Tucker County WV, Contributed Obituaries

Contributed Obituaries


Final rites for Darisus P. "Jerry" Alkire world War I veteran who died Monday in the Clarksburg VA hsopital were held from the John W. Lohr Funeral Chapel Wedneday morning at 11 o'clock.  The Rev. Richard Boroff minister of the Valley Bend Church of Christ officiated at the services with interment following at Little Arlington Cemetery. 

Active pallbearers were: A.D. Talbott, Bruce Marstiller, Blair McQuain, Thomas Gear, Billie M. Gear and Clarence GEar. 

Graveside military rites were conducted by Tygarts Valley Post No. 3647, Veterans of Foreign Wars and H.W. Daniels Post No. 29, American Legion and were composed of John B. Chenoweth, Commander of Firing Squad; color Bearers; American Flag, Gerald Kelley; American Legion Flag, Harry Schmertzler; Color Guards were Eddie Falk and H. Kenneth Sell; Firing Squad.   Paul Sponaugle, Robert Vint, Truman Weese, Watson E. Stark, Bugler, Jack Woolwine.  Presentation of the American flag was made by DeWilton Fansler, 7th District Commander , V.F.W. and John B. Chenoweth. 

Relatives attending the services from out-of-town were, Mr. and Mrs. Wade Gear, Dailey; Mr. and Mrs. William O'Brien, Beckley; Miss Mary Gear, Dailey; Mrs. Leona Alkire, Buckhannon; Mrs. Dema Lipscomb, Junior, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Gear, Akron, Ohio; Tomas Gear, Akron, Ohio, and Billie M. Gear of Cleveland, Ohio.   From Elkins Intermountain, 22 October 1959.


Opal M. (Sponaugle) McDaniel Alkire, 78, a former resident of Baltimore, MD and Hendricks, WV, passed away at 5:10 a.m. on the 10th, February, 2006, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Michael Myers, Palm Coast FL, where she had made her home since becoming ill in 2003.

Born Sept. 24, 1927, in Norton, WV, she was the daughter of the

late Clarence W. and Vista B. Bodkin Sponaugle.

On May 22, 1946, she was united in marriage to Rodney Lee McDaniel, who

preceded her in death October 28, 1989.

Mrs. Alkire is survived by three daughters, Sharon Kaye Myers and husband, Michael, of Palm Coast, FL, Coleen Mae Buys and husband, Robert, of Alto, MI, and Bonnie Sue Raynor, of Baltimore, MD; one son, Kevin Lee McDaniel of Baltimore MD. and three sister Thelma Plaugher and husband Eldon of Hendricks, Edith Wilson of LaPlata, MD and Wanda Stahl and husband Bob of Baltimore, MD.

Also surviving are 7 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death besides her parents and husband was a sister Freddie Bennett.

Opal was a homemaker and former employee of Ray Machine Tool & Die. She was well known in the Middle River, MD and surrounding areas for her generous hospitality. She loved attending church, singing and working puzzles in her later days.

Opal was a member of the Middle River Baptist Church, Baltimore, MD.

She will be greatly missed by her family and friends and will remain in their hearts forever.

Bruzdzinski Funeral Home, of Baltimore, MD was in charge of the service. Internment was at Gardens of Faith Cemetery in Baltimore, Md.

Submitted by Sharon Myers: [email protected]


Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at the Beverly Presbyterian church by the Rev. Robert Williamson of Huttonsville and the Rev. William B. Ward of the Davis Memorial church for Mrs. Lila A. Scott Allen, aged 38, wife of Randolph Allen of Beverly who died last Saturday evening at an Elkins hospital where she had been ill for only a few days.  Her death brought expressions of regret. 

Mrs. Allen who was a daughter of Clifford Scott and of the late Mrs. Anna Channel Scott, was born in Missouri on October 27th 1907.  Surviving her are her husband; a son Randolph Scott Allen, and a daughter, Margaret Allen.  There is also one surviving sister, Lt. Mary Louise Scott now stationed in France. 

Interment was made in the Odd Fellows cemetery at Midland. 

At the time of her death, Mrs. Allen was Secretary of Randolph Chapter, United Daughters of the confederacy  and had always taken an active part in the affairs of the Women's Auxiliary of the Presbyterian church at Beverly. From Randolph Review, 18 Oct 1945.


Pvt. Keith Basil, was killed in action on March 2, 1945. 

Pvt. Basil was a member of the graduating class of Elkins High School of 1944 and received his basic training at Fort Eustis Va., and Fort Jackson, S.C.  He had been overseas since 1944 and was in the Third Army, 87th Infantry Division.  He is survived by his father, Carl Basil, Sr., a veteran of World War I, his mother, the former Virgie Poling, and one brother, Carol, Jr., who is in the Army Aircraft Artillery in Belgium.  His entire life was spent in or near Elkins with the exception of one year when the family lived in Columbus, O.  He was a member of the Laurel Hill Methodist Church.  He was one of ten grandchildren of Mrs. Ira C. Poling, of this city, serving in the Armed Forces.  The parents received the letter this morning from the commanding officer stating that their son was killed Neider Selters Germany, and was buried in a U.S. Military cemetery at Stromberg Germany, with the Protestant chaplain officiating at the last rites.  From Elkins Intermountain, 28 April 1945. 


Mrs. Bruce Phillips, of this city was called to Cumberland, Md., this morning by the death of her father, Lawrence Beal, 76, who died suddenly yesterday afternoon.  

Mr. Beal was born June 21, 1868.  He had bee in ill health for sometime.  His wife died two years ago.  He is survived by ten children.  

funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon with interment in the Porter Cemetery.  From Elkins Intermountain, 28 Apr 1945.  


Charles H. Briggs received a telegram from the war Department this morning stating that his son, First, Sgt. Charles R. Briggs, was killed in action on Okinawa, April 6.

The telegram stated: "The Secretary of war desires me to express his deep regret that your son, First Sgt. Charles R. Briggs was killed in action on Okinawa April 6.  Confirming letter follows."

Sgt. Briggs was born in Elkins Dec. 16, 1918, and spent all of his life in this city.  he attended Elkins High school and was employed by his father until he enlisted in the service.  He left here in January, 1941, with the Elkins National Guard Company and spent 17 months in Alaska.    

After returning to the States, he was stationed in Oregon for sometime and went to the south Pacific 21 months ago. 

He was an only child of Mr. Briggs and the late Mrs. Briggs.  He is survived by his father and step-mother.  From Elkins Intermountain, 28 April 1945. 


Mrs. Maude (Twigg) Bullivant, 76, widow of the late Walter S. Bullivant, died Monday afternoon at 1:25 o'clock at the home on South Kerens avenue.  Mrs. Bullivant had been ill for the past year and had been critically ill for the past two months. 

She was born in Springfield, Hampshire county, on Dec 31, 1874, a daughter of the late Norman and Mary (Bortz) Twigg.  She married Walter S. Bullivant on October 6, 1902 in Cumberland, Md., and had been a resident of this city for the past 35 years.  Mr. Bullivant died on May 7, 1945. 

Member of Methodist Church.  Mrs. Bullivant was a member of the First Methodist Church and of Randolph chapter No. 74, Order of the Eastern Star.

She is survived by two sons, Walter Kenneth Bullivant of Binghamton, N.Y., and Joe Elton Bullivant of Falls Church, Va.; four daughters, Mrs. George B. Manning of Alexandria, Va; Mrs. James B. Bruffey of this city; Mrs. John W. Filler of Chester,Va., and Mrs. J. Fountain Butcher of falls Church. 

Also surviving are two brothers, Oliver O. Twigg of Davis; Wilbur W. Twigg of Athens, W. Va., three sisters, Mrs. J.H. Babb of Bristol, Tenn.; Mrs. George H. Eshelman of Davis and Miss Pearl Twigg of Davis and the following grandchildren; Gene and John Filler, Beverly Ann Butcher, Kenneth, William, Elizabeth Ann and Mary Jo Bullivant.  

Funeral Thursday.  Randolph chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, will conduct services at the family residence Wednesday evening at 7:30 o'clock. 

Final rites will be held from the residence Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock by Dr. Ross Culpepper of the First Methodist Church with interment in Maplewood cemetery. 

The remains will be removed from the John W. Lohr Funeral home to the residence Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock.   From Elkins Intermountain, 12 Dec 1950.  


Impressive last rites for Mrs. Maude (Twigg) Bullivant were held yesterday at 2 p.m. from the residence at 100 S. Kerens avenue.  The Rev. Dr. Ross Culpepper of the First Methodist church officiated at the services which were largely attended. 

Mrs. Culpepper played appropriate organ selections during the entire service.  The floral tributes were numerous. 

The honorary bearers were: Mrs. Ernest Sleeth, Mrs. Alvin Perry, Mrs. C.A. Twigg, Mrs. F.H. Robinson,Mrs. Earlie Godwin, Mrs. R.D. Emrick, Mrs. C. C. Carter, Mrs. N.J. Skinner, Mrs. Elmer Powers, Mrs. L.L. Bennet and Mrs. John Vanscycle.  

The active bearers were:  L.L. Bennett, C.A. Twigg, Elmer Powers,ERsin Harrold,Ernest Sleeth and Forest H. Robinson.  

Interment was in charge of the John W. Lohr Funeral Home, followed in Maplewood cemetery.  From Elkins Intermountain, 15 Dec 1950.


Mass ws solemnized Saturday morning at 10 o'clock at St. Brendan's Catholic Church by the Rev. J.R. Seiber for Miss Margaret Olive Burke, popular cashier of the A&P supermarket for several years, who died last Thursday morning at an Elkins hospital following a ten day illness. 

The daughter of the late Patrick F. Burke and of Mrs. Ellen Rafferty Burke, she was born in this city on May 14, 1903.  In addition to her mother she is survived by three brothers and four sisters as follows: Joseph of Aberdeen, MD., Cletus and Clyde of Elkins; Mrs. Elmo Mark and Mrs. A.S. Daniels of Elkins, Retta at home and Mrs. Earl Denver of Cleveland Ohio.  

Interment was made in the St. Brendan's cemetery.  From Randolph Review, 18 Oct 1945.


Mrs. Hattie Conrad, 60, of Whitmer, died yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock in a local hospital. 

The deceased was born May 16, 1890, a daughter of the Late William and Elizabeth (Hedrick) Jordan.  

She is survived by her husband, Henry Conrad; three half brothers, James H. Hoffman of Elkins, Felix Hoffman of Whitmer and Sampson Jordon of Hambleton.  Mrs. Nancy Simmons, a niece, live in Hambleton. 

The remains will be removed from the Runner Funeral home to the Methodist church at Whitmer Wednesday afternoon a 1 o'clock to lie in state for one hour before the services which will be held at 2 o'clock by Stell Teter with interment in the Hedrick Cemetery near Wymer.  From Elkins Intermountain, 12 Dec 1950.


Funeral services for Roy Oliver Cox, 66, who died Thursday morning in a local hospital, was conducted this afternoon at 3 o'clock from the Runner Funeral home. Dr. H.W. Ware, of the First Methodist church was in charge. 

Interment followed in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery.  From Elkins Intermountain, 28 Apr 1945.  


Eileen Anne (FEENEY) Day, 58, of Hendricks, W.Va., died Monday
May 28, 2001, at Memorial Hospital, Cumberland.
  Born April 16, 1943, in Washington D.C., she was the daughter of (Elizabeth) Betty Bailey-Feeney and the late John Wright Feeney.  She was also preceded in death by one brother, Patrick Feeney.
She attended the St. Bernadette Catholic School, in Gaithersburg and Wheaton High School, Maryland.  She was a coal miner with the local 1289, having worked for Island Creek Coal Company, Republic Steel coal Company, Grand Badger Coal Company, and the coal mine at Laurel Run (Tucker County, WV).
In addition to her mother, she is survived by her former husband, William D. Day, Holly Meadows, WV; one son, William Earl Day, Parsons, WV; three daughters, Peggy Louise Fulk, Bayard, WV., Maureen Regina Day, Oakland, MD, and Betty Anne Day, Etam, WV; two brothers, Mike Feeney, Gaithersburg, MD, and John Feeney, Barnesville, MD; one sister Kathy Cottrell, Olney; and four grandchildren.
Friends were received at the Barb-Greenlief Funeral Home, Parsons, where a service was conducted earlier today, May 31, with the Rev. Joseph Mininger officiating. Interment was in the Parsons City Cemetery. 
From: The Republican, Oakland, Maryland Thursday, 31 May 2001
Obituary for Eileen Anne Feeney-Day
Transcribed by daughter, Maureen Regina Day-Moore: [email protected]

Lloyd Day dies in Silver Springs, MD
    Word was received in Parsons, Wednesday of the death of Lloyd Day, formerly of Parsons, who died Wednesday morning in the home of a son, Theadore Day of Silver Springs, MD
    The body was returned to Parsons Wednesday evening.  Funeral arrangements were incomplete yesterday, Wednesday."  From: The Parsons Advocate, July 23, 1953, Page 4.  Contributed by Máirín Moore, [email protected]

Day Services Held Saturday
    Funeral Services were conducted Saturday for Lloyd G. Day, 72, of Hambleton, who died last Wednesday in the home of a son, William Theodore Day of Silver Springs, MD., following an illness of one year.
    The Rev. J.M. Garnes of College Park, MD., assisted by Rev. G. Bland Brady of Parsons, officiated at the services which were held in the Greenlief Funeral Home at 2 p.m.  Interment followed in the Parsons Cemetery.
    A son of the late Francis and Sarah Catherine Waldron Day, he was born October 31, 1880 at Dry Fork.  Mr. Day was a retired railroad agent.
    Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Minnie Long Day of Hambleton; three sons, William Theodore Day of Silver Spring, MD; Harry Day of Glen Burnie, MD; and Charles Day of Durbin; four daughters, Mrs. Hazel Tine of Washington; Mrs. Willis Hertig of Barboursville; Mrs. Hudson Hull of Atwater, Calif; and Mrs. Woodrow Parsons of Martinsburg; 26 grandchildren and four great grandchildren."  From - The Parsons Advocate, July 30, 1953, Front page.  Contributed by Máirín Moore, [email protected]


Funeral services were conducted from the Parsons Evangelical United Brethren Church Saturday June 13, at 2 p.m. for Mrs. Minnie M. Day, 82 of Hambleton, who died Wednesday afternoon, June 10, in the Tucker County Hospital following a long illness.  The Rev. Blair Burr, EUB minister of Riverton, officiated, assisted by the Rev. Gordon Nestor, EUB minister of Belington.  Burial was in the Parsons Cemetery with Greenlief Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
       Mrs. Day was born Sept. 7, 1876, in Randolph County, a daughter of the late James M. and Louisa Mullenax Long.  Her husband, Lloyd Day, died in 1954 and a daughter, Geraldine Day, also preceded her in death.
       Surviving are three sons, Charles Day of Glen Burnie, Md., Harry Day of Severn, Md., and William Day of Washington; four daughters, Mrs. Hazel Sines of Washington, Mrs. Marie Hergig of Barboursville, Mrs. Mabel Hull of Napa, Calif. and Mrs. Elva Parsons of Martinsburg; one sister, Mrs. Stella Roby of Job; 27 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.
       Mrs. Day was a member of the Parsons EUB Church. From: Parsons Advocate, June 18, 1959, page 8.  Contributed by Máirín Moore, [email protected]


Funeral service for Mrs. Susan Dugger, 70, of Whitmer, who died Wednesday morning in a local hospital will be held Friday at 1 o'clock from the Whitmer Methodist Church.  The REv. Stellman Teter will officiate.  Interment will follow in the Laurel Hill Cemetery with the John w. Lohr Funeral Home in charge. 

The remains were removed this afternoon at 2 o'clock to the late resident of Jacob Simmons in Whtmer and will be removed to the church at 12 o'clock noon on Friday.  From Elkins Intermountain, 22 Oct 1959. 


Martha Jane Phillips Fitzwater was the daughter of John W. S. Phillips and Mary MOORE. She was born April 21, 1850, in Randolph Co., WV and died April 12, 1925, in Tucker County. She is buried at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. The following is her obituary from a Tucker Co. newspaper: "Martha Jane Fitzwater, wife of Silas J. Fitzwater, died April 10th (1925) at the home of her son, Tilden (Matthew John Tilden Fitzwater), from dropsy of the heart. Deceased was nearing her 70th year when the Master called. She is survived by her husband and three children: M.J.T. Fitzwater, of Clover, where she died; Mrs. Lena ("Lona" a/k/a Massalona) Bryan, near Philippi; Mrs. Mary B. (Mary Bessie) Phillips, of Greenville, Ohio. One brother, R. K. Phillips, of this city, also survives. One child, a girl (Sylvia Octava) died in infancy. Funeral services were held Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at Mt. Pleasant church by Rev. Jackson of M. E. Church, South, St. George, with interment immediately following in the cemetery near by. Mrs. Fitzwater was one of the county's best women. A kind and loving mother and an obliging neighbor and her going will be deeply mourned by all who knew her. We extend sympathy to the bereaved ones."  Source unknown, Contributed by: [email protected]


Matthew John Tilden Fitzwater, also known as Tilden Fitzwater, was the son of Silas James Fitzwater and Martha Jane Phillips Fitzwater. He was born July 16, 1876 and died June 8, 1935. The following obituary is from a Tucker County newspaper: "Last Saturday evening about 9:30 o'clock death relieved the suffering of one of Clover District's best and most widely known citizens when M.J.T. Fitzwater died after a lingering illness of the past several months following an injured leg, which he received when kicked by one of his horses. For the past two months Mr. Fitzwater had been confined to his bed, although Saturday he seemed to be feeling very well and had enjoyed his meals that day. Upon retiring Saturday night he suffered a heart attack and before medical aid could be secured the end came. Matthew John Tilden Fitzwater was born July 16, 1876 and was 58 years, 10 months and 22 days old at the time of his sudden passing. He was a son of Silas J. and Martha J. Fitzwater. On December 14, 1902, he was united in marriage to Mary J. Runner and to this union eleven children were born, ten of whom with their mother survive. Three grandchildren also survive. Several years ago he was converted and united with the M.E. Church, South, of which he remained an active member until death. He was a kind, loving father, husband, brother and neighbor and will be greatly missed by all who knew him so well. "Tilden", as he was familiarly known throughout the county, had lived in this section [Clover District] all his life. He attended the schools of this district, afterwards being elected to the presidency of the board of education of Clover district several terms, was also a former road foreman in his district and was one of the most progressive farmers in the county. Surviving are his widow, Mary J. (Runner) Fitzwater and the following children: Mrs. Ellis Moore and Mrs. Engle Moore, of Clover District; Mrs. Don Garber of Parsons; Howard, of Montrose; Willie, of Pifer Mountain; Bessie, Lessie, Troy, Roy and Mildred, at home. One son, Ira, is deceased. Two sisters survive, namely, Mrs. Bessie Phillips, of Greenville, Ohio; and Mrs. Lona Bryan of near Philippi. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at ten o'clock, the Rev. Nay Gainer of Barbour County officiating. Interment was made in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery [also known as the Texas Mountain Cemetery]."  Source unknown, Contributed by: [email protected]


Charles Flint, 75, was found ded Sunday evening at his home on Diamond street, where he lived alone.  He died sitting ina chair apparently from a heart attack. 

The deceased was born in Randolph county, Sept. 18, 1869, a son of the late George and Elizabeth (Flemings) Flint.  

He is survived by one son, Herbert Flint of Everett, Pa.; two daughters, Mrs. Charles Kittle and Mrs. Clifford Dolly of Valley Bend, and one sister, Mrs. Ellis Loudion of Clarksburg.  

Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Runner Funeral Home by Dr. H.W.  Ware of the First Methodist church, followed by interment in Mt. VErnon cemetery.   From Elkins Intermountain, 11 Dec 1944.  


Eileen Rennix Gillis, 83, passed away Friday, Nov.29, 2002, in Wilmington, DE, where she had resided for the past six years.  She was a resident of Williamsport, PA, for 34 years and taught first grade at Duboistown Elementary School until her retirement in 1984.

Born in Parsons, WVA, she was the daughter of James French and Nora Digman Rennix.  She attended Davis-Elkins College and taught school at the Parsons Elementary School  until her husband was transferred to PA with Armour Leather Co.

Eileen is survived by a son, James Patrick Gillis; daughter-in-law, Candice and granddaughter, Erin Eileen Gillis, all of Newark, DE; and a sister, Leecy Flanagan of Alexandria, VA.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James P., and by two grandsons, Jamie and Matthew Barrett Gillis.
Eileen was buried at Resurrection Cemetery  in Montoursville, PA.  Memorial contributions may be made to Central Elementary School Library, c/o So.Williamsport School District Office, South Williamsport, PA 17702.  Published in: The Williamsport (PA) SunGazette and the Wilmington (DE) NewsJournal.   Submitted by:  Jim Gillis


Mary Esther Johnson, 37, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T.M. Johnson, well known and highly respected colored residents of this city , died Sunday morning in a New York City hospital, following a several months' illness. 

A former student and teacher of the Riverside high school, Miss Johnson was a graduate of West Virginia State college and did graduate work and obtained a master's degree in English from Columbia University.  After completing several successful teaching years here, she went to New York City and obtained similar work there, where she remained until stricken with ill health.  

Her mothers, Mrs. Lula Hall Johnson, two sisters, Mrs. Helen Bagley, of Newark, N.J., Mrs. Josephine Whorton of New York City, and a brother Staff Sgt. Thomas M. Johnson, Jr., were at her bedside when her death occurred.  In addition, she is survived by her father, two brothers, Cpl. Harry H. Johnson, stationed somewhere in the south pacific, Ralph W. Johnson, who resides in Chicago, Ill., and two nephews, Ralph W. Johnson, Jr., and Godfrey Michael Bagley. 

The remains accompanied by her mother, sister and brother, will arrive her tomorrow. 

Funeral arrangements are incomplete.   Elkins Intermountain, 11 Dec 1944.


Mrs. Evelyn Shrader Jones, 72, former resident of Thomas, died June 5 at Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa.

She was born April 28, 1908 in Davis, a daughter of the late Charley and Mae Hockman Shrader. Her mother was the first baby born in Davis.

Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by her husband Ray Jones who died in 1972.

She is survived by two sons, William Jones Jr. of Wexford, Pa., and Robert L. Jones of Glen Burnie, Md.; three daughters, Mrs. Ruth Marie Arnold of Morgantown, Mrs. Delores Hartz of Bay village, O. and Mrs. Sandra K. Lilja of Bethel Park, Pa.; three sisters, Mrs. Doris Jordan and Mrs. Jeraldine Petrucci, both of Pittsburgh and Mrs. Eddie McCauley of Mill Creek; 18 grandchildern and eight great-grandchildern. Two children also preceded her in death.

She was a member of the Eastern Star of Pittsburgh.

Funeral services were conducted from Thomas Methodist Church June 8 with the Rev. Halley Baldwin and John Kenneth Mann officiating. Interment followed in Davis Cemetery. Hinkle Funeral Home in Davis was in charge of arrangments.-The Parsons Advocate 6-11-80

Contributed by Ellen Jean Jones McCaskey [email protected]


Funeral services were conducted Saturday, January 13, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel at the Hinkie Funeral Home

in Davis for Fredrick Dewey Jones, 69 of Davis, who died Tuesday January 9, in the West Virginia Medical Center Hospital in Morgantown where he had been a patient for the past 4 wks. The Rev. Harry Atzenhofer, pastor of the Methodist Church, officiated and burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Thomas.

Full military rites were accorded at the grave by Blue Ridge Post 22, American Legion of Thomas.

Mr. Jones was born in Thomas, July 18, 1898 a son of the Late William A. & Mary Ellis Jones. He is survived by 1 brother, Hubert Jones of Davis with whom he resided. Two sisters, Mrs. Louise Watkins, of Erie, PA and Mrs. Eva White of Edinburg, PA and a number of nieces and nephews.

From: The Parsons Advocate, 18 Jan 1968

Contributed by Ellen Jean Jones McCaskey [email protected]


Funeral service were conducted at the residence in Thomas by the Rev. Andrew B. Mann. Pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Thomas Monday afternoon for Richard Paul Jones 11 months old son of Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Jones. Who died in an Elkins Hospital following a five week illness.

He was born in Thomas on February 13, 1943. The son of William Ray Jones trustee of the Thomas V.F.D. and an employee of the Davis Coal & Coke Company of Thomas and Mrs. Evelyn Pearl Sharder Jones of Thomas.

He is survived by his parents and the following brothers and sisters, William Ray Jr., Robert Lee, Dolores Jane, and Ruth Marie all at home.

Internment in the Davis Cemetery

From : The Parsons Advocate, Thursday February 1, 1945

Submitted by: Ellen Jones McCaskey niece: ejmac@access995


William Ray Jones Sr., 68, formerly of Thomas, died March 11 at his home in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Jones was born Nov. 12, 1903, the son of the late Stella Nazelrod Jones and William Henry Jones,

He was employed for the past 19 years by Superior Valve Company of Washington, Pa., and prior to that was employed by the Davis Coal and Coke Company of Thomas. He was a Past Grand of IOOF Lodge, No. 103, of Davis; a 32nd degree Mason; Past Master of William P. McIlory, Lodge 758 Am & Fm; a member of St. Clair Royal Arch Chapter, No. 305; Chartiers Commandery, No. 78, Knights Templar; and a member of FOE, No. 936, of Davis.

Jones served on the board of elders of the United Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Pearl Shrader Jones, of Pittsburgh; two sons, William Jr.; Pittsburgh, and Robert of Odenton, Md.; three daughters, Mrs Junior (Ruth) Arnold of Morgantown, Mrs John (Delores) Hartz of Cleveland, and Mrs Arthur (Sandra) Lilja of Pittsburgh; one half brother, Roy Yankee of Rockford, Ill; 13 grandchildern and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by one son, one daughter and two grandchild.

Funeral services were conducted from Hinkle Funeral Chapel in Davis, March 15, with the Rev. Harry Atzenhofer officiating. Interment followed in Davis Cemetery.-The Parsons Advocate 4-6-72

Contributed by Ellen Jean Jones McCaskey [email protected]


Maxine C. Judy - born July 26, 1930, died November 24, 2005.

Was born in Thomas, WV.  Loving daughter of the late Florence and Hobart Lipscomb,  wife of the late Clinton Denver Judy, (Buzz),
Mother of the late Clinton Denver Judy Jr. (Denny), and survived by her daughter Lisha Judy.  Also survived by her sister Carol S. Lipscomb Helmick, and her brother Donald Lipscomb. 
Sister of the late Viola Roll, Irene Higby, Louise Shannon, Williard Lipscomb, Hobart Lipscomb Jr. (June) Sister-in-Law to Francis Slawbaugh and family. Loving Aunt of Debbie Helmick Chmielewski, Jamie Helmick Waskowski, Susan Helmick Godley, James M. Helmick,  Gary A. Helmick, Mary C. Helmick Lamp, Josette Slawbaugh and many others.
She will be missed and remembered fondly by many.  May she find rest and peace with our saviour Jesus Christ in Heaven.
Services  to be held Tuesday, November 29, 2005 at Rybicki Funeral Home, in Garfield Hts., Ohio at 2:30pm,  Interment at a later date at Rose Hill Cemetary in Tucker County, WV.  Contributed by Debbie  Chmielewski: [email protected]


Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Runner Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Jessie Kerr, aged 51, wife of Rolandus Kerr of Wilson Street; who died on last Thursday morning at an Elkins hospital after an illness of long duration. 

The daughter of James W. and Cora Chenoweth Gum, she was born in this county on April 4, 1894.  

Surviving are her husband; one son, Seaman 1-c James Neil Kerr now in Japan; two brothers--Ralph and Clyde Gum of Elkins; two half brothers---Oscar Gum of Pittsburg and Mike Gum of Elkins; also a half-sister, Mrs. Wayne Kennedy of R-1, Elkins. Interment was made in the Odd Fellows Cemetery at Midland.  From Randolph Review, 18 Oct 1945.


Miss Okedera Ketterman died Sunday about noon, in a Chattanooga, Tenn., hospital, where she had been ill for some time. 

Miss Ketterman, who was born at Davis, had resided in Elkins for many years.  Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ketterman left here Saturday for her bedside, upon learning of her serious illness.  

She is survived by her father and mother; one brother,Glenn, of this city; and two sisters, Nell Ketterman of Savannah, Ga., and Josie Ketterman of chicago. 

Funeral services are incomplete awaiting the arrival of the remains. From Elkins Intermountain, 11 Dec 1944.


Nellie V. Kozar, beloved wife of the late Steve Kozar; loving mother of Michael (Penny) Kozar and the late Karen; devoted grandmother of Gerald (Lisa) Matthew; fond great-grandmother of Gregory and Kaitlyn. Funeral service Friday 11 a.m. at John V. May Funeral Home, 4553-61 Milwaukee Ave. Visitation Thursday from 3:30 until 9 p.m. Interment St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make contributions to Rainbow Hospice, 444 N. Northwest Hwy., Park Ridge, IL 60068. 773-545-2115.
Published in the Chicago Tribune on 11/17/2004.  Submitted by MSL at: [email protected]
Note added: Nellie V. Kozar was born Nellie Loughry in 1919 the daughter of Marshall and Maggie Lena Collett Loughry. She was preceded in death by her brother Guy Richard, and sister Ruth. Marshall Loughry (b. 1884) her father was a son of Aaron Loughry Jr.


Funeral services were held at the rose Hill Cemetery at Cumberland last Friday afternoon, with the Rev. H.T. Bowersox, pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran church officiating for Mrs. Mary Bertha Butler Lange, wife of Herman Lange of New York City, and a sister of Mrs. Clara B. Keim of Elkins, whom she had visited here upon numerous occasions.  Mrs. Lange died last Wednesday morning at a New York City Hospital.  Upon the occasion of a visit here a little more than a year ago, Mrs. Lange was operated upon by the City Hospital.

She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy H. Butler, and for many years had lived in Cumberland.  Mrs. Lange had been a member of the Lutheran church during the greater part of her life.   She was also a member of the D.A.R. and of the Colonial Dames.  

Surviving are her husband; one son, Col. Herman Wright Lange, of Washington, D.C.; one sister, Mrs. Clara B. Keim, Elkins; a brother, Karl H. Butler, of Cumberland. Captain Howard H. Keim, now at Camp Perry, Ohio, was Mrs. Lange's only nephew.  

The services at Cumberland were attended by Mrs. Keim, by Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Keim and Mrs. Geo. E. Brown, who left here Friday morning for Cumberland. From Randolph Review, 18 Oct 1945.


10/27/1955 - 3/22/2006
Mary Ellen Day-Marshall, age 50, of Purcellville, VA; died Wednesday, March 22, 2006 at Loudoun Hospital Center, Leesburg, VA. Born October 27, 1955 in Spokane, Washington, she was the daughter of the late Kenneth and Irene Day. (Kenneth was the son of the late William Theordore Day & Nellie Elizabeth Hinkle-Day, both of Hambleton, WV).

Mrs. Marshall received her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from Barry University, Miami, FL and practiced at Arlington Hospital as a Registered Nurse. She was a member of Blue Ridge Bible Church, Purcellville, VA and was very active within the home school community.

She is survived by her husband James Marshall of Purcellville, VA; four sons Wesley Marshall, Grant Marshall, Stuart Marshall, Cameron Marshall of Purcellville, VA; three daughters Laura Marshall, Leah Marshall, Elena Marshall, of Purcellville, VA; one brother Lance Day of Dothan, AL; and one sister Leesa Day- Harlan of Lawrenceburg, TN.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, March 26, 2006 from 3:00-5:00 P.M. and 7:00-9:00 P.M. at Hall Funeral Home, Purcellville, VA. Services will be held at Blue Ridge Bible Church, Purcellville, VA, 1:00 P.M. on Monday, March 27, 2006 with Pastor Joe Holman officiating. Internment will follow at Ebenezer Cemetery, Bluemont, VA.  Source unknown.  Transcribed by: [email protected]


Mrs. Mary Miller of Norton has received a letter from the adjutant general's office confirming the death of her brother, Pfc. Paul F. Lee Masters of Elkins and Norton.  

The letter stated that Pfc. Lee Master was killed in action in Germany on February 2, 1945.  NO further details were given. 

Pfc. Lee Masters was married after leaving Elkins. 

Another sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Woods, resides at Junior and a brother, Norman, lives at Mannington.  From Elkins Intermountain, 28 Apr 1945.  


Funeral services for Scott McBee, who died yesterday morning in a local hospital, were held this morning at 11 o'clock form the John W. Lohr funeral home.  The Rev. Warner Dubose, Jr., pastor of the Davis Memorial Presbyeterian Church officiated.  

Interment will be made Saturday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock in the Alpena cemetery. 

Mr. McBee, a life long resident of Randolph county, suffered injuries in an automobile accident last Labor Day, and had been hospitalized since.  From Elkins Intermountain, 5 Oct 1951.


John McCollam, 65, owner and operator of a restaurant at Valley Head, died this morning at 6:30 o'clock of a heart attack.  

The deceased was born at Mill Creek on August 11, 1885, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Robert McCollam.  He married Miss Bessie Teter of Belington on August 15, 1910, and resided in Belington until 1943, when he moved to Valley Head, where they had since resided. 

Mr. McCollam traveled for several years for the Hornor-Gaylord Company of Clarksburg, and for 13 years for the Gulland-Clarke company of this city.  H was widely known in Randoph and adjoining counties. 

Widows survives.  Surviving are the widow, two children, Virginia, wife of Adonis S. Hunt of Belington and Mary, wife of Bert Harter of Doylestown, O.  There is one grandchild, Thomas Hunt.  Also surviving are two brothers and one sister, Clarence McCollam of this city; J.C. McCollam of Hagerstown, Md., and Mrs. Lucy Blankenship of Wheeling.  

Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Runner Funeral Home in Belington with the Rev. W. Gay Feathers of the Methodist church officiating.  Intemrent will follow in the Fraternal cemetery at Belington.  From Elkins Intermountain, 4 Oct 1950.


1856 - 1947

The Rev. James William McKimmy died at the home of his son, Ottomar McKimmy in Beaverton on Saturday July 5, his 91st birthday anniversary. Funeral services were held on Monday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock at the Butman Brethren church, with the Rev. E. S. Hollinger officiating. Burial was in the Dale Cemetery.

Mr. McKimmy was born in Preston county, West Virginia, on July 5, 1856 and was the last living member of a family of 14 children. He married Miss Lucinda Margaret Fint in West Virginia in 1877. She passed away on July 13, 1938. About 64 years ago they moved to Lenawee county, Michigan and shortly afterward he was elected to the ministery in the Fairview Church of the Brethren. In 1898 he and his family moved to Coleman and through the efforts of Enos Crowell and David Mote he came to Beaverton and was the first minister to preach in this community. He held services in the Old Log school house , and later in the Knoxvill school in Tobacco township, built in 1900. In 1902 he moved his family to Beaverton and was an active minister for over 50 years in the church which he helped build in 1905, and was a charter member.

Funeral services were held from this Home church. He was the father of eleven children, three of whom died in infancy. Surviving are six sons, Edson of Hudson, Elmer and Leee of Detroit, Charles of Ludington, Ottamar and Jay of Beaverton; two daughters, Mrs. Elva Feltault of Pontiac and Mrs. Bertha Yager of Beaverton; 23 grandchidren and25 greatchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Source: Gladwin County Record Obituary, dated: 07-09/1947, Col-6 Page-1. Submitted by Thomas Ladner: [email protected]


1860 - 1938

Mrs. Lucinda McKimmy, of Beaverton, died Wednesday morning at 2 a.m. She was born in Preston county, West Virginia, December 16, 1860, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Fint. Shortly after her marriage to James Wm. McKimmy of Preston county, West Virginia, they moved to Michigan.

Mrs. McKimmy was the mother of 11 children. She is survived by her husband, eight children, two sisters, three brothers, and 22 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Brethren church with rev. Nicodemus conducting them.

Source: Gladwin County Record Obituary, dated: 07-13/1938, Col-1 Page-4. Submitted by Thomas Ladner: [email protected]


1841 - 1931

Perry McKimmy, was born March 3, 1841, in Preston county, West Virginia, and died Oct 3, 1931, at his residence in Beaverton, Michigan. At the date of his death he was 90 years and 7 months of age. The funeral was held at Fairview, Oct. 5, at 2. p.m., and the funeral services were conducted by Rev. Perry Arnold. The pall bearers were: Archie VanDyke, D. M. Sterns, D. B. Mote, Henry Mishler and A. Ohmart. His body was interred in Zion cemetery, Odgen township, Lenawee county.

Mr. McKimmy was a minister of the Church of the Brethren. He was married to Caroline Wootring, who died in Beaverton in 1920. To this union were born J. Luthur McKimmy, Theodore McKimmy, Fred McKimmy, Alvin McKimmy, Salvina Cowell and Addie Corbin, who survive him and Nathan McKimmy and John McKimmy, who preceded him in death.

Sources: Gladwin County Record Obituary, dated: 10/08/1931, Col-2 Page-1. Submitted by Thomas Ladner: [email protected]


1862 - 1951

Funeral Services for Sarah Ober McKimmy, age 89, were held at the Beaverton Church of the Bretheren on Sunday afternoon. Rev. Arthur Whistler officiated and burial was made at the Dale Cemetery.

Sarah Rockwood was born in Indiana on January 9 1862, the daughter of Mr. And Mrs. J. Rockwood. She came to Gladwin County in 1909. She was married to James Ober on September 2 1894 in Geneva, Indiana. He died in 1922. On July 12, 1924, she was married to Rev. Perry McKimmy who passed away on Oct. 2, 1931. Mrs. McKimmy was the last of a family of 11 children and has no living survivors. Paulbears were Paul Mckimmy, Hurley McKimmy, Loren McKimmy, Ivan McKimmy, Ottomar McKimmy and J. Ray McKimmy.

Sources: Gladwin County Record Obituary, dated: 05/21/1951, Col-7 Page-1. Submitted by Thomas Ladner: [email protected]


1859 - 1930

Jasper Newton McKimmy was born in Preston county, West Virginia, April 20, 1859, at his home at Beaverton, Mich., June 21, 1930, age 71 years, 2 months and 1 day. At about the age of 12 years his father died. When but 18 years old Jasper came to Lenawee county, Michigan and worked for his brother Perry and others. After a few years he returned to West Virginia and soon brought his mother back to Michigan with him.

When but a young man he united with the Church of the Brethren and lived a faithful christian life to the end. On Sept. 23, 1883, he was married to Caroline Scholl. To this union were born eight children, six boys and two girls. Three sons and one daughter have preceeded him to the spirit world.

About 25 years ago he was first afflicted with rheumatism. This latter affecteed his feet, and for the past 17 years he had not been able to walk unaided. This affliction had constantly grown worse until for many months before his death he was confined to his bed entirely. He was always of a chearful disposition and bore his afflication very patiently.

Although confined to his home for these many yers, excepting when he was occassionaly taken out on his wheel chair, yet he was widely known and respected. He will be greatly missed in the home and in the community.

Surviving him are his wife, three sons, Clarence of Beaverton, Raymond and Willard of Cleveland, Ohio, one daughter, Alta, at home, two brothers, Perry and William of Beaverton, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Sources: Gladwin County Record Obituary, dated: 07-10/1930, Col-4 Page-8. Submitted by Thomas Ladner: [email protected]


Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the United Brethren Church by the Rev. Troy Brady, the pastor, for Joseph E. Menear, aged 82, who died last Wednesday night at the home of his daughter Mrs. CArrie Shaffer of 106 Chestnut street. 

Mr. Menear who was the son of the Lemuel and Elizabeth Smith Menear was born in Monogahelia county on February 4, 1863.  He is survived by four sons and two daughters, as follows; Layton of Bridgeport, Ohio; Glen and Wade of Elkins; Roy of Clarksburg; Mrs. Dewey Hibbs, of Akron, Ohio and Mrs. Carrie Shaffer of Elkins. 

Interment was in the Odd Fellows cemetery at Midland.  From Randolph Review, 18 Oct 1945.  


Funeral services for Mrs. Paul Nefflen, 86, who died Tuesday afternoon at her hoe on High Street following a long illness, will be held Friday morning, at 11 o'clock from grace Episcopal Church of which she was a member.  The Rev. Charles E. Wiant, rector, will officiate, with interment by the John W. Lohr Funeral home in Maplewood Cemetery. 

Mrs. Nefflen had been a resident of Elkins for the past 55 years and was one of the best known and best liked residents of Elkins.  

Friends are being received at the residence, 40 High St. 


Abt. 1847 - 1930

James H. Norman, a Civil war veteran, 83 years old, died Feb. 12, 1930, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Mary Malcomson, at Beaverton, after an illness of several months. Mr, Norman was born in West Virginia and was married June 17, 1869, to Katherine McKimmy; Seven children, Mrs. Mary Malcomson, of Beaverton, Mrs. Lillian Reynolds, of Harrison; Mrs. Bessie Vis, of Lansing; Mrs. Minnie Meach and Archie Norman, of Moddersville, and Henry Norman, of Montrose, were born to them.

Funeral services were held at the Latter Day Saints church, of Beaverton, Saturday at 10 a.m., conducted by Rev. Perry Arnold. Burial took place at Harrison.

Source: Gladwin County Record Obituary, dated: 02-20/1930, Col-6 Page-1. Submitted by Thomas Ladner: [email protected]


1851 - 1926

Katherine Norman died at her home in Beaverton March 16, 1926, aged 75 years, 5 months and 19 days. She was born in West Virginia, and was one of a family of 14 children, of whom only three are still living, Elder Perry McKiimmy, William and Jasper McKimmy. She was married to James Norman, a veteran of the Civil war in Tucker county, West Virginia, June 17, 1869, who survives her, and they came to Michigan in December 1914.

To this union were born 14 children, of whom seven survive, five girls and two boys, Mary E. Malcomnson of Beaverton, Lillian I. Reynolds of Harrison, Archie N. Norman of Moddersville, Alice V. Meade of Beaverton, Bessie K. Vis of Detroit, Minnie E. Meech of Moddersville; also 87 grandchildren, seven having died, and nine great grandchildren.

She joined the Church of the Brethen at an early age, and continued theirin until her death. Funeral services was held at the L.D.S. church, Beaverton, with interment in Gravel Hill cemetery, north of Harrison.

Source: Gladwin County Record Obituary, dated: 04-01/1926, Col-4 Page-4. Submitted by Thomas Ladner: [email protected]


"Death spreads his withering, wintry arms, and nature smiles no more. Ah, where are now those rising charms, that pleased our eyes before? He is not dead, but sleepeth.
Elihu PHILLIPS was born in Barbour County, WV, August 8, 1838, the only child of Israel and Sarah Phillips. When ten years old he moved with his parents to Tucker county, where he spent the remainder of his life. On April 16, 1858, he was married to Martha, oldest daughter of John M. and Mary Yoakum and to this union, six daughters were born, all of whom survive the aged father. Mrs. John Fitzwater, Mrs. John Strawderman and Mary Alice are residents of Tucker County, Mrs. S. H. Godwin, and Mrs. Lewis Moore are residents of Randolph County, and Ms. C. W. Shaffer is a resident of (unreadable), New Mexico. Under the administration of President James Buchanan, in 1858, Mr. Phillips was appointed postmaster at Texas, W.Va and held that position, continously, until two years ago, when the Texas post office discontinued for Rural Free delivery of mail. On August 19, 1871, he joined the Primitive Baptist church, near where is now Montrose in Randolph County and on Nov. 22, 1884, he was ordained Deacon of that church and remained such until his death. While it is known, that the Primitive Baptist Church will hold its members, and especially its official members, to a strict compliance with all the rules and practices of the church, yet the church records show that Deacon Phillips was never at any time charged with the violation of any ordinance or rule nor guilty of any disloyalty whatever, and the church will ever hold him in fond rememberance, as one of the most cherished members, and will often sigh: "O, for the touch of a vanished hand, and the sound of a voice that is stilled,". After spending a quiet and useful life and after patiently suffering for more than two years, at the age of 73 years 3 months and 20 days, he closed his eyes to earth, with all its sorrows and afflictions, and peacefully crossed over that silent river to the bourne, from which no traveler ever returns and we leave him in the hands of the God he so faithfully trusted. As firm belivers in the The Book that says: If a man die, yet shall he live again, we cannot look upon the 28th day of November, 1911, as the day on which Elihu Phillips died, but as the day on which he bagan to live. One more of the old land-marks is gone. The Church has lost a faithful member, the county, a good citizen and the community a trusty neighbor, but to all the friends and relatives, we would say: Weep not as those who have no hope, but in all meekness say: Thy will O God be done.
To the dear old wife and mother, who is left to finish life's journey alone, we extend our deepest sympathy and commend her to the one who has said that He would wipe all tears from their eyes.
The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away, blessed be the name of the Lord."
Contributed by Sharon Moore Stalker: [email protected]

(From The Parsons Advocate, September 1927)

Marion James Phillips, son of Moses and Lamira Phillips, was born February 26, 1852, departed this life September 15th, 1927, aged 75 years, 6 months and 19 days.

He was united in marriage to Martha Ann Jones, June 20, 1872, and to this union there were born seven children, Unice Phillips, Tacy Fitzwater, Zalma Phillips, of Parsons, Henrietta Sturms of Morgantown, Ira D. Phillips, of Minerva, Ohio, all who survive him, and Moses and Iva D. Phillips, who preceded him to the grave years ago. He is also survived by his aged widow who has been a faithful companion for nearly 56 years and who in her declining years administered to his wants as faithfully as she could until the angel of death summoned him to cross the river to that undiscovered country from whose bourne no traveler has ever returned.

He is also survived by one brother, A. F. Phillips, of Parsons, and two sisters, Addie Poling, of Parsons, and Beda C. Nestor, who still resides on the old home farm where the deceased spent most of his life; a part of the farm is the little cemetery that was deeded to the church by the deceased and his widow, in which cemetery his body was laid along by the side of the children, one of the children being the first to be buried in the little cemetery.

Early in life he united with the Methodist Protestant Church and lived a faithful member until called away, and always attended church when it was possible for him to do so.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, September 17th. A short service was held at the home in Parsons by Rev. C. B. Johnson and the remains were taken to Mt. Zion Church and cemetery where the funeral was conducted by the Rev. W. T. Bosley assisted by the Rev. J. H. Arbogast and Rev. L. N. Auvil, all being his former pastors. The remains were laid at rest in the little cemetery after the services.  Contributed by Sandra Fields: [email protected]

(From The Parsons Advocate November 1936)

Mrs. Martha Ann Phillips, 90, one of the few remaining pioneers of Tucker County, was buried Friday afternoon in the Mount Zion Cemetery, Clover District. She died at her home here after a prolonged illness. She was born in Barbour County, March 14, 1846, a daughter of John and Eunice (DeMoss) Jones. While she was an infant, her parents moved to St. George, which was then a part of Randolph County, and when this section was a vast wilderness. She often enjoyed to tell about the rugged country in this area, saying there was only a small trail over the mountains. Her father carried the mail from St. George to the Mouth of Seneca.

Several months ago she talked about the Civil War period, the shooting of Lincoln, moving the courthouse from St. George to Parsons and told who had first built the courthouse in St. George. It was built by two brothers and their uncle, Steve, Sam and Deck Dumire, Mrs. Phillips said. She had three uncles in the Northern army and a brother-in-law in the Confederate army. She also told of hearing the battle at Corricks Ford and Laurel Hill.

On June 20, 1872 she was united in marriage to Marion J. Phillips at St. George. Mr. Phillips died September 15, 1927.

The following children survive: Mrs. Eunice Phillips, of Parsons; Mrs. Tacy Fitzwater, of Parsons; Mrs. Henrietta Sturms, of Gettysburg, Pa.; Zalma Phillips of Parsons; Ira, of Minerva, Ohio. One brother, John E. Jones lives Pifer Mountain, near this city.

Mrs. Phillips moved from Mount Zion to Parsons sixteen years ago. She never voted as she thought women had no right to vote. One of her sons, Ira, served throughout the World War.

Funeral services were held at the home and then interment was made in the Mount Zion Cemetery.  Contributed by Sandra Fields: [email protected]


PHILLIPS, TROY H., beloved husband of Evelyn (nee Schoenberger) Phillips; devoted father of Elizabeth McDowell and Theodore A. Phillips; loving grandfather of Emily, Troy, Elizabeth, Tracy, Erin, Elaine and Todd; dear brother of Olive Alexander of Greenville, Ohio, Mary Ellen Wolf of Dayton, Beulah DeMoss of Lynchburg, Ruthmae Hamilton & Esther Lewis, both of Dayton, Leo Phillips of Miamisburg, and the late Ethel Moore, Mabel Burckle, Harry T. and Carl J. Phillips.  Passed away Monday, April 19, 1993.  Resident of Glendale (Ohio).  Friends may call at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 106 Maple Ave., Reading, Friday, April 23 from 9:30 AM until service time at 10:30 AM.  If desired, sympathy may be expressed by a memorial contribution to the church or the charity of one's choice.  Vorhis Funeral Home, Cincinnati serving the family."  Source: Cincinnati Enquirer on 22 April 1993.  Contributed by Mary E. Hitt, [email protected] 


L.B. Sites, merchant and postmater at Onego, Pendleton county, died Wednesday mornign 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.  


"Another precious mother in Israel has paid the last great debt of humanity and gone Home.
Martha, daughter of John M. and Mary A. Yoakum, was born in Randolph County, W.VA., Sept. 8, 1841. In her early girlhood days, she removed with her parents to Tucker County where she spent the remainder of her life.
In 1858, she was united in marriage to Elihu, only son of Israel and Sarah Phillips. Fifty years ago she and her young husband united with the Primitive Baptist Church at Montrose. As they journeyed along life's rugged pathway, hand in hand, with hearts throbbing in unison, they never neglected their duties to the church nor to God, but lived quiet, peaceful, christian lives.
Her husband preceded her to the grave nine yeas ago. Her health had been rapidly failing for several months, and on Sunday before she died, she said to her family: "I am not going to be with you very long; I am going home to my Heavenly Father; Do not grieve after me, all is well."
Then, on Thursday, Jan. 20, 1921 as the winter sun was kissing the frost from her native hills, at the home of her grandson and (grand)daughter, Creed and Blanch Ashby, on the old homestead on Texas Mountain, she closed her eyes to earth and in the full triumphs of a living faith, she was transferred from the church militant to the church triumphant. On Saturday, January 22, 1921, her body was laid to rest in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery beside her sainted husband. Rev. L. N. Auvil of the Methodist Protestant Church, officiated paying a beautiful and loving tribute to her memory and offering many kind words of comfort and consolation to the bereaved ones, and admonishing them to mourn not as those who have no hope, but to keep their eyes steadily fixed on the star of Bethlehem, in anticipation of a glad reunion where death and sorrow will never come. Of this christian couple we can truly say: "In labor and in love allied, In death, they sleep now, side by side (unreadable)
Till Christ shall raise them up again"
Martha was the mother of six daughters: Selina E., wife of John Fitzwater, Clover district; Mary A., unmarried; Nancy E., wife of S. H. Godwin, Elkins; Rachel A., wife of C. W. Shafer, Dodge City, Kansas; Eliza O., (deceased wife of J. R. Strawderman) Barbour County and Sarah T., wife of Lewis Moore, of Montrose, all of whom survive her except Eliza, who preceded her to the grave two weeks. She also has two sisters surviving, twenty-four grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren, besides a host of other relatives and friends, who will ever hold her in fondest memory.
Mother Martha was an industrious worker, a kind and affectionate wife, a loving mother, a good neighbor and an exemplary christian. Her busy hands were always extended to those in need and she will be greatly missed, expecially her vacant seat in church, and her empty chair around the family fireside, which will be silent reminders that earth has lost a friend and heaven has gained an angel. Mother Martha's pleasant smile, her kind and loving voice, the gentle touch of her hand, have made an impression on the wirter's heart that will last until he too, is numbered with that silent throng who have crossed over the silent river."

Contribute by Sharon Moore Stalker [email protected]


Fred Price, age 89, of Mineral City, passed away Wednesday evening, May 9, 2001, in Hennis Care Center in Bolivar after an extended illness. He was born in Tucker Co., WV, a son of the late William and Mary Kisner Price, and had been a Mineral City resident since 1941. He retired in 1977 from the U. S. Ceramic Tile Co. in East Sparta, after 32 years service, where he was a foreman. Mr. Price was a member of Mineral City United Methodist Church and the Mineral City Senior Center. Preceded in death by his wife, Alma J. (Skidmore) Price, on October 1, 1983; two sons, Richard on July 2, 1953 and Ben on March 12, 1998; a granddaughter, Roxelle Price in 1963; two daughters-in-law, Ruth Ann Price and Carol Price. Survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law, Joyce and Jack Moore of Mineral City, Rebecca Price of Dover, Julie and Steven Hoagland of Bolivar; one son and daughter-in-law, Franklin and Edith Price of New Philadelphia; a daughter-in-law, Trish Price of Bolivar; one brother, Dorsey Price of Parsons, WV; his special friend, Ora Jane Burk of Mineral City; 15 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. Services will be conducted Monday at 11 a.m. in the Finefrock-Gordon Funeral Home in Magnolia with Rev. Peggy A. Garner and Rev. William D. Wright officiating. Interment in Greenlawn Cemetery in Sandyville. Friends may call Sunday 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Contributions in Mr. Price's memory may be made to Mineral City United Methodist Church,
P.O. Box 105, Mineral City, OH 44656.

From the Canton Repository (Canton OH) Contributed by Harry: [email protected]


Funeral services were held here at the rowan church at Mabie a 10 o'clock Thursday morning, with the Rev. Sampson officiating for Willey B. Scott, aged 39, who died suddenly at Houston, Texas. 

Born near Mabie, Mr. Scott was the son of the  Rev. Paul and Cynthia Rowan Scott. 

Surviving are the following brothers and sisters: Harold, Elkins; Paul Jr., Harrisville; Mrs. W. J. Geibel of Front Royal Va. and Mrs. Albert Phillips of Morgantown.  From Randolph Review, 18 Oct 1945.


Funeral services were held last Thursday afternoon at Parkersburg for Mrs. Anna America Sheets, aged 94, an aunt of Mrs. E.L. Roberts, who upon hearing of her aunt's death left for Parkersburg to attend the funeral service.

Mrs. Sheets is survived by three sons-Frank, Ed and Ben of Parkersburg; by two daughters--Mrs. John Pfalzgraf and Mrs. Harry McLaughlin of Parkersburg.  She is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Willia Coffman, agd, 94, who lives with her daughter, Mrs. Robert of this city.  From Randolph Review, 18 Oct 1945.


Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Gilman church, at Gilman, with the Rev. Mr. Arbogast officiating, for Mrs. Virginia Elizabeth Smith, of near Gilman who died Tuesday evening at the family home.  

Surviving are her husband; one son, Vernon d. Smith and eight daughters--Mrs. Florence Arbogast of Elkins; Mrs. Emma Phares, Glady; Mrs. Lena Eckhardt, Beverly; Mrs. Lulu Phares, Elkins; Mrs. Pauline Arbogast, Bowden; Mrs. Hazel Lambert, Durbin; Mrs. Rita Roy, Elkins; Mrs. Ruby DeMotto, Coalton.  She is also survived by four sisters.  From Randolph Review, 18 Oct 1945.

Obituary for Henrietta (Phillips) Sturm : Press Notice


Mrs. Henrietta Sturms, wife of Homer Sturms, 507 High Street, died at her home this morning at 1:15 o’clock, at the age of 70 years. She was a daughter of the late Marion and Martha Ann Jones Phillips, and was born August 9, 1876. Surviving are her husband; four children, H.A. Sturms, New Oxford, R.D.1; J. A. Sturms, Thomas, W. Va.; Mrs. John Thomas, 507 High Street; and Mrs. William H. Fisher, Abbottstown, R.D.1; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Zalma Phillips, Parsons, W. Va.; and Ira D. Phillips, Minerva, O., and one sister, Mrs. Robert Phillips, Parsons, W. Va. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon with services conducted at 2:00 o’clock at her late residence, followed by further services in St. Paul’s (The Pines) Lutheran Church, near New Chester. The Rev. Drumm, pastor of the New Chester Lutheran Charge, will officiate. Interment will be made in The Pines Church Cemetery. Friends may call at the residence from Saturday noon until the time of the funeral.  (From The Evening Sun, February 06, 1947 Edition)   Contributed by Sandie Ewens: [email protected]

Press Notices : BURIALS


The funeral of Mrs. Henrietta Sturms, wife of Homer Sturms, 507 High Street, who died early Thursday morning at her home, was held Sunday afternoon. Services were conducted at her late residence at 2:00 o’clock, followed by further obsequies in St. Paul’s (The Pines) Lutheran Church, near New Chester. The pastor, the Rev. Elmer Drumm, officiated. Burial was made in the Pines Church Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Charles Milhimes, George Milhimes, Cletus Milhimes, Franklin Millar, Walter Brame and John Thomas. (From The Evening Sun, February 06, 1947 Edition)  Contributed by Sandra Ewens: [email protected]



Homer Sturms, 71, Brookside Avenue, a retired farmer, died this morning at 1:07 o’clock in the Hanover General Hospital, where he had been admitted yesterday at 12:35 PM. Mr. Sturms had been removed to the hospital after collapsing while walking on Ridge Avenue. Death was due to a cerebral hemorrhage.

Mr. Sturms was a son of the late Henry and Artemisia Black Sturms. His wife, Henrietta Phillips Sturms, died February 6, 1947. Surviving are four children, H.A. Sturms, Ne Oxford; Mrs. Lenna Thomas, Brookside Avenue, where he made his home; James Sturms, Thomas, W Va.; and Mrs. William Fisher, Abbottstown; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one brother, Reason Sturms, West Virginia.

Mr. Sturms retired five years ago as a farmer.

Funeral services will be held Monday morning at 10:30 o’clock at the William A. Feiser Funeral Home, Carlisle Street. The Rev. Samuel Clarke will officiate. Interment will be in The Pines church cemetery, New Chester. Friends may call at the Feiser Funeral Home on Sunday evening.  (From The Evening Sun, Hanover PA March 05, 1949 Edition)   Contributed by Sandra Ewens: [email protected]

Burial for Homer Sturms


Last rites were held this morning for Homer Sturms, 71, Brookside Avenue, who died Saturday morning at 1:07 o’clock in the Hanover General Hospital from a cerebral hemorrhage. Services were conducted at the William A Feiser Funeral Home, Carlisle Street, by the Rev. Samuel Clarke. Interment was in The Pines Church Cemetery, New Chester. Serving as pallbearers were Claude Bankert, Walter Brame, Dale Wolf, George Wolf, Roy Middleton and Ray Klunk.  (From The Evening Sun, March 07, 1949 Edition) Contributed by Sandie Ewens: [email protected]

Obituary for Howard Archie Sturms


Howard Archie Sturms, 74, New Oxford, R.D.1, died today at the Hanover General Hospital. He was born in West Virginia*, son of the late Homer and Henrietta (Phillips) Sturms. Surviving is his wife, Ella V. Brame Sturms, New Oxford R.D.1; eight step-children, Clair H. Brame, Berkshire, NY; Mervin L. Brame, Homer, NY; Luther E. Brame, Tully, NY; Mrs. Tehelts Weaver, Muncy; Mrs. Dale Wolf, Harrisburg; Walter G. Brame, Hanover; Mrs. Ray Klunk, R.D. 1, New Oxford and Mrs. Jacob Kramer, Gardners R.D. 1; and a sister, Mrs. Lenna Thomas, Hanover R.D. 4; 34 step-grandchildren and 25 step-great-grandchildren. He was a member of The Pines Lutheran Church, New Chester. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. from the Feiser Funeral Home, New Oxford. The Rev. Kenneth James will officiate. Interment will be in The Pines Church Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Monday evening.  (From "The Evening Sun" of Hanover, York County, PA Saturday, December 23, 1972 Edition)

*Born in Tucker County, W. Va. on March 10, 1898.  Submitted by Sandra Fields: [email protected]


Mrs. Bessie Ellen Summerfield, 82, a resident of Rt. 2, Philippi, died Saturday at her home following an extended illness.

She was born Jan, 19, 1908, at Dryfork in Tucker County, a daughter of the late Guss T. Long and Lottie Mae Rhoades Long Summerfield.

Her husband, Odis R. Summerfield, preceded her in death Mar. 4, 1981.

She is survied by eight sons, Jack Summerfield and Benny Summerfield, both of Philippi, Doyle Summerfield, Charles Summerfield and Golden Summerfield all of Kason, Carl Summerfield, Parson, Lonnie Summerfield, Pittsburgh, Pa., and Roger Summerfield, Belington; five daughters, Mrs. Dale (Freddie) Triplett, Philippi, Mrs. William (Flora) Jones, Slippery Rock, Pa., Mrs Rachel Irene Gragg, North Braddock, Pa., Mrs. Danny (Ruby) Kisamore, Parsons, and Mrs. Barbara Steele, Belington; four half brothers, Cecil Summerfield, Parsons, Joseph Long, James Long and William Long, all of North Carolina; one sister Susie Teter, Virginia; seven half sisters, Inis Roy and Sarah Nestor, both of Parsons, Bonnie Hartpence, Border, Texas, Elsie Lipscomb, Mt. Storm, and Lola Bryson, Dorothy Perry and Louise Holland, all of North Carolina; 60 grandchildren; 60 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Summerfield was also preceded in death by one son Odis William Summerfield, one daughter Alberta Frederick, one sister, one brother, two half-sisters, three half-brothers and eight grandchildern.

She was a homemaker and Protestant by faith.

Date of Death was Nov. 24, 1990.

Submitted by Ellen J. Jones McCaskey (granddaughter) [email protected].


Charles D. Summerfield, 63, a resident of Route 2, Philippi, passed away at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 21, 2003, at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born Oct. 16, 1939, at Hendricks, Tucker County, the son of the late Odis and Bessie Long Summerfield.

He was united in marriage on Nov. 22, 1958, to the former Betty Clark, who survives.

Also surviving are five daughters, Cathy and husband, Bob Linger, Buckhannon, Donna and husband, Jim Marshall, and Debra and husband, Ronnie Foster, all of Philippi, Margaret Summerfield, at home, and Ginny and husband, Bud Stoehr, Pittsburgh; two sons, John and wife, Teri Summerfield, Huttonsville, and Chuck Summerfield, Tennessee; five sisters, Freddie "Sis" Triplett and Rachel Gragg, both of Philippi, Flora and husband, Bill Jones, Slippery Rock, Pa., Ruby and husband, Danny Kisamore, Parsons, and Barbara Steele, Norton; six brothers, Roger and wife, Barbara Summerfield, Belington, Carl and wife, Barbara Summerfield, Bretz, Ben Summerfield, Doyle Summerfield and Golden Summerfield, all of Philippi, and Lonnie and wife, Rosemary Summerfield, Pittsburgh; 16 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Jack and Odis Summerfield; and one sister, Alberta Frederick.

Before becoming disabled in 1970, he was employed as a driller for Pennsylvania Drilling Co. He was a member of Evangelical Bible Church.

Friends will be received at Wright Funeral Home, 216 N. Walnut St., Philippi, after 11 a.m. today. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Eugene Carey and the Rev. Jim Marshall officiating. Interment will follow in the Marsh Cemetery at Tacy.  From The Elkins Intermountain, 23 May 2003 and the Parsons Advocate, 11 Jun 2003. 

Submitted by Ellen J. Jones McCaskey (niece) [email protected]


Final rites for Charles Vincent Taylor, 49, resident of Elkins, who died in a local hospital Monday morning following a brief illness were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Mill Creek Methodist Church.  The Rev. Arnold Bickel, pastor of the church, officiating. 

During the service, which was largely attended, the Cutright Gospel Singers, accompanied by Mrs. Albert Skinner at the piano, sang "Sometime, Sunlight and the Shadows," and "Beyond the Gates". 

Active pallbearers were; Ralph Hughes, Robert Long, Norman Pritt, Don Taylor and Eugene Harris. 

Interment by the Cupp Funeral Home followed in the Brick Church Cemetery with F.E. (June) Runner and Robert J. Anderson directing.  From Elkins Intermountain, 22 Oct. 1959.

Obituary for Lenna Iva (Sturms) Thoma



Lenna I. Thomas, 98, of 432 N. 3rd St., McSherrystown, died at 1:05 p.m. Tuesday afternoon at Michael Manor Nursing Home, Gettysburg.

Born Oct. 22, 1899, in Parsons, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Homer and Henrietta (Phillips) Sturms.

She was a member of St. Paul’s (The Pines) Lutheran Church, New Chester. She was retired form the former Hanover Shoe Co. in Hanover.

Surviving are a son, Dr. John B. Thomas of Santa Marguerita, Calif.; a daughter, Doris M. Wagner of Hanover; 13 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday at Hicks Funeral Home, 501 Ridge Ave., McSherrystown, with the Rev. John Fehringer officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul’s (The Pines) Cemetery, New Chester. Friends may call Thursday evening at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 51 Frederick St., Hanover, PA 17331.

Submitted by Sandra Fields: [email protected]  (From "The Evening Sun", Hanover, York County, PA, Thursday, October 23, 1997 Edition)


Funeral services were held at the family home at Beverly, at 2:30 o 'clock Thursday, conducted by the Rev. J.L. Marques, pastor of Beverly Methodist church, for Mrs. Angelia Scott Ward, aged 84, widow of the late J.B. Ward, well known Randolph county attorney, who died Tuesday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Susan Elizabeth Ward, a teacher in the Bayard schools, of Bayard, W.Va.; who she was visiting. 

Mrs. Ward, who was the daughter of Andrew and Susan Foggy Scott, was born near Elkins on January 18, 1861, but had lived in Beverly for the last 60 years.  A member of the Methodist church, Mrs. Ward was always active in church circles.  She was a devoted mother, a loyal friend, and a good neighbor whose passing will be missed by a host of friends.

She is survived by her daughter, Susan Elizabeth Ward, at the home she died; by another daughter, Miss Mary Genevieve, a teacher in the Beverly schools, and by a son John BaylisWard, Jr., of Beverly.  

Interment was made in the Beverly cemetery.  From Randolph Review, 18 Oct 1945.


Accidental Shot Fatal to Mrs. Herbert Wilson at her Home. 

Tragedy results from accidental discharge of shell from shotgun at apartment in Wilt Building.

The accidental discharge of a 12-guage shotgun while it was laying across her husband's lap, resulted in the instantaneous death last Friday night about11:30 of Mrs. Herbert Wilson at the apartment of Mr. and Mrs. Wilson in the Wilt building.

The husband, preparatory to a hunting trip, had been cleaning the gun and checking it and it is understood that a shell had lodged in the gun.  A nephew "Buckey" Wilson, aged 7, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Wilson was in the apartment at the time and had been questioning his uncle about the gun when suddenly it went off.  Mrs. Wilson who was sitting at some distance from her husband and nephew was in the line of fire and the charge struck her in the face, inflicting instant death, as determined by a physician. 

The husband, who had returned to his home here on September 24 on a 45-day leave after a long service  in the European Theatre of operations, was prostrated by the accident and spent the night at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. N.M. Wilson on Elm Street.

Wounded in action and awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in service he expects to be discharged from the army at the expiration of his leave.

 Mrs. Herbert Wilson was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. N. Marstiller.  She was born in Elkins on June 4, 1920 and in 1939 became the wife of Herbert Wilson.

While her husband was in the army, she remained here and in preparation for his return had secured and fitted most comfortably the apartment in the wilt building where she and her husband expected to reside.

She is survived by her husband; by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. N. Marstiller and by a brother, Jerry, who is still with the armed forces in the European area. 

Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Davis Memorial Church with the Rev. William B. Ward, the pastor officiating.  Final services were conducted at Maplewood Cemetery.  From Randolph Review, 18 Oct 1945.




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