Contributed Obituaries: Pendleton County

Pendleton County Obituaries: Contributed

Joseph G. Bennett, 76

Joseph G. Bennett, 76, formerly of Dry Fork, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 1999, in Sarasota, FL. 

Mr. Bennett was born Sept. 23, 1922, in Brood, WV.  He graduated from Circleville High School in 1941.  

He married Eleanor Cooper, who survives. 

Also surviving are a son, Fred P. and wife, Beth, Chattanooga, TN; a daughter, Mrs. Ed (Deb) Smith, Billings, MT; three sisters, Grace Price and Mary Wanless, both of Maryland, and Emma Ray, Miami, FL; two brothers, Quentin and Dice, of West Virginia; and four grandchildren, Amy and David Bennett and Jason and Justin Smith. 

Mr. Bennett was retired from the Packard Division of General Motors.  He was a Baptist. 

Funeral services were conducted Aug. 6, at 2:00 p.m. at the Faith Baptist church, Sarasota, FL.  He was laid to rest in the North Fork Cemetery, Riverton. From Pendleton Times, 2 Sep 1999. 

Nellie D. L. Chew, W. Va. Native

Nellie Dessa Lambert Chew, 89, died March 16 at the Liberty House Nursing Home in Harrisonburg. She had been in declining health for the past four years.

Mrs. Chew was born on Feb. 19, 1901 in Pendleton County, W. Va., the daughter of the late Kenton D. and Catherine George Lambert. She lived the majority of her life at Riverton, W. Va., prior to moving to the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County communicty nine years ago. She was a member of the North Fork, W. Va. Church of the Brethren.

Besides her husband, George Berry Chew, she is survived by two daughters, Sallie Brown of Harrisonburg with whom she made her home, and Emma Bland of Riverton, W. Va.; two sons, Herman Bennett of Elkton, Va. and Randolph Bennett of Lexington, N.C. She was the surviving member of a family of nine children.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday morning from the First Church of the Brethren in Harrisonburg. The Rev. J.D. Glick will conduct the services and burial will be in the Resthaven Memorial Gardens. Newspaper source unknown. Submitted by: Vincent Summers

George B. Chew

George B. Chew, 87, of Seneca Rocks, W.Va., died Nov. 26, 1991, at Nella's Nursing Home in Elkins, W.Va., where he had been since July.

Mr. Chew was born July 7, 1904, at Crab Bottom and was a son of the late Salisbury and Eadie Lambert Chew.

He was a retired lumberjack, woodsman and sawyer. Mr. Chew was a member of the Brethren Church, the Franklin Moose Lodge No. 769 and the Elkins Odd Fellows Lodge No. 408.

His wife, Nellie Dessa Lambert Chew, died March 16, 1990.

Surviving are one daughter, Emma Mae Bland of Riverton, W.Va.; one stepdaughter, Sallie Brown of Harrisonburg; two step-sons, Herman Bennett of Elkton and Randolph Bennett of Lexington, N.C.; two half-sisters, Mildred Bennett of Onego, W.Va., and Robbie Martin of Franklin, W.Va.; one half-brother, Garth Bennett of Detroit, Mich.; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. The Revs. Greg Bland and Carl Mauzy will conduct the funeral at ---- cut off ---- Newspaper source unknown. Submitted by: Vincent Summers

Ivan Earl Harman, 90

Ivan Earl Harman, 90, of Seneca Rocks died Monday, aug. 30, 1999, at his home in Harman Hills.

Mr. Harman was born Jan. 7, 1909, in the Harman Hills and was a son of the late Omar Thomas and Zora L. Harman. 

Mr. Harman was retired as a timekeeper for the Department of Highways and a farmer.  He was a member of the High Rock Church. 

He was married to Gae Nell Vance, who preceded him in death on Jun 28, 1988. 

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Ward (Louise) Bowers of Seneca Rocks and Mrs. Howard (Dottie) Roy of Petersburg; one son, John Verzich of Seneca rosk; seven grandchidlren; 11 great-grandchildren; one sister and one brother.

He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Juanita. 

Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the chapel of the Basagic Funeral Home, Franklin.  Burial will follow in North Fork Cemetery, Riverton. 

Memorial contributions may be made to High Rock Youth, c/o Betty Harper, HC 78 box 90, Seneca Rocks, WV  26884.  From Pendleton Times, 2 Sep 1999.

Jane Harman
Mrs. Jane Harmon, age 93, a resident of the Ringwood community since 1895, died Monday at 8 o'clock at the home of her son, A. J. Harmon, three miles south of Meno.
Surviving her are three sons, J. G. Harmon of California, B. F. Harmon, of near Meno, and a step-daughter, Mrs. Mary Tyler, of Pawnee.

Funeral services were held at the Concord church near Meno last Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock.  Burial was made in the Concord cemetery at the side of her husband who died in 1927.  source: Fairview Republican, January 21, 1932, page 1.  Submitted by Jeanette Simkins.  

Simeon Harman

Simeon Harmon passed away at his home southeast of Ringwood, Oct. 30 at 6:25 a.m. after a year of illness.

Mr. Harmon was born in Pendleton county, West Virginia, August 22, 1834.  He moved to Kansas in 1864.  He lived at Grasshopper Falls, until 1866, when he moved to Monticello, Johnson county.  From there he moved to Belle Plaine, Kans., where he lived about twenty years.  From there he moved to his present home.

He married Margret Teter in 1853.  To this union were born two daughters, one of whom died in infancy.  The other, Mrs. Mary Tyler, survives him.

In 1863 he was married to Jane Teter, the sister of Margret, his first wife.  To this union were born Joshua Grant of Clovis, Calif., Benjamin Franklin, Ringwood, Okla, Alva J., of Enid, Okla.  Two daughters were born, Flora Ellen and Anna May passed away before the age of 4 1/2 years.  His wife and sons and 1 daughter survive to mourn their loss.

Mr. Harmon served during the Civil War in the state militia of West Virginia. (source Unknown, but probably Fairview Republican)  Submitted by Jeanette Simkins

Columbus Hoover

Clinton Public, DeWitt County, Illinois
October 27, 1882
Died at the home of Nicholas Foley, in Wilson township, October 17, 1882, Columbus Hoover, from injuries received from being thrown from a horse. He was born in 1862, in West Virginia, and was the son of John and Christena Hoover. His life was a brief one, and as we scan the backward flow of years, dark shadows overhang the stream. Left an orphan in early childhood, his father having lost his life in the defense of his country, the first year of the rebellion, he and his elder brother George were left dependent on their widowed mother for support. In 1877 the two brothers emigrated to try to make an honest living for themselves, and by honest industry and by careful industry and economy had earned enough money to buy 120 acres of land near Storm Lake, Iowa, where the brothers intended to move this winter. The funeral was preached the Rev. Lapham, of DeWitt, assisted by Rev. Stoddard, of Saybrook at the Chapel. The high esteem in which he was held was evident from the large attendance at the funeral. Every neighborhood where the boys had worked laid aside their worldly cares to attend the funeral. Though Columbus was among strangers, he found kind friends and loving hands to administer the last sad rights. A beautiful wreath was placed on his coffin and he was quietly laid to rest in Rucker Chapel Cemetery. George Hoover, the bereaved brother, has the sympathy of the entire community. Submitted by K.B. Cook

A.G. Mouse, OBITUARY - Pendleton Times, January 9, 1931

The death of A. G. Mouse, living northeast of Urich, about 9 o'clock Tuesday morning, brought deep sorrow into the hearts of the community. He had been out doing the chores and had his team hitched up preparatory to hauling corn. He and a neighbor, Gomer Jenkins, were in another lot with the gate open between, and his younger son, Clifford, was in the barn. The team became frightened and started to run, Mr. Mouse trying to stop them. The team struck him, knocking him down and his head striking the hard ground. His skull was fractured behind the left ear, a gash being cut about an inch long. He was removed to the house and Dr. L. L. Smith called. They were intending to convey him to a hospital and had called an ambulance, but he passed away in about an hour, Before the ambulance arrived, never regaining consciousness. Mr. Mouse had been in poor health for about a year, but had remarked that morning that he felt better than he had for a long time, and seemed so happy then and the evening, before. The family was planning a Christmas reunion, had a decorated tree, and the atmosphere of the home seemed to radiate the Christmas spirit. The taking away of this beloved husband and father has east a gloom over the hearts and lives of the companion and children that would be unbearable if it were not that the Heavenly Father has said that He will not leave us comfortless. May the holy Spirit he ever near them in this time of grief. He alone can soothe the aching heart and make it possible to bear up under such trails. Deceased was born June 15, 1884, in West Virginia. He was united in marriage to Miss Anna Lee Martz August 29, 1905, at Altona, Mo., and they came to Henry county about 12 years ago.

His wife and two sons survive: Herbert, who is married, but resides in the parents home, and Clifford. Herbert was helping a neighbor, Roy Gamlin, with saw log cutting when he was told of his father's serious injury. Others surviving him are: His parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. H. Mouse, of Adrian, and the following brothers and sister; Frank Mouse and Mrs. Lena Porter, of Kansas City; Olie and Scott Mouse, Emporia, Kansas; John Mouse, Wichita, Kansas; Will and Charles Mouse, Adrian.

Mr. Mouse was among the most enterprising and prosperous farmers and stockmen of Henry county, taking premiums on his horses whenever entered in various County and State Fairs. He had provided a wonderful home for his family, in which love and kindness reigned. He was held in the highest esteem by a legion of friends who loved him for his unselfishness and many admirable traits of character. He was a member of the Christian church, his membership being with the church, his membership being with the church at Altona.
Funeral services will be conducted at the home at 2 p.m. Christmas day by Rev. Lucas, of Lee's Summit, and burial will be in the Garden City cemetery.
Note: The above, taken from a newspaper of Adrian, Mo., was sent to the Times by M. H. Mouse, father of the deceased A. G. Mouse, for publication in Mr. Mouse's native county where he is well known. Submitted by Jeanette Simkins: [email protected]

Abraham A. Mullenax: Source Toronto Republican, 1914

Abraham A. Mullennax was born in Pendleton, W. Va., Mar 16, 1833.  He was united in marriage with Catherine Orrohood October 31, 1856.  To this union were born eight children, two of whom died in early childhood.  The six living are:  Mrs. Sarah J. Elvin, Toronto; Mrs. Margaret A. Mitchell, Union, Ore.; Alexander Mullennax, Meramec, Ok; Mrs. Mary E. Elvin, Wichita; Mrs. Martha Cook, Frederick, Ok.; and Mrs. Malinda S. Casto, Yonkers, Ok., all of whom were present at the funeral.  There are 35 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren to his memory.  Mr. Mullennax united with the Christian church in his young manhood and expressed his faith in Christ to the end.  He came to Kansas in 1870, settling on a farm near Toronto and in the past few years has lived in Toronto where he was very favorably known until his death, which came March 28, 1914, at the ripe age of 81 years and 12 days.  By request, a short service was held at the home and the body was laid to rest Sunday afternoon in the Caley Cemetery in the old neighborhood where he lived many years.  Many friends were present at the funeral to manifest their sympathy.  May our good Lord keep us in the unity of the Spirit and bonds of affection to the end.  SWD
    We desire to express our appreciation of the many kindnesses shown by our friends and neighbors during the illness and death of A.A. Mullennax, dear husband and father.
Catherine Mullennax    Sarah Elvin
Margaret Mitchell        Mary Elvin
Alexander Mullennax    Alice Cook
            Minnie Casto

Submitted by: Mary Celine Scott
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Onego Postmaster, L.B. Sites Dies: Rites on Friday   

L.B. Sites, merchant and postmater at Onego, Pendleton County, died Wednesday morning Oct. 21, in the Newton D. Baker Hospital in Martinsburg.  He was admitted to the hospital Tuesday night.

Mr. Sites, a veteran of World War I, was born March 22, 1895, in Pendleton County.  He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Ephie Vance, his wife, Mrs. Gertrude (Huffman) Sites; one daughter, Mrs. Ruth Phares of Canton, Ohio, three sons, Roy W., of Onego, and James H., and Norman W., of Detroit, Mich., and six grandchildren.

Also surviving are the following brothers and sisters; Sylvia Vance of Kerens; Mrs. Myrtle Arbogast, Bessie Helmick and Mrs. Aphile Herron of Onego; Mrs. Guy Hrman [sic]of the Mouth of Seneca, and Charles Vance of Onego.

He was a member of the E.U.B. church of the Brethren at Onego.

Funeral services will be held from the Onego Nazarene Church with the Rev. Blair Burr officiating.   Interment will follow in the North Fork Memorial Cemetery at Riverton by the Shaffer Funeral Home of Riverton.

The remains will be removed from the funeral home to the church Friday morning at 9 o'clock and lie in state until the hour of the services at 2 p.m.  From Elkins Intermountain, 22 Oct 1959. 

Roger G. Smith

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Roger G. Smith, 61, of 5300 Whirlwind Cove Drive, Hilliard, Ohio, died Friday, January 23, 2004, at Mount Carmel West Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, after a brief illness.

Born December 1, 1942, in Romney, W.Va., he was the son of the late Mervin L. and Bessie M. Smith of Keymont, W.Va.

He was preceded in death by his wife Linda (Kidwell) Smith in July of 1999.

He is survived by one daughter, Robin Munsey whom he resided with, and two granddaughters Holli and Jordyn Munsey.

He is also survived by two brothers Mervin L. Smith and wife Carol of Elk Garden, W.Va., Walter Smith and wife Tonya of Leon,WV, and James R. Smith and wife Donna of New Creek, W.Va..

He is also survived by six sisters, Lavonna and husband Ed Purinton of Danville, Md., Neda and husband Tom Jordan of Hilliard, Ohio, Jenny and husband Gary Pitsenbarger of Fort Seybert, W.Va., Donna and husband Rick Klosterman of Sulphur, La., Joyce and husband John Thomas of New Creek, W.Va., Susan and husband Willard Riggleman of Keymont, W.Va.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends were received at the Jerry Spiers Funeral Home on Sunday, January 25.

Burial was Monday, January 27 in Alton Cemetery Alton, Ohio. Services were conducted by the Reverend Paul Moore.  From Columbus Dispatch and Mineral Daily News Tribune.  Submitted by: Sunni Riggleman

Mary Ellen Swineford worked at White Barn

Mary Ellen Harper Swineford, 90, of Ashland, died Friday morning, Aug. 11, 2006, at Kingston of Ashland.

Mary was born in Dry For, W.Va. the daughter of Daniel and Anzina Vandevender Harper, the ninth child of 13.

She was a former employee of Gerwig's white Barn Market and had worked at Eagle Rubber company in Ashland before  retiring from the Ashland Rubber company in 1992.

She had been a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Ashland since 1938,a charter member of the Orange grange, a past member of the social Gleaners club, a 4-H advisor for the Nankin Cloverettes and was a farmer's wife.

She loved crossword puzzles, baking pies and made the best Texas short cake.

She is survived by two daughters, Nancy (Bill) Miller and Jeanne (Larry) Worley both of Ashland; grandchildren, Mark and Trina Miller of Colo.; Jim and Birgit Miller of Texas; DAvid and Judy Miller of Brunswick; Todd and Janet Barr of Nova; Kandee and Mike Evans of Greenwich; Shawn and Vanessa Barr of Jeromesville; 15 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.

On June 19, 1937 she was married to Walter R. Swineford who preceded her in death on march 5, 2001.  she also was preceded in death by her parents, seven sisters and five brothers.

funeral services will bee 11 a.m Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006, at Trinity Lutheran church in Ashland with the Rev. Robert Pflueger officiating.  Burial will be in the Ashland county memorial Park.  Friends may visit with the family 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at Trinity Lutheran church on Wednesday.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity Lutheran church, Radio Broadcast Fund, 508 Center St., Ashland Ohio, 44805.

Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting 

Submitted by Bill Miller, [email protected]

Wilma June Bolton Wood

Wilma June Bolton Wood passed away suddenly on Feb.2,2004 at the Mc-Kay-Dee
hospital in Ogden Utah with her children and family near her side.  She was born in Elliott Ridger, Elkins, West Virginia the 6th and youngest child of William Aaron & Lillie Bennett Bolton.  She graduated High School in Elkins W Va and later received her nursing degree from the Mary of the Immaculate Heart School of nursing in Va.  It was there that she met her husband Donald James Wood Sr while he was stationed in the army.  They were married on April 21, 1952 in Elizabeth City, No Carolina.  When he was discharged from the army they moved back to Ogden which was his hometown.  She worked as a nurse for the Harline
clinic and the Dee hospital.  In 1962 she started working at Hill Air Force Base as an expediter.  She then moved up to a scheduler for the F16 aircraft.  She retired as a scheduler for the C130 aircraft.  June shared her interest in many activities including the Klunker Klub of Ogden, Rebecca Odd Fellows Lodge, and the Union Pacific Jr. Old timers Club # 9.  June's true passion was gardening.  She was very proud of the wonderful garden with vegetables and flowers that she grew every year.  June was preceded in death by her parents two
brothers and three sisters her husband and two grandchildren.  She is survived by her daughter Judy (Frank) Schmitt, two sons Donald J (Nan) Wood Jr. MD and Michael L (Kim) Wood, 14 grandchildren eight grandchildren with the 9th expected in April, and several nieces and nephews.  Following June's wishes there will be no funeral.  She has requested tht her body be donated to the University of Utah's Health Sciences and Medical School.  There will be a family memorial held at the home of her son on Thursday Feb 5, 2004 from 5 to 7 pm.  Send condolences to family at  Submitted by: Judy



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