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BLAIR, Jasper
Jasper Blair, 25, was killed Friday when he was shot six times in the Paintsville American Legion home and Police Chief W. V. Bailey said he had booked the victim's stepbrother, Junior Dean Conley, 25, for murder. Bailey said the two men had been "having trouble" all day. They met in the lobby of the Legion hall Friday afternoon and the police chief said "Conley emptied his gun at Blair". Big Sandy News, Jan 29, 1948

CRUM, Mont
Short funeral services for Mont Crum, 47 were held in the Conley Memorial Church at Delbarton, WV Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. conducted by Rev. Compton. The body was removed to the home of Mrs. William Sparks where services will be held this afternoon at 2:30 p.m. with the Rev. Thomas J. Eastes officiating and burial will be made in the Sparks Cemetery under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Mr. Crum died in a BEckly, WV hospital where he had been a patient for 17 days. The son of Thomas Crum and the late Lillian Williamson Crum, he was employed by the William Ann Coal Company of Delbarton. Survived by his father, William Crum of Wayne Co., WV, widow, Mrs. Maude Sparks Crum of Delbarton, 5 sons, William Thomas, Joe Curtis, Donald, Mont, Jr., and Jack, all of Delbarton, 3 daughters, Gertrude, Elizabeth and Ella Sue at home; 3 brothers, Lot Crum of Borderland, WV, Jim and Lee Crum of Delbarton, 2 sisters, Mrs. Frank Copley of Delbarton and Mrs. Herbert Copley of Nolan, WV. Big Sandy News, Jan 22, 1948

DILLON, Polly Ann
Mrs. Polly Ann Dillon, 81, died Friday night at the home of a son, Wayne Dillon, route 1, Webb, WV, near Clifford, KY, following an illness of 5 weeks. She was born at Dingus, WV, a daughter of the late Mose and Rhoda Dillon Damron and had been a member of the United Baptist Church for 60 years. Funeral services were conducted Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Upper Tug School house with the Rev. Sammy Branham officiating. Burial was in the Fluty Cemetery under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Ezekiel Endicott and Mrs. Thurman Wellman, route 1, Fort Gay, WV and Mrs. Sol Moore, Webb, 3 sons, Riley and Wayne Dillon, Webb and Albert Dillon, Prichard, WV; 48 grandchildren and 61 great grandchildren.

DUNCAN, Carrie
Word has been received here that Mrs. Carrie Duncan, mother of Mrs. Karl Davis of Louisa, died early Tuesday morning in a Knoxville hospital after an illness of several months. Mrs. Duncan had undergone, 3 major operations since October. Mrs. Davis has been at her mother's bedside for the past 10 days. Funeral services were held in a Caryville, TN funeral home Wednesday. Burial was in the family cemetery at Caryville; Mrs. Duncan had visited in Louisa several time. Big Sandy News, Jan 22, 1948

FUGATE, Steve
Steve Fugate, 85, Fallsburg, died at the home of his niece, Mrs. Allan Clay, route 4, Louisa, Jan 19 at 4 a.m. after an illness of 2 years. Mr. Fugate was a member of the Methodist Church for 65 years and had resided at Fallsburg for 35 years. Funeral services were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Savage Memorial Church at Fallsburg, conducted by the Rev. Dave Hewlett and the Rev. E. M. Castle. Burial followed in the Fugate cemetery under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. He is survived by 2 half sisters, Mrs. G. W. Bond, Cincinnati, Mrs. Tony Miller, of Pontiac, MI; 2 half brothers, G. F. Fugate, Cincinnati and B. R. Fugate, Berea, KY, and the niece, Mrs. Allan Clay near Fallsburg. Big Sandy News, Jan 22, 1948

HENSON, Wayward
Wayward Henson, 42, of Louisa died at a local hospital Thursday, Dec 25 at 3 a.m. following an illness of six months. Mr. Henson had been a resident of Louisa for the past six years. A son of the late Naston and Sally Curnutte Henson, he was born at Fallsburg. Funeral services were held Saturday at 10 a.m. by the Rev. William W. Moore and the Rev. W. S. Boggs at the Freewill Baptist Church. burial was in the Fallhill cemetery under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Mr. Henson is survived by 2 sisters, Mrs. Bert Cooksey, Fallsburg and Mrs. H. K. Moore, Louisa; 3 brothers, Kay Henson, who is in the Army, stationed  in Boston, Bloomer Henson, Fallsburg and Edwin Henson, Louisa; Pallbearers were George Hawes, Mack Smith, Harold Booth, Elmer Adkins, Henry G. Bradley, and John Dawson. Big Sandy News, Jan 1, 1948

HOLT, Mont
1875-1948
Death came to Mont Holt, 72, a former Lawrence County official, at his home at Glo, KY on Jan 15, at 1 p.m. after an illness of one year. Funeral services were held Sunday at 10 a.m. at the Wayland Methodist Church and burial was in the Preston Cemetery on Davis Branch near Van Lear. Mr. Holt, a member of the Methodist Church for the past 40 years, served two terms as County Court Clerk of Lawrence County, with the first term beginning in 1905. He had worked in the coal field at Glo for 20 years. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Maude Preston Holt, Glo, 3 sons, Mont Holt, Jr., who is stationed with the Army in Germany, Robert Holt, California, Ray Holt, Columbus, OH; 4 sisters, Mrs. G. B. Carter, Miss Pearl Holt and Mrs. John Hayes, all of Louisa and Mrs. John Cheap, Mitchell, SD and many relatives in Lawrence County. Big Sandy News, Jan 22, 1948

JORDAN, Marion F.
Marion F. Jordan, of Miami, FL, formerly of Kentucky and West Virginia, died at his home in Miami, Sunday Jan 11. Hew as 81 years of age. He is survived by his wife, 1 daughter, Mrs. George Reese, Miami, 7 sons, Pearl, Raleigh, and Ernest Jordan of Miami, Harry and Hamilton Jordan of Los Angeles, CA, Sidney and Milt Jordan of Kenova, WV, several grandchildren and many relatives in Lawrence County. He was buried in a cemetery near Miami where other relative are interred. Mr. and Mrs. Milt Jordan and Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Jordan of Kenova have returned to their homes after having attended the funeral in Florida. Big Sandy News, Jan 15, 1948

KIRK, Cordilia
1865-1947
Mrs. Cordilia Kirk, 82, resident of East Kermit, WV, and wife of the late W. R. Kirk, who served as mayor and in other official capacities at Kermit, died last week at her residence. She had been in ill health for the past two years. Mrs. Kirk had resided at Kermit for 45 years and was a member of the Baptist Church. She was the mother of M. C. Ken Kirk, former deputy sheriff who is now employed with the State Road Commission; She was born Nov 4, 1865, in Lawrence Co., KY, a daughter of the late Martin and Caroline Runyons Borders. She and Mr. Kirk were married 54 years ago at Inez, KY; Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Harrison Dingress, of East Kermit; 2 sons, Mart Kirk, of East Kermit and M. C. Kirk of Kermit; 13 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted from the United Baptist Church at Kermit, with the Revs. Boone Nichols and Floyd Kirk officiating. Burial followed in the Murphy Cemetery with the Hale Funeral Home in charge. Big Sandy News, Jan 1, 1948

LEMASTER, Henry C.,
1869-1948
Henry C. Lemaster, 78, of route 2, in the Point Section, died Wednesday morning at 7:45 a.m. at the home of his son, Herbert Lemaster, after an illness of 3 weeks. Mr. Lemaster, a farmer, had been a member of the United Baptist Church for 15 years. He was a son of James and Elizabeth Lemaster. Funeral services will be held today at 1:30 p.m. at the Elizabeth Church on Maynard Branch near Clifford, conducted by Rev. Rush Frazier. Burial will be in the Maynard cemetery under the direction of Young Funeral Home. The body will be taken to the home of his daughter, Mrs. Wayne Maynard, of Clifford, prior to the funeral. He is survived by the widow, Mrs. Rhoda Cook Lemaster, 2 daughters, Mrs. Charley Maynard, Clifford and Mrs. Wayne Maynard, Clifford, 3 sons, James Lemaster, Louisa, Daniel and Herbert Lemaster of route 2, Louisa, a sister, Mrs. G. N. Fairchild of route 2, and a brother, Manford Lemaster, route 2, Louisa, 49 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News Jan 15, 1948

MCSORLEY, Charles R.
Charles R. McSorley, 21, died at 11:45 p.m. Friday night after having fallen from an 8 foot rock wall at Chattaroy, WV, two hours earlier. McSorley, an employee of the Norfolk and Western Railroad Company, was returning to his home after having completed his work at the rail yards there. Born at Hubbaardstown, WV, the was a son of Richard and Marie Fortner McSorley. He had been a member of the extra force of the railroad for 2 years. An unidentified railroad worker was with McSorley at the time of the accident and summoned aid. The injured man was taken immediately to a Williamson, WV hospital where it was reported he died of a brain concussion and broken neck. Funeral services were held Monday at 2 o'clock at the home, conducted by the Rev. Dave Hewlett. Burial was in the Strother Cemetery under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. He is survived by his parents, a sister, Miss Faye McSorley, a brother, Bernard Eugene McSorley, the grandparents, Mrs. Vina McSorley, route 1, Catlettsburg, and Mr. and Mrs. John Fortner, route 1, Prichard, WV. Big Sandy News, Jan 15, 1948

MOORE, Mary Elizabeth
1858-1948
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Moore, 89, died at the home of her son, Dr. R. C. Moore, near Louisa at 5:30 a.m. on Jan 18 after an illness of 11 years. Mrs. Moore, who was born near Blaine, had been a resident of Lousia for 25 years. She was a nurse at Riverview hospital here for 25 years. A member of the First Methodist church, Mrs. Moore was also a member of the Blaine Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star. She was preceded in death by her husband, Garland J. Moore, who died in 1908. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan 21 at 1 p.m. at the First Methodist Church, conducted by the Rev. W.W. Moore, the Rev. E. P. Swann and the Rev. L. S. Alley. Burial was in the Alley Cemetery under the direction of Young Funeral Home. She is survived by a son, Dr. R. C. Moore, Louisa; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Mollie Ball, Adams, 10 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren. Pallbearers were Felix, Skaggs, Lonzo Arrington, W. H. Moore, Cleve Daniels, Johnny Meade and J. L. Moore. Big Sandy News, Jan 22, 1948

NEWSOM, William
William Newsom, 69, a native of Lawrence county, was found dead at his home on route 2, Ashland, Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. According to J. Fred Miller, Body County coroner, Mr. Newsom, was the victim of a heart attack. He was a son of George and Cora Derefield, Newsom. He is survived by 7 sons, Earnest Newsom, route 2, Ashland, Delbert Newsom, route 1, Catlettsburg, Daniel Newsom, California, Billie Newsom, Ashland, Charlie Newsom, Dayton, OH, Harold and Albert Newsom, St. Louis, MO, 3 daughters: Mrs. Pearl Darby and Mrs. Marie Salmon, route 2, Ashland, and Mrs. Elma Patterson, Louisville, KY, 2 brothers, George Newsom, Flatwoods, and P. Newsom, Huntington, WV and 2 sisters, Mrs. Nan Potters, West Liberty, KY and Mrs. Dutch Wright, Letcher County, KY. Big Sandy News, Jan 22, 1948

PERONTI, Irene C.
Funeral services for Mrs. Irene C. Peronti, 42, daughter of Laura Workman Wells of Louisa were conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. William w. Moore, the Rev. W. S. Boggs and the Rev. E. P. Swann officiating. Burial followed in the Workman cemetery on the Point Road. Mrs. Peronti, the wife of Ted Peronti, who survived, died last Wednesday morning at 10:30  at her home in Burbank, CA. She had lived in California for the past 8 years, and prior to that time the Peronti home was for 16 years in Detroit, MI. The body arrived at Louisa Monday and was taken to the Curtright Funeral Home where it remained until time for the funeral Tuesday. The body was flown from California to Columbus, OH and from there to Louisa by train. Surviving Mrs. Peronti are the husband of Burbank, CA, the mother of Louisa, 1 sister, Mrs. Herbert L. Berger, Cleveland, OH, and 2 brothers, Talmadge Wells, Onney, WV and Willis Wells, Denver, KY. Big Sandy News, Jan 29, 1948

RATCLIFF, Mary Louise (Rice)
1852-1948
Mrs. Mary Louise Ratcliff, 95, a native of Lawrence County, died Sunday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. E. Moore of Ventura, CA. She was a daughter of the lat Judge John M. Rice and Mrs. rice and was born on Mar 15, 1852 in Louisa. She had been a member of the Methodist Church for 82 years. Mrs. Ratcliff had been residing in California since Sep 1947. She was married twice and preceded in death by both husbands, John Diamond and Jim Ratcliff. Her father, Judge Rice, was prominent in political affairs of this county after the Civil War, having been elected to congress in 1868 and 1872. He was appointed Judge of the Big Sandy Criminal Court in 1884 and elected to serve a full term in 1885. The body was returned from California to Columbus by air transportation and arrived here Wednesday. Funeral services were held Thursday morning, Jan 22 at 10 a.m. at the Curtright Funeral Home conducted by the Rev. Wm. W. Moore and the Rev. Gallie Isaac. Burial was in the George Diamond cemetery under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. She is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. A. E. Moore of Ventura, CA and Mrs. Ben Hobe, San Diego, CA; 2 sons: J. R. Diamond, route 1, Louisa and Willie Ratcliff of California. Big Sandy News, Jan 22, 1948

RIFFE, John
John Riffe, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. William W. Riffe, route 1, Webbville, died at a local hospital at 4:45 p.. on Jan 8. Funeral services were held Saturday at the family cemetery by the Rev. Everett Collier. Burial was under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Survivors include the parents, the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Riffe, route 1, Webbville and Mr. and Mrs. C. K. Horton of Grayson. Big Sandy News, Jan 15, 1948

 

VANHOOSE, Margaret (Castle)
1853-1948
Mrs. Margaret Vanhoose, 104, believed to be one of Lawrence County's oldest residents, died at the home of her son, Willie Vanhoose on route 3, Louisa, Monday, Jan 19 at 9:55 a.m. after an illness of 3 months. Born at Whitehouse, KY, Mrs. Vanhoose was the daughter of Ned and Polly Wiley Castle, who came to Lawrence County from Virginia in the pioneering days. she was the great granddaughter of Jennie Wiley who was the first white woman to enter the Big Sandy Valley. Mrs. Vanhoose was instrumental in the organization of the Freewill Baptist Church in this county a number of years ago. Although no birth records were kept at the time Mrs. Vanhoose was born, calculations of close relatives placed her age at 104 or 105 years. She had lived through 4 major wars--The Civil War, The Spanish-American War, and World Wars I and II. She was a young woman of 18 or 19 years of age when the War between the States was fought. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan 20 at the home of Mr. Willie Vanhoose, conducted by the Rev. William W. Moore. Burial followed in the Short cemetery under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Mrs. Vanhoose is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Dennis Welch, Goody, KY, 3 sons, Perry Vanhoose, route 1, Louisa, Zeph Vanhoose, Whitehouse and Willie Vanhoose, route 3, Louisa. Big Sandy News, Jan 22, 1948

WELLMAN, Fred H.
1888-1948
Fred H. Wellman, 59, Columbus, OH, died from carbon monoxide fumes Saturday at 2 p.m. while on  an automobile trip from Columbus to Jackson, OH. Mr. Wellman, who was riding in the back seat, was overcome by fumes and died before medical aid could be summoned. Robert Hayes, a relative, was driving the automobile and Mrs. Mary Cyrus Wellman, wife of Mr. Wellman, were riding in the front seat. The reported that Mr. Wellman, became ill and asked them to stop the car before losing consciousness Hayes was overcome by the fumes after stopping the car and also lost consciousness. Mr. Wellman, a son of the late U. S. and Maricuss Bradley Wellman had resided for several years at Columbus where he was a civil service employee. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Smokey Valley Church, conducted by the Rev. W. S. Boggs and the Rev. Charley Moore. Burial followed in the Joe Cyrus Cemetery on route 4 under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. He is survived by the widow; a daughter, Mrs. Harry R. Haley, Columbus; three sons, Randall Wellman, Phoenix, AX, Raymond Wellman, Louisa, Roy Wellman, Columbus, a sister, Mrs. Victoria Wellman, Ellen, KY; three brothers: William Wellman, Ellen, Milt Wellman Columbiana, OH, and Felix Wellman, Martha, KY. Fred H. Wellman, 59, Columbus, OH, died from carbon monoxide fumes Saturday at 2 p.m. while on  an automobile trip from Columbus to Jackson, OH. Mr. Wellman, who was riding in the back seat, was overcome by fumes and died before medical aid could be summoned. Robert Hayes, a relative, was driving the automobile and Mrs. Mary Cyrus Wellman, wife of Mr. Wellman, were riding in the front seat. The reported that Mr. Wellman, became ill and asked them to stop the car before losing consciousness Hayes was overcome by the fumes after stopping the car and also lost consciousness. Mr. Wellman, a son of the late U. S. and Narcissa Bradley Wellman had resided for several years at Columbus where he was a civil service employee. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Smokey Valley Church, conducted by the Rev. W. S. Boggs and the Rev. Charley Moore. Burial followed in the Joe Cyrus Cemetery on route 4 under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. He is survived by the widow; a daughter, Mrs. Harry R. Haley, Columbus; three sons, Randall Wellman, Phoenix, AX, Raymond Wellman, Louisa, Roy Wellman, Columbus, a sister, Mrs. Victoria Wellman, Ellen, KY; three brothers: William Wellman, Ellen, Milt Wellman Columbiana, OH, and Felix Wellman, Martha, KY. Big Sandy News, Jan 29, 1948

WONN, Audrey (Chapman)
1900-1948
Funeral services for Mrs. Audrey Chapman Wonn, 47, wife of P. J. Wonn, Sr., Ashland, who died Monday morning in a Lexington, KY hospital following an extended illness, were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the John Steen Funeral Home with the Rev. J. S. Faulconer, pastor of the First Christian Church officiating. Burial was in the Ashland Cemetery. Mrs. Wonn, who before her marriage taught school in Ashland for several years, was born Jun 9, 1900 in Lawrence Co.,  KY, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Chapman, who survive. She was a graduate of Berea College, Berea, KY, a member of the First Christian Church, past worthy matron of the Eastern Star Lodge and a member of the White Shrine. Surviving are the husband, a daughter, Miss Doris Virginia Wonn, at home her parents of Louisa, 3 brothers, Graden Chapman, Detroit, William Chapman, Louisa and Keith Chapman, California and 2 sisters: Mrs. Faye Burris, Vanceburg, KY and Mrs. Louise Salisbury, Louisa. Big Sandy News, Jan 22, 1948

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BELLOMY, Emery Edward
1871-1948
Emery Edward Bellomy, 76, died at his home in Hubbardstown, WV at 1:50 p.m. Wednesday afternoon following 3 weeks' of serious illness. He had been in failing health for 3 years. The body will be removed from the Curtright Funeral Home at 2 p.m. this afternoon to his home. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon at Bellomy Chapel with the Revs. D. A. Hewlett and Enoch Scraggs officiating. Burial will be made in the Strother Cemetery. Son of David and Susan Hoosier Bellomy, he was born at Hubbardstown May 11, 1871 and had lived there all his life. For the past 30 years he has been a merchant. For 34 years prior to his death he was married to Mrs. Little Massie Bellomy. He is survived by his widow, 2 daughters, Mrs. Homer Smith of Hubbardstown and Mrs. Edward Baker of Columbus, OH, 1 son, Howard, at home, 1 stepdaughter, Mrs. Charles A. Fluty of Portsmouth, OH and 3 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Feb 12, 1948

BOYD, Julia Ann (Brown)
1861-1948
Mrs. Julia Ann Boyd, 86, Lowmansville, died at her home Friday morning, Jan 30 at 3 a.m. following a long illness. Funeral services were conducted at the Lowmansville United Baptist Church at 10 a.m. by the Rev. Foster Graham and the Rev. Leonard Walter. She had been a member of the United Baptist Church for 65 years and was a life-long resident of Lowmansville community. A daughter of John J. and Fannie Spencer Brown, Mrs. Boyd was preceded in death by her husband, William Boyd, who died 25 years ago. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. She is survived by 3 daughters, Mrs. J. F. Daniels, Chillicothe, OH, Mrs. Jim George, Georges Creek, KY, Mrs. Lewis Bowens, Lowmansville, 2 sisters, Mrs. Lonzo Murry, Catlettsburg, Mrs. Katie Hinkle, Lowmansville, and one brother, Lewis Brown, Lowmansville. Big Sandy News, Feb 5, 1948

CASTLE, Phyllis Ann
1948-1948
Funeral services for Phyllis Ann Castle, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Castle, were held at 1 p.m. Monday afternoon at the home of her paternal grandmother, Mrs.. Stella Castle. The Rev. William W. Moore officiated. Burial was made in the Castle Cemetery on Lick Creek under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. The infant was born in Oak Hill, WV, on Jan 3, 1948. She died at 6 a.m. on Feb 7 at her home. She is survived by her parents, 2 sisters, Barbara Lou and Stella Jean, 4 brothers, Billie, Robert, Randall and James, and her grandparents, Mrs. Stella Castle of Louisa and Mr. and Mrs. Charley Childers of Hellier, KY. Big Sandy News, Feb 12, 1948

CHAFIN, Nellie (Young)
Funeral services were held Sunday for Mrs. Nellie Chafin, 77, former Lawrence Countian and wife of James A. Chafin, died at 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning at her home in Ashland following an illness of 3 months. The services were held at 2:30 p.m. at the Faith Bible Institute with the Rev. E. L. Cyrus officiating. Burial was in the Rose Hill Burial Park. Mrs. Chafin, a resident of Ashland for 24 years, was born at Lowmansville. She was a daughter of Robert H. and Fannie Lemaster Young. She is survived by her husband, 5 sons, Ulysses Chafin, Whalen, James Harvey Chafin, Seymour, IN, William T. Chafin, Catlettsburg, John Milton Chafin, Malden, MO and Kay M. Chafin, at home; 3 daughters, Mrs. Genoa Allen, at home, Mrs. George Brooks, Kitts Hill, OH, Mrs. D. B.. Chandler, Ashland, 1 sister, Mrs. Julia Crace, Catlettsburg, 2 brothers, Garfield Young, Fort Gay, WV and Frank Young, Lowmansville, 14 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Feb 26, 1948

COBURN, Mary Ann (Ratcliff)
Mrs. Mary Ann Coburn, 89, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Roy Jordan, at Glenwood, Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. after an illness of one week. The daughter of the late Tye and Nancy Ratcliff, she had lived all her life at Glenwood and was a member of the Christian Church for 40 year. Her husband, L. C. Coburn died in 1946. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Henry Webb, Mrs. Roy Jordan and Mrs. Herbert Jordan, all of Glenwood, 2 sons, Theodore Coburn of Oak Hill, OH and Cecil Coburn of Glenwood, 2 sisters, Mrs. Matt Savage of Ashland and Mrs. Lewis Forson of Willard, 2 brothers, W. O. B. Ratcliff of Rush and Dorsey Ratcliff of Omar, WV and 26 grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. from the home with the Rev. Sherman Hunnicutt officiating. Burial will be in the Coburn Cemetery near Glenwood under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, Feb 19,1 948

GRUBB, GEORGE
George Grubb, 38, a native of Lawrence County, died Sunday afternoon at 5:30 p.m. in the King's Daughters' Hospital following an illness of three weeks. Mr. Grubb was a farmer in the Bolt's Fork Community of Boyd County. The Rev. Hubert French conducted the funeral services Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Garrett Chapel on East Fork. He is survived by the widow, Mrs. Dixie Grubb, a son, George Grubb, Jr., at home, a daughter, Doris Ellen Grubb, at home; 3 brothers, Emory, Chester and Albert Grubb, West Virginia, 2 sisters, Mrs. Jeff Tripplett, Boyd County, and Mrs. Lon Moore, Lawrence County, the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jed Grubb, Lawrence County. Big Sandy News, Feb 5, 1948

HOLBROOK, John B.
John B. Holbrook, 86, retired farmer died at the home of his niece, Mrs. Troy Triplett on route 1, Webbville, at 12:30 a.m. Monday Feb 16 after an illness of 4 years. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon from the residence with the Rev. Custer Bishop officiating. Burial was made at the Crabtree Cemetery on Cooksey Fork under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Son of the late Robert and Sarah Nelson Holbrook, he was born at Webbville, route 1 and lived there all his life. He was married to Mae Crabtree Holbrook. He is survived by 3 sisters, Mrs. Henry Houck of Catlettsburg, Mrs. Harve Crabtree of Louisa, route 3 and Mrs. Willey Presley of South Point, OH and 1 brother, Henry Holbrook of route3. Big Sandy News, Feb 19, 1948

JARRELL, Diana
1948-1948
Funeral services for Diana Jarrell stillborn infant of Mr. and Mrs. William F. Jarrell of Huntington on Feb 25, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb 26 at the Jarrell Cemetery, Crum, WV route 1. She is survived by her parents and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Tivis C. Jarrell of Huntington and Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Plummer, Fort Gay, route 1. Big Sandy News, Feb 26, 1948

KELLY, Sherman
Sherman Kelly, 60, a farmer of the Zelda community died of a heart attack at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Robinson at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb 3. He was born at Prichard, WV and had lived there most of his life, having moved to Zelda 2 months ago. He had been a member of the Greenbrier Baptist Church for 30 years. the body will be removed from Curtright Funeral Home today at the home of Rev. and Mrs. Shad Akers in Prichard. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. at the Prichard Church. Burial will be in the Prichard cemetery. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Mary Kelly, Kenova, WV, 2 daughters, Mrs. Robert Trogdon, Rittman, OH, Mrs. Robert Ott, Wadsworth, OH, 5 sons, James D. Kelly, Kenova, Harry Kelly, Barberton, OH, Roy, Walter and Paul Kelly, all of Rittman, 5 half sisters, Mrs. Nada Walker, Mrs. Grover Hampton, Mrs. Weaver Bailey, all of Kenova, Mrs. Will Webb, Genoa, WV, Mrs. Noah Blair and Mrs. Elmer Hale, both of Prichard; 2 half brothers, Brigham Sanders, Kenova and Otto Walker, Columbus, OH. Big Sandy News, Feb 5, 1948

LYNCH, Martha Vinson Jarrell
Mrs. Martha Vinson Jarrell Lynch, 93, of Kenova, WV were conducted Friday Feb 6 at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Kenova by the Rev. W. M. McKinney. Burial was made in the Jarrell Cemetery. Mrs. Lynch was the oldest living member of the Vinson family and has 119 living descendants. Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson of the U. S. Supreme Court is her cousin. Mrs. Lynch was born at Independence, MO, daughter of the late James and Sarah Ann Vinson. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Kenova. Survivors include 3 daughters, Mrs. W. B. Griffith of Ceredo, Mrs. J. B. Eakin of Huntington and Mrs. D. A. Dean of Charleston, 3 sons, W. B. Jarrell of Kenova, John M. Jarrell of Kenova and S. B. Jarrell of Vinton, OH; 35 grandchildren, 64 great grandchildren and 14 great-great grandchildren. Despite her advanced years, Mrs. Lynch did her own housework. She was among those attending the Vinson reunion at Camden Park in 1946. Her first husband, Harrison Jarrell died in1918 and she later married to Robert Lynch who died in 1926. Big Sandy News, Feb 12, 1948

PATRICK, William
William Patrick, 75, of Louisa, route 1, died suddenly at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at his home five miles south of Louisa following an 30 day illness. Dr. Henry S. Young, coroner of Lawrence County reported death due to a heart attack. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. this afternoon from the home with the Rev. W. W. Moore officiating. Burial will be made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Son of the late Greenville and Elva Lafferty Patrick, he was born in Paintsville. A retired farmer, he had been a resident of Louisa, route 1 for 60 years. He had been a member of the Freewill Baptist Church for 30 years. He was married to Lillie Hall 52 years ago. He is survived by his widow, 2 daughters, Mrs. Delbert Ford and Mrs. Grant Pigg, of Louisa, route 1, 5 sons, Frank of Newport, Lee of Gallup, Lyss of Sandusky, OH and Carl and Fred at home; 1 sister, Mrs. Charlie Farrell of Catlettsburg, and 1brother, Frank of Louisa, route 1. Big Sandy News, Feb 19, 1948

PETERS, Georgia (Wellman)
Mrs. Georia Wellman Peters, 72, of Fort Gay, route 1, died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Vayne Hoosier, in Rittman, OH, at 11:45 a.m. Sunday following an illness of 2 weeks. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon at the Spruce Lick Baptist Church with the Rev. J. C. Hager officiating. Burial was in the Peters Cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Mrs. Peters, daughter of the late Mitchell and Nancy Billups Wellman, was born at Fort Gay. She was a housewife and a member of the Baptist Church. Her husband, Mike Peters, preceded her in death 3 years ago. At the time of her death she had been a resident of Rittman for 3 months. She is survived by 4 daughters, Mrs. Clyde Thompson of Fort Gay, route 1, Mrs. Vayne Hoosier, Mrs. Asa Bolyes and Miss Susie N. Peters, all of Rittman, OH, 2 sons, Mitchell Peters of Pikeville and Joe Peters, of Fort Gay, route 1. Big Sandy News, Feb 26, 1948

PETERSON, Lars
1856-1948
Lars Peterson, 91 years old, died at the home of his son, Walter Peterson at Cherokee, Wednesday after an illness of one year. He was born Jul 23, 1856 at Hjorring, Denmark, and came to the United States 63 years ago, moving from Powell, WY to Cherokee six years ago. Mr. Peterson was a retired farmer and a member of the Seventh Day Advent Church. His wife, Johana Marie Peterson died in 1928. Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 1 p.m. from the home of his son, with the Rev. Arthur Morris officiating. Burial will be made in the Wellman Cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral  Home. Surviving is one daughter, Mrs. C. e. Larson of Bemejda, MN; 4 sons, Chris Peterson, Clarence Peterson of Moscow, OR, Harold Peterson, of Greybull, WY and Walter Peterson of Cherokee, KY, one sister, Miss Marie Peterson of Hjorring, Denmark. Big Sandy News Feb 5, 1948

PRESTON, Frank A.
1870-1948
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday for Frank A. Preston, 77, who died at his home on Georges Creek at 6 p.m. Thursday evening. The services were held in the Borders Chapel on Georges Creek with the Revs. W. S. Ball and John Bellomy officiating. Burial was made in the Preston Cemetery on Georges Creek under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Son of Mose and Martha Vanhoose Preston, he was born at Henrietta, KY. He was a retired farmer and had lived at Georges creek for the past 50 years. His wife, Ellen Leslie Preston preceded him in death in 1912. He is survived by 3 daughters, Mrs. T.B. Bailey of Blaine, Mrs. James I. Slone of Columbus, Miss Mabel Preston, at home, 1 son, J. K. Preston, Georges Creek and 6 sisters, Mrs. Ison Daniel of Paintsville, Mrs. Bill Borders of Cincinnati, Mrs. Ida Ramey of Ashland, Mrs. Babe Preston of Georges Creek, Mrs. Nan Walters, of Williamsport, KY and Mrs. Julie Neibert of Wichita, KS. Big Sandy News, Feb 26, 1948

ROBERTS, Ezekiel
Funeral services for Ezekiel Roberts, 86, of Fort Gay, route 1, will be held at 2 p.m. this afternoon at the Spruce Lick Baptist Church. the Rev. James B. Akers and the Rev. C. W. Artrip will conduct the services. Mr. Roberts died Tuesday at his home following an illness of two months. He was a member of the Spruce Lick Baptist Church. Burial will be made in the Wellman Cemetery. The body was taken to the residence of a nephew, Roy Wellman of Fort Gay at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday from the Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, Feb 12, 1948

ROSS, Chilt H.
Chilt H. Ross, 70, died at his home at Wilbur Tuesday afternoon at 12:20 p.m. after an illness of 7 months. Although he had been a lifelong resident of Wilbur, Mr. Ross was born at Davisville, a son of the late David and Lily Cordle Ross. He is survived by the widow, Mrs. Phoebe Ross of Wilbur. Funeral services will be conducted today at 10 a.m. at the home, conducted by the Rev. Jarret and the Rev. Milt Cordle. Burial will be in the family cemetery at Davisville under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, Feb 5, 1948

SAWYERS, Clyde Ernest
Clyde Ernest Sawyers, 45, a retired track foreman of an Island Creek Company mine at Holden, WV, died Sunday at his home in Ashland, the victim of a heart ailment. He had been an employee of the company for 26 years, having retired one year ago because of ill health. A native of Lawrence County, Mr. Sawyer was a son of the late Green and Della Wright Sawyer. Funeral services were held at the Unity Baptist Church in Ashland Wednesday, at 12:30 p.m. conducted by the Rev. L. H. Tipton, pastor. Burial was in the Coalton Cemetery. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Delphia Gullett Sawyers, 2 daughters, Kay Francis Sawyers, at home and Mrs. W. B. Fannin, Ashland and 2 brothers, Claude Sawyer, Holden and Chester Sawyer, Louisa, route 4. Big Sandy News, Feb 5, 1948

 

SEE, John
John See, a native of Lawrence county, died last Tuesday at his home in Pomona, CA of a heart attack, it was learned here today. He was born and reared at Clifford, a son of Benoy and Nan Endicott See. He moved to California one year ago. Before moving West because of ill health, Mr. See operated a green house and florist shop at Portsmouth, OH and was formerly a conductor for the Norfolk and Western Railway Company in Wayne County, WV. He is survived by a niece, Mrs. Ralph Turner, of Huntington, the widow, Mrs. Mary Jane Marcum See and a number of relatives here in Lawrence County. He was a cousin of State Senator Ira W. See and Attorneys M. J. See and Fred See. He is also survived by his mother, Mrs. Effie See of Portsmouth, OH. Big Sandy News, Feb 5, 1948

SIPPLE, Dixie (See)
Mrs. Dixie See Sipple, cousin of L. W., Fred and Jack See, died Sunday Feb 8 at her home in Venice, CA. Funeral services were held there Tuesday. Formerly of Lawrence County, she was the daughter of James and Effie Godby See. She was married to Bill Sipple of Fort Gay and they moved to California about 30 yeas ago. She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Effie See Lambert of California and one brother, Nol See of California. Big Sandy News, Feb 19,1948

VANHOOSE, Woodrow E.
1924-1944
The body of PFC Woodrow E. Vanhoose, 22, who was killed in action on Jul 12, 1944, in Normandy in the invasion of France, will arrive in Louisa tomorrow and will be taken to the Young Funeral Home where it will remain until the funeral service. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Smokey Valley Church with the Rev. William W. Moore officiating. Burial will be made in the Bradley Cemetery on Louisa, route 1. The W.O. Johnson Post #89 of the American Legion will hold rites at the grave. PFC Vanhoose entered the service on Oct 13, 1942 and was with the Third Army; The son of William D. and Victoria Mae Bradley Vanhoose of Louisa, he was born Nov 21, 1924 at Hatfield, WV and was a miner at Goody, KY before entering the service. He is survived by his parents, 2 sisters, Mrs. Charley Reed of Aflex, KY and Miss Eva Vanhoose, at home, 3 brothers, James H., Robert and Phillip, all of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Feb 12, 1948

WEBB, Eliza (Kitchen)
Mrs. Eliza Kitchen Webb, 75 years old, of Gladys, died in a local hospital Wednesday evening after an illness of one year. The daughter of the late William and Elizabeth Cooksey Kitchen, her husband, Lindsey Webb died last year. Mrs. Webb had been a member of the Methodist Church 44 years. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 2 p.m. from the Polly's Chapel School with the Rev. Jack Perry and Rev. Fred Vanhorn officiating. Burial will be made in the Webb Cemetery under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Martha Ball of Gladys, 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren; 1 sister, Mrs. George Carter of Gladys, two brothers, Jobe Kitchen and Flem Kitchen of Dennis. Big Sandy News, Feb 12, 1948

WRIGHT, Homer
Homer Wright, Sr., 51, died at his home on Franklin Street Wednesday morning at 10 after an illness of 1 1/2 years. Born at Beattyville, KY, the son of B. T. Wright and the late Sarah Fraley Wright he moved from Ashland to Louisa 14 years ago. Mr. Wright was a retired yard conductor for the C & O Railroad, a past commander of the W. O. Johnson Post 89 of the American Legion, a member of the Apperson Lodge #195 F & AM and a member of the First Baptist Church of Louisa. He was a veteran of WWI and served as a military police overseas. Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 2 p.m. from the First Baptist Church with Rev. J. C. Hager and the Rev. Ned Reneau officiating. Burial will be made in the Pine Hill Cemetery under the direction of Young Funeral Home. W. O. Johnson Post and the Masonic Lodge will conduct their rites at the grave. the body will lie in state one hour before the funeral at the church. Pallbearers are C. T. Britton, W. T. Cain, Jr., R. L. Vinson, Jr., B. F. Hamilton, Clyde Daniels and Dr. C. E. Skaggs. Surviving are the father, B. T. Wright of Wellington, OH, widow, Mrs. Nona McClelland Wright, 2 daughters, Mrs. Herbert Ball of Louisa, route 1, Miss Adrienne Wright, at home, 3 sons, Homer Wright, Jr., Chesley and Clifford Wright all of Louisa; 4 sisters, Mrs. Clarence Crouch and Mrs. James McDonald of Ashland, Mrs. Herman Sievers of Wellington, OH, and Mrs. Fred King of Hendersonville, NC, one brother, Emerson Wright of Wellington, NC and 3 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Feb 12, 1948

YATES, Frank
1870-1948
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday morning at the John Steen Funeral Home in Ashland for Frank H. Yates, a native of Louisa, who died Thursday night in the Kings' Daughters' Hospital after a short illness. Services were conducted by the Rev. C. E. Hawkins, pastor of the Ashland First Methodist Church. Mr. Yates was born in Louisa on Dec 15, 1870, a son of William and Julia Franklin Yates. He attended public schools here and was employed by several local merchants after he withdrew from school. He served as county court clerk of Lawrence County and served a term as deputy marshall here. He entered the life insurance business here and later dealt extensively in real estate, moving in 1931 to Ashland where he joined the Park City Realty Company. Mr. Yates had large oil and gas holdings in West Virginia and had devoted most of his life to the development of these interests. he was a member of the Methodist church and was a director of the Second National Bank in Ashland. His wife, Bella Borders Yates, preceded him in death several years ago. He is survived by 3 daughters, Mrs. George P. Williams, Mrs. James Ross and Mrs. Richard Brown, all of Ashland, 2 sons, William Yates, Akron, OH and Homer Yates, Springfield, Mass., 4 sisters, Mrs. T. L. Muneaster, Ashland, Mrs. William Riffe, Louisa, Mrs. Nellie Reynolds, Richmond, VA, and Mrs. William Mason of Florida. Burial was in Pine Hill Cemetery, Louisa, following funeral services on Saturday. Big Sandy News, Feb 5, 1948

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CASTLE, Tony
1883-1948
Tony Castle, 64, Webbville, route 1, died in a Lexington hospital Mar 16 after an illness of 5 years. He had been a patient in the hospital for 3 weeks. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Castle, he was born in Sicily, Italy, Apr 12, 1883.  A miner by occupation, he moved to Webbville 4 years ago from Scarbro, WV, where he had lived31 years. He had been a Seventh Day Adventist for 16 years. Funeral services were held Saturday Mar 20 at the Oak Hill School with the Revs. Custer Bishop and Jack Perry officiating. Burial was made in the Castle Cemetery on route 1 Webbville under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mary Wright Castle to whom he had been married 31 years, 5 daughters, Mrs. Sherman Fox of Columbus, OH, Mrs. George DiLorenzo of Detroit, MI, Mrs. Ray Legg of Braholm, WV, Mrs. Troy Dowdy of Columbus, OH and Miss Esther Castle, at home and 6 sons, Tony R. Castle of Braholm, WV, Phillip Castle of Kingston, WV, PFC Matthew Castle of U. S. Army in Japan, and Billie, James and Lawrence, all at home. Big Sandy News Mar 25, 1948

COX, Millard Filmore
1919-1948
Funeral services were held Tuesday for Millard Filmore Cox, 27, who died at 6 a.m. Sunday morning following a 30 day illness at the home of his mother, Mrs. Burel T. Cox on Griffith Creek. Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the home with the Rev. Russell Frasher officiating. Burial was in the Wallace Cemetery under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Mr. Cox was born Apr 28,1919. He was employed by the C & O RR for 5 years. He is survived by his mother, 5 sisters, Mrs. Russell Mollett of Whitehouse, Mrs. Roscoe Allen, route 2, Mrs. George Cavens of Whitehouse, Mrs. Edgar Thompson of Norris and Mrs. Woodrow Pack of Lockwood and 3 brothers, Sheridan of Catlettsburg, Burel, Jr., and Jay both of route 2. Big Sandy News, March 4, 1948

ROBERTS, Rena (Arrington)
1880-1948
Funeral services were held Sunday for Mrs. Rena Arrington Roberts, 67, of Cherokee, who died Friday afternoon at 2:30 in a local hospital, following an illness of 2 days. The services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon at the Low Gap Church on Brushy with the Rev. Arthur Morris officiating. Burial was in the Arrington Cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Mrs. Roberts, lifelong resident of Lawrence County, was born at Busseyville and was the daughter of the late Richard and Margaret Bell Thompson. She was first married to William Jennings, who died several years ago, and she later married Thomas Arrington, who died in 1929. Several years later she married C. R. Roberts who died in 1941. She is survived by 2 daughters: Mrs. G. W. Thompson, Louisa and Mrs. Carl Thompson of Summersville, WV; 4 sons, Ernest Jennings of Louisa; Jakie Arrington at home, M Burgess Arrington, Lexington, Charles E. Arrington, Lexington; 3 sisters: Mrs. John Diamond, Louisa,, Mrs. Hez Carter, Eubanks, KY, Mrs. Cynthia Fugitt, Gallup, KY; 3 brothers: Lafe Thompson, Louisa, U. S. Thompson, Louisa, and Ed Thompson, Prestonsburg, KY. Big Sandy News, Mar 18, 1948

WRIGHT, Mrs. Ben M. (Alma Williams)
Mrs. Ben M. Wright, 57, wife of the Scioto County, OH sanitation officer, passed away Friday, Feb 27 at 1:40 p.m. at her home near Oertel's Corner, OH. She had been seriously ill the past 11 weeks following a stroke. Mrs. Wright was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. F. Williams of Blaine, KY. Her father preceded her in death. She was married to Ben Wright in 1913 at Blaine. Mrs. Wright was a member of the Enterprise Baptist Church of Flat Gap, KY. She is survived by her husband, a daughter, Mrs. W. L. Lester, 1315 Hutchins St., Portsmouth, OH, 3 sons, Roger Wright of Gallipolis, OH, Dewey and Bennie Wright, at home; 3 grandchildren, her mother, Mrs. Malissa Williams, 3 brothers, Oscar Williams of Flat Gap, KY, Dr. Homer Williams of Daytona Beach, FL, Ottie F. Williams of Paintsville, KY; 5 sisters, Mrs. William Gambill of Abilene, TX, Mrs. C. L. Morris, Riggs, KY, Mrs. H. C. Osborn of Ashland, KY, Mrs. Gusta Miller of Punxatawney, PA, Mrs. F. K. Skaggs of Martha, KY, and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Sunday Feb 29 at 2 p.m. at the Long Run Freewill Baptist Church wit Rev. Melford Riddlebarger and Rev. Dewey Wright in charge. Burial was in the Siloam, KY cemetery under the direction of the Erwin Funeral Home. Mrs. Wright was the aunt of Mrs. Claude Fyffe and Mrs. Russell Dobyns of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Mar 4, 1948

 

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BOYD, Nol
1878-1948
Nol Boyd, 70 of Georges Creek, died at the home of his son, Millard Boyd, of Louisa, route 1, Tuesday at 4:20 p.m. following an illness of two months. He was born Apr 15, 1878, the son of the late James and Martha Calloway Boyd of Georges Creek. He was a farmer by occupation and was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. He is survived by 2 daughters: Mrs. Hurl Baxter, of Ohio and Mrs. Eugene Baxter of Ohio; 3 sons, Millard Boyd of Louisa, Minward Boyd of Pikeville and Rex Boyd of Fort Gay, WV; 3 brothers: Anderson Boyd of Van Lear, Ed Boyd of Catlettsburg, and George Boyd of Georges Creek. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. from the Belles Chapel Church with the Rev. Jay Preston officiating. Burial was made in the Preston Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Apr 22, 1948

 

CHILDERS, FRANK M.
1870-1948
Frank M. Childers, 77, died at 4:20 p.m. Tuesday at the home of his son, Guy E. Childers in Lexington, following an illness of one year. Mr. Childers, a former resident of Gallup, had made his home in Lexington for the past year. The son of the late Marion and Isabel VanHoose Childers, he was born in Johnson Co., KY. He was a retired C & O employee and was a lifelong member of the Chapman Methodist Church. The body will be returned to the Curtright Funeral home today. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday afternoon from the Chapman Methodist Church with the Rev. William Burgess officiating. Burial will be made in the Childers Cemetery near Gallup under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Maude Ellen Kendall Childers, 1 daughter, Mrs. Dolan Phipps of Huntington, 3 sons, Guy E. of Lexington, Roy of Dubuque, IA and George L. of Louisville; 1 brother, W. T. Childers of Gallup, 1 sister, Miss Jennie Childers of Huntington, 12 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Big Sandy News, Apr 1, 1948

COX, Hollis
Hollis Cox, 37, of Junction City, KY, an employee of the Forestry Service of the Southern Bell Telephone Company, was injured fatally at 6:30 a.m. Friday on route 23 five miles north of Louisa when the brakes failed on a company truck in which he was a passenger. J. D. Phelps, phone company foreman, who was driving the truck, said the vehicle left the highway, the front wheels hit a rock and after going up a hill the truck turned over. Phelps stated that Cox jumped and that a toolbox weighing 500 pounds fell on him. Dr. Henry S. Young, coroner, who conducted an inquest Friday morning said the victim died of a broken neck and crushed chest. According to Phelps, Cox was riding in the front seat and Montgomery Shelton, another company employee, was riding in the back. Neither Phelps or Shelton was injured. The men, who had been working in Louisa, had started to Buchanan to do another job. Funeral services were conducted at Junction City Sunday afternoon. The body was shipped from the Curtright Funeral Home to the home of the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Cox, Junction City, Friday night. Big Sandy News, April 1, 1948

HOWARD, William Green
William Green Howard, 49, of Fort Gay, route 1, died at the Shelby Memorial Hospital in Shelby, OH at 7:23 p.m. Monday, Apr 5 following an illness of 1 year. He had been visiting his son in Shelby for 5 days when his death occurred. Son of the late Wilburn and Nancy Tackett Howard, he was born at Salyersville, KY. He was a farmer by occupation. He was married to Cordellia Adams  27 years ago. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. this afternoon at the Lynch Church at Salt Petre with the Rev. Jim Harvey officiating. Burial will be made in the Wellman Cemetery under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. He is survived by his widow, 1 son, William F. Howard, of Shelby, OH, 2 sisters, Mrs. Delbert Henderson of Ashland, and Miss Betty Howard of Indianapolis, IN, and 3 brothers, Lonnie, Byrd and Winford of Ashland. Big Sandy News, Apr 8, 1948

JOHNSON, Lt. Lucien Burns, Jr.
Funeral services for Lieut. Lucien Burns Johnson, Jr., who was killed in action on Iwo Jima in Feb 1945, were conducted at 2 p.m. Apr 21 at the Kenova Methodist Church. The Rev. J. E. McClung and Dr. L. C. Talmadge, officiated. Burial was made in the Ridgelawn Cemetery. Lieutenant Johnson, 22, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. L. b. Johnson of Kenova. Before entering the service, he attended Marshall College for 3 years. He was a member of Phi Tau Alpha fraternity and was a lifelong member of the Kenova Methodist Church. Surviving in addition to the parents, are and 11 year old brother, Bobby, and his paternal grandmother, Mrs. L. S. Johnson of Louisa. He was the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Anderson L. Moore, formerly of Lawrence County. Big Sandy News, Apr 29, 1948

JONES, Ray
Ray Jones, of Big Shoals, KY, was killed by a C & O train at about 3 o'clock Mar 27. there were no witnesses to the accident but it is thought he had fallen asleep on the track. Jones was a carpenter by trade and had spent most of his life in Pike county. He was a Navy veteran of WWII, having spent 22 months in the battle zones. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Virginia Jones, 3 small children, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Jones of Charley, this county, and several sisters and brothers. He is also a nephew of John e. Jones of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Apr 8 1948

LAKIN, Richard L.
Over 1,000 person attended the funeral of PFC Richard L. Lakin, 21 of Fort Gay, who died in the Battle of the Bulge in France Jan 17, 1945. Funeral services were held at the Big Hurricane Baptist Church at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon with Dr. B. R. Lakin of the Cadie Tabernacle, uncle of the deceased, officiating. Funeral directors stated that it was the largest funeral they have ever attended. Big Sandy News, Apr 22, 1948

LAWSON, James Larkin
Funeral services for James Larkin Lawson, 74, farmer and livestock dealer of Louisa, route 4, who died Saturday morning at 4:30 in a local hospital following a brief illness were conducted Monday afternoon at 1 p.m. at the Baker Chapel with Rev. jack Perry and Rev. Lloyd Jordan officiating. Burial was in the Pinehill Cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Mr. Lawson, a resident of this section practically his entire life, was born at Willard, KY, a son of the late Preston and Sophia Jane Fraley Lawson. He had been a member of the Christian Church for 55 years. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Amanda Bayes Lawson, 3 daughters, Mrs. Fred C. Hensley of Huntington, Mrs. Thurston Hurt of Zelda and Mrs. Earl Trimble of Louisa, route 4, 1 son, W. P. Lawson of Ironton, 2 sisters, Miss Amanda Lawson of Glenwood and Mrs. Webb Cunningham of Louisa, route 4 and a brother, Curtis Lawson of Louisa, route 4. Big Sandy News, Apr 29, 1948

MOORE, Gustava (Toler)
1888-1948
Mrs. Gustava Toler Moore, 59, died at her home in Louisa after an illness of several months. The daughter of the late A. H. and Matilda Ferrill Toler and the wife of Joe D. Moore. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. The body will lie in state at the Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, Apr 1, 1948

Mrs. Gustava Toler Moore, 59, died at her home in Louisa at 4 a.m. Thursday morning, Apr 1 following an illness of 5 months. Daughter of Mrs. Matilda Ferrill Toler and the late A. H. Toler, she was born at Wharncliffe, WV. She moved to Louisa 5 months ago from Adams. She had been married to J. D. Moore for 40 years. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Mattie Church at Adams, with the Rev. Wm. M. Moore officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. She is survived by her husband, 2 daughters, Miss Myrtle Moore and Miss Mary Belle Moore, both of Louisa; 2 sons, Howard Moore of Louisville and Wilford Moore of Columbus, OH, mother, Mrs. A. H. Toler of Williamson, WV, 4 sisters, Mrs. M. F. Ellis of Williamson, WV, Mrs. R. B. Gross of Cinderella, WV, Mrs. Lon Helm of McAndrews, KY, Mrs. E. A. Whitmer of Williamson, WV; 2 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Apr 8, 1948

MUNCY, H. B.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. for Henry Bascom Muncy, 72, retired carpenter of Louisa, who died in a Huntington hospital at 5 a.m. Saturday morning, Apr 10 following an illness of 2 years. The services were held from the home with the Revs. Wm. W. Moore and L. M. Rogers officiating. Burial was made in the Pinehill Cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. The Mason held their rites at the grave. Son of the late Samuel K. and Derecca Carter Muncy he was born Nov 27, 1875 on Louisa route 3. He had been a member of the Louisa Methodist church for 20 years and was a member of Apperson Lodge #195 and Louisa Chapter #95 R.A.M. He was married to Mary Elizabeth Shannon, who survived him, 50 years ago. He is survived by his widow, 3 sons, Victor Muncy of Pottsville, PA, James Muncy, of Pikeville and Leroy Muncy of Williamsport, PA; 1 sister, Mrs. Mollie Moore of Ashland, and 1 brother, Jack Muncy of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Apr 15, 1948

PICKLESIMER, Polly (Pigg)
Mrs. Polly Pigg Picklesimer, 82, of Louisa died in a local hospital at 7 p.m. Wednesday night following an illness of two and one-half months. She had been a resident of Louisa for 48 years. She was the widow of the late James B. Picklesimer, who died in 1942 and the daughter of the late Willie and Louisa Berry Pigg of Irad. Funeral arrangements are incomplete pending the arrival of her son, D. L. Gambill, from Woodland, CA. Services will be held from the Louisa Methodist Church with the Revs. L. M. Rogers and William W. Moore officiating. Burial will be made in the Pinehill Cemetery under the direction of the Curtright Funeral home. She is survived by one son, D. L. Gambill of Woodland, CA, 1 stepdaughter, Mrs. S. E. Duffy of Amarillo, TX; 2 sisters, Mrs. Belle Waid of Louisa and Mrs. Louvina Barnett of Louisa route 3, 3 brothers, James O. Pigg of Louisa, Noah Pigg of Lucasville, OH and Lonnie Pigg of Norris, MT. Big Sandy News, Apr 15, 1948

RATCLIFF, Robert
Robert Ratcliff, 69, colored, of Fort Gay, died at the Lakin hospital at Point Pleasant, WV, Wednesday, at 12:30 p.m. following an illness of several days. His wife, Phyllis Bromley Ratcliff, died in 1942. He had been a member of the Louisa A. M. E. Church 5 years. The body will be removed from the Curtright Funeral home to his home at Fort Gay this afternoon. Funeral services will probably be conducted Saturday at 2 p.m. from the home with burial in the family cemetery. Surviving are 3 daughters, Mrs. John L. Moore of Fort Gay, Mrs. S. a. Smith of Huntington, and Mrs. Stanley R. Wallace of Louisa and 1 son, Hershel Ratcliff of Ironton, OH. Big Sandy News, Apr 8, 1948

ROSE, Robert
1880-1948
Funeral services for Robert Rose, 67, of Louisa, who died at 9:30 a.m. Sunday in a local hospital following an illness of 2 weeks, were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, Mar 30, at the Smokey Valley Church with the Rev. J. C. Hager and the Rev. Arthur Morris officiating. Burial was in the Hay Cemetery under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Son of the late Samuel and Ellen Carter Rose, he was born May 2, 1880, on route 3, Louisa. A retired farmer, he moved to Louisa a year ago from Daniels Creek. In 1901, he was married to Miss Mary Ellen Chaffin. He is survived by his wife, 2 daughters, Mrs. Ivory Rose Thompson and Mrs. Donald Adams, both of Louisa, 8 sons, Raymond Rose of Louisa, Samuel and Almond Rose of Chattaroy, WV, Willis, Curtis, Paul and Sheridan Rose, all of Columbus, OH, and Arvel Rose of Baltimore, MD; 2 sisters, Mrs. Silas Jobe of Catlettsburg, and Mrs. Curt Thomas of Baileysville, WV and 2 brothers, Mont Rose, Louisa, route 1 and Jay Rose of Council Grove, KS. Big Sandy News, Apr 1, 1948

SPEARS, Betty Rae
Betty Rae Spears, infant daughter of Ray and Barbara Ruth Boyes Spears of Fort Gay, died in a local hospital at 9 p.m. Monday night. Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon at the Wellman Cemetery at Fort Gay, route 1 under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. In addition to the parents, she is survived by her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Burgess Spears of Fort Gay, route 1 and Mr. and Mrs. Ballard Boyes of Fort Gay, route 1. Big Sandy News, Apr 29, 1948

WILLIAMSON, Stuart Worley
An attack of coronary thrombosis claimed the life of Stuart Worley Williamson, 45, construction engineer, Friday night at his home in Charleston, WV. He was a brother in law of Mrs. Leonard Compton of Louisa, having married the former Dorothy Vinson of Louisa who died in 1940. Funeral services were held Monday morning at 10 a.m. at the Simpson Funeral Home in Charleston. Burial was in Sunset Park in that city. Mr. Williamson was graduated in mining engineering from Lehigh University in 1922 and had been with the DuPont Company since 19??. He had worked on plants at Hansford, WA, Charlestown, IN, Clinton, IA, Richmond, VA, Wilmington, DE, and at Belle. Formerly he was chief engineer for the Lillybrook Coal Co in the Winding Gulf field. A registered professional engineer and 32nd degree Mason, Mr. Williamson was a son of Charles H. and the late Mrs. Charles Williamson of Womelsdorf, Pa. He was married twice. Surviving are his widow, Anne Ruth Morris Williamson, a son, Stuart Worley Williamson, Jr., a student at the University of Washington, Seattle; 2 daughters,  Barbara Zea and Patricie Clarie, both at home, and a brother, Richard T., an attorney at Reading, PA. Big Sandy News, Apr 1, 1948

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ALBERTSEN, Lockie (Adams)
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon for Mrs. Lockie Adams Albertsen, 38, who died at noon on April 28 at her home in Chicago, IL following an illness of 2 1/2 years. Services were held at the Curtright Funeral Home with the Rev. J. C. Hager officiating. Burial was in the Pinehill Cemetery. Daughter of Mrs. Elizabeth Adams Hayes and the late Douglas Adams, Mrs. Albertsen was born at Osie, KY. She had been a resident of Chicago for 20 years. For the past 8 years she was associated with the "Northtown Economist" as associate editor. She was awarded the U. S. Treasury department's medal for patriotic service during the war and was also awarded membership in the Community Funds "Red Feathers" Club, one of 50 memberships in Chicago. She is survived by her husband, Peter Albertsen of Chicago, mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Hayes of Elkview, VA, 4 sisters, Mrs. John Adams of Louisa, Mrs. Gurney Adams of Catlettsburg, Mrs. Harlan Wellman of Irad and Mrs. Homer G. Campbell of Elkview, WV. Pallbearers were Clifford Wellman, Johnnie Johnson, Earl Perdue, Dana Campbell, Elmer Adams and Joe Warren Sprouse. Big Sandy News, May 6, 1948

AUSTIN, Laura Bell
1863-1948
Mrs. Laura Bell Austin, 85, formerly of Charley, died Friday noon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Herman Neuenschwander in Cincinnati following an illness of 6 months. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. from the Freewill Baptist Church in Charley with the Revs. Wm. W. Moore and Jay Preston officiating. Burial was made in the Judd Cemetery under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Daughter of the late John J. and Elizabeth Rice Griffith, she was born in Lawrence County in 1863. She was a member of the Free Will Baptist church in Charley. Her husband, Edward Austin, preceded her in death 7 years ago. At the time of her death she had been a resident of Cincinnati for 6 years. She is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. Herman Neuenschwander of Cincinnati and Mrs. E. G. Watterman of Fort Thomas; 1 son, Frederick E. Austin of Widen, WV, 1 sister, Mrs. J. W. Nudd of Columbus, 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Pallbearers were Leonard Griffith, Clifford Griffith, Ralph Griffith, Edgel Miller, Jack Cassell and Carl J. Austin. Big Sandy News, May 27, 1948

BILLUPS, Millie Belle (Dawson)
Mrs. Millie Belle Billups, 67 of Fort Gay, died at the home of her brother-in-law, Milton Bartram at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Her husband, Samuel Billups, died in 1935. She was a daughter of the late George and Victoria Pinson Dawson. Funeral services were conducted Monday at 2:30 p.m. at the Tabors Creek Baptist Church with Rev. William Carroll officiating and burial in the Dean Cemetery under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Surviving are 2 daughters, Mrs. Lucy Hatton of Creston, OH and Mrs. Scott Dean of Fort Gay, 3 sons, Allie Billups of Monroe, MI, Albert Billups of Fort Gay and Jay Billups of Monroe, MI and 2 sisters, Mrs. Betty Thompson of Portsmouth, OH and Mrs. Susan Warder of Prichard, WV. Big Sandy News, May 13, 1948

BILLUPS, Sarah (Richardson)
1872-1948
Mrs. Sarah Richardson Billups, 76, of Fort Gay, route 1, died at 5:15 p.m. Apr 29 at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Douglas Lewis of Louisa, where she had been for the past 2 weeks. Mrs. Billups had been in ill health for a year. Daughter of the late Samuel and Mary Ann Fletcher Richardson, she was born Feb 15, 1872 on Fort Gay route 1, where she lived all her life. She had been a member of the Spruce Lick Baptist Church for 17 years and had been married to John P. Billups, who survived, for 56 years. Services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon at the graveside by the Rev. Carmie Crabtree. Burial was in the Billups Gap Cemetery under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. She is survived by her husband, 4 daughters, Mrs. William Spain of Crewe, VA, Mrs. Virgil Robinette of Fort Gay, Mrs. Boyd Rutherford of Sidney, WV and Miss Mary Billups of Naugatuck, WV; 3 sons, Raymond, P. H. and Ranzie, all of Fort Gay; 16 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, May 6, 1948

BLEVINS, Ruth
1948-1948
Ruth Blevins, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ivory Blevins of Fort Gay, route 1, died May 7, at 2:15 p.m. two hours after her birth. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon at the Salt Petre Church with the Rev. Jim Harvey officiating. Burial was made in the Wellman Cemetery under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. She is survived by her parents, 3 sisters, 1 brother, and the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Blevins and Mrs. Ella Blankenship of Fort Gay. Big Sandy News, May 13, 1948

BURKE, Julia (Fitzpatrick)
1871-1948
Mrs. Julia Burke, 77, died at her home on Louisa, route 4, Sunday night at 9:40 after an illness of 4 months. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon from the home with the Rev. Allen Castle officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Daughter of the late Ulysses and Betty Maynard Fitzpatrick, she was the born at Clifford. She had been a resident of Louisa route 4 for 65 years and a member of the Baptist church for 55 years. Her husband, William Burke, preceded her in death in 1939. She is survived by 3 sisters, Mrs. A. J. Crum, Glenhayes, Mrs. Sally Damron, and Mrs. Andy New both of Louisa; 2 brothers, James Fitzpatrick of Glenhayes and Shelton Fitzpatrick of Louisa; 10 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, May 20, 1948

CASSELL, David C.
1870-1948
Funeral services for David C. Cassell, 78, native of Richardson, who died suddenly of a heart attack at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the home of his son, Carl C. Cassell, in Ashland, were held at the Methodist Church in Richardson at 2:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon with the Rev. J. C. Hager officiating. Burial was in the Wilbur Cemetery under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. A previous service was held at 7:30 Saturday night at the home of his son with the Rev. Roy Cordle officiating. Son of the late William and Cynthia Boyd Cassell, he lived in Richardson all his life until 2 years ago when he and his wife went to Ashland to live with his son. He had been married to Ida Amilia Wilbur Cassell for 59 years. He was a retired farmer and section foreman for the C & O railroad. He is survived by his widow, 1 son, Carl C. of Ashland, 1 sister, Mrs. J. B. Crutcher of Louisa, 2 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Big Sandy News, May 20,1948

EASLEY, NANNIE (Bird)
Mrs. Nannie Easley, 71, of Fort Gay died in a local hospital at 9:45 p.m. May 26 following an illness of 4 days. Funeral services will be held at 10 p.m. Friday morning at the home in Fort Gay with the Revs. F. P. Rose and Grant Raines officiating. A second short service will be held at the grave in the Athens Cemetery at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Burial will be under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Daughter of the late John S. H. And Elizabeth Vermillon Bird, she was born at Athens, WV. She had been a resident of Fort Gay for 27 years. She was a housewife by occupation and was a member of the Baptist Church at Athens. Her husband, Robert Easley, to whom she had been married 45 years, preceded her in death in 1926. She is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. Jack Compton of Louisa and Mrs. Shelby Cyrus of Cyrus, WV; 1 sister, Mrs. J. H. Epperly of Radford, VA, 5 brothers, Dr. K. S. Bird of Gary, WV, H. G. Bird of Beckley, WV, James Bird of Detroit, MI and Meador and Claude Bird both of Athens, WV and 4 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, May 27, 1948

FRALEY, Mrs. William M. (Geneva Miller)
Mrs. William M. Fraley, 55 of Van Lear died Apr 24 in Paintsville hospital. Funeral services were conducted at the Freewill Baptist Church of Louisa on Apr 26. Burial was made in the Pinehill Cemetery. Surviving are the husband, her father, James S. Miller of Louisa, 2 daughters, Mrs. Clyde Arrowood and Mrs. Walter Barker of Van Lear; 3 sons, William, Jr., Jack and Eugene Fraley of Van Lear; 5 sisters, Mrs. S. W. Castle of Prestonsburg, Mrs. W. C. Moore of Kenova, Mrs. Jim Justice of Pikeville, Mrs. Charley Allen of Louisa and Mrs. Allen Belcher of Birmingham, AL; 1 brother, Bryan Miller of Prestonsburg and 6 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, May 6, 1948

HESTON, Jim
1889-1948
Jim Heston, 58, former fire chief of Louisa for 14 years, was found dead at his apartment Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. by a brother, Creed Heston. A coroner's jury verdict given Wednesday morning stated that death was due to a heart attack occurring about noon Tuesday. Mr. Heston had been in ill health for 7 years. He had operated a garage in Louisa and had been fire chief for 14 years before resigning Jan 1 of this year. He also drove the fire truck for 7 years before becoming fire chief. He was a veteran of WWI and a charter member of the W. O. Johnson Post 89 of the American Legion. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. from the Curtright Funeral Home with the Rev. E. P. Swann and Rev. J. C. Hager officiating. Burial will be in Pinehill Cemetery and the American Legion will hold their rites at the grave. He is survived by 3 sisters, Mrs. Effie Murry of Louisa, Mrs. Dave Holley of Point Pleasant, OH, and Mrs. C. P. Wingfield of Monroe, VA and 3 brothers, Zeb, Creed and Carl all of Louisa. Big Sandy News, May 6, 1948

KITCHEN, CORNELIUS
1870-1948
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon for Cornelius Kitchen, 77, who died at his home in Louisa Friday afternoon at 3:50 following an illness of 2 years. The services were held at 2 p.m. from the Free Will Baptist Church with the Revs. Wm. W. Moore, W. S. Boggs and Gallie Isaac officiating. Burial was in the Pinehill Cemetery under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Mr. Kitchen had been a resident of Louisa for 26 years and was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church. He was the son of the late Arthur Kitchen and Clara Chaffin. He had been married to Emma Jane Wright Kitchen for 51 years. He is survived by his widow, a daughter, Mrs. William Chaffin of Louisa, 4 sons, Millard of Van, WV, Chester of Louisa, route 3, Tivis of Louisville and Arthur at home; 2 stepsons, George Hamilton of Ironton, OH and Willie Hamilton of Yatesville; 1 brother, Henon Kitchen of Louisa, route 1, and 12 grandchildren. Pallbearers were K. F. Wooten, K. T. Cyrus, Tom ???, Russell Wooten, Ferd Conley, and Leonard Marcum. Big Sandy News, May 20, 1948

In addition to the survivors carried in the New following the death of C. C. Kitchen on May 14, there are also 7 half sisters and 8 half brothers. The half sisters are Mrs. Della Webb of Gladys, Mrs. Alice Massie of Louisa, Mrs. Kitty Murray of Whitehouse, Mrs. Samantha Thomas of Dry Branch, WV, Mrs. Myrtle Chaffin of Louisa, route 1, Mrs. Shirley Spillman of Louisa, route 4, and Mrs. Martha Berry of Columbus, OH. The half brothers are Dewey and Arthur of Gladys, Harrison of Lorado, WV, Lincoln and John of Dennis and Jim, Jake and Luke all of Williamson, WV. Big Sandy News, Jun 3, 1948

MEEK, GREEN V.
1862-1948
Green V. Meek, 86, died at his home at 1737  11th Avenue in Huntington, Thursday night at 10:30 following an illness of 3 years. Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday from the Curtright Funeral Home with the Rev. J. C. Hager officiating. Burial was made in the Meek Cemetery 4 miles south of Louisa. Son of the late Richard and Carrie Goble Meek, he was born on Louisa, route 3. He had been a retired merchant for 8 years and was a member of the Baptist church. In 1907 he operated a store in Louisa. He is survived by 1 daughter, Mrs. Cora Webb McCallister of Huntington, 1 son, Dr. G. C. Meek of Whitesboro, TX; 1 sister, Mrs. Rebecca Shaffer of Louisa, 2 brothers, Frank and George, both of Louisa, 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Pall bearers were Richard Muncey, Ernest Muncey, Roy Carter, Raymond Wellman, Luther Terry and Harlan Meek. Big Sandy News, May 27, 1948

PACK, George Paul
1946-1948
George Paul Pack, 18 months old son of Arlie W. Pack of Blaine, died at the home of his uncle, George Pack, of Blaine at 4:30 p.m. May 11 following an illness of 2 days. He was born Dec 14, 1946 on Louisa, route 1. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. this morning at the graveside with the Rev. J. C. Hager officiating. Burial was made in the Chaffin Cemetery under the direction of Young Funeral Home. He is survived by his father, Arlie W. Pack of Blaine, 1 brother, Arlie Ray Pack and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Pack, of Blaine. Big Sandy News, May 13, 1948

SIZEMORE, Flora (Branham)
Mrs. Flora Branham Sizemore, 74, mother of Mrs. J. C. Hager of Louisa, died Friday night of a cerebral hemorrhage at her home in Prestonsburg. She was the widow of James Sizemore, former police chief of Prestonsburg. She was a member of the Methodist Church and the Rebekah Lodge. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday afternoon from the Methodist Church in Prestonsburg. She is survived by 1 son, George Sizemore of Prestonsburg, 2 daughters, Mrs. James C. Hager of Louisa and Mrs. Dave Branham of Georges Creek; 2 sisters, Mrs. Don Harmon of Prestonsburg and Mrs. Sallie Walker of Tulsa, OK; 3 brothers, Bill, Joe and Luther Branham of Tulsa, OK; 13 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, May 6, 1948

SPARKS, John Henry
1875-1948
Funeral services were held Sunday morning at 10 a.m. for John H. Sparks, 72, who died at 8:45 Thursday morning at his residence on Hood Creek near Winifred. The services were held at the Old Hood Church at Winifred with the Revs. Cullie Sparks and Foster Rigsby and Alfred Chandler officiating. Burial was in the Sparks family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Furniture Company. Son of the late Henry and Didina Bently Sparks of Davisville, he was a life long resident of Winifred. He was a farmer by occupation and was a member of the United Baptist Church. On Feb 25, 1909, he was married to Bertha Pack of Davisville. He is survived by his widow, 2 sons, W. D. Sparks of Louisa and Marvin T. Sparks of Winifred; 2 daughters, Mrs. Margie Slone of Kerz and Mrs. Fred Ross of Flat Gap; 1 brother, Daniel of Safford, AZ, 3 sisters, Mrs. Rinda Wheeler of Minford, OH, Mrs. Angeline Chandler of Beaver, OH and Miss Delia Sparks of Safford, AZ and 4 grandchildren. Big Sandy News May 6, 1948

STONE, Hark
A military funeral will be held Sunday afternoon for Pvt. Hark Stone, 24, who was killed at Espinal, France on Nov 22, 1944, while serving in a medical battalion. The services will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the Dr. Con Rice Cemetery near Martha with the Revs. Arlie Blackburn and W. W. Moore officiating. If the weather is bad, the services will be held from the Martha Consolidated School. Members of the W. O. Johnson Post 89 of the American Legion will hold their rites at the grave.. The body will arrive in Louisa Friday morning on the C & O train and will be taken to the Curtright Funeral Home. It will be taken from the funeral home at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon to the cemetery. Pvt. Stone was the son of William Stone of Meades Branch and the late Judie Howard Stone. He enlisted in the army in Louisa on Jun 11, 1942. On Oct 31, 1944, he was awarded the Bronze Star medal for heroic achievement in combat in France on Aug 27. While on duty at a battalion aid station, Pvt. Stone learned that many soldiers of Company K, 143rd Infantry regiment, and a unit of another division had been wounded in a savage counterattack and had not been evacuated because of a shortage of litter bearers. He and some companions volunteered to go to their aid. As they approached Company K's position, they saw an enemy tank destroy an antitank gun and direct machine gun fire at the gun crew. Ignoring the heavy tank fire, they pressed forward to the wounded soldier, administered first aid and evacuated them to the area where they previously reported casualties were lying. As they advanced across the terrain, they were subjected to fire from an enemy tank and machine gun which forced them to take cover. After securing a Red Cross flag, they walked in full view to the wounded soldiers, treated them and carried them back to the aid station.

He was also posthumously awarded the Silver Star and the Purple Heart. The Silver Star award was for gallantry in action on the day he was killed. "When Company G attacked hostile positions on a barren hillside, the enemy, firing from a wooded sector on the crest of the hill, inflicted heavy casualties with machine guns and artillery. Private Stone, an aid man, courageously moved about the exposed terrain, calmly administering emergency treatment to the members of his platoon. Crawling under direct small arms fire to reach the injured soldiers, he worked tirelessly in caring for many casualties. When the company attacked its second objective, all the other aid men were wounded, and Private Stone assumed the responsibility for treating all the casualties of Company G. Although he was subjected to direct sniper fire, he never faltered in performing his important duties. Hearing a cry for aid from his wounded platoon sergeant, he worked his way forward through heavy small arms fire and began administering first aid. While treating the wounds of his injured comrade, he was killed by a sniper' s bullet. He is survived by his father and step mother of Louisa, route 1, 3 sisters, Mrs. Dommer Damron of Detorit, Mrs. John Stewart of Williamson, WV and Mrs. Donald King of Louisa, route 1, 4 half sisters, Magaline, Brady, Bessie and Joan Stone, all at home, 3 brothers, Mason of Mageffi, OH, Helton of Chicago and Everett Drew of U. S. Army at Fort Benjamin, GA and 2 half brothers, Gettrw and Billdie, both at home. Big Sandy News, May 27, 1948

WILLIAMSON, Freelin
1930-1948
One man was killed and two injured, one critically, Sunday at 1:30 a.m. when the automobile in which they were riding hit a bump and ran off the highway at Georges Creek. a fourth man in the car was not injured. Freelin Williamson, 18, star basketball player at Van Lear High School, was injured fatally. Leonard Barker, driver of the was slightly injured and Kenneth Preston, a passenger, received critical injuries and was removed to a Paintsville hospital, Paul Brickley was not injured. Dr. Henry S. Young, Lawrence County coroner, said Williamson died of a broken neck and crushed chest and that Preston suffered a compound fracture of the left leg, cuts and bruises on the head and a crushed chest. He added that Barker received only minor cuts and bruises on the had and head and was dismissed from the Louisa hospital after emergency treatment. The coroner asserted that Brickley told him the following version of the tragedy: The group, all resident of Van Lear, had started to Huntington, but when it was discovered that there was something wrong with the automobile they turned around and headed back toward Van Lear. When they were crossing the bridge at Georges Creek the auto hit a bump causing it to weave and go over a 40 foot fill and turn over three times. All were thrown from the car with the exception of Brickley. Funeral services for Williamson youth were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon from the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Aulden Williamson. He is also survived by 4 sisters and 2 brothers. Big Sandy News, May 13, 1948

WRIGHT, Mrs. Glenn
Mrs. Glenn Wright of Ceredo, WV, died Sunday in a Huntington hospital after one week illness. Mrs. Wright suffered a heart attack a week ago while sitting at the bedside of her mother. Mrs. Wright is the daughter of Mrs. Ida Marcum and the late Dr. Marcum, who moved from Louisa to Kenova 25 years ago. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon 2 p.m. from the Methodist Church at Ceredo and burial was made in the Ceredo Cemetery. She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Ida Marcum of Kenova, husband, 2 daughters and 2 sons at home, 1 sister, Mrs. John Calvert of Kenova and 1 brother, William Marcum of Portsmouth, OH. Big Sandy News, May 13, 1948

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AKERS, Carey Lee
1947-1948
Carey Lee Akers, 7 months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Hewlette Akers of Prichard, WV, route 1, died at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Luther Hodge of Prichard, route 1 at4:30 a.m. Tuesday after an illness of 7 weeks. He was born in Kenova Nov 3, 1947. Private funeral services were held at the Hodge residence at 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon with the Rev. Freelin Akers officiating. Burial was in the Ferguson Cemetery under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. He is survived by his parents and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Luther Hodge and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Akers, all of Prichard, route 1. Big Sandy News, Jun 10, 1948

CALLOWAY, Burton Johnson
1874-1948
Funeral services for Burton Johnson Calloway, 74, former editor of the Big Sandy News, who died in a local hospital at 3:30 Saturday afternoon following an illness of 1 year, were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon from his home on Jefferson Street with the Rev. J. C. Hager officiating. Burial was in the Pinehill Cemetery under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Mr. Calloway, before his retirement, had been a civil engineer in eastern Kentucky and southwestern West Virginia. He was a reporter for the Associated Press, covering the Big Sandy section for the news service. He had also served as editor of the Lawrence County Recorder. He was a member of the Louisa Baptist Church, a past master of Apperson Lodge #195, R. A. M. and a member of the Rotary Club and I.O.O.F. Son of the late James P. and Elizabeth Harlen Calloway, he was born May 19, 1874 in Peterstown, WV. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Edna Wellman Calloway, 2 daughters, Mrs. Clyde Hatfield of Bluefield, WV, Mrs. Virginia O'Brien of Baltimore, MD; 1 son, Claude R. Calloway of Chicago, IL; 1 sister, Mrs. Bert Spangler of Petersburg, WV, 1 brother, Claude Calloway of Louisa and 6 grandchildren. Pallbearers were James Hughes, Milt Stansberry, Jack Adkins, Proctor Fyffe, Neuman Marcum and Eldred Adams. Big Sandy News, Jun 17, 1948

CRANK, John A.
Funeral services for John A. Crank, 74, of Catlettsburg, formerly of Lawrence county, who died suddenly at 8:15 Thursday morning after suffering a heart attack, were held Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Buchanan Chapel at Zelda with the Rev. Ira Copley officiating. Burial was in the Chapel Cemetery. He was a son of the late John and Matilda Mullins Crank. He moved to Catlettsburg from Lawrence County, where he was a farmer, 5 years ago. For the past few months he had been temporarily employed at the Catlettsburg post office. He is survived by 4 sons, Sullivan Crank of Bradford, OH, Fred, Albert and Hubert Crank all of Catlettsburg; 3 daughters, Mrs. John Price of Buchanan, Mrs. Jack Spence of Catlettsburg, and Miss Chloabelle Crank at home and 2 sisters, Mrs. Ann Pool of Catlettsburg and Mrs. Flora Chaffin of Portsmouth, OH. Big Sandy News, June 3, 1948

FORTNER, William Angus
William Angus Fortner, 11, of Gallup, died in a local hospital at 7:40 Thursday morning following a two day illness of tetanus. He was running across a railroad track to his home one week ago when he fell, cutting a small place on his angle. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus Fortner of Gallup, he attended the Gallup school and the Methodist Church there. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday from the home of his parents one mile above Gallup with the Rev. S. B. Ball officiating. Burial will be made in the Shannon Cemetery under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. He is survived by his parents, 1 sister, Nancy Ann, 1 brother, Albert Ondia and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Parson of Gallup and Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Fortner, route 1, Kenova. The body will be removed from the funeral home to the home of the parents on Friday afternoon. Big Sandy News, Jun 3, 1948

HASKINS, Janet Elizabeth
1948-1948
Janet Elizabeth Haskins, infant daughter of Edwin J. and Esta Hay Haskins, died at her home in Pontiac, MI, at 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon, four days after her birth. The body was taken to the home of Homer Williams in Louisa. Graveside services were held at the Hay Cemetery on Louisa, route 1 at 10 Tuesday morning with the Rev. W. S. Boggs officiating. Burial was under the direction of Young Funeral Home. She is survived by her parents, 1 brother and her grandparents, Mrs. Sophia Haskins of Cassville, WS and Ambrose Hay of Louisa, route 1. Big Sandy News, Jun 10,1 948

MAYNARD, OTIS
1902-1948
Otis Maynard, 46, of Hewlett, WV, died in the Veterans Hospital in Huntington at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday following an illness of 2 years. Son of Harvey and the late Inez Cratty Maynard, he was born in Louisa, Feb 1, 1902. He was a farmer by occupation. He was a private in World War II, serving in Battery A376, Coast Artillery battalion. He entered service Nov 2, 1943. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday afternoon at the Workman Cemetery on the Point road with the Rev. Henry Sturgill officiating. Burial will be under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. He is survived by his father, 3 sisters, Mrs. Jim Thompson of Rawl, WV, Mrs. Emma Terry of Wadsworth, OH, and Mrs. Etheal Ball of Fort Gay; one half sister, Mrs. Ed Dunn of Louisa, route 2, 1 brother, Cecil Maynard of Wadsworth, OH and 1 half brother, Marion Cox of Marion, OH. Big Sandy News, Jun 10, 1948

MCKENZIE, Lester
1930-1948
Lester McKenzie, 18, son of James Ollie McKenzie, of Louisa and the late Stack Farler McKenzie, died at a local hospital Tuesday morning at 2:20 following an illness of 4 days. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon at the grave in Pinehill Cemetery with the Rev. Wm. W. Moore officiating. Burial was under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. He was born in Louisa Jan 1, 1930, and lived here all of his life. He is survived by his father, 2 sisters, Mrs. Tom Henson and Miss Sarah McKenzie, both of Louisa and 6 brothers, John and Arnett of LaGrange, Jim of Louisa, route 1, Burnace of Ohio and Joe and Henry both of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Jun 10, 1948

MILLER, Roy
1948-1948
Roy Miller, son of LeLander and Rebecca Wells Miller of Louisa, route 1, was born dead in  a local hospital at 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. Funeral services will be held at the graveside in the Miller Cemetery at 2 p.m. this afternoon with Rev. Arlie Blackburn officiating. Burial will be under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. He is survived by his parents, 3 sisters, Mrs. Earl Holt, of Petersburg, Miss Frances Jane and Russell Faye, at home, and 4 brothers, Charles J. Lewis Malcom, LeRoy and Walter. Big Sandy News, Jun 10, 1948

O'NEAL, Belle (Marcum)
Funeral services for Mrs. Belle Marcum O'Neal, 80, of Catlettsburg, formerly a resident of Louisa and widow of Judge William D. O'Neal, were held at 2 p.m. Monday afternoon in the First Methodist church in Catlettsburg with the Revs. A.P. Keyser and O. P. Smith officiating. Burial was in the Catlettsburg Cemetery. Mrs. O'Neal died at 9:30 Saturday morning in St. Mary's hospital in Huntington following an extended illness. Daughter of the late William w. and Eunice Cox Marcum, she was born in Louisa. She moved to Catlettsburg, 30 years ago and had resided there since that time. She was a member of the Louisa Baptist Church. She is survived by 1 daughter, Miss Jeanette O'Neal of Catlettsburg, a son, Fred O'Neal of Logan, WV, a brother, H. B. Marcum of Chicago, IL, 2 sisters, Mrs. L. G. Bryner of Huntington, WV and Miss Edith Marcum of Catlettsburg and the following grandchildren, Wm. D. O'Neal and Mrs. Karl Barber, both of Catlettsburg, Mrs. Clifton Dowell of Gulfport, MS, Mrs. W. G. Sutherland and Misses Jeanette and Ellen O'Neal all of Logan, WV. Big Sandy News, Jun 17, 1948

PAULEY, Louise
1948-1948
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday afternoon for Louise Pauley, infant daughter of Cecil C. and Florida Cyrus Pauley of Fort Gay, route 1, who was stillborn Jun 20 at 10:30 p.m. in a local hospital. The services were held at the Jarrell Cemetery with the Rev. Bayless Riggs officiating. Burial was under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. She is survived by her parents, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William Pauley of Fort Gay, route 1 and Mr. and Mrs. James Cyrus of Fort Gay, route 1. Big Sandy News, Jun 24, 1948

ROSE, Harold
Harold Rose, 23, of Estill died of a fractured skull and crushed chest at 4:45 a.m. Sunday when the car in which he was riding went over a 40 foot embankment on Georges Creek, 11 1/2 miles south of here. Rose, William H. Amburgery, driver of the car and Johnny Green, owner of the car, all of Estill, were on their way to Louisa to attend Decoration day services at the Fannin Cemetery. Amburgery fell asleep at the wheel and the car went out of control, plunging over the embankment. Amburgery suffered shoulder cuts and bruises and Green was slightly injured. Rose, a veteran of WWII, was a store clerk for the Central Elkhorn Coal Company. Son of Mrs. Nora Whitaker and the late Albert Rose, he was born at Estill and had lived there all his life. Big Sandy News, Jun 3, 1948

SKAGGS, Polly (Fyffe)
1889-1948
A warrant charging voluntary manslaughter was issued Monday by Judge L. F. Wellman against Russel Hoskins of Lakeville, KY, following the instant death of Mrs. Polly Fyffe Skaggs at 10:30 a.m. Sunday when a car driven by Hoskins crashed into the car in which Mrs. Skaggs was riding 1 1/2 miles south of Louisa. Mrs. Skaggs, her husband, Herbit Skaggs, Jerry Cordle of Columbus, OH, driver of the car and Jerry Moore, 14, of Martha were slowly driving toward Paintsville. A car driven by Hoskins and owned by his companion, Jerry Stacey, also of Lakeville, ran off the left side of the road and hit the Cordle car before turning over and plunging down an 8 foot embankment. Hoskins suffered head and chest injuries and Stacey received hand and facial cuts. The were taken to a Paintsville hospital. Herbit Skaggs was treated for shock and Jerry Moore for head injuries at a local hospital. Funeral services for Mrs. Skaggs were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday from her home in Louisa with the Rev. J. C. Hager officiating. Burial was made in the Keaton Cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Daughter of the late James and Amanda Cantrell Fyffe, she was born at Keaton. She had been a resident of Louisa for 25 years, and had been married to Herbit C. Skaggs for 28 years. In addition to her husband, she is survived by 2 sisters, Mrs. Homer Green of  Columbus, OH and Mrs. Forrest Lyon of Adams, and 3 brothers, Robert Fyffe of Terryville, Henry Fyffe of Springfield, OH and Parlie Fyffe of Keaton. Pallbearers were B. A. Wells, Clyde Daniels, Ferd Conley, Elmer Adkins, John Thompson and Tip Wheeler. Big Sandy News, Jun 3, 1948

WELLMAN, John Henry
1922-1948
John Henry Wellman, 25, of Busseyville, was drowned early Thursday morning in the Big Sandy River about 2 1/2 miles below Louisa when the boat in which he and his two brothers-in-law were riding capsized. Mr. Wellman and Archie and Pagie Peck of Fort Gay went fishing at 3 a.m. and the accident occurred a short time later. He assured his companions that he could swim to shore but a few minutes later they heard him cry out, then go below the surface of the water. The body was recovered by Jim, Frank and Pagie Peck 17 1/2 hours later. The Huntington Fire Department and officials and citizens of Wayne, Fort Gay and Louisa aided in the search for the body. Funeral services were conducted at 10:30 Sunday morning at the Wellman Cemetery at Busseyville with the Rev. S. B. Ball officiating. Burial was under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Members of the W. O. Johnson Post 89 of the American Legion held rites at the grave. Son of John and Frankie Meek Wellman, he was born at Busseyville. During the war he was in the Asiatic and Pacific theaters as a member of the 100th Army Air Force. He had been married for 2 years at the time of his death. He is survived by his widow, Ardith Faye Peck Wellman, 1 son, George Allen, his parents, 4 sisters, Mrs. H. W. Bussey, Mrs. James Davis, and Mrs. Millard Fugitt, all of Busseyville and Mrs. Marcus Hall of Ashland, and 4 brothers, Jack of Williamson, WV, Cecil of Huntington and Gerold and Vanton, both of Busseyville. Big Sandy News, Jun 24, 1948

WRIGHT, William G.
1871-1948
William G. Wright, 76, farmer of Glenwood, died at his home Jun 2 at 8:10 p.m. after an illness of 3 months. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon Jun 5 at 2 p.m. at the home with the Rev. Mitchell officiating. Burial was in the Queen Cemetery. Mr. Wright was born Jul 31, 1871 in Carter County, a son of the late Zilphus and Rebecca Hensley Wright. He had been a resident of Lawrence county for 40 years. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Caroline Justice Wright, 4 sons, Jake and Ted of Ashland, Charles E. and George of Glenwood, 3 daughters, Mrs. Rebecca Shortridge of Glenwood, Mrs. Gladys Neel of Lancaster, OH, and Mrs. Alka Estep of Pleasantville, OH; 14 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Big Sandy News, Jun 17, 1948

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JULY

BARNETT, Martelia (Shannon)
1893-1948
Mrs. Martelia Shannon Barnett, 54, formerly of Lawrence County, died at a Chillicothe, OH hospital at 9:30 p.m. on June 28 after an illness of 3 weeks. Funeral services were held at 10:30 Friday morning from the Ware Funeral home of Chillicothe with the Rev. James H. Lyons officiating. Burial was in the Grandview Cemetery of Chillicothe. Mrs. Barnett was born in Lawrence County on Nov 25 1893, daughter of the late William and Mary Thompson Shannon. She is survived by her husband, Junior Barnett, one daughter, Mary L. Barnett, at home, 1 brother, Riley Shannon of Canton, OH and 8 sisters, Mrs. Milton Watson, of Chillicothe, OH, Mrs. Myrtle Carlson, Mrs. John Jobe, and Mrs. O. G. DeLong, all of Louisa, Mrs. Elisha Jobe of Kermit, WV, Mrs. Ray Carter of Logan, WV, Mrs. Gypsy S. Vinson of Wayland and Mrs. Stella S. Moore of Adams. Big Sandy News, Jul 8, 1948

BARTRAM, Jerry
A military funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon for Staff-Sergeant Jerry Bartram, 23, son of Edgar and Malissa Holbrook Bartram of Fort Gay, who was killed in action at St. Lo, France, Aug 9, 1944.. A mess sergeant, he was killed while taking food to the front lines. The services will be held at the Brammer Chapel on Mill Creek with the Revs. William W. Moore and Fred Rose officiating. Burial will be in the Frasher Cemetery with the Charles Vancouver post, American Legion post, conducting ritualistic services at the grave. The body will be removed to the parents resident today from the Curtright Funeral Home. Sergeant Bartram, an employee of the Pennsylvania Railway before the war, entered service in Jul 1942, and went overseas in April, 1944. He was a member of the 330th Infantry known at the Thunderbolt Division. Surviving are the parents, 3 sisters, Mrs. Homer Branham of Oma, WV, and Margaret and Juanita Bartram, at home, 3 brothers, Carl Crank of Huntington, WV, a twin brother,  Jesse Crank and Ronald Crank, both of Fort Gay. Big Sandy News, Jul 15, 1948

BOYD, CONNIE RAY
1947-1948
Funeral services for Connie Ray Boyd, year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Boyd, who died at the home of his parents in Louisa at 6:30 a.m. Friday after an illness of a few hours, were held Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. from the Richardson Cemetery with the Rev. G. W. Walters officiating. Burial was under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Son of Charles and Goldia Bell Boyd, he was born at Gallup Jul 1, 1947. He had lived in Louisa for the past 11 months. He is survived by his parents, 4 sisters, Una Fay, Frances Myrtle, Juanita and Carolyn Sue, all at home, 3 brothers, Walter Eugene of Louisa, Lead and Charles, Jr., both at home and the grandparents, George W. Boyd of Georges Creek and Mr. and Mrs. Brooks Bell of Richardson, Big Sandy News, Jul 22, 1948

BOYES, Ancil Lee
1948-1948
Ancil Lee Boyes, son of Merle V. and Ardith Frances Massie Boyes of Prichard, WV, route 1, died at 2 p.m. Friday afternoon in a local hospital 11 hours after his birth. Services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon from the Christian Cemetery on Fort Gay route 1, with the Rev. Jimmie Akers officiating. Burial was under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. He is survived by his parents, 1 sister, Gail, at home, and the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Boyes of Cincinnati, OH and Mrs. Estelle Massie of Fort Gay, route 1. Big Sandy News, Jul 22, 1948

BRANHAM, David W.
A military funeral service for PFC David W. Branham, 26, son of John and Elizabeth York Branham of Glenhayes, WV and former N & W Railway employee, who was killed in action in the Normandy invasion on Jul 12, 1944, will be held from the home of his parents at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon with the Rev. Ballard Copley of Webb, WV officiating. Burial will be made in the Branham cemetery under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Member of the Charles Vancouver Post of the American Legion will hold their rites at the grave. The body will arrive in Louisa this morning and will be taken to the funeral home where it will remain until Friday afternoon. At that time, it will be taken to the home of his parents. PFC Branham had been in service 3 years. He is survived by his parents; 4 sisters, Mrs. Frank Johnson of Stonecoal, WV, Mrs. Pauline Copley and Miss Joann Branham, at home, and Mrs. Raymond Porter of Glenhayes and 4 brothers, Oscar Branham of Glenhayes, and Johnny, Daniel and Charles William Branham all at home. Big Sandy News, Jul 29, 1948

BRANHAM, James F.
Funeral services for James F. Branham, 59 of Glenhayes, WV, who died in a Louisa hospital at 3 p.m. Friday afternoon following an illness of 3 years, were held at 2 p.m. Sunday from the home with the Revs. Ballard Copley and Sammy Branham officiating. Burial was in the York cemetery under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Son of the late Andrew and Minerva Frazier Branham, he was born at Clifford. He had been a N & W maintenance of way worker since 1919. He is survived by his widow, Jessie Louisa Sammons Branham; 3 daughters, Dolly Frances, Virginia Ailene and Peggy Anne at home; 3 sons, James Thomas and Douglas MacArthur, at home and Jack M. of Columbus, 2 sisters, Mrs. Mart Frazier of Clifford and Mrs. Frank York of Glenhayes and 3 brothers, Arthur of Ashland, William of Ona, WV and Andrew of Clifford. Big Sandy News, Jul 8, 1948

BRYANT, Iverean
Miss Iverean Bryant, 16, of Georges Creek, was drowned in the Big Sandy River about 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon when the sand on which she was standing slipped away, plunging her into a 20 foot pool. The body was recovered after a 5 hour search. Miss Bryant had gone swimming with a party of friends composed of Mr. and Mrs. James Lloyd of Newport, Hubert Hayes of Ashland, Sylvia Jane and Ruth Hayes of Georges Creek. She and Hubert Hayes were standing in the river talking and did not notice that the current and slipping sand were moving them into deeper water. Hayes and Lloyd attempted to rescue her but she struggled so hard that they had to give up. Her father stated that she was an excellent swimmer. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday from the home with the Revs. Gallie Isaac and Bird Webb officiating, under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Daughter of Harrison and Bertha Hall Bryant, she had been a member of Belle's Chapel Freewill Baptist Church for 3 years. She was a member of the sophomore class at Louisa High School last year and had been employed during the summer at Hobbs 5 & 10 store in Paintsville. She is survived by her parents, 2 sisters, Allan and Esteln Bryant, at home. 2 half sisters, Mrs. Herman Price and Mrs. Harry Price of Lowmansville, 3 brothers, Ernest, Hershel and Charles Edward at home; 1 half brother, Manville of Ulysses, and her grandparents, Mrs. Lander Fuller of Hillier and Joe Hall of Praise. Big Sandy News, Jul 8, 1948

CARTER, Cova C.
1923-1944
A military funeral service for Pvt. Cova C. Carter, 20, who was killed in action in France on Jul 25, 1944, will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. from the home of  his parents, William and Belva Payne Carter, at Irad with the Rev. Arthur Morris officiating. Burial will be in the Carter Cemetery under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Members of the W. O. Johnson Post 89 of the American Legion will hold rites at the grave. The body will arrive at the funeral home Saturday morning. Pvt. Carter was born Sep 22, 1923, Prior to entering service in October of 1943, he was a farmer. He had been overseas only 2 weeks at the time of his death. He is survived by his parents, 2 sisters, Mrs. Orville May of Pikeville and Mrs. Conn Young of Cherokee and 4 brothers, Lando of Adams, and Clifton, Mort and Talmadge, all of Cherokee. Big Sandy News, Jul 1, 1948

CASSELL, LUTHER
1905-1948
Funeral services for Luther Cassell, 42, former resident of Lawrence county, who died at his home in Catlettsburg Friday night following an illness of several months, were held at 1 p.m. Monday afternoon from the Free Will Baptist Church at Ulysses with the Rev. L. E. Colliver of Catlettsburg officiating. Burial was in the Borders Cemetery at Ulysses under the direction of the Kilgore-Collier Funeral Home. Son of the late Zona and Tisha Borders Cassell, he was born in Lawrence County. He had resided in Catlettsburg for the past 14 years and had been employed by the Jeffery-Dewitt Insulation company at Kenova. He was a member of the Catlettsburg, I.O.O.F #42. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Martha Edwards Cassell, 2 sons, Luther Cassell, Jr. and Curtis Cassell, at home and one daughter, Mrs. Wallace Adkins, of Ashland. Big Sandy News, Jul 15, 1948

CLARK, Sarah Davidson Freese
1843-1948
Funeral services for Mrs. Sarah Davidson Freese Clark, 105, colored, who died at 8:45 p.m. Saturday night at the home of her son, Lewis Clark, in Louisa following an illness of 3 weeks, were held at 2:30 Tuesday afternoon from the A.M.E. Church in Louisa with the Rev. Cecil Hill officiating. Burial was in the Pine Hill Cemetery under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Daughter of Anthony and Rachel Freese, she was born in Prestonsburg, Jul 19, 1843. She was a resident of Louisa most of her life and had been a member of A.M.E. Church for 30 years. Her husband, George Clark, preceded her in death 22 years ago. She is survived by her son, Lewis of Louisa, one granddaughter, Phoebe Louis Clark of Louisa, 5 grandsons, George Wesley, and Fred Douglas Clark of Cincinnati, Thomas D., Ale and George Jr. Clark of Louisa and 2 great grandchildren, Jo Katherine and Harriet Ann of Cincinnati. Big Sandy News, Jul 22, 1948

CLAY, ALLEN
Allen Clay died at his home on Louisa route 4 at 12:30 a.m. Monday morning following an illness of a few days. Son of the late Charles William and Arena Bowling Clay, he was a farmer by occupation. He ha lived on route 4, one mile below Fallsburg for 57 years. He had been married to Sophia Fugate Clay for 31 years. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. this afternoon from the Savage Memorial Church at Fallsburg with the Rev. Dave Hewlette officiating. Burial will be in the Fugate Cemetery under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. He is survived by his widow and one brother, T. G. Clay of Louisa, route 4. Big Sandy News, Jul 29, 1948

CRABTREE, Lafie
1918-1948
A military funeral service for Cpl. Lafie Crabtree, 25, who died Jul 23, 1944, in England from wounds received in action in France on Jul 18, 1944, will be held at the Oak Hill School house on Cooksey Fork at 10 a.m. Sunday morning with the Rv. Jack Perry officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Members of the W. O. Johnson Post #89 of the American Legion will hold their rites at the grave. The body will arrive in Louisa this morning and will remain at the funeral home until it is removed to the school Sunday morning. Cpl. Crabtree was born in Boyd County Aug 14, 1918, the son of Mrs. Hester Ann Adams Crabtree and the late Jake Crabtree who died in 1930. Prior to his enlistment in the army in August of 1940, he was a farmer at the Dry Fork Section of Webbville. He was married to Mary Brooks in May 1941. He is survived by his wife, mother, Mrs. Hester Crabtree of Webbville, 1 son, Charles Crabtree of Webbville, 1 sister, Mrs. Johnny Triplett of Webbville and 1 brother, Orville Crabtree, of Webbville. Big Sandy News, Jul 29, 1948

CRANK, JERRY
Funeral services for Jerry Crank, 67, of Russell, former resident of Fallsburg, who died in the Veterans hospital at Huntington at 5:20 p.m. Friday following an illness of several years, were held at 2 p.m. Monday afternoon from the Savage Memorial Church at Fallsburg with the Rev. Dave Hewlett officiating. Burial was in the Wood Cemetery under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. He had moved to Russell from Fallsburg 3 years ago. He was a member of the Christian Church and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a Spanish-American war veteran. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Lee L. Cooks of Russell, 4 sisters, Mrs. Charlie Carter of Louisa, route 4, Mrs. John Compton of Dennis, Mrs. Delia Collinsworth of Charleston, WV, and Mrs.. Laura Blankenship of Fallsburg and 1 brother, Chris Crank of Ashland, route 1. Big Sandy News, Jul 15, 1948

CYRUS, Barbara Ann
1940-1948
Barbara Ann Cyrus, 8 years old, was struck by a taxi owned and driven by John Pannell of Louisa, 3 1/2 miles east of Louisa on route 23, near the Elizabeth Gerald Church, yesterday afternoon about 3;45 p.m. She was rushed to a local hospital and lived until 4:30 p.m. Barbara Ann was on her way to the Charley Caldwell store about 300 yards from her home, for thread and groceries. She was walking along the side of the road and had just stepped upon the road in the path of the car when she was struck. The bumper of the car hit her and carried her about 40 feet. Deputy Sheriff Earl Moore was in the car driven by Pannell and they were chasing a car that had been reported stolen, but learned later that the car was borrowed. The body will be removed from the Curtright Funeral Home to the home of her uncle, Lawrence Wilson on Lick Creek, Friday morning. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday at 2:30 from the home with burial in the Akers Cemetery. Surviving are the mother, Rilda Wilson, route 1, 2 sisters, Betty Joyce and Ruth Ellen Cyrus at home; 1 half sister, Faye Lycan at home, 1 brother, Teddy Lee Cyrus, at home. Big Sandy News, Jul 15, 1948

EDWARDS, Cecilia Jo
Cecilia Jo Edwards, only child of Gilbert and Virginia Johnson Edwards, 1811 Baird Avenue, Portsmouth, OH, died Thursday night in Cincinnati Children's Hospital were she had been a patient about 10 days. The four month old girl was born Feb 22 in Portsmouth General hospital. The parents had presented the child for dedication services, a part of the Children's day celebration at First Christian Church, a few hours before the fatal one month illness. Surviving beside the parents is the maternal grandmother, Mrs. Lena Johnson, Portsmouth and the paternal grandmother, Mrs. Elizabeth Edwards of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Jul 15, 1948

HAMMOND, Prince
Prince Hammond, new born infant son of James and Virginia Hanners Hammond of Webb, WV, route  1, died at the home of his parents at 11:30 a.m. Monday. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon from the residence with the Rev. Nelson Hughes officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. He is survived by his parents. Big Sandy News, Jul 15, 1948

HUTCHINSON, Georgia Sophia
1879-1948
Funeral services for Miss Georgia Sophia Hutchinson, 68, of Louisa route 3, who died at 12:15 a.m. Jun 26 in a local hospital following an illness of 5 years, were held at 2 p.m. Monday afternoon from the home with the Revs. S. B. Ball and J. C. Hager officiating. Burial was in the Hutchinson Cemetery under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Daughter of the late Joseph and Romaine Haws Hutchinson, she was a life long resident of Louisa, route 3. She had been a member of the Methodist Church for 37 years. She is survived by 2 sisters, Mrs. Wavia O'Neal of Vancouver, WA and Mrs. Alton Burchett of Lucasville, OH and 3 brothers, Elwood Hutchinson of Louisa, Asbury Hutchinson of Toppish, WA and Allen Hutchinson of Louisa, route 3. Big Sandy News, Jul 1, 1948

JORDAN, Augustus
Augustus Jordan, 52, of Columbus, OH, died at the home of his brother, Robert Jordan, at Adams, Monday night at 9 p.m. Mr. Jordan who had been in ill health for 10 years, had arrived from Columbus, Sunday night for a few days' visit with his brother. Son of Cova Jordan and the late Ada Moore Jordan, he was born at Adams and was a farmer by occupation. He had resided in Columbus 4 years at the time of his death. He was a veteran of WWI. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. this morning from the Dry Ridge Church with the Revs. S. B. Ball and Wm. W. Moore officiating. Burial will be in the Moore Cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. He is survived by wife, Martha Adkins, Jordan, of Columbus, 2 daughters, Mrs. David Brush and Mrs. Jay Foster, both of Columbus, OH, father, Cova Jordan of Adams, 2 sisters, Mrs. Claude Woods of Catlettsburg and Mrs. George Roberts of Louisa, route 3, and 4 brothers, Robert Jordan of Adams, Dock Jordan of Catlettsburg, and Will and Alvin Jordan of Columbus. He is also survived by one half sister, Mrs. Lyss Chapman of Dayton, OH and 2 half brothers, Noah Ball of Louisa, route 4 and Andrew Ball of Columbus. Big Sandy News, Jul 8, 1948

JUSTICE, Edgar Ray
Funeral services for Edgar Ray Justice, 15, son of Elihu T. and Victoria Rule Justice of Louisa, route 2, who died at the home of his parents following an illness of 1 year, were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday from the See Chapel on the Point road with the Revs. Oscar Segraves and Wm. W. Moore officiating. Burial was in the See Cemetery under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. He had been a member of the Freewill Baptist Church for 3 months. He is survived by his parents, 4 sisters, Edna Mae, Rebecca, Kathleen and Virgie Belle, all at home and 3 brothers, Thomas Milton, Charles Everett and Freddie Arthur, at home. Big Sandy News, Jul 8, 1948

LESTER, Joe
Joe Lester, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Lester of Fort Gay, route 1, died in a local hospital at 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Sunday morning at the Bartram Cemetery on Crabtree Hill in West Virginia with the Rev. Carmie Crabtree officiating. Burial was under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. He is survived by his parents, a half sister, Williamae June Lester and a half brother, Ralph Curtis Lester, at home, and the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lester of Fort Gay, route 1, and Rush Muncy of Kermit, WV. Big Sandy News, Jul 22, 1948

MAYNARD, Johnny Lee
Funeral services for Johnny Lee Maynard, son of Gray and Dollie Ratcliff Maynard of Louisa, route 2, who died at 11:30 p.m. Saturday, 11 hours after his birth, were held at 10 a.m. Monday morning from the Ratcliff Cemetery. Burial was under the direction of Young Funeral Home. He is survived by his parents, 3 sisters, 3 brothers, and the grandparents, Sam V. Maynard of Louisa route 2, and Mr. and Mrs. William Ratcliff of Clifford. Big Sandy News, Jul 22, 1948

MILLER, Kenna (Ferguson)
1885-1948
Mrs. Kenna Ferguson Miller, 63, wife of Attorney Clyde L. Miller, of Louisa, died in an Ashland hospital on Friday. Funeral services were held at 10:30 Wednesday morning from the Louis Methodist Church with the Rev. L. M. Rogers officiating. Burial was in the Pinehill Cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Pallbearers were H.G. Wellman, J. B. Hughes, A. C. McClure, R. L. Vinson, George Burgess and Lyss Carey. Daughter of the late John M. and Mellisa Howes Ferguson, she was born in Alderson, WV on Mar 26, 1885. she moved to Louisa when she was 5 years of age. In 11902 she was married to Clyde L. Miller and in 1923 they moved to Ashland, returning here in 1937. She had been a member of the Louisa Methodist Church for 48 years and was a charter member of the Louisa Woman's Club. She is survived by her husband, 1 daughter, Mrs. Anna Mary Armstrong, at home, 1 son, James K. Miller, of Ashland, 1 sister, Mrs. J. L. Carey of Lexington, and 3 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Jul 8, 1948

MOORE, Alonzo Hilton
Funeral services for Alonzo Hilton Moore, 20, son of Eli and Nancy O'Daniel Moore of Louisa route 4, who was fatally injured Sunday night in a traffic accident at Wanego, KS, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Newcomb Chapel with the Rev. J. H. Keaton of Huntington officiating. Burial will be in the Harmon Cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Mr. Moore and Tillman Tackett of Louisa, route 4, were on their way to Rangey, Co, to work when their car had a head-on collision with a truck. Tackett, who was hospitalized with injuries will arrive here Saturday. Mr. Moore was a graduate of Louisa High School, class of '44, attended Muhlenburg College in Allentown, PA and was a graduate of Berea College. He was a veteran, having served in the Navy where he was a student pilot in the air corp for a year. At Berea, he majored in physics and was president of Sigma Po Sigma, national honorary physics fraternity. He had been accepted for further work in engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is survived by his parents, 3 sisters, Mrs. William P. May, and Miss Phyllis Moore, both of Huntington, and Nancy Elizabeth Moore, at home, and 3 brothers, Daniel of route 4, and Ralph and Paul Fred, at home. Big Sandy News, Jul 1, 1948

MURRAY, Kattie Katherine (Kitchen)
1882-1948
Mrs. Kattie Katherine Murray, 65, formerly of Lawrence county, died at her home at Whitehouse at 7:45 p.m. Jun 26 after an illness of 26 years. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday morning from the home with the Revs. Leonard Walter, Herma Davis, Lafe Preston, Winfred Meeks and Tip Preston officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. She was born in Lawrence county, daughter of Arthur and Sue Ann Kitchen. She was a housewife, member of the United Baptist church and had been a resident of Whitehouse for 40 years. Her husband, Bethley Murray, preceded her in death in 1936. She is survived by 5 daughters, Mrs. Carma Wiley of Whitehouse, Mrs. Lucy Mae Akers, Mrs. Serilda Borders, Mrs. Lola B. George and Mrs. Sophia George all of Georges Creek, 5 sons, Emmett B., Willard and Gaylord, all of Whitehouse, Ernest of Catlettsburg and Arby of Beaver, OH, 8 brothers and a stepmother. Big Sandy News, Jul 1, 1948

PIGG, Noah
PIGG, Emma Frances (Alley)
Mrs. Jerome Miles recently returned from Lucasville, OH, where she was called by the illness and death  of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Noah Pigg, formerly of this county. Mrs. Pigg died May 26 and Mr. Pigg on Jun 16, 3 weeks after the death of his wife, who was the former Miss Emma Frances Alley of Johnson County. She was 77 years of age at the time of her death and Mr. Pigg was 78 years old. Funeral services were conducted May 28 and Jun 18 at the Stockdale Methodist church with Rev. Tom Colgrove officiating. Interments were in the Wheeler Cemetery on Blue Run under the direction of the Erwin Funeral Home. Surviving are 3 sons, Oscar and Jefferson Pigg, both of Lucasville, route 4 and James Pigg of Portsmouth, route 3, 3 daughters, Mrs. Jettie Carpenter of Long Beach, CA, Mrs. Cora Harris of Stockdale, OH and Mrs. Jerome Miles of Louisa, 23 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Jul 15, 1948

QUEEN, Green
1882-1948
Green Queen, 66, farmer and live stock dealer of Long Branch, died in a local hospital at 2:15 Wednesday morning following an illness of 1 1/2 years. Funeral services will be held at 10 Friday morning from the home with the Rev. Dave Hewlett officiating. Burial will be in the family cemetery under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Son of the late Hector and Evelyn Lakin Queen, he was born at Bolts Fork in Boyd County on Feb 24, 1882. He had been married to Lillie Chambers Queen for 40 years. He is survived by his widow. Big Sandy News, Jul 8, 1948

RATCLIFF, William J.
1883-1948
Funeral services for William J. Ratcliff, 65, former resident of Louisa, who died at this home in West Los Angeles, CA, Jul 19, were held Thursday morning at 11 a.m. at the chapel of the Price-Daniel mortuary. Burial was in the Inglewood Park Cemetery. A tile contractor, Mr. Ratcliff was born in Louisa and was raised in the Smokey Valley section. He had lived in West Los Angeles for 45 years. A former member of the Veterans Masonic Post 373 F & AM and the Knights of Pythiass. Mr. Ratcliff was an active member of the West Los Angeles Lions Club. He is survived by 2 daughters, Mary Louisa O'Jibway and Mrs. Gladys Miller, both of Los Angeles; 2 sons, William J. and John Raymont of West Los Angeles; 2 sisters, Mrs. Junie Johns of San Diego, Ca and Mrs. Effie Moore of Ventura, CA and one brother, John R. Diamond of Louisa, route 1. Big Sandy News, Jul 29, 1948

RICE, Everett
Everett Rice, 59, of Buchanan, was killed instantly about 10 p.m. Monday night when he was struck by an east bound freight train on the C & O's Big Sandy division near his home. He was employed as foreman at the Norfolk and Western Railway company's coal wharf at Prichard, WV, across the river from Buchanan. He was returning from his work Monday night and it is believed he stopped at the tracks to rest and fell asleep. Funeral services will be held at the Buchanan Chapel this morning at 10:30 with the Rev. Roscoe Derifield officiating. Burial will be in the chapel cemetery under the direction of the Kilgore-Collier Funeral home of Catlettsburg. He was a native of Lawrence County and was the son of Mrs. Elizabeth Rice of Ashland and the late William Rice. He had resided in Buchanan for the past 40 years. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ida Laura Kinner Rice, his mother, 3 sons, Jake and Everett both of Buchanan and Oliver T. of Malden, Mass., 2 daughters, Misses Peggy and Bertha Frances Rice, both of Huntington, 5 sisters, Mrs. John Kitchen of Cadmus, Mrs. Ershel Taylor of Ashland, route 1, and Mrs. Kirk Queen, Mrs. Kay Wurts and Miss Laura Rice, all of Ashland, 3 brothers, O.N. of Ashland, George of Jarrells and Edgar of Argillite and 5 grandchildren. Big Sandy News Jul 8, 1948

SPARKS, Richard
Richard Sparks, 37, of Fort Gay, route 1, was fatally injured at 9 p.m. Sunday night when the truck in which he was riding sideswiped another truck in Salt Petre, WV. Witnesses said Mr. Sparks was riding with his head out of the window of the truck and his skull was crushed when the 2 vehicles collided. His brother, Lee Sparks, 23, driver of the truck, was released on $1,000 bond Monday after waiving preliminary hearing on a manslaughter charge in connection with the accident. Son of John and Mary Porter Sparks, the deceased was born at Radnor, WV. At the time of his death he was a resident of Fort Gay, route 1 and was employed as a coal miner at Ragland, WV. He had been married to Dorothy Clem Sparks for 9 years. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. from the home of his parents on the Mill Creek section of Fort Gay with the Rev. Wayne Thompson officiating. Burial was in the Porter Cemetery at Grassey, WV under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. He is survived by his widow, 1 daughter, Joy, 1 son, John D., his parents, 4 sisters, Mrs. Andy Perry, Fort Gay route 1, Mrs. French Wellman and Mrs. Dorsie Frazier both of Kenova, and Mrs. Carl Sherman of Goody, KY, and 6 brothers, Bill Sparks of Fort Gay, John W. Sparks of Kessler, Henry Sparks of U. S. Army in Japan, and Mitchell, Lee and Charles Sparks, all at home. Big Sandy News, Jul 1, 1948

STEWART, Joseph
1868-1948
Joseph Stewart, 80, retired farmer, died at 4:45 p.m. Sunday at his home in Rush following an illness of 1 year. Mr. Stewart, a member of the Methodist Church, was born in Lawrence County May 17, 1868, a son of the late Mitchell and Cynthia Meade Stewart. Funeral services were conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon in the Buchanan Chapel at Zelda with the Rev. R. S. Derifield and the Rev. Ira Copley officiating. Burial was in the Buchanan Chapel Cemetery. Surviving are 3 sons, James Oliver Stewart of Zelda, Mitchell Stewart of Shelbiana, and J. A. Stewart of Walbridge, OH; 2 daughters, Mrs. Dock Copley of Rush and Mrs. James Workman of Zelda; a brother, Mitchell Stewart of Riverton; 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Big Sandy News, Jul 22, 1948

WALDECK, John
John Waldeck, 73, formerly of Louisa, died in a physician's office in Portsmouth, OH, Friday. He had been working in Columbus and was spending his vacation at his home in Portsmouth. Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. from the Emrick Funeral Home in Portsmouth with burial in a Portsmouth cemetery. Son of Hannah Justice Waldeck and the late N. D. Waldeck of Louisa, he was born here. He moved to Portsmouth about 35 years ago. He had been a member of the I.O.O.F of Louisa for 55 years. He is survived by his widow, Mrs.. Dora Spears Waldeck of Portsmouth, 4 sons, James, Nicholas, Lawrence and Henry all of Portsmouth, his mother, Mrs. Hannah Waldeck of Hampton, VA, 1 sister, Mrs. J. M. Meek of Little Rock, AR, and 2 brothers, J. J. Waldeck of Hampton, VA and Charles Waldeck of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Jul 8,1948

WEBB, Anna (Ratcliff)
1870-1948
Funeral services for Mrs. Anna Ratcliff Webb, 78, of Webbville, route 1, who died at her home at 10:30 Friday night following an extended illness, were held Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. from the home with the Rev. Jack Perry officiating. Burial was in the Webb Cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Daughter of the late Isaac and Deniza Suiter Ratcliff, she was born at Busseyville. A housewife, she had been a member of the Methodist Church for 60 years. She had been married to Paris Webb for 52 years. She is survived by her husband, 5 daughters, Mrs. Thelma Bryant, at home, Mrs. Estill Hilton of Raceland, Mrs. Stewart Wilson of Webbville, Mrs. Other Davidson of Hanging Rock, OH, and Mrs. Buddy Thompson of Marianna, OH; 1 son, Henry Webb of New Vienna, OH, two brothers, Charley Ratcliff of Kingston, OH and Henry Ratcliff of Ohio. 12 grandchildren, and one great grandchild. Big Sandy News, Jul 1, 1948

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AUGUST

BARRETT, Kathleen D.
1948-1948
Funeral services for Kathleen D. Barrett, 10 day old daughter of Louis H. and Bernice Dunkle Barrett of Barboursville, WV who died at 9:45 a.m. Saturday morning in a local hospital were conducted at 10:30 a.m. Monday morning at the Oak Lawn Cemetery at Barboursville with Dr. H. M. Sturn officiating. Burial was under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. She is survived by her parents and grandmother, Mrs. J. H. Dunkle of Lavalette, WV. She is also survived by an aunt, Miss Irene Barrett of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Aug 5, 1948

BARRETT, Mrs. Robert Lee
1865-1948
Funeral services for Mrs. Robert Lee Barrett, 83, who died Thursday morning at 5:35 at her home in Ashland following an illness of several years, were held Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the John Steen Funeral Home in Ashland with the Revs. R. g. Crowell and Asa Layne officiating. Burial was in the Barrett Cemetery on East Fork in Boyd County. Mrs. Barrett was born in Lawrence County on March 29, 1865, daughter of George and Margaret Harmon Shortridge. She had lived in Ashland since 1906 and was a member of the Baptist Church. She is survived by 3 daughters, Mrs. R. A. Macomb and Mrs. Marjorie Caudill, both of Ashland and Mrs. Grace Howard of Troy, OH, 2 sons, Scott and Jack Barrett of Ashland, 3 brothers, W. K. Shortridge of Ashland and Bascom Shortridge of Louisa and 5 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Aug 12, 1948

BURCHETT, Paul
1947-1948
Funeral services for Paul Burchett, 8 1/2 month old son of Lewis and Ruby Buchanan Burchett of Majestic, who died in a Matewan, WV hospital at 8 p.m. Tuesday following an illness of one week, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday afternoon from the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Burchett, of Cadmus. Burial will be in the Burchett Cemetery under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. The body will be removed to the grandparents residence this afternoon. He was born in Williamson, WV, on Nov 29, 1947. He is survived by his parents, 1 sister, Katherine Burchett at home, 3 brothers, Larry, Tommy and Billy at home and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Burchett of Cadmus. Big Sandy News, Aug 19, 1948

CHILDERS, FRED H.
1932-1948
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday morning for Fred H. Childers, 16, son of James and Lucy Coburn Childers of Louisa, route 2, who was drowned about 3 p.m. Friday afternoon in the Big Sandy River near the place where John H. Wellman drowned while fishing on Jun 17. The victim, who had visiting here for 4 days from Michigan City, IN, where he had been employed by the Northwestern Transfer Co for the past year, was swimming with Fred Lemaster of Louisa, route 2. He called for help one time before disappearing beneath the surface of the water. Local authorities, aided by Luke Varney of Louisa, deep-sea diver for the Navy during WWII, began an immediate search for the body. It was not recovered, however, until 11:15 a.m. Sunday when Donald Phillips and Virgil Brumfield of Potters discovered it lying on a sand bar about 1 1/2 miles below the spot where he had drowned. Dr. Henry S. Young, Lawrence County coroner, held an inquest Monday morning and the verdict was that death was caused by accidentally drowning. The funeral services were held from the Franklin Cemetery on Louisa, route 2, with the Revs. J.C. Hager and Ed Lambert officiating. Burial was under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. He is survived by his parents, 2 sisters, Mrs. Elsie Rittenberry of Louisa and Mrs. Nannie Smart of New Buffalo, MI and 8 brothers, Edward of Chapman, John, James Everett and Paul of Michigan City, IN and Lindsey and Lawrence of Ecorse, MI and Bert of Rockwood, MI. Big Sandy News, Aug 19, 1948

DEHART, Kenneth
A weekend trip with friends here to be married resulted in death Saturday for Kenneth Dehart, former resident of Olive Hill now living in Columbus, OH, who died in a local hospital shortly after the car he was driving turned over an embankment on the Blaine Road about 3:30 p.m. He was thrown from the car. His fiancée, Mrs. Evelyn Myers, of Columbus, who was pinned under the car, suffered internal injuries and a deep laceration on the right knee. She was released from the hospital Sunday. Also hospitalized was Cecil Moore, formerly of Adams, who suffered chest injuries. He was released from the hospital Monday. The other occupants, of the car Raymond Bryant, formerly of Georges Creek and Dennis Cordle, formerly of Wilbur, were uninjured. The automobile, a 1940 Plymouth was reported to have been traveling at a high rate of speed, and was unable to negotiate a curve, causing it to run off the highway. Mrs. Myers stated that the driver was trying to overtake a truck which had passed them. The car was demolished. They were on their way from Columbus, where all are employed, to the home of Cecil Moor of Adams. Mrs. Myers and Mr. Dehart were to have been married Sunday in Louisa. The deceased is survived by 2 daughters and a son. His wife preceded him in death several years ago. Big Sandy News, Sep 9, 1948

EVANS, Albert L.
1878-1948
Funeral services for Albert L. Evans, 69, who operated a grocery business at Ashland and was a former resident of the Laurel section of Blaine, who died Thursday night at his home following an illness of 4 weeks, were held at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon from his residence in Ashland with the Rev. Charley Lyons officiating. Burial was in the Ashland Cemetery. Son of Mrs. Mary C. Gambill Evans and the late A. J. Evans, he was born in Johnson County on Octo 17, 1878. Some 20 years ago he moved to Ashland. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Mary C. Gambill Evans of Ashland, 1 daughter, Mrs. C. H. Stoner of Kenova, 1 son, Curtis Evans, 2 sisters, Mrs. Gertrude Osborne of Inglewood, CA and Mrs. H. H. Holbrook of Greenup, 2 brothers, A. B and A. L. Evans both of Ashland and 5 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Aug 5, 1948

FANNIN, RANDALL
Funeral services for PFC Randall Fannin, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Fannin of Glo, who was killed in action with the 34th division 168th Infantry in Italy, Mary 20, 1944, were held Sunday Aug 1 at the Church of God with the Rev. Wm. Whittaker, Rev. Frank Griffith and Rev. Russell Ramey officiating. Military burial services were conducted at the Fannin cemetery at Yatesville by the Elkhorn Post of the American Legion of Wayland. PFC Fannin entered the service Feb 4, 1943 and received his training at Fort McClellan, AL. He went overseas in June 1943 and took part in the invasions of Sicily and Italy. He was wounded in the battle of Massica Ridge in Dec, 1943. Surviving are his parents and one brother, Hershel of Glo. He was the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. John Barwell Derefield and Mr. and Mrs. John Fannin of Yatesville and the nephew of Mrs. George Haws, of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Aug 19, 1948

HALL, John Milton
1865-1948
Funeral services for John Milton Hall, 83, who died at 8:40 p.m. Thursday night at his home on Rich Creek following a serious  illness of one month, were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning from the home with the Rev. C. W. Moore officiating. Burial was in the Carter Cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Mr. hall had been in ill health for the past 3 years. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jess Hall and was born at Cliff in Johnson County on Feb 2, 1865. at the time of his death he had been a resident of Adams for 46 years. He was a retired farmer and had been a member of the Baptist Church for 53 years. His wife, Pauline Catherine Snipes Hall, preceded him in death in 1930. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Ora Thompson of Adams and 7 sons, William A. and Silas of Columbus, OH, Greeley of Groveport, OH, J. W.. of Springfield, OH, Elisha of  Detroit, MI and Daniel and Jesse both at home. Big Sandy News, Aug 5, 1948

HAYES, Charles
1924-1944
A military funeral service for Pvt. Charles Hayes, 19, son of Zeal and Bessie Johnson Hayes, of Adams, who died Feb 9, 1944, in a hospital in North Africa will be held at 2:30 Sunday afternoon from the home of his parents with the Revs. W. W. Moore, Dave L. Hayes and Gallie Isaac officiating. Burial will be in the Hayes cemetery under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Members of W. O. Johnson Post 89 of the American Legion will hold their rites at the grave. The remains arrived in Louisa, Wednesday and will remain a the funeral home until noon Friday when they will be taken to the home of his parents. Pvt. Hayes, who was born at Jenkins on Jun 12, 1924, attended Louisa and Blaine High Schools. He was employed at the Federal Glass Company at Columbus, OH prior to entering service on Mar 8, 1943. He was wounded in Nettuno, Italy, on Jan 26, 1944,  during the invasion of the Anzio beachhead by the 5th Army. He was taken to the hospital in North Africa, where died. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart. He is survived by his parents, 3 sisters, Mrs. Epp Wright of Ashland, Mrs. James E. Moore and Mrs. Louise Hayes Johnson, both of Columbus, OH and two brothers, Paul e. Hayes of Omaha, NV and Donald Hayes of Columbus, OH. Big Sandy News, Aug 12, 1948

LANGLEY, Katherine (Gudger)
Former Representative Katherine Gudger Langley, 60, daughter of one congressman and widow of another, died Sunday at her home in Pikeville after a brief illness. Mrs. Langley had many friends in Louisa and had often visited here. A Republican and the first woman to serve on her party's state central committee, she was elected to Congress in 1928 and in the old 10th district and was re-elected in 1930. She was one of the most active women in civic and political affairs in Eastern Kentucky. A native of Asheville, NC, she was the daughter of James Madison Gudger, who served in the house for 12 years. She was graduated from the Woman's College, Richmond, VA and after graduate work in Boston taught expression at the Virginia Institute before her marriage in 1903 to John W. Langley, who was a member of the House for 19 years. The Langleys came to Pikeville in 1906 and after her husband, entered Congress she served as his secretary and from 1919 to 1925 was clerk of the Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds. Mrs. Langley was elected to Congress to succeed her husband after he had been convicted on a liquor-law violation and his 2 year sentence was upheld by the United States Supreme Court. He resigned his post as congressman for the then 10th district and in a public statement urged the election of his wife, as his successor. Langley was pardoned by President Coolidge i 1928 and did not seek public office again. Mrs. Langley's interests also included a period as postmaster of Pikeville and church and club work. She was a former grand worthy matron of the Kentucky Eastern Star, president of the Woman's Club, member of the Business and Professional Women's Club and the Baptist Church. She also served as Pike County Red Cross chairman in WWI. She was a member of the State Railroad Commission from 1939 to 1943. She was defeated in a bid for re-election last year. She was also active in the national cancer-fund campaign and served the drive as chairman in Eastern Kentucky for a number of years. Other honors that came to her included that of first chairman of the Kentucky Women's Republican Organization, alternate delegate at large to the Republican National Convention in 1929, district delegate in 1924, and delegate at large in 1928. Survivors are a son, John W. Langley, Jr., of Pikeville and 2 daughters, Mrs. Katherine L. Hinton of Pikeville and Mrs. Susanna Todd of New Castle, PA. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Baptist Church in Pikeville with burial in Johnson Memorial Cemetery.  Big Sandy News, Aug 19, 1948

PACK, Lewis
1948-1948
Funeral services for Lewis Pack, 2 month old son of Willie and Martha Kirk Pack, of Webb, WV, route 1, who died in a local hospital at 12:30 a.m. Friday following an illness of 1 week, were held at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon at the Buffalo Horn Cemetery with the Rev. Sammie Branham officiating. Burial was under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. He is survived by his parents, 2 sisters, 5 brothers,  and grandparents, Mrs. Janie Pack of Louisa and Mr. and Mrs. Mose Kirk of Webb, route 1. Big Sandy News, Aug 19, 1948

PHILLIPS, Maurice Eugene
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Adkins were recently called to Franklin, OH by the accidental death of the latter's nephew, Maurice Eugene Phillips, 4 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Estil Phillips of Franklin, who was struck by a car as he was crossing the road in front of his home and died 30 minutes later in the Middletown hospital. Funeral services were held on Jul 30 in the Evangelical United Brethren Church at Springboro with the Rev. Gale Barklow officiating. Burial was in the Springboro Cemetery under the direction of the Eaton Funeral Home. Surviving are the parents, and older sister, Mary Susan and two grandmothers, Mrs. Sarah Fry of Franklin and Mrs. Melda Phillips of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Aug 12, 1948

RUNYON, Oscar
1896-1948
Funeral services for Oscar Runyon, 52, retired miner of Richardson, who died at 11:30 a.m. Friday morning at his home following an illness of three weeks, were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday from the home with the Revs. Arch Thompson and  ?? Preston officiating. Burial was in the Fitch Cemetery under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Son of the late Alex and Josie Vanhoose Runyon, he was born at Richardson and was a lifelong resident of that community. He had been married to Mrs. Mary Fitch Runyon for 31 years. He is survived by his wife, 2 daughters, Marjorie and Janet Ethel at home, 5 sons, Oscar Runyon, Jr., of Richardson, and Alex, Chester, Randolph and Robert Runyon, at home and 2 brothers, Elro Runyon of Richardson and Columbus Runyon of Virginia. Big Sandy News, Aug 12, 1948

 

SLONE, Joe
Funeral services for  Joe Slone, 76, farmer of Denton for the past 8 years, who according to the verdict of a coroner's jury, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wounds at 6:30 p.m. Thursday were held at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon at the Hindman Cemetery at Hindman. Burial was under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Levi Slone, he was born at Knott. He had been a miner at Garrett prior to moving to Denton. He was married to Mrs. Myrtle Burks Queen 8 years ago. He is survived by his widow, 1 son, Taulby Slone of Garrett and one step daughter, Mrs. Russell Cinley of Pennsylvania. Big Sandy News, Aug 5, 1948

STAMBAUGH, Margaret (Deboard)
1873-1948
Mrs. Margaret Stambaugh, 75, died Jul 21 at her home near Lowmansville after a 4 day illness from a heart condition. Mrs. Stambaugh was the wife of Fred Stambaugh and had lived in Lawrence County all her life. She was the daughter of John and Vandallia Deboard and was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving besides her husband are 4 sons and 2 daughters by a former marriage, J. S. Skaggs, Van Skaggs, Walter Skaggs, of Lowmansville and Brack Skaggs of Gallipolis, OH, Mrs. Ervin Ward of Wheelwright and Mrs. Earl C. Sagraves of Langsville, OH. Big Sandy News, Aug 5, 1948

THOMPSON, F. W. (Buddy)
1874-1948
Funeral services for F. W. (Buddy) Thompson, 75, who died at his home at Sidney, WV at 4:30 a.m. Thursday following a 3 weeks illness, were held at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon at the Hopewell Methodist Church in Sidney with the Revs. Thomas Vaughan and Carmie Crabtree officiating. Burial was in the Smith Cemetery near Coleman, WV under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Mr. Thompson was  born in Fort Gay on Jan 26, 1874, son of the late Edwin and Mary Ellen Crabtree Thompson. He had lived at Sidney most of his life. He had been retired from the occupations of farmer and merchant for 5 years.. He had been a member of the Methodist Church for over 50 years, a member of the Masonic lodge at Wayne and was a member of the draft board at Wayne during World War II. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Martha Jane Huff Thompson, to whom he had been married for 50 years, 1 daughter, Mrs. J. C. David of Williamson, 2 sons, Henry of Sidney and Bruce F. of Williamson, 3 brothers, H. P. and John L. of Sidney and F. B. of Fort Gay. Big Sandy News, Aug 26, 1948

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ASLETT, Sidney
1871-1948
Funeral services for Sidney Aslett, 77, who died at his home in Louisa at 1:10 p.m. Thursday following an illness of four months, were held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Young Funeral Home with the Rev. J. C. Hager officiating. Burial was in the Pinehill Cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Son of the late Frederick and Emily Daniels Aslett of England, he was born in Marietta, OH on Jul 25, 1871. He was a retired blacksmith for the McJunkin Supply Company and had been a resident of Louisa for 20 years. He had been a member of the First Baptist Church for 20 years. He is survived by his wife, Fanny of Louisa 1 daughter, Anita Ann at home, and 1 sister, Anita Aslett of Parkersburg, WV. Big Sandy News, Sep 23, 1948

AUSTIN, Drusilla (Moore)
1870-1948
Funeral services for Mrs. Drusilla Austin, 78, who died at her home on Louisa, route 3, at 12:30 a.m. Monday following an illness of 13 weeks, were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon at the Savage Memorial Methodist Church at Fallsburg with the Rev. Gallie Isaac officiating. Burial was in the Austin Cemetery at Fallsburg under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Daughter of the late William H. and Margaret Thompson Moore, she was born at Busseyville on Jan 4, 1870. She had lived on route 3 for 49 years and had been a member of the Methodist Church for 64 years. She is survived by her husband, Floyd Henry Austin, 2 daughters: Mrs. William Collier of South Webster, OH, Mrs. George Schultz of Antioch, IL; 3 sons: William C. Austin of Columbus, OH, John Elbert Austin of Louisa, and E. E. Austin of Louisa; 2 sisters: Mrs. Rose Austin of Allen, KY and Mrs. Maggie Shortridge of Ashland, 2 brothers: Rev. Mart Moore of Fallsburg and Billie Moore of McArthur, OH; 15 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Sep 9, 1948

BOGGS, Harold E.
1922-1944
A military funeral for PFC Harold E. Boggs of Blaine, son of Arthur and Ollie Kazee Boggs, who died from a Japanese sniper's bullet on Leyte in the Philippine Islands on Nov 10, 1944, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon at the residence of Dr. Bailey in Blaine with the Rev. Wm. W. Moore officiating. Burial will be in the Boggs Cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. The American Legion will hold their rites at the grave. The body will arrive in Louisa on Friday and will remain at the funeral home until time for the funeral. PFC Boggs was born at Blaine on Apr 1, 1922. Before his enlistment in the Army on Nov 3, 1942, he was employed at Armco. He served with the 96th Division. He is survived by his parents of Louisa, 2 sisters, Mrs. Harold Lester of Ashville, OH and Mrs. Maxwell Evans of  Fredrickstown, OH and 3 brothers, Russell Boggs of Ashland and Stacy and Howard Boggs both of Columbus. Big Sandy News, Sep 2, 1948

BRANHAM, Jack Allen
1948-1948
Graveside funeral services for Jack Allen Branham, infant son of Edgar A. and Joy Moore Branham of Louisa, who died early Friday morning in a local hospital were conducted at 10:30 Monday morning at the Pine Hill Cemetery with the Rev. J. C. Hager officiating. Burial was under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. He is survived by his parents and grandparents, Rev. and Mrs. William W. Moore of Louisa and Mrs. Effie Branham of Fallsburg and Ned G. Branham of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Sep 23, 1948

BURGESS, Harriet Elizabeth
1922-1948
Funeral services for Miss Harriet Elizabeth Burgess, 26, who died at her home in Louisa Thursday night at 9:55 p.m. following an illness of 15 months, were held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 at the St. James A.M.E. Church with the Rev. Cecil Hill of Huntington officiating. Burial was in the Wallace Cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Daughter of Imogene Wallace Burgess and the late Homer Harrison Burgess, she was born in Williamson, WV on Jul 18,1922. She was a lifelong resident of Louisa and a lifelong member of the St. James A.M.E. Church. She is survived by her mother, 1 sister, Miss Georgianna Burgess, at home, one brother, Homer Burgess of New York, NY and a grandmother, Mrs. Georgia Johns of Louisa. Pallbearers were Francis Burgess, Harry B. Matney, Jr., Alex Clark, Lewis B. Freese, Elliott Jones, Jr. and John Reed, III. Big Sandy News, Sep 23, 1948

BURTON, Dennie Warren
1880-1948
Funeral services for Dennie Warren Burton, 68, resident of Adams for 45 years, whose body was discovered in a corn field near his home several hours after he had died of a heart attack about 10 a.m. Friday morning, were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday morning at the Dry Ridge Church with the Revs. C. W. Moore and Tommy Moore officiating. Burial was in the Prince Cemetery on Dry Ridge under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Mr. Burton was born at Irad, son of Mrs. Charlotte Prince Burton and the late George Greenville Burton. He is survived by his : wife, Emma Ball Burton,  2 daughters: Mrs. Robert Carter of Columbus, OH and Mrs. Herbert Jiles of Columbus; 5 sons: James Hobart Burton of Columbus, Carl Clinton Burton of Columbus, William Celsus Burton of Washington Court House, Hager Harding Burton of Columbus, and George Elza Burton of Columbus; mother: Mrs. Charlotte Burton of Irad, KY; 4 sisters: Mrs. Bertha Sturgill of Oceanside, CA, Mrs. Flora Chaffin of Springfield, Mrs. Harley Morris of Springfield, and Mrs. Jay Thompson of Ashland; 4 brothers: S. W. Burton of Ellen, KY, John Burton of Irad, Arlie Burton of Columbus, William Burton of Columbus; 17 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Sep 9, 1948

 

CHURCH, Belva
1904-1948
Funeral services for Miss Belva Church, 48, lifelong invalid who died at the home of her parents, Dock and Sophia Ratcliff Church, at Dennis at 1 p.m. Friday, were held at 10 a.m. Sunday from the home with the Rev. Fred Vanhorn officiating. Burial was in the Holley cemetery under the direction of Young Funeral Home. She was born in 1904. She is survived by her parents, 3 brothers: Lon Church, Dennis, KY, Jay Church, Columbus, OH, and George Church, Columbus, OH; 1 aunt: Mrs. Deliah Kitchen of Yatesville. Big Sandy News, Sep 9, 1948

 

CORDLE, Kathrin
1948-1948
Funeral services for Kathrin Cordle, 4 month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jennings Cordle  of West Jefferson, Oh, who died at home following a ten hour illness of influenza, were held at 10 Monday morning at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Simeon Arrington at Cordell with the Rev. Jake Fraley officiating, Burial was in the Cordle Cemetery. She is survived by her parents, 2 sisters and 1 brother. Big Sandy News, Sep 9, 1948

DANIEL, Thomas J. Jr.
1918-1944
A military funeral service for Sgt. Thomas Daniel, Jr., 26 of Fort Gay, who died Dec 3, 1944, in a Lorraine, France hospital 6 hours after he had been wounded in an invasion, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon at the Tabors Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. J. C. Hager officiating. Burial will be in the Lycan Cemetery under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Members of the W. O. Johnson Post No. 89 of the American Legion will hold their rites at the grave. Son of Thomas J. Daniel of Fort Gay and the late Seliena Gillum Daniel, he was born at Glenwood, KY, on August 13, 1918. He attended the Glenwood Ridge school and spent 13 months with the civilian conservation corps. Prior to his death, he had been a resident of Fort Gay for 11 year. He was employed by the Home Nursery at Fort Gay. He enlisted in the Army at Wayne on April 15, 1941. He went directly to France from this country and was wounded as he was leaving the ship. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart. He is survived by his father and stepmother, Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Daniel of Fort Gay, his former wife, Mrs. Nora Howell Wells of  Ashland, to whom he was married in 1943; 1 sister, Mrs. E. R. Coon of Columbus, OH, 2 half sisters , Martha and Evelyn Daniel, at home, 2 brothers, Shelby of Dayton, OH and Elmer of the Hawaiian Islands and 4 half brothers, Henry, Ray and Hubert at home and Ernest of Lodi, OH. Big Sandy News, Sep 23, 1948

ELLIS, Pvt. Charles E.
1921-1943
ELLIS, Pvt. Ira V.
1925-1945
Joint military funeral services will be held for Pvt. Charles E. Ellis and Pvt. Ira V. Ellis, son of Curtis and Esther McCommas Ellis of Prichard, route 1, who were killed in action in the European theater of war, on Sunday Oct 3 at 2:30 p.m. The Rev. Dave Hewlett will officiate at the services which will be held in the Bellamy Chapel at Hubbardstown, WV. Burial in a double grave will be in the Ellis Cemetery near Hubbardstown under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Pvt. Charles E. Ellis, 22 was killed near Naples, Italey while serving with the infantry on Dec 30, 1943. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart. He was born at Prichard, route 1, on Jan 15, 1921 and lived there all his life except for 2 years in Rittman, OH, where he was employed by the Box Board Company. He entered service on Feb 11, 1943 at Wayne, WV; Members of W. O. Johnson Post No. 89 of the American Legion will hold their rites at the grave.

Pvt. Ira V. Ellis, 19, was killed in action while serving with the infantry in Germany on Mar 23, 1945. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart. He was born at Prichard, route 1, on Jun 29, 1925 and lived there all his life. Prior to his entering service at Wayne on Sep 7, 1944, he had been employed as a painter for the N & W Railway for 4 months. Members of the Charles Vancouver Post No. 153 of the American Legion will hold their rites at the grave. The bodies will arrive in Louisa Friday morning Sep 24 and will be taken to the Curtright Funeral Home where they will remain until Oct 2 when they will be taken to the home of the parents on Little Hurricane near Hubbardstown. They are survived by their parents, 2 sisters, Mrs. Charles Cottrell of Akron, OH and Miss Emogene Ellis, at home; 3 brothers, Homer L. of Orrville, OH, James Russell and Douglas Arthur both at home and the grandmother, Mrs. Laura McCommas of Prichard. Big Sandy news, Sep 23, 1948

ENDICOTT, James Ernest
1948-1948
Funeral services for  James Ernest Endicott, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Endicott of Fort Gay, route  1, who died in a local hospital on Sunday, were held at 4 p.m. Monday afternoon at the Endicott cemetery on Tabors Creek with the Rev. Sammie Branham of Webb, WV, officiating. Burial was under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. He is survived by his parents, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. E. Z. Endicott of Fort Gay, route 1, and Mr. and Mrs. Butler Charles of Pikeville. Big Sandy News, Sep 9, 1948

FERGUSON, William Louis
William Louis Ferguson, 65, of Huntington, who owned and operated a clothing store here prior to moving to Huntington in 1919, died last Wednesday in Beckley, WV hospital following a brief illness. Son of the lat William MacDonald and Angeline Stratton Ferguson, he was born in Floyd County. For the past 14 years, he had been a sales representative in the Williamson area for the United Woolen Company of Columbus. He was a member of the Masonic Order, affiliated with Apperson Lodge of Louisa. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Josie Loar Ferguson, a son, W. Loar Ferguson of Lombard, IL, 2 daughters, Mrs. J. Fred Wilkes of LaGrange, IL and Mrs. Jack C. Crites of Huntington, 2 sisters, Mrs. A. P. Gibson of Huntington and Mrs. Stella Cackill of Pikeville and 2 grandchildren, Carolyn Wilkes and Josie Ferguson of Huntington. Big Sandy News, Sep 30, 1948

HALL, William Gene
1929-1948
Funeral services were held at 10 Wednesday morning for William Gene Hall, 19, son of George William and Algie Cordle Hall of Galloway, OH, route 1, who died in a Columbus hospital from injuries received in an automobile accident 3 weeks prior to his death at 1:15 p.m. Monday. The services were held at the home of Dow Cook of Adams with the Revs. Jarret Cordle and Arthur Morris officiating. Burial was in the Morris Cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. He was born at Adams on Sep 14, 1929. He had been a resident of Galloway, OH, route 1, where he was a farmer for 2 years. He is survived by his parents, 4 sisters, Mrs. Richard Bamwinkle of Columbus, OH, Misses Anna Jewell, Ruth and Marjorie, all at home, 7 brothers, Willard Hall, stationed with the U. S. Army at Honolulu, P.I., Millard Hall, stationed with the U. S. Air Force at Fort Dix, NJ and Evans, Clarence, Georgie, Jackie and Gary, all at home, and the grandparents, Mrs. Mary Hall of Adams and Mathias Cordle of Cordell. Big Sandy news, Sep 30, 1948

JAMES, Lucy
Mrs. Lucy Frances James, 60, of Glenhayes, WV, died in a Huntington hospital at 6 p.m. Wednesday where she had been a patient a month and 3 days. She had been ill since February. She was the daughter of the late Billie Dan and Stacey Webb Artrip and had been a member of the Christian Church for 20 years and a member of the Freewill Baptist Church of Glenhayes for 20 years. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 Saturday afternoon from the Salt Petre Church with the Rev. Wm. W. Moore officiating. Burial will be in the Wellman Cemetery near Salt Petre under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. She is survived by her husband, Frank James, to whom she had been married 38 years; 5 daughters, Mrs. Lizzie Frazier of Glenhayes, Mrs. Ora Crum of Louisa, Mrs. Homer Maynard and Mrs. John Henry Meade of Delbarton, WV and Mrs. Ercell Sammons of Crum, WV, 4 sons, Chris, Jessie Edward and Johnny Lynn of Glenhayes and Frank James, Jr., of Louisa; 2 sisters, Mrs. Minnie Perry of Fort Gay and Mrs. Alex Hitchcock of Orlando, FL; 3 brothers, Ed and O. J. Artrip of Glenhayes and Martin Artrip of Fort Gay; 1 half brother, Freelon Holt of Ohio; 21 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Big Sandy News, Sep 16, 1948

KELLEY,
1948-1948
Funeral services for the infant daughter of Willie E. and Ruby Jane Fitzpatrick Kelley of Ironton, OH, who died at 4 a.m. Sunday in an Ironton hospital, were held at the Wallace Cemetery at Glenhayes, WV Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. She is survived by her parents, 1 sister, Janice Carol Frazier, 1 brother, Larry Frazier at home and her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. George Kelley of Glenhayes and Mr. and Mrs. Shelton Fitzpatrick of Clifford. Big Sandy News, Sep 23, 1948

MCCLENDON, Thomas Levi, Jr.
The mysterious murder of Thomas Levi McClendon, Jr., 30, of Antioch, TN, who was employed as a machine operator at Oak Ridge, TN was still unsolved Thursday morning but Lawrence County and state police were investigating every clue. McClendon's partially decomposed and bullet-riddled body was found about 5 p.m. Tuesday afternoon 2 miles south of here on route 23, about 100 feet from the Three Mile Road by Kermit Robinette, 21, who detected an odor while walking along the highway and upon investigation, found the body lying in the brush down a five-foot embankment. The body was clad only in shorts, an undershirt and shoes. A remnant of his shirt was found on his arm. Police believe he had been dead 5 days when found. Dr. Henry S. Young, Lawrence County coroner, reported that a picture pass-card of the E. J. Keating Co., dated 1931 and expiring in Dec 1949, was found about 10 feet from the body. The card bore powder burns, and according to the coroner, had been punctured as if by a bullet. The body was taken to the Young Funeral Home. Oak Ridge relatives were contacted by the officers and two brothers, W. O. and W. J. arrived Wednesday night with a representative of the Phillip Robinson and Co., Funeral Directors in Nashville. They told police that the murder victim had left Oak Ridge Friday morning for North Carolina where he was to meet friends. Robbery was indicated by the absence of the dead man's wallet. The Tennessee man was described as having brown hair, blue eyes, 5 feet 9 1/2 inches in height and weighed about 160 pounds. A wrist watch, its had stopped at 12:30, was on the left wrist and clutched in the left hand was a piece of still-wrapped chewing gum. The victim was a veteran of WWII, serving 4 years in service, 2 of which were in the Pacific Theater. He is survived by his parents, 4 sisters and 2 brothers. An autopsy will be performed in Nashville today. Big Sandy News, Sep 9, 1948

NEWSOME, Pfc William
1923-1944
A military funeral service for Pfc. William Newsome, 20, son of Hez and Nora Day Newsome of Louisa, route 4, who was killed in action at Cassino, Italy on Jan 21, 1944, while serving with the Infantry, will be held at 2:30 Friday afternoon at the Carter Cemetery on Five Forks with the Rev. J. C. Hager officiating. If the weather is bad, the services will be at Myrtle's Chapel. The body will remain at the Curtright Funeral Home until time for the service. Members of the W.O. Johnson Post No. 89 of the American Legion will give military honors at the grave. Pfc. Newsome was born at Louisa, route 3, on Sep 20, 1923. He was a lifelong resident of route 4 where he was a farmer. He spent 3 months at Cave City, KY with the civilian conservation corps. He entered service on Feb 16, 1942. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and was buried in the U. S. Military Cemetery at Marzanelle Neuve, Italy.  He is survived by his parents, 4 sisters, Mrs. George Nolan of Catlettsburg, Mrs. Jack Woods of Zelda and misses Mary and Cora, at home and 3 brothers, Henry of Louisa, Ed of Louisa route 3 and Donald at home. Big Sandy News, Sep 23, 1948

NOE, Elizabeth Kyle (Jarrel)
Mrs. Elizabeth Kyle Noe, 85, life long resident of Fort Gay, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Garland Thompson, with whom she had lived for 5 years, at 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, following a short illness. She was the daughter of the late Rev. William and Mary Jane Lycan Jarrel. She had been a member of the Old Pleasant Baptist Church for 60 years. Her first husband, William Harvey Pauley, died 30 years ago. Her second husband, T. H. Noe, preceded her in death in 1923. A double funeral service will be held for Mrs. Noe and her grandson, Pfc. Norman T. Pauley at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon from the Old Pleasant Baptist Church near Effie, WV with the Rev. M. B. Riggs and Rev. Carmie Crabtree officiating. Burial will be in the Jarrel Cemetery under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. The body will be removed to the home of Mrs. Garland Thompson in Fort Gay at 4 p.m. Friday afternoon. She is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. Daisy Vinson and Mrs. Garland Thompson, both of Fort Gay, 1 son, William Pauley of Fort Gay, route 1, 1 sister, Mrs. L. K. Vinson of Fort Gay, a brother, Wayne Jarrel of  Fort Gay, 13 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. Big Sandy News, Sep 3, 1948

NOE, John Patrick
1948-1948
Funeral services for John Patrick Noe, 11 day old son of  S. B. and Lola A. Jones Noe of Fort Gay, who died in a local hospital at 8:30 Friday night, were held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Noe Cemetery in Fort Gay with the Rev. L. M. Rogers officiating. Burial was under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. The infant had been ill since his birth in a Louisa hospital on Sep 13, 1948. He is survived by his parents, 4 sisters, Cheryl, Lobeda, Alzada, and Lucinda, all at home and the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Noe of Fort Gay, WV and Mrs. Daza Jones of McClure, OH. Big Sandy News, Sep 30, 1948

PAULEY, Norman T.
1908-1944
A military funeral service for Pfc. Norman T. Pauley, 36, son of William and Ona Thompson Pauley of Fort Gay, route 1, near Effie, WV, who was killed in action near Kirrberg, France on Nov 25, 1944, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon from the Old Pleasant Baptist church near Effie with the Revs. M. B. Riggs and Carmie Crabtree officiating. Burial will be in the Jarrel Cemetery under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Veterans of Foreign Ward Mad Anthony Post No. 8386 of Wayne will give military honors at the grave. pallbearers will be members of the Mad Anthony Post. The body arrived in Louisa, Wednesday morning and was taken to the funeral home, It will be removed to  the home of his parents, Saturday morning. Pfc. Pauley, who was awarded the Purple Heart posthumously, served in the 53rd Armored Infantry Battalion of the fourth Armored Division. He was born Sep 3, 1908 and was a lifelong resident of Fort Gay, route 1. Prior to his enlistment on Apr 8, 1942, he was a farmer by occupation. He went overseas on Dec 11, 1943. He is survived by his parents, 1  brother, Cecil C. of Fort Gay, route 1, and a grandmother, Mrs. Elizabeth Kyle Noe of Fort Gay. Big Sandy News, Sep 9,1 948

PRICE, Mary Jane
1869-1948
Funeral services  for Mrs. Mary Jane Price, who died at 2:35 Saturday afternoon at her home near Louisa following an illness of 7 months, were held at 3 p.m. Monday afternoon at the Curtright Funeral Home with the Rev. J. C. Hager officiating. Burial was in the Pine Hill Cemetery. Daughter of the late James and Rita Blevins Price, she was born at Richardson and lived most of her life in Louisa. She is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. Emma R. Tincher and Mrs. Sadie E. Bowe of Ashland; 3 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Sep 9, 1948

RATCLIFFE, William
Funeral services for William Ratcliffe, 70, lifelong resident of Clifford, who was killed instantly in an automobile accident near Logan, WV at 9:40 a.m. Sunday, were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon from the home with the Rev. Nelson Hughes officiating. Burial was in the Ratcliffe Cemetery near Clifford under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Members of the American Legion 195 of which he was a member, held their ritual at the grave. Mr. Ratcliffe and 8 relatives were going to Logan to visit relatives when the accident occurred. In order to avoid a collision with 2 cars, one of which was passing another on a curve, his grandson, Billy, who was driving, headed the car to the ditch side. After the cars had passed, the car swerved back across the road to the left side where it wrecked. Mr. Ratcliffe, who was thrown from the car, died instantly from head injuries. The other seven passengers suffered slight injuries. They were, Mrs. William Ratcliffe, Mrs. Dan Ratcliffe, Mrs. Billy Ratcliffe, Miss Jewell Ratcliffe, granddaughter, Roy Ratcliffe, grandson and Mrs. Gale Sammons all of Clifford. Son of the late Albert and Diccie Marcum Ratcliffe, he was born at Clifford where he lived his entire life. After being employed by the N & W Railway company for 28 years, he retired 6 years ago and since that time had been farming. In addition to being a member of the Apperson Lodge 195, he was a member of the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen. He is survived by his widow, Etta Frazier Ratcliffe, to whom he had been married 48 years, 3 daughters, Mrs. W. A. Hall and Mrs. Gray Maynard, both of Louisa and Mrs. Jerry Pettit of Columbus, OH; 2 sons, Dan of Glenhayes and James of Clifford, 1 sister, Mrs. D. D. Frazier of Kenova; 3 brothers, Garred R. of Kenova, Bob of Clifford, and J. E. of Huntington, 21 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Sep 16, 1948

RICKMAN, George Breckinridge
1863-1948
George Breckinridge Rickman, 84, last of a family of 16 children, and father of 12 children, died at midnight Wednesday Aug 25 in Portsmouth General hospital following an illness of 8 weeks. For the past 2 1/2 years he made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Robert Johnson, 2946 Gallia St., Portsmouth, OH; Mr. Rickman was born Nov 8, 1863, in Tazewell Co., VA, but he lived most of his life in Zelda, KY. At Zelda he attended the Methodist Church and served as Sunday School superintendent for many years. After leaving Zelda, he moved to Pleasantville, OH, where he was mayor of the town for 7 years. Surviving are 2 sons, C. W. Rickman, 3115 Walnut St., Portsmouth, OH and Addison Rickman, Columbus, OH and 7 daughters, Mrs. Robert Johnson of Portsmouth, OH, Mrs. B.O. Workman and Mrs. L. W. Phillips of Huntington, WV, Mrs. Samuel Chandler, Mrs. Howard Lovely and Mrs. Walter Cockenoure, all of Columbus, OH and Mrs. James Clayton of Tampa, FL. He also had 9 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. His wife, Mrs. Virginia Skeens Rickman, preceded him in death in 1915. Also preceded in death were 2 sons, 1 daughter, 7 brothers and 8 sisters. Funeral services were held at his daughter's home Saturday at 2 p.m. with Rev. Hollie Conley in charge. Interment was a the Memorial Park, Portsmouth, OH. Big Sandy News, Sep 2, 1948

ROBERTS, Annie (Burchett)
1870-1948
Funeral services for Mrs. Annie Burchett Roberts, 78, who died at her home on Louisa, route 3, at noon Saturday following an illness of 1 month, where held at 2 p.m. Sunday from the home with the Rev. S. B. Ball officiating. Burial was in the Roberts Cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Daughter of the late Calvin and Sarah Ann Adams Burchett, she was born and lived all her life on Louisa, route 3, where she was a housewife. She was preceded in death 6 years ago by her husband, Ulysses Grant Roberts. She is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. Hez Davis of Stiltner, WV and Mrs. Esham Thompson of Columbus, OH; 4 sons, George Roberts of Louisa, route 3, Carlos Roberts of Louisa route 3, McKinley Roberts of Busseyville and Milard Roberts of Louisa route 3; 1 sister, Mrs. Eliza Carter of Louisa route 3, 14 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Sep 23, 1948

ROSE, Andrew
Andrew Rose, 72, retired farmer, died at his home at Walbridge at 4:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon following an illness of six months. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon from the Miller Cemetery on Louisa, route 1, with the Revs. Jack See and G. York officiating. Burial was under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. He was a member of the Baptist Church and was the son of the late Edward and Amanda Thompson Rose. His first wife, Martha Brown Rose, preceded him in death 3 1/2 years ago. He is survived by his widow, Belle York Rose, 4 daughters, Mrs. Green Moore of Ashland, Mrs. Monroe Thompson of Charley, Mrs. Homer Sparks of Columbus and Miss Sue Rose at home; 6 sons, Joe of Louisa, route 1, Earbie and Woodrow, both of Louisa, route 2, John of Louisa, Paul of Charleston, WV and James of Columbus, 2 stepdaughters, Mrs.  Fred See and Mrs. Junior Fitzpatrick, both of Toledo, OH, 7 step sons, Tommy Waldon and Henry York both of Louisa, route 2, Edgill Waldon of Columbus, OH, Millard Waldon of Monroe, MI, Jay York of Richmond, VA, Elmer York of Louisa and Kenneth York, at home; 3 half brothers, Spurge and Arbie Rose  both of Paintsville, and Charlie Rose of Catlettsburg, 36 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Sep 23, 1948

SHANNON, Bird (Roberts)
Mrs. Bird Roberts Shannon, 57, formerly of Busseyville, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ray Heck, in Columbus, OH, Tuesday afternoon following an illness of 1 year. Daughter of Mrs. Lyda Wellman Roberts of Louisa and the late George Garfield Roberts, she was born at Busseyville. She had lived in Columbus for 10 years and had been a member of the Westminister Presbyterian church in Columbus for 4 years. Her husband, Charles C. Shannon, preceded her in death on Jul 12, 1928. A short funeral service will be held in Columbus Thursday afternoon. The body will arrive in Louisa Friday morning and will be removed from the Curtright Funeral Home at 9 a.m. Friday morning to the Roberts Cemetery at Busseyville. A short service will be held at the cemetery with the Rev. E. P. Swann officiating. She is survived by her mother, 4 daughters, Mrs. Ray Heck, Mrs. David Murday, Mrs. Elbert Damron and Mrs. Cecil Barnette, all of Columbus, 3 sons, Wm. G. Shannon of Louisa, route 2, Warrant Officer Charles H. Shannon of Tokyo, and Bruce Shannon of Columbus, 6 sisters, Misses Mary Kathleen and Sophia, all of Louisa, Mrs. Milt Bradley of Louisa, route 1, Mrs. Crit  See of  Gallion, OH and Mrs. T. W. O'Neal of Bremerton, WA; 3 brothers, Wilbur Roberts of Ashland, Al of  Haver Hill, OH, and Harry H. of Louisa and 12 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Sep 9, 1948

SHORTRIDGE, Myrtle Louise
Funeral services for Myrtle Louise Shortridge, 11 who died late Thursday afternoon a few minutes after she was shot in the right thigh and chest by her 15 year old brother, Robert, who thought his 16 gauge shotgun was not loaded, were held at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon from the home of her parents, Garland and Irene Vanhorn Shortridge, at Cadmus with the Rev. David Hewlett officiating. Burial was in the Collinsworth Cemetery under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. An inquest was conducted by Dr. Henry S. Young, Lawrence County coroner, who said that Robert had returned from hunting to find his sister gathering nuts in a hickory tree. Thinking he had unloaded his gun, he jokingly told her "Throw me some nuts or I'll shoot you out of there". He said his sister replies "Well, shoot.". She was a member of the fifth grade at Green Valley School. She is survived by her parents, 3 sisters, Dorothy Aileen, Sally Frances and Katherine Jean, all at home, 3 brothers, Robert, William Thomas and Garland, Jr., all at home and her grandmother, Mrs. Sarah Shortridge, of Cadmus. Big Sandy News, Sep 16, 1948

SMITH, Sarah (Skaggs)
Funeral services for Mrs. Sarah Jane Smith, 61, who died at the county home at 3 a.m. Wednesday morning, were held at 4 Wednesday afternoon from the county home with the Rev. Wm. W. Moore officiating. Burial was in the county cemetery under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Skaggs, she was born at Skaggs. She is survived by two daughters, Miss Sadie Smith of Springfield, OH and Mrs. Effie Payne of Parkersburg, WV; 1 son, Leo Reeves of Louisville and 1 sister, Della Bryant of Georges Creek. Big Sandy News, Sep 30, 1948

WEBB, Flora (Roberts)
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon for Mrs. Flora Roberts Webb, 60, who died Thursday evening at her home at Bells Trace following an illness of one year. She is survived by her husband, Charles H. Webb, 3 daughters, Ruby and Wilma at home, and Mrs. Effie Thompson, of Circleville, OH, 6 sons, Clifford of Ashland, Denver of Circleville, OH, and Woodrow, Elwood, Chester, and Charles, Jr., all at home, 3 brothers and 5 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Sep 2, 1948

WEBB, Louella (Meenach)
Funeral services for Mrs. Louella Meenach Webb, 86, who died at her home in Catlettsburg early Saturday morning following an extended illness, were held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 at the Missionary Baptist Church at Glenwood. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Theodore Coburn of South Webster, OH and Mrs. Eden Fannin of Catlettsburg. Big Sandy News, Sep 2, 1948

WOODS, Eugene
1920-1944
A military funeral service for Pvt. Eugene Woods, 24, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Woods, of Kenova, WV, formerly of Webbville, who was killed in action during the invasion of Leyte in the Philippine Islands on Oct 25, 1944 will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon at the Wayne Avenue Baptist Church in Kenova with the Revs. Sherman Woods and S. M. Mead officiating. Burial will be in the Williams Cemetery at Ashland under the direction of the Rollins Funeral Home. The American Legion post of Kenova will hold rites at the grave. The body will be taken to the Woods residence at 1 p.m. Saturday from the funeral home. Pvt. Woods was born at Webbville May 8, 1920. He moved in 1936, with his parents, to Kenova where his father is a merchant. He is survived by his parents, 3 sisters, Mrs. Ernest Hazard of Washington, D. C., Misses Hope and Raynell, both at home and an aunt, Mrs. Milt Stansberry of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Sep 2, 1948

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BALL, J. D.
1868-1948
Funeral services for J. D. Ball, 80, retired farmer who died at 9:45 a.m. Sunday morning at his home in Mattie following a year's illness, were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon at the Cando Church at Mattie with the Rev. William W. Moore and the Rev. Gallie Isaac officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Son of the late Greenville and Fanny Thompson Ball, he was born at Mattie and lived there all his life. He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. He was married to Molly Moore in 1893. He is survived by his wife, 1 daughter, Mrs. W. A. Hayes of Louisa and a sister, Mrs. Rhoda Wheeler of Blaine. Big Sandy News, Oct 28, 1948

BOLDMAN, Minnie Lane (Haws)
1868-1948
Mrs. Minnie Lane Haws Boldman, who was born in Louisa on Feb 19, 1868, died on Sep 21 at the home of her daughter Mrs. Kenneth Blackburn at Everett, WA route 4. Mrs. Haws was the last of a family of 10 and was well-known in Louisa years ago. Big Sandy News, Oct 7, 1948

CAREY, Mary (Vernatter)
1865-1948
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Carey, 83, of Delbarton, WV, who died at 11:55 p.m. Friday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jay Spillman, on Louisa, route 3, following an illness of 1 day, were held at 2 p.m. Monday afternoon from the United Baptist Church at Delbarton with the Rev. Jake Maynard officiating. Burial was in the Vernatter Cemetery. The body was removed from the Curtright Funeral Home to Delbarton on Monday. Mrs. Carey, who had been visiting her daughter a week when death occurred, was born at Delbarton on May 10, 1865, daughter of the late Theodore and Franky Chaffin Vernatter. She was preceded in death 19 years ago by her husband, Lewis Carey. She resided at Naugatuck, WV for several years and was a member of the Church of God at Delbarton for 20 years. She is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. Spillman and Mrs. Viola Evans of Hansford, WV and 2 sons, Carless of Rochester, Pa and Henry of Lexington. Big Sandy News, Oct 28, 1948

CHAPMAN, E. M.
1887-1948
Funeral services for E. M. Chapman, 61, who died at his home in Fort Gay at 6:30 Friday morning following an illness of 21 days, were held at 2:30 Sunday afternoon under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home at the Fort Gay Methodist Church with the Rev. J. C. Hager and Rev. P. F. Rose officiating. Following the service, the body was cremated and on Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. the ashes were cast into the Tug River from the toll bridge at Williamson, WV Members of the O'Brien Chapter No. 101 of the Masonic Lodge held their rites at the bridge. Son of the late James M. and Ruth Ellen Childers Chapman, he was born at Gallup. He had moved from Williamson to Fort Gay 3 years ago. Prior to his retirement 2 years ago, he was a freight conductor for the Pocahontas division of the N & W Railway for 36 years. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 101 at Williamson, WV. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Tamsey Pinson Chapman, 1 daughter, Donna Gale Chapman, at home,  3 sisters, Mrs. S. G. Bryant of Sciotoville, OH, Mrs. L. D. Billups and Mrs. Lace Workman, both of Fort Gay, and three brothers, E. A. Chapman of Portsmouth, OH, C. C. Chapman of Williamson, WV and A. A. Chapman of Leonse, WV. Big Sandy News, Oct 14, 1948

DERIFIELD, William Campbell
1857-1948
Funeral services for William Campbell Derifield, 91, retired farmer of Clifford, who died at 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon at the home of his son, Charley, at Clifford following a 2 years illness, were held at 2 p.m. Monday afternoon from the home of his son with the Rev. Nelson Hughes officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Son of David and Fannie Derifield, he was born at Castlewoods, VA on Feb 5, 1857. He had been a resident of Clifford for 65 years and was a member of the United Baptist Church for 20 years. His wife, Anna Elizabeth Ingie Derifield, preceded him in death in1941. He is survived by 4 daughters, Mrs. Sam Branham of Louisa, Mrs. Taylor Frazier of Ashland, Mrs. Bill Martin of Webb, route 1, and Mrs. Frank Peters, of Clifford, 2 sons, Charley and Millard, both of Clifford, 34 grandchildren and 51 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Oct 28, 1948

EDWARDS, Hezkiah
Funeral services for Hezkiah Edwards, 57, former resident of Lawrence County, who died in the Memorial hospital at Williamson last Thursday were held at the home of his brother, George Edwards at 2 p.m. Sunday with the Rev. C. S. Pennington, officiating. He is survived by his wife, 4 children, mother and 8 brothers and sisters. Big Sandy news, Oct 28, 1948

ENDICOTT, Samuel
1867-1948
Funeral services for Samuel Endicott, 81, lifelong resident of Job in Martin County, who died at 3:10 a.m. Thursday in the Ironton General hospital after an illness of 10 days were held at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon from the home with the Rev. Sammy Branham officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Son of the late John and Catherine Chaffin Endicott he was born at Job on June 24, 1867. He was a farmer and had been a member of the Baptist Church for 27 years. His wife, Lovina Ward Endicott, preceded him in death 7 years ago. He is survived by 3 daughters, Mrs. Henry Copley of Williamson, WV, Mrs. B. A. Orr of Starrett, WV and Mrs. Bill Blackburn of Job, 4 sons, Russell of Williamson, WV, and Gilbert and Dewey, both of Job and 4 brothers, Joshua and Marion, both of Job, Ransom of Louisa, route 2, and Ezekial of Fort Gay, route 1, Big Sandy News, Oct 7, 1948

HALL, Nola (Cordle-Lambert)
1903-1948
Funeral services for Mrs. Nola Lambert hall, 45, who died following a hemorrhage of the lungs at 11 a.m. Sunday near her home at Adams, were held in Columbus, OH, Wednesday. Burial was in the Obetz Cemetery in Columbus. The body was removed to Columbus from the Young Funeral Home on Tuesday afternoon. A coroner's inquest was held by Dr. Henry S. Young at the funeral home Monday morning. Mrs. Hall was on her way home from her mother-in-law's when her death occurred. Her body was discovered about noon by one of her small children. Daughter of Ella Adams Cordle and the late Hugh Cordle, she was born at Cordell on Oct 6, 1903. She was a resident of Columbus, OH for 26 years and had resided at Adams for 14 months. She had been married to James Virgil Hall for 2 1/2 years. She is survived by her husband, mother, Mrs. Hugh Cordle of Ashland, 11 children by a former marriage, Mrs. Jack Frazie, Mrs. Ed Puckett, and Mrs. Clarence Tucker, all of Columbus, and Misses Maybell, Mary Ellen, Ruth and Wanda Lou Lambert, all at home, Jack Lambert of the U. S. Navy, and Glen, Robert and Johnny, at home; 7 sisters, Mrs. Russell Cordle and Mrs. Roy Moore, both of Ashland, Mrs. Lindsey Moore of Adams, Mrs. Jim Blaine Cordle of Cordell and Mrs. George Steele, Mrs.. Leslie Wine and Mrs. Hap Perry, all of Columbus, and 2 brothers, Winifred Cordle of Cordell and Jesse Cordle of Columbus. Big Sandy News, Oct 14, 1948

HENSON, Joe
Funeral services for Joe Henson, 4 year old son of Thomas and Hattie McKenzie Henson of Louisa, who died in a Louisa hospital Monday following an illness of 6 days were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon at the Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. Wm. W. Moore officiating. Burial was in the Pinehill Cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. He is survived by his parents, 4 sisters, 1 brother and the grandfather, Ollie McKenzie of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Oct 28, 1948

HILL, Sarah (Hamilton)
1873-1948
Funeral services for Mrs. Sarah M. Hill, 75, who died at 8 p.m. Sunday at the home of a son, Roy, at Cordell, following an illness of 1 1/2 hears, were held at 10:30 Tuesday morning at the Paint Valley Enterprise Baptist Church at Relief with the Revs. A. C. Bradley and R. H. Ferguson officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Daughter of the late David and Edith Brown Hamilton, she was born at Red Bush on Jun 28, 1873. She had been a resident of Cordell for 2 years, moving there from Relief and had been a member of the Methodist Church for 57 years. Her husband, John Wallace Hill, preceded her in death in 1920. She is survived by 4 sons, Estill of West Liberty, Oba and Lloyd, both of Relief, and Roy of Cordell; 3 sisters, Mrs. Charlie Pendleton of Levensworth, WA, Mrs. Bea Williams of Louisville and Mrs. Wayne Williams of Relief, and 2 brothers, Jeff and John Hamilton both of Relief. Big Sandy News, Oct 28, 1948

ISAAC, William Henry
1854-1948
Funeral services fro William Henry Isaac, 94, who died at his home on Louisa, route 1, at 6:15 p.m. Saturday following an illness of 1 week, were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday from the home with the Revs. Gallie Isaac and Hansford Dooley officiating. Burial was in the Shannon Cemetery under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Son of the late Fielden and Angeline Wilson Isaac, he was born at Ice Creek, OH, on Nov 7, 1854.. He had resided on Lick Creek for the past 80 years. He was a farmer and a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. His first wife, Nancy Jane Baisden Isaac preceded him in death 44 years ago. He is survived by his widow, Edna Fletcher Isaac to whom he had been married for 37 years; 4 daughters, Mrs. Sam Fletcher of Louisa, route 1, Mrs. Julia Bussey of Louisa, Mrs. Karl I. Mohler of Los Angeles, CA, and Mrs. Sherman A. Earl of Huntington, 2 sons, Thomas of Louisa, route 1, and Rufus of Oceana, WV, 1 step daughter, Mrs. Sam Barnett of Woodland, CA; 2 step sons, Lindsey and Sam Fletcher, both of Louisa; 2 sisters, Mrs. Laura Pinson of Williamson, WV and Mrs. Elizabeth Chapman of Sciotoville, OH, 1 brother, Mart Isaac, of Louisa, 18 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. Big Sandy News, Oct 7, 1948

JOHNS, Martin Lewis
1887-1948
Funeral services for M. L. (Mart) Johns, 61, who died at 12:40 p.m. Thursday at his home on Louisa, route 3, following an illness of 6 months, were held at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon at the residence with the Revs. J. C. Hager and Wm. M. Moore officiating. Burial was in the Pine Hill Cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Members of the  Masonic Lodge held their rites at the grave. Son of Mrs. Josephine Weddington Johns of Louisa and the late Martin H. Johns, he was born Jun 20, 1887. He was a member of the Baptist Church for 25 years and of Apperson Lodge, F & AM of Louisa. For several years he was employed by an oil well drilling company and was formerly a foreman of highway maintenance for the Kentucky State Road commission. For the past ten years he had been custodian of the Louisa post office. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Lockie Damron Johns, 2 daughters, Mrs. E. R. White of Jenkins and Mrs. Roy Adkins of Canton, OH; 2 sons, Charles Johns of Louisa and Clyde Johns of Louisa route 3, mother, Mrs. Josephine Johns, of Louisa, 1 sister, Mrs. J. M. Adams of Louisa, 11 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Oct 21, 1948

KEHOE, Gwendolyn (Bell)
Mrs. Gwendolyn Kehoe, 36, former resident of Louisa, died at her home in Chicago, IL on Sep 18 following a short illness. Funeral services were held Sep 24 from the McGehee Funeral Home with burial in the Oakwood Cemetery. Daughter of the late James D. Bell and Mary Ida Haywood Bell of Charleston, WV, she attended graded and junior high schools in Louisa, where her father was minister of the Southern Methodist Church 26 years ago. She is survived by her husband, R. E. Kehoe of Chicago, 1 son, James Hammond of Chicago, mother, Mrs. James D. Bell of St. Augustine, FL, 6 sisters, Miss Marie Bell and Mrs. William Dennison, both of Charleston, WV, Mrs. C. c. Brown of Detroit, MI, Mrs. Mildred Marqubarson and Mrs. Earl Wiggins, both of Huntington and Mrs. Carl Seamon of St. Augustine, FL. Big Sandy News, Oct 7, 1948

NAPIER, Julia Ann (Napier)
1903-1948
Funeral services for Mrs. Julia Ann Napier, 44, who died at her home in Louisa at 2 p.m. Friday, a few hours after she had suffered a stroke, were held at 2 p.m. Monday at the home of a sister, Mrs. Alvas Terry, at East Lynn, WV. Burial was in he Four Oak Cemetery in East Lynn under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Mrs. Napier had returned at 5 am. Friday morning from a 2 months visit with a daughter, Mrs. Clarence D. Smith of Rittman, OH. Daughter of the late Benton and Laura Clark Napier, she was born in East Lynn on Oct 28,1903, at the time of her death, she had been a resident of Louisa for 13 years. Her husband, Lonnie Napier, preceded her in death 13 years ago. She is survived by 3 daughters, Mrs. Gertrude Mullins, at home, Mrs. Clarence D. Smith of Rittman, OH and Mrs. Hiram Wellman, Jr., of Fort Gay, 4 sons, Clifford of Rittman, Lonnie, Jr., of  Louisa, route 4, Chester Carl of Sterling, OH and Homer Lee of Rittman, OH, 3 sisters, Mrs. Ottis Osborn, Mrs. Willard Smith and Mrs. Alvas Terry, all of East Lynn and 2 brothers, James P. Napier of East Lynn and Elba Tabors Napier of Logan. Big Sandy News, Oct 14, 1948

PACK, John T.
1892-1948
Funeral services for John T. Pack, Sr., 56, former Louisa grocer, who died at his home in Portsmouth, OH, at 6:30 Sunday morning following a heart attack, were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday from the Curtright Funeral Home with the Rev. S. B. Ball officiating. Burial was in the Ball Cemetery at Adams. Son of the late William and Elizabeth Rigsby Pack, he was born in Elliott County on Aug 19, 1892. He was a former manager of the A & P store in Louisa and also conducted his own grocery business here before moving to Columbus 5 years ago. After 3 years there, he moved to Portsmouth. He was a member of the Baptist Church. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Myrtle Mae Allen Pack, 4 daughters, Mrs. Earl Roberts of Springfield, OH, Mrs. Eugene Booth of Philadelphia, PA, Mrs. Eugene Queen of Louisa, route 4, and Miss Beulah Mae Pack of Columbus, OH; 4 sons, Charles A. and John T. Pack, Jr., both of Newport, Merrill and Sherrill, both at home and one brother, Ovia of Columbus. Big Sandy News, Oct 21, 1948

PETERS, Jennie (Stratton)
Funeral services for Mrs. Jennie Eleanor Peters, 68, of Fort Gay, WV, who died at 6 a.m. Friday in a Welch, WV hospital following an operation, were held at 2 p.m. Sunday from the Curtright Funeral Home with Rev. L. M. Rogers officiating. Burial was in the Lambert Cemetery near Fort Gay. Mrs. Peters had been a member of the Methodist Church for 54 years. She is survived by her husband, R. F. Peters, 1 daughter, Mrs. Frank Harmon of Wayland, 2 sisters, Mrs. Virginia Patrick of Salyersville and Mrs. Maymie Bragg of Ashland, and 1 brother, Harry Stratton of Brownsville, PA. Big Sandy News, Oct 14, 1948

SEE, Kizzie Meek
1886-1948
Funeral services for Miss Kizzie Meek See of Louisa, who died at 11:30 p.m. Sunday night at the home of a sister, Mrs. Margaret Stump, in Huntington following an illness of one year, were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Methodist Church with the Rev. Carl Froderman, the Rev. E. P. Swann and the Rev. J. C. Hager officiating. Burial was in the See Cemetery at Walbridge under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Daughter of the late Samuel and Lucy Belle Burchett See, she was born at Walbridge, where she resided most of her life. She was a lifetime member of the First Methodist Church of Louisa. A former employee of the Consolidated Coal Company at Jenkins, she also served for 8 years as receptionist at the Treasury department in Frankfort, 3 years as a secretary in Oak Ridge, TN and for 2 years  prior to her illness was employed a the Louisa Supply Company. She is survived by 4 sisters, Mrs. Mike Coley and Miss Fannie See, both of Louisa, Mrs. Charles Hawes of Ashland and Mrs. Margaret Stump of Huntington and 2 brothers, W. w. See of Ashland and J. Crit See of Gallion, OH. Big Sandy News, Oct 21, 1948

STANSBURY, Lydia (Branham)
Funeral services for Mrs. Lydia Branham Stansbury, 80, who died at her home in Louisa at 9 p.m. Saturday following a 2 months illness, were held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 from the Curtright Funeral Home with the Rev. O. N. Reneau officiating. Burial was in the Pinehill Cemetery. Daughter of the late Wilburn and Julia Fitzpatrick Branham, she had been a resident of Louisa for 63 years, moving here from Clifford. She had been a member of the Christian Church for 35 years. Her husband, Daniel Stansbury, preceded her in death in 1945. She is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. Tena Lawrence of Louisa and Mrs. A. L. Sandlin of Kenova; 2 sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Damron of Louisa and Mrs. Thurza Hammond of Ashland, 1 half sister Mrs. Sula Lambert of Huntington and 2 half brothers, John Branham of Glenhayes and Mont Branham of Bluefield, WV. Big Sandy News, Oct 7, 1948

THOMPSON, Martha Jane
Funeral services for Miss Martha Jane Thompson, 83, who died at 5 a.m. Saturday at her home on Fort Gay route 1, were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday morning at the home with the Rev. McComas of Fort Gay officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Daughter of the late Elias and Clarinda Hampton Thompson, she was born at Fort Gay, route 1 and spent her entire life there. She is survived by 3 sisters, Miss Gypsey Thompson, of Crum, WV, and Mrs. Virgie Roberts and Mrs. Elizabeth Thompson, both of Fort Gay, route 1 and 2 brothers, Charley Thompson and Freelin Thompson, both of Fort Gay, route 1. Big Sandy News, Oct 21, 1948

TRAVIS, Lorn Thomas
Funeral services for Lorn Thomas Travis, 3 1/2 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy B. Travis of Adams, who died in a Louisa hospital Wednesday night, were  conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon at the home of an aunt, Mrs. Nannie Thompson, of Wilbur, with the Rev. W. W. Moore officiating. Burial was in the Trevis cemetery under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. He is survived by his parents, 3 sisters, Minnie Belle, Virginia Mae and Nancy Jane Travis, all at home, 4 brothers, Bert, Richard Billy Francis, Donald and Roy B. Travis, Jr., all at home, and the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Moore of Urbana, OH. Big Sandy News, Oct 28, 1948

WEBB, Onia (Chadwick)
1872-1948
Funeral services for Mrs. Onia Chadwick Webb, 76, of Gladys who died in Richwood, OH, where she was visiting her sons, on Sunday following an illness of 12 days, were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Green Valley School with the Revs. Fred Vanhorn and Jack Perry officiating. Burial was in the Chadwick Cemetery at Cadmus under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Daughter of the late J.K. and Cassie Chadwick, she was born in Boyd County. She was a lifelong resident of Gladys. She is survived by her husband, John Martin Webb, 4 sons: E. T. Webb of Webbville, Austin Webb of Richwood, OH, Arthur Webb of Marysville, OH, Norman Webb of Richwood, OH; 2 daughters: Mrs. Laura Sawyer of Webbville, and Miss Myrtle Webb of Columbus, OH; brothers: T. H. Chadwick of Buchanan, KY and W. D. Chadwick of Cadmus, KY; 15 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Oct 21, 1948

WILLIAMS, Oscar M.
1887-1948
Oscar M. Williams, 61, former resident of Lawrence County, died at  his home in the Flat Gap section of Johnson County on Sep 24. Son of Henry Farmer and Malissa Evans Williams, he was born in Lawrence County on Jan 28, 1887. He was engaged in the mercantile business for a number of years. He was instrumental in the organization of the Williams Grocery Company established in Paintsville in 1930 and served as vice president and director of the company until 1934. He also was vice president and director of the Wheeler Grocery at Williamson, WV and the Huntington Grocery Company at Huntington, WV. Funeral services were conducted at the Missionary Baptist Church at Flat Gap at 2 p.m. Monday afternoon Sep 27 by the Rev. Sam Slone of Dayton, OH, assisted by Rev. Roy Hamilton. Burial was in the family cemetery at Flat Gap. Pallbearers were Russell Dobyns, Howard Skaggs, Oscar Skaggs, Claude Fyffe, Don Litzinger, Lunda Evans and Proctor Fyffe. He is survived by his wife, Esta Williams, his mother, Mrs. Malissa Williams, 5 sisters, Mrs. Nora Osborne of Ashland, Mrs. Mollie Morris of Riggs, Mrs. Julia Gambill of Abilene, TX, Mrs. Blanche Miller of Punxsutawney, PA and Mrs. Nola Skaggs of Martha and 2 brothers, Ottie F. Williams of Paintsville and Dr. Homer C. Williams of Daytona Beach, FL. Big Sandy News, Oct 7, 1948

WOODS, Dora (Barrett)
1873-1948
Funeral services for Mrs. Dora Barrett Woods, 75, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William H. Vaughan in Nashville, TN at 9 a.m. Saturday following an illness of 1 month, were held at 2 p.m. Monday afternoon at the Louisa Methodist Church with the Rev. L. M. Rogers officiating. Burial was in the Pinehill Cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Mrs. Woods, daughter of the late Thomas L. and Margaret Savage Barrett, was born at Glenwood on May 14, 1873. She had been a member of the Methodist Church since childhood and was a member of the Louise Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. Widow of James H. Woods, farmer and live stock dealer who died in April 1927, she resided in Louisa until 4 years ago. She is survived by : 2 daughters: Mrs. William H. Vaughan of Nashville, Mrs. O. J. Toler of Ashland, 3 sons: W. T. Wood of New Holland, OH, Lawrence Wood of New Holland, James H. Wood of Ashland; 1 sister: Mrs. Fred Pope of Atlanta, GA; 1 brother: H. L. Barrett of Hamlet, NC. Big Sandy News, Oct 21, 1948

 

YOUNG, David T.
1925-1945
A military funeral service for Pvt. David T. Young, 19, son of John and Tilda Grubb Young of Webbville, route 1, who was killed in action on Jan 31, 1945, near Butnga, Leyte, P.I., will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday from the Watterson School house with the Revs. Arthur Morris and Jarret Cordle officiating. Burial will be in the family cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Members of the W. O. Johnson Post No. 89 of the American Legion will hold their rites at the grave. The body will arrive in Louisa today and will remain at the funeral home until time for the service. Pvt. Young was born Mar 12, 1925 in the Irish Creek section of Webbville, route 1, and lived there until he entered service on Aug 23, 1943. He was slightly wounded on Dec 16, 1944 and was awarded the Purple Heart. He was killed by an enemy machine gun when his platoon was advancing upon a small hill. He is survived by his parents, 4 sisters, Mrs. Willard Ault and Mrs. Charles Kiser, both of Chillicothe, OH, Mrs. Mart Carter of Cherokee and Mrs. Dewey Hogston of Volga, 6 brothers, Walter, Luther, John Jr., and Carl, all at home, Clyde of Webbville, route 1, and Conrad of Cherokee. Big Sandy News, Oct 7, 1948

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BALL, James Sylvester
1880-1948
Funeral services for James Sylvester Ball, 68, who died last Wednesday morning following a brief illness, were held at 2 p.m. Friday from the Dry Ridge Methodist Church at Adams with the Rev. S. B. Ball officiating. Burial was in the Ball Cemetery at Adams under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Son of the late Elza and Florence Berry of Adams, he had lived in Huntington for 27 years. He was a member of the Methodist Church and was a retired employee of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway company. His first wife, Elsie  Blackburn Ball died in 1923. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Cora Pigg Ball, 1 son, Paul of Huntington, 2 daughters, Mrs. Juanita Travis of Huntington and Mrs. Flora Dickens of Dayton, OH, 5 sisters, Mrs. Victoria Fuggitt of Gallup, Mrs. Luvenia Roberts and Mrs. Leo Carter both of Columbus, Mrs. Emma Burton of Dry Ridge and Mrs. Sue Carter of Huntington, and 2 brothers, Mont V. of Columbus and Drew of Sharon, PA. Big Sandy News, Nov 11, 1948

BAYES, Thursa (Hammond)
Funeral services for Mrs. Thursa Hammond Bayes, 69, former resident of Louisa, who died at the home of a son, Robert B. Hammond in Ashland at 6:10 p.m. Thursday following an illness of 3 years, were held at 2 p.m. Sunday from the First Christian Church here with the Rev. Ned Reneau and the Rev. Joseph S. Faulconer of Ashland officiating. Burial was in the Pinehill Cemetery. Daughter of the late James Wilbur and Julia Fitzpatrick Branham, she  was born at Clifford. She was a member of the First Christian Church at Paintsville. She is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth H. Burke of Ashland and Mrs. Nancy Hill of Orange, VA; 6 sons, Robert B. Hammond and James W. Hammond, both of Ashland, Otto H. Hammond of Williamson, WV, Thomas J. Hammond of Collinsville, CT, Mart W. Hammond of Hagerstown, MD and Iaben T. Hammond of Louisville, 2 half brothers, John Branham of Glenhayes, WV and Mont Branham of Bluefield, WV, one half sister, Mrs. Earsula Hamilton of Huntington, WV, 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Nov 18,1 948

BLANKENSHIP, Belle (Welch)
1871-1948
Funeral services for Mrs. Belle Welch Blankenship, 77, who died at her home in Louisa at 5 p.m. Friday following an illness of 1 year, were held at 10 a.m. Monday from the First Methodist Church with the Revs. E. P. Swann and Wm. W. Moore officiating. Burial was in the Crabtree Cemetery under the direction of Young Funeral Home. She was born in Ironton, OH on Feb 6, 1871. She had resided in Louisa during the past 37 years and was a member of the First Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband, Jack Blankenship, to whom she had been married 38 years, 1 son, Clyde Welch of Louisa, 3 sisters, Mrs. Isaac Meek of Offutt, Mrs. L. R. Dingus of Russell, and Mrs. Roy Diamond of Chandler, OK; 1 brother, Pete Welch of Ashland, 6 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Nov 25, 1948

BOWEN, William Howard
1942-1948
William Howard Bowen, 6 year old son of Howard and Romaine Chaffin Bowen of Webb, WV, died in a local hospital at 4 a.m. Tuesday following an illness of 2 days. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday from the Copley Cemetery at Webb, WV with the Rev. Sammie Branham officiating. Burial was in the Copley Cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. He was born Sep 8, 1942 and had lived all his life at Webb. He is survived by his parents, 1 brother, Ronnie Bowen, at home and the grandparents, Chris Bowen of Fort Gay and Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Chaffin of Webb. Big Sandy News, Nov 4, 1948

DAMRON, Elizabeth (Branham)
1862-1948
Mrs. Elizabeth Branham Damron, 85, died at her home in Louisa, Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m. after an illness of 6 weeks. She was born at Clifford, Apr 30, 1862, daughter of the late Wilburn and Julia Fitzpatrick Branham and had resided in Louisa 60 years. The body will remain at the Young Funeral Home until funeral hour and then will be taken to the Freewill Baptist Church where funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Wm. W. Moore officiating. Burial will be made in the Pinehill Cemetery. Surviving are 1 daughter: Mrs. S. F. Moore of Radnor, WV; 1 sister: Mrs. Thurza Hammond of Ashland; 2 half-brothers: John Branham of Glenhayes, WV and Mont Branham of Bluefield, WV; 1 half-sister: Mrs. Sela Hamilton of Huntington; 6 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren; 7 great-great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Nov 4, 1948

DIXON, Robert Porter, Sr.
1856-1948
Funeral services for Robert Porter Dixon, Sr., 92, resident of Louisa for 58 years and father-in-law of Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson, who died in a local hospital at 3:15 p.m. Friday following an illness of 3 years, were held at 2:30 p.m. Monday from the Louisa Methodist Church with the Rev. J. C. Hager and the Rev. L. M. Rogers officiating. Burial was in the Pinehill Cemetery under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Son of the late Martin V. and Ruth Ann Porter Dixon, he was born near Paintsville on Aug 7, 1856. He also lived at Charley several years before moving to Louisa. He was a delegate to several Democratic national conventions, served as Lawrence County court clerk for 12 years, acted as postmaster in Louisa during President Wilson's administration and at one time was chairman of the Democratic committee. A former secretary and treasurer of the Louisa-Fort Gay Bridge company, and a director at the time of his death. Mr. Dixon was founder and past president of the now inactive Dixon-Moore Wholesale Grocery Company, retiring 10 years. He had also served as a director of the Louisa National Bank. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Marcella Borders Dixon, to whom he had been married 64 years, 1 daughter, Mrs. Fred M. Vinson of Washington, D. C., 4 sons, Fred of Ashland, Lawrence of Catlettsburg, Robert, Jr., of Washington, D. c. and Herman of Columbus and several grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Nov 11, 1948

GUSSLER, Milton M.
1924-1944
A military funeral service for Pvt. Milton M. Gussler, 20, son of F. R. Gussler and the late Ugie Ethel Wellman Gussler of Adams who died on Jul 15, 1944, 3 days after he had been wounded in action in Italy, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon from the Carter Chapel on Lousia, route 3, with the Rev. Arla Blackburn officiating. Burial will be in the Carter Cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. The W. O. Johnson Post No. 89 of the American Legion will hold rites at the grave. The body will arrive here Friday morning and will be taken to the home of his father Saturday morning. He was born at Adams, on Apr 6, 1924. Prior to entering service on Aug 23, 1943, he was a student. In April of 1944, he was sent to Africa and on Jul 9 went to Italy where he was wounded 3 days later. He is survived by his father, 4 sisters, Mrs. Cliston Carter of Cherokee, Mrs. Cornell Salyers of Adams, and Misses Vickie and Lorene Gussler, both at home, and 3 brothers, Richard, Willie Ray and Donald George Gussler all at home. Big Sandy News, Nov 18, 1948

HAMMOND, Vessie (Lawson)
1896-1948
Funeral services for Mrs. Vessie Lawson Hammond, 52, who died at her home in Glenwood at 9 a.m. Saturday following an illness of 11 months, were held at 2 p.m. Monday afternoon from the home with the Rev. Sherman Mitchell of Ashland officiating. Mrs. Hammond was born at Tuscola on Aug 8, 1896. She had resided at Glenwood for 14 years and had been a member of the Missionary Baptist Church for 36 years. She is survived by her husband, Howard Hammond, to whom she had been married 28 years, 3 daughters, Mrs. Donald Clayton of Cumberland, MD, Miss Loretta Hammons, Baltimore, MD and Miss Lorraine Hammond at home, 2 sons, Walter W. and Angello both at home, her mother, Mrs. Amanda Lawson of Glenwood and 1 half sister, Mrs. Cecil Coburn also of Glenwood. Big Sandy News, Nov 25, 1948

JORDAN, Charles E.
1918-1944
A military funeral service for Pfc. Charles E. Jordan, 26, son of Mrs. Katherine Cooksey Jordan of Louisa and the late J. J. Jordan, who was killed by a sniper's bullet while delivering a message on Peleliu Island on Oct 3, 1944, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday from the Savage Memorial Church at Fallsburg with the Revs. C. L. Neff and L. M. Rogers officiating. Burial will be in Pinehill Cemetery under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Members of the W. O. Johnson Post No. 89 of the American Legion will hold rites at the grave. Pfc. Jordan was born at Fallsburg on Apr 5, 1918. Prior to his enlistment in the Marine Corps on Mar 7, 1942, he had been employed by the Goose Creek Mining Company at Langley for 2 yeas. Member of the First Marine division, he had taken part in the Guadalcanal, New Britain, Vella Vella and Bougainville campaigns. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and the Presidential Unit Citation. He is survived by his mother, 4 sisters, Mrs. G. W. Merritt and Mrs. James O. Watson, both of Louisa, Mrs. Gorman Collins of Lackey and Mrs. Paul Vaughan of Lexington and 5 brothers, J. J. Jordan of Louisa, Paul Jackson of Wayland, Waldeck of Christiansburg, VA, Wm. O. of McRoberts and Don E. of Bowling Green. Big Sandy News, Nov 11,1948

KEYSER, Charles G.
1921-1944
A military funeral service for Sgt. Charles G. Keyser, 23, son of Mrs. Elizabeth Johnson Pennington of Louisa and the late Wattie Oscar Keyser, who was killed in action in Italy May 14, 1944, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday afternoon from the Curtright Funeral Home with the Rev. Daveny Adkins of Logan, WV and the Rev. J. C. Hager officiating. Burial will be in the Pinehill Cemetery and W. O. Johnson Post No. 89 of the American Legion will hold rites at the grave. The body will arrived in Louisa, Saturday morning and will be removed to the home of his mother at 322 Sullivan Street, Saturday afternoon. Sgt. Keyser was born at Logan, WV on Apr 7, 1921. He attended Wayne high school and Webbville high school and prior to his enlistment on Aug 9, 1942, he was employed by the Logan County Coal company. At the time of his death he was a machine gunner with the 86th "Blue Devils" Division in Italy. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart. He is survived by his mother and his grandmother, Mrs. Telia Keyser of Ranger, WV. Big Sandy News, Nov 25, 1948

MCDOWELL, Ovie
1911-1945
Funeral services for Pfc. Ovie McDowell, 28, son of Ben and Missouri White McDowell of Pinkerton, OH who was killed in action in Germany on Apr 5, 1945 were held at 10 a.m. Sunday from the home of an uncle, Orlando Edwards, on Caines Creek, with the Rev. Willie Sparks officiating. Burial was in the Edwards Cemetery under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Private McDowell, a member of the United Baptist Church, was born Sep 5, 1911, at Sacred Wind and was an employee of the Federal Glass factory in Columbus, OH, before he entered service in 1942. He is survived by his parents, 2 sons, Ova and Douglas McDowell, of Columbus, 4 brothers, Okie McDowell of Basil, OH, Osha McDowell of Carroll, OH, Ossie and Otis McDowell both of Pinkerton and 1 sister, Mrs. Olive Raver of Carroll. Big Sandy News, Nov 18, 1948

MCGRANNAHAN, A. Graydon
Funeral services for A. Graydon McGrannahan, 43, native of Louisa, who died of a heart ailment at 3:45 a.m. Sunday at the Illinois Central hospital in Paducah, were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon from the Clark Funeral Home in Ashland with the Rev. J. S. Faulconer officiating. A previous service was held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Harris and Merryman Chapel in Paducah. Burial was in the Rose Hill Burial Park. Son of Mrs. Cora Miller McGrannahan and the late A. S. McGrannahan, he was born at Louisa. He had been manager of the Franklin Security Loan Company in Paducah for 22 years, going there from Ashland where he was with the Providence Loan Company. He was president of the Paducah Riding Club, a member of the Christian Church and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mary E. Sparks McGrannahan, 2 sons, Graydon of Lexington and Ray Edward at home, his mother of Louisa, route 1, 1 brother, Ray of Ashland and 2 sisters, Mrs. U. S. Thompson of McAndrews and Mrs. Everett Thompson of Louisa. Big  Sandy News, Nov 18, 1948

MEADE, Everett
1910-1948
Funeral services for Everett Meade, 38, formerly of Louisa, who died Friday in a Welch, WV hospital were held at 2 p.m. Monday afternoon at the Curtright Funeral Home with the Revs. W. W. Moore and W. A. Huff officiating. Burial was in the Wellman Cemetery at Walbridge. Son of Lucy Pigg Meade of Yatesville and the late Henry Meade, he was a miner by occupation and had been located at Welch for 8 months. He was a member of the Baptist Church. He is survived by his mother, a daughter, Dorothy Meade, 1 sister, Mrs. Wayne Blankenship of Yatesville and 2 brothers, Robert of Columbus, OH and Edward Meade. Big Sandy News, Nov 4, 1948

PERKINS, Mary
Funeral services for Mary Perkins, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Perkins of Webbville, who died in a Louisa hospital at 6:30 a.m. last Wednesday, were held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Hensley Cemetery near Webbville with the Rev. Cecil Daniels officiating. Burial was under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. She is survived by her parents, 6 sisters, Pearly, Sidney, Jeanette, Dorothy, Nellie May and Anna Faye all at home, 2 brothers, Willie and Morris Lee, both at home and the grandfathers, Henry Perkins of Sandsilk and Rev. Cecil Daniels of Webbville. Big Sandy News, Nov 4, 1948

PORTER, Cleveland
1893-1948
Funeral services for Cleveland Porter, 55, of Deboard who died in a Louisa hospital at 3 p.m. Friday following a three weeks illness, were held at 2 p.m. Sunday from the home with the Rev. W. H. Preece officiating. Burial was in the Porter Cemetery under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Son of the late Brud and Susan Davis Porter, he was born at Deboard on Oct 9, 1893. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Maudie James Porter, 5 daughters, Mrs. Charley Cook and Mrs. Blaine Farley both of Deboard, Mrs. Orville Douglas Lockwood of Inez and Misses Madeline and Kathleen both at home, 3 sisters, Mrs. Nathan Cline of Deboard, Mrs. Cornette Cline of Big Creek and Miss Florence Porter of Deboard and 4 brothers, Harrison and John of Deboard, Allan of Beauty and Frank of Inez. Big Sandy News, Nov 11, 1948

POTTER, Leroy Milton
1923-1944
A military funeral service for Sgt. Leroy Milton Potter, 21, son of K. C. and Carrie Coard Potter of Louisa route 4 will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon at Catalpa with the Rev. Ira Copley officiating. Burial will be in the family cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. the Greenup AMVETS will hold their rites at the grave. The body arrived in Louisa Wednesday morning and will be taken to the home of his parents on Saturday morning. Sgt. Potter entered the Army Air Force Apr 21, 1943, at Fort Dever, Mass., and was sent to Atlantic City, NJ for his basic training. Then he was transferred to Lowery Field, CO for instruction in flexible gunnery. He was also stationed at Buckley Field, Co and took advanced training at Avon Park, FL and at Fort Myers, FL. He graduated from the Flexible Gunnery school at Fort Myers, Dec 7, 1943 and was immediately sent to England for active duty. He had been on a number of bombing missions over Germany and France when reported missing in action, May 9, 1944 He was awarded the Air Medal, Presidential Citation, Medal of Honor and the Purple  Heart posthumously. Previous to entering the service he was a student at Louisa high school and attended the Berea Academy, Berea and while he was at home he attended the home church and Sunday school. He is survived by the parents, Mr. and Mrs. K. C. Potter, 3 brothers, Paul of Paintsville, Roy E. of Greenup and Raymond of Louisa route 4, and 2 sisters, Mrs. Forest F. Foust and Mrs. T. M. Brasher of San Diego, CA. Big Sandy News, Nov 4, 1948

RATCLIFFE, Dan
Funeral services for Dan Ratcliffe, 75, who was found dead in his room at this home in Clifford at 11:30 a.m. Thursday were held at 2 p.m. Saturday from the home with the Rev. Ballard Copley officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Son of the late William David and Eula Burgess Ratcliffe, he was born at Clifford, where he lived all his life. He was  a farmer by occupation. His wife, Inez Branham Ratcliffe, preceded him in death in 1942. He is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. Joel Sparks of Clifford and Mrs. Charles Kabat of Cleveland, OH, 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Nov 18, 948

RUPE, Ruby Jane
1948-1948
Funeral services for Ruby Jane Rupe, infant daughter of Dixie Burchett Rupe and Edgar Rupe of Fallsburg, who died in a local hospital at 4 a.m. Friday, were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning from the Woods Cemetery at Fallsburg with the Rev. Dave Hewlett officiating. Burial was under the direction of the Curtright Funeral home. She is survived by her parents, 3 half sisters, Mrs. Hubert Diamond and Mrs. Lindsey Spillman of Louisa route 3 and Miss Opal Burchett, at home; and 3 half brothers, Dave, Ray and Ben Burchett of Louisa, route 3. Big Sandy News, Nov 18, 1948

SENTERS, Lucy (Taylor)
1876-1948
Funeral services for Mrs. Lucy Taylor Senters, 71, former resident of Lawrence County who died at 8:45 p.m. Sunday at the home of a son, Baxter Senters, in Ashland following a lingering illness, were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Missionary Baptist Church at Cherryville with the Revs. Wilmore and Archie Thompson officiating. Burial was in the Senters Cemetery on Griffith Creek under the direction of the Clark Funeral Home. Mrs. Senters had lived in Ashland for 6 years and was a member of the United Baptist Church. She is survived by 9 sons, W. M. and Proctor of Louisa, C. L. Senters of Betsy Layne, Perry Senters of Cincinnati, OH, and Walker, Frank, Andrew, Charles and Lester, all of Ashland. Big Sandy News, Nov 4, 1948

STANSBERRY, Harry L.
1925-1945
A military funeral service for Pfc. Harry L. Stansberry, 19, son of Mack L. and Alice Maynard Stansberry of Louisa route 3, who died Jan 1, 1945, of wounds received from the fragments of a mortar shell while serving in the mountains of northern Italy, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon from the Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. Wm. W. Moore officiating. Burial will be in the Pinehill Cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. W. O. Johnson Post No. 89 of the American Legion will hold rites at the grave. The body arrived in Louisa Tuesday and will remain at the funeral home until Saturday morning when it will be taken to his parents home on the Point section. Pvt. Stansberry was born Aug 20,1 925 on Louisa route 2, He attended Louisa high school before entering the Army at Fort Thomas on Oct 31, 1943. He took his training at Camp Blanding, FL and Camp Meade, MD. He went overseas on Apr 14, 1944. While serving with the 133rd Infantry "Red Bull" division in Italy, he was wounded on Sep 20, 1944. He returned to active duty on Jan 1 and died 15 days later. He is survived by his parents, 2 sisters, Mrs. Millard Sammons of Louisa route 2, and Miss Ethel Gail Stansberry at home; 3 brothers, Jack D. of Louisa, and Mack Harold and Bobby Lynn both at home, and his grandmother, Mrs. H. H. Stansberry of Louisa route 2. Big Sandy News, Nov 25, 1948

SWETNAM, Nannie (Wellman)
1867-1948
Mrs. Nannie Wellman Swetnam, 81, died at her home in Blaine Wednesday 5:15 p.m. after an illness of 2 months. Daughter of the late Oliver P. and Elizabeth Shannon Wellman, she was born in Louisa Nov 20, 1867 and had resided in Blaine 52 years. Mrs. Swetnam had been a member of the Methodist Church for 60 years. She is survived by her husband, Bud Swetnam, to whom she had been married 52 years, a daughter, Mrs. J. L. Haney of Huntington, a sister, Mrs. W. M. Merdica of Ashland, and 4 brothers, John S. Wellman and H. G. Wellman of Louisa, Lon Wellman of Pikeville and E. L. Wellman of Bluefield, WV. Funeral services will be conducted Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. from the Blaine Methodist Church with the Rev. Wm. W. Moore officiating. Burial will be made in the Wheeler Cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, Nov 18, 1948

VINSON, Martha Jane (Jarrel)
1870-1948
Funeral services for Mrs. Martha Jane Jarrel Vinson, 78, who died at the home of her son, Elka Vinson, in Fort Gay, at 7:10 a.m. Tuesday following a 10 day illness, will be held at 2 p.m. this afternoon from the First Christian Church with the Revs. J. C. Hager and Ned Reneau officiating. Burial will be in the Vinson Cemetery near Glenhayes, WV under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Daughter of the late Rev. William and Mary Jane Lycan Jarrel, she was born at Fort Gay on Oct 21, 1870. She resided in Glenhayes for a number of years, in Louisa 11 years and at the time of her death had been a resident of Fort Gay for 11 years. She had been a member of the Old Pleasant Baptist Church near Effie, WV since girlhood. Her husband, L. K. Vinson, preceded her in death in Aug 1, 1937. She is survived by 3 daughters, Mrs. Jean Vinson Thacker of Huntington, Mrs. T. H. McGlothin of Portsmouth, OH, and Mrs. O. W. Kearns of Glenhayes, WV; 2 sons, Elka of Fort Gay and William Jarrel of Huntington, 1 brothers, Wayne Jarrell of Fort Gay; 25 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Nov 18, 1948

WEBB, Elisha L.
Funeral services for Elisha L. Webb, 66, who died at his home in Webbville at 1:30 a.m. Saturday from a three months illness following a stroke, were held at 1:30 Monday afternoon from the Webbville Church with the Rev. C. E. Wiley, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Grayson officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Member of the Masonic Lodge of Willard, of which he was a member held their rites at the grave. Son of the late Levi and Mary Jane Pennington Webb, he was a farmer and a lifelong resident of Webbville. He is survived by widow, Mrs. Nellie Hensley Webb,  4 daughters: Mrs. Earl W. Kinner of West Liberty, KY, Mrs. Ray Wilson of Webbville, Mrs. Oral Thompson of S. Solon, OH, Mrs. Wayne Barnes of Indiana; 2 sons: Herbert Webb of Columbus, Robert L. Webb of Columbus; sister: Mrs. Martha Roberts of Columbus; 2 brothers: George Webb of Webbville and W.J. Webb of Ashland, 7 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Nov 11, 1948

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ADAMS, John Lester, Jr.
1922-1948
Funeral services were held Tuesday for a young man and woman who suffered fatal injuries Saturday night in a traffic accident that involved 4 vehicles on Mayo Trail near Paintsville. The victims were identified as John Lester Adams, Jr., 26, of Paintsville and Miss Beatrice Ann Meade, 28, of Van Lear. Adams, son of Lester Adams, a former Johnson County sheriff now serving as county game warden, was killed outright. Miss Meade died about an hour and a half after the accident occurred on Route 23 three miles south of Paintsville.

Two other persons in the Adams car were injured, one seriously. They are Albert Murphy, about 25, and Miss Jewell Salyer, also about 25, both of Van Lear. Murphy's arm was nearly torn off and he suffered internal bruises, but attendants said his condition was improved today. Miss Salyer had several teeth knocked out and suffered cuts on her face. The driver of the truck with which the Adams car collided, Bill Dale, 35, of Paintsville was arraigned before Magistrate Hershel McCloud and charged with manslaughter by the commonwealth attorney. His bond was set at $5,000 one each of two counts and he was lodge in the Johnson County jail. Hall said the Adams car was en route to a social affair near here. Another car had gone into the ditch and was being pulled out by a truck. A second truck, driven by Dale, approached from the direction opposite that of the Adams car and attempted to pass the truck and auto. It crashed in Adams' car. Big Sandy News, Dec 23, 1948

BOYD, George W.
1856-1948
George W. Boyd, 92, retired Chesapeake  & Ohio Railway Co., employee, died at his home on Georges Creek at 10:30 p.m. last Wednesday night after an illness of one month. Mr. Boyd was employed by the C & O for 40 yeas before his retirement in 1934. Born in Lawrence County, he was a son of the late James and Martha Boyd. He was a member of the United Baptist church for 60 years. His first wife, Trinvilla Castle Boyd died in 1929. He had been married for 19 years to Edith Maynard Boyd, his second wife. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Friday from the Little Ethel Church on Georges Creek with the Revs. G. W. Walters and Arch Thompson officiating. Burial was made in the Bond Cemetery, near Richardson, KY. The body was removed from the Curtright Funeral Home to the residence at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Surviving in addition to the widow are 3 daughters, Mrs. Cecil Hensley, route 2, Louisa, Mrs. J. P. Moore, Gallup, KY and Miss Ethel Louise Boyd at home; 6 sons, Frank and Arch Boyd of Richardson, KY, Arland Boyd of Pikeville, Walter Boyd of Georges Creek, Charles Boyd of Louisa and Henry H. Boyd of Salinas, CA; 2 brothers, Ed Boyd of Catlettsburg and Anderson Boyd of Van Lear, KY, 42 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Dec 30, 1948

BROWN, Edward Lewis
1878-1948
Edward Lewis Brown, 71, died of a heart attack while hunting 5 miles south of Louisa Tuesday evening. Mr. Brown had gone hunting with Charles Wooten and Tommy Wooten Tuesday afternoon and had complained of his heart and said he would follow the road while Mr. Wooten and Tommy went down the hill. When they returned to the place they were supposed to meet Mr. Brown wasn't there and thinking that he had caught a ride home they came in town. Jack See of Louisa, route 2, found him lying in the road  about 6 p.m. Tuesday evening. Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Edward Brown of Relief, KY, he was a retired construction contractor and had served on the Louisa police force for a number of years. Funeral services will be held today at 2 p.m. from the church at Relief with burial in the family cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Joanna Williams Brown, 3 daughters: Mrs. George W. Kilgore of Colburn, VA, Mrs. W. B. Barbour, Jr., of Ashland, Mrs. J. K. Barber of Ashland, 3 sons: C. H. Brown of Louisa, Carl L. Brown, U. S. Army in Nebraska; William Ed Brown at home; 16 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren: sister: Mrs. Nola Ferguson of Fallsburg; brother: Everett Brown of Kenova, WV. Big Sandy News, Dec 23, 1948

BROWN, John William
John William Brown, 67, Salyersville, KY, was fatally injured Friday at 6:30 p.m. when the car in which he was a passenger, plunged over a 150 foot embankment at Patrick Gap Hill on route 23. The other 2 men in the car, whose names were not learned, were injured and were removed to a Paintsville Hospital. Henry S. Young, Lawrence County coroner, conducted an inquest at Louisa Friday night and said Brown's death was accidental. The body was removed from the Young Funeral Home to the Kelly Funeral Home in Salyersville. Funeral services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the residence at Salyersville. He is survived by the widow. Big Sandy news, Dec 30, 1948

CRABTREE, Basil
1917-1944
The body of Pvt. Basil Crabtree, 27, arrived here this morning and was removed to the Curtright Funeral Home and will be taken to the home of his parents, Rev. and Mrs. Carmi Crabtree, Fort Gay, route 1, on the Greenbrier road Saturday morning 10 a.m. Pvt. Crabtree was born Jun 28, 1917 at Fort Gay, route 1, son of Rev. Carmi and Cuzzie Wilson Crabtree. He attended Fort Gay schools and enlisted in the Army in Huntington Oct 20, 1940. He had been overseas about 4 months when he was killed Dec 24, 1944 near Biegelbach, Germany, Pvt. Crabtree was with the 60th Armed Infantry. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday 2 p.m. from the home with the Rev. Frank McKinster of Wayne officiating. Burial will be made in the Crabtree Cemetery on Jowell Branch near Colman, WV. Veterans of Foreign Ward of Wayne will give military honors. The American Legion Posts of Fort Gay and Wayne will attend. He is survived by his parents, 3 sisters, Mrs. Jay Lambert of Wayne, route 1, Mrs. Ottis Thompson of Rittman, OH, and Miss Eva Crabtree at home; 1 brother, Woodrow Crabtree of Genoa, WV. Big Sandy News, Dec 30, 1948

CAREY, Millard Fletcher
Millard Fletcher Carey, 67, retired road contractor and authority on asphalt, died at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec 12, in a Lexington hospital after a short illness. Mr. Carey, one of the founders of the Carey-Reed Construction Company, retired from active business about 6 years ago. He moved to Lexington from Louisa 40 years ago. A native of Louisa, he was the son of the late William and Emily Burgess Carey. he was educated in the Louisa schools. Funeral services were conducted from the W. R. Milward Mortuary in Lexington Tuesday, Dec 14 at 3 p.m. and burial was made in the Lexington Cemetery. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Bessie Osborne Carey, 4 sisters, Mrs. Charles W. McDonald and Mrs. D. J. Burchett of Louisa, Mrs. John J. Johnson of Frankfort and Mrs. George B. Roberts of Memphis, TN and a brother, Ulysses Carey of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Dec 23, 1948

CASSELL, Ida (Wilbur)
1871-1948
Mrs. Ida Wilbur Cassell, 76, widow of David Cassell, died at the home of her son, Carl C. Cassell, in Ashland Thursday morning at 9:30 after an illness of 3 years. She was born at Richardson, where she lived until 3 years ago when she and her husband moved to Ashland. She was a daughter of the late A. P. and Maggie Wilbur. Brief funeral services were conducted Saturday at 2 p.m. from the home of her son with the Rev. J. S. Fauloner, pastor of the First Christian Church of Ashland, officiating. The body was taken to Richardson where regular services were conducted in the Methodist Church at 2 p.m. Sunday and burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Surviving in addition to the son are 2 sisters, Mrs. Florence Wilson of Columbus, OH and Mrs. Lillian Preston of Richardson; 3 brothers, Henry Wilbur of Richardson, Leo Wilbur of Glo, KY and Charles Wilbur of Verdenville, WV; 2 grandsons, Robert O. Cassell of Ashland and David R. Cassell of Lexington, and one great grandchild. Big Sandy News, Dec 16, 1948

DERIFIELD, Charles Kenneth
Funeral services for Charles Kenneth Derifield, infant son of Charles A. and Audrey Lee Tackett Derifield of Clifford who died at 9 a.m. Friday in a local hospital, were held at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon at the Derifield Cemetery at Clifford with the Rev. Nelson Hughes officiating. Burial was under the direction of Young Funeral Home. He is survived by his parents, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Tackett and Mr. and Mrs. M. F. Derifield, all of Clifford. Big Sandy News, Dec 2, 1948

DILLON, Rennie Mae (Williams)
Funeral services for Mrs. Rennie Mae Dillon, 52, who died here Thursday after suffering a paralytic stroke, were conducted Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at the residence by the Rev. Ballard Copley. Burial was made in the Copley Cemetery at Webb, WV. The daughter of the late John Emory and Sarah Williams, Mrs. Dillon had lived at Webb, WV, most of her life. She is survived by the husband, William Lewis Dillon; 4 daughters, Mrs. Johnny Shea and Mrs. Philip Chaffin of Logan, Mrs. Floyd Evans of Kenova and Miss Helen Dillon at home; 5 sons, Emory of Webb, Joe of Kenova, Charles and Junior of Logan and Josh of Ashland, KY; 4 sisters, Mrs. Bill Maynard of Webb, Mrs. Riley Davis, Mrs. Roy Bowman and Rose, all of Webb, and 4 brothers, Mac, Frank and Sherman all of Webb and Josh of Ohio. Funeral arrangements were made by the Young Funeral Home of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Dec 30,1 948

DINGUS, Mack McClelland
1874-1948
Mack McClelland Dingus, 82, Job, KY, electrician and carpenter, died in a Louisa hospital Sunday night of injuries received Saturday afternoon when he was run over by a truck on route 3, in Martin County. Mr. Dingus was riding in the cab of the truck and he and two other men got out at the bottom of a hill, the truck went on up the hill and tried to stop but evidently the brakes were wet and wouldn't hold and slid back down the hill hitting Mr. Dingus. A member of the Baptist Church, Mr. Dingus was born at Inez, a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Dingus. The body was removed from the Young Funeral Home to the Richmond-Callahan Funeral Home at Inez Monday morning. Surviving are 3 daughters, Mrs. Robert Prince of Barboursville, WV, Mrs. Everett Smiley of Cleveland and Mrs. Kelly Gobel of Inez, 1 son, Roy Dingus of Inez and 1 brother, Joe Dingus of Davey, WV. Big Sandy News, Dec 16, 1948

HANNERS, Arthur Thomas
The body of Pfc. Arthur Thomas Hanners, 22, son of Albert Arthur Hanners of Cincinnati, and Mrs. Inez Murphy Hanners of Columbus, arrived in Louisa Tuesday morning and was taken to the Young Funeral Home to lie in state until funeral hour Sunday. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday 2 p.m. from the First Methodist Church with the Rev. Carl F. Froderman and Rev. E. P. Swann officiating. Burial will be made in the Pinehill Cemetery. Members of the W. O. Johnson Post No. 89, of the American Legion will hold their rites at the grave. Pfc. Hanners attended Louisa schools and graduated from the Louisa High School i 1941 and was active in sports and music. He enlisted in the Marines May 5, 1942 and from Jul 22, 1944 to Feb 20, 1945, he participated in action against the enemy at Vella LeValla, New Georgia Group, Boungainville, Solomons Island and Iwo Jima. He was killed Feb 20, 1945 at Iwo Jima. Pfc. Hanners was awarded the Purple Heart, four Victory medals and the Presidential Citation. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Dec 30, 1948

HART, Elizabeth (Lyons)
Mrs. Elizabeth Lyons Hart, 77, died suddenly Saturday morning at her home, 242 Blackburn Avenue, Ashland. Mrs. Hart, whose husband died in 1938, was born in Elliott Co., KY, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Lyons. She was a member of the Pollard Baptist Church. She was a sister of Mrs. Harry Johnson of Louisa. Big Sandy news, Dec 16, 1948

HAZLETT, Paul
Friends have been advised of the sudden death last Wednesday night in an Oak Hill hospital of Paul Hazlett, about 60, former well known resident of Williamson. For a number of years while a resident of Williamson, Hazlett was connected with the Magtag agency. Hazlett was acting as Santa Claus for an Oak Hill group and fell from the fender of an automobile, fracturing his skull. He died soon after being admitted to the hospital. Surviving are the widow, the former, Belva Queen, a native of Lawrence County, KY. Big Sandy News, Dec 30, 1948

KIGER, Samuel E.
Funeral services for Samuel E. Kiger, 82, who died Saturday at his home, Webbville, route 1, after a 2 year illness, was conducted Monday at 11 a.m. by the Rev. J. C. Hager at the Sandy Valley Baptist Church, of which Mr. Kiger had been a member for 23 years. Burial was made in the Lunsford Cemetery. The body was taken Sunday afternoon from the Curtright Funeral Home to the home of a son, Everett Kiger of Bell Trace. Born in Tuscola, KY, Mr. Kiger was the son of the late James and Mary Kiger. He was a farmer but  had been retired for the past 10 years. Survivors include another son, Dennis of Webbville, route 1, a daughter, Mrs. Hugh F. Adkins of Salt Rock, WV; a sister, Mrs. Z. S. Wells of Proctorville, OH and a brother, J. P. Kiger of New Salem, PA. Big Sandy News, Dec 30, 1948

KOUNS, Thomas J.
KOUNS, Robert E.
Funeral services were held at the Hopewell Methodist Church for Staff Sgt. Thomas J. Kouns and Staff Sgt. Robert E. Kouns, brothers, both killed in action in April 1945, who constituted Greenup County's only case in which family lost more than one member in World War II. Rev. C. T. Stafford conducted the funeral services and the Greenup AMVETS paid military honors. They were half-brothers of Fannie Hutchinson of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Dec 9,1948

LEE, Althea Silvers
Mrs. Althea Silvers Lee, widow of Haskell Lee, died Dec 1, in Akron, OH. Mrs. Lee graduated from Louisa High School in 1918 and while in Louisa she made her home with Mrs. G. W. Atkinson. She was a member of Church of Christ and of B. F. Goodrock 20 year Club, where she was employed in the research department. Burial was made in the Glendale Cemetery in Akron. Surviving are 1 daughter, Miss Kathryn Lee of Chicago, 2 brothers, Claude Silvers of Kayjay, KY, and C. C. Silvers of Cincinnati, 2 sisters, Mrs. Pello Hunt of New Jersey and Miss Bertha Silvers of Virginia. Big Sandy News, Dec 16, 1948

MEADE, Beatrice Lee
ADAMS, John Lester, Jr.
1922-1948
Funeral services were held Tuesday for a young man and woman who suffered fatal injuries Saturday night in a traffic accident that involved 4 vehicles on Mayo Trail near Paintsville. The victims were identified as John Lester Adams, Jr., 26, of Paintsville and Miss Beatrice Ann Meade, 28, of Van Lear. Adams, son of Lester Adams, a former Johnson County sheriff now serving as county game warden, was killed outright. Miss Meade died about an hour and a half after the accident occurred on Route 23 three miles south of Paintsville.

Two other persons in the Adams car were injured, one seriously. They are Albert Murphy, about 25, and Miss Jewell Salyer, also about 25, both of Van Lear. Murphy's arm was nearly torn off and he suffered internal bruises, but attendants said his condition was improved today. Miss Salyer had several teeth knocked out and suffered cuts on her face. The driver of the truck with which the Adams car collided, Bill Dale, 35, of Paintsville was arraigned before Magistrate Hershel McCloud and charged with manslaughter by the commonwealth attorney. His bond was set at $5,000 one each of two counts and he was lodge in the Johnson County jail. Hall said the Adams car was en route to a social affair near here. Another car had gone into the ditch and was being pulled out by a truck. A second truck, driven by Dale, approached from the direction opposite that of the Adams car and attempted to pass the truck and auto. It crashed in Adams' car. Big Sandy News, Dec 23, 1948

 

MINTERS, Walter
Walter Minters, 74, died at 11:55 p.m. Wednesday night at the home of a son-in-law, Melvin Meade of Torchlight. Mr. Minters was a retired coal miner and had worked for the Reid Coal Company in Beaver Creek until his retirement in 1945. He had lived in Torchlight for the past 3 years. He was a member of the Holiness Church and of the Prestonsburg IOOF Lodge. Funeral services were conducted Saturday 2 p.m. at the Wellman Cemetery with the Rev. G. York and Rev. Mart Isaac officiating. Burial was made under the direction of Young Funeral  Home. He is survived by 4 daughters, Mrs. Meade and Miss Minnie Minters of Torchlight, Mrs. Tommy Coburn of Kesler, WV and Mrs. Johnny Fain of Peach Creek, WV; 2 sons, Bill Minters of Pennsylvania and Simon Minters of Logan, WV and 11 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Dec 16, 1948

MOORE, Ardelia (Thompson)
Mrs. Ardelia Thompson Moore, 82, died at her home at Noris Wednesday morning at 3 a.m. after an illness of 2 years. Widow of Jerry Moore, who died in 1925, she was the daughter of the late Sam and Willie Walters Thompson. Mrs. Moore had been a member of the United Baptist Church for 68 years. Funeral services will be conducted Friday 2 p.m. from the Spencer Church near Noris with interment in the Judd Cemetery under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Surviving are 2 daughters, Mrs. Millard Vanhoose of Louisa, route 1, and Mrs. Stant Thompson, of Noris; 7 sons, Luther Moore of Ceredo, WV, Harrison Moore, Louisa, route 1, Bert Moore, of Urbana, OH, Sam, Everett, Harlan and Walter Moore of Noris. Big Sandy News, Dec 23, 1948

MULKEY, John Ballard
John Ballard Mulkey, 36, of Catlettsburg, route 1, died in Huntington Friday en route to a hospital in an ambulance for treatment of injuries received at work on a construction project in the Russell yards of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway. Coroner Dr. F. X. Schuller of Huntington, said he was informed that Mulkey, a carpenter, suffered a crushed pelvis when he was caught beneath the rear wheels of the tender of a locomotive. the coroner returned a verdict of accidental death. Mr. Mulkey was born in Lawrence County Sep 21, 1912. He is survived by his wife and 5 children. Big Sandy News, Dec 16, 1948

PACK, James Harrison
1948-1948
Funeral services for James Harrison Pack, 24 day old son of Mr. and Mrs. George J. Pack, who died at the home of his parents in Blaine at 3 a.m. Wednesday morning following a 4 days illness, will be held at 2 p.m. this afternoon from the Methodist Church at Blaine. Burial will be in the Lyons Cemetery. He is survived by his parents, 1 brother, Larry, at home and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Pack of Catlettsburg and Sherman Griffith of Martha. Big Sandy News, Dec 2, 1948

PENNINGTON, Danny Lanvell
Danny Lanvell, 1 1/2 year old son of Virgil and Audrey Thompson Pennington, of Louisa, died at the home of his parents Sunday 6 p.m. after an extended illness. Funeral service were conducted Tuesday 2 p.m. from the Brammer Gap Church, Webbville, route 1, with the Rev. Lloyd Jordan officiating. Burial was made in the Sturgell Cemetery on Bell's Trace under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Surviving are the parents, 1 sister, Joyce Marie, at home 2 brothers, Virgil, Jr. and Wendell Wayne both at home, grandparents, Mrs. Emma Thompson, Webbville route 1, and Smith Pennington, Fostoria, OH. Big Sandy News, De 30, 1948

ROBINETT, Vadie (Hughes)
Funeral services for Mrs. Vadie Hughes Robinett, 52, who died at her home in Louisa at 7:45 p.m. Sunday following an illness of one week, were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday from the Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. Wm. W. Moore officiating. Burial was in the Pinehill Cemetery under  the direction of Young Funeral Home. Daughter of the late Sam and Eveline Hughes, she was born on Louisa route 1. She had been a resident of Louisa for 26 years. She is survived by her husband, Cleveland Robinett, 4 daughters, Mrs. Dave Crabtree of Dennis, Mrs. Ottis Fraley and Mrs. Ora Nickles both of Louisa and Miss Lula Robinett at home, 1 son, Clifford at home, 2 sisters, Mrs. Frank Webb of Jenkins and Mrs. Quincy Childers of Louisa route 1, and 2 brothers, George Hughes of Van Lear and Oscar Hughes of Beaver Creek. Big Sandy News, Dec 2, 1948

ROBINSON, Margaret (Riley)
1874-1948
Mrs. Margaret Riley Robinson, 74, of Greasy Creek, Pike County, died in the Pikeville Methodist hospital Tuesday of last week of asthma and bronchial pneumonia. She had been in failing health for 3 months and her condition became serious 11 days ago. Mrs. Robinson was the wife of the late Nelson Robinson, whose death occurred in 1940. She was born May 3, 1874 in Lawrence County, KY, a daughter of the late John and Margaret Cole Riley. She had resided at Greasy Creek for 60 years. Big Sandy News, Dec 16, 1948

ROSS, Joseph
Joseph Ross, 62, of 514 Tenth Street, Catlettsburg, died Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. at his home after an extended illness. Death occurred on his 62nd birthday. Mr. Ross was born in Lawrence County, KY, a son of Mrs. Nancy Lakin Ross of Buchanan, KY and the late John Ross. He had been a resident of Catlettsburg since 1915. Surviving are his mother, his wife, Mrs. Anna Rankin Ross, 3 sons, Mack Ross of Catlettsburg, Douglas Ross of Ashland, and Haskell Ross of New Kensington, PA, 1 daughter, Mrs. William Feagans of Ashland, 3 brothers, T. Payner Ross of Catlettsburg, Allen Ross of Ashland, Charles Ross of Buchanan and 3 sisters, Mrs. Green Kinner and Miss Ruby Ross both of Buchanan and Mrs. Nora White of Catlettsburg, 5 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Dec 9, 1948

WEBB, George M.
1925-1945
The body of Pfc. George M. Webb, 19 year old son of Morton G. and Gracie Thompson Webb, of Webbville arrived in Louisa Tuesday morning and was taken to the Young Funeral Home where it will remain until Friday when it will be removed to the home of his parents. Pfc. Webb entered service October 30, 1943 and went overseas April, 1944. He was wounded Jan 4, 1945 at Bastonge, Belgium and died Jan 10, 1945. Pfc. Webb was born Jul 2, 1925 at Whittman, WV. He attended the Webbville High School. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday 2 p.m. from the Webbville Church with the Rev. Wm. W. Moore officiating. Burial will be in the Webb Cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Members of the W. O. Johnson Post 89 of the American Legion will give military honors at the grave. Surviving are the parents, 4 brothers, Jack Webb of Portsmouth, OH, Delmer L. Webb and Charles Webb of Dayton, OH and Ralph Webb at home, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Webb of Webbville. Big Sandy news, Dec 16, 1948

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