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 The following obituaries are from the files of various Gallia County Newspapers and other publications. They are listed below in alphabetical order of the surname.

A   B-Bay   Be-Bev   Bi-Bl   Bo-Boy   Br-Brow   Broy-By   C-Can    

Car-Cav   Ch-Ci   Cl-Cof   Coh-Cov  Cow-Cy   D-Day   De-Dy   E-El   Em-Ew 

F-Fo   Fr-Fu   G-Gl   Go-Gu  H-Hap   Har-Haz   He-Hol   Hoo-Hu   I   J-Joh  

Jol-Ju   K   L-Law   Lay-Lev   Lew-Ly   M-Mau   Max-McC   McD-Me   Mi-Mit      

Mo-My   N   O   P-Ph   Pi-Py   Q   R-Rich   Rick-Rob   Roc-Rou   Row-Ru  

  S-Sch   Sco-Shee   Shel-Ske   Ski-Smi   Smo-Stor   Stou-Sy   T-Thom     

   U   V   W-Ward   Ware-Wau   We-Wilk   Will-Win   Wis-Wy   X   Y   Z

Fairchild, Nannette

     Died, in this city, on Sunday last, Mrs. Nannette Fairchild, in the 78th year of her age. Mrs. Fairchild came to this country with the French emigrants who settled this place, in 1790, and is the last survivor but one, of that entire emigration.

The Gallipolis Journal
October 10, 1867
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes

Fanning, Willie S.

Willie S. Fanning
     Willie S. Fanning, 83, Rt. 2, Bidwell, died this morning in Holzer Medical Center.  Born May 22, 1901, in Kester, W.Va., son of the late Willie and Martha Bowman Fanning, he was a retired farmer and U.S. Marine Corps veteran. A member of Church of Christ in Fall Creek, W.VA., he attended Gallipolis Christian Church.  He was also a member of Patriot Masonic Lodge 496 and Rodney Grange.
     He married Lizzie Ennis, who survives, on Oct. 4, 1926, in St. Albans, W.Va.  They moved from St. Albans to Gallia County in May 1942. Also surviving are a son, Billy of Thornville; two grandchildren; and two  sisters, Anna Carper of Amma, W.VA., and Edith Rogers of Reedy, W.Va. He was also preceded in death by three brothers and a sister.
     Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in Gallipolis Christian Church, with the Rev. Denny Coburn officiating. Burial will be in Vinton Memorial Park. Friends may call at McCoy-Moore Funeral Home, Vinton, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Saturday. The body will lie in state in the church one hour prior to the service.  Masonic services will be held in the funeral home at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, June 22, 1984
Transcribed by Suzanne H. Giroux

Farley, Belva

     Belva Mae Farley, 74, of New Haven and formerly of Point Pleasant, died early Tuesday morning in the Holzer Medical Center. She was born in Mason on Feb. 16, 1908 and was the daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret M. Elias.
     She is survived by her husband, Jehu H. Farley, at home; a daughter, Mrs. Bill (Lona) Howard of New Haven; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; two step-daughters, Patricia Banks of Columbus and Ruth Gilkey of Florida; three sisters, Mrs. Clara Burris and Mrs. Maxine Grimm, both of New Haven and Mrs. Emogene Crow of Mason; and several step-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister and two brothers.
     She was a member of the Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church and attended the St. Paul Lutheran Church of New Haven
     Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, with the Rev. George Weirick officiating. Burial will follow in Kirkland Memorial Gardens, Point Pleasant. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday.

Gallipolis Tribune
March 2, 1982
Transcribed by J. Farley

Farris, James

Rev. J. Farris, 84, Passes At Bidwell Home
Funeral Services Will Be Held At Mt. Carmel Church At 2 Saturday
     Rev. James Farris, widely known and highly esteemed colored minister of Bidwell, died at his home at 8:45 o’clock Wednesday morning, after a long illness, part of which was spent in Holzer Hospital. He was born at Bedford, Va., on Sept. 3, 1857, and his age was 82 yrs., 4 mos., 14 days. He was the son of Joseph Farris.
     He was a member of Corinth Baptist Church, Oak Hill, R. D., Centerpoint, and of Gallipolis Masonic Lodge. His entire life was spent in the ministry. Surviving are the widow and three children, Mrs. Ina Hutchinson, Oak Hill, R.D., Mrs. Flossie Williams, Columbus; and Charles Austin, at home; one sister, Harriett Miller, Bedford, Va., and nine grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren.
     Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o’clock Saturday p.m. at Mt. Carmel Church, Bidwell, in charge of Rev. C. M Payne and under auspices of the Masonic Lodge, Gallipolis. Burial in Evergreen Cemetery by J. L. Coleman.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, January 18, 1940

Farris Rites
     As expected, there was a very large attendance at the rites for Rev. James Farris at Bidwell Saturday afternoon. There were remarks by Rev. B. R. Smith and Rev. R. P. Jackson and Rev. C. M. Payne preached the sermon. Marvin Stewart, master of Gallipolis Masonic Lodge, took the lead in the impressive Masonic rites. The pallbearers were Masons - George Gilmore, Sr., Granville Ford, William Casey, Clarence Williams, Henry Williams, Harley Morgan. The music and singing was beautiful and impressive. Especially a solo “Ivory Palaces” by Mrs. Ethel Craddolph, Interment by J. L. Coleman.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, January 22, 1940
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Faudree, Hazel

Hazel Faudree Dies Thursday
     Hazel May Faudree died Thursday morning after a long illness. She had been cared for by her aunt, Miss Margaret Hudlin, with whom she had made her home at 651 Second Ave. She was the daughter of the late Hudson and Nancey Hudlin-Faudree and was born at Springfield, April 15, 1888. Two sisters preceded her in death, Lillian Faudree and Clara Neal, and one brother Hudson Faudree. She was a member of the Presbyterian church.
     Services will be held at 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon by Rev. L. H. Stebbins at the Wetherholt Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mound Hill cemetery. Friends may call at the Wetherholt Funeral Home Saturday evening.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, May 27, 1954
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Faudree, Lillian Margaret

Lillian M. Faudree Died 5:45 P.M. Wednesday At Holzer Hospital
Funeral Services Will Be Held At 1 P.M. Sunday
     Miss Lillian Margaret Faudree, known and esteemed throughout the county as a saleswoman here, died at 5:45 last evening at the Holzer Hospital. She and her sister, Miss Hazel and aunt, Miss Margaret Hudlin, had long lived on Second below Spruce.
     Miss Faudree suffered a stroke on Monday, Feb. 25, At the Gallipolis Department Store, where she was employed. Shortly before that she had returned to her work after having been off duty because of a serious illness. After being stricken, she was apparently unconscious for several days and remained speechless.
     For many years Miss Faudree was a clerical employee of Miss Nan Deardorff and soon after the latter quit business, Miss Faudree joined the staff of the department store.
     Miss Faudree was born in Springfield, Ohio, a daughter of the late Hudson and Nancy Ann Hudlin Faudree, but all her years, except her early childhood were spent here. And her genial nature, her loyalty to her employers and her kindness to those with whom she dealt endeared her to thousands of residents of this area.
     She is survived by a sister and an aunt, in addition to those named and a brother: Mrs. George (Clara) Neal of Belleville, Richland County, Ohio; Mrs. Helen McConnell of Springfield and Hudson Faudree, Cincinnati.
     Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home of G.J. Wetherholt & Sons, with Rev. Theodore Valenti in charge. Burial in Mound Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 o'clock this evening.

[Note: born Feb. 14, 1885. The cemetery entry lists the death date as 3/6/1946 which is probably a misprint.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, March 7, 1945
Transcribed by F.K. Brown                                                                              Top of Page

Faulkner, James

Death of James Faulkner
     Mr. James Faulkner, living on Mill Creek on the Abe Betz place, died at 11 o’clock this Tuesday morning, April 23d, 1901. His funeral services will be Thursday afternoon, the burial following at Mound Hill by Wetherholt.
     Mr. Faulkner lived with his daughter, Miss Susan, his wife being dead since ‘81. He left three children--Miss Susan, Mrs. Alex Coughenour of Poplar Ridge, Cheshire township, and one son, Mr. Henry N. Faulkner, merchant on Sycamore street.
     He was born in Delaware and had resided here since ‘76, and was a gardener and farmer by occupation and had been ill for the past four months with a general breaking down and fell off of his chair dead at the time stated.
     He was 75 years old, and was a good affectionate husband and father, and an honorable good man whom everyone respected. Whatever relatives he may have live in the State of Delaware. He was a kind hearted, honest, honorable man, and left the world with a good record.

Gallipolis Tribune
Tuesday evening, April 23, 1901
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Faulkner, Mary Elizabeth [Daniels]

Death of Mrs. Henry Faulkner

     Mrs. Henry Faulkner, aged 84, of 856 Second Avenue, is dead at her home following an illness of three months. About three months ago she broke her hip and complications following caused her death. She is survived by one son, Richard, of this city and her husband. Mrs. Faulkner was born in Jefferson County.
     The funeral will be at the home Friday morning at 10 o'clock. Burial under direction of Hayward will follow at Pine Street Cemetery.

[Note; Death Certificate..Mary Elizabeth Faulkner born 1839; died Jan. 23, 1923; aged 84. Parents: Jessie Daniels and ? Mayhorn.]

Galliipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, Jan. 24, 1923
Transcribed by F.K. Brown

Faulkner, William

Justifiable Shooting
     On Monday, Guy Milliken, colored, living just above the Fair Ground, shot and instantly killed Wm. Faulkner, colored. Upon notification Coroner Cromley summoned a jury, and proceeded to the spot where an examination was held. Through the kindness of Coroner Cromley our reporter was enabled to be on the ground. The following is a summary of the testimony produced before the jury: [Testimonies follow].
     The jury rendered a verdict of death from a shot from a revolver in the hands of Guy Milliken but that the same was done in self defense. The judgment of our people, as well as their sympathies, is with Milliken. No prosecution has been instituted.

Gallipolis Journal
August 12, 1875
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Faverty, Celia

Mrs. Celia Faverty Dead
Passes This Morning at Home of Sister as Result of Cancer of Stomach.
     Mrs. Celia Faverty passed away this morning at 5:30 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. A.F. Lasley after a lingering illness from cancer of the stomach. Mrs. Faverty had made her home with the Lasley's for a number of years. She leaves one son J.H. Norton of Pt. Pleasant, two sisters Mrs. A.F. Lasley and Mrs. W.W. McGonagle, both of this city, two brothers Joseph L. Wilkinson of Columbus, and Thos. A. Wilkinson of Little Rock.
     Mrs. Faverty was in her 71st year and was born and raised in Gallipolis and was well and favorably known by most of our citizens.
     The funeral will be from the Lasley residence Wednesday at 2 p.m., Undertaker Hayward in charge of the remains, and Rev. D.F. Wood of Grace M.E. Church will conduct the services with buial at Pine street cemetery. It was Mrs. Faverty's request that since her friends had kept her so bountifully supplied with flowers during her illness when she could enjoy them, no flowers be sent after her death. Mrs. Faverty's son and wife have been with her almost constantly for several weeks.
Ironton papers will please copy.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, July 12, 1920
Transcribed by Nancy McMillan

Fee, Aaron Lewis

Mr. A.L. Fee Passes
     Mr. Aaron Lewis Fee died at the Holzer hospital after six days illness with peritonitis, at 12:35 Sunday morning, aged 63 years and 2 months. He was born at Bidwell, the son of Henry and Permelia Fee. He married, Miss Hannah Copeland at Latham, Ohio, in 1882, and his widow and six children survive him as follows: Olive, Clione and Charles at home; Mrs. Warner Miller of this city; Mrs. S.S. Flannagan of Huntington and Mrs. Norman Gibson of Covington. Mr. Fee had been in the barber business for 22 years, and leaves also five brothers and two sisters.
     The funeral will be at 2 pm Tuesday at his late residence, by Rev. J.O. Newton. Interment will follow at Mound Hill by Wetherholt.
     Mr. Fee was a good man, kindly, industrious, a master of his trade and a useful, respected citizen. He was a member of the Baptist Church, and also of the J.O.U.A.M., which will have charge of his burial. Many people in Gallipolis will miss him.

January 3, 1916
Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Transcribed by Nancy McMillan

Fee, Ada [Dyer]

Mrs. Elmer Fees Dies
     Mrs. Elmer Fee died at her home at Kerr’s Station Monday night after several days illness with influenza and pneumonia. She is survived by her husband and one daughter.
     Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon with burial by J. L. Coleman.

[Note: 8/14/1876- 12/31/1928; Age 52 yrs. 4 mos. 17 das. She was the daughter of Jasper and May Treetzs Dyer. The burial was in Fairview Cemetery in Bidwell, Oh.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, January 2, 1929
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Fee, Charles Lewis

Death of Charles L. Fee
     Word was received here this (Friday) morning, Oct. 19, 1923, of the death of Charles Lewis Fee, son of the late A. L. Fee and Mrs. Hannah Fee, at Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was single and 31 years of age. He is survived by his mother and three sisters; Ollie Fee, Mrs. J. Warren Miller and Mrs. Charles Robinson. Burial will be at Mound Hill as soon as the body arrives here.
     Mrs. Fee, his mother, has been with him in New Mexico since they left here about two months ago, and will return with the remains. Charles Fee, who was popularly known as “Cricket” among his friends has been in failing health for a number of months. He was at the federal military hospital at Denver for several months, but came home in the spring and spent several weeks with his mother.
     He enlisted in the United States Army at Columbus December 12, 1917 and went to Camp Grant, Ill. Shortly afterwards he went to Kelley Field, Texas, where he entered the air service. On June 29, 1918, he sailed for France and served with the 24th Balloon Company with the 3rd Army Corps. He spent fourteen months overseas in France and Germany. He returned to this country on August 1st, 1919 and was discharged at Camp Sherman on August 12, 1919.
     Mr. Fee’s death was not entirely unexpected, but it comes as a shock to those who saw him here during the summer. He was one of the most popular young men in the city and his friends and his mother’s friends sympathize with members of their family whose hearts have been filled with grief so frequently during recent months.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, October 19, 1923
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux                                                                       Top of Page

Fee, Dart

Scion Of Gallia Family Is Dead
     Dart Fee, a scion of an old Gallipolis family died in New Orleans, La., Tuesday. His death followed an illness of several years. He was the son of the late Jess Fee, and he is survived by his mother, Carrie Brown Fee. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Frances and Ann.
      Fee was born in New Richmond, Ohio, and had lived most of his life in New Orleans. He was the grandson of the late Capt. and Mrs. Miles H. Brown, and the Brown home in Gallipolis was at 633 Second Ave. His mother’s name was given to one of the Brown Line boats, the Carrie Brown, which burned to the water’s edge back of the old Riverview hotel. For many years it was the daily packet to Huntington.
     Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at the P. G. McMahon Funeral home and burial will be in New Orleans. Word of his death came to Miss Julia Donally, a Gallipolis relative.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, May 28, 1958
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux

Fee, Jacob

     Mr. Jacob Fee, a highly esteemed resident of Bidwell, died Sunday morning, December 4, 1898. He was about 67 years of age, and had been ill for several months with congestion of the lungs. He leaves a wife, on son and two daughters.

Gallipolis Bulletin
December 10, 1898
Transcribed by Margaret Calvin

Feilure, Osa [Sheets]

     Osa Sheets Feilure, daughter of the late Rev. Ira J. Sheets and Martha Sheers was born June 4, 1876, departed this life July 18, 1940, aged 64 years, 1 month and 14 days.
     She was united in marriage to Henry L. Feilure, May 23, 1898. To this union the following children were born: Clay, Lee and Stanley of Gallipolis R. R.; Ira, at home; Omar C. Feilure, the first born, died at the age of 10 months. Alta Feilure Houck, the only daughter died several years ago.
     Osa was converted at the age of 12 years at Silome Baptist church near her childhood home. She was a devoted and faithful member of that church until she moved to this county when Northup church was organized she assisted in every way she could and was one of the charter members. She loved the church and was always happy in the service of her Lord. She was deeply and sincerely devoted to her church, her home, her children and grandchildren and was a sympathetic neighbor and friend. The family wheel again is broken. Another spoke from the wheel has gone. We have lost one dear Mother. She has gone from her dear ones, her husband, her children, her grandchildren, whom she willingly toiled for and loved as her life. We will miss our dear mother. There will be a vacant chair. We will miss your loving presence, we will miss you everywhere. But we will think of you in Heaven, with our loved ones gone before, where there is no pain, no heart aches. Jesus help us to be faithful so that when live sands are run, we will meet our darling mother, clasp again those toil-worn hands, and forever live with Jesus in that bright and happy land, where there will be no more sorrow. God will wipe away all tears. There will be no pain, no death. We will think of you there dear mother, in a mansion bright and fair, And we know you will be waiting Mother, free from all sorrow, pain and care. Yes, watching and waiting for your loved ones who are so sad and lonely without you here.

[Note: Buried in Centenary cemetery]

Gallipolis Newspaper
No Date
Transcribed by Margaret Calvin                                                                        Top of Page

Fellure, Cassie [Sheets]

Cassie Fellure
     Cassie Fellure, 81, Eureka Star Route, died Tuesday in Holzer Medical Center. Born June 2, 1903, in Gallia County, daughter of the late Taylor and Luella Beaver Sheets, she was a member of Siloam Baptist Church.
     She married Irvin Fellure, who survives, on Aug. 3, 1922, in Gallipolis. Also surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Walter (Bernice) Stowers of Gallipolis, Mrs. Wendell (Lillia) Haner of Eureka Start Route, and Mrs. Myron (Florence) Sheets of Springfield; two sons, Harry Lee and Russell, both of Eureka Star Route; a brother, Lewis of Mercerville; and 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by three sons, Howard, Lewis and Terry Dean; by a daughter, Dorothy Houck; and four sisters and a brother.
     Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in Willis Funeral Home, with the Rev. Charles Lusher officiating. Burial will be in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Mercerville. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6-9 p.m. Thursday. Pallbearers will be Donald Sheets, Jimmy Sheets, Paul Fellure, Bernard Fellure, Freddy Fellure and Richard Fellure.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, June 20, 1984
Transcribed by Suzanne H. Giroux

Fellure, Howard W.

     Howard W. Fellure, 88, Bidwell, died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 1997, at his residence. Born Nov. 9, 1908 in Gallia County, son of the late Clyde Cecil and Nora Sheets Fellure, he was a farmer, a former Green Township trustee, and a retired state employee. He was a member of the Northup Baptist Church.
     Surviving are his wife, Anna Belle Bradberry Ball Fellure; two daughters, Janet (Ray) Hughes and Ann Louise Fellure, both of Gallipolis; a son, Bill (Ruth Ann) Fellure of Gallipolis; a stepson, Bob (Judy) Ball of Gallipolis; three grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and a great-grandchild; and a sister, Hillard Gee of Grove City. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Louise Northup Fellure; a daughter, Patricia Mink; a granddaughter; and two brothers, Homer Fellure and Heber Fellure.
     Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday in the Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home, with the Rev. Arland King and the Rev. Eugene Harmon officiating. Burial will be in Mound Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7-9 p.m. Friday.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, August 21, 1997
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Fellure, Irvin L.

     Irvin L. Fellure, 87, of Eureka Star Route, Gallipolis, Ohio, died Friday at Holzer Medical Center, Gallipolis. Survivors include two sons Harry Lee Fellure and Russell Fellure, both of Gallipolis; three daughters Bernice Stower, Lillie Haner, both of Gallipolis and Florence Shelton of Springfield, Ohio. Funeral 1 p.m. Monday at Willis Funeral Home; burial in Ridgelawn Cemetery. Friends may call from 1 to 3 p.m. at the funeral home.

Note: Died May 28, 1988
Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Transcribed by Jessica L. Weber

Fellure, Jesse

     Jesse Fellure was born June 5, 1850, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Otis Sheets, May 7 1930, aged 79 years, 11 months and one day. He was united in marriage to Tennessee Johnson, October 30, 1873, who preceded him in death by five years. To this union 15 children were born, five of whom (Granville, Ona, Leslie, Minnie, Alsena) preceded him to the Great Beyond. Those living are Henry, Herman, Clyde, Stanton, Mrs. Gusta Sheets, Mrs. Stanley Niday and Mrs. Ed Evans, all of Gallipolis, William of Mt. Sterling, O., Mrs. Butler Bevan, Crown City, O., and Mrs. Otis Sheets, Bladen.
     He leaves beside his children, 35 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one brother (Joshua) of Indiana, together with a host of other relatives and friends to mourn their loss, and may they all realize their loss is Heaven’s gain. We believe his soul is resting in the home Jesus said, “I go to prepare.”
He professed a hope in Christ early in life, joined Siloam Baptist church, afterward moving out of the community near Siloam, going into the neighborhood of Northup, after which the Northup Baptist church was organized and he went into the church as one of the charter members, and remained so until death. He was very quiet in his Christian life, but lived true to the profession he had made and has left the evidence that he belonged to God.
     He had many friends who will miss him in their pleasant conversations. We realize the children will miss his counsel, his place in their home will be vacant, but may they say, “Jesus doeth all things well,” and make the preparation to meet father with all the loved ones gone before.

Some day the sun of life shall set,
and we shall fall asleep,
And leaving all that we hold dear
will find the silence deep.
That mystery which still unsolved,
God and his angels know,
And those who walk by crystal streams,
where heavenly breezes blow,
Where grief nor sorrow never come,
nor trouble billows sweep,
Some day the Reaper will appear
and we shall fall asleep.
Some day the cares of life will cease
and we shall fall asleep,
And passing from you, we shall see
afar the golden street,
And sainted forms of those who dwell
upon the other shore,
Behold the loved ones, who from us
awhile have gone before,
Where soft and cooling pathways lie,
where none shall never weep.
Some day the hour for us will come,
and we shall fall asleep.

Some day our work will all be done,
and we shall fall asleep,
But oh, what joy to know that we
shall wake to never weep.
For where we go, we know that He
has promised perfect rest,
And peace for every aching heart,
every troubled breast;
And love more lasting than our own,
He’ll give to us to keep
When all our burdens are laid down
and we shall fall asleep.

Card of Thanks—We wish to thank our friends and relatives for the kindnesses during the sickness and death of our dear father; the minister, Rev. J. J. Sheets, for his consoling words and the choir for their impressive music, to those who gave flowers and to Undertaker Tope for his efficient service. The Children

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
May 22, 1930                                                                                     

Fellure, Jessie

Aged Resident Passes
     Jessie Fellure, aged 79, died at the home of Mrs. Otis Sheets near Mercerville, Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.
     The deceased is survived by ten children and one brother. Four sons, Henry, Herman, Clyde and Stanton reside in Gallipolis together with two daughters, Mrs. Lena Niday and Mrs. Dona Evans. Others are William of Mt. Sterling, Mrs. Gusta Sheets of Bladen, Mrs. Fulma Evans, Crown City, and Mrs. Vesta Sheets, Bladen.
     Funeral services will be conducted at Siloam church Friday at 2 p.m. by Rev. Ira Sheets with burial by A. E. Tope following in the Fellure family cemetery.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, May 8, 1930
Transcribed by Sandy Lee Milliron                                                                    Top of Page

Fellure, Mary

Mrs. Thomas Fellure Dies Saturday Morning
Native of Gallia County Was Descendant of Ann Bailey
     Mrs Thomas Fellure, aged 78, passed away early Saturday morning at her home on Garfield Avenue, after a long illness. Mrs. Fellure, who before her marriage was Mary Northup, is a direct descendant of Ann Bailey. She was a member of the D.A.R. and the Presbyterian Church. Her husband is her only surviving relative.
Mr. Fellure, who is a Civil War Veteran, has been in feeble health for some time.
     Funeral arrangements, which are in charge of George J. Wetherholt and Sons, will be announced later.

[Note: Death Certificate..Mary Margaret Fellure born 1851 in Gallia County; died March 2, 1929 in Gallipolis. She was the daughter of John S. Northup and Jane Anne Trotter. Cause of Death..Valvular Disease of Heart.. Burial Pine Street Cemetery in Gallipolis Township. Wife of Thomas Fellure born July 19, 1846; died Oct. 27, 1929 in Gallipolis; aged 83 years 3 months and 8 days. Parents..Nicholas Fellure and Sarah Autill]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Saturday, March 2, 1929
Transcribed by F.K. Brown

Fellure, Stanton

     Stanton Fellure, 91, of Pinecrest Care Center, died Wednesday, April 5, 1995 at Holzer Medical Center.
He was a farmer and worked for Green Township. He was a member of Northup Church and WWII Army veteran. Born Dec. 9, 1903, he was the son of the late Jessie and Tennessee Johnson-Fellure.
     Survivors includes wife, Sarah Slagle Fellure of Gallipolis; four sons Stanton Fellure Jr. of Galion, Darrell Fellure of Gallipolis, James Fellure of Gallipolis and Ralph Fellure of Bidwell; two daughters, Leigh Anna Campbell of Galion and Donna Grymes of Gallipolis; seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 15 brothers and one sister.
     Services will be 3 p.m. Friday at the Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home with the Rev. Alfred Holley officiating. Burial will be in Centenary Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. A military flag presentation will be at the graveside by VFW # 4464 and American Legion #27

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
April 1995
Transcribed by Jessica L. Weber

Fellure, Tennessee

Death Of Mrs. Jesse Fellure
     Mrs. Jesse Fellure of Northup died early Sunday morning at her home. Mrs. Fellure was over 70 years of age and the mother of 15 children, ten of whom are living. Up until about 15 years ago Mrs. Fellure lived at Mercerville. Cancer was the cause of her death. The funeral will be held Tuesday at 10:00 o'clock with burial at the Fellure Cemetery.

[Note: Death Certificate...born June 5, 1856; died Oct. 4,1925; 68 years 3 months and 27 days of age. Parents: William Johnson and Susan Bocox.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Oct. 5, 1925
Transcribed by F.K. Brown                                                                              Top of Page

Fellure, Vilona Elizabeth [Sheets]

     GALLIPOLIS - Mrs. Vilona Elizabeth Fellure, 94, of 505 Fourth Ave., Gallipolis, died Friday evening at Holzer Medical Center. She had been ill for the past year, becoming seriously ill the past two weeks. She was born in Gallia County, a daughter of Brice H. and Sarah S. Sanders Sheets. She was the last of her immediate family. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Gallipolis.
     Survivors include two sons, Ervin Fellure of Eureka Star Route and Garrett Fellure of Northup; six daughters, Miss Hazel Fellure of Vinton, Mrs. Ervin (Edith) Saunders and Mrs. Fritz (Lilly) Stover, both of Gallipolis, Mrs. Virgie Houck of Vinton, Mrs. Fred (Naomi) Beman of Thurman, and Mrs. Thomas (Erma) West of Lancaster; 22 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvie Fellure; a daughter, Jewell Rice, six brothers and six sisters, seven half-brothers and sisters and four grandchildren.
      Services will be Monday, 2 p.m. at the Willis Funeral Home with the Rev. Wilson Wahl officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Lawn Cemetery in Mercerville. Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p.m. today.

Athens Sunday Messenger
January 4, 1976
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Feltman, Edna Marr

     Mr. John Feltman's little girl of Vinton, whose sickness we have before mentioned, died Sunday night, Mr. Feltman will have the sympathy of all.

[Note: Buried in McGhee cemetery in Huntington Twp.]

Gallipolis Journal
July 19, 1893
Transcribed by Nancy McMillan

Feltman, Nelle May [Butler]

Mrs. Feltman Dead At 80
     Mrs. Nelle Feltman, 80, widow of the late Dr. Colby Feltman of Vinton, died at 6 p.m. Tuesday in White Cross hospital in Columbus. She was a member of a pioneer famiy of Vinton and had spent her entire lifetime in that community until ill health forced her to go to Columbus to be near relatives. She was bon in Vinton on Dec. 1, 1877, the daughter of the late William F. and Ann Kerr Butler. She met and married Dr. Feltman, who practiced dentistry in the village until his death on Aug. 31, 1955.
     She is survived by a sister Mrs. Ed (Maggie) Hamilton of Columbus and two nephews, Dr. John W. Butler, Wellston dentist, and Dr. Walter Hamilton, Columbus physician. Her late brother, Kerr Butler, was a Vinton funeral director.
     Mrs. Feltman was a charter member of the Ladies auxiliary of the Vinton Baptist church and served as its treasurer for many years.
     Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the McCoy Funeral home. Rev. Gerald Brown will officiate, and burial will follow in Vinton Memorial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday and on Friday until the hour of the service.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
17 September, 1958
Transcribed by Claudia Melin

Ferguson, Harper

Harper Ferguson Dead
     Harper Ferguson, 67, for many years a well known baker of this city, died at his home here Thursday afternoon following illness of many years’ duration. He was born at Buffalo, W. Va. Mr. Ferguson is survived by his wife, sons, James, Fred, and George; and daughters Mrs. Harry Wolf of Pittsburgh and Florence of this city. The funeral was held at his late home on Third avenue by Rev. A. J. Wilder of the Episcopal church, of which the deceased was a member, the interment following in Pine street cemetery.

Gallia Times
Wednesday, May 16, 1917
Transcribed by Suzanne H. Giroux

Ferguson, Howard M.

     Howard Michael (Howie) Ferguson, 27, Cheshire, died Sunday at Holzer Medical Center. Born in Gallipolis on May 20, 1961, he was a son of James and Joann Nobles Ferguson of Deltona, Fla. He was employed as a carpenter.
     Surviving besides his parents are his wife, Cheryl Lynn Barrett Ferguson; two stepchildren, Michael Paul Clark and Patricia Lee Clark; both at home; a brother James Earl Ferguson, Altamonte Springs, Fla.; two sisters, Mrs. Russell (Jenny Jo) Starcher and JoCinda Kay Ferguson, both of Deltona; a grandfather, Charles Ferguson, West Columbia, W. Va.; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death was his grandfather, Howard Nobels.
     Services will be held at noon Thursday at the Rawlings-Coats-Blower Funeral Home in Middleport with the Rev. Ralph Butcher officiating. Burial will be in Gravel Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Gallipolis Tribune
November 1988
Transcribed by J. Farley                                                                                  Top of Page

Ferguson, Lenna Wey

Sister of Gallipolis Man Dies in Columbus 
     Many of the older people of our city will recall Mrs. Lenna Wey Ferguson will regret to learn of her death Sunday in Columbus. She was the wife of W.F. Ferguson and moved from Gallipolis forty years ago. She was a sister of W.C. Wey, Island Side, Mrs. Frank Bell, Mrs. Cabelle Walker and Jessie Walker were other relatives, and will be remembered as a woman of charming personality. Her funeral will be held from her late home Tuesday afternoon.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
March 22, 1927
Transcribed by Jessica L. Weber

Margaret Emaline [Ballard]

Margaret E. Ferguson Passes At Newark
Venerable Resident of Gallipolis Had Record of Usefullness
     Mrs. Margaret Emaline Ferguson died Wednesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Weyman, in Newark, after months of declining health.  She was the youngest of eight children of William Lewis Ballard and Permelia France [sic] Black Ballard and was born May 14, 1850 in Bedford Co., Va.  She was married, August 30, 1870 to Elias Harper Ferguson, who preceded her in death several years.  Mrs. Ferguson spent all of her married life in Gallipolis with the exception of the last three years which she had spent in Newark with her daughter.  Besides her own family of three sons and three daughters she helped care for seven others. She was the last of her immediate family, her oldest sister, Mrs. Mary Oiler, died four years ago at the age of 93.
     Surviving relatives are the following children:  James H., of Akron, George, of Columbus, Fred of Gallipolis, Mrs. Harry E. Wolfe, of Pittsburgh and Mrs. Weyman, of Newark.  Mrs. C. H. Lewis, a daughter is deceased.  She also leaves these grandchildren: Herschel Ferguson, of Akron, William Ballard Lewis, of Newark, Harper J., Martha and Frederick F. Ferguson, of Columbus, and one great grandson, Billy Ferguson, of Akron.  A granddaughter, Mrs. Helen Lewis Hand who died recently in Los Angeles, was reared by Mrs. Ferguson.
     Mrs. Ferguson was a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal church this city.  The remains will be returned here for burial in Pine street cemetery, probably Friday.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, October 23, 1930
Transcribed by Suzanne H. Giroux

Ferguson, Milton G.

M. G. Ferguson Dies Monday
     Milton G. Ferguson, 71, Rt. 2 Vinton, died in Holzer Hospital at 9 p.m. Monday. He had been a medical patient at the hospital for some days and had been in declining health for some time.
     Mr. Ferguson was a native of Ashland, Ky., but had been a resident of Gallia County for the past 17 years. At Ashland he had been an employe of the C & O Railway and after removing to this county, he was employed at the Gallipolis State Institute for a number of years.
     He was born Aug. 26, 1883, the son of the late Milton C. and Anna Gleim, at Ashland. On April 19, 1922, he was united in marriage to Martha Mae Barcus of Gallipolis, who survives. Other survivors are a son, Elba Ferguson, Ludlow, Ky., by a former marriage, and three step-daughters, Mrs. Gladys Halley, Gallipolis, Mrs. Celestine Snyder, Leesburg, Fla., and Mrs. Parthena Newman, Vinton.
     Funeral services will be held at the McCoy Funeral Home, Vinton, at 10 a.m., Thursday, Rev. M. T. Williams, Addison, will officiate and burial will take place in the Ashland, Ky. cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday and until the funeral hour.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday, May 24, 1955
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Ferguson, Terry Arland

Mr. Ferguson Dies Suddenly On Tuesday
     Terry Arland Ferguson, 82, Patriot Star Route (Rt. 141) died suddenly at 2:05 p.m. Tuesday when enroute to the home of a friend near Cora. Mr. Ferguson had been in failing health for three years. A retired farmer, he was born on Oct. 18, 1884, in Cabell County, W. Va., son of the late Jack and Margaret Cremeans Ferguson.
     Surviving are his wife, Josie Bryant Ferguson and one daughter, Mrs. Elmer (Pauline) Dillon, Barboursville, W. Va., along with five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Two brothers and one sister survive: Ostie Ferguson, Rio Grande, and O. E. Ferguson and Mrs. Bertha Warden, of Barboursville. Mr. Ferguson had resided on Rt. 141 for three years.
     Services will be conducted on Friday at 2 p.m. at the Wallace Funeral Home in Barboursville with burial in White Chapel Cemetery near Milton. The body will be taken to the Wallace Funeral Home by Waugh-Halley-Wood where friends may call anytime.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, June 7, 1967
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron                                                                       Top of Page

Fernchild, Fritz

     Fritz Fernchild, the well known tailor who worked so long for Gentry, died in the Soldiers’ Home at Dayton some six weeks ago. He was born in Germany, married there and his wife died there. Fritz was 65 years of age and a member of the G. A. R. Post here. He served in the Army both here and in Germany. He is said to have died of asthma.

The Gallipolis Bulletin
Friday, August 4, 1905
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Ferrard, Peter L.

     Died, on the 8th inst., Mr. Peter L. Ferrard, aged 37 years.

The Gallipolis Journal
May 15 1851
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes

Ferrell, Leland C.

     Leland Chumley Ferrell, 60, Fife Lake, Mich., died Friday, July 4, 1997 in the Munson Medical Center, Traverse City, Mich. Born June 25, 1937 in Majestic, Ky., son of Lee and Opal Gearles Ferrell of Gallipolis, he served in the U. S. Navy and had been employed by the Mortor Wheel Corp., Ypsilanti, Mich.          
     Surviving in addition to his parents are his wife, Bonnie Hatfield Ferrell, whom he married Aug. 1, 1959 in Vinton; a son, Leo (Julie) Ferrell of Fife Lake; two daughters, Kathy (Bradley) Tripp and Deborah (Robert) McKinney, both of South Boardman, Mich; six grandchildren; and three brothers and five sisters.
     Services were conductied at 2 p.m. today, Monday, July 7, 1997 in the Wolfe Funeral Home, Kalkaska, Mich., with the Rev. David McCool officiating. Burial was in the Garfield Township Cemetery in Klkaska County.

Galllipolis Tribune
July 7, 1997
Transcribed by J. Farley

Fesler, Millie C. [Mauck]

Middleport Republican
Mrs. Frank N. Fesler
     Mrs. Millie C. Fesler, wife of Mr. Frank N. Fesler, died at the residence of Mr. Thomas Fesler, just below Middleport, on the 5th inst at 6:30 p.m. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Adaline R. Mauck of Cheshire, at which place she was born, November 16, 1850.  Several years ago she contracted a severe cold, which terminated in consumption. One year ago last March, she, with her family, went to Aiken, South Carolina, hoping benefit in change of climate. She improved in health until August following, when, at the time of the earthquakes in that State, her nervous system received such a severe shock that she was not able to overcome the steady decline which then took place, and a few weeks ago she expressed a wish to come home, and although in feeble health, she was spared to reach the desired haven, and among kind friends and relatives, was permitted to spend the few remaining weeks of her life. She passed away so quietly-so silently, that, but for the watchful care of friends at every moment, her spirit might have gone hence without notice.  She was a faithful wife, devoted mother, loving daughter, and true sister.
     About twenty years ago she united with the Free Baptist Church of Cheshire, during the pastorate of Rev. O E Baker, and was a member of the church at the time of her death.  Funeral services in Cheshire, Sunday, by Rev T H Drake, assisted by Rev J M Davis. For the pleasing and appropriate music by Middleport friends, the beautiful flora offerings, and the tender, loving sympathy of a great number of relatives and friends, the husband, children and near relatives are very grateful.

[Note: Buried in Gravel Hill Cemetery, Cheshire Twp.]

Gallipolis Journal
Tuesday, May 10, 1887
Transcribed by Suzanne H. Giroux

Fierbaugh, Cora [Rose]

Mrs. Nace Firebaugh [Fierbaugh] Died Late Saturday
     Mrs. Cora Rose Fierbaugh, wife of Nace Fierbaugh, died last night at their home below Northup. She had been ill a long time from cancer and her condition had seemed hopeless for months. She was 50 years old. Funeral services will be conducted at Macedonia by Rev. Earl Cremeens at 1:30 Tuesday. Burial in Harrington Cemetery by George J. Wetherholt and Sons.
     Mrs. Fierbaugh is survived by her husband, her mother, Mrs. Mary Rose, widow of John Rose, living on the Neighborhood road near the City and these nine children: Lawrence, Herman, Dorothy, Lucille, Mary, Helen, Eunice, at home; Mrs. Ray Richards, Coachella, Calif., and Mrs. Joseph Rhodes, Bethesda. The surviving brothers and sisters are Howard, Clarence and Carl, Gallipolis; Wilbur and Charles, Erie, Pa.; Frank Rose, Mrs. Nettie Pidock and Mrs. Clara Page, Columbus, and Mrs. Frances Cottrell, Garfield Ave.
     All her life, except six years at Iona, Minn., was spent in this county.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, April 6, 1936
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Fierbaugh, Savannah

Death at Yellowtown
     Mrs. Savannah Fierbaugh, wife of John Fierbaugh, died at her home at Yellowtown Monday night, Dec. 9, 1918, after a lengthy illness of dropsy. She was a good woman loved by many friends. She is survived by her husband, two sons and three daughters, two sisters and one brother, Peru Harrington.
     The funeral will be conducted from the Yellowtown Church of which she was a member, at 10 a.m. Thursday, interment to follow at the Harrington family cemetery by Wetherholt & Entsminger. Rev. John Porter will conduct the funeral service.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday, Dec. 10, 1918
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron                                                                       Top of Page

Fife, Bessie

Bessie Fife of Cheshire dies
     Mrs. Bessie Garnett Fife, 81, Cheshire, Rt. 1, died Wednesday morning. Mrs. Fife was born Aug. 9, 1891, in Cheshire Township, the daughter of the late Asbury and Elizabeth Winegar Hood. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Albert Ross Fife, in 1963, one brother and four sisters. Mrs. Fife was a member of the Silver Run Freewill Baptist Church.
     She is survived by seven daughters, Mrs. Guy (Margaret) Priddy, Rutland; Mrs. Kenneth (Marie) Ralph, Cheshire; Mrs. John (Dorothy) Veith; Cheshire; Mrs. Carrol (Evelyn) Matthews, Cheshire; Mrs. Delbert (Kathryn) Russell,Mason; Mrs. Grant (Emagine) Russell, Williamsburg, Pa. and Mrs. Franklin (Doris) Cook, Pt. Pleasant; five sons, Albert Raymond Fife, Cheshire; Roscoe Fife, Middleport and Clarence Fife, Pomeroy; a sister, Mrs. Mina Amos, Rodney; 52 grandchildren, 92 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.
     Funeral will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Silver Run Freewill Baptist Church with the Revs. Andrew Parsons and Noe Herrman officiating. Burial will be in Gravel Hill Cemetery at Cheshire. Friends may call at Rawlings Funeral Home Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday until 12:30 p.m.

The Daily Sentinel
March 30, 1973
Transcribed by Peggy Sibert Mason

Fife, David W.

     David W. Fife, 57, Crown City, died Thursday, July 10, 1997, in St. Mary’s Hospital, Huntington, W Va. The son of the late Arthur and Cora Mae Bailes Fife, he was a retired carpenter and had worked for over 20 years for the Carter & Evans Construction Co. Surviving are a daughter, Kim (Todd) Wooten of Bidwell; a son, Mike (Cristi) Fife of Gallipolis; and three grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by two brothers.
     Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday in the Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home, with the Rev. Alfred Holley officiating. Burial will be in the Ridgelawn Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Saturday.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, July 11, 1997
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Fife, Ella Irene  [Wright]

     Ella Irene Fife, 84, of Gallipolis, died Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006 at Heartland at Hillsboro Care Center. She was born May 20, 1922, in Gallia County, daughter of the late Homer and Lillie Mae Bright Wright.
     In addition to her parents, she was preceded by her husband, Elmer Paul Fife, whom she married Dec. 22, 1939, and who preceded her on March 22, 1987, and by two brothers, Clarence and Charles Wright. She was a homemaker.
     She is survived by two daughters, Paula Jean Noren of Hillsboro, and Esther Irene Massie of Ellenton, Fla.; seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Gene Wright of Michigan; and three sisters, Edna Wright of Columbus, Rosa Burnett of Sandusky, and Katherine Marino of Connecticut.
     Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006, at the Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home, with the Rev. Ralph Workman officiating. Burial will follow in Ohio Valley Memory Gardens. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, November 10, 2006
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Fife, Mary J.

     Died, on the 29th day of August, Mrs. Mary J. Fife, wife of Warren Fife, in the 25th year of her age. The deceased was an affectionate wife and mother, leaving four children to mourn her departure. She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Funeral services by Rev. Poston.

The Gallipolis Journal
September 17, 1874
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes

Fillinger, Alonzo M.

Man Found Dead in Bed
     Alonzo (Lonnie) Fillinger, 78, was found dead in bed at his home just below Mercerville late Friday forenoon.  So far as known he had been as well as usual when he retired and his failure to arise at the usual hour caused no concern for several hours, or until Mrs. Fillinger called him and he did not respond.
     Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Mercerville Baptist Church, with Rev. Charles Lusher in charge.  Burial there by C.R. Halley
     Mr. Fillinger was a native and lifelong resident of Guyan Twp.  He was born July 21, 1869, a son of Jonathan and Frances Wilcox Fillinger.
     Surviving, besides his wife are two sons, Perry of Crown City and Carl of Columbus; five daughters, Mrs. Buell Swain of Mercerville, Mrs. Therl Jones of Radnor, Mrs. Ace Thomas and Mrs. Fern Masely, both of Columbus, and Mrs. John Conelly of Gallipolis; two brothers, William Fillinger of Bidwell and Whitt of Crown City; three sisters, Mrs. Ed Church of Crown City, Mrs. Henry Bockman of Dayton and Mrs. Fred Suiter of Huntington.

Gallipolis paper
Date Sept. 1947
Transcribed by Theresa E. Smith

Fillinger, Alonzo M.

     In memory of A.M. Fillinger. As David said, "There is but a step between me and death" has again become a reality to us.
     On Friday morning as loved ones were beginning the toils of another day, they were shocked to find the Death Angel had come during the night and closed the eyes of their companion and father, A.M. Fillinger.
     Mr. Fillinger was born July 21, 1869 departed this life September 5, 1947, being 78 years, one month and fourteen days.
     On September 10, 1892, he was united in marriage with Rosetta Beaver.  They trod life's pathway for 55 years. To this union were born eleven children; four preceded him in death, Weithy, Retha, Ina and Clarence who died in infancy.  The living are: Perry of Crown City, Gertie of Mercerville, Audrey of Gallipolis, Zenia, Fern and Carl of Columbus, and Belva of Radnor, Ohio.  He leaves three sisters, Pearl of Dayton, Ohio, Mary of Huntington, W.Va. and Betty of Crown City.  Two brothers, Whitt of Bladen and William of Gallipolis, 24 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
     Mr. Fillinger spent most of his entire life in this community, being widely known, a man of a quiet disposition and a good neighbor.
     As we look back over the last few years we remember Mr. Fillinger becoming interested in the things of God to the extent that he attended Church services regularly.  So today as we look upon his lifeless body we can only say, "God doeth all things well." and leave him in the hands of a just and loving God.

A precious one from us is gone,
A voice we loved is stilled
A place is vacant in our home
That never can be filled.

Gallipolis paper
Date: Sept. 1947
Transcribed by Theresa E. Smith                                                                     Top of Page

Fillinger, Carnie

     GALLIPOLIS - Carnie A. Fillinger, 57, of Kerr Trailer Court, Garfield Avenue, was found dead in his trailer Saturday morning. City police reported that the trailer was full of gas fumes. Neighbors detected the fumes and notified city police at 7 a.m. Dr. Donald Warehime, Gallia County coroner, has not given a ruling a yet to the cause of death.
     Mr. Fillinger was a farmer until a few months ago. He was never married. Born in Clay Township, he was the son of the late Roscoe and Minnie Thornton Fillinger. Surviving are a brother, Garrett of Painesville, four sisters, Mrs. James (Carmie) Bodi, Painesville, Mrs. Kenneth (May) Lane, Gallipolis, Mrs. Harold (Virginia) Brumfield, Crown City and Mrs. Lorene (Wilma) Hakes, Anhurst, a sister preceded him in death.
     Funeral arrangements will be announced by Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home.

Athens Sunday Messenger
February 18, 1968
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Fillinger, Clyde Lawrence

Clyde Fillinger Dies In Hospital
     Clyde Lawrence Fillinger, 41, Bidwell, died at Holzer Hospital shortly before midnight Tuesday. Fillinger had been in ill health for about four months. The son of Willie Clarence Fillinger and the late Mary Jane Wells Fillinger, decedent was born in Guyan Twp. Aug. 21, 1912.
     He was not married and is survived by his father and five brothers, and five sisters, who are Lewis, Paul, Clarence and Homer, all of Monaca, Pa.; Curtis of Barberton; Mrs. (Francis) William McCormick, Huntington; Mrs. (Helen) William Ohse, Rochester, Pa.; Miss Mable, Huntington; Mrs. (Myrtie) Elmer Gardner, Gallipolis; and Miss Betty, Gallipolis.
     Funeral arrangements are incomplete. The body is at the C. R. Halley Funeral Home, Mercerville.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, October 7, 1953
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Fillinger, Freddie Allen

Fillinger Infant
     GALLIPOLIS - Freddie Allen Fillinger, who would have been three months old March 23, was found dead early Friday morning in his crib at the home of his parents, Freddie and Rhonda K. Richie Fillinger, 400-½ Second Ave. He had recently had pneumonia.
     In addition to his parents, other survivors include: Mrs. Sadie Richie, Gallipolis, maternal grandmother; Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Fillinger, Gallipolis Route 2, paternal grandparents; Mr. and Mrs. Terry Fillinger, Crown City Route 1, paternal great-grandparents; and Fred Kerns, Gallipolis Route 2, the paternal great-great-grandparents.
     Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at Miller funeral home by the Rev. Bruce Unroe. Burial will be in Pine Street Cemetery.

Athens Sunday Messenger
March 21, 1965
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Fillinger L.D.

Death of L.D. Fillinger
     Word was received here by relatives of the death of Mr. L.D. Fillinger in Arkansas. He was an old resident of this county and a former school teacher but went west several years ago.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
April 7, 1924
Transcribed by Jace Little

Fillinger, Mary Frances [Wilcoxen]

J. Fillinger's Widow Passes
Aged 89 Years
Has 111 Descendants and other Kinfolk - Rites at Dickey Church 2
[pm] Sunday
     Mrs. Mary Frances Fillinger, who spent nearly all her 93 yrs in and around Crown City, died at 5:40 last evening at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Mary Suiter, 2910 Fourth Ave., Huntington. She had been in feeble health a long time. She left Crown City, 9 mos. ago to live with Mrs. Suiter.
     Decedent was the widow of Jonathan Fillinger, who will be remembered as a raiser and buyer of burley, and her maiden name was Wilcoxen.
     Two daughters, besides the one named, and three sons survive: Mrs. E. A. Church, Lonnie and R. W. Fillinger, all of Crown City; W. C. Fillinger, Bidwell, R. D.; Mrs. Henry Beckner, Dayton; also 50 grandchildren, 50 great grandchildren, 5 great-great grandchildren and many other relatives in this county and its borders.
     Funeral services will be held at Dickey Church on Lincoln Ridge at 1 o'clock Sun. afternoon. Burial there beside her husband by Fisher, at whose funeral home the body is now.

[Note: Parents were Henry H. Wilcoxen and Nancy A. Leggett.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Jan. 15, 1938, front page
Transcribed by Judy Free                                                                             

Fillinger, Mary Frances Wilcoxen

Mary Frances Fillinger
     Mary Frances Wilcoxen Fillinger, died January 14, 1938, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fred Suiter in Huntington, W. Va. She was born Feb 4, 1844, and was 93 years, 1 month and 10 days old at the time of her death. She was the daughter of Henry Wilcoxen and Nancy Legget Wilcoxen, and was united in marriage to Jonathan Lewis Fillinger Oct. 1, 1868. To their union were born eleven children of whom six survive: A. M. Fillinger, R. W. Fillinger and Mrs. E. A. Church of Crown City, Ohio; W. C. Fillinger of Gallipolis, Ohio; Mrs. Henry Boeckman of Dayton, Ohio; Mrs. Fred Suiter of Huntington, W. Va., with whom she made her home. She is also survived by 45 grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren, a host of nieces and nephews and numerous friends.

Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me;
And may there be no moaning of farewell
When I put out to sea.

Card of Thanks
     We desire to extend our sincere thanks to all our neighbors for their assistance in the illness and death of our dear mother; for the floral offerings, to those who offered cars, to Rev. Ira Sheets for his consoling words, to the three girls for the beautiful songs and to Mr. Fisher of Fisher Funeral Home for his efficient service. The Children.

[Note: Buried at Dickey Chapel in Harrison tp.]

Gallipolis Newspaper
No Date
Transcribed by Margaret Calvin                                                                        Top of Page

Fillinger, Minnie Alice

Fillinger Rites Set Saturday
     Funeral services for Mrs. Minnie Alice Fillinger, 69, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Mercerville Baptist Church, the Rev. Oma Williams officiating and burial will be made by C. R. Halley in Bethlehem Cemetery on Rocky Fork.
     The body will be at home after 4 p.m. today, and friends may call there until the funeral hour.
Mrs. Fillinger died at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Kenneth (Mary) Lane, Swan Creek, after a long illness. She was born March 4, 1881, in Guyan Twp. to Thomas and Tennessee Sheets Thornton.
     Her husband, Roscoe (Whit) Fillinger, survives along with three daughters and two sons: Mrs. Carmie Bodi, Painesville; Mrs. Virginia Brumfield, Crown City; Mrs. Wilmuth Haskins, Amhert, O.; Garrett Fillinger, Painesville and Carnie Fillinger, Crown City. Three brothers and a sister also survive: Wood, Cecil and Stanley Thornton, Crown City, and Mrs. Effie Rucker, Bidwell.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, January 20, 1950
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Fillinger, Peachie [Prose]

"Silently one by one
In the infinite meadows of Heaven,
Blossomed the lovely stars
The for-get-me nots of the Angels."

     Thus it was as the festive Yule-tide season approached with its bleak cold wintry blasts turning our would be beautiful landscape into a cold dismal picture that we are again reminded, that "Life is but a vapor that appeareth for a time and then vanishes away." This time death having visited our community
and called from our midst a kind and devoted Mother, neighbor, and friend.
     Peachie Louise Prose Fillinger was the daughter of John Franklin and Margaret Wickline Prose. She was born in Perry Township near Cadmus, Ohio April 25, 1889 and departed this life at the Holzer Hospital December 23, 1951 at the age of 62 years, 7 months and 28 days.
     She leaves to mourn their loss one daugher--Mrs. Kathleen Durst of Bidwell, Ohio and one son Holland at home; a granddaughter, Mrs. Dorothy Wentzell of Letart, West Virginia whom she reared from childhood; also five other grandchildren, one great grandson and one sister, Mrs. Lillie Wickline of Ray, Ohio, and a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, the late Herman Fillinger, one daughter, Mrs. Ruby Thompson, and one sister, Pansy, who died at an early age.
     She was a member of the Patriot Grange and also a member of the Spanish American War Veterans Auxiliary #88. To these organizations she was a faithful member and her absence there will bring sadness to all. Her children will ever honor and cherish her memory for her love and watchful care tendered them through infancy and her devotion to them on through the years. She loved her children and grandchildren ever more than her own life and never counted any labor or sacrifice too great to make in their behalf. Her affections and interests were not limited to her family circle but her sympathies were wide and when sorrow entered other homes she was ever reeady as an angel of mercy to help lighten their burden.

[Note: Buried Salem Baptist Cemetery]

Gallipolis paper
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall                                                                        Top of Page

Fillinger, Virgil E.

     Virgil E. Fillinger, 70, of 970 Mudsoc Rd., Patriot, died Monday, Sept. 10, 1990 at Pleasant Valley Hospital, Pt. Pleasant, W. Va. He was born Dec. 18, 1919 in Gallia County, son of the late Ferry and Emily Sanders Fillinger.
     He is survived by his wife, Wanda Grube Fillinger of Patriot, whom he married June 9, 1972 in Columbus. Also surviving are three sons, David A. Fillinger of Rt. 2, Bidwell, Freddie E. and Johnnie R. Fillinger, both of Gallipolis; three step-daughters, Mrs. Tim (Renee) Weaver of Gallipolis, Mrs. Sonya Williams of Mt. Sterling and Mrs. Don (Tonya) Elliott of Patriot; one step-son, Marty Williams of Gallipolis; four brothers, Edward Fillinger of Orient, Russell Fillinger of Northup, Ferry Fillinger, Jr., of Columbus and Floyd Fillinger of Gallipolis; five sisters, Mrs. Paul (Frances) VanPelt and Mrs. James (Viola) Slone, both of Gallipolis, Mrs. Eugene (Janie) Gladman of Columbus, Mrs. Glenn (Bonnie) Rose of Worthington, and Mrs. Helen Brown of Athens; two grandchildren; and five step-grand-children. He was preceded in death by one sister, Roslea Cornell.
     Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Thursday at Willis Funeral Home with the Revs. Keith Adkins and Alfred Holley officiating. Burial will be in Neal Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Pallbearers will be Richard Neal, Glenn Grube, James Hively, David Walters, Jerry Fillinger and Ray Fillinger.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday, September 11, 1990
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Fillmore, Adan

     Died, at Porter, on the 9th of Sept., 1874, Adan Fillmore, in the 94th year of his age. Mr. F. was born in Connecticut, and came to Ohio in 1819, and settled in Gallia county, where he has since resided. He was a worthy citizen, and a man of strict integrity, respected and revered by all his neighbors and acquaintances. He died in the hope of a better life.

The Gallipolis Journal
September 17, 1874
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes

Fillmore, Anna

     DIED - in Porter, Gallia county, Ohio, Sept. 1st, 1864, Anna, wife of Aden Fillmore in her 83d year. She was born in Connecticut, and united in marriage to her now bereaved husband, Sept. 6th, 1801. They came to Ohio, and settled in Gallia county, where she ended her Christian journey. [ . . . ] She had eleven children. Three were taken to the sun bright throne in childhood, and others all lived to have families [ . . . ] her grandchildren have numbered 57. great-grandchildren, 32, great, great, grandchildren, one [ . . . ] A. B. M.

The Gallipolis Journal
October 27, 1864
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes                                                                Top of Page

Fillmore, Charles D.

     Died, at his residence in the town of Porter, in Gallia county, Ohio, of typhoid pneumonia, Charles D. Fillmore, in the 54th year of his age. In his death we have lost a valuable citizen. He leaves a wife and two sons to mourn his loss.

The Gallipolis Journal
May 7, 1874
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes

Finley, Bertie

     Bertie Finley, daughter of Matthew and Nettie Stetson Thomas was born in Clay Township, Gallia County, O., December 3, 1874, and had lived here continuously her entire life. More than thirty years ago, when a resident of Chambersburg she became a member of the Chambersburg Methodist church and was an active worker with that organization.
     On April 4, 1898, at the age of 24 she was united in marriage with John H. Finley, a farmer of this community and fondly together they had labored, and had shared the joys and sorrows of life.
To this union were born three daughter and one son, Nettie, wife of Ralph Jeffers, Edna, wife of Hugh Jeffers, and Muriel and Paul at home. There are also five grand children Joe, John and Lanice, children of their daughter Nettie, and Lee and Roberta, children of their daughter Edna. These children, and grand children together with the husband are left to mourn the loss of a devoted mother, grandmother and wife.
     Her chief pleasure was in her home where her wise advice was caught by every member of her family.
She was an unusually industrious person and worked to such purpose that she accomplished much.
Mrs. Finley was one of the class affectionately spoken of as a "home body" and there she could always be found by her friends. It was only when she was called upon to minister to some friend or member of her family that she went out, especially at late years.
     Two of her special characteristics were cheerfulness and generousity. Hearing of the good meetings that were being held in her church she desired to attend the last evening of service. It was when she was returning for this meeting, Sunday evening Feb. 7 that she received a fall which was the beginning of her fatal illness. Pleurisy developed, and because of a heart affection it was impossible for her to overcome the trouble.
     Early Saturday morning, Feb. 20 at the age of 51 years, 2 months, and 17 days, she passed suddenly into "The Sleep that that knows no waking."
     Besides her home family she leaves her mother of Gallipolis, and five sisters, and two brothers.
Several years ago she became a member of French City Council, No. 164 Daughters of America, and was a loyal member at the organization, though she was seldom in attendance at their meetings.
     In bearing this great sorrow which has come upon them, Mrs. Findley's family have so many beautiful memories to keep in mind of the love they have always given their love one, and at the tender care they were permitted to show her.

And they should find help in these
"O yes, He cares,
I know he cares;
His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are weary,
the long nights, dreary.
I know my Savior cares."
"We shall meet this loved one gone
Some sweet day, bye and bye."

[Note: from stone Mound Hill cemetery died 1926]

Gallipolis paper
Transcribed by Irene Blamer                                                                           Top of Page

Finley, Edward

     Edward Finley was born at Angola, Ohio, August 6, 1881, and departed this life March 28, 1925, aged 43 years, 7 months and 22 days. He was united in marriage to Ella Gilmore on Feb. 2, 1908, and to this union were born two daughters, one of whom is living. He was the son of John and Caroline Finley and was one of ten children. He was a member of the Junior Order of United American Mechanics of Thivenir, Ohio.
      Mr. Finley was a kind and loving husband and father, and was a good neighbor and a well respected citizen. He had been afflicted for several years, and he bore his long suffering with patience until the end came.
      He is survived by his widow and daughter Marie, two brothers, John and George of Bladen, and four sisters, Eva Burnett of Columbus, Chloe Tilton of Zanesville, Elizabeth Root of Kanauga and Belle Chevalier of Gallipolis. He was preceded in death by one daughter, his father, mother, two sisters and one brother.

Only God knows how we miss you,
How empty is your place;
We miss each loving action,
And your sweet and loving face.
Though earthly ties are broken,
In life we'll meet no more,
Our thoughts are with you, Edward, dear,
On yonder distant shore.
No one knows the silent heartache
Only those who have lost can tell
Of the grief that's borne in silence
For the one we loved so well.

Gallia Times
April 26, 1925
Transcribed by Irene Blamer

Finley, Ed

Ed Finley Dead
     Mr. Ed Finley died at his home on Friendly Ridge Saturday, March 28, after a long and distressing illness. Funeral services were held at his late home Tuesday, with interment at Mound Hill. Mr. Finley is survived by his one daughter and many other relatives and friends.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
April 2, 1925
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall                                                                        Top of Page

Finley, Ella Belle

Ella Belle Finley Dies In Columbus, Burial Mound Hill
     Ella Belle Finley, 56, widow of Edward G. Finley, died Sunday at her home, 543 Jenkins avenue, Columbus.
     Funeral was held at 9 o'clock this morning and burial was to be made in Mound Hill cemetery early this afternoon.
     Decedent was the daughter of Shannon and Mary Harrington Gilmore and was born at Crown City. Her marriage occurred here in 1907. She is survived by her mother, a daughter, Marie Waples, a granddaughter, a sister and two brothers.

[Note: from death certificate, she was born 4 Sep 1884 and died 4 Jan 1941]

Gallipolis newspaper
January 1941
Transcribed by Joanne Galvin

Finley, Gary F.

     Services for Gary F. Finley, 48, ESR, Gallipolis, who died Tuesday, will be 2 p.m. on Friday from Waugh-Hailey-Wood Funeral Home, the Rev. Charles Lusher officiating. Burial follows in Ridgelawn Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home 6-9 p.m. today, Masonic services will be by Gallia Lodge at 8:30 p.m. Pallbearers will be Roger James, Charles Lee Barcus, Kenny Waugh, Dale Fife, Don Perkins and Kermit Fisher.

[Note: Born May 26, 1941; died Sept. 5, 1989]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Sept. 6, 1989 Page 3, Col 3
Transcribed by F. K. Brown                                                                             Top of Page

Finley, James

James Finley Dies at Vinton
     James Finley, 80, a Spanish-American War veteran, died at his home in Raccoon twp., Rt. 2 Vinton, at 8: p.m., Monday. He was a native of Ayshire, Scotland, and migrated to this country as a child of six with his family and settled in Iowa. During the war he served in the 21st Co., Coast Regiment artillery.
     Finley was the son of James and Susan Wiley Finley, and his birth date was Jan. 7., 1876. He was twice married, his first wife being Emma Townshend and from that union one son, Donald of Logan, survives. He was married to Chloie England, a native of Lewis county, Ky., on April 13, 1931, and she survives along with the following children; Bill, Gene, Bob, at home, Jim of Columbus, a step-daughter and stepson, Ruth Oiler of Vinton and Tom Bloomfield of Columbus.
     Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 2 p.m., at Ebenezer church with Rev. Gerald Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery under the direction of the McCoy Funeral home. The Vinton Legion will have a part in the services. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday and until the funeral services..

[Note: Surname is spelled Findlay on cemetery stone.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday, January 10, 1956
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Finley, Ira Albert

     Ira A. Finley, 77, Murraysville, W. Va., died a week ago Monday in St. Joseph’s Hospital following a lengthy illness. Funeral services were held last Thursday at the Chambers Funeral Home in Ravenswood. Burial was in Coleman Chapel Cemetery, Ravenswood.
     He was born in Eureka on June 21, 1894, and was a retired Ravenswood merchant. He also operated a business in Logan County, W. Va.
     He was a member of the Ravenswood Masonic Lodge, AF&AM for more than 50 years. He was a member of Coleman Chapel Methodist Church. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Olive Polk Finley, one son, Kenneth, of Murraysville; one daughter, Mrs. Lorraine Davis, Ravenswood; three sisters, Mrs. Ruth Trowbridge, Ambridge, Pa.; Miss Edna Holsten, New York and Mrs. Bonnie Williams, Eureka. Three granddaughters survive.

[Note: According to West Virginia, Deaths Index, 1853-1973, Ira Albert Finley died February 28, 1972, in Wood County, WV.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
March 1972
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux

Finley, John

John Finley Dies Monday Evening
Rites To Be Held 2 P.M. Thursday At Miller's Funeral Home
     John Finley, 72, whose home was on the Teens Run Road in Clay Twp. R.1, Bladen, died at 5:45 Monday afternoon at the Holzer Hospital.  He was brought to the hospital on July 3 and was then suffering from pneumonia.  He had passed the crisis and complications arose and death was the result of coronary thrombosis.
     He was a native and lifelong resident of the county and one of eight children born to John and Caroline Danforth Finley.  He was twice married, his first wife dying 21 years ago.  His second wife was Lena Groves Clark, a native of Gallipolis and widow of Noah Clark.
     Also surviving are the following children: Mrs. Ralph (Nettie) Jeffers, Bladen; Mrs. Hugh (Edna) Jeffers, Sardis; Mrs. Edward (Muriel) Williamson, Marmet, W.Va., and Paul whose address is not known.  There are three sisters, Mrs. Carol Tilton, Zanesville, Mrs. Belle Chevalier of Gallipolis and Mrs. Eva Burnette of Columbus.
     Mr. Finley was of large build, industrious and honest, and well-known in the lower part of the county and in Gallipolis.
     Funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Miller's Home for Funerals, in charge of Rev. H.M. Smith.  Burial in Mound Cemetery.

[Note from stone: 1875-1947]

Gallipolis paper
Date Unknown
Transcribed by Theresa E. Smith

Finley, Larry Elwin

Finley Tot Dies Here Sunday A.M.
     Larry Elwin Finley, little son of Mr. and Mrs. Elwin Finley, died at 11:20 Sunday morning, a few minutes after he had been rushed to the office of Dr. Lewis Brown here. He would have been two years old this coming Wednesday.
     Surviving besides the parents are the twin brother, Larry Edwin and Gerald Fisher Finley, 5. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Bert Finley and Mr. and Mrs. Palmer Fisher of Bladen.
     Funeral at Providence Church at 2 p.m. Wednesday, with Rev. Charles Lusher in charge. Burial at Ridgelawn Cemetery, Mercerville.

[Note: From Stone 1944 - 1946]

Gallipolis paper
Date unknown - 1946
Transcribed by Theresa E. Smith                                                                     Top of Page

Finley, Lizzie

Dies Suddenly Today
     Death came suddenly to Miss Lizzie Finley this morning when she was apparently in the best of health. She suffered a heart attach about 8 o'clock in her room at the home of Mr. and Mrs Ben Evans. Third avenue, where she had lived for the past year and a half. She was beyond help when Mrs. Evans hearing a noise as of some one falling, went to investigate. She had prepared and eaten her breakfast and washed up the dishes.
     Miss Finley was born in Clay in back of Clay Chapel the daughter of Alex and Caroline Denney Finely. Most of her life was spent in the sevice of the late Mr. and Mrs. Amos Clark down in the neighboorhood where she was born and later in this city. Yesterday she vistited the home of Judge and Mrs. J.S. Clark, a regular Sunday custom, and seemingly was in her usual health. Surviving are two brothers, Bert and Thomas Finley, who live in Clay tp.
     George Weatherholt & Sons have charge of the arrangements which were not completed at the time this was written.

Gallipolis Paper
date not available
Transcribed by Virginia Moses

Finney, Eliza

Mrs. Finney Dead
     Mrs. Eliza Finney, widow of the late Capt. Charles Finney, who died fifteen years ago, died at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Francis on Fourth avenue above Spruce Thursday morning at 7:30 July 14, 1910, aged 73 years. Funeral services were conducted at her late home by Rev. A. P. Cherrington at 2:30 o'clock Friday afternoon, interment by Wetherholt following at Pine Street beside her husband.
     Mrs. Finney is survived by one sister, Mrs. Mary Madison of Jacksonville, Florda, now here on a visit, and son Charles E. Finey of Newark, O., and one daughter above mentioned. She had been ill and an invalid for two years with paralysis. She was a memberof Grace M. E. church and a sweet dispositioned old lady beloved by her family and grandchildren and all who knew her.

Gallipolis Paper
July 1910
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall                                                                        Top of Page

Finnicum, Rev. Jack D.

     GALLIPOLIS - The Rev. Jack D. Finnicum, 76, of Gallipolis, passed away unexpectedly at 9:32 a.m., Saturday, August 24, 2002, in Holzer Medical Center Emergency Department.
     He was born June 19, 1926, in East Liverpool, son of the late Wade O. and Elizabeth Grimm Finnicum. He was a retired clergyman and self-employed painter.
     He married Margaret Griffin on May 22, 1955, in Cheshire, and she survives, as does one daughter, Lt. Col. (Retired) Brenda Gnau and her husband, Paul, of Athica, New York, and one son, Paul Finnicum and his wife, Carla, of Gallipolis; three grandsons, John Paul Finnicum, Joseph Finnicum and Sean Gnau.
     Also surviving are two sisters, Alice Eads and her husband, Larry, and Betty Dovenbarger and her husband, Jim, all of Gallipolis; a brother, Frank Finnicum of Point Pleasant, West Virginia; sisters-in-law, Mary Griffin, Betty Griffin and Pauline Griffin; a brother-in-law, Lewis Griffin; and several nieces and nephews.
     In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Natalie Aiello, Mary Aycock, Nellie Denney and Martha Morris; and a brother, John O. Finnicum.
     Services will be 11:30 p.m. [a.m.] Wednesday, August 28, 2002, in the Cremeens Funeral Chapel. Officiating will be the Rev. Mike Finnicum and the Rev. Mary Cyrus. Interment will follow in the Reynolds Cemetery at Addison. The family will receive friends in the chapel from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, August 27, 2002. Casketbearers are Mark Griffin, Harry Griffin, Chris Watson, Gene McCulty, Irvin Adkins and Harold Sayre.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, August 26, 2002
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

First, Clara [Saulcer]

Death of Clara First
     Clara B. Saulcer was born Sept. 29, 1847, in Mason County, WV and died at Shoals, WV, July 5, 1896, in the 49th. year of her age. May 17, 1866, she was united in marriage with John W. First. She was the mother of eight children, all of whom survive her, except one son who died in infancy.
     In 1886 she made a public profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and united with the Christian Church at Bulaville, was a faithful member and a constant Christian until death. Her life was so symmetrical so full of cheer and sympathy. She was greatly respected and loved by all who knew her and will be greatly missed, not only by her family but by all her neighbors and acquaintances. Her sufferings were severe, but when the end came she quietly laid her head on the bosom of Jesus and fell asleep in him. Here she suffered, there she reigns. Here she was in exile, there at home. Her sufferings are over, she rests in peace, she has reached the land of mansions and immortality.
     Her husband and five daughters, two sons and a large circle of relatives are left to mourn but they sorrow not as those who have no hope. Her presence and words of advice and affection will be greatly missed yet we know that she is forever with the Lord and that we shall see her again.
     An appropriate funeral discourse was delivered by Rev. J. W. Dillon, of Gallipolis, in the Bulaville Church in the presence of a very large concourse of citizens, after which her remains were laid to rest in the beautiful cemetery nearby to await the resurrection of the just.

A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled,
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled.
A wife and mother is gone,
It was our dear Savior's will,
She will be sadly missed for none her place can fill.
Asleep in Jesus blessed thought,
It cheers our hearts to know
We'll meet with her who has left
This world of sin and woe.
Then weep no more for her
For she has gone to rest,
And whilst we mourn on Earth below
She is happy among the blest.

[Note: Buried in Rife Cemetery]

Gallipolis Journal
Tuesday Morning, July 21, 1896
Transcribed by F. K. Brown

First, Henry

Henry First Dead
     Henry E. First, one of our best Addison township residents, passed away Wednesday morning of last week of heart trouble. The funeral was held at the Bulaville Christian Church Saturday, the sermon by Rev. W. J. Fulton.
     He was born in this county on May 6, 1848, a son of Henry and Lettie Mink First. In 1878 he married Miss Louisa Salser, who, with the following children, Willard E., Mrs. Charles Topping, both of Addison township, Mrs. Walter Wilber of Columbus, Ross M., Nina and Mary, survives him. Mr. First was a fine old gentleman with many friends.

Newspaper and date unknown.
From the newspaper collection of Harold and Odella Mack.
Transcribed by Shari Little-Creech       and

[Note: Henry Edward First died March 21, 1917, age 68. Burial in Rife Cemetery in Addison Township.]

Gallia Times
March 28, 1917
Transcribed by F. K. Brown

Fisher, Almira [Nolan]

Death of Mrs. Almira Fisher
     Mrs. Almira Fisher, widow of the late W. W. Fisher, died at noon Tuesday, Oct. 1, 1918 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. James Poindexter on Mill Creek. She had been ill for some time following a stroke of paralysis, being in her 81st year.
     The deceased was born in this county and has resided here the past 50 years and was a lady of noble character and of a generous benevolent nature, loved by all who knew her. She was the mother of three children, one dying in infancy and Mrs. John Loucks passing away some time ago. The surviving child being Mrs. Poindexter.
     She also leaves three grandchildren, Miss Wirtie Poindexter, Earl Canady and Wade Loucks and two sisters and one brother.
     The funeral will be conducted from her late home Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock by Rev. D. F. Wood, interment following at Pine Street cemetery by Wetherholt & Entsminger.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, October 2, 1918
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Fisher, Almira

     Mrs. Almira Fisher, 81, widow of Wirt Fisher of Mill Creek, died at noon Tuesday, Oct. 1, 1918, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. James Poindexter of paralysis. She was a native of this county. One daughter, Mrs. Poindexter survives her mother. Another daughter was Mrs. John Loucks, who died a few years ago. The funeral was held Thursday afternoon by Rev. D. F. Wood of this city, interment in Pine Street cemetery.

Gallia Times
Wednesday, October 9, 1918
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux                                                                       Top of Page

Fisher, Alpha L.

Alpha L. Fisher, Life-Long Invalid Dies Last Night
     Alpha Lawrence Fisher, who would have been forty years old in July, died shortly after midnight at his home at Addison. Although he had been an invalid since babyhood, his death came suddenly. Apparently in his usual health when he retired a seizure at 11:30 resulted in his death a couple of hours later.
     He was the only child of Lawrence L. Fisher, who died seven months ago today and Mrs. Lura Watson Fisher. Stricken by spinal meningitis when but six months old, he was an invalid all his life. His parents were tenderly devoted to him and gave him loving care and attention and his death is a keen shock to the mother.
     Friends may call at the Fisher home in Addison from Friday evening until the funeral hour, 1:30 p. m. Sunday. Services will be conducted there by Rev. Jennings Cremeens. Burial will be in Gravel Hill cemetery by F. J. Entsminger.

[Note: June 14, 1904 - January 20, 1943.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, January 21, 1943
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Fisher, Annabelle [Shaw]

Mrs. Fisher, 83, Claimed Today
Eureka Resident’s Rites Set Thursday
     Mrs. Annabelle Fisher, 83 died in Holzer Hospital this morning from a heart condition which she had suffered for the past two years. Her condition became serious about a month ago when she was taken to the hospital but she was able to return home, returning to the hospital a week ago, succumbing at 9:30 this morning.
     Mrs. Fisher was born in Ohio Twp., Sept. 18, 1867 to the late John and Ann Gillingham Shaw. She was married to Otto Fisher, a native of Terre Haute, Ind., in 1896. He was a prosperous and well known farmer in the county and for many years lived in the large old home known as the John Chambers home, just opposite the Gallipolis Locks, at Eureka.
     They were the parents of seven children of whom Mrs. Clarence Meige (Rickley) of Gallipolis Ferry, Oakley Fisher of Mercerville, Clarence of Bulaville, Charles, Stanley and Lewis all of Eureka survive. One baby died in infancy.
     Mrs. Fisher was a woman of exemplary character and was a kind and devoted mother and neighbor who will be greatly missed by her family and numerous friends. She was a lifelong member of the Christian Order Church in Ohio Twp. But during her residence in Eureka has been a regular attendant at the Eureka Methodist Church and took an active part in the Women’s Society for Christian Service.
     In addition to the children mentioned above, decedent is survived by the following brothers: Bert Shaw of Gallipolis, Tom Shaw of Thivener and John of Athens; 20 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
     Funeral service will be held at the Mercerville Church Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock, with the Rev. David Bates officiating. Burial will be made in the Old Mercerville Cemetery by the Miller Home for Funerals. The body will be at the late home after noon Wednesday where friends may call.

Gallipolis Tribune
5 Sep 1950
Transcribed by Lew Casey

Fisher, Charles

Charles Fisher Falls Off Tow Mile Below Dam
     An Ohio river bargehand lost his life late Monday evening when he fell into the river below the Eureka Dam from the tow of the towboat Reliance. The victim is Charles Roscoe Fisher, 50, of Eureka. The accident happened about 11 p.m., a mile below the dam, in the area usually referred to as the Rosebud section below Bladen, while the Reliance’s tow was being made up. According to other members of the crew, Fisher was aboard a barge which was being placed back in the tow after being locked through at the Gallipolis dam. The tow contained 21 barges and was moving downstream.
    The watchman aboard the tow told investigating officials that he heard a splash and a call for help and immediately spread word of a man overboard. Fisher is believed to have passed underneath one barge before his body returned to the surface, clad in his life jacket. Other barge employees removed his body within a few minutes but efforts to revive him with a pulmotor taken to the scene by Claude Miller were futile. Dr. J. Gordon Gilbert, acting coroner, said that an autopsy performed at Holzer hospital revealed drowning as the cause of death. The man is believed to have lost his balance causing the fatal plunge.
     Fisher is survived by his wife who was Anna Montgomery and there are two children Charles Howard and Katherine Sue at the home in Eureka.
     Fisher was the son of Otho and Belle Shaw Fisher and was born when the family lived at Mercerville. About 1920 the family moved to Eureka. There are four brothers and one sister who survive. They are: Clarence Fisher who operates a grocery at Eureka, Oakley of Mercerville, Shirley and Lewis Fisher, both of Eureka. A sister, Mrs. Rickey Meige, lives at Gallipolis Ferry, W. Va.
     Funeral services will be held at the Chambersburg Methodist church at 2 p.m. Friday. The body will be taken to his late home where friends may call after 7 p.m. Wednesday. Miller’s Home for Funerals is in charge.

Gallipolis Tribune
May 1954
Transcribed by Lew Casey                                                                               Top of Page

Fisher, Charles W.

Charles Fisher Dies
Last Rites Thursday
     Charles W. Fisher, 68, who lived in the home of Fon Johnson, 108 Locust Street, died this morning about ten o’clock. His death followed a fall on the ice from which pneumonia developed. He had been ill about one week.
     Funeral services will be held at the Johnson home Thursday at 2 o’clock. Burial will be in the McCarty Cemetery near Cheshire by A. E. Tope. Mr. Fisher was formerly engaged as a farmer in the Cheshire community and is the last of his family.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday, January 16, 1940
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Fisher, Geneva M.

     Geneva M. Fisher, 78, of 214 S. Westgate Ave., Columbus, formerly of the Eureka community, died
Friday, Feb. 14, 1992, at Mt. Carmel West Medical Center, Columbus.
     Funeral services were held Monday at Cremeens Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Ralph Workman officiating. Burial at Providence Cemetery. Pallbearers were Roger Montgomery, Marlin Nibert, Keith Smith, Johm Burke, Charles Houck and McGee Fisher.

Gallipolis Tribune
Feb. 1992
Transcribed by J. Farley

Fisher, George Franklin

G.F. Fisher Dies Monday
     George Franklin Fisher, died at 6:45 a.m. Monday at his home in Addison township near Little Kyger church. Had Mr. Fisher lived until Oct 14, he would have been fifty years old. He was a farmer for the greater part of his life, working in recent years at the Hobson shops. Death resulted from anaemia his illness dating back to May, during which time he had received several blood transfusions which failed to be of any permanent benefit.
     He was the son of the late James and Sarah Fisher and is survived by his wife and two children, Rebecca and William at home. He also leaves two half brothers and a half sister. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 2 p.m. by Rev. Scott Mossman, at the Little Kyger Christian church of which he was a member. Burial in Gravel Hill cemetery in charge of Wetherholt and Entsminger.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
September 6, 1927
Transcribed by Nancy McMillan

Fisher, Hattie Jane

Mrs. Wm Fisher Called By Death
     Mrs. Hattie Jane Fisher, wife of Will Fisher, passed away this morning at 6 o'clock at the home of her son, Lovell Fisher at Bladen. She suffered a stroke Sunday, but had been in ill health for several weeks. Mrs. Fisher was born March 20, 1877 to the late A.J.and Nancy Halley Caldwell, and had lived in this vicinity all of her life. She was a member of the Ohio Chapel Church.
     She is survived by her husband, who is in poor health; the son previously mentioned and another son, Palmer Fisher, Bladen; and a daughter, Mrs. Frank Wetherholt, Portsmouth Rd., City and six grandchildren. A sister, Mrs. Vesta Walters, City, and a half brother, Miles Walln, Barboursville, also survive.
     Time and day of funeral services will be announced later, but it is known that the last rites will be held from Bethel Methodist Church, near Bladen, by the pastor, the Rev. David Bates. Burial will be in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Mercerville, by C.R. Halley.

[Note: From Stone 1877 - 1948]

Gallipolis paper
Date Unknown
Transcribed by Theresa E. Smith                                                                      Top of Page

Fisher, Hiram

     Died, at his residence in Gallipolis, Sunday evening, September 18th, Hiram Fisher, Esq., aged 52 years.

The Gallipolis Journal
September 22, 1853
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes

Fisher, John A.

     Died, on the 2nd ult., after a short illness, Mr. John A. Fisher, of Huntington twp., aged 59 years.

The Gallipolis Journal
March 1, 1855
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes

Fisher, Lewis Henry

     COLUMBUS - Lewis Henry Fisher, 74, of 214 S. Westgate Ave., Columbus, a former Gallia County resident, died at 5:10 p.m. Friday in Doctors Hospital West, Columbus, having been in failing health for the past three years.
     Born Jan. 19, 1907, in Ohio Twp., Gallia County, he retired from Children's Hospital, Columbus, in 1972. He married the former Geneva Swain, who survives, on Aug. 28, 1934, in Gallipolis. Also surviving are five daughters, Mrs. John (Mavadelle) Houck Thornton of Cincinnati, Maubelle Fisher of Columbus, Mrs. Jim (Marilyn) Emery of Dublin, Mrs. Johnny (Janice) Burke of Gallipolis and Mrs. Marjorie Gilliss of Columbus; and nine grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by six brothers and a sister.
      Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home. Burial will be in Providence Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday.

Unknown publication
September 11, 1981
Contributed by Jacquelyn Woolley

Fisher, Lilie [Houston]

     Mrs. Lilie Belle Fisher, 76, a resident of 47 Madison Ave., Gallipolis, died at 1 p.m. Sunday, in the Arcadia Nursing Home, Coolville. She was born April 18, 1899, in Lawrence County, daughter of the late William and Atha Benson Houston.
     She was twice married, first to Clayton Everett Johnson. Her second marriage was to George Lowell Fisher. He survives, along with the following children: Hrs. Howard (Lorena) Pickett, Cedarville; Mrs. William (Gertrude) DeVault, Gallipolis; Mrs. John (Christine) Queen, Washington C. H.; Guston (Bill) Johnson, Xenia; Floyd Johnson, Spring Valley, Ohio; Carroll Johnson, South Charleston, Ohio; 29 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and three great-great-0grandchildren survive.
     One sister survives, Mrs. L. A. (Pearl) Johnson, Proctorville. Three brothers survive: Rev. Doren Houston, Bluefield, W. Va.; Don Houston, Gallipolis; and Dewey Houston, Chesapeake. One grandson, three brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.
     She was a member of the Church of Christ in Christian Union. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Church of Christian Union with Rev. George Jones officiating. Burial will be in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Mercerville. Friends may call at the Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday.

[Note: Died June 2, 1975]

Gallipolis Newspaper
No Date
Transcribed by Margaret Calvin                                                                        Top of Page

Fisher, Mary E. [Guinn]

Mrs. Fisher Dead
     Mrs. Cassius Fisher, aged 59, whose death on last Tuesday morning at the family home near Pinegrove we briefly mentioned last week, was laid to rest in Morgan cemetery on Friday afternoon, following services at the Porter M. E. Church by Rev. J. H. F. Parkins. She was a fine woman, greatly beloved by all who knew her.
Besides her husband she is survived by Harold, James and Esmond Fisher, all of Columbus, Ross Fisher of the Wellston police force, Mrs. Mary Eckenrode, Pearl and Harry Fisher of Toledo and Ruth at home.

[Note: According to her death certificate available at, she was born June 29, 1859 and died on January 25, 1916 and was buried in Clark Chapel Cemetery in Morgan Township. She was buried as Eleanor Guinn Fisher.]

Gallia Times
Wednesday, February 2, 1916
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux

Fisher, Mary [Sheets]

Mrs. O. Fisher of Mercerville Died 7 P.M. Wednesday
Daughter of Late Rev. E.L. Sheets
Rites 2 P.M. Sunday
     Mrs. Mary Sheets Fisher, wife of Oakley Fisher of Mercerville, died at 7 o'clock last evening at the Holzer Hospital. Her distressing and baffling illness began last October and she was brought to the hospital two weeks ago tomorrow. At the outset her illness was thought to be caused by food poisoning. But she seemingly recovered from that and was able to resume her household duties and appeared to be fairly well until three weeks ago. Death resulted from a brain tumor and virus poisoning, the relatives were told.
     Mrs. Fisher was the daughter of the late Rev. E. L. and Virginia Warren Sheets. In young womanhood she was converted and united with the Mercerville Baptist Church and remained a faithful member until her passing. She was blessed with a fine soprano voice and used it to glorify her Father's name.
     The body will be at the Mercerville home after 10 a.m. Friday and friends may call thereafter. Funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Mercerville Church in charge of Rev. E.V. Creemens. Burial in the Ridgelawn Cemetery there by F.L. Stevers.
     Loved one surviving are the husband; two daughters Virginia Belle, a teacher in the Mercerville school and Mary Rose, both at home and these four brothers; A. Judson Sheets, Huntington; Herschell and Emmett Sheets, Crown City and P.W. Sheets, Columbus, who was a clothing salesman here some years ago.
     Mrs. Fisher's illness and death have brought sorrow to a wide circle of kinfolk, neighbors and other friends.

In Loving Memory
     of Mary Sheets Fisher, daughter of the late Rev. Edward L. Sheets and Virginia Warren Sheets, who was born Aug 6, 1889 and departed this life April 10, 1946, age 56 years, 8 months and 4 days. She was the youngest of the family and the only daughter (one daughter died when about two) and the four brothers petted, humored and loved her.
     She was united in marriage to Oakley Fisher, Aug 6, 1923 and to this union were born two lovely daughters, Virginia Belle and Mary Rose and they with the devoted husband are left to mourn their loss together with the brothers, Judd of Huntington, Hershell and Emmett of Crown City and previously of Columbus; besides numerous in-laws, nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives and friends.
     In early womanhood she was converted and joined the Mercerville Baptist Church and remained a faithful, consistent Christian till the end of the way. She was a gifted singer and at many gatherings like these she had sung words of comfort and consolation for the bereft and in many public gatherings delights and pleased the listeners with her beautiful singing.
     Her home and her loved ones were an untold satisfaction to her and her life was spent in loving devotion and service to them and her friends.
     Since October she had been ailing and while worried and concerned about her condition, none dreamed that her departure was so near. A little over two weeks ago her strength failed quite noticeably and when treatment at home failed she was taken to the hospital. But it seemed that no medical skill or love could help and now since she is gone we all can recall the words she said at times, that she alone felt and it seemed she knew her time on earth was to be of short duration. A few weeks ago while preparing their noonday meal, she told her companion that she would be gone when the roses bloomed again.
     And now when our sense of a great loss is so heavy, there is that inner satisfaction that she made the preparations years ago and was ready for the crown. Those who mourn her passing, if we but make the preparation and are faithful will one day meet her, to part no more.

                The Masked Angel
When we have finished all we have to do
And lie down weary with our weight of care.
Anxious to rest, across the misty view
An angel comes and breaks the chains we wear.
We call him Death. He wears a dark array,
And seems to us a thing of fear and dread.
Yet those he calls go gladly on their way
We never hear a murmur from the dead.
For when the fetters have been stricken free,
And he has led us each the journey home,
He drops his ebon garments happily
And lo, beneath the glow of God's great dome
He stands in white and shining robes arrayed
What we called Death was life on masquerade.

Gallipolis Papers
April 10, 1946
Transcribed by F.K. Brown                                                                              Top of Page

Fisher, Mildred  [Carman]

Mrs. Fisher, 54, Claimed
     Mrs. Mildred Fisher, 54, of 94 McMiIlen Ave., Columbus, died Saturday at University Hospital. She was born in Columbus, on May 26, 1915, to the late Perry and Osa Doan Carman.  She is survived b y her husband, William Fisher, three daughters, Mrs. Jim (Jeanne) Thomas, Mrs. Jim (Sandy) Strawn of Columbus and Mrs. Dick (Anne) Lenihan of Gahanna, Ison Bill of Canton, also 8 grandchildren, and one brother, Edward Carman, of Gallipolis survives.
     Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. from the Jerry Spears Funeral Home on W. Broad. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Gravel Hill with Rev. Lester Roush officiating.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, January 12, 1970
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Fisher, Nathaniel A.

     Died, at his residence in Vinton, Gallia county, Ohio, on the 17th day of February, Nathaniel A. Fisher, in the 46th year of his age.

The Gallipolis Journal
February 23, 1865
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes

Fisher, Otto

Otto Fisher, Aged 79, Dies Eureka Home
Funeral Services Will Be Held At Mercerville Church At 2 Saturday
     Otto Fisher, known to his intimates as “Ode,” died at his home in Eureka about 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon. He had been seriously ill for several weeks and hopes for his recovery began to wane some days ago. He was so keen, alert, active, until his health failed that likely but few of his friends realized that he was in his 80th year.
     Mr. Fisher was born at Terre Haute, Indiana, Aug. 28, 1860, a son of Charles and Mary Rinehart Fisher. But nearly all his life was spent in this county. He and Belle Shaw were married Dec. 30, 1893, and the following children are the survivors of this union: Oakley Fisher, Rio Grande; Clarence, Charles, Lewis and Shirley, all of Bladen and Eureka and Mrs. Rickley Meaige of Henderson, W. Va. Other survivors are brothers, Lewis of Milan, Mo., and Henry, whereabouts unknown; half-brother, William of Bladen; three half-sisters, Mrs. Kate Swain of Crown City, Mrs. Minnie Davis of Gallipolis, and Mrs. Clara Lanier, Richmond, Ind.
     About 1922 Mr. Fisher bought the John Chambers property at Eureka and lived in the village thereafter. Previously for several years he lived and conducted a store and served as postmaster at Gallipolis Ferry. But the greater part of his adult life was spent in Ohio tp. He was an active and influential figure in politics and a wide-awake man with a host of warm friends.
     Funeral services will be held at Mercerville church at 2 o’clock Saturday, with Rev. Charles L. Thayer in charge, in all probability. Interment will be made there by Coleman R. Halley.

Gallipolis Daily Triune
Friday, January 19, 1940
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Fitch, Marianne P. [Winkler]

     Marianne P. Fitch, 71, Vinton, died Friday, Nov. 6, 1998 in Holzer Medical Center. Born June 20, 1927 at Stpuzart, Germany, daughter of the late Henry and Freda Winkler, she was a retired employee of Holzer Medical Center. She was a member of the Vinton Baptist Church and the Vinton American Legion Auxiliary.
     She was also preceded in death in July 1970 by her husband, Clint Fitch, whom she married May 5, 1947 in Heidelberg, Germany; and by two grandchildren. Surviving are two children, Clint Donald (Paula) Fitch of Garrett, Ind., and Mimi Brown of Fort Wayne, Ind.; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a sister, Ellen Reindt of Geislaingn, Germany.
     Services will be 3 p.m. Sunday in the Vinton Baptist Church, with the Rev. Marvin Sallee officiating. Burial will be in the Vinton Memorial Park. Friends may call at the McCoy-Moore Funeral Home, Vinton, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Saturday. The body will be in state at the church one hour prior to the service.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, Nov. 6, 1998
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron                                                                       Top of Page

Fitch, Noah

     Noah Fitch, 77, of Cheshire Route 1, died Sunday in Holzer Medical Center. He was a retired coal miner. Born Nov. 10, 1912 in Salyersville, KY, he was a son of the late Steve Fitch and Cora Allen Fitch.
     Surviving are his wife, Margaret Lester Fitch; three daughters, Bessie Culpepper and Etta Jo First, both of Gallipolis and Faye Hawley, Gretna, VA; three sons, Clyde Fitch, James Fitch and Ray Fitch, all of Cheshire; 22 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; one brother, Kerney Fitch of Muneth, MI and three sisters, Bertie Whittaker, Clinton, MI; Mella Riser and Mary Riser both of Dexter, MI.
     He was a member of Madison Baptist Church. Services will be conducted Wednesday, 1 p.m. at Waugh-Halley-Wood funeral Home, the Rev. Richard Vinson officiating. Burial follows in Gravel Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday, 3-5 and 7-9 p.m.

[Note: died Oct. 1, 1989]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, Oct. 2, 1989
Transcribed by F.K. Brown

Flack, Nancy

     Mrs. Nancy Flack died at the residence of her son-in-law, Mr. Elza Smith, in this city, last Saturday morning at 9 o’clock, in her 75th year. She had been in failing health for more than a year. Mrs. Flack was a resident of this county for 46 years, and was a highly esteemed lady.
     She was the mother of three children, who survive her -- Mrs. T. W. Thorniley, Mr. F. C. Flack, and Mrs. Elza Smith.
     Her funeral and burial services took place yesterday, and she was laid away to rest at the old family burying grounds in Clay Township.

Gallipolis Bulletin
Tuesday, December 27, 1881
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Flanders, Louis

     Mr. Louis Flanders, who has been ill for sometime past with consumption, died last Tuesday morning, at his home on Front Street. The remains were taken to Flat Woods, back of Pomeroy, O., Thursday afternoon, for burial, accompanied by his family and other relatives.
     He leaves a wife and two children, who have the sympathy of all who know them.

The Gallipolis Bulletin
Saturday, September 22, 1894
Transcribed by Sandy Lee Milliron

Fletcher, Mrs. Julia A.

Death of Mrs. Fletcher
     Mrs. Julia A. Fletcher, widow of David R. Fletcher, died at her home at Eureka, Thursday, October 24, 1901, at 5:30 o'clock p.m., aged 66 years and two months. Mrs. Fletcher died January 31,1878. Mrs. Fletcher had been an invalid for the past four years and for the past year had been confined to the house and her death was not unexpected.
     She leaves two sons, Dr. W.J.Fletcher of Eureka, and Dr. L.R. Fletcher of Pine Grove; and three daughters, Mrs. F.A.Cornwell, of Glenwood, W.Va.; Mrs. Mary B.Brown, of Raccoon Island, and Mrs. Julia C.Russell, of Eureka. Mrs. Fletcher was a kind and indulgent mother, a good Christian and highly esteemed by all her neighbors, which is a true mark of worth.
     The funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon, October 26, 1901, at Clay Chapel, Rev. J.F. Prior officiating, in the presence of a large assemblage of friends who came to pay their last tribute of respect to a worthy woman. Interment at same place by Hayward & Son. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire community in their great sorrow.

Gallipolis Bulletin
Nov. 1, 1901
Transcribed by Nancy McMillan

Fletcher, Lowell R.

Dr. Fletcher Dies After Long Illness
Death Removes One of Few Remaining Country Practitioners
     Dr. Lowell R. Fletcher, for years one of the most prominent physicians of Gallia County, died Sunday at his home at Porter at the age of 68. Dr. Fletcher had been in failing health for some time, but was able to be in Gallipolis Saturday to consult with Dr. Holzer, so that his death was quite unexpected and a shock to his family and friends.
     He is survived by his wife and three children, Dr. Luther Fletcher and Mrs. Harold Campbell, of Columbus and Edwin Fletcher of Akron. He also leaves a brother, Dr. W. J. Fletcher , of Eureka and a sister, Mrs. Elza Brown of Raccoon Island
     Rev. L. E. Butler, of the Bidwell M. E. church, conducted the funeral services at his late home Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock. Burial in Memorial Burial Park, Columbus, under the direction of Kerr Butler, of Vinton.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday, September 3, 1929
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Fletcher, Mary

     Died, in Green township, Jan. 19th, 1875, Mary Fletcher, consort of the late Joseph Fletcher, aged 79 years.

The Gallipolis Journal
January 28, 1875
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes

Fletcher, Stewart H.

     FLETCHER - At Chambersburg, O., March 24, 1876, Stewart H., infant son of Dr. D.R. and Julia A. Fletcher, aged 4 months and 14 days.

Gallipolis Journal
March 30, 1876
Transcribed by Theresa E. Smith                                                                           Top of Page

Fleure, Carrie [Williams]

Gallia Native Dies Tuesday
     Mrs. Carrie Williams Fleure, 83, a Gallia County native, died at Rushville, Ohio, Tuesday. She is survived by her husband, Delbert, a son, Chester, and a daughter, Mrs. Robert (Marjorie) Shamblin, both of Rushville. One son preceded her in death. She was born on Sept. 26, 1886, daughter of the late Benjamin and Rebecca Watts Williams. Three grandchildren survive, along with two brothers, Cornie and Elijah Williams. Two brothers, Ervin and Clarence, preceded her in death.
     Funeral services will be held at the Crown City Wesleyan Church, 1 p. m. Friday, under the direction of Snyder’s Funeral Home of Breman, Ohio, with Rev. R. Dickerson officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home between 2-4 and 7-9 Thursday. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to the services.

[Note: Died in 1969 and buried in Crown City Cemetery]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux

Flinn, Dora

Pneumonia Causes Death Near Vinton
     Miss Dora Flinn, who, becoming ill in Columbus, was brought to the home of her niece, Mrs. Joe Amos, Vinton R. D., on Saturday, died there at 11 o’clock last night. She was a victim of pneumonia. She asked to be brought to Vinton. Miss Flinn was a native of Virginia and formerly lived at Parkersburg, having gone to Columbus about six months ago.
     The body is at the Butler Funeral Home. Funeral arrangements will not be completed until certain relatives have been heard from and more is learned about the flood prospects. Miss Flinn would have been 73 years old on April 1. Another niece besides Mrs. Amos and two nephews survive: Mrs. Maud Lucas and Herbert Smith, Parkersburg, and Robert Smith, Ethel, Ohio.

[Note: According to her death certificate available at, Dora was born 01 Apr 1864 in WV to Robert Flinn and Sarah Ann Hopkiss. She died 17 Jan 1937 in Huntington, Gallia, Ohio, and was buried 22 Jan 1937 in Parkersburg, WV]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Sunday, January 17, 1937
Transcribed by Suzanne H. Giroux

Floding, Charlie

     Died, on Saturday, July 16th, at 6 o'clock A.M., Charlie, infant son of Geo. A. and Lottie A. Floding, aged three months.

The Gallipolis Journal
July 27, 1865
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes

Floe, Mary

In Memoriam
     Again the great Reaper has been in our midst, gathering his precious sheaves. Mary Floe daughter of John and Mina Williams, born Dec. 31st, 1904; died Feb. 7, 1914, aged 9 years, 1 month and 7 days. In December last she took the diphtheria and our hopes were just beginning to brighten when her final sickness came.
     She had a bright, sunny disposition, dutiful and obedient to her parents and a devoted sister.
As her teacher for the last two winters I can say that she never gave me a care, and when signed a lesson her answer would always be "I'll try." During her sickness she never gave up her thoughts of school work and was very anxious to get back that she might go on with her class to a new reader.
     Soon before her death she asked for her brother and told them all to stay near that she was going to die. She did not feel afraid and talked as if she were only going to go to sleep. AS death drew near she waved her hand and said "good by" and sank to eternal rest. We can not have her with us more but how sweet the thought that she is standing at that other gate waving her hands for us to come to her. Her life was short but she has left memories which can not be erased. She leaves father, mother, one brother, two sisters and a host of relatives and friends to mourn her loss.
     Short services at the home Tuesday morning by Rev. Osborn, and Rev. W.J. Fulton preached the funeral sermon at Centerville M.E. church. Interment at Centerville.

Publication unknown
February 1914
Contributed by Karen Siebert

Flower, Horace M.

     Died, in this city, on Friday evening, Horace M., son of T. H. and Percie Flower, aged 8 mos. and 15 days.

The Gallipolis Journal
April 23, 1874
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes

Flower, T.B.

Death of Mr. Flower
     Mr. T. B. Flower, of Oxford, O., a former resident of this city, a hardware merchant for many years, and well known and universally liked, died Friday afternoon of blood poisoning. The funeral services will be Sunday afternoon. He leaves a wife, three sons and one daughter. Of late years Mr. Flower was a traveling agent of the Anchor Lead Company, at a large salary.
     Mr. Chris Schaeffer was on the road with him for a number of years intil he met with the accident in a runaway over in Jackson county that cost him his life. Mr. Flower was a man of great business ability and he and family had a host of friends here. His family will have the warmest sympathy wherever known.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
March 7, 1908
Transcribed by Nancy McMillan

Flowers, [first name unknown; maiden name Chapdu]

     The relict of engineer Flowers, who was killed in a steamboat explosion at Raccoon Island years ago, was brought here and laid beside the remains of her brother, Edmund K. Chapdu.

The Gallipolis Journal
Thursday, December 25, 1880
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Flowers, Ezra H.

     Mr. E. H. Flowers, who was so seriously injured by the explosion of the Allena May, died at the residence of his son-in-law, Mr. Downer, in this city, on Tuesday evening. This makes five deaths from that explosion.

The Gallipolis Journal
October 11, 1866
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes

Fodry, Calvin

     DROWNED - Calvin Fodry, a deck hand on the Kanawha packet Mountain Boy, was drowned on the down trip of that boat Tuesday. By some carelessness he fell overboard while the boat was under way. His body was not recovered. He was a resident of this county, about 20 years of age, and leaves a wife and child.

The Gallipolis Journal
July 2, 1868
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes

Folden, Ezra

Lightning Kills Ezra Folden and Two Horses at Sand Fork Thursday
     Ezra Folden and two horses were instantly killed and Albert Tope severely shocked and stunned by a bolt of lightning, during an electrical storm at Sandfork, Thursday of last week. The tragedy occurred in a field across from the residence of Mr. James Myers. Messrs. Folden and Myers were engaged in hauling hay from the field when the storm came up. Mr. Myers drove his loaded wagon out of the field before the storm broke, but Mr. Folden was unable to do so before the rain and drove his team under a tree in the field for shelter.
     Mr. Tope, who is a partner of Myers in the general merchandise business there, secured a tarpaulin and went to where the team was standing and the two men spread it over the hay and then crouched down under it for protection from the rain. While they were in this position a bolt of lightning struck the tree and ran down it, and struck the two men. Mr. Folden was instantly killed while Tope was rendered unconscious and was severely burned about the breast and body.
     The accident occurred in the full view of several persons and they hurried to the field only to find the victims as above stated. Mr. Tope was unconscious for an hour or more and being in such close proximity to Mr. Folden it seems a little short of miraculous that he, too, escaped death.
     Mr. Folden was a young man in the early thirties and a son of Francis M. Folden, a well known resident of that neighborhood. He was married, and besides his wife who was a daughter of Warren Elliott, of Sandfork, he leaves several young children. Only about a year ago his only brother Egbert died and one sister, Miss Althea, survives him. She makes her home with her parents.
     The funeral services were conducted Saturday at Sandfork Church by Rev. J. B. Massie and were attended by a large assemblage. The interment followed at Houck Cemetery.

Gallipolis Bulletin
Friday, July 9, 1909
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Folden, Fannie [Evans]

Fannie Folden is Found Dead
     Fannie Evans Folden, 70, a former resident of Thurman was found dead in bed early today at the home of a sister, Mrs. Edith Sisson of Marion.
     Mrs. Folden was the widow of Asa Folden, who died July 29, 1956.
     Children who survive are a daughter and five sons, Mrs. Gusta Gilbert of Fredericktown, Oba Folden of West Jefferson, Dallas Folden of Albuquerque, NM., Alfred, John, Walter Folden, all of Columbus. Three surviving sisters are Mrs. Sisson of Marion, Mrs. Helen Siders of Columbus and Mrs. Bessie Roberts of Gallipolis.
     The body is at the McCoy Funeral home and funeral arrangements will be announced later.

Unknown newspaper
August 27, 1964

Funeral Announced for Mrs. Folden
     Services for Fannie Evans Folden, 70, a former Thurman resident, who died in Marion, Thursday, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Thurman Methodist Church. Burial will be in Zion Cemetery under the direction of the McCoy Funeral home. Friends may call at the funeral home Friday evening. The body will be in state for one hour prior to the service at the church.

Unknown newspaper
Transcribed by Marjorie Wood                                                                         Top of Page

Folden, Harry

     Harry Folden, 70, 337 Price-Switch Road, Jackson, died Monday afternoon in Holzer Medical Center.
Born Sept. 30, 1912, in Gallia County, son of the late Ross and Lisa Jane Ferryman Folden, he was a retired construction worker and 22 year employee of Globe Iron Co.
     Surviving are his wife, Osa Dulaney Folden, four sons, Ray, Ross, Marvin and Gene, all of Jackson; five daughters, Mrs Thelma Boswell, Mrs. Carol Landrum, Mrs. Peggy Jewell and Mrs. Joy Hall, all of Jackson and Mrs Judy Whelan of Wellston; 26 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; a brother, Floyd of Bidwell and two sisters, Mrs. Electa Brown of Thurman and Mrs Mabel Saunders of Scottown.
     Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday in Mayhew Funeral Home, Jackson; with Rev. John Boswell officiating. Burial will be in Neal Cemetery, Gallia County [Walnut Township]. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2-9 p.m. Wednesday.

[Note: Died April 4, 1984]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
April 5, 1984 Page 8, Col. 1
Transcribed by F.K. Brown

Folden, Levina [Allison] Neal

     Mrs. James A. Folden died very suddenly at her home in Walnut Township, this county, on last Friday morning about nine o’clock, of neuralgia of the heart. Mrs. Folden was born in this county sixty-nine years ago. Her maiden name was Levina Allison. She was married to Anderson Neal, who died in 1882. About six years ago she was married to James A. Folden, who survives her. In addition to her husband, three children by her first marriage survive her—Clerk of Courts R. D. Neal, J. M. Neal, and Mrs. Cyrena Whetsel of Virginia.
     The news of her mother’s death was telegraphed Mrs. Whetsel, who arrived at the church in time to attend the funeral services. The funeral was held at Mt. Zion, on Sunday afternoon at one o’clock, Rev. J. W. McCormick officiating.

[Note: Buried as Levina Neal]

Gallipolis Bulletin
Monday, June 15, 1891
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux                                                                       Top of Page

Folden, Mary

     FOLDEN - The Methodist Episcopal Church at Bethesda, Patriot Circuit, O, mourns the loss of Sister Mary Folden. She was born June 17, 1823. Died at her late residence in Walnut township, Gallia Co, O, on May 4th, 1883. Joined the old Salem Class, in the house of Brother Thornton Drummond, 33 years ago, under the labors of Rev Parker, her every-day life during that time being noted for true Christian piety.
     She was beloved by all; her last illness was painful, but she was fully trusting, sweetly trusting, in Him who said, “Lo, I am with you always.” When health permitted she was always in the classroom, the prayer meeting and the public congregation, was an intelligent hearer of the word, and never failed when opportunity afforded to bear testimony to the power of Christ to save to the uttermost. Was gentle, kind, patient, loving and when the time of departure came she passed away as gently and sweetly as a summer evening fades.
     Her lone companion and bereaved children mourn her loss, but, for her, it is well—the toil, weariness, the pain, are ended. She has entered into rest. Wm. J. Ritchford.

[Note: Buried in Houck Cemetery in Harrison Township wife of J. A.]

Gallipolis Journal
Thursday, May 24, 1883
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux

Foley, Harrison

Graveside Rites for Fire Victim
     Graveside services will be conducted in Gravel Hill cemetery at 2 p.m., Monday by Rev. Sherley Woods for burial of Harrison Foley. No other services have been scheduled for the old-age pensioner who lost his life in the fire which destroyed his house Friday night.
     Only relatives discovered are a brother Home, of London, and a daughter, Mrs. Harry Kaugh, Middleport. Foley’s wife died in 1951, and a son died in infancy.
     Foley, 69 years of age, had been at one time a fireman on a steamboat, and had later devoted time to commercial fishing.  He lived alone in a small building on the riverbank above the Kyger Creek plant.
     Fire of unknown origin destroyed the house about midnight Friday. The body of Foley was found several feet from his cot, indicating he had attempted to get out of the burning building but was overcome by smoke. Death was due to suffocation , it was reported by the Gallia County coroner, Dr. Donald R. Warehime.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, January 16, 1956
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Ford, Bird

Burial Rites for Bird Ford Are Held Here
     Funeral services for Miss Bird Ford were conducted by Rev. John Gass and another Episcopal rector of Charleston at St. Peter’s church here late Wednesday afternoon. Before the funeral party left Charleston, services were held also at St. John’s Episcopal church.
     Burial was made in Mound Hill cemetery by Bartlett of Charleston and Hayward of this city. The pall bearers at Charleston were Fritz Ulsamer, William Hutsinpiller, Jess V. Sullivan, H. B. Smith, Jr., David and Tom Matthews. The places of the last three were filled here by Wayne Sanns, Harry Maddy and Squire Mauck.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, July 19, 1934
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron                                                                       Top of Page

Ford, Dennis Smith

Death of D. S. Ford
     Dennis Smith Ford, the veteran Court street grocer, succumbed to the infirmities of old age at 12:30 July 4, 1905. The funeral services were at the Presbyterian church at 4 o’clock this (Thursday) afternoon, conducted by Rev. T. S. Armentrout, the interment following in Pine street cemetery beside his late wife, by Hayward & Son.
     Mr. Ford was married twice surviving wife and child by first marriage and his wife and two children by his second marriage, and is survived by five children, Mr. Trent S. Ford and Mrs. Sallie Hutsinpiller, of this city, Mrs. Fannie Edmonds, of Lebanon, Ky., Mrs. T. O. Thomas, of Oberlin, and Joseph, of Los Angeles, California.  He is also survived by brothers, T. S. Ford, architect at Wellston, and Mr. H. Nelson, of this city, who are his own brothers and two half brothers, Jas. E., and Sidney of Winston, Conn.
     He was born September 19, 1819, at Milford, Conn., and became a carriage painter, going to Louisville, Ky., and took charge of that department in a carriage factory in 1840 [date is difficult to read].  He married at New Albany, Ind, but his wife and baby only lived for about one year  He next married Miss Harriet Drouillard, daughter of Hon. Joseph Drouillard clerk of courts here for perhaps 40 years, and who nearly reached the century mark.  Mr. Drouillard was a [unreadable text] of Mrs. Capt. James Harper, Mrs. Dr. Norton, Miss Marie Drouillard and Mr. Joseph Drouillard who yet survive.  He returned to Louisville after marriage, but came here to make his home in 1852, and went into the grocery business with Simon B. Drouillard his brother-in-law.  He bought Mr. Drouillard out in the business in 1854, and in January, 1856, Mr. Nelson Ford, his brother, went into partnership with him and the firm continued as D. S. & H. N. Ford, until 1867, when Nelson retired, and he has conducted the business ever since in his own name.
     He was an Odd Fellow for 54 years, and older than any other member of the lodge.  He was City Clerk for many years and during the time the city was so heavily bonded for grading after the war. [sic]  He was the Ruling Elder of the Presbyterian church, a member of its Board of Trustees and Secretary of the Board for a long time.  He was a man that attended strictly to his own business and was a good citizen.  His son T. S. Ford is in charge of his business and has been for about six months, since he became so feeble.
     The pall bearers for the funeral services were selected from among the Fellows under whose auspices the interment took place, and consisted of Messrs. Aaron George, John G. Damron, R. P. Alexander, E. W. Shaw, J. M. Kaufman and J. T. Callahan.

[Note: Obituary is very difficult to read.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Sunday, July 16, 1905
Transcribed by Suzanne H. Giroux

Ford, Jennie I.

     Died, in this city, on the morning of the 24th, Jennie I., daughter of Mr. T. S. Ford, aged 11 years and 10 months. A poem by A.S.D., written as a "token of respect," appears in another column.

The Gallipolis Journal
December 30, 1869
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes

Ford, Mary [Leclercq or Le Clercq]

Fine old Lady Passes
Mrs. Le Clerq Ford Dies Suddenly at Charleston
     Mrs. Le Clerq Ford, aged 82, wife of Mr. H. Nelson Ford and former resident of Gallipolis, died suddenly at her home in Charleston (this) Wednesday morning, Dec. 20, 1916. Mrs. Ford was a fine old lady and belonged to one of the prominent families of earlier days in Gallipolis. She was a woman of lovely traits of character and most highly esteemed by a large circle of friends. Three daughters, Mrs. Wm. B. Shober, Mrs. Earl Bowyer and Miss Birdie survive besides the aged husband.
     The funeral party will arrive here on the K. & M. Thursday afternoon at 1:23 and the remains will be taken to the Hayward undertaking parlors, where friends who desire may view them at 1:30 o’clock. The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 p. m. at the Episcopal Church and will be conducted by Rev. Mr. Wilder. Burial will be at Mound Hill in charge of Hayward.
     Mrs. Ford sometime ago selected the following pall bearers: Chas. Cadot, C. D. Kerr, C. M. Adams, Sherwood Moore, Wayne Sanns and Will Clendinen [sic]. Her death was caused by exhaustion due to cancerous affection.

[Note: Pallbearer probably should be Will Clendenin. According to the death certificate of her daughter May Ford Shober available at, Mary’s maiden name was Leclercq and her husband was Henry Nelson Ford.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Sunday, December 12, 1920
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux

Ford, Nettie

     Miss Nettie Ford, of Columbus, Ohio, a daughter of T. S. Ford, who formerly lived in Gallipolis, was struck by a cable car Sunday morning, and almost instantly killed. She was well known to many of our people.

[Note:  1865 - May 18, 1895. Her parents were Treat Stephen & Sarah S. Lincoln Ford.]

The Weekly Register
Pt. Pleasant, West Virginia
Wednesday, May 22, 1895
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Ford, Sarah S.

Death of Mrs. Ford
     Mrs. Sarah S. Ford, beloved wife of T.S. Ford, the architect, died at the family residence; 545 West Second Avenue, Wednesday at 4 p.m. after a lingering illness. She was 64 years and 10 months old and leaves besides the sorrowing husband, a son, Mr. H.N. Ford and a daughter, Miss Hattie Ford. The deceased was a member of the Third Avenue Church. Columbus Dispatch--Thursday.
     The above news will be received here very regretfully. Mrs. Ford's home was here for many years and she had a large circle of acquaintances and warm friends. Their home was the beautiful Lupton residence on Vine Street.
     Mr. Ford and family will feel their loss keenly. Mr. Ford and his brother, H.N. Ford of this city were associated in the building and planning mill business here for years and they can point to many of the finest buildings in this city as the work of their hands. They were brothers also of D.S. Ford, the grocer.
     Mr. Ford's daughter, killed by a street car in Columbus, soon after they moved there, a most estimable young lady, was buried there and Mrs. Ford was laid beside her.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
December 12, 1897
Transcribed by F.K. Brown                                                                              Top of Page

Ford, Treat Stephen

Treat Ford Dead
Well Known Gallipolis Man Passes Away at Columbus
     Mr. H.N. Ford received the unwelcome news this morning of the death of his elder brother, Mr. Treat Stephen Ford, of Columbus, who died in Columbus Wednesday morning, Jan. 21, 1914, of stomach and kidney trouble after five or six weeks of illness and in his 90th year, his last birthday being in November when he was 89 years old. The funeral services and interment will be in Columbus.
     T.S. Ford was a familiar name in Gallipolis at one time, he having been a resident of this city for 25 or 30 years and prominently connected with the public affairs of the city, being one of the first trustees with S.Y. Wasson and James Mullineux Sr. of Mound Hill Cemetery, the architect and builder with his brother Nelson of the fine Aleshire residence, the M.E. Church, the Court house and other prominent edifices.
     He was born in Milford, Conn., and his parents were Stephen Baldwin Ford and Harriet Smith Ford and he was one of a family of three daughters and three sons. Both of his grandfathers were Revolutionary soldiers. His brothers and siters were Harriet, Caroline, Dennis, Elizabeth and H.N. Ford, the last of this city, being the only survivor and 83 years old.
     His brother D.S. Ford so well remembered was the first to leave the east and went to Louisville. Mrs. James Harper of this city resided there and her sister Harriet visiting her there became acquainted with him, and they were married, and he came here and embarked in the grocery business with her brother, Simon B. Drouillard,and continued the business with changes of the firm in this city till he died.
     T.S., the subject of this sketch, went first to Hutchinson, O., as an architect in '52 and started a planing mill, but the railroad which was the life of the town went down and he went to Talmage, near Akron. While there he was called here by his brother Nelson to superintend the building of Mr. Aleshire's residence and remained here for the time stated.
     Mr. Ford was married three times and he came here with his last wife and three children. A daughter Jennie was born and died here and twin sisters Nellie and Hattie were born here. He first went to Columbus from here and then to Wellston, returning to Columbus and continuing in the architect business until four or five years ago. By his first wife he is survived by Mrs. Julia Marlow and sister of Wellston. By his second wife only one child survives; Miss Mary G. Ford, principal of the school at Bridgeport, Conn. By his third wife Henry Nelson Ford, a Captain in the Fire Department at Columbus and Miss Hattie.
     He and his brother Nelson started and operated a planing mill here for years and he built him a nice residence, now the Lupton home on Vine Street. He was a find old citizen and had many friends here and will, with us, greatly regret that he has been called from among us.

[Note: Born: 01/13/1824 Died: 01/21/1914; buried in Pine Street Cemetery]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Unknown date
January 22, 1914

Forshey, Adeline

Mrs. Forshey, 92, Died Early Today
     Mrs. Adeline Forshey died at 4:30 this morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Laura Brumfield Johnson, wife of County Dog Warden Roy Johnson, back of Crown City and near the Lawrence county line.
     She was a native of Noble county and her age was 92 years, 10 months, 3 days. She had been ill the past year and bedfast since early in April.
     Surviving, the daughter named, are these sons: Delmar of Illinois, Thomas of Lockbourne, O., Albert of Fowler, Indiana; daughters, Mrs. Stella Mannon of Kentland, Indiana, and Mrs. Addie Brandun of Huntington; brothers, Albert Roe of Lavalette, W. Va., Columbus Roe of Chesapeake and Charles of Kitts Hill.
     Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o'clock Thursday at the Crown City M. E. church by Rev. Oma Williams. Burial there by Stevers.

[Note: dates from stone: 1847-1940]

Gallipolis newspaper
Transcribed by Joanne Galvin

Forth, A.J.

A.J. Forth Dies Friday Near Bladen
Was Charter Member of Yellowtown Council, Junior Order--Funeral Sunday
     Mr. A.J. Forth, 76, a long-time resident of the Bladen neighborhood, passed away Friday afternoon, Sept. 30, 1932. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at Zion Church near Dabney, Mason County, WV. Mr. Forth conducted a store for a long term of years. He was a charter member of Yellowtown Council, Jr. O.U.A.M. He leaves children, Mrs. Mary North, Mrs. Golda Reed and Mrs. Stella Hines of Huntington, Mrs. Hattie Dabney of Mason County and William and Charles Forth of Dayton and James at home.

Gallipolis Paper
Sept. 30, 1932
Transcribed by F.K. Brown                                                                              Top of Page

Forth, Minnie C. [Jackson]

     Minnie C. Forth, 86, Rt. 2, Crown City, died Sunday at 9:15 p.m. at Holzer Medical Center following a three month period of failing health. Born on October 29, 1892 in Mason County to Stephen Arnold and Sarah Frances Leonard Jackson, Mrs. Forth, married James C. Forth on November 22, 1917 in Gallipolis. Mrs. Forth was preceded in death by her husband on October 25, 1969.
     Surviving are children: Byrdell James Forth, Crown City; Mrs. Raymond Baker, Middleport; Mrs. Clifford King, Gallipolis; Celcie Forth, at home; and Mrs. Odell Smith, Middleport. She was prededed in death by an infant son. Seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren survive, as well as one brother, Lowell Jackson, Southside, W.VA. Mrs. Forth was preceded in death by four sisters and six brothers.
     A member of Edna Chapel Church, she attended Providence Church and Victory Church. Services wil be held Wednesday at 2 p.m at Providence Church. the body will lie in state one hour prior to services. The Rev. Charles Lusher will officiate. Burial will follow at the Ohio valley Memory Garden. Friends may call at Willis Funeral Home on Tuesday from 2 until 4 p.m. and 7 until 9 p.m.

Gallipolis Tribune
Oct. 7, 1979
Transcribed by J. Farley

Forth, Rebecca

Long Illness Fatal to Mrs. C.A. Forth At Daughter's Home
     Mrs. Rebecca Forth, widow of C. A. Forth, died Sunday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Stroud Kuhn, 108 Fourth Avenue, where she had been cared for during a long period of failing health. She was 83 years old and death was the result of complications due to her advanced age.
     In addition to Mrs. Kuhn, she is survived by two other daughters, Mrs. S.W. Conner of Huntington and Mrs. Ray Waugh of Gallipolis Route 2; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
     Rev. J. Edward Hakes will conduct the funeral services Wednesday 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Providence Cemetery by George J. Wetherholt and Sons.

[Note: Stone..1864-1945]

Gallipolis Paper
No date
Transcribed by F.K. Brown

Foster, Anna Mac

     Anna Mac, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Foster, died shortly after midnight Wednesday night after an illness of measles and pneumonia. Anna Mac was two years and six months old, and is survived by her parents, two sisters, Mary and Emogene, and one brother, William.
     The funeral services will be conducted at the residence Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock by Rev. Curtis Smith. Burial will be at Mound Hill by Undertaker Hayward. Mr. and Mrs. Foster have the sincere sympathy of all in their bereavement.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, June 14, 1923
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Foster, Billie [Spencer]

Mrs. Billie Foster, Widow Of Spring Hill Dairy Founder, Dies
     Mrs. Billie Spencer Foster, 68, of 510 Third, died in Holzer hospital at 3:05 p.m. Sunday. She had been a patient there since Feb. 28 and had been in failing health for the past six months with a heart condition. She was the widow of Fred Foster, a native of Athens, who founded and operated the Spring Hill dairy for many years.
     Mrs. Foster was born on Sept. 29, 1889, at Beckley, W. Va., the daughter of the late Robert A. and Leona George Spencer. Her marriage to Foster took place at Charleston on May 11, 1915, and she had made her home in Gallipolis since that date. Her husband died on April 12, 1950.
     Children who survive that union are Mrs. George (Mary) Kershaw of Knoxville, Tenn., Mrs. Nelson (Jean) Wheeler of Marietta, S.Sgt. Dan Foster of the Marine Corps, stationed at Jacksonville, N. C., Mrs. C. D. (Gloriana) Dougherty and George Foster, both of Columbus and Johnnie Foster, at home. A son, William W. Foster, was killed in France on April 1, 1945, while serving in the Army. Two daughters, Anna Mack and Gloria Spencer died in infancy. Other survivors are a brother, Lawrence K. Spencer of Columbus and 14 grandchildren.
     Mrs. Foster attended St. Peters Episcopal church. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the C. J. Waugh Funeral home. Rev. Albert S. Chappalear, rector of St. Peters, will officiate and burial will follow in Mound Hill cemetery. Friends may call at Waugh’s after 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, March 10, 1958
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Foster, Charlene [Neal]

     Charlene Foster, age 77, Gallipolis, died Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009, at the Arbors at Gallipolis. Born Nov. 3, 1931, in Gallia County, she was the daughter of the late Charles W. and Florence A. Russell Neal. In addition to her parents, she was preceded by a daughter, Lori M. Patrino. Charlene is survived by two sons, Perry (Jennifer) Neal of Virginia Beach, Va., and W. Scott Foster of Ohio; seven grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
     Charlene was a 1949 graduate of Middleport High School, and achieved a measure of local fame by appearing in local talent shows and on early television shows in the region.
     A service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, 2009, at the Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home with Bob Hood officiating. A private burial will follow in Mound Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from noon until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Arbors at Gallipolis c/o Mary Statler, 170 Pinecrest Drive, Gallipolis, OH 45631. An online guest registry is available at

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Foster, Edith Marie [Skidmore]

     MARIE FOSTER - Marie Foster, 62, Rt 1, Bidwell (Evergreen Community) died in Holzer Medical Center Monday following an extended illness. Mrs. Foster was a former employee of the Ohio Valley Publishing Co., having served as the Tribune's bookkeeper and head of the Classified and Circulation Departments nearly three decades before retiring on Sept. 30, 1983.
     She was born Dec. 27, 1922, at Evergreen, daughter of the late Otis O. and Margaret Blaine Rowsey Skidmore. She married Phillip Foster, June 10, 1944 in Tallahassee, FL, who survives along with a son, Thomas R. Foster of Alexandria, VA, a daughter, Margaret Layne of Evergreen and a granddaughter, Leigh Layne of Evergreen; four brothers: Henry Skidmore of Evergreen; Paul Skidmore of Porter; Herman Skidmore of Jackson and Elmer Skidmore of Gallipolis. She was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.
     Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday from the McCoy-Moore at Vinton with Rev. Jack Finnicum officiating. Burial will be in Vinton Memorial Park. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 2-4 and 7-9 Wednesday.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday, April 23, 1985
Transcribed by F.K. Brown                                                                              Top of Page

Foster, Elizabeth [Cushing]

     Died, on Wednesday, June 24th, 1864, in Gallipolis, O., Mrs. Elizabeth Foster, in the 87th year of her age. Further notice next week.

The Gallipolis Journal
July 7, 1864

Foster, Elizabeth

     Mrs. Elizabeth Foster, died in this place, the 29th day of June, ult., in the 87th year of her age. It is but a just tribute to her memory to say that she was a pious christian, a kind and obliging friend, and a kind neighbor—In her course through life, she was remarkable for the exercise of all the enobling traits so pleasing in the female character.
     She was born in Massachusetts, was the daughter of Col. Nathaniel Cushing, who was conspicuous in the war of the revolution. In her 11th year her father brought her to Marietta (1758) [sic] the whole North-western territory being then an unbroken wilderness, inhabited only by hostile bands of Indians, and but two years rolled around until the Ohio Company, (they being a part), were compelled to erect garrisons to protect themselves against the murderous attacks of Indians, which were kept up some three years, during which time she has often said they "were compelled to live on wild meat, and the products of the hominy blocks a great portion of the time." After the Indian war was over, and peace and prosperity enjoyed by the inhabitants, she was married in 1805, to Peregrine P. Foster, the son of Judge Foster, who had borne a conspicuous part in support of the garrison during the troubles with the Indians.
     After her marriage, they settled on a farm they owned in Gallia county, Ohio, where they continued a few years, but subsequently sold and removed to Gallipolis, and commenced merchandizing [sic], which was continued until 1815, when she was deprived of her companion by death. She continued the business a few years in company with a brother. On winding up the concern, Mrs. Foster opened a boarding house and continued it many years much to the satisfaction of distinguished guests.
     In 1832 she united herself to the Presbyterian church of this place, then under the care of Rev. Mr. Gould, and continued a consistent and worthy member until her demise. She was warned of her near approach to the grave by a gradual decay of the functions of life, and was truly prepared to meet her God, as her peace had been made, in and through the meritorious intercession of the redeemer. In compliance with her own request, her funeral was attended from her own residence, and a sermon preached by Rev. R. D. Van Deursen, from the text: I Cor. VII 29, after which her remains were borne to their last resting place in the Cemetery of Gallipolis, and laid beside those of her husband. Thus another of our pioneer citizens has departed, and we are reminded again that the fashion of this world passeth away. L. N.

The Gallipolis Journal
July 21, 1864
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes

Foster, Emma Mae

Former Resident of Gallipolis Dies in Princeton

     Mrs. Emma Mae Foster, 67, of 1019 Center Street, Princeton, W. Va., died at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday in Princeton Memorial hospital where she had been a patient for the past two weeks. She had suffered two strokes since March 1.
     Mrs. Foster was born at Athalia, the daughter of the late Joseph and Letha Fulks Swain, who lived for a number of years in a home at the Ohio end of the Silver Bridge. She is survived by her husband, William H. Foster, a brother of Dr. N. Howard Foster. A daughter surviving this union is Mrs. Helen Penn, wife of a Mullins, W. Va. physician, and two grandsons. Other survivors are two sisters and two brothers, Mrs. Minnie Clark of Athalia, Mrs. Gladys Jones and Sidney Swain, both of Dayton, and Victor Swain of Racine. One sister, Ella, preceded her in death. All of her married life was spent in Princeton following her marriage in September 1910 in Crown City. She was a member of the Princeton Methodist church. Services will be held in Princeton today at 2 p.m.
     The body will then be brought to the C. J. Waugh Funeral Home. Friends may call at Waugh's after 7:30 p.m. Additional services will be held at the funeral home at 2 p.m. Thursday. Rev. L. H. Stebbins will officiate, and burial will follow in Mound Hill Cemetery.

The Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, 30 April 1958, p. 1
Submitted by Eve Hughes                                                                               Top of Page

Foster, Fred

Fred Foster Dies Wednesday Night At Home
Long Illness Ends For Retired Business Leader, Dairy Founder
     Fred Foster, whom Gallipolis and Gallia County had known more than 50 years, died at 11:15 last night at his home, 510 Third Ave. Death intervened to end a long, distressing and hopeless illness -- especially distressing for one who loved the Great Outdoors and periods of diversion and relaxation with his intimate friends as he did. However, he felt better than usual for some hours before he passed away.
     Fred Foster was a native of Athens and a member of a large pioneer clan, whose antecedents were pioneers around Athens, Amesville, Belpre and points west. The story of their activities and achievements was well told a few years ago in a book by “Grandma” Brown, a grand old character of the old days. Close friends had conferred on decedent the title of “Colonel”, and Mrs. Foster recalls he was appointed a colonel while stationed in Kentucky. He was a kind and indulgent husband and father, tendering devoted to his home, and countless friends in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky will regret to hear of his death.
     Funeral services will be held at the Waugh Funeral Home by the Rev. L. A. Donally. The exact time had not been announced up to noon. Burial will be in Mound Hill Cemetery.
     Col. William Wilford Foster invariably called Fred -- was the youngest son of William and Zimrhoda Carter Foster. He would have been 75 on May 27. As a boy in his teens Fred Foster was a handsome and rugged figure as he helped his father in the transportation business in Athens. His picturesque attire made him the envy of other male teenagers. (This writer knew him five years before he came in Gallipolis in the late ‘90’s to operate a bus line and help in managing the Park Central Hotel.) He was a star in home silent shows and his keen sense of humor made him a delightful companion.
     After leaving here, he served hotels in Charleston, Old Sweet Springs, W. Va. And Frankfort, Ky. On May 11, 1915, while still in Charleston, he married Billie George Spencer of Beckley. Returning to Gallipolis he engaged in the breeding of horses and had a passionate interest in trotters and pacers.
     He is survived by his wife and the following children: Dan, in the Marine Corps at Quantico, Va.; George and Johnnie, at home; Mrs. George (Mary) Kershaw, Gallipolis; Mrs. Nelson (Imogene) Wheeler, Ashland, Ky.; and Miss Glorianna, Bonn, Germany. Wilford, eldest of the Foster children, was a casualty of World War II. He was killed in France, April 1, 1945. Two daughters preceded the father in death. Surviving sisters are Mrs. Bertha Daily, Athens; Mrs. Elizabeth Humphrey, Corona, Cal.; and Mrs. Daisy Brown, Warren, O. Four sisters and two brothers are dead.
     Col. Foster was a life member of the Gallipolis Lodge of Elks. His greatest achievement perhaps was the founding of the Spring Hill Dairy. His health began to fail in 1944 and he retired from business the following year.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, April 13, 1950
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Foster, George Bicknell

     George B. Foster, 64, Chattanooga, Tenn., died Thursday, Dec. 24, 1992, from injuries received in a car wreck near Ripley, W. Va. Born July 7, 1928, in Gallipolis, the son of the late Fred and Billie Spencer Foster, he was an insurance executive with Chubb Life of Chattanooga.
     A U. S. Army veteran, he was a graduate of Ohio University. He is survived by his wife, Sheila Nash Foster of Chattanooga. Surviving include: two sons, Bary of Gallatin, Tenn., and William of Winston-Salem, N. C.; two daughters, Debra Boucherle of Cleveland and Cathy Terry of Delaware, Ohio; two stepsons, Clay and Damon Williamson, both of Huntington, W. Va.; and nine grandchildren.
     Also surviving are: three sisters, Mary Kershaw of Knoxville, Tenn., Jean Wheeler of Marietta and Gloriana Dougherty of Carbondale, Ill., and two brothers, Dan of Swansboro, N. C., and John of Gallipolis. He was preceded in death by two sisters.
     Services will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday at Willis Funeral Home with the Rev. Carl Merritt officiating. Burial will follow in the Mound Hill Cemetery. Friends may call tonight from 6-9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, December 28, 1992
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Foster, Harry G.

H. G. Foster, 72, Succumbs
     Harry G. Foster, 72, a native of Gallia county, succumbed at his home in Mullins, W. Va., Wednesday. He was a retired railroad engineer. A brother of the late Dr. N. H. Foster, Gallipolis, Mr. Foster is survived by a sister, Mrs. Ella Houck, Lincoln Ridge and Charles Foster, Roanoke, Va. He was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters. Four children survive. Mr. Foster was the son of the late James and Nancy Waugh Foster.
     Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m., at the Foglesong Funeral Home in Mullins.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, December 15, 1966
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Foster, Howard W. “Joe”

Sgt. ‘Joe’ Foster Killed in Action
Death Occurred In November When Reported Missing
     With the liberation of prisoners in Europe the hope that had buoyed relatives of Sgt. Howard W. Foster, missing since last Nov. 21, for six months, was changed to poignant sorrow with the announcement that he had been killed in action in Germany on that date.
     The word came to his wife, Mrs. Naomi Vansickle Foster, at her home in Columbus on Friday, May 11. Sgt. Foster, better known here as “Joe”, was the son of the Mr. and Mrs. J. Everett Foster of Columbus, formerly of Gallipolis. He spent his boyhood here and attended Gallia Academy High School. He would have been 27 years old last Jan. 22. He entered service here Jan. 27, 1941 and had spent two years overseas.
     In addition to his wife and parents, there survive a 22 month-old daughter, Patricia Louise, three brothers and two sisters: Pvt. Wayne Foster and Sgt. Harvey Foster, both overseas and Johnny, at home; Mrs. Forrest Davis of Gallipolis and Mrs. Olen Taylor of Butte, Mont. Mrs. Taylor, who was with her husband, stationed in the far west, had come to visit her parents and was there when the sad news arrived. She is now here but will return to Columbus Wednesday and thence to Butte.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, May 14, 1945

Foster, Howard W.

     Sgt. Howard W. “Joe” Foster, who was reported as missing in action in Germany last November 21, was killed on that date, according to word to his wife, Mrs. Naomi Vansickle Foster, in Columbus, from the War Department, May 11th. “Joe” was reared here, the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Everett Foster, who now live in Columbus. He was 27 years old and entered service at Gallipolis January 27, 1941, and had been overseas two years. His tragic death leaves a 22-month old daughter fatherless. He also leaves three brothers, Pvt. Wayne and Sgt. Harvey Foster, in foreign service, and Johnny, at home; and two sisters, Mrs. Olen Taylor of Butte, Mont., and Mrs. Forrest Davis of Gallipolis.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, May 21, 1945
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Foster, John Hewett

     GALLIPOLIS - John Hewett Foster, 65, Crown City Route 1, died at 10 p.m. Friday in Holzer Hospital, where he had been a patient since April 22. Mr. Foster was a carpenter and farmer and had spent his entire life in Gallia County. Born at Crown City, he was a son of the late James and Nancy Waugh Foster.
     Surviving are his wife, Crystal Sheets Foster, a niece, Mrs. Marcella Sandell, Jacksonville, who was reared in the Foster home; a sister, Mrs. Ross (Ella) Houck, Northup Route 1; two brothers, Harry, Mullins, W. Va., and Charles G., Roanoke, Va.  Three sisters and three brothers preceded him death.
     Funeral services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. (EST) in Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home by the Rev. Hughey Jones. Burial will be in Mound Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 until 4 and 7 until 9 p.m.

Athens Sunday Messenger
April 24, 1966
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Foster, John Sherman

    John Sherman Foster, age 81, of Gallipolis (Kanauga Community), died December 24, 2012, at Cornerstone Hospital in Huntington. Born April 1, 1931, in Gallipolis, he was the son of the late Fred and Billie Spencer Foster. John was the last of his family, also being preceded by eight brothers and sisters.
John was involved in several businesses through the years, he was the owner and operator of the Foster Sign Company, and the Foster Mobile Home Park, and operated, with a partner, the excursion boat “The Susan A” for several years. He was a member of Morning Dawn Lodge #7, the Valley of Columbus Scottish Rite, and was a life member of the Point Pleasant River Museum.
     Friends may call at the Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, from 5-7 p.m. Masonic services will be conducted at 7 p.m. by Morning Dawn Lodge #7. Entombment will follow at a later date at Legacy Memorial Gardens in Cross Lanes, W.Va. An online registry is available at

Sunday Times Sentinel
January 27, 2013
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Foster, Margaret Ann "Peggy" [Petrofky]

     Peggy Ann Foster, wife of Tom Foster, died suddenly on Monday, Aug. 4, 2008. Her early years were spent in Manhaset, N.Y. She was a graduate of Rollins College and called Boca Raton, Fla. her home for the past 20 years.
     Peggy is survived by her loving husband Tom, mother Marge and brother Bill. A memorial service will be celebrated on Monday, Aug. 11, 2008 to honor her life and cherish her memory. Arrangements are by the Babione Funeral Home, Boca Raton.

Sunday Times Sentinel
Sunday, Aug 10, 2008
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall                                                                      Top of Page

Foster, Peter

     Died, in the village of Harrisburgh, in Raccoon township, on the 27th ult., Mr. Peter Foster, in the 28th year of his age. The deceased has left a bereaved wife and two children to mourn their irreparable loss. He exhorted his friends in his last illness to meet him in a fairer clime. His death loudly admonishes them that "this world and the things thereof passeth away, that he only that doeth the will of God abideth forever." S.W.

The Gallipolis Journal
April 13, 1854
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes

Foster, Philip

     VINTON - Philip Foster, 74, Rt. 1, Bidwell (Evergreen Community), died Friday in Holzer Medical Center. He was the owner/operator of the Skidmore-Foster Coal Co. and the Gallipolis Block Co. until his retirement in Apr. 1989.
     Born Jan. 4, 1916, in Perrysburg, N.Y., son of the late Walter and Margaret McEvoy Foster, he was preceded in death by his wife, Marie Skidmore Foster, an 18 year employee of The Gallipolis Daily Tribune, in 1985.
     A 1934 graduate of Hamburg (N.Y.) High School, he served in the U.S. Army in 1941-1943 and was discharged with the rank of Captain. He was a graduate of the Officers Candidate School. Among his accomplishments, he was instrumental in building the North Gallia High School football field and served two terms on the North Gallia Local Board of Education.
     Surviving are a son, Thomas R. Foster of Green Bay, Wis.; a daughter, Margaret E. Layne of Rt. 1, Bidwell; a granddaughter, Leigh Ann Layne of Rt. 1, Bidwell; and a brother, John Foster of Turlock, Calif.
     Services will be 1 p.m. Monday in the McCoy-Moore Funeral Home, Vinton, with the Rev. C. J. Lemley officiating. Burial will be in Vinton Memorial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home from 3-5 and 7-9 pm. Sunday.

Sunday Times Sentinel
Sunday, March 25, 1990
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall

Foster, William H.

     William H. Foster, 74, a native of Guyan twp., died at 5:30 p.m. at his home in Princeton, W.Va. He was a retired superintendent of the Virginia Railroad yards and was a former mayor of Mullins, W.Va. He was born on Dec. 31, 1885 to the late James and Nancy Waugh Foster. His marriage was to the former Emma Mae Swain and she preceded him in death on April 29, 1958. They were married in September 1910 at Crown City. 
     He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Helen Penn, of Princeton, W.Va., and two grandsons.  Sisters and brothers who survive are Mrs. Ella Houck, Mrs. Edith Notter, and John Foster all of Crown City, Harry Foster of Mullins, W.Va., and Charles Foster of Roanoke, Va. Two brothers of this county who preceded him in death were Dr. N. Howard Foster and Hobart Foster. 
     He was a member of the Princeton Methodist church, a 32-degree Mason, a Shrine and Elk.  Services will be held at 2  p.m. Tuesday at the Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral home. Rev. Warren H. Wilson will officiate and burial will follow in Mound Hill cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 p.m. today.

Supplied by Joe Swain; newspaper and date of death unknown---headstone just says 1960
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes                                                                             Top of Page

Foster, William (Billy) [William Winfred, Jr.]

‘Billy’ Foster Killed In France
     William (Billy) Foster, oldest of the children of Col. and Mrs. Fred Foster, was killed in or near Nancy, France on Easter Sunday. Word to that effect was received by the family this morning from the war department.
The terse message indicated that Billy, who was in the air corps, was the victim of some kind of vehicle accident. A letter more enlightening was promised.
     Mrs. Foster was overwhelmed by the tragic news; and the blow was a terrific one for the father, who had not been well for months, and to the other members of the family. Billy was in the upper 20’s and a close friend said he had been overseas more than two years.

[Note: 4/7/1916 - 4/1/1945]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, April 20, 1945
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Foster, Wilson L.

     DIED - In Huntington township, Aug. 23d, 1880, Wilson L. Foster, in the 72d year of his age.

Gallipolis Journal
Thursday, August 26, 1880
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Fouts, Charles E.

     CHESAPEAKE - Charles E. Fouts, 82, of Ironton, died Friday morning at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, Ashland, Ky.
     Born May 23, 1903 in Lawrence County, Ohio to the late John and Minnie Adams Fouts, he was a self-employed carpenter and a member of Carpenters Local 472.
     Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Roland (Juanita) Noe of Gallipolis, three grandsons and one great grandson. He was preceded in death by four sisters and four brothers.
     Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Schneider Funeral Home in Chesapeake with Rev. Hearl Adkins officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Ironton. Friends may call from 5 - 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Gallipolis Tribune
Mar. 9, 1986
Transcribed by J. Farley

Fowler, Dollie

     Mrs. Dollie F. Fowler, 72, who resided at Rt. 1, Crown City, died at the Holzer Medical Center at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 28. She had been in failing health for the past five years.
     Mrs. Fowler was born on October 18, 1905 in Arkansas, daughter of James A. and Mary Agnes (Gray) Tredway. She married Emile O. Fowler on March 1, 1924. He preceded her in death along with a son and a grandson. She was a member of the God Hope Baptist Church.
     Survivors include two sons; Buddy Joe of Crown City; James William (Bill) of Scottown, one daughter, Mrs. Richard (Doris) Wade of Gallipolis; two granddaughters; two grandsons, two great-grandsons; two sisters, Rose, of Crown City and Pearl Bias of Barboursville, WV; three brothers, Andy of Crown City; George of Scottown and James of Pritchard, WV and several nieces and nephews.
     Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 31, at the Centerpoint Baptist Church at Polkadotte, Ohio.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
March 29, 1978
Transcribed by F.K. Brown

Fowler, Emile

Emile Fowler, WWI Veteran Is Dead At Age 66
     Emile Fowler, 66, a veteran of World War I and a farmer, died at 9:12 p.m. Tuesday in Veterans Hospital at Huntington. He resided on Rt. 1 Crown City (Williams Creek community).
     Mr. Fowler was born at Crown City Oct. 3, 1896, son of the late William and Nancy Kerns Fowler. His marriage to the former Dolly Treadway took place March 4, 1924, and she survives, along with three children, Bill of Scottown, Mrs. Doris Wade of Gallipolis and Buddy, at home. There are three grandchildren. Three surviving sisters are Mrs. Davis Myers of Lecta, Mrs. Elma Sheets of Columbus and Mrs. Myrta Sheets of Gallipolis.
     Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Locust Grove Methodist Church on Greasy Ridge. Rev. Ben Pinson will officiate, and burial will follow in the church cemetery under the direction of the Phillips Funeral Home. Friends may call at the late home after 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, June 19, 1963
Transcribed by Sandy Lee Milliron                                                                    Top of Page

Fowler, Lewis

     DIED - in this city, May 26th, 1887, Lewis Fowler, aged 33 years, 4 months and 19 days.  The funeral services were held from the late residence on Second street, Saturday afternoon, at 3 o’clock.  Burial at Mound Hill Cemetery.

Gallipolis Journal
Wednesday, June 1, 1887
Transcribed by Suzanne H. Giroux

Fowler, Marshall

Marshall Fowler Dies Tuesday Evening
     Gallipolis and Gallia County were shocked Tuesday evening when it was learned that Marshall H. Fowler, 45, Gallipolis banker, had died at 4:30 p.m. at the Holzer Hospital following a coronary attack.
     Mr. Fowler had gone to his place of employment as head of the Consumer Loan Department of the Ohio Valley Bank Tuesday morning but not feeling well had returned to his home. His wife took him to the Gallipolis Clinic where his condition worsened and he was taken by ambulance to the hospital where he was admitted at 12:10 p.m.
     Marshall Herdon Fowler was born on Nov. 19, 1914, at Crown City, to the late Omer Fowler and Sylvia Harrison Fowler, who survives and lives at 821 Second Avenue. He graduated from Gallia Academy High School and then started his business career. His first employment was with the Standard Oil Co. and later he was employed with the Beckett Oil Co.
     His banking career started with the Commercial and Savings Bank where he remained five years, going from there to the Ohio Valley Bank, where he rose to assistant cashier and with the founding of the Consumer Loan Department he became its first manager. He had been at the Ohio Valley for 14 years.
     Mr. Fowler was active in many circles. At the time of his death he was Superintendent of the First Baptist Church Sunday School. A member of that church, he was a trustee and on the board of deacons and lent his services in many fields, which included singing as a member of the Judson Four Quartet. He was a member of Morning Dawn Lodge of Masons and was an officer of Gallipolis Chapter, Royal Arch Masons. In every respect he was one of the most likeable and worthy citizen of the city and deserved the success that came his way.
     He met and married the former Alma Steward on Aug. 19, 1934 and she survives along with two daughters, Ruth Ann at the family home on Oakwood Dr. and Miss Carol Jean Fowler, a graduate of Holzer School of Nursing, and now employed at University Hospital in Columbus. In addition to the mother, he is survived in his immediate family by a sister, Mrs. Claude (Beatrice) Evans of Gallipolis.
     Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church. Dr. Howard G. Young will officiate and burial will be in Mound Hill Cemetery under the direction of Wetherholt-Elliott-Sanders Funeral Home. Friends may call at the funeral home from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Thursday. The body will lie in state at the church from 1-2 p.m. Friday.

[Note: died Jan. 13, 1960]

Gallipolis Paper
No date
Transcribed by F.K. Brown                                                                              Top of Page

Fowler, Mary [Brown]

     Mary "Granny" Fowler, 69, Plants Subdivision, Circle Drive, Gallipolis, died this morning in Pinecrest Care Center. Born Dec. 10, 1916, in Gallipolis daughter of the late Jacob Milton and Bernice Brown, she was a member of the First Baptist Church.
     She married J. Henry Fowler, who survives, on Dec. 3, 1933, at Leon. Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Charles (Carol) Robinson and Mrs. Delbert (Nancy) Clark, both of Gallipolis; a sister, Helen Welker of Gallipolis; a brother, Charles J. Brown of Gallipolis; and five grandchildren and three great- grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Lucy Taylor, and by a granddaughter.
     Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Willis Funeral Home with the Rev. Joseph Godwin officiating. Burial will be in Ohio Valley Memory Gardens. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday.

Gallipolis Tribune
Apr. 18, 1982
Transcribed by J. Farley

Fowler, Mary [Morgan]

Mrs. E. E. Fowler Dies in the Hospital Saturday
     Mrs. Mary Morgan Fowler, 72, wife of Dr. E.E. Fowler, passed away Saturday morning at 6:30 o'clock in the Holzer hospital at Gallipolis. She had been confined to the hospital for several weeks, following a stroke of paralysis.
     She was a daughter of the late David J. and Mary Morgan. Dr. and Mrs. Fowler have resided many years in Oak Hill where he was a practicing physician. Both have been in declining health for several years.
     In addition to her husband the following brothers and sisters survive: Mrs. Catherine Davis, Mrs. A.W. Reynolds, Mrs. Lott Campbell, all of Columbus; Mrs. Byron Bing of Pomeroy; Mrs. Joe Donnally of Gallipolis; Dr. John F. Morgan of Joplin, Mo.; Dr. Gomer Morgan of Richville, Mo.; Dr. E.T. Morgan, Dr. E.H. Morgan, both of Marion; James F. Morgan and C.F. Morgan, also of Columbus.
     Funeral services were held Monday morning at the Oak Hill M.E. church, with Rev. F.M. Moon officiating.
Interment was made in the Tyn Rhos cemetery. another clipping                                                                                   Top of Page

Fowler Burial Tyn Rhos
     Mrs. Mame Fowler, who died Saturday in Holzer Hospital was buried Monday in Tyn Rhos cemetery beside the graves of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. David J. Morgan, following funeral services at 10 o'clock at her late home in Oak Hill by Rev. Samuel Whilding of Jackson.
     In addition to her husband, Dr. E.E. Fowler, Mrs. Fowler is survived by six brothers and five sisters: Dr. John F. Morgan of Joplin, Mo., Dr. Gomer Morgan of Rushville, Mo., Dr. Everett and Dr. Theodore Morgan of Marion, James and Fremont Morgan, Mrs. Arthur Reynolds, Mrs. Kate Davis, Mrs. Lot Campbell of Columbus, Mrs. Byron Bing of Pomeroy and Mrs. Joseph Donnally of Gallipolis.
     Mrs. Donnally and daughter, Julia, Mr. and Mrs. John Priestley, Mr. and Mrs. D.C. Priestley, Mr. and Mrs. Claire Rodgers and daughter were relatives from here in attendance at the funeral.

[Note: From death certificate date of birth July 31, 1863; date of death December 7, 1935; mother Mary Davis.]

Newspaper (prob. December 1935, Gallipolis and possibly Oak Hill/Jackson) clippings found in the Simmerman files, Morgan file, Bossard Library.
Transcribed by Lynn Anders

Fowler, Minnie [Brown]

Mrs. Fowler, 75, Dies Sunday
     Mrs. Minnie Brown Fowler, 74, died at her home, 1125-½ Second Ave., at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. She was in poor health for several years and had been unconscious for the past two weeks. Mrs. Fowler was born in Gallipolis on July 12, 1883, the daughter of the late Emerson and Mary Kraus Brown. She was one of four children and the last of her family. Her brother, Jake, died on Feb. 11, 1958. Her only son, Raymond, died four years ago. Mrs. Fowler was an employe of the Gallia Produce Co. for 24 years.
     She was married to George E. Fowler on Oct. 7, 1939, who survives. Other survivors are a daughter by a previous marriage, Mrs. Erma Jeffers of Van Nuys, Calif., and the following stepchildren, Tony Fowler of Middleport, Henry Fowler and Mrs. Rilla Rusk, of Gallipolis and George and Paul of Columbus.
     Mrs. Fowler was a member of the First Baptist church and the French City Chapter, Daughters of America. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Miller’s Home for Funerals with Rev. W. H. Green officiating. Burial will follow in Mound Hill cemetery. Friends may call at Miller’s until the hour of the service. Pallbearers will be Luther, Denver, Hurl, Verne, Harvey, Fred, Herbert and Everette Brown.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, March 9, 1958
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Fowler, Victoria

     Mrs. Victoria Sowards Fowler was born August 29, 1847 and died at her home in Gallipolis on Jan. 12, 1929, at 7 p.m.; aged 81 years, 4 months and 13 days. She was born in Lawrence County, Ohio; but spent most of her life in Gallia County. She was a member of one of the oldest pioneer families of this section and was the last member of a large family.
     She was married to Elijah F. Fowler in 1868. Her husband died many years ago, leaving her with three small children whom she reared and educated. Her only daughter, Mrs. Emma J. Simms, of whom she was deeply devoted, died in 1921. Her two sons, John H. at home and Isaac F. of Rio Grande, both survive her. She was a deeply religious woman, a member of the Good Hope Baptist Church and a devoted mother, always ready to sacrifice herself for her family. She leaves a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends to mourn their loss. Her body was laid to rest in the Calvary Cemetery at Rio Grande.

Some day, when fades the golden sun
Beneath the rosy-tinted west,
My blessed Lord shall say "Well done"
And I shall be laid to rest.

Some day, till then I'll watch and wait,
My lamp all trimmed and burning bright.
That when my Savior opens the gate
My soul to Him may take flight.

Gallipolis Paper
Jan. 12, 1929
Transcribed by F.K. Brown                                                                              Top of Page

Fox, Ester B. [Bing]

Gallia Native Dies, Services are Held
     Services were held Saturday at Schoedinger Hilltop Chapel in Columbus for Mrs. Ester B. Fox, 85, a native of Gallia county and the widow of Anson Fox. Mrs. Fox died in Doctors Hospital on Thursday. She is survived by several nieces and nephews.
     She was a member of the Glenwood Methodist church. Mrs. Fox, a member of the Bing family, was preceded in death by a brother, Simon Bing, former president of Rio Grande College, and a sister, Mrs. Margaret B. McCormick, the first woman elected to a Gallia county office (clerk of courts). Burial was in Oak Hill cemetery at Delaware.

[Note: Died in 1963]

Gallipolis Tribune
No date
Transcribed by Pamela L. Smith

Fox, Jane

     Died, in peace, at her home, January 29th, 1876, Jane, wife of Rees Fox, aged 29 years and 10 days. To her the dying hours seemed the happiest of her life.  B.F.T.

The Gallipolis Journ
February 10, 1876
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes

Fox, Lucinda

Mrs. Reese Fox Dies While on Extended Visit   
Had Spent Winter With Kinfolk in Columbus
Body Will be Brought Back to Rodney

     Mrs. Lucinda Fox, widow of Reese Fox, died last night at the home of a sister in Columbus. She had been seriously ill for two or three weeks from a stomach ailment, but the news of her passing came as a shock to her friends here.
     Mrs. Fox, lived in Rodney for many years, went to Columbus last October to make an extended visit with the son, a daughter, a brother and four sisters who live in that city. Messages from her to loved ones indicated that she had a delightful time, but as spring approached she was looking forward with pleasant anticipations to return to her Rodney home.
     She was a quiet, reserved, estimable woman, wholeheartedly devoted to her children and other near kinfolk, friends and neighbors. She was born near Bethesda in Walnut tp., she was the daughter of William and Mary Allison, and would have been 82 years old on April 21.
     Mr. Fox died more than three years ago. She and Mr. Fox celebrated their golden wedding a year or so prior to his death. They are survived by these children: Fletcher Fox, Tuscola, Ill.; Roscoe, of Rodney; Marcus and Mrs. W. G. Scarberry, Columbus; Mrs. A. T. Martin, Huntington, and Mrs. Bert Robinson, Gallipolis. She is survived also by the following brothers and sisters: John J. Allison, Idaho; Fletcher Allison, Emily, Lorena and Violet Allison and Mrs. J. T. Wood, all of Columbus. Anson and Dr. Selwyn Fox, sons of Thomas Fox and nephews of Reese Fox, were reared by Mr. and Mrs. Reese Fox. Both of them live in Columbus.
     The body will be brought down Friday and the funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon at the Rodney M. E. Church of which Mrs. Fox was a devout member, with Rev. Frye and Rev. Watts in charge. Burial at Rio Grande.

[Note: Buried at Calvary Baptist and Raccoon twp.]

Gallipolis daily Tribune
Transcribed by Jessica L. Weber

Fox, Nell

     MARION - Nell Fox, 81, of 550 S. Prospect Street, Marion, died at 2:20 p.m. Friday in Community Memorial Hospital. She was born Sept. 11,1891, in Rio Grande, daughter of the late Will O. and Mary Kyre Evans. Mrs. Fox was a member of the Rio Grande Baptist Church.. She resided in Marion the past 50 years. She is survived by her husband, John F. Fox, whom she married in Mansfield on Dec. 13, 1927; four daughters; a son; one sister; 13 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren survive.
     Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday at the Boyd Funeral Home in Marion. Burial will be in the Marion Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 1 p.m. today.

The Daily Sentinel
January 21, 1973
Transcribed by Peggy Sibert Mason

Fox, Reese

Reese Fox, 82, Dies Tuesday Morning
Rodney Resident Was Member of Pioneer Gallia County Family
     Reese Fox, member of a prominent pioneer family and a highly respected citizen, died about 7 o’clock Tuesday morning at his home at Rodney. Mr. Fox was 82 years of age and spent his entire life in Gallia county. He had been in failing health for several years since suffering a stroke of paralysis, but was able to be up and about his home, when a second stroke soon after he had risen Tuesday was fatal.
     He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lucinda Allison Fox and six children, three sons and three daughters; Roscoe, of Rodney, Fletcher, of Tuscola, Ill., Marcus, of Columbus, Mrs. Neva Scarberry, of Wellston, Mrs. Electa Martin, of Huntington, and Mrs. Elma Robinson, Garfield Ave., this city.
     Funeral arrangements which were not completed at this time will be announced Wednesday.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 1929
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Fox, Roscoe

Roscoe Fox, 83, Former Rodney Postmaster, Dies
     Roscoe Fox, 83, longtime postmaster and general store operator at Rodney, died at 7 a.m. Wednesday at the home of his only child and daughter at 2163 Donald Ave., Huntington. His daughter, Mrs. Fred Rotroff, wife of a prominent Huntington business man and political leader, was not at home when death came to her father. She was in New York City where her husband is being treated in a hospital. A sister had been with him for about a month.
     He was a native of the Rodney community and spent all of his life there until after the death of his wife, the former Ola McCormick, several years ago, when he went to live with the daughter. He was born on March 8, 1875, the son of the late Rees and Jane Miller Fox. Survivors of his immediate family are a brother and two sisters, Mrs. Bert Robinson of Garfield Ave., Mrs. W. G. Scarberry of Columbus, wife of a former Gallipolis school superintendent, and Fletcher of Tuscola, Ill.
     Fox was a member of the Grange and Rodney Methodist church. Funeral services will be held at the Rodney Methodist church at 2 p.m. Friday. Rev. Mr. Eyre, a former pastor of that church, will officiate and burial will follow in Calvary cemetery at Rio Grande under the direction of the Steele Funeral home of Huntington. Pallbearers will be Ishmael Gillespie, Paul Owens, Robert Ball, W. S. Fanning, Carl Ewing and Raymond DeLille. Friends may call at the Steele Funeral home today and until the funeral party starts for Gallia County. Fox was a former director in the Gallia County Produce Co.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, March 13, 1958
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron