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AKERS, Erman

Erman Akers, infant son of Ervin and Ona Frasher Akers, Creston, OH, formerly of Fort Gay, died Sunday at 9:05 a.m. in a Louisa hospital. Surviving in addition to the parents area  brother, Ervin Akers, Jr., the maternal grandmother, Mrs. Edward Frasher, route 1, Fort Gay, and the paternal grandfather, Rev. Freeland Akers of Prichard, WV. Funeral services were held Monday at 2:30 p.m. at the home of the grandmother, Mrs. Frasher, at route 1, Fort Gay. The Rev. George McTovich officiated and burial was in the Frasher Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, January 3, 1952

 

CHILDERS, Claude Willis

1918-1951

Funeral services for Claude Willis Childers, 33, who died Saturday at his home in Richardson after six months illness were conducted Tuesday at 10 a.m. at New Mt. Zion United Baptist Church. The Rev. Arch Thompson and the Rev. Elsie Preston officiated, and burial was in the Childers Cemetery at Richardson. A Richardson merchant, Mr. Childers was born February 24, 1918, the son of the late Rex Childers and Mrs. Goldie Price Childers. Surviving in addition to his mother, are his wife, Mrs. Eunice Preston Childers; one daughter, Miss Barbara Sue Childers; three sisters, Mrs. Cecil Price and Mrs. Raymond Stepp both of Richardson and Mrs. Joseph Tucciarone, Long Island, NY; one brother, Ronald Childers, West Van Lear, KY, four nieces and four nephews. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, January 3, 1951

 

DAMRON, Floyd

1873-1952

Floyd Damron, 78 years old, of Glenhayes, WV, died at 1:30 a.m. January 10 at his home after an illness of six years. Mr. Damron was born November 1, 1873, at Radnor, WV, a son of the late Moses and Elizabeth Kirk Damron. He was a retired farmer. Funeral services were held Saturday, January12, at 2 p.m. at the home with the Revs. G.C. Little and Ballard Copley officiating. Interment was made in the Damron Cemetery at Glenhayes, WV. He was a member of the Baptist Church for the past three years. American Legion members of the W. O. Johnson Post No. 89, conducted rites at the grave. Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Alice Little Damron; four daughters, Mrs. Harper Jordan and Mrs. Elza Jeffords of Huntington, WV, Mrs. C. T. Losce of Miami, FL and Mrs. Berton Hutchinson of Kenova, route 1; two sons, Corporal Floyd Damron, Jr., serving in the Army in Tennessee and Obie Damron of Columbus, and one brother, Vince Damron of Radnor. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, January 17, 1952

 

FUGITT, William Don

1931-1951

Funeral services for Pfc. William Don Fugitt, 20, formerly of Chapman, KY, who was killed in action in Korea on July 8, 1951, will be held at the Chapman Methodist Church at Chapman, Saturday, January 5, at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Willie W. Moore officiating. Pfc. Fugitt was born at Chapman, KY on March 8, 1931, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Milton V. Fugitt. He was a member of the Chapman Methodist Church. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in June 1949 after enlisting when he was 15 years old and serving for 10 months before Army authorities discovered his age and discharged him. He had been wounded in action and had returned to duty with the 7th Marine Corps before being killed on patrol duty. The body will arrive today at the Curtright Funeral Home, January 3, and will remain at the funeral home until time for the services. Survivors besides his parents, who reside in St. Louis, MO, include paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Fugitt of Chapman and maternal grandfather, Mr. Don Damron of Chapman. Members of the U. S. Marine Corps will conduct rites at the grave. Big Sandy News, January 3, 1952

 

HALL, Wiley V.

1891-1952

A heart condition resulted in the death Thursday, January 3, 1952 of Wiley V. Hall, 60, prominent Johnson Countian and former public official, who died at his home at Winfred at 7:00 p.m. after an illness of one year.  A native of Johnson County he was born August 6, 1891, the son of the late Jacob C. and Martella Lemaster Hall. A former school teacher and farmer, he was active in the educational and agricultural development of the county. He was connected with the office of Sheriff for many years and served one term as Sheriff of Johnson County.  He was a member of the Enterprise Baptist Church and a Veteran of World War 1. A son, Marvin Hall, who was killed in Korea, preceded him in death. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Cinda Ann Williams Hall, and three children; one daughter, Mrs. Dora Ann Holbrook, Winifred, and two sons, Howard Hall, Columbus, Ohio, and Earl Hall at home. A sister, Miss Rausa Hall, Flat Gap, and two half brothers; Paris Hall, Winfred and Marshall Hall, Columbus, Ohio also survive. Funeral services were conducted at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, January 6, from the Kerz Enterprise Baptist Church with Rev. Bruce Daniels and Rev. C.W. Krebs officiating. Music was furnished by the Toms Creek Singers. Burial was in the family cemetery at Winifred, under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, January 17, 1952

 

HARRIS, Alva

Alva E. Harris, Sr., 61, fireman for the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Co., died January 19 while on a run on the C & O's northern division between Russell and Columbus, OH. Mr. Harris was reported to have suffered a heart attack and fallen from the train's engine at Circleville, OH. A resident of West Russell, KY, Mr. Harris was prominently identified with various civic and fraternal organizations there. He had been a C & O employee for 32 years. Surviving him are the father, J. W. Harris of Louisa, his widow, Mima; and 8 children, Mrs. Pauline Cannon and Mrs. Ilene Rahe of Cincinnati, OH, Mrs. Anna Mae Hilton and Everett Harris of Ft. Wayne, IN, Earl E. Harris, Wheeler Hill, Charles and James Harris of West Russell and Alva Harris, Jr., Ironton, OH. Big Sandy News, January 24, 1952

 

KITCHEN, Lila (Ratliff)

Funeral services for Mrs. Lila Kitchen, 86, who died Sunday night at the home of her sister, Mrs. Dock Church of Yatesville, were conducted Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Morgan Creek Church with the Rev. Fred Vanhorn officiating. Burial was in the Holly Cemetery at Morgans Creek. Mrs. Kitchen was born in Carter County, a daughter of the late Flem and Rhoda Robinson Ratliff. She was the widow of the late Jim Kitchen. Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Lottie Kitchen, Webbville and Mrs. Dock Church of Yatesville. Big Sandy News, January 24, 1952

 

LYON, Loretta (Meade)

1901-1951

Mrs. Loretta Lyon, 59, of Ashland, died at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in St. Mary's Hospital in Huntington, after an illness of two years. Mrs. Lyon, a resident of Ashland for 27 years, was born at Zelda, KY, December 19, 1901, a daughter of H. K. and Willie Davis Meade. She was a telephone operator, being employed with the Ashland Home Telephone Company for 25 years. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the John Steen Funeral Home with the Rev. Espie Lewis officiating, assisted by Rev. E. A. Curry. Burial was in Rose Hill Burial Park. Surviving are the husband, Lewis Lyon, one brother, J. H. Meade of Logan, WV; five sisters, Mrs. Margie Collinsworth, Portsmouth, OH, Mrs. D. H. Lakin, Zelda; Mrs. Everett Walker, Princess, KY, Mrs. E. L. Oakes, Akron, OH and Mrs. Clifford Eppenstein, Ashland. Big Sandy News, January 3, 1952

 

MCGUIRE, William Sullivan

1905-1952

William Sullivan McGuire, 47, of Ashland, was injured fatally January 16, when struck by a Chesapeake & Ohio passenger train at the 22nd Street crossing in Ashland, Coroner J. Fred Miller reported. Mr. McGuire, a former telegraph operator for the C & O Railway, was truck by Train No. 39 of the Big Sandy Division at 7:40 p.m. and died of multiple injuries, including a skull fracture, in King's Daughters' Hospital at 9:46 pm. There were apparently no witnesses to the accident, Coroner J. Fred Miller said.  Born in Lawrence County, KY January 8, 1905, Mr. McGuire was the son of Louie Clarkson and Nicholas B. McGuire. He had been an Ashland resident for 27 years and was a member of the Gospel Tabernacle. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Gospel Tabernacle in Ashland, with the Rev. Bernard Kouns and the Rev. R. G. Crowell officiating. Burial was in the Ashland Cemetery. Surviving him are the stepfather and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Carter, Ashland; five brothers, Nick, Wayne, and George McGuire, Ashland, Stanley Carter, Ashland, and Raymond Carter, Detroit, MI and two sisters, Mrs. Orville Smith, Ashland and Mrs. Maymie Rist, Catlettsburg. Big Sandy News, January 24, 1952

 

PHILLIPS, Emory J.

1904-1951

Emory J. Phillips, 47, of Paducah, KY, formerly of Martha, KY, died Sunday in a Paducah hospital. Funeral services were conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Elizabeth Baptist Church at Martha by the Rev. Emory Ferguson and the Rev. Homer Evans. Burial was in the family cemetery at Martha. Graveside rites were conducted by the Jake Rice Lodge 606, AF & AM. Mr. Phillips was born April 22, 1904, a son of George W. Phillips of Louisa and the late Lydia Phillips. He was a member of the Elizabeth Baptist Church and was employed as a pipe fitter for a construction company at Paducah. Additional survivors include the widow, Mrs. Joy H. Phillips; one daughter, Mrs. Adrian Hay of Springfield, OH; two sons, Hager B. and Carl David Phillips at home; five sisters, Mrs. Pearlie Hay of Martha, Mrs. Nelson Boggs of Louisa, Mrs. Don Bolen and Mrs. Earl Skaggs of Plain City, OH and Mrs. Clinton Wheeler of Milford Center, OH and four brothers, Noah and Ambrose Phillips of Plain City, Herbert Phillips of Martha route 2, and James Phillips of Martha. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, January 3, 1952

 

PICKLESIMER,  Laura Bessie (Lewis)

1905-1952

A 46 year old woman was struck and killed by an N & W train at 4 p.m. Tuesday near Salt Petre, WV. The victim, Mrs. Laura Bessie Picklesimer had been visiting her daughter, Mrs. Bill Cole, of Louisa route 2 and was evidently walking on or near the tracks when struck by the train. Mrs. Picklesimer resided at Ft. Gay route 2, and was a native of Floyd County, KY. She was the wife of Dennis T. Picklesimer. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m.  tomorrow at the Christian Baptist Church at Saltpetre with the Rev. Gallie Isaac officiating. Burial will be in the Lynch Cemetery. Mrs. Picklesimer was born in Floyd County, KY on September 29, 1905, a daughter of Thomas Lewis, who now lives at Ivel, KY and of the late Parthenia Lewis. Surviving are the husband, Dennis T. Picklesimer, the father; two daughters, Mrs. Bill Cole of Louisa route 4 and Mrs. Duane Kunkle of Butler, OH; a son, John Picklesimer of Fort Gay route 2, five sisters, Mrs. Mars Spradlin, Mrs. Bill Osborn, Mrs. Adrian Gobel, Mrs. Greenwate Burchett and Mrs. Harvey Hunt all of Ivel; four brothers, Burt Lewis of Trammel, VA and Ulysses, Junior and J. C. Lewis of Ivel and 8 grandchildren. The body has been taken to the home from the Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, January 3, 1952

 

PINSON, Homer E.

Homer E. Pinson, 44, of Kermit, WV, died in Williamson, last Friday night after an illness of only an hour. An operator for the N & W railway at Kermit, he had lived at Kermit for the past year. He was a member of the Kermit Methodist Church and the Jewel Masonic Lodge at Crum. The funeral was held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Methodist Church with the Rev. W. Cecil Shepherd officiating, assisted by the Rev. H. L. Phillips. Burial was in the Ridgelawn Cemetery. The Masonic Lodge conducted graveside services. He is survived by the wife, Mrs. Sophia Cyrus Pinson, one son, Cyrus Edward at home and a sister, Mrs. Grace Lycan of Fort Gay.  Big Sandy News, January 3, 1952

 

 

SPARKS, Charles

1892-1951

Charles M. Sparks, 59, a bricklayer-contractor, died at 8:40 a.m. Saturday at his home in Ashland, KY following an illness of five ??.  Mr. Sparks, a resident of Ashland for 45 years, was born in Lawrence County, January 1, 1892, a son of Peter and Millie Bevins Sparks. He was a member of the Beech Street Christian Church in Ashland. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Anna Martin Sparks; seven daughters, Mrs. Arnold Blankenship and Mrs. Harold Elam, Westwood; Mrs. Leo Adkins, Dayton, OH, Mrs. Robert Boward, Hagerstown, MD and Misses Doris, Martha Alice and Gladys Sparks at home; two sons, James Sparks of Russell and Ernest Sparks at home; two brothers, Clarence Sparks, Ashland and Lace Sparks, Georges Creek, KY; two sisters, Mrs. Sherman Lyons of Bellefontaine, OH and Mrs. Chester Douglas, Ashland and five grandchildren. Big Sandy News, January 3, 1952

 

STEVENS, William

1876-1952

William Stevens, 75, of Fort Gay, route 1, died at 8 a.m. Monday in a local hospital. Mr. Stevens suffered a cerebral hemorrhage Sunday at his home. He was born in Carter County, KY May 16, 1876, a son of the late Henry and Anna Benyon Stevens. He was a retired coal miner. Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Eula Phillips Stevens; five daughters, Misses Nokie Lee and Cynthia Ann Stevens, at home, Mrs. Ada Wollford of Majestic, kY, Mrs. Flossie Mullens of Wurtland, KY, and Miss Jessie Stevens, of Baltimore; four sons, James William, John Henry, and Delbert Ray Stevens, at home; and Virgil Stevens of Ashland, KY; and two brothers, Watt Stevens of Thacker, WV and Nathan Stevens of Russell, KY. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, January 31, 1952

 

SULLIVAN, Ella (Frazier)

Mrs. Ella Frazier Sullivan, 83, of Mansfield, OH, formerly of Louisa, died January 13, at her home. Funeral services were conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Louisa Methodist Church by the Rev. Charles Perry. Burial was in the Pine Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Sullivan's late husband, William N. Sullivan, was a merchant in Louisa. She formerly taught in elementary schools in Lawrence County. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Walter C. Cain and Miss Chattie Sullivan of Mansfield; one son, Christopher Sullivan of Pikeville, KY and several grandchildren. Funeral services were under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, January 17, 1952

 

THOMAS, John H.

1859-1952

The Rev. John H. Thomas, 92, retired minister and one of carter County's oldest residents, died at his home at Jerial, KY, January 7. Born February 20, 1859 at Stinson, Carter County, he was the son of the late Henry and Sarah Easterling Thomas. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the residence at Jerial, with the Rev. A. C. Jarvis officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery at Jerial. Surviving Rev. Thomas are four daughters, Mrs. R. C. Thornsbury and Mrs. Clifford Frantz of Logan, WV, Mrs. C. E. Rogers of Berea, KY, and Mrs. Ed Waddell of Willard, KY, two sons, Albert Thomas of Rush, KY and Calvin Thomas of Jerial; and one brother, Steve Thomas of Jerial. Big Sandy News, January 10, 1952

 

THOMPSON, Henry C.

1893-1951

Henry C. Thompson, 58, of Sidney, WV, retired postmaster of that Wayne County community, died at 6 a.m. December 27, in a Huntington hospital after an illness of seven weeks. Funeral services were conducted at 2 pm. December 29 at the Hopewell Methodist Chapel near Sidney by the Rev. Thomas Vaughan and the Rev. Carmie Webb. Burial was in the Smith Cemetery at Sidney. Mr. Thompson was born January 10, 1893, at Sidney, a son of Mrs. Martha Jane Huff Thompson of Sidney and the late F. W. Thompson. He was owner and operator of a general store at Sidney before his retirement two years ago. Additional survivors include the widow, Mrs. Belle Farley Thompson; two daughters, Mrs. W. L. Scott of Huntington and Mrs. O'Dell Ailiff of Columbus, OH; six sons, Earl Thompson of Huntington, Celtus and Foley W. Thompson of Sidney, Russell Thompson of Kenova, Ford Thompson of Wayne and Glen H. Thompson of Welch; one sister, Mrs. J. C. David, Williamson, WV; one brother, Bruce F. Thompson of Williamson, WV and 13 grandchildren. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, January 3, 1952

 

THOMPSON, Hubert G.

Cpl. Hubert G. Thompson, Sr., 41, husband of Mrs. Nora G. Thompson, of Adams, KY, died suddenly in Louisville, KY January 8, 1952. He enlisted in the U. S. Army July 18, 1942 and during World War II served overseas four years and five moths. He served eleven months in Korea and returned to the United States due to ill health on September 1951. He was born April 28, 1910 at Webbville, KY, a son of Mrs. Mollie Chapman Thompson and the late David J. Thompson. He attended the Brammer Gap School, Webbville, KY, and Louisa High School. Funeral arrangements are incomplete pending the arrival of the body and will be held from the First Methodist Church in Louisa with the Revs. E. P. Swann, Charles Perry and J. C. Hager officiating. The W. O. Johnson Post No. 89 of Louisa will have services at the graveside. Upon arrival, the body will be taken to the home of his mother, Mrs. David J. Thompson, 316 Jefferson Street, Louisa. Survivors include the widow, one daughter, Phyllis Carol, at home; two sons, Seaman Phillip H. Thompson, Pearl Harbor, Hubert Thompson, Jr., at home, and the mother; three sisters, Mrs. Eskel Adams and Mrs. W. K. Hayes, Louisa, Mrs. William Malecote, Berea, KY; two brothers, T. S. Thompson, Kenova, WV and Carl Thompson, Louisa. Funeral arrangements will be under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, January 10, 1952

 

WALTERS, Deloris

1952-1952

Deloris Walters, infant daughter of James Rollin and Gladys Goebel Walters of Richardson, KY, died Sunday in an Ashland hospital. Funeral services were conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the home of an uncle, the Rev. German Walters of Georges Creek, KY. Mr. Walters officiated. Burial was in the family cemetery there. Additional survivors include one brother, Kenneth Ray Walters at home; the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Vint Walters, of Patrick, KY, and the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Goebel of Louisa route 1. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, January 31, 1952

 

WARD, Ertle Mae (Kitchen)

1896-1952

Mrs. Ertle Mae Kitchen Ward, 55, of Fallsburg, KY, died at 12:30 p.m. Monday at her home after an illness of two years. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Fallsburg Savage Memorial Church. Burial will be in Rose Hill Burial Park, Ashland, KY with the Rev. Burns Hogan officiating. Mrs. Ward was born September 11, 1896, a daughter of Mrs. Ollie Kitchen of London, OH and the late John Kitchen. Additional survivors include the husband, Lonnie J. Ward; four daughters, Mrs. Arville Myers of Sharples, WV, Mrs. McKinley Little of Price, KY, and Misses Lottie and Virginia Ward at home; five sons, Lonnie Ward of Logan, Loren Ward of Point Marion, PA, and Martin, Jack and Toddie Ward, at home; four sisters, Mrs. Lon Blevins, Orr, KY, Mrs. Bill Dennison, Mrs. Fred Rood of Huntington, WV, Mrs. Oscar Sagraves, route 1, Louisa, five brothers, Rossie Kitchen, Fort Dodge, IA, Russell Kitchen and Edd Kitchen of London, OH, Orville Kitchen, Jeffery, WV, Arthur Kitchen, Webbville, KY and six grandchildren. The body was taken to the residence at 2 p.m. Tuesday from the Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, January 17, 1952

 

WOOTEN, Cora B. (Huffman)

1882-1952

Mrs. Cora B. Wooten, 70, died Wednesday afternoon, January 30 at 2:30 p.m. in a Louisa hospital after an illness of two years. Mrs. Wooten was born in Greenup County on April 7, 1882, a daughter of Sara Brown Huffman and the late Richard Huffman. She was united in marriage January 24, 1904 to Luther C. Wooten. She had been a lifelong member of the Methodist Church and had been a resident of Louisa for the past 28 years. A past Worthy Matron of Louise Chapter O. E. S. No. 292, Mrs. Wooten was also a charter member of the Ashland White Shrine. Survivors in addition to her mother include; three daughters: Mrs. W. E. Kouns, Louisa, Mrs. M. H. Holiday, Jr., Jackson, KY, and Mrs. James H. Woods, Ashland, KY; four sons, Earl W. of Alice, TX, Russell L. of Orlando, FL, and Charles R. and L. Wayne Wooten of Louisa; one son, Lieutenant Clyde Wooten died in 1943 and six grandchildren; three brothers, Ben, Leonard, and Bob Huffman all of Raceland, KY, and two sisters, Mrs. Cleveland Owsley and Mrs. Richard Stevens, both of Raceland, KY. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. The body is at the Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, January 31, 1952

 

Funeral services for Mrs. Cora B. Wooten, who died January 30 in a Louisa hospital were conducted Saturday at 2 p.m. from the Louisa Methodist Church with the Rev. Charles Perry and Rev. E. P. Swann officiating. Burial was in the Pine Hill Cemetery. Big Sandy News, February 7, 1952

 

WORKMAN, Henry Calvin

Henry Calvin Workman 71, native of Lawrence County and resident of Catlettsburg for the past two years, died at his home on Gray Hill, January 23. His death followed an extended illness. Mr. Workman, a retired brick mason, was a son of the late Charles and Louise Cornwell Workman. He was a member of the West Catlettsburg Methodist Church. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Alice Hale Workman, one son, Charles Workman of Muncie, IN, two daughters, Mrs. Dave Ball of Buchanan, KY, and Miss Leona Workman at home; three brothers, Auzie and Dewey Workman, both of Muncie, IN and Golden Workman of Virginia. Three grandchildren also survive. Funeral services were held Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. in the West Catlettsburg Methodist Church with the pastor, Rev. R. S. Derifield officiating. Burial was in the Ogle Cemetery in Lawrence County. Big Sandy News, January 31, 1952

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ATKINS, Ora C.

1872-1952

Ora C. Atkins, 79, a lifelong resident of Louisa died Monday night, February 4, at a local hospital following a year's illness. Mr. Atkins was the Rural Route 1, mail carrier for the past 14 years.  A former member of the Louisa Rotary Club, Mr. Atkins was also a past member of the Lawrence County School Board. He was a part owner of Atkins & Vaughan Drug Store here in Louisa for many years. He was born December 2, 1872 on Fort Gay route 1, a son of the late Lewis and Lydia Holt Atkins. He was married to Mattie Fitch Atkins 37 years ago, and was a lifelong member of the First Methodist Church. Funeral services will be held today at 2 p.m. in the First Methodist Church with the Revs. E.P. Swann, Charles Perry and S. B. Ball officiating. Burial will follow in Pinehill Cemetery. The body will remain at the Young Funeral Home until one hour before services. It will lie in state at the church. Survivors in addition to his wife include; two sons, Jack Atkins, Lexington, KY, and L. B. Atkins, Williamson, WV; one sister, Mrs. Lizzie Wellman of Louisa and 6 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, February 7, 1952

 

AUSTIN, Floyd Henry

1867-1952

Floyd Henry Austin, 83, of Louisa route 3, died at noon on January 30, at the home of a son, John Elbert Austin of Louisa, route 4. Funeral services were conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Myrtle Chapel near Louisa by the Rev. Gallie Isaac and the Rev. Floyd Jordan. Burial was in the Austin Cemetery at Fallsburg, KY. Mr. Austin was born November 6, 1867, a son of the late Henry Calvin and Mary Thomas Austin. He was a member of the Methodist Church and was a retired farmer. Additional survivors include one daughter, Mrs. William Collier, of South Webster, OH, two other sons, William C. Austin of Columbus and E. E. Austin of Louisa, route 3; two sisters, Mrs. Tobe French of Louisa, route 4, and Mrs. Martha Layne of Louisa route 3, and three brothers, Wiley Austin of Louisa and John and James Wiley of Fallsburg. His wife, Mrs. Dusilla Austin, died in 1948. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, February 7, 1952

 

CAUDILL, James A.

1927-1952

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. February 19 at Winifred for Cpl. James A. Caudill, 23, who was killed in action in Korea, July 7, 1951. He was born at Winifred December 13, 1927, the son of Mrs. Mima Caudill and the late Ben Caudill.  He engaged in farming before entering the service. Surviving besides his mother are two sisters, Miss Eloise Caudill, Winifred, and Mrs. Mary Alice Doane, Sunbury, Ohio, and one brother, Jess Maywood Caudill, Winifred. Services were conducted from the home at Winifred by Elders T. J. Bailey and Lonza Reed. Burial was in the family cemetery at Winifred under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, February 28, 1952

 

CLARK, James Blaine

1884-1952

James Blaine Clark, 67, of Paintsville, KY, three times commonwealth attorney of Lawrence, Martin and Johnson counties, died Monday at his home after suffering a heart attack. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today in the gymnasium of Inez, KY High School by the Rev. J. T. Harmon. Burial will be in the family cemetery near Inez. Mr. Clark, an attorney since 1908, a former teacher in Martin County schools and at the time of his death a member of the board of regents of Morehead State Teachers College, also served a term as a Kentucky state senator from 1924-1928. He was born May 5, 1884, at Odds, KY, a son of the late Samuel and Susan Clark. He was graduated from Eastern Kentucky Normal School at Prestonsburg and received his law degree from Danville, IN Law School. He was active in civic and social affairs of Eastern Kentucky and was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellow, Elks and Eagles lodges at Paintsville and of Marion Hale Masonic Lodge No. 672 at Inez. Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Lutie Clark; two sons, Haskell Clark of Pilgrim, KY and Sheldon Clark of Warfield, KY; two daughters, Mrs. Jewell McMahan of Hattiesburg, Miss. and Miss Darlene Clark of Paintsville; a brother, Norman Clark of Van Lear, KY and three sisters, Mrs. Nokie Richmond of Odds, Mrs. Stella Salyers and Mrs. Kelly Spears of Argillite, KY. Big Sandy News, February 14, 1952

 

CURNUTTE, E. G.

1889-1952

E.G. Curnutte, 62, miner, died at his home at Auxier at 8:45 p. m. Tuesday, Febuary 5, the victim of a heart attack. Born August 1, 1889, in Lawerence County, he had made his home at Auxier for about fourty years. He was a member of the Baptist Church and Masonic Lodge No 647 of East Point. He is survived by his wife , Goldie Thompson Curnette, one daughter, Mrs. Darwin Wells, Auxier, and two sons, Ora, Auxier, and Orville , Detroit Mich. Also surviving is one brother Carlos Curnette, Blaine, Ky. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 9, from the Freewill Baptist Church at Auxier by Rev. William H. Horne. Graveside services were conducted by the Masons, and burial was in the Pine Hill Cemetery at Louisa, under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, February 14, 1952

 

CYRUS, Elizabeth (Webb)

1861-1952

Mrs. Elizabeth Frances Webb Cyrus, 80, died at the home of her son, Arlin Cyrus of Fort Gay route 1, Friday, February 22. She had been ill about 1 1/2 years. She was born June 4, 1861, the daughter of the late John and Elizabeth Robinson Webb, at Fort Gay route 2. She had been a lifelong resident of Wayne County. Funeral services were conducted Monday at 11 a.m. at the Oak Grove Church at Fort Gay route 1. The Rev. Grant Raines officiated. Burial was in the Wellman Cemetery of Fort Gay route 1, She had been a member of the Methodist Church 60 years. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. K. E. Bartram of Fort Gay route 1, a son, Arlin Cyrus, a sister, Mrs. Lou Robinson of Fort Gay route 2, and four grandchildren. Funeral arrangements were under direction of Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, February 28, 1952

 

 

DIXON, Cynthia Ellen (Justice)

1877-1952

Mrs. Cynthia Justice Dixon, 74, of Charley, KY, died at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, February 19, at her home after an illness of three weeks. Mrs. Dixon was born October 9, 1877, in Lawrence County, a daughter of the late John R. and Mary Jane Cordle Justice. She was a member of the Christian Church at Charley. Survivors include five daughters, Mrs. Harrison Hayes of Ulysses, KY, Mrs. G. H. Chapman and Mrs. Guy Cheatham of Detroit, Mrs. Donald Kazee of Ashland and Mrs. W. M. Abshire of Carbondale, WV; two sons, John Dixon of Ashland and Walter Dixon of Urbana, OH; four sisters, Mrs. Cora Slone of Loam, KY, Mrs. Artie Wheeler of Ashland, Mrs. William Francis of Hayward, CA, and Mrs. J. T. Blake of Canon City, CO; one brother, Ollie Justice of Lapoint, UT and 36 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Curtright Funeral Home with the Rev. Carl Hall officiating. Burial will be in Rosehill Burial Park, Ashland, KY. Big Sandy News, February 21, 1952

 

FERGUSON, Martha (Rutherford)

Mrs. Martha Ferguson, wife of Alton Ferguson of Springfield, OH, formerly of Wayne County, WV died January 31 in a hospital there after a long illness. Mrs. Ferguson was born at Sidney, Wayne County, a daughter of the late Henry and Rebecca Rutherford. She was a member of the Twelve Pole Baptist Church. Additional survivors include one daughter, Miss Mary Ferguson at home; one son, Charles Ferguson serving in the Army in Korea; two brothers, Boyd Rutherford of Sidney and Corbett Rutherford of Fort Gay and five sisters, Mrs. Ira Jackson and Mrs. Charlie Medley of Sidney, Mrs. Ira Chinn of Huntington, Mrs. John Newman of Lavalette and Mrs. Clara Hazelette of Wayne, route 1. Funeral services and burial were held Sunday in Springfield. Big Sandy News, February 7, 1952

 

GREEN, Mary Alafair (Ramey)

1864-1952

Services were conducted February 13 from the Lowmansville United Baptist Church for 87-year-old Mrs. Mary Alafair Green,  who died at 12:15 p.m., Monday, February 11, after an illness of a year. The daughter of the late Sam and Jane Caudill Ramey, she was born in Lawrence County, March 30, 1864. She had been a resident of the Lowmansville community most of her life. A member of the United Baptist Church for the past sixty-five years, her life was an example of Christian devotion to her church and unselfish service to others. Survivors include her husband, George Green, and nine children; Lawrence, John C., Mrs. Zora Sparks, and Mrs. Zora Sparks, and Mrs. Malissa Sparks all of Lowmansville, Minuard Green, Chandlerville, Jess Green, city, Sam Green, Urbana, Ohio, Frank Green, New Holland, Ohio, Mrs. Ferdie Castle, city. Also surviving are three half-brothers, Arlie, Granville, and Liss Ramey all of Columbus, Ohio, and three half-sisters, Mrs. Nora Daniels, Kerz, KY., Mrs. Virgie Griffith and Mrs. Lizza Dials all of Columbus, Ohio. Services were conducted at 10:00 a.m. by Revs. L.T. Preston, Henry Caudill and Paul Turner. Burial was in the family cemetery at Lowmansville under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, February 21, 1952

 

HOLBROOK, James Albert

1885-1952

James Albert Holbrook, 66, of Catlettsburg, formerly of Louisa, died suddenly in a Catlettsburg theater late Saturday afternoon. He became ill while watching the show. A physician was summoned who pronounced him dead and attributed death to a heart attack. Funeral services were conducted at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Smokey Valley Baptist Church by the Rev. William Sparks and the Rev. Oscar Seagraves. Burial was in Hay's Cemetery at Louisa, route 1. Mr. Holbrook had lived in Catlettsburg for the past five years, where he was employed as a superintendent for the John Hearne Concrete Block Co. Prior to that he had worked as a carpenter in Louisa. He was born April 7, 1885 at Skaggs, KY, a son of William P. and Nancy Boggs Holbrook. Surviving are the wife, Mrs. Rebecca Sparks Holbrook; two daughters, Mrs. Edgar Ross of Mazie and Mrs. Phillip Campbell of Grove City, OH, two sons, William C. Holbrook of South Webster, OH and James Albert Holbrook, Jr., at home; four sisters, Mrs. C. c. Skaggs, Mrs. Henry Hay and Miss Della Holbrook of Louisa and Mrs. James C. Cochran of Sciotoville, OH; a brother, Cam Holbrook of Dawes, WV and 10 grandchildren. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, February 7, 1952

 

HUGHES, Mrs. Tom

Mrs. Tom Hughes, 43, daughter of the late Mrs. C. H. Williamson and niece of Mrs. L. S. Johnson and John Burns, Sr., of Louisa, died Wednesday, February 13, at her home in Albuquerque, NM. A granddaughter of the late Judge and Mrs. Rowland T. Burns, Mrs. Hughes had visited in Louisa often. Mrs. Hughes' death was unexpected and came as a result of a stroke suffered on Monday morning previous to her death. Mrs. Hughes is survived by her husband, a five year old daughter, Marcia, three brothers, Rowland Williamson of Memphis; Chester H. Williamson, St. Louisa, Charles A. Williamson, Charleston, WV and three sisters, Mrs. Frank S. Puller of Albuquerque and Evanston, IL, Mrs. Eugene H. McGehee of Germantown, TN, and Mrs. Jack Worthington of Coronado, CA. Big Sandy News, February 21, 1952

 

KENNEDY, Samantha Susan

Mrs. Samantha Susan Kennedy, 62, Willard, KY, died February 7 at King's Daughters' Hospital, Ashland, following an extended illness. Her husband, James Willie Kennedy, preceded her in death in 1949. Mrs. Kennedy was a member of the United Baptist Church. Funeral services were conducted at the Christian Church at 10 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Tom Howard and the Rev. Dave Sturgill officiating. Burial was in Boggs Cemetery at Willard. She is survived by three sons, Clarence Kennedy, Whitman, WV, Herbert Kennedy and Charles Ray Kennedy, both of Canton, OH and six daughters, Mrs. Martha Vanhorn of Barberton, OH, Misses Sadie and Gladys Kennedy, both of Willard, KY, Miss Virginia Kennedy, Akron, OH, Mrs. Pearl Crockett, Canton, OH and Mrs. Bethel Wright of West Virginia. Big Sandy News, February 14, 1952

 

LYONS, Arthur

1887-1952

Arthur Lyons, 64, of Dennis, KY, died at 2 p.m. January 30 in a Louisa hospital after an illness of four months. Mr. Lyons was born April 19, 1887, a son of Mrs. Delila Holbrook Lyons of Dennis and the late David Lyons. He was a veteran of World War I and a member of the W. O. Johnson Post 89, American Legion. Additional survivors include six sisters, Mrs. Lon Ison and Miss Nellie Lyons of Portsmouth, OH, Miss Janie Lyons of Dennis, and Mrs. Amos Cordle, Mrs. Eva Wilson and Mrs. Virgil Bush of London, OH and two brothers, Willard Lyons of Elyria, OH and Damer Lyons of Dennis. Funeral services were conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at the residence by the Rev. Fred Vanhorn. Burial was in the Boss Hammond Cemetery at Dennis. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, February 7, 1952

 

OSBORN, Chilt Allen

1892-1952

Chilt Allen Osborn, 60, of Blaine, KY died at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday at his home. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at the Church of God at Blaine by the Rev. Jarret Cordle. Burial will be in the family cemetery at Blaine. Mr. Osborn was born February 11, 1892, a son of the late Merida and Sarah Lester Osborn. He was a farmer. Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Elizabeth Cantrell Osborn, four daughters, Mrs. Raymond Bryant and Mrs. James Raymond of Blaine and Mrs. Robert Johnson and Mrs. Roscoe Arthurs of Columbus; five sons, Hubert Osborn of Blaine, Thomas Osborn of Busseyville, KY and Charles, Noah and Chilt A. Osborn, Jr., at home; one brother, Dave Osborn of Columbus and 13 grandchildren. The body has been taken to the residence form the Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, February 21, 1952

 

SWETMAN, H. R.

1887-1952

H. R. Swetman, 64, of Henderson, TX, died February 16, in a Shreveport, LA veteran's hospital. A native of Lawrence County, KY, he was born at Blaine, KY, on November 14, 1887, the son of the late Rev. Joe McKinstler and Mrs. Lew Swetman. Burial will be in the Swetman Cemetery. W. O. Johnson Post No. 89 will conduct military rites at the grave. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Survivors are one sister, Mrs. Mae Bradley of Huntington, WV; two brothers, Fred Ferguson and Homer Swetman of Blaine, KY. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, February 21, 1952

 

WALLACE, Kenneth Ray

1952-1952

Kenneth Ray Wallace, infant son of Milz and Eliza Jane Pridemore Wallace, Gallup, KY, died in a Louisa hospital at 2 p.m. Saturday a few hours after birth. Graveside funeral services were conducted Sunday at 2 p.m. at the family cemetery. Surviving are the parents, three sisters, and the grandfathers, John Pridemore of Gallup and Lon Wallace. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, February 28, 1952

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MARCH

ADKINS, Tivis B.

Tivis B. Adkins, 72, of Droop, WV, a native of Dennis, KY, died March 7, at his home after an extended illness. A former merchant, he was Droop postmaster until his death. Surviving are his wife, Mabel; one half-sister, Mrs. Dosia Vanhorn of Upper Sandusky, OH; 15 grandchildren and one great grandchild; four sons, L. B. Adkins, E. L. and P. W. Adkins of Rainelle, WV, and R. C. Adkins, of Charleston, WV; four daughters, Mrs. Maude Surbaugh, Mrs. Ruth Hollandsworth and Doris Adkins of Droop and Mrs. Lucille Gum of Akron, OH. Services were held at 2 p.m. March 9 in Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church with Rev. Calvin Lewis, Rev. Rodger Milton officiating. Burial followed in Walkup Cemetery at Beard. Big Sandy News, March 13, 1952

 

BERRY, James Riley

1868-1952

James Riley Berry, 84, of Yatesville, KY died at 7 p.m. Sunday night at his home. Funeral services were conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Bradley Gap Freewill Baptist Church at Yatesville, by the Rev. Fred Vanhorn. Burial was in the Short Cemetery at Louisa, route 3. Mr. Berry was born February 26, 1868, at Blaine, KY, a son of the late Alfred and Hannah Berry. He was a retired farmer. Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Sarah Jane Spillman Berry; seven daughters, Mrs. Arthur Cantrell, Mrs. Hubert Cantrell, Mrs. Ova Adams and Mrs. Noah Skaggs of Columbus, OH, Mrs. Ed Waldron of Avondale, WV, Mrs. John Boggs of Webbville, KY and Miss Jettie Berry at home; two sons, George B. Berry of Columbus and Milton Berry of Davin, WV and 37 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, March 20, 1952

 

BURGESS, Willie Jane (Burgess)

1869-1952

Mrs. Willie Jane Burgess, 83, of Louisa died at 7 p.m. Sunday in a Louisa hospital after an illness of two years. Funeral services were conducted at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Curtright Funeral Home by the Rev. Charles Perry. Burial was in the Pine Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Burgess was born March 11, 1869 at Gallup, KY, a daughter of the late Jeff and Onolda Garred Burgess. Her late husband, Dr. T. D. Burgess, was a prominent physician in Louisa. He died in 1943. Mrs. Burgess was a member of the Louisa Methodist Church. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Kit C. Elswick of Lexington, KY, one son, C. J. Burgess of Narrows, VA; one sister, Mrs. Julia Henry Davis of Greensboro, AL and three grandchildren, Misses Laura Jane and Phoebe Ann Elswick of Lexington and Thomas D. Burgess, III, of Narrows, VA. Big Sandy News, March 20, 1952

 

CASEY, James

1870-1952

James Casey, 81, one of Lawrence County's pioneer school teachers, died Sunday at 5 p.m. at the home of a daughter Mrs. John Hatcher, of Louisa. His home was on Route 4 near Fallsburg. A retired farmer and school teacher, he was born July 14, 1870, near Louisa, a son of the late B. J. and Sarah Dyer Casey. He was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Cora Belle Lambert, whom he married 55 years ago; four daughters, Mrs. John M. Bentley of Dayton, OH, Mrs. Samuel Scott of Louisa route 4, Mrs. W. E. Holbrook of Columbus and Mrs. John Hatcher of Louisa; 13 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. S. Boggs and the Rev. Charles Perry yesterday at 2 p.m. at Savage Memorial Church at Fallsburg. Burial was in the family cemetery on route 4. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, March 6, 1952

 

CHILDERS, Ogal

1900-1952

Ogal Childers, 51, of Borderland, WV, formerly of Louisa, route 1, was killed late Monday night in a mine accident at Borderland. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today at the Spencer Freewill Baptist Church at Norris, KY by the Rev. William W. Moore. Burial will be in the Blackburn Cemetery at Louisa, route 1. Mr. Childers was a son of the late Charles and Millie Thompson Childers and a member of the Spencer Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Ivory Blackburn Childers; two daughters, Misses Mary Ann and Nellie Sue Childers at home; three sons, Ogal Childers, Jr., of Myra, WV and Harold and Paul David Childers of Borderland; two sisters, Mrs. E. L. Dingus of Tolar, KY, and Mrs. Ora Blackburn of Columbus, OH, two half sisters, Mrs. Virginia Davis and Miss Eliza Childers of Worthington, OH; two half brothers, Roy and Buster Childers and one grandchild. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, March 13, 1952

 

COPLEY, Pearl S.

1898-1952

Pearl S. Copley, 54, retired mail carrier, died at 2:15 a.m. Monday in King's Daughters' Hospital following an illness of one year. Mr. Copley a resident of Ashland for 30 years, was born March 16, 1898, at Louisa, a son of the late L. M. and Laura Wilson Copley. He had been employed at the Ashland Post Office for 25 years, retiring a year ago. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Annabel Copley; two sons, Richard D. Copley, U. S. Navy, Weirton, Mass., and Pfc. Robert L. Copley, Francis Warren Air Base, Wyoming; four daughters, Mrs. Charles D. Bayless, Ashland, Dorothy, Peggy and Judy Copley at home; two brothers, Paul Copley, Louisa, and L. M. Copley, Jr., Wheelersburg, OH and three grandchildren. Big Sandy News, March 6, 1952

 

COX, Paul Ray

Paul Ray Cox, 4, son of Don and Madge Kathleen Roberts Cox, of route 1, Webbville, KY, died of pneumonia at 1 p.m. March 12, in a Louisa hospital. Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at the home of the parents by the Rev. Jack Perry. Burial was in the Riffe Cemetery near the home. Additional survivors include four sisters, Betty Lou, Joyce Lee, Kay Frances and Charlotte Cox, at home; two brothers, James Edward and Jackie Lewis Cox, at home; the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Marion Cox of Dennis, KY and the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William Roberts of Webbville, Route 1, Funeral services were under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, March 20, 1952

 

DAVIS, Henry

1877-1952

Henry Davis, 78, of Ulysses, KY, passed away Tuesday, March 11 at 1:10 p.m. at a local hospital after an illness of 8 days. He was born March 14, 1877, at Ulysses, KY, the son of Hezekiah and Nancy Davis. He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church for several years. Funeral services will be held in the Lick Log Freewill Baptist Church with Revs. Bird Webb and Millard VanHoose, officiating. Burial will be in the George Cemetery at Ulysses, Friday at 10:30 a.m. The body will be removed to the home, Thursday, March 13, at 10 a.m. from the Curtright Funeral Home. Surviving are the wife; two daughters, Edith and Ella Davis, at home; two sisters, Mrs. Merinda George of Missouri and Mrs. John Castle, Ulysses. Big Sandy News, March 13, 1952

 

FUGITT, Victoria (Ball)

1869-1952

Funeral services for Mrs. Victoria Ball Fugitt, 82, who died at her home Saturday at Chapman, KY, following a brief illness, were conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Chapman Methodist Church by the Rev. S. B. Ball and the Rev. Arbie Meek. Burial followed in the Elzie Ball Cemetery near Adams, KY. Mrs. Fugitt, who had lived in Chapman for the past 40 years, was born May 20, 1869, at Adams, the daughter of Elzie and Florence Berry Ball. She was a member of the Chapman Methodist Church. Mr. and Mrs. Fugitt have been married for 62 years. Surviving are her husband, W. T. Fugitt; seven daughters, Mrs. Z. W. Chapman of Pikeville, Mrs. George F. Smith of Louisa, Mrs. Marion Franklin of Catlettsburg, Mrs. James Damron of Gallup, Mrs. Walter Vogel of Indianapolis, IN, Mrs. Lester Hautebergue of Wixom, MI, and Miss Jewell Fugitt, at home; four sons, Milton V. of St. Louisa, MO, Roscoe of Louisa, route 1, Geyger of Ashland, and B. R. Fugitt of Louisa; three sisters, Mrs. Sue Carter of College Hill, TN, Mrs. Emma Burton of Adams, and Mrs. Ruby Carter of Columbus, OH, two brothers, Mont Ball of Columbus and Drew Ball of Sharon, PA, her stepmother, Mrs. Ella Ball of Columbus, 42 grandchildren and 34 great grandchildren. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, March 13, 1952

 

HALL, Wilburn

1877-1952

Wilburn Hall, 74, of Louisa, died at 11:45 a.m. Monday at his home after an illness of six weeks. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Louisa Baptist Church by the Rev. J. C. Hager. Burial will be in the Burns Cemetery near Louisa. Graveside rites will be conducted by W. O. Johnson Post 89 of the American Legion. Mr. Hall was born at Virgie, KY, March 28, 1877, a son of the late David and Spicie Hall. He was a veteran of the Spanish-American War and was a retired farmer. Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Belle Miles Hall; one son, W. J. Hall of Detroit and two grandchildren and three great grandchildren. The body will be taken to the church one hour before the services from the Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, March 6, 1952

 

HOWELL, William, Jr.

Funeral services for Private First Class William Howell, Jr., 24, of Logan, formerly of Louisa, who was killed in action in Korea last November 25, were conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at the home of Misses Maude and Emma Howell of Louisa, Route 4. Burial was in the Howell Cemetery there. Rev. Tuck Gore of Wayne, WV officiating. Pfc. Howell, son of William and Lottie Evans Howell, Sr. of Logan, was employed by the Island Creek Coal Co., at Logan before entering the service in 1950. He went to Korea April 11, 1951, and at the time of his death was serving in the Third Infantry Division. Additional survivors include two sisters, Mrs. William Gore of Holden and Miss Rose Anne Howell at home; three brothers, Robert, Eugene and David Howell of Logan, and the maternal grandmother, Mrs. Rosa Evans of Kingston. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, March 13, 1952

 

KITCHEN, John Franklin

1880-1952

Funeral services for John Franklin Kitchen, 71, farmer, who died Friday at his home, route 4, Louisa, following an illness of 7 months were conducted Monday at 2 p.m. at the Newcomb Church, Route 4, Louisa, with the Rev. Moses Kitchen officiating. Burial was in the Harmon Cemetery. Mr. Kitchen was born June 16, 1880 at Rush, KY, a son of John Franklin and Becky Ratcliff Kitchen. He was a member of the Methodist Church. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Nellie Cooksey Kitchen, five daughters, Mrs. Robert Cassidy, Detroit; Mrs. James H. Hutchinson, Jackson, KY, Mrs. Charles Wells, Route 4, Louisa, Mrs. James Elmer Salyers, Webbville, KY, and Miss Rosie Kitchen at home, a son, Robert Kitchen, route 4, Louisa; two brothers, W. H. Kitchen, East Point, KY and Elihu Kitchen, Logan, WV and five grandchildren. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, March 6, 1952

 

LAWSON, Joyce

1951-1952

Joyce Lawson, Louisa, route 4, passed away Tuesday at 10 a.m. in a local hospital where she had been a patient for 3 days. The seven months old child was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Estill Lawson of Louisa, route 4. Funeral services were held yesterday at 3 p.m. from the home with Rev. Jack Perry officiating. Interment was made in the Lawson Cemetery. Other survivors in addition to the parents are three half-sisters, Jewell and Maxine Carroll and Arnold Lee Coburn; one half-brother, Fred Craft; grandfather, Curt Lawson of route 4, Louisa. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, March 27, 1952

 

MCGLOTHLIN, Hermia (Vinson)

Mrs. Hermia Vinson McGlothlin, 60, passed away at Mercy Hospital, Portsmouth, OH, March 5, after an illness of five months. Mrs. McGlothlin was born at Glenhayes, WV, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. K. Vinson, former residents of Louisa. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Temple Baptist Church in Portsmouth. People in this community will remember her as a first cousin of Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson, and also a cousin of Mrs. Mary Clark and the late Mrs. Belle Hughes of Huntington, WV. Surviving Mrs. McGlothlin are her husband, Traber H., two daughters, Mrs. William Greer and Mrs. Glenn Keyser all of Portsmouth, OH, and one son, T. L. of Muncie, IN. One son, Jay Vinson, preceded her in death in 1943. Big Sandy News, March 13, 1952

 

MCPEEK, Martha (Blankenship)

Mrs. Martha Blankenship McPeek, 77, died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. George Valentine in Ashland Thursday night following an illness of three months. A resident of Ashland practically her entire life, Mrs. McPeek was born in Lawrence County, a daughter of Joseph and Caroline Fortune Blankenship. She was a member of the Christian Baptist Church. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at the 39th Street Christian Baptist Church with the Rev. E. A. Lewis and the Rev. J. R. Sullivan officiating. Burial was in Ashland Cemetery. Surviving are four other daughtes, Mrs. John Nichols, Mrs. W. M. Dartey and Mrs. Homer Senters, all of Ashland and Mrs. Frank Lewis, Hillsboro, KY; two brothers, Joe Blankenship, Denver, CO and Thomas Blankenship, California; four sisters, Mrs. Tom Maynard, Catlettsburg, Mrs. Marion Rose and Mrs. Doolie Fisher, Columbus, OH and Mrs. Bertha Morrison, Owosso, MI, 34 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, March 30, 1952

 

MULLINS, Beatrice Carol

Beatrice Carol Mullins, 13, daughter of Jay and Eva Mullins, route 4, Louisa, died at the home at 3 p.m. Monday following an illness of several months. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. yesterday at the residence with the Rev. Mart Moore officiating. Burial was in the Moore Cemetery under the direction of the Miller Funeral Home of Ashland. Surviving are the parents; two brothers, Douglas Ray and Larry Eugene Mullins; and three sisters, Belva Jean, Barbara Sue, and Jane Mullins, all at home; the paternal grandfather, Bill Mullins, and the maternal grandmother, Mrs. Orpha Jarrells both of route 4,  Louisa. Big Sandy News, March 13, 1952

 

PATRICK, Lillie (Hall)

1874-1952

Mrs. Lillie Hall Patrick, 77, of Louisa route 1, died at 1:30 p.m. Monday at her home after an illness of 10 days. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Moore's Chapel Church on Louisa route 1 by the Rev. Gallie Isaac. Burial was in the Patrick Cemetery near the home. Mrs. Patrick was born July 4, 1874, at Busseyville, KY, a daughter of the late Sank and Mary Newsome hall. She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Delbert Ford and Mrs. Grant Pigg of Louisa, route 1, and 7 sons, Frank Patrick of Newport, KY, Lee Patrick of Gallup, KY, Lyss Patrick of Sandusky, OH, Carl and Fred Patrick at home, Mark Daniels of South Point, OH, and Willie Daniels of Portsmouth, OH; one sister, Mrs. John Copley of Chatteroy and 33 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, March 13, 1952

 

RICE, GERMAN

1863-1952

German Rice, 88, a retired farmer, died at his home at Leander, KY, Tuesday night, March 4, after an illness of 10 days. A native of Johnson County, he was the son of the late Wiley and Martha Fairchild Rice.  A lifelong resident Leander, KY, Mr. Rice was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. Funeral services were held Friday, March 7, at 2 p.m. at the home at Leander, KY, with the Rev. J. C. Hager officiating. Burial was in the Rice Cemetery at Leander, KY under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Millie Fletcher Rice; one son, Oscar Rice, Louisa, two grandsons, Edwin Rice, Louisa and Marvin Rice, Huntington, WV, and one granddaughter, Mrs. James E. Ferguson, Louisa, Big Sandy News, March 13, 1952

 

ROBERTS, Martha (Webb)

1872-1952

Mrs. Martha Webb Roberts, 79, of Cadmus, KY, died at 2 a.m. February 28 at her home. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1 at Savage Memorial Church at Fallsburg by the Rev. J. C. Hager. Burial was in the Roberts Cemetery at Cadmus. Rites were also conducted by the Louise Chapter 292, Order of Eastern Star of Louisa. Mrs. Roberts was born March 4, 1872, a daughter of the late Levi and Mary Pennington Webb. She was a member of the Eastern Star. Her husband, Willis VC Roberts died in 1912. Survivors include five daughters, Mrs. W. A. Carey of Cadmus, Mrs. Doshie Kouns and Mrs. Willis Mulkey of Louisa, Mrs. Elizabeth Ellis of Ashland and Mrs. Lawrence Woods of Mount Sterling, OH; two sons, Webb Roberts of Louisa, route 4, and St. Clair Roberts of Detroit; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Den Queen of Rush, KY and Mrs. James Compton of Dennis, KY; two brothers, G. W. Webb of Webbville, KY and W. I. Webb of Ashland and 26 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, March 6, 1952

 

ROBINSON, Cal

1886-1952

Funeral services for Cal Robinson, 65, of the Paddle Creek Section, route 2, Fort Gay, WV, who died in a Louisa hospital Saturday following an illness of two years were conducted Monday at 2 p.m. at the home of a son, Freeland Robinson, route 2, Fort Gay, with the Rev. Gallie Isaac and the Rev. Mr. Ross officiating. Burial was in the Robinson Cemetery. Mr. Robinson, a farmer, was born at Fort Gay, April 5, 1886, a son of John and Lizzie Damron Robinson. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Rebecca Robertson Robinson; one daughter, Mrs. Earl Dewey of Webb; five other sons, Boyd, Cecil, John, Willie and Frank Dewey Robinson, all of route 2, Fort Gay; 35 grandchildren and a great granddaughter. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, March 6, 1952

 

SPARKS, Cynthia Alice (Bailey)

1869-1952

Mrs. Cynthia Alice Sparks, 82, mother of Dr. Proctor Sparks, died, Monday February 25, at her home in Ashland following an illness of two weeks. Mrs. Sparks, a resident of Ashland for 28 years, was born March 21, 1869, in Johnson County, a daughter of William Wallace Bailey and Sarah Agnes Stinson Bailey. She was a member of the Baptist Church. Her husband Meredith Sparks, died in 1921. Graveside rites were conducted at 2:00 p.m. at the family cemetery in Martha, KY., with the Rev. William Sparks officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of the Miller Funeral Home. Surviving are the son, four grand children and three great-grandchildren. Big Sandy News, March 6, 1952

 

SPAULDING, Carlos J.

Carlos J. Spaulding, infant son of Amos J. and Eulah Webb Spaulding of Fort Gay, died Monday in a Louisa hospital. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Community Church at Webb. Burial was in the Copley Cemetery at Webb. The body was taken to the church one hour before the services from the Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, March 6, 1952

 

SPENCER, Elias

1874-1952

Elias Spencer, 77, retired farmer, died Saturday at his home at Norris, KY, after a three week illness. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at the Norris Freewill Baptist Church by the Rev. Trig Fraley and the Rev. Arlie Blackburn. Burial was in the Judd Cemetery. Mr. Spencer was born November 15, 1874, in Carter County, KY, a son of William and Amanda Moore Spencer. He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church for 35 years. His wife, India Laney Spencer, died in 1947. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Ben F. Burchett of Louisa, route 3, Mrs. W. M. Estep of Norris and Mrs. Al Reynolds of Kenova; a son, Louis Spencer of Isaban, WV; a sister, Mrs. Otto Nelas of Norris; 17 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, March 20, 1952

 

THOMPSON, Carl J. Jr.

1952-1952

Carl J. Thompson, Jr., infant son of Carl J. and Ruth Ford Thompson of Columbus, formerly of Louisa, died Monday night in a Columbus hospital. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. yesterday at the Carter Chapel Church at Louisa route 3. Burial was in the Carter Cemetery near the church. Additional survivors include the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Stroud Thompson of Louisa, route 3, and the maternal grandparents, Mrs. Mary Ford of Louisa, route 1. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, March 6, 1952

 

 

THOMPSON, James

James Thompson, 85, retired farmer, died at 2 p.m. Thursday at his home, route 2, Fort Gay, WV following an illness of one week. Mr. Thompson, whose wife, Mrs. Jane Mills Thompson, died in 1949, was born in Wayne County, WV, a son of Cal and Kizzie Spaulding Thompson. Funeral services were conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the residence with the Rev. Wayne Thompson officiating. Burial was in the Thompson Cemetery. Surviving are two sons, Cecil Thompson at home, and Fred Thompson, Mansfield, OH, and two sisters, Mrs. Bill Parsley, Kenova, WV, and Mrs. Lee Puffinbarger, Delbarton, WV. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, March 20, 1952

 

THOMPSON, Richard

Richard Thompson, 21, of Fort Gay, route 1, was fatally crushed in a blasting powder explosion in a small coal mine near Fort Gay, Tuesday. The accident occurred when a piece of slate fell and knocked young Thompson's lamp off his mining cap and into a keg of blasting powder. He was the son of Bill and Eliza Thompson. Funeral services will be held Friday at the home of his parents at 10 a.m. The body will be removed from the Curtright funeral Home to the residence, Thursday at 10 a.m. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Christine Thompson; one son, Stevie Thompson; three sisters, Rhoda, Tennie and Rosa Thompson; three brothers, Joe, Lawrence and Bill Thompson. Big Sandy News, March 27, 1952

 

WELLMAN, Nellie (Carr)

1883-1952

Mrs. Nellie Carr Wellman, 67, of Louisa, died at 6 a.m. Monday in a Louisa hospital after an illness of three months. Funeral services were conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Curtright Funeral Home by the Rev. J. C. Hager. Burial was in Pine Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Wellman was born July 11, 1884, in Cordell, KY, a daughter of the late John and Julia Ward Carr. She had lived in Louisa for 47 years. Survivors include the husband, W. H. Wellman, two daughters, Mrs. Saddie Adkins of Huntington and Mrs. Leo Nolan of Lovely, KY; one son, Eskle Wellman of Logan; eight brothers, Fred and Jay Carr of New York, Bill Carr of Arizona, Jim, Ben and Dennis Carr of Columbus, Kay Carr of St. Louisa, and Lewis Carr of Sciotoville, OH, and two sisters, Mrs. Paris Walker of Columbus and Mrs. Bud Lundy of Marion, OH and three grandchildren. Big Sandy News, March 27, 1952

 

WESTLAKE, Ernest T.

Ernest T. Westlake, 57, of Miami, FL, a former resident of Louisa, died Sunday in Miami after an illness of two years. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at the Shafer & Busby Funeral Home in Cincinnati. Burial will be in a cemetery there. Mr. Westlake was born in Louisa, a son of the Richard and Daisy Atkins Westlake. He was employed as a Linotype operator for the The Big Sandy News for several years and later was employed by the Cincinnati Times Star. Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Lucille Nunnery Westlake; two daughters, Misses Geneva Ernestine and Margaret Lucille Westlake of Miami and tow sons, Edward and Richard Westlake of Cincinnati. Big Sandy News, March 20, 1952

 

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ADAMS, Minerva (Hayes)

 1872-1952

Mrs. Minerva Adams, 79, died Sunday, March 23 in Chillicothe hospital. She suffered a broken hip six weeks ago. Mrs. Adams was born in Lawrence County, on June 26, 1872, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anderson Hayes. On February 1, 1899, she married Charles Adams, who survives. Also surviving are four daughters, Mrs. John Woodring and Mrs. Mattie Johnson, both of Chillicothe, and Mrs. Sank Hall, Cincinnati, and Mrs. Maude Smith of Louisa; two sons, Manley Adams, Ashland, KY and Claude Woods, Catlettsburg, KY; 20 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Service was held at 2 p.m. March 26 in the Ware Funeral Home. The Rev. A. F. Pinnell officiated. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Big Sandy News, April 3, 1952

 

ADKINS, Sherril Ann

1952-1952

Sherril Ann Adkins, infant daughter of William and Garnet Holbrook Adkins of route 2, Louisa, died in a local hospital at 5 p.m.  Saturday. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Myrtle Chapel Church, route 3, Louisa, with the Rev. Gallie Isaac officiating. Surviving are the parents, two sisters, and five brothers, all at home, and the grandparents, Mrs. Rachel Adkins, Yatesville and Mr. and Mrs. John Holbrook, Louisa. Funeral services were conducted by the Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, April 24, 1952

 

BEVINS, Walter Ironton

1912-1952

Funeral services for Walter Ironton Bevins, 39, former Louisa resident, who was killed by a train near Ironton, OH, Thursday, April 3, were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Bell Chapel Church on Georges Creek with the Rev. Bird Webb officiating. Burial was made in the Bevins Cemetery. Mr. Bevins was reported to have been struck and killed by a Norfolk & Western train at Sedgwick, near Ironton, OH, at about 7 a.m. No one apparently saw the accident and details were lacking. Born at Lowmansville, KY, June 28, 1912, he was the son of Mrs. Mary Lou Bevins of Ulysses, KY and the late Merida Bevins. He lived at Louisa route 1 for 19 years before moving to Wharton, WV where he was employed by the Eastern Gas & Fuel Associate Mines. The body was removed from the Curtright Funeral Home Friday to the residence of a sister, Mr. M. H. Slone of Ulysses. Surviving him are the mother, two daughters, Mrs. Herbert Hoover Hall and Miss Marie Bevins of route 1, Louisa; one son, Beecher Bevins, Columbus, OH and two sisters, Mrs. Andrew Scarberry of Jackson, OH and Mrs. Slone of Ulysses. Big Sandy News, April 10, 1952

 

BLANKENSHIP, Jack

1876-1952

Jack Blankenship, 76, of Louisa died at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in a Lexington, KY hospital after an illness of two years. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Louisa Baptist Church by the Rev. J. C. Hager. Burial was in the Crabtree Cemetery on Louisa, route 4. Mr. Blankenship was born February 5, 1876, a son of the late Julia Blankenship. He was a retired construction worker.  An uncle, Dan Blankenship of Louisa, is the only immediate survivor. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, April 3, 1952

 

BURGESS, Victoria

Funeral services for Mrs. Victoria Burgess, 88, a former resident of Louisa, who died

Sunday in Detroit, MI were conducted at 1:30 p.m. yesterday at the Young Funeral Home with the Rev. E. P. Swann officiating. Burial was in the Wallace Cemetery. Big Sandy News, April 3, 1952

 

DAVIS, David Hugh

1872-1952

David Hugh Davis, 80, of Adams, KY died Thursday night in a Huntington hospital after an illness of 15 months. Funeral services will be conducted in Canton, OH, at a time to be announced. Burial will be in the Forest Hill Cemetery there. Mr. Davis was born February 27, 1872, in Jackson County, OH a son of the late Daniel and Anna Davis. He was a retired coal miner. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Ruth Whaley of Saginaw, MI, and two sons, Harry M. Davis of Canton and Clarence H. Davis of Magnolia, OH. The body has been taken to the Cletus-Reid Funeral Home at Canton from the Young Funeral Home at Louisa. Big Sandy News, April 3, 1952

 

FERGUSON, Emory C.

1885-1952

The Rev. Emory C. Ferguson, 66, of Terryville, KY, pastor of the Regular Primitive Baptist Church at Terryville, died Sunday at Paducah, KY. He had been working there as a pipe fitter. Funeral services were conducted at the residence at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday by the Rev. Emory E. Ferguson, the Rev. Addie Ferguson, and the Rev. Robie Ferguson. Burial was in the Boss-Scaggs Cemetery at Terryville. He was born August 21, 1885 a son of the late Dock and Brchilda Conley Ferguson. Survivors included four daughters, Mrs. Meredith Vanover of Terryville, Mrs. Orville Fout, Mrs. Lowell Wright and Mrs. Randolph Fraley of Canton, OH; two sisters, Mrs. Arthur Scaggs of Relief, KY and Mrs. Leander Brown of Stoutsville, OH; six brothers, Hatton Ferguson of Portsmouth, OH, David, Richard and Clay Ferguson of Relief, Herbert Ferguson of Stoutsville and John E. Ferguson of Circleville, OH and 13 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, April 10, 1952

 

GREEN, Abbie (Pennington)

1869-1952

Mrs. Abbie Pennington Green, 82, of Webbville, KY, died Tuesday night in a local hospital after an illness of two months. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Webbville Evangelical United Brethren Church. Burial will be in the Webbville Cemetery. Mrs. Green was born June 10, 1869, a daughter of the late John and Agnes Sturgill Pennington. She and her husband operated the T. L. Green Hotel at Webbville for several years. Survivors include the husband, T. L. Green, and a foster daughter, Mrs.  Thomas Spears of Catlettsburg. The body was taken to the residence at 2 p.m. Wednesday from the Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, April 24, 1952

 

HALL, Marvin

1930-1952

Funeral services for  Pfc. Marvin Hall, of Winifred,  who was killed in Korea September 26, 1950, were held Saturday, at 1 p.m. at the Enterprise Baptist Church at the mouth of Puncheon with the Rev. Bruce Daniel officiating.  Music was furnished by the Toms Creek Singers and graveside services were conducted by the American Legion. Interment was in the family cemetery at Winfred under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home of Paintsville. The son of Mrs. Cinda Ann Hall and the late Wiley Hall, former sheriff of Johnson County, Pfc. Hall resided at Winifred before his induction into the Army. Surviving besides his mother are one sister, Mrs. Dora Ann Holbrook, Winifred, and two brothers; Howard Hall of Columbus and Earl Hall of Winifred.  Big Sandy News, April 3, 1952

 

HOWARD, Stumbo

Wayne McKenzie, 40 of West Liberty and Harrison Patrick 25, of Wrigley, KY who have been arrested and charged with attacking and robbing Stumbo Howard, 82, Saturday afternoon, Apriln5th, at his home near Sandy Hook, KY the result of which caused his death, April 19, were brought to Louisa and placed in the county jail by State Detective Arch Thompson and charged with first degree murder.  Howard, who was taken to a hospital in West Liberty, was suffering from injuries to his head and neck received from the hands of the accused robbers, told officials, before his death, that two men came to his home Saturday afternoon and beat him up and took $800  in bills from a secret pocket in his pants. The $800 was his entire life savings. According to a confession made by Wayne McKenzie, he and Harrison met in West Liberty and went on a drunken spree at Patrick's home in Wrigley, KY. After the drinking party got under way, Harrison told McKenzie he knew of an old man in Elliott County by the name of Sam Howard, who carried some money on his person and suggested that they go rob him. They borrowed a car from a garage in West Liberty and went to the Howard home. They parked the car and entered the house and told the man, whose sight was bad, that they were his brother's sons from Dayton, OH. After talking a few minutes about family relationship, they ask him if he could change a twenty dollar bill. When he told them he didn't have change for that amount, they asked for salt, said they had food in their car and needed salt. Mr. Howard responded to this request and just as he placed the salt dish on the table, he was knocked unconscious and robbed. When he regained consciousness, he crawled to an old dinner bell on the lawn and rang until neighbors heard him and came to his aid.

 

State Detective Arch Thompson of Louisa, Sheriff Bill Manning of Elliott County and Sheriff Clyde Adams of Morgan County, obtained a description of the auto, driven by the tow robbers, from a neighbor woman, who had remembered the license number and identified  it as the car that belonged  to a West Liberty garage. Identification of the car plus the discovery of some of the bills that were taken from Howard, which he had folded in a peculiar way, led to the arrest of Wayne McKenzie and later State Detective Arch Thompson arrested Harrison Patrick at Paris, KY. Patrick was denied bond on an armed robbery charge and McKenzie was unable to post the $10,000 bond after they waived the Elliott County grand jury. Detective Thompson said Patrick who knew Howard well, had admitted planning the robbery. Both men, he said have signed sworn statements. No hearing has been scheduled on the murder charge. Howard lived alone on Highway 172 in Elliott County. Except for poor vision, he was considered strong and well for a man of 82. He is said to have participated in the Martin-Tolliver Feud in Rowan County and he still carried five bullets in his body having been shot eight times. Big Sandy News, April  24, 1952

 

MOORE, Lindsey

Funeral services for Lindsey Moore, 72, retired farmer whose death occurred Saturday afternoon at his home on the Johnson Fork of Catletts Creek, Boyd County, were held Monday afternoon in the Savage Memorial Methodist Church in Fallsburg, with Rev. Willard Conley of Catlettsburg officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery near Fallsburg. the services were conducted by the Kilgore-Collier Funeral Home of Catlettsburg. Mr. Moore was a native of Lawrence County, KY, and went to Boyd County five years ago. His death followed an extended illness. Big Sandy News, April 3, 1952

 

PARKER, Arthur

Arthur Parker, 66, White Gravel, OH was a victim of a heart attack April 8. His widow and 10 children survive. He was born in Lawrence County, but for the last several years had resided in Ohio. Relatives from Prestonsburg attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Ben Parker, Mary Lou Parker, Mrs. Martha Hughes and Mrs. Bill Perry. Big Sandy News, April 24, 1952

 

ROBERTS, Shelda (Diamond)

1898-1952

Mrs. Shelda Diamond Roberts, 53, wife of Wilbur Roberts, died Thursday morning April 3, at her home in Ashland, following an illness of two months. Mrs. Roberts had been a resident of Ashland for 27 years, going to that city from Louisa, where she was born April 20, 1898, a daughter of the late George L. Diamond and Elizabeth Frazier Diamond. She was a member of South Ashland Methodist Church for a number of years. Mrs. Roberts is survived by her husband, her mother, Mrs. George Diamond of Louisa; one son, Wilbur Roberts, Jr. of Ashland and one daughter, Mrs. Allen Marsh of Ashland; four brothers, the Rev. Paul Diamond of Ashland, Ray E. Diamond, Ashland, Golden Diamond, Ashland and Clayton Diamond, Ashland; four sisters, Mrs. Elmore Stout, Ashland, Mrs. Mike See, Detroit, MI, Mrs. Ray McGranahan, Ashland, and Mrs. Roy Wellman, Flatwoods, KY and two granddaughters. Big Sandy News, April 10, 1952

 

SIZEMORE, Jackson Crisp

Jackson Crisp Sizemore, 75, Beetle, KY, died Friday in King's Daughters' Hospital in Ashland following an extended illness. Funeral services were held Sunday at the Beetle Baptist Church with the Rev. Thomas Howard officiating. Burial was in the Leadingham Cemetery at Beetle. Mr. Sizemore was a brother of Mrs. Arlene Boggs of Webbville. Big Sandy News, April 17, 1952

 

SNYDER, Clara (Ellsberry)

Mrs. Clara Ellsberry Snyder, 69, widow of Dr. G. H. Snyder whose death occurred in December, last year, died at 7:30 , April 8 at the home of a son, H. F. Snyder of Ironton, OH, with whom she had been residing for the past two months. Mrs. Snyder's death terminated an extended illness. Mrs. Snyder was a native of Lawrence County, OH, a daughter of the late Benjamin and Margaret St. Clair Ellsberry. She resided in Lawrence County, and Ironton until about 10 years ago when she moved to Catlettsburg, with dr. Snyder, who purchased the Prichard Clinic and operated it until his death last December. Mrs. Snyder was a member of the First Methodist Church of Catlettsburg and of the Boyd County Medical Society Auxiliary. Surviving are two sons, Dr. J. E. Snyder of Lansing, MI and H. F. Snyder of Ironton, OH, a daughter, Mrs. J. H. Crown, Jr., of Ironton, OH; five grandchildren; one brother, B. F. Ellsberry of Escondito, CA and a sister, Mrs. F. L. Feurt of Portsmouth, OH. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. on April 11 with the Rev. Worth S. Peters officiating. Burial was in the Catlettsburg Cemetery. Mrs. Snyder was a niece of Mrs. T. J. Snyder and Mr. Augustus Snyder of Louisa. Big Sandy News, April 17, 1952

 

STURGILL, Hermia (Carter)

1885-1952

Mrs. Hermia Sturgill, 67, died at 7 a.m. April 12, at an Evansville, IN hospital, after an illness of ten years. She was the daughter of Millard and Jennie Clayton Carter and was born January 2, 1885, in Lawrence County. She was married April 16, 1905, to Bert Sturgill, who died in 1923. Mrs. Sturgill  was a member of the Christian Church of Blaine, KY. She leaves a daughter, Mrs. Eva Mae Riddle, Odon, IN, a brother, George Carter, Louisa, KY, and a sister, Mrs. George Swetnam of Paintsville, KY. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Monday at Odon, at the Powdelter Funeral Home with Rev. Cletus in charge and burial in Walnut Hill Cemetery. Big Sandy News, April 24, 1952

 

WEAVER, Hobert (Hobe)

Hobert (Hobe) Weaver, 54, of 303- 35th Street, Ashland, KY, died March 29, in an Ashland hospital following a brief illness. Funeral services were held March 31, at the Sandy City Freewill Church at Catlettsburg, KY with burial in the William Cemetery at Ashland. Mr. Weaver was the son of the late David and Eliza Griffith Weaver, and was born in Lawrence County. He had been a resident of Catlettsburg and Ashland since 1921 and was employed at the Ashland Armco Plant for a number of years and for the past 10 years has operated a restaurant and motel known as Hobe's Place. He was a member of the  Woodmen of the World and was the Former manager of the Moonlight Serenade String Band. He is survived by his wife, Mary Church Weaver, one son, Hobert, Jr., who is in the U. S. Army and stationed in New Jersey, one daughter, Mrs. Charles Zornes, Ashland, KY; three brothers, Arbie Weaver, Louisa, KY, Earl Weaver, Ashland and James Weaver, New Boston, OH; one sister, Mrs. Harry Holbrook of Circleville, OH and two grandsons. Big Sandy News, April 10, 1952

 

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ADKINS, Rachel (Marcum)

1879-1952

Mrs. Rachel Adkins, 72, of Yatesville, KY, died at 3:25 a.m. Monday at the home of a son, Garland Adkins of Louisa, route 3. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Myrtle Chapel near Louisa by the Rev. D. A. Hewlett and the Rev. Gallie Isaac. Burial was in the Adkins Cemetery at Yatesville under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Mrs. Adkins was born October 14, 1879, at Yatesville, a daughter of the late James and Lydia Belcher Marcum. She was a member of the Methodist Church. Additional survivors include five daughters, Mrs. Jay Fitch of Ohio, Mrs. C. W. Coffee, Mrs. Moine Waggoner and Mrs. Connie Hooper of Kokomo, IN, and Mrs. Lewis Wright of Cannonsburg, KY; four other sons, G. F. Adkins of Louisa, Junior Adkins, of Yatesville and Drew and William Adkins, of Louisa, route 3, one sister, Mrs. Biddie Rose of Catlettsburg; one brother Dave Marcum of Catlettsburg and 35 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, May 22, 1952

 

BELCHER, John R.

1878-1952

John R. Belcher, 73, of route 1, South Point, OH, died Monday, April 21, at the King's Daughter's Hospital, Ashland, KY after an illness of three months. He was born December 15, 1878, in Lawrence County, KY, a son of the late William and Jane Belcher. He had lived in Ohio about 30 years. He had been engaged in the mercantile business for a number of years prior to his death. Funeral services were held Thursday, April 24, at 2 p.m. at the Tracy Brammer Funeral Home, with Rev. Pearl Dial and Rev. Everett O'Neal officiating. Burial was in the Woodland Cemetery in Ironton, OH. Surviving are the widow, Lora Neal Belcher, one son, Earl, of South Point, OH, four sisters, Mrs. Tom Dean, Coal Grove, OH, Mrs. F. B. Keller, Akron, OH, Mrs. Della Haws, Dayton, OH and Mrs. W. D. Chadwick of Cadmus, KY, also three grandchildren. Big Sandy News, May 1, 1952

 

BELLOMY, Virginia Edith (Stansbury)

1891-1952

Mrs. Virginia Edith Bellomy, 61, of Georges Creek, KY, died at 3 a.m. Tuesday in a local hospital following an illness of three days. Mrs. Bellomy was born January 2, 1891, a daughter of Harry and Victoria Wellman Stansbury. Funeral services will be conducted today at 1 p.m. at the First Methodist Church of Louisa, with the Rev. E. P. Swan, the Rev. Arbie Meek and the Rev. J. C. Kenny officiating. Burial will be in the Wellman Cemetery at Walbridge, KY. Surviving are the husband, the Rev. John F. Bellomy; three daughters, Mrs. John Preston, Georges Creek, Mrs. German Walters, Jr., of Alderson, WV and Mrs. N. J. Francis, Garrett, KY, a son, K. w. Bellomy, Portsmouth, VA; two sisters, Mrs. Joel Justice, Portsmouth and Mrs. C. T. Cecil, route 2, Louisa, four brothers, M. L. Meeker and Ed Stansbury, route 2, Louisa, and Milt Stansbury, Louisa and 11 grandchildren. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, May 8, 1952

 

BEVINS, William David

1951-1952

William David Bevins, 8 months old son of Stanley and Marie Bevins of Louisa, route 1, passed away April 26, at 9:30 a.m. enroute to the hospital in Martin, KY. The Bevins family had been visiting in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edgell Blackburn at Wheelwright, KY, when the child became ill and it died before they reached the hospital. The body was removed from Curtright Funeral Home to the home of the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Gibson, of Louisa, route 1, Sunday evening at 10 a.m. Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. at the home of the grandparents, with Rev. Willie Daniels officiating. Interment was made in the Bevins Cemetery on Georges Creek. Survivors are the parents; two brothers, Harold Keith and Rodney Lee, at home and the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Gibson of Louisa, route 1, Big Sandy News, May 1, 1952

 

BLACKBURN, Cecil Carter

Cecil Carter Blackburn, 33, of Mullens, WV, fireman of a Virginia Railroad locomotive which plunged into a stream, died of burns, Monday in a hospital at Beckley. The locomotive tender and seven cars of the coal train left the rails Saturday night in what officials described as the first fatal train mishap on the Virginia since 1938. A native of Little Blaine section, Blackburn had lived at Mullens for 12 years, where he had been employed. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 10 a.m. at the home of the parents, with the Rev. Gallie Isaac officiating. Burial will be in the Blackburn cemetery under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. A member of the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen, he was the son of Antz W. and Ella Curnutte Blackburn. Survivors include: the parents, the widow, Mrs. Ruby Keffier Blackburn; 8 sisters, Mrs. Bert Miller, Mrs. Jim Ervins, Mrs. Wayne Yinger, Mrs. Doyel Plants  all of Columbus, OH, Mr. A. C. Weeks of Oak Hill, OH, Mrs. Willard Fraley of adams, KY, Miss Phyllis Blackburn, at home and Mrs. Junior McKenny of Beards Fork, WV; one half sister, Mrs. Jim Moore of Adams, KY, 3 brothers, Edgell Blackburn of Wheelwright, KY, Clinton Blackburn and Payton Blackburn, both of Columbus, OH; 2 half brothers, Canda and Harm Blackburn of Columbus, OH. Big Sandy News, May 22, 1952

 

 

DAMRON, Forrest

1894-1952

Forrest Damron, 58, died at his home here on Clay Street, Saturday, following a long illness. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Freewill Baptist Church, of which he was a member, by the Rev. W. S. Boggs and the Rev. E. P. Swan. Burial was made in the Pinehill Cemetery. Mr. Damron was a retired salesman and had previously been a merchant. He was born at Irad, KY on March 7, 1894, a son of the late John and Claudia DAmron. He was a veteran of World War I. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Cluma Damron; two daughters, Mrs. Jack Atkins of Miami, FL and Mrs. Wilmer Skaggs of Union City, IN; one son, Jack Damron of Ashland, eight sisters, Mrs. John Burton of Irad, Mrs. Lockie Johns of Louisa, Mrs. W. M. Curnutte of Route 1, Louisa, Mrs. H. H. Mays of Lexington, Mrs. Conrad Carter of Peach Creek, Mrs. Estill Thompson of route 4, Louisa, Mrs. Jarrett Peters of Route 1, Louisa, and Mrs. Conrad Stowers of Beckley; two brothers, John B. Damron of route 3, Louisa, and Lucian Damron of Peach Creek, WV and five grandchildren. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, May 1, 1952

 

EWING, James B.

Funeral services for James B. Ewing, 50, of Louisa, who died Friday at the home of a sister, Mrs. Lucy Barnes, Huntington, were conducted Monday at 2 p.m. at the St. James AME church at Louisa by the Rev. J. C. Hager. Burial was in a Louisa cemetery. Also surviving are one son, James B. Ewing, Jr., New York City, one daughter, Mrs. Anna Louisa Courts of Columbus, one brother, Chester Ewing of Huntington; two other sisters, Mrs. Rebecca Harris and Miss Elizabeth Ewing of Huntington and two grandchildren. Big Sandy News, May 22, 1952

 

FITZPATRICK, Sarah Ann (Sammons)

1863-1952

Mrs. Sarah Ann Fitzpatrick, 89, of Clifford, KY, died Thursday morning at 6 a.m. at her home. She had been ill about one month. She was bon February 26, 1863, at Clifford, daughter of John and Sarah Cox Sammons. Funeral services were conducted at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the residence with the Rev. Sammy Branham and the Rev. John Mitchell officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Clifford. She had been a member of the United Baptist Church since childhood. Her husband, Strother Fitzpatrick, preceded her in death in 1924. Surviving are seven daughters,  Mrs. Della Rucker, Clifford, Mrs. Robert Chapman, Glenhayes, WV, Mrs. Hattie See, Toledo, OH, Mrs. Nina Fox and Mrs. Arthur Car, both of Monroe, MI, Mrs. Horace Van Devender, Chelyan, WV and Mrs. Minerva Fortney, fort Gay, WV; four sons, J. R. Fitzpatrick, Glenhayes, WV, L. G. Fitzpatrick, Toledo, OH, Strother Fitzpatrick and J. W. Fitzpatrick of Clifford, 79 grandchildren, 168 great grandchildren and 8 great-great grandchildren. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, May 1, 1952

 

FITZPATRICK, Shelton

1886-1952

Shelton Fitzpatrick, 65, of Clifford, KY died at 6 p.m. Sunday at his home. Graveside funeral services were conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the family cemetery at Clifford with Rev. Felix Skaggs officiating. He was born October 25, 1886, at Clifford a son of the late Ulysses and Elizabeth Maynard Fitzpatrick. He was a retired employee of the Norfolk & Western Railway Co. Survivors include six daughters, Mrs. Ked Davis of Kermit, WV, Mrs. Jack Bartram of Bainbridge, OH, Mrs. James Frazier and Mrs. Paul Frazier of Clifford, Mrs. W. E. Kelly of Harrison, OH and Mrs. Winfred Salyers of Elkhorn, KY; three sons, Ray Fitzpatrick of Clifford, A. C. Fitzpatrick of Hensley, WV and Thomas Fitzpatrick of Mansfield, OH; three sisters, Mrs. Sally Damron and Mrs. Andy New of Louisa, route 3, and Mrs. Minerva Crum of Glenhayes, WV and one brother, James Fitzpatrick of Clifford. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, May 22, 1952

 

HAY, Hardy Martin

1907-1952

Death came early Tuesday to Hardy Martin Hay, 45, a native of Smokey valley Community, from a shotgun blast after hay had gone to a farm to work. He had been in failing health for some time prior to his death. An employee of the Portsmouth Steel Corporation for 25 years as a railroad engineer, Hay was the son of Ambrose and the late Cora Skaggs Hay. The body was found near the Smokey Valley Church about 2 p.m. Tuesday by Kenneth Collier, after Hay's father had become anxious about the whereabouts of the younger man. The dead was practically severed by the blast of a shotgun.  Surviving are the father, the widow, Mrs. Tressie McBrayer Hay; ten children, a brother, Burbage, Pontiac, MI; three sisters, Mrs. Homer Williams, Louisa, Mr. E. Hoskins, Pontiac, MI and Miss Ethel Hay, Columbus, OH. Funeral services under the direction of Young Funeral Home, will be conducted Friday at the Smokey Valley Church with Rev. W. S. Boggs and Gallie Isaac officiating. Big Sandy News, May 8, 1952

 

HELTSLEY, Nannie

1874-1952

Funeral services will be conducted Friday at the Freewill Baptist Church at Glenhayes, WV, for Mrs. Nannie Heltsley, 77, wife of the late James M. Heltsley. Death came early Wednesday morning after an illness of four days. Mrs. Heltsley, a member of the United Baptist Church, had been in failing health for more than seven years. She was born December 1, 1874 at Clifford, KY, the daughter of the late Jessie and Sallie Adkins Maynard. Rev. Nelson Hughes will officiate at the funeral service which will be under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Survivors include; two daughters, Mrs. Warner Rager, Detroit, MI and Mrs. Auxier Sammons, Glenhayes, A sister, Mrs. Jack Parsons, Naugatuck, WV, 22 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. Burial will be in the Ratliff Cemetery at Glenhayes. Big Sandy News, May 15, 1952

 

HOCKLEY, George Franklin

1870-1952

George Franklin Hockley, 81, retried farmer and prominent resident of Grayson, died of a heart ailment at 6 a.m. Friday, April 25, in Stovall Hospital. Mr. Hockley, who had resided in Grayson for 26 years, was born August 21, 1870, at Laurel Furnace, Greenup County, KY, a son of Owen and Hannah Hunt Hockley. He had been a member of the Church of Christ for 50 years. Funeral services were conducted Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Grayson Church of Christ with the Rev. Fred Griffith officiating. Burial was in the Grayson Memorial Cemetery. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Clara Keeton Hockley; one daughter, Mrs. K. F. Wooten, Louisa; three sons, , Lloyd Hockley, Grayson, linotype operator at the Ashland Daily Independent, Fred and Claude Hockley, Samaria, KY; three sisters, Mrs. Dolly Howland, Raceland, Mrs. Ella Lynfoot and Mrs. Mary Herr, Cincinnati, nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Attending the funeral of Mr. Hockley from Louisa were: Rev. and Mrs. Carl Hall, Mr. and Mrs. E. C. VanHoose, Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Wellman, Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Skaggs, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Bush and daughter, Mary Lou. Big Sandy News, May 1, 1952

 

HOLLEY, James

1879-1952

James Holley, 72, retired farmer, died April 1 at his home in Yatesville, KY, following an illness of three hours. A resident of Yatesville, for 40 years, Mr. Holley was born November 11, 1879, a son of James and Missouri Goins Holley. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, at the residence with the Rev. Dave Hewlett officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Mary Diamond Holley; four daughters, Mrs. John Williams and Miss Georgia Holley, Plain City, OH, Mrs. Luther McDowell, Ironton, OH and Mrs. Floyd Martin, Carbondale, OH; four sons, Garland and James Holley, Jr., Carbondale, OH, Woodrow Holley, Plain City, and Elwood Holley, Route 1, Louisa; 25 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, May 8, 1952

 

JOLLIFFEE, Emma (Wallace)

1882-1952

Mrs. Emma W. Jolliffee, 70, an active worker in civic, Church and political circles of Lawrence County, died at 6:40 p.m. Thursday at her home, Route 1, Louisa, following an illness of nine months. Mrs. Jolliffee, secretary to the late John C. C. Mayo at Paintsville for 25 years was born in Louisa, March 13, 1882, a daughter of Eugene and Josephine Layne Wallace. Her husband, J. U. Jolliffee died in 1942. A member of the First Methodist Church for 45 years, Mrs. Jolliffee was past president of the Woman's Society of Christian Service of the church and a charter member of the Louisa Chapter DAR and the Louisa Woman's Club. Funeral services were conducted at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Louisa Methodist Church with the Rev. E. P. Swan and the Rev. Charles Perry officiating. Burial was made in Pinehill Cemetery. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Joe Willis Pigg, Louisa; one brother, Laban E. Wallace, Sr., Louisa and three grandchildren. Funeral arrangements were under direction of Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, Mary 1, 1952

 

KITCHEN, James, Jr.

1875-1952

James Kitchen, Jr., 76, died suddenly at his home at Blaine, KY, Friday morning about 6 a.m. He was born June 19, 1875, at Blaine, the son of the late James Sr., and Lydia J. Burton Kitchen. He is survived by his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Willie Fox, Springfield, OH; two sons, Ray Kitchen of Springfield, OH and Alonzo Kitchen with the U. S. Army stationed in Austria; two brothers, Bill Kitchen of Ashville, OH and Andy Kitchen of Alton, AL. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at the Church of God in Blaine by the Rev. Jay Hinkle and the Rev. W. S. Boggs. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Blaine. The body was taken to the residence at 5 p.m. Sunday from Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, May 1, 1952

 

LYON, James Irbin

1877-1952

James Irbin Lyon, 75, retired carpenter and farmer, died last week at his home in Ashland, following an illness of three weeks. Mr. Lyon, a former resident of Lawrence County, had resided in Ashland for three and a half years. He was born March 27, 1877, in Johnson County, KY, a son of William Jesse and Jessamine Elizabeth Dials Lyon. He was a member of the Baptist Church and the Jake Rice Masonic Lodge at Blaine, KY. Funeral services were conducted at 10 a.m. Sunday at the family cemetery at Blaine, with the Rev. Robie Ferguson officiating. The Jake Rice Masonic Lodge conducted graveside rites. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Nora Lyon; one daughter, Mrs. Sylvia Fyffe, Sciotoville, OH; three sons, Ernest Lyon, Keaton, KY, Proctor Lyon, Greenup  and Victor Lyon, at home,; 19 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, May 29, 1952

 

MARCUM, J. N.

1878-1952

Death came Monday afternoon to J. N. Marcum, Sr., 74, a few minutes after he was stricken with a heart attack. He was a retired C & O freight and passenger agent and once an insurance agent and gas and oil promoter. He had been with C & O at Soldier, KY, for 8 years, at Salt Lick, KY for 15 years and at Louisa for 24 years. He had been retired for 11 years. Born in Adams County, OH in 1878, he married Miss Francis V. Derring 55 years ago, ahd been a member of the Christian Church for 49 years, and had lived at Louisa 37 years. Funeral services were held Wednesday from Curtright Funeral Home with Rev. J. C. Hager, pastor of the Louisa Baptist Church and Rev. Joe Zavadsky, pastor of the Paintsville Christian Church officiating. Burial was in Pine Hill Cemetery under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. He is survived by the widow, one daughter, Mrs. Robert R. Sisson of Louisa, three sons, M. L. Marcum and J. N. Marcum, Jr., both of Louisa, John D. Marcum of Lexington, KY, 2 granddaughter, 3 grandsons, 2 great grandsons, and a sister, Mrs. Amanda Cheap, Peoples, OH. Big Sandy News, May 22, 1952

 

MARTIN, Mamie

1882-1952

Mrs. Mamie Martin, 69, Toledo, OH died at 4 p.m. Monday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Ollie Hutchinson in Ashland, KY. Mrs. Martin, who had been visiting her daughter, was born November 11, 1882 in Lawrence county, KY, a daughter of Tennessee and Charity Miles Wells. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Ashland. Her husband, Edward Martin, died in 1950. The body was shipped to the Flagler-Lehman Funeral Home in Toledo, where funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday with the Rev. Mr. Keller officiating. Burial will be in the Ottaway Hills Memorial Park in Toledo. Surviving are the daughter; one son, Harry Wagner, Toledo; two brothers, C. E. Wells, Huntington, and Lloyd Wells, Cincinnati; three sisters, Mrs. Ella Rule, of Lawrence county, Mrs. W. L. Hutchinson, Ashland, and Mrs. Ernest McCarter of Topeka, KS; 9 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, May 8, 1952

 

PRUITT, John R.

1880-1952

John R. Pruitt, died at his home at Ironton, OH, Monday evening following an illness of four years. He had been in serious condition since September 1951. Son of the late Andrew and Elizabeth Sammons Pruitt, he was born at Clifford, KY, February 3, 1880. He moved to Ironton at an early age. He was united in marriage to the former Ameila Schweickart of Ironton, who survives. He leaves his wife and the following children: Mrs. Michael Meixner, of Dayton, John A. Pruitt, Ironton, and Mrs. Delores Henthorn, a granddaughter that he reared. Also surviving is one brother, Pearl Pruitt of Ashland, Ky and the following sisters, Mrs. Fred Clarke and Mrs. Hazel Kemp, both of Portsmouth, OH and Mrs. Sarah Daniels of Detroit, MI and two great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, May 1, 1952

 

QUEEN, Zachariah

1872-1952

Zachariah Queen, 79, of Louisa, route 4, died at 10:45 a.m. Monday at his home after an illness of seven months. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today at the Glenwood Missionary Baptist Church by the Rev. Sherman Mitchell and the Rev. Bert Caldwell. Burial will be in the Riffe Cemetery in Boyd County. Mr. Queen was born December 18, 1872, at Buchanan, KY, a son of the late Steen and Susan Bryan Queen. He was a retired farmer. His wife, Mrs. Belle Burke Queen, died in 1929. Survivors include five daughters, Mrs. Henry Jordan of Louisa, route 4, Mrs. H.E. Stollings, Mrs. Frank Wilcox and Mrs. C. B. Miller of Ashland, and Mrs. Millard Holbrook of Denton, KY; and 22 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. The body was taken to the residence at 2 p.m. Wednesday from the Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, May 22, 1952

 

SPARKS, Emmett

1895-1952

Emmett Sparks, 56, of Ashland, KY, and Martha, KY, a supervisor for the Sackett & Sons Construction Co. of Baltimore, MD, died at 5:20 p.m. Tuesday in a Peru, IN hospital of injuries suffered two weeks ago in an accident on a construction project at Peru. Mr. Sparks, who was supervising the construction of a fertilizer plant at Peru, for the Baltimore company, sustained a fractured thigh in a fall and death resulted from complications. A native of Martha, KY, Mr. Sparks had resided in Ashland for 9 years. He was born September 10, 1895, in Lawrence County, a son of Morton Emerson and Cora Elizabeth Lyon Sparks. He was a member of the Jake Rice Masonic Lodge at Blaine, KY and the Eastern Star. Funeral services will be conducted today at 10 a.m. at the Miller Funeral Home in Ashland, with the Rev. C. B. Coots officiating. Burial will be in the family cemetery at Martha. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Lucy Gay Sparks; one daughter, Mrs. E. B. Freeman, Winchester, KY, a sister, Mrs. Boyd Dobyns, Ashland and three grandchildren. Big Sandy News, May 8, 1952

 

SPENCER, James

1865-1952

James Mythis Spencer, 86, prominent Lawrence County farmer, died May 15, at his home, Little Blaine section of route 1, Louisa, following an illness of six months. Mr. Spencer, whose wife, Mrs. Rhoda Manda Spencer, died in 1949, was born at route 1, and had lived there his entire life. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Spencer. Funeral services were conducted at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Spencer Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. Arlie Blackburn officiating. Burial was in the Judd Cemetery under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. A sister, Mrs. Lucy James Ball, is the only immediate survivor. Big Sandy News, May 22, 1952

 

THOMPSON, James Harvey

1870-1952

James Harvey (Bud) Thompson, 82, died at his home on route 2, Fort Gay, WV, Friday. He had been ill one year. He was a retired farmer. Mr. Thomson was born at Fort Gay, January 22, 1870. He was the son of the late Solomon and Nancy Thompson. His wife, Mrs. Rebecca Pauley Thompson, died in April , 1951. Funeral services were conducted Sunday at 2 p.m. at his home on Trace Branch, route 2, with the Rev. Grant Raines officiating. Burial was in the Thompson Cemetery.  He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Robert Maynard, Delbarton, WV, Mrs. Earl Caudill, route 1, Louisa and Mrs. Ed Gibbs, Cleveland, OH; four sons, Boyd Thompson, Wayne, WV, route 1, Kelly Thompson, Waverly, OH, Charley Thompson, Sudney, WV, and Walter Thompson, fort Gay, route 2; one sister, Mrs. Ernie Chaffins, Kenova, WV, 26 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, May 1, 1952

 

THOMPSON, Nora Anna (Arrington)

Mrs. Nora Anna Thompson, 69, died May 14, in a Louisa hospital where she had been a patient for 18 days. She was a resident of Fort Gay, route 2, where she has lived all her life. Married to John Wilson Thompson, 51 years ago, she was born at Webbville, KY, the daughter of the late Margaret and Lewis Arrington. Funeral services were held Sunday 2:30 p.m. with Rev. Wayne Thompson and Rev. Luther Hardwick officiating. Burial was made in the Thompson Cemetery under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. She was a member of the Church of God for 40 years. She is survived by her husband, 3 daughters, Viola Arrington of Blue Island, IL, Mrs. J. B. Frasher, Twin Branch, WV, and Mrs. Betty Irene Warden of Fort Gay, WV; 2 sons, Ernest S. Thompson of Williamson, WV and Paul Thompson of Huntington, WV; 1 brother, John Arrington of Peach Creek, WV, 11 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, May 22, 1952

 

WARD, Herman

1895-1952

Herman C. Ward, 56, of Ashland, an employee of the Eagles Lodge, died Tuesday in King's Daughters Hospital following an illness of six hours. Mr. Ward was born December 26, 1895, in Lawrence County, KY, a son of Saul and Alice Mullins Ward. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Miller Funeral Home in Ashland, with the Rev. Henry Layne officiating. Burial will be in Ashland Cemetery. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Harold Whitt, Ashland, and Mrs. Betty Mareachine, Sybene, OH; two sons, Herman  Ward, Jr., Michigan and Floyd Ward, Ashland; two sisters, Mrs. Bertha Patterson, Ashland, and Mrs. Katie Webb, Chesapeake, OH and 11 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, May 1, 1952

 

WILLIAMSON, Alex

1880-1952

Alex Williamson, 73, retired coal miner and farmer of route 1, Louisa, died suddenly of a heart attack Monday morning, May 12 while walking to Louisa. Mr. Williamson was born at Georges Creek, KY, a son of Harvey and Safronia Williamson. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Louisa Baptist Church with the Rev. J. C. Hager officiating. Burial was in Pinehill Cemetery. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. John Boyd and Mrs. Jerry Cordle, both of Ohio and four brothers, Willie Charles Williamson, Georges Creek, and Robert Williamson, Catlettsburg; and Oscar Williamson of Stone, KY, one aunt, Mrs. J. B. Crutcher of Louisa, Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, May 15, 1952

 

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BAKER, Ruby (Daniel)

1890-1952

Mrs. Ruby Baker, 61, a native of Johnson County, KY died at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday of last week at her home in Huntington WV, following an illness of two years. A resident of Huntington for six years, Mrs. Baker was a daughter of Andrew Jackson and Miranda Stapleton Daniel. Her husband, William Roscoe Baker, die din 1943. She was a member of the Baptist Church. Funeral services were conducted Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Fort Gay, WV Methodist Church with the Rev. J. C. Hager officiating. Burial was in the Bartram Cemetery under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Lexie Spaulding, Huntington, Mrs. Mexie Crum, Glenhayes, WV and Mrs. Earl Lambert, Rittman, OH; two sons, John H. Baker, Rittman, and Joe S. Baker, Wheelersburg, OH; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Joe George, Louisa, and Mrs. Richard Hamner, Chillicothe, OH, a sister, Mrs. Roscoe Meade, Dayton, OH, two brothers J. M. Daniel, Betsy Layne, KY, and John Daniel, McDowell, KY; 13 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, June 19, 1952

 

BALL, John Sidney

1882-1952

John Sidney Ball, 69, of Genoa, WV, route 1, died at his home Thursday at 10:55 p.m. following an illness of four months. Mr. Ball was a lifelong resident of the Genoa area and was actively engaged in farming until his illness four months ago. He was born September 22, 1882, and was the son of the late Joseph and Caroline Jackson Ball. He was married to Addie Workman Ball for 49 years and was a member of the Greenbrier Baptist Church for 50 years. Funeral services were conducted at the home at Joels Branch Sunday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Carmi Crabtree and the Rev. John Dean officiating. Burial was made in the Ball Cemetery at Route 1, Genoa. The body was removed from the Curtright funeral Home to the residence at 2 p.m. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Addie Workman Ball; three daughters, Mrs. W. J. Salyer, Rittman, OH, Mrs. Glenn Burgner and Mrs. C. C. Black, both of Barberton, OH, three sons, Willie Ball, Rittman, OH, Elmer Ball, Wooster, OH and Chester Ball, Barberton, OH, one sister, Mrs. Shelby Hall, Creston, OH, three brothers, Alva Ball, Kenova, WV, Otis Ball, Genoa, WV, and Balys Ball, Fort Gay, WV, route 1, ten grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, June 26, 1952

 

BOOTHE, Edgar

Edgar Boothe, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charley Boothe, Patrick, KY, died Sunday afternoon following an illness of more than four years. Funeral services were conducted Monday at 2 p.m. at the Ratcliff Cemetery with Rev. Earl Meade officiating. Survivors include the parents and three brothers, Clell, Russell and Bobbie, all at home. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, June 5, 1952

 

CURNUTTE, William, Jr.

1952-1952

Funeral services for William Curnutte, Jr., infant son of Mr. and Mrs. William Curnutte, Sr., of Ironton, OH, who died shortly after birth, Friday, were held at Adams, KY, Saturday at 2 p.m. with the Young Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Burial was in the Thompson Cemetery. Survivors include the parents; three sisters, Mary Sue, Gladys Jane and Kathryn, also the grandparents. Mr. and Mrs. Curnutte are natives of Lawrence County. Big Sandy News, June 12, 1952

 

FRAZIER, Clyde

1896-1952

Clyde Ray Frazier, 55, route 1, Fort Gay, WV, died at 3 a.m. Saturday following an illness of three months. Mr. Frazier had been a school teacher for 35 years and was regarded as one of the outstanding educators in Wayne County. He was born September 27, 1896, and was the son of the late James and Virginia Ferguson Frazier. He was an active member of the Tabors Creek Baptist Church for 32 years. Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. at Tabors creek Baptist Church with Rev. Carvel C. Grant and Rev. J. C. Hager officiating. Burial was made in Wellman Cemetery at route 1, Fort Gay. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Surviving are his wife, Polly Hatfield Frazier, to whom he was married 24 years; four daughters, Mrs. John Harrison, Richmond, KY, Mrs. H. L. Sellards, Fort Gay, Misses Annabelle and Janet Ruth Frazier, at home; six sisters, Mrs. J. L. Frasher, Kenova, WV, Mrs. W. H. Peters, Huntington, WV, Mrs. J. S. Lakin, Mrs. William Michael, Miss Annie Frazier and Miss Fannie Frazier, all of route 1, Fort Gay; two brothers, Luther and Elmer Frazier, both of Fort Gay; and one grandchild. Big Sandy News, June 12, 1952

 

JARRELL, Orpha (O'Daniels)

1883-1952

Mrs. Orpha Jarrell, 69, died Saturday night at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Jay Mullins of Fallsburg, KY. Funeral service were conducted at 10 a.m. Monday at the Newcomb Church near Fallsburg by the Rev. Munsey Cassidy. Burial was in the Harmon cemetery, Louisa route 4. Mrs. Jarrell was born April 16, 1883, a daughter of the late Thomas L. and Kathryn Sperry O'Daniels. She was the widow of Seymour Jarrell. Surviving in addition to Mrs. Mullins are three other daughters, Mrs. Estill McKenzie of Kenova, route 1, Mrs. Nellie Ferguson of Kenova and Mrs. Freddy Workman of Ceredo, a sister, Mrs. Zona Davis of Prichard, and a brother William H. O'Daniels of Louisa route 4, and 18 grandchildren. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, June 12, 1952

 

MITCHELL, N. H.

Death came June 8 to Mrs. N. H. Mitchell, 98, at her home in Harlan County. She was the mother of Mrs. Ernest New, Fort Gay. A member of the Freewill Baptist Church, Mrs. Mitchell is survived by her husband, N. H. Mitchell, Coalgood, KY; four daughtes, Mrs. John O'Neil, Downey, CA, Mrs. Rose Little, Kenova, Miss Corna Mitchell, at home, and Mrs. Ernest New, Fort Gay. She is also survived by 22 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, June 19, 1952

 

PORTER, Albert

1880-1952

Death came Saturday to Albert Porter, 72, lifelong resident of Radnor, WV, after a six weeks illness at his home there. A farmer, he was the son of Alex and Jane Jarrell Porter, and a member of the Baptist Church 19 years. Funeral services were conducted at Napier Cemetery with Jay Rice and Willie Noe officiating. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Maude Porter, Radnor, WV, three daughters, Mrs. Erskin Ferris, Chesapeake, OH, Mrs. Ben Coley. Salt Petre, WV, Mrs. Edgar Ferris, of Proctorville, OH, 4 sons, Paul Porter, Roanoke, VA, James Proter, Hamilton, OH, Erskin Porter, Wadsworth, OH, and Clyde Porter of Radnor, WV; one stepson, Taylor Pratt, Hamilton, OH, three sisters, Mrs. Mary Morrison, Chapmanville, WV, Mrs. Nannie Pratt, Kenova, WV and Mrs. Cuzzie Perry, Wayne, WV. Big Sandy News, June 5, 1952

 

QUEEN, Albert Belcher

1901-1952

Albert Belcher Queen, 50, Louisa, route 3, died suddenly Sunday morning en route to a family reunion at Kiahsville, Wayne County, WV. Death was attributed to a heart seizure. Queen was riding in a jeep when stricken. He was carried to a church yard at Depot, KY, where he died before a physician could be summoned. A farmer, he was born in Wayne County, WV, June 5, 1901, a son of Absolom and Marian Queen. He was a member of the United Baptist Church and the Masonic Lodge at Wayne. He had been a resident of Louisa, route 3 for about five years. Queen was the father of Dolliver J. Queen of Wayne, who was  elected to the Wayne County Board of Education on May 13. Graveside services were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Queen Cemetery on the Sally Jones farm on Twelve Pole Creek by the Rev. Jessie Nelson, the Rev. Ivory Williamson and the Rev. Dallas Frazier. Funeral services were under the direction of Young Funeral Home, Louisa. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Surviving in addition to the son, are the widow, Mrs. Artie Carline Craft Queen; three daughters, Mrs. Ernest Burchett of Louisa, route 3, and Armilda and Nancy Ann at home; three other sons, Absolom, Wylie and King Albert Queen at home; six sisters, Mrs. Charles Jones, Mrs. E. O. Maynard and Mrs. Stewart Akins of Kiahsville, Mrs. Narie Polton and Mrs. Armilda Ramey of Dayton, OH and Mrs. Ike Payne of Idaho; four brothers, Johnson Queen of Man, Noah and Wylie Queen of Kiahsville, and Dolliver Queen of Wayne and three grandchildren. Big Sandy News, June 19, 1952

 

SANDERS, John

Death came early Thursday morning at London, OH to John Sanders, a native of Cherokee, Lawrence County. Sanders, who had been in ill health for several years, had moved to Ohio many years ago and had been living at the home of a son near London. He was the father of Con Sanders, Cherokee merchant, and a brother in law of M. M. Bates, Blaine and Mrs. Norman Osborn, Louisa. Funeral services were conducted Sunday at West Jefferson, OH, with burial in the Summerford Cemetery. Survivors include five sons and three daughters, Funeral services were conducted Saturday at London, OH for Roscoe Sanders, Jr. 22, a grandson of John Sanders, after young Sanders died in an automobile crash Thursday morning about 30 minutes after the death of his grandfather. The crash occurred at the city limits of London. Big Sandy News, June 19, 1952

 

WADDELL, Don

A 13 years old Louisa, boy, Don Waddell, drowned in the Big Sandy River here Monday about 8:40 a.m. The body was recovered an hour later. The drowning occurred near the inoperative Louisa Locks, old dam No. 29. the funeral home gave these details. Jackie Waddell, a 10 year old brother who with Don, had been mowing a lawn, went to his grandmother, Mrs. Tom Painter Moore, and told her that Don had walked away and that he didn't know where he had gone. The grandmother and the brother went to the river about a block from the home and made a preliminary search. The then went toward the business section of the city. Meanwhile, tow boys and a man had found Don's trousers on the bank, and the had began a search of the river. The body was recovered at about 9:40 a.m. by a Dobyns Cleaner truck driver, John Burton of Louisa. The boy drowned in about 15 feet of water. Surviving in addition to the brother and grandmother are the mother Mrs. Edna Moore Raines of Louisa, the father, Lawrence Waddell of Detroit, MI; a half sister, Paulette Raines and a half brother, Paul Anthony Raines; at home, a second brother, Willie Earl Waddell of Detroit and the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Burns Waddell of Detroit. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday morning at the First Baptist Church with the Rev. J. C. Hager officiating. Burial was in Louisa Burial Park under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, June 19, 1952

 

YORK, Tom

A 14 year old Lawrence County youth is charged with the killing of his step father, Tom York of Torchlight, last Wednesday. Sheriff Vessie L. Workman reported that a coroner's jury ordered Billy Ray Chaffins, 14, of Torchlight, held to the Lawrence County grand jury, which convenes June 16. He was held without bond, pending grand jury action. Sheriff Workman said that York and his stepson reportedly had been making moonshine whiskey at Torchlight, about six miles from Louisa, and had been drinking some of the whiskey for about two days. The sheriff said York allegedly became angry at his wife, Myrtle York, and started beating her. The stepson who was in the house was said to have gotten a 13 gauge shotgun and fired at York, the blast hitting York in the back of the head. The shooting occurred at around 6:30 p.m. but Workman said he was not notified until 11 p.m. He added that he seized at 10 gallon still when he went to the York home to investigate. L. Byron Young, Lawrence County coroner, called an inquest into York's death and the jury ordered Chaffins held to the grand jury. Funeral services were conducted Saturday at Torchlight under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Mr. York was a son of the late Ernest C. and Schrilda Jane Laney York. Surviving are the wife, Mrs. Myrtle Hubbard York, three daughters, Mrs. James Austin of Painesville, WV, Rebecca Ann and Linda Pauline York, both at home; one son, DAvid, at home; three sisters, Mrs. Gil Parsons, Urbana, OH, Mrs. ARthur Tabor and Mrs. Lebrun Vance, both of Willoughby, OH; four brothers, Robert York of route 2, Louisa, John York of South Portsmouth, KY, Willie York of Torchlight and ?? York of ???. Big Sandy News, June 12, 1952

 

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BALL, Barbara Alice

1937-1952

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. for Barbara Alice Ball, 15, of route 1, Genoa, WV who drowned Saturday. She had been swimming in a private pool on the farm of Anthal Ward, three miles from Kenova, with relatives with whom she was visiting during the afternoon. The services were conducted at the Greenbrier Baptist church in Wayne County, WV, with the Rev. Eustace Riggs officiating. Burial was in Ball Cemetery at Genoa. The girl had left her home about 2 p.m. Saturday with her cousin, his wife, and two friends to visit the Ward farm for a swim. Later her cousin heard screams by his wife and Barbara, and was able to bring his wife to safety from the water. The drowned girl was in the water about 40 minutes before the body was recovered. Attempts by the Huntington Fire Department to revive her were in vain. Barbara was born April 24, 1937 at Genoa and was a student at Wayne High School. She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Otis Ball, route 1, Genoa, three sisters, Lola of Kenova, and Carol and Elizabeth at home, three brothers, Ernest, Wadsworth, OH, Private Curtis, U. S. Army at Fort Dix, NJ, and Paul, at home, the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Christian, route 1, Fort Gay, WV and the maternal great grandfather, J. F. Christian, route 1, Fort Gay. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Big sandy News, July 24, 1952

 

BLAKE, Benjamin T.

Funeral services for Benjamin T. Blake, 79, were conducted Monday at the Methodist Church in Prichard, WV with Rev. Rose of Ceredo officiating. Burial followed in the Gilkerson Cemetery. Death came to Blake early Sunday morning at Prichard where he had lived for 30 years. His wife preceded him in death in 1946. He was the son of the late Henry and Lucinda B. Blake and was a native of White's Creek, WV. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. B. L. McAllister, Oakwood, WV and Mrs. T. F. Jackson, Natural Bridge, WV; two sons, Lucian Blake and Charlie Blake, Prichard, WV and 14 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, July 24, 1952

 

BRADLEY, Laura (Adkins)

1878-1952

Mrs. Laura Adkins Bradley, 76, wife of James Bradley of Yatesville, KY died at 4:45 p.m. Monday in a local hospital following a stroke suffered five days ago. Mrs. Bradley was born April 19, 1878, a daughter of William and Louverna Derefield Adkins. She was a member of the Yatesville Methodist Church. Funeral services were conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Yatesville Methodist Church with the Rev. Fred Vanhorn, the Rev. Lloyd Jordan and the Rev. Gallie Isaac officiating. Burial was in the Bradley cemetery on Morgan's Creek under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Surviving are the husband, to whom she ahd been married 58 years; three daughters, Mrs. Denver Holbrook and Mrs. Ernest Preece, Louisa, and Mrs. Bill Rose, Columbus, OH; six sons, Milton and John Bradley, Ashland, Charlie Bradley, Yatesville, Glen and Edgar Bradley, Louisa, and Randall Bradley, Columbus, 31 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, July 10, 1952

 

CANTRELL, Emily Josephine (McDowell)

Death came July 1 for Mrs. Emily Josephine Cantrell, 69, after an illness of nearly three months. She was the widow of the late Frank Cantrell, who died 23 years ago. Funeral services were conducted July 2 at the Martha Church of god with Rev. John Pelfrey, Rev. Harry Collier, Rev. Willie Sparks and Rev. Homer Evans officiating. Interment was in Rice Cemetery at Martha. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Mollie Griffith, Martha, Mrs. Maudie Perry, Flat Gap, KY, one son, Hubert Cantrell, Columbus, OH; two sisters, Mollie McDowell, Columbus, Mrs. Ellen Boggs, Waterloo, OH, and one brother, James McDowell, West Jefferson, OH. Big Sandy News, July 10, 1952

 

CAUDILL, Rosa (Castle)

1880-1952

Mrs. Rosa Castle Caudill, 72, Louisa, died at 5 a.m., Tuesday (July 14, 1952) in an Ashland Hospital following an illness of one month. A resident of Lawrence County most of her life, Mrs. Caudill was born at Portsmouth, O., March 20, 1880, a daughter of Columbus and Elizabeth LeMaster Castle. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday (July 17, 1952) at 2:30 p.m., at the Castle cemetery in Davisville, KY., with the Rev. J.C. Hager officiating. In case of inclement weather the last rites will be held in the Old Hood Church at Davisville. The body is at the Curtright Funeral Home. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. J. B. Davis, Davisville, Mrs. Gay Fairchild, Route 2, Louisa, and Mrs. Jake Webb, Wan Lear, KY.; three sons, Roger and Ray, Louisa, and Charles, Denver, Colorado, two sisters, Mrs. Olma Sparks, Van Lear and Mrs. Logan LeMaster, Sunbury, Ohio; two brothers, Richard Castle, Circleville, O., and John Castle,  Portsmouth; 18  grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Big Sandy News, July 10, 1952

 

CONN, Boyd

1885-1952

Funeral services for Boyd Conn, 66, route 2, Fort Gay, WV, who died Friday in a Louisa hospital were conducted Monday at 10 a.m. at the Frazier Cemetery on Lost Creek, route 2, Fort Gay, with the Rev. H. S. Porter officiating. Conn, a farmer, was born November 10, 1885, at Glenhayes, WV, a son of Maston and Mary Ann Babers Conn. Surviving are five nieces, Misses Goldie and Mary Conn and Mrs. Troy Slone, route 2, Loisa, Mrs. Ira Laney, Monroe, MI and Mrs. Homer Cook, Detroit, and two nephews, Clifford Conn of Wayne, MI and Willie Conn, Ecorse, MI. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, July 24, 1952

 

CORDLE, Carma Gene

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday at Cordell for Carma Gene Cordle, 31, who died almost instantly early Sunday morning in a three vehicle crash near New California, OH. Cordle, a native of Lawrence County, was the son of Jesse H. and Esta Moore Cordle, Cordell, was driving an empty gasoline tanker on Ohio 33 when the crash occurred. Another driver was seriously injured in the crash. The body was brought to Young Funeral Home here and funeral services were conducted from the home of his parents at Cordell, with the Rev. Gallie Isaac and Rev. W. S. Boggs officiating. Burial was under the direction of Young Funeral Home in the family cemetery. Survivors, other than the parents include his widow, Mrs. Kathleen Burgess Cordle, a son, Gene B. Cordle and a brother, Cyrus F. Cordle. Big Sandy News, July 3, 1952

 

EDWARDS, Emily Jane (Morris)

1884-1952

Mrs. Emily Jane Morris Edwards, 68, of Cains Creek, near Blaine, KY, died at 10 a.m. Tuesday at her home. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Cains Creek Freewill Baptist Church by the Rev. Gallie Isaac. Burial was in the Morris Cemetery there. Mrs. Edwards was born April 9, 1884, at Blaine, a daughter of the late David and Rachel Prince Morris. She was a member of the Cains Creek Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include the husband, M. J. Edwards, four daughter Mrs. Roy Salyer, Hannah, KY, Mrs. George A. Moore, South Charleston, WV, Mrs. Fred Ferguson, Blaine, and Mrs. Douglas Stevens, Westerville, OH, nine sons, Okey, Earl, Alfred, Dolphus, Russell and Charlie Edwards of Ashland, route 1, Jon and Carl Edwards of Blaine, and Hurston Edwards of Sidney, OH and one brother, Daniel Morris of Load, KY. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, July 24, 1952

 

FLETCHER, Mary (Isaac)

1876-1952

Mrs. Mary Isaac Fletcher, 75, of Cincinnati, formerly of Louisa, route 1, died last week in a Cincinnati hospital after an illness of one year. Funeral services were conducted at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Moore Chapel near Louisa by the Rev. S. B. Ball and the Rev. Gallie Isaac. Burial was in the Scioto Burial Park at Portsmouth, OH. Mrs. Fletcher was born December 1, 1876 on Louisa route 1, a daughter of the late William Henry and Nancy Jane Basdin Isaac. She was a member of the Regular Baptist Church on Louisa route 1. Her husband, Samuel Fletcher died in 1950. Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. W. D. Payne of Portsmouth, Mrs. Audrey Meade and Mrs. R. C. Bevins of Cincinnati and Mrs. Charles Kennard of St. Petersburg, FL; two sons, George B. and William Fletcher of Cincinnati; three sisters, Mrs. Julia Bussey of Louisa, Mrs. Mae Mohler of Los Angeles and Mrs. Sherman Earl of Huntington; two brothers, Tom Isaac of Louisa, route 1, and Felix Isaac of Ohio and 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, July 10, 1952

 

GRAHAM, Glen Curtis

1935-1952

Tragic death in a motorcycle-automobile accident claimed a popular Louisa High School football player. Glen Curtis Graham, 16, died almost instantly Tuesday evening when his motorcycle crashed into an automobile which failed to observe traffic signals on super highway 25 in Dayton. Reports received here stated that an automobile driven by a "hot-rod" enthusiast pulled across three lanes of a four lane highway in the path of the motorcycle. Young Graham, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Hobert Graham, formerly of Clifford, was born in this county and attended Lawrence County schools. He was scheduled to play on the Bulldog team this fall. Funeral services are scheduled for this afternoon, (Thursday) at 1 p.m. at the Elizabeth Baptist Church on Maynard Branch, with the Rev. Kenneth Lycan and Rev. Arch Thompson officiating. Burial will be in the Frazier Cemetery at Clifford under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. The body will be kept at the funeral home until time for the funeral. Surviving besides the parents are three sisters, Mrs. Carl L. Gatliff, Mrs. Don Wellman and Miss Peggy Graham, all of Dayton; four brothers, Walter Don, Claude R. Billy John and Mack Herman Graham, all of Dayton; the paternal grandfather, William Graham, route 1, Webb, WV, one niece and three nephews. Big Sandy News, July 31, 1952

 

HALE, Miriam Jane (Shamblin)

1871-1952

Mrs. Miriam Jane Shamblin Hale, 80, died in a Louisa hospital at 10:15 p.m. Saturday night after she had been ill three days. Mrs. Hale was born October 5, 1871, in Bell County, WV, a daughter of the late Albert and Selia Kinser Shamblin. She lived in Huntington and Gay, WV prior to moving to Louisa 62 years ago. Her husband, Millard F. Hale, died in December 1947. She was a member of the First Methodist Church of Louisa for 43 years and a member  of the Rebekah Lodge and was prominent and outstanding in her activities with her Lodge and church affiliations. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. H. H. Roberts of Louisa and Mrs. E. S. Thompson of Detroit, seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. of the grandchildren, two, Cpl. Henry H. See, Jr., now serving with the Army in Korea and Mrs. Mitchell L. Dobyns of Ashland, were reared in Mrs. Hale's home. Funeral services were held Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. in the first Methodist Church with Rev. C. F. Froderman, Ashland and Rev. E. P. Swan officiating. Burial was in the Pine Hill Cemetery under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, July 24, 1952

 

HAMMONDS, Frank L.

1879-1952

Frank L. Hammonds, 73, died Monday night at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Floyd Endicott of Clifford, KY after a long illness. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Hall Cemetery on the Laurel Forks of Rockcastle Creek by the Rev. Sammy Branham. Mr. Hammonds, a retired farmer, was born March 1, 1879, at Clifford, a son of the late Jarrett and Rebecca Branham Hammonds. He had been a member of the United Baptist church for 43 years. His wife, Mrs. Emma Spurlock Hammonds, died in May 1945. Survivors include six other daughters, Mrs. Henry Kirk of Webb route 1, Mrs. Bernice Sammons of Princeton, WV, Mrs. Elbert Preston of Job, KY, Mrs. Edward Hughes of Detroit, Mrs. Jewel Hollas of Somerset, KY,  and Mrs. Lawrence Salmons of McVeigh, KY; three sons, Taylor and Paul Hammonds of Louisa and Otto Hammonds of Detroit; two brothers, Henry Hammonds of Williamson and Colonel Hammonds of Webb, route 1, and two half brothers and five half sisters. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, July 24, 1952

 

HAY, Nova

Last rites were said Saturday at Martha for Nova Hay, 40, who died last Wednesday in a Danville Hospital. Rev. Willie Sparks and Eldrid Burchwell officiated. Burial was in the Hay Cemetery near Skaggs, under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, July 31, 1952

 

HENSLEY, Emma (Pack)

1884-1952

Mrs. M. V. Hensley, 78, of Fort Dodge, IA, died June 16, at her home. She had been in failing health since Mr. Hensley passed on in 1951. She was the widow of Martin V. Hensley, formerly of Webbville and Paintsville, KY. She was born in Sip, KY, and was the former Emma Pack, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Pack. Survivors include: two daughters, Mrs. J. R. Young, Fort Dodge, IA, Mrs. M. D. Kennedy, Chicago, IL, two sons, Shellie Hensley, Chicago and Bernard Hensley, Fort Dodge; two sisters, Mrs. Jane Conley Boldt, Lucasville, OH and Mrs. Alice Bowers of Gowrie, IA; five brothers, Lonza Pack, Dayton, OH, Renny Pack and Jay Pack, West Van Lear, KY, Albert Pack, Huntington, WV, Charles Pack. Several nieces and nephews, 5 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Hensley moved to Fort Dodge about ?? years ago, but always kept in touch with relatives and friends in Kentucky, making many trips back to visit. Kentucky was always a fond memory to both of them. Big Sandy News, July 3, 1952

 

KELLY, Rinda (Hill)

1869-1952

Mrs. Rinda Kelly, 83, of Skaggs, KY, died Saturday at the home of a son, Felix Kelly, following an illness of three weeks. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. at the home of Felix Kelly with the Rev. Willie Sparks, the Rev. Elmer Burchwell and the Rev. Emerson Collier officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery. Mrs. Kelly was born at Ophir, KY, April 7, 1869, the daughter of the late Edward J. and Amanda Fairchild Hill. She had lived in Skaggs for the past 39 years and was a member of Enterprise Baptist Church. Also surviving are three daughters, Mrs. D. S. Ross of South Webster, OH, Mrs. C. W. Kelly of West Liberty, KY and Mrs. J. H. Hay of Isonville, KY; three other sons, Don of Springfield, OH, Hubert of Londonderry, OH, and Herbert of South Webster, OH and two sisters, Mrs. Cass Elswick and Mrs. Robert Peters of Ophir, KY. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, July 24, 1952

 

LYON, A. M. (Alamander)

1866-1952

A. M. Lyon, 86, retired farmer died Thursday at his home, 119 Rice Street, following an illness on nine months. Mr. Lyon, a resident of Louisa, for 34 years, was born at Barnrock, KY, January 15, 1866, a son of John and Margaret Lester Lyon. He was a member of the Enterprise Baptist Church at Keaton, KY. Funeral services were conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Louisa Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. W. S. Boggs and Rev. Hood Wallen officiating. Burial was in the Lyon Cemetery at Keaton. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Samantha Skaggs Lyon, to whom he had been married 63 years; one sons, Lafayette Lyon, Louisa; two sisters, Mrs. William Burgess, Skaggs, KY and Mrs. Hayden Hamilton, Paintsville, KY, four grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and one great-great grandson. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, July 3, 1952

 

MATNEY, Tom D.

1911-1952

Funeral services for Tom D. Matney, 40, who died July 4 at the home of his father, Alf Matney of Louisa, of injuries suffered two weeks ago when he fell while working on the construction of a new tourist cabin near Louisa, were conducted at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Curtright Funeral Home  with the Rev. J. C. Hager and the Rev. Mart Robinson officiating. Burial was in the Wallace Cemetery near Louisa, with the W. O. Johnson Post, American Legion conducting graveside rites. Matney, a veteran of World War II, was a stonemason and carpenter. He was born July 24, 1911, in Louisa, a son of Alf Matney and the late Belle Justice Matney. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Trellis Matney, Tucson, AZ, the father, two sisters, Misses Lillian and Ellen Matney, Louisa, and two brothers, Alfred Matney, Louisa and Charles Matney, Frankfort, KY. Big Sandy News, July 10, 1952

 

MCGRANAHAN, Rosa (Miller)

1874-1952

Mrs. Rosa Miller McGranahan, 78, died Friday afternoon at the home of a daughter, Mrs. C. L. Thompson, 1418 Forty-fifth Street, Ashland, following an illness of two years. Mrs. McGranahan, who had resided with her daughter of two years, was born January 8, 1874, in Lawrence County, KY, a daughter of James and Sarah New Miller. She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Funeral services were conducted Monday at 2 p.m. at the daughter's residence. Burial was in Ashland Cemetery. Surviving are four other daughters, Mrs. Clyde Ross, Ashland, Mrs. Frank Comer, Sciotoville, OH, Mrs. Arthur Coburn, Rush, and Mrs. Lindsey Crabtree, Columbus, OH; five sons, Julius and Clive McGranahan, Rush, George McGranahan, Louisa, route 4, Cecil McGranahan, Columbus, and Gurvis McGranahan, Ashland, one sister, Mrs. Andrew New, Stopover, KY, 58 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, July 24, 1952

 

MEADE, Rosa (Daniels)

1870-1952

Death came Tuesday morning at Fairborn, OH, to Mrs. Rosie Meade, 81, a native of Lawrence county. She was the daughter of the late Jackson and Miranda Stapleton Daniels and lived with a son at Fairborn. Born November 7, 1870, she was the widow of the late John Robert Meade. Funeral services are set for Friday at 2 p.m. at the Fairview Methodist Church with interment in the Wheeler Cemetery near Lucasville, OH. Rev. Russell Milan had charge of the services under the direction of Soward Funeral Home, New Boston, OH. Survivors include five daughters, Mrs. Lora Hickman, Mrs. Sarah Swan, Mrs. Mary Lester, Mrs. Ruby Boyd and Mrs. Lula Lyons, and two sons, John Robert of Columbus and Ernest of Fairborn and two brothers, Monroe and John Daniels, McDowell, KY. Big Sandy News, July 24, 1952

 

MOORE, Jerry B.

Death came July 14 to Jerry B. Moore, 68,a native of Lawrence County, from a heart attack. He was living at Thealka at the time of his death. A member of the Freewill Baptist Church, he had lived in Louisa and Ashland prior to his death, and was a retired carpenter. Funeral services were conducted here last Wednesday at the Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Scott Griffith officiating. Burial was in the Moore Cemetery under the direction of Paintsville Funeral Home. Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Cora Miller Moore; two sons, Rudolph and Jesse, both of Columbus, four daughters, Mrs. Guy VanHoose, Tutor Key, Mrs. Robert Gels and Mrs. Lawrence Criner, Columbus, and Lou Ella Moore, Louisa; two brothers, H.K. Moore, Louisa and Dors Moore, of Springfield, OH. Big Sandy News, July 24, 1952

 

PIGG, Virgil R.

1874-1952

Virgil R. Pigg, 77, of Louisa, route 3, died at 2 a.m. Tuesday at his home after an illness of one year. He was born November 7, 1874, at Busseyville, a son of the late J. W. and Elizabeth Pigg. He married the former Miss Jennie Salter 37 years ago and was a retired farmer and carpenter. Survivors include the widow, tow daughters, Miss Imogene Pigg at home and Mrs. Bert Manthey of Hayward, CA; one son, Virgil Ray Pigg, Jr. of Pontiac, MI; one brother, Arbie Pigg of Louisa and two grandchildren. The body is at the Curtright Funeral Home pending funeral arrangements. Big Sandy News, July 10, 1952

 

STUART, Paul Wallace

Funeral services were conducted Monday at the Fallsburg Methodist Church for one of Louisa High School's most popular 1951 graduates. Paul Wallace Stuart, met death early Saturday morning when the motorcycle he was riding failed to make a curve and crashed head-on into a tree, killing him almost instantly. The accident was discovered by State Police Cpl. Farris Bradley. Young Stuart was a member of the Future Farmers of America, Louisa, Chapter, and was active in all extra-curricular activities at the high school here. A member of Fallsburg Methodist Church, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Stuart, and lived at home. Officiating at the funeral were Rev. Fred Vanhorn and Rev. Grant Raines. The body lay in state at Young Funeral Home until Sunday afternoon where an almost continuous line of friends and relatives filed through. Burial was in the Hutchinson Cemetery at Dennis, under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Services included the parents; one sister, Katherine June Stuart, Ashland; one brother, Bennie Joe Stuart, at home; the paternal grandfather, C. B. Stuart, Oldtown, KY and the maternal grandmother, Mrs. Maggie Hutchinson, Dennis. Big Sandy News, July 10, 1952

 

TILLMAN, Kate (Banks)

1878-1952

Friends and relatives here received word this week of the death Tuesday of Mrs. Kate Tillman. Mrs. Tillman, a former Louisa resident, died at the home of a son, where she had been living for about 8 years. She was the widow of the late Lewis Tillman. Arrangements are incomplete, but the funeral will be held from Curtright Funeral Home and interment in Pine Hill Cemetery. Big Sandy News, July 24, 1952

 

Funeral services for Mrs. Katie B. Tillman, who died Tuesday of last week, were conducted Thursday at the Curtright Funeral Home by the Rev. J. C. Hager, pastor of the Louisa Baptist Church. Burial was in Pine Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Tillman was born June 14, 1878, in Lawrence County, a daughter of the late Captain James A. and Lucretia Thompson Banks. She was a member of the Louisa Baptist Church . Her husband, Lewis E. Tillman, died in 1928. Additional survivors include one sister, Mrs. H.B. Kates of Vanceburg, KY; one brother, the Rev. J. A. Banks of Rush, KY; one son, L. E. Tillman of Ashland, KY, two grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, July 31, 1952

 

TRAVIS, Hester Ann (Pack)

1869-1952

Death came to Mrs. Hester Ann Travis ?????at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Bert Childers, Monday, July 1, at 7:05 p.m. near Busseyville, KY, route 1, where she had resided for the past 15 years. She formerly lived at Wilbur, KY. She was born at Charley, KY, June 13, 1869. She was 83 years and 18 days old and the widow of Joseph Travis, who passed away in 1937. A daughter of the late George and Delila Moore Pack. She was a member of the United Baptist Church for 45 years. Funeral services were held today at 2 p.m. at the Curtright Funeral Home with the Rev. Gallie Isaac, officiating. Interment was made in the C. C. Hayes Cemetery at Mattie, KY. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Bert Childers, Route 1, Louisa, Mrs. Charles Eversole of Plain City, OH, Mrs. S. M. Bayes of Ashland, three sons, Millard Travis, Dayton, OH, Dewey Travis, Rosedale, OH, and Ora Travis, South Charleston, OH; 29 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, July 3, 1952

 

TURNER, Frankie

Funeral services will be conducted today (Thursday) at 2 p.m. for Mrs. Frankie Lee Turner, who died July 22, after serious concussion and other injuries received Friday in an auto crash. Services will be conducted at the Curtright Funeral Home with the Rev. J. C. Hager in charge. Burial will be in the Pine Hill Cemetery under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Mrs. Turner, a member of the ??? Church, had lived in Irvin........and was a native of Augusta, GA. She was 51 years of age. Survivors include her husband, Willie Turner, Jacksonville, FL and two cousins, Mrs. Mattie Perry and Mrs. Ida Bright, Philadelphia, PA. Big Sandy News, July 24, 1952

 

WELLMAN, Ira

1874-1952

Dr. Ira Wellman, age 78, died at his home, 414 Burns Street, Thursday at 9:35 p.m. after two years of illness. Dr. Wellman was graduated from the Louisville School of Medicine and had been a practicing physician in Louisa for 42 years. He was born at Fort Gay, WV March 6, 1874, a son of the late Atwell and Permelia Peters Wellman. He moved to Louisa as a baby and lived here almost all of his life. He had been a member of the Louisa Christian Church for 52 years. He married Lillian Caperton 57 years ago. Besides his widow, he is survived by three daughters, Mrs. W. B. smith of Coalwood, WV, Mrs. Tom Page of Louisa and Mrs. Edd Crum of Fort Gay; one brother, Charter B. Wellman of Louisa; nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the Louisa Christian Church with the Rev. Carl Hall officiating. Burial was in Pine Hill Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, July 31, 1952

 

WELLS, Fred

1915-1952

Death came late Tuesday to Fred Wells, 36, so of Sam and the late Rachel Wheeler Wells, Blaine, after an illness of more than three months. He was living at Ashland and employed by Ashland Oil. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 10:30 at the resident of his father near Blaine, with Rev. Alfred Chandler and Rev. Jarrett Cordle officiating. Arrangements are being handled by Carmen Funeral Home of Ashland. A veteran of four years navy service during World War II, he was a member of the United Baptist Church. He had been with the Ashland Oil Company for six years. The body was brought from Ashland today (Thursday) to the home of his wife's parents, C. S. Phillips, at Blaine. Friday it will be taken to the home of his father, Sam Wells, on Hood. Survivors, besides the father, include the widow, Mrs. Evelyn Phillips Wells; two sisters, Dixie Mae and Rebecca Le Wells both of Ashland, and four brothers, Russell, Homer, Charles and Ben.  Big Sandy News, July 31, 1952

 

WHEELER, Grover Kay

Grover Kay Wheeler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Escom Wheeler of Bylas, AZ, passed away Saturday, May 24 at the Stafford Inn Hospital, after an illness of about a year. He was 2 years, 10 months and 7 days of age at the time of his passing. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Escom Wheeler; one sister, Suzane, age 5, of Bylas, where they live; his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Alice Maloy of Stafford, AZ; his paternal grandfather, Kay Wheeler, Louisa, KY. Funeral services were conducted at Pima Ward Church with Bishop Elbert Alder officiating. Burial was in Pima Cemetery. Big Sandy News, July 3, 1952

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BOOTHE, Jencie (Ratcliffe)

1893-1952

Mrs. Jencie Ratcliff Boothe, 59, of Patrick, KY died Thursday at her home. Funeral services were conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Missionary Baptist Church at Patrick by the Rev. Charles Lemaster and the Rev. Earl Meade. Burial was in the Ratcliff Cemetery at Patrick.  Mrs. Boothe was born April 11, 1893, at Denver, KY, a daughter of the late John and Sarah Ward Ratcliff. She had been a member of the Freewill Baptist Church for 32 years. Survivors include the husband, Charles Boothe, three sons, Russell, Clell and Bobby J. Boothe at home; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Belle Meade of Richardson, KY and Mrs. Mae Runyons of Lovely, KY and four brothers, Burns, Bernard and Bascom Ratcliff of Patrick and Ray Ratcliff of Van Lear, KY. The Curtright Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, August 21, 1952

 

BURGESS, Gordon C.

1886-1952

Gordon C. Burgess, 65, died suddenly of a heart attack last week at his home in Dayton, TN. Mr. Burgess, a native of Richardson, Lawrence County, KY, was a son of the late Edward and Victoria Burgess. He was a retired railway telegraph operator for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Co. having been employed for 35 years. The family moved from Ashland to Dayton about six months ago. Funeral services were conducted Monday at 2:30 p.m. at Dayton. Burial was in a Dayton Cemetery. Surviving re the widow, Mrs. Ella Hinkle Burgess, a daughter Betty Jane Burgess, at home, and three brothers, H. C. Burgess, Louisa, KY, Clyde Burgess, Patrick, KY and Charley Burgess, Ohio. Big Sandy News, August 7, 1952

 

ELSWICK, Gena (Riffe)

1872-1952

Mrs. Gena Elswick, 79, 3707 Louisa Road, Catlettsburg, died in King's Daughters' Hospital at 9:45 Friday night after an illness of four weeks. A resident of Boyd County for 36 years, Mrs. Elswick was born September 1, 1872 in Lawrence County, a daughter of John P. and Elizabeth Barrett Riffe. Funeral services were conducted Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Catlettsburg Methodist Church with the Rev. R. S. Derifield, the Rev. O. U. Kays and the Rev. Edmon Life of Parkersburg, WV officiating. Burial was in the Buckley Cemetery in Lawrence County. Pallbearers were Russell Kinner, Howard Stumbo, Paul Bocook, Buell Kennedy, Joe Sutton and Paul Kennard. Surviving are the husband, John Elswick, three sons, Denver Elswick, Ashland, Fred Elswick, Athens, OH and Frank Elswick, Columbus, OH, a brother, Billy Riffe, Louisa; two sisters, Mrs. Addie Neikirk, Nelsonville, OH, and Mrs. W. A. Nichols, Silver Springs, MD, 16 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, August 14, 1952

 

GARTIN, Mary Katherine

1952-1952

Mary Katherine Gartin, two hour hold daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charley Gartin of Martha, KY, died Friday August 15, at 5 a.m. in a Louisa hospital. Funeral services were conducted Monday, August 18, at 2 p.m. at the home of an aunt, Mrs. L. T. Sparks, with the Rev. Willie Sparks officiating. Burial was in the Gartin Cemetery at Blaine. Survivors besides the parents are one sister, Stella Lucille Gartin,  at home, the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Sparks, Martha; the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gartin, Sr., Blaine, KY. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, August 21, 1952

 

HAMPTON, William H. (Boss)

1880-1952

William H. (Boss) Hampton, 72, a trucker, died Monday at his home in Ashland, following an illness of four months. Mr. Hampton, a resident of Ashland for 46 years, was born May 12, 1880, in Lawrence County, KY, a son of William Henry and Anna Hatfield Hampton. He was a member of the Twenty-first Street Tabernacle. The body was removed to the John Steen Funeral Home pending completion of funeral arrangements. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Naomi Hatfield Hampton, a son, John Hampton, Ashland, two daughters, Mrs. Cora Coss, Columbus, OH, and Mrs. Alexi Boyles, Ashland; a brother, Coon Hampton, Ironton, OH; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, August 7, 1952

 

HOLT, Lee Roy

Lee Roy Holt, age 9 months, 25 days, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Holt of Genoa, WV died August 18, 3 a.m. in a Louisa hospital. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday August 19, at the home of the parents and burial was made in the Jackson Cemetery at Genoa, under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Survivors besides the parents, are twin brother, Johnny Charles Holt, at home and the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Thompson, Genoa and Mr. Lee Holt, Oak Ridge, TN. Big Sandy News, August 21, 1952

 

JACKSON, John B.

John B. Jackson, a farmer and lumberman, age 61 years, who had lived near Fort Gay, WV, died in a Huntington hospital, after an illness of 23 days. He was born near Fort Gay and was the son of the ate W. H. Jackson and Rinda Robertson Jackson. He was married to Mrs. Laura Thompson 41 years ago. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, August 18, at 2 p.m. at the Rush Baptist Church with the Revs. Carmi Webb, Carmi Crabtree and Rev. Johnson officiating. He had been a member of the Baptist Church for 20 years. He is survived by his wife; six daughters, Mrs. Woodrow Crabtree, Genoa, WV, Mrs. Wayne Kitts, Mrs. Burgess Thompson, Mrs. arlos Jackson, all of Fort Gay, WV, Mrs. Ben Norvick, Norvich, CT, Mrs. Jimmie Mullins, Norvich, CT; two sons, Willie Jackson of Fort Gay, and John B. Jackson, Jr. of Cleveland, OH; six sisters, Mrs. Amos Wilson of Radnor, WV, Mrs. Olvie Selbee, Portsmouth, OH, Mrs. Vinson Trosper, Genoa, Mrs. Bill Robertson, Fort Gay, Mrs. Jim ilson, Gnoa, Mrs. John Thompson, Genoa, three brothers, Albert, Walter and Dewey Jackson, all of Fort Gay, route 2, and 22 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, August 28, 1952

 

JOHNS, Lockie (Damron)

1892-1952

Mrs. Lockie Damron Johns, 60, of Louisa, died suddenly Saturday morning while visiting at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Ernest White of Columbus, OH. Mrs. Johns was the widow of Mart Johns, who died in October 1948. She was born April 7, 1892, in Lawrence County, a daughter of the late John and Claudia Frazier Damron. She was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church in Louisa. Surviving in addition to the daughter, are another daughter, Mrs. Roy Adkins of Canton, OH; two sons, Charles H. Johns of Louisa and Clyde E. Johns of route 3, Louisa; seven sisters, Mrs. H. H. Mays of Lexington, Mrs. John Burton of Irad, KY, Mrs. Con Carter of Peach Creek, WV, Mrs. Conrad Stowers of Beckley, WV and Mrs. Estill Thompson, Mrs. W. B. Curnutte and Mrs. Jarrett Peters of Louisa; two brothers, John B. Damron of route 1, Louisa, and Lucien Damron of Peach Creek; 12 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral services were held Monday at the Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. W. S. Boggs and Rev. Hood Wallin officiating. Interment was in Pinehill Cemetery under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, August 21, 1952

 

JUSTICE, E. H.

1867-1952

E. H. Justice, 85, of 2447 Hoods Creek Pike, died last Thursday at the home of a son, Homer Justice, Bellefonte, following an illness of eight months. A farmer and retired Armco policeman, he was born April 25, 1867, in Lawrence County, KY, a son of William and Sarah Robinson Justice. He had been a resident of Boyd County for 32 years, and was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving are another son, O. E. Justice, Ashland, three daughters, Mrs. Robert Rose, Westwood, Mr. Essie Horton and Mrs. W. N. Maddox, Ashland; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Mullins, Wurtland, Mrs. Malinda Mullins and Mrs. Chloe Hunnicutt, Ashland, a half brother, James Pennington, Winston-Salem, NC; 11 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, August 14, 1952

 

LAMBERT, Betty Lee

Betty Lee Lambert, 17 months old daughter of Georgia Lee Lambert, died at the home of her grandfather, George W. Lambert, Glenwood, KY Monday following an illness of one week. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday at the Glenwood Baptist Church with the Rev. J. C. Hager officiating. Burial was in the Lambert Cemetery. The body was removed from Curtright Funeral Home to the grandfather's residence at 3 p.m. Tuesday. Surviving are the mother; a brother, Glen E. Lambert, at home, and the grandfather. Big Sandy News, August 7, 1952

 

PHILLIPS, George W.

1872-1952

George W. Phillips, 79, retired farmer and postmaster at Mazie, KY for several years, died at 1:30 a.m. Saturday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Nelson Boggs, route 1, Louisa, following an extended illness. Mr. Phillips was born near Blaine, KY, December 25, 1872, a son of John and Elizabeth Dickerson Phillips. He was a member of the Baptist Church. Funeral services were conducted Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Elizabeth Church at Martha, KY with the Rev. Emerson Collier and the Rev. Willie Sparks officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Surviving are four other daughters, Mrs. Pearlie Hay, Martha, Mrs. Earl Skaggs and Mrs. Donald Bohlin, Plain City, OH, and Mrs. Quentin Wheeler, Milford Center, OH; four sons, Noah and Ambros Phillips, Plain City, OH, Herbert and Jim Phillips, Martha, 43 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, August 14, 1952

 

RIGGS, Wayne

1871-1952

Wayne Riggs, 80, retired farmer, died at 11:50 Thursday, August 7 at the home of a daughter, Mrs. C. W. Troutwein, Echo, WV. Mr. Riggs was born at Buffalo, WV, September 4, 1871, a son of Moses and Nancy Christian Riggs. He was a member of the Greenbrier Baptist Church for 63 years. Funeral services were conducted Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Greenbrier Baptist Church with the Rev. John dean and the Rev. Carmie Crabtree officiating. Burial was in the Crabtree Hill Cemetery. The body was removed from the Curtright Funeral Home to the home of another daughter, Mrs. J. J. Copley, rout 1, Fort Gay, WV, on Greenbrier Creek at 2 p.m. Saturday. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Lucian Jackson, Delaware, OH, Mrs. Isaac Cyrus and Mrs. Herman Copley, Rittman, OH and Mrs. Fred Brown, Barberton, OH, a son, Clarence Riggs, Wadsworth, OH, 33 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, August 14, 1952

 

SKAGGS, Noah F.

Noah Farmer Skaggs, 74, Portsmouth, OH, former resident of Elliott and Lawrence counties, died Saturday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Earl Weaver at Farmers Landing, Fleming County. Death came suddenly of a stroke while he was in Fleming County to attend a family reunion. He was a son of John and Frances Dials Skaggs, pioneer citizens of the head of the Blaine section of Lawrence County. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday at Mazie with Rev. Herman Ross officiating, and interment was in the family cemetery in Elliott County. Big Sandy News, August 28, 1952

 

SMITH, Richard Haden

1951-1952

Richard Haden Smith, 16 months old son of Doranta H. and Dorothy Rigsby Smith of Mechanicsburg, OH, formerly of Skaggs, KY, died at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday in a Louisa hospital. Graveside funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at the Rigsby Cemetery at Terryville, KY by the Rev. Robie Ferguson. Additional survivors include one brother, Archie Dale Smith at home, the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Powell Smith of Milo, KY and the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ivory Rigsby of Skaggs. The body was taken to the home of the maternal grandparents, Wednesday. Curtright Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, August 21, 1952

 

THOMPSON, Russell W.

1920-1952

Russell W. Thompson, 32, machinist and construction worker of Kenova, WV, a former resident of Sydney, WV, died Sunday in the Veteran Hospital at Huntington, following an extended illness. Mr. Thompson, a veteran of World War II, was born May 29, 1920, at Sydney, a son of Mrs. Belle Farley Thompson and the late Henry Thompson, He was a member of the Methodist Church and the DAV. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Hopewell Methodist Church on Joel Branch near Sydney with the Rev. U. S. Pinson and the Rev. Carmie Webb officiating. Burial was in the Smith Cemetery at Sydney. Military rites were conducted at the graveside. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Mamie Crockett Thompson; two daughters, Laura Jane and Sharon Jean, at home; a son, Russell Allen, at home; two sisters, Mrs. W. L. Scott, Huntington, and Mrs. Odell Ailiff, Columbus, OH, and four other brothers, Earl, Huntington, Ford, Wayne, WV, Glenn, Welch, WV and Foley, Sydney. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, August 21, 1952

 

TURNER, Emily Wood (Northup)

Death came early Wednesday morning to Mrs. Emily Wood Northup Turner, 72, after an illness of about five months. She died shortly after midnight at her home at 104 Main Street. The daughter of the late J. H. and Emma Wood Northup, she was born in Louisa, and had lived here 55 years. She spent 15 years at Winchester and 2 years at Lexington. Her father, was a pioneer in the railroad industry here and is credited with the responsibility of bringing the railroad to the Big Sandy Valley. A member of the Hart Chapter of the DAR, Winchester, she transferred her membership here and became a charter member of the Louisa Chapter. She was a member of the Episcopal Church for 60 years. Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 2 p.m. from the home with arrangements handled by the Curtright Funeral Home. Burial will be in Pinehill Cemetery. Friends were requested to omit flowers. The body is at the home where friends may call. Her husband, the late John McLeod Turner died in 1949. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Thomas W. Fieger, Louisville, KY, one son, John M. Turner, Jr., Louisa, KY, one granddaughter, Mary Northup Fieger; one grandson, Thomas William Fieger;  and one sister, Mrs. Phoebe Russell, Ashland, KY. Big Sandy News, August 21, 1952

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BRADLEY, Jackie

1942-1952

Jackie Bradley, nine year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Solomon Bradley of Busseyville, this county, died of polio at 2 a.m. Saturday at the Morris Memorial Hospital for Crippled Children at Milton, WV after an illness of six weeks. Private funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at the home by the Rev. S. B. Ball. Burial was in the family cemetery nearby. Surviving in addition to the parents are three brothers, Gomer Lee, Homer and Johnny Bradley, all at home, and the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe Fugate of route 1, Louisa. Jackie was born at Louisa on November 8, 1942 and had lived in Louisa, Price and Busseyville. Funeral services were under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, September 4, 1952

 

DAMRON, Obie R.

Obie R. Damron, 29, of Glenhayes, Wayne County, WV, was fatally injured Saturday when he leaped from a loaded coal truck that was about to crash into a ditch and was run over by a wheel of the vehicle. The accident occurred at about 11 a.m.  about five miles north of Crum and Damron died at 2 p.m. in a Williamson hospital. It was reported that an axle of the truck he was driving had broken and fearing the vehicle would plunge into a ditch and overturn on him, he leaped, but he fell beneath a rear wheel. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Glenhayes church by the Rev. Ballard Copley and the Rev. G. C. Little. Burial was in the family cemetery at Glenhayes. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Damron was a son of the late George Floyd Damron and Mrs. Alice Little Damron, who survives. He also leaves his wife, Mrs. Aldwilda Ellis Damron; a son, David Allen, at home, four sisters, Mrs. Park Jordan and Mrs. E. A. Jeffords of Huntington, Mrs. Bert Hutchinson of Kenova route q, and Mrs. Jack Losee of Miami, FL and a brother, Corporal George Floyd Damron, Jr., with the Army at Harrisburg, PA. Big Sandy News, September 18, 1952

 

DANIELS, Lou (Daniel)

1875-1952

Mrs. Lou Daniels, 77, of Red Jacket, WV, died Saturday evening in a Williamson hospital after a two month illness, was buried in Pine Hill Cemetery following funeral services Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Georges Creek United Baptist Church with the Rev. F. F. Frisby, the Rev. Leonard Walters, and the Rev. Flem Arrowood officiating. She was born at River, KY, February 5, 1875, the daughter of the late Flem and Mary Jane Brown Daniels. She was a member of Georges Creek United Baptist Church for 58 years. Survivors include five daughters, Mrs. Stella Ball and Mrs. Edgar Blankenship, both of Red Jacket, Mrs. Harm Keathley of Taylorsville, Mrs. Roy Browning of Warrencliff, and Mrs. Russell Gardner of Terra Haute, IN; four sons, Flem of Louisa, Newt of West Union, OH, Walter of Stone, KY, and Fred Daniels, Jr., of Red Jacket; one sisters, Mrs. Mary Arrowood of Wayne; two brothers, James Daniels of Lowmansville, KY and Luther Daniels of River, KY, 58 grandchildren and 36 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, September 18, 1952

 

 

FYFFE, Lula (Fyffe)

1899-1952

A former Louisa resident, Mrs. Lula Fyffe, 63, died Tuesday of last week in a Mansfield, OH hospital. She had been making her home in that city. Mrs. Fyffe was born January 27, 1899, at Flat Gap, KY and was a daughter of the late Jack and Mollie Lemaster Fyffe. Her husband, Harry Fyffe, preceded her in death several years ago. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. funeral services were conducted Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Curtright Funeral Home with the Rev. J. C. Hager officiating. Burial was made in the See Cemetery, route 2, Louisa. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Henry Adams of Perrysville, OH; one son, Marida Fyffe of Mansfield, three sisters, Miss Rose Fyffe of Perrysville, Mrs. Laura Lyons, Westerville, OH, and Mrs. Harrison Estep of Waverly, OH; one brother, Marida Fyffe of Chillicothe, OH and six grandchildren. Big Sandy News, September 25, 1952

 

HUGHES, Charles Blaine

1885-1952

Charles Blaine Hughes, 66, livestock dealer and former deputy sheriff of Lawrence County, died Thursday of last week at his home in Webbville, KY. Born November 7, 1885, he was a son of Noah and Bethenia Benty Hughes. Funeral services were conducted Saturday at 2 p.m. at the residence with the Rev. J. C. Hager and the Rev. Jack Perry officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery in Webbville. Surviving are the wife, Mrs. Slyvania Walsh Hughes; four daughters, Mrs. Jay Chaffin, Whitman, WV, Mrs. Hubert Bays and Mrs. Paul Thompson, Webbville and Mrs. Joe Segraves, Leon, KY, four sons, Virgil Hughes, Logan, WV, Charles Hughes, Elyria, OH, Walter Hughes of Ashland, KY and Sgt. Oscar June Hughes, Fort Knox, KY; two sisters, Mrs. Pearl Shuff and Mrs. Jennie Perdue, Huntington, WV and 14 grandchildren. Funeral services were under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, September 4, 1952

 

JARRELL, Mont

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday at the Pratt Cemetery on route 2, Fort Gay for Pvt. Mont Jarrell, who died July 2 in fighting in North Korea. Pvt. Jarrell entered service in January of 1951 and went overseas in June of 1951. He had been in Korea 8 months at the time of his death. Prior to entering the service, he was employed as a punch press operator for Westinghouse at Mansfield, OH. The body will arrive here today (Thursday) and will remain at Curtright funeral Home until Friday afternoon when they will take it to the home of James A. Gilliam on route 2. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Willard Jarrell, Shelby, OH, formerly of Fort Gay, route 2, he is survived by both and two sisters, Mrs. Lovell Stallard, Mansfield, and Miss June Jarrell of Shelby, OH; two brothers, Homer at home and Daniel, with the Army at Fort Knox. His grandfather, J. A. Gilliam and a grandmother, Mrs. Pollie Hardwick, also survive. Funeral services under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home, will be conducted by Rev. H. S. Porter with the American Legion Post at Fort Gay conducting graveside rites. Big Sandy News, September 11, 1952

 

LESTER, Rufus

1868-1952

Rufus Lester, 84, retired farmer and former superintendent of Wayne County, WV County schools, died at midnight Thursday at the home of a son, Harry Lester, route 1, Fort Gay, WV following an illness of several years. A member of the West Virginia House of Delegates from 1933-34, he was born in Wayne County, November 2, 1868, a son of James P. and Sarah H. Moore Lester. He was a member of the Greenbrier Baptist Church. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Mt. Vernon Church with the Rev. Henry Mullins officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery. Surviving are the son, a daughter, Mrs. Claude L. Matthews, Huntington, 7 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Funeral services were under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, September 4, 1952

 

RAMEY, Dora (Woods)

1880-1952

Mrs. Dora Ramey, 71, formerly of Genoa, Wayne County, WV, died Friday at her home at New Jasper, OH, after an illness of five months. Mrs. Ramey had lived at New Jasper for the past six years. She was the widow of Ed M. Ramey who died in 1943, and was born in Martin County, KY, November 13, 1880, daughter of Andrew and Ann Skeen Woods. She was a member of the Genoa Christian Church. The body was brought to the Curtright Funeral Home here Saturday night at 9 p.m. Rites were conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Genoa Christian Church, with burial in Curnutte Cemetery at Genoa. Surviving her are three daughters, Mrs. Herbert Perry, New Jasper, Miss Gladys Ramey, New Jasper and Mrs. Robert Bird, Xenia, OH; one son, Elwood Ramey, New Jasper; three sisters, Mrs. Martha Ramey, Cadmus, KY, Mrs. Ben Ramey, Portsmouth, OH and Mrs. Nora Blankenship, Sciotoville, OH and one brother, John Woods, Zelda, KY. Big Sandy News, September 18, 1952

 

SCARBERRY, George

George Scarberry, 86 of Georges Creek, 14 miles from Louisa, was found shot to death at his home shortly after noon Saturday and Lawrence County Coroner L. Byron Young returned a verdict of suicide. Scarberry, a native of Johnson County, KY, had a fatal gunshot wound of the neck. A grandson, Everett Grayson, 21, found the body after going to the home when neighbors said the aged man had not been seen for two days. A 12 gauge shot gun was found beside the body.  Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at Belle's Chapel by the Rev. Bird Welch. Burial was in the Preston Cemetery. He was the son of the late William and Rachel Carter Scarberry and a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Lace Grayson of Georges Creek and Mrs. Ina Scarberry of Ashland, four sons, William H. Scarberry of Catlettsburg, Albert Scarberry of Buchanan, KY, Ed Scarberry, Circleville, OH and Heston Scarberry of Beaver Creek, KY; a sister Mrs. Sarah Edwards of Ireland, OH and a brother, Jake Scarberry of Ireland, OH. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, September 11, 1952

 

WHEELER, Emory E.

1887-1952

Emory E. Wheeler, 65, a native of Lawrence County, died September 5 in an Elmhurst, IL hospital after an illness of one month. Wheeler had lived in Ashland for 23 years before moving to Elmhurst four years ago. He was born at Blaine, a son of the late Isaac and Susan Terry Wheeler. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Ashland and Hampton Lodge, F &AM at Catlettsburg. Surviving him are the widow, Mrs. Effie Job Wheeler; two sons, Emory E. Wheeler, Jr., of Elmnhurst and William C. (Dutch) Wheeler of Ashland, the stepmother, Mrs. Ruth Wheeler of Blaine; eight brothers, Celcus and Frank Wheeler of Ashland, Ora Wheeler of Toledo, OH, Ova Wheeler, South Point, OH, Esky Wheeler, Raceland, KY, Espy Wheeler, Dayton, OH and George and Burnso Wheeler, Blaine and two sisters, Mrs. Clarence Craft, Ashland and Mrs. Ina Lester, South Point. Big Sandy News, September 11, 1952

 

WHITLEY, Caroline (Wellman)

1847-1952

Mrs. Caroline Whitley, who lacked only three months and a half of reaching her 105th birthday, died Friday night September 5 at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Roscoe Skaggs at Roscoe, Elliott County, with whom she had lived for 33 years. Mrs. Whitley observed her 104th birthday quietly last December 30. Born at Busseyville, Lawrence county, KY, on December 30, 1847, she was a daughter of pioneer Eastern Kentucky citizens, John and Hannah Corder Wellman. Her mother came from Burks Garden, VA and died when Caroline was 13 years old, leaving the young girl to help her father care for the old home and 13 other children. She was a member of the United Baptist Church and often rode horseback for many miles to attend services when she was able. On her 104th birthday a news reporter asked her what was her secret for a long life. She said she had always eaten her meals leisurely and chewed her food thoroughly. She added she had always kept busy and rarely worried about things. She never smoked, either, she said. Her six living children are :Noah, 77, Mrs. Roscoe Skaggs of Roscoe, KY, 62, Mrs. Rachel Mosley, 73, Mrs. Cora Skaggs and Henry Whitley, 64, of Sciotoville, OH and Bert, 66, of Twisp, WA. Big Sandy News, September 18, 1952

 

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OCTOBER

ADAMS, B. E.

B. E. Adams, Sr., a former resident of Louisa, died at 12:15 p.m. Monday at his home, Carondalet Avenue, New Orleans, LA. Mr. Adams went to Ashland in 1922 and organized the Ashland Candy Co., retiring in 1937. Earlier he had organized and promoted the Lobaco Company here. Funeral services were conducted at St. Stephens Catholic Church in New Orleans. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Maude Shaw Adams, a son, Dr. B. E. Adams, Jr., a daughter, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Connick, New Orleans, and several brothers and sisters, who reside in Atlanta, GA. Big Sandy News, October 2, 1952

 

AKERS, Hartford

1900-1952

Hartford L. Akers, 52, of Louisa, died last Thursday in a Huntington hospital of an illness contracted during his long imprisonment by the Japanese during World War II. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at the home of a brother, Mack Akers of George's Creek, KY by the Rev. J. C. Hager and the Rev. Charles Perry. Burial was in the Akers Cemetery at Georges Creek. Graveside rites were conducted by the W. O. Johnson Post 89 of the American Legion. Akers was born October 6, 1900, at Richardson, KY, a son of Mrs. Rilda Preston Akers of Louisa, and the late James W. Akers. He enlisted in the Navy in 1917, and served continuously through 1946. He was taken prisoner by the Japanese in 1942, and was in a prison camp in Japan for 37 months. During his term in service, he was awarded the World War I Victory ribbon, Purple Heart, Good Conduct ribbon, American Defense ribbon, Philippine Liberation ribbon, Yangtze Service ribbon, the China Service ribbon, the Distinguished Unit Citation and the World War II Victory Medal. He was a member of the W. O. Johnson Post 89 of the American Legion. He had been a patient in the hospital for 13 months. Additional survivors include three sisters, Mrs. George Brown of Prestonsburg, KY, Mrs. George Hill and Mrs. Edward Elble of Cincinnati, OH; three other brothers, G. P. Akers of Circleville, OH, J. W. Akers, Jr. of Stone, KY and R. T. Akers of Louisa and two nieces and 10 nephews. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, October 16, 1952

 

 

BOWEN, Joe Mitchell

1952-1952

Joe Mitchell Bowen, month old son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Bowen, route 1, Fort Gay, was claimed by death Wednesday morning after a five hours illness. Graveside rites will be conducted Friday at the Billups Gap Cemetery on route 1, Fort Gay, under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Survivors include the parents, two brothers, grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Chris Bowen, Fort Gay and Mrs. Effie Price, Huntington. Big Sandy News, October 2, 1952

 

CAREY, William Andrew

1897-1952

William Andrew Carey, 55, of Auburn, IN, formerly of Louisa, died Thursday of last week at his home after suffering a heart attack. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at the Curtright Funeral Home. Burial was in Pinehill Cemetery. Mr. Carey was born February 24, 1897, at Louisa, a son of Ulysses Carey of Louisa, and the late Lutie Wilson Carey. He was formerly a dispatcher for the Chesapeake  & Ohio Railway Co., here and for the past eight years had been employed as chief of dispatchers for the Baltimore & Ohio Railway Co.,  at Gary. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Railway Dispatchers, the Methodist Church of Louisa, and was a veteran of World War I. Additional survivors include the widow, Mrs. Marie Roberts Carey, six daughters, Mrs. J. E. Adams of Denver, CO, Mrs. Horace Land and Miss Ina Marie Carey of Cadmus, KY, Mrs. Robert Holbrook of Morehead, KY, Mrs. Gerald Kelley of Detroit and Miss Sue Carey of Hazard, KY; two sons, Lyss J. Carey of Denver and Jack Carey of Cadmus; one sister, Mrs. C. R. Ratcliff of Rush, KY, and 12 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, October 23, 1952

 

CHILDERS, Simon

1872-1952

Simon Childers, 81, a farmer of Lowmansville, KY, died in a local hospital at 6:20 p.m. Wednesday of last week after an illness of about one week. He was born at Richardson, KY March 11, 1871, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Bill Childers. His wife, Mary Wiley Childers, died in 1935. He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Funeral services were conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Walnut Grove Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. Bird Webb and the Rev. Charley Young officiating. Burial was in the Ira Borders Cemetery at Ulysses. Surviving him are one daughter, Mrs. Edgel Pack, Marysville, OH, five sons, Ballard Childers, Campbellsville, KY, Russell Childers, Fort Worth, TX, Richard Childers, Camp Pickett, VA and Walter and Ross Childers, Putney, WV. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, October 23, 1952

 

COOK, Glen Edgar

1952-1952

Glen Edgar Cook, 2 ay old son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Cook, route 4, died Tuesday morning at 5:30 a.m. Graveside funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon with Young Funeral Home in charge. Survivors include the parents, one sisters, two brothers, grandparents, Mrs. Rhoda Maynard, route 1, Louisa, and Mr. and Mrs. Troy Lemaster, route 4, Louisa. Big Sandy News, October 2, 1952

 

COPLEY, Brida

Death came early Wednesday morning to Miss Brida Copley, 72, at the home of Mrs. Bertha Moore at Adams, after an illness of one week. A daughter of the late Rev. Billie Copley, Miss Copley had lived all her life at Adams. She is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Bertha Prince, Adams, Mrs. Corilda Chaffin, Ashland, and Mrs. Julia Adkins route 1. She was a member of the Methodist Church. Funeral services were scheduled for today (Thursday) at 2 p.m. in the Dry Ridge Church with the Rev. S. B. Ball in charge. Arrangements were under the direction of Young Funeral Home and interment was in the Berry Cemetery at Adams. Big Sandy News, October 23, 1952

 

GILKERSON, Fred

1879-1952

Fred Gilkerson, 73, a retired farmer and native of Prichard, WV, died Wednesday morning of last week at 10:15 a.m. at the home of his son, Rolan B. Gilkerson of Prichard, following an illness of more than three years. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. at the Shiloh Methodist Church, Shiloh, WV with the Rev. Roy Bellomy and the Rev. William Hopson officiating. Burial was in the Hatton Cemetery at Shiloh. Gilkerson was born January 20, 1879, in Prichard, a son of the late John and Mary McSorley Gilkerson. His wife, Mrs. Mary Burke Gilkerson, died in 1951. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge at White's Creek, WV and the Methodist Church. Surviving in addition to the one son and a brother, Wade Gilkerson of Prichard, are a stepdaughter, Mrs. Georgia Stewart, Buchanan, KY and four stepsons, Jay Hatten, Prichard, Strother and Val Hatten of Ashland and Noah Hatten of Portsmouth, OH, four grandchildren also survive. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, October 9, 1952

 

GILKERSON, Grace

A Prichard, WV route 2 family was motherless and homeless yesterday in the wake of a fire which occurred on Monday. Mrs. Grace Gilkerson, 45, of Prichard, route 2, died Monday night in a Kenova hospital of burns suffered when the home caught fire and was destroyed. Neighbors at Prichard said Mrs. Gilkerson arose early Monday to get breakfast. She was attempting to start a coal fire with kerosene. Instead of using a small can for the purpose, she poured the kerosene from a five gallon can. the large quantity of kerosene ignited, enveloped the woman in flames and set the house of fire. The other members of the family were still in bed. The husband, Henry Gilkerson and a son, Mike Gilerkson about 17, were burned about the arms as they escaped from the burning home, carrying the fatally burned woman. Surviving are the husband, Henry Gilkerson; four daughters, Mrs. Mary June Shannon of Catlettsburg, and Hazel Fern, Sheila Kay and Flora Leigh Gilkerson, at home; two sons, Mike Donald and Pat Henry Gilkerson, at home; the mother, Mrs. Flora Robinette of Fort Gay; three sisters, Mrs. Alma Waller, Mrs. Nannie Skeens, and Mrs. Ruth Wellman, four brothers Mike Robinett of Wayne, Clyde Robinett of Rittman, OH, Virgil Robinett, of Fort Gay and Master Sergeant Loren Robinett, with the Air Force in Washington, and three grandchildren. Big Sandy News, October 30, 1952

 

HINKLE, Jeff

1871-1952

Jeff Hinkle, Patrick, was claimed by death Wednesday morning after an illness of ten days. A retired farmer, he was 85 years old. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon at graveside, with the Rev. Earl Meade officiating. Interment was in the cemetery at Patrick. Survivors include his widow; one daughter, Mrs. Blanche Castle, Matewan, WV, one sister, and one brother. He had lived at Patrick all his life. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, October 2, 1952

 

MAY, Elbert

Death came late Tuesday to Elbert May, 68, a retired farmer, at his residence on Cherokee. He had been in failing health for a long time. A native of Praise, Pike County, he came to Cherokee 48 years ago. Funeral services will be conducted this afternoon, Thursday, at the home with Rev. Leonard Adams officiating. Burial will be in the May Cemetery at Cherokee. Surviving include the widow, Mrs. Nellie May and two sisters, Mrs. Rena Elswick and Miss Cordella May, all of Cherokee. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, October 30, 1952

 

O'DELL, Loran Carter

1892-1952

Loran Carter O'Dell, 60 years old, died at his home at Prichard, WV, 1:25 a.m. October 5 after an illness of one and half years. O'Dell, a retired farmer, was born June 30, 1892, at Prichard and had lived there all of his life. He was a son of the late Samuel W. and Virginia Wyatt O'Dell and married Cassie Gilkerson 37 years ago. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at the Gragston Baptist Church near Prichard with the Rev. Anthony Hayton officiating. Burial was made in the Hatten Cemetery near Centerville under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Surviving are the widow; three daughters, Mrs. Jordan Nisley of Huntington, Mrs. Edgar Blake of Prichard and Miss Trinnie Agness O'Dell at home; eight sons, Samuel C. Harry N. and John O'Dell of Prichard, Lawrence H., George R., and James C. O'Dell of Detroit, MI, Pfc. Alfred J. O'Dell with the Army in Texas and Corporal Robert F. O'Dell of Fort Knox, KY; one sister, Mrs. Bertha Hatten; three brothers, J. C. O'Dell, of Prichard, G. W. O'Dell of Fort Gay, WV and Willard R. O'Dell of Detroit and 13 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, October 9, 1952

 

PACK, Janet Louise

1952-1952

Janet Louise Pack, 4 months old daughter of Ervin and Stella Maynard Pack of Louisa route 2, died October 5 at the home. Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Friendship United Baptist Church at Buffalo Horn, KY by the Rev. Sammy Branham. Burial was in the Buffalo Horn Cemetery at Webb, WV route 1. Additional survivors include two brothers, Glenn Darrell and Ervin Wayne Pack at home; the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Maynard of Crum and the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Pack of Webb. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, October 9, 1952

 

SAMMONS, Nancy (Williamson)

1872-1952

Mrs. Nancy Sammons, 80, route 1, Webb, WV, died Thursday in a Louisa hospital following an illness of one month. Mrs. Sammons was born February 27, 1872 at Clifford, KY. Her husband, Martin Sammons, died in 1937. She had been a member of the United Baptist Church for 50 years. Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Concord Church, route 1, Webb, with the Rev. Ballard Copley and Rev. Sammy Branham officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery. Services were under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. John Trent, Fort Gay, WV, Mrs. J. F. Branham, Glenhayes, WV, and Mrs. Grace Lambert, Williamson, WV, four sons, Frank Sammons, route 1, Webb, Pearl Sammons, Lobato, WV, Luther Sammons, Portland, Or,, and Col. Niles Sammons, Washington, D. C., a sister, Mrs. Frances Williams, Matewan, WV, three brothers, W. H. and R. C. Williamson, Louisa, and George Williamson, route 1 Webb, 30 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, October 16, 1952

 

SPARKS, Robert Eugene

Robert Eugene Sparks, son of Mrs. Lydia Sparks, Columbus, met death in an automobile accident October 12, according to reports received here. Survivors other than the mother include five brothers and two sisters. The Sparks family are former Lawrence Countians. Big Sandy News, October 30, 1952

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NOVEMBER

BILLUPS, Retha Jo

Retha Jo Billups, year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Emory Billups, of Fort Gay, passed away at the home of her parents, November 10, 1952 at 12:20 a.m. Funeral services were conducted at the home Tuesday, November 11 at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Felix Skaggs officiating. Burial was in the Ferguson Cemetery, under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Survivors besides the parents, are three sisters, Mrs. Leota Thomen of Detroit, MI, Mrs. Doris Wedmer, Phoenix, AZ, and Mrs. Bernice Bellomy of Wadsworth, OH; three brothers, Allen, Maxwell and Charley all at home. Big Sandy News, November 20, 1952

 

BOGGS, James V.

1931-1952

Graveside funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon at Blevins for M/Sgt. James V. Boggs, 20, who was killed September 6 in the Korean fighting. Boggs, the son of Ruben J. and Edith Butler Boggs, was a native of Houckville and attended Lawrence County school prior to entering service. He had been in Korea for two years and ten months. Funeral services, under the direction of Young Funeral Home, will be conducted by Rev. John Foster at the family cemetery. The W. O. Johnson Post 89 of American Legion will hold rites at the grave. Survivors besides the parents, include the widow, Mrs. Geneva Watts Boggs; five sisters, Emogene, Jessie Lee, Phyllis, Wilma and Joan at home; and two brothers, John and Douglas, both at home. Also surviving is a grandfather, Ed Boggs of Blevins. Big Sandy News, November 13, 1952

 

BOOTHE, Russell

1920-1952

Graveside rites for Russell Boothe, 32, who died at 11 a.m. Sunday at his home in Patrick, KY, were conducted at 10 a.m. Monday at the family cemetery with the Rev. Earl Meade officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Mr. Boothe was born November 1, 1920 at Whitehouse, KY, a son of Charlie and the late Jencie Ratcliff Boothe. Surviving are the father and two brothers, Clell and Bobby Boothe, both at home. Big Sandy News, November 6, 1952

 

COX, Marion Francis

1875-1952

Funeral services for Marion Francis Cox, 77, of Webbville, route 1, who died at his home Friday, were conducted Sunday at his residence with the Rev. Fred Vanhorn and the Rev. Lloyd Jordan officiating. A retired miner, Mr. Cox moved to Webbville from Logan, WV 17 years ago. He was born in Texas, January 1, 1875, the son of the late Robert and Mary Cox. Burial was in the Hammond Cemetery route 1, Webbville. Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Roberts Stewart Cox; three daughters, Mrs. James Jacobs, of Poe, WV, Mrs. Charles SMith of Chapmanville, WV and Mrs. Johnnie Cotton of Mt. Sterling, OH; two sons, Dan Cox at home, and Edgar of Man, WV, 15 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, November 6, 1952

 

CRABTREE, Abraham

1876-1952

Abraham (Ham) Crabtree, 75 years old of Genoa Route 1, WV, died at the home at 6:30 a.m. Sunday after an illness of one and a half years. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hopewell Methodist Church on Joel Branch by the Rev. Grant Raines and the Rev. Lawrence Fairfax. Burial was in Crabtree Cemetery. The body was taken to the home at 10 a.m. Monday from the Curtright Funeral Home. Mr. Crabtree was a farmer and had spent his life in the Genoa vicinity. He was born July 2, 1876, at Sidney, WV, a son of Abraham and Sarah Jessie Crabtree, and was married 56 years ago to Cuzzie Cyrus. He was a member of the Twelve Pole Baptist Church for 57 years and was superintendent of the Hopewell Church Sunday School for the past eight years. Surviving are the wife; five daughters, Mrs. Walter Woods, of Ceredo, WV, Mrs. Jennings Jackson of Genoa, Mrs. Golden Bartram of Fort Gay, WV, and Mrs. C. A. Spurlock and Mrs. Emmett Ferguson of Huntington, WV, three foster sons, Rayphol Plymale at home, Rubin Lloyd of Cleveland, OH, and Golden Lloyd of Wakeman, OH; one brother, David Crabtree of Kenova, WV, 21 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, November 20, 1952

 

CRUM, Mary Elizabeth (McKinster)

1872-1952

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Crum, 80, was found dead in her bed early Tuesday morning when relatives visited her home. Coroner L. Byron Young said death came as a result of a heart attack while she slept. Born April 17, 1872, she was the daughter of the late Jesse and Mary E. Ramey McKinster and had lived at Adams all her life. She had been a member of the Freewill Baptist Church for many years. Funeral services are to be Friday morning at Mary Emily Church with Young Funeral Home in charge. Burial will be in the family cemetery at Adams. Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Levi Streitenberger, Louisa, Mrs. Dave Cordle, Columbus, Oh, Mrs. Oscar Short, Adams, and Mrs. Earl Moore, Louisa, two sons, L. B. of Adams and Okie of Lockbourne, OH; two sisters, Mrs. Trennie Swetman, Sinking Springs, OH, and Mrs. Milt Short of Adams; two brothers, Milt McKinster of Adams and Jesse of route 1, Fort Gay. Also surviving are 25 grandchildren and 36 great grandchildren. Her first husband, Mart Hayes, preceded her in death in 1929 and her second, W. J. Crum died in 1941. Big Sandy News, November 27, 1952

 

HESTON, Lycia Virginia (Rees)

1898-1952

Mrs. Lydia Virginia Rees Heston, 54, died at a local hospital Thursday morning at 1:45 a.m. following a two day illness. She had suffered a stroke on Tuesday morning and had been critically ill at the hospital since that time. Mrs. Heston was born in New Richmond, OH, on March 18, 1898, a daughter of the late William Thomas and Orbia Ray Cook Rees. She had resided in Louisa since her marriage to Creed Heston 34 years ago. She had been a member of the First Methodist Church for 16 years and had been active in all departments of the church. She was a member of the church's Women's Society for Christian Service and was a teacher of the youth class in the Sunday School. Mrs. Heston was a member of the official Board of the church. She took an active interest in the W. C. T. U. of Louisa and was outstanding in her work with young people. Funeral services were held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the First Methodist Church of Louisa with the Rev. E. K. Meyers and the Rev. E. P. Swan officiating. Burial was made in Pine Hill Cemetery under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. She is survived by her husband, three sons, William C. Heston, Morgantown, WV, Donald T. Heston, London, OH and A1C James K. Heston, Kelly Air Force Base, Texas, two sisters, Mrs. T. Weiss, Covington, KY and Mrs. Otis Jones, Melbourne, KY and three grandchildren. One of Mrs. Heston's hobbies included correspondence with the many boys from Louisa, who are in service. Just a few hours before her fatal attack, she had mailed letters to many of them. Big Sandy News, November 20, 1952

 

HOLBROOK, Homer C.

1919-1952

Funeral services for Homer C. Holbrook, 33, Middletown, OH, formerly of route 1, Webbville, KY, who was fatally injured in a truck accident Friday two miles east of Kermit, WV were conducted at 1 p.m. Monday at the Webbville Church with the Rev. Gallie Isaac officiating. Burial was made in the Holbrook Cemetery. Mr. Holbrook, a truck driver for the Aetna Trucking Co. of Middletown was en route to Williamson, WV with a load of metal roofing when according the Deputy Sheriff Dave Johnson of Mingo County, he was crowded off the highway by anther truck. A member of the Baptist Church, he was born March 28, 1919 at Webbville, a son of Charlie and Effie Webb Holbrook. Surviving are the parents, three daughters, Judy Helen and Carolyn Sue Holbrook, Hitchins, KY and Faye Loray Holbrook, Huntington, WV; a sister, Mrs. Oakley Bentley, route 1, Webbville and six brothers Woodrow Holbrook, Middletown, Raymond Lee Holbrook, Ironton, OH, Robert Holbrook, Springfield, OH, Blanchard Holbrook, Hitchins, Webb Holbrook, Willard, KY and Jay Holbrook, Webbville. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, November 6, 1952

 

JOHNSTON, Maude (Burchette)

Mrs. Maude Burchette Johnston, Clarksburg, WV, a former Lawrence County resident, passed away November 5th at St. Mary's Hospital in Clarksburg, WV with complications from a broken hip, suffered three weeks ago. Mrs. Johnston was the daughter of the late T. H. and Dressea Francis Burchette, and was 64 years of age. She is survived by a son, Paul Martin Burchette of Toledo, OH and two grandchildren, Shirley Ann, who is a member of the nursing staff o St. Rita Hospital at Lima, OH, and Stephen Burchette at home in Toledo, OH; a stepmother, Mrs. T. H. Burchette, two sisters,  Mrs. C. H. Preece, Louisa and Mrs. Gladys Hall, Lexington, KY; four brothers, George Vinson Burchette of Los Angeles, CA, Robert W. Burchette, U. S. Army in Germany, Fulton L. Burchette, Huntington, WV, and Oliver T. Burchette, Louisa, KY. Funeral services were conducted Sunday at Barboursville, WV at the Wallace Funeral Home and interment was in the Oak Lawn Cemetery, there. Big Sandy News, November 13, 1952

 

KITCHEN, Heanon C.

1872-1952

Heanon C. Kitchen, age 80, died at the home of Mrs. C. C. Kitchen on Berry Street, Louisa, Wednesday, November 5, at 2 a.m. after an illness of two weeks. He was born in Lawrence County, KY, October 30, 1872, and was married to Martha Carter Kitchen, who has been deceased since 1949. A retired miner, he had lived at Logan, WV for 37 years returning to Louisa 7 years ago where he has since made his home. He was the son of the late Arthur and Clara Chaffin Kitchen. He is survived by the following children, Mrs. Joe Donnally, Braeholm, WV, Mrs. Frank Mann, of Pecks Mill, WV, Mrs. Steve Vankovech, Hutchinson, WV, and one son, Eskell Kitchen, Dehue, WV. His stepmother, Mrs. Sarah Kitchen, Louisa route 4, and the following sisters and brothers survive, Mrs. Alice Massie, Catlettsburg, KY, Mrs. Samantha Thomas, Dry Branch, WV, Mrs. Andy Webb, Gladys, KY, Mrs. Willie Spillman, Mrs. Ora Chaffin, Louisa, route 4, Mrs. Nannie Boogh, Ashland, KY, Mrs. Charlie Adams, Rush, KY, and John Dewey and Lincoln Kitchen, Louisa route 4, Jim Luke and Jake Kitchen, Williamson, WV, German Kitchen, Catlettsburg, Arthur Kitchen, Gladys, KY, and Harrison Kitchen, Lorado, WV. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, November 7, at 11 a.m. from the Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. W. S. Boggs and Rev. Gallie Isaac officiating. Burial will be in the Kitchen Cemetery on Cooksey Fork. The body is at the Curtright Funeral Home where it will remain until 10 a.m. Friday, when it will be taken to lie in state 1 hour before the funeral. Big Sandy News, November 6, 1952

 

LYON, Grover

1885-1952

Grover Lyon, 67, of Blaine, KY, died late Saturday at his farm of a heart attack. He had been stripping tobacco at his barn and failed to answer the calls of his wife, who discovered the body. Mr. Lyon was born March 26, 1885, at Red Bush, KY, a son of the late Landon and Nancy Skaggs Lyon. He was married to the former Miss Mary E. Bailey 48 years ago and had lived at Blaine for 25 years. Surviving in addition to the widow are one son, Lunda Lyon of Columbus, OH; four sisters, Mrs. Rufus Stinson and Mrs. Ollie Bailey, both of Flat Gap and Mrs. Mary Ferguson and Miss Ukie Lyons, both of Red Bush; three brothers, Sherman Lyons of Flat Gap, Mark Lyons of Athens, OH and John Lyons of Red Bush and three grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted from the Elizabeth Church at Martha with Rev. Willie Sparks and Rev. Emory Ferguson officiating. Burial was in the Lyons Cemetery under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, November 27, 1952

 

PRESTON, Lillian Frances (Milem)

1887-1952

Mrs. Lillian Frances Preston died at her home, 110 Lackey Avenue, at 8 a.m. Tuesday after an illness of one year. She had lived here for the past two years, residing formerly at Richardson and Georges Creek for 60 years. She was born at Hager Hill, Johnson County, August 20, 1887, daughter of the late James H. and Clarinda Robinson Milem. The body is at the Curtright Funeral Home where funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday. with the Rev. J. C. Hager officiating. Burial will be in the Preston Cemetery at Georges Creek. She was a member of the United Baptist Church for 26 years and the Louise Chapter No. 292 Order of Eastern Star. The Eastern Star will hold its ritual at the funeral  home. Surviving are the husband, S. G. Preston, to whom she was married 44 years; two daughters, Mrs. Harve Johnson, Wheelright Junction, KY and Mrs. Philip Lizotte, Chicago and one foster son, Ernest Bowling, Lackey, KY. Big Sandy News, November 27, 1952

 

ROBERTS, Paul G.

1905-1952

Paul G. (Rhody) Roberts, 47, was found dead in his room in Springfield, OH, Monday, November 24, according to the Coroner's report, he had died of pneumonia. He had resided in Springfield for the past five years. He was born February 13, 905, at Louisa, KY, a son of Attorney W. J. Roberts of Huntington, WV and the late Ella Rhe Holley. The body was returned to the Curtright Funeral Home Tuesday and will remain there until funeral time which will be Thursday at 3 p.m. from the First Methodist Church with  the Rev. E. K. Meyers officiating. Interment will be in Pine Hill Cemetery. He had been employed with the Ohio Steel Foundry for the past four years, was a graduate of the Louisa High School in the class of 1925; a member of W. O. Johnson Post 89, American Legion; a Staff Sergeant in World War II. He is survived by the father; four sisters, Mrs. Ira T. See, Ashland, KY, Mrs. John H. Mosh?, Huntington, WV, Mrs. E. F. Williamson, Ninetysix, SC and Mrs. George H. Dixon, Urbana, OH; three brothers, H. H. Roberts, Wadsworth, OH, W. B. Roberts, Jacksonville, FL and M. B. Roberts of Lillybrock, WV. Big Sandy News, November 27, 1952

 

SHANNON, A. M.

1874-1952

A. M. Shannon, 78, of 418 Lackey Avenue, Louisa, a retired carpenter and merchant, died Wednesday of last week in a Louisa hospital after an illness of two years. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Methodist Church by the Rev. E. K. Meyers and the Rev. J. C. Hager. Burial was in Pinehill Cemetery. Mr. Shannon was born July 20, 1874 at Gallup, KY, a son of the late G. P. and Nancy Christian Shannon. He married the former Miss Nannie Ellen Shannon 55 years ago. Mrs. Shannon survives. He owned and operated the A. M. Shannon Furniture & Hardware Store in Louise until his illness two years ago and was a member of the First Methodist Church. Additional survivors include one son, Cecil C. Shannon of Columbus, two sisters, Mrs. H. B. Muncy of Louisa and Miss Patsy Shannon of Gallup; one brother, Andy P. Shannon of Louisa; five granddaughters, Misses Virginia and Dorothy Strater of Radford, VA, Misses Genoa and Karen Sue Shannon and Mrs. Dell Kempt of Columbus; five grandsons, Claudius and Joe Hutchinson of Louisa, Leroy Norris and T. J. Shannon, Columbus and one great granddaughter. Mr. Shannon was preceded in death by two daughters. Funeral services were under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, November 13, 1952

 

SKAGGS, P. H.

1879-1952

Funeral services were conducted November 2 for Rev. P. H Skaggs, a native of the Martha section of this county, but at the time of his death, a resident of Londonderry, OH. Funeral was in the Poe's Run United Baptist Church with Rev. Paul Turner and Rev. Sandy Phillips in charge. Burial was in the Peecher Cemetery near Londonderry. Rev. Skaggs was the son of the late Pleas and Sarah Prince Skaggs and had been preaching for nearly 50 years. He was 72 years of age. He had been in ill health for more than a year. Survivors include two sons, Phillip Junior, Columbus and Lawrence of Martha; eight daughters, Edria, at home, Mrs. Milt Greene, and Mrs. Edward Greene, Grove City, OH, Mrs. Andy Fyffe and Miss Sophia Skaggs, Columbus, Mrs. James Barker, Waverly, Mrs. Hewey Sparks, Martha, and Mrs. Jesse Taulbee, Londonderry, OH. Also surviving are one sister, Mrs. Nora Hornbeck of California; three brothers, Jim Tom and Ulysses Skaggs of Londonderry and William P. Skaggs of Vigo, OH, also 14 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Big Sandy News, November 13, 1952

 

SKAGGS, Sena (Riggsby)

1879-1952

Death came early Monday morning at Mrs. Sena Riggsby Skaggs, 72, who had been ill for more than three months. She was the wife of Tom Skaggs and the daughter of the late John and Rebecca Eldridge Riggsby. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at the Elizabeth Church at Martha with Rev. Tommy Bailey and Rev. Willie Sparks officiating. Burial was in the Sparks Cemetery under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Born December 19, 1879, she had been a member of the United Baptist Church for more than 55 years. Survivors besides the husband include a daughter Mrs. Garnet Collier, Martha, four sons, Ballard of Martha, Norman of Keaton, Van of Martha, and Escome of Plain City, OH; two sisters, Mrs. Merida Kelly, Skaggs, and Mrs. Amanda Sagraves, Wheelersburg, OH; three brothers, Thomas and Henry Riggsby of Keaton and Jesse Riggsby of Ohio. Included in the survivors also were 17 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, November 27, 1952

 

STEVENS, Joseph

1888-1952

Joseph (Joe) Stevens, 64, of Louisa, died at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday after suffering a heart attack while helping to build a house in Louisa. Mr. Stevens was the sexton of Pinehill Cemetery at Louisa. He was born February 25, 1888 on Fort Gay, route 2, a son of the late William and Edna Mattox Stevens. Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Carrie Frazier Stevens; one daughter, Mrs. Doran Bishop of Logan, WV, three sons, Joseph Stevens, Jr., of Georgetown, PA, John Stevens of Louisa, and Ira (Doc) Stevens at home; one sister, Mrs. Jay Justice of Louisa, and 13 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted today (Thursday) at 2 p.m. in the First Baptist Church with the Rev. J. C. Hager officiating. Burial was in the Pinehill Cemetery, under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, November 6, 1952

 

THOMPSON, Lewis S.

1893-1952

Lewis S. Thompson, 59, a veteran of World War I and a farmer of Adams, KY, died in a local hospital Thursday of last week after an illness of four years. He had been a hospital patient for four days. He was wounded in action in 1918 in the Belgium sector. Born at Norris, KY, March 9, 1893, son of the late Lewis and Alice Antis Thompson, he had lived at Norris until six years ago when he moved to Adams. He was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church and the W. O. Johnson Post No. 89 of the American Legion. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Evergreen Methodist Church at Adams, with the Rev. Gallie Isaac and the Rev. S. B. Ball officiating. Burial was in Thompson Cemetery at Adams, with the American Legion holding graveside rites. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Survivors are the widow, Mrs. Telia Estep Thompson, whom he married 33 years ago; two daughters, Mrs. Kay Thompson, Jr., route 1, Louisa, and Mrs. John Hayes, Adams, three sons, Ezra Thompson, Ashland, Lewis Thompson, Jr. Route 1, Louisa, and Pfc. Shannon Thompson, with the U. S. Army in Germany; one brother, Jay Thompson, Adams, and six grandchildren. Big Sandy News, November 27, 1952

 

THOMPSON, S. B.

1865-1952

S. B. Thompson, 86, prominent retired farmer, passed away Tuesday morning on his Radnor, WV farm at 9:30 a.m. with a heart attack.  He had been in ill health for two years. Thompson was born at Radnor, WV, February 16, 1868, the son of the late Wade and Betty Hampton Thompson. He was married to Miss Cynthia Kirk 50 years ago. Mr. Thompson will be removed from the Curtright Funeral Home to the home of a son, Wilbur Thompson at Radnor, Thursday morning (today) at 11 a.m. and funeral services will be held from the home of the son Friday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Wayne E. Thompson officiating. Interment will be made in the Endicott Cemetery. He is survived by his wife; three daughters, Mrs. Grace Carrico, Williamson, WV, Mrs. F. A. Myers, Elkview, WV, Mrs. Rex Thompson, Radnor, three sons, G. A. Thompson, Fort Gay, WV, Wilbur and Randolph Thompson of Radnor; one brother, John W. Thompson, Fort Gay, route 2, and 16 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, November 20, 1952

 

WELLMAN, L. F. (Lafe)

1878-1952

L. F. (Lafe) Wellman, one of Louisa's oldest active businessmen and a prominent figure in public life for many years, died suddenly at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, the eve of his 74th birthday, while at work in his hardware store. Coroner L. Byron Young attributed death to a heart attack. Mr. Wellman had operated the business since 1917. He was a former county judge, member of the Board of Education, a former mayor of Louisa and was active in the First Baptist Church here. He had also served as a Lawrence County school teacher and had been a traveling salesman prior to entering the hardware business. He taught what is believed to be the largest young men's Bible classes ever organized here, and formerly served as Sunday School superintendent. At the time of his death he was assistant choir director and assistant Sunday School Supt. Mr. Wellman had been active in youth work for many years, and sponsored and directed boys baseball teams. He was born November 14, 1878, at what was then Prosperity, KY the son of the late Noah and Minerva Adams Wellman. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Mollie Gambill Wellman, a daughter, Mrs. James L. Gray, who was associated with her father in the hardware business; a grandson, Dr. James L. Gray, Jr., of Baltimore; two sisters, Mrs. F. R. Gussler and Mrs. Harlan Grubb of Adams, KY and one great grandchild. Funeral services were conducted at the First Baptist Church on Saturday at 2 p.m. by the Rev. J. C. Hager and burial was in Pine Hill Cemetery. Members of the Sunday School class which Mr. Wellman taught were active and honorary pallbearers. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, November 20, 1952

 

WILSON, Mellie (Carter)

1889-1952

Mrs. Mellie Carter Wilson, 62, of 329 Tenth Street, Catlettsburg, died at 1:40 a.m. October 31, in King's Daughters' Hospital, Ashland, following an illness of the past few days. Mrs. Wilson was born in Lawrence County, KY, a daughter of the lat Strother (Dock) and America Prince Carter. She had been a resident of Catlettsburg for the past 31 years. Surviving are her husband, George E. Wilson; four sons, Morda Wilson of Ashland, Arnold and Dock R. Wilson, both of Catlettsburg, and Edward Wilson of Linwood, PA; three daughters, Mrs. Ray Wheeler of Catlettsburg, Mrs. C. R. Bedell of Catlettsburg and Mrs. John Adams of Linwood, PA; three sisters, Mrs. H. I. Layne and Mrs. Kay Wheeler, both of Louisa, and Mrs. Saylor Runyon of Stone, KY and two brothers, John and Clyde Carter, both of Louisa, nine grandchildren also survive. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the Second Baptist Church on Williams Avenue, Ashland. Burial was in the Williams Cemetery. Big Sandy News, November 6, 1952

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BARTRAM, Earnest

Earnest Bartram, 63, died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Chris Dillon of Webb, WV, late Friday. He had suffered a stroke four days before his death. Mr. Bartram was employed as a janitor at the Webb school and had lived at Webb for the past year and a half. He had previously lived at Beckley, WV. He was born at Princeton, VA. Funeral services were conducted Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Webb Community Church by the Rev. Ballard Copley. Burial was in the Copley Cemetery at Webb. Surviving in addition to the widow, Mrs. Minnie Bartram and Mrs. Dillon, are one other daughter, Mrs. Myrtle Hatfield, of Norfolk, VA; one sons, Clarence Bartram of Beckley, WV and two brothers, Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, December 4, 1952

 

BLAIR, Tobie

1908-1952

Tobie Blair, 44, died in a local hospital at 4:30 a.m. Friday after an illness of eight months. He had been in the hospital here for the past month. Mr. Blair resided at Beaver, OH. He was born in Johnson County, KY, September 29, 1908, son of Mrs. Zilpha Crace Blair of Cove, OH, and the late Minard Blair. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday in the Beaver Valley Baptist Church, Beaver, OH, with the Rev. Floyd Rigsby and the Rev. Curtis Wright officiating. Burial was in the Beaver Cemetery. The body was removed from the Curtright Funeral Home to the residence at Beaver, Saturday, December 13. Surviving him, besides the mother are the widow, Mrs. Fonda Segraves Blair, Beaver, two sisters, Mrs. George Williams, route 1, Cove, OH and Mrs. Lando Kelly, Ashland, KY and one brother, Patrick Blair, Beaver, OH. Big Sandy News, December 18, 1952

 

BLANKENSHIP, Laura (Crank)

1871-1952

Mrs. Laura Blankenship, 81, a native of Boyd County, but a resident of Fallsburg for a number of years, died Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m. at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Clyde O'Bryan of Van Lear, KY. Mrs. Blankenship, ill for the past four years, was a siter of Chris Crank of Ashland.

The deceased was born November 19, 1871 in Boyd County, Kentucky, daughter of Christopher Crank  and Catherine Dieh Crank, and the widow of William A. Blankenship, who died  in 1913. Surviving are five sons, Leonard Blankenship, Bluefield, W. Va. Stollard Blankenship, Fallsburg, KY., Ted Blankenship, Neon, KY., Jay Blankenship, Melvin, KY., and Delmar Blankenship, Columbus, Ohio; two daughters, Mrs. Clyde O’Bryan, Van Lear, and Mrs. Joe Layne, Salt Lake City, Utah. Other survivors include the following sisters and brother, Mrs. Charles Carter and Mrs. John Compton, Fallsburg, KY., Mrs. Della Collinsworth, Charleston, W.Va., and Chris Crank, Ashland, KY. Funeral services were held Saturday, at 2:00 p.m. at the Savage Memorial Methodist Church at Fallsburg, KY., with the Rev. Dave Hewlett officiating.   Burial was in the Woods Cemetery at Fallsburg. Big Sandy News, December 11, 1952

 

CHRISTIAN, J. F.

1861-1952

J. F. Christian, 91, retired farmer, died Thursday, December 12, 10:30 a.m. at the home of a son, Curtis Christian of route 1, Fort Gay, WV. Mr. Christian was born October 7, 1861, and was a son of the late Silas and Polly Osborne Christian. He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Susan Lakin Christian, who died in 1930. The body was taken from the Curtright Funeral Home to the residence of his son, Curtis Christian, Friday at 2 p.m. Funeral services were conducted Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Greenbrier Baptist Church with the Rev. Allen Mancie and the Rev. Carmi Crabtree officiating. Burial was in the Osborne Cemetery on Wolf Creek. Other survivors include two other sons, Fletcher Christian of Kenova and Alvis Christian of Fort Gay; four daughters, Mrs. James Coleman of Catlettsburg, Mrs. Harry Lester and Mrs. Edgar Lester, of route 1, Fort Gay and Mrs. Herbert Thompson of Sciotoville, OH; one sister, Mrs. J. P. Wilson of Oakland, IA; 25 grandchildren, 49 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, December 18, 1952

 

COMER, Emma (Moore)

1870-1952

Mrs. Emma Moore Comer, 82, died Thursday night at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Clyde Carter of Adams, KY, after an illness of two years. Funeral services were conducted at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the First Methodist Church, Louisa, by the Rev. E. K. Meyers. Burial was made in the Burton Cemetery at Louisa route 1. Mrs. Comer was born November 29, 1870, near Adams, a daughter of the late J. D. and Nancy Thompson Moore. She was a member of the Methodist Church for 52 years. Mrs. Comer's first husband, D. M. Justice, died in 1925 and she later married Luther Pigg, who died in 1929. Her third husband was Henry Comer, who died in 1942. Additional survivors include one daughter, Mrs. W. F. Johnson, Dover, KY and 14 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, December 11, 1952

 

COPLEY, Paul

1896-1952

Paul Copley, 56, maintenance foreman in Lawrence County for the State Highway Department, died in a local hospital at 6:30 p.m. Thursday of last week after an illness of three weeks. His home was at Route 4, Louisa, the East Fork section of the county. He was born November 9, 1896, in Louisa, son of the late Lindsey and Laura Jane Wilson Copley. He had been the highway maintenance foreman for the past 15 years. He was a member of the W. O. Johnson Post No. 89 of the American Legion. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday in the Trinity Methodist Church, Route 4, Louisa, of which he had been an active member for 6 years. The Rev. R. B. Hogan and the Rev. Lloyd Jordan officiated, and burial was in the Riffe Cemetery. Surviving him are the widow, the former Miss Georgie Riffe to whom he had been married for 35 years, and one brother, L. M. Copley of Wheelersburg, OH. Another brother, Pearl Copley, Ashland mail carried died last year. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, December 11, 1952

 

CURTIS, Milton C.

1901-1952

Milton C. Curtis, 51, Cordell, KY, farmer was found shot to death Saturday night at his home. A coroner's jury returned a verdict of death caused by a self-inflicted bullet wound in the head. L. Byron Young, Lawrence County coroner, estimated Mr. Curtis had been dead two days when he was found by his daughter and son in law, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Tatman of Columbus, OH, who had come to visit her father. Mr. Curtis, whose wife died in 1929, lived alone. Young said neighbors told him they had not seen Mr. Curtis for several days. The door was locked when the Tatmans arrived and they had to force an entry. The body was found lying on a bed with a .32 calibre pistol nearby. Funeral services were conducted at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Cordell Church. Burial was in Cordle Cemetery under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Mr. Curtis was born in Johnson County, KY, April 10, 1901, a son of Clabe and Ellen Nitts Curtis. Surviving besides the daughter are two sisters, Mrs. George Damron of Rarden, OH and Mrs. Dena Young of Hyden, KY, and two brothers, Elliott Curtis of Blaine, KY and Henry Curtis, who lives in West Virginia. Big Sandy News, December 4, 1952

 

EDWARDS, Meredith

1878-1952

Meredith Jackson Edwards, 74, died at his home on Caines Creek at 1:30 p.m. Saturday following an illness of two months. He was a farmer. Mr. Edwards was born on Caines Creek February 8, 1878, a son of the late John and Liza Osborne Edwards. He was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church. His wife, Emily Jane Morris Edwards, died last July. Funeral services were conducted Sunday at the Caines Creek Free Will Baptist Church by the Rev. Gallie Isaac. Burial was in Morris Cemetery on Caines Creek under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Roy Salyers, of Hannah, KY, Mrs. George A. Moore, of South Charleston, WV, Mrs. Fred Ferguson of Blaine, KY, and Mrs. Douglas Stephens of Westerville, OH; nine sons, Okey, Earl, Albert, Dolphus, Russell and Charlie Edwards, all of Ashland, John and Carl Edwards both of Blaine, and Hurston Edwards of Sidney, OH; and two sisters, Mrs. Sarah G. Potts of Huntington and Mrs. Clyde Stewart of Webbville, KY. Big Sandy News, December 25, 1952

 

ELLIS, Hannah Elizabeth (Farris)

1869-`952

Mrs. Hannah Elizabeth Ellis, 83 years old, and a lifelong resident of Prichard, route 1, WV, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Laura Bartram, 305 Clay Street, Louisa, Saturday at 7:10 p.m. where she had resided for the past 11 days. Her husband, James O. Ellis, passed away November 8, 1941. Mrs. Ellis was born at Prichard, WV, route 1, February 20, 1869, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John W. Farris. She had been a member of the Bellomy Methodist Church for 65 years, where funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. with her grandson, the Rev. Roy Bellomy officiating. Interment was made in the Strother Cemetery. Mrs. Ellis was removed from the Curtright Funeral Home to the home of her son, Fred Ellis at Prichard, Sunday afternoon. She is survived by eight daughters, Mrs. John Burns, Wellsville, OH, Mrs. Pearl Meridith, Mrs. Morris Bellomy and Mrs. Minnie Tomlin, route 1, Prichard, WV, Mrs. Ira Bellomy, Fort Gay, WV, Mrs. Laura Bartram, Louisa; Mrs. Harlan Perry, Mrs. Dan McKenzie of Rittman, OH, and one son Fred Ellis of Prichard; one sister, Mrs. Wayne Akers of Ward, WV; 63 grandchildren, 99 great grandchildren and 8 great-great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, December 25, 1952

 

GRUBB, Myrtle (McCormick)

Mrs. Myrtle McCormick Grubb, 72, a native of Lawrence County, KY, and a lifelong resident of Boyd County, died at 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning at her home on Bear Creek, Rush. Her death followed an extended illness. Mrs. Grubb was born in Lawrence County, a daughter of the late Budd Wiley and Mary Curnutte McCormick. She moved to Boyd County with her parents at an early age and had resided there continuously since that time. She was a member of the Methodist Church. Surviving are her husband, Jedd Grubb, three sons, Emory Grubb and Albert Grubb, both of Logan, WV, and Chester Grubb of Louisville, KY, two daughters, Mrs. Lon Moore of Louisa and Mrs. Jeff Triplett, Bear Creek; and two brothers, William McCormick of Catlettsburg and Orlando McCormick of Logan, WV. Funeral services were held Monday in the Ross Chapel at Bolts Fork. Burial was in the Stewart Cemetery in Lawrence County. Big Sandy News, December 11, 1952

 

HINKLE, Charlie

1869-1952

Charlie Hinkle, 83, a retired farmer of Meade's Branch, route 1, Louisa, died at his home at 4:30 p.m. Monday after an illness of about 3 years. He was born August 11, 1869 at Charley, KY, son of the late Allen and Betty Spencer Hinkle. His first wife, Alice Castle Hinkle, died in 1904 and his second wife, Mary Wiley Hinkle, succumbed in 1944. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday from the home, with the Rev. Arlie Blackburn officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Mr. Hinkle was a member of the United Baptist Church for 44 years. He is survived by the following children, by his first marriage; two daughters, Mrs. Bertha Brown, route 1, Louisa, and Mrs. Erma Hayes of Charley, KY; two sons, Bill Hinkle, route 1, Louisa, and the Rev. J. P. Hinkle, Louisa; one sister, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Johnson, Louisa, and 17 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, December 18, 1952

 

JOBE, Walter

Walter Jobe, 76, Gladys, KY, died December 9, 1952, at the home of his brother, Elisha Jobe. The funeral was held today, Thursday, at 10:30 a.m. at the home of Elisha Jobe at Gladys with Rev. Fred Vanhorn officiating. Burial was under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Graveside rites were conducted by Greenhill Masonic Lodge. Survivors include one brother, Elisha Jobe, Gladys, four nieces, Mrs. Laura Chaffin, Ashville, OH, Mrs. Mart Wright, route 3, Louisa, Mrs. Luther Webb, route 1, Ashland, and Mrs. Herman Webb, Gladys; two nephews, Willie Jobe, London, OH and Levi Webb, Fairmont, WV. Big Sandy News, December 11, 1952

 

JORDAN, Gregory Dale

1952-1952

Gregory Dale Jordan, month old son of Adam H. and Dorothy Dyer Jordan of Dayton, formerly of Louisa, died Saturday at the home. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the home of the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Jordan of Louisa route 4, by the Rev. Fred Vanhorn. Burial was in the family cemetery at Louisa route 4. Additional survivors include one sister, Marsha Ann Jordan, at home and the maternal grandparents; Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Dyer of Fallsburg, KY. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, December 25, 1952

 

LEMASTER, Charlie

1884-1952

Charlie Lemaster 68, of Louisa, died at the residence at 12:45 p.m. Sunday following a long illness. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Louisa Free Will Baptist Church with the Rev. John Castle and Rev. Boyd Robertson of Fort Gay, officiating. Burial was in Pine Hill Cemetery. The body was removed from the Young Funeral Home to the home of a daughter, Mrs. Florence Caudill at 4 p.m. Monday. Mr. Lemaster was born June 12, 1884 in Martin County, KY, a son of the late James and Sarah Scarberry Lemaster. He had been married to the former Miss Martha Daniels for 44 years. Surviving are the widow, three daughters, Mrs. Earl Branham, and Mrs. Florence Caudill of Louisa and Mrs. Clifford Napier of Rittman, OH; five sons, Ted Lemaster of Sandy Hook, KY, Ed and Jim Lemaster of Louisa and Ben Lemaster of Louisa, route 4, two sisters, Mrs. Laura Chandler of Paintsville and Mrs. Martha Jane Knuckles of Ashland; four brothers, John Lemaster, Wheelwright, KY, Sherman Lemaster, Whitehouse, KY, Jasper Lemaster, Fort Gay, WV and Ed Lemaster of Louisa route 4, 49 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, December 25, 1952

 

 

MARCUM, Dianna Sue

1951-1952

Dianna Sue Marcum 1 1/2 years old, died in a local hospital Wednesday morning at 2:05 a.m. The child had been ill for four days, but had been in the hospital only 14 hours. Born May 20, 1951, in Logan County, WV, she was the daughter of Kelly and Janice Harvey Marcum. She had been living with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Marcum. Funeral services will be held Friday, December 19 at 1 p.m. at the Williams Cemetery at Crum, WV with the Rev. Wayne Williams officiating. The body was taken from the Curtright Funeral Home to the home of the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Marcum, Fort Gay Thursday (today) at 11 a.m. Survivors are the mother and father, of Black Lick, OH the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Harvey, Baisden, WV and Mr. and Mrs. Sam Marcum of Fort Gay. Big Sandy News, December 18,1 952

 

MCCLURE, Louise (Busch)

1895-1952

Mrs. Eugene T. McClure, 57, of Columbia, SC, died at 8:35 Friday morning November 28, at the Providence Hospital after several months of illness. Mrs. McClure was born April 2, 1895 at Columbia, a daughter of H. C. Busch and the late Agnes B. Busch, who later moved to Walhalla. She a lived in Columbia for 27 yeas, during which time she had endeared herself to many friends. A devoted member of Ebenezer Lutheran Church, Mrs. McClure for many years was particularly active in the Sunday School. She was a gentlewoman of many lovely and fine traits. Her husband, for many yeas has been manager of the dairy at the State Hospital. The family residence is on the hospital grounds. Survivors include her husband, Eugene T. McClure; one daughter, Mrs. Robert L. Bell of Columbia; her father, H. C. Busch of Walhalla; one sister, Mrs. W. E. Lake of Walhalla; one aunt, Miss Hannah Baumgartel of Walhalla and two grandchildren. funeral services were conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon from Ebenezer Lutheran Church by her pastor, the Rev. Carl A. Honeycutt. Interment was in the St. John's Lutheran Church Cemetery, Monday, in Walhalla by the Rv. Benjamin Clark. Mrs. D. B. Preston of Gallup, KY attended the funeral of her sister in law. Big Sandy News, December 4, 1952

 

MCKENZIE, Sarah (Curtis)

1868-1952

Mrs. Sarah Curtis McKenzie, 83, of Fort Gay, route 1, died at 1:20 p.m. Friday at her home after an illness of five years. She was born December 25, 1868, in Johnson County, KY a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. George Curtis and was married 69 years ago to Joe McKenzie, who survives. She was a member of the Baptist church. Additional survivors include five daughters, Mrs. Cecil Foster, Huntington, WV, Mrs. Shirley Thompson, Portsmouth, OH, Mrs. Vernon Neecamp, Lakeland, FL, Mrs. Basil Hodge, Kenova, WV, and Mrs. Everett Meredith, route 1, Fort Gay, WV, two sons, Sam McKenzie, Prichard, WV and Arnold McKenzie, Cleveland, and 32 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Meredith, route 1, Fort Gay with the Rev. Carmi Webb officiating. Burial was in Billups Gap Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, December 18,1 952

 

MCKINNON, Rosa Jane (Cheek)

1873-1952

Mrs. Rosa Jane McKinnon, 79, widow of the late A. J. McKinnon, died late Tuesday afternoon at her home at Blaine after an illness of two months. Mrs. McKinnon, better known in the community as "Aunt Jane" had operated the Hotel McKinnon at Blaine for more than 54 years. She was the daughter of the late Isaiah and Margaret Love Cheek and was born in Virginia. Funeral services were scheduled for Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Christian Church at Blaine with Rev. Herman Ross officiating. Burial was to be in the Gambill Cemetery under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Hugh Kidd, Lexington, Mrs. Mart Fraley, Greenup, Mrs. Charles Thompson, Cherokee, and Miss Flora McKinnon, Blaine, one son, Lon McKinnon, at home, and two sisters, Mrs. Stella Cantrell, Paintsville and Mollie Conley, Falcon, one brother, Jack Cheek, Stanton. Also surviving are 17 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, December 18, 1952

 

MCREYNOLDS, Elijah

1892-1952

Elijah McReynolds, 60, of Clifford, KY, died in a Huntington hospital at 1:15 p.m. Saturday, December 13, following a heart attack. A farmer, Mr. McReynolds was born at Clifford, February 27, 1892, a son of the late George and Lucy Maynard McReynolds. He was married to the former Elizabeth Hammonds 41 years ago. He was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving are the widow, three daughters, Mrs. Wade Stanley of Williamson, WV, Mrs. Earl Brown of Yeager, KY and Mrs. Dennis Brown of Dayton, OH, five sons,  Elijah, Jr,., at home, Charlie and William David McReynolds of Williamson, WV, Lucien McReynolds of Dayton, OH and James t. McReynolds of Pikeville; one brother, Charlie McReynolds of Waverly, OH and seven grandchildren. Funeral services were held at Mt. Olive Baptist Church above Clifford on Yellow Creek, Monday, December 15, at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Sammie Branham officiating. Burial was in the Ratcliff and McReynolds Cemetery near Clifford. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, December 18, 1952

 

MILLER, Gertrude (Hinkle)

1894-1952

Mrs. Gertrude Hinkle Miller, 57, of Georges Creek, KY, died Friday night at her home after an illness of one year. Funeral services were conducted at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Bell Chapel Church at Georges Creek by the Rev. Jay Preston and the Rev. Bird Webb. Burial was in the Miller Cemetery on Meades Branch. Mrs. Miller was born December 28, 1894, a daughter of Charley and the late Alice Castle Hinkle. Survivors include six daughters, Mrs. Otis Hayes of Columbus, Mrs. Arlie Castle of Georges Creek, Mrs. George Stacey of Whitesville, WV, Mrs. John A. Daniels of Lowmansville, KY, and Misses Garnet and Amanda Frances Miller at home;; three sons, Wesley and Charles Miller at home, and Private Lindsey Miller serving in the Army in Germany; two sisters, Mrs. Bertha Brown of Louisa, route 1, and Mrs. Irma Hayes of Charley, KY; two brothers, Bill Hinkle of Louisa route 1, and the Rev. J. P. Hinkle of Louisa and 12 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, December 11, 1952

 

MILLS, Martin

Graveside rites for Martin Mills, 80, of Columbus, OH who died Saturday were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Rice Cemetery near Louisa.  Funeral services were conducted at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Fell Funeral Home in Columbus. Mr. Mills was a brother in law of J. Frazier of Louisa, route 4 and a retired railroader. The services were conducted by Rev. J. C. Hager and burial was under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. H. J. Cannon and Mrs. John B. Napier both of Columbus; three sisters, Mrs. Robert Crum, New Lexington, OH, Mrs. Amanda Marrow, St. Louisa, MO and Mrs. Belle Hughes, Yatesville, KY. Big Sandy News, December 4, 1952

 

PATRICK, Stanley

1952-1952

Stanley Patrick, infant son of Lee and Ina James Patrick, Jr., passed away at a local hospital Monday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Pack Cemetery where interment was made. Survivors besides the parents are one brother, Larry Dale Patrick at home; the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charley James and Mr. and Mrs. Lee Patrick, sr. all of Gallup, KY. Funeral arrangement were under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, December 11, 1952

 

PATTON, Billy R.

1930-1952

The body of Sgt. Billy R. Patton, 22 years old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Patton of Buchanan, KY, who was killed in action in Korea on September 27, was brought to the Young Funeral on Wednesday, and will be taken later to the home at Buchanan. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, December 7th, at 2 p.m. at the Buchanan Chapel, with the Rev. Junior Hopson, South Shore, the Rev. R. S. Derifield, Catlettsburg, and Rev. Mr. Charles, Wurtland, officiating. A military unit from Fort Knox will hold graveside rites in Buchanan Chapel Cemetery. Sgt. Patton, who was employed by Allied Chemical & Dye Corp. at South Point, OH before entering the service, had been in Korea for 10 months before his death. He was born at Buchanan, February 25, 1930 and was a member of Prichard Memorial Church there. Surviving him besides his parents are three sisters, Mrs. Roy Copley, Buchanan, Miss Ruby May and Miss Patricia Sue Patton, both at home; one brother, John Douglas Patton, Buchanan, and his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Fannie Price, Buchanan. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, December 4, 1952

 

PRATT, Tenda Kay

1952-1952

Tenda Kay Pratt, two day old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Pratt of Mansfield, OH, died at a Louisa hospital December 8, 1952. The funeral was held December 8, at 2 p.m. at the Pratt Cemetery, route 2, Fort Gay, with the Rev. H. S. Porter officiating. Burial was under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Survivors include the parents, one sister and the grandparents Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Pratt, route 2, Fort Gay and Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Damron also of Fort Gay. Big Sandy News, December 11, 1952

 

SPAULDING, Sam

1879-1952

Sam Spaulding, 73, died Wednesday night, December 10, at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Columbus Bowens, at Fort Gay, WV. He was a retired employee of the Norfolk & Western Railway and was also a retired farmer. A son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Spaulding, he was born March 5, 1879, at Webb, WV. His wife, Mrs. Susie Evans Spaulding, preceded him in death 10 years ago. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, December 13, at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ at Fort Gay by the Rev. Wayne Moore and the Rev. Clarence Moore. Burial was in the Copley Cemetery at Webb. Included among survivors are four other daughters, Mrs. Nathan Chaffin, Fort Gay, and Mrs. Ray Grimmitt, Mrs. James C. Mullins, and Mrs. Bennie Novick, all of Norwich, CT; two sons, Amos J. Spaulding, Fort Gay, and Neil Spaulding, Sprigg, WV, five sisters and two brothers, Funeral services were under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, December 25, 1952

 

WALLER, Lee

1869-1952

Lee Waller, 82, a retired farmer of Webb, WV, died in a Huntington hospital late Thursday. He had been in the hospital for the past two months. He was born near Blaine, November 22, 1869, and was a member of the Baptist Church. Funeral services were conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Community Church at Webb, with the Rev. Ballard Copley officiating. Burial was in the Copley Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Surviving him are the widow, Mrs. Rennie Bowen Waller, to whom he had been married 50 years; four daughters, Mrs. Stan Salmons, Webb, Mrs. A. C. Browning, Warren Cliff, WV, Mrs. L. W. Dillon, Webb and Mrs. Wade Chaffins, Columbus, OH; three sons, Charley, Bert and Saul Waller, all of Fort Gay, WV; one sister, Mrs. Acie Chapman, Kermit, WV and 32 grandchildren. Big Sandy News, December 4, 1952

 

WARNICK, William W. (Wid)

1877-1952

William M. (Wid) Warnick, 75, of Richardson, KY, died in a Louisa hospital at 4 p.m. Wednesday of last week following an illness of two years. He was a retired brakeman for the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Co. and was a retired farmer. Mr. Warnick was born at Richardson, December 30, 1877, a son of the late William and Jane Preston Warnick, and was a lifelong resident of Richardson. He had been a member of the Richardson Methodist Church for the past 35 years. Mr. Warnick was removed from the Curtright Funeral Home last Thursday afternoon, to the home of his niece, Mrs. Arch Childers of Richardson, with whom he had resided for the past four years an was removed from Mrs. Childers' home to his old home Friday morning, where funeral services were held at 10 a.m. with the Rev. J. C. Hager officiating. Burial was in the Warnick Cemetery. Surviving are six nieces, Mrs. Arch Childers, Richardson, Mrs. Herman Watson, Mrs. William H. Broughton and Mrs. W. F. Troxel, all of Ashland, Mrs. Cam Preston of Corbin, KY and Mrs. Jim Ball of Jefferson City, MO and seven nephews, Frank, John and Walter Warnick, all of Ashland, Sammy and Charles Warnick of Russell, KY, Pat Warnick of Wichita, KS and Lindsey Layne of Ashland. Big Sandy News, December 25, 1952

 

WRIGHT, Tom

1901-1952

C. T. (Tom) Wright, 51, a C & O Railway rate clerk for the past 30 years, was pronounced dead at King's Daughters' Hospital in Ashland, at 8 a.m. Monday morning where he was taken after suffering a heart attack at the C & O freight depot. Mr. Wright had been in ill health for about 2 years and had returned to work a few weeks ago. He was a resident of 1430 Center Street, Catlettsburg, where he moved from Louisa in 1941. He was born in Buena Vista, VA on August 23, 1901, a son of the late C. C. Wright and Betsy Gilbert Wright, both of Virginia. He was a member of the Baptist Church, the Moose Lodge and the Brotherhood of Railway Clerks. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. yesterday at the Miller Funeral Home in Ashland, with the Rev. Henry Layne officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Burial Park, Ashland. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Norma at home; two brothers, C. G. Wright, Ashland, and W. H. Wright, Shelby, KY and two sisters, Mrs. John D. Marcum, Lexington, KY and Mrs. Nelson Ross, Ashland. Big Sandy News, December 18, 1952

 

YATES, Sarah Louise

1916-1952

Miss Sarah Louise (Sallie) Yates, 35, died at 12:20 p.m. Sunday at the home of her mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Yates, at Route 4, Louisa. Her death followed an extended illness. Miss Yates was born on route 4, Louisa, on December 17, 1916, a daughter of Elizabeth Bernard and the late Lewis M. Yates. She had been a member of the Baptist Church since childhood. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the home of her mother with the Rev. Dave A. Hewlett officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery at route 4, Louisa. In addition to her mother, she is survived by one sister, Mrs. Arthur Sagave, Jr., route 4, Louisa; one brother, Jesse M. Yates, at home, and an aunt, Mrs. Mark Miller, Catlettsburg, KY. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, December 18, 1952

 

YOUNG, Rachel Emily (Lemaster)

1873-1952

Funeral services for Mrs. Rachel Emily LeMaster Young, 79, of 927 Adams Street, Louisa, who died Monday at her home, were conducted at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the First Methodist Church at Louisa by the Rev. E. K. Meyers and the Rev. J. C. Hager. Burial was in Pinehill Cemetery. Mrs. Young was born October 28, 1873, at Flat Gap, a daughter of the late Eli and Mary Salyers LeMaster.  Her husband William W. Young died in 1938. Surviving are six daughters, Mrs. Fred Burke of Louisville, Mrs. W. I. Carter of Catlettsburg, Mrs. C. L. Carter of Ashland, Mrs. Ealy LeMatser of Pikeville, Mrs. McKenzie and Mrs. Dock Adkins of Louisa; three sons, James Lonnie Young of Louisa, J. Henry Young of Lexington, and W. E. Young of Columbus, Ohio; two sisters, Mrs. Jim Salyers of Flat Gap, and Mrs. Brown Jones of Wheelwright; one brother,

Willie LeMaster of Hopkinsville; 29 grandchildren and 27 great- grandchildren. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Curtright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, December 4, 1952

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