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TATE, Carrie Lee Bailey

Chas. Gazette Newspaper Aug.4,1976 page 4. Mrs. Carrie Tate, 76. of Rt. 4, Charleston, died Wednesday in Oak Hill, Ohio. She was a member of United Methodist Church. Surviving: husband, Joseph: daughter, Mrs. Hazel McCormick of Rt. 4, Charleston; sons, William Riley Tate of Centerville, Ohio, Joe E. Tate of Chapmanville: sister, Mrs. Ella Pritt of Boiling Springs, N.C. Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday in Long-Fisher Funeral Home, Pocatalico, with the Rev. Shirley Hammack officiating. Burial will be in the Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens.

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TATE, Joseph Washington

Charleston Gazzette Newspaper April 9, 1976. Page 5-D. Joseph W. Tate, 84, of Thurman Ohio, formerly of Chas, Rt.4, died Wednesday in Oak Hill Hospital, Oak Hill, Ohio, after a long illness. He was a farmer and lifelong resident of Kanawha County. Surviving: daughter, Mrs. Hazel McCormick of Charleston, Rt. 4: sons, William Riley of Centerville, Ohio, and Joe E. of Quinwood: 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren. Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday in Long-Fisher Funeral Home, Pocatalico, with the Rev. William F. Lovejoy officiating. Burial will be in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today.

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TATE, Joseph Edward Tate Sr.

Chas. Gazette Newspaper Friday, Dec. 10, 1976 page 7-B Greenbrier Man Dies From Gunshot Wound" Rainell- A Greenbrier County man died at his home in Quinwood near here late Thursday from a gunshot wound. The man was identified as Joseph E. Tate. State Police in Rainelle are investigating and an autopsy has been ordered. Joseph Tate Sr. Chas. Gazzett Newspaper Dec.11,1976 page 13-A Quinwood- Joseph Edward Tate Sr., 58, of Quinwood, Greenbrier County, died Thursday at home of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was a Korean War Veteran and a grade operator for Codell Construction Co. in Beckley. Surviving: wife, Etta: daughters, Mrs. Launa Casto of Ripley, Mrs. Charlotte Wrage of Colorado, Mrs.Musetta Holbert of Parkersburg: sons, Joseph E. Jr. of Justice, William H. of Hanover, Robert of Cross Lanes, Dillard of Oceana; sister, Mrs. Hazel McCormick of Chas; brother, William R. of Thurman, Ohio; seven grandchildren. Service will be 11 a.m. today in Wallace-Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle, with the Rev. Jack Stafford officiating. Burial will be in Wallace Memorial Cemetary, Clintonville.

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MRS. ELSIE OHMA TEEL 80 of Rt 5 Charleston, died Thursday, Dec. 27, 1984 in Kanawha Valley Memorial Hospital after a long illness. She was a member of the Mild Fork Gospel Tabernacle. Surviving son, Virgil of Charleston, daughters Mrs. Mary Jackson of Meadowbrook, Mrs. Rebecca Newhouse of Charleston, brother Russell Edens of Dunbar, sisters Mrs. Myrtle Foster of Charleston, Mrs. Aretta Bird of St. Albans, four grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren Service will be at 2 pm Saturday in Mile Fork Gospel Tabernacle, Coopers Creek, with the Rev. Donald Burdett officiating. Burial will be in Mace-Teel Cemetery, Mile Fork of Coopers Creek. Friends my call from 4-9 pm today at Myers Funeral Home Elkview. (Elsie was the daughter of William Floyd Edens & Lavernia DEEL)

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THAYER, Mrs. Annette Thayer

The Charleston Gazette, Sunday, December 13, 1936. Local Woman Dies Mrs. Annette Putney Thayer 92, pioneer resident of the Kanawha valley, died at 5 o'clock yesterday morning at her home "Willow Bank" on South Side following a brief illness of pneumonia. She was a widow of Otis A. Thayer. Funeral Services will be held at 3 o’clock this afternoon at the residence with the Rev. Ernest Thompson, D. D. pastor of the First Presbyterian church, and the Rev. J. E. Wayland of Malden, officiating. Burial will be in Spring Hill cemetery. Mrs. Thayer was born in the Kanawha Valley and had spent all her life in this section. Her husband, whom she married in 1863, died in 1900. She was a member of one of the Pioneer families of this section, her grandmother, Alethea Todd, owned the land years ago where the present Charleston post office building stands. O. A. Thayer, who died in 1900, established, with his brother, William T. Thayer, the South Side Foundry and Machine works which they operated from 1870 to 1900 at which time it was taken over by G. T. Thayer. O A. and W. T. Thayer and the Ruffner Brothers operated the steam ferry for many years until the bridge was built across the Kanawha river to the Chesapeake and Ohio railroad station. The ferry was then sold to the bridge company. Mrs. Thayer died in the old brick home which was built by Mr. Thayer and had been occupied by the family for 65 years. The property was formerly owned by the Monroe Quarrier family. Mrs. Thayer was the oldest member of the First Presbyterian Church having united with the church at Malden in 1858 under the pastorate of her uncle, the Rev. Henry Ruffner who established the Presbyterian church here in 1819. She was a member of the Colonial Dames and the Daughters of the Confederacy. She is survived by two sons, G. T. Thayer, Sr., and Harry G. Thayer, both of Charleston, one daughter, Mrs. Stuart Walker of Washington, D.C., and one sister, Mrs. I. J. Stanley of Charleston, Active pallbearers will be Lewis Truslow, John T. Morgan, R. B. Parrish, W. T. Thayer, Bernard Wehrle, and Jack Couch. The Simpson Funeral directors will have charge of the services.


Appeared in Charleston Newspaper 11/24/1900, date of death 11/23/1900 Well Known Citizen Quietly and Peacefully Passes Away End of an Active and Successful Career One of the Builders of a Leading Kanawha County Industrial Institution Charitable-Christian ManOtis A. Thayer Dead. Otis A. Thayer died at his home, on the South Side, between 8 and 9 o'clock yesterday morning. Mr. Thayer had been ill for several months with organic heart trouble, but had of late shown such marked signs of improvement that his recovery seemed assured, and the anxiety of his friends and family was very much relieved. On Thursday he seemed so much better that he not only visited the foundry, on the South Side but came over into town and was driven about the streets for some time. While at the foundry he got on the scales and noting his weight, remarked to me working near that he was getting well rapidly. He slept well Thursday night, and arose yesterday morning shortly after daylight, saying to the nurse in attendance that he felt quite well. After staying up a short time he said he would lie down again and see if he could not get another nap. He went to sleep and seemed to be resting well, the nurse going to his bedside once or twice to see that he was comfortable. About 9 o'clock his brother and partner, W. T. Thayer, called to see him, and when they went to see if he was still asleep, it was found that he was dead. There was no evidence of a struggle or of any convulsive movement, all indications being that he had quietly and peacefully passed from sleep to death. Deceased was a native of Kanawha county, and was born October 26, 1835. Many years ago he and his brother, William T. established a foundry business on the South Side, conducting it under the name of O. A. and W. T. Thayer until June 1, 1900, when it became a chartered institution, known as the South Side Foundry and Machine Company. Starting in a small way, the two brothers had by energy and activity, combined with rare good business judgment, built it up to a commanding place among the industrial institutions of the State, until now it is one of the most widely know and extensively patronized manufacturing establishments in all this section of the country. In addition to his to his interest in the foundry business. Mr. Thayer was a stockholder and director in the Little Fire Creek Coal Company, the Beury Coal and Coke Company, the Thayer Coal and Coke Company, the Buffalo Creek Coal and Coke Company, the Pott’s Creek Mining and Manufacturing Company and a holder of large interests in other properties and industries through the country. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of this city, in which he had long been a deacon, an was one of the chief contributors to the building and maintaining of the Mission Church on the South Side. He was a consistent and earnest church worker, a charitable, upright citizen. Only last Saturday he had given $500 to the Presbyterian Female School at Lewisburg. Mr. Thayer, in early life was united in marriage to Miss Annette Putney, daughter of the late Richard Putney, long a leading citizen of Malden. Mrs. Thayer lives to morn his demise, together with three children, fruits of the union - Mrs. Stewart W. Walker, of Martinsburg, W.Va, G. T., Otis A., Jr., and Harry G. Thayer. The funeral will take place at the First Presbyterian Church at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow, Dr. J. C. Barr officiating, and the interment will take place at Spring Hill Cemetery. Honorary Pall-Bearers-J. L. Beury, of Beury, Alex F. Mathews, of Lewisburg, George E. Price, Wesley Mollohan, S. L. Flournoy, J. Q. Dickinson, L. Pritchard, Dr. F. S. Thomas, C. C. Lewis, F. W. Abney, and J. D. Baines, of this city. Active Pall-Bearers - Joel Ruffner, W. F. Goshorn, Harry Prichard, Dr. W. W. Thompkins, George F. Coyle, C. C. Beury, R. G. Hubbard, Henry Putney.

Submitted by: Garland Jeffrey Thayer, [email protected]


Occurred last Night at 10:45 o'clock After Long Illness The Mail Tribune, Monday, May 6, 1901 William T. Thayer, aged 70 years, died last night at 10:45 o’clock at his home on Kanawha Street, after an illness of several months. He is the last of three brothers, to whom the summons has come within  the last six months, the eldest, O. A. Thayer, having died on November 23, 1900, while the younger of the three, Job E. Thayer, died in January last. There was a bond of affection between the three that was unusual even among brothers, and the death of each in turn seemed to have been a terrible blow to the survivor who having been in rather delicate health for several years, was unable to recover from the shock. The immediate cause of his death, however, is said to have been due to heart disease. The deceased was one of the city’s most highly respected citizens and for years was one of its most prominent and active business men know not only throughout this State, but over this entire section of country, through the extensive business connections of the firm of O. A. & W. T. Thayer, they having for may years conducted the foundry on the South side of the Kanawha. About two years ago the brothers retired from the active business of the plant which being reorganized is now know at the South Side Foundry & Machine Works. He was, up to the time of his death, largely interested in valuable coal properties and operations in both this and Fayette counties. In hope of regaining in a measure, some of his former health, Mr. Thayer went to Old Point Comfort last March and spent several weeks there. He, however, became worse and was brought home about three weeks ago, since which time he has been gradually sinking despite all that the most skilled in medical science could do. Though not unexpected, the death was a sad blow to the family and friends. The deceased leaves a wife and three children, one daughter, Miss Mary Thayer, nd two sons, W. T. Thayer, Jr., and John A. Thayer. Arrangements have not yet been made for the funeral but it will probably take place Tuesday. Funeral of W. T. Thayer Will Take Place From the Residence This Afternoon The Mail Tribune, Tuesday, May 7, 1901. The funeral of William T. Thayer, who died at his home, on Kanawha Street, Sunday night at 10:45 o'clock, will be conducted at the residence this afternoon at 2:30 by Rev. Dr. J. C. Barr and Rev. R. E. Vinson, of the First Presbyterian church, and the remains will be interred in Spring Hill cemetery. Those selected as active pall-bearers are: T. C. Beury, N. S. Burlew, F. W. Abney, J. L. Dickinson, R. G. Hubbard, J. A. de Gruyter, Dr. W. W. Tompkins, D. W. Patterson. The honorary pall-bearers will be J. Q. Dickinson, C. C. Lewis, Sr., L. Pritchard, Merideth Ruffner, S. L. Flournoy, Geo. E. Price, Wesley Mollohan, J. P. Hale, J. L. Beury, J. R. Seal, Alex F. Mathews, Winfield Scott, Andrew Ruffner, D. C. Gallagher, A. P. Rand, Philip Frankenberger. For more information about Thayer Family, See "People of Kanawha County" "Kanawha County Biography Library"

Submitted by: Garland Jeffrey Thayer, [email protected]


Melva L. Thomas, 99, of St. Albans, died Dec. 5, 1996 at home after a long illness. She was a homemaker and a member of Johnson Chapel. She attended St. Peters United Methodist Church, St. Albans. Surviving, foster daughter, Mary Lou Dunlap of Sharon, PA; three nephews. Joint service with her husband, the Rev. James W. Thomas, 100, who died Tuesday, was held 1 P.M. Friday at Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston, with the Rev. William Thompson, the Rev. Edward J. Stout, and the Rev. John Mendez officiating. Burial was in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. appeared in Charleston Newspapers

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AN OLD FREE MASON DEAD…W. THOMAS HAD FILLED EVERY OFFICE IN THE MASONIC LODGE…W. W. Thomas was born near Charleston, West Virginia, January 14, 1844. There he grew to young manhood and was married to Frances E. Bailey of the same vicinity, October 19, 1865. Came to Missouri the following spring and settled at Sibley, Mo., lived there one year, then moved to what is known as the old Thomas farm near the present town of Odessa. He lived there until the spring of 1871, then moved to the present home, having resided there nearly 51 years. He was made a member of the Columbus Masonic lodge in the summer of 1873 and was a charter member of the Mount Hope Lodge. He made a profession of religion about 44 years ago and united with the Cumberland Presbyterian church at Mt. Hebron, remaining a member until death. His wife preceded him to the better land 32 years ago. To the union nine children were born, three having died in infancy, leaving six to mourn his loss. Those who survive are: J. S. Thomas, of Garland, Kansas; E. A. Thomas of Phillipine Islands; Albert W. Thomas of Pratt, Kansas; Mrs. C. C. Miller and Mrs. Geo. Starr of Neodesha, Kansas; Mrs. J. S. Gautier of Odessa; also leaving fifteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He died March 3, 1922, at the age of 78 years, 17 days. The funeral services were conducted at Mt. Hebron church on Sunday morning by Rev. J. A. Bozarth under the auspices of the Masonic lodge of Odessa.

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Frank Thompson, Sr., 69, of Decota, and employed by the Carbon Fuel Co. for 45 years, died in Kanawha Valley Hospital yesterday morning after a long illness. Born in Kentucky, he was a resident of Cabin Creek and a member of the United Mine Workers of America. He is survived by his wife, LIVING; two sons, Ted and LIVING, both of Decota; three daughters, Mrs. Violet Perry of Leslie, and LIVING and LIVING; four sisters, Mrs. Jennie Bowman of Lawson, Mrs. Lizzie Walker of St. Albans, Mrs. Lovie Crumm of Kayford and Mrs. Ivory Arden of Eskdale; two brothers, Ben of Artie and Med of Dry Branch; and four grandchildren. Service will be at 1 p. m. tomorrow in Decota Methodist Church, Revs. LIVING and LIVING officiating. Burial will follow in Ameagle Cemetery under the direction of Pryor mortuary at East Bank. Preceded in death by wife, Millie, in 1931

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Thompson, Mrs. Matilda

Mrs. Matilda Thompson, colored, 60 years old, died at her home at Midland stop on the St. Albans street car line yesterday. She is survived by four sons and one sister. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

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Mrs. Era G. Tucker, 74, Date of Death Feb. 15, 1979 of Charleston died Thursday in St. Francis Hospital after a long illness. She was a member of Greenlee Methodist Church. Surviving; husband, Marvin; sons, Marvin of Ostrander, Ohio, Keith of Dunbar; daughters, Mrs. Delores Bass and Mrs. Barbara Ranson, both of Charleston, Mrs. Sheila Robson of Eleanor; stepdaughter, Mrs. Marie Redman of Nitro; brothers, Laverne and Luther Johns, both of Buffalo, Chancey Johns of Nitro; sisters, Mrs. Edna Davis of Columbus, Ohio; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grand children. Service will be 3 p.m. Saturday in Cunningham Funeral Home with the Rev. Steven Rhodes and the Rev. Dave Click officiating. Burial will be in Buffalo Memorial Park. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Tyler, Margaret E.

Margaret E. Hudnall Tyler, 42, of Dunbar, died Tuesday, January 17, 1989, in Thomas Memorial Hospital after a long illness. She was a lifelong resident of Kanawha County and a member of Garrison Avenue Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving: mother, Mrs. Golda M. Hudnall of Dunbar; brothers, Walter G. Hudnall, Jr. of Dunbar, Jack Hudnall of Cross Lanes; sisters, Mrs. Jane Johnson of South Charleston, Mrs. Carolyn Smith of St. Albans. Service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Garrison Avenue Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. Delmar Young officiating. Burial will be in Floral Hills Garden of Memories, Pocatalico. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home and one hour prior to service at the church.

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Tyler, Clyde D.

Clyde D. "Pappy" Tyler, 66, of 233 1/2 Sixth Ave., South Charleston, died Saturday in Thomas Memorial Hospital after a short illness. He was retired from Save Supply Co. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Surviving: wife, Margaret Hudnall Tyler; daughter, Mrs. Donna Jacobs of Cross Lanes; brothers, Albert of Allens Fork, Wilson of Point Pleasant; sister, Dessie Alice Harrison of Charleston; one grandchild. Service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Garrison Avenue Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. Delmar C. Young officiating. Burial will be in Floral Hills Garden of Memories, Pocatalico, with military graveside rites. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. today at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home and one hour prior to service at the Church.

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