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Margaret Warner Williamson, 68 years of age, died Feb. 15, 1924 at her home in Hudnall West VA. Burial at Pratt West VA. Survived by nine children:1. Mrs. Ace Rothwell of Hudnall WVA 2. Mrs. Katherine Clark of Huntington 3. Mrs. Sarah Petrie of Chelyan W.VA 4. Mrs. Lizzie Billips of St. Albans, WVA 5. Mrs. Martha Hanley of Huntington 6. Mrs. Julia Staton of Ashland 7.Miss Effie at home 8. George of Gallegher WVA 9. John at home

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Alonza "Tommy" Wiseman, 65, of Charleston died July 5, 2002, after a long illness. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Kidd Wiseman; four sons, Thomas Gregory, twins Donny and Johnny and Gregory Allen; and parents, Daniel and Gretchen. He formerly worked at the YWCA. He is survived by his four daughters, Rita Johnson of Sanford, Fla., Teresa Duckett of Atlanta, Ga., Terri Smith of Martinsburg, Betty Wiseman of Athens; seven grandchildren. Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, at Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek, with Pastor Frank Chapman officiating. Burial will be in Midkiff Cemetery, Alum Creek. Friends may call one hour prior to service at the funeral home.

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Marting Miner Killed...Daniel Wiseman, 32, Marting Miner was killed yesterday morning by slatefall in the mine of the Semet-Solvay Coal Company at Harewood. Surviving are the wife, Mrs. Permellia Wiseman; a son, Thomas Alonzo Wiseman, RFD 6, Charleston; the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo P. Wiseman of Big Chimney; three sisters, Miss Goldie Wiseman in Ohio; Mrs. Macel Davis, Charleston; Mrs. Lillian Powers, Big Chimney; two brothers Solomon A. Wiseman Santuit Mass., and James Wiseman, Big Chimney. The body was removed to the B.C. Hooper Mortuary at Montgomery.

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WISEMAN, GRETCHEN --- Service will be held 1p.m. Friday in Curry Funeral home, Alum Creek, With the Rev. Wallace York officiating. Burial will be in the Family Cemetery. Friends may call 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Mrs. Gretchen Wiseman, 75 of Route 7, South Charleston, died Tuesday after she was struck by a car as she walked along Broundland Road near her home Surviving: son, Tom of South Charleston, Sisters, Mrs. Helen Baines of Charleston, Mrs. Lucille Thomas of Akron, Ohio; brother, Gilmer Midkiff of Kenova; four grandchildren.

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Shirley A. Wiseman 54, of South Charleston, died Tuesday December 29, 1992 at home after a long illness. She was a member of Alum Creek church of the Nazarene. Surviving: Husband, Alonza Tommy; daughters, Rita May Johnson of Florida, Teresa ann Duckett of Atlanta, Terri Lynn Smith of Martinsburg, Betty Jean Wiseman of Colorado; Parents: Mr and Mrs. William Edward Kidd of Charleston; sisters Katherine Dustin of Char,eston, Janet Redman of Gallipolis, Ohio. Brothers Billy E. and Sherman R. Kidd of Charleston; five grandchildren. Service will be 3p.m. Friday at Curry Funeral home, Alum Creek, with Pastor Charles Larue and Elder Dale Tunnel officiating. Burial will be at the Midkiff cemetery, Alum Creek. Freinds may call two hours prior to the service at the funeral.

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AUGUST 10, 1973...WISEMAN TWINS...Donny and Sonny Wiseman..The twin sons of Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Wiseman of Rt. 7, south Charleston, were stillborn Wednesday in Thomas Memorial Hospital. Also surviving: sister, Rita, Tresea, Betty and Terry, all at home. Graveside service was held 3pm. Thursday in Midkiff Cemetery at Alum Creek. Curry Funeral home, Alum Creek was in charge of arrangements.

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Service will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow in Long and Fisher mortuary Chapel for Mrs. Cornelia Ann (WOODALL) Wood 87, 1869-1956, who died Sunday, Jan. 8, 1956 at her home after a two week illness. B. M. Blackwell reader for the First Church of Christ Scientist will officiate and burial will be in the Mount Zion Cemetery in Putnam County. A native of Putnam County, Mrs. Wood lived at 1215 Baines St. The body is at the mortuary, Long and Fisher Funeral Home. (Mrs. Cornelia Wood was the daughter of William Washington Woodall and Sarah E. French)

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The funeral services for Mrs. Elizabeth (French) Woodall, 79, 1843-1922, who died Sept. 4, 1922 at tthe home of her daughter, Mrs. W. F. Carney at 831 Walnut St. (now Stockton St.) Charleston, on Monday, were held at the home of Mrs. Woodall in Jackson County Wednesday, and burial was made in the family graveyard at Mount Zion, Putnam County. Mrs Woodall was the widow of William Washington Woodall of Putnam county and is survived by six children three sons and three daughters. (Mrs. Woodall was the daughter of William Madison French & Rhoda Capterton)

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Paul W. "Pop" Workman...Crossing Road Auto Kills Assessor..December 4, 19. Paul W. "Pop" Workman, Kanawha County assessor and former member of the Legislature, was struck by a car and killed today at 8:30 on U.S. 119 a mile south of Elkview. It was believed by those at the scene that the 73- year old man was on his way to work when his car ran out of gas. Larry Runyon, at Runyon's Sunoco Station, was one of the first on the scene. He said Workman, who lived in the Queen Shoals development in the Clendenin area, apparently left his late model white Buick after it ran out of gasoline. He was seen walking down the berm of the road toward Charleston on the left side. In front of the Runyon station, he started to cross the highway. Workman got about half way across and saw a truck coming south. Deciding he couldn't make it, he started back for the berm. He was struck by a car coming the opposite direction. Runyon identified the driver as Elton Wesley King Jr. 23, of Charleston. "He did did everything he could to stop the car," said Runyon. He added: " I knew Mr. Workman. We all did. He was my teacher a few years ago. Around here, I guess he was everybody's teacher." Workman was dead on arrival at Charleston General Hospital where he was taken by an ambulance from Albert Myers and Son Funeral Home in Elkview. Ambulance driver Don Anderson said that whn he arrived, Workman appeared to be alive, and must have died en route to the hospital. The Workman family operates a tire business in South Charleston, W.Va. State Trooper Kenny Hedrick was investigating. He is from the Blue Creek Detachment.  Workman was one of the most popular candidates even presented by the Republican party in a county where Democrats usually dominate the balloting. He ran for the House of Delegates in 1962 and was one of the two Kanawha Republicans elected to the lower house of the Legislature that year. In 1964 he took on one of the most powerful political figures of the Democratic party, the incumbent assessor, Sam MacCorkle. Aided by the indictment of MacCorkle for failure to file Federal income tax returns, Workman bucked the strong anti- Goldwater tide running here and was elected. But political observers were convinced that, without the indictments, Workman was rated an excellent chance to beat MacCorkle. In announcing that he would seek the assessor's post, Workman said: " I can devote my full time to this important office and bring to it the devotion to duty which the people have a right to expect." As assessor, Workman had to cope with the property reappraisal program in the state's largest county, a heavy task involving the new reappraisal figure on every piece of real property. But it was as a teacher and a coach that Workman built his reputation and his popularity. A native of Lavalette, Wayne County, West Virginia, he was the son of a Methodist Minister, Jefferson Bowen Workman, and Grace Wellman Workman. He attended Wheeling High School and West Virginia Weslyean College from which he was graduated in 1917. That was just in time to go to the U.S. Army, in which he served 17 months in World War I. During his service he met his wife Violet Snow, a Red Cross worker from Charlottsville, Va. Noted Coach He went to Bluefield in 1921 to enter the insurance business, but gave that up to take a teaching job at Oak Hill High School. From 1922 to 1929 he taught and coached at Montgomery High School where he produced outstanding football and basketball teams. He went to Clendenin in 1929 to teach and coach. He quit coaching in 1954 but continued to teach at the school until his retirement. He was named by the county court to the Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission in 1960, and served untill his resignation last July 1. Workman was a Methodist, a member of Clendenin Lodge 126 AF & AM, 32nd degree and Shrine, the Lion's Club, the West Virginia High School Coaches Association and the State Education Association. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Violet Snow Workman; two sons, Richard W. Workman of South Charleston, and Paul B. Workman of Elkview, and four sisters, Mrs. Irma Holderby of Huntington, W.Va., Mrs. Margaret Campbell of Weirton, W.Va., Mrs. Inez Manser of Wheaton Maryland, and Mrs. Nell Stemple of Oakland, Maryland. The Knight and Young Funeral Home in Clendenin will be in charge of burial services.

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South Charleston Business Man Dies of Heart Attack...Friday October 17, 1969..Funeral Arrangements are incomplete for Richard Wellman ( Dick ) Workman, owner of Workman Tire Co. in South Chas, who died Thursday at his home of a heart attack. Mr. Workman, 44 of 41 McCorkle Ave., South Charleston, W.Va. was also a former reporter for the Charleston Gazzette. A son of the late Paul W. Workman who was a former Kanawha County Assessor, he was well known throughout the valley for the radio commercials he made in promoting his tire company. Mr. Workman, a World War II Veteran and a graduate of Marshall University and the Missouri University School of Journalism, was also associated with the former State Conservation Department for a brief time following his employment with the newspaper. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; son, Paul C. at home; daughters Helen Christine, Mary Ann and Katherine June at home; mother, Mrs. Violet Workman of Queen Shoals; brother, Paul B. of Elkview. The Snodgrass Funeral Home, south Charleston, is in charge of arrangements.

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


Elizabeth Hunsaker Workman, 68, of South Charleston, W.Va. died Sept. 14, 1994, at Thomas Memorial Hospital, South Charleston, after a short illness. She was born in Dunham, Kentucky., and a graduate from St. Mary's Nursing School, Huntington. She worked for many years at area hospitals. Surviving: son, Paul C. of South Charleston, daughters; Friday Workman of Queen Shoals, Mary Ann Vermillion of South Charleston, and Katherine June Workman of Dayton, Ohio; three grandchildren. Her body was donated to the Human Gift Registry at West Virginia University. Friends and family may gather at 2 p.m. Saturday at her home, 41 McCorkle Ave., South Charleston. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Kanawha Animal Shelter.

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