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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

Will, Gwendolyn

     Gwendolyn Will, 81, of Rt. 1, Gallipolis, died Saturday morning, at Holzer Medical Center following a long illness. A member of Bethel Church and Bladen Ladies Aid, she was born Nov 28, 1900 in Bladen to the late James and Willa Hanley Barker.
     She is survived by one son, Earl Will of Marietta; one daughter, Mrs. Victor (Geraldine) Hager of Rt. 1, Gallipolis; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Her husband, Russell Roscoe Will, and an infant brother preceded her in death.
     Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Miller's Home For Funerals with Rev. Charles Burchfield officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday. Pallbearers will be Lonnie Burger, Harold Broyles, Jim Eskew, Robbie Halley, Roger Oliver, Pat Hager, Mike Hager and Walter Vance.

[Note: Died June 1, 1986]

Gallipolis paper
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall


Will, Roy D.

     BELPRE - Roy D. Will, 45, of 2013 Washington Blvd., Belpre, died Friday night at his home after an illness of three months. Born in Tipton, Iowa, he was a son of Etta Heaton Will and the late Clarence V. Will. He lived near Chester, spent 12 years in Cincinnati, three in Los Angeles and had resided in Belpre three months.
     Mr. Will was a graduate of Chester High School and the Ohio Mechanics Institute with a degree in Arts and Sciences of Construction. He served with the Coast Guard in World War II. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Norwood and the Carpenters Union 356, Marietta.
     Surviving are his wife, Bernice Peters Will; three sons, Donald R., stationed at Kirk Army Hospital, Aberdeen, Md.; Daniel and Larry, both at home; two grandchildren; his mother, who lives in Belpre; two sisters, Mrs. Audra Rowan and Mrs. Lydia Berry, both of Belpre; and two brothers, Paul of Port LaVaca, Texas, and Carl of Pomeroy.
     Services will be conducted Sunday, 2 p.m., at the Spencer Funeral Home, with the Rev. Ed Myers officiating. Burial will be in Gravel Hill Cemetery, Cheshire. Friends may call at the funeral home.

Athens Sunday Messenger
January 17, 1965
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Willey, Charles

Death of Charles Willey
     The many friends of Mr. Charles Willey will regret to hear of his death which occurred Tuesday, Feb. 10, 1920, at the age of 54 years. In 1910 he was stricken with paralysis from which he never fully recovered. In Dec. 1919, he was again strickened with a form of heart disease which ultimately caused his death. He is survived by his mother, Nancey A. Willey, three sisters, two brothers and five children.
     The funeral will be held from his late home on the Lower River Road Thursday at 1 p.m., conducted by Rev. Edgar Ewing, interment to follow at Mound Hill cemetery by Undertaker George Wetherholt under the auspices of the Jr., O. U. A. M. at Yellowtown.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, February 11, 1920
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Willey, John

     Mr. John Willey, aged 57, residing back of Clipper Mills, this county, died on Friday morning of last week, after an illness of eight months. The funeral services were held at Ohio Chapel Sunday morning, the interment at Clay Chapel Cemetery. A wife and several children mourn their loss.

[Note: Death Certificate..born 1836 Delaware County; died Nov. 9, 1893 Clay Township, Gallia County. No stone located in this cemetery but cemetery plat map shows a burial for a John Willey.]

Gallipolis Bulletin
Nov. 18, 1893
Transcribed by F. K. Brown


Willey, Nancy Anne [Nesbitt]

Death of Mrs. Willey
     Mrs. Nancy Nesbitt Willey, the daughter of John and Mary Nesbitt, passed away at her home on the lower river road Monday, Dec. 3, 1923, at the age of eighty-four years, two months and seventeen days. Until the past year she has enjoyed good health.  On Thursday, Nov. 29, she suffered a stroke of paralysis from which she never recovered.
     At the age of thirteen she united with the M. E. church at Ohio Chapel and lived a devout Christian during her long span of years, she being the last charter member of Ohio Chapel to pass to the Great Beyond.
     Mrs. Willey was an unusual woman in her many beautiful characteristics, a devoted mother to her family and in her passing has left many loving rememberances.
     In 1861 she was united in marriage to Alexander Willey. She was the mother of seven children. Her husband and two children having preceded her.
     The following children are left to cherish her memory:  Mrs. Charles Clendenin, Mrs. W. B. McCormick, Fred residing at Los Angeles, Calif., and Parney and Franey at home.
     The funeral services will be held at her late home Thursday at 2 p. m. conducted by Rev. Curtis Smith.  Burial at Mound Hill under direction of Geo. J. Wetherholt and Sons.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday, December 04, 1923
Transcribed by Suzanne H. Giroux


Willey, Phoebe [Trotter]

     Mrs. Phoebe Willey died in Pittsburgh Saturday morning, November 10, 1906. She was formerly a resident of this county but being old and feeble she made her home with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. John W. Williams, and they accompanied her remains here. The funeral services were in Pittsburgh and Wetherholt laid her away tenderly in Mound Hill cemetery this Monday forenoon.
     Mrs. Willey was born in Greenbrier county, W.Va., January 16, 1818, and would have been consquently 89 next January.
     She came to this county with her parents when six years old and is the last one of her family to die. Her maiden name was Phoebe Trotter daughter of William and Mary Trotter. She was united in marriage with Thomas Willey in 1850 and became the mother of four children and is survived by the following: Mrs. Mariah Crocker and Mrs. John W. Williams of Pittsburgh and Mrs. F.E. Benedict of Indianapolis. Her husband died in 1864.
     She was the youngest one of ten children and was the granddaughter of Ann Bailey, and slept with her as a child of eight years, the night that celebrated woman died. She did not belong to any church but favored the Baptist church and was a plain, kindly, sincere truthful old lady that made friends of most all with whom she came in contact.

[Note: This obituary is of the granddaughter of the famous Mad Ann Bailey. Many have heard the story of the night Ann died when she asked her granddaughter to come stay the night as she felt she might not live through to morning. Phoebe was that little girl, eight at the time. Ann (Hennis) had one son William Trotter who married Mary Cooper. They had several children including Philip Trotter, Elizabeth Iron, John Trotter, William Trotter, Mary Iron, Davis Trotter, Sarah Trotter, Phebe Trotter, Jane Ann Trotter and Nancy Trotter. The children all inherited property in Gallia County when William died.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
November 12, 1906
Transcribed by Henny Evans                                                                        Top of Page


Williams, Alfred Wade

A.W. Williams, 78, Claimed Early Today
     Alfred Wade Williams, 78, Lower River Rd. (Clipper Mill community) died at 8:30 a.m., today at his home. He had been in failing health the past eight years. A retired farmer, Mr. Williams was born Aug. 22, 1892, in Gallia County, son of the late Thomas and Mary Newland Williams. He married Vertie Brown on Oct. 15, 1914. She preceded him in death in 1957.
     He is survived by the following children: Carroll and Ralph, Mrs. James (Garnet) Nelson, Mrs. Mittferd Kingery, all of Gallipolis; Mrs. Raymond (Cora) Haskins, Bidwell. One daughter preceded him in death. One step-son, Hollis Brown, survives. Twenty-four grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren survive. Four sisters and one brother survive. Two sisters preceded him in death.
     He spent all his life in Gallia County. He attended Mina Chapel Church. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Sunday at the Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home with Rev. James Morrison officiating. Burial will be in St. Nick Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., on Saturday.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, December 23, 1970
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Williams, Alphonsine [Niday]

     Falling at her home in this city on Oct. 21 and breaking her hip Mrs. Alphonsine Niday Williams, widow of Dr. S. W. Williams, died of her injuries in Holzer hospital on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 20, 1935, almost a month later. She would have reached her 80th birthday on Jan. 29.
     Funeral services were held at her late residence on Court street in this city Friday afternoon by Rev. H. H. Wilbur, with interment following in Mound Hill cemetery.
     Mrs. Williams was born in Gallipolis, the eldest of the ten children of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh C. Niday. On June 6, 1884, she was united in marriage with Dr. Williams, and they took up their residence in Mercerville, where he won an enviable reputation as a practitioner. They removed to this city permanently in 1919, where Dr. Williams died four years later. One son survives them. Dr. J. Stanley Williams of Massillon, Ohio.
     Three brothers and two sisters survive Mrs. Williams. They are Attorney John L. Niday of Boise, Idaho, F. B. Niday and Joseph Niday of Mercerville, Mrs. Viola Rodgers of Houston, Texas, and Mrs. R. R. Denney of Bidwell.
     Mrs. Williams was a member of the Baptist church at Mercerville and was a splendid Christian woman with a wide circle of friends who sincerely mourn their loss.

Gallipolis paper
November 20, 1935
Transcribed by Irene Blamer                                                                         Top of Page


Williams, Amanda [Criner]

Mrs. Williams Dead
     Mrs. Amanda [Criner] Williams passed away at her home at Columbus, Monday, Jan. 13, after a month's illness from influenza and pneumonia. The remains were brought here to the home of her son-in-law, Charles Phillips, where the funeral services were conducted today (Thursday) by Rev. Ewing. Burial was made in the Mound Hill Cemetery
     Mrs. Williams is survived by her husband, F.M. Williams and children, Mrs. Emma Ihle, Miss Stella and Charles, all of Columbus, John of Toleda; and Mrs. Sonora Phillips of this city. The Williams family moved from Green Township to Garfield Avenue, about two years ago, going to Columbus in March, 1918.

Gallia Times
Born: 1859; Died: 1/13/1919
Transcribed by Nancy McMillan


Williams, Ann M.

     Mrs. Ann M. Williams, widow of the late James Williams, of lower Second Ave., died Sunday evening at 10, at her residence. She is survived by a grandson, Dr. James Williams of Cincinnati.
     She is the last of the large family of Alexanders who came to this city about 1858, of whom the late Capt. J. M. Alexander was a member. Mrs. Williams was in her 82nd year.
     The funeral will be at her late residence Thursday at 1 P.M. and burial at Mound Hill beside her late husband and son Archie.

[Note: Born July 17, 1832 - Died Aug 27, 1916 per death certificate]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Aug 28, 1916
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall


Williams, Anne G. [Evans]

Mrs. Anne G. Williams Dies
     Mrs. Anne G. Williams, widow of John Hunter Williams, passed away Friday evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Prose, near Cadmus.
     Mrs. Williams who was born in Wales 87 years ago had lived the greater part of her life near where she died. She was a devoted Christian throughout her life.
     Surviving relatives are three daughters and two sons, Mrs. Marietta Prose, Mrs. Sara Jane Cook and James McCombs, this county; John McCombs, Williamsport, Ohio and Mrs. Anna Caldwell, Martin's Ferry, Ohio.
     Rev. R.R. Denney will conduct the funeral services Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Salem Church. Burial in the cemetery there in charge of A.E. Tope.

[Note: Death Certificate..born June 15, 1841, died April 20, 1928; 87 years, 10 months and 5 days of age. Parents David Evans and Hannah Griffith, both born Wales]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
April 23, 1928
Transcribed by F.K. Brown


Williams, Annie [Boster]

Annie Williams Died Suddenly This Morning
     Mrs. Annie Eliza Williams died quite suddenly at 8:45 this morning at her home near Thivener (Gallipolis R.D.2). Her age was 68 years, 8 months, 28 days.
     Mrs. Willliams was the daughter of Marion and Jane Neal Boster and it is believed that her whole life was spent in this county.
     Her husband, Alfred Williams, died about 20 years ago. They are survived by these children: Noah Williams, a World War soldier, who lived with his mother; Belle, wife of Brisco Baldwin, Gallipolis R. D. 2; Frances, wife of Joseph T. Wooten of West Liberty, Ohio. There are seven grandchildren and Mrs. Williams is survived by a brother, James Boster who lived with her.
     Friends may call at the home after 6 o'clock this evening to view the features of the departed. Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Friday at Elizabeth Chapel, of which she was a member.

[Note: dates from stone at St. Nick cemetery, Clay Twp., 1873-1942]

Gallipolis newspaper
1942
Transcribed by Joanne Galvin                                                                       Top of Page


Williams, Arch

He Sweetly Sleeps
Mr. Arch Williams, A Well Known Citizen, Dead.
     Mr. Arch Williams died Wednesday morning, May 1, 1895, at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Williams, on Second street.
     He had been ill for a long time and death was a release from his sufferings. He was a boiler-maker by trade and for the past ten years had been employed in the capacity of foreman of the boiler manufacturing department at Enos, Hill & Co.'s foundry. The deceased was a hard worker and a valulable employe.
     Mr. Williams was born at Wheeling, W. Va., December 16, 1853, and removed to this city with his parents, where he met and married Miss Cora Myers, daughter of Mrs. Christena Myers, one of our pioneer residents. Two children were born to them. Mrs. Williams and an infant child died several years ago, leaving a son, Mr. James Williams, who with [undecipherable text].
     The funeral services were held at the family residence Friday afternoon by Rev. B. F. Jackson. Undertaker Wetherholt deposited the remains in their last resting place at Mound Hill cemetery.

Gallipolis Journal
Sat. May 4, 1895
Vol. LX, No. 25
Transcribed by Joanne Galvin


Williams, Bertie Cecil

In Memory of Bertie Cecil Williams
     The voice of bereavement is the same the world over--the sense of pain at parting; and its only relief is that others have suffered the same. Little Bertie was accustomed to listen to this piece, read to him by his mother and in a short time departed, to be himself the subject of the sad lamentation:

January cold and dreary--
My darling has passed away--
Alas! I cannot count the hours
From that unhappy day.

It seems to me a lifetime now
Since our sad eyes surveyed
The marble silence of his brow
Beneath Death's solemn shade.

I kissed it--and the icy touch
Went freezing to my heart,
And O! I never knew how much
I loved him till apart.

From all the rest I softly went,
And gazed upon him dear;--
And held his little hand,and bent,
In voiceless agony, my head.

I prayed such prayers as mothers' pray
For solace from above,
Since He who gave had snatched away,
The very soul of Love.

I took one last,long lingering look,
That I might always trace,
Like letters graven in a book,
Thy fair and tender face.

Three tearful weeks have sadly flown
Since unto earth I gave
His precious form and left alone
My treasure to the grave.

And O! it seemed I heard him say,
In voice so plain and clear,
"Dear Mother! don't go away,
and leave your Bertie here.

But he is vanished; nothing can
This darling boy restore;
To his heart-broken mother and
He will return no more.

Yet I shall go to him and stand
In glorious light above,
For God will have my Bertie's hand--
Lead me to Him I love.

Barbara A. Williams
Poplar Grove, W.V. Jan. 27, 1881

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


Williams, Carrie [Caroline Christina Vollborn]

Mrs. Williams Dies On Sunday
     A long and useful career came to an end when Mrs. Carrie Williams, 88, died Sunday at 5 p.m. in Holzer hospital where she had been a patient only since last Thursday. Although in failing health for a year, her condition had shown no marked change until that time. Active about her home, 84 Grape St., until that day, she was noted throughout the community for her cheerful and untiring industry and thriftiness. She gardened and grew flowers about her home as a hobby until the day she took ill. She was a member of Grace Methodist church and especially active in Circle 4 of its Women’s Society for Christian Service until her health failed.
     She had been a resident of Gallipolis for 38 years after leaving the farm, which she had helped her husband, the late William M. Williams, operate from the time of their marriage until they came to the city to enter the automobile and gasoline distribution business. The business was known as Williams and Scarberry and was located for many years in the 200 block of Third Ave. and later at the corner of Court and Third until death removed both partners from the scene. The farm became the property of the Hamrick family, and have held it ever since.
     Caroline Christina Williams was born June 14, 1866, in Springfield Twp., the daughter of August and Magdalene Hummel Vollborn. She was married to William M. Williams by Rev. J. W. McCormick at his Fairfield residence on Oct. 25, 1894. Mr. Williams died in 1932.
     Surviving her are two daughters, Mrs. Nellie Scarberry, Columbus, a primary teacher in the Franklin county schools whose late husband was her father’s business partner, and Miss Eulah Williams, commercial teacher, at Gallia Academy High School. Three sisters, Miss Marie Vollborn, Mrs. Lena Waddell and Mrs. Carl Ewing, all residing at Rodney, also survive. Four brothers, Martin, Fred, Albert and William, and two half-brothers, August and Chris Vollborn, preceded her in death.
     Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. by Rev. Paul M. Niswander at the Waugh Funeral Home, where friends may call after 6 p.m. Monday. Burial will be in Mound Hill cemetery. Pallbearers will be Francis Burdell, Harlan Vollborn, Floren Williams, Harry Broughman, Ernest Tonkin and William Menshouse.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, August 2, 1954
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

 


Williams, Charles T.

Chas. Williams Dies at Home Sunday Noon
Funeral Services Will Be Conducted by Rev. H. M. Smith at 2 Tuesday
     Charles T. Williams, who was in his 66th year, died at noon on Sunday at his home about a mile this side of Bulaville on the Mill Creek road. His death is believed to have followed by a few hours the suicide of John H. Mink of the same township (Addison) a few miles away. Like Mr. Mink, Mr. Williams was born and reared and spent his life in that township. He was a son of Miles Williams. He had been in poor health for two years and his death resulted from a third stroke of paralysis, previous strokes having made him nearly helpless.
     Mr. Williams is survived by his wife, formerly Etta Rowley, and five children: John W. of Carey; Mrs. Harvey Cole and Mrs. Sherritt Eatherton, both of Mt. Blanchard; Mrs. Sam Nicholas of Plain City, and Chauncey of Toledo.
     There are 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; also, one sister Mrs. John McCann of Chillicothe.
Mr. Williams was a member of the Baptist church, D. of A., and Jr. O.U.A.M.
     Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. H. M. Smith at 2 o’clock Tuesday at the Bulaville church. Burial there by A. E. Tope.

[Note: Headlines for the day concerned the suicide of John H. Mink. This appears to be the only reason for the mention of him in the obituary.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
October 16, 1937
Transcribed by Henny Evans                                                                        Top of Page


Williams, Clarence Lowell

     Clarence Lowell Williams, 76, of Whipple, Ohio, died Oct. 29, 1993 at Camden Clark Memorial Hospital in Parkersburg, W. Va.
     Born Jan. 30, 1917 in Crown City, Ohio, he was the son of E. M. and Effie (Sims) Williams. He had been a truck driver and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of Aurelius Lodge 308 F&AM in Macksburg, Ohio Scottish Rite Valley of Cambridge, American Union Chapter 1 R.A.M., Marietta Council 78 R&SM, Marietta Commandry 50 Knights Templar, Hillbillie Degree Clan 8, Aladdin Temple Shrine, O.E.S. Aurelius Chapter 60, Marietta Shrine Club Monroe County Shrine Club, Loyal Order of Moose 1823, Legion of the Moose 192 in Chillicothe, Ohio, B.P.O.E. 477, Fraternal Order of Eagles 458, and the Gallia County Senior Citizens Center. He was also a member of American Legion 418 in Dexter City, Ohio, 40 et 8 Voiture 389, V.F.W. Post 5108, and U.S.L.S.T. Association, West Virginia Chapter. He was past president of the Washington County Fish & Game Association.
     He was married to Lillian Shaw, who preceded him in death on June 3, 1975. He is survived by sons, Richard L. of Whipple, Ohio, and L. Roger Williams of Coshocton, Ohio; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; brothers Alva Williams of Florida and Dwight Williams of Columbus; sister, Mildred Jenkens of Gallipolis. He was also preceded in death by son, Gerald, sister Marjorie Gatewood, and granddaughter, Beth Williams.
     Service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 1, at the Hadley Funeral Home in Marietta, Ohio, with graveside service at 2:30 p.m. MonDAY, at Ridgelawn Cemetery in Mercerville, Ohio. Friends may call 7 to 9 p.m. SaturDAY, and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to a charity of donor's choice.

Akron Beacon Journal (OH)
October 30, 1993
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes                                                                          Top of Page


Williams, David B

Death Of D.B. Williams
     Mr. David B. Williams of Raccoon Township, living on the Creek below Adamsville, died this Mary 29, 1908, of various troubles. He was awfully crippled up with rheumatism for several years. He was a fine old gentleman and left three sons, Wellington, Willie and Charles and one daughter Mrs. Carl Vollborn.

[Note: Death Certificate..born: 1829 Wales. buried in Calvary Baptist Cemetery, Raccoon Township]

Gallipolis Tribune
March 19, 1908
Transcribed by F.K. Brown


Williams Dayton A.

     Dayton A. Williams, 74, of Mercerville, died on Saturday, Sept. 4, 1993 at Holzer Medical center. He was born in Gallia County on June 23, 1919, son of the late Elijah Sylvester and Bertha (Murray) Williams. A member and deacon of Guyan Valley Missionary Baptist Church at Platform, Mr. Williams was a World War II U.S. Army veteran and a member of VFW Post 4464 in Gallipolis. He was a retired dairy farmer, bus driver and an employee of the Gallia County Highway Department and the Ohio Department of Transportation.
     Also preceding him in death were four brothers and one sister.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn (Fulks) Williams, whom he married on Nov. 8, 1945 in Kentucky; three daughters (Deanna Sue Unroe of Crown City, Debra Cardwell of Mercerville and Brenda Bell of Humbel Texas), six grandchildren and two brothers (Max Williams of Crown City and Bill Williams of Willow Wood).
     The funeral will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Guyan Valley Missionary Baptist Church. Pastor David Saunders and the Rev. Richard Unroe will officiate. Burial will follow at Ridgelawn Cemetery in Mercerville, where a VFW Post 4464 will conduct a flag presentation. The pallbearers will be Robert Bane, William Fulks, Elmus Guy, Aaron Lewis, Bob Lewis and John Lewis. Friends may call Willis Funeral Home today from 6 to 9 p.m. The body will be taken to the church one hour prior to the funeral.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Unknown date
Transcribed by Jessica L. Weber


Williams, Dolph

Dolph Williams, C. City Marshal, Dies Saturday
Remembered by Many as Singer--Funeral Services Held At Crown City This Afternoon
.
     Dolph C. Williams, marshal of Crown City, died at his home there at about 3 o'clock Saturday afternoon.  For nearly a year he had suffered from heart trouble and dropsy and had been rather critically ill for the last two months.  Mr. Williams, who had a legion of friends in this county, would have been 47 years old on Nov. 27.  He was a son of the late John Preston Williams and was born and reared in Guyan tp. Some 15 years ago he was employed at the O.H.E. but for the last three years had served as marshal of Crown City.  Scores of persons will remember him as a tenor singer.  He was not musically inclined, but had he been, a great career may have been possible for him, for his voice was one of extraordinary tone.
     Brother of J. M. Williams
Surviving relatives include his wife, Mrs. Oma Stevers, daughter of J. L. Stevers, former county commissioner; two sons, Chauncey and John Merideth; his mother, Mrs. John P. Williams, also of Crown City; one brother, John M. Williams, Gallipolis; who is connected with Payne Motor Sales; three sisters, Mrs. H. Emzy Haskins and Mrs. Charles Hall, Crown City, and Mrs. Lawrence J. Rood, Huntington. 
     Funeral services at 2 o'clock today in the Crown City M. E. church, of which Mr. Williams was a member, with Rev. Powell in charge.  Burial by Stevers Funeral Service.  The pall bearers were all cousins of the decedent: Irvin Williams, Louisa, KY; Earl Williams, Huntington; Clarence Williams, Chesapeake; Irvin Williams, Bladen; Cornie and Elijah Williams, Crown City.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune 
14 November 1932
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes                                                                          Top of Page


Williams, Dowie

     Dowie Williams, 86, of Eureka, died Sunday, Jan. 5, 1992 at Holzer Medical Center. He was born on Jan. 4, 1906 in Bladen, son of the late John and Rebecca Morrison Williams. He retired from the State Highway Department and attended Kings Chapel Church.
     He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Bonnie Glover Williams of Eureka; four daughters, Mrs. Marvin (Mary Jo) Ours, Mrs. Dan (Helen) Rollins, and Mrs. Roger (June) Brumfield, all of Gallipolis; and Nancy Marshall of Urbana; one brother, Clarence Williams of Gallipolis; three sisters, Mrs. Rachael Mossbarger and Mrs. Virginia Burton, both of Vandalia, and Mrs. Pluma Haack of Union City, Calif.; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, James Thomas Williams; one sister, Lucy Green; and three brothers, Rudolph, Calvin and Joe Williams.
     Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Thursday at Willis Funeral Home, with Rev. John Wood officiating. Burial will be in Providence Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. Pallbearers will be Marvin Ours, Jr., Brian Ours, Ed Rollins, Vernon Ervin, Mike Ervin, and Jim Osborne.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Abt. January 5, 1992
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux


Williams, Effie Viola [Sims]
     
     Effie Viola Williams, 82, a resident of 517 Fourth Avenue, died at 8:30 a.m., Saturday at her home. She had been in falling heath several years. She was born Jan. 5, 1894 daughter of the late Burl Sims and Eliza Williams Sims. She married Elijah Williams in June, 1911 in Gallia County. He died on June 25, 1975.
     She is survived by two daughters and three sons. Mrs. Monroe (Marjorie) Gatewood and Mrs. Mildred  Hardway, both Gallipolis and Clarence Williams, Whipple, Ohio, Alva Williams, Wadsworth, Ohio, Dwight Williams, Columbus, 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild and one brother Wilbur Sims, Crown City. Three brothers and five sisters preceded her in death.
     She was a member of the First Baptist Church.
     Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Waugh-Halley Wood Funeral Home with Rev. Harry Cole officiating. Burial will be in Crown City Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Monday.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
May 16, 1976
Transcribed by Marjorie Wood


Williams, Elijah M.

     Elijah M. Williams, 81, a resident of 517 Fourth Avenue, Gallipolis, died at 11:05 p.m., Wednesday in Holzer Medial Center. He had been in serious condition the past five days.
     Mr. Williams was a retired Gallipolis State Institute employee. He was born 0ct. 18, 1893, in Crown City, son of the late Benjamin and Rebecca Watts Williams.
     He is survived by his wife, Effie Sims Williams whom he married in June, 1911. The following children survive: Mrs. Monroe (Marjorie) Gatewood, Gallipolis, Mrs. Mildred Hardway, Gallipolis, Clarence Williams, Whipple, Ohio, Alva Williams Wadsworth, Ohio, and Dwight Williams, Columbus. Twelve Grand, 16 great-grand and one great-great-grandchild survive. One brother Cornie Williams, Crown City survives. One sister and two brothers precede him in death.
     He spent all of his life in Gallia County. He attended the First Baptist Church.
     Funeral services will be held 1 p.m., Saturday at the Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home with Rev. Alfred Holley and Rev. Harry Cole officiating. Burial will be in Crown City Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
June 26, 1975
Transcribed by Marjorie Wood                                                                      Top of Page


Williams, Elijah Sylvester

     Elijah Sylvester Williams died at 5:30 AM - just one day before his 80th birth anniversary - at the home of his daughter, Mrs. F. L. Stevers, Mercerville. Ill for two years of cancer, (the retired farmer) had lived with his Mercerville daughter much of that time.
     Born Feb. 10, 1870, in Crown City to Elijah and Eliza Griffith Williams, the decedent married Alice Henry, who died in 1933. Three of his children also preceded him in death: Mrs Henry (Ruby) Burcham, Scottown; Clyde Williams, Columbus, and in infancy, Ethel.
     Surviving children are Mrs. F. L. (Blanche) Stevers, Mercerville; Mrs. Brady (Darlene) Sheets, Bladen; Sam Williams, Rutland; Mrs. Emmett (Eliza) Wells, Rainford Williams, and John Williams, Columbus. Twenty-seven grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces ans nephews survive. A Crown City brother and sister survive: Charles Williams and Ella Eckhart.
     Friends may call at the Stevers residence after 5 PM today. Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Saturday from the Crown City Methodist Church, the Rev. Earl Cremeens officiating, and Stevers will bury his father-in-law in Crown City Cemetery.

[Note: From stone 1870 - 1950; 10 Feb. 1870 - 09 Feb. 1950]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Transcribed by Jean Yount


Williams, Ellis

John Bashore Recovers Body Of Ellis Williams
     The body of Ellis Williams, the O. H. E. patient who committed suicide by drowning at the wharf here Feb. 26, was found by John Bashore at the mouth of Chickamauga Monday. It was pretty well preserved, but was identified by the clothing and a handkerchief which bore the name of Ellis Williams. Wetherholt shipped the body to Cambridge for burial. Relatives of Williams offered $50 reward and the O. H. E. authorities $15 for the recovery of the body.

Gallipolis Journal
Wednesday, March 30, 1910
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Williams, Emma [Keeler]

Mrs. Will Williams Dies
     Mrs. Emma Williams, wife of William Williams, died Sunday morning at her home, 24 Neil avenue, after an illness of seven weeks. Mrs. Williams was the daughter of the late David and Mariah Wright Keeler, and was sixty-one years old. She was married Aug. 18, 1895. She was an active member of the Baptist church where funeral services will be conducted Tuesday at 2 p. m. by Rev. George Sagen. Burial will be in Rife cemetery under the auspices of the Daughters of America. Arrangements are in charge of Wetherholt and Entsminger.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
June 1, 1931
Transcribed by Henny Evans                                                                          Top of Page


Williams, Etta [Cole]

     Mrs. Etta Williams, aged about 26 years, died at her home, near Chambersburg, on Tuesday morning, after a brief illness with inflammation of the bowels. She was the wife of Prof. J. G. Williams, and a daughter of Mr. W. F. Cole. Her death is a great shock to her many friends. She leaves three small children, the youngest but two months old. The funeral was held on Wednesday and the interment was at Clay Chapel, by Wetherholt.

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


Williams, Flora Shires   [Shiers]

Funeral of Mrs. Williams
     The funeral services of Mrs. Flora Shires Williams were held at her late home near Coy, O., Revs. Fulton and Barlow officiating, after which the remains in charge of Undertaker Wetherholt was taken to her parents home at Rio Grande where the services proper were held which was the deceased’s expressed wish. Revs. Dr. Davis and Clark officiated at these services.
     Mrs. Williams was past her 27th year and had been married about a year and a half. Her husband, Mr. Chas. Williams was a son of David B. Williams and when his son was married and brought his young wife home, he seemed to have his cup of happiness full and running over and so it seemed to all that visited the family to be such a happy home, but earthly happiness is not lasting so in this case when everything was working in their favor, Death steps in and says come and Monday morning about 8 o’clock, Mrs. Williams passed over and though she had a good home here, she has a better one there prepared for her by her Savior whom she had acknowledged a number of years ago. She had labored in the Free Baptist Church at Rio Grande and was a working Christian woman.
     She leaves a loving husband, a baby boy just a few hours old and an aged father-in-law, also a father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Shires, a sister, Miss Ora Shires and one brother, Mr. Otho Shires, all of whom are in the very deepest sorrow and grief but there is consolation, she has only gone home. They have the sympathy of friends and neighbors in their sad bereavement.

[Note: 1876-1904. She is buried in Calvary Baptist Cemetery in Rio Grande, Oh and her maiden name on the tombstone is spelled as Shiers.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday Evening, June 16, 1904
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Williams, Frances A. [Westlake]

Death of Mrs. Willams
     Mrs. Frances A. Williams, wife of the late Thos. P. Williams, died at her home in this city Thursday, after a long illness. The funeral was Saturday by Rev. W.D.Cherington. Mrs. Williams was a daughter of the late Elon Westlake. She is survived by two daughters, Misses Effie and Sarah (?) at home, and three sons Leonard of Muncie, Ind., Arthur of Columbus and Fred of Shelby, Ohio. She had lived nearly all her life in Gallipolis, where she was highly esteemed by many friends. She is buried in Pine Street cemetery in Gallipolis Twp.

Gallia Times
May 2, 1917
Transcribed by Nancy McMillan


Williams, Frances M. [Vance]

     Frances M. Williams, 83, of Crown City, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007, at the Holzer Medical Center. She was born Feb. 12, 1923, in Gallipolis, to the late Earl and Wealthy Wolfe Vance. She was married to John M. Williams Dec. 13, 1952, in Columbus, Ohio, and he preceded her in death in 2002.         
     Frances and her husband were owners and operators of the Williams Market in Crown City. She attended the Crown City Wesleyan Church.
     In addition to her parents and husband, John M. Wiolliams, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Walter Vance and Jack Vance, and one sister, Gertrude Vance. She is survived by a daughter, Carolyn of Pickerington, Ohio; a son, John M. (Kimberly) Williams of Crown City; two grandsons, Trent Davis of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Brian Williams of Crown City; one sister, Naomi Minton of Pickerington.
     Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007, at the Willis Funeral Home with Pastor Robertl Fulton officiating. Burial will follow in Crown City Cemetery. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5, 2007, at the funeral home. Please visit www.willisfuneralhome.com to send e-mail condolences.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007
Provided by Eve Hughes                                                                               Top of Page


Williams, Frank

Frank Williams Former Teacher Died Wednesday
Born and Reared in This County, and Gained Prominence in Lawrence--Funeral Today
     I. Frank Williams, 62, a native of this county, with many relatives in Guyan Township and here, died at his home in Proctorville Wednesday forenoon. He had been ill 10 months and his condition became critical on Monday.
     Mr. Williams taught school for a quarter of a century, had served as mayor of Proctorville, and in 1916 was elected a member of the legislature from Lawrence County. He was a first cousin of Mrs. Farnum Haskins and of H.W. Sowards and was a nephew of the late Isaac Floyd Chapman. He was a son of the late Elijah Williams.
     The Williams family moved to Proctorville 24 years ago. He belonged to the Masons, Knights of Golden Eagles and American Mechanics. He is survived by his widow, Margaret Fulks Williams, a daughter of William Fulks, four sons, I. Frank, Harlow, Lewis and Hartley Williams, all of Proctorville; two daughters, Mrs. Olive Blankenship of Huntington and Mrs. Bernice Staley of Proctorville; three brothers, Martin Williams of Huntington; Oliver A. Williams of Crown City, and one sister Mrs. Goldie Jones of Huntington.
     Funeral services at 2:30 Friday at the Proctorville Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. E. T. Steele, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be at Rome cemetery.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, 29 September 1932
Submitted by Eve Hughes


Williams, George T.

George T. Williams, 77 Died at O.H.E. Thursday
Had Been Employed There Seventeen Years
     In the death of George T. Williams Thursday evening one of the city's most widely known citizens passes. Born in Kanawha county, West Virginia, 77 years ago, he came to Gallipolis with his parents at the age of six and had lived here ever since. He had been an employee of the O.H.E. for the past seventeen years and had been confined in the hospital of that institution for more than four months, during his last illness, where he was given every care.
     He was the last of his immediate family, his only near relative being a niece, Mrs. John G. Charles of PIttsburgh, Pa., and her daughter, Mrs. John R. Williams, of Cincinnati, and three sons, John L., Edward and Eugene Charles, also of Pittsburgh. Mrs. Charles has been here at his bedside for several weeks and her daughter Mrs. Williams arrived Friday.
    The Independent Order of Red Men of which lodge he was a devoted member will have charge of the funeral services to be held at his late home, 554 Third Ave., Sunday afternoon at 2:30. Burial in Pine Street cemetery in charge of W.N. Hayward.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
June 9, 1927
Transcribed by Henny Evans                                                                        Top of Page


Williams, George

George Williams Dead

     George W. Williams was born July 4, 1829 and died Jan 7, 1920, aged 90 years, 6 months and 3 days. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth White Sept. 20, 1855. To this union were born the following children, L. D., Ransome, Jonathan, George, William W., Thomas and Alfred H. The son Ransome died at the age of four, and Mrs. Williams Feb 22, 1918. Besides his six sons he leaves 30 grand children and 3 great-grandchildren.
     Mr. Williams was always a strong, robust man and had never needed the services of a physician in all his long life. He was converted and united with the Providence Church in 1858, and lived a consistent Christian until his death.

[Note: Buried in St. Nick Cemetery in Clay Twp.]

Gallipolis paper
Jan. 7, 1920
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall


Williams, Harlen E.

     Harlen E. Williams, 76, of Crown City Route 1, widower of Olene Dunfee Williams, died Monday in Holzer Medical Center, Gallipolis. He was a retired Inco Alloys International employee. Surviving are a daughter, Eldona Fulks of Scottown; and two sons Bobby Williams of Crown City and Kenny Williams of Gallipolis. Funeral 1 p.m. Thursday at Willis Funeral Home, Gallipolis; burial in Crown City Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

[Note: Died September 3, 1990]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
September 1990
Transcribed by Jessica L. Weber


Williams, Harriett (Etta)

Gallia Native Dies Thursday
     Mrs. Harriett (Etta) Williams, 84, a native of Gallia county, died at the home of her son, Herman O. Williams, in Columbus on Thursday. Mrs. Williams had only recently gone to Columbus. She had made her home with the late James Oliver here and after his death went to live with her son.
     Mrs. Williams was the widow of Arthur E. Williams, who preceded her in death several years ago. Dr. Fred Williams of Shelby is a brother-in-law and Mrs. Robert Henke of Gallipolis is a cousin. There are two grandchildren and one great grandchild who survive.
     Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m., Sunday at the Southwick Funeral home in Columbus. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday in Pine Street cemetery.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, March 9, 1956
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Williams, Harry

     DIED - Williams - On the 30th day of July, 1882, in this city, Harry, infant son of A & C Williams, aged 5 months.

[Note: Harry B. Williams born Feb 25, 1882; died July 31, 1882. Parents: Archie Williams and Cora Meyers]

Gallipolis Paper
July 1882
Transcribed by F.K. Brown


Williams, Henry

     Henry Williams of Chapman Mills died at the Huntington Hospital Monday April 19, 1909.  He was taken there Saturday evening to be operated on for appendicitis. The operation was performed Sunday, and his brothers returned hopeful of his recovery, but he could not stand the shock and passed away. He was the son of Elijah and was a bright, intelligent young man with many friends.
      Besides his father, he leaves five brothers and four sisters to mourn their loss. The burial was at Good Hope Cemetery.

[Note: (John) Henry was the son of Elijah F. and (Nancy) Ellen Chapman Williams.  He was about 22 when he died.  His brothers and sisters included: Taddie, Jesse L., Myrtle E., Eva D., Edward, Oliver A., Nellie V., George E., and Lucinda.]

Gallipolis Bulletin
Friday April 23 1909
Transribed by Eve Hughes                                                                           Top of Page


Williams, Henson

Death of Henson Williams
     Mr. Henson Williams of Springfield Township, whose critical condition for sometime back has been mentioned, died Tuesday evening, Aug. 15,'99 at 7:15, aged about 85 years. His funeral services will be conducted at Mt. Zion Thursday at 10 a.m., burial by Hayward & Son.
     He was a fine old gentleman, coming here from Greenbrier County, WV about 1861. He was married when he came. His wife was a sister of the late William Waddell. He had no brothers or sisters here, but a brother back in West Virginia. His wife died in '83.
     He left children--Mrs. Ibbie Reckard of Proctorville; John in the West; Mrs. Eliza F. Mills of Springfield Township; Miss Kenna at home; Miss Rossie of this city and Mrs. H.N. Ford, Jr. of Columbus. His daughter, Miss Minnie, died July 10, '96.
     He was a member of the M.E. Church and a clever, fine man whom everyone liked and though full of years, his death is greatly regretted.

[Note: Married Mary Watts Nov. 8, 1840 in Greenbrier County, WV.}

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, Aug. 18, 1899
Transcribed by F.K. Brown


Williams, [Infant Daughter]

Death of Infant
     The 18 month old daughter of Will Williams of Columbus died last week. Funeral services were held at Good Hope in Guyan Tp. Sunday afternoon.

Gallipolis Journal
Wednesday, March 23, 1910
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Williams, [Infant]

Infant Williams Girl Buried Here Today
     The one-hour old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Williams, 848 Third Ave., was buried this afternoon in Pine St. Cemetery by Miller’s Home for Funerals. The baby died Tuesday afternoon in Holzer Hospital. Its mother is the former Joan Williams, and her parents are Mr. and Mrs. Henry Williams. One other grandparent also survives, Charles William’s mother.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, October 8, 1947
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Williams, James

Accident and Death
     Mr. James Williams, of Walnut township, died from the kick of a horse on Friday night last. The accident happened on Thursday. The horse was in his stall at the time, and as Mr. Williams approached him in the rear, he hit the horse with a stick, causing him to kick, by which the stick was driven into the abdomen of Mr. Williams, producing death, as we have stated, on Friday.
     Mr. Williams was one of our best citizens, and his loss is a sore affliction to both friends and neighbors. His wife died only a short time since. Now he has gone to join her in the better land. His age was about 35 years.

Gallipolis Journal
April 28, 1870
Transcribed by Sandy Lee Milliron                                                                  Top of Page


Williams, James M.

Mr. James M. Williams
     Mr. James M. Williams, who died Sunday evening and who was buried today was born in Wheeling, WV, in 1830. He was a mechanical blacksmith, by trade and came here in the latter part of 1865 and opened a blacksmith shop for the late Thomas Hill, the foundryman and has occupied the same shop and been engaged in mechanical blacksmithing, for the last 40 years for all of the succeeding firms. He had no superior in the working of all kinds of wrought iron and there was probably not so good a shop between Pittsburgh and New Orleans and it enjoyed a great reputation along the river.
     In 1853, he was married to Miss Anna M. Alexander, who survives him and who is a sister of Captain John M. and James B. Alexander and the others of that family. She survives but is in a feeble state of health. They had one child Archibald Williams, who died in 1895 and one grandchild, Dr. James Halliday Williams and a great-grandchild, Archibald Williams survive him.
     He was known to everyone as a fine unassuming gentleman. He was an ardent advocate of temperance and Christianity and he lived up to his faith like the honest man that he was. It was his boast that he lived forty years in Gallipolis and never had been in a saloon. He was devoted to the M.E. Church of which he was a member until death for nearly a lifetime. For the past four years he has been in declining health and about two weeks ago took to his bed and died really from exhaustion more than from any particular ailment.
     He was esteemed highly by all who knew him and was regarded generally as a model citizen. His venerable widow and his grandson, Dr. James H. Williams, to whom he was very dear, will have the sympathy of all in the shadow that has overtaken them by his departure. Dr. Williams and wife have been here for several days to lend aid and comfort to Grandma Williams in her great bereavement

[Note: Buried in Mound Hill Cemetery in Gallipolis Township.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Sept. 13, 1904
Transcribed by F. K. Brown


Williams, Johanna [Joanna] [McCarty]

Funeral At Cheshire
    
The funeral of Mrs. Johanna Williams took place in the Baptist church Wednesday. The church was well filled with friends and neighbors of the deceased.
     Her maiden name was McCarty, and she was born in Cheshire, April 19th, 1840, and died Dec. 10th, 1900. She was married to Wm. H. Williams and lived happily with him for three years until his death. She leaves several sisters and brothers and many other relatives and friends to mourn their loss. Her testimony at the last of faith in Christ was clear.
    
[Note: She is buried in McCarty Cemetery; however, the date of her death on the stone is listed as 12/10/1899 instead of 1900. Her name is printed as Joanna, not Johanna. Her death is listed in this obit as 12/10/1900 ,along with being in the 1900 newspaper.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, December 13, 1900
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Williams, John

     DIED - February 20th, 1880, John Williams, aged 84 years and 6 months, of lung disease.  Mr. Williams was born in Greenbriar county, Va., in the year 1796; came to this county when a boy about 10 or 11 years old; married Lucy T. Sartin in the year 1818, and has been a citizen of Guyan township from the time he came to Ohio until his death.

Gallipolis Journal
April 1, 1880
Transcribed by Henny Evans                                                                         Top of Page


Williams, John D.

     DIED - on the 3rd ult., in Abingdon, Jefferson county, Iowa, of bilious fever, John D. Williams, in the 51st year of his age, formerly of Gallia county, Ohio, where he had been an acceptable member of the Methodist Episcopal church for the period of twenty-four years. He emigrated to Iowa last April, and in August he with two of his sons were taken sick at the same time. His sickness was short but painful, which he bore without a murmur or complaint, and his death was unexpected and sudden. When asked what they should do for him, he said---"take care of the boys, the Lord is good to me and will take care of me." He was insensible a few hours before his death, which prevented him from giving such directions and council [sic] to his family as doubtless he otherwise would have done. He has left a wife and large family to mourn and weep the irreparable loss of a kind husband, father and wise counselor. Let sympathizing friends pray that this heavy and afflictive stroke may be sanctified to their good. The secret things belong to God, but things revealed to us.

The Gallipolis Journal
October 5, 1854
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Williams, John D.

     Dr. John D. Williams died December 10th, 1869, in the 26th year of his age. Some of the circumstances of his life and death will be of interest to many of the large congregation who attended his funeral in Gallipolis, on the 12th inst. He was sick unto death among strangers; and circumstances which could not be known at his funeral are peculiarly significant to those who are interested in the religious experience of men. In health he was religiously inclined though not in a satisfactory religious condition of mind. During several years, he was under conviction, but did not talk much about it. During his sickness at Gallipolis, he prayed almost constantly. His friends attempted to convey him to his father's home in Greenbriar [sic] county, Va., but he could proceed no further than Camp Piatt, where he died in triumph, having at last, by faith, a clear view of his Redeemer. At times he would endeavor with his remaining strength to sing verses, expressing his feelings such as

"Oh, Lord, bless my soul; Take my load of sin away; And set my spirit free."

     His soul found peace; and he was happy. One of his last expressions was "My mind is so relieved." After much suffering, his death was easy, and he was calmly resigned to the will of God. His only child, De La Methrie, died October 27th. [Lewisburg, Va. papers please copy.]

The Gallipolis Journal
December 16, 1869
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Williams, John M.

     CROWN CITY - John M. Williams, 81, of Crown City, died Saturday, January 12, 2002, at Scenic Hills Nursing Center. He was born May 18, 1920, in Crown City, son of the late Dolphia Williams and the Rev. Oma Stevers Williams. He was the owner and operator of the Williams Market in Crown City. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he was a member of Ohio Valley Masonic Lodge No. 536 at Crown City.
     He is survived by his wife, Frances M. DeVault Williams, whom he married December 13, 1952, in Columbus; a daughter, Carolyn (Richard) Fitch of Lancaster; a son, John M. (Kimberly) Williams of Crown City; and two grandsons, Trent Davis of Athens, and Brian Williams of Crown City. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Chauncey "Bill" Williams.
     Services will be 1 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15, 2002, in Willis Funeral Home, with Pastor George Holley officiating. Burial will be in Crown City Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday, January 14, 2002, from 6-9 p.m. Masonic services will be conducted in the funeral home on Monday, January 14, 2002, at 7:30 p,m. by Ohio Valley Masonic Lodge No. 536 of Crown City.

Sunday Times-Sentinel
January 13, 2002
Provided by Eve Hughes                                                                                  Top of Page


Williams, John Preston

Mr. Williams Dead
     John Preston Williams, a life long resident of Guyan Township died at his home near Crown City early Thursday morning, Nov. 20, after a lingering illness of pulmonary trouble. Mr. Williams was past sixty-nine years of age at the time of his death. He leaves his wife and five children. Mr. Williams enjoyed a wide a circle of friends, perhaps, as any man in this community and was particularly known for his honesty and integrity.
     The large concourse of friends and relatives who assembled at the church in Crown City Friday evening to pay a last tribute of respect was evidence of his popularity as a citizen and friend. Rev. E.H. Waters, pastor of the First U.B. Church in Huntington, delivered a touching eulogy on the character of Mr. Willliams and was assisted by Rev. O.E. Hall of the Miller circuit. Interment followed in the village cemetery.

[Note: Death Certificate..Born March 12, 1855; died Nov. 20, 1924; aged 69 years 8 months 8 days of age. Parents: John S. Williams and Lucinda Chapman (both born Ohio). Burial in Crown City.]

Gallia Times
Nov 25, 1924
Transcribed by F.K. Brown

Williams, John P.

Death of John P. Williams
     Mr. John Preston Williams died at his home in Crown City Thursday Nov. 20, 1924, after being in failing health for several months at the age of 68 years. He leaves his widow and two sons and three daughters, one son Alva preceding him in death two years ago, Mrs. Chas. Hall, Mrs. H. E. Haskins, and Dolph Williams of Crown City, Mrs. Lawrence Rood of Huntington and John Williams of Gallipolis. Funeral services were held (this) Friday at 2 p.m. at Crown City, burial in charge of Undertaker Stevers.

The Gallipolis Daily Tribune
28 November 1924
Submitted by Eve Hughes                                                                            Top of Page


Williams, Joseph

     GALLIPOLIS - Joseph (Joe) Williams, 73, 1073 Bladen Road, Gallipolis, died Saturday in Holzer Medical Center. Born Nov. 20, 1917 in Ohio Township, Gallia County, son of the late John and Rebecca Morrison Williams, he was a retired Gallia County Highway Department employee.
     Surviving are his wife, Goldie Waugh Williams, whom he married Sept. 3, 1961 in Northup; two stepsons, Walter R. Gooldin of Mount Sterling, and Glen L. Gooldin of Gallipolis; two brothers, Dowie Williams of Eureka, and Clarence Williams of Gallipolis; three sisters, Rachael Mossberger and Virginia Burton, both of Dayton, and Pluma Haack of California; five step-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Rudolph and Calvin Williams, and by a sister, Lucy Queen.
    Services will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the Willis Funeral Home, with the Rev. Lloyd Fry officiating. Burial will be in Providence Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Monday from 2-4 and 7-9.

[Note: According to Ancestry.com Ohio Deaths, 1908-1932, 1938-1944, and 1958-2007, he died October 26, 1991]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Abt. October 26, 1991
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux


Williams, L. A.

Death Claims L. A. Williams, 70, Physician
Native of Guyan and Widely Known in Gallia and Lawrence; Funeral Sunday at Miller
     Dr. L. A. Williams, aged 70, and a native of Guyan tp. died at 11 o'clock at his home 2618 Collins avenue, Huntington. He had been ill but a few weeks, though for a long period some years back his health was very poor.
     Dr. Williams was an uncle of John Williams, Ford salesman of this city. He practiced medicine at Miller for a number of years and was then an active figure in Lawrence county and Tenth district politics. From there, he moved to Barboursville, but had lived in Huntington for about 20 years. Lewis Augustus Williams was born in April, 1864, the youngest son of the late John Williams of Crown City R.D. He married America Saunders, who was a daughter of the late John H. Saunders and who is a sister of Chauncey F. Saunders, and Mrs. Curtis Houck of Crown City R.D. She and three children, all married, survive: Irvin and Earl, Huntington, and Maude. There are also one brother and two sisters, James H. and Mrs. Elizabeth Jefferson, Huntington, and Oletha, widow of John Murray, Crown City.
     Funeral services will be held at Miller at 2 o'clock Sunday. Burial also there. Dr. Williams was a Mason and a member of the United Brethren church. He is remembered here as a genial, likable, active man. A wide circle of friends in Gallia, Lawrence and Cabell counties will be sorry to hear of his death.

The Gallipolis Tribune
Friday December 28, 1934
Contributed by Eve Hughes

Williams, Dr. Lewis Augustus

Dr. L.A. Williams Dies
     Dr. L.A. Williams, 70, a native of Guyan township, died Thursday night at his home in Huntington, where the family had lived for 20 years. Funeral services were Sunday at Millers, where he lived several  years.
     Lewis Augustus Williams was born in April, 1864, the youngest son of the late John Williams of Crown City R.D. He married America Saunders, who was a daughter of the late John H. Saunders and who is a sister of Chauncey E.Saunders and Mrs. Curtis Houck of Crown City R.D. She and three children, all married, survive: Irvin and Earl, Huntington, and Maude. There are also one brother and two sisters, Mrs. James H. and Mrs. Elizabeth Jefferson, Huntington, and Oletha, widow of John Murray, Crown City.
     Funeral services were held at Miller at 2 o'clock Sunday, with burial there. Dr. Willams was a Mason and a member of the United Brethren church. He is remembered here as a genial, likable, active man, A wide circle of friends in Gallia, Lawrence and Cabell counties will be sorry to hear of his death.

Gallia Times
 1934
Transcribed by Nancy McMillan                                                                          Top of Page


Williams, Lewis

Lewis Williams Dies This Morn At Crown City
Funeral To Be Held 2 Wednesday--Leaves 46 Descendants.
     Lewis Benjamin Williams died at 1:35 this morning at his home in Crown City, after a two-months illness. He was a lifelong and well-known resident of that community and his age was 76 years 7 months and 2 days.
     Surviving children are Mrs. Carrie Fleure and Cornie Williams, both of Crown City; Irwin Williams, Huntington, and Elijah Williams, Racine. His wife, Rebecca Watts Willliams, and a son, Clarence, preceded him in death. Survivors include 25 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren, and these two brothers and two sisters: C. W. and L. S. Williams, Mrs. Ed Eckhardt and Mrs. Mary Cooper, all of Crown City.
     Funeral services will be held at the Crown City Methodist church at 2 o'clock Wednesday, with Rev. Ona Williams, assisted by Rev. Mr. Curry, in charge. Burial in Crown City cemetery by Stevers.

[Note: dates from stone in Crown City Cemetery, Guyan Twp., 1864-1940]

Gallipolis newspaper
1940
Transcribed by Joanne Galvin


Williams, Lewis Benjamin

     Lewis Benjamin Williams was born near Crown City, Ohio January 12, 1864. Died at his home near the place of his birth, August 13, 1940, being at the time of his death, 76 years, 7 months and 1 day of age. His illness was of several months duration, but his children, neighbors and other relatives ministered to his every want and the end came peacefully.
My Williams was the son of the late Elijah Williams, a substantial citizen and pioneer of this community.
     In the year 1883, Mr. Williams was married to Rebecca Watts, who preceded him in death, May 14, 1932. Five children were born to this union, one of whom, Clarence Williams, died March 1, this year. The surviving children are Mrs. Carrie Fleure and Cornie Williams of Crown City, Irvin Williams of Huntington, and Elijah Williams of Racine. Other relatives are 25 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and two brothers, Sylvester and Charles and two sisters, Mrs. Ella Eckhart and Mrs. Mary Cooper, all of Crown City.
    “Uncle Ben” as he was known to everyone, spent the greater part of his life around Crown City and was engaged chiefly in farming. He was an honorable and upright citizen of the community and an accommodating neighbor and friend. He was of a genial disposition and always had a friendly greeting for everyone, a remarkable trail of character in that family.
     His death will cause profound sorrow throughout the community where he lived so long and his presence among us will be sadly missed.
    “When we asunder part, it gives us inward pain; but we shall still be joined in heart and hope to meet again.

Unknown newspaper
August 1940
Transcribed by Marjorie Wood                                                                      Top of Page


Williams, Linda

     Linda Myers Williams, 50, a resident of 1466 Huy Rd., Columbus, and a former resident of Gallia County, died Wednesday, Oct. 16, 1991 in Riverside Hospital, Columbus following an extended illness.
     She was born Dec. 29, 1940, in Lawrence County, daughter of the late Harry and Mary Beaver Myers. She is survived by her husband, Turley Williams, four sons: Rusty, Robbie and Ronnie, all of Columbus and Randy of Hilliard; two grandchildren, one brother, Ronnie Myers, Scottown; two sisters, Darlene Cremeans and Peggy Johnson, both of Gallipolis. She was a member of the Oakey Chapel Church near Lecta.
     Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home with Rev. Curtis Sheets officiating. Burial will be in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Mercerville. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 6 until 9 p.m.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, October 17, 1991
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Williams, Lucy [Vermillion]

Mrs. Lucy Williams Dies Monday Evening
Life Long Gallia County Resident Lacking 5 Days of Reaching 90th Birthday
     Mrs. Lucy Williams, widow of James K. Williams passed away Monday evening at 6:30 at her home on first ave., lacking 5 days of reaching her 90th birthday. She had been ill since the first of July due to the infirmities of her advanced age, but had a stroke of paralysis Saturday morning which hastened the end.
     Mrs. Williams was born on a farm Sept. 8, 1838, the daughter of Uriah and Nancy Vermillion. She was united in marriage March 20th, 1864 with James K. Williams, who died January 7, 1890 and had lived all her married life in Gallia county near Bathesda church and since Nov. 3rd, 1885 in Gallipolis and for the past 37 years at her home at 521 first ave.
     She was the mother of 8 children, of whom the following survive, Mrs. J. T. Weed and John H. Williams of Columbus, Ohio, Arius K. Williams, Cincinnati, O., Mrs. Edith Nida and Miss Flora Williams, this city, 8 grand children and 4 great grand children.
     Funeral services will be conducted at the home Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock by Rev. A. H. Beardsley with burial following at Bethesda by Albert E. Tope.

[Note: Died September 3, 1928]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
September 4, 1928
Transcribed by Romaine Smith


Williams, Lucy T.

     Lucy T. Williams, wife of John Williams, of Guyan Township, on Nov. 19th, A.D. 1876, of heart disease, departed this life, aged 73 years and 5 months less one day. Mother Williams was born April 20th, A.D. 1803, in Giles County, Va., moved to Ohio in 1815, married at 15 years of age. She is the mother of 13 children. She joined the Baptist Church in the year 1858. She was baptized by Elder Sartin McComas. She lived a consistent christian a little over seventeen years. She leaves her companion of about eighty years of age and six children and about 75 grandchildren and great-grandchildren to mourn for a companion and mother.
     Mother Williams was kind to all - both by words and action; none was ever turned hungry away from her door. She was loved by all who knew her. But her voice is heard no more by us, only in our remembrance; the works of her hands can be seen, but the body is in the grave. She is gone from labor to reward. She is, we believe, at rest, with the Master - the great head of the church - while we are left to weep upon the shore for her who can return no more. She sleeps to awake no more until the Lord shall come the second time, when all that are in their graves shall hear his voice and come forth. Blessed are they that have part in the first resurrection, for on such the second death hath no power. Farewell, for a while, we will try to meet thee in heaven, mother.
Elder J. B. Lewis

[Note: Buried in Good Hope Cemetery, Guyan Twp]

Gallipolis Bulletin
Jan 3, 1877
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall                                                                     Top of Page


Williams, Margaret [James]

Mrs. C. Williams, Adamsville, Dies
Funeral Set For 2:30 Sunday At Residence
     Mrs. Margaret James Williams, 76, wife of Charles E. Williams, died early this morning at their home near Adamsville. She had been ailing a good while and earlier in the season was a patient in the hospital here.
Mrs. Williams was the daughter of John and Annie James and was born in Thurman. Prior to her marriage she lived in Jackson and Wellston and was hence, well-known in Jackson County as well as this one. Surviving are a son, Floren, at the home place and a brother, Arthur James of St. Louis.
     Funeral will be held at the home at 2:30 Sunday with burial in Calvary Cemetery at Rio Grande by Steve Thomas.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, May 11, 1945
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Williams, Margaret E.

     Died, in Indianapolis, March 18th, Mrs. Margaret E. Williams, wife of Jefferson Williams, and daughter of Capt. H. H. Boggess

The Gallipolis Journal
March 29, 1866
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Williams, Mary [Watts]

     Mary Williams was born in Greenbrier County, WV, Aug. 5th, 1822, and died after a year of constant and intense suffering at her home in Springfield Township, this county, Sept. 20th, 1882. Her father was John Watts and her mother's maiden name Ibbie Waddell. The subject of this sketch was united in marriage with Henson Williams Feb. 20, 1840. Of this union were born 9 children 7 of whom are still living.
     From the time of her birth until the year 1860, Mrs. Williams spent her life in the land of her nativity. In the above mentioned year with her family she moved to Gallia County, whither, her aged parents and some of her brothers had already gone. From that time till the day of her death, she was one of us. In the community she moved a true woman. In our sanctuaries she joined u a devote worshiper; with our children her own grew to manhood and womanhood, being far nearly 25 years thus identified with us and our interests, she will be greatly missed, say all her neighbors; but especially will those of her own household miss her. Our lonely brother Williams, as the evening shadows are falling upon his own path, will miss the devoted wife who through sunshine and shadow was truthful to hr vows.
     The daughters who so tenderly attended their loved one through all the weary months of her protracted illness, will feel the lost of their affectionate mother. The absent son, who in ah=ll his travels and labors in the far West was so solicitously followed by the love and prayers of her who bore him will greatly miss the messages inspired with mother's love and bedewed with mother's tears that stately reached him. May the good Lord direct their steps and bring all this kind family to their mother's heaven.
     Mrs. Williams was a faithful member of the M.E. Church throughout the greater part of her life. She was converted and united with the church at a camp meeting held in WV in the year 1842. She belonged to a long line of Methodists. Her mother was converted two years before this daughter was born. Her brothers and sisters, 7 in number were all Christians and for four generations back her ancestors were all Methodists.
     In early days of Mrs. Williams' house was the "preacher's home" and this kind woman was a mother to God's servants and to her latest hours she delighted in the visits of pastors and gladly contributed to their happiness and well being in every possible way.
     Her last hours were spent unconsciousness and her friends deprived of the pleasure of any parting words. But her life, though undemonstrative was her testimony and while we sorrow, it is not without hope. She had exhibited a patience in suffering that was born in God. And now we say,

"Farewell, dear one, thy suffering is o'er,
Thy dust at rest on hither shore,
But God shall wake thy sleeping earth,
And give thy flesh celestial Birth,
That with thy soul it too may stand
Entire at last in the heavenly land."

Gallipolis Journal
Nov. 8, 1883
Transcribed by F.K. Brown                                                                           Top of Page


Williams, Mary [Cammon]

Mrs. Williams Claimed at 74
     Mrs. Mary Cammon Williams, 74, an evangelist, who resided at Bidwell died at 8:05 p.m. Thursday in Holzer Hospital, where she had been hospitalized for nine days. She had been in failing health for two years, and her condition had been serious for two weeks.
     Mrs. Williams was born in Summerville, Ga. Feb. 5, 1891, one of nine children born to the late William and Josie Hardwick Cammon. Her marriage was to Mack Williams of Savannah, Ga., who preceded her in death in 1952. They spent most of their married life in West Virginia, where Mr. Williams was a miner, and they came to Gallia county in 1945 and settled in the Rodney community.
     She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Moses (Ada) Hairston of Bidwell, and several nieces and nephews.  
     Services will be held at 2 p.m. (EST) Sunday at Miller’s Home for Funerals. Rev. Noble Russell of Vinton will officiate, and burial will be in Pine Street cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Saturday afternoon and until the hour of the service.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, June 11, 1965
Transcribed by Sandy Lee Milliron


Williams, Mary Margaret

Mrs. Mary Williams Died This Morning
     Mrs. Mary Margaret Williams, 80, widow of Thomas L. Williams, died at 4:30 this morning at her home in Maple Shade. Her illness had been long and terribly distressing. The body was removed to Entsminger’s mortuary. Funeral arrangements will not be made, nor will biographical data be available, until certain relatives arrive or are heard from. Cecil Rice of this city is a nephew of decedent.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, January 17, 1940
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron                                                                    Top of Page


Williams, Mildred E. [Boster]

     GALLIPOLIS - Mildred E. Williams, 75, 333 Third Ave., Gallipolis, died Friday, Oct. 25, 1996 in Holzer Medical Center, following an extended illness. Born May 4, 1921 in Walnut Township, Gallia County, daughter of the late Delbert Boster and Mary Boster, she retired from Gallipolis Developmental Center after more that 25 years of service. She was a member of the First Baptist Church.
     She was also preceded in death by her husband, Augustine M. Williams, on June 8, 1980; a son, Rodger M. Williams, on May 16, 1995; and by two brothers, Gene Boster and Tommy Boster.
Surviving are three granddaughters; and a sister, Pauline Bartels of Gallipolis.
     Services will be 1 p.m. Monday in the Cremeens Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Joseph Godwin, the Rev. Archie Conn and the Rev. Alvis Pollard officiating. Burial will be in Mound Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the chapel from 6-9 p.m. Sunday.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Unknown date
Transcribed by Jessica L. Weber


Williams, Milton

Death of Milton Williams
     Mr. Milton Williams, nearly 69 years old and sick for a long time with a complication of troubles, died this morning at 6 o’clock at his home on Second above Olive street. He was born in North Carolina and lived here since 1866. He left a family.
     His funeral services will be Friday afternoon at the A. M. E. Church by Rev. M. F. Sydes, the burial following at the old cemetery by Undertaker Wetherholt.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, April 13, 1899
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Williams, Nellie

Mrs. Knox Williams, 74, Claimed By Death Today
     Mrs. Nellie Williams, 74, wife of Knox Williams, 50 Chillicothe Rd., died at 5 a.m., today in Holzer Hospital. She had been a patient there for four hours. She had been in failing health for about a year.
Mrs. Williams was born on July 2, 1893, in Mudsoc, daughter of the late J. W. and Laura Elliott Myers. She was married to Knox Williams on Dec. 26, 1919. He survives, along with one son, Harold Dailey, Gallipolis. One daughter, Clara Belle Williams, preceded her in death. Four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren survive.
     Brothers and sisters surviving are James Curtis Myers, Cadmus; Mrs. Daisy Drummond, Patriot; Mrs. Ethel Pope, Chillicothe Rd.; Mrs. Levi (Shirley) Neal, Gallipolis, and Mrs. O. R. (Lottie) Henry, Jackson. Brothers and sisters who preceded her in death were Ira E. Myers, Mrs. Eliza Tope, Jessie and Nancy Myers, Warren, Clum, Alva and Morris.
     She came to Gallipolis in the 1920s. Mr. Williams is associated with Ohio Produce Co. Mrs. Williams was a member of the First Baptist Church.
     Services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m., Thursday at the Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home. Rev. Joseph Chapman will conduct the services. Burial will be in Mound Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home between 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., Wednesday.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday, August 1, 1967
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron                                                                    Top of Page


Williams, Ollie

Ollie Williams Dies On Sunday
     Ollie Williams, 76, who had been a patient in Holzer hospital, died at 8 p.m. Sunday at a rest home on Buck Ridge. He had been a resident of Gallipolis since 1920 and for many years was janitor of the old Lincoln school. He had been at one time custodian of the United Gas Works at Bluefield, W. Va.
     He was a native of Birmingham, Ala., and was born on June 25, 1883, the eldest of nine children of the late Bill and Harriett Williams. He was married to the former Martha Street, who preceded him several years ago and is survived by two daughters, Marie and Martha of Birmingham.
     Mr. Williams was a member of the Holy church at Bluefield, W. Va., but had been an attendant at Paint Creek Baptist church here. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Paint Creek Baptist church. Rev. R. L. Petty will officiate and burial will be in Buck Ridge cemetery under the direction of Miller’s Home for Funerals. [Line left out]. Tuesday evening and until the hour of the service.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, January 11, 1960
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Williams, Paul

Body of Gallia County Boy Solider Is Awaited
     Up until late Thursday night no further word had been received as to when the body of Cpl. Paul Williams, who died unexpectedly Tuesday in the post hospital at Pratt Air Field, Kansas, where he was stationed as a military police will arrive here. Mrs. William(s) (Lois Curry), with her infant son as has been here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Curry the past few weeks since Cpl. Williams was transferred from his post at Lincoln, Neb. to Pratt Field, Kansas.  She had planned to join him there within the next week or so. Mrs. Williams had believed that her husband had almost completely recovered from injuries sustained in a fall while wrestling with some of his comrades, as she had heard directly from him several times since he was hospitalized.
     Corporal Williams was born Aug. 12, 1916, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wade A. Williams of the Lower River Road. He had been employed at the O.H.E. before entering service May 2, 1942. Beside his parents, his wife and 18 months old son, Corporal Willliams is survived by three sisters and two brothers: Mrs. Clinton George of Porter; Mrs. Mitford Kingery, of Kerr; Ralph, somewhere in Germany with the Armed Forces; Carroll of Gallipolis, and Garnet at home. He also leaves a half-brother.

Athens Messenger
June 29, 1945
Contributed by Joyce Robinson


Williams, Cpl. Paul

Cpl. Paul Williams Dies In Kansas
     Cpl. Paul Williams died Tuesday in the hospital at the Army Air Field at Pratt, Kansas, a telegram to his wife Mrs. Lois Curry Williams, who with her small son, is living with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Curry, revealed, Mrs. Williams knew her husband was hospitalized but from word she had received from him she had not been at all alarmed. He had been having severe headaches and dizzy spells and efforts were being made to determine the cause. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wade Williams of the lower river road. His wife and baby had been with him until a few weeks ago when he was transferred from Lincoln, Neb. to Kansas.
     Further particulars were not available today.

Williams Hurt In Fall At Camp
Body Will Be Brought Here For Funeral

     The body of Cpl. Paul Williams, who died Tuesday at Pratt, Kansas, where he was stationed as a military police at the Army air field, will be returned to Gallipolis for the last rites and burial. Since the shocking news of the soldier's death came to his wife, Mrs. Lois Curry Williams, Tuesday evening no further word has been received so arrangements can not be made.
     Mrs. Williams knew that her husband had been suffering and ill because of an injury to his head which he sustained in a fall while wrestling with some comrades. But she had thought he had quite recovered since she had heard directly from him several times. She was planning to join him in the very near future
Most of the more than three years he had spent in service, (he entered May 2, 1942) was spent at Lincoln, Neb. and Mrs. Williams had been with him greater part of that time. She came to be with her parents Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Curry when he was moved to Kansas in the early spring.
     Cpl. Williams would have been 29 years old on Aug. 12. He was married Nov. 2, 1940 to Lois Curry and they are the parents of an eighteen-month-old son, Paul Roger. Before going to the Army he was employed at the O. H. E.
     The son of Mr. and Mrs. Wade A. Williams of the lower river road he is also survived by these brothers and sisters: Mrs. Clinton George of Porter, Mrs. Mitford Kingery of Kerr, Ralph, also in the service of his country and somewhere in Germany, Carroll of Gallipolis and Garnet at home. He also leaves a half brother, Hollis Brown, of the lower river road.
     Arrangements are in charge of George J. Wetherholt and Sons.

Funeral Sunday For Paul Williams
     Funeral services will be held for Cpl. Paul Williams tomorrow afternoon at 4:30 o'clock at the Grace Methodist Church, Rev. W. Scott Westerman officiating. The body arrived by train Friday at 1:37 p.m. and was taken to the George J. Wetherholt and Son Funeral Home. American Legion military burial will be made in Pine Street cemetery.

[Unknown Gallipolis newspaper over the dates of late June and early July of 1945.]
From the collection of and transcribed by Debbie Carter Evans                         Top of Page


Williams, Rebecca Ann [Watts]

Mrs. Ben Williams Dies at Crown City Home
     Mrs. Rebecca Ann Williams, wife of Ben Williams, died at her home in Crown City at 6:30 Sunday evening. Her maiden name was Watts, and she was 65 years old. She is survived by, in addition to her husband, five children, as follows: Clarence Williams, Chesapeake; Erwin Williams, Bladen; Cornie, Elijah and Mrs. Carrie Fellure, all of Crown City. Mrs. Walter Saunders, Huntington, and Mrs. Harriet Williams, mother of John Williams of this city, were sisters.
     Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Mr. Webb at Crown City Holiness church at 2 o'clock Tuesday. Burial there by Stevers Funeral Services.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, May 16, 1932
Submitted by Eve Hughes


Williams, Rose

Mrs. Reece Williams, Born Here, Dies At Home In Huntington

     Mrs. Reece Williams, 72, born and reared in Clay Township, died Friday afternoon at her home at 2742 First Avenue, Huntington, after a lingering illness. She is survived by her husband, long prominent in that city; one brother, S.T. Cole, Lisbon,ND; one sister, Miss Samantha Cole, Gallipolis; two sons S.T. and Marshall Williams, Huntington and one daughter, Mrs. O.F. Bush of Kenova and three grandchildren, Robert Bush, Floyd Bush and Rose Louise Williams.
     Funeral services will be tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the residence and burial will be in Woodmere Cemetery, Huntington.
     Mrs. Williams was Rose, daughter of Frank and Carolyn Guthrie Cole and the Cole homestead where she was born still stands. It is the house at the right at the entrance of the Raccoon Creek Bridge on lower Route 7. During their early married life Mr & Mrs. Williams lived in the same neighborhood but moved to Huntington about forty years ago where Mr. Williams was employee of the C & O Railway, being retired a few years ago. Mrs. Williams had been in ill health for about a year.

[Note: Death Certificate...Rose Hannah born Feb. 25, 1862; died Feb. 2, 1934; 71 years 11 months and 7 days.]

Gallipolis Paper
Feb. 3, 1934
Transcribed by F.K. Brown                                                                           Top of Page


Williams, Rose Ellen Mossman [Topping]

Mrs. C. E. Williams
1880 - 1972
     Mrs. C. E. Williams, christened Rose Ellen Topping but known as Ella to all her friends and relatives, passed away in her sleep in the Worworth Rest home, Worthington, Ohio, September 14, 1972, at the age of 92.
     Mrs. Williams was married twice. Her first marriage was to William Rande Mossman of Rio Grande in Pleasant Valley September 1, 1901. To this union were born four sons, Charles, Joe, Maurice and Lyle., who survive her. This marriage last 45 years. Mrs. Williams is survived by two sisters, Miss Margaret Topping also of 530 Third Avenue, Gallipolis, and Mrs. Rachel Mossman of Ashland, Kentucky. Twenty-one nephews, nieces and grand nephews and nieces survive here.
     The second marriage occurred in 1947 to Mr. C. E. Williams of Adamsville. Mrs. Williams live the past 18 years of her life as a widow at 530 Third Avenue, Gallipolis, Ohio.
     Mrs. Williams has 19 living grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Mrs. Williams was born near Given Station not far from Waverly, Pike County, Ohio, in a log house, the oldest of seven children of James Alexander and Ann MartinTopping.
     She was at a citizens' meeting that met for the purpose of naming Rio Grande. The nearest post office was located at Adamsville, but it took another day for the mail to be delivered to Rio Grande. One of two Woods brothers had been a cowboy in Texas for five years suggested "it", meaning Rio Grande, be called Ryo Grande and the pronunciation stuck to this day, Rio Grande.
     Mrs. Williams also knew very well the builders of the Rio Grande Methodist church. David Richards and wife, Jim White and wife, Bill Brandyberry and wife and son, Levi Smith and wife, Dr. Jacobs and wife, and a young man by the name of French, who moved to Vinton shortly after the church was erected. The church was finally called the Simpson Chapel, after Bishop Simpson. After moving to Gallipolis following the death of her second husband she attended the Methodist church of that city and served one year as president of the English club.
     Mrs. Williams also knew many of the early settlers of Raccoon township, Granny Lackey was one of them (b-1809), mother of two of her teachers, Emma and Will Davis. Granny could knot a pair of mittens or socks while riding her horse six miles down Pleasant Valley to Rio Grande and home. Granny saved her young daughter, Becky, Emma and Will's mother, from a bear in those early days.
     Mrs. William's first job was a hired girl at twenty-five cents salary per week. After four months she asked for a twenty-five cent advance to purchase a gingham cloth for a dress and was fired. In 1928 Mrs. Williams moved to Centerville, the family lived on the old Captain Mannery homestead between Rio Grande and Centerville. She joined the Grange and has been a member ever since. Two years later she became a member of Eastern Star of Centerville and was a Past Worthy Matron of that order. After moving to Gallipolis she ...[the rest is missing]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
No date
Transcribed by Charles Wright                                                                      Top of Page


Williams, S. W., Dr

Dr. Williams Dead
End Came to Physician Friday at Home Here Following Weeks' Illness from Pneumonia
     Dr. S. W. Williams, one of the best known medical practitioners of this county, died at his home on Court street, this city, Friday, May 1, 1923, following a week's illness from pneumonia.
     Surviving him are his wife and one son, Dr. Stanley Williams of Massillon, Ohio, a number of other family relatives and many warm friends.
     Dr. Williams practiced medicine in the Guyan township district for perhaps thirty years, following which he moved to Gallipolis several years ago. He was a fine man, greatly beloved by many friends, generous, helpful and kind to all with whom he came in contact.
     The funeral was held at his late home Monday afternoon under direction of The Rose Commandery Knights Templars, interment following in Mound Hill cemetery.

[Note: The date for the newspaper is obviously incorrect, since he died on May 11.]

Gallipolis paper
May 1, 1923
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall

Williams, Dr. S. W. [Salathi W.]

Death of Dr. S. W. Williams
     The death of Dr. S. W. Williams Friday afternoon, May 11, 1923, came unexpectedly to the community. He had been seen by many of his friends on the street within a week, and the seriousness of his sickness was not generally known.
     Surviving him are his wife and one son, Dr. Stanley Williams of Massillon, who has been here several days. Dr. Williams practiced medicine in the Mercerville district for thirty years, and unquestionably used up much of his vitality looking after the sick in that neighborhood. He was possessed of a generous heart, a sincere and deep appreciation of his friendships, a spirit of good will towards his fellow man. In the large circle of his friends and acquaintances, he will be greatly missed.
     Dr. Williams was raised near Bethesda and has lived in Gallipolis on Court Street for several years. Funeral arrangements have not been definitely made, but it is likely that it will not be before Tuesday.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Saturday, May 12, 1923

Funeral of Dr. Williams
     The funeral of Dr. S. W. Williams was held Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock from his late residence on Court street. The services were conducted by Rev. Curtis Smith of the Grace M. E. Church of which Dr. Williams was a devout member, followed by services by the Rose Commandery of the Knight Templar ________ at Mound Hill under the direction of Wetherholt & Entsminger. Dr. Williams was a man held in the highest esteem by all who knew him.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, May 14, 1923
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Williams, Sarah Cleo [Lemon]

IN MEMORY
     Sarah Cleo Lemon Williams, daughter of George and Mary Ann Lemon, was born Aug. 29, 1870 and died April 13, 1925, aged 54 years 7 months and 15 days.  She was united in marriage to George Williams March 3, 1897, and to this union were born two children, one son Harry who departed this life at the age of ten years and Mrs. Pearl Miller of Gallipolis.
     Before she was married she was converted and united with the Missionary Baptist Victory church, and afterward joined the Christian church.  She lived and died in that faith that comes by hearing the gospel.  She was rational until the end and died peacefully as though going to sleep, and made requests about her funeral and burial.  She was a woman who lived the BIble, and was a good BIble student.
     She leaves to mourn their loss her husband, George Williams, her daughter, Mrs. Pearl Miller, and six grandchildren, Carl, Howard, Norma, Juanita, Earl Jr. and Madeline, also five sisters, Mrs. John Slater of Huntington, Mrs. Frank Stewart of Cheseapeake, Mrs. John Halley of Swan Creek, Mrs. Harvey Halley of Mechanicsburg, and Mrs. Fred Baum of Columbus, and two brothers, John Lemon of Swan Creek and George Lemon of Porter, Ind., besides more distant relatives and a host of friends.
    She will be missed in the church and community and especially in the home as the home is broken up when the wife and mother has gone away.

   Our dear one has gone to rest
     From pain and sorrow free;
   Her sleeping form so much we love,
     No more on earth we'll see.
   With tearful eyes and aching heart,
     We speak the last goodbye;
   But soon we'll meet to never part,
     Where pleasures never die.
   Sleep on, sleep on, thy peaceful sleep,
     No sleep hath earth so sweet;
   Though here mid gloom we mourn and weep,
     In Heaven again we'll meet.

     Funeral services were held at the residence near Thevinin by Rev. John L. Porter and burial at St. Nicholas cemetery by Undertaker Stevers of Mercerville.

Gallipolis paper
April 13, 1925
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall

Williams, Sarah Cleo [Lemons]

Mrs. Williams Dead
     Mrs. George Williams of near Thivenin died at her home Monday morning, April 13. Funeral services will be held at the home today (Wednesday) at 2 p. m., burial following at St. Nicholas cemetery. Mrs. Williams leaves her husband and one daughter, Mrs. Ethel Miller of Gallipolis.

[Note: According to her death certificate available at familysearch.org, Sarrah Cleo Williams was born in Gallia County on August 28, 1870, to George Lemons and Mary Ann Bloyer.]

Gallia Times
Thursday, April 16, 1925
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux                                                                    Top of Page


Williams, Thelma L. [Hodgson]

     Thelma L. Williams, 86, formerly of Rio Grande, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 1991 at Maplewood Nursing Home, Marion. She was a farmer. Born July 14, 1904 in Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late James Lackey and Margaret Hodgson.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, David H. Williams, on Feb.26, 1977, and by three brothers and one sister. Surviving are a son, Dr. William J. Williams of Ann Arbor Mich.; a daughter, Mrs. Roger (Peggy) Baker of Larue, Ohio; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and a sister, Margaret Hunter of Leipsic, Ohio.
     She was a member of Simpson United Methodist Church and the Gallia County Farm Bureau Council.
Services will be 1 p.m. on Saturday in the Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home, with the Rev. Webster G. Cox officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 5-8 p.m.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
January 1991
Transcribed by Jessica L. Weber


Williams, Theodocius D.

     Died, in Springfield township, on Thursday morning, May 22d, 1862, Mr. Theodocius D. Williams, aged about 52 years.

The Gallipolis Journal
June 12, 1862
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Williams, Thomas

Thomas Williams' Remains

     The remains of Mr. Tom Williams, whose death was mentioned yesterday, will be brought home and will likely arrive sometime today. He died of fever, near Denver, heart failure being the immediate cause of death. He was not married and was about 35 years old and a man with many friends.
     He was an ardent Republican and quite a politician. He left two sisters, Mrs. Benjamin Mosier and Mrs. W. T. Howard, of Cadmus; also three brothers, Joseph Williams of McDaniel, Ross Williams of Remington and Dr. Williams of St. Louis. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Willliams, are dead. He was with a mining company's store when he was taken ill, having gone out there two or three years ago.

[Note: Buried in Sandfork Cemetery in Walnut Township.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Sept. 17, 1904
Transcribed by F. K. Brown


Williams, William

     William Williams, 64, former resident of Neil avenue, died Sunday morning at the Athens State Hospital.   His wife died about two years ago and they had no children, but he is survived by a brother, Charles, of near Bulaville. The funeral services were to be conducted by Rev. George Sagen at 2:30 today at Tope’s funeral parlor unless there was a late change due to word from kinfolk not yet heard from at noon. Burial in Rife cemetery.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
October 9, 1933
Transcribed by Henny Evans                                                                        Top of Page


Williams, William P.

OBITUARIES
     William P. Williams was born on August 25, 1877 and departed this life December 15, 1909, aged 32 years, 3 months and 10 days, leaving a wife and three children, brothers, and sisters and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn their loss.
     He was an affectionate husband, a kind and loving father. He endured his suffering with patience and believed in being ready when the summons come. He said to those who stood by his bedside that he was ready and willing to go, would wait for them to come and expressed the desire to depart and be with Christ and loved ones, which assures us that our loss is his eternal gain.
     Funeral services conducted at his home in Harrison township by Rev. Ed Sheets and interment at Good Hope cemetery in Guyan township by Undertaker Myers.

Tis only a little way o’er
This wearisome pilgrimage ends,
Its trials and labors are gone
The sun in the heavens descend.

How often we’re summoned to part
With some cherished friend that we love,
While grief sits supreme in the heart,
And peace cometh down from above.

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

God in his wisdom has recalled,
The boon his love had given,
And though the body slumbers here,
The soul is safe in heaven.

Gallipolis Bulletin
Friday, December 17, 1909
Transcribed by Sandy Lee Milliron


Williams, William S.

     DIED - Williams—At Centerville, April 9th, 1877, in the 55th year of his age, Mr. William S. Williams. His funeral took place on the 11th; his remains were interred in Ebenezer grave yard where religious service was held before burying at the church. (He was buried by the Masonic Order.)
     Brother Williams was born in Carmarthenshire, South Wales. He emigrated to America about 28 years ago. Religiously he was a Baptist. He became a member of the Baptist Church while very young, in his native country he was a lively church member. He worked in the vineyard and he was proverbial for his sociality and hospitality. An affectionate husband, a kind father, a good citizen, and an excellent neighbor; he leaves a widow and eight children to mourn his loss but we believe their loss to be his gain.
D. S. J.

Gallipolis Bulletin
Wednesday, May 23, 1877
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux                                                                    Top of Page


Williamson, E. S.

Captain E.S. Williamson, beloved husband of Katharine Williamson (nee Coleman), May 20
     Remains at J.J. Sullivan & Co.'s funeral parlors, 235 E. Fourth Street. Funeral arrangements to be announced later.

[Note: Edmund S. Williamson was born in Meigs County and married on 8 July 1866 Katherine Coleman, daughter of Sutherland H. and Caroline (Swain) Coleman of Gallipolis. They lived in Gallipolis until some time between 1880 and 1900, when they moved to Hamilton County. Edmund was a steamboat captain and well known along the Ohio River.]

The Cincinnati Enquirer
21 May 1922 p. 5, col. 4
Submitted by Eva Swain Hughes


Williamson, Ethel

     Ethel Ewing Williamson, 89, former Pomeroy resident, died Wednesday at Pinecrest Care Center. She was preceded in death by her husband, Phillip Williamson; a daughter, Mary W. Black, and brothers, Charles and George Ewing.
     Surviving daughters include Mrs. Robert Gardner, Delaware; Helen W. Boster, Gallipolis.
Three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren survive.
    She was a member of the Trinity Church and Order of Eastern Star.
    Services will be Saturday at 1 p.m. from Ewing Chapel with burial in Beech Grove Cemetery.

Gallipolis Tribune
May 1980
Transcribed by J. Farley


Willis, Anita

In Memory
     Death has claimed another one from our little village, a mother in Israel, Mrs. Anita Willis. Just at the break of day on the morning of the 19th she passed peacefully away. It was a great shock to her family and neighbors, as it came so suddenly. She had not been well, yet was not considered critically ill. Since her husband's death, two years before just to the day, she had lived alone and with her chldren, being at her son Ellsworth's at the time of her death.
     She was a daughter of Joshua and Eliza Brothers, and was born Jan. 9, 1846, and died Feb. 19, 1920, aged 74 years, 1 month and 10 days. She was married to Edmund R. Wills on Nov 10, 1865. To this union were born 7 children, Anna, John C., Mary, Sarah, Ellsworth, Lillie and Minerva. Ann, Sarah and Minerva have gone on before. The following are left to mourn their loss, John C. and Ellsworth Wills of Bladen, Mrs. Ira Green and Mrs. B. V. Mooney of Galliopolis, two brothers and two sisters, Austin and George Brothers of Gallipolis, Mrs. John Houck of Bladen and Mrs. Adaline Donnett of Gallipolis, sixteen grandchildren and a host of friends.
     She was converted during a revival at Liberty Chapel in the winter of 1912, joined the church and lived a faithful Christian until the Lord said come home.
     She was a good mother and grandmother, a kind neighbor and friend. She had been a resident of Ohio township for 43 years and had many friends. Her old neighbors held her in the highest esteem, and her new neighbors of one year's acquaintance had learned to love her dearly. She will be sadly missed, but we shall remember her kind face and loving smile. Blessed are they who die in the Lord.
     The funeral was conducted Feb. 21 at Bethel Church by Rev. Samuel Lewis, the interment following by J. W. Stevers.

[Note: Her tombstone gives name Arrita]

Gallipolis paper
Feb. 19, 1920
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall                                                                     Top of Page


Willis, Mrs. S. J. [Armenia Jane]

Sudden Heart Attack Fatal To Mrs. Willis
     Death came suddenly and without warning to Mrs. S. J. Willis, 61, at her home in East Gallipolis, shortly before eight o’clock, Sunday morning. While it was known that Mrs. Willis had not been in the best of health, her condition was not known to be serious by either her family or her friends. She had arisen as usual on Sunday morning and walked out into the yard when she was seized with a fatal heart attack.
     Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, at 2 p.m. at her late home by Rev. George Sagen. Burial in Pine Street Cemetery in charge of Fred Entsminger.
     Mrs. Willis, who before her marriage was America Henshaw, is survived by her husband, four sons, James Curtis, of Steubenville, Darwin and Oliver, of Columbus, and Raymond of Vinton, and two daughters, Mrs. Ella Peacock and Mrs. Opal Thivener, of Gallipolis. She also leaves three sisters, Mrs. Anna Bacon and Mrs. Sina Hogreff, of Newark and Mrs. Mary Brooker of Thivener.

[Note: 1/31/1871 - 5/8/1932]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, May 9, 1932
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Willis, Dexter

Former Resident of Meigs County Dies

Dexter Willis, 50, Dies at New Home in Gallia County.
POMEROY, June 5 --
     Dexter Willis, 50, a Cheshire Township farmer, and a former resident of Antiquity, Meigs County, was found dead in bed near the Meigs County line yesterday morning, as the result of heart failure, it is believed. A native of Meigs County, Willis had been farming in Gallia for the last ten years, and lived in the Swisher property near Cheshire with his four children, Glenn 22, Dale 20, Lawrence 1? [either a 3 or 5], and Garnet 12. His wife died about ten years ago. Other relatives include two brothers, S. J. Willis, Gallipolis; William, Akron and three sisters, Mrs. Linnie Bowles, Huntington; Mrs. Belle Johnson, Antiquity, and Mrs. Carrie Parsons, Gallipolis. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at Letart Falls by Rev. Raymond Willis.

[The above was transcribed as it appeared in the newspaper without making changes to spelling or grammar.]

June 5, 1931
Athens Messenger Athens Ohio
Transcribed by Connie Schumaker  

Willis, Dexter

Cheshire Farmer Found Dead In Bed
Dexter Willis, 50, Believed Victim of Heart Attack
     Dexter Willis, 50, a Cheshire township farmer, was found dead in bed by one of his sons this morning at his home near the Meigs county line. Heart failure was believed to have caused his death. Although he had been in failing health for some time, no particular turn in his condition had been noted.
     A native of Meigs county, Willis had been farming in this county for the past ten or twelve years. He lived in the Swisher property near Cheshire with his four children, Glenn, 22, Dale, 20, Lawrence, 18 and Garnet, 12, his wife having died some ten years ago. Other surviving relatives include two brothers, S. J. Willis, of this city, and William of Akron, three sisters, Mrs. Linnie Bowles of Huntington, Mrs. Belle Johnson of Antiquity and Mrs. Carrie Parsons of Gallipolis.
     Funeral services will be conducted Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Letart by Rev. Raymond Willis with burial following by H. K. Butler.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, June 4, 1931
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron                                                                    Top of Page


Willis, Raymond Leon

     Raymond Leon Willis, 74, of Gallipolis, Ohio passed away at Riverside Hospital in Columbus, Ohio on Wednesday afternoon, August 27, 2003. Born on September 6, l928 in Portsmouth, Ohio, he was the only child of the late Carl Henderson Willis and Florence Lena Russ Willis. He graduated from Gallia Academy High School in 1947, and entered the family business, known now as the Willis Tire Company. This family enterprise, now in the fourth generation has served the area since April 1941. His involvement in Willis Tire continued until the time of his death.
     He is survived by his wife of 55 years, the former Mary Margaret Baker, whom he married on May 22, 1948. To this union were born one son and three daughters: Russ Edward (Ginny) Willis, Susan Elaine (Tom) Russell, and Carla Willis, all of Gallipolis, and Mary Elizabeth “Libby” (John) Koetz of Bexley, Ohio.
Nine grandchildren survive: Amy Willis of Gallipolis: Matthew S. (Shelbie) of Rio Grande; Mark A. Willis of Columbus; David T. (Abbey) Russell and Jeremy A. (Jennifer) Russell of Gallipolis; Joshua R. Koetz and Nicholas W. Koetz of Bexley; Emily A. Evans of Cleveland, Ohio and Jennifer M. Harrison of South Orange New Jersey. Three great-grandchildren also survive; Chance A. Davis of Gallipolis; Alden M. Willis of Rio Grande and Alex B. Russell of Gallipolis.
     Raymond Willis was very active in his community. His many memberships included; The Ohio Tire Dealers Association; Gallia County Chamber of Commerce; a charter member of the Gallipolis Lions Club; a former member of the Gallia County Junior Fair Board; member of the Board of Directors of the former Gallipolis Savings and Loan; a Shriner, member of the Aladdin Temple of Columbus, the Gallipolis Shrine Club and the Hillbilly Clan; a Master Mason and member of the Morning Dawn Lodge # 7 Gallipolis, the Royal Arch Masons of Ohio, the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Columbus; and the Order of Eastern Star. He was a member of the Naomi Lodge No. 55, Knights of Pythias for 50 years. In January 2003 he was honored by the K of P with a 50 year pin and lifetime membership. He also held membership in the B.P.O.E. Gallipolis Lodge, Number 107; the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge, Number 731; the Gallipolis Investment Club; and he was a Kentucky Colonel.
And active member of Grace United Methodist Church, he served on the Building Committee and was a former Youth Counselor for Ohio Chapel. Raymond Willis was a past board member of Holzer Vanguard. He was also the immediate past chairman of the Holzer Foundation for Tri-State Health Care, serving as a Trustee for over 25 years. For 22 years, he served as Central Committeeman for Ward 1A in Gallipolis.
     His primary devotion and dedication were to his entire family, taking great pride in their accomplishments, and to his chosen life’s work at the Willis Tire Company, which he saw expand and develop over a period of 56 years.
     The Willis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. There will be no calling hours. Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday afternoon, September 6, 2003 at 2 o’clock, in the Sanctuary of Grace United Methodist Church. A reception will follow in the Church dining room. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the “City Park Tree Fund”, mailed to the Gallipolis City Auditor, 518 Second Avenue, Gallipolis, Ohio 45631, and designated as a memorial to Raymond L. Willis.

Sunday Times Sentinel
Unknown date but probably 31 Aug. 2003
Transcribed by Marian Baker Schoonover                                                       Top of Page


Willis, S. J. (Vade) [Survaties]

S. J. Willis, 75, Dies In Columbus
Interment Will Be Made In Pine St. Cemetery, Saturday
     S. J. (Vade) Willis, formerly a maker and repairer of furniture here, died at 10:35 last night in University Hospital, Columbus. He was 75 years old. It was known here that he was seriously ill, The Tribune having mentioned this week that he was a hospital patient.
     Until failing health induced him to go to Columbus four or five months ago and make his home with his daughter, Mrs. Opal Thivener, Mr. Willis lived and had his shop just below what used to be the main entrance to the old Fairground.
     Funeral arrangements had not been completed when these lines were written, but burial will be made in Pine Street Cemetery by F. J. Entsminger.
     Surviving children in addition to Mrs. Thivener, are Ollie Willis, Columbus; Mrs. Phil (Ella) Peacock, Montgomery, O., and Raymond, a minister, located somewhere in Kentucky.
     Mr. Willis was an expert craftsman and in many a Gallipolis home there are articles of furniture that bear the marks of his skill. He was also a pleasant, genial man and a fine type of citizen.

[Note: 2/6/1871 - 10/3/1945]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, October 4, 1945
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Willison, Joseph E.

J. E. Willison, 79, Succumbs
     Joseph E. Willison, 79, a resident of Vinton, died in Holzer hospital Tuesday morning. He was a native of Belmont county, and was born Aug. 1, 1885, son of the late Amos and Nancy Hines Willison. His marriage to the former Loretta Towsley took place in 1935, and she survives.
     Three surviving children are Joseph E. and Mrs. Opal Hudnell, both of Athens, and Mrs. Louise Kemper of Rt. 1 Vinton. Other survivors are two brothers and two sisters, Marvin Willison of Chauncey, Ray Willison of Jackson, Mrs. Rena Cheats of Columbus, and Mrs. Etta Francis of Wellsburg, W. Va.
     Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the McCoy Funeral Home. Rev. Jack Stutler will officiate, and burial will be in the Carpenter cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, April 7, 1965
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron                                                                    Top of Page


Wills, Edmond Elsworth

Ellsworth Wills Found Dead In Bed at Bladen
Funeral Is Set for 2 Thursday at Bethel
     Edmond Ellsworth Wills, a well-known resident of Ohio Twp. Was found dead in his bed about 8 o'clock this morning by his son, Willie. Mr. Wills, who had been a rugged, stalwart man, had been taking treatment lately for a heart condition. His age was 67 years, 7 months and 4 days.
     The Wills home is the first one above the Route 7 fill at Bladen -a home erected by the late C. R. Chambers. There Mr. Wills and two of children, Willie and Miss Alice Wills, had continued to live after the death of the wife and mother several years ago. The other surviving children are Orville, living nearby; Mrs. Waldo Tipton and Garrett Wills, both of Gallipolis, and Mrs. Boyd Jeffers of Bladen. There are 18 grandchildren and these two sisters: Mrs. Millie Mooney of Gallipolis and Mrs. Mary Green of Tuscola, Ill.
     Mr. Wills was a son of the late Edmond and Arrietta Brothers Wills. He had spent most of his life in Ohio Twp., and was active in public affairs and was well-known in Gallipolis.
     Funeral services will be held at Bethel Church at 2 o'clock Thursday, in charge of Rev. Jennings Cremeens. Burial at the Bethel cemetery.

[Note: From tombstone 1876-1943]

Wills, Edmund Ellsworth

Memoriam; In Endearing Memory
     Edmund Ellsworth Wills, son of Edmund and Arrietta (Brothers) Wills, born in Harrison Township, Gallia Co., Ohio, Jan. 27th, 1876. Passed quietly from the repose of sleep to the repose of death in the silence of the night Aug. 21, 1913, having attained the advanced age of 67years, 7 months, 4 days.
The family moved to Ohio Twp. When he was two years old and he has spent the entire period of his life as one of the well-known and universally respected citizens of the community.
     On New Year Day 1898 he and Mary Z. Clark were united in marriage and down through the intervening years they shared life's joys and sorrows along the pathway of life sharing mutual companionship until Mrs. Wills was called away some years ago.
     The following family survives to mourn the loss of a kind and generous father:
Mrs. Waldo Tipton and Garrett O. Wills of Gallipolis; Orville O. Wills and Mrs. Boyd Jeffers of Bladen and Willie W. and Alice at home. Also eighteen grandchildren, three of whom are serving in the armed forces. The late John W. Wills was an only brother and Mrs. Mary Green of Tuscola, Illinois, and Mrs. Lillie Mooney, Gallipolis, were sisters.
     Mr Wills who in his younger days was a strong and robust man had been in failing health for some time and had been taking treatment lately for a heart condition. His sudden passing came as a severe shock to his family and friends.
     He was a kindly man endearing himself to young and old alike who knew him intimately and he often in conversation with friends expressed sympathy for those in distress. He was a good neighbor, an upright citizen, honest in his dealings with his fellowmen.
     The family circle is broken here on earth but we can rejoice in the reunion of father and mother in that home not made with hands eternal in the heavens. In that land beyond this vale of tears where farewells are unknown.

[Note: From Tombstone 1876-1943; Buried Bethel cemetery in Ohio tp.]

Gallipolis Newspaper
No date
Transcritions by Margaret Calvin                                                                    Top of Page


Wills, John C.

John C. Wills Dies Suddenly Raccoon Island
Funeral Services Set For 2 Sunday At Bethel
     John Chapman Wills, retired school teacher, died suddenly at 10 o'clock last night at his home at Raccoon Island. He had been as well as usual up until Friday, when he complained of some discomfort. Death is believed to have resulted from a heart attack. His age was 73 years, 6 months, 28 days.
     Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Ella Wills; a son, Russell, who lives next door; a daughter, Minnie, wife of Everett Waugh of Bladen; a brother, Ellsworth Wills, Bladen; two sisters, Mrs. Lillie Mooney of Gallipolis and Mrs. Mary Greene of Tuscola, Ill, and three grandchildren, Geraldine and Earl Wills, and Jeannette Waugh.
     Mr. Wills had been a member of Bethel Methodist church for 28 years, had served its Sunday school as teacher and superintendent, and was esteemed and respected as a worthy citizen.
     Funeral will be held at Bethel at 2 o'clock Sunday, with Rev. H. W. DeWolfe in charge. Burial in the church cemetery by Stevers. The body is now at home and will remain there until it is taken to the church for the last rites.

[Note: dates from stone 1868-1942]

Gallipolis newspaper
1942
Transcribed by Joanne Galvin                                                                        Top of Page


Wills, Mary Zimrode [Clark]

OBITUARY
                        "Father in thy gracious keeping
                                Leave me now thy servant sleeping"

     Mary Zimrode Wills, daughter of Lewis and Elizabeth Clark was born Oct. 3, 1878, departed this life Feb. 25, 1939 at the age of 60 years, 4 months and 22 days.
     She was united in marriage to Ellsworth Wills, Jan. 1, 1898 and to this union was born six children, named, Orville of Bladen, Mrs. Waldo Tipton, Gallipolis, Garrett, Gallipolis, Mrs. Boyd Jeffers, Bladen, Willie and Alice at home. She also leaves 5 brothers, and three sisters, Mrs. Alice Kuebler of Columbus, O., Mrs. Emma Walker, Quincy, W. Va., Mrs. Bessie Brown, Belle, W. Va.,Mr. Robert Clark, Athallia, O., Chas. and Calvin, South Webster, Clarence, Middleport, O., and James, Blacksburg, Va. She also leaves 15 grandchildren.
     She was converted in her youth and was a member of Bethel M. E. church and an active church worker. She served as President of Ladies Aid Society and attended the meetings as long as her health permitted her.
     We will miss Mary, but her Savior had need for her in his kingdom and the still voice said "Come" and she calmly went to sleep. While we are resigned to the will of Him who doeth all things will we hold our loved in tender recollection and cherish the hope of meeting her again. Our friend has only paid the debt we all must pay; her race is run, her troubles over her work is finished.
     "Blessed are they who die in the Lord and their works do follow them."

Servant of God, well done,
Thy glorious warfare's past;
The battles' fought the victory won,
And thou art crowned at last.

[Note: Buried in Bethel Cemetery, Ohio Township]

Gallipolis newspaper
February 1939
Transcribed by Joanne Galvin                                                                        Top of Page


Wills, Russell R.

Apparent Heart Attack Claims R. R. Wills
     Russell R. Wills, 65, a resident of Lower River Rd., was dead on arrival at Holzer hospital at 8 p.m. Wednesday. His death apparently was due to a heart attack. Mr. Wills was born March 1, 1899 at Bladen, son of the late John Wills, and Ella Evans Wills, who survives and is 90-years-old, and made her home with the son. His marriage was to former Gwendolyn Barker of Bladen on Aug. 31, 1920, who survives. They were married by the late Judge J. S. Clark. A son and daughter, who survive are Earl Wills of Marietta and Mrs. Victor (Jeraldine) Hager of Kanauga. There are four grandchildren. A surviving sister is Mrs. Everette (Winnie) Waugh of Swan Creek.
     After attending Bladen schools, Mr. Wills enlisted in the Navy at the age of 19. He later engaged in construction work, and was employed for a number of years by the Dravo Corp. His last work was at the Pt. Pleasant Navy yard where he had just retired on June 6. He was a member of Bethel Methodist church, Lafayette Post, American Legion and the Ohio Valley Grange.
     Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Miller’s Home for Funerals. Rev. David Bates will officiate, and burial will follow in Ohio Valley Memory Gardens. Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 p.m. today.

[Note: d. July 22, 1964]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
July 23, 1964
Transcribed by Mary Crittenden


Wills, Willie Wilbert

Wills Service Set Friday Afternoon
     Funeral services for Willie Wilbert Wills, 44, who died Wednesday, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Bethel Church, Ohio Twp., with burial by F.L. Stevers in Bethel Cemetery. The Rev. Charles W. Lusher will officiate. The body will be at the home of his sister, Miss Alice Wills, this evening, where friends may call.
     Two other sisters and two brothers survive: Mrs. Waldo Tipton, Gallipolis; Mrs. Boyd Jeffers, Patriot; Garrett Wills and Orvil Wills, both of Bladen.

[Note from stone: 1903 - 1947]

Gallipolis paper
Date Unknown
Transcribed by Theresa E. Smith


Wilson, Alex

Alex Wilson, 96, Dies At Bidwell
Funeral Services To Be Held There At 2 Sunday
    
Alexander C. Wilson, colored, believed to be the oldest person in his township and one of the eldest in the county, died suddenly Wednesday afternoon. He collapsed while walking from the Bidwell railway station to his home in the village.
     It is said that he was in his 97th year and that his birthdate was Dec. 14, 1846. For many years up till a few months ago, he was a familiar figure in Gallipolis, a frequent visitor at the court-house.
     Decedent was a son of Peter and Hester Ellison Wilson. He is survived by his wife, Martha Black Wilson and these children: Lester, Lindsey and Zelda, Bidwell; Millard and Henry, Dayton; Ansel, Gale and Jerome and Mordecai, all of Boston; Lulu White, Charleston, Ethel Lawson, Thurman; Woodrow Willson, Smith Creek, Michigan. There are three sisters living; Mary Ellison and Elvira Black, Porter, Mamie Alcorn of Dayton, and Martha Gracen of New Jersey.
     Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. C. M. Payne at 2 o’clock Sunday at Mt. Carmel Church, Bidwell. Interment by Coleman & Son.

[Note: Mt. Carmel Cemetery is in Meigs County.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, June 18, 1943
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Wilson, Anna V.

Death of Mrs. Jake Wilson
     Ward was received here today of the death of Mrs. Jake Wilson at Harrisburg, June 14, 1925. She leaves her husband and many friends. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. with burial at Rio Grande.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, June 15, 1925
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Wilson, Bertha

     Died, in Toronto, on the 26th inst., Bertha Wilson, daughter of Theodore and Mary. Aged four months and twenty-five days.

The Gallipolis Journal
September 5, 1867
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Wilson, Charles H.

Chas. H. Wilson, 61, Insurance Man, Died Thursday
Funeral Is Set For 2 Sunday At Church Of God
     Charles H. Wilson, a well-known insurance man, succumbed to a long distressing and hopeless illness at 3:25 Thursday afternoon at his home 633 Third Ave. Death resulted from a pulmonary ailment and complications. Because of illness he ceased his work for the Western & Southern Insurance Co. last February. He had been bedfast since April and for some days prior to his passing he had been conscious only at brief and infrequent intervals.

Entered 62nd Year
     Mr. Wilson was a son of the late William T. and Rebecca Wilson and he was 61 years old on July 29.
On Oct. 28, 1908, he married Lula Price, a daughter of the late Henry Price of Walnut Twp. and the early years of their wedlock were spent on their farm at Flag Springs. About 20 years ago Mr. Wilson joined the W. & S. Staff at Clarksburg, W. Va., and was there two years. For the last 18 years he had been connected with the local office of that company. Mrs. Wilson died Sept. 27, 1937.
     Mr. Wilson married Emma Withers of Gallipolis Ferry two years ago last June and she and the following children of the first marriage survive: Mrs. John (Madge) Kershner and Miss Olive Wilson, Columbus; Miss Leatha Wilson, Chicago, and Halcie Wilson, at home. Three brothers and a sister also survive: A. C. Wilson, Portsmouth; Willard H. Wilson, Charleston, W. Va.; Robert L. Wilson, Honolulu, and Mrs. Earl Haney, Bradenton, Florida.
     Mr. Wilson was affiliated with the Church of God and the funeral services will be held there at 2 p.m. Sunday. Rev. H. M. Smith will be in charge and will be assisted by Rev. E. T. Kennison. Burial will be made at Flag Springs by Phillips of Ironton.
     Decedent was tenderly and wholeheartedly devoted to his loved ones and his home and that devotion was fully reciprocated. He was industrious, attentive to his own affairs, but was of pleasing address and made countless friendships here and throughout the county.

[Note: From death certificate date of birth July 27, 1883; date of death August 24, 1944; mother’s maiden name Baker.]

Unknown Gallipolis newspaper
From the collection of and transcribed by Debbie Carter Evans                         Top of Page


Wilson, Charles O.

Death Claims C. O. Wilson, 69, Kanauga
     Charles O. Wilson, 69, of Young’s Trailer Park, Kanauga, formerly of Charleston, died Saturday around 11:20 p.m., in Holzer hospital. He was seriously ill the past nine months.
     He was a retired glass worker and a former stock room employee at the Kyger Creek Power Plant and also a former employee of the Duds and Suds Laundry Mat of Pt. Pleasant and Gallipolis.
Mr. Wilson had lived in Kanauga the past 12 years. He was a member of the Church of the Nazarene at Pt. Pleasant.
     Mr. Wilson was born Oct. 18, 1898, in Jackson county, W. Va., son of the late Joe and Virginia Fields Wilson. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Wilson, one son, Charles, of Worthington; one brother, Joe, of Middleport; a half-brother, John Ankrom, Charleston; two half-sisters, Mrs. Tom Marion, West Palm Beach, Fla.; Mrs. Thelma Rhodes, Ft. Wayne, Ind.
     Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday in Crow-Hussell Funeral Home, Pt. Pleasant, under the direction of Rev. H. A. Wilcox. Burial will be in Kirkland Memorial Gardens. Friends may call at the funeral home after 1 p.m., today.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, August 5, 1968
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Wilson, Edward

Death of Mr. Wilson
     Mr Edward Wilson, the venerable and highly respected father of Mr T N Wilson, of the Bulletin, of whose serious condition of health we had before spoken, died at Athens, July 10, 1888. The remains were brought here and the religious services were conducted at the Presbyterian church, Wednesday afternoon, by Rev R H Coulter and Ariel Lodge, No. 156, I O O F. The burial was at old Cemetery by Hayward & Son. Mr Wilson was born in the county of Kent, Eng, and was in his 81st year.
     He came to America, alone, when but a boy of sixteen, and remained in New York for several years, when he went to Northern Ohio, and at Cuyahoga Falls, in 1837, was married to Mary Amelia Andrews. The following year, their only child, Mr. T. N. Wilson, was born. From Cuyahoga Falls they went to Montreal, Canada, where they lived happily for eighteen years, coming to Gallipolis in 1866, where they resided until death called Mrs. Wilson home. Her death, just eleven months before, utterly prostrated the old gentleman, who had been an invalid for five or six years, and his decline became rapid, physically and mentally.
     He was a miller by occupation and was head miller at the Eureka Mills for many years. He was strictly moral, highminded and honorable in all things, and an affectionate husband and father, and when he died a good man passed from among us.

Gallipolis Journal
Wednesday, July 18, 1888
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux                                                                    Top of Page


Wilson, Elias

     In Green Township April 27, 1883, of catarrhal pneumonia, Elias Wilson, eldest son of Mrs. M. A. Odell, aged 18 years, 5 months, and 28 days. His presence will be greatly missed by his widowed mother and sorrowing friends. But their own loss is his gain."

His toils are past, his work is done,
And he is fully blest;
He fought the fight, the vict'ry won,
And entered into rest.

Then let our sorrow cease to flow;
God has recalled his own;
But let our hearts in every woe
Still say, Thy will be done.

Gallipolis Bulletin
May 1, 1883
Transcribed by Sharon Hobart


Wilson, Elijah

     DIED - Nov. 20th, 1852, on board of steamboat Prairie City, Mr. Elijah Wilson. He was on his way to Shawneetown, Il. He died about 30 miles above, and was buried about 15 miles below Shawneetown. He said that he had lived in Ohio, back of Gallipolis some five miles. Chas. A. Higison, Cl'k. (of the Prairie City).

The Gallipolis Journal
December 9, 1852
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes                                                                          Top of Page


Wilson, Ernest (Elphey)

Ernest/Elphey Wilson, Former O.H.E. Supervisor, Dies
Succumbs Suddenly at 4th Ave. Home Early Last Night
     Ernest J. (Red) Wilson , formerly a supervisor at the Ohio Hospital for Epileptics, died very suddenly last night at his home on Fourth Avenue, two doors above Vinton Avenue.
     Mr. & Mrs. Wilson had returned home after attending the Baptist prayer meeting. Presently, thinking he heard flowing water, Mr. Wilson went upstairs to turn it off. Returning to the first floor, he sat on the arm of a chair while Mrs. Wilson adjusted a bed in an adjoining room. She came back in a few minutes, saw at a glance that he was ill and at his request brought him a tablet. He swallowed the medicine, sat down in a chair and quickly expired.
     Mr. Wilson was a native of Lawrence County but came here Sept. 4, 1904, to take a position at the O.H.E.. Eventually he became supervisor and held that position until he retired on March 31. His retirement was prompted by a heart condition and his health had been such that when he suggested that they attend prayer meeting last night Mrs. Wilson asked him if he felt fully able to make the trip to the church.
     The Wilsons have one son Robert, who is a student at Miami University and he was expected home at an hour this forenoon. Robert graduated from the GAHS last June and for some months prior to that had served as sports editor of the Tribune.
     The body was removed to the mortuary of George J. Wetherholt and Sons. Funeral arrangements may not be completed until late today.
     Mr. Wilson was a tall, powerful looking man and was greatly interested in athletic events. He had a wide acquaintance in this county and beyond it's southern borders and the news of his death will shock and sadden many former fellow-workers.

[Note: from stone 1878-1942. Death Certificate..Elphey Jerome Wilson was born July 28, 1879 in Lawrence County, Ohio; died Oct 28, 1942 in Gallia County...63 years 3 months of age. Parents: James Wilson and Eliza Brown. Spouse: Chloe Wilson.. Burial Mound Hill Cemetery.]

Gallipolis Paper
No date
Transcribed by F.K. Brown

Wilson Rites Set for 2 [o'clock] Sunday
     Funeral services for E. J. Wilson will be held at the First Baptist Church, of which he was a member at 2 o'clock Sunday, with Rev. J. Edward Hakes in charge. The casket will be open at the church for an hour before the services. Interment will be made in Mound Hill Cemetery by George J. Wetherholt & Sons.
     Mr. Wilson was generally called "E.J." though his closest friends called him "Red". His first name was not Ernest as published and many thought but Elphey and needless to add, this paper regrets it's error.
     Mr. Wilson died very suddenly Wednesday night at his home at 910 Fourth Avenue. He is survived by his wife, formerly Chloe Wetherholt; a son, Robert, a student at Miami University and a brother, William, living on Greasy Ridge.

Gallipolis Paper
No date
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Wilson, James

Former Chambersburg Man Dead

     Capt. Jas. Wilson, for many years a resident of Chambersburg, and a well known river engineer several years ago, died at Chicago Thursday evening, Oct. 2, 1909.

Gallipolis Bulletin
Oct. 8, 1909, NO. 42
Transcribed by Joanne Galvin

Wilson, Captain Jason

Capt. Jas. Wilson Dead
     Capt. Jas. Wilson, for many years a resident of Chambersbug, and a well known river engineer several years ago, died [in] Chicago Thursday evening, Oct. 2, 1909. The burial occurred at Chicago, so we are informed by Mrs. John Wigner who received the word today.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
October 2, 1909
Transcribed by Pamela L. Smith


Wilson, John V.

     EVERGREEN - John V. Wilson, 80, Rt. 1, Bidwell (Evergreen community) died Friday at his home. He was a retired farmer and former Gallipolis postal employee. Mr. Wilson was a World War II veteran. He was born July 3, 1905, Waterloo, Ohio, son of the late William Bell and Ella Hively Baker Wilson. He was the last of his immediate family. Several nephews and nieces survive. Seven sisters and one brother preceded him in death.
     Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at McCoy Moore Funeral Home in Vinton, with Rev. Jimmy Patterson officiating. Burial will be in Vinton Memorial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home from 12 noon Sunday until the hour of the service.

Sunday Times Sentinel
January 5, 1986
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Wilson, Mary

     Died, in this city, on the morning of the 26th of April, Mary, wife of Theodore N. Wilson; aged 28 years.

The Gallipolis Journal
April 29, 1869
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Wilson, Mary A. [Andrews]

DIED
Mary A. Wilson
     On Wednesday morning, August 10, 1887, at her late residence on the Chillicothe Road, from the effects of a fall received July 30th, Mary Amelia Andrews, wife of Edward Wilson, aged 67 years.
     Mrs. Wilson was born in the city of Champaign NY, May 30, 1820 removing in early girlhood to Ohio, where she married on June 26, 1837--thus completing the "jubilee year" of her married life last June. She united with the American Presbyterian Church in Montreal, Canada, in 1851 and remained a consistent member of that denomination until her death and during a quarter of a century was a very active member taking a prominent part in the various organizations to promote the welfare and growth of that Christian Church.
     Mrs. Wilson came to Gallipolis from Canada in 1866. For several years past she had devoted herself almost exclusively to the care of her aged consort, who is in very feeble health and whose declining years she hoped to brighten to the end, but her Divine Master ordered otherwise. On the 30th of July, while going downstairs, she fell and broke her thigh bone and although everything was done by kind friends to keep her for the loved ones, she passed peacefully away ten days after the accident leaving her husband, one son and one grandson to cherish her memory.
     The funeral services were held at the residence of Mr. James Vanden on Thursday evening, the Rev. John W. McCormick officiating and burial taking place in the old cemetery.
     Mrs. Wilson was the elder sister of Mrs. John Dages, Mrs. James Vanden, Miss Hattie Andrews and the late William C. Andrews.

[Note: Burial Pine Street Cemetery, Gallipolis Township]

Gallipolis Paper
Aug 10, 1887
Transcribed by F.K. Brown                                                                           Top of Page


Wilson, Nancy

Death Of Mrs. Wilson
     Mrs. James Wilson, widow of the late Steward James Wilson, at the Athens Hospital for sometime for treatment died at that institution Saturday at the age of 66 and her body was sent here arriving Sunday afternoon. It was met by Wetherholt and conveyed to her daughter, Mrs. W.H. Robinson's.
     The funeral was at Paint Creek Baptist Church this morning at 10 A.M. by Elder Skadd (sp?) assisted by the Methodist minister, the burial following at Pine Street Cemetery by Wetherholt.
     Mrs. Wilson was a nice, good woman with many friends and left four daughters and two sons, but we haven't their names.

[Note: Born Oct. 30, 1844; died Aug. 19, 1910]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Aug. 22, 1910
Transcribed by F.K. Brown


Wilson, Norah

     WILSON - Died April 10th, 1883, Norah, daughter of John and Lydia Wilson, aged 2 years, 4 months and 15 days. Though the little chair is vacant and the little hands forever at rest, trust ye in Him who saith, “of such is [t]he Kingdom of Heaven.” V. B. S.

[Note: Buried in Calvary Baptist Cemetery in Raccoon Township according to Cemetery Index where she is listed as Nona]

Gallipolis Journal
Thursday, May 17, 1883
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux                                                                    Top of Page


Wilson, Perry

Dead Engineer On Brown Was Native Of This County
     Local interest in the terrific explosion that destroyed the big Pittsburgh towboat Sam Brown, near Huntington on last Wednesday and entailed the loss of ten or more members of the crew, centered in the fact the first engineer of the ill-fated craft, Perry Wilson, who was killed was of a former well-known Chambersburg, Gallia County, family.
     Perry Wilson was about 53 years of age, and was a competent man, having held responsible posts on a score or more of the larger boats which ply between Pittsburgh and southern ports. His father, the late James Wilson, for years operated a packet boat between Parkersburg and Gallipolis. After he retired from river life, he located in Chicago, where he passed away.
     Mr. Wilson’s wife resides in Pittsburgh, and his mother, now almost 90 years of age, and two sisters, Miss Ella Wilson and Mrs. George Cram, live in Chicago. The family is well remembered by many Gallia Countians, all of whom were pained to learn of Mr. Wilson’s tragic death.

Gallia Times
Wednesday, February 9, 1916
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux


Wilson, Samuel

IN MEMORY
     Samuel Wilson was born October 10, 1832, died June 29 1918, age 85year, 8 months and 10 days.     
     He was married in 1852 to Lucinda Coleman, to whom ten children born, six of whom are still living: Lucinda Wilson died in 1874. In 1876 he married Lucy Corn to whom four children were born, three of whom are living. Lucy Wilson died July 29 1895. In 1896 he married Abigail Massie Corn, who preceded him to the better land one year and seven months.
     Mr. Wilson had lived a devoted Christian life since he was 15 years old and was a member of Mt. Zion M.E. Church. He lived a peaceful life and left evidence that he was ready for the home prepared by his heavenly Father. Mr. Wilson was a kind neighbor and no ever went to him for counsel or advice that did not receive the truth. He will be missed by all in the community in which he lived.
     Funeral services were held at Fairview Christian Church by Rev. Harges, burial by undertaker Phillips.

Gallipolis Bulletin (Weekly)
Thursday July 11 1918
Transcribed by Mary James                                                                          Top of Page


Wilson, Theodore N.

     Theodore N. Wilson was born in Boston, Summit Co., Ohio July 23, 1838. He visited Gallipolis first in 1859 and some years later returned to live here. For several years he was city editor of the Bulletin. On October 13, 1870 he married Mary, the daughter of Cr. Darius Maxon. He was killed in the K & M wreck on the Kanawha.

Transcribed by J. Farley


Wilt, John

John Wilt, 78, Dies At Home Leading Creek
Born, Reared At White Oak – Funeral At 2 Wednesday at Kyger
     John Wilt, well-known in the upper end of the county, died at 8 o’clock Sunday night at his home near Bingham’s bridge on Leading Creek. Death was caused by heart trouble from which he had long suffered. His age was 78 years and 25 days, having been born on White Oak, Morgan tp., Dec. 2, 1858, a son of David and Martha Lewis Wilt.
     Mr. Wilt was twice married.  His first wife, who was Rosie Swisher, lives in Middleport. Thirty-three years ago he married Effie Searls and since then had made his home in the community where he died—a short distance over the Gallia line in Meigs county. He is survived by the following children: Amos Wilt, Fostoria, Isaac and Charles Wilt, Mrs. Irene Shoemaker and Mrs. Golda Shoemaker, all of Middleport; Wilder Wilt, Bucyrus, and Velma, at home. There is one surviving sister, Mrs. Isaiah Thomas of Irwin, O., and she is in very poor health and it is feared she is gradually growing weaker.
     Mr. Wilt was a member of the Old Kyger Baptist church. Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. H. N. Snider, pastor, at the Kyger M. E. church at 2 o’clock Wednesday. Burial at Kyger, by J. L. [not sure of initials] Coleman.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday December 29, 1936
Transcribed by Suzanne H. Giroux


Windom, Lawrence F.

Died After Long Illness
     Another one of Guyan Township's good citizen was claimed by death Monday, Nov 17th, when Lawrence F. Windom, living about three miles back of Crown City, succumbed to the ravages of dropsy and heart disease from which he had suffered for the past two or three years.
     Mr. Windom was born in Noble County, Ohio, July 15, 1860 and was the son of the late Joseph Windom [& ? Stark], who migrated to Guyan Township sometime in the seventies and helped establish a colony of sturdy farmers who became our most substantial citizens.
     At the time of his death, Mr. Windom was 64 years, 4 months and 2 days of age. By occupation he was a farmer and fruit grower but about two years ago he was compelled to abandon these duties on account of illness.
     Mr. Windom leaves a wife, a son J.C. Windom of Huntington and two daughters, Mrs. Florence Boston of Bladen and Elizabeth at home. Besides these he leaves three brothers, Ula of Huntington, Forest of Columbus and Russell of Westerville and two sisters, Mrs. India Campbell of Akron and Mrs. M.T. Carter of Gallipolis.
     Mr. Windom was a member of the Crown City M.E. Church and always lived a consistent Christian. He was a member of the Masonic order at Crown City and was high up in the degree work of that body. The funeral services were held at the Crown City Church Wednesday evening at 3:30 o'clock under the apices of the Masonic lodge with Rev. O.E. Hall officiating.

[Note: From FamilySearch: Parents Joseph & Rebecca Stark (or Stack) Windom; married Clara Simms 16 Nov. 1882 in Gallia County.]

Gallipolis Times
Nov. 27, 1924
Transcribed by F.K. Brown


Windom, Sarah Florence

Gallia Native Dies at Age 83
     Mrs. Sarah Florence Windom, 83, a native of Gallia county, and a resident of 65 E. Norwich Ave., Columbus, died in Riverside Hospital, Columbus, Sunday afternoon. She was the widow of Russell Windom.
     Mrs. Windom was a member of the Indianola Presbyterian Church and was a graduate of Gallia Academy in the class of 1900. She is survived by two daughters and a son, Miss Edna Windom, Mrs. Benjamin (Ruth) Bennett and Russell M. Windom, all of Columbus. There are six grandchildren. Two surviving brothers are Phillip Rhodes of New York City and Orin Rhodes of Vinton.
     Services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Rutherford Funeral Home, 2382 N. Nigh St., Columbus. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Mound Hill cemetery.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, March 22, 1965
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Winegar, Mary L. [Roush]

Mrs. Johnson Winegar Dead
     Mrs. Johnson Winegar whose illness we have frequently mentioned and who has been critically ill for 20 long years, died in the early morning hours of Tuesday at her home on Locust street, death being due to diabetes.
     Deceased was a good wife and mother and a consistent member of the Baptist church, active in all the departments of church work. Mrs. Winegar has been tenderly cared for through her long period of illness by loving hands and she will be sadly missed in the home. Those left to mourn are her husband and five sons, James and Charley Winegar of Akron, Roscoe, Gilbert and Walter of Middleport. Also four brothers, John Roush of Columbus, Arthur Roush of Middleport, Bert and Elmer Roush of Addison, and one sister, Mrs. Frank Winegar of Cheshire.
     The funeral was held at the Cheshire Baptist church Thursday at 2 o'clock conducted by Rev. Wilson and burial in Cheshire Gravel Hill cemetery. - Pomeroy Tribune

[Note: From FamilySearch b. 17 Apr.1871 in Cheshire; d. 14 Mar. 1922 in Middleport, Meigs County; parents Jackson & Ann (Swisher) Roush.]

Gallia Times
Mar 23, 1922
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall                                                                     Top of Page


Winegar, Susanna [Hix]

Death of Mrs. Winegar
     Mrs Susanna Winegar died suddenly Friday morning about 3:30 o'clock at her home at Cheshire. She was in her usual good health up until a few hours before her death. Her husband died something over a year ago and they were both among the most highly respected citizens of Cheshire.
     Six sons and two daughters are left to mourn the loss of their mother, Cash, Oscar, Elwood of Pomeroy; Edward of Pt. Pleasant; Johnson and Frank of Cheshire; Mrs. Ashbury Hood and Mrs. George Lemley of Poplar Ridge.
     The funeral was held Sunday afternoon.

[Note: Death Certificate..born Aug 23, 1834; died April 15, 1910; 75 years 7 months and 22 days of age. Parents: Eli Hix and Betsy Jane Saver. Burial Gravel Hill. ]

Gallipolis Bulletin
April 22, 1910
Transcribed by F.K. Brown

Winegar, Susanna [Hix]

Mrs. James Winegar
An Estimable Cheshire Woman Is Dead--Funeral Sunday
     Mrs. Susanna Hix Winegar, born Aug. 23, 1834, died April 15, 1910, aged 75 years, 7 months, 12 days. She was united in marriage to James Winegar Mar. 6, 1851, to which union were given twelve children, eight of whom with many other relatives survive to mourn their loss. The children are Cash and Oscar of Middleport, Elwood of Pomeroy, Edward of Pt. Pleasant, Johnson and Frank of Cheshire, Mrs. Asbury Hood and Mrs. George Lemley of Popular Ridge.
     She was a devoted wife and mother. No sacrifice was too great when it conduced to their welfare or happiness. Her husband preceded her to the better world a year ago; having died March 8, 1909.
Soon after her union with Mr. Winegar she consecrated her life to the service of the Master. To both unions she has been faithful. She was loved by all who knew her but most of those who knew her best. Her life was an open book. It seemed to breathe out their prayer,

“Oh Father! Grant thy love divine
To make these mystic temples thine!
When wasting age and wearing strife
Have sapped the leaning walks of life!
When darkness gathers over all
And the last tottering pillars fall
Take the poor dust thy mercy warms
And mold it into heavenly forms.”

     But she has gone from us, yet her memory will ever linger with us, and while we are bowed down with sorrow, we sorrow not as those that have no hope but are comforted by the thought that, blessed are the dead, that die in the Lord.
     The funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. J. Fulton, assisted by Rev. Crabtree at the Baptist church Sunday morning and the body was laid to rest in the Gravel Hill cemetery, by Undertaker DeMaine, her six sons acting as pall bearers.

Gallipolis Journal
Wednesday, April 20, 1910
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron                                                                     Top of Page


Winters, Donald N.

     Donald N. Winters, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Winters, of Rio Grande, Ohio was born February 1, 1923 and died in France, February 8, 1945, as a result of wounds received in action four days prior to his death. He had entered the service in September 1943 and had served overseas a year with the 36th (Texas) Division of the 7th Army. An extract from his chaplains letter concerning his death reads as follows: "Pfc. Winters was a machine gunner in the first squad of the 2nd platoon of Company M. On February 4, 1945, the platoon was in a defensive position near a village of Eastern France. Pfc. Winters, with another member member of the platoon, was moving from the gun position to the platoon command post when the enemy began shelling the area. Both men were wounded and immediately evacuated to a field hospital. Pfc. Winters died of his wounds on February 8.
     Donald was a very likeable boy who made friends easily everywhere. He attended school at Rio Grande, Ohio, where he was manager of the basketball teams his senior year. After graduating in 1941, he remained at the parental home and assisted his father. He leaves besides his parents, two sisters and five brothers, two of whom are in the service. 

Card of Thanks
    
We wish to express our thanks to our friends for their kind expressions of sympathy since receipt of the news of the death of our son, Pfc. Donald N. Winters.                              
     Mr. and Mrs. E. T. Winters

[Note: buried in Calvary Baptist Cemetery]

Unknown publication
Unknown date
Transcribed by Lisa Halbig


Winters, Nancy

Funeral Services
     The funeral services of Mrs. S.B. Winters will be conducted at her late home by Rev. A. P. Cherrington at 8:30 Tuesday morning. Immediately afterward the remains will be taken to McArthur for burial accompanied by Mr. Winters and son, Clark, and other friends.
     Undertaker Hayward has furnished us with a list of the pallbearers who are as follows: Messrs. Will Horner, A.R. Weaver, S.J. Gardner, W.W. Betz, Frank Snoke and H.F. Brothers.

[Note: Death Certificate..Born 1840 PA; died June 18, 1910; 70 years of age]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
June 20, 1910
Transcribed by F.K. Brown