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Bailey, Monroe "Buck"

(NOTE* I found this obituary, along with several others, in the back of my great grandmother's Rumford Cookbook! Of all places!) The Charleston Gazzette, Sunday, November 10, 1946 Monroe "Buck" Bailey - 84, a lifelong resident of Putnam County, died yesterday in a local hospital. Surviving are five sons, Carl and Leslie, Heizer; Gallie, Dunbar; Herman, Middleport, Ohio; Bennett, Poca; and three daughters, Mrs. Mary Carney of Red House, Mrs. Alda Landers of Poca, and Mrs. Ida Holstead of Seth; 56 grandchildren and 68 great grandchildren. Service will be at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow at the residence at Poca with Nat Cavender officiating. Gatens Mortuary of Poca will direct burial in Humphreys Cemetary, grandson's will act as pallbearers.

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Bailes, Vivian C.

Bailes, Mrs. Vivian C.-41 of 210-B Second Ave., South Charleston, died Sunday (1 Mar 1964) in Thomas Memorial Hospital after a heart attack. She had lived in South Charleston for the last 24 years. Surviving are her husband, Jesse L.; two daughters, Mrs. Martha Grissinger of South Charleston and Mrs. Carolyn Strobel of Dunbar; her mother Mrs. Emma Adams of Loudendale; four brothers, Bill and Bernard Adams, both of Loudendale, and Clifford Adams of Cleveland, Ohio, and Samuel Adams of Tyler Mountain; five sisters, Mrs. Bertha Pauley of St. Albans, Mrs. Gladys Ferrell of Whitesville, Mrs. Goldie Bryant and Mrs. Linda Walker, both of Loudendale, and Mrs. Roberta Laird of Cleveland, Ohio; and two grandchildren. The body is at Keller Funeral Home at Dunbar.

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BALL, Mary D.

Service for Mrs. Mary D. Ball 76, 1873- 1949, of 1041 Garden St. (Charleston) who died Sunday June 12, 1949 at home after a short illness, will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow in Bartlett mortuary chapel with Rev. I. E. Steyer and Rev. L. H. Burns officiating. Born Jan 22, 1873 in Narrows, Va she was the widow of Rev. W.B. F. Ball a Methodist minister. She was a member of the Humphreys Memorial Methodist church, a charter member of Tiskelwah chapter, Order of Eastern Star, and a Gold Star Mother. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Oley Casdorph, Mrs. George Schere, Mrs. Roy Koch and Mrs. J. W. Layne, all of Charleston; two sons Dr. E. H. Ball and Cecil Ball both of Charleston; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Another son, Pvt. Albert Gale Ball, was killed while serving with the U. S. Army in France in 1944. The body will remain in the mortuary until service time and burial will be in Spring Hill cemetery.

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Mrs. Elizabeth Ballard                                 BALLARD, Mrs. Nellie Mae
   Mrs. Elizabeth Ballard, 57, wife 		       Glusencamp-52, wife of W.H.
of William H. Ballard of Wevaco 		       Ballard, 401 Second Av., 
died yesterday in a Charleston hospital.	       South Charleston, died yesterday
    Services will be held at 2 p.m.		       in a Charleston hospital. Also 
tomorrow in the Eskdale Baptist		       	       surviving are a son, LIVING, 
church with Rev. C.E. Walker of-		       South Charleston;	
ficiating. Burial will be in Mont-		       her father, William Hettesimer, 
gomery Memorial Park.			   	       Middleport, O., and a sister,
     Also surviving are three daugh-		       Mrs. Mary Gallagher, Charles-
ters, Mrs. S.D. Atkinson of Youngs-		       ton. The body is at Snodgrass
town, O., Mrs. J.S. Russell of Noto-                   mortuary. She was a member
mine and LIVING at home; five sons		       of the First Baptist church, South	
Russell and Clarence of Jochin, 		       Charleston.	
Charles of Decota and LIVING and Daniel
of Wevaco; a brother, Joseph Batton of
      The Pryor mortuary at East Bank
is in charge of arrangements.

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BANKS, Leroy J.

Leroy J. Banks 74, 1919-1993, of South Charleston died Nov. 9, 1993 at home after a long illness. He was a retired postal worker and member of the National Association of Letter Carriers. He was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, South Charleston, and former member of the church administrative council and usher board. Surviving; wife Naomi Hayes Banks, "Toots", daughter Joyce Adams of South Charleston, son David of Sacramento, Calif.; brother, Wayne of Sioux Falls, SD.; one half -brother, five half-sisters one grandchild. Service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston, with the Rev. Frank Shomo officiating. Entombment will be in Legacy Memorial Gardens, Cross Lanes. Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

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Beckman, Mrs. Letitia L.

The Daily Mail Tribune 7 January 1901 .. Aged Lady Dead ... Mrs Brackman Passed Away at Her Home on Baines Street Yesterday Morning ... Mrs. Letitia L. Brackman, wife of Wm. Brackman, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Wm. Geary, Sunday morning at twenty-five minutes after one o'clock. Deceased was 86 yrears and 4 months old. She had suffered from cancer on her mouth for thirty years. She leaves six children, daughters, Mrs Vaughan, Mrs. W. A. Fisher, Mrs. J. C. Saunders, Mrs. William Geary and two sons, David Brackman and Frank Brackman. All were at her bedside when she passed away except Mrs. Vaughan, whose home is in Greenbrier county. The funeral service will be held at her late home 460 Baines street this afternoon at 2 o'clock. ... The Daily Mail Tribune 8 January 1901 ... Funeral services were conducted yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock , over the remains of Mrs. Letitia L. Brackman, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Wm. Geary, on Baines street, by Rev. W. I. Canter, pastor of the M. E. Church, South. The remains were laid to rest in Spring Hill cemetery.

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The Lorain, Ohio, Morning Journal, Thursday, September 30, 1999, page B2 ... ROBERT BICKEL, 74 ... Lakewood, Oh - Robert B. Bickel, 74, of Lakewood, formerly of Elyria, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1999, at Mercy Center, Canton, following at lengthy illness. He was born in 1928 in Kanawha County, W.Va. He moved to Elyria from Washington, Pa. in 1962 and lived in Elyria until the early 1980s. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European theatre. Bickel and his wife were custodial managers for Lakeshore Towers in Lakewood for the past 12 years. While in Elyria, he attended the Washington Avenue Christian Church. Survivors include daughters, Mrs. Sandy Spurrier of Canton and Mrs. Marlene Reed of Anzac, Alberta, Canada; son, Gary of Canton; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; sisters Alpha Nicholas of Jefferson, Ohio, Lora Ashley of Ashtabula and Euma Kirkhart of Elyria. He was preceded in death by his wife Ruth F. Bickel in 1998; brother, Ray Bickel; and half brothers Brent and Clint Estep; and parents Charles S. and Lillie F. (nee Estep) Bickel. Friends may call Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Busch Curtis Scheuffler Family Chapel, 114 Second St. Services will be Friday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. The Rev. Gary Bickel will officiate. Interment will be in Brookdale Cemetery, Elyria. Contributions may be made to the Cree Indian Fund, c/o Marlene Reed, 6220 Melody Lane NE, Canton, 44021.

Submitted by:  Jane E. (Spurlock) Hoholski  [email protected]


MRS. JEAN G. BLAKE, 62, OF 310 WINONA ST., South Charleston, died April 5, 1988, in General Division, CAMC, after a long illness. She was a member of Humphreys Memorial United Methodist Church, Charleston. Surviving: husband, Donald L. Blake; son, Fred Randall of South Charleston; daughter, Pamela Russell of Ripley; brothers, Gerald Greybill of St. Albans, Fred Greybill Jr. of Oregon, Thomas Greybill. of Chicago, John Greybill of Detroit, Phillip Greybill of New Jersey; sisters, Nancy Mostellor of San Diego, Calif., Jackie of California; four grandchildren. Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston, with the Rev. Harold Custer officiating. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery, Charleston. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the American Diabetes Association.

BOSTIC, Hazel E. (Young)

Hazel Ellen Young Wines Bostic 83, of Charleston died Monday, Jan. 8, 1996 in CAMC, General Division, after a long illness. She was a retired dry cleaning inspector with 41 years service and a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church, Charleston. She was a lifelong resident of the Kanawha Valley. Surviving; daughter, Betty Jo Turley of Charleston; sisters. Trevenia G. Scott Holbert of Manassas, Va, Naomi Kelley of South Weymouth, Mass., five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren. Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston, with the Rev. Clarence E. Turley officiating. Burial will be in Withrow family Cemetery, Frame. Friends may call from 5-8p.m today at the funeral home. (Hazel was the daughter of Homer Clarence Young and Mary Ann FISHER)

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Bostic, Mrs. Norma Lee (Dailey)

Mrs. Norma Lee Bostic, 61…1921 - 1983…of 696 Clearview Heights, died Tuesday Feb. 15, 1983 in St. Francis Hospital. She was owner of Norma Lee Bostic School of Music. She was a member at the Baptist Temple and a lifelong resident of Charleston. Surviving' husband, Stan E. Bostic Sr. sons David L. and Barry S. both of Charleston, Stan E. Jr. of Ashland, Ky; daughter Mrs. Martha Robinson of South Charleston, sister, Mrs. Joyce Mollhan; brothers, Carl Dailey of Charleston, Gene Dailey of Huntington Beach, Calif; seven grandchildren. Service will be a 11 a.m. Friday in Bartlett-Burdett Cox Funeral Home with the Rev. David L. Fish officiating. Entombment will be in Cunningham Memorial Park Mausoleum. Friends may call from 6-9 p.m today at the funeral home.

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Bostic, Stanley Ervin

Stanley Ervin Bostic 76…1920 - 1996… of Charleston died Sunday Dec. 29, 1996 in Sweetbriar Senior Home after a long illness. He was a retired Kanawha County schoolteacher and attended the Baptist Temple. Surviving; sons, Barry and Dave of Charleston, Stan Jr. of Dayton, Ohio daughter Martha "Marty" Robinson of Lewisburg; seven grandchildren five great-grandchildren. Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Bartlett-Burdett-Cox Funeral Home with the Rev. John Elliott officiating. Entombment will be in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. (Stanley was the son of Other E. Bostic and Ada M. Hatfield)

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The obit, from The Mail Tribune, Friday May 10, 1901…."Death of Beniah Botkin Beniah Bodkin, aged 83 years, died Wednesday night at his home on Cooper's creek after an illness of three weeks with stomach trouble. He leaves eight children and three brothers, on e of whom, C.J. Botkin, is a well known resident of this city. Funeral services will be conducted today at the residence at 10 o'clock a.m., and the remains will be interred in the family burial ground on Cooper's creek."

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Wylie Ernest Bowling Sr., .. 11/1/1904 - 11/18/1968…of 5301 Dalewood Drive Tyler Heights died Monday in Thomas Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. Though suffering from a heart condition for several years, his death was unexpected. He retired from Viscose two years ago after 41 years of service. He was born at Liberty and his parents were the late Howard Celiem and Sarah HARRISON Bowling. The family lived for a short time in Putnam County but Mr. Bowling lived for many years in the Nitro area and moved to Tyler Heights 28 years ago. Survivors; wife, Lottie, daughters Mrs. Phyllis Karnes of Nitro, Mrs. Mary Adams of Nitro, Mrs. Beulah Page and Mrs. Ethel Parsons of Tyler Heights; son Wylie E. Jr., Hershel G., Donald W., and Charles D. of Tyler Heights, Howard R. of Poca; brother, Warren of Buffalo and 22 grandchildren. A member of the Church of the Nazarene at Tyler Heights funeral services will be held there Wednesday. Officiating clergymen were the Rev. Messr A. D. Potter, O. R. Gunnoe and William Lanham. Burial in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens was under the direction of Gatens Funeral Home.

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Brackman, David M.

Charleston Daily Mail 23 May 1920...David M. Brackman died saturday at his home, No. 11 Burk street just west of the court house, where he had been ill two or three weeks from the ailments of old age. The decedent was a veteran of the Civil War, with long service in the Confederate Army, two years of which as a member of the 22nd regiment of sharpshooters in Stonewall Jackson's brigade, Greenbrier division. ... After the close of the war he came to Charleston and has since been a resident at least 40 years. He was long employed by Lewis Hubbard & Co. as a teamster, but in later years a stableman. He is best known by later acquaintances as a Salvation Army enthusiast, the member who faithfully beat the big drum at the street corner meetings nightly. His long form and aged face were familiar to all observers of Salvation Army parades and public meetings. He and his wife joined the Salvation Army 15 years ago, being members of the first local corps after the reorganization of the work in Charleston, and Adjutant Harvey says for them, that they have ever since been faithful members. He is survived by his third wife, whom he married as Emma Zirkle, 32 years ago: one son, Frank Brackman, of Charleston; two daughters, Mrs. Edna Medley, of Logan; and Mrs Maude Ferrell, of Kanawha City. An adopted daughter, Ollie about 11 years of age, lived with Mr. and Mrs. Brackman. The funeral will take place in the Salvation Army citadel Monday at 1:30 p.m. Interment will be made in Springhill cemetery. The deceased was born at White Sulphur Springs, Greenbrier county, October 21, 1842. ...(error in list of survivors-should read one brother Frank Brackman, one son, Eugene Brackman) 24 May 1920 Charleston Daily Mail ... Brackman Funeral ... Services for the late D. M. Brackman, Confederate army veteran and Salvation Army member, whose death occurred Saturday at his home near the courthouse, were held this afternoon in the Salvation Army citadel. Officers of the corps officiated at the service and members of the corps served as pallbearers. Interment was made in Springhill cemetery.

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Brackman, Mrs. Emma Lou

Charleston Daily Mail Tuesday, Aug 31, 1943 p.8 ... Mrs. Emma Lou Brackman of 228 Reynolds St., a Salvation Army worker for 38 years died Monday afternoon in a Charleston hospital after a long illness. ... She was enrolled in the local Corps by Capt. George Figgans, 12 Feb 1905, with her husband the late David Brackman, who was widely known in Charleston. She would have been 80 years old Nov. 13th. Daughters: Olive Mae Pack of Huntington, a son Sam Henry Zirkle of Charleston, two step daughters Mrs. Maude Ferrell of Charleston and Mrs. Edna Medley of Logan, stepson Eugene Brackman of Detroit, Michigan. Services will be Friday at 2 p.m. conducted by East. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery. Body at Owen-Barth Funeral Home till 1 Friday. Family requests flowers be omitted.

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Mrs. Zola L. Bradley, 87, of 2847 Washington St., St. Albans, died Thursday in Riverside Nursing Home, St. Albans, after a long illness. She was a member of St. Marks Methodist Church where she was a former president of the St. Marks Women's Association and former superintendent of the elementary group Sunday School. Surviving: sister, Mrs. Melva Thomas of St. Albans. Service will be 2 P.M. Saturday in Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston, with the Rev. A. E. Bennett and the Rev. James Fisher officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston. Friends may call from 7 to 9 P.M. at the funeral home.

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Bradshaw, Ora S.

Ora was born in Ohley, WV and lived her early years in Kayford, Kanawha County, WV. Obituary - Ora S. Bradshaw Ora S. Bradshaw - age 87, entered into rest December 17, 2001. Ora is survived by her daughter, Pat Muniz; her son-in-law, Jesse Muniz; her grandson, Phillip Muniz; her sisters, Opal Hern and Virginia Webb; and many nieces and nephews. She was an active member of the United Methodist Church, the Grandmother's Club, the Bayview Seniors, the Rebecca Lodge IOOF, the Sunnyvale Seniors, and the Camino Medical Group volunteers. Ora moved from West Virginia to Sunnyvale in 1964, first working for Shuckles Cannery, and later United Technologies, United Chemical Division. She retired from UTC in 1980 to spend time with her family and pursue her many activities. Memorial Services will be held at the First United Methodist Church-Sunnyvale, 535 Old San Francisco Road, Sunnyvale, CA 94086 at 1:00 pm Saturday, December 22, 2001. The family respectively requests no flowers; please make donations to the United Methodist Church-Sunnyvale or the charity of choice.

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Burford, Martha Ellen

110-year-old woman fondly Remembered Feb.1997..By; Charlotte Ferrell Smith Charleston Daily Mail... Martha Ellen Burford Her Life was an inspiration. ... Martha Ellen Burford, who died Tuesday at age 110, knew how to enjoy life. ... "She loved people" said her daughter, Norma Casto of Cross Lanes. "At her age, she didn't have immediate friends. She loved young and old alike. "he was a very contented person. She enjoyed being alone and could entertain herself. She wasn't the type to worry or fret."... She didn't have time. Up until she was 108, she lived alone on a 63-acre farm off of Rocky Fork Road, where she cooked and entertained. She loved quilting,sewing,and reading. She made intricate quilts and sewed until she was 98.  "She went to church until she was 108," Casto said. "She was very active. They had covered dish dinners. She would have her little basket with meats, vegetables, pies or cakes. She was a charter member of her church (Naomi Primitive Baptist Church in Charleston).When they would have association meetings, 17 people would sleep overnight at her house. She was a gracious hostess." ... Casto said her mother's philosophy for life was simple: Work hard so you sleep well. Use moderation in all things. Trust the Lord.  Burford, one of seven children, was born on Campbells Creek. When she was 19, she married Robert Lee Burford.They had been married 61 yrs. when he died. He worked at Charleston Laundry on the West Side and farmed. She stayed home with their three daughters. Two children preceeded her in death, Eloise Turner of Charleston and Eva Miller of St.Albans. Burford completed school through eighth grade, but educated herself through her love of reading. ... An avid gardner, for many years she was active in the Dahlia Society. "I don't remember people ever going to her home that they didn't take something home, food or slips for flowers," Casto said. While she was not wealthy, she was known for giving relatives and friends $20.00 to tuck away as emergency money. When she was 108, Casto insisted that she move into Casto's Cross Lanes home. She stayed there a year before moving into a personal care home. A month ago she moved into the Moss Golden Years Care facility. ... She will long be remembered for her sunny outlook on life. "I believe her faith made her content," her daughter said. "She just trusted the Lord and went at his will. She enjoyed her work at her home. It was remarkable. She was such a contented person. I'm grateful for all the years I had her." ... Also surviving: Six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild. Service will be 3 pm Friday at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, with Elder Monroe Hamons officiating. Burial will be in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Submitted by: Lorna Corns-Workman at  [email protected]


William (Bill) Buzzard, 75, 1888-1962, of Ohley, on Cabin Creek, died yesterday at his home after a long illness. Mr. Buzzard was a retired C&O employee. He was a member of the Ohley Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Clementine; four sons, Donald of Elkview, Lonnie of Gallagher, William of Eskdale and Warren of Columbus, Ohio; two daughters, Mrs. Kathline Wall of Charleston and Mrs. Mabel Beverage of Marmet; six brothers, Leonard, Henry, Rufus and Gilbert of Comfort, Charley of Foster and Noah of Prenter; two sisters, Mrs. Rhoda Carr of Orgas and Mrs. Anna Asbury of Comfort; 19 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. The body is at Pryor Funeral Home in East Bank.

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