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ADKINS, Jeff

Jeff Adkins, 86, died Friday at his home in Logan, WV, after an illness of four days. Mr. Logan was a brother of Jake Workman of Louisa and a retried timberman. Funeral services were conducted Monday at 2 p.m. from the home and burial was in the family cemetery at Logan. He is survived by his widow; two daughters, ten sons; two sisters, Mrs. Frances Williamson of Buchanan and Mrs. Laura Wells of Louisa and three brothers, Jake Workman of Louisa, Rush Workman of Logan and K. F. Adkins of Logan. Big Sandy News, January 6, 1949

 

ARRINGTON, Nona

1903-1949

Miss Nona Arrington, 45, died at her home in Cordell Sunday 12:30 p.m. after an illness of two years. Daughter of the late Walter A. and Josephine Swetnam Arrington, she had lived at Cordell all of her life. Miss Arrington was a member of the Christian Church of Blaine and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. from the Blaine Christian Church with the Rev. William W. Moore officiating. Burial was made in the Arrington Cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. The Blaine Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star had their services at the church. Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Winfield Nickell of Saratoga, TX, Mrs. Bishop Sword of Matewan, WV and Mrs. J. M. Green of Tulsa, OK; five brothers, Simon Arrington of Cordell, Hubert Arrington, of Ashland, Alonzo Arrington of Louisa, route 1, Hudson Arrington of Catlettsburg and Norman Arrington at home. Big Sandy News, January 20, 1949

 

COY, Mary (Peters)

Mrs. Mary Peters Coy, 32 and two sons, James Williams, 2, and Lonnie Richards, 3 months old of Greenfield, OH, were burned to death when their house caught fire Christmas eve. Mrs. Cox was born November 11, 1915, at Isonville, KY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dock Peters and had moved to Greenfield from Isonville six years ago. Funeral services were conduced Tuesday at 2 p.m. of last week from the ?? Funeral Home in Greenfield with the Rev. Ralph Hoskins and Rev. Rufus Fannin officiating. Burial was made in the Greenfield Cemetery. Big Sandy News, January 6, 1949

 

DEBORD, Stephen Girard

1872-1949

The Rev. Stephen Girard Debord, 77, 3815 Thirty-ninth Street, Ashland, minister of the Enterprise Baptist Church, died at 7:15 p.m. Friday night at the home of a nephew, Son Butcher, Whitehouse, KY, following an illness of two weeks. He became ill while visiting with his nephew. Rev. Debord, a minister for more than 50 years, was born in Lawrence County, KY, a son of John and Vandalia Sperry Debord. Funeral services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Enterprise Baptist Church, Westwood, with the Rev. Charles Cremeans, the Rev. Jeff Perry, and the Rev. Bruce Daniels, officiating. Burial was made in the Hart Cemetery on Hoods Creek, Boyd County. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Cora Debord and a sister, Mrs. Lizzie Griffith. Big Sandy News, January 27, 1949

 

DEERFIELD, Millard

Funeral services for Millard Deerfield, 74, of Sprigg, WV, were conducted at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the home of the brother, Dan Deerfield at Cadmus, this county. The Rev. Fred Vanhorn officiated and burial was in the Deerfield cemetery at Cadmus. Mr. Deerfield died at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the brother's he die after suffering a heart attack. He had been visiting in Cadmus for several months. He was a retired farmer and a son of the late Harvey and Lucinda Pennington Deerfield. He was born in Carter County, KY. The body was taken to the residence of the brother from the Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, January 6, 1949

 

FRASHER, Maude (Burton)

Mrs. Maude Burton Frasher, former superintendent of nurses at Memorial Hospital, Pikeville, died at her home in Louisa at 1 p.m. Sunday following an illness of four months. Mrs. Frasher, who received her training at Memorial Hospital in Huntington, had done private duty nursing at Ashland, and had been associated with the Riverview Hospital in Louisa for four years prior to her illness She was a member of the Elizabeth Jarrell Baptist Church at Lick Creek. Mrs. Frasher was a daughter of the late W. M. and Mollie Carter Burton of Lawrence County. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Curtright Funeral Home with the Rev. L. M. Rogers and the Rev. J. C. Hager officiating. Burial was made in the Burton Cemetery at Lick Creek. Surviving are the husband, Raymond Frasher, a sister, Mrs. W. E. Queen, Louisa, and a brother, Dr. C. C. Burton, chief surgeon at the Veteran Hospital, Dayton, OH, two nieces, Martha May and Elizabeth Ann Burton of Dayton, OH, an two nephews, Phillip Burton of Dayton, OH and Dr. G. Burton Queen of Washington, D. C. Big Sandy News, January 27, 1949

 

FRAZIER, Barney, Jr.

Barney Frazier, Jr., 16 years old son of Mr. and Mrs. Barney Frazier of Fort Gay, route 1, who died at the home Sunday morning of last week following an illness of several days was buried in the family cemetery on Hurricane Creek following funeral services at the graveside at 2 p.m. Wednesday conducted by the Rev. Freeland Ackers. Surviving besides his parents are three brothers, Pearl, Robert and Darrell, at home, six sisters, Geneva, Mayme, Dora Ellen, Vivian, Hope, Phyllis, Ann and Gloria June, at home; two half brothers, Otto Frazier of Logan and Lucian Frazier of Fort Gay route 5, five half sisters, Mrs. Marie Marshall of Wayne, Mrs. Opal Marshall and Mrs. Ruby Hutchinson of Fort Gay , Mrs. Nora Fletcher of Waterloo, OH, and Mrs. Pauline Stevens of Huntington. Big Sandy News, January 27, 1949

 

GARTIN, Earl

The body of Pfc. Earl Gartin, 23, son of Charles Cecil and Polly Ann Wheeler Gartin of Blaine, arrived in Louisa Wednesday morning and was removed to the Curtright Funeral Home. It will be taken to the home of his parents Saturday morning. Pfc. Gartin attended Blaine schools prior to entering the service July 23, 1942, and had been overseas four months when he was killed in action in eastern France September 13, 1944. He was wounded in action in August and had returned to active duty with Company G 317th Infantry. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. from the residence with the Rev. Willie Sparks officiating. Burial will be made in the Gartin Cemetery at Blaine. The W.O. Johnson Post of the American Legion will give military honors at the grave. Surviving are the parents, two sisters, Mrs. Virgil Webb and Mrs. Glair Mullins of Blaine; four brothers, Claude Gartin of Blaine, Fred and Charles Gartin, Jr., of Martha and Howard Gartin at home. Big Sandy News, January 13, 1949

 

HILL, Mariah Margaret (Chapman)

1874-1949

Mrs. Mariah Margaret Chapman Hill, 74, of Huntington died at the home of her sisters, Mrs. Onalda Moore, Louisa, route 1, Sunday 10 a.m. Widow of the late C. B. Hill who died in August of last year. She was the daughter of the late John R. and Joannah Booth Chapman. She was born at Louisa, route 1 and had been a member of the Methodist Church for 60 years. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. from the First Methodist Church in Louisa with the Rev. E. P. Swann and Rev. L. M. Rogers officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Lick Creek under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Moore, Mrs. Cora Booth of Huntington and Mrs. W. H. Moore of Wayne, WV; two brothers, William M. Chapman of Ashland and Edgar F. Chapman of Urbana, OH, Big Sandy News, January 20, 1949

 

HOLBROOK, John Chilt

1860-1949

John Chilt Holbrook, 86, retired Chesapeake & Ohio Railway employee, died in King's Daughters' Hospital in Ashland, Saturday, January 1st, after an illness of one day. Mr. Holbrook had been making his home with a daughter, Miss Muriel Holbrook at 806 22nd Street, Ashland. Born in Lawrence County, KY, April 14, 1860, he was a son of Lan and Eliza Osborne Holbrook. His wife, Sarah E. Holbrook, succumbed in 1946. He lived in Elliott County most of his life until he went to Ashland some 30 years ago where he became employed by the C & O Railway Company. Funeral was conducted by the Rev. Charles Vansant, in the Sandy Hook Methodist Church, and interment was in the Sandy Hook Cemetery. Surviving are two sons, W. A. Holbrook of College Park, MD and C. S. Holbrook, of Columbus, OH; another daughter, Mrs. Sam Church of Ashland; one half brother, Lan Holbrook of Sandy Hook and 8 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Big Sandy News, January 27, 1949

 

HOUCK, James Alph

1900-1949

James Alph Houck, 48, 3132 Carter Avenue, Ashland, construction worker, died Monday morning at the home following an illness of five days. Mr. Houck, a resident of Ashland for 12 years, was born in Lawrence County, KY, September 8, 1900, a son of Harry and Ellen Holbrook Houck. He was a member of the Central Baptist Church. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Ethel Marie Hart Houck; one son, James Elwood Houck, at home; one daughter, Dorothy Juanita Houck, at home; two brothers, Raymond Houck, South Point, OH, and John Houck, route 1, Catlettsburg; four sisters, Mrs. John Caldwell, Columbus, OH, Mrs. Ed Kitchen, Portsmouth, OH, Mrs. Cass Campbell, Grayson, KY and Mrs. John B. McSorlye, Catlettsburg. Big Sandy News, January 6, 1949

 

KIRK, Edward W.

1877-1949

Edward Waldron Kirk, 71, of Cadmus, died at his home at 3:30 a.m. Monday. Interment will take place in the Kirk Cemetery at Inez, KY following funeral services at 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon from the First Baptist Church at Inez. Mr. Kirk, a retired United Fuel Gas Company employee, had been ill five months. He was born in Wayne County, WV April 14, 1877, son of the late John Lloyd and Alice Cain Kirk. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Clara Harmon Kirk; two daughters, Mrs. Dewey Isaac of Cadmus and Mrs. George Harper of Toledo, OH; three sons, Waldron Kirk of the U. S. Army in Florida, Edward Kirk, Jr., of the U. S. Navy in Boston and Lloyd Kirk of St. Albans, WV; one sister, Mrs. George Hale of Kermit; three brothers. E. B. Kirk of Kermit, E. T. Kirk of Huntington and Rev. L. P. Kirk of St. Albans and 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. The body was removed from the Curtright Funeral Home to the home of his sister, Mrs. Hale, at Kermit, Wednesday. Big Sandy News, January 13, 1949

 

LAMBERT, Hiram

Hiram Lambert, 91, died Friday at 2:30 p.m. at the home of a son, Allen Lambert, Long Branch, Fallsburg, KY, after an extended illness. He was born on East Fork, Lawrence County, KY, a son of the late Jerry and Julia Stewart Lambert. He was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church. Funeral services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the son's residence with the Rev. Fred  Vanhorn officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Charles Jackson, Miami, FL, Mrs. John Ward, Kenova, WV, Mrs. Bill Moore, MacArthur, OH, and Mrs. Dave Jackson, Washington, D. C., another son, Jason Lambert of Route 1, Ashland; three sisters, Mrs. Rebecca Hutchinson and Mrs. Nettie Fannin, Rush, KY and Mrs. Millard White, route 4, Louisa. Big Sandy News, January 20.1949

 

LEWIS, Douglas P.

1911-1949

Douglas P. Lewis, 37 years old, died at 3:40 p.m. following an illness of three days. A son of the late George R. and Lydia Preston Lewis, he was born and reared in Louisa. He had been a member of the Louisa Methodist Church since he was 16 years old. He owned and operated the Lewis Filling Station since the death of his father. Funeral services will be conducted Friday 2 p.m. from the Louisa Methodist Church with the Rev. J. C. Hager and Rev. L. M. Rogers officiating. Burial will be made in the Pinehill Cemetery under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Blanche Robinette Lewis; three sons, George Douglas, Virgil Richard Putnam, and John L. Lewis, all at home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour before the funeral service. Active pallbearers are Dr. F. A. Millard, Sam Lycan, Floyd Van Meter, Kash Ledford, Tom Mabley and Jack Atkins. Big Sandy News, January 13, 1949

 

MAYNARD, Elizabeth (Preston)

1961-1949

Mrs. Elizabeth Chapman Maynard, 87, died at 10:50 a.m. today at the home of a brother, Gus Preston, 910 York St., following an illness of one week. Mrs. Maynard had resided her with her brother for 8 years, coming from Lawrence Co., KY. She was born in Floyd County, a daughter of Harry and Elizabeth Hurt Preston, and was a member  of the Missionary Baptist church in Lawrence county. Funeral services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at the Lazear Funeral Home with the Rev. Clay Caudill officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Burial Park. the body will remain at the funeral home where friends may call after 10 a.m. tomorrow. the brother is the only immediate survivor. Big Sandy News, January 27, 1949

 

PETERS, Belle (Wellman)

Mrs. Belle Peters, 72 years old, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ralph Taylor of Westmoreland, December 23 after a long illness. Funeral services were conducted Thursday with burial in the Fairview Cemetery. She is survived by two other daughters, Mrs. Curtis W. Hutchinson and Mrs. Robert Bailey of Huntington, two sons, ??? Peters of Huntington and L??? Peters of Akron, OH; one sister, Mrs. Stella Chapman of Fort Gay; one brother, Lace Wellman of Circleville, OH, former assistant cashier of the First National Bank of Louisa ; seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. Her husband, Z. T. Peters died several years ago. Big Sandy News, January 6, 1949

 

RILEY, Goldie (Goins)

1904-1949

Mrs. Goldie Goins Riley, 45, a former resident of Ashland, died at 4:30 p.m. Sunday in a Louisa hospital following an illness of one year. Mrs. Riley lived in Ashland for 10 years, moving a month ago to Lawrence County, KY to be with her mother, Mrs. Antha Goins, at Yatesville. Funeral services were held Tuesday noon at Morgan Creek Methodist Church in Lawrence County with the Revs. Henry Sturgill, Fred Vanhorn and Lloyd Jordan officiating. Burial was made in the Rose Hill Burial Park in Ashland. Surviving are the mother; three daughters, Mrs. Mason Webb, Elyria, OH, Mrs. Paul Kitchen and Mrs. Harvey Lafouy, Dayton, OH, and five sons, James A. Pennington, Elryia, Roy E. and Harold W. Pennington, Dayton, George S. Pennington, Yatesville and Phillip Riley at home. Big Sandy News, January 13, 1949

 

ROBERTSON, Pearly J.

Pearly J. Robertson, 52, of Mill Creek, near Fort Gay, died at his home Monday 2:30 p.m. of self inflicted gun shot wound. Mr. Robertson, a Wayne County farmer and an employee of the Keystone Construction Company of Huntington, had asked his wife to bring him a supply of his favorite tobacco from a nearby store, Monday and ended his life before she returned from the errand. Magistrate Jess W. Horne of Wayne, acting coroner, held an inquest and the verdict was suicide. He had placed the muzzle of the .22 caliber riffle against the right temple just above the ear. His body was found in the front yard about 15 feet from the front porch by Mrs. Robertson when she returned from the store. Magistrate Horne said no motive had been established. Mr. Robertson was the son of the late Lonzo and Mary Smith Robertson of Radnor, WV. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Bette Damron Robertson; two stepsons, William Curtis Williamson of Detroit, MI and Willard Lee Damron of Fort Gay, route 1; four sisters, Mrs. Pearly Copley of Wayne, Mrs. Hessie Lacy and Mrs. Ida Stacy of Stollings, WV and Mrs. Jim Steele of Chattaroy, WV; six brothers, William of Glenhayes, Fred of Wayne, Sibbie of Ferguson, WV, Alfred and Haze of Chattaroy and Charles of Mansfield, OH. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday 2 p.m. from the home with the Rev. Wayne Thompson officiating. Burial was made in the Robertson-Damron Cemetery on Tabors Creek under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, January13, 1949

 

ROBINSON, J. M.

J. M. Robinson, 65, of Ontario, OH, died of a heart attack at the home of his father-in-law, T. G. Clay of Louisa, route 4, Tuesday at 4 p.m. Mr. Robinson had been visiting in the Clay home since Sunday and he and Mr. Clay had walked up a hill to get stove wood. After reaching the top of the hill, Mr. Robinson remarked to his father-in-law climbing hills is hard on a man with heart trouble. he sat down on a fallen tree and in a few minutes died. Dr. H. S. Young held an inquest and returned the verdict as coronary-thrombosis. Born at Bellville, OH, son of Ida Andrews Robinson and the late Monroe Robinson, he had retired seven months ago from the employment of the Gorman-Rupp Company in Mansfield, OH. The body was removed from the Curtright Funeral Home to the Wappner Funeral Home in Mansfield, OH, where funeral services will be conducted Friday. Burial will be made in the Bellville Cemetery. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Leah Clay Robinson, mother, one daughter, Mrs. Donald Cooperrider of Columbus; one son, Lawrence Robinson of Columbus; three sisters, Mrs. Walter Fleming and Mrs. Goldia Mae Glott of Mansfield and Mrs. Leslie Black of Cleveland; and one brother, Paul Robinson of Bellville, OH. Big Sandy News, January 6, 1949

 

SPURLOCK, Evelyn (Preece)

1925-1949

County Coroner W. D. Frazier of Leesburg, VA, Friday had returned a verdict of murder and suicide in the death of Henry Spurlock, 38, and Mrs. Evelyn Preece Spurlock, 24 years old wife, Mrs. Spurlock, was formerly of Louisa. The bodies of Mr. and Mrs. Spurlock were found last Monday on their bedroom floor with shots in the right temples. Spurlock was a tenant farmer. Coroner Frazier said they had been dead about 17 hours. John Chamblin, Loudoun County deputy sheriff, said Spurlock was found holding a 45 caliber automatic pistol in his hand. He said the bodies were found by Leon Woolcott, owner of the farm where the Spurlocks resided. The Spurlocks, Chamblin said, were attired in their night clothes. Woolcott's farm is located 12 miles from Leesburg. Two children, five months and 30 months old girls, were in the bedroom. They were not hurt. Mr. and Mrs. Spurlock came to Loudoun County about four years ago fro Abingdon, VA. They had only recently moved to the Woolcott farm. for three years, they had lived on the Welby C. Poland farm, near Ashburn.

 

Funeral services for Mrs. Evelyn Preece Spurlock, 24, formerly of Louisa, were conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at the residence of an uncle, Ben Preece of Preece, KY. the Rev. Buddy Maynard officiated and burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Surviving are the father, Henry G. Preece, of Louisa, two daughters, Fannie Mae and Anna Belle; three sisters, Mrs. Frank Sturgell of Boons Camp, KY, Mrs. G. B. Fletcher of Cincinnati and Miss Mary E. Preece at home; seven brothers, W. H. and Haskell Preece of Louisa, route 1, Hiram Preece of Milwaukee, WS, Everett Preece of Louisville, Edwin and Rudolph Preece of Louisa and Cpl. James Preece of Fort Riley, KS. Big Sandy News, January 27, 1949

 

WALLACE, James E.

Funeral services for Private James E. Wallace, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Wallace, route 1, Louisa, who was killed in action in Germany, March 15, 1945 was held at Nicholasville, KY, Tuesday, January 18 with interment at Camp Nelson Cemetery. Private Wallace entered service in August 1942 and went overseas in January 1945. Surviving are the parents, the widow, Mrs. Doretha Wallace and one son, Jay Norman Wallace, Vieta, FL; two sisters, Mrs. C. L. Compton and Mrs. Kermit Miller, Louisa, route 1, and two brothers, Eugene and Ernest Wallace, Columbus, OH. Big Sandy News, January 20, 1949

 

WELLMAN, Ersal Ray

Funeral services for Sgt. Ersal Ray Wellman, 23, of Louisa, route 2, will be conducted Saturday, at 2 p.m. from the Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. William W. Moore officiating. Burial will be made in the Wellman cemetery at Walbridge. The W. O. Johnson Post of the American Legion will give military honors at the grave. Sgt. Wellman, son of Mrs. Belva T. Wellman Marsh and the late Henry Wellman, had lived with his grandmother, Mrs. Mary Wellman of Walbridge. Before entering service in 1942 he was employed as a miner at Lorado, WV. Sgt. Wellman was killed in German April 8, 1945. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Belva Marsh of Peach Creek, WV, two sisters, Mrs. Richard Blevins of Singel, WV and Miss Alice Wellman of Simon, WV; two brothers, Mason and Donald Wellman of Logan, WV; and grandparents, Mrs. Mary Wellman of Louisa route 2 and Mrs. and Mrs. Sampson Trent of Sagel, WV. The body will remain at the Young Funeral Home until the funeral hour. Big Sandy News, January 27, 1949

 

WEST, Mrs. L. E.

Mrs.. L. E. West, 73 years old, died at her home in Spencer, WV, Christmas Day. She had apparently been in good health and suffered a heart attack while eating her Christmas dinner. Funeral services were conducted Monday of last week at Spencer. She is survived by four sons, including Iliff West of Fort Gay, principal of Wayne County High School, and three daughters,. Her husband died in 1944. Big Sandy News, January 6, 1949

 

WILLIAMS, Jack

Jack Williams, 64, died December 13, in a hospital at Bedford, VA. Mr. Williams was born in Louisa, going to Moneta, VA about ?? years ago. He had              the school building there for a number of years. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, December 15 at 2 p.m. in the school auditorium and interment was made in the Bethlehem Methodist Church Cemetery. Big Sandy News, January 6, 1949

 

WOODS, Iona (Bradley)

Mrs. Iona Bradley Woods, 76, who since 1946 had resided in the home of a son, Jesse K. Woods, Jr., of Cannonsburg, route 1, Ashland, died Tuesday morning in King's Daughters' Hospital, Ashland. Her death followed an extended illness. Mrs. Woods, widow of Jesse Kelly Woods of route 4, Louisa, who died in 1945, was a member of the Baker Methodist Church of Lawrence County. Surviving are seven sons, S. D. of Grundy, VA, C. H., J. K., Jr., and A. J., all of Cannonsburg, route1, Zeal B. of Webbville, KY, J. W. of Beckley, WV, and Ephriam of Naples, KY; two daughters, Mrs. R. M. Horton of Ashland and Mrs. Frank Moore of route 4, Louisa and a foster son, Ray King Woods of Route 1, Ashland, 15 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren also survive. Funeral services were conducted Thursday afternoon, January 13 at 1 p.m. in the Baker Methodist Church in Lawrence County with burial following in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, January 13, 1949

 

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BARTRAM, Arzetta (Fluty)

1869-1949

Funeral services for Mrs. Arzetta Bartram, 81, Clifford, widow of Billy Bartram, who died at her home Monday morning were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the home. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Mrs. Ross, a member of the United Baptist Church for 47 years, was a daughter of the late Frank and Easter Hammond Fluty. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. C. B. Pegram and Mrs. P. L. David, Williamson, WV, Mrs. Roy Fitzpatrick, Glenhayes, WV and Mrs. Ann Ball, Clifford; three sons, W. H. and Nile R. Bartram, Clifford, and James A. Bartram, Glenhayes; one brother, Thomas Fluty, route 1, Webb, WV; 31 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, February 10, 1949

 

BELCHER, Helen Christine (Perry))

1924-1949

Mrs. Helen Christine Belcher, 24, wife of Arnold Belcher, died at the home, route 2, Louisa Saturday 1:45 a.m. after an illness of four years. Mrs. Belcher, a member of the Cherryville Baptist Church for 8 years, was a daughter of Ray Perry and the late Jessie Vaughan Perry. Funeral services were conducted Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Cherryville Baptist Church with the Rev. W. E. Curnutte officiating. Burial was made in the Perry Cemetery near Cherryville under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Surviving are the husband; one daughter, Mary Ellen, one son, Bill Arnold, the father, route 2, Louisa; two sisters, Elsie Marie, Nadean, Rae, Gladys and Rosie Perry, at home, three brothers, Donald Perry, Catlettsburg and Colman and David Perry, Mansfield, OH. Big Sandy News, February 3, 1949

 

CASTLE, Emma (McKinster)

1877-1949

Mrs. Emma McKinster, Castle, 71, died at her home at Adams, Sunday morning at 6:45 a.m. after an illness of one week. Widow of the late Warren A. Castle and daughter of the late Jesse and Mary Ramey McKinster. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. from the Ledocio School house with the Rev. Gallie Isaac and Rev. Hansford Dooley officiating. Burial was made in the Castle Cemetery at Ledocio under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. She is survived by five daughters, Mrs. Jesse Raling, Mrs. Clarence Brumfield, Mrs. Leonard Brammer, Mrs. Everett Swartz, all of Columbus, OH, and Mrs. Bert Thompson of Louisa; six sons, Wesley Castle of Toledo, OH, Greenville, Fred, Melton, Forrest W. Castle, all of Columbus, John Castle of Waverly, OH, three sisters, Mrs. William Crum, Mrs. J. M. Short of Adams, Mrs. William Swetnam of Sinking Springs, OH; two brothers, Milt McKinster of Adams, and Jesse McKinster of Fort Gay; 41 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, February 3, 1949

 

COPLEY, Billy

Funeral service for the Rev. Billy Copley, 95, who died Thursday morning at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Bertha Prince, Adams, KY, were held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Dry Ridge Church with the Rev. S. B. Ball, C. W. Moore, William W. Moore, and W. T. Fraley officiating. Burial was in the Berry Cemetery at Adams under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Mr. Copley, a Methodist minister for 75 years, retiring 2 1/2 years ago due to ill health was born in Wayne County, WV, a son of the late William and Julina Wilson Copley. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Cordilla Chaffin, Ashland, Mrs. Julia Adkins, route 1, Louisa, Mrs. Prince and Miss Brilla Copley of Adams. Big Sandy News, February 17, 1949

 

CORDLE, James Garfield

Funeral services for James Garfield Cordle, 59, of Louisa, route 1, were conducted at 1 p.m. Monday at the Cordell Church. the Rev. William W. Moore and Rev. Dave Al Hayes officiated, and burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. He died suddenly early Friday morning at his home. He had been a keeper at the Lawrence county infirmary for the past three years. He was born in Cordell, KY, the son of the late Jerry and Haley Moore Cordle. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Cora Short Cordle; four daughters, Mrs. Frank Blair of Catlettsburg, Mrs. James Gullett, Mrs. Russell Limings, and Mrs. Millard Chaffin of Columbus, OH; five sons, Jason, Abraham, Jackson, and Jerry, all of Columbus, Earl W. at home and four sisters, Mrs. B. B. Short of Cordell, Mrs. Arville Wheeler of Blaine, Mrs. John Knuckles and Mrs. Cova Williams, of Columbus. Big Sandy News, February 24, 1949

 

CRABTREE, Brenda Sue

Brenda Sue Crabtree, 2 years old daughter of Woodrow and Mary Lena Jackson Crabtree of Genova, WV died at the home of her parents, Tuesday morning 11:30 a.m. Funeral service will be conducted Thursday from the Hopewell Methodist Church near Coleman, WV with the Rev. Carmi Webb officiating. Burial will take place in the family cemetery under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Surviving are the parents; one sister, Linda Lou at home; grandparents, Rev.  and Mrs. Carmi Crabtree and Mr. and Mrs. John B. Jackson of Fort Gay, Route 1. Big Sandy News, February 24, 1949

 

FRALEY, Clyde

Clyde Fraley, 56, farmer, died at Greenup on Monday night at 6 p.m. Mr. Fraley's death followed an illness of more than six months. He is survived by his wife, several brothers and sisters, Dr. H. H. Holbrook of this county is a brother in law. The funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the ?? Sammons Chapel, Greenup. Burial was made in Holbrook Cemetery at Blaine. Big Sandy News, February 17, 1949

 

GRISWOLD, M. G.

GRISWOLD, Lydia Angie

An 85 year old Methodist minister died here late Wednesday and his 79 years old wife fell dead about 5 minutes later. Friends said that the Rev. M. G. Griswold had been out for a walk and was returning home. He collapsed when he stepped onto his porch. His wife, Mrs. Lydia Angie Griswold, ran across to a neighbors house for help and was stricken in the driveway of her home as she was returning. A daughter, Mrs. Onie U. Kays of Ashland, said that both her parents had heart ailments for some time. Mr. Griswold had been a minister in Kentucky for 65 years. Although he retired 15 years ago, he continued to preach at the Gallup Circuit Church near here. Surviving are two other daughters, Mrs. Goldie Pegram of Louisville and Mrs. Edward Walker of Ronall, MT and five sons, Thomas E. Griswold of Fort Worth, TX, Vernon of San Diego, Harold of Atlanta, GA, Ralph of Ashland and Nathaniel who is stationed at Fort Bragg, NC. The bodies will remain at the Young Funeral Home until arrangements for burial are made. Big Sandy News, February 3, 1949

 

Funeral services for Rev. N. G. Grizwold, 85, and his wife, Mrs. Lydia Angie Grizwold, 79, who died suddenly Wednesday of last week at their home here, were held Monday at 2 p.m. from the First Methodist Church with the Rev. W. P. Fryman, Rev. E. P. Swann and Rev. L. M. Rogers officiating. Burial was made in the Pinehill Cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Rev. and Mrs. Grizwold had gone for a walk last Wednesday and Rev. Grizwold collapsed on the front porch of his home. His wife ran across to a neighbor's house for help and was stricken in the driveway of the home as she was returning. Rev. and Mrs. Grizwold had been married 62 years. He had been a Methodist minister for 61 years. Surviving are the children, two sisters, and two brothers of Rev. Grizwold and one sister and two brothers of Mrs. Grizwold. Big Sandy News, February 10,1 949

 

HUGHES, Oscar

1871-1949

Oscar Hughes, 78 years old, succumbed January 21 at his home at Lackey following an illness of 10 days of cancer of the stomach. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Lizzie Hughes, two sons, Clarence Hughes of Garrett, Billy Hughes of Prestonsburg, and two daughters, Mrs. Bud Bentley of Garrett and Mrs. Sam Fletcher of Louisa; 26 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon, January 23 at Louisa, the Rev. Ernest Ward, Carnie Huff and Everett Daniels officiating. Burial was made in the Hughes Cemetery at Louisa under the direction of Ryan Funeral Home of Prestonsburg. Big Sandy News, February 3, 1949 (NOTE: Found a death record for a William Oscar Hughes, born Oct 18, 1871 died Jan 14, 1949 in Knott Co., KY, son of Samuel Hughes and Emma Carter, of Lawrence County, KY)

 

JOBE, Carrie Mae (Jordan)

1892-1949

Mrs. Carrie Mae Jobe, 57, of Clarksburg, WV, died at her home Saturday, February 12. She had been ill two and a half years. Born September 9, 1892, in Louisa, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jordan. She was a member of the Methodist Church in Louisa. On March 20, 1908, she was married to Lindsey Jobe who survives with two daughters, Mrs. George W. Miller of Circleville, OH, and Mrs. Sylvester Bookwalter of Clarksburg; three sons, Charles of Clarksburg, Harmon at home and Jay of Washington Courthouse, OH; two brothers, Charles and L. M. Jordan both of Charleston, WV. Funeral services were conducted from the Clarksburg Methodist Church at :30 p.m. Monday and burial was made in the Brown's Chapel. Big Sandy News, February 24, 1949

 

MEEK, Martin Franklin

1870-1949

M.F. Meek, 79, Louisa, route 1, formerly U. S. Commissioner at Williamson, WV for 10 years died at 1 p.m. Thursday at his home following an illness of one year. He was born in Lawrence County, December 4, 1869, a son of the late R. H. and Carrie Goble Meek. He had been a member of the Baptist Missionary Temple of Huntington for 29 years. Funeral services were held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Curtright Funeral Home with the Rev. J. C. Hager officiating. Burial was made in the Meek Cemetery at Smokey Valley. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Jennie Meek, a son, Clyde Meek, one sister, Mrs. Rebecca Shaffer; a brother, George Meek, and two grandchildren, all of Louisa route 1. Big Sandy News, February 3, 1949

 

MILLER, P. B.

1883-1949

P.B. Miller, retired Ashland grocer, died Sunday at 1:30 a.m. at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Manus Robinette, 310 Central Avenue, Ashland, following an illness of two weeks. Mr. Miller, a resident of Ashland for 25 years, was born March 14, 1883, at Adeline, this county, a son of the late Charles and Emma Ogle Miller. He was a member of the Pollard Methodist Church. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the John Steen Funeral Home with the Rev. Claude Applegate and the Rev. I. J. Scudder officiating. Burial was made in the Ashland Cemetery. Surviving are one son, Charles Kline Miller, Ashland; three daughters, Mrs. Robinette, Mrs. Howell and Mrs. Chester Elswick, Ashland, two brothers, Ulrich Miller, Ashland, and Charles Miller, Gallipolis, OH; four sisters, Mrs. Anna Cooksey, Mrs. Martin Wheeler, Mrs. George Queen, Ashland and Mrs. Bertha Vanhorn, Adeline. Big Sandy News, February 10, 1949

 

QUEEN, Amanda (Webb)

1861-1949

Mrs. Amanda Webb Queen, 87, widow of Henry M. Queen, who resided with her daughter, Mrs. C. T. Stanley, 1319 Kentucky Avenue, Ashland, died in the King's Daughters' Hospital at 11 a.m. Friday following an illness of two weeks. Mrs. Queen, a resident of Ashland, practically all her entire life, was born at Lynnwood, Lawrence County, KY, February 17,1 861, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Webb. She was a member of the Pollard Baptist Church. Surviving are one son, Joseph B. Queen, Ashland, and two other daughters, Mrs. H. L. Barrett, Raleigh, NC, and Mrs. Mary Queen Barrett, Florence, SC. Big Sandy News, February 10, 1949

 

ROBERTS, Lydia (Wellman)

1865-1949

Mrs. Lydia Wellman Roberts, 83, died at her home here, 410 Sycamore Street, at 11:20 p.m. Thursday night after an illness of one month. Mrs. Roberts, who had resided in Louisa for 20 years, was born at Buchanan, the daughter of the late Elishu and Delilah Sparks Wellman. She moved here from Busseyville. She was a member of the Methodist Church most of her life and had been a member of the First M. E. Church of Louisa for 20 years. Her husband, George Garfield Roberts, succumbed in 1933. Funeral services were held Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the First Methodist Church, with the Rev. E. P. Swann and Rev. S. B. Ball officiating. Burial was made in the Roberts Cemetery in Busseyville under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Surviving are six daughters, Misses Mary, Kathleen, and Sophia Roberts, all at home, Mrs. Milt Bradley, route 1, Louisa, Mrs. Crit See, Gallion, OH, and Mrs. T. W. O'Neal, Bremerton, WA; three sons, Wilbur of Ashland, Al of Haverhill, OH, and Harry H. of Louisa; 26 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, February 10, 1949

 

SHORT, James Leedy

1923-1945

The body of Pfc. James Leedy Short, 21, arrived in Louisa, Tuesday morning and was removed to the Young Funeral Home where it will remain until Friday and then will be taken to the home of his parents on Louisa, route 4. Pfc, Short was born December 26, 1923, at Yatesville, son of Millard F. and Laura Leedy Short. He attended Louisa schools and enlisted in the Army May 11, 1944, going overseas in January 1945. He was serving the 290th Infantry in Germany when he was killed April 7, 1945. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday morning 11 a.m. from the home of the parents with the Rev. C. W. Moore of Adams officiating, and burial will be made in the family cemetery. Members of the W. O. Johnson Post No. 89 of the American Legion will give military honors at the grave. Surviving are the parents, Mrs. and Mrs. M. F. Short, Sr., of Louisa, four brothers, Raymond Short of Louisa, route 3, Harlan Short, at home, Walter Short of Ashland and M. F. Short, Jr., at Logan, WV; six sisters, Mrs. J. F. Rinhart of Huntington, Mrs. J. Francis Kelley of Louisville, Mrs. S. E. Sparks of Lynco, WV, Mrs. Virgil C. Justice of Oceana, WV, Mrs. Joseph P. Viarett of Louisville and Miss Ruth Short of Huntington. Big Sandy News, February 3, 1949

 

SIKES, Bethel (Blanton)

Mrs. Bethel Blanton Sikes, 36, of Huntington and Paintsville, KY, who died Saturday in Huntington of skull injuries suffered when, police say, she was struck over the head with a two-inch board, was buried Tuesday. Everett L. Farmer, 28, of the 1500 block of Chesterfield Avenue, Huntington, who signed a statement Saturday in connection with the slaying, was arraigned before Magistrate Harold Kitchen on Monday on a first degree murder charge. He was place in the Cabell County jail. A magistrate is not empowered to grant bond in murder charges. Mrs. Sikes is survived by her mother, Mrs. Tillie Canterbury of Ashland; the father, Willard Blanton of Charley, KY; six sisters, Mrs. Henry Mandevers of New Holland, OH, Mrs. Ethel Rook of Cooksville, OH, Mrs. Ralph Petit of Springfield, OH, and Mrs. John Taylor and Mrs. James LeGritt of Anmoore, WV; two brothers, Paul Blanton of New Holland and Denny Blanton of Ashland. Big Sandy News, February 17, 1949

 

SKEENS, Virgil

1879-1949

Virgil Skeens, 51, Meade Street, West Russell, retired Chesapeake & Ohio Railway employee, died at 4:45 a.m. Sunday at his home following an illness of five months. Mr. Skeens was born June 1, 1879 in Lawrence County, KY, a son of Mr. and Mrs. James Skeens. He retired two years ago due to ill health. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Carrie Skeens; two daughters, Mrs. Hubert Kelsey, Russell and Mrs. Douglas Stewart, at home; three sons, D. J., Johnnie Y, and Glen Oliver Skeens, at home; three brothers, Lindsey, Clarence, and William Skeens, route 4, Louisa, and one sister, Mrs. Mary Spears, Washington, D. C. Big Sandy News, February 24, 1949

 

SMITH, Vina (Berry)

1877-1949

Mrs. Vina Berry Smith, 71, died at her home, 2336 Greenup Avenue, Ashland, at 11 a.m. Saturday following an illness of five months. Mrs. Smith, a resident of Ashland for 30 years, was born in Lawrence County, KY, November 6, 1877, a daughter of David and Lou Ann Bryant Berry. She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are the husband, Grover Smith; three sons by a former marriage, Bozie, Lon and Lannie Baker, Ashland; two daughters, Mrs. Sus? Fowler and Mrs. Helen Williams, Ashland, one sister, Mrs. Belle Moore, Ashland, two brothers, Claude and Levi Justice, Portsmouth, OH and 14 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, February 24, 1949

 

SWETNAM, Joseph T.

Joseph T. Swetnam, 81, of Blaine, died Sunday morning at 11 a.m. after one day's illness following a stroke. Mr. Swetnam was a former county attorney of Lawrence County and formerly taught school in the county. He had been a member of the Blaine Methodist Church over 50 years. He was the son of the late Neri and Serena Patrick Swetnam and was married to Miss Lucy Thompson 40 years ago. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday at 2 p.m. from the Blaine Methodist Church. Burial was made in the Swetnam Cemetery at Blaine under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Rev. Dave Hewlett of Fallsburg officiated. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Lucy Thompson Swetnam, one daughter, Mrs. Daniel Hamblet of San Francisco, CA and two sons, Joseph T. Swetnam, Jr., of Blaine and Norman Thomas Swetnam with the U. S. Navy in New London, CT. Big Sandy News, February 17,1 949

 

THOMPSON, W. H.

1864-1949

W. H. Thompson, 84, Hamden, OH, former resident of Ashland, died at his home Saturday at 10:30 a.m. following an illness of 15 months. Mr. Thompson was born in Lawrence County, KY, March 11, 1864 a son of Thomas and Jane Thompson. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Fred Blevins of Ashland and Mrs. Jay Kazee, Hamden; one brother, A. L. Thompson and two sisters, Misses Jane and Missouri Thompson, Lawrence County. Big Sandy News, February 24, 1949

 

VANHOOSE, Howard

1917-1949

The body of Pvt. Howard VanHoose will arrive in Paintsville Friday morning and will be taken to the Preston Funeral Home there. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday at 2:30 p.m. from the Mayo Memorial Church with the W. O. Johnson Post No. 89 of the American Legion of Louisa will give military honors at the grave. Pvt. VanHoose, the son of Mr. and Mrs. F. S. VanHoose of Paintsville, graduated from the Paintsville Highs School and attended Kentucky Military Institute and later became associated with his father in the lumber business in Paintsville and Louisa. He entered the military service from Louisa December 11, 1943 and was killed in action in Germany April 15, 1945. At the time of his induction into the Armed Forces he was a member of the Louisa City Council, vice-president of the Louisa Rotary Club, Secretary and Treasurer of the Business Men's Association and a member of the I.O.O.F. He is survived by his widow the former Joan Conley; one sons, Joe Howard, his parents, and a sister, Mrs. Scott Craft, of Louisa. Big Sandy News, February 3, 1949

 

WARD, Celia (Banks)

1860-1949

Mrs. Celia Banks Ward, 89, died Monday at her home at Webbville after an illness of four years. Daughter of the late Dave and Susanna Blair Banks of Cherokee, she had lived in Lawrence County, all of her life. Mrs. Ward had been a life-long member of the Blaine Christian Church. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, at 1 p.m. from the home with the Rev. Jack Perry officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Surviving are the husband, Martin V. Ward, four daughters, Mrs. Frank Webb of Ashland, route 1, Mrs. Homer Steart and Mrs. Morton Kitchen of Hilliards, OH, and Mrs. Plez Boggs of Hannah; two sons, Lonnie Ward of Fallsburg and Ernie Ward of Columbus and one brother, S. A. Banks of Russell, KY. Big Sandy News, February 24, 1949

 

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ADAMS, Elizabeth (Hayes)

1868-1949

Mrs. Elizabeth Hayes Adams, 81, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Homer Campbell at Elkview, WV, Tuesday 3:15 p.m. after an illness of one year. Born in Lawrence County, January 22, 1868, daughter of the late Anderson and Mahala Adams Hayes, she lived at Irad until three years ago when she moved to the home of her daughter in West Virginia. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, 2:30 p.m. from the Curtright Funeral Home with the Rev. J. C. Hager officiating. Burial in the Pinehill Cemetery. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. John Adams of Louisa, Mrs. Gurney Adams of Catlettsburg, Mrs. Harlan Wellman of Irad and Mrs. Campbell of Elkview, WV; 27 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, March 17, 1949

 

BARTRAM, Bertha

1883-1949

Mrs. Bertha Bartram, 66, a resident of Louisa for 23 years, died early Monday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ray Justice. Mrs. Bartram, who had been connected with Rip's Lunchroom, suffered a stroke 10 months ago but had been seriously ill for only two days. She was born in fort Gay, WV, a daughter of the late George W. and Julia See Bartram, and had been a member of the Fort Gay Methodist Church for 51 years. Funeral services were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Fort Gay Methodist Church with the Rev. Rose and the Rev. Edgar Lynch officiating. Burial was made in the Bartram Cemetery at Fort Gay. the body was removed from the Curtright Funeral Home to the home of a sister, Mrs. Malcolm Crutcher, Louisa. Surviving are the daughter, three other sisters, Mrs. Minnie Spencer, Fort Gay, Mrs. Charles Reilsnyder, Akron, OH, and Mrs. W. N. Weddington, Roanoke, VA; one brother, Roy C. Bartram, Amanda, OH; two grandchildren, Mrs. Robert Lyons of Lexington and Bill Joe Justice of Louisa and two great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, March 17, 1949

 

BLACKBURN, Elizabeth (Gussler)

1860-1949

Mrs. Elizabeth Blackburn, 88, route 1, Louisa, widow of Harmon Blackburn, died at 8:20 p.m. Tuesday night at her home. A resident of Louisa since childhood, Mrs. Blackburn was born in Giles County, VA, a daughter of Isaac and Hannah Runyons Gussler. She had been a member of the Methodist Church for 40 years. Funeral services were conducted Thursday at 10 a.m. at the residence with burial in Blackburn Cemetery. Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. D. L. Thompson, Louisa, Mrs. Charles Hale and Mrs. Ogal Childers, route 1, Louisa, Mrs. Levi Miller and Mrs. W. M. Miller, Columbus, OH; four sons, A. W., Freelon, Ora and Rev. Arlie Blackburn, route 1, Louisa and a brother, Eli Gussler of Columbus, OH. Big Sandy News, March 24, 1949

 

BOYD, Fern

1949-1949

Fern Boyd, infant daughter of Charlie and Goldie Bell Boyd of Louisa, died at the parents home Sunday !:30 a.m. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. from the Richardson Cemetery at Richardson with the Rev. Arch Thompson officiating. Burial was made under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Surviving are the parents, four sisters, Una Fay, Frances Myrtle, Carolyn Sue, Juanita and LaFern, a twin sister of the deceased; three brothers, Walter Eugene, Lead, and Charles, Jr., all at home. Big Sandy News, March 10, 1949

 

CLAY, Nancy

Mrs. Nancy Jane Clay, 86, former Ashland resident and wife of the late Monterville Clay of Lawrence County, KY, died Saturday morning at the home of a daughter, Mrs. James Arnett of Mansfield, OH. Surviving are one daughter; six sons, Alonzo Clay, Mansfield, Fred, Frank, Robert, Jess and Allen Clay, Ashland; one sister, Mrs. Alice Frence?, Ashland, 22 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, March 10, 1949

 

COBURN, Julia (Carroll)

1871-1949

Mrs. Julia Carroll Coburn, 78, died at 4:30 a.m. Thursday morning at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Cecil White of 1414 Ramey Street, Ashland, with whom she had been living for the past eight months. Death occurred on her 78th birthday. Mrs. Coburn, widow of Frank Coburn who died in 1925, was born in Carter County, KY, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Sam Carroll. She spent the greater part of her life as a resident of Lawrence County, KY, moving to her daughters' home in Ashland eight months ago from her home in Glenwood, KY. She was a member of the Christian Church of Glenwood. Her death followed an illness of the past two weeks. Surviving are four sons, Arthur of Rush, KY, Dennis and Charlie of Glenwood, Lawrence County, and Fred of Cunard, WV; five daughters, Mrs. Dova Bentley of Webbville, KY, Mrs. Frank White of route 1, Catlettsburg, Mrs. J. D. Fitzpatrick of Prestonsburg, KY, Mrs. L. F. Bush of route 4, Louisa, and Mrs. Cecil White of Ashland. Two brothers, Daniel and Robert Carroll of Olive Hill, KY, and two sisters, Mrs. James Gilbert of Grayson, KY, and Mrs. Hugh Sparks of Louisa, route3, also survive. Other survivors include 36 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. The remains were taken to Glenwood for burial. Big Sandy News, March 17, 1949

 

CREECH, Calvin

1922-1949

The body of Pfc. Calvin Creech, 23, of Blaine will arrive here Saturday morning and be removed from the Young Funeral Home to the home of his parents at Blaine. Born August 28, 1922 at Edsel, KY, son of Henry and Docia Triplett Creech, he attended Blaine schools and was a rural mail carrier three years prior to entering the service, November 17, 1942. Pfc. Creech was killed in Belgium January 6, 1945 while serving with General Patton's 3rd Army. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday at 1 p.m. from the Church of God with the Revs. W. W. Moore and Jett Blevins officiating. Burial will be made in the Creech Cemetery. The W. O. Johnson Post 89 of the American Legion will give military honors at the grave. Surviving are the parents, widow, Mrs. Loraine Johnson Creech; one daughter, Barbara Calvin Creech of Ashland; two sisters, Mrs. Raymond Boggs of Martha and Mrs. Hobson Blevins of Edsel; one brother, Lonnie Creech of Blaine. Big Sandy News, March 31, 1949

 

EDWARDS, Winfield Scott (Fee)

1867-1949

Funeral services for Winfield Scott (Fee) Edwards, 82, of Blaine, KY, who died Saturday night at his residence following a prolonged illness were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Blaine Christian Church by the Rev. W. M. Moore of Louisa. Burial was made in the family cemetery. Mr. Edwards, widely-known farmer was born January 17, 1867 at Blaine, as son of the late William and Susan Evans Edwards. He was a member of the Christian Church. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Edith Nickells Edwards, two whom he had been married for 59 years; seven daughters, Mrs. Henry Griffith of Blaine, Mrs. William Norris of Salt Lick, Mrs. r. L. Parker of Pikeville, Mrs. Willis Barnett of Canada, Mrs. Hermie Nichols of Portsmouth, OH, Mrs. Russell Sparks of New Boston, OH, and Mrs. A. B. Hackney of Morehead; a son, Charles M. Edwards of Danville; 26 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. The body was taken to the residence from the Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, March 10, 1949

 

ESTEP, James

James Estep, 79, died at his home at Adams, Tuesday night at 10 p.m. after an illness of two weeks. A retired farmer, he was the son of the late Manuel and Betsy Meade Estep of Lawrence County. His wife, Rebecca McKinster Estep preceded him in death. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. from the Judd Cemetery at Norris. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Lewis Thompson, Mrs. Jay Thompson, and Mrs. Lee Robinette of Adams, and Mrs. Graden Thompson of Norris; three sons, W. M. Estep, Kay Estep, and Edgill Estep of Louisa, route 1, two sisters, Mrs. Jonas Payne of Cherokee and Mrs. George Pennington of Louisa, route 1; two half sisters, Mrs. Monroe Thompson of Lincoln County, KY and Mrs. Martha Farley of Thealka, KY. Big Sandy News, March 3, 1949

 

EWING, Wallace

Wallace (Wal) Ewing, 49, of Louisa, died early Tuesday morning in a Lakin, WV hospital following an illness of one year. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the A.M.E. Church at Louisa with the Rev. J. C. Hager and Rev. Cecil Hill officiating. Burial was in the Wallace Cemetery under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Mr. Ewing was the son of the late James O. and Annie Burgess Ewing of Louisa. He had shined shoes in Louisa most of his life and had been with the Justice Barber Shop for more than 20 years. Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Willie Barnes, Mrs. Rebecca Harris, and Miss Elizabeth Ewing of Huntington; and two brothers, Chester and James Ewing of Huntington. Big Sandy News, March 10, 1949

 

FRALEY, Laura Belle (Moore)

1869-1949

Funeral services for Mrs. Laura Belle Moore Fraley, 79, were held Sunday at noon at the First Christian Church of Greenup. The Rev. Joseph Zavadsky, pastor of the Greenup Christian Church officiated at the last rites. Burial was made in the Fraley Cemetery at Blaine, KY under the direction of Howard Riggs of the Riggs-Sammons Funeral Home of Greenup. Mrs. Fraley died Thursday morning at 9:!% at the Ashland King's Daughters' Hospital. She was a member of the Christian Church and was a past matron of the Order of Eastern Star of the Blaine Chapter. She is survived by the following children, Mrs. Charles Ledford, Toledo, OH, Mrs. John Swetnam, Columbus, OH, Roy Fraley of Cincinnati, OH, Mart F. and George  of Greenup and Mrs. Ora Roberts of Blaine, KY. Three brothers, Sam Moore, of California, Lum Moore, Plain City, OH and Ernest Moore of Ashland and 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, March 24, 1949

 

HARRIS, Alma (Hollan)

1885-1949

Mrs. Alma Hollan Harris, 63, Chicago, IL, mother of Mrs. J. Everett Moore, Ashland, died Friday morning at her home. Mrs. Harris, who was born in Lawrence County, KY, in 1885, was educated in the public schools of Des Moines, IA and was a graduate of Transylvania College and the University of Kentucky. Surviving are the husband. O. H. Harris; two other daughters, Mrs. Eugene May, Bluefield, WV and Mrs. Karl Victor Davis, Chicago; one son, O. H. Harris, Jr., Pikeville, KY and 7 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, March 31, 1949

 

HAYES, Christopher Columbus

1856-1949

Funeral services for C. C. Hayes, 93, a native of Adams, KY, who died Thursday at the home of a son, Roy Hayes, ???ville, OH as the result of a fall suffered ????. Funeral was held Sunday at 10 a.m. at the Cando Church with Rev. William W. Moore officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Mr. Hayes, a farmer was born in 1856, at Adams, a son of the late Isaac and Kathryn ??? Hayes.  Big Sandy News, March 3, 1949

 

HUGHES, Jennie (Burgess)

1869-1949

Mrs. Jennie Burgess Hughes, 79, died at her home at 213 West Main Street, Louisa, Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. after an illness of one year. Born May 23, 1869, at Louisa, route 1, moving to Louisa in 1882, and living here until her death, she was the daughter of the late Cornelius H. and Julia McClure Burgess. Her husband, A. M. Hughes, who was postmaster of Louisa 12 years, died in 1926. Mrs. Hughes was a charter member of the Louisa Daughters of the American Revolution and a member of the Louisa Methodist Church. Funeral services were conducted from the Louisa Methodist Church Monday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. L. M. Rogers officiating. Burial was made in the Pinehill Cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. J. Q. Lackey, at home; one son, James B. Hughes, assistant cashier of the First National Bank; two grandsons who are students at the University of Kentucky; one sister, Mrs. M. F. Conley of Crewe, WV, and one brother, George R. Burgess of Louisa. Big Sandy News, March 10, 1949

 

HIBBARD, John L.

1856-1949

John L. Hibbard, 92, died at his home at Richardson, Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. after an illness of several months. Born August 7, 1856, at Nashville, TN, he had lived at Richardson for 60 years. Mr. Hibbard was county surveyor of Lawrence County for a number of years and taught school in the county. Funeral services will be conducted Friday morning 10 a.m. from the home with the Rev. Elza Preston and Rev. Arch Thompson officiating. Burial will be made in the Warnick Cemetery. Surviving is one son, Claude Maynard of Richardson. Big Sandy News, March 3, 1949

 

HINKLE, Fred L.

Funeral services for Sergeant Fred L. Hinkle, 22 of Pikeville, formerly of Fort Gay, who was killed in August, 1942, in the Solomon Islands were conducted at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Hinkle Cemetery on Mill Creek near Fort Gay. The Fort Gay Vancouver Post of the American Legion was in charge of military rites. Sergeant Hinkle, son of Fred F. Hinkle of Pikeville and the late Laura Belle Dials Hinkle, entered the Army in September, 1938. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Presidential Unit Citation. While serving in the Army, he was made a Kentucky colonel on the recommendation of the War Department to Governor Keen Johnson. Beside the father, he is survived by a brother, Delmas D. Hinkle of Portland, OR and seven sisters, Miss Irene Hinkle of McVeign, KY, Mrs. George Ball and Mrs. Shular King of McAndrews, KY, Mrs. Herbert McCloud of McDowell, KY, Mrs. R. C. Wilson of Albany, OR, Mrs. Henry Kalz of Vancouver, WA and Mrs. W. M. Brown of Woodland, WA. Funeral services were under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, March 24, 1949

 

JOHNSON, Mary Jane (Jordan)

Mrs. Mary Jane Johnson, 28 years old, of the Point Section of Louisa, route 2, died at her home Thursday, March 17, at 12:05 .m. after an extended illness. Daughter of Orson and Mary Miles Jordan of Houckville, Mrs. Johnson had been living on the point only four months, moving there from Louisa, route 3. Funeral services were conducted Friday at 11 a.m. from the home with the Rev. Jack See of Louisa, route 2, officiating. Burial was made in the Johnson Cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Surviving are the husband, Jesse Ray Johnson; two daughters, and three sons, parents, three sisters, Mrs. Milton Jordan of Salt Petre, WV, Mrs. Ernest Young of Salt Petre, WV and Miss Oma Jordan of Columbus, OH; two brothers, Lum Jordan and Conley Jordan, both of Columbus, OH. Big Sandy News, March 24, 1949

 

MARTIN, Kimball

The body of Pfc. Kimball Martin, 19, son of Mrs. Nannie Martin Coburn and the late Scott Martin of Chattaroy, WV, will arrive in Louisa Saturday and be taken to the Young Funeral Home where it will remain until funeral services. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday from the Copley Cemetery at Webb, WV with the Vancouver Post of the American Legion of Fort Gay ??? honors. Survivors include the mother, one sister, Mrs. George ??? of Chattaroy; two brothers, Bur? Martin and Scott Martin both of Chattaroy, WV. Big Sandy News, March 24, 1949

 

MCINTIRE, Evans L.

1921-1945

The body of Corporal Evans L. McIntire, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. F. McIntire of Allegan, MI, former residents of Louisa, who was killed in action May 16, 1945 at Okinawa arrived here Wednesday morning and was taken tot he Curtright Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday 2:30 p.m. from the First Methodist Church with the Rev. E.P. Swann officiating. Burial will be made in the Pinehill Cemetery. The W. O. Johnson Post No. 39 of the American Legion will give military honors at the grave. Cpl. McIntire, who was employed as an oil well tool dresser before entering the service February 1942 at Camp Cluster, MI, was born June 21, 1921 at Milton, WV. He attended Louisa Grade School and was a member of the First Methodist Church of Louisa for 14 years. He served 33 months in the Aleutians before going to the Pacific theater in January 1945. He is survived by his widow, the former Mary Belle Weaver of Farewell, MI; one daughter, Hilda Mae McIntire of Farewell, MI; parents; three sisters, Mrs. A. B. Cyrus of Allegan, MI, Mrs. Ray B. Harbour of Milton, WV and Mrs. J. N. Marcum, Jr., of Louisa; three brothers, Everett L., Arthur and Jack McIntire all of Allegan, MI. Big Sandy News, March 17, 1949

 

MCNEIL, Elmer

Funeral services for Private Elmer McNeil, 27, of Houckville, KY who was killed in April, 1945, on Okinawa, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Evergreen Church at Busseyville, KY. The Rev. Arthur Morris, the Rev. Jack  Perry and the Rev. W.S. Boggs will officiate. W. O. Johnson Post No. 89 of the American Legion will conduct military rites at the graveside in the Thompson Cemetery. The body will arrived Thursday, March 17, and be taken to the Young Funeral Home. It will be taken to the home of the parents, S. L. and Hattie Young McNeil at 10 a.m. Friday. Private McNeil was a farmer before he joined the service in September 1941. Besides the parents, he is survived by a sister, Mrs. Bill Williams of Columbus and a brother, Eugene McNeil of Houckville. Big Sandy News, Mach 17, 1949

 

PATTERSON, John t.

John T. Patterson, 71, of Fort Gay, route 1, died in a Louisa hospital Tuesday 3:35 p.m. after an illness of eight months. Mr. Patterson had been a resident of Fort Gay for three years and prior to that he lived at Alabama and Louisville, KY. His wife, Mammie Hill Patterson, died 7 years ago. He had been a member of the House of David for 30 years Funeral services will be conducted Friday 2:30 p.m. from the Fort Gay Methodist Church with the Rev. Tom H. Fluty and Rev. Fred Rose officiating. Burial will be made in the Frasher Cemetery. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Floyd Dillon of Fort Gay, route 1, one son, Charles A. Patterson of Louisville; one sister, Mrs. J. W. Strain of Alabama; 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. The body will remain at the Curtright Funeral Home until one hour before the funeral at which time it will be taken to the church to lie in state one hour. Big Sandy News, March 10, 1949

 

PATTON, Lon

1895-1949

Lon Patton, 53, Louisa, section foreman for the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway, died in a Huntington, WV hospital at midnight Wednesday of last week following major surgery. He had been a patient in the hospital three days. Mr. Patton, a member of the Freewill Baptist Church, had been employed with the C & O for 38 years. He was born at East Point, KY, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Patton. Funeral services were held Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. William W. Moore officiating. Burial was made in the Turner Cemetery, two miles north of Paintsville under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Corlida Crabtree Patton; seven daughters, Mrs. G. R. Rissmiler, Philadelphia, PA, Mary Louise, Jo Ann, Betty Lou, Dorothy Jean, Carol and Emma Sue Patton, at home; four sons, Cecil Patton, Louisa, John Thomas, Robert and Lon Patton, Jr., at home; two sisters, Mrs. Martin Bender, Elwood City, PA and Mrs. Phillip Bentley, California; four brothers, Willie Patton, Allen Creek, KY, Charles Patton Prestonsburg; Sam and Ray Patton, Buchanan. Big Sandy News, March 17, 1949

 

PELFREY, Sadie (Frazier)

Mrs. Sadie Frazier Pelfrey, 62, died at her home, route 1, Wayne, WV on the Wayne-Williamson road, Sunday at 11 a.m. Mrs. Pelfrey, who had resided at Wayne for 15 years, was a daughter of the late Elisha and Lizzie Frazier. She had been a member of the Methodist Church for 50 years. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Hopewell Methodist Church with the Rev. Carmie Crabtree, the Rev. Homer Pelfrey and the Rev. John W. Crabtree officiating. Burial was made in the Crabtree Cemetery. The body was removed from the Curtright Funeral Home to the residence Sunday afternoon. Surviving are the husband, Floyd Pelfrey; two daughters, Miss Flora Pelfrey and Mrs. Jasper Stubbs, at home; five sons, Ovel and Wayne Pelfrey, at home; Paul Robert, Cecil and Harold William Pelfrey, route 1, Wayne; three sisters, Mrs. R. B. Lowe, Fort Gay, WV, Mrs. Bessie Dean, route 1, Wayne and Mrs. R. D. Rucker, Milton, WV and 11 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, March 31, 1949

 

PHILPOTT, J. S.

J. S. Philpott, 87, route 2, Fort Gay, WV, died Monday night in a Louisa hospital following an illness of six months. Mr. Philpott, a retired Norfolk & Western Railway employee, was born in Henry County, VA, a son of John P. and Mary Legear Philpott. He had been a member of the United Baptist Church for 50 years. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the home of a son, Taylor Philpott, Fort Gay, with the Rev. Owen E. Philpott, Fieldale, VA and Rev. John Castle, Fort Gay, officiating. Burial will be in the family cemetery. The body will be removed from the Young Funeral Home to the son's residence Thursday. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Belle Jones Philpott; one daughter, Mrs. Nora Peters, route 1, Fort Gay; three other sons, Oscar and Tony Philpott, St. Albans, WV and Clarence B. Philpott of Mansfield, OH, 19 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, March 24, 1949

 

PICKLESIMER, Leva Ann (Lemaster)

1864-1949

Mrs. Leva Ann Picklesimer, 84, died on Saturday, February 26 at the home of her daughter,  Mrs. Cassie Hitchcock, Smiths Grove, Kentucky, died after a heart attack. Mrs. Picklesimer was born June 28,1864, in Johnson County, the daughter of Daniel and Katherine Salyer Lemaster. Her husband, Nathaniel Picklesimer, preceded her in death 35 years ago. She was a sister of Mrs. Jane Bayes of Blaine and Mrs. Margaret Green of Chandlersville, KY. Big Sandy News, March 10, 1949

 

QUEEN, Frank

1875-1949

Frank Queen, 73, 3016 Carter Avenue, city councilman and retired Ashland grocer, died at 8:35 a.m. last Thursday at his home following an illness of several weeks. Mr. Queen, a resident of Ashland practically his entire life was born July 18, 1875, in Lawrence County, KY , a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Walter Queen. Retiring from the grocery business in 1938, Mr. Queen served as Boyd County commissioner from 1938 to 1941 and was elected to city council last November, taking office in January of this year. He was a member of the Centenary Methodist Church. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Nora Miller Queen, two sons, William F. Queen, Norman, OK and Francis V. Queen, Washington, D. C.; one daughter, Mrs. Donald Maggard, Ashland, one brother, Jay Queen, Lawrence County, KY and three grandchildren. Big Sandy News, March 24, 1949

 

ROBINETTE, Cleve (Bear)

Cleve (Bear) Robinette, 58, died at his home, Lackey Street, Louisa, Monday at 4 p.m. following an illness of three weeks. An employee of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway for 18 years, Mr. Robinette was born at Blaine, KY, a son of the late W. T. and Sarah Fraley Robinette. His wife, Mrs. Louanna Hughes Robinette, died in November 1943. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. William W. Moore officiating. Burial will be in Pinehill Cemetery. The body will remain at the Curtright Funeral Home until 1 p.m. Thursday when it will be taken to the church. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Dave Crabtree, Gladys, KY, Mrs. Otis Fraley and Miss Mary L. Robinette, Louisa and Mrs. Ray Nickel, Baltimore, MD, one son, Clifford Robinette, Louisa, four brothers, Mont Robinette, Gallup, KY, Pete and John Robinette, Louisa, and Kelly Robinette, route 1, Louisa. Big Sandy News, March 24, 1949

 

SALYER, Benjamin F.

1864-1949

Benjamin F. Salyer, 85 years old, a retired farmer of Brushy Creek near Blaine, KY, died suddenly at his home at 7 a.m. Saturday morning. He was a member of the Enterprise Baptist Church for 12 years. Mr. Salyer was born at Flat Gap, KY, a son of Levi and Sarah McKenzie Salyer. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday morning 10 a.m. from the Low Gap Enterprise Baptist Church with the Rev. Arthur Morris, Rev. Hood Walden and Rev. Emmerson Collier officiating. Burial will be made in the Salyer Cemetery. The body will be removed from the Curtright Funeral Home to the residence Friday morning. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Amanda Brown Salyer, to whom he had been married 59 years; two daughters, Mrs. Herbert Sturgill of Louisa, route 2, and Mrs. J. F. Fyffe of Blaine; three sons, Eslie Salyer of Johnstown, OH, Walter D. Salyer of Gahanna, OH, and Junior Salyer of Blaine, 14 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, March 24, 1949

 

TONEY, Boyd Pearl

Boyd Pearl Toney, 72, farmer, livestock dealer and owner and operator of a sawmill at Fort Gay, WV, died in a Louisa hospital at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday night of injuries suffered Tuesday afternoon at his sawmill. Mr. Toney a lifelong resident of Fort Gay, was a son of Mrs. Frances Ferguson Toney, Huntington, WV and the late Theodore Toney. Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at the Fort Gay Methodist Church with the Rev. P.F. Rose and the Rev. Edgar Lynch officiating. Burial will be in the Bartram Cemetery. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Elizabeth Copley Toney, to whom he had been married 50 years; one son, Pearl Toney, Jr., route 1, Fort Gay; the mother; two sisters, Mrs. Olla Dawson, Huntington and Mrs. Jetta Smith, Greenup, KY, and one brother, Paul Toney, Huntington. The body will be removed from the Young Funeral Home to the son's residence Thursday evening and will be taken to the church at 1 p.m. Friday. Big Sandy News, March 24, 1949

 

VANHOOSE, Norberta (Harlow)

Mrs. Norberta Harlow Vanhoose, 21, wife of Phillip I. Vanhoose, died at 2:15 a.m. Friday at the home of her parents, H. E. and Mary M. Smith Harlow, 214 Jefferson Street, following an illness of two days. Mrs. Vanhoose was born in Kenova, WV, but had spent most of her life in Louisa. Funeral services were conducted Sunday at 2 p.m. at the parents residence with the Rev. William W. Moore officiating. Burial was made in the Pinehill Cemetery under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Surviving are the parents; husband, two sisters, Mrs. J.W. Graves of Fort Gay and Miss Edna Harlow of Louisa; two brothers, Emmett Harlow of Portsmouth, OH, and Hal Harlow of Shelby, KY; 6 nieces and 4 nephews and one great nephew. Big Sandy News, March 17, 1949

 

WALDECK, Lottie (Sansom)

1865-1949

Mrs. Lottie Sansom Waldeck, 83, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. C. Ryan, 314 Perry Street, Louisa, Wednesday afternoon at 1:45 p.m. Her husband, John A. Waldeck died in 1941. Mrs. Waldeck was born June 30, 1865, daughter of the late James and Susan Sansom of the Falls of Tug, WV. She had been an invalid for the past several years and suffered a cerebral hemorrhage March 3rd. Mrs. Waldeck was a member of the Louisa Methodist Church, and one of Louisa's oldest citizens. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Ryan and one grandson, John N. Ryan, student at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. Funeral services will be conducted Friday 2 p.m. from the home of her daughter. Burial will be made in the Pinehill Cemetery under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, March 10, 1949

 

WOOD, Emily (Conley)

1904-1949

Mrs. Emily B. Conley Wood, 44, died at her home in Beaumont, TX, Tuesday evening after an illness of two months. Born in Louisa, the daughter of Mrs. Willie Burgess Conley and the late M. F. Conley, she was married to Roland P. Wood 21 years ago. She had resided at Park Ridge, IL 12 years prior to moving to Beaumont. Mrs. wood had been a member of the Methodist Church since girlhood. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 2 p.m. from the Curtright Funeral Home with the Rev. L. M. Pozers officiating an interment will be made in the Pinehill Cemetery. Surviving are the husband; one daughter, Jane Wood at home; mother, Mrs. M. F. Conley of Crewe, VA; one sister, Mrs. B. H. Maben of Crew, VA; one brother, Neil B. Conley of Plainfield, NJ and one uncle, G. R. Burgess of Louisa. Mrs. Wood's body will arrived in Louisa Friday afternoon and will be removed to the Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, March 24, 1949

 

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ARROWOOD, Mrs. Gertrude (Fraley)

1916-1949

Mrs. Gertrude Arrowood, 32, wife of Clyde Arrowood, Chief of Police Van Lear, Kentucky, died at a local hospital on Wednesday, April 6, 1949 after an illness of six months. Mrs. Arrowood was born in Lawrence County, KY, on June 10, 1916, the daughter of William and Geneva Miller Fraley. She was a life long resident of Van Lear, where she was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church.  Besides her husband she is survived by three sons Richard, James Anthony and Clyde Robert all of Van Lear. Also surviving are three brothers and a sister, Bill Fraley Jr., West Van Lear, Woodrow J. Fraley, Eugene Fraley and Mrs. Walter Barker, all of Van Lear. Funeral services were held at the Van Lear Baptist Church at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 10 by the Rev. W. L. Hooper. Interment was in the Pine Hill Cemetery at Louisa Kentucky, under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, April 21, 1949

 

BYINGTON, Herber

Herber Byington, a son of the late Prof. W. M. Byington, and a member of the Danville, KY police force died at a Danville hospital, Monday of last week of a heart ailment with which he was stricken April 7. Byington formerly resided in Louisa where his father was president of the Kentucky Normal College. He married Miss Lula Jarrell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Jarrell of Martin. Surviving are his widow, a  daughter, Regina, a son, Monty, his mother, Mrs. W. M. Byington, Bristol, TN; two brothers, and eight sisters. Funeral was held at Danville, KY. Big Sandy News, April 28, 1949

 

CASTLE, Hayes

1876-1949

Hayes Castle died at the home of a son, Rell Castle at Louisa, at 2:00 P. M., on Wednesday, April 6, 1949, after an illness of several months. Mr. Castle, a farmer, was a native of Johnson County, the son of Mr., and Mrs. Alonzo Castle. He had been a resident of Louisa for three months prior to his death. He is survived by his wife, Jane Castle, three daughters, Rilda Daniel, Nippa, KY., Mrs., Ralph Daniel, Louisa, Mrs. Lorraine Daniel, Springfield, Ohio, and three sons, Rell, Louisa, Ora, Seco, and Arlen, Sitka, KY.  He is also survived by several grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted on Thursday, April 7, at 2:00 P. M., at the Sycamore School by Rev. Nath Van Hoose Burial was under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, April 14, 1949

 

COMPTON, Ross

1891-1949

Ross Compton, 58 years old, died suddenly at his home in High Bottom addition of Louisa, Saturday morning 11:45 a.m. after an illness of four months. Son of the late James and Rosa Vanhoose Compton, he had lived in Louisa all his life. A retired mechanic and radio repairman, Mr. Compton was a member of the I.O.O.F. No. 270 of Louisa. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, at 2 p.m. from the First Methodist Church in Louisa with the Rev. E. Swarn, Rev. W. W. Moore and Rev. J. C. Hager, officiating. Burial was made in the Pinehill Cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. The I.O.O.F. held their rites at the grave. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Ramey Lee Prince Compton, whom he had been married to for 27 years; one son, Wayne Scott of Louisa, four brothers, Leonard and Leon of Louisa, Tanner Compton of Edwardsville, IL, Chester P. Compton of Dayton, OH and one grandson. Big Sandy News, April 7, 1949

 

CRISLIP, George B.

1860-1949

George B. Crislip, 88, died on Friday, April 15, 1949 at his home, after an illness of two years. Mrs. Crislip was born June 16, 1860, in Lawrence County, Kentucky, the son of Abraham and Martha McGinnis Crislip. At the time of his death he was living at Sitka, where he was engaged in farming, and where he was a member of the Enterprise Baptist Church.  He was preceded in death by his wife in September 1948. Survivors include four sons and two daughters and one sister. Big Sandy News, April 28, 1949

 

FUNK, Melva (Gartin)

1865-1949

Mrs. Melva Gartin Funk, 84, former Ashland resident and the widow of the late Dr. L. L. Funk of Chicago, IL, died at 2:35 p.m. Wednesday of last week in New York City. The body arrived in Ashland at 10:45 a.m. Friday morning and was removed to the Lazear Funeral Home. Funeral services were conducted at the funeral home at 2 p.m. Saturday and burial was in Ashland Cemetery. Mrs. Funk is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Paula Gartin Funk, New York City, and one son, Paul Victor Funk, also of New York City. She was the sister of the late John P. Gartin of Ashland and was the aunt of Otto C. Gartin, Joe Gartin, Charles and Ray Holbrook, and Mrs. G. W. Loar, all of Ashland. Several other nieces and nephews of Mrs. Funk live in this vicinity. Mrs. Funk and her husband moved to Chicago from Ashland, and after her husband's death, she moved to New York, where she had resided for about 10 years. She was a past worthy matron of the Eastern Star Lodge of Chicago and a past president of the Children's Day Association of Chicago. She was an interested worker in welfare and children's activities and was formerly a grade school teacher in Lawrence and Carter Counties, KY. Big Sandy News, April 21, 1949

 

HEWLETT, Flora (Crank)

Mrs. Flora Crank Hewlett, widow of James Hewlett, died at 11:30 p.m. Sunday night at the home of a sister, Mrs. Gene Pool of 3635 Park Street, Catlettsburg. Her death followed an extended illness. Mrs. Hewlett was born in Lawrence county, KY, a daughter of the late John and Matilda Mullins Crank. She had been a resident of Catlettsburg for the past 25 years. For the past several months she had been residing with her sister who is the only surviving relative. Burial was made in the Catlettsburg Cemetery. Big Sandy News, April 21, 1949

 

HICKS, Mary (Enyart)

Mrs. Mary Enyart Hicks, 57, of route 1, Catlettsburg, died Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. in a Huntington, WV hospital following an illness of the past two months. Mrs. Hicks was a native of Lawrence County, KY, a daughter of the late Frank and Sarah Lett Enyart. She was a member of the Grassland Methodist Church. Surviving are her husband, Edgar Hicks, three daughters, six brothers, and four sisters. Burial was in the Fannin Cemetery, Boyd County. Big Sandy News, April 21, 1949

 

ISON, Mary (Wicker)

1923-1949

Mrs. Mary Ison, 25, wife of Albert Ison, Ironville, route 1, Ashland, died at the home at 3 a.m. Wednesday of last week following an illness of three months. A resident of Boyd County for 8 years, Mrs. Ison was born at Blaine, KY, May 5, 1923, a daughter of George and Melissa Triplett Wicker. She was a member of the Baptist Church. Funeral services were held Friday at 2 p.m. at the Ironville Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Cremeans officiating. Burial was made in the Tackett family cemetery. Surviving are the husband, two daughters, Nancy Sue and Roberta Jean Ison, at home; one son, Albert Raymond Ison at home; three sisters, Mrs. Nancy Adams, Louisa, Mrs. Nora Johnson, route 2, Ashland and Mrs. Phoebe Pennington, Omar, WV; three brothers, Kimmell Wicker, Ashland, Julius and Ted Wicker, Lawrence Co., KY. Big Sandy News, April 28, 1949

 

MILLER, John C.

1874-1949

Funeral services for John C. Miller, 75, Georges Creek, who died Wednesday evening of last week at the home following an extended illness were held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Belles Chapel Church with the Rev. William W. Moore officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery on Meade's Branch under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Mr. Miller, a lifelong resident of Lawrence County was born at Norris, KY, a son of the late William and Polina Moore Miller. He had been a member of the Freewill Baptist Church for 50 years. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Gertrude Hinkle Miller; six daughters, Mrs. Otis Hayes, Columbus, OH, Mrs. Arlie Castle, Georges Creek, Mrs. George Stacey, Whitesville, WV, Louise, Garnet and Amanda Frances Miller, at home; three sons, Wesley, Lindsey, and Charlie Miller, at home; and ten grandchildren. Big Sandy News, April 7, 1949

 

MOORE, Roscoe C.

1882-1949

Dr. R. C. Moore, 66, died at his home three miles south of here at 5:30 a.m. Saturday following a stroke at midnight. He had been in bad health for 15 years. Dr. Moore was born May 19, 1882, the son of the late Garland J. and Elizabeth Moore. He resided in Louisa all of his life. The deceased was graduated from Ohio State University's veterinary college and was elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 1922. He also served two terms as judge of Lawrence County. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Annie Vanhorn Moore; two daughters, seven sons, and one sister. The daughters are: Mrs. Lee Hicks of Ashland and Miss Louella Moore of Louisa. The sons are: Garland B., Ira P., R. C. Jr., Herman and Ferris R., all of Louisa and Connie R. and Edgar J. Moore of Columbus. His surviving sister is Mrs. Mollie Ball of Adams. The body remained at the Young Funeral Home until Monday at 2 p.m. when it was removed to the residence. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the First Methodist Church here with the Revs. S. B. Ball, Luke Alley and E. P. Swann officiating. Burial was made in the Alley Cemetery on route 4. Big Sandy News, April 21, 1949

 

O'DANIEL, Elbia

Stricken with a heart attack at his home, 564 Blackburn Avenue, Ashland, at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday night of last week, Elbia O'Daniel, 36, employed as a welder at the Leach Station plant of the Ashland Oil and Refining Company, died en route to an Ashland hospital. Mr. O'Daniel was a native of Lawrence County, KY, and had been a resident of Boyd County for the past 7 years. Surviving are his parents, Ben and Hattie Moore O'Daniel of route 4, Louisa, his wife, Mrs. Charlene Copley O'Daniel; one son, Robert Ben, at home, one daughter, Glenna Ruth O'Daniel, at home, and two sisters, Mrs. Elmer Hatborne of Cincinnati, OH and Miss Mary Frances O'Daniel of Ashland.  Funeral services were held Saturday morning at 10:30 from the Newcomb Chapel, Lawrence County, KY with burial following in the Harmon Cemetery, also in Lawrence County. Rev. Dave Hewlett of Buchanan, Boyd county officiating, assisted by Rev. I. J. Scidder, pastor of the Second Methodist Church of Ashland. Big Sandy News, April 28, 1949

 

PRESTON, Mabel

1905-1949

Miss Mabel Preston, 43 years old died at the home of her sister, Mrs. T.B. Bailey of Blaine, Wednesday morning at 2:20 o'clock after an illness of three months. Miss Preston was born May 4, 1905 at Georges Creek, daughter of the late Frank A. and Ellen Leslie Preston. She was a member of the Methodist Church. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 11 a.m. from the Borders Chapel with the Rev. G. A. Thompson, Rev. S. B. Ball and Rev. W. J. Perry officiating. Burial will be made in the Preston Cemetery at Georges Creek. The body will be removed from the Curtright Funeral Home to the home of Emmitt Preston at Georges creek this afternoon.  Big Sandy News, April 14, 1949

 

ROBERTS, Al

1895-1949

Al Roberts, 54, route 2, Ironton, a former resident of Ashland, died of a heart attack at 2 p.m. Wednesday at his home. Mr. Roberts, who moved to Ohio from Ashland two years ago, was born March 27, 1895, at Busseyville, KY, a son of Garfield and Lyda Williams Roberts. He was a blacksmith for the Consolidated Coal Company, Jenkins, KY, before his retirement five years ago. He was a member of the Methodist Church and a World War I veteran. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Julia Roberts; three sons, Lawrence Roberts, Fort Thomas, KY, Lt. James Roberts, U. S. Army, Germany and Charles Roberts, U. S. Navy, Philadelphia; two daughters, Mrs. Helen Kalander, Baltimore, MD, and Carrie Roberts, at home; two brothers, H. H. Roberts, Louisa and Wilburn Roberts, Ashland; six sisters, Mrs. Hazel O'Neal, Oregon, Mrs. Lillian See, Columbus, OH, Mrs. Milt Bradley and Misses Millie, Kathleen and Sophia Roberts, all of Louisa and three grandchildren. Big Sandy News, April 28, 1949

 

ROSE, Milton

1921-1945

The body of Pfc. Milton Rose, 24, son of Mrs. Mary Ellen Chaffin Rose of Louisa and the late Robert Rose, who was killed in action February 4, 1945, on San Jose, Luzon Island, arrived here, Wednesday and will be removed from the Young Funeral Home to the home of the mother Thursday. Pfc. Rose was born April 14, 1921 at Webbville and attended school at Oakhill. He was a employee of the Davies, Davies Packing Company in Columbus two years before entering service August 25, 1942. He served with the 63rd Infantry, Sixth Division, serving about two years in the Pacific Theater. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. from the Smokey Valley Church with the Rev. Arthur Morris and Rev. Jack Perry officiating. Burial will be made in the Hayes Cemetery with the W. O. Johnson Post of the American Legion giving military honors at the grave. Surviving are the mother; two sisters, Mrs. Ivory R. Thompson and Mrs. Donald Adams of Louisa; 8 brothers, Raymond Rose of Louisa, Almond and Sam Rose of Chattaroy, WV, Willis, Paul, Curtis and Sheridan Rose of Columbus and Arvel Rose at home. Big Sandy News, April 28, 1949

 

SALMON, Franklin Pierce

1875-1949

Franklin Pierce Salmon, 73, of Webb, WV, route 1, Yellow Creek section, died in a local hospital Tuesday 2:30 p.m. following an illness of three days. A farmer, he was born May 4, 1875, in Lawrence County, a son of the late Jerry and Elizabeth Hammonds Salmon. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Frances Salmon; two daughters, Mrs. Paul Whitaker of Columbus, OH and Mrs. Frank Galmon of Webb, WV, route 1, one son, Ray A. Salmon of Logan, WV; three sisters, Mrs. Nancy Ward of Inez, Mrs. Della Martin of Portsmouth, OH and Mrs. Georgia Bowens of Webb, route 1, three brothers, Lindsey Salmon of Ray, OH, James Salmon of Webb, route 1, and William Salmon of Barnabas, WV and four grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday 2:30 p.m. from the residence with the Rev. Strother Branham officiating. Burial will be made in the Salmon cemetery under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, April 28,1 949

 

SHORTRIDGE, William Roscoe

William Roscoe Shortridge, 64, farmer and livestock dealer of the East Fork section of Lawrence County, died at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the King's Daughters' Hospital at Ashland, following an extended illness. Mr. Shortridge, a lifelong resident of Lawrence County, was a son of the late V. B. and Samantha Webb Shortridge. He was a member of the Trinity Methodist Church. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the residence with burial in the Shortridge Cemetery on Little East Fork under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Mary Jane Shortridge; two daughters, Evelyn Frances Shortridge at home, Mrs. D. F. Powers, Mount Vernon, MO and one son, William Roy Shortridge, Big Bay, MI; four sisters, Mrs. Bee Riffe, Fallsburg, KY, Mrs. Ward Womack, Mrs. Marguerite Gallagher and Miss Faye Shortridge, Portsmouth, OH; one brother, Russell D. Shortridge, Parkersburg, WV and two granddaughters. Big Sandy News, April 7, 1949

 

SMITH, W. D.

1865-1949

W. D. Smith, 84, of Louisa, route 4, died in a local hospital Tuesday 5:30 p.m., He suffered a stroke, Sunday. Mr. Smith was born March 30, 1865, the son of the late James and Martha Baker Smith. He had been a lifelong resident of Lawrence County, a member of the Methodist Church 35 years and a member of the Willard Masonic Lodge No. 626 for 24 years. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, 2 p.m. from the Baker Church on Little Catt with the Rev. D. H. Hewlett of Fallsburg officiating. Burial will be made in the family cemetery. The Masonic Lodge will conduct their rites at the grave. Surviving are two step daughters, Mrs. Kate Drake of Louisa, route 4, and Mrs. ???, Ashland, two brothers, John Smith of West Hamlin, WV and D. M. Smith of Louisa, route 1, The body will be removed from the Young Funeral Home to the church at 1 p.m. Thursday. Big Sandy News, April 28, 1949

 

SPILLMAN, Mahala R. (Carter)

Mrs. Mahala R. Spillman, died at her home, Louisa, route 2, Twin Branch section, Wednesday morning of last week, following a stroke suffered two days previously. Mrs. Spillman was the widow of the late Rev. W. D. Spillman, who died in 1947. She had been a member of the United Baptist Church for 50 years and was the daughter of the late Covie and Annie Adams Carter. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Thursday at the home with the Rev. Arlie Adkins and the Rev. Ar?? Morris officiating. Burial was made in the Berry Cemetery, Twin Branch. Surviving, Mrs. Spillman are two brothers, Sam Carter of Greenup, KY and Landon Carter of Chillicothe, OH and one nephews, Kenneth carter, route 3, Louisa, Big Sandy News, April 28, 1949

 

SPILLMAN, Nancy Jane (Brady)

Mrs. Nancy Jane Spillman, 80, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Watt Pennington, of Louisa, route 3, at 2:30 a.m. Saturday following an illness of eight weeks. Mrs. Spillman was the widow of John M. Spillman who died in 1939. She was the daughter of the late John and Mary Wright Brady and resided in Lawrence County for the past 60 years coming here from Virginia. Mrs. Spillman was a member of the United Baptist Church for 55 years. Funeral services were conducted Monday at 10 a.m. from the Pennington home with the Rev. Ira Berry and Rev. Gallie Isaac officiating. Burial was made in the Spillman Cemetery on Twin Branch under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Surviving are six daughters, Mrs. John Blankenship of Kitts Hill, OH, Mrs. Charles Sparks of Marion, OH, Mrs. Dewey Diamond of Louisa, route 4, Mrs. Jeff Newsome of Buchanan, Mrs. Pennington and Mrs. Johnny Diamond of Louisa, route 3, four sons, John W. and Lee Spillman of Louisa, route 3, Riley Spillman of Louisa, route 4, Lindsey Spillman of Yatesville. Big Sandy News, April 21, 1949

 

WARD, M. V.

1861-1949

Funeral services for M. V. Ward, 88, Webbville, KY, farmer, who died Friday morning at his home following an illness of two years, were held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the residence with the Rev. Jack Perry and the Rev. Jet R??? officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery. Mr. Ward, a member of the Blaine Christian Church, was a son of the late William and Katherine Hicks Ward. His wife, Mrs. Celia Banks Ward, died February 21, 1949. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Frank Webb, Ashland, Mrs. Homer Stewart and Mrs. Morton Kitchen, Hilliard, OH, and Mrs. Ples Boggs, Hannah, KY; two sons, Lonnie Ward, Fallsburg; and Ernie Ward, Columbus, OH; one sister, Mrs. Savanah Wells, Houckville, KY; two brothers, Ellis Ward, Huntington, WV and John B. Ward, Mt. Sterling, OH, 45 grandchildren, 47 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Big Sandy News, April 21, 1949

 

WHITE, John

1870-1949

Following an illness of two months, John White, 78, of 2749 Winchester Avenue, a retired grocer and former member of Ashland city council, died Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. in a Lexington, KY hospital. Mr. White was born in Lawrence County, July 5, 1870. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. W. B. Corder, retired Methodist minister, officiating. Burial was made in the Ashland Cemetery. Surviving are one son, William H. White, Ashland, two daughters, Mrs. Thomas E. Heyob, Milwaukee and Mrs. J. R. Harbison, Ashland, one step daughter, Mrs. James M. Clark, Burbank, CA, and one half brother, Milton Bremfield, Fallsburg, KY and 5 grandchildren. Mr. White went to Ashland in 1900 and retired in 1935. He served one term on city council. Big Sandy News, April 28, 1949

 

YONTS, Nellie Louise

Mrs. Nellie Louise Yonts, 62, wife of Harvey W. 240 Riddel Avenue, Ravenna, OH, died at 4:15 a.m. April lst at Robinson Memorial Hospital following a short illness. Born in Louisa, KY, she had lived in Ravenna for the past 35 years. She was a member of the First Christian Church, Ravenna. Besides her husband, she is survived by a son, Roy, of Ravenna; two daughters,  Mrs. Mable Bryant, of Cuyahoga Falls, and Mrs. Maxine Lane of Todd, PA and a brother Karl Compton of St. Albans, WV. Big Sandy News, April 14, 1949

 

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BORDERS, Herman

1914-1949

The body of Sgt. Herman Borders, son of Mrs. Abigail Borders and the late L. W. Borders of Fort Gay, will arrived in Louisa Saturday morning and will be removed to the Curtright Funeral Home. Sgt. Borders was born March 5, 1914, at Fort Gay. He was killed in action December 17, 1945, at Liege, Belgium. He attended Fort Gay High School and was an employee of the United Fuel and Gas Company. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, May 19 at 2:30 p.m. from the Methodist Church of Fort Gay with the Rev. Rose officiating. Interment will be made in the Bartram Cemetery. The Vancouver Post of the American Legion of Fort Gay will give military honors at the grave. Survived by his mother; one sisters, Mrs. Ford Elswick of Sissonville, WV; three brothers, Loftus Borders and Ray Borders, both of Mansfield, OH and Pfc. Lewis W. Borders, Jr., of Germany. Big Sandy News, May 12, 1949

 

CRUTCHER, James Franklin

1892-1949

James Franklin Crutcher, 57, of Pensacola, FL, formerly of Louisa died Saturday, May 7, following an illness of several months. Mr. Crutcher was born in Louisa, March 28, 1892, son of Mrs. C. B. Crutcher and the late C. B. Crutcher. He  attended Louisa school and had resided in Florida for the past 30 years. A civilian instructor at the Naval Air Station at Pensacola, a member of the First Methodist Church, past Master of the Masonic Lodge, Knights Templar and former owner of Crutcher Construction Company. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Frana Crutcher; mother, Mrs. C. B. Crutcher, of Ironton, OH, three brothers, William E. Crutcher of Morehead, Henry Crutcher of Cincinnati and Ernest W. Crutcher of Mount Holly, NJ; two sisters, Mrs. M. M. Echals of Detroit and Mrs. W. B. Tavener of Ironton, J. B. Crutcher of Louisa is a nephew. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, May 10, at the First Methodist Church of Pensacola and burial was made in the St. John Cemetery. Big Sandy News, May 19,1 949

 

DESKINS, Elizabeth (Vanhorn)

Funeral services for Mrs. Elizabeth Vanhorn Deskins, 59, of 103 Walnut Street, Catlettsburg, whose death occurred Saturday morning at her home, following an extended illness, were conducted Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. from the First Methodist Church. Mrs. Deskins, wife of Fred Deskins, was a native of Lawrence county, KY, a daughter of the late Solomon and Mary Bellomy Vanhorn. She had been a resident of Catlettsburg since 1929 and was a member of the Buchanan Chapel Methodist Church. Big Sandy News, May 12, 1949

 

FRALEY, Mate (Moore)

Mrs. Mate Moore Fraley, Holden, WV, aunt of Mrs. W. T. Cain, Jr., and Mrs. Zeb Heston of Louisa, died Friday morning in a Huntington hospital following an illness of two months. Mrs. Fraley was the widow of Dr. W. L. Fraley and the daughter of the late Frederick R. (Tip) and Belle O'Brien Moore. Funeral services were held Sunday at 1:15 p.m. at the Holden Church. The body was at the Harris Funeral Home in Logan, WV where it remained until the funeral hour. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. J.K. Waugh, Holden and Mrs. Taylor Hunt, Clearwater, FL and one son, Dr. Frederick F. Fraley, Klamath Falls, OR. Big Sandy News, May 5, 1949

 

FRASHER, Otto E.

Otto E. Frasher, 62 years old, of Fort Gay, route 1, died in a Louisa hospital Saturday 12:30 p.m. Mr. Frasher had been in ill health for four years and had been bedfast for the past six months. He was the son of L. F. Frasher and the late Betty Walker Frasher and was an employee of the Firestone Rubber Company at Akron, OH. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday at 2 p.m. from the Fort Say Baptist Church. Burial was in the Bartram Cemetery under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Florence McKee Frasher; one daughter, Mrs. Betty Easton of Barberton, OH; three sons, Herman M. Frasher of Barberton, OH, Joe Frasher of Portsmouth, OH, and Edgar A. Frasher of Charleston, WV; father L. F. Frasher of Fort Gay; three sisters, Mrs. H. C. Smith of Colgan, sD, Mrs. Nellie Bean of Prichard, WV, and Mrs. C. F. Stoddard of Lowell, MI and five grandchildren. Big Sandy News, May19, 1949

 

HAYES, Jesse

1905-1949

Jesse Hayes, 43 years old, died suddenly at his home at Adams, Tuesday 1:15 p.m., son of Mary Ramey Hayes and the late John R. Hayes, he was born at Adams and lived there all of his life. Funeral services will be conducted today (Thursday) at the home of his mother with the Rev. William W. Moore officiating with burial in the family cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Survived by the widow, Mrs. Bertie Moore Hayes; one son, Lowell Hayes at home; mother, Mrs. Mary Hayes of Adams; two sisters, Mrs. Carl Burton of Columbus and Mrs. Jim Wheeler of Ashland; one brother, Mont Hayes of Ashland. Big Sandy News, May 19, 1949

 

HOOSER, Hugh W.

1876-1949

Hugh W. Hooser, 73, of Fort Gay, route 1, died at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday afternoon at his residence following a heart attack. Mr. Hooser was born March 16, 1876, at Fort Gay, route 1, a son of the late William and Sarah Bellomy Hooser. He was a member of the Big Hurricane Baptist Church for 17 years and a member of the United Spanish-American War Veterans Camp No. 11 of Huntington. He served for three years in the Philippine Islands during the Spanish-American War. Mr. Hooser was a livestock dealer and farmer. Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 2 p.m. from the Big Hurricane Baptist Church with the Rev. J. C. Hager officiating. Burial will be made in the Bartram Cemetery on Crabtree Hill. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Mary Bartram Hooser; one daughter, Mrs. George Stump of Barberton, OH; one son, Homer Hooser of Rittman, OH; two sisters, Mrs. Joe Huff of Rittman, OH and Mrs. Dock Hooser of Burbanks, OH; three brothers, Bert and Alva Hooser of Fort Gay, route 1, and Phillip Hooser of Arizona and 2 grandchildren. The body will be removed from the Young Funeral Home to the residence today at 2 p.m. Big Sandy News, May 26, 1949

 

HUNT, Wayne

Wayne Hunt, 75 years old, of Fort Gay, route 2, who died Sunday in a Huntington hospital following an illness of three days was buried in the Thompson Cemetery following funeral services at 2 p.m. Monday at the residence of a son, Charles Hunt of Fort Gay route 2. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Mary Short Hunt, five daughters, Mrs. Pete Thompson of Fort Gay route 2, and Miss Sally Hunt, Miss Nancy Hunt, Miss Lilly Hunt and Miss Ethel Hunt, at home; three other sons, Dan, Dolly and Lon Hunt, Fort Gay, route 2, and two brothers, Mose and Will Hunt of Huntington. Big Sandy News, May 19, 1949

 

KITCHEN, Martha Arlena (Carter)

1876-1949

Mrs. Martha Arlena Kitchen, 72, died in a local hospital Sunday at 3 p.m. after an illness of one year. She was born in this county January 13, 1877, daughter of the late Benjamin and Nancy Prince Carter. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday at 11 a.m. from the residence at Louisa, route 1, with the Rev. Gallie Isaac and Rev. W. S. Boggs officiating. Burial was made in the Kitchen Cemetery on Cooksey Fork of Little Catt under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Surviving are the husband, James Heanan Kitchen; three daughters, Mrs. Joe Donnelly of Breaholm, WV, Mrs. Steve Vankovich of Hutchinson, WV, and Mrs. Frank Mann of Amherstdale, WV, one son, Eskel Kitchen of Dehue, WV; four sisters, Mrs. Sam Burton and Mrs. Celia Hughes of Industry, PA, Mrs. Roy Burton of Smith's Ferry, PA and Mrs. Cecil Chaffin of New Cumberland, WV 22 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, May 19, 1949

 

MOSS, Floyd Herman

Floyd Herman Moss, 73 years old of Winfield, former sheriff of Putnam County, WV, who died Saturday on a Charleston bus, was buried Monday in the Winfield Cemetery. Mr. Moss had visited in Louisa often. Surviving are seven sons, Homer A. Moss of Hurricane, Elmer Moss of Memphis, TN, John Henry Moss of Louisa, Guy Moss  of Dunbar, M. T. Moss of Lewisburg, Raymond Moss at home and W. W. Moss of Spencer; a daughter, Miss Eupha Moss of San Raphael, CA; two sisters, Mrs. Beth Wheeler of Garetts Bend, WV and Mrs. James Alford of Hurricane and 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, May 19, 1949

 

MUNCY, Willard O'Dell

1872-1949

Willard O'Dell Muncy, 77, retired oil and gas worker, died suddenly at his home, route 3, Louisa, Friday morning. Mr. Muncy, who had been in ill health for five years, was born January 15, 1872, at Smokey Valley, KY, a son of the late Edison and Virginia Haws Muncy. Funeral services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Myrtle Chapel with the Rev. Gallie Isaac and the Rev. W. W. Moore officiating. Burial was made in the Short Cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Martha Short Muncy; four daughters, Mrs. Brig Vanhorn and Mrs. Al Hutchinson, route 3, Louisa, Mrs. Clarence Skeens, route 4, Louisa, and Miss Marie Muncy at home; three sisters, Mrs. Milt Pickrell, route 1, Louisa, Misses Emma and Ida Muncy, route 3, Louisa, one brother, W. E. Muncy, Ashland; 28 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, May 12, 1949

 

PRICE, A. G.

1883-1949

A. G. Price, 65, died in a local hospital Tuesday 6 p.m. following a stroke of a week ago. Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Price, he was born June 23, 1883, at Danville, VA. A retired miner he moved from Williamson, WV to Fort Gay 35 years ago. Funeral services will be conducted Friday 2 p.m. from the Fort Gay Methodist Church with burial in the Billups Gap Cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Effie Thompson Price; three daughters, Mrs. Ralph Campbell of Hardy, KY, Mrs. K. M. Mannix and Mrs. Charles Bowen of Huntington; seven sons, Robert Price of California, Fred and Charles Price of Huntington, John Price of Fort Gay, Glen Price of Columbus, Pvt. Frank Price of Cheyenne, WY, Jack Price at home; four sisters, Mrs. J. L. Whittfile and Mrs. Maude Haraway of Danville, VA, Mrs. Jesse Meeks and Mrs. Alice Turpin of NC and 11 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, May 5, 1949

 

SPARKS, Robert

1869-1949

Robert Sparks, 80, died at his home at Martha, KY, Friday, 7 a.m. following an illness of one week. Mr. Sparks was born August 21, 1869 in Elliott County, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Rube Sparks and moved to Martha 15 years ago. He was a retired farmer. Funeral services were conducted Saturday at 2 p.m. from the Elizabeth Baptist Church with the Rv. Willie Sparks officiating. Burial was in the Sparks Cemetery. He is survived by two sons, Lon Sparks of Columbus, OH and Harrison Sparks of Prestonsburg and one brother, Allen Sparks of Martha. Big Sandy News, May 5, 1949

 

STAMBAUGH, Martin Luther

1887-1949

Martin Luther Stambaugh, 61, formerly of Blaine, KY died at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the home of a son, E. J. Stambaugh of Pickerington, OH, following an illness of two weeks. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at the Blaine Christian Church by the Rev. W. W. Moore and the Rev. W. S. Boggs. Burial will be in the family cemetery. Mr. Stambaugh was born at Stambaugh, KY, a son of the late Thomas J. and Alafair Daniel Stambaugh. His wife, Amanda Cordell Stambaugh, died in 1946. Mr. Stambaugh made his home at Blaine until two and a half years ago, when he moved to Ohio. Surviving are another son, E. P. Stambaugh of Carroll, OH; a sister, Mrs. J. Moore of Adams, KY, three brothers, Arthur Stambaugh of Lucasville, OH, I. R. Stambaugh of Lancer, KY and Ray Stambaugh of Baltimore, OH and six grandchildren. The body was brought to the Young Funeral Home Wednesday morning and remained there until the hour of services. Big Sandy News, May 5, 1949

 

SWETNAM, Mollie (Walters)

1868-1949

Mrs. Mollie Walters Swetnam, 80, formerly of Blaine, died Saturday evening at 8:25 p.m. at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Arvin Davis, at Cleveland, OH, where she had made her home for the past two years. She had been ill for six months. Mrs. Swetnam was born December 23, 1868, at Paintsville, a daughter of the late John and Sally Litteral Walters. She attended the Blaine Normal School and was a teacher in Lawrence County schools for several years. She was a member of the Blaine Christian Church. Her husband, Leander Swetnam, died 30 years ago. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, 11 a.m. from the Blaine Christian Church with the Rev. William W. Moore officiating. Burial was made in the Swetnam Cemetery under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Surviving are the daughter; one son, John Swetnam of Worthington, OH; two sisters, Mrs. Jeff Davis of Paintsville and Mrs. E. E. Graham of Cherokee; one brother, Robert Walters, of Paintsville and four grandchildren. Big Sandy News, May 26, 1949

 

THOMPSON, Lonzo

1863-1949

Lonzo Thompson, 86, of Louisa, route 2, died Saturday morning at 8 a.m. at the home of his son, Rev. Arch Thompson, Richardson, KY following an illness of nine months. Mrs. Louverna Thompson, first wife of the deceased, died six years ago, and he was married to Mrs. Mary Booth a year ago. Mr. Thompson was a son of the late Russ and Amanda Moore Thompson. He was a retired farmer and a member of the Favorite United Baptist Church for 28 years. Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the Cherryville Church, with the Rev. Rush Frazier officiating.  Burial was in the Wallace Cemetery on Donithan.  Surviving are the widow, two daughters, Mrs. Robert Mullins of Louisa, route 2, Mrs. Carl Eller of Louisa; three sons, Scott Thompson of Beaver, OH, Lace Thompson, route 2, Louisa, and Rev. Arch Thompson; two sisters, Mrs. Lant Moore of Adams and Mrs. Henry Hyberger of Rockcreek, OH; three brothers, Bill Thompson of Ulysses, Dock Thompson of Adams and Matt Thompson of Kenova, WV. The body was removed from the Curtright Funeral Home to the home of the deceased's son, Lace Thompson, where it remained until the hour of funeral services. Big Sandy News, May 12, 1949

 

VANHOOSE, Cora (Cordle)

1890-1949

Mrs. Cora Vanhoose, 59, died at her home at Lowmansville, Sunday after an illness of three years. Daughter of the late George and Lizzy Hayes Cordle, she was born February 2, 1890 at Mattie, KY and had been a resident of Lawrence County, all of her life, and a member of the Freewill Baptist Church 40 years. Funeral services were conducted Monday at 1 p.m. from the Walnut Grove Cemetery with the Rev. Byrd Webb and Rev. Millard Vanhoose officiating. Burial was made in the Vanhoose Cemetery. Surviving are the husband, Wilbur Vanhoose; five sisters, Mrs. Polly Church, Mrs. Barbara Bowen, Mrs. Nancy McCinsey, Mrs. Nora Travous, and Mrs. Madge Stumbo; one brother, Tom Cordle. Big Sandy News, May 12, 1949

 

WILLIAMSON, Mrs. Mont (Clare)

Mrs. Mont Williamson, 70, of Smokey Valley, died Monday morning in a Pineville hospital following an illness of four years. Funeral services were conducted at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Young Funeral Home. Burial was made in Billups Cemetery at Fort Gay. Mrs. Williamson was a daughter of the late John and Jennie Richardson Clare. She was a member of the Methodist Church. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Jennie Coleman of Cleveland, VA, Mrs. Catherine Neilson of Kaylay, KY and Miss Easter Williamson of Ironton; four sons, A. M. Skeens of Kewanee, KY, Bruce Williamson of Kaylay, Jack Williamson of Morgantown, WV and Ted Williamson of Barboursville, KY and 16 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, May 19, 1949

 

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BELCHER, G. H. "Hop"

1844-1949

Wayne, WV lost one of its oldest pioneers last week when G. H. "Hop" Belcher, passed away at the age of 105. Mr. Belcher was born in 1844 in Fort Gay where he lived the first 50 years of his life. He later moved to East Lynn where he lived with members of his family. He is survived by seven sons, Mont and Caby Belcher of Switzer, Emery and DeWitt Belcher of East Lynn, Henry Belcher of Accoville and Ford Belcher of Welch. Funeral services were conducted from the home of DeWitt Belcher by the Rev. Lindsey Blankenship. Burial was at Asbury cemetery on Little Lynn Creek. Big Sandy News, June 16, 1949

 

CARTER, George

1881-1949

George Carter, 67, died at his home at Gladys, KY, on Cooksey Fork, Monday evening at 9:25 p.m. following an illness of eight months. son of the late James and Sarah Berry Carter he was born July 1, 1881, at Irad, KY. Mr. Carter was a deputy sheriff of Lawrence County and former deputy sheriff under Phillip Preece. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday at 2 p.m. from the Pollish Chapel Church with the Rev. Fred Vanhorn officiating. Burial was made in the Webb Cemetery. The body was removed from the Curtright Funeral Home to the church at 1 p.m. yesterday to lie in state one hour before the funeral. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Livenia Kitchen Carter, to whom he had been married 46 years; three daughters, Mrs. Dee Wright of Catlettsburg, Mrs. Luther Clevenger of Louisa, route 1, Mrs. Chester Jobe of Dennis; six sons, Eskel and Arnold Carter at home, Willard and Linnie Carter of Kingston, OH, Raymond and James B. Carter of Catlettsburg, two sisters, Mrs. F. R. Kitchen of Dennis and Mrs. Clora Kitchen of Gladys; three brothers, Jay Carter of Huntington, Kay Carter of Louisa, W. M. Carter of Allen, KY; 24 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Big Sandy News, June 30, 1949

 

CHADWICK, Bruce, Jr.

Wayne County counted its first death by drowning Sunday when  five year old Bruce Chadwick, Jr., of 312 Fifth Street, Huntington, fell into the Big Sandy River three miles from Kenova. The youth was playing with a small girl on a rock in the river just above the mouth of Docks Creek when he reportedly slipped and fell into the river. The body was not recovered until Wednesday afternoon. After dragging and the efforts of the divers to recover the body proved unsuccessful, three dynamite charges were set off in the river near the point where he drowned. The body came to the surface near a rowboat in which the victim's father was aiding in the search. Big Sandy News, June 30, 1949

 

DARST, Byron

Byron Darst, 75, Fort Gay, WV, died at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at his home following an illness of six days. Mr. Darst, a resident of Fort Gay, for two and a half years was born in Ohio, a son of the late Emanuel and Mary Lock Darst. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the R.A.M. No. 95, Louisa. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Fort Gay Baptist Church with the Rev. Ted Jarrel officiating. Burial was made in the Bartram Cemetery with the Louisa Masonic Lodge conducting ritualistic rites at the graveside. The body was removed from the Curtright Funeral Home to the residence Monday afternoon and taken to the church at 1 p.m. Monday. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Elizabeth Raines Darst, to whom he had been married 59 years; one daughter, Mrs. Edward Long, Portsmouth, OH; 7 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Big Sandy news, June 16, 1949

 

FITCH, Ben

Ben Fitch, 60, route 1, Webb, WV, 12 miles above Clifford, KY, died in a Louisa hospital last Friday following an extended illness. Mr. Fitch, a veteran of World War I, was a son of the late Jack and Ruth Jane Sammons Fitch. He was a member of the Baptist Church. Funeral services were held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the residence with the Rev. Ballard Copley and the Rev. Sammy Brown officiating. Burial was held Sunday in the Fluty Cemetery. The body was removed from the Curtright Funeral Home to the residence. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Mergie Sammons Fitch, to whom he had been married 29 years; six daughters, Lexie, Ruby, Louisa, Opal, Joyce Gay and Brooksie May Fitch, at home; five sons, Willis, William, Arthur, Sidney, Donald and Oakie Fitch, at home; two sisters, Mrs. Randolph Milles,  Missouri Branch; David Fitch, Kermit, WV, James Fitch, route 1, Webb, and Arthur Fitch, Surosa, WV. Big Sandy News, June 30, 1949

 

FITZPATRICK, Joseph Marshall

Joseph Marshall Fitzpatrick, 7 year old son of Cunnel Fitzpatrick, Jr. and Lula Boyd Fitzpatrick of Richardson, died Sunday afternoon at 2:30  p.m. while en route to a Huntington hospital. His death was officially attributed to rabies. The child was reportedly bitten more than a month ago, but the family was unaware at the time that the dog was rabid. He became ill Friday and was brought to the local hospital Saturday when his illness was diagnosed by the attending physician, as rabies. He was ordered to the hospital in Huntington. Funeral services were conducted Monday 2 p.m. from the Boyd Cemetery with the Rev. Earl Meade officiating and under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Surviving are the parents; three sisters, and two brothers, all at home; grandfather, Cunnel Fitzpatrick of Milo, KY and grandmother, Mrs. Alice Boyd of Richardson. Big Sandy News, June 9, 1949

 

FOSTER, Nannie Alla Jean

1932-1949

A tragic fire accident, late Sunday proved fatal to Nannie Alla Jean Foster, 16, of Rice Street. Miss Foster, sitting smoking on a bed in the home of her mother, Mrs. Tenie Starr Foster, a widow, became enveloped in flames of unknown origin and ran screaming into the yard where her sister, Blanche, and a neighbor, attracted by the girls screams, came to her aid. She was immediately removed to Riverview Hospital where Dr. J. E. Carter administered first aid, he found it necessary to have the girl removed to a Huntington Hospital for blood transfusions. In spite of the efforts of Dr. Carter, Miss Foster died in Huntington Monday afternoon from second and third degree burns. Much speculation and various theories have been advanced as to the cause of the accident, however, no clues to the rapid spread of the fire over the girls body, has been advanced. Services were held yesterday from the Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. William W. Moore conducting the service. Burial was in Pine Hill Cemetery under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Miss Foster is survived by her mother; six sisters, Mrs. Clarence Coler of New York, Mrs. David Burchett of Circleville, OH, Mrs. John Maynard of Fallsburg, Misses Blanche, Effie and Wendeline Foster, at home; and three brothers, Harvey and Jay of Columbus and Eddie Foster of Louisa, Miss Foster was born at Yatesville, October 8, 1932. Big Sandy News, June 9, 1949

 

FRAZIER, Robert Stevie

1928-1949

Robert Stevie Frazier, 21 years old died at the home of his uncle Lindsey Skeens, route 4, Louisa, (Mouth of Blaine) 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 24. He made his home with Mr. Skeens and lived around Fullers all his life. His father, Stevie Frazier died in 1934 and his mother, Nannie Cleo Skeens Frazier died in 1936. He was born February 26, 1928. He was a Fireman on the Ashland-Big Sandy Division C & O, member of B. L. & F. E. and had been in ill health for over two years. Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Sunday at Buchanan Chapel, burial was in Buchanan Chapel Cemetery with Rev. Gallie Isaac officiating. He was a member of Freewill Baptist Church. Survived by one sister, Tennie Mae Frazier, route 4, Louisa, grandfather, Kay Frazier, Zelda, KY; three uncles Lindsey, Clarence and W. R. Skeens, route 4, Louisa. He was taken to the home of Lindsey Skeens Saturday 4 p.m. from the Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, June 30, 1949

 

GAMBILL, William L.

1878-1949

The death of Dr. William L. Gambill, well known as "Doctor Bill" at Ashland last week is deeply felt by the many here who knew him well. "Doctor Bill" passed away at the age of 70 following an illness of several weeks. Dr. Gambill was born at Martha, on October 18, 1878, the son of Dr. J. J. and Martha Jane Boggs Gambill. He received his early education at Blaine where the influence of his teacher, Professor Elam, helped him make his decision to become a doctor. He entered the University of Louisville College of Medicine and graduated in 1900. He often told the story of how he and his father rode horseback to Denton where the elder Dr. Gambill put his son on the train for Louisville. He told many of his friends that this was the most exciting trip of his life. While at the University, Dr. Gambill received the highest honors to be accorded a student for four successive years. He entered at the General Hospital, Louisville. Following the completion of his medical education, Dr. Gambill began practice at Denton. He remained, in Denton for four years and came to Ashland in 1905. He practiced here until 1910 when he moved to Jenkins, KY, where he was appointed head surgeon and physician for the Consolidated Coal Company. Dr. Gambill was a member of the First Christian Church of Ashland. He was a devout church attendant and took great interest in all church affairs. He was a member of the American College of Surgeons, the Kentucky Medical Association, the Southern Medical Association, American Medical Association, the Boyd County Medical Association. Dr. Gambill is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mary Davis Gambill, one daughter, Marguerite Gambill and sister, Mrs. Ida Williams. Funeral services were held Friday. The Rev. J. S. Paulsoner, pastor of the First Christian Church officiated. Big Sandy News, June 23, 1949

 

MABEN, Elizabeth (Conley)

1899-1949

Mrs. Elizabeth Conley Maben of Crewe, VA, formerly of Louisa, died at her home Tuesday 7 p.m. following a brief illness. She was born in Louisa, daughter of Mrs. Willie Burgess Conley and the late M. F. Conley. A graduate of Louisa schools she attended Ward Belmont College in Nashville, TN and Gunston Hall in Washington D.C. She was a member of the Episcopal Church of Crewe and was married 18 years ago to B. H. Maben. Short funeral services were conducted at the home Wednesday afternoon 2:30 p.m. and the body arrived in Louisa Thursday and was removed to the Curtright Funeral Home where funeral services will be conducted Friday 2:30 p.m. with the Rev. L. M. Rogers officiating. Burial will be made in the Pine Hill Cemetery. Surviving are the mother, Mrs. M. F. Conley of Crewe, VA, husband, one daughter, Elizabeth Haynie Maben at home; one brother, N. B. Conley of Plainfield, NJ and one uncle, George R. Burgess of Louisa. Big Sandy News, June 9, 1949

 

MOORE, Tom P.

Tom P. Moore, long a resident of Louisa, died at a Huntington hospital last Friday afternoon, after a months confinement there. Moore was born at Blaine, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John and Sophia Carter Moore. He was for the past six years associated with the C & O Railroad here and was the for the past 16 years a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Funeral services were conducted Sunday from the Freewill Baptist Church with the Revs. William W. Moore and Dave Al Hayes officiating. Burial was in Burns Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Moore is survived by his widow, Sophia Carter Moore; four daughters, Misses Margie and Georgia Frances Moore, Mrs. John Rose and Mrs. Edna Waddell; and one son, Jessie Moore, all of Louisa; six sisters, the Mrses. Albert Pack, Fred McDowell of Huntington, Mrses, Nora Curry and Bud Belcher of Logan, WV, and Mrs. Dave Al Hayes and Mrs. Guy Ingram of Columbus, OH and 10 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, June 23, 1949

 

PARKER, Nellie Jane (Gibson)

Nellie Jane Parker, wife of Andy J. Parker, passed away at the age of 65 yesterday at the home of her sister, Mrs. Julius York of Louisa, following a short illness. Mrs. Parker was the daughter of the lat James and Mary Moore Gibson. she was married to Andy Parker for 55 years. The funeral arrangement  are made by the Curtright Funeral Home firm where the remains will be removed to the Free Will Baptist Church on Little Creek (Moore Chapel) with the Revs. William W. Moore and Jay Hinkle officiating. The service will take place Friday at 2 p.m. Interment will be at Parker Cemetery. Mrs. Parker had been a member of the Free Will Baptist Church for the past six years. She was a resident of route 1. The survivors are: her husband, two sons, Arnold J. Parker of Lundale, WV and Willie B. Parker of Prestonsburg; two sisters, Mrs. Julius York of Louisa and Mrs. James Hughes of Prestonsburg; three brothers, W. M. Gibson of route 1, Mont of Prestonsburg and John B. of Kenova, also 10 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, June 23, 1949

 

SHANNON, Ulysses G.

1874-1949

Funeral services for U. G. Shannon, 75, route 1, Webb, WV, near Clifford, who died Saturday morning at 10:45 a.m. in a Huntington hospital following an illness of three weeks were held Monday at 2 p.m. at the residence with the Rev. Johnny Justice and the Rev. Rowland Justice officiating. Burial was made in the Shannon Cemetery. The body was removed from the Curtright Funeral Home to the residence at 10 a.m. Sunday. Mr. Shannon, a son of the  late Granger and Columbia Shannon, had been a member of the Prinity Baptist Church for 40 years. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Sallie Hammond Shannon, to whom he had been married 53 years; four daughters, Mrs. Ermie Hargis, Pilgrim Knob, VA; Mrs. Bertha Marcum, Oceana, WV, Mrs. Betty Layne, MacAndrews, KY and Mrs. Columbia Olwine, Dayton, OH; three sons, Lawrence Shannon, Pilgrim Knob, Clarence and William G. Shannon of route 1, Webb; one sister, Mrs. Betty Endicott, Glenhayes, WV; one half sister, Mrs. Mazell Kidd, Glenhayes and a half brother, Leonard Endicott, Jobe, KY. Big Sandy News, June 2, 1949

 

THOMPSON, Lindsey L.

1869-1949

Lindsey L. Thompson, 80, retired Adams, KY farmer, died at 2:45 p.m. Saturday at his home after an extended illness. Born May 12, 1869, he was the son of the late Isaac and Reecia Berry Thompson of Mattie, KY. He had resided in Lawrence County his entire lifetime. Funeral services were held Sunday, at 3:30 p.m. at the home at Adams, and burial was made in the Thompson Cemetery on Rich Creek under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Loulie Adams Thompson, seven daughters, Mrs. Mont Ball, Mrs. Raymond Wilson, Mrs. Luther Adams, Mrs. Ernest Hughes, all of Columbus, OH, Mrs. Drew Adams, Marysville, OH, Mrs. Oscar Ball, Ellen, KY and Mrs. Hubert Thompson, at home; one son, Roy Thompson, Adams, KY; one sister, Mrs. U. G. Prince, Irad, KY and two brothers, Milt Thompson, Adams, and John Thompson, Ellen, KY. Big Sandy News, June 23, 1949

 

TURNER, J. McLeod

J. McLeod Turner, 66 years old, civil engineer and oil operator of Louisa, died suddenly at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at his home on Main Street of a cerebral hemorrhage. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. from the residence with the Venerable Francis M. Cooper of Ashland officiating. Burial was made in the Pine Hill Cemetery under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Mr. Turner had resided at Louisa for 40 years. He was born at Talullah Falls, GA, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. James C. Turner. He attended the University of Maryland and was a graduate of the University of Kentucky. He formerly lived at Lexington and Winchester, KY, before coming to Louisa. He had bee a member of the Episcopal Church 50 years. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Emily Northup Turner, to whom he had been married 43 years; one daughter, Mrs. Thomas W. Feiger of Pittsfield, Mass., one son, John M. Turner, Jr. at home; one sister, Mrs. Charles Rutludge of Fallston, MD; two brothers, Phillip C. Turner of Parkerton, MD and Robert N. Turner of Monkton, MD. Big Sandy News, June 2, 1949

 

VANOVER, Emma Louise

A twelve year old girl, Emma Louise Vanover, died last Wednesday morning at the home of her parents, John and Louella Stewart Vanover of route 1, Rush, Boyd County. Her death followed a three year illness. The girl attended the Boyd school until the time of her illness. Surviving are the parents, five brothers, Andrew of route 4, Louisa, John, Jr., Warren G.  and Isaac, all of Rush, and Lonnie, at home; four sisters, Mrs. Denver Sammons of Rush, Peggy Vanover, of Ashland, and Dellia Belle and Lora Vanover, at home and the paternal grandmother, Mrs. Belle Stewart of Ashland, route 1. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at 1:30 in the Mount Olivet Baptist Church with the Rev. J. A. Banks officiating assisted by Rev. C. C. Welsh of Catlettsburg. Burial took place in the Vanover family cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Kilgore-Collier Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, June 16, 1949

 

WHITES, David Butler

1890-1949

David Butler Whites, Sr., 59, died Monday morning 10:15 a.m. at his home on Perry and Court Street following an illness of two months. Funeral services will be conducted at 4 p.m. Thursday (today) at the Louisa Methodist Church by the Rev. L. M. Rogers and Rev. William W. Moore. Burial will be in the Pine Hill Cemetery under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Members of the W. O. Johnson Post of the American Legion will give honors at the grave. Mr. Whites was born November 16, 1890 at Louisville, Miss. son of the late Pierce Butler and Mary Ann Hull Whites. He attended Mississippi State University at Starksville, Miss., and was a veteran of World War I. He was a member of the Lutheran Church and the W. O. Johnson Post No. 89 of the American Legion. Mr. Whites moved to Louisa 11 years ago from Mississippi and was a lumber inspector for the Republic Creosoting Company until two years ago, when he became manager of the D. B. Frampton Company plant at Kenova. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Anne Bess Peterson Whites; two sons, David Butler Whites, Jr., a student of the University of Kentucky, Wyatt Reginald Whites, at home and one brother, M. H. Whites of Louisville, Miss. The body will remain at the Young Funeral Home until one hour before the services when it will be taken to the church. Big Sandy News, June 16, 1949

 

YOUNG, Sherman

Memorial services were held Monday, May 30, in the Pine Hill Cemetery for Pvt. Sherman Young, who was killed in action December 19, 1944. Pvt. Young was the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Young of Louisa. W. O. Johnson Post No. 89 of the American Legion gave military honors, Rev. E.P. Swann offered prayer. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Ovoca Young and three sons, Eddie, Gary and Kenneth, at home; and his parents. Out of town guests who attended the services were as follows: Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Foster of Stearns, KY, Murley Jean Chitwood of Louisville, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Carter of Ashland, Mr. and Mrs. W.I. Carter and son Robert Lee, Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Lockwood and children, Linda and Jimmy, Miss Lola Hielman all of Catlettsburg, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Young of Lexington, Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Young and family and W. J. Carter, Jr., all of Prestonsburg, Big Sandy News, June 2, 1949

 

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BLANKENSHIP, Marinda (Crabtree)

Mrs. Marinda Crabtree Blankenship, 77, died Monday at 5 p.m. at the home of a niece, Mrs. L. H. Adams, Charley, KY, following an illness of one month. Mrs. Blankenship, the widow of Pete Blankenship, who died in 1929, was born in Louisa, a daughter of the late Smith and Martha Whitt Crabtree and had resided in Louisa until eight years ago when she moved to Charley. She had been a member of the Methodist Church for 48 years. Funeral services was held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the home of a nephew, Elmer Crabtree one mile north of Louisa on route 23, with the Rev. J. C. Hager officiating. Burial was in the Crabtree Cemetery. The body was removed from the Curtright Funeral Home to the nephew's at 1:30 p.m. Surviving are one sister, Mrs. Nelson Stiltner, Maxie, VA; one brother, Sam Crabtree, Marion, IL and another nephew, Ray Crabtree, Louisa. Big Sandy News, July 14, 1949

 

BOLING, Jennie (Cordle)

Jennie Boling, 68, was brought home to Louisa for funeral services last Sunday. Mrs. Boling died in a Columbus hospital on July 7th and was returned here to the Young Funeral Home last Sunday. A resident of Amanda, OH for the past twelve years, she was the daughter of John W. and Ruthie Elizabeth Lester Cordle and the wife of Jay Boling  to whom she was married for 44 years. The remains were moved from the Young establishment to the Freewill Baptist Church, here, where services were conducted Sunday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. William W. Moore officiating. Burial took place in the Pine Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Boling had been a member of the United Baptist Church since her early girlhood. Surviving her are her husband, Jay Boling of Amands, OH, one daughter, Jinnie Girl Boling, one son, Albert Larnie Boling of Columbus, four sisters, Mrs. Nannie Ball, Columbus, Mrs. Dora Moore, Mrs. Ide Travis, both of Lancaster, OH, Mrs. Farris Moore, Adams, KY, four brothers, Levi Cordle, Russel J. Cordle, both of Adams, KY, Elva M. Cordle, Columbus, OH, and Jesse E. Cordle, Alton, OH and two grandchildren. Big Sandy News, July 14, 1949

 

CHADWICK, T. H.

T. H. Chadwick, 73, Buchanan, KY, retired Chesapeake & Ohio Railway ticket agent, died at 4:45 p.m. last Friday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Mary Dickerson, Kenova, WV following an illness of 18 months. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Addie Harmon Chadwick; three other daughters, Mrs. Cassie Osborne and Mrs. Sallie Osborne, Zionville, IN, and Mrs. Herma Morman, Ashland; three sons, Theodore E. Chadwick, Hardy, KY, Captain W. J. Chadwick, Camp Lee, VA; and Raleigh W. Chadwick, Ashland; one step daughter, Mrs. Della Copley, Buchanan; one brother, W. D. Chadwick, Cadmus, KY; 12 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Big Sandy News, July 28,1949

 

CHARLES, Garfield

Garfield Charles, died at Charley on July 7th, following a one year illness, at the age of 72. Charles who had lived at Charley all his life was brought to the Young Funeral Home here. Funeral services were held last Saturday from the home of Lindsey Miller with the Rev. W. W. Moore of the Free Will Baptist Church officiating. Burial services were conducted at Mary Church Cemetery. He is survived by one sister, Mrs. George Daniels of Paintsville; two brothers, Peter Charles of Ulysses and Henry Charles of WV. Big Sandy News, July 14, 1949

 

CHURCH, Lizzie Jane (Hannah)

1887-1949

Mrs. Lizzie Jane Church, 62, of Louisa, route 1, died at 11:45 p.m. Tuesday night in a Lancaster, OH hospital after an illness of about a year. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at Bells Chapel Free Will Baptist Church by the Rev. W. W. Moore and the Rev. Scott Castle. Burial will be in the Hannah Cemetery at Lowmansville. Mrs. Church was a daughter of the late Stanton F. and Belle Davis Hannah, and the wife of Patrick Church, to whom she had been married 46 years. She had been a member of the Bells Chapel Church for 14 years. Surviving are the husband, five daughters, Mrs. J. J. Scarberry, Jr., of Louisa, route 1, Mrs. Sam Mattox and Mrs. Virginia Blauser of Lancaster, Mrs. Gladys Mueller of Ashtabula, OH and Mrs. Garnet Whaley of Louisville, KY; nine sons, Oscar Church of Salyersville, Alpha Church of Chicago, Elwood Church of San Francisco, Allen Church of Louisville, Private Alvin Church of Fort Knox, and Graden, Cecil, Vaught and Stanton Church of Lancaster; four sisters, Mrs. Cora DeBoard and Mrs. Clarence Carroll of Ashland, Mrs. Proctor Ross of Mt. Vernon, KY, and Mrs. James Hammond of Clifford; three brothers, Everett Hannah of Lowmansville, Everett Hannah of Norfolk, VA and Liss Hannah of Peach Creek, WV, and 23 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. The body will be taken to the home of Mrs. Scarberry at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow from the Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, July 7, 1949

 

DIAMOND, Nannie (Presley)

Mrs. Nannie Diamond, 72, a native of Lawrence County, KY, died at her home at Chattaroy Thursday. She was the wife of John Diamond, retired miner. Her parents were the late Mr. and Mrs. Bill Presley of Lawrence County. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving are the husband, four sons, Bert Diamond, Oakwood, VA, Oma Diamond, Naugatuck and John Lee and Jeff Diamond, both of Chattaroy; four daughters, Mrs. Edith Starr, Williamson, Mrs. Ruth Welch, Chattaroy, Mrs. Lizzie Howard, Borderland, and Mrs. Belvie Thompson, Oakwood, VA, and three brothers, Will Presley, Pilgrim, KY, John and Jack Presley, both of Fort Gay, WV. The body was removed from the Allen Funeral Home to the residence of a daughter, Mrs. Welch, at Chattaroy. Funeral services were conducted from the Welch home Saturday by the Rev. Floyd Kirk. Burial was in the Dan's Branch cemetery. Big Sandy News, July 7, 1949

 

ENDICOTT, Texia (Salmon)

1907-1949

Mrs. Texia Salmon Endicott, 42, died at St. Mary's Hospital, in Huntington, following an operation. Mrs. Endicott was born February 1, 1907, the daughter of William and Florence Salmons, a resident of Baker Branch, near Clifford, KY, where she had lived for the past 15 years. The body was removed from the Curtright Funeral Home Sunday afternoon to the home of a brother, Hubert Salmons at Baker Branch above Clifford, KY. funeral services were conducted by Rev. Sammie Branham, burial was in the Sammons Cemetery. she was a member of the United Baptist Church. Mrs. Endicott is survived by her husband, Herbert Endicott to whom she had been married for 15 years, 3 sisters, Mrs. Willie Marcum, Louisa, route 2, Mrs. Ben Fitch, Webb, WV, route 1, Mrs. Millard Hughes, WEbb, WV, route 1, Mrs. Calvin Brown, Missouri Branch, Miss Marie Salmons, Huntington, WV; 6 brothers, Sherman Salmons, Papa, KY, Hubert Salmons, Webb, WV, route 1, Dewey Salmons, Webb, WV, route 1, Floyd Salmons, Webb, WV, route 1, Howard Salmons, Webb, WV, route 1, Lawrence Salmons, Webb, WV, route 1. Big Sandy News, July 21, 1949

 

GARRED, Joe Gene

Funeral services were held here Tuesday afternoon for Joe Gene Garred, 53, who died last Saturday at the Veterans Hospital in Dayton, OH. The services were held at the AME Church with the Rev. W. W. Moore and the Rev. Felix Skaggs officiating. Burial was in the Wallace Cemetery with the W. O. Johnson Post of the American Legion offering military honors at the graveside. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Garred whose death followed eight months illness, was born here the son of the late John W. and Lou Rinda Botts Garred. He was a member of the Ashland France L. Leece Legion Post. Surviving him are four sisters, Mrs. Luther Swetman and Mrs. Frances Burgess, Louisa and Mrs. Lettie Mucker and Mrs. Dan Reed, Louisville and two brothers, John Garred, Lexington, KY and Wayne Garred, Louisa. Big Sandy News, July 14, 1949

 

LYCAN, Goodwin

Goodwin Lycan, of Fort Gay, died yesterday morning, at the age of 67, in a Huntington hospital, following a heart attack. He was the owner of a Fort Gay sawmill. Surviving are the widow, six sons, Harold, Delbert and Goodwin Lycan, Jr., all of Detroit, Austin Lycan of Prichard, Dempsey Lycan of Kenova, and Jefferson Lycan at home; three daughters, Mrs. Ray Thompson of Prichard, Mrs. Hery Ratcliff of Fort Gay, and Mrs. Charley Michael of Portsmouth, OH; four sisters, Mrs. Jefferson Wellman of Kenova, Mrs. Frank Boyd of Huntington, Mrs. Dolly Pratt of Ceredo and Mrs. Nannie Ferguson of Oklahoma City. Big Sandy News, July 7, 1949

 

MANN, Edgar

1908-1949

Edgar Mann of Kopperstown, WV, died in the Riverview Hospital here following a sudden illness while visiting his niece Mrs. W. R. Savage of route 4, Louisa. Mann was brought to the hospital in the Curtright ambulance at nine in the evening and died there at 10:30 p.m. the same night. He had suffered from a weak heart. He was for the past seven years a foreman at the Kopperstown Coal Co. He was 41 years old at the time of his death, having been born at Fallsburg, KY, 1908, the son of the late John and Elizabeth Loar Mann. The funeral arrangements were made in the Curtright Funeral Home from where Mann was removed Sunday, to the Savage Memorial Church at Fallsburg. The services there were conducted by Rev. Dave Hewlette. Burial was at the Savage Cemetery. Mann, a bachelor, is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Ezra Queen of Clay, WV, Mrs. Mamie Dickens and Mrs. Richard Finerty of Rush, KY and one brother, John Mann of Mansfield, OH. Big Sandy News, July 7, 1949

 

MILES, Robert Mayo

Robert Mayo Miles, 34, of Cleveland, OH, formerly of Louisa and Blaine, KY died Saturday night in a Columbus, OH hospital, of injuries received in a motorcycle automobile collision. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday at the Freewill Baptist Church in Louisa by the Rev. W. W. Moore, the Rev. Jay P. Hinkle and the Rev. Herman Ross. Burial was in the Jordan Cemetery near Blaine. The body was brought to the Curtright Funeral Home at Louisa and was taken Sunday to the home of the mother, Mrs. Lou Ella Hubbard Miles here, previous to the funeral services. Mr. Miles and his wife and children had started to Louisa Saturday to visit his mother and en route stopped at Columbus to see a relative, Omar Polley. While there Mr. Polley took Mr. Miles for a ride on his motorcycle. While riding they collided with an automobile and the collision hurled Mr. Miles into the street. He lived only about 35 minutes. He was a graduate of Blaine High School and a son of Mrs. Miles and the late Levi Miles. Surviving are the wife, Mrs. Anne A. Miles; two sons, Robert Mayo, Jr., and Phillip Lee, of Cleveland, OH, the mother and six sisters, Mrs. Brady Woodard, Mrs. A. L. Gay and Mrs. Clarence Lycan of Huntington, Mrs. J. A. Powell of Cleveland, OH, Mrs. John Wilson of Columbus and Mrs. Nolan May of Louisa. Big Sandy News, July 14, 1949

 

MOORE, Mary Mathilda (Wallace)

1875-1949

Mrs. Mary Mathilda Moore, 73, passed away last Monday, July 19th, at Riverview Hospital. Mrs. Moore was born October 3rd, the daughter of the late Eugene and Josephine Layne Wallace, and was a life long resident of Lawrence County, having lived all her life on route 1, near Louisa. She was a graduate of Louisa schools and Belmont College at Nashville, TN. She taught school for 20 years in Lawrence and Letcher counties and in the city schools of Charleston, WV. Mrs. Moore was a lifelong member of the Louisa Methodist Church and a charter member of the Louisa chapter of the D.A.R. and the Louisa Woman's Club. The body will remain at the Young Funeral Home until the time of the funeral services which will take place at the Louisa Methodist Church at 2:30 p.m. today. Rev. L. M. Rogers and Rev. E.P. Swan officiating. Mrs. Moore is survived by her husband, Richard g. Moore, to whom she was married 22 years. Other survivors  are one sister, Mrs. J. U. Jolliffe of Louisa and one brother, L. E. Wallace of route 1. There are 26 nieces and nephews. Mrs. Moore was one of the first four to graduate from Louisa High. Big Sandy News, July 21, 1949

 

MORRISON, Jack

The Big Sandy River claimed its sixth victim of the year and the fourth in two weeks when Jack Morrison, 20, drowned Sunday one mile below Cliff Bridge. He became exhausted, while swimming with a friend and sank in 12 feet of water. The tragedy occurred in view of the home of the victims sister, Mrs. Garnet Poe with whom he and his father, Bishop Morrison, resided. The family heard his cries for help but arrived too late to save the youth. Big Sandy News, July 14, 1949

 

PREECE, William S.

1922-1944

William S. Preece, 22, a Private First Class, who fell in line of duty at Blosville, France, June 7th, 1944 will arrive home to his final resting place, at Pinehill Cemetery, tomorrow morning, Friday July 22nd. The body will arrive at the Curtright Funeral Home and will be removed from there to the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Malcon T. Back Preece, Sr., of Louisa at 10:30 a.m. Preeece was born March 18th, 1922. He attended the Louisa High School and enlisted in the army June 3rd, 1942. He went overseas and into action with the 82nd Paratroop Division November 1943. He was with the 507th Paratroopers at the time of his heroic death. Military funeral services will be conducted Sunday afternoon at 2:30 from the Freewill Baptist Church with the Revs. W. W. Moore, J. C. Hager and Rev. Nathan C. Pyrtley officiating. The survivors of this hero are besides the parents, five sisters, Mrs. Harlan martin of Ashland, Mrs. W. W. Wilson of Coalmont, IN, Mrs. K. D. Phillips of the Hawaiian Islands, Miss Hazel and Miss Ruth Preece at home; three brothers, Malcom T. Preece, Jr., and Paul Preece of Louisa and Victor Clyde Preece of Hawaii P. I. Big Sandy News, July 21, 1949

 

RAY, Claude Leo

An 18 year old youth met death on the highway, Tuesday night at about 11 p.m. when he was struck by a tow truck driven by Wayne D. Cole of Ashland. The youth, Claude Leo Ray, accompanied by John Paul Robinson, had been hiking toward his home at Pikeville, on highway 23, near Ulysses, when he and his companion became sleepy. He went to sleep in the center of the highway and woke up by the noise made by the approaching truck and bewildered in his sleepy condition, darted in front of the truck. The driver and his companion rider, Henry Gullett, had come over a slight incline in the road and thought that the sleeping boy in the middle of the road was a sack which had fallen off a previous truck until the "sack" jumped up and ran in front of the truck, which was traveling about 35 miles an hour. Cole said he was too close to stop the truck in time to save the youth's life. Had the young fellow remained in his sleeping position he would still have been alive, because he was not in the path of the truck until he jumped up and ran toward the center of the right hand lane.

 

The driver and his companion stopped about 117 feet from the scene of the accident but did not go back because they saw the other boy and "heard voices" which made them think it was a hijacking stunt. Cle, however, stopped Emmett Boling, who came driving down the road, and he in turn called, H. Curtright, of the Curtright Funeral Home, who sent an ambulances to the scene. Cole and Gullett then drove the truck to Louisa where they contacted Sheriff Proctor Fyffe who returned with the men to the place of the accident. Ray, who was still alive, upon arrival of the ambulance, died on his way to the Riverview Hospital. An inquest was held at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning at the office of Sheriff Fyffe, Acting Coroner, Dorothy Van Meter, presiding. County Attorney W. D. Sparks conducted the inquiry, which brought out the material facts stated above. R. P. Reid, of the Curtright Funeral Home, stated the condition of Ray following his death: "Badly hurt, one ear torn off, the other ear partly torn off, face and body injuries, any of which might have proven fatal." Sheriff Fyffe testified to the correctness of Cole's statements regarding reporting the accident to him and the length of track marks of trucks stopping.

 

The coroners Jury which was composed of Bee Riffe, Mack Preece, Luther Gartin, Sheridan Ward, J.H. Preece, and Ed Johnson returned a verdict of "Unavoidable accident" in less than fifteen minutes after deliberations started. It may be added that the victims pal, Robinson, said at the hearing that he had warned his friend against sleeping in the center of the road, but that Ray had insisted on sleeping there. There was no drinking involved in the accident. Funeral services are schedules to he held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Regular Baptist Church at the mouth of Chloe Creek. Rev. Joe Hopkins officiating. The body was removed to Pikeville yesterday by the Curtright Funeral Home. He is survived by his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Kinsey Ray, two brothers, two sisters, and a maternal grandmother. Big Sandy News, July 14, 1949

 

STAMBAUGH, Fred

Fred Stambaugh, 58, prominent Charleston, WV attorney, died in the hospital in that city last Sunday. He was a native of Lawrence County. He was a member of the firm of Lively and Lively, a Mason and a veteran of World War I. Funeral services were held Monday at the Barlow Mortuary Chapel at Blaine. Burial was in the family cemetery at Blaine. Big Sandy News, July 14, 1949

 

 

VAUGHAN, Mary Alice

1855-1949

Miss Mary Alice Vaughan,, 93, a former well-known resident of Catlettsburg, died at 7 p.m. Saturday night in Louisa, at the home of a niece, Mrs. Coleman Back. Miss Vaughan, who operated a grocer store in Catlettsburg on "Vaughan's Corner" at Louisa Street and had resided in Catlettsburg most of her life, moved to Louisa several years ago to make her home with Mrs. Back. She had been in bad health for about a year. The daughter of the late James and Sarah Apps Vaughan, she was born in Catlettsburg, October 11, 1855. She spent part of her childhood in Parkersburg, WV and returned to Catlettsburg in 1861 to live with the family of the late river captain, W. P. Vaughan, an uncle. Miss Vaughan's father was a river man most of his life and at one time was the captain of a steamboat on the Big Sandy River. She was widely known throughout this section. She was a member of the old Methodist Church, South, of Catlettsburg. Funeral services were conducted Monday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. A. P. Keyser, retired Methodist minister, and the Rev. J. C. Hager, Baptist minister of Louisa, officiating. Burial was in the Catlettsburg Cemetery. Surviving are three sisters, Miss Linnie Vaughan, Mrs. Arthur Hoyt, and Mrs. Julius Kanalz, all of Parkersburg, WV; two brothers, Clem and Ernest Vaughan, also of Parkersburg; and a cousin, Josephus Vaughan, Parkersburg. Big Sandy News, July 14, 1949

 

WHEELER, Isaac G.

1864-1949

Isaac G. Wheeler, one of Lawrence county's old pioneers, passed away at the Riverview hospital last Sunday afternoon. Wheeler fell at his home and broke his hip about two weeks ago, and last week was removed to the hospital where his injury proved fatal. He was "one of the wittiest gentlemen in the county" according to a statement made by one of his many friends. Wheeler was born at Blaine on April 27, 1864, the son of the late John and Catherine Wheeler, and was 85 at the time of his death. He was one of the first County Surveyors of Lawrence County, and later added farming to his occupation. The funeral rites took place yesterday, from the residence where the body had been removed from the Young Funeral Home. The beautiful service was conducted by Rev. Arthur Morris and Rev. Jarret Cordle. Burial took place in the family cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Ruthie Skaggs Wheeler, to whom he was married 50 years, 2 daughters, Mrs. Roy Lester, route 1, Ashland, and Mrs. Clarence Craft, Ashland; 9 sons, Emory Wheeler, Chicago, IL, Celsus and Franklin of Ashland, Ora of Walbridge, OH, George, Blaine, Ova, South Point, OH, Espy, Blaine, Esky, Raceland and Burnso, at home and 47 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, July 7, 1949

 

WILLIAMS, Charles and Mannie

A young farmer and his wife were murdered by an assailant who escaped into the wooded hills near their home, at Salyersville, last Monday afternoon. The victims of the murder are, Charles Williams, 27, and his wife, Mrs. Mannie Williams. Mrs. Williams, was felled by the assailant while fleeing with her seven month old baby in her arms. The shooting took place on a mountain side near Bear Branch. Bloodhounds are arriving from Lexington to track down the murderer. All police in this part of the state have been alerted to be on the lookout for any suspicious characters, who may be connected with the case. The Williams', it appears, had no enemies. Big Sandy News, July 7, 1949

 

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BELCHER, E. K.

1864-1949

E. K. Belcher, for the past 54 years, a resident of Prichard, WV passed away at his home last Saturday following a stroke. He was 85 years old. Born May 2, 1864, in Wise County, VA, the son of the late William and Caroline Gentry Belcher. Mr. Belcher was a prominent farmer and livestock dealer. Funeral services were held at Big Hurricane Baptist Church on route 1, Fort Gay followed by burial Monday at 2 p.m. at the Christian cemetery, Rev. J. C. Hager officiating. The Young Funeral Home at Louisa was in charge of arrangements. Belcher is survived by his widow, Mrs. Josephine Wilson Belcher, to whom he was married 53 years, six sons, S. Belcher, Williamson, Sam Belcher, at home, Gentry Belcher, route 1, Prichard, Haskel Belcher, route 1, Fort Gay, Hoyt Belcher and Paul Belcher both of Williamson, 3 daughters, Mrs. Andrew Hall, Lavalette, Miss Opal Belcher and Miss Ruby Belcher, at home. Big Sandy News, August 25, 1949

 

BLEVINS, Barbara Louise

Barbara Louise Blevins, 4 month old daughter of Samuel and Freda Dolores Dillon Blevins, died at the home of her grandfather, Chris Dillon, at Webb, WV, on July 26 at 9 a.m. after an illness of 4 days. She was born at Warn, OH, March 2, 1949. Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 27, at the Copley Cemetery with the Rev. Jeff Mosely officiating. She is survived by parents, of Williamson, WV her grandmother, Mrs. Lena Blevins, Williamson, WV and her grandfather, Chris Dillon, Webb, WV. Big Sandy News, August 11, 1949

 

CARTER, Irene Frances

1923-1949

Miss Irene Frances Carter of route 3, Louisa, died in a Frankfort hospital last Thursday morning following an extended illness. She was 26 years old at the time of her untimely death. Miss Carter was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dock and Tennie Gussler Carter to whom she was born February 3, 1923 at Busseyville, KY. Funeral arrangements were held last Sunday under the direction of Young Funeral Home of Louisa. The services were held at Carter Chapel with pastor S. B. Ball officiating. Burial was in the Carter Cemetery. She is survived by her father and mother, 3 sisters, Mrs. Thurman Hughes, Mrs. Raymond Burton, Mrs. Kenneth Moore all of Louisa's rural district and two brothers, Cecil Carter of route 3 and Gorman Carter, at home. Big Sandy News, August 18, 1949

 

EKERS, Eunice (Adams)

Mrs. Eunice Adams died at her home at Yatesville on Saturday, August 20, following an illness of several months. She was born at Irad, KY, a daughter of John P. and Winnie Wellman Adams. The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the home, with the Curtright Funeral Home in charge of and Rev. Dave Hewlett and Rev. Fred Vanhorn officiating. Mrs. Ekers had been a member of the Methodist Church for over 40 years. She is survived by her husband, six daughters, Mrs. Charles Ekert of Wayland, KY, Mrs. Nolan Kitchen of route 3, Louisa, Mrs. Celus Bradley of Yatesville, and Misses Ruth, Lora and Bessie at home and three sons, Henry Ekers, Huntington, WV, Roscoe Ekers, Cadmus, KY, and Chester Ekers, Prichard, WV; also one sister, Mrs. Julia Prince, route 4, Louisa, and three brothers, Asbury and Stant Adams, both of Irad and Sherman Adams of Gladys. She is also survived by four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, August 25, 1949

 

 

FLETCHER, Henry Tom

Henry Tom Fletcher, 44, passed away at the home of his parents, Sam Fletcher, Louisa route 1 Thursday, August 18. Mr. Fletcher had been an iron worker at the Wheeling Steel Co., at Portsmouth, OH for 20 years. He was born at Louisa and was a resident here 17 years, and for the last 27 years made his home with his sister, Mrs. W. D. Payne in Portsmouth. He was a member of the Baptist Church and attended schools in Louisa. Funeral service was held Saturday, August 20 from the Moore's  Chapel on State Route 23 with Rev. Billie Issac officiating. The body was the removed by the Curtright Funeral Home to the Lynn Funeral at Portsmouth, for a short funeral service, there with the Rev. harry Hannum officiating. Burial was made in the Scioto Burial Park. He is survived by his parents, five sisters: Mrs. W. D. Payne and Mrs. Ernest W. Pyle of Portsmouth, Mrs. Blaine Mead, route 1, Louisa, Mrs. Robert Bevins, Cincinnati, and Mrs. Charles Kennard of Lakeland, FL; two brothers, George B. and William Fletcher, both of Cincinnati, OH. Big Sandy News, August 25, 1949

 

FLEUTY, Laben

1859-1949

Laben Fleuty, said to be over 90 years old, died last Friday in a freak accident at Fort Gay, WV. Mr. Fleuty was walking along the switch tracks near the tie yard in Fort Gay when he was struck by a freight car being switched into the yard. He was rushed to the Riverview Hospital in an ambulance from the Curtright Funeral Home, where his injuries proved fatal. Fleuty was a retired farmer from Martin County, KY and had spent several years with relatives in West Virginia. He was at the time of the accident living with a son, Les Fleuty at Fort Gay. He was born at Calf Creek, WV, a son of Aaron and Mary Maynard Fluty and lived there for over 87 years, but the past three years he had made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Jack Coley in Fort Gay. His wife, Nancy Ellen Branham Fluty, passed away in 1942. Funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Fluty Cemetery near Calf Creek, with the Rev. Ballard Copley and Sam Branham officiating. He is survived by five daughters, Mrs. Sam Marcum, Mrs. William Castle, Mrs. Bew Wright, all of Calf Creek and Mrs. Charley Justice and Mrs. Jack Copley of Fort Gay and two sons, Lyss Fluty, Fort Gay and Charley Fluty of McDermett, OH, 28 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, August 25, 1949

 

GILLETTE, R. W. TED

R. W. Gillette of Fort Gay, died Monday morning in a Chillicothe, OH hospital, as a result of injuries received in an automobile accident last Sunday morning, Mr. Gillette, who was visiting an uncle near Chillicothe, fell from the back of a truck in which he was riding and received a fractured skull, which proved fatal. A sister, Mrs. Ernest Robertson, was seriously injured. Mr. Gillette, 40, had been a teacher in the West Virginia schools for over 18 years and was at the time of his death a teacher in the Fort Gay High School. He was the son of R. R. Gillette and the late Willie Nelson Gillette. The body was removed from the Curtright Funeral Home to the home of a brother in law, W. C. Lovely, in Fort Gay, Tuesday afternoon. Funeral service was held Wednesday 2 p.m. at the Fort Gay Baptist Church with the Rev. Ted Jarrell officiating. Burial was made in the Woodmere Cemetery in Huntington. Surviving are the widow, one daughter, Gloria Jean and one son, Donald Lee, both at home; the father, one sister, Mrs. Ernest Robertson of Huntington and one brother, Jack Gillette, of Huntington. Big Sandy News, August 25, 1949

 

 

HALL, Owen

Mr. Owen Hall, 83, Louisa, KY, died at his home Saturday, August 6, 1949 7:30 p.m. after suffering a stroke 3 months ago. A retired farmer and a son of the late David and Spicie  Hall of Grethel (Floyd county), KY. The body was removed from his home to Young's Funeral Home, hence to the home of Jay Hall, Grethel, KY Monday afternoon and funeral services were held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the home of Jay Hall with burial in Hall Cemetery, Grethel, KY. He was a member of the primitive Baptist church for 7 years. Survived by his wife, Alice Moore Hall, Louisa, to whom he had been married for 19 years. One sister, Mrs. Anna Mays, Ironton, OH, one brother, Wilburn Hall, Louisa, KY. Big Sandy News, August 11, 1949

 

HYLTON, Louvenia (Thompson)

1879-1949

Mrs. Louvenia Thompson Hylton, died at her home on route 2, Griffith Creek, early Sunday morning at the age of 70, following a long illness. She was born at Adams, July 23, 1879, but had resided on Louisa route 2, for the past 23 years. Mrs. Hylton was the daughter of the late Allen and Jemima Pack Thompson. The body of Mrs. Hylton was removed from the Young Funeral Home to the residence Sunday afternoon. Funeral services took place at Dry Ridge Church, at Adams, Tuesday, August 2nd at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. William M. Moore officiating. Burial was at Whitt Cemetery. Mrs. Hylton is survived by her husband, Benjamin J. Hylton to whom she was married 37 years. One son, W. A. Hylton, Sewickley, PA. Three daughters, Mrs. Victor Young, Detroit, MI, Mrs. Jarvie Burchett, route 2, Louisa, KY and Mrs. Lee Burchett, Yatesville, KY. One sister, Mrs. Jim Whitt, Adams, KY and six grandchildren. The body was removed from Young Funeral Home to the residence on Sunday at 4 p.m. Big Sandy News, August 4, 1949

 

MARTIN, Arlie

Arlie Martin 53 years old died suddenly after a heart attack at his home in Columbus, OH, August 3, 1949 at 5 a.m. He was a former resident of Little Blaine section and had lived in Columbus for the past 30 years. Funeral services were held Friday 2 p.m. from Dry Ridge Church with Rev. S. B. Ball and William W. Moore with burial in Moore Cemetery on Dry Ridge. He was a veteran of World War I. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Survived by his wife, Evelyn Pelfrey Martin, Columbus, OH, two daughters, Miss Altha Pauline Martin, at home and miss Barbara Louisa Martin at home, one son Arlie Martin, Jr. at home, one sister, Mrs. Carrie France          Big Sandy News, August 11, 1949

 

MORRIS, W. M.

1865-1949

Mr. W. M. Morris, 84 year old retired farmer, formerly of Adams, KY, died Monday evening, August 22, at his home in Louisa. Mr. Morris was born at Cordell, KY, the son of David and Susan Clevenger Morris. He was married to the former Vernia Jordan 55 years ago. The body was removed from the Young Funeral Home to the home of a nephew, David Morris, at Blaine, KY Tuesday afternoon. The funeral service was held Wednesday afternoon at the Low Gap Church on Brushy with the Revs. Jarrett Cordle and Arthur Morris officiating. Burial was in the Morris Cemetery at Adams. He had been a member of the United Baptist Church for 49 years. surviving are the widow; two daughters, Mrs. Jim Sparks, Sciotoville, OH and Mrs. John Robinson, Jacksonville, FL and one son, Dee Morris, Columbus, OH; also one sister, Mrs. Hester Curnutte of Portsmouth, OH and 15 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, August 25, 1949

 

PELFREY, Linda Louise

Linda Louise Pelfrey, 10 months old, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Pelfrey of route 1, Wayne, WV was buried in the Crabtree Cemetery following services held at Hopewell Methodist Church on Joel's Branch. The officiating clergymen were Rev's Carmi Crabtree and Homer Pelfrey. The little girl died here at the Riverview hospital August 12th. She was born at Fort Gay, Curtright Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements. In addition to the parents, a sister, Barbara Ellen Pelfrey, a grandfather, Floyd Pelfrey, both living at the home and a grandmother, Mrs. Estella Massie of Fort Gay, survives. Big Sandy News, August 18, 1949

 

POQUET, Jean (Neely)

Body of a woman identified as Jean Neely Poquet, 33 years old, wife of Ira (Shotgun) Runyon, Chattaroy was found lying face downward on Oil Well hollow, near New Camp,  KY shortly before noon Saturday. Identification was made by Runyon and by Janie Bowen. Kentucky State Highway Police called to the scene, said there was evidence of a struggle. John Call, Pike county coroner, ordered the body removed to Pikeville for a complete examination. It is believed that she had been dead about 12 hours when found by Johnny Goff, Fred Varney, George Stair and J. E. (Sonny) Runyon. The body was under a tree in the field a short distance from the New Camp Boy Scout cabin. Her clothing was found strewn over the area. An incomplete investigation that she had been beaten. The possible death weapon was not found, however. Big Sandy News, August 11, 1949

 

SALYERS, Jackson "Jack"

Jackson "Jack" B. Salyers, 78, well known retired farmer, passed away July 31st, at Mansfield General Hospital, following a two year illness. He died four days after being removed to the hospital from the home of his sons and daughters with whom he had made his home. Salyers was the son of Frank and Martha Ferguson Salyers and was born in Johnson County, KY. Funeral services took place yesterday at the See Cemetery, with the Reverends Lloyd Collinsworth, James Lemaster and John Castle officiating. The body upon arrival here at the Curtright Funeral Home, was taken to the home of Rev. Lloyd Collinsworth, where it remained until the time of the funeral. "Jack" Salyers was married to Etta Fyffe Salyers who passed away in 1931. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. John Fife and Mrs. Mike Yiway of Mansfield, OH; five sons, Hobert, Sherman, John, Albert and Richard Salyers, also of Mansfield; one sister, Mrs. Brice Wright of Farmers, KY; one half sister, Mrs. Mary Bentley, Catlettsburg, KY; three brothers, Shanklin, Jay and Clarence Salyers, all of Newport News, VA. Big Sandy News, August 4, 1949

 

SPARKS, Cora (Lyon)

1873-1949

Mrs. Cora Sparks who resided here until she moved to Ashland 12 years ago, passed away there Wednesday, August 17th, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Boyd Dobyns of 3206 Crest Street. Funeral services were held last Saturday morning Rev. L. H. Tipton, officiating, followed by burial in the family cemetery at Martha, KY. Mrs. Sparks was born January 19th, 1873, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Coba Lyon. She was a member of the Unity Baptist Church. Beside the daughter she is survived by one son, Emmett Sparks of Ashland; two brothers, H.J. Lyon of Huntington and A. E. Lyon of Ashland; one sister, Mrs. J. H. Stafford of Huntington; 3 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Big Sandy News, August 25, 1949

 

WATSON, Rose (Shannon)

A former Louisa resident, Mrs. Rose Shannon Watson 67, who for many years resided here, was buried on July 29th at Frankfort, OH. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. L. M. Rogers, of the Louisa Methodist church. Burial was in the Greenville Cemetery at Frankfort. Mrs. Watson was a past president of the Womans Society of the Christian Service of the Methodist Church. She was born here in Lawrence County, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William and Mary Shannon. Big Sandy News, August 11, 1949

 

WEBB, Tilda (Waddle)

1902-1949

Mrs. Tilda Webb, 47 years old died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Harlan Short, Wednesday night, August 3, 1949 after an illness of 2 1/2 years. She made her home in Columbus, OH and came to Louisa to her sister's home one month ago. The daughter of the late James and Matilda Spradlin Waddle. She was born at Whitehouse, KY June 20, 1902. She was the widow of the late Albert Webb. Funeral services were held Saturday August 6, 1949, 10 a.m. Freewill Baptist Church, Louisa. Rev. William W. Moore, burial in Greenlawn Cemetery, Portsmouth, OH. Funeral arrangements were made by Young Funeral Home. Survived by 3 daughters, Mrs. Augsback, Napa, CA, Mrs. Freeman Smith, Napa, CA, Mrs. Loftes Pinson, Nolan, WV, two sons, Bill Webb, Buchanan, MI, Charles Webb, Columbus, OH; 4 sisters, Mrs. Mary E. Thompson, route 2, Louisa, Mrs. Cora Wheeler, Martin, KY, Mrs. Frank Spradlin, Inez, KY, Mrs. Harlan Short, Louisa, 3 brothers, George Waddle, Whitehouse, KY, John Waddle, Cisco, UT, Burns Waddle, Knoxville, TN and 5 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, August 11, 1949

 

WELLMAN, Hugh E.

Sgt, Hugh E. Wellman, son of Mr. and Mrs. N. B. Wellman of Huntington, was buried in the Wellman Cemetery at Fort Gay, last Sunday, following funeral services at Reger Chapel. Sgt. Wellman was executed by the Japanese in May 1942, during the Bataan Death March in the Philippines. In addition to the parents, he is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Samuel E. Haworth of Huntington and Miss Betty Wellman at home; two brothers, Paul and Joe at home. Big Sandy News, August 4, 1949

 

WILLIAMS, Charles L.

Charles L. Williams, formerly of Blaine, KY passed away Saturday, July 30, at his home, 2720 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, OH. Surviving are his wife, Emma, daughters, Mrs. Paul Madru, Mrs. Carl Thornton, of Columbus, Misses Nola Mae and Ruth Anne at home, sons, Robert Buell and Charles, both at home, parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. O. Williams of Blaine, KY, sister, Mrs. Franklin Brickey, Mrs. Clyde Johns, Mrs. Jett Boggs, and Mrs. Mason Boggs, brothers, Curtis and Estill and one grandson. Burial was made in Greenlawn Cemetery in Columbus following rites held in Cook and Son Chapel on August 2. Big Sandy News, August 25, 1949

 

 

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BALL, Arnold P.

Funeral services for Arnold "Pete" Ball, 34, employee of the KY & WV Power Co., who died Friday in the King's Daughters' Hospital of injuries suffered Thursday, August 25, when he fell from a stell structure at the company's new substation in Ashland, was held on Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the Savage Memorial Methodist church at Fallsburg, Lawrence County, KY, with the Rev. J. C. Hager officiating. Burial was in the Short Cemetery, route 3, Louisa. The body was removed from the Young Funeral Home at Louisa to the home of the father in law, Eugene Crank, route 4, Louisa at 9 a.m. last Sunday. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Gertrude Crank Ball; four sons, Lester Grant, Bruce Arnold, Danny Simms and David Ball, all at home; two daughters, Jennifer and Joyce Rae Ball, at home; the mother, Mrs. Martha Short Ball, route 4, Louisa; four sisters, Mrs. Webb Roberts, route 4, Louisa, Mrs. Arthur Taylor and Miss Jacqueline Ball, Louisa, Mrs. James Woods, Kenova, WV, five brothers, Emerald, Ball, St. Albans, WV, David D. Ball, Louisa, Mont W. James and Blaine Ball, Jr., route 4, Louisa. Big Sandy News, September 8, 1949

 

BATES, Nora

1876-1949

Nora Bates who was born March 13, 1876 at Blaine, KY, died August 26, at her home in London, OH at the age of 73 years old. She was the daughter of the late Nathaniel and Corilda Thompson Bates. She was a member of the Baptist church since 1897. Unto this union 11 children were born: 7 boys, Roscoe, Charles, Claude, Hubert, Henry and Paul of London and Con of Cherokee, KY 4 girls, Mrs. Genoa McDavid of Hitchins, KY, Mrs. Elizabeth Kitchen of Huntington, WV, Mrs. C. A. Smith of Kenton and Mrs. Fern Jones of London; 33 grandchildren, four sisters, and one brother, M. M. Bates of Blaine. Big Sandy News, September 1, 1949 (Note: Her husband was John Sanders)

 

BELLOMY, Lawrence

Lawrence Bellomy, 36, died Sunday, September 18, in Painesville, OH, after an illness of one week. Mr. Bellomy was born on Route 1, Prichard, WV, the son of Ira and Maggie Ellis Bellomy. He was married to Gladys Ball Bellomy 14 years ago and for the past 8 years has made his home at Fort Gay, WV and Fairport, OH. He had been a member of the Methodist Church at Bellomy Chapel for 15 years. The body was removed from the Curtright Funeral Home to the home of his parents in Fort Gay, Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. Funeral services took place at the Bellomy Chapel Wednesday, September 21 at 10 a.m. with the Revs. P. F. Rose and Dave Hewlett officiating. Burial followed at the Strother Cemetery route 1, Prichard, WV. Surviving besides the widow are the parents, three daughters, Betty, Billie Jean and Judie Ann Bellomy; one son, Larry Bellomy, all at home; four sisters, Mrs. Paul Malone, Columbus, OH, Mrs. Carl Donald, Geneva, OH, Mrs. Elwood Noe, Naugatuck, WV and Mrs. Joe Napier, Kenova, WV, also surviving are three brothers, Rev. Roy Bellomy, Fairfield, OH, Paul E. Bellomy, Fort Gay, WV and Charles Ray Bellomy of Fort Gay, WV. Big Sandy News, September 22, 1949

 

BEVINS, Don

Don Bevins, four year old son of Ironton and Margie Castle Bevins, of Louisa, route 1, died in a local hospital on September 17 at 1:30 p.m. The funeral took place Tuesday September 20, at the Bevins Cemetery on Georges Creek with the Rev. Bird Webb conducting the service. Burial preparations were by the Curtright Funeral Home. He is survived by his parents; one brother, Beecher Bevins, two sisters, Mary and Marie Bevins, all at home; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William Castle and Mrs. Mary Bevins, all of route 1, Louisa, Big Sandy News, September 22, 1949

 

BROWN, James W.

1929-1949

James W. Brown, Jr., of Kermit, WV, died Sunday at 1:30 a.m. in Williamson Memorial Hospital of injuries received in a motorcycle accident last Tuesday. Funeral services was conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Kermit Methodist Church by the Rev. Cecil Sheppard. Burial was in the Warfield KY Cemetery. The body was taken to the home of the parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Will Brown of Kermit, from the Young Funeral Home at Louisa Monday 10 a.m. Mr. Brown was a junior at West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon, where he was taking a preparatory course in dentistry. He was an outstanding student and salutatorian of the class of 1947 at Kermit High School. He also was active in the Kermit Methodist Church. He was born June 27, 1929 at Warfield, the son of J. Will and Lola Pridemore Brown. He was a member of Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity. Surviving are the parents and the paternal grandmother, Mrs. Amanda Kouns Brown of St. Albans. Big Sandy News, September 8, 1949

 

BRYAN, Laura Naomi

A four month old baby, Laura Naomi Bryan born at Buchanan, KY, April 13th, this year to Ernest and Louisa Bryan, died at an Ashland hospital last Thursday, September 1. the funeral, which was under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home, took place Saturday, September 3rd at the home of the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Bryan with the Rev. Martin Moore of Fallsburg officiating, besides the parents and grandparents, the baby is survived by two brothers, Carroll Bryan and Earl of Buchanan, Mrs. and Mrs. Roscoe Boggs of Catlettsburg, KY grandparents on the mothers side. Big Sandy News, September 8, 1949

 

CHRISTIAN, L. T. (Labe)

1865-1949

L. T. (Labe) Christian, a resident of Wolf Creek, Fort Gay, WV, passed away at his home shortly after a heart attack last Friday, September 2nd. He was 83 years old having been born December 8th, 1865. His wife, Martha Boys Christian, to whom he had been married 53 years was at his bedside at the time of his death. Christian was a farmer and timber dealer and was at one time employed by the N & W Railroad. He was the son of the late Anderson and Mary Osborne Christian. Curtright Funeral Home had charge of burial preparations. Funeral took place Monday at Greenbriar Baptist Church with Rev. Ted Zarrell and Carmi Crabtree officiating. Burial was in Anderson Christian Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, two brothers, J. S. Christian, Rittman, OH, C. B. Christian, route 1, Fort Gay, WV, 4 nephews, and 5 nieces. Big Sandy News, September 8, 1949

 

CRUM, Fred

Fred Crum, 86, died at his home on route 2, near Fort Gay, WV on Sunday, September 18 after an illness of two days. Mr. Crum a retired merchant had been a resident of Fort Gay for 57 years. He was born at Crum, WV, the son of Thomas and Diana Sellers Crum. He was married to the late Matilda Perry Crum and had been a member of the United Baptist Church for 57 years. The body was removed from the Curtright Funeral Home to the residence Sunday. Funeral services were conducted from the home Tuesday, September 20, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Rush Frasher officiating. Mr. Crum is survived by two daughters, Miss Rhoda Ann Crum, route 2, Fort Gay and Mrs. Ed Hardwick, route 2, Fort Gay; and one sister, Mrs. Alex Kirkpatrick, route 2, Fort Gay, also surviving are three grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, September 22, 1949

 

CRUM, Robey Atkins

Dr. Robey ATkins Crum, 50, Mt. Vernon, IL, died suddenly of a heart attack Friday, at 6:30 p.m. at the home of his brother, L. B. Crum of Glenhayes, WV. Dr. Crum studied medicine in St. Louis  and Chicago and began his practice in Matewan, WV, later moving to Martin, KY, from where he moved to Mt. Vernon 15 years ago. He was born in Dunlow, WV, a son of Mrs. Nannie Atkins Crum; now a resident of Mt. Vernon and the late Lynn Boyd Crum. He was a member of the Vinson Masonic Lodge of Fort Gay, WV and the Elks Lodge of Mt. Vernon. Funeral service was at 2:30 p.m. at the Glenhayes Community Church with the Rev. J.C. Hager officiating. The body was removed from the Young Funeral Home to the brother's residence Saturday. Surviving are the mother, one daughter, Anna Crum at home, and the brother, his wife, Mrs. Ruby Lilly Crum, died in 1940. Big Sandy News, September 8,1 949

 

CYRUS, Robert Allan

The Young Funeral Home was in charge of funeral arrangements for two babies, the other baby died shortly following its birth was just named Robert Allan Cyrus before it died, the baby was the little son of Garland and Gladys Mae O'Brian of Fort Gay. The child was buried at Robertson Cemetery following a brief service by Rev. Grant Raines. The parents, and grandparents, Emory Cyrus and Mr. and Mrs. Charley O'Brian of Fort Gay all attended. Big Sandy News, September 8, 1949

 

DAMRON, Melvina (Hamilton)

1884-1949

Mrs. Melvina Hamilton Damron of Chapman, where she resided for the past 34 years, passed away last Sunday at her home following a one day attack of pneumonia. Mrs. Damron formerly lived 12 years at Harold and 19 years at Teaberry. She was born May 5, 1884, at Teaberry in Pike County but spent most of her life in Lawrence county. She was the daughter of Melvin and Renia Hamilton. Funeral service was held at the Methodist Church at Chapman yesterday with Rev. William W. Moore in charge of the service. Arrangements were under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Mrs. Damron had been a member of the Baptist Church for the past 50 years. She was the wife of Don Damron to whom she was married 46 years. She is also survived by four daughters, Miss Orpha Damron, Chapman, Mrs. Milton Fugitt, Central, Miss Virginia Damron, Louisa, and Miss Josephine Damron, Wayland; three sons, James I. Damron, Chapman, Mack A. Damron, Paintsville, and Odis G. Damron of Louisa; three sisters, Mrs. Emery Ray, Mrs. Betty Hamilton and Mrs. Rost Belcher all of Teaberry;  8 brothers, Henry, Sidney, Steve, Bert, Durant, Andy, Allard and Charley Hamilton all of Teaberry; 10 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Big Sandy News, September 1, 1949

 

DAVIS, Martin L. Martin L. Davis, 33 years old of Kistler, WV, was killed last Friday by a high voltage wire. Davis and a friend were returning home from a hunting trip near his home and he stepped on a high power electric wire which had fallen from a telephone pole died instantly. born in Louisa, route 1, son of Mrs. Jack Atkins and the late S. Davis, he had lived at Kistler, WV for the past 25 years. Funeral services were conducted Monday 2 p.m. from the home of his mother on Lick Creek, with the Revs. Willie W. Moore, and Rev. Henry Preece officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery on route 1, Louisa. The body was removed from the Young Funeral Home to the home of his mother of Lick Creek Sunday at 2 p.m. Surviving are the widow, Beatrice Davis; one daughter, Lois, one son, Lindsey Ray, both at home, mother, Mrs. Atkins; two sisters, Mrs. Monroe Webb of Huntington, WV and Mrs. Chester Wills of Bowling Green, KY; two brothers, Robert Davis of Kistler, WV and Jack Davis of Fort Gay, WV. Big Sandy News, September 15, 1949

 

DIAMOND, Edith Arlene

Edith Arlene Diamond, infant 6 hours old daughter of Arlie and Edith Miller Diamond of route 1, Louisa, KY, died in the Riverview hospital Friday, September 9, 1949. Funeral services were held Saturday morning 10 a.m. from the Miller Cemetery. Survived by father and mother, route 1, Louisa, KY, one brother, Donald Ray Miller at home, grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Dave Miller, route 1, Louisa, and Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Diamond, route 4, Louisa. Big Sandy News, September 15, 1949

 

FERGUSON, Merida J.

1868-1949

Merida (Met) Ferguson, 80 years old, retired farmer and merchant formerly of Blaine, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Dewey Cordle here in Louisa, August 28 after suffering a fall one month previously. He had moved to Louisa about 8 months ago from Blaine where he was born December 3, 1868, the son of the late Merida and Rebecca Rice Ferguson. The funeral was held in the Blaine Christian Church, Tuesday, 2 p.m. Rev. William W. Moore, burial in the family cemetery near Blaine. Burial arrangements was by Young Funeral Home. He was a life-long member of the Christian Church. His wife, Della Campbell Ferguson died in May 1946. He is survived by his daughter, Mrs. Cordle, 2 sisters, Mrs. Maggie Evans, Louisa, Mrs. Lydia Foster, Chicago, IL, 4 grandchildren. He was widely known and respected citizen of Blaine. Big Sandy News, September 1, 1949

 

GEARGESON, Launa (Burton)

1927-1949

Gary, IN: A young wife, Launa Burton Geargeson, 22, daughter of Mrs. and Mrs. Roscoe Burton of Van Lear, KY, was brutally attacked by her ax wielding husband while asleep in their home here at Gary on August 10th. Mrs. Geargeson died four days later at a Gary hospital as a result of the wounds received in the attack. Geargeson was arrested and brought to the Crown Point, IN jail where he attempted suicide. Georgeson was indicted by the Grand Jury without being present at the hearing because he refused to put on his clothes. He was removed to the insane ward of the Indiana state penitentiary at Michigan City pending his appearance in county court at Crown Point on a charge of first degree murder. Big Sandy News, September 8, 1949

 

HALL, Narie (Maynard)

1868-1949

Mrs. Narie Maynard Hall, 81, passed away at her home on route 2, Louisa, Sunday, September 25 after an illness of two months. She was born at Clifford, KY, the daughter of the late Jesse and Sallie Adkins Maynard. She was married to the late J. W. Hall and for the past 22 years she has lived on route 2, on the Point Section. Mrs. Hall had been a member of the United Baptist Church for 60 years. The body was removed from the Curtright Funeral Home to the residence on Monday, September 26. Funeral services were held at the home Tuesday, September 27, with the Rev. Nelson Hughes officiating. Burial followed in the Hall Cemetery. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. J. F. Meek, of Louisa; four sons, Guy Hall, Delbarton, WV, Jess Hall, St. Albans, WV, Bill Hall, route 2, Louisa, and Luther Hall, route 2, Louisa; three sisters, Mrs. J. C. Newberry, Starrett, WV, Mrs. Nannie Hensley, Glenhayes, WV and Mrs. Jack Parsley, Naugatuck, WV. Also surviving are 35 grandchildren and 40 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, September 29, 1949

 

HATCHER, Maggie

Miss Maggie Hatcher, 82, a retired school teacher, died in an Indianapolis hospital where she was taken following a cerebral hemorrhage. She took ill while on a train carrying her home to Louisa, following a vacation trip. Miss Hatcher was born and raised in Louisa where she taught school and she was the first teacher, Fred M. Vinson had when he went to school here. The funeral service was held in the Curtright Funeral Home here last Sunday afternoon with the Rector of the Calvary Episcopal Church of Ashland, Rev. Francis M. Cooper officiating. Burial was in Pinehill Cemetery. Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Morris McClure of Yuma, AZ with whom she had been visiting and a brother, John C. Hatcher, Lexington, KY. Big Sandy News, September 15, 1949

 

HEWLETT, Virgie (Burton)

The Young Funeral Home, Tuesday announced the death of Mrs. Virgie Burton Hewlett, the wife of J. L. Hewlett, she passed away at home, route 3, (Two Mile Section), following an illness of more than five years. Present at the time of her death was her husband and immediate members of the family. She was the daughter of the late Judge S. W. and Ella York Burton. Mrs. Hewlett was born at Ellen, KY and lived at Brushy creek and Blaine until five years ago when the family moved to Louisa. Mrs. Hewlett was a member of the Baptist Church for more than 40 years and also a member of the Blaine Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. The Hewletts had been married for 50 years. Mrs. Hewlett was highly respected in the community and had scores of friends over the country side as well as in Louisa. The funeral service will be held this afternoon at 2 p.m. at the First Methodist Church, here with Rev. D. A. Hewlett of Fallsburg officiating. Burial will take place in the Hewlett Cemetery near Blaine. The remains will be at the Young Funeral Home until time of the Church service. Mrs. Hewlett is survived by her husband and one daughter, Mrs. W. F. Swetnam, Edmore, MI; one son, Luther B. Hewlett, Columbus, OH; 3 granddaughters, 2 sisters, Mrs. Mattie Wellman, Ashland, KY, Mrs. J.D. Sturgill, Ashland, KY; two brothers, L. A. Burton, Blaine, KY and Dr. C. C. Burton, West Liberty, KY. Big Sandy News, September 22, 1949

 

HITCHCOCK, Jesse

1889-1949

Jesse Hitchcock, 59, of Route 2, died in a local hospital following an automobile accident near Paintsville last Friday, Sep 9. He was a coal loader for the Black Coal Co. at Alcott, WV, where he had been employed for 21 years. he was born at Staffordsville October 25, 1889. The funeral took place at the See Chapel last Sunday on Point Rd with Reverend Willie W. Moore officiating, burial followed at Early Branch Cemetery at Paintsville. Burial preparations were by Curtright Funeral Home. He is survived by his widow, Dessie Blevins Hitchcock and two daughters, Mrs. Bert Holestin of Alcott, WV and Mrs. Jaspher C. Kemplin, 3 sons, Bert Hitchcock, Everett E. Hitchcock, and John Hitchcock all of Louisa; one sister, Mrs. Gid Brown of Catlettsburg, KY Big Sandy News, September 15, 1949

 

MOORE,

The Young Funeral Home was in charge of funeral arrangements for two babies, one 1 day old baby born September 3rd to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Eugene Moore of route 2, died the following day. Attending the funeral of this little baby at Webb, WV, was his parents, grandparents, one sister, one brother. Big Sandy News, September 8, 1949

 

PRATT, James Harvey

1888-1949

James Harvey Pratt, 61, died Tuesday, September 6rh at his home at Fort Gay, following a five year illness. He was born June 11th, 1888, a son of Alex and Lucinda Ball Pratt. He was a retired farmer and had lived all his life in Wayne County, WV. The body was removed to the home last Tuesday afternoon. The funeral will take place today at eleven a.m. at the Fort Gay residence followed by burial at the Damron cemetery. The Revs. John Castle and Glen Arrowood officiating. Pratt is survived by his widow and three daughters, Mrs. Clifford Ratcliff of Jeriel, KY, Mrs. Ardith Carico and Miss Virginia Pratt of Fort Gay, three sons, Alex Howard, Glen W. and Walter Pratt, of Fort Gay, WV, tow sisters, Mrs. John Noe, Fort Gay, Mrs. T. J. Workman, Atlanta, GA and one brother, Freeland Pratt, of Milford, OH. Big Sandy News, September 8, 1949

 

ROBERTS, Ercell

1898-1949

Ercell Roberts died at the Riverview Hospital at the age of 51, Saturday, September 3rd following a heart attack. Roberts was born at Fort Gay in April of 1898, and had resided at 109 Lackey Street, Louisa for the past 22 years, where he operated his own carpenter business. He was the son of Melon Roberts of Purcell, OK and the late Mrs. Dora Ellen Salisbury Roberts. Funeral arrangements were made under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home with service taking place at the Freewill Baptist Church of Louisa, last Tuesday, September 6th,with Revs. Willie W. Moore, Felix Skaggs, and Scott Castle, officiating. Burial was in Copley Cemetery at Potters, KY. He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church for the past nine years and a member of the W. O. Johnson Post of the American Legion having served in World War I and re-enlisted to serve four more years with the army of occupation in Germany following the war. The Legion Post was in charge of military honors at the grave. Roberts is survived by the following: his wife, father, Melon Roberts, one daughter, Ramona Marie Roberts, 5 sons, Bill, Lofton, Jack, Ralph and Newman, 2 sisters , Mrs. Alex Collins, route 4, Miss Alberta Copley, route 4, 2 brothers, W. L. Copley and James H. Copley and stepfather, J. W. Copley all of Louisa. Big Sandy News, September 8, 1949

 

THOMPSON, Julia Ann (McKinster)

1871-1949

The funeral of Mrs. H. B. (Hesk) Thompson, was held at the Methodist Church at Stockdale, OH on Wednesday, August 31. Mrs. Thompson died on August 29th after a long illness. She was the daughter of John and Betsy McKinster of the Little Blaine section, was married to H. B. Thompson 57 years ago and spent most of her life in this county until about 15 years ago when she moved to Ohio with her family. Funeral was conducted by the Revs. Linzy Cyrus and Wilcox. She had been a Christian woman for several years. Burial was at Beaver, OH. She is survived by her husband, three daughters, Mrs. Dock Fraley, Mrs. Verna Stir, Mrs. Richard Nolan; three sons, Liss Thompson of McRoberts, KY, Linzy and Bill of Stockdale, OH, 25 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, September 8, 1949

 

WALLACE, Maude (Vinson)

Mrs. Maude Vinson Wallace, 62, died at her home on route 2, Louisa, Friday, September 23 after a brief illness. Mrs. Wallace was the daughter of Winfield and Florence Damron Vinson. She was married to Millard F. Wallace 22 years ago and had been a member of the United Baptist Church for 30 yeas. The body was removed from the Curtright Funeral Home to the residence Friday evening. Funeral services were held Sunday, September 25 at the home with the Revs. Fluty, Hughes and Ballard Copley officiating. Burial was in the Wallace Cemetery on route 2. She is survived by the husband, six daughters, Mrs. S. V. Maynard, route 2, Louisa, Mrs. Earl Dilley, Louisa, Mrs. Bill Gilpin, Huntington, WV, Mrs. Aubry Beverly, Charlottesville, VA, Mrs. Fulton Deane, Charlottesville, VA and Miss Betty Wallace, at home; three sons, Oscar Parsley, Cincinnati, OH, Caloway Parsley, Ashland, KY, and Riley Parsley, Kermit, WV; one sister Mrs. Mack McClung, Ironton, OH, two brothers, M.J. Vinson, Louisa, and Sherman Vinson, Columbus, OH, also surviving are17 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, September  29, 1949

 

WELLMAN, Ellis Randall

1912-1949

Ellis Randall Wellman, born August 20th, 1912, at Madge, KY, a son of Fred H. and Mary M. Cyrus Wellman died  August 18th at Phoenix, AZ. Funeral services was held at the Alzona Park Baptist Church, there with the Rev. Aurel M. Mayson officiating. Burial took place at the Greenway Memorial Park. His home at the time of his death was at 1230 East Willetta Street in Phoenix. He is survived by his wife, Dixie, and two sons, Clarence Randall and Freddy Ellis, his mother, Mary Mathilda Wellman, all of Phoenix. One of his surviving relations, a brother, Fred Raymond, lived at Louisa, another brother, Roy Elmer and a sister, Mrs. H. R. Hally of Columbus, OH. This notice was sent to the Big Sandy News by Mrs. Fred H. Wellman of the Phoenix address. Big Sandy News, September 8, 1949

 

WILSON, George Washington

1870-1949

George Washington Wilson, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Luther Meade, at Fort Gay, Friday, September 2 at the age of 79. Wilson, a retired farmer, was born, April 6, 1870, at Wayne County, WV, the son of the late Annie and Atley Wilson. He retired ten years ago. The death followed an eight month illness. He was for the past eight years a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Funeral services was held Sunday, September 4th, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Luther Meade in Fort Gay, the Rev. Freeland Akers of Prichard, WV officiated. Burial took place at the Meade Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Wilson is survived by his wife, Mageline York Wilson and three daughters; Mrs. Luther Meade, Fort Gay, WV, Mrs. Wayne Meads, Dunlow, WV, Mrs. Lena Whitlew, Columbus, OH, one stepdaughter, Mrs. Newman Sammons, Williamson, WV, one son, Freeland Wilson, Tarton, OH and one brother John Wilson, Glenhayes, WV. Big Sandy News, September 8, 1940

 

YOUNG, Zarah (Roberts)

18701-1949

Mrs. Zarah Roberts Young, of Route 1, Webbville, died at the age of 79, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Robert Young, of Blaine on August 27th, after a brief illness. She was the widow of the late U. S. (Lyss) Young who passed away in April of 1944. Mrs. Young was born May 8th, 1870 at Fallsburg, the daughter of the late Rice and Mary Ann McCoy Roberts. Funeral services were held last Monday from her home on Irish Creek, with burial in the family cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Young Funeral Home of Louisa. She is survived by 7 daughters, Mrs. Emma Hall, route 1, Webbville, KY, Mrs. Mollie Diamond, route 1 Webbville, Mrs. Lora Hammond, London, OH, Mrs. May Diamond, route 1, Webbville, KY, Mrs. Mervin Boyd, Johnstown, OH, Mrs. James Bryant, Orient, OH, Mrs. Robert Butler, Blaine, KY, 2 sons, Henry Young, Columbus, OH and Milt Young, route 1, Webbville, KY; 3 sisters, Mrs. R. F. Young, route 1, Webbville, KY, Mrs. M. P. Chaffin, London, OH, Mrs. Tom Woodard, London, OH, and 1 brother, Lonnie Young, Chillicothe, OH; 30 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, September 1, 1949

 

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BELLOMY, Luttie (Massie)

1884-1949

Mrs. Luttie Bellomy, 65, of Hubbardstown, WV, died Thursday, October 20, in a local hospital, following a six weeks illness. She was born March 21, 1884 on route 1, Prichard, WV, a daughter of the late George and Sarah Frances Massie. Her husband, Edd Bellomy, preceded her in death one year. For a number of years prior to their deaths they had run a store in Hubbardstown. She had been a member of the Methodist Church for 15 years. The body was removed from the Curtright Funeral Home to the residence at 3 p.m. Friday. Funeral services were held from the home Sunday, October 23, at 2 p.m. with the Revs. Dave Hewlett and Fred Rose officiating. Burial followed in the Bellomy Cemetery on route 1, Prichard, WV. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Charles A. Fluty of McDermott, OH, and Mrs. Homer Smith of route 1, Prichard, WV; one stepdaughter, Mrs. Edward Baker of Columbus, OH; one son, Howard Bellomy of route 1, Prichard, WV; and one sister, Mrs. B. C. Boyd of Portsmouth, OH. Also surviving are three grandchildren, 16 nieces and 11 nephews. Mrs. Bellomy's first husband, William Horton, was the builder of the present Louisa-Fort Gay Bridge, and she was the first woman to have walked across it. Big Sandy news, October 27, 1949

 

BERRY, Matilda May (Berry)

1892-1949

Mrs. Matilda May Berry, 57,  died Friday, October 21, at her home on route 3, Louisa, after an illness of five months. She was born July 10, 1892 at Irad, KY, a daughter of W. O. and Rachael Young Berry. She was married to Ren Berry 34 years ago. She had been a member of the United Baptist Church for 18 years. Funeral services were held Sunday October 23 from the residence with the Rev. Arthur Morris officiating. Burial took place in the Berry Cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. She is survived by the husband, two daughters, Mrs. Walter Runyon and Mrs. Raymond Carter, both of Catlettsburg, KY; one son, Clyde, at home; one sister, Mrs. Lee Skaggs of Ironton, OH and two brothers, John and Jesse both of route 3, Louisa. Big Sandy News, October 27, 1949

 

BOWENS, Elizabeth (Hammond)

1896-1949

Mrs. Elizabeth Hammond Bowens, 53, died at her home on route 1, Webb, WV, Tuesday, October 18. She was born August 4, 1896 at Clifford, KY, a daughter of the late John and Easter Endicott Hammond. She was married to Elgie Bowens 29 years ago and had been a member of the United Baptist Church for the past 15 years. Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 19 at the home with the Rev. Nelson Hughes officiating. Burial followed in the Branham Cemetery. The Curtright Funeral Home was in charge of funeral arrangements. Surviving besides the husband are four daughters, Mrs. Junior Skaggs, Mrs. Billie Joe Stevens, Miss Laura Belle Bowens, and Miss Senie Lee Bowens, all of route 1, Webb, WV, two sons, Homer and John, both of route 1, Webb, WV, one half sister, Mrs. Garland Sammons, also of route 1, Webb, WV, and two brothers, Jim Hammond of Webb, WV and Prince Hammond of Ashville, NC. Big Sandy News, October 27, 1949

 

CASTLE, Blanche (Jordan)

1906-1949

Mrs. Blanche Castle, 43, died at her home at Adams, KY, Sunday, October 16 after a brief illness. Mrs. Castle had made her home in Columbus, OH two months prior to her death. She was born August 16, 1906 at Ellen, KY, a daughter of Jay and Georgia Miles Jordan. She was married to Greenville Castle 27 years ago. She had been a member of the Freewill Baptist Church for 22 years. The body was removed from the Curtright Funeral Home to the residence Sunday. Funeral services were held at the home Monday at 2 p.m. with the Revs. William W. Moore and Lee Robinette officiating. Burial followed in the Cemetery at Adams. Surviving besides the husband are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jay Jordan; three daughters, Mrs. Alfred Scott and Mrs. Harold Smith, both of Columbus, OH and Miss Betty Castle at home; three sons, Green Willard Castle of Hilliard, OH, and Jay W. and Arnold Castle, both at home; two sisters, Mrs. Lewis Spencer of Isebelle, WV, and Mrs. Clifford Olliver of Johnstown, OH and three brothers, L. B. Jordan, of Springfield, OH, Cecil Jordan of Norris, KY and Freddie Jordan of Adams. Big Sandy News, October 20, 1949

 

CORDLE, Cora (Wheeler)

1878-1949

Mrs. Cora Cordle, 70, died at 10 p.m. Sunday, at the home of her son, Alfred Cordle of Adams, KY following a five year illness. Mrs. Cordle was visiting her son at the time of her death but usually made her home with another son, Milton Cordle of Wilbur, KY. She was born at Winifred, KY on November 28, 1878, a daughter of the late Franklin and Levisa Salyers Wheeler. She was married to the Rev. Greenville Cordle, who preceded her in death in 1947, and had been a member of the United Baptist Church for 60 years. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the home of her son, Alfred, at Adams. Burial took place in the Att Ball Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were made by the Young Funeral Home. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Drew Fultz of Wringley, KY; four sons, Monroe of Orlando, FL, Alfred of Adams, Ora of Lucasville, OH and Milton of Wilbur, KY; also surviving is one brother, Martin Wheeler of Ashland, KY. Big Sandy News, October 6, 1949

 

ENDICOTT, G. R.

G. R. Endicott, 71, farmer of Webb, WV, and a former Lawrence Countian, died at his home Sunday, October 9, following a brief illness. He was born in Lawrence County, a son of the late Joshua and Elizabeth Salmons Endicott. He was married to Ellen Parsley Endicott 48 years ago, and had been a member of the Methodist Church for several years. The body was removed from the Curtright Funeral Home to the residence at 4 p.m. Monday. Funeral services were Tuesday, October 11 at 1 p.m. at the Conley Memorial Church in Webb, WV with the Revs. Grant Raines and H. B. Copley conducting. Burial took place in the Copley Cemetery at Webb. Surviving are his wife, two daughters, Mrs. E.J. Wigget, Flat, MO and Mrs. Robert Sayer, Kenova, WV; four sons, E. E. of Cincinnati, OH, H. T. of Big Creek, WV, W. J. of Webb, WV and E. R. of Cleveland, OH and one sister, Mrs. Nannie Wilson of Louisa. Big Sandy News, October 13, 1949

 

FERGUSON, Mahala (Quesinberry)

1887-1949

Mrs. Mahala Ferguson, 62, of Terryville, died Saturday, October 1, in a local hospital, following an illness of two years. She was born September 28, 1887, at Morehead, KY, a daughter of the late Lawson and Anna Coffey Quesinberry, and was married to Emery C. Ferguson 41 years ago. She had been a member of the Regular Primitive Baptist Church for 25 years. The body was removed from the Curtright Funeral Home to the home on Saturday afternoon. Funeral services were conducted Monday, October 3, at 1:30 p.m. at the residence with the Revs. Emry E. Addie and Robie Ferguson officiating. Surviving are the husband, four daughters, Mrs. Meade Vanover, Terryville, Mrs. Orville Fout, Canton, OH, Mrs. Lowell Wright, Canton, OH, and Mrs. Randolph Fraley also of Canton, OH; four sisters, Mrs. Jane Keaton, Pocetella, ID, Mrs. D. H. Marshall, Louisville, KY, Mrs. Hannah Stigall, San Diego, CA, and Mrs. Phillip Justice, Russell, KY, 8 brothers, Andrew Quesinberry, Marion, IN, John Quesinberry, Morehead, KY, Joe Quesinberry, Crandell, WS, Will Quesinberry, Crandell, WS, Leonard Quesinberry, Hewett, WV, Leslie Quesinberry, Pineville, WV, Alfred of Russel, KY and Farrish of Chillicothe, OH. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, October 6, 1949

 

FRAZIER, Fred

1880-1949

Fred Frazier, 69, well known farmer and lumberman, of Maynard Branch on Louisa, route 2, died at his home Thursday, October 6, after an illness of seven months. He was born June 20, 1880, at Clifford, KY, a son to the former Lou Wilda Prichard. Funeral services were held Sunday October 9, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. William W. Moore officiating. Burial followed in the Frazier Cemetery. Burial preparations were made by the Young Funeral Home. Surviving besides the widow are three daughters, Mrs. Lindsey A. Kirk, Delbarton, WV, Mrs. Grant Maynard, Route 1, Webb, WV, and Miss Virginia Grace at home; three sons, Fred Frazier, Jr., Washington, D. C., and Clifford H. and Robert Frazier, at home; one sister, Mrs. Bert Roth, Catlettsburg, KY; 9 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, October 13, 1949

 

PETERS, Hessie (Crum)

18701-949

Mrs. Hessie Crum Peters, 79, died at her home on Mill Creek, route 2, Fort Gay, WV, Wednesday, October 19, after an illness of three weeks. She was born August 18, 1870 near Dunlow, WV, a daughter of the late John and Mary Damron Crum. Her husband, W. H. Peters, died in 1946. She had been a member of the Christian Church for 55 years. Funeral services were held Friday October 21, at the Bartram Chapel on Mill Creek with the Rev. Rose officiating. Burial took place in the family cemetery. Burial preparations were made by the Young Funeral Home at Louisa. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Ondus Branham of route 2, Fort Gay, WV, Mrs. Mae Hammond of Fort Gay, WV, and Mrs. Everett Peters of Huntington, WV, one son Clyde M. Peters, of Nashville, TN; and one brother, T. R. Ratcliff of Fort Gay, WV. Also surviving are four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, October 27, 1949

 

PETERS, Francis M.

1873-1949

Francis M. Peters, 76, died at Charleston Sunday, October 6th according to words received from Ira See. Mr. Peters was widely known here and had untold numbers of friends in Lawrence County. He was at the time of his death practicing law at Charleston, WV and was a former member of the house of delegates and former member of the liquor control commission of WV. He was buried in Koontz Cemetery at Clendenin following funeral services in Clendenin Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. The widely-known political figure died late Sunday in a Charleston hospital after a short illness. He resided at 1424 Kanawha Blvd. East. He was a graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and of the West Virginia University law school, and was elected in 1926 on the Democrat ticket to represent Mercer County in the House of Delegates. He was reelected in 1928 and again in 1932. In 1936 he was named by Governor H. C. Kump of WV to the state liquor control commission, and was reappointed for two successive terms by Gov. H. A. Holt. He practiced law in Bluefield for many years with the late Judge David E. Johnson and served as trust officer of the National Bank of Bluefield. He also served as mayor of Bluefield at one time. For the last two years he had been director of safety responsibility for the state road commission. He was an active member of the West Virginia Historical society and the Sons of the American Revolution and at the time of his death was engaged in writing a history of the state. He was born in Wayne County, July 3, 1873, a son of Jacob L. and Virginia Vinson Peters, and was a descendant of Christian Peters, of Peterstown, a Revolutionary War hero. Big Sandy News, October 13, 1949

 

SCOTT, Virginia (Kirk)

1861-1949

Mrs. Virginia Kirk Scott, 87, died Tuesday, October 4, at her home in Louisa, after a five year illness. She was born December 28, 1861, in Radnor, WV, the daughter of the late Ruben G. and Euna Finley Kirk. Her husband, W. A. Scott, preceded her in death 25 years ago. Mrs. Scott had been a member of the United Baptist Church for 50 years. Funeral services were held Thursday, October 6, at 1 p.m. at the Curtright Funeral Home with the Revs. J. C. Hager and William W. Moore officiating. Burial followed in the W. I. Diamond Cemetery. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Laura Atkins of Louisa; three nephews, Woodson and Astor Diamond of Summerset, KY and Camron Diamond of Eubank, KY and one brother, Emory Kirk of route 1, Ashland. Big Sandy News, October 13, 1949

 

SPARKS, Lewis Floyd

1862-1949

Lewis Floyd Sparks, 87, died at the home of his son, Kenneth Sparks, at Fielden, Elliott County, KY, on September 28. He was born April 11, 1862 at Martha, KY, a son of Lindsey and Katie Skaggs Sparks. His wife, Melvina Skaggs, died in 1928. Burial took place at Fielden under the direction of the Lewis Funeral Home of Sandy Hook. He is survived by the following children: four daughters: Mrs. Stella Skaggs, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Mrs. Rose Johnson, Fielden, KY, Mrs. Bertha Pennington, Ashland, KY and Mrs. Esta Ratcliff, Louisa; five sons, Nelson T. Sparks, Monroe Sparks, and Emory Sparks, all of Portsmouth, OH, Glen Sparks, Ashland, KY and Kenneth Sparks, Fielden, KY. Also surviving are 36 grandchildren and 55 great grandchildren. Mrs. Sparks was a relative of Mrs. Harry Phillips, Mrs. C. B. Rice and Mrs. Russell Dobyns, of Louisa. Big Sandy News, October 6, 1949

 

STUART, Henry H.

Henry H. Stuart, 87, of Webbville, KY, died Friday, October 7 in the Veterans Hospital, in Huntington, WV after an illness of one month. Mr. Stuart was a veteran of the U. S. Army and had served in the Indian Campaign from 1880 to 1895. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge for over 50 years. His wife, the former Lizzie Bush, preceded him in death several years ago. Funeral services were held from the Webbville Church Sunday morning at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Andrew Kiser officiating. Burial was made in the Bush Cemetery at Jeriel, KY. Surviving are two sons,  Vasa Stuart of Webbville and Dale Stuart of Portland, TX; one daughter, Mrs. Wanda Kitchen of Webbville; and three brothers, C. B. Stuart, Old Town, KY, Miles Stuart of Webbville, and George Stuart of Dennis, KY. Big Sandy News, October 13, 1949

 

WALLER, Herbert R.

Herbert Ray Waller, 18, died Wednesday, October 5th at his home at Webb, WV after suffering a heart attack. He was born May 6, 1931, a son of Saul and Maudie Copley Waller. The body was removed from the Young Funeral Home to the residence at 11 a.m. Thursday. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Webb Community Church by the Rev. Ballard Copley. Burial was made in the Copley Cemetery. Surviving besides the parents are three sisters, Mrs. Luther Salmons of Webb and Bonnie Lou and Wilda Marie Waller at home, 8 brothers, Elmer, Carlos Lee, Roy Franklin, Pierce, Rufus, Wetzel, Harmon Edward, and Saul Waller, Jr., at home, the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Waller of Webb and the maternal grandfather, Harmon Copley of Webb. Big Sandy News, October 13, 1949

 

WATSON, James S.

1886-1949

James S. Watson, 63, of Washington, D. C. died Thursday afternoon October 13, at Webbville, KY, of a self inflicted gun shot wound. He had been in ill health for some time and at the time of his death, he was a visitor in the home of his mother in law, Mrs. U. G. Pennington, at Webbville, KY. He was born March 27, 1886, at Carver, KY, a son of the late Asbury and Arlena Bailey Watson. He was married to Ruby L. Pennington Watson 20 years ago and for the past 13 years he had been employed as a guard at the City Post Office in Washington D. C. He had been a member of the Baptist Church for 30 years. Funeral services were held Sunday, October 16, at the Freewill Baptist Church in Salyersville, KY with the Rev. Scott Castle officiating. Burial followed in the Blue Grass Cemetery at Salyersville. Burial preparations were made by the Curtright Funeral Home. Surviving are the widow, two daughters, Mrs. Bess Johnson and Miss Melovete Watson, both of Washington, D. C. ; five sons, Herbert, Homer, and Herman, all of Washington, D. C., Hager of Salyersville, KY and Harry B. of El Paso, TX; four sisters, Mrs. Cleve Salyers, and Mrs. Leonard Dyer, both of Salyersville, KY, Mrs. Dudley Cole of Carver, KY and Mrs. Elliott Salyers of Toledo, OH and two brothers, Dudley Watson of Stockbridge, MI and Barney Watson of Cincinnati, OH. Big Sandy News, October 20, 1949

 

WATTS, Emma (Hammond)

Mrs. Emma Hammond Watts, 73, of route 1, Webb, WV, passed away Saturday evening, after an illness of five years. She was born in Lawrence County, KY, the daughter of the late James N. and Eveline Browning Hammond, and was married to the late William H. Watts. The body was removed from the Young Funeral Home to the residence Monday, where funeral services were conducted Tuesday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Ballard Copley officiating. Burial followed in the family cemetery. Big Sandy News, October 6, 1949

 

WELLMAN, Clyde

1910-1949

Clyde Wellman, 39, of Louisa, died Sunday night in a local hospital just two hours, following an illness of two hours after he suffered a heart attack. He was born June 18, 1910, at Louisa, a son of John and Elizabeth Atkins Wellman. He was well known in Louisa as a painter and paper hanger. Funeral services were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the First Methodist Church with the Rev. E. P. Swann officiating. Burial was made in the Pinehill Cemetery at Louisa. Burial preparations were made by the Young Funeral Home. Surviving him are his parents, one daughter, Mrs. Lloyd Bell of Columbus, OH, two sisters, Mrs. George Eberhart, Alexandria, VA and Miss Nancy Wellman also of Alexandria, VA; and three brothers, Lucian and Chief Petty Officer Vernon Wellman of San Francisco and Kenneth Wellman of Louisa. Big Sandy News, October 6, 1949

 

WILSON, Ora

1899-1949

Ora Wilson, 50 years old farmer, died Sunday, October 2, in the Veterans Hospital in Huntington, WV after an illness of one week. He was born on Lick Creek, near Louisa, in 1899, the son of Harrison and Mahala Burton Wilson and a lifelong resident of Lawrence County. He served nine months in the Infantry during World War II, and was a member of the W. O. Johnson Post No. 89, of the American Legion. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, October 5, at the Elizabeth Jarrell Baptist, under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home, with the Revs. J. C. Hager and William W. Moore. Burial in the Wilson Cemetery on Lick Creek. Surviving are the father, two brothers, Arthur Wilson, Louisa and Jay S. Wilson, Louisa, one uncle, George Wilson, Louisa; two aunts, Mrs. Ida Castle, Prestonsburg, KY and Mrs. Bill Jordan of Beaver, OH. Big Sandy News, October 6, 1949

 

WORKMAN, Lonnie

Lonnie "Buffalo" Workman 34, of Buffalo, Putnam County, a riveter, fell to his death Friday at 2:30 p.m. from the fifth floor of the steel superstructure of the new Woolworth Building that is being erected in Charleston, WV. The cause of the fall was undetermined, and fellow workers stated that Workman was an expert steel man. Although he probably was killed instantly he was taken to the St. Francis Hospital where efforts were made to revive him. Later the body was removed to the Raynes Funeral Home at Buffalo. Workman was born in Lawrence County, KY, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Workman of the Point Section. He attended Louisa High School under Prof. Ellis  and played football with the Bulldogs when Ralph Mills was coach here. Surviving are the parents, his widow, Irene; a son, Lonnie, Jr.; a sister, Mrs. Donald Ward of Huntington and seven brothers, Rush, and Bromley of Huntington, Lewis of Louisa, Charles of Bellville, OH, Larry of Wayne, Taylor of North Carolina and Jeff of Buchanan, KY. Big Sandy News, October 13, 1949

 

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BELL, Richard Sherman

1949-1949

Richard Sherman Bell, infant son of Ervin and Orpha Spurlock Bell of route 2, Louisa, died November 21, in a local hospital. He was born only shortly before. Burial preparations were made by the Curtright Funeral Home. Funeral services were held at the Summitt Cemetery, Tuesday, November 22 at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Ed Lambert officiating. Surviving are the parents, and the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Spurlock of route 2, Louisa and Mr. and Mrs. Books Bell of Richardson, KY. Big Sandy News, November 24, 1919

 

MILAM, Mary Elizabeth (Fiddler)

1862-1949

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Milam, 78, died at her home in Fort Gay, Sunday, November 20 at 6 p.m. after suffering a paralytic stroke Saturday night. She was born September 8, 1862, at Pikeville, KY, a daughter of the late John M. and Melinda Sowards Fiddler. She was a member of the Methodist Church. She was a former resident of Nolan, WV, but for the past 7 years she had resided in Fort Gay. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, November 22nd, at 1 p.m. at the residence by the Revs. Albert Ross and H. S. Porter. Burial preparations were made by the Young Funeral Home of Louisa. Surviving are one son, Fred Sowards, Sr. of Fort Gay, route 2, 18 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, November 24, 1949

 

MOORE, John Logan

1884-1949

John Logan, 65, well known colored laborer, died at his home in Fort Gay, Wednesday, November 9, after an illness of three months. He was born June 15, 1884, in Fort Gay, a son of Henry and Harriet Ferguson Moore. He was married to Virginia Ratcliff Moore 25 years ago. The body removed from the Curtright Funeral Home to the residence at 3 p.m. Thursday. Funeral services were held from the home Friday at 2:30 p.m. with the Rev. Cecil Hill officiating. Burial will follow in the Bear Cemetery at Fort Gay. Surviving besides the widow are two daughters, Mrs. Robert Burks of Huntington, WV and Miss Arvona Moore at home; one son, Robert H. who is stationed with the U. S. Army in Japan; and two sisters, Mrs. John Griffith of Fort Gay and Mrs. Ed Scott of Watago, WV. Also surviving is one grandson. Big Sandy News, November 24, 1949

 

STURGILL, Clyde

1915-1949

Clyde Sturgill, 34, well-known farmer of Martha, KY, died at his home Wednesday, November 9 after an illness of 18 months. He was born at Hannah, KY, April 7, 1915 a son of Nelson T. and Eliza Whitt Sturgill. He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Funeral services were held Sunday, November 13, at 11 a.m. from the Church of God at Martha with the Revs. Gallie Isaac, Emory Ferguson, and Emerson Collier officiating. Burial followed in the Community Cemetery. Burial preparations were made by the Young Funeral Home of Louisa. Surviving are the parents; the widow, three daughters, Evelyn Jane, Brenda Jean and Judith Karen, all at home, three sisters, Mrs. Watson Griffith, Mrs. Came Fyffe and Miss Ada Joe Sturgill, all of Martha; one brother, Howard D. Sturgill of Martha and the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Sturgill of Elliott County and Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Whitt of Martha. Big Sandy News, November 17, 1949

 

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BAULDWIN, Lucy (Ward)

1881-1949

Mrs. Lucy Bauldwin, 68, died at the home of a daughter here, Mrs. Lillian Justice, December 24th, 1949, following a three months illness. She was born at Grayson on September 26th 1881, the daughter of the late Thadeaus and Lucille Davis Ward. She moved to Louisa and had lived there for the past 35 years. She was the widow of the late Reece Bauldwin. The funeral services were held Tuesday in the AME Church at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Hill and Rev. J. C. Hager officiating. Burial was in the Wallace Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were made by the Young Funeral Home. Mrs. Bauldwin is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Lillian Justice, Louisa, one son, Eulas Ward, four sisters, Mrs. Willie Williams, of Cleveland, OH, and the Misses Betty Ward, Alice Ward, Tillie Ward, all of Huntington. There are four grandchildren. The body remained at the Young Funeral Home until one hour before service. Big Sandy News, December 29, 1949

 

BERRY, Hubert

Hubert Berry, 57, died Friday, December 2, at his home at Monaville, WV, following a short illness of heart trouble. Mr. Berry had been Fire Boss of the Island Creek Coal Company for 15 years. He was born at Ellen, KY, a son of Mrs. Mollie Berry and the late James B. Berry. He has been a resident of Monaville for 16 years. His wife, Anna Lee Thompson Berry preceded him in death by 4 years. The body was removed from the Curtright Funeral Home in Louisa to the home of a son, D. L. Berry, on route 1, Fort Gay, Saturday afternoon. Funeral services were held Sunday, December 4, at 2:30 p.m. from the Forks of Hurricane Baptist Church with the Rev. Dennie Roberts of Logan, WV officiating. Burial took place in the Christian Cemetery. Surviving are the mother; one daughter, Mrs. James Congleton of Akron, OH, and three sons, D. L. Berry of route 1, Fort Gay, Jack Berry of Dayton, OH and Ray Berry of Monaville. Big Sandy News, December 8, 1949

 

CARTY, C. W.

Funeral services for C. W. Carty, 73, who passed away at Salyersville, last Wednesday afternoon, was held there Friday. Carty was the father of Mrs. Jim Caudill, wife of the athletic director of Louisa High School. He had suffered from heart illness for several years. Carty was also the father of V. J. Carty, director of public relations of Eastern State College at Richmond. He had taught school for 55 years in his home county, but retired in 1946. He is survived by his widow, six sons and four daughters. Big Sandy News, December 29, 1949

 

CLARK, Sarah Elizabeth (Clark)

1881-1949

Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Clark, 68, died Friday December 16, in Louisa at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Elmer York, after a brief illness. She has been a resident of Louisa for the past 26 years. She was born November 16, 1881, in Wales, England, a daughter of the late Ben and Esther Williams Clark. Her husband, James Clark, died in 1942 in a railroad accident. Funeral services were held at the Freewill Baptist Church Monday, December 19, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. William W. Moore officiating. Burial was in the Pinehill Cemetery. Burial preparations were made by the Curtright Funeral Home. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Burnace Blankenship and Mrs. Elmer York, both of Louisa, Mrs. Chester Smith of Inverness, FL and Mrs. Earl Hale of Dayton, OH; two sons, James H. of Princeton, VA and Robert Lee of Louisa; two sisters, Mrs. Frank Powers of Dallas, TX and Mrs. Emma Gray of Pennsylvania; and one brother, William Clark of Washington, PA. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, December 22, 1949

 

KIDD, Walter

1882-1949

Walter Gray Kidd, 67, died at his home in Glenhayes, WV ??? December 20, after an illness of 8 days. Mr. Kidd ????? of Glenhayes and was a farmer. He was born June 12, 1882 at ??burg, VA, the son of the late Walter and Josephine Kidd. He moved to Glenhayes at the age of ?? and had ?? there since. The body was removed from the Young Funeral Home to the residence Wednesday afternoon. Funeral services  will be held from the Glenhayes Church at 2 p.m.  today, with the Rev. Ballard ?? of Webb, WV officiating. Burial will be in the Frazier Cemetery near Glenhayes. Survivors are his wife, Della Napier Kidd; three daughters, Mrs. Oscar Clevenger of Warfield, KY, Mrs. Herman Kelly and Mrs. Chris ?? of Glenhayes; four sons, Walter of Cleveland, OH, Ray and Max both of Glenhayes, and Gray, Jr., of the U. S. Army and one brother J. F. Kidd of Ceredo, WV. Big Sandy News, December 22, 1949

 

KIRKPATRICK, Robert

1882-1949

RObert H. Kirkpatrick, 67, died Thursday, December 15, at his home at Omar, WV following an illness of three years. Mr. Kirkpatrick had lived at Omar for the past five years and prior to that he lived at Fort Gay, route 1. He was born March 22, 1882 in Body County, KY, a son of the late Franklin and Ellen McKnight Kirkpatrick. He was married to Sarah Dean Kirkpatrick 22 years ago, and was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church for 2 years. Funeral services were held Saturday, December 17 at 1 p.m. at the Tabor's Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. G. D. Stamper officiating. Burial took place in the Dean Cemetery on Tabor's Creek. The Curtright Funeral Home was in charge of funeral arrangements. Surviving besides the wife are one daughter, Pansy June; five sosn, Donald, Robert, Jr., Delbert, Richard, and Michael, all at home; and one brother, James of Baltimore, MD. Big Sandy News, December 22, 1949

 

NAPIER, Surilda

Mrs. Surilda Napier, 84 years old, wife of Robert Napier, who died Sunday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Charles Frazier of Fort Gay, will be buried in the Napier Cemetery at Dunlow, following funeral services at 2 p.m. today at the United Baptist Church at Dunlow with the Rev. Frasher, H. Fry officiating. The body has been taken to the Frasher home from the Young Funeral Home at Louisa. Mrs. Napier was a member of the UB Church. survivors include the husband and 8 daughters. Big Sandy News, December 8, 1949

 

PENNINGTON, Windell Wayne

Windell Wayne Pennington, one year old son of Virgil and Audrey Thompson Pennington, passed away at his home in Louisa, Sunday, December 4 at 11:15 p.m. Funeral services were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Brammer Gap Church on the Louisa-Webbville Road with the Rev. Lloyd Jordan officiating. Burial was made in the Sturgell Cemetery on Bellstrace near Webbville. Funeral arrangements were made by the Curtright Funeral Home. He is survived by the parents; one brother, Virgil, Jr., and one sister, Joyce Marie, both at home; and the grandparents, Mrs. Emma Thompson of route 1, Webbville and Smith Pennington of Fostoria, OH. Big Sandy News, December 8, 1949

 

RUNYON, Jake

Jake Runyon, 40 years old, passed away at his home near Richardson, the son of the late Jack and Agnes Fitch Runyon. The funeral services were held December 23, 1949, at the Terry Cemetery, with the Rev. Doug Vanhoose officiating. He is survived by four small daughters, and one son; one brother, Tom Runyon of Kermit, WV. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Young Funeral Home of Louisa. Big Sandy News, December 29,1 949

 

SKEENS, Addison

1872-1949

Addison (Add) Skeens, 77 year old retired school teacher, died Friday December 9, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Apps Vanhorn, at Fallsburg. He had been ill for twelve years. He was born October 23, 1872, on Route 4, Louisa, a son of the late John and Abigail Thompson Skeens. His wife, Emma Vanhoose Skeens preceded him in death by four years. Mr. Skeens has been a teacher in the Lawrence County school for forty years, and at one time was County Court Clerk of this county. At another time he served as Magistrate. He has been a member of the Methodist Church for 12 years. Funeral services were held Monday, December 12 at 11 a.m. at the Savage Memorial Church at Fallsburg with the Rev. William W. Moore officiating. Burial took place in the Buchanan Chapel Cemetery. The Young Funeral Home was in charge of funeral arrangements. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Apps Vanhorn, of Fallsburg, Mrs. Herbert Vanhorn of Zzelda, Mrs. W. J. Chadwick of Camp Lee, VA, and Mrs. Marion McGuire of Ashland, two sons, Jack Skeens of Hookstown, PA and C.P.O. Scott B. Skeens with the U. S. Navy at Key West, FL; one brother, Jack Skeens of Hookstown, PA and 11 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, December 15, 1949

 


SWETNAM, Elza (Uncle Bud)

1867-1949

Elza (Uncle Bud) Swetnam, 82 year old retired farmer of Blaine, died Friday, December 2, in a local hospital following a two weeks illness. He was born November 10, 1867, at Blaine, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Elza Swetnam. He lived at Blaine all of his life until he moved last year to New Haven, WV to live with his daughter. His wife, Mrs. Nannie Wellman Swetnam, died in November of 1948. He was a member of the Blaine Methodist Church. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 4 at the Blaine Methodist Church with the Rev. William Moore officiating. Burial preparations were  made by the Young Funeral Home. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. J. L. Haney of New Haven, WV and two sisters, Mrs. Hector Holten of Blaine and Mrs. Linzie Wellman of Cherokee, KY. Big Sandy News, December 8, 1949

 

WELLMAN, Rhoda Victoria (Bradley)

1870-1949

Mrs. Rhoda Victoria Wellman, 77, died Wednesday, November 30, suffering from a heart attack. She was born at Busseyville, KY, a daughter of the late William and Elizabeth White Bradley. She had been a member of the Fort Gay Methodist church for 49 years. The body was removed to the home of a son, Paul Wellman at Fort Gay at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Funeral services were conducted at 1:30 Friday December 2 at the Fort Gay Methodist Church by the Rev. R. F. Rose. Burial followed in the Bradley Cemetery. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. O.J. Artrip of Glenhayes, WV. Mrs. Silas Thompson and Mrs. Ashley Johnson, of Fort Gay; two sons, Lyess Wellman of Fort Gay, route 2, and Paul Wellman of Fort Gay; two brothers, Dave Wellman of Louisa, route 1, and Nol Bradley of Fort Gay. Also surviving are 19 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, December 8, 1949

 

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