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ABBOTT, Araminta S. (Diamond)
1856-1941
Mrs. Araminta S. Abbott, 85, beloved Louisa resident, died Thursday shortly before noon after a long illness. Funeral rites will be conducted Saturday afternoon at 2 in the Louisa First Methodist Church of which she was a member. Mrs. Abbott, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Diamond, was born near Louisa in 1855. She had resided in Louisa the past 67 years. She is survived by 2 sons, Dr. C. Y. Abbott, Louisa, and Judge John H. Abbott, Jenkins, 3 daughters, Mrs. Cora A. McGrath, Washington, D. C., Mrs. Josephine Rice and Mrs. Ailcie Carey, Louisa, and a granddaughter, Mrs. F. O. See, Louisa. Her husband, James A. Abbott died in 1918. Big Sandy News, Jan 10, 1941

A large assemblage, including many people from other places attended the funeral of Mrs. Araminta S. Abbott, 85, in the First Methodist Church here Saturday afternoon. Mrs. Abbott, member of a pioneer Lawrence County family and beloved resident of Louisa for the last 67 years, died at her home on Franklin street Thursday morning at 10, Jan 9. She had been ill for many months. Rev. John W. Worthington, pastor of Park Methodist Church, Louisville, KY and former pastor of the local church preached the sermon.  Pall bearers were H. G. Wellman, H. H. Roberts, Ray Cote, Oscar Moore, Arlie V. Cain and C. B. Bromley. Interment was made in Pine Hill Cemetery here under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Mrs. Abbott, affectionately known to many people in this and other communities as "Mother Abbott" , was born a few miles west of Louisa, Jan 28, 1856, a daughter of John H. and Silisy Muncy Diamond, pioneer citizens of the county. She had resided in Louisa since 1873 and had been affiliated with the First Methodist Church for 67 years, being a member of the first Ladies Aid organized here. She was not only active in church work over a long period but kept open house of circuit riders and ministers of the church through this section. Her father was one of the county's early school teacher and she ever main famed deep interest in education affairs and current events. Her husband, James A. Abbott, who died in 1918, served as postmaster in Louisa a number of years. Surviving are 3 daughters, Mrs. C. J. Carey and Mrs. Josephine Rice, both of Louisa and Mrs. Cora A. McGrath of Washington, D. C. , 2 sons, Dr. C. Y. Abbott of Louisa and Judge John H. Abbott of Jenkins, KY and the following granddaughters and grandsons, Mrs. F. O. See, Louisa, Mrs. Mary Carothers, Dallas, TX, Miss Evelyn Abbott and James and David Abbott of Jenkins, KY, Mrs. Howard Hayes, Beckley, WV, Mrs. Charles Riley and Robert Robinson, Washington, D. C. Big Sandy News, Jan 17, 1941

ADAMS, Isaac
1865-1941
Isaac Adams, 75, retired Lawrence County farmer who has lived in Columbus, OH the past 15 years, died Wednesday at his home there. He had been in failing health for several months and had been seriously ill since suffering a stroke a week ago. Short services were conducted in Benfield Avenue Church of God in Columbus Thursday afternoon and the body will be brought to the Curtright Funeral Home in Louisa Thursday night. Funeral services will be conducted Friday afternoon at 2 from the Louisa  First Methodist church with Rev. S. B. Ball, Rev. E. W. Elrod and Rev. J. C. Hager officiating. The body will lie in state at the church from 1 until the time of the funeral. Interment will be made in Pinehill Cemetery here. A son of the late James and Charlotte Berry Adams, Mr. Adams was born at Adams, this county, in 1865. He operated a farm there until his retirement 15 years ago, and was one of the county's most substantial citizens. He had been a member of the Methodist Church for about 25 years. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Nancy Prince Adams to whom he was married 56 years ago; 2 daughters, Mrs. W. H. C. Thompson  of Sinking Springs, OH and Mrs. Raymond McKinster of Columbus, OH and 5 sons, James M. Adams, Louisa grocer, Dave Adams of Louisa route 1, Stanley and Lonnie Adams, both of Columbus, OH and Morton Adams of Ashland, KY; one half sister, Mrs. Lindsey Thompson of Adams, and a brother, Monroe Adams of Adams, KY. Big Sandy News, Jan 31, 1941

ADAMS, J. H.
J. H. Adams, esteemed citizen of Ashland and a native of this county, died Tuesday at his home in Ashland. He was born on Big Branch, of Brushey and the body will be brought to this county for interment in the home cemetery near Cordell. Funeral was conducted in Ashland by Rev. C. B. Fugitt. He was a member of the Church of the Nazarene. Surviving are his wife and 3 children, Rose and Oma Adams of Sharkey, KY and Mrs. Nola Alexander of Waverly, OH; 3 brothers, Harry and Isaac Adams, of Ashland, Lum Adams of Louisa and 2 sisters, Mrs. Ella Cordle and Mrs. Martha Morris of Cordell. Big Sandy News, Jan 3, 1941

ADKINS, Frank R.
Frank R. Adkins, former resident of Louisa and Huntington and a veteran of the World War, died last Friday morning in Veterans Hospital in Oteen, NC, where he had been a patient for a year. Mr. Adkins was born near Potter, this county, a son of Floyd B. and Price Waller Adkins. He was a resident of Huntington when he went to the hospital last year. The body was returned to Louisa Sunday evening and taken to the home of a sister, Mrs. A. H. Snyder. Funeral was conducted Monday afternoon at the Curtright Funeral Home with Rev. T. J. Hopson, pastor of the Louisa Methodist Church officiating and interment was made in the Pinehill Cemetery here. The W. O. Johnson Post American Legion, of which Mr. Adkins was a member officiated at the interment. Mr. Adkins served 23 months in the Army during the World War and served 18 months over seas as a mechanic in the air service. He died suddenly Friday morning after submitting to a minor operation of Wednesday. Surviving are his stepfather and mother, Mr. and Mrs. George W. Chapman of Huntington, WV, 4 sisters, Mrs. W. G. Chapman and Mrs. A. H. Snyder, both of Louisa, Mrs. Nara Miller and Mrs. A. J. Kitchen both of Huntington, WV and one brother, George Ed Chapman of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Jan 31, 1941

BARTRAM, Vinnie (Davis)
Mrs. Vinnie Bartram, 69, widow of the late Samuel W. Bartram, died Wednesday noon of last week at her home on Pike Street here. She had been in failing health for 5 years and seriously ill for a week. Funeral was conducted Friday afternoon at 2 from the First Methodist Church with the pastor, Rev. E. W. Elrod and Rev. Sam Wellman, pastor of the Fort Gay Methodist Church, officiating. Interment was made in the Avis  Cemetery on The Point, a mile south of Louisa, under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Mrs.  Bartram, a daughter of the late William and Minerva Chambers Davis, was born on The Point near Louisa and had resided there and at Louisa all her life. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Garnet Payne, Louisa, one sister, Mrs. James See, of Louise route 2, and 3 grandchildren, Hoover L. Hall, Julia Belle Hall and Anna Jean Hall, of Louisa. Her husband died 22 years ago. Big Sandy News, Jan 10, 1941

BELT, Mrs. E. O.
Mrs. E. O. Belt, 43, native of Gallup, this county, died Thursday of last week in a hospital in her home town at Hannibal, MO, relatives here were informed this week. Mrs. Belt was a daughter of William F. and Flora Wellman Peck and was born and reared at Gallup. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Hannibal. Funeral was conducted there and interment made in Mt. Olivet cemetery. Mrs. Belt and a sister, Mrs. M. E. Snow, also of Hannibal, visited relatives in Lawrence county last summer and called at The News office to subscribe for their home newspaper. Besides her husband, she is survived by 4 sisters, Mrs. Snow, Mrs. G. R. Snyder, Jacksonville, FL, Mrs. G. C. Short, Gary, IN, and Mrs. Opal Wirt, of New York and one brother, L. T. Peck of San Francisco, CA. Big Sandy News, Jan 10, 1941

BENTLEY, Rufus (Tom)
Rufus (Tom) Bentley, 66, of Webbville, route 1, died Tuesday in a local hospital of injuries sustained Tuesday of last week when he was hit by a truck on the Catt-Webbville highway near Curt Ramey's at Cadmus. Bentley, who operates a truck and hauls merchandise, had unloaded a can of lard and had started across the road with it when he was hit by a truck said to have been driven by Scott Thompson of Sinking Springs, OH. He was brought to a hospital here and was believed to  be recovering normally. He became worse Monday night, however, and passed away early Tuesday morning. Funeral was conducted Wednesday afternoon from the home with Rev. Custer Bishop officiating, and interment was made in the Hayes Cemetery near Webbville. Mr. Bentley is survived by his second wife, Mrs. Martha Triplett Bentley; 2 daughters, Mrs. Noah Mullins of Milton, WV and Miss Carma Bentley at home, 3 sons, Basil Bentley, of Hilton, WV and Glenn and John Bentley at home. Big Sandy News, Jan 31, 1941

BERRY, Charles V.
1876-1941
Charles V. Berry, 64, substantial farmer and respected citizen of Blaine, died in a local hospital Tuesday shortly before noon. He had been ill for a year and had been a patient in the hospital here since Dec 28. Funeral was conduced Thursday afternoon at 2:30 from the Blaine Methodist Church with Rev. C. F. Froderman of Ashland, and Rev. E. W. Elrod, of Louisa, officiating. A son of the late Reuben T. and Elizabeth Edwards Berry. Mr. Berry was born at Blaine in 1876, and had resided there all of his life. He operated 2 farms on Blaine Creek. He was a member of the Blaine Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Carolyn Moore Berry, to whom he was married 35 years ago, by one son, John T. Berry, of Charleston, WV, 9 daughters, Mrs. Kelly McNish, Bristol, TN, Mrs. John J. Wellman, Blaine, Mrs. Eulas Dobyns, Williamsport, OH, Mrs. Paul Young, Glenwood, KY, Mrs. Ray Wireman, Fallsburg, KY, Mrs. Ray Cox, Los Angeles, CA, Mrs. Henry G. Bradley, Blaine and Misses Mary and Virginia Lee Berry, at home and one brother, E. C. Berry, of Chicago, IL. Big Sandy News, Jan 10, 1941

BILLUPS, James Douglas
James Douglas Billups, 3 months old son of James W. and Rosetta Curnutte Billups, died early Thursday morning at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Curnutte of Zelda after an illness of 3 days. Funeral and burial will be at the Buchanan Chapel Cemetery near Zelda Friday afternoon at 2. Surviving besides the parents are the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Curnutte of Zelda and Mr. and Mrs. James Billups of Prichard, WV, route 1. Big Sandy News, Jan 31, 1941

BLAIR, Earl
Paintsville, KY--Earl Blair, 46, of East Point, well known employee of the C & O Railway, committed suicide by firing a bullet through his brain Friday midnight near his home. Two persons witnessed the sad tragedy, Dr. O. E. Johnson, coroner stated. Mr. Blair served with the American Expeditionary Force during the World War and was badly shell shocked. Ill health is believed to have caused him to commit the act. Big Sandy News, Jan 31, 1941

CASTLE, Martha (Davis)
Mrs. Martha Davis Castle, 66, widow of the late Benjamin Castle of Charley died last Friday at the home at Charley. Funeral was conducted Sunday at Charley with Rev. Dave Al Hayes officiating. She is survived by 4 children, Henry Davis of Georges Creek is a brother. Big Sandy News, Jan 10, 1941

CHANDLER, Jesse (Spears)
Mrs. Jesse Spears Chandler, wife of Sherman Chandler, died Monday at her home in Sunbury, OH. The body was returned to this county and taken to Lowmansville United Baptist Church where funeral rites were conducted. Burial was made in the family cemetery on Georges Creek. Besides the husband, she is survived by 4 son, all living in Ohio. Big Sandy News, Jan 17, 1941

CLAY, Charles William
1851-1941
Charles William Clay, 89, retired farmer of near Fallsburg, died Monday evening at the home of a son, T. G. Clay of the Newcomb section near Fallsburg. He had been ill for several weeks. Funeral was conducted Wednesday from the home of another son, Allen Clay near Fallsburg, with the Rev. Fred Vanhorn officiating and interment was made in the Fugate Cemetery near the Fallsburg consolidated school. Mr. Clay was born near Adeline Apr 29, 1851, a son of the late William and Mary Petrey Clay. He had been a member of the Methodist Church for half a century. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. George Browning, of Logan, WV, 3 sons, T. G. Clay and Allen Clay of Louisa route 4 and Fred Clay of Birmingham, AL and one brother, John Clay of Ashland. His wife, Mrs. Arena Bowling Clay died 24 years ago. Big Sandy news, Jan 31, 1941

COPLEY, Laura Jane (Wilson)
1861-1941
Mrs. Laura Jane Copley, 79, native of Louisa and a resident of Ashland for the last 29 years, died Tuesday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Stanley Rolfe, in Ashland. She had been ill for a year. Mrs. Copley was a daughter of Grimes Wilson and Elizabeth See Wilson, pioneer resident of this section. She was born in 1861 near Louisa and resided here until going to Ashland. She had been a member of the Baptist Church since she was 12 years old. Funeral was conducted in Ashland Thursday afternoon and interment was made in a cemetery there. She is survived by the husband, L. M. Copley; one daughter, Mrs. Rolfe, 3 sons, Paul S. Copley of Louisa route 4, Pearl Copley of Ashland and L. M. Copley, Jr. of Detroit, MI and one brother, W. F. Wilson of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Jan 10, 1941

CREIGHTON, Ida (Wellman)
Mrs. Ida Wellman Creighton, wife of John P. Creighton, and a native of Louisa, died Saturday at her home in Catlettsburg. Deceased was a daughter of the late James A. and Flora See Wellman and was born at Louisa. She went with her parents to Catlettsburg at the age of 12 and had resided there since. Funeral was conducted Monday and interment was made in the Catlettsburg Cemetery. Surviving in addition to Mr. Creighton are 2 sisters, Mrs. S. W. Patton, and Miss Rebecca Wellman, both of whom made their home with her, 3 nieces, Mrs. Frank Ross, of Ashland, Miss Monte Magann and Mrs. J. C. Hearne, both of Catlettsburg and a nephew, W. B. Wellman of Ashland. Big Sandy News, Jan 31, 1941

DAMRON, Mary (Stratton)
Mrs. Mary Damron, 61, widow of Charles Damron, of Kenova, died Jan 16 at the home of a brother in lawn, Alex Damron, of Whites Creek, WV, where she had gone only a few days before for a visit. She was ill only a few days. Mr. and Mrs. Damron, formerly lived at Wayne, where Mr. Damron was N & W operator. Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church in Kenova, by Rev. John Roy  Wolfe. Burial was in Dock's Creek Cemetery. Surviving are 2  brothers, George E. Stratton of Spooner, WS and Elbert E. Stratton of Sandstone, MN. Big Sandy News, Jan 31, 1941

DAMRON, Ollie
Ollie Damron, 9 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Damron of Crum, WV, died Friday in a Williamson, WV hospital of pneumonia. In addition to the parents, she is survived by one sister. Funeral was conducted Sunday afternoon at 2 from the home at Crum and interment made in a cemetery there. Big Sandy News, Jan 24, 1941

DANIEL, Asbury A.
Asbury A. Daniel, 70, died Thursday morning at his home on Little Blaine of complication following a stroke suffered 2 years ago. Funeral will be conducted at the home Friday afternoon at 2:30 and interment will be made in the family cemetery. Mr. Daniel, a son of the late Jack and Miranda Stapleton Daniel, was born and reared on Little Blaine. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Sally VanHoose, 1 daughter, Mrs. Charles Castle, Thornsville, OH, one son, Roy, at home, 4 sisters, Mrs. Lonzo Estep, Louisa, Mrs. Rosa Meade, Lucasville, OH, Mrs. I. Dixon, Wilbur, KY and Mrs. Roscoe Baker, Fort Gay, WV and 3 brothers, Sherman Daniel, Fort Gay, WV, Monroe Daniel, Pikeville, KY and John Daniel, McDowell, KY. Big Sandy News, Jan 10, 1941

DEREFIELD, Elizabeth (Roberts)
1852-1941
Mrs. Elizabeth Derefield, 78, wife of Daniel Derefield, died Friday at the home at Cadmus after an illness of 2 months. Funeral was conducted Sunday afternoon at the home with Rev. Fred Vanhorn officiating, and interment was made in the family cemetery. Mrs. Derefield was born in Pike County, Oct 28, 1852, a daughter of the late St. Clair and Orpha Adkins Roberts, and had resided in the Webbville and Cadmus section since early in life. "Aunt Lizzie" as she was affectionately known, was a member of the Methodist Church. Surviving besides the husband, are a daughter, Mrs. Fred Robinson, of Holden, WV, a son, B. F. Roberts, C & O agent at Paintsville, 2 sisters, Mrs. Martha Segraves, of Marmet, WV and Miss Tilla Roberts, Lexington, KY; 3 brothers, Perry Roberts, Blair, WV, C. B. Roberts, Williamson, WV, and John Roberts, Buffalo, WV, an adopted son, Arlan Derefield at home. Mrs. Martha Roberts of Cadmus is a sister in law. Big Sandy News, Jan 31, 1941

DROWN, Hiram Thomas
Hiram Thomas Drown, 78, retired farmer of Cyrus, Wayne County, died Sunday at his home in Kenova. He was a son of the late Benjamin and Martha Drown and had been a lifelong resident of Wayne County. Funeral was conducted Tuesday at the Baptist Church at Cyrus with Rev. B. F. Curnutte officiating. Deceased was a member of the Cyrus Baptist Church. Mr. Drown is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Fay Hensley, of Kenova and 3 brothers, W. J. Drown of Buffalo, WV, S. H. Drown of Kenova, route 1 and B. B. Drown of Prichard, WV. Big Sandy News, Jan 10, 1941

EVANS, Catherine (Hayes)
1879-1941
Mrs. Catherine Hayes Evans, 61, wife of W. F. Evans of the Brushey section near Adams, died at the home early Wednesday morning after an illness of 8 days. Funeral rites were conducted Thursday afternoon from the home with Rev. S. B. Ball and Rev. William Moore of Louisa, officiating and interment was made in the Salyers Cemetery on Brushey. Mrs. Evans was born Aug 17, 1879, a daughter of the late William and Margaret Carter Hayes. She had been a member of the Methodist Church for 25 years. Surviving besides the husband are 2 daughters, Mrs. Mayo Young of Houckville and Mrs. Bascom Moore of Cardington, OH; 3 sons, Everett Evans of Adams, KY, James, at home and Max Evans of Cherokee, KY and a sister, Mrs. Julia Ann Gussler of Ashland, KY. Big Sandy News, Jan 31, 1941

FAIRCHILD, John R.
Inez, KY, Jan 23--Dr. John R. Fairchild, 75, who combined the practice of medicine with the ministry and who said he never issued a bill, died Sunday night of a heart ailment. A physician 51 years and a Baptist minister 59, he said recently he had delivered 4, 326 babies, officiated at 1,500 funeral and married more than 1,000 couples, including many individuals he brought into the world. Born in Johnson County and graduated from the Louisville Medical College, he came to Inez in 1890. He had been Martin County health officer 35 years. Funeral services were held at Paintsville today. Big Sandy News, Jan 24, 1941

FOWLER, Emil
FOWLER, Barkley
CARTER, HENRY
A family quarrell and a country store argument brought death to 3 Elliott Countians last week. Mrs. Emil Fowler, 19, of Ault, was fatally wounded with a gunshot by her husband, Barkley Fowler, who later slit his own throat and then fired a shotgun charge into his head. The tragedy took place at the home of John Stigall, father of Mrs. Fowler, where the couple made their home. A hired girl said the couple commenced arguing after going to bed and that the shooting took place about 10:30. The hired girl ran to a neighbors house but the occupants, fearful that Fowler might hurt them would not venture into the Stigall home. The couple was found next morning, Fowler dead and his wife, badly wounded. She was taken to a Lexington hospital but died Friday.

Henry Carter, 50, of Dewdrop, was killed by a .38 bullet said to have been fired by a neighbor, John Conn, during an argument in the store of Carter's brother, Harlan Carter, at Dewdrop. Conn fled into the hills and it is not known here whether or not he has been captured. Big Sandy News, Jan 31, 1941

FRALEY, Wallace
Wallace Fraley, 76, native of Elliott County and retired steel worker, died Sunday at his home in Ashland. He was a son of George and Martha Fraley and was born in Elliott County, moving to Ashland in 1905. Big Sandy News, Jan 31, 1941

FRAZIER, C. W.
Fort Gay, WV, Jan 22--C. W. Frazier, 73, a deputy in the office of Sam Plymale, Wayne County circuit court clerk, died Monday shortly before noon at his home 2 miles east of Fort Gay on the Wayne road. Funeral was conducted Wednesday afternoon in the Wayne Methodist Church, with the Rev. U. S. Pinson, Rev. Mr. Gettinger and Rev. Mr. Barrett officiating and interment was made in the Wayne Cemetery. Active pall bearers were Wardy C. Lovely, Hugh Ketchum, App, Queen, E. d. Bunn, Everett Walker, Gene Plymale, Paul Billups and Everett Booten. Mr. Frazier had been a member of the Old Pleasant Baptist Church on Mill Creek near Fort Gay for 32 years. He had served under various circuit court clerks in Wayne for nearly 20 years. Big Sandy News, Jan 24, 1941

FRAZIER, Theodore
Theodore Frazier, 80, retired Catlettsburg barber and a native of Fort Gay, died Sunday in Boyd county after an extended illness. The body was returned to Fort Gay Tuesday and interred in Fairview cemetery with Rev. Sam Wellman, pastor of the Fort Gay Methodist Church, officiating. Mr. Frazier was born near Fort Gay in 1860, a son of Lart and Stacy Frazier. He operated a barber shop in Fort Gay for many years and moved to Catlettsburg about 1900 and had operated a barber shop there until forced to retired because of ill health. His wife, Kate Hodge, also a native of Fort Gay section, died nearly 2 years ago. Big Sandy News, Jan 3, 1941

HALE, J. W.
Inez, KY--John W. Hale, 70, member of a prominent Martin county family and who served two terms as tax commissioner of his home county, died Thursday at his home at Inez of heart trouble. He was a son of the late George W. Hale, who for many years was clerk of the circuit court in Martin County. Mr. Hale formerly taught school. He was a member of the Baptist Church and secretary for 15 years of both the Odd Fellows and the Masonic lodges. He was a brother of the late R. L. Hale cashier of the Inez Deposit Bank, and of the late W. M. Hale, cashier of the Kermit State Bank. Big Sandy News, Jan 31, 1941

HARLOW, Fern (Weaver)
Fern Weaver Harlow, 22, died Tuesday evening at the home in Louisa of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Howell Harlow. Funeral will be conducted Friday afternoon at 2 in the First Methodist Church here with Rev. E. W. Elrod and Rev. Ray Roberts officiating and interment will be made in Pine Hill Cemetery here. Besides the parents, she is survived by a daughter, Naida Harlow, 4 sisters, Mrs. W. J. Hall, Louisa, Mrs. J. W. Graves, Fort Gay, WV, and Missses Edna and Norberta Harlow, at home; 2 brothers, Emmett, at home and Howell, Jr. of Fort Custer, MI. Big Sandy News, Jan 24, 1941

HARRIS, E. Blair
1852-1941
E. Blair Harris, 88, prominent retired farmer of the East Fork section of Boyd County, died Thursday of last week at his home after an illness of 2 years. Funeral was conducted Sunday at the residence and interment made in the family cemetery on East Fork. A native of Tazewell County, VA, Mr. Harris had resided in Boyd County for the past 33 years. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Alice Sargent Harris, 4 sons, John Harris, Cedar Bluff, VA, McKinley Harris, Catlettsburg, Blair, Jr., and Howse Harris, both of Rush, KY; 4 daughters, Mrs. Dee Bolt and Mrs. John Compton of both of Catlettsburg, Mrs. H. Queen, Ashland, and Mrs. Loftis Borders, Fort Gay, WV. Big Sandy News, Jan 24, 1941

Blair Harris, 88, prominent retired farmer of the East Fork section of Boyd County, died Thursday of last week at his home after an illness of 2 years. Funeral was conducted Sunday at the residence and interment made in the family cemetery on East Fork. Mr. Harris was born in Tazewell County, VA in 1852. He moved to Boyd County in 1908 and had resided there continuously since that time engaging in the business of farming up until ill health forced his retirement. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Alice Sargent Harris, 4 sons, John Harris, Cedar Bluff, VA, McKinley Harris, Catlettsburg, Blair, Jr., and Howse Harris, both of Rush, KY; 4 daughters, Mrs. Dee Bolt and Mrs. John Compton of both of Catlettsburg, Mrs. H. Queen, Ashland, and Mrs. Loftis Borders, Fort Gay, WV, 27 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Jan 24, 1941

HARRISON, W. A.
Wayne, WV, Troopers of the Wayne County state police post reported Friday that W. A. Harrison, about 45, died of natural causes in his isolated cabin on a fork of Jennies Creek in Wayne County Thursday. Neighbors found Harrison's body in the cabin. Dr. A. G. Wilkinson, who accompanied a group of officers to the cabin, said death was due to natural causes. Big Sandy News, Jan 3, 1941

HATTON, Donna
Mrs. Donna Hatton, 75, of Huntington died in a hospital there Jan 18, after a long illness. Mrs. Hatton formerly lived at Prichard and is survived by 3 sons, Virgil, Max and Claude Hatton, of Huntington, a daughter, Mrs. Leah McKueeney of Hollywood. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Carl Pack, with burial in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Huntington. Big Sandy News, Jan 31, 1941

HAY, Mary Jane  (Mauk)
Mrs. Mary Jane Hay, 76, native of Elliott County and resident of Ashland for 30 years, died at the home of a son, Dewey Hay in Ashland last week after an illness of one year. Surviving are 2 other sons, Fred Hay of Ashland and Thurman Hay of Oak Hill, OH; 2 daughters, Mrs. William Lemaster of Beaver, OH and Mrs. Hilt Dale of Catlettsburg; 2 brothers, John and Peter Mauk, of Gimlet, KY; 2 sisters, Mrs. Melda Stevens of Harlan, KY and Mrs. Watt Leadingham of Sandy Hook, KY. Big Sandy News, Jan 17, 1941

HAZLETT, Rachel (Johnson)
Mrs. Rachel Johnson Hazlett, 45, of near Catlettsburg, died last Friday in an Ashland hospital. Mrs. Hazlett was the daughter of the late Lewis and Annie Farnie Johnson. She was a member of the Church of God, Catlettsburg. Surviving are her husband, Clarence Hazlett, 2 sons, Taylor and Clarence E., 2 daughters, Arzella and Dorothy, all at home, 4 brothers, Dave Johnson of Shelby, KY, Sam of Portsmouth, OH, Lee of Buchanan, KY and Bill of Greenup, KY and 3 sisters, Mrs. William Tomlin, of Portsmouth, OH, Mrs. Hughie Scarberry of Catlettsburg and Miss Cora Johnson also of Catlettsburg. Funeral services were conducted Saturday from the Church of God, Hampton City and burial was in the Bowling Cemetery on Whites Creek. Big Sandy News, Jan 24, 1941

HOGAN, Florence (Banfield)
1873-1941
Mrs. Florence Hogan, 62, of Garner, Body County, died Monday at 5:30 p.m. in an Ashland hospital after a week's illness. A lifelong resident of Boyd County, she was born at Garner on Jul 17, 1873, a daughter of the late William and Sophia Gobel Banfield. Mrs. Hogan was the widow of D. J. Hogan and was a member of the East Fork Methodist Church. Funeral service was held Thursday at 1 p.m. at the East Fork Chapel with the Rev. Elza Everman officiating. Burial was in the Ross Chapel Cemetery. Surviving are 4 sons, Franklin Hogan of Lexington, Burns Hogan and Fred Hogan, at home and Gobel Hogan of Ashland, 3 daughters, Mrs. Emmett Stevens of Akron, OH, Mrs. Hattie Arrington of Ashland and Miss Lucille Hogan at home; a brother, Burns Banfield of Rush, KY and 8 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Jan 24, 1941

HUGHES, Homer, Jr.
Homer Hughes, Jr., 11 day old son of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Hughes of Yatesville, died Sunday at 1 a.m. Funeral was conducted Monday with Rev. Fred Vanhorn officiating and interment made in the Hughes family cemetery. Surviving besides the parents are a sister, 3 brothers, and the grandparents, Mrs. Belle Hughes of Yatesville and Mr. and Mrs. James Compton of Gladys. Big Sandy News, Jan 24, 1941

JOHNSON, William
William Johnson, 57, native of the Hitchins, KY section and a retired  C & O Railway employee, died Sunday at his home in Huntington. Funeral was conducted there Tuesday and the body was returned to Hitchins for interment. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Myrtle Johnson, a daughter, Mrs. Gretchen Poole of Huntington, 3 sons, Lonnie of Ashland and Chester and Truman Johnson, of Huntington, 2 stepchildren, Ray Hamilton and Mrs. Margaret Cyrus, of Huntington, and 3 brothers, Jessie of Ashland, Lindsey and Joe Johnson of Nelsonville, OH. Big Sandy News, Jan 10, 1941

KELLEY, J. N.
J. N. Kelley, 58, native of Elliott county and former resident of Ashland, died Monday at Martin where he was a conductor for the C & O Railway. He was born and reared in Elliott County and has relatives here and at Potter. The body was taken to Soldier, Carter County, where funeral and interment took place Wednesday at the home of a brother, Charles Kelley. Big Sandy News, Jan 31, 1941

LACY, Henry
West Liberty, KY, Henry Lacy, 28, son of Marion Lacy, Adele and Dennie Nickell, son of Dora Nickell, Malone, were killed Thursday when the car in which they were riding crashed into bridge across Caney Creek at Index, KY. Clyde Collins, alleged driver of the car, was taken in custody by the sheriff. A Sargent boy, sitting on the concrete bridge, was knocked into the creek. His leg was broken in two places and he was badly injured otherwise. Big Sandy News, Jan 3, 1941

LAMBERT, Della (Handley)
Mrs. Della Handley Lambert, wife of Freelan H. Lambert, died at her home in Ashland Monday night. She was born in Wayne county, WV, a daughter of Hiram and Nancy Handley and had resided in Ashland 22 years. Mrs. Elizabeth Miller, of Buchanan, is a sister. The body was returned to this county and funeral was conducted Wednesday at the Buchanan Chapel Methodist church near Zelda with Rev. W. K. Wood, officiating and interment was made in the Buchanan Chapel Cemetery there. Big Sandy News, Jan 31, 1941

LYON, Hugh
Hugh Lyon, 86, prominent Elliott County citizen, and father of Dr. A. M. Lyon, state director of hospitals and mental hygiene, died at his home in Elliott County Friday night, a week after his 86th birthday. He is survived by 2 other sons, Dr. O. M. Lyon, well known Morehead dentist, formerly of Olive Hill and Autie Lyon of Elliott County. Mr. Lyon had visited in Louisa a number of times when his son, Dr. A. M. Lyon, was head of the Lawrence County health department and was well known here. Big Sandy News, Jan 24, 1941

MARCUM, Sallie (Williamson)
Mrs. Sallie Williamson Marcum, 70, of Crum, WV, died Wednesday of last week at her home of pneumonia. Funeral was conducted Friday at Crum. Mrs. Marcum, the wife of Lee Marcum, had resided at Crum all of her life, Surviving in addition to her husband are the following sons and daughters, G. D. Marcum of Man, John Marcum of Holden, Irving, Dennis, Flora and Earl Marcum, all of Crum, Mrs. Bessie Crum of Stonecoal and Mrs. Polly Mae Kirk of Holden, WV. She also leaves 3 brothers, Jessie, James and Wayne Williamson, all of Crum and 2 sisters, Mrs. Nannie Marcum of Crum and Mrs. Georgia Spaulding of Kermit. Big Sandy News, Jan 17, 1941

Mrs. Sallie Williamson Marcum, 70, died at her home in Crum, WV, Jan 8, of pneumonia which developed after an illness of 6 weeks of flu. Mrs. Marcum had lived her entire life in Wayne County. She is survived by the husband, Lee Marcum and the following children, G. D. Marcum of Man, Josh Marcum of Holden, Mrs. Polly Mae Kirk of Holden, Ervin, Dennis, Flora and Earl Marcum of Crum, and Mrs. Bessie Crum of Stonecoal; brothers and sisters, Jessie Wayne and James Williamson, Mrs. Rebecca Williamson, and Mrs. Ninnie Marcum, all of Crum and Mrs. George Spaulding of Kermit. Big Sandy News, Jan 24, 1941

MCKEE, Benjamin Harrison
Fort Gay, WV Jan 9, Benjamin Harrison McKee, 47, coal tippleman at McVeigh, KY, and son of the late Mr. and Mrs. R. E. McKee of Prichard, WV, died Tuesday at his home as the result of a stroke suffered the previous Friday. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and of the Masonic Lodge of Whites Creek, WV. Funeral was conducted Wednesday at McVeigh and the body was brought to Wayne county and interred near Lavalette. He was a brother of W. E. McKee and Mrs. Elizabeth Meredith of Catlettsburg. Big Sandy News, Jan 10, 1941

MEENACH, Harvey W.
Harvey W. Meenach, 80, native of Carter County and for many years an employee of the Peebles brickyard in Portmsouth, OH, died Jan 16 at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Belva Swavel in Portsmouth. Mr. Meenach moved from Carter County to Portsmouth in 1913. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Burton Meenach and several children, Mrs. Louella Webb of Glenwood, KY is a sister. Big Sandy News, Jan 24, 1941

O'DANIEL, Junior
Junior O'Daniel, 13, son of W. H. O'Daniel, of Walbridge, died instantly of a crushed skull sustained Monday shortly after noon while he and his father and another brother, Lucien, 20, were cutting a tree for wood. The tree, only about a foot through, fell into limbs of a nearby tree and then sprung back, falling up the hill, the butt meanwhile sliding down the hill, Junior, was as standing about 15 feet from the trunk when the tree commenced falling, was hit in the head by the upper branches and killed instantly. the father and older brother were not hurt. They had gone to a hill near their home shortly after eating lunch to fell a tree for wood. All had been ill the previous week with flu. Junior was a pupil in the seventh grade of the Walbridge school and attended Sunday school there also. Funeral was conducted at the home Wednesday afternoon with Rev. Dave Hewlett officiating with burial made in the Deephole Branch cemetery west of Louisa. The O'Daniel family moved from near Yatesville to Walbridge 2 years ago. The boy's mother, Mrs. Genevieve Berry O'Daniel, died 18 months ago of blood poisoning developing from a briar scratch. Surviving are the father, a sister, Miss Madge O'Daniel at home and 3 brothers, Herman O'Daniel, in the CCC camp at Hellier, KY and Lucien and Tom at home. Big Sandy News, Jan 10, 1941

PARSLEY, Laura Belle (Damron)
Mrs. Laura Belle Parsley, 79, widow of the late William R. Parsley, Wayne county lumber dealer, died Sunday in a Huntington hospital after a long illness. For the past several years she had made her home with a son, R. H. F. Parsley, state editor of the Charleston Daily Mail and former assistant editor of the Huntington Advertiser. Funeral was conducted Monday from the First Baptist church in Kenova with the Rev. John Roy Wolf officiating and interment was made in a cemetery at Crum, WV. Mrs. Parsley was a daughter of the late Moses D. Damron and Sarah Copley Damron of the Crum section. She was a native of Wayne county and spent most of her life there. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Kenova for more than 60 years. She is survived by her son, a daughter, Mrs. Ida L. Greenslait, South Charleston, 5 grandchildren and 2 sisters, Mrs. Ida Smith of Baltimore and Mrs. Jennie Wilson of Kenova. Big Sandy news, Jan 10, 1941

PATRICK, Florence B. (Harmon)
Mrs. Florence B. Patrick, 56, wife of W. G. Patrick, prominent farmer of the Tuscola section, died Wednesday night in an Ashland hospital following an operation submitted to Jan 8. Funeral will be conducted from the home at Tuscola Saturday afternoon at 2 and interment made in the McDaniel Cemetery. Mrs. Patrick was a daughter of Mathias and Lucina Castle Harmon and was born and reared at Paintsville. Besides the husband, she is survived by a daughter, Miss Gladys at home, 5 sons, Robert, Ironton, OH, Herbert, Paintsville, KY, Dan, Greenbriar, WV, Marion, Cadmus, KY, and Isom, Tuscola, and 3 brothers, Isaac Harmon, Tuscola, Frank G. Harmon, South Solon, OH and Dan Harmon of Coal Grove, OH. Big Sandy News, Jan 24, 1941

PERRY, Andy N.
Andy N. Perry, 62, of Mill Creek, near Fort Gay, died last Friday at his home. Funeral was held Sunday at the Marcum cemetery near Dunlow. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Blanche Perry, 2 daughters, Alta  Lou and Mary Jo, at home, a son, Archie Perry, at home and the following children by a former marriage, Mrs. Elsie Ferguson of Genoa, Mrs. Grace Copley, Mrs. Ruth Branham, Mrs. Ida Finley, Ballard Perry, and Mrs. Augusta Smith, all of Fort Gay, route 2, and Mrs. Betty Humphreys of Huntington. Big Sandy News, Jan 24, 1941

Andy N. Perry, 62, died at his home on Mill Creek, Jan 17. Funeral services were conducted at the Marcum Cemetery, near Dunlow, by Rev. Henry Jude and Rev. Benton Riggs. Mr. Perry is survived by the widow, Mrs. Blanche Perry, 2 daughters, Alta Lou and Mary Joe, at home; 2 sons, Archie Perry at home and Paul Perry of Fort Gay; and the following children by a former marriage, Mrs. Elsie Ferguson, of Genoa, Mrs. Grace Copley, Mrs. Ruth Branham, Mrs. Ida Finley, Ballard Perry and Mrs. Augusta Smith, all of Fort Gay, route 2 and Mrs. Betty Humphreys of Huntington. Big Sandy News, Jan 31, 1941

PORTER, Alexander
1846-1941
Alexander Porter, 94 years old, a pioneer resident of Wayne County, died Dec 29 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Cuzzie Perry of Wayne. "Uncle Alex" as he was known by his many friends was the eldest son of the late William and Mary Porter, who were among the first families to settle in Wayne County. He was born Nov 4, 1846 in Wayne County. He was united in marriage to Jane Jarrell Nov 19, 1868, by the late Rev. John Jarrell. Mr. Porter had been a member of the Fort Gay Masonic Lodge for half a century and was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church with membership in the Old Pleasant Church on Mill Creek. "Uncle Alex" and his wife who died 11 years ago, lived for 63 yeras on Grassy Creek. At one time he served as member of the Board of Education of Lincoln District. He is survived by the following, 5 daughters, Mrs. Cuzzie Perry, of Wayne, Mrs. Mary Adams of Chapmansville, Mrs. J. P. Pratt, of Kenova, Mrs. Georgia Damron of Radnor; 4 sons, A. B. Porter of Grassy, Z. T. Porter of Champmanville, William Porter of Kermit and James Harvey Porter of Grassy; one sister, Mrs. A. B. Napier of Kenova, 31 grandchildren and 39 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Jan 17, 1941

QUEEN, Rebecca Jane (Fannin)
1857-1941
Mrs. Rebecca Jane Queen, 83, wife of William H. Queen, died Thursday of last week at the Queen home on Trace Creek, near Rush, Boyd County. Mrs. Queen, a daughter of the late Rev. I. N. Fannin and Polly Stewart Fannin, was born and reared in the northern section of Lawrence county. She had been a devoted member of the M. E. Church, South for 70 years. Funeral was conducted at the East Fork Chapel Sunday afternoon with Rev. E. L. Everman, officiating and burial was made in the Stewart family cemetery in this county. Surviving besides the husband, are 3 sons, Den Queen and Levi Queen, both of the East Fork section, and Harve Queen of Ashland, 3 daughters, Mrs. C. D. Prichard and Mrs. McKinley Harris both of Catlettsburg and Mrs. Mollie Brown, of Rush; 3 sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Webb of Ashland, Mrs. Frances Stewart of Ashland and Mrs. Grant Powers of Buchanan. Big Sandy News, Jan 10, 1941

RICE, Elijah J.
Elijah J. Rice, 86, died at his home near Willard, Jan 20. Funeral was conducted at the home by Rev. Harve Kelley and interment was made in the Rice Cemetery on Straight Creek. Big Sandy News, Jan 31, 1941

ROBERTS, Charles Reed
Charles Reed Roberts, 83, retired farmer and lifelong resident of Lawrence County, died Saturday night at his home near the mouth of Irish Creek. He had been suffering from a heart disease for 4 years and his condition was complicated last week by an attack of flu. He died at 10:30 Saturday night. Funeral rites were conducted Tuesday morning at the home and interment was made in the Hawes family cemetery near the mouth of Brushey. Mr. Roberts was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Allen Roberts and was born and reared near where he died. He had been a member of the Methodist Church for over half a century. Mr. Roberts' first wife, Mrs. Martha Adams Roberts died in 1929 and subsequently he married Mrs. Reba Arrington, who survived. Also surviving are 8 daughters, Mrs. Tri Sarver, Hobart, OK, Mrs. John Evans, Blaine, KY, Mrs. Henry Gorman, Rossmand, OH, Mrs. William Thompson, Blaine, KY, Mrs. Sue Short, Cherokee, KY, Mrs. Archie Morris and Mrs. P. E. Guthrie, both of Columbus, OH, Mrs. W. C. Thompson of Gary, IN and one son, Allen Roberts of London, OH. Big Sandy News, Jan 17,1 941

SALTERS, William
William Salters, native of this county, died Monday at his home at Mahan, WV. Deceased was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Salters, formerly of Yatesville. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Oakley Kitchen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Kitchen of Dennis and 6 children. Big Sandy News, Jan 31, 1941

SHORT, Martela (Salyers)
1860-1941
Mrs. Martela Salyers Short, 80, died Thursday evening Jan 9, at her home here. She had been ill for several weeks. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon in the First Methodist Church with Rev. E. W. Elrod, pastor and Rev. J. C. Hager, Pastor of the Baptist Church, officiating. Burial was made in Pine Hill Cemetery here under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Mrs. Short was born near Louisa in 1860 a daughter of Thomas and Fannie Borders Salyers and had lived in Louisa nearly all her life. Her husband, Keenis Short, one-time Louisa chief of police, died in 1938. Mrs. Short had been a member of the Methodist Church since early childhood. She is survived by 4 brothers, William Salyers, Potters, KY, T. S. Salyers, Catlettsburg, KY, C. H. Salyers, Columbus, OH, and Sam Salyers, of Ashland, KY; and 2 sisters, Mrs. William Remmele of Louisa and Mrs. Mae Compton of Columbus, OH. Big Sandy News, Jan 17, 1941

SPILLMAN, John M.
John M. Spillman, 77, retired farmer of Louisa route 3, died at his home in the Twin branch section Dec 30. He was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Spillman and was born and reared at Twin Branch. Funeral was conducted Wednesday of last week at the home with Rev. Ed Parker officiating and interment was made in the family cemetery. Mr. Spillman was a member of the United Baptist Church. He is survived by 6 daughters, Mrs. John Blankenship, South Point, OH, Mrs. Charles Sparks, Waterloo, OH, Mrs. Dewey Diamond and Mrs. John Diamond of Louisa, route 3, Miss Elzina and Miss Jettie Spillman, at home, and 4 sons, Lee, John W. and Lindsey all of Louisa route 3 and James Riley Spillman of Louisa route 4. Big Sandy News, Jan 10, 1941

TALBERT, Minerva (Burgess)
1868-1941
Mrs. Minerva Burgess Talbert, 72, member of a pioneer Lawrence County family, died Monday at her home in Matewan, WV of pneumonia. She was the widow of the late J. M. Talbert, a resident of North Matewan, who died in 1937. Mrs. Talbert was born at the Burgess farm south of Louisa, Dec 25, 1868, a daughter of John F. Burgess and Nancy Ellen Ratcliff Burgess, pioneer citizens. Her grandfather, William Ratcliff, was a member of the first assembly of West Virginia. She had lived at Matewan for 45 years. Funeral was held Tuesday at the home in North Matewan with Rev. R. P. Keaton officiating, and the body was brought to this county and taken to the Georges Creek section where brief rites were conducted Thursday by Rev. T. J. Hopson, pastor of the Louisa Methodist Church, and interment made in the family cemetery at the old home place. Surviving are 3 sons, J. Frank Talbert, Herbert Talbert and James Talbert, all of North Matewan and 2 sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Boling of North Matewan and Miss Bertie Burgess of Georges Creek, KY. A daughter, Daisy, preceded Mrs. Talbert in death in 1920. Big Sandy News, Jan 17, 1941

THOMPSON, Emily Louise
Emily Louise Thompson, 12 day old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Walter Thompson of Louisa, died Saturday evening in a local hospital. Funeral rites were conducted Sunday at the Thompson home on Sycamore street with Rev. T. J. Hopson, pastor of the Louisa Methodist Church, officiating and the body was taken in the Curtright Funeral Car to Adeline for interment. Besides the parents, the child is survived by its grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. D. J. Thompson of Webbville and Mr. and Mrs. Ira Vanhorn of Adeline. Big Sandy News, Jan 31, 1941

THOMPSON, Sadie J. (Riggs)
Mrs. Sadie J. Thompson, 56, wife of Finley R. Thompson, of Fort Gay, route 1, died at her home on Christmas day. Funeral services were conducted at the lower Greenbrier Baptist Church by Rev. Carmie Crabtree. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mrs. Thompson had been a member  of the Upper Greenbrier Baptist Church for 40 years. In addition to the husband, she is survived by 4 daughters, Mrs. John Clay of Delbarton, Mrs. Irwin T. Jones and Mrs. Russell Webb of Fort Gay, Mrs. Eula Hayton of Detroit, 6 sons, Vernon and Lindsey Thompson of Orrville, 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, 2 brothers, Sollie Riggs of Sidney and Lindsey Riggs of Huntington. Big Sandy News, Jan 10, 1941

TURMAN, Rachel (Stewart)
Mrs. Samuel A. Turman, Sr., 83, a native of Buchanan, passed away Wednesday of last week at the home of her daughter, Mrs. B. G. Lockwood, Paintsville, after an illness of about 3 months. Mrs. Turman, mother of Boyd County superintendent of schools, Allen H. Turman, had made her home with Mrs. Lockwood for the last 4 years. In failing health, Mrs. Turman was stricken with influenza recently. Mrs. Turman was the daughter of the late David and Mrs. Emarine Hatten Stewart, pioneer residents of Buchanan, and she was married to Mr. Turman on Mar 25, 1873 at Buchanan. Her husband died in 1936. Surviving are the following children, J. B. Turman of Catlettsburg, Sam A. Turman of New York, Allen H. Turman, Ashland, Boyd county superintendent of schools. Charles H. Turman of Portland, OR, Paul C. Turman of Huntington, WV and Mrs. B. G. Lockwood of Paintsville. Two daughters, Emma and Cora Turman and one son, George C. Turman preceded her in death. One brother, Joseph Stewart of Ashland and one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Powell of Buchanan, also survive, in addition to 24 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. Mrs. Turman was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and funeral services were held in the Kavanaugh Chapel Sunday afternoon at 2. Burial was in the Chapel Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jan 24, 1941

VARNEY, Joann
Joann Varney, 29 day old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Luther Varney of Fort Gay, died Tuesday. Funeral was conducted Wednesday afternoon at the Varney family cemetery at Crum, WV, where interment was made. Mr. and Mrs. Varney moved from Crum section to Fort Gay 5 months ago. Surviving besides the parents, are the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Varney and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Spaulding of Crum and 4 brothers and sisters. Big Sandy News, Jan 17,m1941

VINSON, Don
Don Vinson, 72 year old farmer and one time a practicing attorney at Williamson, WV died Tuesday at his home on Morrowbone Creek in Mingo County, WV. He was a cousin of Lafe B. Chaffin, prosecuting attorney of Mingo County. Big Sandy News, Jan 10, 1941

WALKER, Charlotte May
The body of Charlotte May Walker, 9 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Walker, who died Wednesday night at Bartley, WV, was returned to Fort Gay Saturday for funeral and interment. Funeral was conducted Sunday afternoon in the Fort Gay Baptist Church, with the pastor, Rev. J. C. Hager, officiating and interment made in the Wellman family cemetery 3 miles east of Fort Gay. Mr. Walker who is a general superintendent, for the Pond Creek-Pocahontas Co., at Bartley, WV moved with his family from Fort Gay 12 years ago. Surviving besides the parents is a grandmother, Mrs. Millie Walker of near Fort Gay and one brother and 5 sisters. Big Sandy News, Jan 17, 1941

WHEELER, C. B.
1870-1940
Judge C. B. Wheeler, 70 of Prestonsburg, died Monday night in a Pikeville hospital of pneumonia. One of Eastern Kentucky's prominent citizens, Judge Wheeler formerly was judge of the Floyd-Knott district and had been a member of the General Assembly. He was born on Hoods Fork of Blaine near the Lawrence-Johnson County line, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin V. Wheeler. His mother, Mrs. Sarah Wheeler, is still living at the age of 95 in Paintsville. Funeral will be conducted in Prestonsburg Thursday afternoon at 2:30 and the body will be taken to the Wheeler home farm at Winifred, Johnson County for interment. He is survived by his second wife, Ms. Elizabeth Walters Wheeler and a son, W. H. Wheeler, Prestonsburg, and 2 daughters, Mrs. Stirling Berger, Catlettsburg and Mrs. Harvey Bixler, Frankfort. Seven brothers and 2 sisters also survive. They are Judge J. W. Wheeler, and M. O. Wheeler of Paintsville, Dr. J. C. Wheeler of Pikeville, Dr. C. c. wheeler, of Flat Gap, Dr. W. H. Wheeler of Olive Hill, Franklin Wheeler of Winifred and S. L. Wheeler of Detroit. His 2 sisters are Mrs. A. S. Dempsey of Belpre, OH and Mrs. Louise May of Paintsville. Big Sandy News, Jan 3, 1941

WILEY, Mose
Mose Wiley died Monday of last week at Stonington, Greenup county. Funeral was conducted in Paintsville and interment was made near Flat Gap. Big Sandy News, Jan 10, 1941

WRIGHT, Missouri
Mrs. Missouri Wright died Thursday night Jan 2 at the home of a son, Merida Wright at Keaton, where she had been ill for some time. Funeral was conducted and interment made in the family cemetery near Red Bush. Big Sandy News, Jan 17, 1941

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ABBOTT, Araminta S. (Diamond)
1856-1941
Mrs. Araminta S. Abbott, 85, beloved Louisa resident, died Thursday shortly before noon after a long illness. Funeral rites will be conducted Saturday afternoon at 2 in the Louisa First Methodist Church of which she was a member. Mrs. Abbott, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Diamond, was born near Louisa in 1855. She had resided in Louisa the past 67 years. She is survived by 2 sons, Dr. C. Y. Abbott, Louisa, and Judge John H. Abbott, Jenkins, 3 daughters, Mrs. Cora A. McGrath, Washington, D. C., Mrs. Josephine Rice and Mrs. Ailcie Carey, Louisa, and a granddaughter, Mrs. F. O. See, Louisa. Her husband, James A. Abbott died in 1918. Big Sandy News, Jan 10, 1941

A large assemblage, including many people from other places attended the funeral of Mrs. Araminta S. Abbott, 85, in the First Methodist Church here Saturday afternoon. Mrs. Abbott, member of a pioneer Lawrence County family and beloved resident of Louisa for the last 67 years, died at her home on Franklin street Thursday morning at 10, Jan 9. She had been ill for many months. Rev. John W. Worthington, pastor of Park Methodist Church, Louisville, KY and former pastor of the local church preached the sermon.  Pall bearers were H. G. Wellman, H. H. Roberts, Ray Cote, Oscar Moore, Arlie V. Cain and C. B. Bromley. Interment was made in Pine Hill Cemetery here under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Mrs. Abbott, affectionately known to many people in this and other communities as "Mother Abbott" , was born a few miles west of Louisa, Jan 28, 1856, a daughter of John H. and Silisy Muncy Diamond, pioneer citizens of the county. She had resided in Louisa since 1873 and had been affiliated with the First Methodist Church for 67 years, being a member of the first Ladies Aid organized here. She was not only active in church work over a long period but kept open house of circuit riders and ministers of the church through this section. Her father was one of the county's early school teacher and she ever main famed deep interest in education affairs and current events. Her husband, James A. Abbott, who died in 1918, served as postmaster in Louisa a number of years. Surviving are 3 daughters, Mrs. C. J. Carey and Mrs. Josephine Rice, both of Louisa and Mrs. Cora A. McGrath of Washington, D. C. , 2 sons, Dr. C. Y. Abbott of Louisa and Judge John H. Abbott of Jenkins, KY and the following granddaughters and grandsons, Mrs. F. O. See, Louisa, Mrs. Mary Carothers, Dallas, TX, Miss Evelyn Abbott and James and David Abbott of Jenkins, KY, Mrs. Howard Hayes, Beckley, WV, Mrs. Charles Riley and Robert Robinson, Washington, D. C. Big Sandy News, Jan 17, 1941

ADAMS, Isaac
1865-1941
Isaac Adams, 75, retired Lawrence County farmer who has lived in Columbus, OH the past 15 years, died Wednesday at his home there. He had been in failing health for several months and had been seriously ill since suffering a stroke a week ago. Short services were conducted in Benfield Avenue Church of God in Columbus Thursday afternoon and the body will be brought to the Curtright Funeral Home in Louisa Thursday night. Funeral services will be conducted Friday afternoon at 2 from the Louisa  First Methodist church with Rev. S. B. Ball, Rev. E. W. Elrod and Rev. J. C. Hager officiating. The body will lie in state at the church from 1 until the time of the funeral. Interment will be made in Pinehill Cemetery here. A son of the late James and Charlotte Berry Adams, Mr. Adams was born at Adams, this county, in 1865. He operated a farm there until his retirement 15 years ago, and was one of the county's most substantial citizens. He had been a member of the Methodist Church for about 25 years. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Nancy Prince Adams to whom he was married 56 years ago; 2 daughters, Mrs. W. H. C. Thompson  of Sinking Springs, OH and Mrs. Raymond McKinster of Columbus, OH and 5 sons, James M. Adams, Louisa grocer, Dave Adams of Louisa route 1, Stanley and Lonnie Adams, both of Columbus, OH and Morton Adams of Ashland, KY; one half sister, Mrs. Lindsey Thompson of Adams, and a brother, Monroe Adams of Adams, KY. Big Sandy News, Jan 31, 1941

ADAMS, J. H.
J. H. Adams, esteemed citizen of Ashland and a native of this county, died Tuesday at his home in Ashland. He was born on Big Branch, of Brushey and the body will be brought to this county for interment in the home cemetery near Cordell. Funeral was conducted in Ashland by Rev. C. B. Fugitt. He was a member of the Church of the Nazarene. Surviving are his wife and 3 children, Rose and Oma Adams of Sharkey, KY and Mrs. Nola Alexander of Waverly, OH; 3 brothers, Harry and Isaac Adams, of Ashland, Lum Adams of Louisa and 2 sisters, Mrs. Ella Cordle and Mrs. Martha Morris of Cordell. Big Sandy News, Jan 3, 1941

ADKINS, Frank R.
Frank R. Adkins, former resident of Louisa and Huntington and a veteran of the World War, died last Friday morning in Veterans Hospital in Oteen, NC, where he had been a patient for a year. Mr. Adkins was born near Potter, this county, a son of Floyd B. and Price Waller Adkins. He was a resident of Huntington when he went to the hospital last year. The body was returned to Louisa Sunday evening and taken to the home of a sister, Mrs. A. H. Snyder. Funeral was conducted Monday afternoon at the Curtright Funeral Home with Rev. T. J. Hopson, pastor of the Louisa Methodist Church officiating and interment was made in the Pinehill Cemetery here. The W. O. Johnson Post American Legion, of which Mr. Adkins was a member officiated at the interment. Mr. Adkins served 23 months in the Army during the World War and served 18 months over seas as a mechanic in the air service. He died suddenly Friday morning after submitting to a minor operation of Wednesday. Surviving are his stepfather and mother, Mr. and Mrs. George W. Chapman of Huntington, WV, 4 sisters, Mrs. W. G. Chapman and Mrs. A. H. Snyder, both of Louisa, Mrs. Nara Miller and Mrs. A. J. Kitchen both of Huntington, WV and one brother, George Ed Chapman of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Jan 31, 1941

BARTRAM, Vinnie (Davis)
Mrs. Vinnie Bartram, 69, widow of the late Samuel W. Bartram, died Wednesday noon of last week at her home on Pike Street here. She had been in failing health for 5 years and seriously ill for a week. Funeral was conducted Friday afternoon at 2 from the First Methodist Church with the pastor, Rev. E. W. Elrod and Rev. Sam Wellman, pastor of the Fort Gay Methodist Church, officiating. Interment was made in the Avis  Cemetery on The Point, a mile south of Louisa, under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Mrs.  Bartram, a daughter of the late William and Minerva Chambers Davis, was born on The Point near Louisa and had resided there and at Louisa all her life. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Garnet Payne, Louisa, one sister, Mrs. James See, of Louise route 2, and 3 grandchildren, Hoover L. Hall, Julia Belle Hall and Anna Jean Hall, of Louisa. Her husband died 22 years ago. Big Sandy News, Jan 10, 1941

BELT, Mrs. E. O.
Mrs. E. O. Belt, 43, native of Gallup, this county, died Thursday of last week in a hospital in her home town at Hannibal, MO, relatives here were informed this week. Mrs. Belt was a daughter of William F. and Flora Wellman Peck and was born and reared at Gallup. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Hannibal. Funeral was conducted there and interment made in Mt. Olivet cemetery. Mrs. Belt and a sister, Mrs. M. E. Snow, also of Hannibal, visited relatives in Lawrence county last summer and called at The News office to subscribe for their home newspaper. Besides her husband, she is survived by 4 sisters, Mrs. Snow, Mrs. G. R. Snyder, Jacksonville, FL, Mrs. G. C. Short, Gary, IN, and Mrs. Opal Wirt, of New York and one brother, L. T. Peck of San Francisco, CA. Big Sandy News, Jan 10, 1941

BENTLEY, Rufus (Tom)
Rufus (Tom) Bentley, 66, of Webbville, route 1, died Tuesday in a local hospital of injuries sustained Tuesday of last week when he was hit by a truck on the Catt-Webbville highway near Curt Ramey's at Cadmus. Bentley, who operates a truck and hauls merchandise, had unloaded a can of lard and had started across the road with it when he was hit by a truck said to have been driven by Scott Thompson of Sinking Springs, OH. He was brought to a hospital here and was believed to  be recovering normally. He became worse Monday night, however, and passed away early Tuesday morning. Funeral was conducted Wednesday afternoon from the home with Rev. Custer Bishop officiating, and interment was made in the Hayes Cemetery near Webbville. Mr. Bentley is survived by his second wife, Mrs. Martha Triplett Bentley; 2 daughters, Mrs. Noah Mullins of Milton, WV and Miss Carma Bentley at home, 3 sons, Basil Bentley, of Hilton, WV and Glenn and John Bentley at home. Big Sandy News, Jan 31, 1941

BERRY, Charles V.
1876-1941
Charles V. Berry, 64, substantial farmer and respected citizen of Blaine, died in a local hospital Tuesday shortly before noon. He had been ill for a year and had been a patient in the hospital here since Dec 28. Funeral was conduced Thursday afternoon at 2:30 from the Blaine Methodist Church with Rev. C. F. Froderman of Ashland, and Rev. E. W. Elrod, of Louisa, officiating. A son of the late Reuben T. and Elizabeth Edwards Berry. Mr. Berry was born at Blaine in 1876, and had resided there all of his life. He operated 2 farms on Blaine Creek. He was a member of the Blaine Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Carolyn Moore Berry, to whom he was married 35 years ago, by one son, John T. Berry, of Charleston, WV, 9 daughters, Mrs. Kelly McNish, Bristol, TN, Mrs. John J. Wellman, Blaine, Mrs. Eulas Dobyns, Williamsport, OH, Mrs. Paul Young, Glenwood, KY, Mrs. Ray Wireman, Fallsburg, KY, Mrs. Ray Cox, Los Angeles, CA, Mrs. Henry G. Bradley, Blaine and Misses Mary and Virginia Lee Berry, at home and one brother, E. C. Berry, of Chicago, IL. Big Sandy News, Jan 10, 1941

BILLUPS, James Douglas
James Douglas Billups, 3 months old son of James W. and Rosetta Curnutte Billups, died early Thursday morning at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Curnutte of Zelda after an illness of 3 days. Funeral and burial will be at the Buchanan Chapel Cemetery near Zelda Friday afternoon at 2. Surviving besides the parents are the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Curnutte of Zelda and Mr. and Mrs. James Billups of Prichard, WV, route 1. Big Sandy News, Jan 31, 1941

BLAIR, Earl
Paintsville, KY--Earl Blair, 46, of East Point, well known employee of the C & O Railway, committed suicide by firing a bullet through his brain Friday midnight near his home. Two persons witnessed the sad tragedy, Dr. O. E. Johnson, coroner stated. Mr. Blair served with the American Expeditionary Force during the World War and was badly shell shocked. Ill health is believed to have caused him to commit the act. Big Sandy News, Jan 31, 1941

CASTLE, Martha (Davis)
Mrs. Martha Davis Castle, 66, widow of the late Benjamin Castle of Charley died last Friday at the home at Charley. Funeral was conducted Sunday at Charley with Rev. Dave Al Hayes officiating. She is survived by 4 children, Henry Davis of Georges Creek is a brother. Big Sandy News, Jan 10, 1941

CHANDLER, Jesse (Spears)
Mrs. Jesse Spears Chandler, wife of Sherman Chandler, died Monday at her home in Sunbury, OH. The body was returned to this county and taken to Lowmansville United Baptist Church where funeral rites were conducted. Burial was made in the family cemetery on Georges Creek. Besides the husband, she is survived by 4 son, all living in Ohio. Big Sandy News, Jan 17, 1941

CLAY, Charles William
1851-1941
Charles William Clay, 89, retired farmer of near Fallsburg, died Monday evening at the home of a son, T. G. Clay of the Newcomb section near Fallsburg. He had been ill for several weeks. Funeral was conducted Wednesday from the home of another son, Allen Clay near Fallsburg, with the Rev. Fred Vanhorn officiating and interment was made in the Fugate Cemetery near the Fallsburg consolidated school. Mr. Clay was born near Adeline Apr 29, 1851, a son of the late William and Mary Petrey Clay. He had been a member of the Methodist Church for half a century. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. George Browning, of Logan, WV, 3 sons, T. G. Clay and Allen Clay of Louisa route 4 and Fred Clay of Birmingham, AL and one brother, John Clay of Ashland. His wife, Mrs. Arena Bowling Clay died 24 years ago. Big Sandy news, Jan 31, 1941

COPLEY, Laura Jane (Wilson)
1861-1941
Mrs. Laura Jane Copley, 79, native of Louisa and a resident of Ashland for the last 29 years, died Tuesday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Stanley Rolfe, in Ashland. She had been ill for a year. Mrs. Copley was a daughter of Grimes Wilson and Elizabeth See Wilson, pioneer resident of this section. She was born in 1861 near Louisa and resided here until going to Ashland. She had been a member of the Baptist Church since she was 12 years old. Funeral was conducted in Ashland Thursday afternoon and interment was made in a cemetery there. She is survived by the husband, L. M. Copley; one daughter, Mrs. Rolfe, 3 sons, Paul S. Copley of Louisa route 4, Pearl Copley of Ashland and L. M. Copley, Jr. of Detroit, MI and one brother, W. F. Wilson of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Jan 10, 1941

CREIGHTON, Ida (Wellman)
Mrs. Ida Wellman Creighton, wife of John P. Creighton, and a native of Louisa, died Saturday at her home in Catlettsburg. Deceased was a daughter of the late James A. and Flora See Wellman and was born at Louisa. She went with her parents to Catlettsburg at the age of 12 and had resided there since. Funeral was conducted Monday and interment was made in the Catlettsburg Cemetery. Surviving in addition to Mr. Creighton are 2 sisters, Mrs. S. W. Patton, and Miss Rebecca Wellman, both of whom made their home with her, 3 nieces, Mrs. Frank Ross, of Ashland, Miss Monte Magann and Mrs. J. C. Hearne, both of Catlettsburg and a nephew, W. B. Wellman of Ashland. Big Sandy News, Jan 31, 1941

DAMRON, Mary (Stratton)
Mrs. Mary Damron, 61, widow of Charles Damron, of Kenova, died Jan 16 at the home of a brother in lawn, Alex Damron, of Whites Creek, WV, where she had gone only a few days before for a visit. She was ill only a few days. Mr. and Mrs. Damron, formerly lived at Wayne, where Mr. Damron was N & W operator. Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church in Kenova, by Rev. John Roy  Wolfe. Burial was in Dock's Creek Cemetery. Surviving are 2  brothers, George E. Stratton of Spooner, WS and Elbert E. Stratton of Sandstone, MN. Big Sandy News, Jan 31, 1941

DAMRON, Ollie
Ollie Damron, 9 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Damron of Crum, WV, died Friday in a Williamson, WV hospital of pneumonia. In addition to the parents, she is survived by one sister. Funeral was conducted Sunday afternoon at 2 from the home at Crum and interment made in a cemetery there. Big Sandy News, Jan 24, 1941

DANIEL, Asbury A.
Asbury A. Daniel, 70, died Thursday morning at his home on Little Blaine of complication following a stroke suffered 2 years ago. Funeral will be conducted at the home Friday afternoon at 2:30 and interment will be made in the family cemetery. Mr. Daniel, a son of the late Jack and Miranda Stapleton Daniel, was born and reared on Little Blaine. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Sally VanHoose, 1 daughter, Mrs. Charles Castle, Thornsville, OH, one son, Roy, at home, 4 sisters, Mrs. Lonzo Estep, Louisa, Mrs. Rosa Meade, Lucasville, OH, Mrs. I. Dixon, Wilbur, KY and Mrs. Roscoe Baker, Fort Gay, WV and 3 brothers, Sherman Daniel, Fort Gay, WV, Monroe Daniel, Pikeville, KY and John Daniel, McDowell, KY. Big Sandy News, Jan 10, 1941

DEREFIELD, Elizabeth (Roberts)
1852-1941
Mrs. Elizabeth Derefield, 78, wife of Daniel Derefield, died Friday at the home at Cadmus after an illness of 2 months. Funeral was conducted Sunday afternoon at the home with Rev. Fred Vanhorn officiating, and interment was made in the family cemetery. Mrs. Derefield was born in Pike County, Oct 28, 1852, a daughter of the late St. Clair and Orpha Adkins Roberts, and had resided in the Webbville and Cadmus section since early in life. "Aunt Lizzie" as she was affectionately known, was a member of the Methodist Church. Surviving besides the husband, are a daughter, Mrs. Fred Robinson, of Holden, WV, a son, B. F. Roberts, C & O agent at Paintsville, 2 sisters, Mrs. Martha Segraves, of Marmet, WV and Miss Tilla Roberts, Lexington, KY; 3 brothers, Perry Roberts, Blair, WV, C. B. Roberts, Williamson, WV, and John Roberts, Buffalo, WV, an adopted son, Arlan Derefield at home. Mrs. Martha Roberts of Cadmus is a sister in law. Big Sandy News, Jan 31, 1941

DROWN, Hiram Thomas
Hiram Thomas Drown, 78, retired farmer of Cyrus, Wayne County, died Sunday at his home in Kenova. He was a son of the late Benjamin and Martha Drown and had been a lifelong resident of Wayne County. Funeral was conducted Tuesday at the Baptist Church at Cyrus with Rev. B. F. Curnutte officiating. Deceased was a member of the Cyrus Baptist Church. Mr. Drown is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Fay Hensley, of Kenova and 3 brothers, W. J. Drown of Buffalo, WV, S. H. Drown of Kenova, route 1 and B. B. Drown of Prichard, WV. Big Sandy News, Jan 10, 1941

EVANS, Catherine (Hayes)
1879-1941
Mrs. Catherine Hayes Evans, 61, wife of W. F. Evans of the Brushey section near Adams, died at the home early Wednesday morning after an illness of 8 days. Funeral rites were conducted Thursday afternoon from the home with Rev. S. B. Ball and Rev. William Moore of Louisa, officiating and interment was made in the Salyers Cemetery on Brushey. Mrs. Evans was born Aug 17, 1879, a daughter of the late William and Margaret Carter Hayes. She had been a member of the Methodist Church for 25 years. Surviving besides the husband are 2 daughters, Mrs. Mayo Young of Houckville and Mrs. Bascom Moore of Cardington, OH; 3 sons, Everett Evans of Adams, KY, James, at home and Max Evans of Cherokee, KY and a sister, Mrs. Julia Ann Gussler of Ashland, KY. Big Sandy News, Jan 31, 1941

FAIRCHILD, John R.
Inez, KY, Jan 23--Dr. John R. Fairchild, 75, who combined the practice of medicine with the ministry and who said he never issued a bill, died Sunday night of a heart ailment. A physician 51 years and a Baptist minister 59, he said recently he had delivered 4, 326 babies, officiated at 1,500 funeral and married more than 1,000 couples, including many individuals he brought into the world. Born in Johnson County and graduated from the Louisville Medical College, he came to Inez in 1890. He had been Martin County health officer 35 years. Funeral services were held at Paintsville today. Big Sandy News, Jan 24, 1941

FOWLER, Emil
FOWLER, Barkley
CARTER, HENRY
A family quarrell and a country store argument brought death to 3 Elliott Countians last week. Mrs. Emil Fowler, 19, of Ault, was fatally wounded with a gunshot by her husband, Barkley Fowler, who later slit his own throat and then fired a shotgun charge into his head. The tragedy took place at the home of John Stigall, father of Mrs. Fowler, where the couple made their home. A hired girl said the couple commenced arguing after going to bed and that the shooting took place about 10:30. The hired girl ran to a neighbors house but the occupants, fearful that Fowler might hurt them would not venture into the Stigall home. The couple was found next morning, Fowler dead and his wife, badly wounded. She was taken to a Lexington hospital but died Friday.

Henry Carter, 50, of Dewdrop, was killed by a .38 bullet said to have been fired by a neighbor, John Conn, during an argument in the store of Carter's brother, Harlan Carter, at Dewdrop. Conn fled into the hills and it is not known here whether or not he has been captured. Big Sandy News, Jan 31, 1941

FRALEY, Wallace
Wallace Fraley, 76, native of Elliott County and retired steel worker, died Sunday at his home in Ashland. He was a son of George and Martha Fraley and was born in Elliott County, moving to Ashland in 1905. Big Sandy News, Jan 31, 1941

FRAZIER, C. W.
Fort Gay, WV, Jan 22--C. W. Frazier, 73, a deputy in the office of Sam Plymale, Wayne County circuit court clerk, died Monday shortly before noon at his home 2 miles east of Fort Gay on the Wayne road. Funeral was conducted Wednesday afternoon in the Wayne Methodist Church, with the Rev. U. S. Pinson, Rev. Mr. Gettinger and Rev. Mr. Barrett officiating and interment was made in the Wayne Cemetery. Active pall bearers were Wardy C. Lovely, Hugh Ketchum, App, Queen, E. d. Bunn, Everett Walker, Gene Plymale, Paul Billups and Everett Booten. Mr. Frazier had been a member of the Old Pleasant Baptist Church on Mill Creek near Fort Gay for 32 years. He had served under various circuit court clerks in Wayne for nearly 20 years. Big Sandy News, Jan 24, 1941

FRAZIER, Theodore
Theodore Frazier, 80, retired Catlettsburg barber and a native of Fort Gay, died Sunday in Boyd county after an extended illness. The body was returned to Fort Gay Tuesday and interred in Fairview cemetery with Rev. Sam Wellman, pastor of the Fort Gay Methodist Church, officiating. Mr. Frazier was born near Fort Gay in 1860, a son of Lart and Stacy Frazier. He operated a barber shop in Fort Gay for many years and moved to Catlettsburg about 1900 and had operated a barber shop there until forced to retired because of ill health. His wife, Kate Hodge, also a native of Fort Gay section, died nearly 2 years ago. Big Sandy News, Jan 3, 1941

HALE, J. W.
Inez, KY--John W. Hale, 70, member of a prominent Martin county family and who served two terms as tax commissioner of his home county, died Thursday at his home at Inez of heart trouble. He was a son of the late George W. Hale, who for many years was clerk of the circuit court in Martin County. Mr. Hale formerly taught school. He was a member of the Baptist Church and secretary for 15 years of both the Odd Fellows and the Masonic lodges. He was a brother of the late R. L. Hale cashier of the Inez Deposit Bank, and of the late W. M. Hale, cashier of the Kermit State Bank. Big Sandy News, Jan 31, 1941

HARLOW, Fern (Weaver)
Fern Weaver Harlow, 22, died Tuesday evening at the home in Louisa of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Howell Harlow. Funeral will be conducted Friday afternoon at 2 in the First Methodist Church here with Rev. E. W. Elrod and Rev. Ray Roberts officiating and interment will be made in Pine Hill Cemetery here. Besides the parents, she is survived by a daughter, Naida Harlow, 4 sisters, Mrs. W. J. Hall, Louisa, Mrs. J. W. Graves, Fort Gay, WV, and Missses Edna and Norberta Harlow, at home; 2 brothers, Emmett, at home and Howell, Jr. of Fort Custer, MI. Big Sandy News, Jan 24, 1941

HARRIS, E. Blair
1852-1941
E. Blair Harris, 88, prominent retired farmer of the East Fork section of Boyd County, died Thursday of last week at his home after an illness of 2 years. Funeral was conducted Sunday at the residence and interment made in the family cemetery on East Fork. A native of Tazewell County, VA, Mr. Harris had resided in Boyd County for the past 33 years. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Alice Sargent Harris, 4 sons, John Harris, Cedar Bluff, VA, McKinley Harris, Catlettsburg, Blair, Jr., and Howse Harris, both of Rush, KY; 4 daughters, Mrs. Dee Bolt and Mrs. John Compton of both of Catlettsburg, Mrs. H. Queen, Ashland, and Mrs. Loftis Borders, Fort Gay, WV. Big Sandy News, Jan 24, 1941

Blair Harris, 88, prominent retired farmer of the East Fork section of Boyd County, died Thursday of last week at his home after an illness of 2 years. Funeral was conducted Sunday at the residence and interment made in the family cemetery on East Fork. Mr. Harris was born in Tazewell County, VA in 1852. He moved to Boyd County in 1908 and had resided there continuously since that time engaging in the business of farming up until ill health forced his retirement. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Alice Sargent Harris, 4 sons, John Harris, Cedar Bluff, VA, McKinley Harris, Catlettsburg, Blair, Jr., and Howse Harris, both of Rush, KY; 4 daughters, Mrs. Dee Bolt and Mrs. John Compton of both of Catlettsburg, Mrs. H. Queen, Ashland, and Mrs. Loftis Borders, Fort Gay, WV, 27 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Jan 24, 1941

HARRISON, W. A.
Wayne, WV, Troopers of the Wayne County state police post reported Friday that W. A. Harrison, about 45, died of natural causes in his isolated cabin on a fork of Jennies Creek in Wayne County Thursday. Neighbors found Harrison's body in the cabin. Dr. A. G. Wilkinson, who accompanied a group of officers to the cabin, said death was due to natural causes. Big Sandy News, Jan 3, 1941

HATTON, Donna
Mrs. Donna Hatton, 75, of Huntington died in a hospital there Jan 18, after a long illness. Mrs. Hatton formerly lived at Prichard and is survived by 3 sons, Virgil, Max and Claude Hatton, of Huntington, a daughter, Mrs. Leah McKueeney of Hollywood. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Carl Pack, with burial in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Huntington. Big Sandy News, Jan 31, 1941

HAY, Mary Jane  (Mauk)
Mrs. Mary Jane Hay, 76, native of Elliott County and resident of Ashland for 30 years, died at the home of a son, Dewey Hay in Ashland last week after an illness of one year. Surviving are 2 other sons, Fred Hay of Ashland and Thurman Hay of Oak Hill, OH; 2 daughters, Mrs. William Lemaster of Beaver, OH and Mrs. Hilt Dale of Catlettsburg; 2 brothers, John and Peter Mauk, of Gimlet, KY; 2 sisters, Mrs. Melda Stevens of Harlan, KY and Mrs. Watt Leadingham of Sandy Hook, KY. Big Sandy News, Jan 17, 1941

HAZLETT, Rachel (Johnson)
Mrs. Rachel Johnson Hazlett, 45, of near Catlettsburg, died last Friday in an Ashland hospital. Mrs. Hazlett was the daughter of the late Lewis and Annie Farnie Johnson. She was a member of the Church of God, Catlettsburg. Surviving are her husband, Clarence Hazlett, 2 sons, Taylor and Clarence E., 2 daughters, Arzella and Dorothy, all at home, 4 brothers, Dave Johnson of Shelby, KY, Sam of Portsmouth, OH, Lee of Buchanan, KY and Bill of Greenup, KY and 3 sisters, Mrs. William Tomlin, of Portsmouth, OH, Mrs. Hughie Scarberry of Catlettsburg and Miss Cora Johnson also of Catlettsburg. Funeral services were conducted Saturday from the Church of God, Hampton City and burial was in the Bowling Cemetery on Whites Creek. Big Sandy News, Jan 24, 1941

HOGAN, Florence (Banfield)
1873-1941
Mrs. Florence Hogan, 62, of Garner, Body County, died Monday at 5:30 p.m. in an Ashland hospital after a week's illness. A lifelong resident of Boyd County, she was born at Garner on Jul 17, 1873, a daughter of the late William and Sophia Gobel Banfield. Mrs. Hogan was the widow of D. J. Hogan and was a member of the East Fork Methodist Church. Funeral service was held Thursday at 1 p.m. at the East Fork Chapel with the Rev. Elza Everman officiating. Burial was in the Ross Chapel Cemetery. Surviving are 4 sons, Franklin Hogan of Lexington, Burns Hogan and Fred Hogan, at home and Gobel Hogan of Ashland, 3 daughters, Mrs. Emmett Stevens of Akron, OH, Mrs. Hattie Arrington of Ashland and Miss Lucille Hogan at home; a brother, Burns Banfield of Rush, KY and 8 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Jan 24, 1941

HUGHES, Homer, Jr.
Homer Hughes, Jr., 11 day old son of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Hughes of Yatesville, died Sunday at 1 a.m. Funeral was conducted Monday with Rev. Fred Vanhorn officiating and interment made in the Hughes family cemetery. Surviving besides the parents are a sister, 3 brothers, and the grandparents, Mrs. Belle Hughes of Yatesville and Mr. and Mrs. James Compton of Gladys. Big Sandy News, Jan 24, 1941

JOHNSON, William
William Johnson, 57, native of the Hitchins, KY section and a retired  C & O Railway employee, died Sunday at his home in Huntington. Funeral was conducted there Tuesday and the body was returned to Hitchins for interment. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Myrtle Johnson, a daughter, Mrs. Gretchen Poole of Huntington, 3 sons, Lonnie of Ashland and Chester and Truman Johnson, of Huntington, 2 stepchildren, Ray Hamilton and Mrs. Margaret Cyrus, of Huntington, and 3 brothers, Jessie of Ashland, Lindsey and Joe Johnson of Nelsonville, OH. Big Sandy News, Jan 10, 1941

KELLEY, J. N.
J. N. Kelley, 58, native of Elliott county and former resident of Ashland, died Monday at Martin where he was a conductor for the C & O Railway. He was born and reared in Elliott County and has relatives here and at Potter. The body was taken to Soldier, Carter County, where funeral and interment took place Wednesday at the home of a brother, Charles Kelley. Big Sandy News, Jan 31, 1941

LACY, Henry
West Liberty, KY, Henry Lacy, 28, son of Marion Lacy, Adele and Dennie Nickell, son of Dora Nickell, Malone, were killed Thursday when the car in which they were riding crashed into bridge across Caney Creek at Index, KY. Clyde Collins, alleged driver of the car, was taken in custody by the sheriff. A Sargent boy, sitting on the concrete bridge, was knocked into the creek. His leg was broken in two places and he was badly injured otherwise. Big Sandy News, Jan 3, 1941

LAMBERT, Della (Handley)
Mrs. Della Handley Lambert, wife of Freelan H. Lambert, died at her home in Ashland Monday night. She was born in Wayne county, WV, a daughter of Hiram and Nancy Handley and had resided in Ashland 22 years. Mrs. Elizabeth Miller, of Buchanan, is a sister. The body was returned to this county and funeral was conducted Wednesday at the Buchanan Chapel Methodist church near Zelda with Rev. W. K. Wood, officiating and interment was made in the Buchanan Chapel Cemetery there. Big Sandy News, Jan 31, 1941

LYON, Hugh
Hugh Lyon, 86, prominent Elliott County citizen, and father of Dr. A. M. Lyon, state director of hospitals and mental hygiene, died at his home in Elliott County Friday night, a week after his 86th birthday. He is survived by 2 other sons, Dr. O. M. Lyon, well known Morehead dentist, formerly of Olive Hill and Autie Lyon of Elliott County. Mr. Lyon had visited in Louisa a number of times when his son, Dr. A. M. Lyon, was head of the Lawrence County health department and was well known here. Big Sandy News, Jan 24, 1941

MARCUM, Sallie (Williamson)
Mrs. Sallie Williamson Marcum, 70, of Crum, WV, died Wednesday of last week at her home of pneumonia. Funeral was conducted Friday at Crum. Mrs. Marcum, the wife of Lee Marcum, had resided at Crum all of her life, Surviving in addition to her husband are the following sons and daughters, G. D. Marcum of Man, John Marcum of Holden, Irving, Dennis, Flora and Earl Marcum, all of Crum, Mrs. Bessie Crum of Stonecoal and Mrs. Polly Mae Kirk of Holden, WV. She also leaves 3 brothers, Jessie, James and Wayne Williamson, all of Crum and 2 sisters, Mrs. Nannie Marcum of Crum and Mrs. Georgia Spaulding of Kermit. Big Sandy News, Jan 17, 1941

Mrs. Sallie Williamson Marcum, 70, died at her home in Crum, WV, Jan 8, of pneumonia which developed after an illness of 6 weeks of flu. Mrs. Marcum had lived her entire life in Wayne County. She is survived by the husband, Lee Marcum and the following children, G. D. Marcum of Man, Josh Marcum of Holden, Mrs. Polly Mae Kirk of Holden, Ervin, Dennis, Flora and Earl Marcum of Crum, and Mrs. Bessie Crum of Stonecoal; brothers and sisters, Jessie Wayne and James Williamson, Mrs. Rebecca Williamson, and Mrs. Ninnie Marcum, all of Crum and Mrs. George Spaulding of Kermit. Big Sandy News, Jan 24, 1941

MCKEE, Benjamin Harrison
Fort Gay, WV Jan 9, Benjamin Harrison McKee, 47, coal tippleman at McVeigh, KY, and son of the late Mr. and Mrs. R. E. McKee of Prichard, WV, died Tuesday at his home as the result of a stroke suffered the previous Friday. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and of the Masonic Lodge of Whites Creek, WV. Funeral was conducted Wednesday at McVeigh and the body was brought to Wayne county and interred near Lavalette. He was a brother of W. E. McKee and Mrs. Elizabeth Meredith of Catlettsburg. Big Sandy News, Jan 10, 1941

MEENACH, Harvey W.
Harvey W. Meenach, 80, native of Carter County and for many years an employee of the Peebles brickyard in Portmsouth, OH, died Jan 16 at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Belva Swavel in Portsmouth. Mr. Meenach moved from Carter County to Portsmouth in 1913. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Burton Meenach and several children, Mrs. Louella Webb of Glenwood, KY is a sister. Big Sandy News, Jan 24, 1941

O'DANIEL, Junior
Junior O'Daniel, 13, son of W. H. O'Daniel, of Walbridge, died instantly of a crushed skull sustained Monday shortly after noon while he and his father and another brother, Lucien, 20, were cutting a tree for wood. The tree, only about a foot through, fell into limbs of a nearby tree and then sprung back, falling up the hill, the butt meanwhile sliding down the hill, Junior, was as standing about 15 feet from the trunk when the tree commenced falling, was hit in the head by the upper branches and killed instantly. the father and older brother were not hurt. They had gone to a hill near their home shortly after eating lunch to fell a tree for wood. All had been ill the previous week with flu. Junior was a pupil in the seventh grade of the Walbridge school and attended Sunday school there also. Funeral was conducted at the home Wednesday afternoon with Rev. Dave Hewlett officiating with burial made in the Deephole Branch cemetery west of Louisa. The O'Daniel family moved from near Yatesville to Walbridge 2 years ago. The boy's mother, Mrs. Genevieve Berry O'Daniel, died 18 months ago of blood poisoning developing from a briar scratch. Surviving are the father, a sister, Miss Madge O'Daniel at home and 3 brothers, Herman O'Daniel, in the CCC camp at Hellier, KY and Lucien and Tom at home. Big Sandy News, Jan 10, 1941

PARSLEY, Laura Belle (Damron)
Mrs. Laura Belle Parsley, 79, widow of the late William R. Parsley, Wayne county lumber dealer, died Sunday in a Huntington hospital after a long illness. For the past several years she had made her home with a son, R. H. F. Parsley, state editor of the Charleston Daily Mail and former assistant editor of the Huntington Advertiser. Funeral was conducted Monday from the First Baptist church in Kenova with the Rev. John Roy Wolf officiating and interment was made in a cemetery at Crum, WV. Mrs. Parsley was a daughter of the late Moses D. Damron and Sarah Copley Damron of the Crum section. She was a native of Wayne county and spent most of her life there. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Kenova for more than 60 years. She is survived by her son, a daughter, Mrs. Ida L. Greenslait, South Charleston, 5 grandchildren and 2 sisters, Mrs. Ida Smith of Baltimore and Mrs. Jennie Wilson of Kenova. Big Sandy news, Jan 10, 1941

PATRICK, Florence B. (Harmon)
Mrs. Florence B. Patrick, 56, wife of W. G. Patrick, prominent farmer of the Tuscola section, died Wednesday night in an Ashland hospital following an operation submitted to Jan 8. Funeral will be conducted from the home at Tuscola Saturday afternoon at 2 and interment made in the McDaniel Cemetery. Mrs. Patrick was a daughter of Mathias and Lucina Castle Harmon and was born and reared at Paintsville. Besides the husband, she is survived by a daughter, Miss Gladys at home, 5 sons, Robert, Ironton, OH, Herbert, Paintsville, KY, Dan, Greenbriar, WV, Marion, Cadmus, KY, and Isom, Tuscola, and 3 brothers, Isaac Harmon, Tuscola, Frank G. Harmon, South Solon, OH and Dan Harmon of Coal Grove, OH. Big Sandy News, Jan 24, 1941

PERRY, Andy N.
Andy N. Perry, 62, of Mill Creek, near Fort Gay, died last Friday at his home. Funeral was held Sunday at the Marcum cemetery near Dunlow. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Blanche Perry, 2 daughters, Alta  Lou and Mary Jo, at home, a son, Archie Perry, at home and the following children by a former marriage, Mrs. Elsie Ferguson of Genoa, Mrs. Grace Copley, Mrs. Ruth Branham, Mrs. Ida Finley, Ballard Perry, and Mrs. Augusta Smith, all of Fort Gay, route 2, and Mrs. Betty Humphreys of Huntington. Big Sandy News, Jan 24, 1941

Andy N. Perry, 62, died at his home on Mill Creek, Jan 17. Funeral services were conducted at the Marcum Cemetery, near Dunlow, by Rev. Henry Jude and Rev. Benton Riggs. Mr. Perry is survived by the widow, Mrs. Blanche Perry, 2 daughters, Alta Lou and Mary Joe, at home; 2 sons, Archie Perry at home and Paul Perry of Fort Gay; and the following children by a former marriage, Mrs. Elsie Ferguson, of Genoa, Mrs. Grace Copley, Mrs. Ruth Branham, Mrs. Ida Finley, Ballard Perry and Mrs. Augusta Smith, all of Fort Gay, route 2 and Mrs. Betty Humphreys of Huntington. Big Sandy News, Jan 31, 1941

PORTER, Alexander
1846-1941
Alexander Porter, 94 years old, a pioneer resident of Wayne County, died Dec 29 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Cuzzie Perry of Wayne. "Uncle Alex" as he was known by his many friends was the eldest son of the late William and Mary Porter, who were among the first families to settle in Wayne County. He was born Nov 4, 1846 in Wayne County. He was united in marriage to Jane Jarrell Nov 19, 1868, by the late Rev. John Jarrell. Mr. Porter had been a member of the Fort Gay Masonic Lodge for half a century and was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church with membership in the Old Pleasant Church on Mill Creek. "Uncle Alex" and his wife who died 11 years ago, lived for 63 yeras on Grassy Creek. At one time he served as member of the Board of Education of Lincoln District. He is survived by the following, 5 daughters, Mrs. Cuzzie Perry, of Wayne, Mrs. Mary Adams of Chapmansville, Mrs. J. P. Pratt, of Kenova, Mrs. Georgia Damron of Radnor; 4 sons, A. B. Porter of Grassy, Z. T. Porter of Champmanville, William Porter of Kermit and James Harvey Porter of Grassy; one sister, Mrs. A. B. Napier of Kenova, 31 grandchildren and 39 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Jan 17, 1941

QUEEN, Rebecca Jane (Fannin)
1857-1941
Mrs. Rebecca Jane Queen, 83, wife of William H. Queen, died Thursday of last week at the Queen home on Trace Creek, near Rush, Boyd County. Mrs. Queen, a daughter of the late Rev. I. N. Fannin and Polly Stewart Fannin, was born and reared in the northern section of Lawrence county. She had been a devoted member of the M. E. Church, South for 70 years. Funeral was conducted at the East Fork Chapel Sunday afternoon with Rev. E. L. Everman, officiating and burial was made in the Stewart family cemetery in this county. Surviving besides the husband, are 3 sons, Den Queen and Levi Queen, both of the East Fork section, and Harve Queen of Ashland, 3 daughters, Mrs. C. D. Prichard and Mrs. McKinley Harris both of Catlettsburg and Mrs. Mollie Brown, of Rush; 3 sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Webb of Ashland, Mrs. Frances Stewart of Ashland and Mrs. Grant Powers of Buchanan. Big Sandy News, Jan 10, 1941

RICE, Elijah J.
Elijah J. Rice, 86, died at his home near Willard, Jan 20. Funeral was conducted at the home by Rev. Harve Kelley and interment was made in the Rice Cemetery on Straight Creek. Big Sandy News, Jan 31, 1941

ROBERTS, Charles Reed
Charles Reed Roberts, 83, retired farmer and lifelong resident of Lawrence County, died Saturday night at his home near the mouth of Irish Creek. He had been suffering from a heart disease for 4 years and his condition was complicated last week by an attack of flu. He died at 10:30 Saturday night. Funeral rites were conducted Tuesday morning at the home and interment was made in the Hawes family cemetery near the mouth of Brushey. Mr. Roberts was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Allen Roberts and was born and reared near where he died. He had been a member of the Methodist Church for over half a century. Mr. Roberts' first wife, Mrs. Martha Adams Roberts died in 1929 and subsequently he married Mrs. Reba Arrington, who survived. Also surviving are 8 daughters, Mrs. Tri Sarver, Hobart, OK, Mrs. John Evans, Blaine, KY, Mrs. Henry Gorman, Rossmand, OH, Mrs. William Thompson, Blaine, KY, Mrs. Sue Short, Cherokee, KY, Mrs. Archie Morris and Mrs. P. E. Guthrie, both of Columbus, OH, Mrs. W. C. Thompson of Gary, IN and one son, Allen Roberts of London, OH. Big Sandy News, Jan 17,1 941

SALTERS, William
William Salters, native of this county, died Monday at his home at Mahan, WV. Deceased was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Salters, formerly of Yatesville. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Oakley Kitchen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Kitchen of Dennis and 6 children. Big Sandy News, Jan 31, 1941

SHORT, Martela (Salyers)
1860-1941
Mrs. Martela Salyers Short, 80, died Thursday evening Jan 9, at her home here. She had been ill for several weeks. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon in the First Methodist Church with Rev. E. W. Elrod, pastor and Rev. J. C. Hager, Pastor of the Baptist Church, officiating. Burial was made in Pine Hill Cemetery here under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Mrs. Short was born near Louisa in 1860 a daughter of Thomas and Fannie Borders Salyers and had lived in Louisa nearly all her life. Her husband, Keenis Short, one-time Louisa chief of police, died in 1938. Mrs. Short had been a member of the Methodist Church since early childhood. She is survived by 4 brothers, William Salyers, Potters, KY, T. S. Salyers, Catlettsburg, KY, C. H. Salyers, Columbus, OH, and Sam Salyers, of Ashland, KY; and 2 sisters, Mrs. William Remmele of Louisa and Mrs. Mae Compton of Columbus, OH. Big Sandy News, Jan 17, 1941

SPILLMAN, John M.
John M. Spillman, 77, retired farmer of Louisa route 3, died at his home in the Twin branch section Dec 30. He was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Spillman and was born and reared at Twin Branch. Funeral was conducted Wednesday of last week at the home with Rev. Ed Parker officiating and interment was made in the family cemetery. Mr. Spillman was a member of the United Baptist Church. He is survived by 6 daughters, Mrs. John Blankenship, South Point, OH, Mrs. Charles Sparks, Waterloo, OH, Mrs. Dewey Diamond and Mrs. John Diamond of Louisa, route 3, Miss Elzina and Miss Jettie Spillman, at home, and 4 sons, Lee, John W. and Lindsey all of Louisa route 3 and James Riley Spillman of Louisa route 4. Big Sandy News, Jan 10, 1941

TALBERT, Minerva (Burgess)
1868-1941
Mrs. Minerva Burgess Talbert, 72, member of a pioneer Lawrence County family, died Monday at her home in Matewan, WV of pneumonia. She was the widow of the late J. M. Talbert, a resident of North Matewan, who died in 1937. Mrs. Talbert was born at the Burgess farm south of Louisa, Dec 25, 1868, a daughter of John F. Burgess and Nancy Ellen Ratcliff Burgess, pioneer citizens. Her grandfather, William Ratcliff, was a member of the first assembly of West Virginia. She had lived at Matewan for 45 years. Funeral was held Tuesday at the home in North Matewan with Rev. R. P. Keaton officiating, and the body was brought to this county and taken to the Georges Creek section where brief rites were conducted Thursday by Rev. T. J. Hopson, pastor of the Louisa Methodist Church, and interment made in the family cemetery at the old home place. Surviving are 3 sons, J. Frank Talbert, Herbert Talbert and James Talbert, all of North Matewan and 2 sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Boling of North Matewan and Miss Bertie Burgess of Georges Creek, KY. A daughter, Daisy, preceded Mrs. Talbert in death in 1920. Big Sandy News, Jan 17, 1941

THOMPSON, Emily Louise
Emily Louise Thompson, 12 day old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Walter Thompson of Louisa, died Saturday evening in a local hospital. Funeral rites were conducted Sunday at the Thompson home on Sycamore street with Rev. T. J. Hopson, pastor of the Louisa Methodist Church, officiating and the body was taken in the Curtright Funeral Car to Adeline for interment. Besides the parents, the child is survived by its grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. D. J. Thompson of Webbville and Mr. and Mrs. Ira Vanhorn of Adeline. Big Sandy News, Jan 31, 1941

THOMPSON, Sadie J. (Riggs)
Mrs. Sadie J. Thompson, 56, wife of Finley R. Thompson, of Fort Gay, route 1, died at her home on Christmas day. Funeral services were conducted at the lower Greenbrier Baptist Church by Rev. Carmie Crabtree. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mrs. Thompson had been a member  of the Upper Greenbrier Baptist Church for 40 years. In addition to the husband, she is survived by 4 daughters, Mrs. John Clay of Delbarton, Mrs. Irwin T. Jones and Mrs. Russell Webb of Fort Gay, Mrs. Eula Hayton of Detroit, 6 sons, Vernon and Lindsey Thompson of Orrville, 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, 2 brothers, Sollie Riggs of Sidney and Lindsey Riggs of Huntington. Big Sandy News, Jan 10, 1941

TURMAN, Rachel (Stewart)
Mrs. Samuel A. Turman, Sr., 83, a native of Buchanan, passed away Wednesday of last week at the home of her daughter, Mrs. B. G. Lockwood, Paintsville, after an illness of about 3 months. Mrs. Turman, mother of Boyd County superintendent of schools, Allen H. Turman, had made her home with Mrs. Lockwood for the last 4 years. In failing health, Mrs. Turman was stricken with influenza recently. Mrs. Turman was the daughter of the late David and Mrs. Emarine Hatten Stewart, pioneer residents of Buchanan, and she was married to Mr. Turman on Mar 25, 1873 at Buchanan. Her husband died in 1936. Surviving are the following children, J. B. Turman of Catlettsburg, Sam A. Turman of New York, Allen H. Turman, Ashland, Boyd county superintendent of schools. Charles H. Turman of Portland, OR, Paul C. Turman of Huntington, WV and Mrs. B. G. Lockwood of Paintsville. Two daughters, Emma and Cora Turman and one son, George C. Turman preceded her in death. One brother, Joseph Stewart of Ashland and one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Powell of Buchanan, also survive, in addition to 24 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. Mrs. Turman was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and funeral services were held in the Kavanaugh Chapel Sunday afternoon at 2. Burial was in the Chapel Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jan 24, 1941

VARNEY, Joann
Joann Varney, 29 day old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Luther Varney of Fort Gay, died Tuesday. Funeral was conducted Wednesday afternoon at the Varney family cemetery at Crum, WV, where interment was made. Mr. and Mrs. Varney moved from Crum section to Fort Gay 5 months ago. Surviving besides the parents, are the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Varney and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Spaulding of Crum and 4 brothers and sisters. Big Sandy News, Jan 17,m1941

VINSON, Don
Don Vinson, 72 year old farmer and one time a practicing attorney at Williamson, WV died Tuesday at his home on Morrowbone Creek in Mingo County, WV. He was a cousin of Lafe B. Chaffin, prosecuting attorney of Mingo County. Big Sandy News, Jan 10, 1941

WALKER, Charlotte May
The body of Charlotte May Walker, 9 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Walker, who died Wednesday night at Bartley, WV, was returned to Fort Gay Saturday for funeral and interment. Funeral was conducted Sunday afternoon in the Fort Gay Baptist Church, with the pastor, Rev. J. C. Hager, officiating and interment made in the Wellman family cemetery 3 miles east of Fort Gay. Mr. Walker who is a general superintendent, for the Pond Creek-Pocahontas Co., at Bartley, WV moved with his family from Fort Gay 12 years ago. Surviving besides the parents is a grandmother, Mrs. Millie Walker of near Fort Gay and one brother and 5 sisters. Big Sandy News, Jan 17, 1941

WHEELER, C. B.
1870-1940
Judge C. B. Wheeler, 70 of Prestonsburg, died Monday night in a Pikeville hospital of pneumonia. One of Eastern Kentucky's prominent citizens, Judge Wheeler formerly was judge of the Floyd-Knott district and had been a member of the General Assembly. He was born on Hoods Fork of Blaine near the Lawrence-Johnson County line, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin V. Wheeler. His mother, Mrs. Sarah Wheeler, is still living at the age of 95 in Paintsville. Funeral will be conducted in Prestonsburg Thursday afternoon at 2:30 and the body will be taken to the Wheeler home farm at Winifred, Johnson County for interment. He is survived by his second wife, Ms. Elizabeth Walters Wheeler and a son, W. H. Wheeler, Prestonsburg, and 2 daughters, Mrs. Stirling Berger, Catlettsburg and Mrs. Harvey Bixler, Frankfort. Seven brothers and 2 sisters also survive. They are Judge J. W. Wheeler, and M. O. Wheeler of Paintsville, Dr. J. C. Wheeler of Pikeville, Dr. C. c. wheeler, of Flat Gap, Dr. W. H. Wheeler of Olive Hill, Franklin Wheeler of Winifred and S. L. Wheeler of Detroit. His 2 sisters are Mrs. A. S. Dempsey of Belpre, OH and Mrs. Louise May of Paintsville. Big Sandy News, Jan 3, 1941

WILEY, Mose
Mose Wiley died Monday of last week at Stonington, Greenup county. Funeral was conducted in Paintsville and interment was made near Flat Gap. Big Sandy News, Jan 10, 1941

WRIGHT, Missouri
Mrs. Missouri Wright died Thursday night Jan 2 at the home of a son, Merida Wright at Keaton, where she had been ill for some time. Funeral was conducted and interment made in the family cemetery near Red Bush. Big Sandy News, Jan 17, 1941

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MARCH

BENTLEY, Lee
Lee Bentley, 68, native of this county, died last Thursday at his home in Catlettsburg following a heart attack. Funeral was conducted at the Missionary Baptist Church in Hampton City Sunday and interment made in the Halley Cemetery on Laurel Creek in Boyd County. A son of John and Rhoda Hammond Bentley, deceased was born in this county. He went to Catlettsburg with his parents at the age of 8 and had resided there since. For 30 years he was stationary engineer for the Catlettsburg, Kenova and Ceredo Water Co., retiring 12 years ago. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Patsy Halley Bentley, 2 sons, Avery Bentley of Catlettsburg and Clyde Bentley, at home, and one daughter, Mrs. Ralph Craig, also of Catlettsburg. Big Sandy News, Mar 14, 1941

BEVINS, Dave
Rev. Dave Bevins, 46, a minister of the United Baptist Church, died Friday morning at his home at the mouth of Meades Branch of peptic ulcer. He had been seriously ill for 9 days. Funeral was conducted at the Bevins family cemetery below Charley Sunday afternoon with Rev. Willie Daniels officiating. He is survived by his wife, and 10 children, a brother, John Bevins, of Columbus, OH and a sister, Mrs. William Castle, of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Mar 14, 1941

BOOTH, James
Rev. James Booth, for 71 years a minister in the United Baptist Church and believed to be the oldest resident in the Big Sandy Valley, died last Saturday night at his home on Wolf Creek in Martin County 21 days before his 100th birthday. Booth was a native of near Louisa and was a brother to Daniel Booth of Eloise. After the first of his four marriages, he moved to Mason County, WV and resided on a farm for some years before returning to Kentucky to enter the ministry in Martin County. Booth, who married his fourth wife on his 94th birthday and boasted that "he beat her in a foot race after the ceremony," observed simple rules to which he attributed his longevity. They included: Don't worry and don't add tomorrow's troubles to today's problems; walk at least a mile a day with head and shoulders back, and lastly plant a garden each spring and watch it grow--There is no better antidote for worry and old age."

Booth, a picturesque rural minister, achieved wide publicity last year when he was reunited with a son, Sidney V. Booth, 76 year old grocer of Huntington, WV. for 60 years the two men had lived only 80 miles apart, neither knowing of the other's whereabouts. Booth and his first wife, by whom he had 2 sons, separated before his return from Mason County, WV to Martin County, KY and the father and sons lost trace of each other. The father and one son, the Huntington grocer, were reunited in March of last year after the son saw a picture of his father in connection with a feature story of the aged minister in a Huntington paper. Sidney investigated, found the elder Booth unable to talk because of a paralytic stroke and said he couldn't be certain they were related. The father recovered, he related incidents which occurred on the Mason County farm definitely establishing his parentage and the 2 discovered that for more than 60 years they had been separated only by the 80 miles between Huntington and Lovely. Funeral for the aged minister was conducted near Warfield, Monday, but there were no flowers at the last rites. One of Rev. Booth's last requests was, "Tell my friends to send no flowers. Tell them to sue the money to buy food for hungry children." He is survived by his wife, and his other son, Harvey of Westerville, OH. Big Sandy News, Mar 28, 1941

BURKE, L. G.
L. B. Burke, 79, native Lawrence Countian, died Tuesday morning at his home at Dundee, MI following a siege of influenza, relatives here were informed this week. Mr. Burke was born and reared near Gallup and operated at farm on The Point miles south of Louisa before moving to Michigan about 20 years ago. He frequently visited relatives here and was here last January. Funeral was conducted at Dundee, MI Thursday afternoon and interment made there. Mr. Burke is survived by 2 sons, Harry Burke, of Louisa, and David Burke, of Dundee, MI and 3 daughters, Mrs. Fred Sammons of Flatrock, MI, Mrs. Hettie Akers of Dundee, MI, and another daughter, Mary, whose family name is not available here. His wife, who died 3 years ago, was the former Fannie See, daughter of John and Lizzie See of the Three Mile section of this county. Attending the funeral from Louisa, were Mr. and Mrs. Harry Burke, Mrs. Frances Cyrus, Miss Rachel Burke and Mrs. C. F. See, Jr.. Big Sandy News, Mar 28, 1941

CARTER, Soloman
1866-1941
Soloman Carter, 79, died early Saturday morning at his home at Busseyville, after an illness of several years. Although suffering a stroke of paralysis in 1931, Mr. Carter recovered and he had enjoyed very good health until the past few months. Interment was made Sunday in the family cemetery at Busseyville. Mr. Carter's wife, Mrs. Julia Hayes Carter, died in 1920, at Plum Grove, Greenup County, where they were living at that time. After the death of his wife, Mr. Carter, returned to Busseyville to live. Surviving are 3 children, Roy Carter, Mrs. Rilda Hughes and Mrs. Minnie Ball of Busseyville. Big Sandy News, Mar 14, 1941

CORDLE, Eliza Jane (Cordle)
1887-1941
Mrs. Eliza Jane Cordle, 54, wife of Walter L. Cordle, of Ashland, route 1, died at 2:30 Monday morning in an Ashland hospital and the body was brought to the Curtright Funeral Home here and prepared for burial. The body was taken to the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Cordle at Cordell Monday afternoon and funeral was conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 from the United Baptist Church on Brushey. Interment was made in the family cemetery. Mrs. Cordle had been a member of the Brushey United Baptist Church for 34 years. Surviving are her parents, Hugh and Ella Adams Cordle, her husband, one daughter, Mrs. Nelson Patton, of Ashland, route 1, 5 sons, Dewey Cordle of Blaine, Ora Cordle of Ashland, Enoch and Hugh Jr., of Ashland, route 1 and Nelson Cordle in the U. S. Navy at Long Beach, CA; 2 brothers, Jesse Cordle, Frankfort, OH and 9 sisters, Mrs. Walter Osborn, Mrs. Pearl Perry and Mrs. Leslie Wyne, Mrs. Ernest Lambert all of Columbus, OH, Mrs. J. B. Cordle of Blaine, Mrs. Russ Cordle and Mrs. Roy Moore, both of Ashland, Mrs. Lindsey Moore of Adams, KY and Mrs. George Steele, of Cordell. Big Sandy News, Mar 7, 1941

DIALS, Mary Jane
Mary Jane Dials, 25, daughter of Mrs. Addie Rice Dials, and the late John Dials, died last Thursday morning at the home of her mother here after an illness of 3 years. Funeral was conducted Saturday afternoon at 2 at the home and interment was made in the Frazier Cemetery at Two Mile. Rev. E. W. Elrod and Rev. William W. Moore officiated at the rites. She is survived by her mother, one son, Jimmie, five sisters, Mrs. Thomas Saygidua, Brownsville, TX, Mrs. Emmett Taylor and Mrs. Green Kitchen, Louisa, Mrs. H. A. Morgan, Zanesville, OH, and Mrs. Walter Stull, Newport, KY and 4 brothers, Fred Dials, Battle Creek, MI, Bob Dials, Huntington, WV, and Tom and John M. Dials of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Mar 21, 1941

FERGUSON, Dan H.
Dan H. Ferguson, 74, retired merchant and farmer, died last Saturday at his home at Keaton. He had been ill since suffering a stroke about a year ago. Death came Saturday night at 9:15 after he had suffered a second stroke on Thursday. A large crowd attended the funeral which was conducted Sunday afternoon at the Keaton Fork United Baptist Church with Rev. Thomas Bailey and Rev. Beckelheimer officiating. Interment was made in the family cemetery. Mr. Ferguson was born at Keaton, a son of the late Jay and Sally Fyffe Ferguson. He operated as store and farm at Keaton for many years, retiring 3 years ago. His wife, Mrs. Sarah Evans Ferguson, died last May 15. Surviving are 2 sons, Foster Ferguson of Louisa, and Nelse Ferguson of Keaton, 3 daughters, Mrs. Esta Gillum and Mrs. Erie Bailey of Keaton and Mrs. Ettie Hill of Relief, KY, and one brother, Ben Ferguson of Keaton. Big Sandy News, Mar 14, 1941

FOWLER, Mary E.
Mrs. Mary E. Fowler, 75, died at her home near Webb, WV Feb 26 after an illness of several years. Her husband, Sam Fowler, died Feb 1st of this year. Mrs. Fowler was a native of Pocahontas County, WV but had lived in Lawrence County for the past 25 or 30 years. She was married to Mr. Fowler in the year of 1886 at Huntersville, WV which is now Marlington. Surviving are 4 children, Fred Fowler, who lived with his parents, Frank Fowler, of Webb, WV, Kenny Fowler of Kermit, WV, Mrs. Effie Dalton, Chattaroy, WV and Mrs. Grace Dalton of Webb, WV and several grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Mar 7, 1941

FRAZIER, Isabelle
Miss Isabelle Frazier, of Ceredo, lifelong resident of Wayne County, died at the home of her sister, Mrs. B. S. Akers of Ceredo, Mar 13, after an illness of several months. She had resided with her sister for the past 35 years. In addition to the sister, she is survived by a brother, James Quincy Frazier. She was the daughter of John C. and Sarah Wellman Frazier of Wayne. Funeral services were conducted at the residence last Saturday and additional services at Spruce Lick Baptist Church, Saturday afternoon. Burial was in a Fort Gay Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Mar 28, 1941

GREEN, Mary (Harmon)
Mrs. Mary Harmon Green, 81, widow of the late William L. Green, of Webbville, died Monday midnight at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fred Duncan in Circleville, OH. She had been sick for several months. The body was returned to Louisa Wednesday morning and taken that afternoon in the Curtright Funeral coach to Webbville where funeral was conducted Thursday morning at 10:30 in the Baptist Church. The Rev. Chester A. Webb, of Raceland, officiated at the rites, and interment was made at Webbville. A large assemblage attended the funeral. Mrs. Green was born in Floyd County, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Harmon, pioneer citizen of the Big Sandy Valley, and came to this county early in life. She resided at Webbville most of her life and was one of the county's most beloved ladies. She had been a member of the Baptist Church for longer than half a century. Besides the daughter, Mrs. Duncan, she is survived by a by a foster daughter, Mrs. V. T. Watson, of Wheelright, KY; one sister, Mrs. Maggie Stewart of Circleville, OH, and 3 half brothers, Mart and Jay Shortridge of Ashland, KY and Bascom Shortridge of near Fallsburg. Deceased was a sister of the late Adam Harmon of Cadmus. Big Sandy News, Mar 21, 1941

HAMMOND, Charles A.
Charles A. Hammond, 78, prominent farmer and livestock dealer, died Sunday midnight at the Hammond home near Fort Gay. He had been ill a year and bedfast since last Oct 16. Mr. Hammond was born at Harrisville, OH , a son of the late James and Amanda Hammond. He came to this section with his parents when a boy and had resided on the Hammond farm below Fort Gay for nearly 70 years. Funeral rites were conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2 from the Fort Gay Methodist Church with the pastor, Rev. Samuel Wellman, officiating, and interment was made in Fairview cemetery at Fort Gay under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home of Louisa. Deceased was a member of the Presbyterian Church. Mr. Hammond is survived by 2 brothers, William Hammond and Johnson Hammond both of Fort Gay and a sister, Mrs. E. W. Boxley of Columbus, OH. For many years, Mr. Hammond and his brothers, have operated the Hammond farm just below Fort Gay on Big Sandy River, one of the best farms in this section. Big Sandy News, Mar 28, 1941

HIGGINS, Charles H.
Charles H. Higgins, 83, East Fork farmer and one of the county's best citizens, died Monday morning at his home near Estep after an illness of a month. Mr. Higgins was born in the East Fork section of Boyd County but moved to a farm near Estep in this county 41 years ago and had resided there since. He had been superintendent of the Garrett's Chapel Methodist church Sunday school for 35 years. Funeral was conducted from the Garrett's Chapel Wednesday afternoon and interment was made in the Buckley family cemetery on East Fork. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Katherine Higgins, 2 sons, Hearl Higgins, Ashland, and Bert Higgins, Route 4, Louisa, 3 daughters, Mrs. Clem Adkins, Ashland, Mrs. Oscar Riffe, Logan, WV, and Mrs. T. R. Buckley, route 4, Louisa, 4 sisters, Mrs. Eva Jackson and Mrs. John D. Clay, both of Welch, WV and Mrs. Anna Tanner and Mrs. Joe Shelton both of Westwood; 2 brothers, Lute and Joe Higgins, both of Ashland and 3 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Mar 7, 1941

KEETON, Ann (Chaffin)
Mrs. Ann Chaffin Keeton, 76, a resident of this county near Webb, WV, died last Friday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Charles Bowen at Webb where she had made her home the past 2 years. She was a daughter of Chris and Jane Copley Chaffin and was born and reared near Webb, WV. Funeral was conducted Sunday at the Bowen Home at Webb and interment was made in the Copley Cemetery. Surviving are 6 daughters, Mrs. Bowen, Mrs. J. B. Smith, Glenhayes, WV, Mrs. Ernest  Paulston, Lusk, WY, Mrs. Enos Marcum, Chattaroy, WV, Mrs. Sanford Horn, Naugatuck, WV and Mrs. Warnie Diamond, Goody, KY; one sister, Mrs. Jarrell E. Sauls, Emmett, WV, and 2 brothers, Henry Chaffin of Webb, WV and Pierce Chaffin of Nolan, WV. Big Sandy News, Mar 21, 1941

KELLEY, Barbara Elizabeth
Mrs. Barbara Elizabeth Kelley, 69, native of Elliott County, died Monday night at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Boggs in Ashland. Emory and Jesse Kelley of Houckville, this county, are sons. Big Sandy News, Mar 14, 1941

LEMASTER, Martha (Ball)
Mrs. Martha Ball Lemaster, 65, a native of this county died last week at her home at Beaver, OH. She had been ill for 4 years. Funeral and interment took place at Beaver, OH, Saturday afternoon. Deceased was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Elza Ball and was born and reared at Dry Ridge, near Adams. Her first husband, Will Webb, died 5 years ago. She had resided in Ohio the past 40 years. Big Sandy News, Mar 28, 1941

MEADE, William S.
1873-1941
William S. Meade, 67, of Gallup, died Sunday after an illness of 3 years of Bright's disease. Funeral was conducted Monday morning at Gallup and interment made in the Dobbins Cemetery at Gallup. Rev. C. P. Cecil, pastor of the Gallup Methodist Church, officiated at the rites. Mr. Meade was a farmer and son of the late Gilbert and Clarinda Preston Meade and was born at Richardson. He is survived by a sister, Mrs. Hugh Dobbins of Gallup. Big Sandy News, Mar 21, 1941

MOORE, Fannie (Borders)
Mrs. Fannie Borders Moore, 81, widow of the late Z. H. Moore, died Tuesday morning at her home at Ulysses 3 weeks after suffering a stroke. Funeral was conducted Wednesday afternoon at 2 from the Lick Log Church near Ulysses and interment made in the family cemetery. She had been a member of the Methodist church for 30 years. Surviving are 2 daughters, Miss Nora Moore, at home, and Mrs. Raymond Hoyt, Kansas City, MO; one son, W. B. Moore, Columbus, OH, and one brother, Marion Borders, Ashland, KY. Mrs. Moore was a daughter of the late William and Abigail Borders and was born and reared at Lowmansville. Big Sandy News, Mar 28, 1941

PACK, George
1859-1941
George Pack, 81, died at his home at Blaine on Mar 13th, after an illness of more than a year. Mr. Pack was born in Wayne County, WV, but came to Kentucky with his parent in 1869. For several years he lived on Brushy but moved to Blaine about a year ago where he lived until his death. Funeral service was held Friday afternoon at the home of his son, Harrison Pack, of Blaine, with Rev. William W. Moore and Rev. Ray Roberts, of Louisa, officiating. Interment was made in the Blaine Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lou Ratcliff Pack, one son, Harrison Pack , of Blaine and Mrs. Eva Warner of Ashland. Big Sandy News, Mar 21, 1941

POWELL, Elizabeth (Stewart)
Mrs. Elizabeth Stewart Powell, 66, wife of Sherman Powell of Buchanan route 1, died Wednesday shortly after noon at the home on Rove Creek. She had been in ill health for 10 years and bedfast for 4 days. Funeral service will be conducted Friday afternoon at 2 from the Buchanan Chapel Methodist Church with the pastor, Rev. Wood officiating, and interment will be made in Buchanan Chapel Cemetery. Mrs. Powell had been a member of the Buchanan Chapel Methodist Church for 45 years. She was a daughter of the late Dave and Millie Kelley Stewart and was born and reared near Buchanan. Surviving besides her husband are 2 daughters, Mrs. S. Hatten, Ashland, KY and Mrs. Maymie Burke, Buchanan and 2 sons, Dee Powell, Buchanan and Dave Powell, Sciotoville, OH and one brother, Joe Stewart, Ashland, KY. Big Sandy News, Mar 7, 1941

PUCKETT, Fred
Fred Puckett, 45, lifelong citizen of Wolf Creek section of Wayne county, died last Friday night in a local hospital after a week's illness. Funeral rites were conducted Sunday afternoon from the Greenbrier Baptist Church with Rev. Carnie Crabtree, Rev. Henry Mullens and Mrs. Ben Curnutte officiating and burial made in the Christian Cemetery on Big Hurricane Creek. The deceased was a son of the late Rev. Jasper Puckett and Josephine Christian Puckett. He was born and reared on Wolf Creek and had resided there all his life. He had been a member of the Greenbrier Baptist Church 17 years. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Lana Carver Puckett, a daughter, Miss Mildred Pearl Puckett and a son, Guy Puckett, both at home. Big Sandy News, Mar 28, 1941

QUEEN, Tinie (Hensley)
1879-1941
Mrs. Tinie Hensley Queen, 62, wife of Fred Queen and a native of this county, died last Saturday at her home at Walsh, near Portsmouth, after a stroke of apoplexy. She was born in this county Jan 7,1 879, a daughter of Stephen and Elizabeth Hicks Hensley and moved to Greenup County 32 years ago. Surviving are the husband, 2 daughters, Mrs. F. B. McCarl of Beaver Falls, PA, Mrs. Cleve Mitchell of Walsh, 2 sons, Hance of Walsh and Ray at home and a nephew, Ralph Lowe, reared in the Queen home; 4 grandchildren and a great grandchild. Big Sandy News, Mar 28, 1941

SMITH, William
William Smith, 64, farmer of Tuscola, died at his home there Sunday morning at 8 three days after suffering a stroke. Funeral rites were conducted Monday at the home and interment was made in the McDaniel Cemetery. Mr. Smith was a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Smith. He was born in Ohio, but had spent most of his life in this county. Surviving are the wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Vanover Smith; 4 sisters, Mrs. Dude Adkins, Ironton, OH, Mrs. Milt Brumfield, Tuscola, Mrs. Clint McCormack, Rush, KY, and Miss Sallie Smith, Rush, KY; and 4 brothers, Sam Smith of Ohio, Lewis Smith of Catlettsburg, Dee Smith of Rush and Tom Smith of Catlettsburg. Big Sandy News, Mar 21, 1941

WARD, Margaina (Castle)
Mrs. Margaina Ward, 79, widow of the late W. M. Ward of Irish Creek, died Mar 6 at the home of a son, Millard Ward, at Martha. She had been in ill health for 4 years and bedfast 9 days. Funeral was conducted Sunday at the Cherokee Church. Mrs. Ward was born in Johnson County. Her husband died in 1912, on Irish Creek, and later she moved to the home of her son at Martha. Surviving are 2 daughters, Mrs. Chloe Young, Houckville, KY and Mrs. Bessie Sparks, Martha, KY and a son, Millard, Martha, KY. She was the mother of Miss Celia Ward, who was murdered near Houckville in 1937. Big Sandy News, Mar 14, 1941

WELLMAN, Gail (Curnutte)
Mrs. Gail Curnutte Wellman, 31, wife of Hose Wellman and a native of this county, died Tuesday of last week at her home in Columbus, OH. She had been ill for several months. Mrs. Wellman was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John M. Curnutte and was born and reared at Ledocio this county. Funeral was conducted in Columbus last Friday by Rev. William M. Moore of Louisa and interment was made in a cemetery there. Mrs. Wellman is survived by her husband, her parents, 2 brothers, Willis Curnutte, a teacher in the Blaine high school and Elgin Curnutte of Coldwater, OH and one sister, Miss Mary Lou Curnutte of Berea, KY. Big Sandy News, Mar 28,1 941

WHEELER, Ben R.
1858-1941
Ben R, Wheeler, aged and prominent citizen of Flat Gap, died at his home there at 8 o'clock Tuesday night. Mr. Wheeler had been an unusually active man until a few weeks ago when he suffered an attack of flu from which he never recovered.  A few days before his death he suffered a stroke from which he died Tuesday night. Mr. Wheeler was 83 years of age.  He had worked as a farmer and fruit grower in the Flat Gap section most of his life. Uncle Ben had many warm friends and was noted for his splendid traits of character. He leaves a large number of relatives in Johnson County including the Wheeler and Chandler families of Paintsville. He was the son of the late Daniel Wheeler and Mary (Salyer) Wheeler. Besides his widow of  Flat Gap, he is survived by the following children: Elijah Wheeler, Paris, Ill.; Mrs. Marion Ross, Flat Gap; Mrs. Otto Williams, Paintsville; Mrs. Hardy Skaggs, Flat Gap, and one step-daughter, Mrs. Oscar Williams, Red Bush. One son, Roy Wheeler preceded him in death. He is also survived by the following brothers and sisters: S. S. Wheeler, Flat Gap; Lewis Wheeler, Beaver, Ohio; Mrs. Willie Murray, Fort Collins, Col.; Mrs. Delma Wheeler, Lucasville, Ohio; Mrs. Leck Williams, Winifred; Mrs. F. M. Bayes, State of Washington; and Mrs. Sarah Burchett, Tarkiln, KY.  Two sisters and two brothers have preceded him in death. He was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church.  Big Sandy News, Mar 7, 1941

WILSON, W. F.
W. F. Wilson, 73, lifelong resident of Louisa, and one of the town's respected citizens, died early Sunday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. E. R. Collins in Charleston, WV. Mr. Wilson, who had been in failing health for many years, had been seriously ill for several months and was removed to the home of his daughter 4 months ago. Death came Sunday morning at 2 . The Body was returned to Louisa Sunday and funeral was conducted Tuesday afternoon in the Baptist Church with the pastor, Rev. J. C. Hager officiating. A large assemblage, including many people from out of town, attended the rites. The church choir rendered a number of hymns, favorites of the deceased. He had been a lifelong member of the Baptist Church. He also was a member of the I.O.O. F. Lodge and they officiated at the rites. Interment was made in Pine Hill Cemetery under direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Mr. Wilson is survived by his wife, Mrs. Arminta McClung Wilson, to whom he was married 51 years ago; 2 daughters, Mrs. Collins, and Mrs. A. H. Owen, of Huntington, WV, 2 sons, L. M. Wilson of Kitts Hill, OH and James Wilson of St. Albans, WV and 9 grandchildren. Mr. Wilson was a son of the late Grimes and Elizabeth See Wilson, pioneer residents of the county and was born and reared here. He was a carpenter but had retired a number of years because of ill health. Big Sandy News, Mar 21, 1941

WOODS, Andrew J.
1878-1941
Andrew J. Woods, 62, of Ashland, retired C & O employee and a native of the Fallsburg section, died Monday morning in an Ashland hospital of stab wounds inflicted Saturday night by Jake Patterson, 73, also of Ashland. The cutting took place at the Woods home on Greenup avenue in Ashland, officers said. Woods, with his wife, came to the police station and reported the affair and then was rushed to the hospital in a police car. Mrs. Woods who is the former wife of Patterson, testified at the inquest. Coroner Hall reported that Patterson, testifying at the inquest, admitted stabbing Woods, but declared he was drunk at the time and didn't know exactly how it happened. Patterson added that he "wouldn't have done it for the world". The wound, Dr. Hall, said was about 2 inches wide and the knife blade penetrated about 2 inches into the liver. Shock from the stabbing was believed to have caused Woods' death. Mr. Woods was born at Fallsburg, KY, Mar 13, 1878. His parents were William W. and Charity Casey Woods, both of Fallsburg. He moved to Ashland 50 years ago and was employed by the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad as a car repairman for 15 years. He has been retired from the company since 1928. He was a member of the Centenary Methodist church. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Susie Woods, a daughter Mrs. Albert Barker of Ashland, 4 stepsons, William Patterson, of Indianapolis, Chester and Edward Patterson of Gallipolis, OH, and Edgar Patterson of Portsmouth, 2 stepdaughters, Mrs. Carl Mayo of Dayton, OH and Mrs. Earl Backett, of Raceland and 4 brothers, Charles woods of Ironton, James H. Woods of Ashland, George Woods of Bluefield, WV and Wylie Woods of Portsmouth. Big Sandy News, Mar 7,1941

WORKMAN, Effie (Thompson)
Mrs. Effie Thompson Workman, 59 years old, of Neal, WV, died Wednesday Mar 5, at her home. She had been a lifelong resident of Wayne county. Funeral services were held Friday morning at 11 at the residence with the Rev. Frank McKinster officiating, assisted by Rev. Harry Ferguson and Rev. Wiley Williamson. Burial was in Dock's Creek Cemetery. Surviving are the husband, Isaac Workman, a daughter, Mrs. Harry L. Watkins of Beckley, a sister, Mrs. Willard Webb of Fort Gay, 3 brothers, Gilmer, Emory and Kelly Thompson, all of Fort Gay and 5 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Mar 14, 1941

YOUNG, Otto
Otto Young, 26, of Ulysses, died at 4 Tuesday morning in a local hospital of injuries sustained in an automobile accident 6 days earlier near West Jefferson, OH where he had been employed the past 6 months. Following the accident he was returned to the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Monroe Young at Ulysses, but became worse and was rushed to a hospital here early Tuesday morning. He died 2 hours after being admitted. Funeral was conducted Wednesday afternoon at 2 from the Chestnut Grove Church of God near Ulysses, of which he had been a member for 4 years. Rev. Henry Griffith officiated at the funeral. Surviving are his parents, Monroe and Shirley Nelson Young; a brother, Morris, at home, and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Marion Young, all of Ulysses. Big Sandy News, Mar 14, 1941

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AKERS, Lucinda
Mrs. Lucinda Akers, aged and well known citizen of Offutt, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Joe D. Ward Sunday Apr 13.  She had been ill for several months. Mrs. Akers was the widow of the late Reuben Akers and was one of the oldest women in the county.  She was 92 years of age at the time of her death. Mrs. Akers is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Ward with whom she made her home. Big Sandy News, Apr 25, 1941

BAILEY, Gladys (Chaffin)
Finding the body of Mrs. Gladys Chaffin Bailey, comely 23 year old matron of Elk Creek, opposite Crum, in Tug River below the Kermit-Warfield bridge last Friday morning has presented a murder mystery which is occupying the attention of nearly all of Martin County and the nearby town of Kermit. The body of Mrs. Bailey was found in a clump of bushes in Tug River just below the Kentucky side of the Kermit-Warfield bridge last Friday morning by R. L. Fannin, while fishing.

The body was partly nude, but Dr. W. M. Keith, Martin County health officer, who conducted an investigation, said there was no evidence of a criminal attack, adding that she was an expectant mother. Dr. Keith said there were fingerprints on her throat and that apparently she had been dragged down the bank about 50 yards from the highway approaching the bridge. Large footprints were found along the trail from the highway and officers said they had found a fountain pen and a pocket mirror nearby.

Mrs. Bailey was the daughter of Mrs. Mary Chaffin who lived on the Kentucky side of the Tug River opposite Crum. She was estranged from her husband, Wallace Bailey, to whom she was twice married. She was the mother of a 3 year old daughter and the two had been living with Mrs. Chaffin for the past few months. '

Martin County authorities have taken into custody 6 persons for questioning, one of them the matron's estranged husband, and 2 teenage girls. County Judge Fletcher of Martin County was conducting preliminary trial of the 6 in Inez Thursday.

Investigating officers, it is stated, had learned that Bailey and his wife had an appointment to meet at the Kermit bridge Thursday night. Bailey, it was stated was absent that night fro a night school he has been attending in Warfield. The victim, it was learned, was plaintiff in a suit to require Bailey to contribute to the support of their 3 year old daughter. A love affair between Bailey and one of the girl suspects also has been hinted.

Officers theorize that Mrs. Bailey was strangled to death while in a car or truck on the Wolf Creek road and that her body was transported to the river and carried down the bank and thrown in. Bailey lived on Wolf Creek with his mother and drove a truck to his classes at Warfield. Mrs. Bailey was in Kermit Thursday night and then walked back across the Kermit bridge, which is the last time she was seen before her body was found. Big Sandy News, Apr 25, 1941

BLESSING, Thomas
1869-1941
Thomas Blessing, 76, of near Patrick, former C & O Railway employee and star route mail carrier, died Tuesday of last week at his home on Gnats Creek. Funeral rites were conducted at the home Thursday by Rev. J. C. Hager, pastor of the Louisa Baptist Church. Deceased had been a member of the Missionary Baptist Church for more than 30 years. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Alice Blessing and 4 sons, Frank, at home, Charles Blessing, Patrick, KY and Oscar and Walter Blessing of Columbus, OH. Mr. Blessing for many years worked as a section laborer for the C & O Railway, but in recent years he was star route mail carrier at Patrick. Big Sandy News, Apr 18, 1941

CHAPMAN, Catherine (Compton)
Mrs. Catherine Compton Chapman, 83, died Thursday of last week in a Louisa hospital where she had been a patient for 4 years. Mrs. Chapman suffered a fractured hip in July 1934? when she fell at her home in Portsmouth, OH. She was a patient in Portsmouth hospital for a time and then was brought to Louisa and admitted to the hospital here. Mrs. Chapman was born in Louisa and had resided in and near Louisa until 1914 when the family moved to Portsmouth. She was married May 30, 1881 to Thomas J. Chapman, who died in 1928. The body was taken to Portsmouth where funeral was conducted Monday in the Emerick Funeral Home with Rev. D. B. Nelson, pastor of the Manly Methodist Church officiating and interment was made in Greenlawn Cemetery, Ashland. Surviving are 2 daughters, Mrs. Claude T. Wilson, Louisa and Mrs. Robert Babcock, Vienna, VA and 4 sons, John Chapman, Georges Creek, KY, George A. Chapman, Liverpool, OH, Charles Chapman, Akron, OH and Graham Chapman, Portsmouth, OH. Big Sandy News, Apr 11, 1941

CHILDERS, Abraham
1858-1941
Abraham "Bunt" Childers, 82, well known and respected farmer of the Georges Creek section, died at his home there at 1:15 a.m. Monday after suffering a stroke 11 months ago. Deceased was a son of the late Russell and Pricie Miller Childers and was born and reared in the Georges Creek section. He operated a farm on Georges Creek and had been a devout member of the United Baptist Church for many years. Funeral rites were conducted Tuesday afternoon at the home and interment made at Georges Creek. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Arminta Preston Childers, who is 75 years old; two sisters, Mrs. Julia Allen of Catlettsburg, KY, and Mrs. Pricie Davis, of Hellier, KY, and three brothers, Hayden Childers of Richardson, KY; Press Childers of Paintsville, KY and Arthur Childers of Ashland, KY. Big Sandy News, Apr 4, 1941

CHILDRESS, John Jeff
1909-1941
John Jeff Childress, 32, of Lick Creek section, died Friday noon at the home of a brother, Woodrow Childress on Lick Creek. He had been ill 3 weeks. Funeral was conducted Sunday afternoon at 2 from the home of Woodrow Childress with Rev. S. B. Ball of Louisa, officiating, and burial made in the family cemetery. Deceased was a son of the late Albert and Susan Mullins Childress and was born and reared on Lick Creek. Surviving is another brother, Richard Childress of route 1, Catlettsburg. Big Sandy News, Apr 25, 1941

DEBORD, Angeline (Skaggs)
Mrs. Angeline Skaggs Deboard, 78, wife of Rev. S. G. Debord, 78, of route 1, Ashland, and a native of this county, died Sunday morning at the home following an illness of 5 months. Mrs. Debord was a daughter of the late Rev. P. J. Skaggs and Martha Skaggs and was a charter member of the Chestnut Grove Church of the Enterprise Baptist Association. She was married to Rev. Debord in 1887. Funeral was conducted Tuesday afternoon from the Martha Church on Hood with Rev. Butler Hall. Rev. C.J. Cremeans and Rev. Kelley McGray officiating. Surviving are the husband, 3 sisters, Mrs. Alafair McCall and Mrs. Fancy Keaton both of Ironton, Mrs. Emma Griffith, Portsmouth and 3 brothers, Alvin Skaggs, Hunnewell, KY, Landon Skaggs of Ashland and Manford Skaggs of Lowmansville, KY. Big Sandy News, Apr 25, 1941

ELSWICK, Dave Wise
Dave Wise Elswick, 75, prominent Lawrence County farmer of the East Fork section, died Sunday morning at the home of a son, John W. Elswick, in Ashland where he had been ill for several weeks. Mr. Elswick, a native of Tazewell County, VA, came to Lawrence County with his parents 61 years ago. He had lived in the East Fork section since then, and operated a large farm and dairy near Estep. Funeral was conducted Tuesday afternoon from the Garrett Chapel Methodist church at Estep with Rev. A. M. Rowe, of West Virginia, a former pastor of the Garret Chapel circuit, preaching the sermon. Deceased was a member of the Garrett Chapel Church. A large assemblage, including many from Louisa and other points, attended the funeral, and the church was filled to overflowing. Interment was made in the Buckley Cemetery. Mr. Elswick is survived by 3 sons, K. C. Elswick, Louisa attorney, John W. Elswick, Ashland and Earl Elswick, Louisa, route 4, a daughter, Mrs. H. H. Higgins, of Ashland, one brother, John M. Elswick, Louisa route 4, 3 sisters, Mrs. Lou Fannin and Mrs. Rebecca Enyart of Russell and Mrs. Ollie Heaberlin, of Raceland. Big Sandy News, Apr 11, 1941

GEORGE, Camden
Camden George, native of this county, died Mar 29 in a hospital in Hamilton, OH following an operation for ruptured appendix. Deceased was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles George, of Hamilton, OH, formerly of the Charley section of this county. Besides his parents, he is survived by 2 brothers, Curtis and Ronald Lee George, both of Hamilton, OH and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. S. M. Chandler, of Ulysses and Mr. and Mrs. John George of Borders Chapel. Big Sandy News, Apr 11, 1941

HAMMOND, William Hanna
1872-1941
Fort Gay, WV, Apr 24--William Hanna Hammond, 68, prominent Wayne County farmer and livestock dealer, died at 6:30 Wednesday morning at his home near Fort Gay. He had been ill for 5 years and had been bedfast since last October. Mr. Hammond was born at Harrisville, OH, Jul 23, 1872, a son of the late James and Amanda Warfel Hammond. He came to this section with his parents 65 years ago and had resided on the Hammond farm below Fort Gay since then. Funeral service will be conducted Friday morning at 20 from the Fort Gay Methodist Church with the pastor, Rev. Sam Wellman, and Rev. Frank McKinster of Kenova officiating, and interment will be made in Fairview Cemetery, Fort Gay, under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Deceased was a member of the Presbyterian Church. For more than half a century Mr. Hammond and his 2 brothers, Charles A. Hammond, who died a month ago, and Johnson Hammond, have operated the Hammond farm, just below Fort Gay on Big Sandy River, one of the best farms in this section. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Alta Mae Peters Hammond, one brother, Johnson Hammond, Fort Gay; one sister, Mrs. E. W. Boxley, Fort Gay and 2 stepsons, Paul E. Perry, Elkview, WV and Haskell Perry, Denver, CO. Big Sandy News, Apr 25, 1941

HARDIN, Cora Blanche (Barnes)
Mrs. Cora Blanche Hardin, 65, wife of Rev. Franklin Hardin of the Lick Creek section near Louisa, died early Saturday morning in a Louisa hospital, a day after being admitted for treatment for a heart illness. Funeral rites were conducted Monday at 2 in the Louisa Baptist Church and interment was made in Pinehill Cemetery here. Mrs. Hardin was born at Tanner, WV, a daughter of David and Elizabeth Kite Barnes. She had resided in Louisa and nearby communities for several years, her husband being the pastor of the Baptist Church here some years ago. She had been a member of the Baptist church for 54 years. Surviving besides the husband, are 4 daughters, Mrs. Lora McCoy, Vanceburg, KY, Mrs. Lawrence Prichard, and Mrs. Russell Wheeler, both of Louisa, and Mrs. Lynn Holbrook of Huntington, WV; 3 sons, William F., W. d., and Franklin Paul Hardin, all of Detroit, MI, 5 sisters, Mrs. Acie Harris, Mrs. Mittie Stipple, Mrs. Sadie Stonaker, and Muie Stern, all of Grantsville, WV and Mrs. Bastie Layfield of Cambridge, OH and 5 brothers, Clyde Barnes, Detroit, MI, Ed Barnes, Grantsville, WV, Harper and Ben Barnes of Belpre, OH and Harrison Barnes of Akron, OH. Big Sandy News, Apr 11, 1941

HAYES, Cathie (Pigg)
1865-1941
Mrs. Cathie Pigg Hayes, 76, wife of C. C. Hayes, of Mattie, died early Thursday morning at the home at Mattie. She had been ill a number of years. Funeral will be conducted Thursday at the home and interment will be made in the family cemetery. Besides the husband, she is survived by 2 sons, Roy Hayes of Circleville, OH and Estill Hayes at home, one stepson, B. E. Hayes of Illinois, and 2 daughters, Mrs. Elba Kendell, Zanesville, OH and Mrs. Link Sampels, Dunbar, WV. Virgil Pigg, of Pleasant Ridge, is a brother. Big Sandy News, Apr 18, 1941

JOHNSON, Virginia Lee (Scaggs)
Mrs. Virginia Lee Johnson, 57, of Portsmouth, OH, widow of Paul W. Johnson, passed away Monday at Portsmouth General hospital after an illness of the last 4 months of complications. Mrs. Johnson was born in Louisa, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Green Scaggs. She was married in June 1910 to Mr. Johnson and they moved to Portsmouth in 1924. Mr. Johnson died in 1936. Mrs. Johnson was a member of Central Baptist Church. Surviving are these children: Orin and James Johnson, Mrs. Virginia Musser, of Portsmouth, Sheldon Johnson of Indianapolis, IN, and Mrs. Elizabeth Munas, of Wheeling, WV. A sister, Miss Laura Scaggs of Portsmouth, also survives. Funeral services were held Wednesday at Central Baptist Church in Portsmouth, with Rev. W. Luther Tracy officiating. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery, Portsmouth. Big Sandy News, Apr 25, 1941

JONES, Jetta (Childress)
Mrs. Jetta Childress Jones, 53, wife of T. B. Jones, of McVeigh, KY, and a sister of Quincey Childress of near Louisa, died last Friday at her home in Pike County. Funeral was conducted in the First Church of God at McVeigh Monday morning and the body was brought to this county for interment. Big Sandy News, Apr 25, 1941

LOWE, Shirley Ann
Shirley Ann Lowe, the 7 weeks old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Lowe, of Chillicothe, OH, died Apr 10 at her home. She had hemorrhage of the brain. Funeral was conducted, Saturday at a funeral home in Chillicothe. Besides the parents, she is survived by one sister, Barbara Jean Lowe, at home. The father is a grandson of Daniel Boothe of Eloise, this county. Big Sandy News, Apr 25, 1941

MATHEWS, Millard F.
Millard F. Mathews, 48, of the James River Road section, died Sunday in a Huntington hospital. The body was returned to Stiltner, Wayne County for interment. Lark Mathews of Genoa, WV is a brother. Big Sandy News, Apr 4, 1941

MOORE, J. B.
J. B. Moore, 40, native of this county and for the past several years an employee of the C & O Railway ticket office in Ashland, died midnight Saturday at his home in Ashland one hour after suffering a sudden heart attack. Mr. Moore was born at Charley, a son of Dr. and Mrs. L. C. Moore, now residents of Rockdale, Boyd County. He was widely known in Eastern Kentucky and his death came as a shock to his many friends. He had been an employee of the C & O Railway for 18 years. He had been in normal health and worked full time in the Ashland depot Saturday. Surviving besides his parents are his wife, Mrs. Vada M. Moore, 3 sons, J. B. Jr., David and Dickie Moore, at home, one daughter, also at home, and a sister, Mrs. Alka Moore at home. Funeral was conducted at the home in Ashland Monday with Rev. Gene Phillips officiating and burial was made in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Ashland. The deceased was a member of Poage Masonic Lodge of Ashland. Big Sandy News, Apr 25, 1941

PATRICK, John
John Patrick, 66, well known farmer of Patrick Gap, was found dead in bed at his home 8 miles south of Louisa early last Friday morning by his wife. He had been ill of a heart ailment for 2 years, relatives said. Funeral was conducted Sunday afternoon at 2 from the home with Rev. S. B.  Ball and Rev. Bill Burgess of Louisa, officiating, and burial made in the family cemetery near Patrick Gap. Mr. Patrick was born at Paintsville, a son of the late Greenville and Evelyn Lafferty Patrick, but had resided in this county since a young man. He operated a large farm near Patrick Gap. He had been a member of the Methodist Church for 20 years. Surviving are the wife, Mrs. Alice Epling Patrick, one sister, Mrs. Charles Ferrell of Buchanan, KY, and 2 brothers, Frank Patrick of Torchlight, KY and Will Patrick of Louisa route 1. Big Sandy News, Apr 4, 1941

RIFFE, W. J.
1862-1941
W. J. Riffe, 79, prominent Lawrence county farmer and livestock dealer, died Monday afternoon at 4 at his home on Bells Trace near Webbville. He had been ill 5 days of complications incident to advanced age. Funeral rites were conducted Wednesday morning at 10 from the home with Rev. W. K. Wood, of Ashland, officiating. The Willard Masonic Lodge No 626, of which the deceased had long been a member conducted its ritual at the funeral and interment. Deceased also had been a member of the Baptist Church for more than a half a century. Mr. Riffe was born in the East Fork section Oct 25, 1862, a son of the late Jerry Riffe and Mrs. Halbert Riffe. He had operated a large farm on Bells Trace near the Lawrence-Carter County line for many years and was one of the county's substantial citizens. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Alice Watson, to whom he was married 54 years ago; 4 daughters, Mrs. H. E. Woods, Mrs. Howard Wilson and Mrs. Bill Roberts, all of Webbville, and Mrs. U. W. Miller of Ashland, KY; one sons, Waldon R. Riffe, of Webbville and 2 brothers, Lee Riffe of Yatesville and Jerry Riffe of Austin, TX. Big Sandy News, Apr 18, 1941

SHANNON, Gemma
Mrs. Gemma Shannon, 31, died last week at the home of her father, Ben Hutchinson, of Wayne, WV, route 1. Funeral was conducted at the Echo Baptist Church and interment made in the Workman family cemetery. Surviving are the husband, Stanley Shannon of Detroit, MI and 3 children. Big Sandy News, Apr 18, 1941

SILVERS, John W.
Four men, one of them a brother of a former Louisan, were slain and 9 others wounded in a battle between union pickets and mine officials and non-union workers at the Fork Ridge Coal Co. mine near Middlesboro on the Kentucky-Tennessee line. Slain were: C. W. Rhodes, 48, president of the coal company and a former resident of Huntington, John W. Silvers, 45, vice president and treasurer of the coal company, Bob Robinson, 38, Tazwell, TN, a Tennessee state highway patrolman, and Sam Evans, 48, union miner. Silvers was an older brother of Claudius Silvers and Althea Silvers, foster children of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Atkinson of Louisa. The battle took place on a road near the mine, which employed about 400 men, among them a few union workers. The mine was the only one operating in that section since the coal strike was called. It was estimated that about 60 cars, all of them bearing Kentucky licenses, many reported to have been from Harlan County, blocked the road at the border. Union pickets armed with high powered rifles dotted the hillsides in the vicinity. It was said. The battle started when the mine officials and others from the mine arrived on the scene. Big Sandy News, Apr 25, 1941

SPARKS, Milton Elliott
1868-1941
Hon. Milton Elliott Sparks, 72, of near Webbville, former state representative and for more than half a century a teacher in the schools of Lawrence, Carter and Elliott counties, died Sunday morning in Kings Daughters Hospital in Ashland following a 4 day illness. Mr. Sparks was born May 5, 1868, at Stephens, Elliott County, a son of the late Joel and Eliza Robinson Sparks, pioneer citizens. His father served one term as county judge of Elliott County. Mr. Sparks was one of the county's best known citizens. He served as a rural school teacher for 52 years, teaching in Lawrence, Carter and Elliott counties. In addition to his teaching career, from which he retired a few years ago because of declining health, he served from 1928 to 1930 as a member of the Kentucky General Assembly from the Lawrence-Elliott district. Funeral was conducted Tuesday afternoon at the Lazear Funeral Home in Ashland and interment was made in the Dixon Cemetery. Mr. Sparks is survived by his wife, Mrs. Tennie Thompson Sparks, 5 daughters, Mrs. Loy Porter, Ashland, Mrs. L. H. Fraley, Elliottsville, KY, Mrs. Clara Fraley and Mrs. Herbert Webb, both of Columbus, OH and Mrs. Marvin Boggs of Webbville,, 2 sons, Kenneth and Arthur Sparks, both of Russell, KY; 4 sisters, Mrs. A. J. Hillman, Mrs. R. J. Kendall, Mrs. Luke McGuire and Mrs. Jack Cart, all of Ashland. Big Sandy News, Apr 25, 1941

THOMPSON, Ella
Mrs. Ella Thompson, an aged citizen of the Noris section, died Saturday Apr 5. Surviving are  2 daughters, and 5 sons. Funeral was conducted Monday at the home with Rev. Green Cordle, Rev. Milt Cordle and Rev. G. V. Pack officiating and interment was in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, Apr 11, 1941

TILSON, James
James Tilson, 73, a carpenter of the Blaine section, died Tuesday at the home of a son, C. T. Tilson, in Ashland. Mr. Tilson had been at his son's home since becoming ill 9 weeks ago. Funeral was conducted Wednesday in the Enterprise Baptist Church, of which he was a member, with Rev. Jesse Oakley officiating. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Allie Tilson, his son, C. T. Tilson of Westwood, one daughter, Mrs. S. D. Liming, Dehue, WV, a stepson, Earl Johnson of Reynoldsburg, OH, 2 brothers, Harry Tilson, of Hitchins, KY and N. B. Tilson of Hilliard, OH, a sister, Mrs. W. R. Riggs of Ashland, and 9 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Apr 11, 1941

WELLMAN, D. M.
Fort Gay, WV, Apr 22--David M. Wellman, 72, of Fort Gay, a retired C & O Railway employee, died early Sunday morning at his home at the Brick Church on Tabors Creek, 5 miles from here. He had suffered a stroke 4 days before. Funeral rites were conducted Monday afternoon from the Tabors Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Frank McKinster of Kenova, officiating and interment was made in the family cemetery. A son of the late William Thomas and Stacy Thompson Wellman, Mr. Wellman was born on Tabors Creek Aug 2, 1868 and had resided there all his life. He had been a member of the Tabors Creek Baptist Church for more than half a century. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Martha Hatcher Wellman, one daughter, Mrs. M. J. Robinette, of Wayne, WV; 5 sons, Albert, Clarence, Gordon and Elmer Wellman, all of Fort Gay, and Charles E. Wellman of Kenova, WV, 2 sisters, Mrs. Effie Deane and Mrs. Ora Brumfield, both of Kenova, WV and one brother, Sam W. Wellman of Huntington, WV. Big Sandy News, Apr 25, 1941

WELLMAN, Lott F.
Lott Frederick Wellman, 66, of Monroe, MI, and a native of this county, died Apr 13 in a hospital at Ann Arbor, MI following an illness of 4 weeks. The body was returned to Louisa, arriving here Wednesday morning and funeral will be conducted Thursday afternoon at 2 from the home of a relative Mrs. Sarah Fitzpatrick on Patrick Branch. Interment will be in the Fitzpatrick family cemetery there. Mr. Wellman was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Van Wellman and was born and reared in this county. He moved to Michigan 10 years ago. Surviving are 3 daughters, Mrs. Milton Ford, Mrs. Fred Milton, both of Monroe, MI and Mrs. Fred Cordle, of Wixonn, MI; 3 sons, Glenn Wellman, Camp Livingston, LA, Van Wellman, Detroit, MI and Roby Wellman, Northville, MI; 2 sisters, Mrs. B.J. Calloway of Louisa and Mrs. William Meeks of the Three Mile section near Louisa and one brother, Ira Wellman of Logan, WV. Big Sandy News, Apr 18, 1941

WILSON, Garred F.
The body of Garred F. "Babe" Wilson, 28, Louisa young man who was killed in an automobile wreck Tuesday morning near Fort Custer, MI, where he was stationed with the U. S. Army, will arrive in Louisa on C & O passenger train No. 38 this evening (Thursday). Funeral service will be conducted Friday afternoon at 2 in the Louisa Christian Church with the pastor, Rev. R. C. Lockwood, officiating and interment will be made in Pine Hill Cemetery here. The body will lie in state at the Curtright Funeral Home until the time of the funeral. Relatives were notified Tuesday of Wilson's death. An Associated Press dispatch said he was killed when his car overturned. His companion, William Estes, of Loyal, Harlan County, KY, a private at Fort Custer, was injured. Further details of the wreck have not been received here.

Wilson was a son of the late Arbie and Emma See Wilson and was born and reared here. For a number of years before joining the Army he worked as a mechanic at local garages and was well known. He joined the Army 18 months ago and was stationed as a mechanic with the 5th Quartermaster Batallion at Fort Custer. Surviving are 2 brothers, Wayne A. Wilson with the U. S. Navy at Jamaica and Arnold Suddith Wilson of Washington, D. C, 2 aunts, Mrs. Fred Wellman of Louisa and Mrs. C. F. Gearhart of Huntington, WV and his grandmother, Mrs. G. S. Wilson of Louisa; grandmother, Mrs. Tennie See, Ashland, 5 aunts, Mrs. Frank Wilson, Mrs. Jack Wilson, Mrs. Claude Hayes, Mrs. Marie Conley and Miss Madge See, all of Ashland, 6 uncles, Andy See, Ira See, Shannon See, of Ashland, F. O. See of Louisa, Scott See of Detroit and Mike See, of Hardy, KY. Big Sandy News, Apr 4, 1941

WORKMAN, James P.
Fort Gay, WV, Apr 7--Injuries which he suffered while working at his sawmill Mar 26 caused the death of James P. Workman, 67, of near Echo, 8 miles from here. Mr. Workman died in a Huntington hospital 4 days later. He suffered a ruptured bowel when a cant-hook with which he was moving a log slipped causing him to fall with considerable force against the log. He was rushed to a Huntington hospital where an emergency operation was performed that night. Funeral was conducted at the Lower Greenbrier Baptist Church with Rev. Carmie Crabtree and Rev. B. F. Curnutte officiating and interment was made in the Christian Cemetery near the church. Surviving are the widow, 3 children, Mrs. Mary Morgan of Rittman, OH, Mrs. Meda Rice of Ravena, OH and George French Workman of Fort Gay route 1; 2 brothers, Joshua and Isaac Workman of Kenova; and 2 sisters, Mrs. Mary Riggs of Fort Gay and Arizona Workman who residence in Arizona. Big Sandy News, Apr 11, 1941

YATES, William E.
William E. Yates, of Ashland, a native of Willard who had been working as a carpenter in Piedmont, MO the past 8 weeks, was killed Saturday night in an automobile wreck near Piedmont. He was born near Willard  but moved to Ashland a number of years ago. Mrs. Raymond Marshall of  Willard is a daughter, and Delbert, Arley, Percy and Malcolm Yates of Willard are brothers. Big Sandy News, Apr 18, 1941

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AKERS, Rebecca
Mrs. Rebecca Akers, 55, wife of William Akers of Hubbardstown, WV, died last Friday at the Akers home following an illness of six weeks. Funeral was conducted Sunday in the Big Hurricane Baptist Church and interment was made in the Lakin Cemetery. Big Sandy News, May 9, 1941

Mrs. Rebecca Akers, 55, wife of William Akers of Hubbardstown, WV, died last Friday at the Akers home following an illness of six weeks. Funeral was conducted Sunday in the Big Hurricane Baptist Church and interment was made in the Lakin cemetery. Surviving are her husband, one daughter, Mrs. Vada Lester of Washington, 6 sons, all by a previous marriage, Vayne Hoosier, Vilas Hoosier, of Prichard, WV, Victor Hoosier, of Doylestown, OH, Virgil Hoosier of Preston, OH, Vay Hoosier, of Revina, OH and Richard Hoosier of Wadsworth, OH, 3 brothers, one sister and 9 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, May 16, 1941

BALL, Ruby Jane
Miss Ruby Jane Ball, 18, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Ball, of Ellen, died at the Ball home Saturday morning at 3:30. She had been ill 3 weeks of pneumonia following measles. Miss Ball attended the Louisa high school and was graduated in January at the end of the first semester. She was a popular member of the student body and well known in Louisa. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at 2 from the Dry Ridge Methodist Church with Rev. S. B. Ball and Rev. William W. Moore, of Louisa, officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery near Ellen. Surviving besides the parents, are 2 sisters, Peggy Lou at home and Mrs. Heyward Burton of Ellen, 4 brothers, Clyde R., Oscar, Jr., Eugene and John Ball, all at home; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Thompson of Adams, KY and Mrs. Kitty Ball of Louisa. The deceased was a member of the Methodist Church. Big Sandy News, May 9, 1941

BELL, Thomas Laken
Thomas Laken Bell, 47, died suddenly at 3 p.m. Friday of a heart attack at his home at Trinity. Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Helen Bell of Trinity; 2 brothers, Oscar Bell of Trinity and Charles Bell of Covington and a sister, Mrs. O. L. Thompson of Russell. Funeral services were held Sunday at the Methodist Church at Trinity, with burial in the cemetery at East Fork. Big Sandy News, May 16, 1941

BERRY, E. C.
E. C. Berry, 67, former postmaster and merchant at Blaine, died Friday of last week at his home in Chicago following a sudden heart attack. The body was returned to Louisa Sunday and lay in state at the Curtright Funeral Home here until noon Monday when it was taken to Blaine where funeral service was conducted in the Christian Church at 1. Rev. R. C. Lockwood, pastor of the Louisa Christian Church, preached the funeral sermon, and interment was made in the Gambill Cemetery with the Jake Rice Masonic Lodge conducting their ritual at the grave. A large assemblage, including many from Louisa and distant points, attended the rites. A quartet form Louisa composed of Mrs. James B. Hughes, Mrs. Ollie J. Moore, Mrs. James H. Woods, Jr., and Mrs. Bernard Whitt, sang 3 hymns with Mrs. Anna Mary Armstrong accompanying at the piano. Mr. Berry was born near Blaine, a son of the late Reuben T. and Elizabeth Edwards Berry, pioneer resident. For many years he conducted a general merchandise store and served as postmaster at Blaine. He removed to Fort Thomas, KY in 1924 and resided there for 2 years, going to Chicago in 1926 where he established the Berry Chemical and Manufacturing Company which he had operated since. He is survived by his second wife, Mrs. Arminta P. Berry, daughters, Mrs. Thomas Albershart of Ft. Thomas, KY, and Mrs. Kent Rollins of Cincinnati, OH; and 4 sons, Earl H. Berry, Huntington, WV. Herman Berry, Fort Worth, TX, Russell T. Berry, Chicago, IL, and Charles Mack Berry of Fort Sheridan, IL. He was the brother of the late Charles Berry who died at Blaine a few months ago, and the late Mrs. William Fulkerson of Louisa. His first wife, Mrs. Mintie Holbrook Berry, died a number of years ago. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Holbrook and sister of Charley and Chilt Holbrook of Ashland. Big Sandy News, May 9, 1941

CHAPMAN, George W.
George W. Chapman, 62, a native Lawrence countian, died at his home at 523 1/2 Third Street in Huntington, WV Tuesday morning after a week' s; illness following a paralytic stroke. Mr. Chapman was born in Lawrence County, a son of the late George Ed and Rebecca Dobbins Chapman, and lived in Lawrence County until a young man. He had lived in Huntington the past 3 years. The body was taken to the Steele Funeral Home in Huntington where funeral service will be held Thursday afternoon at 2:30 with interment following in Woodlawn Cemetery in Huntington. Mr. Chapman is survived by the wife, Mrs. Pricie Chapman, 2 daughters, Mrs. A. J. Kitchen, 910 Jefferson Avenue, Huntington an Miss Mable Chapman of Catlettsburg, one son, George Ed Chapman of Louisa; 3 step daughters, Mrs. W. G. Chapman and Mrs. A. H. Snyder of Louisa, and Mrs. M. Miller of Huntington; 2 sisters, Mrs. Thomas Curry of Huntington and Mrs. G. K. Compton of Madison, WV and 3 brothers, Tom B. Chapman of Williamson, WV and L. C. and F. T. Chapman of Portsmouth, OH. Big Sandy News, May 16, 1941

COPLEY, Acie
Acie Copley, 17 year old son of Frank and Sadie Crum Copley, of Webb, WV, died Monday evening in a local hospital where he had been a patient 3 days. He had been ill for 2 weeks. Funeral was conducted Wednesday afternoon at 1 from the Copley family cemetery near Webb with Rev. Billie Sparks of Clifford officiating. Besides the parents, he is survived by a sister, Miss Lucille, and 2 brothers, Curtis and Elmer, all at home. Big Sandy News, May 23, 1941

CORNETT, George W.
1864-1941
George W. Cornette, 86, native of this county, and a retired Portsmouth mill worker, died Monday at his home in Portsmouth, OH. He had been in ill health for several months and suffered a cerebral hemorrhage Monday. Mr. Cornette was born Jul 30, 1864 in Lawrence Co., KY, a son of William and Elizabeth Cornett. He had resided most of his life in Portsmouth. In 1887 he was married at Grayson to Ida Wicker and 6 children were born to them. Surviving are his wife and these children: Mrs. Josie Combs of Dassal, Minn., Mrs. Etta Beaumont of Nauvoo, OH, Emil Cornett at home, and Roy Conett of Sciotoville. Also surviving are a brother and a sister, David Cornett and Mrs. Kitty Ball of Louisa, KY. Big Sandy News, May 16, 1941

EKERS, Juanita
EKERS, Wauleka
Juanita and Wauleka Ekers, one day old twin daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe Ekers of Cadmus died Monday. Funeral and interment took place Tuesday at the Ekers family cemetery with Rev. Fred Vanhorn, officiating. Big Sandy News, May 9, 1941

ELAM, James
James Elam, former Lawrence County school teacher and brother of the late Prof. G. Milton Elam died May 10 at his home at Hyden, KY where he had been a merchant and farmer for many years. Mr. Elam was born in Virginia and came to this county with his brother Prof G. Milton Elam and lived with him at Blaine for some years. Later he taught school in this county moving to Hyden in 1892. Funeral was conducted in Hyden Sunday and interment made there. He is survived by his wife, 2 sons and a daughter. Big Sandy News, May 16, 1941

FLANNERY, William Harvey
William Harvey Flannery, 75, prominent Eastern Kentucky attorney and former police judge of Catlettsburg, died Wednesday of last week at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Davis M. Howerton in Ashland. Mr. Flannery was born in Elliott County and conducted private schools at a number of places in Eastern Kentucky before taking up the study of law. He began his legal career in Pikeville in 1895 and resided there for 17 years. He was associated as attorney with the late John C. C. Mayo and was one of the organizers and stockholders of the Elkhorn Land and Improvement Co. which was instrumental in developing the town of Elkhorn City. Hem moved to Catlettsburg in 1912. His wife, Mary Elliott Flannery, first woman state legislator in Kentucky, died 8 years ago. J. W. Flannery of Sandy Hook is a brother. Big Sandy News, May 23, 1941

FRAZIER, Marie
Fort Gay, WV, May 20--Miss Marie Frazier, 16, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Owen Frazier, of Fort Gay, route 2, died in a hospital at Louisa, shortly before midnight Friday of injuries sustained Thursday evening when struck by a truck on the Mill Creek road near her home. Miss Frazier was enroute to her home from a store when struck, and she was rushed to a Louisa hospital suffering from head and internal injuries, a fractured arm and rib. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon from the home of her parents on Mill Creek and burial made in the family cemetery under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home of Louisa. Surviving besides the parents are 4 sisters, Mrs. Juanita May of South Portsmouth, OH, and Misses Hermia, Mildred and Jessie Mable at home; and 3 brothers, Roy Lee, Elmer L. and Munard, all at home. The deceased attended the Thompson grade school on Mill Creek. Big Sandy News, May 23, 1941

GARLAND, Alice
Word was received here of the death Wednesday of last week of Miss Alice Garland, who died at the home of relatives at McVeigh, KY where she had been living the last 7 months. Miss Garland was born in Lawrence County, KY, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Garland. She was reared at Louisa. Miss Garland had been ill the last 3 years, but prior to that time she had been an NYA supervisor in Kentucky. She was a member of the Louisa Baptist church. Surviving are a brother, William Garland, Jr. at McVeigh and a sister, Mrs. Margaret Hager of Sciotoville, OH. She also leaves a half brother, Henry Garland of Logan, WV. Big Sandy News, May 16, 1941

HALL, John Henry
John Henry Hall, 75, manager of the Louisa-Blaine telephone exchange, died late Wednesday evening at his home at Adams. Funeral was conducted Thursday afternoon at 3 from the home and interment made in the Carter Cemetery on the Louisa-Blaine road near Ellen. Mr. Hall, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Sank Hall, was born near Louisa, and had resided at Adams for many years. He had operated the Louisa-Blaine Telephone line for 22 years. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mary Jane Hall, 2 daughters, Mrs. William Thompson, Pleasantville, OH and Mrs. J. W. Albright, Columbus, OH; 4 sons, James Hall, Columbus, OH, Ernest Hall, Ellen and George and Henry Hall both of Adams, and 2 sisters, Mrs. John H. Copley, Chatteroy, WV and Mrs. William Patrick of Louisa. Big Sandy News, May 9, 1941

HELM, Sam W.
Sam W. Helm, 70, of Memphis, TN, died at his home there last Friday after an illness of several weeks, relatives here have been informed. Mr. Helm was the husband of Mattie Goff, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Felix W. Goff, of Louisa. Mr. Helm had been with  I. G. Railway for 39 years. He was a merchant and postmaster at Sunflower, Miss., for a number of years and he and Mrs. Helm had visited relatives here on a number of occasions. Big Sandy News, May 23, 1941

HOLBROOK, John W.
1850-1941
John W. Holbrook, 91, farmer and blacksmith of the head of Irish Creek, died Sunday evening at his home. He had been ill about a week, following a stroke. Mr. Holbrook, one of the county's oldest citizens, was born on Irish Creek, Mar 3, 1850, a son of the late Caleb and Louisa Jordan Holbrook, and had resided there all his life, operating a farm and blacksmith shop. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the home of his son, William Holbrook, on Irish Creek, with the Rev. Fred Vanhorn officiating. He is survived by 4 daughters, Mrs. Parmelia Triplett, at home, Mrs. Ed Jones of Carter County, Mrs. Ed Clevenger of Webbville, route 1, and Mrs. Margaret Arrington of Fort Gay, route 1; 4 sons, Thomas Holbrook, Columbus, OH, George and William Holbrook, route 1, Webbville and Ralph Holbrook, Irad, KY; one brother, Caleb Holbrook, Jr. of Hicksville, KY and a sister Mrs. Mart Young, route 1, Webbville. Big Sandy News, May 9, 1941

HOWARD, Kenneth D.
Kenneth D. Howard, 23, an employee of the General Refractories Co., was killed instantly last Friday and 5 others were injured when a truck and auto figured in a head-on collision on the Mayo Trail between Bolts Fork and Cannonsburg. Howard, driver of the auto, died of a fractured skull and broken neck. Stanley Maddox, of Grahn, another passenger in the car suffered a fractured arm and jaw and Otis Carroll, also of Grahn, sustained severe cuts about the face. Occupants of the truck were Andrew Moore, of Fallsburg, his 2 sons, and Allen Lambert and son, also of Fallsburg. One of the Moore boys and the Lamberts sustained cuts about the head and were treated in the Prichard Clinic at Catlettsburg. State highway patrolmen were investigating a report that the Howard car was one stolen from a parking lot in Olive Hill. Big Sandy News, May 23, 1941

JARRELL, Susie (Pratt)
Mrs. Susie Jarrell, 24, died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. P. H. Pratt of Grassy, WV, Apr 24, after an illness of several weeks. She is survived by husband, Leonard Jarrell, 2 children, Gay and Robert Lee, her parents, 5 sisters, Mrs. Sam Isaac, of Fort Gay, Route 2, Mrs. Fred Thompson and Mrs. Bert Thompson of Dunlow, Mrs. Ernest Pinson of Wheelersburg, OH, Mrs. Aley Perry, of Genoa, 3 brothers, Harrison, Willard and Edgar Pratt, all of Grassy. Big Sandy News, May 9, 1941

KETCHUM, Bernie
G. B. "Bernie" Ketchum, 54, prominent Wayne Countian and director of the lease and right of way department of Owens, Libby. Owens Gas Co., Charleston, died suddenly Wednesday of last week of a cerebral hemorrhage in the company's office in Charleston. He was a member of a prominent Wayne county family and was a brother of M. E. Ketchum, former Wayne sheriff and now warden of the state penitentiary, and of Dr. Dorsey Ketchum of Huntington. He had been associated with the Owens, Libby, Owens Company for 10 years. The body was returned to Wayne where funeral was conducted Friday from the Wayne Methodist Church, of which he was a member and burial was made at Wayne. Big Sandy News, May 23, 1941

KIRK, Joseph L.
Joseph L. Kirk, 94, lifelong resident of Bear Creek and a retired farmer, died at his home Tuesday after a long illness. He was a son of George W. and Hannah Lakin Kirk, pioneer residents. Funeral was conducted at the Grassland Methodist Church of which he was a charter member. Big Sandy News, May 9, 1941

LAWSON, Ellen (Bradley)
Mrs. Ellen Bradley Lawson, about 68 years old, wife of Robert Lawson of the head of Rich Creek, near Ellen, was killed almost instantly this morning (Thursday) at 8:30 when she was hit by C & O passenger train No. 36 at the Pike Street crossing near the Louisa Supply Company mill here. Mrs. Lawson, who had come to Louisa the day before to care for her grandmother, Mrs. Ray Roberts, who with other members of the Roberts family, are ill with measles, was enroute to the store of C. C. Young for groceries when she was hit by the morning passenger train up from Ashland as she crossed the Pike Street crossing. Persons who saw the tragedy said Mrs. Lawson walked onto the crossing apparently unaware of the train's approach. The Roberts home is near the Pike Street crossing immediately below the Louisa Supply Company's mill. John Wilson, a truck driver for the Louisa Supply Co. turned his head to avoid seeing the tragedy. Mrs. Lawson's body was hurled about 25 feet and landed in a ditch line at the side of the railroad. She lived only for a few moments, having suffered internal injuries, a broken neck and 3 fractures of the left leg. Her body is at the Curtright Funeral Home here. The victim's granddaughter, is the wife of Rev. Ray Roberts, salesman for F. S. VanHoose Lumber Co. here. He had left early that morning on a business trip to points in Mingo County near Williamson and efforts were being made to locate him at the time The News went to press. Mrs. Lawson was born at Busseyville, in 1873, a daughter of the late Wesley M. and Mary Waldeck Bradley. Besides the husband, she is survived by 3 brothers, Fred Bradley, Busseyville, Mart Bradley, Charleston, WV and George Bradley of Wells Point, TX. Funeral arrangements had not been completed. Big Sandy News, May 2, 1941

LYON, Irene Rhoda (Rose)
Mrs. Irene Rhoda Lyon, 66. wife of James Manfield Lyon, of Ayersville, died Thursday morning in a Louisa hospital where she had been a patient since suffering a stroke 4 days earlier. Funeral will be conducted Friday afternoon at 2:30 from the home at Ayersville with Rev. Charles Lyon officiating, and interment will be in the family cemetery there. Mrs. Lyon was a daughter of the late Thomas and Mary Gambill Rose and was born and reared at Keaton. She had been a member of the United Baptist Church for more than half a century. Surviving besides the husband are 2 daughters, Mrs. Vernon Welling, of Orville, OH and Mrs. William Houchard of Columbus, OH; 3 sons, Noah, Thomas and Clifford Lyon all of Ayersville, 3 brothers, Charles, Jesse and John Rose all of Keaton, and 8 sisters, Mrs. William Mullins, Mrs. Wenta Mullins, Mrs. Maude Fyffe, and Mrs. John Thompson, all of Ayersville, Mrs. Jettie Skaggs, of Terryville, Mrs. Leo Skaggs of Skaggs, Mrs. Charles Lyon of Ashland and Mrs. Thomas Risby of Keaton. Big Sandy News, May 2, 1941

MAYNARD, June
Miss June Maynard, 21, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dan B. Maynard, of near Clifford, died last Saturday morning at 4 at the home. She had been ill about a year. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at 3 from the home of her parents, and burial made in the Hall Cemetery near Clifford. Miss Maynard had been a member of the United Baptist Church for 6 years. Besides the parents, she is survived by 4 sisters, Mrs. Clyde Frazier and Mrs. Harold Wellman both of Fort Gay, WV, Mrs. E. W. Justice of Webb and Miss Millie Maynard at home; 2 brothers, Rosy Maynard of Webb, WV and Grant Maynard, at home. Big Sandy News, May 2, 1941

MILLER, Allen H.
1890-1941
Allen H. Miller, 50, respected Lawrence county citizen and a former Ashland grocer, died Saturday morning at 9:30 in a Louisa hospital where he had been a patient 3 weeks suffering from a heart ailment. He had been in ill health for 8 months. A short funeral service was held Monday morning at 9:30 at the home of a sister in law, Mrs. H. I. Layne on Lady Washington Street here with Rev. S. B. Ball and Rev. J.C. Hager officiating and the body was taken to Ashland at 12:30. Funeral rites were conducted there in the Central Baptist Church at 2:30 Monday afternoon with Rev. Boone Castle Berry, of Richmond, KY and Rev. Sherman Wood of Ashland, officiating. A large number of Louisans and Lawrence Countians went to Ashland for the funeral. A son of the late Allen H. and Emma Thompson, Mr. Miller was born near Charley, this county, Oct 23, 1890. He lived in Louisa for a time and during the World War lived one year at Nitro, WV. At the close of the war he moved to Ashland and for 21 years operated a grocery store at 29th Street and Geiger Crossing. He was a member of the Central Baptist Church in Ashland and served a number of years as superintendent of the Sunday School, always taking an active part in church work. He also was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Pikeville and the I.O.O.F Lodge of Ashland. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ethel Carter Miller and 3 brothers, Bascom and Minyard Miller both of Charley, KY and Charles Miller of Accorville, WV. Big Sandy News, May 2, 1941

MILLER, Goebel, 1 month old son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Miller, died at the Miller home in Louisa Saturday after a brief illness. Funeral and interment took place at the Miller family cemetery on Meades Branch. Big Sandy News, May 16, 1941

MILUM, Jay Patrick
Corporal Jay Patrick Milum, 24, of Fort Gay, a volunteer assigned to the Ninth Reconnaissance Division of the U. S. Army at Fort Bragg, NC died Thursday of last week in a Wilson, NC hospital of injuries suffered in an automobile accident. Corporal Milum, the son of the Rev. Albert B. Milum, pastor of the Fort Gay Baptist Church, was injured in an automobile accident which occurred last Monday night of last week near the camp. He was not on duty at the time. The body was brought back to Fort Gay Sunday. Funeral rites were conducted Monday afternoon from the Fort Gay Baptist Church with Rev. J. C. Hager, pastor of the Louisa Baptist Church, officiating and the body was taken to Genoa for interment in the family cemetery under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home of Louisa. In addition to his father, Corporal Milum is survived by his stepmother, a brother, William R. Milum, who is an Army flying cadet at Scott Field, IL, 3 sisters, Mrs. Grady Osborn, route 2, Wayne, WV, Mrs. Richard Dawson, Fort Gay and Miss Nellie Mae Milum, at home, a step sister, Miss Elizabeth Milum, at home, and his grandparents, Robert Milum, of Fort Gay and Mrs. J. C. Pinson of Williamson, WV. Big Sandy News, May 16, 1941

PARKS, Emoline (Frasher)
1854-1941
Fort Gay, WV, May 3--Mrs. Emoline Frasher Parks, 87, one of the oldest citizens of Wayne County died Saturday morning at her home on Sugar Creek, route 1, Prichard, WV. Her husband, Robert H. Parks, died about a year ago. Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon at 2 from the Forks of Hurricane Methodist Church with Rev. Charles Hosier of Huntington, officiating. Burial was made in the Lakin family cemetery on Big Hurricane Creek. Mrs. Parks was born in 1854, a daughter of the late Eli and Tobithia Perry Frasher, pioneer Wayne County settlers. She had been a member of the Methodist Church for 70 years and was highly respected. Surviving are 5 daughters, Mrs. Fletcher Smith of Hewlett, WV, Mrs. Mike Basenback of Huntington, Mrs. John Ratcliff of Broad Bottom, KY, Mrs. Cal Roberts and Mrs. Charles Thomas both of route 1, Prichard, WV and 2 sons, Ed Parks of Ashland, KY and Harrison Parks, of Huntington, WV. Big Sandy News, May 9, 1941

PETERS, Mike
Mike Peters, 86 years old, died at his home in Council Grove, KS, Feb 22. Mr. Peters was formerly from Wayne County, WV, and married Mary Ferguson, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson Ferguson. In addition to the widow, he is survived by 4 daughters and 2 sons. Big Sandy News, May 9, 1941

ROBERTS, M. R.
M. H. Roberts, 75, retired farmer and livestock and timber dealer, died Sunday afternoon at 4 at his home in Louisa. He had been in failing health for several months and critically ill 4 days. Mr. Roberts was born and reared at Fallsburg, a son of the late Wesley and Mary Ann Maynard Roberts. He moved to Louisa 15 years ago from his farm near Blaine and had resided here since. He had been a member of the Baptist Church for 5 years. Funeral rites were conducted Tuesday at 2 from the residence in Louisa with Rev. William W. Moore officiating and interment made in the Pine Hill Cemetery here under direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Mr. Roberts is survived by 3 daughters, Mrs. Bryant Preston, Ashland, KY, Mrs. Mae MacManus, Ashville, NC and Miss Merrill Roberts at home, 3 sons, V. R. Roberts, Columbus, OH, and Willis and Hugh Roberts both of Louisa and 4 sisters, Mrs. T. R. Wooder, Columbus, OH, Mrs. F. M. Chaffin, London, OH and Mrs. Zera Young and Mrs. Caffie Young both of Cherokee, KY. His wife, Mrs. Hattie Roberts, died 2 years ago. Big Sandy News, May 23, 1941

SAVAGE, Martha (Jordan)
Mrs. Martha Jordan Savage, 82, widow of the late Col. William M. Savage, of  Fallsburg, died at her home at Fallsburg Sunday shortly before noon. She had been ill for 6 weeks of complications. Mrs. Savage was a daughter of the late Jesse and Nancy Skeens Jordan and was born and reared at Fallsburg and had lived there all her life. She had been a devoted member of the Methodist Church for 45 years. A large crowd attended the funeral held Tuesday afternoon at the home with Rev. Neff and Rev. William W. Moore officiating. Interment was made in the family cemetery near Fallsburg under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Mrs. Savage is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. Bennie Rice of Catlettsburg and Mrs. B. W. Savage of Fallsburg; 2 sons, W. R. "Ted" Savage of Fallsburg, and Arthur Savage of Louisa and one sister, Mrs. Mary Cooksey of Athens, OH. Her husband, died in 1936. Big Sandy News, May 2, 1941

SCARBERRY, John Kennis
1885-1941
John Kennis Scarberry, 66, who resided on Big Sandy River 3 miles about the mouth of Georges Creek, died Wednesday in the C & O Hospital in Huntington of a broken neck sustained Sunday when he was thrown from a mule near his home. Mr. Scarberry had ridden the mule to water, and the sudden appearance of a hog caused the mule to jump, throwing its rider. Mr. Scarberry hit on the back of his head, breaking his neck. He was rushed to the Huntington hospital, but succumbed late Wednesday. He was born and reared near Georges Creek, a son of the late Jacob and Emmaline Carter Scarberry. For the past 35 years he had been employed as a section laborer by the C & O Railway Company. Funeral will probably be conducted Saturday and interment made in the Preston Cemetery. He had been a member of the Missionary Baptist Church for 15 years. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Ledocio VanHoose Scarberry, 5 daughters, Mrs. T. M. Bell, Richardson, KY, Mrs. Fred Swann, Montcoal, WV, Mrs. Noah Scarberry, Mrs. Pearl Miller and Mrs. Elias George, all of Richardson, 3 sons, Garfield, Irvin and John B. Scarberry, all of Georges Creek, a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Hale, Offutt, KY and a brother, W. M. Scarberry, Georges Creek, KY. Big Sandy News, May 23, 1941

SHORT, Forrest D.
A cerebral hemorrhage brought death Monday to Floyd County Attorney Forrest D. Shot, 40, of Prestonsburg, who during the last 7 years had taken an active part in numerous criminal and civil investigations and prosecutions. He was stricken Sunday night and was taken to the Paintsville Hospital where he died a few hours later. Short attended the Kentucky Norman College in Louisa and was graduated in the class of 1921. He was well known here. Returning to his native county, he taught school in Floyd for a few years and then attended the Jefferson Law School in Louisville. He was elected Floyd County attorney in 1934 and would have completed his second term this year and was unopposed for the Democratic renomination for the office. He was a Mason, a member of the Kiwanis Club and the Prestonsburg Co-operative Business Associates. Funeral was held Tuesday in the Prestonsburg Baptist Church with the Masonic Lodge officiating. He is survived by his wife, a son and his mother. Big Sandy News, May 30, 1941

WEBB, Ruby Christine (Buskirk)
1916-1941
Mrs. Ruby Christine Webb, 25, wife of William L. Webb, of Ashland, died Monday at the home. The husband, is a grandson of Mrs. D. J. Thompson and a nephew of Mrs. W. K. Hayes of Louisa. Mrs. Webb was born Jul 3, 1916, in Morgan County, the daughter of Lee A. and Cynthia Buskirk. She had been very active in Salvation Army work during the past 8 years and was a devout Christian. Funeral rites will be Thursday at 2:30 from the First Church of the Nazarene. Rev. Gene Phillips will be in charge, assisted by Rev. H. H. Perkins. Burial will be in the Ashland Cemetery. Surviving are the husband, a daughter, Carol Ann Webb, age 3, her other, Mrs. Cynthia Buskirk, Ashland, 2 brothers, Lawrence R. Buskirk and Lee Burskirk, a sister, Mrs. Hershel Adams and a niece, Marilyn Adams, all of Ashland. Big Sandy News, May 16, 1941

WHITMER, Edgar Allen
Dr. Edgar Allen Whitmer, 67, retired N & W Railway physician  who moved from Williamson, WV to Louisa last November, died Saturday afternoon in White Cross hospital in Columbus, OH, after a short illness.  Dr. Whitmer was from Columbus but served as physician for the railway company in Williamson for about 6 years before he retired last November at the age of 65. He had served as N & W physician for 42 years and was stationed at Columbus before coming to Williamson. Dr. Whitmer left Louisa about 2 weeks ago on a trip which was to have taken him to Pittsburgh, PA. He was removed to the hospital in Columbus and had been a patient there since. Dr. Whitmer, since moving to Louisa, had traveled considerably. He was well known here. While in Williamson he became prominently known as a civic aide in youth work. He served without fee as the medical examiner for various athletic organizations in that section. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Brooke Rhodes Whitmer, one son, Paul Whitmer, of Columbus and a daughter by a previous marriage. Funeral was conducted Tuesday at St. Joseph Cemetery in Columbus where interment was made. Big Sandy News, May 16, 1941

YOUNG, Sidney (Houck)
1868-1841
Mrs. Sidney Houck Young, 72, widow of the late Frank Young, died Thursday of last week at her home on Irish Creek. Funeral was conducted at the home on Irish Creek Saturday with Rev. Custer Bishop and Rev. Fred VanHorn officiating and interment was made there. A large assemblage attended the rites. Mrs. Young was born Nov 18, 1868, a daughter of the late Samuel and Nellie Houck. She was united in marriage 55 years ago to Frank Young. She had been a member of the Freewill Baptist Church for 43 years. Surviving are 6 sons, and 2 daughters, Claude Young, route 1, Webbville, Mrs. Sam McNeil, Houckville, Herman Young, Russell, KY, Ossie Young, Hilliards, OH, Mrs. Virgil Adams, Columbus, OH, Samuel, John and Watt Young, all of Webbville, 3 brothers, Jesse Houck, Samuels, ID, Isomm Houck and Isiah Houck, both of Grayson, KY and 2 sisters, Mrs. Betty Kee, Iron Hill, KY and Mrs. Minnie Fairchild, South Portsmouth, KY. Big Sandy News, May 23, 1941

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ADKINS, Delilah
Mrs. Delilah Adkins, 72, died at the home of her son, Jonah Adkins, of Prichard, WV, Jun 13. Funeral services were conducted at the Centerville Baptist Church by Rev. U. S. Pinson Sunday afternoon. Burial was in the Meredith Cemetery near Whites Creek. She is survived by another son, John Bill Adkins of Prichard; 2 daughters, Mrs. Jessie Wiley of Shoals, and Mrs. Fannie Workman of Saltpetre; 13 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Big Sandy News, Jun 27, 1941

BRYAN, Thomas W.
Thomas W. Bryan, 72, former resident of the Buchanan section, died Saturday in Columbus, OH. the body was returned to Ashland where funeral and burial took place Tuesday. A building contractor in Ashland for many years, Mr. Bryan moved to Columbus 15 years ago. He is survived by his wife, one son, Warren Bryan, of Columbus, formerly of Portsmouth, 2 daughters, Mrs. Rachel Miller, of Columbus and Mrs. P. Holbrook of Ashland, 3 brothers, J. C. Bryan of Buchanan, and Jeff Bryan of Adeline, KY and a sister, Miss Maude Bryan White of Catlettsburg. Big Sandy News, Jun 6, 1941

CALVIN, George C.
George C. Calvin, 75, prominent Boyd County livestock dealer and farmer and twice sheriff of the county, died Tuesday at the home of a son, Vincent Calvin, in Ashland. Mr. Calvin was born at the old Calvin farm in Cannonsburg, the son of Vincent and Stephania Kouns Calvin, pioneer citizens. He attended Marshall College and worked for a time in a Huntington bank. He returned later, however, to Boyd County and became associated with his father, a farmer and cattle dealer. He was elected as the democrat candidate for sheriff of Boyd County in 1910 and was re elected in 1929. He was a member of the Methodist Church. His business contacts and political life made him one of the most widely known citizens of Boyd County and the lower Big Sandy section. Big Sandy News, Jun 27, 1941

CHEEK, Gus
1883-1941
Gus Cheek, 58, brother of George W. and Joe Cheek of this county, died Sunday at his home at Sciotoville, OH. Mr. Cheek until his retirement 9 months ago had been an employee of the N & W Railway in its Portsmouth shops for many years. He was born at West Liberty, KY, May 4, 1883, the son of Isaiah and Margaret Cheek and was married in 1915 to Miss Florence McDermott. Surviving in this county are 2 brothers, George W. Cheek, of Louisa and Joe Cheek of Torchlight. Funeral was conducted Tuesday and interment made in Memorial Burial Park at Wheelersburg, OH. Big Sandy News, Jun 20, 1941

COOKSEY, Laben T.
1859-1941
Laben T. Cooksey, 82, of Keyser Road near Ashland and a native of this county, died Tuesday at his home. Mr. Cooksey was born in this county, Feb 15, 1859, but had resided in Ashland the past 30 years. Surviving are 5 sons, M. E., W. H., Hobart and Oscar Cooksey all of Ashland and Andy Cooksey of Charleston, WV, 2 daughters, Mrs. Viola Moore and Mrs. Betty Miller both of Ashland, one brother, Leander Cooksey, Hitchins, KY. Big Sandy News, Jun 13, 1941

CORDLE, Amos
Amos Cordle, 64, retired Pike County, OH farmer and a native of this county, died Sunday at his home at Waverly, OH. He had suffered a cerebral hemorrhage 3 days before. Mr. Cordle moved from this county to Ohio 20 years ago. He was a member of the United Baptist Church. Funeral was conducted Wednesday at the home and interment made in the family cemetery near Waverly. Big Sandy News, Jun 27, 1941

FIELDS, Rebecca Ann (Moore)
Mrs. Rebecca Ann Fields, 80, native of this county and widow of the late Robert A. Fields, died Saturday at her home in Catlettsburg. Funeral was held in the Catlettsburg Methodist Church Monday and interment in the Field cemetery on East Fork. Mrs. Fields was born in this county, a daughter of Enoch and Sarah Hatcher Moore, but had resided in Catlettsburg the past 40 years. Big Sandy News, Jun 20, 1941

FITZPATRICK, Betty (Curry)
Mrs. Betty Fitzpatrick, 56, of Glenhayes, WV, died Friday in a Huntington hospital. Funeral was conducted Sunday afternoon and interment was made in the Curry Cemetery at Webb, WV. Mrs. Fitzpatrick is survived by her husband, J. b. Fitzpatrick; 2 sons, Hobart and Floyd, 3 daughters, Mrs. R. T. Kazee, Mrs. Elza Coffman and Mrs. Troy Kazee, all of Huntington, 3 brothers, Thomas Curry, of Huntington, Harry Curry of Kermit, and Morgan Curry of Webb, and by 4 sisters, Mrs. Anthony Shover and Mrs. Celia Duncan both of Bluefield, WV, Mrs. J. W. Franklin of Williamson, WV and Mrs. Chloe Little of Webb. Big Sandy News, Jun 6, 1941

GREEN, Mary Allen (Williams)
Mrs. Mary Allen Green, 22, wife of J. W. Green, died Sunday at her home in Jackson township, Pike County, OH, after a short illness. The body was returned to Flat Gap, KY for funeral Tuesday and interment. Besides her husband and a daughter, she is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. V. Williams of Waverly, OH and Mrs. Estel Caudill of Winifred, KY is a sister. Big Sandy News, Jun 27, 1941

HATFIELD, Harry
Harry Hatfield, 53, highway construction contractor of Barboursville, WV, died early Friday morning in a Huntington hospital of injuries received when he apparently fell under a truck Wednesday afternoon while directing the unloading of gravel on a road project near Melissa on Davis Creek, Cabell County. There were no witnesses but it was assumed that Mr. Hatfield last his footing and fell beneath the wheels of the truck. Funeral services were held Sunday at the residence and burial was in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Huntington. Mr. Hatfield was widely known in contracting circles and had constructed a number of highways in the Big Sandy section. Big Sandy News, Jun 20, 1941

HEWLETT, Jennie (Wells)
1869-1941
Mrs. Jennie Wells Hewlett, 72, widow of the late Rev. H. B. Hewlett who was a widely known Methodist minister died at 2:30 a.m. Friday at her home here. She had been ill since February. Funeral rites were conducted Monday at 10:30 in the Louisa Methodist Church with the pastor, Rev. T. J. Hopson, and Dr. H. L. Clay of Ashland, officiating and interment was made in Pine Hill Cemetery here beside her late husband. A large assemblage attended the rites. Mrs. Hewlett was born Jan 18, 1869, a daughter of Rev. Aaron and Lucinda Ward Wells, of Boons Camp, Johnson County. She had resided in Louisa the past 45 years and had been a member of the Methodist Church for 58 years. Her husband, Rev. H. B. Hewlett passed away in Aug 1937. He had served from more than 60 years as a circuit rider and pastor in the Western Virginia Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South and was one of the best known pastors of his day in the Tri-State section. Mrs. Hewlett is survived by 3 sons, Linus, at home, Horton D. Hewlett of Drift, KY, and Richard of Louisa, 2 sisters, Mrs. Martin Nesbit of Lucasville, OH and Mrs. Woods Joseph of Offutt, KY; 2 half sisters, Mrs. Allie Butcher of Williamsport, KY and Mrs. Emma Wells of Pikeville ,KY and one half brother, George Wells of Boons Camp, KY. Also surviving are 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Jun 20, 1941

HEWLETT, Nellie Mae
A 14 year old girl, Nellie Mae Hewlett of Chesapeake, OH and a 19 year old youth, John D. Knode of Fort Gay, WV, drowned in Lawrence County streams last Friday, Memorial Day. Both drownings were termed accidental by coroner's juries at inquests held by Justice of the Peace O. C. Akins in the Curtright Funeral Home here Memorial day afternoon. Miss Hewlett, daughter of James Hardin Hewlett, had come to Fallsburg to spend Memorial day with her grandparents, Rev. and Mrs. Dave Hewlett. She and her two older sisters, Marjorie, 17, and Evelyn, 16, were bathing in Big Blaine Creek at Fallsburg. Evelyn told the coroner's jury that neither she nor Nellie Mae could swim, but were hanging onto the side of a boat, while Marjorie, who could swim, was near the bank. She said Nellie Mae let go the boat and drowned before Marjorie could reach her. No adults were near when the tragedy occurred. Only others in swimming at the time were two cousins. Her body was recovered about 45 minutes later by her father who dived and found the body under several feet of water near the base of the falls.

Young Knode drowned in Levisa Fork of Big Sandy opposite the upper part of Louisa about 11:30 a.m. Justice of the Peace O. C. Atkins said that testimony at the inquest showed Knode, being pursued by Constable Lyman Workman, of Fort Gay, for alleged drunkenness, ran across the bridge between Louisa and Fort Gay and then up the Point that separates Tug and Levisa Forks. Workman came on to Louisa and enlisted the aid of Deputy Sheriff Troy Segraves and continued the chase, but left shortly after Knode jumped into the river and started swimming toward the Louisa. Justice of the Peace Atkins said that 2 boys, who were in bathing nearby, Buddie Brown and Junior Jones, said Knode went down when he was about 3/4 of the way across. His body was recovered about an hour later.

Funeral for the Hewlett girl was conducted Sunday afternoon in the Fallsburg Methodist Church with Rev. Edgar Smith, of Huntington, officiating, and the body was interred in the Hewlett Family cemetery near Yatesville. A large assemblage attended the rites. Besides the father, the girl is survived by her step mother, the two sisters, Marjorie and Evelyn and 3 grandparents, Rev. and Mrs. Dave Hewlett of Fallsburg and William Blankenship of West Virginia.

Funeral for Knode was conducted in the Fort Gay Methodist Church, also on Sunday afternoon, with Rev. R. C. Lockwood, of Louisa and Rev. Sam Wellman, pastor of the church. officiating. A large crowd which filled the church, attended the rites. The body was interred in the Wellman Cemetery near Saltpetre. Knode is survived by his mother,  Mrs. Mary Alice Wellman Knode, 2 sisters, Mrs. Robert Roten, Huntington and Miss Mable Knode at home; 2 brothers, Paul Knode, Orrville, OH and Thaddeus Knode, at home. His father, Jesse Knode, who formerly operated a shoe shop in Louisa, died last year. Big Sandy News, June 6, 1941

KING, Wilma Pauline (Miller)
1913-1941
Mrs. Wilma Pauline King, 28, native of this county and wife of Logan King, of Hayport Road, Portsmouth, OH, died at her home there Thursday of last week after an illness since December. A son born 3 days earlier died shortly after birth. Mrs. King, daughter of Charles and Ida McDowell Miller, was born in this county Jan 11, 1913. Surviving are her husband, and these children, Douglas, Robert and Wilma at home. She also leaves her mother, who resided at Oldtown, KY and these brothers and sisters, Mrs. Lillian Meadows, Charles, Roy and Gerald Miller, of Oldtown, Joseph, Jess and Jack Miller, Mrs. Minnie Dean of Ashland, Mrs. Irene Cameron of Wheelersburg, Thomas Miller of Washington, D. C., and Tony Miller of Pontiac, MI. Burial was made at Wheelersburg, OH. Big Sandy News, Jun 13, 1941

KNODE, John D.
A 14 year old girl, Nellie Mae Hewlett of Chesapeake, OH and a 19 year old youth, John D. Knode of Fort Gay, WV, drowned in Lawrence County streams last Friday, Memorial Day. Both drownings were termed accidental by coroner's juries at inquests held by Justice of the Peace O. C. Akins in the Curtright Funeral Home here Memorial day afternoon. Miss Hewlett, daughter of James Hardin Hewlett, had come to Fallsburg to spend Memorial day with her grandparents, Rev. and Mrs. Dave Hewlett. She and her two older sisters, Marjorie, 17, and Evelyn, 16, were bathing in Big Blaine Creek at Fallsburg. Evelyn told the coroner's jury that neither she nor Nellie Mae could swim, but were hanging onto the side of a boat, while Marjorie, who could swim, was near the bank. She said Nellie Mae let go the boat and drowned before Marjorie could reach her. No adults were near when the tragedy occurred. Only others in swimming at the time were two cousins. Her body was recovered about 45 minutes later by her father who dived and found the body under several feet of water near the base of the falls.

Young Knode drowned in Levisa Fork of Big Sandy opposite the upper part of Louisa about 11:30 a.m. Justice of the Peace O. C. Atkins said that testimony at the inquest showed Knode, being pursued by Constable Lyman Workman, of Fort Gay, for alleged drunkenness, ran across the bridge between Louisa and Fort Gay and then up the Point that separates Tug and Levisa Forks. Workman came on to Louisa and enlisted the aid of Deputy Sheriff Troy Segraves and continued the chase, but left shortly after Knode jumped into the river and started swimming toward the Louisa. Justice of the Peace Atkins said that 2 boys, who were in bathing nearby, Buddie Brown and Junior Jones, said Knode went down when he was about 3/4 of the way across. His body was recovered about an hour later.

Funeral for the Hewlett girl was conducted Sunday afternoon in the Fallsburg Methodist Church with Rev. Edgar Smith, of Huntington, officiating, and the body was interred in the Hewlett Family cemetery near Yatesville. A large assemblage attended the rites. Besides the father, the girl is survived by her step mother, the two sisters, Marjorie and Evelyn and 3 grandparents, Rev. and Mrs. Dave Hewlett of Fallsburg and William Blankenship of West Virginia.

Funeral for Knode was conducted in the Fort Gay Methodist Church, also on Sunday afternoon, with Rev. R. C. Lockwood, of Louisa and Rev. Sam Wellman, pastor of the church. officiating. A large crowd which filled the church, attended the rites. The body was interred in the Wellman Cemetery near Saltpetre. Knode is survived by his mother,  Mrs. Mary Alice Wellman Knode, 2 sisters, Mrs. Robert Roten, Huntington and Miss Mable Knode at home; 2 brothers, Paul Knode, Orrville, OH and Thaddeus Knode, at home. His father, Jesse Knode, who formerly operated a shoe shop in Louisa, died last year. Big Sandy News, June 6, 1941

MAYNARD, June
Mrs. June Maynard, 28, wife of William Maynard, of Goody, KY, near Williamson, was killed Saturday night when the car which her husband was driving struck the approach to a bridge on U. S. 52 two miles this side of Wayne. The couple were enroute to Franklin Furnace, OH to visit relatives. Mr. Maynard said a flat tire caused his car to swerve into the bridge. Mrs. Maynard was thrown through the windshield and died within five minutes of a laceration which severed her jugular vein. She had been employed for 2 years as dry cleaning inspector and office worker at the Thetford Cleaners in Williamson. Another motorist, who arrived on the scene at about the time of the crash, went to the assistance of the couple, but found it impossible to do anything to save Mrs. Maynard's life. After the crash, Maynard opened the door on his side of the car and got out while his wife got out on her side. He went around the car to his wife and found her standing on her feet bleeding profusely from the cut on her neck. Maynard endeavored to place her in the seat of the car and growing weak, she said: "Lay me on the ground, I am going." Maynard made his injured wife as comfortable as possible and placed her purse under her head for a pillow. With the assistance of the other motorist he rendered whatever first aid he could. Big Sandy News, Jun 27, 1941

MOORE, Ephriam
Ephriam Moore, 76, died Wednesday shortly before noon at his home at Zelda following a stroke suffered a few days ago. Funeral was conducted Thursday from the Buchanan Chapel Methodist Church and interment made in the Buchanan Chapel Cemetery. Mr. Moore was a son of the late John and Martha Castle Moore and had resided at Zelda for 25 years, moving there from Catlettsburg. Hid wife, Mrs. Anna Newsome, Moore, died 5 years ago. He is survived by 3 daughters, Mrs. Robert Price, Zelda, Mrs. Forrest Preston, Fullers, and Mrs. Luther Perry, Prichard, WV; one son, Harrison Moore, Zelda, 2 sisters, Mrs. Kay Frazier, Zelda and Mrs. James Christian, Yatesville and 4 brothers, Lindsey Moore, Yatesville, John C. Moore, Princess, KY and Green and James Moore both of Fallsburg. Big Sandy News, Jun 6, 1941

PHILLIPS, Adeline (Crane)
Mrs. Adeline Crane Phillips, 75, wife of Rev. Henry Phillips, died Sunday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. L. W. Davis of  Catlettsburg. Her parents were Joe Crane and Sarah Sparks Crane, of this county. Interment was made in the McCormack Cemetery in Boyd County. Big Sandy News, Jun 27, 1941

SHEPHERD, Laura Ethel (Bolt)
Mrs. Laura Ethel Shepherd, 35, wife of William Shepherd, of Rush, KY, died Sunday in a Lexington hospital. Funeral was conducted Tuesday in the Bolts Fork Holiness Church and interment was made in the Bolt family cemetery on Bolt's Fork. Deceased was the daughter of Kent R. and Bertha Pope Bolt of the Bolt's Fork section. Miss Alice F. Bolt of Fallsburg is a sister. Big Sandy News, Jun 27, 1941

SPARKS, Ervin Roscoe
Ervin Roscoe Sparks, 47, native of the Martha section of this county and for the past 17 years county agricultural agent at Manchester, Clay County, died Monday of last week of a heart ailment in St. Joseph's hospital in Lexington. Mr. Sparks was born on Cam Creek, near Martha, a son of Floyd and Melvina Skaggs. The family moved to Little Fork in Elliott County when Roscoe was a youth. He was a grandson of Lindsey Sparks and a great grandson of Wiley Sparks, one of the original settlers of the Blaine Section. After returning from the World War he studied agriculture at the University of Kentucky and was assigned as county agent in Clay County in 1923. At Manchester he was a member and elder of the Presbyterian Church and was the first president of the Manchester Kiwanis Club. He also was a member of the Masonic Lodge, the American Legion and the J. O.U.A.M. Surviving are his wife, and 4 children, Mrs. Charles White, Manchester, Evelyn, Erma and Irene, at home, his father, Floyd Sparks, of Fielden, 5 brothers, Nelse, Emory and Monroe Sparks, all of Portsmouth, OH, Glenn Sparks of Ashland and Kenneth Sparks, of Stephens and 4 daughters, Mrs. Hamilton Skaggs, Edmenton, Alberta, Canada, Mrs. John Johnson, Stephens, Mrs. Ocia Pennington, Ashland, and Mrs. Paul Ratcliff, Halcom. Interment was made in the Whites Creek Cemetery in the Little Fork section of Elliott County. Big Sandy News, Jun 6, 1941

THOMPSON, Frankie (Davis)
Mrs. Frankie Thompson, wife of J. C. Thompson, of Prichard, WV, died Wednesday night of last week at her home. Funeral services were held Friday at the Shiloh Methodist Church at Prichard with the Rev. Henry Mullens and the Rev. Enos Scaggs officiating. Burial was in the Hatten Cemetery. Surviving in addition to her husband, are 3 daughters, Mrs. Denver Michael, Mrs. Fred B. Damron and Miss Mary Bertha Thompson, all of Prichard; 9 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, a brother, Jack Davis of Whites Creek; 4 sisters, Mrs. Edna Gilkerson, of Whites Creek, Mrs. Ida Hayton, of Gragston Creek, Mrs. Rosie Alley and Mrs. Margaret Estep of Prichard, Big Sandy News, Jun 20, 1941

WELLMAN, David C.
1851-1941
David C. Wellman, 90, retired carpenter and lifelong resident of Louisa, died at 3:15 Saturday morning at his home in the Italy section of Louisa. He had been seriously ill for 3 months. Funeral was conducted Sunday morning at 20 from the Wellman family cemetery at Smokey valley, where interment was made. Rev. J. H. Holbrook of Louisa officiated at the rites. Mr. Wellman was born in Louisa, Feb 11, 1851, a son of Garred and Sarah Diamond Wellman, pioneer resident of this section. He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Rebecca Kirk of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Jun 27, 1941

WELLS, Rachel (Wheeler)
1889-1941
Mrs. Rachael Wheeler Wells, 52, wife of Sam Wells, of Blaine, died at the home Friday morning following an illness of 2 years. Funeral was conducted Saturday afternoon at the Wheeler family cemetery near Blaine where burial was made. Rev. P. H. Skaggs, Rev. W. M. Skaggs and Rev. Alfred Chandler officiated at the rites and a large assemblage attended. Mrs. Wells was born on Hood near Blaine in February 1889, a daughter of Francis and Sarah Lemaster Wheeler and had resided there and in Blaine all of her life. She had been a member of the United Baptist Church for 13 years. Surviving besides the husband are 2 daughters, Misses Dixie and Rebecca, at home, 5 sons, Fred, Russell, Howard and Ben, all at home, and Charles P. Wells of Pine Camp, NY; 4 sisters, Miss Catherine Wheeler, Blaine, Mrs. Noah Milum, Poland, IN and Mrs. U. S. Skaggs and Mrs. William Skaggs both of Londonderry, OH and 2 brothers, William Wheeler and Josh Wheeler both of Blaine. Big Sandy News, Jun 20, 1941

WHEELER, Sarah (Justice)
1846-1941
Mrs. Sarah Justice Wheeler, 95, known throughout the Big Sandy Valley as Grandma Wheeler, died Wednesday morning at her home in Paintsville. She was born in Johnson County in 1846, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Justice. Her father having migrated to the Big Sandy from Virginia in his youth and she was the widow of the late Martin VanBuren Wheeler, prominent early Paintsville citizen. Dr. C. C. Wheeler of Flat Gap is a son. Big Sandy News, Jun 20, 1941

 

WILLIAMSON, Ben
1864-1941
Senator Ben Williamson, 76, of Catlettsburg, one of Eastern Kentucky's most prominent citizens and president of Ben Williamson and Company hardware firm for 55 year, died Monday midnight in Holmes hospital in Cincinnati where he had been receiving treatment since last February. Mr. Williamson was born in Pike County near Williamson, WV Oct 1864, a son of W. J. and Columbia S. Williamson and was a member of one of the oldest families in the Big Sandy section. His father was the founder of the city of Williamson, WV. After attending Bethany College in West Virginia, Mr. Williamson began a career which was to keep him active in business and banking and other circles through the years until his death. In 1886, with a cousin, he founded the hardware firm of Ben Williamson and Co. at Catlettsburg and remained president of the firm until his death. The business was located in Catlettsburg for 26 years and in 1924 was moved to Ashland where it had expanded into one of the largest concerns of its kind in this section of the nation. A benefactor of crippled children, Mr. Williamson was one of the founders of Kentucky Crippled Children's Commission and served as its president from 1924 until ill health forced him to resign last February.

Mrs. Williamson served his state in the United States Senate for a short term being appointed in 1930 to fill the unexpired term of the late Frederick M. Sackett who had been named ambassador to Germany. He also had held other positions of prominence in Kentucky, being a member of the Board of Charities and Correction for 2 years. Parole Board and Democratic State Executive Committee. As senator and in other capacities, Mr. Williamson served on several committees, working at all times to the especial interest of Ashland, Catlettsburg and the Big Sandy region. Mr. Williamson was a champion of good roads and was responsible for securing the first federal aid for roads ever granted in Kentucky. This came to Boyd County. He was also active in securing construction of the Mayo Trail and the Ashland-Coal Grove Bridge. Business interests of Mr. Williamson carried him into various channels and he was a director of a number of corporations. Among other posts, in addition to heading the hardware company which bears his name, Mr.  Williamson was president of the Williamson Mining and Manufacturing Company and chairman of the board of the First Nation Bank of Williamson. Mr. Williamson was an affiliate of the Masonic Lodge, Knights Templar and a charter member of the Ashland Rotary Club.

Funeral was conducted Thursday afternoon from the home in Catlettsburg with Rev. A. O. Price officiating. Private burial services followed in the Ashland Cemetery where the body was place in a mausoleum crypt. Pallbearers were selected from the oldest employees of his hardware firm. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Ceres Wellman Williamson, and a son and daughter, Ben Williamson, Jr. and Mrs. David Geiger, both of Ashland. Big Sandy News, Jun 27, 1941

WINCHELL, Samuel K.
Samuel K. Winchell, 83, died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Arthur Booth of Prichard, WV, Jun 5, after a lingering illness. He is survived by another daughter, Mrs. Arthur Staley of Kenova, 2 stepsons, F. M. Bloss of Lavalette, at whose home the boldy was taken to await burial and L. H. Bloss, also of Lavalette, a son, Fred R. Winchell, committed suicide by shooting himself May 21, 1941. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at the Shiloh Church, near Prichard by Rev. Henry Mullens. Burial was in the Hatton Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jun 20, 1941

WOODS, Nellie Mae
Miss Nellie Mae Woods, 22, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Woods, of Catlettsburg, died Sunday. She was born and reared in Boyd County and was a graduate of the Catlettsburg high school. Mr. and Mrs. Covie Jordan of Ellen, are her grandparents. Funeral was conducted at the home and interment was made in the Moore family cemetery in this county. Big Sandy News, Jun 27, 1941

YATES, Rhoda
Mrs. Rhoda Yates, 81, of the Georges Creek section, died Jun 8th at her home. She was the wife of Alfred Yates. Funeral was conducted Jun 10 and interment made in the family cemetery on Rockcastle. Big Sandy News, Jun 20, 1941

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BAUGH, Melinda (Barr)
1861-1941
Mrs. Malinda Baugh, a resident of Buchanan, for the past 56 years, died Friday morning at 7:30 at the home of her daughter and son in lawn, Mr. and Mrs. William Price of Portsmouth, OH with whom she had been visiting since the previous Sunday. Death was attributed to infirmities of advanced age. Mrs. Baugh was born Jun 20, 1861 in Lawrence Co., OH, the daughter of Lewis and Sarah Barr. In 2885 she was united in marriage to Alexander Baugh and moved from Lawrence county to Buchanan. Her husband preceded her in death in 1921. Mrs. Baugh was a member of the Methodist Church. Surviving are 2 daughters, Mrs. Minnie Price of Portsmouth, OH and Mrs. Julia Stewart of Buchanan, KY; 3 sons, Phillip Baugh of Zelda, Thomas of Buchanan and William of Bucyrus, OH. One brother, John Barr, of Ironton, OH, 17 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren also survive. Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon at 2 at Buchanan Chapel with burial following in the Buchanan Cemetery. Rev. Ira Copley officiated. Big Sandy News, Jul 11, 1941

BRADSHAW, Sarah J.
1859-1941
Mrs. Sarah J. Bradshaw came to the end of her life in an early hour of the morning Saturday, Jul 19th. life for her began Oct 13th, 1859. She was 82 years, 8 months and 6 days old. Mrs. Bradshaw was the widow of William Bradshaw, who served the entire period of the Civil War, preceding her in death 15 years ago. She was born in Ohio, but lived in Huntington, WV, a number of years, before coming to Lawrence county to stay with her daughter, Mrs. E. J. McKinney. Left to mourn her loss is the daughter, a nephew, Charles Augustus Underdunk, Atlanta, GA; a granddaughter, Mrs. Lucille Brown, Waterloo, OH and Mrs. G. C. Thompson of Webbville, a number of friends both in WV and Kentucky also her grandchildren. Mrs. Bradshaw was a member of Mount Union Presbyterian Church, Huntington, WV, She was an earnest church worker going about doing good with a great loving kindness, befriending the homeless, helping the needy and feeding the hungry. Truly a beautiful life "Grandma" as she was lovingly called, greatly enjoyed God's handiwork, the beauty of the earth. She like to arise early in the morning to see the sun burst forth in all its glory to give light and warmth to all creation. I have seen her stand and gaze with the look of Heaven on her face when the earth would be wrapped in its mantel of snow and the branches of the trees hanging low and exclaim, "What a beautiful sight, what a wonderful God." Her family will miss her loving care. No one can take her place in our hearts, she left a vacant place that no one else can ever fill. She has gone where life's storms will trouble her no more, bring no more tears to her eyes, gone on to receive her award in that city whose builder and maker is God. She had been in failing health since the death of her beloved son, Charles E. Wilkes, of Ashland, KY. The death angel had hovered near for many weeks, but Grandma awaited death, calm and unafraid. She had lived to meet it. Funeral services were conducted by Revs. Fred Vanhorn, Jack Perry and Lloyd Jordan, and she was laid away to await the coming of Jesus in the Thompson Cemetery on Caney Fork. --A granddaughter, Mrs. G. C. Thompson. Big Sandy News, Jul 25, 1941

BROWN, James David
James David Brown, 21 month sold son of Mr. and Mrs. C. O. Brown of Ashland, died Jul 3. Surviving besides the parents are 3 sisters and a brother and the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Brown of Louisa and Mr. and Mrs. John McNurlin of Ashland. Big Sandy News, Jul 11, 1941

CAINES, James A.
James A. Caines, 88, retired Ashland carpenter and grocer and a native of this county, died at his home in Ashland Friday night after an illness of only 2 days. Deceased was born near Louisa and was a brother of Henry Caines of near Potter and George Caines of Fort Gay. Also surviving is a third brother, Andy Caines, of Kenova. He had resided in Ashland the past 30 years. Funeral was conducted Monday from the home with Rev. W. K. Wood, pastor of the Pollard Baptist Church, officiating and interment was made in the Ashland Cemetery. Deceased was a member of the Baptist Church. Big Sandy News, Jul 25, 1941

CARTER, Clyde C.
1892-1941
The funeral of Clyde C. Carter, 49, of Langley, KY who was killed Saturday night in an automobile-truck collision near Sandy Hook, was conducted Tuesday afternoon from the home of his mother, Mrs. Ruby Holt Carter in Louisa. Sheriff Jack Brown of Elliott County said Carter was killed when his taxi and a truck driven by Ova Ferguson of Relief, collided head on Saturday night about 8:30 on a sharp curve 7 miles from Sandy Hook, on the road leading to Morehead. Ferguson suffered a crushed chest in the crash.

Mr. Carter's wife and a grandson, and Mrs. Evelyn Withrow and 5 children of Dayton, OH, who were riding in Carter's taxi, were injured. Mrs. Carter and her grandson, Keith Maynard of Allen, were taken to a Paintsville hospital where it was reported they were not seriously hurt. The 5 Withrow children and Ferguson were taken to a Lexington hospital. Mrs. Withrow, less seriously hurt, was taken to the home of her father, Melvin Hamm in Morehead.

The Withrow family formerly lived at Garrett, KY but had moved recently to Dayton, OH. Carter was born and reared at Fallsburg, this county and was the son of Mrs. Ruby Holt Carter of Louisa and the late George Burton Carter. He moved from this county to Beaver Creek 20 years ago and for 18 years was employed as a mine foreman by the Elk Horn Coal Corp. at Wayland. For the past 2 years he had operated a taxi business at Maytown. He served one term as a deputy sheriff in Floyd county and had been a member of the Methodist Church for 34 years. Rev. C. F. Froderman, Methodist pastor of Ashland, and Rev. T. J. Hopson, pastor of the Louisa Methodist church conducted the funeral rites Tuesday. Interment was made in Pine Hill Cemetery here under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Mr. Carter is survived by his wife, Mrs. Faith Clere Carter, one daughter, Mrs. Charles Maynard, of Allen, KY, one sister, Mrs. Carl Martin of Paintsville, 2 grandchildren, Keith and Julia Ann Maynard and his mother. Big Sandy News, Jul 25, 1941

CONWAY, Lafayette
Lafayette Conway, 81, died Jul 15 at his home at Orr, after an illness of several months. He had been a resident of this county for the past 45 years. He was born in Lawrence County, OH. Funeral service was held Thursday afternoon of last week, and interment was made at Orr. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Jane Prince Conway, 4 sons and 3 daughters, Lewis Conway of Ashland, Sherman Conway, East Jordan, MI, George Conway of Fairmont, WV, Morten Conway of Orr; Mrs. Lida Yates and Mrs. Thena McCallister of Ashland and Mrs. M. L. Hensley of Orr. Big Sandy News, Jul 25, 1941

CURNUTTE, E. B.
CURNUTTE, Beulah Mae
Double funeral rites were held at Buchanan Chapel Methodist Church near Zelda Tuesday afternoon for Miss Beulah Mae Curnutte, 17, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Curnutte of Zelda, who was fatally injured Saturday night in an automobile-truck wreck in Ashland and E. b. Curnutte, 69, her grandfather, who died the same night at the Curnutte home at Zelda. The girl died about midnight in Kings Daughters Hospital after suffering a fractured skull 2 hours earlier in a wreck at 37th Street and Winchester Avenue in Ashland. Her grandfather died at 10:45 the same evening after a week's illness. A large assemblage attended the double funeral rites, which were conducted by Rev. Phillips, pastor of the Ashland Nazarene Church, The messenger Quartette from Rebecca Nazarene College, Nashville, TN, who appeared in a revival meeting in Louisa Sunday, sang 3 hymns at the rites. Interments were made in the Buchanan Chapel Cemetery under direction of Curtright Funeral Home.

Miss Curnutte, a junior in the Louisa high school the past year, was one of 8 persons riding in a truck which wrecked in Ashland about 9:50 Saturday night. The truck, a half ton pickup was driven by Ray Hart, 19, of Zelda, who was a senior in Louisa high school until joining the Navy last January. He was on a 9 day furlough from the Great Lakes Naval Training Station, and was scheduled to leave the next day for Philadelphia for active duty on a ship. Suffering a fractured skull, Miss Curnutte was rushed to the Kings Daughters hospital but died about 12:45. Also taken to the hospital were Bishop Swoard, 40, of Catalpa, who also suffered a fractured skull and Miss Thelma Workman, 17, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Workman, of Zelda. Miss Workman was not seriously hurt and she was dismissed from the hospital Monday. Mr. Swoard's condition is reported as improved and he is given a good chance to recover. Other occupants of the truck were Eugene Curnutte, 15, and Anna Marie Curnutte, 13, sisters of the dead girl, and Harrison Crabtree, Clyde Crabtree and Russell Large, all of Catalpa, none of whom were seriously injured. Hart, the Crabtree brothers and Large were held in the Ashland city jail until Monday when an inquest was conducted by Boyd County coroner, Dr. J. C. Hall.

A coroner's jury of 7 men found that Hart, the driver, lost control of the truck and that the accident was unavoidable.  The jury reached their decision after interviewing Detective Sam Berry and Patrolman Henry Griffith of the Ashland police department, also 3 eye witnesses to the affair, and the 4 men who were being held without specific charge. According to the evidence, the truck seemed to hit something and after striking the curb, weaved back and forth across the highway until it struck 2 parked cars, throwing several occupants to the concrete. Miss Curnutte is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Curnutte, of Zelda, and 3 sisters, Emogene, Anna Marie and Mary, all at home. Mr. Curnutte is survived by 2 sons, Roy and Marvin Curnutte, both of Zelda and 2 brothers, Oliver Lee Curnutte of Fullers, and V. B. Curnutte of Huntington. He became ill while visiting his brother in Huntington and was brought back to Zelda in a car Tuesday. He was a son of the late Stephen and Elizabeth Kinner Curnutte and was born and reared at Zelda. He had served as post master there for 30 years and conducted a general merchandise store until a few years ago, when he sold it to his son, Roy. Big Sandy News, Jul 4, 1941

DAMRON, Charlotte Lottie (Tate)
Mrs. Charlotte Lottie Damron, 70, widow of Thomas Damron of Catlettsburg, died Tuesday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Nick McGuire, of Flatwoods, Ashland. A daughter of the late Joel and Mary Fraley Tate, she was a native of this county. She had lived in Catlettsburg and Ashland many years. Funeral was held at the Pentecostal Church in Catlettsburg. Surviving are another daughter, Mrs. Hester McKnight, of Waverly, OH, 4 sons, Everett and Joe Damron of Catlettsburg and Jay and Sherman Damron of Ironton, OH; a stepson, Herbert Damron of Logan, WV and 2 step daughters, Mrs. Emma Carter of Catlettsburg and Mrs. Cora Austin of Logan and 2 sisters, Mrs. Julia Akers of Barboursville, WV and Mrs. Mary Cook of Catlettsburg. Big Sandy News, Jul 11, 1941

FANNIN, Betty (Queen)
1862-1941
Mrs. Betty Queen Fannin, 79, former resident of Lawrence County and mother of Jailer J. Tom Fannin of Boyd County, died Sunday at her home in Ashland. She was born in 1862 in Wayne County, WV, a daughter of Henry A. and Mollie Beecher Queen. She resided in this county in the East Fork section for many years and moved to Ashland 24 years ago. She was a member of the Pollard Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband, George H. Fannin, 4 sons, and a daughter, and one brother, H. C. Queen of Harts, WV. Funeral and interment was in Ashland, Tuesday. Big Sandy News, Jul 4, 1941

GARTIN, Letha (Swan)
Mrs. Letha Swan Gartin, 27, native of Cordell, died Tuesday in King's Daughters Hospital in Ashland after an illness of 2 weeks. She had been a resident of Ashland the past year. Surviving are a daughter, Virginia Frances Gartin, at home, her mother, Millie Swan of this county and an aunt, Mrs. Charles Lee of Ashland. Big Sandy News, Jul 11, 1941

HARRIS, Inez (Jordan)
Mrs. Inez Jordan Harris, 40, native of Mattie, this county, died Jul 15 at her home in Birmingham, AL after an illness of one year. The body was brought to Louisa Wednesday and taken to the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. Z. Jordan at Mattie. Funeral was conducted in the Mattie Methodist Church Thursday morning at 10 with Rev. Dave Hewlett and Rev. Dave Al Hayes officiating and interment was made in the McKenzie family cemetery at Mattie. She was a member of the Methodist Church. Born and reared at Mattie, Mrs. Harris had lived in Birmingham the past 3 years. She was the wife of Gene Harris. Surviving besides the husband are the parents, B. Z. and Tabitha McKenzie Harris of Mattie and one daughter, Mrs. Donald Slack. Big Sandy News, Jul 18, 1941

HAYES, Bertha
Mrs. Bertha Hayes, 41, wife of Clifford Hayes, died Tuesday of last week in Grayson. The body was returned to Isonville where funeral was conducted by Rev. Rufus Fannin and burial was made in the family cemetery. Surviving are the husband and 10 children. Big Sandy News, Jul 4, 1941

JONES, Letcher
Letcher Jones, 87 years old of Crum, WV, died in a Beckley hospital recently. Mr. Jones was twice married and is the father of W. H. Jones of Crum. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Aubra Stepp, with burial in the Parsley Cemetery near the mouth of Jennies Creek. Big Sandy News, Jul 25, 194

KELLER, Flem
Flem R. Keller, 52, native of this county and for the past several years a field agent for the State Department of Revenue in Boyd, Lawrence and Carter counties, died of a heart attack Thursday morning of last week in a Grayson hospital where he had been ill for a few days. Mr. Keller, widely known in this section, was born and reared at Webbville, and attended Valparaiso Business School, Valparaiso, IN. He went to Ashland in 1916 as head bookkeeper of the Ashland Water Works Co. and when it was sold to the city he accepted a similar position with the Catlettsburg Water Works Co and became manager in 1927. Ill health forced his retirement in 1932, but he recovered sufficiently in 1936 to accept a position with the State Department of Revenue. Until recent months he had resided in Catlettsburg where he was a deacon in the Presbyterian Church and member of the Elks and Masons. Funeral was conducted in the Lazear Funeral Home in Ashland Saturday with Rev. S. R. Curry officiating and interment was made in the Ashland Cemetery beside his wife, who before her marriage was Sallie Lambert and who preceded him in death several years ago. He is survived by 3 sisters, Mrs. H. N. Fisher, Ashland, Mrs. Norman Isherwood of Charleston, WV and Miss Maxine Keller of Huntington, and 2 brothers, Fred B. Keller of Akron and Grady Keller of Somerset, KY. Big Sandy News, Jul 18, 1941

KINNER, Oliver T.
Oliver T. Kinner, 48, World War veteran and rural mail carrier, died Monday evening at his home near Buchanan after an illness of several weeks. Funeral rites were conducted Wednesday at Buchanan Chapel Methodist Church with Rev. O. P. Smith of Russell, officiating and interment was made in Buchanan Chapel Cemetery. The Louisa Post American Legion, of which the deceased was a member, conducted their ritual at the interment. Mr. Kinner, after many years of service as rural mail carrier on Buchanan resigned a few months ago because of ill health. He is survived by the widow, Mrs. Bertha Black Kinner, his mother, Mrs. Ann Hogan Kinner, 4 brothers, John Kinner of Charleston, WV, Fred Kinner of Ashland, KY, Watt Kinner of Buchanan and Charles Kinner, of Hazard, KY and 2 sisters, Mrs. Everett Rice of Buchanan and Mrs. Robert Cooksey of Hazard, KY. Big Sandy News, Jul 11, 1941

LANEY, Donald Lee
Donald Lee Laney, 3 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Laney, died Saturday midnight at the Laney home here after a brief illness of blood poisoning in an arm. Funeral was conducted Tuesday afternoon from the Conn Cemetery on Three Mile where interment was made. Surviving besides the parents are a sister and 2 brothers and the grandparents, Mrs. Pauline Conn of Louisa and Robert Laney of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Jul 25, 1941

MAYNARD, T. P.
T. P. Maynard, about 84 years old, retired merchant and farmer died at his home at Kiahsville, WV, Jul 16. Mr. Maynard had been in bad health for several years and had been seriously ill for 2 weeks. He was a merchant at Kiahsville for about 50 years and had been a member of the Cove Creek United Baptist Church for about 25 years. Funeral services were held Friday morning at the residence with the Rev. Reuben Dyer and Rev. C. Cole officiating. Burial was in Queen's Ridge Cemetery. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Martha Queen Maynard, a brother, Lewis Maynard of Dunlow; 5 sisters, Mrs. Mary Toppins and Mrs. Miriam Adkins of Kiahsville, Mrs. Katie Pack and Mrs. John Williams, both of Logan and Mrs. Meredith Dyer, Wayne and a foster son, Raymond Maynard of Kiahsville. Big Sandy News, Jul 25, 1941

OSBORN, Charles H. D.
Charles H. D. Osborn, 48, native of the Blaine section, died Friday in Westfield, NJ relatives here have been informed. Mr. Osborn became ill shortly after returning to New Jersey from Florida where he had lived the past 2 years for his health. Enroute north, he stopped off in Louisa 3 weeks ago, and visited his uncle, Charles P. Osborn. Deceased was a son of Chilt and Lora Picklesimer Osborn and was born and reared at Blaine. After graduating from the University of Kentucky, he became associated with the Western Electric Company and had resided in Westfield, NJ for a number of years. Funeral was conducted in Westfield, NJ Sunday and interment was made in LaGrange, IL. A brother, Hubert Osborn, of Inglewood, CA survives. Big Sandy News, Jul 25, 1941

PACK, Mary Ida (O'Bryan)
Mrs. Mary Ida Pack, 60, wife of R. S. Pack, died Saturday night at the Pack home at Charley 2 weeks after suffering a stroke. Funeral rites were conducted Monday morning at the home with Rev. Willie Daniels, Rev. Roscoe Lemaster and Rev. H. W. Williams officiating and interment was made in the family cemetery. Deceased was a daughter of Owen and Lucinda Pack O'Bryan and was born and reared near Charley. She had been a member of the United Baptist church for 31 years. Surviving besides the husband, are 6 daughters, Mrs. Natt Hayes, Mrs. F. C. Dailes, Mrs. Ervin Scarberry, and Mrs. Mitchell Chandler, all of Charley, Mrs. Charles Lemaster of Matewan, WV, Mrs. Charles Cullums of Circleville, OH, and Mrs. Richard Hayes, of Plain City, OH, one son, Landie j. Pack of Charley; 3 sisters, Mrs. Arlie Pack of Argo, IL, Mrs. Sam Sparks of Columbus, OH, and Mrs. Thomas Perry of London, OH and 2 brothers, Lewis and Anderson O'Bryan both of Columbus, OH. Big Sandy News, Jul 11, 1941

ROBERTSON, Pearline
Pearline Robertson, 2 months old daughter of William and Ivory Jackson Robertson, died Tuesday afternoon at the Robertson home on Paddle Creek, 3 miles from Fort Gay, following a 2 day illness. Funeral was conducted Wednesday morning at the Oak Grove Church and interment was made in the family cemetery. Besides the parents, she is survived by a sister, 2 brothers and 3 grandparents, Mrs. Fannie Robertson, Fort Gay and Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Jackson, Genoa. Big Sandy News, Jul 18, 1941

WILSON, Samuel J.
Samuel J. Wilson, 82, died at his home in Oakland, Iowa, Jun 19. Mr. Wilson was the son of the late James and Jennie Wilson of Wayne county, WV and had lived in Iowa for 50 years. In early manhood, he joined the Pleasant Baptist Church on Mill Creek, later moving his membership to Oakland Church. He was united in marriage to Evaline Ross of Beech Fork, who preceded him in death. His second wife was Olive Beare, of Fort Gay. One son, Jennings Wilson of San Francisco, CA survived by the second marriage; one sister, Mrs. D. H. Frazier of Fort Gay, also survives. Two brothers, John Wilson of Elgin, OR and Ozion Wilson, died in Sep 1940. Big Sandy News, Jul 4, 1941

WORKMAN, Johnnie
Johnnie Workman, 60, farmer of Yatesville, died at 3:30 Wednesday morning in a local hospital where he had been a medical patient for 3 days. He had been in failing health for 2 years. Funeral will be conducted Friday morning at 10:30 at the home and interment will be made in the family cemetery near Yatesville. Mr. Workman was a son of the late Ransey and Elizabeth Burchett Workman and was born and reared at Yatesville. He had been a member of the Methodist Church for 30 years. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Fannin Workman, 6 daughters, Mrs. Floyd Campbell, of Kokomo, IN, Mrs. Elmira Cox, Yatesville, Miss Easter Workman, Kokomo, IN, and Misses Catherine, Anna Mary and Martha Ruth, all at home, 2 sons, Mathew Workman, in the U. S. Army at Ft. Lewis, WA and Paul at home; one sister, Mrs. Robert Bailey, Louisa and one brother, George Workman, Yatesville. Big Sandy News, Jul 25, 1941

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ADAMS, Billy Ray
Paintsville, KY--The measles epidemic has claimed the lives of 2 children in Johnson County during the past week, according to the health department. Billy Ray Adams, 3 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Adams of Leander died Saturday and Harry Thomas Rose, 8 months old son of Mr. and Mrs. S. E. Rose of Sitka, died Sunday. Two brothers of the Adams youth had died last year of measles it was reported. Big Sandy news, Aug 1, 1941

ADKINS, Dennie
Dennie Adkins, 66, well known hardware merchant, of Kermit, WV, died Sunday night at his home after a brief illness. He was a brother of Mrs. L. B. Crum, Sr., of Glenhayes and of Mrs. Ed J. Vinson of this county. Big Sandy News, Aug 15, 1941

BERRY, John
John Berry, 68, a native of Lawrence county who had worked for the C & O Railway Co. since the age of 16, until his retirement 3 years ago, died Wednesday of last week at his home near Ashland. Mr. Berry moved to Ashland, 60 years ago. He was a member of the Ashland Holy Family Catholic Church. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Leona Berry; a daughter, Mrs. Harry Ferrell of Ashland, 2 sons, Forrest of Williamsport, OH and Ernest of Bell, WV; a brother, Mont Berry of Greenup County; 2 sisters, Mrs. Fred Newhouse of McMillen, MI and Mrs. Lewis Cordill of Toledo. Big Sandy news, Aug 22, 1941

BEVINS, Martha
Mrs. Martha Bevins, 74, widow of William Bevins, died Sunday at St. Charles Hospital in Charleston, WV and the body was brought to this county and funeral rites were held Thursday at Georges Creek with Rev. David Chandler officiating. Burial was made in the Bevins cemetery. Mrs. Bevins had accompanied her son, Attorney Wray Bevins and Mrs. Bevins to Charleston to visit a daughter, Mrs. Effie Scarberry. She was stricken with a heart attack and was taken to the hospital. Surviving are 4 sons, Charles of Cona, KY, Frank of Everetts, KY, Edgar of Pikeville, KY, and Wray, who is an attorney at Waverly, OH; 2 daughters, Mrs. Elsie Debord of Vulcan, WV and Mrs. Scarberry of Charleston, WV. Big Sandy News, Aug 15, 1941

BILLUPS, George
George Billups, 33, died at his home in Huntington, Aug 2. He is survived by the widow Mrs. Ida Billups, 2 daughters, Violet May and Ruby Pearl Billups, at home, his mother, Mrs. Maggie Billups, 3 brothers, Lawson, Woodrow and John Billups, 6 sisters, Mrs. Hattie Lockhart, Mrs. Virginia Fulks, Mrs. Sarah Davis, Mrs. Elizabeth Whitney, Mrs. Frances Tabor and Mrs. Norma McCaffery, all of Huntington. Funeral services were conducted at the Tabor's Creek Church near Fort Gay, Monday afternoon of last week, with burial in the family cemetery there. Big Sandy News, Aug 15, 1941

BOGGS, Jonas
Jonas Boggs, 75, native of this county, died at his home at Lynn in Greenup county. Funeral was conducted Monday and interment made in the family cemetery there. He is survived by the following brothers and sisters, Mrs. Lizzie Holbrook, Putnam, WV, Nelson Boggs, of the Blaine section of this county, Sam Boggs, of Argillite, KY, Saul Boggs of Euclid, KY and Tom Boggs of Lyra, OH Also surviving are 10 children. Big Sandy News, Aug 1, 1941

BOOTH, Jack
Jack Booth, 50, C & O section laborer who lived in Lawrence County near Henrietta, was found dead between the tracks of the C & O railway above Henrietta in Johnson County last Friday afternoon and a coroner's jury returned a verdict he was killed by lightning. Mr. Booth's body was found by the crew of east bound C & O passenger train No. 38 and was taken to Paintsville where Johnson County Judge Claude Buckingham held an inquest. There were no bruises on his body, only burns and the jury concluded lightning during a storm that afternoon had struck him as he was walking home from work along the railroad. He is survived by his wife and 12 children. His wife is confined to her room after falling from a porch and breaking her hip a few weeks ago. Big Sandy News, Aug 8, 1941

BRADLEY, Paul David
Paul David Bradley, 6 months old son of Henry G. and Charlotte Berry Bradley, died at the Bradley home at Blaine Saturday after a month's illness. Funeral was conducted Sunday in the Methodist Church at Blaine with Rev. William W. Moore officiating and interment was made in the Gambill Cemetery. Surviving besides the parents are 3 grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. S. G. Bradley of Blaine and Mrs. Charles Berry of Blaine. Big Sandy News, Aug 29,1941

BRADSHAW, Sarah Jane
1858-1941
Mrs. Sarah Jane Bradshaw, 82, former resident of Huntington, WV, died Saturday morning Jul 19, at the home of her daughter, Mrs.  Barbara McKinney of the Irad section. She was born in 1858 in Ohio, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Johnson and was married to Albert Wilkes in 1878. Two children were born to this union, Mrs. Barbara McKinney and Charles E. Wilkes, formerly of Ashland, KY. Her son and husband preceded her in death. Her second husband was William Bradshaw of Huntington. Since the death of Mr. Bradshaw, she has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. McKinney. She is survived by one daughter, 2 granddaughters, Mrs. G. C. Thompson of Webbville and Mrs. John Brown of Waterloo, OH, several great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. Funeral services were held in the Thompson home with Revs. Jordan, Vanhorn and Perry officiating. Interment was in the Thompson cemetery near Webbville. Big Sandy News, Aug 1, 1941

BROWN, Dan, Jr.
1920-1941
County Judge S. B. Ball will hold a court of inquiry in Louisa, possibly Saturday, in connection with the mysterious murder of Dan J. Brown, Jr., 20, whose body was found early Tuesday morning beside his automobile on the River Road about 2 miles below his home at Borders Chapel, dead from a gunshot wound. Brown, who had been attending night classes in defense training at Mayo State Vocational School in Paintsville, evidently had been killed by a concealed gunman when he got out of his auto to remove a limb placed across the road. He was returning home after midnight Tuesday morning from Paintsville. His brother in law, Richard Akers, 22, who also attends the defense classed and accompanied him in the auto, had gotten out at his home about a mile and half below where the murder was later committed.

Rell Price, a resident of the neighborhood, found the body about 5 a.m. Tuesday while enroute to Louisa where he works for the F. S. VanHoose Lumber Company as a truck driver. He telephoned authorities here and Justice of the Peace O. C. Atkins, Sheriff Proctor Fyffe and County Attorney M. J. See went to the scene immediately and conducted an inquest.

Justice of the Peace Atkins said they found Brown's body lying near the front of his car where he apparently had bled to death when a charge from a shotgun had severed his jugular vein. In front of his car a small peach tree had been removed from the road and thrown into the weeds at the side. Four bullets and a shotgun charge had hit the back of the car. They obtained one of the bullets which had gone thru the back of the car and imbedded itself in the front seat. It apparently was a .38 caliber bullet. They also found the wadding from 3 gunshot shells and some of the shots, which were very large, apparently no. 1's and no. 2's.

Justice of the Peace Atkins, reported it appeared that Brown, after getting out and removing the peach tree from the road, had walked around to the back of the car and that it was here that a part of the shotgun charge struck him in the neck and shoulder, the rest of the charge hitting the back of the car. It appeared that then he staggered toward the front of the car, slumped to the ground and bled to death. About 70 large shots hit him in the neck and shoulder but there were no bullet wounds.

At the inquest, the youth's father, Dan J. Brown, Sr., testified that as far as he knew his son had no enemies. Price testified of fining the body, and Akers said that he and Brown arrived at the Akers home about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday morning after getting, Brown started on home alone in his car. Akers said he did not hear the shooting. The Brown home is about 3 and a half miles up on the River Road above the Akers home. Scene of the crime was about midway and in a secluded part of the road, officers said.

Paul Gillum, special Boyd County investigator in the office of Commonwealth's Attorney Thomas Burchett joined in the investigation Tuesday and spent most of the day in the county. Sheriff Fyffe and County Attorney See are continuing their investigation but it was reported Thursday that the investigation had not progressed sufficiently to warrant the making of any statements.

Brown attended high school in Louisa, commuting to and from his home on the C & O passenger trains. He was graduated in the class of 1939. About a month ago he and Akers enrolled in the Mayo State Vocational School to take night classed in training for national defense jobs. They drove to Paintsville each evening, returning a little past midnight. On this particular night, Akers said they were a little late having stopped at a filling station on the outskirts of Paintsville to work on the headlights on the car.

Brown was a nephew of Mrs. James Short and Mrs. Henry Haws of Louisa and was well known here. Last rites for the murdered youth were held Thursday morning at the home of his parents near Borders Chapel. Rev. C. P. Cecil, pastor of the Gallup Methodist Church, conducted the funeral and interment was made in the Borders Chapel Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Aug 22, 1941

CARR, Vina Elizabeth
Mrs. Vina Elizabeth Carr, 56, of New Boston, OH, died Sunday in a Portsmouth hospital after an illness of a year. Mrs. Carr, widow of the late Henry Carr, was born and reared near Louisa and moved to Ohio from Ashland, 25 years ago. Funeral was held Tuesday and interment was made in the Wheelersburg, OH Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Aug 8, 1941

DULEN, Mary (Wright)
1861-1941
Mrs. Mary Wright Dulen, 80, native of this county, and widow of James W. Dulen, a Civil War veteran, died Tuesday at her home in Portsmouth, OH. she was born in Lawrence county, Apr 5, 1861, a daughter of Sol and Lucinda Casey Wright and went to Portsmouth in 1901. Big Sandy News, Aug 8, 1941

FANNIN, L. C.
1875-1941
L. C. "Cos" Fannin, 66, a well known citizen of the Buchanan section, died suddenly Monday morning of a heart attack. When stricken Mr. Fannin was supervising the construction of a porch at the home of his daughter near the mouth of Rove Creek. He slumped to the ground and expired in a few moments. Funeral was conducted Wednesday afternoon from the Buchanan Chapel Methodist Church with Rev. O. P. Smith of Ashland, a former pastor of the church, officiating, and interment was made in the Buchanan Chapel Cemetery under direction of the Curtright Funeral home. Mr. Fannin was born in the Bolt's Fork section Jul 10, 1875, a son of the late Isaac and Mary Stewart Fannin. He had resided in the Buchanan section for the past 18 years and was one of the county's highly respected citizens. He had been a member of the Buchanan Chapel Methodist Church for 29 years. He is survived by 3 daughters, Mrs. Cecil Bennett and Mrs. Joe Kelley both of Buchanan, and Miss Alta Fannin at home and 3 sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Webb of Ashland, Mrs. Frank Stewart of Bolts Fork and Mrs. Grant Powers, of Buchanan. His wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Bryant Fannin, died in May of last year. Big Sandy News, Aug 15, 1941

FRENCH, Tobe
1865-1941
Tobe French, 76, prominent citizen and retired farmer and merchant of Vessie, died Monday afternoon in a Louisa hospital after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage a month ago. Funeral was conducted Thursday afternoon at the Buchanan Chapel Methodist church near Zelda and interment made in the Buchanan Chapel Cemetery under direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Mr. French, a son of the late John N. and Mary Hazelett French, was born in Boyd County May 15, 1865, but had resided for many years at Vessie in the East Fork section where he operated a large farm and general merchandise store. He also served as postmaster at Vessie until the office was superceded by R. F. D. No. 4. Mr. French had been a member of the Methodist Church for 56 years and was a member of Green Hill Masonic Lodge. He was one of the county's substantial citizens and highly respected. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Austin French, one son, Dr. August M. French, who now is a member of the staff of the Norfolk Naval hospital at Norfolk, VA and 3 sisters, Mrs. Cora Compton, Louisa, Mrs. Julia Lambert, Prichard, WV and Mrs. Elliott Billups, Ceredo, WV. Big Sandy News, Aug 1, 1941

FRIEND, Albert P.
1878-1941
Albert Preston Friend, 63, well known farmer of Louisa route 4, died Tuesday afternoon at his home on Little Catt after a long illness. Deceased was born in Carter County, Apr 13, 1878, a son of Andy J. and Sarah Lambert Friend. He had resided in this county for 30 years and had been a member of the Methodist Church for 37 years. Funeral rites were conducted Thursday afternoon at the Baker Church with Rev. Hiram Kelley officiating and interment was made in the Hammond Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Eliza Wells Friend, a sister, Mrs. D. D. Kelley of Blackey, KY and a brother, John Friend of Louisa, route 4. Big Sandy News, Aug 29, 1941

FYFFE, John F.
John F. Fyffe, 65, well known saw mill man of Martha and brother of Judge L. D. Fyffe, of Louisa died Tuesday shortly before noon at the home of a sister, Mrs. P. H. Skaggs at Martha. Mr. Fyffe had worked as a sawyer in Elliott County until he became ill 2 weeks ago. Funeral rites were conducted Wednesday afternoon at the home of his sister at Martha with Rev. B. T. Morris of Caney, officiating and interment was made in the Fyffe family cemetery at Isonville. Mr. Fyffe was a son of Joseph and Mary Hutchinson Fyffe and was born and reared in Elliott County. He is survived by 3 daughters, Mrs. Dewey Skaggs of Spokane, WV, Mrs. Opal Corey of Arjay, KY, and Mrs. Edward Voltz, of Cincinnati, OH, 2 sons, Earl Fyffe of Hanover, IL and Elmer Fyffe of the U. S. Navy; 5 sisters, Mrs. Sanford Hay of Crandon, WS, Mrs. Charles Norris of Peebles, OH, Mrs. J. W. Brickey of Culver, KY, Mrs. P. H. Skaggs of Martha and Miss Lenora Fyffe of Los Angeles, CA, 3 brothers, Judge L. D. Fyffe of Louisa, Lonza Fyffe of Isonville, KY and Sherman Fyffe of Ironton, OH. His wife, Sarah Peters Fyffe, died in 1921. Big Sandy News, Aug 22, 1941

HENSLEY, Roy
Roy Hensley, 48, native of Louisa and son of Ed Hensley, now of Kermit, died Wednesday at his home in Bedford, IN, relatives here have been informed. He had been in failing health several months. The body will be returned to Louisa for interment but funeral  arrangements have not been completed. Deceased is a brother of Mrs. Fay H. See, manager of the Bargain Store here, and was born and reared in Louisa. Big Sandy News, Aug 1, 1941

JACKSON, Pearline
Pearline Jackson, 2 moths old daughter of William and Ivory Jackson Robertson, died at the home on Paddle Creek, 3 miles from Fort Gay, Jul 15, after an illness of 2 days. In addition to the parents, she is survived by a sister, 2 brothers, 3 grandparents, Mrs. Fannie Robertson, of Fort Gay and Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Jackson of Genoa. Funeral services were conducted at the Oak Grove Church, with burial in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, Aug 1, 1941

JORDAN, Arthur
1913-1941
Arthur Jordan, 27 years old of Saltpetre, died in Rife-Ferguson hospital, Kenova, Jul 17, after an illness of 11 days of typhoid and pneumonia. Mr. Jordan was born Aug 18, 1913, the son of Jim and Adaline Jordan in Lawrence Co., KY. He was married to Lula Hylton, Jan 6, 1934. He was a member of the Christian Baptist Church and in addition to the widow, is survived by the following children: Virgie, 6, Marjorie, 4, Sylvia, 3, and Willie Ray, 1;; 6 sisters and 3 brothers, Con and Milt Jordan of Saltpetre, Silvania Johnson, of Louisa, Eskel Adams of Webbville, KY, Geneave Jordan of Yateville, KY, Carrie York of Walbridge, KY, Shirley Wilks of Webbville, Merlie Wickers of Buchanan, KY, Perlie Jordan at home, his father, Jim Jordan of Irad, KY. Funeral services were conducted by Custer Bishop and Willie Moore with burial in Oak Hill Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Aug 1, 1941

LYCANS, G. M.
G. M. Lycans, 80, farmer of Hurricane Creek near Fort Gay, WV, died in a Huntington hospital at 6 p.m. Saturday. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at the Big Hurricane Baptist Church near Fort Gay. Burial was in the Lycans family cemetery near the residence. Mr. Lycans is survived by his widow, Mrs. Cynthann Preston Lycans, 6 daughters, Mrs. Harmon Hoosier and Mrs. Henry Phipps, both of Huntington, Mrs. W. c. Ellis of Hurley, WV, Mrs. Harry Caniff of Kenova and Grace Lycans at home; 2 sons, A. J. Lycans of Kaihsville, WV and Wayne Lycans at home; 23 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. S. L. Meredith of Kenova and 2 brothers, Anderville Lycans and Sortan Lycans, both of Fort Gay. Big Sandy News, Aug 15, 1941

MCKENZIE, Clay
West Liberty, KY--Clay McKenzie, employee of the maintenance crew of the state highway department, was fatally injured last week when an oil truck in which he was riding went over an embankment near Frenchburg. He was pinned beneath the truck and died enroute to a hospital. Surviving besides the wife and several children are 3 brothers, Henry McKenzie, West Liberty and Mack and Chester McKenzie of near Winchester. Big Sandy News, Aug 1, 1941

MILLER, Rosa B. (Wheeler)
Mrs. Rosa B Miller, 69, wife of Tom Miller of Louisa route 1 died suddenly of a heart ailment at the Miller home near Louisa Tuesday at 5 a.m. Funeral services were conducted Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the home with Rev. William Burgess and Rev. William W. Moore officiating. Mrs. Miller was born and reared at Fort Gay, a daughter of the late Charles m. and Elizabeth Wilson Wheeler. She was married to Mr. Miller 25 years ago and had lived near Louisa since then. She had been a member of the Christian Church for 60 years. Surviving besides the husband are 5 brothers, Jay, Jim and Dave Wheeler, of Fort Gay, WV, Frank Wheeler of Huntington, WV and Charles Wheeler of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Aug 22, 1941

NICKELL, William Ceborn
William Ceborn Nickell, 86, native of Morgan County and father of Ira Nickell, prominent Ashland attorney, died last week at his home at Maytown, Floyd County. A native of Morgan County, he was a retired Christian minister and farmer. Funeral was conducted last Thursday. Surviving in addition to the one son in Ashland, are 2 other sons, and 4 daughters, S. Monroe Nickell, of West Liberty, KY, R. K. Nickell of Mize,KY, Mrs. Bertie Henry, Maytown, KY, Lilly Nickell of Nickell, KY, Mrs. Della Elam of White Oak, KY and Mrs. Mack T. Little, of Morrown, OH; one brother, Dr. Andrew Nickell of Hazel Green, KY, one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Castle of Panama, KY, and a large number of grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Aug 1, 1941

NUNLEY, Elizabeth (O'Daniel)
Mrs. Elizabeth O'Daniel Nunley, 75, widow of the late A. H. (Hart) Nunley, died Monday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Herbert Lester at Mt. Zion near Buchanan. Funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at the Mt. Zion Church and interment was in the Mt. Zion Cemetery. The Rev. Dave Hewlett of Fallsburg, officiated at the rites. Mrs. Nunley was born on Island Branch near Hulette and was a daughter of the late Thomas and Elizabeth O'Daniel. Surviving are 3 sons by her first marriage, Bill Chaffin of Hulette, KY, Lafe Chaffin of Portsmouth, OH, and Thomas Chaffin of Stockton, CA; one brother, Thomas O'Daniel of Louisa and the daughter at whose home she died. Big Sandy News, Aug 15, 1941

PAGE, John Wesley
John Wesley Page, 10 months old son of Charles and Georgena DeLong Page, died at the Page home in Louisa Wednesday of pneumonia following whooping cough. the child had been ill 3 weeks. Funeral will be conducted at the home Friday afternoon at 2 with Rev. W. E. Elrod officiating, and interment will be made in Pine Hill Cemetery here. Surviving besides the parents are a brother, Lewis F. and these grandparents, Mrs. Tessie Page, of Louisa and Mr. and Mrs. Frank DeLong of Inez. Big Sandy News, Aug 29, 1941

PRESTON, Nancy Carmen
1919-1941
Miss Nancy Carmen Preston, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James W. Preston, of Hewlett, WV, died Sunday night in a local hospital following an operation for appendicitis. She had been ill 4 days. The funeral was conducted Wednesday morning at 10 from the home on Big Sandy River opposite Fuller, KY and interment was made in the family cemetery there under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Surviving are the parents, James W. and Janice Patton Preston, 2 sisters, Miss Levina and Victoria at home and 3 brothers, Henry, Joe and Ralph at home and James W. Preston, Jr. student at Eastern State Teachers College, Richmond, KY and the maternal grandmother, Mrs. H. F. Patton, Prestonsburg, KY. Big Sandy News, Aug 1, 1941

RAMSEY, James Wallace
James Wallace Ramsey, 72, of Huntington, prominent oil and gas operator, was killed Aug 5 when his auto collided with a milk wagon one mile from Barboursville, WV. Ramsey, besides owning his own firm which does most of the drilling for United Fuel, also was president of the Fairfax Oil & Gas Co, Huntington; president of the Brammer Gas Co., Gretway, OH, and president of the Meade Gas Co. of Warfield, KY and was widely known in southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky. Big Sandy News, Aug 8, 1941

RIGGSBY, Cordelia
Gillem Branch, Aug 11--The entire community was grieved and saddened over the death of Mrs. Cordelia Riggsby which occurred at her home at Gillem Branch Friday morning. She had been in bad health for a number of years and had been seriously sick the past week or so. Aunt Cordelia was 73 years of age and had spent the greater part of her life here. She was loved and respected by every one that knew her. She became a Christian in the early years of her life and her Christian life was ever a shining light to her children and neighbors and friends. The funeral was conducted Saturday from the home by Revs. Tommy Bailey, J. W. Beculheimer, Henry Tivis Hamilton and W. T. Riggsby. She was laid to rest beside her husband on the hill near the old home, there to sleep the sleep of the just until awakened by the Master whom she had loved and served so faithfully for so many years. She leaves to mourn her passing 10 children, Minnie, Ballard, Lon and Proctor, at home, D. P. of Keaton, Mrs. Lon Kelly of Glenwood, Mrs. Alonza Skaggs, Mrs. James Moore of Barnrock, and Glen and Watt of Red Bush. Big Sandy News, Aug 15, 1941

ROSE, Harry Thomas
Paintsville, KY--The measles epidemic has claimed the lives of 2 children in Johnson County during the past week, according to the health department. Billy Ray Adams, 3 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Adams of Leander died Saturday and Harry Thomas Rose, 8 months old son of Mr. and Mrs. S. E. Rose of Sitka, died Sunday. Two brothers of the Adams youth had died last year of measles it was reported. Big Sandy news, Aug 1, 1941

SHIVEL, Charles Price
Charles Price Shivel, 92, died last Thursday at the home of his son, William Shivel at Leach Station, Boyd County He was a brother of G. W. Shivel of Gallup. Interment was made at Grayson. Big Sandy news, Aug 29,1941

SLOAN, Alice (O'Bryan)
Mrs. Alice Sloan, 52, died at her home on Blue Run, Lucasville, OH, route 4 at 9 p.m. Monday. She had been ill a week. Death was caused by intestinal influenza. Mrs. Sloan is survived by her husband, Marion F. Sloan, 2 daughters, Mrs. Hazel Wells of Lucasville and Miss Bessie Sloan at home; a sister, Mrs. Laura Estep of Pleasantville and 2 brothers, Frank O'Bryan of Waverly and Donald O'Bryan of Blaine, KY. Funeral services were held Thursday at Candy Run United Baptist Church with Rev. Lonnie Murray, Rev. Sandy Phillips and Rev. Paul Turner officiating. Burial was in Glendale Cemetery near Minford, OH. Big Sandy News, Aug 1, 1941

STENNER, Haley (Bishop)
Mrs. Haley Bishop Stenner, wife of William Stenner, died Sunday at her home on Cole Branch in Greenup County. She is survived by 2 sisters, Mrs. John Moore of Ashland and Mrs. Charles Young of Ohio and 2 brothers, Paris Bishop of this county and Harry Bishop of Ohio. Interment was made in the Dixon Cemetery at Fairview in Greenup County. Big Sandy News, Aug 15, 1941

VANHORN, W. E.
W. E. "Bill" Vanhorn, 73, of Lockwood, prominent Boyd County farmer and operator of the C & O water pumping station at Lockwood since 1906, died Wednesday morning in the C & O Hospital in Huntington the result of a stroke of apoplexy suffered while at work on Jul 15th. He was a son of George G. and Mary Hager Vanhorn and resided at Lockwood all of his life where he operated a large farm in addition to working for the C & O. In 1925, he was elected county commissioner from the Big Sandy district of Boyd county and served 2 terms. Prior to that, he served 6 years as Boyd County high engineer. He was a member of the Methodist Church and the C & O Veterans Association. Funeral will be conducted Friday at 2:30 p.m. at the home and interment will be made in the Williams Cemetery in Ashland. Surviving him are his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Jay Thompson, and one son, Charles E. Vanhorn, Lockwood, 2 sisters, Mrs. Todd Ross and Miss Louella VanHorn, Ashland, also several nieces and nephews. Big Sandy News, Aug 1, 1941

 

VAUGHAN, Betty
Paintsville, KY--Funeral was conducted Friday for Miss Betty A. Vaughan, daughter of Attorney and Mrs. B. H. Vaughan, who died Tuesday in a local hospital. Miss Vaughan for the past year had been employed in the office of the Quartermaster's Depot, War Department, in Jeffersonville, IN and became ill 3 weeks ago. Rev. H. E. Trent, pastor of the First Methodist Church, conducted the funeral and interment was made in the Wells-Buckingham cemetery. Big Sandy News, Aug 1, 1941

WELLMAN, Susie (Bates)
Mrs. Susie Bates Wellman, 58, wife of John Wellman of Houckville, died Saturday Aug 9. Funeral was conducted Monday. Deceased had been a member of the Baptist Church for 18 years. Besides the husband, she is survived by 7 children, Leonard, Claude and Arnold Wellman and Mrs. Russell Kitchen, all of Houckville, Dave Wellman, Mrs. Ora Griffith and Mrs. Oliver Boggs of London, OH; 4 brothers, Frank and John Bates of Greenup County, and 2 sisters, Mrs. Anna Maynard of West Virginia and Mrs. Claude Young of Webbville. Big Sandy News, Aug 15, 1941

WELLMAN, Wayne
Wayne Wellman, 25, ill for 3 months of tuberculosis, died Friday afternoon at the home of his mother, Mrs. Alice Webb Wellman. Funeral was conducted Sunday afternoon in the Fort Gay Methodist Church with Rev. Sam Wellman, Rev. t. J. Hopson and Rev. E. W. Elrod officiating. Interment was made in the Frazier Cemetery 2 miles above Fort Gay. Wellman is survived by his mother, Mrs. Alice Webb Wellman of Louisa, his father, Charles L. Wellman of Prichard, WV, 2 sisters, Mrs. Fred Domingo, Red Jacket, WV and Miss Marie Wellman at home; and 4 brothers, Willis Wellman of Fayetteville, WV, Clyde Wellman in the U. S. Army and Wallace and Carl Wellman at home. Big Sandy news, Aug 29,1941

WILLIAMS, Sanford
Red Bush, KY, Aug 11--We are very sorry to learn of the sudden death of one of our former residents, Sanford Williams. His death was the result of a heart attack a this home in Ohio. Big Sandy news, Aug 15, 1941

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SEPTEMBER

BEAUMONT, Helen (Roberts)
Louisa friends were notified this week of the sudden death of Mrs. Henry Beaumont, who is the former Miss Helen Porter Roberts, of Lexington. Mrs. Beaumont taught English in the Louisa High School during the early 1920's and was well and popularly known here. She died last week at Ann Arbor, MI where her husband is an instructor in the University of Michigan. Big Sandy News, Sep 5, 1941

CARTER, Edith (Sipple)
Mrs. Edith Sipple Carter, 31, wife of Dr. A. Burgess Carter of Cramona, near Jenkins, died last Friday noon in a hospital at Fleming after a short illness. Death was due to a heart disease. The body was brought to Louisa Saturday evening and funeral rites were conducted Sunday afternoon at the home of Dr. Carter's father, A. O. Carter on Lock Avenue. Rev. T. J. Hopson, pastor of the Louisa Methodist Church, officiated at the service, and interment was made in Pine Hill Cemetery here under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Mrs. Carter was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Sipple of Winchester, KY. She had been a member of the Methodist Church since early womanhood. Dr. and Mrs. Carter had lived at Cramona 5 years. Surviving besides the parents are a sister, Mrs. Herbert Baker of Akron, OH and 3 brothers, L. W., James and C. J. Sipple, Jr., all of Winchester. Big Sandy News, Sep 26, 1941

DORTON, Mary (Barnett)
Mrs. Mary Barnett Dorton, 73, native of this county and widow of the late James H. Dorton of Catlettsburg, died Tuesday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Russell Gibson in Catlettsburg. Funeral was conducted in the Say City Baptist Church Thursday. Deceased was a daughter of Hiram and Jane Hardwick Barnett of this county. She had been a resident of Catlettsburg since 1906. Big Sandy News, Sep 19,1941

HOLBROOK, Norma Ree
Norma Ree, 4 day old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chilt Holbrook of Mt. Gay, Logan County, WV, died at the home there Thursday night and the body was returned to this county for funeral and burial. Funeral services were conducted Saturday morning at 10:30 from the home of its grandfather, Millard Crank, near Yatesville. Big Sandy News, Sep 19, 1941

MARTIN, A. M.
Rev. A. M. Martin, 68, former pastor of the Louisa Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and more recently State Senator in West Virginia from the Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln county district, died Monday morning at his home in Barboursville, WV. He had been ill for several months. Funeral rites were conducted in the Emmanuel Methodist Church in Huntington Wednesday afternoon with Rev. J. B. F. Yoak of Beckley, and Rev. Arden P. Keyser of Catlettsburg, officiating. Rev. Martin long had been a pastor in the Western Virginia Conference and had served many pastorates. He served in Louisa in the early 30's. Later he was elected State Senator in his home district and had served 2 terms in the West Virginia legislature. Big Sandy News, Sep 26, 1941

MCDOUGLE, C. O.
C. O. McDougle, 69, traveling salesman for more than 40 years and a highly respected resident of Louisa, died Tuesday noon in a local hospital after a short illness. He was removed to a hospital at 10 a.m. and succumbed at 12:15. Funeral rites will be conducted Thursday afternoon at 2:30 from the Louisa Methodist church with the pastor, Rev. T. J. Hopson and Rev. R. C. Lockwood, pastor of the Christian Church, officiating. The body then will be returned to the home on Lock Avenue after the funeral and on Friday morning at 7 will be taken in the Curtright funeral car to Maysville, his former home, for interment. At Maysville, short funeral and Masonic rites will be held at 11 a.m. at the Maysville Cemetery where interment will be made. Mr. McDougle was born and reared at Maysville, a son of the late A. J. and Mary Cushman McDougle. For many years he represented Carson-Piere- Scott of Chicago in this territory and for the past few years represented the Standard Garment Company of New York. He was a member of the Maysville Christian Church, the Louisa Masonic Lodge and Chapter and the United Commercial Travelers. Mr. McDougle was married to Miss Stella Elizabeth Conley of Louisa in 1924 and had resided here since then. He is survived by his wife, one sister, Mrs. E. L. Boyd of Dennison, TX and a nephew, W. D. McDougle of Monticello, IN. Big Sandy News, Sep 5, 1941

MOORE, Jerry Donald
Jerry Donald Moore, 14 months old son of Carl and Sadie Shannon Moore of Mill Creek, 5 miles from Fort Gay died Sunday in a local hospital after a brief illness. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday morning at 11 from the Lynchburg Church near Saltpetre, WV and interment was made in the Wellman Cemetery. Surviving besides the parents are a sister and 2 brothers, one of them a twin brother, and the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. S. F. Moore of Grassy, WV and Mr. and Mrs. Milt Shannon of Wayne, WV. Big Sandy News, Sep 19, 1941

MOUNTS, M. C.
M. C.  (Clell) Mounts, 70, of Fort Gay, was killed instantly last Saturday morning about 8 by an east bound N & W freight train opposite the U. S. Lock property at Fort Gay and within about 100 yards of the Mounts home. Harve Mounts, Fort Gay, saw his brother meet death and barley escaped a similar fate as the two were walking along the tracks together. A train was passing on the westbound tracks when the east bound freight rounded a curve behind the men and was only a few feet away when Harve saw the engine. He said he yelled at his brother, but that his warning wasn't heard in time. The victim's body was hurled 50 feet away. Mounts was born and reared in Logan County, WV, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Mounts. He came to this section about 28 years ago and had resided at Fort Gay the past 18 years. Prior to that he operated a farm at Zelda, this county. Funeral service was conducted in the Louisa First Methodist Church with the pastor, Rev. E. W. Elrod, officiating, and the body was taken in the Curtright funeral car to Zelda for interment in the Buchanan Chapel cemetery. Surviving are 3 daughters, Mrs. Paul Artrip and Mrs. Abel Scott of route 1, Fort Gay and Mrs. Clay Clemmons of New Boston, OH; 5 sons, Oliver and Earl of Fort Gay, Harrison of McAndrews, KY, Hufford and Russell, both of Gallipolis Ferry, WV and 2 brothers, Harve of Fort Gay and Reborn, of Logan, WV. Big Sandy News, Sep 19, 1941

MUNCY, John Richard
John Richard Muncy, 2 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Muncy, died Tuesday at the home of its grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Martin near Busseyville of complication following whooping cough. Rev. William W. Moore officiated at the funeral and interment was made in the Muncy family cemetery. Surviving besides the parents are a brother, 3 grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Martin of Busseyville and Elbert Muncy of the Smokey Valley section. Big Sandy News, Sep 26, 1941

NAPIER, Warren
NAPIER, James
FRALEY, Harkins
PYLES, Elton
Wayne, WV, Sep 23--Four young persons from East Lynn were killed Sunday noon when a truck bearing a party of 9 to a singing convention at Wayne left the road and rolled into a creek. State Trooper Beryl Langford reported that Warren Napier, 16, his cousin, James Napier, 17, and Harkins Fraley, 12, were crushed to death beneath the truck. Elton Pyles, 22, died later in a doctor's office at Wayne.  Four others were sent to Huntington hospitals, although none was believed seriously injured. They were Ezra Steele, 20, Golda Ross, 26, Mary Drennen, 17, and Bird Finley, Jr. 15. Alva Francis, 15, was given first aid treatment and sent home. State police held Lacy Patton, 21, of Huntington, driver of the truck on a voluntary manslaughter charge. He furnished a $3,500 property bond Monday and was released to await action by the Wayne grand jury. State police said Patton, operator of an independent coal trucking business, told them his foot slipped when he attempted to slow the truck on a curve by applying the brakes and the truck left the road. He had picked up the passengers on their way to attend the singing convention. the passengers were riding in the bed of the truck. Big Sandy News,Sep 26, 1941

NICELY, Arvie (Ward)
1888-1941
Mrs. Arvie Nicely, 53, wife of Henson Nicely, of Chesapeake, OH, died at her home Sep 3. Mrs. Nicely was born in Wayne County, WV, Sep 8, 1888. In addition to the husband, she is survived by 3 sons, John of Pittsburg, William and Henson at home, 4 daughters, Mrs. Jack Bolton, Mrs. Margaret Bennett, Mrs. Katherine Hagerman and Mrs. Amelia Bevins all of Chesapeake; 5 brothers, Christopher and Aaron Ward of Chesapeake, Jeff Ward of Wavoco, WV, Jay Ward of Fort Gay, Herbert S. Ward of Charleston, 3 sisters, Mrs. Marie Bowden of Beckley, Mrs. Mabel Gilbert of Charleston, and Mrs. Georgia Castle of Greenbank, and 9 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Sep 19, 1941

PRICE, Lizzie
Miss Lizzie Price, age about 38, dropped dead this morning (Thursday), while preparing breakfast in the home of Mrs. Frank Wallace at Buchanan. Deceased was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Price, of Buchanan. Funeral arrangements had not been made at noon. Big Sandy News, Sep 26, 1941

Funeral for Miss Elizabeth Price, 45, who died suddenly Thursday at Buchanan, was conducted this afternoon at the Mt. Zion church on Bear Creek with Rev. Ira Copley officiating and interment was made in the Ross Cemetery on Bear Creek. Miss Price dropped dead at 7:30 Thursday morning of a heart attack while preparing breakfast in the home of Mrs. Maggie Wallace at Buchanan. She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Price of Buchanan, 3 sisters, Mrs. William Kirby of West Virginia and Mrs. William Black and Mrs. Ray Patton both of Buchanan and 2 brothers, Robert and James Price, both of Buchanan. Big Sandy News, Oct 3, 1941

ROBERTS, Sarah Jane (Sparks)
1886-1941
Mrs. Sarah Jane Roberts, 55, wife of Burnam Roberts of Louisa route 1, died last Friday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Cecil Carter near Busseyville. She had been ill for 7 months. Funeral rites were conducted Sunday afternoon at 2:30 from the Carter Chapel with Rev. William Burgess, Rev. Arlie Blackburn and Rev. Henry Bradley officiating, and burial was made in the Carter Cemetery under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Mr. Roberts was a daughter of the late Henry and Didema Sparks and was born and reared near Davisville. She was a member of the Methodist Church. Surviving besides the husband are 3 daughters, Mrs. Cecil Carter and Miss Thelma Roberts of Louisa and Mrs. T. E. Farley of Holden, WV; one son, Gardner S. Roberts of Los Angeles, CA; 5 sisters, Mrs. S. B. Nickel and Mrs. Josh Chandler both of Beaver, OH, Mrs. Dock Wheeler and Mrs. Henry Lemaster both of Minford, OH and Miss Della Sparks of Sadford, AZ; and 2 brothers, D. J. and John Sparks both of Davisville. Big Sandy News, Sep 26, 1941

STEWART, Joseph Hatton
1859-1941
Joseph Hatton Stewart, 82, native of Zelda, this county and a charter member of the Ashland Centenary Methodist Church, died Tuesday of last week at the home of a daughter, Mrs. P. J. Stafford, Paintsville, with whom he had resided for the past 3 years. He had been ill for several weeks. A resident of Ashland for 40 years before going to Paintsville, Mr. Stewart had served as teacher of the Centenary Church "Men's Bible Class" for 36 years. He became a member of the Methodist Church at the age of 9. He was united in marriage in 1882 to Emma French, who died 7 years ago. He was the father of 7 children, 3 of who survive: Mrs. Stafford of Paintsville, J. D. Stewart of Ashland and Asa Stewart, Ashland, H was born at Zelda, Lawrence County, Feb 28, 1859, the son of the late David and Emmalyne Hatton Stewart. Funeral services were conducted Friday in the Centenary Church Ashland with Rev. O. P. smith officiating, assisted by Rev. E. M. Possett. Pallbearers were member of his Bible class. Big Sandy News, Sep 19, 1941

WILLIAMSON, Floyd
Floyd Williamson, 53, well known farmer of the Point section 3 miles south of Louisa, died while he slept Monday night. He was found dead in his bed Tuesday morning by Mrs. Williamson, evidently the victim of a sudden heart attack. Mr. Williamson had been to Louisa the day before to consult a physician, but it was not believed that he was dangerously ill. Funeral rites were conducted Thursday afternoon at 2 at the home with Rev. S. B. Ball officiating and interment was made in the family cemetery. Mr. Williamson is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Clayton Williamson, by his mother, Mrs. Frances Vinson Williamson, by 2 daughters, Misses Anna and Kathryn, at home, one son, Walter F. Williamson of Catlettsburg, KY and 3 sisters, Mrs. Anna Hardin and Mrs. Charles Burns, both of Buchanan, KY and Mrs. Gene Wallace of Clifford, KY. Mr. Williamson's father was the late Gideon Williamson of the Point section. Big Sandy News, Sep 19, 1941

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OCTOBER

ARTRIP, Christine Carolyn
Christine Carolyn Artrip, one year old daughter of Orville and Louvernice Parker Artrip of Fort Gay, died at the home on Paddle Creek Sunday morning after a two weeks illness of whooping cough and complications. Funeral was conducted Monday at the home and interment made in the family cemetery. Surviving are a sister and brother. Big Sandy News, Oct 24, 1941

AUSTIN, Henry
1884-1941
Death of Henry Austin, 57, of the George's Creek section, who was found Tuesday noon on the county road near his home mortally wounded, was described as suicide by Justice of the Peace O. C. Atkins and Sheriff Proctor Fyffe who investigated (the) tragedy and conducted an inquest.  Mr. Austin died of a .22 bullet wound in his forehead.  A small .22 caliber rifle was found near him and powder burns surrounded the wound in his head.  Relatives said he left the house while dinner was being prepared and that no one heard the shot.  A brother-in-law found him lying in the road struggling about 150 feet from the house.  Members of the family said he had been in ill health and had “been worrying.”  Until recently he had worked on the WPA.  Funeral was conducted Thursday and interment made near the home.  Surviving besides the wife is a daughter, Mrs. C. A. Boyd, of Charleston, WV. Big Sandy News, Oct 17, 1941

BLOSS, Hiram Wesley
Hiram Wesley Bloss, native of Wayne county who moved to Huntington in 1870 and became city clerk and later a clerk in the Huntington post office, died Thursday of last week. He was married to Miss Elizabeth Berry in Louisa and she preceded him in death in 1930. He was a son of the late Isaac and Sarah McClure Bloss and a son of Valentine Bloss, early Wayne County settler. Big Sandy News, Oct 17, 1941

BOYD, Lon
Lon Boyd, 66, farmer of near Ulysses, died Sunday morning at his home after a short illness. Funeral rites were conducted from the home Monday with Rev. William W. Moore of Louisa, officiating and interment was made in the family cemetery. Surviving are 2 daughters Miss Ethel and Clifton May at home and 3 sons, Cecil Boyd of Mechanicsburg, OH and Mitchell and Ernest Boyd at home. Deceased was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Bud Boyd and was born and raised near Ulysses. Big Sandy News, Oct 24, 1941

CHILDERS, James
James "Jumper" Childers, 62, native of Meades branch section of this county, died Thursday of last week at the home of his son, Clyde Childers at Sharondale, in the Pond Creek section of Pike County. He had been ill of dropsey since January. The body was returned to this county and funeral was held on Meades Branch Sunday. Interment was made beside his wife who had preceded him in death. Mr. Childers went to the Pond Creek section in 1921. He was a member of the Eagles and the Methodist Church. Surviving are 8 sons, Clyde, Bill, Arnold and Paul of Pond Creek, Mack, Liss, Jimmy and Norman of Kopperston, WV and one brother, Dock Childers of Toler, KY. Big Sandy News, Oct 3, 1941

CONNELLY, William A.
Williamson, WV--Rev. William A. Connelly, 37, beloved Baptist minister and missionary of Williamson, was fatally shot by a fellow hunter Saturday while the minister and a party of 3 others were squirrel hunting near Rainell in Greenbrier County where the minister had been conducting a revival. Rev. Connelly, was a son of Mr. and Mrs. U. M. Connelly of Pigeon Creek and had a wide acquaintance throughout the Tug River section. 60 shotgun pellets struck the minister as he was walking through a woods and he died in a half hour. Big Sandy News, Oct 24, 1941

CORDLE, H. H.
1867-1941
H. H. Cordle, 72, well known farmer of Cordell, died Tuesday morning at 7 at his home on Brushey. He had been ill 5 days. Funeral rites were conducted Wednesday afternoon at the Lower Brushey Church and interment was made in the family cemetery. A large assemblage attended the rites. Mr. Cordle had been a member of the United Baptist Church for more than half a century and was one of the county's substantial citizens. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Sarah Ella Cordle, 9 daughters, Mrs. Walter Osborn, Brice, OH, Mrs. J. B. Cordle, Blaine, KY, Mrs. Russ Cordle and Mrs. Roy Moore, both of Ashland, KY, Mrs. Lindsey Moore of Adams, KY, Mrs. Geroge Steel of Cordell, KY and Mrs. Pearl Perry, Mrs. Liss Wine and Mrs. Ernest Lambert, all of Columbus, OH, 2 sons, Jess Cordle of Lockbourne, OH and Winfred Cordle of Blaine, KY; and 4 brothers, John R. Cordle of Blaine, Jerry Cordle of Portsmouth, OH, and Jarrett and Thaddeus Cordle, both of Ohio. Big Sandy News, Oct 3, 1941

CRABTREE, Carr
Carr Crabtree, 66, Spanish-American War veteran and native of Louisa died suddenly last Saturday in the U. S. Soldier's Home hospital in Washington, D. C. He had been in failing health for a number of years, but his death was a shock to relatives here. Mr. Crabtree was born and reared one mile north of Louisa on the Crabtree farm, a son of the late Smith and Martha Whitt Crabtree. He spent his life here until he volunteered for service in the Spanish-American War. He spent 28 years in the Army and never returned to civilian life until he received an honorable discharge because of failing health. During his 28 year army service he crossed the Pacific Ocean 20 time and saw service in the Boxer Rebellion in China and at different times in the Philippine Islands. After his discharge, he spent some time in various hospitals for treatment and later entered the U. S. Soldier's Home in Washington, D. C. and was given a substantial pension. It was his custom to visit in Louisa once a year and he had spent May and June of this year here with relatives. Mr. Crabtree is survived by 3 brothers, Jack Crabtree, of Louisa, Sam Crabtree of Springfield, MO and Smith Crabtree of Charleston, WV, 2 sisters, Mrs. Marinda Blankenship of Louisa, Mrs. H. H. Smith of Hurley, VA; 2 nephews, Elmer and Ray Crabtree of .... Big Sandy News, Oct 17, 1941

CURNUTTE, Oliver Lee
1886-1941
Oliver Lee Curnutte, 75, well known citizen of the Zelda section and a retired C & O Railway employee, died Sunday evening at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Virgil Skeens at Fullers. Mr. Curnutte had been in failing health for 9 years and had been seriously ill for several weeks. He had returned to the home of his daughter 3 weeks ago from the C & O hospital in Huntington where he was a patient during a part of the summer. Mr. Curnutte was born near Zelda, Oct 19, 1886, a son of the late Stephen and Elizabeth Kinner Curnutte. He served for 36 years as pumper at the C & O water tanks at Catalpa and Lockwood, retiring 9 years ago because of failing health. He was a member of the Methodist Church. Funeral rites were conducted Tuesday from the Buchanan Chapel Methodist Church near Zelda and interment was made in the Buchanan Chapel Cemetery beside his wife. He is survived by 4 daughters, Mrs. Skeens, Mrs. Bascom Kelley and Mrs. Robert Poe, both of Buchanan, and Miss Jane of Ashland and one brother, V. B. Curnutte of Huntington. Big Sandy News, Oct 24, 1941

CYRUS, Orpha (Massie)
Mrs. Orpha Cyrus, 68 years old, died in St. Francis hospital, Columbus, OH recently. Mrs. Cyrus was the daughter of George and Sarah Massie, of Wayne county, WV and spent the latter part of her life in Columbus and Portsmouth, OH. She is survived by her husband, Lee Cyrus, 4 daughters and 2 sons, a sister, Mrs. Edward Bellomy of Prichard, WV and another sister in Portsmouth, OH, a brother Fred Massie of Fort Gay. Big Sandy News, Oct 31, 1941

DEREFIELD, Nevada
Mrs. Nevada Derefield, 59, native of this county was found dead in bed at her home in Ironton, OH Saturday. Big Sandy News, Oct 3, 1941

ENDICOTT, Ronald Lee
Ronald Lee Endicott, 4 months old son of Clyde and Anna Graham Endicott of Webb, route 1, died in a Louisa hospital Friday morning at 8. He had been ill 2 weeks and was admitted to the hospital about 2 hours before he died. Funeral was conducted Saturday afternoon at the Fluty cemetery near the mouth of Rockcastle Creek. Surviving besides the parents are the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Graham of Webb, route 1 and Mr. and Mrs. Ransom Endicott also of Webb route 1. Big Sandy News, Oct 31, 1941

HALL, Dan
Garfield Parker, 60 year old deaf mute of near Glenhayes, was arrested last Saturday by West Virginia State Policeman Beryl Langford and charged with the shotgun slaying of his nephew, Dan Hall, 16, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Allen Hall, who live on The Point a half mile above Louisa.

Young Hall received the full charge of a shotgun in his chest last Friday shortly before noon as he stepped onto the back porch of the home of his uncle, Jarrett Ratcliff, 4 miles from Glenhayes, after returning from a squirrel hunt with his brother, Robert, 20, on the Ratcliff farm. He fell back into the arms of his brother, who was walking behind him and expired instantly.

The shotgun was fired from inside the kitchen of the Ratcliff home through a screen door, but Langford and Wayne County Deputy Sheriff, S. R. Noe, who investigated the case, were unable to determine who fired the shot until late the next day.

The mute, who is a half brother of Hall's mother, was known to have been one of 3 people in the house at the time, and he left shortly after the shooting and spent the night in a house nearby, the State Trooper said. He was arrested next day when he returned to the Ratcliff farm where he makes his home. Although unable to speak, Frazier made motions when questions by the officers, indicating he had placed a gun to his shoulder and fired thru a door when Hall came upon the porch, the State Trooper reported. The officers swaid they learned that Frazier had been irritated because Hall, without asking Frazier's permission, had taken one of his uncle's horses to ride to an oil well operation last winter.

Frazier was arrested on a murder warrant issued by Justice of the Peace P. J. Webb, of Fort Gay and taken to Wayne and place in the county jail.

The Hall brothers, had gone to the Ratcliff home Thursday evening with the intention of hunting squirrels on their uncle's farm the next day. They spent the night at the Ratcliff home and hunted until about 11 Friday morning. The tragedy took place when they returned to the Ratcliff home.

Funeral for young Hall was conducted Sunday afternoon at the home of his parents near Louisa with Rev. Cecil of Gallup, officiating. A large crowd attended the rites. His father formerly was sawyer for the Republic Creosoting Co. mill on The Point above Louisa, but after fire destroyed the mill here, he was transferred from Louisa to become manager of a mill in Ohio. Besides his parents, the body is survived by his brother, Robert, another brother, Luster Hall, at home, and 4 sisters, Willie Belle, Niza, Ruby and Betty Hall, all at home. Big Sandy News, Oct 31, 1941

HAMMONDS, Wilburn
Wilburn Hammonds, one year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Hammonds of the Laurel section near Clifford, died Tuesday night in a local hospital of complications following whooping cough. The child was admitted to the hospital here the day before. Funeral was conducted Thursday morning at the home with Rev. Nelson Hughes officiating. Besides the parents it is survived by 3 grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jay Hammonds, of Clifford and Burch Marcum of Webb and 2 sisters. Big Sandy News, Oct 24, 1941

HOLLY, Elizabeth
Miss Elizabeth Holly, 23, daughter of James and Mary Diamond Holly of Yatesville, died at the home at 1:40 a.m. Monday after an illness of 2 years. Funeral was conducted Tuesday morning at 10 from the home of the parents with Rev. Fred Vanhorn officiating and interment was made in the family cemetery. Surviving besides the parents are 4 sisters, Mrs. John Williamson, Hilliards, OH, Mrs. Luther McDowell of Ironton, OH, Mrs. Floyd Stump of Carbindale, OH, and Miss Georgia Holly, at home and 4 brothers, Woodrow Holly, Ironton, OH, Garland Holly and James Holly, Jr. both of Carbindale, OH and Elwood Holly of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Oct 17,1 941

PINSON, William Burton
William Burton Pinson, 35, former Williamson, WV painter and a native of this county, died last Friday in the Pinecrest Sanitarium at Beckley, WV where he had been a patient for 2 years. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Pinson of Williamson, WV and was born in this county Oct 30, 1906. Funeral and interment was at Williamson. Fred Pinson of Nolan, is a brother. Big Sandy News, Oct 3, 1941

REYNOLDS, Dora (Boggs)
Mrs. Benton Reynolds, native of Lawrence County, died Tuesday morning at the home of a daughter, Mrs. W. H. Powell, in Welch, WV, relatives here have been informed. Funeral was conducted in Welch Thursday afternoon. Mrs. Reynolds was the former Miss Dora Boggs, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ran Boggs, one time residents of Louisa. Mr. Reynolds also is a native of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Oct 31, 1941

SAGRAVES, Alonzo Harrison
1877-1941
Alonzo Harrison Sagraves, 63, farmer of the Lower Brushey section near Blaine, died Monday afternoon in St. Mary's hospital in Huntington following an operation submitted to several days ago. He had been a patient in the hospital since Sep 8. The body was brought to the Curtright Funeral Home here and prepared for burial. Funeral was conducted at the home Thursday morning. Deceased was a son of the late George and Luticia Williams Sagraves and was born and reared on Laurel. Surviving are the wife, Kate Salyers Sagraves, 2 sons, Brice of Beaver, OH and Noah of Irvine, CA, one brother, Troy Sagraves of Louisa and one sister, Mrs. Clayton Green of Blaine. Big Sandy News, Oct 3, 1941

SEE, Charles F.
1860-1941
Charles F. See, Sr., 81, well known resident of Louisa for more than half a century, dropped dead of a heart attack in his home here Thursday morning at 7:30. He had been in failing health for 3 years. Mr. See was born on Big Hurricane Creek, Wayne County, WV, Jul 20, 1860, a son of the late Jarret and Kate Maynard See, pioneer citizens of this section. He came to Louisa in 1900 and had resided here the past 51 years. Funeral rites will probably be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 in the Louisa Baptist Church and interment is to be made in the See Cemetery on The Point south of Louisa. The body will be at the Curtright Funeral Home until Friday morning. Then it will be taken to the home of a son, C. F. See, Jr., where it will lie in state until time of the funeral. Deceased had been a member of the Louisa Baptist Church for 50 years. His first wife, Elizabeth Goff See, died in 1912. In 1926 he was married to Mrs. Mary Hatten, who survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Mrs. C. T. Roberts of Birmingham, AL; 5 sons, Jay See, of Seattle, WA, C. F. See, Jr., State Senator I. W. See, Adin T. See and County Attorney M. J. See, all of Louisa; 3 half sisters, Mrs. Bee Saulsberry of Potter, Mrs. Pricie Chapman of Huntington and Laura McWhorter, of Memphis, TN and 2 half brothers, Dennis Waller of Potter, KY and Colonel Waller of Oklahoma. Big Sandy News, Oct 3, 1941

SWETNAM, G. W.
G. W. Swetnam, 65, native of this county and a veteran of the Spanish-American War, died Sep 16 at his home near Paris Crossing, IN after a long illness. Funeral and interment services were at his wife's home in Morgan County, KY. He is survived by his wife, one daughter who resided in Denver, CO, 3 brothers, E. L. Swetnam, Whittier, CA, Z. Swetnam, Trinidad, CO and Morton Swetnam,  Columbus, OH; and 2 sisters, Mrs. Ruby Moore, Amlin, OH and Mrs. Opal Williams, Dayton, OH. Big Sandy News, Oct 3, 1941

WARNICK, John W.
John W. Warnick, 84, of Ashland, a native of Lawrence County and a former merchant at Williamson, WV died Monday at 1 p.m. at the home after a long illness. Mr. Warnick was born at Richardson, this county, and when a young man entered the employ of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway as a conductor on the Big Sandy division. While working in this capacity he moved to Ashland. He suffered serious injury in a railway wreck and resigned. He then moved with his family to Williamson, WV and formed a partnership with Granville Goff to operate a department store. The business was dissolved 15 years ago when Mr. Warnick retired. Six years ago he returned to Ashland with his family. Funeral services were Thursday at 10 at the home with the Rev. J. L. Layne, pastor of the South Ashland, Methodist Church, officiating. The body was brought to Richardson for burial. Surviving are one daughter, Miss Irene Warnick, at home, a son, Pat Warnick, commonwealth's attorney at Wichita, KS, a granddaughter, Miss Patricia Warnick, Wichita; one brother, Wid Warnick, Richardson, and 2 sisters, Mrs. Tom Layne, Ashland and Mrs. Julia Vaughan, Richardson. Big  Sandy News, Oct 24, 1941

WATSON, W. L.
1863-1941
Judge W. L. Watson, 77, county judge of Body County from 1918 to 1922 and a widely known business and political figure in Eastern Kentucky, died Thursday of last week in Ashland hospital. he was born near the Lawrence-Carter County line at Ratcliff Dec 15, 1863, a son of Louis Patterson and Martha Webb Watson. His wife, the former Catherine Rucker died 21 years ago. Early in life, Judge Watson was associated with his father in mercantile and lumber firms, at Webbville, Ratcliff and Leon. He moved to Ashland in 1900 and was instrumental in building one of the Tri-State's first flour mills, known as the Ashland Milling Co. and the Bush-Watson Milling Co. Two years later he went to Mahan, WV and was manager of the J. W. Mahan Lumber Co., until 1912 when he moved back to Ashland and organized the Watson Hardware Co. While judge of Boyd County he fostered the original better roads movement in this section and obtained the first state appropriation for roads in Boyd County. For the past 2 years he had been field agent for the Olive Hill Refractories Co. a clay mining concern which he aided in forming 30 years ago. Funeral was conducted Friday in Ashland and interment was made in the Ashland Cemetery. Surviving are 7 children, D. N. Watson, Mrs. C. B. Preston, Mrs. L. M. Tanner, Mrs. Logan Kitchen, Mrs. Vincent Calvin and L. P. Watson, all of Ashland and Charles Watson of Akron, OH, 2 sisters, Mrs. F. L. Stewart of Louisa and Mrs. J. W. Riffe, Ratliff, KY; 18 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.  Big Sandy News, Oct 31, 1941

WATTS, Marion
Marion Watts, 81, died at his home on Pratt Branch, Wayne County, WV, Oct 1, after an illness of lung trouble. Mr. Watts was the son of Burl and Frances Watts and is survived by the following children: Georgia and C. W. Watts at home, Idella Selbee of Coleman, Norma Webb of Louisa, KY, Lanie Damron of Pratt Branch, Tennessee Adkins of Brush Creek, Gypsy Ball, Jesse Watts of Logan County; 2 sons, Albert and Boyd preceded their father in death. Three sisters, Mrs. Georgia Ferguson of Genoa, Mrs. Tennessee Pauley of Fort Gay, and Mrs. Frances Chapman; 58 grandchildren and 37 great grandchildren. Mr. Watts had been a member of the Missionary Baptist Church for several years. Big Sandy News, Oct 17, 1941

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NOVEMBER

BALL, T. W.
T. W. Ball, 62, retired Fort Gay merchant, and one time postmaster and merchant at Mattie, died Saturday noon at his home in Fort Gay. He had been in failing health for 4 years and had been seriously ill for nearly a year. Impressive funeral rites were conducted Monday afternoon in the Fort Gay Methodist Church with Rev. Sam Wellman, former Fort Gay pastor and Rev. Henry Mullins of Wayne, officiating. A large assemblage, including many from this county and from distant points, attended the funeral. Interment was made in the Bartram cemetery near Fort Gay under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Mr. Ball, a son of the late Greenville Ball, Sr. and Fannie Thompson Ball, was born and reared at Mattie, this county and resided there until moving to Fort Gay 10 years ago. At Mattie, Mr. Ball conducted a general merchandise business and served for many years as postmaster. He moved to Fort Gay in 1931 and operated a store there until ill health forced him to retire. Deceased had been a member of the Mattie Methodist Church for 25 years and was one of the substantial citizens of this section. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lute Watts Ball, one daughter, Miss Maxine Ball, 5 sons, Tom and Wilson Ball, both of Adams, Edgel Ball of Ashland, Oscar Ball of Cincinnati, and Nile Ball, of Fort Gay, 2 stepsons, Willie Borders of Las Vegas, NV and Cecil Watts of Fort Gay, 3 brothers, J. D. Ball and Att Ball, both of Adams, and Green Ball, Jr., of Ashland and 2 sisters, Mrs. M. C. Wheeler of Blaine and Mrs. Lucy Green of Ashland. Big Sandy News, Nov 7, 1941

CARTER, Lydia (Moore)
Mrs. Lydia Moore Carter, 69, widow of the late James H. R. Moore, died Tuesday of last week at her home on Little Blaine. Funeral was conducted Wednesday afternoon at the Carter Chapel on Little Blaine with Rev. S. B. Ball and Rev. William W. Moore, of Louisa, officiating and interment was made in the Carter cemetery near the church. Mrs. Carter was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Moore and was born and reared in this county. She was a member of the Methodist Church at Dry Ridge. Surviving are 5 children, Miss Laura Carter, of Adams, Subert Carter, at home, Noah Carter of Nashville, TN, Clyde Carter of Adams, and Harvie Carter of Louisa route 3. The husband died a number of years ago. Big Sandy News, Nov 21, 1941

CHAFFIN, Orison
Orison Chaffin, 31, native of Martin county, died Sunday in a hospital in Williamson, one week after the death of a sister, Mrs. Vada Webb, 46, of East Williamson. He was a son of Thomas and Emma West Chaffin of Martin County and was employed as a truck driver. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Nellie Miller Chaffin, formerly of Inez and 3 children. Funeral was conducted at the home in East Williamson Tuesday and the body was returned to Crum, WV for interment. Big Sandy News, Nov 28, 1941

CHEEK, George Washington
G. W. Cheek, 64, well known farmer and timber dealer of Louisa route 1 and father of Supt. Wm. A. Cheek of Louisa died Thursday afternoon of last week at his home eight miles south of Louisa. In declining health for three years, Mr. Cheek had been seriously ill for five weeks and his death was not unexpected. A large assemblage attesting to the esteem in which he was held attended the funeral rites which were conducted Sunday afternoon from the Burgess Chapel Methodist Church on the Mayo Trail, seven miles south of Louisa. Rev. Wm. Burgess assisted by Rev. Wm. W. Moore, officiated at the rites. The body was brought here and interred in Pine Hill Cemetery under directions of the Curtright Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Ralph Arrington, Don Preston, Lewis Borders, Kenneth Hayes, Paul E. Hayes and Tom Burgess. Mr. Cheek was born in Pike County in 1877, a son of the late Isaiah and Margaret Carr Cheek. He had resided in this county the past 36 years and had engaged in the timber business in the Big Sandy valley for many years. He was a member of the Burgess Chapel Methodist Church. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Susie Hayes Cheek, three sons, Wm. A. Cheek and James J. Cheek of Louisa and Walter Lee Cheek of San Francisco, CA; two sisters, Mrs. Thomas Weaver of Elyria, OH and Mrs. George Bertran of Sciotoville, OH; and four brothers, Joe Cheek of Louisa, R. J. Walter Cheek of Chesapeake, OH, Andre Cheek of Ashland, KY and Essie Cheek of Sandusky, OH. Big Sandy News, Friday, November 14, 1941

COBURN, Seymore
Seymore Lee Coburn, 29, died Sunday morning at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Coburn at Glenwood after an illness of one year of silicosis. Funeral rites were conducted Tuesday morning at 11 from the Glenwood Church and interment was made in the family cemetery near Glenwood. Mr. Coburn formerly worked in a brick yard at Ashland and resided there until moving back to Glenwood 9 months ago. Surviving besides his parents are the wife, Mrs. Hermia Queen Coburn, 2 children, Lewis Edward and Virginia Lee and a brother, Loval Coburn of Holden, WV. Big Sandy News, Nov 14, 1941

CORDLE, Luther
DANIELS, Forest
Two of a party of 5 former Lawrence countians returning to their work in Ohio after coming home to vote in Tuesday's general election were killed when their automobile wrecked Tuesday afternoon on U. S. 23 near Waverly, OH. The dead are : Luther Cordle, 40, of Galloway, OH, route 1, a son of the late Russell and Mary Morris Cordle of Cordell, this county and Forest Daniels, 35, son of Mr. Ab Daniels of Lowmansville, this county. Injured were Lee Pack, 42, owner and driver of the car and Mrs. Pack, formerly of the Brushey section and Mitchell Castle, 21, of Lowmansville. they are patients in a Portsmouth hospital and will recover. The party, after coming back to vote, left shortly before noon to return to Ohio, traveling in Mr. Pack's V-8 Ford. Near Waverly the car tore down 81 feet of guard rail, went down a bank and landed on its top with the wheels in the air. The car, according to a Portsmouth newspaper, came to a stop 201 feet from where it left the road. All five occupants were thrown clear of the machine. The body of Mr. Daniels was found on the edge of the paving and the body of Cordle was found at the foot of the embankment. Both died of skull fractures it was reported. Mr. and Mrs. Pack and Mr. Caslte were picked up near the demolished car. Mr. Pack is suffering from fractured ribs, severe cuts about the head and the little finger of his left hand was torn off. Mrs. Pack was less seriously hurt, having only a cut on her arm. All 3 suffered from severe shock, hospital attaches in Portsmouth said. The body of Cordle was returned to this county and funeral was conducted Thursday morning at the home of an aunt, Mrs. Mollie Cordle at Cordell with Rev. Roberts and Rev. William W. Moore officiating. The body of Daniels also was returned to this county for interment, but details of the funeral arrangements could not be learned here. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Ab Daniels of Lowmansville and was working in Ohio husking corn. Mr. and Mrs. Pack, native of the Brushey section, moved to a farm near Columbus, OH last March. Mr. Pack is a son of Green V. Pack of Charley and Mrs. Pack is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Dixon of the Brushey section. Castle is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Amos Castle of Lowmansville and also was working in Ohio husking corn. Big Sandy News, Nov 7, 1941

CYRUS, Jennie (Cordle)
Mrs. Jennie Cordle Cyrus, 59, died Thursday of last week at her home at Cordell. Deceased was the widow of Jay Cyrus. Funeral service was conducted Friday at the Freewill Baptist Church at Cordell with Rev. William W. Moore and Rev. W. T. Fraley of Louisa officiating and interment was made in the Cordle family cemetery on Rockhouse Fork of Brushey. Mrs. Cyrus was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church at Cordell. In 1903 she was married to Ross Carter and to this union was born one daughter, Mrs. Hazel Cordle. Her last husband was Jay Cyrus, and she is survived by 3 daughters and one son of this marriage, Misses Stella Mae and Opal, at home and Mrs. Russ Cordle of Pleasantville, OH and Jesse Cyrus at home. Big Sandy News, Nov 21, 1941

DANIELS, Forest
CORDLE, Luther
Two of a party of 5 former Lawrence countians returning to their work in Ohio after coming home to vote in Tuesday's general election were killed when their automobile wrecked Tuesday afternoon on U. S. 23 near Waverly, OH. The dead are : Luther Cordle, 40, of Galloway, OH, route 1, a son of the late Russell and Mary Morris Cordle of Cordell, this county and Forest Daniels, 35, son of Mr. Ab Daniels of Lowmansville, this county. Injured were Lee Pack, 42, owner and driver of the car and Mrs. Pack, formerly of the Brushey section and Mitchell Castle, 21, of Lowmansville. they are patients in a Portsmouth hospital and will recover. The party, after coming back to vote, left shortly before noon to return to Ohio, traveling in Mr. Pack's V-8 Ford. Near Waverly the car tore down 81 feet of guard rail, went down a bank and landed on its top with the wheels in the air. The car, according to a Portsmouth newspaper, came to a stop 201 feet from where it left the road. All five occupants were thrown clear of the machine. The body of Mr. Daniels was found on the edge of the paving and the body of Cordle was found at the foot of the embankment. Both died of skull fractures it was reported. Mr. and Mrs. Pack and Mr. Castle were picked up near the demolished car. Mr. Pack is suffering from fractured ribs, severe cuts about the head and the little finger of his left hand was torn off. Mrs. Pack was less seriously hurt, having only a cut on her arm. All 3 suffered from severe shock, hospital attaches in Portsmouth said. The body of Cordle was returned to this county and funeral was conducted Thursday morning at the home of an aunt, Mrs. Mollie Cordle at Cordell with Rev. Roberts and Rev. William W. Moore officiating. The body of Daniels also was returned to this county for interment, but details of the funeral arrangements could not be learned here. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Ab Daniels of Lowmansville and was working in Ohio husking corn. Mr. and Mrs. Pack, native of the Brushey section, moved to a farm near Columbus, OH last March. Mr. Pack is a son of Green V. Pack of Charley and Mrs. Pack is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Dixon of the Brushey section. Castle is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Amos Castle of Lowmansville and also was working in Ohio husking corn. Big Sandy News, Nov 7, 1941

DAVIS, Alinus
1861-1941
Alimus M. Davis, 80, retired carpenter of Portsmouth and a native of this county, died last Thursday at his home in Portsmouth, after a lingering illness of a heart ailment. He was born Jul 3, 1861 in Lawrence County, a son of Thomas and Mary Jane Mann Davis. The family later moved to Boyd County and he went to Portsmouth 37 years ago. He is survived by his wife, Amanda Fannin Davis, and 7 children, Mrs. Molly Platt of Great Creek, IL, Mrs. Oma Cooper of Effingham, IL, Mrs. Carrie Harrison of Cincinnati, William J. Davis of Rushtown, OH, Newton Davis of Stockdale, OH, Hershel and Riley Davis of Portsmouth. He also leaves 2 brothers, Granville Davis of Music, KY and Edward Davis of McCullough, OH and a sister, Mrs. Arizona Pettit of Cabin Creek, WV. Big Sandy News, Nov 7,1941

DOWDY, Jerry
Jerry Dowdy, 50, of the Garner section of Boyd county was killed instantly Monday night when hit by a truck driven by W. M. Twinam, 16, of Laurel, Boyd County, on the Mayo Trail at Cole Hill 16 miles from Catlettsburg. A coroner's jury held the accident was unavoidable. Rudy Kring and Ed Rowem state highway patrolmen quoted the truck driver as saying he was blinded by the lights of an approaching car and did not see Dowdy, who was walking on the highway. Funeral for Dowdy was conducted in the East Fork Methodist Church Wednesday. He was a native of Wayne County, WV. Surviving are his wife, Martha Tomlin Dowdy, 2 sons and 3 daughters, Big Sandy News, Nov 21, 1941

ELLIS, James Oliver
James Oliver Ellis, 80 years old, retired farmer of Prichard, WV, died Saturday morning at his home following a year's illness. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 at the Bellomy Chapel at Hubbardstown near Prichard, with the Rev. Dave Hulett and the Rev. roy Bellomy officiating. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Hanna James Ellis and 9 children. Big Sandy News, Nov 14, 1941

HATCHER, A. J.
Fort Gay, WV, Nov 13--Albert James Hatcher, 60, farmer of the head of Hurricane section, died Monday in a Huntington hospital. Funeral was conducted Wednesday in the Spruce Lick Baptist Church at the head of Hurricane and interment was made in the Artrip Cemetery there. Rev. Carmi Webb officiated at the rites. Big Sandy news, Nov 14, 1941

KITCHEN, Lucy (France)
1865-1941
Lucy France Kitchen, 76, native of Lawrence County, died Sunday at her home in South Portsmouth, KY, after an illness of one week of complications. Mrs. Kitchen was born in this county Sep 26, 1865 and was a member of the Baptist Church at Noris. She had resided at South Portsmouth the past 6 years. Funeral services were held Tuesday at Firebrick, Greenup County, with Rev. C. C. Creech, of Portsmouth officiating and interment was made at Firebrick. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Esther L. Mayo of Huntington, a grandson, Elwood Kitchen, 2 brothers, and a sister, Marion France of Noris, KY, William France of Mechanicsburg, and Mrs. Martha Edwards of Beaver. Big Sandy News, Nov 21, 1941

LEMASTER, W. A.
W. A. Lemaster, 59, native of the Mt. Olive section of this county, died Oct 27 at the home of a son, Dewey Lemaster, at McAndrews, KY, after a long illness of cancer. Funeral rites were conducted by Rev. L. T. Preston and Rev. Dennis Williams, of Paintsville and interment was made in the family cemetery in this county. Deceased was a son of Jake and Tabitha Lemaster of Mt. Olive and was a member of the United Baptist Church. Big Sandy News, Nov 7, 1941

LITTLEJOHN, John D.
John D. Littlejohn, 74, noted Kentucky newspaper man and one time editor of a Louisa paper, died Wednesday of last week in the Mason's home at Shelbyville, KY after suffering a heart attack. The body was returned to Grayson and funeral was conducted there Friday and interment was made in the Grayson cemetery. Mr. Littlejohn engaged in newspaper work at Portsmouth, OH, Jellico, TN, Wellston, OH, Chillicothe, OH, and Maysville, KY. During the governorship of William O. Bradley he was assistant to Sam Stone, state auditor. He was postmaster in Grayson before locating in Portsmouth. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Katherine Giles Littlejohn, 2 daughters and a son. Big Sandy News, Nov 28, 1941

MCCLURE, J. B.
1865-1941
Prof. J. B. (Bascom) McClure, 76, beloved educator of southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky, died Wednesday night of last week at his home in Switzer, Logan County, WV after a long illness. Prof. McClure was born near Gallup, this county, Jun 15, 1865, a son of William and Loucretia Booth McClure and was reared there. He attended Marshall College, Huntington in the early 1880's and embarked on a teaching career that was to make him revered throughout a wide section. During his more than 50 years of teaching he taught select school in Louisa, Williamson, Chattaroy, Graham and Omar and Grundy, VA and other towns in Kentucky and West Virginia. While teaching in West Virginia he married Miss Ethel Chaffin, a daughter of Marion Chaffin, prominent figure in the early history of Logan and Mingo counties. He was a prosperous merchant and served as sheriff of Logan County, a post later held by his son, Don Chaffin, now of Huntington. Prof. McClure served for 15 years as principal of the Omar, WV school, but retired a few yeas ago because of declining health. Funeral for the aged educator was conducted Saturday in Omar, WV and the body was brought to Huntington and interred in Woodmere Cemetery. The body lay in state at the Omar Union Church from 9 until 11 a.m. Attending the funeral from this county were Augustus Snyder and G. R. Burgess of Louisa, Mrs. William Childers and Mr. and Mrs. F. C. McClure of Gallup. Prof. McClure, was a nephew of the late Prof. Taylor McClure, of Wayne. He is survived by his wife, 2 daughters, Mrs. Lee Woodward, Fort Wroth, TX and Mrs. Haskell Cunningham, Houston, TX; 4 sons, Frances McClure, Phillip, TX, Andrew, William and Paul McClure, all of Omar, WV and 2 brothers, S. M. McClure of Huntington, WV and A. H. McClure of Yuma, AZ. Prof. McClure was a member of the Order of Red Men of Huntington and the I.O.O.F. Lodge in Louisa. Big Sandy News, Nov 21, 1941

MOORE, Harry
1879-1941
Harry Moore, 62, of Blaine, died Sunday at his home after an illness of 4 weeks. Funeral was conducted Monday afternoon at the home in Blaine with Rev. G. V. Cordle officiating and interment was made in the family cemetery. Mr. Moore was born at Blaine Jul 15, 1879, a son of the late John and Martha Mullins Moore. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Millard Lemaster of Winifred, KY, 2 sons, John W. Moore of Davisville and Lunda Moore of Blaine; one sister, Mrs. Vance Sanders of California and 4 brothers, Ern Moore of Flat Gap, Monroe Moore of Blaine, Paris Moore of Wakefield, OH and Booker Moore of West Virginia. Big Sandy News, Nov 21, 1941

MORROW, Ephriam
Ephriam Morrow, 64, of Nauvoo, OH and a native of this county, died Thursday in a hospital in Portsmouth, where he had been a patient for 4 weeks. Born in this county near Fallsburg, a son of Joseph and Elizabeth White Morrow, Mr. Morrow moved to Portsmouth in 1910 and worked for the N & W Railway as a car repairman for many yeas. Twelve years ago he moved to Nauvoo. Mr. Morrow was married to Miss Mary Florence Copley, who survives him. Also surviving are 5 children, Mrs. Reba Hammock and Joseph Morrow of City View, OH, Mrs. Sarah Lyons of McCullough, OH, Arthur Morrow of Nauvoo, OH, and Leonard Morrow at home. Also surviving is a sister, Mrs. Hattie Nunley of Nauvoo, OH and these half brothers and half sisters: Robert Morrow of Huntington, Mrs. Emily Heaberlin of Prichard, WV, Mrs. Bell Shannon of Buchanan, KY, Mrs. Eliza Black of Ironton, OH and Elizabeth of Waterloo, OH and 10 grandchildren, Funeral services were Saturday at the Windel-Howland Funeral Home in Portsmouth with burial in Rushtown Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Nov 21, 1941

MOUNTS, Minerva (Ellis)
1868-1941
Mrs. Minerva Ellis Mounts, 73, widow of the late John N. Mounts and former residents of Louisa died last Friday morning at her home in Huntington. Funeral rites were conducted at the home Sunday afternoon with Rev. Roud Shaw, of Pleasantville, KY, former pastor of the Louisa Christian Church and Rev. Homer Palmer of Barboursville, WV officiating and interment was made in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Huntington. Mrs. Mounts was born in Mingo County, WV, Sep 23, 1868, daughter of Lloyd and Flora Ellis, pioneer Tug River residents. She came to Louisa with her husband, a retired coal operator in 1912 and they resided here until moving to Huntington in 1926, having brought the home of former Congressman James A. Hughes there. Mr. and Mrs. Mounts were devout members of the Louisa Christian Church. Mr. Mounts died a few years ago. there are no immediate survivors. Big Sandy News, Nov 14, 1941

PERRY, Woodrow
Woodrow Perry, 27, of Crum, WV, died Saturday of injuries sustained in a mine accident in the mines of the New Era Coal Co. at Delbarton, WV. He was employed as a machine operator and was injured Wednesday of last week in a slate fall. Funeral was conducted Tuesday at the home near Crum and interment made on Jennies Creek. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Betty Thompson Perry, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lark Perry, one son, Donald, 4, one daughter, Christine, 2, 2 brothers, Oscar and Lacy Perry, of Crum and 2 sisters, Mrs. Sallie Marcum of Wilsondale and Mrs. Essie Marcum of Stirrate. Big Sandy News, Nov 14, 1941

PHILLIPS, Merida Powell
Merida Powell Phillips, 59, native of the Flat Gap section, died Wednesday of last week in Paintsville hospital of a heart ailment. He was a son of William and Margaret Sparks Phillips and was reared at Flat Gap. For the past 24 years he had been employed as a carpenter by the Consolidation Coal Co. at Van Lear. Funeral was conducted at the Van Lear Methodist Church and burial was made in the Wells Cemetery at Paintsville. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Nettie Hall Phillips and the following daughters and sons, Mrs. Henry Stapleton, Jenkins, Mrs. Clifford Horn, West Van Lear, Sola and Eugene Phillips, at home, and the grandson, Douglas Phillips Horn. He is also survived by the following brothers and sisters, Mrs. John Sparks, Paintsville, Mrs. A. M. Salyer, Flat Gap, Harry Phillips, Louisa, and Sandy Phillips, Lucasville, OH. Big Sandy News, Nov 21, 1941

SENTERS, Linda Lou
Linda Lou Senters, 15 months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Senters, of Louisa route 2, near Richardson, died at the home Nov 18. Funeral was conducted Nov 19 with Rev. Homer Grooms officiating and interment was made in the Senters family cemetery under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Surviving besides the parents are 3 grandparents, Mrs. Lucy Senters of Louisa route 2 and Mr. and Mrs. Blaine Stacey of Richardson and a brother, Dan F. Big Sandy News, Nov 28, 1941

SHORT, Thomas
Dennis, KY, Nov 18--Death has again invaded our community, this time going into the home of Mrs. George Jordan and claiming for its victim her father, Thomas Short. Uncle Tom was our oldest citizen having reached the age of 84 years 2 months and 2 days, when he was called away on last Friday Nov 14. His wife, Jennie Walden Jordan died 38 years ago. Uncle Tom had made his home with his son in law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. George Jordan for the last few years and during his stay here has been in very bad health. However, kind treatment and thoughtful consideration was given him by loving hands until his passing. In the last years of his life, Uncle tom accepted Christ as his Saviour and was baptized only 2 months ago there fulfilling the desire of his heart to wholly submit his life to the Lord. His kind voice and pleasant smile will be sadly missed by the family and his friends in this neighborhood. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Lloyd Jordan and Rev. Fred Vanhorn, at Dennis Chapel Sunday morning and the body was taken to the Short Cemetery on Blaine for interment. The surviving members of his immediate family are the following sons and daughters, Thurman, James, Noah and Gipsy of Ashland, KY, Martha of Chicago, IL, Carrie of Lexington, KY, George of Ironton, OH, John of Chillicothe, OH, and Hannah of Dennis. Also by 35 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Nov 21, 1941

SKAGGS, Isaac
Found unconscious in the corn crib at his barn Wednesday morning Isaac Skaggs, 68, farmer of the Brushey section, died shortly afterward, apparently the victim of a heart attack. Funeral will be held at the home on Brushey at a time to be decided later. Surviving are 2 sons, 4 daughters, and a brother, Herman Skaggs. His wife, Mrs. Frances Fyffe Skaggs, died 3 years ago. Big Sandy News, Nov 21, 1941

STEPP, Emma (Marcum)
Mrs. Emma Marcum Stepp, 67, wife of V. B. Stepp of Kermit, died Wednesday of last week after an illness of 18 months of angina pectoris. She was a native of Wayne County and was a member of the Baptist Church. Surviving in addition to her husband are 2 sons, Wilson Stepp of Prestonsburg, KY and Dr. Curtis Stepp of Welch; 2 daughters, Mrs. G. W. Fleming and Miss Addie Stepp, both of Kermit and 2 sisters and 2 brothers. Big Sandy News, Nov 21, 1941

STEVENS, William
William Stevens, 31, ill for 3 years with tuberculosis, died at his home on Sycamore street here Sunday morning at 3:30. Funeral service was conducted Monday afternoon in the Louisa Baptist Church with the pastor Rev. J. C. Hager and Rev. William w. Moore, officiating and interment was made in Pine Hill Cemetery here. Deceased was born and reared here, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Stevens. He had been a member of the Baptist Church for one year. Surviving besides the parents, are the wife, Mrs. Lexie Sparks Stevens, 4 children. Shirley, Clay, Billy Paul and Homer, all at home; one sister, Miss Edna Mae Stevens, of Louisa, 3 brothers, Joe Stevens, Jr. in the U. S. Army at Fort Custer, MI, John Henry Stevens and Dock Stevens, both of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Nov 21,1 941

STEWART, Kittie (Childers)
1904-1941
Mrs. Kittie Childers Stewart, 37, wife of Fred Stewart of Ashland and a native of Georges Creek, this county died Monday in an Ashland hospital after an illness of one day. Mrs. Stewart, a daughter of Pharoah and Lizzie Chapman Childers was born and reared in this county, but has resided in Ashland12 years. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Funeral will be conducted Thursday morning at 11 from the Enterprise Baptist Church in Westwood with Rev. Lelley McGraw, of Ashland, officiating and interment will be made in the Dixon Cemetery at Ashland. She is survived by her husband, a son, Robert Allen Stewart, at home, 4 daughters, Virginia, Margaret, Beatrice and Barbara Jean, all at home, 2 brothers, Russell Childers of Georges Creek, KY and Frank Childers of Paintsville, 4 sisters, Mrs. Gussie Preston and Mrs. Beulah Castle of Georges Creek, Mrs. Ledford Powers of Drift, KY and Mrs. Ida Grizzle of Huntington. Big Sandy News, Nov 21, 1941

STUMBO, W. L.
Prestonsburg, KY Nov 13--Dr. W. L. Stumbo, 56, who was elected Sheriff of Floyd county in the recent election, died shortly before noon Thursday at his hospital at Martin. the stormy petrel of Floyd county politics suffered a heart attack after completing an operation at his Martin hospital last night. He is survived by his wife. There were no children. Big Sandy News, Nov 14, 1941

WEBB, Lon
Lon Webb, 75 years old of Fort Gay, route 1, life-long resident and farmer of Wayne county died at his home Oct 31 after a year's illness. Funeral services were conducted at the Tarklin school house by Rev. H. B. Thompson, with burial in the family cemetery. He is survived by the widow, Mrs. Elizabeth Webb, 3 sons, Logan Webb of Columbus, Charles and Carmi Webb of Kenova; 2 daughters, Mrs. Cuzzie Boyes of Rittman, OH and Mrs. Druzzie Mynes of Huntington. Big Sandy News, Nov 14, 1941

WEBB, Vada (Chaffin)
Vada Chaffin Webb, 46, wife of A. J. Webb, of Williamson died Sunday at the home of a sister, Mrs. J. T. Harrold in East Williamson, after a long illness of cancer. Funeral was conducted Tuesday and interment made in the Chaffin Cemetery on the Kentucky side opposite Crum, WV. Deceased was a native of this county. Big Sandy News, Nov 21, 1941

WELLMAN, Otto
Fort Gay, WV, Nov 3--Otto Wellman, 60, farmer of the Mill Creek section 5 miles from Fort Gay, died at his home Thursday at 2:45 p.m. He had been ill for 2 years. Funeral rites were conducted Saturday afternoon from the Community church at Saltpetre, WV with Rev. Roy Bellomy, of Prichard, officiating and interment was made in the Wellman family cemetery. Mr. Wellman, a son of the late David H. and Kizzie Wilson Wellman, was born and reared on Mill Creek and had lived there practically all of his life. Survivors are the wife, Mrs. Clara Spears Wellman, one daughter, Mrs. Millican Branham of Fort Bay, route 2, 4 sisters, Mrs. Dock Frasher of Fort Gay, Mrs. C. E. Bruce of Huntington, Mrs. Alice Knode of Fort Gay, and Mrs. Garland Spears of Fort Gay, route 2 and 4 brothers, George and Noah Wellman of Huntington, Taylor Wellman of Louisa and Carl Wellman of Kenova. Big Sandy News, Nov 7, 1941

WHITE, Mary Elsie (West)
Mrs. Mary Elsie White, wife of A. Frank White, died at her home on Ellington's Bear Creek Tuesday noon. Funeral was conducted Thursday from the Grassland Church and interment was made in the White family cemetery on Bear Creek. Mrs. White, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd West was born in Pike County and had resided on Bear Creek for 40 years. Big Sandy News, Nov 14, 1941

YOUNG, George
George Young, of West Jefferson, OH, and a native of this county, died in a Columbus, OH hospital Saturday Nov 1st from pneumonia, developing after an operator for rupture. He was laid to rest in Pleasant Hill Cemetery at West Jefferson, Tuesday Nov 4th. He is survived by his widow, 2 sons and 3 daughters, by his father, Jesse Young of Louisa, KY and 4 brothers and 2 sisters. Big Sandy News, Nov 14, 1941

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DECEMBER

BARTRAM, Vena Clara (Ailiff)
Fort Gay, WV, Dec 23--Mrs. Vena Clara Bartram, 45, wife of Milton J. Bartram, of Fort Gay, route 1, died Monday evening at the Bartram home 2 miles from Fort Gay on the Wayne road. She had been ill for a month. Funeral was conducted Wednesday morning at 10:30 from the Fort Gay Methodist Church and interment made in the Bartram family cemetery. Mrs. Bartram, a daughter of William H. and Amanda Wriston Ailiff was born and reared at Kingston, WV but had resided near Fort gay the past 25 years. Her first husband, A. M. Blodgett, died a number of years ago. She had been a lifelong member of the Methodist Church. Surviving besides her husband and father are 5 daughters, Mrs. Fred Price of Huntington, WV, Misses Mae Blodgett, Marie Blodgett, Christine Bartram and Doris Bartram, all at home, 4 sons, Carmie Blodgett, Fort Gay, John F. Blodgett, Conrad Bartram and Milton J. Bartram, Jr. all at home; 6 sisters, Mrs. Luther Rhineheart, Mossy, WV, Mrs. Tilden Kincaid, Kincaid, WV, Mrs. Ira Armstrong and Mrs. Elmer Armstrong both of Kingston, WV, Mrs. Earl Canterberry, Montgomery, WV, and Mrs. Gordon Scarboro, Deepwater, WV and one brother, Bert Ailiff of Kingston, WV. Big Sandy News, Dec 26, 1941

BOLT, Nancy Margaret (Durney)
1849-1941
A useful Christian life that was nearing its 93rd year, ended Thursday of last week with the death of Mrs. Nancy M. Bolt at her home on Bolt's Fork near the Lawrence-Boyd county line. Mrs. Bolt had been ill for 4 weeks. Death came Thursday afternoon at 4. She was 92 years 6 months of age. Mrs. Bolt was born at the mouth of Blaine in this county, May 26, 1849, a daughter of John Durney and Polly Bloss Durney, pioneer Lawrence County settlers. She was the youngest of 4 daughters and was the last surviving member of the Durney family. She was married to Isaac Bolt at the age of 21 and went to Bolt's Fork where they established a home. She had lived in the same house on the same farm for 71 years. Mr. Bolt died a few years ago at the age of 91. Mrs. Bolt had been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South for 76 years. Funeral was conducted at the home Saturday afternoon with Rev. Banks officiating, and interment was made in the Bolt family cemetery. Surviving are 3 daughters, Mrs. Allen Kinner of Buchanan, Mrs. Nora Bellomy of Adeline and Mrs. Imogene Brown of Ashland, and one son, Burg Bolt at home, another son, John M. Bolt of Huntington died a few years ago. Big Sandy News, Dec 5, 1941

BOWLING, Perlina (Green)
Mrs. Perlina Green Bowling, 81, native of this county, died Wednesday of last week at the home of her son, Willie Bowling near Cannonsburg, Boyd County. She had been ill for a year. Surviving are 3 daughters, Mrs. Rebecca Arrington, Blaine, Mrs. Harlan Castle, Lucasville, OH and Mrs. Paris Moore, Wakefield, OH; and 3 sons, John E. Bowling, Blaine, Joel Bowling of Columbus, OH and William Bowling, Cannonsburg. Big Sandy News, Dec 19, 1941

CARTER, George J.
1870-1941
George J. Carter, 71, well known and prominent Louisa merchant died suddenly of a heart attack Monday morning. Mr. Carter had been in failing health for the past 2 months and had not been to his store for several weeks. However, his condition was not believed serious, and he had been reported as improving in recent days. Monday morning, feeling much better, he went across the street to the home of his son in law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. C. T. Stewart and later said he was going down to the store. As he opened the door of the Stewart home he crumpled to the floor and died in a few moments. Mr. Carter was born Jan 17, 1870, at Irad, a son of the late John B. and Loucuzzie Meek Carter. As a young man, he taught rural schools in this county. He entered the merchandise business in 1895 and had been a merchant for the past 45 years. He operated a general merchandise store and served as postmaster at Yatesville for 20 years, moving to Louisa in 1918. Since moving here he had operated Carters Department Store.

A large assemblage, including many people from out of town, attended the funeral, which was conducted Wednesday afternoon in the Louisa Methodist Church with the pastor Rev. T. J. Hopson, and Rev. J. C. Hager and Rev. William W. Moore officiating. The floral offering was profuse, attesting to the high esteem in which he was held, and Louisa stores were closed during the services out of respect to the deceased merchant. Mr. Carter was a member of  the Louisa Masonic Lodge and the lodge conducted its ritual at the grave. Interment was made in Pine Hill Cemetery here under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Mr. Carter is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lula Lakin Carter, 3 daughters, Mrs. C. T. Stewart, Louisa, Mrs. M. R. Vaughan, Henderson, KY and Mrs. John Ottley, New Orleans, LA; 4 sons, Dan G. and Ernest Carter, of Louisa, Dr. John G. Carter, Augusta, KY, and George J. Carter, Jr., postmaster of Fort Gay, WV; 4 sisters, Mrs. Mart Burchett, Yatesville, Mrs. Emma Elkins, Ashland, KY, Mrs. B. J. Chaffins, Louisa, and Mrs. W. M. Frazier, Logan, WV; 2 brothers, M. L. Carter of Ashland, and Charles Carter of Fallsburg. Big Sandy News, Dec 12, 1941

CHAPMAN, Guinn
Fort Gay, WV, Dec 4--Guinn B. Chapman, 41, native of Glenhayes who has lived in Detroit, MI the past 7 years, died in a hospital there Tuesday noon following a brief illness. The body will be shipped to Kenova, arriving Friday at 2 a.m. and then will be brought to the Curtright Funeral Home where it will lie in state until 9:30 a.m. and then will be taken to the home of his mother, Mrs. Nancy Chapman Heltsley at Glenhayes. Funeral will be conducted Friday at 2 from Glenhayes church with Rev. Nelson Hughes officiating and interment will be made in the Ratcliff cemetery near Glenhayes. Chapman was a member of the Vinson Masonic Lodge of Fort Gay and the lodge will conduct its ritual at the grave. Deceased was a son of the lat I. J. Chapman of Glenhayes. He had worked for the Packard Motor Car Company in Detroit the past 7 years. Surviving besides his mother, are the wife, Mrs. Clove Maynard Chapman, 2 daughters, Jessie and Billy Mae, a son, Garfield Isaac, 3 sisters, Mrs. Walter Slaughter, Clefty, KY, Mrs. Warner rigger, Dunmore, KY and Mrs. Auxier Sammons, Glenhayes and one brother, Kether G. Chapman, Stone, KY. Big Sandy News, Dec 5, 1941

COLE, Jennie (Moore)
1872-1941
Mrs. Jennie Cole, 69, wife of William A. Cole, of East Fork, died Tuesday morning at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Zeb Heston, in Louisa. Mrs. Cole suffered a stroke at her home on East Fork last Mar 14 and was brought to her daughter's home here the next day where she has been cared for since. Funeral rites will be conducted Friday Dec 26 at 2 in the East Fork Chapel with Rev. E. W. Elrod, pastor of the First Methodist Church of Louisa, officiating. The body will lie in state at the Heston home here until 12 noon Friday when the funeral procession will leave for East Fork. Mrs. Cole was born in Louisa Mar 16, 1872, a daughter of the late Frederick R. and Belle O'Bryan Moore. She was married to William A. Cole Apr 1, 1891 and had resided at the Cole farm on East Fork 38 years. Surviving besides the husband are 2 children, Mrs. Heston and Fred P. Cole of Rush, KY, a sister, Mrs. W. f. Farley of Holden, WV and a brother, Dr. William Laben Moore of St. Louis, MO. Big Sandy News, Dec 26, 1941

DIAMOND, Infant son
The infant son of Dewey and Iona Spillman Diamond, of the Two Mile section, died Thursday morning. Funeral will be conducted Friday morning at 10 from the Diamond Cemetery on Twin Branch. Besides the parents, one sister and 11 brothers survive. Big Sandy News, Dec 5, 1941

DIAMOND, Woodrow
PRESTON, Mose
Two Lawrence county young men--Woodrow W. Diamond, 28, of Louisa and Mose Preston, 31, of Georges Creek--were killed this week by C & O trains.

Diamond's body was found Monday evening shortly after dark on the railroad right-of-way at the lower end of "The Narrows", about a mile below Louisa. He had suffered a fractured neck near the base of the skull, a broken right arm and broken left shoulder and a dislocation of the left hip.

A coroner's jury after hearing evidence at an inquest conducted at the Curtright Funeral Home next morning by Justice of the Peace, O. C. Atkins, returned a verdict that he came to his death by "being hit by a C & O train." Evidence showed that Diamond had accompanied Otha Thompson, of Louisa to Ashland that day. Thompson took a truck load of scrap iron to the Ashland market and Diamond drove the truck. Returning that evening, Thompson let Diamond out of the truck at the lower end of "The Narrows" to go home. Diamond lived with his father in law, Charles Frazier, below "The Narrows" and would have traveled down a side road off the Mayo Trail and across the C & O railroad before reaching home.

Mrs. Elmer Crabtree reported she saw a man on the railroad about dusk as she was going home. She reported it to her husband and he returned to investigate, finding Diamond's body about 15 feet from the crossing. A freight train had passed a short time before, it was reported.

Diamond was a son of John R. Diamond of the Smokey Valley section and was associated here with his father in the operation of a tie yard. Four months ago he was married to Miss Mary Glen Frazier and since then had resided with his father in law, Charles Frazier, below Louisa. Mr. Diamond was one of the three first volunteers in Lawrence County after the selective service, but was not accepted for Army service because he failed to pass the physical examination.

Preston, young farmer of the Georges Creek section, was fatally injured when he fell between the cars while riding "blind" on passenger train No. 38 up from Louisa Tuesday evening. He was discovered by the fireman of the train crew hanging from the coupling between the tender and the first baggage car when the train stopped at Chapman to take water. He died about 15 minutes after the crew removed him with gaining consciousness.

Trainmen reported he had fallen across the coupling with his head hanging down and his feet caught in the coupling mechanism. His hands were terribly mangles and he had suffered a crushed skull.

The body was brought to the Curtright Funeral Home here and prepared for burial.

Preston was a son of Mrs. Nevada Sue Preston, of Georges Creek and the late John G. Preston and was married and the father of 3 children. He had come to Louisa on passenger train 37 Tuesday morning to buy a pair of shoes, relatives reported.

Funeral for Diamond was conducted Thursday afternoon in the Smokey Valley Church with Rev. J. C. Hager and Rev. William W. Moore of Louisa officiating, and interment was made in the Diamond family cemetery at Smokey under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home.

Diamond is survived by his father, John R. Diamond, and step mother, of Smokey Valley, his wife, Mrs. Mary Glen Frazier Diamond, 2 sisters, Miss Garnet Diamond of Louisa, and Mrs. Margaret Goodwin, of Columbus, OH and 5 brothers, Edgar Diamond, Milton, WV, Elby Diamond, Kenova, WV, Claude Diamond, at home, and Jack and Lark Diamond of Louisa.

Funeral service for Preston was held Thursday afternoon also, at the home of his mother at Georges Creek, and interment was made in the Preston family cemetery. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Nevada Preston, Georges Creek, his wife, Mrs. Edna Preston, a daughter, Phyllis Jean, 2 sons, John Arthur and Robert Steve, 3 sisters, Mrs. Carl L. Jones, Ashland, Mrs. Russell Kelley, Paintsville and Mrs. W. C. Mitchell, Georges Creek. Big Sandy News, Dec 5, 1941

ELLISON, Stella (Hensley)
Mrs. Stella Ellison, 48, of Gragston Creek, near Prichard, WV, died in a Charleston hospital Nov 20, after a long illness. She is survived by her husband, Edgar Ellison, 4 daughters, Mrs. Norma Moore and Miss Frankie Ellison, both of Wayne, Mrs. Henry Blake and Mrs. John Salyers of Prichard, route 2, the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Adams Hensley of Columbus, OH, Funeral services were held at the Missionary Baptist Church in Catlettsburg, KY with Rev. W. K. Wood and Rev. Sam Sloan officiating. Burial was in the Catlettsburg cemetery. Big Sandy News, Dec 5,1941

GALLOWAY, James E.
James E. Galloway, 61, a resident of Kenova for 50 years, died in the Kenova hospital Nov 19, after an illness of one week. Mr. Galloway was a foreman in the Ashland Oil and Refining Co. plant at Leach, KY. Funeral services were conducted at the Kenova Methodist Church by Dr. E. J. Westfall and Rev. C. C. Yates, with burial in the Dock's Creek Cemetery. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Clara Galloway, 5 sons, Ray of Cenecia, CA, Leonard of Ashland, Percy L. of Kenova, Hubert and Howard, at home, 2 daughters, Mrs. Arthur Crabtree and Mrs. Seigle Wilson of Kenova, a brother, John Galloway of Kenova, 2 sisters, Mrs. Sallie Shortridge of Fallsburg, KY and Mrs. Clayton, of Fullerton, CA. Big Sandy News, Dec 5, 1941

HALL, Hoover
Hoover Hall, 41, who has been working as a flagman for the Middle West Roads Co. on the Mayo Trail paving project, died about 5:30 this morning (Thursday) of a hemorrhage of the lungs suffered while at the Lewis Filling Station here. Stricken while coughing, Hall was rushed to a local hospital but died in the emergency room a few minutes after being admitted. He had worked on the Trail until Monday evening and had come to Louisa for his check from Chapman where he resided with Herbert Young. No funeral arrangements have been made at the time The News went to press. He is survived by a son and 2 daughters. Big Sandy News, Dec 5, 1941

HOOSIER, Henry
Fort Gay, WV. Dec 23-Henry Hoosier, 72, well known Wayne county farmer, died Tuesday morning at 7:45 at his home on Little Hurricane Creek a mile from Hubbardstown. Mr. Hoosier was a son of the late John and Mary Eckley Hoosier. He had long been a member of the Methodist Church. Funeral will be conducted Thursday afternoon at 2 in the Bellomy Chapel at Hubbardstown and interment will be made in the family cemetery. Mr. Hoosier is survived by his wife, Mrs. Verna Skeens Hoosier, one daughter, Mrs. Eldon Cook of Portsmouth, OH, 3 sons, Clarence of Urichsville, OH, Alfred of Kenova, WV, and Herbert of Prichard, WV, one sister, Mrs. Vena Biggs of Ironton, OH and 5 brothers, John, Rudolph, and James Hoosier all of Prichard, Ed Hoosier of Farmer City, IL and Peter Hoosier of Buffalo, MO. Big Sandy News, Dec 26, 1941

KIRK, Carl S.
Carl S. Kirk, 55, of Huntington, brother of Frank A. Kirk of Louisa and Earl Kirk of Cadmus, died Monday in a Huntington hospital. Mr. Kirk, a native of Inez, Martin County, war president of the real estate and mortgage loan firm of C. S. Kirk and Co in Huntington and was a prominent business man. The body was taken to Martin County where funeral was conducted Wednesday afternoon. Big Sandy News, Dec 12, 1941

LAMBERT, Ona (Hunter)
Mrs. Ona Hunter Lambert, 38, wife of George W. Lambert, of Glenwood, died Saturday in a Louisa hospital where she had been a patient 3 days. She had been seriously ill 2 weeks. Funeral rites were conducted Monday afternoon at the home at Glenwood with Rev. Fred Vanhorn officiating and interment was made in the family cemetery. Mrs. Lambert was a daughter of the late William and Alice Johnson Hunter. She had been a member of the Methodist Church for 2 years. Surviving besides the husband are 3 daughters, Georgia Lee, Margaret Lou and Sarah Ellen, all at home, 4 sons, Herbert H., George W. John H. and Walter W. Gibson, all at home; 2 sisters, Mrs. Amanda Evans of Akron, OH and Mrs. Alva Adkins of Webbville and one brother, Andy Hunter of Glenwood. Big Sandy News, Dec 5, 1941

LEMASTER, Bennie Donald
Bennie Donald Lemaster, 9 months old son of Ben and Irene Caudill Lemaster of the Italy section of Louisa, died Saturday morning at 4:30 of pneumonia which followed a siege of whooping cough. The child had been ill for 2 and a half weeks. Funeral was conducted Sunday at the home of the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lemaster, Potter and interment was made in the Lemaster family cemetery there. Surviving besides the parents are the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lemaster of Potter and Mr. and Mrs. William Caudill of Louisa and a brother, Harold Ray at home. Big Sandy News, Dec 19, 1941

LEMASTER, Ransome J.
Ransome J. Lemaster, 6 months old son of Lunda and Dixie Prince Lemaster of the Donithan section died Sunday after a week's illness of pneumonia. Funeral was conducted Tuesday. Big Sandy News, Dec 19, 1941

LYNCH, Lelia (Spears)
Fort Gay, WV. Dec 23--Mrs. Lelia Lynch, 43, wife of Edgar Lynch, of Fort Gay, died Tuesday shortly before noon in a Louisa hospital. She had been ill for a week and was admitted to the hospital on Sunday. Funeral rites will be conducted Thursday morning at 10 from the Fort Gay Methodist church and interment will be made in the Frazier Cemetery on Mill Creek. Deceased was a daughter of Mrs. William R. Spears of Mill Creek and the late Mr. Spears. She had been a member of the Methodist Church for 12 years. Surviving besides the husband and mother are 5 sisters, Mrs. Otto Wellman and Mrs. Lewis Wilson, both of Fort Gay, route 2, Mrs. Wayne Shepherd of Coal Grove, OH, Mrs. Bass See of Fort Gay and Mrs. Russell Crabtree of Fort Gay route 1, and 4 brothers, Luther Spears of Fort Gay and Garland, Lindsey and Burgess Spears all of Fort Gay route 2. Big Sandy News, Dec 26, 1941

MATNEY, Emma Johns
1872-1941
Emma (Aunt Emma) Johns Matney, 69, wife of R. B. Matney and one of Louisa's most respected colored citizens, died at the Matney home Friday evening at 7:15 after an illness of 3 days. Funeral was conducted Sunday afternoon from the Louisa A. M. E. Church and interment made in the Wallace Cemetery at Louisa. Deceased was a daughter of Quinn and Harriet Wallace Matney, and was born in Louisa, May 6, 1872, and had resided here all of her life. She was a devoted church member. Surviving are the husband, R. B. Matney, 5 daughters, Mrs. Joseph Fisher, and Mrs. James Johnson both of Huntington, WV, Mrs. Wayne Garred and Mrs. Denver Collins both of Louisa and Mrs. Ambrose Fisher of Greensboro, NC, 7 sons, Harry Matney of Fort Gay, WV, Frank Wallace and Alf Matney all of Louisa, Ford Matney of Huntington, WV and Eugene Matney of Lexington, KY and Reece Matney, Jr. of Williamson, WV and uncle John Wallace of Louisa and 26 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Dec 19, 1941

PRESTON, Mose
DIAMOND, Woodrow
Two Lawrence county young men--Woodrow W. Diamond, 28, of Louisa and Mose Preston, 31, of Georges Creek--were killed this week by C & O trains.

Diamond's body was found Monday evening shortly after dark on the railroad right-of-way at the lower end of "The Narrows", about a mile below Louisa. He had suffered a fractured neck near the base of the skull, a broken right arm and broken left shoulder and a dislocation of the left hip.

A coroner's jury after hearing evidence at an inquest conducted at the Curtright Funeral Home next morning by Justice of the Peace, O. C. Atkins, returned a verdict that he came to his death by "being hit by a C & O train." Evidence showed that Diamond had accompanied Otha Thompson, of Louisa to Ashland that day. Thompson took a truck load of scrap iron to the Ashland market and Diamond drove the truck. Returning that evening, Thompson let Diamond out of the truck at the lower end of "The Narrows" to go home. Diamond lived with his father in law, Charles Frazier, below "The Narrows" and would have traveled down a side road off the Mayo Trail and across the C & O railroad before reaching home.

Mrs. Elmer Crabtree reported she saw a man on the railroad about dusk as she was going home. She reported it to her husband and he returned to investigate, finding Diamond's body about 15 feet from the crossing. A freight train had passed a short time before, it was reported.

Diamond was a son of John R. Diamond of the Smokey Valley section and was associated here with his father in the operation of a tie yard. Four months ago he was married to Miss Mary Glen Frazier and since then had resided with his father in law, Charles Frazier, below Louisa. Mr. Diamond was one of the three first volunteers in Lawrence County after the selective service, but was not accepted for Army service because he failed to pass the physical examination.

Preston, young farmer of the Georges Creek section, was fatally injured when he fell between the cars while riding "blind" on passenger train No. 38 up from Louisa Tuesday evening. He was discovered by the fireman of the train crew hanging from the coupling between the tender and the first baggage car when the train stopped at Chapman to take water. He died about 15 minutes after the crew removed him with gaining consciousness.

Trainmen reported he had fallen across the coupling with his head hanging down and his feet caught in the coupling mechanism. His hands were terribly mangles and he had suffered a crushed skull.

The body was brought to the Curtright Funeral Home here and prepared for burial.

Preston was a son of Mrs. Nevada Sue Preston, of Georges Creek and the late John G. Preston and was married and the father of 3 children. He had come to Louisa on passenger train 37 Tuesday morning to buy a pair of shoes, relatives reported.

Funeral for Diamond was conducted Thursday afternoon in the Smokey Valley Church with Rev. J. C. Hager and Rev. William W. Moore of Louisa officiating, and interment was made in the Diamond family cemetery at Smokey under direction of the Curtright Funeral Home.

Diamond is survived by his father, John R. Diamond, and step mother, of Smokey Valley, his wife, Mrs. Mary Glen Frazier Diamond, 2 sisters, Miss Garnet Diamond of Louisa, and Mrs. Margaret Goodwin, of Columbus, OH and 5 brothers, Edgar Diamond, Milton, WV, Elby Diamond, Kenova, WV, Claude Diamond, at home, and Jack and Lark Diamond of Louisa.

Funeral service for Preston was held Thursday afternoon also, at the home of his mother at Georges Creek, and interment was made in the Preston family cemetery. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Nevada Preston, Georges Creek, his wife, Mrs. Edna Preston, a daughter, Phyllis Jean, 2 sons, John Arthur and Robert Steve, 3 sisters, Mrs. Carl L. Jones, Ashland, Mrs. Russell Kelley, Paintsville and Mrs. W. C. Mitchell, Georges Creek. Big Sandy News, Dec 5, 1941

RAISON, William Vincent
1869-1941
William Vincent Raison, 72, former manager of the Strait Creek Coal Co. store at Denton, KY, died last Sunday in a hospital at Portsmouth, OH after a brief illness of pneumonia. Mr. Raison went to Portsmouth in 1909 and was vice president and secretary of the G. W. Vandervort Co. formerly the Portsmouth Supply Co. He was born Aug 14, 1869 at Cannonsburg, KY and was a member of the Willard Masonic Lodge. Burial was made in Greenlawn Cemetery in Portsmouth. Big Sandy News, Dec 5, 1941

RICE, Lois Gayle
Lois Gayle Rice, 8 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Rice, of Buchanan, died Tuesday morning in the King's Daughters' Hospital, Ashland, of burns sustained about 5 the previous evening when her clothes caught fire as she stood in front of an open fire at the Rice home at Buchanan. The child was said to have been playing in the living room of her home when her clothing ignited. She ran to a nearby barn where her mother extinguished the blaze by wrapping the child in a heavy coat. She was the daughter of Everett and Ida L. Kinner Rice who survive. She was a fourth grad pupil in the Buchanan school and was a member of the Prichard Memorial Church Sunday School, Buchanan. In addition to her parents, 2 sisters, Peggy Rice of Huntington, WV and Bertha F. of Buchanan and 3 brothers, Bernice Eugene, Ollie and Everett Allen Rice, all of Buchanan survive. And maternal and paternal grandmothers, Mrs. Ann Kinner of Buchanan and Mrs. Elizabeth Rice of route 4, Ashland, Funeral services will be conducted from the Buchanan Chapel Methodist Church Thursday afternoon at 2 and will be in charge of Rev. Jarvis Wood, pastor of that church. Burial will be in the Buchanan Chapel Cemetery near Zelda. Big Sandy News, Dec 12, 1941

SPAULDING, Ella (Justice)
Mrs. Ella Justice Spaulding, 60 years old, of Crum, WV. , widow of Samuel S. Spaulding, died in a Huntington hospital Dec 7. Funeral services were held at the Crum Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. H. L. Marcum of North Matewan, officiating. Mrs. Spaulding was an active member of the Church of God. She is survived by 3 sons, Leonard of Denver, CO, Joe of Crum and Raymond of Verdunville, 4 daughters, Mrs. Marie Cox, of near Wayne, Mrs. Virgie Fraley of Wisconsin, Mrs. Lorraine Ward and Mrs. Shirley Donnely of Barnabus, 2 brothers, Samsbury Justice of Paintsville, KY and William Albert Justice of Milo, KY; two sisters, Mrs. Jane Fitch of Sprigg, and Mrs. Alice Endicott of Milo; stepchildren, Mrs. Cora Caldwell, of Russell, KY; John Henry Spaulding of Portsmouth; Floyd Spaulding of Huntington and Victoria Justice of Crum. Big Sandy News, Dec 19, 1941

TACKETT, Frankie Jane (Crace)
Mrs. Frankie Jane Tackett, 80, wife of George W. Tackett, died Friday noon at the home of a son, Ed Tackett, near Fallsburg. She had been ill 2 weeks. Funeral rites were conducted Sunday afternoon at 1 from the Newcomb Chapel with Rev. Dave Hewlett officiating and interment was made in the family cemetery near Fallsburg. Deceased was a daughter of the late Campbell and Mable Craft Crace and was born and reared in Magoffin County. Surviving besides the husband are 5 sons, Ed Tackett of Louisa, route 4, Ward Tackett of Ashland, J. B. Tackett of Potter, Warren Lemaster of Conley, KY and Alfred Lemaster of Beaver, OH, one daughter, Mrs. Claude Cantrell of Leatha, KY and a sister, Mrs. Martha Conley of California. Big Sandy News, Dec 26, 1941

VANHOOSE, Farris
1861-1941
Farris VanHoose, 80, a native of Johnson County was stricken with a heart attack, Sunday Nov 24 a this home on Georges Creek, and was removed to the Paintsville hospital Monday where he died early Tuesday morning. Mr. VanHoose was born in 1861 Mar 22, near Paintsville and spent the greatest part of his life in and near Paintsville. At the time of his death he was 80 years 8 months 3 days old. He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church at the mouth of Rush on Tom's Creek. He was the father of 9 children, 8 of whom are still living. One daughter preceded him in death several years ago. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Onolda VanHoose, Georges Creek, and the 8 children, Mrs. Stella Williams, Wittensville, KY, Albert VanHoose of West Virginia, Freeland VanHoose of Catlettsburg, Virgil Vanhoose of Van Lear, Mrs. Geneva Castle, Paintsville, Mrs. Tella Combs, Kacota, MN Mrs. Ada West, Howard Lake, MN, Mrs. Emma Conley, Prestonsburg, KY; 3 brothers, Millard, Bascom and Keen VanHoose all of Paintsville and one sister, Mrs. Lou Preston of Paintsville. Funeral was conducted at the Freewill Baptist Church at Nippa, KY. Big Sandy News, Dec 5, 1941

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