a B & O train on Thursday of last week in Hamilton, OH, where he had gone to purchase farm seeds. He was a native of Clay County, KY and operated a large farm in Hamilton County, OH. Mr. and Mrs. C. T. Britton went to Hamilton Saturday to attend the funeral. Interment was made in a cemetery at Hamilton. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 6, 1939

BURGESS, Homer
Homer Burgess, 45, colored, died at his home in Louisa at 9:50 Tuesday morning after an illness since December. Burgess was born and reared in Louisa and resided here all of his life, except for 16 years residence in Williamson, WV. He was a concrete finisher by trade. Funeral rites will be conducted at the Curtright Funeral Home Thursday afternoon at 2 from the home with Rev. Jesse Holbrook and Rev. J. C. Hager officiating and interment will be made in the Wallace Cemetery near Louisa. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Georgia Freesee Johns, his wife, Mrs. Imogene Wallace Burgess; 2 daughters, Harriett and Georgia Ann; a son, Homer, Jr. and one brother, Ellis Johns of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 13, 1939

CARDWELL, Thelma (Vickers)
Mrs. Thelma Vickers Cardwell, 29, wife of Charles A. "Tootz" Cardwell of Fort Gay, died Thursday of last week in a Louisa hospital after an illness of 3 weeks. Funeral rites were conducted Sunday afternoon at 2 at the Fort Gay Baptist Church and interment made in the Billups Gap Cemetery a few miles east of Fort Gay. Surviving besides the husband are 2 children, her mother, Mrs. L. Lacher of Marengo, IL; 6 sisters, Mrs. Jas. Case, Langley, KY, Mrs. H. C. Webb, Fort Gay, WV, Mrs. J.M. Curry, Tulsa, OK. Mrs. rush Williamson, Huntley, WV, Mrs. Fred Lacher and Mrs. Merline Bronson, both of Marengo, IL; 2 brothers, Abner Vickers of Huntington, WV and J. C. Vickers of Marengo, IL and her grandmother, Mrs. J. H. Holbrook of Louisa. Deceased was a daughter of the late P. E. and Luda Graves Vickers and was born and reared at Fort Gay. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 6, 1939

CYRUS, Joe M.
1871-1939
Joe M. Cyrus, 67, democratic member of the Lawrence fiscal court and a well known farmer, died suddenly Monday morning at his home at Smokey Valley a few miles west of Louisa. Mr. Cyrus became ill while seated on the porch reading a newspaper and died in a few minutes. He apparently had recovered from a serious illness in 1935 when it became necessary to amputate his left arm because of gangrene caused by diabetes. Born at Whites Creek, Wayne County, WV, Mr. Cyrus was a son of the late Jack and Irene Newman Cyrus. He had resided in this county for many years and was widely known. Funeral rites were conducted Monday afternoon from the home at Smokey Valley with Rev. William Burgess and Rev. C. F. Froderman, of Louisa and Rev. A. C. Boyles, of Flatwoods, officiating. A large crowd attended the services. Pallbearers were K. T. Cyrus and the five sons of the deceased, Rev. Lindsey Cyrus, Jeff, Sheridan, Raymond, and Frank Cyrus. Interment was made in the family cemetery under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. He is survived by 6 daughters, Mrs. Fred Wellman, Busseyville, KY, Mrs. Leo Branham, Dehue, WV, Mrs. John Martin and Mrs. Ernest Muncy, both of Louisa route 1, Mrs. H. L. Dixon of Lousia and Miss Lucy Cyrus at home, 5 sons, Rev. Lindsey Cyrus, Flatwoods, KY, Jeff and Sheridan Cyrus of Island, KY, Raymond Cyrus, Louisa, route 1, and Frank Cyrus of Dehue, WV, 2 sisters, Mrs. Mollie Cordle of Cordell, KY and Mrs. Dollie Salyers of Columbus, OH and one brother, Lee Cyrus of Portsmouth, OH. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 6, 1939

DANIELS, Ernest J.
Ernest J. Daniels, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Daniels of Louisa, route 1, died Thursday night of last week at the Daniels home on the head of Lick Creek after a long illness. Funeral rites were conducted Saturday afternoon from the home with Rev. William Burgess officiating and interment was made in the family cemetery on Lick Creek. Surviving besides the parents are a sister, Mrs. Fred Ellis of Farmington, WV and  brothers, Herman Daniels, Welch, WV and Carlos and Marvin Daniels, both at home. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 13, 1939

DESKINS, Bill
Bill Deskins, a former resident of the Zelda and Buchanan sections of this county, died at his home near Ironton, OH Friday of last week. The body was returned to this county and interred in Buchanan Chapel Cemetery Sunday afternoon. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 6, 1939

FRENCH, Lindsey
1878-1939
Lindsey F. French, 63, clerk in the Catlettsburg post office for many years and a native of the East Fork section, died last Friday in an Ashland hospital. He was born Oct 25, 1878 the son of J. W. and Hannah Stanley French residents of the East Fork section. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 27, 1939

HATCHER, James
1859-1939
James Hatcher, 80, one of the Big Sandy Valley's most prominent citizens, died last Friday at his home in Pikeville. He  had been ill over a year and serious complications developed six weeks ago. Mr. Hatcher was born at the mouth of Beaver Creek in Floyd County, Sep 22, 1859, a son of A. G. and Mary Layne Hatcher. He removed to Pike County early in life and became prominent as a timberman, coal operator, large land owner and public official. He was known throughout Kentucky and was a power in Democratic politics. It was reported that at the time of his death he was owner of about 3,700 acres of land in Pike and Floyd County. He formerly operated the James Hatcher Coal Company at Big Shoal, five miles north of Pikeville and pioneered in the timber industry. He once operated rafts carrying timber down the Big Sandy River to the Ohio, and to Cincinnati and ???ville. He was formerly Railroad Commissioner of the third district and county court clerk of Pike County.

Hatcher married a daughter of Jacob Smith, a pioneer of this section, who operated a general store at the mouth of Pond Creek. She died many years ago and he never remarried. Funeral rites were conducted in the Hatcher Hotel in Pikeville Sunday with a large gathering of people many from distant points, attending. An address of eulogy was delivered by Governor Chandler. He was buried in a coffin made 12 years ago and stored on the back porch of his home until his death. He had told friends a long time ago that he made his coffin from a walnut tree which he had played under as a boy. Only the previous Saturday he had observed his 80th birthday. He leaves no children and the nearest surviving relatives are a number of nephews and nieces who will share in an estate estimated at more than a million dollars. The estate includes valuable coal lands, the Hatcher Hotel and other real estate and personal property. As a pioneer in the development of the coal and timber resources of Eastern Kentucky and of business in the Sandy Valley, Col. Jim Hatcher rendered service of lasting value to the section in which he lived. His undying love for the region in which he spent his life and for his neighbors and friends was exhibited in no better way than in the remarkable museum of Big Sandy Kentuckians which he kept in the lobby of his hotel in Pikeville. Much quoted saying, printed and posted on the walls, and curiosities of many kinds made this a picturesque gathering place for inquisitive visitors and an inspiration for the homefolks. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 6, 1939

HAYES, John F.
John F. Hayes, 61, lifelong resident of the Hicksville section, died Sep 23 at his home after a 3 months illness. He was born at Hicksville, a son of the late Mattsfield and Lucy Rhodes Hayes, natives of Virginia. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Minnie Hayes, a son, Lando Hayes, a brother, Tom Hayes, Coal River, WV and 4 sisters, Mrs. Liza Whiting, Huntington, WV, Mrs. Cora Perkins, Ironton, OH, Mrs. John Holbrook, of near Busseyville and Mrs. Canis Hillman of Ohio. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 6, 1939

HILL, Belvia (Castle)
1909-1939
Relatives here have been informed of the death of Mrs. Belvia Castle Hill, 30, wife of John L. Hill, who was found dead in bed at her home on Lick Run Pike near Portsmouth, OH early last Saturday morning. She had been in ill health for several months and complications caused her death. Deceased was a daughter of James and Elizabeth Stevens Castle and was born in this county, Dec 17, 1909. She is survived by her husband, a son, David Donald Hill, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Castle, now of Portsmouth, 2 sisters, Mrs.  Oneda Munyon and Miss Helen Louisa, both of Nauvoo, OH and a brother, Edmund Stevens of Portsmouth. Interment was made in the cemetery at Wheelersburg, OH Monday. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 27, 1939

HOLBROOK, Martha
Miss Martha Holbrook, 23, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Holbrook, died at the Holbrook home near Webbville Tuesday of last week after a lingering illness. Funeral was conducted at the home Thursday and interment made in the family cemetery. She is survived by her parents, 6 brothers and 1 sister. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 27,1 939

HUGHES, Mary Elizabeth
Infantile paralysis developing Thursday after a week's severe cold caused the death last Saturday of Mary Elizabeth Hughes, 18 months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willard Hughes of near Clifford. After becoming ill the child was brought to a physician's office here ant then removed to the home of its grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. George Cook on Vinson Branch, where it died. Private funeral was conducted at the Hughes family cemetery on Rockcastle Sunday afternoon. Besides the parents, one brother, James Curtis Hughes, survives. Also the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. George Cook and Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Hughes. This was the third infantile paralysis case developing in the Clifford section within the past 6 weeks. the other 2 children survived the disease. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 28,1 939

LETT, Mary E. (Lester)
1869-1939
Mrs. Mary E. Lett, 70, native of Wayne County, WV, died Sunday at her home in New Boston, OH. She had been ailing for the last 2 years, but had been bedfast only a week. Death was attributed to complications. Mrs. Lett was born Aug 11, 1869 in Wayne County, WV, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Lester. She was a member of the Christian Church. Her husband, Jacob Lett, died 20 years ago. Surviving are these children, Curtis at home, Clifford of Long Run, Mrs. Ollie Kennard of Scherer's Hollow and Mrs. Alice Fitch of Martin County, KY. She also leaves these half sisters, and a half brother: Davey Harris, Mrs. George Daulton of Martin County and Mrs. Lettie Smith of War Eagle, WV. Funeral services were held Monday at the residence, with Rev. W. C. Wood, pastor of the Church of God, New Boston, officiating. The body was returned Tuesday morning by Emrick's to Hubbardstown, WV for burial. Big Sandy news, Friday, Oct 13, 1939

LOWE, John Golden
John Golden Lowe, 46, of Portsmouth, OH, died last Friday Oct 6 at his home. Funeral rites were conducted Oct 8 at Portsmouth. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Sarah Boothe Lowe, 3 children Edward Lowe and Florence Lambert of Portsmouth and Mrs. Maxine Arbogast of Chillicothe, 3 sisters and 2 brothers. Mr. Lowe was a son in law of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Boothe of Eloise near Louisa. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Lowe of Wayne county, WV and was an auto mechanic. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 13, 1939

LYON, William B.
1850-1939
The body of William B. Lyon, 89, who died Sunday at the home of a son, J.  W. Lyon in Huntington, was returned to his native Lawrence County Monday and taken to the home of a brother, Dave Lyon of the Upper Dennis section. Funeral rites were conducted Tuesday and interment made in the Hammond Cemetery. Deceased was born in this county, Aug 3, 1850, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Lyon. His grandparents came from North Carolina and were among the first families to settle in this county. Deceased was a farmer until he moved to Huntington in 1901. He is survived by 5 sons, J. W. Lyons, W. L. Lyons, J. T. Lyons, J. A. Lyons all of Huntington and J. C. Lyons, of Caretta, WV; a daughter, Mrs. Mary Hunter of Madison, WV; 29 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Big Sandy news, Friday, Oct 27, 1939

MCGUIRE, R. R. "Dick"
R. R. "Dick" McGuire, 56, well known farmer of the Two Mile section near Louisa, died Saturday noon in a local hospital after a brief illness of typhoid. Deceased was a son of the late Jas. and Sarah Martin McGuire and was born and reared near Louisa. Funeral rites were conducted Monday afternoon at the McGuire family cemetery near the home with Rev. J. C. Hager, pastor of the Louisa Baptist Church, officiating. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Bertha Frazier McGuire, 2 daughters, Misses Kathleen and Bertha Rae, at home, 3 sons, Billie, Richard and James, at home; 2 sisters, Mrs. Belle Ruggles, Ironton, OH, and Mrs. Elizabeth Armitage, Middletown, OH, and 3 brothers, Jas. McGuire, Louisa, Luke McGuire, Ashland, KY and George McGuire, Potter, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 28, 1939

MEREDITH, James A.
James A. Meredith, 34, former resident of Kenova, died Oct 9 at his home in Cincinnati. Mr. Meredith is survived by 5 sisters, Mrs. Frank Beck, of Pennsylvania, Mrs. F. D. Johnson and Mrs. Sally Terry of Rochester, IN, Mrs. W. D. Church, of Fort Wayne, IN, Mrs. Dora Lester of Kenova; 4 brothers, C. C. Meredith of Whites Creek, L. B. Meredith of Lexington, KY, Edward Meredith of Ceredo, and Burns Meredith of Kenova. Funeral services were conducted at the Pentecostal Church at Kenova with Rev. Carl Callahan officiating. Burial was in the Whites Creek cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 27, 1939

MILLER, Walter Howard
Walter Howard Miller, 59, of Ashland, died in a Kings Daughters hospital last Thursday.
Mr. Miller conducted a grocery store on Winchester Avenue since moving to Ashland from Glenwood where he conducted a farm for many years. He was a son of Charles and Mary West Miller, native of Ohio. The body was returned to this county and funeral rites were conducted Sunday from the Trinity Chapel Methodist Church on the Mayo Trail with Rev. O. P. Smith of Russell, officiating. Surviving are 3 daughters Mrs. Warren Colley, South Webster, OH, Mrs. Herbert S. Jenkins, Ashland, and Mrs. Homer Riffe, Ashland, 3 sons, C. B., Earl and Paul Miller, all of Ashland, 2 sisters, Mrs. Glen Meadows, Tulga, KY and Mrs. Jerome Dean, Parkersburg, WV, and 5 brothers, Jess, Joe T. and Jack Miller all of Ashland, Tom Miller, Washington, D. C. and Tony Miller, Auburn Heights, MI and 13 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 13, 1939

RICE
The 3 weeks old baby of Mr. and Mrs. Jake Rice of Buchanan, died Sunday. Interment was made in the Buchanan Chapel Cemetery, Monday. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 6, 1939

SEE, Mont B.
M. B. "Mont" See, 70, retired farmer and dairyman, died suddenly at his home one mile south of Louisa on The Point Friday morning about 7. Death was ascribed to a heart attack. A son of the late John N. and Sarah Wellman See, Mr. See was born and reared near Louisa. For many years he conducted a dairy on The Point section and delivered milk in Louisa where he was well known. He had long been a member of the Methodist Church. A large crowd attended the funeral conducted Tuesday at the See Chapel Methodist Church on The Point. Rev. C. F. Froderman, pastor of the Louisa First Methodist Church and Rev. N. G. Griswold, of Wilmore, KY officiated and interment was made in the See Cemetery 3 miles from Louisa. Pall bearers were G. W. Kouns, George Wellman, D. B. White, O. C. Atkins, Millard Chambers and William H. Moore. Surviving are the wife, Mrs. Mary Chapman See, one daughter, Mrs. John Poole, of Salt Lake City, UT, 3 sons, W. A. See of Piketon, OH, Emmett J. See, of Kenova, WV, and Arlie See, Louisa, route 2, 3 sisters, Mrs. George Peck of Seattle, WA, Mrs. Oda Raines of Fort Gay, WV and Mrs. Kizzie Robinson of Fort Gay, WV and one brother, J. E. See of Louisa, route 2. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 6, 1939

THOMPSON, Emory
Emory Thompson, 62, employee of the N & W Railway for 37 years, died shortly before noon Saturday at his home in Fort Gay after an illness of one week. Mr. Thompson, a son of the late William and Lou Frazier Thompson was born and reared at Fort Gay, route 1. Funeral was conducted Monday morning at 11 from the Fort Gay Baptist Church and interment made in the Billups Gap cemetery near Fort Gay. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Susie Dawson Thompson, 6 daughters, Mrs. C. R. Perry, Crum, WV, Mrs. Val Hatton, Martin, KY, Mrs. Corrine Smith, Fort Gay and Misses, Glenna, Estelle and Dorothy, all at home; 3 sons, Clarence Thompson, Ceredo, WV, Leonard and Wilburn Thompson, both of Fort Gay; 2 sisters, Mrs. A. E. Rosenberger, Huntington, WV and Miss Lilla Thompson of Fort Gay; 2 brothers, Ballard Thompson, Fairmont, WV and Boyd Thompson, Fort Gay. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 27, 1939

THOMPSON, Mary Elizabeth (McKinster)
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth McKinster Thompson, 61, wife of Asbury B. Thompson of Mattie, died at the Thompson home Sunday morning at 9 after an illness of 10 days. A daughter of the late Rev. W. H. C. McKinster and Jane Moore McKinster, Mrs. Thompson was born and reared at Mattie. She was postmaster at Mattie and served until about a month ago. She had been a member of the Mattie Methodist Church for 52 yeas and was a devoted church worker. Funeral was conducted Monday with Rev. S. B. Ball, Rev. Dave Al Hayes and Rev. G. A. Thompson officiating and interment was made in the McKinster family cemetery. She is survived by her husband, 2 sisters, Mrs. B. Z. Jordan of Adams and Mrs. Deliliah Johnson of Greasy Creek, KY and one brother, Joe McKinster of Las Vegas, NV. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 6, 1939

THOMPSON, Sarah (Browning)
Mrs. Sarah Browning Thompson, 49, wife of P. H. Thompson of McVeigh and a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Pat Browning of Wayne County, WV died Sunday. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 27, 1939

WALKER, Bennie Lee
Diphtheria developing Sunday caused the death of Bennie Lee Walker, 4 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Walker of Clifford at 1 a.m. Thursday. Private funeral service will be conducted at the home Friday afternoon at 2 and interment will be made in the Ratcliff cemetery on Yellow Creek. Surviving besides the parents are 2 brothers, Norman and Millard and 2 grandfathers, Freelin walker of Radford, NC and Millard Peters of Clifford. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 28,1939

WAUGH, John M.
1873-939
Judge John M. Waugh, noted throughout Eastern Kentucky as an astute criminal lawyer, died early Tuesday morning at his home in Ashland. He was 66 yeas old. Judge Waugh's health ha been failing since last spring and since then he had undergone 2 operations. His death was not unexpected. Born in Carter County, Jun 19, 1873, he was a son of George W. and Aura Bellow Waugh and came of an old Virginia family, his grandparents being John and Zaire Duduitt Waugh. Early in life he moved with his parents to Lawrence County and received his public school education in this county. Later he attended the University of Kentucky and then studied law at Denton Academy, Denton, KY, being admitted to the bar in 1895. He entered the practice of law in Grayson and moved to Ashland in 1918 where he was associated for 2 years in a law partnership with Fred M. Vinson, former Congressman and now Justice of the U. S. District Court of Appeals in Washington, D. C. Later he entered into a law partnership with Davis M. Howerton in Ashland, which continued until his death.
Judge Waugh was elected Commonwealth Attorney of the old Twentieth judicial district, of which Lawrence County was a part, in 1903, and served for several years. During his long career he came to Louisa frequently as defense or prosecution counsel in many major cases and was widely known. Judge Waugh was one of the recognized leaders of the Democratic party in Eastern Kentucky. He attended all state conventions of his party and was well known as a campaign speaker. His activity in politics began when he was but 16 years of age. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and had served as a deacon and a member of the board. Fraternally he was a Mason and held membership in the Ashland Kiwanis Club. He was married to Miss Anna Prater, daughter of Captain Frank Prater of Grayson. they were the parents of 7 children. Funeral was conducted Thursday morning at the home in Ashland with Rev. Samuel R. Currey, pastor of the Presbyterian Church officiating, and interment was made in the Ashland Cemetery. A very large crowd attended the rites. Active pallbearers were Judge Watt M. Prichard, Henry L. woods, A. N. Cisco, H. R. Dysard, Davis M. Howerton, E. Poe Harris, W. g. Brobeck and N.R. Coburn. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 28, 1939

WHEELER, Eliza Jane (Phillips)
1866-1939
Mrs. Eliza Jane Wheeler, 73, widow of the late W. H. Wheeler and a sister of Harry Phillips of Louisa, died Monday Oct 16 at the home of a daughter, Mrs. S. K. Preston in Paintsville. The end came peacefully while she was being served her noonday meal. She had been ill for 3 months. Mrs. Wheeler was a devout Christian and had been a member of the United Baptist Church for half a century. Her husband, W. H. Wheeler, preceded her in death 10 years ago. She is survived by the following children: Mrs. A. T. Pack, Mrs. B. J. Hall and Wm. Wheeler, of Paintsville; Mrs. Wiley Ward, Winifred, and Mrs. A. L. Williams of Ashland.  She is also survived by the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. John Sparks, Paintsville; Mrs. M. M. Salyer, Flat Gap; M. P. Phillips, Van Lear; Harry Phillips, Louisa, and Rev. Sandy Phillips, of Lucasville, Ohio. Deceased was a daughter of William Phillips, a veteran of the Union Army in the War Between the States, who was an uncle of James Phillips who died in Louisa this year. Funeral for Mrs. Wheeler was conducted in the United Baptist Church in Paintsville and the body was taken to Flat Gap for interment in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 27, 1939

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AKERS, J. W.
J. W. Akers, 65, extensive Lawrence County land owner and farmer, died Sunday at his home near the mouth of Georges Creek of complication following a stroke suffered a year ago. Funeral rites were conducted at the home Tuesday afternoon with the Rev. J. C. Hager, pastor of the Louisa Baptist church, officiating. The Louisa and Richardson Masonic Lodges conducted teh Masonic rutual at the grave. Mr. Akers was born near Harold, Floyd County, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Akers. He had resided in this county 34 years. He was a member of the Richardson Masonic lodge, and had been a member of the Missionary Baptist Church for 45 years. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Cerilda Preston Akers; three daughters, Mrs. George D. Brown, of Richardson, KY, and Misses Sallie and Jewel Akers, at home; six sons, Hartford Akers, Honk Kong, China; Goeberl Akers, Cincinnati, OH, James W. Akers, Jr., Bradshaw, WV, J. Mack Akers, Whitehouse, KY, and Harry and Richard Akers, at home; two sisters, Mrs. Millard Wilson, Louisa, and Mrs. E. E. Stratton, Torchlight, KY and three brothers, Henry Akers, Garrett, KY, Carl Akers, Cleveland, OH, and Robert Akers, Martins Ferry, OH. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 3, 1939

ARNDT, Bennie (Pennington)
Mrs. Bennie Pennington Arndt, 41, native of Webbville, died Thursday of last week at her home in Cleveland, OH. Funeral was conducted there. Surviving are her husband, Carl E. Arndt, Cleveland, one daughter, Dorothy Lynne, 14, her father, A. J. Pennington, Denton, KY, and 3 sisters, Belva Sparks, Denton, Mrs. J. H. Holbrook, Paintsville and Mrs. Charles Juergennmeyer, Fullerton, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 24, 1939

ATWELL, Lelia (Hanshaw)
Mrs. Lelia Atwell, 52 years old, formerly a resident of Wayne, WV, died in a Cincinnati hospital Oct 26 after a brief illness. She is survived by 3 sisters, Mrs. Mary Duke of Ashland, KY, Mrs. Lillian Harris of Louisa and Mrs. Mattie Moran of Ceredo; 4 brothers. A. P. Hanshaw of Lavalette, D. C. Hanshaw of Louisa, G. W. Hanshaw of Catlettsburg and Stanley Hanshaw of Iaeger. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. John R. Wolfe at Rollins Funeral Home, Kenova with burial in Crescent Cemetery, Ceredo. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 10, 1939

BARRETT, William
1882-1939
William Barrett, 57, of Florence, SC, native of the East Fork section of this county and a brother of Mrs. J. H. Woods, Sr., of Louisa was shot and killed by a fellow hunter while deer hunting in South Carolina on Wednesday of last week, relatives here have been informed. Barrett was born on the old Barrett farm on East Fork in 1882, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. L. T. Barrett. He married Miss Mary Queen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Queen of Denton, who with 2 sons survive. He had resided in Florence, SC for many years where he was an engineer on the Atlantic Seaboard Railway. With a group of other engineers, he had hunted deer annually in the swamps of South Carolina. A fellow engineer, mistaking him for a deer when he moved from his assigned post, shot him. Funeral and burial was at Florence, SC. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 17, 1939

BERRY, Millard F.
Millard F. Berry, 52, well known farmer of Louisa, route 3, died at his home in the Pleasant Ridge section last Friday. Funeral rites were conducted Saturday at the home with Rev. J. C. Hager, pastor of the Louisa Baptist Church, officiating and interment was made in the Jack Short Cemetery near Louisa. Mr. Berry was never married and he lived with his mother, 3 sisters, Mrs. Frank Newsome, and Mrs. Jim Adams, both of Louisa, route 3, Mrs. Smith Adams of Yatesville; and 2 brothers, O. H. Berry of Beauty, KY and John Berry, Ferguson, WV. His father, William Berry, died a month ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 3, 1939

BOOTH, Harrison
Harrison Booth, 63, of Warfield, KY, and father of Harlan Booth of Louisa, died Saturday morning at his home after a short illness. He had served as a field worker for the Warfield Natural Gas Company in a number of Eastern Kentucky counties for 38 years and was widely known. Funeral rites were conducted Sunday afternoon at the Warfield Methodist Church with Rev. Roy Hall officiating and interment was made in the Warfield Cemetery under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home of Louisa. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Estella Cassidy Booth, 2 daughters, Mrs. Carl Kirk, of Warfield, KY, and Mrs. Argust Robinette, of Lovely, KY; one son, Harlan Booth of Louisa; 3 sisters, Mrs. Lizzie Mollette of Warfield, KY, Mrs. Mollissa Young of Seysleville, WV, and Mrs. Lottie Ward of Zenith, OH; 3 brothers, Henry Booth, Louisa, A. J. Booth, Cincinnati, OH, S. H. Booth, Charleston, WV and his father, Jas. Booth, aged 98?, of Beauty, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 10, 1939

BROMLEY, William C.
1867-1939
William C. Bromley, 72, native of Fort Gay, WV, and brother of Dr. A. w. Bromley of Louisa, died Tuesday at his home in Huntington, where he had resided for nearly half a century. Mr. Bromley had suffered for some time from arterial and heart ailments but his illness became acute only recently. He was born in Fort Gay, Apr 9, 1867, a son of the late John and Rebecca Plymale Bromley, member of pioneer families in the Big Sandy Valley. He moved to Huntington in the 1890's and was connected with a power manufacturing concern at Kellog, near Kenova, and later with the Ohio Valley Electric Railway Company until his retirement a few years ago. He married Miss Pearl Hanley, daughter of the late Lee M. Hanley, prominent in Huntington's early business life. Two daughters were born to this union, one of whom, Mrs. Fred Kirby of Columbus, OH, survives. The other daughter, Mrs. John W. Wright, died in Huntington earlier this year. Funeral rites were conducted Wednesday in Huntington with the Rev. W. P. Hooper, pastor of the Highlawn Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial was made in the Spring Hill Cemetery, Huntington with Lodge No. 53 AF & AM of which the deceased had long been a member, conducting the Masonic ritual. Big Sandy news, Friday, Nov 10, 1939

BRUMFIELD, Mrs. C. C.
Mrs. C. C. Brumfield, 21 of Wayne, WV, died in St. Mary's hospital in Huntington Wednesday of spinal meningitis. She was the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Glen Johnson of Wayne. She was encased in an iron lung for 13 hours in an effort to save her life. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 3, 1939

BURCHETT, ?? 70, could not read the rest..... Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 24, 1939

COMPTON, Victoria (Jarrel)
Mrs. Victoria Jarrel Compton, 81, widow of the late James Compton of Louisa, died Friday afternoon at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Mary Wilson, in Louisa after a brief illness of pneumonia. Funeral rites were conducted from Old Pleasant Church on Mill Creek near Fort Gay, WV, Sunday afternoon at 2 and interment was made in the Jarrel family cemetery nearby. Deceased was born and reared on Mill Creek, a daughter of the late Moses and Millie Rowe Jarrel. She had been a member of the Baptist Church for 60 years. Surviving are 3 daughters, Mrs. George Matney and Mrs. Mary Wilson of Louisa and  Mrs. J. K. Muncey of Pikeville, KY; one son, Fred Vinson, of Genoa, WV; 2 sisters, Mrs. John McComas of Jeffersonville, IN, and Miss Maude Jarrell of Fort Gay route 2, 4 brothers, John Jarrel of Catlettsburg, KY, William Jarrel, of Tannery, KY, Sam Jarrel of Huntington, WV and Lafe Jarrel of Fort Gay, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 17, 1939

CONWAY, Martha Frances (Watson)
Mrs. Martha Frances Conway, 70, a native of Willard died last Friday at her home in Ashland. She was a daughter of the late James Watson and Elizabeth Webb Watson and was born and reared at Willard. Surviving are 2 daughters, Mrs. Marvin Orndorff and Mrs. William Alley, both of Ashland, and 2 sons, James and Kenneth Conway also of Ashland. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 17, 1939

CRABTREE, Mary (Thompson)
Mrs. Mary Thompson Crabtree, 64, wife of A. J. Crabtree, of Fort Gay, route 2, died early Wednesday morning at the Crabtree home on Greenbrier Creek, 12 miles east of Fort Gay. She had been ill 10 days of complications. Deceased was a daughter of Solomon and Nancy Ball Thompson and was born and reared in Wayne County. She had bee a member of the Greenbrier Church for many years. Funeral rites will be conducted Friday afternoon at 2 from the Greenbrier Church and interment will be made in the Bartram Cemetery on Wolf Creek. Surviving are the husband, 6 daughters, Mrs. L. R. Holland, Sciotoville, OH, Mrs. Clay Arthur, Mrs. J. D. Perrow and Mrs. Lindsey Ramey, all of Huntington; and Misses Georgia and Bertha Crabtree at home; 3 sons, Claude Crabtree, Kenova, WV, Fred Crabtree, at home, and William Crabtree, of Fort Gay; 4 sisters, Mrs. Rebecca Wade, Mrs. Ernie Chaffin and Mrs. Noah Chaffin, all of Kenova, and Mrs. Celia Riggs of Fort Gay and one brother, Jas. Thompson of Fort Gay. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 17, 1939

CRANK, James F.
James F. Crank, 69, retired Ashland building contractor and native of Fallsburg, this county, died Sunday evening at his home in Ashland after an illness of 3 weeks. A son of the late C. C. Crank and Mrs. Kathrine Dyer Crank, Mr. Crank was born and reared at Fallsburg, moving to Ashland 38 years ago. He was a veteran of the Spanish-American War and a member of the Second Ashland Baptist Church. He had retired from business in 1935. Funeral rites were conducted Tuesday from the Second Baptist Church in Ashland with the Rev. W. K. Wood and Rev. Lawrence Collier officiating and interment was made in the Williams Cemetery in Boyd County. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Nannie Crank; his mother, Mrs. Katherine Dyer Crank of Fallsburg; 2 daughters, Mrs. Normo Joy, Huntington, and Mrs. Guy Collins of Ashland; 2 sons, Homer and Hager Crank, both of Ashland, 2 brothers, Jerry Crank of Fallsburg and Cris Crank of Cannonsburg; and 5 sisters, Mrs. Laura Blankenship of Fallsburg; Mrs. Della Collinsworth of Charleston, WV, Mrs. Sam Skeens of Potter; Mrs. Charles Carter of Fallsburg, and Mrs. John Compton of Gladys. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 3, 1939

CYRUS, Mrs. Melvina (Parsons)... the rest I could not read.... Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 24, 1939

FERGUSON, Vesta (Booten-Bowen)
Mrs. Vesta Booten Ferguson, 66, member of a prominent Wayne County, WV family, died Wednesday of last week in a Huntington hospital. She was the daughter of the late F. H. Bowen, onetime sheriff of Wayne County. She was married twice, the first time to Solon Booton, who died 13 years ago. Her second husband was Lucian Ferguson, a prominent Wayne countian whose death occurred 2 years ago. Surviving Mrs. Ferguson are 2 sons, Russell Booten, of Huntington and Lyle Booten address unknown; one sister, Mrs. Effie Crook of Lavalette; one brother, Clovis Bowen of Huntington and one granddaughter, Gladys Booten. Big Sandy News, Friday Nov 10, 1939

FITCH, Ruth
Raymond Copley, 24, son of S. M. Copley of Bull Creek, near Crum, WV, was arrested recently by Wayne sheriffs on a state charge of murder in connection with the death of his girl friend, Miss Ruth Fitch, 22, of Martin County, KY. Miss Fitch's death was due to a shoulder infection and resulting complications, it was stated by physicians who held an autopsy. Officers investigating the case also announced that Copley had admitted striking the girl on the shoulder. Copley told the officers, however, that he had merely struck the girl, whom he described as his "sweetheart" a light blow "in fun." He was quoted as saying he hit her with his hand.

Authorities investigating the case, however, claim they have unearthed information which throws an entirely different slant on the manner in which Miss Fitch was injured. They declined to reveal the nature of this information but they considered it strong enough to place a charge of murder against Copley. Miss Fitch died in St. Mary's Hospital at Huntington, Oct 17, about 2 weeks after she had entered the hospital for treatment. County authorities said they did not learn of the case until the girl's death. Judge C. W. Ferguson at Wayne set bond in the case at $1500, which Copley furnished and was released from jail to await the action of the grand jury at the November term of circuit court.

An autopsy was performed by Drs. F. C. Hodges and W. L. Neal of Huntington, who reported to Prosecuting Attorney D. B. Hardwick that the cause of death was purulent infection in the region of the right shoulder. A contributing cause of death, the surgeons reported, was thrombosis (blood clot) in both pulmonary arteries. Dr. J. S. Klumpp, who attended Miss Fitch at St. Mary's hospital, quoted her as saying she was struck on the right shoulder by a man at Crum several days before she entered the hospital.

There were no eye witnesses to the "slapping incident" at the Marcum home. The elder Mr. Copley said he was informed John Brown Marcum, a young man of the Bull Creek section, had gone to the Kenny Marcum home with Raymond Copley the evening of Sep 29, and that he was outside on the porch or in the yard and that Miss Fitch and young Copley were inside the house. Officers said they had been informed, however, that John Brown Marcum was with Miss Fitch at the Kenny Marcum home but that he left when Raymond Copley arrived. Miss Fitch's home was in Martin County, KY, but she had stayed at the Kenny Marcum home on Bull Creek for about 3 months. The body was taken to near Peach Orchard, KY for funeral services and burial. The names of her relatives could not be learned. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 10, 1939

HOWARD, Sarah (Artrip)
Mrs. Sarah Artrip Howard, 80, widow of the late E. G. Howard and sister of William Artrip of Fort Gay, WV died Sunday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Bertha Arthurs of Lucasville, OH. She was born in Wayne County, Mar 28, 1858?? and had resided in Ohio for many years. Burial was made in Ohio Tuesday. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 24, 1939

LEMASTER, Betty Lou
Betty Lou Lemaster, 6 months old daughter of Lonnie and Rena Ball Lemaster, died early Saturday at the Lemaster home near Fallsburg after an illness of 12 days of pneumonia. Funeral was conducted at the home Sunday afternoon with Rev. E. M. Cassady of Fallsburg officiating and interment was made in the Lambert Cemetery on Long Branch. Surviving are the parents, a sister and 2 brothers. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 17, 1939

MANN, Nancy
Mrs. Nancy Mann, 57 year old widow of Nolan, WV and a native of Martin County, died Saturday of a heart attack. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Endicott of Martin County. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 3, 1939

MARTIN, Davis S. Sr.
1848-1939
Davis S. Martin, Sr., a native of this county and one of Eastern Kentucky's most widely known citizens, died Saturday at his home in Catlettsburg, where he had resided for 65 years. Mr. Martin's colorful life, which included thrilling adventures as a partner of "Buffalo Bill" Cody's brother in scouting expeditions in the Northwest Territory in the 1860's ended at the age of 91. Mr. Martin was born on the left fork of Little Blaine in this county Feb 22, 1848, the son of Morgan and Sarah Craft Martin, who were among the many old Virginia settlers to move west into Kentucky in pre-civil war days. He spent most of his early manhood in Lawrence County where he was united in marriage to Miss Ruth Ball. One child, John Martin, now engaged in the grocery business in Catlettsburg, was born to this union. Mrs. Martin died at the time of her son's birth and shortly thereafter, in 1866, Mr. Martin left his native Lawrence County and settled in Fort Burford, MT. He remained in the then sparsely settled Northwest Territory until 1874 when he came to Catlettsburg to establish a continuous residence of 65 years. During his 8 year stay in the Northwest Territory, Mr. Martin and William "Buffalo Bill" Cody's brother were partners in scouting expeditions for the United States government and the Union Pacific Railroad, then under construction. Mr. Martin also traded with the Indians in horses and general goods. He roamed the west as a scout during the same years that "Buffalo Bill" Cody became famed in the same undertaking.

In 1875 he was united in marriage to Miss Charity Burgess then a resident of Kavanuagh, Boyd County, who at the age of 90, survives. That same year he entered into the mercantile business in Catlettsburg which he operated successfully until 1931 when he retired from active business life and turned the business over to his son John. Two children were born to the second marriage, George, who at the age of 15 lost his life by drowning while ice skating on the Ohio River and Davis S. Martin, Jr. of Catlettsburg. In addition to his widow and 2 sons, Mr. Martin leaves 2 grandchildren, Conrad Martin, son of John Martin and Miss Gypsie Martin, daughter of David Martin, Jr.

Mr. Martin was recently the recipient of state-wide honors in connection with his long record as a member of the Masonic Lodge. He was made a Master Mason in Yellowstone Lodge, Fort Burford, MT, in 1871 and in 1875 was admitted to Hampton Lodge No. 235, Catlettsburg. In a specially planned program the Hampton Lodge recently honored Mr. Martin and presented him with a 50 year button. He was the oldest member of Hampton Lodge and possibly the oldest Master Mason in Kentucky. Mr. Martin's only other fraternal affiliation was with the Catlettsburg Lodge of Elks. He was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church as Elder for many years. Mr. Martin was a true Kentucky gentleman in every sense of the word, being possesses of a kindly disposition and the ability to make and hold friends. His first interest was his home but he found time to play an important part in the community's fraternal, church and civic life.

Funeral rites were conducted Monday afternoon from the residence in Catlettsburg with Rev. Alvin O. Price, pastor of the Presbyterian Church and Rev. Arden P. Keyser officiating. Members of the Hampton Lodge of Masons formed an honorary escort to the grave in the Catlettsburg Cemetery and conducted the Masonic ritual at the interment. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 17, 1939

MCKINNEY, E. J.
E. J. McKinney, 62, widely known blacksmith of the Irad section, died Sunday at his home at Irad. He had been in failing health since suffering a stroke 6 years ago. Funeral rites were conducted Tuesday and interment was made in the Thompson cemetery near Webbville. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Barbara Wilks McKinney, a daughter, Mrs. G. C. Thompson of Webbville and 9 grandchildren, one brother, Jim McKinney of Webbville and one sister, Mrs. Anna Kelley, of Hitchens, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 17, 1939

PETERS, Virginia (Vinson)
1854-1939
Mrs. Virginia Vinson Peters, 85 years old, of 3110 Brandon Road, Westmoreland, died Nov 7 in a Huntington hospital after an extended illness. She was born in Wayne County Mar 20, 1854, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Vinson. She was the widow of Jacob L. Peters. She is survived by 5 children, Mr. G. W. Atkinson of Huntington, F. M. Peters of Bluefield, Mrs. G. R. McDaniel of Salinas, CA, Mrs. J. Ned Bryan of Huntington and Mrs. S.B. Peters of Kenova. Mrs. Peters's son F. M. Peters of Bluefield, is a member of the state liquor commission. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the residence. The Rev. O. Sutherland and the Rev. Donald Nash officiated and burial was in the Pine Hill Cemetery at Louisa. Mrs. Peters was a member of the Westmoreland Church of Christ. She was the grandmother of Paul A. Bryan of Louisa, director of music in Lawrence County schools. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 17, 1939

PORTER, Rosabelle (Charles)
Mrs. Rosabelle Porter, 51, wife of Walter Porter, Huntington died Tuesday in a Huntington hospital. She is the daughter of Mrs. Mary Jane Ferguson Charles of Buchanan, KY and sister of Mrs. Ella Lambert, also of Buchanan. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 10, 1939

PRESTON, Amanda (Spriggs)
1846-1939
Mrs. Amanda Preston, 93, widow of the late Judge Frances Preston of the Charley section, died Tuesday noon at the home of a son, J. Preston at Charley, after a ten week's illness of complications incident to old age. Funeral rites were held from the J. Preston home at Charley Thursday morning at 10 o'clock with the Rev. Dave Al Hayes officiating and interment was made in the family cemetery near Charley. Mrs. Preston was born and reared in Martin County. She had been a member of the Freewill Baptist Church for 70 years. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Fred Wicheler, of Catlettsburg, KY., and Mrs. Lindsey Hayes, of Mechanicsburg, Ohio, and four sons, J. Preston, Louisa R-1; Frank Preston, Thealka, KY.; Edgar Preston, Louisa R-1, Ransom Preston, Georges Creek, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 10, 1939

RIDGEWAY, Eva (Hewlett)
Mrs. Eva Ridgeway, 35, wife of Orville Ridgeway of Lucasville, OH, died Tuesday in a Portsmouth, OH hospital. Deceased was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Birch Hewlett of Yatesville. Funeral was conducted Thursday with Rev. Dunaway officiating and burial was made near her home. Mrs. Ridgeway is survived by her husband, 3 sons, Robert Lee, William Birch and Raymond Gaylord and 2 daughters, Anna Jean and R???? all at home; 4 sisters, Mrs. ?? Adkins, Mrs. Florence Adkins of ???, Mrs. Olga Davis of Welch, WV and Mrs. ???? of Sciotoville, a brother, Elmer Hewlett of Ceredo, WV and her father, Birch Hewlett of Yatesville, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 24, 1939

SPARKS, Sally
1858-1939
Sandy Hook, KY, Nov 22--Mrs. Sally Sparks who died on Nov 11, 1939, was born in Elliott County on Jul 29, 1858. She was at the time of her death 81 years 4 months and 13 days. She is survived by one son, Harve Sparks of Culver, one daughter, Mrs. Ocie Pennington, also of Culver. Her husband, preceded her in death last Dec 2, 1938. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 24, 1939

WELLS, Fred O.
Fred O. Wells, a boilermaker for the B & O for 30 years and father of Herman Wells of Louisa, died Sunday at his home in Kenova. Burial was made in the Docks Creek Cemetery in Wayne County. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 24, 1939

WELLS, George W.
George W. Wells, ??, native of the Webbville section, died Monday at his home in Ashland after an illness of 5 years. Born and reared in this county, he was a son of Larkin and Rosie Watson Wells. He had resided in Ashland the past 32 yeas and was an employee of Armco for 25 years. He was a member of the Unity Baptist Church in South Ashland. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Martha Wells, 6 sons, and 4 daughters, Roy of Middletown, OH, Ira of Ashland, Henry of Huntington, WV, Fred of Ashland, Ernest of Pt. Pleasant, WV, Charles Wells of Ashland, Mrs. Carrie Thomas of Ashland, Mrs. Fred Mollett of South Point, OH, and Miss Elma Wells at home; 2 sisters, and 5 brothers, Frank and William Wells of Ohio, Zack of Earlington, WV, Labe of Ashland, Burl of Webbville, KY, Mrs. William Shivel of Catlettsburg, KY and Mrs. George Webb of Webbville, KY, 47 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 3, 1939

WRIGHT, George
George Wright 73, a native of Carter County and father of Mrs. Bertha Green of Webbville and William Wright of Willard, died Wednesday of last week at his home at St. Paul, OH. Funeral and interment was at St. Paul, Friday. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 24, 1939

YORK, Permelia (Allison)
1854-1939
Mrs. Permelia Allison York, 85, widow of the late Dr. L. H. York, pioneer Big Sandy surgeon, died in a Louisa hospital Wednesday morning at 9:30 after an illness of 10 days. A daughter of John H. and Mary Johns Allison, Mrs. York was born on Lick Creek, near Louisa, Mar 6, 1854. Her father was a prominent citizen and served on time as clerk of Lawrence County. He was a native of Wayne County, WV having been born near Lavalette in 1797. After her marriage to Dr. York they resided for some years at Glenhayes, WV, (then Yorkville), later moving to Fort Gay where they resided until moving to Louisa in 1899. She had resided here since then. She was a member of the Fort Gay Methodist Church. Funeral rites will be conducted Friday afternoon at 2 from the Fort Gay Methodist Church with the pastor, Rev. Sam Wellman and Rev. J. C. Hager, pastor of the Louisa Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will be made in the Beaire cemetery at Fort Gay beside the late Dr. York. Dr. York died Sep 19, 1935. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. A. W. Bromley of Louisa, a nephews, Judge J. B. Clayton, of Louisa and 4 grandchildren, Mrs. M. N. Horn, Leon Bromley, L. H. York and Andrew York. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 24, 1939

 

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BOGGS, James T.
James T. Boggs, 64, of Webbville died Monday in a Huntington hospital after an illness of 3 months. The body was returned to Webbville and funeral rites were conducted Tuesday afternoon from the home. Boggs is survived by his widow, Mrs. Easter Stapleton Boggs, 5 sons, Mander, John, and Jason Boggs, Webbville, T. F. Boggs of Peach Creek, WV, and Paul Boggs of Ashland, 8 daughters, Mrs. Charlotte Miller, Mrs. Susan House, and Mrs. Catherine Jenkins of Dayton, OH, Mrs. Vest Leadingham of Portsmouth, OH, Mrs. Sarah Slone of Dobbins, KY, and Misses Ruby and Beatrice, at home; 2 brothers, John Boggs of Portsmouth, OH and Lafe Boggs of Sandy Hook, KY and one sister, Mrs. Mary Sloan of Winthrop, WA. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 1, 1939

CLARK, Maude M.
Mrs. Maude M. Clark, 40, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eligah Maynard of Wayne, WV and sister of Charles Maynard, manager of the Economy Chevrolet Company here, died Tuesday in a Huntington hospital. Burial was Thursday in the Clark Cemetery near East Lynn, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 29, 1939

COFFEE, Estill Franklin
Estill Franklin Coffee, 14 month old son of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Coffey of Cannonsburg Pike, Boyd County, died Saturday. Surviving in addition to the parents are a brother, Robert Lee, the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Andy Leedy of Georges Creek, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 8, 1939

COLLIER, E. G.
E. G. Collier, 83, lifelong resident of Lawrence County, died Tuesday morning at his home on Cam Creek after a brief illness of infirmities incident to advanced age. Burial will be made in the Bailey Cemetery. Deceased was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Collier and was born and reared on the right fork of Blaine. After the death of his first wife, who was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Phillip, he married Joanna Porter of the Webbville section, who survives him. Also surviving are 4 sons, Minyard, Tilden, Alfred, and Emmerson Collier and 4 daughters, Mrs. Felix Skaggs, Louisa, Mrs. Logan Sloas, Portsmouth, Mrs. John Sparks of Ohio and Miss Rachel Collier, at home; two daughters, Mrs. Frank Sloas and Mrs. Cornelius Sparks, are deceased. Mrs. Hance Perry of Louisa is a sister. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 1, 1939

FANNIN, I. N.
Rev. I. N. Fannin, 73, retired minister of the former Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and onetime pastor of the Louisa Church, died Thursday night of last week at his home in Barboursville, WV. He had been ill 2 weeks. Funeral was conducted Saturday in the Barboursville Methodist Church with pastor, Rev. C. C. Lampert, officiating and interment was made in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Huntington. Rev. Fannin was born in this county near the Lawrence-Boyd County line and was widely known in Eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia. He had been an active member of the West Virginia conference of the Methodist Church for 44 years and had been retired for the last 3 years. He began his active ministry in the Catlettsburg circuit. Since then Mr. Fannin has served pastorates at Ravenswood, New Martinsville, Huntington, Pikeville, Ashland, Louisa, Hurricane, WV and Parkersburg, WV. His Huntington pastorates were at the First Avenue Church and the Riverview Church. He had also served as presiding elder of the Charleston and Fairmont districts. Among churches he established and built were the Central Methodist, Huntington, Fannin Chapel on the Ravenswood circuit and a church at Pikeville, KY. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Flora Fannin of Barboursville; 2 daughters. Mrs. C. T. Hollman of Charlotte, NC and Mrs. Paul Thornburg of Huntington, a son, Chester N. Fannin, Barboursville, a brother, Coster Fannin, Buchanan, KY; 4 sisters, Mrs. Frank Stewart, Mrs. M. Queen and Mrs. Grant Powers, Lawrence, KY, and Mrs. Elizabeth Webb, Ashland and 4 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 22, 1939

FANNIN, Lonnie E.
1897-1939
Sandy Hook, KY, Dec 18--Lonnie E. Fannin died Saturday night, Dec 16, after a lingering illness. He was born Oct 13, 1897 and was 42 years  2 months and 3 days old at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife, Prudia Howard Fannin and 2 sons, J. D. and Talmadge at home; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Fannin of The Ridge, KY; 6 brothers, Elias and Orville of Sandy Hook, KY, Asa and Newt of South Salon, OH, and Oscar of Jeffersonville and J. B. Fannin Jr. at home; 4 sisters, Mrs. Reba F. Greene, of Wrigley, KY, Nancy at home, Mrs. Dora Maddox of Little Sandy, KY and Christine at home. Funeral services were conducted from the home Monday with Revs. Estes, Woolridges and Todd officiating. Burial was in the home cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 22, 1939

FRANKLIN, James W.
See under Raymond B. Moore for details.

GUSSLER, Sara Jane Thompson (Cordle)
Mrs. Sara Jane Thompson Gussler, 67, widow of the late Richard Gussler, of Louisa, route 1, died early Saturday at the home of a son, U. S. Thompson at the forks of Little Blaine. She had been ill for a year but her condition had been serious for only 3 weeks. Funeral rites were conducted from the Thompson home Sunday afternoon with Rev. D. A. Hayes, Rev. William W. Moore and Rev. S. D. Ball officiating and interment made in the Thompson family cemetery. A daughter of the late Jesse and Elizabeth Jordan Cordle, Mrs. Gussler was born and reared on Rich Creek, this county. She had been a member of the Freewill Baptist Church for 60 years. Surviving are 7 daughters, Mrs. Arnold Bowe, Busseyville, KY, Mrs. Verlie Blaire, Prestonsburg, KY, Mrs. William Parker and Mrs. Strother Fugate, both of Gallup, KY, Mrs. John Diamond, Louisa, route 1, Mrs. Charles Roberts, Adams, KY, and Mrs. Hez Carter, Alba, KY and 3 sons, U. S. Thompson, of Louisa, route 1, Edgar Thompson of Prestonsburg, KY and Lafe Thompson of Louisa. Also surviving are 2 sisters, Mrs. Edmund Ross of Blaine, KY, and Mrs. Laura Jordan of Worthington, OH and 3 brothers, Tillman Cordle of Worthington, OH, Jerry Cordle of Rome, OH and William Cordle of Big Plains, OH. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 8, 1939

JUSTICE, W. S.
1900-1939
W. S. Justice, 40, member-elect of the Louisa city council and until recently a Louisa grocer, died Friday night in a Louisville hospital of injuries sustained the previous night in an automobile wreck there. Mr. Justice after selling his interest in the Moore & Justice Grocery here to his partner, H.K. Moore, had gone to Jefferstown, near Louisville, for a visit to his brother, Joe Farley, Thursday night while on a trip to Louisville his car crashed into a safety zone. He was alone at the time. His wife and daughter left early Friday morning and were with him when death came Friday evening at 6. A crushed chest caused his death, hospital attaches said. The body was returned to Louisa Saturday in the Curtright Funeral car. A large crowd attended the funeral, which was held in the Louisa Methodist Church Monday afternoon conducted by the pastor, Rev. S. W. Funk. The W. O. Johnson Post American Legion of Louisa, of which the deceased has served as commander 2 years ago, officiated t the rites. Justice was a son of the late George and Mary Farley, of Harlan, KY and was the adopted son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Justice of Louisa. He was reared here. He was prominent in Legion activities and had been elected a member of the Louisa city council Nov 7. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Olive Crothers Justice and a daughter, Patsy, at home; a brother, Joe Farley of Jefferstown, KY, and a sister, Mrs. Delbert Eagle, of Lexington. Members of the American Legion post served as active and honorary pall bearers. Active pall bearers were Homer Wright, J.B. Hughes, Arbie Weaver, Adin T. See, Ike Lockwood and Linus Hewlett. Honorary pallbearers were: Jim Heston, Dr. L. S. Hayes, Oscar Rice, Chester Davis, June Copley, Tom Meade, J. E. Fyffe, Oscar Segraves, K. C. Elswick, Bil Clevenger, D. V. Whites, V. W. Midkiff, Fred Springer, Cecil Atkins, Carl Heston, J. S. Hinkle, Harper Preston, Capt. Stanley Allnutt, Arthur Milum, Ersel Roberts, and C. T. Stewart. Members of the local squadron Sons of the Legion also attended in a body and acted as honorary pall bearers. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 1, 1939

LEEDY, Mary (Manning)
1854-1939
Sandy Hook, KY, Dec 5--Mary Manning Leedy was born in Pendleton County, Jan 22, 1854 and died Nov 27, 1939 at the age of 85 years, 10 months and 5 days. She was united in marriage to Emery S. Leedy Jan 2, 1880 and he preceded her in death 2 years. To this union were born 3 children: W. E. Leedy, Akron, OH, Elizabeth McMillian, Crandon, WS, and Wiek Ledy, Stark, KY, who survive. Also one sister, Amanda Thomas of Lawrenceburg, IN; 3 brothers, V. L. Manning, Maysville, KY, W. A. and J. S. Manning of Brodento, FL. she became a Christian and member of the Methodist Church early in life and had been an influential worker and leader in the church and Sunday school and also taught school in Carter and Elliott Counties. Funeral was held at Stark Church with Rev. Charles Vansant of Freeburn, KY and Rev. C. Cecil conducting the services with burial in the family graveyard. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 8, 1939

LIMING, Judy
1897-1939
Miss Judy Liming, 42, of Elliott County, died last Friday at the home of her sister, Mrs. Amanda Blanton, in Ashland. Miss Liming went to Ashland 6 weeks ago for medical treatment. She was born Nov 12, 1897 in Lawrence County, the daughter of G. W. Liming and Martha Wills Liming, natives of Lawrence County. Surviving are her father; 2 sisters, Mrs. Amanda Blanton, Ashland, and Mrs. Norma Evans, South Point, OH and one brother, G. W. Liming, Jr., Lawrence County. Funeral services were conducted Sunday at the home of Wade Blevins, Elliott County with the Rev. Jet Blevins in charge. Burial in the Blevins Cemetery there. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 29, 1939

LYON, Mary Ann
Mary Ann Lyon, 2 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Lyon of Ayersville died Tuesday evening in a Louisa hospital of burns sustained Monday evening at the Lyon home. The child was alone in the room when its clothing caught fire supposedly from the open fireplace and it ran outside to its mother who sustained burns on her hands and arms in extinguishing the flames. It was brought to a hospital here Monday evening and died the following evening at 6:50. The body was returned to Ayersville where funeral rites will be conducted from the Lyons home on Laurel Thursday evening at 10 with Rev. C. R. Lyon of Ashland, KY officiating. Surviving besides the parents are 3 brothers and sisters and its grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Manford Lyon of Ayersville and Mr. and Mrs. Marion Wheeler of Hood. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 8, 1939

MOORE, Raymond B.
FRANKLIN, James W.
Two Lawrence County young men, Raymond B. Moore, 23, of Meades Branch and James W. Franklin, 22, formerly of Chapman, were shot and instantly killed in the home of James Johnson in Ashland last Saturday night and Johnson, 46, is being held in the Boyd County jail charged with the double shooting. The shooting took place about 7:30 Saturday night in Johnson home in the Avondale section, and Johnson, who fled after the shooting was arrested an hour later on the railway tracks on Second street by officers who stopped his flight with a charge from a sawed off shotgun. Moore had gone to Ashland the day before, reportedly to join the Army and was visiting his cousin, Charles Hickman, 19, who was present when the shooting took place but escaped by bolting out a door. Hickman is a son of George Hickman, formerly of this county. Franklin was a grandson of Fred Franklin of Chapman and had resided in Ashland for some time with an uncle, T. J. Chapman.

At Johnson's examining trial Wednesday, young Hickman testified he and Moore and Franklin were standing in front of Belvins store at the foot of Thirteenth street hill Saturday night talking about getting some liquor when a woman (later identified as Johnson's wife) walked by and said "I'll take you where you can get some liquor."  "We followed her". Hickman testified "to Johnson home and all went in the front door together. There was no light in the front room, James Johnson and Jeff Tackett were in the front room. Mrs. Johnson introduced Raymond Moore and James Franklin as her cousins to which Mr. Johnson immediately replied, "Cousins, hell, this is my house and I'm from Elliott County. Before anyone said a word he pulled a pistol from his pocket and started shooting. I saw fire spurt from the gun and my cousin fell. I tried to get out the front door but couldn't find the door knob. A second or two later I heard another shot just as I opened the door and ran.

At the coroner's inquest, Mrs. Johnson testified she had left her home to visit a neighbor when the two youths, accompanied by Charles Hickman, a companion who escaped with his life, approached her and asked where they could buy a drink. She said she told them to go ask her husband that he might be able to tell them. When she returned she said she found her husband sitting on the bed talking to Moore. As she went into the bedroom Mrs. Johnson said her husband asked Moore, "You came here for trouble, didn't you?" She quoted Moore as replying "No, we just want a drink of whiskey."

Mrs. Johnson testified that her husband then drew his gun and shot Moore, who fell to the door. She then said she ran to call the police, and didn't see Johnson shoot Franklin. Johnson, after being caught, was taken to a hospital and treated for six buckshot wounds and later removed to the jail. Officers later visited the scene of his capture and found a .32 caliber pistol with 2 empty cartridges in it. Jesse Tackett, brother of Mrs. Johnson was a witness to the killing and testified in the examining trial.

Bodies of both Moore and Franklin were returned to this county for burial Tuesday. Funeral for Moore was conducted Tuesday afternoon from the home of his late grandmother, Mrs. Julia Hickman, on Meades Branch, with Rev. William W. Moore of Louisa officiating. He was a son of James Moore of Meades Branch and the late Mrs. Nola Hickman Moore. Surviving besides the father are a sister Miss Jewell and a brother, Augustus Moore, both at home. Funeral for Franklin was conducted the same day at Chapman. He is survived by his uncle, T. J. Chapman, with whom he resided in Ashland, his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Franklin and a sister, Mrs. Tom Meade, of Catlettsburg. Moore, it will be remembered, was treated in a Louisa hospital a few weeks ago for injuries inflicted by Louisa police when he resisted arrest for drunkenness here. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 15, 1939

MOORE,  John William
1936-1939
On Saturday, Dec 23, God in his infinite wisdom, saw fit to call to the realms of Glory, little John William Moore, son of Forest Moore and Shirley Hays. Little John William was born Aug 14, 1936 and was 3 years 4 months and 9 days old. He leaves besides his parents, a little sister, Donna Jean, Cruelly was he taken from us and it seems sad unto our minds, but dear Dad and Mother, there is a comforter who is able to set right the wrong and to heal man's greatest heartaches. He is gone to a home Eternal. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 29, 1939

REEVES, Lawrence Allen "Peggy"
Lawrence Allen "Peggy" Reeves, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis A. Reeves and a native of Jean, this county, died Nov 29 at the Reeves home in Ashland. Funeral was conducted in Ashland last Friday and interment made in an Ashland cemetery. Surviving are his parents, the following brothers, Dalmas Reeves, Columbus, OH, and Jessie, Herman, Clifford, Curtis, L. J. Lewis, Jr., Ossie and George Davis Reeves all at home and his grandfather, Mr. James Reeves, Ashland. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 8, 1939

SALMONS, Lizzie (Copley)
Mrs. Lizzie Salmons, 47, died Nov 25, at the home of her father J. D. Copley, on Bull Creek, WV of a long illness of tuberculosis. She is survived by her parents, 3 children, 3 brothers, Bascom Copley of Crum, Curtis Copley of Logan, and Elmer Copley of Cassie; 6 sisters, Florence McCoy, Ida Copley and Yorkie Price of Crum, Jennie Copley of Cassie, Cassie Salmons, of Holden and Wilda Tooley of Sprigg. Funeral services were conducted at the residence by Rev. Ballard Copley. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 8, 1939

SEGRAVES, Sylvester
Sylvester Segraves, 79, farmer of the Smokey Valley section, died at his home there Saturday morning after an illness of 10 days of pneumonia. Funeral rites were conducted Sunday afternoon at the home of his son, Oscar Segraves at Smokey Valley, with the Rev. William W. Moore and Rev. Jesse Holbrook, officiating, and interment was made in the Mart Hay cemetery at Smokey Valley. Deceased is survived by 4 daughters, Mrs. Esta Collier and Mrs. Viene Collier, both of Blaine, Mrs. Susie Bellomy of Reedville, KY and Mrs. Lottie Hay of Hitchens, KY and 3 sons, Mart and Henry of Kayford, WV and Oscar of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 29, 1939

SHANNON, William
1854-1939
William Shannon, 85, of Irad, widely known farmer and sawmill operator, died Sunday evening at the home of a grandson, Sonn Carter, in Huntington, where he had gone several days before for medical treatment. Mr. Shannon was seriously ill several months ago from an infection developing from an injury on his leg. He only partially recovered from the infection and in recent weeks became ill again. Mr. Shannon was born in Tazewell County, VA, Mar 25, 1854, a son of James and Sarah Banner Shannon. He came to Lawrence County early in life and had resided since at or near Irad. He operated a farm and engaged in the timber and sawmill business and was one of the county's substantial citizens. The body was returned to the Curtright Funeral Home here Sunday. Surviving are daughters, Mrs. Roy Carter of Dehue, WV, Mrs. R. W. Vinson of Louisa, Mrs. Gypsie Vinson and Stella Moore of Adams, KY, Mrs. Myrlte Carlson of Louisa, Mrs. Junior Barnett of Chillicothe, OH, Mrs. John Jobe of route 3, Louisa, Mrs. Oliver Delong of route 3, Louisa, a son, Buck Shannon of North Canton, OH. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 29, 1939

SLONE, Alice (Pennington)
Mrs. Alice Pennington Slone, 63, widow of the late William H. Slone and a native of Elliott County died Monday at her home in Ashland. Mrs. Slone resided in Ashland 23 years. She was born in Elliott County, a daughter of the late William and Susan Caudill Pennington. Funeral and interment were in Ashland. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 29, 1939

STEELE, Columbus C.
1875-1939
Columbus C. Steele, 64, native of Cordell, died Tuesday at his home on Beaver Creek, Floyd County after suffering a stroke the previous Sunday. The body was returned to this county and funeral was conducted Wednesday at the Cordell Church. Steele was born at Cordell, Jun 26, 1875 and was raised there. He had resided in Floyd County recently. The following children survive: Roma Steele, Myrtle Bayes, Lizzie Jennings, George Steele, Everette Steele, Dorothy Conklin, Burns Steele, Arthur Steele, Shirley Jackson, Opal Steele, and Pauline Steele. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 8, 1939

THOMPSON, James
James Thompson, 71, carpenter and blacksmith in Ashland, died Tuesday of last week at his home in Ashland, after an illness of several months. Brief funeral services were conducted at the home last Thursday and the body taken to Webbville for interment. Surviving are 3 sons, John and Meredith Thompson of Ashland and Hugh Thompson of Chattanooga, TN; 3 daughters, Mrs. James Anderson, Ashland, Mrs. William Shortridge, Halbert, MI and Mrs. Carl Vincent, Acme, MI and one sister, Mrs. James Litteral, Acme, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 29, 1939

THOMPSON, Nancy (Humble)
Mrs. Nancy Humble Thompson, 23, wife of Ward Thompson of Buchanan died Wednesday of last week in an Ashland hospital after a brief illness. She had given birth to a daughter, Mary Ruth on Tuesday. Mrs. Thompson was a daughter of Albert Maywood Humble, of Buchanan, and the late Mrs. Elizabeth Baugh Humble and was born near Buchanan. Funeral was conducted Friday at Buchanan Chapel Methodist church with the pastors, Rev. R. N. Odell, officiating and interment was made there. Surviving in addition to the husband and baby are another daughter, Dorothy Mae Thompson, her father and step mother, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Maywood Humble; 4 sisters, Miss Mary Humble, Ashland, Mrs. Goble Copley, Buchanan, Mrs. Allen Riddle, Catlettsburg and Mrs. John Moore, Rush, KY and a step brother, James Humble, Buchanan. big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 8, 1939

WILSON, Pearley
Pearley Wilson, 58, a West Virginia state forester, died at his home at Sidney, WV Friday night after an illness of 3 weeks. Mr. Wilson had returned to his home from a Huntington hospital apparently recovered from an appendicitis operation and suffered a stroke of paralysis Thursday. As a state forester he had been stationed at Elkins, WV. Funeral rites were conducted from the Twelvepole Valley church Sunday afternoon at 1 with Rev. J. C. Hager of Louisa, KY, Rev. Homer Pelfrey, of Kenova, WV and the pastor, Rev. Hutton, officiating and interment was made in the Smith cemetery at Coleman on U.S. 52 under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home of Louisa. Mr. Wilson had been a member of the Missionary Baptist Church since 18 years of age. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Rebecca Holland Wilson, 2 daughters, Mrs. B. H. Thompson of Fort Gay, WV, route 1, and Miss Pearl Wilson at home; 4 sons, Ray Wilson, Charleston, WV, Sherman Wilson, Detroit, MI, William A. Wilson, Honolulu, Hawaii and Woodrow Wilson, Wayne, WV; 3 sisters, Eunoca Dawson, Detroit, MI, Mrs. Morris Thompson, Detroit, MI and Mrs. H. T. Lemeley, Huntington, WV; 3 brothers, Sidney Wilson, Sidney, WV, H. B. Wilson, Lancaster, OH, an A. D. Wilson, Russell, KY and his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Booth Wilson, Sidney, WV. His father, Hiram Wilson, died some years ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 15, 1939

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