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Schwab Rada Edna Jones

Rada Schwab, 83, of Charleston, died Aug. 23, 2001, at home after an extended illness. Surviving are her brother, Otmer Jones of Sissonville, WV.; sisters, Sada Thomas and Clara Young, both of Charleston; and several other loving family members. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bert and Ada Jones, son Gerald Cox, brother Obie Jones; sisters, Goldie Milton, Minnie Reed, Loma Deas, Frances Harper and Erna Davis. Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, 2001, at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home Chapel, Charleston with Bonita Jedicka and Janice Williams officiating. Burial will be in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes. Friends may call from noon until service time on Aug. 25, 2001, at the funeral home.

Submitted by: Brenda Jo Reymann at [email protected]


Effie Shaffer, 92, of Charleston died Thursday, May 7, 1998, in St. Francis Hospital after a long illness. She was a homemaker and member of Soul Harbor Mission. Surviving: son, Bradie Shaffer of Charleston; brothers, Herman and Homer E. Taylor of Charleston; sister, Bessie Jones of Charleston; six grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren. Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Bartlett-Burdette-Cox Funeral Home with the Rev. Ray "Pete" Jones officiating, Burial will be in Billie Hunt Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

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Charleston Daily Mail…Friday, January30, 1942…Funeral services for George Andrew Shawver, 67, above, of Teays Valley, former operator of the Kendall Dry Cleaning company and for 35 years a Charleston resident, will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. Burial will be in Mt. Vernon Cemetery with Snodgrass Mortuary of South Charleston in charge. Mr. Shawver died of a heart attack Thursday afternoon at his home. He leaves his widow; a daughter, Mrs. Lora Bare of Bownesmont; a son, O.C. Shawver of Teays Valley; two sisters, Mrs. Ina O'Dell and Mrs. Elizabeth O'Dell of Mt. Nebo, and two brothers, John Shawver of Evergreen, O., and Arthur Shawver of Mt. Nebo. The body is at the residence

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"Mrs. Esta Angeline Short Dies, Leaves 175 Survivors" Charleston, WV - Mrs. Esta Angeline Short, 84, a lifelong resident of Kanawha County, died yesterday (October 14, 1954) at her home in Witcher, WV, leaving 175 survivors. Mrs. Short died after a long illness. Surviving are 4 daughters: Mrs. Bessie Dell (Deel?) of Shrewsbury, WV, Mrs. Liddie Oiler of Witcher, Mrs. Elzie (Alcie?) White of Richwood, WV and Mrs. Rena Overbaugh of Big Chimney, WV; 6 sons: Homer, Jack and Hayes of Fenwick, WV, Bud and John of Witcher and Henry of South Charleston, WV; 2 step-daughters: Mrs. Lela Gandy and Mrs. Lillie White, both of Point Pleasant, WV; one brother: Ben Patton of Dunbar, WV; 86 grandchildren and 76 great-granchildren. Service will be at 2pm tomorrow at the Midkiff Baptist Church on Witcher Creek. Burial will be in Witcher Cemetery. The body is at Fidler and Frame Mortuary at Belle and will be taken to the home of John Short at 4pm today.

Submitted by: Patty Carey at [email protected]


Charleston, WV - John William (should be Wesley) Short, 64, of Route 1, Belle, died Monday (December 28, 1970) at home. Retired miner, member of UMW, Esta Memorial Baptist Church in Belle. Surviving: widow, Ethel; sons: Burl of Elkhart, IN Bobby and Ralph, both of Belle; daughters: Mrs. Kathleen Priddy, Mrs. Lillian Rhodes, Mrs. Carolyn Pernell, Mrs. Faye Lewis and Mrs. Dorothy Wymer, all of Elkhart, Mrs. Nellie Critchfield of Rand, WV, Mrs. Janet Medford, Mrs. Judy Chestnut, Mrs. Nancy White and Miss Sharon Short, all of Belle; brothers: Bud and Hayes, both of Belle, Arsh of Snow hill, WV, Homer, address unknown; sisters: Mrs. Leddie Oiler of North Carolina, Mrs. Bessie Deel of Shrewsbury, WV, Mrs. Rene Overbaugh of Belle, Mrs. Alsie White of Elkhart, IN. Callers after 7pm today at Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Submitted by: Patty Carey at [email protected]


Charleston Gazette…Smith, Arthur Clyde--Service will be conducted at 2 p. m. Friday in Albert Myers and Son Funeral Home at Elkview by Rev. E. L. Huffman. Burial will be in Jarrett Cemetery at Elkview. Mr. Smith, 62, of Elkview, died Tuesday (March 13, 1962) of a heart attack on a Charleston street. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Blanche Fields and Mrs. Sarah Fields, both of Elkview; and two half-brothers, Joseph C. Smith of Elkview and Jim Scott of Blue Creek. The body is at the funeral home.

Submitted by: Cathy Cowan ([email protected])


Memorial to Andrew Jackson Songer Published by J. T. Taylor January 15, 1907, five days after his death. Andrew Jackson Songer was born September 8, 1832, and died January 10, 1907 aged 74 years, 4 months and 2 days. His death was a surprise to everybody. He seemed to be enjoying very good health up to the very time of his death. On the night before he died he was taken suddenly ill with cramp colic, and only lived about seven hours He was on a visit to Mechanicsburg, Va., and was spending the winter with his son Ward Songer. He expected to visit several friends in Bland and Pulaski County, and then return to Huntington, W. Va., where be made his home with his children. But, alas! "Man proposes and God disposes." He did not think that ere the winter’s storm should break upon the shore, his soul should be summoned to the Great White Throne. Brother Songer was born in Montgomery not far from the White Sulphur Springs. His father, Christian Songer, back in the fifties, moved to Snowville, and there raised an honorable family, viz: George Songer, Gordon Songer, William Songer and A. J. Songer, the subject of this sketch. Not long before the war A. J. Songer was married to Charlotte Pannell, and to them were born twelve children, viz: Mary Ann E. Songer, Luella Clary Songer, James B. Songer, Sarah Elizabeth Songer, Virinia Helen Songer, Ward Songer, John T. Songer, Martha Jane Songer, George W. Songer, Fannie V. Songer, Lucinda F. Songer, Charles F. Songer. His wife and four children preceded him to the spirit world. At the outbreak of the war our subject was living in the Kanawha Valley, and when the Southern army retreated he made his escape to this country, and had to serve a term in the Confederate ranks. In one of the terrible battles around Petersburg his right arm was shattered near the elbow, but the surgeons saved his arm by removing seven inches of bone -- leaving a limber joint. Thus, crippled for life, he faced a cold world and the many hard battles he fought will never be known in this life. With a cheerful face and a kind word for everybody he moved quietly along. He was perfectly content in every condition of life -- grumbling was not on his lips. He spent most of his life as a miller. Just recently he said "I never took toll from a poor widow’s grain." He never saw the day that he would not have divided his bread or clothes with the poor. He was greatly beloved by all the people. He had no enemies in this world. He trusted God and believed that all things would work together for his good. When old age came, he leaned on the strong arms of his noble children, and his sunset of life was a real "Beaulah Land," where he enjoyed a foretaste of that sweet peace, which the saints inherit in the Kingdom of God. For a number of years he had been a member of the Christian church. He often stood in the congregation and read the Bible and exhorted with warm power. He believed in a "full salvation," and enjoyed this sweet experience. His whole life was as a light in a dark place; his character was simply beautiful; his spirit was meek and lowly, like the Master’s. But our brother came to the last mile-post in life's journey. When asked what word should be sent to his absent children he said: "Tell the children that I have fought a good fight, and for them to follow me as I have followed Christ." A little later he said: "The end has come --farewell, farewell," and without a groan or struggle he fell asleep in Jesus. The funeral services were conducted by the writer. Amidst sobs and tears all that remained of Andrew Jackson Songer was lowered into the grave, while upon the air floated the sweet solemn words:

"Life’s labor done, as sinks the clay,

Light from its load the spirit flies

While heaven and earth combine to say,

How blest the righteous when he dies."

Mechanicsburg, Va., January 15, 1907 J. T. Taylor Submitted by Ellen Pauley, [email protected]


Stowers, 85, of St.Albans, died Thursday, Jan. 7 1993 in CAMC,Memorial Division, after a long illness. He was retired captain for the Charleston Fire Department with 27 years service & was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Charleston. He was a former owner of Stowers Plumbing,Charleston and a 24 year resident of St. Albans. Surviving: wife, Thelma Elizabeth Burgess Stowers; daughters, Patricia Walton of Charleston,Sandra Samples of St. Albans;sons, Charles L.(Dick) Jr., & Paul G. of St.Albans, Robert R. of Charleston; sisters, Edna Martin of Angola, N.Y.,Beulah Levitasos of Tonawanda, N.Y.; 16 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren & two great-great-granddaughters. Service will be 11 a.m. Monday at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans, with the Rev. Kenneth Coon and Pastor John Torrence officiating. Entombment will in Cunningham Memorial Park, upper mausoleum, St.Albans. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. The family suggests donationa to Crippled Childrens Hospital c/o Beni Kedem Shrine, 100 Quarrier St.,Charleston WV or Wesley United MethodistChurch, 1801 Bigley Ave.,Charleston,WV.

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Stowers, 55, of 158 Dorchester Road, died March 15, 1989 at home after a short illness. He was a former employee of Kanawha-Charleston Health Department. Surviving; wife, Carolyn Sue Stowers; parents, Charles L. (Dick) & Thelma Stowers of St.Albans; sons, David L. of Huntington, Donald & Robert, both of Charleston, Mark with the Navy in Philadelphia; sisters, Patricia Walton of Charleston, Sandra Samples of St. Albans; brothers, Charles L.(Dick),Jr and Paul Gene of St. Albans,and Robert(Bob) of Charleston. Service will be Saturday at Bartlett Funeral Home, St. Albans, with the Rev.Bruce Young officiating. Entombment will be in Cunningham Memorial Park,Upper Mausoleum. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Kanawha Hospice, 1321 Dunbar Ave.,Dunbar, WV 25064

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93 Years of Age,of St.Albans died April 7th, 2002 in Thomas Memorial Hospital,South Charleston, after a long illness. She was a homemaker and a member of Wesley Methodist Church,Charleston; and a member of Order of the Eastern Star - Chapter #79, St. Albans,WV. She was a 34 year resident of St. Albans. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles L. "Dick" Stowers, Sr.; and her parents, Albert "Jake" Rusell Burgess and Marguerite("Maggie") Lyle Jarrett Burgess; her son James Franklin Stowers. Surviving are her daughters and a son-in-law, Patricia Ann and James W. Walton of Charleston, Sandra Sue Samples of St. Albans; sons & daughters-in-law, Charles L "Dick" and Mary Lou Stowers of St. Albans, Robert Russell "Bob" and Mary Ellen Stowers of Charleston, Paul Gene and Carole Stowers ofSt. Albans; 15 grandchildren,22 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren. Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home,St. Albans with the Rev.Leeza F.Walker officiating. Entombment will be in the Upper Mausoleum of the Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St.Albans. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Wesley Methodist Church, 1801 Bigley Ave., Charleston WV 25302 or Beni Kedem Shrine Transportation Fund, 100 Quarrier St.,Charleston,WV 25301. Special thanks to Dr. Melvin Vidal, the staff of the 3rd floor at Thomas Memorial Hospital; and caregivers-LenaGlover and granddaughter,Beth Gandy. Barlett-Chapman Funeral Home, 409 Sixth Ave., St. Albans, is in charge of arrangements.

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Robert Stratton, colored, 59 years old, died at this home, 902 Morris street, Wednesday evening. He is survived by three daughters and two sons. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

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Charleston Gazette…Strickland, Whetzel -- 86, died Tuesday (July 9, 1963) at the home of his son, Howard of Elkview, with whom he lived, after a long illness. Also surviving are another son, Fred of Mount Vernon, Ohio; six daughters, Mrs. Opal Fields of Clendenin, Mrs. Elsie D. Wolfe of Oak Hill, Mrs. Maggie Nichols of Piney View, Mrs. Mabel Rogers of Charleston, Mrs. Bessie Fields of Walton and Mrs. Cleo Cantrell of Quick; a brother, P. V. of Clendenin; 35 grandchildren; and 44 great-grandchildren. Services will be conducted at 10 a. m. Thursday in Knight and Young Funeral Home at Clendenin by Rev. Homer Foster. Burial will be in Gandee Cemetery at Welford.

Submitted by: Cathy Cowan ([email protected])


April 5, 1904… Arizona Republican Newspaper…O.V. Sullivan who died Saturday evening at the residence of his uncle, Captain A.G. Scott at No. 800 S. First Avenue, came to Phoenix with his mother February 14th seeking relief for a throat trouble contracted by exposure while conductor on the Kanawha and Michigan Railroad. He was a citizen of Charleston and a native son of West Virginia. Mr. Sullivan was a son of Captain Scott's oldest sister and D.M. Sullivan who died in January last and who had been quite prominent for many years in West Virginia politics being elected and serving as state secretary of agriculture from 1890 to 1893 and as Agricultural Instutute instructor from 1893 to 1895. Funeral services will be held at the Merryman undertaking parlors this Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock under the auspices of the K of P lodge. Religious services by the Rev. Halsey.

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