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ADKINS, Margie
Margie Adkins, 4 1/2 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Adkins, died Tuesday at the Adkins home at Cadmus after a 2 day illness of whooping cough. Funeral rites were conducted Thursday afternoon at the home with Rev. Fred Vanhorn officiating and interment was made at Cadmus. Surviving besides the parents is a sister, Lula Mae. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 19, 1940

BARRETT, Margaret (Riffe)
1855-1940
Mrs. Margaret Riffe  Barrett, 44, former resident of Louisa and widow of the late Thomas L. Barrett, died  Tuesday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Fred Pope in Florence, SC. The body was  returned to Louisa by train and taken to the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. H. Woods, Sr., were funeral rites were conducted Thursday morning at 11 with Rev. S. W. Funk, pastor of the Louisa  Methodist Church, officiating. Interment was made in Pine Hill Cemetery  here under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Mrs. Barrett, a daughter of the late John and Elizabeth Clay Riffe, was born Mar 13, 1855, near Grayson, Carter County. Later she moved with her family to Boyd County and resided there until coming to Louisa in 1923. Since the death of her husband in 1930 she had made her home with Mrs. Wood here. She went to South Carolina 3 years ago to visit her other daughter and becoming ill, was never able to return to Louisa. She had been bedfast for 2 months. She was a member of the Louisa Methodist church and a devout Christian beloved by all who knew her. Surviving are 2 daughters, Mrs. Woods and Mrs. Pope, and 2 sons, Harry L. Barrett of Raleigh, NC and Elmer A. Barrett, of the U. S. Navy. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 5, 1940

BRANHAM, Lucinda (Jarrell)
Mrs. Lucinda Branham, 79, widow of the late James W. Branham of the Glenhayes section, died Saturday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Lula Lambert in Huntington. The body was returned to the home of a son, John Branham, near Glenhayes, WV, where funeral was conducted Monday and interment was made in the family cemetery. Mrs. Branham's husband, died in 1902, and she had resided in Huntington since 1908. She is survived by her sons, John Branham of Glen Hayes and Mont Branham of Bluefield; one daughter, Mrs. Lambert, her sister, Mrs. Rachel Lovins of Nolan, WV; 3 brothers, William, Albert and Harrison Jarrell of Huntington; 30 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 12, 1940

BAUGESS, Malissa (Sloas)
Mrs. Maliss Sloas Baugess, 76, native of Elliott County, died at the home of a son, Ed Baugess at Summit, Boyd County, Tuesday of last week. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Sloas of Elliott County, Miss Susie Sloas, of Webbville, is a sister. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 26, 1940

CAPERTON, Charlotte
Charlotte Caperton, 24, died early Friday at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Grover C. Caperton, after an illness of 2 months. Deceased was born and reared in Louisa and had attended the Louisa High School. Funeral rites were conducted in the Baptist Church Monday afternoon at 2:30 with the pastor, Rev. J. C. Hager, officiating, and interment was made in the Pine Hill Cemetery here under direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Surviving are 3 sisters, Misses Helena and Evelyn Caperton at home and Mrs. Claude Hunter of St. Albans, WV; 4 brothers, Hugh Russell, Burlington, Jack and Tom Joe Caperton, all at home and a son, Amos Curnutte, Jr. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 12, 1940

CARTER, Raymond Thomas
Raymond Thomas Carter, 3 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Hobart Carter died Friday night at the Carter home at Yatesville after a brief illness. Funeral rites were conducted at the home Sunday afternoon with Rev. Fred Vanhorn of Dennis officiating and interment made in the family cemetery. The child is survived by his parents, 3 sisters, and 3 brothers. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 5, 1940

COFFEY, Robert Lee
Robert Lee Coffey, 28  day old baby of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Coffey of the Cannonsburg Road, Boyd County, died Wednesday of last week at the home of the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Coffey in Boyd County. Also surviving are the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Leedy of Georges Creek. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 5, 1940

FANNIN, Judy Ellen (Stevens)
1889-1940
Mrs. Judy Ellen Fannin, 50, a native of this county, died last Friday at her home in Ashland. She was a daughter of Caney and Anna Stevens. Surviving are her husband, Lonnie Fannin, 3 daughters, Mrs. Ike Johnson, Ashland, Miss Lucille Fannin, Portsmouth, OH, and Mrs. Everett Laney, Ashland, 3 sons, Crate and Ulysses Fannin both of Beaver, OH and Curtis Fannin of Ashland, and 10 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Jan 12, 1940

FRANKLIN, James Wilbert (Riggs)
1916-1939
James Wilbert Franklin (Riggs) was born Oct 5, 1916, died Dec 9, age 23 years, 2 months and 4 days. James, parents having died when he was 14 months, he and his sister Mrs. Tom Mead were adopted by their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Franklin, who still survive them. He is also survived by 3 aunts and 5 uncles and a number of cousins. James was a well beloved young man and leaves a host of young people to mourn his loss. He was raised in Catlettsburg and Ashland and at the time of his death was making his home with his uncle and aunt. Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Chapman in Ashland, Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 5, 1940

HENSLEY, Mary Kate (Lycan)
1864-1940
Mrs. Mary Kate Hensley, 73, widow of the late Floyd Hensley, died Thursday of last week at her home on Fort Gay route 1, 4 miles east of Fort Gay. Funeral rites were conducted Saturday afternoon in the Fort Gay Baptist Church and interment made in the Dawson Cemetery 3 miles east of Fort Gay, under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home of Louisa. the body was brought to the home here of her daughter, Mrs. Robert Peters, in Fort Gay where it remained until the funeral. Mrs. Hensley was born in 1864 on Big Hurricane, a few miles from Fort Gay, a daughter of the late Goodwin and Clementine Handley Lycan, pioneer Wayne County citizens. She had resided near Fort Gay all her life, and had been a member of the Forks of Hurricane Baptist Church for more than 60 years. Her first husband, B. K. Dawson, died many years ago, and she later married Floyd Hensley, who preceded her in death also. Surviving are 4 daughters, Mrs. Robert Peters, Fort Gay, Mrs. George Ryland, Verona, PA, Mrs. Brady Riggs, Wayne, WV, and Mrs. Wayne Wellman of Fort Gay, route 2, 3 sons, Wayne Taylor and Jay Dawson, all of Fort Gay'; 5 sisters, Mrs. William McNealey, Odan, IN, Mrs. Amanda Wellman, Kenova, WV, Mrs. George Craft, Ceredo, WV, Mrs. Carrin Bond, Huntington, WV, and Mrs. Nancy Franklin, Oklahoma City, OK and one brother, Goodwin Lycan, of Fort Gay, route 1. Also surviving are 3 step daughters, Miss Atha Hensley, Bluefield, WV, Mrs. John Hatten, Prichard, WV, and Mrs. Donald Ballangee, Wayne, WV; and 3 step sons, W. L. Dawson, Rittman, OH, Arbie Hensley, Bluefield, WV, and Lester Hensley, Williamson, WV. Big Sandy News, Jan 12, 1940

HOLBROOK, Orville Chilt
Sandy Hook, KY, Jan 1--Orville Chilt Holbrook, 35, died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Holbrook, Sunday. He had been ill for several months. He is from one of the oldest and most renown families in Elliott County and was loved by all who knew him. Besides his parents he is survived by his wife, Mrs. Olive Kendall Holbrook, 4 children, Kathleen, Billy, Colleen, and Everett; one brother, O. E. Holbrook, 5 sisters, Mrs. Roscoe Parsons of Sandy Hook, Mrs. Walter Briney, Mrs. J. B. Cochenour and Mrs. Eliza Hudnall all of Dayton, OH and Mrs. George Weddington of Portsmouth. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday with Rev. Charles Vassant, Logan Woodridge conducting the rites with burial in the Sandy Hook cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 5, 1940

JONES, Ira
Ira Jones, 37, died Monday afternoon at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Jones.  He had been ill for 9 months. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon from the Jones home in the Italy section of Louisa and interment made in the Jones Cemetery in the Smokey Valley section. Jones was born in Louisa, but had resided at Flat Gap for 13 years, later returning to Louisa. Besides the parents, he is survived by one sister, Mrs. Carl Butler, Louisa and 3 brothers, Bee Jones, Henry Jones and Bobby Joe Jones, all of Louisa and by a grandmother, Mrs. Eliza Adkins, all of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 5, 1940

KELLEY, Mary Jane Kelley (Sargent)
Mrs. Mary Jane Kelley, 52, native of near Hitchins, died Saturday at her home in Ashland. Burial was in the Faulkner Cemetery, near Hitchins. Her husband, the late Alex H. Kelley, die din 1937. Steve Sargent of Willard is a brother. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 5, 1940

KIRK, Tom
Tom Kirk, 68, well known water well driller, died suddenly at his home on Patton Ridge, 4 miles west of Louisa, last Saturday afternoon. Funeral rites were conducted Tuesday and interment was made in the Wellman Cemetery, a mile from the home. Mr. Kirk is survived by his wife, Mrs. Rebecca Wellman Kirk, a number of children and 3  brothers, Emory Kirk of the Bear Creek section, George Kirk of Ironton, OH and Kiah Kirk of Kenova, WV and also by a sister, Jennie Kirk of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 19, 1940

KNODE, Jesse
1880-1940
Fort Gay, WV, Jan 25--Jesse Knode, 59, a native of Pulaski, VA, who has resided here the past 15 years, died Sunday night at his home here. He had been ill for 6 months. Funeral rites were conducted Wednesday afternoon at 2 from the Fort Gay Methodist Church with the pastor, Rev. Samuel Wellman, officiating and interment was made in the Wellman family cemetery at Saltpetre, WV under direction of Curtright Funeral Home of Louisa. Mr. Knode was born at Pulaski, VA in 1880, a son of the late John H. and Julia Reid Knode. He moved to Fort Gay in 1924 and had resided here since, being connected most of the time with the Service Chevrolet Company in Louisa. Later he was employed by the West Virginia State Highway Department but had retired 3 years ago because of ill health. He had been a member of the Fort Gay Methodist Church for 3 years. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Alice Wellman Knode, 2 daughters, Mrs. Robert Roten, Huntington, WV, and Miss Mabel Knode, at home; 3 sons, Paul Knode, Orville, OH, and John and Thaddeus Knode, at home and 3 brothers, S. C. Knode, Falls Mills, OH, and Walter and Orville Knode, Pulaski, VA, and a granddaughter, Meda Roten, Huntingto, WV. Big Sandy News, Jan 26, 1940

LYONS, Harvey
1863-1940
Harvey Lyons, 76, brother of Al M. Lyon, of Louisa, died last Saturday at his home, Chillicothe, OH, route 5 after a brief illness of pneumonia. Funeral was conducted Tuesday at Londonderry, OH and interment made there. Mr. Lyon was born near Barn Rock, Johnson County, KY, Dec 11, 1863 and moved to Ohio 25 years ago. Besides the Louisa brother, he is survived by 2 sisters, Mrs. Sena Hamilton and Mrs. Levisa Skaggs, both of Skaggs, KY and the following children, Mrs. Grace Weaver, New Boston, OH, Mrs. Levisa Hileman, Enon, OH, Mrs. Ruda McDonald, West Liberty, KY, Lona Lyon, Portsmouth, OH and Harold Lyon at home. Big Sandy News, Friday,Jan 12, 1940

MCCOY, C. W.
C. W. McCoy, 61, native of Martin County who went to Grundy, VA 35 years ago and became sheriff of Buchanan County and later a prominent timber dealer, died Jan 4 at his home in Grundy. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 12, 1940

MULLINS, Edna Bell
Edna Bell, 2 years old, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Mullins of Crum, WV, died in a Williamson hospital, Dec 28, following a short illness of pneumonia. In addition to the parents, she is survived by 2 brothers, Franklin D. and Joe Thomas Mullins, Funeral services were conducted at the home with burial in the family cemetery at Crum. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 12, 1940

NICKELL, Rachel (Lyon)
Mrs. Rachel Lyon Nickell, 50, wife of Rev. George Nickell, of Portsmouth and a native of Elliott County, died  Sunday in Martin Hospital, Ironton. She was a daughter of Lafe and Lydia Lyon of Elliott County, KY, A daughter, Betty, 6, was killed when struck by a car in Ironton last July. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 5, 1940

PERRY, Mrs. Eli
Misfortune struck twice in the family of Eli Perry of the Gragston Creek section near Prichard, WV, 2 weeks ago, making the third time it has laid a hand there in 5 months. Mrs. Perry died Saturday, Jan 6 and while members of the family and neighbors were laying the body of the wife and mother to rest next day in the Lakin Cemetery near the Forks of Big Hurricane, the Perry home was destroyed by fire. When Mr. Perry and grief-stricken family of 10 children returned from the cemetery they found their home and possessions in ruins. All contents of the home were destroyed except one bed which for some reason had been placed outside the house before the Perrys left for the funeral service. The double tragedy striking at the Perry family so early in the new year came while sorrow was still fresh with them over the loss of another member of the family. It was in August of last year, a little less than 5 months ago, that Mr. Perry's son, Alley, 16, was accidentally killed. He was squirrel hunting near his home with one of his best friends and the friend accidentally shot him, inflicting a fatal wound. Residents of that section, the Red Cross, the public assistance department and relatives of the Perrys have come to the aid of the grief stricken homeless family, by providing them temporary living quarters, clothing and supplies. The 10 surviving children are Roy, Gladys, Charlene, Catherine, Junior, Okey, Eugene, James Ed, Dickie and Dixie Lee Perry, who early in life have suffered the tragedy of losing their brother, their mother and their home all within the space of 5 months. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 19, 1940

PERRY, Clara Elizabeth (Marshall)
Mrs. Clara Elizabeth Perry, 40 years old of Prichard, WV, died Jan 6. She is survived by the husband, Eli Perry, 10 children, 5 brothers, and 3 sisters, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Marshall of Wayne, route 2. Funeral services were conducted at the Prichard Methodist Church by Rev. Henry Mullens. Burial was in the Lakin Cemetery on Hurricane. Big Sandy news, Friday, Jan 19, 1940

PETERS, Lewis G.
1872-1940
Fort Gay, WV, Jan 9--Rev. Lewis G. Peters, well known minister and farmer of the Mill Creek section, died at 2:40 Tuesday morning at this home five miles from Fort Gay. He had been ill 2 weeks. Funeral rites were conducted from the Pilgrim Holiness Church on Mill Creek Thursday morning and interment made in the Peters family cemetery near the home under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Rev. Peters was born near Glenhayes, WV in 1872, a son of the late Garred and Millie Maynard Peters. He was married in 1890 to Miss Mary Elizabeth Robinson, who survives. He had been a minister of the Pilgrim Holiness Church 39 years. Also surviving are 4 daughters, Mrs. Cecil Bartram, Mrs. Elwood Raines, Mrs. Harlan Bartram and Mrs. Ted Wells, all of Fort Gay, route 2, 3 sons, Charles R. Peters and Jack Peters, both of Fort Gay, route 2 and Noah Peters of Fort Gay, 3 sisters, Mrs. A. T. Shannon, Mrs. Charles York and Mrs. Ferrel Pinson, all of Louisa; 6 brothers, Frank and Millard Peters, of Clifford, KY, Willis Peters, Fort Gay, and Dover, Herbert and Lakin Peters, all of Huntington, and by his stepmother, Mrs. Jane Peters of Louisa and 19 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 12, 1940

PRICE, Castery
Mrs. Castery Price, 71, widow of the late Phillip Price and a native of this county, died last Saturday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Clyde Caudill in Ashland. Born in this county, she had resided in Floyd County for several years. Funeral was conducted Monday and interment made in the Catlettsburg cemetery. Surviving are 5 sons, Fred, Frank, Harry and John of Ashland and Garred of Eagle, WV; 3 daughters, Mrs. Joe Doyle of Columbus, OH, and Mrs. Clyde Caudill and Mrs. George Murray of Ashland and one brother and 5 sisters. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 5, 1940

PRICHARD, Karl C.
Dr. Karl C. Prichard, 69, native of Catlettsburg and for several years a prominent physician in Huntington, died last Friday at his home in Huntington. Funeral was conducted at the residence Sunday and the body taken to Ashland for interment. Dr. Prichard attended school in Catlettsburg and later graduated from the University of Virginia, commencing his medical career in Huntington in 1907. He served as a captain in the World War. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 12, 1940

SEDGEBEAR, Bertha Miller (Blankenship)
Mrs. Bertha Miler Sedgebear, native of Hitchins, died last week at her home in Wheeling, WV. She was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Lafe Blankenship of Hitchins and resided in Ashland before going to Wheeling. She was a sister of Roy Blankenship, County Judge of Carter County. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 26, 1940

SEE, Mrs. Leona (Bartram)
Mrs. Leona B. See, 70, widow of the late J. Critt See of The Point section 4 miles south of Louisa, died Saturday night in a Louisa hospital where she had been a patient for 16 days. Mrs. See had been in failing health for 3 years and had been seriously ill nine weeks. Mrs. See, a daughter of the late David and Elizabeth Ratcliff Bartram, was born and reared near Fort Gay, WV. She joined the Bartram Chapel M. E. Church at an early age and had lived a consecrated Christian life, beloved by all who knew her. Despite inclement weather, a large crowd attended the funeral which was conducted at the home Tuesday morning. Rev. S. W. Funk and Rev. C. F. Froderman, pastors of the 2 Louisa Methodist churches, officiated at the rites and interment was made in the See Cemetery. Mrs. See's 6 sons served as pall bearers and the grandchildren were honorary pall bearers. Surviving are 4 daughters, Mrs. Erie Branham and Mrs. Ed Walker of route 2, Louisa, Mrs. John Stump of Ashland, OH and Mrs. Tom Stump, of Tiro, OH; 6 sons, Fred See of Ellenville, NY, Wayne See of Burlington, KY, Clyde See of Rising Sun, IN,  Alvis See of Louisa, John See of Uniontown, KY and James See of Warwarsing, NY and 2 brothers, Wayne Bartram of Fort Gay, WV and W. B. Bartram of Kayeville, MO. Mrs. See's husband J. Critt See died in 1936. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 5, 1940

SEE, Lucy Belle (Burchette)
1857-1940
Mrs. Lucy Belle Burchette See, 82, widow of the late Samuel S. See, died at her home in Louisa Tuesday evening at 7:30, three days after suffering a stroke. Funeral rites will be conducted Friday morning at 11 in the First Methodist Church in Louisa with the pastor, Rev. C. F. Froderman, officiating and assisted by Rev. S. W. Funk, Rev. J. C. Hager and Rev. Roud Shaw. Interment will be made in See Cemetery on The Point a few miles south of Louisa under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. A daughter of the late William and Peggy Ann Meek Burchett, Mrs. See was born in Louisa in 1857. She had resided on a farm at Wallbridge most of her life, moving to Louisa 3 years ago. She had been a member of the First Methodist Church in Louisa for 68 years, and was loved by all who knew her. Surviving are 5 daughters, Mrs. Charles Hawes, Ashland, KY, Mrs. Mike Conley, Louisa, Mrs. Margaret Stump, Jenkins, KY, Miss Kizzie See, Frankfort, KY, and Miss Fannie See, at home and 2 sons, W. W. See, Louisa and J. Critt See, Gallion, OH. Her husband died 2 years ago. Big Sandy News, Friday Jan 26, 1940

SMITH, Augusta (Hatten)
Mrs. Augusta Hatten Smith, 64, died last Friday at her home on Gragston Creek, Wayne County. Funeral was conducted Sunday at the Shiloh Cemetery on Elijah's Creek. She was a lifelong resident of Wayne County. She is survived by a son, Haskell Hatten of Gragston Creek; 3 sisters, Mrs. W. H. Hatten and Mrs. Sarah Mammil of Huntington and Mrs. Robert Mays of Shoals, WV; 2 brothers, Leander Smith of Huntington and Jack Smith of Wayne, 7 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 19, 1940

SPARKS, Robert Lee
Robert Lee Sparks, 72, native of Elliott County, died Wednesday of last week at his home on the Russell Road near Ashland. Funeral was conducted Friday and interment was made in Rose Hill Burial Park, Ashland, He was a son of Henry and Clorando Harris Sparks of Elliott County, and had resided in Boyd County for 31 years. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Alice Lyons Sparks; 4 daughters, Mrs. A. L. Gambill, Lawrence County, Mrs. Edward Fosson, Washington, D. C., Mrs. G. V. Sparks and Mrs. C. O. Simmons, both of Ashland; one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Green, Ashland, 7 brothers, Edward, Marion, Charles and Anzo Sparks, all of Land-O-Lake, WS and Wallis Sparks of Michigan. Big Sandy  News, Friday, Jan 26, 1940

SPERRY, Ralph
Ralph Sperry, 48, farmer of near Prichard, WV, died at his home there Sunday. Funeral was conducted Tuesday at Shiloah. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 19, 1940

SHEPHERD, Sarah (Lambert)
Mrs. Sarah Lambert Shepherd, 86, widow of the late Dave Shepherd of Louisa, route 4, died last Friday at her home on Seedtick after an illness of 8 days. A daughter of the late Jeremiah and Julia Stewart Lambert. Mrs. Shepherd was born and reared in the Seedtick section. She was the mother of Mrs. J. F. Stewart of Ashland. Her husband died 5 or 6 years ago. Funeral rites were conducted Monday at the Lazear Funeral Home in Ashland with Rev. C. E. Vogle officiating and interment was made in the Ashland cemetery. Pallbearers were J. S. Ashworth,  B. H. Buckley, F. J. Stabb, W. H. Miller, James Serey and A. S. Doty. Surviving besides Mrs. Stewart are another daughter, Mrs. Bruce Preston of Los Angeles, CA; 4 sisters, Mrs. Rebecca Hutchinson and Mrs. Nettie Fannin, both of Rush, KY, and Mrs. Martha Stanley and Mrs. Cinda White, both of route 4 Louisa; one brother, Hiram Lambert, Fallsburg, KY; 5 grandchildren, Ada Mae Vaughan, and Alberta Egil, both of Los Angeles, P. K. Stewart and Mrs. Ann Franz, both of Ashland and Mrs. Alphonsine Worthington, Roswell, NM and 3 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 4, 1940

WORLEY, Nancy Elizabeth (Cooksey)
Mrs. Nancy Elizabeth Cooksey Worley, aged about 56, died Monday at her home at Peebles, OH. The body was returned to Lawrence County in the Curtright funeral car and taken to Fallsburg where funeral rites were conducted Thursday afternoon from the Savage Memorial Methodist Church. Interment was made in the family cemetery near Fallsburg. Deceased was a daughter of the late John and Ann Roberts Cooksey and was born and reared at Fallsburg. She was the widow of George T. Worley, who died 2 years ago. Surviving are 4 sisters, Mrs. John Jordan, Peebles, OH, Mrs. Howard Riffe, Van Lear, KY, Mrs. Sam Kinstler, Kenova, WV, and Mrs. Willie  Skeens, Fallsburg, KY and 4 brothers, John H., Jim and Bert Cooksey all of Fallsburg and Frank Cooksey of Red Jacket, WV. Delbert Skeens, teacher in the Louisa high school is a nephew of the deceased and Mrs. Bill Maddy of Fallsburg, is a niece. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jan 26, 1940

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ARTRIP, Harman
Harman Artrip, 79, former resident of the Trace Creek section east of Fort Gay, died Saturday at the home of a son, Alva Artrip of Merrimac, WV, of a heart ailment. The body was returned to Fort Gay and taken to the former home on Trace for interment. Mrs. India Sturgell and Mrs. Nora Yates, of the Trace Creek section, are daughters. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 16, 1940

BALL, Homer
Homer Ball, 36, former county court clerk and one of Lawrence County's best citizens, died suddenly at his home on Rich Creek near Adams Thursday morning at 8:15. Mr. Ball had suffered from a cold and bronchial trouble the past few days but his condition was not so serious as to cause him to go to bed. Early Thursday morning he suffered a hemorrhage and died before a doctor could be summoned. A son of Mrs. Kittie Curnutte Ball and late John W Ball, Mr. Ball was born and reared in the Rich Creek section. He was elected county court clerk in Nov 1933 and served from 1934 to 1938 during which time he lived in Louisa. A Christian gentleman, he was liked and respected by all who knew him. Near the close of his term as county clerk he purchased the Sam Sturgell farm on Rich Creek and constructed a modern frame home removing there in Dec 1937. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Monnie Pigg Ball, and 3 children, his mother, Mrs. Kittie Curnutte Ball and a sister, Mrs. Edith Ball, both of Louisa, and 2 brothers, Oscar Ball, of Adams and McKinley Ball of West Virginia. Funeral will be conducted Sunday afternoon at 2 at the Walnut Gap Church near Adams, of which he was a member and where he was superintendent of the Sunday school. Rev. C. F. Froderman, pastor of the Louisa First Methodist Church will officiate.  Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 2, 1940

BARTRAM, Mary C. (Sisson)
Mrs. Mary C. Bartram, 87, widow of the late Sam Bartram, died at her home on Tabors Creek, a few miles from Fort Gay, Friday night. She had been an invalid for 10 years. Funeral was conducted Monday morning at the home on Tabors Creek and interment made in the Bartram family cemetery. She had been a lifelong member of the Methodist Church. She was a daughter of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Roberts Sisson and was born and reared in Wayne county. Her husband, Sam Bartram, a Civil War veteran, died in 1916. Surviving are 2 daughters, Mrs. W. D. Akers of Fort Gay, Route 1, and Mrs. Noah Akers of Huntington, WV; 6 sons, John B. Bartram, Louisa, KY, route 3, Ezra, Felix and Milton Bartram of Fort Gay, route 1, James Bartram of Alflax,KY, and Harrison Bartram of Kenova, WV, one sister, Mrs. Nancy Jane Fitzpatrick of Fort Gay, route 1. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 23, 1940

BOGGS, Edison "Shine"
Edison "Shine" Boggs, aged about 61, a native of the Caines Creek section of this county, died  Tuesday afternoon at the home of a sister, Mrs. Henry Evans at Yellow Springs, OH. He had been ill 3 weeks. Deceased was a son of the late Jarret and Susan M. Williams Boggs of Caines Creek. He was born and reared at Caines Creek and spent most of his life there. Funeral and interment were in Ohio. Surviving are 2 daughters, and 2 sons, all of whom live in Ohio; one brother, Charles Boggs of Ohio and 5 sisters, Mrs. Henry Evans and Mrs. William Boggs of Ohio, Mrs. T??p Wheeler of Ashland, KY, Mrs. H. H. Castle and Mrs. Clay Boggs of near Blaine. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb, 2, 1940

BORDERS, Sella (Hickman)
Mrs. Sella Hickman Borders, 51, wife of Henry Borders, died at her home near Ulysses, Friday of last week after an illness of several months. Funeral was conducted Sunday from the Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Guy Preston of Paintsville, officiating and interment was made in the Borders family cemetery. Surviving besides the husband are 2 daughters, Ethel and Gladys Borders at home and a son, Hestel Borders. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 2, 1940

BROWN, Maria Jane (Auxier)
1852-1940
Mrs. Maria Jane Auxier Brown, 88, widow of the late Hezkiah Brown of the Georges Creek section, died Thursday of last week at the home of a daughter, Mrs. James Short in Louisa. She had been ill 12 days of complications incident to advanced age. The body was taken to the home of a son, J. F. Brown, at Georges Creek Friday and funeral was conducted there Saturday morning. Interment was in the Brown family cemetery there. Mrs. Brown was a daughter of the late John B. and Angie Mayo Auxier, and was born and reared at East Point, Johnson County She lived at Georges Creek, this county, for many years and had resided with her daughter here for the past 6 years. Her husband died in 1939. Surviving are 3 daughters, Mrs. Jas. Short and Mrs. H. B. Haws of Louisa, and Mrs. Jesse Daniels of River, KY; 6 sons, John F. Ed and D. G. Brown all of Georges Creek, KY, Kiah Brown of Elk City, OK, Lon Brown of Portsmouth, OH, and E. B. Brown of Prestonsburg, KY and 3 brothers, Jas. and Henry Auxier of Auxier, KY, and Nat Auxier of Whites Creek, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 23, 1940

BUSSEY, Freemont Randall "Mont"
1849-1940
Freemont Randall "Mont" Bussey, 91, who retired 3 years ago after serving for nearly 60 years as postmaster and merchant at Busseyville, died at his home there Sunday midnight. He had been ill for 3 years. Mr. Bussey was born in Louisa, May 2, 1849 in the house where Mr. and Mrs. F. O. See now live. He was a son of Henry Stanhope Bussey, native of Virginia and Christiana Miller Bussey, native of Heidelberg, Germany. Shortly before his marriage Dec 24 1879, to Sue Matilda Webb, he went to Busseyville and entered  the merchandise business. Soon afterward he became postmaster there and had served continuously through all administrations, until his death. The Bussey general merchandise store, sawmill and gristmill, which he operated, made Busseyville a center of activity for many years. The business which he started is now the oldest business in Lawrence County, the Big Sandy News being the next oldest. A son, Henry W. Bussey, is now managing the business at Busseyville. Funeral services were conducted at the Busseyville Methodist Church Tuesday afternoon with Rev. C. F. Froderman of Louisa and Rev. W. H. Muncey, of Greenup officiating, and interment was made at Busseyville. Surviving are a son, Henry W. Bussey of Busseyville and 8 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. His wife, died in 1906. Three sons also preceded him in death, Dr. Joe C. Bussey, Carl Bussey and Clyde Bussey. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 2, 1940

CHAPMAN, Ethel (Bowe)
Mrs. Ethel Bowe Chapman, 30, died Saturday night at 8 in an ambulance while being removed from her home near Wallbridge to a hospital in Louisa. Death was attributed to pneumonia. Mrs. Chapman had given birth to twins nearly 4 weeks ago and subsequently developed pneumonia. She was the wife of Howard Chapman. Funeral was conducted Tuesday afternoon from the home of her mother, Mrs. Roselia Prince Bowe near Wallbridge. She had been a member of the Louisa Baptist Church for 8 years. Her father, William Taylor Bowe, died a number of years ago. Surviving besides the mother and husband are 3 daughters, Sadie Marie, Rosella and Geraldine, at home, 3 sons, James and Billie and Bobbie, twins; 3 sisters, Mrs. Ed Tillman of Louisa, Mrs. John York of Louisa, route 2, Mra. James Bowen of McVeigh, KY and 2 brothers, John Bowe, Ashland, KY and James Bowe, Pigeon Creek, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 16, 1940

CHILDERS, Robert
1856-1940
Robert Childers, 83, well known farmer of Louisa, route 1, died Tuesday at his home on Meades Branch of infirmities incident to advanced age. Deceased was born on Meades Branch, Feb 22, 1856 and lived there all his life. Funeral rites were conducted Thursday at the home with Rev. Arlie Blackburn and Rev. Bert Miller officiating, and burial was made in the family cemetery on the Childers farm. Surviving are 3 daughter, Mrs. Newell Ferguson, Louisa, Mrs. Bill Hinkle and Mrs. Maxie Harmon, both of Louisa route 1, one son, Zach Childers of Louisa, route 1 and 3 brothers, Charles Childers of Louisa route 1, Dock and Jimper Childers both of Pond Creek, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 9,1940

CRABTREE, Saul
Saul Crabtree, 51, farmer and life long resident of Lawrence County, was found dead in bed Saturday morning at the home of his brother, Jack Crabtree, a mile below Louisa, where he made his home. He had been seriously ill for several weeks. Funeral rites were conducted Sunday afternoon from the Louisa Baptist Church of which he was a member. the pastor, Rev. J. C. Hager, assisted by Rev. S. B. Ball officiated at the rites and interment was made in the Crabtree cemetery north of Louisa. Deceased was a son of the late Smith and Martha Whitt Crabtree and was born and reared near Louisa. He was never married. Surviving are 2 sisters, Mrs. Maranda Blankenship, of Louisa and Mrs. H. M. Smith of Hurley, VA; and 4 brothers, Carr Crabtree, Washington, D. C., Smith Crabtree, Charleston, WV, Sam Crabtree, Springfield, MO and Jack Crabtree of near Louisa. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 23, 1940

CURNUTTE, William David
William David Curnutte, 76, native of the Rich Creek section and a resident of the Fallsburg section for many years, died early Saturday morning at the home of his son in law, Lafe Thompson, a mile south of Louisa. Mr. Curnutte was a son of the late James and Sarah Jordan Curnutte and was born and reared in the Rich Creek section. He had been a member of the Freewill Baptist Church for 30 years. Funeral was conducted Monday morning from the church at Mattie with Rev. William W. Moore, Rev. W. T. Fraley and Rev. R. B. Curnutte, officiating. Interment was made in the Moore Cemetery near Mattie. His wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Moore Curnutte had died 12 years ago. Surviving are 4 daughters, Mrs. Lace Blackburn, Columbus, OH and Mrs. Lafe Thompson, Mrs. Anthony Blackburn, Miss Natie Curnutte, all of Louisa, route 1, 5 sons, John, Louisa, route 1, Arlie, Grovesport, OH, Mart, Ashland, KY, and Alva Curnutte, Fallsburg, KY, 5 sisters, Vina Moore, Columbus, OH, Mrs. Romaine Jordan, Waverly, OH, route 2, and Mrs. Naaman Borders, Waverly, OH, and 4 brothers, James H., Grove City, OH, Thomps, and Allen, Kenova, WV and Jack Curnutte, Columbus, OH. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 23, 1940

DEANE, Gary Roger
Gary Roger Deane, 8 months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Millard F. Deane of the Big Hurricane section, 4 miles from Fort Gay, died at the home there Tuesday midnight after a 5 day illness of pneumonia. Funeral was conducted Thursday morning at 10 from the home and interment made in the Wellman Cemetery. Surviving besides the parents are 2 brothers, and 3 grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Benton Deane of Fort Gay, route 1, and Mrs. D??? Wellman of Prichard, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 2, 1940

DEANE, Squire William
1853-1940
Fort Gay, WV--Feb 7, William "Squire" Deane, 73, Justice of the Peace in Butler district, died at his home in Fort Gay Friday morning at 8:30 of a heart attack. He had been ill for 7 months. Funeral was conducted Sunday morning at 10:30 from the Fort Gay Baptist Church and the body was taken in the Curtright funeral car to the Deane family cemetery on Greenbrier Creek, 10 miles east of Fort Gay, for interment. He had been a member of the Greenbrier Baptist Church for 58 years. Squire Deane was born on Greenbrier, Nov 19, 1853, a son of John and Mary Damron Deane. He moved to Fort Gay 19 years ago and for a time conducted a general merchandise store here, later being elected Justice of the Peace. He was serving his second term at the time of his death. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Emma Deane, 2 sons, Wayne Deane, of Huntington and Benton Deane, of Fort Gay; and 6 daughters, Mrs. R. B. Billups, Kenova, WV, Mrs. A. B. Osborn, Circleville, OH, Mrs. P. J. Smith, Columbus, OH, Mrs. L. H. East, Roanoke, VA, Mrs. Paul Dawson, Portsmouth, OH and Mrs. H. S. Perdue of Huntington, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 9, 1940

FREESE, Lewis
1860-1940
Lewis Freese, 79, well-liked Louisa colored citizen, died Wednesday morning at his home here. Two  years ago he had suffered a stroke but had recovered almost fully. He was seriously ill for only one day preceding death. Funeral rites will be conducted from the home in Louisa Saturday afternoon at 2 and interment will be made in the Freese lot in Pine Hill Cemetery overlooking the city of Louisa. Mr. Freese was born in Prestonsburg in 1860, and came to Lawrence County 4 years later. He worked as a farmer on the Burgess farm 10 miles south of Louisa for 18 years. Later he served as janitor in the Louisa National Bank and other business buildings here for many years, retiring  because of ill health 2 years ago He is survived by his wife, Amanda Burgess Freese; a son, Fred Freese, a step son, C. C. Jones, 2 grandsons, Lewis Burgess Freese and Andrew Stewart Freese; a granddaughter, Alice Amanda Freese and a cousin, Sarah Clark all of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 2, 1940

GAMBILL, H. E.
1856-1940
H. E. Gambill, 83, for many years a resident of the Blaine section, died Feb 10 at the home of his son, Lawrence Gambill, at Thealka, where he had resided for some time. Funeral rites were conducted at Thealka with the Rev. Fillmore Gambill officiating and interment was made in the Wells Cemetery in Johnson County. Mr. Gambill was born Sep 18, 1856. He is survived by 5 children, Lawrence Gambill, Thealka, Hubert Gambill, Asheville, NC, Merrit Gambill, Middletown, OH, Raymond Gambill, and Mrs. J. F. Crutcher of Pensacola, FL. All the children were present for the funeral and burial. In addition to the children he is survived by 2 sisters, Mrs. Polly Evans, Ashland, and Mrs. Aggie Woods of Los Angeles, CA and 16 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 23, 1940

HALL, Mrs. R. D.
Mrs. R. D. Hall, 60, native of this county, and for the past 6 years a resident of Huntington, died in a Huntington hospital Jan 21. Funeral was conducted in Huntington and the body was taken to Ashland for interment. Deceased was a daughter of W. R Bayes of Webbville who survives. Also surviving are the husband and 12 children, 4 sisters, Mrs. Lark Lawson, Tuscola, KY, Mrs. Elva Fields, Rush, KY, Mrs. James Fuller, Catlettsburg, KY and Mrs. Hermia Fannin, Ironton, OH and one brother, Y. C. Bayes of Webbville. Big Sandy News, Friday Feb 2, 1940

HAMMONDS, Garrett
1855-1940
Garrett Hammonds, 84, well known citizen of the Clifford section, died at his home there Monday of complications incident to advanced age. Mr. Hammonds was born at Clifford in 1855, a son of the late Colonel and Betty Fluty Hammonds, and had resided there all of his life. He had been a member of the Big Laurel United Baptist Church for 17 years. Funeral was conducted at the home Wednesday with the Rev. Russ Frazier officiating and interment was made in the family cemetery near Clifford. He is survived by his second, wife, Mrs. Tellie McKenzie Hammonds, 6 daughters, Mrs. William Webb, Webb, WV, route 1, Mrs. Munst Station, Bradshaw, WV, Mrs. Lawrence Triplett, Octavia, KY, Mrs. Bryant Clergon, Hardy, KY, Mrs. Roy Maynard, Webb, WV, route 1, Mrs. Proctor Senters, Louisa, route 2, 6 sons, Frank, Jay and Colonel Hammonds of Clifford, Gradie  Hammonds of Webb, WV route 1, and Henry Hammonds of Williamson, WV, one brother, John Hammonds of Webb, WV, route 1, and 5 sisters, Mrs. Josephine Hall and Mrs. Lindsey Diamond, both of Wayne, WV, Mrs. Georgia Hardwick of Dunlow, WV, Mrs. Emma Bowens of Jobe, KY and Mrs. Sar Shannon of Webb, WV, route 1. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb, 23, 1940

HAMMOND, Morton
Morton Hammond, 63, prominent and widely  known Lawrence county farmer, livestock dealer and timber and sawmill operator, died Tuesday noon at his home at Brammer Gap 3 miles from Webbville. Ill for 6 weeks, Mr. Hammond had been a patient at a hospital at Martin, KY until a few days before his death. His condition was improved when he returned home, but he became suddenly ill Tuesday morning and died within a few hours. Funeral rites were conducted from the Brammer Gap Church Thursday morning at 10:30 with the Rev. Harve Helley officiating, and interment was made in the Hammond family cemetery at Brammer Gap. A large crowd attended the funeral rites. A son of the late F. M. and Martha Lyons Hammond, he was born at Brammer Gap and had resided on the Hammond farm there all his life. His farm for years was considered one of the best pasture farms in the county and he dealt extensively in cattle. In more recent years he also engaged in the timber and sawmill business, and was widely and prominently known. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Vatia Marshall Hammond, a daughter, Miss Lorraine Hammond, Huntington, WV, a son, Vincent Hammond of near Webbville, 2 sisters, Mrs. G. V. Thompson, London, OH, and Mrs. Hattie Thompson of Webbville, route 1, and 4 brothers, Willie and Boston Hammond of Webbville route 1, Oscar Hammond of Raceland, KY and Theodore Hammond of London, OH. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 9, 1940

HARDIN, Irene
Irene Hardin, 8 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Hardin of Richardson, died at the Hardin home Saturday noon after an illness of 4 days. Funeral rites for the child were conducted from the home of her grandmother, Mrs. W. H. Hardin at Gallup, with Rev. Neff, of Louisa, officiating and interment was made in the Hardin Cemetery near Gallup. Surviving besides the parents are 4 sisters and 6 brothers, and 3 grandparents, Mrs. W. H. Hardin of Gallup and Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Shival of Gallup. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 9, 1940

JARRELL, Idella (Selbee)
Fort Gay, WV, Jan 31--Mrs. Idella Selbee Jarrell, 61, wife of John L. Jarrell, of Fort Gay, route 2, died at the Jarrell home on the Mill Creek  section Tuesday afternoon. Funeral rites were conducted from the home on Mill Creek Thursday afternoon and interment was in the Lambert family cemetery near the home of Perry Smith on Mill Creek. A daughter of the late Bernard and Mary Workman Selbee, Mrs. Jarrell was born and reared in the Mill Creek section. She had been a member of the Pleasant Baptist church since girlhood. Surviving besides the husband are 3 daughters, Mrs. P. E. Perry, Mrs. M. C. Preston, and Mrs. Myrtle Copley, all of Fort Gay, route 2, a step daughter, Miss Bertha Jarrell, also of Fort Gay, route 2, one sons, Golden H. Jarrell of Morgantown, WV, a sister, Mrs. T. V. Preston of Kenova, WV and a brother, W. H. Selbee of Pittsburg, PA. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 2, 1940

LAMPERT, Grace (Hancock)
Mrs. Grace Hancock Lampert, 61, widow of the late Thaddeus K. Lampert, of Fort Gay, route 1, died in a Louisa hospital Thursday night of last week after an illness of 5 months. She had been a patient at the hospital for 3 months. Funeral rites were conducted Sunday afternoon from the Fort Gay Methodist Church with the pastor, Rev. Sam Wellman, officiating, and interment made in the Frazier cemetery a mile west of Fort Gay. Mrs. Lampert was a daughter of the late Lewis D. and Margaret Bales Hancock, natives of Virginia. She had resided near Fort Gay for 19 years, moving from Majestic, KY. Her husband died 21 years ago. Surviving are 2 daughters, Mrs. Clyde L. Slusher of Roanoke, VA and Mrs. Wayne B. Ferguson of Denver, OH, and 4 sons, Clyde, Howard, Lewis and Tom Lampert all of near Fort Gay. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 9, 1940

LYON, J. L.
1843-1940
Sandy Hook, KY, Feb 6--J. L. Lyon, 96, perhaps the oldest man in Elliott  County, died  Jan 20 at the home of his son, Jesse Lyon, at Gimett. He was born Feb 13, 1843 and was at the time of his death 96 years, 11 months and 6 days old. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 9, 1940

MAYNARD, Sam
Sam Maynard, 76, well known merchant and farmer of Clifford, died at his home there Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. after an illness of 6 weeks of complications incident to advanced age. Born and reared at Clifford, Mr. Maynard was a son of the late Elisha and Minerva Frazier Maynard. He had resided at Clifford all his life and for 62 years had operated a general merchandise store and farm. Funeral rites were conducted from the home Thursday and interment was made in the Maynard family cemetery. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Sallie Bartram Maynard, 3 daughters, Mrs. John Johns, Louisa, route 2, Mrs. D. J. Branham and Mrs. Walter E. Grayson, both of Clifford; 2 sisters, Mrs. Piney Maynard and Mrs. Jeanie Ratcliff, both of Clifford and a brother, Hampton Maynard, also of Clifford. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 9, 1940

MCCALL, Susie Anna (Hickman)
Mrs. Susie Anna McCall, ??, colored, died at her home in Louisa Thursday morning of last week after an illness of 9 months. She was a daughter of the late Jack and Harriet Bentley Hickman and was born and reared in Louisa, and was the wife of Roland McCall. Funeral was conducted Sunday afternoon from the Louisa A. M. E. Church with Rev. J. C. Hager, pastor of the Baptist Church, officiating. She had been a member of the Baptist Church for 24 years. Interment was in the Wallace Cemetery near Louisa. Surviving besides the husband are 2 daughters, Ma?? Lucille and Annasue both at home; 2 sons, William and Robert, at home; one sister, Mrs. Mattie Jones, Cincinnati, OH, and 4 brothers, Taylor Hickman, Portsmouth, OH, Tom Hickman, Georgetown, KY, William Hickman, Huntington, WV and Harmon Hickman, Leavensworth, KS. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 2, 1940

MURPHY
Infant twin sons of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Murphy, of Ashland, died Sunday. The bodies were brought to this county Monday for interment in the family cemetery on Toms Creek. Surviving besides the parents are a sister and the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. James Murphy of Ashland and Mr. and Mrs. George Stambaugh also of Ashland. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 9, 1940

O'BRIAN, Maynard
1897-1940
Maynard O'Brian, 48, native Lawrence County who has been employed in a shoe factory in Portsmouth, OH, the past 23 years, died Monday in Portsmouth after a week's illness of influenza climaxed by pneumonia Mr. O'Brian was born in this county, Jul 14, 1897, a son of Anderson and Ellen O'Brian. He was a member of Modern Woodmen. Funeral was conducted in Portsmouth Wednesday and interment was made in Greenlawn Cemetery there. Surviving are his father, Anderson O'Brian of Columbus, OH, his wife, Mrs. Florence Valodin O'Brian; 6 children, Mrs. Madeline Gray, Mrs. Garnett Tra?? of Portsmouth, James and Norman O'Brian of Lancaster, OH, Mrs. Juanita Hammond and miss Betty O'Brian of Portsmouth and the following brothers and sisters, Garfield O'Brian, London, OH, Alva O'Brian, Columbus, OH, Mrs. Florence Kirkpatrick, Fort Gay, WV and Mrs. Eva Lyles, Portsmouth, OH. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 2, 1940

O'BRIAN, Maynard
Maynard O'Brian, 48, who has been employed in a shoe factory in Portsmouth, OH for 23 years died in a Portsmouth hospital, Jan 29 after a week's illness of influenza. He is survived by his father, Anderson O'Brian, of Columbus, his wife, Mrs. Florence Valodin O'Brian; 6 children, Mrs. Madelin Gray, Mrs. Garnett Truitt of Portsmouth, James and Norman of Lancaster, OH, Mrs. Juanita Hammond and Miss Betty O'Brian of Portsmouth, brothers and sisters, Garfield of London, OH, Alva of Columbus, Mrs. Florence Kirkpatrick of Fort Gay, Mrs. Eva Lyles of Portsmouth. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 16, 1940

PATTON, E. D.
E. D. Patton, 54, farmer, mayor of Morehead who recently moved to Ashland organized the Eastern Kentucky Lumber and Development Company, of which he was president, died Jan 25 at his home of acute indigestion. Besides extensive lumber interests he was president of the Citizens Bank of Morehead. He was born and reared at Soldier. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 2, 1940

PECK, Frank R.
Frank R. Peck, 81, who aided his brother, L. T. Peck, in founding the city of Kenova in 1889, died in a Huntington hospital Wednesday. He had been president of the Kenova Trading Company for 40 years and had sung in the Huntington Trinity Episcopal Church choir for 50 years, consecutively. He was born in Brooklyn and as agent with his brother of an eastern land company, came to Kenova and acquired 900 acres of land formerly known as Morgan's Bottom, at the confluence of the Ohio and Big Sandy Rivers. On this tract he laid out the city of Kenova in 1889. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 16, 1940

PREECE, Essie (Blackburn)
Mrs. Essie Blackburn Preece, 39, wife of Harvey Preece of Inez, died Wednesday of last week in a Williamson, WV hospital after an illness of nearly a month of pneumonia. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. ??? Blackburn of Martin County. Funeral was held Friday and interment made in the family cemetery near Inez. Besides her husband, she leaves 7 children, Bradley, Chester, Fidretta?, O??, Ellen, Catherine and William Preece, all at home; 4 brothers, Dewey, Burgess, Epp and Fox Blackburn and 4 sisters, Mrs. Lucy Clay, Mrs. M?? Fraley, Mrs. Goldie McCoy and Vicie Blackburn. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 2, 1940

PRICHARD, Anna Josephine
Anna Josephine Prichard, 12 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Prichard of Louisa, route 2, died Tuesday night at the Prichard home on Donithan after an illness of several years. Funeral rites were conducted at the home Thursday afternoon with Rev. Ruth Frazier, officiating and interment was made in the family cemetery under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Surviving besides the parents are 2 sisters and 5 brothers. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 23, 1940

RICE, Anna (Potter)
Mrs. Anna Potter Rice, 64, wife of William D. Rice, of Sciotoville, OH, and a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Potter of the mouth of Blaine section of this county, died at her home Monday after an illness of 6 weeks of pneumonia. Born in Letcher County, Mrs. Rice came to this county with her parents when young and after her marriage to Mr. Rice in 1897 the resided for 2 years near Louisa, later moving to Ironton. They had resided in Sciotoville the last 28 years. Mr. rice is an employee of the N & W Railway. Funeral rites will be held Friday at the home in Sciotoville with Rev. Albert Baldridge and Rev. Earl Delaney of Ashland, officiating and burial will be made in the Wheelersburg, OH cemetery. Surviving are her husband and 2 daughters, Mrs. Bessie Wills of Sciotoville and Mrs. Virgie Peters of Columbus. She also leaves these brothers and sisters, Martin Potter and K. C. Potter of Louisa, route 4, Mrs. Lettie Burk of Louisa, Isaac Potter of Greenup County and Mrs. Mary Newsom of Long Run, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 9,1940

ROSS, Elizabeth (Cross)
Mrs. Elizabeth Cross Ross, 65, widow of John Ross, Jr., of Catlettsburg, and a native of this county, died Monday night at the home of a daughter, Mrs. A.J. Pagi?? in Huntington, where Mrs. Ross had resided since last June. Funeral rites were held in the Catlettsburg Missionary Baptist Church Wednesday and the body was brought to this county for interment in the Ross Cemetery at Mt. Zion. Surviving in addition to the daughter are 2 sons, Fred Ross of Catlettsburg and Garrett Ross of Ashland, a brother, Boyd Cross of Cincinnati; 2 sisters, Mrs. Joe Bellomy of Wurtland, KY and Mrs. Lige Johnson of Zelda, KY and 6 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Friday Feb 2, 1940

SLOAS, Amanda (Whitt)
Mrs. Amanda Whitt Sloas, 76, native of the Webbville section, died Tuesday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Arlie Thompson in Ashland. Funeral was conducted  Thursday at the Central Baptist Church in Ashland, the body was returned to this county for interment in the family cemetery. Surviving are the following children: Mrs. Maggie McDavid of Willard, KY, Mrs. Oscar Ratcliff of Ironton, OH, Jesse Sloas of Webbville, KY, Leonard Sloas of Franklin Furnace, OH, Mrs. Fred Porter of Waldo, OH, Mrs. Alvin Ross of Berry, KY, Mrs. Arlie Thompson of Ashland, Mrs. Sherman Beaugess of Webbville, KY, Mrs. Ray Porter of Webbville, Herbert Sloas of Webbville and Mrs. Beecher McDavid of Ashland, Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 23, 1940

VANHORN, Emily (Lawson)
Mrs. Emily Lawson Vanhorn, 75, for many years a resident of Carter County, died early Tuesday morning at the home of a nephew, John Lawson of Tuscola. She had been ill for 3 weeks. Funeral rites were conducted Wednesday afternoon at 2 from the Lawson home at Tuscola with Rev. Harve Kelley officiating, and interment made in the Lawson family cemetery. Mrs. Vanhorn was born in Tennessee a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Andy Lawson. She resided for many years at Reedville, Carter County, KY, where she was an extensive land owner and well known. She had resided at Tuscola with her nephew for the past year. Her husband, William Vanhorn, died a number of years ago. She is survived by a brother, James Lawson of Cleveland, OH, a sister, Mrs. Alice Horton of Jones Run, KY and 3 daughters and 4 sons. She had been a member of the Christian Church for 35 years. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 16, 1940

WEBB, Joseph F.
Joseph F. Webb, 51, of the Strait Creek section, died Saturday, Feb 10 in Columbus, OH. His body was brought to Denton by train and taken to his home at Strait Creek for funeral and interment was made in the Webb Cemetery near Glenwood. Survivors include his wife, 5 daughters, Mrs. W. J. Meyer of Columbus, OH, Mrs. Claude R. Cooke of Grayson, Mrs. Raymond Rogers of Prenter, WV, Edith Webb at home, and Mrs. Everett Jarvis of Catlettsburg; 2 sons, Joseph Franklin Webb, Jr. and Wade Webb both at home; 2 brothers, Ballard of Racine, WV and Wesley of Wyoming, WV, and one sister, Mrs. C. O. Birch of Columbus, OH and 3 grandsons. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 23, 1940

WELLMAN, Opal (Hoosier)
Mrs. Opal Hoosier Wellman, 20, wife of Donald Mitchell Wellman of Fort Gay, route 1, Big Hurricane section, died in a Louisa hospital Friday morning after an illness of one week. Deceased was a daughter of John Hoosier of Prichard, WV and the late Ella Wilson Hoosier. She had been a member of the M. E. church for 8 years. Funeral rites were conducted Saturday afternoon from the forks of Hurricane Baptist Church, a few miles from Fort Gay, with the Rev. J. C. Hager, pastor of the Louisa Baptist Church, officiating, and interment was made in the Lakin cemetery on Big Hurricane Creek under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home of Louisa. Surviving are the husband and father, and one son, Larry, at home, a daughter, one week old, 2 sisters, Mrs. W. R. O'Dell of Detroit, MI an Miss Mary Ellen Hoosier, of Prichard, route 1, and 3 brothers, John, Carl, and Warren G. Hoosier, all of Prichard, route 1. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 9,1940

WEST, Henderson
Henderson West, 59, father of Mrs. Leona Blankenship of Louisa, died Monday night at his home in Catlettsburg. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 16, 1940

WILEY, Carl
Carl Wiley, 68, a native of Lawrence County, died early Wednesday at the home of a sister, Mrs. Louvina Byrd on the Mayo Trail in Boyd County where he had made his home for 6 months. Funeral will be conducted in Boyd  County and interment made in the McGinnis Cemetery, Orba Wiley of Logan, WV is a son. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 23, 1940

WILLIAMSON, Ellen (B??)
Mrs. Ellen B??? Williamson, 68, widow of Wallace Williamson, founder of Williamson, WV, died Monday at her home in Williamson. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 16, 1940

WILSON, Mahala (Burton)
1866-1940
Mrs. Mahala Burton Wilson, 73, wife of Harrison Wilson of the Lick Creek section a mile south of Louisa, died at her home Monday morning after an illness of 4 months. Mrs. Wilson was born at Ellen, KY in 1866, a daughter of the late Frank and Phoebe Carter Burton. She had been a member of the Elizabeth Jarrell Church for 43 years. Funeral rites were conducted Wednesday afternoon at 2 from the Elizabeth Jarrell Church on Lick Creek, 3 miles from Louisa, and interment was made in the Wilson Cemetery near there under direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Mrs. Wilson is survived by her husband, 3 sons, Arthur, Ora, and Jay Wilson, all of Louisa, route 1, one sister, Mrs. Bill Jordan of Beaver, OH, and 5 grandchildren, Phoebe Mahala Wilson, Woodrow Wilson, Teenie Wilson, Lina Muriel Wilson and Thelma Wilson. Big Sandy News, Friday, Feb 9, 1940

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BELLOMY,
The infant daughter of Mr. and Mar. Walter Bellomy of near Prichard, WV, died Wednesday afternoon in a Louisa hospital, 12 hours after birth. The body was returned to Prichard for interment and the mother remains, a patient in the hospital here. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 1, 1940

BELLOMY, Shirley (Bowen)
Mrs. Shirley Bowen Bellomy, 29, wife of Walter Bellomy of near Prichard, WV, died Monday afternoon in a Louisa hospital after a 10 day illness of pneumonia and complications. Deceased was a daughter of Allen and Bytha Davis Bowen of Prichard, WV and she had been a member of the Hubbardstown Methodist Church for 4 years. Funeral was conducted at Prichard Wednesday afternoon. Surviving besides the parents and husband are a daughter, Sue Ann at home, a sister, Naoma Bowen, Prichard, WV and 2 brothers, Ross Bowen, Portsmouth, OH and Russell Bowen, of Prichard, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 8, 1940

BRAINARD, William M.
W. M. Brainard, 83, well known citizen of the Dennis section, died Tuesday night at the home of his son in law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Dennie A. Rice, near Dennis. He had been ill for several weeks. Funeral rites will be conducted Friday morning at 10:30 from the Rice home and interment will be made in the Brainard family cemetery nearby. Mr. Brainard was born at Hanging Rock, OH, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Brainard, Sr., He had resided in this county for many years, and had operated  sawmills in this section and in the Beaver Creek section of Floyd County. He had been a member of the Baptist Church for many years. Surviving are 3 sons, Rev. D. L. Brainard of Elizabethtown, TN, one time pastor of the Louisa Baptist Church, Hobart Brainard of Dayton, OH, Naaman Brainard of Dennis, KY, 2 daughters, Mrs. Dennis A. Rice of Dennis, KY and Mrs. J. H. Frazier, Dennis, KY; 2 brothers, Charles Brainard of Rush, KY and George Brainard of Matewan, WV. His wife, Mrs. Lucy White Brainard, died 8 years ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 1, 1940

CARTER, William L.
William L. Carter, 65, native of Lawrence County, died Mar 12 at his home on Fallen Timber, Scioto County, OH following an illness of 3 weeks of influenza. He moved to Ohio 6 years ago. The body was returned to this county for interment in the family cemetery Thursday. Surviving are his wife, Sarah, 3 daughters, Mrs. Harlan Conkel of Beaver, OH, route 3, Mrs. Elizabeth Reeves of Lucasville, OH, route 4, and Mrs. Ethel Hayton of Lucasville, OH, route 3; 2 sons, Allen and George Carter, at home and a brother, Joseph Carter of Lawrence County. Big Sandy News, Friday Mar 15, 1940

CARTMELL, Mary (Workman)
Mary Workman Cartmell, 56, wife of J. S. Cartmell, died Thursday of last week at the Cartmell home on R. F. D. 2, Ashland after an illness of one week. Mrs. Cartmell was born in West Virginia, a daughter of Ramsey and Elizabeth Burchett Workman, and had lived in Boyd County for 4 years. Her husband, is caretaker of the Dixon cemetery near Ashland. The body was returned to this county and taken to Morgan Creek, where funeral rites were conducted at the Morgan Creek Church near Yatesville Sunday with Rev. Henry Sturgell officiating. Mrs. Cartmell formerly resided on Morgan Creek. Surviving are her husband, J. S. Cartmell; 4 daughters, Mrs. Claude Ireson, route 2, Ashland, Mrs. James Kirk, Hoods Creek Pike, Mrs. William Kretzer, Van Lear, KY, and Miss Ella Cartmell, at home; 4 sons, Adon and James Cartmell, both of Logan, WV, Robert Cartmell, Westwood, and Bert Cartmell, Van Lear, KY; 2 brothers, George and John Workman, both of Yatesville; one sister, Mrs. Virgie Bailey, route 2, Louisa and 19 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Friday Mar 29, 1940

CASTLE, Harry G.
Harry G. Castle, 77, of Louisa, a veteran of the Spanish-American War, dropped dead of a heart attack early Thursday morning in front of the Louisa Department Store on Madison Street. Mr. Castle was enroute from the post office to Bob Vinson's Radio Shop when he was stricken. Persons who saw him crumple to the street called an ambulance and he was rushed to the Riverview hospital but was dead before arriving. A son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Winfield Castle, he was born and reared near the mouth of Reuben Branch on Lick Creek, where he resided most of his life. He had resided in Louisa the past 4 years. Funeral arrangements have not been made pending word from sons who live at distant points. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 1, 1940

CASTLE, Missouri
Mrs. Missouri Castle, 81, native Lawrence Countian, died Friday at the home of a son, Bennie Castle of the Louisa road section, near Catlettsburg, where she had resided for a number of years. Funeral was conducted Sunday at the United Baptist Church in Catlettsburg with Rev. W. C. Pierce officiating and interment was made in the Neal Cemetery at England Hill. Surviving are 5 sons, John, Benny, and Ulysses Castle all of Catlettsburg, George and Will of Gallup, KY; 3 daughters, Mrs. Hester Miles and Mrs. Viola Mullins both of Catlettsburg and Mrs. Hazel Bell of Richardson, KY, 4 brothers, Ed Boyd of Catlettsburg, George of Richardson, KY, Nalle of Ulysses, KY and Anderson of Van Lear, KY and one sister, Mrs. Emma Marcum of Matewan, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday Mar 1, 1940

CLARKSON, John H.
John H. Clarkson, 83, retired farmer, died Thursday of last week at his home near Busseyville of infirmities of age complicated by pneumonia. Funeral was conducted at the home Friday with Rev. William W. Moore officiating. He is survived by a brother, Frank Clarkson, of Brighton, CO, a sister, Mrs. Belle Carter, of Busseyville; 4 daughters, Mrs. Henry Carter of Ashland, KY and Mrs. J. F. Nolan, Busseyville, Mrs. Grover Adams, Aflex, KY an Mrs. Harrison Ferrell of Adams, KY and 3 sons, Hilbert, Efford and Clifford Clarkson, all of Busseyville. Big Sandy News, Friday Mar 29, 1940

CONLEY, Milton F.
1868-1940
Milton F. Conley, 71, founder of The Big Sandy News and for many years cashier of the Louisa National Bank, died Thursday, Feb 29, at the home in Louisa of his sister, Mrs. C. O. McDougle. Mr. Conley who in recent yeas had resided in Roanoke, VA, came to Louisa, Feb 17 to visit his sister. He was stricken Friday morning with an attack of angina pectoris, a disease from which he had suffered for 6 years, and since Friday had suffered recurrent attacks. Death, which came Thursday morning, at 5 was ascribed to congestive heart failure. A son of the late Asa J. and Elizabeth Leslie Conley, he was born in Louisa, Jun 13, 1868, and had resided here practically all of his life. In September 1885 at the age of 18 he and L. Boyd Ferguson bought from the late Col. W. O. Johnson the Lawrence County Index, a paper established in 1883 and changed the name to The Big Sandy News. Mr. Conley 18 months later purchased Ferguson's interest and continued as publisher of The News until 1935. He aided in establishing the Louisa National Bank in 1904 and served as cashier until 1934. Appointed by Governor W. J. Fields in 1925, he served as chairman of the State Board of Charities and Corrections in Frankfort from 1925 to 1931, serving during the Fields Administration and 2 years of the Sampson administration. He also served a tern as postmaster in Louisa. He had been a member of the M. E. Church South for ?? years and served from many years as a member of the board of stewards of the Louisa Church. Surviving are the wife, Mrs. Willie Burgess Conley, 2 daughters, Mrs. B.H. Maben of Roanoke, VA and Mrs. R. P. Wood of Chicago, IL; a son, Niel B. Conley of Plainfield, NJ and a sister, Mrs. C. O. McDougle of Louisa. Funeral service will be conducted Saturday morning at 11 from the McDougle residence on Lock Avenue here with Bishop U. V. W. Darlington of Huntington, officiating, and interment will be made in Pine Hill Cemetery overlooking Louisa. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 1, 1940

COOKSEY, Grant
Grant Cooksey, 71, well known farmer of the Cooksey Fork of Catt near Dennis, died at his home there Saturday a week after suffering a third stroke. He had been ill for several weeks. Funeral rites were conducted Sunday afternoon at the Dennis Church with Rev. Jim Harvey and Rev. Lloyd Jordan officiating. Deceased was a member of the Methodist Church. He was a son of the late Andy and Mary Wellman Cooksey and was born at Dennis. Surviving are 2 sons, Leander Cooksey, Hitchens, KY and Labe Cooksey, Catlettsburg, KY. His wife, Patsy Combs Cooksey, died several years ago. Big Sandy News, Friday Mar 22, 1940

COX, Corilda (Griffith)
1872-1940
Mrs. Corilda Griffith Cox, 78, wife of Marion Cox, died Sunday morning at her home near Blaine of complications incident to advanced age. Deceased was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Abe Griffith and was born on Caines Creek, Mar 3 or 8, 1872. Funeral was conducted Monday on Tarklin with the Rev. Hubert Cantrell officiating. She had long been a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving besides the husband are 4 daughters, Mrs. Josie Skaggs, Ayersville, KY, Mrs. Ollie Slone, Mazie, KY, Mrs. Mollie McDowell, Cordell, kY, and Mrs. Bertie Barnes, Catlettsburg, KY and 2 sons, James McDowell, Hilliards, OH and Asbury Cox of Blaine, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday Mar 22, 1940

CRABTREE, Carrie (Workman)
1879-1940
Mrs. Carrie Workman Crabtree, 60, died Saturday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Rufus Andrews, in Catlettsburg. She was born in Wayne County, WV, Oct 25, 1879, a daughter of Alfred and Hester Bowman Workman and had resided in Catlettsburg for 30 years. She is survived by her husband, Hiram Crabtree; 3 daughters, Mrs. Harold Jarrel of Kenova, Mrs. Andrews, of Catlettsburg and Mrs. L. J. Crotts, of Durham, NC; 2 sons, Hiram, Jr. of Catlettsburg and George of Huntington and a sister, Mrs. Jessie Holbrook, Louisa. Big Sandy News, Friday Mar 29, 1940

CUMPTAN, E. E.
E. E. Cumptan, 53, Fort Gay, painter and contractor died at his home in Fort Gay Tuesday morning after an illness of 6 weeks. Mr. Cumptan was born at Ulysses, KY, a son of the late Napoleon and Julia Boyd Cumptan. Funeral rites were conducted Thursday afternoon at 2 in the Fort Gay Methodist Church with the pastor, Rev. Sam Wellman, officiating, and interment will be made in the Beaire Cemetery near Fort Gay. Surviving are the wife, Mrs. Bessie Cumptan, 3 daughters Mrs. James M. Rowe and Mrs. Hurston Spencer, both of Huntington, WV and Mrs. John Artrip of Logan, WV; one son, Ernest Cumptan of Fort Gay, WV, and a sister, Mrs. Ranson Preston of Ulysses, KY, and a brother, Fred Cumptan of Chesapeake, OH. Big Sandy News, Friday Mar 8, 1940

CYRUS, Fannie
Mrs. Fannie Cyrus, 78, widow of the late Bill Cyrus, was returned to Lawrence County last week and interred in the Buchanan Chapel Cemetery near Zelda. Funeral was conducted there last Friday. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 22, 1940

DAVIS, Brack
Brack Davis, 53, died Sunday night at his home at Ulysses after an illness of one year. Funeral rites were conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2 from the home with the Rev. Dave Al Hayes officiating and interment made in the Davis Cemetery. Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Ella Lyon Davis, his wife, Mrs. Hattie Charles Davis; 3 sons, Willie, Fannie and Arthur Davis, all of Ulysses, 4 daughters, Misses Monnie, Marie, Kathleen and Louise, all at home; one sister, Mrs. Cecil Miller of  Louisa, route 1, and 4 brothers, Edgar, Bascom, John and Charles Davis all of Ulysses. Big Sandy News, Friday Mar 15, 1940

DIALS, Albert "Shorty"
Albert "Shorty" Dials, aged about 60, died suddenly at his home on Laurel near Blaine Sunday afternoon. Stricken suddenly by a heart attack, Mr. Dials slumped over and expired in a few moments. A son of the late Alexander "Little Alex" Dials and Margaret Dickerson Dials, he was  born and reared on Laurel. Having engaged in the poultry business a number of years, part of the time in Louisa, Mr. Dials was widely known in this section Surviving are his wife, a daughter, Mrs. Sadie Sparks of near Blaine, 2 sons, Ralph Dials of Ohio and Richard Dials of near Blaine and 2 sisters, Mrs. Tennie Williams of Ashland, KY and Mrs. Hubert Lyons of Blaine. Big Sandy news, Friday, Mar 15, 1940

FARRA, Winfield Washington
Winfield Washington Farra, 63 year old, died at his home in Wayne, WV, Mar 19. Mr. Farra was stricken with paralysis 19 days before his death. He was born at Dunlow, Sep 6, 1876, the son of John and Mary Raines Farra. He was married Sep 11, 1898 at Louisa, KY, to Emma Browning. Mr. Farra was a member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge. He is survived by the widow and the following children. Mrs. Emmett Farrell of Ironton, OH, Mrs. W.R. Carter of Holden, Mrs. W. R. Brewer of Hetzel; Harper Farra of Wilsondale, and Lace Farra of Wayne, one sister, Mrs. G. W. Lovins of Dunlow, 23 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Friday Mar 29,1 940

FERGUSON, Rebecca
Mrs. Rebecca Ferguson, 84, died Thursday of last week at the home of her son, Harry Ferguson in Huntington. Funeral rites were conducted at the Ferguson home in Huntington last Saturday with Rev. J. A. Wright and Rev. J. H. Dawson officiating. and the body was returned to Fort Gay and interred in the Frasher Cemetery near Fort Gay. Big Sandy News, Friday Mar 1, 1940

FINNEY, Lucinda Karen (Powell)
Mrs. Lucinda Karen Powell Finney, 85, highly respected lady of Buchanan, route 1, died Wednesday at her home in Boyd County after a 3 day illness. Mrs. Finney was the daughter of Burr Powell native of North Carolina and Nancy Smith Powell of Prichard, WV. She had been a member of the Kavanaugh Chapel Methodist Church since 14 years of age. Funeral will be conducted Friday afternoon at 1 from the Kavanaugh Chapel and burial will be made there. Harold and Joe Finney former students of the Louisa High School are great grandsons of the deceased. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 8, 1940

FYFFE, Arbie
Arbie Fyffe, 16, of Keaton, a senior in the Flat Gap high school, died Tuesday of last week in the Paintsville Clinic of blood poisoning developing from an injured arm sustained in a fall while skating on the ice. Although the skin was unbroken blood poisoning developed within a few days. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Parlie Fyffe of Keaton and a nephew of Mrs. Jim Skaggs and Mrs. Herb Skaggs of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Friday Mar 1, 1940

GRANT, Rhoda Hatcher (Turpin)
Fort Gay, WV, Mar 27--Mrs. Rhoda Grant, 93, widow of the late John Grant, died early yesterday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. D. M. Wellman, on Tabors Creek, near here. Funeral rites were conducted this afternoon from the Tabors Creek  Baptist church of which the deceased was a member and interment was made in the Wellman family cemetery. Mrs. Grant is survived by a daughter, Mrs. D. M. Wellman, Fort Gay, WV, route 1, 3 sons, Van Hatcher and Eli Hatcher, both of Kermit, WV and Albert Hatcher of Fort Gay, WV route 1 and a sister, Mrs. Eliza Akers of Summers County, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 29, 1940

GRIFFITH, Robert
Robert Griffith, 67, retied Lawrence County farmer, died Monday night at the home of a daughter, Mrs. George Griffith in Reynoldsburg, OH after an illness of 4 years of heart disease. The body was returned to Lawrence County Tuesday in the Curtright funeral car and taken to his former home on Brushey where funeral rites were conducted Wednesday morning from the Burton school house and interment was made in the Griffith family cemetery. A son of the late Milton and Jane Boggs Griffith, Mr. Griffith was born in the Caines Creek section and operated a farm on Brushey until moving to Ohio 2 and a half years ago. Besides his wife, he is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. George Griffith, Reynoldsburg, OH and Mrs. Hubert Bishop of Plain City, OH; 2 sisters, Mrs. John M. Boggs and Mrs. Lonnie Sturgell, both of the ?? section; and 4 brothers, John and James Griffith of Blaine, Ha??? Griffith of Hannah, KY and Sherman Griffith of Martha, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday Mar 15, 1940

HORTON, Lee
Lee Horton, 64, wealthy landowner and livestock farmer of the Bells Trace section, was found dead in his home Friday of last week by Ivan Busch of Sand Hill, who had gone to the Horton home for a load of corn and to return a book which he had borrowed from Mr. Horton. Mr. Busch found the body on the floor of a bed room. A coroner's jury summoned by John McDavid, Carter County magistrate, returned a verdict that Mr. Horton's death was due to a heart attack. Dr. D. J. Thompson, of Webbville, who examined the body, reported that death had possibly occurred 2 days before he was found. Mr. Horton had lived alone on his farm since the death of a brother, John Horton, Jan 1938. He was never married. Mr. Horton was one of the county's wealthiest farmers and possessed a large library. He was born and reared on the farm where he died and was a son of the late Dow and Mandy Coburn Horton. Funeral was conducted Sunday at the home with Judge Kiser of Olive Hill, and Rev. Harve Kelley officiating and interment was made in the family cemetery. He is survived by one brother, Jake Horton of Greenup, KY and a nephew, Charles Horton of Dennis, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 22, 1940

HOUCK, Samuel
Samuel Houck, 92, one of the oldest resident in Eastern Kentucky and father of John H. Houck, merchant at Houckville, died at his home in Grayson Monday following an illness of 2 weeks. Mr. Houck was a native of Lawrence County and had been a resident of the Grayson area since he was a young man. He and his wife, the former Miss Nellie Lewis of Willard, KY who died 2 years ago celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary 3 years ago. Mr. Houck made his home in Grayson with a sister, Miss Fannie Houck, who recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Grayson Christian Church with the Rev. William A. O??  of Oldtown, KY and the Rev. Mr. H??   officiating. Burial was in the Grayson Memorial park cemetery. Surviving  in addition to the sister are 3 daughters, Mrs. Betty Keyes of Iron Hill, KY, Mrs. Minnie Fairchild of Portsmouth, OH and Mrs. Sidney Young of Webbville, KY; 4 sons, Ison H. Houck and Isiah Houck of Grayson, J. H. Houck of Houckville, KY and J. R. Houck of Samuels, ID and more than 100 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Friday Mar 22, 1940

HOWARD, Joe
Joe Howard, 62, ex-service man during the Mexican trouble, died Feb 23 at his home near Lowmansville. His wife, Mrs. Phoebe Hall Howard, died in 1911. Big Sandy News, Friday Mar 15, 1940

JACKSON, Monroe
Kermit, WV--Monroe Jackson, 31, of Middle Burning Creek died in a Williamson hospital Tuesday of injuries sustained when struck in the head by a falling trolley pole at the Earlston Coal Company mines opposite Kermit in Martin County. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 1, 1940

JOHNSON, Okey
Okey Johnson, 3 month old son of Robert and Edith Hooser Johnson of Prichard, WV, died Saturday morning. Funeral was conducted Sunday from the Smith Methodist Church in Prichard with Rev. Roy Bellomy officiating. Surviving besides the parents are 2 brothers, James and Earl at home. Big Sandy News, Friday Mar 29, 1940

JUSTICE, Jeff
1873-1940
Jeff Justice, 66, Chesapeake & Ohio Railway telegraph operator here for 42 years, died suddenly at his home on Lady Washington Street Tuesday morning between 8:30 and 9  o'clock. Mr. Justice had worked at his post in the passenger depot here the night before, going off duty at  11 p.m. After returning home, he read the evening paper for a few minutes  and then retired as usual but when Mrs. Justice called him for breakfast the next morning he did not answer and she went to his room fining him dead in bed. He evidently had been dead only a few minutes, physician said, after examining the body. Louisans and his many friends elsewhere not only were shocked, but saddened when his death was reported. He had resided here practically all his life and was widely known as a substantial and highly respected citizen. He had not been seriously ill but had complained of a stomach distress for a few days before his sudden passing. Mr. Justice was born in Louisa Apr 16, 1873 and resided here all of his life except for a 4 year period from 1894 to 1898 when he served as C & O agent at Whitehouse. He was a son of the late Sam B. and Errie Carey Justice and had long been a member of the Apperson Masonic Lodge of Louisa and the Order of Railway Telegraphers. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Addie Wessell Justice, a native of Ironton, OH, 2 sons, Clifford Justice of St. Helens, CA and Arthur Justice of Vallejo, CA and one sister, Mrs. Hannah Waldeck, of Louisa. A third son, Earl Justice, died a number of years ago. Mr. Justice was eligible to retire with pay last year but preferred to remain at this post here. He had served from 1895 to 1915 as C & O agent in Louisa, and had served since 1915 as telegraph operator here, working the second shift in recent years. Funeral rites will be conducted Sunday afternoon at 2:30 from the Louisa Methodist Church at the corner of Main Cross and Madison Streets with the pastor, Rev. S. W. Funk and the pastor of  the First Methodist church, Rev. C. F. Froderman, officiating and interment will be made in Pine Hill Cemetery here under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. The Apperson Masonic Lodge of Louisa will conduct their ritual at the interment. Time of the funeral was delayed until it became known when the sons in California would arrive. They are scheduled to arrive late Friday or early Saturday. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 1, 1940

KANE, Edwin(Steuart)
Mrs. Edwin Steuart Kane, 86 years old, widow of James Prichard and Mr. Kane, died Feb 19 at the home of her niece, Mrs. S.P. Hager of Huntington, with whom she had resided for several years. Mrs. Kane had been in failing health for some time, but her condition died not become critical until a few days before her death. She was born at Columbia, OH and was married to Mr. Prichard Aug 10, 1870. They resided at Prichard, Wayne County, until his death in 1910 and Mrs. Prichard continued to live there for several years. She was married to Mr. Kane in 1919. They traveled most of the time, but made their permanent residence at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hager. Mr. Kane died Jul 10, 1939. Mrs. Kane maintained her membership in the Prichard Methodist Church. She was educated by governesses and attended mt. Notre Dame Academy at Reading, OH. She is also survived by her sister, Mrs. John Northington Smith, 91 years old, who also resided at the Hager home; her niece, Mrs. Hager, and several great nieces and great nephews. Funeral services were conducted at the Hager residence with burial in Spring Hill Cemetery, Huntington. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 1, 1940

LAMBERT, James Calvin
James Calvin Lambert, 25 years old son of Mr. and Mrs. James T. Lambert of Wayne, died Mar 16 in a Huntington hospital after a brief illness. Mr. Lambert became ill while employed as a guard in a state prison camp near Baker, Hardy County, where he had been employed for the past 5 months. When his condition failed to improve, he resigned his position and came to his home in Wayne, Mar 4 and was removed to a hospital Mar 13. It was announced that his death was caused by kidney trouble and complications which caused his lungs to collapse. Big Sandy News, Friday Mar 29, 1940

LAND, Jack O.
1901-1940
Jack O. Land, 39, passed away at the home of his mother, Mrs. Janie Land in Louisa Monday shortly before noon after a long invalidism. Deceased was born at Whitehouse Jan 30, 1901, a son of Mrs. Janie Land and the late William S. Land. He had resided in Louisa since removing here with his family 34 years ago. He formerly was employed by the C & O Railway Company here. Funeral rites were conducted Wednesday afternoon at the home with Rev. S. W. Funk, pastor of the Louisa Methodist Church, officiating, and interment was made in Pine Hill Cemetery here under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. A large crowd attended the rites. Pallbearers were Robert Vinson, Jr., Mack Crutcher, Jim Ferguson, Zeb Heston, Henry Webb and Ernest Wellman. Surviving besides the mother are 2 sisters, Mrs. G. R. Kennedy of El Paso, TX and Miss Nancy Land, stenographer in the Louisa National Bank, a brother, Edward Land, clerk in the Lawrence Drug Store here. The father died many years ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 22, 1940

LEMASTER, Sarah (Scarberry)
1855-1940
Mrs. Sarah Lemaster, 86, former resident of the Whitehouse section, died Monday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Charles Nichols in Catlettsburg. Mrs. Lemaster was a native of Wise County, VA, moving to this section early in life. She had been a member of the United Baptist Church for 40 years. Funeral was conducted Tuesday and the body was brought to this county for interment Wednesday near Whitehouse. Surviving are 8 sons, C. F. Lemaster, Fort Gay, WV, Sanford Lemaster, Springfield, OH, Jasper Lemaster, Fort Gay, Charles Lemaster, Potter, KY, Oscar Lemaster, Beaver, OH, Thurman Lemaster, Whitehouse, KY, Millard Lemaster, Huntington, WV, and John Lemaster, Wheelwright, KY; 2 daughters, Mrs. Laura Chandler, Chandlersville, KY and Mrs. Nichols of Ashland, Big Sandy News, Friday Mar 22, 1940

LEMASTER, Wash
Sandy Hook, KY--Mar 28--Wash Lemaster, 87, died Sunday at the home of a brother, Jack Lemaster, where he had come for a few days earlier for a visit. He is survived by 2 other brothers, France of Sideway and James of Newfoundland and 2 sisters, Mrs. Rachel Cox of Topeka, KS and Mrs. Mary Wagoner of Newfoundland, KY. Funeral was held Tuesday and interment made in the Barker cemetery at Sinking. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 29, 1940

LIKENS, Edward R.
1850-1940
Edward R. Likens, 89, years old, retired farmer and resident of Huntington for 12 years, died Wednesday night at the home of a son, O. J. Likens near Huntington. Mr. Likens was born in Lawrence County, KY, Oct 28, 1850, a son of the late John and Mary Anna Deane Likens. The body is at the Cavendish Funeral Home pending completion of funeral arrangements. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Ironton, OH. the son is the only survivors. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 1, 1940

MARTIN, Davis, Jr.
Davis Martin, Jr., of Catlettsburg, widely known real estate expert and auctioneer, died Sunday morning in a Huntington hospital where he had been a patient for 2 weeks suffering from a pulmonary abscess. He suffered a relapse Sunday after apparently being well on the way to recovery. Funeral rites were conducted Tuesday at the home and burial was made in the Catlettsburg Cemetery  with the Hampton Masonic Lodge conducting their ritual. Mr. Martin was born in Catlettsburg, a son of Mrs. Charity Burgess Martin and the late Davis Martin Sr., natives of this county. During the World War he served in the U. S. Justice Department with headquarters in Charleston, WV where he married Mrs. Frances Kenna, widow of Edward R. Kenna. Later he was connected with federal land banks in Louisville and New Orleans, but his most recent work was adjustor for the Federal Farm Security Administration. He organized and served as president of the Realty Auction Company of Huntington. Mr. Martin's ability as an auctioneer and real estate evaluator won recognition  in a number of states. He was one of Catlettsburg's, most popular citizens, a member of the Presbyterian Church, member of the Hampton Masonic Lodge and the Catlettsburg Rotary Club, Etc. Besides his wife, he is survived by his aged mother, a daughter and step son, a half brother, John Martin also of Catlettsburg. Big Sandy News, Friday Mar 15, 1940

MCCLOUD, Irvin
Fort Gay, WV, Mar 5--The body of Irvin McCloud, 65, who was fatally injured in an automobile wreck at Rittman, OH, Friday night of last week, was returned here Monday for interment. McCloud died Friday night, in a Rittman hospital 40 minutes after being injured in the wreck. He was born and reared on Tabors Creek near Fort Gay and moved to Rittman, OH, 16 years ago. He was an employee of the Ohio Box Board Company. Funeral rites were conducted Wednesday afternoon in the Tabors Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Noah Chaffin officiating. Deceased was a member of the Woodmen of the World and Junior Order of United American Mechanics. He is survived by his parents, Dad.?? He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Ed Massie of Lodi, OH and 4 brothers, Melvin McCloud, Ceredo, WV, Elbert McCloud, Mexico City, MO, Albert McCloud of Fort Gay and Pearlie McCloud of Fort Gay, route 1, Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 8, 1940

MEADE, Nathan
1878-1940
Nathan Meade, 61, of Richardson, died early Sunday in a hospital in Lexington.  The body was returned to Lawrence county Wednesday in the Curtright funeral car and taken to the home at Richardson.  Funeral rites will be conducted at the Richardson church Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock with Rev. Charles Preston officiating, and interment will be made in a cemetery there.  Mr. Meade is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lida Borders Meade; two daughters, Mrs. Victor Tackett, Jonancy, KY, and Mrs. Fred Castle, of Hemphill, WV; four sons, Wilson, Robert, Homer and Rhome Meade, all of Richardson; one sister, Mrs. Dollsie Dobbins, of Gallup, and a brother, Will Meade, also of Gallup. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 1, 1940

MILLER, Stanton
1878-1940
Stanton Miller, 62, well known Lawrence County school teacher and farmer, died Monday morning at his home at Charley after an illness of several months. Mr. Miller had been rural teacher in Lawrence County for 40 years and was teaching his 41st school when ill health forced him to retired last October. His condition grew gradually worse and he had been seriously ill for a number of weeks. Funeral rites were conducted Wednesday morning at the home with Rev. S. B. Ball of Louisa officiating, and interment was made in the family cemetery. A large crowd attended the last rites, including a number of people from Louisa. Mr. Miller was one of the county's best citizens He was born at Charley in 1878, a son of the late Allen H. and Emma Thompson Miller, and had resided there all of his life. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Laura Pigg Miller; 2 sons, Clyde Miller of Ashland, KY and Carl Miller of Chicago, IL; and 4 brothers, Bascom, Minyard, and Allen Miller all of Charley, KY and Charley Miller of Accoville, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday Mar 29, 1940

NEW, John
John New, 71, retired farmer died Tuesday of last week at his home in Catlettsburg. He had resided in Catlettsburg for 20 years. Funeral was conducted in Catlettsburg and the body was returned to this county for interment in the family cemetery near Torchlight. Surviving are 2 daughters, Mrs. D. H. Hensley of Cincinnati, OH and Mrs. Eve Bishop, Ashland, 3 sons, Adam New of Harlan, KY, E. K. New of Chatteroy, WV, and Jessie New of Catlettsburg; 2 brothers, George New of Thacker, WV and Anse New of Majestic, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 15, 1940

PARKS, Robert H.
1857-1940
Fort Gay, WV, Mar 20, Robert H. Parks, 89, one of the oldest citizens of Wayne County, died early Sunday at his home near the forks of Big Hurricane Creek, 4 miles from here. Despite his age, he had enjoyed comparatively good health until becoming seriously ill 2 weeks ago. Funeral was conducted Tuesday at the home with Rev. John McComas and Rev. Henry Sturgell officiating and interment was made in the Lakin family cemetery on Big Hurricane Creek under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Mr. parks was born Apr 15, 1857, a son of the late Robert H. Parks and Nancy Buskirk Parks had resided in Wayne County practically all of his life. He was a life long member of the Methodist Church. Mr. Parks is survived by his aged wife, Mrs. Emoline Frazier Parks. They were married in 1872 and had lived together 68 years. Besides the wife, other survivors are 5 daughters, Mrs. Fletcher Smith, Mrs. Cal Roberts and Mrs.. Charles Thomas, all of Prichard, WV, route 1, Mrs. Mike Basenback of Huntington, WV, and Mrs. John Ratcliff of Broad Bottom, KY; 2 sons, Ed Parks of Greenup, KY and Harrison Parks of Huntington, WV; 3 brothers, John Parks, Seattle, WA, Charles Parks, Toronto, Canada and Will Parks, Troy, ID. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 22, 1940

PETERS, Jane (Music)
Mrs. Jane Music Peters, 71, widow of the late Jarred S. Peters, died Friday shortly afternoon in a Huntington hospital where she had been a patient for a week. Funeral rites were conducted from the First Methodist Church in Louisa Sunday morning at 10:30 with the pastor, Rev. C. F. Froderman and Rev. Wood of Huntington, officiating, and interment was made in the See Cemetery near Louisa under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Deceased was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jess Music and was born in Virginia. She came to Louisa with her parents when 6 years of age and had resided and nearby the remainder of her life. Mrs. Peters was a devout member of the Methodist Church and was highly respected and beloved by all who knew her. She is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. Charles York, Louisa and Mrs. Pinson of Louisa and Logan, WV, a step daughter, Mrs. A. T. Shannon of Louisa, 4 sons, Wetsel Peters, Fort Gay, WV, Dover J. and Lakin Peters of Huntington, WV and Herbert Peters of Louisa; 2 stepsons, Frank and Millard Peters of Clifford, KY and 3 brothers, John and Charles Music of Pocahontas, VA and William Music of Glenhayes, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday Mar 8, 1940

QUEEN, John H.
John W. Queen, 53, native of the East Fork section of this county, died Thursday of last week at his home near Waterloo, OH, where he owned and operated a farm. Funeral rites were conducted in the Methodist Church at Waterloo Sunday with Rev. A. M. Layne officiating and interment was made there under direction of the Phillips Funeral Home of Ironton. A son of the late Isaac and Hester Taylor Queen, Mr. Queen was born and reared at East Fork. He moved with his family to Ohio 27 years ago, purchasing a farm near Waterloo. He  is survived by his wife, Mrs. Nancy Queen, and the following children: Clara and Gladys Queen, at home, and Sherman Queen of Waterloo, OH; 4 brothers, George Queen of Glenwood, KY, Henry Queen, Columbus, OH, Richard Queen, Catlettsburg, KY and Millard Queen of Jackson, OH and one sister, Mrs. Jane H. Miller of Columbus, OH. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 22, 1940

QUEEN, Norman
Norman Queen, 35, died in a hospital at Lynch, KY, Mar 6, after a brief illness following an abdominal operation. Mr. Queen had been employed in the mines there since November. He is survived by the widow, Mrs. Dicie Queen, 2 children, Bernice and Bernard of Crum, WV; his father, William Queen of Dunlow, 4 sisters, Mrs. Zellie Moore of Bradshaw; Mrs. John Marcum of Whitman, Ada Queen at home; 3 brothers, Wetzel Queen of Bradshaw, Ersel and Thomas Queen of Dunlow. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. A. Perry of Wilsondale, with burial in Queens Ridge Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 22, 1940

RIFFE, Loudema (Wilson)
Mrs. Loudema Wilson Riffe, 79, widow of the late J. B. Riffe, died Friday night at her home at Cadmus after an illness of ten weeks. Mrs. Riffe was born in Carter County, a daughter of the late Isaac and Elizabeth Wilson. She resided in Louisa for many years and had been a devoted member of the Louisa Christian Church for more than 40 years. Mr. and Mrs. Riffe moved from Louisa to their farm near Cadmus in 1927. Mr. Riffe died in 1931. Surviving are 4 sons, Waite Riffe, merchant of Louisa, Damer Riffe of Yatesville, KY, H. D. Riffe, Cadmus, KY, and Austin Riffe of Van Lear, KY; a daughter, Mrs. Jess Hall, of St. Petersburg, FL, a sister, Mrs. Charles Cibby of Glenwood, KY; and 2 brothers, Marion Wilson of Ratcliff, KY and Lewis Wilson of Olive Hill, KY. A large crowd attended the funeral, which was conducted Sunday afternoon at the home at Cadmus with Rev. Roud Shaw, pastor of the Louisa Christian Church officiating. The body was brought to Louisa and interred in Pine Hill Cemetery after brief services at the grave, which were attended by a number of Louisans in addition to those who went to Cadmus. Big Sandy News, Friday Mar 15, 1940

RISTON, Harold H.
Harold H. Riston, 42, former resident of Fort Gay, was instantly killed when hit by a truck on U. S. Rout3 60 3 miles east of Montgomery in Kanawha county, WV Thursday night of last week. Riston was employed by the state as a filter man and was on duty when the accident occurred. He had gotten out of his automobile and was walking to a water supply station when hit by a truck owned by the United Laundry of Charleston and driven by a young under 16 years of age. He died instantly of a crushed skull. Funeral rites were conducted Sunday at Kingston, WV and interment was made there. Mr. Riston moved from Fort Gay 8 years ago. He is survived by his wife, the former Miss Ellie Raines, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Raines of the Mill Creek section. Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Raines and son, Elwood, attended the funeral at Kingston, Sunday. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 1, 1940

SAGRAVES, Proctor
1884-1940
Proctor Sagraves of Laurel, near Flat Gap, died at the Paintsville Clinic Monday, Mar 11. The cause of death was complications arising from an attack of flu. Funeral services were held at the home and burial was made in the home cemetery. He was never married. Big Sandy News, Friday Mar 22, 1940

SAMMONS, Myrtle (Fields)
Mrs. Myrtle Fields Sammons, 45, widow of the late Vinson Sammons, died Tuesday afternoon at her home in the Donithan section on Louisa route 2. Funeral was conducted Thursday morning from the home of a sister, Mrs. Jason Taylor of Louisa, route 2 with the Rev. E. Lambert officiating and interment was in the Fields family cemetery. Deceased was a daughter of the late Lewis and Mary Stepp Fields and was born at Laura, Martin County. She had been a member of the United Brethren Church for 29 years. Surviving are 4 daughters, Misses Gwendoline, Millard Ruth, and Imogene, all at home, and Mrs. Jack Wallace, Louisa, route 2, 5 sisters, Mrs. Jason Taylor and Mrs. Harry Carr, of Louisa, route 2, Mrs. Joe Wilson, Vanceburg, KY, Mrs. Robert Reed, Pike County, and Mrs. Harve Robertson, Inez, KY and 4 brothers, Bob Fields, Laura, KY, Anse Fields, Glenhayes, WV and Elden and Preston Fields of Wheelersburg, OH. Her husband was killed 6 years ago in a mine accident. Big Sandy News, Friday Mar 15, 1940

SCARBERRY, John
John Scarberry, 72, native Lawrence Countian, died last Friday at the home of a son, Hugh Scarberry at Whites Creek in Boyd County. Funeral was conducted Saturday at the son's home with the Rev. Joe James of Durbin. Surviving are the widow, 3 sons, Hugh and Elzie Scarberry, Whites Creek, Bert Scarberry, Boyd County and 4 daughters, Mrs. Virginia Pack and Mrs. Noah Thompson, both of Lawrence County, KY, Mrs. Victoria Bryan of Boyd County and Mrs. Myrtle Mullins of West Virginia. Big Sandy News, Friday Mar 8, 1940

SCARBERRY, Lucy Jane (Fraley)
1879-1940
Mrs. Lucy Jane Scarberry, 63, wife of William Scarberry, died Tuesday night at the Scarberry home near Georges Creek after an illness of a month. Funeral was conducted Thursday morning from the Little Ethel Baptist Church near Georges Creek with Rev. German Walters  and Rev. Ide Preston officiating and interment was made in the Preston Cemetery. She had been a member of the United Baptist Church for 38 years. Deceased was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Fraley and was born in the Blaine section. Surviving besides the husband are 2 daughters, Mrs. Oscar Blessing, Columbus, OH and Mrs. John M. Scarberry of Georges Creek, a son, Graden Scarberry of Columbus, OH, and a sister, Mrs. Julia Ann Robinett of Ohio. Big Sandy News, Friday Mar 22,  1940

SCOTT, Harriett (Sharp)
Mrs. Harriett Sharp Scott, 47, wife of Henry W. Scott of Lexington and a relative of the Borders, Preston and Vaughan families of this county, died in Good Samaritan Hospital in Lexington recently of burns sustained when she lighted the cooking stove in her home preparatory to commencing the evening meal. Her clothes caught fire, it is believed, when accumulated gas in the oven exploded. Her husband, an employee of Graves, Cox a& Company, was at work when the tragedy occurred. Funeral and interment was in Lexington. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 1, 1940

SHORT, Lou
Lou Short, 68, lifelong resident of this county, died early Friday at the home of a sister, Mrs. Damer Riffe near Yatesville. Mr. Short became ill shortly after midnight and died 3 hours later before a doctor could be summoned. He was a son of the late Samuel L. and Jane Frazier Short, natives of near Fort Gay, WV. Funeral was conducted Sunday morning at 10 from the Riffe home with Rev. Fred Vanhorn of Dennis, officiating, and interment made in the Riffe family cemetery. He is survived by 3 sisters, Mrs. Riffe, of Yatesville, Mrs. Keenis Chaffin of Louis, route 2, Mrs. Sam Boggs of Wurtland, KY and 3 brothers, William Short, Columbus, OH, George Short, Raceland, KY and Landon Short of Wurtland, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 1, 1940

SKAGGS, Ed H.
1865-1940
Injuries sustained Sunday afternoon in an automobile wreck near Isonville proved fatal in a Louisa hospital Wednesday morning to Ed H. Skaggs, 75, well known farmer of Skaggs. Mr. Skaggs died at 9 a.m. Wednesday of complications resulting from a fractured skull and other injuries. Rudolph Skaggs, 20, a relative of the elder Skaggs and driver of the car, sustained cuts and abrasions, about the head but was released from the hospital after receiving treatment. Enroute to their home from Sandy Hook on state route 32, the Skaggs car attempted to pass another car near Isonville. Rudolph Skaggs, driver, said that after he sounded his horn, the other car pulled to the right but then turned to the left apparently to turn off on the Little Fork road. Sideswiping of the cars caused the Skaggs car to go over the end of a bridge and down an embankment. The accident took place near the home of ?????? and Mr. Wheeler's son brought the injured couple to the hospital here. Leonard Slone, of Ashland, driver of the other car, stopped, but his car was not badly damaged, and he later continued on his way. The Skaggs had been to Sandy Hook to take John L. Lester, Mr. Skaggs grandson, that far on his way back to school at Morehead. Funeral for Mr. Skaggs will be conducted Friday morning at 11 from the home at Skaggs and interment will be made in the family cemetery there. The body will be taken from the Curtright Funeral Home to Skaggs at 12:30 Thursday. A son of the late Martin and Betsy Fyffe Skaggs, Mr. Skaggs was born at Skaggs, Jul 4, 1865 and had resided there practically all his life. He had been an elder in the church of Jesus Christ for 40 years. He was married to Miss Levisa Lyon Aug 2, 1888 and they had celebrated their golden wedding anniversary 2 years ago. Mrs. Skaggs survived him. Also surviving are 2 sons, Dr. J. E. Skaggs, Neon, KY and M. Earl Skaggs, Terryville, KY, a daughter, Mrs. Parish Sparks, Winchester, KY and a brother. L. H. Skaggs, Terryville, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday Mar 29, 1940

SMITH, George
George Smith, 55, farmer, died Tuesday of last week at his home near Cordell. Funeral was conducted Thursday. Surviving are 3 daughters, Mrs. Ivan Young, Mrs. Jay Vinson and Mrs. Robert Sloe, and 3 sons, Clyde, Luther and Cline Smith. Big Sandy News, Friday Mar 29, 940

SMITH, Lindy
Malnutrition or slow starvation is believed to have played a part in the death of Mrs. Lindy Smith, 66, at her home on the head of Vinson Branch Wednesday of last week, according to Justice  of the Peace O. C. Atkins, who conducted an inquest Thursday. A neighbor reported he had visited the home, a one room boxed house, the day before she died and said that the only food in the house was a box of soda. He said he gave Mr. and Mrs. Smith a small amount of money to buy food. Mrs. Smith died the next morning while the husband was away at the store, and he found her body when he returned with a supply of food. The coroner's jury summoned by Mr. Atkins returned a verdict that death was due to a heart attack. They had no children. The husband formerly was employed on a WPA project. Mr. Atkins said he was told, but had not worked recently. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 22, 1940

SMITH, Mary (Crabtree)
Mrs. Mary Crabtree Smith, 57, wife of William Smith and a native of near Fort Gay, died Sunday at her home at Chattaroy, WV, after a long illness of heart disease. The body was returned to Fort Gay and funeral was conducted Tuesday at the Crabtree family cemetery near Fort Gay, where interment was made. Mrs. Smith was born near Fort Gay Jun 6, 1883, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Crabtree. She was a member of the Baptist Church. Surviving besides the husband, are the following children, Charles Smith of Radnor, WV, and Okie, Basil, Hubert, Cecil, Virginia, Gordon and Ivan Smith. Big Sandy News, Friday Mar 29, 1940

SPARKS, Laban T.
1859-1940
Laban T. Sparks, 80, widely known farmer and merchant of Martha, died at his home there last Friday morning. He had been ill for several weeks. Born at Martha Nov 27, 1859, he was a son of the late Levi J. and Mary Gambill Sparks, members of the early Lawrence County families. He resided at Martha all of his life and had operated a general merchandise store for 41 years. Early in life he operated a cooper shop at Martha. He was one of the county's most substantial citizens and highly respected. The funeral which was conducted Sunday at the Church of God at Martha, was attended by hundreds of relatives and friends and was one of the largest rural funerals ever held in the county. Rev. Harman Johnson of Campton, and Rev. Asa Hay of Mazie, officiated at the rites and interment was made in the family cemetery. Six of his 7 sons acted as pall bearers. Mr. Sparks had been active in church work for more than 50 years and in 1927 he built the Church of God at Martha. His first wife, Mrs. Emily Lyon died in 1903 and he later married Trinvilla Lester, who died in 1933. He is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. E. J. Fannin of Portsmouth, OH and Mrs. O. B. Kazee of Blaine, KY; 7 sons, Charles F. and Herman Sparks, both of Portsmouth, OH, Dr. H. H. Sparks of Louisa, Nelson T. and Edward Sparks, both of Martha and Claude E. and Paul E. Sparks both of Ashland, KY and 2 brothers, Dr. M. L. Sparks of Bloomington, NB and Dr. W. E. Sparks of Trench, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 22, 1940

THOMPSON, Mary Ruth
Mary Ruth Thompson, 3 months old daughter of Ward Thompson of Buchanan and the late Nancy Humble Thompson, died at Buchanan early Tuesday morning. Funeral was conducted at the Buchanan Chapel Methodist church with the pastor, Rev. R. N. O'Dell officiating and interment was made in the Buchanan Chapel Cemetery. The child's mother died Nov 28. Surviving are the father and a sister, Dorothy May. Big Sandy News, Friday, Mar 1, 1940

VAUGHAN, John L.
1848-1940
John L. Vaughan, 91, well known Lick Creek farmer and former sheriff of Lawrence County, died Thursday morning at 10:15 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Albert Caperton on Lick Creek, 3 miles south of Louisa. Mr. Vaughan, despite his advanced age, had enjoyed good health until a few months ago. In recent weeks he had suffered from a severe cold and had been confined to his home, but had nearly recovered. Death was attributed to infirmities and a heart attack. Born on Greenbriar Creek in Wayne County, WV, Apr 22, 1948, Mr. Vaughan was a son of the late Thomas and Minerva Walker Vaughan. He moved to Lawrence County about 50 years ago and resided for a while at Fallsburg, moving a few years later to Lick Creek where he purchased a farm. He served as sheriff by appointment from the late County Judge John H. Thompson and served for many years as deputy under various sheriffs. He had been a member of the Baptist Church most of his life and had served as superintendent of the Elizabeth Jarrell Baptist Church Sunday school near his home since the school was started nearly 54 years ago. Surviving are 3 sons, Dr. Claude Vaughan of Harrisburg, VA, A. J. Vaughan, Ironton, OH and John A. Vaughan of Louisa, route 2, 3 daughters, Mrs. Hannah Morgan of Greensboro, NC, Mrs. Carl Frasher of Fort Gay, WV, and Mrs. Albert Caperton of Louisa, route 2,. Funeral arrangements were incomplete at the time The News went to press, but will probably be held Sunday morning. Big Sandy News, Friday Mar 1, 1940

WHITE, Laura (Daniel)
Mrs. Laura Daniel White, 60, native of Charley, Lawrence County, died a few days ago in Floyd County. Surviving are 8 brothers, Johnnie Daniel, East Fork, KY, Harrison Daniel, Williamsport, KY, B. Daniel, Prestonsburg, KY, Jim Daniel, Lackey, KY, Everett Daniel, Garrett, KY, Willie Daniel, Garrett, KY, Charlie Daniel, Hindman, KY, Ershel Daniel, Garrett, KY, also 3 sisters, Mrs. Susie Wiley, Lackey, KY, Mrs. Pricie Fitch, Lackey, KY, and Mrs. Ham Spears, Ashland, KY; 2 children, Jay Scarberry, Shelby, KY and Vernie White, Garrett, KY and a number of grandchildren and a host of friends. Big Sandy News, Friday Mar 29, 1940

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ADKINS, Martha Jane (Parker)
Mrs. Martha Jane Adkins, 45, wife of George W. Adkins, of Louisa, route 1, died Monday midnight at the home on Meades Branch. She had been in failing health for a number of years but had been seriously ill only 3 weeks. Funeral was conducted Wednesday afternoon from the home with Rev. Dave Al Hayes and Rev. Arlie Blackburn officiating and interment made in the Neace Cemetery. Mrs. Adkins was born at Cordell, a daughter of the late John and Hester Cordle Parker. She had been a member of the Freewill Baptist Church for 12 years. Surviving besides the husband are 2 daughters, Miss Evelyn Adkins, at home and Mrs. Fred Bryant of Orient, OH; 5 sons, Earl Adkins of Louisa, route 1, and James, Junior, Ben R. and Willis all at home; 2 brothers, Arthur Parker, Stockdale, OH and Ben E. Parker, Prestonsburg, KY and 3 sisters. Big Sandy News, Friday Apr 12, 1940

ALLEY, John P.
1885-1940
Rev. John P. Alley, 84, member of a prominent pioneer Tug river family and for many years a resident of Williamson, WV, died Thursday night at the home of his brother, L. B. Alley, 2 miles north of Louisa. He had been ill for 6 months. Mr. Allen was born at Borderland, WV, Oct 21, 1885, a son of the late Peter H. and Sarah Stanley Alley, pioneer citizens of that section. He followed his trade of a blacksmith in Williamson for 40 years. After retiring from active work he moved to Kermit where he resided until the death of his wife 11 months ago. Since then he had made his home with relatives here. He was a minister of the Christian Church for 20 years and was universally esteemed and respected. Funeral rites were conducted Sunday morning in the Myrtle Chapel on Five Forks and interment was made in the L. S. Alley family cemetery nearby. Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Sarah Deskins of Borderland, WV, and 4 brothers, L. S. Alley, Louisa, Ben and H. B. Alley both of Borderland, WV and George Alley of Williamson, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday Apr 19,1 940

ALLEY, Millard P.
Millard P. Alley, 73, retired Ashland grocer, and a former resident of the Prichard, WV section, died Tuesday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Bertha Riddle in Ashland, after an illness of 2 weeks. The body was returned to Prichard, WV for interment in the Alley family cemetery on Thursday. Surviving are another daughter, Mrs. Goldie Schatz, Washington, D. C.; 4 sons, Lieutenant Colonel Edward C. Alley, dental corps, Untied States Army stationed at San Francisco, CA, Howard Alley, Baltimore, MD, 2 brothers, Wade H. Allen, Prichard and Alonzo Alley, Kenova. Big Sandy News, Friday Apr 12, 1940

BEAN, Eliza (Hatten)
1863-1940
Mrs. Eliza Hatten Bean, 77, widow of the late William Bean died Sunday afternoon at her home, Prichard, WV route 1 after a week's illness of pneumonia. Mrs. Bean was born near Prichard in 1863, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Hatten, pioneer residents of the section. She was a sister of the late "Kodaka" Hatten of Louisa and had been a member of the Methodist Church for 61 years. . Funeral rites were conducted Tuesday afternoon from the Shilo Church near Prichard and interment made in the family cemetery. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Virgil Hatten, Huntington, WV, 2 sons, J. T. and Henry Hatten, both of Prichard, WV route 2 and a brother, W. F. Hatten of Huntington, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 19, 1940

BERRY, Charles Edward
Charles Edward Berry, 63, of Putney, WV, died Friday Apr 12 at his home after a long illness. He is survived by his wife, and the following children. Mrs. Edith Mullens of Dunbar, WV, Mrs. Lillian Wolf of Tad, WV, Ruth, Peggy, Elnor Ann and Russell at home; one sister, Mrs. Ida M. Thompson, of Webbville, KY. He was the son of Dan Berry, formerly of Lawrence County and was buried at Sissonville, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 26, 1940

BRUMFIELD, Ella (Davis)
Mrs. Ella Davis Brumfield, 74, of Davis Branch, Wayne County, WV, died at her home Mar 23. She is survived by 3 daughters, Mrs. Robert Stone of Catlettsburg, Mrs. Prentice Plymale and Vilas Hoosier of Prichard, WV, a son, M. D. Brumfield of Akron, OH. Funeral services were conducted in the family cemetery on Davis Branch. Big Sandy News, Friday Apr 5, 1940

CAUDILL, John W.
Believed convalescing from injuries sustained in a recent automobile wreck, former Circuit Judge John W. Caudill, 58?, of Prestonsburg, died Wednesday night of last week in a Paintsville hospital. With his condition reported better, Judge Caudill died without warning from a blood clot in the cardiac region. Judge Caudill was born and raised at Hollybush, Knott County and educated at Transylvania College, Lexington. He moved to Prestonsburg in 1923 and entered into the practice of law and in 1933 was elected judge of the Floyd-Knott district, retiring last December. He was a leader in the I.O.O.F. Lodge, being a past grand master of Kentucky Odd Fellows and a representative to the sovereign grand lodge of the world. A member of the Baptist Church, he also took great interest in Sunday school and church work. He was kind and generous and known to thousands of Eastern Kentuckians. Funeral was conducted Friday in the Irene Cole Memorial Baptist Church in Prestonsburg. Judge Caudill, Oliver Stumbo, former Floyd circuit clerk, and John Allen of Prestonsburg, were in a car wreck in Morgan County 4 weeks ago. Judge Caudill and Mr. Stumbo were seriously injured and Mr. Stumbo remains a patient in the Paintsville hospital where it is fear he may not recover. Big Sandy News, Friday Apr 19, 1940

FRAZIER, Wayne
1867-1940
Wayne Frazier, 73, a native of this county, died last Friday at his hoe on Lick Creek near Williamson, WV. He was born in this county, Jan 17, 1867 and moved to Mingo County many years ago where he was a miner until retiring a few years ago. He was a member of the Baptist Church. The body was returned to this county and taken to Clifford where funeral was conducted Monday afternoon. Surviving are widow and the following children: Lark Frazier and Mrs. Violet Ball, both of Aflex, KY, Mrs. Nannie Branham of Kermit, Marie Frazier of Chicago, Lizzie Frazier, Mrs. Norman McCoy, Goldie Frazier and James Frazier, all of Williamson. He also leaves a brother, Taylor Frazier, of Ashland, KY and 2 sisters, Mrs. Emma Salmons and Nora Frazier, both of Clifford, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday Apr 12, 1940

HAYES, W. G.
1866-1940
W. G. Hayes, 73, native of Louisa, died Saturday at his home near Chillicothe, OH after an illness of three months of a heart disease. The body was returned to this county Monday and funeral was conducted from the Hayes family cemetery near Webbville Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Hayes was born in Louisa, Nov 21, 1866, a son of the late Andrew and Mahala Adams Hayes. He moved to Ohio in 1920. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Genoa Large Hayes; three daughters, Mrs. Eugene Higgans, Akron, OH, Mrs. Roscoe Daniels, Houckville, KY, and Mrs. Arthur Woods, Jackson, OH, two sons, Roy Hayes of Cleveland, OH, and Kay Hayes of New London, OH; and three sisters, Mrs. George Woods, of Enterprise, KY, Mrs. Charles Adams of Chillicothe, OH, and Mrs. Doug Adams of Irad, KY.

HEABERLIN, Walter
Walter Heaberlin, who was killed Mar 24 in a gas explosion in his home in Huntington, formerly was a resident of the Fallsburg section of this county. He moved to Huntington about 20 years ago. His wife, who survives him, is the former Miss Easter Collinsworth, sister of Jack Collinsworth of Fallsburg. Funeral was conducted in Huntington Tuesday of last week and interment made in Woodmere Cemetery there. Mr. and Mrs. Jack Collinsworth, of Fallsburg and Mr. and Mrs. Lindsey Collinsworth, of Louisa attended the rites. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 5, 1940

HOLBROOK, J. C. "Brack"
1856-1940
J. C. "Brack" Holbrook, 84, formerly of the forks of Blaine section, died Friday night of last week at his home in Greenup of complications and infirmities of age. He had been in ill health for several months. Scion of a pioneer family, Mr. Holbrook was born near the forks of Blaine in 1856, a son of the late John K. and Elizabeth Salyer Holbrook. His grandfather, John Holbrook, came from North Carolina in 1821 and settled at the Forks of Blaine. Deceased resided on the home farm until moving to Greenup in 1935. He served a term as road and bridge commissioner of Lawrence County and was one of the county's substantial citizens. He had been a devout member of the Enterprise Baptist Church for many years. Funeral rites were conducted at Greenup Sunday afternoon with REv. Silas Wright officiating. The body was returned to this county Monday and taken to the Holbrook homestead near the forks of Blaine for interment. Brief rites were conducted there by Rev. Hood Wallen, of Keaton, attended by a large crowd. A good citizen and generous neighbor, Mr. Holbrook was always ready to held in time of sickness or distress and his home at the forks of Blaine had shown hospitality to hundreds of visitors and travelers, endearing him to people in all walks of life. He is survived by a son, Dr. H. H. Holbrook of Greenup; 2 daughters, Mrs. Clyde Fraley of Greenup and Mrs. A. B. Evans of Ashland, a sister, Mrs. Eli Moore, of Cordell and a brother, Rev. Jesse H. Holbrook of Louisa. His wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Gambill Holbrook, died in 1938. She was an aunt of Mrs. L. D. Fyffe and Mrs. L. F. Wellman of Louisa and a sister of the late Dr. John Gambill, Sr., of Martha and Harry Gambill, Sr. of Blaine. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 26, 1940

HUNT, Dixie Lee
1889-1940
Mrs. Dixie Lee Hunt, 50 years old, who made her home with her half brother, J. Crit Banfield, of Huntington, died there Apr 16, after an illness of 5 days of pneumonia. Mrs. Hunt had been in bad health for several years. She was born Dec 31, 1889 at Fort Gay, but had spent most of her life in Huntington and was a former employee of the Elk Refining Co. She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Alice L. Banfield, a brotehr, E. G. Crum of Huntington, a daughter, Mrs. Alice R. Smith of Washington, and 3 children of Rialto, CA. Funeral services were conducted Friday at the home of Mr. Banfield, 99 Washington Avenue, with burial in Woodmere Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 26, 1940

JAMES, Eliza
Mrs. Eliza James, 48, of Dingess, WV, died Sunday in a Williamson hospital of injuries sustained Wednesday of last week in an automobile wreck on U. S. 52 near Crum, WV. Mrs. James was riding in a car driven by her husband, D. F. James, who was racing to the Crum station to catch N & W passenger train No. 19 on which he intended to ride to Prichard where he is employed as N & W telegraph operator. Mrs. James came with him to drive the car back home from Crum. Within half a mile of Crum station the car swerved to the side of the road and hit a telegraph pole with such force that the pole was broken in 2 places. The car was practically demolished. Mr. James escaped serious injury but Mrs. James suffered a brain concussion, hospital attaches at Williamson, said. Funeral for Mrs. James was conducted at Dingess Tuesay. Surviving in addition to the husband are a daughter, Mrs. Sadie Bowen of Huntington and a sister, Mrs. Dicie Jarrell of Inez, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday Apr 26, 1940

JAMES, Ireland
Ireland James, 50, prominent Williamson, WV business man and one time owner of a large Lawrence County farm, died Thursday of last week in a Williamson hospital after an illness of only a few days. Mr. James was born at Inez, KY and moved with his family to Williamson in 1900 where the family made a spectacular rise in various business ventures. He and his father and a brother established the James Motor Company there and later built a number of business buildings and dwellings. He was elected to the West Virginia Legislature in 1915 and served one term. In 1932 he purchased the farm of Dr. T. D. Burgess in this county and resided here for a time, later returning to Williamson. His first wife was Alice Vinson, sister of the late L. K. Vinson. She died in 1936. Funeral was conducted at Williamson and interment made in the family mausoleum in Fairview Cemetery, Williamson. Big Sandy News, Friday Apr 19, 1940

JORDAN, Joseph
1871-1940
Joseph Jordan, 62, native of this county, died Monday at his home in Ashland after an illness of 2 weeks. Born Jul 25, 1871 in Lawrence County, KY, he had been employed for 19 years at the old Ashland Firebrick Co. He retired 10 years ago because of failing eyesight. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Rosa Jordan; one son, Charles Edward Jordan, at home; 2 sisters, Mrs. Chester Davis and Miss Tennie Jordan both of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Friday Apr 26, 1940

KELLER, Fannie
Mrs. Fannie Keller, 72, died at her home in Williamsburg, OH, after a lingering illness. She is survived by the following sisters and one brother, Oliver Viers, of Prichard, WV, route 2, Mrs. J. D. Wilson of Coleman, WV, Mrs. Ben Booth and Mrs. Harry Blankenship of Mingo Junction, Mrs. Charley Hatten of Prichard, WV and a sister, of Richmond, VA. Burial was at Williamsburg. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 5, 1940

KELLER, W. W. "Worth"
W. W. "Worth" Keller, 82, native of Blaine, and a former merchant at Webbville, died Saturday at his home in Huntington after a long illness. Mr. Keller was born Sep 7, 1857 at Blaine, the son of John W. and Matilda Deane Keller. While a merchant at Webbville, he was a partner of H. N. Fisher, who now lives in Ashland. In 1881, he married Miss Sarilda Green, who died i n1910. A year later he married Miss Martha Reeves. His second wife die din 1930. Surviving are 3 sons, Fred B. Keller of Akron, OH, Flem R. Keller, of Catlettsburg and Grady C. Keller of Somerset, KY and 2 daughters, Mrs. Maxine Keller Bias, Huntington, WV and Mrs. Sallie Keller Isherwood of Charleston, WV.  Funeral services were conducted Monday at the Keller home at Huntington with the pastor of the Huntington Christian Church in charge. Burial was made in the Ashland Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday Apr 19, 1940

KEYES, Mrs. Robert
Mrs. Robert Keyes, 75, died Wednesday of last week at her home at Willard. Funeral was conducted Sunday at the Christian Church at Willard. Surviving are her husband, 3 daughters, Mrs. O. N. Pennington, Mrs. Edna Gollihue of Willard and Mrs. Eva Williams of Oak Hill, WV, and 4 sons, Hubert and George Keyes both of Whitesville, WV, Harry Keyes of John Runs, Carter county, KY and Carl Keyes of Willard. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 26, 1940

KINNER, Coon
1869-1940
Coon Kinner, 70, member of a pioneer Lawrence County family, died Friday at his home in Greenup, KY. He had been in failing health for the past few months but had been ill only a few days. Death, which came unexpectedly Friday afternoon at 4:20 was attributed to a heart attack. Mr. Kinner was born at the Kinner farm at the mouth of Blaine Dec 11, 1869, a son of the late Lafayette and Elizabeth Durney Kinner, pioneer residents of the Big Sandy section. Early in life he engaged in the timber business in this section and later was a member of the firm of Kinner & McCloskey, which constructed a part of the N & W railway up the West Virginia side of Big Sandy River. He subsequently engaged in pipe line construction work and assisted in building the Columbia lines from Warfield, KY, and Charleston, WV to Cincinnati and in construction of the gas pumping plant at Leach. He moved to Greenup about 1913 and became associated with his brother, Burgess Kinner, in the wholesale grocery and feed business, a partnership which continued until his death. The body was returned to the Kinner homestead in this county Sunday and funeral rites were conducted at the home of Fred Kinner at Catalpa Monday afternoon with Rev. S. W. Funk, pastor of the Louisa Methodist Church, officiating. Interment was made in the Kinner family cemetery at Catalpa under direction of Kilgore & Collier of Catlettsburg. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Edith Warnock Kinner, a daughter, Miss Helen Kinner of Washington, D. C. and 2 sons, Scott Kinner of Greenup and Jack L. Kinner of Atlanta, GA; one sister, Mrs. J. P. McCloskey of Columbia, KY and 3 brothers, Burgess and John D. Kinner of Greenup and Fred Kinner of Catalpa. Big Sandy News, Friday Apr 26, 1940

LEONA, Clara (Rowe)
Fort Gay, WV, Apr 20--Mrs. Clara Rowe Leona, 52, widow of the late Joseph Leona of Fort Gay, died early today at the home of her daughter, Mrs. F. A. Donley in Fort Gay. She had been ill 6 months. Funeral rites were conducted from the Methodist Church in Fort Gay with Rev. Sam Wellman and Rev. Addis officiating, and interment was made in the Leona family cemetery near Fort Gay. A daughter of Mrs. Rebecca Webb Rowe and the late Giles Rowe, Mrs. Leona was born and reared in Fort Gay. She had been a member of the Holiness church for 12 years. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. F. A. Donley of Fort Gay, a son, Charles Henton of Ironton, OH; 2 sisters, Mrs. Lucy Rowe of Saltpetre, WV and Mrs. Mary Bishop of Lodi, OH, and 4 brothers, Harrison and Frank Rowe of Fort Gay, Wade Rowe of Georges Creek, KY, and James Rowe of Potter, KY. Her husband, Joseph Leona died in 1935. Big Sandy News, Friday Apr 5, 1940

LOWE, Dova (Bolt)
Mrs. Dova Bolt Lowe, 72, native of the Bolts Fork section, died Monday of last week in Huntington Memorial Hospital. Funeral services were conducted in the Huntington Holiness church and burial made in Shady Rest Cemetery. Mrs. Lowe was born near Bolts Fork, the daughter of W. D. and Mary Curnutte bolt. For the past 3 years, she had lived with her daughter, Mrs. Bertha Thacker in Huntington. Surviving are 3 daughters, Mrs. Cecil Osborne and Mrs. Bertha Thacker, both of Huntington, and Mrs. David Johnson of Chesapeake, OH; one son, Robert Lowe, Jr. of Huntington, the following sisters and brothers, Mrs. Emiline Riffe, Philadelphia, PA, Mrs. Frank Riffe, Mrs. Lillie Elswick, and Mrs. Paul Ross, all of Rush, KY, Mrs. Robert Lakin of Logan, WV, Greene and Mont Bolt, both of Rush, Kline Bolt of Logan, Dee Bolt of Catlettsburg and H. P. Bolt of Ashland. Big Sandy News, Friday Apr 19, 1940

MOLLETT, Essie
Miss Essie Mollett, 26, of Warfield, a teacher in the Warfield schools died Tuesday night in a Huntington hospital where she had been a patient for 5 days. The body was returned to Warfield Wednesday for funeral there Friday afternoon at 2. Interment will be made in the Dempsey cemetery there. Deceased formerly resided in Louisa and attended Louisa High School graduating in the class of 1933. She is survived by her other, Mrs. Louise Boothe Mollett, 5 sisters, Mrs. Rice Smith, Williamson, WV, Mrs. John Wyles and Mrs. Sam Hensley, both of Warfield, KY, Mrs. Charles Stepp of Stepptown, WV and Miss Effie Mollett at home. The father, Fred Mollett, died some years ago. Big Sandy News, Friday Arp 5, 1940

MOORE, Archer
Archer Moore, 23, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles O. Moore, of Ashland, former residents of this county, was shot and fatally wounded about 1 a.m. last Saturday in Bowling Green where he was a senior in Western State Teachers College. M. P. Ramey, 40, special agent for the L & N Railway, was named in a warrant charging murder and later was indicted by the grand jury and place under $10,000 in the killing. The body of Moore was returned Saturday to Ashland and funeral was conducted Monday in the First Methodist Church with Rev. C E. Vogle officiating, and interment was made in Ashland. The young man's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles O. Moore, are natives of the Rich Creek section of this county and moved to Ashland a number of years ago. The father has been a railway mail clerk on the Big Sandy division of the C & O for many years. Grandfather of the slain youth, Marion France, resides on Little Blaine, near Noris. At Bowling Green County Attorney W. H. Natcher said the fatal fracas ensued after Moore and 5 companions driving away from the L & N Railway property on Raney's orders, encountered the railway officers again on the edge of the business district and were told to "get off the streets." Moore was felled by a blackjack before the shooting while he and another boy engaged the officer as the latter's wife looked on, Natcher said. College authorities have started an investigation, Natcher said, adding that Moore and his companions--3 boys and 2 girls--had been driving around after attending a campus dance when they met Raney. Raney contended he fired in self defense. Moore was very popular in Ashland, and news of his tragic death was a severe shock to his relatives and legion of friends. He graduated from Ashland high in 1934 and was a member of the senior class at Western expecting to graduate in June. He was an all state end at Western and played professional football with the Cincinnati Bengals last fall. He had returned to Western this semester to complete his studies. Surviving are the heartbroken parents, one brother, Larry Moore, a teacher, and assistant coach at Ashland high school and one sister, Mrs. Hope Gee of Ashland, Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 5, 1940

OSBORN, Rebecca (Jarrel)
Mrs. Rebecca Jarrel Osborn, 79, native of near Fort Gay, WV, died Monday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Stewart D. Owen in Evanston, IL. The body was returned to Huntington where she resided for many years where funeral was conducted Wednesday, Deceased was a sister of the late Boyd Jarrel, one time editor of the Huntington Herald-Dispatch, and resided in Huntington for many years. Surviving are 3 other daughters, Mrs. Thomas Perry of Athens, WV, Mrs. Fred Vinson of Genoa, WV, and Miss Elizabeth Osborn of Dayton, OH; 4 sons, Walter and John Osborn of Huntington, James Osborn of Missouri, and the Rev. Z. T. Osborn of Tennessee and several nieces and nephews and grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Friday, Arp 5, 1940

PARSLEY, Amy
Mrs. Amy Parsley, 88, of near Webb, WV, died Friday night at the home of a son, J. D. Parsley, in Huntington. the body was returned to Webb for interment in the family cemetery Sunday. Funeral rites were conducted at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Ellan Endicott near Webb. Big Sandy News, Friday Apr 19,1 940

PETERS, Jennie (Bartram)
Mrs. Jennie Bartram Peters, 80, widow of the late James Peters and for many years a resident of Louisa, died Friday of last week at the home of a son, Kehoe Peters, at Hurricane, WV. Funeral rites were conducted in a Methodist Church in Huntington Tuesday and the body was brought here for interment in the See Cemetery on the Point south of Louisa. Mrs. Peters was born at Clifford this county in 1860, a daughter of the late Capt. William Bartram and Mrs. Bartram. She resided in Louisa until about 25 years ago when the family moved to Huntington. Surviving are 2 sons, Kehoe, of Hurricane, WV and George of New Martinsville, OH and 4 daughters, Mrs. J. B. Cautz, Beckley, WV, Mrs. Taylor Johns, Wellsburg, WV, Mrs. Nell Murphy, Ironton, OH, and Miss Dolly Peters of Washington, D. C. and 2 granddaughters, Mrs. John Riffe of Louisa and Mrs. Everett Adkins of Huntington, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 12, 1940

POWELL, Thomas
Thomas Powell, 66, of Hitchins, died Sunday in Marting hospital, Ironton, OH. The body was returned to Hitchins for interment Tuesday. Mr. Powell is survived by 6 sons, Frederick of Portsmouth, Richard of Ashland, Robert of Russell, Record of Fort Knox, KY, Theodore H. and D. H. Powell both of Hitchins, a daughter, Mrs. Walter George of Logan, WV; 2 sisters, Mrs. J. M. Ball, Portsmouth and Mrs. Nora Compton and 5 brothers, J. H. Powell of Renick, WV, J. B. Powell of Huntington, Frederick Powell of Columbus, S. S. Powell of Holden, WV and Frank Powell of New Jersey. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 12, 1940

REED, John, Jr.
John Reed, Jr., 36, Louisa Negro was one of the 10 members of Walter Barnes' orchestra burned to death Tuesday night in Natchez, Miss., where 226 colored people lost their lives when flames trapped them in a one-exit dance hall. Reed, a son of the late John Reed, Sr., and Georgia Allison Reed of Louisa, joined Walter Barnes' Chicago orchestra nearly 2 years ago when it was playing in Huntington and was one of the saxophonist. James Cole, 31, of Huntington, was the other saxophonist. He also was burn to death. Reed's sisters, Pauline and Bessie Reed of Louisa, were notified Wednesday that their brother was one of the 10 member of the 12 piece orchestra burned to death. They told The News Thursday they did not know whether or not the body of their brother would be returned here for burial. If it is, it will be interred in the Wallace Cemetery near Louisa, they said. Reed was born in Louisa, but had been away for the past 14 years, playing with orchestras most of the time. As a youth in Louisa, he organized local shows and presented them in the old Masonic Hall or Opera House there. At that time he played a saxophone, his father, a bass fiddle, his mother, a guitar and his brother, Van, now an employee at Central State  hospital near Louisville, played a banjo.

The Walter Barnes orchestra was a well known colored dance band and had played a number of times for dances in Huntington and Williamson and other places in the Tri-State. Besides the 2 sisters and a brother, Reed is survived by a son, John Reed, III, who was graduated from the Louisa colored school at the commencement held 2 weeks ago here. Press reports said member of the orchestra died heroes, since they continued to play as long as possible during the holocaust. Barnes himself was burned to death. Scene of the tragedy was a large converted blacksmith shop which had been entirely sheathed with corrugated iron and this formed an oven in which the dancers were baked. The only exit was an ordinary-sized door  at the front. All windows had been boarded up to keep out gate crashers press reports said. About 300 members and friends of the Negro Moneywasters Social Club were at the dance when fire broke out suddenly near the door and spread quickly aided by dust dry Spanish moss festooned from the ceiling above. A handful of dancers battled their way out the door and the rest were driven toward the rear of the building, blinded by smoke and herded by flames. One rear window's boards gave way and a few struggled out this exit. The remainder died screaming and clawing for escape and fell in piles that mounted shoulder high. Doctors said most of the dead had been suffocated or crushed in the stampede and fighting, rather then killed by the flames, which subsides without destroying the iron sheated building. Natches is a city of 16,000 population, more than half of which is colored. The 200 odd dead were laid in rows on garage floors for identification.  Big Sandy News, Friday Apr 26, 1940
RIGGS, Carolina
Mrs. Carolina Riggs, 77, died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Nella Porter of Kenova, Mar 24, following a long illness. She is survived by 2 other daughters, Mrs. C. B. Christian of Fort Gay, WV and Mrs. Richard Jackson of Sidney, WV, a son, Maxie Riggs of Denver, CO. Big Sandy News, Apr 5, 1940

ROSS, Charles
Charles Ross, 47, native of Hitchins and a World War veteran died Saturday at his home on the Hoods Creek Pike in Boyd County. He was born at Hitchins, a son of John and Ebbie Fraley Ross, and had been employed the past 18 years as a roller at the Armco in Ashland. Mr. Ross was a member of Poage Lodge No. 325 F & AM and the Twenty-first Street Tabernacle. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Eliza Ann Ross; 2 sons, William and Charles Robert Ross, at home, one daughter, Miss Evelyn Ross, at home, 2 brothers, Frank and Nelson Ross, both of Ashland and a half brother, George Davidson, Ashland and 3 sisters, Mrs. Noah Keeton, Ashland, Mrs. Albert Jenkins and Mrs. Mary Dixon. Big Sandy News, Friday Apr 19, 1940

SMITH, Amanda
Mrs. Amanda Smith, 78, sister of Sam Mullins of Elliott County, died Sunday in Portsmouth at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Bessie Benson. Funeral was conducted Tuesday and interment made there. Big Sandy News, Friday Apr 12, 1940

SMITH, Sarah Catherine (Dowdy)
Mrs. Sarah Catherine Smith, 74, native of Gallia County, OH and a resident of Rush, KY for 6 years, died at her home there Sunday. She was caretaker of the "Ole House" on Garner. Surviving are the husband, John and the following children, Lewis and Jake of Rush, Ben of Lawrence County, Sam of Lucasville, Tom of Catlettsburg, route 1, Mrs. Laura McCormick of Ironton, Mrs. May Harmon of Glenwood, KY, Miss Sally Smith of Ashland, 2 brothers, Sam Dowdy of Glenwood and John Dowdy of Portsmouth, a sister, Mrs. Alice Bentley of Portsmouth. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 19, 1940

STAMBAUGH, John
1865-1940
John Stambaugh, 75, sheriff of Johnson County from 1918 to 1921, died Mar 30 at his home in Paintsville, He was born at Stambaugh in 1865, a son of Jonathan and Jemima Holbrook Stambaugh. Funeral was conducted at the old home place on Toms Creek. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Lydia Preston Stambaugh; 2 sons, Garfield and Ted of Paintsville and a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Burchett of Stambaugh, and 2 brothers, H. M. Stambaugh of Youngstown, OH and R. H. Stambaugh of Mingo, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Apr 12, 1940

THOMPSON, Lou (Elkins)
Mrs. Lou Elkins Thompson, aged about 74, widow of the late David Thompson of the Horseford section near Fallsburg, died early Monday morning at her home at Burnaugh, Boyd County, where she moved a few years ago. Death followed an illness of 10 days of pneumonia and complications. Mrs. Thompson was born in Pike County but moved to this county early in life with her parents, John H. and Sarilda Elkins. She was an esteemed lady and loved and respected by all who knew her. She had long been a member of the Fallsburg Methodist Church. A few years after the death of her husband, she moved from Horseford to Burnaugh and had resided there the past 3 years. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon at the home at Burnaugh with Rev. John H. Billups of Kenova, a lifelong friend of the family, officiating, assisted by Rev. O. P. Smith of Russell. The body was taken to Ashland and interred in Rose Hill Cemetery. Pall bearers were 4 grandchildren and 2 nephews. Mrs. Thompson is survived by 4 sons, Jack, Albert, and Joe Thompson all of Ashland and Tom Thompson, at home; 2 daughters, Mrs. E. H. Caines of Ashland and Miss Sue Thompson, at home; and 2 brothers, J. W. Elkins of Yatesville, KY and Albert Elkins of Portsmouth, OH. Big Sandy News, Friday Apr 19, 1940

TOMLIN, Clyde
Clyde Tomlin, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Tomin, of Rowe Creek, near Buchanan, died Saturday at the home after an prolonged illness. Funeral services were held at the residence with the Rev. Ira Copley of Buchanan officiating. Burial was in the Hicks Cemetery on Rowe Creek. Surviving in addition to the parents are 3 brothers, Paul, Wade and Warren Tomlin all at home; 2 sisters, Ethel and Elizabeth Tomlin at home and the grandparents, Oliver Tomlin, Waterloo, OH and Enoch Hicks, Rush, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday Apr 12, 1940

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ADAMS, Felix
Felix Adams, 82, farmer of the Irish Creek section, died at his home there Wednesday afternoon at 1 after an illness of 5 months. Funeral rites will be conducted Friday morning at 11 at the home with Rev. S. B. Ball and Rev. William W. Moore officiating and interment will be made in the family cemetery on Irish Creek. Deceased was a son of the late William and Nancy Berry Adams, and was born and reared in the Irish Creek section, He had been a member of the Freewill Baptist Church for 35 years. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. America Young Adams, a daughter, Miss Virgie Adams, at home, 4 sons, Rube Adams, Webbville, route 1, Drew Adams, Plain City, OH, Charles Adams, Woodstock, OH and Cecil Adams, Midland, PA; a sister, Mrs. D. M. Curnutte of Louisa and 2 brothers, Mont Adams of Adams, KY and Isaac Adams of Pickerington, OH. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 17, 1940

ADAMS, John C.
John C. Adams, 69?, well known Lawrence County farmer, died Friday at his home near Adeline in the Bear Creek section. Funeral was conducted Monday at the Newcomb Methodist Church with Rev. Ira Copley officiating, and interment was made in the Harmon family cemetery. Mr. Adams is survived by his widow, Tennie Poe Adams, 2 daughters, Mrs. Bill Kitchen of Buchanan, KY and Mrs. Ray White of Wilbur, KY; 5 sons, Monroe of Mann, WV, Jessie of Adeline, KY, William, Elwood and Herman at home; 2 sisters, Mrs. Bill Ekers of Cadmus, KY and Mrs. William Prince of Louisa, KY and 3 brothers, Asbury, Stanton and Sherman Adams all of Webbville, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday May 24, 1940

ADKINS, Douglas
NEESE, Minford
Douglas Adkins and Minford Neese, both of Sandy Hook were killed Saturday at 8 p.m. in an automobile accident on the Christy Creek road, 6 miles south of Morehead. Ernest Thompson and Clay Stephens, also of Sandy Hook, passengers in the automobile which was being driven by Adkins were slightly injured. The automobile figured in a collision with a one and one half ton truck being driven by Homer Lovelace of Elliotsville. Deputy Sheriff McBrayer said he found a one half gallon jug filled with moonshine whiskey in the death car. Big Sandy News, Friday May 31, 1940

BALL, Hansford Allen
Hansford Allen Ball, 83, farmer of the long Branch section near Fallsburg, died Sunday morning at his home. Funeral rites were conducted Monday afternoon from the home with Rev. Lloyd Jordan and Rev. Fred Vanhorn officiating, and interment took place in the Ball family cemetery. Mr. Ball was born in Missouri, a son of the late Elijah and Mary Harriet Ball and came to this section 40 years ago. He is survived by 2 brothers, Augustus and George Ball both of Ashland. Big Sandy News, Friday May 31, 1940

BENTLEY, Ben F.
Ben F. Bentley, 50, of Yatesville, a veteran of the World War and well known citizen of Lawrence County, died suddenly at his home at Yatesville Saturday night at 10:30. Death was attributed to a heart attack. Mr. Bentley was a son of John M. Bentley, Sr., and Anna Kelley Bentley, both of whom survive. He was born and reared at Yatesville. Funeral rites were conducted at Yatesville Monday morning with Rev. Roud Shaw, pastor of the Louisa Christian Church, officiating and interment was made in the family cemetery under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Mr. Bentley was a member of the W. O. Johnson Post American Legion of Louisa and the Legion conducted their ritual at the funeral. Surviving besides his parents, are the wife, Mrs. Evelyn Lemaster Bentley, one daughter, Miss Eileen, at home, 4 sons, Leon, Franklin D., James G. and Gordon, all at home; one sister, Mrs. Ershel Wellman of West Palm Beach, FL and one brother, John M. Bentley, Jr. of Fallsburg.  Mr. Bentley was supervisor of a Legion sponsored WPA project engaged in locating and marking the graves of all war veterans in this county. He had been in failing health for several months but his condition was not thought serious. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 10, 1940

BERRY, Charles
Charles Berry, native Lawrence Countian, died Apr 12 at his home in Putney, WV, following a heart attack. He had been in ill health for a year. He was a son of the late D. J. and Nancy Berry. He is survived by his wife, Treva Carney Berry and 8 children and one sister, Mrs. John Thompson of Webbville. Funeral and burial was near Charleston, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday May 3, 1940

BEVINS, Ollie Jane (Fitch)
1901-1940
Mrs. Ollie Jane Bevins, 39, wife of Irvin Bevins, of Louisa route 1, died late Friday evening at the Bevins home near Charley. She had been ill for nearly 2 years. The funeral was conducted Saturday afternoon at the home with Rev. D. A. Hayes and Rev. Eugene Davis, officiating, and interment was made in the family cemetery. The deceased was a daughter of James and Melissia Chandler Fitch. She had been a member of the Freewill Baptist Church for 20 years. Surviving besides the husband and parents, are 3 daughters, Charlotte, Charline and Dapple Deane, 3 sons, Kenneth, Walter Irvin and North Herman, all at home; 2 sisters Eva May and Dimple Fitch of Georges Creek, KY and 6 brothers, Hobart Fitch, Madisonville, KY, John Fitch, Belfry, KY, Walter Fitch, Erlanger, KY, William Fitch, Plain City, OH and Jay and Junior Fitch, of Louisa, route 1. Big Sandy News, Friday May 10, 1940

BLANKENSHIP, Mrs. R. F.
Mrs. R. F. Blankenship, 90, died Friday of last week and funeral was conducted Sunday at the Blankenship home on Louisa route 2. Besides the husband, who is past 90 years of age, she leaves 3 sons and a daughter by a former marriage. Dan Dodson, Louisa, route 1, Alec Dodson, Majestic, KY, Cecil Dodson, McCarr, KY and Mrs. Octavia Sansom, of Vulcan, WV also a number of grandchildren and friends. She was a daughter of George and Elizabeth Smith of Pike County. Big Sandy News, Friday May 17, 1940

BOGGS, Hugh H.
Hugh Hobart Boggs, 75, a native of this county, died Sunday at his home on Bear Creek in Boyd County. Funeral was conducted Wednesday morning at the residence with Rev. E. L. Everman of Grassland, officiating and the body was returned to this county for interment in the Carter Cemetery near Fullers. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Trevilla Church Boggs, 2 daughters, Mrs. Riffe Mullins of Louisa, KY and Mrs. Rilda Pappas of Ann Arbor, MI; 4 sons, Roscoe Boggs of Buchanan, KY, Raymond Boggs of Ann Arbor, MI, and Millard and Russell Boggs both of Catlettsburg, and one sister, Mrs. Till Grizzle of Ashland. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 10, 1940

BRANHAM, Emmet
Emmet Branham, aged about 50, veteran of the World War and a well known farmer of Sarah, Elliott County, died at his home there Monday night. Funeral was conducted at the home Wednesday. A native of Virginia, near Pound Gap, Branham came to Eastern Kentucky early in life and resided fro a while near Riceville, Johnson County and later moved to Elliott. He was a highly respected citizen. Surviving are his wife and father; 2 brothers, Fred Branham, Oil Springs, KY and Everett Branham, of Ohio and one sister, Mrs. Alvin Sparks, Sarah, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 3, 1940

BRANHAM, John B.
John B. Branham, 79, former merchant and timberman of Naugatuck, died Saturday and was buried at Warfield, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday May 24, 1940

BUTLER, Emma Onolda (Haws)
1865-1940
Mrs. Emma Onolda Butler, 74, widow of the late Garfield Butler, died Tuesday noon at her home near Mattie after an illness of 2 months. Funeral was conducted Wednesday afternoon from the Haws Cemetery near the mouth of Brushey with Rev. S. B. Ball and Rev. William W. Moore, of Louisa, officiating. Mrs. Butler was born in this county in 1866, a daughter of the late Asbury and Kittie Taylor Haws and had been a lifelong resident of the county. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. John G. Thompson of Columbus, OH and one son, Wiley C. Moore, deputy sheriff, of Ellen. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 3, 1940

COPLEY, Tim
Tim Copley, 25, of the Paddle Creek section, 5 miles from Fort Gay, died Monday near midnight in a Louisa hospital of internal injuries suffered when a truck in which he was riding left the road and turned over an embankment on the Mill Creek road a mile and a half from Fort Gay about 3 Monday morning. Copley resided with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Theron Copley on Paddle Creek, and was returning home from Huntington in a truck driven by Willie Crabtree, 30. Crabtree remained in the cab and was not injured. Copley was thrown from the truck when it turned over then was pinned under the truck receiving internal injuries. Crabtree said he went to sleep at the wheel. The wreck occurred on a sharp curve. Crabtree reported that when he got out of the cab of the wrecked truck he found his companion pinned under the truck and that he lifted the truck off Copley. The injured man was rushed to a hospital in Louisa, succumbing at 11 Monday night. Funeral for Copley will be conducted at the Bartram Chapel on Mill Creek Friday morning at 11 with the Rev. Sam Wellman, pastor of the Fort Gay Methodist Church and Rev. C. F. Froderman, pastor of the First Methodist Church of Louisa, officiating. The body lay in state at the Curtright Funeral Home in Louisa until Thursday morning, when it was removed to the home of the parents. Copley was widely known in Wayne county. He had attended both the Fort Gay and Wayne High schools and had played basketball and football on both high school teams. He also was an artist of local note, and had served in the U. S. Marines in 1935 and 1936. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Rachael Melton Copley, a daughter, Leah Ann, his parents, and a brother, Bart Copley, who is in the U. S. Army. Big Sandy News, Friday May 17, 1940

CRABTREE, Mary (Holbrook)
1868-1940
Mrs. Mary Crabtree, 72, wife of John Crabtree, of near Overda, died Apr 9 after an illness of 2 weeks of flu and complications. Deceased was a daughter of Billie and Nancy Holbrook and lived in Lawrence County all her life. Beside the husband, she is survived by 3 daughters and 5 sons; Mrs. Troy Triplett, Webbville, route 1, Oscar Crabtree, Fort Gay, WV, Charlie Crabtree, Louisa, route 4, Earl Crabtree, Chillicothe, OH, Henry Crabtree, Chattaroy, WV, Lindsey Crabtree, Rush, KY, Mrs. Alva Evans, Webbville, route 1, and Mrs. Nancy Lester, Webbville, route 1. Big Sandy News, Friday May 10, 1940

CRUTCHER, Will J.
Will J. Crutcher, 77, retired Logan WV, business man and a native of Louisa, died Monday at his home in Logan. The body was returned to Louisa Wednesday for funeral and interment. Last rites were conducted Wednesday afternoon in the Louisa Methodist Church with the pastor, Rev. S. W. Funk, officiating. the Logan Masonic Lodge, of which the deceased was a member accompanied the funeral party here and conducted the Masonic ritual. Interment was made in the Crutcher family lot in Pine Hill cemetery overlooking Louisa. After serving for 25 years as store manager for the Island Creek Coal Company in Holden, Mr. Crutcher retired about 8 years and moved to a home he had constructed in Logan. A son of the late Robert and Mintie Syck Crutehcer, he was born at Peach Orchard, this county, but was reared in Louisa. He served as store manager for the Peach Orchard Coal Company in its hayday and later went to Ironton with the Yellow Poplar Limber Company. From Ironton he went to Logan County, where had resided since. Mr. Crutcher was a member of the Louisa M. E. Church, South, and had contributed liberally in construction of the new church building in 1916. He also had assisted in the plan to beautify Pine Hill Cemetery here. He is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. Julia Slone and Mrs. Jean Vonpaga, both of Logan, a son, Capt. Chauncey Crutcher of the U. S. Navy, Annapolis, MD, and 3 brothers, J. B. Crutcher of Louisa, C. M. Crutcher of Huntington, and Frank Crutcher of Holden. His wife, Mrs. Jettie Roffe Crutcher died a few years ago. Big Sandy news, Friday, May 10, 1940

DIALS, John
John Dials, 74, retied river steamboat pilot, died early Sunday morning at his home at Louisa. He had been ill for 4 months. Funeral rites were conducted Tuesday afternoon at the home with Rev. J. C. Hager, pastor of the Louisa Baptist Church, officiating. Mr. Dials was a member of the Baptist Church. Mr. Dials was born near Paintsville, Johnson County, a son of James and Mary J. Richardson Dials. He moved to Louisa about 40 years ago and had resided here since. For a number of years, he piloted steamboats on the Big Sandy River. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Addie Rice Dials; 6 daughters, Mrs. H. A. Morgan, Louisa, Mrs. Walter Stull of Melbourne, KY, Mrs. Thomas Saygitia, Brownsville, TX, Mrs. Emmett Taylor and Misses Mary Jane and Neva Jean, of Louisa; 4 sons, Robert C. Dials, Huntington, WV, Fred Dials, Battle Creek, MI, Tom Dials and John M. Dials, at home. Big Sandy News, Friday May 24, 1940

DUTTON, Lizzie (Vanhoose)
Mrs. Lizzie Vanhoose Dutton, 62, native of Charley, this county, died Wednesday of last week at her home in Mechanicsburg, OH. The body was brought to the home of her sister, Mrs. Lyss Hickman in Louisa and later taken to the Spencer Church at Noris where funeral rites were conducted Friday morning at 10 with Rev. J. C. Hager, pastor of the Louisa Baptist Church, officiating. Interment was made in the Judd family cemetery at Noris. Mrs. Dutton was a daughter of the late Buddie and Permelia Jordan Vanhoose and was born and reared near Charley moving to Ohio 2 years ago. She had been a member of the Baptist Church for 7 years. Surviving are 2 daughters, Mrs. Harry Payne, of Ashland, KY, and Miss Beatrice Dutton at home, 5 sons, Mitchell Dutton, Louisa, KY route 1, and Martin, Cass, Richard and Elias Dutton, all of Mechanicsburg, OH; 3 sisters, Mrs. Lyss Hickman, Louisa, KY, Mrs. Addison Skeens, Louisa, KY, route 4 and Mrs. Robert Carter, Louisa, KY route 1, and 4 brothers, John Vanhoose, Urbana, OH, Hansel Vanhoose, Ashland, KY and Millard Roy Vanhoose of Louisa, route 1. Big Sandy News, Friday May 24, 1940

ELLIOTT, Bud
Sandy Hook, KY--Apr 30--The body of Bud Elliott, 20 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Harve Elliott of Howard's Creek, who had been missing since Friday, was found Wednesday evening of last week about one mile from the Morehead-West Liberty road on the Marion Kidd farm. The body was discovered by Mr. Kidd and Robert Elliott a cousin of the deceased. Bud, in company with Robert Elliott, left home last Friday, with the avowed intention of joining the U. S. Navy. On Saturday, Robert Elliott returned home, stating that he had left Bud Friday night in the vicinity of the spot where the body was later found. When no word was received from Bud by Monday, a search was instituted. A coroner's jury which was summoned Wednesday night, rendered a verdict that the deceased came to his death from an unknown cause. In the course of the testimony, Robert Elliott stated to the jury that he and the deceased had purchased a quart of whiskey from Charley Fitch Friday afternoon, and upon hearing this avowal, Judge Adkins orders Sheriff Jack Brown to arrest Fitch and his father, John Fitch, and hold them for questioning. Upon their apprehension, they were place in jail at Sandy Hook. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 3, 1940

FANNIN, Elizabeth (Bryant)
Mrs. Elizabeth Bryant Fannin, 63, wife of Cosier Fannin of near Buchanan, died early Sunday morning at the Fannin home after an illness of a year. Funeral service was conducted Monday afternoon at the Buchanan Chapel Methodist Church with the pastor, Rev. Odell, officiating, and interment was made in the Buchanan Chapel Cemetery. Mrs. Fannin was a daughter of Sylvester and Arminta Stewart Bryant, and was born and reared near Buchanan. She had been a member of the Buchanan Chapel Methodist Church for 20 years. Surviving besides the husband, are 3 sisters, Mrs. John Copley, Mrs. Minnie Burke and Miss Cora Bryant, all of Buchanan, 3 daughters, Mrs. Joe Kelley, Mrs. Cecil Bennett and Miss Alta Fannin, all of Buchanan, 3 brothers, Harve Bryant, Catlettsburg, George Bryant of Ashland and Sylvester Bryant of Buchanan. Big Sandy News, Friday May 24, 1940

FERGUSON, Sarah (Evans)
1868-1940
Keaton, KY, May 20--Death, the grim reaper entered the home of D. H. Ferguson of Keaton Tuesday night of last week and took there from his dear companion, Sarah Evans Ferguson. Aunt Sarah had been sick the past 2 weeks and had suffered untold agony until death came peacefully to reliever her. Everything was done for her relief that could possibly be done, but God in his infinite wisdom saw fit to call her home. She leaves her husband and 5 children, Foster Ferguson of Louisa, Mrs. Wallace Bailey of Barnrock, Nelson Ferguson, Mrs. Bill Gillem, Mrs. Lloyd Hill, all of Keaton; 16 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, 3 sisters, Mrs. Felix Fyffe of Wilbur, Mrs. Henry F. Williams, Blaine, Mrs. Lina Fyffe, Keaton, one brother, James Evans of Barnrock, besides a host of relatives and friends. She had belonged to the United Baptist church for over 30 years and all who knew her, knew she followed the teachings of her Savior whom she loved and served fro so many years. The funeral was conducted at the Upper Keaton Church house Thursday, May 16, with Revs. Tommy Bailey, Phillip Skaggs and J. W. Beculheimer officiating. Big Sandy News, Friday May 24, 1940

FIELD, William C.
William C. Field, 87, member of a prominent Boyd County family, former deputy sheriff and a well known farmer, died Sunday at his home on Bear Creek. Funeral was conducted Tuesday at the Grassland Church and interment made in the Fannin Cemetery. At the time of his death he owned a large farm in Boyd County and managed it up until ill health forced his retirement. He suffered a stroke a week before death came. He leaves his widow, Mrs. Kate Long Field, 4 daughters, Mrs. Lon Hazlett and Mrs. Dewey Robinette, both of Ashland, Mrs. Willard Evans of Wayland, KY, and Mrs. Rubin Spradlin of Buchanan, KY; 6 sons, D. C. of Kenova, WV, E. M. and W. C. Field, Jr., both of Ashland, Bert and Roy both of Catlettsburg and Joe of Ward, WV, one sister, Mrs. John McWhorter of Boyd County, 32 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, also survive. Big Sandy News, Friday May 24, 1940

HAGER, S. E.
S. E. Hager, 77, well known retired business man of Salyersville, died Saturday in a hospital at Paintsville of complications from injuries he received in a fall about 3 weeks ago. He suffered a fractured hip and leg when he fell at his residence in the Rice Hotel in Salyersville. He had been in declining health for some time and the injuries aggravated his condition. A son of the late Mr. and Mrs. S. W. Hager, Mr. Hager was born in Salyersville and spent his entire life there, retiring several yeas ago from active business pursuits. He has a number of relatives throughout Eastern Kentucky. He was an uncle of Lawrence and Bruce Hager, publishers of the Owensboro, KY Messenger and Inquirer. Big Sandy News, Friday May 24, 1940

HARMON, Solomon
Solomon Harmon, 84, half brother of Thomas Luther of Louisa, died Apr 25 at his home in Huntington. Funeral was conducted at the Dock's Creek Baptist Church in Wayne County. Big Sandy News, Friday May 10, 1940

HATTEN, Leander
Leander Hatten, 82, died at his home on Black Fork, near Prichard Apr 14 after a lingering illness. He is survived by a sister, Mrs. Charles See of Louisa, 2 sons, Shelby and Anthony Hatten and the following brothers, Lilburn Hatten of Rittman, Arthur Hatten, of Queens Creek, Columbus Hatten of Hurricane, Charley Hatten of Black Fork, and Amos Hatten of Oklahoma. funeral services were conducted at the home by Rev. R. M. Vanhoose with burial in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday May 10, 1940

HAYES, Mrs. Elijah
1876-1940
Mrs. Elijah Hayes, 64, died Friday at the Hayes home at Charley. She had been ill for 2 years. Funeral was conducted Saturday from the home with Rev. Dave Al Hayes officiating. Deceased was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Murray and was born and reared near Lowmansville. Surviving besides the husband are 6 daughters, Mrs. Ed Blair, Mrs. John Green, and Mrs. Everett Young all of Ashland, Mrs. H. C. Williamson of Logan, WV, Mrs. Mont Ball of Mechanicsburg, OH and Miss Ivory Hayes at home and 2 sons, Basil Hayes of Charley and Roy Hayes of Mechanicsburg, OH. Big Sandy News, Friday May 24, 1940

HAYES, Garfield
1866-1940
On Apr 20th, 1940, death visited the home of Mrs. Genoah Hayes, near Webbville and took from the family circle her loving husband, Garfield Hayes. He was born Nov 21, 1866, his age being 73 years, 4 months and 29 days. Everything was done for dear father that could be done but it pleased God to add one more beautiful jewel to his bright and shining Kingdom. He had been sick only a short time and his sudden departure left gloom and broken hearts. He is gone yet he is not dead but sleepth. Thine cannot heal the would that death inflicted in the hearts of those he left nor dim one golden lingering ray of love and memory that clusters round his grave. He was laid to rest in the family cemetery beside his son, Braddie, who departed this life Jan 16, 1918. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Genoah Large Hayes, 2 sons, Ray of Cleveland, OH and Kay, New London, OH; 3 daughters, Mrs. Roscoe Daniel, Webbville, KY, Mrs. Arthur Wood, Ray, OH, and Mrs. Eugene Higgins, Akron, OH, 18 grandchildren, 3 sisters, Mrs. Charles Adams, Chillicothe, OH, Mrs. Doug Adams, Irad, KY, and Mrs. George Woods, Enterprise, KY and a host of friends. The golden gates were open a gentle voice said "Come" and Angels from the other side, beckoned dear father home. His daughter, Jessie. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 3, 1940

JUSTICE, Harrison A.
1889-1940
Relatives here have been informed of the death of Harrison A. Justice, 51, native of Wilbur, this county, at Lapoint, UT, Apr 20. A year ago, he underwent an operation for appendicitis and never fully recovered. Later he suffered a stroke. He was born at Wilbur, this county, Feb 28, 1889, a son of John R. and Mary Cordle Justice, and moved to Utah in 1906. Surviving besides his widow are 2 sons, Weston H. and Harold Allen Justice, 2 brothers, William J. and O. W. Justice of Lapoint and 5 sisters, Lydia Blake, Canon City, CO, Mrs. W. H. Frances, Oaho, T. H. , Cynthia Dixon, Artia Wheeler and Cora Sloan, all of Kentucky. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 3, 1940

JUSTICE, Lula (Ewing)
1862-1940
Mrs. Lula Ewing Justice, 77, Louisa colored woman, died at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday at her home in the Italy section after an illness of one week. Funeral will be conducted Thursday afternoon at 2 from the Curtright Funeral Home with Rev. S. W. Funk and Rev. J. C. Hager officiating and interment will be made in Pine Hill Cemetery here. She was a member of the A.M.E. church. She was born in Wise County, VA in 1862 and came to Louisa at the age of 18. Her husband, John Justice, died about 40 years ago. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. A. K. Charlton and 2 sons, Charles and Virgil all of Columbus, OH; a sister and brother, Mrs. Martha E. Raysor of Ashland, KY and Lucian Ewing of Lexington, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 10, 1940

MATHIS, Clara (Clark)
Mrs. Clifford Mathis, 22 years old, of Mathis Ridge near Dunlow, WV died in Memorial Hospital, Huntington, May 14, where she had been for about 2 months taking treatment for burns received the first of March. Mrs. Mathis' clothes caught on fire and all clothing from her waist down were burned from her body. She was before marriage, Miss Clara Clark, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Will Clark, of Genoa, who survive. In addition to the parents and husband, she is survived by 4 children, several brothers and sisters. Funeral services were conducted at the Log Cabin Church at Radnor, with burial in Mathis Cemetery on Mathis Ridge. Big Sandy News, Friday May 31, 1940

MCCLURE, T. R. "Rice"
T. R. "Rice" McClure, retired Louisa business man, died Friday afternoon at his home here. He had been ill for nearly 2 years, a portion of which time he had been a patient in hospitals in Ironton, Ashland, Cincinnati and Louisa. Mr. McClure was born at Gallup, KY, a son of the late Harry and Sarah Dobbins McClure, pioneer resident of Lawrence county. Shortly after his marriage to Miss Quinn Shannon, they moved to Jackson, OH and resided a few years. Later they returned to this section and lived at Burnaugh 2 years where Mr. McClure was employed on U. S. Lock No. 2. He then moved to Louisa and conducted a grocery and meat market for 18 years. In recent years he had engaged in the real estate and livestock business. He was a member of the Gallup M. E. Church and a member of the Men's Bible Class of the Louisa Methodist Church. Funeral rites were conducted Sunday afternoon at the Curtright Funeral Home here with Rev. S. W. Funk, pastor of the Louisa Methodist Church and Rev. C. F. Froderman, pastor of the First Methodist Church, officiating. Interment was made in the Pine Hill Cemetery here. Pall bearers were active, C. L. Miller, A.V. Cain, C. A. Lycan, John G. Burns, L. D. Fyffe and J. B. Kinstler; honorary: Otto C. Gartin, Phillip Preece, Proctor Fyffe, L. E. Wallace, O. C. Atkins, G. L. Carter, Albert Shannon, J. L. Moore, Bill R. Chapman, Judge S. B. Ball and Richard Moore. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Quinn Shannon McClure; 3 sisters, Mrs. William Childers, and Mrs. Joe Cheek of Gallup, KY, and Mrs. Raymond Meniner of Akron, OH; and 3 brothers, F. C. McClure and John J. McClure, of Gallup, KY, and Edgar McClure of Huntington, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday May 3, 1940

MOORE, Trennie (Berry)
Mrs. Trennie Berry Moore, 59, wife of Lindsey Moore, died shortly before noon Sunday at the Moore home at Mattie. Funeral services was conducted Monday afternoon at the Mattie Church with Rev. Dave Al Hayes and Rev. William W. Moore officiating, and interment was made in the McComas family cemetery. Mrs. Moore was a daughter of the late Ruben and Martha Allen Berry and was born and reared at Mattie. She had been a member of the Freewill Baptist Church for 45 years. Besides the husband, she is survived by 5 daughters, Mrs. Ernest Hayes and Mrs. Clyde Moore, both of Adams, KY, Mrs. Drew Hester of Ashland, Mrs. Kay Moore of Louisa, and Miss Opal Moore at home; one son, Earl Moore of Noris, KY; 2 sisters, Mrs. Mint Hayes of Cincinnati, OH and Mrs. Martha Johnson of Columbus, OH; and 3 brothers, Joe Berry, Cincinnati,  OH, Dave Berry of Columbus, OH, and Garfield Berry of Georges Creek, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 10, 1940

MURRAY, Samuel R.
1857-1940
Samuel R. Murray, age 83, died at his home at Lowmansville Friday morning, May 17 from the infirmities due to advanced age. He was one of the oldest citizens of the eastern half of Johnson County and had been a member of the United Baptist Church for 65 years. He was twice married. His marriage was to Jennie Spencer, Charley, Lawrence County. His second marriage was to Mary Stambaugh who survives. He is also survived by the following children: Mrs. Rebecca Pack, Lowmansville, Mrs. Fannie Williams, Catlettsburg, and Mrs. Vina Borders, Lowmansville; a number of other children have preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the home with Rev. Guy W. Preston and Rev. Leonard Walters of Paintsville officiating. Burial was made in the family burying grounds near the home. Big Sandy News, Friday May 31, 1940

PARSLEY, Lillie
Mrs. Lillie Parsley, 56, wife of Leander Parsley of McDermott, OH and a native of the Wayne-Mingo County line section, died Friday in a Portsmouth hospital. In 1901, she married George Damron, who died in 1911. Three sons were born of that union. On Sep 4, 1914, she married Mr. Parsley and 3 sons were born to them. Mr. and Mrs. Parsley located in Portsmouth following their marriage and lived there until 1926 when they moved to McDermott. Surviving are a brother and sister, Jack Parsley of Naugatuck, WV and Mrs. W. M. Brewer of Crum, WV; her stepmother, Mrs. Caroline Parsley of Lenore, WV, and these half brothers and half sisters, Allen Parsley of Naugatuck, Boyd Parsley and Mrs. W. G. Chapman of Lenore. Funeral services were held Monday at McDermott Methodist church with Rev. O. F. Gibbs of Nauvoo officiating. Big Sandy News, Friday May 17, 1940

PINKERTON, Marian
Mrs. Marian Pinkerton, 67, wife of E. G. Pinkerton, of Smith Branch, Greenup County, died Thursday of last week following an extended illness. Mrs. Pinkerton was a native of this county and the body was returned Saturday for funeral and burial. Last rites were conducted Saturday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Herman Young, near Webbville and interment was made in the Adams Cemetery. Surviving besides the husband, are 3 sons, Brice Pinkerton, Gilmer Pinkerton of Marion, Bryan Pinkerton, of Ashland; and 5 daughters, Mrs. Cecelia Burke at home, Alice Pinkerton, of Glenwood, KY, Mrs. Hermia Young of Webbville, KY, Mrs. Dorothy Estepp of Kitts Hill, OH, and Mrs. Hovie Kruse of Huntington. Big Sandy News, Friday May 31, 1940

NEESE, Minford
ADKINS, Douglas
Douglas Adkins and Minford Neese, both of Sandy Hook were killed Saturday at 8 p.m. in an automobile accident on the Christy Creek road, 6 miles south of Morehead. Ernest Thompson and Clay Stephens, also of Sandy Hook, passengers in the automobile which was being driven by Adkins were slightly injured. The automobile figured in a collision with a one and one half ton truck being driven by Homer Lovelace of Elliotsville. Deputy Sheriff McBrayer said he found a one half gallon jug filled with moonshine whiskey in the death car. Big Sandy News, Friday May 31, 1940

 

PETERS, Z. Taylor
Z. Taylor Peters, 65, retied Fort Gay merchant, died Monday noon in a Huntington hospital where he had been a patient for 2 weeks. Mr. Peters had been seriously ill for about 5 weeks. Funeral rites were conducted Wednesday afternoon in the Fort Gay Baptist Church and interment was made in Fairview Cemetery at Fort Gay under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Mr. Peters was born near Louisa, KY, a son of the late William D. and Tennessee Vinson Peters, pioneer resident of this section. He had conducted a general merchandise store in Fort Gay for 40 years, retiring about a year ago. He had served one term as town recorder of Fort Gay and a few months ago was appointed Justice of the Peach in Butler district to fill out the unexpired term of the late William Dean, who died last winter. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Belle Wellman Peters, 3 daughters, Mrs. Ralph C. Taylor, Mrs. Curtis Hutchinson and Mrs. Robert Bailey, all of Huntington, WV; 2 sons, Luke Peters, of Fort Gay, and Frank Peters, of Huntington, WV;  4 sisters, Mrs. Wayne Artrip of Fort Gay, Mrs. J. B. Artrip and Mrs. Mayme Crutcher, both of Huntington, WV and Mrs. Wilford Ferguson of Norfolk, VA; and 4 brothers, Gordon Peters of Fort Gay, W. H. Peters of Huntington, WV, M. J. Peters, of Rittman, OH, and John Peters, of Ajo, AZ. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 10, 1940

PRINCE, Roxie (Hodge)
Mrs. Rosie Hodge Prince, 80 years old, died May 4 at Commercial hotel, Williamson. Mrs. Prince had resided since 1922 with her daughter, Mrs. Isabelle Musick, manager of the hotel. She had been confined to her bed as the result of a fractured hip sustained in a fall more than 2 years ago. Funeral services were conducted at Crum, WV with burial in family cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday May 24, 1940

SHORT, W. S.
W. S. Short, 69, native of the Yatesville section, died Friday at his home in Akron, OH, relatives here have been informed. Mr. Short was a son of the late James and Martha Chaffin Short and was born and reared at the old Short homestead near Yatesville. He moved to Ohio 20 years ago and had worked for the Firestone Tire & Rubber Company for 19 years, retiring because of failing health about a year ago. Surviving besides his wife, are 2 brothers, M. P. Short of Yatesville, KY, Tom Short of Dennis, KY and a sister, Mrs. Fannie McLean of Dayton, OH. Funeral and interment was at Akron. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 10, 1940

SLONE, James
1889-1940
James Slone, 50, native of this section, died Wednesday of last week at his home in Stockdale, OH. Funeral was conducted Sunday at Stockdale. The deceased is survived by his wife, Mrs. Emma Boggs Slone and 7 children, Mrs. Erma Myers, Mrs. Alka Ramey, Mrs. Willa Mae McCall and Mrs. Fannie Harold, all of Stockdale, Catherine and Nellie Jean at home; 4 brothers, Josh and Alonzo Slone of Dobbins, KY, John Slone of Willard, KY and George Slone of Stockdale. Slone has been a C & O Railway bridge carpenter for 15 years. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 3, 1940

SLONE, W. E.
W. E. Slone, 84, respected citizen of Peach Orchard, died last Saturday at his home. Deceased was reared in and around Louisa but had spent most of his life in the Peach Orchard and Richardson sections. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Jennie Campbell Slone, a son, Elwood Slone, of Georges Creek, KY and 5 grandchildren. Funeral was conducted Monday morning at the Fitch Cemetery where interment was made. Rev. German Walters officiated at the rites. Big Sandy News, Friday May 24, 1940

THOMPSON, J. L.
J.L. Thompson, 24, single, died Monday at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Matt Thompson at Borders Chapel. He had been ill 10 months of tuberculosis. Funeral rites were conducted Wednesday at Borders Chapel with Rev. Brack Skaggs and Rev. Scott Castle, officiating, and interment was made in the Borders Chapel Cemetery. Besides his parents he is survived by 2 sisters, Mrs. Terie Castle of Georges Creek, KY and Mrs. Ollie Davis of Virginia. Big Sandy News, Friday May 17, 1940

THORNSBERRY, Mrs. Ernest
Sandy Hook, KY May 15--Mrs. Ernest Thornsberry, 20, died May 6 after a prolonged illness. She was operated for brain tumor at the Good Samaritan hospital in Cincinnati in February and had been home for about a month and was thought to be gaining strength but became suddenly worse. She was the daughter of Hiram Simmons of Newfoundland. Big Sandy News, Friday May 17, 1940

VANHOOSE, Proctor
Proctor Vanhoose, 36, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lon Vanhoose of the Lowmansville section, was fatally injured Monday in Eastern State Hospital, Lexington, where he was a patient. Officials said Vanhoose was hit on the head with the leg of a bathtub by another inmate, James Teegardem of Bracken County. Two other inmates also were injured by the Bracken County inmate before guards subdued him. The body was returned to Lowmansville Thursday for funeral and burial. Surviving are the parents, 3 brothers, Okel Vanhoose of Ashland, and Ezra and Carmel Vanhoose both at home and 3 sisters, Mrs. Sam Stambo, Ashland, Mrs. Edgar Colegrove, Lafollette, TN and Miss Earlene Vanhoose at home. Big Sandy News, Friday May 24, 1940

WALLACE, John L.
The body of John L. Wallace, 69, former Delbarton business man, was brought back to Glenhayes, WV, for interment last Friday. Mr. Wallace died Wednesday at the home of his sister, Mrs. J.E. Ratcliff in Westmoreland . Funeral was conducted in the Baptist Church in Kenova Friday morning. Member of the Kenova Masonic Lodge attended the rites in a group. Mr. Wallace operated a general store prior to retiring in 1930. He resided in Kenova before going to Delbarton. Surviving are a son, Opie Wallace of Charleston, 5 sisters, Mrs. Ratcliff, Mrs. Mary Chapman of Huntington, Mrs. John Montavon of Portsmouth, OH, Mrs. Wayne Lycans of Ferguson, WV, and Mrs. George Kelley of Dunlow, WV and 2 brothers, D. D. Wallace of Warfield, KY and W. T. Wallace of Kenova. Big Sandy News, Friday, May 17, 1940

WELLMAN, Mrs. McGuffey
Mrs. McGuffey Wellman, native of Louisa, died Monday in Pittsburgh, PA after a long illness. It was learned here Wednesday. She was 70 years old. Mrs. Wellman was born at Louisa, and reared in Catlettsburg, the daughter of Mont and Hester Burgess Goble. Her husband, McGuffey Wellman, a former Catlettsburg hardware merchant, died several years ago. Surviving is a daughter, Mrs. Maymie Werner of Pittsburgh. Mrs. Wellman was a sister in law of Mrs. Ben Williamson, Sr., of Catlettsburg and a relative of Mrs. Davis Martin, Sr., and Mr. Mont Magann, both of Catlettsburg. The body was brought to the Lazear Funeral Home in Ashland Wednesday night. Burial was in the Ashland Cemetery Thursday morning. Big Sandy News, Friday May 3, 1940

WELLS, Anna Miller
Mrs. Anna Miller Wells, 54, widow of the late L. W. Wells, died Monday at her home near the mouth of Georges Creek. She had been ill nearly a year of cancer. Funeral services and interment were at the Miller Cemetery on Meades Branch Tuesday. Rev. Bert Miller and Rev. D. A. Hayes officiating at the rites. Deceased was a daughter of the late Ben and Victoria Hall Miller and was born and reared in the Meades Branch section. Surviving are 6 children, William Wells, south Charleston, OH, Mrs. Margie Griffith, Mechanicsburg, OH, Mrs. Lillian Riggsby, Ashland, KY, and Phillip, Estill and Shirley Wells, at home; 3 brothers, Sam, Harrison and Jacob Miller, all of South Charleston, OH and a sister, Mrs. Dora Chapman, Westerville, OH. Big Sandy News, Friday May 17, 1940

WHISMAN, Dock
18??-1940
Dock Whisman, 57, farmer of Lucasville, OH, route 1, died Saturday in a Portsmouth, OH hospital. He was born Dec 3, 18?? in Elliott County. Tom and Jonas Whisman of Lawrence County are brothers of the deceased. Mr. Whisman moved to Ohio 8 years ago from Huntington. Big Sandy News, Friday may 24, 1940

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ARMSTRONG, Anna (Wellman)
1871-1940
Mrs. Anna Wellman Armstrong, 68, wife of John H. Armstrong, and a former resident of Louisa, died Wednesday of last week at her home in Portsmouth, OH after an illness extending since Christmas. Mrs. Armstrong was born Dec 22, 1871, a daughter of the late Wayne and Rebecca Perkins Wellman. She resided for a time in Louisa, and they moved to Portsmouth 32 years ago. Funeral was conduced in Portsmouth Saturday and interment made in Lucasville, OH. She is survived by her husband, and 2 half brothers, B. J. Howard of Blue Run, OH and M. B. Wellman of Mishawka, IN. Big Sandy News, Friday Jun 14, 1940

BALL, Nancy R.
Mrs. Nancy R. Ball, 63, wife of Bayless C. Ball of Fort Gay, route 2, died early Friday at the home on Mill Creek, 7 miles from Fort Gay. She had been ill for 6 months. Funeral services were conducted Sunday from the home and interment in the family cemetery. A daughter of the late John and Susan Skaggs Pauley, Mrs. Ball was born on Mill Creek and had resided in the same community all of her life. She had been a member of the Baptist Church for 45 years. Surviving besides the husband are 7 daughters, Mrs. Boyd Cyrus and Mrs. Lacey E. Cyrus, both of Fort Gay, route 2, Mrs. Aubrey Adkins, Mrs. Clarence McMillan and Mrs. Frank Phillips, all of Huntington and Misses Bessie and Blanche Ball, at home, one son, Eaetheal Ball of Fort Gay, route 2; one sister, Mrs. James H. Thompson of Fort Gay, route 2 and 3 brothers Wayne Pauley of Kenova, WV, John Pauley of Portsmouth, OH and Granville Pauley of Coal Grove, OH. big Sandy News, Friday Jun 28, 1940

BATES, Mrs. Nora (Holton)
1880-1940
Mrs. Nora Holton Bates, 59, wife of Matthew M. Bates of Blaine, died Friday afternoon at the Bates home after an illness of nearly 2 years. Funeral rites were conducted Sunday afternoon at 2 at the Blaine Methodist church with Rev. C. F. Froderman of Louisa officiating and interment was made in the Gambill cemetery at Blaine. Mrs. Bates was the daughter of Mrs. Hester Swetnam Holton of Blaine and the late George A. Holton, and was born and reared at Blaine. She had been a member of the Blaine Methodist church since she was 14 years old. Surviving are the husband, her mother, 2 daughters, Miss Shirley Bates at home and Mrs. Ralph Caudill of Wilbur, KY and a brother, Asbury Holton of Blaine, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday Jun 14, 1940

BILLUPS, Guy A.
Guy A. Billups, 29, died last Thursday at his home in Huntington. The body was returned to the Tabors Creek section near Fort Gay where funeral was conducted Saturday in the Tabors Creek Baptist Church. Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Maggie Billups Akers, his stepfather, William Akers, 3 brothers, George, James and Woodrow Billups; a step brother, John Akers all of Huntington; 6 sisters, Mrs. Nora McCaffrey and Mrs. L. D. Lockhart of Lavalette, WV and Mrs. Elmer Davis, Mrs. J. F. Fulk, Mrs. Elizabeth Whitney and Mrs. Frances Hazlett all of Huntington. Big Sandy news, Friday Jun 14, 1940

BLEVINS, Alice (Wells)
Mrs. Alice Wells Blevins, 70, wife of J. D. Blevins, died Jun 7 at her home at Edsel, Elliott County. Deceased was a daughter of the late W. R. and Nancy Wells. Funeral rites were conducted at the home Sunday with Rev. J. C. Blevins officiating and interment was made in the Blevins family cemetery. A large crowd attended the rites. Besides her husband, she is survived by 5 children, Mrs. Virgie Conway of Coal Grove, OH, Mrs. Nellie Cooper of Edsel, KY, William Blevins, of Carter, KY, and Wade and Norman Blevins, both of Edsel; 2 brothers, John and Norman Wells of Morehead, KY and a sister, Mrs. May Parker of Morehead, KY. Big Sandy news, Friday Jun 14, 1940

BURCHETT, Nettie (Bolt)
Mrs. Nettie Bolt Burchett, 68, died Sunday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. John Rakes on Durban Creek in Boyd County. She was a lifelong resident of Boyd County and had been a member of the Bolt's Fork Methodist Church for many years. Mrs. Lige Jackson, of Lavalette, WV is a sister. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 7, 1940

BUSKIRK, George Paschal
Ceredo, WV, Jun 26--George Paschal Buskirk, 44, was shot and fatally wounded today when he tried to force access into the home of Mrs. Druscilla Smith, 38 years old divorcee and mother of 5 children Police Chief Sam Patterson reported. Big Sandy News, Friday Jun 28, 1940]

CHRISTIAN, William
William Christian, 47, of Cyrus, WV, died at his home Jun 12. He is survived by the widow, Mrs. Stella Christian; 2 sons, Clarence and Clyde Christian, at home, 3 daughters, Miss Louisa, Frances and Blanche Christian at home; 3 brothers, John Christian of Lockburn, OH, Benjamin and Charles Christian of Cyrus; 3 sisters, Mrs. Burnie Ferguson of Wayne, Miss Sarah Christian, of Prichard and Miss Martha Christian of Huntington. Funeral services were conducted at the Whites Creek Baptist church by Rev. Henry Mullens, with burial in the Whites Creek Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday Jun 28, 1940

COCHRAN, Carl
Carl Cochran, 21, of Ashland, was drowned in Big Sandy River while in swimming with a party of Ashland people at Hall' s beach near Lockwood last Friday. The body was found Sunday by searchers about 40 feet from where Cochran was last seen by Russell Ross, a member of the party. Dr. J. C. Hall, Boyd coroner, said he believed the Ashland youth suffered a cramp while he was in the water. Cochran is survived by his mother, Mrs. J.L. Edwards and his stepfather, both of Ashland, by his father, Charles Cochran, of Portsmouth, OH and an uncle, Floyd Cochran, of Ashland. Big Sandy News, Friday Jun 14, 1940

DANIEL, Scott
Mrs. Scott Daniel, well known woman of Lowmansville, died at her home there Sunday, Jun 16. She had been ill for the past several months suffering from dropsy. Mrs. Daniel was a devoted Christian mother and had been a member of the Locust Grove United Baptist Church for many years. She was well known and has many relatives in Johnson and Lawrence Counties. She is survived by her husband, 2 sons and 4 daughters. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 28, 1940

ENDICOTT, A. J.
A. J. Endicott, 68, postmaster and merchant at Genoa, WV, was fatally injured Saturday night when hit by an automobile driven by J. B. Crum, Sr., 60, well known citizen and former merchant at Crum, WV. The accident occurred on U. S. Highway 52 near Mr. Endicott's store and it is presumed that Mr. Endicott was walking to his home after closing the store for the day. Justice of the Peace J. W. Hardwick, of Wayne conducted an inquest and returned a verdict of death by accident. Mr. Crum was arrested on a warrant charging manslaughter and place under $1,000, a customary procedure under West Virginia law. Mr. Crum, who stopped immediately to render all aid possible, was quoted by State Trooper Beryl Langford as saying that the accident was unavoidable as a heavy fog obscured vision on the highway. the accident occurred about 1:45 p.m. Funeral for Mr. Endicott was conducted Wednesday afternoon at the residence with Rev. Carmi Crabtree, Rev. Bascom Thompson and Rev. W. B. Curnutte, officiating, and interment was made in the Genoa Cemetery under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home of Louisa. Mr. Endicott was born near Clifford, this county, a son of the late Frank and Elizabeth Pack Endicott. He had resided at Genoa for 60 years and had been postmaster and a merchant there for 33 years. He had been a member of the Baptist church for 35 years. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Josephine Watts Endicott, 2 daughters, Miss Eva and Phyllis Endicott, both at home; 5 sons, Frank, Luther, Garland, Herbert and Everett Endicott all of Genoa, a sister, Mrs. Sarah Wilson of McVeigh, KY, a brother, Sam Endicott of Huntington, WV and 7 grandchildren 8 nieces and 5 nephews. Big Sandy News, Friday Jun 7, 1940

FERGUSON, Della
Mrs. Della Ferguson, wife of Luther Ferguson, Elliott County, died at her home May 27 following a lingering illness. She was 53 years old. Mrs. Ferguson was the daughter of the late Bill and Sara Ann Gilliam. Besides her husband, Luther, she is survived by 7 children: Mrs. Lizzie Roseberry and Mrs. Morris McGee, both of Portsmouth; Jack, Rich, Irene, Mona and Alice, all at home; 2 brothers, Richard Gilliam of Sandy Hook and Charlie Gilliam of Franklin Furnace, OH; 6 sisters, Mrs. Watt Wagoner, Mrs. Dave Gilliam, Mrs. Melvin Wright, Mrs. Brit Gibson, Mrs. Toby Adkins and Mrs. Sanders Gibson. Big Sandy News, Friday Jun 7, 1940

Mrs. M. L. Ferguson, of Fannin, Elliott County, died Monday, May 27, at her home after a long illness. Funeral was conducted by Rev. J. W. Ferguson and interment made in the family cemetery. She leaves to mourn her loss her husband and 7 children, Mrs. Lizzie Roseberry of Portsmouth, Mrs. Morris McGee of Portsmouth, Jack, Rich, Irene, Monnie and Alice at home. Six sisters, Mrs. Bril Gibson, Mrs. Tobe Adkins, Mrs. Sanders Gibson, Mrs. Watt Wagoner, Mrs. Dave Gilliam and 2 brothers, Charles Gilliam of Portsmouth, and Richard Gilliam of Sandy Hook. Big Sandy news, Friday Jun 7, 1940

FOX, Emma
Mrs. Emma Fox, of near Walbridge, widow of the late Dan Fox, died Saturday morning at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Hobart Scarberry in Huntington. The body was returned to this county and taken to the home cemetery near Walbridge where funeral and burial took place with Rev. Ed Lamber officiating. She is survived by a son, Dan M. Fox, Jr., of Louisa route 2 and a brother, James Salyers of Zanesville, OH and 21 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Friday Jun 7, 1940

HAYES, Lindsey
1890-1940
Lindsey Hayes, 50, native of the Little Blaine section of this county, died Sunday night at his home in Fairview, Ashland, after an illness of 6 months. Deceased was a son of the late Al and Julia Roberts Hayes and was born and reared on the right fork of Little Blaine. He had resided in Ashland for 26 years. Funeral was conducted Tuesday at the residence in Ashland with the Rev. Earl Dulaney officiating, and interment was made in Rose Hill Burial Park, Ashland. Besides his wife, Mr. Hayes is survived by 2 sons, Edgell Hayes and Chester Norman Hayes, both of Fairview and 2 brothers, Tom Hayes of Louisa and Williams Hayes of Charley, one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Caudill of Russell and 3 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Friday Jun 14, 1940

HOLBROOK, William
1854-1940
William Holbrook, 86, retired farmer and native of this county, died Wednesday afternoon of last week at his home at Denton after an illness of 4 years. The body was returned to this county and taken to the Hicksville section where funeral was conducted Friday afternoon from the Holbrook family cemetery where interment was made. Mr. Holbrook was born near Glenwood, this county, a son of Calvin and Ellen Brumfield Holbrook and spent his early life in this county. He had resided at Denton for many years. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mary Campbell Holbrook; 12 children, Mrs. Rube Adams, Alvan and Amon Holbrook, of near Webbville; Mrs. Sam Hicks, of Springfield, OH, Calvin, Charles and Emmett Holbrook, all of Columbus, OH, Mrs. A. L. Hicks of Williamson, WV, Mrs. Claudia Taylor of Ashland, KY, John Holbrook of Glenwood, KY, Mrs. Hugh Hicks, of Logan, WV, and Floyd Holbrook, address unknown; 6 brothers, John Holbrook, Seattle, WV, Cornelius Holbrook, Cadmus, KY, Calvin Holbrook, Jr., Glenwood, KY, Taylor Holbrook, Ashland, KY, Edford Holbrook, Burley, ID and Forrest Holbrook, Glenwood, KY, and one sister, Mrs. Eunice Stanley of Ashland, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 14, 1940

JUSTICE, J. T.
The body of J. T. Justice, 52, former Louisa business man who died Monday in Sanford, FL, was returned to Louisa Saturday for funeral and interment. Funeral rites were conducted Sunday afternoon in the Louisa Baptist Church with the pastor, Rev. J. C. Hager, officiating and interment was made in Pine Hill Cemetery, here. A large crowd attended the rites. Pall bearers were J. B. Kinstler, K. C. Elswick, L. L. Lycan, C. F. See, Jr., C. A. Lycan and Dr. R. C. Moore. A native of Pike County, Justice came to Louisa in 1919 and for a number of years was a partner in the Haines and Justice Lumber Co. here. Later he purchased the interest of Mr. Haines and continued the business as the J. T. Justice Lumber Company until a year ago, when he sold his property here and moved to Florida. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Dollie Frances Justice; 4 daughters, Mrs. Grady Rogers, Lexington, KY, Mrs. Charles Smith, Sanford, FL, and Misses Bernice and Marian Justice both at home; 2 sons, Clinton Justice of Orlando, FL and J. T. Justice, Jr., at home; 5 sisters, Mrs. George Haines, Danville, VA, Mrs. Nancy Ford, Shelbyville, KY, Mrs. Eva Hall, Pikeville, KY, Mrs. Jess Maynard, Williamson, WV and Miss Sula Justice of Ashland, KY and 4 brothers, C. C. Justice of Grundy, VA, Roscoe Justice of Majestic, KY and George Justice of Seattle, WA. Big Sandy News, Friday Jun 21, 1940

LESTER, Paris P.
1869-1940
Fort Gay, WV, Jun 10--Paris P. Lester, 70, widely known Wayne countian and prominent in Masonic work throughout West Virginia, died at his home in Wayne Wednesday morning of last week. At the time of his death, Mr. Lester was grand lecturer of the Royal Arch Masonic Lodge in West Virginia. He had served in this capacity for several years and was one of the best known Masonic officials in West Virginia as he had lectured at lodges in all parts of the state. For many years Mr. Lester taught school in Wayne county, where he had resided all of his life. He was born on Wolf Creek, east of Fort Gay in Butler district, September 18, 1869, son of the late Isaac M. and Margaret Christian Lester. He married Miss Zenobia Bloss, whose death occurred in Nov 1937. Mr. Lester was also a well known farmer and was one of the county's highly respected citizens. He was a member of Wayne Chapter No. 18, A. F. and A. M., Wayne Chapter No. 18, R. A. M. and was also a Shriner. He had been prominent in lodge work for years and served in many capacities  with these fraternal organizations. He was a member of the Greenbrier Baptist church for about 50 years and his lodge membership extended over about the same period. Funeral services were held at the Greenbrier Baptist Church Friday afternoon and burial was in the Christian cemetery on Hurricane Creek. Mr. Lester is survived by 3 sons and 2 daughters, Max E. Lester of Huntington, Muss N. Lester, Fort Gay, Garnet A. Lester, Charleston, and Mrs. Ruth Chadwick of Wayne. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Friday Jun 14, 1940

LYON, Elisha
Elisha Lyon, 65, farmer of Halcom, Elliott County, died Sunday in King's Daughters' Hospital in Ashland, after an illness of 4 months. He was a son of Lewis and Polly Sparks Lyon and was born in Elliott County. He had long been a member of the Halcom Baptist Church. the body was returned to Halcom Tuesday for funeral and interment. Surviving are 3 sons, Lewis Lyon, Ashland, B. J. Lyon, Halcom, and E. W. Lyon of Hyde Park, MI; one daughter, Miss Beulah Lyon of Frankfort, KY; 3 brothers, Wiley and L. L. Lyon both of Fielden, KY and A. W. Lyons of Union City, IN and one sister, Mrs. R. L. Sparks of Ashland. His wife, Mrs. Emma Thornsbury Lyon, died several years ago. Deceased was an uncle of Dr. H. H. Sparks of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 14, 1940

MARCUM, Edward L.
Edward L. Marcum, 40, member of a prominent Ceredo, WV family and nephew of R. L. Vinson and Mrs. Janie Land, died Saturday at his home after an illness of 18 months. Funeral was conducted Monday at the home of his mother, Mrs. J. O. Marcum in Ceredo with the Rev. O. W. Twinham, pastor of Emanuel Methodist Church, Huntington, officiating, and interment was made in Woodmere Cemetery, Huntington. Deceased was a past commander of the Ceredo-Kenova post of the American Legion and was a past master of the Ceredo Masonic Lodge. Besides his mother he is survived by his widow, a daughter, Miss Nancy; 2 sons, Howard and J. O. Marcum; 2 sisters, Mrs. Fisher Skaggs, Wayne, WV and Mrs. W. L. Ferrell, Ashland, KY. Attending the funeral from Louisa were Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Vinson, Mrs. Janie Land, Edward Land, Miss Nancy Land, James Ferguson, Mrs. Anna Jane Halbert and daughter, Jane Vinsent Halbrert and Dr. Ira Wellman. Big Sandy News, Friday Jun 28, 1940

 

MAYNARD, Mary (Murray)
1880-1940
Mrs. J. H. Maynard Dies of Injuries
Mrs. Mary Murray Maynard, 60, wife of John H. Maynard, and a native of Georges Creek section of this county, died Thursday of last week in a Portsmouth, OH hospital of injuries suffered a week earlier when she fell off a bridge near her home at Slab Run, OH. Mrs. Maynard lost her balance when she stepped on a loose board on the bridge. She was born at Georges Creek, April 22, 1880, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Murray. At the age of nine she went to Delorme, WV with her parents and was married in 1903 to Mr. Maynard. They moved to near Portsmouth in 1911 and had resided there since. Funeral and interment was Sunday at the home. Surviving are her husband and these children: Hurley Maynard, Mrs. Hallie Jerrolds of Nauvoo, OH; Kenneth Maynard of New Boston, OH; Claude Maynard of Slab Run, OH; Rodney, Thomas and Helena Maynard at home. Also surviving are her father of Portsmouth; two sisters, Mrs. Grace Nourse of Portsmouth, Mrs. Ella Holzer of Slab run and 10 grandchildren. Her mother died nine years ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 7, 1940

MCHARGUE, Luther
1892-1940
Luther McHargue, 47, of Louisa, route 1, general manager of the Preston Artificial Limb Company here, died late last Thursday in a local hospital after an illness of 16 weeks. Funeral rites were conduced Friday afternoon at 4 from the home 6 miles south of Louisa, with Rev. J. C. Hager of the Baptist church officiating. The body was taken early Saturday morning in the Curtright funeral car to his former home at Corbin, KY where brief rites were held in the Hopewell Church at 3:30 conducted by Rev. Ben Lockhart. Burial was made in the Hopewell Cemetery near Corbin. Mr. McHargue was born near Corbin, Dec 13, 1892, a son of Jesse and Mollie Halley McHargue. He moved to this county 7 years ago to become associated with Harper Preston in the Preston Artificial Limb Co. plant here. Previously he had been employed by the Johnson Artificial Limb Company in Cincinnati. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Thelma Miller McHargue; 5 daughters, Misses Irene, Virginia, Laura Ruth, Jesse Mae and Lois Jean, all at home; one son, William Ray at home; one sister, Mrs. Robert Peters, of Hamilton, OH and 5 brothers, Robert and Hobart McHargue of Cincinnati, OH, Virgil and Charles McHargue of Hamilton, OH and Jesse McHargue, Jr. of Corbin, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 14, 1940

MILES, Sarah
Mrs. Sarah Miles, 93, widow of William Miles, a Civil War veteran, passed away at her home in Sandy Hook Sunday. She is survived by 2 brothers, Lee Howard, with whom she made her home and Montgomery Howard of Ohio. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 7, 1940

PINKERTON, Mrs. Marian
Mrs. Miriam Pinkerton, 67, wife of E. G. Pinkerton, of Smith Branch, Greenup County, died May 23. Surviving besides the husband are 4 sons, Gilmer, Marion, OH, Bryan, Ashland, Ellis, Glenwood, and Brice at home and 4 daughters, Mrs. Hermia Young, Webbville, Mrs. Dorothy Estep, Kitts Hill, OH, Mrs. H. Kruse, Huntington, WV and Mrs. Celia Burke at home. Big Sandy News, Friday Jun 28, 1940

RAY, Helen
Miss Helen Ray, 16, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hershel Ray of Tomahawk, died May 22 in a Paintsville hospital following an appendicitis operation. Funeral was conducted at the Sulphur Springs Church near Tomahawk and interment made in the family cemetery. Surviving besides the parents are 3 sisters and 2 brothers. She was a junior in Inez high school. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 21, 1940

ROBERTSON, Elwood
Elwood Robertson, 20 months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Robertson of Mill Creek, WV, died in St. Mary's Hospital, Huntington, Jun 11, after an illness of one month. In addition to the parents, he is survived by a sister, Anetta and a brother, Ralph, both at home. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Sam Wellman with burial in the family cemetery on Mill Creek. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 28, 1940

SAGRAVES, Billie
Evidently killed by a train Tuesday night while he was enroute to his home at Walbridge after attending the carnival in Louisa, the body of Billie Sagraves, 8 years old, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ova L. Sagraves of Walbridge, was found between the rails on the C & O railway near the home of Dr. R. C. Moore, one and a half miles south of Louisa, early Wednesday morning. The boy, accompanied by his parents, had attended the carnival here Tuesday night and had begged his parents to permit him to stay loner and spend the night with grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Troy K. Sagraves, Louisa. His parents granted this request and left for home, directing their son to go to the home of his grandparents to spend the night. The boy never went to the home of his grandparents and it is believed he later decided to go home and was traveling the railroad perhaps endeavoring to overtake his parents. No wheels had passed over the body, but it was badly mangled. The body was found at 5:30 Wednesday morning by a WPA worker enroute from Three Mile to the Catt-Webbville road job. Surviving are the parents, Ova. L. and Effie Fyffe Sagraves, a sister, Juanita and 2 brothers, Carlos and Gene, at home and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Troy K. Sagraves of Louisa and Mr. and Mrs. Felix Fyffe of Cordell. Funeral rites will be conducted at 10 from the Curtright Funeral Home with Rev. J. C. Hager officiating and the body will be taken to Laurel for interment in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday Jun 14, 1940

SEGRAVES, A. M. "Alamander"
1868-1940
A. M. "Alamander" Segraves, 71, a native of the Upper Laurel section near the Johnson County line, died Thursday of last week at the home of his son in law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Preston Swiney, of Duck Run, OH near Portsmouth. He died of a heart ailment and was ill four weeks. Deceased was a son of the late G. V. and Nancy McDowell Segraves and was born and reared in the Upper Laurel section. He had been in Ohio for about 25 years. He was born Aug 4, 1868. In 1886, he was married to Laura Sena Skaggs, who preceded him in death in 1930. To this union 9 children were born, 2 dying in infancy. The following children survive: Mrs. Swiney, Mrs. John Moore of Ayersville, KY (near Louisa), Clarence of Ashland, Lon of Charleston, Paris of Woodstock, OH, and Everett and Virgil of Hilliards, OH. He also leaves a brother, J. M. Segraves of Paintsville and a sister, Mrs. Alice Ramey of Columbus. Funeral services were conducted Saturday at Hilliards in charge of Rev. Sandy Phillips. Burial followed in Wesley Chapel Cemetery at Hilliards. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jun 7, 1940

 

SLONE, Elizabeth (Greene)
Mrs. Elizabeth Greene Slone, 72, sister of Andrew Greene of Cordell, died Tuesday of last week at the home of a daughter, Mrs. D. J. Fairchild in Ashland. Funeral was conducted last Thursday with Rev. Alfred Chandler officiating and interment was made in the Ashland Cemetery. Big Sandy news, Friday, Jun 7, 1940

STEELE, Sallie
Mrs. Sallie Steele, 80, died Friday at the home of her son, Jake Steele of near Wilbur. Surviving are 2 sons, Jake and James Steele, a foster daughter, Mrs. Lattie Short of Lucasville, OH. Funeral was conducted Sunday afternoon with Rev. Isaac Skaggs officiating and interment was made in the O'Brian cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday Jun 14, 1940

SWETNAM, H. H. "Ham"
H. H. "Ham" Swetnam, 67, farmer of near Blaine, died at his home Sunday night after an illness of several weeks. Funeral rites were conducted Tuesday morning from the home with Rev. C. F. Froderman, pastor of the First Methodist Church of Louisa, officiating. Deceased was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Neri Swetnam pioneer resident of the Blaine section. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Belle Gambill Swetnam, 2 brothers, Joe T. Swetnam of Blaine and W. W. Swetnam of the Little Blaine section, and a sister, Mrs. Lou Ferguson of Blaine. Big Sandy News, Friday Jun 14, 1940

THOMPSON, R. P.
1857-1940
R. P. Thompson, 83, former Wayne countian, died at his home in Holden, MO, May 29. Mr. Thompson only lived one hour after being stricken with paralysis. He was born Jun 28, 1857, at Genoa, WV, the son of Penly and Nancy Thompson. He formerly lived on Tom's Creek, near Wayne, was a member of the Wayne Lodge, A. F. & A.M. He lived in Missouri for the past 35 years. He is survived by a daughter in San Diego, CA and a brother, H. B. Thompson of Holden, MO. Big Sandy News, Friday Jun 14, 1940

WELLMAN, Lottie (Isaac)
Mrs. Lottie Isaac Wellman, 25, wife of Henry Wellman, died Thursday of last week at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mart Isaac of the Smokey Valley section near Louisa. Funeral was conducted Friday at the Isaac home, with Rev. Ray Roberts and Rev. William W. Moore officiating. Surviving are the husband and parents; one sister, Mrs. Ollie Roberts, Louisa; 4 brothers, Thomas and Elmer Isaac at home, Gallie Isaac of Louisa route 4 and Mart Isaac, Jr. of Drift, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday Jun 28, 1940

WHITE, William J.
William J. "Uncle Bill" White, 82, pioneer resident of Martin County, died May 25 at the home of a son, Rainley White, at Oil Springs, Johnson County. Until a short time before his death he had resided at the home of his niece, Mrs. Fannie Ward, in Inez. Harlan White of Inez, is a brother. Funeral was conducted by Rev. J. B. Ball of Louisville, and interment was made in the Dempsey Cemetery near Warfield. Big Sandy News, Friday Jun 14, 1940

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JULY

BARKER, Harden
Harden Barker, age 85 years, died at the home of his son, Virgil Barker, on Keaton Fork, of Blaine, Jun 24 of infirmities due to old age. He leaves to mourn his loss 5 children, Margaret and Mary Barker of Martha, KY, Mrs. Nancy Collier of Martha, Thurman Barker, Waverly, OH, Virgie Barker, Blaine, KY, his wife preceded him in death a year ago. Burial was made in the Hiram Barker cemetery. Big Sandy news, Friday, Jul 5, 1940

CARTER, Roland
Roland Carter, 25, son of George R. Carter, and a native of Irish Creek section, was fatally injured while working in the mines near Mann, WV, Jul 5. He was struck on the head and chest by a falling rock while working on a loading machine and was rushed to a hospital immediately but died in a few hours. The body was returned to this county in the McNeely Funeral Home ambulance of Mann, WV, and taken to the home of his father on Irish Creek where funeral rites were conducted by Rev. S. B. Ball and Rev. William W. Moore. Interment was made in the Carter family cemetery. Deceased was born on Irish Creek and lived there most of his life. Surviving are the father, George R. Carter, a stepmother, Gertrude Gilmour Carter, one brother, Geiger Ray Carter and 3 sisters, Patty, Lottie and Madge Carter, all of Webbville, route 1. His mother, Mrs. Mary Berry Carter, died a few years ago. Big Sandy News, Friday Jul 19, 1940

CLARK, Richard
Richard Clark, 72, merchant and postmaster at Naugatuck, was killed last Friday afternoon when struck by a fast N & W freight train while performing his duties with the U. S. Mail a the Naugatuck station. Big Sandy news, Friday Jul 26, 1940

DAMRON, William L.
William L. Damron, 53, of 616 Carson Street, Westmoreland, died Jul 4 at his home. He is survived by his widow, 3 children, Bradley and Calvin Damron at home and Mrs. Garnet Frazier of Catlettsburg; 2 brothers, John Damron of Huntington and Calvin Damron of Fort Gay; 4 sisters, Mrs. Rosie Robinson and Mrs. Violet Lucas of Huntington, Mrs. Florence Medley of Ceredo and Mrs. Fannie Aliff of Sydney, WV and 2 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Friday Jul 12, 1940

DAMRON, William L.
William L. Damron, 53 years old of Huntington, died at his home there Jul 4. Funeral services were conducted at the Saltpetre Community Church Sunday by Rev. W. M. Nolan and Rev. J. Harvey. Burial was in the family cemetery at Saltpetre. He is survivied by the widow, 3 children, Bradley and Calvin Damron at home, Mrs. Garnet Frazier of Catlettsburg, 4 sisters, Mrs. Rosie Robinson and Mrs. Violet Lucas of Huntington, Mrs. Florence Medley of Ceredo and Mrs. Fannie Aliff of Fort Gay, 2 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 19, 1940

DEAN, David C.
David C. Dean, 89, of Walnut Street, Kenova, who died at his home Jul 16, was buried in the Billups Gap cemetery near Fort Gay following funeral services at 11 a.m. at the Rollins Funeral Home in Kenova. He is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. Fred Frickle and Mrs. Leota Fuller of Canal Fulton, OH and 6 sons, Edgar Dean of Fort Gay, Bert Dean of South Charleston and William, Roy, Sam and Fred Dean, all of Kenova. big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 26, 1940

FANNIN, Sarah Jane
Mrs. Sarah Jane Fannin, 80, widow of the late Henry Fannin, died Thursday night of last week at the home of her son, George Fannin, near Estep. She had been ill for 10 days. Deceased had been a resident of Lawrence County for 70 years. Funeral was conducted Saturday afternoon at the Garrett Chapel Methodist Church at Estep with the pastor, Rev. E. L. Everman, and Rev. Charles Miller of Columbus, OH officiating. Mrs. Fannin had been a member of the Garretts Chapel Methodist Church for 45 years. Her husband died 5 years ago. Survivors are 4 daughters, Mrs. Eva Smith and Mrs. Emma Hern, both of Columbus, OH, Mrs. Nellie Abbott, Washington Courthouse, OH and Mrs. Bertha Higgin, route 4, Louisa, 5 son, George, Ike, Bascom, Millard and Haskel Fannin, all of route 4, Louisa; one half-sister, Mrs. Sophia Fannin, route 4, Louisa, and 2 half-brothers, Cary and Isaac Fannin, route 4, Louisa. Pallbearers were Harry, Allen, Drew, Charles and Harold Fannin and Lou Hern, all grandsons. Big Sandy News, Friday Jul 19, 1940

GIBBS, Cora (Moore)
Mrs. Cora Moore Gibbs, 33, wife of Emmett Gibbs of Ashland, and a native of this county died Friday in King's Daughters' Hospital in Ashland after an illness of 2 weeks. Mrs. Gibbs was born in this county a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Moore who now reside at Wurtland, Greenup County. Funeral was conducted Monday in Ashland and interment made in the Williams Cemetery. Mrs. Gibbs is survived by her husband, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Moore of Wurtland, KY, 4 sisters and 4 brothers, as follows: Mrs. George Libbe, Wurtland, KY, Mrs. Floyd Gay, Jackson, KY, Mrs. Clarence Bruce, Chesapeake, OH, and Mrs. Nathan White, Bainbridge, OH, Frank Moore and John Moore of Wurtland, KY, Herman Moore, Melate, KY and Sam Moore, Maple, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday Jul 26, 1940

HITCHCOCK, William M.
William M. Hitchcock, 44, N & W employee, died Tuesday, at his home at Prichard after an illness of 3 years. He had resided at Prichard the past 4 years and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. R. S. Hitchcock of Inez, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 26, 1940

HUTCHINSON, Henderson Shannon
The following from a Long Beach, CA paper of Jun 12, tells of the death of Henderson Shannon Hutchinson, 60, a native of Buchanan, this county: Services for Henderson Shannon Hutchinson, 60, of 735 Lime Avenue, will be held this afternoon at 2:30 in the chapel of Holton & Son, with Dr. George P. Taubman, former minister and Rev. Homer A. Strong, present minister of First Christian Church, officiating. Mr. Hutchinson was a native of Buchanan, KY, and one of his maternal ancestors was a sister of Henry Clay, statesman and Kentucky Senator. He spent his boyhood in his native state and West Virginia and later operated music stores in Marion, Portsmouth and Chillicothe, OH and at Okmulgee, OK, prior to coming to Long Beach. He and Mrs. Hutchinson were married by Dr. George P. Taubman, Dec 25, 1900. He was a member of First Christian Church here and was head usher at the time of his demise. He belong to Okmulgee Lodge, AF & AM and the Scottish Rite Freemasons at Okmulgee. He was affiliated with the Beduoin Temple, Mystic Shrine at Guthrie, OK. He was manager of the Fitzgerald Music Co. for 3 years and wa sin charge of the refrigeration department, Sears, Roebuck and Co at the time of his death. A memorial wreath was place at his place in First Christian Church auditorium yesterday by his fellow ushers. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Harriet E. Hutchinson, 4 daughters, Mrs. Bess Creamer, Los Angeles, Mrs. Dorothy Warren, Mrs. Hope Cunningham, Mrs. Gail Thompson, all of Long Beach; 4 sons, Henderson Shannon Hutchinson, Jr., Woods and Keith Hutchinson all of Long Beach and Bernie Hutchinson, Oakland, a sister, Mrs. E. V. Hale, Parkersburg, WV, a brother, K. D. Hutchinson, Chicago, IL and 10 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Friday Jul 12, 1940

JORDAN, M. F.
186-1940
M.F. Jordan, 74, former State Representative from the Lawrence-Elliott district and a prominent citizen of the Little Catt section, died Saturday morning at his home at Tuscola after an illness of 3 weeks. Mr. Jordan was born Jan 1, 1866, on Little Catt, a son of the late Green and Susan Baker Jordan, pioneer residents and had resided there all of his life. For a number of years he was postmaster and merchant of Tuscola. He served one term as State Representative from this district and was widely known in this section. Funeral service was conducted Sunday afternoon at 2 from the Baker Chapel on Little Catt with Rev. Fred Vanhorn officiating and interment was made in the family cemetery. A large crown attended the rites. Mr. Jordan is survived by his wife, Mrs. Kitty Cunningham Jordan; 4 daughters, Mrs. William Jones, South Charleston, OH, Mrs. W. M. Neal and Mrs. L. J. Mills, both of Toronto, OH, and Miss Catherine Jordan, at home; 4 sons, A. E. Jordan, Ecorse, MI, Henry Jordan, Glenwood, KY, Marvin Jordan, Detroit, MI and Jennings Jordan at home and one sister, Mary Jordan of Portsmouth, OH. Big Sandy News, Friday Jul 19, 1940

LEMASTER, Henry R.
1858-1940
Henry R. Lemaster, 82, native of Flat Gap, KY, died at 6 a.m. Sunday at his home near Minford, OH, after an illness of complications. He had lived in the Minford community the last 8 years. Mr. Lemaster was born Dec 17, 1858, near Flat Gap, a son of John and Mary Lemaster. He lived in Johnson and Lawrence Counties until locating in Ohio. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Rachel Lemaster, and these children: Mrs. Frona Daniels, Mrs. Wilda McClure, Mrs. Julia Daniels of Paintsville, John and Joe Lemaster of Kerz, KY, Dennis Lemaster of Ashland, Hobart Lemaster of St. Albans, WV, Mrs. Addie Conley of Wharton, WV, Mrs. Mona Sloane of Winfred, KY and Mrs. Lora Caudill of Wheelersburg, OH. He also leaves a brother, Lafayette Lemaster of Ashland. Three children preceded him in death.  Short services were held Sunday at the residence and the body was taken to Paintsville for burial services Thursday at Lemaster Cemetery near Flat Gap. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 26, 1940

LYCANS, Jane (Noe)
1853-1940
Mrs. Jane Noe Lycans, 87, died a the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. W. Tabor, of near East Lynn, WV, Jun 23, after a lingering illness. Mrs. Lycans was born May 13, 1853, at Genoa, WV, the daughter of Samuel and Haney Napier Noe. She had been a member of the United Baptist Church for 67 years. In 1873, she was united in marriage to C. C. Lycans, who preceded her in death 8 years ago. In addition to the daughter, she is survived by one son, Boyd Lycans, of Wayne, one brother, Alfred Noe of Genoa; 3 sisters, Mrs. Nancy Margaret Napier, of Stiltner, Mrs. Cynthia Perry of Pond Creek, WV, and Mrs. Sarah Wellman of East Lynn. Funeral services were conducted at the home of her daughter by Rev. Paris B. Adkins and Rev. Burgess Adkins. Burial was in the Long Point Cemetery at Stiltner. Big Sandy News, Friday Jul 5, 1940

MAYNARD, Tilden J.
Tilden J. Maynard, 43, Wayne, WV, plumbing contractor and former Wayne deputy sheriff, was shot and fatally wounded in a scuffle with his father in law, Byron Smith, cashier of the Wayne County Bank, Monday in Wayne. Maynard died a few hours afterward in a Huntington hospital. State Trooper Beryle Langford quoted Smith, a former Wayne mayor, as saying that Maynard had been drinking and the two men quarreled over Maynard’s treatment of his wife, Smith’s daughter. Smith came to state police headquarters in Wayne and surrendered to Langford when he heard of Maynard’s death. He waived preliminary hearing before Circuit Judge Charles W. Ferguson and was released under $10,000 bond pending grand jury action. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 12, 1940

MCGUIRE, H. C.
H. C. McGuire, 53, C & O conductor for the past 30 years and one time a resident of Louisa, died last Saturday between Morehead and Olive Hill while on his regular run on the Lexington division. Physicians who examined the body at Olive Hill said death was due to acute indigestion. Mr. McGuire was a native of Lee County but resided in Louisa bout a year during the early ‘30’s. He is survived by his wife, who is a sister of Tom Wright of Louisa and by 8 children. Big Sandy News, Friday Jul 5, 1940

MCKEE, Robert A.
Robert A. McKee, 66, formerly of Louisa but for several years a resident of Cincinnati, was killed Jul 2 by a train in Rimar, PA while returning from work. It is reported that no eye witnesses saw the accident but it was evident that he had not met with foul play as his personal effects were all found on his body. He was employed in Pennsylvania as a master mechanic for the Dravo Construction Company. His body was returned to Cincinnati for funeral and burial last Saturday. A son of the late Mr. and Mrs. R. A. McKee, Sr., Mr. McKee came to Louisa when a child and was raised here. He was converted and became a member of the Louisa Baptist Church. His wife is the former Miss Genoa Wilson, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ramsey Wilson of Louisa. Also surviving are one son, Mike C. McKee, 4 daughters, Mrs. Mary Coen, Mrs. Jackie Buel and Roberda and Jean McKee, all of Cincinnati. Also one brother, W. B. McKee of Cincinnati and 2 sisters, Mrs. Mattie See of Seattle, WA and Mrs. Otto Frasher of Fort Gay, WV, all of whom were present at funeral and burial in Cincinnati Jul 6. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 12, 1940

MEEK, Jeffery
1897-1940
Jeffery Meek, brother of Winfrey Meek, former circuit clerk of Johnson County, was fatally injured by a C & O train near Whitehouse Jul 15, the third person to be killed by trains in that section in as many weeks. The other 2 victims were Johnny Akers and Frank Blevins of the Offutt and Whitehouse sections. People early Monday morning were attracted to the railway by Meek’s cries. Both his legs had been severed and his skull fractured. He was taken to a Paintsville hospital but died 4 hours later. He was a son of the late Nathan Meek of the east side of Big Sandy River below Paintsville and is survived by his wife and a number of children. Big Sandy News, Friday Jul 26, 1940

MURPHY, Frances Ann
Struck by an automobile while crossing U. S. 52 at her home near Crum, Frances Ann Murphy, age 4, was fatally injured shortly after noon Sunday. The child died 15 minutes after being admitted to a Williamson hospital of a fractured skull. She was the daughter rof Mr. and Mrs. Wess Murphy of the mouth of Jennies Creek. Leslie Marcum, 21, son of Wallace Marcum, Delbarton merchant, was arrested as driver of the car which hit the child and was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Paris Adkins in Wayne on a warrant charging manslaughter. The child, one of 6 in the family, started across the highway with her grandmother in front of Marcum’s car but failed to get across as quick as her grandmother. Big Sandy News, Friday Jul 26, 1940

ROMANS, Mel B.
Mel B. Romans, 75, of Whitepost, well known farmer of that section, died Sunday in a Williamson, WV hospital. Big Sandy News, Friday Jul 12, 1940

THOMPSON, John M.
1868-1940
John M. Thompson, 72, well known farmer and blacksmith of the Bells Trace section near Webbville, died at his home there Monday night at 10:30 after an illness of several weeks. A son of the late John and Elizabeth Pennington Thompson, Mr. Thompson was born Feb 11, 1868 near Webbville and resided there practically all of his life. He operated a large farm and a blacksmith shop on Bells Trace and was widely known. Funeral rites were conducted from the house Thursday morning and interment will be made in the McKinney Cemetery on Bells Trace. Surviving are the wife, Mrs. Emma Sturgell Thompson, 5 daughters, Mrs. Cebran Wilson and Mrs. Morton Webb, both of Webbville, Mrs. Clyde Busch of Willard, KY, Mrs. Virgil Pennington of Hemphill, WV, and Miss Jewell Thompson at home, 5 sons, Haskell Thompson, Washington Courthouse, OH, Estill Thompson, Louisa route 3, Levie E. Thompson, Whittman, WV, and Paul and Wilson Thompson of Webbville. Also surviving are 2 sisters and a brother, Mrs. B. F. Moore of Mattie, KY and Mrs. B. B. Wells of Webbville, KY and Lewis Thompson of Holden, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday Jul 12, 1940

WHITE, Mary Frances (Enyart)
1857-1940
Mrs. Mary Frances White, 82, of Ashland, and a native of this county, died Sunday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Charles L. Johnson, Ashland, after an illness of 8 months. She was born Sep 22, 1857 in this county, a daughter of William and Nancy Enyart. She had lived in Ashland 9 years. Funeral was conducted Tuesday from the Johnson residence and interment was made in the Fannin Cemetery. Surviving in addition to Mrs. Johnson is another daughter, Mrs. Charles Stewart, Riverton, KY, 3 sons, Millard and Keene White, both of route 4, Louisa and Labe White, Waterloo, OH; 32 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 26, 1940

WILLIAMS, Nan H.
Sandy Hook, Jul 23—Mrs. Nan H. Williams, 62, Circuit Court Clerk of Elliott county, died Monday morning at Murray hospital in West Liberty, after a lingering illness. Mrs. Williams, a daughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. S.J. Hunter, succeeded her late husband, J. K. Williams as clerk and has been serving in that capacity for the last 4 years. Surviving is one sister, Mrs. Nora Joyner of Sandy Hook. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church Wednesday with Rev. Charles Vansant of Freebury, KY officiating. Burial was in the Hunter Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday Jul 26, 1940

YATES, Rebecca Manda (Pennington)
Mrs. Rebecca Manda Yates, 71, widow of Flem Yates and native of Lawrence County, died Tuesday at the home of her nephew, Charles Pennington, in Ashland. The body was returned to this county and taken to the home of John M. Thompson on Bells Trace. Mrs. Yates was the aunt of Mrs. Thompson. Double funeral rites for Mrs. Yates, who died Monday were conducted at the Thompson home Thursday morning and both were interred in the same cemetery. Mrs. Yates was the daughter of Henry and Mary Gullett Pennington and was born in Lawrence County. Big Sandy News, Friday, Jul 12, 1940

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AUGUST

ADAMS, Leona (Vanhorn)
Mrs. Leona Vanhorn Adams, 23, a native of Zelda this county, and until recently a resident of Ashland, drowned Sunday while swimming in a lake at Hickory, NC, relatives in this county have been informed. Mrs. Adams was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Vanhorn and was born in this county near Zelda. She had resided in Ashland until a year ago. The body will be returned to this county and funeral will be conducted Friday at Buchanan Chapel Methodist church near Zelda and interment made in the cemetery there. Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Vanhorn, of Cetchum, OK, 2 sisters, Mrs. Roy Curnutte of Zelda, KY and Miss Garnet Vanhorn of Cetchum, OK; and 2 brothers, Elmer Vanhorn of Zelda, KY and Curtis Vanhorn of Cetchum, OK. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 2, 1940

ARRINGTON, Nancy Sue
Nancy Sue Arrington, 20 day old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Arrington of the Mattie section, died Sunday, Jul 28 after a brief illness. Burial was made in the J. W. Moore Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 9, 1940

BRADLEY, John w.
1854-1940
John W. Bradley, 86, well known Lawrence County citizen, died Sunday night at his home near Busseyville on Louisa, route 3. He had been in failing health for 10 years and seriously ill for a week. Funeral was conducted Wednesday morning at the cemetery with Rev. J. C. Hager, pastor of the Louisa Baptist Church officiating and interment was made in the Hutchinson family cemetery near Busseyville under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Mr. Bradley was born near Louisa in 1854, a son of the late William H. and Elizabeth White Bradley. He had resided on a farm near Busseyville the past 52 years, and had been a member of the Louisa Baptist Church for 61 years. Twice married his first wife, Mary Hale Bradley, died in 1911 and he was married in 1919 to Mary Belcher who survived. Other survivors are 2 daughters, Mrs. John Muncey of Louisa route 3, and Mrs. Bess McNeal of Ashland, KY, 2 sons, Milton F. Bradley of Louisa route 1 and Millard Bradley of Louisa, route 3; 2 sisters, Mrs. Victoria Wellman of Fort Gay, WV and Mrs. Cordelia Pridemore of Arkansas and 3 brothers, S. D. Bradley and Ham Bradley both of Louisa route 1, and Noll Bradley of Auxier, KY. Big Sandy News, Aug 30, 1940

BRANHAM, Ballard
Rev. Ballard Branham, 72, member of a pioneer family and a minister of the gospel since he was 17 years of age, died last Saturday at his home near Webb, WV. Funeral rites were conducted by Rev. William Sparks and Rev. Taylor Short and interment was made in a plot of ground the aged minister had selected many years ago on the farm of Riley Dillon near Webb. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Kate Maynard Branham, 8 sons, Clifford Branham, McVeigh, KY, Strother Branham, Webb, WV, Owen Branham, Wellsville, OH, Andrew Branham, Red Jacket, WV, Samuel, Gilbert and Martin Branham all of Webb, WV and 2 daughters, Shirley of Webb, WV and Bessie of Pennsylvania. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 30, 1940

BRICKEY, Mary (Pennington)
Mrs. Mary Pennington Brickey, a native of this county, died Wednesday of last week at her home at Rush, Boyd County. The body was returned to this county and taken to Gladys for funeral and interment last Friday. Funeral was conducted by Rev. Fred Vanhorn and interment was made in the family cemetery. She was a daughter of Mrs. Angeline Pennington and the last Sanford Pennington of Gladys. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 9, 1940

BURTON, E. L.
E. L. Burton, 68, member of a prominent Lawrence County family died Monday of last week at his home at Thealka, KY. Deceased was born on Georges Creek, this county, a son of the late Mack and Christine Davis Burton, but resided at Blaine during his early life, moving to Thealka 31 years ago. He had been employed by the Northeast Coal Company there as blacksmith for many years. Funeral was conducted at Thealka Wednesday of last week by Rev. J. C. Hager, pastor of the Louisa Baptist Church and former pastor at Van Lear. The body was returned to this county for interment in the family cemetery near Ulysses. Mr. Burton was a member of the Christian Church and a member of the Paintsville Masonic Lodge. Surviving are 2 daughters, Mollie of Detroit, MI and Christine of Akron, OH; 2 brothers, A. T. Burton of Louisa and G. V. Burton of Blaine, and 2 sisters, Mrs. R. S. Chaffin of Louisa and Mrs. Charles Palmer of West Jefferson, OH. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 9, 1940

BURTON, Garthy
Garthy Burton, 87, well known citizen of the Mt. Olive section of this county, died Wednesday of last week at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ranzie Caudill of Chandlersville. Funeral was conducted Friday morning from the Caudill home and interment made in the family cemetery. Mr. Burton had long been a church member and was highly respected. He is survived by a number of children and grandchildren. His wife died about a year ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 30, 1940

BUTCHER, Bud
Pinned under their wrecked truck, Ben Cavins, Jr., 22, and Bud Butcher, 48, of near Whitehouse, were fatally burned Monday of last week at a point on the Garrett highway between Inez and Paintsville and Burns Whitaker, 26, owner and driver of the truck, suffered severe burns in trying to extricate his trapped companions from the flaming wreckage. When the gasoline feed pipe on his truck became clogged, Whitaker, it is said, place a 5 gallon can of gasoline on the floor of the truck and connected a hose to the carburetor. Later when the truck wrecked, the gasoline was spilled and immediately ignited. Cavins and Butcher, caught under the truck, took the full force of the burning gasoline, and very piece of clothing was slowly burned from their bodies, it was reported. Whitaker, who was thrown clear when the truck wrecked, received his burns in futile efforts to extricate his agonized companions. Cavins died the same day in a Paintsville hospital and Butcher died the next day. Whitaker, although seriously burned, will recover, hospital attaches at Paintsville said. A small boy riding in the truck escaped with only a slight head injury. Cavins was a son of Ben Cavins, Sr. of near Whitehouse and Butcher was a son of Morton Butcher, of the Boons Camp section. Both were married men with families. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 30,1940

 

CASSADY, Garfield
Garfield Cassady, 63, of Preece, Martin County, died Monday night at the home of a son, Bradley Cassady at Kermit, WV following a heart attack. Big Sandy News, Friday Aug 2, 1940

CAVINS, Ben Jr.
Pinned under their wrecked truck, Ben Cavins, Jr., 22, and Bud Butcher, 48, of near Whitehouse, were fatally burned Monday of last week at a point on the Garrett highway between Inez and Paintsville and Burns Whitaker, 26, owner and driver of the truck, suffered severe burns in trying to extricate his trapped companions from the flaming wreckage. When the gasoline feed pipe on his truck became clogged, Whitaker, it is said, place a 5 gallon can of gasoline on the floor of the truck and connected a hose to the carburetor. Later when the truck wrecked, the gasoline was spilled and immediately ignited. Cavins and Butcher, caught under the truck, took the full force of the burning gasoline, and very piece of clothing was slowly burned from their bodies, it was reported. Whitaker, who was thrown clear when the truck wrecked, received his burns in futile efforts to extricate his agonized companions. Cavins died the same day in a Paintsville hospital and Butcher died the next day. Whitaker, although seriously burned, will recover, hospital attaches at Paintsville said. A small boy riding in the truck escaped with only a slight head injury. Cavins was a son of Ben Cavins, Sr. of near Whitehouse and Butcher was a son of Morton Butcher, of the Boons Camp section. Both were married men with families. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 30,1940

CHAFFIN, Laura (Kitchen)
Mrs. Laura Kitchen Chaffin, 65, wife of Robert Chaffin, of Fort Gay died early Tuesday morning at the home in Fort Gay, one week after suffering a paralytic stroke. Deceased was born and reared at Dennis, this county, a daughter of the late William and Martha Cooksey Kitchen. She moved to West Virginia 8 years ago. Deceased had been a member of the Dennis M. E. church, South for 25 years.  Funeral service was conducted Wednesday afternoon at 2 from the Dennis Methodist Church with Rev. Lloyd Jordan and Rev. Fred Vanhorn officiating, and interment was made in the Kitchen family cemetery near Dennis. Mrs. Chaffin is survived by her husband, 3 daughters, Mrs. C. Quisenberry, of Webbville, KY, Mrs. R. H. Huff of Prestonsburg, KY, and Miss Gladys Chaffin at home; 2 sons, Dewey Chaffin of Cadmus, KY and William Chaffin at home; 2 sisters, Mrs. Lindsey Webb and Mrs. George Carter both of Gladys, KY and 2 brothers, John and Flem Kitchen both of Dennis, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday Aug 2, 1940

CHURCH, Charles
1892-1940
Charles Church, 48, cutter in the Selby Shoe Co. plant at Portsmouth and a native of this county, died at his home in Portsmouth last Friday. He had suffered an injured hip in a fall last November and had not completely recovered. He was able to work until 2 weeks ago, however. Mr. Church was born Mar 12, 1892, in this county, a son of William and Jennie Short Church, but had resided in Portsmouth for 35 years. He was deacon and treasurer of Grandview Avenue Christian Church there. Funeral was conducted in Portsmouth Monday and interment made in Memorial Park Cemetery there. Surviving are his wife, Merle Cunningham Church, a son Howard Church, Portsmouth, a daughter, Mrs. Averal Baker, of Portsmouth, his mother, Mrs. Jennie Ferguson, Portsmouth, a brother, Edward Church of Ironton, a sister, Mrs. Margaret Carter, Portsmouth, and 3 grandchildren, Sandra Church and Ronald and Terrill Baker. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 9,1 940

CHURCH, Harvey
Harvey Church, died Sunday, Jul 21, after an illness of a week at the home of his son, Worth Church, of Wilbur. He was buried Tuesday Jul 23 at Charley, where he lived before moving to Wilbur, last October. He is survived by his wife, Luanna Church, 5 sons, and one daughter, all living in and around Charley and Ulysses with the exception of one son, Worth. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 9, 1940

COMPTON, Jay Vanhorn
Jay Vanhorn Compton, 11 day old son of Mr. and Mrs. David Compton of the Five Forks section north of Louisa, died Wednesday morning at the home. The child was the 13th in the family and is survived by 7 sisters and 5 brothers. Also surviving are the grandmother, Mrs. Mary Belle Vanhorn and great grandmother, Mrs. Weltha Ann Short, both of Louisa, route 3. Funeral was conducted Wednesday afternoon by Rev. L. S. alley and interment made in the Short Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 30,1 940

COOKSEY, Bert, Jr.
Bert Cooksey, Jr., 22 of Tuscola, was crushed to death under a slate fall shortly before noon Tuesday, in a coal mine operated by his cousin, Dennis Cooksey, on the farm of Mayor Dewey Isaac at Green Valley. Cooksey and his father, Bert Cooksey, Sr. were working at the facing of the 3 1/2 foot seam of coal about 400 feet inside the mine when a piece of slate weighing about 3 or 4 tons fell from the ceiling, crushing young Cooksey under it. The falling slate missed the elder Cooksey by a bare six inches, he reported. Six other miners working in a nearby "room" heard the cries of the elder Cooksey and rushed to the scene of the accident and later helped extricate the body of young Cooksey. Caught in a crouching position while he was undercutting the coal with a pick, the youth was horribly crushed. The body was brought to the Curtright Funeral Home here and prepared for burial. Funeral was conducted, Thursday morning by Rev. Lloyd Jordan from the Baker Chapel on Little Catt with a large crowd attending. Besides the parents, the youth, is survived by 5 sisters, Mary Jane, Dotty Jean, Jewel, Dorothy and Kittie Evaline and 2 brothers, Lewis F. and Ora L. Cooksey, all at home.  The mien is on the former V. D. Harmon farm near Green Valley, now owned by Mayor Dewey Isaac, of Louisa. It is one of 7 "wagon" mines now being operated in the Catt section and employs 8 men who produce approximately 200 tons of coal a week. Production from the mines is transported to Ohio by truck where three is a ready market. The Cooksey youth had commenced work in the mine about 5 or 6 weeks ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 30, 1940

CRABTREE, Mae (Endicott)
Mrs. Mae Endicott Crabtree, 29, wife of Max Crabtree of Fort Gay and teacher in the Fort Gay schools, died Tuesday night in a Louisa hospital. Mrs. Crabtree, a daughter of Gabe R. and Ellen Parsley Endicott, of Webb, WV, was born and reared at Webb and was a graduate of the Wayne county high school. Mr. and Mrs. Crabtree had resided at Fort Gay the past four years. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the Fort Gay Methodist Church with the pastor, Rev. Sam Wellman, officiating, and interment was made in the Cassie-Copley Cemetery at Cassie, WV. Besides the husband and parents, Mrs. Crabtree is survived by a 3 day old son, Harod David; 2 sisters, Mrs. C. E. Shoemaker of Portsmouth, OH and Miss Edith Endicott of Webb, WV and 4 brothers, Everett Endicott of Crum, WV, Howard and James Endicott of Webb, WV and Emory Endicott of the U. S. Army air corps stationed in Florida. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 23, 1940

CURRY, J. Mont
J. Mont Curry, 89, of Webb, WV, died Tuesday of last week in a Williamson hospital where he had been a patient since May 28. complications resulting from a fracture of the hip, sustained in a fall at his home was the cause of death. Mr. Curry was born Oct 25, 1850, near Delbarton and lived there until about 1890 when he moved to Wayne County. He was a timber man and farmer but retired about 10 years ago. On Aug 11, 1870, he was united in marriage to Miss Jane Y. Roman and they would have celebrated the 70th anniversary of their wedding had he lived until Saturday of this week. He was a member of the Baptist Church. Funeral services were held Thursday at the residence with the Rev. Sheridan Curry of Delbarton and the Rev. Ballard Copley of Webb, officiating. Surviving are the widow and the following children: Morgan and Thomas Curry, Huntington, Harry K. Curry, Kermit, Mrs. Chloe Little, Webb, Mrs. G?? Duncan and Mrs. Antha Stewart, Bluefield, Mrs. Betty Fitzpatrick, Glenhayes and Brooke Franklin, Williamson. also surviving are 5 brothers and one sister. L. V. S., Harvey, John, Sheridan and Joe Curry all of Delbarton and Mrs. Sallie Slater, Chattaroy. He leaves 26 grandchildren and 50 great grandchildren. A brother, Eli Curry, preceded him in death 2 weeks ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 16, 1940

DAVIS, Mary E. (Jackson)
1845-1940
Mrs. Mary E. Davis, 95, Louisa's oldest and one of its best loved citizens, died at 2:30 Monday morning at her home here. She had been ill for 2 weeks. Mrs. Davis was born in Russell County, VA, Jun 20, 1835, a daughter of the late Richard and Elizabeth Thompson Jackson, but came to this county with her parents when a girl. She had resided in Louisa for more than 40 years. Her husband, James A. Davis, died in 1905. A few weeks ago her neighbors and friends honored her with a birthday party on her 95th birthday at her home. She had been a member of the Louisa Baptist Church since girlhood. Funeral rites were conducted Wednesday morning at the Louisa Baptist Church with the pastor, Rev. J. C. Hager, officiating and interment was made in the Davis family cemetery on The Point south of Louisa under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. A large assemblage attended the services. She is survived by one brother, R. C. Jackson, of Huntington and 19 nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Active: C. F. See, Jr., Jiles Simpson, C. B. Bromley, G. A. Hawes, L. L. Kinser and Zep Heston. Honorary: Mrs. B. J. Calloway, Mrs. J. B. Crutcher, Mrs. H. B. Hewlett, Mrs. G. A. Hawes, Mrs. Zen Vinson and Mrs. L. L. Kinser. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 9,1 940

FOSTER, B. H. (Ben)
B. H. (Ben) Foster, 51, of the Crabtree Hill section, 6 miles east of Fort Gay, committed suicide by firing a bullet into his head Sunday, Aug 18 at his home on Trace Creek. Mr. Foster left a note to his daughter, Dorothy, saying that he was in bad health and that "no one cares for me". He had been unemployed and friends said he had been  despondent over inability to provide for his children and over the prospect that they might leave home and become separated. His wife died sometime ago. He formerly was employed by the WPA. Deputy Sheriff Lindsey Queen, who investigated the shooting, said it occurred about 1 Sunday afternoon and that Mr. Foster was alone at the time. He had sent his small son "down the hollow" to ask some neighbors to come up to the Foster house. When 2 men of the neighborhood arrived, they found him lying fatally wounded under an apple tree in the yard. He was alive but died soon thereafter without speaking. He had been shot in the right temple. Lying close to the man was a .22 calibre rifle which had been fired, the deputy sheriff said. He is survived by 4 sons and 6 daughters. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 30, 1940

HAYES, Genoa (Large)
1870-1940
Mrs. Genoa Large Hayes, 69, widow of the late Garfield Hayes and a native of Lawrence County died Monday of last week at her home near Chillicothe, OH. The body was returned to the county and taken to the Daniels Creek section where funeral and interment took place Thursday with Rev. Custer Bishop in charge. Interment was made in the Hayes family cemetery there. Mrs. Hayes had moved with her family to Ohio 13 years ago from this county. Her husband died three months ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 9, 1940

HOWELL, Ottie (Bowling)
Mrs. Ottie Bowling, 51, wife of Henry Howell of Glenwood, died at her home there Thursday afternoon of last week after an illness of 2 years. She was born at Willard, Carter County, a daughter of Jerry and Clara Church Bowling and moved to this county 25 years ago. She had been a member of the Christian church for many years. Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon at 2 from the Howell home at Glenwood and interment was made in the family cemetery there. Besides the husband, Mrs. Howell is survived by 3 sons, Garland, George N. and Hager Howell, all at home, one daughter, Miss Nora Howell at home, and 2 sisters, Mrs. Robert Day of Gladwind, MI and Mrs. Curtis Hardesty of Willard, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 16, 1940

JOHNS, C. C. Sr.
C. C. Johns, Sr., 66, colored, for many years a resident of Catlettsburg, died Tuesday at the home here of his mother, Mrs. Lewis Freese. He had been in failing health for 7 years. Funeral will be conducted from the Freese home in Louisa Friday morning at 11 and the body will be taken in the Curtright funeral car to Catlettsburg where brief rites will be conducted at the Catlettsburg Cemetery at 1:30 by Rev. Kinney of Catlettsburg. Johns was born in Louisa, a son of Mrs. Amanda Burgess Johns and the late Henderson Johns. He moved to Catlettsburg in 1901 and had operated a barber shop in Huntington until last October when ill health forced him to retire. He was a lifelong member of the Baptist Church. Surviving besides his aged mother are 3 sons, Fred A. and John H. Johns both of Charleston, WV and C. C. Johns, Jr., of Washington, D. C. and a half brother, Fred Freese of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 9,1940

MILLER, Hannah (Gambill)
Mrs. Hannah Gambill Miller, 70, widow of the late Peter Miller, died Saturday at the home of her son, Norman Miller, at Martha. Mrs. Miller during the past 7 years had resided with her son in law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Mulkey at Jenkins, and became ill while enroute with them in a car to Martha for a visit. She died 10 minutes after reaching her son's home at Martha. Death was attributed to a stroke. Deceased was a daughter of the late Jesse and Ellen Boggs Gambill and was born and reared near Martha. Her husband, died 9 years ago. Surviving are 2 daughters, Mrs. E. P. Spaulding of Dawson, NB and Mrs. J. C. Mulkey of Jenkins, KY; 10 sons, Roscoe Miller, Ashland, KY, Arbie and Oscar Miller, of Jenkins, KY, Curtis and Charles Miller of Portsmouth, OH, Harrison Miller of Los Angeles, CA, Anderson Miller of Wanachee, WA, Norman and Darrell Miller, of Martha, KY, and Augustus Miller of London, OH; one sister, Mrs. Tivis Kidd of Orr, KY, and one brother, Norman Gambill, of Ashland, KY. Funeral for Mrs. Miller was conducted Tuesday afternoon in the United Baptist Church at Martha with Rev. Phillip Skaggs officiating and interment was made in the Miller Cemetery near Martha. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 9, 1940

MOORE, B. F.
B. F. Moore, 59, of Louisa, onetime supervisor for the Rural Highways Division in Lawrence County, died early Tuesday morning in a Louisa hospital following a brief illness. Born at Wilbur, Mr. Moore was a son of Mrs. Mary Greene Moore, of Louisa and the late J. J. Moore. For many years he clerked in the store at Andrew Loar here. Later he resided in Columbus, Oh and in West Virginia, but returned to his home county several years ago, and had resided in Louisa the past 5 years. He served as county supervisor for the Rural Highways Division here for a few years during the administration of Governor Chandler. Funeral rites will be conducted Thursday afternoon at 2 at Louisa First  Methodist Church with the pastor, Rev. C. F. Froderman and Rev. Jesse H. Holbrook officiating. Interment will be made in Pine Hill Cemetery here under direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Deceased was a member of the First Methodist Church here. Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Mary Greene Moore, of near Louisa, his wife, Mrs. Stella Prince Moore, one daughter, Mrs. Albert Griffith of Rodesssa, LA; a sister, Mrs. Jeff Ball of Mattie; 2 brothers, Dr. R. C. Moore of near Louisa and L. C. Moore of Rockdale, KY and 4 grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Active: Phillip Preece, K.C. Elswick, B. A. Wells, J. L. Moore, L. S. alley and Othie Thompson; Honorary: Dr. J. E. Carter, William A. Cheek, J. N. Marcum, Sr., Jay B. Moore, Alvis See, H. K. Moore, H. H. Roberts, George F. Smith, Augustus Snyder and Curtis D. Williams. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 2, 1940

NEW, Lott
Lott New, 38,, former resident of Torchlight, was killed Tuesday of last week in the mines at Lundale, WV. The body was returned to this county and funeral rites were conducted last Thursday at the home of his brother, Victor New, at Torchlight with Rev. S. B. Ball officiating. Interment was made in the New family cemetery near Torchlight. A son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Tom New, he was born at Torchlight. He is survived by his wife, and 2 children, 5 brothers, Victor and Rice New, both of Torchlight, Paul New of Williamson, WV and Luther and George New of Lundale, WV and one sister, Mrs. Rose King of Williamson, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 2, 1940

NEWMAN, Ida J.
Stricken while visiting her sister at Prichard, WV, Mrs. Ida J. Newman of Portsmouth died Thursday of last week in Memorial hospital in Huntington. Mrs. Newman came to Prichard Jul 28 to visit her sister, Mrs. Alexander Smith and became ill Monday. She was taken to the Huntington hospital the same day. Death was attributed to complications. Mrs. Newman had resided in Portsmouth for 40 years and had been a sales lady at Atlas Fashion for many years. Besides the sister, she is survived by a son, Roy Newman, of Portsmouth and a daughter, Mrs. F. C. Frowine of Wheelersburg, OH. Funeral rites were held Saturday afternoon at the Rollins funeral Home in Kenova and interment made in the family cemetery near Cyrus, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 9,1 940

PERKINS, Burdie Ellen (Burton)
Mrs. Burdie Ellen Perkins, 51, wife of Ermine Perkins and a native of Glenwood, died Sunday at her home in Grayson after a long illness. Mrs. Perkins was born at Glenwood, a daughter of the late Isaac and Mary Bell Burton. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Funeral services were held at the residence Tuesday with burial in Snodgrass Memorial Cemetery, Grayson. Mrs. Perkins is survived by her husband, 4 sons, Clarence Ermine Perkins, Jr., Ivan Lee Perkins, Willard Perkins, and James Perkins, all of Grayson; a daughter, Mrs. Flora E. Johnson, Grayson, 10 grandchildren, 4 sisters, Mrs. George Easterling, Lookout, KY, Mrs. Forrest Kitchen, Pedro, OH, and Miss Margie and Miss Pauline Burton, both of Grayson, and 3 brothers, Clyde Burton, Ashland, Clarence Burton, Williamson, WV, and Cecil Burton, Russell, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday Aug 2, 1940

PERKINS, Birdie Ellen (Burton)
1888-1940
Mrs. Birdie Ellen Perkins, wife of Ermine Perkins of Grayson, died at her home at 2:20 a.m. Sunday morning Jul 28. She was the mother of 4 sons and one daughter, Clarence Ermine, Ivan Lee, Willard Otis, James Watts and Flora Ellen. Mrs. Perkins was the daughter of Isaac and Mary Burton who have preceded her in death. She was born at Glenwood, KY, Lawrence county in 1888 and has been a resident of Grayson for the past 27 years. She leaves behind 4 sisters, Mrs. Georgia Easterling of Lookout, KY, Mrs. Elin Kitchen of Pedro, OH, Miss Pauline Burton and Miss Margaret Burton of Grayson, KY and 3 brothers, Clyde of Ashland, Clarence of Williamson, WV and Cecil Burton of Russell, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 9, 1940

PRINCE, Cecil W.
Cecil W. Prince, 25, formerly of Bolts Fork, was killed Monday in a slate fall in the mines near Logan, WV. The body was returned to Bolts Fork and funeral was conducted Wednesday in the Ross Chapel and interment made in the Leslie Cemetery on Bolts Fork. Surviving are his wife, and one child, and his father, James Prince of Catlettsburg. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 16, 1940

RATCLIFF, Ellen (Jordan)
1862-1940
Mrs. Ellen Jordan Ratcliff, 78, native of Lawrence County and widow of the late J. H. Ratcliff, died Thursday of last week at the home of a daughter, Mrs. D. A. Smith in Ashland. Funeral was conducted Sunday at the Clark Funeral Home in Ashland with Rev. J. S. Falcouner, pastor of the Ashland First Christian Church, officiating and interment was made in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Ashland. Mrs. Ratcliff was born in this county in 1862. Her husband died in 1937. She had resided with her grandson, Damer Kelley in this county until going to Ashland 2 months ago. Surviving are 2 daughters, Mrs. D. A. Smith, Ashland, and Mrs.  Della Fleak, Hileah, FL; 2 sons, W. B. Ratcliff of Jeriel, KY and Herbert Ratcliff of Cincinnati, OH; 4 brothers, Robert Jordan, Jeriel, Boston Jordan, West Virginia, Tom Jordan, Boyd County, and Rufus Jordan, Friendship, OH; 3 grandchildren, Mrs. A. D. Carter, Ashland, Mrs. George Moore, Ashland and Mrs. Clayton Drake, Toledo, OH and several other grandchildren and great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 9, 1940

SAMMONS, William A.
William A. Sammons, 74, well known farmer of the Baker Gap section on the head of Yellow Creek, was found dead in a field near his home early last Saturday morning. the aged farmer's body, slumped beside a path at the edge of a wood 400 yards from his home, was found by his 9 year old nephew, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Bennett Sammons, who was enroute to the neighborhood store. Members of the family said Mr. Sammons had left the house after eating breakfast to walk to a nearby field to look over the crops. Justice of the Peace O. C. Atkins, after holding an inquest, reported the aged man evidently died of a heart attack, probably induced by the excessive heat. The deceased was a son of James and Sarah Pinion Sammons, pioneer resident of this county. He was a member of the Baptist Church. Funeral rites were conducted from the home Sunday afternoon with Rev. William Sparks and Rev. Tom Sammons officiating and burial made in the family cemetery near Baker Gap. He is survived by 6 daughters, Mrs. William Marcum, Webb, WV, Mrs. Ben Fitch, Webb, WV, Mrs. Herbert Endicott, Beauty, KY, Mrs. Calvin Brown, Missouri Branch, WV, Mrs. Millard Hughes, Clifford, KY, and Miss Marie Sammons, at home; and 6 sons, Sherman Sammons, Knox Creek, KY, and Hubert, Dewey, Floyd, Howard and Lawrence Sammons, all at home. His wife, Mrs. Florence Sammons preceded him in death. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 2, 1940

SCOTT, Oscar
Oscar Scott, 33, bus driver for the Kentucky-Virginia Stages over the Mayo Trail and former owner of the Louisa-Blaine Sandy Hook Bus Line, died Friday in the Pikeville Methodist hospital after becoming ill while driving his bus into Louisa Wednesday of last week. Peritonitis developing from a ruptured ulcer of the stomach caused his death, it was reported. He became ill near Busseyville while driving north over the detour around the Mayo Trail paving job, but managed to reach Louisa. After being treated at a local hospital he was taken to his home in Pikeville and on Thursday morning submitted to an operation in the Methodist hospital, succumbing the next morning. Funeral was conducted in Pikeville Methodist Church, Sunday. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Petty Scott of Pikeville. He was married in 1926 to Miss Gladys Marie Milem who with 2 children survived. "Scottie" as he was familiarly known, had been a bus driver on the Mayo Trail for a number of years and was widely known through the valley. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 23, 1940

SHORT, Arbie
Arbie Short, 38, a World War veteran, died last Friday morning at his home at Cordell a few minutes after suffering a heart attack. He was a son of the late Jack Short and Mrs. Easter Moore Short and was born and reared at Cordell. During the World War he served in France with the American Expeditionary Force several months and participated in a number of major battles, but was never wounded. Funeral was conducted at the home Sunday by Rev. W. T. Fraley, Rev. William W. Moore and Rev. Arlie Blackburn and interment was made in the Short family cemetery at Cordell. Besides his mother he is survived by his wife, Mrs. Phoebe Cordle Short, 2 children, Neil and Lena at home; 3 brothers, Lattie Short, Coopersville, OH and J. M. and Alva Short both of Adams, KY; and 2 sisters, Mrs. Ethel Bowling of Blaine, KY and Mrs. Zee Hackney of Lowmansville, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 16, 1940

SISSON, Mildred (White)
1858-1940
Mrs. Mildred White Sisson, 81, a native of the northern end of Lawrence County and widow of the late George A. Sisson of Portsmouth, OH, died Tuesday of last week at her home in Portsmouth. She had been a semi-invalid for several years. Deceased was born in this county Oct 19, 1858, a daughter of Ephriam and Harriet White. Mrs. Sisson with her husband and family moved to Portsmouth in 1900. She was a member of the Methodist Church at Cyrus Chapel, Boyd County and interment was at Portsmouth last Thursday. Surviving are 4 daughters, and a son, Mrs. William Brand, Sr. of Friendship, OH, Allen Sisson of Nauvoo, OH, Mrs. Henry Bruch, Portsmouth, OH, Mrs. Samuel Akers of New Boston, and Mrs. Paul Conley of Portsmouth. A sister, Mrs. John Frasher, who was with her all during her last illness, also survives, along with 10 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 9, 1940

SPURLOCK, Cuzzie (Vinson)
Mrs. Cuzzie Vinson Spurlock, 78, of 1738 Twelfth Avenue, Huntington, died Wednesday morning of last week in a Huntington hospital after a brief illness. She is survived by her sister, Mrs. David Wilson of West Hamlin and her brothers, Blucher Vinson of West Hamlin and Will Vinson of Fort Gay. Funeral services were held last Thursday at a Huntington funeral home and burial was in a Wayne county cemetery. Big Sandy news, Friday Aug 9, 1940

STOKEY, Beulah (Martin)
Mrs. Beulah Martin Stokey, 61, wife of Alex Stokey, died Monday in a Williamson, WV hotel where she resided. Mrs. Stokey was born near Louisa but had resided for a number of years in Williamson. She is survived by her husband, a son, Rufus Stokey of Williamson; 2 daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Pyles and Mrs. Blanche Brown both of Portsmouth, OH, a brother, Lee Martin of Charleston and 3 sisters, Mrs. Hester Waddell of Williamson, Mrs. Grace Myers of Huntington and Mrs. Maggie Scott of Eskdale, WV. She also leaves 4 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Friday Aug 2, 1940

TUCKER, Sidney G.
Sidney G. Tucker, 61, well known farmer of the Big Hurricane section 5 miles from Fort Gay, died Saturday afternoon in the Veteran's hospital in Huntington where he had been a patient for 2 weeks. The body was returned to his home and funeral rites were conducted Thursday afternoon at 2 from the Big Hurricane Baptist Church and interment made in the family cemetery. Deceased was born in Virginia, a son of Moses and Nancy Puckett Tucker. He was a veteran of the Spanish-American War and was a member of the Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Arphia Evans Tucker; 6 daughters, Mrs. Robert Plymale of Huntington, WV, Miss Helen Tucker of New York City, Mrs. Don Deters of Wadsworth, OH, Miss Nancy Tucker of Cleveland, OH, Mrs. James King of Berlin Heights, OH, and Miss Kathleen Tucker at home; 2 sisters, Mrs. Jack Boothe of Fort Gay, WV and Mrs. Garfield Yates of Doty, WA; 4 brothers, Ed Tucker, Rodney, OH, George Tucker, Fort Gay, WV, Lee Tucker, Kenova, WV and H. T. Tucker of Huntington, WV and a foster daughter, Patricia Louisa Tucker. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 2, 1940

WARNICK, Ella (Johnson)
Mrs. Ella Johnson Warnick, 75, native of Lawrence county, wife of John W. Warnick, died Wednesday of last week at the Warnick home in Ashland. Funeral was conducted in Ashland Sunday and interment made in the Mary Moore Chapel Cemetery near Lockwood. Deceased was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Johnson, formerly of Lockwood and Peach Orchard.  Survivors are the husband and a son and daughter, Atty. Patrick J. Warnick, Wichita, KS and Miss Irene Warnick of Ashland and 2 sisters, Mrs. Guy White and Mrs. Annis Johnson, Williamson, WV. The Warnicks lived in Williamson until about 5 years ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 30, 1940

YORK, Alta (Dobbins)
Mrs. Alta Dobbins York, 29, wife of Willie York, of Torchlight, died Wednesday of last week. Deceased was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Dobbins and was born and reared on C??? Creek near Gallup. Funeral rites were conducted at Torchlight Friday with Rev. S. B. Ball officiating and interment was made there. Besides the husband, she is survived by an infant daughter and 3 other small children. Big Sandy News, Friday, Aug 16, 1940

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BERRY, George A.
George A. Perry, 83, native of this county who has been postmaster and merchant at Naples, Boyd County, for many years, died Tuesday at his home after an illness of 3 weeks. Funeral rites were conducted Thursday at the home at Naples with Rev. W. K. Wood, pastor of the Pollard Baptist Church, officiating and interment was made in Rose Hill Burial Park, Ashland. Born in this county, Mr. Berry had resided at Naples for 33 years and was a prominent citizen there. He was engaged in the mercantile business there with a son in law, Charles Kirk for 29 years and was postmaster. He also was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. America Hicks Berry, 4 sons, W. A. Berry, Willard, KY, Sam and Norman Berry, both member of the Ashland police department, Ossie Berry also of Ashland; 3 daughters, Mrs. Charles Kirk, Naples, KY, Mrs. Lewis Gayheart, Wheelwright, KY and Mrs. Delano Greene, Naples, KY; 2 brothers, John M. Berry, Ashland and Mont Berry, Greenup County, KY; 3 sisters, Mrs. Charles West and Mrs. Lewis Cordell, Toledo, OH and Mrs. Fred Newhouse, McMillen, MI. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 6, 1940

BEVINS, Williams
William Bevins, 76, native of the Georges Creek section, died Thursday of last week at his home in  Beaver, OH. The body was returned to this county and taken to Georges Creek for interment. He is survived by his wife, Martha, 2 daughters, Mrs. Elsie DeBoard of Vulcan, WV and Mrs. Effie Scarberry of Charleston, WV; 4 sons, Charles of Keno, KY, Frank of Lejunior, LY, Edgar of Pikeville, KY and Ray of Waverly, OH. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 20, 1940

BOWEN, James
1928-1940
James Bowen, 12 years old son of Mr. and Mrs. Aug. Bowen of near Lowmansville died at the home Saturday evening at 8:30 after an illness of several months. Funeral was conducted Monday from the Walnut Grove Church with Rev. Scott Castle of Sitka, officiating, Interment was made in Borders Cemetery. Surviving are the parents, one brother, Herman, at home, both grandmothers, Mrs. Prica Borders of Ulysses and Mrs. Mella Bowen of Thealka, and a host of relatives. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 27,1940

BRANHAM, John J.
John J. Branham, 62, well known farmer of the Smokey Valley section, died Friday morning in a Huntington hospital following an operation. He had been ill 2 weeks. Funeral rites were conducted Sunday afternoon in the Louisa Baptist Church with the pastor, Rev. J. C. Hager, officiating and interment was made in Pine Hill Cemetery here under direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Pallbearers were H. H. Roberts, Harrison Roberts, Alvis See, L. d. Fyffe, Herbert Ranson, and Bob Vinson, Jr. A son of the late Toliver and Ellen Bowe Branham, deceased was born and reared at Clifford. He moved to the Smokey Valley section 33 years ago and had operated a farm there since. Surviving are the wife, Mrs. Martha Belle Branham; 2 daughters, Misses Mary L. Branham, teacher in Louisa high school and Swanee M. Branham,  student in Louisa high school; one sister, Mrs. Dan Ratcliff, of Glenhayes, WV and 3 brothers, Sam and Tom Branham, of Louisa, route 2 and Ed Branham of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 27, 1940

CASTLE, Louise (Grim)
1875-1940
Mrs. Louise Grim Castle, 63, native of Johnson County, died last Thursday at her home in Ashland, after a heart attack. She was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Grim and was reared in Johnson County, but had resided in Ashland 29 years. Bascom Grim of Nippa, is a brother. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 13, 1940

CHRISTIAN, Permelia (Stewart)
Mrs. Permelia Stewart Christian, 80, of Yatesville, died Wednesday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Dallas Clark, in Louisa. she had been ill for nearly a year and had been at the home of her daughter here for 9 months. Funeral will be conducted Friday afternoon at 2 from the Morgans Creek Methodist Church with Rev. Henry Sturgell and Rev. Fred Vanhorn officiating, and interment will be made in the Christian family cemetery there. Mrs. Christian was born and reared at Lockwood, a daughter of the late Robert and Nancy Stewart. She moved to Yatesville in 1900 and had resided there since. Surviving are 5 daughters, Mrs. Dallas Clark, Louisa, Mrs. George Burchett and Mrs. Carl Burchett both of Yatesville, Mrs. Irvin Castle of Nolan, WV and Mrs. Florence Hall of Louisa, and one son, James Christian of Yatesville. Her husband, Tom Christian, died in 1930. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 20, 1940

CRABTREE, Minville Tony
Minville Tony Crabtree, 7 months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Crabtree, of Fort Gay route 2, died late Tuesday evening at the home following an illness of 3 days of pneumonia. Funeral was conducted Thursday morning at the Thompson Cemetery 5 miles east of Fort Gay on the Wayne Road with Rev. H. B. Thompson officiating. The child is survived by its parents, a sistr, Clara Lavonne and grandfathers, M. T. Crabtree of Fort Gay, and Beuford Fletcher of Genoa, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 27, 1940

HORTON, Elijah Jacob
Elijah Jacob Horton, well known citizen of Greenup and formerly bookkeeper for the Eastern Kentucky Railway, died Thursday of last week at his home at Riverton, KY. Mr. Horton was born near Willard, Carter County, a son of the Lorin?? and Amanda Horton. He served for many years as bookkeeper for the Eastern Kentucky Railway running from Webbville to Riverton. In recent years he was a bookkeeper for the Greenup Chevrolet Co. and the J. L. Lawson Hardware Co., in Greenup. He was a member of the Baptist Church and of the Willard Masonic Lodge. The body was returned to Willard for interment. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 13, 1940

JOHNSON, Vinson L.
Vinson L. Johnson, 41, of Crestwood, NY and son of Prof. and Mrs. J. R. Johnson of Lexington, KY died Wednesday of last week at his home. Mr. Johnson, a graduate of the University of Kentucky, was assistant to the president of Soccony Vacuum Paints Products Company. His mother was the former Miss Zera Vinson, daughter of the late Col and Mrs. William Vinson of Louisa and his father had been a professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Kentucky for many years. The body was returned to Lexington Saturday and later taken to Cynthiana, KY for burial and interment. Besides his parents, he is survived by his wife, a daughter and a son. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 13, 1940

JORDAN, Dock
1871-1940
Dock Jordan, 69, prominent Lawrence County educator and formerly county superintendent of schools, died at his home near Louisa Sunday afternoon. He had been ill since suffering a stroke 3 years ago and had been confined to his bed the past 11 months. Mr. Jordan suffered the stroke in Sept 1937 while teaching the Men's Bible Class in the Louisa First Methodist Church, a weekly duty he had performed for 10 years. Born at Irad, Jun 10,1 871, Mr. Jordan was a son of the late George and Jane Jordan and had spent practically all of his life in Lawrence county. He had resided in Louisa the past 30 years. Entering the teaching profession early in life, he had taught school in Louisa and Lawrence County for more than 30 years, and then served for 14 years as county superintendent of schools, retiring in 1934. Early in life he taught 2 years in the Van Lear schools. He long had been known as one of Eastern Kentucky's best grammar school teachers and was widely known and highly respected. He was a member of the Louisa I.O.O.F. Lodge, the Louisa Masonic Lodge and the Louisa First Methodist Church. He is survived by the widow, Mrs. Tennie Prince Jordan and 2 brothers, Cory Jordan of Cordell, KY and John Jordan of Samaritan, KY. A large assemblage including many from throughout the county and other points, attended the funeral service which was conducted Wednesday afternoon in the Louisa First Methodist church with the Rev. C. F. Froderman officiating. Interment was made in Pine Hill Cemetery overlooking Louisa under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home, with the Louisa I.O.O.F. Lodge conducting their ritual.Big Sandy News, Friday Sep 20, 1940

LEEDY, Josephine
1932-1940
Josephine Leedy, 9 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Leedy of Georges Creek, was fatally injured last Friday afternoon in an automobile wreck on U. S. 23 18 miles north of Portsmouth, OH, her mother was seriously injured and Mr. Leedy and their 5 other children were slightly injured. The child died of a skull fracture shortly after being admitted to a hospital in Portsmouth. the mother, Mrs. Mollie Robinson Leedy, 33, critically injured in the wreck, is still a patient in the Portsmouth hospital where her condition is reported serious. Because her right leg was crushed, it was necessary to amputate it below the knee. She is also suffering from a broken arm, probable fractured skull and is greatly weakened by the loss of blood. Mr. Leedy, 37, and the five other children, all slightly hurt, were brought to the Riverview hospital here Friday night in the Curtright ambulance and after receiving treatment were returned next day to their home. Most seriously injured was Walter Lee Leedy, age 7, who suffered a broken collar bone. Mr. and Mrs. Leedy and their 6 children, traveling in a new Dodge car, were returning home from a vacation spent with relatives in Trenton, MI when the wreck occurred. An Ohio highway patrolman reported that Mr. Leedy lost control of the car at a place where the highway is being widened and surfaced, when the right wheels ran onto the berm. The car turned around in the road and landed in front of a car driven by Chester Fields of Columbus, the resultant crash badly damaging the cars. Several occupants of the Leedy car were thrown out of the machine, the highway patrolman said. A passing car brought 3 of the children to a Portsmouth hospital and an ambulance picked up the rest. The body of the dead girl was brought to Louisa in the Curtright funeral car and prepared for burial. Funeral was conducted Monday morning from the home at Georges Creek with Rev. German Walters and Rev. Ide Preston officiating. Mr. Leedy is C & O section foreman at Georges Creek and is well known in this county. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 13, 1940

LETT, Joseph
Joseph Lett, 73, native of Wayne County, WV died Wednesday of last week at his home near Friendship, OH, one week after suffering a stroke. He was a son of William and Mary Staley Lett and was reared in Wayne County. Mrs. J. K. McClure of Kenova, is a sister. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 20,1 940

MILES, Pearl Ethel (Day)
Mrs. Pearl Ethel Miles, 39, widow of the lat John Miles, of Catlettsburg, route 1, died Wednesday in an Ashland hospital. She was the daughter of Joseph and Nancy Church Day and was born in this county. Mrs. Carrie Pennington and Mrs. Lawrence Kennedy, both of Willard are sisters. Big Sandy news, Friday, Sep 20,1940

MOORE, Lindsey
Lindsey Moore, age 65, a farmer who lived at Mattie, died of a heart attack at the home of his son in law, Earnest Hayes, Saturday morning at 6 a.m. Funeral services were conducted at his home Sunday morning at 10. Interment was made in the family cemetery. His wife, Trennie Moore, preceded him in death several months ago. He is survived by 5 daughters, Mrs. Earnest Hayes, and Mrs. Clyde Moore, Ledocio, Mrs. Drew Hester, Ashland, Mrs. Kay Moore, Louisa and Miss Opal Moore, Ashland; and one son, Earl Moore of Ledocio; 2 brothers, Joe Moore of Charley and C. B. Moore of Ashland and one sister, Mrs. Emma Comer of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 27, 1940

OWEN, Mary (Moore)
Mrs. Mary Moore Owen, 85, widow of the late George Owen, and for many years a resident of Griffith Creek section, died Tuesday of last week in the Home for Aged, at College Hill, Cincinnati, friends here have been informed. Funeral was conducted in Cincinnati and interment made in the Spring Grove Cemetery there. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 6, 1940

PECK, Lora (Robinett)
Fort Gay, WV, Sep 3--Mrs. Lora Robinett Peck, 69, widow of the late James Peck, died Sunday evening at her home in Fort Gay after an illness of 4 weeks of a heart ailment. Funeral rites were conducted Tuesday afternoon from the Fort Gay Baptist Church and interment was made in the Wellman cemetery near Fort Gay. Mrs. Peck was born near Louisa, a daughter of the late Dan and Mary Robinette, but had resided in Fort Gay the past 30 years. She had been a member of the Tabors Creek Baptist Church for 27 years. Surviving are 2 daughters, Mrs. R. B. Bounts, Beckley, WV and Mrs. Wye Wellman, Fort Gay, WV; 4 sons, W. L. Peck, Welch, WV, Wallace Peck, Fort Gay, Freelin and Blaine Peck, both of Logan, WV and one sister, Mrs. Millard Fugate of Louisa, route 1, Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 6, 1940

POE, Esther May
Esther May Poe, one year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Poe, of the Buchanan section, died Aug 30 after a 4 day illness of complications. Funeral was conducted Saturday at the Buchanan Chapel and interment made there. Surviving besides the parents are a brother and sister and 2 grandfathers, O. L. Curnutte of Fullers and Sam Poe of Hulette. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 6, 1940

QUEEN, Sharon Pershing
Sharon Pershing Queen, 32?, of Denton died Monday in a Grayson hospital. He was born near Glenwood, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Queen, now of Denton. funeral was conducted at Denton, Wednesday. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Bertha Reeves Queen, his parents, 2 brothers, Russell and Byron Queen, both of Denton. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 13, 1940

RIGGS, Celia (Thompson)
Fort Gay, WV, Sep 11--Mrs. Celia Thompson Riggs, 68, wife of Wayne Riggs, of Fort Gay, route 1, died shortly before noon today at the home near Crabtree Hill, a week after suffering a stroke. Funeral will be conducted Friday morning at 11 from the Greenbrier Baptist Church of which she had been a member since 1884, with Rev. J. C. Hager, pastor of the Fort Gay Baptist Church, officiating, and interment will be made in the family cemetery. Deceased was a daughter of the late Solomon and Nancy Ball Thompson, pioneer resident of Wayne County. Surviving besides the husband are 6 daughters, Mrs. Lucian Jackson and Mrs. C. W. Trautwain, both of Sidney, WV, Mrs. J. J. Copley, Fort Gay, route 2, Mrs. Isaac Cyrus, Holden, WV, Herman Copley, Rittman, OH and Miss Martha Riggs, at home; 2 sons, Lilburn Riggs, Rittman, OH, and Clarence Riggs, Delbarton, WV; 2 sisters, Mrs. Rebecca Webb, Logan, WV and Mrs. Noah Chaffin, Kenova, WV and a brother, James Thompson, Fort Gay, route 2, Big Sandy News, Sep 13, 1940

SAVAGE, Sarah (Newsome)
Mrs. Sarah Newsome Savage, 47, wife of Arthur Savage of near Fallsburg, died at the home there Monday afternoon after an illness of 2 weeks. A daughter of the late Rhodes and Ann Ball Newsome, Mrs. Savage was born and reared near Fallsburg. She had been a member of the Christian Church for 9 years. Funeral was conducted Tuesday afternoon at the home and interment was made in the Savage family cemetery near Fallsburg. Surviving besides the husband are 5 daughters, Mrs. Hodley Salyers of Louisa, route 4, Misses Martha Jane, Ruth Alice, Anna Lee and Cora Bill, all at home; 3 sons, Willie Arthur, Jr., and William Oscar both of Fallsburg, and Charles H. Savage of Peebles, OH; 4 sisters, Mrs. Fred Pack, Louisa, Mrs. Wilmore McCormick, Fort Gay, WV, Mrs. John Day, Louisa, route 4, Mrs. Rosa Brown, Logan, WV, and one brother, J. D. Newsome, of Long Branch, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 6, 1940

SPENCER, Davis
1863-1940
Davis Spencer, 77, well known citizen of Charley, died at his home there Thursday morning at 8:30 following an illness of 2 weeks. Funeral will be conducted Saturday morning at 10 from the home with Rev. S. B. Ball and Rev. Dave Al Hayes officiating and interment will be made in the family cemetery. A son of the late John B. and Fannie Davis Spencer, Mr. Spencer was born near Charley, May 21, 1863, and had resided there all of his life. He had been a member of the Methodist Church for 21 years. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Martha Moore Spencer; 2 daughters, Misses Ella and Ina B. Spencer, both at home and 2 sons, Luther Spencer of Charley and Anderson Spencer, of Kingston, WV; a sister, Mrs. Vina Thompson of Ashland and a brother, R. C. Spencer of Louisa, route 1. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 13, 1940

STAMBAUGH, William Luther
William Luther Stambaugh, one year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Estil Stambaugh, who live on Blaine 4 miles above Blaine town, died Monday after an illness of 8 days of colitis. The child was a grandson of former Justice of the Peace, M. L. Stambaugh. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 6, 1940

TERRY, Nancy Jane
Nancy Jane Terry, 60, wife of John Terry, died Aug 29 at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Carl Webb at Glenhayes, WV. Funeral was conducted Saturday afternoon at the Webb home and interment was made in the Fitzpatrick cemetery near Glenhayes. Deceased was a daughter of the late Newton and Elsie Montgomery Blanton and was born and reared near Glenhayes. Surviving are the husband, 2 daughters, Mrs. Webb, and Mrs. Ritha Gearheart of San Francisco, CA; 3 sons, Arthur and Lindsey Terry, both of Jenkins, KY and Jonah Terry of Glenhayes; and a sister, Mrs. Albert Adams, of Fort Gay, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 6, 1940

THOMPSON, Josephine (Belcher)
1868-1940
Mrs. Josephine Belcher Thompson, 72, widow of the late Chris Thompson of Adams, KY, died early Sunday morning at the home of a sister, Mrs. Bradley near Busseyville, KY. Mrs. Thompson was born and reared near Prichard, Wayne County, WV, a daughter of the late Jefferson and Sarah Lakin Belcher. She had lived with her sister near Busseyville since the death of her husband 6 years ago, moving there from Adams. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday morning from the Evergreen Church near Busseyville and interment made in the Thompson family cemetery under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Mrs. Thompson had been a member of the Methodist Church for 40 years. Surviving are 4 sisters, Mrs. J. V. Felty of Charleston, WV, Mrs. Susie Hatten and Mrs. Cora Hutchinson, both of Huntington and Mrs. Mary Bradley of near Busseyville. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 27, 1940

VARNEY,
1876-1940
64, native of Crum, WV, died Saturday at his home in Sciotoville, OH, after a 2 year illness with complications. Mr. Varney was born at Crum, Feb 8,1 876, a son of Thomas and Polly Varney. He was married 43 years ago to Tennie Evans of Kermit, WV. Mr. Varney taught school for a number of years and entered the timber contracting business retiring 10 years ago. He was a member of the Baptist Church. the body was returned to Crum where funeral was conducted from the Crum Baptist Church, Tuesday with Rev. Aaron Stepp, officiating, and interment was made near Crum. He is survived by his wife, 2 daughters, Mrs. Goldie Hibbits and Mrs. Violet Arrington, both of Sciotoville; 5 sons, Roy of Huntington, Kenneth of Chicago, Dewey, Carlos and Denin Varney, all of Detroit. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 13, 1940

WALLER, James
James Waller, 26 year old saw mill worker of Crum, WV, was fatally injured when he was jerked into a bandsaw while at work on Jennies Creek near the Wayne-Mingo County line Saturday afternoon. Taken to a Williamson, WV hospital with a mangles arm and a deep laceration of the chest, he died early the next morning. Waller was working at the saw mill of Thomas Messer and Birdie Spaulding and while pushing a board into the bandsaw with his hands the board suddenly jerked throwing him against the saw. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lacy Waller. He leaves his parents, his wife, Mrs. Missouri Waller and 4 children. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 20, 1940

WEBB, Carrie E. (Berry)
Mrs. Carrie E. Webb, sister of Mrs. A. O. Carter of Louisa and a native of this county, died Monday at her home in Ashland after an illness of 10 months. She was the widow of the late Ben F. Webb, formerly of Webbville. Mrs. Webb, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Berry and was born in this county. She formerly was a school teacher in this county and long had been a member of the Methodist Church. Funeral was conducted Wednesday at the home of her sister, Mrs. J. W. Bosley in Ashland with Rev. C. E. Vogle officiating and burial was made in the Ashland Cemetery. Surviving are one brother, Dr. W. A. Berry of Ashland, 2 sisters, Mrs. A. O. Carter, Louisa and Mrs. J. W. Bosley of Ashland; 3 step daughters, Mrs. E. T. Case, Ashland, Mrs. J. F. Lang, Hamilton, OH, and Mrs. W. H. Rupert of Portsmouth, OH; 2 nieces, Mrs. T. H. Young and Mrs. Ruppert Rhodemyre, both of Ashland and one nephew, J.W. Bosley, Jr. also of Ashland. Her daughter and husband are dead. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 6, 1940

WELLMAN, Clifford Benton
Clifford Benton Wellman, 84, oldest resident of Catlettsburg, died at his home there Tuesday morning a week after suffering a stroke. He was a son of Calvin and Mary Jane Wellman, members of pioneer Eastern Kentucky families and was prominent in the religious and civic life of Catlettsburg. Big Sandy news, Friday, Sep 20, 1940

WILLIAMS, Shirley (Music)
Shirley Music Williams, 35, wife of Marvin Williams, of Louisa route 2, the Three Mile section, died in a Louisa hospital Wednesday, after an illness of 6 days. Funeral will be conducted Friday afternoon at 2 at the See Cemetery near Louisa with Rev. John Castle of Fort Gay, officiating. Mrs. Williams was a daughter of G. B. and Sarah Conley Music. Surviving besides the husband are 8 children, all at home, 2 sisters, Mrs. W. T. Spradlin, Circleville, OH, Mrs. Emma Hanshaw, Portsmouth, OH; 3 brothers, James E. Music, Clinton, OK, John Music, Lynchville, KY, and Lonnie Music, Portsmouth, OH. Big Sandy News, Friday, Sep 20, 1940

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BROWN, George R.
1849-1940
George R. Brown, one of Lawrence County's oldest citizens, died Wednesday afternoon at the home here of his niece, Mrs. Addie Burgess. He was 91 years of age and had been an invalid for more than 2 years. Mr. Brown was born in Prestonsburg, Dec 25, 1849, a son of James Y. and Martha Vaughan Brown. He resided at Gallup for 20 years and came to Louisa 8 years ago. He had been a lifelong member of the Methodist Church. Funeral will be conducted Friday morning at 10 at the Burgess home on Main Street here with Rev. William Burgess of Louisa, route 2, officiating, and interment will be made in the Brown family cemetery near Gallup. He is survived by a sister, Mrs. Jerry Muncey of Inez, KY, a brother, P. H. Brown of St. Albans, WV, and a niece, Mrs. Addie Burgess of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 4, 1940

CAMPBELL, A. M.
The body of A. M. Campbell, 78, former resident of Louisa who died Friday in a Schenectady, NY hospital was brought to Louisa Sunday afternoon and interred in Pine Hill Cemetery beside his wife, the former Miss Neva Stewart. Mr. Campbell, who had resided with his son, Charles S. Campbell in Schenectady since the death of his wife 4 years ago, died suddenly following a heart attack. the body was returned to Huntington where funeral was conducted Sunday afternoon from the Trinity Episcopal Church with Rev. S. Roger Tyler officiating. The body then was brought to Pine Hill Cemetery here for interment. Mr. Campbell was a native of Bedford City, VA, but his youth and young manhood were spent principally in Charleston, WV and Cincinnati, OH. He later came to Louisa as U. S. district engineer and resided here about 16 years. Later he was associated with the Elkhorn Coal Corp. and after his retirement moved to Huntington where he resided for a number of years. His wife was the former Miss Neva Stewart, daughter of the late Judge and Mrs. James E. Stewart of Louisa. She died 4 years ago. At Huntington, Mr. Campbell was an active member of the Trinity Episcopal Church. Surviving are the son, Charles S. Campbell of Schenectady, NY and a granddaughter, Margaret Stewart Campbell. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 11, 1940

CORDLE, T. M.
1867-1940
T. M. Cordle, 73, lifelong resident and farmer of Lawrence County, died Saturday at his home at Cordell. Funeral rites were conducted Tuesday afternoon from the home and interment made in the family cemetery under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Mr. Cordle was born at Cordell Feb 4, 1867, a son of the late Amos and Jennie Thompson Cordle and had lived in this county, all his life. He had been a member of the United Baptist Church for 34 years. Surviving are the wife, Mrs. Caroline Baker Cordle, to whom he was married 55 years ago, 5 daughters, Mrs. John Wheeler, Jamestown, OH, Mrs. J. B. Prince, Mrs. Charles Thompson, and Mrs. Elza Thompson, all of Columbus, OH, 3 sons, Amos Cordle, London, OH, Andrew Cordle of New Mexico, and Manuel Cordle of Columbus, OH; 2 brothers, William Cordle of Lowmansville, KY and Lewis Cordle of Toledo, OH. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 18, 1940

EKERS, John H.
1872-1940
John H. Ekers, 68, Lawrence County attorney and former county superintendent of schools, died Sunday afternoon at his home at Fallsburg. In failing health for several months, Mr. Ekers' condition became worse 2 weeks ago and he had not been at his office in the court house here since Saturday, Sep 28. Mr. Ekers was born on Whites Creek in Boyd County, Feb 15, 1872, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Ekers, Sr. He removed to this county with his family early in life and spent his youth on Catt Creek. In early manhood he became a teacher and had taught many rural schools in this county. He was one of the county's foremost educators and was twice elected county superintendent, serving a total of 7 years in this capacity. He resigned before the completion of his final term in order to enter the mercantile business at Fallsburg. In 1914 he established the Lawrence County Herald, a weekly newspaper here, which he edited for... Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 11, 1940

FRENCH, James William
1850-1940
James William French, 89, for many years a resident of the Bolts Fork section, died Monday at the home of his son, Millard French, at Raceland, KY, of a heart attack. Mr. French was born in Shenandoah Valley, VA, Oct 28, 1850 and moved to Boyd County when 2 years of age, residing there until 1907 when he moved to Fullerton, KY. He had been a member of the Greenhill Masonic Lodge of Bolts Ford for more than 50 years and had been a member of the Baptist Church since 1888. His wife died in 1939. Funeral for Mr. French was conducted Thursday afternoon at the East Fork Chapel with Rev. L. A. Music of Raceland and Rev. Ralph Webb of Fullerton, officiating. He is survived by one brother, Tobe French of Vessie, KY 3 sisters, Mrs. Cora Compton, Fallsburg, KY, Mrs. Julia Lambert, Portsmouth, OH, Mrs. Bee Billups of Kenova, WV; 6 sons, Delbert French, Flatwoods, J. F. French, Catlettsburg, M. T. French, Raceland, and Mason, Charles and J. W. French, Jr. all of Fullerton and 3 daughters, Mrs. Lon Risse of Catlettsburg, Mrs. Cora Skiver of Fullerton, and Mrs. Paynter Davis of Rush, KY.  Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 11, 1940

HALL, Mrs. Ernest Hall
Mrs. Ernest Hll, 30, of near Wilbur, died Wednesday of last week. She was the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Steele. Funeral rites were conducted Friday morning at the Cordell Church with Rev. William H. Moore and Rev. Arlie Blackburn officiating. Interment was made in the Fred Steele Cemetery. She is survived by her husband and 5 children. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 25, 1940

HARRIS, Cora (Roberts)
Fort Gay, WV, Oct 16--Mrs. Cora Roberts Harris, 65, native Wayne Countian, died Monday at her home in Ashland after an illness of 6 months. The body was returned to Fort Gay where funeral was conducted Wednesday morning from the Fort Gay Methodist Church with Rev. William Winkler and Rev. Sam Wellman officiating. Interment was made in the Beaire Cemetery near Fort Gay. Mrs. Harris was a member of the Catlettsburg Methodist Church. She was born in Wayne County, WV, the daughter of Samuel and Martha Ferguson Roberts. She had been a resident of Ashland for 4 years. Surviving are the husband, William H. Harris, one son, Ishmael Harris, Ashland, 5 brothers, John Roberts, Fort Gay, WV, D. M. Roberts, Louisa, Gilden and N. B. Roberts, Percell, OK and William Roberts, Pauls Valley, OK and 2 grandchildren. Big Sandy news, Friday, Oct 18, 1940

KING, Henderson
1857-1940
Henderson King, 83, well known farmer of the Georges Creek section, died at his home there Saturday midnight 3 days after suffering a paralytic stroke. Born in Pikeville, Jan 25, 1857, Mr. King moved to the Georges Creek section 40 years ago and had resided there since. His wife, Mrs. Mary Pack, to whom he was married 60 years ago, survives. Funeral was conducted Monday morning at the home with Rev. Jean Davis and Rev. Dave Al Hayes officiating. Mr. King had been a member of the Freewill Baptist Church for 12 years. Besides the wife, he is survived by 3 sons, John King, Chattaroy, WV, Leonard King, Georges Creek, KY, and Leo King, Ashland, KY; 2 sisters, Mrs. Thursa Johnson, Pond Creek, KY and Mrs. Nancy Weddington, Pikeville, KY; and a brother, Sherman King, Pikeville, KY, Deceased was a son of the late John and Melissa Pinson King of Pikeville. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 18, 1940

KITCHEN, Betty Lou
Betty Lou Kitchen, 18 months old, died Sunday at the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Kitchen at Dennis. Funeral rites were conducted Monday at Dennis Chapel with Rev. Dave Hewlett officiating and interment was made in the Cooksey Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 11, 1940

LAYNE, James C.
The following from last Saturday's Cincinnati Enquirer relates the death of a former well known Louisan: James C. Layne, 63, Florence, KY, collapsed and died Friday when driving his automobile from his barn to his home on the Dixie Stock Farm. The automobile, its speed unchecked when Layne collapsed, ran over a four foot embankment into a creek bed. Layne, a salesman for the Queen City Coal Company, Cincinnati, had been ill for a short time. He was a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church, Covington. His widow, Mrs. Norman Layne, a prominent club worker, a son, Lucien B. Layne, associated with a Cincinnati brokerage office, and 2 sisters, Mrs. William Guy Peck of Huntington, WV and Mrs. Ella Layne Brown, Cincinnati, survive him. Born in Louisa, KY, Mr. Layne was a grandson of the late Judge Lindsey B. Layne, one of the earliest settlers of the Big Sandy Valley and a son of the late James Calvin and Mary Rebecca Layne of Louisa. Early in his career becoming a recognized authority on coal, Mr. Layne for many years was a member of the former firm of Eaton, Rhodes and Company, Cincinnati. President Woodrow Wilson appointed him a member of the National Coal Commission during the World War. He served as Vice President. His many writings dealt with the development of the Easter Kentucky and Harland coal fields in collaboration with his personal friend and business associate the late John C. C. Mayo. Services were conducted at the Tallaferro funeral home, Erlanger at 10:30 Monday. Burial was in Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 18, 1940

LYONS, David L.
1860-1940
David L. Lyons, 80, retired Lawrence County farmer, died Friday evening at his home at Dennis after a long invalidism. Mr. Lyons had been bedfast for the past 3 years. Funeral rites were conducted from the home Monday afternoon with the Rev. Harve Kelley officiating and interment was made in the Hammonds Cemetery under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Mr. Lyons was born at Olioville and resided in this county all of his life. He had been a member of the Christian Church for many years. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Delila Holbrook Lyons, 6 daughters, Mrs. Amos Cordle, London, OH, Mrs. Eva Wilson, Mrs. L. N. Ison and Miss Nellie Lyons, all of Portsmouth, OH, Mrs. W. B. Bush, Holden, WV and Miss Jane Lyons at home; and 4 sons, Arthur, Homer, and Damer Lyons all of Dennis, KY and Willard Lyons of Elyria, OH. Big Sandy News, Oct 18, 1940

MESSER, C. C.
C. C. Messer, 63 years old former merchant oat Dingess and Breeden, died suddenly near Kermit, WV, Oct 6. He had been ill for several weeks. Mr. Messer is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Shirley Chafin, of Kenova, 3 brothers, John, James and Bill Messer of Dingess; 2 sisters, Mrs. Evelyn Kirk, of Breeden and Mrs. F. S. Meade of Kermit. Funeral and burial was at the Meade Cemetery, near Crum, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 18, 1940

MOLLETTE, Rebecca (Daniels)
1870-1940
Mrs. Rebecca Mollette, 71, sister of Mrs. William Salyers of Potter, died Oct 7 at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Nannie Childers at Thelma, Johnson County. She had suffered a stroke four months ago. Deceased was a daughter of the late Rev. Wyatt Daniels, a well known minister of the United Baptist Church in Johnson County. Funeral services were held at the home and interment made in the family cemetery at Chestnut. Mrs. Lina Miller of Charley, was a daughter. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 25, 1940

NICHOLAS, Sophia (Wooten)
1864-1940
Mrs. Sophia Wooten, 76, died Monday at her home on Whites Creek in Boyd County after a years illness. Funeral was conducted Wednesday at the residence and interment made in the Bowling Cemetery. A resident of Boyd County for the past 63 years, Mrs. Nicholas was born Jul 18, 1864 in Gallia County, OH. She was a member of the Whites Creek Methodist Church. Surviving are the husband, Zachariah Nicholas, 3 sons, S. J. Nicholas, Whites Creek, Henry and Solomon Nicholas, both of Ashland, a brother, William Wooten, Hewlett, KY, and 3 sisters, Mrs. Rosetta Lovejoy, Portsmouth, OH, Mrs. Cinda Daniels, Lawrence County, OH and Mrs. Mary Robinette, Ashland. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 18,1940

PACK, Hester
1858-1940
Mrs. Hester Pack, 72, widow of the late Lee Pack, died last Friday at her home at Davisville after a long illness. She is survived by 4 daughters, 3 sons, a brother and a sister. Funeral was conducted at the Old Hood Church Saturday afternoon and interment made in the family cemetery. Big Sandy news, Friday, Oct 18, 1940

PERKINS, Thomas N.
Thomas N. Perkins, 74, father of Mrs. Rebecca Morris and Mrs. Martha Stevens of Orr, did Sunday at the home of a son, Joshua Perkins, near Beaver, OH. Burial was made in Ohio. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 4, 1940

PRICE, Martin L.
Martin L. Price, 55, a native of Patrick, this county, died Monday at the home of Thursman Chambers at Matewan, WV. The body was returned to this county for funeral and interment. He is survived by 4 half brothers, John Q. Price of Wenatchee, WV, Bas Price of Whitehouse, KY, Tom Price of Patrick and Frank Price of Williamson, and a son, John Price of Virgie, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 18, 1940

RIGGS, Lurena (Wilson)
Mrs. Lurena Riggs, 68 years old, died at her home at Prichard, WV route 1, Oct 14. She is survived by the husband, William S. Riggs, 2 daughters, Jessie Florence Shannon of Buchanan, KY, and Pantha Irene Jackson of Ewington, OH, 3 sons, R. H. and E. J. Riggs of Russell, KY, F. B. Riggs, of Butler, PA, one brother, H. V. Wilson of Huntington, 9 sisters, Mrs. Sam Harvey of Huntington, Miss Sarah Wilson, Mrs. Tom Copley, Mrs. Felix Bartram, Mrs. Frank E. Peters and Mrs. Ulysses Wellman, all of Fort Gay, Mrs. Louisa Carr of Washington Court House, OH, Mrs. Pearl Dawson of Sciotoville, OH and Mrs. E. W. Hayzlip of Indianapolis; 20 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral services were conducted at the Centerville Baptist Church Wednesday of last week by Rev. Henry Mullens and Rev. U. S. Pinson. Burial was in the Riggs Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 25, 1940

SAMMONS, William
William Sammons, 74, merchant and lifelong resident of Louisa, died during Thursday night as he slept. His wife found him dead in bed Wednesday morning when she went to awaken him for breakfast. Mr. Sammons suffered a stroke more than a year ago but subsequently recovered sufficiently to manage his grocery store on Jefferson Street here. Mr. Sammons, a highly respected citizen, was born in Louisa, a son of the late Roland and Lucinda Hensley Sammons, and had resided here all of his life. He had conducted a grocery store for many years and had been a member of the Baptist Church for more than 50 years. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Minnie Roberts Sammons, 2 daughters, Mrs. Arthur Derefield, Dennis, KY, and Mrs. F. P. Nasser, Huntington, WV; 3 sons, Oscar W. Sammons, Parkersburg, WV, H. F. Sammons, Mt. Sterling, KY, and J. C. Sammons, Ovada, UT and one sister, Mrs. John Chapman, Orlando, FL. Funeral services will be conducted Friday afternoon at 2 from the Louisa Baptist Church with the pastor, Rev. J. C. Hager, officiating and interment will be made in Pine Hill Cemetery here under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 25, 1940

SMITH, C. F.
1866-1940
C. F. Smith, 54, former Lawrence County surveyor and school teacher died Saturday midnight at his home at Dennis following an illness of 12 days of complications incident to advanced age. He was the son of the late William "Rebel Bill"  and Queen Roberts Smith and was born near Blaine, this county, Aug 11, 1866. He moved to Dennis 40 years ago where he operated a farm. Many years ago he was a rural school teacher and later in life he was elected and served 2 terms as county surveyor. He was a member of the Methodist Church. His father, known as "Rebel Bill" Smith, was a native of Wayne county, WV and was active as a leader of a Confederate band in the Tri-State section during the Civil War. Funeral rites were conducted Tuesday morning at 10:30 from the home at Dennis with Rev. Dave Hewlett of Fallsburg and Rev. Fred Vanhorn of Dennis, officiating. Interment was made in the Watson Cemetery on Catt. The widow, Mrs. Minnie E. Wilson, who Mr. Smith married 50 years ago, survived. Also surviving are 12 living children, 6 sons and 6 daughters--Ernest Smith, Cosmopolitan, WA, Hobart, Watson and Walden, all of Sand Springs, OK, Fred Smith, Wadsworth, OH, and Homer Smith, Tuscola, KY; Mrs. Sam Porterfield, Akron, OH, Mrs. Clyde Smith, Ashland, KY, Mrs. John Savage, Louisa, route 4, Mrs. Ike Fannin, Louisa route 1, Mrs. R. L. Lemons, Bucyrus, OH and Mrs. Leo Semelsberger, Wadsworth, OH. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 18, 1940

STARLING, Millard Earl
Millard Earl Starling, 14 months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert L. Starling, died Sunday morning at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. M. N. Starling of Genoa, WV route 1, after a week's illness of complications. Funeral was conducted Tuesday afternoon at the home of the grandparents with Rev. Bascom Thompson officiating. Surviving besides the parents and grandparents is a brother, Jackie, at home. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 11, 1940

STEPHENSON, John W.
John W. Stephenson, 50, native of Elliott County, died Sunday at his home at South Portsmouth, KY after an illness of 10 years. He was a retired farmer and had moved to South Portsmouth in 1925. J. T. Stephenson of Willard is a brother. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 11, 1940

TOMLIN, Bert
Bert Tomlin, 34, of the Ellington's Bear Creek section of Boyd county, was killed instantly last Friday night when he was hit by a truck while walking along the Mayo Trail near the mouth of Trace Creek in Boyd County and Shay Spradlin, 33 of Staffordsville, Johnson County, was arrested near Louisa and charged with manslaughter in connection with the accident. Tomlin suffered a crushed skull when hit by the truck and died instantly. Dr. J. C. Hall, Boyd County coroner, was told Tomlin was walking along the Trial to a box supper on Trace Creek accompanied by his brother, John Tomlin; his niece, Louise Tomlin, and Frances and Haney Kouns, friends of the Tomlin family. Eye witnesses told the coroner that the truck swerved toward the group, struck Tomlin and then drove on. Tomlin's body was thrown about 50 feet by the impact, Dr. Hall was told. Charles Swoard, who lived near the accident took place, followed the truck and overtook it near Hester Gap, 6 miles below Louisa, where he stopped the driver at the point of a shotgun. Constable Fred Pack, of Louisa meanwhile had been notified of the accident and went down the Trial to halt the truck, coming upon it in about 10 minutes after Swoard had stopped it at Hester Gap. Seeing the officer, Spradlin jumped from the cab and started running but Constable Pack overtook and arrested him a few yards from the road and brought him to jail in Louisa. State Patrolman Ed Rowe and Ed Bunch of the Ashland station came to Louisa a few minutes later and took Spradlin back to Boyd County where they obtained a warrant charging manslaughter. The officers accused Spradlin of being drunk. A 14 year old boy who was riding with signed a sworn statement before Commonwealth Attorney Thomas Burchett stating that Spradlin was drunk when Tomlin was hit by his truck. The boy was Spradlin's nephew. they were hauling lime to Johnson County at the time. Funeral for Tomlin was conducted Monday at the Holiness Church on Trace Creek. He is survived by 3 brothers, William M. Tomlin, and Luther Tomlin both of route 1, Catlettsburg and George Tomlin of Kenova, WV and one sister, Mrs. Sidney Wilson of Kenova, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 11, 1940

VINSON, Florence (Crum)
Mrs. Florence Crum Vinson, widow of the late William R. Vinson, and member of a prominent family in this section, died Saturday morning at the home of a son, Oscar J. Vinson in Huntington. She had been ill for 18 months. Mrs. Vinson was a daughter of the late George W. and Virginia Damron Crum and was born and reared in the Vinson branch section on Tug River 7 miles south of Louisa. She had resided in Huntington since 1925. Her husband died in 1926. Since then she had resided with her son, Oscar J. Vinson, who is manager of the Dean and Barry Paint Co. Funeral rites were conducted Sunday afternoon in the Vinson Memorial Christian Church in Huntington with Rev. J. S. Faulkner, pastor of the Ashland Christian Church, officiating. The body was brought to the former Lafayette Vinson farm 3 miles below Glenhayes for interment in the Vinson family cemetery. Mrs. Vinson was a member of the Vinson Memorial Christian Church in Huntington, of the Order of the Eastern Star in Kenova and of the Woman's Club in Westmoreland. she had been active in both church and civic affairs. Surviving are these children, Oscar J. Vinson and Sam Vinson of Huntington and Lyss Fluty of Fort Gay and a sister in law, Mrs. Myrtle V. Crum and a half sister, Mrs. Kelley Kirk of Dunlow, WV. She was an aunt of Justice Fred M. Vinson of Washington D. C. and Louisa. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 25, 1940

WALLACE, John B.
John B. Wallace, 73, well known grocer of Catlettsburg and a native of the Clifford section of this county, died Saturday night at his home. Funeral was conducted Monday afternoon in Catlettsburg with the Rev. Sam Sloan, pastor of the Missionary Baptist Church officiating and interment was made in the Catlettsburg Cemetery. Born in this county, a son of John and Sarah Pack Wallace, Mr. Wallace went to Catlettsburg 39 years ago and had operated a grocery store there for many years. Surviving are his widow and one daughter, Mrs. Luberta Roth, both of Catlettsburg, Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 18, 1940

WILSON, Ozion
WILSON, John
Fort Gay, WV, Oct 1--Relatives near Fort Gay, have received word of the deaths of 2 brothers, Ozion Wilson, 72 and John Wilson, 88, both natives of the Mill Creek section, who died within a few days of each other in widely separated points in the west. Ozion died Sep 17 in Oakland, IA. He had moved to Iowa 45 years ago. He married Mary Elizabeth Peters, daughter of David and Nancy Peters, of near Fort Gay. John Wilson died recently at his home in Elgin, OR. He was the oldest son of James and Jennie Jarrell Wilson, pioneer citizens of the Mill Creek section near Fort Gay. He married Charity Thompson and resided in the west more than 50 years. They are survived by a sister, Mrs. D. H. Frazier, of Fort Gay and a brother, Sam J. Wilson of Oakland, IA. They were uncles of Dr. J. W. Riffe and O. J. Riffe of Kenova. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 4, 1940

WOODS, Ida Darlene
Ida Darlene Woods, 11 months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Woods, of Catlettsburg, died Tuesday after an illness of several weeks. Surviving besides the parents, a grandfather, Covy Jordan, at Cordell, this county and a grandmother, Mrs. Minerva Adams, of Chillicothe, OH. Funeral was conducted at Catlettsburg, Thursday morning and the body was returned to this county for interment in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 4, 1940

YOUNG, Delphia (Curnutte)
Mrs. Delphia Curnutte Young, 54, wife of Dr. H. S. Young, died at the Young home in Louisa Wednesday morning at 10 after an illness of 10 months of complications. Mrs. Young was born near Blaine, a daughter of John and Sarah Fuller Curnutte, but had resided in Louisa since her marriage to Dr. Young, 33 years ago. She had been a member of the First Methodist Church here for 34 years. Funeral rites will be conducted Sunday afternoon at 2 from the First Methodist Church in Louisa with the pastor, Rev. E. W. Elrod and the former pastor, Rev. C. F. Froderman, of Ashland, officiating. Interment will be made in the Pine Hill Cemetery under direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Besides the husband, Mrs. Young is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. Floyd VanMeter and Miss Effie Joann Young, both of Louisa, and 2 brothers, Carlos Curnutte, of Houckville, KY and Jean Curnutte of Auxier, KY. A son, Wayne Young, died 6 years ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, Oct 25, 1940

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ABBOTT, Mary Ellen (Caudill)
Mrs. Mary Ellen Caudill Abbott, 75, of Ashland a native of this county, died Monday in an Ashland hospital after a brief illness. Mrs. Abbott was born at Wilbur, this county, the daughter of the late Ralph and Nancy Moore Caudill. She had resided in Ashland, the past 17 years. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving are one son, Ralph Lemaster, Ashland, 7 daughters, Mrs. Sarah Short, Mrs. Nora Browning, Mrs. Nona Caudill, Mrs. Nancy Stapleton, all of Ashland, Mrs. J. Caudill, St. Petersburg, FL, Mrs. Della Queen, Glenwood, KY and Mrs. Delilah Taylor, Decatur, IL; 7 brother and one sister. Big Sandy news, Friday Nov 15, 1940

ADAMS, Birdie
1889-1940
Mrs. Birdie Adams, 51 years old, died at her home on Little Lynn, Wayne County, WV, Nov 2. she was born in Lawrence County, KY, Feb 16, 1889. She is survived by her husband, Albert Adams and the following children: Oscar Adams, of Wyoming County, Mrs. Margaret Stevens of Man, Okey Adams of Princeton, Lionel Adams of Mallory, Clarence Adams and Mrs. Pansy Compton of Mt. Gay, Mrs. Dorothy Eastridge, Eva, Julia and Betty Ruth Adams, of East Lynn and 10 grandchildren. Burial was in the Mosey Asbury cemetery. Other relatives include 2 brothers, Geanie and John Thomas and a sister, Mrs. Harvey Osburn, of Logan County. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 15, 1940

ASCH, John, Jr.
John Asch Jr., 14 year old student in the Louisa junior high school, died Tuesday morning in a local hospital following an operation last Friday for ruptured appendix. The youth was a son of John and Mary Daniel Asch who lived 2 miles west of Louisa on the Blaine Road. Funeral services will be conducted Friday afternoon at 2 in the First Methodist Church in Louisa with Rev. William W. Moore, Rev. William Burgess and Rev. E. W. Elrod, the pastor, officiating. Surviving besides the parents is one brother, Billy Joe. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 8, 1940

BENTLEY, J. M.
J. M. Bentley, 89, one of Lawrence County's oldest citizens, died Wednesday evening at his home near Yatesville the victim of infirmities incident to advanced age. Mr. Bentley, a retired farmer and respected citizen, had been ill for a year. Death came at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Funeral service will be conducted Friday morning at 10 from the home and interment will be made in the family cemetery near Yatesville. Mr. Bentley was born in Whitesburg, KY, Feb 27, 1851. His parents whose name was Phipps, died when he was very young and he came to Lawrence County as an adopted son in the Bentley family when a boy, and had resided here since. He was a member of the Louisa Masonic Lodge and until ill health prevented, he was a regular attendant at lodge meetings here, generally walking the distance from Yatesville. He also was a member of the Baptist Church. Mr. Bentley for nearly a half century was the valued news correspondent at Yatesville for his home newspaper, The Big Sandy News, and used as a pen name, "the Country Greenhorn". Like the late Isaac Cunningham's (Old Lem Jucklins of Dennis-Tuscola), his writings were among the most interesting of any from the rural sections, full of good common sense observations and interspersed  pleasingly with innocent homespun wit. Failing eyesight in recent years had compelled him to drop his weekly news letters but he frequently visited The News office to chat and to get the latest daily papers.  A wide reader during all of his life, he had members of the family to read the current news to him after his vision failed. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ann Kelley Bentley, now 75; a son, John Bentley, Jr., of Fallsburg, and a daughter, Mrs. E. W. Wellman of West Paul Beach, FL. Big Sandy news, Friday, Nov 29, 1940

BISHOP, Henry
Henry Bishop, 83, well known blacksmith of Blaine, died Sunday at the home of his son, A. F. Bishop on Hood Creek, 2 miles from Blaine after a brief illness. Despite his age, Mr. Bishop had enjoyed comparatively good health until a few weeks ago and continued until recently to operate his blacksmith shop at Blaine. He was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bishop and was born and reared on the farm where he died. He had operated the farm and a blacksmith shop in Blaine for many years. He was a member of the Jake Rice Masonic Lodge of Blaine. Funeral was conducted at the home on Hood Monday with Rev. John Moore officiating and interment was made in the family cemetery. The Jake Rice Masonic Lodge conducted the ritual at the interment. Surviving is one son, A. F. Bishop, of Hood. His wife, Mrs. Emily Lyon Bishop, died about 20 yeas ago and the last surviving brother, George Bishop died 2 months ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 15, 1940

BLODGETT, Gary Edward
Gary Edward Blodgett, 10 months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Carmie Blodgett, died early Saturday morning at the Blodgett home 3 miles east of Fort Gay on the Wayne road after an illness of one week of complications. Funeral was conducted Sunday afternoon from the home with Rev. Samuel Wellman of Fort Gay, officiating and interment made in the Bartram Cemetery near Fort Gay. Surviving besides the parents are a brother, Carmie Jr. and 2 sisters, Rosalee and Bonnie Lou at home. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 1, 1940

BOOTH, Nathan
Nathan Booth, 52 years old of Beauty, KY, died suddenly of a paralytic stroke Wednesday of last week. He is survived by his widow and 8 children, Conley, Ivory, Truman, Juanita, Gladys, Robert, Ruth and Jack Booth; 2 brothers, Morgan Booth of Warfield, KY and George Booth of Beauty and 2 sisters, Mrs. Basil Marcum of Belfry, KY and Mrs. Albert Dalton of Beauty. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 1, 1940

CARTER, Marion
Marion Carter, 66, retired employee of the Cumberland Pipeline Co. and a lifelong resident of the Little Blaine section, died Friday morning at 1:30 at his home 2 and 1/2 miles from Busseyville. He had been ill for 4 years and bedfast for one year. Funeral services were conducted Saturday morning from the Carter Chapel Freewill Baptist Church on Little Blaine, with Rev. Arlie Blackburn and Rev. Dave Al Hayes officiating. Mr. Carter was a son of the late James and Elizabeth Thompson Carter and was born and reared near Adams. He served as an employee of the Cumberland Pipeline Co. in the Busseyville and Fallsburg oil fields from 1912 to 1932. He had been a member of the Freewill Baptist Church for 6 years. Surviving are his wife, to whom he was married 59 years ago; 3 daughters, Mrs. James Hayes and Mrs. Sim Elliott, both of Adams, KY and Mrs. R. B. Edwards of Ashland, KY; 2 sons, Kire Carter of Akron, OH and Randall Carter of Adams, KY; one step daughter, Mrs. J. C. Pack of Circleville, OH and one brother, H. W. Carter of Somerset, KY. Big Sandy News, Nov 29, 1940

CHAPMAN, Mary E. (Wallace)
Mrs. Mary E. Chapman, 79, native of this section, died Sunday night at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Thomas Curry, in Huntington following an illness of 3 months. Funeral rites were held Tuesday morning from the Jefferson Avenue Methodist church in Huntington with Rev. Marion W. Castle, pastor, officiating. The body was brought to this county and taken to the Pilgrim Holiness Church on Donithan where brief rites were conducted at 2 by Rev. S. Y. Dobbins and interment made in the Chapman Cemetery on the W. D. Taylor farm on Donithan under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Pallbearers wer junior and Vinson Maynard, Lou, Raymond and Glen Chapman and Gordon Curry, all grandsons of the deceased. Mrs. Chapman had resided at her daughter's home in Huntington for 6 months. Prior to that she had lived in Portsmouth, OH for 20 years and at Madison, WV for 7. She was born and reared in the Donithan section of this county. Surviving are another daughter, Mrs. G. K. Compton of Madison, WV, 3 sons, Charley Maynard, Louisa, route 2, and L. C. and F. T. Chapman of Portsmouth, OH, one stepson, George W. Chapman of Huntington, WV; 4 sisters, Mrs. John Montavon of Portsmouth, OH, Mrs. J. W. Ratcliff, of Huntington, Mrs. Laura Lycan of Wayne, WV and Mrs. George Kelley of Glenhayes, WV; 2 brothers, W. T. Wallace of Kenova, WV and D. D. Wallace of Warfield, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 8, 1940

CHILDERS, Charley
Charley Childers, 70, Louisa, route 1, died Tuesday evening at his home on Meades Branch. He was a son of the late James and Elizabeth Harold Childers. Funeral was conducted Thursday morning at 10 at the home with Rev. J. Preston officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery. He is survived by 4 daughters, Mrs. Ora Blackburn, Louisa, route 1, Mrs. E. L. Dingus, Belfry, KY, Mrs. Roy L. Dinning, Worthington, OH, and Mrs. Bill Davis, Georges Creek, KY; 3 sons, Ogal Childers, Louisa, route 1, Roy Childers, Worthington and J. M. Childers, of Baltimore, MD; 2 brothers, J. M Childers, Outjoy, KY and Dock Childers, Toller, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 8, 1940

COMPTON, Lon
Lon Compton, 44, of Lockwood, C & O Railway telegrapher and well known Boyd County nurseryman, died Friday in the C & O Hospital in Huntington after an illness of 2 months. Mr. Compton was a veteran of the World War, a member of the American Legion and of the Order of Railroad Telegraphers. In addition to establishing a splendid record of service with the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Company, Mr. Compton built up an enviable reputation as a successful nurseyman. He owned and operated the Lockwood Nursery. Mr. Compton served for several months on C & O telegrapher at Louisa and was widely known throughout the Big Sandy Valley. Funeral was conducted from the residence at Lockwood Sunday with Rev. O. P. Smith of Russell, officiating and interment was made in the Lockwood Cemetery. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Eleanor Ferguson Compton; 3 sons, Roscoe, Johnny and Phillip, all at home; 2 daughters, Eileen and Nanalee, at home; his father, William Compton of Prestonsburg, KY, 4 brothers, Atlas Compton of Catlettsburg, Lawrence Compton of Maytown, KY, Steven Compton of Capemish, MI and Alec Compton of Detroit; 4 sisters, Mrs. Clell Ford of Firebrick, KY, Mrs. Tom Roberts of Detroit, Mrs. William Hall of Prestonsburg, and Mrs. Sam Akers of Logan; and 2 half sisters, Ruth and Pauline Compton of Ashland. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 1, 1940

COX, W. H.
W. H. Cox, 58, former resident of Louisa, died in a hospital at Montgomery, WV, Monday evening of injuries sustained 18 days before in a slate fall in the mines of the Cemet Solvay Co at Harwood, WV. The body was returned to Louisa Monday night in the Curtright ambulance and was prepared for burial in the Curtright Funeral Home here. Funeral service was conducted Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 from the Louisa First Methodist Church and interment was made in Pine Hill Cemetery. Mr. Cox was a son of the late Leander and Belle Meeks Cox, and lived in Louisa for a number of years. He had been living at Kimberly, WV for some time and was employed in the mines at nearby Harwood. He died of an injured spine and other hurts sustained in a slate fall Oct 31. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Lena Vanhoose Cox, 4 sons, David, Elgon, Billie and George Cox, all at home; 2 sisters, Mrs. Violet Branham of Wayland, KY and Miss Mable Cox of Lexington, KY and 2 brothers, Ed Cox of Sprigg, WV and Henry Cox of Freeburn, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 22, 1940

CRABTREE, John
1863-1940
John Crabtree, route 1, Webbville, KY, died at his home Nov 12 after an illness of several months of dropsy. He was born in Pike County, KY, and came to this county when quite young. He was born in March 1863. Funeral services were conducted Nov 12 and buried in family cemetery. His wife, Mary Jane Holbrook Crabtree, died more than a year ago. He is survived by 8 children, Mrs. Troy Triplett, Mrs. Alva Evans, Mrs. Nancy Lester of Webbville, KY, Oscar Crabtree, Fort Gay, WV, Charlie Crabtree, Louisa, route 4, Earl Crabtree of Chillicothe, OH, Henry Crabtree, Chattaroy, WV and Lindsey Crabtree, Rush, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 29, 1940

CUNNINGHAM, Joel
Rev. Joel Cunningham, 75, of Ashland, a  brother of Mrs. Kittie Jordan, of Tuscola, died Monday at his home. A native of Ripley, WV he came to Ashland in 1911 and for many years was an employee of the Solvay Company. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 15, 1940

EKERS, James L.
James L. Ekers, 65, native of the Yatesville section and brother of former County Attorney John H. Ekers, who died Oct 8, passed away at his home in McAllister, OK Monday and the body was returned to this county for funeral and interment. Funeral services were conducted Thursday afternoon at 1 from the home of his brother, Bill Ekers at Yatesville with the Rev. S. B. Ball of Louisa, officiating and interment was made in the Ekers family cemetery at Cadmus under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Mr. Ekers died suddenly of a heart attack. He just recently returned to his home in Oklahoma after attending the funeral of his brother at Fallsburg 3 weeks ago. Mr. Ekers was born on Whites Creek, Boyd County, a son of the late John and Lida Presley Ekers. He moved with his parents to near Yatesville when 6 years of age and was reared there. He had lived in McAllister, OH, the past 30 years and had been a conductor on the Rock Island Railway for the past 22 years. He was a veteran of the Spanish-American War. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Vera Ekers, 3 daughters, and one son and the following sisters and brothers, Mrs. Robert Cassady of Louisa, route 4, Mrs. C. L. Stewart of Alemeda, CA Mrs. L. A. Ekers of Roseport, OH and Bill Ekers, of Yatesville. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 1, 1940

ELAM, Emma Grant (Botner)
Mrs. Emma Grant Botner Elam, 85, well known and loved resident of Louisa, passed away at her home here Thursday morning at 6:45 after an illness of 3 weeks. Mrs. Elam was born near Louisa, a daughter of the late Captain Oliver D. and Jane Stafford Botner and had resided in Louisa and nearby her entire life. Deceased had been a member of the First Methodist Church since childhood. Her husband, Matthew McClure Elam passed away in 1923. Funeral rites will be conducted Saturday afternoon at 2 from the First Methodist church in Louisa with Rev. C. F. Froderman and Rev. E. W. Elrod officiating. Interment will be made in the Pine Hill Cemetery under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. She is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. L. A. Garred and Mrs. M. L. Burgess, Louisa route 1 and 3 sons, Oliver M. Elam, Ashland, KY, Dr. Arthur M. Elam, of Lexington, KY and Dr. Botner P. Elma of Columbus, OH: 21 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 8, 1940

FRAZIER, Effie (Thompson)
1892-1940
Mrs. Effie Thompson Frazier, 45, wife of Charles F. Frazier of Louisa, died at the home 2 miles north of Louisa Tuesday morning. She had been ill for 14 months and bedfast for the past 7 months. Funeral rites will be conducted Thursday afternoon at 2 from the old Frazier homestead 2 miles north of Louisa with Rev. William W. Moore, pastor of the Louisa Freewill Baptist Church, officiating and interment will be made in the Frazier family cemetery nearby. Mrs. Frazier was a daughter of the late John Thompson and Mrs. Sally Thompson and was born Jan 22, 1892, near Busseyville. She moved to Louisa when 10 years of age and had resided here since. She had long been a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are the husband, her mother, Mrs. Sally Thompson, of Ashland, one daughter, Mrs. Mary Glen Roberts, of Louisa, 2 sons, James Rice and Arthur Brooks Frazier, both of Louisa, 3 sisters, Mrs. T. J. Shannon of Drift, KY, Mrs. G. G. Rowley and Mrs. C. c. Tussey, both of Ashland, 2 brothers, Ross Thompson of Williamson, WV and Jack Thompson of Ashland and a grandson, Jean Arthur Frazier, Louisa. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 15, 1940

GRAYSON, Sally Flo
Sally Flo Grayson, born Monday Nov 4 died Nov 4, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Grayson of Clifford. Funeral rites were conducted Monday and interment was made in the Maynard Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 8, 1940

HENSON, Thomas
Thomas Henson, 72, of Ashland, route 1, died Friday after an illness of 2 weeks. Deceased was a native of this county and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. David Henson. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge at Rush. Funeral was conducted Sunday at the Holiness Church at Rush and interment was made at Coalton. Surviving are 7 daughters, Mrs. J. H. Bowen, Los Angeles, CA, Mrs. Don Cochran, Catlettsburg, Mrs. Charles Clay, Ashland, Mrs. Walter Parsons, Huntington, WV, Mrs. John Waugh, Rush, KY, Mrs. Millard Derefield, Catlettsburg, and Mrs. Noah Weaver, Rush, 2 sons, William Henson, Lundale, WV, and Thomas Henson at home; 2 sisters, Mrs. Sam Maynard, Catlettsburg and Mrs. Jennie Ronk, Portsmouth, OH, one brother, James Henson, Louisa, KY. Big Sandy news, Friday, Nov 15, 1940

JARRELL, John L.
John L. Jarrell, 81 years old, died at his home on Mill Creek, near Fort Gay, WV Oct 8, 1940. "Uncle John L." as he was known to his many friends, had been in poor health for some time, but since the death of his wife, Idella Jarrell on Jan 30,1 940, his health has failed rapidly. Death from a heart attack came suddenly as he sat by this fire. He had been a member of the Pleasant Baptist Church on Mill Creek since he was 13 years old and his last visit among the neighbors was to secure aid for rebuilding the church, which had been destroyed by fire about a year ago. He is survived by the following, 3 daughters, Mrs. P. E. Perry, Mrs. N. C. Ferguson, and Miss Bertha Jarrell, a step daughter, Mrs. M. B. Riggs, all of Fort Gay, route 2, a son, Golden K. Jarrell of Morgantown, one brother, Wayne Jarrell of Fort Gay, route 2, 2 sisters, Mrs. Kyle Noe of Fort Gay, route 2, and Mrs. Martha Jane Vinson of Fort Gay; 12 grandchildren. Burial was on Oct 10 in the Jarrell Cemetery with Rev. Carmi Crabtree in charge. Big Sandy news, Friday, Nov 1, 1940

KOUNS, Georgia
Miss Georgia Kouns, retired Ashland business woman and a native of East Fork, died Thursday at her home on Carter Avenue after a long illness. Funeral was conducted Saturday at the First Methodist Church in Ashland and interment made in the Kouns family cemetery on East Fork. Miss Kouns was born on East Fork, near Mavity and resided there until 30 years ago when she moved to Ashland. She formerly taught school in rural Boyd County. Shortly after going to Ashland she opened a dress and hat shop which she successfully operated until her retirement 6 years ago. She was a member of the First Methodist church and for 25 years was secretary to the Kentucky State Sunday School Association. Surviving are one sister, Miss Sallie Kouns, at home, 3 nieces Mrs. F. M. Boyles, Mrs. H. H. Dogget, both of Ashland, and Mrs. Charles Queen of East Fork and 3 nephews, Douglas Kouns, East Liverpool, OH, Theodore Kouns, Steubenville, OH and George W. Kouns, Ashland. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 22, 1940

MAYNARD, Elizabeth (Sammons)
Mrs. Elizabeth Sammons Maynard, 67, wife of Hampton Maynard, died Sunday morning at the Maynard home near Clifford following a year's illness of complications. Deceased was a daughter of the late Oliver and Ann Castle Sammons and was born and reared near Clifford. She had been a member of the United Baptist Church for 40 years. Funeral rites were conducted Monday afternoon at the home with Rev. Nelson Hughes officiating and interment was made in the Maynard Cemetery a mile north of Clifford. Mrs. Maynard is survived by her husband, Hampton Maynard; 3 daughters, Mrs. John Hammond, Shelby Gap, WV, Mrs. Anna Mounts, Clifford, KY, and Mrs. Douglas Chapman, Kermit, WV, 2 sons, Russell and Alvis Maynard, both of Clifford; 4 sisters, Mrs. Pierce Sammons, Clifford, Mrs. Jennie Castle, Inez, Mrs. Will Jackson, Kermit, WV and Mrs. Covington Roach, Huntington, WV and 3 brothers, John Sammons, Crum, WV, William Sammons, Ethel, WV and Thomas Sammons, of Huntington. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 22, 1940

MCKENZIE, Kenneth
Kenneth McKenzie, 3 day old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest McKenzie of Hubbardswton, WV, died at the McKenzie home Sunday. Funeral was held the same day a the Ellis Cemetery near Hubbardstown where interment was made. Surviving besides the parents are the 3 grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam McKenzie of Prichard, WV, and Mrs. Minnie Tombline of Prichard, WV, route 1. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 22, 1940

MEEK, John H.
1877-1940
John H. Meek, 63, of Huntington, a native of Lawrence County, who became one of West Virginia's foremost lawyers, died last Friday night in Memorial hospital in Huntington, where he had been a patient for 10 days. Physicians said he suffered from heart and kidney complications, uremia developing as the end neared. Mr. Meek was born on a farm near Irad, this county, Sep 8, 1877, a son of the late Ed and Amy Kirk, pioneer residents of the county. He was educated in the common schools of this county and in Oakview Academy in Wayne, WV, a famous seat of learning headed by the late Professor T. B. McClure. During a brief period he taught rural schools before entering West Virginia University where he was graduated with a degree in law in 1899. Although he was university trained, Mr. Meek was regarded by associates and clients as a lawyer of the old school and a men who had lived a typical American success story without, however, achieving great wealth. Returning to Wayne he was admitted to the bar in the summer of 1899 and began practice in partnership with Patrick H. Napier, the firm being Napier and Meek. In 1902-03 he served as prosecuting attorney of Wayne county int hat capacity gaining experience and laying the foundation for the high reputation he was to achieve as a practioner in the criminal courts.  His voice was heard by many juries trying murder cased in Wayne, Mingo, Lincoln, Logan and Cabell Counties and some on the other side of the Big Sandy in his native Kentucky. As a younger lawyer he rode the circuits with such barristers as John H. Holt, John S. Marcum, George J. McComas, Pat Napier, his first partner and other notables. On long winter evenings, with the other attorneys practicing before  Judge John B. Wilkinson of Logan, and other circuit court notables, he took part in discussions which occurred in the smoke-filled parlors of county seat boarding houses and hotels. Among such associates he won a place as a conversationalist able to hold his own with the elders in stories of his own mountain people.

Throughout his life, he was to delight social gatherings with his softly spoken tales of life in mountain county, his kindly and sympathetic humor and the drawl which he never quite lost, captivating all hearers. It had been suggested to him that the homespun yarns with which he so delighted his associates and friends could be reduced to book form, but so far as is now known this was never done. Law practice in Wayne was many sided. John H. Meek's activities by no means were confined to the criminal courts. He acquired clients of all classes of society, ranging from abject poverty to affluence, serving all with equal fidelity. His general practice grew and in 1909 he left Wayne and moved family and office to Huntington. Soon thereafter he became associated with W. C. W. Renshaw in the firm of Meek & Renshaw. This firm continued in practice until it was consolidated in 1920 with the older firm of Vinson & Thompson into the newer firm of Vinson, Thomas, Meek & Renshaw. Mr. Renshaw, upon his retirement several years later was succeeded by Harry Scherr, after the firm assumed its present name of Vinson, Thompson, Meek & Scherr.

Founded by the late Colonel Z. T. Vinson and Colonel William Rooten Thompson, now in retirement in Virginia, the firm of Vinson & Thompson was one of the oldest in Huntington, serving a clientele which included many of the larger corporate interests in the city and its southern West Virginia. The new and enlarged firm succeeded to this practice. Death of Colonel Vinson and retirement of Colonel Thompson made John H. Meek the senior member. As such he became not only legal representative but close advisor to men engaged in big enterprise. His active connections included the Appalachian Electric Power Co and Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co., the Ohio Valley Electric Railway Co. and the successor the Ohio Valley Bus Co and the trust department of the First Huntington National Bank. Mr. Meeks in his personality and his career was a notable example of the mountain stock of West Virginia and Kentucky at its best. John Meek was a man of the people who, thought in the course of his activities as a lawyer an adviser of corporate business and leader of the Republican party he touched elbows with the great, never abandoned the airs and mannerisms of the lawyers of mountain county seats as they were in the old days. Common touch, and common sense were predominant among his traits, and his inimitable telling of droll stories of his own mountain people enchanted his friends in salon, in conference room and at his own fireside. Funeral was conducted Monday at the home in Huntington with the Rev. S. Roger Tyler, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, officiating and interment was made in Spring Hill Cemetery, Huntington. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 29, 1940

MEREDITH, Pearley
Pearley Ed Meredith, 57, well known resident of Hubbardstown, WV, died Saturday morning at his home after an illness of 10 months of complications. A son of the late Edward and Celia Bellomy Meredith, he was born and reared near Hubbardstown. For the past 36 years he had been a cook for the Norfolk & Western Railway. Funeral was conducted Monday afternoon at the Bellomy Chapel at Hubbardstown of which he had been a member for 25 years. Interment was made in the Strother Cemetery near Hubbardstown. Mr. Meredith is survived by his wife, Mrs. Emma Ellis Meredith, 3 daughters, Mrs. W. E. Hodge, Mrs. Homer Swathwood and Miss Onetta Meredith, all of Hubbardstown; 6 sons, James Meredith, Prichard, WV, Henry Meredith, Crew, VA, Butler Meredith, Hubbardstown, WV, and Charles and Edward Meredith at home and Clarence Meredith, of Prichard; 5 sisters, Mrs. D. E. Bellomy of Huntington, WV, Mrs. Charles Newman and Mrs. Ben Skeens, both of Kenova, WV, Miss Alice Meredith of Huntington, WV and Mrs. Buskirk of Shelby, OH. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 22, 1940

MOORE, B. F.
B. F. Moore, 85, prominent farmer and church worker, died Monday morning at his home at Mattie. He had been ill for 4 years. Mr.  Moore was a son of the late David and Anna Jordan Moore, pioneer settlers in this county, and was born and reared at Mattie and resided there all of his life. He had been a member of the Methodist church for 45 years and was an active church worker. Funeral services was conducted Tuesday afternoon from the Cando Freewill Baptist Church at Mattie with the Rev. William W. Moore and Rev. S. B. Ball officiating and interment was made in the Al Hayes Cemetery near Mattie. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Thompson Moore to whom he was married 45 years ago; 7 daughters, Mrs. Willie Davis, Davisville, KY, Mrs. Bessie Jordan, Mechanicsburg, OH, Mrs. Ted Devees, Columbus, OH, Mrs. Claude Thompson, Columbus, OH, Mrs. Clarence Pack, Friendship, OH, Mrs. Burns Ball, Ashland, KY and Mrs. Luther Moore, Mattie, KY; 4 sons, Bert and Dewey Moore, both of Columbus, OH and Fred and Lewis A. Moore both of Ashland, KY; one half sister, Mrs. William Hayes of Georges Creek, KY and 4 half brothers, Harrison Moore, of Mattie, KY, Dora Moore of Lancaster, OH and H. K. and Buck Moore of Louisa, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday Nov 22, 1940

MULLINS, Alfair (Fortner)
Mrs. Alfair Fortner Mullins, 75, widow of the late David Mullins of Fallsburg, died at 7 Saturday morning at the home of her son, Ranson Mullins, in Louisa. She had been ill for 2 weeks. Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon at the Savage Memorial Methodist Church at Fallsburg and interment was made in the Maynard Cemetery near Fallsburg under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Mrs. Mullins was born near Buchanan, KY, daughter of the late Alex and Rittie Curnutte Fortner. and resided for many years at Fallsburg where her husband conducted a general merchandise store. After his death in 1938, she had resided in Louisa with her son. Mrs. Mullins long had been a member of the Methodist Church. Surviving are 3 sons, Ranson Mullins of Louisa, Cecil Mullins of Ashland, KY and David Mullins, Jr. of Route 2, Ashland, KY; one daughter, Mrs. Ellis Hamilton of Portsmouth, OH and a sister, Mrs. Ferbie Baldwin of Skaggs, VA. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 1, 1940

PRICE, Ernest
1904-1940
Ernest Price, 36, resident of Louisa for 20 years, died Sunday morning in a local hospital following an illness of four months.  Mr. Price was born near Richardson Feb. 18, 1904, but had lived in Louisa the past 20 years.  Funeral was conducted Tuesday afternoon from the First Methodist church in Louisa with the pastor, Rev. E. W. Elrod, officiating, and interment made in Pine Hill cemetery here.  Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Ethel Wilson Price; one son, Juan; two sisters, Mrs. Edgel Walden, Louisa, and Miss Eva Price of Washington, DC, three half-sisters, Mrs. Carmel Hall, Mrs. Lloyd Johnson and Miss Mary Ruth Price, all of Silo, OH; two half-brothers, Robert of Silo, OH, and Joe Price, of Van Lear, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 8, 1940

QUESENBERRY, Susan (Childers)
Mrs. Susan Childers Quesenberry, 84, widow of the late Rev. William Quesenberry and a former resident Peach Orchard, died Nov 3 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Wallace at Betsy Layne. The body was returned to this county and funeral was conducted Nov 4 at the home of a granddaughter, Mrs. Frank Boyd, at Richardson, with Rev. J. C. Hager, pastor of the Louisa Missionary Baptist Church, officiating. Interment was made in the Warnick Cemetery at Richardson, Mrs. Quesenberry had been a member of the Missionary Baptist Church for 63 years. Her husband, the late William Quesenberry, was a minister and served as Sunday school superintendent at Peach Orchard for many years. Surviving besides Mrs. Wallace are 2 other children, Mrs. Billie Vaughan, of Paintsville and Cleve Quesenberry of Wayland. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 15, 1940

RISNER, John T.
John T. Risner, 58, prominent merchant and farmer of Seitz, Magoffin County, died in a Louisa hospital at 6 p.m. Thursday of last week 2 hours after a truck in which he was riding wrecked on the Blaine road 3 miles west of Louisa. Risner, accompanied by James Alexander and Silas Ritchie, was returning home in Alexander's truck after bringing a load of cross ties to the Louisa Market to sell. Alexander, driver of the truck, lost control of the truck when a front wheel hit a chughole in the road as he pulled to the right to pass on oncoming car. The truck left the road and plunged over a 40 foot embankment turning over twice. Risner died of a crushed chest, Alexander and Ritchie escaped with minor injuries. Ritchie was able to return to his home the same night and Alexander was dismissed from the hospital Sunday. All were residents of Seitz. Scene of the wreck is on a gravel surfaced road being used as a detour around the Mayo Trail paving job south of Louisa. The detour road, particularly from Adams to Charley, is narrow and dusty and a number of wrecks have occurred on it in recent weeks. Risner was born and reared at Seitz and was a son of Robin and Frances Dunn Risner. He had operated a general merchandise store there for 30 years and was a prominent citizen. He was a member of the Baptist church. The body was returned to Magoffin County where funeral rites were conducted Sunday at the home. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Nellie Lovely Risner, his father, one son, Dexter Risner of Seitz, 3 sisters, Mrs. Silas Richie, Seitz, Mrs. William Lovely, Sisco, KY, Mrs. Six Dunn, Ova, KY and one brother, Sunny Risner, of Seitz. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 5, 1940

RUNYON, James Bertran
James Bertran Runyon, 41, of Five Forks, 3 miles north of Louisa, died at his home there Thursday of last week, after an illness extending from 1932. Funeral was conducted Friday and the body was taken to near Chattaroy, WV for interment. Deceased was a son of the late  John and Fanny Slater Runyon and was born and reared in Pike County, He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Martha Sparks Runyon, one daughter, Miss Virginia and a brother, George Runyon of Chattaroy, WV. Big Sandy news, Friday Nov 29, 1940

SEARS, Oscar
Oscar Sears, 65, of Ashland, for 30 years a leading figure in the lumber business, and oil and gas development in Eastern Kentucky died Sunday in the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH. Mr. Sears became seriously ill the previous Thursday and was removed immediately from his home in the Ventura Hotel in Ashland to the clinic. He had been in failing health for 5 yeas but had maintained his interest in his many business enterprises. Mr. Sears was born in Ann Arbor, MI, and was a graduate of the law school of the University of Michigan. His active business career began more than 30 years ago, when he became interested in the lumber business in Lexington. Later, when he set up offices in the Kitchen building, in Ashland, Mr. Sears completed his first major business transaction, selling 1,000 acres of timber land in Bell, Perry, and Letcher Counties in Kentucky to Henry Ford, the Detroit motor magnate. In 1930, he was one of the principal figures in another large sale when the Twin-State Natural Gas Co of Charleston purchased from him oil and gas lease holdings on 10,000 acres running from the Tug River to the boundaries of the city of Charleston. At his death he was the president and principal stockholder in the Eastern Kentucky Exploration Co in the Midland Gas Co and the Aetna Gas Co. He also owned a half interest in the Marrowbone Gas Co with George Martin and John Smith of Catlettsburg, who hold the remainder of the firm's stock. He held oil and gas leases in Martin, Lawrence and Estill Counties in Kentucky, in Mingo County in West Virginia and in Lawrence County, OH. During the most active years of his career Mr. Sears had offices in both Ashland and Charleston. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 8, 1940

SENTERS, Daniel
Daniel Senters, 70, retired C & O Railway carpenter, died at 9:15 p.m. Friday at his home on Griffiths Creek 18 miles from Louisa. He had been ill 3 months. Funeral rites were conducted from the home Sunday with Rev. Mr. Groom, Russell, KY, officiating, and interment made in the Senters family cemetery near the home. Mr. Senters is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lucy Taylor Senters, 10 sons, William, Andrew, and Charles all of Louisa, route 2, Walter and Frank Senters, both of Ashland, KY, Baker Senters, Catlettsburg, KY, C. L. Senters, of Ivel, KY, Proctor and Lester Senters, at home and Perry Senters, of Fort Jackson, SC and one sister, Mrs. R. M. Jones of Cincinnati, OH. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 8, 1940

SMITH, Helen Frances
Mrs. Helen Frances Smith, 92, native of the Round Bottom section opposite Buchanan, KY died Saturday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. S. P. Hager in Huntington. She had not been seriously ill. Her death was attributed to infirmities of her extreme age. Private funeral service was conducted at the home in Huntington Monday with Rev. Herald Grandstaff, assistant pastor of Johnson Memorial Church, of which the deceased was a member, officiating, and the body was placed in the family mausoleum in Spring Hill cemetery, Huntington. Mrs. Smith was the widow of John Northington Smith, lumberman and real estate operator, who died in 1902. They were married Mar 1, 1868 and both were well known to the older residents of this county and were related to a number of Lawrence Countians. Mrs. Smith is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Hager, with whom she resided, 4 grandchildren, J. Prichard Hager and Daniel Irvin Hager of Huntington, Warren Smith of New York and Stannard Ross of Pennsylvania; 2 great grandchildren, Mrs. Karl Diener of Reading, PA and Patsy Hager of Huntington and one great-great grandchild, Keren Joel Diener, of Reading. Big Sandy News, Friday Nov 29, 1940

SMITH, James J.
James J. Smith of Kenova, carpenter and contractor and former employee of the N & W Railway Co. died in a Huntington hospital Nov 1. Mr. Smith was a member of the First Baptist Church of Kenova. Funeral services were held at the residence with burial in the family cemetery at Prichard, WV. He is survived by the widow, Mrs. Jenny Smith, 2 sisters, Mrs. Leonard Carpenter of Prichard and Mrs. Pennie Boyd of Columbus, OH. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 15, 1940

SPENCER, Josephine (Castle)
Mrs. Josephine Spencer, 75, widow of the late D. C. Spencer and for many years a beloved resident of Louisa, died Sunday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. F. D. Elliott in San Diego, CA. Mrs. Elliott is the former Miss Opal Spencer. Mrs. Spencer spent the past summer in Catlettsburg and Louisa visiting her mother, Mrs. Dana O'Neal in Catlettsburg, and her sister, Mrs. J. B. Crutcher and Mrs. Billie Riffe and Mrs. F. L. Stewart in Louisa. She returned to her home in Huntington Park, CA, Oct 1 and a week later to San Diego to visit her daughter, Opal, where she suffered a severe heart attack. Death came Sunday at noon, relatives here were informed. Funeral was conducted at Downey, CA, Wednesday and interment made there. Mrs. Spencer was a daughter of the late William and Cynthia Boyd Castle and was born at Old Peach Orchard, this county. Shortly after her marriage to D. C. Spencer, they went to Catlettsburg where Mr. Spencer was in business for a few years. Later they moved to Louisa and resided here until Mr. Spencer's death in 1928. Mr. Spencer operated a grocery store in Louisa for many years and the family was prominently known. they were parents of the late Ed K. Spencer former co-publisher of the Big Sandy News, Mr. Spencer died of a heart attack a few days after the death of his son in 1928 and Mrs. Spencer and daughter, Opal and Dorothy, a few months later moved to California where they have since resided. Mrs. Spencer is survived by 4 daughters, Mrs. Dana O'Neal, Catlettsburg, KY Mrs. F. D. Elliott, San Diego, CA, Mrs. Jack Madson, Downey, CA and Mrs. Ethel Cooke, Huntington Park, CA, a brother, Dave Castle of Richardson, KY and a sister, Mrs. J. B. Crutcher of Louisa. Big Sandy news, Friday, Nov 29, 1940

SPENCER, T. J.
1853-1940
T. J. Spencer, 87, prominent retired merchant and farmer and a former resident of Louisa died last Friday morning at his home on the Mayo Trail south of Louisa. He had been ill for more than a year. Funeral rites were conducted Sunday morning in the United Baptist Church in Paintsville with Rev. Guy Preston and Rev. Arlie Blackburn officiating and interment was made in the Preston Cemetery at Thelma, Johnson County. Mr. Spencer was born May 20, 1853, the son of John and Matilda Borders Spencer, natives of Virginia and pioneer resident of this Big Sandy section. For many years he conducted a general merchandise store at Buskirk, near Paintsville. He came to this county a number of years ago and resided for a time at Louisa. Later he moved to his farm on the Mayo Trail near the mouth of Meades Branch where in late years he conducted a store, but retired more than a year ago because of ill health. He was a member of the Paintsville Masonic Lodge. Surviving are 4 daughters, Mrs. Henry Spencer, Moline, IL, Mrs. T. H. Preston,  Wenatchee, WA, Mrs. R. C. Burton, Louisa, and Mrs. W. T. Hatcher, Lackey, KY; 2 sons, R. B. Spencer, Louisa and J. H. Spencer, route 1, Louisa; 20 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Friday Nov 22, 1940

STANSBURY, Harry H.
1867-1940
Harry H. Stansbury, 73, well known citizen, died Sunday Nov 10 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Bellomy, of Garrett, KY, after an illness of 6 weeks. A son of the late Harrison and Minerva Copley Stansbury, he was born Nov 1, 1867 near Louisa, and resided there all of his life. He had been a member of the Methodist Church for a number of years and a cook on the C & O Railway for 12 years. A large assemblage attended the funeral service held Wednesday morning from his home at Walbridge. Rev. Ed Lambert conducted the rites. His 7 grandsons were acting pallbearers. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Victoria Wellman Stansbury; 4 sons, Mack Stansbury, Meeker Stansbury, and Edgar Stansbury, all of Louisa, rotue 2, Milt Stansbury of Betsy Layne, KY; 3 daughters, Mrs. John Bellomy of Garrett, KY, Mrs. Joe Justice, Pinson Fork, KY and Mrs. Ted Cecil of Logan, OH, 15 grandchildren also survive. Among those who attended the funeral from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. John R. Wellman, Midkiff, WV, Mr. and Mrs. Eli Stansbury, of Derby, VA, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Wooten, son Jimmy and daughter, Lilly of Hellier, KY and Edgar Wellman of Price. WV. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 29, 1940

THOMPSON, Isom
Isom Thompson, 63, well known farmer of Fort Gay, route 2, died Monday evening at his home on Paddle Creek 2 days after suffering a stroke. Funeral rites were conduced Wednesday morning at 10 from the Bartram Chapel on Mill Creek with Rev. Samuel Wellman of Fort Gay, officiating and interment will be made in teh Frazier Cemetery on Mill Creek. Mr. Thompson, a son of the late Taylor and Effie Biggs Thompson, was born in Pike County, KY, but had resided on a farm near Fort Gay for the past 40 years. He is survived by 3 brothers, Taylor Thompson, Fort Gay, route 2, Andy Thompson, Portsmouth, OH, and Richard Thompson, of Webb, WV, and 4 sisters, Mrs. Aliff Workman of Louisa, KY, Mrs. Alex Wray of Stonecoal, KY, Mrs. Joshua Copley of Fort Gay and Mrs. Radcilal Copley of New Boston, OH. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 22, 1940

THOMPSON, John J.
John J. Thompson, 61, prominent merchant and farmer of Little Blaine section, 3 miles from Busseyville, died at his home there Friday morning after an illness of 3 weeks of complications. A son of the late John and Martha Thompson, he was born and reared near Busseyville and had resided there all his life. He conducted a large farm and for the past 20 years had operated a general merchandise store. He had been a member of the Freewill Baptist Church for the past 7 years. A large assemblage attended the funeral service held Saturday morning from Carter Chapel. Rev. Dave Al Hayes and Rev. Arlie Black burn conducted the rites. His 7 sons were pallbearers. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Maggie Gussler Thompson; 5 daughters, Mrs. Mitchell McKinster, Louisa, route 1, Mrs. Robert Hussey, Busseyville, KY, Mrs. Arnold Bayes, Ashland, KY and Misses Martha Lee and Nora G. Thompson, both at home; 7 sons, Ernie, Morehead, KY, Gus, at home, Arlie, Columbus, OH, Stravur, Louisa route 3, Arch and Hager, Busseyville, KY and Richard, Louisa, route 3, and one sister, Mrs. R. B. Spencer, Louisa, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 8, 1940

THOMPSON, Landon
Landon Thompson, 72 year old Ashland barber died Wednesday of last week after an illness of 6 months. A native of Lawrence County, KY, Mr. Thompson had lived in Ashland 13 years. He operated a barber shop at 629 Twenty-ninth Street during this time. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Cora Thompson, 2 daughters, Mrs. Theodore Lowman, Ashland and Mrs. Essie Brainard, Portsmouth, OH; one brother, Fred Thompson, Lawrence County, KY and 2 sisters, Mrs. Monroe Webb, Ashland and Mrs. Wesley Jordan, Louisa, KY. Funeral services were conducted at the Centenary Methodist Church in Ashland. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 1, 1940

THOMPSON, Phyllis Irene
Phyllis Irene Thompson, 17 months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Monroe Thompson of the Wilbur section died Nov 15 after an illness of 3 months. Funeral service was conducted by Rev. William W. Moore and Rev. Ray Roberts at the Cordell Church. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 29, 1940

WEBB, Albert
Albert Webb, 52, farmer of the Clifford section, died at Clifford last Friday of a heart and kidney ailment. He was a son of Jeff and Julia Franklin Webb and was born and reared in Martin County. Funeral and interment took place in Martin County Saturday. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 29, 1940

WILLIAMS, Henry Farmer
1857-1940
Henry Farmer Williams, 83, prominent farmer of the Laurel section 5 miles from Blaine, died at his home there last Friday night. Mr. Williams was a son of the late Ning and Sibby Evans Williams, pioneer resident of this county. He was born and reared on Laurel and had resided there all of his life. He had been a member of the Jake Rice Masonic Lodge of Blaine for 55 years and a member of the New Regular Baptist Church of Flat Gap for more than 30 years. Funeral rites were conducted at the home Sunday afternoon and interment was made in the Williams family cemetery under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. The Jake Rice Masonic Lodge conducted its ritual at the interment. Mr. Williams is survived by his wife, Mrs. Melissa Evans Williams, to home he was married 64 years ago; 6 daughters, Mrs. Nora Osborn, Ashland, KY, Mrs. C. I. Morris, Blaine, KY, Mrs. B. M. Wright, Sciotoville, OH, Mrs. Wm M. Gambill, Abilene, TX, Mrs. Nola Skaggs, Martha, KY and Mrs. Gus Miller of London, OH; 3 sons, Oscar Williams, Flat Gap, Ottie F. Williams, Paintsville, KY, and Dr. Homer C. Williams of Ashland, KY and one sister, Mrs. Emily Grimsley of Indianapolis, IN. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 8, 1940

YATES, Bell M. (Borders)
1872-1940
Mrs. Bell M. Yates, 68, wife of Frank H. Yates, of Ashland and a native of this county, died Wednesday afternoon in an Ashland hospital after an illness of a month. Mrs. Yates was born near Richardson, Jan 20, 1872, a daughter of the late Allen and Louise Mayo Borders, pioneer citizens of the Big Sandy section. Mr. and Mrs. Yates lived in Louisa until moving to Ashland 16 years ago. She was a member of the First Methodist church. Besides her husband, she is survived by 3 daughters, Mrs. George P. Williams, Atlanta, GA, Mrs. James Ross and Mrs. Richard Brown, both of Ashland, 2 sons, Homer A. Yates, Springfield, Mass. and William Yates, Wheeling, WV, and one sister, Mrs. Jennie Roffe, Huntington, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday, Nov 29, 1940

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BARTRAM, Albert Edward
Albert Edward Bartram, 27 of Borderland, WV and son of James Bartram of Pinson Fork, KY formerly of Louisa, died Wednesday in a Williamson hospital after a four weeks illness of typhoid. He was a miner at Borderland. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 20, 1940

BARTRAM, John
John Bartram, 71, farmer of The Point section, a mile and a half south of Louisa, died at his home there Christmas eve at 8 p.m. He had been ill 6 months of complications. Funeral was conducted Thursday morning from the home and interment was made in the Bartram family cemetery on Tabors Creek a few miles from Fort Gay, WV. Mr. Bartram, a son of the late Sam and Mary Sisson Bartram, was born and reared at Fort Gay. He had lived on a farm on The Point for 5 years and previously had lived on Three Mile. He was a member of the Church of God. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Ella Bartram,  3 daughters, Mrs. Albert Salyers and Mrs. Elmo Jordan, both of Mansfield, OH and Miss Clara Bartram at home; 2 step daughters, Mrs. Raymond Clagg, Louisa, KY, and Mrs. Sherman Salyers, Shelby, KY; one son, Earl Bartram at home, 2 stepsons, Charles and Arnold Raney of Fort Gay, WV, 5 brothers, Ezra, Felix, Milton and Ben Bartram all of Fort Gay, and James Bartram, Williamson, WV and 2 sisters, Mrs. W. D. Akers, Fort Gay and Mrs. Noah Akers of Ceredo, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 27, 1940

BECK, Ellsworth
Ellsworth Beck, 58, of Louisa, a crane operator for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Co. died Saturday night of a heart attack while visiting his step mother in Butlerville, IN. The body was returned to the home here Monday night and funeral was conducted Wednesday afternoon from the Louisa Baptist Church, with the pastor, Rev. J. C. Hager officiating. Interment was made in the family cemetery at Potter, 4 miles north of Louisa. Apparently in good health, Mr. Beck went to Indiana last Thursday to visit his step mother. He died suddenly at her home Saturday night and the death message was received by his wife here Sunday morning as she was leaving morning services at the Baptist church. Born in Hot Springs, Ark., Mr. Beck had been employed by the C & O Railway for nearly  20 years as operator of mechanical equipment. For several years he resided at Porter, but recently he had bought a home in the Italy section of Louisa and had moved here. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Minerva Osborn Beck, a daughter, Miss Mildred Louisa Beck, at home, a son, Kenneth Beck, of Potter; 2 sisters, Mrs. Carrie Hale and Miss Mildred Beck, both of Butlerville, IN and 2 brothers, Arthur Beck of Butlerville, IN and Omar Beck of Yorba Linda, CA. Deceased was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Butlerville, IN. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 20, 1940

BELCHER, Virginia Lee (Ross)
Mrs. Virginia Lee Ross Belcher, 62 years old of Hurricane, WV, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Della Ross, of near East Lynn, Dec 17. Funeral services were conducted Thursday morning at the Ross residence by Rev. Minnis Adkins. Burial was in the Adkins Cemetery. She is survived by 2 other daughters, Mrs. Nina Ross of Fort Gay and Mrs. Letha Beckett of Wayne; 2 sons, Dewey and Hop Belcher of East Lynn; 2 brothers, Rev. William S. Ross and J. M. Ross, East Lynn, 4 sisters, Mrs. Nettie Morrison of Ohio, Mrs. Mary Donohoe of Portsmouth, OH and Mrs. Ellen Adkins of East Lynn and Mrs. Anna Strhele of Portsmouth, Mrs. Belcher's husband, "Doc" Belcher, died a few years ago. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 27, 1940

BOGGS, Harry
1885-1940
Harry Boggs, 55, retired farmer of Warnock, Greenup County and a native of this county, died Thursday of last week of an illness of nearly 3 years. Mr. Boggs was born in this county May 6, 1885, a son of James and Hannah Morris Boggs. He moved to Greenup County 42 years ago. He was a member of the Baptist church. Funeral was held Sunday at the residence and interment was made in the Boggs Cemetery. Surviving are the wife, Mrs. George Boggs, and these children, Mrs. Ned Allen of Ashland, Mrs. Heinard Bradley of Load and James H. Boggs at home, and these brothers and sisters, H. M. Boggs of Fullerton, Patterson Boggs of Load, Mrs. Ray Moore of Oldtown, KY, Mrs. J.D. Ferguson of Wheelersburg and Mrs. D. C. Adams of Warnock and 2 grandchildren. Several brothers and sisters preceded him in death. Big Sandy news, Friday, Dec 27, 1940

BOGGS, Louisa (Caldwell)
Mrs. Louisa Boggs, aged about 80, wife of W. H. Boggs, died Nov 24, at the home on Steele Branch of Caines Creek. Funeral was made on the home farm on Steele Branch. Mrs. Boggs was a Caldwell and was born and reared on Cherokee. Her first husband was Felix Mulkey. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 6, 1940

CHAFFIN, Kate (Graham)
Mrs. Thomas Chaffin, a native of Lawrence county, died recently at her home in Paris, CA. The News was informed Wednesday in an air mail letter from a News reader in that state. Mrs. Chaffin was the former Miss Kate Graham and was born and reared in this county. funeral was conducted in Paris, CA and interment made there. She leaves her husband who also is a native Lawrence countian; 2 sisters on the Pacific coast and 2 sisters and 2 brothers in the East. Mrs. Chaffin never lost interest in her native county and continued to follow the local happenings through the columns of The Big Sandy News. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 27,1 940

CHILDERS, Leonard
1875-1940
Leonard Childers, 65, well known citizen of the High Bottom section of Louisa, died at his home Sunday morning at 7:30 o'clock. He had been ill for a year and bedfast the past month. Funeral rites were conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Chapman Methodist Church with Rev. C. P. Froderman, of Ashland, former pastor  of the Louisa First Methodist Church, officiating and interment was made in the Childers family cemetery at Gallup. Mr. Childers, a son of the late Marion and Isabelle VanHoose Childers, was born and reared at Gallup, and had been a member of the Chapman Methodist Church for 25 years. He also was chairman of the Louisa district Sunday school association, and was active for many years in Church and Sunday school work. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Corilda Belcher Childers; five daughters, Mrs. Gay Bradley of Louisa, Mrs. W. M. Workman, of Apple Grove, WV, Mrs. Orthie Cutler of New Boston, OH; Mrs. Hufford Mounts of Gallipolis, OH, Mrs. Herald Cullum of Portsmouth, OH; two sons, Clarence Childers of Gallipolis, OH and Paul Childers, at home; one sister, Miss Jenny Childers of Huntington, WV and three brothers, Frank, William, and W.T. Childers, all of Gallup. Mr. Childers had been a resident, of Louisa the past 12 years, coming here from near Saltpetre, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 13, 1940

COLEMAN, Nora D. (Patterson)
Mrs. Nora D. Coleman, 62, wife of James Coleman, of Paddle Creek, 5 miles from Fort Gay, WV, died Wednesday noon. She had been ill 2 years and bedfast for a week. Funeral rites will be conducted Saturday afternoon at 2 from the Bartram Chapel on Mill Creek near Fort Gay. Mrs. Coleman, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Patterson, was born and reared in Nicholas County, KY, and moved to Wayne county 30 years ago. She had been a member of the Methodist Church since childhood. Surviving besides the husband are 2 daughters, Mrs. Elzie Webb of Fort Gay, route 2, and Miss Lillie Coleman, at home; 2 sons, Carl K. Fields, Pataskala, OH and Roy Fields, Los Angeles, CA, and 4 sisters, Mrs. Harlan Parish, Lexington, KY, Mrs. Pearl Hill, Millersburg, KY, Mrs. H. E. Cox,  Germantown, KY and Mrs. W. C. Brown, Cynthiana, KY and a brother, Roy Patterson of Lexington, KY. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 6, 1940

CRUM, Jackie Lynn
Jackie Lynn Crum, 9 month sold son of Mr. and Mrs. L. Crum, Jr. of Glenhayes, WV, died at the home there Wednesday afternoon after a 4 days illness of pneumonia. Funeral will be conducted from the home Friday at 1 p.m. Surviving are the parents, grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. L. Crum, Sr. of Mt. Vernon, IL and Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Baker of Fort Gay and 2 half brothers, ?? R. Crum, Glenhayes and Billy J. Crum, Kenova, WV. Big Sandy news, Friday, Dec 13, 1940

CRUM, Ruby (Lilly)
Mrs. Ruby Lilly Crum, 35, wife of Dr. R. A. Crum of Mt. Vernon, IL, died Dec 24 in a hospital at Springfield, IL and the body was returned to this section for funeral and interment. Mrs. Crum had been ill 6 months. The body was brought to the Curtright Funeral Home here and later taken to Saltpetre, WV where funeral was conducted Monday afternoon with Rev. J. C. Hager, pastor of the Louisa and Fort Gay Baptist Church officiating. Interment was made in the Wellman Cemetery near Saltpetre. Mrs. Crum was a daughter of Mrs. Pearl E. Lilly of Bluefield, WV and the late R. U. Lilly and was born and reared at Crum, WV. Surviving besides the husband and mother are a daughter, Miss Roberta Ann, at home; a sister, Miss Nancy Lilly, of Miami, FL; her mother in law, Mrs. L. B. Crum, Sr. of Glenhayes, WV and brother in law, L. B. Crum, Jr. of Glenhayes. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 27, 1940

FRAZIER, Will S.
Will S. Frazier, 76, native Lawrence Countian, died Wednesday evening at his home in McConnell, Logan County, WV after a long illness. Mr. Frazier moved from this county more than 30 years ago and served for many years with the Island Creek Coal Company but retired several years ago because of ill health. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mattie Carter Frazier, who was born and reared at Yatesville and is a sister of Mrs. B. J. Chaffin and G. J. Carter of Louisa and 2 children, Miss Alta D. Frazier and Fred Frazier, both at home. Mr. Frazier was a member of the Baptist Church and a devout Christian. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 27,1 940

GALLION, Phyllis Eugene
Phyllis Eugene Gallion, 2 months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Kay, Gallion of Dennis,  was found dead in its bed last Friday morning. Funeral was conducted Saturday afternoon and interment was made in the Watson Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 13, 1940

GILKERSON, Bobby
Bobby Gilkerson, 5 months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawson Gilkerson of Kenova, was found dead in his crib, Nov 19. P. H. Osborn, Wayne county coroner, said death was accidental and was caused by smothering under the bed clothing. Funeral services were conducted at the home of the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gilkerson by Rev. E. J. Westfall. Burial was in the family cemetery at Prichard, Thursday of last week. Big Sandy news, Friday, Dec 6, 1940

HOLBROOK, Louisa (Hamilton)
Mrs. Louisa Catherine Holbrook, 90, widow of the late John Burton Holbrook, died Nov 21 at the home of her son, Ben Holbrook, in New Boston, OH. Deceased was a daughter of Thomas and Mary Ferguson Hamilton, who were among the early settlers of the Laurel Creek section, In 1870 she was married to William Henderson Holbrook, of this county, who died within a year after their marriage. In 1875 she married John Burton Holbrook, of Elliott County and to this union were born 4 children, Flora, Normand, Ben and Willie. Flora died in childhood. The 3 sons are living. Her husband died several years ago. For the last few years, Mrs. Holbrook had made her home with the son in New Boston. She had been a member of the Enterprise Baptist church for many years. The body was brought to the home of a brother, B. R. Hamilton at Red Bush on Friday where it lay in state until funeral services Saturday. Rites were conducted by Rev. H. T. Hamilton, her nephew, by her request, and Rev. William Hill. Burial was made in the Hamilton cemetery overlooking the place where she was born. She was an aunt of Mrs. C. B. Rice of this city. Big Sandy News, Dec 6, 1940

HOWARD, Anderson
Anderson Howard, 84, former resident of the Webbville section, died Thursday of last week at his home in Ashland, where he had resided the past 5 yeas. Surviving are 3 sons, Will and Anthony Howard, both of Huntington, WV and Tom Howard of Webbville and one daughter Mrs. ?? Pennington of Huntington. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 13, 1940

JOHNSON, Elisha Franklin
Elisha Franklin Johnson, 78, retired farmer, died Monday at the home of a son, Homer B. Johnson of route 2, Ashland, He was born in Elliott County, a son of John M. and Elizabeth Wellman Johnson and had lived for many years in this county. Funeral was conducted at the home of Charles Johnson in Ashland, Tuesday night and the body was brought to this county for interment at Blevins. Mrs. Mollie Til?? of Blevins, is a sister. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 13, 1940

LESTER, Midge (Billups)
Mrs. Midge Billups Lester, 44, wife of M. N. "Mus" Lester of Fort Gay, WV, route 1, died in a Louisa hospital Monday night of tularemia, the first victim in this section this year of the disease commonly known as "rabbit fever". She Lester became ill 3 weeks ago after preparing some rabbits, members of the family said. She was admitted to the hospital here Sunday, but death came at 8 Monday night. Funeral was conducted Wednesday afternoon from the forks of Hurricane Baptist Church, near Fort Gay, and interment was made in the Christian family cemetery. Mrs. Lester was the daughter of James O. Billups and the late Lou Strother Billups and was born and reared in Wayne County. She had been a member of the Baptist Church for 30 years. Surviving besides her husband are 4 children, Gussie, Zula, Beth, Roy and Orba, all at home her father, James O. Billups of Prichard, WV, route 1, 2 sisters, Mrs. Robert Rayburn and Mrs. Consie Lycan, both of Prichard, route 1; 3 brothers, Everette Billups of Prichard, route 1, J. J. Billups of Ceredo, WV and Paul Billups of Elkins, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 20,1 940

MCDYER, Nellie (Geiger)
Mrs. Nellie Geiger McDyer, 85, former Louisan, died Thursday of last week at her home in Louisville, KY. The body was returned to Catlettsburg for funeral rites and interment was made in an Ashland cemetery. Mrs. McDyer moved with her family from Louisa many years ago and resided for a time in Catlettsburg. Surviving are a son, Cecil McDyer of Ashland, a brother, David D. Geiger, of Huntington and 2 sisters, Mrs. Garland and Miss Josephine Geiger, of Huntington, and several nieces and nephews. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 6, 1940

MURRAY, John Henry
John Henry Murray, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Murray, died at the Murray home in Louisa Saturday night. Funeral and interment took place Sunday in Pine Hill Cemetery. Surviving besides the parents are 2 sisters and 3 grandparents, Mrs. Mickie Murray and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hayes, all of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Dec 6, 1940

NORRIS, Virginia (Robinson)
Fort Gay, WV, Dec 4--Mrs. Virginia Robinson Norris, 84, died Sunday midnight at the home of her sister in law, Mrs. Kizzie E. Robinson on Mill Creek, 7 miles from Fort Gay. She had been ill a week of complications. Funeral rites were conducted Tuesday afternoon from the Robinson home and interment was made in the Robinson family cemetery. Mrs. Norris, a daughter of the late Warren and Sarah Frazier Robinson, was born and reared on Mill Creek. Her husband, William H. Norris, died in 1908. She had been a member of the Methodist Church for 40 years. Surviving are 7 sisters, Mrs. Wayne Lycan, Mrs. Charles B. Peters, Mrs. Monroe Frasher, Mrs. William Spears, and Mrs. L. G. Peters, all of Fort Gay, and Mrs. Jim Harve Wellman and Mrs. C. B. Wellman both of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 6, 1940

PICKRELL, Sherrill Thomas
Sherrill Thomas Pickrell, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Pickrell of the High Bottom section of Louisa, died Thursday of last week. Interment was made in the Pickrell cemetery a mile north of Louisa. Surviving besides the parents are 3 grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Phillips and Mrs. Lillian Pickrell all of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 13, 1940

PICKENS, Moses S.
Moses S. Pickens, 65, respected citizen of Zelda and known locally as "Uncle Mose" died suddenly at his home there early Monday morning. He was found dead in bed by members of the family. Funeral was conducted Tuesday afternoon at the Buchanan Chapel Methodist church with the pastor, Rev. Wood, and Rev. Basil Hodge, of Kenova, officiating and interment was made in the Buchanan Chapel Cemetery under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Mr. Pickens was born and reared in Greenup County, a son of the late Moses A. and Elizabeth Martin Pickens. A veteran of the Spanish-American War, he later served for many years as a mine foreman in Big Sandy river coal mines. he had been a semi-invalid being injured in a mine accident 18 years ago. He lived for many years at Hubbardstown, WV and moved to Zelda 14 years ago. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Emma Stark Pickens; 4 daughters, Mrs. Joseph Kriger, of Williamson, WV, Mrs. Fred Ellis of Prichard, WV, Mrs. Lester Sanders of Ironton, OH and Miss Anna Pickens at home and 2 sons, Bernard Pickens and Harshie Pickens of Zelda and one brother, Everett H. Pickens of San Antonio, TX. Big Sandy News, Friday Dec 6, 1940

RICE, French
1885-1940
French Rice, 55, native of Fallsburg section, died Dec 2 in Findlay, OH, of a heart ailment. Mr. Rice was a son of James and Adeline Evans Rice and was born near Fallsburg, Jul 23, 1885. He moved to Ohio 2 years ago. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Iona Rice and 9 children, James Rice of Ashland, Dorothy, Thomas, Elizabeth, Irene, Clyde, Lena, Adelaide and Joanne, at home; 3 sisters, Mrs. John Roberts, Huntington, WV, Mrs. G. E. Menor, Salem, IL, and Mrs. John Salyers, Bluefield, WV and one brother, Jake Rice of Huntington, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 20, 1940

RIGSBY, infant son
The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Ivory Rigsby, of Terryville, died Dec 10 of pneumonia following an illness of whooping cough. Big Sandy news, Friday, Dec 20, 1940

ROBERTS, Mary E.
Mrs. Mary E. Roberts, 71, one of Louisa' most beloved and highly respected citizens, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ira W. See at 1 a.m. Wednesday following an illness of several months. Mrs. Roberts was born in Louisa, VA, and had resided in Louisa, KY the past 39 years. Her husband, Thomas Henry Roberts, died in 1914. Funeral service will be held Friday afternoon at 2:30 from the Louisa Methodist Church with the Rev. T. J. Hopson officiating. Burial will be made in the Pine Hill Cemetery. The deceased had been a member of the Methodist Church since girlhood. She is a Past Worthy Matron of the Louise Chapter, No. 292, Order of the Eastern Star. The members of the Chapter will be honorary pallbearers. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Ira W. See, 2 sons, George B. Roberts, Memphis, TN and Jesse R. Roberts of Ironton, OH. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 6, 1940

ROWE, Dee
Dee Rowe, 46, caretaker at Lock No 1 at Saltpetre, on Tug Fork of Big Sandy dropped dead at his home there Friday afternoon His death was attributed to a heart attack. Mr. Rowe was born and reared at Fort Gay, WV and had been an employee of the federal government for many years. He formerly worked at the locks in Louisa and also served on the Kanawha and Ohio rivers. His father, the late James "Matt" Rowe served for many years as lockmaster at Saltpetre. Funeral rites were conducted Monday afternoon at 1 from the home at Saltpetre with Rev. E. W. Elrod, pastor of the Louisa First Methodist Church, officiating, and interment will be made in Fairview cemetery at Fort Gay, WV. Deceased was a member of the Methodist Church of Fort Gay. A World War veteran, he was a member of the W. O. Johnson Post American Legion of Louisa and the local post conducted its ritual at the interment. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Bertha Billups Rowe, of Fort Gay, his wife, Mrs. Lucy Rowe, a foster son, Pearlie A. Wilson, at home, 3 sisters, Mrs. Irene David, Detroit, MI. Mrs. Edward Evans, Huntington, WV and Mrs. Otto Browning, Barboursville, WV, and 3 brothers, James and George Rowe, both of Huntington and Jay Rowe of Elkins, WV. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 27, 1940

SALYERS, Gaylord
1913-1940
Gaylord Salyers, 27, of Ashland, a native of this county, died suddenly last Friday while at work in the American Rolling Mill Company plant. He was born in this county, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Paris Salyers. Funeral was conducted Sunday in the First Christian Church in Ashland and interment was made in an Ashland cemetery. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 27, 1940

SHANK, Robert Bruce
Lieutenant Robert Bruce Shank, 22, son of Bob Shank of Indianapolis, pioneer air mail pilot and former Louisan, was killed Thursday of last week when a plane he was flying collided with another plane 300 feet in the air. The accident occurred at Hoosier Airport at Indianapolis which Bob Shank had owned and operated for several years. In the second plane was a civilian aeronautics instructor and a student pilot, both of whom were killed instantly, like Shank. Lieut. Shank was graduated from the Army air school at Kelly Field, TX in October and was preparing to leave for active duty in Mississippi. Bob Shank and family formerly resided in Louisa and he operated the Louisa mill for a number of years. Later he went to Huntington and in the early days of aviation operated  Kyle field, and was one of the first airplane pilots in the nation. He with 3 other pilots inaugurated air mail service between Washington and New York in 1918, and flew the first air mail trip in the nation's history. Mr. Shank pioneered aviation in Huntington and the Ohio Valley section. Big Sandy news, Friday, Dec 6, 1940

THOMPSON, Sadie J. (Riggs)
Mrs. Sadie J. Thompson, 56 years old, wife of Finley R. Thompson, of Fort Gay, WV, route 1, died Wednesday morning at her home. The body was taken to the residence of a son in law, Irwin T. Jones of Fort Gay. Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Lower Greenbrier Baptist Church with the Rev. Carmie Crabtree officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Mrs. Thompson had been a member of the Upper Greenbrier Baptist Church for 40 years. Surviving, in addition to the husband, are 4 daughters, Mrs. John Clay of Delbarton, WV, Mrs. Irwin Jones, Fort Gay, Mrs. Russell Webb of Fort Gay and Mrs. Eula Hayton of Detroit; 6 sons, Vernon and Lindsey Thompson of Orville, OH, Edward and Edmond Thompson of Fort Gay, Fred Thompson of Detroit, and Alfred Thompson of Inez, KY; a sister, Mrs. Mary Ferguson of Sidney, WV and 2 brothers, Sollie Riggs of Sidney and Lindsey Riggs of Huntington. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 27, 1940

WALKER, Decker
Decker Fannin Walker, Sr., 77, who worked through this section as a sub-contractor for masonry in constructing the N & W railway up Sandy and Tug rivers, died last Friday at the home of a relative in Morehead. It was Walker who established the Shively hotel in Catlettsburg back in that city's balmy days of timberman. He also resided in Huntington and Williamson and later went West and brought a ranch in Old Mexico, Hi T. and D. F. Walker of Catlettsburg are sons. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 27, 1940

WILSON, Sarah L. (Dixon)
Mrs. Sarah L. Wilson, 71, died at her home on Tom's Creek, near Wayne, WV, Dec 9. She was the daughter of the late George B. and Nancy Dixon, natives of Wayne County. Her husband, W. P. Wilson, died 10 years ago. Deceased is survived by one son, Marvin B. Wilson, who made his home with his mother; 2 sisters, Mrs. P. D. Plymale and Miss Emma Dixon of Kenova, one brother, R. F. Dixon, of Georgetown, PA; 3 stepsons, John Wilson of Nitro, Dr. O. P. Wilson of Moundsville and Otis Wilson of Davenport, IA. Funeral services were conducted  at the Wayne Baptist Church, of which she had been a member for about 35 years, Tuesday afternoon by Rev. Frank McKinster. Burial was in the family cemetery on Bromley Ridge, Fort Gay. Big Sandy News, Friday, Dec 20, 1940

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