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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      

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

Skidmore, Archibald S.

A. S. Skidmore, Aged 79, Died This Morning
     After five days illness from intestinal flu, Archibald S. Skidmore died at his home near Mills Station (Gallipolis R. D.) at 5:50 this morning. He owned and had lived on the Ed L. Mills farm for 17 years, coming to this county from Putnam county, W. Va.
     Mr. Skidmore was born in Jackson county (then Virginia) Dec. 11, 1857, and was in his 80th year. On Nov. 25, 1880, he married Louisa Rayburn of the same county and she and the following children survive: O. O. Skidmore, Evergreen; Mrs. Margaret Leonard, Canton; L. M., Gallipolis; R. D., and J. E. Skidmore, Dunbar, W. Va. A surviving brother and a sister are John B. Skidmore of Given, W. Va., and Mrs. Martha Parsons of Parkersburg.
     Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o’clock Sunday at the home, with Rev. C. E. Foster of Culloden, W. Va., in charge. Burial at Evergreen by J. L. Coleman.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Saturday, March 6, 1937
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron                                                                   


Skidmore, Betty J

     Betty J. Skidmore, lifelong resident of Evergreen, Ohio, 77 years old, went to be with her Lord, July 7, 2010.  Not only was Betty a Christian lady, but she lived by her Grandmother's philosophy of always treating everyone with respect and dignity.
     Betty was born in Evergreen August 9, 1932, daughter of the late Gladys Skidmore, granddaughter of the late Otis and Margaret Rousey Skidmore.  She graduated from Bidwell Porter High School in 1950 thanks to Jean Robbie (Barr) allowing her to copy from her papers.  After graduation Betty had the opportunity to go to work for the telephone company, thanks to Principal Howard Hardway.  Howver, her Grandmother had broken her leg in a car wreck, consequently, she passed on the job to care for her.  That characteristic of looking after others would be one of her most endearing and lifelong traits.
     During the years before and after graduation and her employment at the Bob Evans Sausage plant, she worked for her grandfather in the fields growing commercial crops, but tomatoes were always her first love.  One could always venture into her basement and find a Mason jar of canned tomatoes.  She made the best vegetable soup from them.
     That truck farming gave Betty the work ethic that caused Bob Evans to hire her at the Bidwell plant in 1960.  With this job Betty made lifelong friends especially one very strong willed woman Liz Fisher from Teens Run.  They became such good friends that what one bought to wear the other one did too.  They also introduced the family to Jim's Spaghette House in Huntington which they frequented for years.  As usual they ate or took home every item that they ordered.  Nothing went to waste with those two.  Betty worked at the plant until 1979 when Rheumatoid Arthritis forced her into early retirement.
     During her retirement years Betty became deeply involved in the Trinity United Methodist Church at Porter.  This church resulted from the merger of the churches of Vinton, Westerman (Evergreen) and Porter.  She made friends with many in the new church such as Lena Perdue, Doris Snedegar, Virginia Stout and others.  She was very active in the Women of Trinity United Methodist Church.  One could always find her collecting the money at the church yard sales.  Her hot dog sauce was a favorite of all who frequented the sales.
     Betty is survived by one aunt, Rose Skidmore, and many cousins who will all miss her deeply.  She touched many people and will not only be missed by the family, but the community as well.  She will be interred at the Skidmore family cemetery in Evergreen.  Friends may call at the McCoy-Moore Funeral Home, Wetherholt Chapel, Gallipolis on Friday, July 9, 2010, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.  Funeral services will be conducted at the funeral home on Saturday, July 10, 2010, at 10 a.m. with Rev. Mark Williams officiating.  Condolences may be sent to www.mccoy-moore.com.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Jun 2010
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall                                                                     Top of Page


Skidmore, Eliza E. [Rayburn]

Mrs. Skidmore, 83, Dies at Dunbar
     Mrs. Eliza E. Skidmore, aged nearly 84, widow of Archibald Skidmore, died at 6 o'clock this morning at the home of her son, John, in Dunbar, W. Va. She had gone there but a few weeks ago, having made her home at Evergreen since shortly after the death of her husband about three years ago.
     Mrs. Skidmore was born at Leon, W. Va. Oct 18, 1858. She was a daughter of Bennett and Lovina Moore Rayburn. Surviving children, besides the one named are O. O. Skidmore, Evergreen; Melvin, Glalipolis R.D. and Margaret Leonard of Canton. Brothers and sisters are Fannie Vaughn, Ida Hutchinson, Retha Covert of Newell, W. V., John Rayburn of Porter and Andrew of Canton.
     Funeral will be held at Evergreen at 2 Friday. Burial there by J. L. Coleman & Son.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, Aug 14, 1940
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall                                                                    


Skidmore, Elmer O.

     Elmer O. Skidmore, 67, Gallipolis, died. Thursday, Nov.30, 1995 at his residence. Born Jan. 23, 1928 in Gallia County, son of the late Otis O. and Margaret B. Rowsey Skidmore, he was a former Gallia County Deputy Sheriff and a former self-employed truck driver. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.
Surviving are his wife, Rose Mary Paymaster, whom he married Feb. 20, 1954 at Valparaiso, Ind., two sons, Duane M. (Son OK) Skidmore of Hinesville, Ga. and Stephen A. (Becky) Skidmore of Gallipolis, two daughters, Linda M. Harold and Julie A. Skidmore of Gallipolis, 5 grandchildren and a step-grandchld and two brothers, Henry A. Skidmore of Evergreen and William H. Skidmore of Jackson. He was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters.
     Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the McCoy-Moore Fneral Home, Wetherholt Chapel, Gallipolis, with the Rev. C. J. Lemley officiating. Burial will be in the Ohio Valley Memory Gardens. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2-4 and 7-9 Saturday. The American flag will be folded and presented by his son, Sgt. First Class Duane M. Skidmore.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, Dec 1, 1995
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall                                                                    Top of Page


Skidmore, Emma Lucille [Sprague]

     PORTER - Lucille Skidmore, 85, of Vinton (Porter Community), passed away in her residence on Monday evening, June 10, 2002.  She was born February 21, 1917, at Kerr Station, the daughter of the late Chauncey Sprague and Florence Moore Sprague.
     She was a devoted member of the Vinton Baptist Church, where she had taught the Loyal Workers Sunday School Class.  She was also a member of the Riverside Study Club.
     She married Paul Skidmore on November 17, 1935, at Bidwell, and he preceded her in death on March 11, 1991. She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Pat and Karen Skidmore of Gallipolis and John and Margie Skidmore of Rutland; three grandchildren, Joy, Lori and Jeremy Paul Skidmore; six great-grandchildren, and sister, Virginia Adams of Bidwell.
     In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, George “Buster” Sprague and Thomas “Tommy” Sprague.
     Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 13, 2002, in McCoy-Moore Funeral Home, Vinton, with the Rev. Marvin Sallee officiating.  Burial will follow in Vinton Memorial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday, June 12, 2002, from 5-8 p.m.  Pallbearers will be Bobby Ratliff, Matt Church, Jeff Rathburn and Jimmy, Harold and Jeremy Paul Skidmore.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, June 12, 2002
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux


Skidmore, Gladys Virginia

Death Claims Miss Skidmore
     Miss Gladys Skidmore, 43, Evergreen, died at 6:30 a.m. Sunday at her home. Born February 16, 1909, in Hurricane, W. Va. to Otis and Margaret Towsey Skidmore, the decedent had been ill all her life. She had poliomyelitis when she was a little girl, later developing sciatic rheumatism, but the cause of death was cancer.
     Miss Skidmore was bedfast, in critical condition for four weeks. She was one of ten children, seven boys and three girls and survivors are: parents who moved from Hurricane to Evergreen 32 years ago; Harlan, Springfield; Okey, Evergeen; Henry, Evergreen (Plymale Wagner Employee); Paul, Evergreen; Warren, Evergreen; Herman, St. Marys; Mrs. Philip (Marie) Foster; Gallipolis; and Elmer in the Armed Forces and stationed in Korea.
     Miss Skidmore went to school at Evergreen but her illness prevented her continuing school. She was a member of the Westerman Methodist Church, Evergreen, where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, the Rev. W. H. Green, pastor of Gallipolis' First Baptist Church officiating.
     Interment will be made by Miller's Home for Funerals in the church cemetery. She will be home today and frends may call there.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, Jun 16, 1952
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall                                                                    Top of Page


Skidmore, Henry Archibald

     BIDWELL - Henry Archibald Skidmore, 87, Bidwell (Evergreen Community), died Thursday, December 31, 1998 in the Holzer Senior Care Center. He was born June 12, 1911 in Putnam County, West Virginia, the son of the late Otis Orten Skidmore and Margaret Blaine Rowsey Skidmore.
     He was a carpenter, employed for 32 years at the Plymale-Wagner Lumber Company, and later at the French City Lumber Company in Gallipolis. He retired from Gallipolis Developmental Center in 1982.
He had served on the Gallia County Local School Board for many years, and was a member of the Faith Baptist Church in Rodney.
     Surviving are his wife, Mary "Dolly" Brabham Skidmore, whom he married April 24, 1934 in Gallipolis; four children, Patricia Sprague of Bidwell, Louise (Bob) Burger of Gallipolis, Henry (Kathy) Skidmoe, Jr. of Ward, Arkansas, and Philip (Patti) Skidmore of Bidwell; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, and a brother, Herman Skidmore of Jackson.
     He was also preceded in death by a grandson, Jay Skidmore, a son-in-law, Tommy Sprague; and five brothers and three sisters, Harland, Okey, Paul, Warren, Elmer, Gladys and Dolly Skidmore and Marie Foster.
     Services will be 10 a.m. Monday, January 4, 1999 in the McCoy-Moore Funeral Home Wetherholt Chapel, Gallipolis, with the Rev. Charles Lusher officiating. Burial will be in the Vinton Memorial Park. Friends may call at the chapel from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, January 3, 1999. Pallbearers will be Michael Burger, Eric Skidmore, Justin Skidmore, Josh Skidmore, Keith Burnette and Christopher Skidmore.
     In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to the Faith Baptist Church, 3615 Jackson Pike, Rodney, Ohio 45676; the American Heart Association Central Ohio Region, P.O. Box 739, Columbus, Ohio 43216-0739; or to your charity of choice.

Sunday Times Sentinel
Sunday, January 3, 1999
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall


Skidmore, Henry "Jay"

     BIDWELL - Henry "Jay" Skidmore III, 32, of Bidwell (Evergreen Community) died unexpectedly Friday October 24, 1997 at the Holzer Medical Center. Born July 7, 1965 in Toul Rosieres, Air Force Base, France, son of Henry Archibald Skidmore II of Ward, Arkansas and Elaine Willaume Younker of Lancaster.
     In addition to his parents, Jay had resided with his paternal grandparents, Henry A. and Mary (Doly) Skidmore of Evergreen for the last 18 years. He was a rest area supervisor employed by Riverview Productions Inc. A 1984 graduate of North Gallia High School, he lettered as a varsity football player.
In addiiton to his parents, he was survived by a son, Bennett Lee Axaver McMclanahan of Jackson; three sisters, Mary Skidmore and Patricia Dingess, both of Lancaster and Kristen Skidmore of Ward, Arkansas; a brother, Justin Skidmore of Ward, Arkansas; two step-sisters, Patricia Jallaq and Deborah Ziadeh, both of Grove City; a step-brother, Mike Younker of Austin, Texas; paternal grandparents, Henry A., and Mary (Dolly) Skidmore of Evergreen; and a maternal grandmother, Renee Willaume of Pont-A-Mousson, France.
He was preceded in death by a maternal grandfather, Emile Paul Willaume.
     Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, October 27, 1997 at the McCoy-Moore Funeral Home, Wetherhold Chapel, Galliplis, with Rev. Jim Lusher officiating. Burial will follow in the Vinton Memorial Park, Vinton. Friends may call at the funeral home today from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Central Ohio Region, P.O. Box 361320, Columbus, Ohio 43226-1320/
     Pallbearers will be Eric, Christopoher, Brent and Jonathan Skidmore, Paul Hollingshead, Matt Neal, Chad Fitch and David Roush. Josh-Skidmore will serve as an honorary pallbearer.

Sunday Times Sentinel
Sunday, October 28, 1997
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall                                                                    Top of Page


Skidmore, Kermit Paul

     Paul Skidmore, 77, of State Route 160, Porter Community, Vinton, died Monday, March 11, 1991 in Holzer Medical Center. He owned and operated Skidmore Grocery Store on Eastern Avenue in Gallipolis.
Born Dec 16, 1913 at Hurrican, W. Va., he was a son of the late Otis O. and Margaret Blaine Rowsey Skidmore.
     He married Lucille Sprague on Nov. 17, 1935 and she survives along with two sons, Pat Skidmore of Centenary and John Skidmore of Cheshire; three grandchildren, three brothers, Henry Skidmore of Evergreen, Herman (Bill) Skidmore of Jackson and Elmer Skidmore of Gallipolis.
     He was preceded in death by brothers, Harlan, Okey and Warren Skidmore; and sisters Dolly and Gladys Skidmore and Marie Foster.
     He was a member of Vinton Baptist Church where funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. on Thursday with the Rev. Marvin Sallee and Rev. C. J. Lemley officiating. Burial will be in Vinton Memorial Park.
Friends may call at McCoy-Moore Funeral Home on Wednesdsay, 6-9 p.m.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, Mar 12, 1991
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall


Skidmore, Larry Michael

     Larry Skidmore, 48, Brazil, Ind., formerly of Evergreen, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 1992, at Union Hospital, Terre Haute, Ind. He was born Oct. 6, 1943 in Springfield, son of the late Warren Joseph and Mary Alice Lawless Skidmore.
     Mr. Skidmore was a 20 year employee of Custodius Construction Company, Brazil, Ind., a 1961 graduate of North Gallia High School, a U.S. Air Force Veteran, who served from 1961 to 1965, a member of the St. Louis Catholic Curch, Gallipolis, attendee of the Annunciation Church in Brazil, Ind., a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Ohio Carpenters' Union and the Brazil Elks, No. 762.
     He is survived by his wife, Sally West Skidmore; a daughter, Karrie Skidmore, Sacramento, Calif; a daughter, Mrs. Shane (Kimberly) Glassburn, Brazil, Ind.; three brothers, Ronnie Skidmore, Patriot, Jim Skidmore, Gallipolis, and Christopher Skidmore, Evergreen; three sisters, Peggy McCarley, Dayton, Becky Grant, Evergreen and Penny Ratliff, Evergreen; two grandchildren, Kayle Glassburn and Kelsey Glassburn; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephew.
     Vistation will be Thursday at Moore Funeral Home, Brazil, Ind., with the rosary being recited at 7 p.m. with Father Anthony Spicuzza officiating.
     Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Louis Catholic Church, Gallipolis, with Msgr. William Myers officiating. Burial will be at Skidmore Cemetery, Evergreen. Vistation hours will be Friday from 4 to 9 p.m. at the McCoy-Moore Funeral Home, Vinton, with a rosary service at 8:30 p.m., Msgr. Myers officiating.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, Aug 27, 1992
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall


Skidmore, Lawrence H.

     Lawrence Harlan Skidmore, 65, of Springfield, brother of several Gallia County residents, died at 6:30pm. Friday at Mercy Medical Springfield.
     Born at Red House, W Va, he was the son of the late Otis and Margaret Skidmore. He was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church at Springfield and the Masonic Lodge at New Carlisle, Ohio.
     Survivors include his wife Mrs. Margaret Pearl Roush Skidmore; a sister, Mrs. Phillip (Marie) Foster of Evergreen and five brothers, Henry and Warren of Evergreen, Herman of Jackson and Paul and Elmer of Gallipolis. A son, David De Los, one brother and and two sisters preceded him in death.
     Services will be held at 2pm Monday at the McCoy Funeral Home in Vinton with the Rev. Paul E. Angel of Springfield officiating. Burial will be in Vinton Memorial Park, Masonic rites will be held at 7:30 pm. sunday at the funeral home by Vinton Lodge No 131, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
April 12, 1970
Transcribed by Cheryl A Enyart                                                                    Top of Page


Skidmore, Louisa Ellen "Eliza" [Rayburn]

Mrs. Skidmore, 83, Dies at Dunbar
     Mrs. Eliza E. Skidmore, aged nearly 84, widow of Archibald Skidmore, died at 6 o'clock this morning at the home of her son, John, in Dunbar, W. Va. She had gone there but a few weeks ago, having made her home at Evergreens since shortly after the death of her husband about three years ago.
     Mrs. SKidmore was born at Leon, W. Va. Oct. 18, 1858. She was a daughter of Bennett and Lovina Moore Rayburn. Surviving children, besides the one named are O. O. Skidmore, Evergreen; Melvin, Gallipolis, R.D. and Margaret Leonard of Canton. Brothers and sisters are Fannie Vaughn, Ida Hutchinson, Retha Covert of Newell, W. Va., John Rayburn of Porter and Andrew of Canton.
     Funeral will be held at Evergreen at 2 Friday. Burial there by J. L. Coleman & Son.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday Aug 14, 1940
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall


Skidmore, Margaret Blaine [Rowsey]

Mrs. Skidmore Dies After Fall At Son's Home
     Mrs. Margaret B. Skidmore, 72, who fell and fractured her right hip at 4 p.m. Sunday, at the home of her son Henry of Evergreen, died in Holzer Hospital earlier today. She had attended church at Westerman Methodist at Evergreen Sunday and was spending the day at her son's home.
     Mrs. Skidmore was a native of Mason County, WV, where she was born on Nov. 11, 1884, the daughter of the late Henry and Virginia Gillispie Rowsey. She was one of seven children born to that union and two sisters survive, Mrs. Delilah Black, of Huntington and Mrs. Isadora Smith of Porter.
     She was married to Otis O. Skidmore in Mason County on Dec. 27, 1903 and he survives. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1953. To this union seven sons and three daughters were born. The sons and one daughter survive, Henry, Okey, Paul and Warren, all of Bidwell, Rt. 1; Harland of Springfield, Herman of Jackson, Elmer of Vinton Ave. and Mrs. Marie Foster, Tribune Bookkeeper at Evergreen, a daughter Dolly, died in infancy and Gladys died in 1952. There are twenty grandchildren and one granddaughter, was reared in her home.
     Mrs. Skidmore was an active member of Westerman Methodist Church and of the Women's Society of Christian Service.
     Miller's Home for Funerals has charge of arrangements which will be announced later. Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 p.m. Tuesday. On Wednesday morning the body will be taken to her home until the time of the funeral.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, Feb. 4, 1958
Transcribed by F.K. Brown


Skidmore, Margaret Pearl [Roush]

Mrs. Skidmore, 61, Succumbs
     Mrs. Margaret Pearl Roush Skidmore, 61, a resident of Rt. 1, Vinton (Eno Community) died in the Holzer Medical Center around 7 a.m. today. She was born Aug 16, 1908 at Eno, daughter of the late David and Artie Roush. She married Harlan Skidmore on Oct. 17, 1927. He preceded her in death in 1970. One son, David Delos, preceded her in death.
     She was a member of the Grace Methodist Church in Springfield, where she and her husband resided for 31 years. She was a member of the Eastern Star Chapter, No. 373, Vinton; a member of the DAR Lafayette Chapter, Gallipolis; and an associate member of the DAR Laganda Chapter, Springfield and a member of the Evening Garden Club in Springfield.
     Mrs. Skidmore, in her later years, was cared for by a nephew, Mr. and Mrs. David Roush, Rt. 1, Vinton. Several nieces and nephews survive.
     Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at the McCoy-Moore Funeral Home in Vinton. Burial will be in Vinton Memorial Park. Friends may calla t the funeral home between 2-4 and 7-9 Wednesday.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday, June 13, 1972
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall                                                                    Top of Page


Skidmore, Mary Alice [Lawless]

     Mary Alice Skidmore, Rt. 1, Bidwell (Evergreen) died Thursday at her residence following an extended illness. Born in Springfield, daughter of the late Michael and Hazel Mary Bainter Lawless, she was a member of the Sacred Heart Church in Point Pleasant.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Warren Skidmore, on May 6, 1982 and by a sister.
Surviving are four sons, Ronald Warren and James Patrick, both of Gallipolis, Larry Michael of Brazil, Ind., and Christopher David at home; three daughters, Mrs. David (Mary Margaret "Peggy") McCarley of Piqua; Mrs. Robert (Kathleen Marie "Penny") Ratliff and Mrs. David (Elizabeth Ann "Becky") Grant, both of Evergreen; two brothers, Joseph Michael of Springfield, Denal Ray of Orlando, Fla.; and sister, Mrs. Remo (Helen Marie) Rocchi of Gallipolis.
     Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the Rev. Ryamond Jablinske officiating. Burial will be in Skidmore Cemetery, Evergreen. Friends may call at the McCoy-Moore Funeral Home 6-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. A rosary will be held in the funeral home at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, Dec. 14, 1984
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall


Skidmore, Mary Iona "Dolly"

     EVERGREEN - Mary Iona "Dolly" Skidmore, 86, Bidwelll (Evergreen Community), passed away Wednesday March 27, 2002, in Holzer Medical Center as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.She was born February 20, 1916, in Mason County, West Virginia, the daughter of the late Mack and Lulu Mann Brabham.
     She attended Faith Baptist Church at Rodney.  She married Henry A. Skidmore on April 24, 1934, at Gallipolis, and he preceded her in death on December 31, 1998. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Jay Skidmore; a son-in-law, Tommy Sprague; brothers, Emmett Brabham, Fulton Brabham, John Brabham, Henry Brabham, Chalmer Brabham, Bernard McCardle, Pat McCardle, Steve McCardle and Mike McCardle; and sisters Naomi Skidmore, Lucy Henry and Josephine Howard.
     She is survived by daughters, Patty Sprague of Bidwell, and Louise (Robert "Bucky") Burger of Gallipolis; sons, Henry (Kathy) Skidmore Jr. of Ward, Arkansas and Phillip (Patti) Skidmore of Bidwell; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and two sisters-in-law, Lucille Skidmore of Porter and Rose Skidmore of Gallipolis.
     Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 30, 2002, in McCoy-Moore Funeral Home Wetherholt Chapel in Gallipolis, with the Rev. Jim Lusher officiating. Burial will follow in Vinton Memorial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday, March 29, 2002, from 4-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Faith Baptist Church, 3615 Jackson Pike, Bidwell, Ohio 45614.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday March 28, 2002
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall                                                                    Top of Page


Skidmore, Mary Louise [Wickline]

     Louise Skidmore, 71, 11691 State Route 93, Jackson, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 1995 in Oak Hill Community Medical Center.
     Born March 7, 1924, daughter of the late Charles Wickline and Viola Jones Wickline Hutchinson, she was a retired registered nurse from Oak Hill Hospital. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Jackson, the Ohio Nurses Association and the Wagon Wheelers Square Dance Club.
     Surviving are her husband, William Herman Skidmore, whom she married Sept. 7, 1946; a son Bill (Wendy) Skidmore of Aberdeen, Scotland; two daughters, Kathy Ohlinger of Gallipolis, and Tami (Doug) Davis of Beaver; and three grandchildren, Pauline Skidmore, Brad Davis and J. C. Ohlinger. She was also preceded in death by her stepfather, Scott Hutchinson, a brother, Marlin Wickline, and a sister, Jean Johnson.
     Services will be held 2 p.m. Thursdsay in the Eisnaugle-Lewis Funeral Home, Harding Ave., Jackson, with the Rev. Don Woodford and the Rev. John Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Fairmont Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2-4 and 6-9 Wednesday. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or a favorite charity.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday, Sep 5, 1995
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall


Skidmore, Mary Maxine [McHenry]

     Maxine McHenry Skidmore, 65, a resident of 1492 Hoover Hill Road, High Point, N.C. died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007 at the High Point, N.C. Regional Hospital following a brief illness. She was born Sept. 6, 1942 in Gallia County, daughter of the late Earl and Elizabeth Cole McHenry.
     A resident of High Point and vicinity since 1962, Mrs. Skidmore was retired from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Asheboro wire plant, and she attended Christ Gospel Baptist Church.
     In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Bob McHenry and a sister, Fred Mae McHenry. She was married to Paul E. Skidmore, who survives, of the residence. Also surviving are a son, Marty Skidmore and wife Carla, of Asheboro, two daughters, Lori Cooper and husband, Robbie, of Asheboro, and Dottie Shaw and husband Phil of High Point; four grandchildren, Katie Skidmore, Tim Shaw, Kelly Shaw and Brandon Shaw; two sisters, her twin, Nadine Clark and husband Harold, of Archdale, N.C. and Jo Ann Davis and husband Bill of Gallipolis, three brothers, Gene McHenry and wife Gloria of Trinity, N.C.; Russell McHenry and wife Kyong, of Walkertown, N.C. and Tommy McHenry and wife Patty of Trinity.
Also surviving is a special family friend, Ed Roberson.
     A visitation will be held on Friday, Dec. 14, 2007, from 6 until 7:30 p.m. at the Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale. A second visitation will be held Sunday, Dec. 15, 2007, from 1 until 2:30 p.m. at the McCoy Moore funeral Home.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, Dec 14, 2007
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall                                                                    Top of Page


Skidmore, Nannie M.  [Neal]

     GALLIPOLIS - Mrs. Nannie M. Skidmore, 78, Gallia Avenue, Gallipolis, died Saturday morning in Holzer Medical Center following an extended illness.  Born in Putnam County, W. Va., she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Laura Qualls Neal.  She attended the Church of Christ in Christian Union of Gallipolis.
     Survivors include her husband, Luther (Mel) Skidmore of Gallipolis; two daughters, Mrs. Raymond (Zelma) Jividen and Mrs. Lance (Betty) Sullen, both of Hollywood, Fla., two sons, James and Delmar Skidmore, both of Gallipolis; five sisters, Mrs. Lawrence (Goldie) Green of Wellston, Mrs. Dean (Georgia) Hayes of Newport Ritchie, Fla., Mrs. Mack (Sylvia) Wright of Akron; Mrs. John (Zelphia) Cray of Columbus, Mrs. Orville (Freda) Facemyer of Gallipolis; three brothers, Walter Neal of Porter; Ray Neal of Gallipolis, and Howard Neal of Columbus; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Jewel Lanier and a sister, Mrs. Claud (Thelma) Dray.
     Services will be announced by the Willis Funeral Home in Gallipolis.

Athens Sunday Messenger
September 14, 1975
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Skidmore, Okey Russell

O.R. Skidmore Claimed At 57
     Okey Russell Skidmore, 57, a resident of Evergreen, died at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in Holzer Hospital. He had been hospitalized for five weeks and had been in failing health for a year. He was a school bus driver for North Gallia Schools and was a maintainer by the Springfield Township Trustees.
     Mr. Skidmore was born in Putnam County, WV, June 11, 1907, son of the late O.O. and Margaret Rowsey Skidmore. His marriage to Naomi Brabham took place Feb. 8, 1934 and she survives along with the following children: Paul Skidmore of High Point, NC; Harold and David, both at home. There are two grandchildren.
     Other survivors are a sister and six brothers, Mrs. Phil (Marie) Foster, Henry and Warren Skidmore, all of Rt. 1, Bidwell; Elmer Skidmore of Gallipolis; Paul Skidmore of Eureka; Herman Skidmore of Jackson and Harlan of Springfield.
     Funeral arrangements will be announced later by the McCoy Funeral Home.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, June 9, 1963
Transcribed by F.K. Brown


Skidmore, Otis O.

Death Claims Mr. Skidmore Today At 82
     Otis O. Skidmore, 82, a resident of Evergreen (Rt. 1 Bidwell), died at 8 a.m. today in Gallipolis Clinic, where he had been a patient overnight. He had been in failing health for several years. Mr. Skidmore was a retired farmer, and was active in political circles.
     He was born in Jackson county, W. Va. June 20, 1881, son of the late Archbold and Louisa Rayburn Skidmore. He was one of five children born to that union. Those who survive are two brothers and a sister, L. M. Skidmore of Gallipolis, John Skidmore of Dunbar, W. Va., and Mrs. Margaret Wingert of Canton.
     His marriage was to the former Margaret Rousey on Dec. 27, 1903, and she preceded him in death in February, 1958. They came to Evergreen in 1920.
     Children who survive are Harlan Skidmore of Springfield, Okey, Henry and Warren Skidmore, and Mrs. Phil (Marie) Foster (Tribune bookkeeper), all of Evergreen, Elmer and Paul Skidmore of Gallipolis and Herman Skidmore of Jackson. There are 24 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Two daughters preceded him in death.
     Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Westerman Methodist church in Evergreen with Rev. Paul Pyles, former pastor of Westerman church, officiating. Burial will be in the Evergreen cemetery under the direction of Miller’s H23ome for Funerals. Friends may call at the late home at Evergreen Wednesday evening and until the hour of the service.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday, August 6, 1963
Transcribed by Sandy Lee Milliron


Skidmore, Ronald Warren

     Ronald Warren Skidmore, 56, Patriot, died Saturday, June 26, 1999 at his residence, following an extended illness. Born July 23, 1942 in Springifled, son of the late Warren and Mary Alice Skidmore, he was a heavy equipment operator employed by several southeastern Ohio companies. He was a member of the St. Louis Catholic Church in Gallipolis, and a 1960 graduate of North Gallia High School.
     Surviving are his wife, Linda Richards Skidmore, whom he married Nov. 29, 1974 in Perisburg, Va.; a son, Ronnie W. Skimore of Columbus; a daughter, Sherry Gibson of Rio Grande; two grandsons; two brothers, James P. Skidmore and Christopher D. Skidmore, both of Evergreen; and three sisters, Mary Margaret "Peggy" (David) McCarley of Dayton, and Kathleen Marie "Penny" (Robert) Ratliff and Elizabeth Ann "Becky" (David) Grant, both of Evergreen. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Larry Michael Skidmore, on August 26, 1992.
     Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday in the St. Louis Catholic Church, with Monsignor William R. Myers officiating. Burial will be in the Skidmore Family Cemetery, Evergreen. Friends may call at the McCoy-Moore Funeral Home Wetherholt Chapel, Gallipolis, from 3-5 and 2-9 today.
     Rosary services will be conducted in the funeral home under the direction of Monsignor William R. Myers at 9 tonight. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Holzer Hospice, 100 Jackson Pike, Gallipolis, Ohio 45631, in care of Sue Bowers.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, June 28, 1999
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall                                                                    Top of Page


Skidmore, Rosemary [Russell]

     Rosemary Skidmore, 45, of Gallipolis, died unexpectedly at her residence on Monday, January 13, 1997. She was born April 25, 1891 at Morgan Center, the daughter of the late Rosa Lee Russell. She was an employee of the Reliance Electric Corporation, and an active Gallia Academy Blue Devils Booster.
     Surviving are her husband, David Skidmore, whom she married March 3, 1970 at Morgan Center; a son, Rob (Vicki) Skidmore of Oxford, Mississippi; a daughter, Shelly (Travis) Few of Thaxton, Mississippi; a grandson, Logan Few; two sisters, Becky (Randall) Denny of Bidwell and Tommie Sue (Teddy) Staton of Vinton; two half-sisters, Linda and Cindy Edwards of Sunbury; and several nieces and nephews.
     Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, January 16, 1997 in the McCoy-Moore Funeral Home Wetherholt Chapel, Gallipolis. Burial will be in the Morgan Center Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Janaury 15, 1997.
     Pallbearers will be Ryan Smith, Brent Simms, Scan Denny, Adam Deny, Alan Deny and Casey Staton.
Honorary pallbearers are Todd Hilton; Clint Davis and Seth Davis.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Jan 15, 1997
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall


Skidmore, Stephen Alan

     Stephen Alan Skidmore, 41, of Gallipolis, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, July 22, 2006. He was an employee of the Gallipolis Pawn Shop and was a member of the U.S. National Guard.
     Steve, an avid sports enthusiast, was born Dec. 19, 1964, in Gallipolis, son of Rose Mary Paymaster Skidmore of Gallipolis and the late Elmer Otis Skidmore, who passed away in 1995.
     In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Becky Wellingotn Skidmore of Thurman; son, Keith Skidmore of Thurman; stepson, Donald Craig Wray of Bidwell; three stepgrandchildren, Bethany, Skylan and Emerald Wray of Bidwell; two sisters and a brother, Linda Harold of Gallipolis, Duane (Son OK) Skidmore of Goose Creek, S.C., and Julie (Thad) Haines of Oak Hill; and several neices and nephews.
     Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 26, 2006, in the McCoy-Moore Funeral Home Wetherholt Chapel, 420 First Ave., Gallipolis, with Pastor Thom Mollohan officiating. Burial will be in the Ohio Valley Memory Gardens at Gallipolis. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, 2006.
     In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent to The Benefit Fund for Keith Alan Skidman, in care of Peoples Bank, P.O. Box 192, Gallipolis, Ohio 45631. Condolences can be e-mailed to www.timeformemory.com/mm.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall                                                                    Top of Page


Skidmore, Warren G.

     WARREN SKIDMORE - Warren (Skid) Skidmore, 62, Evergreen Community, died at Holzer Medical Center, Thursday evening following an extended illness. He was a retired salesman for the Gallipolis Motor Co.., where he held Legion of Leader Award for several years. Mr. Skidmore was also a veteran member of the Gallia County Republican Central Committee.
     Mr. Skidmore was born April 19, 1920, in Evergreen to the late Otis O. and Margaret Blaine Rowsey Skidmore. He married Mary Alice Lawless at Springfield, Ohio. She survives along with four sons and three daughters: Ronald Warren Skidmore and James Patrick Skidmore, both of Gallipolis; Larry Michael Skidmore of Brazil, IN; Christopher David Skidmore at home; Mrs. David (Mary Margaret "Peggy") McCarley of Piqua; Mrs. Robert (Kathleen Marie "Penny") Ratliff and Mrs. David (Elizabeth Ann "Becky") Grand of Evergreen.
Also surviving are eight grandchildren; four brothers and one sister: Henry Skidmore, Evergreen; Paul Skidmore, Rt. 1, Vinton; Elmer Skidmore, Gallipolis; Herman Skidmore, Jackson and Mrs. Phil (Marie) Foster, Evergreen.
     Mr. Skidmore was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Third Degree, St. Louis Catholic Church, Gallipolis, was founder and past President of the North Gallia Athletic Boosters Club; member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Pt. Pleasant, WV, where funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m.. Sunday, with Father Raymond Jablinske and Rev. William Curfman officiating.
     Burial will be at the Skidmore Cemetery, Evergreen. Visitation will be at the McCoy-Moore Funeral Home, Saturday, at 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Recitation of Rosary will be 7:15 P.M. Saturday, Father William Myers officiating. Pallbearers will be Tommy Sprague, Robert Burger, John Skidmore, Pat Skidmore, John Rocchi, Paul Hollingshead, Jay Skidmore and Junior Skidmore.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday May 7, 1982
Transcribed by F.K. Brown


Skidmore, William Herman

     JACKSON - William H. “Bill” Skidmore, 85, of Jackson, passed away Sunday, March 24, 2002, at Jenkins Memorial Nursing Facility in Wellston. He was born August 6, 1916, in Putnam County, West Virginia, the son of Otis Skidmore and Margaret Rowsey Skidmore. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Louise Wickline Skidmore; his brothers, Harlan, Okey, Paul, Henry, Warren and Elmer Skidmore; and his sisters, Dolly Skidmore, Gladys Skidmore and Marie Foster.
     A U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II, Bill was a retired auto parts salesman for Jackson Implement. Bill was a member of the Jackson First Presbyterian Church, and was a 25 year member of the Wagon Wheelers Square Dance Club.
     Bill is survived by his son, Bill (Wendy) Skidmore of Aberdeen, Scotland; his daughters, Kathy Ohlinger of Gallipolis, and Tami (Doug) Davis of Beaver; grandchildren, Pauline Skidmore, Brad Davis and J. C. Ohlinger; his special niece who was raised in this childhood home, Betty Skidmore of Bidwell; and sisters-in –law, Dolly Skidmore, Lucille Skidmore and Rosemary Skidmore.
     Services will be 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 28, 2002 in Eisnaugle-Lewis Funeral Home, 28 Harding Avenue, Jackson, Ohio 45640, with the Rev. Dr. David Downton officiating. Burial will follow in Fairmount Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday, March 27, 2002, from 4-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Jenkins Memorial Nursing Home, 140 Jenkins Road, Wellston, Ohio 45692, or to the donor’s favorite charity.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday, March 26, 2002
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux


Skinner, Emily G.

     Mrs. Henry C. Skinner, a very estimable and kind mother, died Sunday after a week's illness of inflammation of the bowels. She leaves a husband and five children. She was buried at Pine Hill Church. She was a daughter of Aaron Davis of Perry Township.

[Note: born 1847 in Perry Township, Gallia County; died Sept. 1883 Mason County, WV. Married Henry C. Skinner on Dec. 27, 1865 in Gallia County. Buried in Old Pine Cemetery in Raccoon Township.]

Gallipolis Journal
Sept. 6, 1883
Transcribed by F.K. Brown                                                                          Top of Page


Skinner, Helen [Johnson]

Mrs. Skinner, Nee Johnson, Dies at Home
Native Of Kyger And Had Many Kinfolk Here -- Funeral At 2 Wednesday
     Mrs. Helen Skinner who was born and reared at Kyger and had many relatives and friends here, died Sunday evening at her home on Leading Creek in Rutland to (Middleport R. D.) She had been ill several months and death was due to heart disease. She was 72 years old and the widow of J. Harvey Skinner.
     Mrs. Skinner was the sister of the late Dr. Joe B. Johnson of this city and aunt of Mrs. Cecil (Pete) Dale and a cousin of Mrs. Harry B. Parker and more distantly related to H. C. Johnston and some other Gallipolitans. She was a daughter of James and Amanda Bradbury Johnson of Kyger – Older folk remember her as an attractive and vivacious young woman who down through the years endeared herself to a wide circle of acquaintances. Mr. Skinner, widely known in his native county and Gallia as a teacher and a commentator on public affairs, died more than a decade ago.
     Mrs. Skinner is survived by a daughter, Mrs. J. C. Schmoll of Middleport; a son J.J. Skinner of Cleveland; a twin brother, Horace Johnson of Athens, and an older brother, Fred of Leading Creek and eight grandchildren.
Three of the grandchildren made their home with Mrs. Skinner and one of them, Bernice Snider, is a nurse at the Holzer Hospital.
     Funeral services will be held at the residence at 2 o’clock Wednesday by Rev. Mr. Copley, Methodist minister of Rutland. Burial in Miles cemetery by Finsterwald.

Gallipolis Tribune
August 24, 1938
Transcribed by J. Farley


Skinner, Jane

     Mrs. Asahel Skinner, aged 66 years, residing about three miles from Ratland, committed suicide by drowning herself in Leading Creek on Sunday night last. She had been treated in the Athens Asylum some time ago; but was discharged cured.

[Note: Asahel Skinner married Jane Hogg on March 28, 1856 in Gallia County]

Gallipolis Bulletin
May 5, 1894
Transcribed by F.K. Brown


Skinner, John O.

John O. Skinner
     Services for John O. Skinner, 77, of Rt. 1, will be 1 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Brucker and Kishler Funeral Home with the Rev. Charles Jenkins officiating. Burial will be in Newark Memorial Gardens. Mr. Skinner died Thursday morning in Licking Memorial Hospital. He was born Aug. 21,1899 in Gallipolis, to the late Clarence and Elizabeth Jenkins Skinner.
     He was the former Chief of Division of Examiners of the Steam Engineers for the State of Ohio, retiring in 1963. He was a member of the American Legion Post 85 and was a WWII Army veteran.
Surviving are his widow, Millie Wilson Skinner; four daughters, Mrs. Harold (Gladys) Hesse, Mrs. Roland (Mary) Anderson and Mrs. George (June) Kiger, all of Newark and Mrs. Kathryn Skinner of Columbus; a step-daughter, Mrs. Robert (Jean) Covey of Newark; a step-son, John Campbell of Granville; two sisters, Mrs. Robert (Anna) Decker of Moore, OK and Mrs. Frank (Edith) Hudnall of Columbus; 13 grandchildren, 11 g-grandchildren; a niece and nephew.
     The family will be present from 2-4 and 7-9 tonight in the funeral home.

[Additional information: John Skinner born Aug. 21, 1899; died March 17, 1977.]

Gallipolis Paper
March 17, 1977
Transcribed by F.K. Brown                                                                          Top of Page


Skinner, Miss Mable

Death of Miss Mable Skinner
     Miss Mable Skinner, the oldest daughter of E.W.Skinner of Oak Hill, died Tuesday morning, Feb.10 1920, at Bellefontaine following an operation. She was a graduate of Rio Grande college where her parents resided until a few years ago when they moved to Oak Hill. She is survived by her mother and father and a younger brother and sister.
     The funeral party will start from Oak Hill Friday morning, Feb. 13, at 9 o'clock where the funeral will be held. The interment will follow at Rio Grande cemetery, in Calvary Baptist.

[Note: born 1893. The first name is spelled Mabel on the tombstone.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Feb. 12, 1920
Transcribed by Nancy McMillan


Skinner, Madaline R. [Kerns]

     Madaline R. Skinner was born June 24, 1825, and departed this life April 18, 1926, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Thos. Evans, aged 77 years, 9 months and 23 days. She was the daughter of Henry and Mary Kerns, deceased, and the last of a family of five children.
     On April 17, 1867, she was united in marriage to John W. Skinner who departed this life October 18, 1877. To this union were born four children, two of whom are living, Clarence of Newark, and Mrs. Thos. Evans of Columbus. One daughter dying in infancy and Viola wife of James W. Watts who died June 24, 1910. She also, leaves besides her children, ten grandchildren and a host of friends and other relatives to mourn her loss.
     She united with the M. E. Church in 1876, and lived a consistent member until death and being of a kindly disposition she was loved by all who knew her.

Oh words of restful meaning!
Beyond the billows foam
Our mother for us is waiting
Not lost, but just gone home.

[Note: born in Gallia County according to death certificate; error in birthdate]

Gallipolis paper
April 1926
Transcribed by Irene Hively Blamer


Slack, Mary

     Died on Sunday last, 19th inst., Mrs. Slack, wife of John Slack.

[Note: Although her given name is not mentioned here she is most certainly the Mary Slack, wife of John, buried in Pine Street Cemetery. Dates on the stone are no longer readable. There is a grave marker for a one  year old infant, Charles H. Slack who died on 9/10/1852 in the same cemetery. He is listed as the son of John and Mary.]

The Gallipolis Journal
September 23, 1852
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Slack, Ricy Anne

     Died, on Sunday morning, Aug. 12th, Ricy Anne, wife of Mr. J. E. Slack, in the 51st year of her age. She has left an affectionate husband and family, with a large circle of friends, to mourn their loss, in the sudden removal of one who was deservedly respected. After a few hours of acute suffering she gently fell asleep in Jesus.

The Gallipolis Journal
August 16, 1866
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Slagle, Dora [McGiffin]

Mrs. John Slagle Dies At Cadmus In Her 85th Year
     Mrs. Dora McGiffin Slagle, widow of John Slagle, died at 6:15 this morning at the homer of her daughter,, Mrs. Dan Wagner, at Cadmus. She had made her home with her children since the death of her husband on March 5, 1944, and had been ill about four weeks having returned to Cadmus about six weeks ago.
     Mrs. Slagle was in her 85th year, having been born at Hamden on Dec. 28, 1861. She was the survivor of the children of Benjamin McGiffin.
     Her marriage to Mr. Slagle occurred July 23, 1887, and all her married life was spent in the Cadmus neighborhood. Six children were born to them, of whom four survive: Verne Slagle and Mrs. Rose Wirick, East Liberty, Ohio; Claude Slagle, Oak Hill, and Mrs. Mary Wagner, already mentioned. There are 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
     She was a member of the Olive Methodist Church. The body will be at the Wagner home after 5 p. m. Saturday. Funeral arrangements will be announced tomorrow, Undertaker W. W. Phillips of Waterloo, said.

The Gallipolis Daily Tribune
May 24, 1946
Gallipolis, Ohio
Transcribed by Margaret Calvin                                                                    Top of Page


Slagle, Emma [Russell]

Mrs. Slagle Dies In Her 85th Year
Greenfield Tp. Native Passes At Daughter's Home In Cincinnati
     Mrs. Emma Russell Slagle, who was born and spent most of her life in Greenfield tp., died at 8:30 last night at the home of her daughter, Mabel, wife of John Blackburn, in Cincinnati. Mrs. Slagle, who was 84 years old last Saturday, had been in frail health since August. She had gone from Oak Hill to Cincinnati the first of the year.
     Decedent was the widow of William F. Slagle, who died in 1913, and she was the mother of W. Emmett Slagle, who holds a responsible post in the state highway department here. Other children surviving are Mary, wife of Ross Wagner and Fern, wife of Lewis Hughes, Oak Hill, and Mrs. Heston Shelton, Bowling Green. There is one sister, Mrs. Anna Mossbarger of Tilden, Nebraska, who is three years older than Mrs. Slagle.
     Undertaker Hughes, son-in-law of Mrs. Slagle, was to bring the body to Oak Hill today. Funeral services will be held at Bethel M.E. church, of which she was a member, but the arrangements have not been completed.

[Note: From death certificate date of birth March 30, 1856; date of death April 4, 1940; father John Russell.]

Newspaper (prob. April 1940, Gallipolis) clipping found in the Simmerman files, Slagle file, Bossard Library.
Transcribed by Debbie Carter Evans


Slagle, John

Funeral Services For John Slagle At Salem Wednesday
Life-Long Resident Of County Dies Sunday A.M.
     John Slagle, well known and highly respected Gallia county resident, died at ten o'clock Sunday morning at his home at Cadmus. He was the son of the late John H. and Nancy Wood Slagle and was born in Perry township Dec. 31, 1859, and thus was in his 85th year. Death was due to complications of his age.
     Mr. Slagle was a life long resident of the community where he died. In July, 1887 he and Dora McGuffin were married and moved to their present home where they since resided. In addition to the widow two sons and two daughters survive, Verne Slagle and Mrs. Rose Wirrick of Bellefontaine, Claude of Oak Hill and Mrs. Mary Wagner of Cadmus. He also leaves a brother, Noah Slagle of Gallia and a sister Mrs. Mary Carter of Toledo and Patriot. He was a member of Olive Methodist Church, the Grange and Red Men at Cadmus.
     The body will be at the home after seven o'clock this evening until taken to Salem Baptist Church for the last rites. These will be conducted there Wednesday at 2 p.m. (slow time) by Rev. J. M. Lane. Burial will be in the church cemetery by W. W. Phillips of Waterloo and Ironton.

[Note: From death certificate his wife’s name was spelled McGiffin; date of death March 5, 1946.]

Newspaper (prob. March 1946, Gallipolis) clipping found in the Simmerman files, Slagle file, Bossard Library.
Transcribed by Debbie Carter Evans                                                             Top of Page


Slagle, Violet

Mrs. Slagle, 66, Claimed By Death
     Mrs. Violet Slagle, 66, wife of former Gallia County State Representative Craig D. Slagle, 753 Second Ave., Gallipolis, died Monday at 2:45 p.m., in Holzer Hospital. She had a heart condition, and had been in failing health for five years.
     Mrs. Slagle was born on Sept. 19, 1900, in Eaton, Ind., daughter of the late Lawrence and Lena Louise Seelbach. She married Craig Slagle on May 24, 1922. He survives, along with two sons, Robert C. Slagle, Salamanca, N. Y. and Donald L. Slagle, Athens. One daughter, Yvonne, died Sept. 2, 1952. One brother, William Seelbach, New Bethlehem, Pa., survives, along with five grandchildren. Seven brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.
     Mr. and Mrs. Slagle moved to Gallipolis on Feb. 13, 1925, coming here from Kettanning, Pa. Mrs. Slagle was a member of Grace Methodist Church and Local Order of Eastern Stars.
     Services will be held Wednesday, 2 p.m., at the Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home with Rev. Hughey Jones officiating. Burial will be in Mound Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6-9 o’clock this evening. Pallbearers for Wednesday’s funeral will be Manning Wetherholt, Gilbert Bush, Richard Carter, Selwyn White, Stanley Folden and Elmer Caldwell.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday, May 9, 1967
Transcribed by Sandy Lee Milliron


Slagle, William F.

A Good Man Gone
     His many friends were shocked to hear of the sudden death of William F. Slagle at this home near Gallia, which occurred on Thanksgiving evening. He had not been feeling well for some time but was able to be up and go around. He seemed much better that day and talked quite jovial with friends. In the evening he walked out in the yard and his wife heard him call her. She ran to him and he expired a few moments later. It certainly was a shock to the family and his father who is 84 years of age and makes his home with them.
     He leaves a wife, three sons, four daughters, father,mother, four brothers, one sister and a host of relatives and friends to mourn his sad demise. The respect and esteem in which he was held was shown by the many beautiful and costly floral tributes. Two were expecially beautiful. One from the Palace Hotel, Cincinnati, the other from Ironton. Rev. Osborn delivered a beautiful and touching sermon. Interment in the Bethel cemetery in Perry Twp.

Gallia Times.
Dec. 3, 1913
Transcribed by Nancy McMillan


Slane, Don E.

Don E. Slane
     Don E. Slane, Rt. 2, Bidwell, died at 4:30 p.m. Friday at his home. He had been in failing health for several months. He was a retired employee of the Northwestern Railroad, having been employed with that firm 45 years. He had resided in Gallia County since 1967.
     Mr. Slane was born at Coal Stream WV, son of the late Daniel Webster Slane and Mary Wolford Slane.     Surviving are a sister, Miss Dale Slane, Martinsburg, VA and his wife, Hallie Hager Slane, whom he married May, 1922.
     He was a member of the Faith Presbyterian Church in Chicago. Funeral services will be held 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home with Rev. Frank Hayes officiating. Burial will be in Mound Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.

[Note: stone-- born 1893; died 1976]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
May 16, 1976
Transcribed by F.K. Brown                                                                           Top of Page


Slater, John

In Memory
     John Slater, son of Henry and Cynthia Slater, was born at Hanging Rock, Lawrence County, Dec. 25, 1854 and died at his home near the village of Chambersburg, Feb. 11, 1921, aged 68 years, 1 month and 16 days.
     He moved with his parents when a boy to Gallia County, where he since resided. He had been engaged in farming and merchandising until moving to where he was operating a saw and grist mill when taken ill. Mr. Slater's illness extended over several months and for a time hopes were entertained that he would recover.
     He was converted, in 1883, and united with the Mt. Zion Baptist Church under the pastorate of Rev. S. S. Denney, and lived a faithful Christian.
     He was married to Miss Effie Ingels Sept. 4, 1878. This union was blessed with two daughters, Alice and Clemma. He was a devoted husband and father, an earnest christian and a good citizen. He will be greatly missed in his home, church and community.
     He leaves to mourn his loss his devoted wife, two daughters, Mrs. Curtis Dickey of Dam 27 and Mrs. John Clark, of Springfield, four grandchildren, Clarence Slater, and Cecil, Harold and Curtis Clark, and one brother Harrison Slater of Swan Creek.
     Bro. Slater was ready to go and made all preparations for his funeral, selecting the spot where he wished to be laid in the beautiful cemetery at Bethel. He wanted Bro. McConnell to preach his funeral and selected J. J. Blazer, J. W. Sheets, John C. Wills, William Sibley, Emory and Curtis Clark as his pall bearers.
     Blessed are they who died in the Lord.
     Mrs. George Davis

Gallipolis paper
Feb. 11, 1921
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall                                                                        


Sloan, Ann

     Died, in this town, on Tuesday evening at 8 1/2 o'clock, Ann, infant daughter of Wm. B. and Sarah Sloan. The funeral services will take place at 3 o'clock this (Wednesday) afternoon.

The Gallipolis Journal
February 19, 1852
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Sloan, Phillip W.

     GALLIPOLIS - Phillip W. Sloan, 21, of Rt. 1, Northup, died Friday in an automobile accident.
He was born on March 25, 1967 in Gallipolis to the late Fred A. Houck and his surviving mother, Sue M. Johnson of Rt. 1, Northup.
     Other survivors include his stepfather, Matthew W. Johnson; three sisters, Angela and Sandra Houck and Molly Johnson, all of Rt. 1, Northup; a brother, Joseph Johnson of Rt. 1, Northup; Maternal grandmother, Peggy Sloan of Ashland, Ky.; and paternal grandfather, Wallace Houck of Centenary.
     Services will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Willis Funeral Home. The Rev. Wayne Queen will officiate, Burial will be in Cenetenary Cemetery, where the flag presentation will be made by the VFW Post 4464.
Friends may call Willis Funeral Home Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m.

Sunday Times-Sentinel
July 31, 1988
Transcribed by J. Farley                                                                                Top of Page


Sloan, Robin L.

     Robin L. Sloan, 25, Rt. 2, Patriot, died Friday in the Holzer Medical Center. He had been in a coma for the past two years and had been a resident at the Pinecrest Care Center on Jackson Pike.
     He was born April 25, 1958, in Lincoln County, W. Va., to Henry H. and Janice A. Sloan who survive along with two sisters, Ruth E. Atkins Sloan of Rio Grande, Jane Sizemore of Austin, Texas; two brothers, Henry Hamilton Sloan, Jr., of Patriot and Marvin Monroe Sloan of Patriot.
     Also surviving is his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Luther Sloan of Lincoln County, W. Va., his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Ora Woods of Whitehall, Ohio. He attended Southwestern High School.
     Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Monday from Salem Baptist Church with Rev. James Patterson officiating. Burial will follow in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Willis Funeral Home from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today. The body will lie in state one hour prior to the services.

Sunday Times Sentinel
May 15, 1983
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Slone, Luther

     Luther Slone, 56, Rt. 1, Ewington, died unexpectedly Tuesday at Lake Snowden, near Albany. Born April 29, 1925, at Phyllis, Ky., son of the late Boger and Ollie Chapman Slone, he was a retired coal miner.
     He married Fay Ward, who survives, on July 3, 1950, at Phyllis. Also surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Marvin (Kathleen) Hunt, Mrs. Tom (Carrie Sue) Hunt and Mrs. Danny (Frances) Harless, all of Ewington, Mrs. Ronnie Lee (Lois Jean) Ratliff of Kimper, Ky., and Libby Slone, at home; seven grandchildren; three brothers, Lonnie of Meta, Ky., Junior of Grundy, Va., and Roy of Kimper; and three sisters, Jettie Slone Ward of Vinton, Mrs. Trudy Roop of Meta, and Mrs. Judy Taylor of Phyllis. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Meirie, and two brothers.
     Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Bidwell Church of Christ, with Evangelist Mose Norman officiating. Burial will be in Ward family cemetery at Alice. The body will lie in state in the church one hour prior to the service.

[Note: Huntington Township; died April 26, 1983]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
April 27, 1983
Transcribed by Irene Hively Blamer


Slone, Shelley Dale, Jr.

Gallia Native Is Crash Victim
     Shelley Dale Slone, Jr., 20, a native of Mercerville, suffered fatal injuries Saturday morning in an auto accident on a street in Columbus, where he was employed at the Kimble Glass Co. Police believe the accident occurred while Slone was on his way to the scene of a store front collapse in Parsons Ave. The accident was at Reeb Ave. and Sixth St., a short distance from the store incident.
     Held on a charge of investigation of second degree manslaughter was Ralph E. Six, 25, of Columbus, driver of the second car involved in the accident in which Slone suffered a skull fracture and cerebral hemorrhage. He died within a hour at Mt. Carmel Hospital.
     Surviving are his wife, Zenia; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Shelley Slone, Sr., of Mercerville; two sisters, Pauline at home and Mrs. Ella Mae Cox near Mercerville; and seven brothers, Richard, James, Billie, Jackie, Ronnie and Donnie, and a twin brother, Herbert Gale of Columbus.
     Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Mercerville Baptist Church with Rev. Earl Cremeens officiating. Burial will be in the Sandersville Cemetery in charge of the C. R. Halley Funeral Home. The body will remain at the home of his parents until time for services.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, September 14, 1953
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Small, America

Mrs. Scott Small
Dies at Home of Daughter in Huntington - Burial Near Bladen
     Mrs. W. Scott Small, who had been in poor health for years, died Sunday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. W. Smith in Huntington, where she had been visiting since Mr. Small disposed of his farm at Clipper Mill.
     Mrs. Small was an exemplary Christian lady, and her death will cause deep regret among her numberous friends in the lower part of the county. She is survived by her husband, the daughter previously mentioned, and two sons, Eugene, in the army and Stationed near Washington, and Morris a traveling salesman.
     The body was brought to Bladen yesterday morning, and funeral services were conducted at Bethel Church by Rev. T. H. Dailey. Burial by Wetherholt.

[Note: First name from tombstone. Buried in Bethel Cemetery in Ohio Twp. Tombstone dates 1854-1910]

Gallipolis paper
1910
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall                                                                     Top of Page


Small, America

Death of America Small

     Mrs. W. Scott Small died after years of illness at her daughter, Mrs. J. W. Smith's in Huntington Sunday morning where she was visiting until Mr. Small got settled, he having recently sold his possessions at Clipper Mill and was about to locate at Vanceburg where he bought a farm.
     Her body will be brought to Bladin Tuesday morning and the funeral will be at the Bethel Church back of Bladen that morning by Rev. Mr. Daily, the burial following at the same place by Wetherholt.
     Mrs. Small was well along in years, 50 to 55 years old, and highly respected by all who knew her as a good christian woman. Her maiden name was Erwin and her parents among the finest old people in the county. She is survived by her husband, two sons, Eugene in the U. S. Army stationed near Washington, D.C. and Morris, a traveling man and one daughter before mentioned.
     The news of Mrs. Small's death will be received with wide spread regret.

[From stone: America Small 1854-1910]

Gallipolis paper
March 21, 1910
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall


Small, Catherine “Kate” Harty [Gatewood]

Kate H. Small Passes Away in New York City
     Mrs. Kate H. Small, member of an old and honored Gallia county family and mother-in-law of O.O. McIntyre the writer, died Wednesday afternoon at the Doctors hospital in New York City. Her illness had been considered hopeless since a short time after her return to New York, following her annual summer sojourn here amid the scenes of her girlhood and womanhood. For a week at least her nearest relatives here had realized the end was very near.

Brief Service Here
     The body has been shipped to Gallipolis and will arrive at Huntington at 11 Friday a.m. A brief funeral service will be held at Grace M.E. church at 2 o’clock that day, with said Rev. H.H. Wilbur, pastor, in charge. Burial will be in Mound Hill cemetery by George J. Wetherholt & Sons.
     Mrs. McIntyre, the only daughter of the decedent, accompanied by Mrs. Lucy Virginia Bovie Long, will drive through. Mr. McIntyre is physically unable to make the trip and on account of his condition Mrs. McIntyre will start back east shortly after the rites are completed at the cemetery.
     Mrs. Small was a daughter of Captain and Mrs. James Gatewood, the father having been prominent as a timberman and later as one of the founders of the Gatewood-Fuller Furniture Company. She was born on May 1, 1854, in Ohio tp., the Gatewood homestead being between Swan Creek and Crown City. The family moved to Gallipolis in 1869 and it was about that time that the furniture-making enterprise mentioned was organized and a factory built on the site of what is now the Tabit broom factory.
     Kate Gatewood attended school here and was graduated from the local high school in the early ‘70s. On Oct. 20, 1880, she and Captain Charles R. Small were married. He is remembered as a steamboatman and as the holder of several offices including that of sheriff. Early in life she united with the M.E. church here and was an active member until, her husband having died, she went to New York to live with her daughter and famous son-in-law. That was 16 years ago.
     There survive, besides the daughter, two step-children, Mrs. E.M. Martindill of Chesapeake and Homer A. Small of Bladen. And there are three surviving brothers and three sisters: James and Charles Gatewood, both of whom are living near the site of the old homestead; Edward E. Gatewood, Seattle; Mrs. A.W. Kerns and Mrs. Laura Mullineaux, both of this city, and Mrs. Sabina Braiding, Chattanooga, Tenn. There are many nephews and nieces and from the former the following pall bearers were selected: Perry, Melvin E., Stanley and Paul Gatwood, George F. Bovie and George Kratz.
     When Mrs. Small came here last summer her old friends were quite shocked to note the change in her condition. Nevertheless, she enjoyed her annual visit, the companionship of her sisters and other loved ones, and the viewing of long-familiar scenes.
Between Mrs. Small and Mr. McIntyre there is a strong and sincere attachment. During her last illness the days when they did not see each other were brightened for her by a cheery letter from him; and the mutual love and devotion of daughter and mother attained the ideal in filiation.

Small Service Set for Today
Remains of Mrs. McIntyre’s Mother Will Pass Through City
     The body of Mrs. Kate Small, 80, mother-in-law of O.O. McIntyre, New York Columnist and journalist, who died Wednesday night at the McIntyre home, will arrive in Huntington from New York City this morning at 11 o’clock. The remains will be taken to Gallipolis, O., Mrs. Small’s former home, where funeral services will be held at 11 o’clock tomorrow morning at the Grace Methodist Episcopal Church. Burial will be in the Mound Hill cemetery there.
     Mrs. McIntyre will motor from New York to attend funeral services for her mother, it was learned last night. Her husband will be unable to accompany her, however, it was said. Mrs. Small had been residing with the McIntyres since 1918 when her husband, Captain Charles R. Small, veteran riverman, died. She was widely known here having visited another daughter, Mrs. E.M. Martindill of Chesapeake, frequently.
     Surviving besides Mrs. McIntyre and Mrs. Martindill, are a son, Homer A. Martindill of near Gallipolis; three brothers, James Gatewood and Charles Gatewood, both of Crown City, O., and Edward Gatewood of Seattle, Washington; three sisters, Mrs. A.W. Kerns and Mrs. Charles Mullineaux, both of Gallipolis, and Mrs. Stanley Braiding of Chattanooga, Tenn.

Unknown Gallia County newspaper
[Gravestone has 1933 as death date]
Transcribed by Deanna Partlow


Small, Charles

     Charles, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Small, of Maple Shade, aged 7 years, died on Thursday evening last, after a brief illness with diphtheria.

The Gallipolis Bulletin
Saturday, October 21, 1893
Transcribed by Sandy Lee Milliron


Small, Charles Richard

Capt. Small Dead
Widely known Gallipolis River Man Passes On
     Capt. Charles Richard Small died at his residence in this city Sunday morning, May 12, 1918, after a long illness of diabetes, at the age of 68. His funeral will be from the residence at 1 p.m. Tuesday, by the Rev. F.M. Evans. Interment will follow at Mound Hill by Hayward, the pallbearers being Capt. Wm. D. Kimble, Gilbert E. Bush, Capt. Ira Huntington, Frank L. Sibley, John C. Rue and T.S. Eachus.
     Capt. Small was one a family of 13 children, the son of Richard Small, and was born at Sample’s Landing where his father opened a coal mine. It was afterwards called Small’s Landing, and was a coaling station for packet boats for many years.
     Capt. Small was twice married – the first wife being Miss Hattie Brown, daughter of Thos. Brown. Two children were born of this union – Homer of Bladen and Mrs. Dr. Ed Martindill (Nellie) of Chesapeake, O.
His second wife, who survives him, was Miss Kate Gatewood, daughter of the late Capt. James Gatewood. One daughter survives this union – Mabel, wife of Odd O. McIntyre of New York.
     Capt. Small was a deputy sheriff of Gallia county under his brother William, and later sheriff. For many years he was city wharfmaster, and also served as a steamboat master on different local packets between Pomeroy and Ironton. Only one of the 13 children of Richard Small survives – Mrs. Geo. W. Parmeley of Bladen, now 80 years old.
     Capt. Small’s interests were always with the river, on which he was widely known, and where for thirty years he had a host of friends who have long regretted his steady decline in health and are pained by his death.

Unknown Gallia County newspaper
About May 14, 1918
Transcribed by Deanna Partlow


Small, Harry C.

Harry Small Dies After Long Illness
Rites Saturday A.M.
     Harry C. Small, aged 70, who has been in distressing mental and physical health for several years, died about ten o’clock last night at the County Home. He was the son of the late William P. and Mary Brown Small and is the last of his family, whose home, opposite the Holzer Hospital, is now owned by Mrs. Milo Wilson and occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Art Carl.
     Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Tope’s Funeral home, with Rev. W. S. Westerman officiating. Burial will be in Pine Street cemetery.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, April 2, 1942
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Small, Hellen

     Died, on the 13th inst., in Piqua, Ohio, Hellen, infant daughter of Simon and Tryphosa Small, aged 10 months and 21 days. These bereft parents so long residents of Gallipolis, will receive great sympathy from friends and acquaintances in their irrepreveable [sic] loss of this most interesting and lovely babe. Only those who have passed under the same rod of bereavement , can fully sympathize with them in this dark hour of sorrow, for all their earthly hopes were centered around this household joy. [ . . . ] Followed by a long poem.

The Gallipolis Journal
October 25, 1866
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Small, Homer Augustus

     Homer Augustus Small was born August 5, 1876 at Samples Landing, below the village of Bladen, in Gallia County, Ohio, the son of Charles R. Small and Hattie Brown Small. His mother passed away when Homer was just 6 months old, and he was reared in the home of an aunt, Mrs. W. G. Parmley in the community of his birth. As a child, he attended the Rosebud School, but I think it can be said of Homer, that he continued to learn as long as he lived.
     On June 24, 1902 he was united in marriage to Eva clark [sic], a daughter of the late Noah S. Clark, who resided in the same community They were married in the Methodist Parsonage by the Rev. William McCalla.   While no children came to bless their home, the nieces and nephews in the family always enjoyed visiting with them, and no family gathering was complete without the presence of “Uncle Homer and Aunt Evie.”
     Homer was a farmer and a carpenter by occupation and served this community in many different ways. He was commissioned a Notary August 5, 1907, and continued to serve the people in a kindly way: often giving much needed advice and his sensible counseling. Many neighbors and friends held Homer’s opinion in high esteem, and thought of him as a “good” citizen. Although Homer had lived a good life, he in his later days felt that something, or someone was missing from the life he lived, and he and his wife called on the Pastor of the Methodist Church of Eureka Charge, to come to the home of their niece, Mrs. Helena Feustel, where they accepted Christ’s teachings as a way for their living, were baptized, and then felt satisfied that his life was acceptable until God when that time came.
     His health had been failing gradually the last five years, and on two occasions he was a patient at Holzer Hospital, but during his last illness which dated from about the first of December 1964, he asked to stay in his home, where death came to him peacefully on January 14th at 12:15. He reached the age of 88 years, 5 months and 9 days.
   His devoted wife survives, one sister, Maybelle, (Mrs. O. O. McIntire), and four nieces and two nephews. A nephew, Vance DeWitt lived nearby, and was kindly attentive to Homer’s needs. A sister, Blanche receded [sic] him at age 9, and a sister, Nell, wife of the late Dr. E M. Martindill of Chesapeake also preceded him in death. Homer has numerous friends and acquaintances who will miss him, in fact the Bladen community will not be quite the same without Homer Small, and he will live long in the memory of his friends.

[Buried: Mt Zion Cemetery on Ohio]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
January 14, 1965
Transcribed by Mary Crittenden

Small, Homer Augustus

Brother of McIntyre’s Widow Dies
     Homer A. Small, 88, of Bladen, O., died at his home yesterday. He was the brother of Mrs. Maybelle McIntyre of New York City and Gallipolis, the widow of O. O. McIntyre, famed New York newspaperman.  Funeral services will be conducted at the Mount Zion Church near Bladen Sunday at 2 p.m. by the Rev. Wendell Stutler, assisted by the pastor, the Rev. Meriett Sanders, and burial will be in the Mount Zion Cemetery.
     Mr. Small was born August 5, 1876, at Samples Landing in Gallia County’s Ohio Township, the son of Charles R. and Hattie Brown Small. His father was a riverboat captain, and Mr. Small was a retired farmer and carpenter. Mr. Small held the oldest notary public commission in Ohio, issued in 1907.
     His widow, Mrs. Eva Clark Small, to who he was married January [June] 24, 1902, is a daughter of the late Noah Clark, who operated the first bus service between Huntington and Parkersburg, and later sold the franchise to Greyhound Lines. The late Mrs. Nell Martindill of Chesapeake was a sister of Mr. Small. The only survivors are the widow and Mrs. McIntyre.
     Friends may call at the Miller Home for Funerals at Gallipolis this afternoon. The body will be taken to the church one hour before the services.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
January 14, 1965
Transcribed by Mary Crittenden


Small, John E.

     Mr. John E. Small, brother of Capt. C. R. Small, of this city, and W. S. Small of Clipper Mill, died at his home near Chicago last week, aged 76 years. He was a popular old gentleman and well fixed in this world's goods.

Gallipolis Bulletin
March 10, 1905
Transcribed by Karen Strojin


Small, Myrtie Gertrude

Death of Miss Myrtie Small
     Miss Myrtie Gertrude Small, daughter of Ex-Sheriff W. P. Small, died suddenly of hemorrhage of the lungs at the residence of her parents, on Fourth Street, Tuesday evening, at six o’clock. Miss Small was in her eighteenth year.
     Miss Small’s demise was unexpected, and the family have the sympathy of the community in their hour of bereavement. She was a member of the M. E. Church, and her funeral will be held there tomorrow, at one o’clock, Rev. P. A. Baker officiating. Interment at the old cemetery by G. J. Wetherholt.

We know that all we loved is still,
More sure and real than e’re before,
Secured by death, Christ’s life doth fill
Her’s to completeness. Thus no more
She needs this prisoning human guise;
Her soul a freer home has tried,
And deems this clay, which yet we prize,
A robe out-grown and laid aside.

The Gallipolis Bulletin
Saturday, January 28, 1893
Transcribed by Sandy Lee Milliron                                                                  Top of Page


Small, Myrtie Gertrude

Death of Miss Myrtie Small
     Miss Myrtie Gertrude Small, daughter of Ex-Sheriff W. P. Small, died suddenly and unexpectedly at the residence of her parents on Fourth Street, at about six o’clock Tuesday evening, January 24th, 1893, of hemorrhage of the lungs. Miss Small was aged 17 years, 6 months and 24 days, and being the only daughter her death is peculiarly touching and falls with unspeakable grief upon her parents and brothers, she being the light and pride of the household.
     She was of a happy, joyous temperament, and just budding into womanhood was of that interesting age when her departure leaves a blank in the family circle that nothing can replace. The family will have the profoundest sympathy of all in their sad and crushing bereavement. Miss Myrtie was not a robust child and her delicacy of constitution had always made her an object of the tenderest care and solicitude. Her amiability and sweet disposition through all of her difficulties made her especially dear to the entire household.
     For about a year she had never been well, having had her health seriously impaired by an attack of lung fever. In the last two months she has seemed to improve and even up to the night previous had been upon the streets and to church, and retired in seemingly good health. About 11 o’clock, after retiring, she was taken with severe coughing followed by an exhausting hemorrhage, which continued until about 4 o’clock Tuesday morning. Through Tuesday she lay quiet under the influence of opiates, but felt and expressed herself to the effect that her departure was near, though the family could not realize the fact, and from 3 o’clock Tuesday afternoon gradually sank to rest eternal.
     She was a member of the M. E. Church, and was a faithful Christian about whose future there are no fears. Her funeral services will be at the M. E. Church next Sabbath at one o’clock by Rev. P. A. Baker. The burial will be by Wetherholt at the Old Cemetery.

A Card of Thanks
     We feel when we attempt to express our thanks to our neighbors, friends, and we may well say the entire city of Gallipolis, that it is beyond the ability of mortal man to attempt to do so. We have traveled from ocean to ocean and this is the first time in all our lives that we have ever realized the full worth of sympathy and kindness of the citizens of our own city which has been extended during the short sickness and death of our beloved daughter, and their kindness to our selves and family will ever be treasured in our hearts.
     Again, we extend to you our heartfelt thanks and that of our family, trusting that we with our loved one may meet you all where parting will be no more.
             W.P. Small
             M. E. Small

Gallipolis Journal
Wednesday, February 1, 1893
Transcribed by Sandy Lee Milliron                                                                  Top of Page


Small, Richard

     DIED - In Ohio township, on the __ult., Richard Small, aged 45 years. Mr. S. was born and raised in Pittsburgh, where he resided until he removed to this county, about seven years since. He was a kind, affectionate husband and a good father and neighbor. He has left a widow and eleven children to mourn their irrepairable [sic] loss. (Pittsburgh Journal please copy.)

The Gallipolis Journal
June 1, 1854
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Small, W. Scott

W. Scott Small Dead
Passed Away Sunday At Home Of Daughter in Huntington
     W. Scott Small died at Huntington Sunday, Dec. 10, 1916, at the home of his daughter Mrs. G.W. Smith, where he has been ill with tuberculosis. He had been a prominent resident of Gallia County for years and his death will be regretted by all.
     He was a brother of Capt. Charles R. Small of this city, who with his two sons Morris and Eugene survive him. The funeral will be conducted at Bethel Tuesday.
     Scott Small was for several years in the coal business during the palmier days of steamboating and with his brothers operated the mines and coaling station for boats at Sample's Landing near Bladen. Mr. Small sold out his coal interests several years ago to a Gallipolis Company and for a time was engaged in the oil business in Indiana.
     Mr. Small who was about 69 years of age was a fine man of high character, optimistic in his makeup, industrious and honest. A wide circle of friends will be grieved to hear of his death. Mr. Small was one of 13 children born to Mr and Mrs. Richard Small, who came to Bladen from Pittsburgh over sixty years ago. Capt. Charley is the youngest of this large and well known family and the only one now living.

[Note: Death Certificate....Born 1848; died Dec. 10, 1916; aged 68 year. Wd.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, Dec. 11, 1916
Transcribed by F.K. Brown                                                                           Top of Page


Smart, Mary Jane [Watt]

Meigs Native Dies Thursday
     Mrs. Mary Jane Smart, 83, who had spent most of her life in Gallia County, died at the home of a daughter in Reynoldsburg at 2 p.m. Thursday. Mrs. Smart was a native of Meigs County, where she was born on April 27, 1874, the daughter of the late Sam Watt and Henrietta Shelds McBride. The family moved to this county when she was quite young.
     She was married to Edgar Smart, who preceded her in death March 9, 1957. They lived in the Glen Summit community on Rt. 1, Vinton and in recent years had made their home with a grandson, Frank Contosta. Two daughters [rest missing].

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
April 5, 1957
Transcribed by F. K. Brown


Smedley, Ann

     Died, February 25th, 1870, at the house of Mr. Francis Holcomb, Mrs. Ann Smedley, in her 77th year. She was a native of Derbyshire, England.

The Gallipolis Journal
March 3, 1870
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Smedley, Henry

Death of Old Colored Resident
     Henry Smedley, aged and well known colored man, died at his home on the Chillicothe road this morning.

Funeral of Henry Smedley
     The funeral of Henry Smedley will be conducted at 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon from Paint Creek Baptist church, interment following at Pine street cemetery under direction of Hayward. Mr. Smedley was a kindly old colored man, well known here for a number of years as a stone mason. His aged wife and a number of children survive.

[Note: Born 1834. Died March 24, 1917. Buried in Pine Street Cemetery in Gallipolis Township.]

Gallia Times
March 30, 1917
Transcribed by Sheri Culler


Smeltzer, Addie

Mrs. Smeltzer Dies Sunday
     Mrs. Addie Smeltzer, 82, who was active in fraternal circles and who with her husband operated Gallipolis eating places, died at her home, 233 Fourth Ave., Sunday, at 10 p.m. She had been ill for the past 14 months, and following a home accident had spent many weeks in Holzer hospital. She was widely known through her many activities.
     Mrs. Smeltzer was born in Calhoun county, W. Va., on Aug. 11, 1874, the daughter of the late Abram and Mary Edwards. She was married to Pete Smeltzer on Feb. 15 1891 [sic] and he preceded her in death on Feb. 10, 1957. To this union, two daughters and two sons were born. One daughter, Shirley, preceded her in death. Those who survive are Mrs. E. E. (Genevieve) Harrison at home and two sons, Meade and Lawrence Smeltzer of Gallipolis. Two sisters and three brothers preceded her in death. A surviving brother is Elon Edwards of Lake City, Pa. There are five grand and ten great-grandchildren who survive.
     Mrs. Smeltzer had been an active member of the First Presbyterian church, Ladies Bible class, American Legion auxiliary, Daughters of America, Daughters of Union Veterans, auxiliary of the United Spanish American War Veterans and many other community activities.
     Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, at the Wetherholt Funeral home. Rev. L. H. Stebbins will officiate, and burial will follow in Mound Hill cemetery. Friends may call at the Wetherholt Funeral home Tuesday evening.

The Gallipolis Tribune
15 April 1957 p. 1
Contributed by Maj. J. M. Smeltzer                                                                Top of Page


Smeltzer, Antonio [Boyd]

Mrs. Smeltzer Expires Quickly From Stroke
     Antonio Boyd Smeltzer, wife of John A. Smeltzer, died at 7:20 Saturday night at the Holzer Hospital.
After becoming ill on the street, Mrs. Smeltzer went to the bus station room in the Libby Hotel and there suffered a stroke. Efforts to summon a physician proved futile and then Tope's ambulance was called and she was removed to the hospital at 5:15. She never rallied.
     The Smeltzer home is in Green tp. on a side road from the Centenary-Fairfield road. Decedent was a daughter of Curtis and the late Abbie Blake Boyd and was born and reared in Ohio tp. Her birthdate was Feb. 11, 1894; hence, she was in her 48th year. The father was in Albuquerque, N. M., when last heard from.
     Her marriage to Mr. Smeltzer took place on March 3, 1911. They became the parents of 11 children, of whom these nine survive: Mrs. Earl Randolph and Mrs. Luther Beaver, Northup; Melvin and John Smeltzer, Gallipolis; Mrs. Julian Rathburn, Toldeo; Curtis, Paul, Coleman, Gerald, Lee, at home.
     Also surviving these sisters and brothers: Mrs. Elva Friends, Mrs. Althea Chasteen, Mrs. Alma Putman, Marjorie, Lionel and Asa, and a half-brother, Donald.
     Funeral services are being held this afternoon at Kings church in Ohio tp., starting at 2 o'clock, in charge of Rev. Earl Cremeens. Burial there by A. E. Tope.

[Note: Ann Simmerman wrote “June 28, 1941” on the obituary.]

Newspaper (prob. June 1941, Gallipolis) clipping found in the Simmerman files, Smeltzer file, Bossard Library.
Transcribed by Debbie Carter Evans


Smeltzer, Bert

Funeral Is Held
Bert Smeltzer, Of Columbus, Buried From Fairfield Church
     Funeral services were conducted at the Fairfield M.E. Church, Centenary, yesterday morning for Bert Smeltzer, 59, who committed suicide Monday in Columbus. Rev. J.V. Stone, of Grace M.E. Church, officiated.
     Mr. Smeltzer was born in Gallia County, August 6, 1872, the son of Joseph and Nancy Jane Smeltzer. He resided in this county until 1918 going to Chillicothe, where he resided until 1923 when he removed to Columbus.

Athens Messenger
July 15, 1932
Contribued by Joyce Robinson                                                                      Top of Page 


Smeltzer, Bert

Bert Smeltzer Ends His Life In Columbus
     Bert Smeltzer, aged 60, most of whose life was spent in and around Gallipolis, ended his life Monday evening at his home in Columbus by firing a shotgun charge through his head. He lived at 2237 S. High street.
     Smeltzer, who had been in ill health, sat on a bed, placed the muzzle of the shotgun in his mouth and pulled the trigger with a ramrod. His head was blown off. The body was found at 7 o'clock by W. M. Martin, Hartman Farm, who had visited Smeltzer earlier in the day and who returned because he had forgotten his coat. Martin notified the sheriff's office and the body was taken to the Shaw-Davis funeral home, 34 W. Second Ave.
     Smeltzer is survived by a brother, Ross Smelter of 3865 Shaddick Rd., Station B, Route 1, and a sister Mrs. Anna Shelton, of Greenfield tp.
     Some of Smeltzer's local friends think he had been engaged in farm work, probably on the Hartman farm, while others believe he was in the employ of the state highway department. In other days he was known for his easy-going, genial ways. He has been seen here rarely if at all in late years, having worked in Chillicothe a long time before he went to Columbus.
     Bert was a son of Joseph Smeltzer, who owned and operated Smeltzer's mill on Raccoon above Northup, though it was built by a man named Scott and long known as Scott's mill. Three of Bert's brothers and one sister preceded him in death---Charles, Jake and Ad and Lizzie, wife of J. J. Rader.

[Note: From death certificate date of birth August 6, 1872; date of death July 11, 1932; mother Nancy J. Bird.]

Newspaper (prob. July 1932, Gallipolis) clipping found in the Simmerman files, Smeltzer file, Bossard Library.
Transcribed by Debbie Carter Evans


Smeltzer, Charles

C. Smeltzer Dies Tuesday at Daughter's 
Leakage of the Heart Takes Mechanicsburg Resident--Funeral Later.
     O.C. Hupp & Son, undertakers of Mechanicsburg, received a telegram Tuesday morning, telling of the death of Charles Smeltzer, a resident of N. Main street, Mechanicsburg, at the home of a daughter in Gallia, in the southern part of the state, during the early morning hours Tuesday. Leakage of the heart was the cause of death.
     The deceased was 60 years of age, a retired farmer and a prominent member of the K of P Lodge. He had been in poor health for some time and had gone to his daughter's home thinking the change in climate might benefit him. He is survived by a daughter, Miss Blanche Smeltzer, of Mechanicsburg, Mrs Bessie Brown, a daughter in Springfield, and several children by a former marriage. His second wife preceded him in death several months ago.
     Walter Hupp member of the firm of Hupp & Son left Tuesday for Columbus and thence to Gallia where he will secure the body and bring it back to Mechanicsburg. Funeral arrangements will be made through the columns of this paper at a later date.

The Urbana Democrat
March 1921
Contributed by Eve Hughes

Smeltzer Funeral Held
     The funeral of Charles Smeltzer was held from the M. E. church on Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock and was largely attended by relatives and friends. Rev. J. W. Patton and the K of P lodge conducted the service. The floral tributes were many and beautiful. The remains were laid to rest in Maple Grove Cemetery.

Urbana Daily Democrat
Saturday March 26 1921
Contributed by Maj. J. M. Smeltzer                                                                Top of Page


Smeltzer, Charles L.

LT. CHARLES L. SMELTZER KILLED IN PLANE CRASH
Forced Landing Is Made In Blackfork; Body, Plane Crushed; Rio Grande Youth Served 4 Years In Navy Air Corps And Expected To Fly Transport Plane--Funeral Is Set For Sunday
     Lt. Charles L. Smeltzer, 26, of Rio Grande, recently discharged from the navy air corps, after fours years' service, was instantly killed at 8:15 last night in a forced landing of a naval training plane at Blackfork, Lawrence County, near the Jackson County line. His plane struck the hard-surfaced road in front of the Blackfork school house. His head and body and limbs were crushed by the impact, but persons who witnessed the tragedy quickly lifted the mangled body from the demolished plane, fearing it might catch fire.

Short of Gasoline
     Charles Smeltzer was the only son of Mrs. Mae Smeltzer, whose home is in Rio Grande and who is now teaching in the Cincinnati public schools. Lawrence Smeltzer, a teacher in the local school, is the dead youth's father. It is said that Smeltzer was forced to land because of a shortage of gasoline. He circled the village of Blackfork several times and made it pretty clear to the villagers that he was in distress. They, responding to an obvious appeal, started fires at the roadside and otherwise iluminated the scene of a deplorable tragedy-to-be. There is reason to believe that Lt. Smeltzer had purchased this plane in Missouri and it is surmised that he hoped to land here. But definite information is lacking as to the plane's ownership or as to the flier's aims. Monday, he went to Chicago, returning to Rio Grande Tuesday night, it was learned from Harry Cameron, whose wife is a sister of Mrs. Smeltzer. Wednesday, he and Bob Wood left in a car for some Missouri city to look at planes. Bob brought the car back from some point not learned.
     The log of Smeltzer's plane shows that he had stopped first in Louisville, then in Columbus. It is known that he did some shopping in Columbus but it is not known when he left there or what his destination was. Lt. Smeltzer was discharged from the navy about Christmastime. Later he reenlisted in the reserves and only last week completed some sort of training in Columbus to prepare him for flying a plane for some transport company. He was a graduate of Rio Grande College and was attending Ohio State University at the time of his enlistment. He was a quiet, reserved young man of the most exemplary habits; and his sudden and untimely end has prostrated his mother and shocked and saddened a wide circle of friends and admirers.
     Harry Cameron and Patrolman Pierce D. McCreedy went to Blackfork last night. From there the former went on to Cincinnati and brought Mrs. Smeltzer here early this morning and she is now at the Cameron home. Meanwhile, the body was removed to the Kuhner mortuary in Oak Hill but the funeral will be in charge of Steve Thomas of Thurman.
     There will be a short service at the Cameron home at 2 p.m. Sunday. Then the body will be taken to Rio Grande for final rites at the Calvary Baptist Church. Burial will be in Mound Hill Cemetery. The following were selected as pall bearers: Ernest and Eugene Criner, Gallipolis; Bob Wood, Rio Grande; Maurice Lowks, Sherwood Walker and Bill Wood, Columbus. At noon tentative arrangements were made for a military funeral.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday March 1, 1946, p. 1                                                                    


More Is Learned About Smeltzer's Fatal Accident
     An investigation made by Harry Cameron and others of the plane crash that cost Lt. Charles Smeltzer his life has revealed that it was not caused by a lack of gasoline. He had eight gallons left when his plane came down in the road near the Blackfork school last Friday night.
     Smeltzer had bought the plane that day at Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and had left there at 2 p.m. Central Standard Time for Sullivant Ave. airport in Columbus. It is presumed that he intended to fly to Huntington and then to Gallipolis and it is surmised that he had one hour less of daylight than he had counted on; that darkness had descended on him sooner than he had expected because his watch showed it to be shortly after 7 p.m. instead of 8 p.m. when he first appeared over Blackfork. The left wing of his plane struck the ground a moment after he veered his course to miss the tops of some small trees and the crash came a moment later, Mr. Cameron said.

The Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday March 6 1946
Contributed by Maj. J. M. Smeltzer                                                               Top of Page                                                         


Smeltzer, David Alvin

     A baby boy born to Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Smeltzer at their home in Columbus on Feb 9 died a few moments after birth. It was named David Alvin. The body was brought by the father and Mr. Gilmore to the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Smeltzer, where funeral services were held by Rev. Metzler of Hamden, burial at Old Pine.

Obituary
    David Alvin, infant son of Alvin and Virginia Smeltzer was born at Columbus, Ohio, Feb. 9, 1929 and died shortly after birth.
     Sad were the hearts of the parents when the baby was not permitted to stay with them longer, but Christ saith "Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for such is the Kingdom of Heaven."
              God forbids his longer stay
              God recalls the precious loan;
              God hath taken him away
              From our bosom to His own.
              Surely, what He wills is best,
              Happy in His will we rest.

Gallipolis Paper
Feb. 1929
Transcribed by F.K. Brown                                                                           Top of Page


Smeltzer, Emma [Echelmyer]

WIFE OF TOM SMELTZER, 77, DIED SUNDAY
Funeral Service Will Be Held 2:30 Wednesday, Interment At Mound Hill
     As Christmas Day drew to a close, so did the life of Emma Echelmyer Smeltzer, wife of Thomas E. Smeltzer of 133 Third Avenue. Although Mrs. Smeltzer has been failing in health for a number of years, her last illness was of comparatively short duration, but filled with intense suffering and pain which she bore with the utmost patience and was cheerful until Death called to her just before midnight Christmas Day.
     Mrs. Smeltzer was in her 77th year, having been born Jan. 11, 1861. Besides her faithful husband, she also leaves two most devoted children, Sydney Elizabeth, wife of Earl V. Campell, and Robert Thomas, who feel deeply the loss of a priceless treasure; a sister, Mrs. Carrie Smeltzer, of Gallipolis and one brother, Charles F. Echelmeyer, of Oak Hill, besides a countless number of other relatives and friends.
     Funeral services will be held from the late home 2:30 o’clock Wednesday by Rev. Walter Sadt of Pomeroy, pastor of the German Lutheran Church of German Ridge, of which Mrs. Smeltzer had been a member since early girlhood, interment following in Mound Hill Cemetery by Geo. J. Wetherholt & Sons. Pallbearers as follows: Will Neibaum, Fred Echelmeyer, Harry Smeltzer, Rudy Echelmeyer, Alva Meyers and Francis E. Kerr.

Undated newspaper clipping
Death approximately 1938
Transcribed by Joanne Galvin                                                                          


Smeltzer, Esta

MRS. SMELTZER DEAD
     Ms. Esta Smeltzer, formerly of Green Township, died the latter part of the week at her home in Chillicothe. The body was brought here for interment in Mound Hill Cemetery following services at the home of W. N. Smeltzer Tuesday.

[Esta was the daughter of Jacob Rader and the wife of James A. Smeltzer.]

The Gallia Times
Thursday October 5 1922
Contributed by Maj. J. M. Smeltzer


Smeltzer, Frank

DEATH OF PIONEER RESIDENT
Frank Smeltzer Died At 1 O'Clock This Afternoon After Long Illness
Eighty-Two Years of Age and Most All His Life Spent in Sidney
     Frank Smeltzer, widely known resident of Sidney, passed away Thursday afternoon at one o'clock at his home on north Main avenue. His death followed an illness of a year, resulting from several strokes of paralysis. The deceased was eighty-two years of age. He had spent all but five years of his life in Sidney. He was born in Gallipolis, and at the age of five years, came with his family to locate in Shelby County, on the old Smeltzer farm northwest of Sidney. The family travelled the distance in a covered wagon. There were nine children in the family, of which Mr. Smeltzer was the last to pass away. Five of the children were contractors and builders, and many of the homes in Sidney are monuments of their work.
     He was united in marriage with Miss Sarah Ensminger of Belmore, and they were privileged to celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary together, that event taking place last fall. They were the parents of five chldren, two of whom survive with his wife, Mrs. O. C. Bothwell of Detroit, Mich., and Harry Smeltzer of Toledo, six grandchildren, and four great grand children also survive. Arrangements for the funeral services have not yet been made.

[Note: Frank Smeltzer was the son of Adam and Margaret {Smith} Smeltzer].

The Sidney Daily News
Thursday, May 2, 1929
Contributed by Maj. J. M. Smeltzer                                                                Top of Page


Smeltzer, Hattie (Harriet Martha) [Hanna]

Mrs. Geo. Smeltzer Dies At Fostoria
     Mrs. George Smeltzer, who was born and reared in Gallia county, died yesterday at her home in Fostoria, according to a message which came to her husband's brother, T. E. Smeltzer.
     In addition to her husband Mrs. Smeltzer is survived by a son, Floyd of Fremont and daughter, Mabel of Toledo. Her name prior to her marriage, was Hattie Hanna and she is the last of her immediate family. S. E. Gilbert, formerly of this city, but now of Columbus, was a cousin.
     Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at Fostoria, where the family had lived for many years. Her nephew, Robert Smeltzer and wife will attend the last rites.

[Note: From death certificate full name Harriet Martha; date of birth August 15, 1862; date of death June 29, 1939; father Daniel S. Hanna; mother Harriet Martin; burial at Liberty CE in Fostoria.]

Newspaper (prob. June 30, 1939, Gallipolis) clipping found in the Simmerman files, Smeltzer file, Bossard Library.
Transcribed by Debbie Carter Evans


Smeltzer, Henrietta

[Note: Obit under Henrietta Lewis]

Gallipolis Paper
1936
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall


Smeltzer, Jane [Bird]

MRS. JANE SMELTZER
Aged Lady Passed Away After Short Illness
     Mrs. Jane Smeltzer passed away at her home on lower Second Avenue at an early hour Saturday morning, Dec. 23, 1916, following about two weeks illness with pneumonia. She was in her seventy-eighth year of her age and owing to her advanced years all means of restoring her to health were vain.
     She was the daughter of George and Mary Bird and was born in Noble county. She was united in marriage to Joseph Smeltzer of Gallia county and moved to Patriot and has been a resident of this county since, living in this city for the past twelve years. To them eleven children were born; Jacob and William deceased and the following surviving: Mrs. John Rader of Northup, Mrs. Anna Shelton of Gallia, Ross of Columbus, Charles of Mechanicsburg, J.A. of Chillicothe and Bert at home. She also leaves these sisters and brothers: Mrs. Levi Auld of Carmargo, Ill., Joseph of Idaho, George of Zenemo, Kan., William and James of Carmargo, Ill., and Ziba of Hannibal, Miss. Sixteen grandchildren also survive her. Her husband preceded her a number of years ago.
     She became a member of the Methodist Church when quite young and has always been a kind Christian lady. She was a loving wife and mother and won friends in every home she visited. The funeral cortege will leave the late home at 12 o'clock Sunday noon for Centenary where the services will be conducted from the church by Rev. E. A. Morrell with interment there by Undertaker Myers.

The Gallipolis Tribune
Friday December 29, 1916, p. 1
Contributed by Maj. J. M. Smeltzer                                                                Top of Page


Smeltzer, John Allen

John Smeltzer, Landscaper, Dies Thursday
     John Allen Smeltzer, 72, a well known landscaper, died shortly after arrival at Holzer hospital at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. He had suffered a heart attack at his home, 2011 Chestnut Street.
     Mr. Smeltzer was born in Ohio Twp., on March 6, 1890, one of seven children in the family of the late Morton and Henrietta McGuire Smeltzer. One sister, Mrs. Clara Bugg of Gallipolis survives.
     He was married to the former Antonia Boyd in March, 1911, and she preceded him in death in 1940. They were the parents of 11 children. A daughter, Virginia, died at the age of two and a son in infancy. Those who survive are Mrs. Earl (Mildred) Randolph of Northup, Melvin and Gerald Smeltzer, both of Gallipolis; Mrs. Luther (Audrey) Beaver and Mrs. Albert (Vivian) Smith, both of Columbus; John Smeltzer of Jackson, Mich.; Curtis Smeltzer of Orlando, Fla.; Paul Smeltzer of Albion, Mich.; and Coleman Smeltzer of Hawthorne, Calif.
     Funeral arrangements are in charge of Miller’s Home for Funerals. Rev. Cecil Mayle will officiate at the 2 p.m. Sunday services at Kings Chapel Church, with burial in the church cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, July 6, 1962
Transcribed by Sandy Lee Milliron


Smeltzer, John Jacob

CUTS WRIST AND THROAT
Gallipolis Blacksmith Ends His Earthly Career
     Mr. John Jacob Smeltzer, 51 years old, committed suicide and ended his earthly career at probably a little after 7 o'clock, this morning, [sic] by slashing his wrist and next his throat and bleeding to death in a few moments. Mr. Henry Cromwell called at the blacksmith shop of Cavin & Smeltzer at about 7:30 o'clock and not finding anyone in, noticed a door opening into an adjoining room or shed where tools and such things were kept and entered it to find Mr. Smeltzer lying in a pool of blood on his face and an axe close by him, and he thought a murder had been committed, and hurried to the street and told Bert Stevers and Wilbur Bane nearby and among them they notified the Coroner who responded promptly, and Cromwell told him all that he had seen as we have told it.
     Ada Brown and Mrs. Geo. Barton were on the street at 7 o'clock they told the Coroner and saw Mr. Smeltzer going from his shop toward his home, and saw him returning all within about ten minutes. Coroner Mack says when he got there he found Smeltzer lying as stated by Cromwell and in moving him found a razor, afterward identified as belonging to Smeltzer lying rather under his body near his right hand. It was the instrument with which the deed was undoubtedly done, while sitting on a tool chest of Ross Campbell's near by, and then falling on his face where found. Coroner Mack thought he must have been dead twenty minutes to half an hour when found. The gash cut was on the left side of the throat, making a wound four inches long, severing the internal and external jugular veins, and also severing the radial artery of his wrist.
     Undertaker Wetherholt was called to take charge of the body and it was taken to his undertaking rooms and prepared for burial and this afternoon taken to Mr. Smeltzer's home at 217 3d avenue, where he lived with his mother and brother Bert. The funeral will probably be Monday, but the time has not yet been set. None of the home folks can give any reason why he should have committed the act, but folks out in town said they had noticed he was dumpy or despondent all week. He had suffered much from rheumatism, drank sometimes to relieve himself of pain, but all say was not under the influence of liquor at all this morning. He arose about half past five and ate a light breakfast after the rest and went supposedly to the shop. He returned in a little while and went upstairs and got his razor and returned to his place of business and committed the act without leaving a word or note behind to tell the reason why.
     He was the bachelor son of Joseph and Jane Smeltzer. His father died 16 years ago. He is survived by his mother with whom he has lived since the death of his father, and brothers Charles of Mechanicsburg, Ross of Columbus, Adam of Chillicothe, Bert of this city, and sisters Mrs. John Rader of Northup and Mrs. Thomas Shelton of Gallia Furnace.
     He carried on blacksmithing on Raccoon for many years, came to town about 7 years ago and started a shop back of the Gill produce house. He then went in partnership with Geo. Mehl near the Resener Mills, then sold out to Mehl and went in partnership with William Cavin about two years ago. He is said to have been a fine mechanic and a man of irreproachable honesty and integrity of character and a host of warm friends every one of whom will regret his sad ending and sympathize with his family relatives.

The Gallipolis Tribune
Friday, April 26, 1912, p. 1
Contributed by Maj. J. M. Smeltzer                                                                  


Smeltzer, Jacob

     Shortly after 7:30 Saturday morning Henry Cromwell entered the blacksmith shop of Cavin and Smeltzer on 3rd Ave. and on looking in a tool shed in the rear of the shop discovered the lifeless body of Jacob Smeltzer lying face downward in a pool of blood. An ax was nearby and Mr. Cromwell believing a murder had been committed, started out to raise the alarm. Coroner Mack, whose office is nearby, was notified and at once made an examination of the body. The Coroner found a razor under the body, which was identified as belonging to Smeltzer and which he undoubtedly used in ending his life. The rash act was probably committed at about 7 o'clock and it is believed Smeltzer was sitting on a tool chest, when he severed the radial artery in his left wrist. Then it is believed he inflicted the wound in the left side of his throat, severing the jugular vein and making a gash four inches long. Either wound would have caused death.
     No definite reason has been assigned for the act and no note or word of explanation was left behind. He arose about 5:30 Saturday morning, ate breakfast and then went to his shop. He complained to Mr. Cavin about not feeling well and requested him to get some one to work for him that day. Cavin was out looking for help when the suicide occurred. Shortly after Cavin left Smeltzer returned to his home and procured the razor, immediately returning to the shop. He had suffered with rheumatism for some time and of late had the appearance of being somewhat despondent.
     He was 51 years of age, unmarried and made his home with his mother and brother Bert at 217 Second Ave. He was well liked, industrious and a good mechanic. He was a son of Joseph and Jane Smeltzer and is survived by his mother, four brothers and two sisters as follows: Charles of Mechanicsburg, Ross of Columbus, Adam of Chillicothe, Bert of this city, Mrs. John Rader of Northup and Mrs. Thomas Shelton of Gallia.
     The funeral services were held at the family residence at 9 o'clock Monday morning and were conducted by Dr. C. E. Mackenzie. Burial at Centenary cemetery by Wetherholt.

Gallipolis Journal
April 24, 1912
Transcribed by Irene Hively Blamer                                                                Top of Page  


Smeltzer, Mary E. [Brainard]

DEATH
Of a Good and Prominent Lady in Green Township

     Mrs. Mary E. Smeltzer, wife of Mr. D.M. Smeltzer, whose serious illness for two weeks has occasioned so much anxiety and regret among a wide circle of friends, departed this life at her late home in Green township, this county, at 12 o'clock Monday night, August 11, 1902. The funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 2 o'clock by Rev. Charles W. Brady of Syracuse, at Centenary, the interment following at Mound Hill cemetery by Undertaker Wetherholt.
     Mrs. Smeltzer was the daughter of Isaac and Alice Brainard, and was born in Green township, this county, October 18, 1839, making her age 62 years, 9 months and 23 days. She was united in marriage with Mr. Smeltzer December 25, 1863, and became the mother of six children as follows: Mrs. E. A. Henshaw, Mrs. W. O. Harrison, Miss Cora Smeltzer at home, Mr. Frank Smeltzer of this city, Mrs. Jerome Wood of Columbus, and Mrs. Fred James, all of whom survive her. She also left one brother, Mr. Charles Brainard, of Evansville, Ind., and one sister, Mrs. J. D. Howe, of Salt Lake City, Utah.
     She had been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for years and was known everywhere as one of the best women of the county. She lived a blameless and irreproachable life. She was beloved as a maiden and admired as a woman by old and young, but by none more than those of her own household. To her husband she was a model wife, to her children an ever present comforter and adviser, energetic and diligent in the discharge of every duty, as wife and mother, and kindly and pleasant as the morning sun about her home, and the brightness and geniality of her nature radiated far beyond. Her death has brought unspeakable sorrow to the family and more than ordinary grief to an acquaintance by whom she was recognized as a true woman who gave up a well spent life. Blessed be her memory forever.

The Gallipolis Tribune
Friday August 15 1902
Contributed by Maj. J. M. Smeltzer                                                                  


Smeltzer, Mayme [Saunders]

Mrs. Smeltzer Claimed At 64 After Illness
     Mrs. Mayme E. Smeltzer, 64, a resident of 206 Jackson Pike, died at 1:05 a.m. today in Medical Center Hospital, where she had been admitted an hour before her death. She had been in failing health for five years.
Mrs. Sheltzer was a retired bookkeeper and had been employed for 25 years by the D. Hollis Wood Insurance Agency. She retired 5 years ago.
     She was born in Guyan Township, near Mercerville on May 6, 1901, daughter of the late John W. and Martha Cofer Saunders. Her marriage to Robert T. Smeltzer took place April 26, 1935 and he survives. A brother, Ferry R. Saunders of Northup, also survives. Two brothers, Wade and Dudley Saunders and a sister, Mrs. Francis (Nellie) Kerr, are deceased.
     Mrs. Smeltzer was a member of the First Baptist Church. Services will be held at 2 p.m. (DST) Friday at the Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home. Rev. Charles Lusher of Chillicothe will officiate and burial will be in Mound Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m Thursday.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
July 21, 1965
Transcribed by F. K. Brown


Smeltzer, Morton

SUICIDES WITH GUN
Aged Crown City Man Kills Self Monday Afternoon
     Morton Smeltzer, aged 72 years, committed suicide at his home at Crown City, Monday afternoon, Oct. 13, 1919. He was out working in the field when he said to his wife, "I believe I'll quit," and preceded her to the house and in a few seconds she heard a revolver shot followed by another before she could reach the room. He had stood in front of a mirror, fired one shot over the heart and another through his head, dying instantly. He had been in poor health for some time which is given as the cause of the deed.
     His wife and the following children survive: Mrs. Richard Bugg of this city, Ed and John of Coal Grove, and James of Ashland. He was a good old man and all sympathize with his family. The funeral will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. from Mt. Zion church in charge of Undertaker Stevers.

[Morton Smeltzer was the son of Peter and Clarinda (Farmer) Smeltzer.]

The Gallipolis Tribune
Friday, October 17, 1919, p. 1
Contributed by Maj. J. M. Smeltzer                                                                Top of Page


Smeltzer, Pete Charles

Pete Smeltzer Is Dead At 87

     Pete Charles Smeltzer, 87, a familiar figure in Gallipolis, died at his home, 233 Fourth Ave., at 8 p.m. Sunday. He was a retired hotel and restaurant operator and had spent his active life in various establishments in his native city. His retirement from work came 17 years ago.
     He was born in Gallipolis and spent his entire life here. His birthdate was Oct. 3, 1869, when he was born to the late Lewis and Mary Smeltzer. He was married to the former Addie Edwards on Feb. 15, 1892 and she survives. Three children were born to this union, Lawrence, a retired Gallia Academy High school teacher, Chillicothe Rd., Meade of the Farmers hotel and Mrs. Ed (Genevieve) Harrison of Florida. There are five grand and twelve great grandchildren who survive. Two brothers and three sisters preceded him in death.
     Funeral services will be held at the Wetherholt Funeral home at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Rev. L. H. Stebbins will officiate and burial will follow in Mound Hill cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after noon Tuesday and until the funeral hour.

The Gallipolis Tribune
11 February 1957, p. 1
Contributed by Maj. J. M. Smeltzer                                                                  


Smeltzer, Thomas E.

Thomas E. Smeltzer Dies This Morning After Tuesday Stroke
Outdoors Man and Sportsman, Decedent Green Twp. Native But Lived Here 23 Years
     Thomas E. Smeltzer, who suffered a stroke while at the supper table Tuesday evening, died at 9:45 this morning at his home, 133 Third Ave. Eighty years old but of rugged build and abundant stamina, he seemed to be in fine physical fettle up to the time he was stricken. To some extent he rallied and was able to recognize and talk to those about him. Presumably another stoke was the immediate cause of death.
     Decedent was a familiar figure here since his youth and his warm friends were countless. He was an outdoors man at heart, a genuine sportsman, as is evidenced by Banker Clyde C. Ingels's tribute, "Tom Smeltzer was the most resourceful squirrel hunter and fisherman I ever knew---and he was all right.”
     Funeral has been set for 2 p.m. Monday. The body is now at George J. Wetherholt and Sons Funeral Home. Friends my call after10:30 a.m. Sunday at the late residence where funeral rites will be held.
     Tom Smeltzer was born Dec. 15, 1868, in Green Twp., where he lived until he moved to Gallipolis in 1926. He is one of five children of Peter and Elizabeth Waddell, whose old home was a sort of social center for years. It burned down seven or eight years ago.
     On April 26, 1896, Tom Smeltzer and Emma Echelmeyer were united in marriage and they made their home on a hilltop overlooking the old homestead out on Route 141 near the one-time Blazer post office. She died Christmas Day, 1938.
     They are survived by a son and a daughter, Robert Smeltzer, who with his wife Mayme Saunders Smeltzer lived at the Third Ave. address and were with him when he died, and Mrs. Sydney Shadrach, Santa Ana, Cal. The latter is expected to fly to Columbus and some of the family plan to meet her at the airport there about noon today. Uncertainty about her arrival necessitates keeping the funeral arrangements in abeyance at least for a day.
     Mr. Smeltzer is also survived by a brother, George of Fremont, and a half-brother, Harry of Akron. Another brother was the William N. Smeltzer, one-time county commissioner and later engaged in the automobile and garage business at Third and Court where the Rees Motor Co. now holds forth.

[Note: From death certificate date of death August 27, 1949; mother’s name given as “Sydney”; burial at Mound Hill CE.]

Newspaper (prob. August 1949, Gallipolis) clipping found in the Simmerman files, Smeltzer file, Bossard Library.
Transcribed by Debbie Carter Evans                                                              Top of Page


Smeltzer, Virgil Sibley

IN MEMORY
     Of Virgil Sibley Smeltzer, infant son of A. E. and Ada Smeltzer, of Northup, O. Virgil passed away Sunday morning July 12, 1903 at ten o’clock, aged ten months and six days. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. W. McCormick, in his usual impressive manner, at Centenary Church, July 14, with Hayward in charge. Another home is sorrowful and another little soul has gone to the God who gave it. The Reaper whose name is death is no respector of persons. He must have the flowers as well as the ripened grain.
     The kingdom of heaven is greatly made up of such little ones, who are taken from their earthly homes, when they have gained a strong hold on the affections of parents and friends. We can not understand why death should come in this way but “He” knows best. Although we weep, we have the promise---“As one whom a mother comforteth, so will I comfort you.” Little Virgil was a lovable child who had a smile for every one. Besides father, and mother, he leaves a brother and sister, Jessie and Earl, aged nine and twelve years.
     In the minds of parents, brother and sister will ever exist fond thoughts of the little one whose pure, sweet life will connect them more closely with heaven. A Friend.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, July 23, 1903
Contributed by Joanne Galvin

Smeltzer, Virgil

Death of an Infant
     Virgil Smeltzer, 10 months old, son of A. E. and Ada F. Smeltzer, of Northup, died Sunday morning. Funeral and burial at Centenary Tuesday at 10 o’clock. Hayward & Son attend the interment.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, July 13, 1903
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron                                                                         


Smeltzer, William Nathan

Will Smeltzer Died Saturday
Was Former County Commissioner--Funeral Was Monday
     William Nathan Smeltzer, 65, died in the Holzer Hospital Saturday, May 1, 1929, following a brief illness from heart trouble. The funeral was Monday at his late home, interment following in Mound Hill Cemetery.
      Mr. Smeltzer was born in Green Township, the son of the late Mr. & Mrs. Peter Smeltzer. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Charles R. Rose of Northup and Mrs. Frank Niday of Groveport, a sister Mrs. John Lang, two brothers, Thomas and George Smeltzer, his step-mother, Mrs. Carrie Smeltzer and a half-brother, Harry Smeltzer of Akron.
     Mr. Smeltzer served as county commisioner some years ago and had since been engaged in the automobile business.

Gallipolis Paper
May 1, 1929
Transcribed by F.K. Brown                                                                           Top of Page


Smith, Alfred

Death of Alfred Smith
     Mr. Alfred Smith, colored, of Green Township died Sunday night of bowel trouble, aged 77 years. He left a wife, three daughters and two sons, Milton and Elias. He was well known and liked. His funeral and burial occurred Tuesday afternoon. Hayward & Son furnished the casket. He was a good old man, belonged to the Paint Creek Baptist Church and Rev. I. V. Bryant will at some future day preach the funeral sermon. His wife is aged and helpless with mind impaired.

[Note: Born Dec. 1825 VA; died March 15, 1903]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
March 19, 1903
Transcribed by F. K. Brown


Smith, Alvnia

Death of Miss Alvina Smith
     Miss Alvina Smith, the 15-year-old daughter of Mrs. Louisa Smith of 813 4th avenue, died this morning, June 23, 1913, after brief illness. She is said to have been a fine young colored girl, healthy and robust, but the weather was so warm, she is said to have slept in the grass near her home all one night producing troubles that were uncontrollable.
     She was about her home Sunday morning not feeling well, but swept out a room and was almost more or less rapidly growing worse, until death resulted.
     The funeral will be at the Paint Creek Baptist Church, conducted by Rev. Mr. Wright, the burial by Hayward following at Pine Street Cemetery. Her death was a great shock to her aged mother and a host of friends for she was a dutiful and popular young lady with all.

[Note: April 18, 1898 – June 23, 1913. She was the daughter of William & Eliza Brindle Smith.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, June 23, 1913
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Smith, Anna M. [Summers]

     Anna M. Smith, 79, 510 Burnett Road, Kanauga, died Wednesday at Holzer Medical Center following a brief illness. Born April 5, 1910 in Gallia County, she was the daughter of the late Fred Summers and Carrie Fisher Summers.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Audra Everett Smith, on March 10, 1989; a brother and one son, Donald. Surviving are two daughters, Kay Shane and Lois Young, both of Gallipolis; one son, Harold Smith of Cheshire; six grandchildren, three great grandchildren; one sister, Fern Marple of Gallipolis; one brother, James Summers, Lakeview, Ohio.
     Services will be conducted Friday, 2 p.m. , at Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home, the Rev. Chester Lemley officiating. Burial follows in Mound Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home, 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday. Pallbearers Clyde and Claude Burnett, Larry Lee, Mike Merrick, Danny Nelson and Marvin Baird.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, October 5, 1989
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Smith, Annie Dell

     Died, in Perry township, Gallia Co., Ohio, March 10, 1864, Annie Dell, daughter of Levi H. and Mary A. Smith, aged 9 months and 25 days. Sweet little darling! How hard to be reconciled in losing her!

The Gallipolis Journal
March 17, 1864
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Smith, Ardel F.

Ardel F. Smith
     Ardel Forrest Smith, 72, Route 1, Gallipolis, died at 12:15 p.m Wednesday [March 2, 1983] in Holzer Medical Center.
     Born April 17, 1910 in Gallipolis, son of the late Otho H. and Minnie Otis Smith, he was a retired carpenter, was employed in the Kyger Creek School attendance area and was a member of the Kyger Creek local Board of Education. He was also a member of Bulaville Christian Church and Elks Lodge #107.
     Also surviving are three sons, Max of Dayton, Roger of Rutland and David of Tucson, AZ; three daughters, Debbie Crenshaw of the Philippine Islands, Tonja Smith of Dayton and Kelly Sayre of Point Pleasant; seven grandchildren and a great-grandchild; four brothers Cordie of Centenery, Audra of Kanauga and Denver and Wilbur, both of Toledo and three sisters, Mrs. Hazel Blankenship, Mrs. Edith Eitineare and Mrs. Thelma Jeffries, all of Toledo. He was preceded in death by a brother, Aubrey.
     Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in Miller's Home for Funerals,in the former Warehim Funeral Home, with Rev. John Evans officiating. Burial will be in Addison-Reynolds Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home 7-9 p.m. Friday.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
March 2, 1983
Transcribed by F.K. Brown


Smith, Aubra William

Obituary
     Aubra William Smith was born in Gallipolis, Ohio, on July 27, 1905, one of nine children in the family of Otho Smith and Minnie Otis DeWeese Smith. He grew up in Gallia County and attended Gallia County schools.
     On December 20, 1924, he was married to Violet Sowards and their married life was spent in the community of his birth. He was employed as a serviceman for the Buckeye Rural Electric Company and enjoyed good health.
     About ten days ago, he became ill and entered Holzer Hospital and it was found he was suffering from a heart condition. His condition failed to improve and on Sunday, July 28, 1968 at 9 p.m. he passed away. His age was 63 years and 1 day. He had just passed his 63rd birthday.
     He is survived by his devoted companion of 43 years and these children--2 sons and 6 daughters. The sons are Carol Eugene Smith, Fort Walton Beach, FL and Earl Keith Smith, Waynesville, Ohio. The daughters are Mrs. Tom (Bessie Agnes) Kirby, Bidwell; Mrs. Denver (Thelma Ruth) Kerr, Bidwell; Mrs. Garland (Glenna Mae) Boston, Lebanon, Ohio; Mrs. James (Shirley Jean) Rogers, Edgewater, FL; Mrs. Justin (Linda Faye) Williams, Vinton and Miss Carol Ann Smith, living at home.

[Note: buried Calvary Baptist Cemetery...Raccoon township]

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



Smith, Aubrey

Gallia Youth Killed In France in July
     GALLIPOLIS - Aubrey Smith, 23-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Pearl Smith, Bidwell Route 2, was killed in action in France July 15. Previously he had been wounded in action and had been awarded the Purple Heart medal, which he sent home to his parents. 
     He was one of four brothers in the armed forces. The others are William and Hubert of the U. S. Army, and John, in the U. S. Navy. There are two other brothers, Ernest and Pete, at home and two sisters, Mrs. Dolly Hale, Vinton and Mrs. Ruth Clark, Kanauga. The young soldier attended Vinton High School before entering service.

Athens Messenger
Friday, October 20, 1944
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Smith, Audra E.

     KANAUGA - Audra Everett Smith, 81, of 510 Burnett Road, Kanauga, died Friday at Holzer Medical Center following a brief illness. He is retired from Burnett Heating and Roofing Company, and Marietta Manufacturing Company.
     Born Feb. 16, 1908 in Leon, W. Va., he was a son of the late Otho Smith and Minnie Deweese Smith. He married Anna Summers on Oct. 4, 1930, and she survives along with two daughters, Kay Shane and Lois Young, both of Gallipolis; and one son, Harold Smith of Cheshire.
     In addition, there are six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren surviving; three sisters, Edith Eitniear of Toledo, Thelma Jeffries and Hazel Blankenship, both of Swanton, Ohio; and three brothers, Denver Smith of Toledo, Wilbur Smith of Harrisonville, Ohio and Cordie Smith of Northup. One son, Donald Smith, and two brothers preceded him in death.
     Services will be conducted 2 p.m., Monday, from Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home with the Rev. Chester Lemley officiating. Burial follows in Mound Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home 6 to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

Sunday Times Sentinel
March 12, 1989
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Smith, Brice

Death of Mr. Brice Smith
     Mr. Brice Smith, one of the most prominent and well known farmers of Guyan township, died yesterday morning of kidney trouble, aged 75 years. He was a brother of Mr. J.T. Smith of Harrison township, and and of Mr. Elza Smith, of this city. A widow, five sons and two daughters survive him. The funeral services were conducted from Mt. Zion church at Waugh's Bottom Wednesday afternoon.

Note: Buried at Swan Creek Cemetery in Ohio Township.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
June 17, 1896
Transcribed by Henny Evans

Smith, Brice H.

Death of Mr. Brice H. Smith
     Mr. Brice H. Smith, one of the oldest and prominent citizens of Harrison township, died shortly after 9 o’clock Tuesday morning, June 16. While Mr. Smith’s demise was not unexpected, he having been in poor health for several months past, yet the suddenness with which it came, together with the high esteem in which he was held by all, cast a gloom over the entire neighborhood in which he lived. Deceased was a man whom to know was to respect and esteem.
     He leaves a loving wife and seven children, five boys and two girls, to mourn their loss. Burial occurred at Waugh Bottom cemetery Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Rev. Caldwell officiating.

The Gallipolis Journal
Tuesday, June 23, 1896
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron                                                                    Top of Page


Smith, Caleb

     Died at Catletsburgh (Mouth of Big Sandy) on Sunday, 30th ult., after a short illness, Caleb H. Smith, aged about 23 years. His remains were brought to this place by the members of the Temple of Honor, and buried.

The Gallipolis Journal
June 3, 1852
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Smith, Carolina A. [Reynolds]

Mrs. C. A. Smith Aged 82, Passes This Morning
Mother Of Drs. Harry and Eugene---Rites 2 Thursday
     Mrs. Carolina A. Smith, beloved and elderly woman, who had been seriously ill and bedfast for 14 weeks, died at 4 o'clock this morning at the home of her son, Dr. L. Eugene Smith, Fourth and Cedar.
Mrs. Smith was the widow of Charles A. Smith, long a prominent merchant here, who died in September, 1926.

Of Pioneer Stock
     Mrs. Smith was in her 83rd year, having been born on September 25, 1858, at Addison, Ohio. She was one of 10 children of Robert Reynolds Jr. and Sara Mills Reynolds and she was a descendant of "Indian John" Ewing, an outstanding pioneer figure.
     Robert Reynolds Sr. and his wife, Mary Hipes Grass Reynolds, came from Botetourt county, Virginia, to Addison about 1810. Robert Jr. was born in Addison and remained to rear his family there. The family homestead and farm are the ones now owned and occupied by Mrs. Maude Reynolds Nelson, a niece of Mrs. Smith.
     Of the 10 Reynolds children referred to there are but two survivors, J. A. Reynolds of Addison and Mrs. Ella Leonard, widow of W. D. Leonard and residing at 1010 Second avenue.
     Charles A. Smith and Caroline Reynolds were married in March, 1879---62 years ago. They are survived by two sons, Dr. Harry A. Smith, a member of the staff of the U. S. Veterans Hospital at Legion, Texas, and Dr. L. E. Smith, already mentioned. There are four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
     Mrs. Smith was a member of Grace Methodist church and of the Legion Auxiliary. She was pleasant and affable to all her acquaintances and tenderly devoted to her children and their families---a devotion fully reciprocated.
     Funeral services will be held at Smith home at 2 o'clock Thursday, with Rev. W. Scott Westerman in charge. Burial in Gravel Hill cemetery back of Cheshire by Fred J. Entsminger.

[Note: From death certificate date of death March 18, 1941.]

Gallipolis newspaper unknown, March 18, 1941.
From the collection of and transcribed by Debbie Carter Evans


Smith, Cpl. Cecil J.

Gallia County Soldier and Marine Die Abroad
     Two Gallia County service men have been killed according to word received today. Cpl. Cecil J. Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil D. Smith, Rt. 2, Cheshire was killed Oct. 14, in Korea, and Pfc. Woodrow Wilson Shoemaker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Shoemaker, Kanauga, was drowned Oct. 31, in the vicinity of Eart Cliff Beach, Hamilton Inlet, Labrador, when a landing craft sank. His body was never recovered. The parents of the service men received telegrams from the War Department.
     Woodrow Shoemaker was born July 17, 1930, in Huntington. When he was 10 years old, his family moved to Ohio and in 1946, they moved to Kanauga. He attended grade schools in Gallipolis and enlisted in the Marine Corps in March, 1952.
     Besides his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Marvin (Eva) Gardner, Kanauga, and Mrs. Worthy (Sadie) Bright, Columbus; three brothers, George Shoemaker, Mills Station; Frank Shoemaker and Lester Shoemaker, Kanauga.
     The Smith family live on Rt. 7 near the Meigs-Gallia County line.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday, November 4, 1952
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Smith, Charles A.

     Mr. Charles A. Smith, of Perry Township, died suddenly on last Saturday morning, April 15 1899, at about 8:00 o’clock. He had not enjoyed good health for the past year, and on the morning of his death his son, Mr. Frank L. Smith was leaving home to attend to some business, driving a young and spirited horse, Mr. Smith accompanied his son some distance away from the house to open a gate for him. About an hour afterwards he was found a short distance form the lying cold in death, having died from heart disease while returning to the house.
     Mr. Smith was the son of Mr. John Smith, one of the first settlers of Perry Township, and was born on the farm on which he died February 4, 1829. In 1854 he was united in marriage to Frances Cheney, daughter of the late Capt. John W. Cheney, of Green Township. Besides his wife he leaves four children, namely E. Barton Smith of Wichita Kansas; Mrs. Dow Watts, of Green Township and Mary E. and Frank L. Smith at home.
     The funeral services were conducted from Mt. Zion Church on Monday morning by Rev. Weaver of the United Brethren Church.

Gallipolis Bulletin
Saturday April 22 1899
Transcribed by Mary James                                                                           Top of Page


Smith, Charles A.

Charles A Smith
     Mr. Charles A. Smith, son of C.A. Smith of Cora, ill for a year or two, died with diabetis at 10 o'clock this morning, aged about 36, He was unmarried and lived with his parents. He was a brother of Mr. Frank Smith, who clerked at Frank Bell's. He was a splendid young man and his death will be regretted by a host of friends.
     His funeral services will be conducted at Mt. Zion Church below Rio Grande by Dr. J. M. Davis Monday forenoon, the burial by Wetherholdt following at the same place. Mr. Smith was a member of the M.E. Church.

Charles A. Smith
     Charles Allen Smith, son of C.A. and Frances M. Smith, was born June 28, 1861 and died Nov. 27, 1897. Both parents survive him. There are two sisters, Miss Mary E. Smith, Mrs. Anna M. Watts and two brothers E. Barton Smith and Frank L. Smith.
     The deceased was a man of fine natural ability and of the truest character. He studied telegraphy at Oberlin but did not follow it as an occupation. He was one of the faithful and honored students at Rio Grande College. For some time he was a public school teacher, but on account of failing health, did not teach during the last three years of his life.
     While in Oberlin he was converted and united with the M.E. Church. Few lives are more in harmony with the principles of Christianity than his. He was a great reader of the Bible and other good books. He had gathered a very interesting and valuable library during the last years of his life.
     Some years ago he purchased a farm and planted a fine orchard of apple and peach trees. His improvements have greatly increased the value of his land. His home was with his parents and sister and he received during his illness every service that loving care could render. He possessed an unusual degree the admiration and affection of all who knew him.

Gallipolis Paper
Nov. 27, 1897
Transcribed by F.K. Brown


Smith, Charles M.

Leaper Postmaster Died of Apoplexy
Charles M. Smith Succumbed Saturday After Being Stricken on Thursday.
     Mr Charles M. Smith, who would have been 85 years of age on June 15, died Saturday morning, June 4, 1932 at his home at Leaper from the effects of a stroke of paralysis received on Thursday. He was stricken in a field near his home and never regained consciousness.
     Mr. Smith was a native of his home neighborhood. He was in the grocery business in Gallipolis for many years, associated with his brother, the late J. M. Smith and later engaged in the nursery business. During his later years and up to the time of his death Mr. Smith was Postmaster at Leaper.
     Mr. Smith was twice married, both of his wives having preceded him in death. He is survived by two sisters, Miss Emma Smith at Leaper and Mrs. Alice Keeler of Dayton; and a brother, Frank M. Smith of Columbus.
     Funeral services were held Monday, burial following in Mound Hill Cemetery.

Gallipolis Paper
June 4, 1932
Transcribed by F.K. Brown                                                                           Top of Page


Smith, Chauncey C.

Chauncey C. Smith Called By Death
     Chauncey C. Smith, 62, died this morning at 6 o’clock at his home beside the Campaign Church. Death was attributed to organic heart disease. Son of Samuel R. and Cynthia L. Spires Smith, the decedent is survived by his widow, the former Clara B. Butcher; a brother, Horris, Marion, O.; and a sister, Mrs. Alice Lyons, Columbus. He was a member of the Point Pleasant J. O. U. A. M.
     Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. EWT, at the Campaign Church, Rev. E. C. Venz officiating. Burial will be made by J. L. Coleman and Son in the Maddy Cemetery.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, May 10, 1945
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Smith, Clara Belle [Butcher]

Mrs. Smith Dies In Vinton Home
    
Mrs. Clara Belle Smith, 70, died at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the home of her nephew, Honnel Denney, Vinton, where she was visiting. Mrs. Smith made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Nellie French, Rt. 1, Gallipolis, and she had been in failing health for four years.
     Born April 5, 1878, in Morgan Twp. to John and Nancy Kroll Butcher, the decedent was married Feb. 14, 1896 to Samuel Smith, who died in June 1926.
     She is survived by three daughters and a son, Mrs. French; Mrs. Bertha Johnson, Jeffersonville, O.; Fred Smith, Columbus; and Mrs. Thelma Riffle, Rt. 1, Gallipolis. Tom Butcher, Rt. 1, Bidwell, is the only surviving brother.
     Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Addison Methodist Church, the Rev. E. C. Venz officiating; burial will be made in Maddy Cemetery by J. L. Coleman and Son.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, September 17, 1948
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Smith, Cynthia L. Spires

     IN MEMORY

          “Gone Home”
Oh, words of restful meaning!
Beyond the billows’ foam,
Our mother for us is waiting,
Not lost, but “just gone home.”

“Gone home” to higher service,
Earth’s richest gain is loss,
Compared to such an honor,
Its finest gold in dross.

“Gone home” to bliss eternal,
Then why should I repine?
A little more of service
Then her joy will be mine.


     Cynthia L. Spires, daughter of John and Phoebe Spires, was born June 28, 1849 and passed away Jan. 30, 1922, aged 72 years, 7 months and 1 day. She was united in marriage to Samuel R. Smith on July 4, 1864. To this union were born 12 children, six sons and six daughters. All lived to adult age except one daughter, Nellie, who died in early childhood.
     Her husband died Sept. 13, 1904; also two other daughters have passed away, Mrs. Ellen Denney and Mrs. Mary Morris. She left living her six sons, John of Mt. Gilead, Ohio; Hollis of Marion, Dennis of Harpster; and James, Samuel and Chauncey of Gallia County; and three daughters, Mrs. Phoebe Thompson of Addison; Mrs. Curtis Swisher of Gallipolis, and Mrs. Alice Sayers of Cincinnati. She also left 29 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.
     She was a Christian from early girlhood, her faith in God being strong, and proved by her works. She was kind to everyone, good to the poor, doing everything that was in her power to help anyone who needed help, and no one, however poor or unworthy, ever was turned away from mother’s door hungry. She gave as giving unto her Lord who said, “As ye did it unto the least of these, ye did it until Me.” Even in her last days, she would forget her suffering and ask those around her if they were comfortable and ever had a cheering word for them, ending always with these words: “You are good, let’s all be good.” She never found fault, but seemed to see good in everyone, and tried to bring out the good by letting them see that she, at least, could see good in them.
     Well might her children rise up and call her blessed for she was a loving mother to them caring for them always, rejoicing when they were walking in the path of the upright, and loving them all the time all alike. Who can estimate the value of such a mother?
     Her life was one of prayer, and her children can remember 40 years or more ago of hearing mother pray for them. Only eternity will reveal the worth of her prayer before God’s throne for her children. But they are needed now. Mother won’t pray for us any more in this mortal life. She has gone to be with the God she trusted for so many years.
     Besides rearing her own children, she raised three grandchildren, Harry Smith, Willie Morris and Gail Butcher. After the death of her husband, she was cared for by her son, Chauncey, and he not only cared for mother, but made it possible for her to help others, and his loss will be more deeply felt for she made it home for him, being always there to welcome him when he came, until the last few months when her daughter, Mrs. Minnie Swisher, took her home to care for her during the last illness. She was tenderly cared for in this home, but God said “it is enough, come up higher,” and he took mother to be with him where she will watch for the coming of her boys and girls over there. We will miss her, but we sorrow not as those who have no hope. The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.
Mother is resting - has received her reward,
Blessed are they that have died in the Lord.
Peacefully resting from sorrow and pain,
Our own loving mother, our loss is thy gain.
We would not recall thee, though heart’s tears we weep,
Thy love we’ll remember, so peacefully sleep.
                                                 The Children.

[Note: 6/23/1849 - 1/30/1922. Buried in Maddy Cemetery]

The Gallia Times
Thursday, March 9, 1922
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Smith, Cynthia

Death of Mrs. Cynthia Smith
     Mrs. Cynthia Smith, aged 73, died Monday, Jan. 30th, 1922, at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Curt Swisher, with whom she made her home. Mrs. Smith had been practically helpless following a paralytic stroke which she suffered last summer.
     She was the mother of a large family of children and remarkable in many ways. Especially was she endowed with a charming personality and retained an unusual interest in those about her up to her last illness.
     She leaves three daughters, Mrs. Ed Thompson of Addison, Mrs. Tom Sayre of Cincinnati, and Mrs. Curt Swisher of Island Side, and six sons, James, Samuel and Chauncey of Addison, John and Hollis of Marion, O., and Dennis of Harpster, Ohio.
     She was a member of the M. E. church at Addison from which church services will be held Thursday at one o’clock by the Rev. Mr. Ewing. Interment will be in the Maddy Cemetery.

Gallia Times
Thursday, February 2, 1922

Card of Thanks
     We wish to thank our friends and neighbors for their kindness during the illness and death of our beloved mother, Mrs. Cynthia Smith. We also wish to thank Rev. Robinson and Rev. Shaver for their consoling words, the choir for the songs they so beautifully rendered, and the donors of the lovely flowers.                   The Children

Gallia Times
Thursday, February 9, 1922
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron                                                                     Top of Page


Smith, Donald W.

     Donald Wayne Smith, 51, 510 Burnett Road, Kanauga, died at 4:20 a.m. Thursday in Hartland of Jackson. Born April 25, 1934, at Kanauga, he was the son of Audrey and Anna Summers Smith, both of Kanauga. Also surviving are two sisters, Lois Young and Kay Shane, both of Gallipolis; a brother, Harold Smith, of Cheshire; and four nephews and three nieces.
     Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday in Miller’s Home for Funerals in the former Warehime Funeral Home, with the Rev. C. J. Lemley officiating. Burial will be in Mound Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7-9 p.m. Saturday. Pallbearers will be Bill Young, Steve Saunders, Brent Boggs, Roger Smith, David Thomas and Gus Guinther.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, April 26, 1985
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Smith, Effie Elizabeth [Little]

Cheshire Woman Victim of Flu
Mrs. C. E. Smith, Aged 25, Died at Her Home Sunday Night
     Mrs. C. E. Smith, 25, died at her home in Cheshire Sunday night following a two weeks' illness with flu. She was brought to the Holzer hospital for treatment, but later was taken home. She is survived by her husband and a small daughter. The funeral was Wednesday morning.

[Note: Born Sep. 23, 1905, Cheshire, parents William Edgar Little and Allena Mae Manley. Death Aug. 13, 1928, husband Charles Edgar Smith and daughter Verda Allena Smith. Burial in Gravel Hill Cemetery, Cheshire.]

The Gallia Times
Aug. 16, 1928
Transcribed by Judy Free, great niece                                                            Top of Page                                                               


Smith, Eileen

     Eileen Smith, 77, died Wednesday at Holzer Medical Center. Born Feb. 17, 1916 in Joliet, IL, she is the daughter of the late Jesse and Ella Privent.
     She is survived by one daughter, Sharon Klemm of Safford, AZ; one sister, Edna Ashworth of Cape Canaveral, FL; one grandchild and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her spouse Bob Smith and several other family members. Living in Patriot she was a retired secretary.
     Graveside services were today at the Ohio Valley Memorial Gardens at 1 p.m. with Rev. Paul Voss officiating.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Oct. 8, 1993
Transcribed by F.K. Brown


Smith, Elias

Two Springfield Tp. Colored Citizens Die, Jeff Long, E. Smith
     Two well-known colored men, William Jefferson Long and Elias (Sam) Smith, died at their respective homes in Springfield township Monday. The former, known as "Jeffy," lived at Porter and was 60 years old. He is survived by his wife, Sarah E., four daughters, one brother, and these three sisters; Minnie Johnson, Sandusky; Ina Stevens, Columbus, and Mrs. I.V. Bryant, Bidwell. Funeral will be held at Mt. Carmel church by Rev. Payne at 2 o'clock Thursday.Burial by Undertaker J. L.Coleman.
     Smith was 29 and the son of Rome Smith and lived on the John Worman farm near Kerr. He is survived by his parents and four brothers, Jack, Joe, Jerome and "Pooge". Funeral at 2 o'clock Wednesday by Rev. Farris at Buck Ridge, burial by Coleman.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
1932
Transcribed by Nancy McMillan


Smith, Eliza

Mrs. Dan Smith Dies
Burial At Poplar Tuesday
     Mrs. Eliza Smith, wife of Daniel C. Smith, died at 10 o'clock Saturday night at her home in Cheshire tp., a victim of pneumonia. She had been ill about five weeks and her neighbors and friends were aware of her critical condition.
     Mrs. Smith was born in Meigs county on June 22, 1859, and was nearing her 75th birthday. She was a Thomas and distantly related to County Surveyor Fife. She and Mr. Smith were married on April 11, 1886, and four children survive this union; Oakley Smith, Alexandria, O.C. Clair Smith, Plain City; Wade, Dublin, O., and Mrs. David Cremeens, Cheshire. Three brothers and sister also survive; Ansel and Emerson Thomas, Cheshire; Nathaniel Thomas, Mansfield, Mrs. Addison Edgar, Addison.
     The Smith home is on the road leading up Little Kyger to Poplar Ridge and is a short distance this side of the Cross Roads and family had lived in Cheshire tp. about 40 years. Decedent was a member of Second Kyger Baptist church of Poplar Ridge. Funeral services will be held there at 2 o'clock Tuesday, with Rev. Harvey Bolton in charge. Burial at Poplar Ridge by Undertaker J. L. Coleman.
Mrs. Smith was a most estimable woman, a church worker and a Sunday School teacher, and will be sadly missed not only by her own loved ones but by the whole community where she had lived so long.

Gallipolis Tribune
April 7, 1934
Transcribed by J. Farley                                                                                Top of Page


Smith, Elza

Funeral of Elza Smith
     The funeral services of the late Elza Smith, Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. F. J. Walton, were attended by a large number of the Masonic brethren and other friends. The floral tributes were many and beautiful. Messrs. L. C. Cowden, Henry Menager, Chas. Cadot and John H. Thomas formed a floral escort, and Messrs. George House, Abram Moch, Chas A. Hill, Chas. R. Comer, George D. McBride and J. Ross Safford were the pall- bearers.
     The Masonic brethren marched at the head of the procession until the lower end of the city was reached, when a thunder storm coming up, they all took cabs which were in readiness and proceeded to the cemetery in that way, where all that was mortal of our late friend and citizen was laid away till land and sea give up their dead.

The Gallipolis Tribune
Monday, June 17, 1901
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Smith, Elza

Death of Mr. Elza Smith
     It is our painful duty to record the death of an old friend, Mr. Elza Smith, a gentleman widely known throughout the county, and with, perhaps, as many personal friends as any one man in the county.
     He died at West Baden, Ind., this Thursday morning, June, 13, 1901, at 7:30 o'clock. As was stated in the Tribune at the time, Mr. Smith and wife, and son-in-law Mr. D. F. Bryan, proprietor of the Park Central, left for West Baden on the Indiana just one week ago today. Mr. Bryan returned home Tuesday, leaving Mr. Smith, as he supposed, getting along very nicely. Mr. and Mrs. Smith expected to remain perhaps a week longer. His death must have been sudden and quite unexpected. As soon as Mr. Bryan received the telegram announcing his death, he made hasty preparation and left on the morning Hocking Valley train for West Baden. He expected to return with Mrs. Smith and the remains possibly by Friday evening's Hocking Valley train or, at the latest, Saturday noon. Nothing will be known in regard to funeral services or burial until later. Mr. Smith had been in poor health all winter, though he kept his feet. This trip to West Baden was made with a view of benefitting his health, and all will regret the sad termination.
     Mr. Smith was a son of William and Margaret Smith, and was born 61 years ago in Harrison township, Gallia county, being the youngest of his parents' flock. He leaves brothers, Jackson T. Smith, of Harrison township, now 84 years old, George, of Ohio township, and Strother, of Harrison township on the old Smith homestead; also sisters, Mrs. John Lusher, of near Mercerville, and Mrs. C. W. Kennedy, of Swan Creek.  J.M.Smith and brothers, Frank and Charles, were nephews, and Mrs. David Keeler is a niece.  Mrs. John Mullineux of this city, is a cousin.
     Mr. Smith when young came to town and learned the clothing business with the late Henry Frank. By and by he set up business for himself with Mr. Northup, and Northup & Smith did a large business as merchant tailors. Mr. Northup got injured in the breast playing baseball, fell ill, died, and the firm passed away. October 1st, 1864, while the firm was still in existence however, Mr. Smith was united in marriage with Miss Mary E. Flack, daughter of James and Nancy Flack, prominent people, and a sister of Mrs. T. W. Thorniley, of Raccoon Island. After the firm of Northup & Smith passed away, Mr. Smith became a salesman in the clothing house of A. Moch, and was with that gentleman for a quarter of a century or more, only severing his connection something like a year ago, he and his wife breaking up housekeeping and residing at the Park Central where Mr. Smith became useful as an assistant about the hotel. By his marriage he became the father of Mrs. Nancy Neal, wife of Mr. Henry H. Neal, and who by the way, was with her aunt Mrs. Thorniley on a vist to Mrs. Laura Tomlinson, of Dayton, at the time of the death of her father. Mrs. Maggie Bryan, wife of Mr. D. F. Bryan, was the other child. Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Bryan and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Neal all made their home happily together under the roof of the Park Central.
     Everyone who knew Mr. Smith will bear witness with us that a kinder hearted or more accomodating gentlemen never lived.  If he had $10 and you needed it, it was yours. If he had only ten cents, it was the same.
     Mrs. Mullineux thinks , and she has known him from girlhood, that notwithstanding the faults evident to mankind, that there was surely a place in heaven for Elza Smith.  Always kind, clever, agreeable and possessed of a dry wit that cropped out at unexpected times and places, he was a genial companion that everyone liked and respected, and whose death everyone who knew him will regret.

Unknown Gallia County newspaper
Thursday Evening, June 13, 1901
Transcribed by Joanne Galvin

Particulars of Elza Smith's Death
     Mr. Elza Smith died of heart failure. His son-in-law, Mr. Dudley F. Bryan, says that the Sunday before he (Mr. Bryan) came home, he and Mr. Smith and some other gentlemen were walking about the grounds making an inspection of the different springs for their entertainment when Mr. Smith said he would have to sit down.  He reached a seat near and then pulled uneasily at his throat and collar as though something hurt him. The trouble soon passed off and nothing more was thought of it, but it is recalled now as a sympton of heart trouble at that time.
     The night before he died he passed a very restless night and was very uneasy.  In the morning he came down stairs in advance of Mrs. Smith to breakfast, and at first sat down in the office of the hotel and was engaged in conversation with a brother Mason when he remarked that he had not had a good night, was feeling badly, and he believed he would go into the Doctor's office, which he did, and sat down in a chair. He had not much more than done so, when his head dropped forward and his hands fell listlessly at his side. It was noticed at once that something was the matter and the physician was called, but he was beyond all aid. Mr. Smith was dead.
      Mr. Bryan says Mrs. Smith bore the ordeal with fortitude, and she and himself were almost overwhelmed with kindly attentions. Though he started from here at once on the receipt of the telegram announcing his death, by the time he had reached there they had him embalmed and prepared for burial, and had sent to Louisville for a casket and done all that could have been done had he been right on the spot and ordered it. The Masonic brethen attended to every little detail as though he had been in his home surrounded by kindred, and when they departed the Masonic order marched in a body to the train, boarded the car, and every one pressed their hands in sympathy.
     Mr. Bryan arrived there shortly after the fire which destroyed the large structure, causing some delay in making railroad connections, else he could have arrived the night before with the remains.

Unknown Gallia County newspaper
Monday Evening, June 17, 1901
Transcribed by Joanne Galvin


Smith, Emma E.

Miss Emma Smith Of Leaper Passes
     Miss Emma E. Smith died at 11 o’clock last night at the old Smith homestead at Leaper, after an illness of two weeks. She would have been 80 years old on the 26th and is the last of her generation of a long prominent family remaining in the county. With her during her last illness, and a frequent visitor to her home was her niece, Mrs. A. D. Dickey of Charleston.
     There survive a sister and a brother: Mrs. Alice Keeler, Dayton; who was 85 last Friday, and Frank M. Smith, former merchant at Leaper, now living in Columbus and nearing his 91st birthday. Mrs. Wayne Sanns of this city is a niece, and there are several nephews including Grover Smith, Theviner merchant.
     Funeral services will be held at the residence at 1:30 Wednesday. Burial at Mound Hill by C. R. Halley.

[Note: March 26, 1856 – March 9, 1936; Age 79 yrs. 11 mos. 11 das. She was the daughter of Jackson T. & Mary J. Dickey Smith.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, March 9, 1936
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Smith, Eva

Mrs. Smith is Claimed at 62
     Mrs. Eva Smith, 62, a resident of Rt. 1, Bidwell, died in Holzer Hospital at 11 p.m. Wednesday, where she had been a patient for one day. She had been employed at the government airport in Columbus.
     Mrs. Smith was born in 1903 in Springfield Twp., daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William James. Her marriage was to Joseph Smith in 1942, and he survives. Other survivors are a sister and two brothers, Mrs. Herman Mitchell, John and Earl James, all of Columbus.
     She was a member of Providence Baptist Church, where services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday. Burial will be in the church cemetery under the direction of Miller’s Home for Funerals. Friends may call at the funeral home Saturday evening.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, March 25, 1965
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Smith, Frances Adaline “Fannie” [Cordell]

Mrs. Rome Smith, Highly Esteemed Colored Lady, Dies
     Mrs. Fannie Smith, wife of Jerome (Rome) Smith and a highly esteemed colored resident, died about 11 o’clock last night at her home at Kerr from paralysis. She was the daughter of the late George and Mary Hill Cordell and was 71 years old last June 12.
     She was married fifty years ago Jan. 5 this year and in addition to the husband, four sons survive: John, Joe, Jerome and Oscar Smith. They all tenderly assisted in caring for her in her last illness.
     Since 1900 the Smith family had lived on the farm of the late John Worman near Kerr. She was known for her devotion to her family and her kindness and willingness to give her services to friends and neighbors. She was industrious and will be remembered by many for her comeliness.
     Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p. m. at Providence church on Buck Ridge where she was a member. Rev. James Ferris will officiate and interment will be in the church cemetery by J. L. Coleman.

[Note: June 12, 1867 – Dec. 6, 1938.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, December 7, 1938
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Smith, Fannie M.

DIED
Mrs. Fannie M. Smith
     At the residence of her husband in this city, Monday morning, Oct 25th at ten o'clock, Mrs. Fannie M. Smith, wife of Charles Smith, of the firm of Smith Bros., aged thirty-two years and five months.

If we could push ajar the gates of life,
And stand within and all God's workings see,
We could interpret all this doubt and strife,
And for each mystery find a ready key,
And if through patient toil, we reach the land,
Where tired fee, with sandals loosed may rest,
When we shall clearly know and understand,
I think that we will say, "God knew the best."

     Funeral services will be held this afternoon from the family residence at 3 o'clock. Friends of the family are invited.

[Note: burial: Mound Hill Cemetery, Gallipolis]

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


Smith, Flora E.

Miss Smith Dead
     Miss Flora E. Smith, a well known resident of Centerpoint, this county, passed away Friday evening after a lingering illness. Her funeral and interment were held at Emory church in that neighborhood Monday. Miss Smith is survived by two brothers, Elmer of Columbus and Charles A. of Waterloo, and two sisters, Mrs. Frank Sherritt of Cincinnati and Mrs. J. J. Morgan of Centerpoint.

[Note: Emory Cemetery is in Jackson County.]

Gallia Times
Wednesday, May 13, 1914
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux


Smith, Florence Abigale [Whittaker]

Mrs. Smith Dies At 85
     PT. PLEASANT – Florence Smith, 85, of Kanawha Street died at her home early Sunday morning after a long illness. She was born at Bladen, Ohio, April 13, 1874, the daughter of Lewis T. and Lucressie Stover Whittaker.
     Her husband Isaac Smith preceded her in death. Mrs. Smith had embraced the Jehovah Witness faith.
Survivors are five sons, Clarence, Isaac, and Lester Smith, all of Mason, Theodore Smith, Pt. Pleasant Route 2, and Kiser Smith of Pliny; two daughters, Mrs. Pauline Darst, Pt. Pleasant and Mrs. Alberta Loudermilt of Pomeroy; four sisters, Mrs. Iva Vanden, Huntington; Mrs. Anna Barcus, Bladen, Mrs. Elvira Barcus, Kanauga, Ohio, and Mrs. Nettie Taylor, Columbus; 55 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

[Note: According to her death certificate available at wvculture.com, Florence Abigale Smith died May 10, 1959]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Abt. May 10, 1959
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux                                                                    Top of Page


Smith, Fred

     Fred M. Smith, 89, of 2331 Gerbert Rd., Columbus, formerly of Hogsett, W.Va., died at 8:50 a.m. Thursday in the Pleasant Valley Nursing Care Unit after a long illness.
     He was born March 28, 1892, in Mason County, son of the late Charlie Smith and Rebecca Casto Smith, and was a former employee of the National Car Loading Co of Columbus.
     His wife, Allie A. Crawford Smith, preceded him in death on Nov. 4, 1977. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Cora Betts of Columbus; a son, Harvey (Mack) Smith of Gallipolis Ferry; and several nieces and nephews.
     Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Wilcoxen Funeral Home with the Rev. William Bridges officiating. Burial will follow in the Beale Chapel Cemetery in Apple Grove. Friends may call at the funeral home on from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Saturday.

Gallipolis Tribune
Jan. 29, 1982
Transcribed by J. Farley


Smith, Giles

     By a private letter received here from a member of the family, we learn that Giles Smith, a young man well and favorably known here, died of cholera at St. Louis a short time since. It will be remembered the father of this young man left here with his family a short time since, for the purpose of locating in the West.—They had proceeded as far as St. Louis when death entered the circle and laid claim to one of the brightest ornaments. We believe Mr. S. was originally from eastern Virginia.

The Gallipolis Journal
May 31, 1855
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Smith Glenn M. Jr.

Gallia man dies in farm accident
     Gallia County Coroner Dr. Donald R. Warehime has ruled Glenn M. Smith, Jr., 57, Rt. 4, Kerr, died Thursday evening of head and chest injuries suffered in a farming accident. According to sheriff’s investigator, Carl Langford, the fatality apparently occurred when a stick became lodged in his hay baler. After he attempted to pull it out, Smith became entangled in the baler’s rollers. His body was found by a neighbor, William Kemper, lying partially under the machine. Smith was dead on arrival at the Holzer Medical Center. The Gallia County Emergency Medical Service was at the scene.
     Glenn M. Smith, Jr., was a farmer, a Kyger Creek plant employee and a veteran of World War II. Mr. Smith was born July 7, 1922, in Gallipolis to Glenn Smith, Sr. and the late Elaine (Harris) Smith.
     Surviving him are his step-mother, Minnie L. Smith; a daughter, Frances Ann Varney, Columbus; four brothers, Claude, Spokane Wash.; Francis, Columbus; Darrell, Cleveland, Charles, Columbus; and three grandchildren.
     Arrangements will be announced by McCoy-Wetherholt-Moore Funeral Home.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
June 29, 1979
Transcribed by Marjorie Wood                                                                      Top of Page


Smith, Gorden D.

     Gorden D. Smith, 80, Bidwell, died Monday in Holzer Medical Center following a prolonged illness.
Born Nov. 15, 1902, in Springfield Township, Gallia County, son of the late Alexander and Isabel Steenbergen Smith, he was a retired farmer and county highway department employee; World War II Army Veteran and member of the Providence Baptist Church.
     Surviving are his wife, Bessie Figgins Smith; a stepson, Maurice Figgins of Bidwell; a step-daughter, Mrs. Martha Galliamore of Blackford, a brother Joe, a resident of Pinecrest Nursing Center; eight step-grandchildren; five step-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by two step-sons; three brothers and four sisters.
     Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday in Providence Baptist Church with Rev. Vance Watson officiating. Burial will be in Betz Cemetery, Harrisburg. Friends may call at the McCoy-Moore Funeral Home, Vinton, from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday. The body will lie in state in the church one hour prior to the service.

Gallipolis Paper
June 7, 1983
Transcribed by F.K. Brown


Smith, Harold Everett

     Harold Everett Smith, 64, of Cheshire, died Tuesday, March 23, 2004, at Holzer Medical Center. Born April 22, 1939, to the late Audra Everett Smith and Anna M. Summers. He was a retired shop manager from Larry’s Body Shop and a United States Army veteran.
     In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Smith and a sister, Lois M. Young. He is survived by two sons, Sean Douglas Smith, of Cheshire and Matthew Eric Smith of Cheshire; a sister, Kay Ault of Gallipolis; two nephews, Harold William “Bill” Young and Chad Shane; two nieces, Lisa Allen and Lori Fults; four great nieces, Megan, Morgan, Jade and Asia; six great-nephews, Nathan, Christopher, Zach, Alex, Jarod and Brandon; and special friends, Paul and Anita Roberts; John Paul and Cindy Roberts; Jason Roberts; and Roy Johnston.
     Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, March 27, 2004, at the Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Mound Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6-9 p.m., Friday, March 26, 2004. Military funeral honors will be conducted at the cemetery by the Gallia County Veterans Organizations. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made for Sean and Matthew’s college expenses.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, March 25, 2004
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Smith, Harry R.

     Harry Robert Smith, 75, 2306 Eastern Avenue, Gallipolis, died at 5 p.m. Monday in Holzer Medical Center. Born Feb. 12, 1908 in Milton WV, son of James R. and America Black Smith, he was employed by Stauffer Chemical Co. at its Apple Grove, WV plant, retiring 12 years ago due to ill health. He was also a member of Beech Grove Church, Glenwood, WV.
     Surviving are his wife, Margaret Meadows Smith; three sons, Robert of Seamon, Ohio, Keith of Pomeroy and Roy of Columbus; five daughters, Mrs. Marvin (Joyce) Holley of Apple Grove; Mrs. Robert (Janice) Crabtree of Columbus; Mrs. Alvin (Jewell) Johnson of Bidwell; Mrs. Paul (Jane) Moore of Henderson, KY and Mrs. David (Joan) McQuaid of Gallipolis; 21 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren and four sisters, Mrs. Garnet (Ruby) Mace of Gallipolis; Mrs. Lucian (Nora) Nichols of Milton; Mrs. Chancey (Nola) Williams of Point Pleasant and Mrs. Marietta Chapman of Gallia.
     Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in Miller's Home for Funerals in the former Warehime Funeral Home, with Rev. C.J. Lemley officiating. Burial will be in Addison-Reynolds Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday.

Gallipolis Paper
April 12, 1983
Transcribed by F.K. Brown                                                                           Top of Page


Smith, Henry 

     We are requested to announce the death of Henry Smith, a worthy young colored man of Springfield township, which occurred February 19th. He had many friends.

[Note: died 1884]

Gallipolis Bulletin
February 26, 1884
Transcribed by Lisa Halbig


Smith, Hettie [Brindley]

Hettie Brindley Smith, 70, Is Dead
Funeral Will Be Arranged After Son Is Heard From
    
Mrs. Hettie Brindley Smith, wife of Christopher Smith, died early Tuesday afternoon at the home of her niece, Mrs. Isabel Jones, wife of Alvin Jones, on Fourth Ave. below Pine. Her home was on Buck Ridge, but she had been brought here three months ago so that Mrs. Jones and another niece, Mrs. Isabel Shockley, might give her the best of care.
     For many years Mrs. Smith was well known here and had been employed as a cook in various homes. And she was highly respected and esteemed. She was born in Bourbon County, Ky., Dec. 16, 1873, a daughter of Henry and Rachel Brindley.
     Surviving her are her husband; one son, Pvt. Lloyd J. Smith, now a soldier and stationed at Camp Gordon, Ga.; the nieces already named, and a nephew, Serg. Charles W. Smith, at Camp Rucker, Alabama.
     Mrs. Smith bore her last illness and suffering with patience and fortitude. The body removed to Coleman’s mortuary at Bidwell, but funeral arrangements will not be made until word is received from the son.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, July 8, 1943
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Smith, Isaac

Called By Father’s Death
     Mr. and Mrs. Lon H. Smith have been called to Cheshire by the death of the former’s father, Isaac Smith, which occurred Wednesday morning. He had been very ill for several months, and only a short time ago relatives here were apprised of his death, but the report at that time was found to be untrue.
     He was past 80 years of age, and is survived by five children, Lon H. of this city, Agnes and Tom at home, Isaac of near Bidwell and Mrs. Margaret Lloyd of Raymond, W. Va. The funeral will be held Saturday morning at ten o’clock. –Wellston Sentinel.

[Note: 9/10/1830-6/10/1914]

Gallia Times
Wednesday, June 17, 1914
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux


Smith, J. Milton

Death of J. Milton Smith
     Mr. J. Milton Smith, whose illness has been frequently mentioned in the bulletin, died at his home on Locust Street Sunday morning. His condition had been serious for some time but it was thought he was some better until Saturday evening, when he grew worse and gradually grew weaker until he passed away, aged 64 years.
     Mr. Smith was a son of the late Jackson T. Smith, of Leeper, where he was born and reared on a farm. When he had attained his majority he came to Gallipolis and entered the employ of C. & A. Henking, wholesale grocers.
     In June, 1891, he was united in marriage to Miss Kate McCaffetty, and to this union three children were born, Mrs. E. W. Sanns, Miss Virgie and Frank Smith. Besides the children he leaves a wife and his mother, brothers Charles M. and Frank M. Smith, and sisters Mrs. David Keeler, Mrs. Wm. Russell and Miss Emma Smith.
     After spending several years with the Henking wholesale store, Mr. Smith and two brothers embarked in the grocery business in which he has continued ever since, the partnership with his brother Frank M. continuing until the present time.
     Milton Smith was a honorable gentleman. His word was recognized in business circles as good as his bond and he was respected and esteemed by the entire community, where he spent his life. He was a kind husband and an indulgent father and devoted to his home. His death brings sadness not only to his family but to his numerous friends in this city and county.
     The funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon by Rev. Ernest Myers and was largely attended. Interment followed at Mound Hill cemetery by Hayward & Son. The pall bearers were Chas. Stockhoff, A. R. Weaver, J. C. Shepard, B. T. Enos, J. A. Plymale and Will Clendenin.

Gallipolis Bulletin
Friday, February 9, 1906
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron                                                                    Top of Page


Smith, Jackson T.

Death Ends The Life Of One Of Gallia's Best Citizens
     Mr. J. T. Smith, of Leaper, died Saturday, March 19, 1904, aged 89 years. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. T. F. Cary at his late residence Monday at 9 a.m., the burial following at Mound Hill Cemetery by Wetherholt.
     He had three sons, J.M. of this city, C. M. and F.M. at home and four daughters, Mrs. Keeler of this city and Mrs. Luella Russell and Miss Emma at home and Miss Nora who died a few years ago. Mr. Smith was one of Gallia County's best citizens and his death is greatly regretted by a large circle of friends.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday Evening, March 21, 1904
Transcribed by F. K. Brown


Smith, James

     Died, in this town, on the 6th inst., of typhoid fever, James Smith, oldest son of Mr. James B. Smith, in the 17th year of his age.

The Gallipolis Journal
July 20, 1854
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Smith, James

Death of James Smith
     James Smith, one of the foremost citizens of Guyan Township, died Wednesday morning about 7 o’clock, after a very brief illness with what was supposed to be neuralgia of the stomach. He was taken violently ill sometime in the night or early morning and a physician was sent for, but before he arrived, the spirit had taken its flight and Mr. Smith was no more among men.
     It is with profound sadness that we make this announcement, as we had been intimately acquainted with the deceased ever since his removal to this county some time in the sixties, and had always regarded him as one of the best men we ever knew. He settled in Guyan township a poor man, but by his industry and economy had succeeded in accumulating a nice competence of this world’s goods, and what is still better, he gained the respect of all who knew him and we have no doubt but that he was fully prepared to die. He was a leading member of the M. E. Church at Stewart Chapel, and was largely responsible for the nice church building recently erected at that place.
     A widow, two sons, Daniel W., and Rev. J. W., the present pastor of the Gallipolis Circuit, and one daughter, Mrs. J. R. Gothard, besides an entire community mourn their loss. The funeral took place Thursday under the auspices of the Masonic fraternity, of which he was a prominent member, and his ashes were laid away in the new cemetery at the church he loved so well.

The Gallipolis Journal
Saturday, January 12, 1895
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron                                                                    Top of Page


Smith, Janie [Garlic]

Mrs. James M. Smith Died Thursday After Long Illness
     Death came to Mrs. James M. Smith (Janie Garlic) Thursday afternoon at her home on Fourth Ave., after a long illness. Mrs. Smith who was 49 years old, had lived her entire life in Gallia county, and for the past eight years in Gallipolis.
     Surviving relatives are her husband, four sons, and one daughter, Irwin H. of Huntington; Delbert J. and James H., of Gallipolis and Russell and Martha, at home and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. P. M. Garlic, of Crown City.
     Funeral services will be held at her late home, 640 Fourth Ave., Sunday at 2 p.m., and burial in Mound Hill Cemetery in charge of A. E. Tope.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, April 6, 1928

OBITUARY
     Janie Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P. M. Garlic, was born June 20, 1878. Departed this life, April 5th 1928, aged 49 years, 9 months, 5 days.
     Was married to J. M. Smith August 20th, 1898. To this union were born 5 children, 4 boys and one girl. Irvin of Huntington, W. Va., Delbert of Gallipolis, Harold of Gallipolis, Russell and Martha of Gallipolis.
     She was converted at an early age, joining the Bethlehem Regular Baptist Church where she remained a member until her death. She was a faithful consistent Christian, a good mother and companion. She leaves to mourn her loss a devoted husband, a father and mother, her 5 children, 2 brothers and three sisters, one sister, Charity of Huntington, preceded her to the Great Beyond, besides a host of relatives and friends to mourn her loss.

We miss you from our home dear Mother,
We miss you from your place,
A shadow o’er our life is cast;
We miss the sunshine of your face,
We miss your kind and willing hand,
Your fond and earnest care,
Our home is dark without you,
We miss you everywhere.

Card of Thanks
     We sincerely thank our dear friends and neighbors who assisted us in any way in our sad bereavement, for the many beautiful floral offerings, also Rev. Brown, the Methodist Choir and Undertaker Tope. The Family.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, April 11, 1928
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron                                                                    Top of Page


Smith, John

     Death has taken away, the past week, two of the old and well-known citizens of this county, to wit: George Eagle, of Raccoon township, and John Smith, of Perry township. They were respectively aged about 80 years, and were among our best citizens.

The Gallipolis Journal
July 8, 1869
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Smith, John Andrew

     GALLIPOLIS - John Andrew Smith, 53, Gallipolis Route 1, died unexpectedly Sunday in Holzer Medical Center.  He was owner and operator of the Kanauga Concrete Block Co.  Born in Rodney, he was a son of the late Pearl and Lona Smith.
     He was a graduate of Vinton High School and was a member of the Eagles, Elks and Moose Lodges.  He served in the Navy during World War II.
     Surviving are his wife, Mary McCarley Smith; a daughter, Mrs. Lewis (Carolyn) Taylor; a son, John Smith, Gallipolis Route 1; two brothers, Herb and Glenn Smith, both of Gallipolis Route 1; two sisters, Mrs. John Hale of Vinton and Mrs. Richard Labole of North Ft. Meyers, Fla. and four grandsons.
     Services will be Tuesday, 2 p.m., at the Miller Funeral Home with the Rev. C. J. Lemley officiating.  Burial will be in the Cheshire Gravel Hill Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home today from 6 to 9 p.m.

Athens Messenger
Monday, January 26, 1976
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Smith, John Clendenen (Jack)

Jack Smith, 56, Dies In Hospital
     John Clendenen (Jack) Smith, 56, died at 10:05 a.m. Saturday in the Holzer Hospital where he had been a patient 12 hours. He had worked at his job at the Keener Sand and Clay Co., near Kerr Station all day Friday and suffered a heart attack that evening at his home at Kerr. He was taken to the hospital about 10 p.m. Friday.
     Decedent was born Jan. 15, 1897, in Gallia County, son of the late Fanny Cordell Smith and Jerome Smith, Kerr. He had been employed at the Keener company 20 years.
     Survivors besides his father include three brothers: Oscar and Joe, Bidwell; Jerome Jr., Kerr; two sons, Samuel and Lewis Smith, Cincinnati; Miss Cleo Smith, Cincinnati; Mrs. Leona Smith, Gallipolis.
     Funeral services were to be held at 2 p.m. today at Buck Ridge Providence Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. B. R. Smith, Bidwell, will officiate. Miller’s Home for Funerals is in charge of arrangements. Pall bearers are John Morgan, Douglas Johnson, Sr., Wilbur, Wallace and Jewell Smith and Gilbert Mayo.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, June 22, 1953
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Smith, Jack C.

J. C. Smith Dies at 56
     GALLIPOLIS - Jack C. Smith, 56, who was admitted to Holzer Hospital late Friday night following a coronary attack, died there at 10:05 Saturday morning. He had for many years been an employe of the Keener Sand and Clay Co. near Kerr.
     He was born in Gallia County, the son of the late Jerome and Fannie Cordell Smith, and is survived by three sons, Samuel, Lewis, and Cleo, all of Cincinnati; a daughter, Mrs. Leona Smith, Gallipolis; three brothers, Oscar and Joe of Bidwell, and Jerome of Kerr.
     Funeral services will be conducted at the Buck Ridge Church, Monday at 2 p.m. by the Rev. Preston C. Smith, with burial in the church cemetery. The body will remain at the Miller Funeral Home where friends may call until the hour of service.

Athens Sunday Messenger
June 21, 1953
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Smith, Julius D.

Death of a Soldier
     Julius D. Smith, brother of Clifford Smith, of this city, died at the Soldier’s Home at Dayton, Wednesday, and was buried there. Mr. Smith had not seen him for 36 years.

Gallipolis Bulletin
Friday, January 29, 1909
Transcribed by Sandy Lee Milliron


Smith, Laura [Porter]

Mrs. W. R. Smith, Mercerville, Dies 4 P.M. Tuesday
Funeral 1 Friday
Was Only Daughter Of Late J. V. Porter, Harrison Twp.
     Mrs. Laura Porter Smith, member of a long-influential family, and wife of W. R. Smith, died at 4 p.m. Tuesday at their home near Mercerville. She had suffered for several years from leakage of the heart; and though infirm and forced to curtail her daily activities, she had prepared the family dinner at noon yesterday.
Mrs. Smith was the only daughter of the late J. Vint Porter and Mary Ann Leaper Porter, who were the parents of eight sons, most of whom were long active in the county affairs. She was in her 84th year, having been born on March 29, 1862.

Wed Over Sixty Years
     Mr. and Mrs. Smith were married more than 60 years ago. They were tenderly devoted to each other and spent their entire wedlock on the old Smith homestead. Her passing is a tragic blow to Mr. Smith, who will be 89 years old three months hence. In recent years only they ceased to be familiar figures in Gallipolis. Her death was the first in her immediate family.
     Decedent was a devoted member of the Mercerville Baptist Church and active therein until ill health made it inadvisable for her to attend its services regularly.
     Surviving, in addition to the venerable husband, are these children: Mrs. Edith Walter, 534 Second Ave., Gallipolis, Mrs. Ruby Koerner, St. Cloud, Minn., Morton Smith, Marion; Russell Smith, at home; Mrs. Truman Burnett, Kanauga. Of the grandchildren, nine entered the armed services and eight are still serving, and there are three surviving brothers, Hibbard H., who lives on a farm adjoining that of the Smiths; Charles Porter, living near the old Porter homestead in Harrison Twp., and Eliza Porter of near Thivener.
     Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Mercerville Church. Interment will be made in Mound Hill Cemetery by C. R. Halley and it is probable the pallbearers will be chosen from the grandsons able to be present.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, August 29, 1945
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron                                                                    Top of Page


Smith, Leander

DIED
     Of fever, at his father's residence in Addison township in this county, on Wednesday, the 26th instant, MR. LEANDER SMITH. In the death of this young man society has lost a member who promised much of future usefulness, and his parents a dutiful and affectionate son. He was a constant friend; in fact his whole life was an example worthy the imitation of every young person, and his death, one of the brightest proofs of the blessings of Christianity.
     He had spent nearly five years of unremitted toil in the pursuit of knowledge which would fit him for future usefulness. With nearly every obstacle surmounted, the goal in view, and just as he was about to take his place in society with an honorable and useful profession, he is told by his physician, and is also sensible from the nature of his case, that he must die! That all, all must in a few hours be closed in death! He received this information with calmness and resignation; his countenance beamed with joy, and he exclaimed with firmness, "to-morrow I shall be in Paradise." Infidel, is you cannot believe, for the sake of the comfort that religion gives the poor dying mortal, a striking proof of which you have in this case, cease at least your opposition.
                                                                               S.G.W.
Gallipolis Journal
November 03, 1842
Transcribed by Teresa Herrmann                         


Smith, Leona F.

Leona F. Smith
     Leona Frances Smith, 65, Columbus, died Saturday Dec. 23, 1995 at her residence. Born Oct. 14, 1930 in Gallipolis, daughter of the late John Clendenon Smith and Vesta Cordell Hurt, she attended the Church of the Redeemer United Methodist Church.
     Surviving in addition to her mother are her husband, Kenton Smith; three sons, Bruce R (Sheila) Smith; Kent D. Smith and Leon C. Smith; a daughter, Lisa K (Thomas) Weiberl; five grandchildren; a half-brother, Lewis Smith; a half-sister, Cleo Newell and four cousins.
     Services will be 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Schoedinger East Chapel, 5360 E. Livingston Avenue, Columbus, with the Rev. Alan Sippel officiating. Burial will be in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Friends may call at the chapel from 5-7:30 p.m. today. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, December 27, 1995
Transcribed by F.K. Brown                                                                           Top of Page


Smith, Levi Hamilton

Death of Levi Smith
     Mr. Levi Smith, residing at Rio Grande, aged about 73 years, died as the result of infirmities incident to old age on Thursday of last week. The funeral services were conducted at the Rio Grande M. E. Church Sunday morning by Rev. J. W. Smith, burial following at Mt. Zion cemetery.
     He leaves three sons and two daughters, his wife having died some twelve or fifteen years ago. Mr. Smith was a church member and had spent all his life in Raccoon and Perry township. He was a man that commanded the respect and esteem of all who knew him.

[Note: Date of Death: Oct. 27, 1905; According to cemetery records, he was buried in Old Pine Cemetery in Raccoon Township.]

Gallipolis Bulletin
Friday, November 3, 1905
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Smith, Lola Janet [McDaniel]

     So it was with sister Lola Janet McDaniel Smith, who answered the Master's Call on Tuesday evening, September 29 [1970] about seven o'clock at the Holzer Medical Center, Gallipolis, Ohio; where she had been a patient for the past four weeks She bore her pain and sickness with patience and smiles.
     Mrs. Smith was a native of the Harris Community, in Springfield Township, having been born March 1, 1891, the daughter of the late Henry and Mary Elizabeth McDaniel. Her life was a journey here of 79 years, five months, 28 days. She was of a family of three children, a baby sister and a brother, Emmett, preceded her in death.
     Her marriage to John Roy Smith took place on August 10, 1921. He too having preceded her in death on Dec. 10, 1964. To this union were born the following children: Mrs. Maurice (Marjorie) Payne, Bidwell; Mrs. Hubert (Mary Louise) Smith, Porter; Charles Andrew Smith, Wellston and John Robert Smith of Chillicothe.
     Fourteen grand and four great-grandchldren survive, as well as a great number of relatives and a host of friends to mourn her passing.
     She joined the New Hope Baptist Church, Harris, Ohio, early in life and remained loyal to the cause until her homegoing. Mrs Smith was a loving mother, kind neighbor and friend. She reared a family whose influence and esteem in the communities where they reside is inestimable. Their loving care and ever watchful hands not only during their Mother's late illness, but throughout their family life, proved that "Mother" was a jewel and none so precious as she. The children as well as neighbors and friends during her recent illness was constantly present at her bedside administering to her every need.
     Lola, as many knew her will always be remembered for the love and care she not only rendered to her immediate family, but to others who were sick and homeless, for her home was their home. She was a "Lover of Home" but shared its warmth and contentment as a "House Beside the Road".

Gallipolis Paper
No date
Transcribed by F.K. Brown                                                                              


Smith, Lona Frances [Sines]

At Age 75
     Mrs. Lona Frances Smith, 75, a longtime resident of the Georges Creek community, died at the home of a daughter at 3:30 p.m. Monday. She had been in failing health for several years and had been hospitalized several times.
     She was born at Leon, W. Va. July 26, 1886, the daughter of Henry and Nancy Cooper Sines. There were 13 children in the family and she is the last of her family. Her marriage to Pearl Smith, who survives took place at Leon on Sept. 14, 1904. Ten children were born to [t]his union and seven survive, William[,] Herbet V.[,] Ernest E., Mrs. John (Dolly) Hale, at whose home she died, all of Rt. 1 Gallipolis, John of Kanauga, Glenn of Gallipolis and Mrs. Dennis (Ruth) O’Donohue of Tampa, Fla. Three children who preceded her in death were Aubrey, killed in the Normandy invasion in World War II, Nancy in infancy, and Stanley, as a child. There are 11 grandchildren.
     The family had resided in Ohio since 1910. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Miller’s Home for Funerals. Rev. C. J. Lemley will officiate and burial will be in Maddy cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 p.m. Wednesday.

[Note: According to Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1932, 1938-2007 at Ancestry.com, she died on Monday December 18, 1961]

Probably Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday December 19, 1961
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux


Smith, Lucille

Death of Lucille Smith
     Little Lucille Smith, the three-months-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Smith, died last Friday, October 13, 1905. The funeral was held Sunday at St. Louis Church, the services being conducted by Father Kessler. The interment followed at Pine Street cemetery by Hayward & Son.
     Little Lucille was a sweet child who bid fair to grow into a splendid woman and her death is a great blow to the fond parents, who will have the sympathy of every one in their great sorrow.

Gallipolis Bulletin
Friday, October 20, 1905
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Smith, Lula Mae [Hill]

     Lula Mae Smith, 87, Ewington, died Tuesday morning at O’Blenness Hospital, Athens. She was born Oct. 27, 1898, in Liberty, W. Va. to the late Clayton and Nancy Harrison Hill.
     She is survived by her husband, Floyd M. Smith; one daughter, Barbara J. Alvarez, Columbus; and one granddaughter, Jennifer. Also surviving are two brothers: Ambrose Hill, Bancroft, W. Va., and Woodrow Hill, Bucyrus, Oh. She was preceded in death by five brothers and five sisters.
     Mrs. Smith attended the Wilkesville Methodist Church. Services will be held Friday, at 1 p.m. at the McCoy-Moore Funeral Home, Vinton. Burial will be at the Vinton Memorial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, December 18, 1985
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Smith, Luther Eugene Dr.

Dr. Smith, 86, Retired Gallipolis Dentist, Dies
     Dr. Luther Eugene Smith, 86, of 601 Fourth Ave., died at 3:45 p.m., Monday at the home of his son, Gene, New Vienna, Ohio. Dr. Smith had been in failing health the past four years. He practiced dentistry in Gallipolis for 62 years, retiring in 1968.
     He was born July 4, 1886, in Jackson, son of the late Charles A. and Carolyn Reynolds Smith.
His wife, Leslie White Smith, preceded him in death in 1946.
     He is survived by one son, Gene Smith, New Vienna; two daughters, Mrs. Maude Miller, Urbana, and Mrs. Tom (Garnet) Mills, Gallipolis. One daughter, Lucille, preceded him in death. Eight grandchildren, three step-grandchildren survive.
     He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Morning Dawn Lodge No. 7, Gallipolis Chapter, Moriah Council, and Rose Commandery, York Cross of Honor, and the Ohio State Dental Society.
     Funeral services will be held 1 p.m., Saturday at the Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home with rev. Paul Hawks officiating. Burial will be in Gravel Hill Cemetery, Cheshire. Friends may call at the funeral home after 3 p.m., Friday.

Gallipolis Tribune
Sept. 18, 1972
Transcribed by J. Farley                                                                               Top of Page


Smith, Margaret Olive [Meadows]

     GALLIPOLISMargaret Olive Smith, 83, of Gallipolis, died Thursday, May 24, 2001, in St. Mary’s Hospital in Huntington, W. Va. Born Nov. 26, 1917, in Cora, she was the daughter of the late Olive and Minnie Meadows.
     She was retired from the laundry department at Holzer Medical Center and was a member of Fairhaven Methodist Church, Kanauga.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry R. Smith, a son, Ray A. Smith; and five sisters, Virginia Roush, Helen Bloomer, Norma Thornburg, Phyllis Meadows and Velma Ellis.
     Surviving are five daughters: Joyce (Richard) Thornburg, Apple Grove, W. Va.; Janice Crabtree of Columbus; Jewell (Alvin) Johnson of Bidwell; June (Paul) Moore, of Benton, Ky. and JoAnn (Dave) McQuaid of Gallipolis; two sons, Robert O. (Patricia) of Golf Breeze, Fla.; and G. Keith (Norma) Smith of Glouster; 20 grandchildren, several great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and a sister, Clarice Bumgardner of Lesage, W. Va.
     Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Cremeens Funeral Chapel. Paul Moore will officiate. Burial will be in Reynolds Cemetery at Addison. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral chapel.

Gallipolis Sunday Times Sentinel
May 27, 2001
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Smith, Mary

Death of Mrs. Smith
     Mrs. Mary Smith, a widow, aged 55 years, who came here with Dr. H. C. Rutter ten or twelve years ago as a domestic, died at the Infirmary Friday morning at 4 o’clock, from illness with dropsy for the past six months. She left a mother and brother at Los Angeles, Cal. She was a woman who had seen better days.
     She was buried at Mound Hill cemetery by Wetherholt Friday afternoon. Before going to the infirmary, she had made her home with Mr. and Mrs. Andy Brown.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Saturday, January 14, 1905
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Smith, Mary Elma

Miss Smith Dies At Cora Home; Rites 2 Monday
     Miss Mary Elma Smith, who would have been 81 years old on Feb. 22 (Washington’s 213th birthday), died at 8 o’clock last night at the home of her nephew, Ernest Watts of near Cora. Miss Smith was born at the place where she died and it was always her home. She was the daughter of Augustus Smith and her death leaves but one survivor of her generation of the family, her sister, Mrs. Anna Watts, lower Third Ave.
     Since October, 1937, Miss Smith had been unable to walk but spent most of her time in a rocking chair. She was a member of the Cora Methodist Church. Funeral will be held at 2 o’clock Monday at Old Pine Church. Burial there by O. E. Elliott.

Unknown Newspaper
Saturday February 10, 1945

Smith, Mary Elma

IN MEMORIUM
Death steps in to our community and takes from among us a beloved woman
     On February 22, 1864, Mary Elma Smith, the daughter of Charles Augustus and Francis Cheney Smith, was born at their home in Perry Township, Gallia County. She departed this life at the same home February 9, 1945, at the age of 80 years, 11 months and 9 days. Her entire life was spent at this home.
     The departed was one of a family of seven children, two daughters and five sons. The five sons, one in infancy, John Edgar at the age of five years, Ezekiel Barton, Charles Allen, and Frank Leslie have preceded her in death. There remains to mourn the loss of her sister Mrs. Dow Watts (Anna Smith).
     After the death of her parents she was left alone at the old homestead. So after a short period of time her nephew, Ernest Watts, son of Anna Watts, came to help her manage and carry on the farm work. This was 34 years ago. Mary Elma was a hard worker and always tried to do her part in life. After being with her five years Ernest married Gladys Mossbarger and they continued to live in this home and cared for Mary Elma in her last sickness. There were two sons born to Mr. and Mrs. Watts and they were endeared to their Aunt Mary as her own children. Since Harold and Kenneth have been in the Armed Service, Aunt Mary worried much about their welfare.
     In 1905 she became a charter member of Cora M. E. Church and remained a faithful member until death. She was interested in church work and always willing to contribute to the financial welfare. As long as health permitted she was an active member of the Cora Ladies Aid.
     In October 1937 she was stricken with a form of rheumatism. Since that time until two weeks before her death she had sat in her chair continuing over a period of seven and a half years. During this time she was patient and ever cheerful. When conversing with her concerning her health she would remark, “There are other people whose condition is worse than mine.”
     Words were never spoken of the deceased unless they were words of praise. She lived a Christian life and everyone who knew her realized her devotion and admired her patience. We believe that she hasn’t left an enemy on earth and that her life is a living invitation to all to meet her at the throne of the Father in Heaven.
She will be sadly missed in the home and community. She was always at her home ready to welcome visitors.

Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me,
And may there be no moaning of the bar
When I put out to sea.
For though from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar.

Unknown Newspaper
Abt. Friday February 9, 1945
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux


Smith, Matilda

Matilda Smith, 82, Dies Wednesday
Burial At Troy
     Mrs. Matilda N. Smith, most of whose 82 years were spent in Troy, Ohio, died Wednesday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. O. Waugh, on Hannan Trace. Four other daughters and two sons survive. Mrs. Smith had lived with her daughter in this county for the last three years.
     Services were to be held at 3 p.m. today at the Waugh home, in charge of Rev. Jennings Cremeens. Then the body will be taken to Troy for burial by C. R. Halley.

Gallipolis Newspaper
No Date
Transcribed by Margaret Calvin   


Smith, Nancy

Death of Mrs. Smith
     Mrs. Nancy Smith of Waugh's Bottom, widow of the late Brice H. Smith who died eleven years ago, died at the home of her daughter Mrs. J.T. Waugh, Sunday afternoon, April 7, 1907, from stomach and liver trouble, having been failing for a year, but getting rapidly worse during the past month. Her funeral services were conducted by Rev. Mr. Caldwell of Huntington at 11 o'clock this Tuesday morning at the M.E. Church in Waugh's Bottom, the burial by Wetherholt following in the church graveyard at the same place.
     Mrs. Smith was a kind and affectionate old lady, member of the Baptist church and well liked by all who knew her, and especially loved by her family. She left brothers Riley, of Clipper Mill, Jack, of Indiana, John
and Geo. Dickey of Huntington and sisters Mrs. Jack Smith of Harrison township, Mrs. Val Clark, of Clay township, and Mrs. Jesse Lewis of Guyan.
     Her surviving children are G.R., of Bladen, H.M. Smith of Clarington, A.J. of Guyan township, W.B. of Huntington, W.Va., Mrs. Tobe Waugh, of Ohio township, and Mrs. J.M. Notter of Huntington.

[Note: She is buried in Swan Creek Cemetery in Ohio Township, age 78y 3m 18d on stone.]

Gallipolis Weekly Tribune
April 12, 1907
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Smith, Oma Letha

     Joint funeral services have been planned for a Bidwell Route 2 man and his wife who were among the victims of the Silver Bridge tragedy, Charles Thomas Smith and Oma Letha Smith both 65.
     Mr. Smith was born at Chapmanvill, W. Va., a son of the late John and Virginia Dingiss Smith. He was employed for 27 years by the C and O Railroad prior to retirement a year ago. He was a member of the First Church of God.
     Mrs. Smith was a native of Ripley and was a daughter of the late John andMinnie Parsons Frey.
     Mr. and Mrs. Smith are survived by three sons: Charles, Thomas, Jr. of Huntington and Herbert P. of Gallipolis and John of Long Beach, Calif., and five daughters: Mrs. Harry Unroe of Virginia Beach, Va., Mrs.David Hopkins of Norfolk, Mrs. John Fritz of Pandro, Calif., Mrs Dennis LaCrosse of Yokuska, Japan and Mrs Betty Roberts of Gallipolis Ferry.
     In addition to his children, Mr. Smith is survived by a brother, John of Letart and three sisters, Mrs Harley Chapman of Hollywood, Fla., Mrs. Tom Dean of Huntington and Mrs. Jane Albert of New York City.
     In additiopn to her children, Mrs. Smith is survived by two brothers, Albert of Akron and Russell of Mount Morris, Mich., and a sister, Mrs Mildred Elkins of Logan, W. Va.
     Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the First Church of God, Jackson Pike, in Gallipolis with the Rev. Ezra Bowen and the Rev. John Wheeler officiating. Burial will be in athe Calvary cemetery. Friends may call at the Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home Thursday 3 - 5 and 7 - 9 p.m.

Athens Messenger
December 19, 1967
Contributed by Joyce Robinson                                                                     Top of Page     


Smith, Ottie E.

     GALLIPOLIS - Ottie E. Smith, 80, died in the Holzer Memorial Center around 10:40 p.m. Friday. She resided in the Wellston Nursing Home. A former resident of Rt. 2, Gallipolis, Mrs. Smith was born December 15, 1892, at Piney, W. Va., daughter of the late John and Martha Carter Erwin.
     She married Gola Smith. They resided in Addison Twp. He preceded her in death. She is survived by a son, Sam, Gallipolis and a daughter Mrs. Charles (Betty) White, St. Clouds, Fla; two sisters, Mrs. Florence Sides and Mrs. Bonnie Beckett, both of Columbus; and a brother Loron Erwin, Springfield.
     Funeral Services will be held 2 p.m. Monday at Miller's Home for Funerals with the Rev. Alfred Holley officiating. Burial will be in Fulton Cemetery on Bunce Rd. Friends may call at the funeral home after 3 p.m. today.

The Daily Sentinel
January 28, 1972
Transcribed by: Peggy Sibert Mason


Smith, Paul Arthur

Military Burial Held For Youth
     Legion military burial services were held Saturday in Pine Street Cemetery for Paul Arthur Smith, 21, who was killed in a Point Pleasant automobile accident Thursday.
     Funeral services were held at the C.J. Waugh Funeral Home. Attending from out-of-town were:
The Rev. and Mrs., James Diggins and son, Mr. and Mrs. C.S. Hollis, Columbus; Mrs. Gertrude Evans, Sidney; Mr and Mrs. Dean Robinson and Mr. and Mrs. Omar Wheeler, Parkersburg; Mr. and Mrs. Ray Green and daughter and Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Smith, Huntington. Mr and Mrs. Shelby Boggess, Mrs. Hollis Boggis and daughter, Millard Boggess, Sam Boggess, and Gus Boggess, Nitro, W.Va.; Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Baer and Mr. and Mrs. E.E. Elliott, New Philadelphia; Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Coomer, Dayton. Mr. and Mrs. Don Burger and son, Mrs. Eva Casto, the Rev. E.C. Venz, Mrs. Opal Smith, Ray Smith, Tom Smith, Charleston; a Rev. Mr. Black, Point Pleasant; and the Rev. George Oiler and daughter, Middleport.

I cannot say and I will not say
That he is dead--he is just away
With a cheery smile and a wave of the hand
He has wandered into an unknown land.

Obituary
     Paul Arthur Smith, son of Rev. and Mrs. H.M. Smith, was born November 19, 1927 and departed this life December 9, 1948 at the age of 21 years and twenty one days. He was a graduate of Gallia Academy High School, where he was active in all sports, and social activities and he served his country in the Air Force for three years, one and a half years being spent overseas. He leaves besides his father and mother, three brothers;Gallias of Lynchburg, Va; Sterling of Columbus, Ohio; Carl of Gallipolis, Ohio; five sisters, Mrs. Lillian Davis, Mrs. Pearl Elliott, Mrs. Mary Agnes Sheets of Gallipolis, Ohio; Mrs. Bertha McDaniel of Columbus, Ohio, Mrs. Edith Taylor of Charleston, W.Va. He has been preceded in death by one sister and one brother.

Life is real, Life is ernest
And the grave is not its goal
Dust Thou art to dust returneth
Was not spoken of the soul.

[Note: A photograph was included in the newspaper obituary.]

Gallipolis paper
Date December 1948
Transcribed by Theresa E. Smith                                                                   Top of Page


Smith, Ray A. ‘Smitty’

     Ray A. “Smitty” Smith, 46, 6 Birch Lane, Gallipolis, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999 at Holzer Medical Center. Born Oct. 30, 1953 in Kanauga, son of Margaret Meadows Smith of Gallipolis and the late Harry R. Smith, he had been employed by the Zinn Coal Co., and was a U. S. Air Force veteran.
     Surviving in addition to his mother are a daughter, Margo Smith of Gallipolis; five sisters, Joyce (Richard) Thornburg of Apple Grove, W. Va., Janice Crabtree of Columbus, Jewell (Alvin) Johnson of Bidwell, June (Paul) Moore of Benton, Ky., and JoAnn (Dave) McQuaid of Gallipolis; two brothers, Robert O. (Patricia) Smith of Gulf Breeze, Fla., and G. Keith (Norma) Smith of Glouster; and several nieces and nephews.
     Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Cremeens Funeral Chapel, with Paul Moore officiating. Burial will be in the Reynolds Cemetery, Addison. Friends may call at the chapel from 7-9 tonight.

Gallipolis Sunday Times Sentinel
November 14, 1999
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Smith, Rome (Jerome)

Rome Smith, 97, Dies On Sunday At Kerr Home
     One of the oldest if not the oldest resident of Gallia county died at his Kerr home at______ a.m. Sunday. He was _______Jerome(Rome) Smith, 97, a re_______ blacksmith.
     Rome Smith was ___________ and spent his entire lifetime in Gallia co. He was born at the height of the Civil War on May 16, 1862, and was the son of the late Joseph and Mary Wilson Smith and was one of 13 children in the family. Only two brothers survive him: Christopher and Charles Smith, both of Kerr.
     He was married to the former Fannie Cordell and she preceded him in 1936. They had ten children and three sons survive, Oscar and Joe Smith, both of Bidwell and Jerome, Jr., of Kerr. There are seventeen grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.
     Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Providence Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery under the direction of Miller’s Home for Funerals. Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday afternoon and until the hour of the service.

[Note: This obituary has some heavy ink marks down the 1st of it. The stone lists him as Rome Smith.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, January 4, 1960
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Smith, Russell Earl

Russell Smith, Famed Athlete, Dies On Sunday
     Gallipolis was shocked Sunday to learn of the death of Russell Earl Smith, 19, of 85 Locust St. at 3 a.m. in Holzer hospital. While it was known that he was seriously ill, the sudden turn in his illness was unexpected.
He had been a patient at Holzer hospital early in the summer, and in recent weeks his condition had improved to the point that he was able to go to the golf course and attend other functions. Last weekend he had visited Mr. and Mrs. Albert Meyers at Henderson, Ky. His fatal illness had extended over a period of four months, and he had re-entered the hospital last Wednesday.
     Smith was one of the greatest athletes produced at Gallia Academy High School. During his career in several sports, he received nine letters. At the time of his graduation, in 1955, he shared the coveted athletic key along with Jim Thomas. He excelled in three sports, football, basketball, and baseball, as well as being an avid golfer.
     As a grade school student, he played on the championship grade cage team under Coach Richard Shrider. Other championship teams which he played on were the freshman team coached by Ross Fleming and a reserve team coached by Shrider. He reached his heights in basketball, playing on the championship teams of 1954 and 1955. He was awarded a berth on the All-SEO team for his play as a forward. In football he was an outstanding end, and was named to the All-SEO team for his play during his senior year. In baseball he was one of the greatest pitchers in the history of the sport, at the local school. He pitched the Blue Devils to the championship in games against Athens by scores of 1-0 and 5-2 in 1954 and 1955. He was picked as a pitcher to play in the Ohio All-Star East-West game played at Columbus Jet stadium in 1955 and hurled four innings of that game.
     It was not for his prowess as an athlete that he will be alone remembered. He was active in many phases of the local high school. He was a member of the Key Club, Thespians, and with his outstanding voice was a member of the boys’ ensemble which won state honors. Outside of his school life he was vitally interested in youth organizations. In 1954 he was president of the Grace Methodist Youth Fellowship and was vice-president of the southeastern district of that organization. He had seriously considered going into some phase of church work, either the ministry or medical missionary work. After his graduation from high school, he was awarded a scholarship to Miami University where he had pursued a pre-medical course this past year.
     Russ was born in Gallipolis on Feb. 9, 1937, the eldest child of Russell M. and Halma Moore Smith. They survive along with his three sisters, Gretchen Ann, 16, Karen Jane, 13 and Amanda Sue, 9.
     Funeral services will be held at Grace Methodist Church at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. The body will be taken to the church one hour before the service to lie in state. Rev. Warren Wilson, assisted by Rev. L. H. Stebbins, will officiate and burial will be in Mound Hill cemetery under the direction of the C. J. Waugh Funeral Home. Friends may call at Waugh’s after noon on Tuesday. Pallbearers will include a number of former teammates; Buddy Preston, Larry Radeker, Dick Moore, Jim Thomas, Bill Jenkins and Albert Meyers.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, September 10, 1956
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron                                                                    Top of Page


Smith, Samuel J.

Sam Smith Dies Suddenly at Bulaville
     Mr. Sam Smith, farmer of Bulaville, died suddenly Saturday afternoon.  He leaves a wife and three children to mourn their loss.

[Note: 1874 – June 13, 1926; Age 52 yrs. 5 mos. He was the son of Samuel R. & Cynthia Spires Smith. He is buried in Maddy Cemetery.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, June 14, 1926
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Smith, Solomon

Death of Solomon Smith
     Solomon Smith, the colored man who in a delirium got out of bed Sunday night and walked in the awful cold in his bare feet to Kanauga, and an account of which has already been published, died this January 22, 1904 at the Infirmary where he was taken Monday evening, never having recovered his mind to amount to anything. A subscription was taken up among those for whom he had worked and he will have respectable burial. Sol was a kindly inoffensive old fellow who had the good will of everyone.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday evening, January 22, 1904
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Smith, Strother

Death of Strother Smith
     Strother Smith, of Harrison township, passed away Saturday July 1, with a complication of troubles incident to his advanced age, 84 years. He was a prominent farmer and the last surviving member of a large family. He leaves a wife about the same age, two sons and two daughters. The funeral was held at his late residence at 4 o'clock Sunday afternoon by Rev. Porter and the burial was in the Smith Cemetery by Undertaker Stevers of Mercerville.

[Note: dates from stone at Smith Cemetery, Harrison Twp., 1828-1911]

Gallipolis newspaper
July 1911
Transcribed by Joanne Galvin                                                                        Top of Page                                                                         


Smith, Wells

Death of Aged Man
     Wells Smith, aged 89 years, 4 months and 17 days, died at his home at Blackfork, Sunday. He had been in poor health for nearly a year. The major portion of his life was spent in Gallia and Lawrence counties. Funeral services were held Tuesday and he was laid to rest in Gallia Cemetery.

[Note: originally published in the "Jackson Sun"]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
May 6, 1911
Transcribed by Lisa Halbig


Smith, Wesley T.

Wesley T. Smith, Well Known Here, Dies
     Wesley T. Smith, aged 68, well known throughout Gallia County where he lived for many years, died Wednesday night at the home of his daughter, Mr. H.H Daughtery, in Columbus. He had gone to Columbus about a month ago from Athens where he had been employee for many years as a shoe salesman. Mr. Smith was a member of the M. E. Church at Athens and the I.O.O.E. at New Martinsburg. Surviving relatives besides his daughter, are a son, L. Morgan Smith, of Hammond, Ind., a sister, Mrs. Luella Warren, Dayton, a brother, Dr. L.B. Smith, Oakland, Cal. and five grandchildren. The Cheney family of this county, also were relatives.
     Funeral services will be held at the home of his daughter Friday evening and the body will be brought to Rio Grande for burial there at 11 a.m. Saturday beside a son, and his wife, who before her marriage was Hannah Morgan Womeldorff, who preceded him in death many years ago.

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

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
March 25, 1927
Transcribed by Jessica L. Weber


Smith, William

     William Smith, a deck-sweep on the steamer C. P. Huntington while endeavoring to rescue a bucket from the river, at Charleston, on Wednesday morning last, fell under the pitman, and was cut in two pieces.

The Gallipolis Bulletin
Wednesday, January 29, 1873
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Smith, Wilson Rolandus (Tad)

W. R. Smith Dies Saturday
     W. R. (Tad) Smith, 96, died at his home on Paragon Rd., two miles from Mercerville, at 8:30 Saturday morning. Wilson Rolandus Smith was born in Guyan Twp., the son of the late Bryce and Mary Dickey Smith.
Had he lived until Nov. 26, Smith would have been 97 years old. He was preceded in death by his wife, Laura Porter Smith, by eight years. Three daughters and one son survive. They are Edith Walter, Gallipolis; Ruby Koerner, St. Cloud, Minn.; Morton Smith, Marion, and Stella Burnett, Kanauga.
     Funeral services will be Tuesday at the Mercerville Baptist Church. Rev. Charles Lusher, Painesville, will officiate. Burial by C. R. Halley Funeral Home, Mercerville. [Burial] will follow in Mound Hill Cemetery. The body will be taken to the home at 10 a.m. Sunday where friends may call.

The Gallia Times
Saturday, October 24, 1953
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Smithers, Rosina [Carel]

     At 2 o’clock Friday afternoon, Dec. 25, 1896, Mrs. Rosina Carel Smithers passed peacefully away in the 74th year of her age. Mrs. Smithers was the second daughter of the late Franklin Carel; was born in this city March 5, 1823, where her entire life has been spent. Oct. 14, 1846, she was united in marriage to Captain D. Y. Smithers, who died in June 1886. In the year 1875 both Mr. and Mrs. Smithers united with the M.E. church of this city under the pastorate of Rev. C D. Batelle, and up to the time of their respective deaths were devout members of the same, and among the most liberal supporters of the church, contributing largely to all its interests. The large bell, and the fine cushions on the seats are among their donations.
     Mrs. Smithers had been poorly for several years, being almost continuously confined to her room, but able to be up most of the time, until the Thursday week prior to her death, when she was taken worse and continued to decline under the tenderest care of both her friends and physician until the hour above mentioned when she was released from her sufferings and entered upon her reward.
     She leaves two brothers and two sisters, Charles Carel, of this city, Fred Carel, of St. Albans, W.Va., Mrs. Mary A. Wood and Mrs. L. Z. Cadot, of this city, besides many other relatives; and her friends include all who knew her.
     The funeral services were conducted at the M. E. church Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock by Rev. A. J. Hawk burial following at Mound Hill cemetery by Hayward & Son. Following were the pall bearers selected by the friends of the deceased; J. W. Miles, J. G. Damron, Jr., J. W. Gardner, H. P. Hanna, C. H. D. Summers and A. W. Kerns.

Gallipolis Journal
December 29, 1896
Transcribed by Jessica L. Weber